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The Mystery of Parables - Jack Kinsella -
I was challenged with a question that I guess we've all wrestled with at some time or another. Why is the Bible so ambiguous on so many important points of doctrine?
For example, there are three different doctrinal views concerning the Rapture; four different doctrinal views concerning the timing of the Rapture, three different doctrinal views on the Millennial Kingdom, and so on.
Some argue, based on their reading of Scripture, that the Rapture is not taught anywhere in the Bible. They aren't liars or false prophets or false teachers. They sincerely don't believe that the Bible teaches of a Rapture.
The late Dr. Ray Brubaker, based on his reading of Scripture argued in favor of a partial Rapture. In his view, the Lord will return for His Church, but only for that part of it that is living in a state of grace at the time.
Those Christians that are saved, but out of fellowship with the Lord, will be left behind to go through the Tribulation.
This contrasts with the third possibility, which is that every living Christian will be Raptured by the Lord.
Even as good, sincere, Bible believing Christians disagree on whether there will be a Rapture, there are disagreements about when. I believe that the Rapture will occur before the breaking of the First Seal, which is the revelation of the Antichrist. (Daniel 9:27, 2 Thessalonians 2:7, Revelation 6:2)
Others believe the Rapture doesn't take place until after 1/4 of the population has been killed by the first five judgments. This is known as the "Pre-Wrath Rapture." There are others that believe it takes place at the mid-point, others still that are convinced it doesn't happen until the very end.
There are even three different perspectives on the Millennial Kingdom; amillennialism, meaning No Millennial Kingdom. Proponents of this view believe that the Second Coming and the Great White Throne Judgment are concurrent.
Post-millennialists believe that the Bible teaches the Second Coming comes after the Millennium. Pre-millennialists believe the Bible teaches that the Second Coming marks the start of a Thousand Year Kingdom that ends with the Great White Throne Judgment.
These are pretty widely divergent beliefs, given that they all emerged from the same Bible. Each of these views has its champions, and all of them are sincere, devoted and honest seekers of Biblical truth that believe with all their hearts that they have found that truth.
Having found what they believe the Bible really teaches on a particular topic, they naturally want to share that belief with others. After all, that is what we Christians are supposed to do, right? Each one teach one?
That is how Christianity made the leap from twelve Jews in a Roman backwater province to becoming the largest monothesitic faith on earth.
Each one, teach one.
So how can it be that ALL of us read the same Bible, are called by the same Father, saved by the same Son, and led by the same Holy Spirit, and end up with such widely different eschatological doctrines?
We've discussed the word mystery and how it is used in the New Testament before. In New Testament Greek, the word musterion or "mystery" means "something not previously revealed."
Jesus was once asked by His disciples why it was that He sometimes taught using parables, instead of teaching the point outright. He replied;
"And He said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:" (Mark 4:11)
But parables are open to interpretation. Why not just speak in clear, unambiguous terms?
After the Flood, the Bible says that God instructed Noah and his sons to go forth and multiply,to replenish the earth. Genesis Chapter 10 is one of those chapters most of us skip through -- the first verse is a warning that your eyes will glaze over before you hit the last one:
"Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood." (Genesis 10:1)
After that, they begat children that begat children that begat more children . . . (yawn) . . . that had sons with names like Raamah. . . (yawn) . . . and . . .
And we slept right through the answer we're looking for, buried in the middle of the chapter.
"And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar." (Genesis 10:8-10)
Then, where they went after that; Ham, Cush, and Mizraim . . . (yawn) . .and Rezen between Nineveh and . . . (yawn) . . and the Jebusite and the Amorite. . . (ZZZZZZZZ)
. . . ZZZZZ SNORK . . .
And we come to the next chapter, wherein we learn that the "whole earth was of one language and of one speech." (Genesis Chapter 11:1)
If you stayed awake through Chapter Ten, recall that Nimrod started his kingdom in Babel. So Nimrod has gathered all the people that were supposed to go forth and multiply into his kingdom. Remember the time frame. What all those begats in the previous chapter tell us is that the Flood is probably still within living memory.
Nimrod -- the first King of the World -- is in clear defiance of God's admonition to disperse and replenish the earth -- and he says so outright. He announces that he has found a way to defeat God and forestall any future judgment.
"And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth." (Genesis 11:4)
Understand what is happening here. The people like living in Babel. They don't want to obey God, but they don't want to be swept away by another Flood, either. Encouraged by their King, the people are openly defying God, trusting in Nimrod's planned countermeasures against judgment.
To prevent a united population from going into open rebellion and forcing God's Hand of judgment, God confused their languages and separated them into nations.
Now, back to musterion and parables and ambiguity and a dozen sincerely held eschatological doctrinal views.
Prior to the Reformation, Christianity was more or less united under the papacy. The Church became first a tyrant, then a business, then King of the World. During its zenith, no temporal king sat on his throne, except by papal permission.
The King of the World could offer indulgences, which he claimed were countermeasures against judgment in purgatory, a place of punishment invented by the King of the World so he could offer get out of purgatory free cards.
By the time of the Reformation, doctrinal dissention was dealt with by burning dissenters at the stake.
And then, with the Reformation, God's people were scattered once again, only this time, spiritually, into denominations, breaking the power of the King, at least, for a time.
"And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space." (Revelation 17:10)
Ultimately, the Bible says, there will be one more aspirant to the title of King of the World.
"And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition." (Revelation 17:11)
As we count down the generations to the last days, there are all kinds of sincerely held beliefs about how they will play out, according to differing understandings of the very same passages.
This has the effect of keeping us united on the central doctrines of Christianity, which is that one must be born again, while keeping enough doctrinal disunity about the things to come to keep us watchful.
"For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only He who now letteth will let, until He be taken out of the way." (2 Thessalonians 2:7)
At first glance, the ambiguity about the things of the end seems mysterious; why not just tell us exactly what to look for? But the mystery is just enough to keep us all from being united under a clever deceiver.
We Christians are a fractious bunch; apart from salvation by grace through faith in Christ, we don't agree on hardly anything. But we agree that we need a Savior. We agree that the Bible is the Word of God. We agree that we are saved by grace and not works.
"That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ." (Colossians 2:2)
But we'll never agree that we should all come together as one big Christian family. New Testament ambiguity ensures there will never again be a Christian Nimrod.
"Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand." (Matthew 13:13)
Not until 'He who lets' is taken out of the way.
Iran and Those Civil Protests - Alf Cengia -
What's going on with Iran and those civil protests? The recent Iranian civil unrest has drawn some interesting predictions and analyses from the pundits. This is one of those frequent times I'd profit from input from Omega Letter founder Jack Kinsella.
One problem is that there are so many variables and twists and turns to this complicated Middle East scenario. The other problem is that I can't access Jack. Hence there will be no assertive predictions from me!
If we've learned anything from the past ten years or so, it is to expect the unexpected. I've said this before: who would have expected a junior senator to appear out of nowhere and radically impact the US and the Middle East? And what about Donald Trump? My money certainly wouldn't have been on him!
So what about those Iranian protests? In a nutshell, the basic reason for the unrest is the economy. It's no secret that Iran has been channeling funds to Hezbollah and Hamas, rather than passing Obama-Iran-Nuclear-Deal benefits onto its people.
According to Joseph Klein:
The current protests are not led by students and the urban middle class, as was the case during the failed Green Movement in 2009. Nor are today's protests about the legitimacy of a single presidential election, or a battle between so-called "reformers" and hardliners. These are populist protests, initially fueled by economic discontent amongst young people in rural areas, towns and small cities, who have come to despise the entire theocratic establishment.
Following the Iranian protests, several people (e.g., Michael Brown) have rightly noted that Christianity has been growing exponentially in that nation. In fact Back to Jerusalem's Eugene Bach wrote a book (Jesus in Iran) which highlights this decades-old movement.
While there has been an underground movement of the Holy Spirit in Iran, I doubt this is significant to the current protests. Were these violent protests or did the regime respond in violence? Understandably, any information disseminated by the Iranian regime will be sanitized. Nevertheless, we ought to be careful in arriving at conclusions.
My next few thoughts will appear to be going off on a long tangent. But they're somewhat relevant to the discussion. During a Q & A session (24:35 min mark), Theologian Sinclair Ferguson stated that the greatest threat to Christianity today was "Christianity" - even a greater threat than Islam.
Ferguson was taken to task by Islam-critic Robert Spencer. He scolded:
Ferguson is spreading a dangerous message and perpetuating a blindness and navel gazing within the Church. This reduction to irrelevance in the current day has caused the Church to lose numbers, "lose its salt," and lose its compassion for victims of jihad terror. Worst of all is Ferguson's implied message that the world's problems are the fault of Christians.
I respect both gentlemen. Spencer is a recognized expert on Islam. Not a self-professing one, as Wiki pejoratively states. He has bravely warned about the (physical) dangers of Islam for years. But Sinclair Ferguson is correct in this instance.
Ferguson didn't infer that the world's problems are the fault of Christians. He understands the temporal-existential dangers of Islam. What he's referring to is the False Christianity (false gospel) which permeates the West, and which leads to eternal damnation. The way we identify the false is to know the true.
I alluded to Chrislam in a previous article. The gospel is precise regarding salvation and there are biblical warnings about this (Gal 1:8-9; 2 Tim 4:1-4; Jam 3:1). Something resembling Christianity, yet preaching a false gospel, is far more dangerous to one's eternal state than anything obviously opposed to it. That was Ferguson's point.
We can see by the Iranian example (and many others) that Christianity can thrive under oppression - and often because of it. Erwin Lutzer's The Cross in the Shadow of the Crescent is well worth reading on these issues.
One European expert believes Trump may be responsible for the Iranian demonstrations. As an example she cites Reagan and the fall of the Soviet Union. She suggests that the Iranian protests could lead to the downfall of the Islamic Republic. I'm not convinced.
While Iran's economic problems won't go away any time soon, the demonstrations will likely subside. (I've been wrong before). In and out of the Soviet Union example there were reformers helping Reagan's initiative. What would replace the current Iranian regime today? The Saudis might well be happy with the current Iranian civil unrest. Yet if Turkey, Syria and Libya are any indication, we shouldn't assume a change for the better.
Others have pointed to Putin's concerns regarding Russian investments in the region in light of this unrest. Russia has already invested so much into the region that you might say it is hooked to it. Pun intended. Russia needs to stay committed to the region.
Considering all this, Iran is of particular interest to students of biblical eschatology. See the article: What role does Iran play in the end times?
John Haller delivers weekly presentations on issues relating to prophecy. One of these was aptly titled "Powder Keg." It is recommended viewing. The Middle East is a dry powder keg threatening to explode any time. If and when that occurs, the ramifications will be global.
Are we hearing the footsteps of the Lord's return?
Ten Basic Facts About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - By David Harris -
In all the discussion about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict -- and the quest for a solution -- some basic facts are too often missing, neglected, downplayed or skewed.
Not only does this do a disservice to history, but it also contributes to prolonging the conflict by perpetuating false assumptions and mistaken notions.
Fact #1: There could have been a two-state solution as early as 1947. That's precisely what the UN Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP) proposed. Two states, recognizing the presence of two peoples -- and two nationalisms -- in a territory governed temporarily by the United Kingdom.
And the UN General Assembly decisively endorsed the UNSCOP proposal. The Jewish side pragmatically accepted the plan, but the Arab world categorically rejected it.
Fact #2: When Israel declared independence on May 14, 1948, it extended the hand of friendship to its Arab neighbors, as clearly evidenced by its founding documents and statements.
That offer, too, was spurned. Instead, five Arab armies declared war on the fledgling Jewish state, seeking its total destruction. Despite vastly outnumbering the Jews and possessing superior military arsenals, they failed in their quest.
Fact #3: Until 1967, the eastern part of Jerusalem and the entire West Bank were in the hands of Jordan, not Israel. Had the Arab world wished, an independent Palestinian state, with its capital in Jerusalem, could have been established at any time. Not only did this not happen, but there is no record of it ever having been discussed.
To the contrary, Jordan annexed the territory, seeking full and permanent control. It proceeded to treat Jerusalem as a backwater, while denying Jews any access to Jewish holy sites in the Old City, and destroying the synagogues there. Meanwhile, Gaza was under Egyptian military rule. Again, there was no talk of sovereignty for the Palestinians there, either.
Fact #4: In May 1967, the Egyptian and Syrian governments repeatedly threatened to annihilate Israel, as these countries demanded that UN peacekeeping forces be withdrawn from the region. Moreover, Israeli shipping lanes to its southern port of Eilat were blocked, and Arab troops were deployed to front-line positions. The Six-Day War was the outcome -- a war that Israel won.
Coming into possession of the Gaza Strip, Golan Heights, Sinai Peninsula, West Bank and eastern Jerusalem, Israel extended feelers to its Arab neighbors, via third parties, seeking a "land for peace" formula.
The Arab response came back on September 1, 1967, from Khartoum, Sudan, where the Arab League nations were meeting. The message was unmistakable: "No peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, and no negotiations with Israel." Yet another opportunity to end the conflict had come and gone.
Fact #5: In November 1977, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat broke with the Arab rejectionist consensus. He traveled to the Israeli capital of Jerusalem to meet with Israeli leaders, address Israel's parliament and speak of peace.
Two years later, underscoring the lengths to which Israel was prepared to go to end the conflict, a deal was reached, in which Israel -- led, notably, by a right-wing government- yielded the vast Sinai Peninsula, with its strategic depth, oil deposits, settlements and air bases, in exchange for the promise of a new era in relations with the Arab world's leading country.
In 1981, Sadat was slain by the Muslim Brotherhood for his alleged perfidy -- but his legacy of peace with Israel, thankfully, has endured.
Fact #6: In September 1993, Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) reached an agreement, known as the Oslo Accords, offering the hope for peace. But eight months later, PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat confirmed the suspicions of many that he was not honest, when he was caught on tape in a Johannesburg mosque asserting that the agreement was nothing more than a temporary truce until final victory.
Fact #7: In 1994, Jordan's King Hussein, following in the footsteps of Egyptian President Sadat, reached an agreement with Israel, again demonstrating Israel's readiness for peace -- and willingness to make territorial sacrifices when sincere Arab leaders come forward.
Fact #8: In 2000-1, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, leading a left-of-center government and supported by the Clinton administration, offered a groundbreaking two-state arrangement to Arafat, including a bold compromise on Jerusalem.
Not only did the Palestinian leader reject the offer, but he shockingly told Clinton that Jews never had any historical connection to Jerusalem, gave no counter-offer, and triggered a new wave of Palestinian violence that led to more than 1,000 Israeli fatalities (proportionately equivalent to 40,000 Americans).
Fact #9: In 2008, three years after Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon unilaterally withdrew all Israeli soldiers and settlers from Gaza -- only to see Hamas seize control and destroy another chance for co-existence -- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert went even further than Barak in extending an olive branch to the Palestinian Authority.
He offered a still more generous two-state proposal, but got no formal response from Mahmoud Abbas, Arafat's successor. A Palestinian negotiator subsequently acknowledged in the media that the Israeli plan would have given his side the equivalent of 100 percent of the disputed lands under discussion.
Fact #10: At the request of the Obama administration, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to a 10-month freeze on settlement-building in 2010, as a good-faith gesture to lure the Palestinians back to the table. Regrettably, it failed. The Palestinians didn't show up.
Instead, they have since continued their strategy of incitement, attempts to bypass Israel, and face-to-face talks, by going to international organizations instead; denial of the age-old Jewish link to Jerusalem and, by extension, the region; and by providing lifetime financial support for captured terrorists and the families of suicide bombers.
Isn't it high time to draw some obvious conclusions from these facts -- to recognize the many lost opportunities to reach a settlement because of a consistent "no" from one side -- and to call on the Palestinians to start saying "yes" for a change?
The Locusts of the Earth - By Vanessa Panas -
On December 23, 2016, we as a nation, under former President Obama, turned our back on Israel. We abstained from a vote that we traditionally did not abstain from. The Obama administration knew without a doubt that no other nation would step in and defend Israel. This was Obama's parting shot at PM Netanyahu and all of Israel. On that day I thought this nation would certainly be doomed. God said, when speaking of Israel, I will bless those that bless Israel, and curse those who curse Israel. But there are some interesting things I have found in the Bible lately that make me question just exactly what the United States' role is in end-times prophecy.
On August 21, 2017, the United States experienced its first solar eclipse that passed through the United States since 1776, and then 33 days later on September 23, 2017, Revelation 12 was fulfilled - A 2,000 year old prophecy.
"Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth. And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth.
"And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born. She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne. Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days."
The gestation period for a woman from conception through birth, if she conceived on December 23, 2016, would have an estimated due date of September 23, 2017. And then the United States did something stunning just over two months after this gestation period. The President declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel.
We know that Revelation 12 tells us that Satan is waiting and ready to devour the woman's child; the woman of course is Israel. She was conceived in a tribulation of sorts for Israel. One year ago we turned on Israel. We denied them. We denied Jerusalem even belonging to the Jewish people, even though the archeological evidence has always proved otherwise.
The male child was Jesus. Satan has been here waiting to devour since creation. He was in the Garden of Eden to deceive Eve. He was waiting through King Herod to kill Jesus, and now he is about to turn his fury on Israel and the children of God like we have never seen.
God warns those living in Judea and Samaria to flee. What are they fleeing from and where are Judea and Samaria today? Judea and Samaria are in the same place they stood thousands of years ago, and are still named that today by the millions of Jews and Christians alike who live in Israel. What does the rest of the world call Judea and Samaria? "The West Bank," where there is never a day without Palestinians' threatening Jewish lives, and where at any moment another rocket attack could be launched.
If you look at the West Bank, or Judea and Samaria as they are properly called, it's very easy to see why the Jewish people will be surrounded instantly and will try to flee. They will be surrounded by millions of Muslims. The Bible refers to these multitudes of people as locusts.
Revelation 9:3-4, "And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads."
The Ishmaelites were called locusts by God. The Strong's word for "nation" in that verse is "gowy," which figuratively means "a flight of locusts." God told Hagar that He would make a great nation out of Ishmael. Abraham was promised by God that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars, and they are. Abraham is the father of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
There is an Islamic tradition, which says "Locusts fell onto Mohammed's hand, and on the wings of the locusts it was written: "We are the army of the Great God."
The antichrist will not honor a God of his fathers, meaning he does not worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He worships Allah. Allah is not God. Allah is not the same as God. He will for a time try to be God. He will ultimately be destroyed by an army. The Bible calls this nation the most terrible of nations!
Ezekiel 28:7-10 says "Because you have set your heart as the heart of a god, Behold, therefore, I will bring strangers against you, the most terrible of the nations; and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of your wisdom, and defile your splendor. They shall throw you down into the Pit, and you shall die the death of the slain In the midst of the seas.
"Will you still say before him who slays you, 'I am a god'? But you shall be a man, and not a god, in the hand of him who slays you. You shall die the death of the uncircumcised by the hand of aliens; For I have spoken,' says the Lord God."
The most terrible of nations means the strongest militarily, the strongest of fortresses. The word Terrible doesn't mean bad at all in this instance; it means the mightiest. It goes on to say that this country will also be strangers with a foreign God. There is one nation that fits these pieces perfectly. First, it cannot be a nation in Europe, because they are not strangers or aliens from a foreign land. None are what could be considered as the mightiest or most terrible of ALL nations. The Ottoman Empire and Islam swept through many parts of Europe. It is still happening today.
China? It's unlikely that they will be fighting against the antichrist to protect Christians and Jews. They are not the mightiest of nations, the most terrible of nations, nor do they have a foreign god, as many are atheist. The same can be said of North and South Korea. They do not fit.
Russia? They are not strangers in a foreign land, but they are a mighty military force; and the Ottomans warred with Russia for several hundred years. They are on the border with Turkey, where Satan's seat is, and where the Ottoman Empire began. Russia will, I believe, go back to her Orthodox Christian roots, but not yet. They are also siding with Iran. Iran and Turkey will be working together in the future to form the last caliphate.
No country other than the United States is the strongest of nations with a foreign God, AND are strangers. The world's largest Christian population belongs right here in the United States. Who has been the most terrible of nations? We have.
We ended World War 1 and World War 2. The United States dropped two bombs in Japan that pretty much ended the entire war. We had enough. In World War 1 it was the United States that entered the war in 1917, and the war ended in 1918. The United States "shocked and awed" the world as the night sky lit up in Iraq. It was the United States that ended the cold war. We are a powerful nation. We have been a powerful nation since our birth in 1776.
Revelations 12:13-17 "Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood.
"But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."
Are we the two wings of a great eagle that keeps Israel safe through the 3 ½ years? I believe so! The offspring mentioned are Christians. Islamists hate Israel but they hate Christians just as much. Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East. There is genocide happening at the hands of Muslims against Christians. The women are being raped, the children are being murdered, and the men being murdered.
All you have to do to survive is take their "mark." The Shahada is all one has to recite in order to become a Muslim: "There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger." That's it. But what have you done? You lost your soul to save your life. The Shahada is blasphemy. The Shahada is not only said but it's worn on headbands and arm bands. It's written on mosques and it's written over the black stone they worship in Mecca. The Shahada is the mark of the beast.
The Bible tells us that the image of the beast also speaks. Have you thought about how? Everyday across the world the image of the beast does indeed speak through loudspeakers connected to every mosque. It declares God has no son. Blasphemy. It declares the Shahada daily.
Revelation 13:15 "And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed."
That is happening now, and it is only going to get worse. You will be killed if you deny Allah. You will be killed if you laugh at a joke about Allah. You will be killed for making a cartoon image of Allah. You will be killed if you do not deny Christ. That is happening right now.
Last year in Iraq, a busload of Christian men, women and children were pulled from a bus by Islamists. They were told to deny Christ and profess Allah, that they may live. Not one person denied Him, including the children. They were shot to death, every last one of them immediately after refusing to renounce Christ.
There are slave auctions where non-Muslim women are beaten, sold, raped and eventually murdered. There are numerous videos with Islamists purchasing these women. All in the name of Allah. The Koran tells them it is not only their right but they are commanded to rape non-believers. Unlike in Judaism, it is the father who carries the "Muslim gene." In Judaism, the mother is the one who passes down Judaism.
Allahu Akbar does not mean God is great. It means Allah is greater. Greater than who? Ever notice Muslims with one finger held up? This is denial of the Trinity. One god, Allah. By saying Allahu Akbar, they are committing blasphemy. If a Muslim tells you that we worship the same God, they are lying to you.
Lying is also permissible in the Koran if it's used to spread Islam. They say it's the same God; all you have to say is the Shahada, right? Try saying GOD in place of Allah. It won't work. You must say Allah. Why, if they are the same God? I will gladly say there is no God but God. But it's not the same, you will be told. Question it further and you are now an Islamophobe.
Why are globalist countries so upset with the United States? The United States is recognizing Jerusalem and building her military; and the hidden evil deeds of the left are being exposed at record numbers to not be biblical. Something is happening. I don't think the United States will fail or be destroyed. I think the United States plays a significant role in prophecy, and we are seeing this more every day.
I think there has been an awakening in this country. God is not the author of confusion. It's all written here for us. Don't allegorize the literal and literalize the allegory! Jesus is returning and He is returning soon. NOTHING else needs to happen for His return.
Keep a watchful eye towards Turkey and Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the revived Ottoman Empire.
Jesus said no man knows the day or hour but my Father in heaven. We do know the seasons, the times and the signs. Now is the time to get right with God-the time to accept Jesus Christ into your heart and life. Tomorrow may be too late.
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The mission of the G3 Conference is to educate, encourage, and equip for the work of ministry and for the glory of God. Our mission is built upon the foundation of the holy Scriptures and upheld by three pillars – gospel, grace, and glory. It is our goal to see the people who attend the G3 to reach the neighborhoods and the nations with the gospel.