Thursday, January 29, 2015

Global Warming Nonsense

This week the meteorologists forecasting an epic snowstorm for the New York City area blew it so badly that they apologized.  You'd think in this enlightened age with computer models forecasting doom decades from now if we don't cut back our carbon emissions that we could at least get a 24-hour forecast right.  

The global warming faithful are quick to say that climate is not weather as if that gives them license to ignore the limitations of computer models.  But we can't do that because global warming proponents base their entire argument of the doom to come on computer models.  As anyone who has worked with computer models know, they are only as good as the information and algorithms they are given. 

The computer models used to predict the weather are simpler than those being used to predict the climate.  Global warming proponents claim that their more complex climate models are better than those used for predicting the weather so we should trust them.  I'm sorry, this is debased logic.  If you can't get the simple right, why should we trust you with the more complex?  Indeed this problem with modeling has led to "Bonini's Paradox" which explains the challenges of simulations that fully represent complex systems.  French philosopher Paul ValĂ©ry effectively summarized this paradox in advance when he said, "Everything simple is false. Everything which is complex is unusable" (Notre destin et les lettres, 1937).

It is getting harder for global warming proponents to sustain the myth.  More scientists are coming out to proclaim that the emperor has no clothes.  MIT meteorology professor emeritus Richard Lindzen recently commented on the religious nature of global warming:

“As with any cult, once the mythology of the cult begins falling apart, instead of saying, oh, we were wrong, they get more and more fanatical. I think that’s what’s happening here. Think about it, you’ve led an unpleasant life, you haven’t led a very virtuous life, but now you’re told, you get absolution if you watch your carbon footprint. It’s salvation!”

The global warming proponents don't much like us calling them religious.  After all, they are Scientists; and Science can't be wrong!  They say those who oppose the settled Science of global warming are unscientific.  This only serves to shut down the debate; it is futile to argue with someone who is irrational.  What they don't realize is that they have made Science into an idol that will fail them sooner than they realize.

The reason governments and their paid scientific lackeys are pushing the global warming agenda so religiously is that it will be used to level the playing field between nations.  Dealing with global warming will throttle the economic power of the United States and facilitate wealth redistribution on a global scale.  Global warming is a world-wide problem that will require a global government to administer.  And that is coming sooner than most people expect.    

What the global warming faithful should fear is what the Bible says is coming.  "The present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men"   (2 Peter 3:7, NIV).  The only way to escape the real global warming that is coming is to let Jesus Christ in your life before it is too late.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Coming Islamic Caliphate

The growing band of Islamic State Jihadists continue to make progress toward establishing an Islamic Caliphate.  It is beginning to look like they now intend to take control of the Islamic holy sites of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.  This will be necessary if they have any hope of convincing the Islamic world that they have sufficient authority to rule over them. 

The Islamic State certainly has the momentum to be convincing even surpassing the Taliban of Afghanistan and Pakistan in influence.  They have accomplished a lot tripling the area they control in the face of an anemic bombing campaign by the U.S. and other nations.  The Islamic State "extremists" are also very vocal about their plans to kill hundreds of millions of people in their quest to bring an Islamic Caliphate into existence.     

Meanwhile, leaders in Western nations can't even bring themselves to link terrorism with Islam.  Either they are cowering in fear of Muslims or they secretly agree with their cause.  I am inclined to believe the latter, that our liberal Western leaders sympathize with Muslims thinking it is only fair that the West yields some of its power and influence in the world to Islam.  The political left already share many ideals with Islam; both are totalitarian in wanting to control all aspects of human existence, both are anti-capitalist regarding individuals as existing only to serve the collective, and both see the U.S. freedom culture with individual liberties as an obstacle. 

The rapid rise in the power and influence of Islam is one of the key indicators of the advanced stage of history we are in as the Church Age comes to an end.  Islam is obviously a doctrine of demons growing in the spirit of Antichrist as God removes His restraint of evil with the Tribulation drawing near.  We seem to be powerless against this growing wickedness with our political correctness not even letting us name Islam as the inspiration for virtually all of the world's terrorism.  Indeed, this will be the case with the Antichrist whom no one will be able to stop; "they worshiped the beast, saying, 'Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?'" (Revelation 13:4).

The closer we get to the Tribulation, the closer the Church gets to the Greatest Adventure anyone could ever hope to aspire to.  We all need to live ready; "He who testifies to these things says, 'Surely I am coming quickly.' Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!" (Revelation 22:20).

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Will 2015 be the Year?

Jerusalem has been the longing for Diaspora Jews who traditionally reflect that they might celebrate the Passover, “next year in Jerusalem.”  Likewise with the beginning of a new year, Christians who are watching for the return of Christ long for this to be the year of our “blessed hope” (Titus 2:13).  It sure seems it could be with all the stage setting for the Tribulation going on.

It is only by the grace of God that the world economy has not imploded.  It wouldn’t take much to set it off.  The rapid drop in the price of oil is an indicator that the world is already in recession.  The low oil prices are also putting pressure on financial institutions to raise interest rates but this would crater the huge derivative and bond markets.  I’m no economics expert but I have observed our market swings enough to know that those economics experts in charge are more often wrong then they are right.  How else can you explain why our smart economics wizards allowed us to get in the position we’re in?  It is enough to make you become a conspiracy theorist thinking that some cabal of global government elitists are trying to crash the world economy so that they may foist changes on us that we would otherwise resist.  As the leftist change agents love to say, “you have to break a few eggs to make an omelet.” 

Another thing the low oil prices are doing is causing significant pain for Russia because oil is their primary export.  Russia has been testing NATO’s resolve to keep them in check and has found that we don’t much care beyond imposing sanctions.  But lower oil prices are having a greater economic impact on Russia than the sanctions.  This may well be the hook of Ezekiel 38 that is being set to cause Russia to invade the Mid-East under the guise of helping their Arab partners with their Israeli problem.  Whoever controls the oil controls the world.

And of course we have wars and rumors of wars in the Mid-East.  The United States President appears to be hell-bent to allow Iran to get nuclear weapons threatening Congress to not impose any more sanctions on them.  We can only surmise that he must think there is some benefit to a nuclear-armed Iran like being able to use it to pressure Israel to make more concessions in the endless pursuit of peace.  Meanwhile, the Islamic State which suddenly emerged out of no where continues to win hearts, minds and real estate in Iraq and Syria with designs on Lebanon as they bring Sharia Law to the region beheading their opponents.

In Europe, growing anti-Semitism is causing more of their Jews to immigrate to Israel.  At  the same time they have opened their doors to Muslim immigrants who will not be assimilated because “iron does not mix with clay” (Daniel 2:43).  What the European nations are just now starting to realize is that with Islamic immigrants come Islamic terrorism.  Europe has traded a peace-loving creative people for Jihadists who only use their creativity to tear down Western Civilization.  As the Islamic Clay Kingdom of Daniel 2 emerges, we can expect to see more terrorism in the world this year.

I also expect something spectacular to happen in the history of the United States, and by extension, the world this year.  On September 11, 2001, Islamic Jihadists attacked the United States announcing to the world their desire to replace Western Civilization with Islam.  On September 29, 2008 the Dow dropped 777 points or 7% kicking off a world-wide recession.  Both of these events happened seven years apart within a week of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year.  Was that coincidence or God trying to get our attention?  This has only resonated with the spiritually discerning who are watching for Jesus to return.  Seven years from 2008 is this year with Rosh Hashanah beginning on September 13th. 

I’ve always thought that Rosh Hashanah would be a great time for the Rapture of the Church.  Even so, come soon Lord Jesus, this world sorely needs You.