Avoiding Demons and the “Dark Side”

Have you noticed that even in the middle of an epidemic, our culture is still fascinated with death, demons and things which go “bump” in the night?

I say that because I’m again seeing sad and bizarre decorations around homes and public places glorifying the “dark side.” And, retail stores are again obliging (or is it “leading”?) these disturbing distractions among us, at this season.

As I sat down to try to prepare some meaningful thoughts to share in a blog with my subscribers today, I thought I’d look back at what I may have written in past October musings. I came across one that I wrote four years ago, in October 2016. Understandably, it was impacted by the political chaos of that time: Trump, Clinton and the Occult…

I thought it might be of interest to you to have me just repeat it, and then add some current thoughts. See what you think!

The Choice has a Dark Side Posted on October 2, 2016

In late 1996, Bob Woodward (one of the Washington Post reporters who broke the Watergate story) wrote The Choice, about how Bill Clinton won re-election in 1996. It was the classic story of political power, money, public opinion polls, handlers, and consultants.

According to Woodward, after the Democrats lost Congress in 1994, along with other political setbacks, President and Mrs. Clinton invited a small group of self-help authors and leaders of the New Age human-potential movement to Camp David for insight and inspiration. Afterward, Mrs. Clinton continued contact with one particular member of the group, psychic and astrologer Dr. Jean Houston

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A Day to Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem 

It was Fall 2004 and Pastor Jack Hayford and I stood on the Mount of Olives, just across the Kidron Valley from the Old City of Jerusalem. We had just collected a small pile of rocks from a barren section of the historic Jewish cemetery, on that western slope. 

Our driver had stopped at a small Arab market in East Jerusalem, so we could obtain a little bottle of cooking oil to pray over and then pour over the rocks, as we dedicated the small site as a “prayer altar.” Then, at that scenic setting, we prayed for the peace of Jerusalem, as admonished by King David in Psalm 122.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you.” (v. 6, NKJV)

In Hebrew, this familiar passage is kind of a poetic play on words, since Jerusalem means “City of Peace.” The context suggests we “ask for” this irenic situation, as we promote peace for the sake of God’s people and for the sake of the Lord’s house (vv. 8-9).

The American Jewish historian Barbara Tuchman has said,

“The Israelis are the only people in the world who inhabit the same land, speak the same language, and worship the same God their ancestors did three thousand years ago.”

 “Prime Minister’s Conference for Tourism to Israel”

I was in Jerusalem with a small group of religious broadcasters and Pastor Jack had flown in just to speak, earlier that morning, at a special “Prime Minister’s Conference for Tourism to Israel.”

The tourism industry to Israel had nearly collapsed, due to the terrorism and political unrest in the region following the 2nd PLO/Arafat-led “Intifatatta,” beginning in the fall of 2000. Safety and security concerns continued until 2005.

Pastor Jack had led dozens of tours to Israel with friends from our church and his radio and television ministry. In the U.S. he worked tirelessly with others on behalf of Jewish and Christian reconciliation. He and our church partnered in many friendship-initiatives with Jewish leaders in Los Angeles as well as in Israel. He was well respected by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism and they invited him to speak, along with other evangelicals and tourism officials, at that special 2004 conference promoting tourism to Israel.

As usual, his words were warm and gracious, filled with genuine compliments for the government and Jewish religious leaders in attendance. I do recall, though, that at the end of his remarks he kind of shook them up a bit. First, he acknowledged the contributions of the  Orthodox, the Conservative, and the Reformed branches of Modern Judaism. Then he urged them to consider the Messianic Jews in Israel as a legitimate “fourth branch of Judaism!” Oh, my!

He explained that the Messianics are Jews by heritage and practice. They worship the same God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and seek to practice the Holy Scriptures of the Old Covenant, including the many which point to Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah of Israel. Silence prevailed in the large conference hall as Pastor Jack returned to his seat, at the end of the extended dais. Historic, religious bias and bitterness had been exposed and the Holy Spirit had to take it from there!

A Day to Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

That afternoon we met up with Robert Stearns of Eagles’ Wings Ministry in New York State. Robert is the leader and was the co-founder, with Pastor Jack, of the annual Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem. Robert and a videographer met us at the steps going down from the old Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem to the plaza in front of the Wailing Wall. Together, they shot some video to promote the next Day of Prayer event.

This annual observance, on the first Sunday of October, has grown into the single largest, Israel-focused, international prayer-event of its kind. Today, October 4th, this ministry focus was again observed, as thousands of churches worldwide prayed for the peace of Jerusalem! I hope yours was one of them.

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Are Dems Preparing to Gang-Up (Again) on Trump’s Nominee?

Judge Amy Coney Barrett

Two years ago, in May of 2017, President Trump nominated Notre Dame Professor Amy Coney Barrett to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She was confirmed in September of that year by a Senate vote of 55-43, in spite of the blatant bigotry shown by several Democrat Senators, attacking her conservative viewpoints and Christian faith. The clearly-qualified Barrett handled these unbecoming and gratuitous accusations with Christian grace, dignity and maturity.

Now, with President Trump having formally nominated Judge Barrett to fill the former chair of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg on the Supreme Court last Saturday, several senators have already indicated they plan to pursue the same kind of bigoted challenges in the Senate’s Judicial Committee hearings. The always-partisan Sen. Maisie Hirono (D-HI) says she plans to focus even more forcefully on Judge Barrett’s Christian beliefs. 

In play, then, will be Barrett’s family participation in a charismatic-renewal movement within the Catholic Church and participation in a “covenant community” called People of Praise, in South Bend, Indiana. The relatively small, ecumenical group is not a formal Catholic-organization and has been criticized by some uninformed observers. It has no canonical standing nor ecclesiastical “mantle.”

I was going to write more about these unfortunate prospects of the Democrats beclowning themselves in this way, but in reviewing what I wrote in a blog-post two years ago, I feel it says all I could or would hope to say, at this point. I urge you to (re)read that post from September 15, 2017, below:

Repugnant Religious Testing for Public Office?

Posted on September 15, 2017 by Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Were you as shocked as I was to recently watch Democratic Senators on the Judiciary Committee question judicial nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s religion, as a modern litmus test for their approval or rejection? Not all “dogma” is religious, and their bigoted, liberal and progressive dogma was very apparent in their unconstitutional approach and bias toward this distinguished judicial nominee.

Rather than simply consider the professional achievements of a nominee for the federal judiciary, Democratic Senators Diane Feinstein and Dick Durbin found her “controversial” and challenged her fitness to serve, mainly due to her Catholic faith. Feinstein slyly observed that “the dogma lives loudly within” the Catholic mother of seven.

History observes that anti-Catholicism is one of America’s underwritten biases. One has to wonder whether there would have been more of an outcry if Professor Barrett had faced a similar grilling from the Democrats if she were a Muslim or a Jew.

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Could Peace in the Middle East Lead to the Antichrist?

Peace and Prosperity in the Last Days?

Peace in the Middle East

A joint US-Israeli delegation flew to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in August for normalization talks between Israel and the UAE. On this first, direct-commercial Israeli-plane to fly directly to an Arab Gulf State were the words “Shalom, Saalam, Peace.”

Stepping off this hopeful and historic flight, Jered Kushner, President Trump’s 39-year-son-in-law and his point-person for pursuing peace in the Middle East urged others in the region to “Join us, expand peace…”

Kushner thanked the Saudi government for allowing the historic flight to cross Arabian air-space. “Mohammed bin Zayed is truly leading the new Middle East,” he said. “The Middle East is filled with brilliant, industrious, tolerant and innovative people, and the future belongs to them,” Kushner added. “I ask everyone today to join us in celebrating this peace, and to help us expand it throughout the region and the entire world.”

A New Future for the Middle East?

Rather than nursing old wounds, with regards to Israel’s birth, victories and prosperity, the Jewish-American Kushner suggested the younger Arab leaders should rise now above those old issues and join together with Israel and other Arab nations to create a new and prosperous future for the Middle East. 

Within weeks the Gulf nation of Bahrain had opted for this new future and joined the procession for peace and prosperity.

President Trump said the subsequent “Abraham Accords” (Peace Agreements), signed at the White House on September 15th between the UAE, Bahrain and Israel, will “increase stability, security and prosperity” in the region. He invites and expects more Arab countries to join in the peace and prosperity pursuits. 

It seems the modern leaders of these historic Arab states have come to recognize that the 72-year-old nation of Israel (many years older than most signing the peace agreements) is not their enemy and could be their friend. The expansionist roles of Iran and Turkey have caused them to be viewed by many as the villains of the region and not tiny Israel.

In part, this is because the sectarian nature of modern Islamism has made Shia-strong Iran and Iraq the religious enemies of Sunni-based Arab states. Added to that, the historic and cultural backgrounds of Iran and Turkey predate even Mohammedanism. Iran is really ancient Persia and Turkey longs to become again the controlling power of an Islamic caliphate of Mediterranian states. The tribal instincts of these authoritarian leaders still long for that historic recognition and power for them and their people.

Pestilences, Pandemics and Peace

While the world is struggling to overcome the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, on the one hand, this refreshing wind of peace and prosperity is blowing on the other hand. The birth pangs and sorrows of pestilences, persecution and pandemics (Matt. 24:7-13) are beginning to be glimpsed in some areas and arenas as a fulfillment of biblical prophecy. But, simultaneously, peace and prosperity are also prophesied for some in these last days.

The prophet Daniel was told (Daniel 8:23-25) that a mighty king would arise in the end times, through skilled intrigue, shrewdness and deceit, “but not by his own power.” This insolent and proud one will destroy “to an extraordinary degree” (NASB), while at the same time peace and prosperity will be enjoyed by many. He will be able to do pretty much as he pleases, while the peoples he controls are “at ease.”

Some believe this “lawless one” will be European (from the old Roman Empire). Others see him as a deceiving Islamist or even a persuasive, secular Jew. Oddly, he will show his ultimate disdain for the Jews and their God by sitting “as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thess. 2:4).

Understanding the 70 Weeks

The Angel Gabriel informed Daniel that the time of Jewish captivity in Babylon was part of a time frame of “seventy weeks” [or “seventy sevens”–understood as weeks of years]. 

“Know therefore and understand that from the going forth of the command to restore and to rebuild Jerusalem until the Prince Messiah shall be seven weeks, and sixty-two weeks. It shall be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of trouble.

After the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off and shall have nothing. And the troops of the prince who shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall come with a flood. And until the end of the war desolations are determined.

And he shall make a firm covenant with many for one week. But in the middle of the week, he shall cause the sacrifice and the offering to cease. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed destruction is poured out on the desolator.” Daniel 9:25-27, (MEV)

These weeks of years (490) are 360-day “prophetic years,” as established by comparing Daniel 7:25 with Rev. 11:2,3; 12:6, 14 and 13:5. They are divided chronologically, measuring first the 49 years (“seven weeks”) it took to rebuild the second temple after captivity in Babylon and then the 434 years (“sixty-two weeks”) from the temple’s re-dedication until the crucifixion of the Jewish Messiah and our Lord, when he was “cut off” (Dan. 9:25-26).

When Will the Son of Man Come?

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Standing with Israel

The Priority of Peace in the Middle East

Lasting peace in the Middle East has been a priority of the Trump administration. A historic step was made last month with an accord between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Now, the two countries will have delegations in Washington, D.C. next Tuesday to sign the official “Declaration of Peace” agreement!

Like so many of the President’s announcements, he used his Twitter account to signal there could be a domino effect and neighboring countries would soon follow the UAE’s irenic footsteps.

So, it was not all that surprising when President Trump announced on Friday that Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani will also be in attendance at the White House next week to sign a peace declaration with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, establishing full diplomatic relations with the Jewish state and the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The President said these historic agreements will “continue the positive transformation of the Middle East and increase stability, security and prosperity in the region.”

Trump Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize: 

The King of Bahrain and the Prime Minister of Israel jointly praised President Trump for “his dedication to peace in the region, his focus on shared challenges and the pragmatic and unique approach he has taken to bringing their nations together.”

Affirmations like this may have prompted a Norwegian politician to nominate President Trump for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in reaching the agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The Nobel Peace Prize is one of five Nobel Prizes, alongside Physiology or Medicine, Literature, Chemistry and Physics.

Anti-Semitism, Harassment and Intimidation on Social Media and Campuses

Rising antisemitism on social media, college and university campuses and in communities around the world in recent times have caused many pro-Israel people to worry about Israel’s security and future.

Last month, Rose Ritch, a Jewish student leader at the University of Southern California (USC), felt compelled to resign from the student government after facing antisemitic harassment, targeting her Jewish and Zionist identity. It seems many college and university administrations, even at elite centers of education, have been accused of turning a blind eye when anti-Israel campaigns on campuses degenerate to blatant hatred, bigotry and racism.

Jewish leaders say antisemitism comes from many directions–the far-left, the far-right and radical Islamism. Downloadable, educational resources for honestly confronting these hateful ideologies are available for free, here. Or, you may purchase hard or softcover copies here.

Why Stand with Israel and the Jewish people?

It is God who promised Abram, the Father of the Jewish people, in Genesis 12:2-3: 

“I will make you into a great nation,  and I will bless you;

I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.

I will bless those who bless you and whoever curses you I will curse;

and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (MEV)

The blessings and curses of God are in play with any antisemitic action. God told the people of Israel, “…he who touches you touches the apple of His eye” (Zechariah 2:8) and that He has “chosen” the Jews to be His “special people” (Deuteronomy 7:6) and a ”light to the nations” (Isaiah 49:6).

Jesus plainly told the woman at the well in John 4 that “salvation is of the Jews.” From their prophets and kings, we received the Old Covenant, which Paul says, in 1 Corinthians 10:1-13, is filled with “examples to us, to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things, as they did.”

Finally, as Christians, we should not have to be reminded that Jesus was a Jew! Most, if not all, of the New Testament writers and apostles were Jews. We’re still not sure about Dr. Luke!

Where would we be today, as a civilization, without the Jews? How many of the Nobel prizes (in every category) deservedly went to Jews?

Yes, the Jewish people and the State of Israel deserve our individual appreciation and collective support. We need to “stand with Israel” to be on the “right side of history,” which is really “HIS-story.” 

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