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    June 20, 2016

    Obama: The Facilitators of Islamic Terror

    I’ve had an incredibly difficult time getting my mind around the Orlando gay nightclub shooting. The murder of 49 people by Omar Mateen is a historic event—surpassing the 35 people killed in 2007 in the Virginia Tech shooting. With mass murders by Muslims becoming so common, I feel like I’m describing why the sun came up again for the millionth time whenever I write about these tragic events.

    It was just a few days prior to the Orlando massacre that yet another Islamic terrorist gunned down four people in Tel Aviv, Israel. Last Tuesday morning I was posting news stories, and I found three articles that detailed the evil deeds of the followers of Mohammedanism.

    On Wikipedia there is a detailed list of Islamist terrorist attacks. Since 1980 there have been over a thousand attacks. In the beginning, most years had no more than three terrorist events, and there were several years where no attacks received significant press coverage. The list grows exponentially over time; 2010 had 15 entries, 2014 had 36 entries and 2015 had 118 entries. Because the attacks have become so frequent, many events now fail to receive any major press coverage.

    Islam seems all the more disturbing when you look at the list for Christian and Jewish religious terrorists. Since 1980, there have been eight attacks by people claiming to be Christians, and five attacks by Jewish terrorists. On the Christian list, three attacks were carried out by one man, Eric Robert Rudolph, who was convicted of the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in 1996—for attacks on an abortion clinic and a lesbian nightclub.

    Despite the fact that 99.8 percent of attacks are committed by Muslims, President Obama says, “we” need to examine ourselves in regard to the actions of Omar Mateen. His absolute refusal to put any blame on Islam has him saying stupid things like this:

    “We’ve reached no definitive judgment on the precise motivations of the killer ... And I’ve directed that we must spare no effort to determine what—if any—inspiration or association this killer may have had with terrorist groups.”

    Many of Obama’s critics are starting to openly wonder if he is a Muslim at heart because of his failure to use the words “radical Islam” whenever there is an attack. Donald Trump blasted Obama for this oversight, calling on the president to resign for not using the two words.

    I have a greater complaint with Obama, and that is over his use of the word ISIL. Most people use ISIS which means the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. ISIL stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The geographical term, Levant, refers to a multi-national region that includes Israel. This would be like Hitler deciding in 1943 to change the name of Deutschland (Germany) to something like, Europeland, to account for his newly acquired territory. Obama and his ISIS buddies can keep dreaming.

    I wish it were true that Obama is really a secret Muslim mole. In that case, there would be some type of logic to his actions. Somebody could get a photo of him in the Oval Office praying to Mecca, and we could hold the fastest ever impeachment of an elected head of state.

    Obama’s ideology is not found in the Koran. It comes directly from the pit of hell. He and the liberal media facilitate Islamic terror by maintaining the lie that Islam is a peaceful religion and all these attacks are from people who only have hate as their motivation unrelated to Islamic ideology.

    We’ve clearly passed the point of hopeless delusion when a terrorist in the midst of slaughtering his victims calls 911 to pledge his allegiance to Islamic terror, while committing murderous acts, and government officials respond by stating they’re uncertain about the motivation for the attack. When they do acknowledge that faith was the main factor in Omar Mateen’s actions, they say he was a “self-radicalized lone wolf.” Nonsense!

    With Islam as the Teflon religion, the gay community may be facing doom. This past week, I couldn’t believe all the news article that worried about Islamophobia. If Muslims are going to be free to shoot up all the gay bars in the world, the dance floors in these places are not going to be very crowded.

    The fanatical drive to protect the Muslim faith from all criticism leaves little doubt that Islamic terrorism will only get worse. With these types of attacks already occurring on a daily basis, there has to be a limit to the carnage. Before we reach the point where Islamic terror strikes hour by hour, God will most likely say “enough is enough.”

    --Todd



    Glorious Change Coming

    Something sinister lurks just ahead within this world of darkening uncertainty. The forewarning thought simmers beneath daily life that change is coming—transformational change that will make these present hours seem like the good old days for the inhabitants of future earth. Princes and presidents, potentates and populations at large sense gnawing dread spawned by the seemingly unstoppable spread of murderous, racial/religious hatreds. Proliferation of nuclear weaponry among the most violence-prone among us appears on the brink of unleashing man’s final war.

    The term “Armageddon” is regularly used to describe man’s greatest fear during hourly newscasts. To quote Shakespeare, it is becoming clear that “something wicked this way comes.”

    For the believer in Jesus Christ, however, the near horizon that is a harbinger of the worst of times in man’s history presents just beyond that apocalyptic storm front a magnificent future beyond imagination.

    Indeed, glorious change is coming. It will happen in a stunning moment of absolutely dazzling transformation and transport for the born-again believer. It will be a catastrophic intervention by the one and only Creator-God of heaven—so long seemingly silent to rebellious mankind.

    This author’s commission is to proclaim to this generation—at this moment—that the very end of the age is at hand. Heaven is trumpeting the final siren of appeal for all to come within the shelter offered by the Savior who died and resurrected so that all who trust Him for salvation will be spared the horrors about to occur.

    "Don’t spend eternity apart from the Heavenly Father" is the profoundly important message that must be disseminated and accepted. He desires above all else that everyone comes into the safe harbor of His family through His Only Begotten Son—the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Whether one is Rapture Ready . . . Or Not, the disappearance of all true believers is about to occur. The thrilling time of that long-ago prophesied call of Christians to join with Christ will happen at any moment!

    That, of course, is the tenet of my new book Rapture Ready...Or Not. I believe with all that is within me that I was prompted to relay the urgent message that the door to the Age of Grace (the Church Age) is on the very brink of closing to a Christ-rejecting generation.

    This presents no pleasure to the author. Neither, of course, does it give pleasure to the God of Heaven who must, following the closing of that door, unleash His wrath and judgment upon planet earth. Jesus shed His last drop of blood on the cross at Calvary so that no person need spend one moment in that hellish time on earth we call the Tribulation or spend eternity in the place prepared for the devil and his fallen angelic horde. Being Rapture ready is 1) knowing Christ for Salvation through following this admonition:

    That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9-10)

    Once a person complies with this way (the only way) to salvation, that person becomes 2) Rapture Ready through living life according to direction given in God's Word, the Bible.

    I think one of the best verses to summarize this Rapture Readiness is found in the following.

    Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

    In this way we will hear our Lord say, "Well done, good, faithful Servant," when we see Him face to face at the moment of Rapture. To avoid any questions about whether I am saying one has to live above sin in order to go in the Rapture, I will be absolutely clear.

    Every person who truly accepts Christ is going to leave the planet at the time Jesus calls the Church (Revelation 4:1). Not a single believer, whether walking "worthily" or not, will be left behind at Rapture. But, to be truly Rapture Ready in the sense of being "worthy" (in order to receive each and every reward the Lord wants to give us at the bema--the Judgment Seat of Christ), each Christian must be walking according to God's precepts as taught in His Holy Word.

    In that glorious, twinkling-of-an-eye moment of translation--from mortal to immortal, from corruption to incorruption--we will each realize the magnificence that is our Lord and Savior: Bridegroom. We will know Him in the same way He knows each of us. We will, in that eternal moment, want to have lived righteously for Him.

    The change that is coming is spectacular beyond all that our imaginations can conjure, the apostle Paul has informed us:

    But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (1 Corinthians 2:9)

    Let us do all we can in Christ's service while opportunity is ours. Let us do all within our power to be truly Rapture Ready!

    --Terry

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