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June 2008 Issue

Anti-Christian Bias in Education
Jun 1st, 2008
Michael J. Chapman
Uncategorized

First published by NewsWithViews, 11-9-2007

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." Ronald Reagan.

For more than a dozen years, I have been working to expose anti-Christian bias within America’s popular curriculum. But it wasn’t until I ran across a copy of Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, published by the National Council for the Social Studies under a US Department of Education grant, that I realized the force of law was now driving the agenda.

According to the NCSS standards, “[I]t is clear that the dominant social, economic, cultural and scientific trends that have defined the western world for five centuries are rapidly leading in new directions.”

The dominant trends that defined Western civilization are of course, the Judeo/Christian worldview. So what does this mean for social studies? The NCSS explains, “The United States and its democracy are constantly evolving and in continuous need of citizens who can adapt… to meet changing circumstances. Meeting that need is the mission of the social studies.”

Can it be any clearer? Rather than teach America’s history and founding principles for the preservation of American liberty and Western Civilization, the new mission of social studies is to prepare our children to accept the transformation of America. In fact, the NCSS are missionaries of a new religion operating in the field of American education. Unlike Christians, these particular missionaries have government backing, free reign with captive children, and operate under the guise of “education” – and thus under the radar of most Christians.

Before building a “new” structure, the “old” must be torn down. Christianity, the foundation of Western Civilization, must be bulldozed. I find three primary indoctrination methods publishers use to undermine Christianity. The first is the censorship of America’s true Christian heritage. The second method I call association propaganda – the linking of negative ideas or events with Christian principles, people, or groups. Finally contextual redefinition changes the meaning of written text in order to support a pre-planned conclusion that is different from the original author’s intention. There are other subtle methods, but most are variations of these three.

All of these methods of indoctrination have one purpose – to convince our children to reject Biblical Christianity and to accept a secular worldview:

America’s Censored Heritage

America’s foundations are rooted in the Judeo/Christian worldview. Even the few Founders who might not have been doctrinal Christian regarded these principles as the best source for moral self-government, liberty, justice, and establishing the proper function of government. [See Michael Chapman's DVDs "America's Censored Heritage" and "Education for Sustainable Tyranny"]

It was Benjamin Franklin, for example, who on June 27, 1787, at the Constitutional Convention called for prayer to begin each session of Congress. Quoting the Gospels several times, Franklin reasoned,

“I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth – that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured, sir, in the sacred writings, that ‘except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it’….”

Founding Father Noah Webster explained the same idea in his History of the United States textbook for schools:

“Our citizens should early understand that the genuine source of correct republican principles is the Bible, particularly the New Testament or the Christian religion.”

Today, by contrast, textbooks not only omit such history, they purposely distort the facts in order to support a new idea about who we are as a people. For example, under the heading “Roots of American Government,” a popular seventh-grade Houghton Mifflin Social Studies textbook expounds:

“Enlightenment thinkers in the American Colonies were excited. Here they were, the first people in history to have the chance to create an entirely new government based on Enlightenment Principles.

Few elementary-school textbooks offer source-footnotes, but this particular textbook mentioned its source for the assertion:

“A recent study looked at more than 15,000 political writings published in America between 1760 and 1805…. [The authors] most often quoted were… all part of the Enlightenment.”

Unfortunately, the textbook censored an important fact. Besides falsely characterizing some figures as Enlightenment thinkers, the textbook fails to mention that the study actually proved that the Founders quoted the Bible nearly twice as often as the top three individual sources combined.

Facts that get in the way of an agenda to convince our citizens of a secular basis for government are simply ignored.

 

Association Propaganda

A powerful method of indoctrination is to link Christian principles with negative events in order to divert thinking from the truth. Examples of association propaganda in the classroom follow, with the associated words highlighted:

  • “Understanding Imperialism: [Defined as] economic and political control of other nations. …Many imperialists believed that they had a God-given mission to spread Christianity.”

  • “A total of 160,000 Spanish inhabitants, mostly men, had subjugated some 5 million Indians – all in the name of the gentle Jesus.”

  • “Among [the conquistadors] were missionaries…. At times the goal to convert Indians was achieved by force. Many were forced to work on haciendas owned by Spaniards of the Catholic Church. Life for Indians in Spanish America was shaped by missionaries.… Millions died from disease and overwork.”

The textbook’s goal is to associate Christianity with negative connotations of force and control. In the last example above, Christian missions and the church are made interchangeable with the Spanish and Conquest. Absent is the truth that missions protected Indians against both Spanish and slave-trading Indian tribes, and often were welcomed by the Indians – facts that do not conform to the preconception that Christianity is equated to destructiveness.

Even during lessons on the Roman Empire, the tables are cleverly turned against the Christians. For example, in one textbook lesson on the Roman Coliseum, “persecution” is simply defined as “the act of being harassed for differing beliefs” The lesson plan instructs the teacher to “Tell the students that persecution of Christians in the early days was occasional and local…” but makes no mention that Christians were martyred for their faith. Instead, students are to “discuss why minorities… face persecution in times of trouble.” In the teacher’s margin, “background information” helps make the discussion question “relevant” by identifying Christians as the true persecutors:

“[In early times] Christians made fun of [rural people and their old beliefs in gods and goddesses] by calling them pagani, meaning ‘country people’ or ‘hicks.’ This is the origin of the word pagan.”

Obviously, the lesson’s motivation is not the teaching of accurate history (or accurate Latin), but a social agenda: to build sympathy for politically favored groups today that might think they are under persecution by Christians. The lesson ends with a Role-Playing exercise (another form of association propaganda); students are directed to “take the role of a traditional Roman disturbed by the rise of Christianity, and write a letter explaining why he or she is opposed to the new religion.”

One very powerful form of association propaganda is to accurately list Christian ideals and then associate those ideals with a group such as the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). Textbook publisher D.C. Heath has been especially good at this. In the middle of a lesson on the Scopes “Monkey Trial” in Dayton, Tennessee (where “Fundamentalist Christians” are painted in a negative light), a sidebar highlights “another fundamentalist group” – the KKK. A quotation, not dissimilar to complaints of Christians today, is presented: “One by one all our traditional moral standards… were disregarded. The sacredness of our Sabbath, our homes, chastity, even our right to teach our own children in our own schools fundamental facts and truths, were torn away from us.” The attribution is to “Hiram Wesley Evans, Imperial Wizard of the KKK, in 1926 moving describing the cultural grievances that inspired the Klan…”

Whether or not Evans actually said this is irrelevant; four minutes of research will prove these were not the grievances that inspired the Klan to form. A textbook publisher that knowingly repeats a lie is party to it. The point, again, is not accurate history; rather it is to teach children to distrust or reject Christians who make similar complaints.

 

Contextual Redefinition

When censorship is impossible or association propaganda too obvious, publishers simply change the meaning of texts to fit the desired outcome, even for well-known documents like the Declaration of Independence. For example, Houghton Mifflin teaches, “When Jefferson wrote ‘all men’ are equal, he really meant ‘all citizens,’ women and blacks were not included.”

Nonsense! First of all, Jefferson wrote all men are “created” equal, suggesting that all people are equal in God’s sight. Second, the term “men” was often used to denote the species “man-kind,” not a specific gender, in Jefferson’s day. Finally, Jefferson did make clear his views on slavery; his words on the wall of the Jefferson Memorial, written in reference to slavery, proclaim, “God who gave us life, gave us liberty! And can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God…”

Historians have access to facts, but “facts” aren’t the point of social outcome-based studies. Undermining our Founders is necessary in order to bulldoze the Founding Christian principles – the true source of liberty.

Contextual redefinition even colors textbooks when they address Church history and doctrine. Publishers recently have been under pressure to include some aspect of Christianity in the name of “multicultural” balance. Unfortunately Christianity is undermined while every other religion is presented in a positive light. For example, by redefining terms, the textbook My World – Adventures In Time and Place gives Humanists credit for the Reformation of the church; Martin Luther becomes just one more “angry monk”: “Starting around 1500, Humanists such as Erasmus began to criticize the Roman Church. He especially questioned the Church policy concerning indulgences.… In Wittenberg, Germany, the sale of indulgences also made a monk, Martin Luther, angry. He felt that the money, often given by people who were poor, should not be spent on the building of Saint Peter’s, a great cathedral in Rome.”

According to the text, Luther’s only complaint was how the indulgence money was spent. While pretending to explain Christian doctrine, this same textbook demotes Jesus to a “teacher who learned the Jewish religion and then started his own religion.” Notice what is missing from these examples:

  • “…the Bible says, Mary gave birth to a son, Jesus.” [Missing: Virgin Birth]

  • “According to Jewish belief, the Messiah is a special leader to be sent by God…to set up God’s rule on Earth.” [Missing: He came to save us from our sin and said, “My Kingdom is not of this Earth.” Instead, the emphasis is on politics, building a fear of Christian involvement.]

  • “The apostles helped spread Jesus’ teachings after he died.” [Missing: The apostles hid after he died and only found confidence after witnessing his resurrection.]

In six pages that pertain to Christianity, there is not one mention that Christians believe Jesus was the Son of God, came to die in our place, nor that He is said to have fulfilled Jewish prophecy.

I gave this same book to a Muslim friend of mine and asked him to assess the segment on Islam. He nearly wept with happiness telling me, “school children are finally learning the deep truths of Islam.” In fact, the questions and assignments following Islam and Hinduism do require a deep understanding of their doctrines – always presented as fact. But the questions following Christianity are trivial at best and have nothing to do with even basic doctrine.

Building A Post-Christian Society

Once the Christian consensus is bulldozed, the building of secular society is possible. Humanist Manifesto II, signed in 1973 by a virtual Who’s Who in academia, explains the goal:

“We deplore the division of humankind on nationalistic grounds.… The best option is to transcend the limits of national sovereignty and to move toward the building of a world community.… Thus we look to the development of a system of world law and world order based upon transnational federal government.”

The future vision of a world society based upon Humanistic principles is now fully imbedded in the public school curriculum. The goal to divorce America from our Christian roots carries with it the force of federal law. This should not surprise anyone, since it was announced openly in 1989. Dr. Shirley McCune, a US. Department of Education official in charge of the national standards in 1989, was the keynote speaker that year at the National Governor’s Association Conference on Education held in Wichita, Kansas. McCune [a Theosophist] explained:

“What we’re into is the total transformation of society… what it means for education is that we no longer see the teaching of facts and information as the primary purpose of education… We must prepare children not for today’s society, but for a society that’s 20, 30, or 50 years down the road. That’s called anticipatory socialization, or the social change function of schools.”

What Can We Do?

Christian patriots need to realize that their children are being stolen from under their noses. Most won’t realize it until it’s too late. The textbook examples offered here represent just a tiny sample of anti-Christian bias. Unfortunately, the government provides these textbooks free to Christian schools willing to take them – and many do!

Beware of any school that builds its house on sand simply because the sand is free! Put your children in schools that understand how a Biblical worldview impacts every aspect of life, and therefore every subject. Theology is just one aspect. Not all Christians hold a biblical understanding in economics, mathematics, sociology, history, and civics.

Parents alone hold the responsibility to train their children in the way they should go, regardless of who is hired to carry out that duty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Laodicean - New Evangelicalism
Jun 1st, 2008
Art Sadlier
Uncategorized

We have witnessed nearly 70 years of new evangelicalism. When new evangelicalism took its divergent fork in the road in 1948, it was thought to be a slight course correction. Now many new evangelicals find themselves on a totally different road. Unless fundamentalists obey the Bible by separating from disobedient brethren, we will find ourselves with them on a broad road, totally different than the one on which we set out.

Charles Spurgeon said, “long ago I ceased to count heads, truth is usually in the minority in this evil world”. “The battles of Scripture were always won by an obedient minority, not a diverse majority”. John Ashbrook said, “Thousands of Churches have fallen to new evangelicalism while trying to be silent fundamentalists. At the same time the Bible believing Church was stolen (by vocal new evangelicals)”.

He also said, “the most dangerous deviation is the one closest to your own position. New evangelicalism sprang out of fundamentalism. It is a movement of brethren. The lie of new evangelicalism has deceived more fundamentalists than the siren of ecumenism.

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The Day of the Lord
Jun 1st, 2008
Art Sadlier
Uncategorized

The “Day of the Lord”, is a day (or time) in which God directly intervenes in judgment upon men. There are two periods of time referred to in the Scripture as the Day of the Lord.

The Old Testament Day of the Lord involved God’s judgment upon disobedient, unbelieving Israel at the coming of Nebuchadnezzar to bring destruction upon Israel and Jerusalem. The Old Testament Day of the Lord was a foreshadowing of the final Day of the Lord after the church age is over.

One of the judgments of the coming Day of the Lord will be a judgment on counterfeit Christianity.

There is an amazing parallel between the groups which exist prior to each of the Day of the Lord judgments. The first group, in the Old Testament, was unbelieving Israel. Israel was living in unbelief, disobedience and rebellion against God. The Lord said, “But if they will not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation, saith the Lord,” Jeremiah 12:17.

Prior to the final, great Day of the Lord, there is another group who profess, like Israel of old, to be the people of God. That group is identified in Rev. 3: 14-20, as the Laodiceans.

The parallel between Laodicea and Judah prior to the Old Testament Day of the Lord is striking. Both groups are rejected by the Lord for their attitude toward Him.

In Rev. 3:16, the Lord said of Laodicea, “I will spew thee out of my mouth.” To Judah He said, “I will cast thee out of my sight,” Jer. 7:15.

The judgment upon Laodicea is to be “spewed out” into the tribulation period, compare with Philadelphia in Rev. 3:10.

I know of no premillenial Bible teachers who do not believe that Laodicea is found in the evangelical church of the present hour.

That causes me to tremble as I look out at the evangelical church today. I see an evangelical church, or at least a part of it, about to be spewed out into the tribulation period (Day of the Lord).

We also understand from Rev. 3, that there are two parallel evangelical churches in the world today. Philadelphia is presented as in the world until the rapture takes place (Rev. 3:10). Philadelphia today is no longer in the ascendancy, her day in the ascendancy is over (1800 – 1950?). She is now a faithful remnant, operating below the world’s radar screen.

Philadelphia is a saved church, which holds tenaciously to God’s Word and will not deny His name by compromising. She separates herself from lukewarm, compromising new evangelicals. She is willing, as Jude exhorted, to contend earnestly for the faith.

The sad thing about Laodicea is that she is blind to her perilous condition. Jesus said to Laodicea, “and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind and naked.” Rev 3:17

In the same verse, the Laodiceans said, “I am rich, and increased with goods and have need of nothing”.

Our merciful, loving, patient Lord said to the Laodiceans, “Be zealous therefore and repent” Rev 3:19. In verse 20 He gave an invitation to the Laodiceans for salvation.

Like Jesus, those who are Philadelphian, can not give Laodiceans comfort to continue on their disastrous path, we should call them to repentance.

In a similar hour the Lord said to Jeremiah, speak to those who come to worship me and warn them to repent. “Thus saith the Lord: stand in the court of the Lord’s house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the Lord’s house, all the words that I command thee to speak unto them; diminish not a word.” Jer. 26:2

I believe there are two great issues peculiar to this hour. First is to call Laodiceans to repent, to turn around. Second is to exhort Philadelphians to separate from Laodiceans and not become Laodicean.

Over the last 50 years we have witnessed a great transition among evangelicals, (professing Philadelphians) becoming Laodiceans. One of the major factors in this transition has been spiritual deception.

Jesus warned that just prior to His coming, spiritual deception would be so great that He said “if it were possible, even the elect would be deceived”. That is why the call to Laodiceans is a call to salvation.... more

The Gathering Storm
Jun 1st, 2008
Irwin cotler
Uncategorized

The Gathering Storm

Irwin Cotler

The incendiary hate language emanating from Ahmadinejad’s Iran – in which Israel is referred to as “filthy bacteria” and a “cancerous tumor” and Jews are characterized as “a bunch of bloodthirsty barbarians” – is only the head wind of the gathering storm confronting Israel on its 60th anniversary.

Indeed, we are witnessing, and have been for some time, a series of mega-events, political earthquakes, that have been impacting not only upon Israel and world Jewry but upon the human condition as a whole.

These include:

@ state-sanctioned incitement to genocide in Ahmadinejad’s Iran (and I use that term to distinguish it from the many publics and peoples in Iran who are themselves the object of massive state repression) dramatized by the parading of a Shihab-3 missile in the streets of Teheran draped with the emblem “Wipe Israel off the map”;

@ symmetrical terrorist militias confronting Israel, in particular Hamas in the south and Hezbollah in the north. These are not simply – though that would be threatening enough – terrorist in their instrumentality, but genocidal in their purpose as they openly and avowedly seek the destruction of Israel and anti-Jewish in their ideology. Both, by their own acknowledgement, demonize Judaism and Jews, not just Israel and the Israeli, as “the sons of monkeys and pigs” and “defilers of Islam”;

@ the globalization of a totalitarian, radical Islam that threatens not only Jews and Israel but international peace and security, while warning Muslims who seek peace with Israel that they will “burn in the Umma of Islam”;

@ the fragility, even erosion, of the Lebanon-Hezbollah divides, aided and abetted by the Iranian-Syrian pincer movements and further exacerbated in the present Lebanese-Hezbollah warfare;

@ the phenomenon of radicalized home-grown extremism, fuelled by Internet incitement, threatening the security of Jewish communities in the Diaspora;

@ exploding energy prices, with oil at $120 a barrel – six times what it was just six years ago – with the windfall billions of petrodollars encouraging and financing rogue states like Iran. Every $1 increase in the price of a barrel of oil represents millions more in the coffers of Iran;

@ the ugly canard of double loyalty, where the Jewish and Israeli lobbies are accused of acting in a matter inimical to the American and European national interest, as if it is somehow “un-American” or “un-European” to petition government for redress of grievances, an Orwellian politics of intimidation that chills free speech and public advocacy;

@ the trahison des clercs – betrayal of the elites – of which the UK is a case study, exemplified in the calls for academic, trade union, journalist, medical and intellectual boycotts of Israeli and Jewish nationals;

the singling out of Israel for differential and discriminatory treatment in the international arena, as when the UN Human Rights Council, the repository for human rights standards-setting, adopted 10 resolutions of condemnation against one member state of the international community, Israel, in its first year of operation alone; while the major human rights violators – Iran, Sudan, China – enjoyed exculpatory immunity;

@ the emergence of a new, escalating, global, virulent and even lethal anti-Semitism.

The Jewish people are the only people that still inhabit the same land, embrace the same religion, study the same Torah, hearken to the same prophets, speak the same aboriginal language – Hebrew – and bear the same aboriginal name, Israel, as it did 3.400 years ago.

The writer is the Member of Parliament for Mount Royal and the former minister of justice and attorney general of Canada. He is a professor of law (on leave) at McGill University and has written extensively on human rights and Middle-East issues.

Editors Note: - We regret that space does not permit us to print the entire article. In this dark hour for Israel we remind ourselves of God’s promises to Israel. “Hear the Word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the Isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth His flock.” Jeremiah 31:10

We believe God is about to judge and chasten Israel and renew and restore her.

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Thus Saith the Lord
Jun 1st, 2008
W. W. Tozer
Uncategorized

Thus Saith the Lord”

“The Lord giveth wisdom; out of His mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.”

Proverbs 2:6

In a time when everything in the world seems to be related to vanity, God is depending on His believing children to demonstrate that He is the great Reality; that we are made by God and for Him! The answer to the question, “where did I come from?” can never be better answered than by the Christian mother who tells her child, “God made you!”

The great store of knowledge in today’s world cannot improve on that simple answer! The scientist can tell us the secrets of how matter operates, but the origin of matter lies in deep silence, refusing to give an answer to man’s question.

It is important for Christian believers to be able to stand firmly and positively in this declaration: “Thus saith the Lord!” Our chief business is not to argue or to persuade our generation. With our positive declaration of God’s Word and revelation, we make God responsible for the outcome. No one can know enough to go beyond this!

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Time is Running Out
Jun 1st, 2008
Art Sadlier
Uncategorized

Abortion is a Sign That Time is Running Out

At the midpoint of the last century, abortion laws began to be overturned all across the world.

The Guttenmacher Institute of Planned Parenthood estimated that since the 1950s, 46 million babies were aborted world-wide each year. This means that over 2 billion babies have been aborted world-wide, cruelly murdered in their mothers’ wombs.

When Moses, the first type of the Saviour, entered the world, there was a mass extermination of babies (Exodus 1).

When Jesus the Saviour entered the world the first time, there was a mass extermination of babies. (Matthew 2)

Today, as the return of Christ nears there is a mass extermination of babies. This present killing of babies is the greatest of all.

The Lord said to Cain, “The voice of thy brothers’ blood crieth unto me from the ground. Our Society is now ready for Christ to come the Second Time in judgment upon a rebellious world. Time is running out!

Same Sex Marriage is another sign that time is running out

Same sex marriage is legal in Canada, in the State of Massachusetts and now in California. It seems poised to be legalized in the rest of the US.

Jeffery Satinover, who holds an MD from Princeton and a Doctorate from Yale, MIT and Harvard has stated, that according to the Babylonian Talmud, there was only one time in history, according to these writings, where men were given in marriage to men, and women to women.

Rabbi Spero said, “The Talmud’s writings reveal that, before the flood people started to write marriage contracts between men, in other words, Homosexual Marriage, which is more than homosexual activity.

Rabbi Spero went on to say, “Even in Ancient Greece, they did not write marriage contracts between men. There was homosexuality, but there was not an official ‘blessed’ policy.” “Marriage is sanctification, not just partnership.” He said, “to confer the title of sanctification and holiness upon this behaviour is probably one of the greatest sins of all that one does against God’s Plan for the world.”

Rabbi Spero went on to say, “the writings (Babylonian Talmud) indicated it wasn’t so much the straw that broke the camel’s back, but that the sin, in and of itself, is so contrary to the order of God’s Nature, that God said then and there, I have to start all over to annihilate the world and start from the beginning.” Matthew 24 says, “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the Coming of the Son of Man be.” Same sex marriage would seem to indicate that time is running out!

A Dramatic decline in Bird and fish and animal population is another indication that time is running out

Because of Adam’s sin, God cursed all of creation. We read about this in Romans 8: 19-22. The whole creation has groaned under the curse since the day Adam sinned. The Scripture teaches that all of history is headed for a great climax. I believe that in the animal kingdom we see this approaching climax, the climax of the curse on the animal kingdom just prior to the lifting of the curse at Christ’s return.

A report by the World Wildlife Fund, the Zoological Society of London and the Global Footprint Network reveals that the population of animals, birds and fish has dropped by a third in the last 35 years. This is an astounding figure. We are also aware that many species are becoming extinct on a daily basis. These disturbing facts are an indication that, time is running out.

Impending Famine is a sign that time is running out

One of the early signs of the Lord’s Second Coming will be “famines” (Matt. 24:7). Today, suddenly and unexpectedly, the world is troubled at the prospect of impending famine that seems inevitable and disastrous.

The UN Food Index (a measure of the cost of food) is up more than 45% since 2006. In the last year, wheat prices have risen more than 100%, corn has risen 66%. The cost of rice has more than doubled since the end of 2007.

It is not unusual for families in poor countries to spend as much as 75% of their income on food. Those living on $1 a day (more than one billion people worldwide), must eliminate one or two meals a day. Those living on .50 cents per day often eat only a few times each week.

Oil prices, cost for agricultural production, petroleum-based fertilizers and crop transportation have all risen steeply. There are many other reasons for these price increases and no relief is in sight. The prospect is for severe famine on the near horizon. Time is running out!

Israel’s Return to the land is another sign that time is running out

The Old Testament Scriptures are filled with promises that the Lord would bring Israel back to her own land in the latter days.

The Lord said through Amos the prophet, “I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel, and they shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of vineyards and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.” Amos 9:14. We are witnessing that prophecy being fulfilled in this very hour.

The Lord said, through the prophet, Hosea, “For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a King and without a Prince, and without a Sacrifice --- and afterward shall the Children of Israel return …” Hosea 3: 4-5.

After nearly 2000 years of being in exile and off their land, Israel has returned in our lifetime and they are now waiting for the chastening and renewal God has promised. Time is running out!

The Gathering Storm
Irwin Cotler

The incendiary hate language emanating from Ahmadinejad’s Iran – in which Israel is referred to as “filthy bacteria” and a “cancerous tumor” and Jews are characterized as “a bunch of bloodthirsty barbarians” – is only the head wind of the gathering storm confronting Israel on its 60th anniversary.

Indeed, we are witnessing, and have been for some time, a series of mega-events, political earthquakes, that have been impacting not only upon Israel and world Jewry but upon the human condition as a whole.

These include:

@ state-sanctioned incitement to genocide in Ahmadinejad’s Iran (and I use that term to distinguish it from the many publics and peoples in Iran who are themselves the object of massive state repression) dramatized by the parading of a Shihab-3 missile in the streets of Teheran draped with the emblem “Wipe Israel off the map”;

@ symmetrical terrorist militias confronting Israel, in particular Hamas in the south and Hezbollah in the north. These are not simply – though that would be threatening enough – terrorist in their instrumentality, but genocidal in their purpose as they openly and avowedly seek the destruction of Israel and anti-Jewish in theirideology. Both, by their own acknowledgement, demonize Judaism and Jews, not just Israel and the Israeli, as “the sons of monkeys and pigs” and “defilers of Islam”;

@ the globalization of a totalitarian, radical Islam that threatens not only Jews and Israel but international peace and security, while warning Muslims who seek peace with Israel that they will “burn in the Umma of Islam”;

@ the fragility, even erosion, of the Lebanon-Hezbollah divides, aided and abetted by the Iranian-Syrian pincer movements and further exacerbated in the present Lebanese-Hezbollah warfare;

@ the phenomenon of radicalized home-grown extremism, fuelled by Internet incitement, threatening the security of Jewish communities in the Diaspora;

@ exploding energy prices, with oil at $120 a barrel – six times what it was just six years ago – with the windfall billions of petrodollars encouraging and financing rogue states like Iran. Every $1 increase in the price of a barrel of oil represents millions more in the coffers of Iran;

@ the ugly canard of double loyalty, where the Jewish and Israeli lobbies are accused of acting in a matter inimical to the American and European national interest, as if it is somehow “un-American” or “un-European” to petition government for redress of grievances, an Orwellian politics of intimidation that chills free speech and public advocacy;

@ the trahison des clercs – betrayal of the elites – of which the UK is a case study, exemplified in the calls for academic, trade union, journalist, medical and intellectual boycotts of Israeli and Jewish nationals;

@ the singling out of Israel for differential and discriminatory treatment in the international arena, as when the UN Human Rights Council, the repository for human rights standards-setting, adopted 10 resolutions of condemnation against one member state of the international community, Israel, in its first year of operation alone; while the major human rights violators – Iran, Sudan, China – enjoyed exculpatory immunity;

@ the emergence of a new, escalating, global, virulent and even lethal anti-Semitism.

The Jewish people are the only people that still inhabit the same land, embrace the same religion, study the same Torah, hearken to the same prophets, speak the same aboriginal language – Hebrew – and bear the same aboriginal name, Israel, as it did 3.400 years ago.

The writer is the Member of Parliament for Mount Royal and the former minister of justice and attorney general of Canada. He is a professor of law (on leave) at McGill University and has written extensively on human rights and Middle-East issues

Editors Note: - We regret that space does not permit us to print the entire article. In this dark hour for Israel we remind ourselves of God’s promises to Israel. “Hear the Word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the Isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth His flock.” Jeremiah 31:10

We believe God is about to judge and chasten Israel and renew and restore her.

The Day of the Lord

Art Sadlier

The “Day of the Lord”, is a day (or time) in which God directly intervenes in judgment upon men. There are two periods of time referred to in the Scripture as the Day of the Lord.

The Old Testament Day of the Lord involved God’s judgment upon disobedient, unbelieving Israel at the coming of Nebuchadnezzar to bring destruction upon Israel and Jerusalem. The Old Testament Day of the Lord was a foreshadowing of the final Day of the Lord after the church age is over.

One of the judgments of the coming Day of the Lord will be a judgment on counterfeit Christianity.

There is an amazing parallel between the groups which exist prior to each of the Day of the Lord judgments. The first group, in the Old Testament, was unbelieving Israel. Israel was living in unbelief, disobedience and rebellion against God. The Lord said, “But if they will not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation, saith the Lord,” Jeremiah 12:17.

Prior to the final, great Day of the Lord, there is another group who profess, like Israel of old, to be the people of God. That group is identified in Rev. 3: 14-20, as the Laodiceans.

The parallel between Laodicea and Judah prior to the Old Testament Day of the Lord is striking. Both groups are rejected by the Lord for their attitude toward Him.

In Rev. 3:16, the Lord said of Laodicea, “I will spew thee out of my mouth.” To Judah He said, “I will cast thee out of my sight,” Jer. 7:15.

The judgment upon Laodicea is to be “spewed out” into the tribulation period, compare with Philadelphia in Rev. 3:10.

I know of no premillenial Bible teachers who do not believe that Laodicea is found in the evangelical church of the present hour.

That causes me to tremble as I look out at the evangelical church today. I see an evangelical church, or at least a part of it, about to be spewed out into the tribulation period (Day of the Lord).

We also understand from Rev. 3, that there are two parallel evangelical churches in the world today. Philadelphia is presented as in the world until the rapture takes place (Rev. 3:10). Philadelphia today is no longer in the ascendancy, her day in the ascendancy is over (1800 – 1950?). She is now a faithful remnant operating below the world’s radar screen.

Philadelphia is a saved church, which holds tenaciously to God’s Word and will not deny His name by compromising. She separates herself from lukewarm, compromising new evangelicals. She is willing, as Jude exhorted, to contend earnestly for the faith.

The sad thing about Laodicea is that she is blind to her perilous condition. Jesus said to Laodicea, “and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind and naked.” Rev 3:17

In the same verse, the Laodiceans said, “I am rich, and increased with goods and have need of nothing”.

Our merciful, loving, patient Lord said to the Laodiceans, “Be zealous therefore and repent” Rev 3:19. In verse 20 He gave an invitation to the Laodiceans for salvation.

Like Jesus, those who are Philadelphian, can not give Laodiceans comfort to continue on their disastrous path, we should call them to repentance.

In a similar hour the Lord said to Jeremiah, speak to those who come to worship me and warn them to repent. “Thus saith the Lord: stand in the court of the Lord’s house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the Lord’s house, all the words that I command thee to speak unto them; diminish not a word.” Jer. 26:2

I believe there are two great issues peculiar to this hour. First is to call Laodiceans to repent, to turn around. Second is to exhort Philadelphians to separate from Laodiceans and not become Laodicean.

Over the last 50 years we have witnessed a great transition among evangelicals, (professing Philadelphians) becoming Laodiceans. One of the major factors in this transition has been spiritual deception.

Jesus warned that just prior to His coming, spiritual deception would be so great that He said “if it were possible, even the elect would be deceived”. That is why the call to Laodiceans is a call to salvation.

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New Evangelicalism

Art Sadlier

We have witnessed 60 years of new evangelicalism. When new evangelicalism took its divergent fork in the road in 1948, it was thought to be a slight course correction. Now many new evangelicals find themselves on a totally different road. Unless fundamentalists obey the Bible by separating from disobedient brethren, we will find ourselves with them on a broad road, totally different than the one on which we set out.

Charles Spurgeon said, “long ago I ceased to count heads, truth is usually in the minority in this evil world”. “The battles of Scripture were always won by an obedient minority, not a diverse majority”. John Ashbrook said, “Thousands of Churches have fallen to new evangelicalism while trying to be silent fundamentalists. At the same time the Bible believing Church was stolen (by vocal new evangelicals)”.

He also said, “the most dangerous deviation is the one closest to your own position. New evangelicalism

sprang out of fundamentalism. It is a movement of brethren. The lie of new evangelicalism has deceived more fundamentalists than the siren of ecumenism.

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