Is it the end of May already? Man, time flies by! It certainly is later than you think on God's stopwatch too, my friend. I have a hodge-podge of stuff to cover so no Carson-esque monologue for you.
I have stumbled upon three cool links. They are maps of Jogyakarta, where that earthquake occured and not far from a still dangerous Mt. Merapi.
Moral Equivalency Alert! Moral Equivalency Alert! All Holy Books are created Equal Dep't: Some dopey professor in New York is putting the Bible and the Koran on the same footing in terms of violence. Why, just the other day I heard about some Methodists talk about killing infidels. Anglicans? Forever complaining to the media about 'Anglicaphobia'. A horde of Presbyterians torched a foreign embassy recently, too. So I can see what they mean.
Gord Downie (of the Tragically Hip), pat yourself on the back. New Orleans IS sinking (and I don't wanna swim).
Two items concerning the American military:
1) There are some disturbing stories coming from Haditha, Iraq about Marines killing a bunch of civilians. Facts are sketchy at this point so I'll keep you posted should anything of significance occur.
2) VP Dick Cheney addresses the newest Naval Academy grads and tells them, "Know your enemy!" Wow. What a radical idea! D'ya think we'd be in the same pickle right now in Iraq and elsewhere if we bothered to properly research Islam? Iraq is NOT post WWII Germany for crying out loud! As a wise proverb says, If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. Try to the tune of 3000 dead and rising.
Dan Gillerman, Israel's Ambassador to the League of Nations, oops, United Nations has stated that World War Three is underway. Gosh Dan, thanks but it appears our churches, MP's and the liberal media here in CanaD'uh have fallen asleep. Is anybody there? Hellooo! HELLLOOOOO!!!!
A Saudi safely ensconced in Birmingham U.K. tears a new a--hole for Hamas to use. I guess the first one wasn't working well enough.
Immigration from Hell Dep't: Read this Daniel Pipes article about how wanna-be refugees from North Africa are attempting to enter Europe. Yes, even France!
As this Friday is Pentacost and I am a member in good standing of a Pentacostal church, I thought this link might provoke you in the right way.
Finally, because I hate leaving a post on a negative side, read about what GFA missionaries are doing in the Rooftop of the World, Nepal.
Hope that makes up for yesterday.
The Man in Black
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Is it the end of May already? Man, time flies by! It certainly is later than you think on God's stopwatch too, my friend. I have a hodge-podge of stuff to cover so no Carson-esque monologue for you.
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
In today's churches, topics such as 'hell' and the 'wrath/judgement of God' are not considered 'seeker-friendly'. The 'love gospel' is very trendy nowadays, the idea that God is just SO loving and SO caring that He would never send anyone to eternal hell. However, preaching this false gospel to the masses is to do them a major disservice. Indeed, Jesus Christ Himself is the original fire-and-brimstone preacher. So what is hell you may ask? Let me ask you a personal question first. Have you ever experienced a deep or profound loss in your life? Whether it be loss of a person through death, loss of love, loss of a job, or financial/material loss, I can't think of anyone who hasn't experienced loss at least once in their lifetime. If you took all your losses and doubled them, you still wouldn't even come close to what hellish loss is like. It is personal loss on a scale you cannot even possibly comprehend. It is total loss. It is a crushing loss. It is a crippling loss. Worst of all, being in hell is an eternal loss. Being seperated from God's perfect, eternal love is beyond anything you can describe. The word 'anguish' does not describe the sheer desolation that awaits the lost residents of hell. Am I making this up? Go read your Bible and tell me what you think. I don't have the space to do this topic justice but if this scares you, my friend I'm here to tell you that you have a choice. YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO TO HELL IF YOU DON'T WANT TO GO! Ask Jesus Christ to pardon your sins and I promise you that He will save you if your prayer is sincere. Nobody has to go to hell. Nobody should be afraid of death. Christ is my Rock of Salvation. Make Jesus your own personal 'Rock' today. You won't be disappointed.
In case you were wondering, Ariel Sharon is still (barely) in the land of the living. He is still in a permanent coma, or what you would call a persistent vegatative state (PVS). Unlike the late Terri Schiavo, Mr. Sharon has no hope for improvement. Not a big fan of euthanasia, but I think it's time for Israel to let go of one of it's favorite sons (and one of the Arabs most hated enemies). So no, you haven't missed Sharon's funeral. Watch this space for when the inevitable occurs.
Two items as it concerns Afghanistan:
1) Five Canadian soldiers were wounded, one seriously as he was taken to Landstuhl, Germany.
2) How NOT to win hearts and minds Dep't: While in a foreign country, drive like a maniac. Then, when you cause a massive traffic accident, start shooting your guns in the air. And above all, NEVER look like an occupying army. The locals hate that.
As our American friends commemorate Memorial Day, a touching tribute from a USMC officer to his fallen comrades.
Dismay and fury from Mr. Hugh Fitzgerald of Jihadwatch:
From the CBC, a link about the forces of Nature that interact and surround us on a daily basis (cool link of the day).
Apparently, all is not well with EU/Russian relations. Wow. Like I didn't see that one coming AT ALL!!
The Man in Black
Sunday, May 28, 2006
Hello X-Def fans, I've been awfully busy or tired, hence no proper postings from yours truly. I turned 36 last Thursday (May 25) and I'm telling you that I feel every inch of it. It amazes me how people live their lives like they aren't going to die. As far as they are concerned, this life is it and que sera, sera. Materialism baffles me. I mean, if this is truly it, then what's the point? It is life that has no hope. Some have hope, but it is a false hope. A Muslim who commits shahada (martyrdom operations) is like one with a false hope. They tragically find out all too late that there isn't 72 virgins waiting for them on the 'other side'. No, they find themselves in eternal hell, the victims of an evil bait-and-switch trick by 'Allah'. My friend, if you have no hope, a false hope or an unsure hope, please do not be discouraged. Ask for Jesus to fill your life. There is no substitute for a sure, steady and real hope to strengthen and encourage the inner will. Make that first step today and rest on God's assurances. In this unsteady world, faith in Christ is surer than any earthly riches.
Please pray for the people of Indonesia. They still haven't recovered from that massive tsunami in Dec, '04. Mount Merapi is still in danger of erupting and now they've had a big earthquake with the death toll in the thousands.
In East Timor, Australian troops are trying desperately to impose some sort of order as local militias do battle.
This is old news (relatively speaking), but I decided to include this because I wanted to make a point. Often times as a Christian I'm asked, "If God is good, why so much evil?" You see, God does allow sin for a season before He judges. The Enron scandal is a case point. Was God absent as Mr. Lay and Mr. Skilling duped investors and Wall Street? No, He was there all along. You see, the people that ask me those type of questions about God and His justice are those that adopt the short and narrow view. Once you start taking the longer and wider view, you see that sin is ALWAYS judged. Believe me, you don't want God to judge all sin immediately. That is foolish thinking (not one of us would be alive today I reckon). But when God says "Times up!", judgement follows swiftly. It's what I like to call the 'Mystery of History'. God's timetable is perfect. ALL sin is judged, just not when we expect it.
From Michael Fumento comes a picture gallery of Iraq through the eyes of an embedded journalist. Sad, tragic, comic and surreal, all in one. 250 pictures in all.
New World Order Alert:
1) Tony Blair is bloody well at it again, this time calling for the reform of the Useless Nations (aka the UN). What is the deal with the Left, which is clearly hypnotized and beguiled by the United Nations? It is Man's desire to rule himself, independent of God's sovereign authority.
2) The Bilderbergers are having their annual meeting, this time in Ottawa. Canadian luminaries include Stephen Harper and Conrad Black. A must read.
3) Iran is hoping to form an axis to oppose the United States. How does Russia, India and China sound? Russia will involve itself with Iran, Libya and various Horn of Africa countries as they launch an all-out attack against Israel (see Ezekiel 38 and 39). As for China and India, I believe these two powers will comprise the armies of Armageddon as the 'Kings of the East'. Bible prophecy is for real, my friend.
This website is a must-see as well. It was created by a brilliant 19 year-old kid named Ryan Mauro. You read correctly. NINETEEN! Unbelievable.
Social unrest appears to be a regular feature in today's news. Jesus said that the nations of the world will be reeling, like the waves on a stormy sea. We see this in Tehran, Iran and in Moscow, Russia.
That's enough for today. Be of good cheer and let not your heart be troubled.
Posted by Johnny Cash on Sunday, May 28, 2006
Friday, May 26, 2006
There are two points I wish to make wrt this article. Firstly, when a government decides to create a corps of 'super-soldiers', it must be done with rigorous civilian oversight or not at all. For every elite unit that is created, there has to be a civilian (preferably with a defense background) to oversee and possibly disband that unit in a moment's notice should the members of that unit go rogue and join the criminal ranks. Without that control, there is a chance of 'blowback'. What is blowback you ask? Well, this neatly segues into my second point. Blowback is NOT the unintended consequences of a military action/policy. Blowback is the unintended consequences of a COVERT military action/policy. You see, many of these (now delinquent) military elements have received both training from American military cadre and given American equipment to boot. Naturally, this is not the kind of thing that Donald Rumsfeld is going to discuss on CNN. In Latin America, these 'special ops' soldiers have gone awry, giving the drug cartels the muscle it requires for 'security' (racketeering, kidnappings, murder and other sordid activity). After all, running a lucrative drug trade is not for the meek nor for the faint of heart. Not a cool scene if you ask me.
The Man in Black.
Posted by Johnny Cash on Friday, May 26, 2006
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
OK, so I was reading my daily e-mail from the CBC when I came across this curious non-event in Ottawa (stop laughing). Now let's get one thing straight. This is NOT some type of judgement from the Almighty. It is however, a growing sign of His impatience. You see, there are mockers and scoffers in this world, walking after their own lusts, who love to tell us that things will just go on as they always have. They are ignorant of two things, namely, Man's sin and God's holiness and perfect justice. There will come a day when time shall be no more and God's perfect court will bang the gavel and declare Man's guilt. My friend, let me make a suggestion. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE THERE! If you accept Jesus' pardon which He secured for you at Calvary, you don't have to live in fear of God's wrath (see below). You'll still be judged mind you, but as an ally of God and a member of His family, not as an enemy. Yes, for the first time in 25 years, the clock atop the Peace Tower has stopped. It will be fixed and the clock will continue as it had before. God's clock is ticking. Will you be ready when it stops?
It is very important that a prayer be lead by the Holy Spirit. So please, when you pray this prayer, pray it like you mean it. You don't have to make a big song and dance out of it, just humble yourself and let God do the rest.
The Sinner's Prayer
Dear Lord, I am a sinner. Please forgive me for what I've done and for what I've failed to do. I'm sorry and I now commit my life to you, Lord Jesus. Change me into the man/woman you always wanted me to be and let me never be ashamed of you. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Now with that out of the way, we have some interesting developments in the business world.
1) The NYSE is offering 8b euros ($10b) for Euronext. A phenomenal merger if you ask me.
2) I have reported this before but I cannot help but marvel at it's prophetic significance. The Iranians are selling their oil in euros, rather that U.S. dollars. This is the proverbial thin edge of the wedge, meaning you've not heard the last of this. Not by a long shot.
Shutting the Barn Doors After the Horses Have Fled Dep't:
1) This is really cool and kind of funny. In India, nine men on three bikes (!) are spreading the gospel to the local villages. You have a car that can probably fit four adults comfortably. What are you doing to spread the gospel?
2) Censorship in Syria? You gotta be kidding me! Unlike Orwell's brilliant '1984' however, the locals are catching on to the state-sponsored bafflegab they've been getting.
3) Google has stricken certain web-sites from its search engine for 'hate' content. Namely, those that are critical of Islam, a strict no-no in today's obsessive-compulsive PC-induced schizophrenic society that we live in (I'm sorry. Did you consider that 'hate speech'? Whatever). Hey Google, guess what? The word is out and time is not on Islam's side.
Russia is planning to re-vamp its military. Never good when the Russian Bear wakes up and starts to take a look around.
Just as Jesus predicted in the Olivet Discourse (Mt 24 and 25), famine will stalk humanity in it's last days. To the tune of 18,000 children A DAY no less.
"Woe to those who substitute good for evil and evil for good!" (Two links)
1) The perenially loopy 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in California has outdone itself once more. Openly promote Islam to schoolkids? No problem. Teach those same kids about the teachings of Jesus Christ? Separation of church and state! Separation of church and state! (Repeat at full volume 'til you collapse and you'll feel like a true liberal after that.)
2) This story comes from Jerusalem Post that boggles the mind (yet sadly does not surprise me one bit). Anti-Semitism has once again received short thrift in some dopey European 'Anti-Racism' conference. Talk about your average 'Pink Elephant in the Room' syndrome.
Holy smackers! Another stellar post if I don't say so myself.
"Let him who is unjust be unjust still. Let him who is righteous be righteous still. Let him who be filthy be filthy still. Listen to the words long written down!"
The Man Comes Around - American IV
Posted by Johnny Cash on Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
I have reported on this earlier but I decided it was worth revisiting. An 18 year-old girl in Iran might possibly be hanged for, get this, self-defence. Some guys tried to rape her and her girlfriend, she pulls a knife and kills her potential rapist. If she had chosen not to resist, she would've been found guilty and given 100 lashes. Not to mention so-called honor killings, a common occurence in Islam. Yes sir, that's 'progressive' Islam for you. A very lethal Catch-22. Just remember, sins of omission are just as damning as sins of commision. So please do something. Read it all.
Abu Mazen (aka Mahmoud Abbas) is calling for a the cessation of the firing of missiles (RPGs, Katyusha short-range rockets, mortars etc.) into Israel. No, Islam has not changed its black little heart one bit. This is merely tactics, my friend. This article brings to mind the signing of a false peace treaty between Antichrist and Israel which sets off the Triblulation.
The National Hurricane Center is predicting an 'above-average' hurricane season but not as bad as last year. I mean, how can you forget what Katrina did to New Orleans? Pray for the safety of those people living in Florida, the Gulf States and residents of the Caribbean.
Meet Gul Khan, al-Qaida slave trader and all-around heartless scumbag.
Here's a bizarre story from Baton Rouge, La as somebody goes on a rampage in a local church, killing four.
In Kootenay B.C., residents are still struggling with flooding. I think the problem in Quebec is receding though.
An aide to the Jordanian ambassador has been killed in the crossfire between Hamas and Fatah. As you would imagine, the Jordanians are none too pleased.
I want you to read this link to show you something. Three 'asian' men were found guilty of murder of a black English guy. However, there is a bit of a problem with this. Look at their pictures and their names. They're BLOODY MUSLIMS! Race was not the overriding factor here, it was ISLAM! The political correctness being displayed by the judge in this case turns my stomach. The victim was murdered because he was a non-Muslim, not because he was black. It makes me so angry this PC rubbish.
Two links on German Neo-Nazis, soccer (or football if you prefer) and the disturbing rise of extremism.
Gotta go. It's past my bedtime.
The Man In Black
Posted by Johnny Cash on Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Monday, May 22, 2006
Y'know, even at the best of times the best reporters working for a top newspaper make mistakes. I erroneously reported earlier that a blast in Gaza was the result of an Israeli missile fired from a UAV. Turns out, it was an IED planted inside the elevator shaft, not a missile. Sorry about that. I'll try not to jump to conclusions in the future. JC
Posted by Johnny Cash on Monday, May 22, 2006
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Today must be a slow news day. That's not to say nothing is happening, just that nothing of significance is happening. I still came up with some good stuff for you, my dear reader, so all is not in vain.
Tit for Tat Dep't: Four Palestinians were killed by an Israeli rocket, which naturally prompted a response. Those adherents of that 'religion of peace' tried to take out an El Al plane with a RPG in Geneva, Switzerland. Fortunately, the attempt against the plane and its passengers failed.
In Nepal, there's been a bit of a political earthquake as the king has been removed from power. What this will mean for the future of the growing Nepalese church is very much up in the air.
Mother Nature is fighting back. And winning handily, I might add.
There's been some flooding in the Eastern Townships (Quebec) and parts of British Columbia, prompting evacuation of affected residents. Further north, there is a shortage of Arctic ice which is startling Environment Canada. Internationally, that volcano in Java is still quiet, but now Monserrat is erupting.
Let's Go Oilers!: Last playoffs, Calgary Flames were the Cinderella story. The '06 playoffs are proving to be another boon to Alberta as Edmonton takes Game 1 against Anaheim. Not since the days of Gretzky, Messier, Coffey and Fuhr have the Oilers been this deep. I'm also rooting for Buffalo to beat Carolina as there are many Sabres season ticket holders in Southern Ontario. The next best thing to an all-Canadian final, I guess.
I've got two unusual links here. One talks about using water as fuel (!), the other about homeopathic medicine. As always, take everything you see on the net with a serious grain of salt. Looks interesting, though.
Whew. Not bad for a slow news day.
Be not conformed to this world ....
The Man in Black
Posted by Johnny Cash on Sunday, May 21, 2006
Saturday, May 20, 2006
I want to clear something up from a previous post. We here at the X-Def LOVE women. Indeed, I have noticed that a few comments being left here are from the opposite sex. I value all opinions and viewpoints, be it from the male or female perspective. However, I do stand by what I said earlier wrt the death of Capt. Nichola Goddard. The military is, let's face facts here, a predominantly male institution. Same deal with the police. If our Canadian Forces are 15% female, then that means that the remaining 85% is male. So any female, especially in a combat arms unit (infantry, armor, artillery, engineers) is going to be one lonely gal. Girls need their girlfriends for love and support. I don't think I'm far off the mark on this one! I would advise any woman who has thoughts of a military career to give it some serious thought. Do the research and don't be afraid to ask questions! Also, to say that women are, by their very nature, nurturers is not a sexist statement. It is a simple biological fact that does in no way carry a negative connotation. All the left-wing, feminist rhetoric has not changed the basic way in which men or women think. Thank God for that!
In memory of Captain Goddard, a link from the CBC about women in the military.
If there is one word of advice I would give to any woman thinking of marrying (and having kids with) a Muslim male, that word would be: DON'T! Too many horror stories of forced servitude, isolation and having their kids taken from them to a Muslim country where all the laws favor the male make this an easy call. My advice to Muslimahs is the same. Being married to a Muslim (especially if they are Arab) is a nightmare. So don't do it. You deserve much better.
It was with great horror when I saw the cover of the National Post on Friday as the Iranians were to invoke the old 'Star of David' of the Nazi Germany era. Yellow stripes was for Jews, Red for Christians, Blue for Zoroastrians and so on. Now it appears the the Iranians have been caught with their pants around their ankles and are back-pedalling quite furiously. So it does not appear to be a lock just yet but I certainly wouldn't put it pass them in the future.
Are Hamas and Fatah heading towards a civil war? What's so civil about war anyways? The Israelis are keeping a close watch on this. While it would be in their interest to keep the factions divided and squabbling amongst themselves, it is not in Israel's interest for complete anarchy to break out in their backyard.
As PM Olmert and W get together, President Bush is being advised to not support any massive disengagement from the West Bank (Judea and Samaria). I hope Ehud Olmert is not so foolish to do such a thing. Land for peace is a mirage, an agreement that will give Israel's enemies all the advantages.
As if paying the jizya tax (foreign aid) and buying their bloody oil isn't bad enough, jihadis are now selling narcotics to fuel their jihad against Israel and the West. Forget any sentimental illusions about the 'noble' mujadeen being 'freedom fighters' my friend. Let's call them what they really are, which is narco-terrorists.
Young people in Egypt are increasingly turning to blogs to get their information. Our 'ally' Hosni Mubarak, is corrupt and repressive. As a result, many a prominent blogger is being jailed. A direct assault on the freedom of speech.
A must read article from JINSA on Israel and it's 'Right to Exist'.
Semper Fi Dep't: U.S. Marines have killed some Iraqi civilians. My God, they're losing it over there. Iraq, aka Babylon, is a demon infested place. No wonder the Marines are having problems.
Here is a cool blog to check out.
Politics of Religion
Wow. That's ten links for you today. More to follow.
"So that when you see these signs, look up, for your redemption draweth nigh!"
The Man in Black
Posted by Johnny Cash on Saturday, May 20, 2006
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Well, it's not ME that's coming quickly silly, it's Jesus who is coming quickly. What amazes me (and I think I've said this before) is the speed at which events are developing. I mean, I'm putting seven to ten (maybe more) links on every post! Ten or fifteen years ago just one of these links would be cause for major discussion and possibly some kind of prayer meeting. Nowadays? Zilch. Apathy as a sign of the times? You bet. The problem is not lack of signs my friend, rather it is that we are drowning in a sea of signs concerning our Lord's return. Too bad that so many that truly love the LORD have fallen asleep over current world events.
New World Order Alert: Arabs are calling for greater integration, both politically and economically. How they plan to fit Iraq in there is anybody's guess.
Don't let anyone give you this bollocks about there being no forcible conversion to Islam. This has been going on for centuries, with Christian girls becoming targets of these Muslim scumbags. Da'wa? D'Oh!
My mind spins as I read this story. Indonesian villagers are going BACK to the sides of Merapi, that active volcano. It's really quite amazing if you think about it. I mean, people will deny a danger exists even when it is staring right back at them. An appropiate prophetic metaphor, I guess.
Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi! Dep't: Australian PM John Howard was in Ottawa rubbing elbows with PM Harper. Read what the man says about America and it's foreign policy. Sobering words indeed.
I'm sensing the idea that the Taliban doesn't really like us. I'm just not feeling the love. How do we win their hearts and minds? With hugs and bullets. Lots and lots of bullets.
Here is a lurid tale about some funky financing that went into DaVinci Code:
Extreme Geek Alert: Airbus 380, that double decker airplane that makes the Boeing 747 its bee-otch landed at Heathrow today.
Meet Jan Markell, director of Olive Tree Ministries. Jan is an awesome teacher of God's word, especially in the realm of Bible prophecy. Sign up for her free newsletters. You won't be disappointed.
Even so, come Lord Jesus!
The Man in Black
Posted by Johnny Cash on Thursday, May 18, 2006
A link from the CBC to get us started.
A few personal reflections first:
As you may or may not know about me, I served 12.5 years as a supply tech in the Primary Land Reserve (Army). During that time, there were many people who made a strong impression on me. These influences came from both officer and non-commisioned ranks. I can still remember their cool professionalism which still influences me today. It changed the way I walk, the way I talk, my deportment, how I think and even the way I dress. I would not be the man I am today without that positive influence in my life. Along with my decision to follow Christ, the military has had a profound effect on me. I truly believe that if I did not have those two influences in my life that I would either be dead or in jail. An exaggeration? No it is not.
When I was in the military, I had the chance to befriend a few female soldiers. They got along well with me and I got along well with them. However, I am NOT in favor of women in front-line combat roles. Do not consider this as unusual as both the Americans and the British follow this policy. None of the women I met while in uniform were a liability certainly, it's just that none of them particularly stood out either. That is not slagging them or being misogynist, it's called being honest (brutally perhaps). Also, there were specific individuals in my unit, from corporal to Lt. Col., that struck as being fantastic soldiers. If I could emulate a certain desirable characteristic of each one, I said to myself, then I would certainly have the world at my feet. One might have the raw military knowledge. Another would have true leadership skills. Another would have excellent physical fitness. And so on. The problem was that of all these fine soldiers who held up a high standard for me, not one was female. I also noticed that these female soldiers really didn't last long while part of the order of battle and many were not as regular in their attendance as they should've been. Am I being too harsh? Hey, I can only report what I saw and I had excellent attendance both in garrison and in the field. So I'm not whistling dixie here.
It seems fashionable these days to make everything as 'equal' as possible, to the point of sheer insanity. All religions are equal. All political systems are equal. All moral codes are equal. And all men and women are equal in every possible conceivable way. What pure and utter horsefeathers! You see, the social scientists are trying to tell us that we are constantly evolving, moving to a higher and higher plane of existence. Yet for all their rhetoric, human nature has not changed in thousands of years. Men are men and women are, well, women. Man is the hunter-gatherer. Well, at least sort of IMHO. Women by their nature are nurturers. They always have been, always will be. Look, if a woman really, really wants to be a genuine front-line combat soldier, then so be it. Just don't tell me that men and women are 'equal' in every possible conceivable way because it ain't so, Joe. Simply stated, there is a distinct difference in the way men and women go about their business. Of course the man and women are of equal value and importance. I just wish the radical feminists and the social scientist would understand this point as they strive to put sexual politics ahead of military effectiveness. All the social engineering in the world has not budged the way a man or a woman thinks. Not even one iota. Fortunately for us, that's actually a good thing.
The Man in Black.
Posted by Johnny Cash on Thursday, May 18, 2006
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
You know, with the release of the DaVinci Code this Friday, there is something unmistakeable going on. Lies and deception are having a field day. Telling the truth is becoming more and more hazardous to your health (even smoking is considered cooler that prophesying). What used to slink around back alleys is now strutting itself right down the middle of Main Street. These are perilous times we are living in friend. A time when it is perfectly permissible to assail and slander Jesus Christ, but don't you dare draw a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed. A time when our so-called leaders are without direction and purpose (will someone please wake up poor W!) and what's worse, appear to be in cahoots with the enemy (Tony Blair, George Galloway). A time of natural disasters, over and above the 'usual' amount of carnage. A time of wars and rumours of wars. Yes, things are not looking good. However, all is not lost. You see, Jesus promised eternal life to those who were willing to believe and trust in Him. Jesus also promised a distinct and literal time in human history called the millennium, a 'Golden Age' which will be a thousand year reign of our Lord. So when I talk of Bible prophecy, I am NOT dealing with doom and gloom. I'm not looking at the tribulation, a time of terror of seven years, I'm looking at those thousand years of genuine peace on Earth, goodwill towards all men. My vision is far greater that the mundane and the routine. How you may ask? When I asked Jesus in my heart, something happened. God's very spirit, the Holy Spirit of God, came inside me to dwell forever. It is the HS that bring God's word to life, convicting you of sin. It is the HS that causes me to worship Jesus and give glory to the Father. And finally, it is the HS that is driving this whole blog. My friend, do you want this? Do want a sense of direction in your life? Do you want to fully understand what's REALLY going on in this dying world of ours? Do you want to bypass the tribulation and go to the millennium? If you've answered yes to any of these questions, then you are ready to receive Christ as your Lord and Saviour. Just ask Him to forgive you and fully enter into your life and I guarantee you that you will be saved. Today, yes today, is the acceptable hour of your salvation! Eternity awaits your answer.
From USA Today, an interesting article from a female reporter about DVC:
Here is some strong encouraging news from the Gospel for Asia website:
Don't you get the idea that if Pope Benedict XVI ever got really mad he'd start turning green and expand to twice his size with nothing but muscles? I can see it now. "GRRRRRR, POPE MAD! MUSLIMS MAKE POPE ANGRY!" Well, what can I say? We all need our Catholic fantasies apparently.
Here is a photo gallery of Merapi, that volcano in Indonesia that is making headlines around the world.
Is RU-486 aka 'The Abortion Pill' safe? No it is not. Is it just me, or does it seem that all the Pro-Choice arguments that are being brought to bear in favor of abortion are turning to dust?
I have reported on this before but I believe it is worth re-posting. Iran is attempting to sell it's oil in euros rather than dollars. As America's largest trading partner (China? No, it's Canada you fool!) this is not insignificant news.
Some guy called Winston Blackmore in Bountiful B.C. has 20+ wives and 103 kids is saying he is being persecuted. That's right, he is a polygamist. My mind is spinning here. I'm guessing he will hire some hot-shot lawyer and start screaming about how his 'rights' are being violated. I mean if marriage is no longer an exclusive union of one man and one woman, then why not polygamy? If I want to have sex with goats and various other livestock, I would merely have to thrust my fist into the air and say the magic word 'Rights!'. They would HAVE to give it to me. Rights is rights, right?
Lastly, here is a cool blog for you to check out:
The Man in Black
Posted by Johnny Cash on Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Monday, May 15, 2006
THE PARABLE OF THE SCORPION AND THE FROG
One day a scorpion and a frog were by a river's edge and both needed to get across to the other side. The scorpion said to the frog, "Mr. Frog, would you be so kind as to let me on your back as you swim across this river? I have important business to conduct on the other side and I cannot swim in such a strong current." The frog was a little perturbed and so began to question the scorpion's motives. The frog spoke, "Mr. Scorpion, while I can appreciate the fact that you have business to conduct on the other side of this river, please consider what you are saying. You are a scorpion. You have a large stinger at the end of your tail. As soon as I let you on my back you will proceed to sting me which I might add IS your nature." The scorpion, ready for this, replied, "My dear Mr. Frog, it is clearly not in my interest to sting you at all! I do need to get to the other side and I PROMISE that no harm will come to you." Well, this made a great deal of sense to the frog, so the scorpion crawled on his back to make the trek across the river. The frog was making good time getting across when all of a sudden, in the middle of the river no less, the scorpion began to sting the frog repeatedly. The frog, shocked at this development, cried, "Why, oh why are you doing this? You said you needed to get to the other side to conduct your business!". The scorpion replied casually, "Mr. Frog, you said it yourself. I am a scorpion. I have a large stinger at the end of my tail. And yes, it is in my nature to sting you." Then both the frog and the scorpion slipped below the river's surface, never to be seen again.
Putting the 'daffy' in Khadaffy Dep't: If you've been paying attention, Libya (the scorpion) is making nice with the U.S. (the frog). My advice to W and Condi? Proceed with caution.
Just to show you my wariness is somewhat merited, a link from memri.org on Khadaffy's true nature. Trust him? Not on your life.
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Three articles of note wrt the EU:
1) The Gov't Is My Friend Dep't: U.S. to access EU data retention info.
2) Angela Merkel is calling for a 'new era' in the EU. Not to be confused with the 'old era' which was totally fubar, I'm sure.
3) EU commision defends the use of 'high-level working groups'. I dunno, sounds a lot like the old (and very awful) 'soviet' system of the now defunct USSR. I fully expect them to start calling each other 'comrade' soon.
Birth Pangs R Us Dep't:
The first drought order in 11 years has been given in England and Wales.
Mahmoud Abbas is seeking financial assistance from none other than our 'ally' Vladimir Putin.
Malnutrition is stalking Iraqi children. Ask yourself this. Are the people of Iraq better off now than under Saddam? What a tragedy this cynical invasion is creating.
In Pakistan, a killer heat wave stalks the land. How hot? Try 50 C.
Massive flooding in Red Sox Nation and the NE United States:
In the business world, the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX for you MBA types) tumbles 206 points. I'm guessing that's not good.
Australia: You can do it here but not over there Dep't: In the land Down Under, they've decided to allow the 'bad' books, and get rid of the Good Book.
Christian persecution. The only 'acceptable' prejudice allowed today.
The Man in Black
Posted by Johnny Cash on Monday, May 15, 2006
Sunday, May 14, 2006
In the first chapter of Genesis, God revealed to Moses that the earth was created in six days and that the seventh day was given unto Man as a day of rest. Understand this about the Shabbat: God gave the Sabbath for Man's benefit, not for God's. We see the pattern repeat itself throughout the Torah (Leviticus) and is especially prevalent in the Book of Revelation (of Jesus Christ). That is you have six periods of activity followed by a period of rest. In Peter's writings he reveals a mystery, unknown in the OT, that a thousand years is but a day in God's eyes (2 Pet 3:8). The Sabbath is a prophecy revealing nothing less than the millenial reign of Jesus Christ! Keep in mind that the Jewish year is 5766. That is, five 'days' are already past and we are in that sixth, or final, yom (Jewish word for day). The seventh 'yom' (or Sabbath) is when Jesus will have dominion over the Earth along with ALL of His saints. Jewish Law is NOT about God giving us a bunch of religious laws because He can, rather, it represents two things:
1) It is a divine revelation of God's personality and His love for us.
2) It is a divine revelation of His perfect redemption plan for mankind.
This is something that has escaped the Jews attention, much to their detriment. Those studying Bible prophecy thinking it's 'doom and gloom' have gloriously missed the point. It is instead the most beautiful love story ever written by none other than the Creator Himself.
So this post is about upheaval, which of course comes in many forms. It could be man-made. It could be in the natural realm. And yes, even in the supernatural realm. The 'Day of the Lord' will come, my friend. God Himself has said so.
In Indonesia, locals are still refusing to leave the side of an erupting volcano. What kills me is that they are looking for some mystical 'sign' before they leave. Great. Tell that to the volcano. Consider the following:
1) It's raining rocks.
2) Lava (liquid rock) is spewing forth.
3) Loud explosions are heard.
4) The ground is literally shaking beneath your feet.
5) Massive clouds of smoke and lethal gas are usually a dead giveaway.
I dunno, these sure look like tell-tale signs to me. I just know I wouldn't be sticking around to see a pyroclastic flow heading my way. Apathy and ignorance rule once more.
In south Texas, we see a new and horrible disease that is afflicting some people there. First the story, then the official site, and a Bible verse to pique your interest. WARNING: NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART!!!
Organized criminals in Sao Paolo, Brazil go on a cop-killing rampage. Up to fifty people are known to be dead or injured.
In Iraq, fresh violence rips the country in two.
The IDF is taking care of business in the West Bank.
More nonsense from 'Cartoongate': A crowd of 50,000 in Pakistan gather for a funeral of a young man that died in custody in Germany. All sympathetic to the deceased's militancy no doubt.
In the Philippines, Tropical Storm Chanchu leaves behind a trail of destruction.
Remember that letter that was sent by Iran's Thug-In-Chief to W? Divine inspiration apparently! An Iranian cleric says so.
Abide in the Lord and He will abide in you.
First and foremost I would like say 'Happy Mother's Day'! Moms do such tireless work and if you have a good one like I do consider yourself blessed.
There seems to be a proliferation of activity in the Horn of Africa, especially Somalia, Ethiopia and the Sudan. In Ezekiel 38 and 39, there is a prophecy concerning the last days as Israel is attacked by a conglomeration of nations. Three of the four, Russia, Iran and Libya strike me as rather obvious. It is the people of 'Put and Cush' (black Africans) however, that pique me the most. Due to the amount of suffering and poverty in that region, there does not seem a logical reason why any kind of military invasion would be launched from there. Certainly it is a most atypical 'launching pad' really for ANY kind of invasion. God of course cannot tell a lie so we rest on His word.
Israeli police and protesters are clashing in Jerusalem over Israel's decision to build a security fence near the city.
In Afghanistan, the Taliban are saying 'Hello' to our troops the only way they know how.
In China, expectations of droughts, floods and a losing season of Toronto Maple Leaf hockey are causing many to worry. Except for the hockey part which I clearly made up.
From the 'I did not see this coming AT ALL' Dep't: JFJ announces that Paul Maurice will, in fact, be the next head coach of the TML (yawn). Hey Paul, stock up on antacids, aspirin and anti-depressants before you get underway. Believe me, you'll thank me for it.
Labour unrest in Dubai as foreign (Indian mostly) workers are up in arms. Their demands are as follows:
1) Getting paid on time and in the correct amount.
2) To be able to work less than 16 hours a day.
3) Not living in slums.
The NERVE of these workers! Don't they realize that they are working in the Islamic paradise of Dubai? Such progressive thinking in an Islamic country will never do. The next thing you know the Arabs might have to share real political power with these infidels!
In Indonesia, a volcano is erupting causing villagers to flee. My inner geek is telling me, "Erupting volcanoes are cool!".
Fifth Column Jihad Dep't: Why are so many convicts in America's penal system turning to Islam? Because sociopathic behaviour and jihad are a natural fit, that's why.
Just when you thought it was safe to hug a Dane, a video is calling for a 'sea of blood' over those stupid Prophet Mo cartoons. Allright, let me ask you a question. Does Dan Brown, author of The DaVinci Code, live under a death threat? Have there been angry hordes of Presbyterians outside a movieplex whipping themselves into a frenzy over 'DaVinci'? How many Anglicans are actively intimidating those who wish to see this silly movie? How many Southern Baptists are calling for a war with anyone associated with this film? The answers to these four questions is no, no, none and none. That, my friend, is the difference between us and them.
Aaahhh..... That feels better. Stay tuned.
The Man in Black
Posted by Johnny Cash on Sunday, May 14, 2006
Saturday, May 13, 2006
Got a quick little sitrep for you from stratfor about Russia's ambitions in its 'Near Abroad'. In this particular case it is Kyrgyzstan.
The Man in Black
Posted by Johnny Cash on Saturday, May 13, 2006
Thursday, May 11, 2006
....Then I suspect today's cast of characters would look something like this:
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Elmer Fudd (minus the shooting accuracy).
George W. Bush: Homer Simpson. With nukes. D'oh!
Condi Rice: Tasmanian Devil ( rah ooh rah ugh!)
Jacques Chirac: Pepe le Pew (all the smell but none of the charm).
Stephen Harper: Tries to be Principal Skinner but is, in fact, Nelson (A-Ha!)
Donald Rumsfeld: Tries to be Nelson but is, in fact, Principal Skinner.
Pervez Mushharaf: Wile E. Coyote
Osama bin Laden: The Roadrunner
Pope Benedict XVI: Ned Flanders (c'mon, who else would I have picked?)
Tony Blair: Marvin the Martian
Silvio Berlusconi: Foghorn Leghorn
Angela Merkel: Bart Simpson
Kofi Annan: Chief Wiggum
and playing the most important role of all is....
Jesus Christ: Bugs Bunny (What's up Doc?)
OK, so I believe we are getting down to brass tacks concerning Iran. I mentioned yesterday that Iran's Thug-In-Chief sent President Bush a letter wrt the ongoing crisis. The conclusion of this letter is clear. In Islamic thinking, before there is war a Muslim must first ask the non-Muslim if he will join Islam. Should the non-Muslim refuse, then full preparations for jihad can begin. The Islamic version of extending an 'olive branch' if you will. Or if you prefer, submit or fight to the death. I choose to fight. Three links from worldnetdaily follow:
Iran Letter Precursor to War?
Final Warning from Iran's Islamist Rulers?
The Future Belongs to Islam - Hal Lindsey
(All are pretty useful. Just decided not to give each link it's own commentary.)
Just to show you how much smoke and mirrors this all is, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was in Jakarta, Indonesia calling Israel the 'evil empire'. Deny and project, deny and project. Typical.
That gas crisis in Gaza that I reported yesterday has come to an end. Expect to hear more stories like this in the future.
Well, well. It appears that the more digging you do in the Holy Land, the more the Bible is revealed as historically accurate. Naturally this causes all sorts of headaches for those mired in unbelief.
Environment Canada is predicting a dry, hot summer for 2006. Possible blackouts/brownouts as energy consumption goes waaaaay up.
I guess that's it for today. More to follow later.
Posted by Johnny Cash on Thursday, May 11, 2006
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
OK, OK, so you think the above subject line is a little cheesy. So be it. It's my blog and I ain't changing it. Seriously though folks, we are headed for a showdown between Man and God. Who wins? Both actually, but mankind pays a steep price for his sin. The return of our Lord Jesus is much sooner than we think. God loves you so much. He desires that you be saved, so much so that He allowed His Son to be crucified on your behalf. Accept God's free pardon and claim the victory that Jesus won for you on the cross. The plot is indeed thickening. There isn't a whole lot of time left.
The Sinner's Prayer
Dear Lord, I am a sinner. I need to be saved and I want to be saved. Please save me Lord Jesus. Change me into the man/woman you always wanted me to be. Let me never be ashamed of you. Give me the strength to make a public declaration of my newfound faith in you. Thank you for saving me. I pledge all my remaining days to your service. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
There has been an unfortunate shift in events as aid to Hamas is set to resume (actual amount of $ is unknown). This places Israel in grave danger. Not to mention the fact that the West gov'ts appear to have all the resolve of a wet noodle.
Three articles from the BBC:
1) Palestinian fuel crisis looming. No gas, no economy. It's that simple.
2) Vlad Putin in Russia is once again talking about the need for Russia to assert itself. His solution? More babies and a better armed forces (Gulp!).
3) Flogging a Dead Horse Dep't: Brussels is proposing a 'declaration' to circumvent a troubled European constitution. Neo-Roman Empire here we come!
From the CBC comes a story of Man attempting to usurp our Creator in Great Britain.
Reuters: Why we should keep the jizya prohibition in place.
Reuters: Have you ever seen the movie 'Lord of War' starring Nicolas Cage? It's an excellent movie about arms dealer Yuri Orlov with a smattering of black humor. This link shows black-market small arms dealing is still booming and the difficulties gov'ts face in trying to stop it.
You may have heard by now the letter that was sent by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to President Bush. Here is a parody of that letter which I thought was kinda funny. And here is a sample of the real deal (includes a pdf link).
Please note the condescending attitude MA displays towards Bush. Apparently it was like being subjected to a really bad lecture. 18 pages of utter tripe. Careful, deliberate and even subliminal in it's wording? You betcha. An invitation to join the ranks of Islam? Of course. A prelude to war? A definite possibility.
Here is an internet book about the links between Christian and Islamic eschatology (prophecy). A must read for those who wish to understand.
Wow. I went all out on this one. Thats ten links without even trying really hard. Please pray the sinner's prayer if you do not know Jesus as Lord and Saviour. You can thank me in an eternal heaven when we meet. Do it today!
The Man in Black
Posted by Johnny Cash on Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Allright X-Def fans (plural?), have I got some good stuff today. You may be asking, "What is the jizya?" The jizya, properly understood, is a kind of 'tribute' tax non-Muslims have to hand over to their Muslim masters. In other words, it's a form of religious racketeering, or 'protection' money. It is pure Sopranos, minus the peppy dialogue and sharp looking Italian-made suits. Much to cover, so lets get to it.
I start this post with an essay from the erudite Hugh Fitzgerald of Jihad Watch on the growing problem in Gaza and elsewhere.
Here is something that's really bugging me. Apparently, the EU and the UN are starting up a 'temporary international mechanism' to keep the funds flowing into Hamas coffers. Never mind the following:
1) Hamas will never recognize Israel because Islam will never recognize Israel.
2) Hamas will never renounce violence. Same deal with Islam.
3) This 'temporary' nonsense is utter bullshit. Since Israel's inception, the Palestinians have been the world's biggest welfare case. Do they really believe that another three months is going to make a big difference?
4) There is no law and order in Gaza. So called 'police' are nothing more than armed thugs and criminals terrorizing their own people. And lastly ....
5) We owe these people nothing. This is not our problem. 'Stop defending the indefensible' is, I believe, perfectly applicable here.
To prove my point, check out this article from DEBKAfile.
Four article from around the world concerning Canada, Iran, North Korea, and the Russians
PM Stephen Harper has taken to task MP Maurice Vellacott for his criticism of judicial activism and the Supreme Court in particular. Despite some of the more 'colorful' criticisms, I think Vellacott is absolutely bang-on with his assessment. It's too bad this kind of talk is muzzled. We need more MPs like this who are willing to call a spade a spade. Or a judge a 'god'. Take your pick.
I posted something like this awhile back about the 'Iranian Oil Bursary'. It amounted to this: Iran wants to sell it's oil in euros instead of dollars. Saddam Hussein was trying to do the same in 2000, hence the cynical launch of 'Operation Iraqi Freedom' in 2003.
As if H5N1 (aka the bird flu) wasn't a big enough worry by itself, the North Koreans are trying to 'weaponize' the bird flu. I pray that the North Koreans fail miserably in their endeavour.
Russia is trying to make nice with the Americans after Dick Cheney made the Bush administration's opinion clear about Russian democracy heading in reverse. 'Burying the hatchet' is a fine idea. However, if you're trying to bury the hatchet in each other's head then you have some serious problems.
Lastly, three articles from euobserver about the 'revived Roman empire'.
Is the UK going to lift it's veto on police matters? It seems implausible that the UK would be so willing to hand its policing powers over to Brussels but that seems to be the direction that the UK is taking.
All is not happy, happy as tensions mount between national and European parliaments. Underming national sovereignty will do that.
The European free press (or what appears to be left of it) are also in the thick of things.
Lotsa stuff. Whew.....
The Man in Black
Posted by Johnny Cash on Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Here is a really interesting article from stratfor. In a nutshell, the American intelligence community (IC) is terribly short-sighted. Due to it's sheer size, any original thinking or bold predictions gets shunted aside. What it does do well is the day-to-day stuff, the mundane, the ordinary, the routine. Events like 9/11 or Saddam's (non-existent) WMD's take them by complete surprise. Jesus said that when He comes (for His church), it will be like a 'thief in the night'. In other words, Jesus will achieve perfect tactical and strategic surprise when He comes for His bride. You better believe that the IC, even with all it's technology and experience, will not see it coming until it is too late. "For when you see all these signs look up! Your redemption draweth nigh!"
Mr. Johnny Cash
Posted by Johnny Cash on Tuesday, May 09, 2006