Way Past the Patience of God

ClockFaceby Deana Chadwell3/30/15
I am an American. I’m also a Christian. For the last four decades I’ve been a serious Bible student. I’m also very interested in both politics and history (left over politics). I’m in awe of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. I’m astounded at Bible prophecy – at the number of prophecies that have already become reality, and the speed at which prophecies intended for the end times are turning up as news stories. Lately I’ve been watching in stupefied horror as those two areas – America and Bible prophecy – are heading, like run-a-way trains – straight at each other.

It’s looking like the Rapture is going to arrive before America can pull herself together. In one sense that’s fine with me – I’m “packed” and ready for that last trumpet, ready for the zooming shot into the clouds – a roller coaster ride in reverse, and at top speed. What do I care what happens to America? I’m not going to be here. That’s one approach.

However, I’ve never been much for roller-coasters – I tend to throw up – and I can’t bear the idea of America falling. My generation grew up during the Cold War. We practiced cowering under our school desks so we’d be safe in case of an atomic attack. (Even as a child I had a concern about how senseless that precaution was – we lived just miles from SAC, from Offutt Air Force Base, which would have been one of the first targets.) But I grew up proud of my nation, and aware of what living in the USSR must have been like with Pravda lying to the people, dissidents being locked away either in the Gulag or in mental hospitals, teachers being forced to teach propaganda. I was so grateful I didn’t live there.

As far as I can tell, Obama has succeeded at two out of those three – education is now under federal control and the press is for the most part pro-dictator, anti-freedom. It no longer guards the 1st Amendment – or the 2nd. I pray for the revival of the America I knew, or something better, but I’m also watching what’s going on out there in the rest of the world and nowhere is human society very sane right now. Most economies are working themselves into a total, socialist meltdown. Most societies have lost any vestige of a moral code. Families are in decline world wide, most populations are not reproducing at replacement levels, which will, of its own, demolish financial security. Environmentalism has run amuck in most 1st world nations, ruining production, destroying jobs, killing off small towns, which are, like the family, the heart of any society. The world has lost its sense of good vs. evil and it seems few are particularly horrified by the brutality of ISIS or by the nuclear plans of Iran.

That’s the bad part. The good part is that almost daily something else, some additional prognostication, transforms itself into historical reality. At a slower pace this has been going on for the last 100 years: WWI, the Balfour Declaration, WWII, the return of the Jews to Israel, the ensuing Palestinian conflict, the recovery of control of Jerusalem, the Six-Day War and the recovery of even more of the original Israel’s territory.

Read Daniel, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Revelation; these things are coming to pass. Yes, there has always been strife in the world, hideous, horrifying strife. Yes, folks once thought that the Pope was the Anti-Christ. Yes, people have, ever since the disciples started writing the New Testament, expected the Rapture in their lifetimes; Christians have that right – to look hopefully for the removal of the Church.

But at no time in history:

  • Have people known what was going on everywhere? We can now see the big picture.
  • Have groups proudly sworn to kill off hundreds of millions of people?
  • Have banks and economies been so intertwined? One-world banking and government is a big part of the Tribulation prophecy.
  • Have electronic technologies made many of the End Times predictions literally possible? —
    • Christ will be seen all around the globe at the same time.
    • The Anti-Christ will mark every person with a code that will make trade and work possible.
    • Armies will be more mechanical, robotic, than ever before.

More than these phenomena, is the spiraling nature of it all. Nothing is stable; the world’s most solid, dependable, Gentile countries, the United States and the United Kingdom, are crumbling. Israel is in more danger than ever before. Russia is pounding on its war drums. North Korea is not only nuclear, but desperate and run by a madman. The fuse is burning quickly in the Middle East – where the majority of the Tribulation activities will occur.

The prophetic clock keeps spinning, and meanwhile, back at our ranch, things wind ever tighter; the spring is torqueing up massive tension – racial tension, religious tension, financial tension, political tension, which will one day soon break loose. Maybe once it’s sprung and our society has exploded, people will wake up and work together to restore this country. We have a debt to pay off, jobs to create, two educational systems that need complete overhauls, a church to re-align with biblical principles, a military to rebuild, a central bank to get rid of, quite a few federal agencies that need disbanding – well, you know; you read the news. We’re almost in “last rites” condition and ISIS, Iran, Russia, North Korea, and Latin America are circling overhead like a vortex of vultures.

Then look back at the Middle East. The Islamists build their Caliphate and look forward to the time when the 12th Imam, the Mahdi, the Anti-Christ, arrives to rule the world. A group of Jews have made ready all the furnishings for the Temple, so that as soon as they regain the Temple Mount, that essential part of Judaism and of the Tribulation, that sacred building can be quickly reconstructed. Jews are, this spring, running dress rehearsals for a coming Passover celebrated in the Temple.

And in just the last year anti-Semitism has been baring its fangs. In France it’s dangerous to walk the streets of Paris wearing a yarmulke. On our college campuses – especially west coast campuses – Jews are being verbally attacked. The swastika has made a comeback. Our own president just released Israel’s nuclear bomb plans, and is planning to let Iran (who swears it will destroy Israel) keep and enhance its nuclear prowess. Given the historical testability of God’s promise to Israel (Genesis 12:3) America is in serious trouble.

Then note the condition of modern society and compare it to 2nd Peter 3:3-4:

Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”

Or note 1st Timothy 1:4:

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

or 2nd Timothy 3:2-5:

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.

The End Times, i.e. the Rapture and the Tribulation, are upon us. So is the end of the grand and amazing United States of America – no reference to such a great nation happens in the End Times prophecies; I find that ominous. On the other hand, God appears to be raising up strong and good people to lead us out of this. Now, the question is – how do we balance our desire to see our country recover with our desire to see the Lord’s.  Consider what will happen to this country when that happens….

In the past God has given His nations – Israel, the prime example – ultimatums, last straw declarations from which there is no reprieve. Israel suffered such a decree in the 8th century B.C. when Assyria came to attack first the Northern Kingdom, Israel, and then the Southern Kingdom, Judah. The world saw this happen again in 70 A.D. when Rome sacked Jerusalem. America has so arrogantly turned its back on God’s mandate for this country, so hurt Israel, that we may well be in the same place, way past the patience of God.


Deana Chadwell blogs at ASingleWindow.com.
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About Deana Chadwell

I have spent my life teaching young people how to read and write and appreciate the wonder of words. I have worked with high school students and currently teach writing at Pacific Bible College in southern Oregon. I have spent more than forty years studying the Bible, theology, and apologetics and that finds its way into my writing whether I’m blogging about my experiences or my opinions. I have two and a half moldering novels, stacks of essays, hundreds of poems, some which have won state and national prizes. All that writing — and more keeps popping up — needs a home with a big plate glass window; it needs air; it needs a conversation.
I am also an artist who works with cloth, yarn, beads, gourds, polymer clay, paint, and photography. And I make soap.

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29 Responses to Way Past the Patience of God

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    Well, mass murder is hardly new. Stephen Pinker has argued that even the past century was less murderous (in absolute numbers as well as percentages of the total population) than some previous ones. I suspect that there have always been signs, or what people took to be signs, of the approaching Last Days. Of course, that doesn’t mean that they’ll never come just because they never have before.

    As for what happened in America, radical leftism subsumed liberalism (which did at least believe in individual freedom) in a gradual process starting somewhere in the vicinity of a century ago. The final link in the chain came with Barry Screwtape Obama being elected, and the virtually monolithic support he received from the entire “liberal” movement. Thus, we see incidents such as the war against Indiana for passing a religious freedom law that the complainers used to support.

  2. It’s not so much the violence or the leftist nonsense on its own that bothers me, Timothy, but the ubiquitous nature of all the depravity, and the detailed precision with which those behaviors and events fit the details of the prophecies. I don’t mean a general, vague feeling of things wrapping up, but specifics. And perhaps it’s nothing but the sinful nature of mankind, but I’ve been paying attention now for a long time and nothing has ever seemed so inevitable before.

  3. Anniel says:

    Deanna, I have been feeling the specifics, too. But then things happen that just seem like there’s hope out there and that God is with us. I’m not certain we’ve reached the dark before the dawn yet, but there are still miracles. I find hints about America in the scriptures, and I wonder if Daniel didn’t see us when he spoke of the Glorious Land in Daniel 11:16. But it does say that land will be consumed. I do know we will not be unscathed with the way things are headed. But the Lord Himself tells us not to worry, so I try not to.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Erick Erickson noted that even as the homofascist war against Christianity continues to thrive in America (thanks to the “no enemies on the left” mindset among nearly all liberals, which means that the entire Unholy Trinity supports the homofascists), Christianity is doing well elsewhere (in Africa and Asia, even in Muslim countries despite the persecution). And even the homofascist war (which is aligned with the Molochite war, also directed against Christianity) hasn’t yet succeeded in rendering Christianity illegitimate. There’s even the possibility that eventually some minority Christians, who have remained aligned with the liberal Democrats, may realize which side they should be on.

  4. Jerry Richardson says:

    Deana,

    …the ubiquitous nature of all the depravity…
    —Deana

    That certainly bothers me, but what bothers me the most is what I perceive to be a seething-spirit of anti-Christ erupting in the USA. Never before in my life have I seen such a hatred for Christians and Christianity openly expressed in our nation.

    Sure, I understand that many people in our nation do not believe in the Jesus of the Bible. Also, I understand that many people do not believe there is a God.

    But why does that translate into such a venomous hatred?

    Bible students and readers know the answer: Satan is hard at work. And his most prosperous current activity is his effort to turn the USA into another Sodom and Gomorrah.

    Do sensible people really think that God is not going to notice such wickedness?

    God has visited his judgement on evil throughout the history of mankind. We may or may not be seeing the beginning of end-times. Jesus himself said that no one (including Himself) knows; only God (the Father) alone.

    But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
    —-
    Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
    —Matthew 24:36,42 KJV

    Regardless of the when, God will not indefinitely stand-by and allow wickedness to go unpunished.

    And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.

    Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
    —Genesis 19:20-25 KJV

    Don’t miss the irony in the story in the verses above. People in biblical times understood that God was omnipresent; that God was constantly aware of what went on everywhere; and yet the wickedness was so severe in Sodom and Gomorrah that God personally appeared (Many Christians believe this was a pre-incarnation appearance of Jesus) to see if things could actually be as bad as they seemed. Things were that bad and worse.

    Why did God rain down such destructive judgment? It was because the rapaciousness of rampant homosexuality became a stench in the very nostrils of God. In Sodom and Gomorrah it was the gay-mafia on steroids—anyone going into those two cities, even for a visit, would be forced to comply with their demands or flee.

    Understand, what was happening in Sodom and Gomorrah was not simply individual acts of homosexuality; what was happening was organized, homosexual intimidation.

    What do you think the clamor over the state of Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Law is all about? It’s the gay-mafia and all their numerous cheerleaders howling because their ability to intimidate others into compliance with their belief-system has been challenged.

    It appears Indiana has become the epicenter of all things dangerous and scary for the progressive left. “BIGOTS” they shout !! The polar ice-caps are melting, planets have fallen askew, random rainbow monkeys are rushing toward the alarm.

    Everyone from Miley Cyrus to heads of other states are shocked, shocked, that a religious freedom law would pass. Oh the humanity. Cher and Hillary Clinton are marching arm in arm (Huma is jealous) my god this is slavery again!.

    Sound the Charge for the Gay-Mafia

    …the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.
    —Genesis 19:4-5 KJV

    What would have prevented God from taking the action that he took? Abraham brings up that very point in his conversation with God’s emissaries:

    And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.

    And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake. And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.
    —Genesis 18:23-26; 32-33 KJV

    How sad, God could not even find 10 righteous people within that twin-cesspool of wickedness.

    This is a message that American Christians must not overlook. If this is not the beginning of the end-time; and we don’t know; then God’s decision as to whether or not to allow our nation to be destroyed may very well hinge on the number of righteous people He finds. God’s people may often be a minority, in numbers; but they are not a minority in importance to God.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I wonder if one can find 50 righteous people in the entire state of California. I wouldn’t bet on it. Of course, Abraham did bargain Yahweh down to 10, and the state might manage that many. I wouldn’t bet on San Francisco, Seattle, or Portland qualifying (much less Washington, DC).

  5. Jerry — I so often think of that exchange between Abraham and God. And I believe in the protection of the pivot of mature believers and the blessings that spill out of their lives into the lives of all those around them. I also agree that evil is rising like runaway yeast — I’ve been feeling that for the last 30 years; being a public school teacher gave me a ring-side seat at the destruction of the family and the perfidy of our school systems.

    I am often filled with hope for the future of this country — the rising stars on the political right, the provision of a plethora of energy sources, the rise of the Internet — akin in importance, I believe, to Gutenberg’s press, etc. I’m also seeing (as a result of my position now as a Bible college professor, that things are changing in the church. I’m seeing a slow turning away from the shallow emptiness of things like youth groups and rock music. Thanks for your thoughtful commentary, Jerry. You always have such interesting points to make.

  6. James Smith says:

    Dear Ms. Chadwell;
    Thank you for a wonderful post.
    Just before the great prayer of the martyrs, the fire of the alter being cast upon the earth and the sounding of the 1st trumpet in the 8th chapter of Revelation, the apostle John makes the statement that when he (the Lamb of God) opened the seventh seal there followed, a silence in heaven for about the space of half an hour.
    I think we all have had the experience of being so upset or disturbed or just downright angry about some offensive thing that we cannot even speak. I am of the opinion that, that is what will happen in heaven when the patience of our most merciful Father finally runs out.
    I am not sure about the time or the order of the catching away (rapture) but I do know that this would be a good time to be found among the servants of the Lord.
    When Jesus stood before Pontius Pilate and was asked if He was the King of the Jews (John 18:35-36) he stated in part that “my Kingdom is not of this world—but (now) is my Kingdom not from hence” which by implication means that when (now) is over His Kingdom will be “of this world”. I believe that this is demonstrated by Revelation chapter 11 verse 15 which follows the sounding of the last of the 7 trumpets and states, in the past tense, that “the kingdom of this world is become (the kingdom) of our Lord and of His Christ and He shall reign forever and ever”.
    He also told Pontius Pilate (the other part) that “were my Kingdom of this world, then would my servants fight”.
    It is not easy to watch our nation crumble around us with the sense that there is nothing we can do to even slow the descent but, a time is coming when His servants will fight. So, in the mean time, “receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us have grace, whereby we may offer service well-pleasing to God with reverence and awe: for our God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:28-29).

  7. James — beautifully said. I often think of Christ weeping as He looked out over His Jerusalem, mourning its death 40 years hence. I don’t know if we’ve past that point of no return; many things give a bit of hope on that point, but the clock is ticking. It seems that we’re down to two possibilities: 1. America pulls out of this morass, or 2. the Rapture occurs and the world gets on with its time of sorrows. If America falls, the rest of the world will certainly reel horribly from that change in the order of things. If the Rapture occurs, America will fall. … But then, I’m always surprised and amazed at the solutions God provides, so we’ll wait and see. Thanks for reading.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Yes, people fail to realize how miraculous American victory was at times during the American Revolution. Little things like the weather conditions that enabled Washington to get nearly everyone out of Brooklyn despite British naval control of the East River. Or Trenton. Or Baron von Steuben at Valley Forge. So many times the Colonials could simply have collapsed. We don’t — yet — face such a dire situation.

      An interesting notion of what would happen without America can be found in John Birmingham’s fantasy novel Without Warning, in which most of the USA, Canada, Mexico, and Cuba disappear in early 2003. The results are soon catastrophic as chaos reigns in the remaining areas. Israel, facing a war of extermination by emboldened Araby (with the Muslim Brotherhood taking over in Egypt, a prescient notion), launches a massive series of nuclear strike. This includes the haunting scene in which an Israeli pilot, returning from his strike on the Aswan High Dam, noticed the “second sun” to the north. “Where Cairo once stood.”

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      It seems that we’re down to two possibilities: 1. America pulls out of this morass, or 2. the Rapture occurs and the world gets on with its time of sorrows.

      Deana,

      Are you saying that if America doesn’t correct it’s ways the Rapture will take place, i.e. once America falls morally Christ will return?

  8. No — I was evidently unclear. Second shot — Because America is such a cornerstone of the world’s economy and general equilibrium, should it fall (by that I mean a crash landing, not a slow demise) the resultant scramble to fill that vacuum would most likely take the form described in prophecy — one world government, domination by one leader (Anti-Christ) and the eventual Armageddon. I find the pre-Tribulation position on the Rapture to be most scriptural and theologically sound, so I assume that the Rapture, in this scenario, would happen in the temporal vicinity of the fall of America — cause and effect implied only if the Rapture happened first. If that occurred and the country was suddenly missing a substantial number of its most solid and productive people that would noticeably affect the stability of society.

    IF America can pull itself together, and IF the Middle East can do the same, then the world could continue on for a spell in fairly comfortable balance. From where we stand right now that doesn’t look likely, but who knows?

  9. Timothy Lane says:

    The recent disputes over religious freedom laws in Indiana and Arkansas have been very instructive. David French on NRO suggested that the faithful would remain so, and I think he’s right. But as I pointed out in response, if we don’t find people who are willing (as Mike Pence and Asa Hutchinson were not) to stand up to the militant christophobic homofascists, then those faithful will get to face martyrdom for their stance. How soon this will be, I don’t know, so with luck I’ll never see it happen myself (particularly since Elizabeth could easily be a victim, and perhaps even me despite my deism, given that I largely accept traditional morality). But unless we find someone to stand up to them effectively, it will happen. (Matt Lewis in the Daily Caller suggested that what is needed is a “wartime consigliere”. Chris Christie, if willing, or Scott Walker would qualify. Pence and Hutchinson clearly don’t. Ted Cruz probably also qualifies.)

    There was, incidentally, an article on reason.com by Bobby Soave complaining about an Indiana pizzeria whose proprietors — when asked by a reporter — said they would not perform for a homosexual wedding, though they would not otherwise discriminate against homosexuals. Naturally, they received an abundance of hate spam on the social media from intolerant liberal hate-mongers (if you’ll pardon the redundancy). Soave argued that they deserved even worse. A lot of bloggers were in strong disagreement, including me (I pointed out that Soave was behaving like a libertinist masquerading as a libertarian).

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      I am glad the Left is pushing this theme. For too long, conservatives have been asleep and Western culture has been suffering the “death of a thousand cuts” as the Chinese would call it or “salami tactics” as my European friends would call it.

      It is only by bringing these fights into the open and shining a bright light on them that we will be able to focus people’s minds on the danger threatening this nation. And then, perhaps, we can get enough citizens to fight back against the criminal Left and mindless libertarians who are useful idiots for them.

      This is what is really happening;

      http://www.stubbornthings.org/dont-need-stinkin-marriage/

      http://www.stubbornthings.org/dont-need-stinkin-marriage-part-ii/

    • Jerry Richardson says:

      Timothy,

      what is needed is a “wartime consigliere”
      —Timothy Lane

      Oh, please, please Lord, please send us a WARRIOR! Send us someone who has principle. Someone who is willing to stand by principles; and fight for them WHEN it becomes necessary, because it always becomes necessary in today’s evil world. Oh Lord, please send us a FIGHTER.
      Maybe Israel can spare Netanyahu for a few years.

      I am so sick and tired of
      feminized wimps;
      and metrosexuals;
      and mealy-mouthed, “let me clarify what I said” types;
      and back-peddlers at the first sign of conflict;
      and life-time politicians with no principles other than “get re-elected”;
      and cowards;
      and half-cowards;
      and politically-correct, gutless, smiley-faced, empty-suits;
      and RINOs;
      and CINOs;
      and defends of race-baiters;
      and spineless do-gooders who want to help everyone except the productive and the innocent and the defenders of the innocent;
      Very tired.

  10. GHG says:

    I’m a Christian. I’m not unfamiliar with end times prophesies and I’ve been in numerous Bible studies over the years including Ezekiel, Daniel, Revelation and other end times studies. And I’m still not sure what should be understood literally. For me, it is less about what is literal versus figurative than what God’s Word is teaching. I sometimes think people get too caught up in staking out a position than being prepared for whatever happens – whenever it happens – in our lifetime or after. I have to admit that I’m more put off by the unkempt guy standing on a street corner holding up a “REPENT” sign than pausing to consider that he may be God’s messanger. I’m not sure that speaks well or ill of me but I’m just being honest.

    Having belabored that long disclaimer, I also think events are pointing to things getting worse than they have ever been on a global scale. A couple things that have caught my attention lately could be considered evidence for this thinking, but I’m cautious because I know that this in the moment perspective is often proven false.

    One of the things is that some of the Sunni Arab states are considering joining military forces to check Iran, but certainly a joint Arab military would be in a position to attack Israel whenever they understood the U.S would not protect her, and that message has already been intimated by Obama.

    Another thing that seems to be coming to a head is a subject discussed quite a bit here – and that’s the leftist religion of materialism. The positions staked out by leftists and bolstered by the cathedral of science, be it AGW, Darwinist evolution, nihilistic philosophies, etc., are losing their grip. They will need to make their final move(s) before their lies are exposed.

    There are many other things but everyone reading on ST already knows the situation, if not every detail. As quaint as it sounds, this is good vs evil. There’s lots of “game” left to play, but the outcome is not really in doubt. It was won almost 2,000 years ago.

    Which reminds me – Happy Easter everyone.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Yes, an Arab combined force could be used to attack Israel, but that’s happened before, and it didn’t work, partly due to cultural weaknesses in the Arab military forces. (The initial Suez Canal attack in 1973 worked because it was very carefully rehearsed.) But it has become clear that the Sunni Arabs see Iran as an existential threat to their regimes, which Israel certainly isn’t. So until Iran is no longer a threat, Israel won’t be their target (and will even be their tacit ally).

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      I sometimes think people get too caught up in staking out a position than being prepared for whatever happens – whenever it happens – in our lifetime or after.

      I must agree with you. I wonder what all this pondering on prophesy does to further the Christian life. How does it help one be a better Christian? This is a serious question.

      Mark13:31-32

      31“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. 32“But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.

      Mark 13:35-37

      35“Therefore, be on the alert—for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether in the evening, at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— 36 in case he should come suddenly and find you asleep. 37“What I say to you I say to all, ‘Be on the alert!’”

      The operative messages being, no one knows when the world will end and one should always be prepared.

      One of the things is that some of the Sunni Arab states are considering joining military forces to check Iran, but certainly a joint Arab military would be in a position to attack Israel whenever they understood the U.S would not protect her

      While a Sunni vs. Shiite tint needs to be cast over much of what is happening in the Middle East, it is more complicated than that.

      In Yemen, the Shiite al-Houthis are in league with the ex President of Yemen and his Sunnis solder allies.

      In Iraq, Sunni ISIS and its allies are fighting the Shiite dominated Iraqi army, Shiite militias, some Sunni tribal groups and Sunni Kurds.

      In Syria, the Assad coalition consists of Alawites, Sunni groups, the Druze and Christians vs. mainly Sunni groups, some affiliated with ISIS.

      Within all the above coalitions there are internal tensions.

      In Middle Eastern History, such, apparently contradictory, coalitions are more the norm than not. We Americans are not equipped to understand the mentality or history behind them.

      We may, or may not be, approaching the apocalypse, but I do not think it advisable to base one’s forecast on the messy state of the world. In fact, the world has always been a very messy place and it will take more than the information available to us to, reliably, predict its end.

  11. Rosalys says:

    Whether we are in the final days of mankind before Christ’s return or not, I do not know; but I know I am approaching my own end time and much sooner than I ever thought it would happen. I know that these last ten, twenty, or possibly thirty years will go zooming by much quicker than the first sixty-two!

    I am appalled at just how much worse things have gotten in the past thirty-five years. What seems to be different today is the blatantness of evil. Declaring evil to be good and good to be evil is the topsy-turvy order of the day. The forces of evil no longer feel a need to be secretive. They work out in the open, and attack in broad daylight. And they are being allowed to do so!

    Some things give me cause for hope. Being a fringe participant of the historic militias and re-enactors, I see a lot of patriotism. A huge number of people (regardless of the percentages) still very much love America, her Constitution, her history, and her spirit. They view their citizenship as their birthright, as their possession.

    America, founded by religious (Christian!) people and upon Biblical principals, has been both greatly blessed by God and a great blessing to other nations. But, as the old saying goes, “The higher you rise, the greater your fall!” When she falls it will most assuredly affect the whole world. Like my own afore mentioned approaching end, it seems that America’s end (as a great nation) is coming into view. The kinds of open and unrepentant evil which abounds (shameless baby killing, divorce, hooking up, homosexuality, etc.) is the sort of stuff that happens in a society in decline. And here is another cause for hope. We have the Biblical example of Nineveh, and since “the Lord is not slack concerning his promise, …but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9) He may bring yet another Great Awakening to our shores. But if He chooses instead to let America fall, it will be to His purpose, perhaps as an example, to draw men to Him.

    Whatever happens God takes care of His own. Whether we be raptured, begin anew in a humbled, revived, and repentant society, or even martyred, He will see us through.

    It’s a good time to align yourself with Christ and put yourself under His protection. Preach the Gospel and pray for revival. Ultimately there is no other Way.

  12. Rosalys says:

    Good article from Matt Walsh concerning the ethics of the bizarro world we live in.

    http://themattwalshblog.com/2015/03/31/its-legal-to-kill-babies-but-lets-worry-about-a-gay-persons-right-to-cake/

    • Timothy Lane says:

      My Internet Explorer hung up when I clicked on the link, though I must say it’s been doing a lot of that today. I was able to read it on Mozilla Firefox, which is much more reliable (but which I can’t access my gmail or do any blogging on). An interesting article.

      But it’s far worse than Walsh said. All one has to do is look at the vicious hysteria over Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana when one of the proprietors said they wouldn’t cater a homosexual wedding (purely hypothetical, since they’ve never catered any wedding) — though they wouldn’t turn down any homosexual customers otherwise.

      They’ve been forced to close down by a band of homofascist fanatics who bombarded Yelp with negative reviews of a pizzeria they’d never heard of, called in for pizzas that would never be paid for or received (this was the real problem, since they couldn’t tell the real calls from the fake ones), and we received massive hate attacks — death threats to employees, and a female (probably lesbian) high school gym coach in Elkhart asking who would join her to burn the pizzeria down (she has since been suspended, and should be arrested and charged with threatening — and even conspiring — to commit arson).

      • Rosalys says:

        Relating this to Annie’s article on imagining, and Brad’s comment about the Left’s magical just think nice thoughts and all will be fine – for all their supposed nicey niciness, the more militant among them are some of the nastiest people on Earth!

        • GHG says:

          The have rejected the source of love and the resulting emptiness has been filled with hate.

          • Timothy Lane says:

            True. But never forget that the ultimate point is the demand for orthodoxy. Memories Pizza was vilified not for actual discrimination of any sort, but because its owners disagree. Liberalism has no room for honest disagreement.

  13. Jerry Richardson says:

    Earth to Governor Pence and the rest of the Indiana GOP,

    In the movie G.I. Jane the following warning is issued by Master Chief Urgayle (played by Viggo Mortensen) to Lt. O’Neal (played by Demi Moore) :

    “Don’t start something you can’t finish”

    A thoughtless, gutless bunch of GOP politicians who apparently didn’t realize that they might have to stand-on-principle and support some legislation that they passed have pulled an Obama-with-Iran stunt with the gay-mafia. Stupid going guys!

    • Timothy Lane says:

      By contrast, in Arkansas the state legislature apparently held firm, and in the end Hutchinson chose not to veto their Indiana-like version.

  14. Timothy Lane says:

    There was an interesting article today at TownHall by Jack Kerwick on manners as the basis of civility, which is the basis for civilization. The idea is that as people become routinely rude to each other (and ruthlessly intolerant of differences), barbarism triumphs over the rump of civilization. The link is:

    http://townhall.com/columnists/jackkerwick/2015/04/08/the-moral-imperative-of-being-mannerly-n1982344

  15. David says:

    What a beautiful plaint! Thank-you for your candor and prose.

    And yet, though I am wary of things to come and concerned for my wife and children…

    Though I fear for the welfare of those whose lives have been dedicated to the ‘golden rule’ throughout the earth….

    I am also mindful of 2 Kings 6;

    “…Alas, my master! how shall we do? And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.”

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