May 27, 2019

Today: They Don’t Burn Books; They Bury Them

Mark Levin is an American lawyer, author, and radio personality. He is a firebrand for constitutional conservative beliefs. He specializes in exposing leftist tactics by the Democrats and the liberal media. He is the host of the syndicated radio show The Mark Levin Show, as well as Life, Liberty & Levin on Fox News.

Mark has some of his greatest success in the book world. He authored the 2005 book Men In Black: How The Supreme Court Is Destroying America, in which he advanced his thesis that activist judges on the Supreme Court have “legislated from the bench.” Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto was released in 2009 and became a #1 New York Times bestseller for eleven to twelve weeks. His 2013 book The Liberty Amendments laid out a plan for restoring the American Republic by suggesting eleven new constitutional amendments.

This latest book has just been released. It is called Unfreedom of the Press, and the liberal media are going to need to get the smelling salts. Just check out the Amazon description:

“… A groundbreaking and enlightening book that shows how the great tradition of the American free press has degenerated into a standard profession that has squandered the faith and trust of the American public, not through the actions of government officials, but through its own abandonment of reportorial integrity and objective journalism.”

Because Satan has found that the liberal media make for an effective tool for guiding and controlling society, it is a must order. Levin doesn’t understand the demonic link to the media, but a Christian reading the book can see Satan’s hand at work.

I was motivated to write about Mark’s new book, but not because of its content; I wrote about it because I could not find it on It will come right up if you type in “Unfreedom of the Press.” If you had never heard of the book, it’s unlikely that you would stumble across the book. As I was searching through the various categories in the Book section of Amazon, I could not find the book that was their current #1 seller.

Wal-Mart sells more bananas than any other product. They are generally located in the front of the store in the central area of the produce department. If Wal-Mart had the bananas in the far back corner in the fabric section, there would be many complaints.

It is very strange that a company that started out as a bookseller and has become the go-to place for ranking of books would make it so hard to find the current top seller. In the book section there is a list of Celebrity Picks, which are books picked out by mostly liberal celebrities. On top is a Book Awards section, which is by leftist-leaning organizations. I didn’t find Levin’s book in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Books, which is a requirement for every book page. There is a Best Books of the Month section, which I’m guessing were hand-selected by Amazon staff.

Mark Levin has set a trap for the New York Times. In one of his chapters, he details how the NYT downplayed the holocaust, the largest mass murder of human beings in history. I think the NYT will break from decades of tradition of listing their book of raw sales. The NYT will create a new form of tabulation that largely overlooks Levin’s book.

It would be a very shocking sight to see piles of books being burned by a government that approved of a set content. Because Amazon can block what people are able to see in their search results, we might as well have scenes of Brown Shirt Nazis emptying physical libraries and burning books that fail to meet up to the new Aryan standard. Because censorship only requires a few lines of computer code, books can be buried with little notice.

The madness that has become the left is likely the same group who will murder tribulation saints. The Democratic Party is so sure of their moral footings that they will soon kill believers with not the slightest trace of guilt.

“They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God” (John 16:2).


The Snare Is Set

Hal Lindsey, of The Late, Great, Planet Earth fame, called it “the great snatching up.” The mental picture is of one of those old Jungle Jim films starring Johnny Weissmuller in his post-Tarzan days.

A leopard or other big cat would be stalking through a thick jungle and suddenly it would be violently snatched up when it hit a certain trip mechanism on the snare. A thick net would grab the beast and it would spring upward with the enraged cat, keeping it encased while it flailed mightily above the jungle floor. Jungle Jim would then have captured a leopard for a zoo or he would have rid the area of a man-eater. It was all very exciting for a boy of ten or so sitting in an air-conditioned  movie theater munching popcorn back in those days.

Before those beasts could be caught up, of course, much preparation was made by the one doing the capture. Jungle Jim would usually order natives of the area to carefully place the net flat in a jungle pathway, then camouflage it. The sapling or thick branch was then bent to provide the tremendous spring the trap would need to capture and hold a 150-pound or larger leopard. With the big cat captured, the people left on the ground would be safe from its prowling about and possibly its attacking the most vulnerable inhabitants of the African countryside.

Hal Lindsey, of course, was talking about “the great snatching up” in reverse, so to speak. He, in his biblically prophetic study of times surrounding his writing The Late, Great, Planet Earth, was talking about the prophecy given by Jesus as recorded by the Apostle Luke:

And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. (Luke 21:34-36)

In this case, as laid out by the Lord, Himself, the viciousness of the beast world will be left on the earth, and the people to be protected will be snatched into the air to safety. Peter the apostle says this about the one who is even now on the ground that surrounds us, looking to attack us: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

The Apostle Paul tells us in great detail about this “snatching up.” Here is the prophecy most directly pertinent:

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)

 Harpazo, as many know, is the Greek word to express being “caught up.” People who live to experience the Rapture and Christians who have died during the Church Age (Age of Grace) will be “caught up” or “snatched up.” It will happen in the “twinkling of an eye” (1 Corinthians 15:52).

This instantaneous event that removes God’s people from deadly conditions on earth, unlike ol’ Jungle Jim’s snare that leaves people safe on the ground from the leopard while removing the evil, takes no preparation by any human agency. Jesus finished all preparation on the cross at Calvary when He said, “It is finished.”

All one must do to be removed in that twinkling-of-an-eye moment is to believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ according to Romans 10:9-10. While no preparation needs be made beyond simply accepting that call to salvation, the snare is set that will soon leave the world of rebels against God to face the roaring lion described by Peter.

We have, in these commentaries over the years, gone over in depth all of the signals Jesus and the prophets foretold will be in view at the time of this snare-like intervention into the affairs of rebellious earth dwellers. Those indicators are literally everywhere we look upon the planet’s end-times horizon. The spiritually attuned believer can know when that end-times generation will appear at the very end of the age.

Israel, the fig tree in prophetic symbolism, is the key sign.

Again, we look at Scripture to see that the snare is now set that will catapult Christians to Heaven.

And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.


We at Rapture Ready join Rev Graham in asking all of our friends and RR family to pray for the president June 2.

We also ask that you pray daily for him and for the nation.

Here is Franklin Graham’s request.


Dear Friend,

Along with 250+ Christian leaders, I am asking followers of Christ across our nation to set aside next Sunday, June 2, as a special day of prayer for the President, Donald J. Trump.

President Trump’s enemies continue to try everything to destroy him, his family, and the presidency. In the history of our country, no president has been attacked as he has. I believe the only hope for him, and this nation, is God.

This is a critical time for America. We’re on the edge of a precipice. Time is short. We need to pray for God to intervene. We need to ask God to protect, strengthen, encourage, and guide the President.

We know that God hears and answers prayer. He can soften hearts and change minds. He is all-powerful, and He rules over the affairs of nations. The Bible instructs us to pray for those in authority, “that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior” (1 Timothy 2:2–3, NKJV).

On June 2, we ask that pastors would lead their congregations in praying for the President, that Sunday schools and other groups would join together and pray, and that individuals and families across the country would have a special focus on praying for the President that day.

Would you please join us in prayer and tell others so that we can have as many people as possible praying?


Franklin Graham
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
& Samaritan’s Purse