Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Amalekites: Cruel Cowards Then and Now

The Amalekites were descended from Amalek, who was a grandson of Esau (Gen. 36:12); they were also known as Edomites. Esau and his descendants were enemies of God. We are told that God Himself hated Esau (Romans 9:13), and when we look a little closer at these people we can see why. Two characteristics prevailed in them: cowardice and cruelty.

The Ancient Amalekites

The Amalekites were fierce warriors, but they never fought a fair fight. They were bullies who chose to attack, and mercilessly kill, the weak and defenseless. As the Israelite warriors would do battle, they kept the women and children and old and feeble in the rear to protect them. But the Amalekites, being the cowards they were, would avoid the warrior men and sneak up in the rear and attack the defenseless, as we read in Deuteronomy 25:17-19: “Remember what Amalek did to you along the way when you came out from Egypt, how he met you along the way and attacked among you all the stragglers at your rear when you were faint and weary [the King James Version says more eloquently, ‘smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind thee’], and he did not fear God.” The leaders of Israel soon learned to keep the women and little ones in the middle, surrounded by warriors, rather than at the back where they were vulnerable.

Some years later, King Saul was sent on a mission from the Avenger of Blood to obliterate the Amalekites and avenge the deaths of these innocents. We have read how Saul disobeyed and let the Amalekite king, Agag, live and how the priest Samuel slew him to spare God’s judgment on the people. Before Samuel let the blows fly, he reminded Agag that he had been a murderer of innocent children. Guilty! Whack! No long, drawn-out appeals in God’s Court!!

When David was encamped at Ziklag, the Amalekites attacked the women and children when the men were away, kidnapping them and taking them to a secret hideaway (1 Samuel 30:1-3). But Providentially, the Amalekites’ own lack of mercy was their undoing in this instance. They had left a sick Egyptian slave in the desert to die, and David’s men saved him, reviving him with good nourishment. It was this thankful, rescued man who led David to the Amalekite’s secret camp to save the women and children of Ziklag. (Interestingly, the slave’s price for showing David the camp was that he not be killed or sent back to his master.)

It was an Amalekite who strode proudly into David’s camp, bragging that he had put Saul to death. David repeated Samuel’s method and promptly shut him up (2 Samuel 1:1-16). Haman, who tried to have Esther and her people put to death, was an Amalekite of King Agag’s family.

Modern Amalekites

We are told that God Himself would have war with Amalek from generation to generation (Exodus 17:16). The modern Amalekites no longer have a national identity and geographical borders, but they may be found in all races and countries. And they are still true to character—cowardly and cruel. And they still stalk the weak and feeble, the innocents who cannot protect themselves:

• Who else could tell a woman that her baby is just a blob of cells and then cold-bloodedly shoot scalding saline into the sanctity of his first home, the womb? Or insert scissors into the skull of an almost born child, in the name of “medicine”?

• Who else could take a nation’s seeds and “engineer” them, to be sold at whatever price they demand, holding the sword of famine over our children’s heads?

• Who else would put industrial waste into our water—chemicals known to cause cancer and bone fracture—and tell parents that it’s good for our kids’ teeth?

• Who else could sneak drugs into our food in the name of artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, and preservatives and target our children to buy their sorceries, knowing that their minds will be tormented and their bodies debilitated?

• Who else could inject cocktails of unspeakable filth and toxicity into our little ones in the name of ‘vaccination,’ manipulating parents (propaganda for the less discerning ones, mandatory laws for the thinking) into allowing their own children to be fodder for a financial empire? Do we not see the mark of Amalek—the very young and the very old as the most injured by vaccines and flu shots? There is even a Stealth Virus that was given with the polio vaccine between 1955 and 1962. Women are primarily its victims, now suffering from fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and a host of other auto-immune diseases.

Just like the demons that Jesus sent into the pigs, the spirit of Amalek indwells the human swine of the land today. The Amalekites, both ancient and modern, were evil and cowardly because they “did not fear God.” But it will not always be so. In Revelation 19:13 we read these words that tell us of a time when the accounts will be settled:
“And I saw heaven opened; and behold, a white horse, and He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True; and in righteousness He judges and wages war. And His eyes are a flame of fire, and upon His head are many diadems; and He has a name written upon Him which no one knows except Himself. And He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood; and His name is called the Word of God.”This is a fulfillment of the prophetic conversation that Isaiah recorded in the sixty-third chapter of his namesake book. Bozrah, in modern day Iraq, was the capital of Edom and symbolic of the stronghold of the Amalekites. (And after Bozrah, I.G. Farben and Monsanto could use a visit.)

“Who is this who comes from Edom, with garments of glowing colors from Bozrah, this One who is majestic in His apparel, marching in the greatness of His strength?”
“It is I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.”
“Why is your apparel red, and Your garments like the one who treads in the wine press?”


“I have trodden the wine trough alone, and from the peoples there was no man with Me. I also trod them in My anger, and trampled them in My wrath; and their lifeblood is sprinkled on My garments, and I stained all My raiment. For the day of vengeance was in My heart, and My year of redemption has come.”

But until “the day of vengeance” and the “year of redemption,” Amalek is still the enemy and we must not be ignorant of his devices if we are to live in prosperity and health.


“They band themselves together against the life of the righteous, and condemn the innocent to death. But the LORD has been my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge. And He has brought back their wickedness upon them, and will destroy them in their evil; The LORD our God will destroy them.” –Psalm 94:21-23

Texas to Track Raw Milk Drinkers!

Texas To Track Raw Milk Drinkers
By Granny Good Food

I'm a grandmother, slightly past a half-century old, been married 35 years to my sweetie from high school, graduated with highest honors from same, phi-beta kappa from college, had three tickets in nearly 40 years of driving, never been arrested, don't smoke, don't drink, (usually) don't cuss.

And for the first time in my life, I’m about to become a criminal.

I will have in my possession, as determined by the state of Texas, one of the most dangerous substances known to man. Could it be heroin? Moonshine? Genetically engineered food?

None of the above. It’s REAL milk. Raw, life-giving, straight from the cow. Not pasteurized, but chock-full of enzymes and probiotics, protein, B-vitamins, iodine, calcium, phosphorus, and brain-lovin' omega 3 fatty acids. Not homogenized, with several inches of luxurious cream floating on the top. Not laced with synthetic vitamin D, a Big-Pharma drug that is rendered from pig, sheep, and cow skins in vats of caustic solvents, a very protected and proprietary process. From pampered Jersey gals that stand in the warm sun, eat luscious green grass, are given no hormones, yielding their Superfood twice daily for the benefit of Texan moms and dads, boys and girls.

Until March 6, the Milk Group, an agency of the Texas Department of State Health Services, is taking public comment on the new rules for raw milk production, distribution, and consumption. [Note: this comment period has been extended until June] Let’s take a look at how they are planning on protecting us:

§217.13. …It shall be unlawful for any person, elsewhere than in a private home, to have in their possession any adulterated, misbranded, or ungraded milk.

§217.22….The milk producer shall offer for sale and distribute raw milk directly to the final consumer only at the point of production, i.e., at the farm…

And now, I hope all you freedom-loving, flag-waving, Remember-the-Alamo, red-blooded Americans are sitting down, for buried deep within Section 217.17(g), is this eleven-word, nuclear jackboot bomb, “The producer shall furnish a list of customers to the department.”

Damn!

If there exists a more anti-God, anti-liberty, anti-family, anti-business, anti-health, anti-ecology, anti-sustainable set of "rules," it will not easily be found. Not to mention mean-spirited, scientifically unfounded, and in-your-face evil.

It’s one (totalitarian) thing to be forced by law to drink my raw milk only at home, not at work or school, and to be compelled to drive personally –not send a friend—to a dairy to pickup every gallon of raw milk I buy. It’s quite another (Big Brother) issue when my name is going to be registered by the Milk Police!

My mind is dizzy with questions. Is there any other food that is tracked by who eats it? What kind of precedent is this setting? Will this include being fingerprinted also? If there is an ‘event’ with raw milk, will everyone on the list be rounded up and quarantined? Would they be forced to get some kind of medical treatment, i.e., vaccination? Has this ever been done in history before, to register people who want healthy, clean milk the way it has been consumed since cows and people got together? Is there a registry in the future for people who buy raw honey, organic vegetables, farm eggs, bulk grain, nutritional supplements? What if the registries for sex offenders and raw milk drinkers get mixed up? Will the government have probable cause to bug our phones and email if we were a registered gun owner AND a raw milk drinker? How far can this go? How far will we let it go?

This afternoon I spoke briefly with Jim at the Milk Group in Austin. Here’s a sampler of how it went, according to my notes:

GGF: Why are you requiring people to drive to the dairy personally, instead of obtaining raw milk in a carpool or through an agent?

Agent Jim: Customers need to see where their milk comes from, the condition of the dairy, whether it is clean.

GGF: Well, I kind of thought that was your job, to ensure the dairy is clean. But anyway, I buy bread from our local grocery store now and then. Are you saying I should buy directly from the bakery to see where it comes from, its condition, whether it’s clean?

Agent Jim: Customers need to see where their milk comes from, the condition of the dairy, whether it is clean.

GGF: But Jim, every time? Once I’ve seen the dairy, why do I have to go every week?

Agent Jim: Customers need to see where their milk comes from, the condition of the dairy, whether it is clean.

Pulease! Now for the Granny Good Food (extended) translation: “We are not going to outlaw raw milk outright because that would be overtly tyrannical. Instead, we are going to be sneaky and place so much red tape and so many hoops in your path in the name of ‘protecting’ you, that most of you will give up and drink our state-sanctioned, politically-correct milk. Yes, we realize that in this going-to-hell-in-a-hurry economy that money is getting tighter and you will have to work longer hours—that is, if you even have a job—to fund the Big Banks’ brazen BS and that driving an extra two or three hours a week just to get wholesome food for your families will add to the financial burden not only on you but on the farmer, because he will have to hire a full-time crew just to accommodate all the traffic at the farm if you do it our way. But eh, you can’t vote us out, and we get a paycheck whether or not you like what we do.”

Not only could Agent Jim not give me a good reason why I should have to drive to the dairy to buy every cotton-pickin’ gallon of raw milk I drink, but neither could he give me statistics on adverse incidents with raw milk. “We know raw milk contains pathogens that are harmful.”

Really? And how do you know that, sir? He admitted that there have been very few incidents with raw milk causing illness, but could not quote exact numbers. His main point was that most of the milk consumed in Texas is pasteurized, and that, in his opinion, accounted for the lack of illness.

I beg to differ. There are 23 dairies in Texas licensed to sell raw milk. Now I won’t go into details, but I know for certain that my family and about 200 of my friends drink raw milk daily. None of us have ever gotten sick because of tainted raw milk. Based on what I have observed in my small circle, I submit that there are thousands of people all over Texas drinking raw milk happily and healthfully. In fact, as a nutritional counselor, I have seen some dramatic turnarounds for the good when people switch to raw milk and forsake the processed, white cow liquid. Irritable Bowel Syndrome disappears. Lactose intolerance goes away. Allergies vanish. Nerves are calmer. Ear infections are fewer. Autistic children do much better.

And let me ride this Health Train just a little longer. Homogenized, pasteurized milk contributes to many chronic health problems: Heart disease, constipation, indigestion, cramps, bloating, diarrhea, skin rashes, acne, colic in infants, leukemia, infertility, cancer, increased tooth decay, poor growth in children, osteoporosis, diabetes, iron-deficiency anemia, and more. Yet, you will never see these tallied in with the arguments for politically-correct milk by those who attempt to criminalize raw milk.

Many years ago, I was a homeschooling mom, which was a radical --and in many states illegal--thing to do in the early 80's. With my children I read about the founding of our country and its covenant history (His Story). Back in those days ALL the milk was raw and all the food organic, and We the People apparently had much stronger anatomies back then; viz. more brains, backbone, and testosterone (maybe the former was causative of the latter?). At that time there were stamp taxes to quash, whiskey rebellions to lead, and tea to be dumped, and men and women just like us chose to stand against political oppression with their "lives, fortunes, and sacred honor" because they understood what would happen if they didn’t.

I thought, could I have done that? What is so important that I would be so committed? Then I looked at my four little scholars and realized I had already decided Number One on the list. Soon we studied church history and read biographies of men like Wycliffe and Tyndale, and I wrote down “Bible.” When they were older, we learned how statists disarm the people before enslaving them, and Number Three was added. Today, the list is at Four, and I’ll be damned if they will take my raw milk.