Sunday, December 30, 2012

Darkness Descends As Tribulation Approaches

We can feel it. We can sense it. Perhaps it is the presence of the Holy Spirit that sounds alarm bells. We can see it in the news every day. As the world unwittingly approaches the Tribulation in every possible way (legislative, decline in morality, violence, rising totalitarianism, economic collapse, loss of freedom, etc., etc.), to a believer, we have a palpable sense of dread as this last seven year period approaches. That seven year period which is detailed in Revelation 6-18, Daniel 2, 7 and 9 and so many other passages scattered throughout biblical prophecy. 

We see it in the news every day and it certainly represents the main theme in today's news:

In a legal argument formally presented in federal court in the case of Hobby Lobby v. Kathleen Sebelius, the Obama administration is claiming that the First Amendment—which expressly denies the government the authority to prohibit the “free exercise” of religion—nonetheless allows it to force Christians to directly violate their religious beliefs even on a matter that involves the life and death of innocent human beings.

Because federal judges—including Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor—have refused to grant an injunction protecting the owners of Hobby Lobby from being forced to act against their Christian faith, those owners will be subject to federal fines of up to $1.3 million per day starting Tuesday for refusing to include abortion-inducing drugs in their employee health plan.

Hobby Lobby is a family business. David Green created it in his garage in Oklahoma City in 1972. He and his wife, Barbara, and their three children—Steve, Mart and Darsee Green Lett-- have grown the business to where it now operates 500 stores in 41 states.

The Greens, who are Evangelical Christians, do not suspend their religious beliefs while running their businesses. Instead, they strive to run them fully in accordance with their Christian beliefs. They are unanimous in stating that they have always “sought to run Hobby Lobby in harmony with God’s laws and in a manner which brings glory to God.” They do not have two sets of morals—one for when they are at church or at home and another for when they are working on their businesses. They have only one set of morals—that they strive to follow at work or any other activity. For example, they close their business on Sundays, so their employees can spend that day with their families, and they pay their full-time workers a minimum hourly wage of $13, which is far exceeds the federal minimum wage.
 They also provide their employees with a generous self-insured health care plan, and they even operate an on-site, cost-free health clinic at their corporate headquarters. But, guided by their Christian faith, the Greens believe that human life begins at conception and that aborting on unborn life is wrong. In keeping with this, they do not cover in their employee health plan abortions, abortion-inducing drugs or IUDs that prevent implantation of an embryo.

Sounds good so far. But not in the presence of our current government:

The Obama administration is making a two-fold argument for why it can force Christians to act against their faith in complying with the regulation it has issued under the Obamacare law that requires virtually all health care plans to cover, without co-pay, sterilizations, contraceptives, and abortion-inducing drugs.

The first argument the administration makes against the owners of Hobby Lobby is that Americans lose their First Amendment right to freely exercise their religion when they form a corporation and engage in commerce. A person’s Christianity, the administration argues, cannot be carried out through activities he engages in through an incorporated business.

The second argument the administration makes to justify forcing Christians to act against their faith is more sweeping. Here the administration argues it can force a person to act against his religion so long as the coercion is done under the authority of a law that is neutral and generally applicable—in other words, as long as the law was not written specifically to persecute Christians as Christians, the government can use that law to persecute Christians.

In September, the Greens, Hobby Lobby and Mardel bookstores sued Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and the departments of Health Human Service, Labor and Treasury. Their complaint said that the Obamacare contraception mandate violates their First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion because supporting abortion or counseling for abortion is contrary to their religious faith.
As the mandate now stands, the Greens must begin complying with it on Jan. 1. On Nov. 11, U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton refused to grant a preliminary injunction to stop the mandate from being enforced on the Greens while the court decided their case on its merits. In his ruling on the injunction, Judge Heaton determined that the Greens were not likely to establish they had a right to “free exercise” of religion while operating Hobby Lobby.

The Greens appealed their request for an injunction to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. A panel of two appeals court judges refused their plea. They then appealed to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who sits over that circuit, and she declined to reverse the lower courts and issue an injunction.

“Hobby Lobby will continue their appeal before the Tenth Circuit,” said Becket Fund General Counsel Kyle Duncan. “The Supreme Court merely decided not to get involved in the case at this time. It left open the possibility of review after their appeal is completed in the Tenth Circuit. The company will continue to provide health insurance to all qualified employees. To remain true to their faith, it is not their intention, as a company, to pay for abortion-inducing drugs.”
As the nation approaches the much publicized fiscal cliff, it also approaches a moral cliff: Will the Obama administration compel Christians to act against their faith? As of now, the answer seems plain: Starting Tuesday, it will.

This article from American Thinker further characterizes this situation which is highly symbolic of where we are headed as a nation (and the world for that matter):

In America, established rights such as religious liberty and the right to bear arms are currently under attack. Liberals are in charge and they seem to feel that straightforward Constitutional precepts require alteration or eradication.

Currently, Obamacare is ushering in a new definition of "religious liberty." So far, the Catholic Church has already received fair warning that when it comes to providing insurance that covers birth control and abortion, there are limits on "religious liberty." Moreover, they are also finding out that refusal to conform to progressive edicts could result in the federal government raining down fire and brimstone on the defiant.

So, in conjunction with the updated version of the "right to bear arms," right about now liberals should provide a lexicon that defines religious liberty in the following way: The right for the government to demand, by law, that religious institutions be forced to support policies that contradict their core beliefs.

Hobby Lobby maintains that the "morning-after pill is tantamount to abortion because it can prevent a fertilized egg from becoming implanted in a woman's womb." Therefore, "defy[ing] a federal mandate requiring it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill" is the company's way of staying true to its core convictions.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has denied a request for an injunction while the Hobby Lobby lawsuit is pending. If the injunction were granted that would have prevented the birth control mandate from beginning on January 1st.

Because it was denied, until the lawsuit reaches the lower courts, Hobby Lobby had better submit to the HHS mandate or, starting January 1, 2013, figure out a way to come up with $1.3 million a day in IRS excise taxes.

Despite facing millions in fines, the noncompliant Hobby Lobby and Mardel Inc. CEO and founder David Green refuses to surrender the companies' religious convictions. Green has said he'd rather abandon the business. A $2.2 billion-a-year company that is willing to close itsdoors rather than compromise its core principles? Now that's impressive.

Green maintains that Hobby Lobby, "[b]y being required to make a choice between sacrificing our faith, or paying millions of dollars in fines, we essentially must choose which poison pill to swallow. We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate." Sounds like Hobby Lobby's David Green believes verbatim the Scripture verse that asks "What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?"
In the end it is clear that Hobby Lobby's CEO is more concerned about his standing before God than his standing in the business world, hence proving that in their effort to gain the world, liberals' redefinition of "religious liberty" forfeits our nation's soul.

Further spreading darkness:

It is incredible that mention of a one-world government in many circles is still considered to be conspiracy talk.
Fortunately, the global political awakening that arch-globalist, Zbigniew Brzezinski has referred to as a significant challenge to those in power is forcing ever-increasing justifications for their use of globalist language.
One would hope that a relatively new Council on Foreign Relations initiative that is expanding can lay to rest any debate about the desire to form a global government in the name of supposedly solving global problems.

The initiative called The Council of Councils was featured in a recent round table discussion of the central problems facing the world that they believe require multilateral cooperation.
The discussions and recommendations released from this convention of experts is important to keep available the next time you hear the label conspiracy theorist hurled in your direction.
The title of the round table was Challenges for Global Governance in 2013.

This is a fascinating article and it offers a glimpse into what is really going on with the CFR and their agenda - it is definitely a worthwhile read. Jumping to the conclusion we see this:

The agenda of global governance exits, and the move toward a one world government is being executed. The solutions being discussed at think tank conferences in a wide range of disciplines from geopolitics, to science, to health, to economics and communications are all beginning to coalesce into an overall agenda of centralized control.
This fusion is manifesting at an accelerated pace in tandem with the rapid awakening of humanity to its condition of increasing servitude. We are, as Brzezinski titled his 1970 book, Between Two Ages.  It is the age of power mad control mechanisms locked in a battle of the ages with the spirit of that which refuses to be fully controlled.
2013 seems to be the threshold where we will discover which force has the momentum to decide the unwritten future beyond.

There’s a reason thousands of Americans have been purchasing guns of all description and laying up stores of ammunition and it may go beyond concerns of gun bans. A lot of patriots think that 2013 could turn very ugly, very fast, with fears of martial law, Homeland Security goons, mass arrests, secret incarcerations, and worse. I have doubts about these scenarios, but they have long been a part of the arsenal of oppressive governments.

The trigger, however, for such scenarios would be the collapse of the U.S. dollar and there are signs—the massive national debt, the continued government borrowing and spending—that suggest this is a very real possibility. If and when that occurs, all bets are off.

What stands between most Americans and those who might wish to engineer the end to the Constitution is the fact that America is home to hundreds of thousands of hunters who comprise, by virtue of being armed, the largest army in the world. A goodly portion of our law enforcement community and our military are going to refuse orders to turn their guns on their fellow Americans and doing so would prove to be unhealthy.

Revolution is never pretty, but Americans did it once and can do it again to protect the Constitution and our rights. In a sharply divided nation, however, the level of resistance is unknown when so many now depend on the government for support. Many will prefer their chains.

A Wahhabi religious cleric in Saudi Arabia, Muhammed al-Arifi, who is very influential in Jihadi circles, has recently issued a fatwa (religious edict) that permits all Jihadist militants in Syria to engage in short-lived marriages with Syrian women that each lasts for a few hours in order to satisfy their sexual desires and boost their determination in killing Syrians. He called the marriage as ‘intercourse marriage’. It requires that the Syrian female be at least 14 years old, widowed, or divorced.
Is this the Western-promoted “freedom and democracy” that Syrians want?

Nadarkhani’s arrest comes only days after the Iranian Revolutionary Guard arrested and detained Iranian-born American pastor Saeed Abedini.
WND reported last week that the American pastor was being held in the “brutal” Evin Prison.
The pastor, who holds dual Iranian-American citizenship, was arrested by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.
Abedini was arrested shortly after arriving in Iran in September to visit his parents. Reports of his arrest didn’t become known until this past week.

HE HAD just got married and his wife was about to give birth but this did not save Andrei Arbashe, a young Christian, from a horrific fate at the hands of rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad's regime earlier this month.
"They beheaded him, cut him into pieces and fed him to the dogs," said Agnes-Mariam de la Croix, mother superior of the Monastery of St James the Mutilated between Damascus and Homs.

Other news continuing this theme:


ChristineInCleveland said...

Great collection of blood chilling articles, Scott. Especially the one about how N. Korea could now take is out, any time they want. But Jesus said to be anxious for nothing. It's getting harder & harder every day, isn't it? If I wasn't assured by the hope I have in my Salvation, I don't think I could sleep at night. He's got the whole world, in His hands. And if you belong to Him, you know its all going according to plan.... Maranatha!

mary said...

Amen Christine!

Chris said...

It's amazing how so many of these articles fail to make the mainstream news.

on a different note it is great to see my local churches grow in 2012 and with 2013 upon us I am looking forward to continued growth in the year to come.

It's also great to see the numbers grow on here. Praise God !

Caver said...

Christine, sometimes Mrs C and I discuss the same thing. We both are inclined to believe there's a supernatural blindness out there.

The only folk that seem to see ALL of this and tie it together are those of us that know we don't have to worry about it. We know His promises to us and what's coming.

Lots of folk see one, or maybe even two, of the huge tsunami waves coming. It seems only us prophecy watchers have any idea of the total scope of devastation snuggling up to the start line.

Wheeeieee Doggie, as Jed Clamphet would say.

Seek But Don't Hide said...

I agree Caver about the "supernatural blindness". I think that God chooses who he will and will not share his plans/prophecies with. Those who don't care about the Bible or what it has to tell them probably are not meant to care I think.

Scott said...

Definitely supernatural. These same people will be fooled by the deceptions of the AC when he arrives on the scene.

WVBORN56 said...

There is certainly blindness to what is coming but my greatest frustration is friends and family and church family that seems to be oblivious. People are so caught up in their own little worlds...most are saved and that is certainly most important but Jesus wanted us to be watching and longing for His return.

Take a look at the Ron Paul article in the Blaze especially the comment section. People no longer think that elections are the way to affect change. I hope we are out of here before this "revolution" talk becomes a reality.

Mrs.C said...

annddd obama supporters...the ones that faint in his presence, are a fine example of those that can be "fooled by the deceptions of the ac"...they are a dress rehersal of things to come...
The gun store in Arizona had it right in there ad they ran quote...
"If you voted for Barack Obama, your business is NOT WELCOME at Southwest Shooting Authority. You have proven you are not responsible enough to own a firearm."

Mrs.C said...

Just a heads up Brother Scott...sigh...looks like the trouble makers are slithering back in...sigh...guess they figured that Brother Stephen posted and wasnt deleted in that they would start their nonsense again...truly they must not have anything better to do...sad...
see below comments section...

Friday, December 28, 2012
"Global Governance" Now Acceptable Terminology

Anonymous said...

I believe there has been a blindness also! Before the election I tried to point out to a friend of mine how the (d) party has left God and Isreal out of their party. She was insistent that the deceiver and chief was the better man. Said something like 'you have to go away and come back'! November was a very depressing time for me! As I stated before, I have a daughter strong in her faith, I just wanted to see where she could make a difference and have her own life..

Scott said...

On it thanks :)