Volume XXXII Issue II February 2013
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The Broad Way To Progress And Destruction!
"They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace. Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? Nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord. Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken."Jeremiah 6:14-17
"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!"Isaiah 5:20-23
"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children."Hosea 4:6
"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."Matthew 7:13-14
In this issue of the Last Trumpet Newsletter, we will thoughtfully consider the current path of the human race and the many indicators that this world is undergoing a rapid transformation right before our eyes. Throughout the years of his presidency, Barack Obama has often declared that the United States of America is heading in the "right direction." However, if a person is willing to make an honest assessment of this world's present condition, it becomes clear that the situation is not improving but rather growing worse. For example, the recent re-election of Barack Obama as President of the United States seems to usher in a cultural shift, which those of a liberal mindset call "progress." This so-called progress has set the masses on a path which leads them further away from God and ever closer to destruction. This dangerous mindset is highlighted in Jeremiah 6:16 which reads, "Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, we will not walk therein." Jesus also warned us of the propensity of man to take the wrong path and go the wrong direction in Matthew 7:13-14 when he told us, "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."
In this present age, what was once considered moral and good is now considered immoral by the population at large. For example, those who embrace traditional family values are often criticized for doing so. Conversely, the slaughter of innocent babies through abortion is now considered a virtuous choice by many of the leaders, such as Barack Obama and the liberal politicians who support him here in the United States. Recent research indicates that the majority of the population is also becoming more accepting of the murderous practice. According to a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center, 63 percent of respondents believe that Roe versus Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case which resulted in the legalization of abortion in the United States, should not be overturned. In other words, 63 percent of the poll's respondents are in favor of abortion. (1)
Sadly, abortion is a booming business for groups such as Planned Parenthood. According to a report released in January 2013, Planned Parenthood performed 333,964 abortions in the fiscal year 2011. On average it was the equivalent of one abortion every ninety-four seconds. (2) Regarding these figures, the organization released a statement boasting their accomplishments. "We are so proud of the year's many successes and deeply grateful for all the partners, sponsors, volunteers, staff and friends who helped make them possible," said the statement, which was signed by the group's president, Cecile Richards, and the group's chairwoman, Cecelia Boone. (3) It has also come to light that Planned Parenthood has been cutting back on other health services, such as cancer screenings, in order to facilitate more abortions. (4) These cutbacks on other services have come even as government funding to the group has increased. In 2006 Planned Parenthood received 305.3 million dollars from the United States government. In 2012 that amount rose to 542.4 million dollars. (5) It is a troubling state of affairs when the government sanctions the mass-murder of young children, and the people consider it an acceptable practice.
As readers of the Last Trumpet may recall, I wrote a lengthy section in the January 2013 issue of this newsletter detailing the proliferation of the homosexual lifestyle into mainstream society. Although the Bible firmly condemns homosexuality, there is a constant pressure on the Christian people to embrace it as an acceptable way of life. In a new development, a well-known pastor from the United Kingdom by the name of Steven Chalke has firmly given his support to the homosexual community. "When we refuse to make room for gay people to live in loving, stable relationships, we consign them to lives of loneness, secrecy and fear. It's one thing to be critical of a promiscuous lifestyle - but shouldn't the Church consider nurturing positive models for permanent and monogamous homosexual relationships?" Chalke wrote. (6) Another pastor by the name of Tony Campolo made the following statement regarding Chalke's position: "Steve's public declaration in support of Civil Partnerships will cause reverberations far and wide. His statement represents the first time that a major evangelist and leader in the Evangelical community has come out in support of same-sex relationships." (7) Another report quoted Campolo as stating, "Whether or not we change our positions on accepting same-sex relationships or even gay marriage, we Evangelicals have to face the reality that the time has come for many of us to change our attitudes towards gay people, and show something of the love and grace of God in the name of His Son Jesus." (8)
For those who dare to follow the Biblical doctrine regarding homosexuality, the consequences can be severe. This became obvious when a pastor known as Louie Giglio was forced to withdraw from giving a prayer at Obama's inauguration ceremony after it was discovered that he preached a "vehemently anti-gay" sermon in the mid-1990s. In a statement announcing his withdrawal from the ceremony, Giglio said, "Due to a message of mine that has surfaced from 15-20 years ago, it is likely that my participation, and the prayer I would offer, will be dwarfed by those seeking to make their agenda a focal point of the inauguration." (9) In response, a spokeswoman for the Presidential Inaugural Committee by the name of Addie Whisenhunt declared that her committee was "not aware of Pastor Giglio's past comments at the time of his selection and they don't reflect our desire to celebrate the strength and diversity of our country at this Inaugural. As we now work to select someone to deliver the benediction, we will ensure their beliefs reflect this administration's vision of inclusion and acceptance for all Americans." (10)
In yet another indicator that the American people are straying further away from God, journalists from the mainstream media are now openly denigrating the Holy Bible. In a recent television segment on MSNBC, the host of a program known as "The Last Word" urged Barack Obama to forgo any use of Scripture at the presidential inauguration ceremony. "No one accepts all of the teachings of the Bible - no one. There are no literal followers of the word of God as presented in the Bible left on earth. If there were any, they would have to be burning people at the stake all day, every day," the show's host, Lawrence O'Donnell, declared. Rather than use a Bible at the ceremony, O'Donnell suggested that Barack Obama place his hand on one of his daughter's shoulders. (11) Piers Morgan, a man who a hosts television show on CNN, also criticized the Bible on his program. "But you and I know the Bible is, in many places, a flawed document. My point to you about gay rights for example - it's time for an amendment to the Bible. You should compile a new Bible," Morgan stated. (12)
Piers Morgan also holds a low opinion of the United States Constitution. "Both the Bible and the Constitution were well intentioned but they are basically, inherently flawed. Hence, the need to amend it," Morgan said. (13) The opinion that the Constitution is a flawed document is a sentiment also expressed by Obama. It was in 2001, long before Obama would even be considered a presidential candidate, when he declared, "I don't think the two views are contradictory to say that it was a remarkable political document that paved the way for where we are now, and to say that it also reflected the fundamental flaw of this country that continues to this day." (14)
Even as liberal values are being embraced wholeheartedly in the United States, an effort is being made to silence conservatives and to even paint them as potential terrorists in some cases. A recent report, published by the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, warned that people they consider to be part of the "far right" on the political spectrum may be dangerous. According to the report, people in this subset of the population "espouse strong convictions regarding the federal government, believing it to be corrupt and tyrannical, with a natural tendency to intrude on individuals' civil and constitutional rights." The report also declares, "While liberal worldviews are future - or progressive - oriented, conservative perspectives are more past-oriented, and in general, are interested in preserving the status quo." (15)
The world as we know it is changing in many ways, and it is not for the better. However, this is not surprising to the Christian people. In fact, the present condition of this world was foretold long ago in the Scriptures. The Apostle Paul plainly warns us in II Timothy 3:13, "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived." Thankfully, we can put our hope and trust in our Lord and Saviour with the understanding that He will give us strength to withstand the intense spiritual pressure now so evident in this present age. Yes, the majority may be taking that broad way to destruction spoken of by Jesus, but that does not have to be your fate. If you have not yet completely given your heart to God, I urge you to do so now.
Barack Obama's King Complex!
In previous issues of the Last Trumpet, I have written about the messianic undertones often attributed to Barack Obama. The recent re-election of Obama has only stirred the passions of his followers as they give their hearts to this unholy man whom they consider to be a god. One such example of blasphemy occurred on the 2012 Soul Train Awards event, which aired on the BET television network. "It's like church over here. It's like church in here. First of all giving honor to god and lord and savior Barack Obama. Barack Obama," declared Jamie Foxx, whose comments were met with enthusiastic applause. (16) Mr. Foxx tried to downplay his comment later saying he was only attempting to make a joke. "I'm a comic [and] sometimes I think people get a little too tight. And, it's getting a little tougher for us comedians [because] some people take it and want to make a huge story out of it, but it's a joke," Foxx said. (17) Even if he was only joking, it was a blasphemous statement that never should have been made.
Another example of Obama worship occurred in Washington, D.C., on Inauguration Day as street vendors sold their wares to the gathering crowds. One of the items being sold was a poster which featured the following declaration, "Barak is of Hebrew origin and its meaning is 'flash of lightning' in the Bible. Barak is a valiant fighting man who cooperated with the prophetess Deborah to win victory in a battle against overwhelming odds. Hussein is of Biblical meaning: good and handsome. So you see Barak was destined to be a good and handsome man that would rise like a flash of lightning to win victory in a battle against overwhelming odds." The poster then features the words "Prophecy Fulfilled" in large letters under a pious photograph of Barack Obama. (18) Messianic undertones attributed to Barack Obama were also present on the cover of the January 18, 2013, issue of the digital magazine known as Newsweek. The cover features a picture of Barack Obama with the caption "The Second Coming." (19) Additionally, former governor of the state of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm, made an appearance on the ABC television program "This Week" where she tried to make the case that the American people should not fear new gun control regulations because Barack Obama is our "protector-in-chief." (20)
It is worthwhile to note that while Obama promised to unite the nation when he was given his first term as president, the United States is now more divided than at any time since the Civil War. Sometimes those who oppose the Obama Administration are not people you would normally expect to do so. One such example is Kesha Rogers, a black woman who was a Democratic nominee for the 22nd Congressional District in Texas. Ms. Rogers lost all support of the Democratic Party when she called for the impeachment of Barack Obama. "Mr. Obama is a puppet of the bankrupt financial system, and has pushed policies made notorious by the Adolph Hitler regime, and since condemned by the entire world," Rogers declared. (21)
Senator Rand Paul, a Republican from the state of Kentucky, also had harsh words for Obama. Speaking of the announcement of twenty-three new executive orders signed by Obama regarding gun control, Senator Paul stated, "That cannot happen. The court struck (President Bill) Clinton down for trying this, and I'm afraid that President Obama may have this king complex sort of developing, and we're going to make sure that it doesn't happen." (22)
An Uproar Over Climate Change!
In recent years, the planet earth has been pummeled by numerous incidents of extreme weather. However, rather than realizing that this calamity is a sign of the times in which we live, politicians and scientists keep fretting over what they call "climate change." The year of 2012 was one of the worst years on record for extreme weather, and the year of 2013 has begun on a very unpleasant note in some regions of the world. "Each year we have extreme weather, but it's unusual to have so many extreme events around the world at once. The heat wave in Australia; the flooding in the U.K., and most recently the flooding and extensive snowstorm in the Middle East - it's already a big year in terms of extreme weather calamity," said Omar Baddour of the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. (23) In the United States, extensive drought has been persistent even as we enter a new year, and some areas of the country are facing widespread shortages that require drastic action. One such example is the small farming community of Wapanucka, Oklahoma, which saw its water source become completely exhausted. The town was forced to run a line to a neighboring district in order to provide water for its citizens. (24) Officials from several states have expressed worry over the drought that just does not seem to go away. "It's going to be dry again this year. We consider this a really big deal," stated Lane Letourneau of the Kansas Agriculture Department. (25) Ronald Gertson, chairman of Colorado Water Issues Committee, has also expressed concern over the water shortages now becoming problematic in his state. "We've got a shortage of water. People are going to be both hungry and thirsty before they wake up to this problem," Gertson said. (26)
Addressing the nation on January 21, 2013, Barack Obama promised to renew his efforts to fight the effects of climate change. "We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms." (27) Obama's plan will likely involve enacting strict new regulations on energy providers in the United States. In fact, new regulations forced Georgia Power, an energy provider from the state of Georgia, to permanently close fifteen coal-fired power plants, which resulted in the loss of 480 jobs. (28) It is probable that we will see many more such closures in the forthcoming months around the United States as the Obama Administration implements new regulations.
Occasionally, environmental extremists will come out and say what they believe is required to actually fight climate change effectively. One such example is Sir David Attenborough, a notable broadcaster and naturalist from the United Kingdom. "We are a plague on the earth. It's coming home to roost over the next fifty years or so. It's not just climate change; it's sheer space, places to grow food for this enormous horde. Either we limit our population growth or the natural world will do it for us, and the natural world is doing it for us right now," Attenborough declared in a recent interview. (29)
New Evidence That The Earth Is Cracking Apart!
In the book of Isaiah, chapter 24, verses 19-20, we find the following text, "The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again." These verses seem fitting for today when we consider new evidence that the earth itself is beginning to crack apart. One area of concern for geologists is the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which is a fault line that covers a massive expanse of land in the United States. This fault line has the potential to cause a devastating impact in several states, including Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi. (30) The New Madrid Seismic Zone was given its name due to a catastrophic earthquake in 1812, which had an epicenter in a small town known as New Madrid, Missouri. The earthquake was so severe that church bells reportedly started ringing in cities as far away as Boston, Massachusetts, and New York, New York. (31) The potential for quakes in the region have caused alarm for Gary Patterson, a geologist at the Center for Earthquake Research and Information in Memphis, Tennessee. "I think most people are aware that earthquakes can occur here, but they just can't remember the last time one shook them. You take the same magnitude earthquake, put one in California, one here. The one here is going to affect ten to twenty times larger an area. That's incredible… We know that the earthquakes of 1811, 1812, were felt 1,000 to 1,200 miles away," Patterson said. (32)
The renewed attention given to this region was spurred by three recent earthquakes which occurred in November 2012. The first of the quakes had a magnitude of 4.3 and occurred in Whitesburg, Kentucky. This shallow quake was reportedly felt in ten states. (33) The other two quakes, which also occurred in November 2012, were felt in Mt. Carmel, Illinois, and Edmond, Oklahoma. (34) Although these quakes were only minor and did not cause damage, it could be an indicator that the New Madrid Seismic Zone is waking up. However, this is not the only area of the world experiencing earthquakes. We must remember that the earth is now shaking on an almost constant basis, a fact which becomes evident after just a quick visit to the U.S. Geological Survey website. According to their earthquake tracker, 1228 earthquakes with a magnitude of 2.5 or greater have occurred around the world over the last thirty days as of this writing. (35)
It has also come to light that large sinkholes have been appearing at various locales around the world. There is presently a mysterious sinkhole measuring over eight acres in size, which has forced over two hundred people to evacuate their homes in Bayou Corne, Louisiana. (36) Meanwhile, an incident which occurred in January 2013 forced thirty homes in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to be evacuated after a series of sinkholes formed on one of the city streets. (37) A small village located in China, known as Lianyuan, has reportedly suffered from the formation of over twenty sinkholes in their community since September 2012. (38)
We live in a time when the earth continues to shake, quake, and crack apart. There is a constant barrage of threats to the earth's inhabitants, and it is imperative that the children of God cry out to their Lord and Saviour all the more as we see these fearful sights occurring around the world. I believe these perils will only intensify as we draw ever closer to that notable day when Jesus Christ returns.
A Perfect Storm Of Crises!
In recent years, it seems mankind has fallen under a perpetual cycle of "wars and rumors of wars." Regarding the volatile state of world affairs, particularly in the Middle East, British Foreign Secretary William Hague recently made the following statement at a lecture in Sydney, Australia: "2013 will be a crucial year in the Middle East. We could see a perfect storm of crises converging if the conflict in Syria continues, the Middle East peace process remains stalled, and if Iran will not enter into meaningful negotiations over its nuclear program." (39)
Even as the Middle Eastern nation of Iran suffers from the consequences of sanctions against them, the Iranian government continues to show no fear of the United States and Israel. Iranian Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh recently declared that Iran would not stop its nuclear enrichment program "for a second." (40) Meanwhile, the Iranian military has declared it is prepared to defend its borders against any attacks. "The IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps) Navy enjoys full command over all maritime borders and today we are at the highest level of readiness and might," Iranian Navy General Alireza Tangsiri declared. He further went on to say, "The IRGC Navy has a full control over the entrance and exit of vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, we question all ships, vessels and military ships which enter the Strait of Hormuz about their destination, type of vessel, nationality, etc," Tangsiri stated. (41) Ali Akbar Velayati, who is a senior aide to Iran's Supreme Leader, has warned that any attempt to overthrow Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria would be a "red line." "If the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is toppled, the line of resistance in the face of Israel will be broken. We believe that there should be reforms emanating from the will of the Syrian people, but without resorting to violence and obtaining assistance from the (United States of) America," Velayati said. (42)
Tensions have flared between Barack Obama and the nation of Israel in recent weeks. Controversy arose after Obama reportedly declared, "Israel doesn't know what its own best interests are." (43) In response, the recently re-elected Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, was quoted as saying, "I think everyone understands that only Israel's citizens will be the ones to determine who faithfully represents Israel's vital interests. Over the last four years we stood up against strong pressure, and I will continue to do so for Israel's security." (44) It is interesting to note that a recent Bloomberg news report suggested that the nation of Israel may not survive if it alienates itself from the United States. (45) Essam el-Erian, the deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, has also suggested that the nation of Israel will cease to exist within ten years. (46) While it is not surprising that such a strong opponent of Israel would make such a statement, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger made a similar remark in September 2012 when he reportedly said, "In ten years, there will be no more Israel." (47)
In the meantime, a controversy between the nations of Japan and China has intensified over a disputed chain of islands in the East China Sea. On January 20, 2013, it was reported that Japan has warned China that it may fire warning shots if an unauthorized presence of the Chinese military is detected in the region of the islands. "Every country has procedures for how to deal with a violation of its territory that continues after multiple cautionary measures. We have response measures ready that are consistent with global standards," stated Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera. (48) In response, Major General Peng Guangqian of the Chinese Academy of Military Sciences declared the following: "Japan's desire to fire tracer warning shots as a way of frightening the Chinese is nothing but a joke that shows the stupidity, cruelty and failure to understand their own limitations. Firing tracer bullets is a type of provocation; it's firing the first shot. Were Japan to dare to fire tracers, which is to say fire the first shot, then China wouldn't stint on responding and not allow them to fire the second shot." (49)
In closing, I know there is much more that could be said about the amazing events occurring all over the world. We at Last Trumpet Ministries will strive to keep you as informed as we possibly can in the coming months as we continue to watch and pray while the signs that unfold around us declare that Jesus Christ is coming soon. Thank you to our supporters which make this ministry possible. We could not do what we do without your help. We appreciate your kind letters and correspondence, but most of all we appreciate your prayers. If you have any prayer requests, please do not hesitate to send them our way. Each prayer request is always given individual hands-on attention. Grace and peace be unto you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.Samuel David Meyer