Jun 17, 2019

Abortion Has Become a Religion of Depravity

The passage of Laws in Georgia, Alabama, Missouri and Ohio that place restriction on abortion has triggered a massive reaction from people on the left. They have gone into a mode that can only be described as fanatical. Not since ancient times, when people sacrificed children to their pagan gods, has there been a greater bloodlust for infanticide.

The reaction of some people is so over the top, you would wonder if comedy was their intention. Since no joke goes on this long, we can be sure that they represent a growing wave of insanity:

A hotel manager in a conservative Michigan town has publicly announced that she will provide free rooms and transportation to and from clinics for women seeking abortions from states that have placed restrictions on the procedure. Shelley O’Brien runs the Yale Hotel in Yale, Michigan, a city that, according to the Detroit Free Press, voted for President Donald Trump in 2016. He received 65% of the vote in the city.

The magazine Teen Vogue is now advising minors on ways they can violate their parents’ wishes and obtain an abortion without their permission. According to LifeSiteNews, the magazine that once advised teens on the virtues of anal sex has now published an article in which columnist Nona Willis Aronowitz instructs a pregnant 16-year-old girl how to get her desired abortion without setting off her Christian conservative parents’ pro-life radar.

Miley Cyrus can thank her famous dad for her teenage Disney Channel days as Hanna Montana. She has maintained her spot in the limelight by whoring herself out to various Hollywood vices. Cyrus was recently pictured licking a large white cake with the sides covered with rainbow sprinkles that read “ABORTION IS HEALTH CARE.” There were some terrific tweets about this picture. LifeNews.com was amazed, saying, “The irony of @Miley Cyrus using a birthday cake to promote abortions when abortions deny babies a birthday.”

Kylie Jenner is the youngest member of the Kardashian/Jenner clan. She faced backlash for a “Handmaid’s Tale”— themed party for her best friend, Anastasia Karanikolaou – complete with the story’s notorious red robes and white bonnets and themed cocktails with names like “praise be vodka.” Jenner was called “tone deaf” for adding sex and booze to a fictional tale where women are denied their basic human rights and forced into reproductive slavery. The Handmaid’s Tale outfit was already at a clownish level when Jenner joined in. Her involvement just shows the silliness of the connection to abortion.

The United Nations spends much of its time defending third-world dictators. Kate Gilmore, the UN’s deputy high commissioner for human rights, found torment taking place here in America. She said the abortion restrictions that were recently passed in several states in the U.S. are a “crisis” akin to “torture.”

“It’s clear it’s torture? It’s a deprivation of a right to health,” Gilmore told The Guardian. “We have not called it out in the same way we have other forms of extremist hate, but this is gender-based violence against women, no question.”

Despite all the cries from the left, abortion is getting worse in America. While a few red states are placing restrictions on the killing of the unborn, blue states are giving abortion clinics free rein. Democratic Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker just signed a bill into law establishing a woman’s “fundamental right” to abortion.

“Today we proudly proclaim that in this state, we trust women,” Pritzker said at the Reproductive Health Act signing event at the Chicago Cultural Center. “And in Illinois, we guarantee as a fundamental right a woman’s right to choose.”

This bill puts women at risk in three ways: (a) it removes regulations for abortion clinics, allowing them to be self-policing; (b) it allows people not trained as doctors to perform abortions, thus jeopardizing the life of a woman who suffers from complications; and (c) it eliminates all reporting requirements and regulations governing an investigation of maternal deaths due to abortion.

Earlier this year, New York state and Virginia passed a law that reduced the restrictions on late-term abortion. Up until now, such procedures are almost always performed because the life of the mother is in danger, or the baby is unviable. These new laws allow a pregnant woman to suddenly change her mind at the last minute and end the life of a child that could survive an early birth.

On the Democratic campaign trail, there is a bidding war over who will have the most pro-abortion platform. To keep up with the new reality, Joe Biden flip-flopped on his support for the Hyde Amendment; the 1976 measure prohibiting federal funding for abortion except in the case of rape, incest, and endangering the life of the mother. By this fall, we may have candidates sacrificing children to the Canaanite god Moloch.

I’m being sarcastic with my Moloch remark, but this level of depravity is not that far off. Radical feminist, Sophie Anne Lewis, wishes to take the abortion debate to an unthinkably evil place. In the promotional video for her new book, she freely admits that “abortion is a form of killing” and states that she is “not interested in where a human life starts to exist.”

“We have very little to lose at the moment when it comes to abortion, and I’m interested in winning radically,” Lewis argued. “I wonder if we could think about defending abortion as a right to stop doing gestational work. Abortion is, in my opinion, and I recognize how controversial this is, a form of killing. It is a form of killing that we need to be able to defend,” said Lewis.

I once found a video on YouTube that showed anchor chains breaking free from various ships. Most of them were incredibly violent because of all the massive forces at play. Humanity’s departure from God’s will has been equally cataclysmic. We now have people with the same moral values of Genghis Khan. Because we are so close to total corruption, the end must be very near.

“And because they did not think it worthwhile to acknowledge God, God delivered them over to a corrupt mind so that they do what is not right” (Romans 1:28 CSB).

–Todd


God’s Strange Name for Jerusalem

Jerusalem and Israel are the “apple of my eye” according to the Lord of Heaven.

It is the very center of the earth so far as  God’s dealings with mankind are concerned. All reference points given in the Bible most often radiate in different directions from the “holy city.” It is the city where Jesus Christ will reign and rule during the time of the millennial earth.

Jerusalem is the place where the Shekinah Glory–God, Himself, dwelt. His presence was there in the Holy of Holies, resident within the Ark of the Covenant. The fifteen-foot cubed area was so powerful in its prominence that the Temple priest who went into it had a rope tied around one leg so his body could be pulled from beneath the veil if he made a mistake in his duties. No man could go in there and live, save that divinely appointed priest. That priest had to be very careful not to touch the Ark and possibly other things in that chamber, lest he suffer instant death.

The veil itself separated God from mankind until Jesus Christ said “It is finished” at the moment He gave up His spirit to death. When Jesus died on the cross, that thick veil tore from top to bottom, indicating that the rent came from God in Heaven. From that moment, following Christ’s resurrection three days later, mankind could have direct access to God through Christ, who died for the sins of the world that had separated God from man before the death, burial, and resurrection of God’s Son as once-and-for-all sacrifice.

So why is Jerusalem, the center of man’s only hope for salvation from sin and death, mysteriously called terrible names by God Himself? The conjecture over this reference has been wide and varied, and perhaps unable to be known–that is, until the unfolding of prophetic stage-setting for the second coming of Christ.

The scriptural reference in question covers the deaths of the two witnesses who will preach during the Tribulation era. Antichrist will have finally managed to kill these two Heaven-sent men. At this point, they lay in the streets of Jerusalem, while the rebellious world of earth-dwellers mock and send each other gifts. “Good riddance,” the rebels will be saying.

And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. (Revelation 11:8)

Egypt is the horrible regime that enslaved God’s chosen people–not a very nice name to give to this city God has previously called “the apple of my eye.”

But then, the name given is even worse. God’s Word calls it “Sodom.”

Many, including myself, have wondered over the years why this city so esteemed by God would be termed “Sodom” in the spiritual sense.

We know that many wicked things happened there over the eons of time. The wickedness seemed to rise to the level of ultimate evil when the beating and crucifixion of Israel’s Messiah took place.

Because the above naming of Jerusalem as “Egypt” and “Sodom” are given in the Revelation, I would like to propose that the meaning behind such horrid names might be now somewhat more understandable.

This present world of people is, as any student of God’s Word with discernment knows, becoming ever more wicked. Here are a few headlines from Rapture Ready News that attest to what is going on. (These were taken from only one day’s headlines on June 8.)

There are many more such headlines–and some much more egregious–that tell of the world moving toward Sodom-like comportment. But what about Jerusalem and our quandary? Why does God’s Word call His beloved city “Sodom” in His most profound book of prophecy yet future?

I think perhaps the answer might be framed, at least to some extent, in consideration of these excerpts from the following story.

Some 15,000 people turned out Thursday in the capital as part of the 18th annual Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade. The event got underway under increased security measures implemented by the police, with at least 2,600 police officers deployed to secure the march, nearly 100 more than last year

Israel’s first openly gay minister Amir Ohana from Likud, who was assigned the justice portfolio by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, arrived at the Liberty Bell Park in Jerusalem – where the pride parade was to kick-off – was booed by the crowd assembled at the location, with some shouting ‘Shame, Shame’ and ‘What have you done for our community?’ at the new minister.

“It’s important that all of you are here, despite demonstrating against me,” Ohana said to the crowd before leaving the event shortly after…

Later in the evening an event was to take place at Jerusalem’s Independence Park, accompanied by performances from various musical artists and speeches from pro-LGBTQ activists. (“Jerusalem’s Gay Pride Parade Kicks Off Amid at Least 49 Arrests,” Ynetnews, June 6, 2019)

Like many American city officials these days, apparently the ones in Jerusalem want Sodom-like activity at the center of culture and society. Is it any wonder that the King of all Kings will have to cleanse that city from which He is prophetically scheduled to reign and rule for a thousand years?

–Terry

Jun 10, 2019

The Jews’ Invisible Enemy

This world is rapidly becoming a very unfriendly place for anyone of Jewish heritage. It’s rather strange that anti-Semitism could thrive in a time of such profound racial sensitivity. If a member of any racial group suffers what can determine as the slightest amount of discrimination, they can expect immediate news coverage of their grievance.

In a December 2018 survey on experiences and perceptions of anti-Semitism in Europe, the European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency found that 90% of Jews living in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the UK feel anti-Semitism has increased in their country over the past decade, while 85% believe it to be a serious problem. Almost half worried about being insulted or harassed in public because they are Jewish, and more than a third feared being physically attacked.

In Germany in 2018, anti-Semitic crimes, which include hate speech, rose by 20%, according to government data. In France, hate crimes against Jews have increased by 70 over the previous year. Attacks against Jews are so bad in that nation, many Jews are choosing to leave the country.

The German commissioner for combating anti-Semitism, Dr. Felix Klein, recently urged the country’s Jews to stop wearing the traditional Jewish Kippah caps. The remarks have sparked international ire and were criticized by Israel’s president as representing a “capitulation” to anti-Semitism. The advice reminded me of what was offered to women in Sweden in regards to a sharp increase in rape. They were told by the government to not go out at night by themselves.

It is very strange that anti-Semitism is such a rampant problem, and we don’t hear what group or groups are the source of all this hatred. Unless you have an IQ below 60, it should be obvious that the followers of the Islamic faith are the source.

When we had all the massive murder attacks in Europe, the press started playing word games with the assailants. The killers were said to be lone-wolves, radicalized, or simply part of domestic violence. As time advanced, the news media would just rush to provide cover to the terrorists. We are now commonly told this event had nothing to do with Muslims, so don’t let the carnage make you Islamophobic.

The media have reached the point where it openly lies to cover for Islam. The New York Times ran a story that said 89% of the anti-Semitic attacks in Germany are from right-wing groups. In reality, most attacks against Jews in Europe are by Muslim immigrants. The New York Times might as well say that all suicide bombings are carried out by Jews.

Ben Shapiro, the head of the Daily Wire, had good reason to be confused after an Indiana Jew-hater received a three-year sentence in federal prison for vandalizing and “conspiring to violate the civil rights of” a synagogue outside Indianapolis. A lawyer for the man said that he had read many of Shapiro’s articles. BuzzFeed published a story that blamed Shapiro for radicalizing the man with his “far-right” commentary. Yes, a neo-Nazi was inspired by a kappa-clad, hardcore Zionist Orthodox Jew who likely spends more time criticizing the “alt-right” than any notable conservative figure in America. BuzzFeed and The Washington Post ran the story and, despite a correction, did little to clear up their massive blunder.

The Post must operate under that mantra that two boneheaded and openly inaccurate assertions are better than one. The Post added: “Shapiro has previously claimed that the majority of Muslims are radicalized, a false assertion citing math that was later debunked by PunditFact, a fact-checking publication run by Poynter.” Shapiro can easily prove he never made the claim, but he is dealing with a press that has its own view of reality.

By having an enemy of the Jews that the press refuses to recognize, we can very quickly descend into a world that mirrors the horrors of Nazi Germany. I think the devil is following the same game plan with the growing police-state technology. We have the reverse of what we should normally expect. Normally, a dictator comes before the authoritarian mechanism. In the case of anti-Semitism, we have hatred coming before the reason.

“Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it” (Jeremiah 30:7 KJV).

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake” (Matthew 24:9 (NKJV).

–Todd


Evil Pressure vs. Heavenly Restraint

I’ve written elsewhere that I once heard an evangelist back in the mid-’70s preach during a city crusade that he believed the unthinkable would happen in America. It would take place just before the Rapture of the Church.

The evangelist believed that, just as the debauched society and, by then, totally anti-God governmental agencies would be about to grab Christians around their throats, the Rapture would occur.

A significant puzzlement to me is that so many who are truly born again (John 3:3) don’t seem to concern themselves with the tremendous evil that is building. They don’t seem to even notice that in the freest nation on the planet, the powers and principalities of Ephesians 6:12 are grasping to clutch and strangle believers.

Those who faithfully read articles such as those on Rapture Ready and other such forums exhibit concern for the evil pressures that are building. But God’s people in general–and I’m talking about those who are born again (and only God knows those who are in His family)– show little concern, it seems to me, while the anti-God forces do their nefarious work.

This is attributable in large part to neglect in the pulpits of America. Pastors and Bible teachers would rather not touch prophetic topics–particularly not prophecy yet future. We’ve noted before that they find those biblical areas too frightening to their flocks, too difficult to understand, or just of no importance for these modern times. Besides, such troubling messages might drive down attendance, thus dry up offerings.

And the evil pressures build…

Again, all we have to do is to look at the political scene in the nation. One party has all but publicly committed to abandoning anything to do with the God of the Bible. As a matter of fact, that party is seeking to totally debauch our society and culture. This is obvious, yet the pulpits for the most part remain silent on the fact that this very condition for the end of the Church Age was prophesied. God’s Word, through the Apostle Paul, forewarned and instructed those responsible for overseeing God’s people in the last days:

I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (2 Timothy 4:1-4)

Evil pressure builds within the church itself. Just a cursory glance at what’s going on in some areas of a growing number of religious bodies that claim to be Christian lays bare the truth of Satan’s assault.

One such organization claiming Christianity as its belief system shows the lateness of this Laodicean hour:

The Vision Church of Atlanta, Georgia, a progressive congregation, has added a psychic medium who claims to commune with the dead to their staff.

Lakara Foster, who holds a doctorate of ministry from the Interdenominational Theological Center, is now a licensed minister at the Vision Church of Atlanta, Rolling Out reported. She is also the creator and star of the YouTube series “The Gift,” which she argues God told her to do. It follows her life as a medium, minister, and spiritual teacher.

“God told me to do the show. Honestly, I was reluctant at first because I felt very vulnerable and thought I would get a lot of pushback and negative feedback being a minister and a medium. I thought people wouldn’t understand but I knew I still had to do it. I knew I had been called to do it. When I asked God, ‘Why this gift? Why not singing?’ God said, ‘I promised my people eternal life. How will my people know that I’ve kept promise if you don’t demonstrate your gift?’” she told Rolling Out. (“Vision Church of Atlanta adds psychic medium to ministerial staff,” By Leonardo Blair, Christian Post reporter , Friday, May 24, 2019)

That the church medium is surprised she has received little to no pushback is itself surprising. The changes taking place within various denominations are becoming a ho-hum part of the quickly evolving reality.  It would be a good bet, if a gambler, to wager that most Christians in the pews today would see little to nothing wrong with what this “psychic” said.

Pastors in the pews of Bible-believing churches are silent for the most part, for example. They just don’t want to get involved in these extrabiblical machinations–only they’re not extrabiblical. Read 2 Timothy 4:1-4 above once again. It is the minister’s God-ordained commission to fight against such heresy, especially as the last days of the Church Age manifest.

After considering the evil pressures and actions assaulting this generation, it is true that there is opposite and equal reaction. This comes from God, Himself, it is obvious and provable through watching things going on, particularly within the American political war being waged. To my way of thinking, the fact that this president remains alive–that is, not assassinated because of the hatred cast his way–much less that he continues to work hard for the American people–is nothing short of miraculous. Every evil influence has been brought to bear in trying to destroy Mr. Trump and his family. The mainstream media, the entire entertainment industry, the increasingly reprobate opposition party, America’s top intelligence agency heads,  nearly half of the American populace, and even members of his own party who hate him spend 24/7  feverishly trying to remove him from office in whatsoever way possible.

The spiritual war going on is made obvious, too, by the fact that Christian leaders like Franklin Graham, Robert Jeffress, and many others have called for prayer for the president and for the nation. This call is as desperately needed as at any time in human history.

God, alone, is holding back the evil that is assaulting. This is undeniable to the Christian who believes in God’s Word and applies himself or herself to study of the Word.

Why more Christians are comporting themselves as if in a stupor is extremely troubling. Don’t be one of those who refuse to look up from your life’s routine in order to see that Christ’s promised redemption is drawing near (Luke 21: 28). Take part in the Lord’s heavenly restraint through prayer and study, in order to discern the signs that Christ is about to return.

–Terry