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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

End Times Hysteria Has Paralyzed the Church ("Days of Noah" Pundits Misinterpret Genesis 6)

The birth of the Internet has provided mankind with one of its greatest tools, ever! No one can deny the resourcefulness of this amazing invention. People throughout the world can now communicate with others 3000 miles away, as well as share their personal opinion on any issue on their minds. No other tool has changed the lives of business, big or small, as has the Internet.

One specific group that has sliced off a big chunk of this communications’ pie is religionists, especially evangelicals. They are everywhere, developing and using blogs, web sites, radio shows –and Facebook, of course – to share the Gospel and win souls for Jesus Christ, as was His Great Commission (Matthew 24:14; Mark 16:15; Romans 10:15). The Internet has replaced the local community churches throughout the land, as did its radio and television forerunners, reaching every crevice of humanity, with their messages.

Sadly though, rather than simply preaching and teaching directly from the Bible, there is a great throng of “so-called” evangelicals that are promoting anomalies (such as Ufology, Ancient Aliens, Nephilim, Transhumanism, Zombies, and a myriad of spiritualistic phenomenon) that really have nothing to do with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. However, one of the more effective catch phrases being used to ostensibly validate their objectives is taken from Matthew 24:37, which say that the confirmation of the soon return of Christ will be the same  As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

They interpret this to mean that the prevalent times spoken of in Genesis 6 relate more so to the presence of fierce giants roaming the streets and attacking humans. This premise ostensibly validates the works of many authors who write books about Nephilim, UFO’s Extraterrestrials, ancient aliens and other supernatural phenomenon that is gripping at the fearful hearts of their fellow Christians. Most certainly, this provocative agenda sells books and movies, of which sinister forces are promoting.
One of the biggest proponents of this theory is author and end times aficionado Chuck Missler, whose website includes the following:

“There continues to be a flow of articles, books, and entertainment programs dealing with UFOs, aliens, and the like.1 Many wonder if there is a connection or relationship to the prediction of our Lord in Luke 17:26:


"And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of Man."

The emergence of the "Nephilim" was what brought about the Flood of Noah. Who were they? Is the current interest in the possibility of "alien" involvements somehow of Biblical relevance?
The Nephilim

Genesis 6 indicates that the "sons of God" (B'nai Elohim) took wives of the "daughters of men," which gave birth to the "Nephilim." What on earth was going on?

The B'nai Elohim is a term that refers to angels. It occurs four times in the Old Testament 2 and is rendered "Angels of God" in the ancient Septuagint translation.3 The intrusion of certain angels into the human family resulted in unnatural offspring termed Nephilim, which derives from the Hebrew naphal (to fall), or the Fallen Ones. (The Greek Septuagint renders this term gigantes, which actually means "earth-born." This is often misunderstood to mean "giants"--which they also happen to have been, incidentally).”

There may be some partial truth to this theory. Our mission is not to debate this issue other than to say that Jesus’ main reference to the “Days of Noah” concerned itself primarily with “man” not evil spiritual entities. While the following group of scripture does make reference to the possible theory that fallen angels descended to earth and impregnated some human woman and supposedly their offspring became giants (the Nephilim), God is addressing the conditions of the times as they related to His creation: Man!

 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord, (Genesis 6:1-8, KJV).
Obviously, by virtue of the words above that are underlined and marked in bold, God does not appear to be addressing so much the possible offspring of fallen angels, but with man! God was upset with the wickedness and every imagination of man’s heart which was only evil continually! Obviously (again) what we are witnessing in today’s society is the exponential increase of evil in man’s heart, which was the case in “the Days of Noah.” But the theorists who hold a monopoly on the prevailing evangelical agenda, place a greater significance on the possibility that we now have Nephilim on every corner of the earth, ready to destroy mankind, rather than fulfilling the great commission to preach the gospel and to attend to God’s work (see James 1:26-27). Obviously, focusing on titillating topics such as Nephilim, UFO’s, Transhumanism and other ghosts and goblins appeals more to the newly converted Christian; but this should not be so with church leaders, teachers, pastors and evangelists, who can make more money discussing or writing books about these supernatural anomalies.

Even worse is an element among evangelicals are those who focus primarily on “prophecy (supposedly the ability to predict the future)" by interpreting political and economic headline news and associating them with certain scripture. These folks come from primarily the ultra-conservative right-wing of American evangelicalism, which see every liberal entity as the enemy. They obviously cannot make the distinction between Americanism and theology, believing in their hearts that people who are not registered, conservative Republicans, must be of Satan.

Unfortunately, most of these folks hang their theological and worldview hats on the erroneous Premillennial Dispensationalism doctrine, which promotes escaping the increase of tribulation through a secret Rapture to Heaven, as well as placing the State of Israel as being more important than Jesus and His command to pick up our crosses and follow Him!

Sadly, they ignore the fact there exists a more sinister force that has been opposing Christ since the days of the Pharisees, maybe even before then. These diabolical Mammonites are controlled by their lust for wealth and worldwide power, which they have already obtained to a great degree. They have (through stealth) infiltrated most countries and usurped most of their resources including the financial and media empires throughout most of the free world, including the United States of America. Many (if not most) of these evangelicals unwittingly (or by choice) are supporting the Mammonite agenda as their Zionism ideology clearly indicates.

Nevertheless, it is interesting to note the last message Jesus Christ gave His followers before He ascended to Heaven, is one of the most ignored scripture in the entire Bible. Jesus repeatedly told us that "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father, (Matthew 24:36).

Jesus reiterates this command as He responds to their question concerning the restoration of His kingdom, reminding them about a more important event will transpire which will provide them with the power to endure all things, mostly for preaching the Gospel and fulfilling His will”

And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;

11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven, (Acts 1:7-11).

But, evangelical pundits (especially on the Internet) care more about their esoteric and profit agenda, than following and obeying the commands of God!


For information about his books, blogs and other websites, please click on Joe Ortiz.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Debunking Joe Farah's Jewish Fables by Rev. Ted Pike



November 1, 2012 - The following article addresses part of the history of Palestine before 1948, provided by the Reverend Ted Pike, published with his consent and approval. For those who may be interested in the peaceful existence in Palestine before 1948, visit the links above.

Debunking Joe Farah's Jewish Fables
 
by Rev. Ted Pike

Editor's note:

Golda Meir largely invented the lie that Arabs virtually didn't exist in Palestine before the Zionists arrived, that Palestine was a desolation of sand dunes which Jewish agricultural genius and hard work made "blossom like the rose."

Last week Pam Geller loudly proclaimed this falsehood to her evangelical (largely WorldNetDaily) following. Zionist propaganda claims Arabs only came into Palestine to profit from Israeli prosperity. It says 800,000 fled in 1948 (despite Israel's pleadings to stay) so that invading Arab legions could annihilate the Jews, upon which the Arabs would return and seize Palestine.

Because Zionists like Geller and WND owner Joseph Farah continue to feed these lies to millions of gullible evangelicals, it is necessary to at least annually repost this article.
The Bible warns Christians to ignore “Jewish fables.” (Titus 1:14) In 1948 Israel violently drove half of the Arab population from Palestine, stealing land on which they had lived and farmed for thousands of years. To distract the world from this outrage, Israel created an elaborate tapestry of fables deluding generations of evangelicals and much of the world.

The most audacious claim of such propaganda is that the Palestinians were not deprived of their land because the Palestinians as a land-owning people never existed! They never inhabited Palestine in significant numbers and only entered in the 20 th century as squatters, benefitting from the hospitality and prosperity of Israel. Zionist mythology also teaches that the number of Jews living in much of Palestine, especially in Jerusalem, always exceeded the Arabs, strengthening Israel’s right to remain the dominant occupant.

The Encyclopedia of the Palestine Problem explains Israel’s strategy:
“In order to create an alleged justification for the crime of genocide they have committed against the Palestinian Arabs, the Zionists have tried to convince the world that Palestine was practically uninhabited, ‘A Land Without People For a People Without a Land.’ They created and propagated the myths that the Palestinian Arabs were nomads or semi-nomads without a culture and a civilization, that the Palestinians had neither a national identity nor existence, that the Palestinians lacked an economic structure and roots in the land.” [1]

Those accepting these lies include Joseph Farah, owner and editor-in-chief of WorldNetDaily. In his recent article “The Phony Mideast Debate,” he says, “Today, billions of people all over the world actually believe that the ‘Palestinians’ are just in their quest for a homeland they never knew, a homeland that never existed, a homeland that is as fictitious as their rewritten historical narrative.”
Farah claims that Palestine, even after World War II, was “still largely unpopulated, untamed, undeveloped,” with most of the inhabitants of Jerusalem and adjacent regions being Jewish. Most Arabs, he says, became interested in coming to this near-waste land only after Zionists brought economic and agricultural prosperity. They then flooded in as migrants from Jordan and other Mideast countries "coinciding with Jewish immigration and ingenuity."

Zionist propaganda also claims that when war became imminent between the Israelis and Arabs in 1948, this large indigent population of about 800,000, possessing no loyalty to the land, fled to safer countries. After the war, Israel says they then preposterously claimed they were driven out of their "homeland," a land they never owned! Israel, says Farah, has been falsely “recast in the public’s mind as Goliath,” persecuting the Palestinian outcasts and occupying their ancestral property.

“This is not occupation, as the world suggests." Farah contends, "This is a people defending their one and only homeland against the most vicious and unjustified attacks imaginable.”

From Farah to Facts

In 1882, the Jewish population of Palestine was about 24,000. In 1914, the entire population of Palestine was estimated at 634,133 Muslim and Christian Arabs and 55,413 Jews. In 1920, after the British mandate, the official census showed the Arab population, both Muslim and Christian, at nearly 600,000, still greatly exceeding the Jews, who numbered 66,574. Until 1948 the Arab population continued to exceed the Jewish by roughly 2:1. [2] Farah says Jews for centuries had dominated the region, "the majority of the population of Jerusalem and surrounding areas being Jewish." Yet the last official British census in 1931 found Arabs in Jerusalem outnumbered Jews 2:1 with surrounding areas averaging 98% Arab! The Ad Hoc Committee on the Palestinian Question in the United Nations found in 1948 that, except for Haifa, "the Arabs have a clear majority over the Jews." [3]

So much for the Israeli/Farah claim that for centuries Jews in Jerusalem and surrounding areas have outnumbered a tiny Arab population!

During World War I, Arabs fought with the Allies against the Turks in hope of acquiring national independence. After the Balfour Declaration in 1917, the people of Palestine were considered by the League of Nations a “provisionally independent nation” very close to sovereignty. By 1947 Palestinian Arabs played a predominant role in government under the British. 

“The total number of government officials was 44,688 persons, of whom 4,314 were British, 30,178 Arabs, 9,276 Jews, and 920 others.” [4] Arabs also vastly outnumbered Jews in municipal councils and leadership in hundreds of primarily Arab towns and cities throughout Palestine.

The land of Palestine had been a breadbasket of agricultural plenty going back to the original inhabitants, the Canaanites and later Philistines (for whom Palestine is named). Enjoying a climate similar to California’s, the Old Testament description was a “land that flows with milk and honey.” Certainly, much of Palestine in recent centuries had been over-grazed, particularly the mountainous hill country of Judea surrounding Jerusalem. Such barrenness caused visitor Mark Twain to describe it as barren, with hardly an Arab to be seen. Yet, at nearly the same time, “Lawrence Oliphant, who visited Palestine in 1887, wrote that Palestine’s Valley of Esdraelon was ‘a huge green lake of waving wheat, with its village-crowned mounds rising from it like islands; and it presents one of the most striking pictures of luxurious fertility which it is possible to conceive.’” [5] 

Numerous pre-20th century accounts, recounted in the Encyclopedia of the Palestine Problem, describe it as a veritable cornucopia of every kind of agricultural produce, with excess exported by the Palestinians even to the nations of Europe.

The Encyclopedia confirms that before 1948 “these Arab towns and villages were not merely place names on a map. They were developed communities containing farms, factories, stores and schools, with an infrastructure of doctors, lawyers, teachers, engineers, merchants, mechanics, industrialists, workers, and farmers which would be the envy of any developing country today…Before 1948 they resided in 12 cities, 8 major towns, and 830 small towns and villages. Arab homes in the cities were either luxurious stone villas with beautiful gardens, or apartments with 2-5 bedrooms. These residences were well-furnished with modern furniture and household goods. No Arab home of the middle and upper classes contained less than eight valuable Persian carpets. All these homes and their furnishings were usurped by Israel.” [6]

General Moshe Dayan tells the truth:

“We came to this country which was already populated by Arabs, and we are establishing a Hebrew, that is, a Jewish state here. Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you, because these geography books no longer exist. Not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either. Nahalal arose in the place of Mahalul; Gevat in the place of Jibta; Sarid in the place of Haneifa and Kefar Yehoshua in the place of Tellshaman. There is not one place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population.” [7]

After 1948, Israel took over 12 cities and large towns and 526 small towns and villages. They bulldozed the towns and villages, building new towns with Jewish names. [8]
The Encyclopedia extensively documents from British records that, far from Palestinians depending on Jewish prosperity, the Zionists were permeated with Marxist/collectivist values, resulting in eventual failure of the "kibbutz" experiment. Fairly new to Mideast agriculture, they were largely inefficient, dependent upon regular massive infusion of Western Jewish capital. [9] Despite a general Israeli policy of boycott of Palestinian goods and services, the Palestinians, with a rapidly growing population in 1948 of 1,444,274, were both politically, socially, and economically racing toward UN-sponsored nationhood in 1948.

Zionist Terror Ends Palestinian Dreams

Such prosperity came to an abrupt, horrific end after the Deir Yassin massacre by Zionist Irgun terrorists on April 9-10, 1948 and many subsequent Jewish outrages and atrocities, panicking 800,000 Palestinians into flight. 

“In 1948 the Zionists seized 90% of Arab-owned citrus groves, packaging and storage facilities, as well as that year’s crops, looting the prosperous Arab citrus growers, making them destitute refugees.” 

The same was true of all aspects of Palestinian industry, including olive oil, weaving, textile, tobacco, leather, dairy, wheat, fishing, and construction. In reality, confiscation of Palestinian resources largely constituted the “miracle” of Israel’s sudden abundant agriculture, of which the new state began boasting soon after expulsion of the Palestinians. 

This delighted evangelicals worldwide who saw it as stunning fulfillment of Biblical prophecy, making the "desert blossom as the rose." In reality, Israel now possessed thousands of acres of citrus, olives, wheat, etc. seized from the foremost agriculturists of the Middle East, Palestinian orchardists and farmers. The Encyclopedia: “The economic achievements of Israel today are built totally on the capital base of lands, property, and possessions usurped from the Palestinian Arabs.” [10]

Is Israel’s massively documented theft of Palestinian land, as well as Palestinian demand for compensation, really a “phony argument,” as Farah contends? For the safety of his eternal soul, I sincerely hope he has spoken out of ignorance of what really happened in 1948 and has naively made himself the mouthpiece of Zionist lies. 

It is difficult, however, to believe that Farah, himself of Syrian/Lebanese descent, does not know at least something of the enormous magnitude of injustice towards the Palestinians. If he does yet, continues to parrot Israel’s propaganda (perhaps to please both evangelicals and Jews), there is little doubt where the real phoniness exists: in Farah himself.

Footnotes:

The Encyclopedia of the Palestine Problem, edited by Dr. Issa Nakhleh, Continental Books, P.O. Box 756, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163-0756, p. 33. This two-volume work, totaling about 1,800 pages, by this Christian Palestinian barrister and diplomat is available in most university libraries and online at www.palestine-encyclopedia.com.
Ibid., p. 25.
Ibid., p. 26.
Ibid., p. 28.
Ibid., p. 33.
Ibid., p. 34.
Ibid., p. 34.
Ibid, p. 347.
Ibid., p. 49.
Ibid., p. 34.


In his article, Farah also endorses the Zionist heresy that a nation of Christ-rejecting Jews can lawfully inhabit God's Holy Land. While God did promise the land to Abraham because of his faith and continuing obedience, He also told the Hebrews that only by such obedience could they enjoy the same covenant. God told them "because [emphasis mine]you listen to these judgments and keep and do them… the Lord your God will keep with you His covenant and His loving-kindness which He swore to your forefathers." (Deut. 7:12) 

In dozens of clear Scriptures, God is emphatic that only by obedience could the Hebrews as a people legitimately occupy Canaan. If they disobey, they will be expelled. Someday, a believing remnant of Jews will give Christ such obedience. But for the present, a wicked, Christian-persecuting Israel remains a counterfeit return. It is Babylon the Great, the Great Harlot of Rev. 17, promoting ascent of anti-Christ, not Jesus Christ. (See, 'Babylon the Great' is Israel)Scriptures laying down God's conditional terms for occupation include: Lev. 18:28; 26:27-46; Num. 14:23; Deut. 4:26-27; 6:18; 7:12; 28:21, 25, 37, 41, 56-64; 29:28; Deut. 30; Ezek. 13:9; Jer. 7:15; 29:13-14.

(Article originally written July 12, 2010) Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative watchdog organization.