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July 2016 Prophetic Observer

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Who Is Our Enemy?

By Bob Glaze

Omar Mateen The past seven and a half years have brought about events that none of us could have possibly imagined—the assault on America in an undeclared war against an un-uniformed foe. It is no coincidence that this time period just happens to coincide with the terms of the current president, a declared Christian and undeclared American. During this time period, perhaps millions more dedicated despisers of democracy have crept through a border net that even a whale would be sifted through. Many of our weak kneed leaders know or at least suspect where our president’s sympathies lie but are afraid to confront the issues, or possibly sympathize with his loyalties. He perhaps is the only free world leader that does not attribute terrorist attacks to jihadists.

However, Dutch Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders states that Ramadan is the deadliest time of the year. He made that statement after a French police officer and his wife were murdered on Monday evening, June 13, 2016. He added that "the Magnanville assassin was a known jihadist. He had earlier been convicted and after serving his sentence been released. He should have been robbed of his French nationality and expelled" (www.brietbart.com).

Ramadan is the Muslim holiday that honors the time when the angel Gabriel supposedly revealed the verses of the Qur'an to a caravan trader named Muhammad. This day is celebrated by Muslims fasting, which is supposed to cleanse their bodies and remind them of the suffering of the poor. At the age of 12, Muslims are required to take part in Ramadan by fasting for one month from dawn to sunset which includes no food or drink. But between sunset and dawn they can gorge themselves on whatever they want. Some fast! At the end of the month a festival is celebrated by more gorging that breaks the fast. This is called Eid-al-Fitr which is usually attended by President Obama in honor of our Muslim friends, but he usually refrains from attending the National Prayer Breakfast, a Christian gathering.

ISIS has called for an all-out assault in the United States to launch attacks during Ramadan. "In an audio recording released in May, ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammed al Adnani called for 'a month of hurt' in the United States as well as Europe. His message to ISIS sympathizers like Orlando shooter Omar Mateen: Stay home and kill anybody, anyhow, anywhere" (www.cnn.com). 

ISIS announced the Florida threat three days prior to the attack in Orlando, "We Will Attack Florida" (www.thegatewaypundit.com). On June 12, 2016, Omar Mir Seddique Mateen answered that call by murdering 49 people and injuring another 53 at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando. Mateen was born on November 16, 1986, in New York and last resided in Fort Pierce, Florida. Within the scenario of a "sleeper," he even registered to vote in 2006 as a Democrat.

President Obama stated that Mateen was a homegrown terrorist with no known connections to ISIS, only an ISIS wannabe. However, Mateen was an active Muslim. "Federal officials said Monday that Omar Mateen, the shooter who killed 49 people early Sunday morning in Orlando, visited Saudi Arabia in both 2011 and 2012."

In addition, "A spokesman for Saudi Arabia's Ministry of the Interior reportedly said Mateen made a trip in order to perform a pilgrimage to Mecca. U.S. officials confirmed to the Daily Beast that Mateen made the visits, including a ten-day trip in 2011. The FBI had flagged and interviewed Mateen in 2013 after his coworkers reported him for making 'inflammatory' comments about radical Islamic propaganda"(www.thedailybeast.com). The Daily Beast also quotes an imam speaking in Orlando in April that said killing gays according to Islamic law should be done "out of compassion."

Once again Islam gets a pass by Obama because this was done according to sharia law and the murderer was only fulfilling what his god had dictated. Although the FBI had questioned Mateen on two occasions because of his Muslim ties, he was still able to get a security guard's license and was eventually able to buy an AR-15 rifle and pistol, which he used to murder 49 people and injure 53. We can chalk up another horrible crime to the liberal agenda and its anti-discrimination laws. Of course, Obama immediately ruled that this happened because of lax gun control and the NRA and once again refused to call this crime the work of a radicalized, demon-possessed Muslim lunatic with possible ties to ISIS.

The president remarked, "Today marks the most deadly shooting in American history. The shooter was apparently armed with a handgun and a powerful assault rifle. This massacre is therefore a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school, or in a house of worship, or a movie theater, or in a nightclub. And we have to decide if that's the kind of country we want to be. And to actively do nothing is a decision as well." This nightclub is a "gun free zone" and a prime target for a coward that knew he would not be challenged by anyone with a gun. He knew better than pull a gun at a nightclub in Texas or Oklahoma.

The president labeled this act as an "act of terror and an act of hate" by a lone domestic terrorist, soft pedaling what it really was so as not to arouse suspicion against a Middle East Muslim nation. Obama, reporting from the White House, had this to say, "We are still learning the facts. This is an open investigation. We've reached no definitive judgment on the precise motivations of the killer. The FBI is appropriately investigating this as an act of terrorism. And I've directed that we must spare no effort to determine what—if any—inspiration or association this killer may have had with terrorist groups. What is clear is that he was a person filled with hatred. Over the coming days, we'll uncover why and how this happened, and we will go wherever the facts lead us."

Mateen had frequented the nightclub on many occasions and exhibited a dangerous disposition of hate for minorities and women. "Daniel Gilroy, a former police officer, worked as a security officer with G4S Security at the PGA Village complex in Port St. Lucie. Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen worked the shift right after Gilroy at the complex's south gate. Gilroy described Mateen as a devout Muslim who brought a prayer mat to work and prayed several times a day. "There was never a moment where he didn't have anger and rage," Gilroy told the Kelly File. "And he was always loud and cursing. And anytime a female or a black person came by, he would use horrible words" (www.FoxNews.com).

Gilroy complained several times about Mateen but the company refused to fire him because he was a Muslim. Gilroy quit his job after Mateen began to threaten him. Was Mateen one of possibly thousands of "sleepers" here in the United States who will answer the call of the Imam at the appointed time? Probably so.

Obama is still unable to call this what it is—"fanatical Islam"—when Mateen himself, while killing people, was calling or texting that he was doing this for ISIS. Mateen frequented the nightclub and, according to people there, stated that he was actively trying to date men. These men would have nothing to do with him because even they considered him a deviant. In his demonic state, his reaction was to kill those that had shunned him. This state was possible because, whether he knew it or not, Islam invites Satan and his minions to indwell them and impress upon them to murder. Hate alone will not lead a person to kill; there must be a catalyst, and that catalyst is Satan working through a religion that denies Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, not Allah working through Muhammad.

We as Christians are to hate sin but love the sinner. We are all sinners saved by grace, and we are to witness to the homosexual to bring them out their sin and accept Jesus Christ as Saviour, and He will change them into what He planned for them to become from the very beginning. In the same vein, we are also to witness to the Muslim. It is interesting to note that thousands of Muslims are coming to Christ in almost all of the Muslim countries. So, God is working and we must be ready and willing to help mentor these people.

As Christians, we believe that homosexuality is against God's Word and everything that is holy. In Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 the Law specifically condemned the act of homosexuality, and the consequences are too horrible to contemplate. In Romans 1, Paul addresses this same sin and that it is worthy of death. However, the judgment and consequence is strictly God's action, not man's.

What Mateen did was completely contrary to what God is telling us—that judgment is His and the sentence is His. Regardless of what the individuals were guilty of, it was not Mateen's business; it was God's business. The problem is that he was serving a false god who has no means of saving people, except the false notion that if they die serving Allah by killing heretics.

However, there are those that will never be reclaimed for God, and the members of ISIS may be an example of this. Again, in Romans 1 Paul states that they changed the truth of God and that "for this cause gave them unto vile affections." The members of ISIS may well fit the description of those who refuse to accept God and continue in their evil slaughtering of innocent people. In that case, evil cannot be contained; it must be eradicated.

The enemy must be fought—both foreign and domestic. Never before has a president both invited our enemy to live among us and then forced us to protect and provide for their needs. This president not only does this, but will not allow our own people to protect its citizens. Are all Muslims fanatical and potential terrorists? Only if they obey the Quran. Are all terrorists Muslims? Yes!

President Obama and Hillary Clinton are using the shooting in Orlando to push forward their United Nations agenda to disarm citizens around the world. The subject of semi-automatic weapons has already been pushed to the forefront of their objective. What possible motive could they have for this agenda? It is more than hypocritical for them to surrender American citizens to the mercy of those who have no respect for laws and will get a gun by whatever means. After all, they are surrounded by guards that carry guns to protect them.

Jesus left us with the right of self-protection as stated in Luke 22:36, "and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one." The sword here is a short sword meant for close combat for defense. It is a good thing to follow His instructions.


How To Move a Load of Bricks

by Jerry Tyson

You have been given the responsibility of moving a pile of bricks from point "A" to point "B"? When you see the stack of very large bricks, you are tempted to say, "I can't do that. There are too many of them, and they are too heavy."

Then you are told, "Don't worry. You have almost eight years to do it, and you only have to move one brick at a time." Suddenly the task seems doable!

Brick One: You must change the religious balance within a great nation. Here's the brick. Move it. We now have Islam taught in our schools, but Christianity and the Bible are banned as if pornographic.

That wasn't so hard, was it! Here is Brick Two: We must allow prayer rugs everywhere and allow for Islamic prayer rooms in our schools, airports, and businesses.

Now that we have facilitated an almost foreign religion to become mainstream in our nation, Brick Three is, we must start living by its tenets. First thing on the list is to stop serving pork in prisons.

Now that we have gotten the hang of brick moving, and it doesn't seem to be the big problem it once was, Brick Four was moved for us, as now we are inundated with lawsuits by Muslims who are offended by American culture.

Huck Finn had the right idea! Once you make people think brick moving is a good thing, all kinds of help comes along. Here's Brick Five: We must allow burkas to be worn everywhere, even though we have no idea who or what is covered up under them.

That earlier lawsuit idea worked so well, let's add Brick Six: Allow Muslims to sue their employers and also to refuse to do their jobs if they personally deem it conflicts with sharia law.

When the federal government realizes how well the brick stack is being moved, Brick Seven gets carried by the Attorney General of the United States, who vows to prosecute anyone who engages in "anti-Muslim speech."

Brick Eight was a whole lot heavier than it looked, but with a lot of extra effort and persuasion, jihadists, who engage in terrorism and openly admit they acted in the name of Islam and ISIS, are emphatically now officially declared to not be Islamic by our leaders, and/or their actions are determined not to be terrorism, but other nebulous terms like "workplace violence."

Brick Nine was another heavy one. There are some who don't want the bricks moved, so it becomes policy that secular Middle East dictators that were benign or friendly to the West must be replaced by Islamists and the Muslim Brotherhood. Oh, be careful not to step in that pool of blood. ...

Brick Ten is moved, also removing a problem in the progress of our brick moving when our troops were withdrawn from Iraq and the Middle East, giving rise to ISIS.

Brick Eleven is moved so as to make America seem less of a threat to our enemies. The problem was solved once we reduced our nuclear stockpiles to 1950 levels, as Obama's stated goal of a nuke-free America by the time he leaves office continues uninterrupted.

Sometimes it is necessary to run a back-room deal or two to "encourage" some reluctant souls to get out of the way. Brick Twelve was a deal with Iran made at extreme cost, clearing a pathway for our declared enemy to have nuclear weapons and hundreds of billions of our dollars to fund their programs. Move along ... there's nothing to see here.

Since "everyone knows" America is the cause of every major problem in the world, our elected leader apologizes to Muslim states and sponsors of terror worldwide for acts of aggression, war and sabotage they perpetrate against our soldiers. Brick Thirteen. And still counting.

"So, how do we know you aren't just setting us up for a double-cross?" ask our enemies. The Fourteenth Brick is to diminish the American Navy to 1917 pre-World War I levels of only 300 ships. The Army is at pre-1940 levels. The Air Force scraps 500 planes and plans to retire the use of the A-10 Thunderbolt close air support fighter. A further draw down of another 40,000 military personnel is in progress. Now, are you satisfied? You don't think we can replenish them overnight, do you? We don't look like that much of a threat anymore, do we?

Brick Fifteen is to recall half of our aircraft carriers back to their home ports for maintenance. That renders the Atlantic unguarded and none are in the Middle East. (Pssst! Enemies: No one is there! The coast is clear!)

Look at the pile of bricks now. Not many left. We're doing very well in accomplishing the task. Here is Brick Sixteen: Close down Guantanamo Bay. Move the captured jihadists out and let them loose in jihad-friendly Islamic states. They'll be so happy to be free and settle down and raise families, they will never be a problem again, right? That'll work!

When it looks as if America won't play nice with the enemy, Brick Seventeen would be to negotiate with terrorists and trade five Taliban commanders for a deserter and jihad sympathizer. After all, Beau Bergdahl was just misunderstood. Whatta deal we've got for you! Step right up!

Brick Eighteen: Deplete the financial reserves so that there is no money for American poor, disabled veterans, jobless, hungry and destitute Americans, returned military needing jobs, or displaced Americans, but there is endless money for "Syrian refugee" resettlement programs.

Brick Nineteen is to create an ammunition shortage in the USA, so that when Joe down on Elm Street suddenly realizes he is the only one left who will defend his family against "all enemies, foreign and domestic," he is helpless. The most important thing for a renegade government to do after several mass shootings by jihadists is to disarm American citizens. We wouldn't want the new "refugees" to feel unwelcome or uncomfortable in their new country, would we?

Just to make sure there is no mistaking where the loyalties of leadership lie, Brick Twenty would be easily moved to the new pile when the President of the United States will not attend the Christian funerals of a Supreme Court Justice and a former First Lady because of previous (seemingly unimportant) commitments.

Oh, look! The bricks have all been moved. That wasn't hard when you take them one at a time. The first one or two in their new location may raise a few eyebrows. "What are they for?" someone might ask, but after a little while, no one will pay any attention, and that border wall of protection will be standing tall and strong, protecting our enemies from "We the people."

All of this in seven short years. See what can be done!

Let's remember, our enemies come in two varieties: Foreign and Domestic.

How does it happen? Somewhere we forgot the warning in Ephesians 6:12: "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."

There are those who are so dedicated, so totally sold out to Satan and his program to enslave the world that God saw fit to warn us of them. Some of them are satanic, that is, not of this world; others are established political entities, world leaders and organizations, dark forces compared to Jesus Christ, who declared that He is "the light of the world."

We have forgotten that we are dealing with "spiritual wickedness." Have you noticed how well truly Christian churches and organizations are flourishing? They aren't. Many are on the verge of closing down because there is no longer any money to function. At the same time, the rulers of the darkness of this world seem to have unlimited funding for their wickedness.

Remember the shock when the first few of the secret videos came out showing the incredible evil of the secret practices of Planned Parenthood? How quickly the tide seems to have turned from outrage to lack of concern. Why?

Maybe in verse 13 we find something we forgot to do: "Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." The warrior needs to be equipped. We have been asleep for too long. We never even noticed that the bricks were being moved.

Is it hopeless? Not yet. Only God knows His timetable, but until He calls us home, we must remember the source of our strength for the battle. Verse 17 requires that the victorious soldier for God must be born again—salvation—and equipped with an understanding of God's Word—the Bible. "And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. ..." We are empty-handed and defenseless in battle without being under the Blood of Christ and able to use our Sword ... the Word of God. Verse 18 tells how we can expect to have victory. We need to be praying constantly, trusting our Savior and Commander in Chief, the Lord Jesus Christ.

The earthly enemy may have bricks in his arsenal, but in Second Corinthians 10:4 we are told that our weapons are far superior. "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds. ..." 

Like a mighty army moves the Church of God
Brothers, we are treading where the saints have trod.
We are not divided, all one body we
One in hope and doctrine, one in charity.
Onward, Christian soldiers.

We cannot retreat. Onward! We are following Jesus Christ, the One who has already won the battle! Onward!

ONWARD!