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August 2016 Prophetic Observer

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A House Divided

By Bob Glaze

In Mark 3, the scribes from Jerusalem accused Jesus of being possessed by Beelzebub for His ability to cast out demons. Jesus answered with a question,"How can Satan cast out Satan?" The scribes were attributing the work of the Holy Spirit to Satan, which is the unforgivable sin. Jesus' additional answer set the tone for the condition of America today: "And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand." Whether America continues as a free nation depends on all races realizing that Satan is using them to divide this nation and add it to the list of slave states that will lead the world into the Tribulation period.

Our Constitution established this nation as a nation of law, a civilized state. There will be no harmony in this or any other country until those that call themselves citizens are true citizens, not a hyphenated citizen. We are not Mexican-American, African-American, Chinese-American, or any other type of hyphenated-American; we either are American or we are not. The only original Americans are the Indians and they are not hyphenated.

As long as a person holds on to his hyphenated status, he has equal identity and loyalty to his former nationality. Immigrants that refuse to adapt to the American culture should stay where they are and not try to change this country into the quagmire that they are trying to escape. Any person not here to legally assimilate should be returned to his original status.

Immigration to America began as early as the 1600s, and continues until today. This country graciously accepted anyone who wanted to partake in freedom regardless of race, religion, or politics. The inscription on our Statue of Liberty as written by Emma Lazarus reads,

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

America became known as a melting-pot of peoples from every walk of life. They came here to partake in the dream of becoming part of something that was found in no other place on earth—the American dream. Their contributions, together with others tossed into the furnace of common goals, were melded together to form a new and different society, complete in every aspect. Each contributed his own craft which, like an alloy, made us stronger and better. No longer do they retain their original properties but have now become part of a new metal.

Today, unlike the melting pot of past years we have what some are calling a "salad bowl." The "salad bowl" is unlike the melting pot in that as the ingredients are added they retain their own identity; they never lose their unique aspects and flavors. In the past, we got the best of all lands; now, for the most part, we get the criminals and freeloaders whose only contribution is an empty hand and a hateful heart. We have to ask the question, Whose fault is it?

At the end of the Second World War, the establishment of the United Nations dictated that all of the ruling nations had to give up their colonies. With that, the Christian influence of the world began to diminish until a world view came into being that left Christ out of global and national consideration. Soon after, prayer and the Bible were removed from public schools and chaos began to rule the classroom. Then, that generation grew into leadership positions and began to change the world into the same chaos without Christ.

Law and reason no longer prevail as part of our justice system, which has been taken over by a few misguided disciples of Satan posing as stewards of the United Nations. An article found at www.brietbart.com entitled "Obama Administration and U.N. Announce Global Police Force to Fight 'Extremism' In U.S." states, "On Wednesday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced at the United Nations that her office would be working in several American cities to form what she called the Strong Cities Network (SCN), a law enforcement initiative that would encompass the globe."

The article continues, "The United Nations is a sharia-compliant world body, and Obama, speaking there just three days ago, insisted the 'violent extremism' is not exclusive to Islam (which it is). … So will the U.N., driven largely by the sharia-enforcing Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the pro-Islamic post-American President Obama, use a 'global police force' to crush counter-jihad forces?"

This article was written in October 2015, so it is easy to understand why things have gotten more intense of late.

Now that we understand Obama's compliance with the United Nations resolution concerning global cops for America, we understand why he has taken the stand he has taken against our law enforcement organizations. Obama has indicated his disdain for American law enforcement in order to create fear and hatred for police in order to create chaos as a reason to issue martial law. It will then become necessary to bring in the U.N. police force (possibly Muslim) who will have no qualms about killing Americans.

Obama's pet organization, Black Lives Matter is so filled with hate for whites, especially cops, that they don't realize they are being used to fulfill Obama's quest to continue as the Führer of the United States and possibly Secretary-General of the U.N. which could lead to a greater position during the Tribulation period. Black Lives Matter only represents a minuscule percentage of America. The vast majority of black Americans are decent, God-fearing, loyal citizens who want no part of this organization.

Yet, Black Lives Matter has this to say on their website, "Black Lives Matter affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, Black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. It centers those that have been marginalized within Black liberation movements. It is a tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement" (www.blacklivesmatter.com).

Another reason not to become involved: "The co-founder of a black militia whose events the Dallas police shooter had attended wrote in a since-deleted Facebook post that killer Micah Johnson 'shall be celebrated one day,'" the Dallas Morning News reported.

"Soon after Thursday night's attack in downtown Dallas that killed five police officers and wounded nine others, the co-founder of the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, Yafeuh Balogun, tweeted: 'I have no remorse for the Dallas Police Officers shot downtown, it's about time … at the protest etc.'" (www.foxnews. com). The gun club was named after the radical founder of the Black Panther Party. On a side note, the police were there to protect the protesters, who were black—not the community.

Obama, who had just arrived in Warsaw, Poland, for a NATO meeting, had this to about another related incident, "The police shooting deaths of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota should trouble all Americans and reflect deep-seated racial disparities in the U.S. criminal justice system. The data shows black folks are more vulnerable to these kinds of incidents" (www.wallstreetjournal.com). Is there no bounds to his propaganda

"'When people say Black Lives Matter, that doesn't mean blue lives don't matter,' said Obama after arriving in Poland for a NATO summit. 'All lives matter. Right now, the concern is that data shows black folks are more vulnerable to these kinds of incidents.' Obama—who had earlier described himself as angry, frustrated, and grieving—closed his address by asking people to imagine if a police officer killed someone in their family" (www.nydailynews.com). His comment about "blue lives" most certainly referred to police. He added that this issue has nothing to do with political correctness. He also praised street protests as being among "America's highest ideals."

We must add that this has everything to do with political correctness. Political correctness divides this country racially. Victor Davis Hanson of the National Review had this to say: "Since arriving on the national stage, Barack Obama has systematically adopted a rhetoric and an agenda that is predicated on dividing up the country according to tribal grievances, in hopes of recalibrating various factions into a majority grievance culture." Sad to say, he's succeeded—and in the process "has nearly torn the country apart" with his unprecedented "polarizing and divisive racial bombast." Hanson warns that "when a society reaches a point at which the remedy—honest dialogue and debate—is considered worse than the disease—racial animosity—then chaos and disintegration are the prognosis" (www. newyorkpost.com).

The president of the United States is said to be the most powerful person in the world. If he is deceitful, then what can we expect of others? The fact that about one-half of the population of the United States believes him only proves that this nation is headed for destruction. He dislikes anyone that stands up to him and tries to destroy them—such as Netanyahu.

Fox News had this to say about Obama's dislike for Benjamin Netanyahu: "The U.S. State Department sent nearly $350,000 to an advocacy group that worked to oust Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to a Senate report released Tuesday" (www.foxnews.com). The money was given to OneVoice Movement, an organization dedicated in removing Netanyahu as prime minister. According to the chairman of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee investigations reports, the money was involved in foreign politics. Netanyahu is a threat to Obama and U.N. negotiations to force a two-state solution.

Scripture warns us in many places of the deceit that the Antichrist will use to suck people in both now and during the Tribulation period. The signs given in Matthew 24:1-8 are coming to the forefront in trip-hammer rapidity. In verse 1 we are warned not to allow any man to deceive us—that is happening. In verse 6 we are told of many wars—wars and warnings of war are in the news every day. In verse 7, we are told of warring kingdoms, famines, pestilences, and increased earthquake activity. All of these are in the news daily.

The latest study on food shortages was published by FEMA that predicts "Social Unrest Caused by 395% Food Price Spikes" on June 26, 2016. This prediction is based on the results of a "desktop gaming exercise involving participation of 65 officials from the U.S., Europe, Africa, India, Brazil, and key multilateral and intergovernmental institutions." This report was written by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, a left-wing Muslim educated at the University of Sussex in Britain. The conclusions were based on crop failures, climate change, oil price spikes, and confused responses from the international community (www.nafeezahmed. com). This may be a game to them, but it is a real-time scenario about to take place.

It is apparent based on Scripture that things are going to grow worse and worse, and it behooves even Christians to begin to prepare for possible tribulation and hardships. We believe this will only be short term leading up to the Rapture, but not to prepare is irresponsible. We are commanded to provide for our own (1 Timothy 5:8).


Much More

by Larry Spargimino

Whether you read secular or Christian material, you get the impression that we are living in perilous times. This is a correct impression. We ARE living in perilous times. But is that all that we can say about the times, or is there much more?

In Matthew 24:6-14 Jesus told His disciples about days of peril:

And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

In this passage, we see that there are two polarities, and both polarities, though very different from each other, are both growing in intensity and scope. There is a rising tide of godlessness and persecution, yet there is also a growing company who proclaim the gospel of the Kingdom. There are those who endure to the end. Darkness will grow, but the light will shine ever so brightly.

If these two polarities are vying for supremacy, how then are we to live, and to serve and to minister?

First: We Must Maintain Biblical Standards—And Keep on Loving Those Who Don't

Ethical imperatives and behavioral standards revealed in the Bible are for our own good. Ephesians 6:1 and following says: "Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honor thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth." First Peter 3:10-11 rings the same chord: "For he that will love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace and ensue it."

The Bible repeatedly reminds us that God gave us His Word because He wants what is best for us. We must therefore maintain the ethical norms, and the revealed standards of the Bible. Those who reject those standards are harming no one but themselves, and perhaps those around them as well.

Because this is true, it is a natural, knee-jerk reaction to hate those who are harming our society, our culture, and our own families. When people depart from wholesome and helpful biblical standards, and teach others to do so, it is natural to regard them as enemies, and to hate them.

If you feel that the immigrants, the gays, the liberals, the conservatives, the gun owners, or whoever, are harming society, the natural reaction is to hate them. This is one of the reasons there is so much violence in our world. It's because there is so much hatred seething within, and there is so much hatred because there are so many groups with their different beliefs and values.

We have to break this chain of hatred and violence. How do we do that? By rejecting two popular myths that have taken hold in our culture.

The first one: If you do not approve of someone's lifestyle, you must necessarily fear them and see them as objects of your hatred.

The second myth: In order to love someone, you must agree with everything they do and accept as normative.

When Jesus came to this sinful world, He obviously did not approve of the lifestyles of first-century Israel, nor did He approve of the lifestyles of the Roman occupiers. They were pagans. He didn't approve of their adultery, drunkenness, violence, and idolatry. Yet He came to give Himself for them.

Recently some pastors REJOICED that Omar Mateen killed some fifty gays in Orlando, Florida. The only thing that did not make these pastors happy was that he did not kill another fifty.

It's hard to believe that anyone, let alone a pastor, would think that way. Unfortunately, that's extreme worldliness. That's precisely the way the world thinks. If you don't like someone, or agree with them, wish them evil!

I know there are a lot of militant advocacy groups that are promoting and pushing some really radical lifestyles. And they want to force us to abandon our views and Christian distinctives. We need to stand strong against that. We cannot remain silent in the face of evil. But neither can we become hateful. So, when you stand for righteousness and truth, watch your attitude.

Secondly: We Must Remember That God Hasn't Arranged For His People To Fail

When living in days of great peril, it is tempting to believe that our best efforts at carrying out the Great Commission will end in failure. Did Jesus say, "Go into all the world and try to make disciples of all nations, but anticipate failure"?

There are some who may not word the Great Commission in such a manner, but by their lackluster spiritual life that's what they really believe. A depressing, unbiblical theology leads to depressed, unbiblical people who rarely pray, rarely witness, and never find their Christian life to produce any joy.

How do we square such a defeatist belief with the words that open every broadcast of Southwest Radio Church and have been doing so for more than three-quarters of a century—"God is still on the throne, and prayer changes things"?

Many Christians believe that apostasy will become more evident worldwide. Before the Lord comes there will be a great falling away. Second Thessalonians 2 says: "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition." Armed with a passage like this many believe that there is no possibility of future revivals and great awakenings. Allegedly, belief in future revivals is an unfounded belief.

But if that is true how do we explain the revivals of the past—in America, England, Africa—and what about the revivals of the present? Do we dare say that all are fraudulent—just empty displays of emotion? Some would take the dare. They would say this age is predicted to be an age of apostasy, growing spiritual darkness that will soon snuff out the light of the Gospel.

But what do we mean by "apostasy"? It's a falling from something. Churches becoming apostate have fallen away from the faith they once professed, as denominations that were founded by godly people in earlier years have now come to even deny that the Bible is the Word of God. Pagans can't experience apostasy. They haven't fallen away from the truth. They never had it in the first place.

First Peter 4:17 describes it quite well: "Judgment must begin at the house of God." That's where we should expect it: in the church—in the ranks of professing Christendom. Some of the revivals of the past and present, however, are works of God in areas that have never had a Christian testimony. They are occurring outside of the so-called "institutional church."

But aren't we seeing a great increase in evil? someone asks. Isn't that what the Bible predicts? Indeed, 2 Timothy 3:13 says "evil men will wax worse and worse." It doesn't say "all men," but rather "evil men." They will descend to new lows of perversity. We clearly see that in today's world. But that's not all that we read of in 2 Timothy 3:

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their owns elves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce despisers of those that are good. … Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. BUT THEY SHALL PROCEED NO FURTHER: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was (verses 1-3, 8-9).

Once again we see the two growing polarities, both of which are growing in scope and intensity. These are perilous times. This is a day of great wickedness; but not everyone is caught up in the wickedness of the wicked: "But they shall proceed no further."

<>In Acts 2:17 we read: "And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams."

Pentecost was a one-time, past-tense event. It was the beginning of a very dramatic new era. But little, if anything, recorded at Pentecost in Acts 2 was really fulfilled at Pentecost. The promise of Pentecost was: "I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh." That didn't happen at Pentecost. Only a few had the Spirit poured out on them. The promise at Pentecost was:"And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit." That didn't happen at Pentecost.

Acts 2:20 says: "The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved." The sun did not become dark on Pentecost. The moon did not become blood red. I am anticipating everything prophetic in Acts 2 to be fulfilled exactly as prophesied by Joel and explained by Peter. There is MUCH MORE.

Today God is working in mighty ways in areas where He has never worked before. People are hearing and believing in faraway places—and Christians in America are praying for revival. One of the important principles that we must remember when we study the Bible: Don't make current events the measure of what God can do, wants to do, and will do. Be a biblical realist: "But where sin abounded, grace did MUCH MORE abound" (Romans 5:20).