Daily Devotional for Friday December 19, 2014
Another 9/11 that Only A Small Percentage of People Saw and Understood
***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, my name is Jarrid from Yakima, Wa. I love your TV program and never miss even one night. I see so many women pastors, yet Scripture tell us women aren't supposed to be pastors. Why do so many Christians follow these female pastors?
ANSWER: You are 100% correct that the Bible says the qualifications for the office of pastor, deacon, and elder are to be a man, and a man who has never been divorced. That does NOT mean a woman or a divorced man can't serve God in many other ways. However, we either follow God's Word or we don't. Here is the link to a Daily Devotional on this issue: http://www.liveprayer.com/ddarchive3.cfm?id=2586
Wednesday December 17, 2014 was another 9/11 that only a small percentage of the people saw and understood. Just ONE MONTH ago I shared a critical message with you on the incredible vulnerability of the US to cyber attacks, espionage, and hacking by the Chinese and Russian governments. I went on to try and wake-up people to not just the potential of having life as we know it change overnight, but the VERY REAL POSSIBILITY since such a threat is not just possible but highly probable!
As the SONY Corporation caved in to the cyber terrorists who hacked into their computer system and held them hostage costing SONY $200 million and counting, very few people in this nation could see that what transpired was no different than the attack on this nation when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941, or the planes that were flown into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon, and the one brought down by brave Americans in Pennsylvania intended to hit the US Capital on 9/11/01!
THE ONLY THING MISSING YESTERDAY WAS THE INCREDIBLE VISUALS OF THOSE PAST HORRIFIC ATTACKS, BUT THE DAMAGE WAS JUST AS REAL AND INSTEAD OF AFFECTING ONLY THOSE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AT THE LOCATION OF THE ATTACK, THIS AFFECTS EVERY MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD IN THE NATION EVEN THOUGH A VERY SMALL PERCENTAGE EVEN UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED WEDNESDAY!
Even though North Korea is being held as the likely responsible party of the cyber terrorism unleashed on SONY, the fact is they could not have accomplished what was done alone, and most likely had extensive help from their "big brother" China. Today, the diminutive and evil Kim Jung Un basks in the glory of his "victory" over the United States, and don't kid yourself, it was a victory for the enemies of the United States as much as 9/11 was a victory for Muslims worldwide!
There is only ONE RESPONSE required from our nation, and that is to send a message to Pyongyang and the world that we will NOT be bullied by cyber terrorists nor will we sit back and have our companies and government attacked in this destructive way without a swift and forceful response. As I type these words, US military aircraft should be dropping bombs on strategic targets in North Korea such as the Presidential palace.
At the same time, our diplomats should reach out to their counterparts in China, Japan, South Korea, as well as the other nations in Asia as bombs are being dropped on North Korea with the clear and concise message to the world that the United States WILL NOT sit back and have the computer systems of our companies or government hacked into and critical information stolen without a response that carries the full force of the United States military!
Sadly, this gutless administration will do NOTHING of any significance and we will look back in future years on the date of 12/17/14 in the same way we look back on 12/7/41 and 9/11/01!!! What happened to SONY will keep happening as our lack or response will only embolden our enemies. It may have started with some emails and a movie, but it will end with the very computers that we depend upon for our daily lives!
Read again the sobering words below I shared with you just one month ago. The hand of God's judgment is GONE from this nation. We are subject to being destroyed in numerous ways. None is as easy, as swift, or as complete, as attacks on our cyber infrastructure that runs every facet of our daily lives. EVERYTHING WE DO IN OUR LIVES IS DEPENDANT UPON THAT CYBER INFRASTRUCTURE THAT COULD BE ATTACKED AND DESTROYED AT ANY MOMENT!
Will we wake up before it is too late and turn back to God and His Truth, or will we be like the children of Israel numerous times who woke up one morning and spent generations in captivity for their sin and rebellion to Almighty God? With each passing day, our opportunity to repent and turn back to God and His Truth fades away and the full wrath and judgment of God on our nation becomes more apparent!
(from the Liveprayer Daily Devotional 11/18/2014)
The incredible vulnerability of the United States to cyber attacks, espionage, theft, and hacking by the Chinese and Russian governments! Most people have no idea the extent of hacking, theft, and espionage takes place in cyber space on a DAILY basis! Not only is the US totally vulnerable in these areas, but because the infrastructure of our entire lives is now computer based, life as we know it could end in a moment!
As I have shared over the years about God's pending judgment on this nation for our sin and wickedness, the natural question I often get is how would it be possible for God to punish this nation similar to when He punished the children of Israel many times for their rebellion. I have shared in the past how God could easily impact the lives of every man, woman, and child through the economy, how Islam could become the United States Babylon, but the fact is the easiest way for God to end life as we know it literally overnight would be by destroying our computer infrastructure.
I have talked to you in the past about the possibility of being attacked by an EMP bomb (ElectroMagneticPulse bomb), or E-bomb. Without getting to technical, it is a missile that is shot into space, detonated miles above its target, and emits an electromagnetic mist over its target. The result is all computers are rendered useless. TV and radio signals are blocked. Anything with electronics in it, like your car for instance, are damaged. Just think about having computers rendered useless. There would be no electricity, no water, no communications, no banking, no air traffic, no ANYTHING that is dependent upon computers. In an instant, the affected area goes from the 21st century back to the stone age!
With all of our daily lives dependant upon computers to turn on our lights, get water, put gas in our car, shop, bank, to do ANYTHING, destroying our computer infrastructure by a foreign enemy would take us back into the stone-age overnight! Every day companies have corporate secrets stolen, have the private information of their customers stolen, often have their internet operations held ransom , in addition to simple hacking and intentional destruction of websites and information stored online.
The vast percentage of this activity is not being conducted by organized criminal groups here and around the world, but by foreign governments! It is KNOWN that most of this activity is being conducted by the Chinese and Russian governments. Again, not organizations within China or Russia, but the actual governments themselves!!! To be fair, I have no doubt our own government is involved in similar efforts, but the fact remains corporate America as well as city, state, and government operations are ALL vulnerable to attacks on their cyber infrastructure!
Please understand, this can happen without the foot of one foreign soldier ever stepping on US soil. This is not a James Bond fantasy device. It exists today! My whole purpose today is not to scare anyone, but to help inform and educate you. I hear people all the time act like we are such a great and powerful nation and are immune even from God's judgment. People tell me all the time that they can't see God doing anything to us. I am certain that the children of Israel felt the same way. They were the beneficiaries of God's blessings and no doubt felt they were safe and secure from their enemies and even from God Himself.
Yet the Bible clearly documents how God did judge the children of Israel, many times, for their sin and rebellion. I am certain that in the years, months, weeks, and days prior to God's judgment falling, they arrogantly lived in open rebellion to God and His Truth, almost like they were taunting Him to do something. Most I am sure, were so blinded by their sin they didn't even think for a second God might hold them accountable for their sins, even though we have the record of Scripture where God's prophets in those days warned the people to repent and turn back to God or face His wrath and judgment. Sadly, the people didn't listen.
*WE SIMPLY CAN'T KEEP LIVING DAY AFTER DAY, WEEK AFTER WEEK, MONTH AFTER MONTH, YEAR AFTER YEAR IN BLATANT AND UNREPENTANT REBELLION TO GOD AND ARROGANTLY THINK THAT WE WON'T HAVE TO PAY A PRICE FOR OUR SINS! WE ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE BY GOD FOR OUR SINS AS INDIVIDUALS, AND WE WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE BY GO FOR OUR SINS AS A NATION!!!
I love you and care about you so much. My friend, this is not a time to run and hide in fear, but a time to stand up and be counted. We are God's children, we are the remnant, we are the ones who must warn this nation and world of God's pending judgment and wrath. God will not be mocked. He will not sit back in silence very much longer. We are not due His wrath and judgment, we are OVERDUE His wrath and judgment!
I wonder what the people of Sodom and Gomorrah were doing the morning the fire and brimstone rained out of the heavens and destroyed their cities. I imagine they were simply living their lives, totally oblivious to what was about to happen to them. They were so lost in their sin and rebellion to God they didn't even think for one second that He would judge them one day. I submit to you that the people in this nation are no different than the people of Sodom and Gomorrah!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ,