Remember after 9/11, when Billy Graham's people decided the word "crusade" was too inflammatory? I don't remember the more benign term used for a time after that, but the thinking was, "crusade" might be offensive to Muslims.
That kind of thinking emboldens radical Islam. The imagery of the Crusades – in which large numbers of people in the Middle East swam in their own blood during the gruesome confrontations over Jerusalem – is often used by Muslims, who excel in propaganda. By the way – and this isn't meant as an afterthought – the Jews might have some unpleasant memories of the Crusades, as well.
Rodney Stark, though, in "God's Battalions," makes an argument he should be applauded for: The Crusaders were not expansionist and bullying; rather they were a reaction to Muslim hostilities. The idea that the Crusades were launched in reaction to Muslim aggressiveness is a story too long suppressed, and finally, we have a concise record of what really happened.
This is an engaging book, well-researched and expertly written. Stark represents the best of what happens when a gifted historian combines superb writing skill. One wonders if this book could be the basis of a documentary.
It is perhaps a surprise that what some would consider a conservative view is being published by HarperOne, but then again, all publishers realize today that with the economy the way it is, cash is a powerful lure; a strong book – which "God's Battalions" I is – can be comforting and profitable.
Politically correct history courses tell us that almost a thousand years ago, the Muslim world was a tolerant, advanced civilization in the Arabian desert. Think David Lean and Peter O'Toole as history professors.
Stark, though, paints a different picture, and the social scientist from Baylor makes a compelling case that is was the age-old aggressiveness of the Ishmaelites that brought Christian warriors to Jerusalem.
Stark begins by quite vividly painting a picture of Pope Urban II's speech in 1095, in a French meadow, in which he read from a desperate letter sent by the emperor of Byzantium, who was rightly concerned about the war-like Seljuk Turks – an army within 100 miles of Constantinople. Among other things, the torturing of Christians was becoming a battle tactic of the Muslims. I think this would sound familiar, right now, to Palestinian Christians in Bethlehem.
From there, Stark presents an engrossing tale of the myths and facts of the Crusades. For example, he says clearly that despite what some other historians have said, the Crusader armies were not made up of "the dregs of society" due to terrible economic conditions. Actually, says Stark, there was a period of economic growth in Europe during this time, and not only nobility funded the military excursions, but so did commoners.
Stark also addresses, in skillful fashion, the nuance of this sweeping story. Describing the brutality of a small contingent of Crusaders – "German knights" – who were bent on murdering Jews they found along the way, the bishop of Speyer sheltered that town's Jews (all but 12, who failed to heed warnings and were butchered), illustrating that down through history, while Christendom has a stained record with the Jews, many Christians have come to the aid of the Jews.
It is the encounters that the Crusaders had with Muslims hordes, however, that are most epic (a side-note for the immature reader: Several of the leaders of the Crusades had names that sounded like something straight out of Saturday Night Live: Walter the Penniless, Emicho of Leisingen and so forth).
Recounting an engagement near Tiberias between Crusader forces and the infamous Saladin, Stark adds rich texture to "God's Battalions":
"Then, as the sun rose and with the wind at their backs, Saladin's forces set fire to large collections of brush, and the smoke made it difficult for the Christians to keep track of their units," Stark writes. Carnage then ensued, and, "All of the Templars and Hospitallers taken captive were beheaded; the other captives were enslaved."
Stark does such a good job of fleshing out historical detail, it's difficult to name a favorite portion of the book. However, he shows us that truly, history repeats itself endlessly. In Chapter 10 ("Crusaders Against Egypt"), he shows the reader how critical this ancient land was to stability in the Middle East – just as we are learning in painful ways today.
"God's Battalions" is a wonderful historical record, and readers and historians alike should read it with the gusto it deserves, for the lessons contained in it are instructive for our time. Congratulations to Rodney Stark for harnessing history in such spectacular fashion.
Jim Fletcher has worked in the book publishing industry for 15 years, and is now director of the apologetics group Prophecy Matters. His new book, "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" has just been released by Strang’s Christian Life imprint.
Make no doubt about it, there will be a "strongman" of Europe. He will be a man, not a woman. When he appears (and I don't know when) he will convince the civilized world that he is the greatest person who will have ever lived. He will be more popular than Jesus, and will fool many people. In fact, Jesus said that unless God loved His elect, even they would be deceived! Paul calls this evil man "The man of lawlessness." The man of lawlessness in 2 Thessalonians 2:1–12 is an antichrist who will come on the world stage at the beginning of the Day of the Lord. This Day, sometimes called the “end times.” He is given the title “man of lawlessness” because he will oppose God's Law, just as the Catholic Church and most so-called Christian Churches do today! Daniel 7 speaks of this man as a “boastful” king who will “try to change the set times and the laws” (verses 11 and 25). He will come offering a false peace and prosperity to the civilized world and will with his media-star- personality, convince everyone that he is a great human being. He will be able to perform fake miracles, bring nations together in a global government, and align religiously with the Roman Church and the Pope, the False Prophet, and also an Antichrist. They will make a covenant with Israel for three and one-half years (cf. Daniel 9:27, where “seven” indicates seven years). In the middle of the seven years, the man of lawlessness will break his covenant with Israel, stop their sacrifices (Daniel 9:27), and enter the temple to set himself up as “god” and demand worship (2 Thessalonians 2:4). This is the “abomination that causes desolation” that Jesus spoke of in Mark 13:14.
Two beasts are described in Revelation chapter 13, one from the sea (vs. 1) and one from the land (vs. 11). With the beast out of the sea, we come to that one who, regardless of his claims as the white horse rider or peace maker, comes as a great source of darkness into the world. He comes not to save the world, but to damn the world. In essence, what we have in this chapter in the rise of the beast and the false prophet is nothing short of the ‘trinity from hell’ in that both are the product of the machinations of that old serpent, the devil or Satan.
My view, which is NOT BIBLICAL, but just a hunch, is that this strongman of Europe will ride in on a wave of populism which is now raging worldwide, but unlike what people needlessly fear in Donald Trump, this man (maybe another billionaire) will use Trump's "game plan" to fool the world. The big difference of course is that the main stream media will anoint him, as they did Obama, as a savior! The media is evil, controlled by the prince of the airways (Satan) and will always get it wrong when it comes to predicting evil people. So, again, in conclusion, I will not doubt for a minute that we may see, appearing on our TV screens, a liberal billionaire who will come to prominence in Europe. He will probably be German (but maybe Italian of Germanic decent). Isaiah chapter 10 predicts that the antichrist or beast is Assyrian. Assyria IS modern Germany! Dr. Herman Hoeh wrote in "Germany in Prophecy!": "When the ancient Greek writers wanted to distinguish the Assyrians from the Arameans or Syrians, the Greeks called the Assyrians, 'Leucosyri' - meaning 'whites' or 'blonds' as distinct from the very brunette Syrians who still live in Mesopotamia." (Plain Truth, Jan. 1963, p.17). By the time of Christ, the Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder recorded that the Assyrians were now dwelling north of the Black sea (Natural History, IV, 12, p.183). By this time, they had moved north. But they did not stop there, as Herbert Armstrong wrote in The United States and Britain in Prophecy: "The Assyrians - before 604 B.C. - left their land north of Babylon and migrated northwest - through the lands that are now Georgia, the Ukraine, Poland, and into the land that is called GERMANY today. Today the descendants of those Assyrians are known to us as the GERMAN people" (pp.143-144, 1980 ed.).
For centuries, the German people have dominated the heartland of Western Europe. Yet they are a people who know very little about their true origin - or at least refuse to know. The Germans themselves are responsible for hiding much of this knowledge, just as many tried to hide their past at the end of the Hitler era. Just as the modern-day Israelites are one family of people from many different tribes, so too are the German people today. They number well over 100 million people worldwide - most of them residing in Germany and Austria.
We know who the nations of the world are. This knowledge, from God's word, enables us to understand the news today, and why and where things will happen - what to expect - and everything we need to know.
The STRONGMAN of EUROPE will appear on the world stage and when it happens - TROUBLE is about to hit the fan.......
One of the most important topics that anyone should understand about world events, the Bible and their future is the answer to this question: ARE WE LIVING IN THE LAST DAYS.. Unfortunately the average Jane or Joe is bombarded with views of this event from either Hollywood or even worse modern Christian evangelism looking to line their pockets much more than trying to explain the word of GOD! Today more than ever, people are talking about end times, and whether or not we are living during the very last days before Christ returns. Don't be deceived, Christ predicted the signs to look for, and they are NOT yet here. Everyone has heard “the Gospel.” Many love Gospel music, Gospel names and even “sharing the Gospel”, but most of us don’t know what the word GOSPEL actually means! Gospel is an old English word that just means “good news.” The Gospel is the Good News of God’s plan for mankind and YOU! Jesus was a newscaster! So too was John the Baptist, Peter, Paul and John the Apostle. Daniel, Jeremiah and even Moses were newscaster! Unlike Dan Rather, they got their news from God Almighty! One third of the Bible is prophecy, or FUTURE NEWS of what is going to happen in the world and when GOD returns to this world to establish a GOVERNMENT on Earth! Yes, Heaven is coming to you, you are not going to Heaven! Remember these words, “Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” ON EARTH! God’s Kingdom is coming to Earth after the reign of man is over with. The exact order of this is given by Christ himself in Mathew 24. Jesus is plain about the end times. One, nobody knows the exact hour or time of the return of Christ. No man, no Angel and especiallynot a single Demon. So the next time you hear your favorite preacher tell you the rapture may come tonight realize that he is either: A) A fraud or B) Just ignorant! The truth is that since the time of Paul, we have been living in “the last days!” (Heb 1:2). Even the Apostles of God did not know when Jesus would return, why should a TV preacher know?
All of a sudden, really crazy things are starting to happen all over the world.
Giant swarms of locusts are absolutely devastating entire regions, extremely unusual storms are confounding meteorologists, earthquake and volcanic activity are both on the rise, and five very dangerous diseases are sweeping across the globe.
So far in 2020, it has just been one thing after another, and many are speculating about what could be ahead if events continue to escalate.
The other day my wife mentioned that one of her friends suggested that I should put together a list of all the weird stuff that has been taking place, and so that is what I have decided to do.
Alex Jones breaks down the public agenda of the globalists to cull the population and dispel opposition to their total domination.
The following is a list of 10 plagues that are hitting our planet simultaneously…
A gigantic swarm of locusts that belong to a plague that has ravaged millions of acres of crops across east Africa has been spotted reaching the Chinese border.
Billions of the insects have destroyed food supplies across Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia in what has been described as the worst plague for decades.
#2 Extremely Bizarre Weather Patterns – It is almost as if virtually all of the old rules have suddenly been thrown out the window. An all-time record 209 mph wind gust just hit Calfiornia, and absolutely crazy storms are happening all over the planet. For example, just check out what just took place in Australia…
Sydney has been thrown into chaos by a devastating storm that saw two months of rainfall in just two days – forcing mass evacuations, leaving 150,000 homes without power, and prompted warnings not to drive to work. The storm dumped 400mm of rain on the city over the weekend, causing mayhem for commuters on Monday morning with roads blocked, ferries canceled and trains suffering major delays across the network.
#3 Unprecedented Flooding – We are seeing unusual flooding all over the world right now, and the flooding that is devastating the southern U.S. at this moment is being called “unprecedented”…
In Jackson, Mississippi, hundreds of residents either watched their homes flood over the weekend or worried their residence would soon be drenched as the Pearl River crested Monday at 36.8 feet, its third-highest level ever recorded – behind only 1979 and 1983.
Calling the Jackson floods “historic” and “unprecedented,” Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said in a Sunday press conference that “we do not anticipate this situation to end anytime soon. It will be days before we are out of the woods and the waters recede.”
Disease travels in tandem with fear. While the first can lead to the death of thousands, the second can unravel the social fabric, disrupting the precarious balance of relationships essential for the stability of nations.
The most recent disease fear was SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which killed hundreds last year and panicked thousands more. Before that it was AIDS, which has killed tens of millions and even today is still decimating the populations of some countries. Tomorrow it could be another, even greater plague to sweep across the landscape, leaving death and destruction in its wake.
In this series we have been examining each of the first four seals of Revelation 6. These seals, dramatically depicted by four horsemen, show the effect of false religion, war, famine and plague among the earth’s population in the days leading to the return of Jesus Christ.
Each of these seals represents powerful forces that devastate human life on the earth. The cumulative effect will lead to such conditions that if Jesus Christ did not intervene and cut short the time of trial, “no flesh would be saved” (Matthew 24:22).
We now come to the fourth seal, the fourth horseman, and his ride of death by plague. How will the ride of this horseman affect the nations of the earth?
The ride of the fourth horseman
Revelation 6:7-8 tells us this about the fourth seal: “When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, ‘Come and see.’ So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him.”
A map created by Southampton University researchers shows how 60,000 out of a total of five million people who have traveled out of Wuhan since the beginning of the outbreak and before the city was fully locked down have crisscrossed the globe. Researchers used a combination cell phone tracking data and flight trackers to trace travelers paths. The result is a red scribble of trajectories to 382 cities elsewhere in China and in countries the world over. The coronavirus outbreak has now killed more 1,000 people the world over, according to data form the Chinese government released Monday evening. A total of 103 people died in a single day in China's Hubei province on Monday - the highest toll recorded in any one 24-hour period since the outbreak began in December.
Deadly germs, Lost cures: A Mysterious Infection, Spanning the Globe
Last May, an elderly man was admitted to the Brooklyn branch of Mount Sinai Hospital for abdominal surgery. A blood test revealed that he was infected with a newly discovered germ as deadly as it was mysterious. Doctors swiftly isolated him in the intensive care unit.
The germ, a fungus called Candida auris, preys on people with weakened immune systems, and it is quietly spreading across the globe. Over the last five years, it has hit a neonatal unit in Venezuela, swept through a hospital in Spain, forced a prestigious British medical center to shut down its intensive care unit, and taken root in India, Pakistan and South Africa.
Recently C. auris reached New York, New Jersey and Illinois, leading the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to add it to a list of germs deemed “urgent threats.”
The man at Mount Sinai died after 90 days in the hospital, but C. auris did not. Tests showed it was everywhere in his room, so invasive that the hospital needed special cleaning equipment and had to rip out some of the ceiling and floor tiles to eradicate it. MORE
Updated: Since writing this article in February of this year, Trump has met with Kim Jung Un. The photo ops looked great, and hopefully Trump has made a deal of the century. I for one am routing on that scenario and hope to be wrong, but the following was my concern, and still maybe the end result still... But recent events in the past week is proving my belief. THERE IS NO DEAL
If the Korean Nations unite, it will be under North Korean rulership! Donald Trump was right in bullying Korea into talking, but I am afraid the Deep Staters surrounding him have led him astray in believing that a unification of Korea can happen. Will we learn from history? Will we listen to the warnings from our God?
Will you and every other American decide whether to listen to our God and obey, or continue down the road to globalization, world government and total destruction of our way of life. The problem is not new. This has all happened before--over and over again, but we are a stubborn people who refuse to learn from our past. In the Bible, God warns us against false peace promises that weak leaders promise, but we are warned not to heed. In Jeremiah 6:9-14, God says this: "This is what the Lord GOD (Jesus) Almighty has said: Everything will be taken from the rest of Israel as the last grapes are taken from the vine; let your hand be turned to the small branches, like one pulling off grapes. To whom am I to give word, witnessing so that they may take note? see, their ears are stopped, and they are not able to give attention: see, the word of the Lord has been a cause of shame to them, they have no delight in it. For this reason I am full of the wrath of the Lord, I am tired of keeping it in: may it be let loose on the children in the street, and on the band of the young men together: for even the husband with his wife will be taken, the old man with him who is full of days. And their houses will be handed over to others, their fields and their wives together: for my hand will be stretched out against the people of the land, says the Lord. For from the least of them even to the greatest, everyone is given up to getting money; from the prophet even to the priest, everyone is working deceit. And they have made little of the wounds of my people, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace."
Another translation says: "'Everything is all right! Everything is all right!' But it's not all right." And everything is NOT all right indeed! If we don't change things soon, we will end up as slaves to an end time beast called the King of the North, in the bible, and a false prophet, who I believe will be a Pope. The Bible is quite clear that the Holy Roman Empire is the 4th and last beast-type regime that will rule the earth. In Revelation, there are seven resurrections of that empire, and the 7th may be soon upon us. God help us if it is. There is no rapture, we all go into the tribulation and we all must endure to the end, or be martyred for Christ. This is The Plain Truth--as sobering as it is. PRAY we are not living in these times.
Other Bible Quotes:
Jer 11: They offer superficial treatments for my people's mortal wound. They give assurances of peace when there is no peace.
Ezekiel 13:10: This will happen because these evil prophets deceive my people by saying, 'All is peaceful' when there is no peace at all! It's as if the people have built a flimsy wall, and these prophets are trying to reinforce it by covering it with whitewash!
We need to be aware of God's word, and the awful predictions that will be coming true, including the end of The USA, United Kingdom and other Western Nations. We need to heed the warning from God, and STOP OUR GLOBALISM, or we will end up fulfilling prophecy in OUR lifetime... We can delay it, if we as a nation heed God's words.....
The rush to peace at any price is pushing the world closer to that great middle eastern war which Revelation 9 tells us will kill up to a BILLION people. I can't even fathom killing on such a degree. It's seems impossible, but God's word says it is coming to past, and the clowns in this White House are making this disaster more real every day! If you don't read the Bible, you can not understand what is happening today! Get prepared, WAR is COMING- NOT PEACE!
This is the problem with the Deep State and the media's attack on Saudi Arabia. This nation is destined to become part of the "King of the South" found in chapter 11 of Daniel in the Bible. The last thing we need right now is to help that happen. This is a ploy to build a nuclear bomb - WHICH THEY WILL DO- and Trump needs to stop the anti-Saudi rhetroic and keep Arabia in the fold as long as possible.
Saudis to Build First Nuclear Research Reactor
The reactor was among seven projects launched by the prince during a visit to Riyadh’s King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, the official Saudi Press Agency reported. SPA offered no details on when the research or non-power reactor — typically used for research, development and education purposes — would be built and at what cost.
Saudi Arabia currently draws on oil and natural gas to meet its own fast-growing power demand and desalinate its water.
Are you aware that the rise of Alexander the Great was foretold in the Bible BEFORE Alexander was even born? This is not widely known, and the Hollywood movie made several years ago did not mention it, but the famous Jewish historian Josephus records that Alexander accompanied the priest of the Living God to the Temple into Jerusalem, where he "offered sacrifice to God, according to the high priest's direction, and magnificently treated both the high priest and the priests." Josephus lived in the first century AD and his history of the Jewish people are read to this day.
We are often told that the Old Testament prophecies are mainly "fairy tales" that never really were fulfilled. They were actually written after the events happened and then written down after the fact, claiming to be written at an earlier time. This is a total lie propagated by historians in an attempt to make the Bible an error filled uninspired book of men.
These historians know that Alexander the Great conquered Egypt, Syria, Palestine, and the known world of his day. Josephus says that he was told about Daniel, and the fact that his reign was predicted some 200 years earlier by the great prophet, Daniel! Alexander was no doubt impressed! So impressed that he did not only visit the Temple in Jerusalem, but made a sacrifice to the God of Israel!
(Note: A World Wide Depression and a WORLD WAR is predicted in the Bible on Your Bookshelf! WATCH and be prepared!)
A solar eclipse, a super moon, the FTSE 100 breaching 7,000 and the US Federal Reserve speaking in tongues - truly some kind of financial apocalypse must be nigh. Well, maybe.
We are certainly living in strange times. An unprecedented monetary experiment is coming to a staggered end and no one knows the potential repercussions - a plague of frogs cannot be entirely ruled out. For the time being, the markets remain sanguine, expecting, for example, a gentle increase in the Bank of England’s main interest rate to just 1.5pc by the end of the decade. And, who knows, maybe the markets are right.
But maybe it’s too quiet. Last week, Ray Dalio, the founder of the $165bn (£110bn) hedge fund Bridgewater Associates, wrote a widely-circulated note warning his clients that the US Federal Reserve risked setting off a 1937-style crash when it starts raising interest rates again.
Then, as now, the central bank had spent years printing money in order to help the American economy recover from the 1929 crash. But the side effect was a stock market bubble, which promptly burst when the Fed prematurely increased rates. Mr Dalio is worried about a repeat performance: “We don’t know - nor does the Fed - exactly how much tightening will knock over the apple cart.” MORE
The pope unleashed an international frenzy of speculation when he recently commented, “I have a feeling my pontificate will be brief. … It is a vague feeling I have that the Lord chose me for a short mission.”
Bestselling author Tom Horn, featured on the blockbuster movie, “The Last Pope?,” told WND in an exclusive interview that the statements imply the man once known as Jorge Mario Bergoglio sees himself as part of a prophecy.
Horn stated, “The comments by Pope Francis regarding possible assassination or retirement and that he may not be the pontiff much longer make me wonder if he is a believer in his role as the last pope (pope No. 112 in the ‘Prophecy of the Popes’), which speaks of the destruction of Rome.”
St. Malachy’s “Prophecy of the Popes” is said to be based on his prophetic vision of the next 112 popes, beginning with Pope Celestine II, who died in 1144.
In a recent address to more than 33,000 of his faithful followers, Pope Francis declared:
Former Pope Benedict address a gathering at St. Peter's Basilica
"There are those who believe they can maintain a personal, direct and immediate relationship with Jesus Christ outside the communion and the mediation of the Church. These are dangerous and harmful temptations. These are, as the great Paul VI said, absurd dichotomies....let us ask the Lord, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, for the grace never to fall into the temptation of thinking we can make it without the others, that we can get along without the Church". Noteworthy words indeed.
This is his church's claim which he passionately embraces. It is its dogma that led to the slaughter of more than 50 million souls during the Dark Ages. Don't be deceived. Despite widespread media coverage to the contrary, his church has not changed. It also claims that it is the church that Christ established on earth. But the Bible reveals quite differently, as it its teachings are diametrically opposite to what the Roman church espouses. I invite you to weigh the evidence.
President Obama's former spiritual
advisor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, gave a seminar at the University
of Chicago last week in which he made numerous anti-Semitic remarks
while once again attacking white people.According
to the New York Post, during the five-day course that cost up to
$1,000, Wright claimed "whites and Jews are controlling the flow of
worldwide information and oppressing blacks in Israel and America.""
folk done took this country," Wright said. "You're in their home, and
they're gonna let you know it."
Despite the astonishingly racist
comments during this week-long event, as well as his former connection
to the current President of the United States, not one media outlet
besides the Post reported what transpired at the Chicago Theological
Seminary on the university campus. Not one!
Forward by Bob Barney-- Alexander, is the third kingdom mentioned in Daniel. Yes, the Bible predicted Alexander's brutal reign 300 years before it happened. Alexander was one of many AntiChrists who have come into the world scene. The most famnous in this line is he, Nimrod, Ceasars, especially Nero, Napoleon and Hitler. We have more coming and one final King of the North and South, BOTH being AntiChrists.....
Alexander the Great, whose tomb has been missing for nearly 2,000
years, could be buried in Broome in Western Australia, a Perth man
says.-- Macedonian-born Tim Tutungis told ABC Kimberley that he first
heard the 'Broomer' from his old mate, Lou Batalis. "We just got onto
the subject of Alexander The Great's tomb, and he said, 'They'll never
ever find it, no matter where they look, because Alexander the Great is
buried in Broome, in Western Australia'," Mr Tutungis said.
"Approximately 50 years ago, some guy went into a cave in Broome and he
saw some inscriptions in there and they looked like ancient Greek.