You’re No Benjamin Netanyahu

Every week God has given me the great privilege of addressing a small group of people who love Bible prophecy.  I was with the group recently when someone mentioned that a senior official in the Obama Administration said, “The thing about Bibi is he’s a chickens**t.”  Suddenly, a very nice Christian lady in the group said, “It takes one to know one and that can be your next article.”

My mind was flooded with childhood memories. Someone would say, “You’re a coward” and the standard reply was, “It takes one to know one.” “You’re a Fraidy Cat!” “It takes one to know one.” “You’re chickens**t.” “It takes one to know one.”

I went to work on this article, but it occurred to me that President Obama’s senior official stepped in it— but he doesn’t know chicken manure when he sees it. He may be the fowl hen-house refuse he called Benjamin Netanyahu, but the Israeli Prime Minister is nothing like what the Obama Administration official said.

Mr. Netanyahu joined the IDF, became a member of Israel’s Special Forces, led commando raids into enemy territory, was twice wounded in combat and discharged as a captain— in perhaps the greatest military on earth. He is a man of courage and character, which no reasonable man would relate to chicken manure.

This is when my thoughts turned to the 1988 vice-presidential debate between two U.S. Senators: Lloyd Bentsen (D-TX) and Dan Quayle (R-IND). During that famous debate, Mr. Quayle, a 12-year veteran of the U.S. Senate, compared himself to John F. Kennedy, a 14-year veteran of the U.S. Senate. Mr. Bentsen responded by looking at Mr. Quayle and saying, “I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.”

This is the point: Many people have served with Benjamin Netanyahu. Many people know Benjamin Netanyahu. Many people call Benjamin Netanyahu their friend. And it is clear that the Obama Administration official is no Benjamin Netanyahu.  He is not even worthy to unloose the strings in Benjamin Netanyahu’s shoes. His foul-mouthed, mean-spirited, undiplomatic name-calling has dishonored the once-great nation he is supposed to represent.

Having said this, I am not surprised that this foul-mouthed White House  senior official bashed Mr. Netanyahu and it won’t surprise me if he, and others continue to do so. President Obama has prepped the White House with members of the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization that has ties to Hamas. His Senior Advisor, Valerie Jarrett, was born in Iran. Obama has already snubbed and bashed Mr. Netanyahu several times. He treats our enemies better than he treats our friends. And, most importantly—a further deterioration of U.S.-Israeli relations actually fits Bible prophecy.

The U.S. and our messianic Secretary of State, John Kerry, are obsessed with bullying Israel into signing a peace treaty on PA terms. A treaty on PA terms will divide Jerusalem, give away the West Bank, stop Jewish construction on the West Bank (including construction of the Temple), threaten the existence of Israel and get nothing in return. Mr. Netanyahu will never accept this so the tension between the U.S. and Israel will continue to grow. It has to happen because the entire world will be against Israel during the Tribulation period.

And then there is the Battle of Gog and Magog (Ezek. 38-39). Many think it is drawing near because the IAEA and Israeli intelligence say Iran could have the ability to produce nuclear weapons in a matter of months. But Mr. Netanyahu has often said he won’t let Iran get nuclear weapons.

The U.S. and five others are supposed to be negotiating with Iran to get her to abandon her nuclear weapons program, but the news is full of reports that America and her allies have made major concessions to Iran (chickened out; forgive me, I couldn’t resist ) without getting anything in return.

We will soon know how this turns out, but it is a dangerous situation that may force Israel to act in a way that Mr. Obama won’t like, and he gets his arrogant feathers ruffled (and he retaliates), when anyone goes against him.

When the battle of Gog and Magog takes place, God said, “Sheba, and Dedan (cities in Saudi Arabia), and the merchants of Tarshish (perhaps England), with all the young lions thereof (perhaps the U.S., Canada and others), “Shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?” (Ezek. 38:13). Put another way: Saudi Arabia, perhaps England and perhaps the U.S. will just stand around, ask questions and do nothing to help Israel. That’s okay. God will get the glory when Gog and his armies are destroyed on the mountains of Israel.

(Note: After this article was written, Mr. Kerry apologized to Mr. Netanyahu, but I have seen no reports that anyone in the Obama Administration has been held accountable.)

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Daymond & Rachel Duck

daymond.duck@yahoo.com

 Editors Note:

While we at Rafter Cross Ministries agree with the main focus of this article, I feel the need to point out that we disagree with Daymond’s statement in the last paragraph that the possible identity of the “Merchants of Tarshish” and the “Young Lions thereof” refers to “(perhaps England)” and “(perhaps the U.S., Canada and others).”

Tarshish is mentioned 24 times in the Masoretic text of the Hebrew Bible in various contexts (most notably as the place to which Jonah attempted to flee from God), and as a place-name it refers to an ancient city or country along the seafaring Phoenicians trade routes. The three possible locations are: 1) Carthage in North African Tunisia, 2) the western Mediterranean island of Sardinia, or 3) the city of Tartessos in Southern Spain, variously associated with Cadiz on the Atlantic coast or Carthago Nova on the Mediterranean coast.

The error that the “Merchants of Tarshish” and the “Young Lions thereof” are associated with England and her colonial territories is not supported by any empirical evidence, rather it is associated with the fanciful teachings of Herbert W. Armstrong (1892-1986) which claimed that England and her colonies are the “10 Lost Tribes” of Israel (which are not lost, as has been conclusively demonstrated by DNA evidence in modern Israel). This error has been repeated recently by those who continue to “westernize” the scripture desiring to establish a position for the U.S. in the End Times prophecies.

It is our position that the U.S. as a nation is in fact NOT mentioned anywhere in the scripture, which in fact is because the U.S. will have lost relevance on the world stage (the accomplishing of which President Obama is certainly rapidly facilitating) as the End Times approach.

  K.D. Tucker Whitaker DD, PhD

The Approaching Day

This article is about the Second Coming not the Rapture. There are no signs of the Rapture. It can happen at any time and without notice. But there are signs of the Second Coming and the Church is told to watch for those signs.

Many prophecy writers, including myself, believe the Rapture will occur before the Tribulation Period. In that case, the Rapture will occur before the Second Coming because Jesus won’t come back to this earth (He will remain in the air at the Rapture) until the end of the Tribulation Period. So, if the Second Coming is close, the Rapture is even closer.

Most of those who watch the signs think the Second Coming is very close. They know that Jesus said, “Of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matt. 24:36). But they also know that Jesus said, “When ye shall see all these things (the signs), know that it is near, even at the doors” (Matt. 24:33). And they also know that the Bible says we can see the day approaching (Heb. 10:25). So even though no human being knows the day and hour, prophecy teachers are not contradicting the Scriptures when they say the Second Coming is close.

They believe it is close because God has revealed timing clues along with some prophecies. For example, concerning the Battle of Gog and Magog (Ezek. 38-39), God said it will happen in the latter days (Ezek. 38:16) and latter years (Ezek. 38:8). But in order for this prophecy to be fulfilled, God said Israel will be back in the land; Israel will have cattle and goods; Israel will be opposed by Russia, Iran, Turkey and others, etc. These pre-conditions are in existence today and they seem to be screaming out that the latter days and latter years have arrived.

Another example involves one of the verses mentioned above (Matt. 24:33). Jesus said His Second Coming will be close when all of the signs are apparent in the same generation. Between 70 A.D. and 1948 the nation of Israel didn’t exist so it was impossible to see all of the signs during that span. Between 1948 and 1967 Israel didn’t control the Temple Mount so again it was impossible to see all of the signs. But all of the signs appear to be coming on the scene now. Some prophecy teachers call the appearance of all of the signs a convergence of the signs. Some even think this convergence of the signs is more important than any other sign including the return of Israel. Anyway, this convergence of all of the signs in the same generation is a timing clue signifying that the Second Coming is near.

Bible prophecy requires the establishment of a New World Order (world government) during the Tribulation Period and before the Second Coming (Rev. 13:7). In 2009, Henry Kissinger said, “Pres. Obama has been chosen to bring in the New World Order” and we are now a little more than two years from the end of his second term. In 2013, Vice-Pres. Biden said, “The affirmative task we (the U.S.) have now is to actually create a New World Order.” In 2014, he said, “I believe we and mainly you (the 2014 Air Force graduating class) have an incredible opportunity to lead in shaping a New World Order.” And in 2014, Pres. Obama talked about a coming “new order based on a different set of principles.” So if our leaders are close to the establishment of a New World Order, the world is close to the Second Coming and even closer to the Rapture of the church.

Bible prophecy requires the establishment of a global religion during the Tribulation Period. In Feb. 2014, it was reported that Pope Francis wants to reverse the Protestant Reformation and unite all religions. The Reformation began with a split in the Roman Catholic Church. The recognized beginning of this split occurred on Oct. 31, 1517 when Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses on the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg. The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation will occur on Oct. 31, 2017. So Pope Francis has established Oct. 31, 2017 as a goal for an anti-Reformation (a reversal of the Reformation by uniting Catholics, Protestants, Muslims and Jews into one religion). He may not be able to do it, but again, if the world is close to the establishment of a world religion (in 2017); it is even closer to the Rapture of the church.

Bible prophecy requires the coming Antichrist and his False Prophet to have the ability to identify everyone and to track all of their buying and selling about three and one-half years before the Second Coming (Rev. 13:16-17). Now, it is being reported that Obamacare requires every American to have a National ID card and that the Dept. of Homeland Security will start enforcing this in 2017. In fact, NBC recently predicted that every American will have a RFID implant by 2017. So the appearance of things that will be used after the Rapture (ID cards, chipping people, etc. by 2017) are timing clues that signify that the Rapture is getting close.

The Tribulation Period and Second Coming also require the arrival of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Rev. 6:1-8) which many believe is the rise of the Antichrist with an increase in war, famine, pestilence and earthquakes (also see Matt. 24:5-7). The Antichrist can’t rise because the church is still here (II Thess. 2:7-8), but this year it has been reported that wars have increased seven years in a row; the price of several foods (pork, beef, chicken, etc.) has reached an all time high and this is just the beginning; drug resistant viruses (pestilences) are spreading around the world, and big earthquakes (those larger than 7.0) have doubled since 1979. How can those who watch not believe that we will soon be going home?

Bible prophecy requires the Antichrist to confirm a Middle East peace treaty that will begin the Tribulation Period after the Rapture of the church. There have been many failed attempts at a Middle East peace treaty, but proposals are now being drafted that will ask the UN Security Council to take over the peace process; to set a date for dividing the land of Israel and creating a Palestinian State; and to enforce the UN Security Council actions with international troops. It means the PA is asking the UN Security Council to dictate a solution and send in troops to enforce it.

After the Rapture, there will be a global economic collapse (Rev. 6:5-6) and a recent report by the Bank of International Settlements recently said the entire world is now in a situation of unsustainable debt and more. As the world approaches the Tribulation Period what it does to Israel will come back on it. The U.S. is trying to erase Israel’s borders and its borders have been erased. More could be said, but many prophecy writers have good reason to believe that they can see the day approaching. Are you prepared?

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Daymond & Rachel Duck
daymond.duck@yahoo.com

Goodbye Lady Liberty

Following his famous sermon on Pentecost, the church “continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42). And it wasn’t long until Peter preached another famous sermon (Acts 3:12-26). He addressed the men of Israel and eventually said, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:19-21). These are tough words, but I believe Peter told these Jews that God will send a time of refreshing to Israel, then God will send Jesus back, and then Jesus will begin the time of restoration (restore Israel’s position among the nations; restore morality, peace, justice, righteousness, etc. on earth). It intrigues me that God in His foreknowledge knows when the times of refreshing and time of restitution are.

But consider that God gave all of the Promised Land to Abraham and His descendents (the Jews); that God told Abraham that His descendants would live in another land and serve them (live in Egypt and be slaves there) for 400 years; and the reason why they couldn’t have the Promised Land right away was because the iniquity of the Amorites who lived in the Promised Land was not yet full (Gen. 15:12-16). God loves everyone, including the Amorites, so He would not allow the Jews to occupy the Promised Land for another 400 years because the sin of the Amorites was not yet great enough for them to be destroyed. But when the 400 years came and went and the Amorites had reached God’s limit on defiling the land, He would cast them out (Lev. 18:24-28; I Kings 21:25-26).

And consider that God told Judah that He had called upon the people to repent many times, but they did not listen so He was going to use Babylon to destroy Judah, capture many Jews in the north part of the country and make them serve Babylon for 70 years (Jer. 25:1-11). Then, He added that because of Babylon’s sin He would destroy Babylon 70 years later (Jer. 25:12). Before it happened God revealed Judah’s fall and the time of Babylon’s fall (70 years after Judah’s fall). But it did not stop there. God identified several other nations that would drink the “wine cup of this fury” (be destroyed) at that time (Jer. 25:15-26).

Among other things, a cup is a unit of measurement. David’s cup was filled with joy (Psa. 23:5). The believer’s cup is filled with salvation (Psa. 116:13; Jn. 7:37-39). Jesus’ cup was filled with the wrath of God toward the sins of the world (Matt. 26:39). The coming one-world religion’s cup will be filled with abominations and filthiness (Rev. 17:4).

The “wine cup of this fury” contained the wrath of God toward the sins of those nations. Instead of pouring His wrath upon these nations as they sinned, God poured His wrath into a cup. As time passed, the level of His wrath in the cup slowly rose until the “wine cup of this fury” was full. God didn’t punish them every time they sinned, but He was aware of their sins. And their sins caused His wrath to build until His cup was full and He destroyed them.

This process is ongoing, but it can be interrupted and God’s wrath can even be removed from the “cup” by humility, prayer and turning to Him (II Chron. 7:14). Absent that, and I don’t believe it is going to happen in the United States, the cup that contains America’s sins will continue to fill until there is no more room. Then, the Bible teaches that God will remove a leader (Dan. 2:21), or He will destroy a nation (Dan. 5:25-28), or He will give a nation the basest of men (a terrible leader) to rule over it (Dan. 4:17).

God does not change (Heb. 13:8) and it seems that the United States now has the basest of men for a leader (lying, spying, breaking the law, abortion, homosexuality, etc.). This is a clear indication that the cup of God’s wrath is full. It explains why our President’s lying staff, our cover-it-up Senate, our really angry (but never do anything about it) House and the predominantly silent Main Stream Media are allowing the destruction of America’s Biblical foundations. Goodbye Lady Liberty. Your “cup” is full and it grieves some of us to ponder your future.

If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do (Psa. 11:3)? See Psa. 11:4-7. What will happen to the wicked (verse 6)? Drink from the cup of salvation before it is too late.

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Daymond & Rachel Duck
daymondduck@bellsouth.net

Forced To Sin

Several years ago, someone sent me a video of a group of Muslims beheading a Christian. Looking back over my many years of life, I believe it was the most hellish thing I have ever seen. I couldn’t watch all of it and I have wished many times that I had never watched any of it. Some of the gruesome scenes have never left my mind. I strongly recommend that anyone who receives a video like that delete it immediately.

It was a Muslim attempt to terrorize Christians and force them to sin. Their devilish act is the same one that will be employed by the Antichrist against Tribulation Period believers. John said, “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” (Rev. 20:4).

Islam will be dealt with in the near future (Psa. 83; Ezek. 38-39) and the Antichrist will be dealt with at the second coming of Jesus (Rev. 19:20). The wicked will be removed from the earth (Matt. 13:36-43; 47-50) and those who are beheaded will live again (notice the last part of Rev. 20:4 above). They will reign with Jesus on earth for a thousand wonderful years; and peace, justice and righteousness will prevail (Isa. 9:6-7).

Anyway, the idea of a false religion and a satanic government trying to force believers to sin is what prompted this article. Many Christians believe every child is formed by God in the mother’s womb and to abort a child is to murder a child (Psa. 139:13-16; Jer. 1:5; Ex. 20:13). In our eyes, the U.S. government has not only legalized the murder of babies, the U.S. government is paying doctors and others (and forcing doctors and others) to commit those murders. And the U.S. government is forcing believers who oppose abortion to pay taxes to fund those murders under Obamacare.

But it is worse than that. For about 40 years, the U.S. has had a law that forbids the government to pay for abortions in other countries. Now, 21 members of the clergy and a group of abortion rights advocates have petitioned Pres. Obama to eliminate that law. It is not enough for them to force Christians to pay for the killing of babies in this country they want to force Christians (many oppose abortion) to pay for the killing of babies in other countries too. In some of those countries baby girls are killed just so the family can have a son. In this country a disproportionate number of blacks and Hispanics are killed.

These politically correct (not Biblically correct) members of the clergy probably think they are doing a good thing, but they are resisting the truth and have not submitted to the sovereignty of God (II Tim. 3:8). They may be religious, but they have not accepted Jesus as their Lord. They claim to love light, but they appear to love darkness (John 3:19-21). Whatever their motives God knows their hearts and they will be judged according to the Word of God (Rom. 2:16). Being a member of the clergy doesn’t grant them an exemption from sin. It gives them a greater responsibility to proclaim the truth and they are not doing that.

Taxing Christians to pay doctors and others to sin, and forcing Christian doctors and others to sin won’t end with just one law. In fact, there is already another provision in Obamacare that forces people who don’t believe in using contraceptives (Roman Catholics) to help pay for the contraceptives of others. As far as I know, Roman Catholics are not condemning others for using contraceptives they just don’t think they should be forced to purchase contraceptives for other people. That could have been left out of Obamacare or they could have received an exemption like Muslims do in some cases.

This practice of passing laws to force believers to sin is just getting started. It will continue until there is a law that forces believers to support world government or be beheaded. When that happens everyone will have to declare whose side they are on and the consequences will be eternal.

Prophecy Plus Ministries
Daymond & Rachel Duck
daymondduck@bellsouth.net

A Clear and Present Danger

On April 3, 2014, Brendan Eich resigned his position as CEO of Mozilla Corporation because a group of intolerant gays was complaining about a $1,000 donation he made in support of a 2008 proposition to ban gay marriage in California. The proposition passed with 52% of the vote and it was in line with the views expressed by Barack Obama, Joseph Biden and Hillary Clinton at that time. The proposition was also in line with the laws of the thirteen original states of the U.S., the long-held views of the vast majority of U.S. citizens, and more importantly, what the Bible teaches on the issue (Lev. 18:21-22; 20:13). It was an effort to stick to America’s roots, to restore Bible morality, and to avoid the eventual judgment of God on our nation.

The problem in Sodom was due more to the widespread acceptance of homosexuality than it was to the existence of homosexuality. The Bible says, “the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them” (Gen. 19:4-5). The old, the young and all the people from every quarter clearly approved of the homosexual lifestyle. Pres. Obama is like this, He is obsessed with the idea of spreading homosexuality all over the world even to the point of using our diplomats to do it.

Unfortunately, Pres. Obama’s pushing of homosexuality and the widespread acceptance of it is just one symptom of America’s rejection of the Word of God. Since the Roe vs. Wade ruling in 1973, U.S. doctors have killed about 55 million unwanted babies. These innocent and defenseless babies have been denied life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Their tiny bodies have been thrown in the garbage and tossed out or incinerated with the clinical trash. In the U.S., Planned Parenthood doctors by themselves killed more than 300,000 babies in 2013 and Pres. Obama stood before the group and said, “God bless you” (Ex. 20:13; 21:22-25; Prov. 6:16-17; Jer. 32:35).

Gambling is condemned in the Bible under the subjects of covetousness, greed, materialism and the love of money (Ex. 20:17; Prov. 15:27; Eph. 4:19; I Tim. 6:10). It was once considered foolishness, preying on the poor, a rip off; and a criminal activity associated with prostitution, political corruption and the mafia. But America has rejected these Bible-based teachings. Some even estimate that as much as one-third of our money flows through the gambling industry. Sadly, large segments of this once sinful, illegal activity are being run as lotteries by state governments that say they need the revenue.

Drug abuse is listed as one of six major sins that will be prominent during the Tribulation Period (Rev. 9:20-21). Those who use drugs will refuse to repent and they will ultimately wind up in the Lake of Fire. Cocaine use has already become a national tragedy. The Federal Government has not legalized marijuana use, but two states, Colorado and Washington, have legalized it for recreational purposes; about a dozen other states are discussing legalizing it for recreational purposes; many more states have legalized it for medicinal use; Pres. Obama has admitted that he used it; he has made light of it by comparing it to taking a drink of alcohol; Attorney Gen. Holder has decided not to use federal laws to prosecute it in Colorado and Washington, and he has come out in favor of lighter prison sentences for non-violent drug dealers. This is another case of the U.S. ignoring what the Bible says and the lives of multitudes are being ruined (many for eternity).

Political corruption is a disgrace to any nation (Prov. 14:34; 29:2) and the acceptance of it is a sure sign that the people have no regard for the Commandments of God (Ex. 20:1-17). A usurper who uses aliases, a stolen Social Security number, a forged birth certificate, a forged Selective Service card; who hid his school records and his travel records; who habitually lies, deceives, and promotes abominations to God sits in the White House with the approval of a major political party, most of the mainstream media and many church goers. His unrighteousness and the widespread acceptance of sin is a clear indication of the spiritual darkness that now hovers over America.

Anti-Semitism is one of our greatest sins and the fact that it is rampant in the church makes it even worse. God has placed Scriptures, seminaries and true believers all over the U.S. and there is no excuse for hatred of the Jews in the church. It is not that the church doesn’t have the will of God. It is that so many church members have chosen to be willingly ignorant, reject or ignore what it says. Many blindly place denominational doctrine before the Word of God. It is clear that God made an everlasting covenant to give all the land of Canaan to Israel for an everlasting possession (Gen. 17:7-8); that the gifts and calling of God are without repentance (Rom. 11:29); that God has not cast away Israel (Rom. 11:1-2); that all Israel will be saved (Rom. 11:26-28); that the Jews are God’s people even in the latter days and latter years (Ezek. 38:8, 16); that the Jews will still be God’s people when the Battle of Armageddon takes place (Joel 3:2); that Israel will be under the New Covenant (Jer. 31:31-37; Heb. 8:8) and more; and yet, many in the church choose to ignore what the Bible says and their hatred of Israel is causing them to lead the vast majority of humanity astray. They have the will of God (John 3:19), but they prefer to replace it with their own false doctrine and thereby they are without excuse.

I don’t know where it is, but God has a red line and the ink won’t disappear unless there is repentance in the church.

Prophecy Plus Ministries
Daymond & Rachel Duck
daymondduck@bellsouth.net

Signs of the Times… Weather, Israel, Russia, and the US attacking individual rights!!!

For the past several weeks we have begun our updates with weather related events and natural disasters. Today I will only do so briefly, and in fact my comments today will be brief in several areas as there is one news event in particular that I feel I need to spend some time on.

While it is neither related to weather or natural disasters, the first of four blood red moons which make up a tetrad over the next 24 months was visible in the sky over much of the Americas late last night and early this morning. While many say that they perhaps are significant in End Times prophecy, or to the nation of Israel, I have found no true scriptural evidence of these claims. There will be signs in the moon and stars during the tribulation period for certain, but to ascribe significance to them outside of that time is extra biblical. I did however step out into the chill night air to observe the moon and did find it to be quite beautiful.

Weather

Much of the country is experiencing yet another cold front that has dipped well into the South with threat of severe weather moving eastward in front of it, yet the weather service is predicting only rain wind and some hail.

Earthquakes in the Solomon Islands over the weekend produced a threat of tsunamis which never fully developed, and Nicaragua has been shaken with a series of earthquakes over the past few days as well. The number of earthquakes worldwide continues to grow in frequency and intensity now almost monthly rather than yearly. Once again, Scripture tells us that during the tribulation earthquakes will literally tear the earth apart, and a significant number of lives will be lost as a result.

The volcanoes we wrote about last week continue to belch volcanic ash into the air affecting air quality and in some cases airline traffic flight patterns.

Again, I see all of these things as a part of the birth pangs leading to the End Times.

Russia and Ukraine

In the wake of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, unrest continues to grow in the Eastern Ukrainian provinces. The Ukrainian government, and others in the West blame Russian infiltrators for the takeover of police stations and other government buildings in the region. The Ukrainians assert that those involved are too well organized and uniformed to simply be Russian sympathizers from Ukraine. Meanwhile in a telephone conversation with Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin urged him to warn the Ukrainian government not to use military force against the insurgents. Russia still has 60,000+ troops amassed along their common border with Ukraine.

Russia and Iran

Putin this week also asserted that Russia was not bound by any US sponsored trade embargoes regarding oil exports from Iran, and is going ahead with plans to supply rocket and missile technology to Iran in exchange for oil exports. This at a time while the US and the remaining members of the G-8 are still attempting to forge a treaty with Iran which will limit or eliminate their nuclear aspirations. For their part, the Iranian government says they have no plans to limit their plutonium enrichment efforts.

Israel and Palestine

It was reported this week that while Israeli and Palestinian negotiators continued to talk without the presence of mediators from the United States government, that the consensus is that the peace talks are dead.

In hearings on Capitol Hill, Senator John McCain told Secretary of State John Kerry that “talks, even though you might drag them out for a bit, are finished.” This came during a heated exchange between the two men during the hearings as the senator enumerated all of the failed foreign-policy initiatives of the Obama administration.

In Israel Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to initiate steps to annex approximately 60% of the West Bank in response to the Palestinians efforts to move toward the UN by signing international treaty conventions. Bennett said; “It is clear that the diplomatic process has run its course and that we are entering a new era, we have been hitting our heads against the wall of negotiations over and over again for years and we kept getting surprised when the wall did not break. The time has come for new thinking.” Bennett launched a public relations effort for his “Settlement Blocs First” plan. Any real examination of security threats against the nation of Israel from not only Palestinian positions within the West Bank and Gaza, but all of her border areas as well, including the Mediterranean sea, will certainly see that the Nation State of Israel can never return to the pre-1967 borders and effectively defend its nation and people.

There is no historic Palestinian people, and to assert that there are, or that they ever had any capital in Jerusalem, is not just intellectually dishonest, but is an outright political lie. The “Palestinians” who occupy the West Bank and Gaza are an amalgamation of ethnicities and Arabs from the surrounding geographic areas of Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and other Arabic states who in truth have been disenfranchised by their Muslim relatives and not Israel.

In the coming weeks I plan to devote an entire blog on the subject.

The United States ~ Government overreach and an attack on the First Amendment.

I’m certain that almost everyone is aware of the standoff between Cliven Bundy and his family, and agents of the United States government’s Bureau of Land Management this past week. Unfortunately, very little coverage was given to the situation by the major news outlets of the mainstream media. However, the Fox news network, online news organizations and social media extensively reported on the situation. What little information that was disseminated in the mainstream press, was to say the least, erroneous.

Having spent the majority of my life in the agricultural community and in particular as a ranch manager, I am very familiar with the BLM, grazing permits, and relationships between the government regulators and ranchers. The BLM initially was to administer state and federal lands leased to those in the ranching community. The fees that the ranchers paid for the right to graze their cattle on these lands were supposed to go toward maintaining infrastructure and waterways on the lands for the benefit of both the land and the ranching endeavors. Over time the BLM has become a political entity controlled by radical environmentalists within the Interior Department. Today the reality is that these radical environmentalists would like to eliminate cattle from all BLM and National Forestry lands.

While the exact cause of when and why the dispute between rancher Cliven Bundy and the BLM began, there have been several assertions from both sides which need to be looked at. First of all Mr. Bundy claims this to be a States rights issue and that the US has no jurisdiction over Nevada lands. He maintains that he ceased paying grazing fees because the BLM stopped using those fees to maintain the lands. From my personal experience I have no doubt that this is true. As to the issue of who actually has jurisdictional right over the land, I suppose that remains to be seen. At some point during this 20+ year stalemate the BLM claims that the Bundy cattle became an endangerment for the desert tortoise which is a federally protected endangered species. Personally I find this to be ludicrous as well, as the desert tortoise has existed for hundreds of years with ruminant species such as bison, elk, deer, antelope, etc. And, there are verifiable reports stating that the BLM has in fact exterminated large numbers of the tortoises themselves.

What appears to be the real root of the problem in this situation is something known as the “Regional Mitigation Strategy for the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone.” Initially there were reports this weekend that Senator Harry Reid and his son Rory were involved with a Chinese company planning to build a solar energy plant at Dry Lake. However the Chinese company backed out of this plan in June 2013. What follows here is an excerpt from an article by J.E. Dyer in Liberty Unyielding.

“The Gold Butte mitigation push is connected to the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone (SEZ).  Readers who have already waded through the BLM document recognize where I’m going here.  The BLM mitigation strategy, intended to mitigate the damage to the regional ecosystem expected from developing the Dry Lake SEZ, is to beef up environmental “protections” for Gold Butte.  As desert tortoises, and other fauna and flora, decline in the SEZ, they are to be encouraged and protected in the Gold Butte ACEC.  This may include measures like relocating desert tortoises to Gold Butte.

The crony-corruption link

Now, here’s where it gets fun.  If the Dry Lake SEZ is the impetus behind tightening exclusionary policies on Gold Butte, but that’s not where the Chinese-backed solar farm was going to be, who is proposing to invest in Dry Lake?

What do you know.  It turns out to be our old pal, crony-corruption firm extraordinaire First Solar.  A BLM document from July 2012 reflects First Solar as the only company with an active application for a solar-energy project in the Dry Lake SEZ, and in a notice in the Federal Register on 17 March 2014 (see p. 14734; p. 133 of the PDF document), BLM confirms that the First Solar application is the only one on record, “serialized as NVN-084232.”  First Solar proposes to build a 400 megawatt solar-energy plant in the Dry Lake SEZ.

First Solar, you’ll remember, is the crony firm whose chairman of the board, Michael Ahearn, bundled hundreds of thousands in political donations for Obama and other Democrats, including the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Harry Reid.  First Solar was rewarded for this special excellence with over $3 billion in taxpayer “green energy” subsidies – whereupon it laid off most of its American workers and consolidated most of its activities overseas.  The company’s stock has performed very poorly in the years since First Solar began hanging on Uncle Sam’s bootstrap, in part because of product defects that have cost hundreds of millions in customer compensation.

But a firm whose vice president has an open door to Valerie Jarrett can’t be held down for long.  First Solar unloaded its underperforming CEO in 2012, brought in James Hughes – former Enron official named as an unindicted co-conspirator in 2006 – and shifted its emphasis from manufacturing to commercial-scale energy production.  The company now has active solar energy projects in California and Nevada, including the one launched in March 2014 on the Moapa Reservation north of the Dry Lake SEZ and west of Bunkerville.

Oh, and First Solar got a nice infusion of capital in 2013, when an equity stake was taken in the company by none other than General Electric, perhaps the most equal of all the Obama cronies. (End of Excerpt)

So you see, the real rub here is that the Bundy ranch cattle are hindering the progress of crony capitalism driven by the Obama administration and Senator Harry Reid.

More importantly to my mind in this situation, is the fact that this episode has brought to light what I see as an impending showdown between federal authorities and the individual rights of citizens of these United States. During the standoff between the Bundy’s and the BLM, agents of the Bureau of Land Management established what they determined to be “First Amendment areas” within the boundaries of the BLM administered lands. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees the right of free speech. For the BLM to designate “First Amendment areas” is quite simply a blatant violation of the First Amendment. The ENTIRE US is a First Amendment area!

Increasingly, the United States government under the Obama administration is involved in a systematic effort to abrogate the rights of its citizens. From the spying efforts of the NSA, the illegal profiling of the IRS (including the corrupt complicity of a certain Democratic United States Congressman), FBI spying on legitimate members of the Press (i.e. Fox news reporters), and now this effort to limit free speech, we find a government completely out of control. In fact, the only voices this government hears are those from the radical left, the socialists, the Islamists, and the LGBT.

Conservatives, Christians, and the folks who have been the hard-working backbone of this country are finding themselves to be disenfranchised and without a voice in the national arena today. Knowing this, the only alternative we have is to stand together just as folks did this past week with the Bundy’s.

Christians, we are living in the Last Days. I have said repeatedly that I seriously doubt that America as we have known it will survive. What is needed is a national revival, not of patriotism, but a true turning back to Jesus Christ. Satan is the god of this world, and is certainly well-established within the halls of our government and our White House. Unfortunately, the time for God’s mercy is nearly at an end.

Jesus is Coming Soon!

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Signs of the Times, Israel and the Weather, Russia, Ukraine, China, Obama & Putin etc…

Once again we began our Signs of the Times Update by talking about weather and natural disaster events here in the United States.

Recovery efforts continue in Oso, Washington after the devastating mudslide that occurred there just over a week ago. As of this morning 27 bodies have been recovered 19 of them identified and the missing number revised from 30 to 22. The county medical examiner has requested funding from FEMA for 38 burials.

As I mentioned in last Tuesday’s update, I equate the disaster in Oso with other catastrophic events tied to the United States government’s continued pressure on Israel to divide its capital Jerusalem in the “land for peace” negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.

This past Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, earthquakes were recorded in Los Angeles, California and West Yellowstone, Montana. The quakes in Los Angeles on Friday and Saturday measured 5.1 and 4.1 in magnitude respectively. The quakes recorded in West Yellowstone Saturday and Sunday measured 4.3 and 4.8 in magnitude respectively, the 4.8 quake on Sunday is the largest ever recorded in the West Yellowstone seismic area. In the 48 hour period from Saturday and Sunday well over 100 quakes were measured worldwide with approximately 20% of them measuring greater than 4.0 in magnitude on the Richter scale. Depending on which agency you follow this represents between a 15% and 30% increase in activity in the past 24 months.
Israel

On Monday Secretary of State John Kerry returned to Israel in an effort to salvage his “Framework for Peace” between the Israelis and Palestinians. Because the Palestinians publicly stated that the only reason they were involved in the peace process was to secure release of prisoners held by the state of Israel (most of whom are convicted terrorists), Israel has refused to release the final 23 prisoners scheduled. After brief meetings Monday Kerry left for other meetings in Europe related to the crisis in the Ukraine. However, he will return to Israel on Wednesday with plans to meet with officials from both the Israeli government and Palestinian Authority. The schedule calls for him to press for a resumption of the peace process and extend the deadline for an additional six months, and to include the release by Israel of an additional 400 prisoners. This demand on the Israeli government has caused division within Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition government and in fact threatens its collapse. Over the weekend Naftali Bennett of the Israeli Home’s party said of the prisoner release “that isn’t going to happen.”

RELATED: This headline from the National Weather Service, “People of the Plains will need to keep an eye on the weather this week for a multiple-day severe thunderstorm outbreak that will be complete with tornadoes.” The article continues by saying, a couple of slow-moving storm systems will be responsible for multiple rounds of severe weather through Friday. During the period between Wednesday and Thursday in addition to the tornado threat there exists the potential for numerous thunderstorms capable of producing extreme downpours, damaging winds and large hail. Cities likely to be affected by the severe weather outbreak include Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma; Dallas, Fort Worth, Waco and Tyler, Texas; Shreveport, Louisiana; Fayetteville, Fort Smith and Little Rock, Arkansas; Joplin, Springfield and Lebanon, Missouri.

Once again, if you’re wondering why I relate the weather forecast to the United States continued efforts to force Israel into a compromising peace process you would do well to read Joel chapter 3, and Genesis 12:3. As I have said before, there is documented evidence over the past 25 years that correlates significant weather events and natural disasters in the United States with our governments continued pressure on Israel to exchange land for peace. Again I suggest you go to Amazon and purchase a copy of “Eye to Eye” by William Koenig.

There is much more that I could speak about in detail in today’s update, but I will only give you a brief overview.

President Obama at The Hague

In making comments about his concern over the situation between Russia and the Ukraine, President Obama said that he was more concerned over the possibility of a nuclear explosion in Manhattan than he was the events in the Ukraine. Donald Trump remarked that that was the stupidest comment he had ever heard made by a United States President, and that effectively Obama had put a target on Manhattan and New York City for terrorist attack. Personally, I agree with everything Trump said.

Presidential Travels

Over the weekend the President visited the Vatican and Pope Francis. While the President said they did not discuss social matters, the Vatican reported that there discussion was primarily over social matters. Apparently, Obama still only hears what he wants to hear.

The President then visited with King Abdullah in Saudi Arabia. This trip was to try to reassure the Saudis that the President was serious about his commitment to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. King Abdullah is the religious leader of all of the Sunni Muslims. President Obama on the other hand has continually shown his support for those of the Shiite faith. Including of course the Muslim Brotherhood. The Saudis continue to distrust Obama because of his role in the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak’s government in Egypt and his sport of the Muslim brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi. Because the Obama administration pulled military funding from Egypt after Morsi’s removal, Saudi Arabia and Russia have stepped in to support Egypt’s military government.

Russia and the Ukraine

As Russia continues to solidify its position in Crimea, not only have they occupied all of the military bases, they have completed their takeover of the Ukrainian naval forces. Tens of thousands of Russian troops still are amassed on the Ukrainian border, and Vladimir Putin has announced that he expects Ukraine to willingly become a part of the Russian Federation. Russia warned of the Ukraine against any move towards integration with NATO explaining that to do so would have unwelcome consequences.
President Obama and his administration continue their ineffective rhetoric against Putin and Russia. Both the President and Secretary of State Kerry have stated that this is not the way civilized leaders and nations act in the 21st century, and that Putin is acting as if he were in the 19th century. They seem not to be able to understand his actions, in that they do not align with the fantasy world that Obama and Kerry seem to occupy.

Russia, by the way, has continued to state its desire to “protect and defend” Russian speaking peoples in all of the former Soviet satellites.

Meanwhile the United States and its allies have made it clear that they have no military plans to defend the Ukraine but that they will defend their Eastern European NATO allies who have joined in the past 15 years.

North and South Korea

In an escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula North and South Korea exchanged the firing of hundreds of missiles into each other’s territorial waters forcing residents of five South Korean islands to seek shelter during the exchange.

China

As I mentioned last week the United States and the international community’s weakness in dealing with Ukrainian crisis has emboldened China in its claims in the South China Sea. China has now extended its claims to hundreds of islands and reefs along with millions of square miles of ocean from Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam, and is claiming most of the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. While China cannot claim to be protecting and defending Chinese speaking peoples, Edward N. Luttwak of the Center for Strategic and International Studies stated that China may be willing to affect the takeover and annexation of these disputed territories before the usual cycle of American politics replaces Obama with a more activist President.

This past week the Chinese attempted to blockade a Philippine vessel that was rotating troops on a remote reef in the South China Sea. The two-hour standoff is the most recent in the pattern of aggression and intimidation the Chinese Navy is using to assert authority over the disputed territories. United States State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf call the action “provocative and destabilizing” and further stated that; “As a treaty ally of the Republic of the Philippines, the United States urges China to refrain from further provocative behavior by allowing the Philippines to continue to maintain its presence at Second Thomas Shoal.” I have no doubt that made the Chinese shake in their boots. Ah well… I’m certain the President views these actions is unacceptable in the 21st century as well.

Friends if you have not done so, I would encourage you to read our post “Biblical Prophecy; what is still to come? ~ Part 1”, posted on March 27. There you will find my position on the United States in the Last Days and End Times. As we continue to watch the events transpiring in the world today, it is increasingly apparent to this commentator that Biblical Prophecy is being fulfilled and that the return of Jesus Christ for His Church is indeed imminent. That being the case, the Tribulation spoken of in the Revelation of Jesus Christ is close at hand. As followers of Jesus Christ we need to be proactive in our efforts to share the Gospel with friends, family, and everyone we meet. With an eye on Israel, being aware of the things to come, we listen for the sound of the trumpet which signals the Rapture of the Church!

Jesus is Coming Soon!

EvenSoCome