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October 2015 Prophetic Observer

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Catalyst for World War

by Bob Glaze

The members of the most notable war on the horizon involves players that don’t have a clue as to what is about to happen. To bystanders it is simply a convoluted political quagmire involving nations rattling their sabers to position themselves at the top of the world’s stage. Little do they know that they are about to become victims of the prophecy described in Ezekiel 38–39. 

The “Battle of Gog and Magog” has been discussed many times over the centuries, even fifty years ago by this author. Paul states in 1 Corinthians 13:12, “For now we see through a glass, darkly,” meaning that God’s plan was not fully revealed at that time. However, the fulfillment of this Scripture is now becoming clearer as God reveals more and more of His plan. Does President Barack Hussein Obama have a connection in the forming of the Muslim Coalition in the coming war. 

The missing link that binds President Barack Hussein Obama to his Muslim counterparts has been worrisome to most Christians since he took office. He has surrounded himself with those who cry “Allah Ackbar”—“god is great.” He has deliberately dismissed concerns by Christians and other faiths that he seems to be partnering with those who hate America and want to see it fall. The goal of ISIS is to re-establish the Ottoman Empire, which just happens to include the geological boundaries of those countries listed in Ezekiel 38-39. That empire includes the countries whose stated goal is to destroy Israel and kill every Christian and Jew on the face of the earth. 

In any organization, including ministries, it is necessary to involve people who agree with its stated goals and guidelines. However, the stated goals of the American people are not to be changed into a country of sharia law. It is a country governed by constitutional law written to protect faiths that will adhere to its tenets. This does not include the Muslim faith of sharia law. The office of the President of the United States is to protect his flock, the American people. If that is true, then why would this president appoint “wolves in sheep’s clothing.” We must only study this list to conclude his intent. The following may lend some light on the connection between the president and his agenda.

Obama’s has early ties to Islam and its teachings. He admits to going to a Muslim school in Indonesia. His parents not only had communist connections but also Muslim connections. An article by Newsmax entitled “Obama Had Close Ties to Top Saudi Adviser at Early Age” states, “New evidence has emerged that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was closely associated as early as age 25 to a key adviser to a Saudi billionaire who had mentored the founding members of the Black Panthers.”

That advisor was Dr. Khalid al-Mansour, living in Texas at the time. He was the principal advisor to one of the world’s richest men. Al-Mansour arranged for Obama to attend Harvard, where he graduated magna cum laude. Why Obama was helped was never disclosed. Also, according to Newsmax, al-Mansour was sitting on the board of the nonprofit African Leadership Academy, “along with top McCain for President adviser Carly Fiorina, and organized a tribute to the President of Ghana at the Clinton White House in 1995, along with pop star Michael Jackson.” This explains his Saudi connection.

But, is President Barack Hussien Obama a Muslim? In a speech honoring the new president, then-Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stated that Obama was a Muslim, but chided him concerning his part in Islam. 

Then there was the Freudian slip in September 2008 during an interview by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on “This “Week” concerning the rumor that Obama was a Muslim. “Let’s not play games,” he said. “What I was suggesting—you’re absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith. And you’re absolutely right that that has not come” (www.washingtontimes.com). Stephanopoulos corrected him with, “Christian faith.” Was this a subconscious confession or simply an error during a time of duress?

In a World Net Daily exclusive entitled “Smoking-gun document said to prove Obama-Muslim Brotherhood ties” (www.wnd.com), written by Andrew McCarthy (a former federal prosecutor who has written extensively on the Muslim Brotherhood), stated that “the Obama administration has an official policy of backing so-called ‘moderate Islamists,’ including the jihadist group the Muslim Brotherhood.” He adds, “The governments of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates officially consider the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, the presidential directive reportedly shows the White House considers the group a ‘moderate’ alternative to ISIS and al-Qaida.”

Retired four-star U.S. Navy Admiral James A. Lyons states, “It appears that the Obama Regime has been FULLY infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood terrorism front group on every level. And that pro-radical Islam group is also in every level of U.S. security agencies.” Lyons went on to say that “the transformation of America has been in full swing ever since 2008.” And when Obama campaigned on a platform to “fundamentally transform America,” Obama has done exactly that! (http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/breaking-four-star-admiral-makes-huge-announcement-obama-muslim-brotherhood-video/#ixzz3mInnhHlX). 

“In 2009 Obama swore in two devout Muslims to Homeland Security posts. Obama and Janet Napolitano appointed Arif Alikhan as assistant secretary for policy development and Kareem Shora, born in Damascus, Syria, as ADC national executive director as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council. (www.FactCheck.org ).

In 2009, another devout Muslim woman was appointed to an Obama post: “The University of Memphis Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) program graduate Fatima Noor has been appointed special assistant in the Office of the Director for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security. Noor was a leader in many honor societies at the U of M. She has done volunteer work with World Relief Memphis and the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition” (www.muslimobserver.com). 

On January 3, 2013, an article at www.investigativeproject.org entitled “Egyptian Magazine: Muslim Brotherhood Infiltrates Obama Administration” lists six American Islamists who work with the Obama administration that are Muslim Brotherhood operatives. “The six named people include: Arif Alikhan, assistant secretary to Homeland Security for policy development; Mohammad Elibiary, a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council; Rashad Hussain, the U.S. special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference; Salam al-Marayati, co-founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC; Imam Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA); and Eboo Patel, a  member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.” 

CIA director John Brennan has been accused of being a Muslim, or at least a little too naïve or deliberately misunderstanding of the Muslim faith and goals. In an article appearing at www.washingtontimes.com, he states, “It’s an ideology of violence, that’s what it is. It is not a religious ideology. … They purport to be Muslims, but the overwhelming majority of Muslims throughout the world roundly denounce and condemn what they’re doing. …” He insisted that it would be a mistake to link terrorists to the Islamic faith. 

Space will not allow every appointee by President Obama, but the evidence certainly leans toward at least a sympathizer of the Islamic faith. However, there is another person that we must address, perhaps the most important of all of Obama’s advisors—Valeria Jarrett. She may be considered the main composer of the deal with Iran.

Valerie June Bowman Jarrett serves as the senior advisor to Obama and assistant for public engagement and intergovernmental affairs. She is also a Chicago lawyer. She was born in Shiraz, Iran, to James E. Bowman and Barbara Taylor Bowman, which gives her a biological connection and possible sympathetic ear to Iran. Her father ran a hospital for children in Shiraz. She also speaks Persian and French. 

“As evidenced by his lengthy FBI file, Bowman was a communist who often collaborated with other Chicago-based members of the Party. In 1957, he re-located to Cuba where he served as an advisor to Fidel Castro.” Her mother’s family was associated with the like of Frank Marshall Davis, Tom Ayers, Bernadine Dohrm, and Bill Ayers who called her a “neighbor and friend.” Her grandfather was a Chicago communist named Robert Rochon Taylor, the first African-American head of the Chicago Housing Authority. Jarrett’s maternal grandmother, Dorothy Taylor, was active with Planned Parenthood in its early years (www.DiscoverTheNetwork.org). 

When she was deputy chief of staff to Mayor Richard Daley she interviewed Michele Robinson (Michele Obama) concerning a job in the mayor’s office. After a dinner meeting, Valerie took both Michele and fiancée Barack under her wing and “introduced them to a wealthier and better-connected Chicago than their own” (www.wikipedia.org). 

Is President Obama’s close rapport with the Muslim world a catalyst for the  ISIS goal of reforming the Ottoman Empire and creating a platform for the invasion of Israel? You be the judge!

Correction to September Prophetic Observer

The source noted as www.nationalreport.com should have been www.nationalreport.net. 


 

Learning To Trust God

by Larry Spargimino

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

—Proverbs 3:5–6

Though the above title for this piece might seem somewhat elementary, I really don’t think it is. Remember, the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing, and trusting God is at the center of the biblical revelation.

No one can escape the sound of a multitude of strident voices all screaming at us that we are coming into hard times: the Shemitah cycle, the blood moons, the specter of financial collapse, and a host of other possible evils of apocalyptic proportions. And amid the noisy choruses of doom, are the voices of those who debate the topic: “Will the church go through the Tribulation?” “How bad will it get?” “Will we survive?” “Is the Antichrist here?” ad infinitum. Please note: Don’t substitute someone’s interpretation of a Scripture. It may be correct and it may not. We are asked to trust the infallible God, not the fallible interpreter.

I want to suggest that a much better endeavor is to learn how to trust God. Learning to trust God will help no matter what happens—even if things don’t happen the way you thought they would.

What Does It Mean To Trust God?

Trusting God means that we believe in His goodness and believe that He wants what is best for us. It also means that sometimes we don’t know what’s best for us and have to realize that we may not immediately see as He sees.

Believing in God is the easy part. Believing that He is working His perfect plan in our lives—especially during hard times—requires trust. Trust involves not just believing in God’s existence, but trusting His ways and His promises.

There’s no place for halfway trust, or a trust that is one option out of many others. The decision to trust God must be irrevocable and final. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are a perfect example of this. They said “no” to the king, and they meant it. “Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up” (Dan. 3:17–18). The king did not like that at all. The next verse says he was “full of fury”—a typical response from human potentates who are impressed with their own power (they are still around today, even in America!). Yet, these three young men had made up their mind. They would trust God, no matter what.

At Three Arch Bay, Laguna Beach, California (now a restricted access beach), is a cliff that hangs over the Pacific. At one time it was fashionable for teen boys and young men (the girls were too sane for such a stunt) to jump off the cliff into the water below. There are rocks at the base of the cliff, so the jumper would have to run and vault himself far enough from the face of the cliff to clear the rocks below and land in deep water. To make the whole stunt more perilous, there is very little running room at the top of the cliff, which is covered with a slippery perennial ground cover known as “ice plant.” As would sometimes happen, jumpers halfway to the edge would have second thoughts and try to stop—which was dangerous. The loss of speed and momentum would surely guarantee a tragic death.

The moral of the story is that cliff jumping—like most major decisions in life—requires total commitment. You either run with all you’ve got or you fail miserably. And that’s true for trusting God.

The cliff analogy, however, falls short in one respect: people don’t have to jump off such a cliff. Trusting God, on the other hand, is something we have to do.

Why Should We Trust God?

Trusting God is often very difficult because people develop the attitude that says: “If I want to get something done I had better do it myself.” Sounds good, yet no one can really live this way. When we board an airliner do we tell the pilot, “Move over because I can fly this monster better than you can”? Do we persuade the surgeon to leave the operating room because “I can perform an appendectomy on myself better than you can”?

We always end up trusting someone. However, we cannot trust someone we do not know. We can only trust God if we know Him as He is revealed in Scripture. If someone says: “trust me,” we have a couple of possible reactions: “Yes, I will trust you,” or “Why should I trust you?” Why, then, should we trust God?

For one thing, God is worthy of our trust. Unlike you, and me, God never lies and never fails to fulfill His promises. “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the Son of man, that he should repent; hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (Numb. 23:19). 

Moreover, God has repeatedly proven Himself to be trustworthy. Every day, Christians experience the faithful, persevering love of God and can testify that He is trustworthy. “Blessed be the Lord, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised, there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant” (1 Kings 8:56; see also Ps. 9:10; Isa. 25:9). 

And let’s be honest, we have no sensible alternative. If we don’t trust God, whom should we trust? Should we put our confidence in ourselves, or in others? Humans are sinful, unpredictable and unreliable. We all have limited understanding and often are swayed by emotion and wrong motives. Even atheists have that problem, but they have no sensible alternative!

God Is Our “Spotter”

In NASCAR races there are individual drivers for every race car, and for every driver there is a spotter. If drivers were left to drive on their own, without extra “eyes,” there’s a high likelihood of a crash, but with the spotter they are able to avoid some serious wrecks. Bob Margolis from Yahoo Sports writes:

The spotter is a team member with a radio who is placed in a high position where they can see as much of the entire race track as is physically possible—usually on top of the highest grandstand. His or her primary job is to make sure the driver is safe during the race, and to function as a second set of “eyes.” More than a anything, it is a job based on TRUST. When the spotter says “clear,” his driver has to trust he is being given good information and that no other car is there, meaning he can move up or down the track.

God is much more than a “team member,” but from His vantage point, God is able to see every detail of our lives. Nothing is hidden from God’s sight, and to Him our road ahead is clearly visible. We can rest content in the knowledge that whatever will happen this fall will not take God by surprise. If you plan to build a bunker, hunker down, and go into hiding, you’ve missed it. Some people see opportunities as problems; we need to see problems as opportunities. Times of national, and now, international, calamity are times of opportunity for faithful Christians to do what no one else can do. No matter how dark the times get there is more need than ever for Christians to be salt and light. We need to restore hope and maximize potential. But we can only do this if we trust God.

Scripture tells us that those who trust God will be like a well-watered tree that provides shelter and safety for others. Jeremiah 17:7–8 tells us: “Blessed [truly happy] is the man that TRUSTETH in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.”

It’s Time for the Jubilee

The Shemitah is a biblical concept popularized by Jonathan Cahn. Shemitah is a Hebrew word meaning “the release,” or “the remission.” The word appears four times in the first two verses of Deuteronomy 15: “At the end of every seven years thou shalt make a RELEASE. And this is the manner of the RELEASE: Every creditor that lendeth ought unto his neighbor shall RELEASE it; he shall not exact it of his neighbor, or of his brother; because it is called the Lord’s RELEASE.”

The Shemitah is to years what the Sabbath is to days: it’s the seventh in a cycle of seven. As every seventh day was the Sabbath day, so every seventh year was the Sabbath year. These are cycles, and after seven Sabbath years something special occurred: the Year of Jubilee (Leviticus 25:8–10).

The Year of Jubilee was a time of restoration. Year one of the new Shemitah cycle runs concurrently with the Year of Jubilee.

God is a God of restoration and hope. Though we may sometimes find it hard to believe, we shouldn’t base our trust in God on what we find easy, or hard, to believe.

So, where do we go from here? A decision is required. The Psalmist wrote: “What time I am afraid, I will TRUST in thee. In God I will praise his word, In God I have put my TRUST; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me” (Psalm 56:3–4).

David was in a time of distress. His life was hanging in the balance. The heading of Psalm 56 says it is a “Michtam of David, when the Philistines took him in Gath.” The historical background is recorded in 1 Samuel 21. In verse 12 we read that David was “sore afraid of Achish the king of Gath.”

Fear has a way of taking our eyes off of God and His resources, but David made the choice to look past his circumstances: “I WILL trust in thee … in God I have put my TRUST.”

This is a decision we have to make every day—especially these days.