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Mark Dankof: An Overview of I John for the Catacomb Church and Homeschooling Study in The Latter Days

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This study is dedicated to Christian believers in these latter days who face constant trials, tribulations, tragedies, illness, and spiritual depression and discouragement. Come, Lord Jesus, Come.

     As we begin our 3 hour session this evening in I John, let me emphasize at the outset that this presentation of an overview of the book is to be understood in the context of the larger Johannine corpus of the New Testament.  These Epistles (I John, II John, and III John) are fascinating letters with a wealth of information and insight in them.  We will eventually tackle the Gospel of John and his Apocalypse on Patmos, the work which finalizes the New Testament corpus even as it provides additional data on what that corpus reveals to us on the issues of eschatology and those things that must transpire in history before the Second Advent of our Lord Jesus Christ.

     I am most appreciative of the opportunity to gather in this private home in South Texas. It is not an accident that there is no advertisement of our studies to the general public or the use of social media to disclose our location, our syllabus, or the names and numbers of our homeschoolers and homeschooling parents who gather here.  When I am invited here, it is understood that I am attempting to help parents and students tackle the tools and methods of study available for growth in the Word of God, to discuss matters never discussed in public schools, and to focus on prayer together as a family of remnant believers in Jesus Christ, the Holy Trinity, and the trustworthy character of the written revelation of God in the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books in its New Testament counterpart.

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Class Assignment: Gnosticism on pages 42-60.

     For those of you who have been a part of my last several seminars and discussions here, it is understood that the covering of basic material necessary for study and comprehension is an essential part of anything I teach, but so is challenging give-and-take, and rigorous questioning during the 3 hours that have now begun.  Past examples of the work we have accomplished together have included my Overview of Jonah as Prototypical Primer for Catacomb and Homeschool Study; Christian Martyrdom and The American Empire; and The Church of Smyrna Speaks to the Confessing Church of Christ in This Darkening Hour of Tribulation, Remnant, and Martyrdom.  Whatever else may be said, we are willing together to tackle the real issues of these latter days against the backdrop of an American cultural, political, and educational revolution which has evolved in the last 50 years into an increasingly hostile monolith against any version of Biblical Christianity or its expression in the public marketplace of ideas in a darkening era of Cultural Marxism, Wars for Empire, the Surveillance State, and the proliferation of once-evangelical churches going down the road of the Personality Cult, the Church Growth Movement (CGM), the Entertainment/”Contemporary Worship” Scene, and an overall approach which has embraced mass popularity, existentialism and the sensory at the expense of time-tested, propositionally revealed truths in the Word of God. Is it any wonder that our Lord Jesus emphasizes that the end of history before His return shall be a time of unprecedented deception (Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21)?

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Christian believers in Iran at Christmas Time in an uncertain world.

     One other item before we move into the survey of I John:  Use electronic technology of this present era to your advantage in Biblical study and your search for God’s truth.  Because of the plethora of trash that exists on the Internet, evangelical Christians often make the mistake of denying themselves and their families access to wonderful theological and Biblical presentations online, and to musical and historical treasures not previously accessible to most of us in a pre-Internet age.  With prayerful discernment, this era enables all of us to grow in knowledge and resources over time.  I chose a few examples for your future use, and your future journey.  See Douglas Campbell and Douglas Moo:  Is the Lutheran Approach to Pauline Justification ‘Justified’? ; D. A. Carson’s multi-episode series on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, Part One, Part Two, and Part Three; Dr. Gleason Archer on The Documentary Hypothesis and Higher Criticism; The Best of Bach; a marvelous journey for the Western Christian in Russian Orthodox Chant; or even what I wrote last month for Russia Insider on LGBTQ and the Culture of Death.  The point is this:  Learning and Discovery never end.  Keep learning, keep discovering, keep growing in the deepest things of God and the available works of some of His best laborers, wherever they till. Allow God’s Word to inform your thinking and your present and future pathway, not the mobs and masses increasingly on the loose in American institutions, seeking to destroy faith, freedom, morals, and the ability to think critically for oneself without dictation or coercion.  That is the ultimate reason why all of you are here.  This is why I have come to help you to the extent that the limitations of my gifts allow me to do so.  It is my ministry to you, even as each and everyone of you ministers to me in these encounters.

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St John writes I John in Ephesus, the Apocalypse on the Isle of Patmos.

     And please do not make the mistake of failing to be informed on secular political issues and developments both nationally and globally, even as you search for the best sources with which to receive information and analysis as to the larger implications of these matters.  There is no Biblical prophet or apostle who failed to write about these matters in the context of the principles to be learned about God’s sovereign control of all of linear redemptive history throughout the entirety of the Biblical corpus, both in terms of the larger landscape of what was happening in the time contemporaneous with the author and the critical increase in discernment on the part of modern remnant believers in Christ now living in these latter days.  The Holy Spirit superintended the process of inspiring and illumining the minds and hearts of these men in regard to each word, each chapter, each book of the Scriptures.  Thus it is the Spirit of God Himself who has insured the inclusion of these materials on the historical and political times of long ago with application to the wisdom of God’s remnant people in days many centuries later (2 Peter 1:21). When I look at my own life and the passage of years accompanied by past work as a journalist, a broadcaster, a traveler and wanderer, and a Lutheran pastor, one example of these many strange intersections and the superintendence of God occurred in 2012 traveling to and from South Africa.  I wrote about that in “A Reminder of God’s Existence From Long Ago.”

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Pastor Dankof to Homeschoolers:  The Lifelong Study of Scripture and Solid History is Your Pathway as God Directs.

     I will give you one example of something to read on the history of America seen through the lenses of discernment and not those of an Empire-driven mythology about that history, designed to befuddle those who are unwitting pawns of that Empire and its agenda of world government and what we have discussed here in past sessions as the so-called New World Order.  It is written by my evangelical friend and past colleague in national political wars in the Constitution Party, Pastor Chuck Baldwin.  It is entitled, “These Are The Dates That Destroyed America, 1865-2016.” Follow and research the events he mentions in this terrific article in Russia Insider over months and years, and you are guaranteed to learn things the American political elite and its educational system and news media do not want you to know about. That includes the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas when I was a boy.  My late friend Michael Collins Piper wrote a book on that subject.  You can now read the entire manuscript online thanks to the people at The Unz Review.

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Mark Dankof to Homeschooling Parents and Students:  I can return to my collegiate youth in Iran, or return to the Achaemenid Empire of Ancient Persia anytime I desire.

     I will add two additional resources for your future use in the study of the Old Testament as it pertains to the ancient Achaemenid Kings of the Persian Empire, before we commence with I John tonight as the beginning of some work in the Johannine literature of the New Testament.  Put these in your seminar notes that pertain to what I have been doing with all of you up to this point.  One is the website of Dr. Kaveh Farrokh of the University of British Columbia, a past guest on my radio show a decade ago.  His new article on Pasargadae and Cyrus the Great just issued may be accessed here.  His pivotal book, Shadows in the Desert:  Ancient Persia at War, is a future must for all of you to use in any homeschooling seminar or Catacomb Church study.  The other volume is entitled, Persia and the Bible by Dr. Edwin Yamauchi, past President of the Evangelical Theological Society.  As you will later discover on your own, one cannot see how the Old Testament and the New Testament’s constant use of the Old document the entirety of redemptive history without understanding how Persia, the Achaemenid Empire, and Cyrus the Great fit into the entirety of the picture on Prototype, Predictive Prophecy, Eschatology, and God’s superintendence of the Biblical narrative and all of history, as but one significant example among many.

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Mark Dankof’s Radio Studio doubles as Pastor Mark Dankof’s Research Library, where denizens like Kaveh Farrokh and Edwin Yamauchi reside.

 

     Speaking of history, let our own history record in perpetuity the number of words I have already employed as a mere preliminary to beginning the launch of our journey into the Johannine literature of the New Testament by first examining I John (That total is 1,628 words.)

     One more preliminary suggestion.  Go back to our study of Jonah to be refreshed on some ideas on tools to be used now for I John and the entirety of the Johannine corpus. Remember that I said then:

     “Where tools are concerned, the multi-volume Zondervan Charts are critically valuable.  I have been collecting them for years.

     “And finally, if one desires to learn enough Greek and Hebrew through a reputable online course, the best tools for subsequent word studies and research include the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament (Harris, Archer, Waltke), the updated version of the New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis (Moises Silva, ed.), and the Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (10 vols, Kittel/Friedrich).  The classic Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon, the accompanying Index to the Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon, the infamous Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (Bauer-Arndt-Gingrich or “BAG”) and An Index to the Revised Bauer-Arndt-Gingrich Greek Lexicon (John R. Alsop, Zondervan) round out some of the basics for those who want to dabble in these scholarly arenas. We do not have to be world-famous scholars to use these.  Over time, I can easily show you how.  By the way, the Bauer-Arndt-Gingrich (“BAG”) edition is a first edition.  Later, there was a second edition in 1979 that involved my late Lutheran colleague William Danker, hence the later acronym BAGD.  And to make matters even more ridiculous for you, when a 3rd edition of A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature was subsequently issued in 2000, the acronym for the 4 scholars was rearranged for reasons beyond me. This 3rd edition is referred to by insiders as BDAG (Bauer-Danker-Arndt-Gingrich).  Go figure.  As for me, I still have the 2nd edition known as BAGD.”

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Pastor Dankof at the Podium for 3 Hours. Put on Your Helmets, Class, and Let’s Go!

First John Survey

A Roadmap of Structures and Concepts for Studying a Biblical Book:  Test Case today is First John.

Place of the Book in the Canon and in the Redemptive History Timeline: For your Prototypical Analysis, think of the Epistles of John as subsequent to the Gospel of John and prior to The Apocalypse/The Revelation of John on the island of Patmos during the reign of Emperor Domitian (A. D. 81-96 A. D.)

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Two Guarantees of Pastor Dankof to Homeschoolers:  “When we get to the Gospel of John, a guaranteed word study is Logos.  For I John, we will try Advocate and Propitiation with our Tools.”

Title:  “First of John” (Πρώτα από τον Ιωάννη)

Author:  The author is the Apostle John, although I John does not tell us who its author is.  The earliest identification we have of John comes from the Church Fathers.  See Irenaeus (circa 140-203 A. D.), Clement of Alexandria (circa 155-215 A. D.), Tertullian (circa 150-222 A. D.), and Origen (circa 185-253 A. D.) who unanimously designated the author as the Apostle John.  There is no evidence of anyone else being brought forward as an alternative by the Church Fathers. The book was used by Polycarp (who knew John in his youth) and Papias in the second century.  All of the Greek and Latin Church Fathers accepted this Epistle as Johannine.  

The identification of the Apostle John as the author by the Church Fathers is undoubtedly the result of the strongest evidence contained within the text of 1 John itself: This evidence is overwhelming based upon the style of 1 John in comparison to the Gospel of John and the use of antithetical contrasts in expressions (light v darkness; life and death; truth and lies; love and hate.)

Compare phrases and expressions in the two books:  Example of First John 1:1 and the Gospel of John 1:1,14Assignment for next session: Find two more, among many.

Eyewitness Testimony (First John 1: 1-4; 4:14). See “we” (Apostles), “you” (readers), and “they” (false teachers) phraseology.

John’s Background:  Acts 8:14; Galatians 2:9.  Christian tradition indicates uniformly that he left Jerusalem (probably not long before its destruction in A. D. 70) and ministered in and around Ephesus.

Date and Historical Background:  You will find that the precise dating of the book is impossible to determine, which compels us to bring in the scholarly detectives (the orthodox, evangelical scholars) to narrow the field to a reasonable time frame based on the Biblical and historical data available. Here is what can safely be said:  We are looking at a time frame nearing the end of the first century.  Factors to be included in any analysis of this shall include the evidence from early Christian writers (Irenaeus and Clement of Alexandria), an early form of Gnosticism which provides the backdrop of the letter’s denunciations, and the indications of John’s advancing age.  One evangelical source concludes that since I John builds on the themes and concepts found in the 4th Gospel, it would be reasonable to conclude with the other arguments already advanced that a date between A. D. 85-95 is an excellent deduction.  No persecution is mentioned, suggesting a date prior to A. D. 95 when persecution broke out during the end of Emperor Domitian’s reign (A. D. 81-96). I cannot overemphasize the importance of a basic understanding of Gnosticism.  In addition to the one Internet Link already provided, the class will have two background reading assignments on this topic:  One is to read what Dr. Harold O. J. Brown tells us in Heresies about Gnosticism in pages 42-60.  There is a correlation between Gnosticism and Docetism, we are told.  Hint:  Look up Gnosticism in The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary.  You will be told to “See Incarnation (pp. 613-613).” Why?

Christ in I JohnThe Lord is indeed found throughout the book.  My favorite section, if pressed, would be the section marked off as 1:5-2:22.  This section does highlight the present ministry of Christ, especially in the emphasis on His blood continually cleansing the believer from all sin, and the articulation of the idea that He is our righteous Advocate before the Father. Pay special attention to the specific refutations of the Gnostic heresy here (see 2:22 and later 4:2-3).  Jesus comes by “water and blood” (5:6); He is the same indivisible person from the beginning to the end of his life, in an idea later framed by systematic theologians as the Hypostatic Union of the Human and Divine Natures in One Indivisible Person. The Nicene Creed discusses the mystery of the “Word who Became Flesh” (John 1:1,14 with comparison to 1 John 1:1) by discussing the correct verdict of the Council of Nicaea that the Second Person of the Trinity, Jesus Christ, is “of the same substance as God the Father.”

Structure of the Book: Let’s keep this as simple as possible:

I.  Introduction (1:1-4)

II. Fellowship’s Conditions (1:5-2:14)

III. Cautions to the Believer (2:15-27) [Love of the World/Spirit of the Antichrist]

IV.  The Believer’s Walk with God in Fellowship (2:28-5:21) [Characteristics and Positive Consequences of Fellowship]

Key Verses: When I was a boy in Lutheran parochial school in Hawaii, and later a young Lutheran confirmand in Dayton, Ohio, memorization of the Word of God was an absolute emphasis.  I remember so many verses from I John that it seems almost absurd to discuss key verses, except in the context of my own personal preferences and those quoted most often by my teachers and scholars who guided me in my past educational endeavors.

But I will give you a few:  I John 1:5-10; I John 2: 1-2; I John 2: 17; I John 2: 18-19; I John 2:22-23; I John 2:26; I John 3:1b; I John 3:16; I John 3:23; I John 4:1-3; I John 5:5-7; 1 John 5: 11-12; I John 5: 13-15; I John 5:16; I John 5:18-20.

Key Chapter: There is so much key material throughout this Epistle that I find isolating the key chapter to be a bit of a dicey proposition.  Nonetheless, I will post here the majority evangelical consensus that the key chapter is Chapter 1, with the key idea/word being that of fellowship.  In my notes from a D. A. Carson lecture at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in the early 1980s, he made reference to the ” .  .  . two central passages in the New Testament for continued fellowship with God are John 15 and First John 1.  The former relates the positive side of fellowship, namely abiding in Christ.  The latter gives us the opposite side of the equation, that when Christians do not abide in Christ, they must seek forgiveness before fellowship can be restored.” Yes, I have all of my notes and handouts from my entire time in three different seminaries.  I recopied my notes after each lecture, which enables me to read my handwriting decades later.  . . .

Good Commentaries:  I am going to suggest a good possibility.  I use the word possibility because I haven’t used it personally, but the evangelical credentials of the author and the endorsements suggest one would be safe in selecting this one as part of a larger personal Bibliography.  I will reiterate what has been said in this seminar each time I have been invited to teach: For beginners in this minefield, select those who actually believe the Word of God is infallible and divinely inspired; then subdivide that further when it comes to schools graduated from, theological tradition identified with the author, and special expertise in a specific Biblical book or research emphasis.  Once we reach the Gospel of John and the Apocalypse, I will have other suggestions for you. Hint:  A man I once knew is a name you need to remember.  It will come up time and time again:  Leon Morris. Another name for your future interest:  Donald W. Burdick. His The Letters of John the Apostle is something to remember and to consult. Finally, don’t make the mistake of failing to consult the Lutheran tradition when it is out of the orthodox, evangelical wing of that strand.  One of the great ironic shortcomings of Protestant Evangelical publishing houses and schools is the tendency to forget that the Sola Christus, Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide rallying cry of the Reformation stems originally from the Lutheran Reformation, not the later development of what would become known as the Reformed version.  On the issues of forensic declaration and imputation as these concepts relate to the salvation of the believer, they are of one mind, whatever the other significant differences.

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The Lutheran “Solas” and the Monergistic Action of God in Salvation. Avoid Synergism.  What is Synergism, Class????

Word StudiesAdvocate (Παράκλητον) I John 2:1: Volume 3 of New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis, Moises Silva (Revision Editor), pages 627-633.  BAGD, page 618.

Propitiation (ἱλασμός) I John 2:2: Volume 2 of New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis, Moises Silva (Revision Editor), pages 531-541. Also BAGD on page 375. Detail on page 375: Luther’s Gnadenstuhl and his exegesis of Hebrew 9:5.

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Was ist ein Gnadenstuhl? See Luther on Hebrews 9:5. 

Key Ideas for Discussion and Reflection: Dr. Harold O. J. Brown tells us that the entire history of the Church is the constant battle between Heresy and Orthodoxy.  One example is Gnosticism and Docetism.  Does heresy creep into evangelical churches today? What kinds? How does it happen?  Are there patterns in Scripture and history which can be adduced? What false ideas do you see by Biblical definition as mainstream or majority views in American society and culture today?

Mark Dankof on the New Zealand Massacre for Tasnim News Agency of Iran

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Mark Dankof:  “Who’s promoting War With Russia, War With Iran, and the MSM Spin on the New Zealand Tragedy?”

 

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Javad Arabshirazi of Tasnim News Agency:  Reporting the Mark Dankof Take on the Zionist-MSM Narrative on the New Zealand Massacre.

 

Tasnim: One gunman killed 49 people and wounded more than 20 during Friday prayers at two New Zealand mosques in the country’s worst ever mass shooting, which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned as terrorism. What’s your take on this?

Dankof:  Clearly we have a case of mass murder on our hands.  The question is why, and how this event is being spun in context and meaning by a Zionist-controlled mass media in the West.

     Brenton Tarrant’s publicized profile is eerily reminiscent of Legends spun by mass media on Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin of President John Kennedy; James Earl Ray, the alleged assassin of Martin Luther King; Sirhan Sirhan, the alleged assassin of Robert Kennedy; and Arthur Bremer, who shot Governor George Wallace of Alabama in May of 1972.  As time passed, and more research has been undertaken on these individuals and their alleged motives, the Cracks in the Mainstream Media Canvas are now all too apparent to reasonable, thinking people.  The information on Oswald, his background, his associations, his movements prior to November 22, 1963 chronicled by Anthony Summers in Not In Your Lifetime, and Michael Collins Piper in Final Judgment, are but several of a number of excellent books on the subject that absolutely perforate the Warren Commission account of the event.  The research of King attorney William Pepper on James Earl Ray and the murder of King in Memphis in 1968 expose the holes in the official narrative of that murder.  In the case of Sirhan Sirhan, your readers will want to examine Shane O’Sullivan’s The Real Manchurian Candidate and the Washington Post account of Tom Jackman on June 4, 2018 on the 50th anniversary of Robert Kennedy’s death at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.  Two salient additional facts must be mentioned here:  The official autopsy conducted by LA Coroner Thomas Noguchi indicated that the fatal shot was fired behind Kennedy’s right ear at point blank range.  Sirhan was in front of RFK during the entire shooting.  The second fact relates to the proof from videos, published years later, that CIA agents connected to the anti-Castro JMWAVE operation were in the Ambassador ballroom that night.  Why?

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     All of this brings us back to Mr. Tarrant.  Your Press TV Iran and The Times of Israel report that he spent time in Israel in 2016 arriving from Turkey.  That same year, he spent time in Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Croatia, and Hungary.  His published manifestos before the shooting, his strange trip of 2016, and the comparisons of his Legend to those of Oswald, Ray, Sirhan, and Bremer make anyone give pause for thought.  I would pause even longer and wait for responsible research over time to take over in examining these coincidences and these convenient narratives currently being repeated as Truth Mantras by those whose record of truth and responsible investigative journalism is absolutely shoddy.  At the same time, I would caution against any rush to judgment on the part of those who immediately proclaim their knowledge of the real facts on Tarrant and the inside story on possible outside handlers, when there is so much work to do on the part of a handful of people committed to investigating this as Summers, Piper, Pepper, and O’Sullivan have in these other killings. I freely admit my bias in my suspicions based on ancient history.  In this regard, your readers will be interested in Laurent Guyenot’s article of almost 10,000 words in the Unz Review entitled, “Did Israel Kill the Kennedys?”  Also add the reminder from Mark Glenn of The Ugly Truth about the uncovering of the Mossad Spy Network operating in New Zealand in the context of the 2011 Christchurch Earthquake, and the IntelBrief post entitled, “The Transnational Network That Nobody is Talking About,” which links Tarrant to the right wing Azov Battalion in the Ukraine.  Has anyone noticed who and what was backing the Azov Battalion in the events leading to the coup d’etat in that country in February of 2014? Answer:  Victoria Nuland, Robert Kagan, Hillary Clinton, Israel, the EU, and the Zionist-oriented Western banks.  The point is this:  All of us need to dig much deeper into research and through time before accepting MSM spin on anything:  The Kennedy Assassination, 9-11, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Ukraine, Putin’s Russia, Iran, or New Zealand and the other massacres of recent years.  If Tarrant is the Neo-Nazi, White Supremacist nutcase portrayed in MSM on what happened to innocent Muslims in their mosque worshiping peacefully as usual in Christchurch, how and why was he so easily admitted to Israel and allowed to stay for days? These are the questions that will never be asked, much less answered by the nonsense being presently promoted in a Zionist-Controlled media on the subject. Mike Pompeo connects Zionists, LBTQ/LGBTI, and Ukraine on the official U. S Embassy Ukraine web site when he declared LGBTI Pride Month proudly for the Ukrainian people.  Let’s ask him about how Brenton Tarrant fits into a bigger picture with his travels to Tel Aviv, Kiev, and New Zealand.

     Look at this Zionist narrative in this tragic event.  Blame “white supremacism,” people who voted for Trump, and anyone concerned about the way in which multiculturalism and globalism have deliberately changed the demographics of the West along with a largely Jewish-inspired Culturally Marxist pollution of subverted cultures in the UK, Europe, and the United States previously impacted by some version of Christianity historically. Examine the role of Zionist organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in being used by these outlets to reinforce the already arrived at conclusions and solutions of Mainstream Media.  Paul Craig Roberts points out the $60 million dollars paid out in out-of-court settlements for libel and slander by the SPLC.

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Pat Buchanan and Mark Dankof in Olden Days.

     This is not an accident.  Pat Buchanan demonstrates a few of the lies in his latest essay, “Who Spawned the Christchurch killer? ” Take a look at the real statistics on crime in the United States and globally, which contradict the Mainstream Media Predictable Spin on the New Zealand murders.  A different picture emerges.  And on the usual Mainstream Media lies about gun ownership and their accompanying globalist gun control narrative, see the article of my good friend, Erich Pratt of Gun Owners of America, on the falsehoods promoted in the wake of the New Zealand murders.  It is entitled, “What Media Won’t Tell You About the New Zealand Massacre.” Erich Pratt can hold his own with anyone, by the way.  See his debate with CNN’s Richard Quest, or his conversation with Guns and Gadgets.

Tasnim: According to reports, the Australian-born suspect has published a manifesto citing US President Donald Trump and Anders Breivik, the Norwegian white supremacist who murdered 77 people in Norway in 2011. He has dubbed the US president as “a symbol of renewed white identity”. What are your thoughts on this?

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Who Really Killed JFK?

Dankof:  This is all too convenient for me to accept at face value.  Keep in mind the Legend narratives mentioned in my first answer.  In the case of Breivik, it appears that his primary motivation for mass murder was a warped radical Zionist worldview.  His statements also fit in beautifully with Mainstream Media Narratives that people concerned about targeted demographic change aimed at the West, abortion, the LGBTQ movement, and a brand of globalism designed to destroy the culture, history, and institutions of sovereign individual nation states, are all potential Breiviks ready to go off like ticking time bombs armed with weaponry and irrational hatred of all Muslims and people of color.  Look at the Jerusalem Post article published at the time. In the case of Trump, the so-called “symbol of renewed white identity” is actually an ardent Zionist being urged on by Zionist Neo-Conservative advisors to militarily attack Iran in the interest of Greater Israel.  This war crime will involve the continued use of many American whites in the military to fight as surrogates for the Zionist cause, Netanyahu, the Israeli Lobby 5th Column operating in American government and media, and the Central Banks. Turning again to Brendon Tarrant, if he actually believes in his supposed manifesto and stated motive for mass murder in the New Zealand, he, like Breivik, Sirhan Sirhan, and Arthur Bremer, can be assigned status as an obvious psychiatric case par excellence or—be under suspicion as a programmed Manchurian Candidate.  I cannot say which.

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Who Backs LGBTQ in Ukraine and the Azov Battalion in Kiev Simultaneously?  Ask Mike Pompeo!

Tasnim: Certain media outlets in west and Europe described the tragic incident as “shooting” not an act of terrorism. How do you see the role of western media in inciting a war between the west and Islam?

Dankof:  Western Mainstream Media is Zionist Media.  In the West, the governments of the United States, the UK, and Western Europe, are Zionist Occupied Governments (ZOG).  There is an obvious symbiotic relationship between the two.  Understood this way, a war between the West and Islam, the so-called War of Civilizations promoted by Zionist Neo Conservatives, will make both legitimate American and European nationalists opposed to the New World Order and their Islamic counterparts, the ultimate losers in the enterprise.  In other words, these seemingly diametrically opposed constituencies have a mutual interest in recognizing who is pitting them against one another as the hidden hand moving the chess pieces in an evil game largely misunderstood by the vast majority.

[Additional links added to the Tasnim News Agency original accessible here.]

Kevin Barrett’s Truth Jihad Radio on September 27th! Merlin Miller and Mark Dankof in 2016????

Mark Dankof in Washington, D. C. in November of 2011

Mark Dankof in Washington, D. C. in November of 2011

Dr. Kevin Barrett of Truth Jihad Radio will interview Mark Dankof of Mark Dankof’s America and The Ugly Truth radio network on Friday, September 27th, 2013.  The topic will be Populist 3rd Party machinations in 2016, and the rumors about a Presidential ticket involving Merlin Miller of Americana Pictures with Mr. Dankof riding shotgun.

Independent Film Producer and West Point graduate Merlin Miller. Anti NWO Presidential candidate in 2016?

Independent Film Producer and West Point graduate Merlin Miller. Anti NWO Presidential candidate in 2016?

Will there be a new 3rd Party, or an America First, anti-Zionist, anti-New World Order slate in GOP primaries as an alternative?  Listen for the latest live on September 27th, 3-4 pm Central/4-5 pm Eastern, on the American Freedom Radio network. The show will be archived for later listeners by clicking here. The Call-in Number for live listeners: (218) 339 – 8525.

Kevin Barrett interviews Mark Dankof on Truth Jihad Radio on Friday, September 27th, 2013.

Kevin Barrett interviews Mark Dankof on Truth Jihad Radio on Friday, September 27th, 2013.

Kevin  Barrett is an outspoken 9/11 truth activist, author, and academic. A  co-editor of 9/11 and the American Empire Vol. 2: Christians, Jews and  Muslims Speak Out (Interlink, 2007) and author of Truth Jihad: My Epic  Struggle Against the 9/11 Big Lie (Progressive Press, 2007), he has  taught English, French, Arabic, American Civilization, Humanities,  African Literature, Folklore, and Islam at colleges and universities in  the San Francisco Bay area, Paris, and Madison, Wisconsin. He is a  co-founder of the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance for 9/11 Truth. This show, like his writings, features Dr. Barrett’s  all-out struggle for truth spiced with his offbeat sense of humor.

Lee Atwater and Mark Dankof in Seattle 1988:  Decapitating Michael Dukakis is Achieved.  But for What and for Whom?

Lee Atwater and Mark Dankof in Seattle 1988: Decapitating Michael Dukakis is Achieved. But for What and for Whom?

Mark Dankof and Michael Collins Piper of the American Free Press in the Nation's Capitol:  November 2011

Mark Dankof and Michael Collins Piper of the American Free Press in the Nation’s Capitol: November 2011

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Mark Dankof in Washington, D. C. in November of 2011

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The Samson Option: The Zionist State’s Endgame for the Middle East and the World?

Written by Mark Dankof

August 10, 2012 at 4:21 pm

The Full Court Press on Iran: John Hagee, Franklin Graham, Press TV Bans, and the Hispan TV Affair

 

Mark Dankof in Washington, D. C. in November of 2011

   

“Time, numbers, and space are with the colored world, with the Muslim nationalists and against Israel.  What the colored world lacked has been unity and dynamism.  Well, Israel is contributing to the unification and activation of the colored world for war against the outsiders.  The white powers and the Israelis can never achieve ultimate and decisive force superiority over the colored world and the vast areas it populates.

     “However, the western world–if guided by operational rationalism and calculation instead of mystical legalism, moralism, and traditionalism–could easily formulate propositions with the colored world mutually advantageous to all concerned.  Only a return to [American] neutrality could ensure against our government fighting a third world war against overwhelming numerical odds.  The more natives Americans kill, the better for the interests of native nationalisms.  The pressure will be only on the American taxpayers and conscripts for the wars of perpetual intervention.”

Lawrence Dennis, American Nationalist, the 1950s

     The Full Court Press on Iran continues unabated.  The ongoing escalation in economic sanctions targeting Iranian oil, banking, and trade are accompanied by Zionist inspired terror within that country, using the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK/PMOI/MKO), PJAK, and Jundallah in the carrying out of premeditated murder in Tehran, Iranian Azerbaijan, Diyala, Khuzestan, and Balochistan provinces.  The Washington Post concedes that there has been a five-fold “unexplained” increase in explosions in the last two years at Iranian nuclear sites and military installations, oil and gas facilities and pipelines, and electrical plants.  This is supplemented by American, British, and Israeli financial support for various activities of political insurrection against the IRI regime, American violations of Iranian airspace with drones, and the deployment of three United States aircraft carrier task forces and two Marine amphibious assault units near the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz.  The winds of a totally immoral and unjustifiable war of aggression continue to blow with greater force and speed.

     I have a reiteration of a prediction with my own subsequent addendum.  Lawrence Dennis, the great American Nationalist theoretician, is certainly correct in his assessment of the present crisis uttered over half a century ago.

     Yes, this war will happen as Dennis predicted.  But it is also a war that will irrevocably destroy what little remains of the United States and the Western World from the immediate post-World War II configuration of powers and cultures.  The good news is that Israel will also collapse over time, along with Zionist fiat banking; fractional reserve banking; usury; Jewish cultural subversion of Christian and Islamic influence; and every other corresponding cancer of the New World Order.  Out of short-term tragedy will emerge an aftermath in this present world with renewed reason for hope and life once more, or the Eschaton itself.

     Yet the chief beneficiaries and apologists for The Beast will not go down without a fight.  There are three (3) prime examples of this currently manifesting their poison-for-pay agenda in the interest of igniting a Zionist inspired Holocaust in Iran.

     The first example comes from the Rotund Reaper of Deception himself, John Hagee, whose Christians United for Israel sponsored a March 28 airing of the agitation-propaganda film Iranium at the University of Texas in San Antonio about the alleged threat to the West posed by a weaponized Iranian nuclear program.  The claims of the film are a repudiation of the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on the subject produced by America’s 16 intelligence agencies, and what has emerged from the International Atomic Energy Agency as well.  One of the film’s chief spokespersons is Clair Lopez of the Central Intelligence Agency and the Iran Policy Committee (IPC), the chief PR arm of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK) in Washington.  Ms. Lopez and IPC chief Dr. Raymond Tanter of Georgetown University are key links in a spider web of American intelligence front organizations with symbiotic links to the Israeli Mossad and a Jewish-driven Neo-Conservative movement which has hijacked the American Right and much of the national security apparatus of the United States as well.

     The second example has emerged this week, with the April 2012 Special Issue of Decision magazine, the flagship publication of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.  It is entitled “Radical Islam’s Global War on Christians.”

     A number of observations about this issue and the organization that produced it are in order.  It is a matter of well buried but public record, that Billy Graham’s success for 60 years as America’s leading Christian Right evangelist is inextricably linked to his effective recruitment and deployment over the decades by the William Randolph Hearst media conglomerate, which in turn was effectively serving the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the emerging American corporate power structure during the Cold War and the anti-Communist crusade which accompanied it.  Billy Graham was the pivotal figure in the enlistment of millions of American Protestant Evangelicals in this endeavor for forces not understood by the faithful.  The outcome of this crusade was the end of the Soviet Union in 1989 as it had been previously constituted.  That achievement was laudable.

     But the crowd enamored of Graham was never informed that Soviet Bolshevism and its exportation abroad were largely empowered by Jewish recruits and international financiers like Jacob Schiff and the House of Rothschild.  Concurrently, these American Protestant Evangelicals were never filled in by the Graham Empire or its Decision magazine of the disproportionate Jewish role in pursing a targeted strategy of destroying Christian culture in the United States via the abortion industry; the homosexual rights movement; the radical feminist movement; and the importation of Freud’s Vienna and the Frankfurt School for their subsequent infiltration of the highest echelons of American government, media, legal, and educational matrixes.  Why?  Clearly part of the answer is the influence of the Christian Zionist heresy fed by John Nelson Darby and the Scofield Reference Bible, and politically driven by Chicago businessman and Dispensationalist William E. Blackstone in the 19th and 20th centuries.  Additionally, Billy and Franklin Graham presumably understood the necessity of cooperation with the Synagogue of Satan (Revelation 2:9) as a prerequisite to their own survival and promotion in an America increasingly co-opted as the driving surrogate force for Globalism, International Central Banking, and the New World Order.  The success of this endgame necessitates carefully recruited front men in both secular and ecclesiastical realms.  Understood in this context, Billy and Franklin Graham and John Hagee are the religious flipside of Fox News and CNN, singing the same tune in total concert with the latter regarding the necessity for war.   Onward Christian Soldiers?

     Analyzing the contents of Decision’sRadical Islam’s Global War on Christians” reveals other unpleasant truths.  Decision cites Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy and ex-CIA chief R. James Woolsey as sources for its presentation.  Gaffney’s long standing membership as a friendly source for the Israeli Lobby and as part of the larger Neo-Conservative Constellation for World Zionism is not mentioned.  Neither is the sordid role of R. James Woolsey in receiving thousands of dollars for his public role in attempting to have the Communist Mujahedeen-e-Khalq cult delisted from the list of Terrorist Organizations compiled by the State Department.  Franklin Graham apparently has no problem with complete Zionist cooperation with such an organization, infamous for its warped ideological synthesis of Communism and Islam, its murder of Americans in Pahlavi Iran several generations ago, its murder of Kurds at the behest of Saddam Hussein in the 1980s, its long history of terror and murder of Iranians since the Revolution of 1979, and the cultic leadership of Miryam and Massoud Rajavi in the brainwashing and terror applied to the organization’s own members when necessary.  Graham, like Rick Santorum and Company, apparently also approves of the premeditated murders of Iranian scientists in recent years, along with all of the other aforementioned acts of war directed at that country.  All in the name of  a loving Jesus, of course.

The Mossad and the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK/PMOI): Pals of Franklin Graham's friends, including R. James Woolsey of the CIA.

     Former CIA Station Chief Philip Giraldi of the Council for the National Interest, provides the context for understanding the nonsense promoted by Franklin Graham and Decision magazine in the former’s essay entitled, “The Islamophobia Excuse.”  Christians might also enjoy comparing the Koran’s evaluation of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary with that proferred by the Jewish Talmud, or reading Tarif Khalidi’s The Muslim Jesus:  Sayings and Stories in Islamic Literature.  Or asking why Christian Right sock puppets like Franklin Graham and John Hagee are siding with the enemies of Christianity in the American Culture Wars, even as the Islamic world stands against these trends in the United Nations and their promotion and financing internationally by Hillary Clinton’s State Department in the world body.

     And finally, someone needs to ask Franklin Graham what the Bible has to say about the reasons for the national Jewish disenfranchisement at the hands of Babylon (B. C. 586) and Rome (A. D. 70).  Why did the Jewish-inspired mob demand Pilate’s release of Barabbas, the Menachem Begin of his time (Matthew 27)?  Was it because that mob, working in conjunction with the Jewish Chief Priests, Scribes, and Pharisees of Jerusalem, wanted the death of a Messiah who had repudiated both Jewish racial supremacism and a kingdom based in this world and not the next?  If so, why affirm that ideology now in the 21st century as the chief foundational reason for the establishment of the modern Zionist State of Israel?  And risk the survivability of the United States in the process?  Franklin Graham and Decision magazine are stone cold silent.  This is one stone that will not be rolled away from the Tomb serving as the Repository of the Secrets of Subterranean Masters.

     And given the ersatz American patriotism of John Hagee, Franklin Graham, and Company, why is their absolute silence on the nature of Jesus Christ’s teachings about the Kingdom of God in the New Testament accompanied by their identical AWOL status on Deir Yassin, the Meyer Lansky crime syndicate’s relationship to the Zionist State, the Lavon Affair, the Kennedy Assassination, the USS Liberty attack, and the laundry list of Israeli espionage operations against the United States since 1948 including the Pollard spy case and the PROMIS affair?  Will following the money trail provide the answers?

     The third example of the Full Court Press on Iran does not involve promoting and financing Israel’s friends.  It has every thing to do with its logical counterpart: silencing Iran’s opportunity to make its own direct public case to the world, and to an American public presently at the mercy of Zionist Corporate Media.

     Only a fool could fail to see the implications of the Ofcom case made against Press TV in the UK, or the more recent ban on that network in Germany courtesy of the Munich regulatory agency that ordered Press TV removed from SES Astra.  These bans will likely be accompanied in the future by regulatory actions against Hispan TV, the media outreach being developed by the national Iranian news agency for the airing of issues in South America.  Adam Housley of InterAmerican Security Watch sounds the Neo-Conservative alarm at such a prospect in “Iran Moving in on Latin American Television Market“.  The United States Congress joins in Mr. Housley’s chorus by adding the “Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act” which will eventually pass both the House and Senate in some final version.  These alarms have nothing to do with the canards of “Anti-Semitism” and “Terrorism.”  They have everything to do with both North and South Americans having the chance to see patriotic and academically respectable Americans like Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, Dr. Philip Giraldi, Dr. Paul Sheldon Foote, Dr. E. Michael Jones, and Mark Glenn, making the case not simply for avoiding war with Iran, but providing an honest analysis of who and what has shoplifted the American political process, the economy, the media, and the culture.

     The First Amendment and Jeffersonianism will triumph.  The descendants of Lawrence Dennis, like Michael Collins Piper, Mark Glenn, Mark Dankof, and E. Michael Jones will emerge victorious.

     Benjamin Netanyahu, the domestic American Jewish Lobby, and their Pit Puppies in the American Establishment understand this.  If Press TV, Hispan TV, Russia Today, and other international media outlets capable of reaching American and European audiences from abroad ever succeed in facilitating the connection of the real dots in this Internet age for masses of people in the Western world, these jokers are finished.  The game will be over.

     But the Beast will not go out without a fight.  It will begin with a False Flag Incident which mirrors Fort Sumter or the Kuwaiti Baby Incubator Fraud of 1990.  And as Billy Graham’s handler, William Randolph Hearst once put it, “You give me the pictures, I’ll give you the war.”

     Only this time, the Good Guys will win the war the Bad Guys begin.  And Franklin Graham will join John Hagee, Kenneth R. Timmerman, and Howard Phillips in going on oxygen.

Home from Kuala Lumpur: Observations on November 22nd

Mark Dankof: "The Linear Line from Dealey Plaza to 9-11 and War with Iran"

     It is November 22nd in the United States.  To those of us old enough to remember, that date will be inextricably linked with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas.  Old shopworn debates will be revived on the Warren Commission, conspiracy theories, ballistics, and grassy knoll gunmen.  What will be left undiscussed is the most important aspect of what happened in Dealey Plaza 48 years ago:  the linear line which can easily be drawn from November 22, 1963 to the events in New York City on September 11th, 2001, and now what would appear to be the impending character of an American-Israeli attack on Iran.  This latter event is one which Leon Panetta warns will have “unintended consequences.”  In terms of these looming consequences, perhaps all that remains to be determined in another American Presidential Election Cycle is the date when this insanity will proceed, and whether or not the go-ahead for the Apocalpyse will be sanctioned by Barack Obama or a GOP Neo-Conservative sock puppet like Newt Gingrich.  Michael Collins Piper’s Final Judgment remains as one of the best ways to connect the dots of this linear high-speed progression to the depths of Hades itself.

Mark Dankof and Michael Collins Piper in the Nation's Capitol: November 2011

The Linear Progression from Dealey Plaza to 9-11 and War with Iran: Mark Dankof photo of Elm Street from the Grassy Knoll in Dallas, September 1st, 2010.

     As for a war with Iran, the latest must-read is Mehdi Hasan’s missal for The Guardian (UK) entitled, “If You Lived in Iran, Wouldn’t You Want the Nuclear Bomb?”  The logic of the piece leads to the inevitable conclusion:  Yes.

     I have just returned from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  The purpose of my trip was two-fold.  First, I had not had the opportunity to travel in Southeast Asia for almost 40 years, and wanted to add Malaysia to my list of places visited.  Second, I had successfully procured a meeting with Matthias Chang of Future FastForward and the Perdana Peace Organization.

     Meeting Chang is quite an experience.  We covered his role of leadership in the Malaysian humanitarian aid mission to Gaza, his prison experience of a year and a half ago, and his observations on developments both Malaysian and global.  His predictions of global economic tsunami in his Trilogy appear to be well on their way to fulfillment, paralleling my own forecasts of the last eight years of an American-Israeli-Iranian military conflict.  One can well argue that the two trends are symbiotically linked to each other.

     Chang’s observations on Corporate Media in Malaysia in his office conversation with me mirror my own brief experience in Kuala Lumpur with newspapers like the New Straits Times and The Star.  In terms of hard news, prescient analysis, and spirited debate in the Letters to the Editor section, forget it.  Like their American counterparts, Malaysian thinkers and political activists of every stripe are absolutely dependent on alternative media and the Internet for the real stuff.

Matthias Chang and Mark Dankof in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: November 2011

     I decided to test my own theory (and Chang’s) about Corporate Media Controversy Avoidance and Management by writing a Letter to the Editor of the New Straits Times regarding the Seksualiti Merdeka (“Sexuality Merdeka [‘Independence’]”) controversy festering in the print dailies during my sojourn in Kuala Lumpur.  For the uninitiated (which included me prior to the last couple of weeks), Seksualiti Merdeka is the LGBT (Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgendered) rights organization operating in this definitively Islamic country in Southeast Asia.  A public demonstration of the organization was shut down by the local police a couple of days into my 2 week visit.  You can begin to monitor the issue and the controversy over the actions of the police by clicking here.

     The New Straits Times did not disappoint me.  To my knowledge, they didn’t print what I submitted.  Fair enough, but the Malaysian establishment is kidding itself if they ignore the larger implications of this movement in their country.  You can destroy a nation militarily, through economic manipulation with global central bankers, or through cultural subversion.  Take your pick.  Where it comes to Seksualiti Merdeka, an investigation of their funding, and their relationship to certain Western NGOs and anti-Islamic elements in the United States and Europe with ties to Jewish and Israeli interests globally, would be a great place to begin.

Here is what I said, for the record:

Malaysia's Seksualiti Merdeka: Who is Really Behind the Militant Gay Rights Movement in an Islamic Country?

The Editor New Straits Times 31,

Jalan Riong, 59100,

Kuala Lumpur FAX (03-2056-7148)

To the Editor:

I wish to second the concerns raised by Jeremiah Tan to the New Straits Times on Monday, November 14th, 2011, in his Letter to the Editor entitled, “Stop Gay Culture in Showbiz, Too.” Malaysia, and Islamic culture globally, are at the same risk of infiltration and subversion as the older Christian culture in the United States was 50 years ago.  The America of today bears no resemblance whatsoever to the country I knew as a young boy.  Homosexuality, lesbianism, heterosexual promiscuity, abortion, drugs, and pornography, are now standard operating procedure in the United States.  The Hollywood industry of John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Gregory Peck, and Fred Astaire has been replaced by a Hollywood in the moral and cinematic sewer.  Elton John is a poster boy for what has happened in the Western world generally.  Who was, and is, behind this tragedy in my country?  The answer will never be found in Corporate Media in the United States for obvious reasons.  But your readers will find the answer through Google search, and consulting American conservative cultural commentators like Dr. E. Michael Jones of Culture Wars.

The overwhelming political, logistical, cultural, and financial force behind all of this in the United States is clearly the domestic Jewish Lobby and its minions.  Just as the Zionist monolith has hijacked American foreign policy, and Jewish banking usury has destroyed the American middle class with the Federal Reserve Board, fiat money, and fractional reserve banking, the cultural cancer metastasis already cited comes from the identical source.

Malaysians and faithful Moslems take the advice of a traditional Christian and Pat Buchanan political conservative from America:  Beware.

Mark Dankof

San Antonio, Texas U. S. A.

     On to a second observation about Malaysia, this one involving the presence of American, British, and Australian expatriates I encountered in two different hotels in downtown Kuala Lumpur.  The identical theme was being sounded repeatedly in low-key conversations over drinks and food in comfortable surroundings.  It was something on the order of, “I don’t have good feelings about what’s going on right now.”  The spectrum of thoughts being expressed ranged from the overwhelmingly anxious to the enshroundingly ominous.  Economic cataclysm, societal meltdown, and World War III were the three (3) leading fears of the Western faithful.

     My reassuring thought to each and every one of them who confided in me:  Don’t worry.  Between Barack Obama, the Congress, the GOP Presidential Contenders, and the American National Security Establishment, your worst fears are guaranteed to transpire.  Have another Carlsberg, or another Tiger.  . . . [the two most popular beers in peninsular Malaysia].

     During my time in Kuala Lumpur (“Muddy Estuary“) I had a great time getting away from American media and the NFL Gladiator Empire Cult on Sunday afternoons.   In addition to talking to Matthias Chang and a contact on the faculty of the International Islamic University of Malaysia about Christian Zionist eschatology, I went to some great places in this most fascinating city.  I discovered the relatively new Kuala Lumpur City Gallery on Merdeka Square’s south end, the National Art Gallery , St. Mary’s Cathedral ,  Plaza Low Yatthe Islamic Arts Museum, Central Marketthe National Monument, and the National Mosque among othersI met a lot of great people on the streets, the KL Monorail, the National Museum, and in the endless shopping malls and kiosks.  Malaysia has much to offer, and a great future if it can continue to distinguish between sharks and minnows.  Let us trust that it will.

     Late at night in my hotel room, I went back to my own roots, in reading.  In the wee hours when I wasn’t sleeping all that well, I poured over George Washington’s Farewell Address, some of the warnings of Thomas Jefferson to the American people, the Gospel of John, the Olivet Discourse, the Book of Romans, and John’s Apocalypse.  For the “I don’t have good feelings about what’s going on right now”  crowd of Western expatriates in Kuala Lumpur, I recommend these treasures for the deeper reservoir of truths that would really explain what has happened to them, and to the dying cultures and Empires they represent.  Their predicament stands as a warning to the good people of Malaysia.

     Finally there is my return to my home in San Antonio.  In my first Sunday back at Immanuel Lutheran Church in the Alamo City, there was a envelope and a note waiting for me after the conclusion of the Liturgy and the celebration of the Lord’s Supper.  It serves as a reminder that there is a faithful, albeit embattled remnant left in America in these dark days and nights.  The note read:

Pastor Mark:

Ever since your very first day with us on September 10th of 2006, we have grown in our great appreciation of you for all that you are, and bring to us.  If God’s will continues in our favor, we hope to have you with us at least until the end of this millennium!!  We hope that’s not asking too much–of you or God!!! 

During these last three Sundays without you, we have come to appreciate you even more, and have extended [Pastors] Appreciation Month to all of November.

Your Loving Congregation at Immanuel Lutheran of San Antonio.

Night Thoughts in Kuala Lumpur: Where is America and the West Headed? Can We Turn Back?

Malaysian Kids on a Field Trip at the National Museum: Do They Look Like "Terrorists?" or the Kids You Went to School With?