Brink of Chaos Now?

December 8th, 2011

Washington, D.C.   As the Obama Administration shows its weakness toward Russia, the media continues to show its bare-knuckle bias against conservatives as the national election looms, and tech companies show us how they are developing new ways to snoop on average citizens, it all sounds very familiar to the two of us. It ought to. It is strikingly similar to our next futuristic novel in the End Series – this one called BRINK OF CHAOS, scheduled for release by Zondervan Publishing next year. Look at some of these breaking trends:

GLOBAL APPEASEMENT - Senator Mark Kirk is threatening to block President Obama’s nomination of Michael McFaul as ambassador to Russia for fear that without prior commitments to secrecy, he may be willing to divulge sensitive missile information to that nation. The Obama Administration pushed the START anti-missile treaty with Russia, something we have criticized previously in this blog as appeasing our potential enemy. Our concerns were confirmed recently when Russia took actions mocking the treaty by threatening to attack U.S. missile installations in Europe. In Brink of Chaos you will see the tragic outcome when America’s policies trade our national interests for bad global partnerships. 

YOU ARE BEING WATCHED-  Manufactures of Google’s Android smart phones have been installing Carrier IQ software that will track the location of users and literally every keystroke they make according to an Android app developer and a media and technology writer. This tracking and data collection system is also being used on some BlackBerry and Nokia handsets. Meanwhile Apple has applied for a patent that would allow operators at remote locations to shut down at will the video function of iPhones being used by consumers. They contend it is to stop users from illegally video-taping concerts – but we can also envision all kinds of nafarious uses for this technology. In Brink of Chaos we illustrate the 1984 scenario that is fast approaching where the government, under the guise of increasing safety to citizens, uses technology to track all of us.

MEDIA BIAS- Our fiction series has projected the long-standing bias of the establishment media into the future – with devastating results. Need more evidence? How about this: MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, the liberal political pundit, confessed on November 25th that the press generally “leans” to “the left” in its coverage. Then there is CNN’s Don Lemon who blasted the idea of liberal media bias, yet turned around and ridiculed conservative former-candidate Herman Cain, saying the “pizza man” had to pull out of the race because he ”didn’t deliver.”  Lemon, by the way, recently showed his political bias by being a key-note speaker, along with an NBC reporter, at the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association. Lemon has publicly compared alleged discrimination against homosexuals in America to human rights atrocities in Libya, noting that we are now a “global society.”

We think when you read Brink of Chaos you’ll see our heart and mind on the importance of freedom in America, and what happens during a national election when a corrupt world view  begins to crack the foundations of our government, and how it could fit into Biblical prophecy.   

(c) 2011 Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall

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Global Surveillance – Of You?

August 5th, 2011

Washington D.C.  President Obama just announced his pick for the position of “federal Chief of Information Technology;” it will be Steven Van Roekel, formerly a tech guru at Microsoft. Sounds like a boring government appointment? Guess again. Mr. Van Roekel comes from the same Microsoft Corporation that has developed surveillance-data (“activity-based navigation”) technology that can be imbedded in your cell phone, so that every step you take in your house, from floor to floor and room to room, indeed every activity you undertake can be tracked according to a report in Wired. Developers claim that their intent is good – that it can be used for tracking some one lost in the “wilderness.” But the potential for tracking otherwise innocent and unknowing citizens in their homes or places of business, or to their local church or place of recreation certainly exists. Van Roekel, a political supporter of President Obama, says his chief aim is to bring the “innovations” of private business (like Microsoft) into the hands of the federal government. President Obama has been pushing for unprecedented powers of the federal government to control the Internet, to shut down the web down at will, and to have citizens obtain user ID’s in order to utilize Internet broadband, among other things. Meanwhile, the U.S. is joining 56 other nations this summer as they work together toward creating a global “cyber security” merger of information resources and data-sharing among those countries. The agreement would cover the governments in North America including the U.S., as well as all of Europe, and Central Asia, which also includes Russia, a nation itself suspected of widespread cyber crimes and computer hacking offenses against other nations. In the light of this, our futuristic fictions series, starting with last year’s Edge of Apocalypse, and the recently released Thunder of Heaven, are looking more and more like fact. In these novels we show the dangers of an American government being absorbed into a global scheme that threatens basic liberties. We are currently working on the third book in the series which will delve into the shadowy image of a global police state – including cyber surveillance of American patriots, like our fictional hero Col. Joshua Jordan and his lawyer-wife Abigail, who are tagged as “enemies of the state” by an international network of power that stretches from Washington to the ends of the earth.      

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Dramatic Turn in Turkey

July 29th, 2011

Washington, D.C.   All eyes are on the Congress right now during the “debt ceiling/budget” debates as American totters on the brink of a technical default on its obligations. But across the planet, events in Turkey have just occurred that may have, in the long term, Biblical proportions. The struggle between the hard-line AKP pro-Islamic party in Turkey and the secular military took a dramatic turn when it was announced today that the Chief of Staff of the military, Isik Kosaner, resigned along with a massive number of other military officials. This appears to be a major victory for the Islamic forces within Turkey, a nation in conflict: some in the country want to “modernize” and join the European Union, while others want a strict Islamic regime. The prophetic aspect of all of this is one that we have just addressed in our new futuristic novel, Thunder of Heaven, which was just released.  According to Old Testament prophecies, a Russian-Islamic coalition will be formed and it will attack Israel. The Bible shows how Turkey will play a prominent role in this coalition. The more the Islamic forces take over the direction of that nation, the greater the possiblity that the timing of such a coalition may be sooner rather than later. In other words, keep an eye on Turkey. And better yet – as you watch the world, always keep an eye on the Word of God. “Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in Heaven.” Psalm 119:89.”

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Truth, Justice and Fox News

July 15th, 2011

WASHINGTON D.C.   What happens when the “freedom of the press” ceases to be free in America? In our new futuristic fiction series, that is one of the questions that we raise. In our first novel Edge of Apocalypse, we showed what could happen when a liberal media monopoly conspires with a corrupt White House to control the nation’s news and information. In response, our hero Col. Joshua Jordan, his lawyer wife, and a group of patriots form a secret group to launch AmeriNews, a hard-hitting, independant news service that challenges the status quo and gives American citizens “the other side of the story.” But it comes with a heavy price to Jordan and his family. In our second novel in the series, just released, Thunder of Heaven, you can read how this strangle-hold on America’s news continues to water the seeds of political and spiritual corruption in high places. But this isn’t just fiction. The headlines today show the fact that democratic Senators are demanding that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) investigate billionaire Rupert Murdoch and his successful News Corp. business which owns and operates Fox Television; and Attorney General Eric Holder has agreed, ordering an FBI inquiry.  One of those Senators, Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) has been harshly critical of Fox’s political coverage in the past. The whole issue arose because the British News of the World, owned by News Corp., was recently rocked by scandal when evidence arose that some staff may have hacked into the phone records of various people while gathering news stories. What is the American connection? Because allegedly, reporters working for News International (also owned by News Corp.) may have paid money to English officials in return for a “scoop” on a news tip – a practice quite customary along Fleet Street’s news tabloids but it may be illegal under American law, and News International has offices in the U.S. But there is a bigger issue: the real target here may be Fox news, which has been a “thorn” in the side of liberals for years. Watch to see how some enemies of a truly free press will try to drag Fox into this. Our Founding Fathers were crystal clear in their opinion that because the press needed the liberty to freely criticize the policies and practices of our government, the media needs to be free of the crushing hand of government surveillance. But there is a prophetic angle to all this too. During the future tribulation on planet earth, Satanic forces will control the flow of information which, considering the electronic aspects of finance today, gives us an idea how those sinister forces will also be able to control the economics of the world. In Revelation 13: 14-17 we even read that a global “image” of Antichrist will be transmitted in a miraculous fashion, suggesting one possibility -  a future Internet-type system that can transmit holographic (three dimensional) images. We can’t be sure of all of the technical details of how these End Times prophecies of Scripture will be fulfilled, though we have labored to be as true as possible to the Bible in our fiction series. But one thing is sure: Americans have nothing to gain and much to lose if our government begins a politically motivated crack-down on a news services that it does not like.

(c) 2011 Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall

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Computer Money – Prophetic?

July 7th, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C.   The U.S. Senate is now looking at an issue of digital economy that sounds like it’s right out of our newly released novel, Thunder of Heaven. The Senators are concerned about an electronic form of currency called the Bitcoin, which is being used around the world by cyber enthusiasts. Other trends mentioned in our series as fiction are now popping up as fact: in Edge of Apocalypse, the first in our new futuristic fiction series (released last year) we introduced a handheld device (the “Allfone”) which can easily do video phoning with a push of a button. Just this week news breaks of Facebook and Skype joining forces to permit video phoning via the social networking site. In Edge  we portray a future White House pushing for the U.S. to drop the dollar and join a global currency. The idea of a world currency is growing and a few weeks ago at the Global Currency Expo financial experts were urging listeners to “get out of the dollar” because it has lost about 33% of its value vs. other currencies. In this newest twist, concerning the online, entirely digital ”currency” called the Bitcoin, lawmakers in Congress fear that this form of ”money” can be used to purchase illegal goods without being tracked. The interesting fact is that the Bitcoin, whose legality is still undecided, is an entirely peer-to-peer (P2P) exchange of value via computer, between individuals, without any bank, or national government, acting as an intermediary. Regardless of what happens in the Bitcoin debate, it is clear that electronic money is the wave of the future. If and when national governments get in the game, and then globally agree to a single digital form of world money via electronic transfers, you will begin to see how the prophetic signs are lining up. Right now we are working on the next book in our “End” series. And don’t be surprised if you read about these kind of events building to a fevered pitch! Meanwhile, those like patriot Col. Joshua Jordan, our fiction hero, and his brilliant lawyer wife Abigail, who oppose a rush to global unification and erosion of American sovereignty are getting into hotter and hotter water …

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U.N. Blasts Bin Laden Shooting, Gitmo

May 18th, 2011

New York City, New York.   The United Nations is challenging America’s action in killing Osama Bin Laden, the admitted murderer of thousands and active terror leader, who was shot when U.S. Navy SEALS charged his safe-house in Pakistan during a raid.  Christof Heyns and Martin Scheinin, both human rights officials with the U.N., have declared that terrorists should normally be dealt with by arrest and trial rather than being killed. They have been joined by yet another United Nations official, Navi Pillay, who has tried to cast doubt on our military strike against Bin Laden by demanding that the United States turn over detailed information about the special forces operation that was disclosed to the world on May 1st. Pillay questions whether the Bin Laden killing was in accord with “international human rights standards.” These kinds of statements show exactly why the United States must refuse to cooperate with any aspect of a United Nations “investigation” of the Bin Laden shooting. Ever since the time of the Clinton Administration, the U.N.-created International Criminal Court has boasted that it has jurisdiction to place on trial for murder any soldier – including American ones – if they find that they used excessive deadly force during a military maneuver. The U.N.’s attitude toward our military strike, which was aimed at an enemy combatant like Bin Laden who had declared war on America, is outrageous. But the story doesn’t end there. The U.N.’s Navi Pilly is trying to increase the pressure on President Obama to fulfill his disastrous election promise to close Guantanamo, calling it a “stain” on America’s “human rights record.”  “Gitmo” is the special military base just off of U.S. shores adjoining Cuba that houses scores of enemy soldiers caught on the battlefields of Afghanistan who were part of the terror army that was waging war against us. Many of them were Bin Laden’s partners in murder and mayhem. If we had never created Gitmo, most likely Bin Laden would never have been located and killed. The interrogations at Gitmo of terrorists Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Faraj Al-Libi showed us that they were deliberately trying to shield an al-Qaida courier named Abu Ahmed who we suspected was Bin Laden’s personal messenger. Years later, another Gitmo interrogation, this time against Hassan Ghul, confirmed that Abu Ahmed was indeed the key to finding Bin Laden. Once Abu Ahmed was located, his trail led the C.I.A. and finally our Navy SEALS to the compound in Pakistan where Bin Laden was hiding. The United Nations’ criticism of this operation by brave U.S. forces and intelligence officers should not just be ignored, which is what President Obama seems to be doing. The United Nations, and its disregard for American sovereignty, needs to be denounced in the strongest possible terms.

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Who is Your Messiah?

April 14th, 2011

Washington, D.C.   When religious leaders, or even commentators in the media, talk about a coming “apocalypse,” people may take note. But when a high ranking U.S. military expert uses the term that is the kind of news that ought to really turn heads. In this week’s Washington Times, Admiral James Lyons, the commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and senior American military representative to the United Nations, authored an article titled “Religious fanatics anticipate an apocalypse.” Adm. Lyons was describing the volatile situation currently in the Middle East. Behind the news now that violent extremist groups like Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood have been working behind the scenes in nations like Egypt and Libya to orchestrate the street demonstrations, there is something that, as Lyons points out, is even more significant: an Islamic “apocalyptic mindset” at work in these current events. Adm. Lyons states: “In Islam there is an end-of-time scenario – and they think its beginning or has already begun.” The article points out that Iran’s president as an example is a member of an extremist sect known as “the Twelves,” who believe that they can trigger the appearing of their Islamic “messiah,” the “12th Imam” by creating world-wide chaos. Meanwhile much more peaceful, but equally important signs are popping up within Judaism. A recent article in the Jewish blog Forward.org  notes that Rabbi Yehudah Glick in Israel, with the backing of numerous Orthodox Jewish leaders, is rounding up 300 sheep and goats to be ready for sacrifice during the April 18th first night of Passover, “should the messiah appear.” He has made requests to hold animal sacrifices on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem but has so far been denied. There appears to be a rising sense of anticipation around the world that some kind of religious appearing may be imminent. But students of the Bible understand those world events that must take place before the only true appearing occurs, when Jesus Christ takes up (raptures) to Himself those who have trusted in Him for salvation, and then when the Lord Jesus later establishes His kingdom reign on earth. In Matthew 24 our Savior foretold that there will first be the coming of false messiahs and fraudulent prophets. During His earthly ministry, Jesus Christ gave the world innumerable proofs that He was the Son of God. Have you read the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John recently? If not, as we approach Easter, why not start today? There is no better way than that to make sure that the Messiah you follow is the true one, and not a counterfeit.

 © 2011 Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall

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Israel’s Countdown: September?

April 4th, 2011

Jerusalem, Israel    Palestinian leaders are calling for the United Nations to vote in five months for the creation of an official Palestinian State within the borders of Israel. A foreign affairs head of the ruling Fatah Party in the Palestinian Authority, Nabil Shaath, says that if Israel fails to bow to its demands, “our goal is membership in the United Nations General Assembly in September” according to the New York Times. That date also coincides with the deadline set by President Obama for the framework for a Palestinian State. Israel’s President Shimon Peres is meeting with President Obama tomorrow. Israel’s defense minister Ehud Barak has called this development of a Palestinian nation within its borders in 2011 “a diplomatic-political tsunami … that will peak in September.” One political observer, Ari Shavit, was quoted in Israeli newspapers as predicting that “a civil uprising from within will grip Israel in a stranglehold” in 2011. How will President Obama, who has not been a supporter of Israel, respond? There is more at risk here that perhaps the President could ever imagine. The creation of Israel in the 20th Century was a spectacular fulfillment of multiple prophetic declarations in the book of Ezekiel that God would gather Israel together after its scattering among the nations. But if the United States of America, through its Chief Executive, turns against Israel, it will face the promise of yet another declaration by God: the terrible curse set out just as clearly in Genesis 12:3.

 © 2011 Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall

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Religious Freedom Gone AWOL

March 22nd, 2011

Cairo, Egypt   Over the weekend, in the wake of the removal of President Hosni Mubarak and demands for change, Egyptians voted in favor of batch of changes to Egypt’s constitution, all of the provisions having to do with elections and the political process. The mainstream American press hailed the referendum as a victory for “democracy” in that country, joined by Senator John Kerry (D-MA) who praised the result. But those closer to the facts tell a different story. Counter to the impression created by press reports, only about 41% of Egypt’s qualified electorate actually voted. According to the Pakistan Christian Post, the referendum was hijacked by leaders of the well-organized Muslim Brotherhood, who used mosque prayers last Friday to round up voters to vote “yes” in favor of a quick national election process. The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) will be one of the few political parties able to mount an effective campaign for elections in such a short amount of time, and therefore it was pushing a “yes” vote over the weekend for these “constitutional” changes. Our information is that those Egyptians truly thirsting for freedom were voting “no” over the weekend, as they quickly detected that the Brotherhood was running the political show, but they couldn’t mount an effective counter-campaign against the MB in time.  If the MB has its way, Egypt will be even more fiercely Islamic after the upcoming elections than it was under Mubarak.  And the United States cannot wash its hands of that dismal result if it happens. President Obama openly called for the resignation of Mubarak. Tragically, after doing that, our President then steadfastly refused to stand up for the persecuted Christians in Egypt who will end up being the real losers. Within the last two weeks 13 people were killed in Cairo when Muslim gunmen attacked Christians who had been peacefully protesting the burning of a Church. Twenty one Christians were slaughtered in Egypt in January. Religious rights leaders have been calling out for President Obama to demand rights for persecuted Christians in these Middle Eastern nations, but they have been calling out in vain. President Obama, a former law professor, should remember that America’s founders - some of them Christian pastors like John Witherspoon -  firmly believed that the promise of political freedom becomes a bitter betrayal if it is not coupled with religious liberty. That is a lesson that Egypt, and the White House, both need to learn.

(c) 2011 Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall

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Japan: The Groaning Earth

March 13th, 2011

Sendai, Japan.   The television screen was filled with pictures of devastation in Japan this weekend as we worked on the very last details of the manuscript for Thunder of Heaven, the second novel in our futuristic fiction series, due for release in June. The similarity between the images on the screen and theme of Thunder is startling. This novel continues where Edge of Apocalypse left off, and this time will place the family of our hero Joshua Jordan right at the center of titanic, global events, including massive disasters of the kind that Jesus predicted in Matthew 24, when He warned of those “birth pangs” (v. 8 ) that would precede His coming, including “earthquakes” (v. 7). The earthquake in Japan was estimated to be a 8.9 and along with the resulting tsunami has taken at least 10,000 lives thus far and has left millions homeless. Experts have quickly assessed its shocking power and are now discussing the pattern of earthquakes world-wide. According to ABC news, the quake was so violent that it accelerated the earth’s rotation and and shifted the entire island of Japan by 8 feet, quoting a NASA geophysicist.  Is there a pattern? There have been more 8.0 + earthquakes in the last 8 years than in the preceding 30 years. The Smithsonian Institution had ranked earthquakes over the last 100 years back in 2007. It is interesting to note that in ranking the magnitude of those quakes from 8.5 to 9.5, the Smithsonian listed the most violent ones occuring in the most recent decades.  The earthquake in Japan just confirms that pattern. According to Geoff Abers of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, there is now “some debate” among scientists as to the increase in these high magnitude earthquakes and whether this pattern is “statistically significant.”  The people of Japan need our prayers and help. At the same time people everywhere need to consider the fact that they have a future beyond this present, groaning earth. God’s Son will return. There will be a new heavens and a new earth. Are you ready for it?

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