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By Michael H. Exton


The Church Lady (Dana Carvey) "Saturday Night Live" exposing Satan

Have you ever asked yourself the following question: If Jesus was NOT crucified on a Friday (which is indeed the case), then WHY has Satan deceived the world into believing in a Friday crucifixion/Sunday resurrection anyway? I mean, what does he have to gain in propagating this false teaching? And of course, it is certainly the Devil who is behind such delusions. For it is he who is called the “father of lies” (John 8:44), and it is he “who deceives the whole world” (Revelation 12:9).

So, what does Satan hope to gain in popularizing this false tradition of believing that Jesus was crucified on a Friday anyway? 

Well, for one thing, by getting people to accept this false teaching he has gotten people to DENY that Jesus is truly the Messiah! For it was Christ Himself who said that the ONLY sign that He would give that would PROVE that He was the Messiah was that He would be THREE days & THREE nights (and NOT 2 days and 2 nights) in the heart of the earth (i.e. grave, tomb, ground). 

So, to deny that Christ was 3 days and 3 nights in the tomb is to deny that Jesus is truly the Messiah (since Jesus said that the ONLY sign that He would give to PROVE that He was our Savior was that He would be dead 3 days & 3 nights)! 

Matthew 12:38–40 (NKJV) — “…Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” But He answered and said to them, “…NO SIGN WILL BE GIVEN TO IT EXCEPT THE SIGN OF THE PROPHET JONAH. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, SO WILL THE SON OF MAN [i.e. Jesus Christ] BE 3 DAYS AND 3 NIGHTS IN THE HEART OF THE EARTH [or grave, or tomb, or ground].” 

And of course, IF Christ was killed on a Friday & then resurrected back to life at sunrise Sunday morning, then that would only be 2 days (the daylight portion of Friday & the daylight portion of Saturday) and only 2 nights (Friday night & Saturday night). But 1 day and 1 night is missing! 

So, Jesus is either an imposter (because He didn’t fulfill the ONLY SIGN that He said would PROVE His Messiahship) or He was NOT crucified on a Friday! 

So, what is the answer? He was NOT crucified on a Friday & He is indeed our Savior! And there are MANY Scriptures that prove this (that Jesus was not killed on a Friday!).

But I think that there just might be a 2nd reason (and a very big reason at that!) why the Devil has deceived the world into believing in a Friday crucifixion/Sunday resurrection. 

If you study the book of Revelation you will notice that in the very end-time a Satan-inspired individual will arise on the world scene. In the book of Revelation this counterfeit Messiah is called the “Beast” (though in 1 John 2:18 he is referred to as “the Antichrist”). This cunning individual will someday be wounded so badly that he will either DIE (which I believe will be the case) or he will come very close to death (see Revelation 13:3, 13:12, 13:14; 17:8—especially the NLT). But, he will make such an absolutely miraculous recovery that the whole world will marvel and be utterly amazed! 

But, what does the Beast (i.e. the Antichrist) have to do with Satan deceiving so many Christians into believing in a Friday crucifixion/Sunday resurrection? Perhaps EVERYTHING! Because if the Beast is indeed killed (and not just severely wounded), perhaps he will be killed on a Friday and then resurrected back to life on a Sunday! That could be why Satan has the Christian world fooled into accepting the false teaching of a Friday death & Sunday resurrection—so that they will think that the Beast (i.e. the Antichrist) is Jesus Christ! 

Perhaps that is why Christ specifically & adamantly stated that the ONLY sign He would give (that would PROVE that He was the Messiah) would be that He would be dead 3 days & 3 nights (NOT 2 days & 2 nights)! He must have realized that in the end-time the Antichrist would also be killed and brought back to life (but that the fake messiah would only be dead for 2 days & 2 nights)!

Revelation 13:14 (NLT) — “And with all the miracles he [the false religious leader] was allowed to perform on behalf of the first beast [i.e. the Antichrist], he deceived all the people who belong to this world. He ordered the people to make a great statue of the first beast [i.e. the Antichrist], WHO WAS FATALLY WOUNDED AND THEN CAME BACK TO LIFE.” 

Revelation 17:8 (NLT) — “…And the people...will be amazed at the REAPPEARANCE OF THIS BEAST [i.e. the Antichrist] WHO HAD DIED.” 

So maybe, just maybe, the Beast (who is also called the Antichrist) will be killed on a Friday and then resurrected back to life on a Sunday! And not only that—but perhaps he will even be killed on “Good Friday” and brought back to life on Easter Sunday! 




Copyright 2018 Michael H. Exton

The Miracle of Pentecost

Tomorrow is Pentecost, one of three of the required special Sabbaths in the Bible... Each of these three festivals are a week long!  God actually intended his people to have 52 Sabbath's off a year, 3 weeks of vacation, plus a few others!   NICE BOSS!


"Astounding!" "Dumbfounding!" "What is the meaning of this?" "What is happening?" These were the startled expressions coming from the mouths of a crowd of several thousand on the Day of Pentecost nearly two thousand years ago. Those who uttered these words of astonishment were mostly Jews and proselytes, with a sprinkling of Romans and other gentiles among them, who were gathered in Jerusalem for the Feast of Weeks, or the fiftieth day following the offering of the wave sheaf. All knew it was the "Feast of the Firstfruits," and that it was celebrated "on the morrow after the seventh Sabbath" following the wave sheaf ceremony. But none had the slightest inkling of what was to happen on this momentous day. They were shocked, startled, puzzled! Then, by the thousands, they tearfully crowded around Christ's apostles, asking to be baptized! They repented in droves at the inspired preaching of the apostles, who wore flickering, brilliant crowns of flame! Read, in your own Bible, of the miracles that took place on the first Pentecost after Christ's resurrection––of the miracle of Pentecost!

by Garner Ted Armstrong  [printer-friendly]     [pdf format]

  image from     A swarthy trader from Egypt, who was half Jewish, began speaking in a sardonic whisper to the Arabian standing next to him. "They have got to be drunk with new wine!" he said.
      The Arabian watched as the trader made a circling motion around his head with his index finger and rolled his eyes derisively. He didn't understand a word the Egyptian–Jew had said, but he got the message.
      A Phrygian camel driver laughed, gestured toward the disciples who were in full view, and said, "I'd like to know how they do it--I mean, how is it that they manage to have all those flames flickering around their heads, and not a hair singed?"
      Neither of the other men understood the Phrygian, until a Levite from Media, who was skilled in all three languages, translated for each of them.
      "They can't be drunk, seeing it's only about 9:00 in the morning, and there isn't a wineshop open in the city--but tell me this, how is it that each of you are understanding what these men have been saying, when they are speaking in my language?"
      The Egyptian looked startled, and the Arabian's mouth dropped open. The Phrygian camel driver laughed, "Oh, no. Impossible! They, every one of them, have been speaking in my tongue--which is surprising, for not many in Jerusalem know the dialect of Phrygia!"
      The word had spread like wildfire throughout the city: "A miracle! A miracle! Some of the followers of that man Jesus, who claimed to be the Messiah, are standing there with their hair on fire, and speaking in about sixteen different languages and all of us are hearing them in our own dialect!"
      When the excited babble of voices came to Peter, after most of the other disciples had addressed the crowd, Peter stood up, gestured for silence. His hair was blazing; flickering tongues of flame were leaping over his head like a golden corona; yet, there was no damage to his head or hair!
      "Men of Judaea, and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let this be understood! Listen to my words! These men are not drunken, like you think they are, seeing it is only the third hour of the day.
      "But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 'And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.'"
      The Phrygian nudged the Arabian, who looked at the Median Levite. "Did you understand that?" The Phrygian asked no one in particular. The linguist from Media rapidly asked each the same question, and all nodded vigorously, their eyes wide with wonderment.
      "Something is going on here--something I can't explain!" the Levite said to them. "We'd better listen!"
      Can any of us truly imagine what it must have been like for the large crowd of people from all over the Mediterranean world to have been assembled in Jerusalem on that momentous day? Can we picture, for even a moment, the astonishing sight, the astounding words that were spoken, or the excitement and wonderment that swept over the audience?
      One of the most stupendous miracles of all time was taking place before their astonished eyes, and filling their ears. It was the miracle of Pentecost, when God's Holy Spirit was first made available to the human race; when the "other Comforter" Jesus Christ promised (John 14:26) was sent to mankind.

Why Did It Happen On Pentecost?   Read the rest here

Public support for vaccines has dropped 10% since 2008

Support for vaccinations among Americans has fallen 10 percent in the last 10 years, a new survey has found.  Most Americans, especially children, get recommended vaccines, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but the number who are confident in their importance has decreased.

About 70 percent said common vaccines, such as for polio and measles, are 'very important', found the poll from Research America and the American Society for Microbiology.   This is down from 80 percent who gave the same answer in November 2008.  Additionally, only 71 percent of participants said it was 'very important' to have their children vaccinated, a drop from 82 percent in 2008.

Mounting distrust has led some parents to not immunize their children, in turn leading to  outbreaks of diseases not seen in years, such as measles, whooping cough and mumps


When those surveyed were asked how confident they were in the current system for evaluating the safety of vaccines and recommendations for when they should be given, 45 percent said they were 'somewhat confident' and 32 percent said 'very confident'.  While the number of those 'very confident' remained the same from 2008, it fell for those 'somewhat confident', which had stood at 53 percent.

Mary Woolley, president and CEO of Research America, said she doesn't see the results as evidence that people opposing vaccines but rather that they have doubts and questions about them.  According to the CDC, more than 90 percent of children under age three have been vaccinated for polio, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), Hepatitis B and chicken pox.

And more than 80 percent have received Haemophilus influenzae, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, and pneumococcal infection vaccines.  However, mounting distrust has led some parents to not immunize their children, in turn leading to outbreaks of diseases not seen in years, such as measles, whooping cough and mumps.

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Who killed Bobby Kennedy? His son RFK Jr. doesn't believe it was Sirhan Sirhan.

1LOS ANGELES - Just before Christmas, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. pulled up to the massive Richard J. Donovan Correctional Center, a California state prison complex in the desert outside San Diego that holds nearly 4,000 inmates. Kennedy was there to visit Sirhan B. Sirhan, the man convicted of killing his father, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, nearly 50 years ago.

While his wife, actress Cheryl Hines, waited in the car, Robert Kennedy Jr. met with Sirhan for three hours, he revealed to The Washington Post last week. It was the culmination of months of research by Kennedy into the assassination, including speaking with witnesses and reading the autopsy and police reports.

There's plenty of damning evidence against Sirhan. He confessed to the killing at trial, though he claims this was done on his attorney's instruction. He took hours of target practice with his pistol earlier in the day, and he took the gun into the Ambassador that night. He had been seen at a Kennedy speech at the Ambassador two days earlier. He had a newspaper clipping critical of Kennedy in his pocket and had written "RFK must die" in notebooks at home, though he said he didn't remember doing that. And he waited in the pantry for about 30 minutes, according to witnesses who said he asked if Kennedy would be coming through there.

But questions about the case arose almost immediately in Los Angeles, resulting in hearings and reinvestigations as early as 1971 by the district attorney, the police chief, the county board of supervisors and the county superior court. Many of them focused on the ballistics of the case, starting with Noguchi's finding that Kennedy had been shot from behind, which Sirhan's lawyer didn't raise in his defense.

In addition, lead crime scene investigator DeWayne Wolfer testified at trial that a bullet taken from Kennedy's body and bullets from two of the wounded victims all matched Sirhan's gun.

But other experts who examined the three bullets said they had markings from different guns and different bullet manufacturers. An internal police document concluded that "Kennedy and Weisel bullets not fired from same gun," (Weisel was the wounded ABC news producer) and "Kennedy bullet not fired from Sirhan's revolver."    Read the entire article here

Vacation night in a Jet? Unique places to stay on your next vacation...

Get your holiday off to a flying start at these aviation-themed hotels

If you're looking to get your holiday off to a flying start, then these aviation-themed hotels might propel things in the right direction. MailOnline Travel has scoured the world to find guesthouses that have seemingly fallen from the sky, with a 1965 Boeing 727 aircraft peeping out of the Costa Rican jungle (left) and a helicopter parked up in the English countryside (bottom right) landing on the list. In Sweden, 450 seats were ripped out of a 1976 jumbo jet (top right) to create a quirky hostel with a suite in the cockpit, while in New Zealand, a converted Bristol Freighter plane now accommodates holidaymakers.

Where was God when A shooter showed up at School and started shooting? You probably won't like the answer!

By Bob Barney

Oh God!I have run the Garner Ted Article article (below) before, and do so after many tragedies. Many often wonder how these things could happen in a modern world. People ask, “how could a loving God allow such tragedies?” People blame God, guns, conservatives, the media, and everybody else – other than themselves. Where is God when tragedies like these occur? Where is God when a million abortions a year are slaughtering the innocence in the womb? The Plain Truth is that God is where THEY (YES 'THEY' – as GOD is the English word that means Jesus and the Father) have been for most of the last 6,000 years. God is in heaven, allowing us to run our own lives, follow our own ways, worship our own false gods and follow pagan holidays that God has nothing to do with. Most people do not want God in their lives. It's a hard simple fact. Most do not want to follow the Law of God, when it does not suit their needs. We want to be free to do what we want to do, since the time we first walked up until the time we draw our last breath of life. We want a God of convenience, and not a God who orders us to obey physical and spiritual laws. We want to follow Christmas, not because it is found in the Bible, but because it makes US feel good. We really don't care what God thinks about the holiday – we really don't care, because if we did, very little research would make us draw a conclusion on our lives, that we do not want to face.

We are in a worship the homosexual mode in the world today. Somehow this massacre in Orlando seems to be more tragic because it happened in the queer community. I guess queer lives matter more than Christian lives, slaughtered every day by ISIS and nobody cares at all!  But homosexuality is a sin against God, and there is punishment for breaking God's LAWS. We are not to worship sinful behavior and make excuses. Because we are doing this, more tragedies will occur!  God is alive. God is real and punishment is coming!

We are also in a form a denial. We deny God and God's way. We deny that such tragedies will actually happen to us. Jesus was asked this question 2,000 years ago. It is in Luke chapter 13! 1-5 “Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.  Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way?  I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem?  I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”

Repent of what? SIN! And what is the Bible definition of sin? There is one place in all of your Bible that says “Sin is” - and it is found in 1 John 3:4: Whosoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. Did you read that? SIN IS BREAKING GOD'S LAW! Then the next question, “what law?” The TEN COMMANDMENTS! (John 14:15), one of which is the Sabbath Command. However, for most of the Christian world, “loving Jesus, and believing ON Jesus,” is all we really have to do.... Yet Jesus said, “Why do you call me LORD LORD and not do the things I say to do!” You find here:

Matthew 7 13-28: (NIV version)

The Narrow and Wide Gates

 Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

True and False Prophets

15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.  By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.  A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.  Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

True and False Disciples

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’  Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

The Wise and Foolish Builders

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.  But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. (like all of those today who love to build their houses on the sand like in Florida, The Outer banks and New York and New Jersey)  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

It's not hard figuring out why God allows tragedies. The majority refuse to obey God, and therefore all of us suffer because of this fact. We want “democracy” and God has allowed us to get what we ask for. Until God returns and establishes THEIR Kingdom, we will continue to experience that fate of those who are in rebellion against God.


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School Shootings: Mental Health Watchdog Says Psychotropic Drug Use by School Shooters Merits Federal Investigation

Guns are not the reason why school shootings are happening. The dirty secret is LEGALLY PRESCRIBED halaucinagenic drugs are!

Group Warns Against Increasing Mental Health Funding in Response to Parkland Florida Shooting

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“As a forensic psychologist, I have tested/evaluated 30 teenage and young adult murderers, and almost all of them had been in some kind of ‘treatment,’ usually short term and psychoactive drug-oriented, before they killed.”— David Kirschner, Ph.D., New York psychologist

By CCHR International
The Mental Health Watchdog
February 20, 2018

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a mental health watchdog that has investigated school and other mass shootings since the Columbine High School Shooting in 1999, warns about pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into more mental health services in response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on Valentine’s Day. While the nation is reeling from this senseless tragedy, CCHR cautions against acting on mental health experts’ advice to increase mental health funding or to enact stronger involuntary commitment laws as violence prevention measures. The group says an investigation into the shooting must include what psychotropic drugs the alleged shooter, Nikolas Cruz, has been prescribed and the fact that he had apparently undergone “behavioral health” treatment which did nothing to prevent the murderous outcome. A 2016 Florida Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) report indicated that he was regularly taking “medication” for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).[1]

CCHR International’s investigation into school violence reveals that at least 36 school shootings and/or school-related acts of violence have been committed by those taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs resulting in 172 wounded and 80 killed (in other school shootings, information about their drug use was never made public—neither confirming or refuting if they were under the influence of prescribed drugs or undergone other behavioral therapy.)[2] At least 27 international drug regulatory agency warnings have been issued on psychiatric drugs being linked to mania, violence, hostility, aggression, psychosis, and homicidal ideation (thoughts or fantasies of homicide that can be planned).

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REVEALED: Why the doomed El Faro cargo ship sailed right into a hurricane before sinking

Pictured: The recovered wreck of El Faro after it was swallowed by a hurricane in October 2015, killing all 33 people on board 

The author of a new book about the sinking of the El Faro has offered insights into why the ship sank and what could have saved the 33 crew members who died at sea.

Journalist Rachel Slade, the author of Into The Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm And The Sinking Of El Faro, says that both 'hubris' and the 40-year-old ship's age were key factors.

The 790-foot cargo ship sank in the Bahamas on October 1, 2015 in the midst of Hurricane Joaquin while on a cargo run from Florida to Puerto Rico.

'We don’t have 40-year-old cars anymore on the road. They’re considered antiques,' Slade said of the El Faro's age in an interview with Maine Public. 'You can no longer order parts for that ship. The guys were actually using scrapped pieces from scrapped ships to fix the engine, to fix parts. This was a desperate situation.'

Fox New Has installed Muslim prayer rugs, meditation room, sex-harassment training

image from www.wnd.comWhile Fox News programming may not show it, staffers are reportedly on edge over changes taking place behind the scenes.

Staffers are now required to attend mandatory sexual-harassment training, the report says.

The employee intranet includes a section on gender-transition policies and guidelines.

There’s also a new workforce-diversity council, according to the report.

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Memphis Belle is saved from the scrapheap:

A legendary Second World War bomber is set to go on display for the first time after being restored at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Ohio.    

The B-17 'Flying Fortress' known as Memphis Belle was introduced as the anchor of an extensive exhibit in the Dayton-area museum's war gallery.  The Memphis Belle has spent the last dozen years or so undergoing a piece-by-piece rehabilitation, from the clear plastic nose cone down to the twin .50-caliber machine guns mounted in the tail.

The plane, known for its risque nose paintings featuring a pin-up girl, was celebrated for being the first bomber to survive 25 missions over occupied Europe and return to the US in 1943.

It was the subject of a 1944 documentary directed by William Wyler, wherein its final mission over northern Germany was charted.  The Memphis Belle also inspired the 1990 Hollywood feature film by the same name, starring Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz and Harry Connick Jr.  It became symbolic of the US air effort as Americans aided the British in pummeling German territory from above in mass bombing raids. 

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Visitors gather for a private viewing of the Memphis Belle, a Boeing B-17 'Flying Fortress,' at the National Museum of the US Air Force on Wednesday. The Memphis Belle has spent the last dozen years or so undergoing a piece-by-piece rehabilitation, from the clear plastic nose cone down to the twin .50-caliber machine guns mounted in the tail
Visitors gather for a private viewing of the Memphis Belle, a Boeing B-17 'Flying Fortress,' at the National Museum of the US Air Force on Wednesday. The Memphis Belle has spent the last dozen years or so undergoing a piece-by-piece rehabilitation, from the clear plastic nose cone down to the twin .50-caliber machine guns mounted in the tail

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Drug-resistant fungi are a 'serious and immediate' threat to human health

Fungal infections could become resistant to medication and cause an epidemic in humans, crops and animals, experts warn.

Like the increasing number of bacteria that are becoming antibiotic resistant, fungi  could also one day be incurable.

Researchers led by Imperial College London and the University of Exeter caution that overusing anti-fungal treatments in farming and medicine could be making them less effective.

Resistant fungal infections could cause widespread crop failures and be deadly for people with conditions such as a weakened immune system from having cancer.

One researcher says the threat is 'under-appreciated' and 'immediate'.

Fungi destroy a fifth of global crop yields each year, and cause diseases which kill more people than breast cancer or malaria, scientists say

Regular use of the type of antifungal used to treat thrush, athlete's foot, ringworm and fungal nail infections is partly to blame, the scientists say.   The drugs – which were discovered in the 1950s and are called azoles – also account for about a quarter of fungicides used in agriculture.  It is thought they kill off weaker strains of fungal infection but stronger strains survive the treatment and continue to spread.    The scientists' research says fungi are responsible for a range of infections in humans, animals and plants.  These include blights which can wipe out food crops, yeast infections which can lead to blood poisoning in humans and livestock.  

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Christianity 'End times fatigue': evangelicals find biblical case for Israel less compelling

Forward By Bob Barney:   The problem with all of these religious "experts" is that they are false prophets. Jesus warned against these con artist, disguised as ministers of the gospel.  They actually are preaching a false gospel, to deceive and confuse. Don't be fooled by these demon inspired teachers.  God clearly tells us that we can not know the time that Christ will return.  He gave us signs, many of which are being fulfilled now, but the end is NOT YET, it may not even be near!  America, is lost Israel, whenever you see a prophecy about Israel in the Bible, it NEVER means the tiny Jewish nation that falsely calls themselves Israel...    The USA, Canada, UK, France, Denmark, Scandinavia, and The Netherlands (Holland) are the nations of "lost" Israel.   The modern Jewish state today in the Bible is JUDAH!   Read Your Bible, don't listen to demons!

What still must happen BEFORE CHRIST RETURNS!

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For many on the Christian right, the state of Israel has been seen as a key to fulfilling prophesy. A new generation has other ideas

Bruce McCluggage enjoys a coffee at the Wild Goose, in Colorado Springs.
 Bruce McCluggage enjoys a coffee at the Wild Goose, in Colorado Springs. Photograph: Josiah Hesse

This week, the Trump administration completed its move of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

At the opening ceremony, two of the American speakers were evangelical superstars: Pastor Robert Jeffress, the author of several doomsday booksabout Israel, and John Hagee, who interpreted recent lunar eclipses as evidence that the end times were nigh. The Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro, meanwhile, declared that Trump had “fulfilled biblical prophecy”.

The ceremony coincided with massive protests, in which 60 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces.

Thousands of miles away, in her home outside Colorado Springs, Kimberly Troup sat in a cluttered basement office. She is an evangelical Christian who takes to heart the Bible verse in which God speaks of the Jewish nation: “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse.”   MORE

All of Chile's 34 bishops RESIGN over a sex abuse

All 34 Chilean bishops who attended a crisis meeting this week with Pope Francis about the cover-up of sexual abuse in their country have offered to resign, it has emerged.

The bishops also apologised to Chile, the victims of abuse and the pope for the scandal as they released an extraordinary joint statement. 

It was not immediately clear if the pope, who slammed had accepted their resignation.

Pope Francis on Thursday ended his emergency summit with Chile's bishops by thanking them for their 'full willingness' to do whatever it takes to recover from a sex abuse and cover-up scandal that has discredited the church

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Israel celebrates new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem


Israelis wave national flags outside the Old City's Damascus Gate, in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 13, 2018. Israel is marking the 51st anniversary of its capture of east Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war. (AP Photo / Ariel Schalit)

JERUSALEM -- Israel on Sunday kicked off festivities to celebrate the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, even as it bolstered its forces along the Gaza border and in the West Bank in anticipation of mass Palestinian protests of the move.

A day before the embassy's formal opening, Israel hosted a gala party at its Foreign Ministry with President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka, her husband, Jared Kushner, and other American VIPs.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Trump's "bold decision" in upending decades of U.S. policy by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. "It's the right thing to do," a smiling Netanyahu told the jubilant crowd.


John Dramesi the true Vietnam POW you never hear about

Book Review by BOB BARNEY:

image from images-na.ssl-images-amazon.comColonel John Arthur Dramesi (born February 12, 1933) is a retired U.S. Air Force officer who was held as a prisoner of war at the Hanoi Hilton in North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Dramesi is one of the very few captives who never broke under torture. He was held along with Senator John McCain and has criticized McCain's conduct as a prisoner and after release. McCain would later hail him as "one of the toughest guys I've ever met." Dramesi has also criticized the conduct of a number of his fellow POWs. He was shot down over North Vietnam and captured on 1 April 1967. While a prisoner, Dramesi twice attempted to escape, without success. On the second occasion, his partner, Edwin Atterbury, was killed, and the entire prison population was subjected to "barbaric" reprisals. Plans for a third escape attempt, to be assisted by Navy SEALs in Operation Thunderhead, were cancelled after the SEALs were injured, and one killed, when jumping from a helicopter. Dramesi was released in 1973. Following his release, he continued his career in the Air Force, serving as a planner for U.S. forces in Europe, commander of the 390th Tactical Fighter Squadron, flying the F-111F Aardvark, and as commander of the 509th Bomb Wing (Strategic Air Command), Pease Air Force Base, New Hampshire. While the commander of the 390th TFS, his autobiography, "Code of Honor" which was initially published in 1975 and again in 1990. He retired in 1982 with the rank of colonel.


Tim Dickinson's' (reporter) account of interviewing Dramesi.  It's incredible!

Most of us consider McCain's conduct as a POW out of bounds. Who are we to judge? Dramesi's more than willing to.

I met John Dramesi 35 years ago when I was writing a series of articles on the returned POWs for the Sun-Times. I called him at home in Pennsylvania on Thursday to ask if he'd really said those things about McCain, but I was sure he had. They sounded just like him. To establish Dramesi's bona fides, Dickinson even has McCain hailing him as "one of the toughest guys I've ever met," but hailing -- that's Dickinson's verb -- is deceptive. Dramesi was one of the most unpopular prisoners in the camps. He was so tough he was viewed as a danger to the health, and even the lives, of the other POWs. 

Dramesi knows what they thought about him, and still think. He told me, "If you talk to another POW -- and I've been told this -- if you mention my name to another POW, if you meet somebody and you find out they were a POW, and they'll be telling you stories, and you say 'I know a POW.' 'Who do you know?' 'I know John Dramesi.' All of a sudden the conversation will come to a complete standstill and they’ll probably walk away."

As Dickinson noted, Dramesi escaped and was recaptured twice. The second time, the North Vietnamese made vicious reprisals against the rest of their prisoners, and Dramesi and Ed Atterberry, the POW he escaped with, were beaten so badly that Atterberry died. Dramesi planned a third escape, but the senior POWs at his camp ordered him not to try it. Nobody wanted to be tortured again. Dramesi says he once got a letter  from McCain that called the escape with Atterberry "infamous."

"So obviously," said Dramesi, "he doesn't agree with the escape, because it did bring a great degree of discomfort down on everyone."

In his memoir Faith of My Fathers, McCain admitted to being a lousy midshipman at the naval academy and a flier who lost four or five planes. (The time he decided to hug the ground in Spain for the hell of it and flew into some power lines the plane may have survived--it's not clear from his account.) And when he was captured he caved under torture. He concedes other POWs performed better.

I asked Dramesi if four or five planes was par for the course. He laughed long and hard. "Anybody who loses one airplane is lucky to still have a career in the air force." Dramesi said. "[McCain] told me once -- he was laughing -- and he said, 'I jumped out of six or eight airplanes,' and I was thinking, 'Holy shit! How could anybody still be in the military and lose six or eight planes. That was hilarious. It  really was. Here he was talking to a guy who had friends who killed themselves trying to save an airplane. 'I'm not going to suffer the embarrassment of crashing and bailing out.'" 

So Dramesi doesn't think much of McCain. But in his eyes, few of his fellow prisoners measured up. He told me their behavior, graphed, would form the familiar bell curve, with the outright collaborators on the far left and the POWs like Atterberry who died resisting on the far right. The prisoners to the left of center were easy to break, while those to the right of center took the North Vietnamese a little longer. Dramesi, according to his memoir Code of Honor -- and the testimony of other prisoners -- didn't break at all.

I mentioned one of his prison's senior officers, James Bond Stockdale. A navy pilot, Stockdale attempted suicide to show his captors he'd rather die than talk. He feared that under unremitting torture he would talk, and there was no way he could let the North Vietnamese find out what he knew: that the attack in the Tonkin Gulf in August 1964, which plunged the U.S. into the war, was bogus -- the radar on the destroyer Turner Joy had mistaken bad weather for enemy boats. Later he wrote, "I was in possession of the most damaging information a North Vietnamese torturer could possibly extract from an American prisoner of war." 

But the origins of the Vietnam war are another story. When Stockdale came home he was awarded the Medal of Honor. The best Dramesi can do for him is place him on the right side of the bell curve.

He told me about a conversation they once had. Stockdale was wondering how Dramesi had managed to do what so few POWs could -- give the North Vietnamese nothing beyond his name, rank, and serial number. Stockdale told Dramesi it had been so hard to uphold the code he was prepared to kill himself rather than violate it. And again he asked, "How did you do it?"

Dramesi's puzzled reply: "Well, why didn't you let them kill you?" And he explained to me, "The point was, I was willing to lose my legs in the stocks or allow them to literally kill me before I'd deny the code of conduct." If you died at the enemy's hands, he said, "you wouldn't have any problem and you'd be able to uphold the code and retain your dignity and honor.'

What was Stockdale's reaction to that? "He had to think a little bit more about 'why didn’t you let them kill you?'" says Dramesi. "He walked away."

As a senior officer in the prison, Stockdale established a policy that Dramesi -- but few other POWs -- profoundly disagreed with. Dramesi calls it "Bounce Back," the idea being that no matter what they make you say or do under duress, tomorrow's another day and you can begin the fight all over again. 

"Stockdale was a nice guy," said Dramesi, but he thinks Bounce Back gave the POWs permission to fail. He thinks that if Stockdale and the other leaders had made it clear that no collaboration of any degree was permissible, that the code of conduct clearly demanded they put "their country before their life," more of the POWs would have braced and done that. More POWs would have died -- Dramesi concedes this. But they'd have died doing their duty, their honor intact.

CAPTAIN JOHN ARTHUR DRAMESI was flying an F-105D of the 13th TFS and 388th TFW out of Korat. Here is how Chris Hobson tells the tale from fifty years ago on this date: A flight of F-105s was sent on an armed reconnaissance mission that entailed flying along Routes 106 and 107 in Quang Bing province in the southern region of North Vietnam. As the aircraft reached a point about 15 miles northwest of Dong Hoi they came under a hail of anti-aircraft fire. Captain Dramesi’s aircraft was hit in the tail and with the aircraft on fire he ejected a few minutes later. He twisted his knee on landing and was immediately surrounded by North Vietnamese militia. He shot at them with his revolver but was shot in his right leg and captured. After eight days in his first prison camp he dismantled part of his cell and escaped but was soon captured and stoned and beaten by a crowd of Vietnamese. The next day he was taken to the Hanoi Hilton and then to the Zoo (one of several prison camps in the NVN prison system). On 10 May 1969, after months of planning he and Captain Edwin Atterberry escaped through the roof of their cell but were recaptured 12-hours later about four miles from the prison. Dramesi and Atterberry were beaten and tortured for their escape, Atterberry did not survive and Dramesi was near death when the brutal treatment stopped after 38-days. Dramesi remained in leg irons for six months and the entire prison population was also systematically beaten and tortured as punishment for the escape. This incident effectively put an end to any further escape attempts as the repercussions were to serious and in any case it was extremely unlikely that an escape and return to friendly territory would ever be successful. However, in June 1972 Captain Dramesi and Major Jim Kasler were involved in a planned escape, code name Operation Thunderhead, despite much planning and assistance from SAR forces in the Gulf of Tonkin, senior POW officers vetoed the escape at the last minute. John Dramesi was released on 4 March 1973 and told his POW story in Code of Honor published in 1975, He was awarded the Air Force Cross after his release and later flew the F-111 with the 366th TFW.”


'Peter is here': Untold story of astonishing search for the apostle

Peter's Bones are not in Rome. Peter NEVER went to Rome!

It’s arguably one of the most significant discoveries in the history of the world, accomplished by an improbable collection of characters through a complex series of improbable developments. 

Yet few are aware of the find – for reasons that become evident as the saga is told – and even fewer know the whole story and the threads the players wove into the events of World War II and their influence on its outcome.

John O'Neill

John O’Neill

The discovery was the bones of the Apostle Peter, a scientifically verified find that was authenticated only recently under the leadership of Popes Benedict and Francis. The search also uncovered startling new evidence – hidden for nearly two millennia – of a thriving Christian community rooted in belief in the divinity of Jesus Christ at a time of intense Roman persecution.

The storyteller, in the newly released book “The Fisherman’s Tomb,” is perhaps as improbable as the story. Yet, like the characters, perfectly positioned.

John O’Neill is known as the face of the Vietnam swift boat veterans who many believe prevented John Kerry from being elected president of the United States in 2004. (O’Neill and the more than 200 veterans who came forward still stand by their story despite the establishment media’s boilerplate dismissal of “discredited claims.”)

O’Neill, a retired Houston lawyer, was co-author of the New York Times bestseller that rocked the 2004 election, “Unfit for Command,” the bible of the campaign of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, and “The Fisherman’s Tomb,” is his first book since then.

This time, amid a cynical culture that disregards the claims of Christianity as myth, he endeavors to set the record straight and tell for the first time the whole truth about the 75-year search for Peter.

A skeptic himself by nature, O’Neill makes the case in a well-written, engaging, novelistic fashion, undergirded by his lawyerly reliance on reason and verifiable evidence.

It’s the story of a risky, top-secret endeavor launched in 1942 that never could have been accomplished without the help of a humble, enormously wealthy and generous Texas oilman whose lifelong insistence on anonymity and his belief that he was a partner with God in his vocation made him a perfect accomplice.

It was O’Neill’s friendship with the son and other descendants of the late oilman, George W. Strake Sr., his familiarity with oil exploration as a senior partner for a large international law firm in Houston, personal interest in archaeology, lifetime of researching complex global matters and faith in God that compelled him to write the book.

“Sometimes a story finds an author rather than the reverse,” writes O’Neill in the foreword, noting he had resolved not to write again after “Unfit for Command,” despite many offers.

“It’s a shocking combination of all kinds of serendipitous circumstances, and it’s hard not to attribute it to anything but God wanting the story out,” said O’Neill in an interview with WND.

Even more against all odds is the story itself.

George W. Strake

George W. Strake

It took Strake becoming immensely wealthy through the unlikely discovery of the country’s third largest oil field during the Great Depression in an area near Houston every other “wildcatter” had given up on, O’Neill noted. It required the uncovering of clues through the digging of a grave for a deceased pope, the courageous vision of his papal successor to pursue it – the gamble of disproving church tradition or providing earth-shattering, faith-building evidence – and a workman falling through a floor into an unknown, wondrous underground realm of color-rich Roman antiquities. And it couldn’t have been done without a brilliant, uniquely equipped, female pioneer archaeologist who entered the project as a devoted scientist with no religious faith and finished it as a believer.

The archeologist, Margherita Guarducci, was a genius, O’Neill said, and “probably the only person who could have decoded everything to find Peter.”

According to church tradition, Peter, one of the three disciples closest to Jesus, was executed in Rome and chose to be crucified upside down, because he thought himself unworthy to suffer precisely as Jesus did. But until Guarducci’s find, there was scant evidence the great apostle had even been in Rome.

The discovered bones, at a site predicted by church tradition but dismissed by naysayers, were of a robust 65-year-old man who bore the marks of violent crucifixion.

Guarducci homed in on the site after deciphering coded inscriptions that declared: “Peter is here.”

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Why Is The Middle East Always Going To Be In YOUR Future

Editor's note: This article was the very first one ever published on The Plain Truth back on December 14th 2007!

By Bob Barney
We have war in Afghanistan, war in Iraq, war is maybe coming to Iran, Israel and Syria. It has been this way since before you were even born. Why? After all, we had war in Europe in 1914 and 1940, but not today. War in Japan in the forties, but not in the past fifty years, so why has every decade seen a problem in the Mid-East? Is it Oil? Is it another reason.

In the late 1940's, the USA was the world's largest oil producer. We did not need oil from the middle east, yet war erupted between the newly formed Israel and its Arab allies. The same thing happened again in the fifties, and the sixties and we still really didn't need the Arab's oil. By 1973 we did need their oil and thus today, everyone without a view on history mistakenly assumes that war in the middle east is about oil. IT IS NOT!

This war has nothing to do with oil, or George Bush or even The United States per say; it has everything to do with religion and about God and God's role in world events. This article can be read anytime in the future and there will still be strife in the middle east. The strife ends, according to the Bible ONLY after Christ returns and not a day before. We realize that we claim to be a news site, and we are, but if there is a God, and it is the God of the Bible and if Jesus Christ is that God of the Bible, then what he has to say is news, is it not?

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Warren Buffett is the Greatest Tax Dodger of All Time

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image from millennialmoola.comWarren Buffett is one of the most brilliant investors of all time. I personally admire him, so when someone as nasty as Donald Trump attacks him as he did in the second presidential debate, I want to come to the defense of the Oracle of Omaha. After all, Trump loves to make outrageously inaccurate accusations. However, one charge Trump leveled in the debate Sunday actually holds some water. He accused Warren Buffett among others of dodging taxes just like he does. Buffett responded that he had paid taxes since 1944 when he was a young teenager. THE PLAIN TRUTH: Warren Buffett is the greatest tax dodger of all time. 

Buffett Pays a lot of Taxes, on an Extremely Small Income

Warren Buffett earned $11.6 million in 2015 and paid taxes of $1.8 million. However, his net worth is $64.7 billion. That means in 2015, the world’s greatest investor only produced income of 0.018% of his assets. Is he slipping? How was his income so small compared to his many billions of dollars?

Let’s compare Warren Buffett to a retired doctor with a net worth of $3 million. Imagine if that doctor had an investment portfolio with index funds that he used to retire to Florida. He had a CPA that limited his income to 0.018% of his assets. That doctors taxable income would then be only $534.

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NASCAR great Richard Petty to auction off his race cars including a $400k 1974 Dodge Charger

Richard Petty, the legendary NASCAR driver, is auctioning off some of his best memorabilia, including his most famous race cars.

Bidders will be able to get a crack at buying the 1974 Dodge Charger which Petty drove to victory in the Daytona 500 championship among other accomplishments.

The car is likely to be sold for near half-a-million dollars, according to the Charlotte Observer.

The auction is scheduled to take place this Saturday at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

Bidders will be able to get a crack at buying the 1974 Dodge Charger which Petty drove to victory in the Daytona 500 championship among other accomplishments
Richard Petty, the legendary NASCAR driver, is auctioning off some of his best memorabilia, including his most famous race cars. A painted portrait of Petty, which will also be auctioned this Saturday, is seen above

Majority Owners Explore Sale of NASCAR: Sources

Image: Majority Owners Explore Sale of NASCAR: Sources

The majority owners of NASCAR, the company which operates the namesake U.S. car-racing series and other motorsport events, are exploring options that include the sale of a majority stake, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

The move comes as NASCAR grapples with an aging fan base, stricter safety rules and a competitive media landscape that have weighed on its popularity and made it less attractive to advertisers and sponsors.

The France family, which controls NASCAR, is working with investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to identify a potential deal for the company, three sources said, cautioning that the deliberations are at exploratory stage and no agreement of any kind is certain.

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image from hw.infowars.comThe legendary comedian, known for producing such films as Young Frankenstein and Spaceballs, explained his feelings in an interview published Monday with The Daily Beast.

“I’ve never been a fan of political correctness. I’ve been a fan of decent behavior, which is different from political correctness. Because political correctness demands too much respect for being good. And comics are not good. We are bad. We whisper into the king’s ear. We tell him the truth. And that’s our job. It’s our job to say it like it is. And sometimes use the words that we use in the street. You can’t always play ball with the system, you have to strike out and tell the truth.”

Although Brooks says political correctness stifles comedy, the 91-year-old actor, writer, producer, director and composer says he believes only a small portion of people dislike provocative material.

“I think that people enjoy — that people love the comics that break the rules, that’s what I think,” Brooks said. “I think it’s only a sliver that really love political correctness. Everybody else likes the truth, which is different.”    MORE

Garlic can slash the risk of cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes

It's been used to treat ailments for thousands of years.  

But eating garlic really does have health benefits, researchers have concluded. 

A study found consuming the common seasoning can help slash the risk of cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

And how healthy garlic is could be down to how it is prepared, according to the researchers at Nottingham University.

The team conducted a review of the literature surrounding garlic, as studies into its health benefits have been inconsistent. 

The sulfates found in garlic are thought to be responsible for its health benefits and flavour

Study leader Dr Peter Rose explained the mix of results was likely due to the vast array of compounds in garlic, mainly sulphuric ones.

Different levels of the compounds are released through chopping garlic, pressing it for oil or fermenting it in alcohol - known as the 'Ancient Tibetan Garlic Cure'.

This could explain the strikingly different results into the health effects of garlic, the researchers said. 

But Dr Rose and colleagues admitted it was still a mystery as to which method of eating garlic is the most beneficial. 

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The Tower of London and its Jewish history

Tower of London . (photo credit: ILANIT CHERNICK)

The rich history of the Tower of London tells the story of a fortress, a palace, as well as a place of law, torture, incarceration and doom throughout medieval British History.

But new research has revealed that the Tower of London also served as a place of refuge for the Jewish community during violent pogroms, as their prison when they refused to pay taxes, and even as their port of exile when they were expelled from England in the year 1290.  The information, presented at the tower last week in a lecture titled “New perspectives on the Tower and the medieval Jewish community,” shows how the Jews had a much deeper connection to the monument than previously known.

The curator of the collections at the tower, Sally Dixon-Smith of Historic Royal Palaces – an independent charity that manages some of the United Kingdom’s unoccupied royal palaces – spent three months analyzing Treasury documents, looking into the links between the Jewish community and the structure.

She found that London’s early Jewish residents took refuge in the tower during particularly violent pogroms in 1189, 1264 and 1272.    Read More

Jamaica: Adventists want exams set on Sabbath rescheduled

image from OBSERVER) — MONTEGO BAY, St James — Director of the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Department of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty, Nigel Coke is upbeat over talks with the minister of education about alternative dates for SDA students whenever examinations fall on the Sabbath.

“We have had communication from anxious and concerned students who have stated that they have exam days on the Sabbath at the end of this semester in May. To that end, we (a team from the Jamaica Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists) had a meeting with the minister of education (Senator Ruel Reid) and his team two weeks ago and a proposal is being put forward, and we are expecting a favourable response,” Coke revealed.

He said that “the principle is that there should be no discrimination against students because of their religious beliefs, practices or observances”.

Zodiak Killer next to be caught?

Investigators could be WEEKS away from cracking Zodiac Killer cold case thanks to DNA

Detectives are closer than ever to identifying the Zodiac Killer who terrorized Northern California in the late 60s thanks to the same DNA technology that exposed the alleged Golden State Killer Joseph James DeAngelo, right. The Zodiac Killer, sketched left, stabbed or shot at least five people in Northern California in 1968 and 1969 and taunted investigators with coded letters about the attacks, one of which is shown inset. Two of the letters that may contain DNA were sent to a lab last month.