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ISIS is not Coming; ISIS is HERE–What to Expect


This video trailer of Europe’s Last Stand: America’s Final Warning, summarizes how Islam’s strategy will dominate your country. Like it or not, you will be affected, your children will be affected, your grandchildren will be affected–husbands and wives, sons and daughters, no one will be unaffected.

I was affected over a decade ago, since my step-brother flew into the North Tower of the world-trade center on American, Flight 11. My mom said to him that morning, “Do you have to go? Couldn’t you stay one more day?” He said “No Betty. I really have business I need to take care of.” Several hours later . . . his business was left undone. That was many years ago. Then we had little idea of what Islam was capable of. Ask anyone who lives near a “no-go zone” in UK if YOU and your family will remain unaffected by Islam or ISIS because you live “safely” in the U.S.

Only the uninformed or the most spiritually and intellectually obtuse do not recognize the truth and the danger. We are almost at the point of no return. I spent all day Saturday with Walid Shoebat. We invited him to inform us. He knows from the inside what Islam’s agenda is. And they are not shy about announcing it. Watch this video. Study on your own to see what’s ahead.

For more on the agenda and strategy of Apocalyptic Islam, find my search field on the right and search for more on “Islam”

The REAL Hate Crime


Open hand raised, Stop Hating sign painted, multi purpose concep“They hated me without cause.”

–Jesus Christ

I find it interesting that in our current culture, those who cry “hate” the loudest are non-believers, atheists, and the religious Christmas and Easter crowd. In reality, they are the haters.

They hate the followers of Jesus who must speak the truth. How the guilty project upon the innocent is an interesting psychological phenomenon. But since I am no psychologist or psychiatrist, I’ll stick with the Son of God’s evaluation. His perspective cannot be improved upon and proves, after all, to not be limited to a time in history. Hating has been going on for a very long time. However, Jesus tells us who the real haters are, giving us also the reason behind the hatred.

“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father also. If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’” (John 15:18–25, ESV)

Here Jesus warns his disciples—those who know and love Him. He tells them in advance the many strange things that are going to come upon them so that they won’t lose heart as they stand in a sinful culture holding out to a hateful world the word of life and love.

First he makes it crystal clear: When you are hated, recognize what is really going on underneath that hatred. The world does not recognize you as its own. You are not seen as a part. Since you are not of their world any longer, they hate you. When you were with them in their sinful, self-directed lifestyle, they loved you . . . or not. But now that you have been rescued from that way of life, you no longer belong—as you grow in Christlikeness. You are no longer under their control. You don’t have to perform to prove your value. Your value is intrinsic in your relationship to Christ.

The reason

They hate Christ. His righteous life shows the decadence of theirs or at least does not recognize their self-made “goodness.” But beyond that . . . why do they hate Jesus? Because, Jesus says: “all these things they will do ON ACCOUNT OF MY NAME (because of Jesus), because THEY DO NOT KNOW HIM WHO SENT ME.” (That would be God, the Father). Nor do they want to know Him.

Think of the immense danger their souls are in. In hating you and me, they hate Jesus and in hating Jesus, they hate God the Father. They are lost to the uttermost and until they turn from their hatred—instead of falsely accusing us of hate—they will remain lost and forfeit immortality.

So . . . what’s our response as disciples and followers of Jesus—sons of the Father? We are to continue to love them. Jesus said to love those who persecute and despitefully abuse you. We must love them. We must pray (as someone prayed for us), that the veil that covers their hearts and minds from seeing who Jesus really is and who they were meant to be will be removed. In doing this, we ransack the kingdoms of this world which are under the operation of the enemy. We displace darkness with light, lies with truth until all of God’s children know that they are loved by Him and find their way home.

QUESTION: What do you think?

Why Lifegroups Work


God is about family. He is moving His Church into families. Those organizational churches who get this are intentional about community and family. Those that don’t, or won’t, will continue to hold on to a corporate, organizational paradigm and God will remove His own from their care. Scripture says:

   “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. God settles the solitary in a home; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.” (Psalm 68:5–6, ESV)

“For the shepherds are stupid and do not inquire of the Lord; therefore they have not prospered, and all their flock is scattered.” (Jeremiah 10:21, ESV)

Because God is doing this, Lifegroups and Christian community work. Traditional church leaders–who have a heart for God–are heeding God’s warnings and shedding historic, corporate, political structures for more organic, family and biblical community. Those who grasp, tightly to their own little papal kingdoms have buildings and programs that are emptying out and drying on the sapless vine.

Church families take the form of house churches, lifegroups, cell churches, home fellowships, etc. If Jesus is in the lead, he will build his church-family. Being in a Lifegroup (cell group) is a powerful antidote to poor choices. Intentional community can often prevent poor choices and deep hurt altogether. Granted, we all suffer in life at some point or another, but God wants us together, bearing one anothers’ burdens and encouraging each other on the journey. What happens to believers that have not been taught to value and prioritize community, rather than mere church attendance?

Imagine that you are in your late twenties, happily married, with two little ones. You love your wife dearly. You enjoy going out to a lounge or dancing on a Saturday night. You enjoy friends over for cards or an occasional meal. You take the kids out to the in-laws on Sunday afternoon and then treat them to Butterfinger McFlurries on the way home. You struggle sometimes to make ends meet but life is good.

One day a colleague invites you to a Bible study at his house. Though a little uncomfortable, you enjoy the other guys. They do not seem too weird. So you decide you will attend again. After several weeks, you begin to realize that they have something you do not have. They experience a genuine camaraderie and seem to share their lives in real ways that you have secretly desired, but never attained for various reasons. You like the way the men hold each other accountable, but in a warm, caring way, not judgmentally. Then one night an insight rather overwhelms you—it is not what they have but Who they have that makes the difference in their lives. So after the meeting you turn from running your own life, from your sinful self-rule and give your life to Jesus Christ.

You begin to walk this life with Jesus and these brothers in a lifegroup. Though somewhat bewildered by all you don’t yet know, you find it difficult to contain your excitement. You seem to have this sense of joy and cleanness of heart. The shame of the past, the guilt over past actions has gone. You first share the transformation with your wife. Major problem—she isn’t as excited about this new direction as you are. She goes along with you, but makes it clear that she does not want to be “religious.” She and the kids attend church with you for a few weeks. Then she suggests that you take the kids. After all, you may have signed on for this new Jesus life, but she didn’t. She doesn’t mind the kids going because, after all, some values and morals in their lives could not hurt.

After many months, she approaches you and tells you that you have become distant. You don’t like to “have fun” the way you used to. You don’t enjoy the same people anymore. You seem to prefer your church-friends. You are more picky about how she tells little white lies and you seem holier-than-thou to her. The distance grows between the two of you. She begins staying out or coming home late. By accident, you find an email to another man.

Sound familiar? This is a typical scenario and only the people change. Most often it’s the other way around. The wife is the one who is transformed by Christ and rejected by the unbelieving husband. She found his email to another woman. This marriage, like so many before it, is in deep trouble. It does not have to, but it may end in divorce. The lifegroup can provide the support  and prayer that may save this marriage, or at least support the believer through to whatever comes.

Try to imagine this second situation.

A young woman is in love with Jesus. She is finished with school and is out working. Days are great, but nights can be lonely. Every movie reminds her of romance and love. Walking down the sidewalk she sees a family laughing, a young couple holding hands and looking at each other with love and excitement. Loneliness digs in. She longs to have someone to share her life with too. She knows from her Bible studies and the pastor’s messages that she should not marry an “unsaved” guy. She’s heard some of the heartbreaking accounts of what a marriage to someone who doesn’t know the Lord can be like. Unfortunately, at church all the good men are taken. Few visitors show any promise. Her biological clock is ticking toward midnight. She gets impatient.

Some of her old girlfriends call her up on a particularly tough night for her. They invite her to drive them to the “Club 28.” She has been despondent that she’ll ever be married or have the children she has dreamed of. She knows that if she sits around thinking any more she’ll just go crazy. She decides to go.

There she notices an attractive man who seems to be a little shy, but enjoying the company of his friends. He notices her. After an hour or so, they are sitting together talking. She is impressed with his shy, but attentive manner. He is thoughtful and kind. He is well spoken and a good listener. She doesn’t know how, but she agrees to a date. An inner voice is gently warning her not to give her heart or affection. They continue to meet and though she has told herself that she wouldn’t even date someone who didn’t know Jesus, she knows that he is different. He’s so nice. He will surely come to know Jesus with her influence and friendship.

Her sisters-in-Christ gently but firmly warn her of the danger and pain ahead for her. But she knows that this relationship is different than any other. If they knew him the way she does, they would realize that God brought them together so that her love might be used to bring him to Christ.

Dating turns into friendship, friendship into love and she soon marries him. Within two years, he has tired of her church life and though he is not being unfaithful to her, they have little contact and nothing in common. More recently, he has been violent with her and then stormed out of the house. He has his friends and life. She is lonely again. Only now she has no chance of a relationship with a Christian man. She’s married, pregnant and alone. She is broken hearted and wondering why God let this happen to her. He still lives in the house, but they don’t speak. She still can’t see or admit her own sinful choices. It is God’s fault and she plans to compound her bad choices and sin by filing for divorce with no biblical ground.

What do these scenarios have in common?

In my thirty-five years of ministry, I have seen them played out over and over. The details differ, but the human situation is the same. And both lead to heartache and deep pain. Those who get caught up in these situations and make the wrong decisions have great difficulty getting back on track with the Lord. Or they don’t ever get back. Not that the Lord doesn’t love them, they just find it hard to forgive themselves and the churches they often attend don’t know how to flow in the authority of forgiveness that could restore them.

This place of spiritual zero-to-the-bone can be avoided. Intentional community can often prevent poor choices and deep hurt altogether. That is true for several reasons. The choices can be different if the person is connected to community instead of Sunday go-to-church Christianity. Churches who meet as Lifegroups, in community often provide the kind of fellowship and togetherness that avoids these scenarios, if its members foster a lifestyle–rather than meeting–mentality.

Lifegroups should embrace the family of a new believer, not just the new believer. When this happens, often the unbelieving spouse will connect with one or more of the personalities in the group. The group can bring value to the family by considering the family needs, by engaging in the life of the family of a new believer.

Imagine that you are in your late twenties, happily married, with two little ones. You love your wife dearly. You enjoy going out to a lounge or dancing on a Saturday night. You enjoy friends over for cards or an occasional meal. You take the kids out to the in-laws on Sunday afternoon and then treat them to Butterfinger McFlurries on the way home. You struggle sometimes to make ends meet but life is good.

One day a colleague invites you to a Bible study at his house. Though a little uncomfortable, you enjoy the other guys. They do not seem too weird. So you decide you will attend again. After several weeks, you begin to realize that they have something you do not have. They experience a genuine camaraderie and seem to share their lives in real ways that you have secretly desired, but never attained for various reasons. You like the way the men hold each other accountable, but in a warm, caring way, not judgmentally. Then one night an insight rather overwhelms you—it is not what they have but Who they have that makes the difference in their lives. So after the meeting you turn from running your own life, from your sinful self-rule and give your life to Jesus Christ.

You begin to walk this life with Jesus and these brothers. Though somewhat bewildered by all you don’t know, you find it difficult to contain your excitement. You seem to have this sense of joy and cleanness of heart. The shame of the past, the guilt over past actions has gone. You first share the transformation with your wife. Major problem—she isn’t as excited about this new direction as you are. She goes along with you, but makes it clear that she does not want to be “religious.”  She and the kids attend church with you for a few weeks. Then she suggests that you take the kids. After all, you may have signed on for this new Jesus life, but she didn’t. She doesn’t mind the kids going because, after all, some values and morals in their lives could not hurt.

After many months, she approaches you and tells you that you have become distant. You don’t like to “have fun” the way you used to. You don’t enjoy the same people anymore. You seem to prefer your church-friends. You are more picky about how she tells little white lies and you seem holier-than-thou to her. The distance grows between the two of you. She begins staying out or coming home late. By accident, you find an email to another man.

Sound familiar? This is a typical scenario and only the people change. Most often it’s the other way around. The wife is the one who is transformed by Christ and rejected by the unbelieving husband. This marriage, like so many before it, is headed for trouble. It does not have to, but it may end in divorce.

Try to imagine this second situation. A young woman is in love with Jesus. But she is finished with school and is out working. Days are great, but nights can be lonely. Every movie reminds her of romance and love. Walking down the sidewalk she sees a family laughing, a young couple holding hands and looking at each other with love and excitement. Loneliness sets in. She longs to have someone to share her life with. She knows from her Bible studies and the pastor’s sermons that she should not marry an “unsaved” guy. She’s heard some of the heartbreaking accounts of what a marriage to someone who doesn’t know the Lord can be like. Unfortunately, at church all the good men are taken. Few visitors show any promise. Her biological clock is ticking toward midnight. She gets impatient.

Some of her old girlfriends call her up on a particularly tough night for her. They invite her to drive them to the “Club 28.” She has been despondent that she’ll ever be married or have the children she has dreamed of. She knows that if she sits around thinking any more she’ll just go crazy. She decides to go.

There she notices an attractive man who seems to be a little shy, but enjoying the company of his friends. He notices her. After an hour or so, they are sitting together talking. She is impressed with his shy, but attentive manner. He is thoughtful and kind. He is well spoken and a good listener. She doesn’t know how, but she agrees to a date. They continue to meet and though she has told herself that she wouldn’t even date someone who didn’t know Jesus, she knows that he is different. He’s so nice. He will surely come to know Jesus with her influence and friendship. Her sisters-in-Christ gently but firmly warn her of the danger and pain ahead for her. But she knows that this relationship is different than any other. If they knew him the way she does, they would realize that God brought them together so that her love might be used to bring him to Christ.

Dating turns into friendship, friendship into love and she soon marries him. Within two years, he has tired of her church life and though he is not being unfaithful to her, they have little contact and nothing in common. More recently, he has been violent with her and then stormed out of the house. He has his friends and life and she is lonely again. Only now she has no chance of a relationship with a Christian man. She is broken hearted and wondering why God let this happen to her. She still can’t see her own sinful choices. It is God’s fault and she is planning to file for divorce.

What do these scenarios have in common?

In my thirty-five years of ministry, I have seen them played out over and over. The details differ, but the human situation is the same. And both lead to heartache and deep pain. Those who get caught up in these situations and make the wrong decisions have great difficulty getting back on track with the Lord. Or they don’t ever get back. Not that the Lord doesn’t love them, they just find it hard to forgive themselves and the churches they often attend don’t know how to flow in the authority of forgiveness that could restore them.

This place of spiritual zero-to-the-bone can be avoided. The choices can be different if the person is connected to community instead of Sunday go-to-church Christianity. Their only hope is intentional community. Churches who meet as Lifegroups, in community often provide the kind of fellowship and togetherness that avoids these scenarios, if its members foster a lifestyle–rather than meeting–mentality. Lifegroups invite Jesus to be at the center and make them a caring family–spiritually gifted fellow travelers. They hold together and love God’s ways and Word. Lifegroups are more interested in loving one another and impacting their communities than filling their buildings.

That’s why Lifegroups work.

©2012, David C Alves

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US Ambassador to Iran: Release Condemned Pastor–CBN Video


US Ambassador to Iran: Release Condemned Pastor – World – CBN News – Christian News 24-7 – CBN.com.

I called the Iranian Embassy to speak to the Ambassador. The aid gave me instead a fax number to fax any concerns to them. That number is 202-965-1073.

Let’s send them some faxes to free this brother in Christ.

Christian writers, how much is your writing changing the world? I hope you have some wolves in your life. Jesus said, “I send you out as sheep among wolves.”  All nations are supposed to hate you on his account. Are you a sheep? Do they hate you yet? Are you saying something worth saying?

Why not make this cause an opportunity to use your gift to be a world-changer?

Clash of Kingdoms: Allah vs Yahweh


Part 2 of 2 [Wait, I want to read Part 1 first]

DISCLAIMER: If you could hear my voice it would not be enraged, but insistent and urgent. I am deeply concerned for those Muslims and non-Muslims who I believe are asleep, or perhaps waiting on the sidelines to see how things shake down. I am most concerned for those who are followers of Jesus, to hear the Lord’s urgency that the time is short. My sincere desire is for ALL to come to a saving encounter with a loving God, not the god of Islam (where there is no love, no forgiveness, no assurance of righteousness and salvation). I want my readers to encounter the living God, Yahweh, and his truth expressed through loving engagement and most clearly in Yahweh’s Son, Jesus of Nazareth—Messiah.

Warmly,
David

We must not accept the view that Islam is a peaceful religion.

This view is at best, naive or at worst, an intentional lie; but, BOTH are a demonic deception. Only its nominal adherents–American converts, and the politically correct–would fall for such a lie in the light of Islam’s history (remember, our American youth are pretty much historically bankrupt. Consider their teachers. Then consider their teachers’ professors in the politically correct, historically castrated secular temples of tolerance, where history is remade in its authors’ images). This lie of Islam’s peacefulness is being exposed by many brave voices. Those voices are criticized and silenced by a new alliance.

The political left in the United States has formed what one author called, “an unholy alliance,” sustaining and maintaining the lie through political correctness. The alliance utilizes the tactic of “labeling.” If you disagree with someone of a different race or religion you will be labeled by them as a bigot, a racist, an islamophobe, or whatever new doublespeak they invent this week with their new bedfellows–the jihadists.

If the politically correct, pluralistic elite really cared about Muslims, they would open their eyes. They would face reality. They would learn the history and dogma of Islam. They’d compare it to the self-revelation of God in the Bible and realize–and help Muslims to realize–their error and escape from their captivity to post-modernism and the resurgence of oppressive Islam. Those who appease and accommodate Islam today, will not find Islam accommodating them tomorrow. Unless eyes open, Islam will be the religion of the land and sharia law, not the Constitution, will govern.

As I said in my book, “Blitzkrieg” is on its way again. Change will come fast. Change will unleash terror. . . . Unless, we do something NOW!

Doesn’t anyone see the obvious deception of Islam? Are you tired of the deception, of being lied to? Of course we know that in the last days, people will have their eyes closed until it’s too late. And they will maintain their freedom to embrace alliances against Jesus of Nazareth and his followers until their freedoms no longer exist under the legal system of the Antichrist (Mahdi). Then, according to the Bible, they will cry out and long for death but will not be able to find it (Rev. 9:6). In my opinion, this is the suffering that awaits our unwillingness to confront the darkness of Islam before it’s too late to do so. The Bible calls it the Great Tribulation.

Look to Europe, the UK, and the Netherlands. Listen to the brave voices willing to confront this present darkness. Look at the human rights violations–yes, include Christians too (many do not include suffering Christians among their concerns over human rights violations. Satan blinds them to see only what he wants them to see.)

Yet with all this, DON’T respond in hatred toward Muslims.

Hate their religion, YES! But separate that from the people. They are victims of deception. Love them by sharing truth, love, and the Good News of the Kingdom of Jesus with them. Believe me, this will not be THEIR response to us. Herein lies the truth of which worldview is truly of God–How do you treat other PEOPLE who disagree with you? Satan’s children hate and do violence no matter what they call themselves. God’s children return good for evil, truth for lies, love for hatred.

Our God will never require us to kill you if you don’t believe us . . . or Him. He has given EVERY human being freedom to choose what he/she will believe. Yahweh (God of the Jews and Christians), is the ONLY source of truth. He is the ONLY source of freedom. Freedom is your right.  Freedom is my right. Freedom is the right of every Muslim trapped in the Devil’s doctrine of Islam. No one has the right to take away what only Yahweh can give. Yahweh preserves freedom; Allah steals it away. Allah is bondage (legalism). Allah is darkness though he proclaims himself an angel of light.

I agree with Walid Shoebat:

“The very descriptions of the devil in the Bible are the very descriptions of Allah in the Koran. The very descriptions of the Antichrist in the Bible are the very descriptions of the Mahdi of Islam.”

What I’m about to say is not about sequence (timing), but consequence (results):

Before God and as an ambassador of Jesus Christ of Nazareth–Lord and Savior of heaven and earth–I submit that:

  • Yahweh alone is God. There is no other. Only pretenders.
  • Yahweh is ONE God.
  • Jesus Christ is his Only Begotten Son (the right Hand of the Father), crucified, murdered by evil men, but raised to life. Now holding ALL authority in heaven and on earth.
  • He is giving us all time to turn to Him and discover the Beautiful News of the Royal Reign of Yahweh.
  • He stands ready to return to this world—not as a Muslim evangelist (as the Koran teaches)–but as the Judge of all the living and the dead.
  • He will destroy every enemy of Yahweh by his Word and establish the Kingdom of Love (NOTICE: HE will destroy, not us).
  • We will be seated with Christ and judge the supernatural powers behind all Antichrist worldviews.
  • They will all be destroyed in the Lake of Fire–Satan, the Mahdi, Allah, and all his demonic hordes (jin), along with all those who, by their own free choice, served them willingly and knowingly and whose names were not recorded in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
  • God will remake the heavens and earth. The New Heavens and New Earth will be the home of righteousness for those who loved Jesus and his appearing.

By the way, if you read The Revelation of Jesus Christ from our library–the Bible–you’ll find that Yahweh and His Son, Jesus will be victorious over Allah at Armageddon. The nations that surround Israel and have sought the life of the believing Jews will be totally destroyed by the Messiah . He is God’s choice because of His righteous life and sacrificial love.

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9–11, ESV)

If you are Muslim and have not understood these things; and if God’s Holy Spirit is giving you insight and opening your heart to God’s love for you, why not turn to Him. If you have a genuine heart after God, ask Him to show you more or Himself. Tell Him you’d rather know his love and know that your sins have been forgiven, than to hope that you might make it into Allah’s paradise. God’s provision for your freedom cost Him everything, including His only Son, Jesus the Messiah. God has made it possible for you to turn from religion to Him. Simply turn from your way to his, from Allah to Him. He is waiting to transform you supernaturally to truly know him. If you want the true faith of peace and love, then you need to know Your heavenly Father. He is the heart at the head of the Universe. You are not his slave, but can be a beloved child—a member of His own household. He will not hold you at a distance as Allah does. He will embrace you in His presence. He will welcome you home—the home where your heart always longed to belong.

©2011, David C Alves

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