Encouragement for the discouraged in time of battle, for some who may feel forsaken and forloarned; know this… God has not forgotten you!!!

Greater are them who are with us, than whatever or whoever opposes us…

“For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways”

(Psalm 91:11)


Eileen Fisher:

I Want to Place Upon You Divine Appointments

The following corporate prophetic word was given by Eileen Fisher on August 3, 2010 during her weekly Prophetic School of the Holy Spirit meeting in Colorado Springs, Colorado:

I heard the Lord say, “I am looking for empty vessels—that feel empty of themselves. They even feel empty of dreams, hopes, plans and purposes. For I have shaken that which could be shaken even unto the foundation of the earth—I have shaken out dreams of the soulish realm, I have shaken out dreams and visions that came man to man, and I was making room—room for a wineskin that could be poured out and poured into.

“For I have seen hearts that have been broken over and over and over, and left bleeding with no understanding with why. And yet I have counted the tears, I have shared in the size and I have felt the hearts that have felt that they have been shattered to where the pieces have been tossed to the North, South, East and West—impossible to come together again—except by My Spirit.

“For in My Word I have spoken that all things are possible with Me—so tonight I would come and I would rest My hand upon each head, and My other hand I would place upon your heart, and I would command the wind of change to come, to blow in every piece from the North, South, East and West. For have I not said in My Word I have come to heal the brokenhearted, to set the captives free, to proclaim liberty?

“I Am Pulling You Out of Chasms of Fear Where You have Hidden Away in Unbelief and Doubt”

“I am pulling you out of chasms of fear where you have hidden away in unbelief and doubt, fearful that I would come and judge you, that I would place disappointment and shame upon you, that I would exchange your broken heart and leave you with a broken spirit. No, I have come to take your spirits and set them free; I have come to heal your hearts, that they could not only give love but receive love. Have you not remembered in My Word that God is love? Let My love flow, receive it into your hearts, receive it just as you received salvation in faith; believe it, reach out for it, go beyond your understanding and come into the Spirit and let My Spirit exchange disappointment tonight.

“For I want to take off of you disappointment and I want to place upon you divine appointments. For I want to rearrange your schedules, I want to rearrange your plans, your vision, your purposes—I want to even recall your callings and call you in a new name. I want to place you at a higher level; I would not allow you to suffer in the soulish realm when I have grace and the anointing to cause you to rise up into the spiritual realm. For My grace I would place upon your feet, for you will not lose ground but you will claim ground, ground that has been robbed and stolen.

“I Have Boxed You In with Goodness, Mercy, Kindness, Gentleness and Compassion”

“You will see My Spirit come as one who tills the very ground, tills it with the moisture from your tears, as He goes behind you taking the soil and molding the future to place in front of you. For I am the Alpha and the Omega. And just as David said, ‘Where can I run from Your presence?’ I would declare over My own, ‘Nowhere.’ For I have boxed you in with goodness, and mercy, and kindness, and gentleness and compassion, and every wall that you run into will be the wall of grace that I have placed there, for you are about to see grace poured over you—grace poured into your families, grace released back into your nation, and you will stand in awe and you will say, ‘Truly is He not only a God of grace but a God of power.’

“For I am calling aside My own to be renewed, to be refreshed. To those who are battle-fatigued, I would say come off the battlefield and lay on the bridal gown. And when I say, ‘Lay on the bridal gown,’ I mean speak to your position in Me; pick up the armor, but put on the gown of righteousness, for when you come into that gown of righteousness, you come into who you were called to be—right-standing, right authority, right-mindedness, rightly called, and rightly positioned. I would say to you, My people, ‘Claim holy ground.’ For tonight I speak to each one of you and I say your body is the temple of My Holy Spirit, your body is My holy ground, and now I would have you stand, claim and worship on holy ground.”

Eileen Fisher
Eileen Fisher Ministries

Email: Eileen@eileenfisher.org

In the heat of battle often the forces that oppose us seem overwhelming. What comes to mind is the account in 2 Kings, where Elisha was faced with overwhelming problems, in that an entire army had come to capture him.

2 Kings 6:8-23

The Blinded Syrians Captured

8 When the king of Syria
was at war with Israel, he would confer with his officers and say, “We will mobilize our forces at such and such a place.”

9 But immediately Elisha, the man of God, would warn the king of Israel, “Do not go near that place, for the Syrians are planning to mobilize their troops there.” 10 So the king of Israel would send word to the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he would be on the alert there.

11 The king of Syria
became very upset over this. He called his officers together and demanded, “Which of you is the traitor? Who has been informing the king of Israel of my plans?”

12 “It’s not us, my lord the king,” one of the officers replied. “Elisha, the prophet in Israel, tells the king of Israel even the words you speak in the privacy of your bedroom!”

13 “Go and find out where he is,” the king commanded, “so I can send troops to seize him.”   And the report came back: “Elisha is at Dothan.”

14
So one night the king of Syria sent a great army with many chariots and horses to surround the city.

15 When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Oh, sir, what will we do now?” the young man cried to Elisha.

16 “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!”

17 Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.

18 As the Syrian army advanced toward him, Elisha prayed, “O Lord, please make them blind.” So the Lord struck them with blindness as Elisha had asked.

19 Then Elisha went out and told them, “You have come the wrong way! This isn’t the right city! Follow me, and I will take you to the man you are looking for.” And he led them to the city of Samaria.

20 As soon as they had entered Samaria, Elisha prayed, “O Lord, now open their eyes and let them see.” So the Lord opened their eyes, and they discovered that they were in the middle of Samaria.

21 When the king of Israel saw them, he shouted to Elisha, “My father, should I kill them? Should I kill them?”

22 “Of course not!” Elisha replied. “Do we kill prisoners of war? Give them food and drink and send them home again to their master.”

23 So the king made a great feast for them and then sent them home to their master. After that, the Syrian raiders stayed away from the land of Israel.

Since we have the better covenant, with Christ; and since we have the Holy Spirit living inside us; since our sins are forgiven and washed clean (white as snow) through the sacrifice and shed blood of Jesus; and also since Satan (the accuser of the brethren) has lost his leverage over us because of the work of Christ as our Passover Lamb; why should we also not have the same resources and benefits to aid us in our battles, and in our time of need, as happened under the Old Covenant.

In the above account we learn that Elisha supernaturally got the battle plans that were being discussed in the secret chambers of the enemy’s camp.

Question: could we not also use that same advantage and that level of knowledge and wisdom in our government today, and also in our personal battles that we all are fighting these days?

Of course we could, and why not… why shouldn’t we expect that and more, since as the Bible says, we do have the better covenant?

Why should we not also have the same protection of these angelic forces of God to back us up and guard our path, especially since the Word promises as much, and even tells us to expect it by faith?

How do we get to that place where we know that we know that God has our back, and that there truly are no trials nor temptations, nor obstacles in our path, placed there by the enemy, that is greater than the forces of God that back us up… but here’s the secret, we have to have faith; and we have to believe in God’s Word, more than we do our circumstances, our doubts, and our feelings… and therein is the rub!

The way we get to this place of faith is by having it tested and tempered while under fire; and by our also having to experience the heat of the fire.

Just as what happened with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, the three Hebrew young men who were captured by King Nebuchadnezzar, and were being required to bow to his image.

Listen to their response, given in the Book of Daniel to Nebuchadnezzar, in the face of certain death, and learn what faith looks like under fire.

“King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, ninety feet high and nine feet wide, and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. He then summoned the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials to come to the dedication of the image he had set up.

So the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials assembled for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up, and they stood before it.”

“Then the herald loudly proclaimed, “This is what you are commanded to do, O peoples, nations and men of every language: As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up.

Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.”

“Therefore, as soon as they heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp and all kinds of music, all the peoples, nations and men of every language fell down and worshiped the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

At this time some astrologers came forward and denounced the Jews. They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “O king, live forever! You have issued a decree, O king, that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music must fall down and worship the image of gold, and that whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into a blazing furnace.

But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon – Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego – who pay no attention to you, O king. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up.”

“Furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king, and Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up?

Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?”

“Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if He does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

You will note that God did not keep them from the fire; and also neither did they have any assurance prior to being thrown into the fire that God would rescue them.

Quite the contrary, they had already resigned themselves to the worse possible scenario, and had totally put their lives, by faith, into God’s hands; and whether He saved them or not, they had totally resigned themselves to never allow this command to worship this image to compromise their stand and to offend their God.

Jesus puts it this way, when He says: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:24)

Let us learn to lay hold of every opportunity, in our current trials, to trust God; as we understand that there is no trial nor temptation that we face in life, but such is common to all men; but God is faithful, in that He will not suffer us to be tempted beyond our ability to withstand the pressure (as He knows our breaking point), but along with that test, His promise is to provide a way of escape.

My point is, if we fail to learn our lesson, if we fail to gain endurance and perseverance in our trials, and if we fail to exercise our faith in these lesser trials and tribulations, then how can we hope to face the more severe ones, that I believe are coming?

Jesus has warned us that a “Time of Sorrows” is coming upon the world, that would precede His return to earth; and that it would be the worse time that this world has ever seen in the past, nor will ever see in the future!

Look around you, folks, read your Bible, look to the news, and understand that we are living very close to those times that have been predicted by our Lord, that would precede this “Time of Sorrows;” as the signs that our Lord gave us that would mark His Second Coming are today happening all around us!

We cannot be of a divided mind, and neither can we serve two Gods.

We have a guy in the White House today, who though he calls himself a Christian, he also champions the cause of Islam and of Allah, which is a demon god; and is not the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob!

We also have many people in our country who claim to be Christian, but who are also serving the god of Mammon, the name of another demon god; and are much more interested in maintaining their status quo, and their economic stability and comfort, than they are about being about our Father’s business; and whether they know it or not, they have made Mammon their god.

Even as Jesus warns us that: “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money (Mammon).” (Matthew 6:24)

Our nation is in trouble, and I believe we have already been weighed in the balance (as happened to Belshazzar) and have been found wanting.

Our time is running short; and as I’ve pointed out before, with human nature being what it is, I totally believe that there will not be any national repentance, and nor will we have a massive turning back to God, unless there are some very serious, earth shaking calamities, on the order of Katrina and 9/11… and I believe that is what is coming.

It will not be to destroy us, however; and neither is God angry with us; but rather it is out of His love for us, that He will allow this attack of the enemy (who is Satan, aka – the Devil) on us in order to get our attention; and hopefully get all those who are currently sitting on the fence and are undecided, to decide for Christ… for as the Bible says, “God chastens them whom He loves!” Selah

Our part is to maintain our course; to put on our armor, and to be still and know God, and to know and experience the power of God, in the midst of every kind of problem and shaking that we go through.

God has already given us His Word that He will NEVER leave us nor forsake us; and that He will complete the work which He has begun in us, in route to our being molded and shaped, through our trials and tribulations, into the image of Jesus Christ!

The point being, until we are moving in sync with Him and are of the same mind as Him, we are not truly one with Him… and therein is the point for all of this… for us to be in sync with God; for us to have unending communion with Him; and for us to have the Mind of Christ!

The Bible tells us that even Jesus learned obedience through the things that He suffered (Heb 5:8); and can we expect any less!

Let us each, therefore, learn from the examples given us in Scripture, where we find that God often allows the enemy to present us with adversity, in various problems and situations, in order to raise up the men and women of God, and teach them how to do spiritual battle, and to overcome and contradict the powers that are coming against them. Selah

Shalom,

Skip Barland


God’s ways are very different from the worlds, and from ours, especially when it comes to this living by dying business…

Which one will it be?

The New Testament notices things that do not seem worthy of notice by our standards. “Blessed are the poor in spirit . . . .”
This literally means, “Blessed are the paupers.” Paupers are remarkably commonplace!

The preaching of today tends to point out a person’s strength of will or the beauty of his character— things that are easily noticed.

The statement we so often hear, “Make a decision for Jesus Christ,” places the emphasis on something our Lord never trusted. He never asks us to decide for Him, but to yield to Him— something very different.

At the foundation of Jesus Christ’s kingdom is the genuine loveliness of those who are commonplace.

I am truly blessed in my poverty. If I have no strength of will and a nature without worth or excellence, then Jesus says to me, “Blessed are you, because it is through your poverty that you can enter My kingdom.”

I cannot enter His kingdom by virtue of my goodness— I can only enter it as an absolute pauper.

The true character of the loveliness that speaks for God is always unnoticed by the one possessing that quality.

Conscious influence is prideful and unchristian. If I wonder if I am being of any use to God, I instantly lose the beauty and the freshness of the touch of the Lord.

“He who believes in Me . . . out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” ( John 7:38 ). And if I examine the outflow, I lose the touch of the Lord.

Who are the people who have influenced us most?

Certainly not the ones who thought they did, but those who did not have even the slightest idea that they were influencing us.

In the Christian life, godly influence is never conscious of itself. If we are conscious of our influence, it ceases to have the genuine loveliness which is characteristic of the touch of Jesus.

We always know when Jesus is at work because He produces in the commonplace something that is inspiring.

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It would seem God’s value system is just the opposite from the worlds, as illustrated in the following verses, taken from Yeshua’s Sermon on the Mount; and also in many other places we can find throughout the Bible.

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

We can learn from these examples of Jesus that certainly God’s value system is much different from ours; in that the things we consider of little importance and consequence, God puts a lot of stock in.

I think all of this comes into better focus as we understand that the first symptom of this thing called SIN which leads to separation from God is personal pride; and this is made evident by the first being who sinned against God.

The fall of Lucifer

Isaiah 14

12 “ How you are fallen from heaven,
O Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
You who weakened the nations!
13 For you have said in your heart:

‘ I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
On the farthest sides of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.’

Our relationship with God starts with this phrase:

Not my will, but Thine be done!

Notice the difference between Satan’s I will’s and the Lord’s own attitude in the garden of Gethsemane.

  • Satan’s attitude was totally self-centered, prideful, and arrogant.
  • The Lord’s attitude, even though He was facing a cruel death on the cross, was that of complete meekness and submission unto God.
  • Three times Jesus prayed to His Father, saying,NOT as I will, but as You will.”

It is equally important to notice what the Lord taught us about OUR attitude toward God’s sovereignty, when it comes to our understanding that in ALL matters concerning us, that He knows what’s best for us; and it is for us to trust Him, and to follow His instructions, and to follow the lead of Jesus, as we read in the Bible.

It is necessary that we learn that God is not a man that He should lie to us, He would never do that; and if we are to be pleasing to God, it is all important that we come to the place in our lives where we learn to trust Him with ALL our heart, and are not leaning on our own understanding.

This is where our relation with God begins, as was emphasized in the life of Jesus:

  • In Matthew 6, Jesus teaches us to tell our Father in heaven, “THY will be done.”
  • If we pray with any other motive, other than absolute trust and faith in God, then we are falling into the same trap as Satan did, which is to make ourselves all important and self-centered, which means we are becoming puffed up with pride!

In life every day we are faced with decisions, and in each of these decisions there is a choice for us to make; do we react as Jesus would have us to react, in obedience to God, as we can learn from His example and from His instructions, as they are given to us in the Bible; or do we react in our old carnal nature, and follow and do as we always have, in doing what seems right in our eyes, with our understanding; which is most often motivated by totally self-serving and selfish reasons.

So the question is in each one of these TESTS, for that is exactly what they are, and as a covenant child of God we need to understand that God is watching us; and He is training us through all of life’s trials and tribulations that we are experiencing in the earth… and we can learn this lesson from what happened to Job.

Mind you however, that God is never the one who tempts us, or who causes bad things to happen in our life… and again we can learn this lesson as well, from the life of Job.

James explains it this way:

James 4

Submit Yourselves to God

1What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. 3When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

4You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely?[a]
6But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the humble.”[b]

It is how we face life’s problems, and the decisions we make while feeling the heat of the fire; these are the things that determine our spiritual growth and our maturity!

The road to salvation starts with REPENTANCE (which literally means to change the way we think); in other words it means that we no longer are following after the world’s way of doing things; and nor are we any longer submitting to those old habits of our flesh; but that we now, of our own free will and choosing, are allowing the Holy Spirit to direct and lead us through every situation that we face in life; and we do this day by day, step by step, 24/7… and when we mess up and blow it (as we will many times), then we repent, we learn from our mistake, and get right back into the race!

But if we insist upon doing things as we always have done them past, and are refusing to submit to the counsel of God, as found in His Operations Manual (the Holy Bible), then we can expect to be facing a repeat of the same frustrations and trials in the future, because God will not graduate us to the next level until we learn obedience and we are doing as we are instructed where we are today! Selah

Shalom,

Skip Barland


A salute to our brave men and women in uniform… Let us never forget their sacrifice!!!

Pray for our Troops!

These men and women in uniform are America’s best… they risk their lives and place themselves in harm’s way to protect us!


So why do we tolerate politicians in the White House and Congress who only serve their own personal agendas, who are working to undo both our Constitution and Republic; and therefore are working hard to undo everything these brave men and women are trying to protect?

Let’s fire these bums in Washington DC and replace them with true Americans!

Listen up America…

We all need to understand that FREEDOM is not free!



Let’s Restore Our Constitutional Republic

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Our country is in a state of crisis today on several different fronts; and it’s sad to say that our weakest link is in our present government.

We also need to understand that our government is but a reflection of the morals and values of the people who voted them into office; and on that note I think it is plain to see where our main problem is. It’s at a grassroots level, among our citizens.

Our nation was formed during a period called the “Great Awakening” (between 1730-1760), which was both a spiritual awakening and a revival; and I dare say that we need the same thing to happen again, if our nation is to be saved.

Only God has the power to save our country, and He does that by changing the hearts of the people.

When God chastens his people it is to bring us to repentance, and we can learn that lesson just by studying our Bible; for that happened time and again with the children of Israel.

The tendency is, and I believe it is but human nature, that we always take a major step forward during a Spiritual Awakening and Revival; but subsequent to our human nature being what it is, somehow we fail to pass the baton on to the next generation, with the sad consequence that every revival has always petered out eventually, for lack of prayer, with the result that God’s wisdom and power is replaced with man’s wisdom, and the results are always disastrous.

1 Corinthians 3:18-23

18Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise. 19For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”[a]; 20and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.”[b]
21So then, no more boasting about men! All things are yours, 22whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas[c] or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.

Listen to what our forefathers had to say on some of these subjects, and I think you will see how far we have missed the mark, not only on a grassroots level; but this is most obvious when you consider our present day leadership in Washington DC:

Quotes from the Founding Fathers

“Any people that would give up liberty for a little temporary safety deserves neither liberty nor safety.”

Benjamin Franklin

“… God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty…. And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”

Thomas Jefferson Papers, 334 (C.J. Boyd, Ed., 1950)

“If we wish to be free, if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending, if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained _ we must fight!”  Patrick Henry

“(T)he foundation of our national policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality; …the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained…”  George Washington, First Inaugural, April 30 1789

“Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”  John Adams

“Political interest [can] never be separated in the long run from moral right”

“Can the liberties of a nation be sure when we remove their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people, that these liberties are a gift from God?  Thomas Jefferson

The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.”

Patrick Henry

“The citizens of the U.S. are responsible for the greatest trust ever confided to a political society”

“We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government.”  James Madison

“Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.”  Thomas Jefferson

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”  George Washington

“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves.”  William Pitt in the House of Commons November 18, 1783

“We must all hang together, or, assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”  Benjamin Franklin at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicity.  Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address.

QUOTES FROM FOUNDING FATHERS AND REVOLUTIONARY THINKERS ON THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS

THOMAS JEFFERSON

A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.

Thomas Jefferson to Peter Carr, 1785. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, (Memorial Edition) Lipscomb and Bergh, editors.

One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them.

Thomas Jefferson to George Washington, 1796. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, (Memorial Edition) Lipscomb and Bergh, editors.

Laws that forbid the carrying of arms… disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.   Jefferson’s “Commonplace Book,” 1774_1776, quoting from On Crimes and Punishment, by criminologist Cesare Beccaria, 1764

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”

Thomas Jefferson, Proposed Virginia Constitution, 1776, Jefferson Papers 344.

THOMAS PAINE

“The balance of power is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all the world not destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside … Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them … the weak will become prey to the strong.”

Thomas Paine, Thoughts on Defensive War

JAMES MADISON

“Americans [have] the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust their people with arms.”

SAMUEL ADAMS

“The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms . . .”

GEORGE MASON

“When the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually…I ask, who are the militia? They consist of now of the whole people, except a few public officers. But I cannot say who will be the militia of the future day. If that paper on the table gets no alteration, the militia of the future day may not consist of all classes, high and low, and rich and poor…”

George Mason, Virginia Constitution Convention

NOAH WEBSTER

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive.”

Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution (Philadelphia 1787)

TENCHE COXE

“Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man gainst his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American…[T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.”

Tenche Coxe,
The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

“They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

RICHARD HENRY LEE

“A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves … and include all men capable of bearing arms.”

Richard Henry Lee – Senator, First Congress

“To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms…”

ELBRIDGE GERRY

“Whenever governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins.”

Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts

GEORGE WASHINGTON

“The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference they deserve a place of honor with all that is good.”

“A free people ought not only to be armed…”

PATRICK HENRY

“The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able may have a gun.”

“Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?”

March 23, 1775:

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

Let us be forewarned, and let us pray for another Spiritual Awakening and Revival; and let’s take back our country!

Shalom,

Skip Barland


As much of America sleeps, the enemy advances his cause… but fortunately he uses the same MO as he has in the past!!!

Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it

Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

As much of America sleeps, the enemy advances his cause; but fortunately he uses the same MO as he has in the past!!!

So as the Apostle Paul admonished us to do in the Bible:

“Let us not be ignorant of Satan’s devices!”

The Nazi Experience and Radical Islamic Fundamentalism

September 9, 2008

A US-based psychiatrist, Dr. Emanuel Tanay, offered some insight into the power of ideas that while emerging from a small minority, can take over whole populations and create massive impact. He also highlights that fence-sitters, or the silent majority–are complicit in any atrocities committed in the name of radical ideas.


We are often told that radical ideas about anything–whether it be religion, politics, or philosophies, can be tolerated as long as these ideas remain within the minority of individuals.

Here’s Dr. Tanay’s Note:

A man whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War ll owned a number of large industries and estates.  When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.

‘Very few people were true Nazis ‘he said,’ but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools.  So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen.  Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come.  My family lost everything.  I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.’


We are told again and again by ‘experts’ and ‘talking heads’ that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace.  Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectra of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam. The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history.

It is the fanatics who march.  It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide.  It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave.  It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque.  It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals.  The hard quantifiable fact is that the ‘peaceful majority’, the ‘silent majority’, is cowed and extraneous.

Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people.  The peaceful majority were irrelevant.

China’s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.

The average Japanese individual prior to World War ll was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet.

And, who can forget Rwanda , which collapsed into butchery.  Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were ‘peace loving’?

History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points:

Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because like my friend from Germany , they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun. Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghanis, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late.

As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts; the fanatics who threaten our way of life.

Lastly, at the risk of offending, anyone who doubts that the issue is serious and just deletes this email without sending it on, is contributing to the passiveness that allows the problems to expand.  So, extend yourself a bit and send this on and on and on! Let us hope that thousands world wide, read this -think about it – and send it on.

Emanuel Tanay, M.D.
2980 Provincial St .
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
734-997-0256 drtanay@umich. edu

There are people who say that anyone who writes and warns people through blogs or whatever media they may use, that they are fear mongers, and are generating fear needlessly; when the truth is the master terrorist’s mode of operation is actually working, and I’m talking here about the one who is pulling all the lesser pinion’s chains, like puppets on a string, and this puppet master’s name is Satan (aka,the Devil).

Satan’s battle plan is often to create a diversion and distract attention away from what is actually going on by creating enough internal pressure and fear, that people are afraid of facing the truth, and are just hoping if they close their eyes long enough it all will go away.

Did not Jesus also warn us not to be fooled; when He said for us to be Wise as serpents, and harmless as doves? He also warned us what the scenario would be in the last days; and what would be the signs of the times that would indicate His Second Coming.

Hey folks, is anyone paying attention; is anyone reading their Bibles, because just look around you, those signs are unfolding right before our eyes… and yet still America sleeps!

We were once called the “Land of the free and the home of the brave,” where we not?

Well let us all pray this sleeping giant called the American church wakes up to reality, and that the troops start forming their ranks, because America is about to face the BIGGEST test of its history in a very short time.

How we react and what we do now is very important. It doesn’t take many to activate God’s Army, but it does take concentrated advanced air support, called intercessory prayer;

The Bible tells us in Deuteronomy 32:30 that: One can put a thousand enemies to flight, and two can put ten thousand enemies to flight;” well with those odds just imagine what we can do when we all come together.

Check this out, with the addition of each prayer warrior, the odds go up 10 fold, in our favor; and so the battle odds are very definitely on our side, and don’t you know the enemy knows it too… but greater is He who is in us and with us (the church), than he who is in the world!

In the New Testament we are instructed: “When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I will be there.” (Matthew 18:19-20, The Message Bible)

We are told many, many times in the Bible about the importance of prayer; and that we should pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:8, KJV)

Paul tells us in Philippians 4:6 that we should not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

So here’s the deal folks, God does answer prayer; but we have to pray!!! Selah

Shalom,

Skip Barland


The Cost of Discipleship… EVERYTHING!!!

The Biblically mandated paradox is…

We live by dying!

Though Salvation is a free gift to us, it did not come without a cost! The fact is it cost God the Father His only begotten Son; and it cost Jesus His all, even His life and His shed Blood, poured out for us at Calvary’s cross!

The Bible clearly says that the road to destruction and eternal separation from God is wide, and the road to life is narrow, and few there be who choose it; it says also that the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.

Let us not be deceived as most of the world, in thinking that life is ALL about us, and that is to be lived as we see fit! That presumption that is so common and is characterized by an attitude that we live as the center of our universe, and that life revolves around us, is the very nature of what sin is, that has separated us from God! As the Prophet Isaiah said: “All of us like sheep have gone astray, and the Lord has laid on Him (Jesus) the inequity of us all!

Likewise for us, there is a paradox, in that we CANNOT earn this salvation, as it is given freely to all those who love God and are called according to His purpose as a free gift; but here’s the paradox, we find life only by losing it, and we experience life abundantly only as we are willing to die to self; meaning we willingly forfeit our free will, our ambitions, and our ALL, in favor of living our life by faith, trusting in the Unseen God; and relying and casting the whole of our lives and our circumstances on the promises we find in His Word… we are no longer living for self, but we are now living by faith, trusting in Jesus Christ alone!!!


The Cross is the Symbol of our Death to Self

“And Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? Matthew 16:24-26

Based upon what I have just said, let us each examine ourselves; and ask ourselves how we would do if we were put to this test, as happened to these people in the former Soviet Union:

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Can we be trusted?

1 John 3:16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.

“On Sunday, believers arrived at a house church in the Soviet Union in small groups throughout the day so not to arouse the suspicion of KGB informers.

They began by singing a hymn quietly. Suddenly, in walked two soldiers with loaded weapons at the ready.

One shouted, “If you wish to renounce your commitment to Jesus Christ, leave now!”

Two or three quickly left, then another. After a few more seconds, two more. “This is your last chance. Either turn against your faith in Christ,” he ordered, “or stay and suffer the consequences.”

Two more slipped out into the night. No one else moved. Parents with children trembling beside them looked down reassuringly, fully expecting to be gunned down or imprisoned.

The other soldier closed the door, looked back at those who stood against the wall and said, “Keep your hands up–but this time in praise to our Lord Jesus Christ.

We, too, are Christians. We were sent to another house church several weeks ago to arrest a group of believers.”

The other soldier interrupted, “But, instead, we were converted! We have learned by experience, however, that unless people are willing to die for their faith, they cannot be fully trusted.” (From “Living Above the Level of Mediocrity,” by Chuck Swindoll).

Wow. Can you imagine being faced with a decision to run or die for our faith? We are living in a day where this could very well become reality! But how many of us would be willing to stand?

Let’s start deepening our relationship with the Lord today so that our minds may be focused on heavenly things and not consumed with the weight of all the worldly ones. That it would be easy for us to make a stand for Him should that day ever come. There’s so much work to be done!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

George, Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah
Negev Desert, Israel

http://www.worthymailing.com

This is where the rubber meets the road for all of us; and truly, like the soldier who jumps on the live grenade to save the lives of his buddies, we won’t know until we are likewise tested, in that moment, what our reaction will be. We can only hope and pray that our response would be pleasing to God.

Christianity itself is a paradox, in that to pursue life and to experience life abundantly, as most in the world are seeking to do, though they are looking for love and fulfillment in all the wrong places, to seek life as God requires, we must willingly relinquish our will, our emotions, and our desires, and even our very lives, by faith, into the hands of the ONE who created us, and who gave us our life.

The paradox is, that when God gives you a gift, as was demonstrated in Father Abraham’s willingness to offer up his beloved son, Isaac, as a sacrifice (see Genesis 22), that gift only became his to enjoy completely as he willingly gave it back to God, the one who gave it to him to begin with… and so it is with us!

You see as the Bible says, our lives (as a born-again, blood bought Christian) is no longer our own, to live as we want and choose; but we have now, subsequent to our receiving God’s gift of Salvation in Jesus Christ, have been bought with a price!

The fact is for all of us, every breathe that we take, and with every beat of our heart, it is all only by God’s grace!

Tomorrow is promised to no man, and our opportunity to turn to Jesus and receive God’s pardon for our sins can only happen in this life, sometime between our birth and our departure in death.

So for those of you who have yet to make this commitment, right now is the time for your salvation, in this very moment; for in the next moment you might be dead!

God gave each of us a free will and the freedom to choose how we will spend our lives; but there is a reckoning coming, and we each will be held accountable for how we lived our lives, and what did we do with God’s gift of love, that is found only in Jesus Christ?

It is God’s desire that we each choose of our own free will and volition to serve and to follow Christ; but He will not force that decision upon us, for He is looking only for willing subjects, who love Him and who want to serve Him!

So this is the choice we all have… we can spend our lives on Self, as most of the world is doing, who are on that broad path to destruction and death; or we can spend it on Jesus Christ, as those who are on the narrow path have chosen to do.

Which path are you on today; and how are you doing when it comes to carrying your cross every day?

Jesus makes it very clear that for us to be His disciple it will cost us our total commitment and the forfeiture of our free will, and how we choose to live our lives.

For us to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, we are to walk as He did, in His earthly ministry; and to find out how he lived and how He walked, it will be required that we consult the Bible, and meditate and study it often; and then by faith we each are to live our lives moment by moment, trusting and becoming acquainted with our closest friend, helper, comforter, and guide, the Holy Spirit, who now lives inside of every born-again believer.

As Jesus said, seek first the Kingdom of Heaven, and learn to operate in righteousness; and the way we do that is by putting on the mind of Christ, and by our learning to live and do and think as He does, as we trust in the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit, moment by moment, 24/7, 365 days a year!

For the born-again covenant child of God, performance is no longer an issue, as Christ paid for our sins, all of them in total… past, present, and future!

Living as a Christian and our living our lives in a manner that is pleasing before God is now a heart issue, and is an issue of love and commitment, in our not ever wanting to hurt the one who loved us and who gave so much up so that we could be reconciled back into His family and live with Him forever!

So we each are admonished in scripture to first count the cost, and see whether or not we are willing to make that sacrifice or not; and whether we are willing to commit ourselves to a life of faith to an unseen God, by dying to self, and living to please only Him?

Our new life in Christ is based on a blood covenant, that is modeled in the relationship between a man and his wife; and as it is in the marriage covenant between a husband and wife, it is a life long commitment that says we commit ourselves to each other “Until death do us part;” only with God that commitment extends on into eternity.

Under a blood covenant this is what is required of both parties, each partner promises to give their very best and ALL that they have for the benefit of the other; and even if one does not carry their weight, the commitment of the other partner is to carry them until they can!

Thank God that Jesus does that for each of us every single day of our life, because there is not a one of us that does not blow our end of our covenant with Him everyday, and we each need to be carried by Him every single day!

This is exactly what Christianity is, and the ultimate reward for ALL of us will be if one day we hear these words from our Lord and Master… Well done good and faithful servant! Selah

Shalom,

Skip Barland


AS RUSSIAN-IRANIAN-TURKISH THREAT GROWS, ISRAEL DISCOVERS 1.5 BILLION BARRELS OF OIL: Echoes of Bible prophecy…

Possible huge oil find in Israel…

And also another incentive for Russia and Iran to want to invade Israel, as prophesied by the Prophet Ezekiel!


* * * * FLASH TRAFFIC: WASHINGTON UPDATE * * * *

AS RUSSIAN-IRANIAN-TURKISH THREAT GROWS, ISRAEL DISCOVERS 1.5 BILLION BARRELS OF OIL: Echoes of Bible prophecy

By Joel C. Rosenberg

(Washington, D.C., August 18, 2010) — Here’s the latest from the epicenter:

* Deuteronomy says “oil” and “hidden treasures” will be found in Israel in the last days of history. The prophecies of Ezekiel 38 & 39 indicate Israel will be significantly prosperous in the last days, before a Russian-Iranian-Turkish alliance forms against her and seeks to destroy her.

* Today’s headline from Ynet News: “1.5 BILLION BARRELS OF OIL DISCOVERED NEAR ROSH HA’AYIN.” Full details on the weblog.

* Another Ynet headline today: “ISRAEL’S ECONOMY CHARGES AHEAD; 4.7% growth in Q2: Israel’s economic growth hits 4.7% in second quarter of 2010, leaving behind Euro bloc at 4.1%.” Key point: Israel now has the fastest growing economy in the West.

* On Saturday, Russia begins fueling Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactor. Former Amb. John Bolton says Israel has just a few days to bomb the reactor before it goes hot. I personally don’t think they will, but let’s be praying for the Lord to give PM Netanyahu and his cabinet great wisdom to do the right thing at the right time.

* Regardless of what happens, I would like you to seriously pray about coming with us on The Joshua Fund prayer & vision trip to Israel next May, and attend the 2011 Epicenter Conference in Jerusalem. Many people might think that’s crazy in light of the growing regional tensions, but I believe we as followers of Jesus Christ should be praying for, going to, and standing with Israel because of the growing tensions. As the rest of the world turns away from the Jewish State, let us move closer to our Israeli and Palestinian friends with the courage and compassion the Lord gives us.

1.5 billion barrels of oil discovered near Rosh Ha’Ayin

Israeli public must wait until September to see if country is sitting on profitable oil reserve, but statement to TASE gives peek into extent of Megged reserve. Question remains: How much of it is recoverable? Ynet writers


Could the State of Israel be sitting on an oil reserve that can provide energy, cash flow, and international political influence? This is the question that everyone is waiting to be answered in the engineering report ordered by Givot Olam Oil, overseeing the drilling at the Megged 5 site, next to Rosh Ha’Ayin.

The final report will be submitted on September 5. However, a preliminary report was already issued to Tel Aviv Stock Exchange on the oil reserves on the site. “The amount of oil in place in Rosh Ha’Ayin plot is estimated at 1.525 billion barrels of oil.” In previous reports, the quantity was appraised at only a few hundred barrels of oil a day.

The total oil reserves in the world (as of 2006) is 1.3 trillion barrels, but most of this is concentrated in the territory of less than 15 countries. The oil reserves located in countries not considered powerhouses in the field totals about 133 billion barrels, making the estimated amount of oil in Megged 5 quite significant. In Qatar, for instance, the oil reserves are about 15 billion barrels.

Yet it is still too early to view the report as bearing real economic (or political) tidings. The 1.5 billion barrel figure refers to the oil in place, and not to the amount of recoverable oil in the reserve. The amount of oil that can be successfully extracted will be made known only in the final report submitted in September.

According to Givot Olam’s reports from May 2009, the amount of recoverable oil in the reserve is likely 10-20%.

“This is a joyful and heart-warming discovery,” said Chairman of Israel Institute of Petroleum & Energy Amir Makov said to Ynet on Tuesday. “However, this discovery does not indicate the extraction capability, and the company will have to perform additional tests and drillings until we know what this means both in terms of the company’s commercial potential and in terms of the national potential.”

Tani Goldstein and Avital Lahav contributed to this report

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3938192,00.html

The Bible talks about:

The sons of Japheth: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech and Tiras.” (Genesis 10:2)

Ezekiel 38

A Message for Gog

1 This is another message that came to me from the Lord: 2 “Son of man, turn and face Gog of the land of Magog, the prince who rules over the nations of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him. 3 Give him this message from the Sovereign Lord: Gog, I am your enemy! 4 I will turn you around and put hooks in your jaws to lead you out with your whole army—your horses and charioteers in full armor and a great horde armed with shields and swords. 5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya[a] will join you, too, with all their weapons. 6 Gomer and all its armies will also join you, along with the armies of Beth-togarmah from the distant north, and many others.

7 “Get ready; be prepared! Keep all the armies around you mobilized, and take command of them. 8 A long time from now you will be called into action. In the distant future you will swoop down on the land of Israel, which will be enjoying peace after recovering from war and after its people have returned from many lands to the mountains of Israel. 9 You and all your allies—a vast and awesome army—will roll down on them like a storm and cover the land like a cloud.

10 “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: At that time evil thoughts will come to your mind, and you will devise a wicked scheme. 11 You will say, ‘Israel is an unprotected land filled with unwalled villages! I will march against her and destroy these people who live in such confidence! 12 I will go to those formerly desolate cities that are now filled with people who have returned from exile in many nations. I will capture vast amounts of plunder, for the people are rich with livestock and other possessions now. They think the whole world revolves around them!’ 13 But Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish will ask, ‘Do you really think the armies you have gathered can rob them of silver and gold? Do you think you can drive away their livestock and seize their goods and carry off plunder?’

14 “Therefore, son of man, prophesy against Gog. Give him this message from the Sovereign Lord: When my people are living in peace in their land, then you will rouse yourself.[b]


So who is Gog in the land of Magog?

Herodotus who is known as the “Father of History,” writes of the bizarre and savage practices of the descendents of Magog known as the Scythians. They drank the blood of the first enemy they killed; they carried the heads of the victims to their chiefs; they scalped their enemies and used the scalps as “napkins”; they used the skins of their victims to cover their quivers; they drank from the skulls of their victims; they practiced blood brotherhood by drinking each other’s blood mixed with wine.

The Scythians. “bathed” in the vapor from heated hemp seeds. When their king died, they sacrificed one of his concubines and several servants. After a year, they commemorated his death by sacrificing fifty servants and fifty horses. And you thought you lived in a bad neighborhood!

We know the descendants of Magog by their Greek name, Scythians. In Greek mythology the Scythians descended from Scythes, the youngest of the three sons of Hercules, from sleeping with a half viper and half woman.

The name Scythian covers a number of nomadic tribes from the Russian steppes, a fertile area of the Ukraine north of the Black Sea. Other related tribes occupied the area to the east of the Caspian Sea.

The area encompassed by the Scythians extended from the mid-Volga to the northern Urals and beyond. They colonized Media, Parthia, Persia, Central Asia and as far as the Chinese border.

Arab writers confirm that in the Arabic language their name for the Great Wall of China is called “the wall of Al Magog” because the Great Wall was built to keep out the invading armies from Magog. All together an area of about 2,000 square miles. So clearly this was the former Soviet Union, modern day Russia.

http://www.prophecyupdate.com/gog_and_magog_identified.htm


Here is my response to a critical comment I got today on a blog that I sent out some time ago…

This is not a good position for anybody to be in!!!

What follows is a comment I received today from someone who disagrees with a blog that I put out sometime ago, entitled: Lubbock Texas Farmer Says No to Obama!!!

In my view, this is our biggest problem that we have in our country today, in that so many people, Christians and non-Christians alike, are totally oblivious to what is happening today in our country, and what the agenda is.

Below you can read what this lady said in her comment, and also my response.

Shalom,

Skip Barland

Dear Professor Jill,

First I want to thank you for your response, and I both respect and appreciate your honest opinion; however I do not agree with you.In your response to my blog you said as follows: Professor Jill says:August 18, 2010 at 8:42 amThe truth shall set you free. Your blog is full of “assumptions” that are not based on fact. You are spreading lies and fear.Just what are the incorrect assumptions that you are referring to in your comment?

The blog that you posted your comment to was taken from a News report in Lubbock Texas.

Was there something inaccurate about that report?

Or was there something you found inaccurate about my comments regarding the liquidation of out U.S. Constitution by this administration?

I’m not sure what your major is, but if you are a professor, I can only assume that you are aware that we do have a Constitution in our land, and that Constitution is the highest law of our land.

These president in particular, but also many of our past presidents and congressmen have been ignoring that document for years.

The steps that Obama is taking today, towards Socialism, in taking over private companies and stripping us of our liberties one by one, and our freedom of choice, exceeds the authority granted to him by our Constitution, and therefore they are illegal.

Not only that, but based so far on the evidence provided this man is not even Constitutionally qualified to be president.

You also left me a link to Snopes.com as your only source; but do you even know who is behind that website?

It is a man and his wife, who are both Liberals, who live in San Fernando, California; and who are themselves Obama supporters; so they are not exactly impartial.

I do on occasions use Snopes.com myself, but I always try and look at other resources as well, and I do not just look to that one site.

If you have followed my blog for any time, I think you will see that at least most of the time, I give references and footnotes on the remarks that I make.

I assume from your scriptural comments that you are also a Believer, and I assume also that you are a supporter of Barack Obama.

Personally, I pray for him, and I sincerely hope that he has an encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ, that he has a change of heart, and that he gets saved; but I most definitely do not believe he is a Christian; I don’t agree with his policies; and neither do I like what he is doing to our country.

But that is my opinion, and we still have a free country, Obama notwithstanding, and you can believe what you want.

Do you want to know why it is that I do not believe that he is a Christian?

Whereas I grant you that only God knows the heart of any individual, and all we can do (and we are instructed to do this in the Bible) is look to their fruit, their words, and also their actions to see if they are.

So you say my blog is full “assumptions” that it is not based on fact; and that I am spreading lies and fear… well I would suggest that you look at the following video and understand what the Islamic agenda is for our country:

There are many overlapping and even separate agendas that we are dealing with today in our country; on the one side there is the Islamic Agenda to destory first Israel, and then the United States; and we also have the agenda to drive our nation into a “New World Order.”

The Islamic agenda is what I want to talk about here; and these radical Islamic groups have made no secret of their desire and plans to destroy both Israel and the United States; and we have a president today, in the White House, who champions the cause of Islam, and who is himself (I believe) a Muslim.

What most Americans fail to realize is that Islam has always been a very violent ideology, and truly it is not a religion, but it is a political ideology that believes that the whole world should be ruled by Sharia Law; and to have any other view or faith that is not Islamic is a death sentence.

What these radical Islamic groups are saying, and yes I understand they are in the minority; but what they are teaching is exactly what the Koran teaches, and also what Muhammad taught.

In fact these radical Islamic groups are to Islam what the Protestant Reformation was to the Catholic Church, in that what Martin Luther was saying, when he posted his thesis to the door of the church, was that the Christian Bible says we are saved by faith alone, and what he was saying was true… and it began the Protestant Reformation.

Likewise, what these radical Islamic groups are doing, that are calling for Jihad, is to call Muslims back to the orginal teachings of the Koran.

Islam is NOT a peaceful religion, and as I said it is not a religion at all, but it is a very narrow minded ideology that is very intolerant of any other faith or belief.

All you have to do is look at history and see what happen in every nation that Islam went to. It is exactly as it happened in Lebanon; and as it is now happening in the western European Nations; and we here in the United States are following close behind.

Here are some other reasons why I do not feel that Obama is a Christian:

These are my objections to the man, Barack Hussein Obama, and some of his policies:

First off, regarding his place of birth and his citizenship:

  • Obama promised the American people that he would provide transparency. Well why does that not also apply to his own past; and why has he not revealed verifiable proof of his U.S. Citizenship and place of birth, as everyone of us have had to do on numerous occasions, or why not just show us his passport that he used to travel abroad before he was elected to the Senate, which by the way was most likely Indonesian? Instead he has stonewalled every attempt to look at this evidence; and this is a fact, with the credentials he has provided to be president, he couldn’t even be hired as a cook in the White House, because he couldn’t even pass the minimum background security requirements: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DL08s5uH8as?
  • Even the Kenyan Ambassador admitted right after Obama’s election that Obama was born in Kenya: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zH4GX3Otf14.
  • Obama’s own paternal grandmother admitted right after the election that he was born in Kenya, and that she was present at his birth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bloHSojeLAw.
  • Michelle Obama even has admitted that Kenya is Obama’s home country: clip #1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=proi6NFdKVs&feature=related; clip #2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHsSY1QQ0-g&feature=related.

There are so many other areas, that I have already covered in so many of my previous blogs, that I’m not going to take the time now to itemize them all one by one; but again you are entitled to your opinion, and this is still a free country, no thanks to Obama; but I can tell you if he is allowed to continue down this road towards Socialism, that he has put us on, we won’t be free much longer, and that’s for sure.

I think it would be good for you to look at history, and see all of the similarities between what happened in pre-Nazi Germany, that gave  rise the Nazism, and to Hitler coming into power; and see how that compares with what is happening today here in the United States:

  1. Hitler outlawed school prayer in Germany. In 1962, The U.S. Supreme Court did the same for us.
  2. Hitler eliminated Christian holidays in the schools first by calling Christmas “Yuletide.” Most American public schools now call Christmas vacation a “winter break.”
  3. Hitler took Easter out of schools and instead honored that time of year as the beginning of spring. It has likewise become common for schools in America to refer to time off at Easter as “spring break.”
  4. Hitler controlled the church using intimidation and threats. A half-century ago, U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Baines Johnson, promoted a bill that included an amendment to use the Internal Revenue Service to remove the non-profit status of a church that speaks against the election of any specific political candidate.
  5. Hitler enticed thousands of pastors to promote paganism in their congregations. Neopaganism is one of the fastest growing religions in America, doubling every 18 months according to a June 2008 article in The Denver Post.  Many American church-goers practice paganism such as “Christian” yoga, contemplative prayer, and walking a labyrinth. As evidence that church doors continue to open further to aberrant beliefs, a 2008 survey found that 57% of evangelicals do not believe Jesus Christ is the only way to God.
  6. Hitler was an environmentalist and vegetarian. Marriages performed by the Nazi state frequently included blessings of “Mother Earth” and “Father Sky.” Today Americans increasingly accept radical environmentalism, pantheism, and the celebration of Earth Day.
  7. Hitler was fascinated by eastern mysticism. Today an increasing number of American pastors encourage their followers to become “mystic warriors”.
  8. 8. Hitler believed in reincarnation. He even convinced SS officers that by murdering millions of Jews and other “undesirables” they were allowing them to get on with the reincarnation process and come back more quickly in an advanced status. Americans increasingly accept the idea of reincarnation as well as good and bad karma.
  9. Hitler’s holocaust killed between 8 and 11 million Jews and non-Jews. Americans have killed an estimated 50 million babies since abortion was legalized through the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973. According to a July 7, 2008 article on worldnetdaily.com “An abortionist who claims to have destroyed more than 20,000 unborn children and who once was Hillary Clinton’s OB-GYN says he is doing ‘God’s work’ when he terminates a pregnancy…He admits that abortion kills a human soul.”
  10. Hitler killed 270,000 handicapped people through active euthanasia.[1] America and the courts are rushing toward the same with the murder of individuals such as Terri Schiavo. Oregon voters passed their Death with Dignity Act in 1994 and re-affirmed it in 1997. Washington state voters legalized doctor-assisted suicide on November 4, 2008. In December 2008, a Montana judge ruled terminally ill residents of that state have the right to physician-assisted suicide, and “death with dignity” is gaining acceptance in other states as well.
  11. Private schools were abolished by Hitler and all education placed under Nazi control. There is constant pressure from federal and many state education authorities to require that Christian schools use state-mandated, humanistic textbooks. The Home School Legal Defense Association is fighting numerous battles at any given time to prevent parents from loosing the right to educate their children as they see fit. In August 2008, a federal district court ruled that the state of California university system may choose not to recognize the diplomas-and thereby deny college entrance to-students who attended a school using textbooks that express a Biblical worldview in the areas of history and science (i.e., Christian schools).
  12. Hitler prevented dissenters from using radio to challenge his worldview. Many powerful liberals in America have made clear their intent to reintroduce the “Fairness Doctrine” that would require conservative and religious radio stations to offer equal time to anti-Christian, anti-conservative worldviews.
  13. Pastors who spoke against Hitler’s worldview and his murderous regime found themselves on trial and frequently imprisoned for “Abuse of Pulpit.” In America, hate-crime legislation has the potential to criminalize Christians and pastors who speak out against the homosexual agenda.
  14. Many Christians in Germany justified their allegiance to Hitler through a belief that “Their duty to God was spiritual; their duty to the state was political.”[2] Many American Christians now have bought the lie that their worldview can be divided between the secular and the sacred-the politician has one area of responsibility, the pastor another, and never shall the two meet. Yet the Bible teaches that all issues are fundamentally spiritual.
  15. Hitler outlawed the cross and replaced it with the swastika. Today many churches, Christian colleges, and universities have willingly removed the cross from their buildings. Numerous court cases sponsored by the ACLU have required the removal of the cross from public grounds. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that the Ten Commandments cannot be posted on public grounds for religious purposes.
  16. Hitler was fascinated with Friedrich Nietzsche and distributed his writings to his inner circle. Nietzsche promoted Nihilism, the belief that life has no meaning, and he is best known for his position that “God is dead”. Nietzsche is presently one of the most widely read authors by American college students.
  17. Hitler exploited the economic collapse of Germany to take over as dictator and usher in his brand of socialism. America’s financial crisis has given liberals in both political parties the opportunity to grow the size of government and implement freedom-robbing socialism at lightning speed.
  18. 18. Hitler was obsessed with globalism, and many of America’s most powerful political leaders are willing to subjugate American sovereignty to contemporary globalism.
  19. 19. Many Germans responded to Hitler by retreating into neutrality. Today most Americans prefer to remain neutral on moral issues that they think don’t affect them personally.
  20. On trial after World War II, Hitler’s henchmen used the defense that they had not broken any laws. True, they had not defied the laws of Germany since those had been re-written to fit the goals and objectives of Hitler. The Nazi leaders were nevertheless found guilty because the courts at the time recognized a “law above the law.” Yet now the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the law of nature and nature’s God by claiming that as society evolves, morals evolve, and so the law, too, must evolve.
  21. Calling upon Darwinian evolution, Hitler convinced the German people that purging millions of people was acceptable because of the need to create a pure race; also referred to as eugenics. American students across the board have been educated in Darwinian evolution because the Supreme Court has ruled that creation cannot be taught in our schools-even if both creation and evolution are taught side by side.
  22. Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood in America became acquainted with the doctors and scientists that had worked with Nazi Germany’s eugenics program and had no quarrel with the euthanasia, sterilization, abortion, and infanticide programs of the early Reich.[3] Sanger even published several articles in Birth Control Review that reflected Hilter’s White Supremacist worldview. Planned Parenthood now grosses one billion per year.
  23. In Germany, pastors often cited Romans 13:1-2 to encourage Christians to obey the Nazis. Today in America, many pastors have a false view of Romans 13:1-2 and have convinced millions that to disobey governing authorities is to disobey God. This poor training would facilitate Christians here doing just as the German Christians did if faced with similar challenges.
  24. Germans accepted socialism to avoid pain. Today’s Americans are rejecting capitalism in exchange for government-sponsored “free” healthcare, education, and countless other government handouts.
  25. Many Americans accept what I call, One World Spirituality. This is actually an amalgamation of the three worldviews of evolutionary humanism, Hindu pantheism, and occultism. I noted earlier that Hitler embraced all of these.
  26. America is rushing toward government-sponsored, national healthcare. We already have a form of this in Medicare and Medicaid. Hitler, too, expanded and centralized Germany’s healthcare system. As Melchior Palyi explained, “The ill-famed Dr. Ley, boss of the Nazi labor front, did not fail to see that the social insurance system could be used for Nazi politics as a means of popular demagoguery, as a bastion of bureaucratic power, [and] as an instrument of regimentation.”

http://www.worldviewweekend.com/worldview-times/article.php?articleid=4881

So anyway, I’ve provided some evidence for you to chew on, and I would be interested in seeing your evidence that would support that what I am saying is incorrect or inaccurate.

As you said in your comment: “Your blog is full of “assumptions” that are not based on fact. You are spreading lies and fear.”

Show me, but give me something besides Snopes.com.

Respectfully yours,

Skip Barland