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


Dec 24, 2012

Someday They Will Have All Your Guns

It has long been my policy never to rush into stating my reaction to a news event. I find it's important to allow the dust to settle before making any prophetic commentary. This is the case concerning the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

I can't recall a time when the facts on a news story have changed so frequently. The day of the attack, the liberal media went absolutely bonkers. The gunman's name was Ryan, then it was changed to Adam. The mother was shot at home, then at school, and then back at home. First, there were two shooters and then there was one.

The reason the liberal media was spitting out constantly-changing data was because they were manifesting their excitement at the opportunity to use another mass murder event to advance their agenda. You certainly didn't see the same level of caution in reporting that was used with the September 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. In that attack, the mainstream media was steadfast in waiting to make sure all the facts were straight.

The press has been doing its best to set the tone on the debate. They have been very aggressive in portraying gun rights activists as villains. CNN's Piers Morgan tore into guest Larry Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners of America, calling him "an unbelievably stupid man" who's "dangerous," concluding the interview by saying, "You shame your country." ABC News saw a few protests outside the NRA's Fairfax, Virginia, headquarters as a growing, "angry crowd."

I seriously doubt the Sandy Hook shooting will provide enough momentum for any immediate ban on major categories of weapons. The NRA and other supporters of the second amendment are a very powerful force in American politics. President Obama gave the best indication that little will happen in the short run when he appointed VP Joe Biden to head a committee that would study the issue.

The gun rights lobby needs to be more worried about a progressive effort to make it harder to own and access a gun. This has already been the preferred method of attacking all our other civil liberties.

I think the greatest factor that puts gun ownership at risk is the decline in morality. If we don't have a moral foundation in this nation, I don't see how we can expect to maintain our Second-Amendment rights. If we become a land of lawless, the feds will be forced to clamp down. We still do quite well for a nation that has more outlets that sell firearms than franchises of the McDonald's Corp.

You don't see gun stores in the Middle East because Arab society would disintegrate if the average person could buy an assault rifle at the local market. When Iraq was liberated from the iron rule of Saddam Hussein, the Sunni and Shiite population instantly began killing each other with weapons they smuggled into the country.

We are steadily becoming a society that needs Big Brother to protect us from ourselves. One of the best indications of creeping oversight is the reduced access to explosives. There was once a time when you could go to local hardware store and buy a case of dynamite. Today, you can't even buy a large stock of fertilizer, the key ingredient in a homemade explosive, without getting the attention of Homeland Security.

The liberal media brought up all kinds of options for dealing with the problem of gun violence. I don't recall reading any article that addresses the declining moral values of our nation. When you find yourself walking into a swamp, with every step forward causing you to sink deeper into the muck, the best thing to do is to turn around and retrace your steps. Liberals don't want to go back to the old morality because they still have faith in the one they helped author.

Mike Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, in an appearance Fox News' Neil Cavuto show, suggested we try God's way: "It's an interesting thing. We ask why there's violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage? Because we've made it a place where we don't want to talk about eternity, life, what responsibility means, accountability — that we're not just going to have be accountable to the police if they catch us, but one day we stand before a holy God in judgment."

In the past week, I've had several conversations with friends over the possibility of new restrictions on gun ownership, and several times the "from my cold, dead hands" slogan popularized by Charlton Heston was invoked. One way or another, I'm afraid the government is going to take away everyone's guns. If they need to pry them away from your dead hand, then "so be it" would be the reaction of the coming authoritarian world government. We Christians have a much better option: the government will be able to take our guns because someday soon we will no longer need them.

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time" (1 Peter 1:3-5).

 --Todd


No Peace on Earth

How I wish I could put forth the usual message of good tidings of great joy we hear presented every year at this time. But there is no peace on earth. Rather, there is decreasing exhortation for Christmas cheer to be issued to men of goodwill in this darkening time in the nation and around the world. As a matter of fact, there are fewer and fewer men of goodwill, as the Christmas message traditionally proclaims.

Christmas is, in fact, in the process of being outlawed through the national insanity known as political correctness.

Heart-wrenching report after report coming from Newtown, Connecticut, continues to make the point. Just as the apostle Paul prophesied long ago, “Evil men and seducers will grow worse and worse” (2 Timothy 3:13a). We are living that predicted nightmare.

Rather than men of goodwill looking at the horrendous act of a crazed product of our anti-God culture/society and rationally analyzing the cesspool-like environmental factors that have brought us to this murderous rampage, politicians, quick to want to make their political points, rush to the microphones, putting the blame on guns. Those who want to garner power while eliminating opposition to their own ideas and demands desperately have desired to vilify firearms for decades–thus to take them from the hands of patriots who would defend against oppressive government, should it raise its head, as has happened in every civilization upon this sin-fallen sphere.

The national news and entertainment media conglomerate has joined in a diatribe against Second- Amendment rights like at no time I can remember. It is done in a soft, reverential tone, calling for us all to sit and reason together. It is done with sophistry that pretends compassion for the children slaughtered by the evil of that horrendous attack. But, it is a lucifiric mantra, nevertheless; make no mistake. They want to disarm America, even though they don’t fully realize–indeed, cannot even know why--the passion within themselves wants to take away our right to bear arms.

This is why they have no comprehension of the potential for enslavement madness they propose.

“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14).

America and the world face. at this darkening time of evil, men growing worse and worse as part of a spiritual battle of such proportion that even those who have the sound mind of God cannot fathom it. Thus there is a spirit of fear even among God’s people –the born again, despite the words given the apostle Paul to set those who are the Lord’s at ease while we watch these end-times prophecies unveiling before our eyes minute by minute.

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7).

That assurance is just as true as it has ever been, but the majority of the people of God chooses to go deeper into the attention diversions of our time rather than heeds God’s words of comfort. Churches themselves have become Laodicean-like bastions of diversion from the reality of these evil times. These present instead entertainment centers that keep the flock from seeing the true reason for the heinous acts like the one that took the lives of those precious little ones and the adults who were victims.

There is no peace on earth at this bleak and growing bleaker moment in the end of this debauched, humanistic age, because Jesus Christ has been progressively pushed to the perimeters of this nation’s life stream. Thus, the satanic influence that is at the center of Ephesians 6:12 has for the moment taken an ever-increasing position of dominance over the fallen minds of men, women, and children.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

This is why the twenty-year-old man did what he did December 14.

Assault weapons, nor any other inanimate objects, are the cause of peace having been kept from this generation. The peace Jesus offers to all men is constantly under assault by the devil and his minions. Mankind murders mankind for the same reasons Cain killed Abel–and with something other than a firearm, I might add. The human “….heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked" (Jeremiah 17:9).

Only Jesus Christ, the reason we are supposed to celebrate Christmas, can restore the peace that is so needed in this dying, decaying world. Thankfully, He is coming back soon for that very purpose.


HeavenVision: Glimpses into Glory

 

 

While the times in which we live, as I describe above, grow darker and hope seems to be fading, God’s Word tells His children that He has Prepared an infinitely better place for us, as He did for His Hebrew children.

 

“But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.” (Heb 11: 16)

The Bible tells us why we yearn for this better city called Heaven.

 

“For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Phl 3: 20)

 

HeavenVision: Glimpses into Glory” deals with this Magnificent future you and I will enjoy Forever in some unique ways I believe will comfort –even enthrall the reader. It includes my clinical death not once but 3 times on Good Friday, April 22, 2011 and the experiences that continue at the forefront of my thinking every waking moment.

 

The publisher is offering the hardcover book to Rapture Ready friends in advance of the book’s January, 2013 official release.

 

Thanks for any consideration of making HeavenVision: Glimpses into Glory a book you will get for yourself, and as gifts for those you want to one day live as God’s children in God’s Majestic, Eternal City.

 

I believe the prospects presented, as outlined in this book, will, in addition to offering much needed encouragement, help impress upon all who read it that we must work in the Lord’s Vineyard called Planet Earth with all the more determination, while we look up and listen for Christ’s any moment Call to His Church.

Link to order page

--Terry