Category Archives: Kingdom of Heaven

Spiritual and Biblical commentary, as relates to our modern world, with major debate regarding the ongoing battle for control of the Middle East.

The Biblical Way to Care for the Poor

The religious left tells us that budgets are moral documents. The religious left also assumes that the federal government should take up the cause of helping the poor. One report says the federal government runs 126 different anti-poverty programs1.

The religious left further tells us that across-the-board budget cuts will hurt the poor. But how do we define the poor, and who gets to define them? Are government programs always the moral high ground? What happens if our national debt has reached $16 trillion because of budget deficits (Obama: nearly $5 trillion in four years, a record), while our national income (GDP) is smaller?

Are those big-government budget deficits moral or immoral? Where’s the moral high ground in that?

Despite the 126 programs, does anyone notice that we still have poor people? Maybe we need another way.

What does the Bible say about helping the poor? Continue reading

The Current Cowardly Church Needs a Mega Dose of the Rebel Spirit

Whenever the ends of Government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the People may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new Government; the doctrine of non-resistance against arbitrary power and oppression is absurd, slavish and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind. – Declaration of Rights, Maryland

Unlike America’s original rebel Christians who dumped the Brits’ taxed tea into Boston Harbor and told King George that he could kiss their King George, today’s evangelicals, I believe—especially the dandy ministers who love to be loved—would have folded like one-ply toilet paper before British oppression. We’re a timid tufted titmouse compared to our rowdy founding forefathers. Continue reading

Palästina: Al Nakba – the Completed Documentary

Part 1 of this phenomenal documentary was posted earlier in the week – after having briefly discussed it on the May 30, 2012 edition of Life, Liberty & All That Jazz with Jeffrey Bennett and Wednesday co-host, Roger Sayles.

The response from our readers was shocking to say the least – in a very positive way – even though it was over 90 minutes in length. The requests for part two was a surprise to the staff at the Federal Observer. Imagine our surprise when we located the complete three and one quarter hour production, which we now provide for your continuing consideration. (JB)

Family Battle Offers Look Inside Lavish TV Ministry

Another variation of the Prosperity Gospel at work – passing the collection plate for Jesus – or is it for His so-called ‘disciples’?

The Holy Land Experience theme park in Orlando, Fla., is part of the Trinity Broadcasting Network’s operations.

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — For 39 years, the Trinity Broadcasting Network has urged viewers to give generously and reap the Lord’s bounty in return.

The prosperity gospel preached by Paul and Janice Crouch, who built a single station into the world’s largest Christian television network, has worked out well for them.

Mr. and Mrs. Crouch have his-and-her mansions one street apart in a gated community here, provided by the network using viewer donations and tax-free earnings. But Mrs. Crouch, 74, rarely sleeps in the $5.6 million house with tennis court and pool. She mostly lives in a large company house near Orlando, Fla., where she runs a side business, the Holy Land Experience theme park. Mr. Crouch, 78, has an adjacent home there too, but rarely visits. Its occupant is often a security guard who doubles as Mrs. Crouch’s chauffeur. Continue reading

Schwiesow: CHILDREN OF DARKNESS

“In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell

I doubt that many understand that this nation stands solely by the will and grace of the Sovereign God, each day is a gift and the seconds, minutes, and hours of every day come by His divine determination. We have not earned His grace, and neither are we intrinsically entitled to His blessings for a continued existence.

The truth is that the population of this nation is entirely bereft of any semblance of an obeisant relationship with Almighty God. A near totality now lack an ethical spiritual persuasion that enables one to discern or distinguish between good and evil, right and wrong, or between socially righteous and execrably putrid personal conduct. Continue reading

Our Father, Who Art in Washington

Images can be powerful. We have all seen films of the Nuremburg rallies. The torchlight processions, the banners, the chanting crowds: all purposely staged to elevate one man to a status as something more than human, a benevolent leader who promised fairness and payback against the evil enemies of the people. All things were possible through him. The trains would run on time, the capitalists and bankers would pay for taking advantage of the people. Social justice would finally be achieved if only the people would pledge themselves to him.

Juxtapose those images with a 2008 party rally in a Denver stadium. The Greek columns, the giant television screens, the laser light show: all dedicated to elevate a man who promised the wars would end, the earth would heal, and the oceans would halt their rise. Peace and justice at last. He was the one we were waiting for. Goebbels would have been proudContinue reading

Weltz: Embarrassed to be a Jew

The Jewish people were, more than once, enjoined by our prophet Isaiah to be Ohr LaGoyim, to set an example for the nations of the world, to enlighten them with examples of goodness, morality, and peace:

I the LORD have called unto you in righteousness, and have taken hold of your hand, and submitted you as the people’s covenant, as a light unto the nations[.] – Book of Isaiah, 42:6

Yea, He saith, ‘It is too light a thing for you to be My servant, to establish the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the scions of Israel, and I shall submit you as a light unto the nations, to be My salvation until the end of the earth[.]’ – Book of Isaiah, 49:6

It is certainly not working out that way in some quarters, where the behavior of fanatic misogynists in the Israeli town of Beit Shemesh is bringing disgrace and embarrassment to the entire worldwide Jewish community. It embarrasses me for them — and, if you are Jewish, I suggest that you ought to be embarrassed, too. Continue reading

Martin: To whom does the land belong? An historic perspective on the Mideast

Go back far enough in history and one can find that at one time all races, ethnic groups, etc. were barbarians. Due to circumstances that often had more to do with where an ethnic group was located than anything else, some groups of people advanced toward civility much more quickly than others.

Thus, the following observations are not based upon race or ethnic superiority. We all have skeletons in the closet whether we be white, black, brown, or whether we be Christian, Jew, or Muslim. Continue reading

The Importance of Easter

By now, there are few people who are not familiar with talk of the “War on Christmas.” The hyperbolic nature of this nomenclature aside, it springs from the observation of two undeniable facts: first, there is a sustained, concerted effort to marginalize, if not eradicate, the religious significance of this most celebrated of Christian — and American — holidays; second, this assault on Christmas belongs to a larger campaign to undermine the influence of Christianity over our popular culture. Continue reading

Baldwin: THE IMPOTENT CHURCH AND ROMANS 13

There are over 300,000 evangelical Christian churches in America. That equates to tens of millions of professing Christians and hundreds of thousands of Christian ministers. Think of the church sanctuaries, educational facilities, schools, camps, radio broadcasts, television programs, colleges, seminaries, preschools, youth retreats, etc., that grace America. In some communities there is a church building on just about every corner. In spite of this massive exposure to the modern Church, however, the nation has been left virtually unaffected, uninfluenced, and unimpressed. Continue reading

Believe in Angels

With so much darkness in the world in these times, we find it heartwarming to find, and present  a story, which is so significant of the meaning of the season. It matters not, whether one is a Christian, a Jew,  a Buddhist or a Muslim, good is good, and I hope that this story touches your heart. It’s a true story, or so we are told. (Ed.)

As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children an untruth. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same. However, that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy. Continue reading

Augustine: Can Christians Legitimately Choose Between Liars And Anarchy?

Can a Christian be an anarchist?
Before that question is investigated is it fair to ask if a Christian should support a government and political system that violates the laws that have been written to contain it?

After all, the U.S. Constitution places very strict limits on the powers of the federal government and empowers the legislatures of its member states to keep the federal government within that constitutional framework. Continue reading

Dowd: Devil of a Scandal

dowd_maureen_thumbThe Devil didn’t make me do it.

The facts did.

Father Gabriele Amorth, the chief exorcist for the Holy See, said in Rome that The Times’s coverage of Pope Benedict, which cast doubt on his rigor in dealing with pedophile priests, was “prompted by the Devil.”

“There is no doubt about it,” the 85-year-old priest said, according to the Catholic News Agency. “Because he is a marvelous pope and worthy successor to John Paul II, it is clear that the Devil wants to grab hold of him.” Continue reading

Miller: The Third Way

gantry_thumb_newHave you ever wondered why we humans never seem to learn from our past mistakes? Throughout recorded human history, one war is followed by another war, which is followed by yet another war. The people cry, “we want an end to war!” But the wars never end. Throughout recorded human history humankind have found themselves under one form of bondage or another with only brief periods of escape from tyranny, even though they cry out, “we want to be free.” Have you ever wondered just why these things are? Why do we keep finding ourselves repeating the same mistake over and over again, with no end in sight? The simple answer is that it’s just the nature of things. Is there away out of this seeming dilemma? Is there a way to escape this nature of things? The simple answer is yes, but it takes a tiny bit of effort on our part … but it can be done. The question that will be asked at the end of this article is, “are you willing to make that little effort now to break out of this endless chain of never ending cycles of war and strife for yourself and all those who will follow you?” Continue reading

SARTRE: Totalitarian Collectivism: Part 3 – CHURCH

“Every man, conducting himself as a good citizen, and being accountable to God alone for his religious opinions, ought to be protected in worshiping the Deity according to the dictates of his own conscience.” – George Washington, Letter, United Baptist Chamber of Virginia May 1789

batr_thumbThe role of the Church in 21st century America has hit rock bottom. As a political influence, organized religion is treated as if it is irrelevant. By contrast, the historic influence of religion in the settling of the New World is undeniable. European mercantile motivations to explore, claim and develop the natural wealth of a rich continent, required more than daring adventurers. The repression in the mother counties played a pivotal part for the down trodden and oppressed to flee from the chains of persecution. Religious freedom was as important, if not paramount, for many of the brave souls seeking a new life. Continue reading

Miller: America – Modern Babylon

revelations_thumbMany read the Revelation and some accept it as prophetic. Others look at it and classify it as a bunch of bunk. Let’s look at it again. Specifically, let us look at Revelation chapter eighteen and rather than viewing it as a dream by some mystic, let’s look at it in light of history. Prophets, fortune tellers, and seers into the future understand and believe the axiom that history repeats its self. Perhaps, just perhaps the demise of Babylon in Revelation chapter eighteen is not speaking about historic Babylon but a modern day Babylon who is in the process of repeating the fate of the historic Babylon thousands of years ago. Further if there is indeed a modern day Babylon, America fits that profile to the tee. Join with me as we go through this chapter in Revelation and see how America could very well be the modern Babylon spoken of in the book of Revelation thousands of years ago. Continue reading

Kellmeyer: Why The Left Loves Islam

gantry_thumb_newExcerpt: He destroyed them, he vented his rage upon them, he annihilated them for daring to question the annihilation that is coming to us all. He ground them to dust, the dust of the universe.On the surface, it seems a great mystery. Why would the leftist liberals who embrace abortion, homosexual rights, pornography, free love, sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll find Islam so endearing? Continue reading

Meekins: The Moral Argument For God

gantry_thumb_newThe early 21st century stands as a period of profound moral confusion. On the one hand, mothers and doctors are permitted to crack open the skulls and suck out the brains of nearly-born babies with government sanction under the banner of partial birth abortion. Should these very same people hike into the woods and crack open a bald eagle egg, they could face serious prison time.

It would therefore seem that contemporary society is marked by two seemingly contradictory extremes — that of extreme license and that of excessive control. However, upon closer inspection it could be concluded that these conditions are not as contradictory as the situation might originally appear. Continue reading

Baldwin: It is Going to Be a Rocky Road

baldwin_thmb_09Let’s face it: most Americans live in a world of false security. This is somewhat understandable, given the fact that the majority of the U.S. population was born after 1945. Few remember the dangers and hardships of World War II; fewer still remember the Great Depression. Few Americans know what it’s like to not have some sort of “supercenter” nearby with shelves stocked with every kind of food imaginable, twenty-four hours a day. Few know what life was like before there were restaurants of all sizes and types on virtually every street corner in America. And only a handful remembers when most roads were unpaved, or when sports were truly a pastime and not a megabuck obsession.

Modern living within the world’s only “superpower” has created a giant unsuspecting, soft, lackadaisical, and lethargic society. Continue reading

Towey: The Death Book for Veterans

Ex-soldiers don’t need to be told they’re a burden to society.

open_bibleAUGUST 18, 2009If President Obama wants to better understand why America’s discomfort with end-of-life discussions threatens to derail his health-care reform, he might begin with his own Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). He will quickly discover how government bureaucrats are greasing the slippery slope that can start with cost containment but quickly become a systematic denial of care.

Last year, bureaucrats at the VA’s National Center for Ethics in Health Care advocated a 52-page end-of-life planning document, “Your Life, Your Choices.” It was first published in 1997 and later promoted as the VA’s preferred living will throughout its vast network of hospitals and nursing homes. Continue reading

Cappadona: Public Notice

gantry_thumb_newJuly 11, 2009 – Do you truly believe the people running Government can do what they want once elected? The way their treachery is feared and talked about suggests such insanity. They pass a law, a statute or a presidential edict and it’s Oh my! Look what they just did! What are we to do? Where are we going to get the money for that? Then we all just grin and bear it, after all they are our elected leaders. No matter who’s doing the reporting, credence is given to this lie.

Do we elect them to follow party platforms or are they sworn to follow the Constitutional Contract? The truth is that they have no power to vote away anyone’s liberty or freedom. Those things are not in the scope of their contract. Continue reading

Oldest known Bible goes online

bible_02_thumbLONDON, England (CNN) — The world’s oldest known Christian Bible goes online Monday — but the 1,600-year-old text doesn’t match the one you’ll find in churches today.

Discovered in a monastery in the Sinai desert in Egypt more than 160 years ago, the handwritten Codex Sinaiticus includes two books that are not part of the official New Testament and at least seven books that are not in the Old Testament. Continue reading

Lost time can never be found…

stewart_thumb“Watch out! You nearly broad sided that car!” My father yelled at me.

“Can’t you do anything right?”

Those words hurt worse than blows. I turned my head toward the elderly man in the seat beside me, daring me to challenge him. A lump rose in my throat as I averted my eyes. I wasn’t prepared for another battle.

“I saw the car, Dad. Please don’t yell at me when I’m driving.”

My voice was measured and steady, sounding far calmer than I really felt. Continue reading

Seese: The Glory That Was Rome

end_of_days_thmbPUBLISHERS NOTE: One month after the Federal Observer commenced publication in July of 2001, we were privileged to begin carrying the works of one of the most prolific and talented writers in America, Dorothy Anne Seese. Due to failing health, in recent years, Dorothy has ceased writing, and yet we are proud to publish this recent effort on her part. What you are about to read, Is a letter written to her Pastor. (J. B.) Continue reading