The Quick Scan by Mike Ramey



      In the movie Rocky IV, the beginning of the final round of the fight, Russian boxer Ivan Drago—having learned respect for Rocky Balboa throughout the match—told Rocky: “To the bitter end.”  Remember this line when you see the ground operations begin in the Gaza Strip as the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) begin their physical push into that area to deal with Hamas once and for all.  With the carnage caused by Hamas—along with their supporting enablers and money bag men—they have opened a large can of problems that only the IDF will bring.

    While it is true that there are about 20 wars going on around our planet at the present time—including the shindig in the Ukraine—the war in Israel at the present is of historical and biblical proportions.  It would be safe to say that Antifa, BLM, Palestinian sympathizers, Democrats and Socialists and the rest of the Boycott Divest and Sanctions (BDS) antisemites are rooting for the wrong team.  Best stick with Israel on this one—for a variety of reasons.  Least of which is that Hamas crossed a BIG line, and there is NO way that they can ‘negotiate’ their way out of this one.

      The Internet video camera never blinks—and never deletes.  All those ‘cute’ Hamas videos that have made their way up via postings since October 7th, 2023, showing the carnage are going to serve as motivation to the IDF—and exhibits at the war crimes trials of the surviving Hamas membership—that the Mossad will bring in alive.  (Quick history note: check out the 2005 flick Munich by Steven Spielberg to get an idea as to the lengths the Israelis will go to punish those who murder its citizens.)

      There are those who are trying to throw cold water on a long, drawn-out military campaign by Israel.  Tough stuff.  I’m backing Israel on this one; always have and always will.  For the sake of my Jewish friends from childhood on up to now, Israel deserves our support.  It is sad that many of the sins that have gripped the rest of the world (Abortion, Homosexuality, Transgenderism, etc.) have found their way into Israel.  Of course, God is not pleased—nor are many Conservative Jews.  If one knows their KJV Bible, God has a way of punishing sin—even in our modern era.  Sadly, it often is laid on children, as their parents and other adults have made the choice to tun their backs on God. (Just as one example, check out Jeremiah 44).

      This war does NOT mean that God has forgotten Israel.  It is still the Lord’s land, and the Jews are the Lord’s people (Romans, Ch. 9-10-11; The Book of Hebrews). This episode has drawn the attention of the world from the ‘mundane’ to the ‘heavenly’—as has been put forth in the Bible.  Those who call themselves Christians have a duty to pray for—and support—what is about to come in Israel.  We are a part of their family, and they are a part of ours.

      Mike Ramey is a Retired Minister, KJV Bible Teacher, syndicated columnist and Bible Prophecy Specialist who lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.  “The Quick Scan” is one of a variety of his columns appearing and abounding in print and cyberspace, written from a biblical, business, and common-sense perspective since 1996.  To drop him a line—or a whine—the address is still the same:  ©2023 Barnstorm Communications International.

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Rev. M. G. “Mike” Ramey (Retired) served as the Certified Modern Street Gangs Specialist & Media Consultant of “The Gang Line”. He had been interviewed in the U. S. and abroad on radio, television, and Internet about the dangers of Modern Street Gangs since 2007. His writings on Modern Street Gangs abound in print and online. Previously, he served as an award-winning broadcast journalist, producer, and TV/Radio talk show host. He has also served as a staff writer, section editor, and syndicated columnist. Ramey has won—or helped to win—some two dozen journalism awards and citations. He also holds a Police Citation for Citizen Bravery from the Indianapolis Police Department (1986). Ramey is also married, an Ordained Minister (Retired) and a KJV Bible Teacher.

Ramey is a Certified Modern Street Gangs Specialist with Certifications in Law Enforcement (2006), Non-Law Enforcement (2010), and Gangs & Cults Ministry (2017). He also has endorsements in K-12 Gang Issues and Transnational Gangs. He also carries Specialist Ratings in Cult/Occult Crime, and Transnational Human Trafficking. Ramey has also served with several International anti-gang ministries, including of Washington state (2004-2009), Thug Exposed Ministries of California (2010 to 2015) and Bishop Outreach Ministries of Florida (2010 to 2015).

In 2011 “The Gang Line” offered training and certification coursework for those interested in becoming certified Modern Street Gang Specialists: Training approaches the anti-gang ministry field through the combined use of spiritual (biblical principles/discipleship) and criminal (gang members and gang crime). From 2015-2017, Ramey served as an Advisory Board Member for the School of Criminal Justice at Harrison College, Indianapolis, Indiana, with a specialty of Organized Crime & Gangs. From 2017-2019, Ramey served as a Bible Teacher to at-risk detained juvenile offenders at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center with his own Bible-based Curriculum centering upon Biblical Life Skills taught from the Book of Proverbs.

Rev. Ramey’s skill set includes having been a veteran substitute teacher (Secondary Education), a college instructor for two Bible colleges in the Indianapolis, Indiana area, a Probation Officer (Intensive/High Risk & School-Based) with the Marion County Juvenile Court, and a peer grant reviewer of anti-gang grant programs with the U.S. Department of Justice (2010). He also created, designed, and taught the course “Modern Street Gangs: Developing Urban Ministry Strategies—UM-190” at Crossroads Bible College, Indianapolis, Indiana (2009 & 2010). In 2013, Ramey served as a post-production Consultant for Chick Publications’ national anti-gang comic: “Black Angel”. It was translated into Spanish in 2014.

Ramey has written extensively on the topic of Modern Street Gangs with two Internet columns: “The Gang Line” and “The Gang Line Blogger” which abound in cyberspace. In a post-pandemic society, the motto of The Gang Line still rings true: “Spiritual Solutions for Spiritual Problems!”

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