Moral Decay in America

May 2, 2013

Sexual Immorality

Duke University hikes student fees to pay for sex-change surgeries

Rhode Island Legalized Same Sex Marriage

Cohabitation

Murderers, Kidnappers & Rapists

Ariel Castro

James Edwards, Chancey Luna, Michael Jones

Demetrius Glenn & Kenan D. Adams-Kinard

Javon Tyrek Rogers

Dean Rambold

Jarrett Chandler & Craig Peacock

Lashawn Marten

Robbing the Elderly

Michael Duku

Religious Persecution

Pentagon May Court Martial Soldiers who Share Christian Faith

Religious Extremists

Westboro Baptist Church

Police Brutality

Beth Daniel-Gatny

David Sal Silva

John Wrana

Pearl Pearson

School Bullying

Lloyd Khemradj, Julian McKnight and Joshua Reddin

False Accusers

Tawna Brawley

Political Corruption

Bridget Anne Kelly

David Wildstein

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Sex Abuse Scandals

Jerry Sandusky

Sports Violence

Joey Cominksy

DWI

Ethan Couch

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Abortion

Kermit Gosnell – Abortion Provider

Quotes from Mother Teresa

“I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself.”

“And if we can accept that a mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”

“Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use violence to get what they want. That is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion”

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Isaiah 5

[20] 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!

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– Tom Irvine


Parable of the Fig Tree

March 28, 2013

The Apostles asked Jesus for the signs of His second coming.  Jesus gave the following reply.

Matthew 24

[32] Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
[33] So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
[34] Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
[35] Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
[36] But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
[37] But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
[38] For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
[39] And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
[40] Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
[41] Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
[42] Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

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Psalm 90:10

The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

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The rebirth of the modern state of Israel in 1948 is considered by some to be the fig tree putting forth leaves.

At midnight on May 14, 1948, the Provisional Government of Israel proclaimed a new State of Israel. On that same date, the United States, in the person of President Truman, recognized the provisional Jewish government as de facto authority of the Jewish state.

A generation is the lifetime of a person which according to Psalm 90:10 is generally 70 or 80 years.

The Lord’s second coming, therefore, could be between 2018 and 2028, if not sooner.

– Tom Irvine


Currency Wars

February 10, 2013

From Christian Hill,Newsmax/Moneynews,….

A currency war is when nations intentionally devalue their currencies against each other to boost their economies. It makes repaying the debt you owe cheaper, but it angers the people to whom you owe money. With the U.S. debt rising to $17 trillion, you can see why our government views cheapening the dollar as an appealing solution. But history has shown that currency wars always cause stagnation, dangerous inflation, and unstable financial markets.

In short, the United States fired the first shot in this financial war when it started printing massive amounts of money, called quantitative easing or QE1, back in November of 2008. This was done in an attempt to help pull the country out of the Great Recession. It didn’t work, and the subsequent attempts to print our way out of trouble (QE2, QE3, Operation Twist, etc.) just weakened our dollar more and more.

To retaliate against the weakened dollar, other countries have devalued their own currencies, and many issued stern warnings to the United States against further actions.

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A currency devaluation is also used to reduce a country’s trade deficit. If a currency’s value drops, then exports will become less expensive and imports will become more expensive to people living in the country.

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Inflation hurts those living on a fixed income or on their life savings.

One type of inflation, the substitution of alloys and mixtures, is expressly condemned in Scripture.

Isaiah 1:22 records the following about Judah: “Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water.”

“Dross” is the waste product that forms on the surface of molten metal during smelting as a result of oxidation.

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– Tom Irvine


Ezekiel 38: The Syrian Civil War

February 3, 2013

The Syria civil war began on March 15, 2011. The conflict is between Syria’s Ba’ath Party government and those seeking to oust it.

The United Nations stated that the war’s death toll had exceeded 60,000, as of January 2, 2013.

The number climbed to over 70,000 by April 28, 2013.

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Both Russia and Iran are supporting Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.

Russia leases a naval base at the Syrian port of Tartus. The Russian Navy has been conducting war games in the Mediterranean Sea, near this port.

The fighting in Syria could escalate into a widespread regional war that could threaten Israel, perhaps in fulfillment of Ezekiel’s prophecy.

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Syria and its ally Iran are threatening to retaliate against Israel for an airstrike carried out within Syrian borders.

U.S. officials said Israel launched the airstrike inside Syria on Wednesday, January 30, targeting a convoy believed to be carrying Russian SA-17 anti-aircraft surface-to-air missiles bound for Hezbollah, the powerful Lebanese militant group allied with Syria and Iran.

Israel may have also bombed a defense research center near Damascus, used for development of chemical and biological weapons.

Without directly confirming the Israel attack on the Jamraya military compound, defense minister Ehud Barak told the Munich security conference Sunday “…what happened in Syria several days ago… that’s proof that when we said something we mean it… and we say that we don’t think it should be allowed to bring advanced weapons systems into Lebanon.”

Israel has frequently warned that if Syria’s chemical weapons fall into the hands of Hezbollah, this would be interpreted as a casus belli, a justification for war.

In response to the strike, Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdul-Karim Ali said Thursday that Damascus “has the option and the capacity to surprise in retaliation.”

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Ezekiel 38

[1] And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
[2] Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,
[3] And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:
[4] And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
[5] Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
[6] Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.
[7] Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.
[8] After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.
[9] Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.
[10] Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:
[11] And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,
[12] To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.

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Iran is modern-day Persia.

Persia is named as one of the nations which will rise against Israel in the battle of Gog and Magog in Ezekiel 38.

The other invading nations will include:

Put – Libya
Cush – Sudan & Ethiopia
Gomer, Beth-togarmah, Tubal -Turkey
Rosh – Russia
Magog – Islamic southern republics of the former Soviet Union with a population of 60 million Muslims

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– Tom Irvine


Palestinian State

November 30, 2012

The U.N. General Assembly voted, 138 to 9, to recognize a Palestinian state, with 41 nations abstaining.

Voting “no” Thursday were Israel, the United States and Canada, joined by the Czech Republic, Panama and several Pacific island nations: Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru and Palau.

Afterward, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas proclaimed “One day, a young Palestinian will raise the Palestinian flag over Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the state of Palestine!”

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Joel 3

[1] For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,
[2] I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.

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Zerchariah 12

[2] Behold, I make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.

[3] And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, that all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

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See also: The Book of Obadiah

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– Tom Irvine


Triffin’s Dilemma

October 6, 2012

Robert Triffin (1911–1993) was a Belgian economist best known for his critique of the Bretton Woods system of fixed currency exchange rates. His critique became known later as Triffin’s dilemma.

Here is an excerpt from a recent article discussing Triffin’s dilemma with respect to current economic conditions…

And so the US dollar hegemony continues to this day. The dollar is fully entrenched as the settlement currency for international trade. As of today if any nation wants to buy oil, the lifeblood of the global economy, they pay in dollars. This alone, along with demand for foreign reserves create an unnatural demand for US assets, specifically treasury debt.

The issue facing the modern United States is that since the rest of the world uses the US dollar as a reserve behind their own currencies, that demand has allowed the United States to run a deficit in perpetuity and the mechanics of this trade has allowed the US to export price inflation abroad. Quite simply, the US imports real goods in excess of the real goods it exports. The deficit balance minus service exports is made up with printed US dollars. Our trade partners ship/recycle the same dollars back to the United States in exchange for US Treasury Debt. The US Treasuries are held as reserves on the balance sheet of their central bank, and local currency printed against those new reserves. This process, although inflationary for our trade partner, allows them to keep their currency weak vs the US Dollar and prices cheap for US consumers.

Reference: Triffin’s Dilemma

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– Tom Irvine


Syria & Turkey Artillery Fire

October 5, 2012

October 3, 2012

Turkish artillery fired on Syrian targets Wednesday after shelling from Syria struck a border village in Turkey, killing five civilians, sharply escalating tensions between the two neighbors and prompting NATO to convene an emergency meeting.

“Our armed forces at the border region responded to this atrocious attack with artillery fire on points in Syria that were detected with radar, in line with the rules of engagement,” the Turkish government said in a statement from the prime minister’s office.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights quoted activists in the Syrian border town of Tal Abyad as saying that an unspecified number of Syrian soldiers were killed by artillery fire that struck a military base Thursday morning.

Update: October 5

Turkish troops fired at Syria again Friday, responding to another mortar shell from Syria that struck Turkish territory, the country’s state-run news agency said.

The shelling came hours after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Syria not to test Turkey’s patience.

The Anadolu Agency quoted Gov. Celalettin Lekesiz as saying a mortar shell hit 50 meters inside the border in a rural area near the village of Asagipulluyaz in Hatay province.

No one was hurt by the mortar, but Turkish troops based in the area immediately responded with fire, he said.

Turkish artillery has fired at Syrian targets for two straight days after shelling from Syria killed five Turkish civilians on Wednesday.

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– Tom Irvine


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