The Sudden Surge Of Anti-Semitism And The Church

The Sudden Surge Of Anti-Semitism And The Church

We have seen a sudden surge in anti-semitism in the last few years all over the earth but especially in Europe, and in the United Nations. Recently in the United States there has been a marked a lot of attention to anti Jewish and anti-Israel speech, and acts of terror, like the bombing of the synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa.

I am not certain if there is an actual rise in anti-semitism overal, but rather more focus and attention has brought it to light. Regardless despite the thrust to be more ‘tolerant’ by most of society of other religious groups and ethnicities the Jewish people are still targeted as the single most hated group in all of the world for all times.

We have seen the United Nations pass resolution after resolution against Israel, while ignoring many terror states like Iran, and overlooking the fact than when attacked by Gaza for example Israel only reacted in defense. This all happening despite the fact that less than a generation ago we saw a near annihilation of Jews throughout Europe in World War II. This is known as the Holocaust, where over 6 million Jews perished at the hands of The Nazi party led by Adolf Hitler, among others.

Sadly, the church mostly sat by and did nothing or said nothing for fear of retribution. Those that did help or speak out were usually killed along side of Jews. We see examples in The Hiding Place, and in the lives of leaders like Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Throughout history there has always been those that hated Israel and the Jews. Most of us know of Haman’s plot in the book of Esther, and then Antiochus Epiphanes and the attempt to make the Jews Greek and do away with all of their cultural identity.

BUt, the church has not had a good track record either. Many of the early church fathers, i.e. John Chrysostom, Augustine, and later Martin Luther were very much anti-semitic. This is where the term ‘replacement theology’ comes in. That basically teaches that God is through with Israel, and the church has replaced Israel. While I believe that the Bible teaches that all must come to the Father through Jesus and that includes the Jewish people. The promises that God made are still valid and that in the last days we will see a mighty revival in Israel and among Jewish people world-wide.

Isaiah 49:16 “Behold I have inscribed you on my hands”

Isaiah 49:15 “ Can a nursing mother forget her child..”?

All of the promises God made to Abraham for his descendants regarding the land are forever, eternal. There will be a nation of Israel in the Millennial Kingdom. Jews have to come to Messiah Jesus to be saved but God has a plan for hem as a nation. Remember He is their promised Messiah first, and even though they, for the most part, rejected Him, He is their savior, their king. They are looking for one to sit on the throne of David.

Why has Satan tried so hard to wipe out Jews and to stop Israel from being back in the land? It has everything to do with His return.

Matthew 23:37-39 “ Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem you who kill the prophets, and stones those sent to her, how often I have longed to gather your children as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were unwilling! 38-look your house is left to you desolate. 39- For I tell you that you will not see me again until you say, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” (Berean Study Bible)

Here Jesus quotes Psalm 118:26. One of the three requirements for Jesus to come back to the earth is for His people, the Jews, Israeli’s to cry out, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of The Lord.” Will this happen during the tribulation or at the end, is not clear, but when Jesus said ‘you won’t see me again until… well that’s what he meant. He specifically wa talking about Jerusalem.

So, the enemy has tried for 1000’s of years to stop Jewish people as a people because the Messiah had to come through them. Further, he is trying to wipe them out so that no one will be in Jerusalem to cry out Psalm 118:26. Satan has pulled out all of the stops to try to prevent God’s plans for man’s redemption to come and for God to establish His Kingdom forever, first with the reign of His son, who is a Jewish king, from reigning with His ‘bride’ for 1,000 years, and then the eternal kingdom.

Racism is not new and will not be 100% wiped until Jesus establishes His rule here, and likewise anti-semitic hate of Israel and all Jews will not go away until then. But the church or Ekklesia at large must take a stand and stand with Israel, and all Jews everywhere. Currently there is a war in Eastern Ukraine where Russia has invaded and their are pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine fighting for Russia. The sad part is I have met Jews who have had to flee from the war. They say, ‘the hunters are coming’ referencing Jeremiah 16:16 where God promised to send fishers to fish the Jews out of the land of the North away from the Hunters. This is being fulfilled as I write. I’ve been and seen it, and the hunters came in 1942 when Hitler’s forces slaughtered more than 32,000 Jews near Kive in one day.

The time is near for the fulfilling of many prophecies regarding Jews returning to the land. The window may soon close and the ‘hunters’ will arise all over. When we see synagogues bombed in The United States it should not just concern us, but rally us that not only is there hate, but it’s an all out assault against any and all Jews. Many jewish people choose to remain here in The US, especially in New York for various reasons. They feel safer and feel like they have a better life here.

Regardless, we the church must pray for as many as will to return home to their land. Most Christians who don’t see any urgency in Jews returning have not been taught or simply don’t understand what the scriptures say. Many Jews do not see the scriptures as relevant either.

In his book, Our Hands are Stained With Blood, Michael Brown details the poor history the church has had relevant to the Jews. It is a must read. The church has done much better in the past 30-40 years, but I am afraid that a lot of what we see is merely an infatuation, rather than genuine love for The Jewish people. There is not real revelation of God’s heart. That is what is need, and that is what I pray that the church will get.

Pray against a spirit of hate and racism, especially anti-semitism, regarding Jews. Pray that more will understand God’s plan for them to return to the home of their ancestors, Israel, and pray that they will meet their Messiah, Jesus the Christ.

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Atlanta, Super Bowl Weekend, And Modern Slavery

Atlanta, Super Bowl Weekend, And Modern Slavery

One of the largest and most widely celebrated major sports events in the United States and perhaps the world will take place this coming Sunday in Atlanta, Ga. At the same time one of the often overlooked and forgotten horrors of society worldwide will be bringing millions of dollars just in Atlanta. In 2014-15 Atlanta was ranked number one in the United States in human trafficking, in terms of money made, and also number of victims. This is due in large part to the large number of conventions and events that Atlanta attracts.

Why would this event in this city be of utmost importance to me? Obviously as a born again Christian I believe that it is wrong for humans to be forced to do anything against their will, especially to take woman and children and force them to commit sex acts against their will. Further the pornography industry has grown to alarming rate due to the internet. People involved in this industry usually are trapped for various reasons, including the promise to make big sums of money.

Likewise, prostitution is also considered by many a form of ‘slavery’ even though the women are paid, and often call it a career, they are trapped because they feel they can’t do anything else. Not to mention the shame and guilt that is heaped on by those that are over them and the mind games. According to the ministry Exodus Cry, “ Prostitution is primarily the lack of a choice among the most marginalized, defenseless, and vulnerable people in the world.” In other words those that are marginalized or defenseless and vulnerable are not really given a choice. The same could be said I think, for many caught up in the drug trade.

The fact is whether one is paid like a prostitute or forced to perform sex acts they are trapped and usually feel there is no other choice, or no real way out. Human trafficking is a highly organized and lucrative business generating over 150 billion USD annually and 2/3 of that from prostitution says the Exodus Cry website. What is a good definition of human trafficking? The most widely accepted definition which was adopted by the UN General ASsembly and accepted by 150 nations is known as the Palermo Protocol.

It defines Human Trafficking

“The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.”

There are some key words to ponder. Exploitation, abduction, and coercion are what really stick out for me. I think that is true for all forms of trafficking including pornograpic videos and images and yes, even strip bars as well. These women and sometimes men are being exploited even though they will often say, ‘I gotta make a buck”.

So, what is the big deal about the Super Bowl? We know that Atlanta is already one of the largest markets for human trafficking and sex slavery in the world. We also know that as much as people like sports and watching a ‘good game of football’, it is a lot more than just that. It is a big, big party where billions of dollars will be made from gambling and betting, not to mention the gains of the city of Atlanta, hotels, restaurants, and not to mention all of the parties that will be going on during the game. Many will buy snacks, party food, finger food, drinks, and all sorts of party favors. So, the Super Bowl is big business.

There is that hidden or forgotten business of men’s souls that will be overlooked. The real losers in this weekend’s events will be the victims who will be forced, coerced, extorted and held into all sorts of acts of bondage, mostly against their will. Fortunately there are a lot of prayer groups coming together for a concerted effort to cancel the enemy’s plans.

Does the Bible describe the events I have discussed? Does it speak of a system where men trade various things of this world including the souls of men? Yes, it most certainly does and I will look at that.

Revelation 18 talks about the coming fall of the ‘Babylon System’ or the world’s way to do things, Revelation 18:2 (ESV) and he (the angel) called out with a mighty voice , “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place for demons, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast. 3- For all nations have drunk the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown rich from the power of her luxurious living.”

I wrote about the ‘kings of the earth’ in a previous article. But, clearly the rulers of nations and business, and media, and arts, sports are following after the Babylon system and have perverted so many things that God called good. There is nothing wrong with merchants profiting and making a living from selling honest goods and services. What is wrong is when they build their empire and never help anyone out or still never pay fair prices or wages or tip the scales unjustly. There are many good and honest people in all spheres of society, but there are so many built on indecency, dishonesty, and various forms of sordid gain. But our focus here is on something else that is being traded.

Vers 11-13 “ And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn for her (Babylon). Since no one buys their cargo anymore, cargo of gold,silver jewels, pearls, fine linen, purple cloth, silk, scarlet cloth, all kinds of scented wood, bronze, iron, and marble cinnamon, spice, incense, myrrh, frankincense, wine, oil,flour wheat, cattle and sheep, horses, and chariots, and slaves, that is human souls.” ESV

Yes, slaves and human souls are mentioned as being traded as part of the world system. I am not talking just about slavery as people working in fields or building pharaoh’s buildings. No we are talking about women and children and sometimes men trapped as sex slaves. So what can be done? Laws exist or are being passed and introduced to limit, alter, or in many countries end sex slavery. Israel, one of the worst offenders, recently passed new legislation limiting prostitution or redefining it. Sweden has one of the harshest laws against prostitution. Many nations are now adopting similar laws to the ‘Swedish model”.

Passing laws is good but they must be enforced. Likewise what is to be done to the children and women who come out of a life of ‘sex slavery’? They are often very fragile and are not trusting of most people. Especially men. Then there are the pimps or slave masters themselves. Many of them are also trapped in a system. We need to pray for the souls of those in bondage and those forcing the bomdage. Pray for their salvation and for the fire of the Holy Spirit to burn in their lives. Pray that they are discipled in the truth of God’s word.

Jesus read Isaiah 61 in the synagogue, saying “the Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, to bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives, and opening up of prison to those that are bound.”

Isaiah 1:17 learn to do right, seek justice. Defend the oppressed…….

There are many verses about justice, but these are just a few. There are many ministries that focus on “human trafficking”. A few are Exodus Cry, Out of Darkness, CBN, The Hand of Hope, There are many but as you look for one to support prayerfully or financially or just for information be sure to check various sources. The key is we all need to become ABOLITIONISTS to END SEX Slavery not just in America but worldwide.

Isaiah 16:4b “ when the oppressor is no more, and destruction is ceased, and he who tramples underfoot has vanished from the land, 5- then a throne will be established in steadfast love, and on it will sit in faithfulness in the tent of David one who judges and seeks justice and is swift to do righteousness.”

Jesus will establish His throne in Jerusalem and not only rule but judge and bring justice and righteousness. We pray in agreement for justice and righteousness to be established in these situations to end human trafficking in Atlanta and all over the world.

New York: Where Baal and Molech Want Your Children

New York: Where Baal and Molech Want Your Children

The above sign appears at the arrival gate when one enters the state of New York and New York City at JFK airport. Unfortunately, that welcome mat is no longer a guarantee to thousands of unborn children. Yes children! A woman can now carry a baby full-term and still have a ‘legal’ abortion performed. This was signed into law under the disguise of ‘only for women whose lives are at risk.’ Studies show that less than 1% of all abortions performed are the result of the woman’s live being at risk.

What is really at risk here? According to Governor Cuomo and the Democratically controlled legislature of New York, ‘we are afraid that Roe v. Wade will be overturned and we are guaranteeing women’s reproductive rights at the state level.” When Gov. Cuomo spoke about the new law he, along with other lawmakers stood at a blue podium with the caption Reproductive Justice No Time To Wait. Wow, talk about an irony. What kind of justice are they referring to?

Aside from the various Bible verses there is enough proof that life begins at conception. Further, why would a woman carry a baby full term and decide to not have it? Obviously there are cases of rape, incest, and the mother’s life risk that are often considered. However, overall there are always many waiting to adopt. There are always people who want to have children and yet can’t and desire to adopt and are required to go through so many various hoops in order to finally get a child to raise as their own. Worse is the fact that a woman can have a one night stand and turn up pregnant only to walk into a doctor’s office and get an abortion under the cover of ‘women’s reproductive health.’

I am more than sympathetic to those who have been raped and abused. It is most unfortunate. Most of the abortions performed in the United States are not due to rape or incest nor the risk of the life of the mother. All that to say, what is really going on? What has New York just done? The state of New York operates a website for child abuse and protective services. If someone suspects or knows of a child being abused they are supposed to report it. Also, there is a list at their website that details who is ‘required’ by law to report child abuse. Among those listed are physicians, nurses, the coroner, medical examiner, and other health care officials.

The same health care officials who are required by law to report the abuse of a child, are possibly the same ones who will be killing or murdering many unborn healthy children. Where is the justice in that? 5 minutes maybe 10 can mean the difference in what is a crime in New York. Worse is the fact that the lawmakers are praising this. Where is the justice?

I worked in healthcare for nearly 3 decades and came in contact with many situations and have a full appreciation of the matters at hand.

I understand that many in all levels of society do not have a Biblical worldview. Others meanwhile, do have a Biblical worldview but they have erroneous teaching are worse have been convinced by bad medical claims that it is not murder, or it is a ‘woman’s right to choose’. Yes there is a choice. What about the choice of the unborn.

So what does the Creator have to say about all of this? I have previously written about Molech in Amos 5, and the Children of Israel passing their children through the ‘fire’ or offering their children to this false god.

Consider the following verses:

Jeremiah 32:35, “they built the high places of Baal that are in the valley of Ben-hinnom to cause their sons and daughters to pass through the fire to Molech, which I had not commanded them nor had it entered My mind that they should do this abomination to cause Judah to sin.”

Leviticus 18:21, “ you shall not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of the Lord your God; I am the Lord.”

I can hear some people saying ‘well that is Old Testament!’ Remember the Old has not passed away and further Jesus took the commandments higher. The Old points to the New. We are quick to say ‘thou shalt not murder.’ That is part of the Old Testament which we as New Testament believers are under but Jesus gave us power to live it out and if we sin then we have the blood of Jesus as our sacrifice and we can repent and be forgiven. Wow, God is good.

But we see that God strictly forbade His people to act as the other people around them in allowing or causing their children to ‘pass through the fire’ in being offered to Molech. The god Molech was made by man’s hands of metal, probably bronze, and in its belly a fire was lit and later children were placed in there above the coals and left in there to be basically burned alive, thus the term ‘pass through the fire.’

In 2 Kings 3:27 the king of Moab saw that the battle was turning against him and ‘he took his oldest son, who was to reign in his place, and offered him as a burnt offering on the wall. You see, it is the heathen, or pagan peoples who offered their children to false gods.

Psalm 106:35, “ but they mingled with the nations and learned their practices, 36- and served their idols, which became a snare to them. 37- they even sacrificed their sons and daughters to the demons.” (NASB)

God had forbidden Israel to offer their children to false gods or demons, yet as we read they mingled with the other nations and took up their practices. This is what happens when we allow the world to ‘mingle’ with the Church and we adopt their practices instead of keeping Jesus’ teachings and further teaching and discipling the nations as we were commanded by Jesus. Thus in America and in any nation where abortion or any form of child sacrifice exists we have come to allow our children to be offered to false gods. I’m sure many are offended and many see what I am teaching as too extreme. Unfortunately, we can’t cover it up or disguise it any longer.

What are we to do then? First we must pray and intercede for the United States as a nation, and then for all states. We need to pray for the Supreme Court in possibly overturning Roe v. Wade. When this happens and legislation is in turn sent to the states to pass we must pray that each state is ready to pass legislation making abortion illegal. I’m sure that there will be as I believe there should be few if any exceptions. Such as, rape, or incest or the mother’s life. There will need to be education, science, medical and other. We must pray for people’s hearts to be turned back to The Father through Jesus as that is really the only way.

Lord help us! Lord forgive us!

Has God Forsaken America Or

Has God Forsaken America Or

Has America Forgotten God?

It doesn’t take a prophet to look around and see that the current ‘spiritual’ status of the United States is nearly bankrupt. The state of society in every corner has fallen to its worst level in it’s nearly 243 year history. The same could be said of the ‘spiritual’ climate in Europe. The United States has seen a rapid decline in church attendance, and an increase in drug addiction and drug-related crimes, pornagraphy, human trafficking, murder, idolatry, and ‘all manner of evil.’ The state of the schools is at an all time low as we see more and more government mandated teaching that clearly violates God’s Holy Word. The children, youth and young adults are seeking answers and they are getting them from the wrong sources.

We so often hear so many speaking about God’s judgment coming to America, while others speak of a great revival and harvest of souls for the kingdom of God. Who can really know what to make of it? How are we supposed to really know what God is up to? How did all of this happen and is there any real hope for America or any nation that has turned down the path of destruction?

In Deuteronomy chapter 28 God tells how He would bless the Israelites if they obeyed His commands, and at the same time what curses would come in them if they rebelled and did not obey His voice, and turned away from His statutes, precepts, and ordinances. In the book of Judges we see the pattern of the people rebelling and turning away from God, and then God allowing the nations around them to overtake them and conquer them, and the Israelites would remain subject to them until they would cried out, and God would hear their cry and send a deliverer, or Judge. The people would follow God and His teachings for awhile only to turn away again.

By the time the Prophet Jeremiah came on the scene Israel had taken a king, divided into two separate nations, Israel, or the Northern Kingdom, and Judah, or the Southern Kingdom. The Northern Kingdom had been overrun, defeated and saw many of its people assimilate into the Assyrian Empire. While Judah had mostly “good or Godly” kings, the few evil ones were really, really evil. They were the one who ‘killed the prophets’ as Jerusalem was part of that kingdom. Eventually they wouldn’t receive the prophets messages and were carried away to Babylon to be ruled by Babylon and later Persia. This is where the First Temple destruction occurred and then later the return to rebuild The Temple and Jerusalem after 70 years.

So, the question I originally asked about America requires an Answer. Has God gone so far that God has turned His back on her, or has America just thumbed its nose at God and He finally has had enough? I recently was awakened early one morning and was lead to Jeremiah 18:15, which reads,

“but My people have forsaken Me; they make offerings to false gods; they made them stumble in their ways, in the ancient roads, and to walk into side roads, not the highway”

American Has Stumbled Off Of The Path

 

I believe that America has gotten off of the path it started on, not for good but for evil. Some would see the path that America is on now as a ‘good path’. It is obvious that a generation rose up and trampled on The Ten Commandments, and prayer, not just in school, but in any ‘public’ arena, and have abandoned the Word of God. I have a picture of one of the first Continental Congresses and the attendants knelt in prayer. This is how our forefathers founded our country, on their knees, praying to God for direction. Through time, the nations from where immigrants came from brought their cultures and cuisines as well as their religions. We gladly welcomed them but instead of the church demonstrating the gospel to them and reaching out to the nations coming here we allowed their false religions to become mainstream, affecting so much of our culture at large. Often this has caused Christians to lose their first amendment rights but other faiths are given a higher place of respect. We are no longer given respect to practice and follow the teachings of Jesus.

I often hear people say, “America is no longer a Christian nation”! I think only God can answer that but I believe God has and always has had a remnant who will not forsake His word. Certainly there has been a shift as I mentioned at the beginning and the pendulum has swung far to the left, or far away from God. But is there hope?

Jeremiah 18:12 (NASB) But they will say, ‘It’s hopeless! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.” (ESV)

Like Israel of old it seems we live in a day where each one follows his or her own plans. Further, the problem is worse in the church. How can those outside of the church follow and live according to the “Word of God” if they don’t see it modeled by those who claim to be followers of Jesus and the one true and living God? How can we expect the world or society to know God if we don’t ‘know’ Him and His ways? We have to spend time in the word, pray and worship in order to ‘know’ Him and what He is saying and how we can be light in the areas where we walk.

The Potter And The Clay

Perhaps God will deal with America like the Potter dealt with the clay in Jeremiah 18!

Jeremiah 18:7 “At one moment I might speak concerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to uproot, to pull it down, or destroy it; 8- if that nation turns from its evil I will relent concerning the calamity I planned to bring on it.”

God does not desire to destroy or wipe out any nation, but those that do not ‘turn or repent’ from evil will certainly eventually feel destruction at the hand of God. So, when we hear someone speaking of coming destruction to America or any other nation, we must remember there is always hope, if that nation repents and turns toward following God. We all know and can probably recite 2 Chronicles 7:14. It speaks of God’s people humbling themselves, and praying and seeking God’s face and turning from their wicked ways. Who is it that turns? God’s people. The nation is following after the devices of their hearts because the ‘people of God’ are not praying, seeking, turning, etc. It starts with God’s people. If we do those things, then He will hear and forgive and ‘heal the land’.

The land must be healed. Yes, the land can be broken, because the evil is spilled on the land and the land cries out for healing. This is why the Southern Kingdom was sent away to Babylon so that the land could ‘have a rest from all of the evil, and heal.” Also, so that God could reform and reshape His people and put a hunger in them to serve Him in their own land.

Jeremiah 18:9-10 “ or at another moment I might speak concerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to build it up or to plant it; if it does evil in My sight by not obeying My voice, then I will think better of the good with which I had promised to bless it.” (NASB)

God Established America

 

It was God that truly established America as a beacon of religious freedom for those seeking such in England and all of Europe. The early settlers sought to reach the Native Americans but that had tragic disappointments. America has seen at least two Great Awakenings and many local and regional revivals. Missionaries were sent out to Africa, Asia, and other parts of the world from America, Great Britain, and other nations. Jesus’ church was strong, vibrant and was helping shape the United States at all levels of society.

Unfortunately, America and many other once strong Christian nations have ‘not obeyed God’s voice and have done “evil” in His sight.’ Nevertheless as God built up America and now she has turned away, causing leaders to speak of coming judgment, He can also ‘relent’ concerning the calamities. The storms we see in greater magnitude may or may not be associated with His judgment, but they should serve as a wake up call. Further, before God judges or turns America or any nation over to wrath He will most assuredly judge the church for not doing it’s part to cry out in repentance. 1 Peter 4:17 says that ‘judgment must begin in the house of God, and if it begins with us what will be the end of them that ‘obey not’ the gospel of God?’ God will judge the nations, but first we, the people of God are judged. God is telling the church in America to turn back.

What Is The Final Word

The answer is No! That God has not forgotten America, even though it looks as if America as gone down a different path than it started. He is not willing that anyone should perish, but have everlasting life, through His Son Jesus. The answer is Revival, Reform, Reconciliation, and Awakening .Prayer for America and the nations that have turned away is needed. Pray for the ‘church’ to wake up! Pray for a harvest of souls and then for those to disciple new followers of Jesus. Pray For awakening and harvest in every corner of society, and of course speak up. We all have a voice and we need to quit turning our face away as if it doesn’t matter.

Thank You Lord for mercy and grace.

A Psalm 2 Answer To Christian Bale’s Acceptance Speech

A Psalm 2 Answer To Christian Bale’s Acceptance Speech

It’s not hard to find issues in the news to get followers of Jesus’s hair set on edge or worse get our ‘blood pressure up.’ This one shouldn’t come as a surprise since so many of Hollywood’s ‘elites’ are always making headlines with comments that are prone to be anti-God or anti-Christ. On Sunday night Christian Bale kept in line by actually going so far as to saying “Thank you Satan” as he accepted his award for best actor. He alluded to his portrayal of former Vice President Dick Cheney in the movie ‘Vice’. He said “Satan had inspired him” in playing the role of the former VP.

I do not watch any of the awards that Hollywood or similar groups put on but all one has to do is wait a few minutes or hours after the conclusion and all of the headlines will appear. I ran across this one on a friends facebook feed. It should not and really doesn’t come as a surprise to me what comes out of the mouths of most of these actors. This continues to demonstrate the morals and beliefs of so many that influence so much of American society, as well as much of the world. I have enjoyed several of Bale’s performances in movies like The Dark Knight, Public Enemies, 3:10 to Yuma, The Prestige, and Batman Begins.

 

Bale has performed in over 50 productions as well as producing Harsh Times. With so many great performances, awards, and accolades it is no wonder someone of his talent is well like and loved and respected in the industry. He has many fans and admirers as well. Nevertheless what he said certainly is representative of many in Hollywood. Not all of Hollywood actors and actresses subscribe to the same religion or false ‘god’ but they all fall into the same boat as God haters, and of Christ and His disciples as well.

So, what do I mean by a Psalm 2 answer? Wouldn’t it be just as well to say something like ‘Oh how terrible, he honored the devil, not Jesus” or anything of the sort. Psalm 2 is an awesome chapter that gives a lot of understanding to what has always but even more so now is going on in our world. I was first brought to this understanding in 2014 through the teaching of Mike Bickle who has recently written and published a Book which alludes to this subject. But let me expand. First, what does Psalm 2 have to say?

1- Why are the nations in an uproar And the peoples devising a vain thing?

2- The kings of the earth take their stand And the rulers take counsel together

Against the Lord and against His Anointed saying,

3- “Let us tear their fetters apart And cast their cords from us!”

4- He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them.

5- Then He will speak to them in His anger And terrify them in His fury, saying

6- “But as for Me, I have installed My King Upon Zion My holy Mountain.”

7-”I will surely tell of the decree of the Lord: he said to Me, “You are My Son, Today I

Begotten You.”

8- ‘Ask of Me and I will surely give the nations as Your Inheritance, and the very

ends of the earth as Your possession.’

9- ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron, You shall shatter them like earthenware.”

10- Now therefore O kings, show discernment; Take warning O judges of the earth.

11- Worship the Lord with reverence And rejoice with trembling.

12- Do homage to the Son, that He may not become angry, and you perish in the w

Way, For His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in

Him! (NASB, 1995 Lockman Foundation)

The Psalm begins by asking a question or rather 2 questions. Why are the nations in an uproar and the peoples devising a vain thing? Then it mentions the kings of the earth taking their stand. The nations are not necessarily nations as we think of confined to man made modern boundaries. They are people groups, tribes, ethnicities, and nations like we have here in America, the Cherokee, Navajo, and other “First Nations” tribes. Likewise the kings of the earth are not necessarily the rulers of the above mentioned tribes, or nations. Certainly Presidents, Kings, Queens, Primes Ministers, and Emperors are rulers.

At the same time there are other areas of authority where there are rulers. In The days of King David when Psalm 2 was written there were merchants and traders, and those that controlled vast sums of gold, silver, ivory, and food as well. There are of course the priests in Israel and then the priests and prophets of the nations around Israel, who served false demonic gods yet were revered with high esteem in their culture. In ancient Greece and other societies Stoics, and Philosophers were held in high regard. So you see rulership is not just confined to the ones sitting on the governmental throne.

In our modern age there are many voices contending to rule in our various societies and cultures, They are really wanting to take up their throne in mine and your lives. Hollywood has for many years leaned politically to the far left, always opposing any semblance of Judeo-Christian morality. Not to mention the many adherents to ‘Scientology.’ Then there is the many Sports figures who are looked up to and revered by so many, especially our youth. AS far as the merchants that would be represented by ‘Corporate America”.

As a ‘ruler’ or group who is looked up to Hollywood certainly has a lot of sway with many in America, especially in the political arena. Some say why don’t they stick to acting and keep their nose out of the government. That could be said of a lot of people, even sports figures. However, it’s not even their comments but the lifestyles they live that we, as Christians, should examine.

In Psalm 2, verse 2 David states that these rulers ‘take counsel together against the Lord and against His anointed.’ I’ve written it before and will continue to write and say that all of these that speak or desire a life contrary to Biblical standards are really opposing God and Jesus. When people accept an award for fine acting and make millions of dollars and live an opulent lifestyle and then give thanks to ‘Satan’, and further saying he inspired him, it is really as if they are speaking Psalm 2 verse 3, “ Let us tear their fetters apart and cast away their cords from us.’

Look at the picture above and it is as if Christian Bale, which is ironic his name is Christian, is waving his trophy at God and at Jesus as if to say, “I don’t need you, I only need Satan, you see I am waving my award and all I have in your face.” Hollywood has been thumbing their nose at God and Jesus and Christians who won’t bow to what they say and even worse keep going to the box office and supporting them financially so they can go and pour money into other rulers like the drug trade or human trafficking, or other fleshly fulfillments.

The Psalmist says that God is sitting on His throne laughing at these so-called rulers. Pause and think about that, God laughs at Hollywood. But the final admonishment is in found in verse 10. ‘Show discernment and take warning. He calls them judges of the earth. Judges are supposed to bring justice and that means righting a wrong. Obviously the wrong that needs to be righted is the wrong of giving ‘Satan’ praise for anything but especially for inspiring an award winning performance.

Verse 12 tells the ‘rulers’ to Do homage or as some translations might read, ‘Kiss’ the Son. In other words bow to the Son. Who is the Son? None other than Jesus Christ, who is Lord of Lords, and KIng of Kings. ( Rev. 19:16)Hey what did I just say? King of Kings! Wow that means Hollywood rulers Jesus is your king!! If the ‘rulers’ do not worship Jesus (the Son), He will become angry and they will perish. In other words, some day Jesus will bring justice and judge those who do not acknowledge Him as King of Kings. Matthew 25:31-46 deals with Jesus as the Judge, and how He will separate the ‘sheep’ or His true disciples from the goats, or those who have chosen not to follow Him and obey His commands.

The end of it all is this: Hollywood and all of those who act and think like Christian Bale will be judged one day. They can flaunt their trophies and thumb their nose at God and He is laughing but sadly judgment will come. WE need to pray for Christian Bale and all of the Hollywood actors. There are some believers involved in the Entertainment industry who do wonderful work, and represent the kingdom of god well.

We need to pray for them as they stand on the front lines. Pray God will raise up more righteous actors who are not afraid to speak and act on behalf of the kingdom of God. But whatever you do pray, we are living in dark, perilous times, but wonderful and exciting as well. Only if you follow and obey Jesus, and His commands will it be exciting, for then you understand that there is a harvest coming. I have heard of a ‘move of God’ among some in Hollywood.

My home state has become the new Hollywood and we are praying for all of those that are involved to be touched by the power of God and there be a revival among the Entertainment Industry here. Join me and others in praying for lost souls to be saved in Hollywood, Bollywood And the Entertainment industry all around the world.

The Spirit Of Sanballat, Globalism and Trump

The Spirit Of Sanballat, Globalism and Trump

From the above photo it is evident that a wall exists to either attempt to solve a problem or at least diminish it, or just to prevent future problems. Whatever the case land boundaries exist and must be respected. In the above case that is the wall in Israel separating Israel from the “West Bank” known in some circles as Palestine. That wall was built to prevent terroristic attacks on the citizens of Israel, especially in and around Jerusalem. In other words it exists to protect the citizens of Jerusalem and all Israel from violence and illegal entry.

The question of ‘protecting our borders’ in the United States, and further even the question of globalization and nations without borders is currently a hot topic in all circles of conversation. Nations without borders or boundaries is unimaginable, and still further there is a Biblical reason as to why they exist. In Deuteronomy 32:8 we read, “ When the Most High gave inheritance to the nations, in separating the sons of Man, He established boundaries for the peoples according to the number of the sons of Israel.” National boundaries have existed since there have been nations, and still there have also been wars over those boundaries.

It is not perfect because man is in control, people often want what is on the other side. In the case of Nehemiah he was distressed because the city of Jerusalem lay in ruins and the Temple as well. When Nehemiah was finally given the authority to go to Jerusalem and rebuild the wall he was opposed by leaders like Sanballat and Tobiah. The reason the wall needed rebuilding was that the invaders from Babylon had overtaken the city and broken the walls down. But why was there a wall there in the first place?

We have to go way back to before king David when the city we call Jerusalem was known as Jebus, and was the Jebusite stronghold. We see in 1 Chronicles 11:4-9 and 2 Samuel 5:6-10 the story of how David was taunted by the Jebusites and told him “you will not come in here.” But David was able to capture the city by sending men through the underground cistern, the same wells that became Hezekiah’s tunnels several hundred years later. You see the children of Jebus built a wall to protect themselves to avoid “unlawful entry”and provide a safe haven for its citizens.

Walls have been built for centuries for the same reason. While the wall that Nehemiah rebuilt may have been covered by earth over time there still exists walls from ancient times of what we now call ‘the Old City of Jerusalem.” While there are some walls that need to come down especially invisible walls where people need to receive the gospel we need to see some walls as necessary.

Our country has been faced with a massive crisis on our southern borders. While the United States was founded by immigrants and has always accepted and receive immigrants for various reasons, at the same time there has always, with few exceptions, been a set criteria for entering the United States legally. In our modern world there are many voices crying for ‘open borders.’ While some are noble, i.e. tourism, education, trade, there are still others that are rotten and just purely evil.

The same spirit that opposed Nehemiah in rebuilding the wall in ca, 526 BCE exist to try to tant our President and prevent him doing what he and others feel is the right thing to do to prevent future terrorism and get a handle on the drug problem coming up from Central America. If any citizen of The United States were to do what is being done now by the so called ‘caravan’ to Mexico or any other Central American country we would be met not only with opposition but without a valid reason for being there most likely turned away. Again it is called respecting each others boundaries.

We see also in Acts 17:26 where Paul gives a rendition of the Deuteronomy 32:8 verse when he says, “ He made from one man, every nation of mankind to live on the face of all the earth, having determined their appointed times, and the boundaries of their habitation.” Again God has determined the appointed times for nations and their boundaries. We see open borders throughout Europe, and we see many problems arising. The move for globalization is on and will continue until Messiah Jesus comes and establishes His Millennial Kingdom.

Until Jesus does return we have a choice, to either love and respect the nation we are in and its boundaries, and further those of our neighbors, or give in to the rise of “One World Government”, which is the agenda of the future Antichrist. The issue is not a matter of ‘feeding and clothing’ the foreigner. If people desire to come to the United States or any any country other than their country of Nativity then let them apply and go through proper channels. Whenever I travel to another country I always have to go through their process in order to be accepted for whatever time period I am planning to be their.

Building a wall, fence or any boundary protecting system is costly in time, money and resources. Yet, the cost of not building may ultimately be the highest cost of all. We never know what intent one ultimately has or their full motive, and we may never keep 100% of all troublemakers out, but we can certainly bring tit to near zero. Since Israel built the border fence shown above it has cut illegal immigration by 99%.

There is no perfect solution and as mentioned until Jesus returns we are left to work out our border issues as best as we can. Perfect peace can only be found in Jesus Christ. Nations have many reasons for wanting to expand borders. E must learn to share resources and try as best as we can to get along until Jesus separates the ‘sheep’ nations from the ‘goat’ nations.

I say without further delay as written in Nehemiah 2:18, “Let Us Arise and Build.” Pray for our leaders as this critical issue comes to a head in the next few days. Pray for Godly wisdom and Godly Justice to prevail.

The Highest Mission With God

The Highest Mission With God

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I am sure if I asked ‘what is the highest mission with God I would get a variety of answers, ranging from preaching the gospel, serving, international missions, or ministering to widows and orphans. While all of those are certainly Biblical, I believe there is one thing that is of greater value in the heart of God, and requires us to become a ‘friend of God.’

In his lesson book “Abraham Friend of God”, author Henry Blackaby says that “the highest mission with God is intercession.” He is of course relating primarily to Abraham and how he interceded before God for Sodom and Gomorrah.

I tend to agree and further see all of the above acts in the previous paragraph as examples of intercession. We typically don’t think of evangelism or serving as intercession. Of course I am really talking about someone who stands in prayer interceding before a Holy God to have mercy or bring salvation.

By definition to intercede means to intervene, mediate, arbitrate, negotiate. Another word found in the book of Psalms 106:30 is interposed. That was a physical act where Phineas a son of Aaron stood and threw a spear at an Israeli man and Moabite woman caught in sexual relations. God had forbidden the Israelites from intermingling with the nations they encountered and to keep them from idolatry. Phineas had had enough and stood and interced and by taking out one Israeli man, stopping a plague that was devastating the Israeli camp.

Of course throwing a spear is not something we do anymore as an act of intercession unless someone is physically attacking you or your family to bring harm or even death. Jesus death on the cross is definitely an act of intercession as He offered the ultimate sacrifice for mankind’s sins, He did what none of us could ever do. So there is no greater act of intercession and even now Hebrews tells us that Jesus is ever interceding for us before the throne of God. (romans 8:34) Jesus also taught us how to pray in Matthew 6:9-13.

Because we are in a fallen world and there are always needs and there are nations whose futures hang in the balance, and lives are at stake, literally and spiritually, the need for intercession before a Holy God is necessary. The fact is even though Jesus died for all sin and the gospel is free there are many who have never heard that or who do not believe and are thus destined for hell. There are the sick, the needy, the hopeless, the idolatrous, the thieves murderers, and so forth. There is ultimately the need for those who will stand and pray for cities, states, nations, etc.

By intercession in the Bible we are talking about standing in the gap, or making up the hedge. In Ezekiel 22:30 we see God is looking for someone to make up the hedge, “ I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before Me in the gap for the land, so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.” God was looking for someone to stand and intercede. The gap occurs when there is a breach in the covenant, a break in God’s laws and commands as a result of idolatry, murder,extortion, stealing, sexual sins, and the list goes on. Even the blatant defiance of our governmental leaders we see now is unprecedented and points to a bigger problem. Not only is most of the church not in alignment the nation as a whole.

The answers is for those who know how to stand in that gap and build a wall. Pray util the wall is repaired. That usually happens when there is repentance and fruit of repentance. We need to do that in our community, city, state, and so on.There are a few solid examples in the Bible of men that God mentioned as intercessors that knew how to get a hold of hIs heart. Jeremiah 15:1 “even if Moses and Samuel would stand before Me my heart would not go out to this people. Send them out.”

Obviously these two men were able to ‘stand before God and make up the hedge. Jeremiah was crying out for the people but God had made up His mind. He had made a covenant and Israel had repeatedly broken it until atlast God said the land needs rest from this sin, so He sent them away for 70 years. Both Moses and Samuel were two who stood in the gap for God’s people and were able to turn His heart from wiping them out. God is looking for people like Moses and Samuel who, like Abraham, He can call His friend.

In Ezekiel 14:14 we see three more men, Daniel, Job, and Noah mentioned as those God would listen to. What was it about these 5 that caused the prophets to write that regarding them? What set them apart? There was righteousness, yes and they were blameless before God. But I think over and above all of that was they knew how to stand in the counsel of the Lord and interced, they uderstood God’s heart for mercy and repentance. They understood the times they lived in and the people around them. 1 Samuel 12:22, for the Lord will not forsake His people for His name’s sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you His people. You see God is proud and pleased of His people especially when they humble themselves and seek Him. He is not pleased with their continuous sin.

What we need are intercessors who are ‘friends of God’, who understand Him and all of His ways. That not includes His hatred of sin but how much He really wants to set His people . We need intercessors who understand all of God’s ways not just His hatred of sin and unrighteousness, but how much He loves and cherishes His people, and wants the best for them.

God is seeking in this late hour intercessors who can stand before Him and pray and make up the hedge for America, Israel, China, Russia, UK, France, Germany, India, Brazil and all of the nations. He is looking for someone who will stand up and say yes. This hour requires much more intercession, and intercession from a deep intimacy with the Father. We need His heart for America, and all of the cities. I challenge you to study the lives of Moses, Daniel, Samuel, Noah, and Job and look at their lifestyle of intercession and prayer. God is raising up and seeking and in need of those who can and will get in the gap and pray according to God’s heart