True News 4 U — Truth-Religion — 03/06/2021
This is Part Two of a Three Part study into The Sixth Commandment.
There are a number of different types of voluntary homicides depending upon who murders whom. The English word “homicide” is derived from the Latin word “homoceder,” “homo” meaning “man” and “cedere” meaning to kill. All words ending in “cide” pertain to killing or murder. The person who is killed is identified by the word or partial word that precedes “cide.” Homicide is the killing of one man or woman, whereas genocide is the killing of an ethnic group or race of people. Patricide is the killing of your father, matricide your mother, fratricide your brother, sororicide your sister, mariticide your husband, uxoricide your wife, parricide a kinsmen, suicide yourself and infanticide an infant.
All of these killings are criminal if they are committed with malice and premeditation. It is, therefore, unnecessary to belabor the serious nature of most of these acts of homicide. However, there are two exceptions. Not everyone today views suicide and infanticide as murder.
Suicide must be categorized as voluntary, involuntary or justifiable homicide. The very nature of suicide rules out involuntary manslaughter. A person could accidentally kill himself/herself and this could technically be identified as involuntary manslaughter. However, the debate is not over accidental suicide but the intentional taking of a person’s own life. Consequently, suicide must be categorized as either voluntary or justifiable homicide. In order for it to be justifiable, suicide must be justified in the Bible, not simply in the minds of those who condone or promote it.
Because there are no Bible passages that sanction the intentional killing of one’s self, suicide cannot be categorized as justifiable homicide. In response, the proponents of suicide may ask for Scripture that explicitly forbids suicide. However, opponents to suicide are not required to produce such a Scripture as demanded by suicide proponents any more than they are required to provide Scripture that expressly forbids patricide, matricide, fratricide or other specific types of homicide. All acts of intentional homicide are covered by the Sixth Commandment – “You shall not murder!”
Suicide is generically addressed in Exodus Chapter 23:
“Keep far away from a false charge or action, and do not condemn to death the innocent or the righteous, for I will not justify and acquit the guilty.”
(Exodus 23:7, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis added)
In the KJV version of the Bible, it reads…
“Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked.”
(Exodus 23:7, King James Bible (KJV), emphasis added)
A person who commits suicide takes an innocent life unless he or she kills them-self as the consequence of guilt incurred from another capital offence. Furthermore, life is only for the taking by the One [Yahweh] to whom it belongs. Our life is not ours but Yahweh’s Who gave us life and Who gave His life for ours:
“Know and fully recognize with gratitude that the LORD [Strong’s Concordance #H3068 YHWH in the Hebrew text] Himself is God; It is He who has made us, not we ourselves [and we are His]. We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. [See Ephesians 2:10]”
(Psalm 100:3, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
Christians, who are the temple of Yahweh’s Spirit, have additional incentive for abhorring suicide:
“16 Do you not know and understand that you [the church] are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells [permanently] in you [collectively and individually]? 17 If anyone destroys the temple of God [corrupting it with false doctrine], God will destroy the destroyer; for the temple of God is holy (sacred), and that is what you are.”
(1 Corinthians 3:16-17, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
Because our lives belong to Yahweh, anyone who takes his or her own life is playing God and thus, in addition to breaking the Sixth Commandment, that person is also guilty of transgressing the First Commandment.
We are commanded to choose life over death:
“I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse; therefore, you shall choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants,”
(Deuteronomy 30:19, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis added)
Suicide is the ultimate expression of faithlessness, whereas to face and endure adversity, especially against what appears to be insurmountable odds, is one of life’s greatest exhibitions of faith. The former depiction is the pessimistic, faithless outlook of Job’s wife. The latter depiction is the optimistic, faithful outlook of Job:
“9 Then his [Job’s] wife said to him, “Do you still cling to your integrity [and your faith and trust in God, without blaming Him]? Curse God and die!” 10 But he [Job] said to her, “You speak as one of the [spiritually] foolish women speaks [ignorant and oblivious to God’s will]. Shall we indeed accept [only] good from God and not [also] accept adversity and disaster?” In [spite of] all this Job did not sin with [words from] his lips.”
(Job 2:9-10, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
The person who takes his or her own life for reasons of despair, disease or other hardships automatically eliminates any chance of a miraculous deliverance. He or she also negates a legacy of undying faith when faced with physical suffering or death as exhibited by many of the First Century Christians:
“8 For we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about our trouble in [the west coast province of] Asia [Minor], how we were utterly weighed down, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life [itself]. 9 Indeed, we felt within ourselves that we had received the sentence of death [and were convinced that we would die, but this happened] so that we [the Apostle Paul and his travelling companions] would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead. 10 He rescued us from so great a threat of death, and will continue to rescue us. On Him we have set our hope. And He will again rescue us [from danger and draw us near],”
(2 Corinthians 1:8-10, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
In November 1994 Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicides. This is known as the so-called “death with dignity act.” Delayed by legal injunction, assisted murder became a legal medical option for terminally ill Oregonians on October 24, 1997. However, human legalization does not make physician-assisted suicides lawful. When man legalizes something, it is usually an attempt to make legal what Yahweh has already made unlawful. In Yahweh’s sight, suicide is murder, thus an assistant to suicide is an accomplice to murder:
“ ‘Cursed is he who accepts a bribe [payment]to strike [slay] down an innocent person.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’ ”
(Deuteronomy 27:25, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
Doctors who assist others in killing themselves are thus guilty of murder.
Euthanasia is the next step on the slippery slope following doctor-assisted suicides. Herbert Hendlin, executive director of the American Suicide Foundation and Professor of Psychiatry at New York Medical College, defined this slippery slope in his book Seduced by Death, Doctors, Patients and the Dutch Cure:
“[The] “slippery slope” … descends inexorably from assisted suicide to euthanasia, from those who are terminally ill to those who are chronically ill, from those who are physically ill to those who are mentally ill, and from those who request euthanasia to those whose lives are ended at the doctor’s discretion.”
 Herbert Hendlin, M.D. Seduced by Death: Doctors, Patients, and the Dutch Cure (New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, 1997) page 48.
This slippery slope for Americans, however, did not begin in 1994 in Oregon but rather on January 22, 1973 when the U.S. Supreme Court, in Roe vs. Wade, ruled that the killing of an unborn baby was an act protected by the United States Constitution. The Right to Life organization produced a pamphlet in 1974 entitled The Mercy Killers, written by Dr. Paul Marx. I quote, in part, from this excellent treatise:
“If you have accepted the communications media’s general interpretation of the Supreme Court decision of January 22, 1973 (“Black Monday”), it may disturb you to learn that abortions in this country are now completely legal for the first nine months of pregnancy. The Court decreed that any restrictions imposed by an individual state, even with respect to the last 10 weeks, must be for the benefit of the mother only. The child now has no legal rights at all before birth, and no absolute legal rights thereafter.
It may further unsettle you to learn that the Court’s decision (Roe v. Wade) was not based on any notion that the unborn child is not a human being in the “biological” sense. The Court, as it admitted, was fully aware of the “well-known facts of fetal development.” And, indeed, it should have been: it had in possession a brief verifying the scientific facts, signed by 220 physicians from around the world – every leading embryologist, fetologist, geneticist, obstetrician and gynecologist who could be contacted – and no contradictory evidence had been offered in rebuttal.
The Supreme Court decision was based, rather, on a “quality of life” criterion: the unborn child is not a person in any “meaningful” or “whole” sense, said the justices. The Court did not conclude that “meaningful” or “whole” personhood [sic] begins at birth; it said only that it does not begin before that time. The distinction is profoundly important, because the Court’s vague and open-ended definition supplies the constitutional precedent for dehumanizing other segments of humanity by defining their lives as meaningless or incomplete….
The war on the unborn, then, is inching ever so subtly toward inclusion of the elderly, the severely handicapped, the mentally retarded and other non-productive persons – all of who can easily be dehumanized by being re-defined as “not persons in the whole sense.”
…Abortion logically invites euthanasia. For that matter, abortion is fetal euthanasia, and abortionists may fairly be called mercy killers. That this parallel is not a far-fetched invention is evident from the fact that most ardent pro-abortionists are nearly always euthanasians as well. For example, pro-abortionist Dr. Alan Guttmacher (president of Planned Parenthood) and theologian Joseph Fletcher (the “Father of Situation Ethics”) are members of the Board of Directors of the high-powered Euthanasia Educational Council….
The euthanasians themselves argue that if we may kill unborn babies we may kill other human beings. In the Atlantic Monthly (April, 1968) Joseph Fletcher argued that if the life of a mongoloid baby, for instance, can be “ended prenatally [before birth], why should it not be ended neonatally [after birth]?”….
World-renowned anthropologist Ashley Montagu contends that a newborn baby is not truly human until he or she is molded by social and cultural influences later.”
 Dr. Paul Marx, The Mercy Killers (Palos Verdes Estates, CA: Right to Life, 1974) pages 2-5.
Do not let this last statement go unnoticed. When is “later” and who decides on the “social and cultural influences” used as the criterion? In other words, biblically correct Christians, who do not fit the mold of today’s anthropologists like Ashley Montagu and who are, therefore, politically incorrect, might not yet be considered “truly human” and they would thus be expendable under such policy.
The Negative Population Growth, Inc. advertised in 1992 that by the year 2150 the world’s population should be well on its way to being reduced to “an optimum population of not more than two billion.” Addressing the first euthanasia conference in 1968, Chaplain Robert B. Reeves of New York City’s Presbyterian Hospital disclosed that both infanticide and euthanasia were indispensable in accomplishing this objective:
“We have in our society two supreme challenges. They are, first, to find an honorable equivalent to Spartan exposure [of the elderly] on the rocks at one end of life, and second, to find an honorable equivalent to the Eskimo hole in the ice [of unwanted infants] at the other end of life.”
 Chaplain Robert B. Reeves, quoted by Dr. Paul Marx, The Mercy Killers (Palos Verdes Estates, CA: Right to Life, 1974) page 2.
When Yahweh and His Laws are abandoned, man is capable of rationalizing anything:
“4 The wicked, in the haughtiness of his face, will not seek nor inquire for Him; All his thoughts are, “There is no God [so there is no accountability or punishment].” 5 His ways prosper at all times; Your judgments [LORD] are on high, out of his sight [so he never thinks about them]; As for all his enemies, he sneers at them. 6 He says to himself, “I will not be moved; For throughout all generations I will not be in adversity [for nothing bad will happen to me].” 7 His mouth is full of curses and deceit (fraud) and oppression; Under his tongue is mischief and wickedness [injustice and sin]. 8 He lurks in ambush in the villages; In hiding places he kills the innocent; He lies in wait for the unfortunate [the unhappy, the poor, the helpless].”
(Psalm 10:4-8, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
By example, mercy killing is condemned in the Bible. When the Amalekite, who at King Saul’s request had “mercifully” put Saul to death after Saul had been fatally wounded in battle and after Saul botched killing himself, reported his actions to David, he was dealt with swiftly and decisively:
“15 David called one of the young men and said, “Go, execute him [the Amalekite].” So he struck the Amalekite and he died. 16 David said to the [fallen] man, “Your blood is on your own head, for your own mouth has testified against you, saying, ‘I have killed the LORD’S [Strong’s Concordance #H3068 YHWH in the Hebrew text] anointed.’ ”
(2 Samuel 1:15-16, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
On April 19, 1995 one hundred and sixty-eight people were ruthlessly murdered when Timothy McVeigh and accomplices bombed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Our hearts and prayers went out for the parents, relatives and friends of those innocent victims. Their blood cries out for justice in this society where justice is difficult to find. Nevertheless, the silence of the blood of millions of innocent lives butchered in the wombs of their mothers drowns out the cries from the one hundred and sixty-eight people murdered in Oklahoma. In the same fashion that some people do not identify suicide as intentional homicide, there is also a segment of society who does not recognize infanticide as murder.
For obvious reasons, the proponents of what is commonly known as “abortion” do not want this infamous crime labeled as infanticide. The liberal, leftist opinion-makers often win the war of words by semantically biasing the public mind before the battle begins. For example, Roe vs. Wade was won prior to reaching the judicial arena by identifying the battle as concerning abortion rather than infanticide. The primary definition for abortion in the 1975 Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary is as follows:
“abortion… 1: the expulsion of a nonviable fetus: as a spontaneous expulsion of a human fetus during the first 12 weeks of gestation – compare miscarriage….”
“miscarriage… 2: expulsion of a human fetus before it is viable and esp. between the 12th and 28th weeks of gestation.”
 “abortion,” Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary (Springfield, MS: G. & C. Merriam Company, 1975) page 3.
 “miscarriage,” Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, page 734.
Technically a miscarriage is an abortion. What judge or jury would rule against a miscarriage? Had the battle been waged instead over infanticide or infant murder rather than abortion, Roe vs. Wade would likewise have been won before reaching the courtroom. No judge or jury in their right mind would have ruled in favor of murder. Infanticide can no more be debated than can patricide, matricide, fratricide, etc.
Some people who understand the correct definition and use of the word “abortion” have suggested that the term “aborticide” should be used instead. However, because it is impossible to murder an abort, the proponents of infant murder would have won Roe vs. Wade just as handily using the word “aborticide” as they did using the word “abortion.”
The term “feticide,” Latin for murder of a little one, would be more appropriate than “infanticide” in some instances if the controlling wordsmiths of our day had not already convinced most people that a fetus is something non-living and/or non-viable. Consequently, if this battle for the innocent is to be won, we must stop talking about abortion, aborticide and feticide and call it what it is – infanticide or infant murder.
When Life Begins
The debate concerning infanticide is principally waged over one basic question, “When does life begin?” Both sides of the infanticide issue hotly debate this question. However, the only one who has the right to decide this question is the One who created life. Consequently, the final word on the issue of when life begins is to be found in the Creator’s Word. Although a direct statement concerning life in the womb cannot be found in the Bible, there are many Scriptures that clearly and decisively address this issue:
“22 If men fight with each other and injure a pregnant woman so that she gives birth prematurely [and the baby lives], yet there is no further injury [to the infant or its mother], the one who hurt her must be punished with a fine [paid] to the woman’s husband, as much as the judges decide. 23 But if there is any further injury, then you shall require [as a penalty] life for life, 24 eye [The concept of reciprocal punishment for a wrongful injury is applied mainly to special cases not already covered by more complex laws.] for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.”
(Exodus 21:22-25, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
There are no conditional statements such as “if the fetus is viable” or “if the pregnancy is in its third trimester” attached to this statute of Yahweh. The fetus or infant who is injured or killed, at any stage of life, in the type of brawl described in Exodus Chapter 21 is treated like any other human being to which lex talionis or the “law of retribution” applies. If the baby is miscarried but it lives and no further harm comes to it, the father may choose to hold the perpetrator financially liable for the amount the judges determine. However, if the child lives but it is injured, then the perpetrator is to pay an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a hand, etc. For example, if as a consequence of the altercation the child’s arm is deformed and if the father so decides, the perpetrator is to pay with the mutilation or amputation of his own arm. Now, if the child is too premature to live or if he dies later due to injuries incurred during the altercation, the perpetrator is to pay with his life. It is murder because innocent blood has been shed and it makes no difference to Yahweh whether the blood of the innocent is shed within or outside the womb.
Exodus 21:22-25 alone establishes that life begins at conception rather than at birth. Nevertheless, there are many other passages that substantiate this finding. Consider Job’s testimony:
“11 Why did I not die at birth, Come forth from the womb and expire? 12 Why did the knees receive me? And why the breasts, that I would nurse? 13 For now I would have lain down and been quiet; I would have slept then, I would have been at rest [in death], 14 With kings and counselors of the earth, Who built up [now desolate] ruins for themselves; 15 Or with princes who had gold, Who filled their houses with silver. 16 Or like a miscarriage which is hidden and put away, I would not exist, Like infants who never saw light.”
(Job 3:11-16, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
“Did not He who made me in the womb make my servant, And did not the same One fashion us both in the womb?”
(Job 31:15, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
In other words, Job acknowledged Yahweh gave him life that could have ended while in his mother’s womb. The Hebrew word “owlawl” (Strong’s #H5768) translated “infant(s)” literally means a suckling and it is used throughout the Old Testament for infants both in and out of the womb. The Bible makes no distinction between life before or after birth – once conceived, a child has life in Yahweh’s eyes and it is murder to destroy that life.
The Patriarch David, like Job, testified that it was Yahweh who created him in his mother’s womb:
“13 For You [Yahweh] formed my innermost parts; You knit me [together] in my mother’s womb. 14 I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was being formed in secret, And intricately and skillfully formed [as if embroidered with many colors] in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were appointed for me, When as yet there was not one of them [even taking shape].”
(Psalm 139:13-16, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
How ironic that today’s environmentalists, who want to protect nature because they recognize it as “wonderfully made,” are often at the forefront of the movement to destroy that most wonderfully made creation of the human embryo. Occasionally, this destruction of life in the womb also destroys the environment of the womb preventing these women from conceiving altogether. Moreover, a recent government-funded study in Finland shows that women who kill their babies in the womb are approximately four times more likely to die in the following year than women who carry their pregnancies to term.
David declared that he had been “skillfully formed [as if embroidered with many colors] in the depths of the earth” (Psalm 139:15). Is it not the earth that the environmentalists want to protect? Human life is a part of the earth, having been originally formed by the dust of the earth according to Genesis 2:7.
The Prophet Jeremiah testified that Yahweh not only knew Jeremiah while he was in his mother’s womb but that Yahweh had a predetermined purpose for Jeremiah before He was even conceived:
“4Now the word of the Lord [Strong’s Concordance #H3068 YHWH in the Hebrew text] came to me, saying, 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you [and approved of you as My chosen instrument], And before you were born I consecrated you [to Myself as My own]; I have appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
(Jeremiah 1:4-5, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
Jeremiah’s life was viable and he had significance not only from the time he was conceived in his mother’s womb but also from the moment he was conceived in the mind of Yahweh.
Jeremiah, while in despair, provided unequivocal evidence as to when life begins:
“14 Cursed be the day on which I was born; Do not bless the day on which my mother gave birth to me! 15 Cursed be the man who brought the news To my father, saying, “A son has been born to you!” Making him very glad. 16 And let that man be like the cities Which the Lord [Strong’s Concordance #H3068 YHWH in the Hebrew text] overthrew without regret. Let him hear an outcry in the morning And a shout of alarm at noon; 17 Because he did not kill me before my birth, So that my mother might have been my grave, And her womb always pregnant. 18 Why did I come out of the womb To see trouble and sorrow, So that my days have been filled with shame?”
(Jeremiah 20:14-18, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comment added)
Jeremiah could not have been killed in the womb, unless, of course, he possessed life in the womb.
In Yeshua’s case there was life before the womb:
“But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah; From you One [Yeshua] shall come forth for Me [Yahweh, Who is] to be Ruler in Israel, His goings forth (appearances) are from long ago, From ancient [Literally, the days of eternity.] days.”
(Micah 5:2, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
Because there was life for Him before the womb, there had to have been life for Yeshua during the entire nine months in the womb as well. Moreover, there would have been no point to Yeshua’s miraculous conception if His mortal life had not begun until Mary had given Him birth. Yeshua’s mortal life began, as all human life does, in the womb of His mother.
Yeshua’s cousin John also provides evidence of life in the womb. We are told in Luke 1:44 that as a “babe” he “leaped … for joy” in his mother’s womb when Elizabeth heard Mary’s salutation. Not only did John move as all living babies do in their mother’s womb but he also expressed happiness. Such expression validates life and if babies can experience joy while in the womb of their mothers, then they can also experience the full-range of emotions including terror of the butcher’s knife as it intrudes their safe haven to stop their beating heart.
Furthermore, John’s father, Zacharias, was told that John would be “filled with the Holy Spirit, while yet in his mother’s womb.” (Luke 1:13-15 NASV)
The Greek word “brephos” (Strong’s #G1025) translated “babe” in Luke 1:44 is the same word used throughout the New Testament whether addressing an infant in the womb, as in John’s case or for infants already born such as the babe Yeshua in His manger. Yahweh does not make a distinction between life in or out of the womb. Thus, to destroy a life before birth is equivalent to destroying a life after it is born.
Life Begins at Fertilization
The following references illustrate the fact that a new human embryo, the starting point for a human life, comes into existence with the formation of the one-celled zygote:
“Development of the embryo begins at Stage 1 when a sperm fertilizes an oocyte and together they form a zygote.”
[England, Marjorie A. Life Before Birth. 2nd ed. England: Mosby-Wolfe, 1996, page 31]
“Human development begins after the union of male and female gametes or germ cells during a process known as fertilization (conception).”
“Fertilization is a sequence of events that begins with the contact of a sperm (spermatozoon) with a secondary oocyte (ovum) and ends with the fusion of their pronuclei (the haploid nuclei of the sperm and ovum) and the mingling of their chromosomes to form a new cell. This fertilized ovum, known as a zygote, is a large diploid cell that is the beginning, or primordium, of a human being.”
[Moore, Keith L. Essentials of Human Embryology. Toronto: B.C. Decker Inc, 1988, page 2]
“Embryo: the developing organism from the time of fertilization until significant differentiation has occurred, when the organism becomes known as a fetus.”
[Cloning Human Beings. Report and Recommendations of the National Bioethics Advisory Commission. Rockville, MD: GPO, 1997, Appendix-2.]
“Embryo: An organism in the earliest stage of development; in a man, from the time of conception to the end of the second month in the uterus.”
[Dox, Ida G. et al. The Harper Collins Illustrated Medical Dictionary. New York: Harper Perennial, 1993, page 146]
“Embryo: The early developing fertilized egg that is growing into another individual of the species. In man the term ‘embryo’ is usually restricted to the period of development from fertilization until the end of the eighth week of pregnancy.”
[Walters, William and Singer, Peter (eds.). Test-Tube Babies. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1982, page 160]
“The development of a human being begins with fertilization, a process by which two highly specialized cells, the spermatozoon from the male and the oocyte from the female, unite to give rise to a new organism, the zygote.”
[Langman, Jan. Medical Embryology. 3rd edition. Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins, 1975, page 3]
“Embryo: The developing individual between the union of the germ cells and the completion of the organs which characterize its body when it becomes a separate organism.... At the moment the sperm cell of the human male meets the ovum of the female and the union results in a fertilized ovum (zygote), a new life has begun.... The term embryo covers the several stages of early development from conception to the ninth or tenth week of life.”
[Considine, Douglas (ed.). Van Nostrand’s Scientific Encyclopedia. 5th edition. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1976, page 943]
“I would say that among most scientists, the word ‘embryo’ includes the time from after fertilization...”
[Dr. John Eppig, Senior Staff Scientist, Jackson Laboratory (Bar Harbor, Maine) and Member of the NIH Human Embryo Research Panel -- Panel Transcript, February 2, 1994, page 31]
“The development of a human begins with fertilization, a process by which the spermatozoon from the male and the oocyte from the female unite to give rise to a new organism, the zygote.”
[Sadler, T.W. Langman’s Medical Embryology. 7th edition. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins 1995, page 3]
“The question came up of what is an embryo, when does an embryo exist, when does it occur. I think, as you know, that in development, life is a continuum.... But I think one of the useful definitions that has come out, especially from Germany, has been the stage at which these two nuclei [from sperm and egg] come together and the membranes between the two break down.”
[Jonathan Van Blerkom of University of Colorado, expert witness on human embryology before the NIH Human Embryo Research Panel -- Panel Transcript, February 2, 1994, page 63]
“Zygote. This cell, formed by the union of an ovum and a sperm (Gr. zyg tos, yoked together), represents the beginning of a human being. The common expression ‘fertilized ovum’ refers to the zygote.”
[Moore, Keith L. and Persaud, T.V.N. Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology and Birth Defects. 4th edition. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company, 1993, page 1]
“The chromosomes of the oocyte and sperm are...respectively enclosed within female and male pronuclei. These pronuclei fuse with each other to produce the single, diploid, 2N nucleus of the fertilized zygote. This moment of zygote formation may be taken as the beginning or zero time point of embryonic development.”
[Larsen, William J. Human Embryology. 2nd edition. New York: Churchill Livingstone, 1997, page 17]
“Although life is a continuous process, fertilization is a critical landmark because, under ordinary circumstances, a new, genetically distinct human organism is thereby formed.... The combination of 23 chromosomes present in each pronucleus results in 46 chromosomes in the zygote. Thus the diploid number is restored and the embryonic genome is formed. The embryo now exists as a genetic unity.”
[O’Rahilly, Ronan and M�ller, Fabiola. Human Embryology & Teratology. 2nd edition. New York: Wiley-Liss, 1996, pages 8 and 29. This textbook lists “pre-embryo” among “discarded and replaced terms” in modern embryology, describing it as “ill-defined and inaccurate” (page 12)]
“Almost all higher animals start their lives from a single cell, the fertilized ovum (zygote)... The time of fertilization represents the starting point in the life history, or ontogeny, of the individual.”
[Carlson, Bruce M. Patten’s Foundations of Embryology. 6th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1996, page 3]
“[A]nimal biologists use the term embryo to describe the single cell stage, the two-cell stage, and all subsequent stages up until a time when recognizable humanlike limbs and facial features begin to appear between six to eight weeks after fertilization....
[A] number of specialists working in the field of human reproduction have suggested that we stop using the word embryo to describe the developing entity that exists for the first two weeks after fertilization. In its place, they proposed the term pre-embryo....
I’ll let you in on a secret. The term pre-embryo has been embraced wholeheartedly by IVF practitioners for reasons that are political, not scientific. The new term is used to provide the illusion that there is something profoundly different between what we nonmedical biologists still call a six-day-old embryo and what we and everyone else call a sixteen-day-old embryo.
The term pre-embryo is useful in the political arena -- where decisions are made about whether to allow early embryo (now called pre-embryo) experimentation -- as well as in the confines of a doctor’s office, where it can be used to allay moral concerns that might be expressed by IVF patients. ‘Don’t worry,’ a doctor might say, ‘it’s only pre-embryos that we’re manipulating or freezing. They won’t turn into real human embryos until after we’ve put them back into your body.’ ”
[Silver, Lee M. Remaking Eden: Cloning and Beyond in a Brave New World. New York: Avon Books, 1997, page 39]
Murder or homicide ends human life. The reader would not be here today if his life had been terminated either before or after he was born. Consequently, infanticide is just another form of homicide that constitutes murder.
If Only You’d Have Cared
I could have seen the sunshine; I could have known the spring. I could have watched the robins fly, I could have heard them sing. I could have smelled the flowers; I could have felt the snow. The things you take for granted, are things I’ll never know.
You could have heard my laughter; you could have dried my tears. You could have watched me playing, and growing through the years. You could have shown me rainbows; God painted in the sky. You could have held me in your arms; instead you made me die.
I might have been your daughter; I might have been your son. I might have learned to crawl, and stand, and walk, and even run. I might have felt you hug me, as your milk began to fill me. I might have called you ‘Momma,’ but instead you chose to kill me.
They say “Have an abortion, it is your legal right.” They say I’m not a person, I can’t put up a fight. They say that I’m not born yet, I haven’t drawn a breath. My heart beats in my mother’s womb, as they sentence me to death.
If only you’d have loved me, like only mothers do. If only you’d have given me, what your mother gave to you. The gift of life, the gift of love, with me you could have shared. I could have seen the sunshine, if only you’d have cared.
As it is with most things, the Jewish Talmud teaches something quite different from the Bible concerning when life begins. Consider the following quotation from The Jewish Encyclopedia, which, in turn, references the Talmud:
“If young, by which is meant a new-born infant, it must be proved that it was not of premature birth; if prematurely born, it must be at least thirty days old to be considered a human being (Sifra, l.c.; Niddah 44b; “Yad,” Rozeah, ii. 2). But the unborn child is considered as part of its mother (Sanh. 80b); killing it in its mother’s womb is therefore a finable offense only (Mek., Nez. 8; B. K. 42b).”
 “Homicide,” The Jewish Encyclopedia, (New York and London: Funk and Wagnalls Company, 1904) Volume VI, page 453.
Consider also the following statements found under the heading “Abortion” in the Encyclopaedia Judaica:
“…The talmudic scholars … maintained that the word “harm” refers to the woman and not to the foetus…. In talmudic times, as in ancient halakhah, abortion was not considered a transgression unless the foetus was viable (ben keyama; Mekh., Mishpatim, 4 and see Sanh. 84b and Nid. 44b; see Rashi; ad loc.)…. In the view of R. [Rabbi] Ishmael, only a Gentile [non-Jew], to whom some of the basic transgressions applied with greater stringency, incurred the death penalty for causing the loss of the foetus (Sanh. 57b)…. Abortion is permitted if the foetus endangers the mother’s life. Thus, “if a woman travails to give birth (and it is feared she may die), one may sever the foetus from her womb and extract it, member by member, for her life takes precedence over his” (Oho. 7:6). …when the mother’s life is endangered, she herself may destroy the foetus – even if its greater part has emerged – “for even if in the eyes of others the law of a foetus is not as the law of a pursuer, the mother may yet regard the foetus as pursing her” (Meiri, ibid.). …the majority of the later [Jewish] authorities (aharonim) maintain that abortion should be permitted if it is necessary for the recuperation of the mother, even if there is no mortal danger attaching to the pregnancy and even if the mother’s illness has not been directly caused by the foetus (Maharit, Resp. no. 99)…. A similar view was adopted by Benzion Meir Hai Uziel, namely that abortion is … permitted “if intended to serve the mother’s needs … even if not vital;” and who accordingly decided that abortion was permissible to save the mother from the deafness which would result, according to medical opinion, from her continued pregnancy (Mishpetei Uziel, loc. cit.).”
 “Abortion,” Encyclopaedia Judaica (Jerusalem, Israel: Encyclopaedia Judaica Company, 1971) Volume 2, pages 98-100.
Although he may not have been aware of the previous quotations, former U.S. Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop objected to the former Talmudic excuses for infanticide:
“Protection of the life of the mother as an excuse for an abortion is a smoke screen. In my 36 years of pediatric surgery, I have never known of one instance where the child had to be aborted to save the mother’s life. If toward the end of the pregnancy complications arise that threaten the mother’s health, the doctor will induce labor or perform a Caesarian section. His intention is to save the life of both the mother and the baby. The baby’s life is never willfully destroyed because the mother’s life is in danger.”
 E. Everett Koop, J.D., former U.S. Surgeon General, quoted in The Jubilee Newspaper, (Midpines, CA: The Jubilee Newspaper) March-April 2001, Vol. 12, No. 6, page 7.
The previous Jewish quotations demonstrate that Talmudic immorality rather than biblical morality is influencing American justices as it pertains to infanticide. Consequently, America’s courts have become tribunals of injustice rather than courts of justice. Accordingly, any judge or juror who decides in favor of infanticide is an accomplice to murder. The blood of the innocent IS upon their heads and they SHALL be held accountable.
Ironically, America’s justice system cannot decide whether the infant in its mother’s womb is alive or not. This is demonstrated by court cases in which individuals have been accused of murder or attempted murder of unborn fetuses. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel provided one example of our courts incongruity:
“Kenosha – A Kenosha man has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly punching a pregnant woman in the stomach in what authorities say is the first time the state’s new “feticide” law has been used. Moses Tate, 26, was charged Wednesday [August 19, 1998] in Kenosha County Circuit Court…. Tate was angry because the woman had become pregnant by another man…. Saying he planned to “kick the baby out of her stomach,” Tate grabbed her by the neck, swung her to the ground and punched her twice in the stomach, the complaint says….”
 David Cole, “Prosecutors make first use of ‘feticide law,’” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Friday, August 21, 1998, page 5B.
If this was a case of attempted murder, why is it not murder when a physician actually gets the job accomplished? Of course, that is precisely what it is. Even opponents to this type of legislation recognize that such laws indict infanticide doctors as murderers:
“If causing a miscarriage is murder, then by implication, so is abortion,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.
 Jesse J. Holland (Associated Press), “House passes bill to make it crime to harm fetus,” The Journal Times, (Racine, WI: Richard R. Johnston Publishers) Thursday, March 29, 2001, 4A.
Our society’s inconsistency, confusion and transposition of Yahweh’s created order is also demonstrated in that some of the techniques used for killing babies in hospitals and infanticide mills are illegal for killing animals in slaughterhouses.
Although a baby killed while in its mother’s womb is murder, Yahweh may look upon women who have been indoctrinated by government policy and liberal opinions as victims themselves. They may not be held as accountable as those who indoctrinate the unsuspecting and who, through man’s vain philosophy, renounce the morality of Yahweh. In order for such mothers to be guilty of murder, they must be cognizant that the fetus in their womb is a human life and then, with malicious intent or selfish motives, snuff out its life. In either case, praise Yahweh, He makes room for repentance and He provides a covering for all sin with the shed blood of Yeshua the Messiah.
Infanticide is not just about women killing the unborn. If there were not men who are moral reprobates, many women would not be faced with infanticide. It is a shared responsibility - with probably the greatest guilt to be laid at the feet of immoral, godless men.
There are many more men and women culpable for this sin than one might initially think. Some methods of contraception, including the “Pill,” Orval, the “morning-after-pill,” RU484 and the IUDs (intra-uterine devices), can also terminate life after conception. Praise Yahweh for the propitiating blood of Yeshua the Messiah because only a small percentage of people in today’s promiscuous society have not participated in this horrific sin in one fashion or another.
 “Progestogen [found in birth control pills] … also causes endometrial changes that prevent implantation of the fertilized ovum.” “Oral Contraceptives,” Nursing 90 Drug Handbook (Spring House, PA: Springhouse Corporation, 1990) page 524.
In addition to suicide and infanticide the Bible speaks to and condemns other forms of voluntary homicide.
This concludes Part Two of Three on our study of The Sixth Commandment. Stay tuned next week for Part Three.
7 GOLDEN LAMPS
The MENORAH of OLD — in the NEW!
November 14, 2020
Shabbat shalom :o))
Psalm 119:145-152 Revelation 1
Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Yeshua Mashiyach, which YHVH gave unto HIM, to shew unto HIS servants [you & me] things which must shortly come to pass; ...
Revelation 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear The WORDs of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
Revelation 1:4 ... to the seven churches ...
heads up! THIS IS
Revelation 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in MY right hand, and the seven golden lamps. The seven stars are the angels of the seven Churches: and the seven LAMPS [the MENORAH, designed by YHVH in Exodus 25:37 And thou shalt make the seven lamps thereof: and they shall light the lamps thereof, that they may give light over against it.] which thou sawest are the sevenChurches.
Isaiah IS telling us:
Isaiah 46:8 Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind,
O ye transgressors.
Isaiah 46:9 Remember the former things of old: for I am ALE, and there is none else; I am ELohim, and there is none like ME,
Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times
the things that are not yet done, saying,
MY counsel shall stand, and I will do all MY pleasure:
And Solomon IS telling us:
Ecclesiastes 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be;
and that which is done is that which shall be done:
and there is no new thing under the sun.
And YESHUA IS telling us:
(in the “Hebrew tongue,” which HE speaks according to Acts 26:14)
Revelation 1: (8 &) 11 Saying, I am Aleph and Tav,
When you take the Alef and the Tav and put them together you get "Covenant Strength."
the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven Churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
Revelation 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear The WORDs of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
It would seem that the sun is setting on created time, and:
this is what Psalm 119:145-152 is all about!
Psalm 119:145 KOPH.
Early Hebrew Middle Hebrew
Late Hebrew Modern Hebrew
Ancient Name: Quph
Pictograph: Sun at the horizon
Meanings: Circle, Revolution, Condense, Time
Psalm 119:145 KOPH. I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O YHVH:
I will keep Thy Statutes.
Psalm 119:146 I cried unto Thee; save me, and I shall keep Thy Testimonies.
Psalm 119:147 I prevented [better translated, per H6923, “I hastened to meet”]
the dawning of the morning, and cried:
I hoped in Thy WORD.
Psalm 119:148 Mine eyes prevent [again, better translated, per H6923
“hastened to meet”]
the night watches, that I might meditate in Thy WORD.
Psalm 119:149 Hear my voice according unto Thy Lovingkindness:
quicken me [H2421 revive me, restore me, recover me, repair me]
according to Thy Judgment.
Psalm 119:150 They draw nigh that follow after mischief:
they are far from Thy Law [H8451 TORAH, they are far from YHVH’s TORAH!].
Psalm 119:151 Thou art near, O YHVH;
and all Thy Commandments are TRUTH [see John 14:6!].
Psalm 119:152 Concerning Thy Testimonies, [see Isaiah 46:8-10!!!]
I have known of old that Thou hast [past tense] founded them for ever.
As the sun is setting on this 6th Millennium and the SABBATH 7th MILLENNIUM is peeking over the horizon and we observe HIS timeless/eternal REVELATION:
YeHoVaH IS adding HIS blessing to the reading of HIS entire Holy Bible. Amen.
Shema (Hear & Obey) YeHoVaH's instructions for Yeshua is coming soon. Read ALL YeHoVaH'S BOOK!
"Experience shows that if you lack a coherent set of beliefs and principles, you will flounder." —Margaret Thatcher
The popular belief is "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved" (Acts 16:31). While this is true enough in its own right, it leaves out a great deal of biblical instruction about what God wants us to do with our lives between baptism and our glorious entrance into His Kingdom. Other just-as-true scriptures tell us that we have to meet His expectations, His standards, which are high and rigorous. And rightfully so, as the rewards are stunning! Jesus tells us in Matthew 13:43, "Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" (see Romans 8:17).
Only a relative few can meet His standards because they are complex, extensive, and demanding. This fact is one reason "many are called, but few are chosen" (Matthew 22:14). For God's called, they are easy to understand but difficult in terms of execution, even with the help of His Spirit in us. For instance, note the instruction of the apostle Peter:
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. . . . Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble. (II Peter 1:5-7, 10; see Galatians 5:22-23)
That is a significant challenge!
So, it is good to review these things on occasion, to examine ourselves, to determine whether we are still standing tall, albeit humbly, before God, continuing to grow in His righteousness. We will do this by noting the passages in which God tells us what kind of person He will—or will not—allow to enter His Kingdom. They will make up a kind of entrance exam against which we can evaluate ourselves.
To Nicodemus, Jesus says, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God" (John 3:5). Belief, repentance, baptism, and receipt of the Holy Spirit are requirements for salvation. With God's special calling and the gift of His Spirit, He sets us apart to come to know His way and plan, and eventually, to undergo complete regeneration at His coming (see Titus 3:5; Matthew 19:28). All along the way, we must put on the New Man, the character of our Lord (see Ephesians 4:17-24; Colossians 3:10-17).
Further, Jesus teaches in Luke 6:20: "Blessed are you poor: for yours is the kingdom of God." If His statement refers to those who are financially needy, it would mean that all the poor of the world would receive a free pass into God's Kingdom! However, this is not the case. He is speaking directly to His disciples, then and now.
Matthew 5:3 contains a parallel saying: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." When used this way, "poor" means that, in comparison to God, we reckon that we are spiritually impoverished, without resources. We are weak, powerless, and spiritually bankrupt. Being poor in spirit is the attitudinal launching point for all the characteristics of love and godliness that please the Father. When we are poor in spirit, we recognize our spiritual need, which causes us to draw close to Him.
Jesus also tells His disciples in Mark 10:15: "Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it." Little children are teachable and eager to learn, mild, humble, and free from obstinance and preconceived notions. Christ is looking for the ability to accept freely and eagerly what God teaches. Acts 17:11 judges the Bereans to be noble because they searched the Scriptures daily, not to prove Paul's teachings were wrong, but to determine the truth of what they had heard and if they themselves were aligned with them.
Christ lays out another point of examination in Luke 9:62: "No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God." He is not dispensing farming advice. However, farming is hard work, too difficult for some, and so they find an easier, more enjoyable way of earning a living. Similarly, some whom God has called find the difficulties of the Christian life—one of self-sacrifice—too challenging, and they turn back and lose their reward.
The prime illustration of this turning back is Lot's wife. She looked back, probably longingly, at a way of life in Sodom that God was about to destroy, rebelling against the explicit instruction in Genesis 19:17 not to look back. This has a firm application for us today, those living at the end of the age. As He said about Sodom, God has promised to destroy the corrupt world we live in. We must keep our eyes on our magnificent goal, move toward it, and endure.
However, our path often brings us into tribulation, that is, circumstances that seem to want to squeeze, crush, and break us. Standing up to one such experience is not easy, yet the Bible says that we can expect many tribulations! Luke writes in Acts 14:22 that Paul and Barnabas told new converts, "We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God."
This warning was among the last things Jesus also told His disciples before His arrest: "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). These difficult circumstances "perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle" us (I Peter 5:10). The same apostle writes that God called us to this sometimes harsh life "because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that [we] should follow in His steps" (I Peter 2:21). He, too, was made "perfect through sufferings" (Hebrews 2:10). If we wish to be like Him, we have to overcome as He did.
Patience or endurance goes hand in glove with tribulation and is just as necessary for entrance to the Kingdom. Paul writes in II Thessalonians 1:4-5:
[W]e ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer . . ..
The writer of Hebrews concurs: "For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise" (Hebrews 10:36).
Our everyday battle is against corruption of all sorts. Paul writes in Ephesians 5:5: "For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God" (many other disqualifying sinful practices are listed in I Corinthians 6:9-10; 15:50; Galatians 5:19-21; Revelation 21:7-8; 22:14-15). He exhorts us in I Timothy 6:11, "But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness."
The apostle James puts our purpose in a nutshell: "Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?" (James 2:5). We are selected and approved by God specifically to develop our faith in Him and love for Him, and we do this by striving to meet the high standards God sets throughout His Word for those who will enter His Kingdom.
Trying to meet all of God's standards—in essence, to be like Christ—is neither simple nor easy. It can result in an arduous, painful life, as His did. Thank God for His grace and help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16)! Yet, if we make a sincere effort to overcome and grow, we have this sure promise: ". . . if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (II Peter 1:11).
We have reached the point in our progress through the covenants God has made with those He has sanctified for His purposes where it becomes helpful to study significant portions of the epistle to the Hebrews to better understand Christ’s and our parts in the New Covenant. In each covenant since He created Adam and Eve, God has been adding depth to our understanding, not merely of mankind’s destructive history, but far more importantly, of God’s character, giving us a better vision of the leadership qualities He aims to create in us.
In all of the covenants, some responsibilities are always the same—such as the requirement to keep His commandments. However, in each, there are also specific objectives for dealing with the times in which those covenants were made, as well as specific responsibilities for which God is also preparing us to fill after our resurrection to eternal life. Therefore, each covenant is necessary to refine our grasp of the realities of God’s creative purposes.
We have just concluded a long series explaining several detailed covenants God made with people, primarily drawn from among Israel, whom He sanctified. The New Covenant introduces a significant addition to their number: God begins adding Gentiles into the mix as He continues to form the church.
His overall intention regarding covenants is to give His called ones specific direction about what He desires of those within His purpose and about living by faith. This truth is essential to us because we are already on the path toward completing His purpose in our lives. Overall, He is not aiming for qualities the world extols and rewards. He seeks to continue developing personal leadership qualities of character and attitude in His image that we are to use within family and local community life.
As we begin this next series expounding important aspects of the epistle to the Hebrews, we need to recall a few basic points about covenants, since much of the Bible’s history of the outworking of God’s creative purposes revolves around three covenants. Perhaps even more important is that the content of Hebrewsand the New Covenant fit together hand in glove. Three covenants impact on us more directly than any of the others: the covenant made with Abraham; the covenant made with Israel at Mount Sinai, commonly called the Old Covenant; and “a better covenant” (Hebrews 7:22), made with the elect, most often called the New Covenant.
Israel Update March 3, 2021
The airport may be closed in Israel, but how about a virtual Israel tour? Hanoch and Mike begin this week with a favorite site, the Kotel Tunnel.
What keeps Iran safe from an attack from the west or Israel? Was the Tungusta Event natural or manmade? Is it expected to happen again? If so, how? What cosmic events are spoken of in the Dead Sea Scrolls that will precede Elijah being sent, a la Mal. 4? Has CERN already brought forth beings from other dimensions? Please join Steven and Bonnie for a look into our challenging future as our arch enemy orchestrates his arrival.
Have you ever wondered what kind of people are those who can justify creating and administering worldwide a vaccine that is known to have fetal tissue as part of its ingredients? A vaccine that is designed as gene therapy, that does not fit the vaccine definition, to alter the global population who neither understand what is happening to them or know the spiritual meaning of the ingredients in the vaccine?
NOTE: I received this in an email from a sister in Yeshua/Jesus.
The dangers of the injection in the Gog and Magog mysteries.
The sages declare as well as the earliest Christians that Gog is Rome. This cartoon illustrates that Rome is with the Coronavirus.
A Jew and famed author is warning Christians are in danger.
He says they are targeted by secular leftists.
They want to destroy Christianity in America.
Persecution against Christians is already happening.
It can get far worse.
David Horowitz exposes the truth in his new bestseller . . .
Christianity, once the backbone of America’s civilized “Judeo-Christian” society, is under cruel and relentless attack.
Now a famous author and leading Jewish-American is speaking out.
David Horowitz warns that left-wing activists, working in tandem with Democrats and radicals, are attempting to tear down our religious freedoms.
Persecution for U S Christians Could Come Quicker Than You Think
"Come on man," get with the program. Joe Biden and his congressional allies on Capitol Hill hope to pass a new domestic anti-terror law. Guess who it may soon be targeting. Rod Dreher explains on this segment of "Where in the World."
I must say that right now as I study the Bible and watch world events unfold--particularly as related to Israel, the United States, and the out-in-the-open plans of the elite globalists--I sense that we are absolutely NOT going to return to anything close to "normal."
And I don't think our country will be saved by a new election in 2 and/or 4 years.
The ONLY thing that can possibly save our country would be a large-scale national revival. As much as I long for that--I don't see it in Scripture. I do, however see a great falling away in the end-times. I do see a weakening of America (no country will come to Israel's aid militarily in the future war of Ezekiel 38).
I think we (the Church) need to wake up from our slumber and realize the night is nearly over. We don't know the day or the hour--or the year. But, we can "see the day approaching (Hebrews 10:25)" and all indicators that this world is currently in the final phases of Romans 1, 2 Timothy 3, and 2 Peter 3, etc.
The gloves are off. The spiritual warfare is palpable. The low-level persecution of true Christians has begun and will intensify. The falling away is accelerating. Deception and great delusion are oozing their way through every open crack. The tidal wave of evil builds just beyond the event horizon. The rapture of the Church will remove the 2 Thessalonians 2 restrainer. Until then the salt still delays the decay--at least as much as it is still salty.
Those of us who have been watching and studying have seen this coming, but to many it has snuck up on them. Here's an excerpt from my book, The Non-Prophet's Guide to Spiritual Warfare. It highlights this collision of spiritual warfare and eschatology.
When my wife and I first learned we were going to have a child, I decided to start a journal that would commemorate our child's birth, then record stories and milestones in a birthday entry each year. My goal was to complete an entry each year until he turned 18.
The journal would have 20 entries total: 1 initial entry, 1 entry for his spiritual birth whenever he accepted Christ (we prayed), then one for each birthday. Once all 20 entries were completed, I planned to give it to him as a graduation gift.
Well I followed through on that plan, and I'm doing the same with my other two children as well. It seems like just a few years ago that I wrote the first entry in the first journal, but before I knew it 18+ years had passed--seemingly in the blink of an eye.
Early on, it seemed that it would be eons before I would present this journal gift to my son. Before I knew it, that moment snuck up on me like a pick-pocket on a crowded city street. In fact, the older I get, the faster time seems to go!
In Scripture, we learn a lot about spiritual warfare as we study the roughly 7000 verses of fulfilled Bible prophecy. We can read and study a few thousand more verses about future prophecy. The 100% accuracy rate of detailed prophecies which were literally fulfilled assure us that the remaining prophecies will also be fulfilled literally.
Red Heifer Update - Sabbath of the Red Heifer 2021
Red Heifer Update. Are the Red Heifers READY? The Temple Institute released an update today, two days prior to the Sabbath of the Red Heifer, about 4 candidate Red Heifers. Watch this video to find out about their status and the status of sacrifices on the Temple Mount.
Can the End Times Happen without a THIRD TEMPLE? https://youtu.be/Ze4SJJGi_fA