Armageddon in the Classroom
Interesting word, Armageddon, isn’t it? Many people have vague ideas about what it’s supposed to mean, about what it portends, but few have taken the trouble to find out where it comes from, and what it really speaks of.
It’s a Greek version of a Jewish word, referring to a place and an event. The place is Megiddo, a vast plain in Israel, the scene of her greatest historic battles, and the site of what the Bible describes as the last great horrific and climactic military battle of all time.
Yes, the Bible, the book that has prophesied with 100 percent accuracy hundreds of events over 4,000 years. In that book, Old Testament prophets and the writer of the Revelation in the New Testament agree, with alarming specificity, that two mighty nations to the north of Israel will unite with an army numbering 200 million to obliterate Israel — and will themselves be vanquished and resoundingly wiped out in what will be seen clearly as divine intervention.
Further, the accounts detail that the two mighty nations will be deluded and driven by demonic spirits under the control of Satan, causing them to gather in a great show of military strength, intending to completely wipe tiny Israel from the face of the earth. Just as Hamas and al-Qaida and Iran’s Ahmadinejad have proposed and are still plotting to do.
Sort of hard to believe, isn’t it? Sounds like a George Lucas or Steven Spielberg fantasy, a huge budget extravaganza filled with computer-generated images that could never happen in real life. Right? And yet, hundreds of millions of us, who have come to believe and trust the Bible as God’s revealed word, do believe this will happen, just as predicted and that current events indicate this will happen in the very near future.
And like a “prevue of coming attractions,” there is an academic version of this last great battle occurring in this country, right now, in America’s schools. There is a battle for our country’s soul, our destiny, taking place on college campuses, in the classrooms, in our high schools, grade schools, and now even spilling into our kindergartens, our pre-schools.
It’s a showdown, a throwdown, pitting humanistic, anti-God forces against parents and their children, an actual conflict between good and evil — between the majority of Americans who still subscribe to the principles that created our republic, including outspoken faith in God, and those who are determined to erase forever those moral principles and the very notion of a Creator who is the source of those principles.
This isn’t make-believe; it isn’t fantasy.
I and others who write in this forum of thought have been detailing for some time the growing, relentless attacks by teachers unions, leftist and ultra-liberal educators, homosexual lobbying groups and pro-abortion forces, even activist judges and politicians, increasingly rewriting our history and promoting behavior that all previous civilizations have declared immoral. And not content to forbid prayer or any mention of God or scripture, the allied ACLU will vehemently sue any school or teacher who dares to present the notion of “intelligent design,” much less divine creation of a perfectly humming universe.
The schoolroom has become the battlefield and our children the victims, the casualties, and the prize. But amazingly, right on that field of battle, as the cunning and well-funded zealots have been having their way, modern Patrick Henrys and Nathan Hales and amateur revolutionaries have arisen to confront their oppressors and corrupters.
The young students themselves, even growing numbers of children!
I’ve just learned of a brave group of students, ages 18 to 28, who are taking time off from school, traveling the country in squeaky vans, speaking out on campuses, handing out pro-life literature, and encouraging people their own ages to think morally and righteously. They’re called The Survivors, more accurately The Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, because they’re all young people born after the fateful 1973 Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion-on-demand and has so far sentenced 50 million American babies to the cruelest death imaginable.
They’ve been galvanized by the realization that fully one-third of their generation never got a chance to be born. And they’re committed to doing all they can to justify their own lives, and to save as many future lives as they can.
They’re all volunteers who set up information booths on high school and college campuses, display big signs with uncensored pictures of what abortion really does to a baby, they hand out literature, engage in lively discussions and debates, and provide vital contact information to young girls with unplanned pregnancies, and many have been arrested; over 100 in the last six years, 17 times this year alone. And still they march on, undaunted, walking onto school campuses across America, every day that school is in session.
The Survivors are just one of many groups and student movements springing up all over this country, kids talking to kids, one on one, and in small groups, confronting the virulent anti-God and morally seditious adult campaigns designed to erase every vestige of the guidelines and principles that made America what and who we’ve been. You can learn more by going to www.survivors.la; The Survivors need a new van and funds to keep going.
I’m pitching in, and maybe you’d like to — so they can keep traveling 4,000 miles a month, visiting 200 more high schools and colleges in the immediate future.
In columns to come, I want to share with you other dramatic battles taking place on every level of our education system, literally from kindergarten right up through college.
In some cases, the conservative efforts are organized by parents; in many others, it’s the kids themselves who are on the front lines, facing their would-be corruptors with front line bravery.
I guess some will compare me to Chicken Little, proclaiming “the sky is falling!” But I can’t imagine anything more elemental than this, short of the actual military conflict called Armageddon. We see mighty, well organized forces determined to change the spiritual and moral character of our country — faced by grass-roots armies of children and young people, armed only with their faith and little else. And that same Bible that has so accurately prophesied the last cataclysmic war on the plains of Megiddo, also has promised [Isaiah 59:19] “When evil comes in like a flood, God will raise up a standard,” a counter-opposing force. As promised, it’s happening.
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