Friday, March 30, 2012

My Personal View of Current Events

I have long attempted to tie my study of Biblical prophesy to events we experience in everyday life. Lately, these events have led me to study extensively the teachings in the book of Daniel and the words Jesus gave us concerning his second coming. I do not consider myself a prophet, but I do know that God speaks to me, as He does to us all.

A Brief Bio

At the age of 25, shortly after the birth of my third child, I had just finished a moment of quiet private prayer before going to bed one evening. The room with the most brilliant light imaginable. I had to hide my face. Then a voice that shook me to my very core shouted, "Michael, it is time, I will have you go forth and do my work." I knew what that meant but I had no idea how to fulfill the mission.

I spoke to my Pastor the following day and we agreed I should begin seminary courses via correspondence through the Southern Baptist Convention. I found this wonderfully fulfilling, I filled pulpits around eastern Ohio, taught Sunday school, became a Deacon. When we moved to Columbus I continued my preaching whenever possible by filling pulpits and teaching Sunday school. However, I felt God leading me down another path, as though the "pulpit" was not where He needed me. I felt conflicted and became admittedly frustrated. My seminary courses fell by the wayside after 3 years, my Bible study became basically an argument between God and I; He was going to have to prove things to me. Fortunately, over the past 25 years, He has! He has shown me the work He intended me to do, I embrace it daily even though my stubbornness kept me away far too long.

The Present

Recently, I felt compelled by God in a dream three nights in a row ( I'm BIG on the 3 in a row thing) to renew my study of prophesy in the Book of Daniel. I half-heartedly poked at it in a blog post here in 2009: .
The date March 1, 2013 was constantly implanted in my mind, I wrote it down several times over the course of 5 days while reading Daniel. Then it struck me to apply the days of days Daniel spoke of concerning the desecration of the sacrifice in the Temple...1290 days. Going backward from March 1, 2013 to find the day that "the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up" (Dan. 12:11) results in August 19, 2009.

August 19, 2009

One month before the beginning of Rosh Hashana, President Barack Obama held a teleconference with about 1,000 Jewish rabbis asking them for their help in supporting his health care plan which would be headed for a battle in congress during the Jewish holiday. During this conference, the president quoted the Unetanneh Tokef , the prayer of Rosh Hashana: 
"On Rosh Hashana will be inscribed and on Yom Kippur will be sealed how many will pass from the earth and how many will be created; who will live and who will die; who will die at his predestined time and who before his time.”
 Notice, in asking for support from Jewish rabbis for his sweeping healthcare reform which pervades our freedom of control over our own choice to care for ourselves, he uses a reference from one of their prayers where God's people are praising HIM, rejoicing in HIS power to decide who lives and who dies, and when, and not one of them notices or takes offense!

Granted, these are American rabbis. However, not a single report from Israel came of this event. The most powerful man in the world, who I argue is a Muslim (facts I have in abundance), quotes only the reference in a prayer about "who will live and who will die" while drumming support for a socialist healthcare bill as though he were the one being praised in the prayer. That friends is an abomination! (or as I refer to it, an Obamanation)


I reference my thought on Obama's muslim faith. Here is a tidbit, although circumstantial; enlightening:

10 Quotes by Barack Obama about Islam

#1 "Islam has always been part of America"

#2 "we will encourage more Americans to study in Muslim communities"

#3 "These rituals remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings."

#4 "America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings."

#5 "So I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed"

#6 "Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity and racial equality"

#7 "As a young man, I worked in Chicago communities where many found dignity and peace in their Muslim faith."

#8 "I look forward to hosting an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan here at the White House later this week, and wish you a blessed month."

#9 "That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn’t. And I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear."

#10 "I also know that Islam has always been a part of America’s story."

     Pretty positive all the way through...

10 Quotes By Barack Obama About Christianity

#1 "Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation"

#2 "We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation."

#3 "Which passages of scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is OK and that eating shellfish is an abomination? Or we could go with Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith?"

#4 "Even those who claim the Bible’s inerrancy make distinctions between Scriptural edicts, sensing that some passages – the Ten Commandments, say, or a belief in Christ’s divinity – are central to Christian faith, while others are more culturally specific and may be modified to accommodate modern life."

#5 "The American people intuitively understand this, which is why the majority of Catholics practice birth control and some of those opposed to gay marriage nevertheless are opposed to a Constitutional amendment to ban it. Religious leadership need not accept such wisdom in counseling their flocks, but they should recognize this wisdom in their politics."

#6 From Obama’s book, The Audacity of Hope: "I am not willing to have the state deny American citizens a civil union that confers equivalent rights on such basic matters as hospital visitation or health insurance coverage simply because the people they love are of the same sex—nor am I willing to accept a reading of the Bible that considers an obscure line in Romans to be more defining of Christianity than the Sermon on the Mount."

#7 "I find it hard to believe that my God would consign four-fifths of the world to hell. I can’t imagine that my God would allow some little Hindu kid in India who never interacts with the Christian faith to somehow burn for all eternity. That’s just not part of my religious makeup."

#8 "Those opposed to abortion cannot simply invoke God’s will–they have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths."

#9 On his support for civil unions for gay couples: "If people find that controversial then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount."

#10 "I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people."

Does he sound like a Christian? I am not a judge, God will judge him. I have to live with him therefore I need to make a determination whether I trust his judgement to lead my nation. I pray God will give me wisdom to do so. This man speaks so clearly it seems God uses his voice to slap me upside the head!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Safety 3rd!

I am not gullible enough to believe I had seen all possible insults to the American people from Obutiknowimright, but, seriously? The decision was made to cut defense spending, it seems the dollars just aren't in the budget to maintain the safety and security of our nation, while those who live to see Americans die are beefing up and raising funds by the billions. 500,000 troops will no longer protect our freedoms, at home or abroad. Arguments can be made for either side of the issue, but the insult to you and I is that somehow enough money has been scrounged up to increase entitlement spending, especially "healthcare". Let's face it, tough decisions have to be made to put the budget back on track, cuts are necessary. So let's look at this chart.

Notice how the red and green keep going up...alot, and the others gradually fall. Protection and Defense spending drop almost as much as Healthcare and Pensions rise. I've got an idea how to cut Pensions; pay attention Congress; but that's another blog. Something to look forward to... when the bad guys come and do us harm, the government will take care of illegal immigrant medical bills and retired congressmen will still get paid. Relieved? Illegal aliens 1st, retired still-not-working-for-me politicians 2nd, your safety 3rd.

Then we have the Chevy Volt, manufactured by GM (Government Motors), and in effect already owned by every taxpayer. Did you get yours? Obutchangeisgood bailed the company out with our money, hopped in one of these cars touting it as the green saviour of the U.S. auto industry, and unleashed another Obamination. The thing catches fire, even weeks after an accident. Now we have to bring them all back, spend our money to fix them, and then convince ourselves to buy one. Can't afford it? Well we have a solution for that too. We subsidise your purchase with an $8,000 tax credit! Now all you need is the other $35,000. No problem.
Need-to-spend-a-trillion-dollars 1st, hurry up and look good 2nd, your safety 3rd.

On a more serious note, a navy SEAL in California is on life support today after holding a pistol he thought was unloaded to his head and pulling the trigger. The best training in the world will not save us from our own carelessness. Safety 1st, 2nd, and 3rd!