On this week's edition of "The Hal Lindsey Report," I'll tell you about an unfortunate case that illustrates the danger of nationalized health care. I say 'unfortunate' because had the British citizen lived in the United States, his experience may have been completely different -- and almost certainly more positive.
In a humorous, but chilling, foreshadowing of things to come, the Senate recently began dabbling in health care insurance coverage. If you smoke pot, crack cocaine, or hash, you've nothing to worry about. However, if you smoke tobacco in your pipe, you're in trouble.
Speaking of pot, can you guess what California's number one cash crop is now? It's causing quite a stir in Sacramento. If marijuana were taxed like liquor, it could add $1.3 billion dollars per year to the state's empty coffers. Is that what the old Gold Rush prospectors meant when they proclaimed, "Thar's gold in them thar hills!"?
As individual states (and the nation as a whole?) edge closer to legalizing certain drugs, we need to keep in mind the warning of the Apostle John in the Book of Revelation. He cites four major sins that will explode in prevalence as we approach the Tribulation -- and rampant drug use is one of them. Arguably, the other three may flow from it.
German and Israeli intelligence sources warn that Iran is within months of testing a nuclear device. The Iranians have been attending and observing North Korea's recent flurry of missile and nuclear tests. Noting the Obama administration's lack of resolve following North Korea's grievous violation of multiple UN resolutions, Iran can only conclude that the US will do nothing to stop it from going forward. And just this week, while visiting Thailand, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confirmed that conclusion.
I sometimes watch these events and marvel at how short our collective memory is. Do you remember what Saddam Hussein told an interviewer after his capture? He said that he had underestimated George W. Bush. Saddam was shocked that President Bush actually invaded Iraq even though he had warned that he would. Saddam implied that he felt he could get away with anything because the Presidents before Bush had lacked the nerve to take any meaningful action. Obama's handling of North Korea and Iran remind me of a phrase I often employ: "Same song, second verse."
One of the least secret "secret" military contingency plans on earth is Israel's pre-determined response to a nuclear attack. It's called the "Samson Option." You've heard me discuss it before. Another less familiar historical event also influences Israel's mindset toward its own last-ditch defense. It's called the "Masada Complex." Both of those plans deserve renewed attention because Israel, like never before, is being pushed into a corner. Ironically, its oldest allies and friends may force the tiny nation to employ its most desperate options.
Finally, last Monday was the 40th anniversary of the historic first moon landing. Everybody knows Neil Armstrong's memorable words, "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." But what is almost universally unknown is that hours before Armstrong spoke those words from the lunar surface, Buzz Aldrin spoke the words of Christ and observed communion in the quiet stillness of the Lunar Module. I'll tell you that moving story.
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