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Practicality, Not Prophesy Guides
President In These Latter Days
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By Bill Wilson, KIN Senior Analyst
Wash—Mar 21—KIN—President George W. Bush said he is guided by practicality and not prophesy in dealing with matters of Middle East politics and in the context of his statement, he reiterated that his job is to protect America.
“And so, to answer your question, I take a practical view of doing the job you want me to do -- which is how do we defeat an enemy that still wants to hurt us; and how do we deal with threats before they fully materialize; what do we do to protect us from harm? That's my job.” The President was responding to a question about whether he believed the war in Iraq and the rise of terrorism were signs of the apocalypse. Amid laughter at the double-entendre of the question, the President answered wisely given the reporter asking the question was trying to trap him into admitting that he was aligned with, what she called, “radical Christianity” and “prophetic Christians.” Any other answer would have generated hateful headlines.
There was, however, a lot revealed in this answer about the apocalypse. The President reiterated his policy of preemptive strikes by saying part of his job is to deal with threats before they fully materialize. He revealed that he didn’t give much credence to prophecy. And, for the second time in the past few weeks, President Bush reiterated strongly that the United States would defend Israel if it were attacked by Iran. The President said, “…the threat from Iran is, of course, their stated objective to destroy our strong ally Israel. That's a threat, a serious threat. It's a threat to world peace; it's a threat, in essence, to a strong alliance. I made it clear, I'll make it clear again, that we will use military might to protect our ally, Israel.”
The undercurrent of all the Administration’s actions—coming against Iran, questioning the military buildup in China, chastising Russia for its backsliding in democratic reforms and support of rogue nations like Iran, and, most significant, America’s support of Israel—all have import related to prophesy. Nevertheless, the President does not view the events of the times in terms of prophetic fulfillment. This relegates him to dealing with very dangerous situations as they arise from what he admits is a “practical view.” This is how the Administration can deal with Russia and China as friends in developing international trade, for example, but object to legitimizing Hamas or working with a rogue terrorist nation like Iran, and, yet, still remain trading partners and allies with these treacherous nations.
Our leaders are unaware of the significance of what God has given them as not only signs of the times, but also as a foreign policy handbook. With all the high paid analysts and intelligent advisors running to and fro, leaders tend to focus on man’s words rather than on those of God. The Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:5 that these people would have “a form of godliness but denying its power.” He also wrote in verses 13 and 14: “But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them.” Knowing God’s word in Jesus Christ will help keep you from being deceived.
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