Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Picking our Wars

The White House has declared war against Fox News. It seems that they print some stories that make the administration look bad. That’s not nice, but with several other wars unsettled, there is an easier way. The White House could just return to the First Amendment concept of Freedom of Speech, and let the people decide whether or not to believe Fox
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Friday, October 9, 2009

Peace Prize When There Is No Peace

Our President, Barack Obama, has been named the Nobel Peace Prize winner for 2009. It may be true that he has exerted great effort in changing world conditions, but he has used questionable methods and there are no visible results yet.

Making this choice so soon in the President’s career exposes the political bias of the committee once again. Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday says they gave him the prize for not being George Bush.

We can be proud that the committee honors an American President but it doesn’t have much meaning because their choices have just become political spin for the ultra liberal point of view.

Jeremiah and Ezekiel exposed the hypocrisy of those who say “Peace, peace” when there is no peace (Jeremiah 6:14; Ezekiel 13:10).

In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul explains details about the Rapture of the Church and the onset of the last days in 1 Thessalonians. He wrote:

For you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
-1 Thessalonians 5:2-3

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Hate Crimes Bill: Who Is The Hater?

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil.
- Isaiah 5:20

The Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 (HR 1913) has been passed by the House of Representatives. A Senate version needs to be harmonized with the House bill. A vote on the resulting bill is imminent.

The law in question only targets those who commit violence against people because of their actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

We agree that no one should advocate or defend violence against people because they are different, or even because they are perceived as sinners. Love and grace are at the very heart of true Christian belief. But Christians don’t have the right to excuse what God calls a sin. When a person sins a Christian should confront the behavior and encourage the person to repent and change his conduct. We accept this responsibility about lying, cheating, anger, adultery, and many other behaviors. It is the loving thing to do.

Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
- Galatians 6:1-2

Now, about the proposed law: if it is just about violence, why is it needed? There are already laws that address violence. The real problem is that this law creates a specially protected class of people, and can be coupled with conspiracy laws so that even if a person peaceably voices agreement with the Bible about the sinfulness of homosexuality, he or she might be blamed for someone else’s violent activities.

Christians have been persecuted in all ages for their beliefs. Most of our forefathers came from Europe to escape persecution. Jesus said that persecution will become even worse during the Tribulation (Matthew 24:9-10; Mark 13:9-13). Adoption of this law might hasten the fulfillment of this prophecy.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Antichrist and Beheading

Prophecy students have always known that Antichrist will use beheading as the punishment for those who will not worship him and receive the “Mark of the Beast.”

And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands.
- Revelation 20:4

Recently we have benefited from new insights from a former Palestinian terrorist, Walid Shoebat and his co-author, Joel Richardson. They show that the expected Islamic messiah, the Mahdi, could be the same as the biblical Antichrist. Islam has its own prophecies. Many of them were taken from our own Bible and twisted to fit their world view.

Shoebat and Richardson think that the final evil world empire predicted in Daniel 2 will be Islamic instead of European. They base this partly on the idea that Antichrist will use beheading, which they say is normal for Islam, but not for Europe.

Today European countries are opposed to any form of capital punishment. But here are two facts to consider: beheading was once common in Europe, and the Muslim population of Europe is rapidly climbing, while the native population is declining.

Until they abolished capital punishment only a few decades ago, both France and Germany employed beheading. Just over a century ago Scandinavian countries employed beheading, and it was also practiced in England both in ancient times and during the Middle Ages.

Another relevant fact is the changing culture of Europe. Muslim population growth is astronomical there, already causing riots and separatist movements in many European countries and the acceptance of Islamic law (Sharia) in some places. For a sobering account of this major culture shift I recommend that you view the 7 minute You Tube video entitled Muslim Demographics.

So, the final evil world empire may not be a question of Europe or Islam. It just might be a combination of both.