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         As talks struggle, Israel and Palestinians assess price of failure

         Syrian opposition: Israeli jets bomb missile launchers in Latakia

         Global "Elders" Urge Iran to Build on Nuclear Deal

         Syria peace talks hit more trouble as rebel city 'starves'

         Ukrainian minister threatens state of emergency

         At least 45 dead in Nigeria market attack: police

         Are We On The Verge Of A Massive Emerging Markets Currency Collapse?

         Two strong earthquakes shake up Greek island of Cephalonia

         Persistent below-zero temps visit US Midwest again

         Grammys turn mass wedding in gay marriage celebration

         Vial of Pope John Paul II's blood stolen from Italian church

         Christians going full force at 'gates of hell'

 

 

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IN TODAY'S NEWSLETTER...

  

 

  • Iranian Revolutionary Guards threaten US after Kerry says military option is 'ready'  
  • US coming under fire from Mideast allies, who see retrenchment 
  • As Egypt's president, El-Sisi shoulders huge security challenges: Muslim Brothers, Sinai terror, Gaza, water 
  • Wrong and Devious Terminology  
  • Dual Covenant Theology  
  • Nearing Midnight: On the Brink of Crisis
  • Daily Jot: Gay marriage center stage at Grammy's 
  • Daily Devotion: Priorities
  • Featured ArticleNew Jerusalem Descending From Heaven

 

 

 

 

Iranian Revolutionary Guards threaten US after Kerry says military option is 'ready' - Ariel Ben Solomon -  http://www.jpost.com/International/Iranian-Revolutionary-Guards-threaten-US-after-Kerry-says-military-option-is-ready-339450

 

 

The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, Maj.- Gen. Muhammad Ali Jafari, threatened the US with a strong military response after American Secretary of State John Kerry said a military option to counter the country's nuclear drive was "ready."

 

 "You could never understand the extent of the invasive capacity of the Islamic Republic of Iran," Jafari said Saturday according to Iran's Fars News Agency.

 

"Mr. Kerry must know that direct battle with the US is the biggest dream of pious and revolutionary people across the world. Your threats offer our revolutionary people the best opportunity," he said.

 

 He went on to say that "wise" American politicians would most likely prevent use of the "ridiculous military option."

 

Kerry, in an exclusive interview with the Al Arabiya website on Thursday, said that if Iran did not abide by its commitments with world powers, "the military option of the United States is ready and prepared to do what it would have to do."

 

Multiple senior Iranian officials responded to Kerry's remarks.

 

"The Americans are well aware that if they make a mistake, the Islamic Republic's response will be crushing and devastating and in other words, we will give a response with a wider radius," Yadollah Javani, a senior official of the Revolutionary Guards, told Fars on Sunday. "The Islamic Republic can attack all the US interests in the region and they will never be able to show a proportionate reaction...."

 

Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said Iran would increase its military budget following Kerry's comments.

 

"Today, you heard Kerry's remarks and saw his saber-rattling against the Islamic Republic of Iran, and we should fully understand this sensitivity and take practical measures against it," Larijani told Iranian lawmakers on Saturday, Fars reported.

 

 Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, said Kerry's comments were "more like a bluff," Iran's TUSasnim News Agency reported on Sunday.

 

"Obviously, the Americans have no such power (to launch an attack on Iran). If they did, they would not have been expelled from Iraq and Afghanistan in such a totally weakened state," Velayati said.

 

 Meanwhile, Reza Najafi, Iran's representative to the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), shot down the nuclear watchdog's idea of setting up an office in Tehran, saying there was no need, according to Iran's Mehr News.

 

"We believe that given the scope of our nuclear activity, there is no need for the IAEA to open an office in Tehran like in Japan and Canada," Najafi said on Saturday, pointing out that Iran had not received such a request.

 

 Confirming a Reuters story from earlier this month, IAEA director-general Yukiya Amano told a news conference on Friday that the agency might ask Iran's permission to set up a temporary office there for logistical purposes.

 

 The IAEA already inspects Iranian nuclear facilities regularly to make sure there is no diversion of material for military purposes. That work will now increase.

 

 Until now, the IAEA had one or two teams of two inspectors each in Iran most of the time, as well as experts working on the Iran file at its Vienna headquarters.

 

"We will need to nearly double the staff resources devoted to verification in Iran," Amano said. "We will need to significantly increase the frequency of the verification activities which we are currently conducting."

 

 

 

 

US coming under fire from Mideast allies, who see retrenchment - By Paul Richter - http://www.jewishworldreview.com

   

 

 

Five years after President Barack Obama vowed to expand U.S. relations with the Arab world and the broader Middle East, his administration is under fire from allies worried that the United States is scaling back its historic role as a power broker and peacemaker despite growing turmoil across the region.

 

With a bitter power struggle intensifying between Iran and Saudi Arabia and widening crises in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Egypt, Washington's relative lack of influence and involvement has become a diplomatic problem and may be contributing to a growing threat from Islamic extremists, diplomats say.

 

 Senior officials in Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Israel all have complained about what they view as an American retrenchment after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, with some leaders already beginning to chart policies more independent of Washington than in the past.

 

 Secretary of State John F. Kerry sought to ease those concerns Friday, insisting in a foreign policy address during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that "it is a myth that we are pulling back or giving up or standing down. ... Nothing could be further from the truth."

 

 Disputing charges that the Obama administration is shedding commitments, Kerry said that "you cannot find another country that is so engaged, that is partnering with so many Middle Eastern countries on so many fronts."

 

 Misperceptions may be based "on the simplistic assumption that our only tool of influence is our military and that if we don't have a huge troop presence somewhere or we aren't brandishing an immediate threat of force, we are somehow absent from the arena," he said.

 

Allies' worries have grown as the White House has struggled with the messy aftermath of the so-called Arab Spring uprisings in 2011, a period that saw autocrats toppled but led to the nearly 3-year-old civil war in Syria, mounting strife in Egypt, a war in Libya and other problems. More recently, al-Qaida-linked fighters have seized territory and cities in Iraq.

 

Middle Eastern leaders are unsettled as well by Obama's promise to "rebalance" U.S. foreign policy to put more emphasis on East Asia and the Pacific. Despite White House denials, they believe Washington is pulling back from the Middle East.

 

Kerry said U.S. priorities in the region were to curb Iran's nuclear development, to break the bitter stalemate in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, and to help end the Syrian war through negotiations. Clear progress has been made so far only with Iran, which agreed Jan. 20 to a six-month interim deal that called for a partial lifting of Western sanctions in exchange for a partial freeze on most of its nuclear enrichment work.

 

Turkey, Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf states have urged Washington to do more to help rebel militias fighting to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad, and they were alarmed in September when the White House backed off its threat to use airstrikes to punish Assad's government for using chemical weapons.

 

Although Syria agreed to surrender its chemical arms arsenal and production facilities to United Nations-backed inspectors, Obama's refusal to use military force was seen by some Israeli officials as undermining U.S. credibility.

 

 Saudi leaders have been especially critical of Washington. Their frustration has become so public that the kingdom turned down a seat on the U.N. Security Council partly to protest inaction on Syria.

 

Gulf states are fearful that the White House is seeking not just a deal to limit Iran's nuclear efforts, but a broader rapprochement with Tehran. Some gulf officials warn that they may bolt from longtime security agreements with the U.S. and work out their own deals with Iran if they see Washington move toward an accommodation with Tehran.

 

Robert M. Danin, a former senior U.S. diplomat in the Middle East, said the administration had narrowed its interests in the region. It continues to focus on international terrorism and arms proliferation, he said, but is less willing than before to intervene in domestic crises, such as the recent crackdown on antigovernment protesters in Egypt.

 

 "Now they say, 'We won't get involved in this or that,'" said Danin, a senior fellow at the nonpartisan Council on Foreign Relations. "That's a major shift."

 

One result has been new challenges for Washington.

 

Saudi Arabia and Qatar have provided weapons to some Syrian rebel groups, for example, that U.S. officials say are linked to al-Qaida. And Saudi Arabia has committed billions of dollars to help Egypt's military government in ways "that have really made our policy tools less effective," said Michael Singh, managing director of the Washington Institute for Near East policy and a former aide in the George W. Bush White House.

 

Administration officials insist Obama isn't neglecting America's traditional allies or their problems.

 

In his speech Friday, Kerry said the administration was working with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on a long-term security framework for the region, and was helping countries that saw revolutions since the Arab Spring, including Egypt, Tunisia and Libya.

 

The efforts "have the potential to reshape the Middle East and could even help create the foundations of a new order," Kerry said.

 

 

 

 

As Egypt's president, El-Sisi shoulders huge security challenges: Muslim Brothers, Sinai terror, Gaza, water - http://www.debka.com/article/23631/As-Egypt's-president-El-Sisi-shoulders-huge-security-challenges-Muslim-Brothers-Sinai-terror-Gaza-water

 

 

Egypt's Defense Minister and virtual strongman Gen. Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi had three options after the new constitutional referendum was out of the way. Should he run as president or pick a tame candidate, when to call an election and should it take place before or after the parliamentary poll: In fact, he rolled them all in a single package. Monday, Jan. 27, the general promoted himself to the rank of field marshal and resigned as defense minister preparatory to announcing his run for the presidency in a vote (still unscheduled) to take place before parliamentary elections.

 

He opted for the presidency even through the new constitution approved two weeks ago by a 98 percent popular majority substantially reduced the powers of that post, by removing the army from the jurisdiction of the executive branch of presidency and government.

 

The new charter transformed the military into an independent entity, its policies, decisions and operations free of the oversight of or intervention by the president or prime minister. The generals' powers were thus enhanced to exceed those enjoyed by the authoritarian President Hosni Mubarak, or indeed his successors in post-revolution Egypt, while elected political institutions' authority was attenuated.

 

Full democracy in Egypt has therefore been put on hold.

 

Gen. El-Sisi had to choose between running as president, and then flouting the new constitution by choosing his own tame defense minister and generals - or retaining defense and engineering the election of a docile president.

 

 According to our sources, the Egyptian strongman confided to his inner circle that the president was the head of state and respected as such both at home and in foreign relations. He therefore decided he wanted to be president after all, and would trust his popularity to place the job within his grasp and not make objections to his appointment of a dependably loyal defense chief and military elite.

 

 That way El-Sisi, would stand at the head of the two national pinnacles of power - the army and the political executive.

 

As future president, Field Marshal El-Sisi will have to prove his mettle in four huge security tasks, over and above the job of feeding the proliferating Egyptian people:

 

1. Although the Muslim Brotherhood has been kicked out of power and outlawed as a terrorist group, it is far from being wiped out. It is a troublesome threat to security on the streets of Egypt's cities and engages in terrorist tactics to boot. El-Sisi has still to finish the job of eradicating or at least reducing the Brothers' influence.

 

2. The Sinai Peninsula is a hotbed of swarming Al Qaeda and Salafist forces which continue to plague Egypt's armed forces, often in league with the Brotherhood underground. The major offensive he embarked on last year to root out the jihadist networks still needs to be finished.

 

3. One of the keys to this goal, the general believes, is the removal of Palestinian Hamas rule from the Gaza Strip. Hamas is the offspring of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. It provides both parent and Sinai jihadists with a support system. So long as Hamas rules the enclave, El-Sisi sees no prospect of the Egyptian military reasserting its authority in the Sinai Peninsula or containing the Muslim Brotherhood's subversive activities.

 

4. For Egypt, resolving the dispute with Ethiopia over the Nile waters is an existential imperative. The general hopes the dispute over Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam, which draws off one-fourth of Egypt's Nile waters, can be resolved peacefully. If not, he may consider going to war for control of the river's sources.

 

 

 

 

 

Wrong and Devious Terminology - Jan Willem van der Hoeven - www.israelmybeloved.com

   

 

 

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil. (Isaiah 5:20)

 

The vile person shall no more be called: liberal. (Isaiah 32:5)

 

As someone once said, an undue mixture of ethics and statistics prevails in our day - and more often the statistics influence ethical standards rather than the other way around. What it means is that no objective standard exists with which to measure moral or ethical values. For ethical norms to be changed to call what was evil and wrong in the past acceptable and good today, all that is needed is for enough people to call evil good.

 

Thus statistics rule today's ethics, to the detriment and ruin of all mankind. And so we see the absurd moral or ethical standards which today object to a tiny operation being performed on a baby for the purpose of religious observance (circumcision) - the rationale being that the child should be old enough to participate in the decision making process concerning whether or not he is willing to submit himself to this religious rite. But before that child - or any other child for that matter - is born he or she, even when already alive and breathing, can have his or her life cruelly terminated without being allowed any say in the matter. This is foolishly called a 'pro-choice' decision that gives the mother alone the choice of having her own child - carried in what was supposed to be the safest place in her body - killed and subsequently disposed of.

 

What a world we live in!

 

The people of Israel can rightly claim that they liberated territories - Judea and Samaria - which were part of their own historic land. And their case is made even stronger by the fact that Israel did not want this war and fought in self-defense. No Israeli should therefore ever refer to these areas as other than, at the most, 'disputed territories.'

 

Therefore:

 

Abortion is not pro-choice, but is in fact the murder of the unborn child by the will of the mother.

 

Homosexuality is not gay, it is the perversion of sexual relationship, often resulting in AIDS, but never in the birth of any child.

 

Israel is not occupying 'Palestinian land' and in explaining her case should never yield to using that terminology. In a war of self-defense, the Jews liberated the land promised them by God Himself but which, at that moment, was illegally occupied by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Israel is thus not occupying a land that belonged to another nation. "The territories" - concerning which practically the whole world is seeking to corner Israel as it did with South Africa years ago - are not 'occupied territories' but, at most, 'disputed territories' liberated by the IDF in the self-defensive Six Day War. Jordan, which did illegally occupy these same territories from 1948 to 1967, was never treated in such a way by the nations of the world who, by rejecting as illegal Jordan's occupation, could have forced the Hashemite kingdom to hand over these territories to Ahmed Shukeiry, the then leader of the Palestinian Arabs who were already seeking independence from Jordan for themselves.

 

And today, as described by Raphel Ahren in an article published on December 25, 2013, "the EU maintains that Israel's presence in the West Bank (SIC) and East Jerusalem is unique, legally speaking, but consistently refuses to explain exactly how it differs from, say, Turkey's occupation of Northern Cyprus or that Moroccan presence in Western Sahara; while Rabat asserts ownership of the territory, not a single other country recognizes the claim."

 

Ahren quotes from a letter written to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, by legal scholars who posit that "the EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement, approved earlier this month by the European Parliament, appears 'to directly contradict what the EU has called obligations of international law in its dealing with Israel.

 

'In fact, the EU has been negotiating this agreement with Morocco even as it imposes on Israel unprecedented funding guidelines and rules of origin requirements that say the exact opposite,'" wrote the scholars, referring to guidelines that, from January 1 this year, ban any European funding from going to Israeli entities beyond the Green Line or those with any connections beyond the Green Line.

 

If all this does not prove the hypocritical and - call it what it is - anti-Semitic double standard that Europe and most of the international community subject little Israel to then tell me, what else can it be called?!

 

This is anti-Semitism in its new and dangerous form - anti-Zionism!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dual Covenant Theology - By Daymond Duck - http://www.raptureready.com/featured/duck/dd107.html

 

 

 Are the Jews saved under one covenant and the Gentiles saved under another or is Jesus the only way to be saved? Are the Jews saved under the everlasting covenant God made with Abraham or do they have to believe in Jesus (Genesis 17:7-8)? The answer seems clear to me, but some Christians have heard someone they respect say today's Jews are saved even though they haven't accepted Jesus as their Messiah. That confuses many people and the controversy just won't go away.

 

In the past, I have been critical of people who won't condemn homosexuality because they don't want to offend the gays. Now, I will say that there are some people who won't say the Jews must accept Jesus because they don't want to offend them. Loving people doesn't mean we should tell them what they want to hear. Even if we prefer to teach what we think is a kinder, gentler message, we must not turn away from the truth.

 

The Jews would not accept the verses below, but these verses should guide the Christian theology.

 

When Jesus was asked to heal the Syro-Phoenician woman's daughter He said,"I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel" (Matthew 15:24).If the Jews could be saved another way, why was Jesus sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel? Why was He sent to them, if they don't need Him?

 

During a controversy with some of the Pharisees, Jesus said, "If ye believe not that I amhe, ye shall die in your sins" (John 8:24).It sounds to me like He said their sins wouldn't be forgiven, if they rejected Him.

 

When Thomas asked Jesus, "How can we know the way?" Jesus replied,"I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6).

 

"No man" includes the Jews. It is not Jesus or the Law. It is Jesus or not at all.

 

In his sermon of the day of Pentecost, Peter specifically addressed some of the Jews like this, "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now when they heardthis, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Menand brethren, what shall we do?Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost" (Acts 2:36-38).

 

These Jews needed to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus for the remission of sins.

 

When Peter and John were arrested and brought before the rulers and elders of Israel they said, "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name [the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth] under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).

 

God's covenant with Abraham is extremely important, but salvation in the name of Abraham does not exist.

 

When the apostles were arrested and brought before the Jewish council in Jerusalem, Peter and the other apostles said, "The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.Him hath God exalted with his right handto be a Prince and a Savior, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins" (Acts 5:29-31).

 

God exalted Jesus by placing Him at His right hand as a Prince and Savior to give repentance and forgiveness to Israel. If Israel can be saved by keeping the Law, why does Israel a Savior?

 

When Paul appeared before the church council in Jerusalem to discuss whether Christians have to keep the Law of Moses to be saved Peter said, "And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even ashe did unto us;And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they" (Acts 15:8-11).

 

Peter was saying Jews and Gentiles are saved the same way.

 

Paul said, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek" (Romans 1:16). The gospel is for everyone, Jew or Greek (Gentile).

 

Paul said, "If anyman preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed" (Galatians 1:9). There is just one gospel.

 

Paul said, "For by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified" (Galatians 2:16; also see v. 21). Israel cannot be saved by keeping the Law.

 

John said, "Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father:(but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also" (1 John 2:23; also see 1 Timothy 5-6). Israel cannot deny Jesus and be saved. 

 

I love Israel and believe many Jews Old Testament Jews were under the new covenant and were saved by faith in their coming Messiah (even though they didn't know His name), but they were not saved by keeping the Law (Jeremiah 31:31). I also believe all Israel will be saved at the Second Coming because they will turn to Jesus (Romans 11:26; Zechariah 12:10-14). I love to study the Old Testament sacrifices because I believe they point to the Messiah, but they don't replace the Messiah. Whatever we do, we must support Israel.

 

FYI: God Has Spoken (And We Know It) by Daymond Duck is available, (linked to my publisher @ http://www.raptureready.com/terry/book17.html ). Books and a Kindle version are available at amazon.com. A Nook version is available at bn.com. Check out what it says about Syria, Russia, Iran, Egypt, natural disasters, the Two-State Solution, etc.

 

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Nearing Midnight: On the Brink of Crisis - Terry James - http://www.raptureready.com/rap16.html

 

 

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming book, Cauldron: Supernatural Implications of the Current Middle East. I use it in this Nearing Midnight column space this week because of the very recent remarks by a major one-world builder. His remarks are given below this excerpt from my book.

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America moves ever farther away from the solid moorings provided by the founding fathers through the stabilizing pillars of the Constitution. More significantly, the nation's leadership and its citizenry have moved away from the God of Heaven. Such rebellion is the poisonous prescription for cultural and societal disaster.

 

"Change" was the promise of the winning political party's campaign in the 2008 presidential race. This is one promise President Barack Obama has kept 100 percent. The change his administration has brought has been staggering in its direction and scope. The intervening years since that election have taken America and her people on a downhill run toward socialism more destabilizing than that which has brought Europe to the very cusp of collapse. And, the architects of the blueprint for the promised change haven't let up on the throttle as the nation hurdles toward the economic abyss.

 

At the heart of the drive to bankrupt America-which, in effect, has already been accomplished-is the president's "affordable health care law." That massive grab of the taxpayers' financial security known by all as "Obamacare" has usurped one-sixth of U.S. private industry by starting the collapse of the insurance companies in order to bring about single-payer, government-run insurance that is socialism at its worst.

 

Despite the so-called roll-out of the program that proved to be an unmitigated disaster, beginning with a nearly $700-million website that went nowhere in helping people sign up for the insurance that was so confusing and inaccessible that it also went nowhere, mainstream media and those wanting the "change" doubled down on efforts to indenture every citizen to government healthcare welfare. It was welfare paid for by the working taxpayers, who proved in poll after poll that they preferred by large majority their health insurance and the healthcare industry as it was before the president's political party, with a majority in both houses prior to the 2010 elections, steamrolled Obamacare through Congress.

 

The "change" that has taken place since the Obama administration began its attempt to bring America into a socialistic model has strapped working citizens, their children, grandchildren, and beyond with trillions of dollars of debt that can never be repaid. Many believe this has been done deliberately in order to bring the United States into configuration like and compliance with the New World Order the world's elite financiers and governmental leaders want to construct.

 

The American political process at the presidential and congressional levels stands starkly in the way, however. Every two, four, and six years, there is the possibility of turnovers in political aims and ideologies. Competing ideas and desires are, by the nature of our Constitution, allowed to disrupt any government voters perceive as going in the wrong direction. That includes the ability to disrupt the New World Order plans to reshape the nation into a world government designed by the global elitists. Thus, we see in this present hour a lawlessness beyond any that could have ever been tolerated by the founding fathers as possibly ripe for disruption by the voters. The founding fathers did imagine such governmental tyranny; therefore the safeguards of the Constitution against such tyranny are assured in the founding documents of the nation.

 

Now we see the reason those safeguards were put there. We also understand why there is the incessant tearing away at that Constitution-the consistent and constant bypassing and ignoring of that all-important document at every turn by this president and the sycophantic media (which, incidentally, is owned and/or controlled for the most part by elitist, globalist types). These who want an ever-growing big government to control buying and selling through redistribution of wealth and harsh regulation must somehow do away with constitutional safeguards that protect the rights of the people. The ability of the masses to vote these central-planning, big-government controllers out of office must be eliminated.

 

There can be sensed a growing dissatisfaction with the anti-constitutional direction into which the nation was swept in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. Fear is that the forces, national and international, having made enormous inroads in bringing America the "change" they intended, now sense those gains losing ground. The worry is that these forces, having demonstrated a complete disregard for lawfulness and constitutionality, won't hesitate to do whatever is necessary to prevent losing those gains.

 

Therefore, it is more than possible, in the thinking of many, that as the midterm and presidential elections approach, if it looks like their socialist ideology will lose at the ballot box, the administration and its political party will do whatever it takes to control the outcome. Illegal voters and voter intimidation have become an increasing part of election fraud. It is suspected that methods much more dangerous to our representative democracy are being planned as the anti-constitutionalists see the possibility of the changes they've begun to slip away.

 

Specifically, there is suspicion, whether based in truth or paranoia, that those "change" agents, so intent on altering America to fit their socioeconomic reconstruction, will create a crisis of magnitude serious enough to issue an executive order suspending elections. Martial law!

 

One such crisis, it is thought, might involve creating an economic situation dire enough to suspend welfare payments. This could, some believe, cause civil unrest even worse than what occurred in Greece and other places in Europe when state-provided funding was cut off some months ago. A financial fiasco of even greater dimension and scope might be forthcoming, it is supposed, because of other manipulations by those who are in control of government.

 

Rumors abound, as anyone who has access to Internet will attest, that Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is reported to be preparing for civil disasters and/or unrest of some sort.

 

Be watchful for a crisis of some sort to develop that the media will assist in magnifying, if the political fortunes of those in political power begin losing ground in the polls. All of the internal goings-on in America constitute a pressure cooker almost as incendiary as the cauldron that the Middle East troubles represent.

 

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I find my thoughts, written some time ago for the new book, more than validated with recent remarks by one of the top globalist-elitists. The following is an introduction to him.

 

Writing for the Atlantic Council, a prominent think tank based in Washington DC, Harlan K. Ullman warns that an "extraordinary crisis" is needed to preserve the "new world order," which is under threat of being derailed by non-state actors like Edward Snowden. The Atlantic Council is considered to be a highly influential organization with close ties to major policy makers across the world. It's headed up by General Brent Snowcroft, former United States National Security Advisor under U.S. Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush. Snowcroft has also advised President Barack Obama. (Paul Joseph Watson, ""Think Tank: 'Extraordinary Crisis' Needed to Preserve 'New World Order,' Infowars.com, 1/17/14. My thanks to Christopher Mangan for the article.)

 

Ullman was the author of the term you would remember had you watched coverage of the assault that finally took down Saddam Hussein. "Shock and awe" was the term used to frame that truly spectacular, mesmerizing assault launched during George W. Bush's presidency.

 

The article exposing the growing concerns regarding power slipping away from the world's power elite, thus the need for a "crisis," continues.

 

In an article entitled "War on Terror Is Not the Only Threat," Ullman asserts that "tectonic changes are reshaping the international geostrategic system," arguing that it's not military superpowers like China, but "non-state actors" like Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, and anonymous hackers who pose the biggest threat to the "365 year-old Westphalian system" because they are encouraging individuals to become self-empowered, eviscerating state control.

 

"Very few have taken note and fewer have acted on this realization," notes Ullman, lamenting that "information revolution and instantaneous global communications" are thwarting the "new world order" announced by U.S. President George H. W. Bush more than two decades ago.

 

"Without an extraordinary crisis, little is likely to be done to reverse or limit the damage imposed by failed or failing governance," writes Ullman, implying that only another 9/11-style cataclysm will enable the state to reassert its dominance while "containing, reducing and eliminating the dangers posed by newly empowered non-state actors."

 

Ullman concludes that the elimination of non-state actors and empowered individuals "must be done" in order to preserve the new world order. (Ibid.)

 

There is a "crisis" coming for the neo-Babel architects. I believe it is to be found in Bible prophecy--specifically in 1 Corinthians 15:51-55 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. 

 

 

 

Gay marriage center stage at Grammys - Bill Wilson - www.dailyjot.com

 

 

This is an excellent example why I don't follow Hollywood--33 couples, both straight and gay, were married by Queen Latifah at the Grammy Awards, reports hollywoodreporter.com. Latifah was deputized by Los Angeles County to officiate over the weddings as the song "Same Love" was performed by Ryan Lewis and Macklemore (whoever they are) as the anthem for the evening. This was historic as it is the first time that such an event was held on national television during a prestigious awards ceremony generally reserved for pumping up some of the biggest money and egos in America. It is also, in a strange way, prophetic.

 

2014 may be the year when the Supreme Court decides that the states can decide for themselves whether to allow same sex "marriages." The Supreme Court could also say that it is unconstitutional to discriminate against any person of any sex who wishes to get married. But one could make a pretty safe bet that the Supreme Court will not uphold marriage as a union only between a man and a woman. Before you run out of the room screaming after hitting the "unsubscribe" button frantically while thinking I have lost my mind, hear me out. There is nothing in the Constitution about marriage. Historically, local governments have had control over marriage, issuing licenses and imposing health regulations. But that's not all.

 

In the first years of the Plymouth colony, William Bradford writes: "May 12 was the first marriage in this place, which according to the laudable custom of the Low Countries, in which they had lived, was thought most requisite to be performed by the magistrate, as being a civil thing upon which many questions about inheritances do depend, with other things most proper to their cognizance and most consonant to the Scriptures (Ruth IV) and nowhere to be found in the Gospel to be laid on the ministers as part of their offices." Bradford well knew the Scriptures and the definition of marriage, but he also knew the practical application of government involvement in marriage for inheritances and public health.

 

Jesus said in Matthew 19:4-6, "Have you not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female...Wherefore they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder." We know that marriage is a God ordained institution. We also know that marriage is regulated by government. The Constitution says nothing about marriage and if it doesn't specifically mention something, it is left to the states or the people to decide as per the 10th Amendment. It also says that Congress shall make no law respecting religion or the free exercise of it. While pastors are not constitutionally forced to officiate same sex "marriages," government magistrates may be. This is where government and religion clash. Do the "people" have the will to preserve marriage as defined by God? 

 

 

 

 

 

Priorities - Greg Laurie - www.harvest.org

         

 

 

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

-Matthew 6:33

 

A man was out driving in the country during a heavy rainstorm when he came across an old farmer who was surveying the ruins of his barn. He pulled over and asked the farmer what happened.

 

"Roof fell in," the farmer replied. "What happened with it? Why did it fall in?" asked the stranger.

 

"It leaked so long, it just finally rotted through," the farmer said. "Why in the world didn't you fix it before it rotted through?"

 

"Well, sir," said the farmer, "I just got around to it. When the weather was good, there wasn't a need for it. And when it rained, it was just too wet to work on."

 

Isn't it amazing that when you want to do something you somehow manage to find the time, no matter how busy you are? But when someone asks you to do something you don't want to do, suddenly there is just no room in the schedule.

 

This can happen when it comes to the Christian life as well. If we are serving God only when it's convenient, then we are settling for second best. If we make time for the things of God only when something better doesn't come along first, then we are missing out on what God wants to do in our lives.

 

How much better it is to make time for the things of God - to put the things of God above everything else. How much better it is to get your priorities right. Instead of making excuses, make time for the Lord. It is not only the simple way to live, but it is also the best way.     

 

 


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New Jerusalem Descending From Heaven - Joseph Chambers - www.pawcreek.org

 

 

When the Father is speaking, the entire world must listen.

 

He starts with, "Behold, I make all things new." That settles the entire debate about a new heaven and a new earth. The Father created everything that exists except Himself and His Divine Godhead. He does not replace heaven and earth, but makes them new. That could not be more exact. He commanded John to write, because these are His words, and they cannot be altered. After at least six thousand years of putting up with the devil and his destruction of everything beautiful, the Father lets us know that it is over. Everything is going to be beautiful beyond measure again. Hallelujah!

 

The Father does not end it with a new world. He affirms that indeed He is not just the Creator that He calls the "Beginning," but He is also the "Finisher." He will conclude the whole finality of His universe. His unalterable plan is to satisfy the needs and desires of His created world and He promises that we will drink from the "fountain of the water of life freely." There is a powerful meaning in this promise. The very source of life is the fountain, and it will be the joy of all creation forever. There is no question but that He speaks of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. The life that we are going to inherit is eternal, complete, full, and divine. It flows from our Redeemer; and it will satisfy the spirit, soul, and our new body with endless joys and delights.

 

 He immediately gives us another great promise. He tells us that we "shall inherit all things." The entire new heaven, new earth, New Jerusalem, and all that goes with this New World is going to be ours. Notice that He adds that great phrase, "he that overcometh," again. This word, overcometh, is in the Book of Revelation eight times. "To Him that overcometh" forever destroys the cheap theology of this generation. This cheap theology says, "just believe," and then offers no Biblical truth about responsibility and judgment accountability. It has done irrefutable damage to God's church, and payday will be heartbreaking to those that have carelessly believed such theology of cheap Christianity. Only the overcomers will inherit eternal life, and Christ has made overcoming a work of His marvelous grace and sanctification.

 

 Now, the Father Himself clearly shows the end results of careless living. All of these words are character words that He declares will condemn you in this awesome day of no excuses. "The fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars" is a list that appears as much like most churches as it does the world. The Blood of Jesus Christ does not cover unconfessed and unforsaken sins, regardless of how pious and religious an individual. This crowd of sinners will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire.

 

"And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb." (Revelation 21:9-14)

 

 John had received the last words before verse nine from the Father, Who was seated on His throne. Now, he receives it from one of the angels of the temple. This angel is one of the seven that had the seven last plagues. Those plagues will be history when we come to this moment in the fulfillment of this prophecy. This angel is now taking John on a tour of the future city of New Jerusalem. He calls the city, "the bride, and the Lamb's wife." This is beautiful language to describe a city that is part of our inhabitance because it is the nuptial chamber, the eternal dwelling place of Christ and His Queen. It was created to be personal, so perfect in its splendor that the city and Bride are named as one.

 

 John had to be transported "in the spirit" to be capable of viewing this marvelous sight. Flesh and blood cannot endure the transcending glory as this created city represents. We are not just speaking of gold, pearls, precious stones, and other earthly materials; but of the glory and majesty of His consuming likeness. The city is called "holy" because He recreates Himself into every inch of this towering place. It is actually a temple that is filled with His presence. Because it is seen descending, could we suggest that it is even now on a carefully designed course toward planet earth? As I just stated, the city is a great temple of His glory and His light. It glistens with a glory or splendor that can only be called His Presence. The brilliance of this great city will lighten the universe and no additional light will ever be needed.

 

 The New Jerusalem is the Son's gift to His Bride. After He brings His Bride into the city, He proceeds to exalt His Father to be with Him and His Bride and to be their God.

 

 The great walls of this city will probably be translucent, allowing the city's beauty to shine without or allowing those dwelling outside to see within. The twelve gates carved from pearls will be the most beautiful gates of eternity. They never close, but stand as a welcome to the saved of the earth to enjoy and delight themselves with God's glory within. A great angel will be God's porter at each gate; and the gates will bear the names of the twelve tribes of Israel, with each gate having a different name. I would imagine that the children of Israel would use the gates to enter and visit the city that bears their tribal names. These gates are perfectly placed with three gates on each side. The foundations of the city are named after the twelve apostles. "And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass." (Revelation 21:15-21)

 

 Without argument, this city is too priceless to value. It is fitting that an angel of the heavenly temple is chosen to measure and give John this walking view of this city of His Bride. As one of those seven angels of the temple, this angel knows every detail of this new temple. This City of New Jerusalem is a temple itself and will be united with the eternal temple from heaven. This is God's gift to the new heaven and new earth and to His Son's Bride. This description is just an earthly explanation of an indescribable city. The temple angel measures the city in John's presence. The golden reed suggests that these measurements are an eternal matter.

 

 The city is a foursquare city. The width is exactly the same on all four sides and the height is equal. Twelve thousand furlongs is fifteen hundred miles. To imagine a city that is fifteen hundred miles square and fifteen hundred miles high that is surrounded by jasper walls is breathtaking. The highest mountain in the world is less than six miles high (Mount Everest - 29,035 feet) and the highest in America is less than four miles high (Mount McKinley - 20,320 feet). We are speaking of a city so massive that our minds can only imagine its grandeur. The city of New Jerusalem is 7,920,000 feet high compared to Mount Everest at 29,035 feet. This comparison makes Mount Everest appear to be nothing but a molehill.

 

 The total wealth of this entire earth does not hold a light to the wealth of this new city. The gold that has been mined and minted during human history is minute compared to the gold in this city. It would not be enough to pave the streets of one level of this city and this will be a city of twelve foundations or levels. Each level will be one hundred and twenty-five miles high or 657,700 feet, over twenty-two times higher than Mount Everest. The height of the walls on each level is 144 cubits or approximately 226 feet. These walls are not provided to keep the glorified saints in or out. Nothing is more beautiful than the present massive stone walls of present day Jerusalem. These stone walls have a golden hue appearance as they are beautifully lit at night or in the sunshine. But the walls of New Jerusalem will be primarily wrought of jasper stone. Jasper is a dark green semi-translucent to opaque form of semi-precious chalcedony. Its beauty is rare. It is readily comparable to a fine polish and has the physical properties of those of quartz. No one would think of building city walls out of jasper in our present world. The expense would be totally prohibitive to the richest person but certainly not to our Father. The entire walled structure of this city, all twelve levels, will be jasper and pure gold. It appears that the outside formation of these walls is jasper, with the interior of the walls being pure gold.

 

 The foundations at each level are one hundred and forty-four cubits, which is approximately 226 feet high. These foundations are then garnished with twelve manners of precious stones. The first foundation is garnished with jasper on jasper. We can certainly expect that the garnishing jasper will be of a different shade as the jasper wall, which comprises the wall's structure. There are different colors of jasper depending on the location where it is mined. The second level will be garnished with sapphire stones. The color of a pure sapphire is sky blue; using it to garnish the jasper will be extraordinary. The third level will be chalcedony, which can be any color of the rainbow from pale blue to yellow, brown, or gray. The fourth level will be garnished with emeralds. The finest emeralds are more valuable than diamonds; they are magnificent gems of the most beautiful green color.

 

 The stone used to garnish the fifth foundation is sardonyx or onyx. This stone varies in color; it may be translucent or opaque and is often striped. The sixth stone used for garnishment is sardius, possibly the red variety that is highly polishable and extremely beautiful. The seventh level is garnished with chrysolite, which is a form of topaz of Tarshish. The garnishment of the eighth level is beryl, which is actually colorless, but reflects a great variety of colors depending on foreign substances it contains. It is indeed a precious stone. The ninth garnishing stone on the ninth level of this city is topaz, which is called by some, the "gem of the setting sun." Sometimes, it is said to be the color of gold or peach. The tenth level is chrysoprasus, which is called the apple and is a light green variety of agate. It is a very rare stone.

 

 The eleventh foundation of this magnificent city is jacinth. The jacinth is a red variety of zircon, which is found in square prisms of different shades. The last of the twelve levels is garnished with amethyst. This is a royal purple and a fitting crown for the city. Imagine the crown of this city of transparent purple quartz that is decorating the jasper translucent walls with the gold within reflecting throughout the foursquare city.

 

 Beautify all of this with gates of pearl, each gate one pearl carved into form to be twelve matching gates into the city. Each gate will be fifteen hundred miles high. Glowing through each gate will be streets of pure gold. It is hard to imagine the beauty of a solid pearl gate set on the walls of this city. This city reflects the creative masterpiece of a Groom full of love for His eternal Bride. "And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof." (Revelation 21:22-23) 

 

 

 

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