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Kings of the East: What is China up to?

The Chinese Google Earth mystery: Ex-CIA analyst spots strange buildings in the middle of the desert on satellite images

  • Unidentified buildings found in desert in southwest China
  • Complex of roads and houses spotted on Google Earth by ex-CIA analyst
  • Appears to have been built ‘in a hurry’ but no answers as to what it may be

By Sara Malm

PUBLISHED: 12:03 EST, 9 January 2013 | UPDATED: 03:20 EST, 10 January 2013

 

Satellite images taken by Google Earth have unveiled a mystery construction complex in the middle of the Chinese desert.

Former CIA analyst Allen Thomson was looking for an orbital tracking site near the city of Kashgar in southwestern China, when the strange lines and buildings caught his eye.

What appears to be a collection of structures and roads have baffled the expert who has been left puzzling what they might be.

 

 ‘I haven’t the faintest clue what it might be,’ he told Wired magazine.

‘But it’s extensive, the structures are pretty big and funny-looking, and it went up in what I’d call an incredible hurry.’

 

Mr Thompson, who left the CIA in 1985, has discovered similarly strange things on Google Earth before, such as the giant jigsaw grids in China in 2011 which appeared to be satellite calibrator grids.

But this time he has been left with no clue as to what it may be.

It is not the first time strange patterns and buildings have been uncovered in remote parts of China using Google Earth.

In 2011 patterns were discovered in the Gobi desert in China’s north-east interior which remain unexplained.

However, this did not stop people from guessing, taking to online forums to establish their origins.

Some claimed that they were ‘codes’ designed to be read by UFOs, to fears that they were missile practice targets modelled on U.S. cities, before researchers came to the slightly less scary conclusion that some, at least, were used to calibrate cameras in China’s spy satellites.

Late the same year, also in the Gobi, buildings and ‘masonic-looking’ road structures led to a number of more or less serious theories as to what the secretive superpower might be up to including nuclear bomb-making, Jetplane test range and driving schools.

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THE NEW AMERICAN GOLDEN AGE, ECONOMIC BOOM AND BABYLON

By Paul McGuire
January 8, 2013
NewsWithViews.com
At the present moment all respected economic indicators project that America will soon experience economic chaos or collapse, food shortages, riots and social anarchy as the system collapses. This analysis is based on all existing economic indicators. However, what if some new technologies were to appear? What if seemingly out of nowhere organizational systems, technologies and new platforms for business arose and America began to experience an economic boom and a new Golden Age?
For many the mere reading of these words arouses a kind of slamming of the door in our human consciousness because of an inner belief system based on current evidence which strongly suggests the opposite is true. But this is precisely what I want to address. At the present moment America and much of the world is locked in a vortex of economic destruction that is partially engineered by an invisible and occult-based elite that have plans for a one world government, one world economic system and one world religion. Like economics or physics, all spiritual systems in the universe operate on laws.
A number of things have happened to produce the global economic crisis and the drive to a One World Socialist State. At present the control of these systems are in the hands of powerful and secret occult-based elite. These Satanic elites are accessing and utilizing powerful forces of spiritual darkness in order to increase the power of the occult pyramidal organizational and control grid. On the back of the U.S. dollar bill is an occult pyramid symbolizing the secret elite ruling at the very top of the pyramid just below the all-seeing eye of Lucifer, and below the rulers is the larger base of the pyramid which represents the masses, slaves or useless eaters who are under the rule of the secretive elite. It is an Egyptian / Pharaoh-based economic and political system where the Pharaoh, a superhuman ruler infused with occult powers, rules a system of spirituality, economics and culture. This occult system is also inspired by ancient Babylon and the Tower of Babel where the first one world government, one world economic system, and one world religion were formed under a god-man or superhuman ruler, born of Nephilim DNA, which was the product of interspecies breeding between fallen angels or the B’nai Elohim and human women, which produced the Nephilim. This was the superhuman race that developed highly advanced technology and built the massive antediluvian megalithic structures such as the Stonehenge, the Egyptian pyramids, and Incan and Mayan temples, all of which incorporated human sacrifice in ancient occult religions. These civilizations and ancient peoples like the Canaanites worshipped gods like Molech under many different names and sacrificed their children alive by placing their bodies on the glowing red hot metallic hands of Molech. These occult worship ceremonies were accompanied by the use of powerful psychedelic drugs, chanting and sexual orgies. This fulfilled spiritual law and opened portals in another dimension for forces and entities to come into the earth.
This occult worship allowed supernatural power from another dimension to enter the physical world and control the weather, crops, food supplies, economic prosperity, and technology and give these cultures power over their enemies. These occult-based systems which started at Babylon continued on through Atlantis, Sumerians, Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Incans, the Mayans, and Tibet and then continued on through Europe with the Black Nobility, Rosicrucian’s, Knights Templar, Illuminati, numerous secret occult societies like the Nazi Vril and Thule Societies, and the Great Satanist Aleister Crowley. It should be noted that these secret societies took control over the global economic system through the Rothschild family, along with science and culture. After World War II, during Operation Paperclip, over 4,000 Nazi rocket and mind control scientists took control over laboratories, think tanks and secret military projects in the United States. These Nazi scientists were members of secret societies and practicing Satanists.
It should be noted that the Nazi scientists under occult leader Adolph Hitler built a booming economy and invented the most advanced military technology the world had ever seen, including flying saucer technologies whose design was channeled to them through the occult society “Vril maidens,” who were clairvoyants and received detailed blueprints, formulas and diagrams for the construction of these flying saucer-like machines. The point is that not only was Adolph Hitler financed by international bankers, who were part of the Illuminati, but the Nazi party was first and foremost an occult party and they received their economic, military and scientific plans from another dimension through their secret Satanic ceremonies. The current new world order that was predicted by the Biblical prophets is receiving its plans from a supernatural dimension. Sir Francis Bacon, a Rosicrucian, helped set the stage for America to be the “New Atlantis,” before America was founded and for it to become the head of a new world order. The words Novus Ordo Seclorum, or new world order written on the bottom of the occult pyramid on the back of the U.S. dollar reveal the secret destiny of the United States. The new world order is a counterfeit of the Kingdom of Heaven.
At the same time the Illuminati were attempting to shape the destiny of the United States, deeply intelligent and spiritual Christians were attempting to steer our nation along the plans of God. These men, like Jonathan Edwards, the father of the First Great Awakening, unleashed an indescribable wave of supernatural power that ignited the thirteen original colonies and helped form the Constitution and Bill of Rights with a distinctly Christian input that is still protecting our liberties today. Year later, a former member of the Illuminati, Charles Finney rejected the teachings of the Illuminati for the teachings of Jesus Christ and accessed what he called, “power from on high,” which released a mighty Second Great Awakening. Finney discovered that this “supernatural power from on high” could be systematically released on individuals, communities and the nation. In Finney’s writings he taught how an individual could actually carry the supernatural charge of this power and the energy released was so powerful that when Finney traveled to a town or a large factory people would begin to tremble from its force before Finney even arrived. Without Finney saying a word, people would weep and cry out for salvation. In addition, Finney observed that once that spiritual atmosphere came over a town or nation that economic and social prosperity could be generated. This was not an economic prosperity built on self-indulgence or the conspicuous consumption of material prosperity but an economic prosperity that would benefit the common good. For the most part the modern church has lost this truly Biblical definition of economic prosperity, either perverting it into a “health and wealth” gospel or distorting it into a socialist gospel.

Ancient Babylon was economically prosperous and before the Flood of Noah a secret hybrid race of fallen angels breeding with human women was designed by Satan to circumvent God’s plans and create a race of Satanic supermen who would rule the world. The breeding of this race of god-men or supermen was an essential theme of all occult-based religions throughout history. In modern times, it was revived by the Rockefeller Foundation in the 1920’s with their Science of Eugenics. Adolph Hitler hoped to use this Science of Eugenics to scientifically breed a new master race of supermen or god-men. In our time the genetic breeding of Nephilim with animal and human DNA in laboratories is an attempt to create a new race of god-men or supermen. This science is called Transhumanism and it is an attempt to scientifically evolve the human race into gods, and many fear what is called the “Singularity,” the time when these Transhumanist gods, robots and Androids begin to rule us.
However, despite the optimism of the elite who hope to purchase new bodies and immortality through Transhumanism, the vast majority of Americans are facing the reality of a dark economic future. But, the reality of a dark economic future is not a fixed reality! It is one possible economic scenario among many, because the future is not fixed. There is great debate among theological circles as to precisely what is going to happen in the future. The study of Bible prophecy is called Eschatology. In addition to writing 22 books on the subject of prophecy, I have the privilege of being a Professor of Eschatology at a major university. Many times people E Mail me, assuming that I am not familiar with the wide spectrum of beliefs within Eschatology. Let me assure the reader, not only am I familiar with this spectrum of beliefs, but I have taught on them extensively and I am well aware of how these beliefs impact our world, our foreign policy, and the future.
But I want to begin at ground zero for understanding prophecy and how it affects the possibility of a new American Golden Age and an economic boom. Many people do not believe that is possible based on their understanding of prosperity. They assume that we must face a global economic collapse and massive social upheaval in the near future. In addition, many of these arguments revolve around hopes for a rapture and the timing of the rapture along with the Great Tribulation Period.
Although all of these issues are important and I teach on them, I personally do not like arguing about them. I have many well-known friends who have completely different views on this time table and I do not break friendships over these issues. The important question is what do we do now before the return of the Lord, whenever that is? The answer is given to us by Jesus Christ Himself, when He said, “Occupy until I come.” The Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus Christ devote an enormous amount of time to economics. The primary principle is found in Deuteronomy 8:18.18
“And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He. “And you shall remember that the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”
The key principle that America must re-learn is that it is God alone who gives the power to get wealth! Poverty, economic crisis, illegal immigration, food shortages, weather problem and every other adverse situation that negatively impacts the economy is at its root a spiritual curse. When you read Deuteronomy Chapter 28, God outlines the blessings and the curses on a very specific economic level. In order to access the very tangible economic blessing on America, the following law must be obeyed.
“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God…”
America has never obeyed this law perfectly; no nation has. But, there was a time, not long ago when America made an attempt, however superficial to obey this commandment. The Personal Living God of the Universe honored this and this is the reason that economic prosperity, freedom, and peace made America unique in human history. America was the only nation in history where a prosperous middle class arose, consisting of millions of people. The category of the middle class had been basically unheard of in human history. America’s technological innovations, Constitutional freedoms, and material and economic blessings flow from the principle above. America was not prosperous because of its geographic position on planet Earth or its natural resources. Plenty of nations enjoy the same natural resources and geographic positioning. Collectively, on whatever level a significant number of Americans managed to adhere to the principle that God gives the power to get wealth.
Although, the seeds of America’s destruction were planted by the Illuminati in 1776 and then incrementally in 1913 and the following years with the League of Nations and the Illuminati’s Federal Reserve, it has been in the last sixty years that the collective consciousness of America has turned against the Personal Living God of the Universe. Starting at that exact time period we have enacted numerous laws that have thrown God and His laws out of our nation; we have mocked God and have become immoral; and fundamentally we have rejected the truth that it is God who is our Source! From that time period until now we have seen America devolve into chaos and moral anarchy and we are now approaching economic collapse. The only reason the Illuminati and other forces have been allowed to gain entrance into our nation and move their Satanic agenda forward through “Order out of Chaos” is that we, through our rejection of the fundamental economic operating principle of the universe, have collectively opened portals in the invisible realm for hordes of demonic forces to invade.
There is only one solution and one way out! We must undo what we have done. This was demonstrated by the father of the First Great Awakening Jonathan Edwards and the father of the Second Great Awakening Charles Finney. By turning to God as their Source and operating from the truth that “It is God who gives the power to get wealth,” they opened very real portals in the invisible realm for the supernatural power of God to set our nation on fire. The powers of darkness were driven back and there was an explosion of economic prosperity.
Between now and the return of Jesus Christ, there is nothing in the Bible that suggests that we cannot experience the New American Golden Age, even it is temporal. Author Dave Hunt, who was a guest on my national radio show, first planted the seed of this idea in my mind. Dave Hunt made reference to that fact that the Bible says:
“But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” -Matthew 24:37-39
The above passage suggests that this will be a time of economic prosperity. Although I don’t know if Hunt would take this as far as expecting an economic boom for America, as I am suggesting, but the verse certainly points to prosperity. I am not guaranteeing that America will absolutely experience a New Golden Age and economic boom. But I am suggesting that it is a viable possibility if certain conditions are met. When Jesus Christ said, “Nothing is impossible with God,” that is precisely what he meant. Jesus also specifically outlined in detail the laws of the Kingdom that have to me met in order for there to be a release of supernatural power and the miraculous in this world. This is specifically what I am talking about. How is that those in occult-based religions and even Satanism understand more about the relationship between power and economic prosperity and the methodology of accessing the supernatural than Christians and just everyday people do? The answer is that corporately they have studied, understood and experienced the supernatural realm.
Throughout history and in the Biblical accounts there are numerous records of God suspending so-called natural law or so-called reality and transforming it by the supernatural power of the miraculous. In actuality the Bible is far more than a religious book. It is a supernatural book that deals with multiple dimensions, existence out of time and space, genetics, DNA, neurological science, Transhumanism, economics, military science, medicine, nutrition, quantum physics, and the supernatural. Unfortunately, modern Christianity in the last 100 years has promoted a reductionist philosophy for understanding the Bible. Purely on a cultural and arbitrary basis, the Bible which has supernatural authorship has been reduced to an almost absurd set of irrelevant teachings. The result has been ridicule and rejection by the mass culture and rightly so. Why would anybody in their right mind and who has any intelligence accept a religious cartoon-like culture that is devoid of real supernatural power, intelligence and creativity?
When a nation or individual enters into supernatural communication with the Personal Living God of the Universe, all things become possible. Neurological, economic and so-called scientific barriers are removed and one views the eternal horizon of infinity. Those who operate on the laws of the Kingdom can supersede current economic forecasting and economic factors. Coming from another dimension as if it were out of the blue there can appear new technologies, economies, and new organizational and financial systems that can open the doors to a New American Golden Age where the economy grows faster than the speed of light. This system is supernatural, but it is rooted in the promise of God to give a person or nation the power to get wealth. In addition, in accordance with the blessings outlined in Deuteronomy 28, an economic boom can materialize, if the spiritual laws are met, such as repentance and the turning away from evil.
When Jesus Christ taught the laws of the kingdom, He emphasized the need for believing, faith and asking God to do the impossible. These were not “Greeting Card” sentiments; they were the mathematical formulae for calling resources in from another dimension. I believe that as we think about the various scenarios that could play out in the next several years, a New Golden Age for America must be seriously considered. The only thing that would prevent it is either the will of God or our activating laws of the Kingdom which would shut it down. Conversely, if we activate the laws of the Kingdom which release this into our physical world, there are no limits to what is possible.

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Apostasy: Israel has No Future (What do you do with Romans chapters 9-11)

Propaganda Wins – Jim Fletcher

At the Catalyst East conference in Atlanta, I listened to Lynne Hybels give a talk about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. One of her concluding slides was an image of the security fence Israel erected to keep out terrorists. It’s worked quite well, and that seems to bother critics of the Jewish state, who can’t bring themselves to simply say that it’s good Jews are not being murdered anymore.

Instead, the critics refer to the fence as a “wall,” or, more provocatively, an “apartheid wall.” This is a complete inversion of the truth, since Israel is the most open society in the Middle East, and grants far-reaching rights to Arabs.

An interesting lie being peddled is that the fence completely surrounds Bethlehem. It does not.

Yet, by alleging that the fence encircles the town—this even by members of the Religious Left who have been there and know better—they succeed in portraying Israel as the “warden” of the “prison” the Palestinians are kept in.

Hybels chose to include an image in her presentation that showed a simple message written on the fence:

“Love Wins.”

This is significant, because it signals yet another evidence that leftists are tightening their grip on Evangelicalism. After all, Rob Bell’s 2011 book, Love Wins, in which he comes out as a universalist while simultaneously denying that he did so—this a hallmark tactic of leftists posing as “evangelicals”—is admired by those change-agents within the church who are attempting to transform it into an altogether different entity.

By approvingly displaying this image, Hybels shows clearly that she embraces the same type of theology/ideology that Bell does. They are all in the same camp, and specific examples could be cited all the day long:

•Donald Miller’s hit piece on Israel, from his November 19 blog post.

•Andy Braner’s recent blog post bemoaning the tough conditions of those that live in Bethlehem.

•Gabe Lyon’s recent “Q” discussion/interview with Sami Awad, a leading change agent and Bethlehem resident who is friends with Lynne Hybels.

•Relevant magazine’s continued flirtation with anyone who either mocks Bible prophecy or sides with Israel.

By the way, I’ve just been informed that Relevant’s issue dealing with the Israel/”Palestine” conflict—set for January—has been moved to July. Be watching for it.

A further interesting development is that when I attempted, several times, to get an interview with Catalyst director Brad Lomenick, and ask him why anti-Israel and self-described “non-Marxist socialist” Cornel West spoke at Catalyst East in 2011, I was told Mr. Lomenick doesn’t have time.

(There is plenty of other data that shows the Catalyst team is committed to spreading the Palestinian narrative throughout the American church.)

Personally, if I were responsible for filling young evangelicals’ heads with leftist ideology espoused by Liberation Theologian West…I’d find the time to tell constituents why. But you must know, dear reader, that a hallmark of the New Evangelical leadership is to stonewall when someone questions their methods.

Silence.

This type of ideology is flooding the evangelical world, as we speak.

It doesn’t matter to these people that Israel’s security fence borders Bethlehem on only two sides. The story must be advanced that it completely encloses the tragic town.

You get it, don’t you? Let me be indelicate:

The left lies.

They lie in order to advance their ideology, which is an acidic stew of Marxism, New Age, and outright apostasy.

One of the outposts their Panzer divisions are smashing currently is pro Israel support in the American church.

Notice too that you hear only silence from America’s leading Christian…leaders. Who is holding Donald Miller accountable for writing the same kind of stuff about Israel that Hamas does? He actually alleges that Israel controls the caloric intake of Gazans…and nobody says a word!

When I attempted to ask Miller’s rep how he knows this, and whether he will come forth with documentation, I was stonewalled.

And, through networking and the internet, this anti-Israel agenda is truly a global enterprise. This week, English vicar Stephen Sizer is in east Asia, filling heads there with anti-Christian Zionist and anti-Israel invective. All the while smiling.

Last year, self-described Pentecostal (!) writer Paul Alexander referred to Jesus as a Palestinian. It is lost on these people that this is classic, Soviet-style propaganda, first unleashed on the world by leading theologian Yasser Arafat.

Where is the discernment today?

Love wins? Yes, it will, but the very definition of love has been distorted in our world today. Love will win, because love is truth, and truth will be triumphant.

At this moment and beyond, a sweet truth exists: Israel is alive and her haters hate.

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On the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple

There is an interesting dynamic that takes place when you listen to many of the comments made by Christians who identify themselves as Zionists, or supporters of Israel and the Jewish people, when signs of a rebuilt Jewish Temple are discussed. Quite frequently, their comments are overly negative. Because there is the Scripturally-based expectation that sometime after the Temple is rebuilt, the Antichrist will desecrate it, the Temple itself, or any plans to built it, are often thus treated as evil. But think about the logic here. The Antichrist will invade the land of Israel, but this doesn’t mean that we treat the State of Israel as evil. If the State of Israel didn’t exist, the Antichrist wouldn’t be able to invade it. Yet we support Israel. As we should. Yet many of these Christians who support the Jewish State will actually condemn the notion of a rebuilt Temple. Why a distinction between the resettling of the land and any effort to rebuild a Temple? Biblically, the Jewish people are commanded to faithfully steward the land until Messiah comes. Christians who understand the Scriptures support them in their efforts to do such. Likewise, the Jewish people are also commanded to offer sacrifices on the Temple Mount, so do I believe that we should support their efforts to do so. Simply because the Antichrist will in the future, for a brief time enter, violate and “trample” the Temple, this does not thus make the Temple, or the idea of a Temple, evil. Others will argue that any sacrifice at all is an abomination in light of the once-and-for-all sacrifice made by Jesus. While I would agree that it is only the blood of the Messiah shed on the cross that can truly atone for sins, this does not mean that any sacrifice made is thus an abomination. Far from it. After the cross, Paul and the early believers continued to participate in the various Temple rituals (Acts 21:24-26). And during the millennium, it is clear that some sacrifices will take place (Ezekiel 40-47). I’m quite sure these very brief comments will stir up a bit of controversy and will likely be misread by some, but essentially, my point is simply that so long as Christians continue to make clear the Cross of Jesus the Messiah as the only source of atonement and salvation, simple support for efforts to rebuild a Temple are far preferable to the finger pointing often cast toward the Jews as soon as the issue of a future Temple is discussed

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FRANKLIN GRAHAM WARNS ‘WICKED’ AMERICA

He was banned from a Pentagon prayer service because of Muslim complaints about his beliefs, and he later charged that Barack Obama has “shaken his fist” at God by endorsing same-sex marriage, so no one would expect mild platitudes from the strong-willed Franklin Graham.

But to liken America’s current situation to the status of the Old Testament tribe of Judah under Manasseh, the “wickedest king to rule?”

That the message that can be taken from a recent public letter posted on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website.

There, Franklin Graham, Billy Graham’s oldest son, warns that the nation’s fiscal cliff is nothing to worry about compared to the spiritual cliff he sees.

“Since the recent election, we’ve seen same-sex couples lining up at courthouses in several states to receive their marriage licenses, and hundreds of people gathering in public places to light up marijuana cigarettes in the states where it has just been decriminalized,” Graham wrote.

“This is only the tip of the iceberg. The moral decline we see on television programs – blatant immorality, senseless violence, media-friendly gay and lesbian behavior – is just a reflection of the moral corruption that has infected our entire nation. These are indeed dark days … but there is hope.

“The Bible says, ‘If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?’ (Psalm 11:3, ESV). No question our country’s foundations are being destroyed, but I am reminded of an era in the Old Testament where the Lord moved in a dramatic way to bring godly change to a spiritually dark and depraved nation like Judah, whose moral foundations had been seriously eroded.”

Graham, who heads not only the BGEA but also the relief agency Samaritan’s Purse, described Manasseh as “the wickedest king to rule over Judah.”

“Throughout his 55 years of evil reign, the land had been defiled with innocent blood. He led Judah into witchcraft, sorcery, and the worship of false gods and idols, including the fertility goddess Asherah. He even sacrificed his own son in the fires of idolatry,” Graham wrote.

But he noted the Bible story continues, with the account of Josiah, Manasseh’s grandson, who when he was 18 and king, came across the “book of the law.”

“Apparently it had been lost and neglected for a number of years. When Josiah heard the books read aloud by a scribe, he tore his clothes, and said, ‘Great is the wrath of the Lord that is kindled again us, because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us,’ (2 Kings 22:13),” Graham wrote.

Consequently, he said, “idols were smashed, spiritists and mediums forcibly removed, and the worship of the one true God reinstated,” Graham wrote.

“For far too long, as a nation we have neglected – and even rejected – the Word of God and His commands. Yet the Scriptures are mighty, able to penetrate even the most hardened and darkened hearts with convicting, life-giving power,” Graham wrote.

“This is the only cure for a sin-sickened country that is about to slip into a moral abyss, and it is why we must proclaim the Good News,” he wrote.

Overt action to minimize Christianity in America is becoming more familiar, with governments banning prayer even when it doesn’t mention Jesus, a military officer’s research paper insisting officers should abandon certain Christian beliefs and the the Air Force Academy designating a parcel of ground to be used to worship “Mother Earth and the Horned God.”

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins was disinvited to speak at a prayer luncheon at Andrews Air Force Base because of his opposition to President Obama’s call to allow homosexuals to serve in the military.

Shirley Dobson, who coordinates National Day of Prayer events, said: “Prayers uttered by those in official positions are being met with hostility, or they have been banned outright. This opposition represents a radical change of direction for this great land. National days of prayer have occurred since 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the nation to join in a petition for divine guidance.”

Graham also has been unafraid to address the most politically sensitive issues of the day, telling CNN in an interview that “true Islam cannot be practiced in this country.”

“You can’t beat your wife. You cannot murder your children if you think they’ve committed adultery or something like that, which they do practice in these other countries,” he said. ” … I don’t agree with the teachings of Islam, and I find it to be a very violent religion.”

The research paper criticizing evangelical Christianity was written by a major for the School of Advanced Military Studies in Fort Leavenworth, Kan. It calls for Americans to lose the Christian belief of premillennialism because it damages the nation’s foreign interests.

“As a result of millennarian influences on our culture, most Americans think as absolutists,” Maj. Brian L. Stuckert wrote in his 2008 course requirement at the school for military officers.

 

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Dreams, Visions Moving Muslims to Christ

 

JERUSALEM, Israel — Several years ago, Ali took the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca known as Hajj.

“Of course when I went to Mecca I was going there in order to pay hommage to the Kabba and to fulfill the requirements in Islam,” he recalled.

But the trip became more of a spiritual journey than he could ever imagine.

“That night I saw Jesus in a dream. First, Jesus touched my forehead with his finger. And after touching me, He said, ‘You belong to me,'” Ali recalled.

“And then He touched me above my heart,” he continued. “‘You have been saved, follow me. You belong to me,’ he said.”

Ali’s story in Mecca was told and dramatized in a DVD called “More Than Dreams.”

“I decided I’m not going to finish the Hajj, the pilgrimage. Whatever it takes, I’m going to follow that voice,” he explained.

The film documents and dramatizes Ali’s story and several other Muslims who came to faith in Jesus through a dream or vision.

“We’re seeing that all around. We’re hearing about people that have never even thought about Jesus as savior,” Tom Doyle, with e3 Ministries, said. “They’re content Muslims and they’re having dreams over and over.”

Doyle and his wife Joanna take the gospel to the Muslim world. He’s also the author of the upcoming book, Dreams and Visions: Is Jesus Awakening the Muslim World?

“I think our God is a fair God, that He’s righteous and just, and people are seeking and they don’t know where to go,” Doyle said.

“Maybe they don’t have a Bible, maybe there’s no missionary in the village,” he said. “He’ll get the message to them somehow.”

The phenomenon of dreams and visions has surfaced throughout the Muslim world, from Indonesia to Morocco.

“In the church if you ask how many people came to Christ, 80 percent will say, ‘I saw Him in a dream,'” one woman in central Asia told CBN News. Her identity is being protected for security reasons.

A Christian friend challenged her to ask God to speak to her personally.

“So I decided to ask Him,” she said. “The next day … in my dream I saw Jesus … I decided to come to Him.” 

Hazem Farraj hosts “Reflections,” a satellite program for Muslims. He said he often gets feedback about dreams and visions. 

“I had one lady write me … she said, ‘I turned on the television and there you were … the words that were coming out of your mouth were so peaceful I fell asleep,'” Farraj recalled.

“She said, ‘When I fell asleep I ended up having a vision of Jesus and I saw the Lord,'” he continued. “She said, ‘As soon as I looked over I knew that Christ was the sacrifice, the son of the God.”

Doyle said the dream or vision is usually the start, not the end, of a Muslim’s conversion.

“Nobody goes to sleep a Muslim and wakes up a Christian, but it knocks down the false barriers that are inherent in Islam,” Doyle explained.

The Doyles said beneath the current revolution in the Middle East, there’s a spiritual earthquake.

“As things heat up politically and spiritually within Islam, man, the Holy Spirit is moving even more powerfully,” Joanna said.

“This is the time when hearts are open, people are desperate, governments are changing,” her husband added. “Everybody’s foundation has massive cracks in it and Jesus is the answer that can come in and fill that need.”

Many veteran missionaries to the Muslim world say dreams and visions, along with satellite television, are introducing Muslims to Jesus in unprecedented numbers.

They add that more Muslims are coming to Jesus than at any other time in the 1,400-year history of Islam.

The Doyles want believers in the West to join this spiritual revolution.

“Not everybody is going to go the Middle East. But they can pray,” Doyle said.

“And no government, no leader can block intercession around the world,” he said. “So we need to pray as believers that God would continue to push the gospel out to the ends of the earth.”

 

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White Washed Sepulchres

Jesus had this to say, and much more, to the religious leaders of His day.

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.” (Matthew 23:27)

I wonder what He would say to us today. My guess is He could use the same words and still be right on target.

Even as Christians, none of us are perfect, but just how many who are in leadership positions today are truly Christians? Let me put it this way. Knowing what we know about the scribes and Pharisees, were they saved? What did Jesus say concerning this?

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (John 8:44)

So Jesus cut right to the chase. With their attitude of self-righteousness, they were not saved. They were as lost as a feather in a strong wind out over the ocean. To get the full flavor of those Jesus was addressing, or dressing down, in Matthew 23, read the entire chapter. If these guys didn’t get their heart right before God through Jesus before they died, and some did, they must have a made a big splash when they landed in the fires of hell.

It is very tragic that today we too have church leaders who are playing church on their way to hell. Not only that, they are leading so many others along with them.

Satan is throwing every lie he can at people in these last days, because time is running out for him, and so many people are buying his false gospel. Apostasy seems to be growing rapidly in these final days before Christ’s return, as Jesus said it would.

Is it really easier to believe a lie than a truth? I suppose it is when that is what you really want to hear, and someone is pulling you in that direction, that someone being Satan’s henchmen of course.

Some denominations that were actually founded by strong Christians are now nothing more than spiritual graveyards pulling people away from God’s Truth. Schools of learning such as Harvard and Yale, once Biblically based are now nothing more than bastions of evil thought.

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)

The airwaves are saturated with religious teachers, preachers, evangelists, and pastors, who are wolves in sheep’s clothing, bilking the life blood from innocent people who are searching for the Truth. What do they get in place of the Truth? Instead of steak and potatoes they get watered down worm infested soup not fit to feed to swine.

Are there any men and women of God left who stand with God? Are there any left who aren’t trying to fleece the innocent? Yes there are, but if you don’t know the original, you may very well be taken in by the counterfeit. I’m referring to God’s Word in comparison to man’s word of course.

Why isn’t there a fire in the soul of self-professing Christians? Could it be that they have accepted the teaching of those who are nothing more than white washed sepulchres?

1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. [Emphasis mine] 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Timothy 3:1-7)

Notice verse five again in the above passage. If you don’t know the Word of God for yourself, you will in all likelihood be taken in by those false leaders who appear to be righteous, but are not.

According to Jesus, they have put on a veneer of righteousness that looks good and sounds good, but they are phony. They are rotten inside.

I was listening to a minister yesterday, not by choice, that was spewing some of the most outlandish dribble I’ve heard for a while, and out in his audience were those innocent souls soaking it all up. Why? They did so because very few Christians are like the Bereans of Paul’s day who searched the Scriptures daily.

10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” (Acts 17:10-11)

Why are there so many white washed sepulchres with such large followings today? The answer lies in the laziness and gullibility of those who claim to be a Christian. All they can see is the glitter. They don’t have enough Biblical sense to discern real gold from fool’s gold. Again, why? They want to be spoon fed the Gospel and often accept a false gospel. I am convinced that the charlatans who prey upon others know this. They know that few will actually search the Scriptures for the Truth. Instead of reading and studying for themselves what God has to say, they depend on others to tell them. Bad idea!

Every Christian should have a “Berean” attitude about the Scriptures. When we have that attitude, we are blessed beyond measure because we actually get the Truth, not opinions of others or out-right lies. In addition, when we hear the false gospel of man, we smell the stench of “dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.”

Whether people gather in a small poorly constructed building on a country lane, or a grand cathedral on Main Street, they need to know that what they are hearing is the Truth. When you turn on your television or radio to listen to your favorite ministers, are they providing you with the Truth or their opinion or a lie? If searching God’s Word is not part of your day, you will never know.

Behind the pulpits, on the radio and by the television are God’s men who preach the Truth. These are usually the guys who will encourage you to check out what they say by comparing it with the Scriptures. Unfortunately, there are many, many more who will either lie to you or are just plain ignorant of the Word. How are you going to know which is which? How are you going to know that what you are hearing is the Truth?

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

There is no thrill like knowing God’s Word, the Bible, for yourself. It is a rich, rewarding and humbling experience. It is communication between you and the Lord that can’t be topped.

Watch out for the white washed sepulchres though. They are abundant. They look good. They sound good. They tell you just what you want to hear, and that’s fine, if it’s the Truth. Is it? Find out for yourself. Get in the Bible today.

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America: Time to Wake Up!…. Part 2

Then they will make us subservant to the government for debt, food , money etc.  is all about CONTROL!

 

Happy New Year Middle Class: The Fiscal Cliff Is Going To Rip You To Shreds

Michael Snyder
The Economic Collapse
December 31, 2012

The middle class has quite a gift welcoming them as the calendar flips over to 2013.  Their payroll taxes are going to go up, their income taxes are going to go up, and approximately 28 million households are going to be hit with a huge, unexpected AMT tax bill on their 2012 earnings.  So happy New Year middle class!  You are about to be ripped to shreds.  In addition to the tax increases that I just mentioned, approximately two million unemployed Americans will instantly lose their extended unemployment benefits when 2013 begins, and new Obamacare tax hikes which will cost American taxpayers about a trillion dollars over the next decade will start to go into effect.  If Congress is not able to come to some sort of a deal, all middle class families in America will be sending thousands more dollars to Uncle Sam next year than they were previously.  And considering the fact that the middle class is already steadily shrinkingand that the U.S. economy is already in an advanced state of decline, that is not good news.  You would think that both major political parties would want to do something to keep the middle class from being hit with this kind of tax sledgehammer.  Unfortunately, at this point it appears that our “leaders” in Washington D.C. are incapable of getting anything done.  So get ready for much smaller paychecks and much larger tax bills.  What is coming is not going to be pleasant.

So what happened?

Weren’t the tax increases only supposed to be for the wealthy?

Well, that is what the politicians always promise, but it is always the middle class that ends up getting hit the hardest.

In this day and age, the big corporations and the ultra-wealthy are absolute masters at avoiding taxes.

For example, Facebook paid approximately $4.64 million in taxes on their entire foreign profits of $1.344 billion for 2011.

That comes out to a tax rate of about 0.3 percent.

Overall, the global elite have approximately 18 trillion dollarsparked in offshore tax havens such as the Cayman Islands.

Keep in mind that U.S. GDP for 2011 was only slightly above 15 trillion dollars.

So the global elite have an amount of money parked in offshore banks that is substantially larger than the total value of all goods and services produced in the United States each year.

According to one estimate, a third of all the wealth in the entire world is stationed in offshore banks.  Our politicians are playing checkers and the global elite are playing chess when it comes to taxes.  Our current system of taxation is irreversibly broken and should be entirely thrown out and replaced with something else.

And of course under our current system those that are poor don’t pay much in taxes because they are just trying to survive.

So who always ends up getting the painful end of the hammer?

The middle class does, and that really stinks.

Let us hope and pray that our politicians can come together and do something for the middle class.  In particular, we should all be screaming and yelling at our politicians about the Alternative Minimum Tax.  It was originally designed as a method to “tax the rich”, but unless Congress does something the middle class is about to be ripped to shreds by it.  The following is from a recent CNBC article about the AMT…

In a cruel epilogue to 2012, roughly 28 million families would owe the IRS $86 billion more than they anticipated for this year should the country plunge off the cliff, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.

Those families would face the “Alternative Minimum Tax,” which was introduced in 1969 to supposedly guarantee that wealthy Americans could not elude the taxman. But the AMT not only flopped, it was never indexed to inflation. So with each passing year, it seeps away from high society and into the wallets of Target and Wal-Mart shoppers. That sets up a disaster for April 15.

So how much money are we talking about?

According to that same article, many families are about to be socked by tax bills that will be absolutely huge…

On the whole, 98 percent of those with incomes between $200,000 to $500,000 would pay an additional $11,000 in AMT this year, according to the center’s estimates. About 88 percent of those with incomes of $100,000 to $200,000 would need to fork over another $3100, and even the majority of Americans with earnings between $75,000 and $100,000 would have an AMT liability.

Most of the tax increases that will be coming as a result of the fiscal cliff will be for 2013 earnings, but the AMT tax hike will apply to 2012 earnings.  So if you end up falling under the AMT, you better get ready to write a very large check to Uncle Sam in just a couple of months.

And the AMT is only just one of the very painful tax increases that American families will be facing.  If no deal is reached in Congress, every single middle class American taxpayer will be dealing with significantly higher taxes.

A recent ABC News report entitled “Fiscal Cliff: By The Numbers” detailed some of the other tax increases that you can expect in 2013…

So why don’t our politicians do something about all of this?

What are they fighting so bitterly about anyway?

Sadly, neither side is actually serious about substantially reducing the size of government deficits or about getting government spending under control.

During a recent interview on CNBC, Ron Paul explained that “they pretend they are fighting up there, but they really aren’t. They are arguing over power, spin, who looks good, who looks bad; all trying to preserve the system where they can spend what they want, take care of their friends and print money when they need it.”

Most in the mainstream media are making it sound like some kind of a “battle royal” is going on in Washington, but as Lou Dobbs recently pointed out, the U.S. national debt is going to end up in just about the same place no matter what happens.

According to Dobbs, if we “do nothing” the U.S. national debt will be approximately 25.8 trillion dollars in 2022.

If “Obama wins”, the U.S. national debt will be approximately 25.4 trillion dollars in 2022.

If “Boehner wins”, the U.S. national debt will be approximately 25.2 trillion dollars in 2022.

You can watch the entire analysis by Lou Dobbs right here

So they are putting all of us through all of this torture even though nothing will really change in the long run no matter who wins?

What kind of a circus is this?

Meanwhile, the reckless spending continues.

Barack Obama has just issued a new executive order that ends the pay freeze for federal workers that had been in place.

So now all federal employees will be getting a nice hefty pay raise.

For example, Vice President Joe Biden brought in $225,521 this year.

Next year, he will make $231,900.

Not that our politicians really need the money.  Most members of Congress are millionaires anyway.  But if they can get us to pay for it, they might as well go for it, eh?

There are now close to half a million federal employees that bring homeat least $100,000 a year.  Plus, it is important to keep in mind that the benefits that federal employees get are absolutely outstanding, and it is close to impossible to actually fire a federal worker.

Life is good if you are working for Uncle Sam.

Meanwhile, our politicians seem determined to keep draining more blood out of the middle class.  Even if a “deal” is reached, we will still be hit by some categories of tax increases.  Let’s just hope and pray that we don’t get hit by all of the tax increases that are scheduled to go into effect.  That would be a financial disaster for millions of families.

So happy New Year middle class.  Your taxes are about to go through the roof and our politicians are too busy fighting with each other to do anything about it.

What else will 2013 bring?

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America: Time to Wake Up… Part 1

First they will look to control our right to bear arms…….

 

Obama to Put “Full Weight” Behind Feinstein Gun Confiscation Plan

 Kurt Nimmo
Infowars.com
December 30, 2012

President Obama went on Meet the Press Sunday and said he will put his “full weight” behind passing new restrictions on the Second Amendment in 2013.

“I’m going to be putting forward a package and I’m going to be putting my full weight behind it,” he said. “I’m going to be making an argument to the American people about why this is important and why we have to do everything we can to make sure that something like what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary does not happen again.”

During the interview with David Gregory, Obama focused on “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines. Second Amendment foes routinely describe semi-automatic weapons with cosmetic military features as assault weapons.

“I’ve been very clear that an assault rifle ban, banning these high capacity clips, background checks, that there are a set of issues that I have historically supported and will continue to support,” said Obama.

Obama stressed that he will push legislation within the first year of his second term. “I’d like to get it done in the first year,” he said. “I will put forward a very specific proposal based on the recommendations that Joe Biden’s task force is putting together as we speak. And so this is not something that I will be putting off.”

The president told NBC he believes “responsible gun owners” will agree to the recommendations put forward by vice president Biden’s task force.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who promised to enact draconian anti-Second Amendment legislation following the Sandy Hook massacre, said on Sunday America needs to “bite the bullet” and restrict the gun rights of Americans.

“America has to bite the bullet of what these incidents mean to our people, to our nation and our nation’s standing in the world,” Feinstein told Fox News Sunday. “When you have someone walking in and slaying in the most brutal way, 6-year-olds, something is really wrong.”

Feinstein said the firearms of law-abiding Americans need to be placed under “appropriate authority.”

On December 27, we reported that Feinstein is in favor of passing legislation that would treat American gun owners as criminals. On her Senate web page, Feinstein stated her proposed legislation will add fingerprinting and photo identification to the National Firearms Act.

The effort to expand firearms registration will include weapons grandfathered prior to the enactment of Feinstein’s proposed legislation.

On December 20, New York governor Andrew Cuomo said the state may confiscate firearms. “Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to the state could be an option. Permitting could be an option — keep your gun but permit it,” the governor said.

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Davidic-era temple unearthed in dig near Jerusalem

A 2,750-year-old temple and a cache of sacred vessels from biblical times were discovered in an archaeological excavation near Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced Wednesday.

The finds, unearthed at Tel Motza on the western outskirts of the capital, date from the early monarchic period and include pottery figurines of men and horses, providing rare evidence for the existence of a ritual cult in the Jerusalem region at the beginning of the Judean monarchy. The precise significance of the figurines is still unknown.

“The ritual building at Tel Motza is an unusual and striking find, in light of the fact that there are hardly any remains of ritual buildings of the period in Judea at the time of the First Temple,” said excavation directors Anna Eirikh, Hamoudi Khalaily and Shua Kisilevitz. They said the structure’s uniqueness was enhanced by the site’s proximity to Jerusalem, which was the kingdom’s main center and the seat of kings David and Solomon.

An IAA statement described the walls of the structure as massive, and said it includes a wide, east-facing entrance, conforming to the tradition of temple construction in the ancient Near East: the rays of the sun rising in the east would have illuminated the objects placed inside the temple, symbolizing the divine presence within. A square structure which was probably an altar was exposed in the temple courtyard, and the cache of sacred vessels was found near the structure. The assemblage includes ritual pottery vessels, with fragments of chalices (bowls on high bases which were used in sacred rituals), decorated ritual pedestals, and a number of pottery figurines.

Motza and the surrounding region are well-known for their archaeological importance. Many finds from a variety of periods have been unearthed at the site, among them a public building, a large structure with storehouses and a considerable number of silos supposedly used to store the capital’s grain supplies. Experts have proposed identifying the site with the Biblical settlement of Motza which is mentioned in the Book of Joshua.

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According to the site’s directors, ”The finds recently discovered at Tel Motza provide rare archaeological evidence for the existence of temples and ritual enclosures in the Kingdom of Judah in general, and in the Jerusalem region in particular, prior to the religious reforms throughout the kingdom at the end of the monarchic period at the time of Hezekiah and Isaiah, which abolished all ritual sites, concentrating ritual practices solely at the Temple in Jerusalem.”

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