A Note of Introduction: If the Terrorist Attack on 9/11 was intended to be a wake-up call from the Lord to our nation, then it didn't do much good. Many churches had prayer services, but then returned to life as usual . There were short outbursts of national patriotism, and concerted efforts by our government to wage war against international terrorism. But once again apathy prevails in our nation--and especially indifference to God, the Holy One of Israel.
Terrorism is a powerful form of what the Bible calls "lawlessness." In teaching the church at Thessalonica about the end of the age we live in, the Apostle Paul talked about increasing lawlessness. He spoke of the coming of a great world leader whom the Bible calls the "man of lawlessness," a final treacherous antichrist. Paul spoke of "strong delusion", of signs and wonders, and "unrighteous deception."
"For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness." (2 Thessalonians 2:7-12)
Until the rapture of the true church takes place, this final state of world affairs (which will precede the return of Jesus Christ to our planet), can not take place. But the signs that this could be soon are everywhere.
The spiritual state of the United States is now at an all-time low. Having tried and failed to successfully address the postmodern culture around us, many Christians have simply retreated to live in their gated-communities where they think they will be safe.
Meanwhile our nation is overdue for judgment. Such judgments have come down from God upon many nations in the past. The U.S. has no covenant with God, no special immunity before the living God who is both holy and just. An awakened church could stave off the inevitable ruin of our nation.
But suppose, in the wisdom of God we need another wake-up call--a bit stronger next time?
Emanuel Winston is a credible reporter on Israel and the Middle East. I met him over lunch in Jerusalem some years ago and felt privileged because the things he talked about had substance and relevance. I have no idea if the scenario he reports below can, or will, come to pass. But what if? Why Not? One does not have to agree with Mr. Winston to see the importance of perceiving the perilous times in which we live.
The Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Jesus, asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. He answered and said to them, "When it is evening you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red'; "and in the morning, 'It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.' Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. "A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah." And He left them and departed. (Matthew 16:1-4)
I also know that prayer changes things and that God is sovereign over all the affairs of men and nations. All sorts of bad things don't happen when Christians pray. There is no harm in praying for God's mercy and aid. In fact it is probably urgently needed now than we might suppose. C.S. Lewis said this about prayer,
When we are praying about the result, say, of a battle or a medical consultation, the thought will often cross our minds that, if we only knew it, the event is already decided one way or the other.
I believe this to be no good reason for ceasing our prayers. The event certainly has been decided. In a sense, it was decided before all the worlds.
But one of the things taken into account in deciding it, and therefore one of the things that really causes it to happen, may be this very prayer that we are now offering.
Thus, shocking as it may sound, I conclude that we can at noon become part causes of an event occurring at ten o'clock. There is no question whether an event has happened because of your prayer.
When the event you prayed for occurs, your prayer has always contributed to it.
When the opposite event occurs, your prayer has never been ignored; it has been considered and refused for your ultimate good and the good of the whole universe.
(Lambert Dolphin, 12/1/03)
WINSTON MID EAST ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY
November 30, 2003
by Emanuel A. Winston, a Middle East analyst & commentator
Muslim Arabs, presumably connected to Al Qaeda, have issued a proclamation which, in effect, tells the American government and the people that they will implement a Mega-Attack in 3 American cities. (1) It is not necessary to believe them as to specifics, since they could attack even one city and achieve their desired effect. Depending upon their weapon of choice, any city could sustain in excess of 100,000 casualties. That weapon of choice, could be an actual nuclear weapon - perhaps one of the Kegs, (suitcase nukes) purchased from rogue Russian officers or the ever-growing Russian Mafia. (2) The same could be said for Chemical or Biological (3) materials, which might have come from Iraqi, Syrian or Iranian stockpiles.
If there is what is called a "Mega-Attack" and thousands or even hundreds of thousands of Americans die, the U.S. government will be faced with a difficult choice. Since Terrorists cloak themselves with anonymity, we probably won,t know which nation or which of their Terrorists groups are responsible. America should have issued a warning to all the Arab/Muslim nations, namely, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Libya, et al, that, IF America is, indeed, hit again with a Mega-Attack, then all those nations, capitals would be obliterated within hours. This would give them a strong incentive to find their sleeper teams of Jihadists, or prepare to disappear.
We Americans have only heard about the pathogens designed for mass extinction of a city or a nation. Once it starts, we will most likely be paralyzed with confusion. No doubt, martial law will be declared, the laws of the Constitution pushed aside and the U.S. Congress sequestered into a non-active body. (4) This will not, however, stop terror inside our nation.
Perhaps we should recommend that the entire Muslim Arab Crescent be warned that they would be eliminated, since there is no way to separate the Islamists who fund and control the sleeper cells, planted in America within all the other Muslims who seem to be living peaceably - but, invariably cheer when America is successfully attacked by their co-religionists.
The nations of Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya have ignored or participated with Terrorists for many years. We cannot democratize nations who seems to prefer dictators nor can we wait dozens of years, perhaps centuries for the Islamists to change their goals, namely ridding the world of what they call infidels, (non-believers in Islam). We have been at war with Islam - only we don,t seem to know it -- or, at least, we don't want to acknowledge it..
Should a Mega-Attack occur on American soil, we cannot resort to pin-point bombing on known targets with our intelligent missiles. We will be required to completely eliminate the leaders in their capitals and such missile fields and nuclear complexes so that the heads of the snakes are removed. That will not guarantee future safety but, it will cut off those who control and mastermind the sleeper cells, allowed into America by the Arabist U.S. State Department. The choice of living or dying en masse, is a choice we must make before the fact.
Some will think this is a cruel and unfair judgment but they haven't yet experienced a vast wipe-out of American citizens -- with the exception of 9/11. Even that has fled our consciousness as an act of brutal horror. Building memorials to the dead is something that the Jews have done through the centuries but, it is no comfort to the living who may be about to be slaughtered. The nations of Arabs, Muslims and radical Islamists have taught their children to be the future Terrorists and Shahids, (martyrs) for Islam. If releasing deadly toxins into an American city is consistent with these teachings and they have the technology to do so -- that is what they will do.
I have little doubt that we must go through a Mega-Attack, killing massive numbers of Americans before we are motivated to act. Then we must act with instant retaliation to bring those nations who threatened our very existence back to the Stone Age where spears and rocks will be the only weapons they have available.
Nuclear or radio-active dirty bombs, biological pathogens that act as an incurable plague or Chemicals that sear the lungs and kill with a single droplet will no longer be in their reach. We do not have the manpower to police these nations as we are learning in Iraq so, therefore, their leadership and military must be destroyed in a single blow. Must we first experience death on a massive scale before we are ready to act? They have warned us. What are we waiting for?
FOLLOWING THE PROMISED MEGA-ATTACK PART 2
BLAMING SOMEONE -- ANYONE: THE JEWS
[THIS ARTICLE IS DIRECTED TO THE JEWISH LEADERSHIP & CHRISTIAN FRIENDS OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE]
We all expect a Mega-Attack by Muslim Terrorists. They promised it. They mean what they say and they say what they mean. It doesn't matter if the umbrella description is that of Al Qaeda or the numerous Terrorist Nations and Terrorist proxies who shelter under the one name, Al Qaeda. What matters is that Arab and non-Arab Muslims have stated repeatedly that they are going to attack America,s population centers with weapons that cause death in Mega proportions.
The World Trade Center's Twin Towers were destroyed and the Pentagon was hit by 15 Saudis and 4 Egyptians who hijacked 3 planes simultaneously. (Where was the 3rd plane intended to crash? The White House? Its passengers prevented that and crashed it in Pennsylvania.)
The Arab propagandists tried to shift the blame to the Jews. They tried to hide under the concept that Arab Muslims were too backward to pull off such a well-coordinated attack. Therefore, according to the Arab media, it must have been those clever Jews who had manipulated the Saudi government and the Saudi Osama Bin Laden supporters of multi-millionaire to billionaire. To this day the ignorant Muslims in the streets believe what they were told, which in their twisted religion is any lie a Muslim tells them must be the truth.
They say, it must have been the Jews who manipulated the Egyptians through Hosni Mubarak to join the plot. The propaganda, some pre-prepared, some instant creations of the fertile Arab/Muslim mind, needed someone to blame other than themselves for the heinous attacks on America. Clearly, they feared a righteous backlash by the American Super-Power - which did come eventually. First Afghanistan, then Iraq with the President's pledge to War against Global Terrorism making Iran and Syria very nervous. (5)
To a minor degree, the anti-Jewish propaganda worked among the Arabs and such nations as France, Germany where there are swarms of Muslim immigrants beginning to reach a critical mass,. As Hitler's chief propagandist Goebbels said, "If the lie is big enough and repeated often enough, it will be believed".
So now we are on the threshold of a promised Mega-Attack by Muslims and various other Arab Terrorists. No doubt, their propaganda mechanism is working overtime to evolve the best plan, not only to kill Americans but to somehow shift the blame for their cruel assaults onto the Jews and the Jewish State of Israel.
In case, anyone has forgotten, Saudi Arabia employed several American PR firms to confuse and obfuscate the Saudi role in 9/11. Now, add to that a second assignment for the PR firms, namely to pre-plan a campaign to blame the Jews for the coming Mega-Attack. Under the Logan Act, Americans who do this can be sent to jail for subversion.
Most certainly, the Jewish leadership in Israel, America and the rest of the Diaspora will have no advance planning to meet or pre-empt this propaganda - despite being alerted to the possibilities. Surely, 2 or 3 weeks following the Mega-Attack, the Jewish leadership will start to babble denials to the well thought out Muslim/Arab charges.
The Arab/Muslim block in the U.N. will immediately call for an investigation -- not of Arab nations who assisted in the planning but of the Jewish State of Israel. Never mind that what they say won't make sense or be able to withstand scrutiny. It will be the Hitler/Goebbels proven policy that, "If the lie is big enough and repeated often enough, it will be believed". But, sadly, giving Jewish leadership a heads-up, is like telling a 3 year old: "Don't do it again."
They will have some meetings and expressions of concern. They will establish a committee or two to study the matter. Those NOT allowed to be members of this committee will probably be the activists who forecast such problems and study solutions. Perhaps they,ll employ a PR agency whose expertise is selling bourbon or diet drinks or assisting politicians in running for office. In other words, the Jewish leadership and organizations will do nothing in advance or useful because they feel comfortable they can talk their way out of trouble -- after the fact.
Leaders of the AJCs, ADL, UJCs, Federations - Take notice! The Arab/Muslims will kill Americans and try to water down the inevitable backlash by blaming the Jews. Their main theme will be: "If it wasn't for Israel, we wouldn't have been forced to take the desperate act of killing Americans." You will counter that Islam is at war with America, with the intention of having the Saudi brand of Islam, called Wahhabbism, or the Taliban view of Islam take over the world. But, you will be too late. No one will be listening. They'll be dead, dying, wounded or attending Mega-funerals with furious Americans ready to blame anyone at whom authority figures point their fingers. In desperation, you will assemble a team of experts to counter their propaganda but, the first group you choose will be amateurs -- in order to be politically acceptable to all Jewish organizations. That translates into failure to solve the problem.
Of course, a first string team of professionals could be already assembled but, as quivering Jewish institutions, you will not call them in until they push themselves to the forefront by necessity as happened in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. We Jews just act too late, too weakly and hope it will all go away by itself. It would appear that only the non-Jewish Jews of the Left have the conviction to join our enemies, de-Judaize Israel and generally show their negative strength.
Perhaps, not surprisingly, the anti-Jewish newspaper HA'ARETZ, well to the Left, has already started the effort to blame the Jews of Israel for the anti-Semitism that is rising up in America and Europe. In an article of November 28, by Eliahu Salpeter entitled: "The Jewish World: a Collective Punishment" (6), tells us that the new anti-Semitism starts with the Palestinian conflict. Clearly, as a thumping Leftist, this writer and this Leftist paper starts the ball rolling with a Mea Culpa, by blaming Israel for the ramping up of anti-Semitism everywhere. He speaks of the poor, Muslims in France being so angry at not being absorbed by the French that they lash out at the Jews and Israel.
He further speaks of Muslim rage over what is happening in the territories, of Judea, Samaria and Gaza under what he calls Israeli occupation, and the tendency of Muslims to associate World Jewry with the Jewish State. Here we read from a Jew hater (self-hater) of the first order who is frothing at the mouth, trying to blame his co-religionists for the anti-Semitism in Europe, Africa and, for him, hopefully in America.
HA'ARETZ has always conveniently forgotten that the Jews are in the territories, because the Arab Muslims waged six unsuccessful wars to wipe out any vestige of Israel and all Jews therein. Those Jews in the villages, towns and cities of Yesha (Judea, Shomron and Aza) are Israel,s first line of defense for the Jews of Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem - because if those pioneering Jews of Yesha are delegitimated or eliminated, then the Jews inside the Green Line have no legitimacy either and are next on the list for extermination.
Those familiar with the Dr. Seuss book about the Sneetches, recall his parting line of the guy who took away all their money: "You can't teach a Sneetch." How appropriately that applies to today's Jewish self-anointed establishment!
1. "Mega-Terror Menaces on Three Continents" DEBKA-file-DEBKA-Net-Weekly Special Report Feb. 4, 2003 & "Al Qaeda Plans Something Big" by Kevin Johnson USA Today 11/27/03
2. "Seven Terror Nukes Already in U.S." http:/www.maranatharevival.net/Andtherewillbterrors.htm
3. "Al Qaeda Prepares Bio-Terror for US & Israel" DEBKA-Net-Weekly Jan. 4, 2003
4. "Gen. Tommy Franks: Martial Law will Replace Constitution After Next Terror Attack" Newsmax.com 11/21/03
5. "Scapegoating Israel - Part 2" HonestReporting.com September 21, 2001 & "Blaming Jews 101" by Prof. Edward Alexander FrontPageMagazine.com Nov. 11, 2003
6. "The Jewish World/ A Collective Punishment" by Eliahu Salpeter HA,ARETZ Nov. 28, 2003
Emanuel A. Winston is a research associate of the Freeman Center For Strategic Studies.
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