Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Real life actually is dumber than fiction.

You may be wondering what I’m talking about. Let me tell you. I’m a fan of Joel Rosenberg’s novels but I don’t have lot of time to read for pleasure nowadays so I’m still working my way through the third book in Rosenberg’s Last Jihad series. All that to say that I’m at a point in the novel where the Antichrist figure is beginning to fool the world and world powers. As I’m reading I’m saying to myself “OK Rosenberg, you’re writing is just weak here, the world isn’t going to roll over and be fooled by such simple talk that sounds good but we all know is bologna." Maybe democrats will fall for this kind of speech from Barack Obama but world leaders won’t just forget about everything that has been important to them to follow some hollow words by an obviously evil leader.

Now this morning I read a few stories in the news and I realize that it’s not that Rosenberg is so much a weak writer in some places as he is accurately writing about weak characters who are all too real.

If you read this story below you will see how the world is all too ready to believe that Iran’s president really wants peace and prosperity and wants to end the double standard in the U.N. that favors the United States and it’s allies. This is right out of Rosenberg’s book in some eerie ways.

Iran on the UN Security Council

I had always thought that when the Antichrist comes that he will fool almost everyone completely except for the Christians because he will be very smart about hiding who he really is. But now I think it may be that many will see this evil leader for who he is, but many more will be fooled by his slick words because they want to believe those words.
So I can’t help but wonder, is the world really doing appeasement all over again with countries like Iran, North Korea and radical Islam, or is the world just sticking it’s collective head in the sand. Either way we need to be really worried.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Are we Doomed to Repeat History?

Today it seems we are living in a society of non-believers and I don’t mean that in a religious context. It seems as if most of the people in the world especially citizens and even leaders in the western world don’t want to believe in anything that doesn’t make sense to them.

Let me explain. First lets start with radical Islam. That phrase alone is a problem. While I’m sure there are plenty of Muslims who follow the Koran as well as some of those who profess Christianity follow the Bible. What I mean by this is that they really don’t believe in or at least follow through with what the Bible teaches. So there are Muslims who don’t completely follow the Koran. However no one has hijacked Islam, there is not a radical side of Islam, Islam itself is radical. The people who we refer to as radical Islamists are basically Islamic fundamentalists who follow though with what Islam teaches. But many people including President Bush insist on the narrative that is Islam is a peace loving religion. President Bush either is being political or na├»ve. Most of western society is however the latter.

Next lets look at Iran. Most of the antiwar crowd thinks that we can just talk to Iran and the problem will be resolved. Even the leaders seem to think that talk and sanctions will work when they have obviously not. They are confused because they think that everyone is like them and thinks like them and surely under the right conditions or pressure that Iran will do what they want because if they were in that situation they would just do what seemed to be logical and negotiate a peaceful resolution. This is both dangerous and just plane foolish. There are many people in the Islamic world and the world in general who are willing to die for a cause. There are even those who would let thousands dies even thousands of their own people die. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the mullahs in Iran are these type of people. They can’t be deterred by the threat of death for them or their citizens nor the threat of loosing power. That is what we fear, not what they fear.

Time and time again we can see from history that there is more in this world than we understand. Yet we refuse to believe it could happen again. In the movies when a bad guy has a hostage but the good guy has a gun, the bad guy always says “put your gun down or I’ll kill the hostage.” The good guy tells the bad guy to let the hostage go and they go back and forth until the good guy drops his gun. The good guy thinks the bad guy will act in good faith and let the hostage go, but in fact the bad guy often kills the hostage anyway and then attempts to kill the unarmed good guy. In the movies though the good guy finds a way out, but that’s not reality. Why does the good guy always seem to give in and think the bad guy will be reasonable? This makes no sense. Yes you want to save the hostage but if you leave no deterrent for the bad guy than both the hostage and the good guy are exposed and will likely be killed or at least the bad guy will attempt to kill them both. Yes that’s just the movies but is art imitating life or life imitating art? I think both may be true and either way we miss the point. The bad guy usually does not think the way we do, that’s why they are the bad guy. It’s not just a misunderstanding or a misunderstood character. Yes we should want God’s best for every human being that he created. God wants that none should parish. But that is not always possible and we must do what is right. In a shoot out you shouldn’t really want to kill the bad guy but you may have to, to save the lives of others. In this case there is not even a deterrent though. The only way to stop Iran is to disarm them.

Let me leave you with this thought. It seems we are living in a world full of Neville chamberlains. Even though many say we can’t have a nuclear-armed Iran they seem willing to let it happen because they don’t believe Iran will attack Israel and they really don’t think Iran will attack the US. Why they don’t believe this, I don’t know. Not only have the Iranians said what they want to do, they are currently even doing it. Iran is attacking the US in Iraq. Iran calls us the great Satan and it’s more than just playground name calling.

If someone told you they were a super agent spy would you believe them? Probably not that kind of stuff only happens in the movies right? While it seems overly dramatic it can very well be true. In this world there are thousands or probably hundreds of thousands or millions who are in fact spies. The CIA does exist, as well as many other agencies in this country and other countries that do employ spies. If someone told you that the mafia was out to get them, you might think that something was wrong but it was probably their overactive imagination. Why? Organized crime surely exists in this country and many others, just ask the FBI.

Hitler told us he wanted to rule the world and get of the Jews. But we didn’t believe him. No that was crazy talk, he really couldn’t have meant that. The president of Iran wants us to imagine a world without Israel or the US. But that’s just crazy talk right?

Read Ahmadinejad's Speech from the World Without Zionism conference.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Four things I think you should watch.

Over the last few months there have been four key factors that I think may lead to some serious problems and that relate to the end times. What I'm about to write about is not a prediction or prophecy of any kind, just four things I think should be watched carefully. I wasn't originally sure what exactly would happen with these four issues. I'm not even sure exactly what will happen now but I have an idea of what I think may happen. If these things do happen the future could be very difficult.

1) Iran. Iran is the most obvious and has been all over the news but I didn't know how this would play out. I think the United States or Israel probably need to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities to stop them from developing a nuclear bomb. Financial and all other sanctions seem to have done little to the political will of Iran to keep enriching uranium. Enrichment of uranium can play a key role in developing a nuclear bomb. However bad the repercussions would be for the US or Israel for bombing Iran, letting Iran get a nuclear bomb will likely be a much worse situation. Iran does not have to nuke Israel for the worst to be realized, though they may try. If Iran gets nuclear weapons they will start proliferation in the middle east and really make that area a powder keg. In fact we have seen Saudi Arabia, Syria and other nations now become interested in nuclear capabilities also. Also Iran will be able to control the Middle East more than it already does just because it has a nuclear bomb to back them up. Iran will start telling the US what to do and we will start listening carefully and complying with their wishes. What I think will most likely happen is that neither the US or Israel will bomb Iran anytime soon. I think not bombing them will either bring about some of these very serious problems or we will bomb Iran but very late ion the game and Iran will have already built a nuclear weapon to use or to pass on to radical Islamist terrorists.

2) Iraq. My worst fear for Iraq is that they will start to become very independent. This doesn't sound bad, but what I mean is that they will become a very independent Muslim Sharia state that is not a friend of the United States. With the current headlines stating that Iraq wants a timetable for the US to leave it looks like things may be heading this way.

3) The Israel peace process. I think everyone knows that if Israel signs some kind of peace treaty with the Palestinians for seven years that this will have huge implications and likely fulfill a major prophecy. At the moment it looks like the Israel PM will do anything to get peace with the Palestinians including ignoring serious problems with the process.

4) Obama. I know many people do not think the US has anything to do with end time prophecy. However I think the US and other players can have a direct role on things that will be part of prophecy even if the US itself is not listed in prophecy. I think it is very likely that Barrack Obama will become the next president and that he will make some disastrous decisions and mistakes in foreign policy that will have serious and long-term repercussions.

I could be wrong and everything I think might happen will not happen at all. I hope I am wrong, but I do not believe so. Time will tell.