The Man for Such a Time as This – By Steve Schmutzer – http://www.raptureready.com/2017/04/27/the-man-for-such-a-time-as-this-by-steve-schmutzer/
The events and reactions surrounding President Trump’s election may lend some perspective on portions of God’s prophetic Word. Let me explain what I mean.
In the short time since a large number of this nation’s voters soundly rejected a globalist agenda, I’ve watched the antics of the left with amusement and alarm. On one hand, they’ve reduced themselves to torrents of outright contradictions. On the other, they spew venom for which there’s no earthly antidote. At minimum, it is intellectual inconsistency, but I feel the matter is much closer to dedicated depravity.
Regardless of which response captures our attention the danger is that these people believe they’re right. Their intolerance of views unlike their own become a rabid determination to impose their values on others. And if anything is clear since November 8, 2016, it is this: The left justifies every means to achieve its agenda.
The disorderly Michael Moore is a case in point. He tweeted shortly after the election, “He’s not president for four and a half weeks. Next idea?”
I’ll translate, “We can still stop this! Our temper tantrums haven’t gained us sympathy and the recount campaigns backfired on us, but there’s no need to panic. Our deceptive propaganda and death threats to the electors didn’t work either, but we’ve still got time to ignore the rules. So, what other lawless actions can we scheme to disrupt the inauguration of Trump as president?”
January 20th has come and gone. Donald Trump is our legally-elected president, but that has not assuaged the left. Millions of deranged progressives feel exactly as Michael Moor, and some of them are openly calling for Trump’s assassination. There were over 12,000 such threats last I heard, and there will certainly be more. These sore losers feel justified in their despicable motives, because again-they think they are right!
The left’s conclusions do not emerge from confusion. They are birthed in hate.
Liberals spout a kumbayah tolerance and acceptance, but the real truth is they hate anything and anybody that doesn’t conform to their agenda. They’re hard-pressed to have civil discussions with anyone who holds a different view. Those on the left are more likely to attack those who do not agree with them because they think alternate views are wrong.
Doubt me? Try standing up for Jesus, unborn babies, strong borders or gun rights on social media. Defend marriage as being between one man and one woman. Support Israel and see what happens. You’ll face an assault on your intellect, your reputation, your genetics, and even your right to exist.
Those of us who subscribe to responsible views often fail to fully-recognize the intensity of this brewing storm. We feel secure behind our walls of tradition, order, and law-even as these institutions rapidly erode. While we boost with our like-minded friends congratulatory tributes since the election, we underestimate the intense hatred the globalists have cultivated against our values.
The truth is, two different sets of rules play out now-one for each side. Although the right has been deeply despaired with the elections of Obama, and with his “Make America Weak” policies, they never rioted in the streets, burned businesses, beat up bystanders, threatened to kill electors, shot cops, formed filthy communes in public places, encouraged assassinations, promoted anarchy, bankrolled mobs, shut down free speech, nor asked for safe rooms, teddy bears, pet therapy, and Play-Doh. The right is imperfect, but the conduct of the left is outrageously wrong.
It’s self-evident that liberals embrace whatever means serve their intentions, and if that requires them to abandon rules of decorum, so be it. They’ll shriek at Trump for his hesitation to support a Hillary win, then bawl “ad nauseam” that he’s an illegitimate president. This same double standard applauds Obama’s myriad of executive orders, but screams bloody murder when Trump signs his own to point our country back toward sanity.
Eight years of strategic attacks on sound morals, personal responsibility and godly standards have fractured our country’s most important foundations. America is now a grossly divided nation, and specific events through this period haven’t exposed this disunion as much as they’ve fostered it.
I know I speak for many when I say, “But I haven’t changed!” I’ve always been a supporter of Israel, a proponent of legal immigration, and an advocate of the nuclear family. I continue to believe in traditional marriage, the right to own guns, and freedom of expression. I think the government should be limited and business opportunities should be expanded. Unborn babies deserve to be protected, and criminals deserve to be prosecuted. I feel nations are better off when they are strong and sovereign, and secure borders have always been part of that equation.
There was a time when most Americans regarded these issues as I do, because my views are not partisan. They are based on common sense. But most elements of common sense decency launch the left into a hedonistic rage since Donald Trump appeared first announce his candidacy for president.
It’s not that the left doesn’t understand the tenets of logic and virtue, but rather-they don’t want them. This is why progressives are engaged in a calculated war against all things reasonable, noble, and proper.
How can we possibly comprehend what is happening here?
A number of Scriptures describe the future attitudes and behaviors of “those that dwell upon the earth” (Revelation 3:10; 6:10; 8:13, 11:10; et al). They’re prophetic insights into the globalist dogma in the final years before Christ’s Second Advent; they seem to describe what we’re seeing and hearing now.
While these passages lay out the character of those who have rejected Christ and are forced to endure the judgements of the Tribulation, they also link the irresponsible spiritual choices of those within this group with their consequent senselessness. The first situation results in the second one.
The Bible affirms itself, so let’s take a look at traits related in verses of Romans 1:18-32. They read like today’s news, and it explains some of the mindless antics we’ve seen from the left lately.
The text describes a descent into full-blown depravity, beginning with a choice to “suppress the truth by their wickedness.” Those who do this refuse to acknowledge the plain evidence of the Creator who is all around them. According to what is written in the book of Romans this evidence is sufficient to damn one’s soul-since it points to who God is and what He has done.
This is partly why the angel’s “eternal gospel” which is proclaimed to “those who dwell upon the earth” in Revelation 14:6-7, emphasizes God’s role in creation. When God made the world He was not just making a nice place to live. He was saying something very important about Himself to all who live in it.
But when people choose to be wrong with God, it naturally follows they will be wrong with everything else. That’s why “futile thinking” results from refusing God His rightful place. Such people would rather believe they came from a glop of goo than believe there is an Almighty God who created them in His own image.
This is a slippery slope, but it’s just the start. According to the book of Romans, these people become delusional. They display irrational beliefs and behaviors. Delusional people resist truth and corrective interventions because they think they’re right even when most people know they’re wrong.
Does this hit the bullseye or what?
It’s useless to argue with the far left because they’re already convinced of things that make no sense. Moreover, they believe they are wise, educated, and civilized-while anyone who is not like them is primitive, racist, and all together dangerous.
Verses 1:21-22 in Romans reference such people as “fools.” One translation says “they became insane.” Either works for me. Liberals fight for the rights of rats while they excoriate anyone who defends unborn humans. The left have it all backward. They esteem earth’s lowest creatures even as they despise their Creator. This is misguided godless fervor.
Man is inherently religious because he was made that way. He must worship something, and if he rejects God he will choose to give reverence to creation and the creatures within it. In this process, he will also see himself as a “god,” presiding over the planet, and believing he can, and should-control it. He will expect others to conform to his ideals, and he’ll rigorously proselytize these notions because his values refuse to bow to righteous standards.
What we are on the inside inevitably shows up in how we act on the outside, and according to what is recorded in Romans; the society that consciously rejects God is one wherein the expressions and forces of homosexuality rise. It was true for Sodom and Gomorrah long ago, and it’s true for America now. It’s no coincidence that our last president said “We are no longer a Christian nation.” Then subsequently bathed the White House in the rainbow colors of the gay community.
This sepsis of moral decay infects America on many levels now, as the left celebrates corruption, endorses deceit, supports injustice, applauds chaos, and plots evil to unprecedented proportions. It’s all in plain sight. Their choices to deny God have culminated in frank depravities which are now their norm.
Beneath the left’s erratic frenzies, behind their constant lies and within their perpetual tantrums rests this one fact: They don’t want God. They don’t want His rules, His values, His followers, nor His chosen people of Israel. They don’t want any element of Him that challenges their choices or forces an honest look in the mirror. They don’t want God now, and they won’t want Him later as the world continues to implode.
In the same way that unregenerate Man understands God is the Creator now, he will absolutely know that God is the Judge in the future (Revelation 16:9, 11, 21, et al). The world that God put together will be the world He destroys, and “those that dwell upon the earth” will see both displays to the same effect.
The evidence of God will be just as plain to humanity at the end of time (as we know it), as it has been since the beginning of time. But it will make little difference. The reactions of the deranged masses in the future will just be a whole lot more of what we see now.
And that end is coming into focus. Progressives have already embraced the fundamentals of the Antichrist’s one world political system. Five years ago, we hardly heard a word about “globalism,” but today it’s the shiny “new” paradigm by which all the left’s passions are measured. It’s not really new at all, but where biblical wisdom is absent, foolish ideals are repeated.
The globalists desperately want a one world government and proofs of this are stout. They advance the sketchy premises of climate change in order to enforce a universal set of rules. They promote dissolution of borders to blur sovereign territories. They over-regulate economies to weaken nations. They violate basic laws to incite chaos and promote controls on society, and they defend illegal immigration to overwhelm political and legal systems and to introduce confusion.
Most notably, the left abhors Christians, and they covet any opportunity to suppress the power of the Bible. Sensible Judeo-Christian values which find origin within the divinely-inspired pages of God’s Word restrain the agenda of the left. This is partly why the left hates Jesus (Mark 13:13), and His followers. They will stop at nothing to subdue those who would challenge their pagan Orwellian utopia.
William Golding’s classic book, Lord of the Flies, is a dark story of a group of boys who became stranded on an island after a plane crash. What started as their wonderful adventure descended into full-blown barbarity. By the time they were rescued, they had killed two in their group and had set their island ablaze.
As the story goes, one of the boys was overcome with emotion when he was rescued, and he “wept for the end of innocence [and] the darkness of Man’s heart.” Golding’s fictional story of what happened to a few boys who abandoned reason and acted without conventional restraints highlights the reality of what happens to men when they ignore God and resist His values.
In the end, the avalanche of godless reactions preceding and following Trump’s election are little more than a taste of the attitudes and behaviors that will flourish unchecked during the Tribulation. Willful deception marinates both points of history, and the lies which unregenerate people support now will be the same lies they choose to embrace in the future.
I believe America’s present politics are writhing in the clutches of a climactic spiritual battle. On one side there remain those who continue to support sound values, who clearly see right from wrong and who endure in exercising common sense. This group properly understands we are indeed a nation “under God.”
On the other side, there are those who have chosen to remove every element of God out of their lives. Their motives are filled with hatred, and they reek of foolishness with the many things they do and say. This group worships at the altar of globalism, and they endorse any lie which serves to advance that plan.
I have gradually become convinced that legitimate concerns stalk those who claim to be in the faith, yet choose to identify with the left. This dilemma is especially true as the left moves dramatically toward a militant-socialist agenda which finds little, if anything, in common with the teachings and practices of God’s Word.
Despite the fascist fits of the left, I believe Donald Trump is the man God wants in the office of president at this time-much the same way I believe God intended Barack Obama to be president for eight years. The Word of God teaches that God sets up and deposes rulers (Daniel 2:21), so no one assumes the leadership of the Oval Office without God’s sovereign control.
That said, the current behaviors of “those that dwell upon the earth” suggest the world as we know it is drawing to a close. The conditions for the prophetic fulfillment of Christ’s Second Advent are falling into place, and that means our “blessed hope” (Titus 2:13), is nearly upon us.
Eternal glory awaits us!
Pardon me, as I hum a line from one of R.E.M.’s songs, “It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine…”
Netanyahu’s bold move against Western diplomatic warfare – By Caroline B. Glick – http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0417/glick042817.php3
The Israeli PM sends a signal loud and clear
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu adopted a new strategy for managing Israel’s diplomatic relations with the West. Long in the making and increasingly urgent, Israel’s new strategy is very simple. Foreign governments can either treat Israel in accordance with international diplomatic norms of behavior, or they can continue to discriminate against Israel.
If they act in accordance to international diplomatic norms, Israel will respond in like fashion. If they choose instead to discriminate against Israel and treat it in a manner no other democratic state is treated, Israel will abandon diplomatic convention and treat foreign governments as domestic critics.
On Monday, after his repeated requests for Germany’s visiting Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel to cancel his plans to meet with Breaking the Silence and B’Tselem, Netanyahu gave Gabriel an ultimatum. Gabriel could meet with Netanyahu, or he could meet with Breaking the Silence.
Gabriel refused to cancel his meeting with Breaking the Silence. So Netanyahu canceled their meeting.
To understand the strategic significance of Netanyahu’s decision and what further steps are now required to ensure the success of his strategy, it is necessary to understand what Breaking the Silence represents. It is then important to recognize how it is used by Berlin and other foreign governments.
But first, Netanyahu’s move has to be seen in a general context.
Today’s Western democracies are in a furor over the notion that foreign governments would dare to interfere in their domestic affairs. The uproar in the US over Russia and in Europe over Turkish efforts to drum up support for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan among Turkish nationals in Europe make clear how roundly democracies decry attempts by foreign governments to influence their internal politics.
This then brings us to Israel, and the unique rules that the West applies in its dealing with the Jewish state.
In the final quarter of the 20th century, European and other Western states abandoned their earlier support for Israel. From 1974 on, Europeans could be depended on to either support condemnations of Israel at the UN and other international forums, or to abstain from votes.
Whereas from 1974 to 2000, European hostility was largely limited to the diplomatic arena, beginning in 2000, the Europeans began to expand their anti-Israel policies to the Israeli domestic political sphere.
After the PLO abandoned the peace process with Israel at the July 2000 Camp David summit and initiated its terrorist war against Israel two months later, the Europeans began massively funding radical leftist groups registered as NGOs in Israel. The collapse of the peace process and the initiation of the Palestinian terrorist war all but dried up domestic support for groups like Peace Now, B’Tselem and Rabbis for Human Rights. But with millions of euros in their pockets and the unconditional diplomatic support of Europe, these groups were able to become players in Israel’s domestic politics and cause massive harm to Israel’s international standing.
As for the Europeans, their Israeli contractors gave them the ability to fend off allegations that they were antisemites engaged in systematic and prejudicial discrimination against the Jewish state.
Every time Israeli officials and others protested about their unfair treatment of Israel, the Europeans responded that they were simply restating allegations made by Israelis.
The fact that the Israelis they quoted were only able to speak because Europe paid for their microphones was entirely beside the point, as was the fact that those Israelis reflected the views of next to no one in Israel.
In the face of this assault – fronted by Israel-registered organizations staffed by Israelis, for the past 17 years, official Israel has been paralyzed. First it didn’t know how to respond. And second, when it responded, it was beset with the prospect of Europe retaliating by backing its political war against Israel with economic warfare.
As a result, time after time, Israel buckled to European pressure. Consequently, it saw its international status undermined and its very right to sovereignty questioned.
The most significant example of that buckling came in 2008, when then-prime minister Ehud Olmert agreed to transfer Israel’s postal codes to the EU and so enabled the Europeans to discriminate against Israeli products made beyond the 1949 armistice lines.
In another example, in 2013, then-minister Bennie Begin convinced the government to bow to European pressure – exerted through its Israel-registered nonprofits – to legalize Beduin settlements in the Negev built on stolen state land.
In both instances, far from placating the Europeans and their Israeli contractors, these actions convinced them to escalate their pressure against Israel and to adopt ever more prejudicial positions against the Jewish state.
The playing field between Israel and Europe has shifted in recent years. Today, the EU is fighting for its life. Donald Trump’s victory in November, Britain’s decision to exit the EU, and the growing power of anti-EU forces in Europe have all had a debilitating impact on Brussels’ ability to throw its weight around in the global arena.
Moreover, over the past several years, the government has actively promoted expanding Israeli trade to Asia. One motivation for the policy is the desire to diminish Europe’s economic leverage over Israel.
The diminishment of Europe’s power advantage over Israel set the conditions for Netanyahu’s adoption of his strategy for dealing with Europe’s war against it.
And just in a nick of time. Because as Europe becomes less powerful, Europe’s policies toward Israel become more toxic.
And this brings us to the nature of Breaking the Silence.
Breaking the Silence, which was formed in 2002, is a group dedicated to libeling the IDF and its soldiers and officers by constantly accusing them of carrying out war crimes. Since its inception, Breaking the Silence’s budget has come almost entirely from European governments. Germany is a major backer.
Germany’s interest in Breaking the Silence is understandable. As polls taken between 2011 and 2015 showed, between a third and half of Germans view Israel as the moral equivalent of Nazi Germany. The Palestinians, by their telling, are the new Jews.
Likewise, a large majority of Germans is sick of hearing about the Holocaust. And an even larger majority says that Israel is behaving unjustly toward the Palestinians.
Breaking the Silence’s work not only legitimizes these views, shielding them from condemnation as indications of the growing virulence of German Jew-hatred. It also, to a degree, justifies the Holocaust. After all, if the Jews are as evil as the Nazis, then they are illegitimate actors who deserve to be defeated.
Europe’s rapidly escalating campaign against Israel can be viewed through its rapidly escalating embrace of these groups.
According to senior Foreign Ministry officials, until very recently, European governments conducted their meetings with these organizations in private, far from the glare of television cameras.
This changed in February. During his visit to Israel, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel shocked Netanyahu when in defiance of Netanyahu’s request, he personally met with Breaking the Silence during his official visit to Israel.
Last month, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson went even further.
Johnson, who has a reputation for being a friend to Israel, surprised Netanyahu and his advisers when, during their meeting he all but refused to discuss anything but Israeli construction beyond the 1949 armistice lines.
Ahead of his meeting with Netanyahu, Johnson traveled to Judea with Peace Now and got himself photographed looking gravely at a map held by a Peace Now leader who pointed to where Jews were building in the area around metropolitan Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim.
When Johnson was asked by reporters why he wasn’t meeting as well with representatives of the Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria, he scoffed. Netanyahu will give the other side of the story, he insisted.
In other words, for Johnson, Netanyahu was expected to answer the allegations launched against his government by a European-funded NGO. Johnson treated Peace Now as a more credible source of information than the government.
During his visit, Peace Now served as a general prosecutor of Israel. Johnson treated Netanyahu as the defendant. And he, whose government funds Peace Now, served as judge and jury.
Gabriel’s decision to opt for a meeting with Breaking the Silence over a meeting with Netanyahu took matters one step forward. In acting as he did, Gabriel showed that as he sees things, Israel’s elected leader is less legitimate than representatives of an organization that legitimizes German antisemitism.
By refusing to meet with Gabriel, Netanyahu made clear that new rules will now apply to Europe and other Western governments that have joined Europe’s campaign against Israel. But his move – while important – is not enough.
To ensure that his strategy of demanding that Europe treat Israel in a manner that accords with diplomatic norms, Netanyahu needs to take additional steps. Like his decision to deny Gabriel diplomatic cover for his meeting with anti-Israel groups, Netanyahu needs to deny Western governments diplomatic immunity for their other actions aimed at undermining the government’s capacity to carry out its domestic duties.
For instance, one of the major ways that European- funded groups subvert the government is by suing the government in local courts. The government must require the foreign governments that fund these groups to appear as sides in the court battles. In this manner, the government can ask the courts to compel these foreign governments to hand over documents relevant to the cases being adjudicated.
So, too, the government should require foreign government- funded groups to submit all communications between their representatives and those governments, and all internal documents of foreign governmental funders relating to their decision to fund the Israel-registered group. Given that the goal of the funding is to interfere with domestic Israeli affairs, those communications should not enjoy diplomatic immunity.
The penalty for failing to present all the required documents will be the imposition of a 100% tax on the foreign government contributions to the Israel-registered nonprofit.
Perhaps the most discouraging aspect of Netanyahu’s diplomatic gambit this week is that opposition leader MK Isaac Herzog refused to support him. Instead, Herzog sided with Gabriel. He insisted that Netanyahu harmed Israel’s relations with Germany by demanding to be treated in a manner that comports with international norms.
For decades, the political Left has claimed that it can manage Israel’s diplomatic ties better than the Right, which it castigates as inept, incompetent and dangerous to Israel’s international standing. By failing to recognize why Netanyahu’s move was vital for Israel’s international standing, or to understand that international conditions have changed sufficiently to allow Israel to stand up for itself, Herzog and his colleagues showed that their boastful claims to diplomatic capabilities are empty.
Netanyahu took a necessary first step toward implementing a constructive strategy for handling Western diplomatic warfare. More steps are still required for this strategy to succeed. But at least, for the first time in years, Israel is finally taking a constructive position in its own defense.
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