Monday, February 28, 2011

Global Warming Cult Alert

I was wondering how long it would take the Global Warming Faithful to consider nuclear winter as a solution the greenhouse effect. I just saw a report that NASA researchers have determined that the cooling effect of atmospheric dust and smoke from even a regional nuclear war could make a big impact on global warming.

Of course the NASA rocket scientists go on to say the negative effects of nuclear war out-weigh the benefits from a global warming perspective. It is chilling that they are even considering the pros and cons of there being a nuclear war. What was not mentioned in the article is another "benefit" of nuclear war from a global warming perspective; the culling of the human population and slowing or even reversing economic development. The most radical of the Global Warming Faithful consider mankind to be a blight on Mother Earth. Despite their hypocritical overtures, materialists who think that people are just evolved from animals really don't have much compassion for their fellow man when they think that we got to where we are by a survival of the fittest process.

Jesus said in Matthew 24:37, "as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be" (NKJ). Genesis 6:11 said that violence characterized the days of Noah. It is just a matter of time before this world sees wholesale slaughter due to weapons of mass destruction. There will be some who justify their use by thinking they are ultimately doing mankind a favor.

I have often thought what better time would there be for the rapture to take place then during the utter confusion and shock resulting from a nuclear exchange. Who would miss a few million born again believers when other millions have perished as a result of a nuclear war. Indeed, those who have no place for Jesus in their life will consider it serendipitous that the ones they consider to have been holding society back are gone.

I don't look forward to what is coming on the earth, but I do look forward to the Blessed Hope that will be in conjunction with it. Come soon Lord Jesus; this world sorely needs You.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Syrian WMD Threat

It has just been made public that Syria has a nuclear facility very close to Damascus. Knowing Syria's desire for Israel to cease from being a nation makes this development a huge threat to Israel. The fact that this nuclear facility is close to Damascus is significant because of the prophecy that "Damascus will cease from being a city, and it will be a ruinous heap" (Isaiah 17:1, NKJ). Israel's need to decisively take out Syria's nuclear capacity may be the reason Damascus will cease to be the "oldest continuously inhabited city in the world."

This revelation adds weight to the idea that Psalm 83 may describe the next war over Israel. Syria is listed among the nations immediately surrounding Israel that seeks to "cut them off from being a nation" (Psalm 83:4). An under-reported motivation behind many of the Arab people protesting their governments appears to be dissatisfaction that their leaders are not doing enough to oppose Israel. For example, protesters of their government in Tunisia are also now calling for 'Death to the Jews.' Such irrational antisemitism is satanic and shows that God is removing His restraint of evil in this world.

Jesus is coming soon. I would not want to be among those left behind. Now is the time to join with the King of kings and Lord of lords. God has revealed these things to us so that we may warn our family, friends and associates in the hope that they may come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ before it is too late. As God said prior to the last time He poured out His wrath on earth,
"My Spirit shall not strive with man forever" (Genesis 6:3).

Monday, February 21, 2011

Arab Revolution

After a bit of a hiatus, I feel compelled to again start commenting on the news...

First Egypt... if there is any doubt how all this will work out, all one needs do is give a good read to Psalm 83. Egypt is mentioned there as the Hagrites who will conspire with the other Arab nations immediately surrounding Israel to "cut off Israel from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more" (Psalm 83:4). The most likely way for this to happen is if the Muslim Brotherhood or a confederation of various Islamic factions take control of Egypt. If we are close to the time that Jesus returns, such a political development has to take place. I wonder if there is anyone giving odds on this in Las Vegas?

Another Arab revolt that bears watching is in Libya. Ezekiel 38:5 names Libya as one of the nations that join with Gog to attack Israel. I believe that this war occurs during the Tribulation since the only other reference to Gog in the Bible is in Revelation 20:8 where it refers to a world leader that opposes Christ; thus Gog is another term for the Antichrist. The Ezekiel 38 war also makes it clear that Israel is at peace as a "land of unwalled villages" (Ezekiel 38:11). This has to be after the Antichrist confirms a peace treaty with Israel (Daniel 9:27) because Israel certainly is not enjoying peace now; they know a war could break out at any time and they have a serious network of walls for security. I think it likely that the Psalm 83 war happens prior to the Tribulation and indeed sets the stage for the false peace that is necessary for the Ezekiel 38 war to happen.

But back to Libya... God used this Powerline post about Libya to inspire me to resume my blog. Everyone seems to be stymied about what all this chaos in the Arab world means, even the stalwart conservative commentators. This is where a biblical worldview helps. The trend will be for Arab countries to throw-off their monarchies that are interested in maintaining the status quo and demand democracy. We tend to think that would be a good thing but democracy in the Arab world brings an Islamic government everywhere it is tried. I am reminded of an excellent book by Arno Froese, "How Democracy will Elect the Antichrist."

The Arab peoples seem willing to give an Islamic government a try because they will think it has to be better than what they have had. The Islamic governments that come into power have to give their people something to focus their discontentment and anger upon to distract them from their own failings ...and that would be Israel, the Apple of God's Eye (Zechariah 2:8).

The Powerline commentator, John Hinderaker wonders if the resulting government of Libya that is opposed to Giddafi will be friendly to the U.S. because we have never supported his regime. This would be in contrast to the situation in Egypt where the U.S. has supported the Mubarak regime and the people who overthrew him are now opposed to the U.S. Commentators without a sound understanding of Bible prophecy just don't get it. It is really very simple and comes down to where a person or a nation stands in regard to God's people. It doesn't matter whether the U.S. supports Giddafi or not, it is whether we support Israel or not. The Islamists who replace Giddafi in Libya will be opposed to the U.S. because we are allied with Israel.

Unfortunately, I think the day will come when the U.S. throws Israel under the bus in order to be loved by the Islamists that are growing in power in the world. That is what you would expect from unprincipled pragmatists and indeed our current president has been lauded for being a pragmatist. The Bible in fact says all nations will be opposed to Israel because the time will come when "all the world marveled and followed the beast" (Revelation 13:3); and the beast, or Antichrist, will seek to destroy Israel. The Antichrist also seeks to kill followers of Jesus (Daniel 7:25, Revelation 6:9) so the time will come when the U.S. will throw Bible-believing Christians under the bus as well in order to appease the Islamic power-base from which the Antichrist will emerge. We can hope and pray that this doesn't happen until the Tribulation but it certainly could happen earlier if America falls far enough from God.

These are interesting times to be alive... and a great time to discuss what the net result of various current events will be. Such discussions might just inspire someone to seriously consider the biblical perspective.