Joel Rosenberg: “Trump is Tougher on Jeff Sessions than on Vladimir Putin”

Joel Rosenberg appeared on Fox News Friday night, where he spoke to Shannon Bream about growing concerns about Russia and the dangerous ambitions of Vladimir Putin.  While Rosenberg acknowledged stronger policy regarding Russia, he calls Trump “radio silent” when it comes to standing up to Putin verbally.

 I’m not saying that the President’s policies [towards Russia] so far are bad. Like, he’s increasing defense spending dramatically in the United States. He’s pushing NATO to spend more on their own defense, and they’re doing it. He’s got a great national security team around him. But he’s radio silent when it comes to Vladimir Putin, the worst dictator on the planet. He’s tougher on Jeff Sessions, than he is on Vladimir Putin.
~Joel Rosenberg on Fox News, March 9, 2018

In addition, Bream and Rosenberg discussed the recently-released statements from Obama National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, revealing her command to a cyber-response team to “stand down” in efforts to squelch Russian interference in 2016 elections.

It is incomprehensible that in the midst of a presidential campaign — a general election — that a national security advisor would tell a team of people dealing with Russian attacks — aggressive attacks — [to stand down.]
~Joel Rosenberg on Fox News, March 9, 2018

Catch the entire 5-minute video here:


BTW – I’m reading Joel Rosenberg’s new book, The Kremlin Conspiracy.  As always, the plot seems all too real in today’s world, as he paints the picture of a power-hungry Russian czar, anxious to become the most powerful man on the planet!  Let’s hope it remains fiction!

The sleeping bear (Russia) is definitely awakening!  How the US (and the world) deal with Russia and Iran is very critical, and as believers, it is our obligation to pray for wisdom for our leaders and our allies.  Will you stop and do that right now?


Trump Speeches on Christian Values and Iran

On Friday, President Trump delivered two very strategic speeches: the first regarding Judeo-Christian values, the second regarding Iran.  I’ll post those speeches below, but I want to focus on the key points of those speeches, and why I see them as strategic.

He first addressed the Values Voter Summit in Washington DC.  “Values Voters” is a coalition of primarily Christians (definitely right wing) who vote according to strong Judeo-Christian values.  Moral issues, religious liberties and the like are at the top of the priority list when voting, and sources report that 80% of those who hold strongly to those values voted for Trump in the 2016 Presidential election.

While Trump’s life has not always exhibited the highest moral qualities, his talk is becoming more consistent with values that we as Christians hold in high esteem.  For that I am grateful.  Here are some highlights of that speech:

  • He frequently alluded to the value of prayer and even quoted Scripture at one point, and alluded to a Scriptural principle when he spoke of us hurting together, hoping together and healing together.  (That principle is taught in 1 Corinthians 12:12-26.)
  • He clearly stated his position on the dignity and sanctity of every human life, and on religious liberty.
  • He referenced America’s Christian heritage and the invoking of the Creator at least four times in our Declaration of Independence.
  • He stated: “In protecting America’s interests abroad, we will always support our cherished friend and partner, the state of Israel.  We will confront the dangers that imperil our nation, our allies and the world, including the threat of radical Islamic terrorism.”

In his speech regarding the Iran nuclear deal:

  • He announced he is decertifying the deal (sending it to Congress to make changes), and definitively stated: “In the event we are not able to reach a solution working with Congress and our allies, then the agreement will be terminated.”
  • He laid out the history of Iran’s terrorist activity against the US.
  • He was the first to publicly announce to the American people that the US paid Iran $1.7 billion (in cash) in the settlement of the Iranian nuclear deal.  Because that money is believed to have gone to terrorists groups and regimes (such as Hezbollah and Bashar al-Assad), that makes the US the largest sponsor of terrorism in the world.
  • He likened the Iranian nuclear deal to that of North Korea (during the Clinton administration), allowing North Korea to obtain nuclear capabilities that now threaten the world.

However, despite the fact I was impressed with President Trump’s positions and his solid stance on values upon which I agree, one thing kept coming to mind more strongly than anything else.  Much of Trump’s strategy has been to use Executive Orders to overturn Executive Orders put in place by Obama.  Does that cause anyone else concern?

True, getting anything done via Congress is a virtual impossibility these days, as each party is dead set against the other party gaining a “victory” in anything.  It is not that I’m necessarily against every Executive Order being signed into action, but simply that if President Trump can override what Obama did, what will happen when the next President takes office?

You see, my friends, I truly believe the Lord may be giving America “one last chance,” and He is using President Trump (of all people) to do what “regular politicians” cannot or will not do.  If that is the case, how long will the Lord call us to repent and turn back to Christian values (and the God of those values), before He withdraws His hand of blessing and protection?  Regardless of when, it is eventually going to happen, and evil will reign with such vengeance that I can hardly see how America can survive.

What will cause America’s collapse? Perhaps Iran or North Korea or Russia (or any number of other nations) decide to take action and America is “surprisingly” defeated.  Perhaps we encounter financial collapse.  Immorality may take our nation down.  A gigantic natural disaster (the “super volcano” is in the news right now!) may wipe out a large chunk of American people and resources.  Or…perhaps the rapture occurs and believers in Jesus Christ are suddenly snatched away to meet Jesus in the air!  (1 Corinthians 15:51-57)

Time is short.  Jesus taught a parable about 10 virgins preparing for their wedding. (Matthew 25:1-13)  5 were ready for the Bridegroom to appear and 5 were not.  Believers, as the Body of Christ, we are those virgins, awaiting Jesus, our Bridegroom.  The world is stirred up and the birth pains are happening.  Are you ready?

(Here are President Trump’s speeches from Friday.  Enjoy…and pray for our President as he faces overwhelming criticism for his announcement on the Iran deal.)

Life in a Dangerous and Unfriendly Neighborhood

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As we know, Israel will ultimately face difficult challenges from Russia, Iran and their coalition.  Let’s finish this week’s study by looking further at news regarding Ezekiel 38 Who’s Who nations.  We’ll focus on Syria, Lebanon and Turkey, all northern neighbors of Israel.  Review the map below to get a good sense of where those nations are located in relation to Israel.


Also, keep in mind that Turkey is among the nations listed in Ezekiel 38, while Syria and Lebanon (currently puppet-states of Iran) are not.

Let’s review Ezekiel 38:1-6.  Please read that passage once more.  Of the ancient countries listed in that passage, which ones may refer to Turkey?  (Hint: see Who’s Who Among Northern Invaders) Until a few years ago, Turkey was one of Israel’s strongest Middle East allies.  In fact, Turkey was a Middle East ally of Israel.  For many years, they joined together in routine air combat training over the deserts of Turkey.  However, that ceased a few years ago.

Read Growing Ties Between Turkey, China, Iran Worry Israel and US (July 10, 2010;  According to that article, who seems to have taken Israel’s place in training missions with Turkey?  Does that cause you concern?  Why or why not?

Indeed, some nations once friendly toward Israel have done an about face.  In fact, Turkey continues to sever ties with Israel and turn more and more toward alliances with other Muslim countries.  (The good news is that in recent times, other Arab nations, such as Saudi Arabia and the United Emirates seem to have warmed up to the Israelis.  However, it is too soon to tell if those nations will truly stick by Israel if conflict develops with other Arab nations.)

Lebanon, a tiny nation immediately north of Israel, along the Mediterranean Coast, has been a hot spot for Israel throughout much of history.  A significant conflict occurred in 2006 when Hezbollah paramilitary forces launched rockets into northern Israeli cities.  Israel’s military responded with air strikes and artillery fire on specific targets within Lebanon, Hezbollah’s base of operations in the area.  (If you are interested in detail, read more here.)

Tensions continue to mount there, as evidenced by the clash in January, 2015.  Read Deadly border clashes stoke fears of war in Israel, Lebanon (Washington Post, January 28, 2015)

Hezbollah, a recognized terrorist organization, has practically taken over the tiny nation.  Who do you suppose is behind Hezbollah, supplying them with weapons and finances in which to carry out these sorts of attacks against Israel?  None other than Iran, a co-leader of the soon coming northern invasion!  Do you see the table being set?

In October, 2010, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made a historic trip to Lebanon.  Read Ahmadinejad Tells Lebanese at Rally Near Israel Border: The Zionists will Disappear (October 14, 2010;  Having read that article, what do you believe Iran’s goal is in Lebanon?

Finally, let’s consider Syria.  Several terrorist organizations have headquarters in Damascus, Syria’s capital; and interestingly enough, God’s Word has a specific prophecy concerning Damascus.  In a later lesson, we’ll study more in depth about Bible prophecy concerning Syria.

Since that time, a different Iranian president has taken the helm.  Considered “moderate” by some, current president Hassan Rouhani carries the same hatred of Israel, yet is much more self-controlled than Ahmadinejad.  Thus, he is not considered the threat that Ahmadinejad was.  However, he was the primary Iranian thrust to the Nuclear Deal signed during the Obama administration.  His sights, too, are set on the destruction of Israel, which feeds right into what we read in Ezekiel 38!

Fellow Sojourners, we are seeing prophecy fulfilled in our day.  We are all wise to read the headlines while keeping an eye on Scripture!  Tomorrow’s headlines have already been written in God’s Holy Word, as He wrote history long before it happened!  What an incredible God!

(This teaching originated in the Bible study, Looking for the Blessed Hope.  You will find the entire study posted on the left sidebar.)

Foreshadowing of the Antichrist

Current events through the lens of Scripture…that has been our objective over the past couple days.  Today, I want to fling the curtain back and ask a striking question:

Are we seeing the groundwork being laid for the appearing of the antichrist?

Now, don’t read more into that question than what it says.  I am not implying that I know (or think I know) who the antichrist is.  Could the antichrist be alive today,?  Possibly, but not necessarily.  If you are a Christian, don’t waste time looking for the antichrist!  Why?  Because we won’t be here when he is revealed!

The first 10 verses of 2 Thessalonians 2 describe the man of lawlessness who will come to do Satan’s bidding.  That is the antichrist.  But that passage talks about “he who now restrains” the man of lawlessness (verse 7), who is none other than the Holy Spirit who lives within us (Christians) (Romans 8:9-16, 1 Corinthians 3:16).  At the rapture, when we are taken up into heaven to be with the Lord forever (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18), the Holy Spirit…the restrainer…will be gone from this earth, and the man of lawlessness will be free to move at Satan’s command!

The Bible also teaches us that the spirit of the antichrist is already at work in our world (1 John 4:2-3), and has been since the Garden of Eden.  So, the spirit of the antichrist is alive and active, and moving in our world today.  No question.  But is the stage being set for THE antichrist?

We’ve laid Biblical foundation, now let’s go to the news!

Following visits to Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican, President Trump headed to NATO and G7 summits, where he most certainly did not win any popularity contests!  In fact, most European leaders have a strong dislike for President Trump.  Why?  Many reasons, but the one we’ll focus on today is the fact that Donald Trump is anything but a globalist!  While Europe is fighting for open borders, a European Union and One World Order, President Trump campaigned (and seems to be living up to) “America First!”

Now, let’s be careful, lest we get “too big for our britches!”  The point is not that America is the end all and should isolate itself from all other nations.  Rather, America needs to be America.  We need to put the best interests of the country ahead of personal or political gain, and we need to be strong and united.  (That seems to be Trump’s message.)  Most importantly, just as Scripture teaches us to be independent when it comes to taking responsibility for ourselves, interdependent when it comes to caring for one another, and dependent upon our Creator God alone, so our nation (and the world) would do well to cling to those Biblical principles.

But we see the opposite happening in Europe.  Elite businessmen and bankers put leaders such as new French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in power.  These two, and others like them, are pushing a One World Order, a system that will make the powerful even more powerful, and will pave the path for the antichrist.  Even the Pope is a player in this game, trying to ignite One World Religion.  (“We all worship the same God, so let’s all just be tolerant and get along!”)

And where is this leading?  Despite outlandish terror pouring through every opening, Europe continues to clamor for open borders.  “Tolerance” has allowed Islam to splash jihadist belief across all of Europe.  And believe it or not, at the G7 summit, the key issue was not terrorism or how to deal with worldwide nuclear escalation.  The key issue was climate change!  (BTW, climate change is the calling card of One World Order, as it sets the stage for “global cooperation.”  Mark my words…this whole agenda will grow bigger and bigger, and the US will become more and more isolated as European leaders and One World Order proponents bypass President Trump and go straight to large American corporations and liberal state and local leaders.)

Around the time President Trump was addressing the nonsense at the G7 summit, becoming more shunned by the Europeans (at times, because of his own rudeness), and being hammered by the American press, former President Obama made a speech in Germany (at the side of Angela Merkel) in which he said:

“If there’s conflict, if there’s bad governance, if there’s war, if there’s poverty, in this new world that we live in we can’t isolate ourselves. We can’t hide behind a wall.”

The statement was a slightly veiled stab at Trump’s policy to build a wall at America’s southern border.  However, building that wall would not be a wall to “hide behind,” but would be intended as a wall of protection against terror capable of entering our country with ease right now.  We don’t need “open borders” in America that invite terrorists to come in and set up shop.  We need a way to properly vet who comes and who goes, without the opportunity to pour across without that vetting.

Furthermore, when Obama refers to the “new world that we live in,” it has the marks of One World Order.  “Let’s not build walls anywhere, let’s just be one big happy family.  Everyone is welcome…. ” Like they are in Europe, Mr President?

Here is my point: the spirit of the antichrist is alive.  (No, I am NOT saying Obama is the antichrist.)  Europe is becoming very fertile soil for the antichrist, and Bible prophecy indicates that the antichrist will arise from a revived Roman empire.  If Europe is “one big happy family” with no borders (as the European Union is attempting to be), then Europe as a whole is certainly positioned to become that revived Roman empire.

There are lots of tentacles in this post.  Lots of theology to examine, and I encourage you to do so.  I’ve only scratched the surface, but have given you links to teachings that will help solidify what the Bible has to say about the antichrist, One World Order, One World Religion and, in general, the days in which we live.  Please make use of them!  Don’t be fooled…the Bible has much to say about end times, and we are watching end time prophecies come to pass right before our very eyes!

The Bible tells us to be prepared.  One way in which we prepare is to study to know and understand the season in which we live.  I pray you will take some time this weekend to do just that!  I plan to do likewise!

Blessings my friends…and keep looking for the Blessed Hope (the return of our Lord Jesus!)