Sunday, November 30, 2003
So says Muhammad Talal al-Rasheed, in protest against the assassination of Prince Talal bin Abdul Aziz Al-Rasheed by Islamic fundamentalists in Algeria. The "monsters" of which Dr. Talal speaks are, of course, the very terrorists to whom the Saudi royal family has been paying remittances for all these many years.::Submitted for your war [Matthew 24:6] files.
Wednesday, November 26, 2003
AP reports, "An unofficial Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative to be signed the first of next month in Geneva is gaining momentum, with the likelihood that negotiators will take it to Washington, organizers said Wednesday...The Swiss-sponsored accord contains many of the same basic elements making up the U.S.-backed ``road map'' peace plan - including a Palestinian state and the removal of most Jewish settlements in the Palestinian territories. The accord would give the Palestinians a state in 98 percent of the West Bank, all of the Gaza Strip and the Arab-populated areas of Jerusalem, as well as control over the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam's third-holiest site [aka The Temple Mount, Judaism's most holiest site, Ed.]." :: Submitted for your Covenant With Many (Daniel 9:27) files on the search for Mideast peace.
The professor is an Egyptian immigrant to the USA. His specific objection is very interesting:
Question: What is the truth about the connection between the Islamic organizations in America and the American government, today and in the recent past?
Prof. Abou Al-Fadl: Unfortunately, because of shortsightedness and ignorance, the Islamic organizations helped Bush reach the White House. I met with many leaders of these organizations and I told them that I have known Bush well since he was governor of Texas, where I live, and I am familiar with his bad policy, which does not bode well.
During the election campaign, Bush gave the Islamic leaders a certain status… They lost their equilibrium. They did not listen – not only to me, but also to someone like Ralph Nader, who was a presidential candidate of Arab origin. He met with them and all but pleaded with them not to vote for Bush. He all but kissed their hands so they wouldn't. We told them that he [Bush] is a Christian religious fundamentalist and that the group around him, of the likes of Paul Wolfowitz and others, hold the same beliefs that accompanied colonialism's entrance to the Muslim countries in the 19th century.
He continues to complain that "Bush makes continued American aid in the world contingent upon permitting missionary activity." Zounds! Spreading the Gospel of Christ? Horrors!::Submitted for your false teachers [Jude] and open door that no man can shut [Revelation 3:7] files.
Tuesday, November 25, 2003
Americans wanting to learn about Islam from the country that includes Mecca and Medina really get an eyeful. In their own words they declare their hostility and intolerance towards all non-Muslims, in complete contradiction of every pronouncement they have ever made that Islam is a religion of peace or that Saudi Arabia wants peace.::Submitted for your war [Matthew 24:6] files.
AP reports, "HIV is spreading faster in Asia than in Africa, and the Asian AIDS epidemic is worsening because of complacent governments, inadequate health care and widespread prejudice, a new report has warned." :: Submitted for your Pestilence (Luke 21:11) files on the AIDS pandemic.
AP reports, "Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Monday he would not accept preconditions for a summit, and the dispute threatened hopes for a decisive effort to end three years of violence and jump-start stalled peace talks. Momentum had seemed to be building toward a renewal of talks on implementing the U.S.-backed 'road map' peace plan." :: Submitted for your Covenant With Many (Daniel 9:27) files on the search for Mideast peace.
The article includes a picture of a new toy being stocked for Eid al-Fitr, or the end of Ramadan. It is a play-set that includes a bearded and turbaned doll holding a model of the Pentagon in his hand. Standing next to him is a model of the Twin Towers, with gouts of flame marking where the two planes hit each one.
In the same article, Golden sharply rounds on President George W. Bush for saying that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. For the benefit of any seekers reading this, that is utterly and categorically false. I submit this for your heterogospel that is not an allogospel [Galatians 1:6-7] files. The King James Version reads "another gospel, which is not another." The Greek for that transliterates as heteros...ouk allos. In ancient Greek, heteros means "radically different" while allos means "another of the same or similar kind". Paul was telling the Galatians that they were going so far off-track that they were no longer on the same road. Sadly, President Bush has done the same thing, although he probably doesn't have a clue.
Golden also points out that the anti-Semitism that boiled over so violently in Europe during WWII is getting hotter all over again. He cites Zechariah 14:2 and multiple verses from Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel to show that this, too, is prophesied: namely that God will regather His chosen ones to their Promised Land and that the nations of the world will do battle over Jerusalem.
Monday, November 24, 2003
The reaction, unfortunately, is largely negative. Still, most of the criticisms are frankly silly. It would appear that they are all interested only in war [Matthew 24:6] with anyone and anything non-Arab.
Friday, November 21, 2003
Business Wire reports, "Applied Digital Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:ADSX) an advanced technology development company, announced that the Company's Chief Executive Officer, Scott R. Silverman, in his speech today at the ID World 2003 in Paris, France, revealed the Company's newest subdermal RFID solution called VeriPay(TM). VeriPay is intended to be a secure, subdermal RFID (radio frequency identification) payment technology for cash and credit transactions. About the size of a grain of rice, VeriChip(TM) is the world's first subdermal, radio frequency identification (RFID) microchip that can be used in a variety of security, financial, emergency identification and other applications." :: Submitted for your Mark of the Beast (Rev 13:16-18) files on identification verification technology and mobile commerce technology.
That this issue would even be debatable in any body of news organs just goes to show how ambivalent (at best) the Arabs really are. This sort of "debate" could only take place in the context of a religion that explicitly directs its adherents to kill non-adherents. The sadly deluded practitioners of this false religion do not, of course, have any hope of the salvation of their eternal souls. After all, Jesus says, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father if not through Me." [John 14:6]
Now as it happens, the three sheikhs who called for this misguided dialogue have come in mostly for criticism in no uncertain terms. But no Christian cleric would ever call for "dialogue" with a group of mass murderers and insurrectionists. St. Paul tells us, "Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities." [Romans 13:1]::Submitted for your war [Matthew 24:6] files.
Thursday, November 20, 2003
AP reports, "Authorities in an east China province have sealed off 125 Christian gathering places since July, cutting off 3,000 believers from their places of worship, a human rights organization said Thursday." :: Submitted for your Persecution (Matthew 24:8) files.
The International Atomic Energy Agency has identified Russia, China and Pakistan as probable suppliers of some of the technology Iran used to enrich uranium in its suspect nuclear programs, diplomats told The Associated Press on Thursday. :: Submitted for your Rumors of War (Matthew 24:6)files.
Some people have rather twisted senses of humor. This Saudi government man actually goes back to the Boston Tea Party to suggest that Britons still resent us for that. All of which goes to show that the Saudis are not the friends of America that they pretend to be--and that those who sacrifice principle for friendship deserve neither.::Submitted for your war [Matthew 24:6] files.
Wednesday, November 19, 2003
AP reports, "The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday unanimously endorsed the so-called road map to a permanent two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, a move welcomed by the Palestinians but called unnecessary by Israel. The stalled peace plan was drafted by Russia, the United States, the United Nations and the European Union, and aims to end more than three years of Mideast violence and establish a Palestinian state by 2005." :: Submitted for your Covenant With Many (Daniel 9:27) files on the search for Mideast peace.
In a refreshing display of openness, the London Arabic daily Al-Hayat recently published two documents from the old Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq, each dealing with executions.::Submitted for your war [Matthew 24:6] files.
Tuesday, November 18, 2003
AP reports, "A strong earthquake jolted the central Philippines early Wednesday, and residents in one town reported several people were hit by falling debris from damaged houses." :: Submitted for your Quake (Matthew 24:7) files.
AP reports: Raising the stakes in an already tense situation, China threatened in remarks published Wednesday that "the use of force may become unavoidable" if Taiwan pursues independence — the mainland's strongest statement in years against its archrival. :: Submitted for your Rumor of War (Matthew 24:6) files.
Tech Web reports, "Consumers must be given notice if radio-frequency identification chips are ever used on individual products and packaging, and they need to be better educated about the technology's benefits and potential for misuse. Privacy advocates and RFID backers appeared to agree on at least that much Saturday at a workshop on RFID and privacy involving several hundred representatives of RFID technology producers and users, privacy advocates, academics, and technologists." :: Submitted for your Mark of the Beast (Rev 13:16-18) files on ID technology and RFID chips.
Space Weather reports, "The 2003 Leonid meteor shower began on Nov. 13th with a mild flurry of meteors over the Pacific Ocean. It continues on Wednesday morning, Nov. 19th, with a much stronger peak over the Americas and western Europe. Sky watchers on the Atlantic side of North America are favored; they could see as many as 80 meteors per hour between 1:30 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. local time. Western Europeans and South Americans ought to have a good view, too, shortly before local sunrise. (All these times refer to Wednesday morning, Nov. 19th.) In western North America and around the Pacific Ocean the display will be weaker, perhaps 20 to 40 meteors per hour, but that's still a nice shower. Favored sites include Alaska and Hawaii before dawn on Nov. 19th and Japan after local midnight on Nov. 20th." :: Submitted for your Signs and Wonders in the Heavens (Luke 21:11) files on celestial events.
Monday, November 17, 2003
AP reports: The sun is demanding everyone's attention, three weeks into perhaps the most dramatic and unexpected chain of eruptions ever observed venting from its seething, bubbling surface. There have been as many as 11 salvos since Oct. 19. And the fireworks could reach a new crescendo by Thanksgiving, the nation's busiest holiday for air travel, just one of the things that can be disrupted. "There's been nothing quite like this," said Bill Murtagh, a space weather forecaster for the National Oceanic and Space Administration in Boulder, Colo. :: Submitted for your Signs in the Sun (Luke 21:25) files on solar activity.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon warned Jewish leaders Monday that "a great wave of anti-Semitism" is confronting Jews and told them the best way to combat it is to move to Israel. :: Submitted for your files on the Gathering of Jews to Israel (Ezekiel 36:24; 37).
Sunday, November 16, 2003
Jerry Golden lays it on the line: Jerusalem is getting filled with pagan altars and temples and similar high places again, and in essence is repeating the same mistakes that were made by Solomon and the other Kings [I-II Kings, I-II Chronicles]. Golden also presents photographs of men with familiar names--like Baron Guy de Rothschild. His main point: that the abomination that makes desolate [Daniel 9:27] is definitely on the way.
The PA returns to its true colors--and when the government controls the printing of the textbooks, you can always tell what they really think by reading such books. They brazenly call for the spread of Islam by all means, including physical warfare--thus giving the lie to all claims that jihad does not mean physical warfare [Matthew 24:6].
This textbook also includes their critique of Christian missions. Like all leaders of Muslim theocracies, they are very sensitive to criticism and reject it all as unjust and hypocritical. But Christians can learn one thing from their counter-claims. The PA textbook speaks of "admiration and adoption of the Western way of life," which they describe as "materialistic and exploitative." Here they confuse Christianity with secularism. Now we may dismiss them as being the real hypocrites here, but we cannot ignore all of their criticisms of Western culture, such as it is today. The reason is that we have many of the same reservations as they have--which is why I have always stated that the great war of civilizations, leading up to the ride of the red horse [Revelation 6:3-4], is actually a three-cornered war--with Christians in one corner, Muslims in another, and secularists in a third.
Saturday, November 15, 2003
AP reports, "Near-simultaneous car bombs exploded outside two Istanbul synagogues filled with worshippers Saturday, killing at least 20 people and wounding more than 300. The government said the attack had international links, raising suspicions that the al-Qaida terror network was involved." :: Submitted for your Wars and Rumors of War (Matthew 24:6) files on the war on terrorism, and Wickedness Increases (Matthew 24:12) files on anti-Semitism.
AP reports, "A moderate earthquake hit a sparsely populated area of southwestern China's interior early Saturday, killing at least five people and injuring 29, authorities and witnesses said. It was the third fatal quake in six months in the seismically active region." :: Submitted for your Quake (Matthew 24:7) files.
Friday, November 14, 2003
Reuters reports, "A panel of outside experts told the CIA that advances in technology due to genomic research could produce the worst known diseases and the "most frightening" biological weapons, a CIA report said on Friday." :: Submitted for your Fear for the Future (Luke 21:26) and Pestilence (Luke 21:11) files on biological warfare. :: A two page unclassified version of the report has been posted on the web by the Federation of American Scientists (thanks, guys), you can find the PDF report at this link.
Thursday, November 13, 2003
AP reports, "Looking ahead for the first time after months of impasse, the Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers on Thursday prepared for a summit, possibly within days." :: Submitted for your Covenant With Many (Daniel 9:27) files.
Wednesday, November 12, 2003
AP reports, "Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Wednesday he is prepared to make compromises for the sake of peace but would not make concessions on security issues." :: Submitted for your Covenant With Many (Daniel 9:27) files on the Mideast peace process.
AP reports, "Drought- and beetle-ravaged trees in this mountain community stick up like matchsticks in the San Bernardino National Forest, bypassed by the fires still smoldering, but left like kindling for the next big blaze. Welcome to the future." :: Submitted for your Fear for the Future (Luke 21:25) files on fears of global warming.
This would be a joke were the stakes not so high. Notice, however, the reference to Russia. Clearly the "Palestinians" want to renew the old alliance with Russia back when it was called "The Soviet Union."::Submitted for your Gog-Magog War [Ezekiel 38-9] files.
Tuesday, November 11, 2003
AP reports, "The British government said Tuesday it wants to introduce compulsory identity cards to protect against illegal immigration, welfare fraud and terrorism - though implementation is years away." :: Submitted for your Mark of the Beast (Rev 13:16-18) files on national ID card plans.
The reaction from the public has been mostly negative. Palestinian newspaper columnists, however, have stressed their advantages. But have a look at those "advantages." Among other things, one columnists touts the potential to "Bring Down Sharon's Government and Bring the Israeli Left and the Labor Party Back to Power." In other words, this is a ploy to make Israel weak.::Submitted for your covenant with many [Daniel 9:27] and war and rumor of war [Matthew 24:6] files.
Monday, November 10, 2003
Business Wire reports, "Applied Digital Solutions, Inc., an advanced technology development company, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, VeriChip Corporation, has received a purchase order for 400 VeriChips and 34 handheld scanners from its exclusive distributor for Russia and Switzerland. These VeriChip sales represent the first to countries in the European region. About the size of a grain of rice, VeriChip(TM) is the world's first subdermal, radio frequency identification (RFID) microchip that can be used in a variety of security, financial, emergency identification and other applications. :: Submitted for your Mark of the Beast (Rev 13:16-18) files on identification technology.
Another voice for reform speaks out in the Middle East itself. But is he overly optimistic? Remember: Iraq contains an ancient city that may see a new heyday: Babylon [Revelation 17-18].
Sunday, November 09, 2003
Jerry Golden warns that in this year two eclipses will take place during Ramadan. We've seen one already: that of the moon. The solar eclipse will take place within two weeks. Golden also reminds us that Muslims have been telling their co-religionists to get out of New York, Washington, and Los Angeles, suggesting major terrorist incidents to come.::Submitted for your war [Matthew 24:6] files.
Saturday, November 08, 2003
Thursday, November 06, 2003
Reuters reports, "North Korea's envoy in Britain said that Pyongyang had a nuclear deterrent that was ready to use and powerful enough to deter any U.S. attack." :: Submitted for your Wars and Rumors of War (Matthew 24:6) files on the North Korean nuclear crisis.
The Arab Human Development Report is out, and this time it talks about features of Arab culture and politics that block Arabs from realizing their full intellectual potential. Occasionally you see Arabs raising their voices and calling for reform. But the real question in anyone's mind is whether you can trust anything that carries the imprimatur of the UN. This could be part of the plan for the covenant with the many [Daniel 9:27] and the subduing of kings [Daniel 7:24].
Tuesday, November 04, 2003
The New York Times reports, "Leaders from the two sides have quietly resumed
behind-the-scenes discussions in an effort to revive the stalled Middle East peace plan." :: Submitted for your Covenant With Many (Daniel 9:27) files on the search for Middle East peace.
Space Weather.com reports, "Giant sunspot 486 unleashed another intense solar flare on Nov. 4th (1950 UT), and this one could be historic. The blast saturated X-ray sensors onboard GOES satellites. The last time this happened, in April 2001, the flare that saturated the sensors was classified as an X20--the biggest ever recorded at the time...[this] flare appears to have been even stronger. Because sunspot 486 is near the sun's western limb, the blast was not directed much toward Earth. Nevertheless, our planet's magnetic field might be hit by a coronal mass ejection on Nov. 5th or 6th. The impact will be glancing, but even a glancing blow from such a powerful explosion could stir geomagnetic storms. Sky watchers should be alert for auroras during the nights ahead." :: Submitted for your Signs in the Sun (Luke 21:25) files.
Monday, November 03, 2003
AP reports, "Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon tried to persuade President Vladimir Putin on Monday to drop his support for a U.N. resolution on a Mideast peace plan...The official said Putin listened seriously to Sharon's concerns but made no promise to take action on them...Russia wants the Security Council to formally endorse the "road map" Mideast peace plan, which sets out steps for the end of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the creation of a Palestinian state." :: Submitted for your Covenant With Many (Daniel 9:27) files on the search for Mideast peace.
Reuters reports, "U.S. health officials on Monday finalized rules to prevent future outbreaks of monkeypox by strictly limiting the transportation of certain animals, including prairie dogs and rodents from Africa." :: Submitted for your Pestilence (Luke 21:11) files.
New Scientist reports, "The Sun is more active now than it has been for a millennium. The realisation, which comes from a reconstruction of sunspots stretching back 1150 years, comes just as the Sun has thrown a tantrum. Over the last week, giant plumes of have material burst out from our star's surface and streamed into space, causing geomagnetic storms on Earth...[researchers] found that there have been more sunspots since the 1940s than for the past 1150 years." :: Submitted for your Signs in the Sun (Luke 21:25) files.
Specifically, world history is galloping toward its close, with anti-Semitism running rampant throughout Europe (to the point where Europeans actually consider Israel a greater threat than known sponsors of terrorism), a "Road Map for [a false] Peace" and continued outrages within Israel itself.::Submitted for your struggle for Jerusalem [Zechariah 12, 14] files.
Sunday, November 02, 2003
AP reports, "Israeli officials said Sharon would raise objections to a Russian initiative to seek a U.N. Security Council endorsement of the 'road map' Mideast peace plan, which the United States also opposes. Israel only reluctantly accepted the U.S-backed plan, which aims to end violence and establish a Palestinian state by 2005. The Israeli government has attached a list of reservations to the proposal, making its implementation dependent on a Palestinian crackdown on militant groups and stipulating that any monitoring be under U.S. control. Israel sees the United Nations as a hostile forum and officials say that deepening its involvement would hinder, rather than help, peace efforts." :: Submitted for your Covenant With Many (Daniel 9:27) files on the search for Mideast peace and your Ten Kings (Rev 17:12-14) files on the U.N. Security Council.
AP reports, "Israel and the U.S. are to spend at least $57 million for development of a laser cannon that can shoot down short-range missiles, an Israeli legislator and security officials said Tuesday...The Nautilus [laser weapon] uses a high-powered radar to track and lock onto the incoming projectile. Then a Mid-Infrared Advanced Chemical Laser (MIRACL), which looks like a large spotlight, shoots out an intense beam that destroys the rocket." :: Submitted for your Battle for Jerusalem ( Ezekiel 38:8; Zechariah 12; Luke 21:20) and Great Eagle (Rev 12:14) files.
AP reports, "Targeting American forces with new audacity, insurgents hiding in a date palm grove shot down a Chinook helicopter carrying dozens of American troops Sunday, killing 15 and wounding 21 in the deadliest strike against U.S. forces since they invaded Iraq in March." :: Submitted for your War (Matthew 24:6) files.