The Apple and the Oil

January 6, 2012 in General

An unnamed source said the military deployment of US anti-missile ships and accompanying support personnel will occur in January and later this spring, Global Research reported.

Commander of the US Third Air Force based in Germany Lt.-Gen Frank Gorenc said it is not just an “exercise,” but a “deployment,” The Jerusalem Post said.

Washington and Tel Aviv have planned to hold what they call the largest-ever joint military exercise this spring.

via PressTV – ‘US deploys troops in Israel for Iran war’.

Middle East, Israel, Iran - the hotbed.

Middle East, Israel, Iran - the hotbed.

During this first week of January 2012, a variety of news outlets have reported that U.S. troops are being deployed to or are already in Israel, in preparation for war against Iran. This deployment begs the question: are American troops being sent to aid in the protection of Israel – our ally and the apple of God’s eye – or is this American presence to protect Saudi Arabia and the free flow of oil from Iranian assault?

The flickering embers of the Arab Spring and frequent Palestinian missile attacks on Israel will be drawn into into the raging inferno of full-out war. America will be affected directly; having been blessed that this major military conflict has to this day been forestalled. But, for how much longer?

Gasoline prices are rising partly on speculation that Iran could at least temporarily close the Strait of Hormuz, and Oil prices could rise $50.00 or more per barrel should that speculated act become reality. If, and perhaps more accurately when Iran, Israel, and Israel’s neighbors engage in war that will in some manner involve the U.S., all bets will be off as to how much oil will be available to the U.S. and China and what its cost would be. Indeed, America is competing with the Chinese, whose demand for that precious black gold continues to be strong.

Is America spiritually ready for what is coming? In this writer’s humble opinion, no she is not. In the Wayfarers fiction book trilogy, I have written a story that takes place during and after the feces hits the fan. While it is mere fiction, as these days and times of early 2012 continue to follow a turbulent path there may be a degree of “faction” revealed. I am blessed that I was able to write this story.

America must defend Israel and likewise she must inspire her citizens to again seek the face of God. Begrudgingly, we have been placed on a journey that is precarious and perilous while at the same time beautifully blessed. American men will need to be dutiful fathers and dedicated husbands. Fathers, love your children and be faithful to your wives. As America and the world changes, American men will again be called upon to be as the humble heroes of the World War Two generation.

As I write, there is no intent to capitalize on the 2012 end of the world hype, as it is patently false. Instead, I will once again say with sincerity that in this perilous year no matter how hard it is or how hard it gets, don’t ever lose hope.

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Hawkish Caucus

January 4, 2012 in General

DES MOINES, Iowa–Iowa may not pick presidents. It may not even pick Republican presidential nominees. But Iowa most certainly resets the nomination contest, something its voters did again on Tuesday with the state’s closest caucus vote in history…

via Iowa’s razor-thin result indicates a fierce battle for conservatives is ahead | The Ticket – Yahoo! News.

Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum

Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum

As of January 4, 2012, this writer is undecided as to whom he would like to see elected President of these United States in November of the aforementioned year. Certainly, I do not support Barack Obama and would not support Hillary Clinton if Democrats were able to persuade the current occupant of the White House to step aside. Still, while I don’t yet have a place to throw my support, I find Rick Santorum’s strong showing – losing by a razor-thin 8 votes to the vaunted Mitt Romney in the Iowa Caucus on January 3rd to be impressive if not encouraging.

Will Michele Bachmann now bow out of the race? By the time you read this, news may have broken that would answer this question as her trip to South Carolina has been cancelled, as per Fox News at 8:30 am Eastern Time this morning.

As I have written before, the too early and too often reportage of the 2012 Presidential Election is serving only as a distraction, in my view. As the Muslim Brotherhood is planning to assume power in Egypt and refusing to acknowledge the existence of Israel and as Iran continues to threaten to shut down the Strait of Hormuz – it seems as though these critical news items are relegated to the back burner. As Israel is surrounded by her enemies and today in early 01/12 the threat of major war looms – war that will affect the American way of life – I have to wonder why the cable and network news giants don’t offer more coverage?

While the Presidential election of 2012 is indeed worthy of heavy coverage, I would encourage everyone to look beyond the caucuses, straw polls, and punditry. Let us not get distracted and pacified – let us not lose track of how what happens in the Middle East will directly influences what happens in your day to day existence. We’ve thus far survived an economy circling the drain – perhaps more accurately being deliberately drained – and a president who seems hell-bent on reducing our freedoms while placing us into the arms of greater peril. Indeed, we are at a seminal point not just in American history but in world history. The metaphorical match has been lit and the material tinder is dry.

Be watchful and be vigilant. Pray for discernment and that you will demonstrate loving kindness and a love of your neighbor through any hardship. Be ready for anything, be anxious for nothing and yes, pray about everything.

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Safer Than a Store or Mall!

November 26, 2011 in General

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Black Friday

November 25, 2011 in General

The Wayfarers | Jacob's Trouble by Jim Yackel, the third part of The Wayfarers Christian/End Times fiction book trilogy.

The Wayfarers | Jacob's Trouble by author Jim Yackel

It was Black Friday. Indeed, in the sum total of recorded history, it was America’s worst day. It was a day that caught a sleepy, godless, self-absorbed citizenry by surprise. The events that transpired that day were plotted, planned, tested, and executed not to perfection but close enough so to satisfy the very evil chess master who machinated and maneuvered the willing pawns who would do the dirty work via forward and diagonal moves around the black and white squares of the American chessboard.

Yes, it was Black Friday and as Here Comes Santa Claus played through mall intercom systems, shoppers screamed in abject horror and pitiable pain. But, were the events of Black Friday that transpired without warning a complete surprise to everyone?

Read the Wayfarers Walking Dreams, Five Feet From The Cabin Door and the culmination of the trilogy Jacob’s Trouble which is to be released imminently.

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One, Two, Three…

November 22, 2011 in General

The Wayfarers Trilogy by Jim Yackel

The Wayfarers Trilogy by Jim Yackel

Originally, The Wayfarers story was to be comprised of a single book. Then, it was suggested that a prequel to the original book might be a capital idea. After Walking Dreams was released – the prequel that is in fact the beginning of the story – this writer came to the realization that the story was not yet complete.

The Wayfarers | Jacob’s Trouble will complete the trilogy that began as a single quick-read novel. Will there be more fiction from this writer? My answer is “yes” – if we are here long enough.

But for now, we are working hard to meet the 12/1/11 release date for Jacob’s Trouble. I can picture all three books – Walking Dreams, Five Feet From The Cabin Door, and Jacob’s Trouble under Christmas trees around the world and what an eye-catching sight it would be!

This is a gripping story that you may find hard to put down. If you’ve read parts the first two books, Jacob’s Trouble will be a must-read. Without sounding bold or boastful, if you haven’t read the first two books, Jacob’s Trouble will still be a must read – whether you prefer soft-cover, Kindle download, or PDF e-book. If you’ve already read the first two parts, I am sincerely blessed and thankful. And likewise, I will count myself blessed if you read Jacob’s Trouble.

God bless you,
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