Merry Christmas, You Pagan

I’ve seen this particular protest from people around Christmastime for many years now, and I’ve never said anything about it, because it really didn’t seem like it was that big of a deal.  Finally, this year I came across it again somewhere, probably a non sequitur reply to some post on social media, a self-styled, wild-eyed prophet-of-doom leveling a double-barrelled Jeremiad at what s/he regards as the lukewarm vomitus of the Laodicean church age, and I’d had enough. In short, the charge is that Christmas is a pagan holiday, and your Christmas tree is the very thing condemned by the prophet Jeremiah in the tenth chapter of his eponymous book.

Well, is it? Are you some sort of Babylonian idolator for observing the Christmas holiday, and setting up in your house a Christmas tree?  We could really go to town on this theme that our modern, Christian holidays are nothing more than dressed up pagan observances.  First, let’s establish a few givens:

Yes, most modern Christian observances occur on retooled pagan observances; Christmas coincides with Saturnalia and Yuletide (pagan Roman and pagan Germanic observances, respectively). Easter is practically named for a pagan goddess, Ishtar. All Saints’ Day (and its attendant All Saints’ Eve–All Hallows’ Eve), and Reformation Day coincide with Halloween. You can thank the Roman Catholic Church for a lot of that weirdness. Maybe they thought they were being helpful by aligning Christian observances with the observances of the newly converted barbarian tribes. Their motives aren’t really the issue here.

Yes, many traditions integrated into Christian holiday observances originated as pagan observances. Personally, I find the paganization of Jesus’s resurrection observance rather galling (no pun intended), but I don’t get knickers in a knot over it. The whole Easter bunny and dyed eggs reeks of Babylonian fertility cult nonsense. I despise it, but I’ll still go medieval on a chocolate bunny if the opportunity arises. I’ve heard (but not verified) that the Christmas tree came from Germanic barbarian traditions and was integrated in the Christmas that way.

Anyway, to the point. The proof-text-of-choice for the condemnation of the Christmas tree is Jeremiah 10:3-4. In fact, it’s the only verse I can find that even peripherally might be talking about a Christmas tree. Hint #1 that this is bogus. Hint #2 that this is bogus–Jeremiah is speaking to Israel on the cusp of their being taken into Babylonian captivity, during the period of 630-580 BC:

For the customs of the people are vain: for one cuts a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the ax. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

I’ll cut to the chase. This isn’t a condemnation of Christmas trees, and it doesn’t make you an idolator for having a Christmas tree in your home. The key here is in the word “workman.” The Hebrew word is “charash,” and it carries the meaning of craftsman or artificer. I can be used for a jeweler, a mason, a carpenter, an engraver, etc. It’s not just some schlub who goes out and whacks down a tree and hangs a few ornaments on it. This verse is talking about the absurdity of idolatry. A man cuts down a tree, carves it into an image and covers it in gold and silver. He sets it up so it doesn’t fall.  Verse 5 cinches it; Jeremiah is speaking of idols:

* Yes, it’s the Chachapoyan fertility idol that Indiana Jones had to throw to get the whip.

They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.  Jeremiah 10:5

It’s not the tree that Jeremiah is speaking of; it is the idol that it was made into, and the false gods that it represents. So unless you are worshiping your Christmas tree, you’re okay. Idolatry is a big problem in this world, but the Christmas tree isn’t inherently part of the problem. ANYTHING can be an idol, if it takes the place of the Living God in your life. On that front, you should be vigilant against idolatry every day.

Now go light up your Christmas tree, and have a Merry Christmas.

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A Change of Direction

As you may have noticed, I haven’t posted here in almost nine months. After the election, I didn’t come across anything that made me feel compelled to comment. In fact, I was exhausted from it all, and ended up taking a hiatus from posting here.

I am still primarily focused on bible prophecy as it might be found in current events, but I feel that it is time for an expansion of this blog’s direction. While away from here, I have been watching the circus that current events and news have become. I have tried to make sense of it all. It makes no sense. The individual stories are a maelstrom of idiocy and evil. Taken as a whole, the overriding theme seems to be a concerted, coordinated offensive of evil against what few bastions of good and freedom remain in this world. That’s no big surprise, nor is it anything new, except that just from my own humble, low-to-the-horizon point of view, I’ve never seen anything like it to this magnitude.

What I have acquired during this time off is a rising feeling of alarm. I see an utterly untenable situation in the west, and when somebody steps up to breach the gap and stop the decline of the west, they are swarmed by the most bizarre coalition of attackers imaginable, groups that on the surface have no connection (or worse, have overt conflict of philosophies). If one believes that God is truly in control of the affairs of men (as I do), then to wring hands and ponder what it all means is really a waste of time. Whoever sits in the White House, or any other seat of power, has been placed there by God for his purposes. We can speculate what those purposes are in the short-term (we know what they are long-term), but even that has a very limited value. We know where this is all going; at best, analyzing it all tells us where along the path we are.

The alarm I feel isn’t that the end is near. It is near, and that is the one thing that gives me hope. No, the alarm I feel is at the growing revelation of how deluded, deceived, and disconnected people are, and at the surge of hypnotic garbage being hurled at them. Day and night, 24/7/365, we are hosed with an endless, vile stream of immoral emesis designed to distract and anesthetize us.  And while I have always been aware of an undercurrent of occultism and anti-Christian/anti-Jewish sentiment in media, I have recently become more sensitive to it, and not just because it’s getting worse and more blatant. I could go all day long and find things for you that are loaded with occult symbolism; it would be like trying to find garbage at a landfill. But some of those things, in their context, are loaded with import.

So, prophecy is still an important thing to consider because, as I said above, it helps us to know where we are on the road map to the end, but I hope to expand into exposing some of the poison “they” are trying to feed us. If we learn some of what they are doing to us and how they are doing it, it can only make us wiser and less susceptible to it. I also hope to include some actual bible teaching and exposition. Overall, this new direction is to wake people up to the world, the imminence of its end, and the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I can’t guarantee that I won’t vent about something periodically, but politics for politics’ sake won’t be the topic.

Hillary Clinton is Playing Church–Are We Stupid Enough to Fall For It?

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Nine months ago I wrote of a dream I had about Hillary Clinton (see this post, “Of Old Men’s Dreams”) which I felt was a divine warning of a future scheme of the Clinton campaign and the DNC to cast Hillary as just another ordinary, Bible-belt, Christian.

And here it is.

At the time I had the dream, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was still the chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Little did I know that some months later she would leave the DNC (under a scandal, of course) and immediately be picked up by the Clinton campaign. Scandals have since revealed that the DNC actively impaired the campaign of Bernie Sanders and diverted to the Clinton campaign funds contributed to it for sharing between the Democratic candidates. So while the DNC is exposed in its conspiracy with the Clinton campaign against Sanders’s campaign, it looks like this church scheme might actually be the ‘brain’ child of the newly emancipated Wasserman-Schultz alone. Even now, I have to admit that I’m not exactly sure what Clinton is up to. This isn’t the first time she has spoken in a church or at a religious event, but she bears watching, like a rabid dog in your driveway.

In the Breitbart article, Clinton spoke at the Baptist Convention to a group that could hardly be called a crowd (I guess the DNC couldn’t get one of their rent-a-mobs inside), throwing out scriptures from the bible willy-nilly and botching lyrics from old Christian hymns. Remember when Trump was panned by the pro-Clinton media machine for saying “Two Corinthians” instead of “Second Corinthians?” I have heard learned bible scholars do that on several occasions. But this isn’t really about all that.

What it is about, is that Hillary Clinton is not a Christian. Period.

“Oh, ‘judge not, lest ye be judged’!” Right?

Wrong. And here’s why.

Clinton said that she has a “deep and abiding Christian faith.” Sounds like she’s saying she is a Christian, and therefore, part of the mystical Church, the Bride of Christ. Paul writes to the Corinthian church in ONE Corinthians: “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside [the church]? God will judge those outside. ‘Expel the wicked person from among you'” (I Corinthians 5:12-13 NIV). Having claimed membership in the Church, she is subject to church discipline (i.e. judgment by the church).

So church, let us judge the one who says she is one of our fellowship. “By their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20 KJV). We don’t see Hillary enough to be able to evaluate any ‘fruits of the Spirit” she might have. Let’s be honest–anybody can fake it for a short time. So let’s go the other route, the one that will positively exclude her from the Christian fellowship by her behavior.

We cannot know what Hillary Clinton does when she is out of the public eye, although we have accounts of people who claim to have seen her wrath. But what can we see? What can we definitively say we know about Hillary Clinton?

1) She lies–a lot.

It doesn’t take a Ph.D in Internet Research to find articles, videos, etc. in which Hillary Clinton is shown saying one thing only to have it immediately proven to be a lie. Most recently, statement after statement regarding her mishandling of classified information in the Clinton E-mail scandal was clearly and repeatedly proven false by sworn testimony of FBI Director Comey before Congress. She is the quintessential dirty politician who adjusts what she says according to whom she is speaking, even if that results in two, diametrically opposed statements. She is a master of Orwellian Newspeak in this sense.

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“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it” (John 8:44 KJV)

2) She supports, and as President will actively enable, the murder of unborn children.

Abortion is murder, pure and simple. There is no discussion otherwise on this blog. From the Clinton campaign’s website:

  • Proudly stand with Planned Parenthood. Hillary is proud to have earned the endorsement of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. She will always defend the essential health and reproductive care that Planned Parenthood provides for women.
  • Protect women’s health and reproductive rights. Women’s personal health decisions should be made by a woman, her family, and her faith, with the counsel of her doctor. Hillary will fight back against Republican attempts to restrict access to quality, affordable reproductive health care. She will defend access to affordable contraception, preventive care, and safe and legal abortion—not just in principle, but in practice. (Bold in original; italics added for emphasis).

This is the same Planned Parenthood who was caught (and left unpunished under this wicked administration) selling the body parts of murdered babies.

3) The Clinton body count

If you are unfamiliar with this term, look it up. In short, it is a list of people who, shortly after crossing the Clintons or simply getting in the way of their agenda, have turned up dead, many under questionable circumstances. While rather subjective, the very suspicion is an indication of Hillary’s character. It is improbable that a person could cross paths with so many people who end up dead, except maybe in the hot middle of World War II.

4) She has indirectly called for the persecution of the Church.

Stay with me on this one; it takes a little thought. In April 2015 at the Women in the World Summit, Clinton made the following statement while pandering to the dark forces that profit from the murder of babies.

“Far too many women are denied access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth, and laws don’t count for much if they’re not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice—not just on paper. Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”

First, understand that “reproductive health care” is progressive-speak for abortion. Next, understand the import of the phrase “deep-seated…religious beliefs…have to be changed.” What are “deep-seated religious beliefs?” Those are what we in the church would call ‘doctrines.’ One of those doctrines is that is a sin to commit murder, even if it is convenient for the murderer. Even if the victim has no voice, no name. We have been under pressure for decades now to change the doctrine that homosexuality is a sin. We are disparaged as bigots because we dare to believe that Jesus is the only way to eternal life, and declare all the world’s religions to be false. True believers in Jesus Christ will not alter the tenets of faith because some bureaucrat says we must. They are inviolable, so much so that millions of our brothers and sisters have died for refusing to change.

So Hillary thinks these beliefs need to be changed? So did Stalin, and Mao, and Hitler; so does the pudgy little creep who runs North Korea, and so do the demoniac Muslims who slaughter Christians in Syria and in churches in France. This is too much, you say? There is no difference. It is all persecution designed to silence the Church and its testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Do you see the dark threat implicit in her words “…laws don’t count for much if they’re not enforced. … Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will“? Hillary’s tool will be increased government oppression, but don’t think for one second it couldn’t get worse. Teach your children the wrong thing (i.e. one of those ‘beliefs’ that need to be changed) and CPS will come take your children. Teach those prohibited beliefs in your church, and have your building shuttered or seized. It can happen. We are on the verge of it now. Why do you think the Obama/Clinton regime is so keen to import tens of thousands of the most rabid Christian-haters on earth under the guise of refugee assistance?

There are hints of other things that I won’t take the time to verify and document, but I will mention them in case you are inspired to research independently: Hillary’s legendary wrath and violent rages against Bill while he was President; brutal, profane, and sometimes racially-charged insults directed at staff; the wanton avarice of the Clinton Foundation and its shady dealings that are best described as money laundering; soliciting and accepting”donations” from Islamic states and people who are the perennial enemies of Christianity and Israel; tutelage under Marxist (read: atheist) activist Saul Alinsky. I’m sure you can find more. But spare me any nonsense about Hillary Clinton being a Christian, because she is not. It’s one thing to be a marginal, carnal Christian who is in love with the world and lukewarm. It is another thing to say you are a Christian while your life and words declare you are everything that is opposed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

 

For Thou Art Vile

The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.

God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.

The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.

The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.

Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.

The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.

But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.

What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.

For while they be folden together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry.

There is one come out of thee, that imagineth evil against the LORD, a wicked counseller.

Thus saith the LORD; Though they be quiet, and likewise many, yet thus shall they be cut down, when he shall pass through. Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more.

For now will I break his yoke from off thee, and will burst thy bonds in sunder.

And the LORD hath given a commandment concerning thee, that no more of thy name be sown: out of the house of thy gods will I cut off the graven image and the molten image: I will make thy grave; for thou art vile.

Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off.

Nahum 1:1-15 KJV

Let there be no misunderstanding. Though God be slow to anger, be certain His anger will kindle. How long can a holy God bear to watch the depravity of the human race? He has curbed his wrath since the flood waters receded under the ark of Noah, and yet mankind has not curbed his perversion and violence in the slightest. A people who persist in their idolatries has the audacity to mock the living God. There is none more worthy of his fury. Who are you, that he should refrain even one second longer?

And yet, refrain he does. Use your time to revel and blaspheme. “The lips of fools … invite a beating” (Proverbs 18:6). Why repent now, when you have lived as you wish with impunity? You mock God for his merciful forbearance of your stupidity. Choose your sin–it doesn’t matter which. Strut about for your “rights.” You have no excuse. You shriek that there is no God, but the very earth you worship declares his glory.

Why should I tell you again of his love for you, when all you do is spit on him like the drunken Roman thugs who crucified him? You have heard more times than you deserve, and every time you make lewd and repulsive jests at his expense.

Worship your Earth goddess and your spirit guides. Devils every one in the guise of light. Drink yourself stupid and vomit it all up so you can go again. Pledge yourself to the darkness and mock the light. Venerate the perverse. Murder the innocent. Cheat the simple. Oppress the weak. Defy the Almighty.

“I WILL MAKE THY GRAVE; FOR THOU ART VILE.”

Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:6-9

Trump is crushing a corrupt system and teaching Christian leaders a lesson

You know that feeling when you’ve had a festering splinter in your thumb and it finally comes out? That is the feeling I had when I read Mario Murillo’s blog post–not for his statements on Trump, but his statement on the contemporary church. The flaccid, effeminate church in America needs a vicious slap back to reality, and from the looks of the Barna poll, it’s the pastors–not the parishioners–who need the slap. I’ve fallen out of touch with Mario Murillo’s ministry over the years, but I heard him regularly back in the 1990s. It doesn’t sound like he’s gotten soft in the past twenty years.

Mario Murillo Ministries


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By Mario Murillo

No he is not a fascist.  No he is not racist.  No, he does not think most Mexicans are rapists.  No, he does not want to herd Muslims into camps.  No I am not campaigning for him for president. If you believe any of that—save us both time and skip this blog. This blog is about how he is crushing a corrupt system and teaching Christian leaders a lesson.

Trump got the same say-this-and-die memo that the leftist media issues to all candidates. He refused to comply.   They hate him because he did not have the decency to die.   They have thrown everything at him and not only does he live—his poll numbers rise.

The state-sponsored media and the professional politicians are so desperate that they have been forced to take extreme measures.  Hollywood stars…

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Communion With Devils

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Wherefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say. The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a communion of the body of Christ? seeing that we, who are many, are one bread, one body: for we all partake of the one bread. Behold Israel after the flesh: have not they which eat the sacrifices communion with the altar? What say I then? that a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have communion with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot partake of the table of the Lord, and of the table of devils. Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?  I Corinthians 10:14-22 ERV

 

As a kid growing up in an evangelical church in the 70s, nothing in the bible seemed quite as far removed from my life as the concept of idolatry. Oh sure, I heard sermons on idolatry as an abstraction, on the perils of loving money, or things, or popularity, or anything else more than God. Those modern applications of the warnings against idolatry were valid, but actual idols, pagan gods, and pagan temples, seemed more salient to ancient Rome or some village in an Asian jungle than to me in the Great Plains of 20th century North America.

Well no more, it seems. Paganism in all it’s ugly, three-eyed glory is alive and well in the USA and growing everyday.

Just to build up to my point, I recall to your attention that in August 2015, the Empire State Building in New York City was lit with the image of the Hindu goddess Kali Ma. Big deal, it was a light show, right? True, and other than getting some people worked up, it didn’t seem to have much effect on anything. It’s certainly not like America isn’t crawling with paganism already, but you have to admit, seeing this garish display glaring down on the sidewalks of New York must have been a little jarring for some people:

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Halfway around the world during August 2015, that mob of hirsute inbreeds known as ISIS was busy tearing up things in Palmyra, Syria, like pagan temples and basically anything that offended their narrow-gauge sensibilities. Just for laughs, they also beheaded Khaled al-Asaad, the 82 year-old chief of antiquities in Palmyra before proceeding to convert the 2000 year-old Temple of Bel into gravel. Kind of ironic, isn’t it? We’re throwing up images of Kali in New York City, and Mohammad’s band of hairy men are blowing up pagan temples in Syria.

Almost a year ago in the post Have the Seven Vials Begun?, I said,

“Do you not find it curious that the world, which has so often persecuted both Jew and Christian, has shown nothing but foolish, suicidal tolerance of Islam? Even now we see a rise in antisemitism, and Christians are being singled out and persecuted around the world, but the Mohammedan cult is welcomed, coddled, tolerated, placated, appeased, while it espouses only the death and subjugation of those who are not Muslims. The world and its evil system will always welcome its own.”

Not only does the evil world system welcome its own, its supposedly opposing sects work hand-in-hand around the globe to create even more evil. It seems that those geniuses in ISIS couldn’t destroy a particular stone arch at the Temple of Bel, try as they might. At last report, it still stands, in spite of pounding it with high explosives. (Just a suggestion, but they might try to acquire some artillery; I bet that would do the trick).

 In the news this week, the Institute for Digital Archaeology, in cooperation with those stalwart guardians of western mores, Harvard University and Oxford University, have announced plans to erect replicas of the stone arch of the Temple of Bel in Times Square and in Trafalgar Square as a “gesture of defiance.” I have to wonder, in defiance of whom? Ostensibly, of ISIS, but what does ISIS care if they duplicate a stupid stone arch and stick it up in London and New York. Islam has hit both of those cities already, and will likely do so again in the future.

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Computer model of the arch in Trafalgar Square

If you didn’t realize it, “Bel” is sometimes spelled “Baal.” That’s right–New York and London will be getting replicas of an arch from the Temple of Baal. Baal is that Canaanite god, the prophets of which Elijah had a showdown with, incurring the wrath of Jezebel. Baal worship consisted of the usual staples of pagan idolatry–sex worship, temple prostitution, and human sacrifice, especially child sacrifice (I guess children can’t put up as much of a fight as an adult can). Now that I think about it, where better to erect a temple to Baal than New York? Just about anywhere in the US would do just fine. This country has been murdering its children by the bushel basket for over forty years now, and we are foundering in immorality of every kind. People are getting worked up over this Temple of Baal arch like it’s some sort of moral assault on America, when in fact it is just a symptom of the underlying disease. It’s like worrying about bleeding on your new suit when you’re dying of Ebola.

I imagine that it’s hard from some to believe that a 2,000 year-old artifact could have any significance to 21st century people beyond its archaeological value. In our Western “sophistication”, we have lost the ability to appreciate the spiritual aspect of things, not in a hocus-pocus, new-age way, but in the sense that some things can be–some things are–inherently evil*. Yes, even a stupid stone arch that some morons in Syria couldn’t blow up. Given God’s intense dislike of the Baal cult in Old Testament Canaan, how likely is it that He will be displeased that somebody is erecting copies of its temple in New York and London?

(*If you doubt this, then I suggest you do some research on a thing called the Pergamon Altar. It is a 2200 year-old artifact, a copy of which played a pivotal role in the 20th century. If you come across Nuremberg in your research, you’re on the right track. By the way, this is likely to what Jesus refers in Revelation 2:13 “…where Satan’s seat is.”)

Update: Of Old Men’s Dreams–Prophetic Fulfillment?

Presidential Seal

Over the past week, we have seen an unabashed, overt attempt by the Republican Party establishment to undermine Donald Trump’s popular rise. They stooped to a new (public, at least) low, reanimating failed 2012 GOP candidate and designated loser Mitt Romney, to assault Trump before the Super Tuesday elections. It should be clear to all now that the GOP is conspiring to deprive Donald Trump of the nomination. As if their mendacity weren’t bad enough, Mitt Romney has indicated that he would accept the nomination should one arise from a brokered convention (if one happens). This is the plan, and the GOP would rather see Clinton elected over Trump, since she is part of the same two-party scam that has been perpetrated on the American voter for decades.

Here is the beginning of a fulfillment of the dreams I had in October 2015, which I described in the previous post Of Old Men’s Dreams, Part 2. While I was initially reluctant to declare these dreams as something given by the Holy Spirit, I now believe and declare that they were. Therefore, I believe that the attacks against Donald Trump will continue, but will be as ineffective as if they had been directed against the wrong person altogether. Further, Donald Trump will be elected President of the United States, not only without the help of the GOP, but in spite of their overt hostility and flagrant conspiracy against him. We can also expect to see a grand scheme from the Clinton campaign and DNC to market Hillary as a mainstream Christian. This will probably come after the conventions, and concomitant with a smear campaign against Trump to portray him as a godless brute who loves only himself. These will fail. For whatever purposes, it appears that God has ordained Donald Trump to be the 45th President of the United States. Whether is it mercy or judgment, only time will tell.

And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding.

Daniel 2:21 (KJV)