A Jihad All Our Own

Jackson Snyder 



PREVIEW Flavius Josephus, Life of Josephus: Translation and Commentary
PREVIEW The History of the Church Eusebius Pamphilus 

READ “Redating James” – Paul’s Vitriolic Commentary on the Epistle of James

READ The Life and Times of James the Just, Jackson Snyder

READ Nicknames, Surnames, Aliases: Exactly Who Were Jesus’ Disciples?


Islam and the Jews“The Romans were not content to simply defeat the Jews.  They pursued a policy of deliberate devastation, eradicating not only Jerusalem’s central religious institution but the city’s fortifications, public buildings and large residential quarters.  Those Jews who managed to survive the long siege were later massacred by Roman soldiers or, in some cases, led into captivity and sold as slaves.”  --Hillel Geva regarding the captivity of Jerusalem in 70 AD.


Lord Jesus Christ, the Master Carpenter of Nazareth, on a cross through wood and nails you have wrought man's salvation; wield well your tools in this workshop, so that we who come to you rough hewn, may by you be fashioned according to your will; for the sake of your tender mercy. Amen.  George Leonard Carey, 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury



Matt 11 12.  From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and men of violence take it by force. 


Habakkuk 1:1.  THE ORACLE of Elohim that Habakkuk the prophet saw.   2.  O Yahweh, how long shall I cry for help, and thou wilt not hear? Or cry to thee "Violence!" and thou wilt not save?   3.  Why dost thou make me see wrongs and look upon trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise.  4.  So the law is slacked and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous, so justice goes forth perverted.”


2 Corinthians 10:4-8 {read in the course of the message}


Luke 16:14.  The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, scoffed at him.  15.  But he said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts; for what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.  16.  The law and the prophets were until John; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and every one enters it violently.  17.  But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than for one dot of the law to become void.” 


Acts 23: 12. When it was day, the Jews made a plot and bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. 13.  There were more than forty who made this conspiracy.  14.  And they went to the chief priests and elders, and said, "We have strictly bound ourselves by an oath to taste no food till we have killed Paul. 


Update April 27, 2005  Prophecy News Watch    www.prophecynewswatch.com

Could Iran knock out U.S. with 1 bomb?

Iran is not only covertly developing nuclear weapons, it is already testing ballistic missiles specifically designed to destroy America's technical infrastructure, effectively neutralizing the world's lone superpower, say U.S. intelligence sources, top scientists and western missile industry experts. 

The radical Shiite regime has conducted successful tests to determine if its Shahab-3 ballistic missiles, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, can be detonated by a remote-control device while still in high-altitude flight. 

Scientists, including President Reagan's top science adviser, William R. Graham, say there is no other explanation for such tests than preparation for the deployment of electromagnetic pulse weapons – even one of which could knock out America's critical electrical and technological infrastructure, effectively sending the continental U.S. back to the 19th century with a recovery time of months or years. 

Iran will have that capability – at least theoretically – as soon as it has one nuclear bomb ready to arm such a missile. North Korea, a strategic ally of Iran, already boasts such capability. 

Just last month, Congress heard testimony about the use of such weapons and the threat they pose from rogue regimes. 

Iran has surprised intelligence analysts by describing the mid-flight detonations of missiles fired from ships on the Caspian Sea as "successful" tests. Even primitive Scud missiles could be used for this purpose. And top U.S. intelligence officials reminded members of Congress that there is a glut of these missiles on the world market. They are currently being bought and sold for about $100,000 apiece. 

"A terrorist organization might have trouble putting a nuclear warhead 'on target' with a Scud, but it would be much easier to simply launch and detonate in the atmosphere," wrote Sen. John Kyl, R-Ariz., in the Washington Post a week ago. "No need for the risk and difficulty of trying to smuggle a nuclear weapon over the border or hit a particular city. Just launch a cheap missile from a freighter in international waters – al-Qaida is believed to own about 80 such vessels – and make sure to get it a few miles in the air." 

The Iranian missile tests were more sophisticated and capable of detonation at higher elevations – making them more dangerous. 

Detonated at a height of 60 to 500 kilometers above the continental U.S., one nuclear warhead could cripple the country – knocking out electrical power and circuit boards and rendering the U.S. domestic communications impotent. 

While Iran still insists officially in talks currently underway with the European Union that it is only developing nuclear power for peaceful civilian purposes, the mid-flight detonation missile tests persuade U.S. military planners and intelligence agencies that Tehran can only be planning such an attack, which depends on the availability of at least one nuclear warhead. 

Some analysts believe the stage of Iranian missile developments suggests Iranian scientists will move toward the production of weapons-grade nuclear material shortly as soon as its nuclear reactor in Busher is operative. 

Jerome Corsi, author of "Atomic Iran," told WorldNetDaily the new findings about Iran's electromagnetic pulse experiments significantly raise the stakes of the mullah regime's bid to become a nuclear power. 

"Up until now, I believed the nuclear threat to the U.S. from Iran was limited to the ability of terrorists to penetrate the borders or port security to deliver a device to a major city," he said. "While that threat should continue to be a grave concern for every American, these tests by Iran demonstrate just how dangerous the fanatical mullahs in Tehran are. We are facing a clever and unscrupulous adversary in Iran that could bring America to its knees." 

Last month, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security chaired by Kyl, held a hearing on the electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, threat. 

"An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack on the American homeland, said one of the distinguished scientists who testified at the hearing, is one of only a few ways that the United States could be defeated by its enemies – terrorist or otherwise," wrote Kyl "And it is probably the easiest. A single Scud missile, carrying a single nuclear weapon, detonated at the appropriate altitude, would interact with the Earth's atmosphere, producing an electromagnetic pulse radiating down to the surface at the speed of light. Depending on the location and size of the blast, the effect would be to knock out already stressed power grids and other electrical systems across much or even all of the continental United States, for months if not years." 

The purpose of an EMP attack, unlike a nuclear attack on land, is not to kill people, but "to kill electrons," as Graham explained. He serves as chairman of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse Attack and was director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and science adviser to the president during the Reagan administration. 

Graham told WorldNetDaily he could think of no other reason for Iran to be experimenting with mid-air detonation of missiles than for the planning of an EMP-style attack. 

"EMP offers a bigger bang for the buck," he said. He also suggested such an attack makes a U.S. nuclear response against a suspected enemy less likely than would the detonation of a nuclear bomb in a major U.S. city. 

A 2004 report by the commission found "several potential adversaries have or can acquire the capability to attack the United States with a high-altitude nuclear weapons-generated electromagnetic pulse (EMP). A determined adversary can achieve an EMP attack capability without having a high level of sophistication." 

"EMP is one of a small number of threats that can hold our society at risk of catastrophic consequences," the report said. "EMP will cover the wide geographic region within line of sight to the nuclear weapon. It has the capability to produce significant damage to critical infrastructures and thus to the very fabric of U.S. society, as well as to the ability of the United States and Western nations to project influence and military power." 

The major impact of EMP weapons is on electronics, "so pervasive in all aspects of our society and military, coupled through critical infrastructures," explained the report. 

"Their effects on systems and infrastructures dependent on electricity and electronics could be sufficiently ruinous as to qualify as catastrophic to the nation," Lowell Wood, acting chairman of the commission, told members of Congress. 

The commission report went so far as to suggest, in its opening sentence, that an EMP attack "might result in the defeat of our military forces." 

The EMP threat is not a new one considered by U.S. defense planners. The Soviet Union had experimented with the idea as a kind of super-weapon against the U.S. 

"What is different now is that some potential sources of EMP threats are difficult to deter – they can be terrorist groups that have no state identity, have only one or a few weapons and are motivated to attack the U.S. without regard for their own safety," explains the commission report. "Rogue states, such as North Korea and Iran, may also be developing the capability to pose an EMP threat to the United States and may also be unpredictable and difficult to deter." 

Graham describes the potential "cascading effect" of an EMP attack. If electrical power is knocked out and circuit boards fried, telecommunications are disrupted, energy deliveries are impeded, the financial system breaks down, food, water and gasoline become scarce. 

As Kyl put it: "Few if any people would die right away. But the loss of power would have a cascading effect on all aspects of U.S. society. Communication would be largely impossible. Lack of refrigeration would leave food rotting in warehouses, exacerbated by a lack of transportation as those vehicles still working simply ran out of gas (which is pumped with electricity). The inability to sanitize and distribute water would quickly threaten public health, not to mention the safety of anyone in the path of the inevitable fires, which would rage unchecked. And as we have seen in areas of natural and other disasters, such circumstances often result in a fairly rapid breakdown of social order." 

"American society has grown so dependent on computer and other electrical systems that we have created our own Achilles' heel of vulnerability, ironically much greater than those of other, less developed nations," the senator wrote. "When deprived of power, we are in many ways helpless, as the New York City blackout made clear. In that case, power was restored quickly because adjacent areas could provide help. But a large-scale burnout caused by a broad EMP attack would create a much more difficult situation. Not only would there be nobody nearby to help, it could take years to replace destroyed equipment." 

Kyl concluded in his report: "The Sept. 11 commission report stated that our biggest failure was one of 'imagination.' No one imagined that terrorists would do what they did on Sept. 11. Today few Americans can conceive of the possibility that terrorists could bring our society to its knees by destroying everything we rely on that runs on electricity. But this time we've been warned, and we'd better be prepared to respond."  



We Live in a Violent World

   This last week we witnessed a deplorable suicide bombing on a public bus in Jerusalem and a truck bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad.  Scores of innocent people, including peacemakers and children, were killed; perhaps hundreds more were maimed for life.  We all had a front row seat to some of the most godless, sociopathic acts in human history as television cameras were on the scene to catch the gruesome, bloody horror. 

   On the local scene, Rev. Paul Hill, Pensacola’s abortion doctor murderer, is about to be made a martyr for the cause of violence by his upcoming execution.  When I first moved to Pensacola, this was about the first headline I saw.  I have no love for abortionists.  They’re nothing more than murderers for hire dressed in the deceptive white robes of clerics.  However, though a Christian may kill in certain circumstances, he may never commit murder, no matter how righteous the cause.  Those who live by the sword may indeed die by the sword, even if their sword is the scalpel.  Let them see to themselves.

   Personally, I’m appalled at our world of excessive evil.  When we were school children, we never dreamed we’d experience this future world.  We were taught about the sudden nuclear flash, and then the nothingness of annihilation, but not the slow gruesome death of the human heart that comes as a result of spiritual jihad.  Our world is crying out for saviors (Obadiah 1:21).  “Send us,” we cry.  “Send us on a jihad of our own, O Yahweh: a crusade against evil: an Armageddon against the Evil one!”  Dare we pray in this manner?  Yes.  Are there any prayer warriors left?  Yes, there are.  Where is the heavenly hosts we were promised?  They are here.


Yahshua’s Disciples Violent!

   Maybe you didn’t know that our Savior Yahshua’s world was the model for our own.  Not unlike the occupied Iraq of today, Israel was governed by the Herodian dynasty of kings, whom Israelites generally hated.  The Herods were Idumaeans – they were from the desert far south of Jerusalem – they’d been educated in Rome and had married Israeli royalty, the last descendents of the Maccabees, gaining favor through such unions.  And, the Herods were primarily puppets, holding power so long as Rome allowed.  The Israel citizenry was therefore subjugated not only by royal police, but also by a large contingency of Roman soldiers.

   They kept the peace as brutally as they could.  We often think of crucifixion in the context of Jesus between two thieves – almost as if it were a social club, with one bloody condemned man casually talking religion or politics with the other.  But tens of thousands of Israeli patriots and terrorists were crucified for sedition, or beheaded by Herod for religious extremism. 

  As Islam has its terror-promoting organizations, in the first century there were also very influential terrorist groups that were dedicated to the purification of the temple and the nation by banishing the Herods, the Romans and any other foreign element.  The historian Josephus calls the members of these violent orders innovators, but we know them today as zealots and sicarii.  In cooperation with certain temple leaders, these “zealots for violence” would stop at nothing to cause havoc, including mass homicide and suicide murder. 

   We know that several of Yahshua’s disciples had affiliations with terror groups.  Yahuda (Judas) was known as the Sicarii (Iscariot), which means “murderer” in Latin; he was the high priest’s hit man.  Shimon, Yahshua’s brother, who was also one of his disciples, was known as the Zealot or Cananaean, both titles affiliating him with a radical group.  We know from Luke 22:38 & 50 that the disciples carried swords, and that Shimon Kefa lopped off a policeman’s ear.


The Kingdom Taken Violently

   Indeed, Yahshua himself said that

Matt 11 12.  From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and men of violence take it by force.  (see Luke 16:16)

Now, this violence passage has been difficult to interpret.  But Yahshua explains it in Luke 17:20,21 (literal):

“The kingdom of Yahweh (tou qeou) comes not amid marvels (meta parathrhsewV) nor will they say, ‘Look (idou) here or there!’  See here (gar idou)!  The Kingdom of Yahweh is among you all (entoV `umwn estin).”

   He’s talking about himself as the kingdom!  He’s personifying the kingdom in his own humanity and divinity.  Those who don’t know him will never see the kingdom, whether it drops out of the sky or is established by force of arms.   They can’t see it, because it’s already come -- and ‘it’ is standing right there among them – yet they don’t recognize him / it.  He probably turns to his friends when he says, “See here!  The Kingdom is among you!”  (The translation we hear the most, especially from the New Age crowd, is that Jesus said, “The kingdom of god is within you.”  This is a very misleading rendition.  “Within” should be translated “among.”)

   Yahshua / Jesus (the man) died violently as a political subversive.  But they couldn’t kill the kingdom, because his spiritual children had become the kingdom in his stead.  Yet his holy kingdom continued to suffer violence.  I want to tell you a little more about the violent who wanted to take it.


Saulus, A Roman Agent

   Once upon a time there was a man in Israel named Saulus – a foreigner from Phoenicia.  He was a secret agent for Rome and was in Jerusalem with the intention of starting a riot on the temple steps.  His mission was to draw soldiers into the fray and orchestrate bloodshed there.   Saulus’ violent group of terrorists picked a fight with some peaceniks known as The Way, who believed that Yahshua of Nazareth, crucified some time back, was the Messiah of Israel, and would return in avenging power.  Yahqov ha Zadik (James the Just), the crucified man’s brother, was leading The Way in prayer when Saulus approached

like a madman, to excite every one to murder, [Saulus] was saying, ` Why do you hesitate?  Oh sluggish and slothful, why do we not lay hands upon all these fellows and pull them to pieces?'  Seizing a strong branding iron from the altar, Saulus set the example of smiting. Then others were also carried away with like readiness. Much blood is shed; there is a confused flight, in the midst of which Saulus attacked Yahqov (James), and threw him headlong from the top of the steps, supposing him then to be dead." Recognitions of Clement, LXX.

This same Saulus, the violent man with so many connections with both the Herods (Romans 16:11) and the Caesars (Philippians 4:22), soon experienced the end of his violent days out on The Way to Damascus.  His history is recorded in

Acts 9:1-5 excerpts.  Now as Saulus, breathing murderous threats against the disciples of Yahshua, approached Damascus to arrest any belonging to The Way, suddenly a light from the sky flashed about him.  And he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying, "Saulus, Saulus, why do you harass me?"  And Saulus said, "Who are you?" And the voice said, "I am the same Yahshua you are harassing.”

   We know from his own writings that, soon after this encounter with the vision, Saulus was driven into Arabia to have a little tête-à-tête with the “dead” brother of the man he’d thrown down the temple steps.  When he came out of the desert, he was no longer Saulus, which means “demander of death”; he had become Paulus, which means, “little guy.”  What a transformation: Saul to Paul.  Here’s more of Paul:


The Little Guy Crashes the Temple

   Paul stayed away from Jerusalem and its temple for fourteen years because the religious folks there were scared to death of him, others remembered how he’d nearly killed Yahshua’s brother, still others wanted to murder him as a Roman agent.    Before Paul finally returned to Jerusalem, he’d made friends with Yahshua’s brother, Yahqov, who forgave him for his assault, and extended the right hand of fellowship (Acts 21:18).  Paul brought with him four men from Asia, followers of The Way, who may or may not have been Jews, we don’t know for sure.  They wanted to worship publicly in the temple to demonstrate Paul’s change of heart before the Jews, for he still had a bloody reputation in Jerusalem.  Yahqov ha Zadik, now the overseer of The Way in his brother’s stead, commanded Paul and his friends to be baptized (purified) in the Jewish manner and shave their heads as a vow of humility (21:24).

  However, Paul had a bad hair day.  Even hairless, he was recognized in the temple as the bloodthirsty Saulus, and the zealots made a sincere attempt to murder him right there (v.28).  They dragged him and his friends out of the temple, and threw him down the steps, just as he had done Yahqov years before.  A riot ensued, but this time, Paul was the victim rather than the instigator: he was beaten to a pulp there on the steps before the Roman cohort could save him.  Saulus once did the beating, but now Paulus was the beaten.




Codex Sinaiticus

New Testament:

from the famed discovery


The earliest, oldest New Testament text has finally been released to the public.  You may read the Codex Sinaiticus online - but only if you know Greek!  To read it inCodex Sinaiticus New Testament H T Anderson English English, you need the only English translation we know.  The H. T. Anderson English Translation of the Codex Sinaiticus, with the three extra early New Testament books and the Sonnini Manuscript of Acts 29 included, and the original absences of certain verses (put in there later by the 'church') is now available only at here.  

THIS IS NOT A CHEAP, SCANNED-IN FACSIMILE. This is a first edition of the text published in easy-to-read Georgia font with plenty of room between verses for your notes.2 points between verses, hard or soft cover.


The Nazarene Acts
of the Apostles

Also known as
The Recognitions of Clement

Ever wonder why PAUL and not PETER received the mission to the lost tribes?  Wasn't Peter the stone upon which the "church" was to be built?  In this new translation of the Nazarene Acts, we follow Kefa (Peter) as he itinerates from Jerusalem and up the Mediterranean coast up to Tripoli, as recorded in the journals of his successor, Clement of Rome (Phi 4:3).  Every message Kefa preached, the company he kept, and the great works of faith the the Almighty accomplished through him are herein recorded.  This 300 page volume has been 'hidden' in the back of an obscure volume of the "Church Fathers" all this time.  Could it be that, in establishing the Gentile 'church' by pushing away from Judaism, this history was purposely hidden?

Paul verses Suicide Killers

   I mentioned that there was a violent movement against foreigners in the land, and sneaking foreigners into the temple was a serious crime.  (Compare it to Jews entering the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem today.)  Although this sacrilege was sometimes ignored (when the money was right), stone signs were posted in various places on the temple grounds warning death to those who entered unlawfully. 

   When Paul publicly admitted that he was a Roman citizen at his arrest (Acts 21:39), he in essence pled guilty to being a foreigner in the temple, and might lose his head for it.  But the Romans had him now.  They were the great power, like the Americans in Iraq.  No terrorist would touch Paul without a mad, suicidal act of mayhem.

   Well, if that’s what it took to get him, there were plenty of violent religious fanatics ready to volunteer.  Forty Sicarii terrorists bound themselves with a suicide pact – they would neither eat nor drink until they killed Paul. 

Acts 23:14, 15. paraphrase  So they went to the chief priests and said, "We have bound ourselves by an oath to taste no food till we have killed Saulus.  You give notice to the guard to bring him here as though you were going to examine his case. We’ll kill him in the courtyard." 

But this plot was thwarted by an informer who warned the Roman cohort, and Paul was saved to go before Felix, the Governor.  The rest of Paul’s exciting history is yours to read. 


Yahqov ha Zadik verses Religious Fanatics                     

   But what of Yahqov ha Zadik, the brother of Yahshua Messiah?  As it turned out, Jerusalem, the temple itself, it’s economy, religion, and, yes, the fate of the entire nation was bound up in the destiny of this one man, whom we know as James the Just.  During Yahqov’s leadership, The Way prospered in Jerusalem far above expectations.  The Spirit of Yahshua was with them.  Just before Paul’s arrest, Yahqov had boasted to him, "You see, brother Paul, how many thousands there are among the Jews who have believed; they are all zealous for the law...” (Acts 21:20).  And Yahweh added to their number each day such as were being saved (Acts 2:27).  But those on The Way got in the way of the religious elite, who continued to collect huge taxes, sacrifice animals and orchestrate a form of worship that was abominable to Yahweh.  Those in The Way were vocal against such deplorable practices.

   Three years after Paul was arrested (60 AD), governor Felix was succeeded by Festus.  (Felix = “happy”; Festus = “joyful”!!)   Two years later, governor Festus died; Albinus (“dead white”) then took over.   During the change, a plot formed against Yahqov ha Zadik.  He loudly disapproved of animal sacrificing – for Yahshua’s final blood sacrifice was to be the last, the “narrow gate that leads to life” (Matthew 7:13-14).  Yahqov led many to this new understanding, and through the gate to life.  But many others, whose affluence and positions were threatened, still wanted him dead.  (Remember, in his Epistle, James primarily condemns the rich who oppress the poor.)  But this time, these whitewashed tombs didn’t hire agents like Saulus or terrorists like Yahuda (Judas) to do their dirty work.  They did it themselves.

   Church historian Hegesippus writes about both the end of Yahqov and the end of Israel:

During Passover (62 AD) the Scribes and Pharisees attempted to persuade James to dissuade the people from following Jesus. James was set upon the battlement of the temple where he was interrogated about "the Gate of Jesus." James answered, "Why do you ask me concerning the Son of Man? He is sitting in heaven on the right hand of the great power and will come in the clouds of heaven." Because of this testimony he was thrown to the ground, stoned, and finally killed by a blow to the head from the club of a laundryman. His dying prayer was, “I Beseech thee, O Yahweh, god and Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”  (Quoted by Eusebius, EH 2:24; see also F. Josephus, Ant 20:9)

His brother, Simon the Zealot, knelt beside him to hear his final prayer.


Rome verses Terrorists, Despots, Armies and Religious Fanatics

   Ominously, Hegesippus adds, "At once {Roman General} Vespasian began to besiege them."  Such a riot ensued in Jerusalem at the death of Yahqov, and such rebellion fomented throughout Israel against the authorities on account of this holy man’s murder, that General Vespasian and his Roman Legions were immediately dispatched to Israel, conquering the entire nation in a couple years, burning Jerusalem, leveling the temple to the ground (in 70 AD) and punishing all the those connected with terrorism, persecution, corruption and religious militarism.  Every single person in Jerusalem was put to the sword, to the fire or sold into slavery.  (We know this from the eyewitness account of Flavius Josephus.)  When the greatest military power on earth finally got its gizzard full of troublemakers, terrorists and religious connivers; it acted swiftly, powerfully and finally.  In hindsight, we see very clearly that the fate of the nation and its religion was dependent upon the holy life of Yahqov ha Zadik.

   (Jerome [342-420], in his Lives, writes, "Josephus records the tradition that this James was of so great Holiness and reputation among the people that the destruction of Jerusalem was believed to have occurred on account of his death."  In Jerome’s Commentary on Galatians 1:19, he writes, "So Holy was James that the people zealously tried to touch the fringes of his garment.")

   Historian Eusebius adds an essential note to our story.  Not only did the followers of The Way refuse to fight the Romans (and thus were hated all the more by certain Jews), but when they witnessed armies around Jerusalem, they remembered Yahshua’s warning:

Matthew 20:20-22.  "When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near.   Let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains and let those who are inside the city depart, for these are days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written.” 

Eusebius tells us that the Romans offered a final amnesty so that non-combatants might leave Jerusalem before it’s destruction.  When the believers in The Way remembered Yahshua’s warning, they heeded it, took the Romans up on their offer, deserted Judea for the mountains of the East Bank (Pella), and were spared by Yahweh from the destroying angels.  (Yet all the while, they never ceased their spiritual jihad against the wickedness that had demeaned their nation.)


Then and Now

  You must admit that the situations then and now are extraordinarily similar.  Our day is just as Habakkuk’s day: “Destruction, violence, strife and contention rising.”    There are still murderous religious fanatics and militant Zionists armed to the teeth.  There are still Zealots in the form of Islamic jihadists, and sicariian murderers and homicide killers who do their deeds in the name of some god.  There remain monstrous organized death squads that nations in the Axis of Evil call “armies.”  There’s one great, mighty and corrupt power, like Rome, that could arise like a Kodiak bear and tear the whole messed up thing apart in a year or two, if it was so inclined.  The frightening prophecies of Yahweh’s judgment upon the nations who spurn his Law are yet to be completely fulfilled (Psalm 2).  And there are still those struggling on The Way (now known as Christians), spared from the violence of this hour, hiding in the wilderness of Sin(ai) (or Zin. Exodus 16:1), yet fighting the good fight from a higher perspective.

   We get the notion from our little history that Christians are to be peaceniks and pacifists, who wouldn’t flick a fly, much less struggle violently in war.  Many Christians are pacifists; they understand that when the Bible says, “They will learn war no more,” it means there’s just no fight left.  But I want to assure you, my friends, that some of those who have been deemed pacifists are not.  And neither are we.  We fight the good fight without ceasing, though we never lift a sword (but to unbind the captive), a scalpel (except to heal the wounded) or a shotgun (except to feed the hungry).

   Read with me how Saulus / Paulus instructs us to make war. 

2 Corinthians 10:4-8 (paraphrase based on the SEV) In our battle we’re not using weapons manufactured in this world. No, our weapons come from Yahweh. They are powerful enough to explode the strongest fortified walls.  We destroy strategies and anything else that rises up against what we know to be true of Yahweh’s will. We capture every thought, and force it into obedience to Messiah.  Since we’ve obeyed completely, we’re ready to punish lawbreakers. 

   Don’t look only at what seems true in the realm of warfare!  If we belong to Messiah, we should think better of ourselves; stronger of ourselves.  For Yahweh gave us authority for the ultimate rebuilding of our world. Even if it means to be guilty of pride, we won't let anyone defeat us!

   Friends, weak or strong, we are fighters, not quitters.  We are prayer terrorists in the capital of evil, tearing down evil fortresses and building up the good.  We are soldiers of compassion: action heroes who laugh in the face of danger and joy in setbacks, for we have confidence in our weaponry -- the mightiest the world has ever seen.  Greater than the MOAB (Mother Of All Bombs), we have the BOAP (Bombs Of All Prayer), giving us the capability of bringing lasting peace.  If only we have the will to use these sacred weapons!  Fellow soldiers, let’s have us a prayer jihad all our own.  Let’s get up on the front lines and blow this godless system of evil, antichrist and destruction down to Hades, so that those who are even now being saved might be safe on the narrow path up the mountain road to the city of Yahweh.

August 22, 2003