Hanukkah (also Chanukah) is an eight-day Jewish celebration.
It commemorates the cleansing of the second Temple in Jerusalem after it had been defiled.
Antiochus IV had sacrificed a pig on the altar in 167 B.C. Of course, this defiled the Temple.
This evil Seleucid ruler ( modern Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, together with parts of Turkey, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan) persecuted the Jewish people. In just four days he murdered and made 80,000 Jews homeless!
Zeus was the false god of the sky and ruler of the Olympian gods to which the sacrifice had been made.
But . . . only three years later (164 B.C.) Antiochus suddenly died of a strange disease. So much for those who persecute God's people, the Jews!
In John 10:22 Hanukkah is referred to as the "Feast of Dedication".
The Maccabees, of course, liberated the Temple. In the Temple there was only a very small cruse of consecrated oil.
But the miracle of Hanukkah is that this small amount of oil continued burning for eight days. This gave the priests time to consecrate more oil to keep the fire burning.
Today Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah with sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts), gelt (money), potato latkes (pancakes), and dreidels (spinning tops).
many families at this season of the year, we gather to read the Christmas
Story.This reading helps us to recall
the facts of the gospel message and helps us to be “certain” of it.
heart of Luke’s letter we see a deep desire to write a careful account about
the birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus, the Son of God.
jump out in verses 5 and 8: “order”.We quickly discover that Zechariah was a
member of the priestly order of Abijah*.And his order was on duty that week.Most of us do not have any idea what this means . . . so we read on.
briefly: there were 24 families that took turns serving as priests in the
Temple.Because of the Jewish calendar
there were also three weeks when they all served. Zechariah, John’s father,
served under Abijah.
particular year Zechariah was visited in Jerusalem by Gabriel, an angel.The crowds wondered why the priest was taking
such a long time.And . . . finally . .
. when he did come out he could not speak!
months later this same angel, Gabriel, suddenly appeared to Mary in
Nazareth.He told her that she had found
favor with God and that she would conceive and give birth to a son.
A virgin giving birth to a son?
. . never heard of before . . . or since.
angel appeared to Daniel in 8:16 and 9:21.In Hebrew here is his name:גַּבְרִיאֵל
“warrior of God”, or “man of God”.
an angel of the Lord appeared” (Luke 2:9).Wow!Here’s another angel,
unnamed.The shepherds were
terrified!The angel told them, “I bring
you good news.”
the angel was joined by a vast host of the armies of heaven, praising God.
Matthew’s gospel another angel appeared to Joseph telling him not to be afraid
to take Mary as his wife.“The child in
her womb was conceived by the Holy Spirit” (Mt. 1:2)!
wise men left another angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and toldhim to flee to Egypt with his family.“Stay there until I tell you to return” (Mt.
death of Herod another angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Take the
child and his mother back to the land of Israel.”Another warning by an angel caused Joseph to
settle in Nazareth.
So the birth
of Jesus was surrounded by many supernatural events . . . and angels giving clear direction to people.And rightly so!God becoming a man in the person of Jesus was
the most startling and supernatural incident EVER!This same Jesus will
soon return and take us to heaven to be with Him forever.
This is our blessed hope!
Most of us
have never been visited by an angel.And
it would scare the wits out of us if it happened.Every place in the Bible where an angel
appears to a person it “deeply troubles” him or her.We humans are not used to the supernatural!
plan is so huge that we earthlings can barely grasp the most simple truth.The only way for us to be rescued from our
sinful state was for the Son of God to come to earth as a human being.Shedding his blood on the cross redeems us .
. . if we believe.
entered my 50th year of teaching God’s Word and I still cannot
imagine what a huge sacrifice this was for Father God to allow his Son to go to
the cross for us.I cannot imagine that
He loves us this much.Can you?
But this is
what Christmas is really all about.We
all know that December 25 is not really the date when Christ was born.But this is when most nations celebrate his
birthday, and this is the time we celebrate it in the United States.
The important thing is that we
believe that God sent his Son to redeem us.Faith in him
and this truth saves us and guarantees us a place in heaven for eternity.This is the greatest gift any person could
ever receive.Forever is a long time.
In this life
we will not know how much he loves us.But there is coming a time soon when we will be face to face with
Him.It is then that He will wipe away
our tears and there will never be pain, suffering or sickness ever again.
talks about our “Blessed Hope” (Titus 2:13).This hope is believing the promise from God that Jesus Christ gives us
This is the
message that our family has consistently taught, preached, and written about
this Christmas that you, along with us, believe the simplicity of the gospel
message.Because you do believe it you
have a “Blessed Hope” that no one can take away from you.
Thank you so
much for helping us spread this truth to the nations.And thank you from the bottom of my heart for
praying for us.
*P.S. One of
Judah’s kings was named Abijah (2 Chron. 12:16).He had 14 wives and 22 sons.Hezekiah’s
mother was also named Abijah (2 Chron. 29:1)! Abijah means "My Father is Jehovah".
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The race-baiters (Obama, Sharpton, and Co.) will not tell the TRUTH, so someone needs to.
93% of blacks are killed by other blacks!
More than 1,600 Whites are murdered by Blacks each year. Blacks murder Whites at 18 times the rate Whites murder Blacks.
About 1 million Whites were murdered, robbed, assaulted, or raped by Blacks last year. In the last 30 years, 170 million violent and nonviolent crimes were committed by Blacks against Whites in the U.S. Blacks under 18 are more than 12 times more likely to be arrested for murder than Whites the same age.
Some 90% of the victims of race crimes are Whites. Blacks commit 7.5 times more violent interracial crimes than Whites, although they comprise only one-seventh of the White population.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, homicide was indeed the No. 1 killer of black men between the ages of 15 and 34 in 2011, the most recent year with statistics available. Accidents were the second leading cause of death. Compared to other ethnicities, the numbers really stand out. 40% of African-American males 15-34 who died were murdered by blacks, according to the CDC, compared to just 3.8 percent of white males who died.
In case you haven't noticed . . . this is how Obama's administration operates: First . . . stay silent for as long as possible! Second . . . stall, stall, stall! Third . . . accuse the truth-tellers of being liars! Fourth . . . wait, wait, and wait a little longer until it becomes a non-story, long forgotten by most people! Fifth . . . Have someone like Hillary declare, "What difference does it matter now?" Sixth . . . tell the public that all records have been lost! For the parents and loved ones of those who were murdered in Benghazi . . . it will always matter! Now . . . suddenly . . . the emails from a non-story have been "miraculously" found!
Remember the missing emails of former IRS bureaucrat Lois Lerner? You remember Lois. She was the one who headed-up an IRS program to harass and intimidate tea party and liberty groups in the run-up to the 2012 elections. House investigators wanted to see her emails to find out if they contained additional information on the program, her role in it, and who else might have been involved. The head honchos at the tax agency said her emails were gone forever -- destroyed when the hard drive of Lerner's computer crashed. Well, not quite.
Up to 30,000 missing emails sent by former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner have been recovered by the IRS inspector general, five months after they were deemed lost forever.
The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) informed congressional staffers from several committees...that the emails were found among hundreds of “disaster recovery tapes” that were used to back up the IRS email system.
But before we get too excited about what sort of smoking guns may be hiding in those emails, it's going to take a while to get them off the back-up tapes:
Congressional aides said officials from the inspector general’s office said it could take weeks to get the recovered emails off the tape before sending them to lawmakers in Capitol Hill.
In all, investigators from the inspector general’s office combed through 744 disaster recovery tapes. They are not finished looking.
There are 250 million emails on the tapes that will be reviewed. Officials said it is likely they will find missing emails from other IRS officials who worked under Lerner and who said they suffered computer crashes. What this proves is that the "crash ate my emails" excuse wasn't just flimsy, it was an outright lie. Those who retold this lie must be held accountable - as in not just losing their jobs, but facing legal penalties for fibbing to investigators.
Because that's exactly what would have happened to any of us if we had told a similar tale to IRS investigators looking for our records. We're all supposed to be equal under the law. Here's an ideal opportunity to prove it.
A fleeing Taliban terrorist, desperate for water, was plodding through the Afghan desert when he saw something far off in the distance. Hoping to find water, he hurried toward the mirage, only to find a very frail little old Jewish man standing at a small makeshift display rack - selling ties.
The Taliban terrorist asked, "Do you have water?"
The Jewish man replied, "I have no water. Would you like to buy a tie? They are only $5."
The Taliban shouted hysterically, "Idiot Infidel! I do not need such an over-priced western adornment. I spit on your ties. I need water!”
"Sorry, I have none, just ties - pure silk, and only $5."
"Pahh! A curse on your ties! I should wrap one around your scrawny little neck and choke the life out of you but . . . . . . . . . I must conserve my energy and find water!"
"Okay," said the little old Jewish man. “It does not matter that you do not want to buy a tie from me, or that you hate me, threaten my life, and call me infidel. I will show you that I am bigger than any of that. If you continue over that hill to the east for about two miles, you will find a restaurant. It has the finest food and all the ice-cold water you need. Go In Peace."
Cursing him again, the desperate Taliban staggered away, over the hill. Several hours later, he crawled back, almost dead, and gasped. . . . . . . . . . "They won't let me in without a tie!” Jesus to the rescue!
Da "FOKS" in Ferguson "mourning" the loss of a loved one.
This is written by Matt Walsh, blogger, writer, speaker, and professional truth sayer.
Hey protestors in Ferguson and around the country, along with all manner of other agitators, demonstrators, race baiters, looters, rioters, media sensationalists, and everyone else in the Michael Brown Fan Club across the nation and the world:
You claim you want justice, so what are you protesting now?
Justice was done, friends, justice was done.
There won’t be a public trial because this is America, and in America we don’t put people on trial just to satisfy the vengeance of the mob. We don’t bring someone up on charges if the facts do not support those charges.
So Officer Wilson was not indicted. The facts reigned supreme last night. Well, first the facts, and then the arson.
Officer Wilson will not be charged because the entire outrage was built on fabricated witness testimony. Witness testimony, in some cases, from people who weren’t even witnesses. Officer Wilson was not indicted because the physical evidence, forensics, and ballistics all supported his story. Officer Wilson was vindicated because the most consistent witnesses were the ones who validated his version of events (and most of those witnesses were black).
That’s the truth. That’s the reality. It’s rock solid, folks. Plain as day. Michael Brown was not a civil rights hero; he was a belligerent and violent young man who lost his life because of his own actions. It is sad that he’s dead — and it’s his fault that he’s dead. He sought an altercation with a store clerk and then he sought an altercation with a cop. In the course of that second altercation, he tried to grab the officer’s gun. And now he’s dead. That’s what happens when you assault a cop and try to take his gun. You get shot. This is no great mystery. It’s no cause for rioting in the streets. It’s a case where A + B = C, and Michael Brown is fully responsible.
This decision is not what you wanted, I realize, but that’s only because you never wanted justice at all. You wanted a certain outcome, and you have demanded that outcome from the very beginning, before listening to the other side, before looking at the evidence, before hearing from all of the witnesses, before giving the dust a chance to settle. You came to a conclusion based on rumor and conjecture, and you have not strayed from that conclusion or adjusted it or even acknowledged that any other conclusions are possible. This, my fellow citizens, is not the behavior of people who want justice and fairness. This is the behavior of a lynch mob. This is the behavior of tyrants who are perfectly willing to send an innocent man to jail if it means winning some kind of bizarre ideological victory. This is behavior that ought to be exposed and shamed, in no uncertain terms.
That’s why I won’t be another to make this all about the violence in Ferguson, although there has been a ton of it since Michael Brown was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson. I can easily point to the rioting and looting, not to mention the bomb plots, rock throwing, vandalism, death threats, rape threats, terrorist threats, and general chaos at your hands. And that’s just before the decision. After the decision we saw utter detestation brought upon by the people who claim they are fighting for some great and magnanimous cause. More rioting, looting, vandalism, destruction, chaos, bottles and rocks thrown, shots fired, cars overturned, and roaming arsonists wreaking havoc across the community. Over a dozen buildings now lay in rubble in Ferguson. Reduced to rock and ash by the very people who say they care so much for their town. And all because a criminal was shot for attacking a cop. All for nothing, in other words. Yet supporters contend that the thieves, antagonists, and anarchists are but a small portion — out of town usurpers, for the most part — and are not representative of the group as a whole.
And you know what? Fine.
I’ll go with that.
I’ll accept that argument.
Whatever. Who cares? This discussion about the exact proportion of violent vs. non-violent protestors is irrelevant. It’s exactly the sort of conversation the agitators and race baiters want us to have because it distracts from the larger problem. Frankly, I don’t think it matters how you are protesting. Whether you’re on the streets of Ferguson or spreading conjecture and false accusations on Twitter, whether you’re a peaceful group or a band of vandalizing thugs — let’s talk instead about the fact that you are protesting in the first place. Are these demonstrations violent? Some definitely are, but that’s not the point. The greater concern is that you’re being dishonest. You are lying. You brazenly disregard every piece of evidence, every witness statement, and the grand jury’s determination in order to propagate a falsehood. You say you want to know what happened, but you preemptively reject any explanation beyond the explanation you conjured up within 24 hours of the event itself. You, along with many politicians and media members, made up your minds three months ago, and you have not allowed any preceding fact or reality to penetrate. You established your narrative and have built your movement upon that foundation. ‘We want justice,’ you declare, but not a single one of you will consider the possibility that justice includes Officer Wilson being cleared of all wrongdoing, even after the science and most reliable firsthand accounts conflict with your mythology.
This is beyond a mere misinterpretation. This is blatant deception, and you’re all complicit in it.
But still, justice won the day, in spite of you and in spite of every attempt to sabotage the process. Officer Wilson will not be charged with murder because he is not a murderer. Incredibly, the system worked. The truth prevailed. These grand jurors were facing interference from the Governor, the Attorney General, and the President of the United States. They were made to fear for their lives and for the safety of their community if they returned anything but a murder charge. The integrity of the process had been compromised by you and your supporters, yet the jurors decided to consider only the evidence, rejecting the threats, the blackmail, and the baseless assumptions of so many.
So let’s review the two competing stories:
On one hand, we have your version. In this fantasy, Officer Wilson, consumed with his racist passions, randomly grabbed and began brutalizing an innocent kid whose only crime was jaywalking. Brown managed to escape, at which point Wilson shot him in the back, and then, while Brown kneeled with his hands up, Wilson executed him in broad daylight, in the middle of the street, in front of 60 witnesses.
On the other hand, we have Wilson’s story, which is the one that matched the evidence and the one the grand jury found much more believable. In this account, Wilson first noticed Brown walking in the middle of the street. He asked Brown to move to the sidewalk, but Brown refused. At this point, Wilson realized that Brown matched the description of a robbery suspect. He stopped his car and attempted to get out, but Brown attacked the officer while he was still inside the vehicle. Brown tried to reach for the officer’s gun, and during the struggle the gun went off. This claim is supported by the forensics, ballistics, and witness testimony. Brown then took off running and Wilson pursued. Just seconds later, Brown stopped, turned, and began to charge the officer again. Wilson, knowing that Brown is a large and powerful man who has already attempted to take his gun one, was forced to defend himself with lethal force. More shots fired. Brown is killed. Analysis at the scene showed a trail of Brown’s blood which went on 20 feet past his body, indicating that he did stop, turn, and advance on the officer.
In short, Officer Wilson was a law enforcement officer doing his job when he was suddenly attacked and thrown headfirst into a fight for his life. That’s what the forensic evidence shows. That’s what several eye witnesses report. That’s what logic and reason always pointed to.
You demonized an innocent man. This should weigh heavily on your conscience. This should bring you a profound sense of grief and guilt. A man who serves your community was forced to defend himself against an unprovoked and unnecessary assault, and what did you do? You made a villain out of him. You cast him to the wolves without hesitation. You crucified the man.
You should be ashamed.
And all for the sake of Michael Brown, your gentle giant, your cause celebre, your excuse, your reason to act like you were Standing For Something. Michael Brown, another grown man who tragically bought into thug culture, paid the price for it, and then was posthumously canonized by a mob of ill-intentioned propagandists. Michael Brown, who walked up to the counter at a store, took some items without paying for them, and then grabbed the store clerk by the neck and shoved him into a display case. Michael Brown, who returned from a strong arm robbery to encounter Officer Wilson, who had himself just returned from helping a sick child. Michael Brown, who picked a fight and lost. Michael Brown, the maybe not-so-gentle giant who brought his bloody fate upon himself.
Oh, but we’re told that this is about more than Michael Brown now. It’s about police brutality, and race, and social inequality, and so on.
Indeed, it’s about police brutality even if Officer Wilson wasn’t guilty of police brutality, and it’s about race even if Officer Wilson shot Brown because he was trying to kill him, not because he was black, and it’s about social inequality even if that has absolutely nothing to do with anything that transpired on that fateful afternoon. It’s about all of these things, even if it’s really about none of them. And Officer Wilson? Well, innocent or not, he just has to be the lamb slaughtered on the sacrificial altar in the name of progress.
Makes sense, doesn’t it?
It’s like if I slap you in the face for kicking me in the shins, except you tell me that you never kicked me in the shins, but I respond that you must be slapped anyway because sometimes some people are kicked in the shins, and sometimes the shin kickers look an awful lot like you.
Sometimes, you see, positive change is sparked by a fabrication, spurred on by a lie, promoted through deception, and advanced at the expense of the innocent. This happens all the time, like, for instance never.
Man, I’m so sick of this.
I’m tired of the theatrics, the charade, the race hustling. The lies. The lies upon lies upon lies. Isn’t anyone sincere anymore? Are any of you concerned that you’re villain is a cop who defended himself and your martyr is a drugged up bully who went out of his way to start trouble?
I guess not.
And the problem isn’t just you, I admit. It’s the media, too.
Oh, the media.
Believe me, they deserve their share of the blame. Morally bankrupt sociopaths, many of them. They flew in like vultures to feed upon the hysteria. To exacerbate the tensions. To inflame the violence. To encourage the chaos. I thought they’d reached a low point with Trayvon Martin. Doctoring 911 tapes and digging up Martin’s 4th grade yearbook photo, I figured they couldn’t possibly descend to an even more shocking level of dishonesty, slander, and sensationalism. But then Ferguson happened, and those scavengers reached into the cavernous pit of their blackened souls and found a way to top even their most deplorable previous performances.
I watched CNN in the minutes before the grand jury announcement. Wolf Blitzer interviewed the head of the NAACP, who proceeded to let loose a string of falsehoods and assumptions, all of which were completely unchallenged.
He said that Brown was shot with his hands up, but Blitzer didn’t both telling him that physical evidence and other witnesses have debunked that claim.
He said the NAACP expects an indictment based on the evidence, but Blitzer didn’t bother asking how in the world he could declare that the evidence warrants indictment without access to most of it, and with a clear misunderstanding of the evidence that is available.
He said that Brown was stopped only for jaywalking, but Blitzer didn’t bother informing him that Brown was wanted for a robbery and reports indicate that Wilson did quickly recognize him as the suspect, and the altercation proceeded from there.
He said that black men are tired of being killed by cops, but Blitzer didn’t bother querying whether this exhaustion with being killed by police also includes an exhaustion with being the group guilty of committing a disproportionate percentage of the violent crimes in our society.
No, Blitzer just allowed his airwaves to be used as a propaganda arm for the NAACP, very much in keeping with how most of the rest of the non-Fox news media has operated.
And that can’t compare to the media’s performance in the press conference with the prosecutor, making inflammatory statements disguised as questions, and then shouting ‘how will you sleep at night?’ as the man left the room. And left the room, I should add, after delivering a thorough, fair, and thoughtful recitation of the facts, which was inexplicably panned by the liberal media who, we all know, were destined to criticize anything he said if it didn’t include an announcement of a first degree murder charge.
But that’s the media for you.
And then the politicians.
Oh, the politicians.
Governor Nixon announced only days after the events that ‘vigorous prosecution’ should be pursued against the officer. Prosecution. Not investigation. Not inquiry. Prosecution. There are only two ways that Nixon, the gutless worm, could have arrived at this conclusion:
1) He had no information other than what the public had, but he threw one of his police officers to the lions because it would help him politically.
2) He had information that the public didn’t have, but he threw one of his police officers to the lions because it would help him politically.
Eric Holder and Barack Obama weren’t much better. At least Obama didn’t announce that Brown looked like his son this time, but he again, as a surprise to nobody, declined the opportunity to show real leadership. Instead, he sent his lackey Holder to the scene in an attempt to literally make a federal case out of a violent criminal being shot by police in Missouri. Then he made a statement last night where he declared that ‘anger about the decision is understandable.’ Understandable to be angry that an innocent man wasn’t charged with a crime? Understandable to be angry that the justice system did its job? UNDERSTANDABLE?
Good lord, help us.
Look, protestors, if you’re not ready to go home, if you still want to protest something, why not protest the culture that encourages young black men to act like Michael Brown? Why not protest the thousands of black men who kill black men every year? Why not protest the black men who kill cops every year, or have you convinced yourselves that such violence is always justified? Why not protest the black men who abandon their families and create the chaotic family situations that lead to these tragedies? Why not protest the black rappers who actively teach young men like Michael Brown to behave like bullies and gangsters? Why not protest the infantilizing white liberals who treat minorities like children who can’t be expected to take responsibility for their actions? Why not protest years of Nanny State policies which have bred poverty and kept many minority populations from achieving the success they are capable of? Why not protest the media that feeds flames and obscures the truth?
Why not protest a president who has done nothing positive or constructive for the black community?
Or go home and tend to your families. Find something real to be worried about.
You were wrong about this.
You were wrong from the beginning.
But justice was done anyway, and you aren’t happy because justice was the last thing you ever wanted. http://themattwalshblog.com/
Was it a conspiracy or was it incompetence? Those appear to be the only two alternatives that we are left with after the horrific violence that we witnessed in Ferguson on Monday night. The first round of Ferguson rioting back in August took everyone by surprise, but this time authorities had more than three months to prepare. They had the ability to control precisely when the grand jury decision would be announced and how many cops and National Guard troops would be deployed on the streets. But despite all this, the violence in Ferguson on Monday night was even worse than we witnessed back in August. Either this was a case of almost unbelievable incompetence, or there was someone out there that actually wanted this to happen. If someone out there is actually trying to provoke more violence in Ferguson, then the rioters are being played like a fiddle. Most of them have no idea that they could potentially just be pawns in a game that is far larger than they ever imagined. The only other alternative to explain what we just saw is incompetence on a level that is absolutely laughable. Something definitely does not smell right about all of this, and let us hope that at some point the American people get the truth. The following are 10 "coincidences" from Monday night in Ferguson that are too glaring to ignore...
#1 Federal, state and local law enforcement authorities had more than three months to prepare for the violence that would follow the announcement of the grand jury decision. The mainstream media endlessly hyped this controversy and everyone knew that trouble would be brewing. But despite an enormous amount of time to prepare, very little was actually done to prevent any violence from happening.
#2 Someone made the decision to make the public announcement about the grand jury decision in the evening. Anyone involved in law enforcement knows that crowd control is far more difficult after dark. This also ensured that instead of being tied up with work or school, a maximum number of protesters would be able to be involved in the violence.
#3 Fortunately for the mainstream media, the announcement of the grand jury decision was perfectly timed to provide the largest possible number of prime time viewers for the big news networks.
#4 Just like back in August, no law enforcement authorities of any kind responded while dozens of businesses were vandalized, looted and set of fire.
#5 According to Ferguson Mayor James Knowles, National Guard troops were purposely held back from intervening in the rioting that was unleashed when the grand jury decision was made known to the public...
In a press conference, he called the delay "deeply concerning" and said the Guard troops were available but were not deployed when city officials asked.
The troops had been readied last week by Gov. Jay Nixon as the grand jury announcement neared. But as gunshots rang out in the night and looters torched buildings, they were nowhere to be seen.
#6 It is being reported that the heavily armed National Guard troops were limited to "keeping the peace at a courthouse, patrolling the outskirts of town and preventing disturbances in other suburbs" as horrific violence raged in the heart of Ferguson on Monday night.
#7 Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder has accused Missouri Governor Jay Nixon of holding back the National Guard troops because of pressure from the Obama administration. On Monday night, he angrily made the following statement to Fox News...
"Is the reason that the National Guard was not in there because the Obama Administration and the Holder Justice Department leaned on you to keep them out? I cannot imagine any other reason why the governor who mobilized the National Guard would not have them in there to stop this."
#8 The Washington Post has documented that Attorney General Eric Holder had been in direct contact with Governor Nixon and had expressed "frustration" with the fact that the National Guard had been activated...
A top aide to Holder called the governor's office earlier this week to express Holder's displeasure and "frustration," according to a Justice Department official.
"Instead of de-escalating the situation, the governor escalated it," said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the subject. "He sent the wrong message. The tone of the press conference was counterproductive."
#9 Firefighters in Ferguson did not immediately respond to calls to put out the multiple fires that were set by protesters. As a result, many businesses essentially burned to the ground. But this did make for some amazing television footage.
#10 In the worst of the "war zones", journalists with cameras and microphones were crawling all over the place while there were hardly any police to be seen at all. How is it possible that law enforcement could have failed so badly? Could it be possible that this was orchestrated on purpose?
Sadly, as I have written about previously, the civil unrest that we are witnessing in Ferguson is just a small preview of what is coming to America.
The anger and frustration that are seething under the surface in this country have reached a boiling point. Instead of coming together, we are seemingly more divided than ever. Americans have been trained to hate one another, fear one another and blame one another. I fear that we are not too far away from actually becoming ungovernable.
And when the next major wave of the economic crisis strikes and we start experiencing real suffering in this nation, the temper tantrums that we are going to witness in our major cities are going to make what is happening in Ferguson right now look like a Sunday picnic.
So buckle up and hold on, because it is going to be a really bumpy ride from here on out. Ferguson is not the end - it is just the beginning of a horrible new chapter in American history.
“The Lord your God will return you to
the land that belonged to your ancestors,
and you will possess that land again” (Dt. 30:5).
been a very busy time for me, personally.I had just returned to Indiana from a 2,500 mile drive, where I spoke a
number of times in New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.
returned to Ohio to speak for ten days.
It was there
that we experienced an amazing
outpouring of the Holy Spirit, both at Freedom Fellowship, in Apple Creek,
and Gateway Church in Wooster.Urie
Hershberger and Keith Smith are the two pastors.Those of you in the Ohio area might want to
attend one of their services. The Lord directed me to do something that I have
never done in fifty years of ministry.He clearly told me to speak about my
pain on the Sunday morning at Urie’s church.
thirty minutes I talked about my pain, and then for the next thirty minutes I
taught from Isaiah 55.Little did I know
what was going to take place.
After the message
quite a few people prophesied and spoke directly to me.Then pastor Urie invited anyone who wanted
prayer to come forward.
thing that took place was beyond amazing.The first group to stream to the altar were the young people.They were kneeling, crying, and some of them
were on the floor.
adults began streaming forward, too.
For the next hour and a half I laid
hands on weeping people who were broken and hungry.During that time I invited all the young people who had come forward to
surround the adults, lay hands on them, and help me pray for each individual.
I had spoken for an hour---but we
prayed for an hour and a half!
There is no
way to convey in a letter like this how glorious it was.But Isaiah 55:5 sums it up best: “I have made
On my drive
home all I could do after the ten days was to praise Him and thank Him for what
He had allowed me to experience.
common back in the 1960’s and early 1970’s to be in meetings like this in the
United States.In the last 50 years I
have made about 150 trips abroad to preach the gospel.And it was “normal” to see these things in other nations.
But . . . to see it again in my own country was very, very
encouraging.Maybe God is not finished with America yet!
tell us that in every Bible passage there are at least 70 deeper levels of understanding.And the more I study God’s Word the more I am convinced that only God could have written the Bible.
Here are just a few examples:
At the top
of this letter I have posted Deuteronomy 30:5.This part of the Bible was written 3,459 years ago!
Most of us
know that on May 14, 1948 Israel became a nation. This is on the calendar we
use.But on the Hebrew calendar it was the year 5708.
It just so
happens that Dt. 30:5 is the 5,708th
verse of the Bible!
“The Lord your God will return you to the land that belonged to your ancestors, and you will possess that land again” (Dt. 30:5).
If this does
not ring your bell, then you don’t have a bell to ring.“ . . .
my heart stands in awe of your Word” (Ps. 119:161).
While I was
speaking in Ohio and teaching this truth a 14-year-old girl interrupted me and
exclaimed, “I’ve got the shivers!”
I will never
forget what she said because it just goes to show that when we really, really realize that God wrote
the Bible it does something very powerful within us.It is one thing to know it with your brain,
but when you know it in your emotions, it affects you on a much deeper level.
wonderful truth I discovered recently and taught in Ohio was the passage in
John 21, where the disciples caught “153”
For most of
my life, whenever I read this passage I secretly wondered why it mentioned
exactly 153.Normally we would say something like, “We
caught about 150 fish.”
Why does the
text say exactly 153?
Well . . .
for one thing, in order for them to say this, they had to count them.Whoever counted the fish (there were seven
men in the boat) must have got the “shivers”, too.
ask, “Why would they get the “shivers” because there were 153 fish?
all Jewish.They all grew up knowing gematria, just like we know the ABCs.They knew that 153 meant “Ha Pesach”—The Passover!Our Mighty God directed this exact number of
fish into the net!
And it was Passover week.The "man" on the shore who had told them to cast their net on the other
side of the boat after they had fished all night and caught nothing . . . was
none other than the Lamb of God (The Passover Lamb), our
Lord Jesus, who had just risen from the dead.
No wonder Peter put on his clothes and then jumped in the
another number in the Bible (found in Genesis14:14) that I have been curious about, too.It is the number 318!
God bother to tell us the exact number of
men Abram took with him when he went to rescue Lot, north of Damascus?
It turns out
that Eliezer was “the steward of Abram’s house” (Ge. 15:2).When you look up the word “Eliezer”, which
means “God is Help”—אֱלִיעֶזֶר—you discover that the
gematria for his name is the number 318!
This is another one of those amazing
things that strengthens our faith when we see God placing wondrous things in
the Bible.And it makes us stand back in
amazement, knowing that only the
God of the universe could have written the Scriptures.
Romans 10:17—“So then, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”
If we want our faith to grow, then we must
spend time reading the Bible.
The great preacher, D.L. Moody wrote this:
“I prayed and prayed for more faith, but faith did not seem to come.Then, one day I read Romans 10:17 and
discovered that faith comes by hearing the Word of God.I have been reading my Bible and my faith has been growing ever since.”
I want to
express my sincere thanks to Wendell and
Daisy Martin, John and Helen Miller, Pete and Katie Stauffer, Keith
and Mia Smith, and Urie and Amanda Hershberger
for hosting me while I was in Ohio.
richly bless you once again for helping us to take the gospel to a lost and
suffering world.More than 100 hours of
our messages are on FLC’s website, Blog, Youtube, and Vimeo.And there are 88 nations listening to our teachings . . . all FREE!This seems
incredible to me, but it is a fact.May
God do amazing things in your life, too.
Wesley Smith P.S. This should give you the "shivers", too. Chapters were not placed in the Bible until 1227 A.D. Verses were placed in the Bible in 1550 A.D., respectively: Stephen Langton and Robert Estienne. God does watch over His Word!
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Greetings from Israel, where things are REALLY tense. So much violence, one day it’s a terrorist on a scooter shooting a right-wing Jewish activist in Jerusalem, two other days it was a terrorist in a vehicle running down and killing children, women, and cops in Jerusalem. A few days ago, in Cana, which is ten minutes down the road from where we live, a knife-wielding Arab attacked a police vehicle with a knife. As the police got out of the vehicle, the man started to retreat but a cop shot the guy several times in the back and we’ve had a whole new level of violent protesting ever since. Here in the north, every day you have to plan your driving route around demonstrations, rock-throwing, Molotov cocktails, and burning tires. Today, a terrorist stabbed a soldier to death in Tel Aviv, and then later another terrorist ran down a Jewish young woman at a bus stop south of Bethlehem, then he got out of his car and stabbed her to death, after which he attacked another man. Oh yeah… we live in the quiet part of the Middle East.
"All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him (Jesus) the iniquity of us all" (Isaiah 53:6).
Last Monday was the Islamic bloody holiday Ashura. Millions of Muslims took part in the terrible ceremony to remember the death of Muhammad’s grandson Hussein. They gathered in mosques to beat their bodies with swords, knives and chains. These rituals made their way into America and Europe, too. Here they are flagellating themselves in Atlanta, Georgia. http://clashdaily.com/2014/11/demonic-guess-city-south-home-bloody-muslim-madness/
What kind of leader plays golf after someone's head is chopped off?
What kind of man disappears for hours while some of his “employees” are being killed overseas?
What kind of man permits a deadly disease to be freely introduced into a society?
What kind of man opens a border and allows the worst kinds of criminals to freely enter?
What kind of man acts as if he won when the whole world watched him lose?
What kind of man believes his own lies and remains DEFIANT when he has been shellacked?
"Give the proud what they deserve." Psalm 94b (actually . . . meditate on the entire Psalm).
OBAMA SHOULD LEARN FROM CANADA . . . AMERICAN CITIZENS DO NOT NEED TO CHANGE! MUSLIMS NEED TO CHANGE IF THEY WANT TO LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
IT IS TIME FOR THE OTHER NINE PROVINCES IN CANADA TO FOLLOWQUEBECS` LEADERSHIP!!!! MAYOR REFUSES TO REMOVE PORK FROM SCHOOL CANTEEN-MENU...HE EXPLAINS WHY. WAY TO GO QUEBEC!!!CAN'T THE UNITED STATES DO THE SAME THING??????
Muslim parents demanded the abolition of pork in all the school canteens of a Montreal suburb. The mayor of the Montreal suburb of Dorval, has refused, and the town clerk sent a note to all parents to explain why...
“Muslims must understand that they have to adapt to Canada and Quebec, its customs, its traditions, its way of life, because that's where they chose to immigrate.
“They must understand that they have to integrate and learn to live in Quebec.
“They must understand that it is for them to change their lifestyle, not the Canadians who so generously welcomed them.
“They must understand that Canadians are neither racist nor xenophobic, they accepted many immigrants before Muslims (whereas the reverse is not true, in that Muslim states do not accept non-Muslim immigrants).
“That no more than other nations, Canadians are not willing to give up their identity, their culture.
“And if Canada is a land of welcome, it's not the Mayor of Dorval who welcomes foreigners, but the Canadian-Quebecois people as a whole.
“Finally, they must understand that in Canada (Quebec) with its Judeo-Christian roots, Christmas trees, churches and religious festivals, religion must remain in the private domain.
The municipality of Dorval was right to refuse any concessions to Islam and Sharia.
“For Muslims who disagree with secularism and do not feel comfortable in Canada, there are 57 beautiful Muslim countries in the world, most of them under-populated and ready to receive them with open halal arms in accordance with Shariah.
“If you left your country for Canada, and not for other Muslim countries, it is because you have considered that life is better in Canada than elsewhere.
“Ask yourself the question, just once, “Why is it better here in Canada than where you came from?”