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Rules of Engagement

by Bob Glaze

In the study of prophecy there are several different views as to the timing of the Rapture. We believe that the only literal way to interpret prophecy is dispensationally. We are now in the dispensation of grace, or as some call it the Church Age, which ends with the Rapture. We can’t know when it will happen. However, the event that will end this age is the Rapture, then the Tribulation. Within this timeframe there will be an event described in Ezekiel 38 and 39. This event is called the “Battle of Gog and Magog”. This will involve a Muslim coalition led by Russia. 

Today, all of the players mentioned in Ezekiel 38 and 39 are present in the area described as “the mountains of Israel” which we believe to be the Golan Heights, a mountainous region that borders Israel, Syria, and Lebanon. Russia and Persia (Iran) seem to be the principle countries involved. It is interesting to note that Syria is not mentioned in this passage since it is supposedly the country being fought over. 

The ties that bind Syria to Iran are that they are the Shiite Muslim element in the midst of Sunni Muslim nations. Russia is involved to the extent that it is helping President Assad of Syria defend himself from rebels and ISIS. However, ISIS has captured Syrian and some Iraqi oil fields. It is reported that Assad is buying his own oil from ISIS. Russia is defending Iran and its nuclear deal with the U.N., which Americans are not allowed to hear. Russia is also defending Assad by bombing ISIS positions as well as the Syrian oil fields taken over by ISIS. Now France has joined the fray and is bombing ISIS oil fields along with Syria, Russia, and a reluctant Obama. So how is it possible that ISIS still has oil to sell?

It is out of character for Russian president Vladimir Putin to help anyone without an ulterior motive: the salvation of his own economy. Putin’s goal seems to be taking over the Middle East, and with the void that the United States under Obama has created he will certainly oblige Obama. This falls right in line with the prophecy in Ezekiel. If he is successful, his next step will naturally be to continue south into Israel and fulfill the prophecy. The real question is, Why is Obama refusing to help our allies in the defeat of ISIS? Could it be as simple as his hatred for America and its Christian heritage coupled with his historical connections with his Shiite roots? 

President Obama seems to have covertly supported Iran from the beginning of his administration. The question of why has earned him a historic mistrust of the American people for an American president. His past connections to known communists and communist sympathizers has been a bone of contention with loyal Americans and especially Christian Americans. We only have to look to his past to begin to understand his apparent respect and support for Islam and those that are entwined within its spell of demon-spawned inherency which has set the bounds for our “rules of engagement.”   

Records about his childhood are sometimes dubious and unreliable. Obama’s mother, who was white, moved them to Indonesia in 1967 where he attended two different schools: Fransiskus Assisi School (Catholic); he then later transferred to Besuki Public School (Muslim). He was listed as Muslim in both schools. In the Besuki Public School he would have been required to study Islam. 

“All  Indonesian students are required to study religion at school and a young ‘Barry Soetoro’ being a Muslim would have been required to study Islam in school. He would have been taught to read and write Arabic, to recite his prayers properly, to read and recite the Quran and to study the laws of Islam” (www.wnd.com). According to school documents, Obama was enrolled as a Muslim. The principle at the school where he was enrolled recalls him studying the Quran in Arabic. Also, his former schoolmates remember when Obama studied the Quran while attending the Muslim school. 

In 1970, Barack was introduced to Frank Marshall Davis by his grandfather, Stanley Dunham, for the purpose of being mentored. Davis was a literal, card-carrying member of the Communist Part USA (CPUSA). His card number was 47544. He was pro-Soviet and pro-Red China. He edited and wrote for the Party line publications such as the Chicago Star and the Honolulu Record; contributors to the former actually served as secret agents to Stalin’s Soviet Union (www.spectator.org). 

Davis became associated with Vernon Jarret, the future father-in-law of Valerie Jarrett. In 1983, Jarrett’s son, Dr. William Robert Jarrett, married a woman named Valerie Bowman who became the modern-day “Obama Whisperer.” She is now Obama’s closest advisor in the White House. Davis also worked with a man named Robert R. Taylor at the CPUSA/Comintern “antiwar” rally in Chicago in November 1940. Robert Taylor was the first African-American head of the Chicago Housing Authority. Taylor turned out to be Valerie Jarrett’s future maternal grandfather (www.spectator.org).

However, since 2007 many have investigated his past connections and have found several questionable areas of concern. Many now believe that Obama’s partiality to Islam over Christianity indicates that he is not a Christian as he espouses. He is the first president of the United States not reared in a Christian home. He was sired by a Muslim father, Barack Hussein Obama (Kenyan citizen), according to most research papers. However, it is also speculated that his actual father was the hard-core communist Frank Marshall Davis. 

Barack Jr.’s mother, Ann Dunham, divorced Barack Sr. in 1964 and then married Lolo Soetoro, a Muslim from Indonesia. Many in the United States believe Barack Hussein Obama is a Shiite Muslim—not only here in the United States, but also in the Middle East and especially Muslim countries. 

According to Arab TV, commentators on two different Arabic television programs stated that Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., was a Shiite Muslim. “The commentators made their remarks on the UK channel Al-Hiwar TV on March 25 and on 4Shbab TV in Saudi Arabia on April 10; the segments were recorded and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute Monitor Project” (www.cnsnews.com). 

“‘There is one thing we must not forget,’ said Syrian writer Muhydin Lazikani on Hiwar TV. ‘I am not peddling some theory, and I am not being racist. But Barack Hussein Obama is the son of a Shiite Kenyan father. He spent much of his childhood in Mombasa, south Kenya,’ said Lazikani. ‘I visited this very area, and I can tell you that it is mostly Shiite. All the childhood memories of the man who rules the White House are Shiite memories. This is why the Iranian issue is so important to him and why he is so anxious for Iran to emerge victorious, and for Syria and all the countries of the Arab Gulf to be shattered,’ said Lazikani.

“On 4Shbab TV, April 10, Abu Muntasir Al-Baloushi, a London-based Iranian Opposition activist, said, ‘Barack Hussein Obama is the son of a Shiite father.’ He then said, ‘There is no doubt that he is Iran’s lifesaver. Some people call him the Iranian lobby in America. He suffers from a peculiar complex. He believes that “wherever we go, the Sunnis are fighting us”’” (www.cnsnews.com). 

President Obama and his administration continue to support the Muslim Brotherhood. Although the Brotherhood is a Sunni Muslim organization, there is reason to believe that they are cooperating with Shiite Iran in the Syrian theater. Both organizations hold to sharia law, and the Brotherhood has secret support from Obama under Presidential Study Directive 11, which showed that it was a moderate organization. Obama’s Kenyan half-brother has close ties to the Brotherhood. 

Now we come to Valerie Jarrett, perhaps the most influential person in the White House. Jarrett’s background causes much concern about Barack’s decisions concerning Middle East policy, and decisions determining “rules of engagement.” Valerie is currently the Senior Advisor to the President of the United States and Assistant to the President for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. 

Jarrett was born in Shiraz, Iran, on November 14, 1956, to James E. Bowman and Barbara Taylor Bowman. 

Jarrett began her career in Chicago working for Mayor Harold Washington as Deputy Corporation Counsel for Finance and Development. In the 1990s she worked as Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor Richard Daley. During her tenure with Daley she hired Michelle Robinson (Michelle Obama) for Barack Obama. She was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for her services. Her family was hard-core communist, according to Judicial Watch. 

“According to the report, Jarrett’s father, pathologist and geneticist Dr. James Bowman, had a lengthy FBI file showing extensive ties to communist organizations and individuals. Jarrett’s maternal grandfather, Robert Rochon Taylor, had a business relationship with a paid Soviet agent named Alfred Stern. Jarrett and her family also had strong ties to Frank Marshall Davis, a big Obama mentor and Communist Party member with an extensive FBI file” (www.newsmax.com). 

Jarrett’s parents moved to Iran after 1953, where Valerie was born. In her early years she spoke both Persian and French. Those years in Iran introduced her to Islam. Whether she is a Shiite Muslim or not, she wields a large stick over the affairs in the White House. Her heritage dictates her reasoning is both pro-communist and pro-Islam. Obama’s heritage also parallels her past and family history. Both were taught a hatred for capitalism and the American way of life. 

Obama’s treatment of Christians and his complete disregard for their safety and well-being has been constant for the past years of his presidency. His total disregard and disrespect for the only democratic friend in the Middle East is blatant and his love for Muslims and Islam are apparent. His promise to have the most transparent administration ever has turned out to be the most deceptive. 

Our rules of engagement have been greatly hampered by Obama’s and Jarrett’s innate hatred for this country and its people. This hatred for Christians and Jews and love for Islam is the only transparent part of his administration. These attitudes take on a reflection of the coming Antichrist. Will he be the last president America has? Their connection and beliefs concerning Shiite Islam directs their world vision. What’s happening today could well be the model for the chaos that will install the Antichrist during the Tribulation period.

“He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (Rev. 22:20)


 

The Antichrist Spirit and the Soon Coming of Jesus

by Larry Spargimino

Most people can readily notice two remarkable features of the present time in which we live: the increasing lawlessness, and also the increasing loss of freedom and liberty. They are closely related and are explained, at least in part, by the above Scripture. It is the Antichrist spirit that brings lawlessness, and that also enslaves. First John 2:18 tells us that Antichrist is coming; but it also tells us that there are many antichrists driven by the same spirit of the Antichrist.

The prefix anti in theword “Antichrist” means either “in the place of,” or “instead of” Christ. It is the Antichrist spirit to dominate, control, and to look for others who will do the serving, the cleaning, and the helping. The soul satisfaction of walking in the footsteps of Jesus and following His example will not be enjoyed by those dominated by the Antichrist spirit. Jesus addressed this and set forth His own example: not domination and control, but the spirit of servanthood (Luke 22:25–27).

Being an incarnation of Satan, the Antichrist is a liar and a murderer (John 8:44) who wants to break with convention and create new, and manifestly, godless standards (Dan. 7:25). It is his desire to elevate himself above God (2 Thess. 2:4). Rather than respecting the freedom of others and their right of conscience, the Antichrist is a control freak who will use the most draconian measures possible to spy on individuals (Rev. 13). Jesus Christ, on the other hand, was directed by the Holy Spirit (Matt. 4:1) and gave His life that multitudes might live (Matt. 20:28; Luke 19:10). If you look at society today it is very clear that the Antichrist spirit is being manifested.

The Motivation That Brings Violence To the Body, Soul, and Spirit

There is a war going on against the conscience. Health plans and legislation are being implemented that force Christian organizations to pay for procedures they find morally wrong and justifying it as “basic healthcare for women.”

When individuals with dreams of creating big governments that will impose tyranny on people “for their own good” get their way, they prove that they are driven by the Antichrist spirit. They want power. Why? To crush all resistance.

Rape is not simply a physical, external act; it is ultimately an act of violence against the individual’s God-granted freedom. The woman, or child, says, “No, I don’t want to do that with you,” but the spirit of Antichrist says, “I don’t care what you want or don’t want; I will overpower you and get my way.”

Governments will penalize Christian bakeries who refuse to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex “wedding”; but how many gay bakers can you find who will bake a wedding cake for a straight couple who wants these words on the cake: “Marriage is for a man and a woman—this is God’s way”? Or, how many Muslim bakeries can you find who will bake a wedding cake for a union of two men, or two women?

The Antichrist spirit is the spirit of confusion—gender confusion. In a Christian Post op-ed piece, Michael Brown writes about two daycare workers who were fired because they refused to call a little girl “a boy.” One of the fired workers, Madeline Kirksey, said “the problem was … telling young children that the little girl was a boy when she was not, and with calling her ‘John’ … when that was not her name.” 

In a New York Times report by Rukmini Callimachi titled “ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape,” we read that ISIS claims the backing of the Koran and makes sex slavery in the conquered regions of Iraq and Syria obedience to a divine decree. Such a decree becomes an effective recruiting tool for young men who want a religious justification to torture and cause harm. The article opens with the words: “In the moments before he raped the 12-year-old girl, the Islamic State fighter took the time to explain that what he was about to do was not a sin. Because the preteen girl practiced a religion other than Islam, the Koran not only gave him the right to rape her—it condoned and encouraged it, he insisted.”

“He kept telling me this is ibadah,” said a 15-year-old girl captured on the shoulder of Mount Sinjar, using a term from Islamic scripture meaning worship. “He said that raping me is his prayer to God. I said to him, ‘What you’re doing to me is wrong, and it will not bring you closer to God.’ And he said, ‘No, it’s allowed.’ ‘It’s halal,’ said the teenager. …”

Many would be horrified at this, but do they realize that they are doing the same thing—hopefully not raping a body, but raping a soul? In our polling booths we have legitimized the same “theology of rape” by voting for candidates who promise everything—at the expense of our liberties. It is cruel intolerance that declares war on the conscience-rights of individuals.

A Republic or a Democracy?

Our forefathers wanted a republic, not a democracy. Why? Because they knew that democracies always self-destruct. The non-productive majority realizes that it can vote itself bigger and bigger handouts from the productive minority by electing the candidate promising the most benefits from the public treasury. In a democracy, lawmaking takes place from majority decisions expressed in polls or voter referendums. Principle is thrown to the wind, and the mob rules.

Once elected, to satisfy their constituents, such candidates must adopt an ever-increasing tax rate to satisfy the ever increasing desires of the majority. Taxes increase, people are made fat on a handout and incentive to produce disappears. When there are no longer enough producers to support the legitimate functions of the emerging socialist government, the democracy collapses—always to be followed by a dictatorship. The nation is then governed by those who manifest the Antichrist spirit. This is where we are in America at the present time.

It Gets Worse: A Departure from Scripture

America has traditionally been a nation of laws. Because no one is above the law the concept of law is a curb to the arbitrary use of power. This is a concept brought over from the Bible. Even the king is under the law (Deut. 17:18–20; 2 Kings 23:1–3). However, when there is a departure from Scripture, the concept of “law” becomes an expression of arbitrary power. This is where America is at the present time. It is in this setting that the Antichrist spirit can flourish unchecked.

In his book Change to Chains: The 6000-Year Quest for Control, author Bill Federer shows that the natural tendency to concentrate power in a single individual must be continually resisted. Freedom and liberty can only be maintained through the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it. In the early years of our country, biblical Christianity had a restraining and limiting effect on the raw exercise of human power, historically known as “the divine right of kings.” 

How does this actually work? Federer explains: “Judeo-Christian beliefs exercised a moderating effect on the unrestrained power of monarchs by convicting their consciences, reminding them of a future judgment before an all-knowing God, who holds all, rich and poor alike, accountable” (p. 94).

Several years ago two historians, Donald S. Lutz of the University of Houston, along with Charles S. Hyneman, reviewed nearly 15,000 items written by the Founding Fathers of America between 1760 and 1805. They found that the most frequently cited source was the Bible. The second most frequently cited source was the French political philosopher Montesquieu (1689–1755).

Montesquieu believed that, prior to the Reformation, Christianity’s influence on government was twofold. First, to nurture moral, honest citizens; Secondly, to convict the conscience of the king, restraining him from being oppressive. Following the Reformation, Christianity had a third influence on government: Since each individual was meant to have a personal relationship with God and was equal before Him with everyone else, individuals should have an equal relationship with the government, and be equal before it.

Speed Traps: Will We Make a Safer World?

The National Motorists Association (www.motorists.org) reports that there are some 80,000 speed traps in the U.S. and Canada. A speed trap is a section of the highway on which enforcement of the highway laws is done not to protect the public but to fill the coffers of the administrative authority who has control of that section of the highway. Changes in speed limits from one section of the highway are not clearly displayed, perhaps even hidden behind shrubbery and other obstacles that make it hard for the motorist to know that a change has occurred. What is the effect of speed traps on motorists? The NMA reports: “Much of the civil unrest in suburban St. Louis over the last year has been linked to public frustration with onerous traffic enforcement coupled with court systems that operate more like debtors prisons than actual institutions of justice. In 2013, Ferguson, Missouri, population 23,000, issued 33,000 arrest warrants for unpaid traffic tickets and other minor offenses. Thankfully, the state has enacted a new law that bans towns from jailing motorists who can’t pay their traffic fines.”

And in the End …

The Antichrist spirit is active in the world today. It is persistent and very aggressive, as exemplified in the recent concerted terror attacks in Paris. It looks for weakness, cracks in the armor—security measures where crowds gather that have not been implemented. The successful attacks in Paris will be used as a recruiting tool. These demon-possessed individuals will conclude: “We are winning. The West will fall!” No doubt, there will be a crackdown on Islamists, but that will cause friction with Islamic groups. That, too, will be used as a recruiting tool.

But most importantly, the Antichrist spirit cannot be resisted by a people who have forsaken God and whose only recourse is the arm of flesh. America and Europe have been blessed with Christian testimony, from the revivals of colonial America to the martyrs in Europe who pressed for a return to New Testament Christianity. But their voices have now been silenced. Hence, apart from revival, only defeat remains. Apart from God’s help the West shall go into oblivion with but a whimper.