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“It was the best of times and it was the worst of times.”
-Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
The Best of Times?
By many reckonings, it appears to be the best of times in America: We enjoy a robust economy, reinforced by continually advancing technologies. At least one computer in every home, and a personal telephone on almost everyone’s belt. People are buying their 3rd and 4th cars. Our military is the most feared throughout the world. Indeed, in many ways, it seems like the best of times.
Judgment on the Horizon?
However, let’s assess the State of the Union in the mirror of God’s Word. Homosexuality is accepted as simply “an alternative lifestyle.” We murder babies that are socially inconvenient. We change marriage partners like a fashion statement. We have abandoned the sanctity of commitments in our families and in our businesses. Immorality and deceit have come to characterize the highest offices in our land; our politics have condoned and covered up more murders than we dare list. Our public enterprises have been prostituted to the convenience of the elite. Our mainline media takes pride in forming public opinion rather than informing it, which had been its sacred role in a representative republic. Our culture has disconnected character from destiny. Our entertainments celebrate adultery, fornication, violence, aberrant sexual practices and every imaginable form of evil. We have become the primary exporters of everything that God abhors.
One of the major theological mysteries is why hasn’t God judged America? The parallels in Bible (Cf. Hosea 4-14; Isaiah 5; et al) would suggest that it is long overdue. The only ostensible answer is God’s commitment in Genesis 12:2-3, in which He promises Abraham that He “will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curseth thee.” It may well be that America has been spared-so far-due to its support of the nation of Israel. But that, too, may be short lived...
Conspicuous by Its Absence?
One of the mysteries in the Biblical prophetic scenario, is where does America appear?
The final battle-the Battle of Armageddon-is a four-power conflict: triggered by the “Kings of the South” (Egypt?), responded to by the “Kings of the North” (Syria? Russia? ...various opinions), and dominated by a Western Confederacy (The Antichrist, et al) until the “Kings of the East” are drawn in.
Where is the United States? There are many conjectures among scholars. Some assume that we will ultimately be somehow associated with the Western Confederacy. The continuing erosion of our constitutional republic, plus the increasing move toward a police state to “fight terrorism,” seems consistent with the growing tide toward a global government.
Others assume that America simply will not be a major player at that time. As variations of this second view, some suggest that America will have become economically and militarily less relevant by then. Others (disturbed by the hint in Ezekiel 39:6), fear that we may have been the subject of a major nuclear exchange over the growing tensions in the Middle East.
Life Cycle of Nations
As we study the rise and fall of nations, there is a disturbing sequence throughout history. The sequence of nations, as observed by Alexander Tyler, 1750, follows a predictable pattern “from bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependency; from dependence back again into bondage." It is hard to deny that we may well be at the zenith of that sequence. If you ask the average American what is the biggest problem facing our nation, Is it ignorance or apathy? He will likely answer, “I don’t know and I don’t care!”
It remains to be seen whether the wake-up call of September 11, 2001, will prove to be more effective than simply a brief spasm of patriotism, or whether it may lead to a more serious revival and return to our heritage. In any case, we each need to prepare and to rise to the opportunities that present themselves for a spiritual revival and we must begin with ourselves. God has declared an immutable principle:
If my people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14
Notice that this isn’t addressed to the Congress, or the Administration, or to the pagan left. It is addressed to His people, who are called by His name. It is the members of the Body of Christ that are standing in the way of what God would prefer to do in our land. A revival needs to begin with us.
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Obama’s Tanking Approval Rate Pulls Down Democrats, Poll Finds - President Obama’s approval rate is taking a plunge and he is pulling Democratic lawmakers down with him, a new Quinnipiac University national poll finds. The president’s job approval score is currently at 38 percent according to the poll released Tuesday, down from 39 percent in a Nov. 12 poll. The president’s approval among young voters ages 18-29 has dropped to 41 percent and he is hovering at 50 percent among Hispanic voters. He is in single digits with Republicans at 6 percent, 30 percent with independents and 70 percent with Democrats.
High Court Ends Liberty University Lawsuit Over ObamaCare - The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a challenge to ObamaCare brought by a Virginia-based Christian university, ending for now one of the biggest remaining legal fights against the health care law. The justices, in turning away the lawsuit from Liberty University and leaving in place a federal appeals court ruling dismissing it, did not comment on their decision.
American High School Students Slip in Global Education Rankings - The influential Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has just released its much-awaited triennial study of global education systems, and once again, the U.S. earns bad grades. According to the study, American 15 year-olds tested were average in reading and science skills, below-average in math.
End of an Era: Last U.S. Lead Smelter to Close in December - In December, the final primary lead smelter in the United States will close. The lead smelter, located in Herculaneum, Missouri, and owned and operated by the Doe Run Company, has existed in the same location since 1892.
Report: America Spied on Israeli Military - The United States National Security Agency (NSA) spied on “high priority Israeli military targets,” the New York Times has reported. The report is based on documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Government Awards More Contracts to Company That Created Glitchy ObamaCare Website - CGI Federal Inc, the company that created large parts of the error-plagued ObamaCare exchange website, which it says it is scrambling to fix, has recently been awarded several other government contracts. Since the ObamaCare exchange website launched on Oct. 1, government officials have signed at least five different agreements with CGI totaling $7 million.
Obama Admin. Knew Millions Would Not Be Able To Keep Their Health Insurance - The Obama administration has known for at least three years that millions of Americans would not be able to keep their current health care plans, despite repeated promises to the contrary made by President Barack Obama, NBC News reports, citing sources “deeply involved” in Obamacare.
Ex-CIA chief: No solution to EMP attack - Contrary to the findings of a 2008 commission mandated by Congress to consider a defense against an electromagnetic pulse attack and its effects on the national grid, a retired Air Force general who also headed the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency says that there isn’t a solution to an EMP attack.
NSA “monitored 60m Spanish calls in a month” - The US National Security Agency (NSA) secretly monitored 60 million phone calls in Spain in one month, Spanish media say. The reports say the latest allegations came from documents provided by the fugitive US analyst Edward Snowden. They say the NSA collected the numbers and locations of the callers and the recipients, but not the calls’ content.
Report: US Hacked Into UN Video Conferencing, Spied on EU - A German magazine reported Sunday that the National Security Agency secretly monitored the United Nations’ New York headquarters by hacking into the organization’s video conferencing system. The weekly Der Spiegel cited documents provided by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden that show the European Union and International Atomic Energy Agency were targets of the U.S. spying effort.
White House to Hold First-Ever Bisexual Issues Roundtable - The White House is set to hold a roundtable event next month exclusively dedicated to issues facing the bisexual community, the first of its kind for the Obama administration, the Washington Blade first reported.
Pentagon Labels Founding Fathers, Conservatives as Extremists - George Washington would not be welcome in the modern U.S. military. Neither would Thomas Jefferson or Benjamin Franklin, according to Department of Defense training documents that depict the Founding Fathers as extremists and conservative organizations as “hate groups.”
Administration Missing Dozens of ObamaCare Deadlines - The Obama administration apparently has missed half its own deadlines for implementing the health care overhaul, according to a report that suggests the recent delay of a key insurance mandate is hardly an outlier. The finding was included in a Congressional Research Service report, and first published in an article on Forbes.com. The nonpartisan congressional research unit examined 82 deadlines that the Affordable Care Act imposed on the administration, and found the administration missed exactly half of them.
Diplomats Punished for Benghazi Back on Job - “Secretary of State John Kerry has determined that the four State Department officials placed on administrative leave by Hillary Clinton after the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi do not deserve any formal disciplinary action,” reports Daily Beast. The news site says Kerry, “has asked them to come back to work at the State Department starting [today].”
NSA Tool Collects ‘Nearly Everything a User Does on the Internet’ - A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals—its “widest-reaching” system for developing intelligence from the Internet—according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden, Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald reported Wednesday.
Caught! Immigration Bill Shackles Border Agents - A truckload of young Hispanic men is spotted by a U.S. Border Patrol agent rumbling down a dusty road a mile north of the Mexican border toward El Paso, Texas. How should the agent respond? Under the immigration-reform bill currently under consideration by Congress, Border Patrol agents or any other law-enforcement officer who stops such a vehicle to demand identification might be found in violation of the law.
US Appeals Court Decides Jerusalem is Not in Israel - The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the State Department’s policy of refusing to list Israel as the place of birth on US passports for citizens born in Jerusalem. Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson authored the decision by the three-judge panel, stating that the power to recognize foreign governments and their control over specific territory is the exclusive province of the executive branch.
Hobby Lobby Wins Injunction Stopping Enforcement of HHS Mandate - Last Friday, a federal court granted Hobby Lobby a preliminary injunction against the HHS abortion-drug mandate. The injunction prevents the Obama administration from enforcing the mandate against the Christian company, which does not want to be compelled to pay for birth control or drugs that may cause abortions. This victory comes less than a month after a landmark decision by the full 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled 5-3 that Hobby Lobby can exercise religion under the First Amendment and is likely to win its case against the mandate. That decision helped the Christian craft store not be force to pay fines while its lawsuit continues.
IRS Scandal: One Step Removed From the White House - IRS employees were ordered by their superiors—including Lois Lerner who pleaded the 5th Amendment against self-incrimination rather than testify in Congress—to send certain Tea Party tax-exemption applications to the office of the IRS’s Chief Counsel, which was headed by William Wilkins, who at that time was the only Obama political appointee at the IRS, according to a letter released today by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Fuller Seminary Allows First LGBT Campus Group - Fuller Theological Seminary in California has approved an official student organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. The decision sparked debate in the larger world of Christian colleges. Although other Christian schools have approved similar organizations, Fuller is the first evangelical seminary to do so.
Pedophiles Want Same Rights as Homosexuals - Using the same tactics used by “gay” rights activists, pedophiles have begun to seek similar status arguing their desire for children is a sexual orientation no different than heterosexual or homosexuals. Critics of the homosexual lifestyle have long claimed that once it became acceptable to identify homosexuality as simply an “alternative lifestyle” or sexual orientation, logically nothing would be off limits. “Gay” advocates have taken offense at such a position, insisting this would never happen.
Big Brother: Obama Orders Federal Workers to Spy on Each Other - In an initiative aimed at rooting out future leakers and other security violators, President Barack Obama has ordered federal employees to report suspicious actions of their colleagues based on behavioral profiling techniques that are not scientifically proven to work, according to experts and government documents.
Obama Threatens to Veto Bill Banning Abortions After 20 Weeks - President Barack Obama has issued a veto threat of a bill the House of Representatives will vote on this week that would ban abortions from after 20-weeks all the way to birth. The White House this afternoon issued a Statement of Administration Policy indicating President Obama’s advisors would recommend that he veto the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act if it were presented for his signature.
FBI, NSA Said to be Secretly Mining Data from Nine U.S. Tech Giants - Citing a leaked presentation intended for only senior analysts within the NSA’s Signals Intelligence Directorate, which was then obtained by the Post, this was all done since 2007 under a highly-classified program dubbed “PRISM”.
IRS Exempts Terror Front Group Over Tea Party - At the same time the Internal Revenue Service delayed or denied requests for tax-exempt status from hundreds of conservative non-profit groups, it was quietly restoring the tax-exempt status of an Islamist front group accused of collaborating with terrorists.
Colorado Democrat Sen. Morse Fights Gun-Based Recall - The organizers of an effort to recall Colorado Senate President John Morse turned in Monday more than twice the number of signatures required to force a special election, possibly setting the stage for an expensive, national battle over gun control.
DHS Flags Tweets About “Militia,” But Not “Jihad” - You can thank the Electronic Privacy Information Center for forcing DHS to release its list of “keywords” that are used to by its agents to monitor you on Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites. Words included such innocuous terms as: “militia,” “exercise,” “cops,” “national security” and “facility.” Interestingly and of note, “jihad” was not included, nor were the words “Middle East,” “Arab,” “Muslim,” “terrorist” or “pressure cooker.” Perhaps those are on a different DHS red flag list?
Biometric Database of All Adult Americans Hidden in Immigration Reform - The immigration reform measure the Senate began debating would create a national biometric database of virtually every adult in the U.S., in what privacy groups fear could be the first step to a ubiquitous national identification system. Buried in the more than 800 pages of the bipartisan legislation is language mandating the creation of the innocuously-named “photo tool,” a massive federal database administered by the Department of Homeland Security and containing names, ages, Social Security numbers and photographs of everyone in the country with a driver’s license or other state-issued photo ID.
Interpretation of U.S. Constitution will “Have to Change” - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg believes that the Boston Marathon bombings have created a unique scenario—one in which traditional interpretations of the U.S. Constitution must change. The politician claims that the most recent attack calls for a new paradigm.
Official Warning Against Christians - This weekend, an email written by Ron Trowbridge, the undersheriff of Prowers County, Colorado, started sweeping some of the viral corners of the internet. It alleges that a Colorado State Police training encouraged law enforcement officials to look at Bible-believing Christians with intense skepticism.
Special Forces Commander: ”Constabulary Force“ Coming - There have been plenty of theories about why the Department of Homeland Security is buying billions of bullets. Maybe they actually do have a destination, according to a U.S. Special Forces commander. He’s actually warning of a “constabulary force to control the population.”
John Brennan Chooses Not to Use Bible for Swearing In as CIA Director - When Vice President Joe Biden performed the swearing in ceremony of John Brennan in the White House’s Roosevelt Room on Friday, the new CIA director chose to put his hand on a copy of the Constitution—before it included the Bill of Rights—and not a Bible. Hours after the ceremony that took place behind closed doors on Friday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest drew reporters’ attention to the use of a copy of the Constitution, and not the Bible.
‘Assault Weapons’ Ban Just The Beginning - A new video released by conservative activist Jason Mattera will surely have gun rights advocates up in arms. In an exchange with Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) that was caught on camera last month but only released Monday, the Democratic politician spoke openly about her gun control views, noting that current proposals are only the beginning.
USDA 'Sensitivity Training': Pilgrims Were Illegal Aliens - Washington watchdog Judicial Watch has obtained videos of seminars for U.S. Department of Agriculture
employees with an instructor explaining that the "Pilgrims were illegal aliens."
The organization said the "Cultural Sensitivity Training" demanded USDA employees bang on tables, chant "The
pilgrims were illegal aliens" and were instructed no longer to use the word "minorities."
The training, done on a government contract by Samuel Betances, told the workers that they should say
"emerging majorities" instead.
According to JW's report, "The sensitivity training sessions, described as 'a huge expense' by diversity
awareness trainer and self-described 'citizen of the world' Samuel Betances, were held on USDA premises.
Hillsdale College Offers Free American Heritage Online Classes - Hillsdale College reaches nearly half-a-million people with its online courses on the Constitution and
America's founding principles. This respected conservative college (est. 1844) is offering a free, not-for-
credit American Heritage online course to teach the principles of liberty necessary to preserve the republic
of the United States of America. Lectures are delivered by members of Hillsdale's history
department faculty. The 40-minute lectures will be released every Monday starting Feb 25.
Justice Dept Memo Says Gun Ban Efforts Don't Work - Gun control may still be very much a topic for national conversation, and the prospects of some variety of
gun control legislation may look better for anti-gun forces than they have in nearly 20 years, but a Justice
Department internal memo from early in the year that just got leaked to the public may scuttle all of that.
The memo comes from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), a subgroup within the Justice Department. The
memo takes aim at nearly every form of gun control proposed by the Obama administration and its allies in
Congress, and systematically shoots it all down (no pun intended).
Dr. Benjamin Carson's Prayer Breakfast Speech - The director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Dr. Benjamin Carson delivered a much-
watched speech at the National Prayer Breakfast on February 7, promoting education and politely discouraging
the chains of political correctness. He was invited for three reasons, according to the emcee: "He loves
Jesus, he has a compelling life story, and he is a distinguished man of science and healing." His speech
begins at 34:20. Other notable speakers include Elizabeth Dole and U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert. Olympic
champion Gabby Douglas gives the final prayer in Jesus' name.
Boy Scouts Delay Vote on Gay Members - The Boy Scouts of America's national executive board said Wednesday that it is delaying a vote on changes to the group's ban on gay scouts and leaders, amid pressure from
religious groups that say more discussion is needed. The board delayed until the Scouts' May annual meeting the decision on a proposal to let local groups that charter Scout
troops create their own rules on gay membership. The proposal was on the agenda at the board's meeting that started this week in Irving, Texas, the Dallas suburb where the
Scouts are based.
City East Of L.A. Purchases High Powered Rifles For School Officers - Fontana Unified School District police purchased 14 of the Colt LE6940 rifles last fall, and they were
delivered the first week of December, a week before a gunman killed 26 students and educators at a
Connecticut elementary school. "I think it just further solidified the need to give our officers the tools
they need to respond to an active shooter on campus," schools Police Chief Billy Green said Wednesday about
the tragedy. "If someone were to come onto one of our school campuses and kill our students ... and they were
wearing body armor or were equipped with a rifle, our officers were not properly equipped to respond to the
danger," Green said.
House GOP Anticipates Hostile Years Ahead - "We're expecting here, over the next 22 months, to be the focus of this administration as they attempt to
annihilate the Republican Party," Boehner said Tuesday at a private luncheon hosted by The Ripon Society.
Boehner lamented, recalling a moment when Mr. Obama told him that health care was a larger problem than
government spending. "It gives you some idea of the challenge that we're facing." The speaker said that as
the GOP pursues an agenda of fiscal responsibility, tax reform and economic growth, "We're going to be doing
it in an environment that is going to be far [more] hostile than anything that I think we've seen for a long,
long time. And we're going to have to make some big decisions about how we as a party take on this
Teacher Fired For Giving Curious Child A Bible - A Phillipsburg, N.J. substitute teacher has been terminated for the year after sharing a Bible verse with a student and subsequently giving the child a Bible.
The school board's Monday decision follows an October incident in which Walter Tutka quoted the Bible saying, "So the last will be first, and the first will be last" to a student who was last in line to leave the classroom, WFMZ reports. The student reportedly inquired about the origin of the statement numerous times before Tutka produced his personal copy of the New Testament to show the student.
When the student mentioned he didn't own a Bible, Tutka offered his, Fox News reports. The student accepted the gift, but later returned it to Tutka, according to The Express-Times.
Tutka's supporters argue that the Bible exchange was a gift, adding that the school board is violating its own religion policy by being hostile toward a particular religion through terminating Tutka.
Roe v Wade - 150 Years After Emancipation Proclamation - 'This year, in addition to marking the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, we also mark the sad anniversary of a court decision that is in many ways the antithesis of what was announced by Lincoln and guaranteed by the blood and struggle of our soldiers: the dignity of each human life. Forty years ago, seven Supreme Court justices declared that abortion was a "right," thereby reducing human life to a commodity that could be dissected into sterile, three-month packages and assigned varying levels of importance. The idea that the unborn child was also worthy of a similar battle didn't occur to me until I became old enough to hear in the rhetoric of the pro-choice movement the same callous arrogance that typified the conversation of slave holders. To the abortion rights advocates, who were savvy enough to kidnap the word "choice," a child is not a child until it is actually born...'
National Cathedral To Host Same Sex Weddings - The Washington National Cathedral, where the nation gathers to mourn tragedies and celebrate new presidents,
will soon begin hosting same-sex marriages. Cathedral officials tell
The Associated Press the church will be among the first Episcopal congregations to implement a new rite of
marriage for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members.
The New Year Brings New ObamaCare Taxes - The third wave of ObamaCare taxes began on January 1, the latest blitz before the tsunami of changes from the health overhaul law hit in 2014. These new and higher taxes are
being levied to partially pay for ObamaCare's massive new subsidies for private health insurance and expansion of Medicaid. The most controversial of the latest ObamaCare taxes
is the Medical Device Tax that hits entrepreneurial firms making equipment such as heart valves and hip replacement parts. They face a 2.3% profit on gross sales - a tax they
must pay even if they have no profit at all. The new Flexible Spending Account Tax limits the amount of money that workers can set aside tax-free for medical costs. ObamaCare
sets the cap at $2,500. Beginning January 1, ObamaCare also tightens the screws on Itemized Medical Deductions. The drip-drip-drip of the law's taxes, mandates, and dislocations
will continue, and 2013 likely will see a new attempt to delay, divert, defund, and dismantle the law.
U.S. National Debt Nears Dangerous Levels - The national debt clock is spinning faster every year. At last check, it was approaching $16.4 trillion. Just
four years ago, it was $10.6 trillion. As of today, every household in the United States owes about $140,000
of this debt. The country is borrowing roughly $6 billion every day, and $239 million every hour. This year,
for every dollar in revenue the federal government brought in, it spent two dollars and six cents. John
Taylor, a Stanford University economist, said because of the interest on the debt, time is running out to
deal with the problem.
"There's lots of people that will lend to us so far as long as our debt doesn't get so large they become
suspicious that we'll pay it back," he said. "If we don't correct this problem, interest will tend to
dominate our whole spending - it'll be greater than defense or Social Security. We have history to guide us.
When debt gets too high, people are skeptical about lending, then you run into a crisis like we've seen in
Greece and many other countries. So it's dangerous when it gets too high, and we are moving close to that
dangerous level every day."
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