The date of this article is December 31, 2016, and once again, we are closing in on one year, and about to start another.  This past year has been, in my opinion, one of the most roller coaster years that I can ever remember.  To be perfectly honest, 2016 cannot end soon enough and for a myriad of reasons.

Of course, the biggest event of this past year was the Presidential Election.  Back in February when the Iowa Caucuses were underway, Donald Trump seemed like a long shot for the Presidency.  In fact, Ted Cruz won the Iowa Caucus and handily so.  However, from that moment on, the “Trump Train” was running at full speed and steamrolled all the way to securing the GOP nomination.  From that moment on, Trump would become the scorn of the Democrats, establishment Republicans, and even people like myself who thought that Trump was just not really the best choice.

The November elections came and went, and Trump by all accounts, won in a landslide in terms of electoral votes.  In just a little over two weeks from now, Donald Trump, a man that I grew up reading and watching in the news, and only knew as a flashy, rich businessman, is going to be President of the United States of America.  Although I did not vote for the man, looking back on the current administration’s year and their actions, I have nothing but sheer hope for 2017 in the changing of power in Washington D.C.

This past year was also one filled with profound violence, and especially towards our law enforcement officials.  Right here in the Lone Star State of Texas, it hit home especially hard when 5 police officers were gunned down during a protest in Dallas, TX.  I can still remember the profound sadness that gripped the entire nation to see such lack of regard for human life.  However, I remember the amazing response from this nation as we saw legions of police officers from all over the country attend the funerals of the fallen officers.

They came from large cities and they came from little towns where the police force may only consist of a few officers.  Nevertheless, they came to pay respects to a brother in arms, men they had never personally met, but knew them because they shared a common occupation, and the hazards that go with it.  I then watched as ordinary citizens put signs of support on their vehicles, businesses also put signs in front of their establishments showing their solidarity with police, and I read countless stories where police agencies had businesses and private citizens bringing to the station food just to say “thank you” and to let them know that “we got your back.”  In retrospect, it was one of the saddest, yet finest moments of 2016 in this writer’s opinion.

Being that this is a blog that focuses on end time events, we must give attention to the profound evil that swept across this land in terms of moral breakdown.  That breakdown that we all witnessed was the pressure from the homosexual community to accept those that identify as “transgendered.”  This movement, and that is really what it is, is predicated on the notion that an individual can simply one day wake up and declare that they are the opposite sex in the face of biological evidence to the contrary.  As part of that declaration, the gay community demands that everyone accept that decision up to and including allowing such individuals to use dressing rooms and bathrooms of the gender that they identify with at that particular moment.  We have seen that culminate in parents, if you can call them that, allowing children as young as 2 years old, telling them that they are the opposite sex, when in fact they are not, and they just simply allow the child to, “express themselves.”

A few decades ago, they would have been locked up for child abuse.

Finally, 2016 ended with the coup de gras, with President Obama’s hostile, and downright anti-Semitic policies towards Israel.  Specifically, an abstention vote in the UN regarding a resolution that would divorce the Jewish people from their ancestral homeland sent the message that this President, and his drones, absolutely and without a doubt, hate the Jews.  What is sad is that there are many in his administration that are Jewish themselves, but sadly, in name only.  Relations with Israel are now at an all time low, and that is sad considering that it was the USA that first recognized Israel as a viable state.

As stated earlier, 2017 will start with the changing power during the Presidential Inauguration in mid January.  Many people are placing their hopes and dreams on the shoulder of President-elect Trump and the GOP controlled Congress, and many of those are born again believers.  However, we as believers need to be cautious in 2017 and not place our faith in men.  As men and women of G-d we need to commit ourselves to deep and faithful study of the Word of G-d; studying to show ourselves approved unto Him.  Only through prayer, supplication, worship, fasting and bible study can we overcomes the struggles that lie ahead in the coming new year, as well as being prepared for the good times that will come our way.

My greatest hope and prayer for my readers this year is that you draw closer to Him, and seek His face in all things.  May Yeshua Hamashiach bless you and keep you throughout 2017.

 

Shalom

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