Do Not Be Deceived…Satan Is Not Finished With Us Yet

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The devil exists in many religions. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, Lucifer was created by God to be the chief angel, the one leading worship.  His name at creation was Lucifer, in Hebrew, ‘helel,’ meaning ‘brightness,’ or ‘son of the morning.’ The name occurs once in the Hebrew Bible:  Isaiah chapter 14.  The passage includes a description of the fall of Lucifer.

12 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!

How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!

13 For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;

I will also sit on the mount of the congregation, On the farthest sides of the north;

14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’

When Lucifer allowed his pride, arrogance, and ambition to lead him to challenge the Most High, he was cast out of heaven, along with a great number of the angels joining in his rebellion. Lucifer was thrown to earth; and his name became Satan, meaning ‘adversary’ in Hebrew.

And we know the story of how Satan visited Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. He lied to them, and tempted them to sin, by misrepresenting God’s instructions.  He told them they could certainly eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, that they should disobey God and eat, that God was lying when He said they would die if they ate.  They disobeyed God, ate, and became aware of good and evil; and the intimate loving relationship they had with God died.  They ran away, hiding from God, ashamed of their behavior and their nakedness, cast out of the garden because of their sin.

Satan, ‘The Adversary,’ had become the enemy of God, and the enemy of humankind, his hatred for both having no limit. Jesus referenced Satan many times during his three-year teaching ministry, calling him the father of lies.

We learn from these accounts that God hates pride, arrogance, selfish ambition, and rebellion, and that he hates all forms of sin, including disobedience, presumption, and spreading falsehood. He is the God of love.  He is also the God of justice and judgment.  He cast out Lucifer forever and has waged war against him for eons. He cast out Adam and Eve, waging war on their behalf ever since in order to bring them home. That war was won at the Cross.

The Scripture contains many passages warning us of Satan, his power, his overall strategy, and the tactics he uses. His mission on earth is to contradict God at every turn and convince people of several things. Satan works to convince us that he does not exist.  He works to persuade us God does not exist. And with those who hold on to belief in God, Satan works to diminish our faith, or leave us wondering if God is really trustworthy.   The overall strategy is to destroy God’s effort to bring us back to Eden, to instead lead us to hell.

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Watch: What This Former Police Chief Reveals About D. Wilson Could Make Ferguson Erupt With Rage

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On Monday, Western Journalism posted a widely read story about new forensic evidence that’s a game-changer for Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, the lawman who shot and killed Michael Brown.

The essence of that evidence — Brown’s blood was found on Wilson’s gun, uniform, and police cruiser. This supports Wilson’s version of events — that Michael Brown reached into the patrol car and tried to wrestle the officer’s gun away. Brown was said to have been shot once during the scuffle.

The wounded teen then took off, Wilson reportedly emerged from the police vehicle, and the ensuing confrontation left Brown dead in the street of multiple gunshots.

The disclosure of that “blood” evidence — apparently from unnamed insiders familiar with the ongoing federal civil rights investigation into the controversial case — came in a rather strangely timed New York Times report. The reason for that report is now being addressed by the former police chief in St. Louis, of which Ferguson is a suburb.

KSDK-TV reports that the former top cop believes more information about the federal as well as the state investigations of the racially charged incident will be leaked out piece by piece.

Why? To prepare the Ferguson community — and especially the insistent protestors and angry activists who have demanded officer Wilson be charged with murder — in the likely event that no charges will be filed against him:

Former St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch believes more information will be leaked out to the media by a government source.

Fitch says this strategy has been used before, “Assuming that the article is correct my belief is that there will be future articles written as probably from the same federal source that will let out a little information each time as it gets closer to the actual announcement of the verdict or charges or no charges.”

Meantime, mailonline.com has an exclusive interview with Michael Brown’s aunt, whose feelings of extreme bitterness bleed through her every word in reaction to the New York Times story. It’s the kind of emotionally charged rhetoric that has fueled the street violence so often seen in the wake of the Brown shooting:

Speaking to MailOnline [Sheryl] Davis said: “It’s murder and they will feel and see the wrath of God’s vengeance come upon them in a mighty way, just as he promised all who do evil in his sight.”

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Wendy Davis Was Right—Just Look At Obama’s Destruction Of Black America

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Democratic Texas State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis was heavily criticized for a political ad she ran against her disabled Republican opponent, Greg Abbott. To clarify, she did not claim Abbott was an unfit candidate because he is disabled—that would be discriminatory.

She argued, and rightfully so, that Greg Abbott politicizes his disability; yet he actively ruled and legally fought against the blind, deaf, and those with amputees among others. Despite his successful lawsuit for the injury he incurred 30 years ago, Abbott has consistently blocked disabled Texans from suing the state for discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Davis’s logic, however, reveals the same fallacies about herself. She claims as a woman to support policies that safeguard and empower women, yet has little to show for it. Consider the issue of birth control, for example. Davis, like the majority of female elected officials, claims women should have unfettered access to it. Yet, the birth control medications available and readily prescribed to healthy young women—Depo Provera, Ortho Evra, and the Nuvo Ring—are killing and/or destroying women’s health.

Davis is not “standing with” the women who cite numerous examples in class actions lawsuits of the life-long and life-threatening health conditions they suffer because of these drugs: blood clots, pulmonary embolisms, heart attacks, blood disorders, sterilization, and death. Young women are dropping dead, and Davis is silent.

But more importantly, the first black president of the United States has caused more harm to black Americans than most of his predecessors.

Barack Obama’s policies of “hope” and “change” have increased long-term unemployment by 14 percent since he took office, increased the national debt more than all of his predecessors combined, increased inflation 43 percent more than President Bush, and caused more Americans to lose their health insurance and access to medical care than ever before.

Under the first black president, black unemployment is higher; and black participation in the labor force (60.2 percent) is at its lowest since December 1977. Both unemployment and underemployment among blacks is more than double that of whites according to national labor statistics.

In Obama’s Illinois, it’s worse—less than 50 percent of blacks are employed. They face significant challenges in a state whose food-stamp enrollment outpaces job creation by nearly 2 to 1, and ranks last of all 50 states in job creation. In fact, Illinoisians are leaving the state at a rate of one person every ten minutes because of Obama’s disastrous economic policies.

Obama’s economic policies have fostered a cycle of abject poverty and erosion of societal cohesion distinguished by the largest increase in criminal activity in nearly two decades. Federal statistics reveal that violent crime since 2011 is at an all-time high, with a significant increase of racially motivated hate crimes and “violent victimizations” of whites by blacks.

Worse still, black on black violence is escalating. In 2010, for example, 55 percent of homicide victims who were shot were black. Statistics indicate that 90 percent of black murder victims are killed by blacks.

In Obama’s Chicago, a city with some of the strictest gun laws in the country, there are more murders committed than in New York City or Los Angeles. In 2012, for example, compared to Chicago’s 512 murders, there were 418 in New York City and 298 in Los Angeles. Yet, Chicago is one third smaller than New York City and has one million fewer people than Los Angeles.

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BREAKING: ‘Desperate’ American Imprisoned In North Korea Released ‘Out Of The Blue’

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According to a CNN report Tuesday, American citizen Jeffrey Fowle is on his way back to the U.S. after spending months in the custody of North Korean authorities. As Western Journalism previously reported, Fowle was arrested for “hostile acts against the country” for leaving a Bible in his hotel room.

He was one of at least three Americans facing trial under the secretive authoritarian regime of Kim Jong Un.

News that Fowle had been cleared to leave North Korea “came out of the blue,” according to CNN. The network reported that an American plane landed in the capital city of Pyongyang to pick up the 56-year-old Dayton, Ohio resident. He later touched down in Guam on his way back home.

Last month, he described his plight to reporters.

“I need to let people know,” he said, “that I’m getting desperate. I’m getting desperate for help.”

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest acknowledged Fowle’s release Tuesday, saying that the Obama administration “welcome[s] the decision” and calls on North Korea to release Matthew Miller and Kenneth Bae, the remaining Americans being held in the nation.”

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This Famous Actress May Have A Deadly Diagnosis

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Actress Tori Spelling, most known for her role as Donna Martin on Beverly Hills 90210, has been placed into quarantine amid fears that she might have Enterovirus D68.

The Daily Mail reported Monday that Spelling, 41, was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles due to respiratory complications:

“Tori was not only admitted to the hospital, she was put under quarantine and neither Dean [her husband] nor the children are allowed anywhere near her for fear she may have contracted the contagious non-polio Enterovirus.

“She’s had a cough and low grade fever for more than a week now, but refused to see a doctor. She’s been filming her show, and she and Dean worked hard on a birthday bash last weekend for their daughter Hattie, so Tori wasn’t about to call off the party because she didn’t feel well.

“Tori has been feeling sick for at least a week. She was coughing and complained of being short-winded. She had a fever, but when it skyrocketed past 101 this weekend, Dean insisted she go to the Emergency Room where doctors quickly admitted her.”

Spelling tweeted from the hospital Monday, thanking fans for their support.

As Breitbart News noted, there have been about 800 reported cases of Enterovirus across 46 states with seven reported deaths, including in New Jersey and Rhode Island.

Early symptoms of Enterovirus include difficulty breathing, fever, and sneezing. There is no vaccine available. Most patients typically recover, but sometimes the virus necessitates hospitalization.

 

H/T Breitbart

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