CALVARY VS CAVALRY

STUDY

2018 MIDTERM ELECTIONS:  MIXED RESULTS WERE EXPECTED

We knew we would not win every election, and we are ready to go after the root cause; corruption.  That WILL face a LOT more demonic opposition from the power of wealth.

NEXT BATTLE COMING

The anti-corruption movement has delivered victories in several states.  There is still a long way to go though.  Elections cost corporations and foreign governments a lot of money.  They lost a lot of ground in the midterms.  They were not afraid to use racism and fear mongering and they are still losing.  This is a united enemy that is married to hell.  They are the real thing.

https://theintercept.com/2018/11/05/2018-midterms-elections-ocasio-cortez-business-lobby/

https://theintercept.com/2018/11/05/new-york-times-police-white-supremacy/

https://theintercept.com/2018/11/06/midterms-2018-voting-coercion-bosses-employees/

http://www.pbs.org/pov/darkmoney/

STUDY TO SHOW YOURSELF APPROVED

That scripture above is exactly how we train for spiritual warfare; by study.  We need that because this is a spiritual warfare.  No other person or leader can show you truth, you will present yourself directly to God.  But no man can condemn you before him if you live by the word.  When challenged, Jesus always responded with “It is written”.  Joseph was sold out by his brothers and falsely accused of sexual assault.  But no one can separate us from the love of God.  His God honored his faith in the worst of circumstances, and promoted him to honor for eternity.  No weapon formed against us will prosper.

WEAPONS TRAINING

If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?  For even thy brethren, and the house of thy father, even they have dealt treacherously with thee; yea, they have called a multitude after thee: believe them not, though they speak fair words unto thee.  I have forsaken mine house, I have left mine heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies.  Mine heritage is unto me as a lion in the forest; it crieth out against me: therefore have I hated it.  Mine heritage is unto me as a speckled bird, the birds round about are against her; come ye, assemble all the beasts of the field, come to devour.  Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.   Jeremiah 12: 5-10

Jeremiah had to deliver a message from God to Israel that promised punishment for their evil works.  The message is for this day as well.

TRUMP IS A CHUMP

Donald Trump is not the Anti-Christ, but a type as Hitler was.  His weapons are simply to tempt the evil sin nature that man is born with.  The real son of Satan will be revealed but many are already deceived by this amateur Trump.  I expect that seeing so many in error may suggest to you that the real trials may not be far off.

Jeremiah warned Israel that a greater army was coming and asked how they would fight a cavalry force if they could not handle foot soldiers.  He acknowledges that like Joseph, their brethren in the house of the Lord have turned against them.  He warns them not to believe their lies.  Does this sound familiar yet?

God says that he has forsaken his house, his church and delivered it to his enemies.  His heritage is like a lion that threatens their own God, so he hates it.  He calls the wild beasts to destroy and devour his church, his Israel.  He blames the pastors, the shepherds for ruining his vineyard and making it desolate.  This prophesy precedes the judgment of Israel in Babylon, and yet there are more warnings of greater destruction for the world yet to come.

What do you think?  Have our brethren turned against us and moved the world closer to a problem?  By now you do not feel bad about coming out from among them I expect.  Even during these harsh judgments there was always a remnant.  Today that is you.  Too many Democrats and Republicans have been repelled from faith by hypocrisy and don’t know the power available to us.   Both parties are corrupted by dark money and there is little real knowledge to resist that much evil.

We do have several anti-corruption groups, and there are Republicans and Democrats working together to pass citizen’s initiatives.  Not all of these are Christians, and I know of no groups that identify other Christians in this effort.  Even among our own we might expect a few from the dark side.  There will be infiltration and dirty tricks from such a deep power of wealth.  But there are no secrets from God, and the power of prayer is greater than the power of money.

NOT JUST TRUMP OR REPUBLICANS

Dark money moves to any party or candidate who is available to temptation.  They will manufacture false accusations and fake news to bend the weak minded to believe any lie.  It is unreasonable to subject our friends who would oppose corruption to dangers that may even be lethal.  We need a more powerful resistance that is proven against such threats in the past.

Queen Esther was an unexpected threat to Haman in her time.  She was not known to be a Jew, and Mordecai had taught her to trust God in a crisis.  She called Israel to prayer, fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.  This is not a time for a weak response.  Can we deliver this same power to our battlefield?

REGROUP

We have enjoyed Christian unity in the resistance to Donald Trump.  If Mueller can take him out we may have much worse threats to replace him.  Do you trust Pence or Congress to serve God or to serve money?  Dark money will find someone to serve them if we trust only the known tools of resistance.  The example we have seen here is a Christian group that added prayer to the many political efforts of these midterms.  We didn’t get a huge blue wave but we did get some real progress.  Can we do more in the face of this much more pervasive threat?

Christians could again be united to specifically target political corruption.  Perhaps we need to get some guidance and education from the political efforts like Represent Us.  Can we identify specific missions that our faith fits?  Our resource has far more wisdom that we can afford to pass up.  The enemy is not just greedy men, but the spiritual warfare behind them.  There is nothing ineffective about the messages in this bible, and they are as real as the threat facing us now.  Can we create a group that augments the secular efforts with the higher power our God has called us to?  I am not sure how many people really engaged in prayer against the Republicans, but we still face a deadlock of power.  We must do more to remove the corruption that owns both parties.

RECRUIT

I propose to establish a Facebook Group for spiritual warfare in collaboration with the political efforts of other groups.  based on the success of these Trump resistance groups we may expect more to recognize the potential of our faith in this.  With the evil removed we may actually evolve common ground for good solutions.  Hezekiah was able to delay judgment in his time, we should do the same now.

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SINCE FEAR IS THE WEAPON OF CHOICE TODAY…

Christian friends, do read and obey your bible!

FEAR

For those who think they are forgiven without any need for obedience. READ your bible!

What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? James 2:14

BITE

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT?

OMG

OMG!

FEAR NOT

But if you are HIS OWN…

HIS

AND I AIN’T LION!

How’s THAT for a sermon?

 

AMERICA THE BRUTE-FULL

HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?

“Bradley Manning, a transgender U.S. Army soldier, was in prison for seven years at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, after being convicted by a military tribunal under the Espionage and Computer Fraud and Abuse Acts and sentenced to 35 years in prison for releasing approximately 750,000 documents to WikiLeaks, of which only small amount of those documents ultimately lead to her conviction (some of them were published by The New York Times, The Guardian, and Der Spiegel). 

Manning at that time was a 22-year-old Army private named Bradley Manning. The information she disclosed included low level battlefield reports from Iraq and Afghanistan, evidence of civilian deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan, Guantanamo prison camp detainee profiles and U.S. diplomatic correspondence.

President Obama commuted her sentence to time served three days before he left office. Her imprisonment was longer than any whistleblower in U.S. history.”

http://abcnews.go.com/US/chelsea-manning-posts-photo-revealing-woman/story?id=47490580

Well, there was an American soldier with access to the inside secretes of the Army and its conduct in a war in the middle east.  Unfortunately for him, he was in possession of a forbidden commodity: a conscience.   The reports he was viewing revealed a shocking array of crimes and brutality happening in these war zones.  These were not little misdemeanor violations, they were truly criminal and shocking.  What should he do?

He could report these through his chain of command.  Seriously, do we know how far that would go?  The violations went far above his platoon sergeant, Captain, or even a battalion commander.  And he would become far lower than a worm dwelling in the vents of the Pacific Ocean trench.  If Jesus Christ witnessed these things would he be able to remain silent?  Well, he didn’t remain silent about the abuses of his time, and they killed him.  The Army might have wanted to do the same, but they did what they could…none of which was righteous.

REVELATIONS BY BRADLEY MANNING:

Iraq War abuse, torture, rape, and murder by Iraqi police

trade war against any European country opposing GMO crops from Monsanto.

British Americans lie to British Parliament over ban on cluster bombs.

U.S. Army helicopter gunned down civilians, including Reuters news staff.

U.S. forces conducting offensive operations inside Pakistan

U.S. troops in Iraq executed at least 10 Iraqi civilians then called in an airstrike to destroy the evidence.

Iraqi government’s refuses to grant U.S. troops immunity from prosecution

A NATO coalition hunts down targets for death or detention without trial. They mistakenly killed men, women, children, and Afghan police officers.

U.S. threatened Italian government to influence a court case

CIA agents kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric.

U.S. pressured Spanish prosecutors investigating killing of a Spanish journalist by U.S. troops in Iraq.

US spying campaign targeted the leadership of the U.N.

 

WHO DID THE FIRST VIOLATION?  THE ARMY

“In no case shall information be classified… in order to: conceal violations of law, inefficiency, or administrative error; prevent embarrassment to a person, organization, or agency… or prevent or delay the release of information that does not require protection in the interest of the national security.”

—Executive Order 13526, Sec. 1.7. Classification Prohibitions and Limitations

IT IS ILLEGAL TO HIDE THESE SUBJECTS IN CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS.  WHO GOT PROSECUTED FROM THE GOVERNMENT?  NO ONE.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jul/30/bradley-manning-wikileaks-revelations

 

REVELATIONS BY SNOWDEN:

http://mashable.com/2014/06/05/edward-snowden-revelations/#BmPqOXTHFPq3

 

Secret court orders allow NSA to sweep up Americans’ phone records

NSA’s program to access the servers of Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple

Britain taps fiber optic cables around the world

NSA spies on foreign countries and world leaders

XKeyscore, the program that sees everything a user does on the Internet

NSA efforts to crack encryption and undermine Internet security

NSA elite hacking team techniques revealed

NSA cracks Google and Yahoo data center links

NSA collects text messages

NSA intercepts all phone calls in two countries

 

LAW:

Fourth Amendment

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

The US Supreme Court (US v. Katz 389 US 347) has made it clear that this core privacy protection does cover government eavesdropping. As a result, all electronic surveillance by the government in the United States is illegal, unless it falls under one of a small number of precise exceptions specifically carved out in the law.

United States Code Title 50, Chapter 36, Subchapter 1

Section 1809. Criminal sanctions

(a) Prohibited activities

A person is guilty of an offense if he intentionally-

(1) engages in electronic surveillance under color of law except as authorized by statute

In other words, the NSA can only spy where it is explicitly granted permission to do so by statute. Citizens concerned about surveillance do not have to answer the question, “what law restricts the NSA’s spying?” Rather, the government is required to supply an answer to the question “what law permits the NSA to spy?”

Point #2: There are only three laws that permit the government to spy

There are only three laws that authorize any exceptions to the ban on electronic eavesdropping by the government. Congress has explicitly stated that these three laws are the exclusive means by which domestic electronic surveillance can be carried out (18 USC, Section 2511(2)(f)). They are:

Title III and ECPA. Title III and the Electronic Commnunications Privacy Act make up the statutes that govern criminal wiretaps in the United States.

FISA. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is the law that governs eavesdropping on agents of “foreign powers” within the United States, including suspected foreign terrorists

 

WIKILEAKS JULIAN ASSANGE  REVELATIONS ABOUT THE CLINTONS AND THE DNC:

http://www.mostdamagingwikileaks.com/

ABOUT THE CLINTONS AND THE DNC:

  1. Obama lied: he knew about Hillary’s secret server and wrote to her using a pseudonym, cover-up happened (intent to destroy evidence)

​2. Hillary Clinton dreams of completely “open borders”

​​​3. Hillary Clinton received money from and supported nations that she KNEW funded ISIS and terrorists

​​​​​ 4. Hillary has public positions on policy and her private ones

​​​5. Paying people to incite violence and unrest at Trump rallies

​​​​6. Hillary’s campaign wants “unaware” and “compliant” citizens

​​7. Top Hillary aides mock Catholics for their faith

​​8. Hillary deleted her incriminating emails. State covered it up. Asked  about using White House executive privilege to hide from Congress.

​​9. Bribery: King of Morocco gave Clinton Foundation $12 million for a meeting with Hillary, 6 months later Morocco gets weapons

​10. “Spirit Cooking” (Warning: satanic/extremely graphic)

​​https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/15893

https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/16498

This video sums up this incredibly bizarre and disturbing story.  This picture includes even more info.

​​11. State Department tried to bribe FBI to un-classify Clinton emails  (FBI docs)

​12. Hillary caught on tape about rigging the Palestine election (audio)

​13. Latinos are “needy”. Latino outreach is “taco bowl engagement”

​​14. Clinton campaign was in direct communication with DOJ regarding Hillary’s investigation

​​15. Bill Clinton receives $1 million “birthday gift” from ISIS-funding Qatar while Hillary was SoS, Qatar receives arms flow increases of   1,482%

  1. Hillary cheated in debates: DNC head Donna Brazile caught giving MULTIPLE debate questions to Hillary

​​​17. Hillary campaign prays for shooters in news stories to be white

​18. Rigging the primaries against Bernie Sanders (DNC favored Hillary)

  1. Rigging the primaries against Bernie Sanders (Hillary’s team)

​20. Hillary was hateful, neglectful, above the law, “contemptuous” to her security detail, and “blatantly disregarded” security, (FBI docs)

​21. Clinton Foundation schemed with Big Pharma: keep the price of AIDS drugs high in America and NO to cheaper generic versions

​22. Democrats created fake Trump “grope under the meeting table” Craigslist employment ad in May 2016

​23. Hillary’s camp excited about a black teen’s murder (to help her agenda)

​​​24. Rigging media polls through oversampling

​​​25. “Bill Clinton Inc.” How millions of dollars were raised for the Clintons. Blurred lines between personal and Foundation money

​​​26. Hillary sold 20% of America’s uranium to Russia as SoS, Clinton camp worried that the deal is being investigated

​​27. Hillary is still privately against gay marriage

  1. Acknowledging radical Islam is a real threat and a “serious problem for our future”

​​29. Admitting terrorists will infiltrate the Syrian refugee program

​30. Hillary’s poor health (collapsing, memory loss, drug research)

​​31. Hillary took money from foreigners for campaign (illegal)

  1. Hillary says climate change activists should “get a life”
  2. Hillary is pro-fracking, calls it “a gift”, despite what she publicly says

​34. Referring to a “Shadow Government” that protects Hillary (FBI docs)

​35. List of reporters that Hillary wined and dined, including biggest journalists and pundits of CNN, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, NY Times, and a lot more. Off the record.

​​ 36. Democrats using American lobbyists to money launder foreign

donations illegally

​37. The New York Times colluding with Hillary, allowed quote edits

​38. Racist remarks about Blacks and Muslims

​39. Tipped off by the State Department regarding Benghazi emails

​40. Hillary’s staff admitting she is “tainted” and “really vulnerable” on

corruption and bribery

​41. Podesta’s very close friend at DOJ in charge of FBI re-opening

email investigation, previously gave campaign “heads up”

​​42. Billionaire George Soros has influence over Hillary, ties to election

fraud in systems used for U.S. voting

​43. Clinton campaign refuses to report sexual harassment (then

forwards complaint to harasser)

​44. CEO of Google (parent company) working for Hillary Campaign

​​45. Admitting Hillary did not use private server for security reasons

(shows intent)

​46. Hillary Clinton “doesn’t seem to know what planet we are all living

in at the moment”

​47. Hillary’s team: She has “the worst judgment” and her “instincts”

have led to many problems for campaign

​​48. Are there other emails that Hillary didn’t release to Congress?

“Definitely”

​​49. Obama elevated Malaysia on the human rights list JUST to let

Malaysia into TPP

​​50. Big media collusion email, working with reporters

​51. Using female senator to conjure fake sexist claims against Bernie

​52. Hillary campaign caught partaking in insider trading (illegal)

​53. Hillary Clinton bragged about being invited to Putin’s ‘Inner

Sanctum’

​54. Hillary needed to be reminded to NOT to discuss foreign policy

intel over private email server

​​55. John Podesta’s password was p@ssw0rd

​56. Hillary Clinton had to be told when to smile during speeches

​57. “Bernie needs to be ground to a pulp” and more

​​58. Disney, ABC head is colluding with Hillary’s campaign

​​59. Coordinating with SuperPACs, which is illegal

​60. Hillary’s team admitting she lies a lot

​61. Plotting to attack Obama because “his father was a Muslim”

  1. Colluding over withholding Benghazi emails

​63. Hillary plans to support the TPP

  1. Entire “interview” with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes is staged, reading

word-for-word

​​65. Hillary Clinton stole furniture from the State Department (FBI docs)

​​66. Hillary told Tim Kaine back in July 2015 he would be VP

​​67. Hillary tweaks her policies based on donors’ wants

​​68. “…go through all the emails and pull the official ones”

​​​69. Hillary sends U.S. intelligence and war plans to Podesta’s hacked  email

  1. Hillary’s team admits to knowing of classified material in emails

​​​71. NBC colluded with the Clinton campaign

​​72. Avoiding the press because of tough questions

​​73. Clinton Foundation did not pay for the services they received

​​74. Illegally coordinating with Priorities USA, a SuperPAC funded by George Soros

​​75. Conflict of interest: Bill was personally paid and received gifts from CGI sponsors

​​​76. Man who ran ‘Bill Clinton Inc.’: “I’m also starting to worry that if this story gets out, we are screwed”

​​​77. Podesta illegally has access to top secret information

​78. Podesta connects to unsecure network where anyone could access classified files

​​79. Hillary’s speechwriters: “I don’t mind the ‘backs of dead Americans’ because we need a bit of moral outrage.” (Benghazi)

​​80. Admitting Hillary failed foreign policy

​​81. The AP colluding with the Hillary campaign

​​82. Hillary camp using “propaganda”

​​83. Hillary’s camp says she has a “character problem” and is “arrogant”

​​84. Staging fake anti-Trump protest, conspiring with Univision CEO

​​85. Meeting to go over Cheryl Mills’ testimony to FBI/Congress

​​86. Journalist talks strategy with Clinton staff and asks for permission to write article

​​87. Violating campaign finance law

​​88. Proof that ‘Correct the Record’ (SuperPAC) is directly coordinating  with the Hillary campaign against federal campaign law

​​89. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in direct contact with the Hillary campaign

​​90. Hillary’s team working with hundreds of MSM news pundits

​​91. Admitting Obamacare isn’t working

​​92. Hillary tries to hide her tiny rallies

​​93. Hillary had a mole working on Biden’s team

​​94. John Oliver caught colluding with Hillary’s campaign

​​95. Politico’s Glenn Thrush colluding with Hillary’s campaign, admits to being a “hack”

​​96. “We are finishing up the next round of TV scripts”

​​97. ‘The Huffington Post’ colluded with Hillary

​​98. Clinton campaign memorized their email cover-up script

​​99. Heavy press collusion over Cuba and Hillary’s health

​100. Obama picked people in his administration from the suggestion list of CiTi bank advisor/Wall St shill

WHO GOT PROSECUTED?  So far…no one.  There is a challenge from Sanders supporters against the DNC which is still undecided.  Stay tuned.

 

 

THANKS FROM TRUMP?

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/20/politics/julian-assange-wikileaks-us-charges/

Washington (CNN)US authorities have prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, US officials familiar with the matter tell CNN.

The Justice Department investigation of Assange and WikiLeaks dates to at least 2010, when the site first gained wide attention for posting thousands of files stolen by the former US Army intelligence analyst now known as Chelsea Manning.

But Ben Wizner, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, argued that US prosecution of Assange sets a dangerous precedent.

“Never in the history of this country has a publisher been prosecuted for presenting truthful information to the public,” Wizner told CNN. “Any prosecution of WikiLeaks for publishing government secrets would set a dangerous precedent that the Trump administration would surely use to target other news organizations.”

 

AMERICAN WAR CRIMES

Did America do some good in the world?  Probably more than the other side would have done.  But we also did some things that we should be ashamed of. 

There could be no “war crimes” until nations defined these laws.  The Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907 are a series of international treaties and declarations negotiated at two international peace conferences at The Hague in the Netherlands. The First Hague Conference was held in 1899 and the Second Hague Conference in 1907. Along with the Geneva Conventions, the Hague Conventions were among the first formal statements of the laws of war and war crimes in the body of secular international law. A third conference was planned for 1914 and later rescheduled for 1915, but it did not take place due to the start of World War I.

But don’t forget that from the first Spanish until 1911 Europeans and Americans traded massacres with native Americans without end.  The key is that we “Christian” nations break treaties, lie cheat, and steal as much as any “savages”.  So my ancestors were on both sides killing each other.

The list is too long but you can read it here.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Indian_massacres  

In 1923 Florida earned a place on the shame list for racial violence.  An entire town was demolished and residents killed in the Rosewood Massacre.

https://www.ranker.com/list/facts-about-the-florida-rosewood-massacre/stephanroget?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=historypost&pgid=642850749204637&utm_campaign=facts-about-the-florida-rosewood

It went on in WWII as well:  “In the aftermath of the 1944 Malmedy massacre, in which 80 American POWs were murdered by their German captors, a written order from the Headquarters of the 328th U.S. Army Infantry Regiment, dated 21 December 1944, stated: “No SS troops or paratroopers will be taken prisoner but [rather they] will be shot on sight.”[37] Major-General Raymond Hufft (U.S. Army) gave instructions to his troops not to take prisoners when they crossed the Rhine in 1945. “After the war, when he reflected on the war crimes he authorized, he admitted, ‘if the Germans had won, I would have been on trial at Nuremberg instead of them.  This Wikipedia article list MANY more atrocities in both theaters.

So beginning with the Philippine–American War and up to this day we had the opportunity to break those laws…and we did.  But many times we have kept these facts “classified” and protected the guilty.

Secret wartime files made public only in 2006 reveal that American GIs committed 400 sexual offenses in Europe, including 126 rapes in England, between 1942 and 1945.  A study by Robert J. Lilly estimates that a total of 14,000 civilian women in England, France and Germany were raped by American GIs during World War II.  It is estimated that there were around 3,500 rapes by American servicemen in France between June 1944 and the end of the war and one historian has claimed that sexual violence against women in liberated France was common.

A FEW PHOTOS AND STORIES TO ADD:  

https://historyimages.blogspot.com/2012/01/shocking-american-torture-of-german.html

https://historyimages.blogspot.com/2012/01/american-soldiers-hated-waffen-ss.html

Dare you read through the rest of thesehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_war_crimes

And don’t think the Indians have forgotten these things.  Here is a list of the worst American presidents in Indian history:   https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/history/people/indian-killer-andrew-jackson-deserves-top-spot-on-list-of-worst-us-presidents/

AND DO YOU THINK THAT SEPARATING FAMILIES IS NEWS?  It was once a weapon.

https://theintercept.com/2018/09/25/carlisle-indian-industrial-school-indigenous-children-disappeared/

AS RECENTLY AS 1921 murder was a weapon against Indians:

http://www.famous-trials.com/osage-home/2378-the-osage-reign-of-terror-murder-trials-an-account

 

A LIBERAL HISTORIAN’S VIEWS

Here is an interview of a historian with a liberal viewpoint.  He concludes that a revival of the liberal agenda is our only hope.  That may not help us, but he may have some points as he reports on Vietnam:

“The US got gradually involved. It first financed the French colonial war and then took over the fighting itself after the Vietnamese defeated the French. President Kennedy sent in 16,000 “advisers,” but realized the war was wrong and planned to end it if he hadn’t been killed. US motives were mixed. Ho was not only a nationalist, he was a communist. No US leader wanted to lose a war to the communists anywhere.

This was especially true after the communist victory in China in 1949. Many feared the domino effect — that Vietnam would lead to communist victories across Southeast Asia. That would leave Japan isolated and Japan, too, would eventually turn toward the communist bloc for allies and trading partners. So one motivation was geopolitical.

Another was economic. US leaders didn’t want to lose the cheap labor, raw materials, and markets in Indochina. Another reason was that the military-industrial complex in the US — the “defense” industries and the military leaders allied with them — got fat and prosperous from war. War was their reason for being and they profited handsomely from war in both inflated profits and promotions.

So it was a combination of maintaining US preeminence in the world, defending and exploiting US economic interests, and a perverse and corrosive anti-communist mentality that wanted to defeat the communists everywhere.”

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/35944-the-untold-history-of-us-war-crimes

 

THE BIG LIE VIETNAM STYLE

My personal involvement in the Vietnam war made me a participant, if not directly.  Bow did I get involved?  by a lie.  President Johnson ordered us in and I got a draft notice.  But the excuse was a big lie.

“For most of the last five decades, it has been assumed that the Tonkin Gulf incident was a deception by Lyndon Johnson to justify war in Vietnam.  But the U.S. bombing of North Vietnam on August 4, 1964 in retaliation for an alleged naval attack that never happened — and the Tonkin Gulf Resolution that followed was not a move by LBJ to get the American people to support a U.S. war in Vietnam.

The real deception on that day was that Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara’s misled LBJ by withholding from him the information that the U.S. commander in the Gulf who had initially reported an attack by North Vietnamese patrol boats on U.S. warships had now expressed serious doubts about the initial report and was calling for a full investigation by daylight. That withholding of information from LBJ represented a brazen move to usurp the president’s constitutional power of decision on the use of military force.”

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/08/05/robert-s-mcnamara-and-the-real-tonkin-gulf-deception/

“The US dropped more bombs against little Vietnam than had been dropped by all sided in all previous wars in history — three times as many as were dropped by all sides in WWII. That war was the worst atrocity — the worst example of foreign aggression — committed since the end of WWII. Nineteen million gallons of herbicide poisoned the countryside. Vietnam’s beautiful triple canopy forests were effectively eliminated. The US destroyed 9,000 of South Vietnam’s 15,000 hamlets.

It destroyed all six industrial cities in the North as well as 28 of 30 provincial towns and 96 of 116 district towns. It threatened to use nuclear weapons on numerous occasions. Among those who discussed and occasionally supported such use was Henry Kissinger. Former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara told my students that he believes that 3.8 million Vietnamese died in the war.

Thus, the war was truly horrific and the Americans have never atoned for this crime. Instead of winning a Nobel Peace Prize for ending the war, Henry Kissinger should be in the dock in the Hague standing trial for having committed crimes against humanity.”

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/35944-the-untold-history-of-us-war-crimes

WHAT WAS IT LIKE FOR THEM?

http://www.newsweek.com/us-officer-returns-vietnam-track-enemy-spy-963234

AND THE WAR ON TERROR

GUANTANAMO…THE ART OF INJUSTICE

“An armchair dominates the space. It looks reasonably comfortable, but there is a leg shackle in front of it, connected to a bar in the floor. This is the space where detainees, as a privilege, may watch one of the camp’s DVDs, shackled and observed by guards through a one-way mirror.”

“Djamel, Berber (Algeria). Held: 11 Years, 11 Months, 18 Days. Cleared: October 9, 2008, and May 8, 2009. Released: December 4, 2013. Charges: Never Filed in U.S. Acquitted and Exonerated at Trial in Algeria.”

INJUSTICE MOTIVATES A CHANGE OF MIND:
“Terry, American (Arizona). United States Army Veteran. Deployed to U.S. Naval Station GTMO: 2003-2004. Assignment: Joint Task Force (JTF) Guard. Converted to Islam: December 29, 2003. Honorably Discharged”

“There’s this persistent global dream or ideal that the United States will fight for human rights,” Cornwall said — even in the face of all evidence, even after 13 years in an extralegal prison without charges or trial, and perhaps even today, Trump administration notwithstanding. It may be a dangerous illusion; it may be a vital hope. “It’s a powerful myth,” Cornwall said. “That to me is Camp America.”

https://theintercept.com/2018/06/10/guantanamo-bay-debi-cornwall-camp-america/

BUT WAIT…GUANTANAMO GOES WAY BACK…

https://theintercept.com/2018/07/04/guantanamo-bay-cuba/

IT IS A testament to the Washington establishment’s rhetorical dexterity that it labeled Guantánamo Bay home of the world’s most dangerous terrorists. U.S. leaders meant, of course, to refer to the hundreds of non-Americans detained at the base over the past 16 years. But a closer look at the history of Guantánamo tells a different story — one in which the United States, beginning 120 years ago this June, used the enclave in southeastern Cuba to launch decades upon decades of terroristic overseas conquest.”

 

OH YES; THERE WAS ALSO THE “TAILHOOK” AND RECENT PORN SCANDALS IN THE MILITARY…

We can’t even write all there is published here, so follow the links if you dare.

In 1992, a young Navy lieutenant named Paula Coughlin said she had been sexually assaulted at the 35th Annual Tailhook Symposium in Las Vegas.

Her complaints revealed an ugly side to the annual convention for “Top Gun” aviators: 83 women and 7 men were later found to have been assaulted during the raucous party weekend in September 1991. The resulting scandal forced the resignation of the secretary of the Navy, the censure of several admirals and the enactment of a reform agenda that stressed a “zero tolerance” policy.

Did it make a difference? More than two decades later the news remains extremely discouraging.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/13/booming/revisiting-the-militarys-tailhook-scandal-video.html

Mar 10, 2017 11:30 AM EST

THE PENTAGON — The Defense Department is investigating online outlets through which Marines shared nude photographs of women, including fellow Marines — some taken without their knowledge.  CBS News has learned the investigation has spread to all branches of the military.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/marines-nude-photo-scandal-expands-to-military-wide-explicit-message-board/

 

DARE WE ALSO MENTION THE “POLITE” WHITE COLLAR CRIMES?

“Nobody goes to jail. This is the mantra of the financial-crisis era, one that saw virtually every major bank and financial company on Wall Street embroiled in obscene criminal scandals that impoverished millions and collectively destroyed hundreds of billions, in fact, trillions of dollars of the world’s wealth — and nobody went to jail. Nobody, that is, except Bernie Madoff, a flamboyant and pathological celebrity con artist, whose victims happened to be other rich and famous people.

The rest of them, all of them, got off. Not a single executive who ran the companies that cooked up and cashed in on the phony financial boom — an industrywide scam that involved the mass sale of mismarked, fraudulent mortgage-backed securities — has ever been convicted. Their names by now are familiar to even the most casual Middle American news consumer: companies like AIG, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America and Morgan Stanley. Most of these firms were directly involved in elaborate fraud and theft.”

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/why-isnt-wall-street-in-jail-20110216

WE STILL SYMBOLIZE OUR DARK HERITAGE.

We now know more about the scale and brutality of Britain’s counterinsurgency in Kenya thanks to recent historical scholarship and the landmark court case brought to the High Court in London by elderly Kenyan victims of colonial torture in 2009 (the UK government eventually admitted to the torture and paid out compensation).

Exact figures are contested, but it is known that tens of thousands of Kenyans were killed by colonial forces during the uprising, while hundreds of thousands more were detained in concentration camps and fortified villages, subjected to routine brutality and forced labour. Rape and castration were common forms of torture, and many victims of such atrocities are still with us today. 

My own view is that the US first lady’s decision to wear a pith helmet was appropriate and should be taken seriously. The regime she represented in Kenya is a white supremacist one. Her husband campaigned successfully under the fascist slogan “America First,” and has since implemented his “Muslim ban” and encouraged the detention of migrants, including separating children from their parents and keeping them in “tender age” cages.

The policies and ideological grounding of the current US administration – and the bogus fears animating its supporters – represent a continuation of earlier forms of imperialism. There is no attempt to disguise the fear and hatred towards people of colour, at home or abroad. The pith helmet makes the connection quite clear.

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/melania-africa-wearing-pith-helmet-181007071847726.html

Our flag has red and white stripes.  Red makes me think of the blood of sins.  Seven of those to only six white stripes.  We are out of balance.  Do we really want to present a “whitewashed” history to our children?  When they enlist in the military should they be unprepared for the real dangers of the deeply corrupted nation and its leaders?  For the naive the decisions are dangerous if they are unprepared.  To simply report to your chain of command invites retributions.  Whistleblowers are almost always punished without protections.  But the guilty are almost always protected from punishment.  Best prepare our youth with realities and solid decision making abilities.

The bible does not offer us an easy way out.  there is no grey, only black and white.  Self-preservation is not preservation for victims of an evil system.  We do not always win in a battle where the forces of evil have the upper hand.  But God has placed us in a life that is the entrance exam for the greater life.  We must have faith in God when we are facing the Lion’s den or the trial by fire.  Is it unfair to position a young man to face a giant with only a sling?  Who do you believe?  Have you trained your young warriors in spiritual warfare?

It is not enough to teach our children to do carnal warfare, to be the “manly-men”.  In our day women are also going into combat, and physical strength is not enough to give confidence.  Spiritual warfare means that we know how to maintain the armor and weapons of faith in our own righteous lifestyle.  Christians do need to resist temptations when far from home and familiar companions.  But like David, they may repair the breaches in armor by repentance.  The shield of faith can be lifted, by only a gesture of faith, to cover the gaps in our protection.  We trust God to deliver us, and report for duty in the face of a need for real truth.

As I read the Old Testament I am wearied by how many ways Israel defied God as they were obviously heading for judgment.  Solomon wrote the wisdom of Proverbs, then demonstrated how to break those rules.  He repented, but the nation continued to follow his bad examples.  The prophets warned them but they continued to sin until the Babylonian invasion.  Now I watch our nation over many years getting increasingly worse music, movies, television, and sinking morals.  guess where this nation is going?

As in bible times the powerful men feed us media like the Roman games, gory perversion to keep us poor and entertained.  Will we have to choose between giving up our religion or taking arms as zealots?  God gave us a way out in Jesus, but some will still divert to liberal or conservative conflict.  Best we can exchange the government of this world in favor of the Kingdom of God, our true sovereign.

But, if you still want to vote, why not form a Christian party and waste your vote guilt-free?  Here, I can save you some time:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/252106495163541/

Righteous Vision 2020 is my Facebook group.  Download the spreadsheet and record a tab of your own views.  then we can get the group to review your ideas and determine a platform the whole  group  can accept, or at least agree to a reasonable compromise.  Now the ball is in your court.  We may never win an election, but we can cast a vote without guilt.  We are never stuck with only two evils to chose from if we always have one righteous choice.  Turn this into a real SPIRITUAL PARTY, not a POLITICAL PARTY.

Jeremiah’s Hope

Titanic 2

Jeremiah was to speak to the nations, not just Israel.  It is time for the nations to start listening to Jeremiah.  If we are going to consider his words, we need to consider the context of his life too.  I cannot take a message that has no scriptures, and they must be understood for the context of their story and times.  But the Word of God is a name given to Jesus, so these are more than just dead history.  The prophets pointed to the future, which is also today and days yet to come.  We need this map.

I cannot climb a ladder with a broken rung or a slippery stair safely.  Similarly I cannot climb a sermon with incomplete or confused references to scriptures.  I need the whole understanding of the matter.  So now I investigate a scripture that needs more understanding.

When I read Jeremiah 12, I hear Jeremiah complaining about the ungodly corruption around him in Israel and Judah.  He only got four verses into his complaint before his words change.  At times we may answer our own questions, but here I believe that the Lord has taken over his conversation.  In verse 5 we hear God answering Jeremiah’s question.

If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?  Jeremiah 12:5

So he observes that Jeremiah has not been victorious over the minor annoyances of his times in Israel.  So God asks how he can expect to overcome the cavalry that is coming after these mere infantry attacks.  If he is troubled in the peaceful land of Israel that he has trusted, how will he continue against a flood of troubles that is coming?

God goes on to explain that he is not happy with his people, Jeremiah’s brethren have betrayed him and God alike.

For even thy brethren, and the house of thy father, even they have dealt treacherously with thee; yea, they have called a multitude after thee: believe them not, though they speak fair words unto thee.  I have forsaken mine house, I have left mine heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies.  Mine heritage is unto me as a lion in the forest; it crieth out against me: therefore have I hated it. Jeremiah 12:6-8   

Their words are sweet, but there is blood on their feet, even as our leaders today.  The church and political leaders have corrupted Israel as our leaders are doing today.  This is not encouragement to expect a victory, but rather a warning of punishment to come.  It gets worse.

Mine heritage is unto me as a speckled bird, the birds round about are against her; come ye, assemble all the beasts of the field, come to devour.  Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.  They have made it desolate, and being desolate it mourneth unto me; the whole land is made desolate, because no man layeth it to heart.  The spoilers are come upon all high places through the wilderness: for the sword of the Lord shall devour from the one end of the land even to the other end of the land: no flesh shall have peace.   They have sown wheat, but shall reap thorns: they have put themselves to pain, but shall not profit: and they shall be ashamed of your revenues because of the fierce anger of the Lord. Jeremiah 12:9-13

We know that the land was divided as Judah and Israel, and both kingdoms were headed for judgment.  Jeremiah was their warning to avert this.  But God already knew what their decision would be.  Jeremiah would remove any claim they might make for an excuse.  From this verse on the Lord has clearly taken over the conversation.  Jeremiah proclaims that this is the word of God:

Thus saith the Lord against all mine evil neighbours, that touch the inheritance which I have caused my people Israel to inherit; Behold, I will pluck them out of their land, and pluck out the house of Judah from among them.  And it shall come to pass, after that I have plucked them out I will return, and have compassion on them, and will bring them again, every man to his heritage, and every man to his land.  And it shall come to pass, if they will diligently learn the ways of my people, to swear by my name, The Lord liveth; as they taught my people to swear by Baal; then shall they be built in the midst of my people.  But if they will not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation, saith the Lord. Jeremiah 12:14-17

No, Israel will NOT be able to face the judgment that God will bring from Babylon.  Jeremiah will have to steel himself against the horrors of a far more ungodly onslaught that is coming.  To prepare for that cavalry is to accept either subjugation to God or a horrible defeat.  We do not have to be prophets to read the prophets.  The future is already in place and declared by these who he called to warn us.

Is America exempt from the judgment that Israel experienced?  Certainly God protected Jeremiah and the godly men, but he was to endure time in the sewer under the prison.  A rebellious puppet king would lose his children and his eyesight in Babylon.  Do we have any promise about our future?  There is a mysterious story about a nation of wealth that is branded as being a Babylon that burns in Revelation 18.  Is that not a prophesy of the future to come?  And who IS that nation most comparable to in our time?

The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,  And saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!  For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,  And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!  Revelation 18:15-18

What city or nation is like this great city indeed?  A nation that will not receive Christian refugees from battlefields in “shithole” nations?  A nation that will not care for their own poor?  A nation that cannot discern wolves in sheep’s clothing?  A nation that honors giant occultist congregations who follow the wealthy and powerful oppressors of the poor?

Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?  But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?  Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?  If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:  But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.  For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.  James 2: 5-10

When I was a baby Christian, I witnessed two televangelists accusing each other of sin on television.  They both were standing with their lawyers.  I knew that scripture condemns taking a brother to a secular court, so I knew immediately that both were wrong.  Jimmy and Jimmy were both of the Assembly of God denomination, so why didn’t their elders mediate?  Perhaps the house of God is in rebellion against God too?  that sounds a lot like the Israel and Judah of Jeremiah.  I was horrified to hear my churches singing a song based on the prophesies of Joel.

Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand;  Joel 2:1

Don’t they know that is the warning of the coming judgment where God would send Babylon to defeat Israel?  The army coming is NOT the Army of Israel or America, it is the army of God’s destruction and judgment.  To prepare for that cavalry would require a totally different kind of warfare.  America today is preparing for that military threat.  I know because my company will be bidding on some new urgency that the Defense Department is about to announce.  But that is not the weapons training that we need today.  that will not bring victory as it has in the past.  Our weapons cannot change the prophesy of God.  We need spiritual weapons training now.  Jeremiah and Daniel survived by the same power that made Joseph (a convicted sex offender) the prime minister of Egypt.  Even a baby Christian has access to scriptural training in this.

We cannot afford to be deaf to the prophets or the news of current events.  America is forming a new branch of the armed forces, a Space Force.  This is probably a violation of international treaties, but ask the native Americans how we honor treaties.  Why the sudden concern about the biggest military force in the world?  For one thing we are sending jobs and commerce to China, which makes them rich and powerful.  They are outpacing our technological development as our college tuition crushes education here.  Further, decades of intervention in foreign nations has generated a lot of enemies that were once our allies.  That is a great talent of American leadership.  Did you know that Ho Chi Minh wanted to be an ally of the U.S.?  Did you know that presidents Johnson and Nixon covered up a lie about what started the Vietnam War?  Read your recently declassified history, but believe the prophets and recognize the signs along the road.  You can know where we are going, and how close we are.

Israel will be saved by Messiah…after they are nearly defeated.  Again, I am not a prophet, but I can read the prophets.  Israel can expect a hard time and those armies are gathered all around them today, the Philistines (Palestinians), Russians, Jordan, Persians (Iran), Syria, Lebanon, and ISIS in Egypt.  Even the Chinese are expressing opinions as Korea shares missile technologies.  Where will American and all our Christian beliefs be?  Will we be putting out the fires of new Babylon?  We are already confusing the situation by alienating friends and joining with evil nations.  The story does not begin well.

Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.  And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.  In that day, saith the Lord, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.  Zechariah 12:2-4

Note:  we will return to Zechariah 12:4 in a few lines to confirm that this is not a past event.  this is a prediction that is still unfulfilled.

America wants to burden themselves with Israel, and God says that we will be cut in pieces for that.  We are not the salvation of Israel, but God alone will be.  We must take care to come out from among the false prophets and be citizens of the Kingdom of God first, and America last.  Christians may endure some discomfort as the prophets did unless God raptures us out of the worst of this.  But what is that “rapture” hope?  Could we Christians be released from prison (or other suffering?) by the enemies of America as Jeremiah was released by the Babylonians?

While Jeremiah had been confined in the courtyard of the guard, the word of the Lord came to him: “Go and tell Ebed-Melek the Cushite, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I am about to fulfill my words against this city—words concerning disaster, not prosperity. At that time they will be fulfilled before your eyes. But I will rescue you on that day, declares the Lord; you will not be given into the hands of those you fear.  I will save you; you will not fall by the sword but will escape with your life, because you trust in me, declares the Lord.’”  Jeremiah 39: 15-18

The word came to Jeremiah from the Lord after Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard had released him at Ramah. He had found Jeremiah bound in chains among all the captives from Jerusalem and Judah who were being carried into exile to Babylon.  When the commander of the guard found Jeremiah, he said to him, “The Lord your God decreed this disaster for this place.  And now the Lord has brought it about; he has done just as he said he would. All this happened because you people sinned against the Lord and did not obey him.  But today I am freeing you from the chains on your wrists. Come with me to Babylon, if you like, and I will look after you; but if you do not want to, then don’t come. Look, the whole country lies before you; go wherever you please.”  However, before Jeremiah turned to go, Nebuzaradan added, “Go back to Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon has appointed over the towns of Judah, and live with him among the people, or go anywhere else you please.”  Then the commander gave him provisions and a present and let him go.  So Jeremiah went to Gedaliah son of Ahikam at Mizpah and stayed with him among the people who were left behind in the land. Jeremiah 40: 1-6

So the faithful prophet was saved, and the faithful of Israel are also expecting to be saved in the future.  As they are joined to Yeshua Ha Meschia we will all be one in the Kingdom of God.  They will behold the one they pierced in victory, but also in sorrow.

In that day, saith the Lord, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.  And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the Lord of hosts their God.  In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.  The Lord also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah.  In that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them.  And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.  And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.  In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.  And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart;  The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart;  All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart.  Zecariah 12: 4-14

Note: as promised I returned to Zecariah 12: 4.  We can see that this leads to the prediction of salvation for Israel from their messiah Yeshua.  Because this has not yet happened, the previous prediction of destruction is still awaiting any who try to help Israel in the future ahead of us.  America is among their only allies at this time.

While this revelation of Jesus, Yeshua, is horrible in discovering their historical sin, it is covered in the prophetic grace of forgiveness.  They have been prepared with a preview of this reunion with a lost son.  Joseph was a type of the dead son reunited with his fearful brethren.

And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.  Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.  For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest.  And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.  So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.  Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not:  And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy children’s children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast:  And there will I nourish thee; for yet there are five years of famine; lest thou, and thy household, and all that thou hast, come to poverty.  Genesis 45: 4-11

At this point, the nations that opposed Israel and the church will be vanquished.  But how do we endure the wait for this help?  Babylon burning cannot be a good sign for a nation that tried to be a friend to Israel.  Joseph is again a hope for those who are enduring a season of judgment.  When Daniel was taken to Babylon as a prisoner of war he had the example of Joseph as an inspiration.  Under the worst government there is always a way to serve God and prosper.  While being a prisoner both men performed their masters as if they were performing a service unto God.  They maintained a relationship with God and he became their provider.  God himself came to us and served the father right to the point of death.  Not even the evil of the Roman Empire could match the power of God to overcome death.  From these we may harvest life.

This is the weapons training of spiritual warfare; Christians are a minority and need a real power.

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.  Matthew 7:13-14

We cannot win by mighty armies or even by popular vote.  But with God our good light may be amplified like the lens of a lighthouse.  Our deliverance will come as for Israel, by God’s own hand.  We have no strength to win by offending others, a way that has blemished the testimony of our not completely Christian nation.

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.   Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.  Matthew 7:15-23

Now we Christians have a clear commandment to beware of the spirit of Anti-Christ.  It is our duty to be right, even as Jeremiah was compelled to speak the truth in the face of bitter opposition.  So we have been given tools by which to measure the words of men.  Do our leaders line up with all of these directions?

My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.  For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;  And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:  Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?  Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?  But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?   Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?  If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:  But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.  James 2: 1-9

As both political parties suck the same rich tit, our nation is condemned to sin.  Yet the new bipartisan efforts to fight against corruption draw support from both the socialists and the Tea Party!  Perhaps Christians should be leading this effort.  This money is now coming from corporations and foreign governments.  When elected officials depend on big donations they are serving the rich instead of you…on your tax dollar.  Is this not taxation without representation?  How can they serve God with a lie?

When a “church” disrupts a military funeral to scream about sin, are they engaging in the practice of “railing”?  When we insult sinners in public for being gay, trans-sexual, or supporting abortion, are we on the path that God has ordained for us?  Do we win souls to Jesus by making laws about their marriage, or employment rights?  How do we reach a soul who may be regretting a decision to abort their baby?  Do we remind them that the baby is not found in sin, and encourage the adult to avoid God’s judgment?  Do we support officials who only talk against abortion while their donors drive their real agenda?

Do my leaders follow the wisdom of the Proverbs, or do they only say they are Christians?  But then Solomon was only the stenographer of Proverbs, he ignored them too!  He at least did repent and point to God in the end.  Unfortunately Israel continued to follow his sins, and marched off to Babylon.

THESE ARE THE TRAITS OF OUR PRESENT LEADERSHIP:

These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,  An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.  Proverbs 6:16-19

In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.  Proverbs 10:19

If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.  James 1:26

Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.  Proverbs 22:10

A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.  Proverbs 15:1

A fool’s lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating.  Proverbs 18:6

It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the righteous of justice.  Proverbs 18:5

These men are deceptive, but they are only the minor annoyances of our nation and times.  If we cannot contend with these amateurs without being deceived, we are not ready for the real Anti-Christ.   These are only the infantry, and we cannot be found on the side of the backslidden when the judgment of God is promising to clean house on this earth.  We cannot place citizenship in a nation above that of the Kingdom of God.  It will be better to live in the low places of faith than the high places of compromise.  The prophets were poor, homeless, unpopular, and still able to bless a faithful widow with the provision of God.  Now we need to prepare for the real threat which may include miracle workers who seduce even many religious people.  You can entertain your nightmares in Revelation 13, but read the end of the book too.  God has a way to overcome.

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.  Matthew 24:24

We do need to have the weapons of spiritual warfare, and training is available.  We have a three strand cord of great strength; the Holy Trinity.  For discernment we need to have a balanced relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Who are they?

  1. Jesus taught us to pray to “Our Father”.  We have a relationship with the father in prayer.
  2. Jesus is called “The Word” so we study the bible for a relationship with Jesus.
  3. The Holy Spirit fills believers so our fellowship is our connection to him.

If we are hearing from the wrong god we need the bible and the church.

If we do not understand the bible we need prayer and the church.

If our church is offering cool aid we may need prayer and bible study.

The prophets avoided the temple because the priests were often too close to the kings.  But they could have fellowship in the community, so they were still connected to the holy spirit.  Their prayers were answered, sometimes in the midst of their complaints, so the Father was with them.  They announced the messiah in every part of both testaments so they walked with him always.

Three Hebrew children entered a fire where they alone were the gathering of the saints, and their prayers brought the living word to them.

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.  Matthew 18:20

You cannot be disarmed when you maintain your spiritual weaponry in regular fellowship with the Trinity.  You can discern the way.  Walk in it.

MARS, STARS, AND BARS

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DEPARTURE:  I rarely post here:  Fasten your seat belts!

This site is for topics that float between heaven and space, between faith and science.  But it is connected to my space posts, so welcome to Spirit Space.  I have illustrated possible solutions for space launch, identifying large satellite markets as a good business case.  There is already some service for that sector, including more reusable potential.  That is all good business, but I am confused about the spirit of current launch vehicle development.  A lot is aiming at tiny satellite markets that may be cut off as orbital debris accumulates.  But some are departing from earth orbits to destinations that have virtually NO real market or customers whatever..aside from some suicidal loonies.  Why don’t they just go pet the bison in Yellowstone?

STAR TREK, STAR STRUCK, SEEING STARS.  Are we ready to boldly go?

Yes, ventures are already building anti-matter and tachyon propulsion for inter-stellar missions now.  And the grand obsession of chemical rocket firms is MARS.  I proposed an expensive vehicle development to serve real satellite markets.  With no funding we are “small fish” but at least we offer real bait to real big fish customers.  The big launch ventures are all better businessmen than me, so where are their buyers?  Is that a dumb question?

RODDENBERRY FUNNY  Gene pulled a lot of jokes on us.  He painted a world with no money, where poker is the entertainment of choice.  Are we planning on space with no profits?  The Ferengi will clean us out!  How could Bashir challenge Quark to a dabo game with no latinum?  The Roddenberry universe is about soap opera with poverty, and you know that dates do not happen without latinum!  But apparently we believe that Mars travelers will bring lots of money to die in space…??  I think some Virgin Galactic customers cancelled after a little crash and burn here on earth.  This is why I published on this blog; it takes a LOT of faith to believe in all this.  Or will the government pick up the tab like Star Fleet?

PLAN TOO GRAND, STAR TOO FAR  compare to Apollo or Shuttle?

We published an article about the Rockwell StarRaker as a bold initiative towards both space and energy solutions.  It was too much too soon, but still a brave vision and a manufactured market.  Let’s look at the record.

POWER FAILURE  Energy motivation during oil crisis

Because of threats of oil and energy our government was offered a space based power source.  This need faded as oil prices dropped and we returned to our gas guzzling cars and fossil fuels.  No one mentioned greenhouse gasses back then.  Still, Rockwell was creative in manufacturing a future market for their services, even if neither came to be.

ENGINEER WITHOUT FEAR  bold designs; still no SSTO

They were so far out front that we still have no single stage to orbit options.  But they did spend the money to do serious analysis and marketing on this.  Unfortunately much of the technology is still out of reach.  And the fear factors of energy and the cold war have faded.

SALE FAIL: TAX PAYERS NASA budget shrink

Looking at the NASA budget drop after the moon missions we see little money for such a big project.  The shuttle too was not to fully deliver reusable economies either.  This was a hard sell era.

MOON DAZE: MINE IS BIGGER…no more cold war posturing (?)

The thrust behind the moon program budget was fear.  If we were not more powerful than Russia, we feared being seen as inferior to godless communism.  God knows we should have been afraid of godless capitalism!

SPACE SHUFFLE:  was delivered at 1% TO 0.5% of fed budget but lessons were learned:

The Boeing X-37 still operates missions for the Air Force using space plane technologies from the shuttle program today.  And they were able to run on a budget, if not as often as hoped.

NA$A CO$T$: a moving target

The Apollo program cost $109 billion in 2010 money. Since 11 Apollo missions were flown, that amounts to $9.9 billion per flight.  This was done at a NASA budget over 4% of the national budget, now down to only 0.5% for NASA.  http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1579/1

“Early during development of the space shuttle, NASA had estimated that the program would cost $43 billion in 2011 dollars in development/non-recurring costs, and $54M in 2011 dollars per flight.

The total cost of the actual 30-year service life of the shuttle program through 2011, adjusted for inflation, was $196 billion.  The average cost to launch a Space Shuttle as of 2011 was about $450 million per mission.”  At least a partially reusable system did seem to save some on launch costs.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Shuttle_program

NEXT MIS-STEP PORK BARREL: SLS  moves backwards to the future Apollo

Now we are building a new space vehicle after 6 years of buying Russian rides and engines.  The Space Launch System salvages shuttle parts to build an Apollo era retro-rocket.

GUDNUZBADNUZ: escape capsule, booster behind, throw away

Well, the Shuttle lacked a good escape system, so the SLS at least offers a capsule escape system.  And returning to in-line staging moves the crew or payload ahead of the potential booster problems.  Booster troubles doomed two shuttle missions, so this is good.  But we are re-using the solid boosters that caused one failure, and tossing all the reusable features that saved some on launch costs.  But disposable is not an attractive option.  At least the capsule may (?) be reusable.

SLS NAVY COST

WHYNOT? 4.3% of budget then, but only 0.5% available now

NASA seriously thinks we can return to Apollo era when we have only 1/4 of the NASA budget of that era.  NASA’s budget peaked in 1964-66, when it consumed roughly 4% of federal spending instead of 0.5% as today.

PROMISES, PROMISES Senate Launch System dictated to NASA by congress pork-barrel

Estimated Project cost: US $7 billion to $35 billion

Cost per launch  US $500 million

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Launch_System#Design_and_development

REALLY??

“NASA Still Has No Idea What a SLS Launch Will Cost… the SLS program has not positioned itself well to provide accurate assessments of core stage progress – including forecasting impending schedule delays, cost overruns, and anticipated costs at completion – because at the time of our review it did not anticipate having the baseline to support full reporting on the core stage contract until summer 2016 – some 4.5 years after NASA awarded the contract.”

http://nasawatch.com/archives/2016/08/nasa-still-has-1.html

LOOKEE SEE: gaze at YOUR crystal ball

Seeing what the Apollo cost, and what we offer to spend now, where is the money for SLS?  Even the shuttle made a bump!  Do YOU see another Apollo program in here?

NASA BUDGET

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/09/NASA-Budget-Federal.svg

MAR$ BAR$ ?  GRASP THE BAR GRAPHS!

OK, a few moon trips were expensive.  Now let’s shoot for the Moon and Mars too!  If we could not justify more moon ventures without a big bad communist threat, how are we going to justify missions to Mars on a 1/2% of the budget allowance?  We no longer have the big fear factor UNLESSWe must build another earth because we are DETERMINED to ruin THIS ONE!  Hey, our corrupt congress has us right on course! 

FRIDAY 13 TO MARS  Take a trip to mars huh?

I demonstrated a simulated trip to Mars right here in Wyoming.  I had not one, but two flat tires.  I had other trouble potentials but help was only an hour away.  I detached the car from the disabled trailer and drove an hour to Wheatland and back for repairs.  With the tires fixed, I was able to resume my adventure.  How many tire dealers, gas stations, or friendly helpers are there on the way to Mars?

https://exospace.wordpress.com/2016/05/20/captains-log-13-may-2016-mars/

APOLLO 13 TO MARS  You REALLY don’t want to go there!

Remember how much fun it was on Apollo 13?  I want you to scale this up and consider the rescue mission between here and Mars.  I can provide you with a scale representation.

http://joshworth.com/dev/pixelspace/pixelspace_solarsystem.html

This model is linear, so add in the circular route, as we cannot take a straight line in orbital mechanics.  The distances here do not include racing around the sun trying to catch up with the orbiting planet.  So multiply the distances A LOT!  Select the planet symbol at the top for earth; a circle with a cross in it.  then you can see the moon in scale too.  Remember, that was the Apollo 13 misadventure.  Now set out for Mars, circle with an arrow, like a male symbol.  you can subtract the orbit of Earth from Mars for a linear distance.  Or perhaps square the Mars radius and multiply by 2 x pi for a circumference of your orbit.  Are you ready to have mechanical troubles now?

LOST IN SPACE  unmanned missions miss more than hit.  Are you really ready to boldly go?

“With so many successful missions to Mars, it’s easy to forget that getting there has never been easy. In fact, more missions have failed than not: 28 flops compared to 19 successes.”

Check out your odds:

http://www.popularmechanics.com/space/moon-mars/a17407/mars-mission-failures/

NEWSPACERACE: MINE IS BIGGER.

https://www.theverge.com/2017/5/10/14886570/nasa-space-launch-system-rocket-ula-blue-origin-spacex

Moving even farther away from a solid business case, we witness a new space race.  Government and private rocket ventures are racing to Mars.  Has anyone identified who will pay for the winner of this race?  Or is this just another chance to posture and show off your big male ego?  Looks like the communists are not the problem that our capitalists are!  To be fair, rich guys contribute, as Howard Hughes gave a lot to early aviation, but he had a few buggy issues too.  http://www.apa.org/monitor/julaug05/hughes.aspx

Yeah, yours is bigger but…mine is really symbolic!

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FOLLOW THE LEADER?

If the StarRaker was missing the business case, where are our present space programs taking us?

Wherever our leadership fantasies lead, however expensive and dangerous that may be.  We will spend huge sums of money and energy on likely fatal missions to Mars.  One might ask where our leaders are really taking us.  Is a Hollywood fantasy really worth this cost?  Of course our leaders are a reflection of our voters.  Our willingness to be led to our death is not unlike that of lemmings.  Just because one has votes or lots of money does not validate their wisdom.  Can we see any evidence of this yet?

WAIT…I STAND CORRECTED, IT CAN BE DONE.

As Christopher Columbus took three ship,s a fleet of rockets could provide salvage and rescue if one was lost.  You could send all three rockets to Mars if you are willing to multiply the cost by the number of vehicles.  But then how can we even afford ONE trip to Mars considering the cost of the moon missions?  It kind of hammers that 1/2% of the budget idea doesn’t it?  WHY NOT?  READ THIS!

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: PLANETARY PROTECTION

Now NASA thinks we need a leader to protect earth from alien invaders.  And they can also protect the other planets from us too, which is a far better idea.  What planet wants an invasion of earth-wrecking Republicans anyway?  Should we protect the other planets from the lawyers who are already claiming their mineral rights?

http://www.businessinsider.com/nasa-planetary-protection-officer-job-opening-2017-7

ALIEN INVASION?  NOT!

Our planet may be at risk, not of alien invasions, but of native invasions.  We are the only threat to this planet.  If you truly believe that we are not changing the climate, then we should not be afraid to keep taking measurements to confirm that.  That sounds like a good space investment to me.

MARS STARS AND BARS.  You can’t get there from here.

Our leadership seems to have substance abuse problems, even if they aren’t from Colorado.  Our best napkin designs are coming from some dark dank barroom.  Show me a business plan that saves the earth from our leaders and we should sign up.  When aliens arrive and say “Take me to your leader”, show them the way.  If those true guardians of the galaxy have their way, we may be rid of our real enemies.

INVESTORS BEWARE.  Are you spending on a one way ticket?

If you leader is planning bigger dreams than the Rockwell Star-Raker on a depression era shoestring budget consider doing due diligence.  Some investments will never come back from Mars, including our tax dollars.

NO, THANKS BUT…

I DON’T WANT THE JOB.

I seem to be falling in line for a job that gets people killed.  They killed the prophets in the bible, and I am uncomfortable seeing bad things coming to pass.  Warnings are unpopular if they don’t agree with our own opinions.  Some of my friends on Facebook have probably un-followed my posts by now!

I usually post bible studies on a dedicated “Wordtrail WordPress site.  I am finishing up the wisdom of Proverbs, which the author, Solomon, promptly ignored.  Later I will tour Ecclesiastes, where he sees himself and repents of those sins.  By then he is a bitter old man and Israel is doomed for following his bad examples.  It’s all depressing because I see the exact same pattern in today’s news.  The kingdom is divided and our kings are just as evil as theirs were then.

Today I am aware that I have unforgiveness lurking in me because voters are so gullible.  Those who sell their soul to the wealthy for one (left or right) doctrine do not obey good political science or their bible.  And those who can’t figure out some common ground will never advance their political cause.  I was both physically and spiritually weary today, and missed church.  But church conviction came to me as my pastor spotted me walking my dog, and said they missed me.

This blog is reserved for conversations that illuminate both faith and science.  I believe in both, and I disagree with both.  The bible points out “Science falsely so-called” (1 Timothy 6:19-21), but it also points out false religion (Matthew 7:15-20).  There still remains true religion and true science.  Science publishes regular updates as they discover new data, making the old obsolete.  Both sides boldly proclaim their righteousness until God and new data give us an update.  Jesus illustrated the failure of religion to recognize the value of mercy.  Merciless politicians are the revival of the religion of failure.  The only road to righteousness is repentance; a lesson David was able to use to overcome his own gross sin.

I quit the Republican party when I saw Donald Trump coming.  I was right, they nominated him.  I quit the Democratic party when they nominated Hillary Clinton, another crook.  Sure enough they stole our votes for Sanders.  Yes, Bernie Sanders was the most Christian of the 2016 candidates, but still not good enough.

I can read what the old bible prophets have written, and their predictions were nasty for a lot of people.  We don’t need new prophets, because those predictions are still working in our nation today.  I expect many people to reject common sense per those predictions.  I can also expect many people who claim to be Christian will fall away.  I feel bad about that, but again the bible said it would happen.  I find it hard to watch, and I feel compelled to warn people.  However, I cannot change what is coming, we will lose some friends along the way.

But even with all the warnings, we watch masses of people calling evil good.  Our President defies all the wisdom of Proverbs on a daily basis.  He even speaks against the constitution, our system of checks and balances, and freedom of speech.  It hurts to read what friends say when they are so far wrong about this man.  But to disagree with him is to invite persecution.  According to CBS news, the president is reported to have launched a witch hunt for the party who posted photos comparing the crowds of his inauguration to Obama’s.  He can’t handle freedom of speech.  So much for the constitution, another piece of paper that cannot negate or outlive the bible.

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But men of science also suffer persecution when they speak out against error.  Engineers understood the dangers of cold weather on the booster rockets of the space shuttle.  When facing a cold weather launch, they tried to warn NASA to no avail.  their rewards were persecution that ended their career.  No good deed goes un-punished?

Excerpts from “Remembering Roger Boisjoly: He Tried To Stop Shuttle Challenger Launch” on the NPR website:

Roger Boisjoly was a booster rocket engineer at NASA contractor Morton Thiokol in Utah in January, 1986, when he and four colleagues became embroiled in the fatal decision to launch the Space Shuttle Challenger.  “We all knew what the implication was without actually coming out and saying it,” a tearful Boisjoly told Zwerdling in 1986. “We all knew if the seals failed the shuttle would blow up.”

Armed with the data that described that possibility, Boisjoly and his colleagues argued persistently and vigorously for hours. At first, Thiokol managers agreed with them and formally recommended a launch delay. But NASA officials on a conference call challenged that recommendation.  They told us that the NASA pressure caused Thiokol managers to “put their management hats on,” as one source told us. They overruled Boisjoly and the other engineers and told NASA to go ahead and launch.

The explosion of Challenger and the deaths of its crew, including Teacher-in Space Christa McAuliffe, traumatized the nation and left Boisjoly disabled by severe headaches, steeped in depression and unable to sleep.  Boisjoly testified before the Challenger Commission and filed unsuccessful lawsuits against Thiokol and NASA. He continued to suffer and was ostracized by some of his colleagues.

“He always stood by his work,” his wife Roberta recalls, her voice breaking. “He lived an honorable and ethical life.  And he was at peace when he died.”

There is the key:  this life is only the entrance exam for the life that matters.  If you speak truth, your conscience is clear, and you are ready for the next life.  Sometimes the answer that we should hear is “I don’t know”.  I was not here when the worlds were formed and I have not had revelation from God.  I do not have all the facts until I do meet God.  There are scientists who have been able to accept a call of God in their lives without rejecting either faith or science.  An open minded discussion can be stimulating and rewarding, but those are very rare.  For my Christian friends this is a challenge because their bible commands open minded faith.

” For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.  Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.” 

1 Corinthians 9:19-23

How can we give hope to people if we drive them away from us?  By making laws that force our views on everyone we become known as legalistic, the mark of the Old Testament.  How can you be like others if cannot even be in the same room with them?  Those who carry signs and scream insults are demonstrating a behavior known as railing.

Railing defined:

  • To “rail” against anyone is to use insolent or reproachful language toward one.
  • One who scoffs, insults, censures, or reproaches with opprobrious language.

 

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Well, let’s give equal time here; we have seen these things from both the left and the right.

SIX THINGS GOD HATES.

Are both candidates of 2016 able to fit these definitions?

  1. A proud look
  2. lying tongue
  3. hands that shed innocent blood,
  4. A heart that deviseth wicked imaginations
  5. feet that be swift in running to mischief
  6. A false witness that speaketh lies (see #2)
  7. he (she) that soweth discord among brethren.

What did you expect; something different from what God warned Israel about when they demanded that he give them a king?  There is no such thing as trickle-down economics, it all upwards flow.  Any plumber can tell you what flows downhill!  If you try to avoid them by voting, you are just funding the other crooks, and there is no lesser evil; it is all bad.

Let me paraphrase your hope for your king (president) from 1 Samuel 8:10-18

This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights:

  1. He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses
  2. He will take your sons and make them plow his ground and reap his harvest
  3. He will take your sons and make them make weapons of war
  4. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers
  5. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves
  6. He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage
  7. He will take Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle
  8. He will take your donkeys for his own use
  9. He will take a tenth of your flocks
  10. He will take you as his slaves.
  11. He will make you will cry out for relief from the king
  12. But the Lord will not answer you in that day.”

HE WILL TAKE.  And what does Jesus tell you to do for your king?  “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”  Matthew 22:21  Money is for abortions, crucifixion, armies, war, and all manners of evil.  Your soul is your treasure, and that belongs to God.

We don’t need to seek a king, but rather the Kingdom…of God.  Our knowledge and power leads to war and poverty, there is no “Star Trek” utopia.  We need doctors when there is cutting to be done, but we need God when our science runs out of answers.  We cannot buy safety in insurance, armies or police forces.  But there is a security beyond the veil of death.

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  For after all these things do the Gentiles seek: for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.  Matthew 6:31-34

 

 

AFTERMATH REVISITED

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Well, the Republicans have won the election.  Many Republicans are not happy with the candidate but hope that he will be better for America than the Democratic candidate.  Christians hope that President Trump will manifest the mind of Christ after so much prayer.  If he is a new Christian, he probably needs some growth and guidance.  But will he listen to advice or to God?  If his past problem behaviors manifest there may be some rough spots ahead of us.

Actually, Trump’s enemies won’t wait for much of an excuse.  He has enemies in both parties and we can expect politics to continue as usual.  Since the Republicans control Congress they can’t fight Trump too hard if they want their agenda to move ahead.  So the Republican party will go along with the program while it serves them.  A problem remains in the area of finance corruption, which both parties have been buried in.  Trump has railed against corruption but he is recruiting lobbyists for his team.  Everyone will be watching to see what is really going to get done.

Meanwhile, the Democrats have had the slap in the face that both parties needed.  They will recognize the popular revulsion with the Clinton criminal legacy.  All the young Sanders supporters certainly do.  Bernie is already releasing a book about the continuing revolution.  His campaign against corruption has been consistent for decades.  If the Democrats tap that energy and clean house they may gain momentum over the next four years.  One should remember that with Clinton removed, a lot of independent voters would rather have the new Democrats than Trump.  The Democrats outnumber Republicans and could be empowered by independent votes.

One should remember that both parties have valid points in some areas and some serious error in others.  There is a chance that a brave new future may allow opponents to actually listen to each other and identify areas they can agree to work together on.  If Republicans and Democrats can’t do that then the bipartisan anti-corruption movement is already doing it.  Mayday 1, Represent US and others have passed anti-corruption bills in several states in this election.  If the Republicans are overconfident in this narrow victory the corruption issue will either grow worse or be forgotten.  But the opposition may find it to be a solid campaign tool.

So now Republican hopes are hanging on a perfect Donald Trump performance.  If there are failures it will give ammunition to the opposition.  If he does everything the Republicans want it will still leave a lot of enemies after such a close election.  This would be a good time to learn how to listen, to really consider different views, and to pray for unity.  But the partisan divide may belong to diehard hard-heads on both sides.  If Republicans want to see a real victory they will have to make greater changes than this narrow victory motivates.  It may be better to be defeated and get motivated to do what the nation needs instead of what dark money donors want.

Heavy is the head that wears the crown…especially in the information age.  Dark money and dark secrets have a way of surfacing in October.  Corporations and foreign governments have used donations to influence our government in greater degrees lately.  When they do harm to our citizens a lot of noise is made, but little gets changed.  The Democrats got hammered over these kinds of revelations this year.  The Republicans may be next if they are associated with their usual shady corporate partners.  Other traditional Republican ideals may need to be reexamined.  Watch for evidence of possible errors or opportunities to do more good.

If Democrats learned lessons, and Republicans are not overconfident we may see some bipartisan progress.  Otherwise, this narrow Republican victory may become a one term presidency.  Donald Trump has some reluctant support and some fierce opposition in nearly equal numbers.  His ability to win over the opposition by diplomacy is not his strong point.  He and his party need to change in order to change America.