The following are the key world indicators that we monitor closely and statements.
Israel - This very small Middle Eastern country is not the key to Middle East peace or world peace.
Middle East tensions - Most Middle Eastern countries are at different stages of internal conflict. Many of the battles are between the Sunnis and the Shiites. A peace deal in Israel will not improve a single conflict.
Iran - The leadership in Iran believes they are to usher in the coming of the 12th Imam, the Muslim Messiah.
Russia - The Putin led government wants to be a major world player. They want to control the world’s major oil assets. Russia is rapidly increasing their Middle Eastern influence and providing military weapons.
US economy - The US financial catastrophe and contagion has numerous sources: Wall Street greed and the lack of regulation; US banks’ lending practices and the funding of corporate takeovers; corporate greed; record low savings due to cost of living increases and materialism; health care costs; the lack of a national energy plan; years of ill-advised legislation, deficit spending, a nine-million word tax code, 11,000 Washington lobbyists, Congressional ineptness and White House policy.
World economy - The world economies have been devastated by the US sub-prime fiasco and Wall Street greed. Just under $40 trillion of worldwide stock mark capitalization has been wiped out, $10 trillion in the US.
US moral condition - Man’s free will in opposition to God’s will. Civil rights are replacing morality.
Radical Islam - Radicals cannot be defeated so they have to be managed.
One-world order - Russia, China, Iran and radical Muslims will never participate in the move to one-world order.
Global Warming - Princeton University physicist Dr. William Happer told a congressional committee hearing in February 2009 that global warming fears are “mistaken” and that the earth is currently in a “CO2 famine now” when you look at carbon dioxide (CO2) levels through geological time.
He said, “At least 90% of greenhouse warming is due to water vapor and clouds. Carbon dioxide is a bit player. The current warming period began about 1800 at the end of the little ice age, long before there was an appreciable increase of CO2. Research papers with scientific findings contrary to the dogma of climate calamity are rejected by reviewers, many of whom fear that their research funding will be cut if any doubt is cast on the coming climate catastrophe.”
The US Middle East legacy is sixty years of miscalculation and bad decisions.
US Middle East policy has cost American taxpayers one-trillion dollars in aide and military expenditures, the loss of American lives, and an ever increasing reliance on oil from rogue nations.
Seven previous US Administrations have been involved in the peace process in Israel. This effort has been extremely costly both politically and financially.
An Israeli-Palestinian peace deal is not the key to Middle East or world peace.
Forcing Israel to give up East Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and the Golan Heights to their enemies would put them in indefensible borders.
The “land for peace” process in Israel that began after the 1967 Six Day War has empowered the terrorist organizations that are now a major threat to Israel, the US, the EU and other nations.
Every major problem America is facing had its beginning in Washington. The attempt to correct these monumental mistakes have produced even bigger problems. Sadly, the term “unintended consequences” best defines Washington’s legacy.
These are ‘Ten Major’ Items and Thoughts Regarding Them
1. Peace Process in Israel
Israel’s enemies could not conquer them in the wars of 1948, 1956, 1967 and 1973, so they became involved in the US sponsored peace process. The effort has not brought peace, but empowered the rogue nations and the terrorist organizations that are now not only Israel’s enemies, but the nation’s enemies too.
The American sponsored Quartet Road Map would leave Israel in indefensible borders, leave an even more dangerous Middle East, and risk America’s economic security.
Clearly, dividing Israel’s land and giving it to her enemies is not the key to world and Middle East peace.
Moreover, very few Americans are aware of the costly political, financial and national events that have coincided with the White House’s attempt to divide the land of Israel and Middle East policy.
2. Take Our Enemies Seriously
Radical Islam critically threatens the interests of the United States at home and abroad. This threat is not a perception; it is openly celebrated in the streets of militant countries that proclaim their hatred of the United States and call on their citizens to live with harmful intent toward America and her citizens. The actions they have taken and the actions they vow to take must be taken seriously.
If the U.S. leaves the Middle East, Iran and terrorist organizations will intensify their aggressive actions and overrun the entire region, endagering the Palestinians along with the people of Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel and other Middle Eastern countries. This action would jeopardize U.S. interests in the Middle East, disrupt oil delivery and greatly impact world economies.
Internally, Muslim is pitted against Muslim in many Middle Eastern countries, resulting in serious sectarian conflicts.
3. Russia Increasing Involvement in the Middle East
After a 20-year absence, Russia is increasing political and military activity in the Middle East.
Russia is providing military equipment to Iran, Syria, Lebanon and other Middle Eastern countries. They are supplying fuel to Iran’s nuclear program.
Russia plans to open naval bases on the Socorta Island in Yemen, in the port of Tartus, Syria, and in Tripoli, Libya within a few years.
Russia said that the bases were needed to support “a permanent naval presence needed to uphold Russia’s national interests in the economic and military-technical spheres and monitor and promptly react to the situation in the explosive Middle East.
4. National Energy
The lack of a comprehensive US energy plan has greatly complicated and unnecessarily burdens our national and financial security, causing us to continually suffer the consequences of inaction or short-term solutions without consideration of their long-term effects.
Democratic-led Congressional actions and excess environmental restrictions stopped oil exploration programs and halted pipeline and refinery construction on federal and private lands. These actions significantly increased energy costs while introducing unproven and costly alternatives, which has caused an unwise and precarious reliance on foreign oil and the countries that possess the majority of the world’s oil: Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Nigeria, Venezuela and Russia.
Additionally, the use of corn-based ethanol has added 35 to 40 cents per gallon of gasoline and has helped raise the cost of food products significantly, while causing other production, environmental and economic complications.
5. International Relations
The United States funds approximately 25 percent of the United Nations’ budget. This investment must be thoroughly evaluated.
The United States must lead by example, not by compromising our American values or sovereignty, and not by forcing our beliefs on other nations.
The movement to one-world order will not contain the actions and independence of Russia and China and the agenda of radical Islam.
6. The Key to World Peace
The Jewish people are the key to lasting peace, but they must first call on Yeshua and then He will return to the New Jerusalem and then Israel and the world will finally have that lasting peace that they have longed for.
The biblical conditions:
Zechariah 12:10 (King James Version)
And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
Mathew 23:37-39 (King James Version)
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Revelation 21:1-3 ( King James Version)
The New Jerusalem
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
7. The American People are Paying Greatly for Congress’ Actions and/or Inactions
Charlie Reese, a former columnist of The Orlando Sentinel wrote:
“One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president and nine Supreme Court justices - 545 human beings out of the 300 million - are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.
“It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted - by present facts - of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people.”
For examples, look at our U.S. Middle East policy, the lack of a national energy policy, ethanol mandates, the immigration issue, the bloated federal government, excess regulation on business, excess environmental regulations, national security overlaps, the 9,000,000-word U.S. tax code, run away Wall Street futures trading, sub-prime mortgage fiasco, no interest rate limits to what lenders can charge, the funding concerns for Social Security and Medicare, destructive and costly partisanship, and earmarks… to name just a few.
Corrections or adjustments to their previous legislation almost always lead to even worse situation for the American people.
8. Wall Street and Big Business vs. Congress
Complicated problems can have simple solutions; yet it is Wall Street interests, major companies, special interests, and the opposing and/or complying federal government forces that have greatly complicated matters and created enormous financial burdens for many Americans.
America’s personal and financial bondage has five main causes: the rejection of God, the bloated federal government’s overreach in all areas of our life, Wall Street’s financial innovations, big business greed and the global warming agenda.
Greedy and shrewd people like complexity whether it is in tax laws or financial vehicles because they can manipulate them to their own financial advantages and gain while many others pay the cost. Wall Street is the best example of this practice.
Wall Street financial innovations are so complex that only a few understand them, and they are the ones who profit while a majority of Americans pay the price.
“A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.” - Teddy Roosevelt
9. Secular Humanism and Immorality
Secular humanism’s hold on the U.S. media, many U.S. college and university professors, the ACLU, liberals and many Democrats has come at an enormous cost to America.
The homosexual agenda is moving into the public schools, public corporations through the payment of same-sex benefits, and homosexual activists have plans for the U.S. military and hate-crime legislation.
With the help of the U.S. media, they have moved the debate away from morality to civil rights. There are not enough votes in Congress to approve a Constitutional amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman. Six states - Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, Iowa and the District of Columbia permit same-sex marriages.
The Obama White House posted on their web site within minutes of the inauguration their pro-gay position in regards to employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity; they plan to strengthen hate crime legislation; they want civil unions to have the same benefits as marriage; they plan to eliminate the “defense of marriage act;” they plan to push for homosexual adoptions; and plan to eliminate the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy in the US military to name a few.
Obama’s civil rights’ agenda is posted at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/agenda/civil_rights/
“An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.” - Dwight Eisenhower
10. The Church and the Bible
The church has become biblically illiterate with many people having a limited understanding of the Word of God.
Claudia Koenig says, “Many in the church are convinced but not converted or conformed but not transformed (Romans 12:2).”
Moreover, Pastor Herschel Sanders says that “the world has invaded the church rather than the church invading the world.”
Sixty-seven percent of the US church believes Bible prophecy is allegorical and not literal. Recent polls say at least half of the church condones abortion and same-sex unions.
“The further a person moves away from the teaching and understanding of the Bible the greater the propensity to error in their personal life and the more difficult their life becomes.” - William Koenig
“Every major problem our nation is facing and the solution to every major problem the nation and/or we are facing personally is in the Bible.” - William Koenig
“Hold fast to the Bible. To the influence of this Book we are indebted for all the progress made in true civilization, and to this we must look as our guide in the future.” - Ulysses S. Grant
“A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.” - Teddy Roosevelt
We do not need more intellectual power, we need more spiritual power. We do not need more of the things that are seen, we need more of the things that are unseen.” - Calvin Coolidge
“Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.” - Ronald Reagan
“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I
consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” ~ George Washington