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September 19, 2016

The Powers Behind Hillary Clinton

The viability of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign defies all logical analysis. If you were to give a rundown of the details of the race to a panel of political watchdogs, most of them would probably conclude that Hillary would have poll numbers in the single digits. In recent days, she has been slipping in the polls, but a couple weeks ago, she had a solid lead over Trump.

Hillary Clinton should have been declared unelectable when it was revealed that she violated laws governing the handling classified information mixed in with her personal records. Instead the media aided and abetted her misdeeds. Her criminal nature was made all the more obvious when we learned that the Clinton Foundation was nothing more than a pay for play enterprise. But so what, right?

The collapse she suffered at the September 11 memorial ceremony should have ended the race right there. Despite her campaign claiming it was dehydration and then pneumonia that led to her ill health, Clinton was caught on camera receiving a neurological test from someone who appeared to be a nurse. She was also wearing anti-seizure sunglasses.

Any speculation that Hillary Clinton has Parkinson’s disease is labeled as right-wing conspiracy theory talk. But evidence pointing to her having some form of neurological issue has become overwhelming and hard to dismiss. I watched the video last week from a Neurologist that listed ten examples that point to Parkinson’s disease as a likely cause of many of Clinton symptoms.

There have been at least three other times when she collapsed or fainted. One fall in her home resulted in a major blood clot in her brain that required months of treatment. The details have been covered up, of course.

The revelation that Clinton has pneumonia is one more indication pointing to Parkinson’s disease. The head of the National Parkinson Foundation has said that pneumonia is one of the most common causes of mortality in Parkinson’s sufferers—since people with that degenerative disease are less able to swallow. Her frequent coughing fits are blamed on allergies, but unless she’s allergic to people, they seem to strike in any environmental setting.

The liberal media play an essential role in allowing Clinton to shake off all these setbacks. Every time a scandal breaks, her faithful praetorian guard works feverishly to set the negative news into the softest tones. Another one of their specialties is to turn Hillary problems into “old news.” Right now, her emails are viewed as ancient history.

The same strategy is being used with her health scare. Last Sunday, Hillary needed three people to hold her up. Two days later, the liberal media considered the matter resolved. The reporters that followed her didn’t even care that they had been lied to. When Hillary’s doctor issued a letter that basically said she is still able to fog a mirror, the press had complete faith that all is well.

Of course, the liberal media had to go on the offense by openly questioning if Donald Trump has any health issues. If he had suffered the same type of collapse, every news organization would go into a relentless 24 hour breaking news mode.

I have given much thought to why Satan has invested so much energy into Hillary Clinton. Since he is the god of this world, one would think he would have picked someone else from the thousands of Democrats; someone that does not have the negative legal and health issues that shroud Hillary.

The only reason I can find for why the devil would be putting all his energy into this broken-down race horse is because he knows what will happen if she wins.

The Bible makes it clear that Satan has tremendous power, but he doesn’t have total rule over the earth. God maintains 100 percent control in all worldly affairs. He delegates power to the devil based largely on a nation’s spiritual state. The reason why Satan is pushing so hard to get Hillary elected would seem to be the result of God telling him that America would come under his greater control if the voters are foolish enough to elect her as president.

I think is vital that every Christian in this country be praying that God will spare us from this evil woman—from Hillary Clinton. If she gets into office, we can all say goodbye to the freedoms we have enjoyed. Destroying Christians is very high on her “To Do” list.

Because we don’t know the timing of the Rapture, we don’t have the option of ignoring a calamity of this magnitude. If believers just sit on their hands and do nothing, we may find ourselves reflecting fondly on the presidency of Barack Hussein Obama.

“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” (Ephesians 6:12).

--Todd


Rapture Resistance Ramping Up

The past number of weeks has brought a ramping up of vitriol against the doctrine of the pre-Trib Rapture to my inbox. The assault seems spearheaded by one blog thrust in particular. I receive as many as three long diatribes from this source in a single day. The accusation is that those who believe in the pre-Trib Rapture are  part of what this blog entity calls the Rapture Cult.

A number of emails pour in from various individuals who, close examination uncovers, are likely in cahoots with the blog-entity initiating this latest strategy against pre-Trib Rapture teaching. These emails, without exception, use the "Margaret McDonald" accusatory proclamation. They claim that we who believe the Bible presents a pre-Trib Rapture have been taken in by the hellish vision of the nineteenth century false prophetess who is said to have also caused John Darby to fall for the lie of a pre-Trib Rapture. C. I. Scofield, the DeHaans, and the rest of us have joined and perpetuated this " Rapture cult."

The anti-pre-Trib blog writer points an anger-tinged condemnation of the ancient writings such as that of one called Pseudo-Ephraem. This writer from antiquity has been studied by prophecy scholars such as Grant Jeffrey and others in order to find extra-biblical validation that the pre-Trib view of Rapture was held by the early church fathers and by the early church in general.

The blogger insinuates that the very use of the title "pseudo" indicates this is a false teacher. The "genuine" Ephraem, he writes, apparently lived in the fourth century, while the "pseudo" lived in as late as the seventh.

Yet he confuses his attempt to make his case by using both Ephraems to claim that they both, in the final analysis, write a firm denial of the pre-Trib Rapture.

The blogger writes of both Ephraems: "Both said the only thing 'remaining' is the arrival of Antichrist"--i.e., they both believed, according to him, that the Antichrist coming to power is the next prophetic event to take place. No Rapture is in view.

Grant Jeffrey plainly refutes that claim through his research. Jeffrey wrote the following in a chapter for one of my books:

1. Ephraem's manuscript lays out the events of the last days in chronological sequence. Significantly, he began with the Rapture, using the word "imminent," then he described the Great Tribulation of three and a half years duration under the Antichrist's tyranny, followed by the second coming of Christ to earth with His saints to defeat the Antichrist.

2. Significantly, at the beginning of his treatise in section 2, Ephraem used the word "imminent" to describe the Rapture occurring before the Tribulation and the coming of the Antichrist. "We ought to understand thoroughly therefore, my brothers which is imminent or overhanging."

3. He clearly described the pre-Tribulation Rapture: "Because all saints and the Elect of the Lord are gathered together before the tribulation which is about to come and are taken to the Lord, in order that they may not see at any time the confusion which overwhelms the world because of our sins."--Grant Jeffrey, "Rapture, Three Fascinating Discoveries"

The writers of those earlier times used the term "pseudo" as merely a literary device in order to not have their names made public for one reason or the other. The same devices are used today in modern literature, of course. And, there are other factors involved in why such pseudonym devices were employed, but that's not relevant here.

The point is that very meticulous scholarship examining the writers of that ancient period has proven beyond doubt--to me and many others who study Bible prophecy--that there were many students of God's Word amongst the  early believers who held to a pre-Tribulation Rapture of the church.

Yet the blogger calls the writings by Ephraem the Syrian (A.D. 306 to 373) "false witness" and refers to the writer as a "forger." This he does without actual proof of his charge, but with high-sounding, pseudo-scholarly phraseology, in my opinion.

The danger in all this is that these assaults on the Rapture deflect the study of many of the true children of God who have a desire to look into Bible prophecy these days. Believe me, these seem to constitute a group that is diminishing in number.

The bloggers that are virulently against the truth about the pre-Trib Rapture brought to us by Paul the apostle in his letters to the Thessalonians and the Corinthians, and indeed by Jesus Himself as given in John 14:1-3, send their seemingly well-studied dogma in mass mailings on an ever-increasing basis. People are all too quick to take the sophistry thus delivered, usually unsolicited, as factual. Like those who get their news from cyberspace venues who twist truth that is not news at all, but fable, those marginally interested in Bible prophecy often take the lazy way and choose the blog presentations from the purveyors of anti-pre-Trib Rapture propaganda.

This is a primary reason I wrote my latest book, Rapture Ready...Or Not: 15 Reasons This Is the Generation That will Be Left Behind. My prayerful desire was and continues to be to get the book into the hands of as many as possible in order to counter such satanically spawned attacks.

My special prayer is that we get the book to as many pastors and teachers within churches that are still of the Philadelphian rather than of the Laodicean sort.

My thanks to all who have seen to it that your pastors and teachers now have this book in their possession. For those who haven't yet seen to it that these ministers of your acquaintance have copies, I ask that you consider providing each a copy.

Time looks to be running out in this Age of Grace. Pray, if you will, that these will begin using their pulpits and teaching opportunities to deliver truth about Christ's imminent coming for all believers. As chapter 1 of Rapture Ready...Or Not puts it:

"The end isn't near, it's here."