Aug 19, 2019

 How to Become a Trillionaire

A couple years back, I wrote an article that explained how easy it would be for someone to start a conservative news service and become very wealthy. This process could be streamlined by buying the likes of CNN, firing all the liberal reporters and replacing them with a conservative news staff. With about 90 percent of all news organizations in the hands of leftists, a network that catered to viewers on the right would certainly be an instant hit.

If someone purchased CNN and had no political bias, they could easily improve the financial health of the network. I’m amazed that anyone would watch a network that fixates on attacking Donald J. Trump. As CNN’s ratings have drifted lower, the company shareholders seem oblivious to the loss of viewers. In fact, CNN’s head, Jeff Zucker, was recently rewarded with a new title of chairman of Warner Media News. He was also given a big fat pay raise.

Before Fox News came on the scene, CNN had up to 4 million views during primetime. Over the years, the network bled viewers as it transformed into a leftist propaganda mill. Through the first five months of 2019, CNN had a daily average of 654,000 viewers — down 8% from a year ago, compared with 1.39 million for Fox News (down 3%) and 1.02 million for MSNBC (up 3%).

I know President Trump likes to mock CNN for its rating decline, but the network will never face a financial peril. About 70% of CNN’s revenue comes from carriage fees from cable and satellite operators, which continue to grow even as more consumers cut the cord. S&P Global Intelligence said CNN took in $974 million for its flagship channel in 2018, up nearly 7% from the previous year.

Another thing that protects news outlets like CNN is their sacred crow status. AT&T is the current parent company of CNN, and gives management a free hand in what so-called news it decides to air. Zucker told The Los Angeles Times in an interview that AT&T has respected CNN’s independence. Last year, AT&T donated money to the Committee to Protect Journalists, an organization that defends press freedom around the world.

There was a time when network officials on various levels were very watchful of ratings and content. When ABC broadcasted the variety comedy show Turn-On, a racier derivative of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, the show’s strong sexual and political humor got the show cancelled after airing that single episode. At least one station (WEWS in Cleveland, Ohio) did not return to Turn-On after the first commercial break, and others on west-coast delay refused to air it at all.

CNN is into its second decade of declining ratings and journalistic standards. I don’t know of any other non-government business outside news that has been so poorly managed.

The rapid growth of the internet has created the opportunity for firms to achieve vast amounts of wealth. During the past year, several high-tech companies achieved a market cap of one trillion dollars. All of them are in areas where the majority of their employees voted for Hillary Clinton in the last presidential election.

If a fairly rich or ingenious person was to create a conservative version of Facebook, Google, YouTube, and various other social media sites, they could very likely create a trillion-dollar corporation. As they would steal away traffic from the current giants, I predict they would have the same reaction that CNN had when Fox News stole half of its viewers within the first few years. They would conclude that they need to become more leftist in what content they allow on their platforms.

In a normal world, someone would have probably already decided to build a media site that would appeal to 80 million evangelical Christians in North America. Every time a rich person has gotten the idea, Satan must have come along and told him it wouldn’t work. I live in a community that had four primary chicken restaurants, and someone had the forethought to decide Benton, AR, needed one more.

The media’s obsession with spreading its demonic leftist agenda, with no regard for money, shows the true importance of salvation in Christ. Satan’s minions want power, wealth, and fame; but their greatest impulse is to help their master steal your soul.

It will be a long time before any one individual will become a trillionaire. Jeff Bezos of Amazon got up to $148 billion before his divorce knocked him down to $111 billion. Once all believers are raptured home to glory, I’m sure the value of our heavenly mansions will put Bezos to shame.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt. 6:19-21 NIV).


On Observing the Times

Jesus looked directly and deeply into the eyes of the pious religionists and elitist-legalists (the Pharisees and Sadducees). His omniscient, penetrating, piercing, eyes saw into their very souls. These religious zealots and lawyers sought to disprove the claims by His followers that He was sent from God. They wanted Him to immediately perform a private miracle for them, thinking, no doubt, that He would fail, giving them fodder for their attacks against Him.

Jesus, in answer to their probing demands that He show them a sign to prove His commission from Heaven, said:

When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? (Matthew 16:2-3)

Thus begins the introduction to my latest book, Discerners: Analyzing Converging Prophetic Signs for the End of Days, to be released very soon. The Lord’s admonishment is one of the strongest given for those who are supposedly responsible for knowing what God’s Word, the Scripture, has to say about issues and events –about circumstances—of the times surrounding their lives.

The Pharisees, in particular, were supposed to know, in-depth, God’s Word to Jews. Yet, these not only didn’t recognize the fact that the Messiah was among them, they mocked Him and wanted to–and eventually did—kill Him.

Jesus had performed miracle after miracle. The signals were in every direction that He was who He was–the very Messiah for whom all of believing Israel longed.

Rather than embracing their future King, they mocked, harassed, and ultimately murdered Him, with the help of the Roman government.

They wanted a “sign” from Him, yet He had done wonders that everyone in Israel knew about except, seemingly, these Pharisees and Sadducees who confronted Him.

This man of Galilee represented a threat to their authority of being religionists and legalists who ran things. They couldn’t have their controlling apple cart turned upside down. Theirs was a very lucrative business, and they wanted no Messiah ruining their money-making enterprises.

Saul of Tarsus, of course, was, before his Damascus Road experience, one of the chief prosecutors/persecutors who sought to end the lives of those who followed Jesus–the one whom religionists and legalists considered an imposter, but whom His followers believed and claimed to be Israel’s Messiah.

We must wonder today about those, particularly among the so-called clergy—who cannot or will not discern the times. These totally ignore, or refuse to accept, God’s Word on things to come. They spiritualize or allegorize prophecy yet future concerning Christ’s soon return to put an end to this rebellious world system.

Would Jesus say the same to these today as he said of the religionists of that day?

“O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?”

The Bible consists of–as my friend, the late Chuck Missler, used to inform—about 27 percent prophecy. Of that, approximately 14 percent is yet to be fulfilled. Yet only a very few pastors in the pulpits will touch on the prophetic portions. If they do, they spiritualize it or allegorize it to such an extent that they give their congregations little indication that these are things to come, in a literal sense. They certainly don’t examine the prophetic portions about prophecies yet to be fulfilled, checking on and including issues and events of the times that are unfolding–times that even a modicum of examination and exploration would divulge are absolutely ripe with prophesied things on the very cusp of taking place.

Such things to come are bulging at the proverbial seams, trying to burst forth.

Looking at the political situation in America today, as well as at the moral comportment of so many, what discerner from a believer’s perspective can deny that evil men and seducers are growing worse and worse?

Seeing the battles, with the nation divided almost down the middle, who with a discerning spirit can deny that rebellion against the God of Heaven is raging, or that that same God, the Holy Spirit, is acting as never before as Restrainer against the evil that is ramping up moment by moment?

Who that has been given discernment by that same Holy Spirit can but recognize that worldwide hatred for Israel is coming to a head, just as the prophet Zechariah foretold?

All prophetic signs are in process of converging at this very moment during these strange and troubling, although exciting, times; they are exciting because it all means the Lord Jesus Christ must be about to call all believers into the clouds of glory to be with Himself.

The believer that Jesus Christ is who God’s Word says He is must be dedicated to observing these matters unfolding so near the time of His return to establish His righteous kingdom on this rebellious earth. It’s time for Christians to be discerners.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. (Ephesians 5:15-17)


Aug 12, 2019

The Mass Murder Cycle

There have been at least a dozen times in the history of Rapture Ready that I’ve written a Nearing Midnight article about some mass murder event. I’ve never produced an article that had two such events that occurred within days of each other. As you all know, 22 people were killed in El Paso, and 9 people were killed in Dayton.

The pointless loss of life is always the most distressing thing, but I am increasingly bothered by how methodical the media and politicians have become in reacting to these events. The press rushes in to milk out all the emotional points from the victims. Then they place the blame on Republicans, the NRA and Fox News for fomenting hate; never mind the fact that the shooters were once again fans of Democratic causes. Finally, we are reminded that all gun violence can be solved by us turning over our weapons to the government.

The liberal media can get my blood pleasure up with some of the most subtle remarks. One Yahoo news article simply said that Trump broke his silence over the El Paso shooting. The reporter was sneakily implying that Trump shared some blame in the tragedy, and he was at a rare loss for words. Another reporter did even better while going after Senate leader Mitch McConnell. While blaming McConnell for inaction, he noted that he was the current leader of the Senate. The reporter must have physic powers that senses balance of power is about to switch sides.

With the news business long dead, we have propagandists manning the news desks. These political hacks are longing for the days of the Obama presidency. It was eight peaceful years where no one mass murder events took place. To put this work of fiction to bed, someone created a list of events that remind us of the rivers of blood that plagued Obama’s term:

July 23, 2015 — Lafayette, LA — 3 dead, 9 injured

July 16, 2015 — Chattanooga, TN— 5 dead, 3 injured

June 17, 2015 — Charleston, SC— 9 dead

February 10, 2015 — Chapel Hill, NC— 3 dead

May 23, 2014 — University of California, Santa Barbara. — 7 dead (including gunman)

April 2, 2014 — Fort Hood (Second Shooting). — 3 dead, 12 injured

September 16, 2013 — Washington, DC. — 12 dead

December 14, 2012 — Newtown, Conn. — 27 dead (including gunman)

September 27, 2012 — Minneapolis, Minn.— 7 dead (including gunman), 2 injured

August 5, 2012 — Oak Creek, Wis.— 7 dead (including gunman), 4 injured

July 20, 2012 — Aurora, Colo. — 12 dead, 59 injured

May 31, 2012 — Seattle, Wash.— 6 dead

April 2, 2012 — Oakland, Calif. — 7 dead

February 22, 2012 — Norcross, Ga. — 5 dead (including gunman)

October 12, 2011 — Seal Beach, Calif. — 8 dead, 1 injured

January 8, 2011 — Tucson, Ariz. — 6 dead, 14 injured

August 3, 2010 — Manchester, Conn. — 9 dead (including gunman), 2 injured

November 29, 2009 — Parkland, Wash. — 5 dead (including gunman)

November 5, 2009 — Fort Hood, Texas — 13 dead, 30 injured (including gunman)

April 3, 2009 — Binghamton, N.Y. — 14 dead (including gunman), 4 injured

March 29, 2009 — Carthage, N.C. — 8 dead, 3 injured (including gunman)

March 10, 2009 — Geneva County, Ala. — 11 dead (including gunman), 6 injured

The most important list is a constantly updating mass murder list. This record of ever-changing highest death counts is a testament of how crazy our society has become:

1  2017 Las Vegas shooting; 58 killed

2  2016 Orlando nightclub shooting; 49 dead

4  2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting; 27 dead

5  2017 Sutherland Springs church shooting; 26 dead

6  1991 Luby’s shooting; 23 dead

7  2019 El Paso shooting; 22 killed

8  1984 San Ysidro McDonald’s massacre; 21 murdered

9  2018 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting left 17 dead

10 1966 University of Texas tower shooting; 16 killed

There is another mass murder list that is taking place in our major cities. We don’t read reports about these deaths because they occur in the single digits. The city of Chicago during the first week of this month had shootings that left seven people dead and another 52 people wounded. The victims ranged from 5 to 56 years old.

The city’s emergency rooms were so badly stretched to the limit that Mt. Sinai Hospital in Douglas Park was forced to go on bypass for several hours. All wounded were directed to the city’s four other trauma units.

It should be obvious that the reason for the violence is that our society has drifted from biblical moral values. If someone dares to bring up sin as the possible cause, they get shouted down.

When Chicago voters elected Lori Lightfoot as mayor, I was very disappointed that she was a lesbian. I was absolutely mortified that there is not a single Republican among the 12 people running for that office. You would think that after 40 years of failed socialism, some part of the voters would seek an alternative. If California continued having major earthquakes, the current mentality would call for the election of a Satanist for the governorship.

The mass murder cycle cannot continue on forever. Eventually, we are going to reach a point where lawlessness will make people willing to give up their freedom to have some form of security. When we become so blind as to make such a choice, we no longer deserve to have either.

“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4).


Deal-of-the-Century Update

One has to wonder how many times President Trump has heard the following words, or those similar: “You must not give away land God has given Israel, Mr. President.”

Or: “Mr. President, America must never abandon Israel or deal treacherously with the Jewish people.”

The reason it is reasonable to wonder this is, in part, because of recent developments in the process known as “the Deal of the Century.”

Emails received have indicated on numerous occasions the trepidation the emailers feel–that is, the uneasiness about the probability of the Trump administration making a “deal” that will almost certainly include giving the Palestinians part of Israel’s land in a ”two-state solution” to the conflict in the region.

The deal, of course, involves the Trump Administration trying to broker a peace agreement between Israel and the so-called Palestinians. I say “so-called” because the word “Palestine” is a term concocted, many scholars believe, from the ancient people who were Israel’s enemies, the Philistines. This is the people from whom, of course, the giant Goliath and his brothers came in the biblical David and Goliath account.

There has never been such a homeland for those called “Palestinians.” The Arab/Muslim world has used its claim that Israel is an illegitimate occupier of the Palestinian homeland in recent times to foment hatred against the Jewish state.

There is fear amongst the diplomatic world that the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians could at any moment flare to trigger thermonuclear response from the Zionists, as the Muslim-haters of Israel terms that nation. Israel, it is known by all, although not officially admitted, has one of the world’s most lethal nuclear capabilities.

The Trump administration has been working to construct what the president, in his usually outspoken manner, calls “the Deal of the Century.” By that, he means he intends to come up with a plan that will make peace in the region, thereby eliminating the fears of war that might ignite because of the conflict.

It was rumored that the American administration intended to include as part of this plan for making peace the dividing of Israel’s land in order to create a separate nation called Palestine.

Christians who are savvy about Bible prophecy and who observe the times in light of Christ’s promised return have weighed in heavily on this possibility. They stringently oppose such division of Israel’s land, based upon, in part, passages in the book of the prophet Zechariah and Joel.

Joel prophesied: “For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land” (Joel 3: 1-2).

The prophet was foretelling about Armageddon, of course. He was saying that God will bring the nations of the world into the killing fields of the Plains of Esdraleon–the Valley of Jezreel surrounding Megiddo–to punish them for their maltreatment of His chosen people of Israel.

Those who hold to the premillennial, pre-Trib view of Bible prophecy believe that to be instrumental in dividing the land God gave Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will bring a curse on the perpetrators– based upon God’s promises found in Genesis 12: “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee, and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 12:3).

There was, as I say, trepidation amongst these Christian believers that President Trump planned to make the division of Israel’s land part of the Deal of the Century.

Something has, perhaps, seemingly put a stop to that troubling rumor. The following news excerpt explains in part.

There is no Palestinian statehood in the “deal of the century,” only autonomy, as U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, a silent member of the administration’s Mideast peace team, has revealed.

Friedman warned the Palestinians that the Clinton, Olmert, Kerry and Obama proposals are no longer on the table…

Now the architects of the peace plan are making clear that all those proposals are a thing of the past and there is no better deal on its way.

When Arab countries are disintegrating because of jihad on one hand and Iran on the other, no stable Arab government would see the formation of a new Arab state as a dream come true. A bold new peace plan should propose taking a completely different direction. (“There might be something to ‘deal of the century’ after all, opinion by Ben-Dror Yemini, Published: 8-01-19 Rapture Ready News)

Again, based upon this overt declaration that there will be no Palestinian state constructed as part of negotiating peace, one must wonder how many times President Trump has heard the words, or those similar: “You must not give away land God has given Israel, Mr. President.”

It is fodder for conjecture whether Bible prophecy adherents close to the president, such as Dr. Robert Jeffress or John Hagee, have had an influence. Certainly the Holy Spirit is at work in these closing days of the Church Age (Age of Grace). We will keep watch, with great interest, on unfolding things surrounding this “Deal-of-the Century” process.



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