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-Turkey and Russia Missile Agreement: Implications for an Ezekiel 38-39 Scenario

by Dr. D ~ August 31st, 2017

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Gog and Magog vs. Israel?

Turkey and Russia recently reached an agreement for the sale and installation of a Russian S-400 missile defense system. From a news update on August 25 in Debka File:

Turkey and Russia have reached agreement on the sale of Russian S-400 missile defense systems to Ankara, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Friday. … Defending Turkey as a NATO country buying arms from Russia, Yildirim said his country was working with Russia and Iran in Syria…

Also from an earlier article in Business Insider:

Turkey reached an agreement with Russia to purchase the latter’s most sophisticated missile-defense system, the S-400, a senior Turkish military official told Bloomberg last week.

Under the $2.5 billion agreement Ankara would receive two batteries of the antiaircraft missile from Moscow within the coming year and then produce two more batteries in Turkey.

At the beginning of June, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow was ready to deliver the missile system, and a Russian military-industry official said an agreement on technical details had been reached in mid-June.

<Read the whole article>

Response: I believe that this missile agreement has major implications for the alignment of the nations potentially participating in an Ezekiel 38-39 scenario: Gog and Magog vs. Israel. This development is important because Turkey and Russia are the modern equivalents of a number of the major nations allied against Israel in the prophecy. Now Turkey and Russia are increasingly becoming closer and with this agreement Turkey’s position in NATO and as a close ally of the United States is in question and on the decline.

Note that in the Debka news update that Turkey PM Yildirim said his country was ‘working with Russia and Iran in Syria’ –all 4 are major pieces in the scenario puzzle that have refused to come together until now. In the past Russia and turkey have fought against each other in at least 12 wars and were on opposite sides during the ‘Cold War’ with Turkey as a member of NATO. Also, Turkey and Iran have always been rivals in the past, both represent different major factions in Islam- Sunni (Turkey) and Shia (Iran), with each hoping to become the dominant power and headquarters for a new Islamic Caliphate.

Now Putin of Russia seems to be in the process of bringing these usual rivals all together in the war against ISIS in Syria. So the nations that are listed in the Ezekiel 38-39 attack against Israel are beginning to come together for the first time in history.  —>

<Read the rest of the article on my Apologetica page>               *Top

 

Also see my past articles on the Ezekiel Scenario:

-Updating The Ezekiel 38-39 Scenario

 -Is ‘Gog and Magog’ Beginning to Line Up?

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-California: Use the Wrong Pronoun Go to Jail?

by Dr. D ~ August 30th, 2017

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Soon in California you might find yourself in jail if you work in a care facility and use the wrong pronoun. Here’s the story from the Daily Wire:

California legislators are set to vote this week on a bill that could criminalize using the wrong pronoun to refer to a transgender individual.  …

Titled the "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Long-Term Care Facility Residents Bill of Rights," …

Use "he" instead of "she" and you could face a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail for gender-based discrimination and harassment. The law, which says "knowingly," does not seem to identify a specific standard, leaving interpretation of motive up to authorities.

<Read the whole article>

Response: There is no doubt that Gov. Brown will sign this bill into law once it is passed.

There are real questions about how this law will affect faith-based care facilities. Also the vagueness of identifying intent could make this law unenforceable. Worse, this could become an actual tool of harassment against religious folks and institutions that refuse to bow to the god of transgender ‘state’ theology.  

Another California law that will generate innumerable law suits in the future.  One is tempted to call it ‘welfare’ for lawyers.            *Top

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-Atheists Demand Sen. Rubio Stop Tweeting Bible Verses

by Dr. D ~ August 28th, 2017

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An atheist group has demanded that Sen. Marco Rubio stop tweeting Bible verses claiming that it’s against the Constitution. From the Christian Post:

The nation’s largest atheist organization is demanding that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., stop tweeting Bible verses from his Twitter account, telling him that doing so is a violation of the United States Constitution.

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which advocates for strict adherence to separation of church and state and has over 1,400 members in Florida, sent the 46-year-old 2016 presidential candidate a demand letter on Tuesday to complain about an increase in Rubio’s Bible-themed tweets since May.

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Response: Presidents, governors, senators, members of Congress, and other government officials have quoted from the Bible more times than one can begin to count in the history of our nation. Now all of a sudden this is against the Constitution just because this radical group of atheists say so?

The FFRF group has been extremely successful intimidating government officials with the threat of lawsuits to get their way. No official or government entity can really afford to get tied up in the courts so most just cave-in the their demands. If more folks called their bluff the FFRF would actually have a hard time paying for all of their potential suits and court cases.

When someone serves in the government does that mean they give up their Constitutional rights to religious freedom? That has never been the case in the past and will not be in the future unless the Supreme Court says so. Meanwhile Sen. Rubio plans on continuing to quote from the Bible.               *Top

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-California: Catholic School Removes Statue of Jesus and Mary?

by Dr. D ~ August 26th, 2017

Jesus and Mary –Offensive?

First Robert E. Lee and Jeff Davis, then Washington and Jefferson along with Chris Columbus. Now Jesus and Mary are added to the list of offensive statues?

When is a Catholic school no longer Catholic? When the administrators remove the traditional statue of Jesus and Mary along with 162 out of 180 Catholic icons from public view. Apparently the statue of Jesus and Mary is now in the basement along with other icons in order to be ‘more inclusive’ and less offensive to folks of other religions or those with none. Here’s the story from the Daily Wire:

In the unattainable quest for leftist-deemed inclusivity, a Catholic school in California is purging itself of all remnants of Catholicism, including a statue of baby Jesus and the Virgin Mary.

On Thursday, Marinij.com reported that San Domenico School in San Anselmo, California, had removed and relocated a number of Catholic statues in order to be more inclusive of other religions, sparking strong reactions from parents of students who attend the allegedly Catholic school.

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Response: So the administrators of this school are ashamed of their Catholic Christian identity and deem it as potentially ‘offensive’ to others? The school administrators say  that this has nothing to do with the removal of controversial statues elsewhere. Nevertheless the reasons given (to not offend) are the same. This is an independent ‘Catholic’ Dominican school and they have the right to do whatever they like. This action was not forced by any government agency but the progressive educators at this school chose to bow to the predominate PC Northern California cultural environment.

This gives me pause to consider what may happen in the future as the more liberal Christian institutions and churches in America try to accommodate the larger PC cultural environment. This type of action by ‘Christian’ institutions will have the effect of making more conservative Christian churches and institutions stand out as outliers and violators of what is now considered to be the common PC good in the dominant culture. When that begins to happen real persecution will not be far behind.               *Top

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-Boston Antifa: No Room For…Supporters of The U.S. Constitution

by Dr. D ~ August 21st, 2017

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I had to ask what radicals on the left would come up with next. First the removal of Confederate statues, then Washington and Jefferson, and now supporters of the Constitution? The Boston Antifa oppose racism but a whole lot more on their website. From Townhall:

“There is no room for capitalists, conservatives, libertarians, "classical liberals" or supporters of the US constitution in our city. You MUST leave.”

<Read the whole article>

Response: Incredible since the Constitution actually gives them the right to protest and do what they do. In a previous post I mentioned that the Constitution itself might be one of the next targets of the progressive left, particularly the First and Second Amendments. But I really didn’t expect a leftist group to come out against it so clearly and so soon.

If you kick the ‘classical liberals’ out of Boston who will be left? And who is going to pay the taxes that support all of the social programs in Boston if business folks and capitalists are banished? Also, the ‘Supporters of the Constitution’ have to include the majority even in liberal Boston. Fortunately this group is on the fringe and represents only a small minority on the left even though they have received large media support and acclaim for their recent protests.

Nevertheless, look for a progressive drumbeat to revise the Constitution in the near future. Free Speech and Religious liberty are already under attack and I have seen several recent articles calling for a new ‘Constitutional Convention’ to revise the very foundation of our nation.                  *Top

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-CNN commentator: Remove Statues of Washington and Jefferson Also!

by Dr. D ~ August 18th, 2017

A CNN commentator has called for the removal of the statues and monuments to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson along with the Confederate memorials. From The Blaze:

Angela Rye, CNN political commentator and former executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus, told CNN’s Kate Bolduan on Thursday that she believes statues and monuments of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson also need to be removed in addition to the Confederate monuments.  …

“George Washington was a slave owner, and we need to call slave owners out for what they are, whether we think they were protecting American freedom or not,” Rye said. “He wasn’t protecting my freedom. My ancestors weren’t deemed human beings to him.

“So to me, I don’t care if it’s a George Washington statue or a Thomas Jefferson statue or a Robert E. Lee statue. They all need to come down,” she said.

<Read the whole article>

The CNN story is not the only one along this line. Al Sharpton is also targeting Jefferson:

In an interview with Charlie Rose earlier this week, Rev. Al Sharpton called for the government to strip public funding of the Jefferson Memorial.  …

Al Sharpton: When you look at the fact that public monuments are supported by public funds, you are asking me to subsidize the insult of my family.

<Read the whole article>

Response: Christians cannot support racism in any way or form. But how should we react to the current PC moves to remove all statues and monuments to American historical figures who in some way supported or participated in slavery or in the Confederacy?

Twelve of our presidents owned slaves at one time or another. The last on the list will be a surprise to most:

George Washington

Thomas Jefferson

James Madison

James Monroe

Andrew Jackson

Martin Van Buren

William Henry Harrison

John Tyler

James K. Polk

Zackary Taylor

Andrew Johnson

Ulysses S. Grant

Shall All of these folks be expunged from our history along with all of their statues, monuments, and honors including state, city, school, and street names? Or shall we learn from the past and recognize that some of our heroes had major flaws.

I would rather see clarifying plaques explaining why these historical figures have been honored by Americans in the past along with commentary on the things we should not continue to honor in their lives. Why not let our citizens and particularly the children be exposed to both the pluses and the negative points of our history. Let’s learn by our history rather than destroy it or repeat it. 

My question for the day is this:

Shall we add liberal icon FDR to this list of infamy since he confiscated the property of Japanese Americans and had them put in consecration camps? And what about President Truman who gave the order to kill thousands of women and children dropping 2 nuclear bombs. Americans of that generation thought it was a good way to win and end a war but that runs counter to the present PC notion. Also what about all of our leaders who participated in the wholesale slaughter of native Americans and the destruction of their cultures? Some of them were presidents and some are still considered to be war heroes.

My point is this- where does it all end and what is next? Some are already suggesting that the founding documents including the Constitution itself can not be trusted and needs to be revised since so many slave owners participated in its production. I have also literally seen hundreds of articles in the last several years calling for limitations and even suspension of the First Amendment.

Already there are those calling for a new ‘Constitutional Convention’ in order to revise the current document without going through the laborious and difficult amendment process. Beware of those wanting to change the Constitution. What we would undoubtedly end up getting is something far worse than we presently have and one shorn of the First and Second Amendments and goodness knows what else.                 *Top

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