(Galatians 1:8) But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!
(John 8:32) And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free
DOES JESUS FEEL OUR PAIN?
QUESTION: I was wondering if you believe that God enters into our suffering as well as having already suffered for our sins? If so, do you know how He does this? Does He feel our current pain and/or anguish right along with us, or is it a type of suffering that I might have with a friend, more like compassion?
ANSWER: I believe the Lord understands our pain and suffering, having experienced pain that was more severe than any we’ll ever feel. Isaiah 53:3-4 says He was familiar with suffering and that He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows. The Hebrew words here refer to physical suffering and pain as well as emotional distress. The pain and suffering He endured on the cross allow Him to identify with ours. That makes it more than an intellectual understanding of what we’re going through. It’s a very personal thing for Him.
WHY DOES GOD ALLOW PAIN?
QUESTION: I wanted to know why does God allow people to suffer pain?
ANSWER: Don’t blame God for the pain in the world. Blame Satan. There was no pain before Adam and Eve sinned. Nor will there be any in the New Jerusalem after the Rapture.
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Rev. 21:4)
Pain is a consequence of evil having come into the world and as long as it’s here there will be pain. But Jesus took up our sickness and carried our pain when He went to the cross. Because of the punishment He took on our behalf we can be healed from our pain (Isaiah 53:4-5). That means we can pray for healing from the sickness and pain we periodically feel and be encouraged to know there’s a day coming when it will all end forever.
PAIN AND SUFFERING
QUESTION: In some of your posts it almost sounds like you’re saying we don’t have to experience pain and suffering in this life. That would be so great and I’d love to believe that all suffering and pain can be removed through enough faith and prayer. But what did Jesus mean when He said to take up your cross and follow Me (Luke 9:23)?
ANSWER: I have never said that we don’t have to experience pain and suffering in this life. What I’ve said is God is not the cause of it.
The idea of taking up our cross or having a cross to bear as being a reference to pain or suffering is a man made construction based on a misunderstanding of Luke 9:23. When Jesus said to take up our cross and follow Him He was calling us to do as He was doing. Matt. 26:39 tells us He laid down His will in favor of His Father’s will. Romans 12:1-2 explains that’s exactly what we’re called to do. We’re to lay down our will for our life and embrace God’s will for our life instead.
When people say God allows us to suffer for our own good, they’re forgetting that the Bible tells us the whole world is currently under control of the Evil One (1 John 5:19). They’re forgetting that Jesus said we would have trials in this world, but to take heart because He has overcome the world (John 16:33). These statements wouldn’t make sense if God was the one allowing the trials to happen.
When sin came into the world it changed the creation in ways we can’t imagine. What little we know about life before the Fall tells us that pain and suffering were never part of God’s will for us, and no matter how much of it we have to endure in this evil place, none of it comes from Him and none of it makes us any more worthy in His sight. It’s simply the price we all have to pay because sin came into the world.
But God promised that in the next life there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain for the old order of things will have passed away (Rev. 21:4). I can hardly wait!
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BENJAMIN NETANYAHU MAKES 3 VERY BOLD MOVES AS HE PREPARES ISRAEL TO TAKE ON IRAN MILITARILY IN QUEST TO STOP THEIR NUCLEAR AMBITIONS
In Tel Aviv the next evening, Mr. Netanyahu gave a bravura PowerPoint performance on live television from inside the Defense Ministry, flaunting the booty pilfered from a secret Tehran warehouse by an intrepid Mossad team — evidence, he said, of Iranian deceit about its long-running efforts to develop a nuclear bomb. The revelation came less than two weeks before President Trump is to announce a decision on whether to withdraw from the international agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program.
In three bold moves this week — with F-15s, a PowerPoint presentation and the passage of a contentious new law — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has strengthened his hand in trying to foil Iran’s strategic ambitions, while potentially pulling the two nations closer to direct conflict.
“But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.” Luke 21:9 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: As Iran continues to build their military presence in Syria, Israel knows that the time is short before the two nations are going to have to engage each other on the battlefield. Israeli PM Netanyahu is taking the unpopular but necessary steps to protect his country and his people, but of course the liberal media will only ever see this as ‘Israeli aggression” when in fact it is much-needed self defense. May 14th is now 11 days away…
In Syria late Sunday, F-15s, widely assumed to be Israel’s, struck facilities where Iran and its proxies had entrenched themselves. The attack on a storage site near Hama destroyed 200 missiles and killed at least 16 people, 11 of them Iranians.
In Tel Aviv the next evening, Mr. Netanyahu gave a bravura PowerPoint performance on live television from inside the Defense Ministry, flaunting the booty pilfered from a secret Tehran warehouse by an intrepid Mossad team — evidence, he said, of Iranian deceit about its long-running efforts to develop a nuclear bomb.
The revelation came less than two weeks before President Trump is to announce a decision on whether to withdraw from the international agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program. Israeli officials portrayed it as an attempt to provide Mr. Trump — Mr. Netanyahu’s close ally — with backing for the decision, which they believe the president has already made.
Even as Mr. Netanyahu was speaking, his coalition in Parliament was pushing through a bill that would shift the power to go to war or carry out a military operation from the full cabinet to the smaller security cabinet — and, under “extreme circumstances,” allow the prime minister and defense minister alone to order such action.
In short order, Mr. Netanyahu had managed to exploit important political, military and intelligence advantages to advance his agenda on both the nuclear and conventional fronts, intensify the pressure on Iran, and free his hand under Israeli law to take the country to war without cabinet approval.
Taken together, his moves have prompted longtime observers of the prime minister, whom they have long credited with a healthy aversion to all-out warfare, to ask if he may have turned to a grim new way of thinking.
“All these years he was trigger-unhappy,” said Nahum Barnea, a respected columnist at Yediot Ahronoth. “And I believe that we should appreciate him for being so cautious about using military power. Now, it seems that he is pushing everybody toward a more hostile environment.”
Mr. Barnea said the hostile political environment Mr. Netanyahu faces could also be a factor: He is awaiting a likely indictment in a sprawling corruption scandal; he is believed to want to hold elections before any criminal charges materialize; and he has been presenting himself to his political base as the only Israeli leader capable of keeping the country safe.
“I don’t rule out any reason,” Mr. Barnea said. “And I’m sure there is more than one reason.”
All three actions this week further Mr. Netanyahu’s longtime goals.
As early as 2010, he sought to prepare for an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, but was stopped repeatedly by his own cabinet. He railed against the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement from its inception under President Barack Obama, contending it would allow Tehran to threaten Israel with atomic weapons within a decade’s time. And he has vowed for months to prevent Iran from establishing a conventional offensive threat to Israel from inside Syria.
The new war powers law, approved Monday on a vote of 62 to 41, was not written with the current skirmishes with Iran or the current prime minister and defense minister in mind, according to one of the measure’s architects.
Still, critics note that the corruption cases against Mr. Netanyahu, and the lack of security experience in his defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman, could raise questions about their motivations should they decide to take Israel to war.
And while the power applies only in “extreme circumstances,” the law does not define what those are.
Some experts said the new law may not have a dramatic effect. The prime minister and defense minister are unlikely to go to war without strong political backing and the support of the military and security agencies, some experts said, which have proven in the past to be cautious.
“A government cannot go to war, no matter what the law says, without a national consensus,” said Shlomo Avineri, professor emeritus of political science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. “Obviously a prime minister under investigation is limited by the kind of choices he can take, and they will be scrutinized even more than usual.”
Crucially, the show of force in Syria and the show-and-tell of spycraft both come as Iran is constrained from plunging into a shooting war with Israel, either by itself or by proxy. Its own public is increasingly restive. Its close ally in Lebanon, Hezbollah, which might otherwise be counted on to retaliate against Israel, is reined in, at least for the moment, by elections on May 6, in which it is fielding candidates.
Most of all, with President Trump set to announce his decision on the nuclear agreement by May 12, Iran is unlikely to give Mr. Trump any fresh excuses to quit it.
“That’s just an opportunity for Israel to do what needs to be done, and at relatively low cost,” said Daniel Shapiro, the former United States ambassador to Israel under Mr. Obama.
Analysts said Mr. Netanyahu’s fight to arrest Iran’s conventional-arms buildup in Syria was linked not merely by coincidence of timing to his efforts to deny Tehran a nuclear option. Just as North Korea amassed a huge arsenal of artillery to threaten Seoul while it worked to develop nuclear arms, Mr. Shapiro said, Iran is seeking to threaten Israeli territory, with drones and precision-guided missiles from within Syria, “while it uses time and negotiations and delays to advance their nuclear ambitions.”
Amos Yadlin, a former chief of Israel’s military intelligence who now heads the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, said Iran’s nuclear and conventional threats were “aimed at the same goal: to destroy Israel.”
Mr. Yadlin said the nuclear deal had succeeded in stopping Iran from pursuing nuclear weapons for a number of years.
“So they built a conventional force against Israel in Syria — with ballistic missiles, with precise guidance,” he said. “And this is the most dangerous threat towards Israel today in 2018.” source
STOPPING THE FORMATION OF THE IRANIAN WAR MACHINE
It is a term that accurately describes what Iran is working to build in Syria—and what Israel is determined to nip in the bud—before Syria joins Lebanon in becoming a second Iranian proxy state.
The massive explosions that resulted from the strikes were so powerful that they were registered as a 2.6 magnitude earthquake by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre. It also indicated that heavy weapons—possibly surface-to-surface missiles with extended ranges and big warheads—were the target.
If Iran had smuggled such weapons into Syria, their only conceivable target could be Israeli cities, sensitive strategic sites and military bases. In other words, Iran is continuing to try and build up its attack capabilities in Syria, and testing Jerusalem’s determination to stop it.
This is part of Iran’s grand strategy of “a thousand cuts” in Syria, designed eventually to complete its takeover of the country, following the victory of the pro-Syrian President Bashar Assad alliance led by Iran and Russia.
Conflicting reports emerged about casualties in the latest incident. This may be because Iran chose to enter a sphere of deniability over the latest strike. Not acknowledging the extent of the damage that Iran incurred would suit its interests because the weapons that were struck in those depots should not have been in Syria.
Whatever did explode during the strikes, it is safe to assume, was part of Tehran’s ongoing attempt to build up its strike capability.
If left unchecked, the Iranians could try to mobilize military formations to the Israeli border via emerging land corridors connecting Iran to Syria. For years, Iran has used planes to smuggle weapons, proxy militia fighters and send its own military units into Syria, with many of these activities disrupted in the process.
Israel’s messaging has been persistent, despite the fact that the stakes are clearly going up. Israel will not allow Iran to proceed with its takeover plans for Syria and is not willing to step back from enforcing its red lines, irrespective of Iran’s threats of retribution and Russia’s concerns over the situation.
At the start of April, Iran tried to create “new rules” for the escalating conflict between it and Israel on Syrian soil. In response to an alleged Israeli airstrike on an Iranian air base in central Syria, which killed several IRGC members, Iranian officials started openly threatening revenge.
If Israel struck again on Sunday night, the resulting message appears to be that Iran can “keep score” all it likes of past strikes and can continue to threaten revenge, but this will not deter Israel from responding to intelligence of threatening activity that comes in.
Taking Iran’s threats seriously
Israel’s determination to protect its vital interests in Syria should not be confused with trivializing the Iranian threats. The Israeli defense establishment is taking Iran’s vows to respond quite seriously.
Iran can be expected to react in a way that would be painful for Israel, but still avert an escalation into a full-scale conflict. Yet such an option remains evasive for any Iranian strike that can be traced back to it could result in major Israeli counterstrikes on Iranian assets—be they in Syria or elsewhere.
This high stakes, low-profile conflict could escalate significantly if Hezbollah—Iran’s proxy army in Lebanon—becomes involved.
While no side is seeking all-out war, smaller incidents hold the potential of snowballing into larger conflicts; for this reason, threats of Iranian retaliation cannot be dismissed.
A small display of Israel’s capabilities
The latest reported incidents have given Iran and its axis a taste of Israel’s unparalleled intelligence and strike capabilities.
The ability to track Iran’s movements around the region with such accuracy—and to back up this intelligence with precision strike capabilities—is bound to make Iran think twice about how to respond.
Moreover, a remarkable level of cooperation exists between Israel’s air force, which acts as the police force in the skies, tracking and responding to violations of Israeli red lines; the Military Intelligence Directorate; and the IDF’s C4i Branch, which built a cutting-edge digital military network. This cooperation has created new abilities for the Jewish state.
The Iranians will have no choice but to take stock of these abilities when they consider their options in responding to the latest developments. An ability to strike two targets in northern Syria suggests an equal ability to conduct mass strikes with the same level of precision. Such capabilities would put many things that are dear to Iran in Syria at significant risk.
END OF DAYS EXPERT ON IRAN: ‘THINGS ARE ABOUT TO GET BIBLICAL!’
By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz – https://www.breakingisraelnews.com
“Therefore prophesy, O mortal, and say to Gog: Thus said Hashem: Surely, on that day, when My people Yisrael are living secure, you will take note.” Ezekiel 38:14 (The Israel Bible™)
As Iran and Israel come into direct conflict in Syria and world leaders wonder what to do about Iran’s nuclear program, Rabbinic authorities look to prophecy to find clear answers for a developing situation that one end-of-days expert says is “about to get Biblical.”
The gravity of the rising tensions between Israel and Iran was described by an unnamed senior US official in an interview with NBC News.
“On the list of the potentials for most likely live hostility around the world, the battle between Israel and Iran in Syria is at the top of the list right now,” the official said.
Rabbi Pinchas Winston, a prolific author on end-of-days subjects, agreed with that assessment though he expressed it in Rabbinic terms.
“Things are about to get Biblical,” Rabbi Winston told Breaking Israel News. “Some people thought the Bible was dead. They thought they could sit back and relax. That is clearly not the case in Syria and soon, that will be clear to everyone.”
The concern that Israel and Iran may become enmeshed in a war in the near future is due to recent escalation of Israel’s conflict with Iran from indirect aggression to direct confrontation. Previously, Iran’s aggression against Israel was expressed as one of the world’s leading state sponsors of terrorism with Israel, the primary target of Islamic terrorism. Iran supports Hamas in Gaza and provides missiles to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
This proxy aggression was suddenly transformed into direct confrontation in February when an Iranian drone armed with missiles sent out from a Syrian military base was shot down by the IAF over Israel. Israel retaliated with an airstrike against the T4 base from where the drone originated, killing seven Iranian military personnel.
The confrontation between Israel and Iran is heating up even more. On Sunday, an airstrike allegedly carried out by the Israeli Air Force against a military base near Hama in Western Syria killed over 20 military personnel and destroyed a shipment of arms recently delivered from Iran to forces of President Bashar al-Assad. The Iranian ISNA news agency reported that 18 Iranians including a commander, were killed in the airstrike. This is the second time in one month that Israel has reportedly struck a Syrian base manned by Iranian personnel.
Iran is establishing military bases in war-torn Syria in an apparent attempt to create a land bridge to the Mediterranean that will allow them to dominate the region. According to the US officials cited by NBC News, Russia is now running the air war for Assad while Iran is running the land war.
Iran now has a substantial military presence in Iran to support its leadership role in the Syrian civil war. On Friday, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, told the UN Security Council that Iran has gathered more than 80,000 Shiite jihadists in Syria. In the past two weeks, military flights from Iran to Syria have increased drastically, supplying the Assad regime with weapons and materiel.
In what seems to be political preparation for a war with Iran, the Knesset passed a law on Monday giving the prime minister authority to declare war or to order a major military operation after consulting with the minister of defense. Before this law was passed, a vote by the full cabinet was required to initiate such military actions.
According to Rabbi Winston, Iran’s military presence in Syria is the match that will set off an even greater explosion in Syria.
“It is important to remember that Syria was once part of Israel,” Rabbi Winston said. “King David instilled a level of kedusha (holiness) into the land when he conquered it. Iran is attacking specifically any holiness in the world and they are beginning in Syria, which was the fringe of Israel’s sanctity. Of course, their ultimate goal is to wipe out all of God’s holiness in the world.”
Rabbi Winston cited a prophecy in the Yalkut Shimoni, a compilation of rabbinic commentary on the Bible believed to have been composed in the 13th century, that mentioned Persia (known today as Iran) as the catalyst that will set off an apocalyptic multinational war.
“Rabbi Yitzchok said: The year in which Melech Hamashiach (Messiah king) will be revealed, all the nations of the world will be provoking each other…The king of Persia will provoke the King of Arabia. The King of Arabia, will go to Edom to take counsel and the King of Persia will threaten to destroy the entire world. The nations of the world will be outraged and panic. They will fall on their faces and will experience pains like birth pangs. Israel too, will be outraged and in a state of panic ask, “Where do we go?” (Yalkut Shimoni, Isaiah, 60:499)
Persia is also explicitly identified by the Prophet Ezekiel as an end-of-days foe of Israel.
I will turn you around and put hooks in your jaws, and lead you out with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all of them clothed in splendor, a vast assembly, all of them with bucklers and shields, wielding swords. Among them shall be Persia, Nubia, and Put, everyone with shield and helmet; Ezekiel 38:4-5
“The conflict with Iran isn’t like a normal political crisis such as the Cuban missile Crisis or even North Korea,” Rabbi Winston explained. “Kim Jong Un was afraid and in his political maneuvering, he was just looking for a good way to back down. This isn’t the case with Iran. This is a Biblically based, prophetic crisis.”
“It is important to remember that Iran is actually the modern-day incarnation of Biblical Persia and Israel is the result of God’s covenant with the Jews,” the rabbi said. “You have one country whose existential drive is to stay alive in order to bring God’s word to the world. And set against us you have another country whose existential drive is to watch the world burn so they can move on to the next stage of their destiny.”
Rabbi Hillel Weiss, spokesman for the nascent Sanhedrin (an initiative to reinstate the Biblically mandated court of 71 elders), insists that due to the Biblical nature of the conflict, there are alternative outcomes.
“Iran is a thin veneer covering Persia, a nation with an ancient heritage that appears in the Bible,” Rabbi Weiss said. “In the story of Purim, we see that Persia set out to destroy the Jews. In the end, Persia initiated the building of the Second Temple. In the same manner, the current situation can turn around. If Iran returns to its Persian roots, they can play a major role in bringing the geula (redemption).”
Towards this end, the Sanhedrin and the Mikdash (Temple) Educational Center are minting a special edition coin specifically aimed at reawakening this Temple mandate among the Persians.
THE WHIRLING WINDS OF PROPHECY
Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
The prophets of the Bible speak of a day when the traditional enemies of Israel will come against the country “like a cloud to cover the land” (Ezekiel 38:9, 16)” and God will rebuke the nations that rush against Israel “like a rolling thing before the whirlwind” (Isaiah 17:13, 41:16).” Revelation 13:7 speaks of the beast, “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them.” These are end time prophecies that indicate there will be nations led by the beast (Gog, the Assyrian, King of the North, the prince that shall come, little horn, etc.), against Israel. The world political stage elevating Islam in the recent decade has emboldened these players as the whirling winds of prophecy are forming up.
Gog of Magog (Turkey), chief prince of Meshech (Turkey) and Tubal (Turkey) leads Persia (Iran), Libya, Ethiopia (Sudan), Gomer (Turkey), Togarmah (Turkey), Sheba (Saudi Arabia) and Dedan (Saudi Arabia) against Israel to “take a spoil and to take a prey (Ezekiel 38:12).” This coalition originates and is led from areas which are currently in Turkey. Turkey is becoming increasingly radical. The Gatestone Institute reports that at an April 11 event to unveil the 2017 European Islamophobia Report, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called on European governments to criminalize criticism of Islam as “a hate crime and a form of racism.” In essence, If adopted in Europe, Jews and Christians could be killed or incarcerated for their belief in the Bible, as they are in many Islamic nations today.
The leader of the terrorist-backed Palestinian Liberation Organization/Palestinian Authority singled out Jews as the cause of growing anti-Semitism in Europe. AP reports “In rambling remarks that were part of a lengthy speech to the PLO parliament on Monday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said it was the Jews’ “social function,” including money-lending, that caused animosity toward them in Europe, citing what he said were books by Jewish authors. He also portrayed the creation of Israel as a European colonial project, saying “history tells us there is no basis for the Jewish homeland.” His remarks prompted an immediate response from the US Ambassador to Israel, “To all those who think Israel is the reason that we don’t have peace, think again.”
These are just two examples of what is happening around the Middle East to influence Europe (the West) against Jews and Christians. They are stirring up trouble and trying to establish a narrative that is friendly to the end time beast system and diabolically against Jews, Christians, and Israel. Interestingly enough, the very countries that are listed as coming against Israel are part and parcel to this stirring. Turkey’s leaders are very vocal about those who resist Islam. Also remember that Turkey and Iran both are ardent supporters of the “Palestinian” movement to divide the land of Israel and to drive the Jews into the sea. These two events, while seemingly unrelated, are part of the whirling winds of prophecy.
CANADIAN CHRISTIAN SCHOOL SHUT DOWN FOR TEACHING BIBLE VERSES
If you had asked any Canadian conservative five years ago if Alberta would be the main battleground in the war over the rights of Christians to pass their values and their beliefs on to their children, they would have laughed. And yet, here we are.
The Alberta NDP wants to transform the Albertan school system before their time in power runs out, and Education Minister David Eggen bears an enormous animus towards Christians schools, which he will exercise to the full extent of his power until he gets the boot. And now this, from the National Post:
An Alberta Christian school that clashed with its school division over teaching certain Bible verses may be forced to shut down. The Battle River School Division voted last week to close Cornerstone Christian Academy in Kingman, Alta., southeast of Edmonton at the end of the school year.
The relationship started to fray about a year ago when the school division asked the school to stop teaching certain Bible verses that discussed sexuality. School division trustees said that they believed the verses could contravene Alberta’s human rights code.
Just to be clear here: A school board believes, and stated openly, that passages of the Bible could be in violation of Alberta’s human rights code. Their response to this, of course, was to ask that those passages no longer be mentioned, rather than considering the fact that there could be some overreach on the part of those drafting or interpreting that human rights code.
Christians have been warning that this could happen for some time, and those warnings were always scoffed off as paranoia.
Now that we’re here, of course, those same scoffers will instead be full of righteous indignation at the idea that anyone would even consider taking such a homophobic book seriously in the first place—or suggest that, like former broadcaster Michael Coren, Christians consider eliminating or reinterpreting those passages of Scripture that certain groups might find offensive.
The board, of course, claims that all fault lies with the Christian school:
School board chairman Kendall Severson said that was eventually dealt with, but the bigger issue was a lack of co-operation. The school argues the division’s attempts at censoring biblical references in the curriculum are illegal and wants the courts to stop the closure.
“I guess it was the unwillingness to work together for a communications protocol on how we communicate with each other and dealing with issues that arise,” Severson said, pointing to an ongoing legal challenge brought against the division by the Cornerstone Christian Academy Society.
“We can’t work together with an organization that’s got legal action against us, and not willing to come together and work on an agreement.” Deanna Margel, the society board’s chairwoman, said there is a “great misunderstanding” of what faith means in today’s culture.
“What is happening at the school is a good opportunity for people to discuss their different ideas and talk about how we deal with those things,” she said. “Anybody familiar with the Christian Bible will recognize that there are many, many, many passages of Scripture that are offensive to even those of us who follow Christ.”
Whenever cases like this appear in the public square, there are always post-Christian Christians who are scurrying to remind everyone that they don’t actually believe all that stuff—they’re just here for the forgiveness parts (not that there’s much that needs forgiveness, once all of the “offensive” passages have been carefully excised from Scripture.)
The reason for this, as I cover in my 2016 book The Culture War, is so that they can present themselves as the “real” Christians, the “compassionate” Christians, while tsk-tsking at those who still believe that the Bible is actually the Word of God.
And while they assure the public that the rights of Christians are not being violated because they are Christians and they do not feel as if any of their rights have been violated, parents are stuck trying to figure out how to get a traditional Christian education for their children:
Parents are already considering their options if the legal fight fails.
“Many different parents are doing many different things: some going to home schooling, some having to drive their kids 40 minutes to 45 minutes away,” said Gabe Vorhees, who sends his four children to Cornerstone. “None of us really want to be part of this school division.”
He said his family was happy with the division before it decided to close the school, but doesn’t trust it anymore. Vorhees said he believes there’s a lot of internal animosity. “We are people of faith and we’re a community of faith and we choose to forgive, but we also have rights.”
If things don’t go their way in court, the school society’s backup plan is to reopen as a private school in the fall. Margel acknowledged that would make for a busy summer for the school society, because that would involve a lot of paperwork under tight timelines.
Cornerstone teachers also have a choice to make. They are employees of the school division, so staying on at a revamped Cornerstone would mean giving up their jobs with the public school board.
These schools, it bears pointing out, were often built with the blood, sweat, and tears of immigrant families who could not afford the money but pinched their pennies anyways in order to ensure that their children could receive a Christian education.
My grandparents worked tirelessly to send their children to Christian schools that were often built in large part by volunteers—even though they were immigrants just starting out with no money to spare, Christian education was a priority for them.
We may have to sacrifice to get our children a Christian education, too—and this time around, it won’t just be a financial sacrifice.
FACEBOOK LAUNCHES NEW ALGORITHM TO BEGIN PURGE OF CONSERVATIVE AND CHRISTIAN VOICES JUST IN TIME TO INFLUENCE THE 2018 ELECTIONS
In March 2018 Western Journal also published a study that found conservative publishers were hit the hardest by the recent Facebook algorithm changes. The report found that liberal publishers actually saw a 2 percent increase in traffic. Conservative publishers lost an average of 14 percent in traffic. On Tuesday Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will ramp up its censorship of “controversial” political content. The announcement was made to a group of liberal publishers and the anti-Trump Wall Street Journal.
In January 2017, Facebook began making algorithm changes to make sure conservative and Christian news was no longer so influential. Now The End Begins Facebook traffic has consistently decreased with each algorithm change.
“The instruments also of the churl are evil: he deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right. But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand.” Isaiah 32:7,8 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: In Nazi Germany, when Hitler wanted to “rank” the Jews, he made them all wear a yellow star as they were placed into ghettos. Now Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to do the same thing to Conservative and Christian voices on his social media site. His ‘yellow star’ is a new ranking algorithm which will separate out Conservative and Christian posts, identify them as ‘fake news’ no matter the actual content, and then assign them their place in the Facebook ‘ghetto’ where very few if anyone will ever actually read them. Zuckerberg says that this will “restore trust” to Facebook in much the same way that Hitler told the Jews that going in to the shower would refresh them. What he didn’t tell them that the showers were actually gas chambers. Before the purge began in early 2017, NOW THE END BEGINS had an average of 2 million views per month. Now we average around 500,000 which has resulted in a 75% drop in revenue from ad placement. That’s why we started the fundraiser last year. Eventually, Conservatives and Christian voices will be eliminated altogether from platforms like Facebook, but until we are, we will continue to expose the darkness of the times in which we live.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Tuesday that the company has already begun to implement a system that ranks news organizations based on trustworthiness, and promotes or suppresses its content based on that metric.
Zuckerberg said the company has gathered data on how consumers perceive news brands by asking them to identify whether they have heard of various publications and if they trust them.
“We put [that data] into the system, and it is acting as a boost or a suppression, and we’re going to dial up the intensity of that over time,” he said. “We feel like we have a responsibility to further [break] down polarization and find common ground.”
Zuckerberg met with a group of news media executives at the Rosewood Sand Hill hotel in Menlo Park after delivering his keynote speech at Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference Tuesday.
The meeting included representatives from BuzzFeed News, the Information, Quartz, the New York Times, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, NBC, Recode, Univision, Barron’s, the Daily Beast, the Economist, HuffPost, Insider, the Atlantic, the New York Post, and others.
The event, called “OTR” (shorthand for “off the record”), is an annual gathering meant for new media news executives to talk shop. It is in its second year. Zuckerberg’s remarks were initially meant to be, like the name of the conference, off the record, but he agreed to answer questions on the record.
Zuckerberg said the company will invest “billions” of dollars in a combination of artificial intelligence and tens of thousands of human moderators to keep both fake news and deliberate propaganda at bay, especially in elections.
“We’re essentially going to be losing money on doing political ads,” he said of the investment the company is making to avoid a repeat of the spread of Russian propaganda in the 2016 US election.
“The big miss is we didn’t expect these kind of coordinated information operations” in 2016, said Zuckerberg, and that the company was more focused on hacking in malware. He said the company is expecting that kind of information war now and has already successfully countered it in elections from France to Alabama.
“We deployed AI tools that have taken down tens of thousands of accounts,” he said of those elections.
Zuckerberg’s Announcement Means Final Remaining Conservative Voices on Facebook Will Be Eliminated by Election Day
In January 2017, Facebook began making algorithm changes to make sure conservative news was no longer so influential. The Gateway Pundit Facebook traffic has consistently decreased with each algorithm change.
A March 2018 study by The Outline organization found conservative publishers were hit the hardest by Facebook algorithm changes. The study also showed that The Gateway Pundit was hit the hardest.
In March 2018 Western Journal also published a study that found conservative publishers were hit the hardest by the recent Facebook algorithm changes. The report found that liberal publishers actually saw a 2 percent increase in traffic. Conservative publishers lost an average of 14 percent in traffic.
Facebook official Campbell Brown, a former anchor on NBC and CNN, told attendees at a recent technology and publishing conference that Facebook would be censoring news publishers based on its own internal biases. And they did.
On Tuesday Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will ramp up its censorship of “controversial” political content. The announcement was made to a group of liberal publishers and the anti-Trump Wall Street Journal. source
END TIMES BOMBSHELL AS ARCHAEOLOGISTS UNCOVER THE LOST BIBLICAL CITY OF EGLON WHERE ISRAEL WAS HELD CAPTIVE FOR THEIR DISOBEDIENCE
Interestingly, all the news outlets running this story today attempt to tie in the discovery of Eglon with King David, but that is not what the Bible shows us at all. 9 of the 13 references to Eglon are found in the book of Joshua, the leader of Israel who succeeded Moses. The remaining four references to Elgon are found in the book of Judges. David, the boy who would be king over all Israel, is not born until the book of Ruth which follows Judges.
The fact that this find comes mere days ahead of the 70th anniversary of regathered Israel on May 14th, 1948, and the fact that Elgon is a place where God chose to judge the Jews, makes this archaeological discovery amazing all by itself.
“And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done evil in the sight of the LORD.” Judges 3:12 (KJV)
Archaeologists digging at the Tel Eton site in Jerusalem have made a fascinating discovery. They have unearthed what they believe to be the first evidence ever for the the existence of the biblical city of Eglon, mentioned 13 times in the King James Bible. Their findings were published today as we read in this from the Daily Mail UK:
“The dig, which took place in the Judean Shephelah to the east of the Hebron hills, was led by Professor Avraham Faust of Bar-Ilan University. The site, Tel Eton, is an artificial mound that is made up of the built up ruins of ancient cultures that existed in the same spot for millennia. Some scholars say it is the site of the Canaanite city of Eglon, later listed in the bible as part of the Tribe of Judah. Now, the results of radiocarbon dating samples taken from the floors and foundations of a dwelling – until recently buried deep under the surface of the mound – have been published. They show it dates to around the same time as King David, who ruled in the highlands, and ties in to social changes in the region associated with the ruler.” source
Interestingly, all the news outlets running this story today attempt to tie in the discovery of Eglon with King David, but that is not what the Bible shows us at all. 9 of the 13 references to Eglon are found in the book of Joshua, the leader of Israel who succeeded Moses. The remaining four references to Elgon are found in the book of Judges. David, the boy who would be king over all Israel, is not born until the book of Ruth which follows Judges.
But the fact that this find comes mere days ahead of the 70th anniversary of regathered Israel on May 14th, 1948, and the fact that Elgon is a place where God chose to judge the Jews, makes this archaeological discovery amazing all by itself. Why, you ask? Because God is getting ready to judge the Jews one last time, and it will be the greatest time of trial and tribulation that this world has ever seen. The time of Jacob’s trouble.
Jesus in Matthew 24 prophesies that in the last days, Israel having been scattered would be miraculously regathered again. But Jesus goes on to tell us that while His chosen people would have a physical restoration to the land, they would be regathered in unbelief and thus at odds with the LORD. In fact, they will wind up following Antichrist in the days after the Rapture of the Church. Jesus warns them to “flee into the mountains” of Selah Petra for safety where God will sustain them like He did in the Exodus.
“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” Matthew 24:15-22 (KJV)
In the book of Joshua, the Jews were disobedient to the LORD and “did evil” in His sight. So God allowed the king of Moab, King Eglon, to take them captive for eighteen years until he sent the deliverer Ehud to free them. And this is where things get interesting in our present day tying in with May 14th, 2018.
THE REAL MEANING OF THE WORD SELAH AS FOUND IN THE KING JAMES BIBLE
The prophet Daniel tells us that, when the Antichrist swoops in to take control of Israel and nearly every country surrounding it, that a handful of cites will escape his grasp. Wanna guess who those cities might be? Take a look.
“And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.” Daniel 11:40-42 (KJV)
Antichrist grabs everything except for Moab, Edom and Ammon. Why does he fail to capture this cities? Because that’s where the King’s Highway, the route that King Jesus and His Church on horseback will return on, is and it is also the home of the red rock city of Selah, Petra, where Revelation 12 tells us is where the Jews, who were told to flee in Matthew 24, will escape to.
Let’s listen to the prophet Isaiah put all the pieces into one basket for us:
“Send ye the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela to the wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of Zion. For it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest,so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon. Take counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; bewray not him that wandereth. Let mine outcasts dwell with thee, Moab; be thou a covert to them from the face of the spoiler: for the extortioner is at an end, the spoiler ceaseth, the oppressors are consumed out of the land. And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness.” Isaiah 16:1-5 (KJV)
There you have Isaiah backing up Jesus in Matthew 24, John in Revelation 12, Daniel in chapters 9-11 and Jeremiah in chapters 29 and 30 regarding the Jews in the upcoming time of Jacob’s trouble.
I feel that God has allowed this incredible discovery at Eglon at precisely this time to get us to fix our attention on Israel where, in our belief from the scriptures, God may just be getting ready to pay a visit to His chosen people the Jews, and to the city where He has placed His Name, Jerusalem.
“For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.” Jeremiah 29:10 (KJV)
WHAT KIND OF LIFE CAN WE EXPECT?
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
Here’s a good question. A website follower wrote, “For some time I have been discussing and studying Matt. 6:25-34 regarding what the Lord promised to provide for the believer. Taken literally, it seems to say that we are promised food and clothes and that’s it. Of course, that is a great deal if you do not have those things, but some argue that God has also included much more as well. I believe this but unfortunately, I can’t back this up with scripture. Can you help?”
First, let’s summarize the passage. In Matt. 6:25 Jesus said “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?”
I think one thing He was telling us is that we should eat to live, not live to eat. A sufficient quantity of wholesome healthy food is really all we need. What do we gain by overindulging in food and drink that can actually shorten our life? And as long as we have sufficient serviceable clothing, what else do we need? What benefit is there in strutting around like a peacock? Life should be much more important to us than these things.
And we’ll close with verses 31- 34. “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
The first thing we can see here is that life is far too important to be spent worrying about the future, especially where the basic necessities are concerned. And the second thing is if we’ll focus on seeking God’s Kingdom and His righteousness He’ll see that these needs are met. Therefore worrying about them is unnecessary.
Earlier in the same instruction, He had cautioned us against storing up treasure on Earth because it can be lost or stolen (Matt. 6:19-21). He said to store up treasure in Heaven instead, where that can’t happen. Many have also written asking how to do that, and the answer is in Mark 10:17-22. A rich young man had asked how to inherit eternal life. After the young man said he was already keeping the commandments, Jesus told him to sell everything and give it to the poor. Then he would have treasure in Heaven.
The two points to the discussion are that the young man was not happy with the answer because he had great wealth and was apparently reluctant to part with it. This proved the Lord’s point that we can’t serve two masters (Matt. 6:24). Excessive focus on material things will always get in the way of pleasing God. And the second point is that using our earthly treasure to help the poor is a way to build our store of heavenly treasure.
So far it doesn’t sound very practical. Many believe that if they don’t worry about taking care of themselves, then who will? And if we give away all of our excess what will we do when hard times come?
This is where some of the Lord’s other promises come into focus. Remember, we’re talking about life here. And what did He say about life? “I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).
Does living from hand to mouth, having nothing to fall back on sound like a worry-free abundant life? Hardly. So there must be more to this than meets the eye. And there is, because when you have the faith to live like He told you to, some other promises start to kick in.
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38)
When our actions demonstrate generosity, then we’ll be blessed generously in return. It’s a classic cause and effect relationship. Generous giving is the sign of an abundance mentality. It shows we know the Lord has made unlimited resources available to us so we don’t have to hoard what we have. We can share what we have with those who have nothing because we know there’s more where that came from.
This is a good time to refute the false teaching sometimes called “giving to get.” Although Luke 6:38 says our generosity toward others will determine the Lord’s generosity toward us, giving with an expectation of receiving is not being generous, it’s being greedy. True generosity carries no expectation of future reward but is an expression of gratitude for rewards already received.
If our gratitude for having our needs consistently met in the past prompts us to give generously to help others meet their needs in the present, then the Lord will reward our generosity with more blessing in the future. But if we’re only giving to others because we want more for ourselves, the Lord, who sees our hidden motives, will not respond generously.
And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:19). Here’s a case in point. The church in Philippi had responded generously by helping to meet Paul’s needs, and he promised that the Lord would see to theirs in return. He was applying the principle of Luke 6:38.
You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. (2 Cor. 9:11)
This verse speaks of the escalating effect of Luke 6:38. As our generosity toward others increases so does His toward us. But His generosity will always out pace ours so that after our giving, we’ll wind up with more than when we began. He does this so we can respond to more needs. The principle here is that we’re to be a channel, not a reservoir. We have to remember that His blessings are being chanelled through us to reach others in need. As soon as we stop giving to the needs of others, we become a reservoir, storing up what we’ve been given, and the flow of blessings will stop.
But if we stay focused on giving we’ll discover that this promise contains benefits on both sides. As we become more generous toward others, benefitting them, we’ll be made rich in every way, benefitting ourselves, while enabling us to provide even more help to those in need. As you can see, this involves much more than just having our basic needs met. I think the phrase “rich in every way” includes financial, physical, and emotional security, good health, good relationships, and a much more fulfilling walk with the Lord, too. This is the answer to the question we began with. This is the kind of life we can expect.
The times in which this advice was given were not unlike our own. There was uncertainty all around. Israel’s former greatness was a distant memory and the very survival of the nation was in doubt. Individual freedoms were being curtailed and taxes were steadily increasing. Most people were living at basic survival levels. It was a time when people’s natural instincts were to hang onto whatever they could get.
Yet to these people both the Lord and Paul preached faith in God and generosity toward one another as the path to freedom from worry. It was good advice then and it’s good advice now. Selah 03-12-11