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

Jul 2, 2012

The Real Problem with The Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Supreme Court has voted to make the Affordable Care Act - better known as Obamacare - the law of the land. With over 2,000 pages, the Act was one of the longest bills the Congress has ever passed. Obamacare is so complex, it will take years to fully implement.

The one area that garners the most attention is the requirement for everyone to have health insurance. In a shocking ruling on mandates, the Justices have handed the government the ability to regulate every facet of our lives.

Here is an explanation that provides an easy way to understand the ruling. “You are free to not eat broccoli, but if you don’t the government will impose a penalty on you. This penalty is really just a tax and since the government has the power to tax for all sorts of reasons, they can tax you if you don’t eat broccoli.”

In order to hand a victory to the Obama administration, the U.S. Supreme Court had to twist the Constitution into a pretzel. The government had argued that the Commerce Clause gave them the right to regulate health care. The justices ruled that using the Commerce Clause in this way was unconstitutional, but they rewrote the bill to make it valid in their eyes. The court said the taxing power of the federal government can be used to justify Obamacare.

President Obama very clearly argued this was not to be a tax on the American people. In 2009, ABC's George Stephanopoulos, interviewed Obama about the health care reform bill. Stephanopoulos said, "Under this mandate, the government is forcing people to spend money and fining them if they don't. How is that not a tax increase?"

President Obama replied, "No, tha-tha-that's not true, George. Eh… for us to say that you've gotta take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase. What it's saying is that we're not gonna have other people carrying your burdens for you, any more than the fact that right now everybody in America, just about, has to get auto insurance. Nobody considers that a tax increase. People say to themselves, "That is a fair way to make sure that if you hit my car, that I'm not covering all the costs."

So Obamacare is nothing more than the largest tax increase in the history of America. It hasn't even started yet, and the 10 year cost of the plan for the government is already estimated at two trillion dollars. It's insane to think we can afford this new burden with our nation already suffering an annual deficit of $1.3 trillion.

A key reason why the government needs to stay out of private business is the unintended consequences it’s interference always creates. One part of the Act says employers with less than 50 workers will be given an exemption. What this does is motivate businesses to fire workers or limit employee growth, causing them to stay under the 50 employee limit. Thousands of businesses will close or never be created because of the obstacles that this new regulation puts in the path of entrepreneurs.

Daniel Webster is credited for being the first to say, "The power to tax is the power to destroy." Up until last week, the Supreme Court has been generally mindful of this danger. Congress now has a green light to use taxation to obliterate what remains of our civil liberties.

I could deal with Congress turning into a nanny state that wants me to eat broccoli. What concerns me is the government enacting rules that conflict with my core values. When the Communists took over North Korea, the state regulations were at first benign. Today, the citizens of that nation are dominated by a central authority that is so controlling, everyone is required to hang portraits of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on the “best” wall of their home. I'm sure the Democrats and the liberal media would view it as inspiring to have an image of Obama in every American home.

My ultimate concern with the Supreme Court ruling is how it factors into the Mark of the Beast prophecy. For years, I've wondered how the U.S. government would reach the point where it would force everyone to receive the Antichrist's mark. I now see how that scenario can easily be played out.

"And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name." (Revelation 13:16-17)


End of Days on Track

Much of the email traffic and conversation in which I’ve been involved of late has dealt with the concerns about the Isaiah 17:1 prophecy, because of some reports that Damascus, Syria might be targeted for attack by Israel, or even by the United States. There are fears that some of Syrian dictator, Bashar Al Assad’s regime has chemical and even, possibly, biological weapons of war. These, it is thought, might fall into the hands of terrorist-types even more diabolical than Assad’s, should he –as it looks at present—have to give up his ruler ship over Syria.

Before Israel would let that happen, it is conjectured, the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) would wipe out the entire city –or whatsoever territory it takes— in order to eliminate the threat from such weapons of mass destruction. The present set-up, it is put forth, fits perfectly the Isaiah prophecy. “The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.” (Isaiah 17: 1)

The fears that this prophecy is nearing fulfillment comes from reports such as the excerpted portion of the article which follows.

"U.S. intelligence agencies are closely watching Israel’s military for signs it will conduct strikes on Syria’s stockpiles of chemical weapons, amid concerns the deadly nerve agents could fall under the control of Hezbollah or al Qaeda terrorists, U.S. officials said.

Syria’s arsenal remains vulnerable as the result of the internal conflict currently underway in Syria between government forces and opposition rebels, one official said.

Everyone suspects Syria maintains an active chemical weapons program; and it would be dangerous not to plan accordingly,” the official said… (U.S. concerned Israel may launch attacks on Syrian WMD sites By Bill Gertz, AP –Rapture Ready News 6/24/12).

I wrote an article several years ago with the title “End of days”. I used the title End of days as indicative of mainstream journalists’ favorite term for matters of end time’s prophecy.

The commentary was about my view of how Biblically prophesied things would possibly play out from that point in time, forward. The piece was written in scenario-fashion, dealing, in particular, with issues and events involving America, Europe and the Middle East. I have seen no reason to change the scenarios presented within that article to any great extent, with one caveat. I would have made some mention of the tremendous economic upheavals, if writing it today.

The following represents a small, excerpted portion of that article. It continues to be my perspective on how things are shaping up, especially in light of our current news headlines.

Following the rapture of all born-again believers, the leadership of Israel will look around to find its world support gone with the disappearance of millions of people. All who truly believe Israel has a God-given right to the land, based upon Scriptures in Genesis, will be missing. America will be in total turmoil, and desperately searching for ways to regain its national equilibrium.

This can only be accomplished by reestablishing government that will provide structure for restoring order. The European Union, somewhat shaken, nonetheless will remain solid. All civilized parts of the western world will rush to the EU for help in trying to regain and/or preserve things lost in the greatest catastrophe in recorded human history.

The Islamists of the Middle East, who have for centuries held the people under their despotic thumbs, will not be cowered by the disappearances—even of all of their young children. Rather, they will be emboldened to look toward Israel and see an Allah-sent opportunity to once-and-for-all scour the Jew from the face of what they consider to be their land. This rumor of war will not escape Israel’s leadership.

While the Arab-Islamic forces gather in council of war, the military leadership of Israel will be given the top spot in doing whatever is necessary to insure the nation’s continued existence. The liberals and woolly-minded who harbor delusional thoughts that peace is primary will be pushed to the margins. Israel must survive.

Gamel Abdul Nasser will be remembered in the councils of both Israel and her enemies who spawned that Egyptian warlord. Nasser gathered the combined forces of Arab nations and attacked Israel in 1956. He was in the process of again doing so in 1967, when the Israeli Defense Force pre-empted the Egyptian dictator’s plans, and thoroughly defeated that collective foe. The people who declare they will never again sit still while forces gather to destroy the nation will now be in charge in Israel. Dramatic action is called for; it will be taken.

Leadership of the major Mid-East terrorist organizations will gather at the one place they are all headquartered—the oldest inhabited city on earth, Damascus, Syria. Their drum beat of blood-vowed hatred will make the inevitable obvious to the Israeli hawks –most all within Israeli leadership. They will decide to cut off the heads of the hydra-headed serpent in one mighty blow. That blow will be delivered by the nuclear sword: “The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap” (Isa. 17:1).

One Israeli jet with a 15-kiloton bomb will cut off the heads, bringing much of Islam into confusion and immense rage. Then, there will be jihad of the most nightmarish sort. But, preparation for such jihad will take time. Much of the diabolical terrorists most proficient at planning such a holy war will have gone to their 72 virgins.

Now, America will agree to agree with EU brainstorming. Something, all agree in the western power sphere, must be done—immediately. World War III—that some have said has already begun with the War on Terrorism—will be about to get underway in full-blown fury. Israel will then sense the collective wrath not just of its Islamic neighbors, but of the entire world, including its former staunchest ally—the United States of America.

Israel, through its preemptive destruction of Damascus with a nuclear weapon, will have enraged everyone, who now looks at the tiny Jewish state as the number-one trouble maker on the planet: “The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about,when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it” (Zech. 12:1-3).

Israel will be friendless. Most all Jews will know they are doomed. There will be no choice but to invoke the Samson Option. They will bring all who come against them down with their own deadly fall. But there will be one man within the hierarchy of the EU who wants to try a diplomatic tact others haven’t considered…

I’ll stop there and let you read the balance of the End of days article for yourself, if you so choose. Certainly, we are seeing things shaping in geo-political areas specific to things prophesied for the very end of the age. Again, Luke 21: 28 is a most apropos scripture for our day.