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Daniel 8:23-25

New International Version

‘“In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a stern-faced king, a master of intrigue*, will arise.

  • 24 He will become very strong, but not by his own power.
  • He will cause astounding devastation and
  • [he] will succeed in whatever he does.
  • He will destroy the mighty men and the holy people.
  • 25 He will cause deceit to prosper,
  • and he will consider himself superior.
  • When they feel secure, he will destroy many and
  • take his stand against the Prince of princes.
  • Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power.’

Definitions:

* Intrigue:

to accomplish or force by crafty plotting or underhand machinations,

to trick or cheat,

the use of underhand machinations or deceitful stratagems

connive, scheme

manipulate

An intrigue usually involves duplicity and deceit aimed at achieving either personal advantage or criminal or treasonous objectives

To effect by secret scheming or plotting

NASB

23 ‘”In the latter period of their rule,
When the transgressors have run their course,
A king will arise,

  • Insolent** and skilled in intrigue.
  • 24 “His power will be mighty, but not by his own power,
  • And he will destroy to an extraordinary degree
  • And prosper and perform his will;
  • He will destroy mighty men and the holy people.
  • 25 “And through his shrewdness***  He will cause deceit to succeed by his influence;
  • And he will magnify himself in his heart,
  • And he will destroy many while they are at ease.
  • He will even oppose the Prince of princes,
  • But he will be broken without human agency.’

Definitions:

** Insolent:  bold, disrespectful

Synonyms: abusive, arrogant, barefaced, brassy, brazen, breezy, contemptuous,

contumelious (abusive, brash, brazen, cheeky, contemptuous, derisive, disdainful, disrespectful, forward, humiliating, impertinent, impudent, insulting,  pert, pushy, rude, sassy, saucy, scornful),

dictatorial, discourteous, disdainful, flip, fresh,

imperative (clamorous, compulsory, critical, crucial, essential, exigent, immediate, important, importunate, indispensable, inescapable, insistent, instant, no turning back, obligatory, pressing, urgent, vital),

impertinent, impolite, impudent, insubordinate, insulting,

magisterial (authoritative, autocratic, domineering, egotistic, imperious

[arrogant, authoritative, autocratic, commanding, compulsatory, compulsory, despotic, dictatorial, domineering, exacting, haughty, high-handed, imperative, imperial, mandatory, obligatory, oppressive, overweening

{brash, cavalier, conceited, egotistical, haughty, highhanded, insolent, lordly, pompous, presumptuous, pushy, supercilious, vain},

peremptory, required, tyrannical, tyrannous],

masterful, pompous, domineering,  arrogant, august, authoritative, bossy, dictatorial, dignified, dogmatic, highhanded, imperious, judicial, lofty, lordly, overbearing, pompous, stately, stuffy)

nervy, off-base, offensive, out-of-line, overbearing, peremptory, pert, procacious, put down, rude, sassy, saucy, smart, smart-alecky, uncivil, ungracious

*** Shrewdness:  wicked, evil, cunning

Revised Standard Version

‘And at the latter end of their rule, when the transgressors have reached their full measure, a king of bold countenance, one who understands riddles, shall arise.

  • His power shall be great, and
  • he shall cause fearful destruction, and
  • shall succeed in what he does, and
  • destroy mighty men and the people of the saints.
  • By his cunning he shall make deceit prosper under his hand, and
  • in his own mind he shall magnify himself.
  • Without warning he shall destroy many; and
  • he shall even rise up against the Prince of princes;
  • but, by no human hand, he shall be broken.’
a stern-faced king?

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Code Red Warning

Ever since the Lord woke me today, I have had the sense of something impending. I finished with my outside chores, hours before usual. Then, just as I came inside, I received a ‘code red weather warning’ on my cell phone.

Storm Approaching

Now, I don’t think this thunderstorm, damaging winds, and hail are going to be a disaster of any sort—but I believe the Lord wanted to illustrate something to me, so that I could share it with you.

  • I received the code red warning—because I had signed up for it.
  • I don’t know if my neighbors got the warning, but they could have signed up too—it is free to all residents of our city.
  • Should I go pounding on their doors and warn them? No. By now the storm clouds are visible and the winds have begun. They should now be able to see for themselves, that a storm is on the way.

What does this have to do with you? With anything?

Terrible, terrible times are coming. God is warning His children whose hearts are turned towards Him, the ones who are watching.  But many of His children are asleep. We, who have seen what is approaching, have been called to wake them, and give them the warning.

What is it we are to tell our brothers and sisters (who could have ‘signed up for the warning’ themselves)? We are to tell them to repent! Remember the verse?:

‘if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (II Chronicles 7:14)’

It’s long past time for His people to wake up, repent, and pray for His mercy—for themselves and their own families. It is too late to ‘turn back the clock’ in America.  We have passed the point of no (will to) return. God has blessed Americans with prosperity and abundance for a long time, yet we have neither sought Him, nor thanked Him.  Instead, for decades, we have used the free time and money that our prosperity afforded us to pursue our own selfish ambitions and secret sins.  Therefore, God’s judgment has begun and, this time, there will be no turning back.

The sins of mankind ‘are piled up to heaven’, and God is ready to deal with them.  Are we to send out another warning message to the world? No. Not this time.  Sometimes we need to step aside and get out of God’s way.  Judgment upon the world has begun.  This is God’s will, in order that He still may be able to reach some of the lost whose hearts are hardened.  The warnings God is now giving, are for His children.

If you do not consider yourself one of His children, count yourself very blessed that you are hearing the warning—blessed that God cares enough for you to try, yet again, to penetrate your heart with truth, to try to turn you away from sin and to His salvation.

If you are one of His children, it’s time to stop fooling around!! Start today, to throw off the sins that have entangled you, and commit to follow Him wholeheartedly!!

Will you suffer in the days ahead? Probably. You see, you reap what you sow, and you have been sowing a lot of ‘bad seed’ up until now. The consequences of some of those deeds will still catch up with you. Get on your knees and plead with God for mercy.

What I have to say next will be hard to hear.

My heart goes out to the innocent children, for what they will suffer in the days and years ahead (and for what many already are suffering now). I plead with God to have mercy upon the children and His word to me was:

‘I am. I’m taking them home.’

Some of you will lose your children. Pray for God’s mercy, that He will take them home—rather than for them to fall into the hands of evildoers. (Who would have thought we would live to see the day that Christians would rejoice at the death of an innocent child?)
Follow God wholeheartedly, and trust completely in Him.  He is able to save you, to feed you, to clothe you, to sustain you. When bad things come, humble yourselves. Don’t be proud and stand in defiance, shaking your fist at God and throwing the blame at Him!

‘whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, him will I not endure’ (Psalms 101:5)


‘Beware of turning to evil, which you seem to prefer to affliction’ (Job 36:21)

The world is reaping the harvest of all the sin that mankind has been sowing. God gave us guidelines for living, so that we might live long upon the earth, in health and in peace.  But, like sheep, we have each wandered off on our own and done as we pleased.

He has lumped all our sins together, and is hurling them back upon the earth. Do you personally deserve the exact, specific hardship you are suffering? Likely not.  BUT, how many sins did you commit for which you were never personally punished?

If you are His child, by way of repentance and turning to Jesus Christ (and continuing in obedience), then your sins are forgiven and not held to your account.  But, sin does not just disappear.   Somewhere, somehow, it has substance in the spiritual realm. God still deals with the sin. The earth, and its inhabitants, will still reap the results of sin. We are all sinners, we will all suffer because of sin.

His children won’t die for their sins, which He has forgiven. (important note: ‘you have not because you ask not’—if you want forgiveness for your sins, you must humble yourself before God and ask His forgiveness) But, will you suffer or die? Suffer-yes, die-maybe. But, not as a punishment from God directed at you personally.

Make up your mind, no matter what, to remain humble and not become indignant with God, over anything that seems like an injustice that you may have to bear. Remember, that it was your sins too, that sent Jesus to the cross. It is only by the grace and mercy of God that you can even be saved—you are not entitled!!  None of us is!!

Trust in the goodness of God.

‘Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.’ (Psalms 106:1)

‘Yet He has not left Himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; He provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.’ (Acts 14:17)

God’s children will not suffer His wrath (His obedient children, that is. Important note: ‘once saved, always saved’ is a lie!!)

God’s wrath = ‘The Day of The Lord’ = the day that Christ returns

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.’ (I Thessalonians 4:16-17)

We will go up as God’s wrath is coming down. Don’t look for the Lord to ‘rapture’ you out of tribulations (but live righteously nevertheless).

The alarm has gone out to all who will listen.  The window of opportunity is closing.  Deception abounds.  Every day your heart grows colder and harder.  Make your peace with God now, while there is yet time!

‘From one man He made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.
God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.’ (Acts 17:26-27)


‘. . . for God is greater than man.
Why do you complain to Him
that He answers none of man’s words?
For God does speak—now one way, now another—
though man may not perceive it.
In a dream, in a vision of the night,
when deep sleep falls on men
as they slumber in their beds,
He may speak in their ears
and terrify them with warnings,
to turn man from wrongdoing
and keep him from pride,
to preserve his soul from the pit,
his life from perishing by the sword.

Or a man may be chastened on a bed of pain
with constant distress in his bones,
so that his very being finds food repulsive
and his soul loathes the choicest meal.
His flesh wastes away to nothing,
and his bones, once hidden, now stick out.
His soul draws near to the pit,
and his life to the messengers of death.

“Yet if there is an angel on his side
as a mediator, one out of a thousand,
to tell a man what is right for him,
to be gracious to him and say,
‘Spare him from going down to the pit;
I have found a ransom for him’—
then his flesh is renewed like a child’s;
it is restored as in the days of his youth.
He prays to God and finds favor with Him,
he sees God’s face and shouts for joy;
he is restored by God to his righteous state.

Then he comes to men and says,
‘I sinned, and perverted what was right,
but I did not get what I deserved.
He redeemed my soul from going down to the pit,
and I will live to enjoy the light.’

“God does all these things to a man—
twice, even three times—
to turn back his soul from the pit,
that the light of life may shine on him.’
(Job 33:13-30)


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Is Your TV Stealing Your Soul?

There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t have to see his face or hear his voice on the TV.

I heard it said that, in his speeches, he refers to himself every 13 seconds. Could that be true? He certainly does love the limelight, and he does seem to think a lot of himself. He is strikingly arrogant, narcissistic even.

He manages to insert himself into the pettiest of situations, and seems to want to give everyone the impression that he is the mediator-, arbiter-, judge-, translator-, reconciler-, entertainer-, educator-, author-, and policy-maker-, in-chief.

He seems to have great faith in his powers of persuasion. It’s as though he’s thinking, ‘Gee, if I could just talk to them, I could make them understand . . . ‘

It crossed the line from being merely annoying, to being downright obnoxious months ago.

(We are all aware of your positions. When you continue to push, some people will cave but others will start to push back. You are not as convincing as you think, and some of us don’t find you charming at all! Not that you are listening . . . especially not to me.)

All this promotion, and self promotion, had me wondering a long time ago–how long before they roll out the giant statue?

Now little children are extolling his virtues and worshiping him with songs of praise. Surely their teachers weren’t commissioned in this task . . . They are probably just acting out of their own adoration for him (how wonderful he is!).

It’s not just about the planet anymore, or Amerika, it’s about our new savior. Whatever the dish, it’s not complete without a dash of him sprinkled on it!

Now they’ve put the suggestion out there to the artists funded by the NEA (National Endowment for the Arts), that they might like to think about how they could help him sell his agenda. Was he secretly hoping one of them also might REALLY adore him . . . ?

Wait, what’s that tapping I hear during the midnight hours? Ah, my artist friend, what is this giant slab you are chiseling away at? Let me come and stand beside you and see what you are creating. This must be 20 feet tall! Such workmanship! Such love reflected in your sculpting! What’s that you say? Oh yes–absolutely! It looks exactly like him!

 

It’s Time to Push Back!

Speaking Of Free Speech . . .

 

 

It’s interesting when someone, who knows nothing about you, tells you something about yourself that you didn’t know–and it’ sure makes them look ridiculous when they’re wrong!

Jimmy Carter says I’m a racist. Hmm . . . really? Lets consider the source. I used to admire Mr. Carter. Because of his work with Habitat for Humanity, I figured he must just be a wonderful guy. However, according to the Secret Service Agents that served him during his time in the White House, he was a real ‘piece of work’ (my words).

Apparently he treated these people with contempt, in the typical southern plantation style. ‘Agents were not allowed to address him directly or make eye contact when he passed’. And he often prevailed upon them to do menial tasks for him that were not in their job description. Without going into the details, I’ll summarize by saying he was VERY different when the cameras weren’t around, and went to great lengths to put on a facade for them. (More details can be found in the August 2009 issue of Newsmax.)

It has been my experience that liars think everyone is a liar, and cheaters think everyone is a cheater, etc. People often project their own character flaws onto others when they make accusations. As the old saying goes ‘it takes one to know one’. So with that in mind, and in light of what I learned about his character, I would be fairly confident in betting that Mr. Carter is a racist. He may have learned to mask it, but if he treated even his bodyguards with contempt (and they were probably white), what are the chances he sees blacks as equals?

I point this out, not necessarily to malign Mr. Carter, but to show that this is a ridiculous accusation, from someone whose opinion probably shouldn’t be given too much weight in regards to issues of prejudice.

If memory serves me, one of the big theories among the radicals of the sixties is that there would be a revolution and a race war. Now these radicals are running the show. One of their main objectives is to cause chaos and dismantle our current government and society so that they can replace it with a Communist/New Age regime. If you are black, I have a question for you: are you being provoked to start a race war?

Thankfully, it appears most people aren’t taking the bait. I have rarely met a racist. I know racism exists in America. I know polygamy exists in America, and pedophilia, and slavery, and a host of other despicable things. But I don’t think there are many people who can say that is their normal experience of life in America. I don’t believe it is widespread. There are pockets of it, sure. But if that is what you are seeing day to day, perhaps you should consider moving to another town. There are certainly plenty of places to go where you will be appreciated and respected for who you are!

(And, if this is your experience, after you get out-please expose it! There are a lot of us white folks who would like to stamp out racism, so lets bring it into the light and deal with it.)

I cannot imagine what it is like to be born into the land of your grandparents’ oppressors. What white men inflicted on the Negroes, Native Americans, and others, is despicable, abominable, and without excuse!

I think many whites feel shame over what their forefathers did. However, you can only push that so far! We will apologize and try to make right, UP TO A POINT but, just as you were not the ones who were enslaved, we were not slaveholders. A couple of generations have passed, and we will not take the responsibility for the sins of our ancestors upon ourselves. We are sorry. They will have to stand before God and be judged for what they did.

I can assure you I have always been opposed to slavery and would actively be working with the underground railroad, if I were living in that time. However, I’m pretty sure you are not going to like the rest of what I have to say. I’ll tell you the basis for my attitude souring over the past decade or so, because I believe it’s happening with others too, and I believe you have the right to understand why.

Some blacks keep on pushing, and they are the ones I see. Being white, I am not in your home, your church or your neighborhood. I don’t see the full extent of your culture. What I do see is just a slice–I don’t think it represents most African Americans, at least I sure hope it doesn’t. It is the rude, loud, arrogant, disrespectful, in-your-face part. The gangster wannabe part. The violent, profane, rap music part. The pants-falling-off-the-butt part. I don’t care about the color of your skin, or where your ancestors were from–what I care about is your attitude!

The generation that fought for civil rights was a proud and respectful generation. I think they would roll over in their graves at the way the younger generation is undoing the respect they fought for! They seemed to understand that, if you want to be respected, you need to behave respectfully.

Some people bring on their own problems. If they come into a quiet neighborhood with rap music blasting profanity and their pants falling off their butt, and they want to rent a house there, they shouldn’t be surprised if they are turned away! If they were white, it would be the same! If they present themself in a way that would scare customers back out the door–they shouldn’t be surprised if they don’t get the job!

It certainly seems to be in vogue lately to throw out accusations of racism. You’ve probably heard the old story of ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ . . . the story of a boy who liked to get the village people all riled up by calling ‘wolf’ so they would run out to protect him. He did it so often that, pretty soon everybody was on to him and paid him no more attention. Then, one day, there really was a wolf, and nobody believed him or came to his aid. Enough said?

If you think I am discriminating against you, I just might be–but don’t be so quick to assume it’s because of the color of your skin. What is your attitude? What do the lyrics of your music say about you? Because, if you are blasting it loudly, I’m going to assume you are using it as a way of speaking your mind. And, last but not least, maybe I’m just afraid of interacting with you. Not afraid you’ll cut my throat, but afraid that, despite my best intentions, I’m going to end up doing or saying something that offends you.

The other thing I’m going to say is this: I have seen many more people of color who are racist than whites who are. In fact, it seems to be the approved attitude in black culture today. I think if I hear ‘ . . . it’s because I’m black’ one more time, I’m going to scream! Sometimes, claiming racism is just a copout!

To me, constantly bringing the issue of race into things is a pretty good indicator that the person who does so is a racist. Believe it or not, a person’s race rarely crosses my mind, and even more rarely does it influence my decisions! I believe that’s true of most of the white folks I know.

From what I’ve seen, most whites don’t give much thought to race. (I guess it’s easier not to if you weren’t the ones who were oppressed.) But, an unintended consequence of making accusations of racism is that it is training us to think of race, where in the past we wouldn’t have. And, being that the focus on it is happening in such a negative way, I don’t feel like it is creating more understanding between us. Instead, I think it is dividing us into 2 camps, and none of us has a choice which camp we end up in, because it is based on the color of our skin–something none of us had a choice in.

Are you sure you are a victim of racism? Or, are you being baited to start a revolution? Are you angry about your own experiences, or are you being provoked by the words of others? Are you being told the truth–or are you being used to further someone else’s agenda?

I can understand being angry if you don’t feel like you’re being treated fairly. However, the way you choose to try to resolve it will have a lot to do with the results you’ll achieve.

So, what do you want to accomplish? Do you want to continue to be angry and adversarial? Do you want to increase racism? All these accusations are certainly increasing racism among young blacks! Think of the example it sets for them! If you can’t get past the anger, then lets TALK.

Or, do you want to turn it around? If you’re ready to change it, here is something that may help:

What you may not realize is that people tend to reflect back what you project to them. If you project anger and mistrust at them, they’re likely to reflect that back on you. But, if you project yourself as a calm, rational, confident person that is equal to them, that’s how you’ll likely be treated.

I think a lot of black people simply don’t understand that’s how relationships with whites work. People that mouth off and try to be threatening are the ones who meet with the most resistance. Those who project themselves as inferior are going to attract people that treat them as if they are.

When you interact with most whites, except the ridiculously arrogant ‘elite’, you’ll be treated the way you want if you are polite, calm, rational and confident.

Slavery is behind us. You have been given the full rights of citizenship. I think you can safely assume that the majority of us see you as equals. (As far as the few that don’t-they have a problem, and they make us uncomfortable too.) From our point of view, we are confused as to why you keep on fighting. You’ve already won! Just live the part!

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