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July 2008 Comments
2008-07-01


Dear Jack,

Thank you for taking the time to write me. It is always wonderful to meet a brother in Christ. Whew... you have expressed yourself very well in regards to the present times, world situation and state of our nation. I know I am a sinner and ask God for forgiveness daily. However, I have been more worried about our nation's soul... the future of our people, the world's people... in this life, and more importantly, the next. We are definitely in trouble with our Lord and Savior. If only humanity could see His light and way.
I am sorry if my website appears to be that of a "prideful militant." Really, I am not that gung ho... but I do believe the military is an honorable, however, I wish, unnecessary profession. I also believe anyone who puts others and God and righteousness before self, is as about as perfect as the human condition permits in this self serving world we live in... that you so very well describe.
I agree with your beliefs and hopes for our world 100 percent! The only problem is... so unfortunately, most people, and our enemies do not share our concerns and beliefs.

I remember back when one of my late sisters was reading an account of Operation Hawthorne, she exclaimed, "My God, Peter, it says you killed five men that night!" I responded, "Yes, that is correct but those people came with the intent of annihilating my outfit. They nearly accomplished their goal but we barely managed to hang on by our teeth! They did not come to talk, they came to kill! There was nothing else to do but to do my job and try to survive. I pray for those five soldiers, as well as our own, very often."
My point is, as long as there are people who "misbehave" and live in sin and want and lust... we are doomed to defend ourselves. I wish it were not that way. It seems our "finger in the dike" diplomacy, presented by false intentions, (As well as self serving politicians!) profit, gain and personal (national) interests gets in the way of staving off conflict. In order to maintain sanity, I think, I and many like me appear to be prideful militants but are really just trying to make peace with what happened in our personal actions on the actual battlefield as well as the psychological affects, afterwards.

I will visit your site often, you have much of interest and cause for study. It is obvious you are a good and caring man. Thank you for that, your wisdom and your brave service to our people and nation.

In Brotherhood & Fondness,
Grif

Hi Grif and Brenda,

Thanks for responding. Your letter was one of the clearest and most honest appraisals of man's dilemma I have ever received. Your words...doomed to defend ourselves...describe the "seemingly" hopeless condition the nations find themselves in with differing religions and governmental systems competing with each other, with violence always at the door. This knowledge caused me long ago to become an atheist until I read the scriptures myself, and realized by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that Jesus Christ is "alive" and coming to imprison the fallen angels who stir up the sin nature we all were born with.

The bloody cross at our Lord's first coming takes away that evil nature if we repent. It is absolutely imperative we understand the simple choice we have before us...loyalty to the Kingdom of Heaven or loyalty to one of the Kingdom's of Man who hate and revile each other. It has not been easy for me to say that America is the Babylon of the New Testament, but it is, and the judgments from God are coming, they are even now beginning.

I hope my online book and articles help you even more in understanding the greatness of our Lord Jesus Christ, his shed blood for our sins, and his glorious resurrection. There is coming a day when the Lord will return in judgment and then imprison the fallen angels who are temporarily allowed by God to rule the nations because of the Adamic sin nature of all men. Until that day of judgment we are to call all men to repentance, to love and offer forgiveness to the worst of our enemies, even those who wish us dead. Keep in touch. By the way, refresh my memory by sending me your web address, for I visit so many sites and don't keep track of all of them.

Your new eternal friend,
Jack D. Hook

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Dear Jack, I appreciate the love of GOD and Jesus that you are sharing. It appears we have lived in some same areas: Ft. Knox, Ft. Lee, Ft. Eustis, and several places in Europe-my father was in the military for 30 years and was in WW II, Korean conflict, and in Nam same year as you. I went in at a later age and learned it was not the life I could work with within myself. I am happy to have served my country, be it for three years only, and respect the people who were in for a career.
Yes, I do feel we are looking at the next arena when the war will be divided between good and evil. And I am not sure that the term GOOD is accurate. But more that we will have to make that stand for GOD or Satan. I used to pray to see the second coming then I started wondering what was I thinking: it will not be pretty. I am a registered nurse working for Hospice. I see alot of people that are very strong in their faith, and I see people who I am not sure where their heart is. I am trying to be more of an advocate for Jesus but my approach is still clumsy. I fully believe in GOD, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost. I just don't fully believe in myself. But that's ok, too. nancie
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Thank you Jack for your inspirational message. I will visit your website. I always thank God for people like you, and for Jesus keeping me company in any circumstances I am in. God bless you and your loved ones. Carmen

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G'day Jack

You express some of the feelings I felt after the conflict i was involved in as well. i have felt that I have failed in my duty as a soldier and although I sometimes questioned the ways of God i always felt that there was a reason for me being alive and not serving the lord in heaven. I have a friend who used to be USMC and also a Nam vet.we had occasion while we were embroiled in this conflict in Iraq to ponder on the ways and why it is that we gravitate to conflict like we are. and the answer my friend is simple- we are what we are- still soldiers and trying to do what is right. Yes we are definitely on a path of final destruction. and while serving here we can see it very clearly. the end of days is not very far off.

however we try to be the best- to show that we were created- not as lesser beings but equals- although we have physical deficiencies our souls are intact. every day when I open my eyes and look across this vast desert you see things anew.

it is with delight I welcome you to my circle of friends. Do write again if you feel like personal conversation or if you have some wisdom to share.
Wisdom is not communicable but knowledge is. wisdom however sprouts from knowledge. We are still students and scholars for as long as we live.

regards
Johann

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Hello Jack:

I will definitely visit your web site.

You see, I am friends with an Army Chaplain, right now stationed in RAMADI. He is there facing evil and trying to make living hell a little more bearable...and hopefully saving souls--being there for men to make the same conversion you did.

I became personally interested in helping current soldiers because I felt pretty powerless during the Vietnam years. I was in 8th grade during the Tet offensive and my brother was just drafted. He lucked out too (in a way) because the Army Doc's detected he had epilepsy and cancelled his trip to the jungle. He was assigned "riot control" duty (he was an MP) in Washington DC for most of his 2 years. We kid him now and say we think we see him on the Mall in the Forest Gump movie. Well, he lived , but many of his buddies came back messed up or not at all. I saw all this and really resented how college guys (and college grads in general) scorned the Vietnam vets or just plain dodged them..never honoring them ..it broke my heart and I'll never forget it. So now, a group of us with similar experiences have gotten together....so our vets are never forgotten or disrespected again. I was surprised that this Iraq war stirred such deep passionate feelings in myself... I thought these feelings had long ago disipated. I was wrong.

So, I read blogs and try to help out.

I am working on a Master's Degree in Counseling Psych...and I have over 25 years of business experience in )first computers and systems design, then Human Resources and the Employment field. This time around I want to be there for vets to help them "re-enter" the work world and claim their rightful part of the American dream ....a good job, education, and some peace. If they have a family and I can help them in some way,all the better. I plan also to help a disabled Veterans Group who uses "canine companions",dogs of all types trained to help disabled Vets adapt. I love working with the dogs and I've seen the immeasurable healing effects of these canine --human relationships.

Thank you for your wisdom and willingness to rally the energy to keep the spirit of our fallen alive...and we will never, ever forget...them.

Peg

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Thankyou for your insight, I've been dealing with this for awhile.
Is it possible to be Christen and follow the word of God and be in the
military? this question haunts me. Currently in Kuwait for the second time, away from
my wife and kids. Well thank you again. CM2 Leslie

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Jack,
The last time I heard the word "Greetings", I was drafted in 1969. I won't hold that against you. haha. Thanks for your emails and words. You serve a good cause!!! Many of us would not make it, hopefully including me-maybe not to the extent of some of my peers like yourself. I am greatly afflicted by the military and actually am still in the army, some 38 yrs after. I am in the I.R.R.9individual ready reaserve). I am not ready as I am disabled and can barely walk. My legs are rotting from agent orange-I went to the VA today as they sent me a bill for it as I do not have a service connected disability. I will not sit around and pray for this and that-nothing against your that do. I am a believer! That is enough for me. I am sorry for your guilt!!! I believe as an Officer, you did the best you could under the circumstances. Hind sight is 20/20, they say. Well, we were in a situation that no one can describe. I am glad God has found his way into your heart!!!
You see Jack, I am and always will be a "warriorer", til the end. Nothing against our brothers or your self. I will check out your sites-thanks for sharing and WELCOME HOME!!!!
BRIAN

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Dear Jack,
Thank you for your email. I struggle each day to fight the"hostile rage" your talk about.
I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and it is by his grace alone will I be saved. After the War I treated my wife and children badly, and it was some 14 years before I found I had P.T.S.D. By this time it was too late for two marriages were gone, and I had alienated my three oldest children. I often wished I had been killed in Vietnam so that I could have been a hero at least to the oldest, and not hurt the others. I survived by the grace of God, and have four beautiful grandchildren though I am not permitted close contact with them because of the way I was all those years ago. Each day I thank God for the many blessings I have had in life, and hope that one day my oldest three children will forgive me and understand me. It has been hardest to forgive myself, and I know Satan has taken pleasure in reminding me of my sins, but I have faith in a just God who will judge me fairly for he knows the truth about my life.
I work 12 hour shifts, and will read your messages when I have more time. I just wanted to say "hello" from " Down Under" and to say I am like minded concerning wars etc
Best wishes Warren

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Hello Jack I have seen your work before, frankly i'm suprised that i haven't heard from you before. I'll cut right to the chase. . . I can see the writing on the wall, the "Final Clock" has begun to wind down. . . frankly, i'm for. . "lets get it over with". . . the sooner the better. . . then all of the foolishness will end. I am excited for it to begin,so it will be "Done" and the "Lord" will return which i'm sure that you like me pray for each night. Be Well Jack! Brian

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Jews did 911 and all world wars.

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Jack Hook wrote:

I became an atheistic New Ager after returning from my year in Vietnam. I started reading the New Testament on my own and asked that if there was a God, who supposedly wrote this book, to reveal himself to me as I was reading it. I discovered from both the Old and New Testaments that the person of Jesus Christ as God coming in the flesh to love and offer forgiveness to all men, is the whole point of the scriptures.

Jack, It always intrigues me when an atheist free-thinker goes over to the dark side. I too spend my days reading the Old and New Testaments. No God talks to me. What I read is man-made fraud and hocus pocus. For example, at the moment, I am studying the supposed resurrection of Jesus. It doesn't amount to a lot of reading, dubious "evidence" in the extreme.If the same "testimony" were given for someone who died last week no sane person would believe it for a minute. Curious, isn't it, the same nonsense in a setting "far away, long ago" is readily believed by so many gullible and foolish people. Take care. Ken

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Jack:
I read your confession and feel for you in your belief
I do not fault anyone for believing in their own mind all the wtitings and propaganda that has been
fed to people all these years.
I dont doubt that Jesus Christ lived, but the Son of God. Give me a break.
But I do not believe in god.
I have been seriously injured, deathly sick, but it was not any divine entity that pulled me through.
I believe that when you are dead, that is the end. Nobody around to transport you to either heavan or Hell

Ross

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Jack was glad to see that you replied to my message,
and I will keep in touch with you. One thing I have
to say though. You need to understand how I feel
about Vietnam. I served for 5 tours in Nam. All of
them Combat. I love Jesus and I believed that he is
the one that wanted me to go. I know in me going so
much mabye a father with children got to stay home I
will never know but I feel he is the one that sent me.
Take care and let me here from you Tim 101st abn. Recon

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Dear Jack:

Thank you for your e-mail. From its tone I get an impression that you find yourself in the anti-war fold. May I remind you that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Consider David, a mighty man of valor who killed many including Goliath and yet was called a man after God's own heart. When Jesus walked the earth in a human body, He had nothing but praise for even the Roman soldiers He encountered. Man's dream of no more war can onlly be accomplished by the return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ or by surrender to evil and denying Him(not acceptable). By the way in Luke, Jesus told the disciples that henceforth they should carry swords, staves and purses. I regret your disability and pray the stripes of Jesus for your healing. There may be areas of disagreement in our understanding of scripture, but we can agree on maranatha(even so come quickly) Lord Jesus. May all that Messiach bought on the cross be manifested to and through you.

Bud

Greetings Bud,

Thank you for responding and I appreciate and understand your comments. Most of us veterans have the same sentiments as you until we are confronted by Jesus Christ and his teachings. He told us to beware of false prophets who came as wolves dressed in sheepskin suits. He warns those who became his followers that fallen angels are the rulers of the world system and Satan offered the glory of them to Jesus. The Centurion and Cornelius, if they continued to follow in the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ, would have heard Jesus, Peter, and Paul say to them:

John 18:36 Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place."

Mark 8:34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35For whoever wants to save his life[c] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? 37Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? 38If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels."

1 Peter 2:21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 22"He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth."[e] 23When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.

Romans 12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[c] Do not be conceited. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay,"[d]says the Lord. 20On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head."[e] 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

All of these scriptures prove what I have said that all nations are manipulated and controlled by the fallen angels and will be until the Lord Jesus returns to chain them in Hell for 1000 years, Revelation 20. Until that day we are to walk as Jesus walked and realize that all men are born with a sin nature that Jesus wants to save them from. We are all born with the wrathful, lustful, and proud nature of Satan, 1 John 2:16, Ephesians 2:1-7. Jesus came to save us from that and not the evil boot of the Roman Empire that rules the world. He will do that at his second coming, Revelation 19. When Jesus came the first time to suffer and die he postponed the wrath of God that Israel, under Joshua and David, previously used against the heathen of the promised land in the Old Testament. Pick up your cross my dear friend and step away from supporting the warlike nature that all nations and men exhibit naturally. They are yet unsaved as we once were.

Your eternal friend,
Jack

Jack,

Thank you for your prompt supply and gracious demeanor. There is a distinction between the kingdom of God and mens'kingdoms, and you confuse the deportment of the Messiah who came to die for the sins of all men with the deportment of His followers. If your view is other than texts out of context, why did Jesus counsel the disciples in Luke 22:36 to sell their cloak(most important outer garment) and buy a sword if they had none. Daily in this country thousands of crimes are prevented using handguns(FBI Crime Report). I suspect that if we were truly holy as we are commanded to be, we might have been able to reverse the bombing of Pearl Harbor, raise the dead from the Nazi holocaust, command angels to restruct the twin towers in New York and these would be ideal, but alas, we contain this treasure in earthen vessels that the glory may be of God and not of man. Each of us may be required to lay down our lives literally for the sake of the gospel, but to capriciously surrender your life to the whim of an evildoer becuase you don't have the inclination to utilize equipment that is available in order to be "spiritual" is foolishness. The evangelist Phillip was translated once after witnessing to an official from Candace's court, do you propose not to use auto, train, plane or bus, Jesus and Peter walked on water, do you propose not to utilize a boat? My brother this pacifist concept is a diversion from the reality of a lost and dying generation marching triumphantly into hell. I pray that you and your family are not confronted with wrongodoers intent on mayhem until you have altered your viewpoint or are truly walking in dominion over the kingdom of darkness.

Bud

Hi Bud,

Thanks for bringing up the question concerning Jesus commanding his disciples to buy swords. The scriptures many Christians use to justify war for believers are found in Matthew 26:47-56, Mark 14:43-52, John 18:1-11, and in Luke 22:35-53, where Jesus instructed the disciples to buy swords, and when they quickly determined they already had "two" Jesus said "it" is enough, clearly pointing to the two-edged sword which is the Word of God, and not a rallying call to take up arms against Rome or anyone else for that matter.

Jesus then rebuked a "confused" Peter when he had attempted to decapitate the servant who tried to arrest Jesus. Please read all four accounts of the same story to get a proper context. Many of my dear Christian friends have told me the same thing you have just written, that Jesus came to allow himself to die for our sins and therefore did not defend himself. They tell me, as you have, the nonviolence command was for Jesus only, and that we are not to allow our ourselves to be killed if we can defend ourselves. My friends have ignored the clear teaching of Jesus is not only to the first apostles but to all disciples of all generations....love your enemies...pick up our cross and follow me...behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves...be harmless as doves...my kingdom is not of this world. Keep in mind that the fallen angels under Satan are allowed by our Lord to be the rulers of the nations until the second coming of Jesus. All of the glory of these satanic led nations was offered to Jesus and he did not tell Satan they were not his to give. The Roman Empire then in power over the nations has divided and is now being reconstituted by the Little Horn which grew out from it....America.

Also, I was interviewed on the radio concerning the judgments to come and how they relate to Peter's sword. You can listen by clicking on the following link, then click on "The Bowl Judgment and Peter's Sword". http://www.weehoursradio.com/JackHook.html

Your eternal brother in Jesus,
Jack

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you are
in a word
"long-winded" (I cruised your web site)
are you a retired guy with loads of time on his hands?
or what man?
I'm not a Fundamentalist
I'm Hindu with Jesus as an Avatar.
Krishna was the Hindu Jesus and he's fine with me too.
Buddha rocked in North India as a great Holy Master.
There's more of the East in me than the West.
Jesus is from the Middle East
He was God incarnate
Sri Krishna was God incarnate
Ever so often God comes down to earth via the flesh of man to remind us whither we should go
to get back to him
for all roads lead to Rome
and God is Rome
bet you haven't read that before, aye?
Read the Bhagavad Gita, if you haven't yet.
It's nowhere near as long-winded as you are.
Your writing is convoluted and verbose. Why?
And why are you writing me? Are you a solictor?

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Mr. Hook,

Thank you very much for your response to my situation. It is a great comfort to see that people still care for others as much as they do themselves. You shared your story with me and I would like to share mine with you. First I would like to agree with you in the fact that "it seems to be at the door", and from the brief look I took at your site there are many other areas in which we hold the same opinions.

Just so you know my situation and where I am coming from I would like to share some of my history with you before I reply to the suggestions you offered me. Early on in college I held the same convictions that I hold now which obviously conflicted with the traditional Christian teaching I was raised with. When I shared my convictions with my Christian friends and family they expressed their belief that I took the Bible too seriously and too literally. I even talked with a pastor from our sister church about my beliefs and he defended the same position my family and friends held. I felt alone, as if nobody else felt the same way I did. Instead of following my convictions I tried to ignore them. I then felt as though I was living a lie and not representing my own beliefs of how a Christian should live.

Instead of being a bad example I decided to quit going to church all together so that maybe I would not lead others astray. While being faced with adversity I ran away like a coward. I was strong enough not to live a lie but too weak to stand up for the truth. For the rest of college I ignored my faith trying not to be a Christian but never being able to deny that I actually was one.

Upon graduation from college I joined the military which satisfied my worldly desires perfectly. In basic training I was the Platoon Guide for the entire cycle and led them in calling disgusting cadences. This trend continued in my MOS training where I was one of the best soldiers, we sang about blowing up/shooting kids and congregations. I received some awards while I was there and was an Honor Graduate. Upon completion of my MOS training I was one of the few selected to go to the Rangers which I never got a chance to start. So instead I came to Korea where once again my superiors were very impressed with me and were pushing for my promotion at the earliest possible time. I was a great soldier and could have progressed to the top of the ladder but I was a terrible Christian.

Upon the realization that I was a Christian no matter how hard I tried to ignore it, I gave up the glory of being a soldier and rededicated my life to Jesus. I knew that meant the end of a successful military career if not the end of my military career as a whole. As a Christian I knew it was wrong to bear arms, so I notified my chain of command and began the process for applying to be a Conscientious Objector. Soon after I noticed how soldiers' lives revolve around the military, making it the object of their faith and allegiance.

The thought of "bearing true faith and allegiance" to something other than God which the oath of enlistment requires of soldiers was unacceptable to me. While wearing the flag on my shoulder and U.S. ARMY on my chest I was expressing that my faith and allegiance lied in something other than God. I cannot knowingly express loyalty to any other entity even if in my heart my loyalty is to God. I would only be lying to myself and others if I tried to serve two masters. In no way are my intentions to dishonor veterans, but to honor God and acknowledge him before men. This is why I can no longer where the uniform.

At first I thought I could be a good witness to the civil government in the way that you suggested. I hope you can see from my testimony above why I cannot do that. I am sorry to have been so long winded but I wanted to make clear the reasons for my actions. Thank you for caring enough to share your story with me and I hope to here back from you.

Your friend,

Jared

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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