“Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—this time I will make them know My power and My might; and they shall know that My Name is Yahweh.” (Jeremiah 16: 21)
Evangelical Voters in 2016
Donald Trump’s success on the campaign trail is beginning to bear unexpected fruit. People are asking what it means to be “evangelical” and “faithful”. See “Exit polls and the evangelical vote: A closer look”.
For social, political, and economic reasons, many religious leaders have a misguided view of faithfulness. The problem predates Christianity. Watch the video below:
Jewish religious leaders in the Messiah’s day were ultra-religious. Even so, they openly opposed Him because He threatened their standing in the community and their source of wealth and power. Religious leaders led the crowd in chanting “crucify Him” when Pontius Pilate wanted to set Him free because He was guiltless.
To this day, most Jewish religious leaders criticize Christians for not obeying the Torah while they steadfastly refuse to obey it themselves. I think the best example of this is their rejection of Yahweh’s command to declare His Name to the world. That command appears repeatedly in the Torah, the prophets, and the writings, but they can’t or won’t see it.
Actually, they see it but refuse to obey. Try talking with ordinary Jewish people about the problem, and you’ll hear this: “I need to talk with my rabbi.”
As a group, rabbis are responsible for the problem. In fact, one of the most respected rabbis of all time, rabbi Akiva, got the ball rolling. What do you expect rabbis to say?
The Christian community has plenty of problems. For instance, far too many Christian religious leaders equate faithfulness with church attendance and dollars donated. The “church” is a body of believers in Yahweh—not a place or a source of funds.
Like heathens of days gone by, most modern-day Christians gather on Sun Day—the day that was set aside for weekly sun god worship. They reject Saturday Sabbath—the last day of the week and the day that Yahweh ordained in the 4th Commandment.
Christians also celebrate the Messiah’s birth on the day that was set aside for yearly sun god worship. They call it Christmas. They celebrate the Messiah’s death, burial, and resurrection on the day that was set apart for worship of the fertility goddess Ishtar. They call it Easter.
If you want to infuriate a typical Christian, tell him or her that Yahweh didn’t sanction Sun Day Sabbath, Christmas, or Easter. I call that the Quadruple Whammy: 1) Yahweh’s Name is foreign to most of them, and they cherish their time together on 2) Sun Day, 3) Christmas, and 4) Easter.
Most Christians will tell you in a heartbeat that it doesn’t matter and that those who say it does matter are being “legalistic”.
“That’s legalistic” is Christian slang for “I’m holier than you are”.
We’ve “advanced” way too far for our own good. Hate the sin but love the sinner is correct. We didn’t stop there. We have embraced the sin and showcased it to demonstrate our openness and compassion.
Since when did obeying Yahweh become “legalistic” and when did embracing sin become acceptable?
If violating the 4th Commandment is okay, then what about the 6th Commandment: “You shall not commit murder.”
Is that okay, too?
Judging by the number of murders committed each year in the name of protecting the “right” of a woman to control her own body, it must be all right even though it’s premeditated murder.
And what about sodomy? Is that okay. For a growing number of “Christians”, the answer is yes.
None of this registers with pollsters who see church attendance as the litmus test for “true believers”. I have news for them; church attendance is not a substitute for faithfulness and obedience. Yahweh explained His perspective so clearly that you need help to be confused:
“I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to Me.” (Amos 5: 21)
Yahweh doesn’t mince words. He tells it like it is.
On the bright side, Yahweh’s Spirit is leading His people to reject unholy practices, and many of them are talking with their feet. Pew Research can’t detect that reality with simple questions about church attendance.
When Yahweh told Ezekiel, “Moreover, they shall teach My people the difference between the holy and the profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean,” (Ezekiel 44: 23) He was pointing to the problem that I’m addressing here.
What about evangelicals in 2016?
In contemporary English, “evangelical” describes people who share their faith. From the beginning, Yahweh commanded us to tell others about Him. It’s in the Torah, the prophets, and the writings. When He was here among us, He told us the same thing.
Sharing our faith (i.e., being evangelical) is more about what we do than what we say. Our most effective testimony is the things we do day by day, moment by moment as we follow Him.
Can a faithful believer, an evangelical support Donald Trump?
The short answer is yes. If Yahweh leads us in that direction, that’s what we must do.
Trump isn’t perfect, but he’s light-years ahead of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders. From a Christian perspective, choosing between them is a no-brainer.
This is the only question that matters: who is Yahweh’s Spirit leading us to support?
I learned a long time ago that Yahweh knows what He is doing. Following Him is the only safe course.
This is one thing that I know for sure: Donald Trump has learned more about the Obama, Clinton, Sanders philosophy of government than any of us will ever know by simply presenting his ideas and becoming their target.
As you watch Democrat supporters gather at Trump rallies to provoke violence, keep that in mind. They are there for a reason, and they were sent there by someone. Those altercations are part of the Democrat master plan for defeating Donald Trump.
I think “American voters” is correct, not “Republican voters”. We’ll know for sure in November unless the Republican establishment gets its way.
Does the recent dust-up between Trump and Cruz disqualify either candidate? No.
Yahweh works in mysterious ways. He said that David was a man after His own heart. David wasn’t perfect, nobody is, but David’s heart was right. That was good enough.
Imperfect as they are, Yahweh can use Trump or Cruz . Either one of them would be a better president than Hillary Clinton. We already know what she can do when she has responsibility.
Hillary’s record is terrible.
Trump and Cruz have records, too. They are very good.
Based on what we know about Hillary Clinton, she is a dangerous human being.
To see videos that explain the importance of God’s Name, click here.
1: Soeren Kern—Why Belgium is Ground Zero for European Jihadis:
The terrorist attacks on the airport and metro in Brussels are casting a spotlight, once again, on Belgium’s ignominious role as a European haven for jihadists.
Several distinct but interconnected factors help explain why Brussels, the political capital of Europe, has emerged as the jihadist capital of Europe.
Large Muslim Population
The Muslim population of Belgium is expected to reach 700,000 in 2016, or around 6.2% of the overall population, according to figures extrapolated from a recent study by the Pew Research Center. In percentage terms, Belgium has one of the highest Muslim populations in Western Europe.
In metropolitan Brussels — where roughly half of Belgium’s Muslims currently live — the Muslim population has reached 300,000, or roughly 25%. This makes Brussels one of the most Islamic cities in Europe.
Approximately 100,000 Muslims live in the Brussels district of Molenbeek, which has emerged as the center of Belgian jihadism.
SnyderTalk Comment: See “US frustration simmers over Belgium’s struggle with militant threat”.
2: Raheel Raza—No More Hug-A-Terrorist:
The terrorist attacks at an airport and Metro station in Brussels has by now claimed at least 34 dead and 250 injured.
Shocking, sickening and appalling — but surprising? No.
How hard is it to understand that radical Islamist jihadis have declared war on the West? In simple English this means: they will find you and kill you wherever and whenever they can.
Why? Because the Islamists have pinpointed the West to be “Dar al Harb” (land of war), a concept that allows them to justify killing anyone on this land. You, me and everyone in between — from the USA across to Canada, the UK and Europe.
Just this year, there have been terrorist attacks all over the globe, including Paris, Turkey, San Bernardino, Israel, Toronto, Ivory Coast and yesterday in Belgium. Whether carried out by groups or so called “lone wolves,” these attacks are not isolated and have one thing in common.
3: Israel Hayom—Netanyahu: To defeat terrorism, we must be united:
“The chain of attacks from Paris to San Bernardino to Istanbul to the Ivory Coast and now to Brussels, and the daily attacks in Israel — this is one continuous assault on all of us,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday in an address delivered via a satellite feed from his office in Jerusalem to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington.
The prime minister noted, “In all these cases the terrorists have no resolvable grievances. It’s not as if we could offer them Brussels, or Istanbul, or California, or even the West Bank. That won’t satisfy their grievances. Because what they seek is our utter destruction and their total domination. Their basic demand is that we should simply disappear. Well, my friends, that’s not going to happen. The only way to defeat these terrorists is to join together and fight them together. That’s how we’ll defeat terrorism — with political unity and with moral clarity.”
4: Dr. Haim Shine—Western civilization has to wake up:
Late Sunday night, I made my way to the Brussels airport at the end of work meetings I had been holding in the city with lawyers from Belgium, Japan, and the U.S. During the meetings, the Belgian participants were asked about the last week’s event, in which their security forces tried to overpower terrorists involved in the Paris attacks who had been hiding in Belgium. Their response was that their government did not help immigrants integrate and did not provide Muslims in Belgium with appropriate education or guidance. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. With such saintly innocence coming out of the mouths of shrewd lawyers, there’s no doubt that Europe is undergoing one of the worst crises in its history.
In the Brussels airport late that night, I got the impression that security measures were superficial. The security checks were careless and there were almost no armed security guards visible. The laxity was especially apparent at the gate, where many Israelis were gathered on their way home. While waiting, I noticed that three men of a threatening appearance walked up to the counter, and I imagined what would happen if they meant to harm us.
5: Washington Post—ISIS promises ‘dark days’ for all its enemies:
The Islamic State militant group said its fighters carried out the deadly attacks in Brussels on Tuesday, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.
The group published an audio recording in Arabic, promising “dark days” for all countries fighting against it “in response to their aggression against the Islamic State.”
By the grace of Allah and His gratitude alone, a security detachment from the soldiers of the Caliphate, may Allah dignify it and support it, launched to target Crusader Belgium, which did not stop targeting Islam and its people. So Allah conquered through the hands of our brothers and cast in the hearts of the Crusaders fear and terror in the very heart of their land.
A group of the soldiers of the caliphate, wrapped in explosive belts and carrying explosive devices and machine guns, launched to target sites carefully chosen in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, to immerse inside Brussels airport and the metro station and kill a number of Crusaders, before detonating their explosive belts amidst their groupings. The result of the attacks was the killing of more than 40 and the wounding of no less than 210 of the citizens of the Crusader states, and unto Allah is all praise, gratitude, and grace.
We promise the Crusader states allied against the Islamic State with dark days, in response to their aggression against the Islamic State, and what is coming is worse and more bitter, Allah permitting. Praise be to Allah for His [granting of] security and success. We ask Allah to accept our brothers among the martyrs.
The Head of General Security for the Dubai Emirate, Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, has stated that Palestinians should abandon their aspiration for an independent state and merge with Israeli Jews in a united, bi-national state instead.
In a series of remarks published on his Twitter account Monday afternoon, Tamim attempted to garner support for his idea, claiming that a Palestinian state led by Arabs would join the list of failed states in the Arab world.
According to Tamim, the dream of such a state will never come true, since “Israel will only recognize Palestine if Palestinians become part of it.”
Tamim controversially stated: “I suggest relinquishing the idea of a Palestinian state and being satisfied with an Israeli state that would include both Israelis and Palestinians and join the Arab League.”
“Today, the Jews are heading the world’s economy, without the Jews you Arabs would not have known how to deposit your money in the bank,” Tamim continued.
SnyderTalk Comment: Tamim’s idea is to shift the burden of the Palestinian horde to Israel. I don’t like it. Palestinians should move to Arab countries. In fact, they should have done that a long time ago.
An RT Documentary crew filming in northern Syria has seen Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) documents abandoned by retreating terrorists and found by the Kurds that, along with captured IS recruits, provide a stunning insight into the alleged Turkey-IS oil trade links.
Shortly after the outbreak of the Syrian war, IS became a game-changer in Iraq and, in particular, Syria. Beheadings on camera, mass killings, and enslavement, as well as apparent connections to the Paris and Brussels attacks had become synonymous with the terror group, giving it wide publicity.
Running a viable militant organization with such remarkable capabilities would be impossible without some logistical and financial support from the outside.
Turkey, which has been actively engaged in the Syrian war since the outset, has repeatedly denied claims that it is aiding IS. However, while Ankara insists that it is the jihadist group’s sworn enemy, facts on the ground often tell a different story.
8: Reuters— U.S. to charge Iran in cyber attacks against banks:
The Obama administration is expected to blame Iranian hackers as soon as Thursday for a coordinated campaign of cyber attacks in 2012 and 2013 on several U.S. banks and a New York dam, sources familiar with the matter have told Reuters.
The Justice Department has prepared an indictment against about a half-dozen Iranians, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter. It is one of the highest-profile U.S. indictments against a foreign nation on hacking charges.
It follows a landmark 2014 case in which a grand jury charged five members of the Chinese military with hacking into American computer networks and engaging in cyber espionage on behalf of a foreign government.
SnyderTalk Comment: Iran’s leaders haven’t been shy about telling the world who their enemies are. Are we listening? I don’t think so.
Donald Trump delivers remarks at the 2016 AIPAC Policy Conference
“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17: 22-24)
See “His Name is Yahweh”.