Monday, November 12, 2012

The Puzzle Unfolds.

Tom's Journal.

Jan Markell is one of my heroes and she just knocks my socks off with her TRUTH and gutsy revelations!  She motivate common men like me to 'Blog-On' and fearlessly speak the truth in these 'Last Days.'  Everything happens for a reason -- and while some of us were 'singing the Blues' after the election...  we should have took to the streets, and our PC's [Personal Computers] sharing the Gospel of Salvation with every hearing ear !!  That is MY Battle Cry, anyway, and my mission is, primarily, to tell the whole truth -- as the Bible provides and sow the fields of humanity with my Bible Tracts, and speak to them in a kind, respectful, loving way, about Jesus Christ's promises for all those who accept Him as their personal Lord and Savior.

I have had a few days of solitude and silence to ponder many things -- while my wife and her fine daughter, Jenna, are on a long 'road trip' to meet, encourage and celebrate the birthday of her dear Aunt in Madison, WI.  In that time, last night I was accepted as a member in good standing at the church we attend, Family B.C. in Iron Mountain, MI !  I had to sit in front last night and give my testimony in front of the congregation, which most folks find very interesting and revealing -- truth be told. 
I was born in Milwaukee, WI, on a cold February day, grew up in Catholicism going to a parochial school, until my parents bought a small farm where we raised cattle, beef, hogs and many crops.  That good hard farm life was GOOD for me and my high school days were the best in my life!  I wanted so badly to attend college where I was already accepted, but didn't have the tuition money, so I joined the Army on August 21, 1967, was sent to Aviation school in Fort Rucker, AL, then to Germany, and also did 2 tours of duty in Vietnam -- helicopter door gunner-- came home and married a nice farm girl.  The 2 years of excitement/ combat in Vietnam were like a 'walk in the park' compared to the next 30 years full of PTSD  {Post Traumatic Stress Disorder}  some Agent Orange, combat, nightmares, flashbacks and strife in my marriage, etc, and the regular run around and baloney from the VA system.  I also got dragged into a terrible religious cult [while looking for the 'true religion'] Jehovah's Witnesses were I muddled  [and lied to] around for the next 22 years -- and what a supreme waste of time!!!  I 'exited' that 'church of the poisoned mind' shortly after Chrysler laid off over 6000 employees including me [but I went to college, finally and studied Welding and other great subjects to become a skilled welder], and shortly after that my wife decided to leave and divorce me-- right when I was down and out, even though I ALWAYS had a job-- as a good welder, etc.   And, Hey-- a woman will never leave her man until she has his last dollar... lol.  If she only would have waited and toughed it out with me [but she was and still is:  an Unbeliever] -- I was re-called back to work 5 years later [in May of 1995] to earn much more than ever before, and I retired there after 30.5 years with full benefits and pension, etc.  Ho Hum... and life goes on.  Now, I am married to a beautiful, kind, lovely, Christian woman who also loves the Bible.  I found out years ago that so many women just pretend to be a 'Christian' just to get some of that gravy of a hard working man...  but I was so stupid and ignorant all those years...  sorry, and the Lord was 'cleaning me up' for the good lady, Terri, in the end, IMHO.  There is much more to my story-- especially some horrendous accidents that almost took my life, with broken neck, back, ribs fractured and two knee replacements [bionic man] that left me a cripple-- thank you very much --Milwaukee VA-- and I swear that they will NEVER touch me again, for hurting, abusing and treating me like a dog-- plus messing up my Right knee replacement operation!  I also lost my dear, passed wife, Sharon, 2 years ago from  painful heart disease, etc, and one month later, I lost my dear, beloved son, Andy, too.  I don't have much family left, sorry.   The church that we attend U .P. here in Iron Mountain, MI., is my Family now, and I feel the love and respect of them all, and have already made a few close friends!  PTL- Praise the Lord.

PLEASE read the following article in it's entirety  --- as it will really WAKE YOU UP, as to what just happened, and where we in America are truly headed!  You will not be disappointed, but you may be SHOCKED!

Warm Regards,
Tom Schuckman

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The Puzzle Unfolds:
America and the End-Times
by Jan Markell
November 12, 2012

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So we've had a birth pang of biblical proportions! And it was a U.S. election. Did it get our attention? Yes! Maybe it needed to. We're all so busy that we don't pay careful attention to how late it is.
We're in the fast lane to the end of the age now. We have a Buddhist, a Muslim, and a Hindu in Congress so we're one nation under many gods. We're heading even more into rampant acceptance of same-sex marriage, abortion, and legalized recreational marijuana. Evil is called good and good is called evil. Do you have any doubt that we are officially in the "days of Noah?" Let me offer these observations, if they're even needed.
There was a shot heard around the world, metaphorically speaking, in June 2009. When Barack Obama addressed the Muslim world from Cairo, Egypt, it was obvious that it was a new day and a black day. As Obama apologized to the Arab world from Cairo, his special guests in the audience were the Muslim Brotherhood. His uninvited guest was Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak. You can bet when the "Arab Spring" took off in January 2011, the radicals reflected on Obama's apologies.
I believe the predicted biblical perilous times were accentuated on June 4, 2009, in Cairo. After that, a steady stream of Muslim Brotherhood operatives made their way to the highest places in our land. They were frequent and regular guests of the White House and State Department. All other administrations but this one rightfully labeled the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist outfit. But our current Intelligence chief, James Clapper, suggested that the Muslim Brotherhood was closer to the Lutheran Brotherhood than a bunch of terrorists. The Islamics are just do-gooders, he suggested. The lying never ceases.
As terror expert Steve Emerson reports, legions of radical Islamists made regular visits to people in high places. It was not to share a cup of tea. It was to talk about darkness: How America could be harmed. As has been revealed, a key player in this scheme is Hillary Clinton's aid, Huma Abedin, whose family are Muslim Brotherhood operatives. It makes no sense other than that love of country has been replaced by unseen hands who don't have America's best in mind. It will take a Woodward and Bernstein to sort through it all.
The hidden little secret to the Benghazi debacle is that our nation's highest leaders were orchestrating a gun-running operation from terrorists in Libya to terrorists in Syria. So America doesn't just acknowledge the "Arab Spring," we actually helped coordinate it. We chose sides and we picked the real bad guys over the bad guys. The bigger question is why are we involved at all? Remember Israel and Egypt's peace treaty that has held for 30 years? Why stick our nose in and wreck it?
The dead ambassador was a part of it. Imagine that. Our efforts there weren't benign and humanitarian. And this isn't speculation. Thanks goes, in part, to the team at Fox News who were sleuths-in-chief with no training other than that of crack journalists.
Could we have imagined a scenario like this ten years ago? Could we have fathomed it on September 12, 2001? In our wildest imagination we could not have! Islamic infiltration? Come on. Maybe Communists or Socialists, but not Islamists! Never would we have dreamed that Islam would have been an end-of-days nemesis to America.
For all of this to play out there needed to be a Muslim-friendly U.S. administration. Who would have ever dreamed that we would have a U.S. president with a Muslim heritage? A president who actually favored the Arab world? Who had deep-seated hostility toward Israel! This almost required a set-up made in hell. But, it's the end-times, so why not?
So now we are smack dab in the middle of the most perilous times in recent memory and much of America just voted to re-elect someone who will make all these issues really hit the fan! Talk about events in overdrive.
The most-asked question as it concerns Bible prophecy is, where does America fit? Now our decline makes more sense since a ton of people were just re-elected who are fine with our decline. They have mastered the arts of recklessness and lawlessness. They are proud of their darkness. Their arrogance is stifling. Righteous people literally cannot watch it. When they parade before us, we turn the television off.
The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their president.
Hear our post-election radio program with Jan, Jack Kinsella, and John Terry here.
Joel Rosenberg says it well when he states, "This is what happens when the Church is weak and fails to disciple believers to turn biblical faith into action. Given the enormous number of evangelical Christians in the U.S., this bloc could still affect enormous positive change for their issues if they were to unify and vote for the pro-life, pro-marriage candidate as a bloc."
He concludes, "What will it take to educate, register and mobilize Christians to vote on the basis of biblical principles, and what kind of candidates could best mobilize them? This is a critical question that Christian political leaders as well as pastors must seriously consider. As we have seen, just a few million more evangelicals voting for pro-life, pro-marriage candidates could offset other demographics that are becoming more liberal."
Hal Lindsey says, "The past four years have seen a marked increase in the erosion of many of our basic rights, values, and traditions. This administration has expressed almost unprecedented hostility toward Israel, traditional marriage, gun owners, small business owners and entrepreneurs, corporations, the energy industry, pro-lifers, and Christian institutions. And now that the President doesn't have to worry about facing another election, who knows how that hostility will be expressed." Lindsey feels we are on the fast-track to disaster.

Joseph Farah sums it up. He says, "
That's what Obama represents to me -- God's judgment on a people who have turned away from Him and His ways and from everything for which our founders sacrificed their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. This election could very well represent the beginning of the end of the American dream, American exceptionalism, the American way."
Dr. Albert Mohler called the election a "catastrophe for crucial moral concerns."
Pastor Robert Jeffress of the First Baptist Church, Dallas, spared no punches. He said that, "The course he (Obama) is choosing to lead our nation is paving the way for the future reign of the Antichrist."
Pat Boone says, "We have rejected the very same God and His way, and clamored after a king who has promised to provide, protect and lead them into a Promised Land where 'everybody has everything.' So that same God must take His hand off those who have rejected Him and allow them to reap the consequences. It's not going to be fun."

The Bible says globalism lies ahead and a cashless society. This election will speed that up. We are reminded that not only is this world NOT our home, we don't want it to be our home! This is the home of the Antichrist and he is waiting in the wings. Our real Home is the one where Jesus Christ reigns. We have a mansion there. It will be glorious. The reunions will be out of this world!
The Bible says, "In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also." John 14:2, 3
At "Understanding the Times 2012", Dr. Erwin Lutzer delivered one message on Heaven (and Hell). For encouragement, it would be well worth the investment in the CDs or DVDs. There has never been so much instant feedback at these events thanks to one particular message. Also of urgency is Dr. Mark Hitchcock's message on America in prophecy. Find that info here.
God has asked us to be His ambassadors in this depraved world. He asks us to stand for truth; to be light in the dark; to be salt in a world that is decaying. He asks us to distribute hope. Even if we get our heads chopped off like John the Baptist!
The world is getting darker but God's call to His people is to ''Arise, shine, for your light has come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.''
May the church, the body and the bride of Christ, rise up and be that light that reflects the glory of God for all to see. Please go share your faith with five people this week. Time is running out.
Don't look around because what you will see will be shocking. Look up and expect Him. That will soften the blow called reality now.
A final thought: Some of you will disagree and not understand the passion and discouragement many of us have. You have an equal passion for government to rule. Somehow as believers we have to get along. In eternity we'll be of one accord. King Jesus will rule in Jerusalem for a season called the Millennium and we'll be one political party. Until then, human government is designed to fail. But we do our best. Let's try to love one another in spite of deep division.

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