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    Sep 29, 2014

    Scaremongering Our Way to Despotism

    The federal government and the liberal media have long used the fear of terrorism as a key driving force in shaping policy. The need for safety has meant an erosion of our basic civil rights. Every time someone plans to or carries out an act of terror, we lose another chunk of our liberty.

    In recent days, alarmism has reached a ridiculous level. Almost any type of incident can trigger a call for more security measures. The panic caused by Omar González, who jumped over a White House fence last week is one such example. He stands accused of scaling the White House perimeter fence and bolting across the lawn and entering the presidential house. González was stopped by a federal agent in the doorway. The president and his family were not even at the White House.

    You can tell we are headed down “Crazy Street” when the press openly ask why this man wasn’t shot or had attack dogs released on him. The prevailing mindset in Washington would seek to turn the White House into the Kremlin. (Maybe the blueprints for a mote and landmines are now in the works.)

    Hardly a year goes by without there being some security event at the White House. Fence jumpers are a minor problem. I remember 20 years ago, Frank Eugene Corder crashed a stolen Cessna 150 into the south side of the White House. In 2011, Oscar Ortega-Hernandez fired nine rounds at the White House with one bullet lodged in a window of the first family’s living quarters. I hate to think what the reaction to these past events would be today.

    Another problem with scaremongering is the number of times whole communities are being placed in lockdown mode. When in 2013 Boston and its suburbs were told to shelter in place, in other words—stay indoors with doors locked—that incident was labeled as an “extraordinary” event. A year later, lockdowns have become an ongoing occurrence. I did a Google news search and found seven lockdowns so far this month.

    As I’m writing, a large part of East Central Pennsylvania has been placed on lockdown after suspect Eric Frein opened fire during a September 12 ambush at the state police Blooming Grove barracks in Pike County. For nearly two weeks, people have been prisoners in their own homes. There is no indication that Frein poses a threat to the general public. The lockdown occurred because law enforcement assumed the right to do so.

    This police state mentality is not just in the U.S. Australia’s government is seeking broad new security powers to combat what it says is a rising threat from militant Islamists. Prime Minister Tony Abbott has introduced to parliament a measure that would make it a crime for an Australian citizen to travel to any area overseas once the government has declared it off limits.

    The granddaddy of all Scaremongering is the liberal media’s constant speculation about what will be the terrorists next move. Every time a chemical plant goes up in flames or a gas line leaks and causes an explosion, the question is asked, “Is this another 9-11 attack?”

    I was watching a newscast which provided a laundry list of what al-Qaeda or some other Islamist group could do to blow up an airplane. The reporter detailed that they can put explosives in toothpaste tubes, in laptops, or they can be imbedded it into clothing. So there you go Mr. Terrorists, what’s the hold up?

    The heads of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, Diane Feinstein and Mike Rogers, are always saying that the terrorists will get us if we don’t let the NSA spy on all Americans. Hitler would have made a great NSA head. He knew how to handle all his foes, both real and imaginary.

    What has allowed the forces of darkness to steal our freedom is a profound state of apathy on the part of the public. Most people don’t see their lives being impacted enough to care about their freedoms.

    What may have people so fooled into laziness is the expectation that a dictator will first come and then be followed by autocratic rules. Right now, we are on a track that has the despotism coming first. When the tyrant finally arrives, he will be warmly welcomed by a nation that has already been robbed and brainwashed.

    “I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive” (John 5:43).

    --Todd


    Triad Foretelling Tribulation

    Jesus’ prophecy, given upon the Mount of Olives just before His crucifixion, is that which presents things to come with the most profound gravitas, to use a word once bandied about in the American political melee of some years ago. Certainly, the direct foretelling by the Creator of all things must command attention of those of us who have believed in Him for our souls’ salvation. There can be no greater security and comfort than that found in God, Himself, telling us the end from the beginning, as He has done in His love letter to mankind, the Holy Bible.

    The bottom line, of course, is that regardless of all we might see happening around us–this planet seeming to be coming apart at the seams—God is victorious. We who belong to Him, through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, are victors! To put it on a more personal level, some who read this might remember that I experienced clinical death in 2011–on Good Friday, of all days—and was instantaneously in the presence of a jubilant throng of cheering, young people.

    They bid me to come to them. Each of the first two times in their presence, my heart having stopped each time, I started to join them, totally fixated (and joyfully so) on their bright, broadly smiling faces. Each time, though, I returned to the cath lab, where the members of the cardiologist team were working on me.

    The third time I went to that realm, I did join them and we were running, as if in a victory lap. They were thrusting their hands in the air, and they were looking at me as I ran with them. We were celebrating a victory of monumental importance. Then the procedure was successful, and I was back again on the cath-lab table. (Incidentally, I haven’t had one moment’s indication of heart trouble of any sort since that day the "widow-maker" struck. Thanks be to our Lord!)

    So, we who know Christ for salvation are victors, ultimately. That is one message I’m convinced I was given in that experience. Jesus, in His Olivet Discourse, told of some pretty frightening things to come. I believe we are witnessing these things as never before running concurrently at the very moment of your reading this essay. Thus, the title of this article. I primarily want to deal, as indicated, with three things Jesus said we should look for during the season when His return to planet earth at Armageddon nears.

    The following quite familiar prophecy is what I want to look at for a bit:

    For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. (Matthew 24:5-8)

    The “triad”–as I put it--that foretells Tribulation (the last seven years of human history leading up to Christ’s return) is wrapped in this prophecy. This issued from the very mouth of God. Therefore, if the end of this Earth Age is near, we should see evidence of what He predicted in things taking place all around us.

    The first matter of the three is the prophecy that deception will mark the era of His soon return. Jesus prophesied that many would come in His name. These deceivers would claim that they were Christ themselves, in some cases. I believe that even more profoundly to consider is the thought that many would come claiming to know Him as their Lord, and would even preach and teach under his banner, but would be liars of first order.

    At this moment, we don’t have to look at just the growing cults around us to discern the deception involved in ministries and religions claiming that He is Christ, but denying the power of His lordship–even of His deity. And, the “deception” goes much deeper than that of how Christ is viewed and His message extolled. Deception will, I believe Jesus was saying, be the rule rather than the exception of days leading up to His coming to put an end to the devilish deportment of mankind.

    One example, in my view, is the “transparency” promised by this president in promises during the campaign leading to his first election. We were to experience the most “transparent” administration in history. Yet he bypasses the Constitution in a lawless way at every opportunity--and, in secret, uses that infamous pen to institute executive orders to fundamentally change America into something other than what the Founding Fathers intended.

    The only “transparency” shown is when he speaks publicly, as do his secretaries of state, and telegraphs every military move to be made against the likes of ISIS (ISIL, as he would have it for whatsoever secretive reason). He then announces proudly what he has done to the world–to be “transparent,” I suppose.

    There is no deception when it comes to telegraphing to America’s enemies the actions to be taken–as ineffective as they might be without full implementation of forces needed to rid America and the world of the threat.

    Deception of every sort is everywhere we look today.

    The second of the "triad foretelling Tribulation" I would like to consider is really a spin-off of the first. “Wars and rumors of war” come upon mankind from the deception surrounding the Holy name of Jesus and the truth of His deity–that He is the only Way to God the Father and eternity in Heaven.

    Being called "intolerant" and hate-filled rhetoric and/or bigotry open societies and cultures to demonic invasion. Keeping people from coming to Christ, through deception or anything other brings satanic incitement and murderous intent to the human heart. Wars and rumors of war are the results–the harvest of millions dead in war across the world.

    We are witnessing these exact fruits of rejecting Christ at this very moment. The monsters of ISIS reportedly are beheading children and infants as the beastly horde rampages–for the fun of it, and to terrify those in their path into bending to their demands that their victims agree with their satanic view of religion.

    The third of the "triad" is the growing threat of pestilence–one of the signals Jesus said would point to His coming again being very near. Ebola, of course, is a horrific disease that has every nation on earth worried. Pestilence might not yet be at the level of forewarning the end of the age as are the first two indicators, but many reports come to my attention, and, I’m sure, to yours that tell of any number of budding pestilences. The opening of American borders to practically uninhibited entrance to illegal peoples whom no one knows about, as far as their state of health, makes Jesus’ words in this prophecy particularly relevant, in my thinking.

    How long might it be before we experience, literally, an explosion of such viral and bacterial detonations in the U.S. and across the world?

    We can take comfort. These are, Jesus assured, “the beginning of sorrows,” the time just before He returns to put an end to the madness. Again, the love and comfort are there in the Savior’s words: "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28).

    We who know Christ are already victorious through our Lord!  

    --Terry

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