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    Sep 22, 2014

    Our Dealings with Islamic Terrorists Is Not Working

    The West has been on a losing streak with Islamic Terrorists for several years. It was just last year when we realized that al-Qaeda is stronger now than it was in 2001 (the official beginning of the War on Terror).

    The rise of ISIS in Syria and Iraq has added a whole new dimension to our policy disaster. This group has set a new low for savagery. They march across the land killing anyone they see as an enemy. They proudly post videos of themselves murdering large groups of captured Iraqi security forces. Three U.S. and U.K. nationals have also been beheaded by ISIS, which has gotten the most attention.

    British Prime Minister David Cameron reacted to the execution of British aid worker David Haines by calling it an “act of pure evil” and vowing justice. “The murder of David Haines is an act of pure evil. My heart goes out to his family who have shown extraordinary courage and fortitude,” Cameron said in a statement.

    I don’t think ISIS were left crying in their tents after having been labeled as “pure evil” by a major world leader. These people get off on this type of criticism. Cameron might as well have said, “Great job boys, keep the beheading videos coming.”

    We started a bombing campaign against ISIS forces, but our impact is minimal as best. Despite our heavy air presence, the terrorist group has managed to seize 60 Kurdish villages in a two-day period. This action has sent as many as 100,000 Kurds fleeing into Turkey.

    The brutality of ISIS has actually attracted followers. A large number of people have been flocking to the Middle East to join the terrorist cause. In just the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, law enforcement officials say they learned that 15-20 men have left the community to fight for extremist groups in Syria.

    Even women are being seduced into joining ISIS. A nurse’s aide, Shannon Conley, 19, from Colorado, was arrested with a one-way ticket to the Middle East. She was recruited online by a male militant in Syria.

    I support a measure that U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has suggested. He said that Americans who join, support or fight with Islamic State should lose their U.S. citizenship. Anyone who wants to side with the enemy should be barred from returning to the country.

    Our biggest mistake has been operating under the idea that Islam and terrorism are two separate things. In reality, they are joined at the hip. Recently, we offered to provide $500 million to train “moderate” Syrian rebels to fight ISIS. Days later, we learned these same rebels have agreed to a non-aggression pact with ISIS.

    President Obama claims to have a host of Arab nations that are supposed to have joined with us in fighting ISIS, but none of them want to be named. Some pundits have mocked it as the Coalition of the Unwilling. We live on the other side of the planet and are in no immediate threat from ISIS; but it is left to us to do all the heavy lifting. The lack of help is because deep-down there is a spiritual connection between ISIS and all other Muslim organizations.

    Winston Churchill once defended his decision to regard Stalin as an ally by famously saying: "If Hitler invaded hell, I would make at least a favorable reference to the Devil in the House of Commons.” At least the Soviet Union was of some temporary benefit to Britain. The Arab devil we have allied with has done us more harm than good. ISIS couldn’t have gotten started if it wasn’t for money from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states.

    The liberal media works endlessly to downplay the sinister nature of Islam. Several times they have gone to absurd lengths to defend it. When Duck Dynasty star, Phil Robertson, was on Fox News’ Hannity, he flippantly responded to the host’s question about how the U.S. should deal with ISIS’ evil acts by saying, “Convert them or kill them.” The press had a fit over the statement.

    The liberal media are such blind apologists for Muhammadanism that they can’t even detect matters that are meant to be taken lightly. Really Big Coloring Books, a St. Louis based publisher has gotten two rounds of publicity by announcing anti-terrorism themed coloring books for children that contain graphic images.

    (One has Osama bin Laden hiding behind one of his wives during the Seal Team Six Raid, another has bin Laden lying dead on the ocean floor with fish making comments about how foul he tastes.) You can’t even find the coloring book on the company’s website. The press is too eager to vent their outrage to notice what they are griping about was done in the context of a spoof.

    It’s probably unlikely that any lasting discredit will come to Islam this side of the Rapture. Because the Antichrist will sign a peace pact with all religions, Satan will not allow Islam to become a pariah religion. When Jesus comes back, Islam, along with all other false religions, will face the Lord’s wrath.

    “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; and said to the mountains and rocks, fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6:15-17).

    --Todd


    Fearful Frettings and Limbaugh

    One can sense the fear growing hour by hour across America and the world. It is not yet at a level in this nation that it is in the UK where Islam is about to take over. And, it certainly is not at the same level as in those of the Middle East where ISIS terrorists are cutting their deadly swath.

    However, America is most definitely experiencing an increase in fear of possible things to come. To punctuate this fact, I remind of how the current president of the United States has done a 180 on his thinking on the matter of the nation’s dealing with problems of a military nature in Iraq.

    Well, almost a 180… Like everything he does, he is observably ambivalent about making decisions that might implicate him in the action taken. He likes to lead from behind, as the saying goes. He pushes things into the fray, then goes golfing, preferring to appear detached from the decision made.

    The fact is, though, he is doing what he so adamantly protested George W. Bush doing–going into Iraq –even if timidly and with air power only--to try to put down troubles that have gotten to the point that something had to be done or the homeland would soon be at the top of the list of the diabolists of the Middle East to attack.

    We have just about reached that point. Mr. Obama, with absolute fury coming from many of his leftist compatriots in the Democrat Party, and with many within entertainment media going ballistic over his wanting to form a coalition to deal with ISIS–or ISIL as he prefers- knows he has no choice but to move in some fashion against the terrorist madmen. Of course, he calls it anything but a “war on terrorism.” It is, as Secretary of State John Kerry constantly reminds us, a “counter terrorism operation.” Almost never is the word "Islam" used to indicate the religious nature of the beastly rape, murder, and plunder of the civilian populations in the path of horror spreading so quickly.

    Just like George W. Bush and his State Department, Obama and his State Department still see and proclaim Islam as a peaceful, noncombative religion, even though the ISIS as well as all other terrorist organizations of the region and now spread around the globe are the true adherents of the Koran’s demand that all infidels--those who won’t bow the knee to Allah--be slaughtered. Mainstream media also refuses to link Islam to the terrorism except to occasionally mention from time to time that ISIS or the Islamist State is comprised of insurgent radicals on the fringe of the religion. While it is true that many within the religion want to live in peace and are not raging lunatics bent on world conquest, the true adherents are not gentle, peace-loving people by any stretch. They are the very core of what Islam is: a hate-filled, murderous religion based upon and steeped in the belief that there must be a worldwide caliphate--or heads will roll.

    And, rolling they are.

    And therein is based the terrible fear building around the world. It is prophetic in every sense.

    Jesus prophesied in the Olivet Discourse:

    And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. (Luke 21: 25-26)

    Now, I’m aware that Jesus was here prophesying primarily about the Tribulation era, the last seven years before His triumphant return of Revelation 19:11. And, I believe he was speaking primarily about the physical universe in great upheaval. However, I spiritually sense that He also included in that forewarning the buildup to that most terrible time in human history. In that regard, we are seeing signs in the heavens: the “Blood Moons” everyone is so fascinated with--and men’s harts are failing, as perplexity of the nations is being experienced in every nation on earth. Men’s hearts are failing because of fear. The leaders don’t know what to do, and their courage seems to have flown outh the proverbial window, while a band of perhaps–at this point—30,000 to 40,000 raging, religious madmen are threatening planetary peace.

    The greatest tragedy of all is that the hearts of many of the Christian leaders of the church of Jesus Christ are failing. It is astonishing to consider how their heads are for the most part snugly buried within the sands of the tumultuous groundswell all around them. With few exceptions, the preachers and teachers of the gospel refuse to get involved in pointing out that Jesus Christ has all the answers to the sin-driven perplexities–the answers for which they are searching. Their courage–their spiritual hearts—are failing in these times when they should be pointing to the One who has the answers to what it will take to stop this satanic rampage.

    Instead, the TV fare feeds Christians the pabulum of sugar water to soothe itching ears and/or teach a prosperity message of feel-goodism and do-goodism.

    It was immensely refreshing to me, in consideration of the above rant, to hear a message straight from the heart of God, in my view. And it came, of all places, from the most listened-to radio program in the entire world! That’s right: It came from the microphone of Rush Limbaugh.

    It is as if the Lord was saying: My ministers for the most part will no longer preach the truth of my Word, so I’ll get out that truth this way. It was absolutely amazing!

    Rush Limbaugh, admitting to a bit of nepotism, invited his brother, David Limbaugh, on to promote his new book: Jesus on Trial:A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel. David did promote the book, answering his brother’s questions. But, then, it was as if the younger Limbaugh stood behind a pulpit, with that powerful, "golden EIB microphone”–as Rush boisterously puts it. David Limbaugh preached the gospel and told the truth about Jesus as I’ve not heard many ministers extol. He preached, whether he realized it or not, to millions upon millions “across the fruited plain” –again, as Rush Limbaugh puts it.

    It was wonderfully refreshing. Here was a secular lawyer, brother to the most famous broadcaster in America, telling the world that Jesus Christ is the only Way to salvation–the only answer to assuaging the tremendous fear that this earth is experiencing and is about to experience.

    I said “Amen” a half-dozen times, as if I were listening to David Jeremiah, Charles Stanley, or one of the few other preachers who preach and teach such truth from God’s Word in these growingly apostate days.

    I was prepared to include some of the transcript of that interview. However, I’ve decided to provide a link to that interview so you can listen for yourself.

    The answer to all of mankind’s troubles--the terror being waged by ISIS–by Satan—is Jesus Christ. God saw to it that the world got to hear the truth in that regard Monday, September 15, on The Rush Limbaugh show.

    Interview link: (This takes you to the archive page where you will find you can listen to the David Limbaugh interview free. Scroll down until you find the link to the interview and click on it.) http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily


    ***Gary Stearman and “Prophecy Watchers” Ministry***

    Todd and I are excited to announce that our friends and colleagues Gary Stearman and Bob Ulrich are launching “Prophecy Watchers” (prophechywatchers.com) –a ministry devoted to the study of Bible prophecy from the Pre-Millennial, Pre-Trib view –in our belief, the true Biblical position.

    They are in process of developing a television program that will be dedicated to analyzing current issues and events –always in light of God’s word. Gary Stearman is, of course, perhaps the nation’s foremost on-air broadcaster in this particular area of TV production and presentation.

    Bob Ulrich is absolutely one of the very best workers in the Lord’s vineyard for making TV production and all other phases of ministry top notch in every respect. Together, Gary and Bob will bring us information as they point to the comfort in God’s Word. Jesus is coming! They, like we, believe He is coming for the church very soon!

    Here is the link for you to view their announcement for Prophecy Watchers and their, I believe, God-ordained work as we face the troubled, although exciting days just ahead.

    https://prophecywatchers.com/

     

     --Terry