THE LION OF JUDAH CLEANS OUT THE TEMPLE

On Monday, the first day after entering Jerusalem, Jesus went to the temple. According to St. Matthew, 21:12-13, here’s how that went:

Cleaning the Temple.1

“And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all those who sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those who sold doves, and said unto them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called the house of prayer,’ but ye have made it a den of thieves.”

The Gospels reveal that Jesus’ four day agenda, before celebrating the Feast of the Unleavened Bread, was full. There was much to teach, many to heal and much to reveal. But the first thing He did was go to the temple. Let’s look carefully at His visit.

The first thing that stands out is He assumed an attitude of complete authority. He did not ask who was in charge. He simply acted. Jesus demonstrated this lesson often. Even though we study and often wrestle with His words, we must understand that, when we made that decision to follow Him, we made a commitment to act. Much is expected of some but all can, at least, “tell the love of Jesus [and] say He died for all.”

All Must Know and Understand Jesus as the Lion of Judah

Then we see He “cast out all” salespeople and apparently bankers. Is He against sales and banking? Although many tell us He was, there is no evidence in His trip to the temple, or anywhere else in scripture, that He sees these services, when conducted honestly are anything but honorable. Honesty in business is a key lesson here. The overriding lesson for the church—for every congregation—is the church is a place for healing, worship and prayer. Period. May I say it again? According to Jesus’ action, He expects the church to be reserved for healing, worship and prayer.

The third thing His action clearly demonstrated is His contempt for and determination to expose the massive corruption of the temple priesthood. The moneychangers were at the temple at the behest of the Sanhedrin because pilgrims were in Jerusalem from countries around the known world for the Passover. The Sanhedrin needed bankers on hand to exchange foreign money before they could gouge the pilgrims for the required sacrificial lambs and doves.

The Sanhedrin raised sheep and doves to sell as sacrifices in the temple. Remember the Angel announced Christ’s coming to lowly shepherds watching flocks outside Bethlehem. “And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’” (St. Luke 2:10-12) The sweet irony is those simple shepherds were hired hands. They were watching the flocks belonging to the Sanhedrin. The temple priesthood was in Christ’s sights before He was born.

Finally the buyers were also cast out. Jesus was not against a pilgrim buying a dove, but they were as accountable for their actions in the temple as the Sanhedrin sellers. This should give us clarity about what our Lord thinks of our victim class and the do-gooders who advocate for them.

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THE LAMB OF GOD ENTERS JERUSALEM TO OBSERVE PASSOVER

Jesus’ followers believed He, like thousands of pilgrims who had come from all over the Roman world, went to Jerusalem to observe Passover. He would be there for the Passover meal Thursday. It was the reenactment of the original Passover nearly 15 centuries before. (Passover begins this year at sundown Friday, March 3 to end March 11 in Israel and March 10 for the Diaspora.)

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No one could have imagined how profoundly He would change the “blood of the lamb” within a week! His purpose was not apparent as He entered Jerusalem—except to Him. He knew His time was at hand. He also knew what was ahead just two generations hence for His people and His beloved Jerusalem. Read the account from St Luke 19:41-44 with me:

And when He had come near, He beheld the city and wept over it saying, “If thou had known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which must be for thy peace! But now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee around, and keep thee in on every side. And they shall lay thee even with the ground and thy children within thee; and they shalt not leave in thee one stone upon another, because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.”

Jesus wept for Jerusalem because He knew its pain, a pain that exists until this day with a Dome of the Rock on top one of the holiest sites in creation and rockets fired at God’s people almost daily. But we should weep because of the pain He bore for us. I heard on the radio that good people get to Heaven. I guess that’s right. I have just not heard of anyone good enough. But because of Him, because of His gift of salvation in His shed blood, I, a sinner, will be in Heaven washed white as snow. Centuries ago, the Negro slaves in America sang, “you can say He died for all.” That is right. I hope you too weep this week because you have accepted His gift of life and you can say, “He died for all.”

Tomorrow: The Lion of Judah

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THE EMERGING USA – IRAN AXIS: IRAN’S TYRANT IS EVIL—WHAT ABOUT AMERICA’S TYRANT?

President Obama gave us his head fake on Iran a week ago as he addressed the “people and leaders” of Iran on their Nawruz holiday. An example was his declaration that Ayatollah Khamenei had issued a fatwa against nuclear weapons. The fatwa didn’t happen and doesn’t exist. The equally devious Khamenei, convinced Obama is weak, rejected the American position the next day, screaming, “Death to America.”

The government of the Iranian mullahs has been consistent since its terrorist—and death to America—beginning in 1979. It quickly became the number one state (or any) sponsor of terror in the world. The evil in this government and its ruler, Ayatollah Khamenei was never in doubt. What about an American President? He came into office with the goal and plan to expand the influence of Islam in general and committed to make Iran a regional power and main Middle East ally of the United States of America. It isn’t that he didn’t care what happened to Israel, he intended to sacrifice it.

Let’s start with the sacrifice of Israel. White House Chief of Staff, Denis McDonough characterized Israel’s possession of the West Bank territory as, “An occupation that has lasted more than 50 [and] years must end.” McDonough, speaking, at J Street’s annual conference in Washington, called Netanyahu’s election opponents “our partners.” Partners indeed! Obama vigorously but illegally worked to defeat the Netanyahu reelection. He funneled Millions of U.S. donations (including $300,000 federal funds) to oppose Netanyahu. He also sent a top campaign team to sweep Netanyahu out of his way. This is illegal. But why would this Regime notice? One part of the electorate the Obama guided group focused on were Israeli Arabs, hence Netanyahu’s need to deal with the ‘Arab vote’ at the end of the campaign.

Tuesday the Obama Regime accused Israel of spying on The United States in talks over Iran’s nuclear program and using the intelligence gathered to persuade Congress to undermine the talks. Obama was said to be furious. This entire story was made up. Israel immediately responded they had not spied on America but did have an ear in the Iranian delegation. Tuesday afternoon House Speaker John Boehner declared in a statement, “I read that story this morning, and frankly, I was a bit shocked. There was no information revealed to me whatsoever.”

Then, Wednesday, an Israel National News headline screamed, US Declassified Document Revealing Israel’s Nuclear Program.

The answer to the question that began this post is, you can’t draw a moral distinction between the Khamenei Regime and the Obama Regime. Evil must be called by its name.

How are the negotiations going with Iran?

After landing in Switzerland Wednesday morning, Secretary of State Kerry, addressing U.S. ambassadors, assailed opponents of a deal.

“What happens if, as our critics propose, we just walk away from a plan that the rest of the world were to deem to be reasonable? Well, the talks would collapse. Iran would have the ability to go right back spinning its centrifuges and enriching to the degree they want… And the sanctions will not hold.

 “Our job to provide an agreement that is as good as we said it will be; that will get the job done; that shuts off the four pathways to a nuclear weapon.

“[The alternative to diplomacy] could mean Iran is left to just expand its program full-speed ahead. You know we can’t accept that. So where does that take you? Anybody standing up in opposition to this has an obligation to stand up and put a viable, realistic alternative on the table. And I have yet to see anybody do that.”

One day later, Thursday, the Free Beacon headline blared:

U.S. Caves to Key Iranian Demands as Nuke Deal Comes Together

Limited options for Congress as Obama seeks to bypass lawmakers

If by now you are like me, you are very sad. I have used tough language for this Regime before. This requires a new a clearer level. Barak Obama and his Regime are evil. Barak Obama and his Regime are lawless. Barak Obama and his Regime are bent on the destruction of Israel, of Western Civilization and the destruction of America herself. If the Congress will not or cannot act, the only hope may be a popular uprising. I have no idea of how that would start or who would lead it. We have been driven to a place we have not been before. I am only clear on one thing concerning this uncharted territory. This Regime is pure evil therefore those who find a place for themselves “on the wall” will be on the side of God.

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BOWE BERGDAHL IS THE SYMBOL OF THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY

Two headlines yesterday, Iran-backed rebels loot Yemen files about U.S. spy operations and Kerry lands in Switzerland for make-or-break Iran nuke talks seem inexplicable. The rational question would be, “Is this insanity?” The answer is no, this is pretty much what Obama set out to do when he ran for the Presidency. Bowe Bergdahl, and all the images that go with him, is the ideal symbol for this tragic period.

Many know Bergdahl was charged with two profoundly serious counts. If you missed the news, watch it now:

It is inconceivable that Bergdahl will be acquitted on either desertion or the more serious misbehavior before the enemy charge. With a conviction certain, remember back to the Bergdahl beginning in the White House Rose Garden.

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Of course the President didn’t tell the truth; nothing new there. But the price for the return of, what Obama knew was a deserter, was unquestionable the highest in history. We can never forget these two images of the immediate cost. These five leaders are the most valuable resources the Taliban has:

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Obama did not have the parents of any of these dead American heroes to the White House:

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Yes indeed, Bowe Bergdahl, and all the images that go with him, is the ideal symbol for this tragic period. Brad Thor summarized it perfectly:

Thor says it all

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WHY THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY SYSTEM MUST BE DESTROYED

America’s entire education system has failed. K-12 can be corrected with carefully designed federal and state vouchers providing for parental choice, control and responsibility. The competitive options are already available.

Universities are another matter for several reasons. Here are two.

First, university costs, without competitive forces, have skyrocketed in the past 30 years while the ability to deliver real learning very cheaply is digitally exploding exponentially. The university business model cannot be fixed by even major tweaking.

Second, liberal thought and its false, and profoundly un-American, principles rule all (except a few Christian) universities completely.  This destructive system is ruining a generation of young Americans and is as ruinous to America as the Obama Regime. Project Veritas uncovered this astonishing commitment to the false principle of diversity by a Cornell University Dean. Watch it!

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YOU MAY BE THE REASON OBAMA ASSEMBLED HIS PRIVATE ARMY

Under the language of the Bush originated Homeland Security Law, Obama has been able to militarize portions of 73 Federal agencies. We noticed this trend as far back as 2012 and wrote about it in 2013 noticing the millions of military weaponry and billions of rounds of antipersonnel ammunition. Two years later there is more ammunition and far more effective control. Here in its entirety, with links, is a current post by Michael Greibrok at FreedomWorks Blog:

Obama army

Currently there are 73 federal agencies that have full-time armed officers with arresting authority. According to a 2008 report by the Department of Justice, there were 120,000 full-time law enforcement officers working for federal agencies and 24 different federal agencies employed at least 250 full-time officers. Federal agencies with at least 250 full-time officers included the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Mint, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Veterans Health Administration.

While speaking before the Constitutional Convention in 1787, James Madison said, “A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.” Despite this strong warning from our founders more than 200 years ago, today’s federal government has quietly accrued significant policing powers in a wide array of agencies.

These federal enforcement officers are authorized to carry weapons and make arrests from Section 812 of the 2002 Homeland Security Act. This law authorizes the Offices of the Inspector General within each federal agency, which traditionally look for fraud and waste within the agency, to have officers that carry firearms, seek and execute warrants for arrests and makes arrests without a warrant while engaged in official duties. This section is rarely discussed because the actual language seems somewhat inconsequential. But in practice this law has changed how law enforcement is carried out at the federal level.

While there are federal agencies that should carry weapons and have arresting authority, such as the FBI, Secret Service, DEA and US Marshals, these agencies had this authority before the 2002 Homeland Security Act. They would keep this authority even if the agencies not traditionally involved in law enforcement activities lost their arresting powers. Unfortunately, the expansion of federal enforcement authority has been accompanied by an increase in the abuse of that power. There have been many examples of abuses by different agencies that have not traditionally had law enforcement officers and have been in a rush to use their new authority:

  • The Department of Education raided the home of Kenneth Wrightlooking for his estranged wife who was accused of misusing federal aid for students. Officers from the Department dragged Mr. Wright out of his house in his boxers at 6 a.m., threw him to the ground and handcuffed him. While this occurred his children — ages 3, 9 and 11 — were left in a patrol car for two hours. His estranged wife no longer lived at the house and was not there at the time of the raid.
  • Officers in full SWAT gear from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Servicestormed the home of Kathy and George Norris. The agents instigated the raid for George’s failure to file the proper paperwork for orchids he imported. Kathy and George were grandparents in their 60s when the raid took place.
  • The EPA led a joint raidalong with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Coast Guard, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (the guys that predict the weather) and the U.S. Park Service on a mining operation for possible violations of the Clean Water Act.
  • The Bureau of Land Managementhad a long standoff with Cliven Bundy, a rancher, over his use of federal land to graze his cattle.
  • In 2010 the FDA raided Dan Allyger’s Rainbow Acres Farm, an Amish farm in Pennsylvania, because he had been selling unpasteurized milk across state lines.

The potential for abuse increases as more federal agencies establish armed law enforcement officers. In addition to those already mentioned, agencies with police power include: the Small Business Administration, Social Security Administration (which three years ago asked to purchase 174,000 rounds of .357 Sig 125 grain bonded jacketed hollow point bullets), Federal Reserve Board, Department of Energy, Office of Personnel Management and the Railroad Retirement Board, among others.

This is not to say that these agencies do not encounter circumstances where armed officers would be prudent, or even necessary, but under such circumstances they should call federal agencies with experience, such as the FBI, or coordinate with local law enforcement.

Like Madison, the rest of our Constitution’s framers would be extremely uncomfortable with federal executive agencies carrying out police raids. Most were students of history and recalled the horrors that a standing militarized police force brought to Europe and ancient Rome. The framers were especially concerned with the British practice of sending troops to the Colonies, and using them as a police force to harass the Colonists. The Third Amendment was as much a response to the use of the military to police the citizenry as it was a response to the forced housing of soldiers.

Last year, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) sponsored the Regulatory Agency Demilitarization Act, which would have removed arresting authority from agencies not traditionally authorized to carry weapons or make arrests.

In a press release announcing the bill, Rep. Stewart said, “When there are genuinely dangerous situations involving federal law, that’s the job of the Department of Justice, not regulatory agencies like the FDA or the Department of Education. Not only is it overkill, but having these highly-armed units within dozens of agencies is duplicative, costly, heavy handed, dangerous and destroys any sense of trust between citizens and the federal government.” The president and a majority in both houses of Congress should be able to support this sentiment.

Under the 2002 Homeland Security Act we have seen a massive expansion of police activities carried out by federal agencies. The agents carrying out these activities generally take the form of militarized SWAT teams. This has left Americans wondering why officials from the Department of Education or EPA are barging into their homes and businesses dressed in full SWAT gear.

Our framers faced these same abuses at the hands of the British military during the lead up to the Revolutionary War. They designed the Constitution to protect us from these abuses. We should support a commonsense law, like the Regulatory Agency Demilitarization Act, because it would do much to protect us from these abuses.

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THE OBAMA HEAD FAKE ON A DEAL WITH IRAN

Actually posted March 22, 2015  7:21 p.m. CDT

While we necessarily focus on President Obama’s Palestinian gambit and his assault on Israel, we must keep A CLOSE eye on his Iran deal shenanigans. He sent a personal Nowruz video message to the Iranian people and leaders Thursday blaming “hard-liners” in Iran and America as well as other countries (read Israel) for lack of an agreement. He spoke almost poetically to the Iranian people about how wonderful their world would be if, with their support, an agreement could be reached. Take a look:

The sweet talk was completely filled with misleading language. The oft repeated declaration that Ayatollah Khamenei had issued a fatwa against nuclear weapons is a perfect example. The fatwa didn’t happen and doesn’t exist. One of our favorites, Andy McCarthy wrote Monday:

But the “fatwa” in question does not exist.

The invaluable Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has done extensive research into compilations of Khamenei’s published fatwas. (See here and here, and citations therein.) No such fatwa has ever been published.

In a sharia state, particularly the one in Iran that is actually run by the country’s top sharia jurists, fatwas are important statements of governing law, like statutes are in the U.S. Yet despite repeated requests, Iran has never produced the purported anti-nuclear weapons fatwa from Khamenei.

The Iranian Regime’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei response was predictable. From Iranian Press TV via William A Jacobson AT Legal Insurrection:

“Obama’s Norouz message included dishonest assertions and his claim of friendship for Iranian people was not sincere,” the Leader said, noting that Obama’s claim that there are people in Iran who do not want nuclear case to be resolved through diplomacy is a lie.

What the Iranian nation is resisting against is bullying approach of the United States, Ayatollah Khamenei noted.

“They [the Americans] say [to Iranian negotiators] ‘you come here and listen to what we say and implement them word for word’. But our nation will resist against it and will never accept this.”

The second point, Ayatollah Khamenei said, negotiations with the United States are just about the nuclear case and does not cover regional issues or issues related to Iran’s domestic issues, including defense matters.

“Iran and the US have opposite views on regional issues. We want security and calm in the region, but the Arrogant powers led by the America pursue the policy of sowing insecurity in the region, which is quite the opposite of our goals.”

The third point, as put by the Leader, was removal of anti-Iran sanctions, which should be discussed as a part of nuclear talks, and should not be considered a result of those talks.

Ayatollah Khamenei added, “The America says ‘we sign the agreement and monitor [Iran’s] behavior and then remove the sanctions’. This is erroneous and unacceptable and Iran will never accept this. This is the Americans’ ploy. Removal of sanctions should be part of any agreement.”

The Ayatollah’s sharp blowback doesn’t matter to Obama. The Nowruz message was a head fake to give him room with you, me, our elected leaders and some in the media.

Obama seems almost certain to miss his end of March deadline for an agreement with Iran. He will extend the deadline and make a deal acceptable to Iran’s Supreme Leader. That Obama and Secretary Kerry lie about this as well as other hot spots doesn’t matter. That Khamenei and his leadership team are not fooled and publicly rebuke Obama/Kerry doesn’t matter. That most Americans, specifically the national media, will believe much of what Obama/Kerry say and not know or care what the Iranian response is is what Obama needs. It is critical he does not get it.

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