Mar 3, 2014
The Media Noose Is Rapidly Tightening
I have been deeply interested in Bible prophecy all of my adult life. As much as I love the end-time message, there is one aspect that troubles me. It is the knowledge that the bad guys will be on a winning streak, and I will be forced to watch this process happen until the Lord calls us home. Because the Word of God predicts the rise of a global dictatorship, I realize America is destined to come under authoritarian rule.
I believe our personal freedoms were basically doomed the day the Department of Homeland Security was created. This monster has grown ten times in size, and records a large portion of our personal information. Just last week, there was a news report revealing that the Feds are using cameras in our computers to spy on us.
Because the government tries to hide its efforts to infringe on our liberties, tracking its movements will only give you a belated indication of how our freedoms are being eroded. If you want to observe the early signs of despotism,
watch who controls the media. Before it became clear that Putin was the de facto dictator of Russia, he showed his stripes by using: buyouts, imprisonment and plain old murder to take over every major news organization in the land.
Earlier this month, the FCC presented a plan to have monitors in every news room. The idea was quickly abandoned, but it was astonishing that the FCC thought this was a good idea. The most troubling part was the lack of outrage from the major news outlets. The government suggests putting Big Brother agents in their midst and somehow NBC, ABC, CBS, and CNN didn’t see the need to publically shout, “Are you Crazy?”
Now that Jimmy Fallon has replaced Jay Leno on The Tonight Show, I’m starting to see why NBC fired someone who had the number one rating for late night television. Leno had a liberal slant, but the “powers that be” thought they could do better. When Jimmy Fallon took over, right away in his first week he had Michelle Obama as a guest. When Seth Meyers replaced Fallon on the Late Night show, his first guest was Vice President Joe Biden. A number of media watchdogs also see the replacement as part of a White House coup d’état.
Another big shift to the left has taken place at Yahoo news. For many years, the best place to find news was at Yahoo. Since they teamed up with NBC, the site has become very biased against conservatives. Just about every day, I see video links from Comedy Central and Saturday Night Live that make fun of people on the right.
It just shows how ignorant our nation has become when you have millions of people getting their political views from comedians. Years ago, the jokesters went after any fair target. Today, the liberal agenda has become the core of the message. The reason why The Daily Show with Jon Stewart has such a strong cultural influence is because it instituted the practice of packaging old liberal lies in an easy to swallow candy coating of comedy.
The only good news on the media front was CNN pulling the plug on Piers Morgan Live. It was a ratings poison to have a British guy come to America, and base his show around telling people that they need to give up their Second Amendment rights. Unfortunately, liberals don’t care about ratings or money. They have another priority, a sinister agenda that comes from the pit of hell. Already there is talk that Rosie O’Donnell—a loud mouth lesbian who half the country can’t stand—heads the list to replace Morgan.
I think the lights out moment for press freedom will come when something happens to Fox News or Rush Limbaugh. Someday, we could read that a billionaire (who is a known donor to the Obama Administration), decided to buy Fox News’ parent company, or that Limbaugh’s radio stations suddenly decided to change their format.
Because the forces of darkness cannot stand any glimpse of light, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the drive for total control to extend down to the level of websites like Rapture Ready. As I related to our regular supporters in a letter last week, I trust that we will be long gone by the time depravity reaches rock bottom.
“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” (Matthew 24:14 KJV).
Defense Cuts and Prophecy
America’s top elected leaders have, the past week, put the nation on the pathway to producing a deadly weakness in U.S. defense against threats as virulent as any in our history. The Obama administration used a Republican, Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel, to briefly outline cuts proposed by the Pentagon (the Obama administration) that would cut forces in many areas to numbers below pre-World War II levels. The president thus is remaining on track to do just what he promised to do before his 2008 election–fundamentally change this country.
The proposals of where to cut spending will supposedly have to go before congressional committees in order to be implemented. But, as we know from experience after experience, Congress–committees and all—have done nothing to deter what this president wants to do to make the changes he wants. Remember what he announced to us recently: He has a phone and a pen, meaning he can simply, through the spoken word, or through signing executive orders, do as he pleases with little push-back by Congress.
To this point, neither has there been much push-back from the citizens of this republic. A most appropriate warning by Edward R. Murrow, the most highly acknowledged newsman of his day, was brought to my attention in this regard this week. Murrow is reported to have once written: “A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”
Boy! Could that have been put any more succinctly, or powerfully? Could it be any more relevant for our day? I’m not so sure ol’ Ed would be too popular amongst his fellows with truth like that…
According to one accounting I read, the cuts proposed would slash the number of U.S. Army soldiers to between 44,000 and 45,000. The Pentagon (Obama), it is reported, would like to cut as many as 30,000 National Guardsmen, reducing by 10,000 the number of National Guardsmen from Florida in particular. (Source: Andrew Capasso, "Department of Defense Proposes Military Cuts," First Coast News, 2/25/14)
There is no denying that there are plenty of cuts to be made in a military rife with budgetary overruns and extravagances. But, the bloated bureaucracy itself, and particularly the huge, destructive, socialistic system of economic chaos that has turned into nothing more or less than a political power grab is truly the heart of the problem. But, all the administration and its political party are concerned with is bringing America’s defense to below World War II levels.
All the while our leaders are proposing the military cuts--and those mentioned are just the proverbial tip of the iceberg—the Islamist fanatics have stated time and time again that they consider us the “great Satan,” just as they consider Israel the “little Satan,” and want to destroy us with whatever means possible. Even more troubling, Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to put the Soviet Union together again in many ways, particularly in rebuilding the Russian military into the world’s greatest superpower force. China is doing the same within its sphere, using the trillions of U.S. dollars it continues to wrest from the leaders of the United States, many of whom obviously consider themselves among the smartest, most elite leaderships on the planet.
There is a parallel to be drawn between this seemingly clueless leadership–the American president, Congress, and judiciary--and what’s happening with the church, the body of Christ. I believe it is all prophetic in what it portends. Just as the U.S. government leadership is guilty of putting the nation in a precarious position by spitting in the face of the U.S. Constitution in refusing to provide adequately for the common defense through the proposed draconian cuts, the church leadership stands equally guilty within its own realm of responsibility. Both are on a collision course with destruction. For the nation, the outcome will, if course correction isn’t made, mean the loss of liberty or worse for every citizen–except, perhaps, the leadership that are the wolves of Mr. Murrow’s apothegm.
For the church–those who name the name of Jesus Christ—the pathway down which the seminaries, pastors, and teachers are taking the Lord’s sheep–the okay kind of “sheep”--in America, could, if the Rapture of the church doesn’t occur soon, mean gulag at best and death at worst. Such is the seriousness of the church leaderships ignoring the defense God provided for His Son’s sheep. That defense is the Bible, God’s love letter to mankind and His operating manual for His family while on this fallen sphere.
Paul the apostle was given the truth to impart about this most crucial defense for the church:
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 6:16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” (Eph. 6: 10-18)
Do you understand dear pastors, seminary heads, teachers of Sunday schools, and other forums within the church? You are to preach the whole Word. All Scripture is for edification–for fortifying the Lord’s Christian soldiers–His royal ambassadors. To do less than teach about the unpleasantries–blood atonement, the cross–the unpopular topics like homosexuality is sin; abortion is sin; this world of ungodly entertainment is sinful! Equally, for you, dear pastor, seminary administrator, teacher, to preach only messages of feel-goodism and do-goodism, ignoring sound doctrine in your twenty-minute churchianity sermonettes–to the exclusion of doctrinal truth--is sin!
If you are such a “leader” of Christ’s sheep as described above, you are tearing down the believers' defense in matters of faith as surely as, in my opinion, are Mr. Obama and his increasingly proving to be anti-American underlings tearing down this country.
To ignore Bible prophecy in your preaching and teaching is NOT rightly dividing the Word of God. Prophecy is almost 30 percent of that Word. To leave it out of your feeding your sheep is as criminal--again--as is the president of the United States ignoring the U.S. Constitution he has sworn on Lincoln’s Bible to uphold. You are destroying the church’s defense as surely as this administration is going to try to get Congress to do to our national defense.
“When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.” (Lk 11: 21-22)
Help us put on the whole armor during these troubling days while the end of the age approaches, not just the pretty parts with which you would rather tickle our ears. We can take it.