Commentary on world events that relate to Bible prophecy and on Rapture Ready issues world events.

Oct 3, 2011

Anything To Save a Killer

The death penalty has been a hot topic in the news. It came up during the Republican presidential debate, and there was nonstop media coverage leading up to the day Troy Davis was executed for his crime.

The liberal media has an intense obsession with doing everything it can to shape public opinion against capital punishment. During one of the GOP debates, NBC’s Brian Williams asked Governor Rick Perry if he ever struggled to sleep at night over the decision to execute an inmate. This was a prime example of the liberal bias. I don't think he would ask a liberal politician about sleeping at night if he or she favored abortion or choice.

I did a series of Google searches on the death penalty, and I couldn't believe how one-sided the press is on this subject. If I didn't know true reality, I would conclude from the news stories that everyone on death row was innocent of the crime that has the inmates facing a date with an executioner.

It just doesn't make sense that there would be such eagerness to defend people who have commited some of the most evil acts in human history. The left is so persistent in its defense of criminals that it now takes an average of nineteen years to put a murderer to death. Last year, David Lee Powell was put to death after spending thirty-one years on death row.

The liberal media will raise a fuss if anything odd transpires during an execution. Several years ago, Allen Davis was put to death in the electric chair. While they were giving him the juice, he suffered a nosebleed. The press immediately declared the electric chair too barbaric and demanded an end to all executions using this method.

The press ignored what happened to Davis' victims. There is no weeping for the spilled blood of the Weiler family. Nancy Weiler and her two children were savagely murdered by Davis. Nancy, who was three months pregnant at the time, was "beaten almost beyond recognition" by Davis with a .357 Magnum. He then shot Weiler's two daughters, Kristina (9, shot twice in the face) and Katherine (5, shot as she was trying to run away).

In May, Benny Stevens, put to death for the murder of his ex-wife, Glenda Reid, her husband, Wesley Reid, her eleven-year-old son, Dylan Lee, and Lee's ten-year-old friend Heath Pounds at the Reids' trailer in rural Marion County in October 1998 in a dispute over child support payments. Stevens’ execution was special because it was the first conducted with a new lethal injection cocktail. Apparently, we have plenty of drugs that can stop the heart and breathing of a criminal, but there is endless debate over whether these drugs result in a moment of discomfort. I'm sure the people Stevens killed had a moment of discomfort.

Why did is take eighteen years to put William Garner to death? On January 26, 1992, Garner stole an apartment key from a woman's purse while she was being treated at a local hospital emergency room. Then, he admitted going to her home to "take her things." While stealing a television, a VCR, a telephone, and a radio boom box from the apartment, Garner noticed six children, ages eight to thirteen, who were sleeping in the apartment that night. On his way out, he set fire to the apartment, even though he knew there were children inside. The five youngest children died of smoke inhalation.

Another way the death penalty has become a joke is the growing number of people who eventually walk free from prison still guilty of the crimes that originally earned them a death sentence. Gaile Owens was scheduled for execution for the murder of her husband. Owens hired a man to kill her husband. Sidney Porterfield, who is now sixty-eight and on death row, accepted the job and struck the man twenty-one times with a tire iron. Former governor Phil Bredesen commuted Gaile Owens' death sentence to life in prison in July 2010, and a parole board has now voted to set her free. I'm sure Mr. Porterfield is saying, "Hey, what about me?"

I think the reason the devil is so active in combating the death penalty is because he faces the ultimate death sentence–damnation in hell fire. Jesus said Satan was a “murderer from the beginning” (John 8:44). Satan may think that if he can find pardons for his earthly minions, maybe somehow the same twisted logic can be appled to him.

If people understood God’s final verdict on sin, there wouldn't be nineteen years of appeals or whining over the methods of execution. The Bible plainly says, "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man" (Gen. 9:6). Death in this world is of minor importance. The second death is the one we should all seek God’s mercy to avoid.

"But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death" (Rev. 21:8 NKJV).

“And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Rev. 20 13-15).

-- Todd

Fascinating Prophetic Details Conclusion

Those of us who look at world conditions through the lens of the premillennial, pre-Tribulation scope of things to come believe ours is the correct view of Bible prophecy. We reach that understanding, in part, when considering that 1) Israel must be at the center of world controversy at the very end of the age; and 2) Antichrist can’t be revealed as the man of sin until believers of the Church Age are removed from planet earth.

Now, the details of developments on the geopolitical last-days’ landscape grow ultra fascinating. We have shown that Israel has become the center of controversy, exactly like Zechariah the prophet foretold that nation will be at the end of the age. We have looked at how this prophetic stage-setting has eventuated, with America’s alliance with and influence upon Israel bringing the Jewish state to the center of the end-times spotlight.

At the same time, we’ve delved into how the United States of America has gone into decline like the deteriorating visage of a terminally ill cancer patient. Why is the U.S. not mentioned in Bible prophecy? Perhaps we are learning why, as previously dissected, with America’s wealth currently being siphoned by the geopolitical power that will one day have a military force that will kill one-third of all peoples on earth at the time China and others of East Asia rampage into the Occidental world across the dried-up Euphrates River.

American tax dollars are paying for the equipping of that future juggernaut, it appears. America’s decline seems related to the country’s movement away from friendship with and close support of God’s chosen nation. Again, America looks to be key to developing prophetic stage-setting when thinking on what’s going on with the area of the world out of which history’s final and most despotic tyrant will emerge. Antichrist’s launching pad will be Europe–the area of ancient Rome, the prophet Daniel foretells (Dan. 9: 26-27).

Europe spawned World Wars I and II, and was in near total shambles following the Allied victory over Germany, Japan, and Italy. The Marshall Plan, conceived, implemented, and paid for by the United States, rebuilt that prophetically destined continent.

The European Common Market came into being in 1957, engendered by the Treaty of Rome. This followed a number of European nations agreeing to form the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) in 1951, which was implemented in 1952. Other agreements moved European nations closer, like the treaties establishing the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom). The formation of the European Economic Community (EEC) brought Europe to the point of coming into the prophetic picture as what will one day form the revived Roman Empire. Point is, none of these developments would have happened as they did if not for U.S. rescue of Europe from the ravages of WW II. This isn’t meant to give America undue accolades. The U.S. would, itself, never have existed if not for the God of heaven’s divinely appointed purpose for the American republic in end-times development.

The intricate linkages with the U.S. economy have kept Europe–and the western world, for that matter—at an elevated economic level never attained in history. The interlinkages of America and its dollar with all of these nations mentioned in Bible prophecy are nothing short of miraculous, when one truly studies the details involved. America’s loss of economic power is presently having a deleterious impact on most every nation on the planet--except, perhaps, China, which, again, looks to be the entity assigned by destiny to be the chief agent for siphoning wealth and power from the most materially blessed nation to ever exist.

The ominous bubble of economic catastrophe is building hourly for America and all nations of planet earth. There is almost certainly no human way to prevent it from eventually bursting. It becomes more obvious by the day to those who see prophetic developments from a premillennial, pre-Tribulation viewpoint that it is only God’s staying hand that prevents the explosion that will collapse the global economy.

I believe--again, based on what I know to be the premil, pre-Trib view God’s Word presents regarding prophecy yet future--that it will be the Rapture of the church (all born-again believers in Jesus Christ) that will burst that explosive bubble.

All stage-setting factors are in place–in detail—for the coming to power of Antichrist and his regime of murderous tyranny. It will be an economically driven dictatorship of absolute control over buying and selling, as Revelation 13:16-18 clearly presents.

That “prince that shall come” (Dan. 9:26) can’t appear on the world stage (2 Thess. 2:3) until the church is removed to heaven when Jesus Christ calls all believers to be with Him (John 14:1-3; 1 Thess. 4:16-17; Rev. 4:1). It is upon the Rapture that this world’s immense bubble of false security based upon Satan’s lies will burst and the humanistic structures of false hope will come crashing to dust.

The singular, most fascinating detail out of all of prophecy to remember is the following: “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21).

His name is Jesus!