Friday, February 10, 2012

Defending The Faith

Recently, the United States Air Force was forced to remove a logo
which carries a reference to God.

The logo, which was found on a patch, was removed several weeks ago
from the Rapid Capabilities Office, because it included a line from
Latin which translates, "Doing God's Work With Other Peoples' Money."
However, after a group calling themselves the Military Association of
Atheist and Freethinkers lodged a complaint, the line was rewritten to
read, "Doing Miracles With Other People's Money."

I have to ask, "Who is really promoting religion here?"

While the word, religion, is equated with belief in God, or going to
church, or can be used as a reference for a certain church
denomination, synagogue, temple, or mosque, there is also another
meaning of the word that is far too often overlooked in our society.
Religion is your way of life.
For example, you can religiously drive to work the same way every
morning, or walk your dog religiously at a certain time each day, or,
as in the case mentioned above, be allowed to get away with bullying
and/or intimidating people who believe in God by threatening them with
a lawsuit. This is the "religion" or way of life of many atheist
groups in this nation. They seem to forget that while they are
accusing people of promoting belief in God, they are themselves
promoting or forcing their religion, or way of life on others, which
is the belief in no God. Furthermore, they seem to hold a particular
venom for anyone or anything associated with Jesus Christ and
Christianity. However, despite the concerted efforts of professed
atheists and their conspirators in the ACLU (American Civil Liberties
Union) and the secular news media to obscure and deny our heritage of
faith, America was founded upon the Judeo-Christian precepts of the
Holy Bible. And in no place is this more evident than in our nation's
capital. On almost every government building in Washington DC there is
a fresco or statue of the biblical patriarchs, displays of the The Ten
Commandments, and/or verses from scripture inscribed on the walls.
Atop the magnificent obelisk known as The Washington Monument are
engraved the words, "Laus Deo" which translated from Latin means,
"Praise Be To God". In the main reading room of the Library of
Congress, there is a bronze statue of Moses holding The Ten
Commandments. On the ceiling of that same room is a painting called
"Judea" which depicts a young Jewish woman raising her hands to God
in prayer. "The heavens declare the glory of God." (Psalm 19:1) is
one of the many quotes found inscribed on the walls there. Meanwhile,
in the main lobby of the library there are two Bibles on public
The motto, "In God We Trust" can not only be found on our currency,
but is prominently displayed in both the United States House and
Senate Chambers. The Lincoln Memorial also contains numerous
acknowledgments of God and passages from the Bible, as well as the
faith-based declarations that, “we here highly resolve that . . . this
nation under God . . . shall not perish from the earth..." while in
the Supreme Court, a bronze image of the Ten Commandments is displayed
above the bench where the Justices preside in the main courtroom.
It is solely due to our Godly heritage that America has prospered
like no other nation on the face of the earth. And in these uncertain
times of economic and political instability, Christians need to stand
together to defend the faith of our Founding Fathers, and our
guaranteed rights under the US Constitution of freedom of religion and
the right to expressions of worship, including the public
acknowledgment of God.
President John Adams, one of America's Founding Fathers once wrote:
"Our great advantage of the Christian religion is that it brings the
great principle of the law of nature and nations-Love your neighbor as
yourself, and do to others as you would that others should do to you-
to the knowledge, belief and veneration of the whole people. Children,
servants, women and men, are all professors in the science of public
as well as private morality. No other institution for
education...could diffuse this kind of necessary information."

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Destruction Of Gog And Magog

"Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, of Meshech, and of Tubal." Ezekiel 38:2

The prophet is speaking here of the enemies of God coming against the land of Israel. Many biblical scholars have debated over the years just what countries are Gog and Magog, and most of them have drawn the conclusion that Gog is actually symbolic of the leader of the world powers antagonistic to God. "Rosh" was Russia, while "Meshech" and "Tubal" are people to the east of Israel, from the Caucasus.
"Gog" was viewed as a power coming from northwest Asia.
If you look at the geography of the world today, it is easy to see what countries the prophet was speaking about here. "Magog" is Syria. "Rosh" or Russia has seen a steady invasion of Islam. As in New York City, traffic in Moscow and St. Petersburg is tied up on Fridays by scores of Muslims kneeling and praying in the streets. I would think "Rosh" also includes the post Soviet states-Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan-all predominantly Muslim nations. Also, parts of Turkestan and Armenia, which are called "Togarmah" in the Bible.

"And you will come from your place out of the uttermost parts of the north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding horses, a great host, a mighty army." Ezekiel 38:15

"Meshech" and "Tubal" are representative of the Muslim hordes from different areas in Turkey who will also be part of this mighty army.
Also included is "Persia" (Iran, Afghanistan, and parts of Iraq) "Put", which is Egypt, the current stronghold of the Muslim Brotherhood; "Cush" (Ethiopia, Kenya, Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen and possibly more of Africa;) Libya and Tunisia, which are also occupied by forces of the Muslim Brotherhood; southern Europe, which includes Spain and all of the Balkan a mighty storm they rise, surrounding Israel like a great storm cloud.

"And you (the mighty army of Gog) shall come up against My people Israel like a cloud to cover the land." Ezekiel 38:16.

The Lord Himself declares that, He "will bring you (Gog) against My land, that the nations may know, understand, and realize Me when My holiness shall be vindicated through you (Gog) in your overwhelming destruction." Ezekiel 38:16

The prophet then declares that there will be "a great shaking" and "cosmic catastrophe" in the land of Israel."
The Lord will reveal His Presence so that "all the men (nations) that are upon the earth shall tremble and shake..."and with pestilence and bloodshed will I enter into judgment with Gog, and I will rain upon him and upon his hordes and upon the many people (nations) who are with him, torrents of rain and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone." Ezekiel 38:22

"...torrents of rain and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone."....A cosmic catastrophe...a meteor?

Through the destruction of Gog and his hordes, God says, "I will demonstrate My greatness and My holiness, and be recognized in the eyes of many nations, that I Am the Lord." Ezekiel 38:23