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March 23, 2018

Is the Bible the Word of God?

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Is the Bible the Word of God?

Each of us has wondered, “Is the Bible really the Word of God?  First we must understand the Bible is not one single book; but 66 books written by 40 different authors, inspired by a Divine God, over a period of roughly 2,000 years in three different languages on three different continents with no historical errors or contradictions.

While the Bible is a book of law, history, and poetry; most are intrigued by its prophecies.  Had there been one contradiction, the entire Bible would be discredited. Yet, 90 percent of 1,817 prophecies have been completed and we are living in a period of time where the remaining 10 percent of the prophecies are taking place before our eyes.

While many prophecies were fulfilled through the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; another significant and most recent prophecy was fulfilled on May 14, 1948 when Israel became an independent nation (following World War II when 6 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust) for the first time in over 2,500 years (Ezekiel 17:11) since the Babylonian takeover in 606 BC.

Israel is well documented as God’s land from Genesis through Revelation, but the people became evil (1 Kings 19:10, 19:18, 2 Kings 17:16-17) and were scattered (Leviticus 26:33-38, Deuteronomy 28:64-67) after Israel was conquered due to the wickedness of Israel’s kings (1 Samuel 8:18) and suffered years of persecution and massacre from various countries.  The land became “dry bones” until Israel became revived again in 1948. (Ezekiel 37:7-14)

In 1967, Israel recaptured Jerusalem during the 6 Day War.  Jerusalem has been called the “apple of (God’s) eye” (Zechariah 2:8) and although it is not a prophecy, is it coincidence that the letters USA are in the middle of Jerusalem, as the USA leads the world to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel once again?  Jerusalem will be restored. (Jeremiah 33:6-7)  This has set up another prophecy to be fulfilled as Jerusalem will become a “cup of trembling” (Zechariah 12:2-3) where nations will gather to battle against it (Zechariah 14:1-3) led by Persia, modern day Iran. (Ezekiel 38:2)

Imagine anyone reading the Bible prior to 1948 believing the Bible to be false since Israel had not existed as an independent nation with its own authority since 606 BC (2500 Years)?  What if Israel was just like any other county and not the centered focus of many nations throughout the world wishing to wipe Israel off the face of the earth?

Another prophecy being prepared is socialism through globalization.  Redistribution of wealth will be used (Daniel 11:21-24) for people to surrender their individual rights to the government, giving power to a world-tyrant to control the monetary system (Revelation 13:16-17) establishing the “666”, or what is known as the “mark of the beast”.

The last generation is described as lovers of themselves, lovers of money, disobedient, and unholy. (2 Timothy 2:3).  The generation today has been taught theories of evolution as fact while ignoring the evidence of Jesus as theories.  They will have “strong delusion” (2 Thessalonians 2:11) to do as they feel, accepting homosexuality as normal, and silencing and hating Christianity (Matthew 24:9) to feel guiltless of their own sin.

In 700 BC, the Bible references the “circle of the earth” (Isaiah 40:22) “and hangeth the earth upon nothing” (Job 26:7-10) with the Hebrew word meaning spherical.  The Bible made this claim long before mankind discovered and agreed that the earth was round.

Time and time again, the Bible has been proven to be emphatically correct with each of its prophecies accuracy fulfilled by twelve prophets written over 2,000 years.  While there are only a few prophecies remaining, there is no doubt that the Bible is the living and Devine Word of God!

Frank Aquila is author of the book, “Sarah Palin Out of Nowhere” and president of the South San Joaquin Republicans.  He can be emailed at mantecarepublicans@yahoo.com

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March 2, 2018

Safe School Solutions

Filed under: Uncategorized — frankaquila @ 4:23 pm

Safe School Solutions

How do we keep our kids safe in school?  There have been a number of good suggestions; but no solution guarantees complete security, especially when security measures already in place have failed our students.

In the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, a deputy assigned to the school failed to act.  He could have engaged in a battle with the gunman long enough to prevent other students from being murdered until back up arrived.  His duty was to protect those who could not protect themselves.

The FBI failed after they were informed twice of the gunman’s intentions.  The police had multiple contacts with the gunman as well as Social Services, who knew of his mental condition.  Yet, the gunman was able to legally purchase an assault weapon.  This is not the fault of the N.R.A. as so many want to blame.

So what are the safe school solutions?

  1. Citizens must continue to report suspicious people who pose a threat to our society.
  2. Our government must follow up on suspicious people to recognize, document, or remove the threat from society through treatment or incarceration.
  3. Officers must protect and serve the people, even in the face of death.
  4. While I am a supporter of our Constitution and the N.R.A., Assault Weapons that act as a machine gun, must be limited to law enforcement and gun range masters. The Second Amendment provides the Right to Bear Arms; but there must be logical limitations.  For example, people are not allowed to own a bazooka or a tank for obvious reasons.  Likewise, an assault weapon falls into this category.  An assault weapon is not a sport weapon like a rifle or shotgun for hunting.   Semi-automatic weapons are relevant and appropriate for safety.  However, I do believe those assault weapons should be allowed for an appropriate person (Gun Master) at an appropriate location (Gun Range).  As a peace officer, it must also be available for officers to protect his life and the lives of others in those rare circumstances.  Simple limitation will not eliminate evil people from getting an assault weapon; but these limitations should make it more difficult.  With such limitation, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter would not have been able to legally purchase this weapon.
  5. I find it unnecessary to increase the age to own a gun at 21. Of the 20 worst mass shootings in America, there have been two shooters under 21.  There are many responsible 18 year olds who should not be denied the right to have a firearm, including young men and women in our military.  My 16 year old son has been trained in firearms and passed a hunters safety course.  He looks forward to purchasing his own firearm.  If there are to be limitations, require those under 21 to complete a gun safety course prior to owning a firearm.
  6. Don’t blame the N.R.A. Our government needs to recognize those who are unfit to carry a fire arm.  However, I am cautiously concerned our government could abuse such authority and deny anyone for anything including someone taking an anxiety pill or with a mild form of depression.  Common sense guidelines must be in place to determine who is mentally ill and protect the Constitutional rights of law abiding citizens.  In the case of the school gunman, several agencies failed to document his mental condition to prevent him from obtaining a firearm.
  7. Gun Free Zones are foolish. There is no better place for a gunman to shoot than a Gun Free Zone knowing those in the zone are unable to protect themselves.  Do people advertise on their property that there is no protection in their home?  Of course not!  They have, “Beware of Dog” or “Protected by Smith & Wesson”.  A “Gun Free Zone” sign will not prevent a mass murderer.
  8. Allow those teachers who want to be trained to carry a firearm to be able to do so. If a teacher does not feel the need or desire to carry a firearm, that should be his choice.  If a feels a threat is real and desire to carry a firearm to school for his protection or the protection of students, he should not be denied that option.

While we desire safety and security for our children, nothing is guaranteed.  Evil people with a desire to kill will do so no matter how many safety measure we place on ourselves in society.  However, we must enforce the laws we already have and set security measure to make it as difficult as possible for the next mass murderer to succeed.

Frank Aquila is president of the South San Joaquin Republicans and author of the book, “Sarah Palin Out of Nowhere”.  He can be emailed at mantecarepublicans@yahoo.com

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