In midterm elections in November, President Barack Obama and his Democratic Party took a shellacking. Voters made clear that they were unhappy with the president’s record over the last six years. Yet when the president spoke about the result, he acknowledged no fault or error on his part.
Immediately after the election, Mr. Obama renewed battles over immigration and net neutrality. All indications show that he is more determined than ever to rule by executive order.
Many in the media have tried to discount the election results as meaningless. “Mr. President, it’s time to go full speed ahead with your executive action,” Raul Reyes wrote in USA Today. “[T]here are practical reasons why the president should make his immigration action as broad as possible. He is going to face intense pushback from gop lawmakers no matter what he does. So why not go big on immigration?” (Nov. 11, 2014).
Others in the media continue to say Mr. Obama’s only real problem has been that he hasn’t used executive actions to enact radical policy enough.
It is clear that many have grown disillusioned with the president. But remember, when Mr. Obama was first campaigning for president and in his early years as president, many journalists were practically spellbound by him! As the late reporter Michael Hastings said of the press corps, “When they’re near him, they lose their minds sometimes. They start behaving in ways that are juvenile, and amateurish, and theyswoon” (msnbc, Jan. 24, 2013; emphasis mine throughout).
Can you explain that? What a terrible indictment against our media! Reporters swooning and acting like nervous teenagers around a politician—is that normal? I don’t remember ever reading anything like this in American politics!
Even Hastings himself admitted to getting caught up in this behavior around the president. “Oh, I do,” he laughed in the msnbc interview. “Oh, I totally—oh man!” This reporter considered this funny. Is it really funny? No, it is an unparalleled, colossal disaster!
It seems these supposed professionals lost all consciousness of their responsibility as journalists! And their failure to do their job is the big reason why this president was elected two times. But now the damage has already been done.
Without a free and truthful media, our republic cannot survive!
An Attack on Law
On Jan. 27, 2013, CBS Sunday Morning aired a commentary by a constitutional law professor suggesting that for America to solve its many problems, it needs to abandon the Constitution.
“If we are to take back our own country, we have to start making decisions for ourselves, and stop deferring to an ancient and outdated document,” Louis Michael Seidman said. This man teaches constitutional law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, d.c., and was speaking on one of the big three television networks!
In his most recent book, On Constitutional Disobedience, Seidman asked, “Why should we care about what the Constitution says? Should we feel obligated to obey it? How can we make decisions today based on a document created more than 200 years ago?” That kind of reasoning can and is used concerning the Bible—upon which much of the Constitution is based!
This type of anti-Constitution reasoning is suddenly becoming quite popular. Do you know why? It is because the Obama administration is taking actions just about every week that raise constitutional questions and that threaten to undermine America’s foundational document.
I find it intriguing that cbs broadcast this commentary right at the beginning of the second term of the most radically liberal president the United States has ever seen. This administration and the radically left Democrats are very hostile to the Constitution, and so is the media. However, our problem in the U.S. is much deeper than the radical left.
Casting Truth to the Ground
In September 2012, a panel of experts presented a list to the House Judiciary Committee of how President Barack Obama has exceeded his constitutional constraints. HumanEvents.com summarized the panel’s findings this way: “As president, Barack Obama has made a habit of bypassing or ignoring constitutional limitations on his power.” The panel gave several examples, including his abuse of executive power in connection with the Fast and Furious scandal; his decision to stop enforcing parts of America’s immigration law; and his authorization of military action in Libya in 2011 without first consulting Congress.
This administration has repeatedly pushed past the limits of executive power. The New York Times wrote in April 22, 2012, “[I]ncreasingly in recent months, the administration has been seeking ways to act without Congress.” The media has known this is happening, but very little is being done to stop it! How many people are even paying attention?
Do you realize how deadly dangerous this trend of lawlessness is? Very few people do. But it gives profound insight into the real nature of the threat facing America today.
People’s minds are getting conditioned to executive orders, which are primarily intended to circumvent Congress and the Constitution. That is the aim.
This is quickly moving America toward rule by a dictatorship or a tyranny.
President Obama’s use of drones has come under criticism because it is also expanding his grip on power. First, he has launched 7.6 times more drone strikes than President Bush did in the same amount of time. But critics are especially concerned that, according to a 16-page document the Department of Justice leaked to nbc in February 2013, the administration believes it is above the law and has power to kill any American citizens it considers a threat.
Here is what Judge Andrew Napolitano wrote in the Washington Times: “Mr. Obama has argued that he can kill Americans whose deaths he believes will keep us all safer, without any due process whatsoever. No law authorizes that. His attorney general has argued that the president’s careful consideration of each target and the narrow use of deadly force are an adequate and constitutional substitute for due process. No court has ever approved that” (Feb. 7, 2013). Napolitano pointed out that this practice breaks state and federal laws, executive orders prohibiting assassinations, language in the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution.
Perhaps many or even most of the people being targeted in these attacks are threats to the United States. But I am deeply troubled by an administration so disdainful of the law that it is supposed to uphold!
This trend toward lawlessness is deadly! And I guarantee, based on biblical prophecy, that it is going to get far worse.
We must open our eyes to recognize the evil spiritual force that is behind this push to undermine the law!
We have been protected in America for a couple hundred years because we are recipients of the blessings God promised to faithful Abraham. We have not experienced the turmoil that many other nations have. Yes, we were involved in a civil war and two world wars, but God has given us victories and a lot of peace.
This is not God’s world. There is a lot of evil in this world. It is full of tigers waiting to tear somebody apart. It has always been that way. As Winston Churchill said, the history of man is the history of war. Yet somehow we can’t come to grips with that today.
Are you willing to face reality? Most people are not. A haze of deception enshrouds our world. It is absolutely stunning how easily the people in this land today are duped.
Adolf Hitler said that if you tell a big lie and repeat it enough, eventually people will believe it. They certainly did in Germany.
We are seeing bold, blatant lies become a bigger and bigger part of today’s political landscape. This is a sure sign of Satan’s growing power. We are seeing the work of this lying murderer at his worst! He is the father of lies; there is no truth in him (John 8:44). But he will still look you boldly in the eye and insist that everything he says is the truth!
When the president was campaigning for a second term, he said, “You may be frustrated sometimes with the pace of change. I promise you, so am I sometimes. … But you know where I stand. You know what I believe. You know I tell the truth.”
Does the president tell the truth? Is anyone paying attention?
Here is how Glenn Beck responded to the president’s statement: “This is more a judgment on America and the press. I’ve never looked back and marveled at how many people will fall for and accept, knowingly accept, a falsehood. I’ve never seen it before in my life.”
Yes indeed, this is a “judgment on America” because of our sins.
Hitler said, “What you tell people in the mass, in a receptive state of fanatic devotion, will remain like words received under a hypnotic influence, ineradicable, and impervious to every reasonable explanation.”
This is the type of influence we see holding a grip on many people today. This hypnotic influence cannot be explained reasonably.
Hitler continued: “A new age of magic interpretation of the world is coming, of interpretation in terms of the willand not of the intelligence.” That same spirit saturates the radical left in American politics!
The Apostle Paul talked about this very subject. He warned, “Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of [demons, it should read], intruding into those things which he [has] seen [that is the correct translation], vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind …. Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship …” (Colossians 2:18, 23). Will worship. That is exactly what Hitler was talking about, but on another level: “magic interpretation in terms of the will.” He said, Look, this is what it’s all about now. Your reasoning isn’t going to stop us. That doesn’t mean anything to us. We follow this magic interpretation today.
Can you recognize it? The U.S. government is casting aside the foundational law of the land and telling us, Look—that is just getting in the way. We don’t need that old law. We know what justice is. You can trust us!
That reasoning paves the way for tyrants!
The 2008 presidential election was for the most powerful office in America at a critical and dangerous time in our history. Yet news anchor Tom Brokaw admitted that the press never did vet candidate Barack Obama. They never conducted a rigorous evaluation of this man. Why not? This man was never vetted, never subjected to scrutiny—and he won the highest office in the land! Twice! The media admits it! Can you think of a better way to commit national suicide?
If you recall, many people said having a black leader would solve our nation’s racial problems. Has it? It has done the opposite.
All across America, the topic of race is dominating discussion more and more. Such issues as crime and punishment, employment, college admissions, income and poverty rates are increasingly viewed through the lens of skin color.
An nbc poll published on Nov. 4, 2014, said that only 20 percent of Americans think race relations have improved under Mr. Obama, while 38 percent say they have gotten worse. Among black Americans, it’s even higher, with 43 percent saying race relations are now worse! An Investor’s Business Daily poll found that almost half of American adults feel that race relations are worse under Obama. And one in four say they are now “much worse.”
New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin wrote, “In a time of stark political polarization, that agreement stands out as a rare piece of common ground among whites, black and Latinos” (Nov. 9, 2014). Goodwin also noted that race riots are “making a comeback.”
A majority of Americans who voted chose Barack Obama in the past two presidential elections. Yet the radical-left bomb-throwers still haven’t stopped: Racist accusations are flying and getting far worse each year!
Some political candidates in the Democratic camp can’t seem to talk about anything but racism. They use it to try to frighten blacks into voting booths. They have said violence like the Trayvon Martin case and the shooting in Ferguson are evidence of whites hating blacks. Rep. Charlie Rangel, for example, said on Oct. 30, 2014, that some Republicans “believe that slavery isn’t over.”
The congressman said: “[E]verything we believe in—they hate. They don’t disagree—they hate. They think if you didn’t come from Europe 30 years ago, you didn’t even make it. Some of them believe that slavery isn’t over, and they think they won the Civil War.”
These are abominable statements! Yet no one condemns them, because that is the way so many of our politicians, academics and media personalities think!
What will be the outcome of such racist remarks? When you accuse people of racism without any proof—which most of them don’t have, they just spout out the words—you are filling your country with hatred and division that leads to a race war, civil war and violence! These commentators are either ignorant of what they are doing—or they want a race war. Some extremists do want a race war. And Bible prophecy tells us that they are going to get one.
Time Is Short
What is happening to America’s leadership, its domestic policy and foreign policy is not just a quirk of history. The fact that Americans are casting the Constitution to the ground and encouraging lawlessness in their marriages, in their government and in their policy toward other nations has a very definite cause.
The radical left is not our big problem. It is only leading the way. God is against three nations in particular, America, Britain and the Jewish nation, because of their unparalleled rebellion (Ezekiel 5:8). Not only is God not helping us, He is against us! (This is all explained in our free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy.)
But this is only the beginning. God is about to punish all nations.
Many people scoff about there even being a devil—while he is tearing them apart! They know little or nothing about their Bibles. They don’t understand anything about God, nor do they know the devil. Until they do, the problems will only intensify.
The only solution to our massive problems is repentance toward God (Ezekiel 33:11).
Satan’s growing wrath against the nations of Israel as his time grows shorter will climax in the worst suffering in human history—what the Bible calls the Great Tribulation. After 2½ years will begin the Day of the Lord, a full year of God’s punishment on the nations.
The good news, though, is revealed right there in the very same prophecies that explain these events to us. Right after the Day of the Lord, at last will come the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to solve all these problems forever! In Daniel 8:23‑25, when it speaks of the Satan-inspired political Antiochus leading the Holy Roman Empire, it gives this stirring conclusion: “he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes”—that is Jesus Christ! Inspired by the devil, this evil man will actually try to take on Christ Himself! And what will be the outcome? “[H]e shall be broken without hand”—that is, broken by the power of God!
The events we see around us are deeply sobering. But they should also fill us with hope—and anticipation of the great event they lead to: the Second Coming of Christ to this Earth!
Once Christ banishes the devil and takes His rightful place on the throne over the Earth, we will have joy and happiness and peace for the rest of eternity! Thank God for that!