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February 1, 2016

A Nation Without a Moral Foundation

Corruption has become so rampant in our American government that it is hard not to be shocked by what has become “business as usual.” The outcome of the undercover videos about Planned Parenthood is one that is so low that it should not escape anyone’s attention.

In 2015, a grouped called, The Center for Medical Progress, released several gruesome videos that showed Planned Parenthood officials conspiring with undercover reporters to make money off of aborted baby parts. One Planned Parenthood worker proudly said, “I want to buy a Lamborghini.”

The day the video was released the abortion-loving-press didn’t know how to react to the video. The footage was so evil that liberals had to struggle with what was left of their moral conscience. For about three days, they were silent as the video rapidly disseminated over social media.

Once the liberal media regained their composure, they launched a counterstrike. They first reported that the videos were an “Extremely offensive intrusion and [showed a] lack of respect for women.”

The Guardian then turned disgust on its head by describing the videos as a “Stomach-churning sequence of anti-abortion activists picking through a bowl of fetal tissue.” Others tried the bald-faced denial approach, saying “The video showed no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Planned Parenthood.”

If you could have stepped into a time machine and traveled a year into the future, before you reached your time destination, you most likely would have concluded that Planned Parenthood would be seriously punished and that there would be a positive outcome for the group behind the videos. Your thoughts may have been similar to the thoughts on my list:

1. Planned Parenthood would be found in violation of the federal “Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations” or “RICO” statute.

2.They would have lost all its government funding.

3. The makers of the video sting would not gain heroic status.

A year later, Planned Parenthood has not been charged with any crime and receives the same amount of money from the government that they were given before their heinous practice of selling aborted baby’s body parts was exposed.

The Center for Medical Progress has been made the villain by our corrupt Judicial system. A grand jury has indicted Susan and David Daleiden for allegedly “Tampering with governmental record with intent to defraud and harm Planned Parenthood.” The pair also faces a misdemeanor charge related to the purchase of human organs.

The tampering with governmental record charge is being used because the Daleiden’s used fake driver’s licenses to get into a Texas clinic. Tampering with a governmental record is a serious charge that carries punishment of up to 20 years in prison; but it’s really only the equivalent of buying beer with a fake ID. An Attorney for the Daleiden’s called the second charge “ridiculous,” saying the activists never intended to actually purchase the aborted babies.

We are not going to return to sanity by electing more Republicans. It was a Republican controlled house that cast the vote to continue funding Planned Parenthood. America’s problems are the result of us turning our back on God.

When the Founding Fathers drafted our original Constitution, they based that new document on moral principles found in the Bible. That truth is not always understood because the forces of darkness have revised history books to argue that America was founded by men who used secular morality as their guide. When we read direct quotes from our Founding Fathers, we get the true understanding of their inspiration:

John Jay, the first Chief-Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court stated, “The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the Word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts.”

Noah Webster, author of the first American Speller and the first Dictionary stated:

The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws. . . All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.

Robert Winthrop, Speaker of the U. S. House, “Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power without them; either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet.”

Fisher Ames author of the final wording for the First Amendment wrote:

“[Why] should not the Bible regain the place it once held as a school book? Its morals are pure, its examples captivating and noble. The reverence for the Sacred Book that is thus early impressed lasts long; and probably if not impressed in infancy, never takes firm hold of the mind.”

Benjamin Franklin, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”

The quote from Franklin would be prophetic except for the fact that moral depravity has been evidenced throughout history. The Roman Empire rotted from the inside out. The nation of Israel lost its way many times. The only thing different with our age is that the whole world faces God’s judgment.

“The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9 :17).

--Todd


Gog Incentive

One recent day's headlines combine to produce a picture that brings the lateness of the prophetic hour into focus:

China's Xi calls for creation of Palestinian state

Tunisia declares nationwide curfew as violent protests against unemployment and poverty spread

Syria conflict: "US expanding air strip" in Kurdish north

Saudi-Iranian proxy war over Syria spreads to World Economic Forum meeting

French Prime Minister warns Europe will be "totally destabilized" if it takes all refugees

This is what the death of a nation looks like: Venezuela prepares for 720% hyperinflation

Haiti postpones Sunday's presidential election as violence erupts

Nations are in distress with perplexity. The seas and waves of peoples around the world are roaring. All signals point to the soon coming Tribulation outlined in the greatest of all prophetic books --The Revelation. All the while, it is pretty much business as usual within the confines of the United States while the country prepares for another presidential election.

The global financial powers that be are in disarray equal to that of the national leaders around the world who are in the aforementioned distress with perplexity. The international stock exchanges appear to be set for massive collapse, yet the trigger point for that Humpty-Dumpty fall seems held up by some unseen hand of fate. All appears to be in configuration precisely as Jesus foretold it will be at the time of His next, catastrophic intervention into the affairs of mankind. --Not the Second Advent of Revelation 19:11-14, but the Rapture as given by Paul as recorded in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-15 and 1 Corinthians 15:52-55, and even by Jesus Himself in John 14:1-3.

Surrounding all of these stage-props for the final act of the age, the handwriting is appearing on the walls of human history, perhaps beginning to clarify how the Ezekiel 38-39 scenario will play out. The nation Israel, as the student of Bible prophecy might expect, is in the middle of these most interesting developments.

News reports have informed for some months the many intrigues of the oil industry while cost per barrel has been tumbling since Saudi reduced its prices. It is believed by many "experts" that that oil-rich nation's royal family, in concert with the United States presidential administration, cut prices to undercut Russia's upsurging involvement in oil production and sales around the world.

The undercutting worked. The ruble fell precipitously, and although the Russian currency unit is now up to around 85 cents against the U.S. dollar, Vladimir Putin's budding Russian empire continues to suffer. And, while he and his country suffers, he remains resolute in presenting the image of being able to project power in the manner of the Soviet regime at the apex of its being able to threaten the world.

Despite great concerns that Putin indeed has the military resources and other assets to truly threaten his neighbors--and the rest of the world--experts with first-hand knowledge of Russia's capability provide interesting perspective to somewhat the contrary.

Bill Browder, chief executive officer of Hermitage Capital, and a former champion advocating for Vladimir Putin, now believes the Russian president leads a nation in such great peril of likely collapse that the situation portends danger for the world.

Browder's ire against Putin was generated as the result of two of his colleagues who opposed Putin's rule being killed--Browder supposes--by Putin's henchmen. Browder, himself, was expelled from Russia in 2005 after criticizing alledged endemic corruption in the country.

Browder told CNBC that Russia is in severe recession and could very soon descend into chaos if money in Russia "runs out."

"I don't think you can underestimate how bad the situation in Russia is right now, you've got oil below any measure where the budget can survive and you've got sanctions from the West. Russia is in what I'd call a real serious economic crisis," he said on Thursday [Jan 21]... .

He told CNBC while attending the World Economic Forum (WEF) that Russia's Central Bank is "running out of money." He added: "Eventually they're going to run out of that money and when they do, that's when the real trouble begins."(Rapture Ready News 1/22/16)

So, perhaps the Gog "evil thought" of Ezekiel 38-39 begins to become increasingly understandable to the diligent student of Bible prophecy. Russia's movement into the Middle East is itself an astounding development. Astonishing oil and gas discoveries off the coast of the Jewish state and within the Golan Heights area truly add prophetic intrigue in the minds of those who observe. These things, combined with such reports of Russia's dire economic straits give food for thought, indeed. Does it all add up to being the incentive that will put hooks in the jaws of that prophesied leader termed "Gog"? Stay tuned, as they say...

Terry