NOTE: WE DO NOT KNOW IF THERE IS AN ORCHESTRATED EFFORT AGAINST THE JEWS OF EASTERN UKRAINE BUT THE WINDS OF ANTI-SEMITISM NEVER DIE DOWN SO KEEP ALL IN PRAYER. -- OTM
Just days after flyers were reported sent to Jews, demanding that they "register" in the Ukraine or face deportation, a Ukranian synagogue has been firebombed. There were no reported casualties, but the incident has sent shocks through a region already reeling from the reported Nazi-like distribution of flyers demanding that Jews identify themselves.
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Jan and co-host Eric Barger talk to Dr. Erwin Lutzer. Lutzer correctly points out that the Left and Islam are in sync as both seem committed to wiping out democracy and Christians. Lutzer is concerned about the America church, assuming it will look like the church in Europe that has cooperated with Islam. The three discuss the incredible "infiltration" of the church and America by outfits like The Muslim Brotherhood. But is anybody listening? Dr. Lutzer and Eric Barger are speaking at "Understanding the Times Spring 2014" Saturday, April 26 in Minneapolis, our semi-annual event. Find Lutzer's book, "The Cross in the Shadow of the Crescent" here. In the closing, Eric Barger gives reasons for faith and testifies to the boldness that a comes from "resurrection power." We use the mobile app found on the Home page of www.oneplace.com. Though we've covered similar material before with Dr. Lutzer, this is new programming.
In some areas of the world, payment systems that require palm scanning or face scanning are already being tested. We have entered an era where biometric security is being hailed as the "solution" to the antiquated security methods of the past. We are being promised that the constant problems that hackers are causing with our credit cards, bank accounts, ATM machines and Internet passwords will all go away once we switch over to biometric identification.
Read a mother's earnest plea....
Hanna is a Christian woman living in Damascus, Syria, with her husband. She and her husband have two young daughters. She works in a school. Over the last year, Hanna has been pouring out her heart about what daily life is like in war-torn Damascus. The Syrian civil war is going into its fourth year and has claimed at least 120,000 lives. Below is Hanna's latest report via Open Doors contacts in Syria:
"While I'm telling you this (Wednesday), we're in the middle of a bombing. My husband and two girls just saw one bomb falling down over 200 yards from our house. We hurried downstairs to be safer.
In 1979, there were fewer than 500 Muslim converts to Christianity in all of Iran. Today, there are over one million Iranian who love Jesus Christ, have become His followers, and are celebrating Easter.In fact, this Easter millions of former Muslims throughout the Middle East, North Africa and central Asia are celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Whereas they once saw Jesus as merely a prophet, now they are convinced that He is God, and they have renounced Islam and chosen to follow Him no matter what it costs them.
The pamphlets and posters, distributed in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk, demanded that the Jewish population register, pay a new tax or leave.
They are a terrifying echo of the anti-Jewish atrocities carried out by Ukrainians under Nazi occupation during the Second World War.
The leaflets, apparently signed by pro-Russian group the People's Republic of Donetsk, have enraged the world.
But here I wish to address those who feel great discomfort at the mention of certain events on the prophetic horizon. Things like global government and the accompanying dictatorship, famine, pestilences, wars, and financial insecurities or all-out ruin. The natural response to threats such as these would be fear, as we are all hard-wired to survive and give all we have for our lives. The Bible says that those who are on the earth at that season will literally experience their hearts failing out of fear of what is coming on the planet.
But the key word here is: natural response. As in, the "natural man", or unregenerate, or fleshly. To all those Christians who struggle with a fear response to any solid case presented for prophetic fulfillment, you need to know that while your response is natural and understandable, it is not biblical.
Can America be saved? Of course it can but can God forgive us for destroying nearly 60 million babies in the womb, allowing homosexuality to go on, to allow lawlessness to go on, to allow a evil man to further weaken our once great nation, etc.? No, I think the ship is sinking because of our ongoing sin, thumbing our noses at God, and allowing it to continue as if we are in control. Folks are looking at good as bad and bad as good.
But folks are out there who want to hear the truth about what is going on. That's where we come in; to tell them the truth. Most churches (not all but most) have not a clue as what to tell them because they are too busy taking care of their buildings, their weak watered-down sermons,their fine cars and homes, favorite church parking lots, and most of all—your money, and having their annual anniversaries. They're just as clueless as the ones that are wanting to know what is going on.
Can anyone say, "A return to the days of Noah?"
Here's something from the "Did you know that?" category. Did you know that abortions are apparently eligible for a tax deduction? That appears to be true, so says the IRS.
From the Washington Examiner, in a list of odd tax deductions:
Have an abortion, get a tax deduction! How strange that pro-abortion advocates aren't using this as a selling point.
There has also been a good amount of publicity over the last few months announcing the publication of Matthew's book, God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships, which, through no intentional planning on my part or my publisher's, is due to be released two weeks before my own book, Can You Be Gay and Christian? Responding With Love and Truth to Questions About Homosexuality. (I sincerely hope that readers of his book will take the time to read mine as well.)
But here is the disturbing news. The book is being published by Convergent Books, which is part of a publishing conglomerate that includes the much-respected evangelical publishing group WaterBrook Multnomah (also sharing some of the same staff). And the chief executive of the company, Stephen W. Cobb, is vigorously defending his choice to publish the book. In fact, he is making an extraordinary effort to publicize it and claiming that it is thoroughly evangelical.