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Date 2/5/15

Yesterday's Prophecies - Today's Headlines

Jordan's king vows 'relentless' war against Islamic State
Till we run 'out of fuel and bullets': Jordan's king vows to

crush ISIS
Report: Jordan mulls ground offensive against Islamic
Jordan executes prisoners after ISIS hostage burned alive
Report: Islamic State executes three of its Chinese
ISIS calls for more terrorist attacks against France, urges
Muslims to join 'caliphate'
UK lawmakers: Suppression of Islamic State more realistic
than elimination
4,000-Strong Christian Militia Formed to Fight ISIS in
Northern Iraq
Netanyahu: ISIS burns people alive, Iran hangs them in
city squares
'Israeli Blood is Cheap' in UN Security Council
UN Security Council condemnation of Spanish
peacekeeper death, fails to condemn Hezbollah
IDF, Lebanese military and UNFIL conduct meeting about
bringing stability
Israelis don't buy the 'peace process' chatter
Dems give Israeli ambassador earful over Netanyahu
UK saw record number of anti-Semitic incidents in 2014
Greek anarchist group says it shot up Israeli Embassy
Diplomats: Putin offended he wasn't invited to Auschwitz
memorial, could hurt Iran talks
Egyptian court sentences 230 people en masse to life in
prison over Arab Spring violence
12 Are Killed in Attack on Libyan Oil Field

Boko Haram militants kill more than 100 in Cameroon
Ukraine crisis: Nato to bolster Eastern Europe against
Ukrainian president calls for NATO states to provide
Russia Expert: Putin in 'Dangerous Game of Chicken' in
Over 60 Churches Hit by Fighting in Ukraine, Russian
Patriarch Kirill Demands End of Christian Persecution
Christians in Mexico Deprived of Homes for Refusing to
Renounce Their Faith
North Korea strikes down US talks, vows 'final doom'
'Saudi princes planned to down Air Force One with
missile': 9/11 terrorist gives damning testimony
Security confab focuses on 'collapse of global order'
European Central Bank toughens its stance on Greece
Oil drops more than $1 after crashing on inventory
Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft
Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft
Shiveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to
Kliuchevskoi volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to
New Eruption Started at Piton de la Fournaise Volcano on
Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean
5.7 magnitude earthquake hits south of Panama
5.4 magnitude earthquake hits south of Tonga
5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Umuquena,

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Modayag, Indonesia
5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Luring, China
5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Yaguaraparo,
5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Umuquena,
Central Oklahoma Residents Worry About Quake Damage
Southern California's Water Supply Threatened By Next
Major Quake
U.S. health insurer Anthem hit by massive cybersecurity
Republicans unveil new ObamaCare replacement plan
Ebola cases on rise for first time this year, WHO says
Carson: 'We Need to Be Doubly Vigilant' With Vaccines
Due to Border
Michael Gerson: The public good versus individual
California lawmakers seek to end 'personal belief' vaccine
2 Billion Years Unchanged, Bacteria Pose an Evolutionary
Pastor arrested after woman sexually assaulted during
National sex trafficking sting nets nearly 600 arrests
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Saudi Arabia and ISIS Both Want the Same Thing:
World Domination - By Michael Snyder

When ISIS released a video which showed Jordanian pilot Moaz alKasasbeh being burned alive, it shocked the entire planet. The evil that
it takes to do such a thing is on a level that is almost unspeakable. In
the western world, we have a very hard time understanding what would
motivate anyone to take a life in such a manner. But in the Middle East,
this brand of tyranny has been percolating for a very, very long time.
The brand of Islam that ISIS seeks to impose on the areas of Iraq and

Syria that it has conquered has been practiced in Saudi Arabia for
centuries. Just like ISIS, Saudi Arabia also publicly flogs those that
"insult Islam". Just like ISIS, Saudi Arabia also beheads those that
commit serious violations of sharia law. And it is no secret that the
Saudis have been pouring billions upon billions of dollars into
organizations that promote jihad all over the globe. But because they
have a quarter of the world's oil reserves and they pretend to be our
friends, we don't say anything. They may be more subtle than ISIS, but
ultimately they have the same goal as ISIS. When it is all said and
done, the Saudis and ISIS both agree that Islam will ultimately rule the
world one day. The only disagreement is about how to get there.

Approximately one out of every seven people in the world is Muslim.
And the heart of the Muslim world can be found in Saudi Arabia. When
ISIS militants publicly flog and behead people for not submitting to
sharia law, they are just copying what Saudi Arabia has been doing for
centuries. For example, a Saudi blogger was just recently sentenced to
1,000 lashes for "insulting Islam". And on average there is a beheading
in Saudi Arabia every four days.

So where is the outrage?

Is it only wrong when ISIS does it?

Lately, ISIS beheadings have not been achieving as much shock value
in the media, so they have upped the ante. The following is how the
Jerusalem Post described the brutal execution of the Jordanian pilot by

Beaten, caged, and burned alive, Muath al-Kasaesbeh, a Jordanian
pilot engaged in a global mission against Islamic State, is the latest
victim of the brutal terrorist network.

A video released online on Tuesday showed his murder from several
angles. He is seen, apparently soaked in an accelerant. A line of fire
approaches a barred pen, encircles the prisoner, and consumes him.

Jordan's armed forces confirmed Kasaesbeh's death to his family,
vowing to avenge him with "strong, earth-shaking and decisive" action.

So precisely how did Jordan choose to respond?

They hung two ISIS jihadists.

One of them was a woman.

And if Islam ever did rule the world, this is the kind of "justice" that
would prevail everywhere.

In the western world, we have been so trained to accept that the Saudis
are our "friends" that we never really stop to consider their nightmarish
violations of human rights.

For instance, did you know that there is no minimum age for marriage in
Saudi Arabia? Old men often marry extremely young girls with the full
backing of the religious authorities...

Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti, Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh, the
kingdom's top religious authority in the ultra-conservative Wahhabi

school of Sunni Islam, has ruled it's acceptable for men to marry girls so
young the West would deem it nothing short of pedophilia and rape.

Despite the Saudi justice ministry's failed efforts to date to set 15 as a
minimum age to marry a girl in the kingdom, Grand Mufti Abdulaziz
declared there is nothing prohibiting Muslim men from marrying girls
even younger.

As Grand Mufti, Abdulaziz is president of the Supreme Council of
Ulema (Islamic scholars) and chairman of the Standing Committee for
Scientific Research and Issuing Fatwas, which means he speaks
authoritatively in Islamic teachings.

So is pedophilia okay in Saudi Arabia just because they are our

Why is hardly anyone denouncing this?

And you can forget about "religious freedom" in Saudi Arabia.

Not a single church exists in the country, and now there are reports that
anyone caught smuggling in a Bible could be beheaded...

Unconfirmed reports of a new decree imposing the death penalty on
anyone caught smuggling Bibles into Saudi Arabia has many Christian
ministries and support groups on edge.

Practicing any religion other than Islam has long been illegal in the

desert kingdom, and that includes rules against foreigners bringing in
any type of religious material that does not conform to the royal family's
strict Wahhabi brand of Sunni Islam. Foreign nationals living in Saudi
Arabia are often detained for purely religious reasons, sometimes
resulting in deportation.

But applying capital punishment, which in Saudi Arabia often means
death by beheading, to Bible smugglers would signal a new level of
persecution even for the Saudis.

Very few nations on the face of the planet have such a level of tyranny.

Instead of being our "friends", we should be loudly condemning these
blatant violations of basic human rights.

It is time that we face the truth and admit that Saudi Arabia is one of the
most evil nations on the entire globe. The fact that they have so much
oil should not change anything.

And you know what? People are starting to raise some legitimate
questions about where ISIS is getting their money. What would we do if
it could be proven that the Saudis are actually funding them? The
following excerpt comes from a recent article in the Telegraph...

Deciding who is funding Isis - and who should take the heat for its
survival - depends upon the degree to which the world believes that the
"Islamic State" is self-financing. Western governments have detailed the
production of oil wells in Isis territory and the vast amounts of cash
supposedly stolen from Mosul banks after Isis took over, but smuggling
fuel and ransacking vaults can hardly sustain an Islamist "nation" which
controls an area larger than the UK.

Millions of dollars must be arriving in Isis hands from outside Iraq and
Syria, and the question must be asked: if it doesn't come from within
Saudi Arabia - or Qatar - who on earth is providing the wherewithal?
Iceland? Peru?

So could it be possible that the Saudis are actually arming and funding
ISIS from behind the scenes?

It is hard to say.

What we do know is that the new king of Saudi Arabia has been funding
jihadist movements around the world for a very, very long time...

However, throughout his public career in government, Salman has
embraced radical Muslim clerics and has been tied to the funding of
radical groups in Afghanistan, as well as an organization found to be
plotting attacks against America, according to various reports and
information provided by David Weinberg, a senior fellow at the
Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

In 2001, an international raid of the Saudi High Commission for Aid to
Bosnia, which Salman founded in 1993, unearthed evidence of terrorist
plots against America, according to separate exposés written by Dore
Gold, an Israeli diplomat, and Robert Baer, a former CIA officer.

Salman is further accused by Baer of having "personally approved all
important appointments and spending" at the International Islamic Relief
Organization (IIRO), a controversial Saudi charity that was hit with
sanctions following the attacks of September 11, 2001, for purportedly

providing material support to al Qaeda.

But of course we shouldn't just be pointing fingers at Saudi Arabia. In
my previous article entitled "Is Barack Obama Actually Trying To Help
ISIS Take Over Syria?", I discussed evidence that seems to indicate
that the Obama administration may be attempting to use ISIS and other
radical jihadist groups to try to overthrow the Assad regime in Syria.

And it is certainly odd that so many of the "moderate" groups that we
fund and train over there end up joining forces with ISIS. In fact, we just
witnessed yet another example of this...

Before it even begins, the U.S. training and equipping of Syrian
opposition forces to fight the Sunni army ISIS appears to have become
more difficult with the decision by a U.S.-backed Syrian rebel group to
join an Islamist coalition closely associated with ISIS and the al-Qaidaaffiliated Jabhat al-Nusra Front.

The Hazzm Movement, associated with the Free Syrian Army, is a
secular Syrian insurgent group backed by the U.S. Central Intelligence
Agency. It was one of the last of the non-jihadist opposition groups
fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in northern Syria.

Its leadership has decided to join the Islamist coalition of the Levant
Front fighting around the key Syrian city of Aleppo, according to Arab
news sources, including NOW Lebanon.

The turn of events comes even though Hazzm was viewed by one
former Defense Department intelligence officer as a "model candidate
for greater U.S. and allied support, including lethal military assistance."

So if ISIS is really "the enemy", then why do so many of the things that
we do end up helping them?

The struggles that are taking place over in the Middle East are
exceedingly complicated.

But in the end, it is very important that we keep one thing in mind.

Whether it is the Saudis or whether it is ISIS or whether it is somebody
else, virtually all adherents of radical Islam believe that Islam will
ultimately rule the entire world.

And at this point, approximately one out of every seven people on the
planet already live under such tyranny to one degree or another.

Unless you actually want your children and your grandchildren to live
under such a system, this should trouble you.

Our forefathers intended for our nation to be "the land of the free and
the home of the brave", and we should be denouncing tyranny in all of
its forms - even if it is not "politically correct" to do so.

What is Salafism? - Dr. Steve Elwart

In several articles, both here and in the Personal Update, Muslim
Salafism has been referenced. It is probably a good time to define what
Salafism is and why it is a global threat.

Salafism takes its name from the Arabic phrase, "as-salaf as-saliheen",
which refers to the first three generations of Muslims (starting with the
Companions of Mohammad), otherwise known as the Pious
Predecessors. A hadith (the compilation of the reports of the teachings,
deeds and sayings of the Islamic prophet Muhammad) which quotes
him as saying:

"The people of my own generation are the best, then those who come
after them, and then those of the next generation,"

This is seen as a call to Muslims to follow the example of those first
three generations, known as "the salaf".

In the spirit of that phrase, they are fundamentalist Muslims who believe
in a return to the original ways of Islam. Sixth Century ways.

Salafism was described in the New York Daily News as "the fastestgrowing Islamic movement in Europe". He states that the leaders of
Europe are failing to confront this dangerous movement that is
encroaching on their own country. According to Germany's intelligence
chief, Hans-George Maassen, the number of active Salafists in that

country has almost doubled from 3,800 to 6,300 in just three years.

Most of the recruits are men ranging from 18 to 30 years of age, who
are immigrants to that country and have not assimilated into the culture.
The Salafist sect provides these men with a sense of belonging. Salafis
believe that they will go from being Germany's minority to being the
dominant force in the country.

Members of the 100-year-old Sunni-based sect are recognizable by
their distinctive long white robes, long beards and flowing head scarf.
Salafis are socially and religiously conservative.

While some Salafis are not politically radical, because they regard
political involvement as un-Islamic, many believe in Salafi Jihadism,
making war on unbelievers (and other Muslims) to shape the world
according to their beliefs.

Salafism is the predominant form of Sunni Islam in the Arabian
Peninsula, where most people are Wahhabis, who operate in an
extreme form of Salafism. Approximately eight percent of the 82 million
people in Saudi Arabia are Salafis.

Going counter to their stated non-involvement in politics, Salafis were
largely responsible for the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak and for
the violent attacks on Coptic Christians. They burnt two Coptic Christian
Churches in 2011 as well as murdering countless Coptic Christians.

Also, in 2011, hardline Salafis in Jordan took to the streets to demand
the imposition of Sharia law. In Gaza, a Salafi group called Tawheed
and Jihad claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and murder of Italian
reporter and pro-Palestinian activist Vittorio Arrigoni, claiming he had

spread "corruption".

Salafism is also on the rise in, of all places, China. "Among China's Hui
ethnic group, Saudi-influenced Salafism has been present for nearly a
century," reports The Diplomat. Salafism is confined to small pockets of
the Northwest and Yunnan provinces, but in recent years the Chinese
government has begun to keep closer checks on the group.

The government fears that Salafism's "close connections with Saudi
Arabia as well as presumed Uighur Salafi networks ... "might herald
political and religious violence in the future".

They have no coherent policy or ideology and there is no governing
body to control them. As a result, there is a wide range of Salafist
movements pursuing various agendas which makes them very

Overall, experts warn that the Salafist jihadist movement will remain a
pervasive and difficult threat to nullify.

Gilles Kepel is a French political scientist and specialist of the Islam and
contemporary Arab world. He is a Professor at Sciences Po Paris and
member of the Institut Universitaire de France. Kepel says that Salafists
are "against European democracy. They would rather build citadels of
jihad within Europe out of which to reach out not only to the young,
deprived people of Muslim descent who live in European suburbs, but
also to reach out to what is happening in the Middle East. And this is the
major battle."

US coalition against ISIS is fraying. Gulf Arab
partners mull withdrawal over Iran's involvement's-involvement

The group of nations US President Barack Obama assembled last
September for an air offence against ISIS inroads in Iraq and Syria is
fraying. Wednesday, Feb. 4, US officials admitted that the United Arab
Emirates had suspended its air attacks in early December, directly after
a Jordanian bomber was downed over the Islamic State's Syrian
headquarters in Raqqa and its pilot Lt. Mu'ath al Kassasbeh was taken

He was later burned alive by Islamic State executioners, as a video
released this week revealed.

Although the UAE, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Bahrain joined the
coalition from the start, most observers believe their participation was
more symbolic than active. Iraq has no air force to speak of and its
army turned tail against Islamic State forces; the Saudis allotted a
trifling number of planes to the effort; while Bahrain doesn't have an air
force at all. The UAE has the biggest and most modern air force in the
Gulf region and so its withdrawal is a major blow to Washington's war
effort, such as it is.

It is noteworthy that neither Washington nor Amman has disclosed the
scope of Jordan's aerial activity since the pilot was captured.

The UAE dropped out more than a month ago, when it turned out after
the Jordanian pilot's capture that no personnel or facilities had been put
in place to rescue air crews whose planes crashed behind enemy lines.
The nearest US facility able to respond to this contingency is located in
Kuwait, too far away to be able to reach downed air crews in time to
save them from capture. This was and remains a source of major
concern for all the air crews taking part in the coalition offensive.

The four Gulf Arab participants in the US-led group entertain profound
reservations on another score: Iran's increasing involvement in the USled war on ISIS and the growing operational coordination between the
two powers - especially in the Iraq arena - compared with Washington's
dwindling cooperation with the Gulf participants.

It is feared in Riyadh - and not just in Abu Dhabi - that the joint USIranian war effort against the Islamic State is providing a screen behind
which the Obama administration is opening doors for Iran to advance its
regional aspirations.

They are adamantly opposed to Obama's policy in this regard and are
loath to lend their air strength for its support. Therefore the entire Gulf
component, and not just the UAE, may be quietly taking its leave of the
US-led coalition against ISIS.

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Believing a Lie - By Jan Markell -

What nation could be "apartheid on steroids"? Surely some Islamic
stronghold, right?


Try Israel. That's according to World Vision's Steve Haas writing for the
Lausanne Movement.

Haas goes on to suggest that all the problems of the Palestinian people
perpetrated upon them by Islamic thug dictators are, in reality, the fault
of Israel. He even blames the demise of the Palestinian Christian
population upon Israel when, in fact, Palestinian Islamic leaders have
driven out the Christians.

Haas states, "As peacemakers, we have been tasked by a justice
agenda of love and sacrifice. I truly believe we can be pro-Palestinian,
pro-Israeli, and pro-justice because we are adamantly pro-Jesus."

Don't believe it.

I've been present at a tragic event called "Hope for the Holy Land". The
one-night event visited my alma mater a few years ago, Bethel
University in St. Paul, MN. It featured a World Vision rep, Mae Cannon,
Willow Creek's Lynne Hybels, and The Holy Land Trust rep Sami Awad.

Their approach offered zero hope for the Holy Land because they only
wanted to talk about "the occupation". Jesus didn't live in "occupied
territory". It was and is God's land and the borders are outlined in the

Efforts to interject truth into that forum were blocked.

Haas says, "For over 60 years, many evangelicals have clung to a very

narrow theological narrative that weds Christian theology with a political
ideology known as Zionism." This is in the latest issue of Lausanne
Global Analysis.

He compares Christian Zionists -- evangelicals with a Bible-based zeal
and love for Israel and the Jews -- to Spanish inquisitors, Crusaders,
supporters of apartheid South Africa, and other historical atrocities.

I don't put the root of such thinking at the feet of antisemitism as much
as I lay it at the feet of "Replacement Theology". This is the belief that
all the promises made to Israel have been transferred to the church. It is
raging through many denominations today.

"Replacement Theology" leads to "replacement reality". That's what is
going on. There is a twisting and a distorting of facts so severe that it
has created a "replacement reality." Folks are believing a lie.

To add insult to injury, pro-Palestinian U.K. Vicar Stephen Sizer last
week stated that Israel was likely behind 9/11. The comments were
especially egregious coming during the week when most of the free
world recognized the 70th anniversary of the liberation of many of the
concentration camps.

Sizer's "replacement reality" leads him smack-dab into the heart of
antisemitism, so much so that he hangs out with the daughters of Iran's
Ayatollah Khoumeini.

Here Sizer presents many of his anti-Israel books to the Khoumeni
daughters with fond autographed comments.

Sizer has also been a regular organizer, lecturer and panelist at the
Christ at the Checkpoint conference hosted by the Bethlehem Bible
College. The bi-annual event has been characterized by sentiment that
Israel and her Christian supporters are to blame for most of the woes in
that region.

Sizer did apologize for his "replacement reality".

Folks who think this way believe that the old religious Right crassly
imposed a pro-Israel U.S. foreign policy based on its end-time theology,
creating untold suffering among largely innocent Palestinians. They now
hope that more thoughtful, more compassionate evangelicals, will reject
that heritage and instead stand with the Palestinians as the victim group
most needing compassion.

The fact is that evangelicals are strong supporters of Islamic
evangelism around the world. Many evangelical agencies have been
raised up, particularly since 9/11, to reach out to lost Muslims, including

One More Step Towards "The Beast System" - Belle
Ringer -

You might be asking what I mean by the "Beast System". No matter
how one views the world, we cannot deny that technology is making
rapid progress towards instituting a computerized and cashless society.
Our privacy is being sacrificed to countless methods of "data collection"
devices, as we are numbered and categorized according to our tastes,
desires, and consumer habits. "It's all for the sake of customer
convenience", we are told.

However, from the perspective of my Biblical worldview, we are
simply being herded towards a pervasive system of control that will rule
the world. It's described in the Bible as "the Mark of the Beast", in
which no one will be able to buy or sell without this "mark". Secularists
will say that this is all nonsense. Mankind is just evolving; we are
discovering new and more efficient ways to live our lives, and
technology is the means to achieving maximum productivity with a
minimum amount of wasted time and effort.

But it might interest you to know that Barclays, one of the oldest
International financial institutions in the world, is storming the
"wearables market" and introducing numerous "contactless" methods of
payment. For instance, last Christmas, in the United Kingdom, they
introduced gloves that allowed customers to pay for their purchases by
touching their gloves to contactless card readers. The concept went
like this: The Barclaycard contactless chip, which is linked to a debit or
credit card account, was embedded in the gloves and could be used to
pay for goods up to the value of £20 -- a little over $30 in American

Barclays revealed that the contactless gloves were just as popular
as Smart Rings and Payment Bands. The following commentary was
taken from a website called Intelligent Environments, and I think you will
be amazed at just how far the current generation has come in their
embracement of the new technology: (Quote) "This is something
absolutely magic! With a movement of your finger you can manipulate
things and devices, simplifying your everyday life ... I want to have the

option to go out without carrying my purse or my wallet, I want to make
my life easier, I want to be able to go everywhere without additional
weights, all I need is my phone and my ring: my ring is my wallet, my
money, my shortcut, my support, my fashion item. Today I want my
"magic" ring. Today I want the future ... This will be the item that can
make your childhood dreams come true. Using your "magic wand" you
can become the wizard you always dreamt of being, so what are you
waiting for? Wear the power!"

I can't help but be alarmed at some of the terminology of global
conglomerates like Barclays, who use language like ... "by allowing
customers to use Payment bands for other activities, a range of
opportunities, such as loyalty, branding and recognition, would open up
for suppliers... This data can then be used by venues to target
customers more effectively with ads. and promote correct loyalty
schemes, as well as improve customer service.... There is a strong
possibility that in the future they could be used to access bank accounts
and, why not, to make payments! The contactless technology is
currently having such a great success that I would not be surprised if it
is adopted on these new wearable advices."

Computer Weekly reports that "the new generation of banking
customers would rather use biometric security devices than PINs and
passwords for authentication, according to Visa Europe." It seems that
to "Generation Z" it just feels like passwords are an unnecessary
burden. To them, Biometric authentication using fingerprint recognition
or retinal scans offers an ideal solution, combining unique security and
ease of use. What's more, more than half of 16 to 24-year-olds think
passwords will no longer be needed or used by the end of 2020, and
will be replaced by authentication methods such as facial recognition or
fingerprint and retina scanners.

But what is even scarier is the fact that our youth, are being sucked
in to the ease and convenience promised by the new technology.

But there are even more outlandish methods waiting in the wings.
Are you ready for Finger Vein Authentication Technology, also known

as VeinID? Or what about Voice biometrics? If can be imagined, they
will develop it!

So, here's my concern with all this technological advancement:
currently the contactless chip is embedded in gloves -- or rings, or
payment bands, or your iPhone. How long until it is suggested that it
will make life easier for consumers, suppliers, and banks -- if it is
embedded in you?!? What is the possibility that in the near future it
becomes the mandatory method of payment? And my biggest fear is
that it will be just fine with the Youth! This latest generation has known
nothing else but the convenience of technology -- it will be a natural
development for them. And what's worse is that they don't know the
1900 year-old prophecy in the last book of the Bible. They do not know
that the Bible says, "he [the Beast] provides that no one will be able to
buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the
beast or the number of his name."

Now, we can argue who or what "the Beast" is and the significance
of his number (666) -- but that's a topic for another day. Today -- right
now! -- we need to take note that there is a prophecy that all men will be
required to accept "a mark" to buy or sell. Ultimately, folks, that means
in order to eat, to work, to bank ... to survive ... you will need to comply
with "the system".

So, does it look as though technology is taking us to that moment in
prophetic time? I think so. And I am deeply concerned that my fellow
human beings are being seduced by the temptations of more
convenience, ease of use, and cutting-edge technology. Maybe you
don't believe in the Bible or the prophecy, but can you deny that it is
getting more difficult to act outside the system? Think about it. And
then take a moment to consider this thought: what if the there is a
possibility that the prophecy is true? Do you want to take that chance?
Today's Scripture tells you the grave consequences of complying with
the system of the Beast. All would do well to view technology with new
eyes and a new understanding.

Revelation 14:9-11

"If anyone worships the beast and its image and

receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, they, too, will drink
the wine of God's fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup
of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence
of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment will
rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who
worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark
of its name."

Daily Jot: Your Cheapened American Citizenship Bill Wilson -

The occupant of the Oval Office met with six young illegal aliens who
would have been deported under the law save for his unilateral
executive action to bypass the law and allow them to remain in the
United States. He told reporters that he thinks it is wrong to deport
these illegals and that he would veto any legislation that would prevent
them from remaining in the country, saying "And I'm confident that I can
uphold that veto." Meanwhile, Senate Republicans suffered another
defeat by not gaining a large enough majority to send a bill to the White
House that would say no to the "president's" breaking of the law. They
had 53 votes when 60 are needed by Senate rules. Your citizenship is

The "president" made the case that these young people must stay in the
country because they are just like every other American. He said, "The
House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would have these

six young people deported. I think thats wrong. I think most Americans
would think it was wrong if they had a chance to meet with these young
people. Legislation is going to be going to the Senate that again
attempts to try to block these executive actions. I want to be as clear as
possible. I will veto any legislation that got to my desk that took away
the chance of these young people who grew up here and who are
prepared to contribute to this country, that would prevent them from
doing so."

While these so-called "DREAMers" may be very similar to the
"president," whose birth on American soil by American parents has been
questioned repeatedly, and he was raised in Islamic cultures by
communist parents, step-parents and grandparents, these illegals and
the "president" are not "like every other American." Americans born and
raised in this country did not break the law to get here, and they are not
breaking the laws to remain here. The "president" said, "And so often in
this immigration debate it's an abstraction and we don't really think
about the human consequences of our positions." How ironic that he
considers breaking the laws for what he thinks is right has no human

The Bible is very clear about sojourners. It says not to vex strangers
and to treat them hospitably. But it also says in Exodus 12:49, "One law
shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourns
among you." This is repeated in Leviticus 24, and Numbers 9. It is the
basic concept of all law, and the foundational principle of the laws of
free societies. Article II Section 3 of the US Constitution requires the
President to "take care that the laws be faithfully executed." This
"president" has acted above the law and refuses to accept the laws of
Congress. Your citizenship is cheapened. Proverbs 28:4 says, "They
that forsake the law praise the wicked." I guess we know where we

Daily Devotion: The Question of the Ages - Greg Laurie

While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying,
"What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?" -Matthew

Without question, Jesus Christ is the most controversial figure who has
ever lived. He is loved, worshiped, and followed by some. He is hated,
despised, and rejected by others. He is disregarded and ignored by
most. But it always will come down to Jesus.

Who is Jesus? Two thousand years ago, Christ Himself asked the
question: "What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?"
(Matthew 22:42). And to this very day, people are still confused about
the answer. Maybe there has never been a time when more people
profess faith in Jesus yet at the same time have no clue as to who He
really is.

Many will speak with respect about Christ. They will say things like, "I
believe that Jesus was a great prophet" or "I believe that Jesus was a
messenger sent from God" or "I believe that Jesus was the best of all

Yet the Bible teaches that Jesus Christ was the unique Son of God, not
a man becoming God. He was God becoming a man. The Bible teaches
that Jesus is the second member of the Trinity. And it also teaches that
He was supernaturally conceived in the womb of the Virgin Mary. He
was not merely a good teacher but the greatest teacher-God in human

The Bible teaches that Christ was physically crucified and that He bodily
rose from the dead. The Bible also teaches that Jesus was not one god
among many but is the only God, equal with the Father and above all
others. That is why the death of Jesus, and the death of Jesus alone,
meets the righteous requirements of God.

Jesus never became God. He always was God. He walked among us
as an ordinary looking man, yet He was God incarnate.


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Featured Article: Jesus Paid Our Sin Debt - Ron &
Nathele Graham -

Most people have some debt. It might be a mortgage or rent, a car
payment, credit cards, or school loans. As we make payments on these
debts we can see that someday they will be paid off. When that day
comes we breathe a sigh of relief and sometimes have a celebration.
There is a debt, though, that is owed by all humans and we are unable
to pay. That debt is the debt of sin that Adam brought upon all of
mankind. Sin has separated us from God and the only way to ever be
able to stand in His presence is to be perfect. That perfection is by
God's standards and is impossible for humans to attain. Adam and Eve
tried to cover their sin by their own efforts using fig leaves, but God
demonstrated what He required when He shed the blood of an animal

to make coats of skins to cover their sin. As time went on God gave the
Law to the Jews. In it He gave them His standards of perfection and He
also instructed them to make the animal sacrifices to temporarily atone
for sin. "For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should
take away sins." Hebrews 10:4. The blood of an animal could only cover
the sin, not take it away. It would take the blood of God Himself to pay
our debt and take our sin away.

"For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer
sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: how much
more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered
himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to
serve the living God?" Hebrews 9:13-14. When Jesus left Heaven to
enter His creation it was so He could become our perfect sacrifice for
sin. The Bible makes it clear that we are saved because we believe in
the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Adam and Eve
couldn't take their sin away by covering it with fig leaves, nor is any form
of works sufficient. There is nothing we can do on our own to obtain
salvation. It is only faith in Christ that allows our sins to be forgiven; He
is our atonement and our salvation.

God's word teaches that only by the death of a perfect man could
mankind ever hope to be justified. No human could accomplish this
because there is no mere human who is not tainted by sin. God had to
become human to redeem humans. For this reason God Himself chose
to become one of us with flesh and bones; He became the perfect
sacrifice for our sin and made atonement, or "propitiation", for the entire
world. All it takes to be redeemed is to truly believe in Jesus Christ and
His finished work on the cross. When we place our faith and our trust in
Him as our Savior and Lord, in the blink of an eye we are born again.
That means we are justified in God's sight. It's not difficult, painful, or
even costly. God wants all humans to come to this realization and
believe; by doing so we become His children (sons of God). Paul wrote
to the believers in Rome "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the
Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him
from the dead, thou shalt be saved." Romans 10:9. You can't just say it
with your also have to believe it. When we confess that
Jesus Christ died for our sin, we are justified. That doesn't mean that
we are perfect, but our sins are forgiven and our salvation is secure.
Justification means that God sees the forgiven sinner through the blood

of Christ and has declared that person acceptable to Him.

When we first believe we become justified in God's sight. It is by faith
that we believe God stepped into His creation and died for the sin of the
world. Jesus is the propitiation for our sins and there is no other way to
be saved. "Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in
his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are
past, through the forbearance of God;" Romans 3:25. The word
"propitiation", in this context, is elsewhere translated "mercyseat". The
Mercy Seat was located in the Holy of Holies and a yearly sacrifice of
atonement was made on Yom Kippur. The blood of the sacrificed
bullock was sprinkled upon the Mercy Seat of God. Leviticus chapter 16
describes how this was to be done, and as always the Law is a
foreshadowing of Jesus Christ. He is our once for all sacrifice so we no
longer have to make the yearly sacrifice. When He paid our debt it was
paid in full.

Justification is the first step in a lifelong journey. What follows is
sanctification. That is the process that brings us into a closer walk with
our Lord. When we first believe we change our mind about sin. We
recognize that we are sinners, and that Christ is our only way of
salvation. This change of mind should bring a desire to become more
like Jesus. That desire to be like Him should result in changes taking
place in our daily life. We cannot earn salvation, but our words, attitude,
and actions should reflect our salvation. In the salutation in his first
letter, Peter refers to himself as "Elect according to the foreknowledge
of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience
and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace,
be multiplied." 1 Peter 1:2. Peter's failures are well known, but through
faith and the sanctification process he became a wonderful example of
how true faith in Christ will change a person. Peter turned from a brash
and outspoken disciple to a humble and obedient Apostle. He became a
leader of the believers and was bold in his witness for his Redeemer.
We can all learn from his example.

Salvation is eternal. If your confession of faith was honest and not done
to make someone else happy or on a whim, then when you fail in your
walk with Christ your salvation is still secure. The Holy Spirit is sealed
within all who have sincerely accepted Christ. "In whom ye also trusted,

after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in
whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of
promise," Ephesians 1:13. God made us a promise. Once we believe
and trust in Jesus Christ we are sealed with His Holy Spirit. This is a
God-sealed promise that cannot be removed, ever, by anyone or
anything. "And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish,
neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which
gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out
of my Father's hand." John 10:28-29. Do you think you are stronger
than God and can open His hands and jump out? Not hardly. If salvation
was up to us we would lose it for sure, but our salvation is safe in God's
hands. It is God who saves us and He who keeps us saved. This Godly
involvement is referred to as sanctification. Believers will go through all
sorts of ups and downs and occasionally we might fall down some
rather slippery slopes. God is always there to lift us back up and give us
His assurance that He will never leave us nor forsake us. This is the
ongoing process of sanctification...the lifelong work of God in every
believer's life.

Many people get confused when it comes to the two concepts of being
born again and fellowship with God. These are two entirely different
things but they go hand in hand. We cannot have fellowship with God
unless we are born again, yet we can be born again and also be out of
fellowship. "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and
the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to
forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we
say that we have not sinned we make him a liar, and his word is no in
us." 1 John 1:8-10. We all should desire to be in fellowship with God
but each time we sin that fellowship is broken until we repent. Being
born again is not an on again off again state in a person's life, but we
will always struggle against sin. As much as we'd like to think otherwise,
fellowship with God is an on again off again relationship because of sin.
Confess to Him when you sin and He will forgive you and fellowship is
restored. Then turn from that sin. This is how the sanctification process
works. Just like a child learning to walk there is a lot of stumbling, but
that child learns from the falls and soon is running. So should we learn
from our falls and become steady in our walk with Jesus.

How often have you looked at a person who claims Christ is their
Saviour, but you see no fruit of their salvation? They get angry at the
drop of a hat, they use language that would embarrass almost anyone,

they frequent places that should not be frequented, and many more
things that are just plain wrong. How can these people possibly be
saved? It's the sanctification process. If they truly accepted Christ as
their Saviour, then even their bad behavior is forgiven. Let me ask this
question. What about you? How far along are you in the sanctification
process? Before being too critical of others, look at yourself and see if
you are moving closer to Jesus or are you moving farther away? Before
you worry too much about the shortcomings of others, be sure you are
examining your own life and are moving ever closer to Jesus.

The final part of this process is glorification. That is probably the one
that we look forward to but don't really want to think about. "We are
confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be
present with the Lord." 2 Corinthians 5:8. Glorification happens upon
death. Well, it happens when a Christian dies. To those who have
rejected Christ there is nothing to look forward to after death except
complete and utter despair for eternity. To the Christian, death is
glorious! As long as we are on this earth we walk by faith, but upon
death we step into the presence of Jesus and at long last we will see
Him face to face. There is nothing in this life that will ever prepare us for
the wonders we will find there.

"The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of
God, and if children, then heirs - heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ,
if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together."
Romans 8:16-17. We are joint heirs of the Kingdom of God with Christ.
Suffering is a part of being children of God. We get persecuted because
of our faith and need to choose God's ways instead of human ways, but
that is the sanctification process at work. When we step into His
presence we won't remember the things we thought we suffered
through to serve Christ. It's important to remember we will be glorified
with Christ at our immediate release of these earthly vessels. If we must
endure a little suffering along that journey, then rejoice knowing you
suffer for Christ.

Right now take a moment to examine your life. Are you allowing the
sanctification to work in you? Jesus Christ left Heaven to pay your sin
debt. Your debt can only be paid if you accept His gift. Then, move
forward in the sanctification process making godly choices and asking

forgiveness when you fail. Any sacrifice on your part will be worth it
when you stand before Him in Glory.

God bless you all,

Ron & Nathele Graham
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This commentary was started by Ron Graham before his death on
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