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Wielding the Nuclear Sword

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Wielding the Nuclear Sword


By Douglas F. Levesque, Founder of The Levesque Institute

Today at least nine nations have a nuclear weapon in their arsenals.  Only one, however, has used this weapon in warfare:  the United States of America.

The debate remains as to whether bombing the two Japanese cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima was moral or right.  The fact that it hastened the end of the war, and probably saved both American and Japanese lives seems clear, but it also clearly opened a Pandora’s box of potential conflict and political conundrum.  Should nations have nuclear weapons?  Is it ever right to use them, and when?  Are there rules to such issues, and who should decide them?  National and International protocols have been debated and issued.  The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been established by the United Nations as a permanent governing, inspection, reporting, and enforcement arm, but is it effective enough?   The better question may be is it effective at all? There is another voice of authoritative counsel in this issue that should be considered.  The Bible speaks to the twenty-first century issue of wielding the nuclear sword. “…and with good advice, make war.” (Proverbs 20:18)

Striving for National Might

Military prowess or martial greatness should not be the primary concern of nations, though it is an important factor.  Ancient King David was an able warrior with mighty men of war, who both defended and conquered territory effectively. However, his primary designs were moral and spiritual.  When he succeeded at spiritual endeavors, national might was increased.  When he failed at moral duty, his country’s war fighting decisions were abysmal.  “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.”(Psalms 20:7)  Scripture teaches that how a nation wields the name and Spirit of God is a far better indicator of national might than nuclear power and cataclysmic weaponry.  Striving for national might is not a sin, unless the God of the Bible is left out of the equation. (I Samuel 17:45, Hebrews 4:12)

God’s Aid in Warfare

As previously mentioned, King David had a certain proficiency in battle.  He declared that it was a by-product of knowing God. “Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight.”(Psalms 144:1)  The Lord Himself revealed important intelligence and maneuvers to David’s army with staggering results.  These same results were inflicted upon David’s people when he did not comply with the decrees given him.  Throughout the Bible, wars are both ordered and initiated by God.  He aids in the actual warfare through the use of both conventional and supernatural means.  The fact that one nation has a nuclear weapon while another does not, or that some nations keep weaponry out of another’s hand, is part of this divine aid. (Zechariah 4:6)

Balance of Power is a Divine Issue

It is evident in history as well as in Scripture that the Almighty has allowed certain ‘less than desirable’ empires to rise to power, in some cases even clearly facilitating the rise.  This is done in order to bring humility and justice to other nations, to direct the choices of certain national leaders, and further the working of His own plan for the ages.  Individual lives affected are certainly not without His consideration; rather they are the core of His design and reason.  The Mesopotamians, Persians, and Romans of old became great in order to fulfill not just their will but God’s own.  (They all eventually paid for their follies, and were not greater than their national sins as well.)  That America is a nuclear superpower, standing alone in her national capabilities, is according to the measure of her adherence to the Bible and allegiance to its truths.  We may just as easily fall from our height if we wield the nuclear sword with pride and untamed passion.  But the fact that we wield it with restraint, have only used it with reserve, and continue to desire a sheathed presence only is a testament to national greatness and Heaven’s ordered goodness. “This is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel:  for into his hand hath God delivered Midian, and all the host.” (Judges 7:14)  If the balance of power changes, the fault will be our own.  God can use other nations to execute power. (Psalms 149:6-9, Romans 13:1-7)

God-fearing nations whose foundations are in Bible truths are, in fact, the best countries to have the power of nuclear weapons.  The United States can and should have them as a deterrent, and if necessary as a useful weapon in warfare.  We should recognize this penchant for technological nuclear superiority and the ability to deliver its power to our enemies efficiently as a moral force to be used for good, not selfish gain or personal vendetta.  We may also strive to govern its use elsewhere, endeavoring to keep such a sword out of the hands of rogues and despots.  Nuclear power, like the power of gravity, is not something we are masters of, only manipulators of.  Like a sword in the hand of a soldier, we must wield the nuclear one with ability, restraint, and responsibility lest we hurt our-selves, but when called upon to execute force do so with the assurance of being right.  “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” (Psalms 33:12-22)

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Iran the Persia of the Bible

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Iran the Persia of the Bible


By Dr. Douglas F. Levesque, the Founder of The Bible Nation Society

The country of Iran is referred to throughout the pages of Scripture, not as Iran, but as Elam, Media, and Persia.  It has been inhabited since near Creation with scientists dating the habitation of the land to 4000 BC.  The first mention in Scripture of this country is by way of its apparent post-flood pioneer, Elam the son of Shem.  That’s right, Elam was Noah’s grandson. (Genesis 10:22)  It would seem apparent to the population of modern Iran that they are an ancient progeny with God-fearing roots:  the Elamites.  Indeed, Iranian museums, textbooks, and universities, all recognize this fact, yet today, ninety-nine percent of the people practice a dedicated form of Islam and call themselves Shiites.  Shiites are followers of the Koran, not the Bible, and are becoming increasingly hostile to Christians and Jews.  It is this national and religious hostility concerning the encroachment of ‘western’ ideology and power that has put this ancient land back in the headlines.

The current rumblings for regional dominance coming out of the broader Middle East are by no means a new phenomenon.  In Genesis, an Elamite king by the name of Chederlaomer, led a group of Mesopotamian rulers in a military campaign to exact tribute and dominate the region of what is now modern-day Israel.  The Biblical patriarch Abraham was forced into the conflict because his nephew, Lot, was being taken captive by the invaders.  Abraham defeated the multinational force with three hundred of his own men, but insisted the victory was not due to military prowess, but came by the hand of God Himself.  The Canaanite kings were grateful, but Abraham was not impressed by these men anymore than the ones he had just defeated.  They were the kings of the soon to be destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.

Babylon (near modern-day Baghdad, Iraq) was in the geographic center of many powerful kingdoms, and eventually dominated the Elamites of the south and the Assyrians of the north.  The prophet Daniel was no doubt privy to the political intrigues of the day and ended up in the Elamite city of Susa, serving the Persian Emperor Cyrus, and his Median lord, Darius.  It was in Susa that Daniel had his great vision of Jesus, similar to John’s in Revelation.  The angel Gabriel delivered a message from God to Daniel here that encouraged him about Israel’s future restoration, and Persia’s eventual decline.  From here on out, Elam is highlighted by its greater context as the Persian Empire.  Daniel had envisioned this empire in a dream, as the representation of the arms and chest of silver.  This Empire surged from India to Ethiopia, and moved its capital from Susa to Persepolis.  These ruins today lie near the modern-day city of Shiraz, southeast of the province of Llam (from the name Elam).

Of course, the pages of Scripture are filled with the accounts of Persian rulers allowing, and even paying for, the return to Israel of the long-captive Jews.  Sheshbazaar, Zerrubabel, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, and Mordecai, all served close to the seat of power and were players in the gradual restoration of legal rights, return of temple treasures, and rebuilding of Jerusalem’s temple and walls.  Iran is the background to all of these historical narratives concerning the repatriation of Jewish exiles from the Assyrian and Babylonian captivity.  These political intrigues were no doubt an attempt to form a strong alliance with previously enslaved peoples in order to create a geographic buffer against the rising ‘western’ storm of Greek people and power infringing upon its empire.  A similar encroachment is felt by Iran’s Imams and Ayatollahs today, but they are not using a goodwill campaign to combat it this time.  They instead are using a campaign of regional guerilla warfare and global terror justified upon Shia law.

After failed western campaigns, the Persians then found themselves battling the young conqueror Alexander, who made quick work of their armies and burned the city of Persepolis as a statement to the nations of his new world order.  After his death the Greeks divided the vast lands and in the order of time were reconquered or simply assimilated by the Romans.  The Romans in turn had to divide their empire until the Byzantine Christian monarchs eventually had influence in the region.  The Muslim movement rejected the old Roman order and Byzantine rule, filling the void of the region’s hunger for purpose and self identity, eventually becoming the dominating force in Iran.  It has been struggling to be even a third-rate power for 2,400 years, but now finds itself with the best opportunity for global advancement since the world was ruled from its cities.

Perhaps the best insight into how Bible-believers should respond to the current saber-rattling and potential nuclear showdown facing America is found in the New Testament book of Acts.  In Chapter two we find God-fearing men and converts from all points of the compass including “Elam”.  It is incredible to think that the modern, mostly Bible-rejecting people of Iran, had representation at the greatest Spirit-inspired evangelism crusade ever to be witnessed.  These Elamites heard Galileans speak, with perfect diction, the message of Christ in their native tongue!  Bible truths were heard by Iranians!  It was God’s will!  And so should it be today.  There is a small but growing group of Iranian Christians who daily read the Bible in the Persian tongue, and who boldly, but carefully, distribute it to their countrymen.

The fact that American troops virtually surround Iran to-day has the current president Ahmadinejad and the military establishment there up in arms.  They are pursuing nuclear power, backing terrorist organizations, purchasing advanced weapons at an alarming rate, and allying with a newly robust Russia.  These facts also can be seen prophetically on the pages of scripture.  Ezekiel prophesies in chapter 38-39 about the war of Gog and Magog (Russia) who align with Persia (Iran) against Israel, but are annihilated by God Himself.  America seems to be absent in this scenario.  Could that mean we are passive, subjugated, or neutral during this time?  Do we lose power or are we crippled by weapons of mass destruction?  It is an interesting question that has Bible enthusiasts focused squarely on Iran in the news.

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Israel Versus America?

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Israel Versus America?


By Dr. Douglas F. Levesque, Founder of The Levesque Institute

Who would have thought that the United States, Israel’s greatest national ally would become aligned with her enemies?

The rapid deterioration of relations between the two friends is the result of several parameters: 

First, is the United States governments’ wholesale acceptance of a two state solution to the Palestinian quandary.  In 2007, the Annapolis Plan set forth by the Bush administration, and supported by the global “quartet” of Russia, the European Union, and the United Nations, made into policy what previous generations would have thought impossible – A Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capitol.

With such a preponderance of pressure, Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Foreign Minister Tipni Livni, were sucked into the vortex of giving away land for peace.

In fact, in 2008 Olmert and Livni offered the Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas the entire West Bank, along with the already surrendered Gaza Strip. 

The Israeli’s then sweetened the deal by also including East Jerusalem, a “tunnel” or land bridge connecting the two pieces of land, plus swaths of the Negev desert to compensate for Israeli settelements.  This would have created an independent Palestine side by side with an independent Israel, but was refused by Palestinian leaders.

Of course, the continuation of invading rocket fire into Israel led to the military incursion of early 2009 and the seeming death of the Annapolis Plan.  The U.S. also paid a dear price for such heavy handed peace mongering. 

Natural disasters, financial collapse, political dissatisfaction and military weakening will always be the results of such a poor friendship with Israel.  While Americans chose to shift to the political left, Israelis chose the hard right factions to lead them.

Secondly, the new Obama administration, with Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, has gone even farther in joining the rest of the world in pressuring Israel with the Annapolis plan.  New Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has declared that the Plan “has no validity”, igniting a firestorm from world opinion and from former FM Livni, who retorted that his statement, “wiped out in 20 seconds” years of efforts to advance the peace process.

A State Department spokesperson added, “We are going to work hard to see what we can do to move the process forward.”  The New York Times call Lieberman “blunt and belligerent”; CNN touts that the Israeli’s position will “spurn the peace process.”  With such harsh rhetoric being offered up, it seems as though Israel is being isolated from America more and more each passing day.

Lastly, with our administration sitting down to talk “warmly” with the Iranians and the Pentagon reversing its doctrine and dealing with the leading state sponsor of terrorism, we send a clear message to our former ally in the Middle East, “It behooves us to let you stand alone.”  Our real consolation is in knowing that Israel is the “apple” of God’s eye, and will never truly stand alone. (Psalm 17)

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A Day of Great Consequence

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A Day of Great Consequence


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By Dr. Douglas F. Levesque, Founder of The Levesque Institute

Today the special relationship between Israel and the U.S. dies yet another death. In late 2007 the Bush administration became the first American presidency to make a two state solution with a divided Jerusalem official policy. Despite a full court press called the Annapolis Plan executed in 2008, all ended in abysmal failure.

Instead of attaining peace, Gaza continued a barrage of rocket fire, was invaded and is in a terrible state of affairs.

Instead of attaining acclaim, the U.S. government was overwhelmingly overturned, markets were completely decimated, and our enemies emboldened.

It seems as if the Almighty’s covenant with Abraham, “I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee.”, is still in cosmic operation.

Things have only gotten worse. The Obama administration is now opening up dialogue with Iran. It is the first such high level diplomacy since the Iranian revolution and hostage crisis in 1979. Today we are “resetting” our relationship with this state sponsor of terrorism in the Netherlands. A day of great consequence indeed.

At the same time, Israel is finally seating its new hard line government in Jerusalem. Today, two former commandoes, Netanyahu and Barak will formulate government policy and prepare to protect Israel at all costs. More consequences will be had.

All of these events take place in the shadow of the G20 summit in London, promoting a global world, economy, regulation czar, and trade policy. Will American sovereignty also die another death? Does this explain why we are not mentioned in prophetic passages of Scripture? What other consequences will result from this days foolishness.

The apostle Peter lived in a day of great consequence. Amidst all the clamor he reassured early saints with these words, “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (I Peter 1:13)

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The Cost of Annapolis

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The Cost of Annapolis


“…but the wicked shall do wickedly:  and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.”   -Daniel 12:10

President Bush is the First US president to declare a two state solution as US policy.  His “road map to peace” initiative has included a “quartet” of partners including the UN, the EU and Russia.  He has gone on record supporting a separate, equal, contiguous Palestine.  In the shadow of the Presidential Election ahead, Bush puts his attentions on finishing his diplomatic fiat regarding the Israeli problem.  Despite a long record of the link between American-Israeli relations and it’s correlation with economic prosperity or downfall, the United States pushes forward on this foolish plan of dividing Israel.   The price is too high.

1.  October 14th, 2007                      A Foul Wind Blows

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice travels to Israel to inform and invite Israelis and Palestinians to the upcoming Annapolis Talks.  The purpose of Annapolis is to finalize and foster this policy including the division of Jerusalem.

Consequence:                    October 19th   California:  The Santa Anna winds blow reaching hurricane force; Massive brush fires are triggered; 320,000 homes are evacuated (the largest evacuation in the state’s history);  500,000 acres are destroyed, thousands of homes and businesses are burnt;  over one billion dollars in damage.

October 24th-      President Bush declares much of Southern California a disaster area.

2.        November 27-28th, 2007       The Perfect Storm

At the Annapolis conference President Bush declares the end of 2008 as the deadline for the creation of a Palestinian state that is connected, with East Jerusalem as it’s capital.

Consequence:                    November 29th- Stock market falls 1400 points from October high; first ever time ever hurricane hits Washington and Oregon coasts;  called a 500 year event; biggest rainfall amount in recorded history; 147 mph winds contribute to landslides, flooding and massive loss of property.

3.        January 9-16th, 2008              Aftermath

 

President Bush travels to Israel and Middle East to push Annapolis agenda.   He starts of the new year, his last year as President, reinforcing the 2008 deadline for a Palestinian state.

Consequence:                    January 11th-  Most powerful January storm ever produces 74 tornadoes from Alabama to Wisconsin.  Stock market falls 250 points a day for 4 days; a loss of 5%.  Bush declares an emergency 145 billion economic  stimulus package necessary.

 

4.       March 10th, 2008      Lesson NOT Learned

Vice President Cheney travels to Israel and the Middle East to follow up the Annapolis plan.   14th-Rice criticizes Israel for lack of progress.

                Consequence:                    March 14th-  Bear Stearns collapses requiring a federal bailout. 

March 15th-  Georgia storm and Atlanta tornado are the crescendo of storms across the south and Midwest that require Bush to declare large sections as disaster areas.

5.        June 3-6th, 2008        Full Court Press

 

Secretary Rice speaks to Jewish group promoting the Annapolis plan.  She announces that she will be going to Israel on the 14-16th to further push Annapolis.  On the 4th, President Bush meets with Israeli leader Ohlmert in the White House to discuss the division of Jerusalem.

Consequence:                    June 6th- Stock market plunges 600 points; Oil surges to record high; Dollar falls to record low; housing falls 16%.

June 7th-Midwest floods; called ‘Iowa’s Katrina’; Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Des Moines under water;  Millions of acres of crops, livestock destroyed to cost of 20 billion dollars; Bush declares disaster areas in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Minnesota and Nebraska.

 

6.        August 18th, 2008    Two Minute Warning

Rice announces yet another trip to Israel to ensure the 2008 mandated deadline for a Palestinian state.  On the 25th, she meets with Abbas and on TV and states “this is the most intensive discussion since at least Camp David.”

Consequence:                    August 18th- Tropical Storm Fay hits Key West, Florida; crosses state 4X; moves on to Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana; 35 dead; Bush declares Florida a disaster area.

August 25th- Tropical Storm Gustav in Caribbean Sea;  New Orleans evacuated for 2nd time since 2005; hit on 29th.

7.        September 11th, 2008             Disaster Strikes

 

US Consul General to Israel Jake Welles speaks to press in Israel about the commitment to Annapolis plan including division of Jerusalem by the end of 2008.  Bush, McCain and Obama memorialize the Twin Tower tragedy on ground Zero.

Consequence:                    September 11-12th- Hurricane Ike hits Houston, Texas destroying Galveston; nearly 50 billion in damages; no electricity for millions for a week; worst natural disaster in state’s history.

                                                September 13-14th-Lehman Brothers goes bankrupt to the tune of 613 billion dollars; greatest bank failure in US or world history; solidifies credit crises freeze up and stock market melt down;  Bush calls for another emergency 700 billion dollar bailout.

September 25th-Bush meets with Mahmoud Abbas in the White house at 1 pm to discuss dividing Jerusalem followed by a meeting with McCain and Obama at 4pm to discuss the necessity of the bailout.  These meetings are only 3 hours apart!

September 29th- Rosh Hashanah-Stocks fall 777 points!

October 9th- Yom Kippur- Stocks fall 679 points!

October 15th-Feast of Tabernacles- Stocks fall 737 points!

During the ’10 days of Awe’ World markets collapse; Stocks lose a combined 2400 points; American economy shrinks 22% or 8.1 trillion dollars.  This solidifies an Obama victory and a Democratic landslide in the congress.  Bush calls for the G20 to meet in the White House to discuss a new global economic system or “new world order.”

In light of the December incursion into the Gaza Strip by Israeli Defense Forces, the Annapolis plan and the 2008 deadline seem to be a failed measure.  The cost for Americans has been high.  That the Obama administration will reverse course seems too high a hope.   For Bible advocates there is a “road map to peace” we can believe in: “Looking for that blessed hope and that glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.”  (Titus 2:15)

President Bush’s National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley said this in his January 7th, 2009 farewell speech,

“President Bush has led our Nation during a time of great consequence. Few presidents have faced more challenges. But when the history books are written, they will tell the story of a man who never wavered from his principles … who kept our Nation safe … and who helped spread the blessings of liberty to millions around the world. “

The prophet Obadiah said this in chapter 1 and verse 15, “For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen:  as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee:  thy reward shall return upon thine own head.”

For further reading on this subject see “As America Has Done To Israel” by John P. McTernan.

You can purchase John McTernan on Amazon.

 

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Terror Tantrums Should Be Spanked

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Terror Tantrums Should Be Spanked


terrorist_183By Dr. Douglas F. Levesque, Founder of The Levesque Institute

When a three year old terrorizes his mother in a grocery store by screaming at the top of his lungs and throwing food out of the cart, nobody thinks to them self, “That poor kid is just misunderstood. Maybe his mother is oppressing him.” On the contrary, we all become immediate protagonists of responsible parental spanking. The same principle applies to violent terrorist groups or rogue nations using tantrum like behavior on the global scene. “Please spank that brat!”

 A Rod of Correction

“That’s just how a three year old is,” does not excuse bad behavior or solve the problem of terrorist actions. A swift, fair discipline does not need to be executed many times before a change in actions is likely. A continued, constancy of consequences and even rewards is the best discipline. This course of action in dealing with terror tantrums will be the most effective in helping to produce stable countries that our nation can deal with. A rod of correction is intended to do just that, correct. The rod of correction can put people on the right paths of societal health. We are not trying to use a rod of destruction. We are not throwing a retaliatory tantrum, but using great restraint alongside measured force to help those nations afflicted with these out of control brats to correct their course. The wisdom of the Bible speaks of the rod being an instrument of love, “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.” (Prov.13:24)

 Breaking the Will

Nations and groups should not deliver violence as a way of achieving their aims, but use the lash for defensive and justice purposes only. The use of terror tactics equate to tantrums when persons are trying to hijack power or overturn order in other societies. Such violent tantrums may and should be met with enough force to break the will of the offender without destroying the spirits of those around them. A yielded and respectful will is a force for good in any culture or region of the world. The paddle of purposeful correction should then target the enemies will. The question remains, who or what constitutes the will of the terrorists?

 Removing the Foolishness

Foolishness is defined as being without discernment or senseless. And consider these descriptions of foolishness, “The want of mental sanity and sobriety, a reckless and inconsiderate habit of mind”, or “the lack of commonsense perception of reality.” Multiple wives and instant divorce is a foolish and poisonous mix for any society. War in the name of Allah, a pagan idol exalted above others by force, also meets these definitions. The folly of murder-suicide acts to attain salvation or other worldly pleasures is pure folly. These acts cannot be passed off as just virtues from another perspective, but are actually the opposite of that which is rational and good. Terror tantrums and the havoc they wreak will not stop because of a superficial slap on the hand, or an excuse from host governments that just shrug their shoulders in exasperation. The foolish and radical roots of communism and Islam are the will behind these tantrums and therefore should be the object of the American rod of correction. It is not a mean proposition, but ultimately a kind one for, “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.” (Prov. 22:15).

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