April 18, 2016

nmThe Centralization of Political Power

There is no doubt in my mind that the U.S. Constitution is a divinely inspired document. The founding fathers of America used biblical principles when they created the three branch system of government. Its core design was to protect the citizenry from any tyrants that would seek to enslave them.

The greatest warning against having a strong central ruler can be found in the book of Samuel. The Israelites thought they were at a disadvantage because they didn’t have a king like their neighbors. They didn’t think a system of judges was strong enough. God plainly warned them that a king would take advantage of them.

“So Samuel told the people what the Lord had said: ‘If you insist on having a king, he will conscript your sons and make them run before his chariots; some will be made to lead his troops into battle, while others will be slave laborers; they will be forced to plow in the royal fields and harvest his crops without pay, and make his weapons and chariot equipment.

He will take your daughters from you and force them to cook and bake and make perfumes for him. He will take away the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his friends. He will take a tenth of your harvest and distribute it to his favorites.

He will demand your slaves and the finest of your youth and will use your animals for his personal gain. He will demand a tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. You will shed bitter tears because of this king you are demanding, but the Lord will not help you.’ But the people refused to listen to Samuel’s warning” (1 Sam 8:10-19 TLB).

The American people are not crying out for a king, but they might as well be by allowing our Constitutional heritage fall into neglect. In recent years, the documents that ensure our freedoms have been under heavy assault.

The actual Constitution documents rests safely under heavy bulletproof glass at the National Archives. The attacks focus on the meaning of the words in the Constitution that have been used to define our freedom.

The North Korean government proves that not all interpretations of liberty are equal to each other. The North Korea Constitution promises each citizen freedom of speech, religion, the press, assembly, demonstration, and association. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is a brutal police state because one man gets to decide what is liberty.

What causes us to lose freedom most quickly is this: Any action that results in the centralization of power.

In the past, those who wanted to implement changes had to go to the States or Congress and request to make a change (which would affect the lives of citizens). Today, federal or foreign agencies have given themselves the right to control our lives.

The Patriot Act, hastily passed forty-five days after 9/11 in the name of “national security” was a huge mistake. The act has turned various departments of the government into cancerous leeches. Their only purpose in life is to grow in their ability to monitor and control the lives of every American.

The government sets up an agency to control a problem, and eventually it becomes the problem. Last week, I read that the Drug Enforcement Administration has sent a memo to lawmakers. The DEA let Congress know that it has decided to change the federal status of marijuana “in the first half of 2016.”

Marijuana is currently listed under the Controlled Substances Act as a Schedule 1 drug, meaning it has “not currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”

The Drug Enforcement Administration will likely reclassify marijuana as a Schedule II drug, which would put it in the same category as Ritalin, Adderal and Oxycodone. Someone wanting to get high will only need a note from his or her their doctor.

People who think marijuana is morally wrong have no say in the process. The DEA has given itself the ability to nullify laws that previously banned the use of this drug.

Another out of control agency is the Federal Reserve. This organization was conceived during a secret meeting of the nations’ top bankers, and it was voted into power during a Christmas break. The Fed has become such a dominate force in the business world, financial markets rise and fall with every statement that is made by a Fed member.

A key role of the Supreme Court is to prevent other branches of government from overstepping their boundaries of power. During the Depression years, many of President Roosevelt’s pet projects were found to be unconstitutional.

Today, the justices collectively turn a blind eye to violations. In fact, they join the lawlessness by setting their own agendas. If there was any doubt about the liberal bias in the Supreme Court, last year’s ruling on homosexual marriage put the matter to rest.

Even the United Nations is into the power grabbing game. It wants to take control of the world’s oceans. The UN has launched a far-reaching initiative that could give it sway over all the waters that lie outside national territories and economic zones.

The potential shift in power involves multi-trillion-dollar issues; such as whether large areas, (conceivably as much as 30 percent of the world’s international waters) should be designated as no-go areas to protect biological diversity.

The ultimate centralization of political power will come under the Antichrist. For a short period of time, one man will control every nation on earth. The willingness of people to surrender their freedom shows that the Beast is about to take control.

“For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way” (2 Thessalonians 2:7).


nmOn Being Rapture Ready Part 1

Note: This April 22 is the fifth-year anniversary of the Good Friday trip I was given to somewhere on the perimeter of Heaven. It remains as vivid in my every waking moment today as right after it happened.I wanted to again present the articles I wrote at the end of that year–2011–because I believe we are so very near the time of Christ’s Call to us– “Come up hither!” (Revelation 4:1).

Also, I wish to announce my just-completed book that is now being prepared for publication at New Leaf Publishing Group. Rapture Ready…Or Not: 15 Reasons This Is the Generation That Will Be Left Behind” is scheduled for release July 1, 2016.

I’m certain in the deepest regions of my spirit that this book is a major reason for the round trip to that other dimension on that Good Friday five years ago. I’m having considerable trouble exercising patience as this book approaches its release. I just can’t wait to share it with you.

Without intending to attract unto myself any aggrandizement–for the Lord of Heaven is the only Person deserving such–I believe I was commissioned to deliver this message. Rapture Ready…Or Not, this generation is on the brink of God’s most profound intervention into human history since the day the great Flood of Noah’s day burst upon the world. Here, then, is Part I of my thoughts in December, 2011, following that April 22, 2011, Good Friday event.

Being prepared to meet Jesus Christ face to face–as far as trying to make that my constant state of mind is concerned–has been part of my every waking moment since Good Friday of this year. Not wishing to go over it in a public forum like this one ad nauseam, nonetheless, I’ve been considering the relationship between my near-death moments of April 22, and being Rapture ready, as is the thought wrapped up in our website’s name. So, here goes yet again…

This is intended to be an exhortation for all of us who name Christ as our Lord–urging us individually and collectively to hold Him close to our spiritual hearts during this Christmas season. It is not meant to dwell upon my personal experience as an overriding point of focus. Many who read this column on a regular basis know some of the details of my heart event on Good Friday of this year. I’m often corrected by my wife, Margaret, for not calling it a heart attack. For some reason that description just doesn’t register within my aging gray matter. Others have heart attacks, not me.

I remember thinking at the time it was occurring that this wasn’t possible. The EMT working on me told the hospital dispatcher that he had a “coronary in progress.” It didn’t register then, either. There I was, however, being rushed toward Saline Memorial Hospital, gasping for breath, the pain behind my sternum feeling as if it would explode my chest at any second.

I remember arriving and the gurney being tugged toward the ER outer doors. Then, there was the computer-like blip and I was suddenly before a large heavenly throng of young, beautiful, cheering men and women. The ambience of my surroundings was dazzling, and I wanted to join them. There was no recollection whatsoever of where I had been–no memories of this planetary existence.

I was, the doctor later told Margaret, dead on arrival.

They hit me with the defibrillation paddles–yes, just like you’ve seen in the shows where they say “Clear!” and then apply the paddles, making the body nearly jump off the table.

I felt nothing, but the action did cause me to leave the place I never wanted to leave. I remembered thinking, “I want to stay here forever in this perfect place.” But, everything turned dark and I awoke in total darkness on the gurney. This is because I’m blind due to a retinal disease, as many who read the account know. The pain behind the sternum grew worse and I heard the blip twice more. Each time I was before that cheering, enthusiastic throng of vibrant, young people. The sights were astonishing, colors of every description emanating from somewhere I could neither determine, nor cared to investigate. The third time I was among them, we were all racing, or being drawn by some powerful energy toward a destination I would never know. I was again in the hospital, this time on the cardiac unit’s procedure table. I had again been hit with the paddles.

I had survived the “widow maker,” an artery-blockage that I was told only 5 percent of victims live through. I was clinically dead three times, my heart having stopped each time. I had been given a journey and return trip that few are privileged to experience–and I say that meaning it as humbly as it is possible to express the fact.

The reasons for and meanings of this experience have been confirmed and affirmed in my spiritual understanding. I’ve dealt briefly with those impressions from the Holy Spirit in a previous article, “HeavenVision.” God willing, there will be a more in-depth presentation on these matters in a book we have planned for release early in 2012, entitled HeavenVision: Glimpses of Glory.

I continue to be given insight into what it all means. As stated at the beginning of this commentary, my thoughts have been turned toward being ever ready to meet the Lord Jesus Christ face to face since that Good Friday when my heart ceased to beat those three times. One of the things constantly on my mind is that my heart could fail again at any moment.

My rehabilitation has been an absolutely amazing success story. And, in that regard, I thank so many of you whose prayers were obviously heard in the throne room of Heaven. I honestly haven’t experienced one moment’s problem, in any way, with my heart or anything else of consequence regarding my health. In fact, I was given the “Arkansas Cardiologist Association’s Patient of the Year Award for 2011” on November 18. I was asked to speak to their convention and I told them that I don’t know why I should be honored. All I did was survive. My Lord, Jesus Christ, deserves top honors, because He holds the keys to death and hell. I then said that they, the wonderful medical professionals, also deserve honors for being the ones God chose to put me back into this race.

The only problem has been cracked teeth and one crowned tooth broken completely off that resulted from being hit with the paddles those three times. Nonetheless, the thought is there that one’s last heartbeat can occur at any moment.

Each time my heart stopped, I stood not before Jesus Christ, but in front of a cheering cloud of witnesses as given in Hebrews 12:1-3. This simply means, I have been assured in my spiritual understanding, that this wasn’t really death. It was a preview I was given for reasons the Lord has determined. But, I will, when God’s timing has come to fullness for my life, stand before my Lord and Savior. It will happen just as instantaneously as did my near-death trip to the fringes of glory. I am ready for that moment, because Jesus saved my soul with His work of redemption on the cross at Calvary nearly 2,000 years ago. When my heart beats that final time, I will, in the twinkling of an eye (see 1 Corinthians 15: 52), stand before Him, and will be with Him for all of eternity.

But, my heart has not stopped for that final time. When Christ calls all believers, living and dead, to Himself, I will, if still alive, stand instantaneously before Him just as I stood instantaneously before that cheering cloud of witnesses on Good Friday, April 22, 2011.

Being Rapture ready is being ready, period. It means you are prepared to meet the Lord at any moment–at all times. Every believer has the same promise–to be present with the Lord when life on earth is over.

“We are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight): We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:6-8).

Next week we will go in-depth, examining details about what it means to be Rapture ready.