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.

Temple of Bel Arch in London

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?

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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)

Of Old Men’s Dreams Part 3: Streets Aflame

Aftermath of 2015 Baltimore riots

Only a month and a half after I promised to post the third in the series of political dreams, but in that time, this blog has had two–TWO–visitors, and then not to either of the dreams posts. So, if I’m tardy in posting something new, I’m sure you won’t mind, since you aren’t there. This truly is The Empty Church.  Perhaps I should change the name of this blog, just as its purpose has changed.

But enough boohooing about my abysmal web statistics. The fact is that I’m not doing this so I can become the next big Christian blogmeister.  I thought you should know that if you are reading this, you are a member of an exquisitely minuscule minority–fewer people than have walked on the moon.

Former Connecticut (D) Senator and 2000 Vice-Presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman

This third dream came to me very shortly after the election of Barack Obama in 2008. It was nighttime (or at least very dark outside). I stood next to the Presidential limousine on the driver’s side, where rear door was open. An unknown man sat in the driver’s seat, and Barack Obama sat in the front passenger seat. An older man who was, or strongly resembled former senator Joseph Lieberman, sat in the back seat on the driver side. (Why Joe Lieberman should feature in this at all is beyond me). However, in the dream, Lieberman (for lack of a better label) is a brooding, dark personality that exudes extreme danger.

Emperor Barack Obama

You have to understand that I have a law enforcement background, and at the time I was very unhappy about Obama’s election. I think part of the dream is me trying to reconcile myself with this unhappy state of affairs. Through the open back door where “Lieberman” is sitting, I try to persuade Obama and his bodyguards that this person is dangerous and the President should be moved away from him. During my rather desperate pleas to be heard, Obama sat unmoved. He sat upright in his seat and stared straight forward; his behavior made me think (in the dream) that he was acting like a mafia boss; this dangerous man did not worry him because this dangerous man was under his control.

I moved around to the front of the limousine (I don’t remember why) and at that time, “Lieberman” exited the vehicle and began attacking. His appearance hadn’t changed, but he had become an almost unkillable machine spewing flames in all directions. As I watched this through the windshield of the limo, I saw Obama sitting there still unmoved. He was utterly unconcerned as this man killed and destroyed. I understood that while “Lieberman” could be stopped, he was almost like the Terminator in that it would take an extraordinary, coordinated effort to destroy him. And here it ended.

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Certainly Obama has unleashed chaos and violence on this nation. He is the Divider-in-Chief, sowing wherever he can division and discord, empowering criminals and hobbling law enforcement. There have been riots, terror, and violence under his rule. The federal government has morphed into a hated instrument of persecution and injustice. It is as if we do indeed have a crime lord in the White House, for criminals fill the halls of government, and the Executive branch is a cesspool of graft, corruption, mendacity, and overt anti-Christian, anti-Israeli, and pro-Islam bias. While I doubt Obama is the Antichrist, he is certainly an antichrist, and preparing the way for the Antichrist. Perhaps he is best described as an anti-John the Baptist. Truly, the devil has come down to Washington DC (but in all fairness, he’s probably had a standing accommodation at the Watergate Hotel for years).

I find it impossible to pray for this person, in spite of the biblical admonition to do so. The most I can do is pray for his speedy removal, because I believe Barack Obama is punishment sent on America for its idolatry, sorcery, necromancy, murders, greed, and violence. God forbid that another like him should follow. God forbid that America should continue on the immoral course that brought this judgment upon us, yet I see little sign of change.

I think I understand this dream, but I feel there are still elements about it that I haven’t understood. This much is certain; America is at the critical point in its history. How we proceed may determine whether we stand or fall.

 

 

Of Old Men’s Dreams, Part 2

In the previous post, I detailed what I believed was a warning dream about the schemes of the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee to hoodwink the American church into voting for Clinton, or to lull them to sleep so they don’t vote against her. Today, I will relate two rather short dreams that I believe also concern the 2016 presidential election, along with what I believe these dreams meant. Of course, it is up to you whether you believe these dreams have merit, or if they are the weird fruits of a troubled mind.

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These dreams happened sometime around October 2015, one only a night or two after the first. In the first, I dreamed of presidential candidate Donald Trump ascending a very high dais draped with blue in front of the podium and behind. From where I stood among the crowd, he seemed to be as high as the second floor of a building. On the podium behind which Mr. Trump stood was the Seal of the President of the United States. However, this seal was not that which we are accustomed to seeing in front of many Presidents in the past. This seal, while an official seal, was different. When I noticed this, I immediately understood that Mr. Trump had made this seal himself. Along with this, I also understood that it meant that he had won the Presidency by the work of his own hands, that he had essentially won it in spite of concerted efforts to keep him from it. In short, the powers that be had conspired to deprive him of the Presidency (keep the Presidential seal away from him), but he simply made his own seal and ascended to the office anyway. A jubilant mood swirled around the crowd and Mr. Trump. Here the dream ended.

I should note that I did not get the impression that Mr. Trump had done anything fraudulent or underhanded in creating his own seal. I only felt that he had outsmarted those who were acting underhandedly and fraudulently to keep him out of office. Since the Republican debates have begun, I have suspected that the Republican National Committee would try something similar to the maneuver they employed at the 2012 convention to keep Ron Paul out of the running. This dream leads me to believe that even if they do, their schemes against Mr. Trump will not be successful.

The second dream occurred two nights later. In it, I watched from some distance as Mr. Trump descended stairs from a scaffolding, kind of like one might see from the back side of a temporary platform at an outdoor rally. As I looked at him, I suddenly “just knew” that the person I was looking at wasn’t Donald Trump. It looked like Donald Trump, sounded like Donald Trump, and acted like Donald Trump, but it wasn’t. I understood that what I was seeing was a double. With that, I also understood that it didn’t mean that Mr. Trump was being phony, or wasn’t who he portrayed himself to be. I understood it to mean that all the attacks against Mr. Trump would be as ineffectual as if they were directed at somebody else, like a double. Again, I had no sense of any fraud or duplicity on Mr. Trump’s part, but only an immunity to numerous attacks and media distortions.

There isn’t much to add to these dreams in the way of analysis. You are welcome to accept or reject these as you see fit. I guess only time will tell if I heard something from the Holy Spirit in these matters, or if I just have really weird dreams about political figures.

In the next post, I will detail a dream I had about Barack Obama shortly after he was elected in November 2008.  I think that this dream has already proven to be accurate. I will leave it to you, however, to decide on your own.

Of Old Men’s Dreams

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But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:   (Acts 2:16-17 KJV).

 

I am ever reluctant to step across the line from being a person reporting interesting current events in relation to prophecy, to being somebody offering highly subjective experiences and thoughts that may have nothing to do with bible prophecy. I see them all the time on the internet–well-meaning Christians who believe they have heard from God about coming events. There are all kind of prophecies out there, many of them warning of imminent judgment dangling from the hand of God over America. Some of them have a frightening ring of authenticity to them, and many seem to contradict others. Only time will tell which, if any, are correct (and truly from God).

Here’s my problem. I too feel that I may have heard from God through some dreams I’ve had over the past few years. Actually, I had three in the past few weeks.  A fourth dream I’m including after the recent three, I had shortly after the election of Barak Obama in 2008. While at the time I thought the dream was significant, only after the recent dreams, and passing of seven years under the Obama regime, have I come to believe it might have been from God. I will detail them all now and in posts to follow immediately after this post. God willing, It won’t be four months between posts, as it has been for this one.

First, I will tell you of the most recent dream, because I feel it might be a warning of a deceptive tactic that a certain presidential candidate is about to employ on Christians in America, just to win their votes and support. I will also give you the meaning of the dream as I understood it immediately after I dreamed it, but I leave it with you for your own analysis.

I dreamed that I was in a foot race, like a marathon. I was running along a broad, dirt path lined by sparse forest.  As I ran, I passed another competitor, who I recognized as Hillary Clinton. Here the path took a gentle dip down, and near the bottom of the dip I passed a second competitor, who I recognized as Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. In case you don’t know who that is, she is the chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). When I passed Wasserman-Schultz, I felt an urgent need to stay as far ahead of them as possible; I could not let them catch up and pass me.

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Democratic National Committee Chairman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz

I maintained a good lead over both Clinton and Wasserman-Schultz, until the marathon course entered the sanctuary of an old-style church, closely resembling the church I attended through my childhood. The course passed from front to back of the church down a narrow aisle between the pews and the outside wall. Here there was only room on the path for one person with a little extra space, and here, Hillary Clinton caught up to me.

At this point, I entered into a conversation with Hillary Clinton, even as we both tried to maneuver down the narrow aisle. She was still behind me, but right behind me, and if I let her, she could crowd me out between the pews and pass me. Although in the dream, Ms. Clinton looked like she does in reality, I began to speak to her as if she were the wife of one of the former pastors of my childhood church. I can’t exactly recall, but I believe I asked her what year she and her husband “Pastor Smith” (I have changed the name here) first came to the church. Ms. Clinton is acting as if she is the pastor’s wife and answering my questions. The whole, brief conversation is congenial, yet I somehow know that I am trying to ascribe attributes to Hillary Clinton that she does not possess–almost as if I am imposing some wishful thinking that she is really a godly person. While this is happening, Wasserman-Schultz is right on Clinton’s heels. Here the dream ends.

You did run well; who did hinder you that you should not obey the truth?
(Galatians 5:7 AKJV)

When I remembered this dream upon awaking, I almost immediately understood that it had meaning. The appearance of such a nominal character as Debbie Wasserman-Schultz reinforced my belief that this was a dream sent by the Holy Spirit, and it is this dream that has caused me to feel that I must report all of these dreams here, to the handful of people who read this little blog.

I believe the dream means this: American Christians have in their power (of their vote and of prayer) to keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House in 2016. However, there is a plot or a tactic, formally organized and promulgated by the Democratic National Committee, to recast Hillary Clinton as a good old-fashioned Bible-belt Christian (as ridiculous as that sounds). I don’t believe for one second that many Christians would ever believe that, but this is the end times, and it seems that we are awash in powerful delusions, so who knows. I do believe, however, that it could deceive or confound enough Christians that they either vote for her, or don’t vote for her opponent, or become lax in prayer about this election. I also believe that a Clinton victory in 2016 will spell disaster for the United States of America. As it stands now, considering the mendacious kakistocracy that is currently in power, a Hillary Clinton victory is a real danger.

The symbolism in the dream leads me to believe that American Christians can lose this country to four or, God-forbid, eight years of godless Clinton National Socialism, but we have the power to stop it. It was in the aisles of the American church where Clinton closed the rather significant deficit she had in the race. Why? Because people in the church played nice and civil, and entertained the audacious lie that she is some kind of old-school, deep South, fried chicken, church picnic Christian, when she is nothing of the sort. If anything, she is an enemy of the American church.

I can only speculate, but I believe that passing Wasserman-Schultz in the low spot of the path might mean that the DNC employs this scheme at a point where Clinton is tanking in the polls against the Republican candidate. Or it could mean that the DNC will play dirty and use “low” tactics (although it hardly takes divine revelation to see that). What is clear is that the battle–the race–can be lost by the church if it is not wide awake and alert for this deception. We as Christians cannot afford to give the Obama-Clinton junta anymore power or influence. We cannot toy with these people, and we should not endorse them, entertain their lies, or apathetically ignore their schemes. They are not our friends, and they can unleash hell on this nation unless the church ignores the distractions and presses on toward the goal.

Lest you think this is just about who gets to sit in the ivory tower at 1600 Pennsylvania for the next four or eight years, let me assure you it is not. America is at a spiritual crossroads. God would rather we repent and turn back to Him instead of continuing on this path until He must judge this nation. A Clinton victory in 2016 virtually assures the judgment of God on America. In fact, I’m not so sure that her election wouldn’t be the first act of judgment upon America.  God can send us a King Cyrus, or he can send us an Emperor Nero. Who he sends depends upon the American church.

More posts will follow shortly concerning the other dreams I believe were sent by God. Until then, stay awake and alert. Now is not the time to doze.

As always, I welcome any feedback about this, or any other subject discussed here.

 

The Golden Image of Apostasy

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Hello, empty church. Today I am taking a little different approach. Rather than some off-the-wall current event inspiring this post, the book of Daniel is the inspiration. After all, the Empty Church doesn’t want to be like some Osteenian megachurch that preaches from People magazine. The future of such temples of apostasy doesn’t look too bright.

Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king. Nebuchadnezzar spoke and said to them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not you serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up? Now if you be ready that at what time you hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, you fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if you worship not, you shall be cast the same hour into the middle of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer you in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods, nor worship the golden image which you have set up.

Daniel 3:13-18 (AKJV)

I’d like to think that on occasion, God speaks to me, if only to tell me that He’s still there and in charge of everything. For what it’s worth, when I read the above scripture today, I felt that God was speaking to me. I’m always reluctant to say that, so if what I’m about to say ends up being incorrect, then obviously I was wrong, and in this case at least, God was not speaking to me. But I don’t think I’m wrong.

Persecution against the American church is underway. When an evil government can compel a Christian couple to pay $135,000 to a couple of lesbians for refusing to bake their “wedding” cake–that’s persecution, albeit only one of its many, many possible incarnations. This persecution will only grow. As a consequence, the true church will very soon be driven underground, but not to worry: there will still be plenty of churches open, even under the antichrist world system. Apostate churches will not only be tolerated, they will also be touted and promoted as they propagate their apostate message and false gospel.

As the apostasy gains momentum, we will see the reversal of good and evil reach absurd proportions. No longer will immorality, greed, and dishonesty be challenged with the threat of eternal hellfire. The only sin that the apostate church will deem worthy of eternal damnation will be the “sin” of intolerance. Homosexuality will not be preached against as a sin worthy of hellfire; intolerance of homosexuality will. “Hateful” preaching (i.e. preaching the truth, preaching against sin, preaching repentance and holiness, etc.) will be preached against. “Hateful” preachers will be shouted down and silenced. Their intolerance will be damned by the apostate ear-ticklers of the megachurches and the feel-good, prosperity television preachers. And if they won’t be silenced, they will be persecuted even more intensely, up to and including martyrdom.

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Homosexuality is the image of gold set before Christ’s faithful for worship, and those who will not bend their knee to this idol will be made to suffer. Homosexuality has become the lightning rod that will attract persecution to the true church and divert persecution from the apostate church. There may well be others causes, but this is the master stroke against the church. This is the beginning of tribulations.

Another Candidate for Antichrist

Ordinarily, when I see something in the news that I think might be relevant to prophecy, I just sit on it for a while, even if just for a few hours. However, when I saw this news story, it stunned me. If it’s true–and I have no reason to doubt it at this point–the implications are chilling. We may be looking at the Antichrist.

Prince Talal of Saudi Arabia: my visit to Israel shall mark the new age of peace and fraternity

Just the headline alone is pregnant with prophetic buzz words like “new age”, “peace and fraternity”. As far as other qualifications for Antichrist, I know of none at the moment. In fact, I know nothing about this man other than what I just read on an internet search a few minutes ago. According to the article, he is making these overtures toward Israel at the direction of King Salman of Saudia Arabia, so this also makes the Saudi king a potential candidate for Antichrist.

What’s all the big deal about this man and his upcoming trip? At first glance, this news story sounds very much as if Prince Talal could be the kind of guy who could negotiate a peace accord between Israel and her numerous enemies in the Middle East, or perhaps just “confirm a covenant” between them (Daniel 9:27)–a major prophecy of the Antichrist. Talal may have no other known Antichrist qualities, but even out of all of the candidates in Looking for Mr. Antichrist Redux, only Talal has any chance currently of negotiating a peace for Israel, short-lived though it will be.

Interestingly coincident with this is a report that Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, a leading ultra-orthodox rabbi in Israel, is saying that the arrival of the Messiah is imminent. Rabbi Kanievsky is calling for all Jews worldwide to make aliyah (return) to Israel as soon as possible. He says that the time of the Messiah’s appearance will be at the end of the sabbatical year–on or about September 12, 2015. We know from scripture, however, that the “Messiah” they welcome will not be the true Messiah. Jesus warned:

I am come in my Father’s name, and you receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him you will receive.  — John 5:43 (AKJV)

It’s too early to tell what will come of these events.  They may turn out to be prophetic fizzles. This situation, and this man Prince Talal, bear monitoring and further scrutiny. The end times are surely upon us.