Will Sudan Really Be Israel’s Friend?

Recently, both the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain have entered into a peace agreement with Israel. Now, just a day ago, Sudan has done the same. However, I have a good reason to think that Sudan, at some point, will back out of it. The reason I am doubting their peace commitment is because of bible prophecy. In the Ezekiel war, recorded for us in Ezekiel 38 and 39, Sudan is one of the invading countries, along with Russia, Turkey, Iran, Libya, Tunisia, and parts of Algeria.

Other nations, because of what is says in Ezekiel 38:13, will be at peace with Israel. These are closer nations: mainly Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Somalia, Qatar, UAE, and Bahrain. These are the nations that at the beginning of the invasion will question why the other nations are invading. They will say, “Have you come to capture spoil? Have you assembled your company to seize plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to capture great spoil?”

So, they will do nothing more than question them. They will not try to stop them from invading? However, as it turns out, they won’t need to, because God will cause a great earthquake to come on them, and also torrential rain and hail, and in the great confusion they will fight against each other, and most of them will be killed. But Israel will not be harmed. God will protect them.

Anyway, I think Sudan will back out of the peace agreement. As an article in Behold Israel points out, “When the prophet speaks of Ethiopia [in Ezekiel 38: 4-6], the location being spoken of consists of what he knew as Ethiopia of his time; modern-day Ethiopia and Sudan. The Hebrew word is “Kush,” which was a territory that included what is now Sudan.”

Sources: Behold Israel, also, in my blog, Why the Peace Plan between Israel and the UAE is prophetical.

Who Is to Blame for the Coronavirus?

Much of the media places the blame on Donald Trump, and even has called the virus “Trumpvirus.” But let’s get real. China is to blame. It was manufactured in China.

But if we look at it more broadly, I think we can call this virus a plague. And if we recall from the bible, plagues were always brought on people who sinned against God. Therefore, from a biblical perspective, plagues are a result of our sins of disobedience to God, and they are sent from God to punish our sin.

I took the time to do a little bible study. I found the word plague over 50 times in the bible.

In Exodus 11: 1-3 God brought plagues on Egupt for enslaving Israel.

In Lev. 26:2, Nu. 11:33, 14:37, 16:46-50, and 25:9 (and many more ref.), God brought plagues on Israel for sin and disobedience.

In Zech. 14:12-15, Rev. 11:4-7, 16:21, God, in the future, will bring many more unimaginable plagues for the sins of all people.

I find it so interesting that the media is blaming President Trump for the virus, even though we know it came from China. Also, I don’t know what more President Trump could do to prevent it from coming or to slow it down. As early as Jan. 31st he declared the virus a public health emergency and issued a travel ban from China. And he has taken so many more steps to protect Americans: like buying some 500 million respirators, putting in place national guidelines, giving us 2,000 ventilators, restricting nonessential boarder traffic, and much more. How much more can a president do? And he has been doing this at the same time that these George Floyd riots have been going on. No other president could do more.

Conclusion

Donald Trump is not to blame for the coronavirus. And though the virus was hatched in China, they alone cannot carry the blame.  No. I think we should put the blame on all sinners, particularly on those who are blatantly disobedient to God. Yes, I think God has released this plague on the entire world because of our disbelief and disobedience. And He has used China to do it.

But there is hope. If we repent and turn to Him, He may stop the plague. No, we humans will not be able to stop it by waring a mask over our faces, or by separating ourselves from each other, or by any other means. The only way to stop it is by our repentance and by prayer—asking Him to save us from our sins and from the virus.

If you remember, in Egypt, when God sent a plague on the land and the people, He spared the Israelites by telling them to put lambs’ blood on their door posts. That blood represented Christ’s blood. And now, if we believe in Him, His blood will save us from our sins—and no plague will come near us (Ex. 12: 13). Though some, even believers will get sick and die from the coronavirus, if they believe in Him and His blood, they will meet Him in heaven and share eternal glory with Him.

Psalm 91:9-16

9 For you have made the Lord, my refuge,

Even the Most High, your dwelling place.

10 No evil will befall you,

Nor will any plague come near your tent.

11 For He will give His angels charge concerning you,

To guard you in all your ways.

12 They will bear you up in their hands,

Lest you strike your foot against a stone.

13 You will tread upon the lion and cobra,

The young lion and the serpent you will trample down.

14 “Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him;

I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.

15 “He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble;

I will rescue him, and honor him.

16 “With a long life I will satisfy him,

And let him behold My salvation.”

News Sources Spin Hunter Biden Laptop News

The most recent Hunter Biden news is that Hunter abandoned his laptop at a Delaware repair shop in 2015, and only now we are hearing that the FBI has retrieved the very damaging information; and the shop owner also gave copies of the emails and intimate photos to Rudi Giuliani. I can’t go into any detail about what was in those emails, only that it is very damaging to the Biden’s. But I want to say here that this…

News that recently came out in the Washington Post, wouldn’t be that reliable if it wasn’t for the following reasons:

1) The obvious coverup by Facebook and Twitter.  Almost immediately they shut down the Washington Post story, broadcasting to the world that there was definitely something very damaging that they don’t want the world to discover about the Bidens, and really the entire Biden family, headed by Joe Bidden.

2) The obvious deception (the spin) by the News Media. Though very reliable investigations are telling us that the emails are true and untouched, most Dems and the media are saying that Giuliani can’t be trusted and that Russia has hacked the emails. I just heard today that recently Adam Shift is saying publicly that the Russians together with Trump are behind the damaging emails and videos—that they manufactured it all. Here we go again. The Dems and the media are once again putting their lying spin on the News and putting the blame on Russia and Trump.

They want Trump out of office so bad that they are willing to go to any evil lengths to do it.

Identity Politics: Does it Unite or Divide?

You may not be too familiar with this term. I wasn’t, until I read Sean Hannity’s book, Live Free or Die. Let me just reflect on what he wrote about identity politics.

He said, “[It] permeates every policy idea they [Democrats] have.”

Biden is one of worst at this. He said, “I’ll appoint the first black woman to the court,” and “I commit that I’ll pick a woman to be vice president.” And he has made so many other identity comments.

To me, the group Black Lives Matter is also using identity politics. It is playing the victim card and separating an entire race of people from everyone else. To me, the way to help a group of suffering people is not to keep drawing attention to their past suffering and to demand reparations; but instead, to treat them as equals and give them the same opportunities as everyone else. And also, just to love them as everyone else.

As Hannity points out, “Instead of unifying us as a people, it [identity politics] divides us as oppressors and oppressed, whites’ verses minorities, gays verses straights, and men verses women.

Unity and peace demand that we treat everyone the same and look past their skin color and ethnicity and sex. We are all of equal importance and value in the eyes of God. And so, whenever we choose someone for an important position, we ought not regard anything about a person except their qualification for that position. And when we are choosing a friend, let us regard all people and try to befriend them all. Friendship sees no color or race; it sees only a person worthy of love.

What Would Jesus Say About Overtaxing the Rich?

After writing my last blog post on Overtaxing the Rich, I began thinking about what Jesus would do. So here it is…

In Luke 19:11-26 Jesus teaches His disciples about His kingdom in a parable. As you read the parable, it is not about taxation but more about investing in the kingdom. However, I think we can draw some similar principles. Here is the story:

Luke 19:11-26

While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once. 12 He said: “A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. 13 So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. ‘

Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come back.’

14 “But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We don’t want this man to be our king.’

15 “He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it.

16 “The first one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned ten more.’

17 “‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’

18 “The second came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned five more.’

19 “His master answered, ‘You take charge of five cities.’

20 “Then another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. 21 I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.’

22 “His master replied, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow? 23 Why then didn’t you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?’

24 “Then he said to those standing by, ‘Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.’

25 “‘Sir,’ they said, ‘he already has ten!’

26 “He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away.

So, if we were to draw a parallel teaching from this text to a teaching on taxation…

What Would Jesus Say About Overtaxing the Rich? That is, what would He say about Joe Biden and most Democrats appeal to place most of the taxes on the rich?

1. First of all, if they are wise investors and not criminals, as many are, he would praise them more than those who have not invested wisely.

2. He would rebuke the unwise investors.

3. I’m not sure what He would say about the whole idea of taxation, but He would definitely not be in favor of taxing the rich (who are wise investors) more that anyone else. According to this parable, if He taxed anyone more, He would tax all those who are lazy, even if they are poor, and give it to those wise investors—even if they are rich, because they are wiser investors.

Conclusion  

Jesus certainly would not tax the honest rich more than anyone else. He may even tax the poor and give that money to the honest rich to invest, in order to build the economy. Jesus would not at all be in favor of an income equality system. He would be more in favor of an equal opportunity system, and also a system where there would be freedom to make as much money as you want without being penalized for it. In fact, He would be in favor of a system where the high earner would be praised and even rewarded for his work and thriftiness. Also, I think he would shine a light on the high earner as being good examples for the low earner.

My Update (10/3/2020): Cleaning, Publishing, Prayer, Work

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Its been a couple of weeks since I’ve given you an update. I’m not a diary person; I find that this personal blog kind of fulfills that purpose—and more. Anyway, I will start with my apartment…

Cleaning the apartment. I have been in my apartment for just over 20 years and now we have a new management company; and they are stricter. They recently came in—while I was gone—and did an inspection. They said I needed to clean my fridge and bathtub and bathroom floor; and they are coming back in a month to check it.  Well, I’m feeling kind of upset over it, but now that I’m getting busy cleaning, I think it’s a good thing for me—God’s will.

Publishing my book. I’m a self-publisher and I’m now in that process with my last book. Editing is easy, just reading it through and checking things. But yesterday I spent about three hours trying to delete the header info from a blank page! I finely figured it out. It helps to click on “help” on my MS word. They gave me a five-point answer, and it worked! Next, I will check it over one last time and then put it in a pdf form and send it to Lulu (a printing co.) to be printed and bound. Oh, and I also have to send them my designed cover page. Lulu does a good job at making the books, but they don’t do much to sell it for you. I’m gonna half to think of ways to sell my books myself. I just have to do it—even though it really isn’t my gift.

Trump and Country. I have a blog with that name, but I quit on it a few months ago. It was too stressful for me. But though I don’t blog on politics much anymore, I do keep up with watching the Fox videos and also some reading. More and more these days I have been feeling a strong burden to pray for President Trump and this country—in that order. Every morning when I pray, he is the first item on my list: for his health, strength, and wisdom. I also pray that just judgment would be done on all those evil forces (evil people) coming against him and this country. Please pray with me. Christians, please pray. It is your most important duty. Nothing but prayer will work to come against the darkness; only God is strong enough to come against it. And He chooses to work mostly through our prayers.

My healthy and work. I want to keep working in my painting business, but I am retired and I’m slowing down. In some respects, my work is good to give me exercise. But if I overdo it, which I always tend to do, my arthritis flares up and my muscles get really sore for a few days. The key is to find the right balance between work and rest. It’s kind of nice to not be bothered by work for a few days, because I like to just sit and read and do my writing. I hope and pray that my writing will be a benefit to others, that it won’t be a meaningless or just a self-fulfilling exercise.  I’ll be praying about it, and then commit it to Him—and wait for His peace.

God bless you my fellow bloggers and followers. Keep up your good work and encouraging words. Prayer to you always.

Stephen

Things that must be defeated in order to save America

I’ve been reading Live Free or Die, by Sean Hannity. I’m only half way through the second chapter, but already there has been plenty to think about. Here are…

A List of Radical, Left-Wing Policies and Ideas That Must Be Defeated in Order to Save America From Certain Doom

  • That we need to place our faith in big government.
  • That evil results from an imperfect social system.
  • That certain elite people can advance mankind toward societal perfection.
  • Obamas appointment of activist, liberal judges.
  • Obamas unconstitutional executive orders
  • Obamas downsizing the military (that has so far been remedied)
  • Obamas world apologizing tour of America
  • Waging war on coal and coal miners (being remedied)
  • Haranguing the cops (still going on)
  • Conferring legal status on many illegal aliens
  • Democrats becoming the party of socialism
  • Democrats becoming the party of open boarders
  • Democrats becoming the party of sanctuary cities
  • Democrats becoming the party of the elimination of ICE
  • Democrats becoming the party of underfunding the military
  • Democrats becoming the party of abortion on demand
  • Democrats becoming the party of infanticide
  • Democrats becoming the party of environmental extremism
  • Democrats becoming the party of gun confiscation
  • Democrats becoming the party of higher taxes
  • Democrats becoming the party of radical identity politics
  • Democrats becoming the party of suppression of free speech and religious expression
  • Democrats becoming the party of anti-Semitism
  • Democrats becoming the party of intolerance, smears, lies, character assassinations, and the Russian dossier.
  • Democrats becoming the party that is obsessed with their hatred of President Trump and his supporters.
  • Democrats becoming the party that has abandoned any sense of fundamental decency, fairness, or common sense.

It is looking pretty bleak, and getting worse all the time, especially in the democrat party. Much of it has been reversed by the present administration, but just surface things—like the economy. There is still so much to do, especially toward getting our country back to believing in God. That duty falls on each Christian. The President can enact policies, but unless we do our duty as Christians the country will fall very quickly.

Breaking News Tidbits from Don Stewart

I just recently got to know Don Stewart. He has written quite a few books, mainly on bible prophecy and current events. I have been listening to his daily Breaking News podcast. It’s quite informative and I thought I would pass a few of his News tidbits on to you. Most of it is not word for word, but is accurate.

Minneapolis crime wave. Minneapolis city council is alarmed by a surg in crime (assaults, robbery, and homicides) months after voting to defund the police. This is news that is close to me. Though I don’t live in the city, I’m not far from the city limits.

Coronavirus made in a lab. A Dr Li-Meng Yan, a Chinese virologist, said that Covid-19 was made in a lab in Wuhan, China; and she has evidence to show it. Recently she has been black listed from Twitter. Apparently, many, especially Chinese people, are quite upset with her for spilling the beans.

AG Barr has made a controversial comment. William Barr said recently that the Nation-wide stay-at-home-orders to prevent the spread of Coronavirus have been the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history other than slavery.Don Stewart made a point especially about many churches not being able to meet. John MacArthur has been in the news a lot lately and has been threatened with fines and even jail time. MacArthur jokingly shrugged it off saying that he always wanted to be involved in a prison ministry. Personally, I think John MacArthur is a bold warrior for the Lord, and I usually always trust what he says in his messages.

Oregon protests and riots have backfired. According to recent polls, two-thirds of Oregon voters disapprove of BLM and protests; and Trump has a higher rating in Oregon than their own governor and mayors. It would be so good for Oregon to get some new, republican leaders installed.

Update: Bahrain, Mice, Racism, and more

Bahrain is a very small Island/ Country just west of Qatar.

Work. It’s Monday, not a lot going on as far as work. I have a small job on Wednesday; I just have to paint three doors, Tarrytown green. Fun.

Mice. Following up on my latest article about my mouse problem: I haven’t seen any mice for a few days. But I am convinced that I did have one or two mice—and I was not hallucinating. My evidence, besides seeing them, was finding a few black, small droppings under the stove, in back of the juicer, and on the bathroom floor in the corner. Gross! I am more motivated now to clean and make sure I have nothing laying around where they can nest. I would be mortified if I found a nest with baby mice in it. And I asked around to all the other apartments in my building, and no one has seen any mice. Why is it just me?

Bahrain. Just too days ago, Bahrain came on board with UAE. Now we have two nations at peace with Israel, which confirms my previous article on the fact that bible prophecy is now happening; and so, the Ezekiel Invasion (Ezek. 38, 39) is coming soon—which also means that the Rapture is coming soon. It is so exciting to see these things falling into place.

My church looking at racism. I tend not to want to talk about or hear anyone talk about racism. I think that is mainly in our past. And for the most part I think it was dealt with back in the 60’s. But our pastor has chosen to tackle it. Well, so far, I think he is doing a great job. His main motivation is evangelism in our community, which has a mixed race. So, we figure that our church should really have a mixed race of people. And, for the most part, we do.

His text was from Revelation 7:9: “After these things I looked, and behold a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb…”

So, he got from that verse that in heaven there will be a mixed race of people: all nations, tribes, and languages. It is a beautiful picture. We should not see heaven as a blend of the races, say all brown people. No. It will be multi-colored. Very colorful! And we will love and accept each other as we are. So, the main message is that we need to humble ourselves, face up to, and talk about where we are concerning how we feel about each other—people of other races. Sin wants to hide; but redemption demands honesty, humility and transparency.

But we also need to be careful and wise. Riots are not the way to deal with anything. Anger will not solve anything. And we know now that there are anarchists that want to take advantage of any hurtful situation in order to destroy our country. We don’t need another civil war. We need prayer and revival, and we need law and order to go along with it.

My reading. I just started reading Live Free Or Die, by Sean Hannity. Good grief. I had no idea that the book would be so deep. I mean, it is like a text book with tons of research. It’s a book I could definitely read more than once. There is so much in it. It is not that hard to read, just so much in it. Oh well, I will just read it slow, a little at a time. It is good. A lot of good information about our great country.

Another Case of Bad Reporting in the Pioneer Press

This morning I was attracted by the article in my Pioneer Press entitled “Trump ads target Minnesota, Wisconsin.” This article was doing so well for me, until I came to BIDEN’S ADS RESPOND. The first line which introduces Biden’s response begins like this: “Trump’s false depiction of Biden as a champion…”

What’s wrong with this? What’s wrong is the word “false.” Everything else is okay, but that word ruins the entire article. Why? Because journalists are supposed to report the news, not give their opinions. If there is one thing that turns me off to the media is when a reporter slips in his or her opinion of who is right or wrong. Come on; I just want to read the news. I don’t want your opinion. I can judge that for myself. If you were God or an angel or one of Christ’s apostles, I would gladly welcome your opinion, but you’re not.

I’m not against journalists reporting all the news. But when they tell you who is true or false, that’s bad reporting. The media’s job is to report the news, not tell you who they think is true or false. But I should have known that an article having anything to do with Donald Trump would be slanted toward the negative—because 99.99999 percent of all journalists are Democrat liberals who hate Trump! At least those who work for the Pioneer Press.

Well, anyway, now you know my frustration with reading the newspaper.; and why I prefer to read sports articles instead of the political news section. They just report what is happening in the sports world (unless Trump is mentioned), and some of those sports articles are very interesting to me.