By Jeannie Law, Christian Post Reporter | Thursday, August 15, 2019
John Cooper, lead singer of the Christian rock band Skillet, is speaking out
and expressing dismay over popular Christian leaders publicly renouncing their
“Ok I’m saying it. Because it’s too important not to. What is happening in
Christianity? More and more of our outspoken leaders or influencers who were
once ‘faces’ of the faith are falling away. And at the same time, they are
being very vocal and bold about it. Shockingly they still want to influence
others (for what purpose?)as they announce that they are leaving the faith,”
Cooper wrote in a Facebook post this week.
“I am stunned that the seemingly most important thing for these leaders
who have lost their faith is to make such a bold new stance. Basically saying,
‘I’ve been living and preaching boldly something for 20 years and led
generations of people with my teachings and now I no longer believe
it..therefore I’m going to boldly and loudly tell people it was all wrong while
I boldly and loudly lead people in to my next truth.’ I’m perplexed why they
aren’t embarrassed? Humbled? Ashamed, fearful, confused? Why be so eager to
continue leading people when you clearly don’t know where you are headed?”
Over the last few weeks, former pastor and best-selling author Joshua Harris announced on social media that he no
longer considers himself a Christian, and prolific worship music writer Marty Sampson, known for his extensive work
with Hillsong Church, said he was “genuinely losing” his faith.
Cooper made it clear that it’s not his “place” to judge unbelievers but as a
follower of Christ, he deemed it necessary to address those within his faith,
saying that there must be a measure of “loyalty and friendship and
accountability to each other and the Word of God” as Christians.
While not naming names, Cooper warned all Christians to “STOP making
worship leaders and thought leaders or influencers or cool people or ‘relevant’
people the most influential people in Christendom.” He included himself in the
list of people often put up on a pedestal.
“We are in a dangerous place when the church is looking to 20 year old
worship singers as our source of truth. We now have a church culture that
learns who God is from singing modern praise songs rather than from the
teachings of the Word.”
When it comes to writing songs for Skillet, Cooper — whose band
just released a new album, Victorious —
told The Christian Post that he has “very close relationships” with
his church and that he takes their input seriously.
“We are looked at as a ministry of our church. So they’re very behind
us,” Cooper told CP. “It’s not true that I write a song and I give it to them
for an OK before I release it but it is the case that sometimes I write
something and I say, ‘I don’t know if that’s exactly right and I will look for
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“It also is the case if they ever had a problem with something I had
written, we’re such good friends and I respect them so much that they would
tell me and I would take that very seriously.”
His reason for doing so is because of how unsound some Christain music has
become in the church, he explained.
“A lot of Christian people right now, artists are releasing stuff that
when I read the lyrics, I’m like, ‘I’m amazed that people have a problem with
Skillet lyrics’ when some of the songs that we sing in church today I don’t
think are actually accurate,” he stated. “Not to be overly harsh but I am 100%
sure that God’s love is absolutely not reckless in any sort of way. I can’t
believe we sing it in church, but we do!”
Cooper was referencing the very popular worship song “Reckless Love” by Cory
Asbury, which is sung in many churches all over the United States.
He explained that the first time he became aware of the song was when his
11-year-old son told him he had been listening to the lyrics of it and after
reading the Bible he could not find anywhere in the Word where it said
God’s love was “reckless.” His conversation with his son showed
Cooper the importance of proper theology in music.
“I’m not trying to be rude about the song. And I’ve listened to
interviews and I get where it’s coming from. I want to be inclusive to people
but when people look at Skillet lyrics and they go, ‘I’m not really sure if
this is a Christian song? I’m like, ‘Really? And you’re singing the songs
you’re singing [in church]?’
“My point is, we should have a little bit more trepidation before we just
start throwing out stuff in the world,” he told CP.
In his Facebook post, he contended that artists “are good at
communicating emotion and feeling” but they “are not always the best
people to write solid bible truth and doctrine.”
“Sometimes we are too young, too ignorant of scripture, too unaware, or
too unconcerned about the purity of scripture and the holiness of the God we
are singing to. Have you ever considered the disrespect of singing songs to God
that are untrue of His character?” he wrote.
Continuing his argument against the recent public announcements of falling
away from the faith, Cooper wondered, “[W]hy do people act like ‘being
real’ covers a multitude of sins? As if someone is courageous simply for
sharing virally every thought or dark place. That’s not courageous. It’s cavalier.”
“As if they are the harbingers of truth, saying ‘I used to think one
way and practice it and preach it, but now I’ve learned all the new truth and
will start practicing and preaching it.’ So the influencers become the voice
for truth in whatever stage of life and whatever evolution takes place in their
The “Legendary” singer also rejected as “flatly false”
the claim that no one is addressing hard questions in Christianity.
Sampson of Hillsong had argued in his social media announcement that
“no one talks about” contradictions in the Bible, preachers falling,
and why God sends people to Hell, among other things.
“The church has wrestled with this for 1500 years. Literally,”
Cooper argued. “Everybody talks about it. Children talk about it in Sunday
school. There’s like a billion books written on the topic. Just because you
don’t get the answer you want doesn’t mean that we are unwilling to wrestle
with it. We wrestle with scripture until we are transformed by the renewing of
In the end, there’s one thing the Skillet singer finds most shocking:
“As these influencers disavow their faith, they always end their statements
with their ‘new insight/new truth’ that is basically a regurgitation of Jesus’s
words! It’s truly bizarre and ironic. They’ll say ‘I’m disavowing my faith but
remember, love people, be generous, forgive others. Ummm, why? That is actually
not human nature.”
He continued: “No child is ever born and says ‘I just want to love others
before loving myself. I want to turn the other cheek. I want to give my money
away to others in need.’ Those are Bible principles taught by a
prophet/Priest/king of kings who wants us to live by a higher standard which is
not an earthly standard, but rather the ‘Kingdom of God’ standard. Therefore if
Jesus is not the truth and if the Word of God is not absolute, then by
preaching Jesus’s teachings you are endorsing the words of a madman.
“[W]ill your ideas of what is ‘good’ be different from year to year
based on your experience, culture trends, poplular opinion etc and furthermore
will you continue year by year to lead others into your idea of goodness even
though it is not absolute? I’m amazed that so many Christians want the benefits
of the kingdom of God, but with the caveat that they themselves will be the
The Tennessee native pleaded with believers to “rediscover” the preeminence
and the value of the Word of God.
“We need to value truth over feeling. Truth over emotion,” he stated.
“I implore you, please please in your search for relevancy for the
gospel, let us NOT find creative ways to shape Gods word into the image of our
culture by stifling inconvenient truths. But rather let us hold on even tighter
to the anchor of the living Word of God. For He changes NOT.”
An Israeli satellite imaging firm on Wednesday released photos of a weapons
depot in southern Baghdad controlled by a pro-Iranian militia that was hit in
an alleged Israeli airstrike earlier this week.
ImageSat International said that damage characteristics identified from the
photos show “it is probable that the blast was caused by an airstrike, followed
by secondary explosions of the explosives stored in the depot.”
On Tuesday, a former Iraqi deputy prime minister appeared to blame Israel
for the massive explosion on Monday.
“We believe they are weapons we were
holding onto for a neighboring state and they were targeted by an oppressive
colonial state on the basis of a treasonous Iraqi act,” former deputy prime
minister Baha al-Araji wrote on Twitter.
Satellite photo of a weapons depot in southern Baghdad
controlled by a pro-Iranian militia that was hit in an alleged Israeli
operation on August 12, 2019. (ImageSat International)
An unnamed security source on Wednesday told Asharq al-Awsat, an
Arabic-language newspaper published in London, that Israel was behind the
“All indications point to Israel, perhaps with the support of the United
States, completing what it started in Syria in terms of targeting sites with
Iranian forces,” the source said.
The Israel Defense Forces has not commented on the reports.
According to foreign reports, Israel has been increasingly active in
carrying out airstrikes against Iran-backed militias in Iraq, shifting its
focus after years of reported raids aimed at keeping Tehran from gaining a
foothold in Syria.
Israeli officials have identified Iraq as a likely growing base of
operations for Iran-backed efforts against the Jewish state.
“It is clear that we are in the midst of a real battle between Israel and
the United States against Iran and its allies in Iraq. It is clear that the two
sides chose Iraq to be the place for their unannounced battle,” the unnamed
security source told the Saudi-owned newspaper.
The blast occurred Monday in the Saqr military base in the southern section
of the Iraqi capital, which is ordinarily used by the country’s Federal Police
and the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), a state-sponsored umbrella group of
militias, some of which are supported by Iran, according to Iraq’s Interior
Minister Saad Maan.
Local media reported that the weapons storehouse was controlled by the
Sayyid of Martyrs Battalions, an Iraqi Shiite militia supported by Iran.
In contrast to the opinion of the unnamed defense source, Adel al-Karawi,
spokesman for the Ansar Allah al-Awfiya in the PMF, said that “the data
regarding a fire breaking out at the Saqr base, near the al-Dura area south of
Baghdad, indicates the base was subject to a bombardment by an American [drone]
The explosion set off some of the munitions stored on the base, sending
projectiles into surrounding neighborhoods.
According to Maan, 13 people were injured in the blast, including two
federal policemen and four PMF members. It was not immediately clear if the
injuries were caused by the initial blast or the projectiles that were launched
following the blast.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said one person was killed in the
Monday incident and that civilians were also wounded. Mahdi ordered an
investigation into the blast along with “integrated safety measures at all
military bases and armed forces’ storage facilities to prevent it from
occurring again,” he wrote on Twitter.
But the unnamed security official said the results of the investigation — as
well as investigations into previous cases of bombings at pro-Iranian militia
bases — would likely never be publicized as doing so “will bother the Iranians.”
“[Tehran has] adopted a strategy to not announce Israeli and American
targeting of their sites in Syria and later in Iraq,” the source added.
Turkey doubled-down on its controversial decision to acquire Russian S-400
air-defense systems by setting out to acquire Russian Sukhoi SU-35 fighter
Last month, Turkey finalized a $2.5 billion deal with Russia and acquired
the first S-400 systems. The purchase was in response to the U.S. delaying an
acceptable alternative. Turkey is a member of the Northern Alliance Treaty
Organization (NATO) and acquiring Russian weaponry is problematic, making their
systems operationally incompatible with those of the other NATO nations.
The S-400 was specifically designed to shoot down advanced U.S.
warplanes like the F-35.
It is touted to have a range of up to 150 miles (240 km) and the ability to
intercept ballistic missiles from up to 38 miles away.
The Turkish S-400’s are scheduled to be operational in September. The second
batch of S-400’s is scheduled to arrive next year. Turkey’s President Recep
Tayyip Erdoğan has already announced that his country intends to take part in
the upcoming S-500 program.
Last month the sale of the S-400 to Turkey was finalized and the U.S.
announced that Turkey was being removed from the F-35 program. Turkey was
slated to purchase 120 of the hyper-advanced F-35’s. Turkey has already
technically received several F-35s, but they remain on U.S. soil, and their
transfer has been blocked by Congress.
The acquisition of Russian hardware has raised doubts about the
future of Turkey as a NATO member.
The White House at the time said, “The F-35 cannot coexist with a Russian
intelligence-collection platform that will be used to learn about its advanced
After the U.S., Turkey has the second-largest land army of any NATO member
and is considered a key member of the alliance.
Erdogan denied that acquisition of the S-400 was detrimental to his
country’s NATO membership.
“There is no concrete evidence showing the S-400s will harm the F-35s or
NATO, nobody should deceive each other. Many NATO member states have purchased
from Russia. We don’t see this being turned into a crisis,” Erdogan was quoted
as saying in Reuters.
Yeni Safak, a Turkish news daily, reported that the Turkey’s
Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB), the Turkish Air Force Command, and
other relevant authorities have been asked to investigate the possibility of
purchasing the Russian SU-35 jets.
The conflict over military hardware underscores other disagreements
between Turkey and the U.S.
The U.S.-led coalition in Syria allied with Kurdish militia in the effort to
defeat the Islamic State (ISIS). Turkey considers the Kurdish militia to be a
terrorist and has been at war with them for decades.
Despite acquiring Russian military hardware, Turkey’s relationship with
Russia is at least as rocky as its relationship with U.S. In 2015, Turkish F-16
combat aircraft shot down a Russian Su-24 during an airspace dispute close to
the Turkish-Syrian border. In response, Russia imposed a number of economic sanctions
on Turkey. Relations were normalized one year later.
Since that time, the two countries have sided together in political
disputes with the U.S.
Ironically, the current S-400 situation is the mirror image of a crisis that
emerged in 1997 when Cyprus, Turkey’s smaller and less militaristic neighbor,
planned to install two Russian-made S-300 air-defense systems. Turkey overtly
threatened either a pre-emptive strike to prevent the arrival of the missiles
or an actual war on Cyprus as a response to the arrival of the missiles. Turkey
obtained from Israel surface-to-surface missiles, which could be used in a
military operation to destroy the S-300 when they would be installed on the
island. The crisis effectively ended in 1998 with the decision of the Cypriot
government to transfer the S-300s to Greece’s Hellenic Air Force in exchange
for alternative weapons from Greece. The ultimate irony is that while the Greek
S-300’s were used in joint Cypriot-Israel air exercises, giving the Israeli Air
Force a rare glimpse into the capabilities of the Russian system
Does China believe that we are on the verge of a major global crisis?
The communist Chinese government has always been very big into planning, and it
appears that they have decided that now is the time to hoard food, gold and
other commodities. Of course in recent days the fact that China is
completely cutting off U.S. agricultural imports has made headlines all over
the globe, but at the same time China is dramatically increasing the amount of
food that it is importing from the rest of the world. The end result is
actually a substantial surge in Chinese imports, and this is starting to show
up in the official numbers. For example, we just learned that Chinese
soybean imports in July were actually up 8 percent compared to last year…
China’s soybean imports in July rose 8% from a year earlier, to their
highest level in almost a year, customs data showed on Thursday, as importers
increased their purchases of Brazilian beans on higher crush margins.
As I discussed the other day, China had already
been drastically reducing soybean imports from the United States even before
this recent announcement that U.S. agricultural imports were being cut off
completely. So American farmers were definitely not benefiting from this
Chinese import boom, and now that China has decided not to buy any of our crops
it is going to be a “devastating blow” for our farmers…
With China officially pulling out of buying U.S. agricultural products,
American farmers are losing one of their biggest customers. It could be a
devastating blow in an already tough year for crops and commodity prices. It
may also dent U.S. gross domestic product and hurt companies like Deere, whose
business is directly tied to farming in the Heartland.
“Sales have already been lower this crop year because of the existing
tariffs. If we went all the way to no China exports whatsoever, that would of
course result in even larger market and price impacts,” said Pat Westhoff,
director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the
University of Missouri. “Cutting China completely out of the market would be a
very big deal.”
Needless to say, China has had to turn to other sources to supply their
needs, and last month we learned that China had decided to substantially
increase wheat and soybean imports from Russia…
China has approved wheat imports from the Russian region of Kurgan, the
Chinese customs office said on Friday, bringing Russia a step closer to its
goal of dramatically increasing grain exports.
It also approved soybean imports from all parts of Russia, the General
Administration of Customs said in a separate statement on its website, having
all but halted U.S. soy imports as the trade dispute between Beijing and
This is yet another sign that Russia and China are drawing closer, and this
is something that we have been anticipating.
Meanwhile, China is also hoarding gold. In fact, July was the eighth
month in a row in which the Chinese increased their reserves…
China bought nearly 10 tons of gold in July, marking the eighth
consecutive month the country increased its reserves, Bloomberg reported
The purchase is another signal from China that it’s gearing up for a
prolonged trade conflict with the US. Gold serves as a historic safe-haven
investment, and its price typically rises when markets and other currencies see
increased volatility or prolonged weakness.
In addition, Bloomberg is reporting
that Chinese commodity purchases of all types were very, very strong in July…
Commodity purchases by China rebounded strongly in July. Imports of soy to
coal and crude oil gained, signaling demand in the world’s biggest buyer
remains solid even as a trade spat with the U.S. escalates.
So why are the Chinese suddenly stocking up on everything?
Well, the truth is that the answer to that question is quite obvious.
The trade war between the United States and China is rapidly escalating, war in
the Middle East could erupt at any time, the global economy has been steadily
slowing down, crops are failing all over the planet, and everywhere we look we
seem to see rising political instability.
In fact, we even see it in China’s own backyard. After weeks of
unprecedented political protests in Hong Kong, it looks like we could be right
on the verge of a brutal crackdown. The following comes from the New York Post…
After eight weeks of huge Hong Kong street protests against Beijing’s rule,
the People’s Republic is massing police and soldiers just across the border.
Message: If the protesters don’t quit, a bloodbath is coming.
Beijing has also started denouncing the protests as the work of American
provocateurs. That’s so the regime can paint its Tiananmen Square-style
crackdown as a battle against “foreign influence,” not a smashing of Chinese
people who decided all on their own that they’d rather be free.
The relative stability that we have been enjoying for the past several years
is ending, and it appears that the months ahead could potentially be quite
Normally I would never suggest that anyone should emulate the Chinese
government, but in this case they appear to be doing the wise thing. Now is
the time to get prepared for
what is coming, because the road ahead promises to be quite
Most people don’t realize it, but U.S. relations with China have already
passed the point of no return. Things are going to become increasingly
tense between our two nations, and that is going to have very serious
implications for all of us.
Will 2019 continue the trend? The other day I was talking with a close
friend, and he pointed out to me that all throughout history years that end in
9 have tended to be times of great change and upheaval. I was intrigued
by what he shared with me, and so I went out and did some research, and I
discovered that he was right on target. In particular, over the last 100
years we have seen an unusual number of key historical events take place during
years that end in 9, and that seems quite strange. Could it be possible
that the ending of one decade and the imminent start of a new one somehow
triggers something inside of us psychologically? I don’t know, but there
does seem to be a pattern. In this article I will summarize some of the
things that I have discovered, and I will let you come to your own conclusions.
Let’s start with 1929. As I repeatedly remind my readers, most large
stock market crashes tend to happen during the fall, and on October 29th, 1929
there was a devastating stock market crash unlike anything that the United
States had ever seen before. That date is generally considered to be the
start of the Great Depression, which to this day is the worst economic downturn
the western world has ever experienced. The Great Depression lasted for
ten years, and that brings us to the next “9” on our list…
1939 was the year when World War II started. It was the most
catastrophic war that the world has ever seen, and it didn’t end until
1945. It is estimated that somewhere between 70 million and 85 million
people were killed, and the war shocked the planet so much that we haven’t seen
a war like it since.
1949 was a year of great change, and it was really when the battle lines of
the Cold War between the east and the west definitely solidified. During
this year, the Communist Party of China was able to take full control of
mainland China, and the People’s Republic of China was formally
established. In addition, in 1949 the Soviet Union tested their first
atomic bomb, it was the year of the Berlin blockade, and NATO was formed on
April 4th, 1949.
1959 was the year when Fidel Castro came to power. Thanks to the
success of the Cuban revolution, Cuba became the first communist power in the
western hemisphere, and this ultimately led to the Cuban missile crisis of
1969 was so tumultuous that a number of documentaries have been made about
that single year, and author Rob Kirkpatrick wrote an entire book about it
entitled “The Year Everything Changed”.
It was the year of the Moon landing, Woodstock and the Manson murders.
During this year Richard Nixon was sworn in as the president of the United
States, 250,000 Americans marched on Washington to protest the Vietnam War, and
the Palestine Liberation Organization was founded.
1979 was the year of the Iranian Revolution. Ayatollah Ruhollah
Khomeini came to power in February, and the Iranian hostage crisis began in
November. If there had been no Iranian hostage crisis, it is possible
that Ronald Reagan may have been defeated by Jimmy Carter in 1980. 1979
was also the year when Margaret Thatcher first became prime minister of the UK,
and she served all the way until 1990.
1989 was another year of revolution. In June of that year the
pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in Beijing were brutally crushed by
the Chinese government. On the other side of the world, 1989 was the
beginning of the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia which ultimately resulted
in a peaceful division of that nation into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
George H.W. Bush was sworn in as the president of the United States during this
year, and huge protests on both sides of the Berlin Wall ultimately resulted in
the collapse of the East German government.
1999 was the year when Bill Clinton came very close to being removed from
office. On February 12th, the United States Senate narrowly acquitted
Clinton of perjury and obstruction of justice. 1999 was also the year
when the euro become the official currency of the European Union, and at the
end of the year the Y2K scare was making headlines all over the globe.
2009 was definitely a year of “change”. On January 20th, Barack Obama
became the first African-American to become the president of the United
States. Meanwhile, the nation was greatly suffering from the worst
economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s. It is
estimated that 8.8 million jobs were lost during the “Great Recession”, and
millions of Americans also lost their homes as a result of the subprime
mortgage meltdown. As 2009 was ending, the
Economic Collapse Blog was launched.
So now here we are in another year that ends in 9. So far in 2019, we
have seen mass shootings, crop failures, dramatic escalations in our trade war
with China, and a potential war with Iran is looming on the horizon.
Americans are angrier, more frustrated and more divided today than ever before
in modern American history, and the mainstream media continues to stir the pot
on a daily basis.
The stage is definitely set for things to explode during the second half of
this year, and a lot of people that I have been talking to feel like things
could really start breaking loose at any moment.
To a large degree, 2019 has already been a year of tremendous upheaval, but
many believe that the worst is still yet to come. So buckle up and hold
on, because I think that things are about to get very bumpy.
“He burned the House of Hashem, the king’s palace, and all the houses of
Yerushalayim; he burned down the house of every notable person.” II Kings
25:9 (The Israel Bible™)
Archaeologists from the University of North Carolina made a remarkable
discovery while digging on Mount Zion in Jerusalem that is evidence of the
Babylonian conquest of the city in 586 BCE: a golden earring.
Dr. Rafi Lewis, co-director of the project, explained the importance
of the tiny earring.
“With finds like this, there is a material value but, more importantly,
there is a spiritual and emotional value,” Dr. Lewis told Breaking Israel
News. “On that level, this find is quite literally priceless. We can
establish the context as the destruction of the First Temple without any doubt.
We have made similar finds outside of the city but this is the first time we
made such finds inside the city.”
Gold Earring (courtesy: The Mount Zion Archaeological
Lewis noted that the earring hinted at many aspects of the era.
“It gives us an idea of the richness of Jerusalem at the time,” Dr. Lewis
said. “This is something aristocratic. It could have been a piece of jewelry or
hung from an article of clothing or even a bigger artifact. It was clearly
something important. If I had something similar, references, I would know more.
But this find was really unique.”
The dig has been conducted for over a decade by the Mount Zion Archaeological Project,
co-directed by UNC Charlotte professor of history Shimon Gibson, Dr. Lewis, a
senior lecturer at Ashkelon Academic College and a fellow of Haifa University,
and James Tabor, UNC Charlotte professor of religious studies.
“This is not proof of the destruction of the Temple since the dig is on
Mount Zion, some distance from the Temple Mount,” Lewis said, noting that there
has been no archaeological work permitted on the Temple Mount due to the
political and religious sensitivity. “But this is certainly proof of the
destruction of Jerusalem.”
The last time there were studies done on the Temple Mount were under
Charles Warren in 1867.
The earring was found in a layer of ash that also contained bronze and iron
arrowheads, Iron Age potsherds, and lamps. Lewis explained that the arrowheads
were of Scythian origin. The Scythians, believed to be Eurasian nomads, were
mercenary archers hired by the Babylonians. Such arrowheads have been found at
other archaeological conflict sites in Israel and outside dating from the 7th
and 6th centuries BCE.
“They were like the special forces since the Scythians were the best archers
of the time,” Lewis said. “Also from this, we know that this was a scene of a
Babylonian battle. We can say for certain that the archaeological context of
the site was the taking of Jerusalem.”
The researchers noted that the location helped identify the story
behind the find.
“We know where the ancient fortification line ran,” Dr. Gibson said in a
press release on Eureka
Alert. “so we know we are within the city. We know that this is not
some dumping area, but the south-western neighborhood of the Iron Age
city—during the 8th century BCE the urban area extended from the City of David
area to the south-east and as far as the Western Hill where we are digging.”
The ashen layer was a clear sign to the researchers that they were
investigating the scene of a battle.
“For archaeologists, an ashen layer can mean a number of
different things,” Gibson said. “It could be ashy deposits removed from ovens,
or it could be localized burning of garbage. However, in this case, the
combination of an ashy layer full of artifacts, mixed with arrowheads, and a
very special ornament indicates some kind of devastation and destruction.
Nobody abandons golden jewelry and nobody has arrowheads in their domestic
The researchers were able to date the layer by the potsherds found.
The disarray suggested that it coincided with a battle.
“It’s the kind of jumble that you would expect to find in a ruined household
following a raid or battle,” Gibson said. “Household objects, lamps, broken
bits from pottery which had been overturned and shattered… and arrowheads and a
piece of jewelry which might have been lost and buried in the destruction.”
The lamps were identified as the typical high-based pinched lamps of the
period and were typical of such sites but the jewelry, most notably the gold
and silver earring, was unusual for sites that had undergone a battle.
“Frankly, jewelry is a rare find at conflict sites, because this is exactly
the sort of thing that attackers will loot and later melt down,” Gibson said.
Gibson associated the site with a section of the Book of II Kings
describing the destruction of Jerusalem.
He burned the House of Hashem, the king’s palace, and all the houses
he burned down the house of every notable person. II Kings
“This spot would have been at an ideal location, situated as it is
close to the western summit of the city with a good view overlooking Solomon’s
Temple and Mount Moriah to the north-east,” Gibson said. “We have high
expectations of finding much more of the Iron Age city in future seasons of
The researchers were excited that their find was linked to an event
with such historical and Biblical significance.
Dr. Lewis noted that in the field of archaeology, the Bible and science
“The Bible is certainly one of our sources,” Dr. Lewis said. “You have to
treat it respectfully. It represents something spiritual and was not written as
a history book. It was written as a religious book but there is a historical
base and root. But we cannot reject the Bible when studying archaeology. I
would not rely on the Bible exclusively just like I would not rely on any other
source exclusively. We need as many sources as possible and the Bible can be
one of them.”
Under the leadership of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a $500
billion “mega-city” is being constructed in the northwestern corner of Saudi
Arabia. This city has been named “Neom”, and when it is fully completed
it will be approximately “the size of Massachusetts”. The Wall Street
Journal was able to recently examine 2,300 pages of classified documents
related to this project, and what they discovered is absolutely stunning.
This “city of the future” will feature an artificial moon, flying taxis and
robot maids, but there will also be gene-editing in order to make humans
stronger and smarter, and everyone living there will be subjected to 24 hour
surveillance. In addition, we are being told that this will be “the
world’s first independent international zone”, and many are concerned about
what exactly that is going to mean.
“Neom” certainly has a futuristic ring to it, and according to Digital Trends it was
derived by combining a Greek word and an Arabic word…
Called Neom (a mix of the Greek word for “new” and Arabic word for
“future”), the project aims to construct a $500 billion city, covering 10,000
squares miles of coastline and desert in northwest Saudi Arabia. With its
mixture of high-tech amenities and luxury services like restaurants and shops,
the goal is to build what the Wall Street Journal describes as a superior to
“Silicon Valley in technology, Hollywood in entertainment and the French
Riviera as a place to vacation.”
The in-development Saudi Arabian city-state
will have robot maids, flying taxis, and glow-in-the-dark sand, according to
confidential planning documents reviewed by The
Wall Street Journal. An artificial moon will light up the sky
every night, and a Jurassic Park-style island will let visitors mingle with
Sounds like a fun place to live, right?
And even though the climate of the region is extremely, extremely dry, Saudi
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman plans to use “cloud seeding” to produce rain
whenever it is needed.
In other words, the fact that they will be using geoengineering to control
the weather in this city is not even being hidden.
There will also be gene-editing facilities that will be used to make humans
stronger and smarter than ever before, and according to the Wall Street
Journal, Neom’s board plans to make it a fully automated city “where we can watch everything”…
“This should be an automated city where we can watch everything,” Neom’s
founding board is quoted as saying in the documents, according to the WSJ.
“[A city] where a computer can notify crimes without having to report them or
where all citizens can be tracked.”
That means while you’re chilling on the glowing beach, daydreaming about
your next prix fixe meal, a drone equipped with facial-recognition
technology will likely be transmitting your location to Neom’s “1984”-esque law
Hmmm – that actually doesn’t sound like such a fun place to live after all.
The city itself will be “the world’s first independent international zone,”
presents its marketing literature. How independent
it will actually be remains to be seen. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia set up a
“special authority,” chaired by the Crown Prince himself, to supervise the
development of the project. Once its built, the zone will be managed via a
“regulatory framework that will adopt world-class investment laws to support
residents and targeted economic sectors,” declares its presentation, which also purports
the city-state will have an “autonomous judicial system.” Its laws, enforced by
city-wide automation and tracking of its citizens, would be independent of
Saudi Arabia’s, created by a slate of both local and foreign investors “in
accordance with international best practice.”
So this city will not technically be part of Saudi Arabia.
It will actually be a “city-state” with its own laws, rules, regulations and
Could it be possible that this giant “independent international zone” will
one day be the home base for an “international leader”?
I don’t know. I am just throwing that out there.
Obviously there is an agenda here. Why else would Saudi Arabia be
willing to give up a giant tract of land the size of Massachusetts for a
futuristic mega-city that won’t even be under their jurisdiction?
As is the case with so many other things, this isn’t being hidden from us at
all. It is being done right out in the open, and Saudi Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Salman is being quite clear that his intention is to make Neom the
most important city on the entire planet.
But to me it sounds like a prison, and the truth is that this is the
direction the entire globe is heading.
Already, virtually everything that we do is being watched, monitored or
tracked somehow. With each passing year, the global Big Brother surveillance
grid becomes even more extensive, and we have very little privacy left.
So perhaps we should stop talking so much about the dystopian nightmare that
is coming, because to a very large degree it is already here.
The Amorites, also called Amurru or Martu, were an ancient Semitic-speaking people who dominated the history of Mesopotamia, Syria, and Palestine from about 2000 to 1600 BC. Tribal nomads who forced themselves into the lands that they needed; the Amorites were reputedly fierce warriors.
They twice conquered Babylonia and Mesopotamia (at the end of the third and the
beginning of the first millennium), establishing new city states; the most
famous of which became Babylon. Their most noted king, Hammurabi, was the first king of the Babylon Empire.
The Amorites Nomadic Ways
The name Amorite
literally means the “high one.” In the Mesopotamian sources from Sumer, Akkad,
and Assyria, Amorites appear as a nomadic people and are connected with the
mountainous region of Jebel Bishri in northern Syria, called “the mountain of
the Amorites.” They were an ancient tribe of Canaanites, though technically not
of Canaanite ethnicity, which inhabited the region northeast of the Jordan
Amorites were apparently nomadic clans ruled by tribal chiefs, who pushed
into lands they needed to graze their herds. Some Akkadian literature speaks
disparagingly of them, and implies that both the Akkadians and Sumerians viewed
their nomadic way of life with disgust and contempt:
“The MARTU who know no grain…. The MARTU who know no house nor town,
the boors of the mountains…. The MARTU who digs up truffles… who does not
bend his knees [to cultivate the land], who eats raw meat, who has no house
during his lifetime, who is not buried after death…” (Chiera 1934, 58, 112).
“Men of Great Stature”
In Egypt, the Amorites were called “Amar” and were represented on monuments
with fair skin, light hair, blue eyes, curved noses, and pointed beards. They
were supposedly men of great stature. One of their kings, Og, was described by
Moses (Deuteronomy 3:11) as the last “of the remnant of the giants,” and whose bed was 13.5 feet (4 meters)
Amorite Religion and Language
The Amorites lived in close contact with the Sumerians for a long period of
time (preceding their ascendency over the region) and it’s possible they
adopted elements of the Sumerian religion over several centuries. The
Amorites did merge a new god into the Sumerian religion , Marduk, which they elevated to
the supreme position over all the other gods. Known as the storm-god, Marduk
came to assume the role of chief deity, and the story of his rise to supremacy
was dramatically told in the epic myth known as the Enuma Elish. The Amorites
also worshipped the moon-god Sin, and Amurru.
Amorites wrote in a dialect of Akkadian found on tablets at the ancient city of
Mari (modern day Syria) dating from 1800 BC. Since their language shows
northwest Semitic forms, words and constructions, it is believed to have been a
northwest branch of the Canaanite languages, whose other dialects included Hebrew
and Phoenician. The main sources for knowledge about their language are their
proper names which survive in non-Amorite text.
Many of these names are similar to later Biblical Hebrew names. In the dark
age, between 1600 and 1100 BC, the Amorite language disappeared from Babylonia and the mid-Euphrates. In Syria and
Palestine, however, it became dominant and is found in ancient inscriptions
which date near to the end of the second millennium BC.
Conquering Mesopotamia and Babylon
The decline of the Sumerian language in Mesopotamia was also the time of the
most famous Amorite invasion. The last Sumerian dynasty fell around 2000 BC and
Mesopotamia drifted into conflict and chaos for almost a century afterward.
Around 1900 BC the Amorites had managed to gain control of most of the
Inscriptions and tablets by the early Babylonians indicate that they
occupied parts of Syria, the land east of Israel by 1900 BC. Already
established in mid-Mesopotamia,
the Amorites started sacking Neo-Sumerian towns, eventually conquering Babylon
and making it their capital in 1959 BC. Ur, the capital of the Sumerian
civilization, would survive another nine years, until it was taken by the
At first, the Amorites were merely an annoyance to the Ur Empire, but
eventually they undermined it to such an extent that the position of last king,
Ibbi-Sin, was weakened, and his subjects were able to over-throw his rule. By
the time of the last days of the Neo-Sumerian Empire, immigrating Amorites had
become such a force that kings were obliged to construct a 170-mile
(270-kilometer) -long wall from the Tigris to the Euphrates to hold them off.
The Amorites based their capital in the city of Babylon, which was
originally called Akkad, and later served as the center of their empire. For
this reason, the Amorites are sometimes called the Old Babylonians and the
period of their ascendancy over the region, which lasted from 1900-1600 BC, is
called the Old Babylonian period.
King Hammurabi and the Eventual Fall of the Amorites
The Amorites established their authority as the absolute Arabian / Semitic
dynasty by crushing the Elamites and starting the short-lived Babylonian Empire . They were ruled by their King
Hammurabi from 1792 to 1750 BC. He was best known for the set of laws called
Hammurabi’s Code, which constitute one of the earliest surviving codes of law
in recorded history. With his death in 1750 BC, the empire disintegrated into
smaller city states ruled by weaker kings.
In northern Mesopotamia, both the Amorites and Babylonians were driven from
Assyria by Puzur-Sin a native Akkadian-speaking ruler, circa 1740 BC. Around
the same time, native Akkadian speakers threw off Amorite Babylonian rule in
the far south of Mesopotamia. Babylon proper survived for another 100 years.
In 1659 BC, the technologically-advanced Hittites conquered Babylon. After
its fall, the Amorite dialect disappeared and was replaced by an
Assyro-Akkadian dialect, interrupting the gap between Old and Neo-Babylonian and clearly showing that the East
Canaanites had disappeared from Mesopotamia.
In the later second millennium BC, the Amorites migrated or were pushed
westward toward Canaan. There, the Israelites treated them as enemies and left
several records of their defeat by Israelite heroes such as Joshua. The
Amorites disappeared from the historical record as a distinct population group
around the sixth century BC.
Have relations between the United States and China finally reached the point
of no return? At this moment, it would be difficult to overstate how
angry the Chinese are with the United States. Chinese officials are
firmly blaming the United States for the enormous political protests that we
have witnessed in Hong Kong in recent weeks, and on Thursday President Trump
slapped another round of tariffs on Chinese imports. Sadly, most
Americans aren’t even paying much attention to these developments, but over in
China everyone is talking about these things. And of course the truth is
that they aren’t just talking – the Chinese are absolutely seething with anger
toward the U.S., and they aren’t afraid to express it.
Let me give you a perfect example of what I am talking about. One of
the most highly respected news anchors in China, Kang Hui, actually used an
expletive when referring to the United States during a news broadcast earlier
this week. Normally I would never have such language in one of my
articles, but this comment made headlines all over the globe, and I think that
it is very important for all of us to understand what the Chinese are saying
about us. So since this is a news item of critical importance, I have
decided not to censor this quote at all. The following comes from the New York Times…
“They stir up more troubles and crave the whole
world to be in chaos, acting like a shit-stirring stick,” Mr. Kang
said on the usually stolid 7 p.m. national news program on CCTV, China’s state
broadcaster. The expletive quickly became one of the most-searched-for phrases
on Chinese social media.
In a follow-up video on a CCTV social media account, Mr.
Kang boasted about how he had taunted the United States.
“If a handful of Americans always stir up troubles, then we are sorry,” he
intoned. “No more do we talk about certain issues. We will also target
you. We will bash you till your faces are covered with mud. We will bash you
till you are left speechless.”
Could you imagine Anderson Cooper saying something similar about China on
And actually Mr. Kang likely has far more viewers than Anderson Cooper does.
Most Americans spend very little time thinking about relations with China,
but over in China they are absolutely furious with us right now, and the
developing situation in Hong Kong is one of the biggest reasons for that
anger. Millions of people have flooded the streets of Hong Kong in recent
weeks, and it appears that the Chinese have decided that enough is
enough. According to Bloomberg, U.S. officials are
closely watching “a congregation of Chinese forces on Hong Kong’s border”…
The White House is monitoring what a senior administration official called a
congregation of Chinese forces on Hong Kong’s border.
Weeks of unrest in the Chinese territory have begun to overwhelm Hong Kong’s
police, who have found themselves in violent clashes with protesters. China
warned Monday that the civil disorder had gone “far beyond” peaceful protest
after police deployed tear gas over the weekend.
Could it be possible that Chinese forces could soon storm across the border?
And also on Wednesday, Chen Daoxiang, the commander
of China’s military garrison in Hong Kong — which holds around 6,000 troops — said his forces
were “determined to protect national sovereignty, security, stability and the
prosperity of Hong Kong.” His remarks came as China released a new propaganda
video which include armed forces practicing shooting at protestors, after which
he underscored his support for the city’s chief executive for “rigorously
enforcing the law.”
Yes, Hong Kong is now technically part of China. But according to the
agreement that was signed when the British handed over Hong Kong, the city is
supposed to be allowed to govern itself to a large degree until 2047…
After taking over Hong Kong in a war in the 1800s, Britain returned it to
China in 1997 with an important stipulation: The
city would partly govern itself for 50 years before fully falling under
Beijing’s control. So until 2047, the expectation was that the city and the
mainland would operate under the principle known as “one country, two systems.”
So if China ends up sending troops into Hong Kong to end the political
protests, the Trump administration will be extremely upset, and tensions
between our two nations will go up several more notches.
A new development in the trade war is the other reason why the Chinese are
so angry with us right now.
After President Trump hit China with new tariffs on Thursday, China’s
ambassador to the United Nations warned that the Chinese are prepared to
implement “necessary countermeasures”…
China’s new ambassador to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, said Beijing would
take “necessary countermeasures” to protect its rights and
bluntly described Trump’s move as “an irrational, irresponsible act.”
“China’s position is very clear that if U.S. wishes to talk, then we will
talk, if they want to fight, then we will fight,” Zhang told reporters in New
York, also signalling that trade tensions could hurt cooperation between the
countries on dealing with North Korea.
In other words, the Chinese are not going to back down one bit, and they are
going to hit us back hard.
“China will not accept any form of pressure, intimidation or deception,”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a press conference
China‘s Ministry of Commerce released a statement that said Beijing would
“The U.S. has to bear all the consequences,” the statement said. “China
believes there will be no winners of this trade war and does not want to fight.
But we are not afraid to fight and will fight if necessary.”
In the end, it is very true that there “will be no winners” in this trade
war. The Chinese know where our pain points are, and they will not be
afraid to fight dirty.
A rapidly deteriorating relationship with China is a big part of the
scenario that we have been
anticipating. As I discussed yesterday, it is exceedingly unlikely that there
will be a trade deal between the United States and China before the 2020
presidential election. And to be honest, it is far more likely that our
conflict with China will escalate well beyond just a “trade war” in the months
The two largest economic superpowers on the entire planet are now locked in
a monumental struggle for dominance, and it is going to result in a tremendous
amount of economic pain for the entire planet.
Unfortunately, most Americans are completely and utterly clueless about what
is going on, and so most of them are still convinced that everything is going
to be just fine.
America is under judgment, no rational person could conclude otherwise. I have combed through hundreds of articles in the NTEB Archive and have traced it back to 2012 where, in my opinion, I believe that God’s active judgment on the United States of America began. But first, let’s take a look over the past 60 years and see what led up to the events that started in 2012.
America is under judgment, no
rational person could possibly conclude otherwise.
Yesterday’s mass killings in Dayton, Ohio and El
Paso, Texas not to mention the killings that took place at the Garlic Festival
in Gilroy, California, were horrific on every possible level. But after people
have had time to process not only these events but also the dozens of mass
killings that have been happening over the past decade, I believe there is only
one logical conclusion that can be arrived at. America has finally come under
the judgment of God. For the past 50 years we have told God that He was not
welcome in our classrooms, not welcome in our courtrooms, and not welcome in
our government. It’s starting to look like, to me, that He has left us as a
“But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would
none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your
fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh
as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.” Proverbs 1:25-27 (KJV)
Back when Donald Trump was running for president in 2016, I
wrote multiple articles telling you why I was voting for him, and
what the likely outcome of a Trump victory would be. You can read all those articles here.
One article in particular was one where I warned that a Donald Trump victory,
while beneficial for Israel, would
bring about a time of ‘global shaking‘, and that is exactly
what has been happening since Trump took office. But while Trump’s victory
expanded God’s judgment on America, it did not begin with
America is under judgment, no rational person could
conclude otherwise. I have combed through hundreds of articles in the NTEB Archive and have
traced it back to 2012 where, in my opinion, I believe that God’s active
judgment on the United States of America began.
Revelation 1:3 "Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near".
Watchman for Christ