TURKEY NEWSPAPER YENI SAFAK CALLS FOR A GLOBAL ‘ARMY OF ISLAM’ TO COME AGAINST ISRAEL AND TAKE JERUSALEM

The report suggested the formation of a “Jerusalem Task Group” to take steps to form an army of Islam that would besiege Israel. “In a possible military operation, the first step is expected to involve 250,000 soldiers, and the establishment of joint land, air and naval bases for use in the short term,” explained the report. It would include the mobilization of 500 tanks and armored vehicles, 100 war planes, 500 attack helicopters and 50 warships and submarines. Interactive maps provided information on specific bases and operations against Israel.
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WHEN TURKEY’S SEMI-OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER YENI SAFAK CALLED FOR URGENT ACTION IN FORMING A 57-NATION “ARMY OF ISLAM” TO BESIEGE AND ATTACK ISRAEL, A SUGGESTION UNDOUBTEDLY APPROVED WITH AT LEAST A WINK AND NOD BY PRESIDENT RECEP TAYYIP ERDOĞAN, IT WOULD SIGNAL THE POSSIBLE INTENT TO CREATE THE LARGEST MILITARY FORCE ON THE PLANET – ONE NEARLY AS LARGE AS THE TOTAL POPULATION OF THE JEWISH STATE.

“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” Zechariah 12:2,3 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The astute student of Bible prophecy knows something that almost none of the world’s leaders who constantly try to bring peace to the Middle East are aware of. There can be no peace, and there will be no peace in the Middle East without deciding the fate of Jerusalem. Why all the fuss over Jerusalem? Because that is where the King of Kings will return to when He rules and reigns for one thousand years on the Throne of David. The entire Battle of Armageddon will be fought over who has the right to Jerusalem, and the global army of Islam will be the muscle behind the Antichrist for the time of Jacob’s trouble. 

The report came just ahead of the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and was published under the headline, “What if an Army of Islam was formed against Israel?” It was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute.

But it wasn’t a rhetorical question. It was actually a suggestion to combine the military forces of all Islamic countries to overwhelm the Israeli army in manpower, budget and equipment – even boasting with statistics.

On December 12, 2017, ahead of the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, the Turkish daily Yeni Şafak, which is close to Erdoğan and his ruling AKP party, published an article titled “A Call for Urgent Action,” which also appeared on the paper’s website under the title “What If an Army of Islam Was Formed against Israel?” The article called on the 57 member states of the OIC to form a joint “Army of Islam” to besiege and attack the state of Israel.

It notes that such a joint army will greatly exceed the Israeli army in manpower, equipment and budget, and presents statistics to prove this. It also advocates establishing joint bases for the army’s ground, air and naval forces that will arrive from all over the Muslim world to besiege Israel, while noting that Pakistan, as the only nuclear country, has “a special status” among the OIC countries. An interactive map provides information on military forces stationed in various locations and the role they can play in the potential joint Muslim attack on Israel.

Much of the information in the article was provided by Turkey’s SADAT International Defense and Consulting Company, which provides consultancy on defense and warfare, both conventional and unconventional, and on military organization, training and gear. The company promotes pan-Islamic military cooperation. According to its mission statement, it seeks “to establish defense collaboration and defense industry cooperation among Islamic countries, to help the Islamic world take its rightful place among the superpowers by providing … strategic consultancy and training services to the militaries and homeland security forces of Islamic countries.”

The SADAT company was founded by Erdoğan’s senior adviser on military affairs, retired General Adnan Tanrıverdi, and is chaired by his son, Melih Tanrıverdi. Adnan Tanrıverdi served in the Turkish army’s artillery corps and is an expert on asymmetric warfare. He was dismissed from the Turkish military in 1996 for his Islamist leanings.

IN THE REPORT, ISRAEL IS DESCRIBED AS “THE OUTPOST OF THE NEW CRUSADE AND A DAGGER IN THE HEART OF ISLAM,” AND “THE EYES, EARS AND FIST OF THE CHRISTIAN WORLD.”

“If the OIC member states unite and form a joint military force, it will be the largest army in the world,” the newspaper report said. “These countries’ total population is 1,674,526,931. The number of soldiers in active service in these countries is at least 5,206,100. Their [overall] military defense budget, of $174.7 billion, is also worthy of emphasis.”

It continues by contrasting the size of this potential Islamic force with Israel’s military capabilities.

“As for Israel, it is significantly inferior,” the report said. “The population of this country, which attempted to occupy Jerusalem while surrounded by Muslim states, is 8,049,314. Note that the population of Istanbul alone exceeds 14 million. The number of soldiers in active service in the [Israeli] occupation forces is 160,000, and [Israel’s] defense budget is approximately $15.6 billion.

THE REPORT SUGGESTED THE FORMATION OF A “JERUSALEM TASK GROUP” TO TAKE STEPS TO FORM AN ISLAMIC ARMY THAT WOULD BESIEGE ISRAEL.

“In a possible military operation, the first step is expected to involve 250,000 soldiers, and the establishment of joint land, air and naval bases for use in the short term,” explained the report. It would include the mobilization of 500 tanks and armored vehicles, 100 war planes, 500 attack helicopters and 50 warships and submarines.
Interactive maps provided information on specific bases and operations against Israel.

“Turkey will serve as an important headquarters during the operation, due to its land, air and naval infrastructures,” the report continued. “The Turkish army, which carried out ‘Operation Euphrates Shield’ [in Syria in 2017] with great success, is now ranked the world’s seventh strongest army, and the second largest army among the NATO powers. Turkey has approximately 4,000 tanks and 1,000 war planes and other aircraft. Its navy made significant progress during the last years, with 194 vessels at its disposal.”

The report also noted Pakistan, with its nuclear arsenal, “has important status among the 57 Muslim countries.”

In a statement, Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein described President Donald Trump’s Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as a blow to Muslims, and added: “The Malaysian armed forces are ready to fulfill their duty regarding Jerusalem.” source

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WAR: ASSOCIATION OF MUSLIM CLERICS CALL FOR UPRISING TO PROTEST TRUMP’S DECISION TO MOVE EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM IN MAY

“We call for a Palestinian, Arab, Islamic, and popular uprising against this American aggression against the direction of the first prayer (the Al-Aqsa Mosque) and Muhammad’s place of worship,” said Qaradaghi in an official statement. He stressed that the issue of the city of Al-Quds (the Arabic name for Jerusalem -ed.) is an issue of concern to the entire Muslim nation, and renouncing it or harming it is a mark of Cain that Allah, history, and future generations will not be able to atone for.
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ALI AL-QARADAGHI, SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE ASSOCIATION OF MUSLIM SCHOLARS HEADED BY SHEIKH YUSUF AL-QARADAWI, IS CALLING FOR AN UPRISING OF PEOPLES AND GOVERNMENTS AGAINST THE AMERICAN ADMINISTRATION’S ANNOUNCEMENT OF ITS INTENTION TO MOVE THE U.S. EMBASSY FROM TEL AVIV TO JERUSALEM THIS MAY.

“And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” Zechariah 12:3 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Many people think that because Muslims have not yet launched a military action against Israel over the US Embassy move to Jerusalem, that there is not going to be one. But nothing could be further from the truth, the uprising is certainly coming. Like everything else that is prophetically percolating now, the month of May is shaping up to be when all the action on multiple fronts should be taking place. As the prophet Jeremiah tells us…after 70 years…here it comes. 

“For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.” Jeremiah 20:10 (KJV)

“We call for a Palestinian, Arab, Islamic, and popular uprising against this American aggression against the direction of the first prayer (the Al-Aqsa Mosque) and Muhammad’s place of worship,” said Qaradaghi in an official statement.

He stressed that the issue of the city of Al-Quds, the Arabic name for Jerusalem, is an issue of concern to the entire Muslim nation, and renouncing it or harming it is a mark of Cain that Allah, history, and future generations will not be able to atone for.

MOVING THE U.S. EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM, CONTINUED QARADAGHI, IS “A DECLARATION OF WAR AGAINST THE MUSLIMS AND A STEP THAT WILL ESTABLISH THE ILLEGAL OCCUPATION.”

The Association of Muslim Scholars brings together clerics from around the world and is considered an influential organization in the Sunni Muslim world.

Its leader, Qaradawi, is considered the supreme religious authority of the Sunni Muslim world and the spiritual leader of both the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. During the period of the Al-Aqsa Intifada, Qaradawi issued a fatwa permitting suicide attacks against Israel.

Last July, Qaradawi called for an “Islamic war” over Jerusalem. source

INDONESIAN CHRISTIANS PUBLICLY FLOGGED AND MOCKED OUTSIDE OF MUSLIM MOSQUE FOR VIOLATING SHARIA LAW

The two Indonesian Christians – Dahlan Silitonga, 61, and Tjia Nyuk Hwa, 45 – were whipped six and seven times respectively by a masked man wearing a robe, as a crowd of 300 ridiculed and took pictures of them outside a mosque in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh. The strict Islamic law punishment against the Christian man and woman comes as the predominantly Muslim country shifts to a more radical, politicized version of Islam, Reuters reported.
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INDONESIA PUBLICLY CANED TWO CHRISTIANS IN A RARE CASE OF NON-MUSLIMS PUNISHED UNDER SHARIA LAW.

EDITOR’S NOTE: In any country where Islam is in power, Sharia Law is enacted on not only Muslims but on non-Muslims as well. The Qu’ran commands muslims to make non-muslims submit to its laws. Isn’t it interesting when Sharia punishment is dished out, the  people doing the whipping are dressed all in black with a hood over their heads? Kinda reminds me of the KKK who dress all in white also with hoods over the heads to hide their identity. 

The two Indonesian Christians – Dahlan Silitonga, 61, and Tjia Nyuk Hwa, 45 – were whipped six and seven times respectively by a masked man wearing a robe, as a crowd of 300 ridiculed and took pictures of them outside a mosque in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh.

The strict Islamic law punishment against the Christian man and woman comes as the predominantly Muslim country shifts to a more radical, politicized version of Islam, Reuters reported.

The pair – among five people punished – was accused of gambling. Police said they were playing a game at a children’s entertainment complex that lets users exchange coins for prizes or vouchers, including cash. They were beaten with a rattan stick, while another man involved with them got 19 lashes.

ANOTHER COUPLE WAS WHIPPED TWO DOZEN TIMES FOR SHOWING AFFECTION IN PUBLIC.

Banda Aceh is the only province in Indonesia that imposes sharia law since it was adopted in 2001 as part of a deal with the central government to end a long-running insurgency. The province has flogged its non-Muslim citizens for a range of offenses – from gambling to selling alcohol to having gay or extramarital sex.

“This is to create a deterrent effect, in order for people not to repeat violations of Islamic sharia law,” Banda Aceh’s mayor Aminullah Usman said. “We purposely do it in front of the public … so it won’t happen again.”

INDONESIA IS THE COUNTRY WITH THE LARGEST MUSLIM POPULATION IN THE WORLD.

Around 98% of Banda Aceh’s population are Muslims subject to sharia law, but the other portion, Christians and other non-Muslims, when accused of violating both national and religious laws can choose to be prosecuted under either system, often opting for a flogging to avoid a lengthy, costly court process and jail time.

In January, a Christian man was whipped 36 times for selling alcohol and recently the country came under fire after police arrested and publicly humiliated transgender people.

Last year, Indonesia jailed Christian governor, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, for blaspheming the Koran, prompting massive protests and pushback on the country’s stance as a bulwark of tolerance and pluralism in the Islamic world. source

The Bible Foretold History (Hosea Prophecy Revealed It All)

(Hos 6:1)  Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.

(Hos 6:2)  After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

 

(Zec 13:7)  Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.

(Joh 10:11)  I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

(Mat 26:31)  Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.

(Luk 21:24)  And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

 

(2Pe 3:8)  But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

(Psa 90:4)  For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

 

 

THE VATICAN TEAMS UP WITH VOGUE AND VERSACE TO DISPLAY RARE PAPAL VESTMENTS OF MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT

Yahoo News reports that the Vatican’s culture minister joined Donatella Versace and Vogue’s Anna Wintour on Monday to offer sneak peek of ‘gorgeous Vatican liturgical vestments, jeweled miters and historic papal tiaras’ that will star in a spring exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
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THE VATICAN, VERSACE AND VOGUE ARE JOINING FORCES TO SHOW OFF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC INFLUENCES IN FASHION.

“And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” Revelation 17:4,5 (KJV)

Yahoo News reports that the Vatican’s culture minister joined Donatella Versace and Vogue’s Anna Wintour on Monday to offer sneak peek of ‘gorgeous Vatican liturgical vestments, jeweled miters and historic papal tiaras’ that will star in a spring exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” opens May 10 and represents the most extensive exhibit of the museum’s Costume Institute, officials said. It also represents the first time some of the Vatican’s most precious treasures from the Sistine Chapel sacristy are being exhibited outside the Vatican.

“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4 (KJV)

When we read the Bible’s very graphic depiction of the Whore of Babylon in Revelation 17 and 18, there can be no doubt to whom John is referring to. Before becoming born again 27 years ago, I had spent nearly 3 decades in the Catholic Church. I knew all too well of the pomp, pageantry and unbelievable wealth of the Vatican system. Every classroom had a photo of the  pope, in his glittering finery and shiny fish hat, and we were taught that he was to be to us as God.

When this exhibition of Vatican wealth opens on May 10, the world will get a rare chance to really see how much the Catholic Church lines up with Revelation 17 and 18. You will see diamond and jewel-encrusted tiaras, like a beauty queen would wear, only these are made for popes. They are solid gold and covered with diamonds, rubies and all manner of precious gems.

Can you picture the apostle Paul wearing this gaudy, glitzy beehive of a monstrosity on his head? I think Paul would smash it with a hammer and then spend the next 4 hours preaching against it.

Jesus of Nazareth was a humble carpenter as well as the Son of God, and He chose to live His life without earthly wealth as an ensample to those who would follow Him. None of the apostles accumulated wealth unto themselves, again, as an ensample to all those who would be a part of the Church and the Body of Christ. The early Christian Church lived to share the gospel, and did it under the persecution of the Roman government.

For nearly 3 centuries, Rome did its very best to wipe out Christianity, but was unsuccessful. Even feeding Christians to the lions as sport for the Roman government failed to slow the growth of the Church Jesus shed His blood for.

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But that all changed in 325 AD when Constantine, after seeing a vision of an Egyptian cross in the sky, decided that he has been appointed to take over the Christian Church, and declared Christianity to the official ‘state religion’ of Rome. In the corporate world, this is known as a hostile takeover. Christians went from hiding in caves to stay alive, to being given power and wealth from the Roman harlot. The real Christian Church was swallowed up whole, and not seen again for 1,200 years later. We used to call that time the Dark Ages.

This is where the Catholic Church and the Vatican began.

So when you see the Vatican fashion show, bragging for all the world to see how wealthy they are, and are showing you the very same garments and finery mentioned in Revelation 17, let there be no doubt in your mind who exactly they are and what exactly they stand for.

This is how the Bible says the Vatican and the Catholic Church will wind up at the Second Coming:

“And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!” Revelation 18:1,2, 16-18 (KJV)

IN GAZA HAMAS SAYS THAT US EMBASSY MOVE IN MAY ‘IS A DECLARATION OF WAR AGAINST THE ENTIRE MUSLIM WORLD’

In Gaza, a Hamas official, Sami Abu Zuhri, said: “Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem is a declaration of war against the Arab and Muslim nation, and the US administration must reconsider its move.” Palestinian health officials said at least 20 Palestinians, most of them in Gaza, have been killed in protests against Trump’s decision since the Dec. 6 announcement.
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IN GAZA, A HAMAS OFFICIAL, SAMI ABU ZUHRI, SAID: “MOVING THE US EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM IS A DECLARATION OF WAR AGAINST THE ARAB AND MUSLIM NATION, AND THE US ADMINISTRATION MUST RECONSIDER ITS MOVE.”

“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.”Zechariah 12:2,3 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: As of this writing, the Middle East is an absolute powder keg just waiting for final spark that will set the entire region ablaze. We said over a year ago that Donald Trump was “God’s man” for the presidency because it would bring about the ‘global shaking‘ of end times prophetic fulfillment, and guess what? Here it comes.

Palestinian health officials said at least 20 Palestinians, most of them in Gaza, have been killed in protests against Trump’s decision since the Dec. 6 announcement. Palestinians reacted on Friday with anger to reports that the United States will move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem within months, saying this could destroy the prospect of a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.Clashes erupted in Gaza and the West Bank earlier on Friday in a weekly protest against US President Donald Trump’s stance on Jerusalem, which has also angered Arab political and religious leaders across the region and dismayed European allies. Palestinians claim east Jerusalem — seized by Israel in 1967 and later annexed — as the capital of a future state.Saeb Erekat, senior Palestinian negotiator, said the US move showed a “determination to violate international law, destroy the two-state solution and provoke the feelings of the Palestinian people as well as of all Arabs, Muslims and Christians around the globe.”

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Erekat, who is also secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, said: “Trump and his team have disqualified the US from being part of the solution between Israelis and Palestinians; rather, the world now sees that they are part of the problem.”

TRUMP ANNOUNCED IN DECEMBER THAT THE UNITED STATES WOULD RECOGNIZE JERUSALEM AS ISRAEL’S CAPITAL, SETTING IN MOTION THE EMBASSY MOVE AND CONTRAVENING DECADES OF POLICY BY THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY.

A US official told Reuters on Friday that the United States was expected to open its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem in May. This would be shortly after Israel’s 70th anniversary.

“This is an unacceptable step. Any unilateral move will not give legitimacy to anyone and will be an obstacle to any effort to create peace in the region,” said Nabil Abu Rdainah, a spokesman for the Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas.

Abbas has rejected US-led Middle East peace efforts as “impossible” since Washington’s decision.

Abu Rdainah said the only way to achieve peace, security and stability was Abbas’s proposal — outlined in an address to the United Nations Security Council in New York on Tuesday — that an international conference should be held to kick-start the peace process, including a “multilateral mechanism” to oversee it. source

FALSE TEACHER JIM BAKKER WANTS TO SELL YOU FREEZE-DRIED FOOD SO YOU CAN SURVIVE THE COMING APOCALYPSE

The main mission of “The Jim Bakker Show” – broadcast from a Christian compound deep in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri – appears to be to sell you fuel-less generators, doomsday guidebooks and freeze-dried food with a shelf-life of up to 30 years. Bakker, whose co-host is second wife Lori, says stocking up on such survivalist merchandise could keep you alive amid the catastrophes – earthquakes, hurricanes, war, famine – that some Christians believe are signs that End Times are near.
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THREE DECADES AFTER HIS PTL EMPIRE NEAR CHARLOTTE CRUMBLED AMID FINANCIAL AND SEX SCANDALS, JIM BAKKER IS BACK ON TV WITH A DIFFERENT, DARKER MESSAGE: THE APOCALYPSE IS COMING AND YOU BETTER GET READY.

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:3,4 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Former Prosperity Gospel shill Jim Bakker wants you to prepare for the coming apocalypse by purchasing his freeze-dried survival packages. Funny thing,though, he mentions nothing about the Rapture of the Church which comes well before the Battle of Armageddon. Not much money to be made there because all you have to do to “prepare” for that is to be born again. Back in the 1980’s, Bakker became a millionaire selling the lie of the Prosperity Gospel, and he has become a millionaire again selling the lie of “preparing” to face Antichrist in the time of Jacob’s trouble by purchasing his freeze dried gruel. People loved to be fooled, don’t they? 

Ready to be judged by God, sure. But the main mission of “The Jim Bakker Show” – broadcast from a Christian compound deep in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri – appears to be to sell you fuel-less generators, doomsday guidebooks and freeze-dried food with a shelf-life of up to 30 years.

Bakker, whose co-host is second wife Lori, says stocking up on such survivalist merchandise could keep you alive amid the catastrophes – earthquakes, hurricanes, war, famine – that some Christians believe are signs that End Times are near.

“STAYIN’ ALIVE, STAYIN’ ALIVE, AH, AH, AH, AH,” BAKKER’S DAUGHTER, TAMMY SUE, NOW 47, SANG ON ONE SHOW AS HER DAD PROMOTED BUCKETS OF LONG-LASTING EMERGENCY FOOD. THAT DAY’S “STAYING ALIVE” SPECIAL: TEN BUCKETS, WITH 2,410 SERVINGS, FOR A $600 DONATION PLUS SHIPPING.

“WE ARE IN THE FINAL DAYS” IS BAKKER’S REFRAIN AS HE POINTS A WARNING FINGER AT HURRICANES HARVEY AND MARIA AND TO RECENT TALK OF NUCLEAR WAR WITH NORTH KOREA.

Now 78, with a white beard, Bakker is no longer the sunny, baby-faced preacher who co-hosted “The PTL Club” in the 1970s and ’80s with then-wife Tammy. She did the singing back then, often while shedding happy, mascara-tinged tears about Jesus.

Together, Jim and Tammy built Heritage USA, a 2,300-acre Christian theme park resort that drew nearly 6 million visitors at its peak in 1986. Their flock came to the Fort Mill, S.C., campus to splash in the water park, pray in a stone-faced Upper Room meant to suggest the site of Jesus’ Last Supper, and cheer on televangelism’s most famous couple as they taped their TV talk show.

PTL was short for “Praise the Lord,” though critics of the Bakkers’ opulent lifestyle – they bought vacation homes, high-priced cars, even an air-conditioning unit for their doghouse – suggested it should stand for “Pass the Loot.”

Everything came tumbling down in 1987, amid revelations that Bakker had had a 15-minute tryst and paid hush money to a young church secretary named Jessica Hahn. He later served in federal prison for nearly five years for PTL-related fraud.

More than 30 years after the fall of PTL, public records indicate that unpaid IRS tax liens against Bakker or against him and Tammy, who died in 2007, still add up to at least $5.5 million.

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The question now: Has Bakker repented and found a genuine calling to help Christians prepare for the end times forecast in the Bible? Or is he stoking 21st-century fears – terrorism, climate change, war – to make money?

Answer that at your own risk, Bakker tells viewers:

“One day you’re going to shake your fist in God’s face and you’re going to say, ‘God, why didn’t you warn me?’ He’s going to say, ‘You sat there and you made fun of Jim Bakker all those years. I warned you. But you didn’t listen.’ 

John Wigger, author of a new book called “PTL: The Rise and Fall of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s Evangelical Empire,” argues that the savvy Bakker is changing with the times to tap into new opportunities.

“The Prosperity Gospel, with all its glitz and money, fit the culture of the 1980s and Jim found that was a very successful component of his message,” said Wigger, a professor of history at the University of Missouri. “In this post-9/11 era, he’s found that the Apocalypse and survivalism make for a very compelling message that will also gain him an audience.” source