September 9th, 2016
This week on ‘The Hal Lindsey Report’
It’s been a little over a year since the P5+1 nations, led by the United States, agreed to the Iran nuclear deal.
Throughout the negotiations, Americans sensed that we were being intentionally left in the dark about many things. Many of us felt that we were actually lied to about other things.
Over time, we saw a major shift in the priorities of the Western nations. It slowly became clear that the Obama Administration wanted a deal — any deal — no matter the cost.
Shortly after the agreement went into effect, we learned that there were parts of it that neither the public, nor most Congresspersons would ever see. Deals within deals. Secrets within secrets.
President Obama still sees it as his signature foreign policy achievement. In a press conference last month, he summed up why he believes it will be his legacy. He said, “It worked.”
But did it? How can we really know? Not only are parts of the agreement incredibly obscure — so we can never be certain what America actually agreed to — but Iran operates under such a cloud of secrecy and deception that we can never trust that they are complying with the agreement. And we apparently demanded little or no verification.
After the August press conference in which the President touted the success of the deal one year on, Caroline Glick of The Jerusalem Post weighed in with her assessment. She wrote: “As it works out, everything that Obama said about the deal with Iran during his press conference was a lie. Some of his lies became apparent within hours.”
Pretty strong words, indeed. But not as strong as those from the Israeli Defense Ministry.
During his press conference, the President said that Israel “acknowledges that this has been a game changer and Iran has abided by the deal and they no longer have the sort of short-term breakout capacity that would allow them to develop nuclear weapons.”
Israel responded immediately. And it wasn’t in joyous agreement.
In fact, the Israeli Defense Ministry compared the Iran nuclear deal to the sell-out of Czechoslovakia by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in his meeting with Adolph Hitler at Munich in 1938. They said that Chamberlain’s agreement did not prevent World War Two and the Holocaust because the Western leaders ignored the statements of intent that Hitler had been making.
They also said that this deal will not prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons and that it openly declares its intent to destroy the state of Israel.
Remember that the Bible predicts that Iran — specifically — will team with Russia — also described specifically — to invade Israel in an attempt to destroy it.
Can Bible prophecy be any more alive and relevant that it is this very moment? As we say at the top of our show, “Yesterday’s prophecies, today’s headlines!”
Because I have spent a great part of my life immersed in the Bible’s prophecies regarding the times in which we live, I am seldom surprised by these events and developments. On the contrary, because I can read the Bible, I expect them.
On the other hand, I am usually a bit surprised, and always saddened, when I see Christians line up against God’s chosen people, the Jews. And the state of Israel. The establishment of which, may I remind you, started the countdown to the end of this Age on God’s timeclock.
Last month, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) held its Churchwide Assembly. At that gathering, the delegates representing the individual congregations agreed to join their voices and efforts together to urge America to force Israel to walk the plank.
I’m on old sailor, so that’s how I would describe it. You may choose to say, “…urge America to force Israel to commit national suicide.” Either way, the result is the same.
The ELCA has now joined the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, otherwise known as BDS. They seek to isolate Israel, hobble it, and force it to allow the establishment of a full-on terrorist state within its heartland.
Under the present circumstances, enabling “an independent Palestinian state,” as the ELCA demands, is tantamount to allowing ISIS to live next door. That’s because Hamas, which is a globally recognized terrorist organization, will be chosen by the Palestinians to lead the new state. Hamas and ISIS are two peas in the same pod.
It amazes me that so many Christians and Christian organizations are quick to demand that Israel put itself and its citizens in mortal danger. They spend time and effort (oftentimes displaying incredible ignorance about the reality on the ground in Israel) in castigating the Israelis for their treatment of the Palestinians and their state. They ignore the fact that there is not and never has been a Palestinian people or a Palestinian state.
Yet these same people — Pope Francis foremost among them — make no effort to call to task the Islamists who are waging ethnic cleansing and genocide against Christians all across the Middle East.
Italian journalist Giulio Meotti observed that the Catholic Church is pushing for the creation of a Palestinian state that “would be the first state after the Nazi Germany to officially ban the Jews and expel the remnant of its Christians.”
These churches would do well to remember God’s promise to Abraham: “I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse.” (Genesis 12:3 NASB)
Finally, have you ever wondered how two people can see the exact same event or incident and come away with utterly opposite interpretations? The answer is that they see things in different contexts.
Individual events are like the millions of dots that form the television picture you watch. We can make sense of them only by seeing them in the larger context. Then they coalesce to form a single image.
We make sense of the individual events by seeing them in the larger context. Where do we get that context?
It starts with parents, then moves to friends, schools, and the various media, among other contributing factors.
As early as six years ago, The New York Times cited a Kaiser Family Foundation study that warned: “The average young American now spends practically every waking minute — except for time in school — using a smart phone, computer, television or other electronic device.”
That was six years ago! Imagine how much truer that is today!
Young lives are literally saturated with messages from school and the media. These two activities fill their days and their minds. Those two institutions — school and media — provide the context within which the young will see the world. And, with few exceptions, the messages from school and the media stand in direct and firm opposition to the God of the Bible.
On this week’s program, I want to discuss with you how Satan is the power behind the “atmosphere of thought” in the world system Before we believe in Jesus Christ and are born spiritually, we are unwittingly dominated by this atmosphere.
Satan rules the thoughts of the world system. He injects his venom into education, philosophy, mass media, the arts, style, and culture. And he will use a lake of truth to disguise a pint of poison.
His deceptions about life and its purpose are lethal. He bombards us with his worldview everyday using entertainment, education, and even some churches.
That is why it is critical that you understand the difference between approaching life from the Human Viewpoint or the Divine Viewpoint. One leads to life and victory. The other leads to struggle, disappointment, and even eternal loss.
Tune in this week to see if you are taking full advantage of the Divine Viewpoint in your life and successfully remaining in full fellowship with your Redeemer.
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