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The world is changing at lightning speed. In 2003, the year I moved to Texas, America was still in panic mode from the 9/11/01 Twin Tower terror attacks. Almost everyone believed the government narrative that Iraq had "WMDs" and was somehow supporting the terrorists who had attacked America. We all watched the USA deliver the "shock and awe" blow to Baghdad on TV. Soon the surgical attack of Bagdad was over and the country of Iraq was seemingly subdued in the hands of American forces.
Many thought the USA "victory" would soon bring the end to Mid-East terrorism. They had some reason to think so. On May 1st of 2003 President Bush made a dramatic and widely televised landing on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln. This was the chosen platform from which he made his historic victory speech declaring "Mission Accomplished!"
Masses of Americans got that message and cheered and sighed; "What a relief!"
George W. Bush declares the end of major combat operations in Iraq aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite.)
Even the liberal media were swept away with the show. Here are a few examples:
Chris Matthews on MSNBC called President Bush a “hero” and gushed, “He won the war. He was an effective commander. Everybody recognizes that, I believe, except a few critics.” He added: “Women like a guy who’s president. Check it out. The women like this war. I think we like having a hero as our president. It’s simple.”
Indeed, Gwen Ifill on PBS said Bush was “part Tom Cruise, part Ronald Reagan.”
Brian Williams of NBC, moved by the moment, exclaimed, “The pictures were beautiful. It was quite something to see the first-ever American president on a—on a carrier landing.”
Surely, now the nightmare would all be over soon. The New York Times observed, “The Bush administration is planning to withdraw most United States combat forces from Iraq over the next several months and wants to shrink the American military presence to less than two divisions by the fall, senior allied officials said today.” Not surprisingly, this buoyant euphoria led people to believe it was just a matter of mopping up - then we would be out of there and everything could get back to normal - not.
In hindsight, all of this seems naive and stupid. There were no WNDs. There was no significant connection between Iraq and the terrorists. And a good show with all the bells and whistles does not equal "mission accomplished" - as subsequent history has made plain to all. If anything, the Middle East is now more dangerous than ever, with the Pandora's Box of a nuke race in the Middle East having been opened (see the article below). As I said, a lot has changed since 2003.
Here is more evidence of our changing times: On 11/18/2003 The Boston Globe reported "The Supreme Judicial Court [Massachusetts] today became the nation's first state supreme court to rule that same-sex couples have the legal right to marry."
Imagine that. For 6,000 years of human history marriage had always been defined as a social contract between a man and a woman - the only sort of union that naturally produces children and therefore perpetuated the human race. Society had always been based on that institution and had always protected that institution above all others since the human race itself depends on men and women uniting in marriage - that is, until the Supreme Court of Massachusetts decided in 2003 that "same-sex couples have the legal right to marry."
In 2015, in 37 states - AL, AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, HI, ID, IA, IL, IN, KS, ME, MD, MA, MN, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, UT, VA, VT, WA, WV, WI, and WY - plus Washington, D.C. - same-sex couples can legally "marry." What is more, the US Supreme Court is deliberating on whether same-sex "marriage" is required by the USA Constitution. This is, on the face of it, absurd. Can you imagine the founding fathers who wrote the Constitution, for one instant, thinking that document was to be a guarantee of same-sex marriage? Yet, if the Supremes say it is just that, then the definition of legal "marriage" will have been entirely changed from what it has been for thousands of years, and social mayhem will escalate on a new scale we can't now imagine.
While it seems that everything has been rapidly changing it is reassuring to realize that some things never change. The Creator never changes. He is not controlled by the social or political propaganda of this world but is always absolutely grounded in truth, righteousness, wisdom, love, justice and faithfulness. Likewise, His Word never changes. It is always truthful, right, and a guiding beacon of light through troubled times.
Tsiyon, being established on Him and His Word, has remained remarkably the same since 2003, the year we came to Texas. You can listen to our earliest messages and compare them to what we are saying now and you will see that they all add to the same consistent picture. This is a picture of Yah's plan for these last days, how the House of David figures into that, how the remnant of Israel figures into that, and most importantly, how Messiah figures into that. Amid this changing world we have a vision and a mission that is ever before us, that determines everything we do and say. It is the ground under our feet and it is the laser-like goal that marks our way forward. This is so because we are called to point the way through these dark and changing times.
There is a real-life story behind Tsiyon. The testimonies that were video recorded at the recent dedication of our Tsiyon Tabernacle help to tell that story. There, Dawn and I told our Texas story. Our Texas story is over 3 hours long, it includes a lot that we have never shared about our personal lives and the battle we have fought to keep bringing this message to you. Now, we want to share our Texas story with you. You can hear the audio version in our latest radio program. Please tune in this Sabbath.
Shalom, Eliyahu ben David