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    Aug 25, 2014

    Donation Drive September to November

    Once again, it’s time to reflect on our accomplishments at Rapture Ready. I want to thank everyone who has contributed in some way to the site during the last quarter. For nearly 27 years, Rapture Ready has been a leading source for end-time information.

    According to a service that tracks all Web activity, Rapture Ready has been the number one prophecy site for 10 years now. I’m really surprised that we have been able to retain this honor for so long. Since the Bible describes the last days as a time of great apathy, our ability to retain the title has driven a sense of responsibility shared by myself and everyone who contributes to the site.

    A couple of weeks ago, Rapture Ready underwent a major upgrade to its server. We moved to a new host plan that increases the site’s bandwidth by 10 fold. Instead by of being tied to one server, we are now part of a system that has an array of servers acting as a single unit. This new strategy gives us the ability to scale up the site if world events should cause a sudden surge in traffic. This is all part of the “master plan”: getting Rapture Ready into a position that will allow a vast number of people to access its content in a short period of time.

    A key component of this plan is having the site on a series of servers to help balance out the load and help ensure the survival of the end-time message. We currently have 25 mirror sites. Two of these mirror sites were recently added to the roster.

    The increase in bandwidth on a separate server that runs the bulletin board allowed me to add a mirror to that server. The declining cost of shared hosting accounts made it possible to add rapturetalk.com to our family of mirror domains. A decade ago, what it would have cost to run a single Web account for a year, you can now finance the same type of domain for three years. If I knew when the Rapture was going to occur, and how soon, I’d have a 100 of these accounts running. With server bandwidth doubling every few years, we will eventually arrive at the point of unlimited reach.

    The graphic blocks in the first column of every article page have been very successful in directing people to key sections of the site. Because I feel we are near the time where Rapture Ready’s content is going to matter the most to the left-behind crowd, I had our graphic designer create some blocks that point people to pages that address the post-Rapture readers.

    Only the Lord knows how end-time events will play out. Obama may have a Rapture Ready kill switch on his desk, just in case of an emergency. I strongly believe that God will not allow the forces of darkness to block access to sites like Rapture Ready. Bible prophecy says that there will be repeated warnings given in the Tribulation that humanity will reject. I don’t expect RR to survive more than a few days or months, but even during a brief time period, the site could have a huge impact.

    Just think, moments after the Rapture the number of Christians will be at zero. Everyone on earth will be spiritually lost and confusion will reign supreme. People seeking to become Tribulation saints will need plenty of help. The best time is now. On the other side of the Rapture there will only be a race for survival.

    “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work” (John 9:4).

    There are three ways you can contribute to Rapture Ready: You can send a financial gift via our P.O. box address, you can make a one-time donation, or there is a “frequency” option that allows you to make monthly donations. The PayPal option has proven itself to be the most reliable method for offering long-term support.

    The Authorized.net option does not update account information, so your pledge of support will end at your card’s expiration date. If you’re interested in signing up, find the input links on the Donation Depot page. Donations can also be sent to our P.O. box at:

    Rapture Ready
    P.O. Box 969
    Benton, AR 72018

    --Todd


    United States of ISIS?

    A growing mantra among some prophecy observers proclaims that the Islamist State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) will one day establish a worldwide Islamist caliphate. A caliphate is, in Muslim jargon, a theocracy established on a widespread basis for Allah, their god.

    Such a movement is to be led by a caliph, a supreme religious and political leader who is traditionally viewed as a direct successor to Islam’s prophet-founder, Muhammad. Succeeding Muslim empires have been considered caliphates and encompass all of believing Islam, supposedly.

    Today’s world of Islam is so widely divergent that the present effort at establishing a caliphate consists of only an estimated 12,000 to 20,000 extremist, militant fanatics, hundreds of whom are Americans and Europeans with passports to travel freely. These, unfortunately, are being allowed to completely dominate the region. It is the downside of removing Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein from the scene.

    Saddam wrought bloodshed and terror on his own people and they lived under constant threat from the dictator and his two beastly sons. The terror, however, was very limited by the present standards of murderous rampage going on. The Butcher of Baghdad’s ghastly death and destruction was reserved for very few, because very few went against him. ISIS forces first murder, rape, and destroy everything in their path, then–after the genocide and other destruction--pose the question: Will you bow the knee to Allah? They obviously are having a high ol’ time with their unbridled rage.

    One thing sure: Saddam Hussein, if he were still dictator, would make short work of the some 12,000-20,000 demonic monsters determined to establish the caliphate in his territory.

    Am I saying we should have left Saddam and his two lunatic sons in power? Not at all. I’m just pointing out the nature of what is going on. Whether Saddam or the ISIS caliph of the moment--or, so it is claimed by some observers, Feisal Abdul Rauf, who has written a manifesto declaring the determination to establish caliphate--madmen of the region are driven by demons to kill, maim, and destroy. the hard core nucleus group of some 300-500 jihadists have now attracted an estimated 12,000-20,000 foreign fighters. And, with Al-Qaeda's Yemen branch in the Arabian Penninsula recently declaring solidarity with ISIS, and reports of jihadists abandoning Al-Qaeda affiliates to join ISIS, this terrorist army could double in size.

    In recent weeks the “peaceful” religion of Islam has sent tens of thousands of members of the Yazidi ethnic minority and Christians to their deaths, or fleeing for their lives. ISIS has put fear into everyone, from those in the Baghdad government to leaderships of Western nations. The genocidal horde also holds the supposedly most powerful nation in the world under its scimitar-swishing threat.

    President Barack Obama made the bold assessment in a press conference last Monday that Islamic state posed a threat to Iraq and the entire region. He ordered a number of supposedly precision strikes by air to give the victims of ISIS time to get to freedom. The swarming Islamist murderers, rather than hunker in fear, made the following promise, saying, “We will drown all of you in blood.”

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The Islamic State militant group that has seized large parts of Iraq and drawn the first American air strikes since the end of the occupation in 2011 has warned the United States it will attack Americans "in any place" if the raids hit its militants.

    It is reported that the ISIS force is drawing the most fanatic of bloodthirsty militants from every segment of the region. Even many of Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guard from years ago have apparently found ISIS a means of venting their rage.

    While America melts internally with the invasion to our south with illegals, the frenzy of black rage over a shooting that looks more and more like a trumped-up accusation of racism, and the Obama administration gives the go-ahead on the IRS and clandestine services to hunt, harass, and destroy anyone and everyone who opposes the president’s policies, an American journalist is beheaded by the Islamists whom the nation’s left consistently call a peaceful religion.

    With such scant attention paid to the things that truly matter by those charged with the responsibility of keeping America safe, I’m starting to look again at the claims of the alarmists about Islam. It seems sometimes that there is about as much governmental sanity and safety consciousness in America as in the nations of the Middle East, which look to be about to be overrun by somewhat less than 20,000 Muslim wild men.

    Maybe, if one considers the way America is going–away from godly morality, away from the Constitution our forefathers gave us to preserve the republic--one could legitimately make the case that soon there will be a caliphate that spans the Atlantic.

    However, I believe God’s Word. I believe Ezekiel 38-39 foretells the fate of Islam. Just how far that beastly horde will get before Gog-Magog settles their destiny remains to be seen.

     --Terry