An American spring perspective for the time that is almost 2000 years from the Lord’s resurrection!
The actions of President Donald Trump are making people wonder what comes after his first 100 days. Will he put tens of thousand of ground troops in Syria and get us involved in another ground war? Will more of America’s finest come back in body bags for no good reason? Will Trump bomb North Korea and get us in a war with them?
Will president Trump dump the conservatives and move toward the establishment and neo-con worldview? What will Donald Trump do? I do not think anyone has a clue. Trump started good but even before the first 100 days were over he is flippant over his flip-flopping.
In spite of Trump saying that he would not put troops on the ground in Syria, it appears that he is doing so. There are well over 1000 military already on the ground and thousands more are on the way. There are credible reports that the Trump administration is preparing to put tens of thousands of American troops in Syria. Be aware that most of our foreign wars started with a small force. Then mission creep began and the numbers kept increasing. If America uses its forces in Syria to try to overthrow Assad, America would get into a proxy war with Russia and Iran. That could very well be the start of World War III.
The cruise missile attack in Syria and the dropping of America’s largest conventional bomb (MOAB) seems all by design to send a message to North Korea. Kim-Jong-un is obviously planning for a nuclear test somewhere around Kim Il-sung’s birthday in mid April. Nobody knows what Kim-Jong-un will do or what Donald Trump will do. Will Trump use the mother of all conventional bombs to blow out the birthday celebration? Will Kim-loon then start all out war on South Korea? With Trump in the White House, I don’t think this Jong-un should be making any big plans for his own 34th birthday.
For strategic reasons no preemptive attack on North Korea would occur before America has three aircraft carriers withing striking distance. Three aircraft carriers are on the way to be in that area next week.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (also known in Iran as The Monkey) is running for president again in their May election. It would be fitting for Ahmadinejad to win. Then when he once again shoots off his big mouth about destroying Israel and America, Trump could fill it with a MOAB.
Turkey today voted to make Erdogan their dictator. Turkey has designs to take back what they lost as a result of World War I. That war changed the borders in the Middle East. Er-dog-an wants a greater empire. He wants most of Syria to be part of Turkey. This is likely to be a major factor in the coming world war. There will be a war in the last days over control of the Middle East. I think Turkey, Iran the Saudis and Egypt will become major players in this world war. Keep in mind that the Muslim Brotherhood is behind Erdogan and Egypt is at war with the Muslim Brotherhood. Iran hates Sunni nations and wants Syria for itself. The Saudis hate Iran and Shiites and want control of the Middle East.
When all these powers do their best to destroy each other, Israel can just waltz into their full promised land without major resistance. Is this how the false Messiah of Israel begins to gain fame and how Israel gains border security? It should get interesting.
There are Presidential elections in France in April and May. There are four candidates with enough support to still be in the running. Two of the candidates that get the most votes in April will have a runoff in May. Nobody has a clue who will be in the runoff because the polls indicate that it is a four-way toss-up. If Melenchon wins, France is doomed to even worse socialism. If Le Pen wins, she promises to take France out of the EU and to stop the Muslim invasion. The other two candidates that still have a chance are more centralist. I believe that Le Pen will be one of the two finalists but then the establishment will make sure that the fix is in for whomever opposes her.
Surprise surprise! Trump is being influenced by New York liberals. You can’t say that Ted Cruz did not warn you about that in the primaries. The Trump White House is increasingly under control of his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner.
Nepotism is against the law in our federal government for darn good reason. Trump apparently does not see a problem with it. What are the qualifications of his daughter and son-in-law to run roughshod over the experts and to determine what information gets to the President? Trump can lose his whole base if this continues. Trump’s downfall might come as the result of having too much confidence in his own family.
Ivanka and Jared Kushner are elitist Democrats and they think and advise like such. The emotional response of Ivanka was the reason that Donald Trump took the cruise missile action against the airfield in Syria. Jared Kushner is acting like he is Secretary of State, Chief of Staff, and National Security Advisor all rolled into one. Everything goes through Kushner to get to the president. Those selected by Trump to do these jobs are getting frustrated by the White House nepotism. Trump needs to tell his daughter and son-in-law to go mind their own businesses. And he better do it before Melania moves into the White House this summer. I am sure that Melania is already tired of being second lady to Ivanka. I think conservatives will have lost the White House for good if Gary Cohn (Former CEO of Goldman Sax and a democrat) becomes Chief of Staff and Steve Bannon leaves,
On the ongoing religious apostasy, ten years ago, I warned about Hank Hanegraaff’s theology. That article is the third most downloaded post on my old blog. Hanegraaff is known as “the Bible answer man”. He is all over Christian radio. He is the head of the Christian Research Institute (CRI) founded by Dr. Walter Martin. I posted that article because Hanegraaff was coming up with wrong answers on theology. Hanegraaff started using his media platform to attack premillennial dispensational theology. Hanegraaff was denying that any future Bible prophecy would be fulfilled on earth. Hank Hanegraaff said he was a preterist. He started teaching that all prophecy for Israel was fulled by 70 AD.
Now, ten years later, Hanegraaff becomes a member of the Eastern Orthodox Church. He attacked those teaching premillennial Bible prophecy but he has no problem joining with a denomination that teaches prayer to the saints, a clerical priesthood, and confession of sins to those priests. Eastern Orthodox Catholicism teaches that every Christian needs to receive divine grace through keeping the sacraments of baptism, the Holy Eucharist, and confession of sins before a priest.
Eastern Orthodox says that the elements of bread and wine not only carry the Grace of God, as a mysterion, but are “changed” into and “are” the very Body and the very Blood of Christ, being a propitiatory sacrifice. They claim that the Chrismation of a newly baptized person is the confirmation of his faith which is “the seal of the gift of the Holy Ghost.” In other words, they add their own religion to what the scripture teach. but still say that their religion is the apostolic truth. They are keepers of their traditions rather than keepers of the gospel given.
In his radio program, Hanegraaff liked to tell people which teaching were or were not within the pale of Christian orthodoxy. Now he puts a new meaning on his statement about Christian orthodoxy.
The Bible answer man has converted to a religion that adds and takes away from the gospel of salvation. Wise Bible teachers have said that those with wrong Eschatology also get other theologies incorrect. Hank Hanegraaff just proved their point. I suppose that the “Bible answer man” will now lose some of his following, as he should. At 67 it may be time for Hanegraaff to retire from CRI before he misleads many more people in his old age. He can go out the way he came in. You can read about some of the other issues about Hanegraaff and CRI on the Apologetics Index.