Tuesday, October 31, 2000

Granny Arrested for Organ Sales

It's hard to measure the scope of human wickedness. It's one thing to say that wickedness will increase in the end times (Matthew 24:12) and that the love of most will grow cold, but how do you measure that? I don't think that the true measure is found in the acts of dictators and despots, but in the acts of ordinary people, or at least people who appear to be ordinary. I read recently about a Russian grandmother who was arrested for trying to sell her grandkid, or more specifically, sell his internal organs. She told him that they were going on a little trip to Disneyland, when instead they were going to meet his executioner. How can a grandmother do that? What sort of cold and inhuman heart can even think of such things?

Monday, October 30, 2000

There is so much going on in the world, I suppose it has always been that way. Some thing just seem to fall beneath the radar. Or perhaps it is just that the American public is preoccupied with the approaching presidential election. For whatever the reason, it seems our media has ignored several major stories in the last few weeks. For example, in the area of pestilence, I'm sure you have noticed a sudden increase in the frequency of disease outbreaks, particularly the extremely dangerous and contagious diseases that used to be considered rare. For example, just this weekend, there was a major outbreak of cholera in South Africa. Add to that the outbreak of Ebola in Uganda, Rift Valley Fever in Saudi Arabia and the worldwide spread of West Nile virus, you have some major outbreaks at roughly the same time. The public awareness of this seems to be minimal. Perhaps the media is trying to downplay these events so as not to cause a panic? Still, there is no denying that these outbreaks seem to be increasing in frequency and severity.

Sunday, October 29, 2000

Well, it's been a while since my last post. I think I will change my strategy for this blog. I had intended to post a brief paragraph about a prophetic event in the news, and follow that with the link to the news article. I may still do that, from time to time, but posting the link was not easy, I have to put the actual HTML coding in for it to appear correctly on the page. So much easier to not post a link. Besides, I post plenty of links on the news page, that's where the real news is. So, anyway, just a small change in format, and hopefully I'll be posting more often. Blogs are supposed to be brief snippets of random thoughts anyway.

Thursday, October 12, 2000

Well, this daily web log is turning into more of a weekly web log. I've just been so busy lately, and sometimes it seems like I'm lucky just to have time to update the news links on the prophecy news page. There is so much going on right now in the world, so much related to prophecy, that it would be difficult to comment on all of it. However, I don't have to, because it all comes down to Jerusalem. Anyone doubting that we are living near the end of the age needs only look to Jerusalem. Old and New Testament prophets agree, there is one and only one real news story at the end of the age, and that is, the battle for Jerusalem.

Thursday, October 05, 2000

I should probably be paying attention to the Middle East and the nice little war that is about to break out there, but my attention was captured by a recent story that speaks volumes about the scope of modern wickedness and our desensitization to it. I'm speaking of a recent press report about a pregnant woman in Ohio who was murdered by another woman, who then cut open the victim and removed the child that she then hoped to pass off as her own. I can't even imagine the kind of cold blooded mind and cold heart the perpetrator of this crime must have had. Nor can I understand why such a heinous crime was not page one news in every newspaper and TV news show. That there shall be an increase in wickedness is a prophecy that is hard to measure, though in this case, I think we may have set a new benchmark.

Missing Pregnant Woman Found Dead

Tuesday, October 03, 2000

So, they are killing each other again in the streets of Jerusalem. I wonder how one would explain this to people not steeped in prophecy and Biblical history? After all, Jerusalem is not a strategic city from a military or economic standpoint, not a major port city, not the capital of a superpower, no real wealth to speak of, in short, no real reason to fight over it, no reason the Israelis and Palestinians can't just share the land. It's only in the religious and spiritual context that the conflict even begins to make sense. This recent quote from Dave Hunt sums things up nicely:

"The very fact that Jerusalem is mentioned more than 800 times in the Bible makes it worthy of special attention. This unique city is the only one upon which God has bestowed His distinctive blessing and protection (Ps132:13-14), and the only city for whose peace we are commanded to pray (Ps 122:6). God says He has chosen Jerusalem as the place where He has put His name forever (2 Chr 6:6; 33:7; Ps 46:4; 48:1-8; 87:3). The new heavens and new earth will contain "the city of my God...new Jerusalem" (Rv 3:12; 21:2). That there will be a "heavenly Jerusalem" (Heb 12:22) but no "heavenly" New York, Paris, London, Damascus, Cairo, etc. speaks volumes."

Sunday, October 01, 2000

Anyone interested in how state sanctioned persecution might come to pass need only look to present day China and their treatment of Falun Gong. First, they arrested the leaders of that exercise/meditation group, then when that didn't work, they banned the group, called it a dangerous cult, and started rounding up and imprisoning members. Some members have died in prison under conditions which cause some to suspect torture. Meanwhile, the Church in China continues to meet secretly in house churches, while other join the officially sanctioned "patriotic churches." Pray for the Church in China, it is a dangerous time for them.

Banned Sect Stages Protest in Beijing on Holiday