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Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come. And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: Revelation 18:10-11
"An honest man is one who knows that he can't consume more than he has produced."- Ayn Rand
Mat 7:17-18 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither [can] a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
God gave the United States the great commission to provide all the people on earth a place to flee to, in order for them to be able to freely practice their faith and escape religious persecution. The U.S. was unique in the world in providing a safe haven for our Jewish bretheren who suffered persecution for over 2500 years.
The United States was also the last great power on earth to "fall away" from God. Churches in Europe and elsewhere had been in decline or dead long before, but the U.S. operated under a divinely inspired Constitution and was able to maintain our firm foundations up until Wilson in 1915, and later in the 1947 Everson decision - The Big Lie - or beginning of so-called "separation of church and state". In 1948 McCollum V. Board of education ended religions instruction in our schools. Mat 19:14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. Thus we find ourselves in the "falling away".
The fruit? Today, for the first time since the printing press, books on the occult, Satanism, and astrology are outselling the Bible. Increasingly 1 or 2 individuals succeed in steering activist courts in favor of their selfish effort to achieve freedom from religion, while straight-jacketing the vast majority's 1st amendment right to the free exercise thereof. The results are apparent today when you turn on your TV and tune in to American "culture" or listen to the constant media-elite and politician perpetuation of The Big Lie. These days even your next door neighbor may spew this lie. God was the author of our foundation through our forefathers, but the Everson decision criminally married the 14th amendment to the 1st amendment and began our nation's undoing.
The 1948 end of the Church Age was predicted mathematically, to the year, in Scripture. Rev 11:3-4 And I will give [power] unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred [and] threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. 4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. In Revelation 1 candlesticks are described as Churches and in Romans repeatedly as olive trees.
AMERICA'S CONTRIBUTION - THE FRUIT
How can we describe America's Babylonian style descent? We can start by considering the ongoing killing of 1.2 million unborn children in Babylon each year for a grand total of over 44 million, with abortion being so convenient that 1 of every 3 pregnancies in the U.S. are terminated this way. The profits of Planned Parenthood, one of the nation’s most prominent providers of so-called “abortion services,” as revealed in its 2003-04 Annual Report:
Planned Parenthood clinics performed 244,628 surgical abortions, an increase of 6.1 percent. A total of 3.5 million surgical abortions have been performed at PP clinics since 1970.
Planned Parenthood clinics grossed $302.6 million last year, with $104 million coming from surgical abortions.
Total PP income for the year was $810 million, with one-third of that, or $265.2 million, coming from public funds given by our elected officials.
The PP organization has earned net profits for the past 18 years in a row, totaling $538 million."
GLOBAL LEADER IN PRODUCTION AND SALES OF PORNOGRAPHY
Certainly pornography has been one of our largest exports with Americans alone spending about 10 billion per year. "In 2002, Comcast, the nation's largest cable company, pulled in $50 million from "adult" programming. All the nation's top cable operators, from Time Warner to Cablevision, distribute sexually explicit material to their subscribers. But you won't read about it in their annual reports. Same with satellite providers like EchoStar and DirecTV, which is owned by Hughes Technology..." (nationalcoalition.org). "How much does DirecTV make off of adult product? “They don't break the number out. But I would guess they'd probably get a couple hundred million, maybe as much as $500 million, off of adult entertainment, in a broad sense,” says Dennis McAlpine". "Then there are the big hotel chains: Hilton, Marriot, Hyatt, Sheraton and Holiday Inn, which all offer adult films on in-room pay-per-view television systems. And they are purchased by a whopping 50 percent of their guests, accounting for nearly 70 percent of their in-room profits. One hotel owner said, "We have to have it. Our guests demand it.” X-rated movies are reported to account for as much as 10% of all hotel revenue. It has also been speculated that the Internet could not exist without the financing from the online pornography industry.
NATIONAL CHARITABLE GIVING
Our public giving outside our borders comes in at 21st or last place (scroll to bottom of link) among developed countries at .1% of GNP. This link suggests that we privately give perhaps 2 or 3 times that, which would make a total of .4%. This would still have us come in at only 6th place if all other developed countries gave absolutely nothing privately. Further, around 15 billion of this is sent offshore by immigrants living in the U.S.. We may go up the ladder a bit in terms of total absolute dollars, second only to Japan, but this does not speak at all toward per capita or per GNP comparisons. However, perhaps what is not considered in the OECD (anti American sovereignty, anti-freedom, Marxist think-tank) public giving figures are costs of liberating the oppressed peoples of Afghanistan, and Iraq, or the costs of infrastructures built and rebuilt by U.S. military and government hired contractors. At the same time that our personal giving is weak we consume: 129 billion dollars worth of fast food, 100 B tobacco, 70 B alcohol, 20 B cosmetics, and even 13 B worth of chocolate annually, not to mention the spending on dining out.
Consider the electronic junk that we throw out including TVs, computers, printers and monitors, small appliances, furniture and so much more. Remember how long a family owned a phone or a TV in the 1950s and 60s? A non-electronic stove-oven would, and still will, last for generations. What about the grotesque portions served in restaurants as a sales tool, while some patrons don't even doggie-bag the remainder after getting stuffed. Why was Sodom judged? First listed are; pride, gluttony, laziness and then greed. Eze 16:49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
Could we perhaps make a small personal sacrifice by driving a little more fuel efficient vehicle than we do now? Maybe the savings could go to help someone less fortunate than ourselves. Consider the mistreatment of our national forests as a result of government ownership and policy, guided by pseudo "environmentalist" NGO frivolous lawsuits. What about timber cutting on federal lands by companies with no self-interest, that act accordingly, as opposed to privately held land where the maxim that "there's no interest like self-interest" applies. What about the billions squandered by government, and thereby taken out of the mouths of the poor, as well as killing them directly, by pursuing wrongheaded environmental policy such as the DDT ban.
SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE
Perhaps the thing that most seriously afflicts our U.S. Babylon is the rabid media mantra of "The Big Lie". Barely a day goes by when the media doesn't harangue about some so called "separation of church and state" sometimes even referring to this bogus concept as the "separation powers". Our government is even currently trying to separate religion from a new government in Iraq. Anyone who has been in court, or has heard prayer before their local commission meeting, state house sessions, and even congress, is well aware that there is not now and was never to be any separation of God's laws from our own. The 10 commandments are prominently on display at the Supreme Court. In fact our Constitution gives us no rights at all, but rather was written to guarantee that our government does not infringe on our God-given rights. Religious inscription abounds on our public buildings. Witnesses must swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help them God, as a qualification for taking the witness stand in court. Our forefathers knew full well, and warned about, what would happen to a country that was run by a people whose roots were not firmly planted in God's laws.
The germ of where these aristocratic, activist, liberal judges and media pundits began to be so misguided is from a court case from 1947 which used a single metaphor contained in a private letter written by Thomas Jefferson. The language of the "separation of Church and State" appears nowhere in the First Amendment. More correctly referred to as the "establishment clause", Article 1 was intended to prevent the formation of a single "State Church" such as the Church of England. Of particular importance is the guarantee of the free exercise of religion. Moreover, "The Congressional Records from June 7 to September 25, 1789, record the months of discussions and debates of the ninety Founding Fathers who framed the First Amendment. Significantly, not only was Thomas Jefferson not one of those ninety who framed the First Amendment, but also, during those debates not one of those ninety Framers ever mentioned the phrase “separation of church and state.” It seems logical that if this had been the intent for the First Amendment-as is so frequently asserted-then at least one of those ninety who framed the Amendment would have mentioned that phrase; none did." Any reasonable person that is not so narrow minded as to exclude other points of view to this misconstrued so-called separation of Church and State should visit Wallbuilders.com, and order Original Intent, if you have enough integrity to learn for yourself, rather than to parrot the malfeasance of activist judges, the ACLU, and especially the soon-to-no-longer-be-"mainstream" media.
In fact, "So clearly did Jefferson understand the Source of America's inalienable rights that he even doubted whether America could survive if we ever lost that knowledge. He queried: "And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure if we have lost the only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath?"" ('Original Intent' p. 46)
STUDY DANIEL AND REVELATION
A study of the books of Daniel and Revelation are key to understanding what is going on in the world today. Best to study the text versions of those that went well before us, like Matthew Henry and Isaac Newton as opposed to 19th and 20th century commentators.