This may get your dander up, but COME ON...
Iran? Frankly, I believe that their president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may be the smartest man on earth. Yup, that's what your Aardvark said. The prexy is quoted as saying, regarding UN foofery about Iran's sovereign national right to pursue whatever energy -or weapons- policy it so chooses:
"Those who want to prevent Iranians from obtaining their right, should know that we do not give a damn to such resolutions."
As I said...a smart man, one who recognises the utter impotence of that august body. One does not need to be a rocket scientist to figure out that with it's proudly jutting tower, the UN must be compensating for something.
We need a smart man in the White House, one who recognises that America's Nanny State does not have authority nor ability to babysit the rest of the planet. The Pax Americana is not happening.
FYI, the newspaper quote above was the first one that Google popped up. I am not in the pay of My Zionist Masters. Oooh...did I say "my"? Silly slip of the tongue.
Israel is a secular state. Nothing more. AD 70, which Jesus foretold, put an end to the Mosaic covenant. No temple...no sacrifices...no need. The Sacrifice Lamb was slain once for all, fulfilling the Law and the Prophets.
Stop reading Hal Lindsay, and Tim LaHaye, and PLEASE stop watching Jack and Rexella, and read the Word. With your brain engaged. When Jesus said "This generation" he meant "THIS", the one to which he was then speaking. Grammar is not all mystical and gooey in the Bible.
I hope that this does not cost me reader, but I'm just tired of it. I became a Christian during the heyday of "The Late Great Planet Earth" in the mid-70s, and was in the thick of Rapture this, and antiChrist that, and I could never quite make it jive with the Bible.
Hmmmm...could be...because it didn't (unless of course you are using a Scofield).
Yet otherwise orthodox and Biblical people have this great whopping blind spot where End Times are concerned. And all this Eschatological musical chairs game is a late-bloomer historically, perhaps as early as the late 1700s, thogh one source quotes:"Then my own research indicated that it was Emmanuel Lacunza, a Jesuit Catholic priest, who in the 1812 book The Coming of Messiah in Glory and Majesty, first taught this theory." (there's a seal of approval!). with the doctrine gaining ground in the 1800s, with both the Plymouth Brethren, and later the Bible Conference movement in the States. Otherwise non and even anti-charismatic believers gloss over the fact that the "Rapture" idea was popularised by a putative prophetic utterance by a girl in a prayer meeting, NOT from the Bible, which only speaks of the Resurrection, and that precisely and explicitly.
I'll grant you that in newspaper parlance, the whole AntiChrist scenario as propounded by Lindsay, et.al., is sexy. It sure sells books!
Now, I am a free market guy, except for where the Gospel is concerned. Jesus taught it for free.
The apostles did not charge their hearers a fee for preaching. I teach for free. Consequently, when I see "Vital Christian Teaching" being flogged in the book stalls, sorry, but it makes me wonder which model these teachers are following.