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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.

Dancing Elephants

Breaking Prophetic News Flash: Something is going to happen next Tuesday that will make Republicans dance.

OK, that’s not really a breaking piece of news. For months polls have been trending toward large Republican gains next week Tuesday. What is news, is that I finally got some information from the Lord that isn’t a poll. He showed me a vision of dancing elephants as I was dialing down last night. That’s a disturbing image when one is trying to fall asleep.

In the past, when the Lord has spoken to me about the Republican party, he has used the culturally appropriate symbol of the elephant. So when I saw these elephants dancing, I knew the topic was the Republican party. The dancing represented celebration. The immediacy of the election turns my interpretation to next Tuesday.

Why would elephants dance? Well, of course, to celebrate something. But I can’t imagine that level of celebration over modest gains next Tuesday. That level of celebration indicates something much bigger than that.

As a result of this vision, I am beginning to believe that the polls are right. The center of this country is motivated and ready to get to the polling places next week and trust the Republican party to help our nation. They will hand victory to the Republican party. It will be “dancing level” victory.

Now if the Republicans do more with this trust than dance, things might just work out for our nation. No matter what, God’s people will need to continue to pray for godly wisdom for all those who lead our country.

Indonesian Troubles

I can’t imagine what it must be like living in Indonesia this morning. First, the country suffered a magnitude 7.7 earthquake that spawned a killer tsunami on Monday. The Indonesian government is reporting upwards of 300 dead and hundreds missing. Second, in an unrelated incident, a volcano erupted about eighty miles away. The death toll from that eruption, and the resultant pyroclastic flow (the rush of hot gases from the eruption), killed at least thirty people while many more were seriously burned.

Indonesia is slightly over 85% Muslim, so they do not have a lot of Christian intercessors to release protection over the nation. Obviously, evangelism is VERY discouraged, and even deadly. So Indonesia is caught in a difficult catch-22. Indonesia needs more prayer protection,thus Indonesia needs more conversions to Christianity. Yet when there are more conversions to Christianity, the Muslim population reacts against the Christians oppressing and persecuting them, reducing their numbers (and prayer coverage).

As we move more fully into the season in world history in which we live, we should not be surprised by cataclysmic events in areas of the world that have little prayer coverage. We should be surprised, and challenged, every time such a disaster hits the shores of a nation with networks of intercessors. It is time for intercessors to rise and make a difference.

Please pray for spiritual light for the people of Indonesia. Also pray for mercy, and that appropriate aid would get to where it is needed.

He MAY Not Be the Antichrist, But . . .

I know that the similarities between the Antichrist and Steve Jobs’ Apple empire is only coincidental, but there are times that you think, “Hmm.” I mean, never mind that the first Apple computer that he and Steve Wozniak built sold for $666.66. Never mind that Apple computer received a head wound and almost went out of business when Steve Jobs was forced to step down, but it was remarkably resurrected when Steve Jobs once again became its head. Never mind that Apple, a once struggling computer company now owns over 20% of the computer market and has become the dominant player in portable music devices. Never mind that you cannot buy an iPhone from an Apple store with cash—an obvious attempt to introduce a cashless society—exactly what one would expect from the Antichrist as he sets the stage to force those who buy and sell to receive the Mark of the Beast. Never mind that their logo is an apple with a bite out of it, reminiscence of the proverbial apple in the garden. And, is it only an inconvenient truth that Al Gore is on Apple’s board?

Whoa! For a minute there I almost convinced myself. But then, since I am writing this article on a Mac, it directed my attention—via google— to the fact that Nero, who is the first post-cross Antichrist figure, didn’t own any Apple products (that we are aware). It also reminded me that $666.66 is exactly 66¢ more than what you would expect the Antichrist to sell a computer system for. I certainly felt better when I realized these things.

Now I can enjoy all my Apple products—of which I have a gazillion—in peace.

The reason I felt the need to set the record straight on Apple, is that the company has a knack for tapping into the prophetic flow and making announcements that fit with that flow. If the company were the Antichrist, this really would be an inconvenient truth. As it is, it is simply God using cultural phenomenon to confirm things he is saying.

How has he done this with Apple? Apple has used feline code names for its OS X operating systems since its inception (Cheetah, Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard). This week the company announced that their next operating system, scheduled for release next year, is Lion.

Anyone that follows Bob Jone’s prophetic ministry, knows that the Lord showed Bob that 2011, which began on Rosh Hashanah, is the year of the Lion. On Tuesday of this week, Apple announced that its next operating system, to be released in 2011, is Lion. Since I follow Bob Jones and Apple, I felt the prophetic overtones flow from Apples announcement. I recognized that the the Lord  was using a cultural phenomenon to confirm what he is saying through his prophet.

So what is the year of the Lion all about? It is about authority. The lion is roaring into the ground to release his authority into the earth. We are about to see the Church begin to understand its authority in new ways—and use it.

I know I will be writing more on this in the future. Today, I just wanted to bring the topic up, since Apple has done us the favor of confirming God’s prophetic timetable once again.