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The End is Near

Posted Monday, May 23, 2011, at 10:31 AM

Welcome fellow sinners. It's Monday, May 23, 2011, and you and I are still here. I kind of figured that I would be. I won't speculate about you.

For those of you who didn't know, this weekend was supposed to be the Rapture. If you are reading this, you may want to examine the condition of your soul. Incidentally, if any of your co-workers failed to come to work without calling in, they may just have a really good reason.

The fact that I am still here doesn't mean that I don't love our Lord, Jesus Christ. You have to consider, however, that I am a criminal defense attorney, an attempted politician, and such. I had to expect that there would be tribulation in my future. Apparently, there is tribulation in your future also as you are still here reading this.

Fortunately, we sinners are in a potential win/win situation. First, there are still several months for us to get right with God. It's that whole 11th hour thing. Remember, the last workers to arrive at the Lord's vineyard got the same reward as the people who have been at it from early on. Emperor Constantine waited until he was on his deathbed to convert so he could do what was necessary to run the Eastern half of the Roman Emperor and still get to heaven. On the other hand, if Hell is in your and my future, where do you think that all of the best rock musicians, actors, and pretty models, are going to go? Hell could be "THE" party destination.

Now you say, "How do you know that we are in the end of days? I don't believe this prognosticating preacher."

Well, just look around. Have you listened to Glenn Beck on either radio or TV? There's a man who can make the coming of the end times seem plausible.

Another sign may be the delay of the release of the movie "Hangover 2." For those multitudes that did not get enough with the movie "The Hangover," they made a sequel. However, in the sequel, one of the protagonists has a face tattoo identical to Heavy Weight Boxing Champ, Mike Tyson. The tattoo artist has sued for copyright infringement for duplicating his artwork. If that is not the mark of the beast, I don't know what is.

I suspect that another sign of the coming tribulations is the light bulb. The traditional incandescent light bulb is about to become illegal. The same light bulb that we have all used for all of our lives, the one that costs about 25-50 cents each, have been legislated into extinction. People are already stocking up on them.

Your new choices are the curlicue compact fluorescent light bulb or LED's. The old-time name for fluorescent bulbs is mercury vapor light bulb. Every time you break one, you spread mercury in your home. Look at the official safety instructions. It is a 17-step cleanup process that included cutting out the effected part of your carpet and disposing it in a proper HazMat disposal. Additionally, there are now studies showing that it is hazardous to your health to have these bulbs near your head, like when you are reading. These bulbs cost $3-$5 each. Theoretically, these bulbs last longer than incandescent bulbs, but not in my experience. LED light bulbs are safe and last almost forever. However, they cost $50 each. Darkness is coming upon us.

For the first time in all of Christian history, the Pope just placed a telephone call to the Space Shuttle. I don't know what that means, but it must mean something. How about the fact that Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels decided to not run for President. For all I know, he may now be in Heaven with the Elect. That would definitely make him unavailable to seek the Republican nomination.

Lastly, it wouldn't be the end times without involving Israel. The President has told Israel that they will have to give back the land that they conquered between 1948 and 1967. Land they conquered after driving back the enemies who attacked them. They already gave back the Sinai, Southern Lebanon, and part of Syria. They only retained enough to provide them a border that they could defend and would hopefully deter attack. With any luck, after giving back all of the captured land, an Arab attack will destroy the Dome of the Rock Mosque, which would allow the Israelis to build the prophesied third and final temple.

Is that the sound of stampeding horse hooves approaching? Time to stop writing. I have to get busy stocking up on gold, guns, ammo, food, and prayer books.

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Well said. Amen.

-- Posted by Mike Holland on Mon, May 23, 2011, at 2:34 PM

Quite amusing, yet thought provoking.....

-- Posted by always skeptical on Mon, May 23, 2011, at 11:58 PM

Seems convenient to me that only a choice few remember that the Bible emphatically states that "NO man , not even the SON knoweth the time...". They way I view it, if you're around someone who thinks they can predict the coming of our Lord, then our precious Savior just gave you the proverbial brick to the head to get away from that person. Great blog as always Charles! :)

-- Posted by karenmeister on Tue, May 24, 2011, at 2:06 PM

Nice Charles...Maybe it proves also that every man is a sinner..?

On the Israel thing though, a little history lesson, Churchill gave Palestine to European Jews post WWII when it wasn't his to give. It was a colony of the UK just as we were a while ago. Israel kept expanding its borders and in 1967 took even more by force and continues to push more and more outside of the boundaries that were originally assigned pre 1967.

If you look at Palestinian Territorial map today you will see little isolated "islands" of land that are not connected. Because of this Palestinians cannot get to work nor see their relatives unless they go through a portion of what Israel has taken since 1967. It would be like someone taking over the United States but leaving us Indiana, Iowa, and Nevada but no way to get from one state to the other with check points.

Whe you look at it that way, you can see the similarities of these isolated territories to the ghettos of pre WWII Europe that Hitler set up for the Jews. No way to get supplies in and out. no way to get to other relatives and no way to get to work.

Add to that that Israel has plowed under acres and acres of olive groves that were the Palestinian farmer's livelihood to build apartment complexes for more incoming "Jews". And the Jews in quotations marks is on purpose. The Jewish religion and those who practice it are good people with moral values and the same set of commandments as Christian, BUT the Israeli government is Jewish in culture only. Their indiscriminent acts of oppression towards the Palestinian has been deplorable yet we let it continue.

Dealing with this situation truly as Christians would get us far more "brownie points" with the Arab world than bribes to Pakistan, forgiving of Egypt's huge debt, and tolerance of cruel dictators to keep oil flowing. If we don't change our stand on Israel and start acting as the Christian country we are supposed to be instead of acting out of the fear of being thought of as Antisemetic, we would find a lot more peace around the world.

Even many Jews within Israel are appalled by what their government has done. Did you know that Americans have literally been run over and killed by bulldozers when going there to stand in protest of their on going building of settlements illegally?

Have a good day

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Wed, May 25, 2011, at 8:12 AM

Look here to see how Palestinians have been divided into their own isolated patches of land much like ghettos the Jews were kept in in pre WWII Europe.


-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Wed, May 25, 2011, at 8:20 AM

Jenny if you are going to discuss history perhaps you should research that history a bit more. What you are talking about in 1967 was what was known as the 6 day war, where Isreal was surrounded on all sides by Arab states bent on the destruction of Israel, 12 of them to be more precise, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia just to name a few. Now I don't know about you but if I was running a country and had enemies massing their troops on all sides of my country I think I would take offense to that. Not sure that protecting yourself from destruction equates to taking land by force. So again I ask you, study up on the history before you comment about something you don't understand or have much knowledge on.

-- Posted by Mr. History on Wed, May 25, 2011, at 9:56 AM

Mr History:

All those countries you mention were upset that Churchill had given away the land of a neighboring country. Yes they wanted to push them back out.

But in all honesty that is ancient history. Palestinians would be happy with the lines drawn as they were in 67 but Israel keeps pushing, further isolating the Arab population and violating their human rights. Not to say that some on Palestinian side weren't guilty as well. Both sides need to take true steps to peace.

I suggest reading Holy Land, Whose Land by Dorothy Drummond. Now retired ISU history professor who studied and interviewed many over there before writing her book on the subject. She lives in Terre Haute and I've had the pleasure of hearing her speak on the subject.

Eye opening.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Wed, May 25, 2011, at 6:46 PM

Yes, maybe Winston Churchill did give that land to Israel but again if you study history that land belonged to Israel to begin with and was stolen from them by the Arabs centuries before. And also last time I checked it wasn't Israel sending suicide bombers in to blow up busses, restaurants, theaters, markets etc. Of course Palestinians and many other countries in the area would be happy with the borders as they were before the 6 day war as that would leave Israel with virtually undefendable borders.

-- Posted by Mr. History on Thu, May 26, 2011, at 9:51 AM

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