Sep 10, 2018

South African Land Grab: The Last Stand for Rational Thought

The South Africa economy has slipped into recession for the first time since 2009. The leadership of that nation has been so preoccupied with its plan to steal land from white farms, it should be no wonder why the nation’s economy has slumped in negative growth.

President Cyril Ramaphosa thinks that the land reform plan will revive South Africa. “We can make this country the garden of Eden,” he said during a visit to Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini at his Osuthu palace in Nongoma, where he said that South Africa could turn into the ultimate paradise with the implementation of the policy of expropriation of land without compensation.

Each of these white farms already produces enough food to feed 1,000 people. Ramaphosa is delusional if he thinks he can improve on this production rate. South Africa has already tried several land reform programs that all ended in failure. When you give land to people who mostly rely on government handouts, the concept of self-reliance is unknown to them.

British Prime Minister Theresa May recently made a trip to South Africa. She was there to announce plans to increase the U.K.’s investment in Africa after Brexit. Seemingly keen to stay on the good side of her new friend Ramaphosa, May said she supported land reform in South Africa.

“The UK has, for some time now, supported land reform that is legal, transparent and follows a democratic process,” May said. “I welcome the comments he has already made about approaching land reform, bearing in mind the economic and social consequences…and that land reform will be no smash and grab.”

The statement made by May is a textbook example of how to appease a tyrant. Ramaphosa is in the process of stealing the land right now. He should have been confronted about the negative consequences of his action.

The US State Department had an even worse response to the South Africa land grab. Fox reporters that asked this department a month ago about this problem were told that South Africa was a vibrant democracy and that reforming the distribution and ownership of land will be good for the nation.

It took a tweet from President Trump to move the State Department back to a more appropriate approach. “I have asked Secretary of State @SecPompeo to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and large scale killing of farmers,” Trump said on Twitter.

After Trump’s remarks, the State Department issued a rare warning to South Africa. U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said, “The expropriation of land without compensation… would risk sending South Africa down the wrong path. We continue to encourage a peaceful and transparent public debate about what we consider to be a very important issue.”

Every major trade organization that South Africa is a member of has a requirement for the protection of property rights. If it moves forward to steal land from white farms, it should force every member of the UN to place an embargo on all South African productions.

I cannot think of a better example of insanity than this current situation. You have a nation that endured protests for 30 years by the world community over its racist apartheid police state. The whites finally handed over power to the blacks, and everyone cheered the dawn of racial tranquility in South Africa. Years later, we find the nation led by a black prime minister who is singing about killing whites; and Trump is called a racist for pointing out reality.

South Africa is traveling the same path as Zimbabwe, which plunged into famine after a government-sanctioned purge of white farmers in the 2000s. The change from 2004 to the present in Zimbabwe has been stunning. At the turn of the century, there were 600 tea companies in Zimbabwe. Today, there is only three. The unemployment rate went from 40% to a peak of 90%. The Zimbabwe dollar lost 100% of all its value, forcing the nation to use other nations’ currency.

Zimbabwe’s political and financial landscape has seemingly changed for the better after the resignation of President Robert Mugabe in November 2017. It will take a long time for Zimbabwe to earn back the trust of global investors.

I think President Ramaphosa is going to proceed with his plan regardless of the cost. The world has become so evil that rational thought is no longer our guide. To now predict the course of world events, you only need to select the most immoral possibility.

To avoid a bloody civil war, South Africa should apply to the IMF for the money needed to buy out the white farms. They could move to a more friendly nation. Within five years, South Africa would default on the loan, and the nation would come begging to the global community for help. Since the West is creating its own financial Armageddon with debt, we may not be in any shape to come to South Africa’s rescue.

In the end, South Africa will become another example of why socialism doesn’t work. The lesson will likely be meaningless to this generation. It has become so demonically blind to reality, people can witness a disastrous blunder and then fall right into the same trap.

“As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it” (Job 4:8 NIV).

–Todd


More Prophetic Stage-setting

Actors for carrying out one of the most famous military actions of prophecy yet future are beating the war drums. At this point they are only the drums of economic warfare, but the beat sounds familiar to the student of Bible prophecy. Like so much of prophetic stage-setting going on at present, the Trump administration is at the heart of this particular end-times development.

President Donald J. Trump a couple of weeks ago announced a steep tariff on Turkish steel and aluminum. This was done, in part, because Turkey has kept an American pastor incarcerated under what the president considers false charges and refuses to release him. Turkey’s lira has fallen significantly as a result, and relations have degenerated. Some within NATO, of which Turkey is a member, have also gotten crossways with Trump on the matter.

At the same time, Russia is having economic problems, with its ruble falling to two-year lows. The trouble is caused in part because the U.S. imposed severe sanctions due to a poisoning incident in Salisbury, UK, for which the Russians were deemed responsible.

So, two nations that are thought to be key players in the Gog-Magog attack in the Ezekiel 38-39 prophecy are reeling economically. Like so much going on at present, one who truly observes from the biblical prophecy perspective can see the orchestrating hand of God directing the actors in preparation for things to come.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, angered by the American president’s actions, called the United States “wild wolves” for imposing the sanctions. He vowed that Ankara would pursue trade with the Russians that doesn’t involve the American dollar. This is a relationship that has been in process of coming ever closer together over recent months and years. It is, most who observe from the biblical prophecy perspective believe, a coming together that is inevitable. Russia and Turkey, financially strapped to prop up their dictatorships, will one day soon seek “spoil” as Ezekiel the prophet, under divine inspiration, put it.

Turkey is in the geographical area believed to have constituted what is termed Togarmah by Ezekiel the prophet. We see the prophetic relevance in the following passage:

And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee. (Ezekiel 38:3-6)

While the United States of America isn’t mentioned by name anywhere in Scripture, we see almost on a daily basis, in my estimation, that America is influencing the shaping of things to come, prophetically speaking. In this case, of course, the American president–no stranger to controversy–is instrumental in pushing Turkey into the arms of Mr. Putin’s Russia. It is an astounding thing to watch, if one keeps in mind at all times that God is directing the end-times play.

The American dollar, as example of the U.S. being used to shape the prophetic picture, is the most powerful influence on earth, economically speaking. All the while, the dollar is supposed to have collapsed–to have died, bringing the economies of the world down with it. I, as most who read these commentaries know, believe that the dollar and all other things in the global economic scheme of things are being supernaturally propped up in order to prevent world financial collapse. That will happen, I’m convinced, when the Rapture of the Church takes place.

Russia and Turkey, along with all of the other players in this end times drama, are being channeled into precise positions for prophetic fulfillment. This doesn’t mean that free will has been done away with by the Grand Director of things. It’s just that the Lord knows the end from the beginning.

Turkey–Togarmah–is being channeled into the camp of Rosh–Russia–as many who observe Bible prophecy believe. The stage continues to be set.

–Terry

Sep 3, 2018

We Are Headed Towards the Ultimate Arrogance

There is no doubt in my mind that this current generation is the most arrogant in the history of our nation. It has become a virtue for people to openly express love for themselves. Thanks to tools like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, many individuals have made vanity a full-time occupation.

Arrogance is the reason why the liberal media has become so continuously focused on Trump. Every reporter thinks they can singlehandedly destroy the President of the United States with the power of their own words. It doesn’t matter that they are on a cable channel which only reaches 75,000 individuals. They believe they are so gifted in their verbal attacks on Trump, they assume the other 330 million citizens will soon see things their way.

Arrogance is why reporters are willing to share their spotlight with any oddball who has something negative to say about Trump. A favorite guest of CNN is porn star Stormy Daniels and her slimy lawyer Michael Avenatti. They have been on CNN nearly 80 times.

It would quickly become boring to have her come each time and say she had sex with the president, so they have to endlessly add to her résumé. Stormy Daniels went from one of the “president’s chief adversaries” to a “feminist icon,” and will now grace the pages of the fashion magazine bible – Vogue.

Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti is so full of himself; he said, “I will get to the truth and bring Trump to justice.” What truth is he talking about? He represents a client who likely got paid to have sex with some John, blackmailed him for money, and after getting paid to keep her mouth shut, she violated the legal agreement. Avenatti thinks this whole embarrassing matter should qualify him to run for president in 2020.

The people in the media don’t realize how stupid and gross it is to promote the Stormy Daniels matter because they are so blinded by arrogance. She is a porn star, which is degrading by itself. Daniels goes a level lower by starring in videos where she was degraded further by bondage sex scenes. Today, the press acts like she is Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.

It would be hugely dishonest of me if I didn’t include Trump in these examples of pride. We already know that he likes sleeping with porn stars and paying them off. Some kind of humble, honest attitude about this moral failing would be a great help, but Trump is incapable of showing humility. When Trump was asked last week to rate his presidency, he gave himself an A+. Trump views himself as a legal expert, so it’s not hard to understand why he never had a lawyer that he hasn’t fired at some point. He also said he shouldn’t be impeached because the market would crash.

On that last point, Robert Mueller would probably act to bring down Trump even if he knew it would trigger a financial meltdown. He wants to be the great special prosecutor who took down the great Donald J. Trump. If Mueller gets his way, it should be a given that the Democrats would dynamite the Lincoln Memorial and erect one in his honor.

The arrogance of the left has become so profound, the liberty of people on the right is at great risk. Liberals think their view of the world is the only one that should be allowed. Since they have a monopoly on truth, they see the promotion of political diversity as the sanctioned evil.

Brian Amerige, a senior Facebook engineer, wrote in an internal memo post about this general view. He said, “We are a political monoculture that’s intolerant of different views … we claim to welcome all perspectives, but are quick to attack — often in mobs — anyone who presents a view that appears to be in opposition to left-leaning ideology.” I’m guessing Brian Amerige’s days at Facebook are limited.

In Hollywood, you can lose your job if you praise anyone who is on the right. Ben Shapiro frequently talks about what happens to celebrities who make the mistake of agreeing with his views. One producer made the mistake of praising Shapiro in a tweet, and the next day he was forced to apologize for the error.

The left is becoming so radical, we are not that far from the ultimate expression of arrogance – the point where people think their ideology is so superior to yours that you don’t deserve to live. This form of egotism can easily translate all over the world; explaining the massive purge of tribulation believers.

“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me” (Matthew 24:9).

–Todd


The Sodom Syndrome

Satan’s assault on America as originally constituted increases daily. Human participants in the attack declare for the most part that their rage is justified. America was flawed from its beginning and has gotten its superpower status on the backs of other nation-states whose treasures it has illegally taken in one way or another.

The United States was, they are taught, built on the backs of slaves; otherwise, it would never have achieved its heights of dominance.

This is the rant against capitalism–against everything and anyone who champions the individual’s right to make it on his or her own. The collective–i.e., government and its ever-growing largesse–is the route to Utopia, they declare. These believe in freedom, but only in the first four letters of the concept of the wordFree stuff, they think, makes for happiness and success.

The young are more and more embracing this definition of freedomThey are promised free college, guaranteed income–whether one has a job or not–and even complete freedom from financial responsibility within the technological activity they love most–social media. Polls show a growing number who would thus elect Santa Clause if they could. And there is a growing number of people within the camp of the political left who will be willing to offer themselves for such tax-and-spend positions.

Within this political/ideological equivalence of primordial soup gestates the Sodom Syndrome, if I may coin that term.

Satan is, in my estimation, using this insane offer of something for nothing–a free lunch–to throw in the proposition that freedom also means freedom to break from traditional American values. Further, it is incumbent on this progressive army of the young to break from all other norms held by previous generations. Their mentors–some in their seventies and eighties–are telling them they can be any gender and of any sexual persuasion they wish. Those rules are all inhibitors to true freedom and Utopian progress placed on humanity by founding fathers whose desire it was to enslave for their own selfish, racial, purposes.

The devil thus has unleashed the same infection he has employed in generations down through history. Greece, Rome–all fell to such promises and nudges into breaking with truth that God set in order for His creation called man.

Sodom and Gomorrah are prime examples of this insanity–the Sodom Syndrome–from which America is suffering, in my view of things that have developed as of late.

My thought processes were piqued while listening to a TV preacher the other day. Some who read this commentary, I’m sure, will have heard his message, thus will recognize to whom I refer.

He was talking about the current situation in America with regard to the satanic attack led by those who are attacking God’s view of righteousness. The preacher gave the story of how the men of the city of Sodom, both young and old, beat on Lot’s door demanding that he send out the two men who were in his home. They wanted to “know” them, meaning, of course, to have sexual relations with them. They said if Lot didn’t send them out they would deal worse with him than with them.

The TV preacher likened this to things going on today in the volatile societal and political arena of American culture. He said that when any nation or empire becomes so full of iniquity that it is spilling over the edges, God’s judgment will fall. He–and I, incidentally–believe that cup of iniquity is indeed overflowing.

The minister brought out that the men of Sodom asked Lot the question: “Who are you that judges us?” The preacher then asked: “Have you ever heard that question?”

Of course, the answer is a thunderous Yes! This is the question those who embrace this ongoing assault on American  traditions and values–on godly rules for His creation called man–always throw back at those who look at things from a righteous perspective: “Who are you to judge me?”

The preacher said further that the men of Sodom threatened Lot–whom God called “righteous”–with extreme violence. Some of today’s movements within the “hate America and Christianity” crowds threaten and even carry out acts of violence. They will not abide righteousness, but want to do what is right in their own eyes. I’m convinced that many of these would kill those who oppose their self-willed ideology if they could do so.

This is yet another indicator that America’s cup of iniquity must be filled and overflowing in God’s holy view of things.

Finally, the TV preacher said that God told Abraham, Lot’s uncle, that He would spare the city of Sodom if God could find ten righteous people. He could not.

The television preacher’s contention is that the righteous living in America and the world constitute the reason He has thus far spared this generation. But, he said, the warnings of impending judgment might be about to make evident God’s acknowledgement that the cup of iniquity is overflowing.

God sometimes gives extremely dramatic forewarnings before His judgment is implemented. Could we be nearing the time when He will give such warning to America?

My own exhortation is that all believers pray like I believe we did leading up to the 2016 presidential election. The Lord answered those prayers with what most consider a miracle in election results.

Pray for God to intervene and continue to restrain the evil assaulting from every angle in our national life today.

We are experiencing what I term the Sodom Syndrome. The ultimate intervention might just be that which the Lord prophesied as recorded in Matthew 24:36-42 and Luke 17:26-30. I believe that intervention to be the Rapture of the Church.

It sure looks like we are in a time “as it was in the days of Noah and in the days of Lot.”

–Terry