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June 2015 Prophetic Observer

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Jade Helm soldiersJade Helm 15

by Bob Glaze

Our political persuasions seem to have very little to do with America’s love-hate relationship with our government. Any decision that is made is not the correct one, and if we had the opportunity to make these decisions things would be different. No doubt they would. Everyone loves a conspiracy. In fact a large percentage of websites would vanish if it weren’t for lies and half-truths that foster well-founded distrust among our compatriots. However, free speech gives everyone the opportunity to investigate or criticize those who rule. This check on tyranny will ultimately unveil the truth.

There are conspiracies that question the government’s control over our food, air, medical care, and even our water quality and supply. Some believe that this same government is trying to kill us with nefarious regulations over these basic needs. There is usually at least a partial truth in the basis of most conspiracies. But, the difference may be in those who “want to” and what they “can do.” Do those who host such conspiracies actually have the power to enforce their will on others, or just enlist others of like passions to cause panic by sheer numbers?

The latest of these questionable government activities is named “Jade Helm 15.” The name itself lends to a shadowy smokescreen that causes some to automatically and reasonably believe that if the Obama government is involved it must by bad. However, based on his past performance, he probably doesn’t know about it himself, but surely will take credit for it if it works out well. Either “Jade Helm 15” is just an open military exercise or it is some clandestine attempt to practice martial law for an ultimate government takeover. 

Our military personnel make up the greatest patriots in the world and are above reproach. However, can we trust this administration to uphold the very Constitution that is demanded of those who are under its control?  “Jade Helm 15” is a perfect example of a name for a military exercise that probably means nothing but a name someone tacked on it because it had to have a name. Frankly, the track record of this administration begs for mistrust and conspiracies. However, “Jade Helm 15” should not become any more than a military exercise preparing us for the threats that face this nation, namely ISIS. 

The code names of “Desert Storm” and “Desert Shield” became household words during the invasions of Iraq. No one believed that these names were cover for some conspiracy to rule the world. Code names or “nicknames” have been used since the Revolutionary War for secrecy’s sake. The U.S. Army Center of Military History’s website lists 25 pages of previously used code names used only to hide secrets from the enemy. (www.history.army.mil). Then why does “Jade Helm 15” cause such an uproar? Because it is on domestic turf and was planned under the watch of Barack Hussein Obama. 

Even websites labeled Christian have their own take on “Jade Helm 15,” i.e., “Many of us researchers have been wondering what ‘Jade Helm’ really stands for. I have scratched my head, trying to decipher what it could mean. I actually prayed about this! And just tonight, I came across an excellent and revealing article from Investment Watch blog. Finally, here is documented information revealing what jade helm really means: “JADE”—Is an APP for the US military. It stands for “Joint Assistant for Deployment and Execution” (http:/www.dtic.mil/doctrine/new_pubs/jp3_35.pdf). This article is entitled “‘Jade Helm 15’ Ushering in Martial Law All While Profiling Americans.” The article continues, “HELM” stands for “Homeland Eradication Of Local Militants (i.e., Patriots, militias, NOW resisters, gun owners, Constitutionalists, etc.).” 

As Paul Harvey stated for years, “Now for the rest of the story.” Brad Taylor is the New York Times bestselling author of seven previous Pike Logan novels. He served for more than twenty years in the U.S. Army, including eight years in 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta, commonly known as Delta Force. He retired as a Special Forces lieutenant colonel and now lives in Charleston, South Carolina (www.amazon.com). His final assignment was as the Assistant Professor of Military Science at The Citadel in Charleston, SC. He holds a Master’s of Science in Defense Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School, with a concentration in Irregular Warfare. When not writing, he serves as a security consultant on asymmetric threats for various agencies. He lives in Charleston, SC with his wife and two daughters.” His appraisal of “Jade Helm 15” is as follows: “As I answered in a comment below, the name Jade Helm is just a random association of words spit out by a computer. It’s done on every exercise and actually, even on real missions—unless the real world mission is going to get national attention. Operation Just Cause in Panama was known as Blue Spoon before the bullets started flying. I’m sure someone could laboriously create what B.L.U.E  S.P.O.O.N. stood for, but they’d be making it up out of whole cloth. The name Jade Helm is just as innocuous as the exercise itself. It’s just two randomly picked words.”(http://bradtaylorbooks.com/2015/04/i-am-jade-helm/). He particularly points out Alex Jones of InfoWars as a peddler of paranoia making outlandish proclamations about “Jade Helm” and past military exercises. 

We know there are actual conspiracies, but “Jade Helm” doesn’t fit the mold. Why is it that only the conspiracy theorists that make a living on paranoia can visualize, interpret, and decipher government intentions? And why is it that only the government is bad? Brian Tashman of “Right Wing Watch” says “Jade Helm 15 is just the latest in a litany of far-right conspiracy theories about President Obama planning a military takeover of the country. While none of the theories has ever actually panned out, far-right pundits and activists keep inventing new ones, insisting that whoever doesn’t agree with them either doesn’t see the truth or is enabling Obama’s dictatorial agenda.” 

President Barack Hussein Obama will go down as the worst president in U.S. history. He is the first president that wasn’t reared in a Christian home, but a Muslim home. He is probably guilty of many plans that are bad for this country that are in the works or have already been completed. However, I doubt that he came up with the plans for this one. “Jade Helm 15” is a military exercise to practice urban warfare against terrorist’s attacks in real life situations in house-to-house confrontations. 

The military has not forcefully taken over five Wal-Mart stores to use as control centers. According to “The UFCW—a labor group representing Wal-Mart laid-off workers—contends that the company closed the stores in retaliation against workers organizing for better pay, which is something Wal-Mart has been found guilty of doing in Canada” (www.businessinsider.com). The military have not forcefully taken over the city of Big Spring, Texas; they were invited by a mayor who stated that the exercise would add $150,000 to the local economy (www.militarytimes.com). 

Jesus addresses situations such as this in Matthew 23:24: “Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.” In other words we are majoring on the minors and minoring on the majors. Many organizations that began as Christian ministries have become “pied pipers” that lure the unsuspecting away from the real “conspiracy,” that Satan is alive and well on planet earth. The original conspiracy is stated in Isaiah 14:12–14, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! ” Lucifer’s five “I wills” were stated in the beginning as a plot to overthrow God and rule man and all of God’s creation … in other words, take the throne from the Creator. 

Today, as “blind guides” we have all become part of the convoluted conspiracies—real or imagined—and have lent ourselves to suspicions and innuendos that are part of our sin nature. However, we must keep our eyes on the message Christ warned the world about—the coming judgment. This original conspiracy will begin to culminate with the Rapture of the Christians, not necessarily the church.

Paul warns the in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 that this conspiracy is a deception that leads to eternal separation from God, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition [speaking of the Antichrist].” 

We then read in verses 10 and 11 of the result of believing the deception of the conspiracy: “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish, because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.” 

Most false conspiracies contain just enough truth to make them believable. Such is the “great conspiracy” contained in Satan’s lie that deludes man’s soul into believing “ye shall be as gods” (Genesis 3:5).


 

"Resist Not Evil"?

by Larry Spargimino

Help Me written on handsWhat did the Lord Jesus Christ mean when he said, “But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil” (Matthew 5:39)? Did he literally mean if someone is beating up your spouse that you have to walk away and just pray? Did he mean that you can’t even dial 9-1-1 and call for law enforcement because to do so would be to resist evil?

If that’s what Jesus meant, then he was condemning Himself. Throughout his ministry on earth Jesus resisted evil. He resisted the money-changers and confronted their religious commercialism (John 2:13–17). Jesus’ scathing rebuke of the Pharisees, in which he resisted their religious hypocrisy with terms like “hypocrites,” and “brood of vipers” (Matthew 23), and his healing of the man with the withered hand on the Sabbath (Mark 3:1–6), are prime examples. In this latter example we read, “And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch for thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.”

Significantly, this man was not facing a life-threatening illness. He had a withered hand; but Jesus wanted to make a point. He didn’t wait for the Sabbath to be over. He healed the man right then.

Peter loved Jesus very much. So, when Jesus revealed that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly, and then be killed, and be raised the third day, we read: “Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned, and said unto Peter, get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offense unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men” (Matthew 16:21–23). Jesus resisted evil.

Certain portions of the Gospels—the Sermon on the Mount, in particular—are used to present Jesus as an individual who was meek and mild-mannered, and would never upset anyone. But, quite to the contrary, Jesus was adept at confrontation.

Jesus’ earthly ministry, His death and resurrection, and what the Bible says He will do when He returns,  are the greatest acts of resistance against evil that can be imagined. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil (Hebrews 2:14; cf. 2 Thessalonians 1:6–9). 

Jesus was not, and is not, passive about sin and evil. He died and rose from the dead to resist it with the power of God. Revelation 19:11 describes the glorious return of Jesus Christ: “And in righteousness he doth judge and make war.”

And what about Paul? He resisted the evil that was being done to him by appealing to his Roman citizenship (Acts 25:10–11).

Sex Trafficking In Your Own Backyard—Should We NOT Resist Evil?

Oklahoma Living for February 2015 has a shocking article on human sex trafficking—right here in our “somewhat  conservative” state of Oklahoma. The article reports:

“According to the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI, 300,000 American youth are at risk of being trafficked. The average age of sex trafficking victims when they are first sold is between 11 and 14 years … [one  of them] was 11 years old when her mom first sold her  to pay a bill. In exchange for sex, her mom’s boyfriend paid their rent. Eventually, any time her mom needed money,  she would sell her daughter.”

A Christian woman in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, wanted to start a ministry program to deal with the issue, i.e., she wanted to resist evil. The planning event was supposed to be a small affair, but the more she prayed  and organized the event, the larger it became. As a result K-CAT was  formed. That stands for Kingfisher County Against Trafficking.

The report deals with several misconceptions regarding human trafficking. The first misconception: Human trafficking is mainly a foreign issue. Truth: Human trafficking happens in the United States and many of the victims are Americans.

The second misconception: Human trafficking requires movement of people, often across state or national borders. Truth: Human trafficking sometimes involves movement of people—often to minimize traffickers’ risk of being apprehended—but not always. According to Crisis Aid International, half of all sex trafficking victims are sold within their own communities.

Another misconception: Many victims of human trafficking are kidnapped by strangers. Truth: Most victims are first trafficked by someone they trust, such as a relative, neighbor, or so-called friend. Runaway girls are also at a high risk. They are often approached by a trafficker who will act as a “boyfriend” to gain the victim’s trust.

So—is K-CAT sinning by resisting evil?

Dietrich  Bonhoeffer, the German Lutheran pastor and theology professor who challenged Hitler, and was faithful unto death, had it right: “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” Bonhoeffer lived and died for his resistance to evil. Two days after Hitler was installed as chancellor, Bonhoeffer delivered a radio address in which he attacked Hitler and warned the people of Germany against idolizing the Führer (leader) who could very well turn out to be the Verführer (misleader, seducer). He was abruptly cut off the air in mid-sentence. Despite growing opposition and threats from Hitler’s supporters, Bonhoeffer encouraged active Christian resistance to evil, declaring that the church must not simply “bandage the victims under the wheel, but jam the spoke in the wheel itself.” How many  lives would have been spared if German Christians rose to the challenge?!

Resistance In Texas

Gunfire erupted Sunday afternoon, May 3, 2015, outside the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas. Two Muslims wearing body armor and armed with assault rifles had travelled a thousand miles to the Dallas suburb to slaughter as many people as they could. They were unhappy because of the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest that was showing cartoons of the prophet of Islam. Bosch Fawstin, an ex-Muslim whose parents had emigrated from Albania, won the prize. In his picture, the figure of Islam’s founder is holding an uplifted sword and says, “You can’t draw me!” At the lower right side of the picture hands representing those of the artist can be seen, with the words, “That’s why I draw you.”

The main speaker for the event was Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders, who told the enthusiastic Texas crowd that it was no coincidence that at the same site in January, Islamic activists convened to demand that free speech be curtailed. In his message, Wilders shouted out, “They want to prohibit cartoons. … Our answer is, ‘Don’t mess with Texas.’” The supporters of the event felt that the cartoon issue has become the flashpoint for the defense of the freedom of speech. Though many have criticized the organizers of this event because it is provocative and inflammatory, does anyone really believe that those who have cut babies in half in the sight of their parents and publicly raped their daughters will be appeased and will cancel their plans to institute a world Islamic caliphate by promising to outlaw cartoons of the Prophet? Restrict free speech and pretty soon it will be offensive to say “Jesus is Lord.”

The Sermon on the Mount

Jesus Christ came to present the Kingdom to Israel. God’s plan and purpose was to fulfill all of His promises to Israel as revealed in the Hebrew Scriptures. It’s in the light of this that we can say that the Sermon on the Mount has full Millennial applications. But even beyond that, it is possible to look exegetically at the Sermon on the Mount and to properly understand its intent for us today.

What, then, could Jesus have meant when He said, “resist not evil”? Immediately preceding these words Jesus said, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say …” It is certainly possible that Jesus intended us to understand him as saying “Don’t resist evil by taking revenge.” Furthermore, in verse 39 He says, “but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.” Jesus was speaking to a situation where you are struck on the cheek. He did not seem opposed to protecting oneself from a violent attacker. We need to note that on one occasion Jesus said, “he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one” (Luke 22:36).

“The principle taught in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:38-42 would seem to imply that Christians should not resist an evil person. If you are slapped on one cheek give them the other. But this means not retaliate when insulted or slandered (Romans 12:17–21). Insults do not threaten a Christian’s  personal safety. The idea of rendering insult for insult, is not the same as defending oneself against a mugger or a rapist, or someone that wants to kill you or a loved one. We are to preserve life, this is a  principle carried over from the  Old Testament. … We  protect our children from drug dealers and pedophiles. … We lock our doors of our homes. We are to be vigilant against evil and take precautions to prevent it. We will keep our car keys on our person, we do not leave them in the ignition switch saying I have trust. We do preventive measure for our safety” (letusreason.org). 

When, where, and how to resist may be open to discussion, but don’t make Jesus teach something He didn’t.