The Appearance of the Antichrist

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Editor Intro to ‘The Appearance of the Antichrist

John R. Houk, Editor

November 28, 2014


Who is the Antichrist? Where does the Antichrist come from? When the Antichrist be revealed?


These are questions that Christians have been asking for two millennia. The reason they ask is because Jesus and the Apostles of the Early Church often implied the Return of Christ was imminent. AND the Bible tells the Antichrist will go into action before Christ’s return.


30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (Matthew 24: 30-31 NKJV)


10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” (Acts 1: 10-11 NKJV)


Second Thessalonians is the standard used by theologians that the Antichrist comes and is revealed before the Second Coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ the Son of God.


I am on the email list of the delivery of his insights from the Sparkling Gems from the Greed. Reverend Rick Renner (website bio – CBN bio) is one of the foremost scholars on understanding the Bible’s Koine Greek. He is kind of a walking amplified Bible providing insights from the Greek’s original understanding in the context it was revealed to the Apostolic writers of the New Testament.


In this Sparkling Gem, Rick Renner amplifies the Antichrist in such a way that you can be alert at the signs of his revealing. What Renner does not do is the mistake made for thousands of years in naming who or who the candidates are for the Antichrist. If old slew-foots minion for attempting an antichrist New World Order will become evident by knowing the actions taken that will seem miraculous but meant to denigrate the Son of God and God’s Divine authority over His creation.


JRH 11/28/14

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The Appearance of the Antichrist


By Rick Renner

Rick and Denise Renner

Sent: 11/27/2014 4:15 AM

Sparkling Gems from the Greek

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Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come,
except there come a falling away first,
and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God,
or that is worshipped; so that he as God
sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
— 2 Thessalonians 2:3, 4


From my early childhood, I heard about the antichrist. In the many years that I’ve been a Christian, I’ve heard people speculate that this person or that person could potentially be the antichrist. However, although these individuals may have been forerunners to the antichrist, none of them turned out to be the long-anticipated Man of Lawlessness described in the Scriptures.
The Bible teaches us that at some point in the future, an evil ruler called the antichrist is going to step onto the platform of the world stage and take the leading role for a short time in the affairs of mankind. Many predecessors of the antichrist have already come and gone, but according to this scripture in Second Thessalonians 2, the real antichrist is still yet to be revealed in the last times.
Paul tells us about the supernatural appearance of the antichrist when he writes about the last days in Second Thessalonians 2:3, 4. Paul writes, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”
Paul says that before the antichrist can be revealed, first there must be a “falling away” that takes place in the world. The phrase “falling away” is taken from the Greek word apostasia, which describes a falling away or a revolt. The writer Plutarch used this word to describe a political revolt. In First Maccabees 2:15, the word apostasia is used to picture people who are turning away from the Lord. This word also occurs in the Septuagint version of Joshua 2:22, where it conveys the idea of rebellion against God. Thus, the word apostasia is a word that denotes rebellion, mutiny, and defiance.
Before the antichrist can be welcomed with wide-open arms by the world, a change in society’s mentality must first take place. Paul uses this word to predict a rebellion or mutiny against God that will occur in the last days. The text does not imply that this mutiny will occur within the Church; rather, it seems to point to a change in society’s attitude toward God.
Paul is describing a time when society’s attitude toward God and holy things will become mutinous. Once this anti-God and anti-godliness mentality pervades society, the world will be primed and prepared to receive this man whom Paul calls “that man of sin.”
The Greek word used here for “sin” is the word anomia. Translating the word anomia as “sin” is unfortunate, for the word anomia actually means without law and carries the idea of a lawless attitude. It has a definite article in Greek, which tells us emphatically that this individual is not just any person with a lawless attitude; rather, this is a reference to the man of lawlessness or the antichrist.
Paul points to a time when this evil leader will be “revealed.” The word “revealed” is the Greek word apokalupto. It is a compound word, using the words apo and kalupto. The word apo means away, and the word kalupto is something that is veiled, covered, concealed, or hidden. When these two words are compounded, they form the word apokalupto, depicting a veil that has been removed, exposing what is behind the veil that was formerly concealed or hidden from view. Paul uses this word to inform us that a day is coming when the antichrist — who has been concealed and hidden from public view — will suddenly appear. In that moment when he suddenly emerges on the world scene, it will be as if a stage curtain has been pulled out of the way so that he can make his grand appearance.
Paul calls this wicked leader “the son of perdition.” The word “perdition” is from the Greek word apoleia, which speaks of something that is doomed, rotten, ruinous, or decaying. Although this world leader may boast that he will lead the world to a higher and better day, what he will actually bring to the world is doom, destruction, ruin, rot, and decay. No redeeming value can be found in anything produced by the antichrist’s rule. In the Greek text, Paul uses a definite article, loudly signaling that this evil world ruler is in a category like none other before him. He is not simply another evil person. He is THE Son of Doom and Destruction.
Next, Paul tells us that this wicked world leader will be one “who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” The Greek word for “opposeth” is antikeimai, which means opposed to or against everything that is established. There is no doubt that this is a clear reference to the antichrist.
The word “antichrist” means against Christ. Thus, the Greek word used in this verse tells us that this evil leader will be against everything having to do with God. It is important to note that the Greek grammar used in this verse paints the picture of a continual, unending, and perpetual resistance against the things of God. This is not just a one-time resistance against the things of God; rather, this poisonous quality will be deeply ingrained in the character of the antichrist. Everything in this evil ruler will be opposed to God and all that He represents.
Paul also warns that the antichrist “…exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped….” The word “exalteth” is the Greek word huperairo, which means to exceedingly exalt oneself or to be exalted highly. In this case, it is the idea of someone being exalted too highly. According to Paul, the antichrist will go to all lengths to exceedingly exalt himself in the eyes of the world. As we continue to study this verse, we discover that this wicked ruler will even attempt to sit in God’s rightful place in the temple and elevate himself higher than God Himself!
Paul says that the antichrist will oppose and exalt himself above all “that is worshipped.” The word for “worship” is the Greek word sebasma, which refers to anything that can be worshiped, including God. Here we see that the antichrist will attempt to stop the practice of worshiping God and demand that he become the primary focus of human attention and worship.
Then Paul prophesies that the antichrist will sit in the very place of God in the temple. The word “temple” is the Greek word naos. It is sometimes used to refer to the innermost part of the temple and may be interpreted as the Holy of Holies. On the basis of this verse, many scholars assert that the antichrist will enter a rebuilt temple in Jerusalem, where he will go into the Holy of Holies and decree himself to be God incarnate.
Wasn’t this exactly what Lucifer attempted to do when he declared that he would exalt himself above the very throne of God? Isaiah tells us of Lucifer in Isaiah 14:13, 14: “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”
Following the long-held desire of Satan, the antichrist will again attempt to take the very place of God in the temple. Paul tells us that the antichrist will commit the ultimate offense of “…shewing himself that he is God.” The Greek word for “shew” is the word apodeiknumi, which actually means to vividly portray; to point out; to illustrate; to show off; or to make a vivid presentation. This is the picture of the antichrist using all possible means to demonstrate that he holds a rank that is even higher than God Himself.
In Second Thessalonians 2:9, Paul warns that the antichrist will even employ supernatural signs and wonders to try to prove that he is God. He says, “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders.”
The words “with all” are from the Greek words en pase, which emphatically declares that the antichrist will come with all power — implying that he will make his grand appearance with all kinds of power and supernatural displays. The Greek word for “power” is dunamis, which describes something that is explosive or dynamic. It is where we get the word dynamite. This means that when the antichrist appears, he will come with all kinds of powers that are truly extraordinary in the opinion of the lost world.
The Greek word for “sign” is semeion. This word denotes an act that points the viewer in a certain direction or an action performed to prove a point. It also means a beacon, a signal, or a sign. Just as a sign on the road gives directions to a driver, these supernatural feats are intended to point the attention and focus of the world to the antichrist.
The word “wonder” is the Greek word teras, and it is often translated miracles. This refers to something that causes people to marvel or to be amazed. The same word is used in Matthew 24:24, where Jesus warns that false prophets will perform wonders in the last days to deceive and to draw people away after themselves. Here it is used to say that when Satan finally has the opportunity to introduce his antichrist to the world, the evil ruler will energetically attempt to take the very place of God — even using lying signs and wonders to show that he is God.
When you put all these Greek words together, you discover that Paul’s words in Second Thessalonians 2:3, 4, 9 could be interpreted:
“In light of these things, I urge you to refuse to allow anyone to take advantage of you. For example, you won’t need a letter to tell you when the day of the Lord has come. You ought to know by now that this day can’t come until first a worldwide insurgency, rebellion, riot, and mutiny against God has come about in society.
“Once that occurs, the world will then be primed, prepared, and ready to embrace the Man of Lawlessness, the one who hates law and has rebellion running in his blood. This is the long-awaited and predicted Son of Doom and Destruction, the one who brings rot and ruin to everything he touches. When the time is just right, he will finally come out of hiding and go public!
“Do you understand whom I am talking about? I’m describing that person who will be so against God and everything connected with the worship of God that, if you can imagine it, he will even try to put himself on a pedestal above God Himself — sitting in God’s rightful place in the temple and publicly proclaiming himself to be God!
“This evil one will be energized by Satan himself as he makes his arrival known to the world with all kinds of dynamic supernatural powers — powers that are truly extraordinary. These lying signs and wonders and supernatural feats have only one purpose: They are designed to draw attention to the Lawless One and to make the world stand in awe of him.”
Any Christian who is sensitive to the Spirit of God is keenly aware that we are living in a time when society’s attitude toward God is radically changing. The world is being primed and prepared to throw open its arms and receive this world ruler who will oppose God and bring rot, ruin, and destruction to mankind. Unfortunately, the lost world doesn’t realize that it is being slowly seduced and trained for this moment the devil has long awaited.
As believers, we have no need to be afraid, for none of this will affect those who know Jesus Christ. However, it will affect those who are lost and without God. They will fall under the supernatural hypnotism of this devil-anointed leader. And if they don’t come to know Jesus Christ before all of this occurs, they will be ensnared in the trap that the entire world is about to fall into in the days to come.
Please realize what a critical time you are living in right now. Jesus is coming quickly. Those who know Him will escape many of these trials and temptations, but those who don’t know Him will be caught in the delusion and devastation. It’s good to rejoice that you will escape, but what about those you love? What are you going to do to ensure that they escape the evil days that are coming upon the earth?
In light of this clear teaching of Scripture, don’t you think it’s time for you to reach out to your unsaved friends and family members and speak to them about the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ? Ask the Holy Spirit to give you an opportunity to speak to them; then let Him fill your mouth with the right words as you earnestly plead with them to make Jesus Christ the Lord of their lives.





Lord, I ask You to give me the boldness I need to present the Gospel to my friends and family members who are unsaved. I know that if they don’t receive Jesus, they will be lost in sin and caught in the delusion that is coming upon the world in the days to come. I don’t want to stand before You knowing that they are lost because I was too afraid to open my mouth and tell them of Your saving blood. Holy Spirit, please give me the boldness I need and the right words to speak to those who are near and dear to my heart. When I stand before You, I want to be assured in my heart that I did everything I could to rescue those who are lost and perishing. Please help me to do this and to start today!


I pray this in Jesus’ name!






I confess that I am not afraid to testify of Jesus Christ to others. In fact, the love of God compels me to reach out to those who are lost. I know I will give account for those I could have reached but didn’t, so I will do everything I can to speak to them, to reach them, and to make sure they have an opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. If they refuse to listen or to receive, I will be freed from my responsibility. My part is just to make sure they had a chance to hear and to believe. The Holy Spirit is empowering me to testify, so starting today, I will follow His leading and speak to unbelievers about Jesus as God provides opportunities for me to do so.


I declare this by faith in Jesus’ name!






1. Do you have unsaved friends or relatives who need to know the Lord before all these terrible events begin to unfold on the world stage? Who are these loved ones? Do you regularly pray for their salvation?

2. How long has it been since you have personally presented the Gospel to those loved ones who are still unsaved? Is the Holy Spirit tugging at your heart, trying to prompt you to share Christ with them at this time?

3. Have you asked the Holy Spirit to give you an opportunity to present the Gospel to your friends and loved ones? When the Holy Spirit gave you an opportunity in the past, did you take advantage of it, or did you let it pass you by? If you let it pass you by, why don’t you ask the Holy Spirit to give you another opportunity to present Jesus to those whom you love?



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RENNER Ministries and Moscow Good News Church


What is the primary purpose or calling of RENNER Ministries?


From their beginnings as itinerant teachers and ministers more than 30 years ago, Rick and Denise have been called to “Teach All Nations” according to Matthew 28:19. Ever since that time — for more than three decades — the Renners have been fulfilling that call through the many teaching, strengthening, and rescuing departments and outreaches of RENNER Ministries and the Moscow Good News Church, including: TV ministry, social media, the printed page, public meetings, and the many mercy outreaches conducted by the Renners, their ministry staff, and teams of volunteers. RENNER Ministries was established for the purpose of advancing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and extending the influence of the power of God’s Word into every sphere of life. The mission of this ministry is organized around three concepts:


1)     Teaching God’s Word through television, books and other printed materials, the Internet, teaching letters, audio and video materials, church meetings and seminars, and personal ministry.


2)    Strengthening believers through the Good News churches, IMPART Pastors Fellowship, the Good News Training Center, and the Renner’s public ministry.


3)    Rescuing the hurting and lost through outreaches in the former USSR to the poor, the elderly, the homeless and destitute, orphans, widows, and ministers in financial need.



What is the primary purpose of the RENNER Ministries Tulsa office?


The primary purpose of the Tulsa office is to fulfill the vision God put on the hearts of Rick and Denise Renner to minister to and interact with their partners in the United States, to communicate the Renners’ messages via the printed page, and to support worldwide operations of all RENNER Ministries activities. The Tulsa office is also the home base for Rick and Denise’s ministerial travels in the U.S.


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A Renner Ministries partner is someone who has committed to helping this ministry fulfill its God-given vision through prayer and financial support. Although regular donations are appreciated, financial commitment doesn’t in any way require a monthly offering or a minimum offering amount. But partnership with RENNER Ministries does entail giving to the ministry and praying for us as the individual partner feels led to do so.


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Interesting End Times Scenario

Little Horn of Daniel 8


Video Discusses Antichrist, Daniel’s vision in Present Day Terms

By John R. Houk

July 20, 2013


This is an interesting interpretation of mixing history with Scripture to form an opinion of the End Times. Some of James Albright’s history is a bit off. For example Persia never did conquer Greece. After Macedonian King Philip conquered the Greek City States, Philip’s son Alexander became King and went on a global conquest east Macedonian-Greek kingdom which conquered Persia – present day Iran.


Otherwise Albright has some interesting theories that are different from other eschatology portrayals of the Last Days. I grew up being told the Antichrist would come out of the European Union because the land mass roughly corresponded to the old Roman Empire. Albright believes the Ten Nations of Daniel will be Middle Eastern with Saudi Arabia being the chief of the Ten. The thing is before the Roman Empire split into East and West its entirety stretched from present day UK right up through the Middle East. So Albright’s theory has some substance to it.


One thing is that Albright implies in the video this was revealed to him prophetically be Jesus. Without watching the video more than once I’m not sure if Albright believes he saw this in a vision or dream.


Watch the 24 minute video on the Last Days and as a wise teacher once told me – Be at least as smart as a cow and eat the hay and spit out the sticks. Let me know if you find more or sticks that are available to digest.


JRH 7/20/13 (Hat Tip: Adam)

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The Fulfillment of Dan 8


James D Albright

Apr 30, 2012

James D Albright Youtube Channel


This video reveals that the fulfillment of Dan 8 began with the rise of Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran and Saddam Hussein in Iraq. The ram butting north south and west began in 1979 with the Iran Iraq War and continued to be fulfilled through the Persian Gulf War that took place in 1991. The horn that broke and the four conspicuous horns that arose in its place symbolized when Osama bin Laden revolted against King Fahd and the four major umbrella terrorist organizations, which include al-Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Hezbollah, began growing and committing terrorist acts towards the four winds of Heaven. Ayman al-Zawahiri, who is the current leader of al-Qaeda was the first king described in the vision, which means that Saudi Arabia is one of the ten nations that make up the ten nation kingdom that the ten kings arise with in that the Antichrist will arise from among.


Interesting End Times Scenario

Video Discusses Antichrist, Daniel’s vision in Present Day Terms

By John R. Houk

July 20, 2013


The Fulfillment of Dan 8


**NCCR Editor: I found a Google+ about page for James D Albright. The thing is I can’t confirm if it is the same guy of the video, but his about profile sounds like it could be: Google+ About Page

Pre-Trib, Mid-Trib, Post Trib – O My

Rapture & Left Behind

John R. Houk

© May 29, 2012


Christ is King and He is coming for His own. Scripture leaves no doubt that there is a coming rapture of the saints in Christ. The mystery of Christ’s coming is it before the Great Tribulation (Pre-Trib), the middle of the Tribulation (Mid-Trib), after the Tribulation (Post-Trib), some sort of combination rapture (Pre and Mid or Pre, Mid and Post or Pre-Wrath Rapture) and is the Second Coming (Parousia) and Post-Trib the same thing. Or perhaps some other theological End Time scenario I am unaware of.


I tend to be in the rare crowd of Pre, Mid and Post-Trib. Meaning the faithful Righteous in Christ will be called up and raptured first. About Mid-Trib Christians that have endured half of the Tribulation and understood about the First Rapture and have disciplined themselves to be Righteous Saints will be raptured to avoid the worst part of the Tribulation. Then during the worst part of the Tribulation there will be people who will wake up and not join the heathens that curse God rather than call for Mercy and Believe in the death, burial and Resurrection of Christ will receive the solace of a Rapture before Christ returns with His army of Angels and Saints to whoop up on the curse God and believe on Satan’s lies army.


Yeah I know it is a very novice-like untheological presentation summation of the Last Days. Nonetheless, that is what I am sticking with until I discover a better picture of the Last Days. Take note it is something I am sticking to. I am not dogmatic about this because it is educated speculation. The point being educated or not it is still speculation.


The only absolute is that all who believe Christ died on the Cross, was Buried and arose on the third day bodily receiving His Divine Glory/Attributes again will be Saved/Delivered from the dark age rule of Satan via Redemption.


That being said here is an excellent Pre-Trib article by Terry James.


JRH 5/29/12 (Hat Tip: Prophecy Update)

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Thief in the Night


A Thief in the Night Picture


By Terry James

Prophecy Update email sent: May 24, 2012 12:54 PM

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No scriptural proof-text in God’s Word more clearly points to the first of the two phases of Jesus Christ’s second coming than does the following: “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night” (1 Thess. 5:2).


We who hold to the pre-trib rapture viewpoint are often accused of being deceivers. We are condemned by our detractors as leading astray Christians alive now–if they live to see it–  who will be required to endure the tribulation, thus to wash their robes clean in preparation for inheriting God’s Kingdom. We are castigated for foisting upon innocent, gullible believers a “secret rapture” that will somehow lead these Christians to take the mark of the beast (Rev. 13:16-18).


I’m not precisely sure of their “reasoning,” but I think they claim this because they are convinced that the ones who fall for the rapture viewpoint won’t be able to recognize Antichrist when he comes to power. We who teach the pre-trib rapture, so the accusation goes, would have falsely led these people to think the Church would not be here when Antichrist is on the world scene.


Almost all who are antagonistic to the pre-trib rapture doctrine teach that the “elect” will have to endure part or all of the seven-year tribulation era. Those who hold to a post-tribulation rapture, or a no-rapture position, believe that Christ will come back at the end of the tribulation, at Armageddon. They hold to the notion that that is His only return in the second coming. There are other views of the second coming that have Christ returning when the earth is perfected and made ready, but we won’t go there in this essay.


Let us look at only the pre-trib rapture and the post-trib rapture positions for the purpose of exploring what is meant by the “thief in the night” references in 1 Thessalonians 5:2 and 2 Peter 3:10.


These two viewpoints–the pre-trib, and the post-trib–offer the greatest contrast to examine in consideration of the second advent of Jesus Christ, within the overall belief that rapture will, according to Bible prophecy, happen before Christ’s foot actually touches down on Planet Earth.


The pre-trib view of rapture says that Christ’s second coming is in two phases, separated by at least seven years. The post-trib rapture view says that the rapture and Christ’s coming back to the Mount of Olives will occur almost simultaneously–certainly with no more than a matter of days separating the two events. The post-trib position says there is no “secret” rapture. Christ’s coming again will be fully seen in the heavens by all, including Christians who will be watching for Him to break through the darkness of that hour.


We agree that the rapture of the Church (all born-again believers in Jesus Christ for salvation since the Church Age began at Pentecost will be anything but a “secret”. The world will instantly go into cataclysmic chaos at the moment that stunning event takes place. The imagination is hard-pressed to fathom the ramifications of what will happen when millions suddenly vanish. Every child below the age of accountability will be gone in that mind-boggling instant of time. All babies (including those in the wombs of their mothers) will be instantly in the presence of Christ in the clouds of glory. Every corpse of every dead Christian will be raised to join with his or her soul to meet Christ in the air in that atomos of time.


The rapture will be mystifying, and to some an inexplicable phenomenon, but it will not be a secret. It will happen before the eyes of a stupefied planet of left-behind earth-dwellers. This declaration that Jesus will call His Church to be with Him seems audacious to many. But, it didn’t seem so to the Apostle Paul. He was quite confident–even adamant—in his prophecy concerning the “mystery” he had been given by the Holy Spirit to instruct all believers down through the Age of Grace (Church Age).


“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Cor. 15:51-52).


He explains what will take place next, in that stupendous fraction of a second: “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thess. 4:15-17).


Jesus himself told of this “mystery” Paul refers to in 1 Corinthians 15:51. The Lord explains what happens after believers –both the bodies of the dead and those who are living– are caught up in the air to be with Him: “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (Jn. 14:1-3).


So, the rapture will take place. Believers and the bodies of those who died during the Church Age will be “caught up” in one single moment of time. “ALL,” not “some,” will go instantly to be with Jesus, who will then take them into heaven, where He has been preparing their dwelling places since He ascended from the Mount of Olives.


Again, the pre-trib position on this joyous event is that it is imminent (could happen at any moment), and will happen before the tribulation period begins. The post-trib position says that it happens at the end of the most terrible time in human history, just as Jesus Christ is returning from heaven at Armageddon.


The pre-trib view holds that it will occur at an unknown time. It will be a stunning, sudden, and unannounced-to-the-world-at-large break-in upon business as usual on Planet Earth. The post-trib proclaims that it will occur following all of the horrors of the judgments outlined in Revelation.


The pre-trib view says that the world at large (left-behind earth-dwellers) won’t see it coming. The rapture will cause all left on earth to wonder what has happened. The post-trib view says that all eyes will behold Christ’s coming again to a hellish planet, and the living and dead saints will then be gathered to Christ.


The defining thing to consider in thinking on the two diametrically different views of the rapture and second coming is wrapped up in the term “thief in the night”. The Apostle Peter again uses this mysterious term, first used by Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:2: “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (2 Pet. 3:10).


Peter is saying here that the day of the Lord–that time when God and His Christ, His Son, takes over this fallen planet—will begin like a thief in the night. It will be a sudden, catastrophic break-in upon a world doing business as usual. (Read Luke 17:26-29 to understand how things will be going along as usual when Christ comes back.)


This description hardly fits the post-trib view, or any other view that says Christ will rapture His Church during a time of unprecedented trouble (Jer. 30:7; Matt. 24:21). This indicates that it will be a total surprise, because a thief in the night doesn’t announce his coming with great, cataclysmic fanfare. The break-in is swift, stealthy–a totally unexpected event.


Peter foretells in these passages that the “day of the Lord” will then run its course, until the remaking of the heavens and the earth. The rapture will begin this “day of the Lord,” which will then run at least 1,007 years.


This is the first phase of Christ’s second coming. The rapture occurs like a “thief in the night”. The second advent, when Jesus’ foot touches down on the Mount of Olives, is the second phase of His second coming.


There are those who say with vehemence that it is blasphemous to equate Christ’s coming again as being like the break-in of a thief in the night. How dare we liken their Lord to a “thief”!


Really? Here’s what Jesus, the Creator of all things, said about this matter:


“But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.


Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh” (Matt. 24:43-44).


Looks like a pretty good case for the Lord’s sudden intervention into the nefarious affairs of this increasingly wicked world, does it not? That thief-in-the-night moment could happen, literally, at any moment. Certainly, signals of the tribulation are beginning to come to pass.


“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Lk. 21:28).


Pre-Trib, Mid-Trib, Post Trib – O My

John R. Houk

© May 29, 2012


Thief in the Night


The Purpose For This (Rapture) Index

The Rapture Index has two functions: one is to factor together a number of related end time components into a cohesive indicator, and the other is to standardize those components to eliminate the wide variance that currently exists with prophecy reporting.


The Rapture Index is by no means meant to predict the rapture, however, the index is designed to measure the type of activity that could act as a precursor to the rapture.


You could say the Rapture index is a Dow Jones Industrial Average of end time activity, but I think it would be better if you viewed it as prophetic speedometer. The higher the number, the faster we’re moving towards the occurrence of pre-tribulation rapture.


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Four Books from WND Store Relating to Spiritual Warfare


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WorldNetDaily usually focuses on Conservative and Pro-Israel articles; however every so often they embark on Christian articles. This is one of those cases; however WND didn’t send me a Christian article. Rather WND sent an email plugging some very fascinating books to do with Christianity and those things Christians war with on a spiritual level: Satan, demonization, the occult and so on.


Those are topics usually avoided by Mainline Protestant Churches and the modern Roman Catholic Church downplays the reality that spiritual evil exists to bring down humankind either knowingly that spiritual evil ultimately faces final defeat and imprisonment in the Lake of Fire or that spiritual evil is under the delusion it can actually defeat the Creator of all that exists.


JRH 10/4/11


Four Books from WND Store Relating to Spiritual Warfare


Dr. Karl Payne

Sent: 10/4/2011 11:40 AM

Sent by WorldNetDaily


The devil is alive and well Released today, new book by Dr. Karl Payne called “fascinating,” “controversial,” “probable bestseller


(WND Exclusive Commentary by Jim Fletcher)


Of all the questions I field from readers of blogs, and all the subjects covered, one of the most popular is that of spiritual warfare.

Often, people will ask, “Can a Christian become possessed?” That kind of thing.

Fortunately for bloggers like me, experts in these various subjects also write books. A new and terrific one on the subject of spiritual warfare is “Spiritual Warfare: Christians, Demonization and Deliverance.” Author Dr. Karl Payne tackles the issues head on, with biblical answers. It’s quite a fascinating read.

Adding some spice to an already hot topic, Payne reveals a “secret” in the title of Chapter 1: “How Did a Non-Charismatic Ordained Conservative Baptist Minister Ever Begin Working with Demonized Individuals?” (He also embraces the truth of inerrancy, by the way.)

Payne’s look at spiritual warfare is controversial, as you might expect. But to be very frank, he raises issues that must be discussed, because they affect individuals leading very “normal” lives, those who seem to come under attacks that can’t be reasonably explained.

Is a practical guide to removing demonic spirits even possible in the modern world? Yes, and it will be one of the most intriguing, edifying books you’ve ever read. Click here to get your copy today!

In fact, in the foreword, Dr. Fred Dickason (Moody Bible Institute) alludes to this: “For those who have been confused and trapped in a seemingly hopeless battle with intrusive thoughts and suspicions of insanity, this book offers a very plausible and possible solution.”

There you have it; don’t we all know at least one person who fits this description? Payne rightly recognizes – while giving proper due to modern medicine – that some afflictions cannot be explained “normally.” For what he’s really talking about here is the reality of demonic attack.

To allay fears about Payne’s conclusions, let me say this: He is clear that Christians cannot be possessed by demons, but they can certainly intrude into the lives of anyone.

Payne’s quarter-century of experience in confronting this difficult problem makes “Spiritual Warfare” a probable bestseller, so widespread do these problems seem. He also backs his conclusions with Scripture, and gives all due credit to the power of Jesus Christ’s atoning sacrifice.

It is clear, at least to me, that even when Dr. Payne makes provocative statements, he does so with a compassionate heart.


For example, early on, he makes this rather startling statement: “I personally believe that demonic deception is increasing, even within the Christian church, and that the worst of this deception is still to come. If God allows demonic activity to increase until His return, I believe He will also train up and equip a growing number of His children to faithfully and effectively contend with the powers of darkness who oppose His plans and people. Too many North American churches are well on their way to becoming the same spiritually dead museums as Western European churches.”

He also reveals that after years of not dealing with these subjects, his own brush with mortality, and a ghastly encounter with a friend who exhibited classic possession, changed him from a silent observer to one engaged.

Payne also goes to great lengths to present the biblical truth of possession and demonic oppression, which most of us are quite aware that Jesus and the apostles encountered, and often.

Payne describes his first encounter with the supernatural in a chilling account involving a neighbor who served as some sort of spirit guide for folks who would show up at his home at all hours.

One day, Payne decided to confront the spiritual presence indwelling his neighbor. In the man’s living room, reading from 1 John 4, Payne encountered a classic demonic possession. You’ll have to read it for yourself, but the incident convinced him of the reality of such entities.

Payne also confronts the fears and frustrations of believers who realize they are in the grip of “something,” but cannot pinpoint the source of their crippling struggles. He outlines the cleverness used by demonic spirits, who lie to individuals. The result is often that the oppressed person begins to doubt whether God will help him or her. Payne outlines these lies, and solutions for dealing with them, so “Spiritual Warfare” is not a book written on theory, but practicality and compassion.

Chapter 9 (“Demonic Warfare: Common Questions”) is worth the price of the book. One of the things I like about this book is that Payne doesn’t “conjure” an answer if he can’t answer. For example, when asked, “How and where do demons attach themselves to a believer?” Payne says clearly that he does not know, but cites Ephesians 4:27 as an example of a demon able to control a place (or space or territory) in a believer’s life.

Such questions and answers are throughout the book, which is also, I would like to add, saturated with Scripture.

All in all, Karl Payne has become one of my favorite authors, with this single volume. His profound humility, balanced with enough saucy commentary and courage, makes “Spiritual Warfare” a book that needs to be read and discussed widely. Every day, I talk with Christians who believe “something is in the air.”

Surely, the subject of this fine book is front-and-center in that world we all find ourselves in.


Click here to get your copy of the new book by Dr. Karl Payne, “Spiritual Warfare.”


Know Thine Enemy: A Guide to Intelligent Deception – (Paperback)


By Connie A. Huft


Once you read this well-researched, very readable investigation of the supernatural, the paranormal and the abodes of the dead, you will be armed with the truth.

Having been a victim of witchcraft at the age of 21, Connie Huft had numerous spiritual encounters with the paranormal, witches and demonic forces. From the time she was a small child she was enamored with the paranormal, with secret, hidden things, and wanted to know about aliens, UFOs, ghosts, the Bermuda Triangle, angels, demons and other mysterious things.

After having several ominous occult encounters, she became concerned about who or what was really behind the paranormal. Her curiosity led her to the Bible and finally to Jesus, where she learned the dark truth behind her former life in the occult.

This is an important and timely book that leaders and laypersons alike will find to be an important reference guide for dealing with this subject matter. Chapters include Lucifer: His Origin, Nature and Agenda; Fallen Angels; Possession; Horoscopes and Astrology; UFOs & Aliens; The Occult, Witchcraft, Sorcery and Magic; Satanic Symbols of the Occult; Ghosts and many more.


The Lennon Prophecy: A New Examination of the Death Clues of The Beatles (Paperback)


By: Joseph Niezgoda


You remember all those “death clues” from the Beatles albums that supposedly hinted at the death of Paul McCartney?

Well, maybe they meant something completely different.

This very thorough examination of the Beatles’ recordings and album artwork theorizes that John Lennon’s murder was eerily foretold. Following a fascinating and unique trail of sorcery, mysticism, numerology, backwards masking, anagrams, and literary and theological writings, the book posits that John Lennon sold his soul in order to achieve international fame and fortune and subsequently paid the ultimate price for his success.

Highly controversial, the book includes a chapter on John Lennon’s parentage and birth as well as chapters covering his uncanny popularity, his statement that he was “more popular than Jesus,” and much more striking evidence that points to Lennon’s association with the occult.


The Great Compromise – (Paperback)


By Greg Laurie


There are countless provocative messages flashed before Christians daily. We want to live effective Christian lives, yet the lure of life on the edge is still there. Temptation. Idolatry. Immorality. Adultery. Our minds are repeatedly assaulted with hundreds of ways to take a little off here, a little off there, until biblical truth and values are completely eroded.

With each small step, each subtle compromise, we’re drawn further from Christ and closer to the abyss of spiritual failure. There is that last little push, that one last compromise, “The Great Compromise” the one we can’t pull out of.

Is there hope? Is there help? Greg Laurie says, “Yes!” In “The Great Compromise,” he exposes Satan’s favorite ploys to pull Christians away from their faith and explains how each of us can take measures to avoid common pitfalls. This encouraging message for today also offers a way back for those who have found themselves ensnared. “Once you understand how compromise works,” says the author, “it will change your spiritual life!”

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Humanity and Privacy


John R. Houk

© June 12, 2011


Do you know what Radio Frequency Identification is? You may better peg the term as RFID which is the acronym. In essence RFID is a way to track something or store identification information on a very small device. I should say track and/or store because these days the intent is to do both.


The intended creation of RFID devices was to make life easier in business. The intention has evolved to the use of finding lost things or pets. That still sounds like a great thing, right? Well at least I think it sounds great. I have a dog that believes he wants to see what life is like outside the fence and has indeed escaped a few times. If I had placed an RFID chip on his collar or implanted one in his body, he would be easier to locate in the hope I could get to him before his lack of knowledge of life outside the fence got my dog hit by a car or stolen.


Now the next evolvement of a RFID chip begins to get a little dicier. Unfortunately these are no longer the days of “Leave it to Beaver” when your children could roam freely around the neighborhood without the fear of bad intentions of other people. These are the days of child predators, human trafficking and drug trafficking. Part of the way to ease a parent’s mind is the RFID chip. If the chip is attached to a mobile phone or some sort of neutral gender jewelry or perhaps implanted; then parents have the ability to check or track down their children under their roof from infanthood through the teenage years.


This also sounds great so why is it dicier?


Human implantation for the purpose of tracking begins an era that goes beyond parents trying to make sure their children are safe. Implanting a RFID chip in a human being becomes a way for your government to track where you are and where you have been. In these days of the slow shredding of the U.S. Constitution through the fallacy of the Living Constitution, Big Brother government can intrude in your life to force compliance to bad laws. The RFID chip could be used to track your spending habits beyond the credit card.


The Leftist might state something like, “If you are not breaking the law, why are you worried what the government knows about you?”


Now what does that sound like? Perhaps it sounds like the old Communist USSR or perhaps Communist Red China. Perhaps this also sounds like the National Socialist regime of Germany that was called the Third Reich under Hitler. You get the picture. It is like the classic Science Fiction novels of Brave New World and 1984 which are despotic and controlling of individuals in the population pertaining to their actions and thoughts. This is a reversal of freedom rather than upholding freedom!


As a Christian another issue arises from RFID chip human implanting. That issue surrounds The End Times or The Last Days. When I became a Christian in the late 1970s the fear factor began to flow through Charismatic and Pentecostal Churches about what was about to happen before the rapture. You may not have agreed with the evangelistic tool of scaring people into Salvation; however a lot of that information sure had the semblance of an enough truth that bad times were on the way. The movie A Thief in the Night came out in the early 1970s and was still going strong in Churches that believed a rapture theology when I was Born Again in 1978. There were quite a few similar End Times movies back then that would scare the snot out of an American Christian because of bar codes that use digits on purchase items in stores. The scare was that the bar code would be stamped on the fore head or the right hand in order to buy or sell. This may sound pretty absurd today but even the basic Charismatic/Pentecostal Christian knew that the mark of the beast would add up to the sum of 666.


Check it out: The implanted RFID chip is the new bar code threat of the mark of the beast. Will that thought become absurd in another 30 or 40 years? It will become absurd if the Tribulation period is still further than 30 or 40 years. I will tell you something though. I am not allowing any marks or implantations to come on my body! I have an Apocalyptic thing about that.


That being said my friend Vicki sent me an article from about implanting RFID chips via the path of eating food. Now how simple is that for Big Brother to intrude into your private life? I am posting the article as it was sent to me. I don’t know the link so if you wish to search for it go that website.


JRH 6/12/11


Scientists push to implement edible RFID tracking chips in food


By Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

Sent by Vicki: Jun 5, 2011 at 4:40 PM


(NaturalNews) It will monitor your calorie intake, show from where your food was sourced, and even let you know when the food in your fridge is about to go bad — these are some of the enticing claims made by the developers of a new system that embeds edible radio frequency identification (RFID) chips directly into food. Its creators insist the technology will revolutionize the way humans eat for the better, but critical-thinking onlookers will recognize the ploy as just another way to track and control human behavior.

Developed by Hannes Harms from the Royal College of Art in London, the “NutriSmart” system is based on the idea that RFID wafers injected directly into food can help better track the food supply chain, further automate the supermarket shopping experience, and simplify the eating experience by programming data into food so that humans essentially do not have to think about what they are doing.

The technology makes both eating and dealing with food in general mindless, as a person simply needs to plop an RFID-embedded food item onto a special RFID-laced plate, which then tells the person all about the item and how much of it to eat. RFID ovens and microwaves also eliminate having to think about how long to cook an RFID food item — simply put it in the RFID microwave, oven, or toaster, and the machine will know exactly how long to cook the item.

As interesting and novel as this might sound, such technology is actually quite frightening when taken to its logical ends. NaturalNews previously warned that mad scientists have already developed edible RFID tags for use in pharmaceutical drugs (…). These tags, of course, can and will likely be used to monitor patients’ compliance with doctors (sic) orders, and alert authorities if a patient refuses to take certain pills as prescribed.

And if such technology also ends up in food, it is safe to assume that evil powers will seek to control the food supply with it, as well as monitor the types of food people eat. In other words, if authorities one day decide that vitamin and mineral supplements are off limits, which is what is currently happening in Europe (…), it is plausible that RFID technology can assess illegal intake of such nutrients, and immediately send this data to the appropriate enforcement agencies.

This 1984-esque scenario appears to be more than just science fiction — it is unfolding before our eyes just a little bit more every single day. And the NutriSmart system is just another piece of evidence that those in power wish to micromanage every single aspect of our lives, from the drugs we take to the foods we eat.

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Humanity and Privacy

John R. Houk

© June 12, 2011


Scientists push to implement edible RFID tracking chips in food articles by Ethan A. Huff

Biometric National ID

Biometrics - Big Govt

John R. Houk

© January 12, 2011


Remember the push for a National ID card? Congress actually passed into law for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop a National ID card. The ID card is to be implemented through State Driver’s Licenses. The process was through individual Sate data corruption under guidelines originating from the legislation with specificity provided by DHS. This all began thanks to Congress in 2005. The DHS mandate for State compliance was in 2007. That deadline has come and passed with NOT one State cooperating with the REAL ID Act of 2005. There have been a few extensions since 2007. The latest extension I found is May 10, 2011. The issue has been a combination of Civil Liberties, flawed data bases for the nature of the requirement with the REAL ID ACT and State refusal to comply with the REAL ID Act.


Now I see the plusses and minuses of having a National ID card. Without looking up the pro-ID card people I can some plusses would be some greater scrutiny of illegal aliens, placing blood type and other medical information that may needed in case of emergency and/or perhaps other pertinent information that is noninvasive for it is knowable via open public records anyway.


There are a number of minuses I could dwell on including the betrayal of my privacy by Federal, State, County and City government agencies that is none of the government’s business. I live in Oklahoma. When I updated my Driver’s License last year I discovered a new thing Oklahoma initiated. No ifs, ands or buts; in order to receive an Oklahoma Driver’s License I had to make a digital thumb print available to the Department of Motor Vehicles. I took a moment to think about that because I realized if I had been in a place a crime had been committed obviously leaving my fingerprints around, I would be on a suspect list even though I had nothing or inkling that a crime was committed. I have to tell you that annoyed me. I was in a moment of “now or never” because of the inconvenience of having to come back if I decided to comply with this infringement. I submitted. My submission to the rules is something every Oklahoman has probably followed through with even with doubts about information about a body part was now a permanent record with the State government of Oklahoma and by extension also any Federal agency that had data access. Probably only the most stalwart of Oklahomans with their civil rights and personal information refused the thumb print process. Those rare and brave individuals are driving illegally with no Driver’s License even though they are stalwart citizens.


The thumb print reignited an issue that was going around with Christians in the late ‘70’s and early ‘80’s. That issue was the Federal government going to a cashless society and having the ability to tag individuals with a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip to track or to make available one’s personal information. I became a Born Again Christian in 1978 so that stuff really affected my psyche at the time.


Here we are in 2011 and all those predictions for the 1980’s that proved false, are seemingly a heartbeat away from reality. In the REAL ID Act there is talk of utilizing biometrics as part of National data base that will be collated from all the States Driver’s License data. Friends this is more than simply personal information which is bad enough. Biometrics would embed facial recognition into your Driver’s License which would merge into a Federal data base for the government to track you.


I had to recall the revelations of the Apocalypse of John which speaks of the mark of the Beast being utilized for all business. It sounds a lot like the biometric Driver’s License is a step toward the embedding of RFID technology in humans which could evolve into a national data base then an international data base mingle with the possibility of a couple of people hailed as peace makers globally and demonizing the existence of Christianity as a threat to world peace. Check it out:


15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or[a] the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.


8 And another angel followed, saying, “Babylon[a] is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”
9 Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”


19 And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. 20 Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.


2 He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; 3 and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.


4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a[a] thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. ([Emphasis Mine] Revelation 13:15-18; Revelation 14:8-11; Revelation 19:19-20; Revelation 20:2-5 NKJV)


Is “the mark of the Beast” a literal “666”? Personally I think not, I believe “the mark” of “666” was a Biblical representation of a future digital mark that may not even be visible to the naked eye. I am not going to fall into the trap that those Christian folks’ of the ‘70’s and ‘80’s fell into by predicting approximate or specific times or dates of the coming Tribulation, any Rapture(s) or the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. That stuff causes doubt and unbelief and adds to the amount of the deceived who exchange the glory of God for an angel dressed in Light which is really a representative of Satan’s darkness undoubtedly painted as Secular Humanism. Nonetheless, the Lord did tell us to be watchful of the signs of times AND those signs are evidence of the Last Days.


Regardless the good intentions of the plusses of a National Identity card, you have got to know the minuses either in the present or the future have notorious potential for wicked misuse by human government. I don’t know about you but I am not hip with the government knowing my actions, location or purchasing habits. Even if some of those aspects are presently available for use today in diverse manners due to the lack of the centralizing of data. At least if the data is multiple and divided, government tracking would be slowed down for good citizens or good Christians deemed as bad citizens or SECOND Amendment Conservative law abiding citizens deemed as gun toting Right Wing extremists. Right Wing extremists are those that build up caches of weapons to overthrow the government because of the outright hatred of the national system (e.g. Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists or Skin Heads etc.) or those who have grown weary of the abuse of the Constitution or their interpretation of the Constitution and are preparing to either defending the Constitution against Left Wing abuse or are preparing for a perceived chaos resulting from the dissolving of Constitutional government (e.g. Militia Separatists or  apocalyptic religious groups).


It is a surprise to Leftists; most Right Wingers DO NOT and HAVE NO affiliation with any of these groups of extremists in America. To the surprise of Right Wingers; most American Leftists have no actual affiliation militant extremist Lefties. The days of the Weathermen and Symbionese Liberation Army are not as prevalent today but still do exist.


Biometric tracking should be a concern to America’s Left and Right. Privacy and Civil Liberties are the issue.


JRH 1/12/11