ACP Pastor Robert M. Celeste MCAC
Do you remember Adolph Hitler? Monday, March 24th, 2003
In 1933, a former paper hanger and corporal in the German army, took over Germany. His party was called the NAZI's. Like Saddam Hussein, Hitler also worshiped satan and had designs to be a world conquer and master of the world. By the early part of 1938 it became obvious to just about everyone that Hitler was not to be trusted. He had already started the systematic destruction and elimination of Germany's jews and Born Again Christians.
Another thing that happened in 1938, was the beginning of a plot by certain high ranking officers in the German Military to kill Hitler. Not only did they not like what they saw him doing to the country and the army, they were not exactly excited about his running, what they knew was going to be a major war. They were not very enthusiastic about a war being run on the advice of witches and medians, astrologers and men with wegi boards.
Now, 65 years later, we might look back and thank God that Hitler was not killed and that he was running the war, for I am all but positive that Saddam Hussein and his sons are either dead, incapacitated or under lock and key. For it is becoming obvious that the war in Iraq, on the Iraqi side, is not being run by a madman and his sons, but by trained and professional generals. Men who like the senior staff of the German Military, hated the government leadership, but will do their duty, as they see it and defend the nation of Iraq. Men who are capable, able and have the ability to maintain a fighting force.
I'm not upset that we took the offensive last week and tried to eliminate what we would call the head of the snake, I think it was a good and wise move, I thought so then and I think so now. But, now that we have killed thousands of them and they have killed thirty or forty of our troops, now that journalist have been killed and pictures of our men and women who have been captured by the Iraqis are shown on Televison, obviously abused and tortured, it has gone to far for these generals to do the wise thing and surrender.
Now the war is, in all probability, going to get long and nasty. Now we can expect this war to go on till we decisively beat them, and that will mean dropping that MOAB thing on their troops. The troops around Baghdad have had their moral lifted by seeing us lose men and have men and women captured. Now they may fight, and that means dropping a couple of our most powerful non nuke bombs. Bombs designed to kill not just one or two, ten or twenty, but thousands at one time.
With the confirmed finding of chemical weapons, the capture of a general and his staff that built these weapons, the coming of hot weather and our continued lose of life, we are under pressure to end this thing as soon as possible. While I, like many, thought that by taking out Hussein and his equally evil ilk, the Iraqi army, one trained in the old Soviet style of absolute command from the top down, would quicky fall apart and surrender. But, unfortunately, what we are seeing is a command structure that has survived without the burden of Hussein and his ilk chained around their necks. A command that realizes that they have to fight. For now they will be either be killed or captured and tried as war criminals. They are snakes that have been backed into a corner, backed into a corner by one of the most brilliant pieces of military strategy ever.
Our months long air war of dropping leaflets and beaming radio signals all over Iraq telling the army not to fight, not use chemical weapons, because if they do fight, if the do use weapons of mass destruction, if they do light fires and destroy infrastructure, they will be either destroyed or tried for war crimes, that using the defense of "I was just following orders" would not be a defense.
So now they have to fight till they die. And we have to get used to the idea that this is either going to be a very long war, or we have got to shed the last bit of political correctness and destroy this army totally and emphatically.
All of that said, were do we as Christians turn in times like this?
Where do we, the adopted children of God, turn in times when we see images on televison from stations all over the world. Times when we are not restricted to the news put out by the US haters in the US Media, but can use the internet to get real and accurate, real time news. Where do we as, Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians, go for solace and comfort? We, go to the Word of God. His word is where we need to turn. We need to simply open our Bibles and read, finding comfort and love in the words dictated by God.
For, as when we were little and scared, our dads just held us and said things like "it's ok, daddy's here", so does the word of God our Father comfort us now, read to days Scripture and let God and His words comfort you. Find comfort in the knowledge that He has everything under control, that nothing happens that He doesn't allow, that in the end, He will win and we who are His, whether here in the USA or in Iraq, or any where else in the world will in time be home with Him.
And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God. And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him, saying, "Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised, and didst eat with them."
But Peter rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and expounded it by order unto them, saying, "I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance I saw a vision, A certain vessel descend, as it had been a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came even to me: Upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered, and saw fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And I heard a voice saying unto me, Arise, Peter; slay and eat.
But I said, "Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath at any time entered into my mouth." But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. And this was done three times: and all were drawn up again into heaven. And, behold, immediately there were three men already come unto the house where I was, sent from Caesarea unto me.
And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man's house: And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, "Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter; Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved."
And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning. Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that He said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.
Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as He did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?
When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, "Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life."
Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only. And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord.
Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch. Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.
Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch. And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar. Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea: Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul. (Acts Chapter Eleven complete)
As this battle in Iraq continues, as we fight one battle after another one skirmish after another, in this long and what may be tedious war against terrorism, let us turn to God for comfort, let us not turn to the politicians, the government of the media, let us turn to God. As this war goes on, there are several things we can be sure of. More Americans are going to die, more of our Rights are going to be restricted, more US Haters are going to run for and get elected to office. Our patience will be tried and many of our allies and enemies will change sides.
But the most important things we can and should remember is three fold. First, if you are a Born Again washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian, this time on earth is the closest you will ever come to hell, for you are the adopted child of God and have His word that your eternity is with Him in Paradise.
The second thing to keep in mind is this, if you are not a Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian, this time on earth is your heaven. For your eternity is foretold by the same God, you eternity is in the lake of fire with your god satan.
And the last point to remember is this; there aint no purgatory! There is eternity in heaven with the Lord for His and eternity in the lake of fire satan for his. No in-between, no purgatory, just paradise and damnation.
Each man is responsible for his own salvation, I'm not responsible for yours and you're not responsible for mine, we each make a choice, I have made mine, what about you? Have you decided who you'll serve, worship and spend eternity with? If not, the default is not eternal bliss, it is eternal damnation.
God help you choose and may His will be done, not mine, not yours, not the un's, but His will be done, for it is His will that will be done regardless of what we think we want.
In conclusion, to our Born Again Christian members of the military who are at risk right now, I have this to say; Be honorable, your actions should clearly indicate that you have chosen Christ. If captured, give your name, your rank, your serial number and quote Scripture in every other answer, knowing that if they kill you, they do you no harm, for they send you directly into the arms of the Lord. But, if you do not quote Scripture, your fellow captives, might die, not having heard the word of God and the plan of salvation. If you are captured, you are Gods emissary to those around you.
If captured, Thank God for the opportunity He has given you. And use that opportunity to not save your earthly life, but to Preach the gospel to every creature, even the one beating you.
Lord God Creator of all things, we, the people of the USA, give Thee thanks for giving us the second chance we do not deserve. We thank Thee Lord for our brave troops who are at this very instant freeing and liberating people through out the kingdom of satan. Amen. And Lord we beseech Thee that Thou would send to our men a Paul, to preach Your word to them before they go to free those held captive by the forces of evil left by Saul. Touch the Presidents heart Lord, lead him in a direction to send evangelist to our troops, give him the strength Lord to serve You, to use his office, that You have entrusted him with, as Commander in Chief to authorize and send solid evangelical Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian evangelist preachers to bring the Word of God to our troops, giving them both reason to fight and the Lord's plan of salvation.
Lord Jesus, it is in Thy Sacred and Holy Name I pray, Amen.
All Scripture is quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
God blessed America when she feared Him, now it appears, she may face His wrath.
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