This week on 'The Hal Lindsey Report'
Sometimes the failure of the Mainstream Media to report stories of consequence simply amazes me. I know that most of the media types now spend their days in a panic to find stories that support their liberal causes or make the conservative majority look nutty, but missing or deciding not to report this story is inexplicable.
Middle East news sources are now reporting about a deal between Saudi Arabia and China that has been in the works since January. In fact, a member of the Saudi royal family was brought out of retirement to negotiate it. Prince Bandar, the former longtime Saudi ambassador to the United States, has tentatively worked out an agreement with the Chinese.
The Saudis want to purchase off-the-shelf nuclear missiles from China. The Dong Feng 21 medium-range ballistic missiles will carry a single nuclear warhead payload. They will be installed at bases in Saudi Arabia that are inaccessible to Iran. In return, Saudi Arabia will guarantee an unlimited supply of oil to China through the year 2035. And the oil will continue to flow despite OPEC strictures or any other problems that may beset the desert kingdom in the future.
Where do I start? Wouldn't you think this is a bigger story than New York Mayor Bloomberg outlawing soft drinks and buttery popcorn or 15 nuns on a bus tour to protest Republican spending cuts? Apparently Big Media doesn't think so.
Why? Maybe because it validates what Israel has been saying for years. The Israelis have continually insisted that if the West allows Iran to produce nuclear weapons, it will cause a high stakes nuclear arms race in the Middle East. And the Saudis are the first of the Arabs to ante up.
But that should come as no surprise. The Saudis have made it clear for years that they are terrified of an ascendant Iran. But, apparently, no one in our government believed them.
Well, now the arms race is on. And the stakes are horrifically high, especially in a rough neighborhood like the Middle East.
But, for me, that's not even the biggest story. You don't have to be a foreign affairs expert to know that China is the most voracious user of energy in the world. With her masses, and the need to keep those masses happy by keeping them gainfully employed, China is on a constant hunt for new sources of fuel. In fact, it's China's (and India's) insatiable hunger for energy that made the Kyoto Treaty so laughable that the Democrat-controlled Senate, by a vote of 95-0, told President Bill Clinton not to even think about bringing it to the Senate for ratification. Why? Because it didn't bind China or India to compliance. Just the West.
So here you have the world's greatest consumer of fuel and energy -- who has expressed no intention of curbing that appetite -- making a deal for unlimited supplies of oil from the world's largest exporter of oil. And the deal's good for the next 23 years!
Obviously, there's no story there, either (never mind the nuclear weapons angle).
But for Bible prophecy watchers, this is a massive story. Many have wondered what could conceivably cause the Kings of the East to send an army of 200 million men into the Middle East to confront the forces of the Gog-Magog alliance. Could it be the threat to their energy lifelines?
I'll discuss the possibilities this week.
Have you been dismayed by the recent Executive Order arbitrarily abrogating certain immigration laws, the claim of "executive privilege" in the Fast and Furious scandal, the last-minute instruction to the Pentagon to observe Gay Pride Month in the military branches, or the decision to remove military editions of the Bible from Base Exchanges?
So have I. Sometimes, it's difficult not to despair when we see how quickly our beloved nation is being "fundamentally transformed" right before our eyes.
Well, in the light of all of the discouraging things happening around us, this week I'm going to discuss a subject that grows more important with each passing day. That is, how to know God's will for your life. But more specifically, how to learn God's will for your life through the process of finding your spiritual "gift."
This is probably one of the most talked about and most misunderstood subjects in the New Testament.
When we are born again into God's family, the Bible tells us that we all receive at least one spiritual "gift." Simply put, a spiritual "gift" is a God-given supernatural ability. We are given these "gifts" to enable us to accomplish God's calling in our lives.
This week, I'll begin my discussion of "Finding Your Gift." As we grow closer to the end of the Age and society makes it more difficult to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the public square, it will become increasingly important that we learn how to effectively exercise the individual gifts and abilities that God has bestowed upon each of us.
Tune in and I think you'll learn some things that will help you in your quest to discern and develop your spiritual gift.
Finally, I would like to ask you for a personal favor. If you have been affected, in some way, by my ministry over the years -- perhaps through my books, tours to Israel, conference appearances, teaching sessions, radio or television programs, or my website -- would you please take a few moments to write me a short note about that impact? It needn't be lengthy or detailed. Also, please include your name, and the city, state, and country from which you're writing.
You can send your letters or notes to Hal Lindsey Ministries, P.O. Box 470470, Tulsa, OK 74147.
If you prefer to email your comments, just visit my website at www.hallindsey.com . On the home page, scroll down to the lower right hand corner where it says, "Questions and Comments." You can leave your remarks there. Don't forget to include your name, city, state, and country.
Hopefully, sometime soon I can share with you why this is important to me. For now, though, let me simply thank you in advance for your thoughtfulness and kindness in taking the time to do this. God bless you.
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