Blinded By the Darkness

Blinded By the Darkness
Vol: 52 Issue: 19 Thursday, January 19, 2006

Since Election 2000, the mainstream media has waged an unrelenting war against the Bush administration specifically and the Republican party in general.

As usual, allow me to preface my comments with the required disclaimer. Discussing political reality is not evidence of political partisanship. I am a political conservative, but that is not the same as being a Republican. It is the same as NOT being a Democrat.

There is a difference. Frankly, my personal political worldview is closer to that of an independent libertarian than it is to that of the Republican Party and always has been.

I am careful to make that distinction because to many people, any comment not critical of the Bush administration is immediately as a defense of the Bush administration. Thus blinded, the point in question becomes so much white noise and is lost in the partisan din.

The simple, observable fact is that the mainstream media’s war against the administration is well-documented. And a new poll reveals another, simple and observable fact. Since there are only two political parties that have any real chance at national power, whatever hurts one, helps the other.

The non-stop, unrelenting barrage of innuendo and half-truths aimed at the Bush administration are ‘trickling down’ to the Congress, where a new Rasmussen poll gives the Democrats an eleven-point lead in the upcoming Congressional races.

Please, please, don’t miss the point. The point isn’t that the Republican Party is spotless and undeserving of criticism or that Republican Congressmen are not worthy of replacement.

Instead, look at who is being considered to do the replacing. THAT is the point. I have admitted on many occasions that I am a political junkie. Who governs the nation is of great concern to me, since, selfishly, they hold my future — and that of my family’s — in their hands.

That is not to say that I am a member of the Christian Right. I don’t believe it is the place of the Church to govern. God gave that role to politicians.

(“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. – Romans 31:1)

While we are not OF this world, we are IN it. Our spiritual citizenship is in heaven. As heavenly citizens currently in exile in this world, we vote spiritually by our actions.

As earthly citizens currently in exile from heaven, we vote according to our earthly interests, guided by our spiritual understanding. That is not the same as voting based on what we believe somebody ELSE’S spiritual understanding is. The Christian Right’s platform demands a ‘Christian’ government, but fails to define ‘Christian’.

Having said all that, I’ve been racking my brain trying to find some reason for putting the Democrats back in power apart from disappointment with the Republicans. If there is a Democratic platform beyond “We ain’t them” I cannot locate it. What I can locate is the proposed solutions offered by some prominent Democrats.

Their solution to Iraq is to pull out and allow it to become what Afghanistan was before we deposed the Taliban, guaranteeing we’ll have to go back into Iraq again later. But probably not until after the next Republican presidency, meaning it won’t be their problem anyway.

Their solution to the war on terror is bring all our troops home and hope the terrorists will go away. Once the troops are home, we can look for ways to understand the terrorists enmity towards us and fix our problems so they will like us again.

Their domestic agenda is primarily focused around keeping abortion legal, raising taxes, and opposing whatever is supported by the other side as a matter of partisan policy, rather than national good.

Lest you think that harsh, recall the number of Democrats that have publicly said the United States is at war because the president lied, despite a complete lack of evidence that it was even POSSIBLE for Bush to know what NOBODY else did.

Is making that allegation in the midst of that war good for America? Or for the Democrat’s political agenda? The best way to find the answer is to look at the results.

If partisan politics stopped at the water’s edge, if America’s political establishment were totally united behind the forces on the ground, if the terrorists had no hope that a divided America would turn tail and run, who would benefit the most? America? Or the terrorists? You tell me.

Abortion is the main plank in the Democrat platform. Broken down to its lowest common denominator, it is based in a woman’s right to choose to have sex without consequences. Millions of potential Americans have perished on the altar of convenience.

The National Right to Life’s website estimates there have been 45,951,133 abortions since 1973. Now there is a fiscal crisis as the millions of Baby Boomers are set to retire and there are not enough younger workers to support them. Good for America?

In this generation, America is the world’s premiere example of a ‘Christian’ country. When Osama declared war on the ‘Jews and the Crusaders’ nobody doubted he was referring to Israel and America.

Writing to this generation, the Apostle Paul outlined the spiritual condition of the Church in the final hours of the Church Age. In his letter to Timothy, Paul was specific about the time frame: “This know also, IN THE LAST DAYS, perilous times shall come.”

He was just as specific in identifying his target audience, the faithful remnant of the Body of Christ dwelling in the most Christian nation remaining on the face of the earth.

In the same passage, he identifies the prevailing moral and political worldview of that society:

“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: ” (2nd Timothy 3:1-5a)

And according to the Rasmussen poll, this worldview is up eleven points in the Congressional polls.

Calling All Counsellors!

Calling All Counsellors!
Vol: 52 Issue: 18 Wednesday, January 18, 2006

“Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.” Proverbs 15:22

This principle is so important that Solomon mentions it three times, in three different relationships. First, God tells us, diverse counsel is necessary to establish purposes.

“Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.” Proverbs 11:14

Secondly, the Scripture tells us that a multitude of counsellors ensures the safety of those who seek that counsel.

“For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.” Proverbs 24:6

And finally, Scripture advises us to seek wise counsel in time of war. We are again promised that in such counsel we find safety.

Solomon, under inspiration of God, also tells us where to look for such counsel and what happens to us when we don’t.

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” Psalms 1:1

Note the progression here. The man who DOES seek the counsel of the ungodly eventually finds himself ‘standing’ in ‘the way [company] of sinners’ and ultimately, ‘sitting’ in the seat of the scornful [worldly].

What begins as a forward motion eventually grinds to a standstill and ultimately collapses.

One of the greatest personal blessings afforded me by the Omega Letter is the relationship I have with each of you. I don’t post comments very often in the forums by design. . . the forums are where you express your thoughts. But I read them everyday. God often uses His people, through your forum comments, to provide me with guidance and instruction.

The other day, I visited the forums, seeking your counsel. And, as usual, there it was. At least, in a sense. I now come to you directly for followup. Let me explain:

Since the turn of the new year, I’ve felt an ever increasing sense of urgency — a sense that time is truly running out, that there is more to do, and that I am not doing enough.

Let me share a little personal background, for context. I am not much of a publicity hound. I prefer to work quietly in the background. I don’t much like doing high-profile stuff like TV, radio or public speaking. To tell you the truth, I am painfully shy in such situations.

Writing is different. When writing, one has plenty of opportunity to make sure the words are conveying the meaning one intends. If you say it wrong, you can fix it before anybody else reads it.

If you start to get ahead of yourself, there is always the ‘cut and paste’ option to re-order the sequence of thoughts so they flow properly. And you can say what you want without fear of being interrupted or challenged.

In other words, I’m a chicken. So it should come as no surprise that I’ve been coming up with all kinds of excuses for ignoring a leading from the Lord that has been getting louder all the time.

I don’t know quite how to describe this leading, but it is getting much harder to ignore. I took it to Him in prayer the other day. It is hard to put prayers into words later, but this is the way my mind recalls it. (I don’t mean to sound blasphemous. In my mind, God talks a lot like I do. )

“Hey!”

“Yessir?”

“It’s time.”

“Time?”

“Yup. I’ve given you a pretty easy few years. The ‘bunny slippers’ break is over. You’ve talked a pretty good fight. Time to go in there and win one for the Gipper.”

“The Gipper?”

“Never mind. Before your time. I believe I hear the trenches calling.”

“Ummmm, can You be a bit more specific?”

“Sure. You know how you are always rambling on about equipping the troops for their battles? You know, the one-on-one, face-to-face evangelistic war you are waging in your bunny slippers from your office? I believe I hear the trenches calling.”

“But I LIKE working in bunny slippers.”

“WORK? You call THAT work?”

“Ooops. Sorry. I heard some other guys calling it ‘work’ and it sounded good. But I really, really like things the way they are. I LIKE my job.”

“That’s ok. You can keep it. Good heavens, man! This is the 21st century. You could do YOUR job sitting in a cornfield in the middle of Iowa! I don’t have something ELSE for you to do. I have something MORE.”

“I’m not sure . . . yes, I am. I AM sure I’m not gonna like this.”

“So. Who died and made you God?”

“Ok. Sorry. I’ll be quiet.”

“That’s better. Listen, time is getting short. You can do your job from anywhere. . . 21st century, remember? You work on the INTERNET, for cryin’ out loud! What are you doing with the rest of your day?”

He had me here. Think fast, I thought! Wait! I know!

“Ummmm, nothin’. . . ?”

“That’s what I thought. What stops you from sticking a camper on the back of your truck and going across My land and warning people face to face? That’s what you tell everybody else to do. You can work from a trailer. What’s the problem?”

Uh,oh! I REALLY better think fast. I LIKE things the way they are.

“Ummmm, nothin’. . . ?”

“That’s what I thought. . . .”

It didn’t actually transpire just that way, of course. That’s just how I remember it. Now we get to the ‘counsellors’ part. . .

I was stunned by a member’s forum post under the title, “Strange Dream About OL Members and An Idea to Gather Together”.

The post discussed a dream a member had, that gave birth to an idea that prompted suggestions that eventually grew to a discussion of exactly what I’ve been resisting. (If you can follow that last sentence, that is.)

As I noted, I regularly seek counsel from the collective wisdom of the members. Sometimes directly, and sometimes through the comments in the forums.

Indeed, over the years, I’ve come to rely on it for confirmation of the Lord’s leading. Once again, you’ve provided me with that confirmation.

Therefore, let me lay out the plan for your consideration, prayer and support. I believe the Lord is leading me to take the message to the local churches personally. It should in no way affect the publication of the Omega Letter. In fact, I think it will make it more interesting. At least, I certainly hope so.

This is, after all, the 21st century. All one needs is a laptop and a wireless ‘air card’ — I have both. What I don’t have are excuses.

This is a new area for me. Please pray for us as we seek the Lord’s further counsel on this matter. I also seek your counsel, your advice, and your suggestions. Let me know what your thoughts are.

And most of all, I seek your prayers.

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

Appeasing Islam

Appeasing Islam
Vol: 52 Issue: 17 Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Appeasing Islam

The White House tradition of celebrating the end of Ramadan was kicked off by then-First Lady Hillary Clinton in 1996. At the reception, Mrs. Clinton accepted a Koran and told the invited crowd how she acquired an appreciation of Islam through her daughter Chelsea.

Among the attendees were the leaders of the American Muslim Council (AMC) the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and the American Muslim Alliance (AMA).

On Sept. 16, 2000, at a Washington rally sponsored by CAIR, AMC, and MPAC, the head of CAIR, Nihad Awad, declared: “They [the Jews] have been saying ‘next year to Jerusalem’, we say “next year to all of Palestine!”

On Oct. 13, 2000, CAIR and the AMC sponsored a rally outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington where the speakers led the crowd in a chant: Khybar, Khybar, ya, ya Yahood, jesh Mohammed sofa ya’ud. (Translation: “Khybar Khybar, oh Jews, the army of Mohammed is coming for you.”)

It is a refrain used by Hamas threatening the annihilation of Jews as was done to the Jewish tribe in Khybar, Saudi Arabia, by Mohammed in the year 628.

At another Washington rally, on Oct. 28, 2000, the AMC’s Mr. Alamoudi led the thousands in attendance to chant their support for Hamas and Hezbollah. “Hear that, Bill Clinton, we are all supporters of Hamas,” he declared. “I wish they argued that I am also a supporter of Hezbollah.”

To be fair, while Hillary knew about the militant ties to these organizations, she didn’t start ‘reaching out to them’ to appease them. She was merely ‘reaching out’ for campaign money.

She fought tooth and nail to keep it after the terrorist connections went public, but finally and reluctantly agreed to return $50,000 contributed by the AMA and Abdulrahman Alamoudi, an official of the American Muslim Council, who has openly championed Hamas and defended other terrorists, including those behind the World Trade Center bombing.

During the Clinton administration, Muslim leaders brought votes and campaign contributions, getting increased visibility and disproportionate influence in exchange.

The CIA Worldfact Book puts America’s Muslim community at about one percent of the total US population — about two million people. Muslim special interests groups claim there are as many as seven million American Muslims.

No matter. Taking Muslim special interest group estimates at face value, at best, we are still talking about a tiny fraction of the US population — about 3% — roughly equivalent to the number of Americans who claim to have been abducted by aliens.

Special interest lobbying got them influence and visibility way out of proportion to their numbers — until 9/11.

Assessment:

After the September 11 attacks, instead of taking steps to limit Islam’s influence on American politics, the administration actually increased it, going so far as to officially declare Islam to be ‘a religion of peace’ that was ‘hijacked by a few terrorists.’

It is possible that the administration believed that to be true in 2000. It was a young administration, after all, and one can understand, if not forgive, a certain amount of naivet . But that was then.

Five years later, as the war with global Islam rages on, the administration continues to pretend it is a war with ‘radical’Islam, as if there were evidence that there was any other kind. Naivet gave way to appeasement.

The only place that anybody hears of ‘moderate’ Islam is in speeches from US officials. One searches far and wide in vain for evidence of ‘moderate’ Islam in practice. Try and remember the last march by ‘moderate Islamics’ protesting terror attacks against the United States?

We all know the faces of radical Islam; Osama bin Laden, Ayman al Zawahiri, Adnan al Zarqawi, Mahmoud Amidinejad, Ayatollah Khameini, etc., etc.

Who is the face of ‘moderate’ Islam? What face immediately leaps to your mind as representing ‘moderate’ Islam? Can you think of ONE single Islamic figure that fits the profile of what the administration still maintains is the majority view of Islam?

Me neither. I ‘Googled’ the phrase “face of moderate Islam” and found it belongs to Abdullah Badawi. As Prime Minister of Malaysia, his name is probably a household in Kuala Lumpur. But I had to look him up.

Trying to be as accurate as possible given the evidence available, it would appear that an ‘Islamic moderate’ is anybody not actively involved at the moment in combat against the United States and Israel, even though polls show that about 70% of the Islamic world is in sympathy with the jihadists.

The myth of the Islamic ‘moderate’ was created by special interest lobbyists anxious to exploit Clinton’s political ambitions, but once the idea was planted, it took root in an American society incapable of absorbing the magnitude the threat Islam poses by its very nature.

The phrases ‘radical Islam’ and ‘Islamic fundamentalism’ are interchangeable. What, pray tell, does religious ‘fundamentalism’ mean? It refers to the fundamental doctrines of a given religious worldview. The degree to which one adheres to those fundamental doctrines is the degree to which one is, by definition, a ‘fundamentalist’.

If the ‘fundamentals’ of Islam are followed by Islamic fundamentalists, then the religious views of the fundamentalists ought to reflect the basic fundamentals of that religion. The fundamentals of Islam are reflected by ‘radical’ Islam.

‘Moderate’ Islam is an apostate form of fundamental Islam — the exception, not the rule. To believe anything else is self-delusion. It is an almost accidental application of the Principle of the Big Lie.

Personally, I much prefer the explanation that radical Islam represents only a tiny fraction of global Islam’s billion-plus adherents. I can see why such a myth could take on the status of politically-correct speech.

TBN’s contention that Hal Lindsey was too ‘anti-Muslim’ and that made it harder to reach ‘moderate’ Muslims with the Gospel doesn’t wash, either. How can one sow the truth of the Gospel in an environment where the truth about Islam is unwelcome?

I can see why so many folks WANT to believe the Big Lie, but I can’t quite see how they can dismiss the obvious element of self-delusion necessary for them to do so. At least, not in the natural.

“I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before Mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.” (Isaiah 66:4)

World Awaits Coming Apocalypse

World Awaits Coming Apocalypse
Vol: 52 Issue: 16 Monday, January 16, 2006

In November, Iranian president Ahmed Ahmadinejad startled the world when he announced that felt ‘the hand of Allah’ entrancing world leaders as he delivered a speech to the UN General Assembly last September.

According to Ahmadinejad, during his UN address, he suddenly felt himself surrounded by light. It wasn’t the stage lighting, he said — it was light from heaven. Ahmadinejad related his otherworldly experience in a videotaped meeting with a prominent ayatollah in Tehran.

(A transcript of his comments and sections of the videotape wound up on a hardline, pro-regime internet site, baztab.com.)

According to the transcript, Ahmadinejad said a member of his entourage at the UN meeting first told him of the light. “When you began with the words ‘In the name of God’, I saw a light coming, surrounding you and protecting you to the end (of the speech),” the member said.

Ahmadinejad confirmed sensing a similar presence. “I felt it myself, too, that suddenly the atmosphere changed and for 27-28 minutes the leaders could not blink … They had their eyes and ears open for the message from the Islamic Republic,” he told Ayatollah Javadi-Amoli.

Ahmadinejad’s “vision” at the UN could be dismissed as political posturing if it weren’t for a string of similar statements and actions that suggest he believes he is destined to bring about the “End Times” — the end of the world — by paving the way for the return of the Shia Muslim messiah.

In a November 16 speech in Tehran to senior clerics who had come from all over Iran to hear him, the new President said the main mission of his Government was to “pave the path for the glorious reappearance of Imam Mahdi (may God hasten his reappearance)”.

The mystical 12th Imam of Shia Islam disappeared as a child in 941AD, and Shia Muslims have awaited his reappearance ever since, believing that when he returns, he will reign on earth for seven years, before bringing about the Last Judgment and the end of the world.

In order to prepare for the Mahdi, Ahmadinejad said, “Iran should turn into a mighty, advanced, and model Islamic society”. Iranians should “refrain from leaning toward any Western school of thought” and abstain from “luxurious lives” and other excesses.

Scared yet? It gets worse. Ahmadinejad is rumored to have ordered his cabinet to sign a loyalty pact with the 12th Imam and throw it down a well near the holy city of Qom, (where they believe the imam is hiding).

In a December article called “Waiting for the Rapture in Iran,” the Christian Science Monitor’s Scott Peterson wrote that Ahmadinejad has earmarked $17 million for the Jamkaran mosque, supposedly built on the Mahdi’s orders.

“Officials deny rumors,” Peterson said, that when Ahmadinejad was mayor of Tehran, he “secretly tasked the city council… to prepare a suitable route for the Mahdi’s return.”

That the leader of Iran believes that these are the last days is one thing — for him to base national nuclear policy on that belief is another. Ahmadinejad not only believes the 12 Iman’s appearance is imminent, he believes that it is his mission to bring about the apocalypse in order to force his early return.

Assessment:

Most pagan religions share a vision of a coming apocalypse with Christianity. The Buddhists are awaiting the appearance of the ‘Lord’ Matreya.

The Hindus await the ‘natural ending of the world’ during the ‘Kali’ Age. Note the similarities between the Hindu description of the Kali Age and the Apostle Paul’s description of end-times society.

“All kings occupying the earth in the Kali Age will be wanting in tranquillity, strong in anger, taking pleasure at all times in lying and dishonesty, inflicting death on women, children, and cows, prone to take the paltry possessions of others, with character that is mostly vial, rising to power and soon falling. They will be short-lived, ambitious, of little virtue, and greedy. People will follow the customs of others and be adulterated with them; peculiar, undisciplined barbarians will be vigorously supported by rulers. Because they go on living with perversion, they will be ruined.” – Upanishad

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2nd Timothy 3:1-5)

In Israel, Jews are preparing for the coming of the Jewish Messiah. Secular Israelis call it ‘Messianic fever’ but the so-called ‘fever’ is mainstream enough for Israel to reconsititute its Sanhedrin after a 1600-year absence. (Only the Sanhedrin can officially announce the Messiah’s return)

The ‘end of the world’ is a recurring them throughout the world’s religions, including Baha’i, the New Age (Omega, 2012 Unlimited, Hale-Bopp, the Raelians, and so on.

In addition, there are secular think-tanks like the “Millennium Institute” which claims to take a ‘holistic’ approach to the coming apocalypse. The Millennium Institute is an NGO, or “non-governmental organization” with Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Among the MI’s clients are; General Motors Corporation, Action Aid, World Bank, UN Development Program, The Carter Center, developing country governments, and so on.

Visions of the apocalypse are also becoming part of American pop culture. ABC has two new end-of-the-world-themed programs for this season. On the CBS docket, the post-apocalyptic programs are called Four Horsemen (a plague drama) and Jerico (life in a small town after America is destroyed).

Hollyweird is also concerned about the end. Consider some of the following movies: The Matrix, End of Days, Dark City, Armageddon, Deep Impact, the Postman, Contact, The Fifth Element, Jerusalem, The Stand, The Day After . . . it is a long list. These are just a few.

The expectation of a coming apocalypse is deeply ingrained in the human psyche; it isn’t merely religious, although most religions have some expectation of it. It isn’t merely cultural, although most cultures are looking for some kind of world-ending cataclysm.

It isn’t merely scientific, although most scientists agree that the world faces existential threats from pollution, global warming, an expanding or contracting universe, solar flares, meteor strikes and the like.

More importantly, it is unique to this generation. Previous generations, particularly in the religious world, expected the world to end ‘someday’.

In this generation, it seems everybody is looking for some kind of messiah, whether it is Jesus, the 12th iman, Matreya, the Jewish Messiah, the Kali Age, or Arnold Schwartzeneggar doing direct combat with the antichrist, or Hollyweird’s obsession with 666.

In Romans 1, the Apostle Paul writes of a universal “God-conscience” shared by all humanity.

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” (Romans 1:18-20)

The point is this. All humanity, whether it wants to admit it or not, knows instinctively that God exists. They know instinctively of sin and righteousness, and they know instinctively than mankind has fallen short of God’s righteousness.

That gives rise to the instinctive knowledge of Divine accountability — even the lost recognize a world as sin-sick as this one cannot evade judgment much longer — even as they deny the existence of the One to whom they know mankind is accountable.

“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.” (Romans 1:22-23)

The whole world knows that Jesus is coming, whether or not they want to admit His identity to themselves. The recognition of a Divine standard of righteousness is universal, as is the universal recognition of mankind’s inability to attain it.

Not only that, but the whole world also recognizes that He is coming soon.

“And as He sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto Him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of Thy coming, and of the end of the world?”

This was a fairly direct and specific question, and Jesus’ reply was equally direct and specific. He outlined the events that would identify the generation of the end, but notice the very FIRST thing He said in reply:

“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in My Name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” (Matthew 24:3-5)

The Lord IS coming. He is coming soon. The Bible says so.

So do the newspapers.

America as a Religion . . .

America as a Religion . . .
Vol: 52 Issue: 14 Saturday, January 14, 2006

According to replacement theology, when the Jews rejected Christ at His First Advent, that ended His special relationship with them. The promises and covenants between God and Israel were subsequently transferred to the Church.

Dominionism and Christian Reconstructionism are not denominations or faith groups so much as interrelated beliefs which are being followed by the members within a wide range of Christian denominations. Dominionism and Christian Reconstructionism both spring from the well of replacement Theology.

In this worldview, the modern Jews of Israel no longer have any special role in God’s plan for the ages. The Church is the inheritor of Israel’s covenant blessings. The Jews of Israel have no more right to the land than do the Palestinians.

Israel may be a political nation in the secular sense, but it ceased to be a ‘peculiar’ nation before God when they rejected their Messiah.

That is why so many mainstream churches, (most notably the US Presbyterian Church [PCUSA]) find no spiritual conflict in supporting Israel’s enemies. To them, it is a purely secular conflict with no more spiritual context than the conflict between North and South Korea.

Replacement theology and its tributaries, like Dominionism, Christian Reconstructionism and the like, has always baffled me. Its adherents can cross-reference verse after verse that, taken together, tends to support their view, but only at the expense of rejecting whole passages of Scripture to the contrary.

It is hard to misintepret the following passage of Scripture to indicate anything other that its surface meaning;

“Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is His Name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before Me for ever.” (Jeremiah 31:35-36)

In other words, Israel will cease from being a nation before God when the laws governing the universe cease to operate. If the sun came up this morning, if there will be a moon and stars tonight, then replacement theology cannot be correct.

But it is not only the heart and soul of the “Christian Right”, much of its theology has found acceptance even among die-hard Dispensationalists.

It is rapidly becoming a distinction without a difference.

Assessment:

Open advocates of dominionism declare that “America is a Christian Nation,” and that therefore Christians have a God-given mandate to re-assert Christian control over political, social, and cultural institutions.

Yet many dominionists stop short of staking out a position that could be called theocratic. This is the “soft” version of dominionism gaining acceptance among Dispensationalists.

The “hard” version of dominionism is explicitly theocratic or “theonomic,” as the Christian Reconstructionists prefer to be called.

Christian Reconstructionism arose out of conservative Presbyterianism in the early 1970’s. Adherents of Christian Reconstructionism believe ” that every area dominated by sin must be ‘reconstructed’ in terms of the Bible .”

“Its followers … are attempting to peacefully convert the laws of the United States so that they match those of the Hebrew Scriptures. They intend to achieve this by using the freedom of religion in the US to train a generation of children in private Christian religious schools. Later, their graduates will be charged with the responsibility of creating a new Bible-based political, religious and social order. One of the first tasks of this order will be to eliminate religious choice and freedom. Their eventual goal is to achieve the “Kingdom of God” in which much of the world is converted to Christianity.”

(Source: http://www.religioustolerance.org/reconstr.htm).

Dominion theology provides the theological rationale for a “Christian” nation. John F. Sugg writes in the Weekly Planet, Tampa, Florida, March 2004:

“Dominion theologians … preached … that it was Christians’ job to take over the world and impose biblical rule. Christ would not return, they said, until the church had claimed dominion over all of the world’s governments and institutions …”

Sounds too familiar, doesn’t it? Like you agree in principle — until it gets put into words?

There is a distinction between recognizing America as a ‘Christian nation’ in the sense of history and demographics and the recognition of America as a ‘Christian nation’ in the spiritual sense.

Increasingly since 9/11, that has blurred until it has become a distinction without a difference.

As I’ve said many times, I prefer a Christian in the White House, but I oppose the idea of his governing according to his understanding of Christianity. Presbyterians are Christians, but if a president governed according to the PCUSA’s doctrine, Israel would find more sympathy in Amman than it would in the White House.

Historically and demographically, America is a Christian nation. But, (stay with me, here) that is a SECULAR, rather than a spiritual truth. America was founded by Christians. Eight in ten Americans identify themselves as Christians, culturally, if not doctrinally.

So, when the free exercise of Christianity is stifled to placate the tender sensibilities of the non-Christian minority, it is an outrage to the secular principles of freedom and democracy.

However, when it becomes a sense of spiritual outrage, Reconstructionism, Dominionism and Dispensationalism find common ground where none exists.

The Omega Letter exists for the sole purpose of documenting the signs of the times for the last days. And it is impossible to separate politics from Bible prophecy, since the Tribulation is all about politics.

The antichrist is, first and foremost, a politician who achieves and maintains his power through the existing political system at that time.

The closer the global political system comes to mirroring the political system described by Scripture for the last days, the closer the imposition of that system is to where we sit on the prophetic timeline.

That is not the same thing as advocating change in an effort to affect the Bible’s outline of the last days. There is a difference between HAVING a preferred outcome and working to impose a preferred outcome.

The Bible foretold the persecution of the saints in the last days. It foretold the collapse of social morals, the conflict over the land of Israel, the rise of a global government, the development of a global, all-inclusive religious system, a global economy, spiritual wickedness in high places, etc.

If these things don’t come to pass, then the Bible is not true and cannot be trusted. It isn’t our job to work against God’s outline. Our job is to occupy until He comes, to give the warning of His soon return, to give the Gospel to the lost and to win souls to Christ.

Bible prophecy was given to this generation as a sign; a signature, if you will, by its Author. The Bible outlines the signs of the times for the Church which is in, but not of, the world, so that we can use those signs as evidence to convict the world, not as a mandate to change the world.

In the secular sense, I suppose I qualify as a member of the ‘Christian Right’ in that I would prefer to live in a land less saturated with sin and more in tune with Scripture.

And I admit that, in the secular sense of the word, I love America above all things, including my life. Like many others, I have put my life on the line for America before, and would do so again. But that is my human preference.

My spiritual preference is for the day when I claim my spiritual citizenship in heaven. To the world, there may be no distinction between the Christian Right and Christianity itself.

But there is a huge difference.

Experts Warn of Impending al-Qaeda Attack

Experts Warn of Impending al-Qaeda Attack
Vol: 52 Issue: 13 Friday, January 13, 2006

According to an ABC News report, federal agents are investigating a sudden spike in the sale of unregistered disposable cell phones.

In Midland, an alert Wal-Mart employee contacted federal agents after six individuals of apparent Middle East origin tried to purchase sixty cell phones in one transaction. At least one of the suspects was identified as being from Iraq and another from Pakistan, officials said.

On New Year’s Eve, a customer of evident Middle East origin bought 150 disposable ‘trac-phones’ from a Target Store. Trac-phones are disposable telephones with prepaid minutes already attached.

Other reports have come in from other cities, including Dallas, and from authorities in other states. Authorities in Pennsylvania, New York and other parts of Texas confirmed that they were alerted to the cases, and sources say other jurisdictions were also notified.

The Midland, Texas, arrest report police also identified the individuals as linked to a terror cell:

“Evasive responses provided by the subjects, coupled with actions observed by officers at the onset of the contact prompted the notification of local FBI officials to assist in the investigation,” the report said.

“Upon the arrival of special agents, and as a result of subsequent interviews, it was discovered that members of the group were linked to suspected terrorist cells stationed within the Metroplex.

“In addition,” says ABC, “special agents reported that similar incidents centering on the large-scale purchases of trac phones had been reported throughout the nation identifying individuals of Middle-Eastern descent as the purchasers.”

This past December, federal officials were called in to investigate the theft of more than four hundred pounds of high-powered plastic explosives from a Sandia National Laboratory bunker.

The missing 400 pounds of explosives includes 150 pounds of what is known as C-4 plastic, or “sheet explosive,” which can be shaped and molded and is often used by terrorists and military operatives. Also, 2,500 detonators were missing, making the theft even more significant.

The theft is one of the largest reported cases from a facility in the United States in the last decade ending 2004.

Assessment:

This comes on the heels of the most recent release of an al-Qaeda video starring Ayman al Zawahiri, Osama’s number two man. (Or possibly, the number one man, if rumors of Osama’s death are accurate)

Released last week, the latest video is the one in which Zawahiri thanks the Left for all their help, saying the partisan fight over troop withdrawal from Iraq handed a victory to Islam.

“If your forces with all its aircraft, missiles, tanks and fleets are moaning, bleeding and looking for an escape from Iraq, then will the hypocrites, conspirators, infidels (the Iraqi government) resist what the ‘greatest power in the world’ has failed to resist?” al-Zawahiri asked in the video.

According to terrorism experts, the most recent video is part of a pattern, according to Cybercast News Service.

Christopher Brown, who in the past has briefed Department of Defense, State Department, CIA, National Security Council and the White House, noted each Zawahiri video is part of a pair. And after the 2nd part is released, historically, it was followed within thirty days by a major terrorist attack.

The videos released on Sept. 9 and Nov. 9, 2004, were the first “set” and were followed by the Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, bombings on Dec. 6, 2004.

The second “set” of videos was released Feb. 20 and June 26, 2005, followed by the July 7 London bombings. A third set of videos was released Aug. 4 and Sept 1, 2005, followed by the bombings in Bali, Indonesia, on Oct. 1, 2005.

The fourth set of videos, according to Brown’s theory was released on Oct. 23, 2005 and last week — Jan. 6.

“This pattern has held for at least three of al Qaeda’s last large-scale attacks,” said Brown, “This most recent video is likely a signal that a large-scale operation is about to be launched within the next 30 days. The question is where.”

On Oct. 29, 2005, the London Telegraph reported that Abu Atiya, an al Qaeda operative close to al-Zawahiri, revealed to French authorities that a group called the “Chechen network” entered France with the missiles and chemical and biological agents such as botulin, ricin and cyanide.

The missiles were reportedly purchased in 2002 and eventually smuggled through Georgia and Turkey to be used in a planned attack against French airliners in 2004.

Following the London bombings the brigades posted a communique on the Internet, stating: “We are in Italy, and not one of you is safe as long as you refuse [Osama bin Laden’s] offer. Get rid of the incompetent (Prime Minister Silvio) Berlusconi or we will truly burn Italy.”

A July 19, 2005, story in Italy’s Corriere della Sera newspaper indicated that Italian intelligence feared the statement was a coded message activating known cells in Italy, which had previously been providing only logistical support.

Three more messages from the Abu-Hafs al-Masri Brigades were posted in July, promising to “burn Italy down.

“We will raze the cities of Europe to the ground and you will be the first, Berlusconi!” one of the messages declared. On July 31, the brigades claimed to be “calling up all our cells in Rome and other Italian cities for this war …” Another Internet message followed in August.

However, the November reference to the “land of the Romans” could be misdirection Brown said, since al Qaeda is known to use coded language in many of its communications.

The Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) has indicated that al Qaeda intentionally labeled Italy as its target, prior to the London bombings.

If the “land of the Romans” doesn’t refer to Rome, what might it refer to? Dan Darling of the Manhattan Institute believes it could be a reference to the United States. “It could just as easily apply to the U.S. — America as the new Rome,” said Darling.

The missiles reportedly obtained from Chechnya have not been located and Brown believes it is possible that some of the weapons have been smuggled into North America since individuals involved in the “Chechen network” who procured the missiles were allegedly involved in the 1999 conspiracy to bomb Los Angeles International Airport.

Noted the CNS report: “Regarding the video release pattern, “once can be an interesting anomaly, twice could be a coincidence, but three times is a pattern,” Brown said, indicating “that in all likelihood al Qaeda will launch a major attack sometime in the next month.”

As I’ve noted in previous columns, to al-Qaeda and the rest of the Arab world, partisan politics gets lost in translation. To al-Qaeda, statements like those made by Dick Durbin and Teddy Kennedy don’t represent the Lunatic Left fringes of American politics.

Outside of America, Dick Durbin and Ted Kennedy are respected mainstream American leaders whose words carry as much weight as any other US leader.

If one is looking for evidence that their partisan sniping gives aid and comfort to the enemy, one can’t ask for more convincing proof than the feedback coming from the enemy himself.

If the enemy feels aided and comforted enough to say so, then what more evidence does one need?

“Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason.” (Title 18, United States Code, Part 1, Chapter 115, para 2381)

The evidence is beginning to pile up, as we’ve noted. Missing explosives, mysterious cell phone purchases, threats from Iran about US sleeper cells, stolen detonators, alien smuggling from Mexico, new threats from al-Qaeda . . . they all add up.

It seems that a good part of America has forgotten September 11, or else they believe it was an anomaly, never to be repeated. While Osama may have awakened ‘a sleeping giant’ on September 11, it only rolled over and went back to sleep again.

The Dow just broke 11,000, the economy is humming along, the war is 8,000 miles away, and most Americans have been lulled into their complacent pre-9/11 world of peace and safety.

“For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” (1st Thessalonians 5:3)

It’s been observed that I quote the following verse a lot. I believe that Jesus intended for it to be quoted a lot when He said it.

“And when these things BEGIN to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:28)

Haste to Shed Innocent Blood

Haste to Shed Innocent Blood
Vol: 52 Issue: 12 Thursday, January 12, 2006

Haste to Shed Innocent Blood

In terms of sheer entertainment value, there was nothing on TV that even comes close to the Samuel Alito confirmation hearings.

It had all the elements; pathos, drama, fiction, a hero, many villains, clowns, a damsel in distress, even action and adventure.

Steven Spielberg couldn’t pack this much entertainment value into a single offering. When it comes dramatizing the make-believe, Hollywood has nothing on the United States Senate.

Maybe that’s why actors do so well in politics and patricians make such great actors. For my money, Ronald Reagan was one of America’s best presidents, former Senator Fred Thompson, one of America’s best character actors, and Teddy Kennedy, one of America’s greatest clowns.

It seems that the senators on the Democratic side were all very ‘troubled’ and ‘concerned’ by Alito’s answers to their questions. I know that to be true because every Democratic senator who didn’t claim to be ‘troubled’ claimed to be ‘concerned.’

Senator Dick Durbin, who was untroubled at comparing US forces to Nazis, was ‘troubled’ that Judge Alito didn’t see Roe v. Wade as a privacy issue. He was even more ‘troubled’ when Judge Alito refused to endorse Roe v. Wade as the ‘settled law of the land.’

Alito replied that Roe and its successor decisions remain in litigation ‘at all levels’ to this moment, so it is hardly ‘settled’.

That troubled Senator Durbin even more than the Nazi tactics of the American military. In a speech disguised as a question, Durbin lectured Alito;

“The act of abortion itself is many times a hard decision, a sad decision, a tragic decision. I believe that for 30 years we have tried to strike a balance in this country, to say it is a legal procedure but it should be discouraged; it should be legal but rare.”

Durbin went on, “I am concerned that many people will leave this hearing with a question as to whether or not you could be the deciding vote that would eliminate the legality of abortion, that would make it illegal in this country, would criminalize the conduct of women who are seeking to terminate pregnancies for fear of their lives, and the doctors who help them.”

Now, THAT’S drama! What if Alito voted against Roe? Women who now seek abortions ‘for fear of their lives’ (not sure what THAT means, but nobody dared snicker) may be forced instead to exercise their ‘right to choose’ a bit earlier.

As Ann Coulter accurately pointed out, what is at stake here is nothing less than a woman’s right to choose to have sex with a man with whom she doesn’t want to have children.

Think of what that might mean?

Fewer women might hang out in bars, forcing them to close earlier, making it harder for militant feminists to make that magical ‘closing time’ transformation necessary for them to get a date.

They would then have to choose what they do with their OWN bodies instead of choosing to sacrifice someone else’s on the altar of convenience as an atonement for their promiscuity.

It was fascinating to watch Durbin try and spin the practice of infant sacrifice as atonement for irresponsibility into something that almost sounded noble.

But it was stomach-turning to watch Teddy Kennedy try and spin Alito’s support for the US military into evidence that he is a racist and misogynist (a person who hates or dislikes women).

Alito listed membership in the Concerned Alumni of Princeton on a 1985 job application. He told the committee he joined CAP to protest Princeton’s removal of the ROTC from campus.

CAP also opposed Princeton’s adoption of quotas, which Kennedy claimed PROVED Alito’s racist misogyny.

The high (or low) point came when Kennedy demanded that the committee subpoena records from the Library of Congress. (That’s the Senate’s own library. The records were there for the asking.) Chairman Arlen Specter told him, in effect, to shut up.

“Kennedy repeatedly asked Judge Alito whether he had read specific articles about CAP and he said he hadn’t,” said Jan LaRue, CWA Chief Counsel.

I’d like to ask Kennedy if he read his favorite newspaper, The New York Times, when it reported last November that it had examined the records of CAP and there s virtually nothing there to tie Alito to CAP. Kennedy is sinking to a new low trying to defame Alito, distort his record and deceive the public. It s disgusting, LaRue concluded.

Assessment:

LaRue is not correct. This is nothing close to a new low for Kennedy. One has to go a long way to beat Chappaquiddick.

In 1969, Teddy drove his car off a bridge, then swam away, leaving his 28 year-old date, Mary Jo Kopechne, to drown. He then waited some ten hours to report the accident, (presumably to sober up), and was given a two month suspended sentence.

(Kennedy was also a member of an all-male alumni society that refused to admit women until ordered to by the courts in 1981)

The rest of the questioning was no different. The one exception was when Lindsey Graham apologized on behalf of the committee, prompting Mrs. Alito to flee the chambers in tears.

The hearings confirm there is but a single issue in play here. The ‘right’ to abortion. Every time abortion takes center stage, I am struck with renewed awe at the power the flows from the propagandist’s pen.

It is all about a woman’s ‘right to choose’, hence the nickname, ‘pro-choice’. First, there are the choices themselves. A woman can choose to have sex with a man she doesn’t want to have children with, because if she does, she can always kill the child later.

Those who call themselves ‘pro-choice’ talk about allowing women to do what they choose with their ‘own bodies’ but their choice is limited to dismembering somebody ELSE’S body.

Those castigated in the media as ‘anti-choice’ are those barred from coming within 100 feet of an abortion clinic to offer women the choice of NOT dismembering somebody else’s body.

Yet there are millions of people that defend the practice — to the degree they proudly march in demonstrations holding up signs declaring themselves ‘pro-choice’ — and see absolutely no moral dilemma in their position.

So many, in fact, that pro-choice Democrats will stop at nothing to prevent Sam Alito from being confirmed to the Supreme Court.

There are eight separate references to the practices of Molech in the Old Testament. Molech was an ancient fire deity to whom the Caananites sacrificed their children. Once a year, they would also sacrifice one adult.

Diodorus gives an account of the rite, concerning the bronze statue of Molech. He mentions that the relatives caressed the infants to prevent them from crying. This would imply that they were sent to the flames while still alive.

The modern Molech cult doesn’t sacrifice its children by fire, but the similarities are striking. Pro-choice evangelists preach their gospel with the same zeal as any evangelist. Their devotion is to the cause is cult-like in its ferocity. And their objective is to preserve the ‘right’ to make atonement for sin by infant sacrifice.

The Prophet Isaiah, like the Apostle Paul, outlines the moral and social conditions that will prevail during the time leading up to the return of Christ.

“For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.” (Isaiah 59:3-4)

Having outlined the confirmation process in the US Senate, Isaiah then confirms its agenda;

“. . .their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.” (Isaiah 59:6b-7)

Isaiah promises that, “According to their deeds, accordingly He will repay, fury to His adversaries, recompence to His enemies; to the islands He will repay recompence. So shall they fear the Name of the LORD from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun.” (Isaiah 59:19)

When those on the ‘islands’ and in the ‘west’ making haste to ‘shed innocent blood’, Isaiah says, then, “the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob. . .” Isaiah 59:20)

But first, notes the Apostle Paul, “evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.”

There is no more profound evidence of that fact than watching the high priests of the American Molech cult conduct this year’s adult sacrifice of Samuel Alito from the floor of the US Senate.

‘Speaking Lies in Hypocrisy’

‘Speaking Lies in Hypocrisy’
Vol: 52 Issue: 11 Wednesday, January 11, 2006

The Department of Justice has focused its investigation of its ‘first tier’ of suspects in the Jack Abramoff influence-peddling affair. They are on the ‘first tier’ because they are the lawmakers that investigators believe they have the strongest cases against.

Abramoff pleaded guilty in federal court in Washington on Jan. 3 to conspiracy, tax evasion and fraud in a scheme involving what he described as the “corruption of public officials,” saying he raised campaign cash, funded trips and gave other items to lawmakers “in exchange for certain official acts.”

Abramoff was a lobbyist on behalf of Indian casino gambling interests. As Abramoff spread money around the Congress, Indian gambling casinos started springing up all over the country. More than 100 lawmakers have already pledged to give back money linked to Abramoff. But it may be too little, too late.

As part of his plea-bargain arrangement, Abramoff agreed to cooperate with federal investigators. On the table is about twenty years of Abramoff’s life. Abramoff is seeking to have his thirty-year prison sentence reduced to a little over nine. With that kind of incentive, Abramoff is singing like a canary.

One of the questions Abramoff had to answer was whether or not the lawmakers in the probe performed “official acts” in exchange for campaign cash or other favors.

When a lawmaker accepts money from a special interest group, it is called ‘lobbying’. When a lawmaker accepts money from a special interest group in exchange for ‘official acts’ it is called ‘bribery’.

On virtually every mainstream news outlet one can find the words “Republican scandal” somewhere in the body of the story. Indeed, I Googled that specific phrase in Google’s news search engine and got 142 different stories in which somebody in the mainstream media is calling the Abramoff affair a ‘Republican scandal.’

I note with amusement that the mainstream media is forced to wage this political campaign alone. Most of the nation’s top Democrats are uncharacteristically silent about the whole thing.

There is a reason for that.

There IS no higher moral ground here. The top tier of five lawmakers in the corruption probe is about as bipartisan as one can get.

Three Republicans and two Democrats, one of whom is Senate Minority leader Harry Reid. The other is Byron Dorgan, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

Assessment:

There is no question that the scandal is a bigger problem for Republicans. Jack Abramoff was a Republican with impeccable party credentials going back to the Reagan administration.

He was heavily involved in the Bush election and was even part of the Bush transition team.

By mid-2003, Abramoff had raised at least $100,000 for Bush s re-election campaign, becoming one of Bush s famed pioneers.

I noted last week that Ariel Sharon’s incapacitation could not have come at a worse time than it did. Iran is on the verge of becoming a nuclear power and Israel is too fractured politically to be expected to do anything to stop it.

The Abramoff affair is a political time-bomb that is set to go off at about the same point in time. Most estimates place Iran’s nuclear point of no return somewhere in mid-March. That is about the same time that Abramoff is set to explode.

Abramoff is not merely another Washington ‘scandal’. It has already reached the front door of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. And it wouldn’t be too early to start throwing around the word ‘impeachment’ — if there weren’t so many Democrats on Abramoff’s client list.

According to recent polls, some fifty-eight percent of Americans believe there is ‘widespread corruption’ in the nation’s capital. Some 44 per cent of Americans think that federal lawmakers are ‘more dishonest than most people’, according to an ABCNews/Washington Post poll.

Nine of 10 Americans believe it should be illegal for lobbyists to give members of Congress trips or other things of value, and 67 per cent think lobbyists should not be allowed to make campaign contributions.

But that’s about as far as it goes. There is no national sense of horror at learning our lawmakers are universally crooked. Republicans are trying to figure out how to use the Democrats on the corruption list to limit damage to their party.

Meanwhile, the Democrats are trying to figure out how to paint this as a ‘Republican scandal’ despite big names in the Democratic party like Kennedy, Reid, Rangel, Daschle, Dorgan and Harkin that also made Abramoff’s list.

In a culture in which “Jesus Christ” is a swear word and a recognition of accountability before God can be a criminal offense, there is no discernible sense of national shame. No embarrassment. No sense of moral accountability. No national sense of outrage. Just political advantages and disadvantages.

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron . . ” (1st Timothy 4:1-2)

Special Insider’s Report: The Rest of the Story

Special Insider’s Report: The Rest of the Story
Vol: 52 Issue: 10 Tuesday, January 10, 2006

I continue to get emails from folks asking where Hal Lindsey’s International Intelligence Briefing TV show has gone. Although the story has been fairly well covered by the Christian community, it has not yet been picked up by the mainstream.

Hopefully all that will begin to change tonight when Hal makes an appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity and Colmes’ TV program, which airs at 9PM Eastern Standard Time.

Interestingly, the invitation came through Alan Colmes, rather than Sean Hannity. Hal was a guest on Alan Colmes’ radio program earlier this week.

When I say, ‘hopefully’ the story will be picked up by the mainstream, I am hopeful for selfish reasons. I’m tired of seeing my best friend being bashed.

I actually KNOW the details. Hal was forced, at age 76, to choose between his principles and his job. I also know that Hal needed that job.

Contrary to popular belief, Hal is not a wealthy man, despite being one of the best-selling Christian authors in history.

His most famous book, “The Late, Great Planet Earth” was also his first, published in 1969. First-time authors are often forced into really bad deals in order to get published. That book earned millions — for the publisher.

And, although I hate to speak ill of my best friend, Hal’s greatest flaw is that he is too trusting. Over the years, he made millions — for his business agents.

Hal’s only retirement plan is to work until he dies. I know that to be a fact. I know how high his mortgage is on his house, that he drives an imported compact car, and that he works at a pace that I, at 25 years his junior, doubt I could keep up with.

I am going to share what I can of what I know as an ‘insider’ with you. First, Hal NEEDED that job at TBN. It was the flagship of his ministry that drove both his books and tapes and his website ministries. Leaving TBN was a giant leap of faith.

Hal and I wrote the IIB together. I’ve worked on every single broadcast since the very first. I helped develop the format of the program. So, I KNOW the pressure TBN has been putting on the IIB and the program’s complete history with TBN.

When someone responds to TBN’s request to send in money to keep Hal’s program on the air, that money doesn’t go to Hal. One hundred percent is kept by TBN.

TBN pays none of the expenses associated with the program. Hal pays for the research, writing, the news footage B-roll, and all the other production costs. Hal is permitted 90 seconds to promote his books and tapes, website and tours in each broadcast, which provides the lion’s share of his ministry’s support.

I am told that Hal Lindsey’s IIB was TBN’s single largest income-generating program, but I cannot confirm it as fact. What I do know is that it has been among TBN’s top-rated program in the Neilsons since its first broadcast.

TBN’s PTL program broadcasts every day for several hours. The IIB aired for a half-hour once a week. Most weeks, the IIB ratings were higher than PTL’s.

Moreover, we insisted on a disclaimer at the beginning of each broadcast that made it clear that the opinions expressed on the IIB were not those of TBN. It protected TBN from what we said (and distanced us from what else was said on TBN)

So it was a mystery when we started getting pressure from the network to modify our scripts, particularly those dealing with stories about Israel or Islam. Sometimes, the program would be mysteriously ‘pre-empted’ without warning.

To this moment, I can make no logical sense of it. In December, we were informed the program would be suspended for the whole month of December. There was no mention of preemption to ‘air Christmas content’.

When Hal’s show was preempted this time, Hal was told it was because the scripts were ‘too pro-Israel and too anti-Muslim’. When asked by WorldNetDaily, Hal said as much.

When WND asked TBN’s chief counsel John Casoria to confirm the story, Casoria said Hal’s statement was, quote, “absolutely, 100 percent false.” In other words, Hal was lying.

The next day, Casoria admitted a ‘secondary’ reason for preempting the show was that it “placed Arabs in a negative light.” But, Casoria told WND, “the overwhelming reason, he still insists, is TBN requires all its programming during December to have a Christmas theme.

“When a programmer chooses not to do so, they are pre-empted so that TBN can focus its attention on the holidays,” Casoria said. “Hal is very well aware of this.”

Baloney. As noted, I’ve been involved in every single script and broadcast of the IIB since its inception a decade ago. I can say with authority that TBN’s statement that the IIB was preempted every December for Christmas content was an outright lie.

Every year for the past decade we’ve not only aired throughout December, but produced a Christmas edition of the IIB that aired Christmas Week.

Since then, TBN has changed its story again. They now admit the suspension was because they say they felt the program was offending Arabs.

The WND report went on to note that, “Lindsey said in a message to supporters on his website that TBN’s decision is “confusing to me because my message is the same as it has been for the entire 12 years of presenting the IIB program. It has not changed one iota.”

Asked to respond, Casoria said, speaking personally, “Hal Lindsey’s program has clearly changed over the last 12 years, as has Hal Lindsey.”

“If you look at his earlier writings and you look at what he writes today, there is definitely a hard edge,” he said. “That’s my personal feeling.”

Since Hal and I write it together, always have, and there has never been anybody else except me and Hal, whatever ‘hard edge’ the program might have developed regarding Islam was honed by 9/11, not by some spiritual or philosophical shift in Hal Lindsey himself.

TBN notes one of the reasons for suspending the IIB is that TBN broadcasts to a number of Arab countries where they say they are trying to reach Muslims with the Gospel. It is worth noting that the IIB never aired once in any of them.

Hal is far more generous with TBN than I am, and I must respect that. But TBN lied about the reason it suspended its number one program on the network for a reason. It didn’t want to admit to censoring its content to appease Islam. And it certainly didn’t want to admit to censoring pro-Israeli information.

So instead, TBN’s executives told a clumsy, easily-disproved lie about ‘routine’ preemption for Christmas programming, until it could come up with a better lie about Hal making it hard to reach Muslims with the Gospel.

If you are a TBN donor, you might want to reconsider redirecting that support to Hal instead. (Hal Lindsey Media Ministries, P. O. Box 1475, Palm Desert, CA 92261)

Bottom line? TBN demanded that Hal Lindsey compromise his message of support for Israel. They demanded that he adopt a politically-correct attitude regarding Islam so as not to ‘offend’ them by reporting what the Koran really teaches.

Given the choice between compromise and maintaining a comfortable position in his old age, Hal cast his future on the Lord’s shoulders, packed his bags, and stepped out into the unknown — at age 76!

What now for the IIB? Hal told me last night that we have a time slot on the Day Star network. We have rented a studio to produce our own program called ‘The Hal Lindsey Report’ and will shoot our first program at the end of January. I will give you firm times and dates when I have them.

So, that is the insider’s view of what is really going on between TBN and Hal Lindsey. Tonight, Hal will be, as I said, making an appearance on ‘Hannity and Colmes’ on the Fox News Channel at 9 PM EST.

Since this is an ‘insider’s report’ to my friends, please allow me to impose and ask a favor OF my friends.

Please pray for Hal when he is on tonight’s broadcast. Email the program with your comments — the more emails, the better. Let Fox know that you appreciated seeing Hal Lindsey on their network and that you’d like to see more of him.

This is a rare opportunity for us to get the message that Jesus is coming soon out where it is most desperately needed — to the mainstream. Demand more interviews with Hal Lindsey on Fox News.

Who knows? Maybe 2006 is the year the truth might find its way into the mainstream. While there is still time.

Moving To Phase Three . . .

Moving To Phase Three . . .
Vol: 52 Issue: 9 Monday, January 9, 2006

As Ariel Sharon clings to life and Israel’s government is forced into a limbo-like state until they can figure out what to do, the Palestinians are making preparations for the final phase of Yasser Arafat’s Phased Plan For the Destruction of Israel.

According to most mainstream Middle East analysts, PA Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas has lost control of the Palestinian Authority and the PA is in political free-fall.

Abbas’s orders to the security forces are routinely ignored. His policy directives fail to echo through the PA bureaucracy. Even his threats to resign do not cause a ripple.

Abbas has done nothing to impose law and order. PA security forces have failed to take any action against groups aligned with the ruling Fatah movement. The forces have refused to crack down on the Islamic opposition as Hamas and Islamic Jihad gunners maintain missile strikes on Israel. In many cases, PA security officers help Hamas and Jihad in attacks against Israel and Palestinians.

Last week, about 100 PA officers stormed the Rafah border terminal along the Egyptian border in a move that prompted the flight of about 70 European Union monitors.

The officers took over the terminal to stop a rival Fatah faction from fleeing Gaza to Egypt. Earlier, the Fatah faction attacked a police station in Gaza City and an officer was killed.

This week, all eleven major Palestinian terror groups including Fatah and Hamas, announced they would no longer be bound by a so-called “lull” in violence declared in February 2005.

The military wing of Islamic Jihad reported an attempt to manufacture anti-aircraft missiles. A Jihad spokesman said the missiles were designed to strike Israeli fixed-wing and helicopters in the Gaza Strip.

Fatah-sponsored Popular Resistance Committee has reportedly obtained maps of Israel army bases north of the Gaza Strip. It’s military wing, Nasser Salah Eddin Brigades, is planning to carry out attacks deep inside Israel.

There are new reports that Palestinian terrorists are being trained in Syria, Lebanon and Iran before being smuggled back into the Gaza Strip. Weapons experts have undergone training in camps run by Iran and Hezbollah before sneaking back into Gaza to await orders.

Assessment:

In 1974, 12th Session of the Palestinian National Council adopted what is commonly known as the Phased Plan for the Destruction of Israel. In 1993, arguing against the Oslo Accords, Benjamin Netanyahu ticked off the three phases, warning that Oslo was Phase One.

Arafat’s Phased Plan, adopted by the PLO, remember, in 1974, reads thusly:

1. Through the “armed struggle” (i.e., terrorism), to establish an “independent combatant national authority” over any territory that is “liberated” from Israeli rule. (Article 2)

2. To continue the struggle against Israel, using the territory of the national authority as a base of operations. (Article 4)

3. To provoke an all-out war in which Israel’s Arab neighbors destroy it entirely (“liberate all Palestinian territory”). (Article 8)

Hindsight proves Netanyahu was absolutely correct in his assessment of Palestinian intentions when pursuing the Oslo Agreement. Arafat followed the Phased Plan to the letter, using the 1989-1993 terrorist intifada to force Israel into accepting the establishment of the Palestinian Authority (“independent combatant national authority”) to govern the land surrendered by Israel in the ‘land for peace’ agreement hammered out at Oslo.

Arafat died before he could personally bring the plan to Phase 3, but he left his most trusted lieutenants in charge, and they are keeping the faith.

(Both Mahmoud Abbas and Ahmed Queria are signatories to the 1974 Phased Plan, as well as co-founders of Fatah and the PLO with Yasser Arafat)

Sharon’s condition and what it means to their personal visions of the peace process has also paralyzed the various members of the Quartet.

Conditions are ripe for Phase Three. Both the United States and Israel are preparing for possible pre-emptive air strikes against Iran’s nuclear sites before they become operational.

Russia, one of the members of the Quartet is also Iran’s nuclear patron. Any strike against Iran would also be a military strike against Russian interests.

Such a strike would also likely kill a number of Russian nationals working at the target sites. Any airstrike against Iran would trigger a massive Islamic response, particularly from Syria, who legitimately fears it would be next.

A Persian-language Islamic daily hinted in August that Iran has Iranian terrorist cells in place inside the United States as well as in Gaza;

“This country’s military and intelligence agencies must pay serious attention to such statements, and the country’s ability to take preemptive actions against any aggression by its enemies must be improved, ” reported Siyasat-e Ruz.

One of the most important defensive means for the Islamic Republic of Iran is the reinforcement of resistance cells in other countries, especially coordination with such cells within the territory of the United States, that may be used for rapid and strong responses at critical moments. Regarding new policies made by strategic research centers of the Islamic system, IT SEEMS THE WAY IS BEING PAVED TO TAKE THIS MEASURE. (Emphasis mine)

There is an old Chinese curse that says, “May you live in interesting times.”

The Apostle Paul was more direct: “This know also, that in the last days PERILOUS times shall come.” (2nd Timothy 3:1)

Let’s summarize, shall we? Israel is paralyzed by Sharon’s stroke. It has a caretaker government that by law can govern for only 100 days. Since Iran will have by then passed the ‘point of no return’ the decision to launch rests in the hands of a temporary, caretaker government in the throes of an election.

The United States is paralyzed by the Red State/Blue State Civil War. It is unimaginable that the administration could get Congressional authorization for a secret airstrike against Iran before March.

Iran, soon to be a nuclear power, has secret agents inside both Israel and the United States. They are trained as both combatants and saboteurs.

One of the alleged ‘partners’ in the Quartet for Peace is in the cross-hairs of any Israeli, US, or NATO attack on Iranian nuclear sites.

The Palestinians are preparing to launch an all out war against Israel, timed to coincide with Israel’s elections, (and Iran’s date with destiny), together with tactical and military aid supplied by Iran, Syria and Lebanon.

And every single detail was outlined by the Hebrew prophet Ezekiel, two thousand, five hundred years in advance.

Barring some kind of political miracle or direct Divine intervention, it is hard to imagine more perilous times that those facing our world as we go forward into this sixth year of the 21st century.

“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.” (Romans 13:11)