Well, the summer doldrums are almost over. The heat was so oppressive I felt like it drove some of the energy and drive out of me. This summer I began with the comic book convention. It was a lot of fun. Then I went on my annual training with the military. It wasn't fun-but I got paid. Then I had another comic book convention. And now, school has started again and here we are. Now, I need to get focused and get busy. I am going to discuss my projects in development. But let us begin by reviewing my complete works.
The Complete Works of Stephen Andrew Missick
The Words of Jesus in the Original Aramaic: Discovering the Semitic Roots of Christianity (Xulon Press, 2006)
Mary of Magdala: Magdalene, the Forgotten Aramaic Prophetess of Christianity (Xlibris, 2006)
Treasures of the Language of Jesus: The Aramaic Source of Christ's Teaching (Xlibris, 2006)
Aramaic: The Language of Jesus of Nazareth (Xlibris, 2008)
Christ the Man (Xulon Press)
The Hammer of God: The Stories of Judah Maccabee and Charles Martel (Xulon Press, 2010) ( Charles Martel: The Hammer of God and Judas Maccabeus: The Hammer of God (Createspace 2011) are also available.
The Ascents of James: A Lost Acts of the Apostles (Create Space 2010)
The Second Adam and the Restoration of All Things (Create Space 2010)
Saint Thaddeus and the King of Assyria: The Aramaic Origins of Christianity (Create Space 2010)
A Soldier in Iraq (Createspace 2011)
The Lord's Prayer in the Original Aramaic (Createspace 2011)
Jesus the Poet (Createspace 2011)
The Ennead and The Art of the Ennead (Createspace 2011)
The Secret of Jabez (Createspace 2011)
The 613 Commandments (2011)
The Assyrians: The Oldest Christian People (Createspace 2011)
(These books are also available in hard copies.)
The Language of Jesus: Introducing Aramaic (2010)
Judas Maccabeus: The Hammer of God (2010)
Christ's Language: Spiritual Insight from Aramaic (2011)
(Journal of Assyrian Academic Studies www.jaas.org)
The Assyrian Church in the Mongol Empire, Mar Thoma: The Apostolic Foundation of the Assyrian Church in India, and Socotra: The Mysterious Island of the Church of the East which were published in the Journal of Assyrian Academic Studies (Volume XIII, No. 2, 1999, Volume XIV, No. 2, 2000 and Volume XVI No. 1, 2002).
(Crossover Videos: www.thecrossoverproject.org)
Iraq's Christians in Crisis
The Armenian Genocide
The Assyrians: The Oldest Christian People
Chronicles: Facts from the Bible
The Hammer of God: Character and Historical Reference
The Hammer of God Coloring Book
The Hammer of God Mini-Comic
The Hammer of God: The Battle for Religious Freedom
The Ennead 1
The Ennead 2
Maccabee (createspace, 2011)
Aramaic: The Language of Jesus of Nazareth
Exploring the Semitic Roots of Christianity
Is the Cross a "Pagan" symbol?
Hammer of God
Aramaic: the Language of Jesus
The Glory of Coptic Egypt
The Splendor of Christian Ethiopia
I am an Assyrian!
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I am nearing the place where I will start running out of money. So, I need your prayers, so that I can make the money. Hopefully, I will find enough work. But, I also need to be doing the Lord's work.
I am working on:
- Chronicles: Facts from the Bible-a collection of my biblical cartoons
- The "Seven Signs"-illustrating the seven miracles in the Gospel of John
- The Epic of Baal the God of Thunder-a collection of Canaanite myth. The reason why I am doing this is because people in the "Hebrew Roots" movement like to talk more about "paganism" than they do about the Sacred Scriptures. AND-they put out a lot of inaccurate information-therefore, I have collected accurate information to dispel the myths about Canaanite myth.
- The Restoration of the Lost Ark-what the Ark of the Covenant looked like based on the latest archeological discoveries.
- A Chaplain in Iraq-a type of memoir
- Ka-blam comics: "Christ the Man," "Judas Maccabee," "A Soldier in Iraq" and Charles Martel
Now that I am running out of money-they are becoming less likely-but I was planning three. 1. To Egypt to go through the Sinai-and to southern Egypt-but Egypt doesn't seem stable right now, 2. The Silk Road-I ran into my long lost Chinese friend-so maybe I can do the Silk Road thing after all, and 3. Malta-which might be the last bastion for Christianity if America falls to Obama.
The Last Ounce of Courage
I thought it was a good movie. It is basically a Christmas story dealing with the threats to freedom coming from the Left. The movie was a little bit amateurish regarding technical things and acting. But I think it conveyed some important truths. I think the plot was good. It was a little sluggish here and there-but if you are patient, I think the movie is good and has a very important message, so watching the whole movie is rewarding. I give it three stars. (Meaning it's good but not excellent.) But, I think every Christian needs to watch this movie. It does a very good job in dealing with freedom of religion and freedom of speech. Go watch it. If you don't see it in theaters-try to get the DVD for Christmas. It is a very good Christmas movie-hopefully, it will be available on DVD for Christmas. But watch it now. Basically, the story is about a small town mayor, who thinking about the death of his son in the War on Terror, decides to have the city celebrate Christmas, and has to face the ACLU down-he ends up being arrested, but the story does have a happy ending. What I liked about it was how it also had young people, kids in junior high school, standing up for religious freedom. People usually watch "It's a Wonderful Life" every Christmas-it is time to watch this movie every Christmas-at least until we wrest religious freedom back from the ACLU and other similar atheistic anti-American radical leftist hate-groups.
What is the 2012 election about? This is the most important election in America's history. The American people are going to decide if we will continue under the United States Constitution or not. The American people will choose to continue to abide by the Constitution with its limited government and its protection of freedom of speech, the right to bear arms and the freedom of religion or they will choose for America to be a totalitarian police state under Obama. If Obama wins-it will be unlikely if we have elections again-and if we do, they won't matter. America will be remade, as it has been being remade for the past four years, as a hard left country. If Obama is re-elected we will no longer be a free people and it will be impossible to change America through the electoral process. If the American people choose Obama-they are choosing a Marxist dictatorship. By bypassing Congress-the rule of law and the constitution to implement his new immigration policy-Obama has shown his true colors. He will not let the Constitution or anything else restrain his thirst for power. In 2008, the media pushed Obama and people got caught up in the Messianic zeal and mass hysteria and supported him without knowing who he really was. They should have known better-he clearly laid out his extremist views in his two autobiographies. Now many people do know better-as for the rest, there is no excuse. Now there is no question that Obama is a radical leftist. This is the reality: a vote for Obama is a vote against the Constitution. A vote for Obama is a vote against liberty, against religious liberty, against freedom of speech, against private gun ownership. A vote for Obama is a vote for tyranny-and the end of America as we have known it. The Democrats actually think that is a good thing because in their point of view-America is and has always been an evil country.
The choice the American people will make this November is whether or not we will continue to be a free country. If the American people vote for Obama there will be some hard consequences. America's experiment with democracy will be over. Obama is a highly educated damn fool-like many academics on the left today. Mark Steyn in "After America" clearly shows what will happen if Obama is re-elected. The United States will fracture into four countries or more-similar to the collapse of the Soviet Union. If Obama is re-elected it WILL happen. It may be inevitable. Perhaps though, Romney can buy us a little more time.
The Decline and Fall of Islam
I saw a picture of a Muslim woman holding a sign protesting the "Innocence of Muslims" movie. The sign said "1.5 Billion Muslims stand with the prophet." Well, now they have falling demographics. So, their numbers have already peaked. With their collapsing numbers, this means their chances of spreading Islam by out-breeding the rest of the world are going to fail. With this not working for them, what is their fall back plan? I mean, Muslim nations are the most backwards nations in the world. So, the Islamic world is going to have to change or die-and they have staked their existence upon resistance to change. Hence, the Islamic civilization will die. Once America becomes energy independent-which will happen very soon-Muslims will no longer have oil power. So, suddenly decline will hit them like a ton of bricks. In reality, the Islamic world has been in decline since 1492. In the 1940s, suddenly, the Islamic world had vast sources of wealth with their black gold. The Saudi used it to spread fanaticism. With vast riches from oil, they have fooled themselves into believing that Islam is the world's "manifest destiny." But in reality, the more these people turn to extremism, the more misery and suffering they are going to bring upon themselves. Islam is not the answer. Muslims are going to learn this hard fact through a lot of pain that they are bringing upon themselves-through their failed culture. It is really sad to see the Egyptians and others vote in Muslim Brotherhood governments-they are voting for war, poverty, and suffering-which is all these regimes have to offer. Hopefully, after an economic collapse and seeing that these extremist don't have the answer the people will moderate. This was about to happen in Gaza-but then the Turks intervened-and what they are really doing is prolonging the peoples' agony. If it wasn't for the Turks, the Gazans would have gotten rid of Hamas, moderated and began negotiations of peace with the Israelis. But the outside forces keep the Gazans from positive change. So, what are the Saudis going to do when they start running out of money? I suspect they will try to hold on power at all costs. These are NOT benevolent dictators. Once they go broke, they will stop giving money to radical Muslim organizations and put all the money into maintaining power-or escaping with what remains of the wealth. All this terrorism is very expensive. Once the petro-dollars dry up-a lot of this violence will stop. However, then the people will get desperate. They pinned all their hopes on radical Islam-and they will not only be no better for it-they will be the worse! All the violence and what will they get for it-poverty, backwardness, and economic stagnation. They will have brought it all upon themselves!
After writing this I discovered similar conclusions written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, "As the latest wave of indignation sweeps across the Muslim world, we should not be despondent. Yes, this is a setback for the Arab Spring. Yes, it is bloody, dangerous, and chaotic on the streets. Yes, innocent people are dying and their governments are powerless. But this too shall pass. Utopian ideologies have a short lifespan. Some are bloodier than others. As long as Islamists were able to market their philosophy as the only alternative to dictatorship and foreign meddling, they were attractive to an oppressed polity. But with their election to office they will be subjected to the test of government. It is clear, as we saw in Iran in 2009 and elsewhere, that if the philosophy of the Islamists is fully and forcefully implemented, those who elected them will end up disillusioned. The governments will begin to fail as soon as they set about implementing their philosophy: strip women of their rights; murder homosexuals; constrain the freedoms of conscience and religion of non-Muslims; hunt down dissidents; persecute religious minorities; pick fights with foreign powers, even powers, such as the U.S., that offered them friendship. The Islamists will curtail the freedoms of those who elected them and fail to improve their economic conditions. After the disillusion and bitterness will come a painful lesson: that it is foolish to derive laws for human affairs from gods and prophets. Just like the Iranian people have begun to, the Egyptians, Tunisians, Libyans, and perhaps Syrians and others will come to this realization. In one or two or three decades we will see the masses in these countries take to the streets—and perhaps call for American help—to liberate them from the governments they elected. This process will be faster in some places than others, but in all of them it will be bloody and painful. If we take the long view, America and other Western countries can help make this happen in the same way we helped bring about the demise of the former Soviet Union. We must be patient. America needs to empower those individuals and groups who are already disenchanted with political Islam by helping find and develop an alternative. At the heart of that alternative are the ideals of the rule of law and freedom of thought, worship, and expression. For these values there can and should be no apologies, no groveling, no hesitation." This quote is from "Muslim Rage & The Last Gasp of Islamic Hate" in Newsweek, September 24, 2012. It looks like she is coming to a similar conclusion that I have. I was inspired by "How Civilizations Die (…and why Islam is dying too)" by David Goldman. This means that I will most likely live to see the fall of Islam. But, I think it will be a long bloody process-but like her I think it will take about 10-25 years and probably starting now. Regarding Ali's comment about "gods and prophets"-it is true when you are dealing with false gods and false prophets-as we are here.
Once Islam has collapsed, we will be able at last to have an honest conversation about it-and all the horrific things that they have done to Christians and non-Muslims for the past 1400 years. (Goldman says, "An educated twenty-five year old Iranian woman today probably grew up in a family of six or seven children, but will bear only one child." As of 2010, Iran's fertility rate stands at 1.7 children per woman. Decadence has enveloped the nation; drug use is rampant, and a sizable portion of the women work willingly as prostitutes. Paradoxically, this makes the Islamic world more dangerous, at least in the short term: "For in their despair, radical Muslims who can already taste the ruin of their culture believe that they have nothing to lose.") Millions have perished at the hands of Islamists for centuries. In the 20th century-over a million Armenians/Assyrians/Greeks were killed by Muslims in Turkey and three million Sudanese Christians in the Sudan. In Islam's last remaining decades, it is possible that millions more may die-but this time it could be millions of Muslims-killed by other Muslims and/or by war that Muslims have provoked through radicalism. So is it time for an epithet? "Islam: 610 A.D.-2042 A.D."
Ali has proven that it is in America's national interests to discard political correctness and begin implementing a strategy to save the Muslims and the world from the suffering that Islamism has brought, is bringing and will bring. We need to stop demonizing Western Civilization and start being honest about the historic and present evils of Islamic "civilization"-if that is what you want to call it. It is time for the Robert Spencer/Allen West approach. Unfortunately, the politically correct pseudo-Academic morons from the Ivy League Liberal extremist schools will oppose the Ali strategy tooth and nail-which will lead to more westerners and Muslims getting killed. Islam is going to fall. What we should be thinking is how we can minimize human suffering and death during the process.
When I was in Syria in 2001, a week before 9-11, I had a vision of the coming conflict and I felt that God told me that a war would soon begin in which Islam would end but at the end of it, although triumphant, America would only be a shadow of its former self. America would have a pyrrhic victory but Islam would be no more. Islam's fatal flaw is that it isn't a religion-it is a theocratic political system. That will be its demise.
Fox News: Ideology, political calculation put Obama in a bind on Muslim uprisings
The ongoing unrest in the Muslim world, including riots at multiple diplomatic outposts, chaos in unstable nuclear power Pakistan and attacks on U.S. forces in Afghanistan, is shaping up to be a bigger threat to President Obama's re-election bid than it first appeared. The threat to Obama's chances comes from the decision by him and his administration to declare the anti-American uprisings that began last week on Sept. 11 as spontaneous events triggered by YouTube clips of a unfinished movie that mocks the founder of Islam, Mohammed. Despite the timing of the attacks on the 9/11 anniversary and the growing influence of Islamists in the two countries where the uprising first began -- Libya and Egypt -- team Obama was adamant that the problem was a year-old Internet posting. Susan Rice, Obama's ambassador to the United Nations, said on "FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace" that the attack in Libya, which involved multiple stages and heavy weaponry, "was a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired in Cairo as a consequence of the video." After adamantly refusing suggestions, including from the leaders of the government in Libya, that the attack in that country last week that claimed the lives of the U.S. ambassador and two former Navy SEALs were coordinated and pre-meditated, the Obama administration has now acknowledged the attack as a "terrorist" act. FOX News colleague Bret Baier was first to report that intelligence officials believe the attack was directly linked to al Qaeda and involved Sufyan Ben Qumu, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee tied to the financiers of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on America. "Spontaneous" it clearly was not. Perhaps terrorists pushed the video to provide a chaotic environment in which to strike in Libya or harass American interests around the globe. But if it hadn't been this blaspheming of Mohammed, it surely would have been another, like the current turmoil about a cartoon in a French newspaper. There were apparently two main motivations for Obama to hew to the narrative that the video was the cause of the attacks and that the Libya uprising was spontaneous. First was ideological. The President and his team share the worldview that within the root cause of anti-American terrorism and aggression is the insensitivity and foreign policy of the United States. While conservatives hold that it is a corrupt ideology that hates American-style freedom and tolerance, liberals hold that American aggression and insensitivity gave rise to understandable grievances among Muslims then exploited by a radical few. Second was practical politics. One of Obama's main electoral strong suits has been the absence of any successful major terrorist attacks on his watch. The killing of Usama bin Laden and Obama's drone "kill list" have been held up left and right as proof that Obama is tough on Islamist terrorists and vigilant. Allowing any suggestion that his administration was blindsided by a terrorist plot, especially on Sept. 11, would have cut against the preferred narrative for his campaign that Obama is deadly and vigilant. It was not helpful, then, that one of the stories of the day immediately before the attacks was about how Obama had been eschewing in-person national security briefings, which allow for questions and answers with security officials, in favor of reading documents on his iPad while jetting between campaign events and fundraisers. Any questions about the prioritization of national security are unwelcome for any administration. Recall the furor over George W. Bush's vacationing before and after the 2001 attacks. That Obama would be cutting any corners on intelligence while making time for Beyonce, George Clooney and, apparently, a guy dressed like a pirate would undo some of the huge gains he has made in convincing voters that he was a war president. Add to the iPad flap the growing anxiety about a confrontation between Israel and rogue state Iran over the Iranian nuclear program. The current bind for the president is that the Israeli Prime Minister can't get a meeting with Obama while he is in the U.S. for a United Nations conclave. Again, the charge from conservatives is that Obama has time for fawning chat-show appearances and fundraisers, but not the key American ally in the Middle East. The president has been taking his intelligence briefings in person this week and made much of a lengthy phone call he had with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but the red team isn't relenting -- including a new Florida ad from conservative group Secure America Now featuring Netanyahu warning of an imminent attack from Iran. And while the political press hyperventilated over Republican nominee Mitt Romney's response to the initial uprising as being too sharp and too political, the accusation that Obama is an apologist for America who emboldens our enemies is far more damaging when voters see images of American flags burning around the globe. Ideology and political advantage seem to have driven team Obama to stake out an untenable position on the current troubles. In the days to come, the president will have to forgo the former and focus on politics alone as he seeks to put forward a tougher, more attuned and less apologetic-sounding foreign policy pose. ==============================================
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Additional Comments on "The Innocence of Muslims"
- Why would a Coptic Christian make a movie attacking Mohammed? Because they have been victims of hatred and intolerance from Muslims for 1400 years and living under persecution has shaped their view of Islam. (NOTE: I have lived in Egypt.)
- In the past few decades 100s of Middle Eastern Christians and over a million Sudanese Christians are put to death-but you don't hear a thing about it from the News Media-now all they want to do is talk about a silly movie-claiming it's the Coptic peoples fault for provoking the Muslims!
- I will never forget 31 October 2010 when Islamic radicals killed almost everyone in a church in Baghdad. What provoked them to do this? The Assyrians in church believed it Jesus. That was the provocation. Basically, the provocation is that non-Muslims don't believe in Mohammed and they must be subjugated.
- While Middle Eastern Christians were being massacred by Muslims-Obama came out and said "restraint needs to be shown on both sides"! What-by the victims of genocide? This shows the great lengths Obama will go to protect Islam and why he is unfit to be president.
- This embassy attack is the culmination of Obama's Libya policy-he went to war in Libya to bring this about. On the other hand, the Libyan president seems to me to be very upset about the attack-but Obama doesn't give a damn-he is out partying in Vegas and with beyance and Jay-Z.
- The movie "Innocence of Muslims" was like Martin Scorcece's "Last Tempation of Christ" mixed with his "Cape Fear" in which his deranged Robert De Niro was a born again Christian serial killer mixed with two Saturday Night Live skits-Paul Simon's "Happy B-day Jesus" and SNL's Tim Tebow meets Jesus-but I am waiting for the police to arrest Martin Scorcece and the SNL crew- talk about "deliberately offensive."
- I think it is very disturbing that the Obama administration and the News Media are willing to sacrifice the Bill of Rights and free speech in order to appease mobs of violent Islamic extremists.
- A-Jazeera has done more to incite violence against America for the past 12 years but I haven't heard Obama complain about that.
- An Obama propaganda video entitled "Zero Dark Thirty" will be released soon-it portrays Obama single-handedly defeating Osama. There is no discussion about it "inciting" Muslims oddly enough.
- With these attacks-starting with 911, America is now experiencing what the Assyrians and other Christians of the Middle East have been experiencing for the past 1400 years.