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Saturday, July 29, 2006
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Israel today is a study in the faithfulness, the Omnipotence, and Omniscience of God. He foretold 2,500 years ago how He would bring Israel back to her land.
1)Israel's Rebirth - Nation born in "One Day", just as God foretold 2,500 years ago; 2) Valley of Dry Bones Prophecy -- God Accurately Describes How He Will Bring Israel Back; 3) Russian Invasion of Israel - Ezekiel 38-39; 4) Israel Welcomes Jesus As Messiah - Zechariah 12:10b
This new MP3 is most interesting in light of the war in Israel!
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Listen again to Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, former prisoner in the Communist gulag prison camp system during the infamous reign of the USSR. After 14 years imprisonment and torture in a Romanian prison, Pastor Wurmbrand glorified God by withstanding the torture and becoming an effective and reliable source of information and support of other persecuted Christians around the world. BOOK
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Carlos, an earnest young nobleman, faces a choice: the Catholic Church system offers safety and protection and respectability -While Scriptures offer Jesus Christ and eternal salvation from sin. BUT - this latter path of life comes with torture and death. Carlos made his choice; what choice would you make?
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VOLUME 2 -- "Riddles In Stone: The Secret Architecture of Washington, D.C."
This week, Chris Pinto has been interviewing more of our expert witnesses we shall be using in this new video. While we do not wish to reveal their identities prior to the release of "Riddles In Stone", rest assured these men are the most important experts in the field of the symbolism of Washington, D.C.
We have also uncovered some highly pertinent material which has never been publicized. God is truly opening new doors of understanding!
Mr. Pinto says that he has progressed far enough with the script of this video that people will be far more shocked and enlightened than they were by Volume I, "The New Atlantis". The fact is that, from the beginning, we considered Volume II to be the most powerful of all four volumes. As the facts fall into place, our original judgment seems to be holding firmly.
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Praise should always follow answered prayer; as the mist of earth's gratitude rises when the sun of heaven's love warms the ground. Hath the Lord been gracious to thee, and inclined His ear to the voice of thy supplication? Then praise Him as long as thou livest. Let the ripe fruit drop upon the fertile soil from which it drew its life. Deny not a song to Him who hath answered thy prayer and given thee the desire of thy heart.
To be silent over God's mercies is to incur the guilt of ingratitude; it is to act as basely as the nine lepers, who after they had been cured of their leprosy, returned not to give thanks unto the healing Lord. To forget to praise God is to refuse to benefit ourselves; for praise, like prayer, is one great means of promoting the growth of the spiritual life. It helps to remove our burdens, to excite our hope, to increase our faith. It is a healthful and invigorating exercise which quickens the pulse of the believer, and nerves him for fresh enterprises in his Master's service. To bless God for mercies received is also the way to benefit our fellow-men; "the humble shall hear thereof and be glad." Others who have been in like circumstances shall take comfort if we can say, "Oh! magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together; this poor man cried, and the Lord heard him." Weak hearts will be strengthened, and drooping saints will be revived as they listen to our "songs of deliverance." Their doubts and fears will be rebuked, as we teach and admonish one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. They too shall "sing in the ways of the Lord," when they hear us magnify His holy name. Praise is the most heavenly of Christian duties.
The angels pray not, but they cease not to praise both day and night; and the redeemed, clothed in white robes, with palm-branches in their hands, are never weary of singing the new song, "Worthy is the Lamb."
(C.H. Spurgeon, "Morning and Evening Devotions")
---------- This Weeks Hot News ----------
I. Major powers continue maintaining protective shield over Israel from the kind of intense international pressure which could make her stop this offensive.
In this news story, below, notice the nations who are participating in this emergency conference designed to force an early ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah.
NEWS BRIEF: "Conference on Lebanon in Rome", ANSA News, July 22, 2006
"(ANSA) - Washington, July 21 - An international conference on the Middle East conflict will be held in Italy on July 26, officials at the US State Department said on Friday .... US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would attend the conference in Rome ... Italian Foreign Ministry sources said the conference on Lebanon would include the US, France, Russia, Britain, the European Union, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Nations and the World Bank ... The sources said Germany, Spain and Jordan had also been invited and that officials from Lebanon and other Arab states were expected to attend."
That is quite the lineup of nations! These participants come from both sides of the conflict. Israel's interests are represented by the United States, Great Britain, the European Union, and the World Bank. Hezbollah's interests are represented by Russia, France, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Expectations were high before the conference that Israel would be ordered to stop her offensive immediately.
Imagine the shock waves throughout the Muslim world when the conference failed to order Israel to do anything.
NEWS BRIEF: "Rome's Foreign Minister Peace Conference Fails", The New York Times, July 26, 2006
"ROME, July 26 — In the face of United States opposition, an international conference here today stopped short of calling for an immediate cease-fire in the Lebanon crisis. The conference instead adopted more nebulous language that reflected America’s desire to give Israel time to continue its bombardment of Hezbollah targets. In a statement, diplomats from the United States, Europe, Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia expressed their 'determination to work immediately to reach with the utmost urgency a cease-fire that puts an end to the current violence and hostilities'.”
The entire Arab world must have reacted in shock and dismay when the Foreign Ministers of these major powers refused to adopt strong language which would force Israel to end her punishing offensive. Note the language in this paragraph which clearly shows that these delegates backed the American position of maintaining the protective umbrella over Israel so she could have the time to pulverize the war-making capability of Hezbollah.
As this New York Times article continued, the author made it quite clear that America was in charge of the conference. Listen:
"The release of the diplomats’ prepared statement was delayed by almost two hours by wrangling over its contents. The key sticking point was the phrase concerning a ceasefire, according to two European diplomats who were in the room. Most of the officials in the room were seeking, at the very least, a phrase that said the group would “work towards an immediate ceasefire,” one of the diplomats said. But Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice refused, and won, he said.
“ 'She insisted it say ‘work immediately to bring a ceasefire,’ not ‘work to bring an immediate ceasefire,’” the diplomat said. He said that the group argued about that for more than 30 minutes before ceding the point to the United States. The change reflects the Bush administration’s view that the conflict will not be settled in a lasting way unless Israel is given the leeway to diminish Hezbollah’s military capabilities.
“ 'This is a region that has had too many broken cease-fires', Ms. Rice said at the conference’s conclusion."
What is interesting is that Russia and Saudi Arabia did not more forcefully press for the Islamic side. What does that tell us?
It should tell us that this war is being fought for the reasons Cutting Edge has been saying from the beginning of the conflict: this war is being fought to enable Israel to withdraw unilaterally from the West Bank. This goal is part of the Illuminati Plan for the region -- as well as fulfilling Obadiah 15-18 -- and, is therefore, supported by all the major powers, including Russia.
Since Russia, the United States, and all the major powers of the world want Israel to unilaterally withdraw from the West Bank, they would need to cooperate to ensure that Israel's invasion is protected until she could destroy Hezbollah's military capability. This conference clearly shows this major power umbrella stretching over Israel!
Prime Minister Olmert lost no time noting that this major power conference refused to demand an immediate ceasefire.
NEWS BRIEF: "Israel sees green light to continue", Gulf News, 7/28/2006
"Dubai: An adamant Israel insisted yesterday that the international community has given it the green light to press on with its deadly war on Lebanon and vowed to step up its air offensive. A day after a Rome conference on Lebanon failed to find a solution to the crisis, Israel's stance drew shocked reactions from a majority of world powers ... Israeli Justice Minister Haim Ramon told army radio: ';Yesterday in Rome we in effect obtained the authorization to continue our operations until Hezbollah is no longer present in southern Lebanon'."
"Israel's insistence came as US President George W. Bush said yesterday he was 'troubled' by the destruction, but rejected any 'fake peace'. "
Some European foreign ministers expressed shock and dismay that Israel would interpret the results of the conference as an expression of support for her invasion of Lebanon. But, I do not see how any impartial observer could reach any other conclusion, for the following reasons:
1) The conference failed dismally in its original stated goal of demanding an immediate ceasefire;
2) US Secretary of State Rice most definitely spoke in such a manner as to convey the unmistakable position that the Bush Administration wanted to leave Israel alone for the time being. Listen to the wording of this New York Times article, above.
"She insisted it say ‘work immediately to bring a ceasefire,’ not ‘work to bring an immediate ceasefire’ ... The change reflects the Bush administration’s view that the conflict will not be settled in a lasting way unless Israel is given the leeway to diminish Hezbollah’s military capabilities."
Israel has been given additional time in which to continue her brutal offensive against Hezbollah in Lebanon -- about one week, for that is the time frame given in which Rice will arrive in the Middle East to begin to "negotiate" a cease fire.
Before we leave this segment, let us make this matter most clear. Not only are the major powers maintaining a protective umbrella over Israel, but they are also restraining governments like Syria and Iran from becoming involved in the fighting. Were either of these countries to actively engage Israel militarily in this fighting, the Middle East Regional War which is planned to start World War III would erupt prematurely, before Israel is completely withdrawn from the West Bank.
Therefore, Russia took steps to prevent both Syria and Iran from militarily provoking Israel at this time.
Israel, for her part, is sending signals to Syria that she does not intend to wage war with that nation, as the next news story illustrates.
NEWS BRIEF: "Israeli military calls up 30,000 reservists: Denies plan to wage war with Syria", MSNBC, July 28, 2006
"TEL AVIV, Israel - Israel’s government decided Thursday not to expand its battle with Hezbollah in southern Lebanon for now, but authorized the army to call up 30,000 reserve soldiers in case the fighting intensifies ... The call-up signaled that Israel was settling in for a much longer battle than had initially been expected, one that could grow far bloodier if Israel decides its air attacks and small-scale invasion into Lebanon are not working and sends in thousands of more ground forces."
Again, this turn of events is exactly what we have been saying all along: Israel is determined to remove the military capability from Hamas in Gaza and from Hezbollah in Lebanon so she can withdraw from the West Bank. Now that the hastily-called Rome Conference has failed to call for a halt to Israel's action, Prime Minister Olmert has decided to call up enough troops to pulverize Hezbollah.
Please remember that Hezbollah intentionally built up her military along the Lebanese border with Israel; therefore, Israel does not necessarily need to drive to Beirut in order to destroy Hezbollah's military! She only needs to establish a 20-mile buffer zone, which is exactly what Israel has announced as her intentions.
Meanwhile, a meeting in Damascus was reportedly underway.
"With Hezbollah allies Iran and Syria reportedly meeting in Damascus to discuss the crisis, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she was 'willing and ready' to return to the region to work for a sustainable peace agreement. But President Bush suggested he would support the offensive for as long as it takes to cripple Hezbollah. He also sharply condemned Iran for its support of the Shiite Muslim militant group." (Ibid.)
Do not expect that this meeting will result in either Iran or Syria joining the fighting. Russia is restraining them both. In fact, Russia's Putin and Iran's President are meeting right now in Moscow.
This next segment demonstrates why Israel called up 30,000 more reservists, even though she does not plan on marching northward to Beirut.
NEWS BRIEF: "ISRAEL TAKES RICE'S ACTIONS AS APPROVAL", Chron,com News, July 26, 2006
"Ground fighting in Lebanese villages has been harder than expected, with Hezbollah guerrillas able to stand their ground and continue launching rockets against Israeli targets despite the intense, coordinated Israeli attacks. The Israelis have superior firepower, but Hezbollah guerrillas are fighting on familiar terrain with the support of many villagers ... Some have suggested that Israel's military intelligence chiefs underestimated the range and number of Hezbollah's rockets. In addition, Israeli ground forces are now trying to dislodge Hezbollah militants from villages where they have had six years to build defenses."
"Writing in Haaretz newspaper Tuesday, columnist Yoel Marcus said the Israeli Defense Forces had accomplished very little in the two weeks of warfare against Hezbollah militants who have no formal army or air force."
" 'Who would have believed that a guerrilla organization with a few hundred regular fighters, something like a brigade and a half, could paralyze half a country, firing off hundreds of missiles every day?' he asked, referring to the constant missile alerts in the north that have kept about 15 percent of the population under repeated fire. Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, said in the United States that the Israeli Defense Forces are not doing very well."
" 'They have moved very little into Lebanese territory, and Hezbollah is still able to fire into Israel consistently," he said.
"He said the conflict will likely drag out for some time and may become even more dangerous."
" 'I expect it to escalate', he said. 'Neither side has reached the top of the ladder. Israel may have to go to a far more aggressive ground war, occupying large parts of the south, and few people believe Hezbollah has used everything in its arsenal. If they hit Tel Aviv, or Ben-Gurion Airport, Israel will take it to the next level."
Hezbollah claimed it would soon surprise Israel with her long-range rockets.
NEWS BRIEF: "Iran supplies Hezbollah with 3,000 more rockets: Shipment enough to fire into Israel at current rate for additional month", World Net Daily, July 27, 2006
"JERUSALEM – A massive supply of more than 3,000 rockets made it this week to Hezbollah in Lebanon through the country's border, Egyptian officials told the Galil Report. The weapons, originating in Iran, give Hezbollah enough rockets to fire into Israeli population centers for an additional month at the current rate of over 90 per day, the officials said."
I find it hard to believe that Israel's vaunted IDF would allow such a massive re-supply of theater missiles to Hezbollah. Not only would her air force seem capable of preventing such a re-supply, but her ground forces are said to encircled key Hezbollah positions. Nevertheless, enemy missile fire continued to fall into Israel.
Prime Minister Olmert made it quite plain that the end goal of his administration is to complete West Bank withdrawal. His statement is the first to link this current conflict with the future planned unilateral withdrawal.
NEWS BRIEF: "Olmert: 'West Bank withdrawal still on': Reaffirms plan as Israel fights in Gaza, Lebanon after similar evacuations", World Net Daily, July 25, 2006
"JERUSALEM – ... Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said yesterday Israel will forge ahead with his plan to pull out of Judea and Samaria. 'We will yet evacuate communities and it is important to me to complete this chapter as soon as possible so that we will be able to continue as a strong and united nation for the challenges that await us', Olmert told a group of Israelis evacuated last summer from the Gaza Strip ... Olmert's plan seeks to evacuate more than 95 percent of Judea and Samaria, which borders Israel's main population centers.
"Several recent public opinion polls showed the
majority of Israelis now oppose a Judea and Samaria withdrawal."
When Olmert said, " it is important to me to complete this chapter as soon as possible", he was speaking of this current fighting in Lebanon. Thus, he is clearly linking this fighting with the farther-range goal of a unilateral withdrawal from the West Bank. This statement is the first such direct linkage by any highly-ranking Israeli, or American, official -- and we find it very instructive.
Notice that current polls show a majority of Israeli citizens opposed to a West Bank withdrawal. This political fact brings us back to our original premise: this current Israeli military action against Hamas and Hezbollah is designed to so destroy their military capability that the average Jewish citizen will support the West Bank pull-back, believing that their IDF could protect Israel even when it completes this withdrawal.
III. Suddenly, one of the diplomatic buzzwords being floated above this fighting is that a significant part of the "lasting peace" is International Peacekeepers. Israel has experienced the futility of U.N. peacekeepers in the past, so it seems unlikely she would accept this proposal, unless the force is heavily armed and can defeat and control Hezbollah; possibly with this kind of force in mind, Israeli leaders said they would accept such a force, but from NATO, not the U.N.
Further, two retired IDF generals had very specific ideas as to the mission of any international peacekeeper force and where it should be stationed.
NEWS BRIEF: "The advantages and disadvantages of an int'l force in Lebanon: Column by two retired IDF senior generals", The Jerusalem Post, July 25, 2006
"The only logical basis for an international presence is the creation of a force whose primary mission will be assisting the Lebanese army in disarming Hizbullah (as stated in UN Security Council Resolution 1559). Such a force should be deployed close to Beirut, at Lebanese-Syrian border crossing, and deep in the Bekaa Valley. An international force has no role in southern Lebanon along the Israeli-Lebanese border. Israel is deployed along its northern border to defend itself and prevent the strengthening of Hizbullah, should it try to move southward."
Israel welcomes an international peacekeeping force, but only above the 20-mile buffer zone she is currently fighting to establish.
"Further, the role of such a peacekeeping force should be to assist the Lebanese Army in disarming Hezbollah. Since this terrorist fighting group will vigorously fight against being disarmed and since the Muslims comprising the Lebanese Army will probably object to forcing fellow brethren to disarm, it seems highly unlikely that this combination of peacekeepers could actually disarm Hezbollah. Traditionally, international peacekeepers have been very lightly armed, and have been lead by politicians who really do not want to vigorously pursue terrorists.
Let us now return to this most interesting featured article, for these retired generals have some really good ideas which would protect Israel.
"To complement this deployment, there should be an agreement prohibiting the building of fortifications in southern Lebanon - as in the agreement between Israel and Egypt. In addition, the UN should establish a supervisory force like UNSCOM to deal with locating and clearing out Hizbullah's arms caches and preventing the building of new ones."
Once again, this peacekeeping force is going to have to possess real military teeth and not be afraid to use that force.
"It seems the only logical basis which justifies an international force, made up of real combat soldiers, is the creation of a force whose primary mission will be assisting the Lebanese army. It is the Lebanese Armed Forces that must carry the burden of disarming Hizbullah and that must verify that there are no military contingents of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Lebanon (all as stated in UN Security Council Resolution 1559). It is the Lebanese Armed Forces that must safeguard Lebanon's borders - so that Iranian and Syrian weapons are not smuggled into Lebanon to help Hizbullah rebuild close to the border with Israel. The Lebanese Armed Forces is a sufficiently strong army and there seems to be no need to fear that the Shi'ites in it will defect to Hizbullah. This army may, however, need assistance and backing, and that is what a strong international force can provide. It should be prepared to assist the Lebanese Armed Forces in areas where Hizbullah was strong and influential."
Given the dismal record of United Nations leadership throughout the world, it is logical that Israel would want NATO to take the leadership role. After all, they note, NATO is successfully leading an efficient fighting force in Afghanistan. Israel feels she can trust NATO leadership to succeed where the UN will surely fail.
We have one other thought concerning the introduction of a heavily armed international peacekeeping force in Lebanon, along the lines proposed by these two retired IDF generals. If Hezbollah was truly neutralized by this current Israeli offensive, and if she was kept neutralized by a radically armed and led international peacekeeper force, Prime Minister Olmert might suddenly find it far easier to withdraw from the West Bank!
If heavily armed international peacekeepers were effectively keeping Israel's enemies from being in a position to attack her, then Israel can safely withdraw from the West Bank! Perhaps this is the plan, after all. We shall just have to wait to see how events develop.
IV. After the state high courts of New York, Georgia, and Washington that marriage was defined as being between a man and a woman, is the issue of Gay Marriage foundering "on the rocks"? Conventional Wisdom says "yes", but discerning Christians need to take a closer look.
Before we start our analysis of this issue, remember the country is heading directly into critically important off-year elections, in which President Bush and the G.O.P. are running scared. For the President, the matter of losing Republican majorities may be extremely important, for Democrats have hinted that they may begin impeachment proceedings if they gain the majority in Congress.
Therefore, Republicans need a smashing issue which will energize their core Conservative and/or Christian base. Gay Marriage is certainly that type of issue -- far better than the issue of Abortion.
NEWS BRIEF: "Same-Sex Marriage Ruled Out in New York, Georgia: Courts Back Man-Woman Couples", The Washington Post, July 7, 2006
"The highest courts of New York and Georgia ruled yesterday that same-sex couples are not entitled to marry, delivering a twin blow to gay rights advocates that leaves Massachusetts as the only state in which such unions are legal. The New York Court of Appeals ruled that a state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman is constitutional, finding that any new meaning for such an old institution would have to be written by the state legislature, not the courts ... Coming hours apart in one of the country's most liberal states and one of its most conservative, the two rejections of same-sex marriage demonstrate the intense hold the issue has taken across the nation's legal and political landscape -- and the difficulty proponents face in altering the status quo."
Gay advocates had specifically targeted a number of states as offering the most potential for finally getting gay marriage legalized, as it now is in Massachusetts.
"The lawsuits have arisen at a time when 45 states have laws or constitutional amendments -- many of them recent -- that forbid same-sex couples from getting marriage licenses. The issue has emerged as one of the country's strongest ideological collisions, with gay rights activists fighting for marriage as a new civil right, and many conservatives, including President Bush, clinging aggressively to marriage's traditional meaning." (Ibid.)
Is President Bush truly "clinging aggressively to marriage's traditional meaning?" We shall answer that question at the end of this segment.
The New York Justices noted that they were not issuing a morality ruling.
"The New York court, in a 4 to 2 opinion written by Judge Robert S. Smith, sidestepped the question of whether same-sex marriage is worthwhile. 'It is not for us to say whether same-sex marriage is right or wrong', the court wrote, saying that persuasive arguments exist on both sides. Instead, the court focused on whether the state legislature had a rational, nondiscriminatory basis for limiting marriage to a man and a woman. The judges concluded that legislators could reasonably believe that such marriages benefit children. Unlike racism, the judges concluded, 'the traditional definition of marriage is not merely a by-product of historical injustice'." (Ibid.)
Since the Justices ruled so narrowly, Christian advocates should be careful in ascribing this favorable ruling as being a victory for Christian values. In fact, once you understand President Bush's true position on this issue, you will realize that all believers must be alert to decisive deception on this most important issue.
The high court of the state of Washington also weighed in on the side of traditional marriage.
NEWS BRIEF: "Washington high court upholds ban on same-sex marriage", The Denver Post, 7/27/2006
"Olympia, Wash. - The state Supreme Court upheld a ban on gay marriage Wednesday, dealing the gay-rights movement its second major defeat in less than a month in a liberal-leaning state that was regarded as a promising battleground ... In a 5-4 decision, the court said lawmakers have the power to restrict marriage to a man and a woman, and it left intact the state's 1998 Defense of Marriage Act ... The latest ruling surprised and delighted gay-marriage opponents, given the state's liberal politics, particularly in Seattle.
" 'This is more than we could have imagined. We are shocked, and pleasantly shocked. We were prepared for the other direction', said Jon Russell, field director for the conservative Faith and Freedom Network."
Yes, this ruling, plus the ones in New York and Georgia, seemed to lay to deal a devastating blow against Gay Marriage. The operative word here is "seems", as you shall see in a moment.
Some Conservatives were already ringing the victory bell.
NEWS BRIEF: "Same-sex marriage on rocks with voters: 20 out of 20 times, Americans choose to protect institution from changes", World Net Daily, July 27, 2006
"Yesterday's stunning decision by Washington's Supreme Court upholding traditional marriage is not the only setback dogging same-sex marriage advocates. In fact, 20 out of the 20 times it has come before voters, Americans have chosen to protect by constitutional amendment the idea of limiting marriage to one man and one woman."
This World Net Daily article painted a stark picture of the very different stance between Republicans and Democrats on this issue, thus verifying the importance of this issue to the Fall campaign.
"Baptist Press earlier had cited a homosexual publication's report about a multi-point plan devised by the Democratic National Committee to combat the marriage protection plans. Damien LaVera, a spokesman for the DNC told Baptist Press the committee opposes Republican efforts to use the issue to get voters to ballot boxes." (Ibid.)
This issue may turn out to be the largest single issue which will drive Conservative/Christian voters to the ballot box this November, energizing them to vote Republican.
Gay proponents were less alarmed than you would expect them to be.
NEWS BRIEF: "What's Next For Gay Marriage", The Alligator, July 10, 2006
"... In his opinion, Judge Smith said that because same-sex marriage was not deeply rooted in history and tradition and that barring it did not violate fundamental rights and liberties ... Is this a set back for gay and lesbian rights- maybe, maybe not. From a purely ideological point of view- sure it is ... From a political point of view maybe this is not such a bad thing. Many, possibly a majority of Americans, agree about that the idea of civil unions is acceptable. That’s a long way away from seeing gays being social pariahs. But when the word marriage is used- there is a reaction that is visceral and one on which cultural conservatives have pounced."
Notice again the critically important words in this paragraph, above: "when the word marriage is used- there is a reaction that is visceral and one on which cultural conservatives have pounced."
Please be very clear in your mind the importance this article places on the words, "marriage" versus "civil unions". This next article makes the same distinction.
NEWS BRIEF: "The Road To Equality After New York", The Volokh Conspiracy, July 12, 2006
"Almost a week has now passed since the New York Court of Appeals handed down its decision denying state constitutional claims to same-sex marriage ... A second effect may be to soften the remedial demands made by future gay-marriage litigants. Instead of insisting on full marriage or nothing, as the New York plaintiffs did, perhaps litigants will be more likely to settle for marriage-lite ... Future state courts might see the current landscape as offering three models for resolution of gay-marriage claims: Massachusetts (full marriage), New York (nothing), and Vermont (civil unions, with directions to the state legislature to work out the details.). They might see the Vermont resolution as a middle position between the extremes of New York and Massachusetts, allowing them to give gay couples the benefits and protections of marriage without risking the political backlash that comes with the word 'marriage'.”
The key concepts from these two articles are:
* Many Americans support the concept of gay "civil unions".
* "Whenever the word, "marriage", is used in conjunction with the word, "gay", Conservative and/or Christian voters come unglued.
Therefore, for this very reason, gay marriage supporters decided a number of years ago to stop using the word, "gay marriage" and start using the words, "civil union". During President Bush's first term, this concept was honed to a razor's edge. In state legislature after legislature, proponents of gay marriage were suddenly speaking of "civil unions". Furthermore, this name change allowed Conservative and/or Christian officials to strongly come out publicly in favor of defining "marriage" as a union between a man and a woman. It seemed like gay proponents and family marriage advocates were on parallel paths!
Indeed, they were -- and are.
Wikipedia Encyclopedia understands the danger of this parallel path.
"Civil unions -- A civil union is a legal partnership agreement between two persons. They are typically created for same-sex couples with the purpose of granting them benefits that are found in marriage ... Many people are critical of civil unions because they say it creates a separate status that's unequal to marriage. Others are critical because they say it's introducing same-sex marriage by using a different name." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_union)
Civil Unions truly is " introducing same-sex marriage by using a different name."
What is the danger in these two parallel paths? Please allow our "Conservative Christian" President, George Bush, illustrate the danger to us. Note the date of the President's remarks -- nearly two full years ago!
NEWS BRIEF: "Bush breaks with GOP on same-sex unions", United Press International (UPI), 10/26/2004
"President Bush broke with the Republican Party platform in supporting states' rights to permit same-sex civil unions. 'I don't think we should deny people rights to a civil union, a legal arrangement, if that's what a state chooses to do so. ... I view the definition of marriage different from legal arrangements that enable people to have rights ... states ought to be able to have the right to pass laws that enable people to be able to have rights like others', Bush told ABC's Charlie Gibson in an interview broadcast Tuesday on 'Good Morning America'."
"Now, having said that, states ought to be able to have the right to pass laws that enable people to be able to have rights like others', Bush told ABC's Charlie Gibson in an interview broadcast Tuesday on "Good Morning America." [Newsletter for October 30, 2004, Paragraph I)
Now you have the truth, from President Bush's own mouth. He supports defining marriage as a union between a man and a wife, but he also supports "Civil Unions", a Gay Marriage by another name. Note that the President then stated that this issue ought to be decided at the state level, which is exactly where the news of today is emanating -- from State Supreme Courts.
Can you see the hint of a master plan here? Is it possible that these State Supreme Court decisions are the result of a master plan the Republicans created in late 2004 -- as the President's remarks seem to suggest?
Have you been deceived on this issue? Is it possible that President Bush and the Republicans decided a long time ago to start this issue working through state supreme courts, with the aim of bringing these cases to completion just prior to the Fall Mid-term Elections of 2006?
The deception shell-game being played here is that the focus of each and every case going to a state supreme court would revolve around the word, "marriage". Even while defining "marriage" as a union between a man and a woman, these cases typically do not forbid the creation of "civil unions". Therefore, politicians like President Bush can have it both ways: they can vigorously campaign to define marriage in the traditional Christian sense, while quietly supporting the advancement of "civil unions".
Can you see the deception? The issue is just as volatile as the gay writers, above, stated: "They might see the Vermont resolution as a middle position between the extremes of New York and Massachusetts, allowing them to give gay couples the benefits and protections of marriage without risking the political backlash that comes with the word 'marriage'.”
Right now, gay advocates do not care if their precious "civil unions" carry exactly the same benefits as traditional marriage; that battle can come later, for now is the time to put American Christians to sleep, thinking they had won a huge victory, while cementing gay's right to a legal union -- by whatever name!
VI. American Christians have also been sold out by Dr. James Dobson and his Focus On The Family organization on this issue, for they have accepted a fatal compromise in the Defense of Marriage bills.
Did you notice the wording in one of our articles, above, about the Washington Supreme Court ruling? Listen again to this segment.
"In a 5-4 decision, the court said lawmakers have the power to restrict marriage to a man and a woman, and it left intact the state's 1998 Defense of Marriage Act."
This "Defense of Marriage Act" sounds so good, and so Christian, it has won the support of most pastors across this country. But, Dr. Dobson has allowed a fatal back door to gay marriage to be included in this type of bill. We wrote a long article on this subject several years ago, and encourage you to read it in its entirety; for our purposes here, we shall just quote the highly pertinent segments.
NEWS1905 -- Title: "NATIONAL DISASTER!! CONGRESS CHANGES LANGUAGE OF FEDERAL MARRIAGE AMENDMENT TO ALLOW GAY "CIVIL UNIONS"!
Subtitle: Once Liberal Congressmen and President Bush had the support for "Civil Union" language from Dr. James Dobson of Focus On The Family, they rushed to bring a perfectly worthless "Defense of Marriage" bill to the floor of Congress!
NEWS BRIEF: "Federal Marriage Amendment Proponents Offer Compromise", Fox News, March 22, 2004.
"WASHINGTON — Congressional supporters of a constitutional ban on gay marriage unveiled a change in their proposal Monday that they said would leave state legislatures with the unambiguous right to recognize civil unions."
Both the title of this article and this first sentence tells us the very important fact that the change in wording of the "ban on gay marriage" bill came from the proponents -- the supporters -- of the bill, not from nasty pro-gay activists! This realization is very important to keep clear in your mind. We Conservatives and Christians have been "done in" by our leaders, both politically and spiritually, as we shall prove in this article.
On the one hand, this bill will assert that the Federal Government recognizes that "marriage" can only be defined as a union of one man and one woman! That definition sounds just fine to a Christian and will allow President Bush and all his Evangelical leaders to trumpet to the world that they have acted to "protect" the Biblical institution of Marriage from gay and lesbian assault.
NEWS BRIEF: "Conservatives Using Issue of Gay Unions As a Rallying Tool", by David Kirkpatrick, The New York Times, Feb. 8, 2004
"Last spring, the Rev. Donald E. Wildmon of Tupelo, Miss., decided to hold a summit meeting of the Christian conservative movement. Mr. Wildmon felt the movement was losing the culture war ... the election of Republican politicians had drained some of the motivation out of its grass-roots constituents. So Mr. Wildmon, founder of the American Family Association and a crusader against sex and violence in the media, sent an e-mail message inviting about two dozen other prominent Christian conservatives to a meeting in Arlington, Va., last June. About 14 people turned up with no set agenda ..."
The group informally formed at this meeting was henceforth called the "Arlington Group".
Furthermore, this new group intended to replace the cause of Abortion as a rallying call with the "gay marriage" issue touting the Federal Marriage Amendment as the supposed answer. In other words, since the issue of Abortion had lost its political clout with Conservative voters, this leadership decided a great replacement issue would be "gay marriage".
"But almost as soon as the Arlington meeting began, the discussion turned to a debate over the language of an amendment. For years, the Alliance for Marriage, an ecumenical group, had pushed for a constitutional amendment to prevent courts from forcing states or the country to recognize same-sex marriages. Echoing the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, the proposed amendment would allow state legislatures to recognize gay civil unions, a provision that had alienated many conservatives. Though the proposed amendment had been introduced in Congress last spring, the Christian Coalition was one of the few organizations in the Arlington group to support it." [Ibid.]
Some Arlington group members most definitely did not like this devious wording and had the courage to speak out.
" 'I don't care if you call it civil unions', Michael P. Farris, chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association, said last week. 'I don't care if you call it domestic partnership, I don't care if you call it cantaloupe soup, if you are legally spouses at the end of the day, I am not willing to do that'. Just as important, Mr. Farris said, the 81,500 home-schooling families who belong to his organization and who each pay at least $85 a year in dues were against it."
Praise the Lord for the Home School Legal Defense Association, for their leadership not only saw the duplicity of the proposal, but were willing to stick their necks out in order to prevent this travesty from occurring.
The information in this paragraph is incredible! Here you had a few supposed key Christian leaders proposing that an amendment be worded in such a manner as to seemingly "prevent courts from forcing states or the country to recognize same-sex marriages", while on the other hand allowing "state legislatures to recognize gay civil unions"!
Now, are you ready for the James Dobson sellout? In this above New York Times article, we learned that Dr. Dobson is a member of this "Arlington Group"!
"The group lost little time in mobilizing their forces. Many of the organizations, including Concerned Women, Mr. Wildmon's American Family Association and Focus on the Family, used their weekly radio broadcasts to emphasize the importance of an amendment. Other organizations sent bulletins to conservative Christian churches and their lay members around the country. Meanwhile, well-known Arlington group members like James C. Dobson of Focus on the Family and Dr. Land of the Southern Baptist Convention began pressuring President Bush to speak out in favor of an amendment. As his State of the Union address approached, several of them called Karl Rove, the president's top political aide, reminding him of the importance of conservative Christian voters. In his speech, Mr. Bush spoke sympathetically about a 'constitutional process' to define marriage but gave it only conditional support." [Ibid.]
When these Arlington group members carried the battle cry to their faithful constituents, they never mentioned the fact that the Federal Marriage Amendment contained this "poison pill" phrase. Instead of warning their members that this wording actually allowed gay civil unions, these organizations boldly lied, stating that this amendment was needed in order to prevent gay civil unions! No one from Focus On The Family ever told their members the truth! Listen to the next part of this sorry news story to see how Dr. Dobson is spinning this issue quite falsely.
Now you know the truth: this entire "success" story of state high courts "defending" Traditional Marriage as a union of one man, one woman, the "poison pill" back door has been opened which allows civil unions to be quietly established, well after the Fall, 2006, elections!
Undiscerning Christians have been "had".
VIII. One of those "End of the Age" events seemed to occur this week, in the form of a family game -- Monopoly!
The Bible clearly states that the economy of the world during the time of Antichrist will function without cash and on the basis of a mark placed under the skin on either the right hand or the forehead. Before we review this exciting current news article, let us review this pertinent prophecy.
Prophecy In The Book of Revelation
Fundamental Bible scholars have uniformly held the position that this Scripture could not be fulfilled unless the economy was functioning on a cashless basis -- even though most of them prior to the advent of powerful computers had no idea how any economy could buy or sell on a system without cash.
Modern scholars now understand how feasible this type of system can be, but it took the folks who from Hasbro who create the Monopoly Game to really alert us how close to the End of the Age the world is drawing.
NEWS BRIEF: "New Monopoly game uses debit card, no cash", The Boston Globe, July 26, 2006
"PROVIDENCE, R.I. --A British version of the classic Monopoly board game released this week substitutes a Visa-imprinted debit card for the stacks of yellow, blue and purple play money long hoarded by children worldwide. 'We started looking at what Monopoly would look like if we designed it today', said Chris Weatherhead, a Britain.-based spokesman for Hasbro Inc., which makes the best-selling board game. 'We noticed consumers are using debit cards, carrying around cash a lot less'."
"British players might not be the only ones switching to plastic. Officials at Pawtucket-based Hasbro say they're considering a similar change for American versions. "
"First offered in 1935, Monopoly offered players a form of financial escapism during the country's worst financial depression. Players become pretend real estate magnates who compete for fictitious property named after real places in Atlantic City, N.J. A British version released that same year featured London neighborhoods. In the new British version of Monopoly Here & Now, players type amounts into a palm-sized scanner and swipe their debit cards to seal the deal. "
"At least one Monopoly devotee seemed ambivalent about the potential changes. Krisi Lee of Antioch, Calif., owns 19 versions of the game, including the electronic one on her cell phone. She sometimes competes in a Monopoly tournament run by her mother, which usually attracts about 50 players. She wants her young daughter to learn how to count Monopoly paper money before touching the real stuff, she said. But Lee, 28, isn't a purist. 'That is the here and now', she said. 'That's what we do. For a $3 purchase, I use my debit card'."
The world is so far down the road to a "cashless society" that the venerable game, "Monopoly" has been changed to reflect this reality. This is just one more step toward the fulfillment of Revelation 13:16-18!
IX. An insurgent attack in Baghdad now seems a lot more likely this week than now, as American forces are being steadily built up with that beleaguered city. At least one columnist believes the entire war may hinge upon this looming battle.
NEWS BRIEF: "Iraq's Last Chance: So it has come to this: Baghdad or bust", New York Daily News, July 25, 2006
"So it has come to this: Baghdad or bust. Either increased American and Iraqi troops can stop the mayhem in the capital, or the insurgency will have triumphed. That was the unspoken message from President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki after their Washington meeting yesterday ... security in Baghdad is so shredded that, unless it can be repaired, Iraq's new government is doomed. And so is the American policy of spreading democracy to the Mideast. Their joint appearance, complete with subdued body language and a stressed look on Bush's face, had the look of a last chance.
" 'We talked about security in Baghdad', Bush said in a news conference. 'No question the terrorists and extremists are brutal. These are people that just kill innocent people to achieve an objective, which is to destabilize his government ... The prime minister tells me that he and his government are not shaken by these actions. They're concerned about them, they're not shaken by them."
"That's got to be more wish than fact. Only a machine wouldn't be shaken by the level of carnage. The United Nations reported that about 100 civilians are being killed in Iraq each day, or nearly 6,000 in May and June. Many are tortured before being executed while others are blown to bits in public spaces. The UN said the 'overwhelming majority' were killed in Baghdad, home to nearly 6 million people."
"The increased violence has many people saying a civil war has begun between Sunnis and Shiite Muslims. Whether it has or not is semantics; whatever words are used, no society can function with the daily attacks taking such a toll. One thing is certain: Absent a miraculous turnaround, Bush can forget his goal of reducing the total American force below the 130,000 level before the midterm elections ... The insurgency seems so entrenched now that upping American strength by 10% in Baghdad is not likely to solve the problem."
Another article took note of the tremendous loss of civilian life in Iraq and put the numbers into a perspective with which we can all understand. Prepare to be shocked.
NEWS BRIEF: "Who grieves for dead Iraqis?", Chicago Sun Times, July 28, 2006
"... during recent months a hundred Iraqis die violently every day, 3,000 every month. In terms of size of population, that is the equivalent of 300,000 Americans a month, 10,000 every day."
Can you imagine the outcry if this many Americans were being slaughtered every single month, every single day? For the past three years, Cutting Edge has been warning that Coalition Forces are slaughtering civilians at a breathtaking rate. However, this slaughter between Sunnis and Shi'ites is a totally different type of judgment coming upon this poor people, the descendents of Ancient Babylon.
Three years ago, Cutting Edge researched God's final judgment upon Ancient Babylon (Iraq) which we felt was being carried out by Coalition Forces. Our conclusions seem justified during these past disastrous three years. If you have not yet read this article, please spend a few moments to study this most interesting subject.
Now that you have read our study article, you will see that we have delivered exactly the kind of devastation upon Iraq prophesied in this Scripture, especially after you add in the horrific Depleted Uranium Poisoning which will kill the entire nation in less than 20 years!
Now, please allow us to finish by going back to the Chicago Sun Times article:
"Yet the typical television clip on the evening news -- an explosion, automatic weapon fire, dead bodies on the streets -- has become as much a cliche as the weather report or another loss by the Cubs. The dead Iraqis are of no more value to us than artificial humans in video games. The Iraqis seem less than human, pajama-wearing people with dark skin, hate in their eyes, and a weird religion, screaming in pain over their losses ... Rarely do Americans tell themselves that the United States of America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, is responsible for this slaughter. Their blood is on the hands of our leaders who launched a war on false premises, without adequate forces, without plans for the time after the war and then sent in inept administrators who could not provide even a hint of adequate public services."
God's principle of Judgment is quite plain.
He will raise up a nation to deliver His decreed judgment upon another nation. But, when His decreed judgment is finished, God then turns upon the nation He raised up and destroys that nation. Since it seems evident that God has used Coalition Forces -- led by America -- as His tool to deliver the final, End Times judgment upon Ancient Babylon (Iraq), and since that judgment has been just as cruel and heartless as the prophecy declares, we can be sure that God will soon be turning toward America to mightily judge her. Are you spiritually ready?
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A review of Scripture reveals that God loves people
so much, He created huge obstacles and placed them squarely in the
life-path of people, to keep them from ever entering Hell. Sinners
have to deliberately climb up over these obstacles to get into Hell.
God has even created extraordinarily huge obstacles for people living
at the End of the Age. -- http://www.cuttingedge.org/news/n2105.cfm
Bush's Aggressive "Regime Change" Foreign Policy Has Greatly
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During the 1996 UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II), I attended a day-long "Dialogue" on the meaning of "Solidarity" at Istanbul’s elegant Ciragan Palace. Registered as a reporter, I received a list of 21 panel members. It included UNESCO's Director General Federico Mayor, the now discredited UN leader Maurice Strong, World Bank Vice President Ismail Serageldin, and Millard Fuller who founded Habitat for Humanity. Together with other globalist dignitaries, they would explore the missing factor in the old Soviet version of dialectical materialism: a spiritual foundation for an evolving global ethic. -- http://www.cuttingedge.org/articles/db073.htm
Are you mourning, believer, because you are so weak in the divine life: because your faith is so little, your love so feeble? Cheer up, for you have cause for gratitude. Remember that in some things you are equal to the greatest and most full-grown Christian. You are as much bought with blood as he is. You are as much an adopted child of God as any other believer. An infant is as truly a child of its parents as is the full-grown man. You are as completely justified, for your justification is not a thing of degrees: your little faith has made you clean every whit. You have as much right to the precious things of the covenant as the most advanced believers, for your right to covenant mercies lies not in your growth, but in the covenant itself; and your faith in Jesus is not the measure, but the token of your inheritance in Him.
You are as rich as the richest, if not in enjoyment, yet in real possession. The smallest star that gleams is set in heaven; the faintest ray of light has affinity with the great orb of day. In the family register of glory the small and the great are written with the same pen. You are as dear to your Father's heart as the greatest in the family. Jesus is very tender over you. You are like the smoking flax; a rougher spirit would say, "put out that smoking flax, it fills the room with an offensive odour!" but the smoking flax He will not quench. You are like a bruised reed; and any less tender hand than that of the Chief Musician would tread upon you or throw you away, but He will never break the bruised reed. Instead of being downcast by reason of what you are, you should triumph in Christ. Am I but little in Israel? Yet in Christ I am made to sit in heavenly places. Am I poor in faith? Still in Jesus I am heir of all things. Though "less than nothing I can boast, and vanity confess." yet, if the root of the matter be in me I will rejoice in the Lord, and glory in the God of my salvation.
(C.H. Spurgeon, "Morning and Evening Devotions")
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