Monday, August 11, 2014

Riders of The Apocalypse- Released and Riding

Am I just paranoid or is the world in a serious condition? Tell me that I am just looking at this all wrong--- the world is getting better.

As an Evangelical Orthodox Quaker, I am concerned that the Church in general is silent on what is taking place in the world today. The geopolitical situation in the world is worsening at a speed that is changing the prophetic timeline daily. Christians are being slaughtered at a level reaching genocide. Those murdering Christians are from the Islamic States or what was once called ISIS.

What has me concerned is that our government continues to support the Sunni branch of Islam. For those who do not know the difference here is a quick history lesson. The schism between Sunni and Shia Muslims lies in disputes over who would succeed Muhammad as leader of the faithful after his death in 632. The Shiites thought the prophet’s son-in-law and cousin should lead as caliph, particularly given his blood relationship to Muhammad. Their opponents, the Sunnis, thought Abu Bakr, one of Mohammad’s first converts, should be their leader.

The Shiites lost a series of wars for power in the early years of Islam and today are the clear minority in global Islam, making up about 15 percent of adherents. The Shiites are not the jihadist—that would be the Sunnis. What is confusing is our US Government continues to support the Sunnis.  What am I missing?

The new Sunni movement that is taking over large areas in Iraq and Syria, is now known as the Islamic States. The group, previously was known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and also known as ISIS, has renamed itself "Islamic State" and proclaimed its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as "Caliph" - the head of the state, a leading ISIS spokesperson said,"He is the imam and khalifah (Caliph) for the Muslims everywhere."

By the way, as far as manipulating the Sunni masses, the choice of the supposed leader’s name of these high financed and western trained, rogue forces is Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi. This name couldn’t be any more rabble-rousing —remember the first convert of Mohammad- Abu Bakr.

Although the Jews seem to be making the news as to the fearfulness of this groups intentions—it is the Christians that are being massacred to the point of genocide. At the rate they are moving across the Islamic world there will be no Christians left.

Is this what John saw when heard the cries of the souls under the altar? When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?" And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also. Rev. 6

Several years ago the thought was that beheading would be carried out by the mystical Antichrist. Well, today the spirit of antichrist is alive and well and spreading across the world in the form of the false religion of Islam--deniers of Jesus Christ. They are making war on Christians all around the world and their choice of death is beheading.

In the Revelation of Jesus Christ as shown to John, he tells us, “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”

I believe we can say the Seals have been broken and the Riders released. The White Horse Rider has been conquering. The Red Horse Rider has taken peace from the world. The Black Horse Rider has spread famine. The Pale Horse Rider—Death and Hell are following him with on fourth of the population of the world killed by war, hunger, disease. These things are happening now. It is not in the future-- it is right now! When will we open our eyes?

What is happening in the Middle East will soon reach critical mass. Critical mass can be reached from so many different factors, not just what is happening in America with our economic collapse, the immigration problem at our border, food and energy issues, but now this recent offensive in Iraq and Syria by this army of evil murderers from the very pits of Hell, they have changed the timeline of events from the future to the present and may soon be at our door. We should be moved as Christians to wake-up!  But then-- I may just be having a bad dream.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Time For America To Get Out Of The War Business

As the conflict continues to unfold with Hamas and Israel, Americans are being drawn in to support Israel. First let clarify my position on this conflict. Hamas is evil and does not have the interest of the Palestinian people at heart in this conflict. Hamas will use any means necessary to carry out their war on anyone who is not their brand of Muslim. However, this conflict with Hamas has been used by the Israeli Government to justify their actions of bombing homes, schools, and other civilian areas. What is not being told is that Israel is using the same tactics. If we could only step outside the propaganda box and look at how the emotions of the American people are being used to choose sides in this conflict we might be surprised how we have been manipulated. 

Why is it that the political and military leaders along with media talking heads echo the statements made by Israeli politicians and diplomats without checking the facts. Americans are given only one side of the story and we are ready to accept what we are being told as the truth, because we feel as Christians we must support Israel.  Israel has the right to protect their country from the bombs and rockets fired upon them.  They have the right to do what they feel is needed to protect their people without the interference of the US government. 

The Palestinians have the right to be governed by a leadership that cares about their daily needs and not by Islamic leaders that do not care how many Palestinians are killed to accomplish their goals. 

The truth has been lost in the emotions of the propaganda battle. As the bombs, rockets and bullets are flying around both side are lying to gain support for their side. Hamas is blaming Israel of making war on civilians by dropping bombs in residential areas. Hundreds of civilians have died from the actions of Israel. In America, Christians justify Israel’s action. We need to stop and look at this in a less emotional state.  If Hamas is so concerned about what is happening to the civilian population then stop hiding in schools, hospitals and homes and fight in the open.

The Geneva Conventions state: “The presence or movements of the civilian population or individual civilians shall not be used to render certain points or areas immune from military operations, in particular in attempts to shield military objectives from attacks or to shield, favor or impede military operations. The parties to the conflict shall not direct the movement of the civilian population or individual civilians in order to attempt to shield military objectives from attacks or to shield military operations."

Again, Hamas is evil and does not care about the Palestinian people. Islam does not understand love and mercy; they deal only in hatred and cruelty. International law bans the use of medical units or prisoners of war to deter enemy attack. However, even though Hamas is violating the law, Israel does not have the right to bomb areas where civilians are known to be. 

International law states: "Any violation of these prohibitions shall not release the parties to the conflict from their legal obligations with respect to the civilian population and civilians, including the obligation to take the precautionary measures," 

The news media here in America daily is justifying Israel’s actions by telling us how Israel gives due notice of attacks. Warning missiles are being used—what is a warning missile? They blowup your neighbor’s house to convince you that they are going to blow-up your house so get out now? 

How are we to know the truth? The UN agency UNRWA's shelters have been shelled on four occasions despite officials giving precise coordinates to the IDF. Israel’s shelling of a UN shelter has resulted in several civilians being killed. Why is it that Israel can target a hospital where, the wounded, the sick and children should be safe but are not and there is no outcry from Christians in America?

Many American Christians are unaware that Gaza is one of the most overcrowded places on earth. Almost two million people are crammed into a strip of land just 25 miles long and 3 to 7 miles wide. The problem is, there is no place for these civilians to go. The Muslim world does not practice charity or mercy so they do not care what happens to the Palestinians.  When has a Muslim country offered to take the Palestinians? 

This war is not being fought on a conventional battlefield. Israel is pounding Gaza from the air, and its troops are increasingly fighting battles against a guerrilla army in densely populated urban area. The separation between "civilian" and "military" in Gaza does not exist. Hamas fighters are cowards; they hide their faces and hide behind the weak. 

The actions of Hamas towards the Palestinian people are not alone in this conflict. To complain that Hamas is operating in civilian areas is not justifiable. Israel’s IDF’s headquarters is in central Tel Aviv, surrounded by a hospital, shopping centers, offices and residential housing. This war is not what it seems. Both sides are at fault and America should stay out of this conflict. To justify our support of Israel based on the fact they are an ally is not acceptable. Just because they are an ally does not mean we should support wrong actions. 

If America is really interested in resolving the conflict in the Middle East then we need to stop supply arms to both sides. We need to stop overthrowing sovereign countries and replacing the leadership with a leadership that is worse than the one we overthrew.  

It is time to take care of our own interest and if as Christians we think Israel is God’s chosen people and that He cares for them let God fight their battles as He did in the past. God does not need America to defeat the enemies of Israel. America will just confuse the issues. If Christians believe that God loves Israel, then God will protect them. We need to get our house in order before we take on cleaning up the rest of the world. So far we have made a mess of everything we touch-Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Afghanistan and Libya to name a few countries we have messed up.  It is time for America to get out of the business of war.