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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

U.S. President launched the biggest U.S. gun-control push in generations

President Barack Obama launched the biggest U.S. gun-control push in generations on Wednesday, urging Congress to approve an assault weapons ban and background checks for all gun buyers to prevent mass shootings like the Newtown school massacre.

Rolling out a wide-ranging plan for executive and legislative action to curb gun violence, Obama set up a fierce clash with the powerful U.S. gun lobby and its supporters in Congress, who will resist what they see as an encroachment on constitutionally protected gun rights.

Obama presented his agenda at a White House event in front of an audience that included relatives of some of the 20 first-graders who were killed along with six adults by a gunman on December 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

"We can't put this off any longer," Obama said, vowing to use "whatever weight this office holds" to make his proposals reality. "Congress must act soon."

In an indication of how bitter the political fight over gun control could be, the National Rifle Association released an advertisement hours before Obama spoke that accused the president of hypocrisy for accepting armed Secret Service protection for his daughters. The White House condemned the ad as "repugnant.

Until now, Obama had done little to change America's gun culture. But just days before his second inauguration, he appears determined to champion gun control in his next term, which also will be dominated by debt fights with Congress and a likely debate over immigration reform.

His plan calls on Congress to renew a prohibition on assault weapons sales that expired in 2004, require criminal background checks on all gun purchases, including closing a loophole for gun show sales, and pass a new federal gun trafficking law -- long sought by big-city mayors to keep out-of-state guns off their streets.

He also announced 23 steps he intends to take immediately without congressional approval. These include improvements in the existing system for background checks, lifting the ban on federal research on gun violence, putting more counselors and "resource officers" in schools and better access to mental health services.


Obama, who has called the Newtown massacre the worst day of his presidency, looked down into the audience and addressed the parents of one of the Sandy Hook victims, Grace McDonald, 7, saying he had hung one of her paintings in his private study.

"Every time I look at that painting, I think about Grace, and I think about the life that she lived and the life that lay ahead of her, and most of all I think about how when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable among us, we must act now," he said.

As he announced the new gun measures, Obama was flanked on the stage by children from around the country chosen from among those who sent letters to him about gun violence and school safety.

"We should learn from what happened at Sandy Hook. I feel really bad," 8-year-old Grant Fritz wrote in a portion that Obama read from the podium.

The most contentious piece of the package is Obama's call for a renewed ban on military-style assault weapons, a move that is unlikely to win approval because Republicans who control the House of Representatives are expected to oppose it.

The Newtown gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, used a Bushmaster AR-15 type assault rifle to shoot his victims, most of them 6- and 7-year-olds, before killing himself.

Law enforcement experts have noted, however, that the kind of tighter background checks that Obama is proposing would probably not have prevented the Connecticut school massacre because the gunman's weapon was purchased legally by his mother.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a staunch gun control advocate, said tighter controls were needed no matter what.

"No piece of legislation is perfect and no piece of legislation is 100 percent effective. Think of it like a speeding limit. You may every once in a while violate the speeding limit, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't have speeding limits - they protect people's lives. And the same thing is true here," he told reporters.

Underscoring the tough political fight ahead, the NRA launched an advertising campaign against Obama's gun control effort and deployed its lobbyists in force on Capitol Hill.

The NRA took aim at Obama in a TV and Internet spot, accusing him of being "just another elitist hypocrite" for accepting Secret Service protection for his young daughters but turning down the lobby group's proposal to put armed guards in all schools.

"Only honest, law-abiding gun owners will be affected and our children will remain vulnerable to the inevitability of more tragedy," the group said after Obama's announcement.

Administration officials sketched out the contours of their legislative goals in a conference call with reporters but offered no draft legislation or any clear explanation of how they would overcome congressional hurdles.

With gun ownership rights enshrined in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, gun restrictions have long been a divisive - and risky - issue in American politics.

But polls show that public sentiment shifted in favor of increased gun-control measures after the Newtown shooting, and Obama hopes to take advantage while there is a mood for action in Washington.

The usual pattern after U.S. shooting tragedies is that memories of the events soon fade, making it hard to sustain a push for gun policy changes.

Obama acknowledged the political challenges but made clear he is prepared to take on the NRA, despite its support among Republicans and significant backing among Democrats.

He warned that opponents of his effort would try to "gin up fear" and urged lawmakers to put children's safety above getting an "'A' grade from the gun lobby that supports their campaign."


Michael Steel, a spokesman for Republican House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, was noncommittal. "House committees of jurisdiction will review these recommendations. And if the Senate passes a bill, we will also take a look at that," he said.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a pro-gun rights Democrat from Nevada, also responded cautiously, calling Obama's recommendations "thoughtful" and saying "all options should be on the table" to curb gun violence.

Obama's treads carefully on the question of whether violent movies and video games contribute to the gun violence.

A senior administration official said, however, that Obama would be asking for $10 million for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study the root causes of gun violence, including any relationship to video games and media images.

Wednesday's proposals stem from a monthlong review led by Vice President Joe Biden, who met with advocates on both sides, including representatives from the weapons and entertainment industries.

Obama also nominated Todd Jones to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, quietly abandoning Andrew Traver, whose nomination for the job has long been stalled. Jones is currently the acting director of the law enforcement agency.


America Without Breasts

Joseph Herrin (01-15-2013)

Perusing the headlines this morning I encountered an article that bore clear marks of being a spiritual parable of America and her government. It was related to the recent Miss America Pageant held this past week, culminating in the crowning of Miss America 2013 on January 12th. The article I came across focused on the contestant from the District of Columbia, Allyn Rose. What was reported was so unusual and exceptionally symbolic that my attention was arrested. I was led to pursue the matter further to discern what is being signified.

The article was reporting on this 24 year old beauty pageant contestant who has decided to undergo a double mastectomy as a preventative measure against breast cancer though she has no signs of the disease, and does not carry the genetic markers for it.

Allyn Rose - Miss District of Columbia

Miss America contestant to undergo preventive double mastectomy after Saturday competition
By Associated Press, Published: January 11

LAS VEGAS — Win or lose Saturday, Miss America contestant Allyn Rose will have conveyed a message about breast cancer prevention using her primary tool as a beauty queen: her body.

The 24-year-old Miss DC plans to undergo a double mastectomy after she struts in a bikini and flaunts her roller skating talent. She is removing both breasts as a preventive measure to reduce her chances of developing the disease that killed her mother, grandmother and great aunt.

“My mom would have given up every part of her body to be here for me, to watch me in the pageant,” she said between dress rehearsals and preliminary competitions at Planet Hollywood on the Las Vegas Strip Wednesday. “If there’s something that I can do to be proactive, it might hurt my body, it might hurt my physical beauty, but I’m going to be alive...”

Rose said it was her father who first broached the subject, during her freshman year of college, two years after the death of her mother

“I said, ‘Dad I’m not going to do that. I like the body I have.’ He got serious and said, ‘Well then you’re going to end up dead like your mom.’”

She has pondered that conversation for the past three years, during which she has worked as a model and won several pageants, including Miss Maryland USA, Miss Sinergy and the Miss District of Columbia competition, which put her in the running for Saturday’s bonanza.

With her angular face, pale blonde hair and watchful blue eyes, Rose is unusually reserved. She acknowledged that she comes off as more of an ice-queen than a girl next door

“You have to block out everything and I think sometimes that makes me appear a little cold,” she said. “But it’s because I had to be my own mentor, I had to be my own best friend...”

She plans to have reconstructive surgery, but said the procedure has complications and there is no guarantee that she will regain her pageant-approved bust...

This kind of pre-emptive surgery has divided the medical community as well. For someone in her early 20s to have the procedure is “very unusual,” said Todd Tuttle, chief of surgical oncology at the University of Minnesota.

Sandra Swain, medical director of Washington Cancer Institute in Washington, DC, fears that women who have lost family members to breast cancer could take Rose’s example too literally.

“We’re seeing a rise in prophylactic mastectomies and a lot of it is not for a medical reason; it is because of fear and anxiety,” she said.

Rose does not carry the “breast cancer genes” BRCA1 and BRCA2, but she did inherit a rare genetic mutation which might predispose her to the disease...

Rose initially said that if she won the crown, she would postpone her surgery until after her year as a title-holder. But while shopping for earrings to match her black velvet pageant gown Wednesday, she said she was now considering having the surgery during her reign as a way of inscribing her platform of breast cancer prevention on her body.

“I’ve been thinking how powerful that might be to have a Miss America say, ‘I might be Miss America but I’m still going to have surgery. I’m going to take control of my own life, my own health care,’” she said. “So I guess it’s up to what happens on Saturday night.”
[Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/]

Miss DC, Allyn Rose, did not win the pageant. She placed 24th in the competition. She will still reign as Miss District of Columbia until the next DC pageant in June. As the representative from the nation’s capital, the center for American government, there is much symbolized in the life of this young woman. Miss DC uniquely stands as a symbol of American government. To understand what is spiritually symbolized by the removal of the breasts we must look to the Scriptures.

Isaiah 66:10-13
Be joyful with Jerusalem and rejoice for her, all you who love her; Be exceedingly glad with her, all you who mourn over her, that you may nurse and be satisfied withher comforting breasts, that you may suck and be delighted with her bountiful bosom." For thus says Yahweh, "Behold, I extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream; and you shall be nursed, you shall be carried on the hip and fondled on the knees. As one whom his mothercomforts, so I will comfort you; and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem."

In this passage from Isaiah we see that the breasts are a fountain of life and are symbolic of bounty, peace, and comfort. In contrast, the removal of the breasts is emblematic of poverty, unrest, and discomfort. When a female representative of Washington, D.C. declares to the world that she is going to have her breasts removed, a spiritual message is being pronounced. Washington will no longer be a source of life, nor a comfort to her people. Death will flow from the halls of power. Comfort and peace will be “cut off” from the people.

Miss District of Columbia - Allyn Rose

It is significant that in the article cited, Allyn Rose admits to being thought of as “cold.”

She acknowledged that she comes off as more of an ice-queen than a girl next door.“You have to block out everything and I think sometimes that makes me appear a little cold,” she said.

A woman without breasts presents an image of coldness. The breasts elicit associations to that which is comforting, that which is warm and feminine. They exude a softness that is lacking in a male. Further adding to this absence of nurturing femininity is the first name of the woman who is representing the District of Columbia.

Allyn - Masculine

Note that the gender of this name is masculine. No longer will Washington D.C. exude any of those characteristics associated with femininity and motherhood. She has become cold, and hard. No longer will there be comfort in the embrace of America’s leaders. No longer will life flow from the halls of Congress, or from within the walls of the White House. An icy hard, masculine persona, devoid of the gentler and kinder attributes associated with womanhood, will come forth.

It was reported in the Washington Post article that Allyn Rose won the 1st Miss Sinergy pageant which was held in Washington, D.C.. This pageant began in 2009 and is sponsored by The Sinergy Group. The corporate name is a corruption of the word “synergy” which means “the interaction of elements that when combined produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements.” We can identify what the parts being combined are as we examine the name of the company. The name Sinergy is a merging of the words “Sin” and “Energy.” The website of the company defines their services in the following way.

Miss Sinergy is a woman empowerment program, founded in 2009 by the Sinergy group, an umbrella corporation that provides services for event coordination, nightlife promotion, and audio visual services.
[Source: http://misssinergy.com/]

This D.C. based company promotes “nightlife.” It organizes an array of events that are typically held at night and which focus upon drinking, wild music, and sex. As the first ever winner of the Miss Sinergy pageant, and the current representative of the Miss District of Columbia pageant, Allyn Rose symbolizes the darkness and sensuality of the nation. Even as the government promotes sexual promiscuity through the education system and the funding of Planned Parenthood, and is an advocate of sexual deviancy as it pushes a homosexual agenda across the nation, Allyn Rose has been a representative of this darkness promoting sin-energy group, and a representative of Washington, D.C., linking the two together.

Yahweh has testified that governments and nations that give themselves to a pursuit of wickedness will fall under His judgment. In Yahweh’s words to the prophet Ezekiel judgment and the “tearing of the breasts” are linked together.

Ezekiel 23:30-35
“These things will be done to you because you have played the harlot with the nations, because you have defiled yourself with their idols. You have walked in the way of your sister; therefore I will give her cup into your hand. Thus says Yahweh God, 'You will drink your sister's cup, which is deep and wide. You will be laughed at and held in derision; It contains much. You will be filled with drunkenness and sorrow, the cup of horror and desolation, the cup of your sister Samaria. And you will drink it and drain it. Then you will gnaw its fragments and tear your breasts; for I have spoken,' declares Yahweh God. Therefore, thus says Yahweh God, 'Because you have forgotten Me and cast Me behind your back, bear now the punishment of your lewdness and your harlotries.'”

These words describe a similar judgment as that which is to befall America. A cup of drunkenness and sorrow, a cup of horror and desolation, is being presented to America. This was the very thing that A.A. Allen prophesied as he related a vision that God gave to him on July 4, 1954. Following is an excerpt:

As I looked, suddenly from the sky I saw a giant hand reach down. That gigantic hand was reaching out toward the Statue of Liberty. In a moment her gleaming torch was torn from her hand, and in it instead was placed a cup; and I saw protruding from that great cup a giant sword, shining as if a great light had been turned upon its glistening edge. Never before had I seen such a sharp, glistening, dangerous sword. It seemed to threaten all the world. As the great cup was placed in the hand of the Statue of Liberty, I heard these words, "Thus saith the Lord of hosts, drink ye and be drunken and spue and fall and rise no more because of the sword which I will send." As I heard these words, I recognized them as a quotation from Jeremiah 25:27.

I was amazed to hear the Statue of Liberty speak out in reply, "I WILL NOT DRINK!"

Then as the voice of the thunder, I heard again the voice of the Lord saying, "Ye shall certainly drink." (Jeremiah 25:28) Then suddenly the giant hand forced the cup to the lips of the Statue of Liberty, and she became powerless to defend herself. The mighty hand of God forced her to drink every drop from the cup. As she drank the bitter dregs, these were the words that I heard: "Should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished, for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the Lord of hosts." (Jeremiah 27:29)

When the cup was withdrawn from the lips of the Statute of Liberty, I noticed the sword was missing from the cup, which could mean but one thing. THE CONTENTS OF THE CUP HAD BEEN COMPLETELY CONSUMED! I knew that the sword merely typified war, death, and destruction, which is no doubt on the way.

Then as one drunken on too much wine, I saw the Statue of Liberty become unsteady on her feet and begin to stagger and to lose her balance. I saw her splashing in the gulf, trying to regain her balance. I saw her stagger again and again and fall to her knees. As I saw her desperate attempts to regain her balance and rise to her feet again, my heart was moved as never before with compassion for her struggles; but as she staggered there in the gulf, once again I heard these words: "Drink ye and be drunken and spue and fall and rise no more because of the sword which I will send among you." (Jeremiah 25:37)
[End Excerpt]

People of God, it is an extraordinary event for a young woman in the blush of youth to announce to the world that she is going to remove her breasts. That this woman is wearing the pageant crown for the District of Columbia, and this is occurring at a time when Barack Obama is about to be inaugurated for a second term, reveals many things. America will no longer be known as a nation of prosperity and comfort. Death will stalk the land. An icy cold, rigid, authoritarian government will arise while the liberty and freedoms of the people will be no more.

Allyn Rose, by choosing to have her breasts cut away with a surgeon’s knife, will never nurse children. She will present an image of barrenness which is befitting America in the hour of her fall. A time of weeping lies ahead; a time of sorrow in which there will be no comfort. Yahshua foresaw a similar time approaching for Jerusalem, and He declared the following to her daughters.

Luke 23:28-31
But Yahshua turning to them said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, stop weeping for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For behold, the days are coming when they will say, 'Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, andthe breasts that never nursed.' Then they will begin to say to the mountains, 'Fall on us,' and to the hills, 'Cover us.' For if they do these things in the green tree, what will happen in the dry?"

Many things are being testified all around us about the hour which is at hand. It is a time to be sober, to be vigilant. Press into the presence of the Father. Put away a pursuit of the world and the things in it. Surrender your life to be fully led by the Spirit of Christ. “Pursue humility. Pursue righteousness that perhaps you may be hidden in the day of the Lord’s wrath.”

May you be blessed with peace and understanding in these days.

Joseph Herrin

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Iranian Army rejects media claims on US warplanes intrusion

An Iranian Army commander has rejected media claims that several US warplanes have intruded into the Islamic Republic’s airspace.

“These [reports] are psychological operations, and they are trying to cover their latest weaknesses by disseminating unconfirmed and false news,” Deputy Chief of the Army for Coordination Brigadier General Mohammad Hossein Dadras said on Tuesday.

Some media reports recently claimed that several US warplanes, taking off from American bases in Germany, intruded into the Islamic Republic’s airspace before landing in Iraq.

In early November, Iran’s military repelled an unidentified aircraft that had entered the country’s airspace “above the territorial waters of the Islamic Republic in the Persian Gulf.”

The Pentagon claimed two Iranian warplanes had fired at a US drone as it conducted a routine, but classified, surveillance mission over the Persian Gulf about 16 nautical miles off the Iranian coast.

On November 23, 2012, Iran’s Ambassador to UN Mohammad Khazaei submitted two letters to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council, complaining against the repeated violations of the country’s airspace by US drones and the illegal moves of US Navy warships in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.

On December 4, 2011, the Iranian Army's electronic warfare unit downed an RQ-170 Sentinel stealth drone after it crossed into Iran's airspace over the border with neighboring Afghanistan.

Press TV

The Rapture by Doc Marquis Part 1

The Rapture
The “Rapture” is one of the simplest concepts found in the Holy Bible. So mote a point was it that the Apostles, who walked with our Risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, didn’t even bother to make it a doctrine. Nor should it be! It’s only when we add our own opinions and perspectives into it, does the Rapture become a confusing issue.
Before we begin looking at the scriptures which will prove the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church, 2 points need to be explained:
1) Has God ever “punished the righteous with the unrighteous?” The answer is a very simple…no! Tear through the scriptures if you will and try to find just one righteous person who was punished along with the unrighteous. You will be wasting your time because no such event has ever occurred. And when we apply a little bit of common sense, then it wouldn’t make sense for such an event to occur. Who would want to worship a God who would unjustifiably punish a righteous person with unrighteous people who have earned such punishments?!
2) The next point I will make is through a question: “What is an appointment?” By definition, an appointment is a time and a place someone is supposed to be for something to happen. One very quick and easy example: you have an appointment made with your doctor which means that “appointment” commits you to be “at a time and a place” to see him. Simple enough!
In I Thess. 5:9 it reads: “For God hath not appointed us to wrath…” In other words, we are not designated to have “a time or a place” where we will have to face the wrath of God. There will be those times where God will punish us for something we’ve done but, facing the whole of the wrath of God is something else.
Why aren’t we appointed to face the wrath of God? What makes us (Born-Again Christians) so special that we avoid such an event? The answer is found in Jn. 3:36. It reads: “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”
Because we are saved we do not face the “wrath of God” nor have “an appointment to face His wrath.” Those who are not saved not only have “the wrath of God” abiding on them, but many will also “drink of the wine of the wrath of God” (Rev. 14:10).
We also find out “…the wrath of God…” is going to be poured out “…upon the earth...” (Rev. 16:1 – 17). Since the Bible already clearly pointed out that “God hath not appointed us unto wrath” then we cannot be present during the Tribulation Period since His wrath is going to be poured out upon the whole of the earth. It’s that straightforward; it’s that clear cut:
1) We do not have an appointment to face the wrath of God.
2) Which means we cannot be here during the Tribulation Period,
3) Because the wrath of God is going to be poured out upon the whole of the earth.
Only when we begin to put in “our opinions” or “our perspective” does the Rapture, which is so straightforward, become unclear. Quite frankly, “If God wanted our opinion He would’ve asked for it!”

The Definition of the word Rapture
The word Rapture is derived from the Greek word harpazo. This word, harpazo, has many meanings to it but each of them has a similar definition. This word is used 17 times and in 13 verses in the Greek New Testament, and you’re about to see that they’re used in a number of different ways, yet, they each hold to a very similar definition:
1) In Mt. 13:19 and Jn. 10:12 the word “catcheth” is the Greek word “harpazo” which, in those two cases means “carry off”.
2) In Mt. 11:12 where the words read “take” and “by force” the Greek word “harpazo” is literally (verbatim) translated to mean “take” (for the word “take”) and “by force” (for the words “by force”). This occurs once again, with the same words “take” and “by force” in Jn. 6:15 and the Greek word “harpazo” is once again applied for both words (“take” and “by force”).
3) In Acts 23:10, where is reads “take him” and “by force”, the Greek word “harpazo” is first defined as “to take” and then next defined as “forcibly”.
3) In Jn. 10: 28 and Jn. 10:29 the word “pluck” is the Greek word “harpazo” which means, in those two verses, “to take”.
4) In Jude 23 the word “pulling” is the Greek word harpazo” which is translated to mean “to lead away”.
5) In Acts 8:39 the words “caught away” is the Greek word “harpazo” which means“carry(ied) caught away”.
6) In I Thes. 4:17 and Rev. 12:5 when the words “caught up” are being used, they’re the Greek word “harpazo” which means “caught up”. That was an easy one to translate.
7) In II Cor. 12:2 and II Cor. 12:4 where it reads “caught up”; they too are the Greek word“harpazo” which means “caught up”.
8) In Jn. 10:12 where the word “catcheth” is used, it’s the Greek word “harpazo” which means“catch”.
I’m sure by now you can easily see that the Greek word “harpazo” has several different words used to translate it into English, however the definition revolves around the same meaning:“something or someone that is being physically removed or relocated”. This is the essence of the word “harpazo” and is applicable to all 17 examples in those 13 verses. And we shall be using the words “physically removed” as our general definition for the word Rapture. If we were to try and use all the various different words for Rapture, such as: catch up, take by force, catch away, pluck, catch, pull, to seize, carry off by force, to seize on, to snatch out, to snatch away, etc. we’d all be crazy by the time we were finished with this study. Suffice it to say, we shall use the general term to “physically remove” for this study.
Before moving on any further, allow me to explain something to you. In our normal, everyday conversation, we never use the word “harpazo” unless we’re having a Greek conversation. Instead, we will use the word “Rapture”. Now, the word “Rapture” is the Latin word for the Greek word “harpazo” and it carries with it the same meaning. This is simply a transliteration, which means translating the spelling of a word into another language. In other words:
1) “harpazo” is a Greek word (which when we transliterate it into Latin becomes the word“rapio”)
2) “rapio” is a Latin word (which when we transliterate it into English becomes the word“rapture”)
3) “rapture” is an English word (All 3 words, “harpazo”, “rapio”, and “rapture” have the same meaning). They just have a different origin in a different language. And that’s it! The meaning remains unchanged.
There are those people who will say (and I’ve heard this one plenty of times over decades) that the word “Rapture” doesn’t appear in the Bible. First of all, the word “Bible” doesn’t appear in the Bible. Yet, I still know I’m reading a “Bible”. So that excuse is foolish and juvenile at best.
The word “Rapio”, which is where we derive the English word “Rapture” from, is found in the Bible; the Latin Vulgate translation of the Bible to be precise.
Another group of people out there have told me that the word “Rapture” is a word that has only been recently used and applied in any Biblical sense; such as the Church is going to be raptured before the Tribulation Period, or in any Biblical meaning of the word. And this is one of those times when my Christian feathers really begin to get ruffled because those people have either: not studied the literary applications of the word Rapture, or they’re just lying to you, knowingly or unknowingly. In either case, they would be lying to you. And they have quite a number of reasons to lie to you, and none of them are good reasons.
If you want to immediately get into the heart of this study, please scroll down to where it reads“What Constitutes a Rapture”. For everyone else, I’m going to reveal to you how those people who say the Rapture is a new concept are either lying to you or, have never studied the word Rapture before.
The reason so many people are saying that the word Rapture is only a recent term for certain Biblical events, is mainly due to an event that happened back in 1830.
Back in 1830 a 15 year old girl of Irish/Scottish decent named Margaret McDonald, had a vision of a “Post-Tribulation” Rapture. Notice carefully, her vision was a “Post-Tribulation” vision and not a “Pre-Tribulation” Rapture. She said:
1) “This is the fiery trial which is to try us – It will be for the purging and purifying of the real members of the body of Jesus.”
2) “The trial of the Church is from Antichrist. It is by being filled with the Spirit that we shall be kept.”
Notice carefully how Margaret stated that this fiery trial (the Tribulation Period) is meant to try the real members of the body of Jesus. And, note especially, Margaret tells us this trying comes from the Antichrist. Well, no matter which perspective you come from, this so-called trying of the members of the body of Jesus, could only happen during, or shortly after the Tribulation Period and “not” before it. In other words, Margaret McDonald’s so-called vision was “not” a “Pre-Tribulation Rapture” vision. Yet, so many people, False Apostles and False Teachers don’t tell you that. All they’ll usually tell you is that the Rapture of the Church teachings began with Margaret McDonald. They purposely leave out the part that hers’ was a Post-Tribulation perspective as she claims it to have been and “not” a Pre-Tribulation Rapture perspective.
It is from the vision of Margaret McDonald, that John Nelson Darby, in 1861, supposedly used the word “Rapture” to describe what Margaret had seen once he had heard of her so-called vision. This would mean that the word Rapture (as a Biblical application) originated back in 1861 and no sooner. That is utter and complete nonsense, and I am going to prove it! I am going to start in the 20th century and work myself all the way back to the 4th century and show all of you good folks, who are reading this article, that the Biblical applications for the wordRapture is much older than 1861.

Historical usages of the word “Rapture”
The following is only a partial list of literary works that contain a Biblical application of the word Rapture. I used some examples after 1861 to show that the true understanding and application of the word Rapture was not changed, but still cherished and being held onto despite how desperately hard Satan has tried to destroy it.
1) 1909 – Scofield Reference Bible
2) 1878 – “Jesus is Coming” – William Eugene Blackstone
3) 1866 – “Hereward the Wake” – Charles Kinglsey (He was “rapt” up on high and saw Saint Peter).
4) 1748 – “New Testament Commentary” – John Gill
5) 1738 – “New Testament Commentary” – Philip Doddridge
6) 1667 – “Paradise Lost” – John Milton (“Rapt” in a Chariot drawn by fiery Steeds).
7) 1610 – “Display of Heraldry” – John Guillim (To this place…were Enoch, Elias and Paul “rapt” up fore their deaths).
8) 1526 – “Pilgrim of Perfection” – William Bond (When he was “rapt” & taken up in to the thryde heuen) Note* - from the Middle English, thryde heuen is rendered to be…”third heaven”
9) 1432 – 1450 – “Polychronicon” – Ranulf Higden (Helyas was “rapte” in this tyme).
10) 1412 – 1420 – “Chronicle of Troy” – John Lydgate (in this wyse were the brethren twayne To heauen “rapt”, as these poetes fayne). Note* - from the Middle English this sentence would read as: “in this wise were the two brothers to Heaven raptured,” into our Modern Day English.
11) 1400 – “Vernon Manuscript” – “By visions of seynt poul when he was “rapt” into paradys) Note * - from the Middle English it would read into our Modern Day American English as: “By visions of Saint Paul when he was ‘rapt’ (raptured) into Paradise.”
12) 325 – Latin Vulgate – “rapio” (I Thes. 4:17)
The reason there are a number of various ways to spell “rapture” over the centuries of English speaking nations is based on linguistic evolution. In other words, as languages change, so do the spelling of certain words. In the case of the word “rapture”:
1) The Ancient Latin is “rapio/rapere” and other such usages
2) In the Early English Period (1066 – 1154) “rapture” was spelled “rapt”
3) In the Middle English Period (1154 – 1485) “rapt” would be spelled as “rapte”
4) And, nowadays, we would spell the word as “rapture”
There is nothing more to it than that! It is simply a matter of linguistic evolution or change.

The Historical Concept of “Pre-Tribulation Rapture”
The blatant lie (knowingly or unknowingly) that the “Pre-Tribulation Rapture” of the Church is a new concept that can only be traced back to 1830 is simply that…a lie! I shall now present to you good people another literary list and, this one will prove, once and for all, that the “Pre-Tribulation Rapture” of the Church if “not” a new concept, but was a teaching that came directly from the Apostles themselves. This list will begin “before” 1830” and turn all the way back to the 1st Century A.D.
1) 1792 – Thomas Scott – he taught that the righteous will be carried to Heaven where they will be secure until the time of the judgment is over.
2) 1763 – James Macknight – he also taught that the righteous will be carried to heaven until the judgment is over with.
3) 1748 – John Gill (Commentary on the New Testament) – teaches of the imminent return of Christ, firstly in Rapture, and then He will return again to judge the earth (Armageddon).
4) 1744 – Morgan Edwards (founder of the Ivy League School, Brown University) wrote of his “Pre-Tribulation Rapture” beliefs.
5) 1738 – Phillip Doddrige (Commentary on the New Testament) teaches along the same lines of John Gill; a “Pre-Tribulation Rapture” perspective.
6) 1687 – Peter Jurieu – (“Approaching Deliverance of the Church”) Christ would return during the Rapture and take His saints to Heaven and later return at the Battle of Armageddon.
7) 1674 – 1748 – Isaac Watts (known as the Father of the English Hymn) wrote of his “Pre-Tribulation Rapture” belief. (As a side note, Isaac Watts was solely responsible for writing over 1,000 Christian hymns if I recall the numbers correctly. Study his life because it was truly a miraculous one by all definitions of the word).
8) 1674 – Thomas Collier – makes reference in the belief to the “Pre-Tribulation Rapture”.
9) 1532 – 1591 – Francisco Rivera wrote of his “Pre-Tribulation Rapture” of the Church beliefs
10) 431 – 1500 – Any mention of Pre-Tribulation (Millennial) Rapture of the Church perspectives are outlawed by the Catholic Church and deemed heretical and punishable by death!!!
11) 431 – The Council of Ephesus; the Catholic Church decrees and condemns Pre-Millennial views as heresy. Books and such are destroyed or altered.
The following all wrote of the “Pre-Tribulation Rapture” of the Church:
12) 354 – 430 – Augustine, Bishop of North Africa
13) 306 – 373 – Ephraem of Nisibus
14) ? - 204 – Victorinus, Bishop of Petau
15) 200 – 258 - Cyrian
16) 170 – 236 – Hippolytus of Rome
17) 150 – 272 – Apocalypse of Elijah (an Extra-Biblical book)
18) 120 – 202 – Ireaneus (“Against Heresies”)
19) 36 – 108 – Ignatius of Antioch, the Third Bishop and Patriarch of Antioch (who as a student of John the Apostle) – His “Letters of Extra-Biblical works are:
a. Letter to the Ephesians
b. Letter to the Magnesians
c. Letter to the Trallians
d. Letter to the Romans
e. Letter to the Philadelphians
f. Letter to the Smyrnaeans
g. Letter to Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna
20. ? – 99 A.D. – Clement of Rome, “Letter to the Corinthians” also known as “I Clement” (an Extra-Biblical book).
And let me say for the record: “I personally challenge those of the Mid-Tribulation perspective or Post-Tribulation perspective to come up with a literary list, such as I had just presented, that will demonstrate their belief.” This is my personal challenge!
Even though the Catholic Church tried to destroy and suppress any writings or teachings on the “Pre-Tribulation Rapture” of the Church, which is easily dated all the way back to the Apostles themselves, they had failed. The “Pre-Tribulation Rapture” of the Church, which is the oldestof all the Biblical perspectives, could not be stopped. It originates with the Apostles of Jesus Christ during the first century, taught to their students, and continues on to this very day. The Mid-Tribulation and Post-Tribulation teachings (which are grossly false ones) are the new teachings and not the original teaching of Jesus Christ, nor of His chosen Apostles or their students. Those are teachings and creations of man and not of God.
Now, let’s move on to those events which we understand to be “Raptures”.

Doc Marquis

Russia Conducts Simulated Missile Launch

MOSCOW, January 16 (RIA Novosti) - The Central Command Post of Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) on Wednesday conducted a simulated missile launch in the presence of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, the Defense Ministry said.

The minister visited the SMF High Command and oversaw “the fulfillment of a special task, including a simulated missile launch,” the ministry press service said.

He was briefed by SMF chief Col. Gen. Sergei Karakayev on the SMF’s status and prospects for development, as well as the procedure for the organization of combat alert duty.

The Russian military tracked about 40 launches of foreign and domestic ballistic missiles and space rockets last year. The new radar stations that have been put into operation as part of the Russian missile attack early warning system enable it to track not only ballistic targets and space objects, but also aerodynamic targets.

The system will be even more effective following the creation of the Integrated Space Tracking and Combat Command and Control System. Russia is able to reliably detect ballistic missile launches and monitor and control all probable directions for a missile attack, Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Alexei Zolotukhin said.

The ministry also said Russia will start building new radar stations later this year.

Russia announced it will no longer rent the Gabala radar station in Azerbaijan. The lease, signed in 2002, expired last December. Russia is replacing the Gabala radar station, which has played a crucial role in its missile defense system, with a new system based at Armavir in Russia’s southern Krasnodar Territory.

The SMF said earlier in January that the share of contract soldiers will be more than doubled by 2017. Between 2013 and 2017 their number will increase from 25 percent to 60 percent.

RIA Novosti

World Bank cuts growth outlook as advanced nations drag

WASHINGTON - A frustratingly slow economic recovery in developed nations is holding back the global economy, the World Bank said on Tuesday, as it sharply cut its outlook for world growth in 2013.

The World Bank forecast that global gross domestic product will inch up 2.4 percent this year, from 2.3 percent in 2012. In its last forecast in June, the bank projected global growth would reach 3.0 percent in 2013.

Andrew Burns, lead author of the bank's Global Economic Prospects report, said that a recovery the bank had anticipated last year was now expected "closer to the end of the first quarter and into the second quarter of 2013, rather than beginning a little earlier."

The Bank warned that a drawn-out political battle in the United States over raising the government's borrowing limit and spending cuts could hit growth, spark a loss of confidence in the US dollar and unnerve financial markets.

Jerusalem Post