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Rafael Cruz: Americans 'Under Bondage' Because We Can't Buy Incandescent Lightbulbs

Ted Cruz’s father and campaign surrogate Rafael Cruz is slated to speak today at an Iowa venue that received national attention when it refused service to a gay couple. The venue’s owners, Betty and Richard Odgaard, who decided that they will no longer offer the venue for weddings, have since emerged as anti-gay-marriage activists and were appointed to the Cruz Iowa Leadership Team.

The elder Cruz joined “The Jan Mickelson Show” yesterday to discuss his upcoming speech and share stories about why he left Cuba under the Batista regime and became disillusioned with Fidel Castro’s revolution. While discussing the role of Peter Muhlenberg in the American Revolution, Cruz told Mickelson that he would have taken up Muhlenberg’s call-to-arms had he lived in the colonial era.

“I lost my freedom once,” Cruz said. “I’m not willing to lose it again. I’ll die fighting before I lose my freedom again. The challenge is that many Americans still don’t realize how fragile are freedoms are.”

When asked which freedoms “are in peril,” Cruz cited his freedom to buy incandescent lightbulbs: “We see our freedoms under attack every day. Take for example the EPA regulations, they even regulate what lightbulbs you can buy, what kind of toilet seat you can buy. The Clean Air Act, they are talking about modifying the Clean Air Act to regulate a puddle in your backyard.”

“We are seeing more Americans coming under bondage in this administration,” he added, arguing that the Obama administration has been “systematically” taking away freedoms.

WND: Illuminati-Controlled Government May Use Jade Helm 15 To Stoke Chaos

WorldNetDaily has been increasingly convinced that a combination of blood moons and current events like Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy and the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage are all signs of the Last Days. Today, WND news editor Leo Hohmann updates readers that all of this will come together next month, when something will happen.

What that something is, of course, is a matter of speculation, as Hohmann’s article is mostly an exercise in just asking the question journalism. For example: “The Jade Helm military exercises taking place through mid-September also have given rise to conspiracy theories. Is the government preparing for some major future event that will bring chaos to America?”

Hohmann interviews “Bible prophecy expert” Paul McGuire about how the U.S. dollar proves that America was founded by Illuminati/Freemason occultists and that Christians need to fight this “Luciferian power.” He also talks to Carl Gallups, who warns that “a Sodom and Gomorrah spirit spreading through the nations - now ardently proliferated by the largest 'Christian' nation the world has ever known.”

Factor in the strange embedding of “Sept. 23, 2015,” into dozens of Hollywood movies and music videos dating back to the 1980s, and you have the recipe for a fast-growing Internet conspiracy theory with questions frequently asked about possible Illuminati influence. Then you have the scheduled arrival of Pope Francis at the White House on Sept. 23 and a first-ever address to a joint session of Congress the next day. Francis is the 266th pope who will be meeting with President Obama on the 266th day of the year, leading one Internet preacher to wonder if “something is being birthed” on that day, since 266 days is the typical human gestation period from conception to birth.

Back on May 21, 2014, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius issued a cryptic statement while standing beside U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington. He said, “We have 500 days to avoid climate chaos.” Going 500 days out from May 21, 2013, brings you to Sept. 23, 2015.

The Jade Helm military exercises taking place through mid-September also have given rise to conspiracy theories. Is the government preparing for some major future event that will bring chaos to America?

All of this activity will be topped off by more signs in the heavens, with the fourth and last in a rare tetrad of "blood moons" set to occur Sept. 28 on the biblical Feast of Tabernacles. The Shemitah year comes to a climax on the Hebrew calendar date of Elul 29, which is Sept. 13 on the Gregorian calendar.



Paul McGuire, a Bible prophecy expert, speaker and author of eight books including "Mass Awakening" and a new release "The Babylon Code," due out in September, believes the key to cracking the code of end-times prophecy is found in Genesis 10-11 with Nimrod building the Tower of Babel. He believes this same "man can be god" philosophy was handed down by the ruling elites from one civilization to another, making its way to Egypt, Greece, Rome and America and Europe today.

Those who doubt these secretive elite groups had any influence over America need only look at the dollar bill, McGuire said.

"The Tower was built in Ziggurat form, so the tower was really a pyramid structure," McGuire told WND.

"That unfinished pyramid at the top of the dollar bill, that capstone with the eye of the god Horus, this is Freemasonry symbolism. 'Novus Ordo Seclorum' is the New World Order," he said. "So what our book exposes is there has been in existence, since the beginning of the flood, a group of people that have had access to supernatural powers."



The conclusion of McGuire's new book, "Babylon Code: Solving the Bible's Greatest End Times Mystery," co-authored with Troy Anderson, is that God's people can't fight the New World Order with mere human weapons. The regular conservative politics of the day will be rendered futile against demonic powers in high places, he said, which the Apostle Paul warned of in Ephesians 6.

"So you have a human Christian population trying to fight Luciferian power with human power. As long as they're looking to humans to fight for them they're going to lose," McGuire said. "Donald Trump isn't going to save us."

McGuire sees the founding of America as having a dual purpose. Some meant it for good, others for evil, and there's been a cosmic battle for the nation's soul ever since.

"It's a strange beginning, you have a very odd combination, both forces are at play in this," McGuire said. "You do have Illuminati involved in the forming of America. But you also have Jonathan Edwards and the first great awakening. Edwards was not only spiritual but also intellectual. Edwards preached the sermon 'Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God' that ignited the first Great Awakening and it released such power that it embedded itself in the Bill of Rights, these biblical principles of inalienable rights, that your rights come from God and not man, the abuse of power, etc. We need a biblical third great awakening."



Among those predictions Gallups sees are the rise of Islam, the current boiling-point turmoil in the Middle East, terrorism and threats of terrorism sweeping the planet, fears of multiple nuclear holocausts, the growing rejection of Israel by the nations – which increasingly seems to include the United States, "and a Sodom and Gomorrah spirit spreading through the nations - now ardently proliferated by the largest 'Christian' nation the world has ever known."

Savage: Ferguson Protesters Afraid Of Donald Trump

Yesterday on “The Savage Nation,” Michael Savage accused George Soros of orchestrating the recent demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, alleging that Soros is attempting to foment civil unrest in order to bring down the U.S. economy in order to help his financial investments, although Savage admitted that he didn’t know what Soros has invested in.

Eventually, Savage reasoned that the reason Soros, President Obama and “the bring-it-all-down girl brigade” are trying to incite conflict is because they are afraid that Donald Trump will become president and stop their “revolution.”

Are the Soros-financed forces orchestrating the protests in Ferguson “threatened by a man who is so nakedly American and overtly a capitalist and proud of himself, a man who has brought pride back to America, Donald Trump?” Savage asked. “Is that why they hate him so much? Because he is upsetting the agenda of the radicals in the gutters?”

Ted Cruz Fundraiser To Honor Lawmaker Implicated In Child Abuse Scandal

UPDATE: The award ceremony for Harris has been rescheduled so it will not coincide with Cruz's appearance.

The Arkansas Family Council, the state affiliate of the Family Research Council, is set to present an award [PDF] to state Rep. Justin Harris “at the Crawford County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner headlined by United States Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz of Texas.”

Harris, whom the group hails as “a strong advocate for home schoolers and the unborn” even “when opposed by the liberal media,” is the same lawmaker who became mired in a scandal earlier this year when it came to light that he had “rehomed” his two adopted daughters with a former employee of his Christian daycare center who later raped one of the girls. As the Arkansas Times, which broke the story about the Cruz fundraiser, reported in its exposé on the scandal, Eric Cameron Francis, the man to whom Harris entrusted the children, has been implicated in two other child abuse cases:

In the interview with KARK last Friday, Harris said Francis left to spend more time studying for a seminary degree and that the parting was amicable. When news of the rape came out in April 2014 and Harris was questioned about his former employee, he told the Times he'd fired Francis for a poor work record. The lawmaker did not reveal at the time the child Francis raped was Harris' own.

As Bethania Palma Markus writes in Raw Story, Harris and his wife sent their adopted daughters to live with Francis after they “feared the girls and had an exorcist ‘cast out’ the demons.” 

Harris, of course, immediately tried to play the victim, claiming that the whole thing was the fault of the government.

We wonder how Cruz and the Family Research Council, the former home of Josh Duggar, feel about the FRC affiliate’s decision to honor Harris with its “Power of Courage Award.”

Family Council Action Committee will award the first annual Power of Courage Award of 2015 to Representative Charlene Fite of Van Buren and Representative Justin Harris of West Fork. Recipients of this award are recognized for exhibiting their Christian faith and values in legislation they presented at the Arkansas State Capitol during the 90th General Assembly. Furthermore, they demonstrated courage by standing strong in faith when situations were tough at the State Capitol and they did so with grace. They are consistently models of their Christian values in their homes, their communities, and their churches. Both state representatives are to receive their award at the Crawford County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner headlined by United States Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz of Texas.

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Representative Harris is the owner and founder of Growing God’s Kingdom Preschool in West Fork and is serving his 3rd term as state representative. He has always been a strong advocate for home schoolers and the unborn. Even when opposed by the liberal media, Representative Harris has always held firm and stood tall in his faith. No one can deny Representative Harris’ faith has always led him while serving at the Arkansas State Capitol. In 2015, Harris sponsored the Parental Involvement Enhancement Act, requiring parents to be involved in their children’s decision to terminate life by requesting an abortion. This is now law today. Representative Harris will not be seeking re-election.

The award will be presented to Representatives Fite and Harris by Jerry Cox, President of Family Council Action Committee based in Little Rock. “The hardships that legislators go through at the State Capitol are sometimes unknown to the public, and during these times it sometimes takes tremendous courage to stand up for what is right” said Cox. “The Bible often speaks of courage and these legislators have consistently shown courage and taken it to heart.” Cox added. “The courage of these legislators is best described by Scripture in Deuteronomy 31:6, ‘Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.’” “We are proud to present Representatives Fite and Harris with the Power of Courage Award.”

Rick Wiles: America Had A Gay Affair And Now God Wants A Divorce

After explaining how gay marriage “sealed” America’s destruction, possibly at the hands of a nuclear Iran, “Trunews” host Rick Wiles told televangelist Jim Bakker today about the time he refused to salute the American flag during a church service because of the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage.

Wiles said that God spoke to him and said that while America has had affairs in the past, the marriage equality decision was the breaking point.

“He said, ‘America has dealt treacherously with me as a treacherous wife,’” Wiles claimed. “And He said, ‘She wants what’s beautiful and good and then she began to commit adultery with other men and I forgave her, and she did it again and I forgave her, and she did it again and I forgave her, and she did it again and I forgave her. But now she’s committing homosexual sex with another woman and I cannot look at her anymore.’”

Wiles continued: “He said, ‘I can’t even look at her, she’s not my wife anymore. The divorce is final.’ He told me that on the day the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, God went to court too and he got a divorce.”

Jim Bakker: America Is Descending Into Cannibalism

Televangelist Jim Bakker, who has already come up with some rather clever ways to promote his ministry’s prepper food, today offered viewers a new reason to purchase his food supplies: cannibalism.

While speaking with fellow End Times preacher Rick Wiles about the potential return of an Ice Age, Bakker urged viewers to stock up on food before it becomes scarce and America descends into violence.

“New York, Chicago, all of your big cities, will be Hell,” Bakker said. “The gangs will take what they want. They will kill to take what they want. Then then they will start eating bodies of the people they kill.”

For Pat Robertson, Levitical Laws Apply To Gays But No One Else

Televangelist Pat Robertson regularly cites the Book of Leviticus as proof that homosexuality is a grave and evil offense, doing so as recent as Monday. But it seems that homosexuality may be the only area in which Robertson still thinks Old Testament admonitions still apply.

The host of “The 700 Club,” who has gotten used to explaining away the Old Testament’s dictates on violence, slavery and polygamy, fielded a question today about whether Christians must obey strict Levitical laws about menstruation.

Robertson laughed off the prospect and seemed unaware of the menstruation passage’s existence, saying that Christians don’t need to obey Leviticus and only need to love God and their neighbors as Jesus said.

Unless you are gay, of course, in which he case you need to abide strictly by Leviticus.

(Hemant Mehta adds: "Leviticus 18:19 — just three verses before the infamous anti-gay passage — mentions menstruating women: 'Do not approach a woman to have sexual relations during the uncleanness of her monthly period.' I guess he skipped that line during his reading.")

Linda Harvey: LGBT Rights Will 'Wipe Out Free Speech' And 'Obliterate' Christianity

After the Shepard-Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act was signed into law in 2009, many anti-LGBT activists claimed that it would criminalize free speech and religious expression. They said the exact same thing following the Windsor and Obergefell decisions, and yet gay marriage opponents still have the right to criticize marriage equality, contrary to their own predictions.

Even though none of these predictions about the hate crimes law or marriage equality came true, critics now say that this time they have found the real legislation through which the LGBT rights movement will ban free speech: The Equality Act.

Writing in WorldNetDaily, Linda Harvey of Mission America alleges that the nondiscrimination bill threatens to “silence believers” and “essentially wipe out free speech and religious liberty on the issues of homosexuality and gender change.”

“Christianity is now a target to be obliterated or revised,” Harvey writes, labeling the bill a “fascist attempt to dismantle the First Amendment.”

The “gay lobby” has tried it before. But now that marriage is officially a grand social experiment in our nation, homosexual activists have moved on, updating and re-launching the next weapon of revolution. And it’s a whopper, one that potentially unites homosexual advocates with defenders of Planned Parenthood.

Their enemy? Christians, conservatives and all who are pro-life and pro-family.

The unjust and unequal “Equality Act” was introduced in Congress as H.R. 3185 and S. 1858 just before summer recess. This legislation jumps way beyond any previous anti-discrimination bill and would essentially wipe out free speech and religious liberty on the issues of homosexuality and gender change by declaring these behaviors to be civil rights in America.



Homosexuality is not inborn – it’s not like race – and the behavior is harmful to individuals and societies. These identities and attractions do not characterize separate types of “persons” (as the Obergefell majority ruling incorrectly assumed). So they are not defensible under the 14th Amendment.

As I wrote in a column a few months ago, the left is moving toward the position of telling us what to believe. Christianity is now a target to be obliterated or revised with homosexuality no longer a sin, humans no longer distinctly male and female, abortion a “right” for females and believers painted into a narrow doctrinal corner if we let them do this.

We must not let them do this. This bill should be Priority No. 1 to defeat this year, next year and as long as it takes. Everyone needs to make it clear to congressional representatives that this fascist attempt to dismantle the First Amendment, to defy parental authority and to drive Christians out of jobs simply cannot happen.

The authority to silence believers that the “Equality Act” would provide Christ’s enemies would leap beyond homosexuality and gender confusion. It’s tyranny, and only we the people rising up and saying NO will stop this.

The so-called “Equality Act” is not about equality – we already have that. It’s about calling evil good, calling sin a right, and about punishing and silencing the voices of morality and faith.

Rick Wiles: Gay Marriage 'Sealed' America's Destruction

After making the case that God will use Muslim “avengers” to kill tens of millions of Americans as punishment for legal abortion, “Trunews” host Rick Wiles warned on “The Jim Bakker Show” yesterday that God will soon punish the U.S. for the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality.

Wiles explained that just as the Medes destroyed Babylon, Iran will now destroy the new Babylon … America.

America’s shift into “Mystery Babylon,” Wiles said, came with the Obergefell decision: “I believe on June 26, 2015, when the Supreme Court made the ruling, I believe it was sealed, we made the transition. It’s done … I felt in my spirit such a dark, sickening feeling that something really evil has happened to America.”

Rick Wiles: God Sending Muslim 'Avengers' To Kill Millions As Abortion Rights Punishment

Yesterday, “Trunews” host Rick Wiles stopped by “The Jim Bakker Show,” where the two End Times preachers repeated their warnings that America is about to experience God’s wrath. Wiles explained that God is sending Muslim immigrants to the U.S. to kill millions of Americans as part of divine judgment for the legalization of abortion.

After he recounted how author John Price told him that “there is a direct correlation between the percentages of abortions in a society and the amount of Islamic immigration in the country,” Wiles explained that “the Muslims are being sent in to these Western nations that abort their babies — they’re being sent in as avengers.” 

“If we have murdered 50, 60, 70 million babies, does that say there has to be 50, 60, 70 million deaths in this country to atone for those deaths because America has not repented of those murders?” Wiles asked. “And I believe they are going to be used to extract vengeance, extract revenge, punishment on this country for aborting the babies.”

Bakker added, “Isn’t it crazy, what we perceive to be our enemy and the most evil force on earth, has morality not to murder their own babies.”

Back in February, Wiles told “Trunews” listeners that Muslim immigrants are “are the avengers who are being sent in to avenge for the deaths of innocent babies.”

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