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My Morning Visitor

Just wanted to share the picture of the visitor who came by this morning.

“Does the hawk take flight by your wisdom
and spread his wings toward the south?”
Job 39:26

“See, Darkness Covers the Earth . . .”

Did you see the lunar eclipse last night? If you missed it, you can see another one in 2014. However, you are not going to see another one that coincides with the winter solstice until 2094. I don’t know how long it will be before you see one occur on Winter Solstice and is located directly over Florida, but I suspect most of us will see that one through the sea of glass unless Jesus has already come.

Was this eclipse significant on the prophetic calendar? Probably. You see, the Lord is the one who put the lights in the sky as signs (see Genesis 1:14). A lunar eclipse on the shortest day of the year is a “double darkness” sign in the sky. The shortest day of the year produces the least daylight. The lunar eclipse diminishes the light available in the darkness. It was a double darkness event.

But at 3:53 AM last night, after an hour of full eclipse, the light began to shine again. And after the Winter Solstice, each day gets a little lighter.

The Lord has been speaking to us about what he wants to accomplish during this Christmas/New Year’s season and beyond. He wants to release his light to the Church. The moon often prophetically represents the Church. In the same way that the moon reflects the light of the sun, so the Church reflects the light of the Son. A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth gets between the moon and the sun. In the same way the Church can lose its ability to reflect the Son when the things of this earth block our view of him. But according to Isaiah 60, when thick darkness covers the earth (double darkness), the light of the Lord will be released on his people. Last night, on the darkest day of the year, the face of the moon did not reflect any light for a season. But then the light began to shine—and from this point on the days will get longer.

I believe that is the season we are entering.

“. . . but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you.”

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It’s a Wrap!

I’ll write more on this later, but I just wanted to note that the 2010 hurricane season has officially ended.

Thanks for all the prayers and intercession you prayed. It helped make this the fifth season in a row that a major hurricane has not visited the United States. Time to do a victory dance.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful,
and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,
for our “God is a consuming fire.”

Hebrews 12:28-29

Indonesia is NOT a Tolerant Culture

President Obama had many nice things to say about Indonesia while he was visiting there. While he was at the University of Indonesia at Jakarta, he said this:

But even as this land of my youth has changed in so many ways, those things that I learned to love about Indonesia — that spirit of tolerance that is written into your Constitution; symbolized in mosques and churches and temples standing alongside each other; that spirit that’s embodied in your people — that still lives on.  (Applause.)  Bhinneka Tunggal Ika — unity in diversity.  (Applause.)  This is the foundation of Indonesia’s example to the world, and this is why Indonesia will play such an important part in the 21st century.

Perhaps it is important for heads of state to play along with the nations that they visit so they do not upset too many apple carts, but this strays from playing along into outrageous falsehood. The good folks at Powerline have put their finger on this point:

Like Hamas and Fatah, Indonesia does not recognize Israel’s right to exist.” . . . Israelis are not even permitted to enter Indonesia, nor are Israeli aircraft permitted to fly in its airspace. Obama praised Indonesia for its diversity. Yet Indonesia only recognizes six religions: Islam, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Confucianism. Judaism and other religions are not recognized by the Indonesian government.

If you visit the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, a commission appointed by the United States government (see it HERE), you will find that Indonesia is one of twelve countries on a watch list over concerns of its violations of religious freedom. Thus, when our president describes Indonesia as an example of diversity to the world, this is a bit more than hyperbole. It does not fit the facts at all. When one also remembers that three sixteen-year-old Christian school girls were beheaded by Muslim militants in Indonesia back in 2005, the picture becomes crystal clear.

Perhaps then, in view of the facts, it was not the wisest move for our president to publicly criticize Israel while at a press conference in Indonesia. The Associated Press reported (see full article HERE):

President Obama, stepping into an Israeli-Palestinian dispute during a homecoming visit to the world’s largest Muslim majority nation, criticized Israel on Tuesday for its decision to advance the approval of some 1,000 new housing units in East Jerusalem during a sensitive time in the peace negotiations with the Palestinians.

Israel, by far, is a far more open and free culture than Indonesia. Israel lives in a state of war with its neighbors pledged to its destruction, and yet it is a far more diverse country than Indonesia. It is not a perfect country. Any nation that is in a fight for its survival will not have a clean record on human rights, that is the nature of war and survival. However, even in its struggle for survival, Israel is a far more open and free culture than Indonesia.

When one realizes that Indonesia does not even recognize Israel’s right to exist, one has to wonder what our president was thinking when he criticized Israel while he was there.

Perhaps he was not thinking. Thinking people know that Indonesia is NOT an example of tolerance to the world.