Saturday, October 06, 2007

Fell On Black Days

"I'm only faking, when I get it right."

A song by Chris Cornell.

How would I know that this could be my fate?

You Call Me A Dog

"But, I'll call you beautiful, if I call you at all."

A song by Chris Cornell.

She Said, "I Am The One Who Will Dance On The Floor In The Round"

A song by Chris Cornell.

I've Got An Idea Of Something We Can Do With A Gun

A song by Soundgarden.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Let The Jews
Their Country
To Europe
Or Alaska

Ahmadinejad is at it again; preaching the destruction of the Jewish homeland. We watch the modern Hitler and don't recognize him. Same thing happened back in the 1930's. The rise of Hitler happened because of the willful ignorance of millions and millions of appeasers.

Death and destruction on a scale never seen before came about because we ignored all the warning signs.

I'm afraid the same thing is coming our way once again.

Millions of Iranians attended nationwide rallies Friday in support of the Palestinians, while the country's hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Israel's continued existence was an "insult to human dignity."

"The creation, continued existence and unlimited (Western) support for this regime is an insult to human dignity," Ahmadinejad said. "The occupation of Palestine is not limited to one land. The Zionist issue is now a global issue."

Ahmadinejad's remarks came as millions of Iranians held rallies across Iran to protest Israel's continued control of Jerusalem.

The demonstrations for "Al-Quds Day" - Al-Quds is the Arabic name for Jerusalem - also spilled over into anti-American protests because of US support for Israel.

In the capital Teheran, hundreds of thousands of people poured into the streets as they chanted "Death to America" and "Death to Israel." Some protesters also burned American and Israeli flags.

State television reported similar large rallies in all other provincial capitals and smaller towns across Iran.

The Iranian president once again said Palestinians should not pay any price because Europeans committed crimes against Jews in World War II. He said they could give a part of their own land in Europe or Alaska so that the Jews can establish their country.

"I ask European governments supporting Zionists and the American people that will you allow occupation of part of your land under a pretext and then talk about a two-state solution?," Ahmadinejad said after the rallies.

Ahmadinejad said a "free referendum" was the solution to the Palestinian issue, saying Jews, Muslims and Christians as well as five million Palestinian refugees should take part in a vote to determine their own fate.

Ayatollah Mahould Hashemi Shahroudi, Iran's judiciary chief, said Friday's rallies was "a good start for the destruction of the Zionist regime."

Parliamentary speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel said the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands was a "blatant oppression" and warned that the relationship between the Islamic world and the West won't improve as long as Palestinians are not allowed to determine their fate in a referendum.

Since the Islamic revolution in 1979, Iran has observed the last Friday of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan as "Al-Quds Day," as a way of expressing support to the Palestinians and emphasizing the importance of Jerusalem to Muslims.

Jerusalem is the third holiest city in Islam after the Saudi Arabian cities of Mecca and Medina.
Meanwhile, thousands of Gazans marched from Beit Lahiya to Jabalya to commemorate "Al-Quds Day." The protesters burned, Israeli, US and British flags.

Also, on Israel's northern border, Hizbullah activists and Lebanese Shi'ites held an anti-Israel protest next to the border fence.

Lebanese troops manned the rally and prevented the protesters from approaching the border.
IDF troops in the North were instructed to raise their level of alert.

Meanwhile, the LA Times seems to think that it is reasonable for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to question the Holocaust:

Iranian president lashes out at Israel.

TEHRAN — The Iranian president delivered fiery remarks today about Israel and his country’s nuclear program on the occasion of Qods Day, the annual commemoration of the Palestinian fight against the Jewish state.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used the annual occasion marking the Palestinian struggle to criticize Israel’s policies and the West’s taboos on questioning the Holocaust. He repeated his suggestion that the West relocate Israel’s Jews to “somewhere in Canada or Alaska.”

Charles comments:

“Taboos on questioning the Holocaust.” Take a moment to savor the foul reek of that statement.

It would be shocking to see such blatant mainstreaming of Holocaust denial, previously the domain of neo-Nazis and other lunatics—except that nothing the LA Times does shocks me any more.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Dubai, "Logistics", Real Estate, And Hitler

Remember some months back when that Dubai-based company tried to buy into the American port business, and our Congressman and media-overlords told we Americans who were disturbed by such a prospect that there was no need to worry?

Remember that?

Well, I'm thinking there was need to worry. Call me crazy, but this disturbs me (from LGF):

A Dubai-based sister company of DP World, who tried to buy a controlling interest in America’s seaports, has now purchased 1,300 acres of land in South Carolina, to be developed into a logistics center and business park.

ORANGEBURG, SC (AP) - A Dubai-based company looking to build a logistics
center and business park in Orangeburg County has purchased about 1,300 acres of
land near Santee.

Jafza International managing director Chuck Heath says the company
thinks Orangeburg has the potential to become a major logistical hub in the
United States.

Jafza officials will begin negotiating the details of its investment
with state and local officials in the next few weeks. The company says it plans
to invest about $600 million and ultimately hire about 8,000 workers.

Jafza International is a sister company of DP World, which initially
won federal approval last year to run six major US ports before congressional
objections caused the deal to fall through.

By the way, what is a "logistics center"? Is there a formal definition of that term? Because, if there isn't then, I must admit. the term creeps me out.

Dubai is a major city in the United Arab Emirates. What else goes on in Dubai, UAE? Well, real estate companies use images of Adolf Hitler to sell homes.

See, there's nothing to worry about. A country where it is considered normal to adulate Adolf Hitler isn't dangerous, right?

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Did Ahmadinejad
In His Speech
At The U.N.?

From the American Thinker:

By James Lewis

This will sound alarming. A literal reading of Ahmadi-Nejad's UN address suggests that he is predicting a total war coming soon.

The key is in his invocation and his conclusion. Normal official communications by Muslims start with, "In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful." A'jad followed that formula immediately with:

"Oh God, hasten the arrival of Imam Al-Mahdi and grant him good health and victory and make us his followers and those who attend to his rightfulness." [italics in the official Iranian version]
Sounds like a pretty standard invocation, but it's not. It is a specific call for the Shiite Messiah, who will bring a final holy war, the final jihad, which in the Khomeini cult implies all-out war with the infidels to bring about the Millenarian Age of Paradise on Earth. (For Khomeini, the term "infidels" includes Sunni Muslims, who do not recognize the Mahdi). That is why Khomeini started the nuclear program twenty years ago, and why it has been pushed consistently by all the major cult leaders.

A'jad put the message explicitly in his peroration, i.e., his summary and conclusion.

"I officially declare that the age of relations arising from the Second World War as well as materialistic thought based on arrogance and domination is now over." (italics added)
Translation: The West, and particularly the United States, emerged dominant after World War Two. Israel declared independence in 1948. The dominance of the West is now over.

use of the phrase "I officially declare" indicates how he views himself as Allah's representative on earth; a very common paranoid fantasy, but one that is taught by the Khomeini cult as part of its explicit doctrine. Cult members who are otherwise quite sane can believe such things (as in the Rev. Jim Jones' suicide cult following.)
This declaration is followed by A'jad's messianic

"Humanity has passed a perilous precipice and the age of monotheism (i.e., Khomeini Shiism), purity, affinity, respecting others, justice and peace-loving has now commenced." (I.e., the End of Times is at hand; italics added). "It is the divine promise that the truth will be victorious and the earth will be inherited by the righteous." Translation: We will win the coming war. "The era of darkness will end, prisoners will return home, the occupied lands will be freed, Palestine and Iraq will be liberated from the domination of the occupiers, and the people of America and Europe will be free from the pressures exerted by the Zionists." (That's clear enough.) "Without any doubt, the Promised One who is the ultimate Savior will come. ... This is the promise of God, and therefore it will be fulfilled." The "Promised One" refers to the messiah, the "occluded Mahdi," who disappeared in the 9th century as a five year old child, and whose return Khomeinists are imminently expecting. This passage is notably blasphemous to the Sunni wing of radical Islam, which admits of no equals to Allah and his Prophet Mohammed. A'jad is saying that the Mahdi will indeed transcend Mohammed, who did not bring about Paradise on Earth.
But the Mahdi will not come without actions of the believers.

"Let's play a part in the fulfillment of all this glory and beauty.""I wish for a bright future for all human beings and the dawn of liberation and freedom for all humans ... A wish which I expect will be fulfilled in the near future." (Italics added)

Don't forget that A'jad already fulfilled his Islamic obligation to send an ultimatum to the leaders of the infidel nations to convert to Islam or die. He sent personal letters to President Bush and German Chancellor Merkel saying exactly that. In his version of Islamic law, he has fulfilled the requirements for starting his holy war against the West.

Or, to put it in his typical threat language, he has said,

"If you would like to have good relations with the Iranian nation in the future... bow down before the greatness of the Iranian nation and surrender. If you don't accept [to do this], the Iranian nation will... force you to surrender and bow down."

The Columbia University talk now also falls into place. In A'jad's deeply indoctrinated mind, the students laughing at his absurd claim that there are no homosexuals in Iran simply confirmed how steeped they are in sexual sin. Columbia was Soddom and Gomorrah in this world view, and God destroyed those cities after their inhabitants refused to repent from homosexual activities. In his eyes he gave them their last chance.

The fact that many Jews demonstrated against him in the streets of Manhattan, and that President Bollinger asked some sharp questions, will also confirm his existing beliefs.
The UN talk therefore becomes a final notice to the nations of the world.
Khomeini himself set the conditions for total war:

"I say let this land (Iran) burn. I say let this land go up in smoke, provided Islam emerges triumphant in the rest of the world."

That is the description of an all-out nuclear war.

How would that war start? Michael Medved claimed on the radio that Israeli intelligence expects an Iranian nuclear device within the next 18 months. The CIA supposedly claims about five years. The IAF air attack on a putative Syrian "agricultural research station" on the Euphrates River may have hit nuclear materials or missiles. It also demonstrated that the vaunted Russian air defense system just purchased by Iran and Syria does not work. A follow-up attack into Iranian airspace may therefore occur soon, before the Iranians change their codes and defense configuration.

In A'jad's world, it is desirable to be attacked first, so he can point the finger of guilt at the attackers. His is a martyrdom tradition, and it is essential for there to be plenty of martyrs on his side. It motivates the cult followers to greater sacrifice -- see the Iran-Iraq War, and repeated statements by A'jad that "martyrdom is powerful." By openly claiming to have 3,000 working centrifuges in Natanz, he is in effect inviting an attack on that facility, putting the US and Israel in a cleft stick. At some point they cannot fail to attack and try to destroy the centrifuges.

Dr. Jack Wheeler of "To the point news" reported that,

"One of India's top generals assigned to liaise with the Iranian military recently returned to New Delhi from several days in Tehran -- in a state of complete amazement." [....]"Everyone in the government and military can only talk of one thing," he reports. "No matter who I talked to, all they could do was ask me, over and over again, ‘Do you think the Americans will attack us?' ‘When will the Americans attack us?' ‘Will the Americans attack us in a joint operation with the Israelis?' How massive will the attack be?' on and on, endlessly. The Iranians are in a state of total panic."

This is important, because in its public propaganda, the Tehran regime has been telling its people that they are just seeing "psychological warfare" from American and Israel. But internally, the military and government in Iran seem to have a different and more serious interpretation. Wheeler argues that after the IAF attack of September 6, both Syria and Iran were shown to be defenseless against air attack, even with their brand-new Russian Pantsyr anti-air system.

The implication is for a quick attack on Iran. But it is vital to keep in mind the classic joke about the sadist and the masochist, where the masochist yells out, "whip me! whip me!" and the sadist answers, sadistically, "no!" So there is a case for taking the sadist's point of view, and continuing to threaten the Tehran regime without actually striking it. That would upset their expectations, and indeed their psychological need to be provoked into justified rage. For that reason, rather than overt air attacks, under-the-public-radar sabotage operations are always preferable.

It must be said that there is a real possibility that the martyrdom regime has planted retaliatory dirty bombs in various places around the world, to go off if Iranian targets are hit. A'jad has said that

"The anger of Muslims may reach an explosion point soon. If such a day comes [America and the West] should know that the waves of the blast will not remain within the boundaries of our region."

That warning could not be clearer. Retaliatory bombs could exist in small coastal freighters or other delivery vehicles in the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf, and in or near the US. The regime has been signing up hundreds of Basiji for martyrdom operations. Those are cheap cannon fodder for them, like the teenagers who were trained to move right into minefields in the Iran-Iraq war, wearing green plastic "keys to paradise" around their necks, to clear the way for assault troops. That is the environment in which A'jad developed his understanding of war.

Sending hundreds of kids to martyrdom on the orders of Ayatollah Khomeini must play havoc with anyone's mind. Ahmadi-Nejad may not have been directly involved in doing that, but he must certainly have known about it during the Iran-Iraq War and approved of it, else he would not be trusted by the Khomeinists who run Iran to become president.

Psychologically, that life experience implies immense personal survival guilt, along with a readiness to commit suicide oneself to bring about the messianic age of the Mahdi. That is an almost inconceivable state of mind for Westerners who have grown up in a generally peaceful world.

What are the implications for the West? First of all, any action against the cult regime should come at a time and place of our choosing, if possible different from the cult predictions. But our hand is being forced by unverified claims by A'jad to possess 3,000 centrifuges. Israel, Saudi Arabia, and other countries may have good intelligence sources in Iran, which are needed to check this astonishingly bizarre, dangerous and secretive regime.

Second, it is critical to neutralize the fanatical leadership which sustains their delusional system in any major attack. That in itself is very difficult, since humans are easier to hide than industrial facilities. But special ops teams must silence the command, communication and control capacity of the regime instantly.

During the Syrian bombing operation, reports suggested that the entire Syrian communications grid was knocked out. Even cell phones connections in neighboring Lebanon were disrupted. Special Forces were believed to be on the ground, laser-designating the target, and supposedly smuggling out samples. They may also have sabotaged the communications grid, including hardened communications between Pantsyr anti-air defenses. It was a successful dress rehearsal.

Thirdly, unlike the one-shot Israeli attack in 1981 on Saddam's Osirak nuclear reactor, any attack on Iran today may trigger extended hostilities, including assaults on civilians far away from the theater of war. Previously the Iranian Guard (including Ahmadi-Nejad) committed attacks on Jewish synagogues in Buenos Aires. The people who did that are in charge today in Tehran. So this time there will surely be a barrage of Hezb'allah missiles directed at civilians in Israel, like last summer, but possibly much more accurate.

As soon as military action starts, pressure will be brought to bear to shut it down prematurely. For once that pressure must be resisted. This gang is too dangerous to leave them with any of their total war capacities intact. A'jad just flew to Venezuela to arrange for added supplies of refined oil products which Iran cannot make at home. He is planning for a long war. He may increase Iranian meddling in Iraq, but a conventional Iranian invasion of Iraq is unlikely, since conventional forces are highly vulnerable from the air, and the US controls the air.

It seems vital for the West not to take military action until the Iranian nuclear plan has become quite clear. As suggested previously, one possibility is for the IAF to attack several established nuclear targets in Iran, with the United States allowing Israeli overflights of the Gulf. If and when Iran attempts to retaliate against Israel, or even Saudi Arabia, using missiles and aircraft, USN Gulf defenses would be automatically triggered, bringing US forces into the fight. The Saudis would not be happy with Iranian military overflights, since Khomeini fanatics believe they must eventually rule the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. Iran may try to blockade the Straits of Hormuz, leading to US actions to open the Straits as the guarantor of free shipping through international waterways.

Contrary to the Saddam war, today we have France and Germany in support. Whether that actually means anything, or whether they will bend to domestic opposition, is anybody's guess. They could turn out to be weak sisters. But at least they are not actively sabotaging us, as they did with the overthrow of Saddam.

A very dangerous time is coming up. If we are very lucky, the world will be saved by some brilliant secret raids and naval actions along the lines of the Tanker War of the 1990s. With even greater luck there will be a military coup d'etat, throwing the Khomeinist fanatics out of power. But these are extremely ruthless people. Right now it seems more likely there will be an extended conflict, along the lines that the West and Israel will find most difficult to deal with.

If a major Israeli city is severely hit, Israel may respond with massive retaliation. In the Osirak reactor strike of 1981, Israel managed to kill only one person. The coming battle with Iran may make that impossible.

If this interpretation is correct, we have some very difficult times coming up. Our domestic political dialogue has been utterly immature since 9/11. But the prospect of hanging in a fortnight concentrates the mind wonderfully, and it is possible that some on the Left will wake up. The Iranians are quite capable of stirring up terrorist retaliation in their war of Armageddon. They are suiciders, like the kamikaze cult of WW Two: Very difficult to deal with indeed. Making adequate civil defense preparations may become a crucial part of everyday life, even in the United States. Our feeling of immunity to direct attack is simply out of date. I wonder whether Democrats will allow us to improve protection against domestic attacks?
In making rational predictions of danger we always hope to be wrong. But we cannot plan based on hope alone.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Officer Marsh -
Shot And Maimed
For No Reason At All

A friend of mine sent this over to me the other day. It seems a worthwhile cause to me. Policemen and women see the worst side of life all the time. They go to work and lay their lives on the line for our protection. Sometimes, they are maimed or killed by savages for almost no reason at all.

That appears to be what happened in this case. Read on:

On October 27, 2006 Officer Danita Marsh, a Black female Nashville (TN) police officer, was ambushed while sitting in her patrol vehicle trying to assist a domestic violence victim. That fateful day changed a lot of lives. It changed Danita's Marsh's life forever. She is now paralyzed from the waist down.

Officer Marsh, like countless other officers suit up everyday to go out to our city streets to keep the peace, insure decorum, and try to keep our families safe. Let's show Officer Marsh that we appreciate her and her commitment to service.

We are one big extended family. We've asked Extreme Makeover-Home Edition to assist Officer Marsh in achieving her goal that she vowed to walk again.

Show how much you believe in that goal by putting your name down to let ABC Producers know that we want this story of courage and determination to make the show for a newly built house for Danita Marsh and her son, to meet their special needs.

When you forward, please scroll down to add your name, city & zip. We need at least 500 names or more. Send it to everyone you know.The 500th person will forward the list to


The list will be mailed to ABC-TV.

Ten Minutes Of Freedom

Snowboarding to Fur Alina by modern classical composer Arvo Part. What could be better?

I used to think about John Coltrane's Sun Ship album while I was surfing. These kinds of odd pairings of music and action help us to understand the deeper personal impact of action, and they help us to worship God in action, as much as in silence and solitude.


More music by Arvo Part. This time, however, the subject we are contemplating is not the finding of God in action. This time we are contemplating the possibility of nuclear war "in the light of North Korea's recent nuclear weapons test."

A video from the New Pragmatist.

Mennonite Church
Unhappy Israel
Will Not
Meet With

We Christians ignored the plight of our Jewish brothers and sisters in the days leading up to the Holocaust. As I was growing up, I was led to believe, by my fellow Christians, that they were deeply sorry for the fact that they had done almost nothing to stop the Holocaust of the Jews.

Now, I sit and watch the same types of events unfolding and I see that, once again, my fellow Christians are doing nothing to put a stop to the inevitable unfolding of events.

In fact, the situation is even worse than that. For my fellow Christians are not merely doing nothing. No, they are condemning the Jews for not submitting their necks to the gallows.

It was people like us who beat Christ along the Via de la Rosa. It was people like us who stood and laughed as the Jewish Messiah was mocked and whipped. It was people like us who drove the nails into his hands and feet.

And, we are still doing it 2000 years later.

Yes, the Mennonite Church has the audacity to condemn Israel for not wanting to sit down and talk with Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; the man who repeatedly calls for Israel to be "wiped off the map." (Thanks to Yid With Lid):

The Mennonite Church has never been a big supporter of Israel. A more realistic appraisal would be to say they have always taken the Palestinian side, never recognizing any Palestinian culpability for the violence. For example here is parts of a press release the Church issued in 2006.

Since occupying East Jerusalem and the West Bank in 1967, Israel - in clear
violation of international law - has built more than 200 settlements on
Palestinian land, providing housing for nearly 500,000 Israeli settlers. An
intricate system of bypass roads, tunnels and checkpoints further isolate
Palestinian villages from each other.

"We are seeing a process of squeezing the Palestinians that remain into
as small an area as possible," Israeli peace activist Amos Gvirtz told the
delegation. He said that the Israeli government, in a very deliberate fashion,
continues to claim more Palestinian land and demolish Palestinian homes, even
during the peace process.

No mention of why the security, no discussion of the terrorist acts that preceded the checkpoints--only the "suffering" of the Palestinians.Last week when the Iranian President Ahm-ashithead was visiting the US the Mennonite Church organized a little meeting between their Iranian friend and US Church leaders of all kinds. The were a bit Miffed that no Jew wanted wanted to attend.

Mennonites Organize Meeting With Ahmadinejad, Again

Prominent Christian leaders recently showed deference to the leader of a
regime that murders its opponents and practices Jew-bating on an international
scale at a low-profile meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The
meeting was organized by the Mennonite Central Committee, a group which, like
Ahmadinejad, openly questions the legitimacy of a sovereign Jewish State in the
Middle East.

While attendees went out of their way to extend courtesies to
Ahmadinejad, one participant obliquely chided Jewish leaders in the U.S. for
refusing to participate in “dialogue” with a Holocaust denier who has called for
Israel to be
wiped off the map.

The leaders met with the Iranian president after he addressed the
United Nations on September 26. According to
The New York Times, Albert Lobe, executive director of the
Mennonite Central committee told Ahmadinejad “We meant to extend to you the
hospitality which a head of state deserves.”

Lobe’s obsequiousness was an apparent counterpoint to the treatment
Ahmadinejad received at Columbia University on Sept. 24, when the school’s
president Lee Bollinger called him “
a petty and cruel dictator.”

According to a report from the Church of the Brethren News Service, Ahmadinejad took questions from a panel that included a Quaker, a Catholic, an Anglican, a Baptist and a representative the World Council of Churches. The New York Times reports that the audience comprised of “about 140 religious leaders.” The paper also reported that the event organizers had tried to find a “Jewish leader to join the panel of questioners, but that those invited declined because they could not win support from Jewish organizations.”

The refusal of Jewish groups to participate in the dialogue prompted
oblique criticism from Ellen McNish, general secretary of the American Friends
Service Committee. McNish told The New York Times that her “heart was broken
that there was so little support from other religions to be here.” She also
stated that “If we don’t walk down this path of dialogue, we’re going to end up
in a conflagration.”

But while there was oblique criticism of Jewish leaders for refusing to
participate, Iranian officials got a pass for insisting that representatives of
the Baha’i faith be denied access to the meeting. According to The New York
Times, representatives of the Baha’i faith, a persecuted religious minority in
Iran, supported efforts at dialogue even though they were not allowed to attend
the Sept. 26 event. The New York Times reported that “the Iranian side refused
to come if the Bahais were there, said Kit Bigelow, director of external
affairs, National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahais of the United States.”

The meeting took place under tight security at the Interfaith Tillman
Chapel near the United Nations in New York City. The New York Times described
the meeting as “a friendly, even warm, exchange.” The Times also reported “Given
the furor over Ahmadinejad’s earlier appearances, there was no advance

This is not the first time the MCC has facilitated a meeting of Christian leaders with Ahmadinejad. In February, the MCC organized a meeting with the Iranian President in Teheran. The delegation held a press conference in Washington, D.C. upon its return to the U.S. Christian leaders reportedly challenged Ahmadinejad about his anti-Semitic statements, but their complaints had little apparent effect. Four days after the delegation's meeting Ahmadinejad appeared in Sudan, where according to Islamic Republic News Agency (Iran's official news service), he said "Zionists are the true manifestation of Satan."

One troubling aspect of these repeated meetings with Ahmadinejad is that they were organized by the Mennonite Central Committee, an organization that has openly and repeatedly questioned the legitimacy of a sovereign Jewish State in the Middle East.

(Read the whole thing at Yid With Lid.)

So, what are you going to do, my fellow Christians? Are you going to put down the hammer with which you drive the nails into your Jewish God, or are you going to continue to crucify your savior for as long as He will forgive you?

Remember, He said, "As you do unto the least of these, you have done to me." Do you not think that when you treat the Jews as if they were occupying foreigners in their own homeland that you are doing a terrible deed unto the least of these? Are you really so confused? Are you really so twisted by sin?

Apparently so.

You should not test the Lord your God. You should know that He will not be mocked. You should know that "the gifts and calling of the Lord are irrevocable."

(The Book of Romans, Chapter 11)

I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He? May it never be! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.

God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew.
Or do you not know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel?


But what is the divine response to him? "I HAVE KEPT for Myself SEVEN THOUSAND MEN WHO HAVE NOT BOWED THE KNEE TO BAAL."

In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God's gracious choice.

But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.

What then? What Israel is seeking, it has not obtained, but those who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were hardened;

just as it is written,


And David says,


I say then, they did not stumble so as to fall, did they? May it never be! But by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make them jealous.

Now if their transgression is riches for the world and their failure is riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their fulfillment be!

But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry,

if somehow I might move to jealousy my fellow countrymen and save some of them.

For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?

If the first piece of dough is holy, the lump is also; and if the root is holy, the branches are too.

But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree,

do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you.

You will say then, "Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in."

Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear;

for if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you, either.

Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God's kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off.

And they also, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.

For if you were cut off from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these who are the natural branches be grafted into their own olive tree?

For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery--so that you will not be wise in your own estimation--that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in;

and so all Israel will be saved;
just as it is written,


From the standpoint of the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but from the standpoint of God's choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers;

for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.