Sep 24, 2018

Is there a Doctor in the House?

The term Apologetics has become nearly extinct in the Christian Church. A couple decades ago, we had several thriving ministries that had as their focus the defense of the faith by pointing out errors in the Church. Today, nearly all those organizations no longer exist or they have become muted by the moral corruption that is taking over the world.

One indication that we are living in a time of lawlessness is the lack of news of corruption being uncovered in the Church. The only negative news I read today are about pedophile priests in the Catholic Church.

The lack of scandal in the Protestant Church is because standards have become so low, people can get away with all types of transgressions. I recently encountered one that shows how we have reached a state of anarchy. I was watching a prophecy program in which the host claimed to have 16 doctorate degrees to his name, which is a task that should have taken a huge amount of time. After doing some research, I found that phony degrees have become common among Christian leaders.

The average student takes 8.2 years to slog through a PhD program and is 33 years old before earning that top diploma. The degree requires anywhere from 60 to 120 semester credit hours (or, approximately 20-40 college classes). Most PhDs require the full 120 hours, while most applied doctorates are closer to the lower end of that spectrum.

Many people who attempt to earn a PhD will fail in their task. Only about 57 percent of doctoral students will get their PhD within 10 years of starting graduate school. The average cost for a degree is $40,000.

There are some education centers that have greatly streamlined the process of getting a doctorate degree. These fake schools are diploma mills that sell degrees or have little to no standards for obtaining one. If you can count to 10 on your fingers, you can earn a doctorate degree in Mathematics. If you can name the four gospels, you’ve earned a PhD in Theology. If any of you have read more than 10 articles on RR, you can put on your next resume that Rapture Ready University has given you a degree in prophetic thinkology.

It is common knowledge that Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame was never a real military Colonel. In 1935, the governor of Kentucky, Ruby Laffon, bestowed Harland Sanders the title of Colonel “in recognition of his contributions to the state’s cuisine.” If Colonel Sanders went to his stores, blabbing to customers that he had been a tank commander during the Battle of the Bulge, well, then there would be a problem.

Since I have no respect for the Word of Faith crowd, I can call phoney baloney on people like Benny Hinn, Ken and Gloria Copeland, and Joyce Meyer. They all got their doctoral degrees from Life Christian University, which has no federal accreditation. The school’s founder, Douglas Wingate, admits that “earned degrees” go to “big name” preachers who never attended the school.

Creflo Dollar hasn’t done anything to earn his degree. He received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Oral Roberts University. Honorary doctorates have been given to such esteemed recipients as Kermit the Frog, whose “doctorate” was bestowed upon him by Southampton College in New York. Honorary doctorates do not qualify recipients to work or teach in the field designated on the diploma. No one wants an honorary doctor to perform heart surgery on them. Mr. Dollar’s bogus degree doesn’t do anything to help him preach the gospel truth.

T.D. Jakes received his Dr. Degree from Friends International Christian University, which is another well-known diploma mill. You don’t get 12 years of education in 5 unless it’s a garbage institution.

Perry Stone once had the Dr. prefix to his name, but he decided to stop using it. He now goes by Prophet Perry Stone or Pastor Perry Stone. He is also one of the only big-time prosperity preachers that does not have an honorary doctorate degree.

I don’t see the point of people spending vast amounts of time trying to earn a degree. Any school that has an accreditation is going to be overrun with liberalism. The best source for Christian learning is the Bible itself.

There are numerous people who have legitimately earned the right to be called a doctor, but many people who put Dr. on their name want to be a big shot in the eyes of men. Jesus said the best way to greatness is to humble yourself. A Child who expresses the most simple gospel message is more productive than someone who tries to reach the lost with academic arguments.

“Then an argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. But Jesus, knowing the thoughts of their hearts, had a little child stand beside Him. And He said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes this little child in My name welcomes Me, and whoever welcomes Me welcomes the One who sent Me. For whoever is the least among all of you, he is the greatest’” (Luke 9:46-48).

–Todd


Qanon–Challenging Deep State

The  InfoWars website and radio program have been banned by the largest social media forums. Alex Jones, the host of InfoWars, has been termed a conspiracy purveyor and accused of being not only a kook, but a danger to the American public.

Mainstream media look down on Jones and every other forum and individual who don’t  view their “news” as the only news that should be accepted as truth–thus while the American public is fed such mainstream media “news” punditry as “Trump is complicit in Hurricane Florence slamming into the East Coast.” This, it is conjectured by such proclaimed to be reliable truth-tellers as CNN, based upon the current president’s being a denier of climate change as defined by the globalist propaganda machine.

CNN, you might have heard, is the same cable network that just a couple of weeks ago reported that Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, claimed that the then candidate for the presidency knew in advance of a meeting Cohen had with a Russian operative. Cohen’s own lawyer, Lanny Davis, a long-time member of the Clinton attack machine, at first said he, himself, was present at that meeting. Later, he recanted that claim when his client, Cohen, said it was untrue. Trump never had any knowledge of any such meeting.

Davis then publicly admitted to his own “mistake” in reporting the lie. CNN, who gleefully ran with the story, has not, to this point and to my knowledge, retracted the original claim that Trump was guilty as claimed.

Multiply that mainstream media lie times a thousand in just the past two years while Trump has been either a candidate for president or president, and there is compiled a mainstream media platform of untruth that staggers sensibility. Yet it is Alex Jones, and anyone else who defies the mainstream fake-news narrative, who gets banned from getting his version truth before the public.

Now, I’m among the first to say that I cast a skeptical ear upon some of what I’ve heard from Alex Jones’ reporting. Some of it defies logical discernment, if I may use that term. However, considering all of the madness prevalent today in this nation and world, Jones and InfoWars ring as true, as do things coming out of the likes of NBC, CBS, ABC, The New York Times, The Washington Post…and CNN.

With that as preface, I come to something that has been effervescing for quite some time somewhere within my cogitative processes. You have likely heard of the matter or matters involved.

“Q” or “Qanon” is the supposed entity to which I refer. I say supposed, because much of what I know about this entity, as I said about the mainstream narrative these days, defies logical discernment. Does he–for it is thought to be an individual within the immediate circles that surround the president, and I presume it is a man, if he indeed exists within that circle–truly have knowledge of the intrigues he reports?

To those who are clueless of what I refer to here, I’ll try to explain in brief.

or Qanon is the name given a supposed insider within the White House ranks who issues reports on a frequent basis about what is in actuality going on with regard to this president and the so-called deep state. The deep state is a term most recognize. This refers to those within government–particularly within the top ranks of clandestine services –CIA, FBI, NSA, etc., that are part of the Washington, D.C. “swamp,” as Mr. Trump termed it during his campaign to win the presidency. These, along with many D.C.-establishment types, have been doing all within their power to destroy Trump’s presidency and even the man himself, family-wise and business-wise.

The aforementioned mainstream media joins this cabal in the attempted destruction.

At the heart of this drive to oust this president at any cost is the pile upon pile of lies that continue to spew from the swamp and are magnified and carried throughout mainstream media. You might have noticed how there has been a steady stream of such lies meant to destroy the president–a different lie almost every week for nearly two years.

Qanon tells a far different story than the mainstream anchors and pundits tell. In their reporting, Trump is always on the cusp of being linked to Russian collusion in defeating Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. Special counsel Robert Mueller is right on the verge of proving that collusion, or is about to get the president on obstruction of justice, has been the mantra of these establishment-media types for almost two years.

Yet, there hasn’t been a single fact brought forward that makes the connection Mueller is desperate to make. There have been only accusations and innuendo–this, in my view, is designed to keep doubt in the minds of the voting public until Trump is no longer president.

Their world has been disrupted–again, in my opinion–by the Lord of Heaven, Himself. They cannot and will not abide their gravy train being taken away and their one-world plans disrupted.

The entity known as Qanon is disseminating through alternative news sources that there is a reckoning coming for the deep state and those complicit in opposing the president and doing great harm to the American Republic. He indicates something big is on the way that will expose and even bring to justice much of the deep state at every level. It will soon be made clear for all to see, Qanon assures, the corruption at the very top of U.S. government, and where the true collusion festers.

This supposed insider source has much to say that is fascinating. I can’t and won’t vouch for the absolute validity of everything that is said in his news releases. I will say, however, that this source’s news rings far more true than do the lies, innuendo, and corruptive evil that has been spewing from the keyboards, microphones, and cameras of the mainstream news and entertainment media and even from governmental minions of the father of lies–again, in my humble opinion.

I make this appeal to anyone reading this commentary who has insider knowledge of the Qanon intrigues to send me information (wtjames1@swbell.net)–while providing at least a degree of validation that the information you provide is credible. Please don’t send links to Qanon posts on various blogs. I’ve seen many, many of these. True insider information is solicited here, if it exists.

One thing sure, Ephesians 6:12 has never been more in view than at present.

“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.”

–Terry

Sep 17, 2018

The Death of Journalism

The nation’s news media has had a leftist bias much longer than I’ve been here on planet Earth. For decades, the press would only gently put its thumb on the scale to slightly give its side an advantage in news coverage. Over the past couple years, we have seen a complete meltdown of all objective news standards.

I’ve seen the change at our local Planet Fitness gym. Up on the ceiling, they have a long row of TVs that have CNN and MSNBC spaced out every seventh TV. As I work out, I’ve noticed that two liberal channels are almost always talking about President Trump. There seem to be three phases in the reporting:

The first phase was all the bad things he did in the past. They dug out all of Trump’s bad business deals. Anyone who lost money investing with him was given camera time.

The Second phase was all the harmful things he is currently doing. It doesn’t matter how good the economy is doing right now. The press has found the people who have been left behind by the so-called Trump boom.

The third phase is pure delusion-thinking, where the imagination is the only limit on Trump’s “evil nature.” For example: Joe Scarborough on 9/11 said, “Trump is damaging the dream of America more than any terrorist attack ever could.” He has helped lower black unemployment to record low levels, and still he is regularly described as the most racist president to ever hold office.

It is amazing at how resourceful the liberal media has become in making every event into a test of Trump skills as President. In the run up to Hurricane Florence’s landfall, the press focused on Trump’s ability to manage the coming disaster. The hurricane was still 700 miles out at sea, and the press was only interested in setting things up so that any loss of life would mean Trump had failed in his duty.

The greatest indication that true journalism is dead in America is the willingness to sacrifice truth in order to create a new narrative. When a news story is found to be in error, it has long been vitally important to publish a correction.

CNN was recently caught in a lie when it reported that lawyer Lanny Davis had told them that Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, claimed he was willing to tell special counsel Robert Mueller that then-candidate Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower. When Lanny Davis admitted this was not true, CNN refused to back down, saying, “CNN stands by its story.” Going forward, CNN will make up their own version of the news and then cherry pick the facts to establish it.

The credibility of NBC has been called into question over its handling of Ronan Farrow’s Harvey Weinstein story. NBC had claimed that, when Farrow came to them with the story, he didn’t have anyone willing to go on record with the allegations. Farrow eventually took the story to The New Yorker and published it there. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his work. We now learn from NBC producers that Farrow had Rose McGowan as an eager witness. NBC killed the story and lied about it, most likely because it feared Weinstein may have dirt on brass at NBC.

In case there was any doubt about the meltdown of journalism, is the left bringing Dan Rather back from exile? Rather comes on TV and says, “The president of the United States is not the descendant of some Sun god” and “He is basically saying he is above the law.” In a series of online posts, Mr. Rather tells people “how to protect yourself from fake news,” which of course all comes from conservative sites.

Rather was one of television’s most prominent journalists, putting in nearly 24 years at CBS. But in the eyes of some viewers, he is remembered for his discredited story in 2004 that claimed, using clearly folly documents, that President George W. Bush made efforts to avoid service in Vietnam. After being fired from his anchor job, he left CBS the next year. What has allowed Dan Rather to crawl back into the news limelight is that the field of journalism has declined to the level he reached in 2004.

The complete madness of the liberal media is a strong indication of how close we are to the rapture event. Since they will be doing Satan’s bidding during the tribulation hour, their total readiness to serve in the ultimate delusion means that time is short.

“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12).

–Todd


Dissecting Christ’s Declaration on Noah’s Day

No matter how intensively I try to look in other directions these days for issues and events of possible prophetic portent, inner prompting brings me back to Matthew 24: 32-42.

Jesus’ words resound more powerfully in spiritually attuned ears than any other to be found in God’s Holy Scripture. Thus, things to be considered in the Lord’s Olivet declaration must have more relevance for these days in which we live than many seminaries will acknowledge.

Most of these bastions of higher learning put forth that the prophecies in Matthew 24 were given almost exclusively for the Jews of Christ’s physical time on earth. I completely dismiss that notion. I believe issues and events that unfold minute by minute around this generation continue to bring to light stage-setting for fulfillment given by the Lord in this profoundly important section of His prophetic teaching.

In my estimation–as those who read these commentaries know–we have come to the specific point on God’s prophetic timeline that Jesus foretold. We are, I believe, in the time He described: “As it was in the days of Noah…and of Lot.”

 

My own contemplation of things going on today and prophetic Scripture likely relevant to the very end of the Church Age (Age of Grace) has me carefully reconsidering Jesus words in that Olivet Discourse prophecy–His words about the “days of Noah” in particular. Let us look at them together yet again. We will look at the entire prophecy as Jesus gave it to us, recorded in Matthew 24:

24:32Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: 24:33So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near,even at the doors. 24:34Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. 24:35Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Seminary thinking on this, for the most part, has it that Jesus was speaking exclusively of the sons of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in referring to “this generation.” They dismiss that He was prophesying about the generation of people of the earth in general. The seminaries have it that the Lord was saying the Jewish race would not pass away. “Israel will not be eliminated by any foe” is one of the most common seminary takes on this prophecy.

I believe Jesus was prophesying that when Israel begins to become a nation that observably affects the rest of the world at the end of the age,  the consummation of human history will be profoundly underway. The Tribulation, Armageddon, and His Second Advent (Revelation 19:11) would then rapidly be fulfilled.

The Lord then stamped His omnipotent signature on the guarantee of its coming to pass:

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

What follows these words by the Lord of all creation sends chill bumps–I should say “thrill bumps”through yours truly.

Jesus next gives us a precise look at what precedes this total consummation of human history that includes Antichrist, the worst time in history (the Tribulation),  His Second Advent at Armageddon, and the entire Millennial era! He next says the following:

24:36But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.       

The Lord is, I believe, here referring back to His Words: 24:33″So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.”

He then goes in-depth in explaining what is meant by His Words “it is near, even at the doors. 24:37But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

Jesus is talking about His coming back to planet earth. He has already said it will be at a time that only the Father knows. This precludes His Second Advent, which will be a time that can be precisely calculated, according to Scripture.

Again, Jesus indicated that no one can know the precise time of His coming. But He then tells us exactly what the time of this arrival will look like from a cultural/societal and particularly an economic standpoint–this right up until judgment falls:

24:38For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 24:39And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

To look more deeply into the circumstances prevalent at this prophesied time, we go to the Words of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of Luke:

17:26And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 17:27They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. 17:28Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 17:29But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. 17:30Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.    

Next we go back again to Jesus’ words recorded in Matthew chapter 24 to see exactly what will happen when He again “reveals” Himself in a catastrophic manner:

24:40Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 24:41Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

And we look again at the Gospel of Luke to get further enlightenment from the Lord:

17:34I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. 17:35Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 17:36Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

Those who dispute that this is referring to the Rapture say that those taken here are taken for judgment and wrath, not to a place of safety. But Greek words here indicate the opposite. Those taken are taken to safety and those left behind are left for judgment. I haven’t the space here to do a Greek word study to prove my contention. I will simply give the word used here by Jesus in defining the matter of those taken.

Paralambanó, if I have spelled it correctly, is the same word Jesus uses in John 14:2-3–“I will come and receive you.” 

“Receive” and “taken” use the same word–paralambanó: I will receive you unto myself, for where I am, there ye may be also.” 

This is the Rapture!

We are in a “think-not” time, that is for certain. The Body of Christ–the Church–for the most part, has its collective attention turned away from God’ will. Worldly pursuits are the order of the day, both within the church edifices and within the lives of too many believers. All other issues and events scream through our hourly news feeds that  stage setting for fulfillment of Bible prophecy is in every direction one looks.

Israel is front and center–the fig tree that has been putting forth it leaves since May 14, 1948.

Financial experts say, and the facts show, that America is entering a time of economic boom, not bust. (Even though the fiscal laws of gravity are being defied by all rational ways of analyzing the matters involved.) The world follows the almighty dollar, so, many believe, a world economic boom may soon follow. Jesus predicted just such a time in His “days of Noah and of Lot” prophecy.

The Lord made the analogy of His next intervention into man’s history as being like the break-in of a thief in the night.  He wrapped up this account of this first phase of His Second Coming with this sobering exhortation for Christians who will be living when the Rapture occurs:

Matthew 24:42Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. 24:43But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 24:44Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

–Terry