Repeated from Monday
By Bob Barney
Up until Barack Obama, my predictions for the presidency was quite accurate, going all the way to 1976 (wrong only in the 92 election). However, I will admit that I am going into this election totally without a clear idea who will win, and I want to explain why. Back in 1976, I wrote a thesis in college on how a psychological condition known as cognitive dissonance, could explain elections in America. It was based on the theory of cognitive dissonance, which in simple terms simply meant that people in their own life's conflicts, switch drastically like a pendulum on a clock from left to right. After tragedies or other traumatic events occur in their lives, most people try to "get back to normal" but never can. My theory was this applies to nations, and especially nations like America with free elections. In my theory I predicted that America always looked for balance between liberalism and conservatism. However, when we go into the voting booth--- we tend to actually choose candidates that are on the very left, or very to the right! This is the cognitive dissonance theory as applied to nations in the same way it is applied to people. Hollywood, is full of movies based on cognitive dissonance: The whore who becomes the nun... The crooked politician who becomes the honest politician... And stories with a hero or heroine swap from one extreme to another.
With that background out of the way, I would normally project as I did in 2012, that this election would be a change election and that America would radically shift back away from globalism, Obamaism and crooked Washington politics. So in a normal year, Donald Trump should win in a landslide as did Ronald Reagan back in 1980. I will admit, that many things about this election looks identical to the situation of 1980.
That being said, I am not so sure about this election and I want to explain why. Satan is alive and well on planet earth. We have in Hillary Clinton, the most evil person to run for office in my memory. It is not hard to figure out that Satan will do for her whatever he can.
In the Bible, God blessed Abraham and his children. One child was named Jacob, actually Abrahams grandson. That child had 12 sons himself that became the 12 tribes of Israel. One of those sons, or tribes was Joseph. I won't get into it here but Joseph became the English-speaking people of the world. Joseph's younger son was given the promise by God that his nation would be the single greatest nation to ever exist on this planet. That nation is the United States of America. Every time you see the word "Israel" in prophetic books of the Bible, it applies to the United States of America and to the British Commonwealth--- without exception! It NEVER applies to the Jewish people who came from another son of Jacob called Judah. In fact, you can find in your Bible a time when the people of Israel fought the Jews!
In prophecy, God predicts that the tribe of Joseph, us, will someday reject God's laws, God's love, and God's way of life for that of a globalist, Satan inspired, ME-generation society. And when that happens, God predicts that we will be overtaken by the aliens living amongst us, and by evil rulers who will sell us into slavery.
God could have been involved in this election, and I was thinking that He would be. However it is my conclusion on the eve of the election that God has nothing to do with the election. It is God's will that we the people choose and be counted to see if we will be found worthy or not to survive a little longer under His grace. We are in a time like in the past when Elijah the prophet of God went to ancient Israel who wanted to worship the pagan god Baal, and he asked the people this:
So Ahab summoned all the Israelites and the prophets of Baal to meet at Mount Carmel. Elijah went up to the people and said, “How much longer will it take you to make up your minds? If the Lord is God, worship him; but if Baal is God, worship him!” But the people didn't say a word.
The people sat silent! They didn't stand up for God! They wanted to sit back and see who was going to be right. Are we that people today? This is where I believe we are today. God is given us a chance to choose between right and wrong, His Laws and Our Laws, and His way or Satan's way. We have free choice. In the Bible God says to us:
In the future, when you experience all these blessings and curses I have listed for you, and when you are living among the nations to which the LORD your God has exiled you, take to heart all these instructions. If at that time you and your children return to the LORD your God, and if you obey with all your heart and all your soul all the commands I have given you today, then the LORD your God will restore your fortunes. He will have mercy on you and gather you back from all the nations where he has scattered you. Even though you are banished to the ends of the earth, the LORD your God will gather you from there and bring you back again. The LORD your God will return you to the land that belonged to your ancestors, and you will possess that land again. Then he will make you even more prosperous and numerous than your ancestors!
“The LORD your God will change your heart and the hearts of all your descendants, so that you will love him with all your heart and soul and so you may live! The LORD your God will inflict all these curses on your enemies and on those who hate and persecute you. Then you will again obey the LORD and keep all his commands that I am giving you today.
“The LORD your God will then make you successful in everything you do. He will give you many children and numerous livestock, and he will cause your fields to produce abundant harvests, for the LORD will again delight in being good to you as he was to your ancestors. The LORD your God will delight in you if you obey his voice and keep the commands and decrees written in this Book of Instruction, and if you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and soul.
The Choice of Life or Death
“This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you to understand, and it is not beyond your reach. It is not kept in heaven, so distant that you must ask, ‘Who will go up to heaven and bring it down so we can hear it and obey?’ It is not kept beyond the sea, so far away that you must ask, ‘Who will cross the sea to bring it to us so we can hear it and obey?’ No, the message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart so that you can obey it.
“Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster. For I command you this day to love the LORD your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the LORD your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy.
“But if your heart turns away and you refuse to listen, and if you are drawn away to serve and worship other gods, then I warn you now that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live a long, good life in the land you are crossing the Jordan to occupy.
“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the LORD your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the LORD, you will live long in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”
Oh, that you would choose life!!! God is begging us to choose life, but the decision has been left to us! The prophecies concerning the destruction of our nation is going to happen to us someday, but it doesn't have to happen NOW----it is up to us! Tomorrow we will know if America will fall again under God's grace, for a little longer, or if as Garner Ted Armstrong predicted some 25 years ago, Hillary Clinton would be the last president of the free people of America! I ask again, "Choose life and live!"