"We see, in many a land, the proudest dynasties and tyrannies still crushing, with their mountain weight, every free motion of the Consciences and hearts of men. We see, on the other hand, the truest heroism for the right and the greatest devotion to the Truth in hearts that God has touched. We have a work to do, as great as our forefathers and, perhaps, far greater. The enemies of Truth are more numerous and subtle than ever and the needs of the Church are greater than at any preceding time. If we are not debtors to the present, then men were never debtors to their age and their time. Brethren, we are debtors to the hour in which we live. Oh, that we might stamp it with Truth and that God might help us to impress upon its wings some proof that it has not flown by neglected and unheeded." -- C.H. Spurgeon . . . "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:31, 32

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Sunday, February 28, 2010

RAPTURE: The WHO And WHEN Of It All - Part 3

by James Fire

Here is the third segment of this article, and other parts will be coming soon!

Please understand, that it's not my intention to stir up strife or debate on this hotly debated issue, but to provide a perspective I share enthusiastically with others, and maintain that this indeed is The Blessed Hope of our Salvation!


Below is another link to youtube that manifests the very heart of this hope: to be delivered from this world of sin, from our very bodies that are wracked with the sin-nature, and delivered INTO the everlasting arms of our precious LORD and SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST, the MESSIAH of ISRAEL!

There Will Be A Day For The Rapture

(the song is sung by Jeremy Camp; I can't ever watch this feed w/o tearing up, longing for my Lord's Return!)As stated previously, there are some I've spoken with that believe that the church WON'T be raptured out of this world UNTIL the temple is rebuilt, and that we may in fact witness the rise of the Beast, and as a proof text, they use Matthew ch. 24, and I would like to address this, and many other issues, in this third installment of "RAPTURE: The WHO and WHEN Of It All"


If you don't have your Bible handy, go get it: Matt 24:1

TEMPLE TROUBLES?

Our Lord was just leaving the Temple with His disciples, and as they were marveling at the wonder of that building, the Lord Jesus said "There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down."

When the disciples inquired about what He meant by this, they asked three questions:

1) When shall these things be?
2) What shall be the sign of Your Coming?
3) What shall be the end of the world?


The first question seems to be directly related to what Jesus said in regards to the Temple being destroyed.


The disciples would be keenly aware of their own history and the previous destruction of the Temple during the time when Nebuchadnezzar came with the military might of Babylon's army and wiped out the entire city, along with the Temple during the third (and final) campaign against Israel. It was during this last campaign that the people of Israel were either wiped out, or taken as captives, as a nation, back to Babylon.


The disciples recognized that such a destruction would certainly constitute a major paradigm in the affairs of the nation, and wondered if this would involve the end of the world, and if so, then the Coming of the LORD to inaugurate His rightful reign as Messiah-King.

Yet the LORD was not referring to the time of the Babylonian captivity when the Temple (along with the entire city of Jerusalem) was wiped out; He is distinctly referring to the "abomination that makes desolate" a term that every Jew recognized as the time when the Greco-Syrian ruler, Antiochus Epiphanes, in an effort to offend the Jews, subjugate and humiliate them, descrecrated the Temple of that day by slaughtering a pig on the altar and erecting an idol to the (false) god, Zeus! That was history. The LORD Jesus warns of an "abomination that makes desolate" yet future!

Those who claim this abomination was fulfilled at 70 A.D. when the Romans destroyed (NOT abominated) the Temple are ignoring the facts: this is a prophecy that has not YET BEEN FULFILLED! Yet it points to the fact that in these last days, there will be another Temple erected which the Beast will desecrate!

The Lord then begins to elaborate on the events as they would transpire in the future. Note that there is no answer provided here in Matthew's account regarding the destruction of the Temple (He does address this issue however in Luke ch. 21 and I will deal with this later on).


The DILEMMA of DECEPTION

The first thing the LORD says is "take heed that no man deceive you" and this is repeated again later. Its paramount that we hold tenaciously to God's Word, the ONLY Source of spiritual Truth on this planet! By God's Word, we obtain wisdom, insight, discernment, by which we, if we are born of God's Spirit, avoid any deception and deceit.

The LORD speaks of false Christs here who will deceive many, wars, and rumors of wars, then admonishes us to "not be troubled, for the end is not yet."

"Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom . . . " I used to think that this was a "Hebraeism" that is, a poetic form that stated the same thing, two different ways. This is a technique often used in scripture, especially in the Psalms and Proverbs.


Yet if you consider closely what this is saying, it reveals something significant. A nation could exist independently of a kingdom, like the Kurds of today, for they are a distinct ethnicity with a culture and language of their own, yet they don't possess their own homeland (though they are making an attempt to do so); so too was Israel prior to 1948.

A "nation" is a people of "common birth in relation to their distinct ethnicity" whereas a "kingdom" (or the 'king's domain') is a political entity.


Thus "nation against nation" would have to do with racial tensions, riots, etc. whereas "kingdom against kingdom" would entail political and military contentions.

SIGN, SIGN, EVERYWHERE A SIGN

Famines, pestilences, earthquakes in diverse places would all occur. Sceptics of the Bible point out that we have always had these things happening, and only 'doom and gloomers' would use such justification in proclaiming "THE END IS NEAR!"


However, it's verse 8 of Matt. 24 that is crucial to understanding these events: "All these are the beginning of sorrows," or birth pangs which we all know are events that transpire at the birth of a new born, beginning gradually, then increasing in frequency and intensity, and this is the key to understanding these signs. They would increase in frequency, and intensity, then resolve, only to begin again with greater and greater magnitude.


We see this happening evidently in today's world.

WHAT'S IT TO YOU?

Take note that our Lord, when speaking, says "you": "take heed that no man deceive YOU" . . . ""YOU shall hear of wars and rumors of wars" . . .

"Then shall they deliver YOU up to be afflicted and shall kill YOU: and YOU shall be hated of all nations for My Name's sake."

When taken in context, one would infer that in vs. 15, the LORD said "When YOU therefore shall see the abomination of desolation . . . " that He is addressing the same people (and He is!). The question remains then, who is He speaking to?

The answer is obvious; He is speaking to the disciples (He says "you" seven more times after this).

If one infers that the time period that the LORD is addressing is about Christians (for these disciples were followers of Christ, thus Christians) enduring this time, and witnessing these things, and in particular, the Temple and events surrounding it, and the revealing of the Beast, one could conclude that we must wait for the rapture of the church until AFTER these things.

Obviously the disciples were 'types' of future believers, for when the LORD says "you" it's evident that He can't be referring to them personally seeing these wars, famines, pestilences, earthquakes, etc. and the temple issues which would transpire long after these were gone; but those who would follow after these disciples, i.e., believers in latter generations.

YOUR I.D. PLEASE

Now, it's vitally important to understand the persons that our LORD is addressing here. Proper exegesis (what does the text say) is essential in order for proper exposition (what does the text mean) to take place.

Were these disciples, Christians? What does it mean to be a Christian? Its a person who recognizes that Jesus is the Christ/Messiah, the sacrificial Lamb of God, slain for the sins of the world, and as a result, receives the atonement for their sins and the Spirit of God, thus resulting in being born again.


However these disciples were not yet born again, for Christ had not yet died, nor was He risen again, nor had the Holy Spirit been given (see John 7:37-39). Christ indeed imparted the Holy Spirit to His disciples post-resurrection (see John 20:22). Yet if they weren't Christians at this time, what were they?

They were those who seeing, could see, and hearing, could hear, and understand the Truth as presented by the Messiah, as opposed to those other Jews, who had rejected their Messiah. These disciples at this point in time, were 'Messianic Jews' as it were, and had like faith as Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob which meant that they were saved, just as the forefathers were, who looked ahead to the time when Messiah would come, but not yet born again.

Why is this important? Because these disciples represent the believing Jews, saved Jews, Jews who will embrace Y'shua Ha Meschiach with all their hearts, who will in fact, see "all these things" that our Lord spoke about in this chapter. It may well be that these 12 apostles represent in their present state, the 144,000 Jews who will go forth during the time of Jacob's trouble (12,000 from each tribe) proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom of heaven, the very message that the Jews in Jesus day, rejected.


Once again, when the fulness of the Gentiles is come in and God has taken for Himself a people (Gentiles predominantly) for His Name, He shall then turn and build again the Tabernacle of David, and Israel will again be dealt with by the LORD. Jews who come to faith in Y'shua Ha Meschiach (Jesus Christ) during the time of Jacob's Trouble, a.k.a. Daniels 70th week, will certainly be saved, but not born again, as this is a spiritual distinction exclusively for the church, which is neither Jew nor Gentile, but "one new man".


Thus verse 9 of Matthew ch. 24 takes on a different look: "YOU shall be hated of all nations for My Name's sake" refers to Jewish believers who are positionally speaking, identical to these disciples standing, as they were, before the LORD Jesus in this very chapter. They will believe in Y'shua as Ha Meschiach, and thus be saved, but not indwelt by God's Spirit, as are those who are born again in the church.


RIGHTEOUS REMNANTS

In Israel's history, during times in which the Hebrew people fell away from the LORD, and He had to chasten, rebuke and correct His people, there seems to always be a faithful remnant. Even in the days of Elijah, when he was alone in that cave, and bemoaning the 'fact' that he alone served and loved the LORD; God had to inform him of the real facts! There were yet 7,000 that had not yet bowed the knee to Baal!


Throughout the Bible, there is mention of the remnant that held on to the Word of God, that believed the promises YHWH made to His people, and looked forward to their Messiah (2Ki 19:4, 30-31; 2Ch 30:6; 2Ch 34:9; Ezr 3:8; 9:8; Neh 1:3; Isa 1:9; 10:20-22; 37:4, 31-32; 46:3; Jer 6:9; 23:3; 31:7; 42:2,15,19 and a host of other O.T. scriptures); note that not all verses that mention a "remnant" are a godly remnant, but there is always in every generation of Israel, those who God preserves, who remain faithful to Him.


Here is a critical verse speaking of the remnant that has to do with the last days, as this is the second (and prophetically, final) regathering of the nation of Israel:


Isa 11:11
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. (see also vs.16)


In the days of Jesus, His remnant amounted to His twelve, and women who were dearly devoted to their precious Lord; eventually all others had left (see John 6:66-67; interesting verse number in which this was written), and even His apostles fled when the Temple soldiers came and arrested Jesus.


Here are three N.T. verses on "the remnant":


Rom 9:27; Rom 11:5; and in regards to that remnant that endures the time of Jacob's trouble:


Rev 12:17
And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. (No doubt the 144,000 will be at least a part of the total number comprising this remnant; observe: this woman is a symbol of the nation Israel (note: not the church, for Christ Jesus 'birthed' us, not the other way around!) as in vs. 2-6 it speaks of how she gave birth to her child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron, that later ascended into heaven, to God and His throne)

ANOTHER HOLOCAUST!?

In the last days, as stated previously in this article, two out of every three Jews will be wiped out in that terrible time ahead (this is one major reason why we are to pray fervently for the conversion of the Jewish people, that they may partake of Christ and be included in the body of Christ, thus escape this horrible calamity).

Here we must end the present segment of this article, but when we continue next time we will examine further this biblical concept of "remnants" and of the one to come during the time of Jacob's Trouble. As well as this, we will look at the LORD Jesus' admonition to those who witness the 'Abomination that makes desolate' and what will transpire when He finally arrives. Also we will make a comparison between two seemingly identical passages in Matt. ch. 24 and Luke ch. 21.

Also we will learn the difference between two biblical terms: "the fulness of the Gentiles" and "the times of the Gentiles".

And finally we will ask the question (and hopefully answer it) "Who is it that 'hinders' the coming wickedness as describes in 2 Th 2:7-8"?

Until then, may you keep your oil lamps trimmed and burnin' for JESUS!
The LORD Bless you WAY TOO MUCH!

brother James Fire
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Friday, February 19, 2010

T.T.U.F. PROFILES – MAURICE STRONG : CHRISTIANITY AND THOSE OUT TO DESTROY IT


by A.M. Kisly

T.T.U.F. PROFILES – MAURICE STRONG

This article is just one of the many coming articles that will inform you about some of the most powerful people in the world who have declared war on Christianity. A society that is openly rejecting God is open prey to the wolves who are about to devour them.

I would like to begin this article with perhaps one of the most important statements made by the apostle Paul, this coming from the first chapter of the book of Romans.

(16) "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.

(17) For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith."

It is called God's righteousness, because it is God's plan, in distinction from all the plans set up by men. It was originated by him; it differs from all others; and it claims him as its Author, and tends to his glory. It is called his righteousness, as it is the way by which he receives and treats men as righteous.

This same plan was foretold in various places, where the word righteousness is nearly synonymous with salvation. In Isaiah 51:5, "My righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth." From verse 6, "My salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished." In Isaiah 56:1, "My salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed." From Daniel 9:24, "To make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness."


It is important for us to understand where the real battle lies. It is a spiritual battle, a war that has been raging from the beginning of time. Though we can see the outward casualties of this war, we must understand the who, the what, and the why of it all.

The enemy of our souls has declared war on God. It is he who would rob, kill and destroy us, as well as the nations of the world. It is he who desires to be worshipped and enthroned by the masses. It is Satan, the master manipulator, the king of thievery and lies and every evil and wicked device ever imagined. For he indeed is the one who stood pridefully against, and in competition with the Creator of the Universe. It is he, who demanding his own way above Almighty God, has been cast out of heaven and judgment placed upon his shoulders. His end is near and time is running out. His plan is to deceive and steal as many as he can away from truth, salvation and God.

We are witnesses of this very thing. Today, the nations of the world have turned their backs on the living God. They, like the liar who whispers in their ear, despise God’s way, God’s truth and the life he offers us through the redemption of Jesus Christ. They have taken of the forbidden fruit and have believed the lie of Satan. They like their father, the devil, have also declared war on God, and on Christianity.

Jesus said in John 15:18 – 20

“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.”

America is quickly becoming one of the many nations turning away from God in lightening speed. The Christian principals that this nation was founded upon are being thrown away, changed or worse, perverted. Yes, America is watching it all slip away, our Constitution, our liberties and our way of life. Our economy is collapsing with the destruction of the free-market and capitalism by the hands of the most socialist/globalist administration ever.

Globalists are at the helm of these radical God haters. They have created the many “movements” that are re-shaping the final destiny of the world.

In this article, I would like to introduce to you a man who is has been deemed the Father of Environmentalism: Maurice Strong. He is just one of the many who seeks to indoctrinate the world into this new Global society, and lead them down the road of destruction.

WHO IS MAURICE STRONG?

He has an ever growing reputation as the leading and most radical environmentalist in the world, and is the wizard behind the Global Warming Scam. His ideology is deeply submerged in Marxism and population control.


WHO IS MAURICE STRONG? .... Leading his New-Age flock to United Religions of the UN

Maurice Strong is an advocate of world governance via the United Nations,
and Spiritual Governance via the Temple of Understanding in New York City ( next to UN ) and Environmental-governance via The Earth Charter and the Ark of the Gaia Covenant and the ARK OF HOPE: The Ark of The New Age Covenant.

Strong owns a Buddhist Meditation Ranch of 100,000 acres in Colorado (right over the Ogallala Aquifer) ...yes, he is a billionaire Water-Baron ..... and Oil Baron .... just an average kind of guy.

A quote from Maurice Strong...... "Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn't it our responsibility to bring that about?"

Maurice Strong was born in Canada and has worked for decades with the United Nations. In 1972 he was Secretary General of the United Nations conference on the Human Environment, and thus launched the “GREEN” movement.

Head of Earth Council ... changing the world from cozy to nosey
Behind UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan stands the powerful Canadian multi-billionaire Maurice Strong. He is the founder of both the World Economic Council and Planetary Citizens; he has served as director of the World Future Society, trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation and Aspen Institute, and a member of the Club of Rome.

As head of the Earth Council, he began to prepare an Earth Charter—a global code of conduct based on global values and radical environmental guidelines.

Strong led the 1992 "Earth Summit" in Rio de Janeiro (United Nations Conference on Environment and Development). It produced the controversial Biodiversity Treaty and Agenda 21 — the monstrous plan for reorganizing the world along environmental guidelines. One of his offices is only two blocks away from the White House.

See: Rapid Reaction against UN Foes

In 1990, a small, round faced Canadian described a scenario to a reporter. He envisioned a small group of world leaders concluding that the rich countries were the “principle risk to the Earth.” This group then created a plan to get the rich countries to “sign an agreement reducing their impact on the environment.” When the rich countries refused, the group decided “the only hope for the planet” was for the industrialized civilizations to collapse. He pondered, “Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?”

Two years later, he helped lay the foundation for the Kyoto Protocol at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

Who is he? His name is Maurice Strong, and he would love to see America collapse.

Billionaire Canadian Maurice Strong is a man of profound influence. He’s been called the “Michelangelo of networking,” “an international traveling salesman with buts of paper in his pocket” and described as “a cross between Rasputin and Machiavelli.”

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Life And Times - Maurice Strong

Maurice Strong at Root of Global Warming Scam

He is known as the "Godfather of the International Environmental movement" and the "architect of the Kyoto Protocol." Both of those are ironic titles for a man who started out in the oil business.

Strong's first exposure to the U.N. came in 1947 when, at 18, he went to New York to take a job as assistant pass officer in the Identification Unit of the Security Section. He lived with Noah Monod, then treasurer of the U.N. Here, he first met David Rockefeller and learned that the U.N.'s funds were handled by Rockefeller's Chase Bank. He also met the other Rockefeller brothers and other influential people as well.

The idea of global governance emerged during this era. John J. McCloy was a member of the law firm that represented the Rockefeller's business interests. McCloy helped set up the World Bank and became its first president. He also became an assistant to Roosevelt's secretary of war, Henry Stimson. McCloy had been with Truman, Andrei Gromyko and Stalin at Potsdam in 1945, and it was McCloy who first received word that the atomic bomb test at Alamogordo had been successful. He was appointed to a presidential commission to respond to a Soviet proposal that the United Nations control future development of atomic power. McCloy recommended that the U.S. turn over all information about the atomic bomb, including where to find uranium, to the U.N. This idea of allowing the U.N. to become a supranational agency was also promoted by the Rockefellers and the Rockefeller-funded Council on Foreign Relations.

Although Strong kept his U.N. job only two months, he met very influential people through Noah Monod who would later prove to be very useful. Strong returned to Winnipeg, failed to qualify for the Royal Canadian Air Force, and took a job as trainee analyst for James Richardson and Sons. By 1951, he had taken a job with Dome Petroleum, on whose board of directors was Henry Brunei, a close friend of John J. McCloy. Dome became one of the largest oil companies in Canada but its shareholders resided on Wall Street, never very far away from Standard Oil and the Rockefellers.

Strong traveled Africa in the 1950s, creating a network of service stations for Dome Petroleum and recruiting locals to man them. In the 60s, he took Ajax Petroleum, renamed it Canadian Industrial Gas & Oil Co. and turned it from almost busted into an oil giant. In 1975, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau started a state-owned gas company. Strong accepted the position as president of Petro-Canada.

While his private sector resume is impressive, it is his public sector experience that is shaping environmental policy today. While he was dabbling in oil, he was also starting his political career. In 1966, Strong led the Canadian International Development Agency. After four years of that, he went to the United Nations. In 1972, Strong was the secretary-general of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm, Sweden. Later, he was executive director of the United Nations Environmental Program.

Fascist Economics (Government and business in partnership)
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Articles pertaining to the Strong-Martin relationship (Prime Minister of Canada, Paul Martin) by Lorne Gunter from the Edmonton Journal:

"The announcement last week that Martin was courting Maurice Strong -- the first president of Petro-Canada and the godfather of the Kyoto accord -- to be senior environment adviser in the Prime Minister's Office is more than concrete enough to eradicate any and all goodwill Martin's comforting words to date may have purchased.
"Strong may not have been present at the birth of the National Energy Program in 1980; but as the founding president, chairman and CEO of Petro-Can from 1976-78, he was there at its conception.

"Everything that is wrong can, in Strong's mind, be traced to three sources -- industrialization, wealth and free markets. I'd add a fourth -- Christianity -- except Strong never quite comes out and blames it for the world's ills. He merely hints at it with statements such as: "We are all gods now, gods in charge of our own destiny," which he made in his autobiographical 2000 book "Where on Earth are We Going?"

Withholding Food -
The Convention on Biological Diversity:Cornerstone of the New World Order (I hope you have a strong stomach!)

Micro-scoping Maurice Strong

"It is weird that Strong advocates for world depopulation schemes; tells the unwashed masses that both refrigeration and air conditioning are going to wipe out Mother Earth. It’s weird that as a practicing New Ager, Strong dabbles in the occult. Weird is that he didn’t know one of the largest American aquifers was sitting right under the 100,000-acre Baca Ranch in Colorado, he ran as a New Age Mecca with his wife Hanne, and that he came to acquire the property through Saudi arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi. "

Article: Canada Free press

He has had other positions of influence at the United Nations, including “commissioners of the World Commission on Environment and Development, set up as an independent body by the United Nations in 1983″ and senior adviser to Secretary-general Kofi Annan.

Journalist Elaine Dewar interviewed Strong and wrote about him in her book Cloak of Green. She writes, “He could raise his own money from whomever he liked, appoint anyone he wanted, control the agenda.” Also:

“He told me he had more unfettered power than a cabinet minister in Ottawa. He was right: He didn’t have to run for re-election, yet he could profoundly affect lives.”

That “unfettered power” led to his role in creating the Kyoto Protocol.

“An agreement reducing their impact on the environment”

In 1990, Maurice Strong gave an interview to WEST magazine, where he described how he envisioned the Earth being saved:

“Each year the World Economic Forum convenes in Davos, Switzerland. Hundreds of CEO’s, prime ministers, finance ministers, and leading academics gather each February to attend meetings and set the economic agendas for the year ahead.

“What if a small group of these world leaders were to conclude that the principle risk to the earth comes from the actions of the rich countries? And if the world is to survive, those rich countries would have to sign an agreement reducing their impact on the environment? Will they do it? Will the rich countries agree to reduce their impact on the environment? Will they agree to save the earth?

“The group’s conclusions is ‘no.’ the rich countries won’t do it. They won’t change. So, in order to save the planet, the group decides: Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?”

Two years after making that statement, Strong laid the foundation, and helped in the creation of the Kyoto Protocol. According to Wikipedia, “The Kyoto Protocol is a protocol to the international Framework Convention on Climate Change with the objective of reducing greenhouse gases that cause climate change.” Another way of saying that is “an agreement reducing their impact on the environment.” What has been the result of the agreement? The rich countries won't do it, they won't change.

Japan, Italy and Spain face payments of as much as $33 billion combined for failing to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions as promised under the Kyoto treaty.

Spain faces a $7.8 billion cost, and Italy and Japan each may owe about $13 billion, based on estimates by their governments and the current price for permits.

It seems the rich countries are up to their necks in fines, while the developing countries don’t have to worry about caps on emissions. Sound familiar?

If the United States were to sign the treaty, it is expected to have disasterous results:

…according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, [ratifying Kyoto] could cost the economy $400 billion per year, raise electric utility rates by 86 per cent, hike the cost of heating oil by 76 per cent, and impose a permanent “Kyoto gasoline tax” of 66 cents per gallon. In total, each U.S. household would have to spend an extra $1,740 per year on energy. WEFA, an economic information and consulting firm, reports that 2.4 million jobs would be lost and manufacturing wages cut by 2.1 per cent.

Kyoto is actually destroying Europe's economy. Strong, however, is not concerned with the success of the world’s economy. In fact, it seems that is part of the plan. When an economy grows, greenhouse gases tend to grow with it. Strong knows this and says:

“Economic growth is not the cure, it is the disease.”

Unless we are talking about Strong’s economic growth…he himself used environmentalism to make a lot of money.

In the 1990s, Al Gore heaped praise on a company called Molten Metal Technology, Inc. This company, a hazardous waste management firm, claimed to have a new technology, “a promising adaptation of steelmaking chemistry to create a closed-loop system for turning industrial wastes into chemical feedstock.”

Gore’s hype helped the company’s stock jump to $35 a share. After receiving over $25 million dollars in federal grant money from the Department of Energy, the D.O.E. figured out that the technology was a bust. It simply didn’t work.

Maurice Strong ran Molten Metals, and when the federal government decided to stop handing out grants, he and the other corporate officers sold off $15.3 million in personal shares of stock. The stock dropped to $5 soon afterward, but Strong had already made his money.

Today, Strong is on the Chicago Climate Exchange Board of Directors. The CCX (Chicago Climate Exchange) “is North America’s only and the world’s first global marketplace for integrating voluntary legally binding emissions reductions with emissions trading and offsets for all six greenhouse gases.”

The more global warming gets hyped, once again by Al Gore, the more green technology is worth. So while Strong may be “a socialist in ideology,” he is definitely a “capitalist in methodology.”

The architect of Kyoto has made millions off of environmentalism, but still finds himself unable to pull America into the snare. But he has a plan for that also. In 2006, he described what he thought was necessary to keep the green movement alive…FEAR!

Speaking of the environmental movement post-2012, the year Kyoto expires; Strong laid out a vision for what he thinks it will take to keep the green movement alive in the hearts of world governments. What we really need are massive incentives for the right kind of behavior, Strong explained at one seminar to an audience of roughly 400. Economic incentives, but also moral incentives, ethical incentives, psychological incentives . . . FEAR!

Political leaders cannot go far beyond what their constituents are prepared to accept, nor can those who are negative be more negative than what their constituents are willing to support, notes Strong, acknowledging that democratic solutions have their limits. So, politics really responds to public movements. If you look at the great movements in history, the abolishment of the slave trade and all that, they didn’t start with individual policies from governments. They were forced on them by people’s movements. And that’s the same with the environmental movement. Later, he adds: And remember: the communist revolution was a people’s revolution.

Maurice Strong would not shed a tear at the collapse of the American economy or our way of life. He has stated before that “current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class involving high meat intake, consumption of large amounts of frozen and convenience foods, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work-place air conditioning, and suburban housing are not sustainable. A shift is necessary toward lifestyles less geared to environmentally damaging consumption patterns.” In other words, the demise of the American way of life is necessary for the survival of the Earth. This perspective poses little threat from a normal environmentalist. In the hands of the “Michelangelo of networking,” “an international traveling salesman with buts [sic] of paper in his pocket” and “a cross between Rasputin and Machiavelli,” it is an all too real threat to America.

UPDATE: MAY 18, 2010 -

The Dangerous Worldview of Maurice Strong and Sustainable Development


Reported by Brannon House: This is serious, folks! President Obama's science czar buys into sustainable development. Sustainable development includes provision for a world authority that controls all resources and every aspect of how humans live-whether they are allowed to be born, how and when they die, and the way they are educated. Holdren calls for a "Planetary Regime" to bring this about:

Such a comprehensive Planetary Regime could control the development, administration, conservation, and distribution of all natural resources, renewable or nonrenewable…not only in the atmosphere and oceans, but in such freshwater bodies as rivers and lakes…The Regime might also be a logical central agency for regulating all international trade…The Planetary Regime might be given responsibility for determining the optimum population for the world and for each region and for arbitrating various countries' shares within their regional limits…the Regime would have some power to enforce the agreed limits.[12]

Holdren also encourages "…a more powerful United Nations"[13] and like the rest of the globalists, he blames Biblical Christianity for the world's problems:

The Christian concept of life in this world, as voiced by Saint Paul, that "here we have no abiding city," for example, conceivably could help explain why some people show rather little concern for the long-term future of the global environment or for the well-being of future generations.[14]

"Sustainable development" masks all manner of tyranny, oppression, murder, socialism, and global governance. It has become the umbrella under which all the ideas and values of the 21 influencers in this book have converged. And it is what has brought us to the point of no return in our national relationship with the Lord of all nations
(Psalm 2).

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE: Worldview Weekend - by Brannon Howse


For further examination, you may want to check out the following links.

Religion and Maurice Strong

Manitou Foundation - www.globalpolicy.org

Maurice Strong -- Henry Lamb - www.sovereignty.net

Temple of Understanding
www.interfaithstudies.org

www.cephasministry.com

A Spiritual UN - www.findarticles.com

Love, Light and Planetary Consciousness - www.aquaac.org

Crestone, Colorado
The Crestone/Baca community of centers of the world's religious traditions is currently the largest intentional interfaith ecumenical community in North America. The Foundation has also instigated its own solitary retreat hermitage project, providing the opportunity for individuals to focus on their contemplative practices.
www.transition-dynamics.com

Water Baron - www.orwelltoday.com

Robert Muller
www.ankerber.com

www.theforbiddenknowledge.com

www.inplainsight.org

Gov-Religious Police

US Commission on International Religious Freedom Meets on Fuller’s Pasadena Campus
by Connie Kang. Los Angeles Times 1/31/04

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom met on Fuller’s Pasadena campus Wednesday, January 28

[ 2004 ] . The commission, an independent federal government agency created by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, is the first government commission in the world with the sole mission of reviewing and making policy recommendations on the facts and circumstances of religious freedom violations abroad.

www.fuller.edu/news/html

FRIENDS of MAURICE

Ted Turner's Environmental Hypocrisy -- May 31, 2004 - www.worldnetdaily.com

European Green Party - www.eurogreens.org

Europe of Tomorrow - www.eurogreens.org

EuroGreens - www.eurogreens.org

Global Greens - www.europeangreens.org
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Sunday, February 14, 2010

The RAPTURE of the CHURCH: The WHO and WHEN Of it All . . . Part 2



The time of Great Tribulation also known as "Jacob's Trouble" in Jer 30:7 will be a time of severe judgment, upon the Jew first and also the Gentile, for their rejection of Jesus Christ our Savior.
Just Can't See It:

So we know that this blindness in Israel will persist until* the church, according to the foreknowledge of God, is completed and God calls out all souls that will be a part of the Body, into the church of Jesus Christ; He will then turn again and deal with Israel:

* See Rom 11:25


Listen to James, elder of the church at Jerusalem at a Council that was called for, in Acts 15 in regards to Gentile believers and where they fit into God's plan for the ages, and where they differ from His plan for Israel:


Acts 15:13-17
And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me: Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.
Acts 15:13-17
And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me: Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.


And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.

Yet when will this event, this fulness of the Gentiles occur? Remember: No one knows except God!
This fulness of the Gentiles has no termination date that we know of, nor is there anything to say that TODAY, the last member of the Body of Christ will be brought into the kingdom, and once complete, God will return and will build again the tabernacle of David.

A Week of Storms



All of this is wrapped around probably one of the most important Messianic prophecies concerning the Messiah, Israel and the last days, Daniel chapter 9:24-27:

Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.



These 70 'weeks' are like 'Jewish decades' as it were; that is, these represent 70 "shabuwahs" or weeks of years. One shabuwah is equal to seven years, Two shabuwahs are 14 years, Three would be 21, and so on. 70 shabuwahs are 490 years.

The Angel Gabriel states that from the time the command goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem, the city (note: not just the temple which was attempted by edicts from various Gentile leaders a few times w/o success) unto the coming of Messiah shall be 483 years!

Note how Gabriel speaks to Daniel: "Seventy weeks are determined upon THY people (Jews) and upon THY Holy City (Jerusalem). This is a prophecy concerning none other than Israel, which precludes the Gentiles or the church.
The church has no holy city they can claim for their own in this world; on the contrary we have here "no certain dwelling place". Israel by virtue of the Abrahamic and Land (Canaan) covenants have both a specific people (the twelve tribes of Israel) and also a specific land (that which was formerly Canaan).

Gabriel divides these 490 years into three segments: seven weeks (49yrs), threescore and two weeks (434 yrs) [both segments spoken of in vs. 25] and a week (7 yrs) [mentioned in vs. 27].

Gabriel states that its at the end of the second segment of time (434 yrs) plus the first segment of time that already passed (49yrs) which adds up to 483 yrs, that the Messiah will have His "visitation" as Jesus said in Matthew ch 23, to Israel.

At the end of this visitation, the Messiah will be "cut off" but not for Himself! In Hebrew this is "karath" which means "to cut, sever", it also means "to make a covenant, to exterminate or destroy in a judicial sense" as in the flood of Noah, and the people who were exterminated at that time.

There is a duration of time in between the 483rd week (once Messiah was 'cut off') and the final week of 7 years.

VARIOUS DISPENSATION of TIMES

A similar duration of time also exists between the time in which Messiah would "preach the gospel to the poor, heal the broken hearted, preach deliverance to the captives, recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are bruised, to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD" as the Lord Jesus read from Isaiah in Luke ch. 4, and the OTHER portion of that verse as recorded in Isaiah 61:2 and on: " . . . and the day of vengeance of our God;"

And a similar duration of time exists between Zec 9:9 and the rest of that chapter. These verses show that prophetic sequences are not necessarily contiguous, that is, they don't always follow chronologically from verse to verse.

Once the LORD Jesus was cut off, crucified, this stopped the prophetic clock in God's dealing with Israel. We know this because there is yet one more shabuwah (7 yrs.) yet to be fulfilled, right? While the Messiah would indeed suffer and die as our atonement, He would NOT at that time establish the kingdom from/of heaven, just as He told His disciples after His resurrection:

Acts 1:6-7
When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.


Note: He didn't say He wouldn't restore again the Kingdom of Israel, only that, this time is in the Father's hand.

IT DOES A BODY GOOD
So what did He have in mind if not the Kingdom restored to Israel? The church, comprised of a body both Jews and Gentiles, but primarily Gentiles later on (from Acts ch. 10 and onward). Paul the Apostle stated in Ephesians ch. 2 and 3 the mystery of the church:

Eph 2:1-22 note esp. vs. 15

Eph 3:1-21 note esp. vs. 5 and 6

As previously stated twice before, once the fulness of the Gentiles is come in, then God will turn to Israel, and this terrible time known as Jacob's trouble will fall upon that nation; this is that last shabuwah (7 yr period) that Daniel spoke of, during which time one will arise, "the prince that shall come" and shall covenant with the people of Israel.

This time period of Daniels 70th (last) week is what the Book of Revelation is all about: its a magnification of Daniel's prophecy giving us greater detail and clarity about what's to transpire at that time.

FROM DANIEL to JOHN: Prophecy Expanded

This last shabuwah starts from chapter 6 of Revelation and continues through to chapter 19

Prior to this section that elaborates on Daniel's 70th week, there are some last minute dealings with the church, as recorded in chapters 2 and 3.

Chapter 4 is about John's vision of the throne of God and apparently he is translated there as God commanded him to "come up hither". Many see John here as a 'type' or a model of the church in this passage, raptured into heaven.

Chapter 5 deals with the 'kinsman goel' that is He who purchased back the title deed of planet Earth and all its inhabitants with His own blood. Here He receives the scrolls with its seven seals, the breaking of which commences the Judgment and the Wrath of the Lamb upon the inhabitants of the Earth! Note: The church is not appointed to wrath (1Th 5:9). Yet the Wrath of the Lamb occurs as early as ch. 6 of Revelation.

Daniel states that the prince that shall come, breaks the covenant with Israel at the mid point of that final seven year period, that is, 3.5 yrs. into the middle of the agreed covenant. He then sets up his image in the temple to be worshipped as God.

HE'S SUCH A BEAST!

Three and a half years prior to this abomination that makes desolate, the Beast is revealed (It speaks of the son of perdition being "revealed" in 2 Thess. 2: 3-12 and the 'Hinderer' is likewise mentioned: more on this later) to the world even as Christ breaks the first seal, commencing the time of Jacob's trouble, and the Beast rides forth "conquering and to conquer".

Observe that this occurs in ch. 6 or "after this" as stated in Revelation 4:1. This signifies an ending of what occured beforehand, and is beginning something different. This transition is significant in that it shows that the fulness of the Gentiles is completed, and that the focus is now on Israel.

Since this entire matter occurs in the 70th week of Daniel, the time of Jacob's trouble, the fulness of the Gentiles must already be passed, for God is now dealing with His people Israel. It's also worthy of note that after Revelation 2 and 3 there is no mention of the church on the Earth (A detailed examination of Revelation in search of the church will be forthcoming), but we see the church in heaven, represented by the 24 elders who proclaim:

Rev 5:8-9
And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;


KINGS and PRIESTS

Some have suggested that the 24 elders are the 12 apostles and the 12 prophets of the Old Testament, but I can't find anything in scripture to substantiate any of the OT prophets receiving thrones (as the apostles were promised) and crowns.


There were never any Kings of Israel that by God's calling officiated in priestly duties; those that tried were severely chastened by God; likewise no priests were ever reigning over Israel as their king. God intentionally separated the royal lineage (the Tribe of Judah), from the priestly lineage (the tribe of Levi).

There are only three persons that were both a king AND a priest:
Melchizedek, Christ Jesus (who follows the type of Melchizedek's priesthood and not that of Aaron; see: Hebrews 5:5-6) and the church:

1Peter 2:9
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:


Thus these elders before the throne, I believe are truly representative of the church.

PRECONDITIONS for the RAPTURE?


There are some I've spoken with that believe that the church WON'T be raptured out of this world UNTIL the temple is rebuilt, and that we may in fact witness the rise of the Beast, and as a proof text, they use Matthew ch. 24, and I would like to address this in the next installment of "RAPTURE: The WHO and WHEN Of It All"

Until then, may the Blessed Hope of our LORD's imminent return keep our lamps burning brightly for His glory!
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Thursday, February 11, 2010

New World Order: What is the "Council of Governors," and why has President Obama’s Executive Order established it?


by A.M. Kisly

Current News and the New World Order


While I have been knee deep in research for a series of articles I’m writing (not yet published) I was reading through the many emails sent to me daily by various news watch groups. I found this article not only to be of special interest, but should be brought to the attention of every American citizen.


The following article is comprised of several writers and articles (of which most can be accredited to Chuck Baldwin) with regards to Obama’s newly established Executive Order creating a “Council of Governors”. This article will explain precisely who and what this is, as well as a warning to all you who still sit on the sidelines as we watch the dismantling of our Constitution and our liberties snatched away.


According to a recent report released by White House Office Press Secretary, President Obama has signed an Executive Order establishing the newly formed “Council of Governors” which he insists will strengthen the “partnership” between State and Federal Government in order to “protect” our Nation. The quote is as follows:


"The President today [January 11, 2009] signed an Executive Order establishing a Council of Governors to strengthen further the partnership between the Federal Government and State Governments to protect our Nation against all types of hazards. When appointed, the Council will be reviewing such matters as involving the National Guard of the various States; homeland defense; civil support; synchronization and integration of State and Federal military activities in the United States; and other matters of mutual interest pertaining to National Guard, homeland defense, and civil support activities."


If your are wondering what the big deal is about this, it is a huge deal when it concerns the potential for Government to once again swallow up our liberties while expanding federal and international police powers over us.

This “Council” is comprised of “Ten State Governors who will be selected by the President to serve two year terms . . . Once chosen, the Council will have no more than five members from the same party and represent the Nation as a whole."


The report goes on to state that "Federal members of the Council include the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, the Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs, the U.S. Northern Command Commander, the Commandant of the Coast Guard, and the Chief of the National Guard Bureau. The Secretary of Defense will designate an Executive Director for the Council."

The 10 appointed governors (and one of them is not even a State governor) were named Thursday, February 4, 2009 by Obama, as follows:


*Governor James Douglas (R-Vermont) *Co-chair

*Governor Chris Gregoire (D-Washington) *Co-chair

Governor Brad Henry (D-Oklahoma)

Governor Jay Nixon (D-Missouri)

Governor Martin O'Malley (D-Maryland)

Governor Janice Brewer (R-Arizona)

Governor Bob McDonnell (R-Virginia)

Governor Michael Rounds (R-South Dakota)
Governor Beverly Perdue (D-North Carolina)

Governor Luis G. Fortuno (R-Puerto Rico)


There is cause for serious concern because every bit of this entails expanding traditional Command in Chief powers to the DOD [Department of Defense], spreading troops around the US (potentially not American troops at that . . .) and deciding who has ultimate tactical command over reserves and Guard in the event of National 'emergencies,' terrorist attacks, or natural disasters."


Actually, this Executive Order is simply the latest in a series of events going back to the Bush and Clinton years, in which the federal government has taken steps to lay the foundation for extensive military police action within the United States.


Let’s not forget the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which is a law that bars the military from exercising domestic police powers.

Posse Comitatus Act

Back in 2008, retired lawman Jim Kouri wrote,


"In a political move that received little if any attention by the American news media, the United States and Canada entered into a military agreement on February 14, 2008, allowing the armed forces from one nation to support the armed forces of the other nation during a domestic civil emergency, even one that does not involve a cross-border crisis, according to a police commander involved in homeland security planning and implementation.
"

It is an initiative of the Bi-National Planning Group whose final report, issued in June 2006, called for the creation of a 'Comprehensive Defense and Security Agreement,' or a 'continental approach' to Canada-US defense and security.
"

The law enforcement executive told Newswithviews.com that the agreement--defined as a Civil Assistance Plan--was not submitted to Congress for debate and approval, nor did Congress pass any law or treaty specifically authorizing this military agreement to combine the operations of the armed forces of the United States and Canada in the event of domestic civil disturbances ranging from violent storms, to health epidemics, to civil riots or terrorists attacks.
"

This is a military plan that's designed to bypass the Posse Comitatus Act that traditionally prohibited the US military from operating within the borders of the United States. Not only will American soldiers be deployed at the discretion of whoever is sitting in the Oval Office, but foreign soldiers will also be deployed in American cities,' warns Lt. Steven Rodgers, commander of the Nutley, NJ Police Department's detective bureau."


See Kouri's column at: Global Research

The groundwork for this US-Canadian agreement occurred in 2002 when President G.W. Bush created USNORTHCOM.


For the first time in US history, an entire Army division has been tasked with "homeland defense efforts and to coordinate defense support of civil authorities." (Source: USNORTHCOM official web site)


The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, which passed with almost unanimous bipartisan support, and was signed into law in January 2008 by then-President Bush, required the implementation of the Council of Governors.


In June of 2009, USNORTHCOM sent a legislative proposal to Congress requesting "amending Title 10 of USC, expanding the Secretary of Defense's powers to mobilization of the Army Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Navy Reserve, and Marine Corps Reserve to assist civil authorities in disasters and emergencies . . . 'thus enabling a truly Total Force approach to disaster response.'"

See the full report at:
USNORTHCOM

Matthew Rothschild at The Progressive penned, "The Pentagon has approached Congress to grant the Secretary of Defense the authority to post almost 400,000 military personnel throughout the United States in times of emergency or a major disaster."


Concerning this, David Mundy at the Texas National Press commented, "If granted, the move would further erode the authority of the states and would minimize the role played by the states' militia . . . in handling domestic issues.


"More ominously, nothing in the Pentagon's request specifies that the troops to be posted in U.S. cities would not necessarily be Americans."


The report notes that in September of 2009, USNORTHCOM released its 32-page initial framework for the "Tri Command," referring to NORAD, NORTHCOM, and Canada COM. It is noted that while NORTHCOM and Canada COM are national organizations, NORAD is set up as a binational force.


It is largely understood, therefore, that the Council of Governors has been established for the purpose of getting the governors' blessing on this newly accumulated power. In other words, the CG is Assistant Secretary of Defense Paul Stockton's effort to establish a liaison between the governors, DHS, DOD, and the National Guard.

Anyone who is not concerned about the ever-increasing encroachment of federal power upon the states and citizenry at large is either not paying attention, or is already a slave at heart. Instead of worrying about whether a gubernatorial or State legislative candidate is a conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat, we need to be focusing on whether or not our State governors and legislators have the historical and constitutional acumen and resolve to resist the current dismantling of State sovereignty and personal liberty being orchestrated by this federal leviathan that is known as Washington, D.C.


Why more of us are not as concerned as we should be can be traced to the mistaken belief that the American people have nothing to fear from an overreaching federal government. This is pure folly! We have far more to fear from Washington, D.C., than from Iran, Iraq, North Korea, or any other potential terrorist state. It is Washington, D.C.,--and Washington, D.C., alone--that has the power, opportunity, and propensity to squash our freedom and sell us into tyranny.

In response to pressure from the United Nations, President Richard Nixon issued Executive Order #11647 on February 10, 1972, which carved up the United States into 10 "standard Federal regions."


For the doubters out there, Wikipedia has a rather detailed web page mentioning the federal 10-region breakdown of the United States.


See the Wikipedia entry at:
Wikipedia - 10 Region Breakdown

See the map at:
Standard Federal Regional Boundries

Still not convinced? Try a casual web search of the 10 US regions and you will quickly discover that each major federal agency, such as the EPA, OSHA, DOT, FEMA, etc., has their agency already divided into these 10 regions. As an example, here is the official district map for FEMA:
FEMA Boundries Map

Commenting on the creation of the 10 "super" regions initiated by President Nixon, CuttingEdge.org director David Bay very astutely said, "This regional system is also apparently a military structure." This is a very insightful observation, because I'm sure this was said long before President Obama took office, yet, that is exactly what his CG accomplishes. It grants federal executive power to these 10 governors--with the specific responsibility of providing leadership and direction to the National Guard and related homeland military activities. And is it any coincidence that the number of governors appointed to this new CG is exactly 10? Even more telling is the fact that the 10 governors come from each US region (the governor of Puerto Rico represents Region 2), except for Region 5, and guess what? Region 5 is President Obama's region!


Now, get this: the only region that has two governors represented on the CG (making up for Region 5's lack of a representative--who will be Obama himself, no doubt) is Region 3. And put this in your pipe and smoke it: the two governors from Region 3 are from Maryland and Virginia, which are the two states that border Washington, D.C. But all of this is mere coincidence, right?

See the map on the EPA web site at:
EPA Map

So, here is the list of the Council of Governors, as it coincides with the respective 10 regions. If you know anything about what is going on, you should easily be able to see the logic of how and why these governors were selected. Obviously, the two basic criteria would be 1) The location of necessary government infrastructure, facilities, personnel, etc., combined with 2) The compliant attitude and overall disposition of the governor selected. Here is how it looks:


Region 1: Governor Douglas of Vermont

Region 2: Governor Fortuno of Puerto Rico

Region 3: Governor O'Malley of Maryland and Governor McDonnell of Virginia.
These are necessary, as these are the two border states of Washington, D.C.
Region 4: Governor Perdue of North Carolina

Region 5: President Barack Obama of Illinois

Region 6: Governor Henry of Oklahoma

Region 7: Governor Nixon of Missouri

Region 8: Governor Rounds of South Dakota

Region 9: Governor Brewer of Arizona
Region 10: Governor Gregoire of Washington State


And while it is true that President Jimmy Carter revoked President Nixon's "Federal Regional Council" (what Nixon's Executive Order created in 1972) in 1979, the concept never died. It was merely incorporated into other Executive Orders. And there can be no question that President Obama's Council of Governors certainly builds on Nixon's initial "Regional Council" model.


Neither is it a coincidence that Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is included in the list of 10 governors appointed to the CG. Why? Does anyone remember the MIAC flap in the State of Missouri last year? I sure do, because I (along with Ron Paul and Bob Barr) was listed in the MIAC report as being a potential dangerous militia member or terrorist. And anyone who supported or voted for the three of us was similarly maligned in the MIAC report. Plus, the report also targeted people who opposed any of the following as being potential dangerous militia members:
The New World Order

The United Nations
Gun Control
The violation of Posse Comitatus

The Federal Reserve

The Income Tax

The Ammunition Accountability Act

A possible Constitutional Convention (Con Con)

The North American Union
Universal Service Program
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Chip Implantation

Abortion on demand

Illegal immigration


Remember, this was an official Missouri State Police report that was distributed to all Missouri State law enforcement officers. And Governor Jay Nixon authorized and strongly defended the MIAC report!


Later, of course, Governor Nixon and other State leaders were forced to withdraw the report, due to immense public pressure from both the citizens of Missouri and angry Americans all across the country.


A web page set aside with all the pertinent information regarding the MIAC fiasco, including the most recent updates, can be accessed at:
Chuck Baldwin

Now we learn that President Obama has appointed this very same Governor Jay Nixon to the newly formed Council of Governors. Doubtless, Nixon's support for the MIAC report brought him into the good graces of this Marxist President, who, in his inaugural address, pledged to "remake America." Without a doubt, the newly established Council of Governors is helping Obama do just that.


We can survive hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, looters and thugs, blackouts, and even Muslim terrorists. What we cannot survive--at least not without great cost and effort--is tyranny at the hands of our own government. In this regard, our greatest threat is not foreign terrorists or natural disasters; our greatest threat is Washington, D.C.

So, while DC has an eye on this new Council of Governors, you'd better keep an eye on your governor as well; and keep the other eye on what's left of your liberties, because if those federal foxes come in the middle of the night and run off with them, it will be your governor that opened the door.


Of course, the big question is not, Is America being "remade"? It most certainly is--and it started long before Obama moved into the White House. The question is, Will this "remade" America be something we can live with?

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The RAPTURE of the CHURCH: The WHO and WHEN Of It All . . . Part 1

~~ by James J. FIRE

I felt it necessary at this time to revisit the issue of "the rapture of the church" but before I get into this, may I suggest to you, the reader, to review a posting on FROM the MIND of FIRE (A link to this blog can be found at the list of "Resource links")? Use the search engine, "Scope Out This MIND" and type in the post article title "As Weird As Rain". Once completed, then come back and read this article. Due to its rather large size, this article "RAPTURE: The WHO and WHEN Of It All" will be done in several installments.

In the meanwhile, I would like you to watch this video from YOUTUBE.COM:

Are You Ready For The LORD'S Return?



JEWS And GENTILES - God's Plan For Both

It would seem that God deals with Israel and the church mutually exclusively; that each has a specific calling and destiny that differs from one another. Certainly the very idea that the church has replaced Israel is heresy, and a blatant twisting of scriptural truth. This is known as "Replacement Theology" and you may not be aware that this false doctrine was very prevalent during pre-Nazi Germany churches, and was a major factor in the persecution of the Jews. For a perspective on this, I recommend "On The Road To Holocaust" by Hal Lindsay.

When the LORD was dealing with Israel, starting with Abram aka Abraham, back in Genesis chapter 12, and through his lineage with Isaac, Jacob, then the twelve patriarchs, it culminated with, first - the prophetic scriptures that revealed the Messiah; and second - when He would appear to inaugurate what's known in the New Testament as "the kingdom of heaven" which in itself involves the Davidic Covenant, and what we now know as the Millennium.

OUT OF THIS WORLD?


Something one should be aware of is that "the kingdom of heaven" in Hebrew would be more accurately rendered "the kingdom from heaven".

In regards to Christ physically reigning on this Earth, His royal throne being established in Israel, in Jerusalem, there are those who would refute this notion, saying that Jesus declared in John ch. 18, "my kingdom is not of this world".

Let's take a quick look at this:


John 18:36
Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.


Again, the Hebrew word for "of" can also be rendered "from" and that puts a whole different spin on this statement made by our Lord! The latter portion of this verse clarifies this even more: note the part that's in italics!

Consider this also: in the previous chapter of John, the LORD Jesus is praying to the Father (this is the REAL LORD's PRAYER!) and listen to what He says regarding Himself, and His disciples that He's praying for:

John 17:14
I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

Note here that Jesus declares that they (the disciples) are not OF THE WORLD, even as He is not of this world! Yet both the LORD Jesus and these twelve lived, and dwelt on this planet; the LORD Jesus for thirty three years, the disciples obviously for the entirety of their lives! Simply because they were "not of this world" didn't mean that they didn't dwell here!

So it is with the kingdom of/from heaven! The Kingdom will indeed be brought to Earth and dwell here as is made abundantly clear in scripture:

Dan 2:44
And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.


See also: Rev 11:15, Luk 1:31-32


As the LORD came to present Himself to Israel, His dealings with the Gentiles was scant, and only occasionally to specific persons did He have any interaction. He said as much to His disciples in: Mat 10:5-23 and remember what He had to say to a Syrophoenecian woman in:

Mat 15:21-28

PRESENTING The MESSIAH!

Bear in mind that the religious establishment, the Jewish Sanhedrin, the Pharisee's, and Sadducee's, scribes and lawyers of the Torah were familiar with Messianic passages, but focused on the ones that spoke of Messiah as a warrior (the Old Testament refers to Him in this capacity as "The Avenger of Blood"), who would deliver Israel from the oppression of her enemies. In this case, the Roman Empire!


When Jesus began speaking of "loving your enemies" and "turn the other cheek" and "I am come to seek and to save the lost", He didn't fit their agenda or their desire for a warrior Messiah, thus He was rejected, even though He gave them signs that were specifically Messianic!

Read Isa 35:1-7, note especially vs. 6 below:

Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.

[This passage is similar to other Old Testament passages that speak of the Messianic Kingdom such as Isa 61:1 -11 . Note here that when Christ Jesus quoted this passage (Luke 4:18), He left off the second half, for His mission was two fold: First - to make atonement for our sins; Second - To establish His Kingdom on Earth. The first half He obviously fulfilled, and He would have fulfilled the second half HAD ISRAEL ACCEPTED HIM AS THEIR MESCHIACH NAGID, that is, Messiah, the King.]

The word for 'dumb' in Hebrew is "illem" meaning "speechless" and is based on the root word "alam" which means "to tie fast, dumb, this is a verb form, thus implies an action taken: it can mean "to put to silence". Some render the meaning of such a "dumb" person as one possessed by a demon that afflicts the victim with the inability of speech.

Jewish exorcists would demand the demon name itself so that it could be cast out, and this is even a practise that Jesus used once (refer to "Legion" who possessed the Gadarene man in Mark 5:1-16.

Yet with such a one who was dumb, it was impossible for the Jewish exorcists to cast the demons out, for they couldn't learn its name; but it was believed that the Messiah would do so, and that this would be a sign of His arrival.


Thus when we see in Mat 12:22-37 once the demon was cast out, the people wondered and asked if indeed this was "the son of David" that is, the Messiah. Yet the Pharisees disputed this claim and said that Jesus was doing this in the power of Satan; Jesus warned them that blasphemy of the Holy Spirit would not be forgiven, either in this world or the next!

PARABLES to PERCEIVE or PERPLEX

There then comes a subtle transition between chapters 12 and 13 that many don't see: the LORD began to speak to the children of Israel in parables; up to this point, He had never done so, but began to in chapter 13 and on. Even His own disciples asked Him why He was "speaking to them in parables" and here is His answer:

Mat 13:11-16
He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which saith,

By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.



Thus we understand that because the Jews were rejecting their Messiah by attempting to refute His Messianic claims and signs, judgment was falling upon them, and only those who genuinely sought after Truth would perceive the meaning of the parables. Those who had "an agenda for the Messiah" such as the Sanhedrin or even Judas Iscariot would become blind to the Truth.

See John 12:47-48 and John 8:43

Most Jews didn't see, hear or understand His Word and so weren't converted, nor were they healed. Yet those who did receive the Truth of the LORD's Words understood, and received greater and deeper Truth!

The LORD Jesus then lambastes the Pharisees and scribes, condemning their actions and conduct for in effect, they not only were rejecting the kingdom of heaven, but were prohibiting others from entering in as well!


Mat 23:13
But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.


And again in that same chapter, Jesus further declares His judgment upon these unbelieving Jews, from vs. 34-39:

Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.

Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.


And compare this passage with Luke 19:30-44, especially vs. 41-44.

These things Jesus said, are now hid from their eyes; do you see a steady regression into a state of total blindness in regards to national Israel here? They have been judged for NOT recognizing the "time of their visitation", that visitation being prophesied by Daniel the prophet (Dan 9:25)

More on this extremely important passage in a little bit.

This blindness is by no means permanent, but will last for a certain period of time, after which it shall be lifted.

THY KINGDOM COME -- For Who?

Yet at the time of these pronouncements by our LORD, national Israel was condemned for her unbelief and He declares that He will seek out another people to which He will grant the kingdom and this is when He begins to have dealings with the Gentiles! Observe:

Mat 21:33-46 note especially:

Mat 21:43
Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

And also: Mat 22:1-14, esp. vs. 8-10 and the great commission in which the LORD commands His own to . . .

Mat 28:19-20
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.


Of course 1 Peter 2:9 agrees with this, declaring that we, the church are "a chosen generation, a holy nation, a peculiar people . . . "


The LORD is even now working as He did from the beginning, with the church, saving souls and adding to the church such as should be saved. (Acts 2:47)



FATHER KNOWS BEST

When shall this church be complete? When will our Father look down upon the Body of Christ, and according to His foreknowledge, see that the last soul He intends to become a member of the church has come to salvation?

Only He knows! However when this day arrives, what the Bible speaks of as "the fulness of the Gentiles", that's when Israel will once again be dealt with by God, and He shall open their eyes to the Truth that they had rejected so long ago.

Speaking of fullness, this is the end of this segment as the material involved in this article is extensive. We will probably have between four to six segments running for this article in its entirety. While I may seem to be meandering in this article, every facet supports a central point, so I would solicit your kind patience and have you wait to the very end to come to your own conclusions.

In the meanwhile, may the LORD Jesus bless you all, as we await Him who is to come; our BLESSED HOPE!

agape,

James FIRE



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