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'I know it was an accident': NASCAR champion Tony Stewart says he doesn't need to speak to the family of driver

NASCAR champion Tony Stewart has said he does not need to speak to the family of the 20-year-old driver he killed for closure.

At a press conference in Kannapolis, North Carolina on Monday - his first since he struck Kevin Ward Jr. on an upstate New York dirt-track last month - Stewart said he has offered to speak to the family.

'I want to be available to them if they want to talk about it,' he said. 'At this point, I don't need to talk to them for closure. I know what happened and I know it was an accident.'

When asked if there is anything he would have done differently the night of August 9, he said he would have skipped the race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park altogether.

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Subdued: Tony Stewart held a press conference at his business in Kannapolis, North Carolina on Monday morning, pictured, to talk about life since the crash that killed 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. last month

Subdued: Tony Stewart held a press conference at his business in Kannapolis, North Carolina on Monday morning, pictured, to talk about life since the crash that killed 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. last month

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Do Ebola-Infected Bats Threaten the World?

The largest and deadliest outbreak of Ebola on record is continuing to run rampant across the West African nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. So far over 600 people have died.

The Ebola virus—which has a fatality rate of up to 90 percent—has also been contracted by two Americans who were treating Ebola patients. With an incubation period ranging anywhere from a few days to three weeks, experts fear the infection may be taking hold beyond the borders of the three West African nations.

Experts are saying it could be many months before the outbreak is completely contained. But will it be? Now that the virus is in Nigeria—Africa’s most populous nation—there is cause for concern.   MORE>>>>>>>>>>>>

Horrifying Video Captures the Deadly Moment a Monster Truck Turns into the Watching Crowd

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The truck careens over a line of cars.

Then it becomes unbalanced — and slams into a crowd of spectators.

video posted to YouTube purports to show the disaster unfolding in Haaksbergen in the Netherlands on Sunday afternoon, and horrified screams of the crowd are audible in the video.

Belgian news site RTL Sports reported that two adults and one child had been killed in the crash and at least 15 people had been injured, five of them critically.

(Content warning: Disturbing images)



The Stone of Scone in the Coronation Chair at ...The Stone of Scone in the Coronation Chair at Westminster Abbey, 1855. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



John E Wall

ONE of the most beloved stories of traditional literature written by those who support the modern identity of the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel is the story of the coming of the prophet Jeremiah to Ireland. According to this story shortly after c. 586 BCE when Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, conquered Jerusalem, Jeremiah the prophet, accompanied by his scribe Baruch, and the daughters of Zedekiah, the last king of Judah, fled that country and for a short time resided in Egypt. From there they took ship to Ireland, where one of the daughters married Eochaidh the high king (heremon or ard ri) of Ireland. A variation says that the marriage took place in Jerusalem. The royal couple governed the Emerald Isle from their capital at Tara in County Meath. Jeremiah, at that time an old man, was also reputed to have established a sort of ministerial training college at Tara. He became a revered figure in Irish legend.

Over the course of the centuries the royal line established at Tara was transferred from Ireland to Scotland to England where it survives today in the person of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. A wondrous stone, variously called the Stone of Destiny, Stone of Scone, or Coronation Stone, upon which Her Majesty and her predecessors on the thrones of the three kingdoms were crowned, thought to be the stone that the patriarch Jacob slept on at Bethel (Genesis 28:18-22)was also believed to have been brought to Ireland by Jeremiah.

It is claimed that the story of Jeremiah coming to Ireland can be found in the ancient annals, histories and other literature of the Irish, and indeed references to it abound in the works written by traditional Ten Tribes scholars, especially 19th- century writers. Yet rarely, if ever, do these writers point to any specific history in which this tale may be found, vague references to “Irish annals” usually being made. A few examples will suffice:   More>>>>>>>>>

Oswald dismissed as lone gunman in JFK killing

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht kicked off the second day of the Assassination Archive and Research Center, or AARC, conference on the John F. Kennedy slaying by insisting Lee Harvey Oswald could not have been the lone shooter. 

“I think the single-bullet theory is pure nonsense,” Wecht told an all-star cast of JFK assassination “conspiracy theorists” at the conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Warren Commission Report.
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Kevin Ward Jr was HIGH when he was hit and killed by Tony Stewart, says DA - as it is revealed NASCAR champion will NOT be charged

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Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart will not face charges in the death of fellow driver driver Kevin Ward Jr, after fatally hitting the 20-year-old in a race last month. 

Ward was hit and killed in a horrifying crash that was caught on film,  but a grand jury decided today not to bring up any charges against Stewart. 

At an afternoon press conference announcing the decision, Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo made the startling revelation that Ward was under the influence of marijuana the night he was hit and that there was enough of the drug in his system 'to impair judgement'. 

Ward was fatally struck by Stewart while getting out of his car to confront the racing veteran, after the two collided on a prior lap at a race on August 9 at upstate New York's Canandaigua Motorsports Park track.

No charges: A grand jury has decided not to charge Tony Stewart (pictured) in the death of fellow driver Kevin Ward, Jr, who was hit and killed in a sprint race last month
Victim: Kevin Ward Jr, 20, died August 9 after being struck by Stewart's car at a dirt-track race in upstate New York. It was revealed Wednesday that Ward was under the influence of marijuana at the time of his death - enough to 'impair judgement' 
 Victim: Kevin Ward Jr, 20, died August 9 after being struck by Stewart's car at a dirt-track race in upstate New York. It was revealed Wednesday that Ward was under the influence of marijuana at the time of his death - enough to 'impair judgement' 
WARNING GRAPHIC: Tony Stewart's car hits Kevin Ward

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What does the unrest in the Middle east mean?

By Bob Barney:

Are We in the Last Days (Prelim 1985)01 The Middle East is imploding. The newspapers and other media have been caught off guard yet again because they simply do not understand what is the force behind these riots. The modern media report only on what they can see and hear, but not on what God predicted long ago, what would happen. To Bible readers, prophecy is news - but the news that hasn't happened yet. When it does happen, fulfilled prophecy merely becomes NEWS!  The Plain Truth concerning the unrest in the Muslim world is that it is being caused by the unseen world ruled by the Devil and his ministers. Strange as it may be to some, this world is under the control of the Devil and not God! (John 12:31). 

In the Book of Daniel, we are allowed by God to see a vision of the end-time world, just before the return of Jesus.  What Daniel is told from Heaven is that two SUPER POWERS would be enemies during the last days, fighting each other until Christ's return. A THIRD SUPER POWER would enter this World war, just a fraction of time before Armeggeddon. That third super power is clearly China.(Rev 9:16).

The two great waring super powers are called: The King of the North (Europe) and The King of the South (a great United States of Muslim nations- from Iran-North Africa.).  You can read the entire battle in Daniel11: (my notes in blue)

3"Then a mighty king will rise to power who will rule a vast kingdom and accomplish everything he sets out to do. (this is Alexander the Great)
4But at the height of his power, his kingdom will be broken apart and divided into four parts. It will not be ruled by the king's descendants, nor will the kingdom hold the authority it once had. For his empire will be uprooted and given to others.
5"The king of the south (United Muslim Nation) will increase in power, but one of this king's own officials will become more powerful than he and will rule his kingdom with great strength.
6"Some years later, an alliance will be formed between the king of the north (Europe and the revived Holy Roman Empire) and the king of the south (United Muslim Nation) . The daughter of the king of the south will be given in marriage to the king of the north to secure the alliance, but she will lose her influence over him, and so will her father. She will be given up along with her supporters.
7But when one of her relatives becomes king of the south (United Muslim Nation), he will raise an army and enter the fortress of the king of the north and defeat him. The Invasion of Europe by Muslims
8When he returns again to Egypt, he will carry back their idols with him, along with priceless gold and silver dishes. For some years afterward he will leave the king of the north alone.
9"Later the king of the north (THE CRUSADES) will invade the realm of the king of the south but will soon return to his own land.
10However, the sons of the king of the north will assemble a mighty army that will advance like a flood and carry the battle as far as the enemy's fortress. THE CRUSADES
11Then the king of the south, in great anger, will rally against the vast forces assembled by the king of the north and will defeat them.  (The Muslim leader-Saladin-
12After the enemy army is swept away, the king of the south will be filled with pride and will have many thousands of his enemies killed. But his success will be short lived.
13"A few years later, the king of the north will return with a fully equipped army far greater than the one he lost.
14At that time there will be a general uprising against the king of the south. Lawless ones among your own people will join them in order to fulfill the vision, but they will not succeed. (World War 1 and 2 and the formation of the JEWISH STATE in Palestine)
15Then the king of the north (MAYBE HITLER???) will come and lay siege to a fortified city and capture it. The best troops of the south will not be able to stand in the face of the onslaught.
16"The king of the north will march onward unopposed; none will be able to stop him. He will pause in the glorious land of Israel, intent on destroying it. (HITLER??? or beyond today)
17He will make plans to come with the might of his entire kingdom and will form an alliance with the king of the south. He will give him a daughter in marriage in order to overthrow the kingdom from within, but his plan will fail. (Hitler allied himself with the Muslim world)
18"After this, he will turn his attention to the coastal cities and conquer many. But a commander from another land will put an end to his insolence and will cause him to retreat in shame. (England, Denmark, Holland, France and the USA)
19He will take refuge in his own fortresses but will stumble and fall, and he will be seen no more. (1945- refuge = a bunker????)
20"His successor will be remembered as the king who sent a tax collector to maintain the royal splendor, but after a very brief reign, he will die, though neither in battle nor open conflict.  (A NEW HITLER YET TO BE FORMED!!!!)
21"The next to come to power will be a despicable man who is not directly in line for royal succession. But he will slip in when least expected and take over the kingdom by flattery and intrigue.
22Before him great armies will be swept away, including a covenant prince. (The King of England!)
23By making deceitful promises, he will make various alliances. With a mere handful of followers, he will become strong. (An Antichrist - the End Timed King of the North- The Beast of Revelation)
24Without warning he will enter the richest areas of the land and do something that none of his predecessors ever did -- distribute among his followers the plunder and wealth of the rich. He will plot the overthrow of strongholds, but this will last for only a short while. (The formation of the WORLD GOVERNMENT!!! Only China and the Muslim world will excluded)
25"Then he will stir up his courage and raise a great army against the king of the south (The Muslim Unified Nation). The king of the south will go to battle with a mighty army, but to no avail, for plots against him will succeed.
26Those of his own household will bring his downfall. His army will be swept away, and many will be killed.
27Seeking nothing but each other's harm, these kings will plot against each other at the conference table, attempting to deceive each other. But it will make no difference, for an end will still come at the appointed time.
28"The king of the north will then return home with great riches. On the way he will set himself against the people of the holy covenant, doing much damage before continuing his journey. (He will war against Christians! THE TRIBULATION BEGINS!- and the reign of the TWO WITNESSES of Revelation (Rev 11))
29"Then at the appointed time (THE END TIME) he will once again invade the south, but this time the result will be different.
30For warships from western coastlands (THE USA???) will scare him off, and he will withdraw and return home. But he will vent his anger against the people of the holy covenant and reward those who forsake the covenant.
31His army will take over the Temple fortress, polluting the sanctuary, putting a stop to the daily sacrifices, and setting up the sacrilegious object that causes desecration. (The third Temple is HERE at this time)
32He will flatter those who have violated the covenant and win them over to his side. But the people who know their God will be strong and will resist him.
33"Those who are wise will give instruction to many. But for a time many of these teachers will die by fire and sword, or they will be jailed and robbed.
34While all these persecutions are going on, a little help will arrive, though many who join them will not be sincere. (FALSE CHRISTIANS!)
35And some who are wise will fall victim to persecution. In this way, they will be refined and cleansed and made pure until the time of the end, for the appointed time is still to come.
36"The king (of the NORTH) will do as he pleases, exalting himself and claiming to be greater than every god there is, even blaspheming the God of gods. He will succeed -- until the time of wrath is completed. For what has been determined will surely take place.
37He will have no regard for the gods of his ancestors, or for the god beloved of women, or for any other god, for he will boast that he is greater than them all. (He will be a SOCIALIST-Nazi-Communist)
38Instead of these, he will worship the god of fortresses -- a god his ancestors never knew -- and lavish on him gold, silver, precious stones, and costly gifts. (Socialism-Communism)
39Claiming this foreign god's help, he will attack the strongest fortresses. He will honor those who submit to him, appointing them to positions of authority and dividing the land among them as their reward.
40"Then at the time of the end, the king of the south will attack him, and the king of the north will storm out against him with chariots, cavalry, and a vast navy. He will invade various lands and sweep through them like a flood.   (Armeggeddon)
41He will enter the glorious land of Israel, and many nations will fall, but Moab, Edom, and the best part of Ammon will escape.
42He will conquer many countries, and Egypt will not escape.
43He will gain control over the gold, silver, and treasures of Egypt, and the Libyans and Ethiopians will be his servants.
44"But then news from the east and the north (China and maybe Russia) will alarm him, and he will set out in great anger to destroy many as he goes.
45He will halt between the glorious holy mountain and the sea and will pitch his royal tents there, but while he is there, his time will suddenly run out, and there will be no one to help him.

In conclusion, what we are witnessing today is the re-birth of both the King of the North and the King of the South, the rise of China and the decline of the United States of America.  We are at the edge of the time of the end. We could have many more years ahead of us yet, as there is no Temple and other signs that must occur, but we would be blind not to see that the stage is being set for the coming Kingdom of God!

Key fact on White House fence jumper revealed


Only five months after a senior neuropsychologist in charge of Fort Hood’s outpatient psychiatry clinic revealed to WND a crisis in psychological testing and treatment at the U.S. Army post, a decorated war veteran who sought therapy at the installation is now in federal custody for jumping the White House fence and bursting through the executive mansion doors.

On Sept. 19, Omar J. Gonzalez, a 42-year-old Army veteran who had deployed to Iraq three times and was injured by a homemade bomb, jumped over the north fence, sprinted across the lawn and was stopped only after he entered the White House doors.

Omar Gonzalez

Omar Gonzalez

Gonzalez has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and paranoia and was being treated at Fort Hood, Texas, for a time, according to his former stepson, Jerry S. Murphy.

A psychiatrist at Fort Hood prescribed Gonzalez medications, he said.

An unidentified family member told the Los Angeles Times Gonzalez said he had planned to go to a Veterans Administration hospital to seek treatment after his exit from the military in 2012. The person said Gonzalez had been taking antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication, but he was unsure if Gonzalez had stopped.

“Omar is not some maniac,” he said. “He’s a veteran who needs help.”

Gonzalez joined the Army in 1997 and was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood. In 2003, he was honorably discharged. He re-enlisted in 2005, serving at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state and the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood until he retired in 2012 due to disability from a combat-related wound.

Murphy described Gonzalez as a “hero” who was proud of his service to his country.

But every time the soldier deployed, his mental state deteriorated.

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Sprint Car Driver Killed in Wisconsin

BEAVER DAM, Wis. (AP) — Sprint car driver Scott Semmelmann was killed in a wreck during practice for a race Saturday night at Beaver Dam Raceway.

image source: Facebook

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Beaver Dam Raceway general manager Carolyn Mueller and Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Car Series President Steve Sinclair confirmed the death.

Semmelmann’s car made contact with another car during the second practice session, flipped three times and hit the outside wall. The 47-year-old Semmelmann, from Brookfield, was racing for the first time this season.

The race was canceled.   MORE>>>>>>>>>>

Navy SEAL: 'God, Get Me Home' - Shot 27 times

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Navy SEAL Sr. Chief Mike Day had never been shot before, but that changed dramatically one night in April 2007.

Al Qaeda terrorists shot Day more than two dozen times.

"This body armor took more rounds than it was supposed to," explained Day, who is now retired.    

Body armor capable of handling only one round took multiple hits at close range and amazingly held together.

"They advertise that it can take one round, and then it falls apart to the point where they say that it's not supposed to stop anymore projectiles. And this whole gunfight was inside of 10 feet," Day elaborated to CBN News.
He said any one of the rounds should have killed him.

Day is definitely not one to take the easy way out. For the fundraiser, he's taking part in a half Ironman triathlon. That's more than 70 miles of swimming, biking, and running.

His goal is to raise $75,000 to send wounded brothers and sisters -- both military and civilian -- to the Carrick Brain Centers.   HELP HIM! Click on link!


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Scotland Rejects Independence, Votes to Stay in UK

Scotland voted to stay in the U.K. in a referendum on independence, stepping back from a breakup of the 307-year-old union while wringing promises of more financial power from Prime Minister David Cameron.

After a count through the night, 55.3 percent of Scottish voters supported the “no” campaign against 44.7 percent who backed independence. The pound surged overnight as the Better Together campaign posted a wider margin of victory than suggested in opinion polls, before falling back. There was a record turnout of more than 90 percent in some of the 32 regions.

“I accept the verdict” of the people, Alex Salmond, the leader of Scotland’s semi-autonomous government in Edinburgh, said in a speech. While conceding defeat, he stressed the broad movement that resulted in 1.6 million votes for independence. “The unionist parties made vows and Scotland will expect them to be delivered in rapid course,” he said.

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RaceRap is not working properly - Here is the latest

Newraceraplogo150pixRaceRap.Com, our sister site has been being updated now for several months. Friday night, a totally rewritten site was launched, and as we expected, with plenty of glitches. We picked a weekend that would not be critical f the testing did not work out very well.  It did not.  The Old raceRap was written in ancient code and a program that was over 10 years old. It was constantly being hacked by foreign hackers, and the entire server system was subject to all sorts of hacking problems.  The site now is the same old format, totally rewritten with new code on a brand new software system with the latest safeguards against hacking.


Once the site is up and running correctly, we will then begin to do all the new updates and features we have been talking about. This is a new RaceRap framework, NOT the new RaceRap which will come (hopefully over the winter time by spring.)


Thanks for your patience!


Sir Nicholas Winton: 105th birthday party for man who saved 669 children from the Nazis

One of the most heartwarming stories we have ever covered on The Plain Truth... WORTH THE READ!


Sir Nicholas Winton with some of the people, then children, who he saved from the Nazis in 1939Sir Nicholas Winton with some of the people, then children, whom he saved from the Nazis in 1939. Photograph: Dana Psenicova


It could almost be a normal birthday party, with music, presents and a cake. But the cake has 105 candles and many of the 100 or so guests who are here to celebrate the birthday of Sir Nicholas Winton owe him their life.

Winton's 105th birthday party is at the Czech embassy in London, and the guests here are the offspring of 669 children - mostly Jewish - rescued by Winton from almost certain death in the months before the second world war broke out in 1939. Most of their families ended up interned and murdered in Nazi concentration camps. Today they call themselves "Nicky's children".

There are around 6,000 people around the world today who owe Winton their lives. It was late in December 1938 when the stockbroker from Hampstead cancelled a holiday to go to Prague to see what was happening to refugees there. Winton spent only three weeks in the city - the most leave he could get from his job at home - but it was enough time for him to recognise the impending threat facing the refugees who had arrived following the Nazi invasion of the Czech Sudentenland in October 1938.   MORE>>>>>>


Computer Chip: The Mark of the Beast?


Is a future computer chip implant the “mark of the Beast” referenced in the book of Revelation?

High-tech innovation: The VeriChip, which was implanted for the first time in a family in Boca Raton, Fla., contains personal medical information that can be accessed by a specialized digital reader (May 10, 2002).

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After an exhausting 18 hours in labor, a mother delivers a healthy baby. The parents are overwhelmed with emotion to see their firstborn come into the world. Nursing staff wheel the child into the newborn ward, with a smiling father following.

But his joyful expression suddenly changes into a distressed frown when a nurse takes a stainless steel syringe and inserts a microchip capsule into the child’s right hand. The healthcare worker quickly reassures the concerned father this is standard procedure…

This scenario depicts the much-discussed, often-feared, possible expanded use of radio-frequency identification (RFID). According to The Morning Call, developers claim, “This stuff is going to be everywhere” and “nobody has even thought of where this [technology] is going to be applied.”

RFID is an advanced identification process in which an individual or item is tagged with a specific ID number. Using radio waves, a computerized reader can scan a tag’s unique serial number and access any stored information.

The only place in the Bible the mark is mentioned is in the book of Revelation.

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What If Henry Ford Ran Walmart?

Working on the assembly lineWorking on the assembly line (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Think you know??? You probably don't

Henry Ford is famous for mass-producing the automobile with an assembly line. But the part of his legacy we should be looking back to and learning from today was born in 1914 -- one year after his assembly line's implementation.

This was when he effectively doubled his workers' pay to $5 a day, a move Fortune magazine recently declared one of "the greatest business decisions of all time."

Some folks then and now misinterpreted this move as an act of charity on his part. But what actually motivated Ford was profit.
At the time, employee turnover at Ford (F) was high (similar to Walmart today, where 70% of employees hired leave within the first year). And no wonder -- completing the same task over and over again on an assembly line is boring.

This left the company with the ever-growing expense of recruiting, interviewing, and training new employees to fill their shoes. By doubling employee pay, he successfully convinced employees that working on the line wasn't so bad after all ... at least not while making twice what they'd make elsewhere.

The move -- which cost nearly $10 million at the time to implement -- became "one of the finest cost-cutting moves we ever made," according to Ford himself. Productivity jumped and employee turnover dropped from 370% to just 16%.

And a Consumer Revolution Began ...


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Sorry, Vegans: Brussels Sprouts Like to Live, Too

I stopped eating pork about eight years ago, after a scientist happened to mention that the animal whose teeth most closely resemble our own is the pig. Unable to shake the image of a perky little pig flashing me a brilliant George Clooney smile, I decided it was easier to forgo the Christmas ham. A couple of years later, I gave up on all mammalian meat, period. I still eat fish and poultry, however and pour eggnog in my coffee. My dietary decisions are arbitrary and inconsistent, and when friends ask why I’m willing to try the duck but not the lamb, I don’t have a good answer. Food choices are often like that: difficult to articulate yet strongly held. And lately, debates over food choices have flared with particular vehemence.

But before we cede the entire moral penthouse to “committed vegetarians” and “strong ethical vegans,” we might consider that plants no more aspire to being stir-fried in a wok than a hog aspires to being peppercorn-studded in my Christmas clay pot. This is not meant as a trite argument or a chuckled aside. Plants are lively and seek to keep it that way. The more that scientists learn about the complexity of plants — their keen sensitivity to the environment, the speed with which they react to changes in the environment, and the extraordinary number of tricks that plants will rally to fight off attackers and solicit help from afar — the more impressed researchers become, and the less easily we can dismiss plants as so much fiberfill backdrop, passive sunlight collectors on which deer, antelope and vegans can conveniently graze. It’s time for a green revolution, a reseeding of our stubborn animal minds.   MORE>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Finding the Ark of the Covenant

English: I purchased an Indiana Jones toy, too...(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It would be the greatest archaeological discovery of all time. And Bible prophecy indicates it is about to happen. 
The ark of the covenant has inspired a lot of curiosity over the years. The ark was a holy chest that God instructed the Israelites to build. It represented the throne of God. In the past, it has been the subject of documentaries and movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Few people are talking about that artifact today. Yet a fascinating verse in the Bible says that in this modern era, many people will be talking about it. The implication is that very soon, the ark of the covenant is going to be found!

That verse is found in Jeremiah, a book of prophecy that was written for this end time(Jeremiah 30:1-9). So this prophecy about the ark is for us today.

If the ark were found, it would electrify many people around the world!

People don’t know where the ark is, but I believe that the Bible—and a certain nation’s history—tell us in which country it is located today.

An End-Time Setting

This prophecy about the ark of the covenant is found in Jeremiah 3. To understand it, we need to look at the context.  Read the story here>>>>>>>>>

The Significance of Germany’s Break From America

One of a number of posters created by the Econ...One of a number of posters created by the Economic Cooperation Administration to promote the Marshall Plan in Europe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After World War II, Germany lay in ruins. The nation was wiped out economically and couldn’t afford to rebuild. The United States came to Germany’s aid with the Marshall Plan, giving billions of dollars to Germany and other European states to help them recover. This prevented Soviet communism from spreading into Western Europe, and it bound West Germany, and the future united German state, to the rest of Europe and the Western world. It also ensured a strong post-war alliance between America and West Germany. This alliance continued when Germany reunified in 1990.

Recent events, however, are destroying this alliance......

“After the Nazi defeat in 1945, the republic’s first chancellor, Konrad Adenauer, emphasized that Germany had to end its tradition of trying to maneuver between East and West as an independent power,” Heilbrunn wrote. “Instead, it had to bind itself to the West, economically and militarily .… But it is precisely this tradition that is coming to an end as Germany begins to act on what it perceives as its new national interests.”


Not Yours To Give--Col. David Crockett

Not Yours To Give

Col. David Crockett
US Representative from Tennessee

Originally published in "The Life of Colonel David Crockett,"
by Edward Sylvester Ellis.

image from www.laughingplace.comOne day in the House of Representatives a bill was taken up appropriating money for the benefit of a widow of a distinguished naval officer. Several beautiful speeches had been made in its support. The Speaker was just about to put the question when Crockett arose:

"Mr. Speaker--I have as much respect for the memory of the deceased, and as much sympathy for the sufferings of the living, if suffering there be, as any man in this House, but we must not permit our respect for the dead or our sympathy for a part of the living to lead us into an act of injustice to the balance of the living. I will not go into an argument to prove that Congress has not the power to appropriate this money as an act of charity. Every member upon this floor knows it. We have the right, as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to appropriate a dollar of the public money. Some eloquent appeals have been made to us upon the ground that it is a debt due the deceased. Mr. Speaker, the deceased lived long after the close of the war; he was in office to the day of his death, and I have never heard that the government was in arrears to him.

"Every man in this House knows it is not a debt. We cannot, without the grossest corruption, appropriate this money as the payment of a debt. We have not the semblance of authority to appropriate it as charity. Mr. Speaker, I have said we have the right to give as much money of our own as we please. I am the poorest man on this floor. I cannot vote for this bill, but I will give one week's pay to the object, and if every member of Congress will do the same, it will amount to more than the bill asks."

He took his seat. Nobody replied. The bill was put upon its passage, and, instead of passing unanimously, as was generally supposed, and as, no doubt, it would, but for that speech, it received but few votes, and, of course, was lost.

Later, when asked by a friend why he had opposed the appropriation, Crockett gave this explanation:

"Several years ago I was one evening standing on the steps of the Capitol with some other members of Congress, when our attention was attracted by a great light over in Georgetown. It was evidently a large fire. We jumped into a hack and drove over as fast as we could. In spite of all that could be done, many houses were burned and many families made houseless, and, besides, some of them had lost all but the clothes they had on. The weather was very cold, and when I saw so many women and children suffering, I felt that something ought to be done for them. The next morning a bill was introduced appropriating $20,000 for their relief. We put aside all other business and rushed it through as soon as it could be done.

"The next summer, when it began to be time to think about election, I concluded I would take a scout around among the boys of my district. I had no opposition there, but, as the election was some time off, I did not know what might turn up. When riding one day in a part of my district in which I was more of a stranger than any other, I saw a man in a field plowing and coming toward the road. I gauged my gait so that we should meet as he came to the fence. As he came up, I spoke to the man. He replied politely, but, as I thought, rather coldly.

"I began: 'Well, friend, I am one of those unfortunate beings called
candidates, and---

"Yes I know you; you are Colonel Crockett. I have seen you once before, and voted for you the last time you were elected. I suppose you are out electioneering now, but you had better not waste your time or mine, I shall not vote for you again."

"This was a sockdolager...I begged him to tell me what was the matter.

" Well, Colonel, it is hardly worth-while to waste time or words upon it. I do not see how it can be mended, but you gave a vote last winter which shows that either you have not capacity to understand the Constitution, or that you are wanting in the honesty and firmness to be guided by it. In either case you are not the man to represent me. But I beg your pardon for expressing it in that way. I did not intend to avail myself of the privilege of the constituent to speak plainly to a candidate for the purpose of insulting or wounding you. I intend by it only to say that your understanding of the Constitution is very different from mine; and I will say to you what, but for my rudeness, I should not have said, that I believe you to be honest.
But an understanding of the Constitution different from mine I cannot overlook, because the Constitution, to be worth anything, must be held sacred, and rigidly observed in all its provisions. The man who wields power and misinterprets it is the more dangerous the more honest he is.'

" 'I admit the truth of all you say, but there must be some mistake about it, for I do not remember that I gave any vote last winter upon any constitutional question.’

“ ‘No, Colonel, there’s no mistake. Though I live in the backwoods and seldom go from home, I take the papers from Washington and read very carefully all the proceedings of Congress. My papers say that last winter you voted for a bill to appropriate $20,000 to some sufferers by a fire in Georgetown. Is that true?

" Well, my friend; I may as well own up. You have got me there. But certainly nobody will complain that a great and rich country like ours should give the insignificant sum of $20,000 to relieve its suffering women and children, particularly with a full and overflowing Treasury, and I am sure, if you had been there, you would have done just as I did.'

" It is not the amount, Colonel, that I complain of; it is the principle. In the first place, the government ought to have in the Treasury no more than enough for its legitimate purposes. But that has nothing with the question. The power of collecting and disbursing money at pleasure is the most dangerous power that can be entrusted to man, particularly under our system of collecting revenue by a tariff, which reaches every man in the country, no matter how poor he may be, and the poorer he is the more he pays in proportion to his means. What is worse, it presses upon him without his knowledge where the weight centers, for there is not a man in the United States who can ever guess how much he pays to the government. So you see, that while you are contributing to relieve one, you are drawing it from thousands who are even worse off than he. If you had the right to give anything, the amount was simply a matter of discretion with you, and you had as much right to give $20,000,000 as $20,000. If you have the right to give to one, you have the right to give to all; and, as the Constitution neither defines charity nor stipulates the amount, you are at liberty to give to any and everything which you may believe, or profess to believe, is a charity, and to any amount you may think proper. You will very easily perceive what a wide door this would open for fraud and corruption and favoritism, on the one hand, and for robbing the people on the other. 'No, Colonel, Congress has no right to give charity. Individual members may give as much of their own money as they please, but they have no right to touch a dollar of the public money for that purpose. If twice as many houses had been burned in this county as in Georgetown, neither you nor any other member of Congress would have thought of appropriating a dollar for our relief. There are about two hundred and forty members of Congress. If they had shown their sympathy for the sufferers by contributing each one week's pay, it would have made over $13,000. There are plenty of wealthy men in and around Washington who could have given $20,000 without depriving themselves of even a luxury of life.' "The congressmen chose to keep their own money, which, if reports be true, some of them spend not very creditably; and the people about Washington, no doubt, applauded you for relieving them from the necessity of giving by giving what was not yours to give. The people have delegated to Congress, by the Constitution, the power to do certain things. To do these, it is authorized to collect and pay moneys, and for nothing else. Everything beyond this is usurpation, and a violation of the Constitution.'

" 'So you see, Colonel, you have violated the Constitution in what I consider a vital point. It is a precedent fraught with danger to the country, for when Congress once begins to stretch its power beyond the limits of the Constitution, there is no limit to it, and no security for the people. I have no doubt you acted honestly, but that does not make it any better, except as far as you are personally concerned, and you see that I cannot vote for you.'

"I tell you I felt streaked. I saw if I should have opposition, and this man should go to talking, he would set others to talking, and in that district I was a gone fawn-skin. I could not answer him, and the fact is, I was so fully convinced that he was right, I did not want to. But I must satisfy him, and I said to him:

" Well, my friend, you hit the nail upon the head when you said I had not sense enough to understand the Constitution. I intended to be guided by it, and thought I had studied it fully. I have heard many speeches in Congress about the powers of Congress, but what you have said here at your plow has got more hard, sound sense in it than all the fine speeches I ever heard. If I had ever taken the view of it that you have, I would have put my head into the fire before I would have given that vote; and if you will forgive me and vote for me again, if I ever vote for another unconstitutional law I wish I may be shot.'

"He laughingly replied; 'Yes, Colonel, you have sworn to that once before, but I will trust you again upon one condition. You say that youare convinced that your vote was wrong. Your acknowledgment of it will do more good than beating you for it. If, as you go around the district, you will tell people about this vote, and that you are satisfied it was wrong, I will not only vote for you, but will do what I can to keep down opposition, and, perhaps, I may exert some little influence in that way.'

" If I don't, said I, 'I wish I may be shot; and to convince you that I am in earnest in what I say I will come back this way in a week or ten days, and if you will get up a gathering of the people, I will make a speech to them. Get up a barbecue, and I will pay for it.'

" No, Colonel, we are not rich people in this section, but we have plenty of provisions to contribute for a barbecue, and some to spare for those who have none. The push of crops will be over in a few days, and we can then afford a day for a barbecue. This is Thursday; I will see to getting it up on Saturday week. Come to my house on Friday, and we will go together, and I promise you a very respectable crowd to see and hear you.

" 'Well, I will be here. But one thing more before I say good-bye. I must know your name.

" 'My name is Bunce.'

" 'Not Horatio Bunce?'

" 'Yes.’

" 'Well, Mr. Bunce, I never saw you before, though you say you have seen me, but I know you very well. I am glad I have met you, and very proud that I may hope to have you for my friend.'

"It was one of the luckiest hits of my life that I met him. He mingled but little with the public, but was widely known for his remarkable intelligence and incorruptible integrity,  and for a heart brimful and running over with kindness and benevolence, which showed themselves not only in words but in acts. He was the oracle of the whole country around him, and his fame had extended far beyond the circle of his immediate acquaintance. Though I had never met him, before, I had heard much of him, and but for this meeting it is very likely I should have had opposition, and had been beaten. One thing is very certain, no man could now stand up in that district under such a vote.

"At the appointed time I was at his house, having told our conversation to every crowd I had met, and to every man I stayed all night with, and I found that it gave the people an interest and a confidence in me stronger than I had ever seen manifested before.

"Though I was considerably fatigued when I reached his house, and, under ordinary circumstances, should have gone early to bed, I kept him up until midnight, talking about the principles and affairs of government, and got more real, true knowledge of them than I had got all my life before.

"I have known and seen much of him since, for I respect him - no, that is not the word - I reverence and love him more than any living man, and I go to see him two or three times every year; and I will tell you, sir, if every one who professes to be a Christian lived and acted and enjoyed it as he does, the religion of Christ would take the world by storm.

"But to return to my story. The next morning we went to the barbecue, and, to my surprise, found about a thousand men there. I met a good many whom I had not known before, and they and my friend introduced me around until I had got pretty well acquainted - at least, they all knew me.

"In due time notice was given that I would speak to them. They gathered up around a stand that had been erected. I opened my speech by saying:

" Fellow-citizens - I present myself before you today feeling like a new man. My eyes have lately been opened to truths which ignorance or prejudice, or both, had heretofore hidden from my view. I feel that I can today offer you the ability to render you more valuable service than I have ever been able to render before. I am here today more for the purpose of acknowledging my error than to seek your votes. That I should make this acknowledgment is due to myself as well as to you. Whether you will vote for me is a matter for your consideration only."

"I went on to tell them about the fire and my vote for the appropriation and then told them why I was satisfied it was wrong. I closed by saying:

" And now, fellow-citizens, it remains only for me to tell you that the most of the speech you have listened to with so much interest was simply a repetition of the arguments by which your neighbor, Mr. Bunce, convinced me of my error.

" It is the best speech I ever made in my life, but he is entitled to the
credit for it. And now I hope he is satisfied with his convert and that he will get up here and tell you so.'

"He came upon the stand and said:

" Fellow-citizens - It affords me great pleasure to comply with the request of Colonel Crockett. I have always considered him a thoroughly honest man, and I am satisfied that he will faithfully perform all that he has promised you today.'

"He went down, and there went up from that crowd such a shout for Davy Crockett as his name never called forth before.'

"I am not much given to tears, but I was taken with a choking then and felt some big drops rolling down my cheeks. And I tell you now that the remembrance of those few words spoken by such a man, and the honest, hearty shout they produced, is worth more to me than all the honors I have received and all the reputation I have ever made, or ever shall make, as a member of Congress.'

"Now, sir," concluded Crockett, "you know why I made that speech yesterday.

"There is one thing now to which I will call your attention. You remember that I proposed to give a week's pay. There are in that House many very wealthy men - men who think nothing of spending a week's pay, or a dozen of them, for a dinner or a wine party when they have something to accomplish by it. Some of those same men made beautiful speeches upon the great debt of gratitude which the country owed the deceased--a debt which could not be paid by money--and the insignificance and worthlessness of money, particularly so insignificant a sum as $10,000,  when weighed against the honor of the nation. Yet not one of them responded to my proposition. Money with them is nothing but trash when it is to come out of the people. But it is the one great thing for which most of them are striving, and many of them sacrifice honor, integrity, and justice to obtain it."