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Aug 1, 2011

Norway's Shocking Complacency

Norway is struggling to come to terms with its worst peacetime massacre in modern times. Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people and injured dozens more. This was Europe's worst terrorist attack since the 2004 Madrid train bombings left 191 dead.

Breivik first triggered a bomb next to a building connected to the Labor Party government. He then went to a youth camp, also run by the party, on Utoeya Island, where he spent 90 minutes methodically gunning down campers.

When I saw the headlines about the massacre, my first thought was that this was yet again the work of an Islamic extremist. You would have to go back 16 years to the Oklahoma City bombing to find a similar attack carried out by a non-Muslim. Some of the first news stories pointed out this fact. Here was solid proof that the liberal media had known all these years that Muslims were the main perpetrators of terrorism and chose to ignore it.

Once the press figured out that the shooter was a militant white guy, it didn't take long for them to start labeling him as a “Christian terrorist,” “Christian fundamentalist,” or “Christian extremist." Outlets like the New York Times made this snap decision when they found that Breivik had categorized himself as a believer on a social network site.

In manifesto posted online, he describes himself as only being part of a Christian culture. Breivik wrote on page 1307:

“If you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God then you are a religious Christian. Myself and many more like me do not necessarily have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God. We do however believe in Christianity as a cultural, social, identity and moral platform. This makes us Christian.”

A large portion of the people at the camp were of Middle East descent. Breivik feared that Europe was being overrun by the Muslim faith, and he decided to strike out at what he saw as the invaders.

The most shocking part of this story is the lack of justice in Norway. Breivik is now facing murder charges that only have a maximum sentence of 21 years. Yes, after killing dozens of innocent people, this guy could be back on the streets by the time he's 53 years old. There was some talk of charging him with crimes against humanity, which would carry a 30-year sentence.

Breivik won't have to worry about spending his 21 years pounding rocks in some penal colony. Norway has some of the world's most progressive prisons, where inmates enjoy cells equipped with flat-screen televisions, mini fridges, and designer-style furniture.

One of the reasons it took an hour and a half for the Norwegian police to reach the island is that they didn't have any guns. By law, they must have authorization from their chief to gain access to a firearm. The police looked all the more like Barney Fifes when their boat broke down and they needed help from a backup unit to get to the island.

This isn't the first time that Norway has been unprepared to deal with criminals. In 1994, robbers stole artwork by its best-known painter, Edvard Munch. The thieves left their ladder propped up against an unlocked National Gallery window, and after grabbing Munch's "The Scream," they had enough time to pen a mocking note: "Thanks for the poor security."

I can already tell what will be the legacy of the Norway attack. Under the banner of multiculturalism, there will be calls for tolerance of people of the Muslim faith. You can bet the slate will now be officially wiped clean of all the past crimes committed in the name of Allah. The next time one of his followers kills a group of people, you can be sure that the press will freshly remind us of Mr. Breivik’s evil deeds.

The greatest mistake in this whole affair is Norway's complacency about man’s evil nature. Because we live in a sinful world, you can never let your guard down. Security officer Trond Berntsen was probably the first person to be killed at the summer camp. He was unarmed, and I’m certain he wished he had a gun when he found himself staring down the barrel of riffle.

We face an enemy whose main ambition is to “steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10:10). Anyone who thinks he can live in crimeless utopia will eventually become the devil’s lunch.

1 Peter 5:8: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

-- Todd

God’s Irrelevance Becoming Prophetically Relevant

Todd Strandberg, my ever-inquisitive partner--we consider him our genius family member--reported last week on his probe of the atheists gathered in Las Vegas. A Rapture Ready friend who visits the site regularly sent an e-note pointing to a particular observation Todd made in his article. Todd wrote: "If they don’t believe in a 'Guy up in the sky,' I don’t understand why they would make such a fuss over Him."

That is a brilliant observation/question proving the Shakespearian maxim, "Brevity is the soul of wit." But the statement does much more than validate the thought from Hamlet. It shines the light of truth on the madness of the people of the planet more and more attempting to push the Almighty into irrelevance. Nowhere within the dynamic interactions of mankind is this determination to push God aside more manifest than in the Israeli/Palestinian confrontation in regards to the two-state controversy. The growing global mindset to make God’s promises to the chosen people irrelevant is profoundly significant in terms of end-of-the-age Bible prophecy.

The following news item helps explain:

The Bible is an "ancient holy book" that is irrelevant to the Palestinian Authority's aim to take over all of Judea and Samaria from the Jews, a PA activist said in a rare debate last week with a “settler” in a Washington synagogue.

The Bible is full of "medieval" traditions that should not be considered or influence decisions on whether or not to create the Palestinian Authority as an independent state within Israel’s borders, Dr. Hussein Ibish, Senior Fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine, said in the debate with David Ha’Ivri, director of the Shomron (Samaria) Liaison Office…

Ibish’s comments were in answer to Ha’Ivri’s statement that Jerusalem is mentioned over 800 times in the Bible and not at all in the Koran and that most of the Biblical narrative relates to events in Judea and Samaria.

The live debate on the subject "Palestinian State or Jewish Homeland?" came less than two months before the Arab League is expected to ask the United Nations to recognize “Palestine” as an independent country based on the Arab world’s territorial and political demands, which deny recognizing Israel as a “Jewish” state…

Ibish, born in Lebanon and a self-described agnostic, has campaigned on American campuses as executive director of the American Task Force for Palestine. (Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, "Biblical Jewish Roots Irrelevant, Says PA Activist," Jewish World - News – Israel National News, 7/24/11)

God is deemed irrelevant by the movers and shakers in geopolitics, most of whom are agnostic or atheist in their worldviews. Bible prophecy is immeasurably moved forward in stage-setting for fulfillment with developing matters involving the push for a Palestinian state. Satanic tendrils can be sensed snaking through proceedings and enmeshing in spider-web fashion at the highest diplomatic levels.

Anti-Semitism is on the rise as strongly as in pre-Nazi Germany. Israel is the target of the God despisers while the world moves ever closer to Armageddon.

We returned this week from the Branson Future Congress, where I spoke Sunday in a Power Point presentation I called “Omega Signs: Unmistakable Pointers to Christ's Any-Moment Intervention." A number of world leaders were shown in video clips at the beginning of the presentation, giving their opinions on the crises shaping up to be a catastrophic future for planet earth if the new world order builders don’t get their way. One key video clip that struck me as particularly telling of the satanic rage against Israel, thus against the God who made promises to the heirs of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, contained the answer to a question posed to Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon.

The UN secretary was asked by the interviewer: “So, is there any doubt in your mind, as Secretary of the United Nations, that east Jerusalem, in particular, is occupied territory–that should not even be discussed in negotiations [about] the status of it as occupied territory, or do you have another perspective of it?”

Ki-moon answered: “The United Nations has made it quite clear that this is the occupied territory, and thus will treat it as such.”

This statement by the man the United States government–you and I—help support by funding the UN with far more billions of dollars than any nation, seethes with the collective rage of most member states of the UN body against God’s chosen nation.

That world body is working maliciously and furiously to bring about the Palestinian state without Israel having any say in the matter. And that, of course, means that they think God has no say in the matter, either. One report says the following:

Israeli officials believe that the Palestinians will avoid the UN Security Council and will appeal to the General Assembly to avoid an almost certain US Veto. A Palestinian independent state is expected to gain the support of more than 140 countries of UN members.

The PNA is tirelessly working on the preparations ahead of the UN meeting in September, where a meeting on the final draft of the UN resolution would be held in Doha of Qatar on August 4.

"We are in the final stages of discussion on the best possible mechanism. We will evaluate appealing directly to the UN or going to the UN Security Council even with the possibility of UN Veto," [a top PNA official] said. "The Palestinian plan would call on the world body to recognize an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders," he said. (Nasouh Nazzal, "Israel Seriously Considering Voiding the Oslo Accords," www.gulfnews.com)

It is this very action–the dividing of Jerusalem—that will bring all nations to Armageddon, according to Joel 3:2. The attempt to make irrelevant the God of heaven–the only God there is—is an act of collective suicide for the one world order builders. The Lord has the final word on the foolhardy machinations of these neo-Babel architects:

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel. (Psalm 2: 2-9)