Wednesday, July 1, 2015

KNOCK, KNOCK God, Can You Hear Me?

An interesting article from http://www.ucg.org/ about prayer. This follows this post about the judgment of God. This follows this post about the Supreme Court..For a free magazine subscription or to get the books recommended for free click HERE! or call 1-888-886- 8632.
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KNOCK, KNOCK

God, Can You Hear Me?

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Have you ever lied to your parents? Let an expletive slip out in front of them? “Borrowed” something from them and never gave it back? If you're human, you likely have. Did you feel guilty and sincerely let them know how sorry you were? Most parents graciously listen to their children with open ears and welcome them with warm arms.
But what about even more serious infractions that we've committed against God's law? How does God respond? Consider the story of King David, who many years ago faced such a situation. He was a powerful king, like a president and a Donald Trump rolled into one. Opulent furnishings and the best items money could buy were his lifestyle.
But David, consumed with desire over a woman who was not his own, blindly conspired to murder an innocent man. David sent Bathsheba's husband to the front lines of a bitter war, where the husband was fatally wounded according to plan.
Far more serious than missing a late-night curfew or borrowing money from his mother's purse, David had killed a man and now he felt guilty for his sin. What did he say? How could he ever pray to God again? More importantly, would God listen?
From the day he was born, God was with David. As 1 Chronicles 11:9 1 Chronicles 11:9So David waxed greater and greater: for the LORD of hosts was with him.
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explains: “So David went on and became great, and the Lord of hosts was with him.” Clearly, God chose David out of thousands of men, and David knew that God was with him. But when faced with the temptation of passion, David succumbed to his desire and murdered.
But as much as David sinned, his conviction to change was even greater. Reflecting a repentant spirit, David wrote: “O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger, nor chasten me in Your displeasure. Have mercy on me, O L ord, for I am weak; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are troubled. My soul also is greatly troubled; but You, O Lord—how long?…I am weary with my groaning; all night I make my bed swim; I drench my couch with my tears. My eye wastes away because of grief” (Psalms 6:1-3 Psalms 6:1-3 1 O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger, neither chasten me in your hot displeasure. 2 Have mercy on me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed. 3 My soul is also sore vexed: but you, O LORD, how long?
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No one knew David's conviction better than God. How do we know God listened to David's knocking? Because when David repented, God listened to him with open ears and welcoming arms and allowed David to live and forgave him. God believed in David and in his commitment to change. He will also believe in yours.
Secular society and its accompanying influences present a range of circumstances to cause us to falter. Many times, we overcome. Other times, we do not. And yet we can have the confidence to walk humbly to our spiritual Father and say, “I'm sorry. This can't happen again, and I am convicted to change.”
Moreover, we have further assurance in knowing that God will never leave us. “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion” (1 Peter 5:6-8 1 Peter 5:6-8 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care on him; for he cares for you. 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour:
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God definitely wants to forgive us. So the next time you knock, rest assured He hears. VT

July 4 Islam Terror Threat Gains Cred: Another Indicator Muslim Immigration Endangers Americans

An interesting article from www.vdare.com about the July 4 terror threat.  This follows this post about Spanish media and Donald Trump. This follows this post about Ann Coulter's book. This follows this post about the TPA in the Senate. Remember, “Amnesty” means ANY non-enforcement of existing immigration laws! This follows this comment and this post about how to Report Illegal Immigrants! Also, you can read two very interesting books HERE.
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July 4 Islam Terror Threat Gains Cred: Another Indicator Muslim Immigration Endangers Americans


People who are wired in about hostile Muslims residing in America have been making the rounds for televised interviews, warning Americans to watch for murderous jihadists crashing the Independence Day party. Apparently there’s a lot of bad chatter going on among allah’s gangsters here and around the world.
Rep Peter King, Chair of the House Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, observed in a Newsmax TV interview on Tuesday, “In the last week or 10 days, there’s been five ISIS operatives arrested in New York City. Now that’s not coincidental. It’s one thing you say someone’s a lone wolf. You don’t find five lone wolves operating together at the same time.”
Below is a photo of some of those arrested persons that was shown during the King interview. I was able to identify three of four of the diverse young men; left to right: Alaa Saadeh, Fareed Mumuni, Samuel Rahamin Topaz.
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Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Mike McCaul, remarked during a Tuesday interview, “I think we’re in one of the highest threat environments that I’ve seen in quite some time. The volume is very high. The recent arrests we had, particularly here in New York where we sit, just yesterday — it seems like every week we roll up some ISIS follower here in the United States.”

In addition, jihad-associated arrests are up overall. Patrick Poole has been keeping a list and the increase is large: Number of Islamic Terror-Related Arrests in 2015 Surpasses Previous Two Years Combined.
Maybe we have enough Muslim immigrants then. The normal process of assimilation seems not to work with many of them, maybe because they envision immigration as a strategy to conquer more territory for allah, known in Islam as hijra.
Islam is at war with us, a fact that Obama pretends isn’t happening, or doesn’t care, judging by the open borders. As former SEAL Rob O’Neill remarked the other day, “They remember they are at war with us even though we sometimes forget. Yeah, they’re going to hit us here.”
In fact, Islam is America’s oldest enemy as defined by the nation’s first foreign conflict, namely the Barbary Wars against Muslim pirates who captured and enslaved 1.5 million Europeans and Americans over two centuries. President Thomas Jefferson sent the navy to clean out the Muslims’ bases in North Africa to make the seas safe for Christians to travel.
So when Americans are warned of danger in normal public celebrations of our nation’s independence, then we definitely have too many Muslim immigrants and should stop admitting them immediately.
July 4 terrorist attack on U.S. soil a legitimate threat, officials warn, By Maggie Ybarra, Washington Times, June 29, 2015
Former CIA director alarmed as more Americans align with Islamic State
U.S. intelligence officials and lawmakers are worried that chatter about a terrorist attack on U.S. soil this Fourth of July may be more than just talk.
The FBI has arrested at least 10 U.S. citizens in three weeks who were plotting various attacks on the homeland on behalf of the Islamic State group, and the Department of Homeland Security issued a joint bulletin with the FBI last week putting local law enforcement agencies across the country on heightened alert.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re sitting here a week from today talking about an attack over the weekend in the United States,” former CIA Deputy Director Michael J. Morell said Monday on “CBS This Morning.” “That’s how serious this is.”
Mr. Morell said he was more concerned than usual about the alert partly because of the growing number of people in the U.S. who align themselves spontaneously and via the Internet with the Islamic State group, also known by the acronyms ISIS and ISIL.
“I’m worried about this one,” he said.
Most U.S. recruits who have heeded the siren calls of the radical extremist organization planned to kill soldiers at military facilities and attempted to assail law enforcement officers. These calls often are proliferated through social media messages, an online magazine and other Internet-based propaganda.
Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, 116 homegrown jihadi plots have been uncovered in the U.S. and more than half of them have been in the past three years, said Rep. Michael T. McCaul, Texas Republican and chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.
In the FBI’s latest arrest, a New Jersey man was charged Monday with conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State group and trying to persuade a witness to lie to the FBI. The man’s brother traveled to the Middle East in May to join the terrorist group and was arrested in Jordan, authorities said.
“This is not bin Laden with couriers now. This is a new generation of terrorists using the Internet in a very savvy way to attack the West and also get in the homes and in the basements in the United States to radicalize individuals and then call them up as sleeper cells to attack Americans,” Mr. McCaul told “Fox News Sunday.”
Mr. McCaul said there has been an uptick in “chatter” about possible attacks over the July Fourth holiday weekend. Although Americans ought to enjoy parades and other events, he said, they should “remain vigilant during these celebrations.”
Though the Islamic State propaganda machine hasn’t had much success in inspiring lone-wolf attacks in the U.S., its followers have committed much more mayhem in other countries, most recently in a series of attacks Friday in Kuwait, Tunisia and France.
A suicide bomber sympathetic to the Islamic State attacked one of Kuwait City’s most prominent Shiite mosques, killing 27 worshippers and injuring more than 200. A gunman killed 38 people, at least 18 of them Britons, in a rampage on a Tunisian beach frequented by European tourists. In France, a Muslim beheaded his boss, took a selfie with the severed head and then unsuccessfully tried to use a truck to blow up a U.S.-owned chemical warehouse.
British Prime Minister David Cameron responded to the Tunisia attack by calling the Islamic State group an “existential threat.”
A war against the Islamic State, he said, would be “the struggle of our generation, and we have to fight it with everything we can.”
In the Daily Telegraph, he specified that this means becoming “more intolerant of intolerance” among Muslim preachers, “rejecting anyone whose views condone the Islamist extremist narrative and create the conditions for it to flourish.”
Public schools and other official bodies would take steps starting this week to “identify and tackle” radicalization, he said.
The Islamic State issued a “call to arms” for attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which began June 17 and ends July 17. The Islamic State group is also celebrating the first anniversary of establishing a caliphate, or an Islamic government, led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The coincidence of the timings is another reason Mr. Morell said these threats may be likelier than usual to result in an attack.
In addition, analysts note, the Islamic State looks more than ever like the “strong horse” in Osama bin Laden’s formulation.
“Radical Islamists with a propensity to engage in terror have always been embedded in the country, but they have not heeded a call to action until now,” said Jeff Addicott, director of the Center for Terrorism Law at St. Mary’s University in Texas. “This is because ISIS is able to inspire them because of its success in establishing an actual caliphate.”
Nevertheless, local law enforcement in the U.S. remains on guard.
“We don’t want to scare the public or send out false alarms, but we do know that the terrorist groups tend to capitalize on holidays, on events, on something that would make their issue more in the forefront, so if we were to have an event somewhere occur on the Fourth of July, that would play into their strategy,” said Donny Youngblood, sheriff of California’s Kern County and president of the Major County Sheriffs’ Association.
Citing national security concerns, Mr. Youngblood declined to detail what the FBI and Homeland Security bulletin said or what specific preparations his team was making.
Law enforcement departments will respond to potential threats in a variety of ways, said Sheriff Dave Mahoney of Dane County, Wisconsin.
For example, many deputies who work for the Dane County Sheriff’s Office are part of a regional response team and are trained to react to bomb threats. Those deputies have specialty skills and are trained to work with explosive ordnance devices or use their tactical intelligence skills to mitigate a threat, he said. That dual-purpose team of deputies also has the equipment necessary to react to a potential terrorist attack, Sheriff Mahoney said.
“They may be on patrol, but they’ll have their equipment to respond to whatever that specialty need is,” he said. “Some agencies have a dedicated team, but more and more today it’s becoming difficult, you know, unless you’re a large metropolitan agency, to have dedicated resources.”
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said federal law-enforcement agencies issued the bulletin to say the department was “encouraging all law enforcement to be vigilant and prepared. We will also adjust security measures, seen and unseen, as necessary to protect the American people.”
Former CIA Director Michael V. Hayden said the best form of homeland defense is through an aggressive offense against Islamist terrorist groups in the Middle East.
“What we’re going to have to do is disrupt the ISIS narrative,” Mr. Hayden told Fox News.
“Right now, they look as if because they’ve been so successful on the battlefield, it looks like they are acting as the will and hand of God. I think we need to turn that around. We need to inflict battlefield defeats on them in their homeland, so that they’re not nearly as attractive to these kinds of folks globally,” he said.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

How Will God Judge the World?

An interesting article from http://www.ucg.org/ about the judgment of God. This follows this post about the Supreme Court. This follows this post about the gay agenda.For a free magazine subscription or to get the books recommended for free click HERE! or call 1-888-886- 8632.
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How Will God Judge the World?

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If you or I were to seriously harm another person (hypothetically speaking), in the Western world we would be brought before a judge and jury to receive an appropriate punishment. The prosecuting attorney would emphasize the tragic condition of the innocent victim, and the defense lawyer would point out any extenuating circumstances in a plea for the perpetrator. Motive would be argued by these two lawyers.
Any witnesses would be called to testify either for or against the accused. The judge would disallow inappropriate testimony. Finally the jury would retire to consider the case in private. In due time, if they had been convinced by the prosecutor's arguments, they would return to court with a guilty verdict. The sentence would be handed out by the judge on a later date.
This oversimplified fictional scenario pretty much sums up the way in which many conceive of the subject of judgment—usually with undue emphasis on the final verdict and sentencing. The popular concept runs very negatively.
But what does God's inspired Word teach? The rendering of “eternal judgment” in the Bible is a far more serious matter than, say, ruling on the petty misdemeanors that normally characterize a Judge Judy courtroom. Our final destiny is seriously at stake! Just what does Scripture say regarding God's judgment of the world?

God is the Judge

In pleading for any righteous individuals in wicked Sodom, the patriarch Abraham asked God, “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Genesis 18:25 Genesis 18:25That be far from you to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from you: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
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). There were not even 10 righteous persons in Sodom, but God spared “righteous Lot” (2 Peter 2:7 2 Peter 2:7And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
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The New Testament also tells us that “God [is] the judge of all” (Hebrews 12:23 Hebrews 12:23To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
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). Jesus Christ revealed that God the Father is “Lord of heaven and earth” (Matthew 11:25 Matthew 11:25At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hid these things from the wise and prudent, and have revealed them to babes.
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). As always, He remains the ultimate authority, presiding over the entire universe and everything in it, visible and invisible. Our eternal destiny is in His capable hands.
Yet the Father delegates the awesome responsibility of judging human beings to His beloved Son: “For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son”(John 5:22 John 5:22For the Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment to the Son:
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, emphasis added throughout). This is because Jesus actually lived as a human being Himself (verse 27), showing God's eminent fairness. Of course, Jesus is of the same mind as the Father, declaring, “I and My Father are one” (John 10:30 John 10:30I and my Father are one.
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The context of this passage shows that the resurrection from the dead intersects with Christ's coming judgment: “Most assuredly I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live” (verse 25). Everyone who has died will hear Christ's voice (verse 28).
Humanity will be resurrected from the dead. We have Christ's absolute guarantee preserved in His inspired Word to mankind. The resurrection will occur! And numerous passages link this with a time of coming judgment.

The plan of salvation

God planned His whole creation. He thought things out well in advance. Human beings figure prominently in the awesome future God is working toward. He made men and women in His own image (Genesis 1:26-27 Genesis 1:26-27 26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
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) with the ultimate goal of bringing them into His divine family. People have sinned, but God's purpose is to redeem and save them.
The Bible reveals God's master plan of salvation. It begins and ends with Jesus Christ. Notice what the apostle Paul stated: “He [the Father] raised Him [Jesus] up from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come” (Ephesians 1:20-21 Ephesians 1:20-21 20 Which he worked in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
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Earlier in this chapter Paul told the Christians at Ephesus, “He [the Father] made known to us his secret purpose, in accordance with the plan which he determined beforehand in Christ, to be put into effect when the time was ripe; namely that the universe, everything in heaven and earth, might be brought into a unity with Christ” (verses 9-10, Revised English Bible).
Judgment is a major part of that divine plan. “Eternal judgment” follows the “resurrection from the dead” in the listing of six major biblical doctrines that lay a foundation for going on to perfection in Hebrews 6:1-2 Hebrews 6:1-2 1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on to perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
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. It begins with those whom the Bible calls the firstfruits of God (Romans 8:23 Romans 8:23And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
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; James 1:18 James 1:18Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.
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; Hebrews 12:22-23 Hebrews 12:22-23 22 But you are come to mount Sion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
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These relative few are privileged to be made aware of God's plan of salvation well in advance of the vast majority of mankind. They will be in the first and better resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:23 1 Corinthians 15:23But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
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; Hebrews 11:35 Hebrews 11:35Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
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). God the Father and Christ the Son are laboring to bring the firstfruits to eternal glory (Hebrews 2:10 Hebrews 2:10For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
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). As we will see, judgment plays a major role in that work of salvation.

Judgment begins with the Church of God

The apostle Peter firmly stated: “For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (1 Peter 4:17 1 Peter 4:17For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
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). Then Peter asks, “If the righteous one is scarcely saved, where will the ungodly and sinner appear?” (verse 18).
Does this passage then mean that truly converted Christians will just barely make the first resurrection into God's family? Not at all!
The word “scarcely” is translated from the Greek adverb molis, meaning “with difficulty” (Strong's no. 3433). In fact, the few other uses of this word in the New Testament indicate the meaning to more specifically be “with such difficulty as to seem that success would be unlikely.” Indeed, Christ said that the way to salvation is a narrow and difficult path (Matthew 7:14 Matthew 7:14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and few there be that find it.
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One of the overriding principles of sound biblical study is that we search out all the relevant scriptures bearing on a particular subject. In his second letter Peter points out a number of Christian attributes that we should all be developing: faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love.
He then concludes: “Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:10-11 2 Peter 1:10-11 10 Why the rather, brothers, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things, you shall never fall: 11 For so an entrance shall be ministered to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
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). This majestic event occurs at the time of the first resurrection when Christ returns to planet earth (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain to the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
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; 1 Corinthians 15:51-54 1 Corinthians 15:51-54 51 Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
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In the meantime, the Church is going through a period of judgment—which means a time of evaluation and of disciplinary consequences for disobedience. Such helpful chastening is part of the difficulties a Christian must endure (Hebrews 12:7 Hebrews 12:7If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chastens not?
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). In stating what he did in 1 Peter 4:18 1 Peter 4:18And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
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, Peter was referring to Proverbs 11:31 Proverbs 11:31Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.
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: “If the righteous will be recompensed on the earth, how much more the ungodly and the sinner?”

Awaiting a future judgment

Indeed, what about the ungodly and the sinner in today's world—including those who cavalierly cast aside the Ten Commandments with little regard for the hurt and destruction they cause themselves and others? Clearly such rebellion carries grave consequences. But are such people—most of humanity, in fact—lost forever with no hope of salvation?
The apostle Paul was inspired to write in the Bible of converted Christians: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”(Romans 5:8 Romans 5:8But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
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Peter points out, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9 2 Peter 3:9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
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). This is the loving nature of our God who is filled with mercy. He takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked.
Paul writes of “God our Saviour, whose will it is that all should find salvation and come to know the truth”(1 Timothy 2:3-4 1 Timothy 2:3-4 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
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, REB). A false, satanic gospel has denied many people access to the truth of God.
Jesus Christ said: “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth [crucified], will draw all peoples to Myself”(John 12:32 John 12:32And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to me.
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). Christ is going to straighten out this world in His coming reign on earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords with the assistance of the resurrected and transformed saints (Revelation 20:4 Revelation 20:4And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark on their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
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That is why God is calling them as the “firstfruits” of His divine family during this age of man: “Of his own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures” (James 1:18 James 1:18Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.
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Many more will be called to salvation during Christ's millennial reign and just on beyond. A future second resurrection to judgment will occur just after the Millennium (Revelation 20:5 Revelation 20:5But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
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, 11-12). For the most part, this future judgment will not be to condemnation or damnation. Other scriptural passages strongly indicate that the majority of all those who have ever lived will be given the opportunity for salvation—and most will gladly accept it.
Read Ezekiel 37:1-14 Ezekiel 37:1-14 1 The hand of the LORD was on me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the middle of the valley which was full of bones, 2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, see, they were very dry. 3 And he said to me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, you know. 4 Again he said to me, Prophesy on these bones, and say to them, O you dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. 5 Thus said the Lord GOD to these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live: 6 And I will lay sinews on you, and will bring up flesh on you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the LORD. 7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. 8 And when I beheld, see, the sinews and the flesh came up on them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them. 9 Then said he to me, Prophesy to the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus said the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live. 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up on their feet, an exceeding great army. 11 Then he said to me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them, Thus said the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. 13 And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, 14 And shall put my spirit in you, and you shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall you know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, said the LORD.
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, which describes this time. The resurrected Israelites described in this passage think their hope is lost—that they are cut off from God (verse 11). But their Creator will give them hope. They will have their opportunity for salvation, and most will receive the Holy Spirit and be saved (verse 14). Centuries after Ezekiel wrote this prophecy, the apostle Paul firmly stated, “All Israel will be saved” (Romans 11:26 Romans 11:26And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
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This is true judgment—godly evaluation of human existence with righteous discernment and great mercy (see Isaiah 11:3-4 Isaiah 11:3-4 3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: 4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
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; James 2:13 James 2:13For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy; and mercy rejoices against judgment.
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). Unlike a human judge of this world, our Judge loves us! He gave His life for us!
As we might expect, there will be a stubborn few who simply will not repent and turn from sin even after God has given them every opportunity. Even then, however, the permanent penalty will not be everlasting punishing in the fires of hell. The Bible teaches that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23 Romans 6:23For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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After burning up in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:14 Revelation 20:14And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
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God's magnificent purpose for humanity

The awesome result of our Creator's activities on this earth lies “in bringing many sons to glory”(Hebrews 2:10 Hebrews 2:10For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
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)—the Greek term here includes daughters as well. As the apostle Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 15:22-23 1 Corinthians 15:22-23 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
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, God accomplishes His plan in stages: “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order.”
God is enlarging His family in His own way and according to His own timetable. Many assume that today is the only day of salvation and that the ultimate judgment for humanity at large is determined solely by what happens in this life.
The Bible, however, reveals something far different. The first resurrection represents the first fruits of God's salvation. Judgment for them occurs in this life. But a much larger group, representing the greater part of all who have ever lived, will be offered salvation some 1,000 years later. They will go through their judgment period then. For only then, in that great later harvest of mankind, will they receive their opportunity for everlasting life in the Kingdom of God. GN




Vatican validates jihad terror, signs treaty recognizing State of Palestine

A very interesting post from www.jihadwatch.org about Vatican and Palestine. This follows this post about Barack Obama and Muslims. This follows this article about American energy independence and preventing money from going to hostile countries. For more, you can read two very interesting books HERE.
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Vatican validates jihad terror, signs treaty recognizing State of Palestine

FrancisdovesFrancisdovecrowThere is no “State of Palestine” at this time. This is part of the ongoing pressure upon Israel to create one. Creating one will be a great victory for the global jihad force, as a “State of Palestine” will inevitably be a new jihad base for renewed attacks against what remains of Israel. Events will unfold just as they did when the Israelis withdrew from Gaza: while the international media hailed a new era of peace, the “Palestinians” gutted installations and prepared for jihad.
This recognition could end up being as large a blot on the Catholic Church’s record as the Inquisition and the many Catholic clerics all over Europe who went along with the Nazi program against Jews during World War II. The “Palestinians” make no secret on official PA TV of the fact that they share that same genocidal antisemitic bloodlust. This recognition only validates that bloodlust, and enables it.
As this recognition is given, Christians are being persecuted by Islamic jihadists all over the Middle East — Islamic jihadists with the same supremacist ideology as that which motivates the “Palestinians.” In response to this persecution, the bishops of the Catholic Church pursue a “dialogue” with Muslim leaders that makes everyone involved feel good about themselves, but doesn’t do a single thing to alleviate that persecution. And the bishops in the U.S. actively move to silence those who dare speak out about the true nature and magnitude of that persecution, and to prevent them from being heard in Catholic settings. Now, with this recognition, the Church is actively aligning itself with the jihad force, and demonstrating the great lesson of our age, that terrorism works: murder enough people and issue enough genocidal threats, and the whole world will cower at your feet.
The Vatican, by recognizing the genocidal jihad entity that is or will be the “State of Palestine,” is creating a huge moral dilemma for those Catholics who believe that Israel, as being on the front lines of the global jihad, ought to be supported, and that jihad terror, as represented by the “Palestinians” as well as by the persecutors of Christians, ought to be opposed. This is a political decision that has nothing to do with the substance of the faith, but these Church policies are heading the faithful toward a disaster of which they are largely ignorant and for which, thanks to their bishops, they are completely unprepared. Do those who see this disaster coming still have a place in Francis’ progressive, ever-so-modern Catholic Church?
“Vatican signs treaty recognizing State of Palestine,” Times of Israel, June 26, 2015:
The Vatican on Friday signed a historic accord with Palestine, two years after officially recognizing it as a state, in a move criticized by the Israeli Foreign Ministry.
The accord, a treaty covering the life and activity of the Church in Palestine, was the first since the Vatican recognized the Palestinian state in February 2013. The step was agreed in principle last month and condemned by Israel as a setback for the peace process.
The Foreign Ministry said Friday in response that it “regrets” the Vatican’s decision to sign the “one-sided” text.
“This hasty step damages the prospects for advancing a peace agreement, and harms the international effort to convince the PA to return to direct negotiations with Israel,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
“We also regret the one-sided texts in the agreement which ignore the historic rights of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel and to the places holy to Judaism in Jerusalem. Israel cannot accept the unilateral determinations in the agreement which do not take into account Israel’s essential interests and the special historic status of the Jewish people in Jerusalem,” the statement added.
“The Palestinians continue to act unilaterally which distances us from any chance of holding direct dialogue,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely.
“I regret that the Vatican decided to participate in a step that blatantly ignores the history of the Jewish people in Israel and Jerusalem. Any attempt by the Palestinians, or any other actor to undermine our historic right to Jerusalem and our country will met by staunch opposition by us,” she said.
The treaty makes clear that the Holy See has switched its diplomatic relations from the Palestinian Liberation Organization to the State of Palestine.
The Vatican had welcomed the decision by the UN General Assembly in 2012 to recognize a Palestinian state. But the treaty is the first legal document negotiated between the Holy See and the Palestinian state and constitutes an official recognition.
“Yes, it’s a recognition that the state exists,” said Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi last month.
Israeli officials criticized the Vatican announcement in May.
“We’re disappointed by the decision taken by the Holy See. We believe that such a decision is not conducive to bringing the Palestinians back to the negotiating table,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon told The Times of Israel at the time.
“Israel will study the agreement and consider its next steps accordingly,” a brief statement from the ministry said.
The text of the treaty deals with essential aspects of the life and activity of the Catholic Church in Palestine, a Vatican statement said in May.
“Both parties agreed that the work of the Commission on the text of the Agreement has been concluded, and that the agreement will be submitted to the respective authorities for approval ahead of setting a date in the near future for the signing,” it noted.
The Vatican has been referring unofficially to the state of Palestine for at least a year.
During Pope Francis’ 2014 visit to the Holy Land, the Vatican’s official program referred to Abbas as the president of the “state of Palestine.” In the Vatican’s latest yearbook, the Palestinian ambassador to the Holy See is listed as representing “Palestine (state of).”
The Vatican’s foreign minister, Monsignor Antoine Camilleri, acknowledged the change in status, given that the treaty was initially inked with the PLO and is now being finalized with the “state of Palestine.” But he said the shift was simply in line with the Holy See’s position.
The Holy See clearly tried to underplay the development, suggesting that its 2012 press statement welcoming the UN vote constituted its first official recognition. Nowhere in that statement does the Vatican say it recognizes the state of Palestine, and the Holy See couldn’t vote for the UN resolution because it doesn’t have voting rights at the General Assembly.
The 2012 UN vote recognized Palestine as a non-member observer state, made up of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, lands Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war.
The Palestinians celebrated the vote as a milestone in their quest for international recognition. Most countries in Africa, Asia and South America have individually recognized Palestine. In Western Europe, Sweden took the step last year, while several parliaments have approved non-binding motions urging recognition….

Monday, June 29, 2015

Editorial: The Supreme Court, Confederate Flag, and Donald Trump

Editorial

In one of the worst weeks in conservative history in the U.S., the Supreme Court unconstitutionally upheld Obamacare exchanges and expanded marriage to same sex couples, both of these in opposition to the TENTH amendment. No Bill of rights - No Constitution. The Tenth amendment was one of the reasons the Constitution was ratified!

The Confederate flag was given to the world by Southern Democrats at the time of the Civil War which was fought, ironically again, for states' rights. In this case the right to seceed, which was not prohibited by the Constitution. (Show me where if it is!). Both Kentucky and Maryland were NORTHERN slave states, so the Civil War was not about slavery. These two states were never under the Confederate flag. Although the outcome of the Civil war did allow the union to be preserved and develop the U.S. into the world superpower!

Finally, the candidacy of Donald Trump has encourage Mexico and their sympathizers to meddle in U.S. politics. After seven years of no immigration enforcement, this candidate has at least SAID that he would do some enforcement. Although that could remain to be seen. Nevertheless, the fact that any enforcement AT ALL is being discussed, means that he, and his positions, are accused of racism. The U.S. is the only country accused of this when immigration is enforced. Well, some European countries, as well as Israel, get this charge also.

Bristol Palin Strikes Back

An interesting story from www.breitbart.com about Bristol Palin. This follows this post about Death Panels. For two very interesting books click HERE.
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Bristol Palin Strikes Back: ‘This Pregnancy Was Actually Planned’http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2015/06/28/bristol-palin-strikes-back-this-pregnancy-was-actually-planned/

In response to the chorus of critics who attacked her after she announced she was pregnant, Bristol Palin posted a follow up blog post titled “My Little Blessing,” affirming her strong pro-life beliefs and clarifying some of the misrepresentations being made about her.

Perhaps what is the most shocking is Palin’s statement that, despite what many assumed, this pregnancy was not unplanned.
Palin made headlines back in 2008 when she became pregnant as a teenager while her mother, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, was running for Vice President. When she announced this second pregnancy just a few short weeks after her wedding to U.S. Marine Dakota Meyer was canceled, many assumed that this was an unplanned pregnancy, a “mistake.”
However, wrote Palin, “before you continue to mock me, judge me, and talk about me,” there are several important things she wanted to people to “get straight.”
“None of us are perfect,” she continued, before explaining that the baby had been planned with her former fiance before the relationship ended:
I made a mistake, but it’s not the mistake all these giddy a$$holes have loved to assume.
This pregnancy was actually planned.
Everyone knows I wanted more kids, to have a bigger family. Believing I was heading that way, I got ahead of myself. Things didn’t go as planned, but life keeps going. Life moves on.
But I do not regret this baby. This baby is not a disappointment, and I cannot wait to be a mom times two. Tripp is going to make the best big brother!!
The liberal attacks on Palin after she shared her pregnancy news were vicious, including a Gawker post that took the reprehensible position that her announcement “makes a great argument for abortion.”
Palin replied directly to the “ghouls” at Gawker, that she “never even thought about aborting this child, NO MATTER WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCE…not happening.”
Regarding critics who called her a hypocrite for her work with the teen pregnancy prevention group The Candies Foundation, Palin wrote that she was not an “abstinence spokeswoman,” but worked for them when she was 18 and 19 years old, to help share her story of the impact being a teenage mother had had on her life.
Palin ends her post reasserting her pro-life beliefs:
I am pregnant. This is not the ideal situation, but life is important even if it’s not in the most absolute ideal circumstance. This is more confirmation on what I’ve always stood for. I’ve always been pro-life and I am standing for life now.
Deal with it.
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