July 2, 2021
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How Good Are Your Reflexes?
by Eric Rank
I was recently on a long bicycle ride, as I am apt to do in the summertime, and witnessed a minor accident when I was on the descent down the final hill. There was a man who appeared to be in his mid-thirties off to the side of the road half way down the hill standing next to his bicycle. The rocky ground he stood on was on a slight incline, causing him to lose balance, falling backwards to the ground. He simply fell over. If he had fallen on a grassy surface, it would not have been a serious fall. However, the ground was very rocky, and though I couldn’t tell for certain, it was easy to imagine that he could have hurt himself. I had about 5 to 10 seconds to react – enough time to stop and help. But I didn’t. I slowed down slightly and looked behind after I passed, seeing that the car behind me had stopped. The people in that car had acted out of concern for this stranger, but I did not for several reasons that essentially add up to poor judgment.
I learned a big lesson that day. My reflexes to help and express love for my fellow man need some exercise. The familiar parable of the good Samaritan immediately came to mind (compare Luke 10:25-37). In that story, a lawyer tested Jesus Christ, asking who his neighbor is, whom he is obligated to love. Jesus responds by telling a parable of a man, half dead on the side of the road, who the priest and a Levite both pass by. But the Samaritan sees the injured man, and offers him the compassion and help he needs. The answer to the question of whom we are obliged to love Jesus expresses in the form of a question to the lawyer. “‘So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?’ And he said, ‘He who showed mercy on him.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do likewise’” (Luke 10:36-37). It was the Samaritan – that despised foreigner – who was the loving neighbor, acting with love and compassion for the injured man in the ditch. This is the example Jesus instructs us to follow.
The direct parallels of this story to the accident I witnessed still sting my conscience. While I cannot go back in time to make a better decision, I am able to use the experience to improve my decisions going forward. Even though this story is about a regret of my own, I believe that the lessons I learned are generally relatable. We all want to be the one who makes virtuous decisions perfectly. But we are all imperfect. We all make mistakes. We all miss opportunities for compassion. We all can do better. And that’s what this editorial is about – getting better at making virtuous decisions and acting upon them instinctively, without hesitation.
In the most recent Comments on News and Prophecy and sermon, “Will YOU Have Eternal Life in God’s Kingdom?” by Norbert Link on June 26, 2021, he made the emphatic statement about the importance of having an urgency and zeal in our lives as the time remaining before the return of Jesus Christ rapidly approaches. The question that we should all be asking ourselves is, “What do urgency and zeal mean for me?” Our answers will all be personal, but in whatever way we put urgency and zeal into action should demonstrate our readiness for the return of Christ as if it was to happen NOW. [We know, of course, that Christ could not come “tonight,” as certain prophecies must be fulfilled first. But the urgency of getting ready must be there. Also, if we were to die today, we would be facing Christ within the next second of our consciousness, when we are resurrected.]
How does urgency and zeal relate to a missed opportunity to help a stranger who has fallen in the ditch? Quite simply, our readiness for the return of Christ means that we actively, continuously, in every moment, and without hesitation work on the fulfillment of our Christian conversion. When we have an opportunity to act righteously, we do it without thinking twice about any inconvenience it might cause us. When presented with the call to follow Christ and participate in the Work of the Church, we appreciate the magnitude of the opportunity and do it (compare Matthew 4:18-22). When we have a decision to make to leave our worldly possessions behind in a moment, we do it (compare Luke 17:31). The prioritization of developing spiritual fruit above all other gain is how urgency and zeal work. Urgency does not work by sitting around to contemplate other options. Zeal does not work by having thoughts without action. This Way of Life must be at our core, directing all of our thoughts and actions if we want to be ready for Jesus Christ to return.
Urgency and zeal sound like great characteristics, but how do we develop that frame of mind and behavior? The answer is simple. Practice. “Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous” (1 John 3:7). When we practice righteousness, we increase our ability to respond instinctively with righteousness. Remember that we are flesh and blood, carnal beings. Because of this, being mindful of spiritual things and bringing spiritual fruit to maturity do not come naturally. Only through spiritual practice will we be able to prepare ourselves to have the zeal and urgency that make us ready for the return of Christ.
Practice takes place in the little things just as much as the big things. “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much” (Luke 16:10). In innumerable ways we can consider the opportunity to express our zeal. It could be in the way we treat our family members, how we interact with a server at a restaurant, the bigger decisions surrounding our commitments in life, or simply how we respond when we see someone in need. In whatever ways we practice, our goal is to aim for an immediate reaction directed through spiritual motivations, so that it becomes a reflex. We will certainly stumble along the way as we practice, but it all helps us to learn. And if we don’t practice righteousness, we are not preparing the way Jesus instructed us. The consequences of failing to practice are dire. But we were not called to this Way of Life to fail. We can rest assured that if we actively work to please God through obedience and actively developing righteousness, we will be ready when Christ returns.
by Norbert Link
We begin with shocking claims about alleged misinformation and propaganda regarding the “danger” of the Delta variant and Covid shots in general [you might want to watch our recent message, “The World’s March Towards Totalitarianism—Comments on News and Prophecy, June 26, 2021”; address America’s ambiguous stance on the Golan Heights and its recent airstrike on Iraq and Syria, and speak on Europe’s battle with abortion and LGBT issues.
We report on Vladimir Putin’s attempts to “woo” Germany; speak on Europe’s condemnation of Ethiopia; and address the Republic of Ireland’s dilemma in regard to a European army.
We report on the Roman Catholic Church’s ungodly belief in evolution; the controversy regarding Catholic politicians who support abortion; and the Pope’s warning against “false” preachers (while some of them may in fact be true preachers).
We speak on the US government’s long awaited but inconclusive report on UFOs (we could quote the title of Shakespeare’s famous comedy, “Much Ado About Nothing”), and conclude with the death of former Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld; the suspension of Rudy Giuliani’s license to practice law in New York, which suspension has been described as unconstitutional; and Bill Cosby’s unconstitutional conviction.
Throughout this section, we have underlined pertinent statements in the quoted articles, for the convenience and quick overview of the reader.
This Week in the News
The Lie about the Delta Variant
On June 24, the Ron Paul Institute republished an article from the Dossier:
“Prominent actors within the US government have been lying to the American people about COVID-19 for 18 months and counting, and their latest behavior shows that the individuals in charge of US Government Science have no intention of stopping the charade anytime soon. Over time, their lies have evolved to become so common and so reckless to the point that someone with even the most rudimentary understanding of viruses can instantly debunk the lies.
“The latest ‘Delta variant’ paranoia peddling has put their incompetence, deliberate spreading of falsehoods, and perpetual gaslighting of their own citizens on display for the world to see. The Biden Administration, through lifelong government bureaucrat Anthony Fauci, is making a hard push to fear monger about the supposed dangers posed by the ‘Delta variant’ of the virus that causes COVID-19.
“A video posted from the White House account made the rounds Thursday morning, stating: ‘…The Delta variant is more contagious, it’s deadlier, and it’s spreading quickly around the world – leaving young, unvaccinated people more vulnerable than ever. Please, get vaccinated if you haven’t already. Let’s head off this strain before it’s too late.’…
“First of all, it goes against all understanding of 101 concepts for a virus to mutate to become both more contagious and more deadly. If a virus becomes more contagious, it spreads faster but does not kill off its host. If a virus becomes more deadly, it doesn’t spread as fast because it has taken out its host. In fact, the best evidence we have on the Delta variant shows that it is probably less deadly than previous mutations. And it’s always good to remember that we’re talking about a disease that sports an original recovery rate well over 99%.
“Second, the idea that human intervention can ‘head off’ a strain is an idea straight out of ‘COVID Zero’ (the idea that you can eliminate the virus from this earth) pseudoscience playbook. Fauci and the gang are by no means brilliant minds, but they are well aware that they cannot eliminate a virus from circulation. This makes it obvious that there are several ulterior motives in play, none of which have anything to do with our health.
“Outside of academic models (we all know how well those held up in the past with lockdowns, masks, etc), there is no hard evidence anywhere in the world that this Delta variant is any more or less dangerous than any other mutation of the virus. In fact, the statistics on this variant shows no particular reason for alarm. Yet the government is… baselessly making stuff up about a virus based on absolutely zero real world data.
“Since the beginning of COVID Mania, the government has never been on the side of science, evidence, and data. From the infamous Gates-funded panic models and fraudulent Chinese government ‘science’ that encouraged the world to lock down indefinitely, to the absurd ‘studies’ about the efficacy of masks, this latest Delta variant scaremongering has once again put their lies on display for the world to see. Given the almost two years of immunity building related to the virus, the threat posed by COVID-19 at this point in time is virtually nonexistent. There never was a legitimate reason for a single restriction on our liberties, and today, the ‘delta variant’ argument to curb our rights and transform our society is more baseless than ever before.”
Thoughts to ponder.
The Ron Paul Institute added on June 30:
“The media has joined the ‘public health experts’ in hyping the danger of the ‘Delta variant’ of the coronavirus. Fauci warns that it is the most dangerous yet. Yet data from the UK strongly suggest that, like all viruses, it becomes weaker with each mutation. So who’s telling the truth and who is pushing a narrative?”
The Washington Post wrote on June 26:
“German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that Europe remains ‘on thin ice’ in its fight against the coronavirus, as experts predicted that the more infectious delta variant, which was first detected in India, would become the dominant variant across much of the continent by summer’s end. ‘We need to remain vigilant,’ Merkel, who is set to leave office this year, said Thursday.”
This does not sound good.
Daily Mail added on June 26:
“Boris Johnson will attempt to persuade Angela Merkel to allow Britons to visit EU countries this summer, as uncertainty over foreign trips continues. The Prime Minister will meet the German chancellor at Chequers on Friday (July 2) to discuss her hopes to introduce an EU-wide quarantine policy to protect against the ‘Delta’ variant which has taken hold in the UK. She has been met with various levels of support, with French President Emmanuel Macron backing her plans – while Madrid is adamant that it will set its own border policy…
“Much of Europe is on the ‘amber list’ and UK holidaymakers are unlikely to book a trip to the Continent if they face a lengthy stay in self-isolation upon their arrival. The exact date for the easing of the ‘amber list’ rules for people who are fully vaccinated is yet to be set but August appears likely…”
Let us hope that Boris Johnson will be able to persuade Angela Merkel to give up her ill-conceived proposals, give up her politically motivated paranoia, and restore liberty and freedom to the people.
Propaganda Goes On
The Los Angeles Times wrote on June 27:
“Experts say the Delta variant poses a greater chance of infection for unvaccinated people if they are exposed. The variant, first identified in India, may be twice as transmissible as the conventional coronavirus strains… But vaccinated people are well protected against infection and illness from the Delta variant…
“There is no widespread scientific consensus on whether the Delta variant is more likely to cause more serious illness than other strains….”
Words fail… Still, several countries are imposing again partial or even full lockdowns. They are very good at hitting the panic button, and that without ANY or even contrary to scientific evidence. Also note the next article.
“Majority of Physicians Decline COVID Shots”
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) published the following article on June 16:
“Of the 700 physicians responding to an internet survey by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), nearly 60 percent said they were not ‘fully vaccinated’ against COVID. This contrasts with the claim by the American Medical Association that 96 percent of practicing physicians are fully vaccinated. This was based on 300 respondents. Neither survey represents a random sample of all American physicians, but the AAPS survey shows that physician support for the mass injection campaign is far from unanimous.
“‘It is wrong to call a person who declines a shot an “anti-vaxxer,”’ states AAPS executive director Jane Orient, M.D. ‘Virtually no physicians are “anti-antibiotics” or “anti-surgery,” whereas all are opposed to treatments that they think are unnecessary, more likely to harm than to benefit an individual patient, or inadequately tested.’
“The AAPS survey also showed that 54 percent of physician respondents were aware of patients suffering a ‘significant adverse reaction.’ Of the unvaccinated physicians, 80 percent said, ‘I believe risk of shots exceeds risk of disease,’ and 30% said ‘I already had COVID.’
“Other reasons for declining the shot included unknown long-term effects, use of aborted fetal tissue, ‘it’s experimental,’ availability of effective early treatment, and reports of deaths and blood clots…
“Nonphysicians were also invited to participate in the survey. Of some 5,300 total participants, 2,548 volunteered comments about associated adverse effects of which they were aware. These included death, amputation, paralysis, stillbirth, menstrual irregularities, blindness, seizures, and heart issues. ‘Causality is not proven. However, many of these episodes might have resulted in a huge product liability or malpractice award if they had occurred after a new drug,’ stated Dr. Orient. ‘Purveyors of these COVID products are protected against lawsuits.’”
Unverified Data in Portugal
America’s Frontline Doctors wrote on June 23:
“Following a citizen’s petition, a Lisbon court was forced to provide verified COVID-19 mortality data, reports AndreDias.net. According to the ruling, the number of verified COVID-19 deaths from January 2020 to April 2021 is only 152, not about 17,000 as claimed by government ministries. All the ‘others’ died for various reasons, although their PCR test was positive. ‘We live in a fraud of unprecedented dimensions,’ wrote Dias.”
Dias continued that even “the reference to 152 death certificates issued ‘under Justice Ministry supervision’ is spurious, as all death certificates are issued under Justice Ministry auspices, being the only institution that issues them…”
Canada’s Reasoning for Lockdowns
The Jewish Voice wrote on June 27:
“Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Strang admitted during a COVID-19 hearing last month… the goal of Canada’s strict lockdowns…
“When a citizen asked Strang via phone call whether Canada’s injunction banning public gatherings was still necessary, Strang explained: ‘… bringing large numbers of people together can present some risk… But I think the other purpose of the injunction is to prevent groups that are deliberately spreading false information that creates risk… The information itself if listened to creates risk to the public…’”
Incredible that they would admit such blatantly unconstitutional and illegal conduct.
The Next Pandemic… Dying from Antibiotic Resistant Infections
El Pais wrote on June 25:
“Edith Heard… is the director general of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory… [said:] ‘Many companies stopped developing antibiotics, so now there are only a few drugs. That will be the next big killer. In 10 to 20 years we will be dying from antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections, which we will no longer be able to treat…
“‘If we don’t do something, in 20 years the antibiotics that exist today will not be able to treat the infections we have. It’s going to be the next pandemic…”
US Position on Golan Heights
The Times of Israel wrote on June 25:
“The US State Department on Friday denied that the Biden administration planned to rescind recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, after a false report sparked an uproar in Israel. ‘US policy regarding the Golan has not changed, and reports to the contrary are false,’ State Department’s Near Eastern Affairs Department tweeted.
“Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said the claim that the Biden administration was walking back former president Donald Trump’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights was part of efforts to harm Israel’s ties to the US and undermine the new government. The rumor spread after a spurious report in a far-right US news site [the Washington Free Beacon] was picked up by some mainstream Israeli news outlets, leading to an outcry from several politicians. ‘The Golan Heights is a strategic asset and an integral part of the sovereign State of Israel. The United States recognized our sovereignty over the Golan Heights and its strategic importance to Israel’s security,’ Lapid said.”
The future will show what the Biden Administration is REALLY up to when it comes to Israel’s status.
US Strikes Iraq and Syria
Deutsche Welle reported on June 28:
“The US military carried out airstrikes on ‘facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups’ near the border between Iraq and Syria… The militias were using the facilities to carry out attacks by ‘unmanned aerial vehicles’ — otherwise known as drones — against US interests in Iraq…
“Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi slammed the US raids as ‘flagrant violation’ of his country’s sovereignty… It marks a rare criticism of US military action in the conflict-stricken Middle Eastern nation…
“Since the start of the year, there have been more than 40 attacks against US interests in Iraq… Sunday’s strikes mark the second time Biden has ordered retaliatory strikes against Iran-backed militia since taking office five months ago. Biden last ordered limited strikes in Syria in February in response to rocket attacks in Iraq.”
Even under the Biden Administration, America’s reputation among allies suffers.
EU: Abortion a Human Right
C-Fam wrote on June 24:
“The European Parliament adopted a resolution that labels abortion a ‘human right’… The resolution… calls on EU member states to decriminalize all abortions and to allow abortion-on-demand in order to bring their laws ‘into line with international human rights standards.’…
“Abortion advocates were militant in their speeches during a heated debate and resorted to violent and fearful rhetoric… The resolution, prepared by Croatian socialist Predrag Fred Matić, doesn’t just promote abortion. It attacks the conscience rights of doctors who refuse to perform abortions and calls on EU members to remove ‘all limitations’ on abortion during the COVID-19 emergency…
“The resolution also endorses ‘comprehensive sexuality education’ and promotes the most extreme elements of the LGBT agenda. It calls for bans on any kind of therapy to help individuals with same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria to cope with or overcome their condition, and it calls on the World Health Organization to change its definition of infertility to ensure it applies to same-sex couples and men and women who identify as transgender…
“Several pro-life MEPs… made passionate calls for protections for mothers and children in the womb from abortion…
“Despite the spirited opposition to the resolution, it passed comfortably with 378 votes in favor and 255 against. While the resolution is not binding, its recommendations can be incorporated into the policies of the powerful European Commission…”
The EU is becoming more and more a dictatorial power bloc and cesspool of inhumane and ungodly ideas.
The EU vs. Hungary
Politico wrote on June 25:
“Leaders from around the EU confronted Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán over anti-LGBTQ+ measures on Thursday in an extraordinary clash reflecting rising tension over the bloc’s core values.
“In a heated debate around the European Council table in Brussels, leaders spoke in unusually personal and emotional terms. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte suggested Orbán should leave the EU while Luxembourg’s Xavier Bettel spoke of his own struggles to be accepted as a gay man. ‘I did not become gay. I am, it is not a choice,’ Bettel told the conservative Hungarian leader… ‘My mother hates that I am gay, I live with that… It is about basic rights, the right to be different.’
“… The controversy erupted after the Hungarian parliament passed legal amendments to ban the promotion and portrayal of homosexuality or sex change to minors… Orbán received support from Poland… and to some extent also from Slovenia, while a few countries — such as Slovakia — did not take a clear position…
“Orbán has repeatedly insisted that the amendments are about protecting children’s rights… Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga took a combative approach, writing on social media that Rutte has ‘written himself out of the circle of civilized people… Hungary doesn’t want to leave the EU. On the contrary, we want to save it from hypocrites,’ Varga tweeted…
“Over half of the EU’s member nations signed a declaration condemning Hungary’s legislation. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called it a ‘shame,’ and the EU executive has indicated it will take legal action… The Commission could ultimately take Hungary to court over the amendments. While that process is a relatively slow one, there is reason to believe the law wouldn’t hold up. In 2017, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that a nearly identical law adopted by Russia in 2013 was discriminatory. In a sharp rebuke to the Kremlin, the court said the law encouraged homophobia.
“The EU now has a mechanism that allows the bloc to cut funding to countries if some rule-of-law problems impact the financial interests of the EU, but it remains unclear when and how it would be used… Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven told fellow EU leaders that his citizens were fed up that budget money they contribute to the EU is going to countries that don’t uphold the Union’s core principles…”
The EU has core principles?
Euractiv reported on June 29:
“Poland should copy a Hungarian law that bans schools from using materials seen as promoting homosexuality, the Polish education minister [Przemysław Czarnek] has said as the nationalist government attacks what it calls ‘LGBT ideology.’”
Jewish groups vs. Orbán
JTA added on June 25:
“Jewish groups in Hungary have condemned a new law in the country that forbids sharing content on homosexuality with minors. Called the ‘gay propaganda law,’ the legislation passed last week in parliament follows similar moves in Russia in 2013 that define written or visual materials pertaining to sex reassignment or homosexuality as propaganda that should not be allowed to reach children…
“Mazsihisz, the largest federation of Jewish communities in Hungary, [stated:] ‘The Mazsihisz, as a Jewish group, firmly believes that all people are inherently pure and their emotions do not make them unclean…’
“Hungary’s right-wing government under Viktor Orban has clashed on several issues with Mazsihisz, which has warned that the government’s campaign criticizing Jewish billionaire philanthropist George Soros risks encouraging antisemitism, and that the government is facilitating Holocaust revisionism. Other local Jewish groups, including the EMIH Jewish federation, have disputed these allegations.”
Czech President Supports Orbán
The Daily Caller wrote on June 28:
“Czech President Milos Zeman [expressed] his support for the recent Hungarian legislation that banned gay and transgender content for minors…
“Zeman defended Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, saying that he is against the Hungarian education system’s ‘manipulation’ of parents and children… ‘I see no reason to disagree with him, because I am completely annoyed by the suffragettes, the Me Too movement and Prague Pride…’”
More Idiocy from California–Travel Ban for State Employees…
The Associated Press wrote on June 29:
“California added five more states… to the list of places where state-funded travel is banned because of laws that discriminate against members of the LGBTQ community, the state attorney general announced Monday. Democratic Attorney General Rob Bonta added Florida, Arkansas, Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia to the list that now has 17 states where state employee travel is forbidden except under limited circumstances. ‘Make no mistake: We’re in the midst of an unprecedented wave of bigotry and discrimination in this country — and the State of California is not going to support it,’ Bonta said.
“Lawmakers in 2016 banned non-essential travel to states with laws that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The 12 other states on the list are: Texas, Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, Mississippi, Tennessee. The five states newly added to the list have introduced bills in their legislatures this year that prevent transgender women and girls from participating in school sports [by women] consistent with their gender identity, block access to health care and allow the discrimination of the LGBTQ community, Bonta said….”
If you thought it could not get any crazier… It appears that it is Rob Bonta who is guilty of discrimination. This is TRULY a world ruled by SATAN!
Putin Tries to Woo Germany, Ignores the Past
Carnegie Europe wrote on June 24:
“To mark the eightieth anniversary of Nazi Germany’s attack on the Soviet Union, Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote a commentary in the German weekly newspaper Die Zeit. Putin’s commentary is an attempt to woo Germany back to its once-cozy relationship with Russia, blame NATO expansion eastward for undermining European security, and point the finger at the United States for the ‘armed coup’ in Ukraine in 2014.
“With a German audience in mind—and especially with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron now anxious to reset EU relations with Russia—Putin presses all the right buttons. He praises how West Germany ‘concluded the deal of the century’ by agreeing to a long-term gas deal with the Soviet Union back in 1970. It was, he wrote, the foundation for ‘constructive interdependence’ despite serious misgivings and criticism by the United States. The controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline that brings Russian gas directly to Germany via the Baltic Sea is a continuity of that interdependence, which U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken criticized during his talks with Merkel in Berlin on June 23.
“As for NATO, Putin lashes out at the U.S.-led military organization for expanding to Eastern and Central Europe during the late 1990s and onward. ‘Many countries were put before the artificial choice of being either with the collective West or with Russia. In fact, it was an ultimatum,’ Putin wrote. Actually, these countries that were once under the Soviet yolk weren’t forced to join NATO. They chose to apply because they wanted security. They didn’t trust post-1989 Russia.
“And finally, Putin repeats an old plea that plays into the hands of those who want to end the transatlantic relationship and the NATO security umbrella. Putin’s oft-repeated version of a Europe whole, free, and united is one based on creating a ‘common space of cooperation and security from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.’ It would ‘comprise various integration formats,’ including the European Union and the Moscow-initiated Eurasian Economic Union.
“Putin’s words chime well with many German Social Democrats who still yearn for Ostpolitik. This policy, devised during the 1970s, was aimed at stabilizing relations between West Germany and Moscow through economic, energy, and political ties…
“Putin blames the United States for the ‘unconstitutional armed coup in Ukraine’ in 2014 which ‘European countries weak-heartedly support[ed].’… According to Putin, the United States—with some support from Europe—’provok[ed] a split within Ukraine and the withdrawal of Crimea.’ The fact that Russian-backed militia forces invaded parts of Eastern Ukraine in 2014 and are still there is ignored. So is the historical fact that Russia illegally annexed the Crimean Peninsula in early 2014.
“Forget too how Russia invaded Georgia in 2008 and annexed Abkhazia and South Ossetia, or how it still has troops in the Moldova region of Transnistria…
“From cyber and chemical attacks and murders of opponents in Germany and the United Kingdom to poisoning Putin’s arch critic, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, and silencing critics back home, Russia’s leadership is in denial about the present and the past.
“… when Putin writes about defeating Nazi Germany at the tremendous cost of to the Red Army and civilians, for Central and Eastern Europeans, especially Belarus and Ukraine whose peoples were ruthlessly murdered by the Nazis and the Red Army, defeat of the Wehrmacht was not liberation but occupation. If it had been liberation, why did the East Germans rise up in 1953, the Hungarians in 1956, and the Czechoslovaks in 1968?…
“Organizations such as Memorial that try to investigate the Stalinist crimes, or others who want to understand their country’s past, are obstructed from doing so. In Russia, this past is off limits.
“After 1945, aspects of the past—especially collaboration with the Nazis—were off limits for several Western European countries, while East Europeans were prevented from dealing with the past. Aspects of the Holocaust, Jewish deportations, enforced exile of ethnic communities, and Stalinist trials and executions were off the agenda…”
Everyone in politics seems to be willing to rewrite history to fit into their own personal agenda.
EU vs. Ethiopia
The East African (News) reported on June 25:
“The Ethiopian army on Thursday denied carrying out deadly airstrikes targeting civilians at a busy market place in Togogo, a town in the Tigray region… [The military official] told reporters Thursday that the airstrikes targeted only rebels who had been gathered to celebrate Martyrs’ Day. [He] also denied reports that innocent people were killed in yesterday’s attack. He claimed that those killed were militants in civilian clothing.
“Eyewitnesses and hospital sources, however, yesterday told Nation.Africa that over 50 civilians had been killed in Tuesday’s aerial attack…
“The European Union and the United States have condemned the airstrikes… ‘This is yet another attack adding up to the horrific series of international humanitarian law and human rights violations, atrocities, ethnic violence, combined with serious allegations of use of starvation and sexual violence as weapons of conflict’ said the EU in a statement.
“The High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs, Joseph Borrell, has placed Ethiopia on the agenda for the next Foreign Affairs Council in July to discuss possible responses with EU member states.”
Ultimately, the final leader of the EU will militarily intervene and conquer Ethiopia.
The European Army and the Republic of Ireland
News Letter wrote on June 25:
“With the prospect of a European Union army gaining ‘new impetus’ due to Brexit, the TUV has questioned whether the Republic of Ireland will now be forced to choose between membership of the EU or military neutrality…
“The party’s East Londonderry representative and ex-serviceman Jordan Armstrong was commenting after an EU body said the departure of the UK has made it easier to create a multi-nation ‘Rapid Military Response’ team. On Thursday, a member of the EU’s European Army Interoperability Centre cited the tensions in Ukraine as an example of where such a force could be deployed.
“The article said: ‘Talks about developing the Rapid Military Response team have also arisen due to comments made by former US President Donald Trump. He critiqued the EU for heavily relying on NATO military action led by the US instead of taking a role for itself, particularly when the security threat is presented on its borders. ‘Brexit has also given new impetus to the EU in refining and improving their defence and security policies, as the United Kingdom had previously placed many constraints on the EU.’
“It adds: “Furthermore, Ukraine has recently appealed to western nations for urgent intervention as Russia has significantly increased its military presence in its Ukrainian territory.”
“… Armstrong said: ‘It is no secret that the EU wants to expand its power and influence. With a flag, an anthem, a currency and now the prospect of an army it is increasingly taking on the trappings of state.’”
Hence, the united STATES of Europe…
The Catholic Church’s Belief in Evolution
Israel 365 wrote on June 23:
“Last month, the Vatican Observatory Research Group (VRG) launched… a website to present their theories, with the expressed mission of showing the world that ‘the Church and science can coexist.’ A closer look shows that the Vatican project is challenged by the Biblical account of creation and comes very close to explicitly rejecting Genesis…
“In a 2002 interview for the Catholic Education Resource Center, George Coyne, a Jesuit… stated that the Vatican policy was to firmly embrace evolution… as fact… ‘New knowledge has led us to realize that the theory of evolution is no longer a mere hypothesis… The Catholic church has long accepted a developmental worldview, complete with descent from apes and a Big Bang beginning,’ Coyne said…
“Coyne’s writings still serve as the basis for the Vatican’s website. In one paper, he rejects the validity of ‘intelligent design’, the assertion that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as random natural selection. “In this conflict between evolution and Biblical Creation, Coyne and the Vatican assert that evolution is the irrefutable truth. On the new website, Coyne states that ‘intelligent design movement lies outside [scientific] methodology.’”
Some “Christians” and Jews believe in evolution by intelligent design, meaning that God guided the process. This concept is as wrong as blind or accidental evolution.
US Catholic Bishops “Clarify” Position on Communion
Newsmax wrote on June 26:
“The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops clarified its position on giving politicians who support abortion communion by saying a recent vote does not mean a ‘national policy’ to deny them… ‘The bishops made no decision about barring anyone from receiving Holy Communion,’ the organization said…
“According to Catholic doctrine, anyone in a state of mortal sin, such as ‘receiving or participating in an abortion,’ should not take Communion unless they have first been to confession… The move was seen as a step in the direction of denying Communion to Biden, who is the first practicing Catholic President since John F. Kennedy, for his support of abortion. Other Democrat Catholics like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., could also be denied, under the new guidance… [The] bishops [said they] were not pressured to make the clarification from the Vatican in Rome…”
If one wants to believe that…
S.F. Archbishop Disagrees
Breitbart wrote on June 26:
“San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has blasted the 60 ‘Catholic’ Democrat congressmembers who published a defense of their public support for abortion. In their open ‘Statement of Principles,’ the 60 Democrats assert that the U.S. bishops should not deny Holy Communion to professed Catholics who promote abortion.
“In his response, Cordileone notes… ‘Surely the members of Congress know, as committed Catholics, that the early Church described abortion as a form of homicide… and that the Christian community condemned abortion as early as the first century in the Didache… ‘they ignore one of the most basic principles of Catholic belief: “Don’t intentionally kill, or collude in enabling others to kill, innocent human life.”’
“The archbishops saves some of his choicest expressions for the heart of his response, underscoring the hypocrisy of the signers of the statement…”
However, looking at the history of the Catholic church in killing millions of innocent lives, then their hypocrisy is blatantly obvious.
Pope Warns against False Preachers
The Catholic Telegraph wrote on June 23:
“Pope Francis warned against preachers who sow division and mistrust online. ‘There is no shortage of preachers who, especially through the new means of communication, can disturb communities.
“‘… they strongly affirm that the true Christianity is the one they adhere to, often identified with certain forms of the past, and that the solution to the crises of today is to go back so as not to lose the genuineness of the faith. Today too, as then, there is a temptation to close oneself up in some of the certainties acquired in past traditions.’”
As part of the Catholic Church‘s foundation is their own traditions, the Pope is referring to biblical teachings which he considers as being obsolete, and therefore, anyone clinging to the teachings of the Ten Commandments [including the Fourth Commandment], unclean meat, or annual Holy Days is viewed by him as a false preacher.
Inconclusive UFO Report
The Week wrote on June 25:
“The United States government has released a highly-anticipated report on unidentified flying objects, but it wasn’t able to come to a definitive conclusion… 144 reports of unidentified aerial phenomenon (UAP) were examined, but investigators were not able to explain 143 of them…
“In one case, an object was identified as a ‘large, deflating balloon,’ but the report said the ‘others remain unexplained.’ ‘Of the 144 reports we are dealing with here, we have no clear indications that there is any non-terrestrial explanation for them — but we will go wherever the data takes us,’ a senior U.S. official [said.]
“The official also [said] that investigators believe most of the sightings were of ‘physical objects’…”
Donald Rumsfeld Dies at 88
The Columbus Dispatch wrote on June 30:
“Donald Rumsfeld – Republican power broker, controversial defense secretary and architect of the Iraq War – died Tuesday, days before his 89th birthday…
“President George W. Bush selected Rumsfeld for his second stint as Pentagon chief in 2001 [He had been appointed as Defense Secretary under Richard Nixon in 1975]. Rumsfeld vowed to shake up the military bureaucracy, seeking to make it leaner and more agile. The Sept. 11 terror attacks changed everything.
“Rumsfeld oversaw the Pentagon’s response and its initial attack on al-Qaida bases in Afghanistan. With stunning speed, U.S. commandos and airstrikes toppled the Taliban from power, and a democratically elected government was established.
“By early 2002, Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney turned the Pentagon’s attention to Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden, nearly captured in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan, slipped away into Pakistan, where he was killed in 2011.
“In 2003, U.S. forces invaded Iraq to prevent Saddam from launching attacks with weapons of mass destruction. No such weapons were found, and the mismanaged American occupation led to a guerrilla war and sectarian violence.
“Bush fired Rumsfeld in 2006 as the United States was mired in grinding insurgencies that killed and maimed thousands of U.S. troops and thousands more combatants and civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan. About 2,000 troops remain in Iraq supporting a fragile government fighting Islamic insurgents, and the last U.S. combat troops prepare to leave Afghanistan, where the top commander warns of a brewing civil war.”
What the article shows is that the USA did not win a major war since World War II—not in North Korea or Vietnam, nor in Afghanistan or Iraq. The Church of God has proclaimed for a long time that the USA will not win a major war until the time of Jesus Christ’s return.
Giuliani’s Law License Suspended
Newsmax wrote on June 26:
“Rudy Giuliani’s license to practice law in New York was suspended after a state appeals court claimed this past week he lied in arguing the 2020 presidential election was stolen from his client, former President Donald Trump. The court claimed Giuliani had made several false statements about voting in Georgia, Arizona, and Pennsylvania, highlighting a court hearing in Pennsylvania where the former New York City mayor alleged there was widespread voter fraud but had not mentioned it in his former written complaint.”
Newsmax quoted Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz as follows:
“‘I taught legal ethics for 35 years at Harvard… I’ve never seen a case like this’… Giuliani did not have a hearing or an opportunity to prove whether or not he had told the truth, or if he knew that he was lying, Dershowitz [said]. The ruling against Giuliani’s law license might stand in the New York courts, which means that it could end up being decided in the Supreme Court, according to Dershowitz.
“Still, Dershowitz said he thinks, after there is a hearing, it will be much harder to make Giuliani’s suspension stand. ‘The criteria is so vague,’ said Dershowitz, noting the court not only ruled against Giuliani for his ‘misstatements’ in courts but also for his comments to the media. ‘If you start holding lawyers responsible for everything, they said… I can tell you myself and my own experience: Many, many lawyers who have committed much, much worse lies in the public domain, and they don’t go after them… This is a very selective department.’”
Dershowitz is right.
Life Site News added on June 26:
“‘It’s a complete invasion of my First Amendment rights and my rights as an attorney, I’m allowed to have a client,’ Giuliani responded… ‘President Trump is not allowed to have a lawyer, of course it’s a partisan hit. I didn’t do anything wrong. There’s nothing I said that a witness didn’t tell me. We’re getting to be like East Germany.’
“‘Can you believe that New York wants to strip Rudy Giuliani… of his law license because he has been fighting what has already been proven to be a Fraudulent Election?’ Trump himself added… ‘this is what the Radical Left does to him. All of New York is out of control, crime is at an all-time high—it’s nothing but a Witch Hunt, and they should be ashamed of themselves…’”
We are observing more and more radical developments in this country, especially from the left, not unlike former socialist and Marxist East Germany, as Giuliani correctly points out.
Bill Cosby Released from Prison Due to Violation of Constitution
The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote on June 30:
“Bill Cosby was released from prison Wednesday after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his sexual assault conviction and barred him from being retried… The justices ruled the 83-year-old comedian — who has served more than two years of a three-to-10-year sentence — had been denied a fair trial, citing an agreement struck with a previous prosecutor that the justices said barred Cosby from ever being charged with the 2004 assault of Temple University employee Andrea Constand.
“Justice David N. Wecht, writing for the majority, said Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele was legally bound by that decade-old promise and therefore should not have brought charges when new evidence surfaced in 2015. Vacating Cosby’s conviction, Wecht said, ‘is the only remedy that comports with society’s reasonable expectations of its elected prosecutors and our criminal justice system.’”
Cosby always insisted on his innocence and refused a parole offer which would have required him to plead guilty and show remorse. While we do not condone his alleged behavior, if he is in fact guilty of the accusations which have been made against him, this shows the problems with the legal system when it comes to apparent technicalities that determine innocence or guilt, rather than the facts. However, as the next article shows, more than just mere technicalities are involved in the Cosby case.
Cosby and Trump
Newsmax wrote on July 1:
“No matter what people think of Bill Cosby, the fact remains that he wasn’t given due process in his trial proceedings and an appeals court made the right decision to free him from prison because he shouldn’t have been tried in the first place, Harvard law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz argued…
“Dershowitz also rejected the argument that Cosby was released on a ‘legal technicality.’ ‘It’s a constitutional basis,’ he said… ‘The Constitution provides that no person shall be prosecuted without due process of law. So it’s anything but a technicality. It’s the heart and soul of our legal system.’
“Dershowitz also commented on the indictments that have been handed down against former President Donald Trump’s namesake company, the Trump Organization, and its Chief Financial Officer Alan Weisselberg… ‘They don’t generally go after people criminally for tax violations that even the IRS apparently hasn’t gone after them for,’ said Dershowitz… In these situations, the IRS usually sends the person accused a letter ordering them to pay their taxes, and it’s ‘rare that you get criminal prosecution for this kind of thing.’
“At any rate, Vance’s goal is ‘obviously to try to flip’ Weisselberg to get him to turn against Trump, the ‘ultimate target of any of these prosecutors,’ said Dershowitz.”
Acknowledgement and Disclaimer
These Current Events are compiled and commented on by Norbert Link. We gratefully acknowledge the many contributions of news articles from our readership. The publication of articles in this section is not to be viewed as an endorsement or approval as to contents or accuracy of the selected articles, but they are published for the purpose of pointing at worldwide developments in the light of biblical end-time prophecy and godly instruction. Our own comments are provided in italics.
Can you elaborate on education today and in God’s Kingdom? (Part 5)
In the previous Q&A, we looked at the many changes that will occur at the return of Jesus Christ and finished up by showing that for Satan and his demons, their time of influencing and misleading mankind is almost up. Let us continue in this final Q&A of our series to see the incredible changes that will take place.
With the evil demonic world removed, it will be time for re-educating the world in true values. Will there be schools or colleges? In Mr Armstrong’s book, “The Wonderful World Tomorrow,” referenced previously, we read on page 53 the following:
“Actually, the Gospel and religious development is merely spiritual education. And it is significant that Elijah had organized and headed three schools or colleges (II Kings 2:3, 5; 4:38 — at Bethel, Jericho, and Gilgal) teaching God’s Truth in a world corrupted by false pagan education.”
When properly organised, with a Godly curriculum and teachers who understand the Law of God, schools or colleges for young adults could be wonderful places of true learning and it is possible that these could be the vehicles for true education during the Millennium. Of course, parents will be expected to fulfil the instructions in Deuteronomy 6:5-9, as applied to their children, which was originally given to the ancient nation of Israel but will be even more applicable during Christ’s millennial reign:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
This will be a parent’s responsibility and, unlike today, young and growing children will be open to correct teaching. They will certainly be brought up in the knowledge of the LORD.
There will be right knowledge and education about health. Mr Armstrong, in his book previously referenced, makes these encouraging statements on pages 82-83:
“In God’s new world tomorrow, there will, indeed, probably be a place for doctors. But it will be teaching people to keep well, by avoiding the causes of disease. That will require an entirely new type of ‘medical’ education — only we shall then drop the term ‘medical.’ A very good doctor friend once said to me: ‘We physicians have been kept so busy treating sicknesses and diseases, that we haven’t had much time to do extensive study and research into the causes of these troubles.’
“In the world tomorrow there actually will be Utopia. There will be universal good health. How can such Utopian dreams come true? It’s simple! Remove the cause of disease!
“But how do that? Two ways:
“First, by right education. Cause people to know that God did not design the human physical body so that it must be getting sick all the time, catching continual diseases. Sickness and disease occur only when nature’s laws are broken [either by the sick person him- or herself or by conditions caused by men leading to a person getting sick]. It is not natural to be diseased — it is UNnatural. Educate people in the laws of good health. In proper diet. God designed certain foods for good health. Some things that grow are not designed for food. Some are poison. Educate people in sanitation, hygiene, required amounts of sleep, pure water, fresh air, sunshine, exercise.
“And when people, in spite of this education, do get sick or catch a disease, it can be healed — God’s way! Actually, Christ’s healing [includes] forgiveness of sin.
“The combined force of right education about true health, and… healing of all sickness [our addition: and insofar as it was caused by false individual conduct and] when it is repented of, will mean perfect, Utopian health!
“Notice how God describes it!
“But there the glorious Eternal will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby. For the Eternal is our Judge, the Eternal is our LAWgiver, the Eternal is our King; He will save us.
“… And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity”! (Isaiah 33:21-24.)
“Listen to this wonderful promise: ‘Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; He will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing…’ (Isaiah 35:3-6).
“God describes the rewards for obedience to His laws of mercy and love. Notice Isaiah 58:8, “Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily….”
Those who have become members of the God Family will be very active in bringing about understanding the Way of God. We read this in Isaiah 30:20-21: “And though the LORD gives you The bread of adversity and the water of affliction, Yet your teachers will not be moved into a corner anymore, But your eyes shall see your teachers. Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.”
There will be education about so many things.
Ultimately, there will be no more war – see Isaiah 2:4: “He shall judge between the nations, And rebuke many people; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore.”
There will be no more tyranny from ungodly rulers – see Psalm 72:1-4 which has the heading in the New King James Bible, “Glory and Universality of the Messiah’s Reign,” and which continues to state: “Give the king Your judgments, O God, And Your righteousness to the king’s Son. He will judge Your people with righteousness, And Your poor with justice. The mountains will bring peace to the people, And the little hills, by righteousness. He will bring justice to the poor of the people; He will save the children of the needy, And will break in pieces the oppressor.”
People will be educated in all aspects of the right Way to live. Set forth below are just some of these areas:
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7).
“The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender” (Proverbs 22:7). People will organise their finances properly.
“…whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7) to ensure that outcomes are favourable by doing the right things.
The dietary laws are still and will continue to be in full force and effect (Leviticus 11). By avoiding the consumption of inappropriate “food” and by eating proper foods, health will be considerably improved.
Man will be taught not to cheat or short change others: Leviticus 19:36 says: “Have true scales, true weights and measures for all things,” and Proverbs 16:11 adds: “Honest weights and scales are the LORD’S; All the weights in the bag are His work.”
In becoming converted and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit, people will experience the fruit of the Spirit which brings great rewards: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).
The golden rule in Luke 6:31 will be implemented: “And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.” (Also see Matthew 7:12.)
Man will also learn to consider others as a matter of routine: “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself” (Philippians 2:3).
All of the above references have been readily available to mankind during the 6,000 years of man’s misrule on earth, but have rarely been used, and that will be rectified in God’s Kingdom. Using such Godly wisdom and instruction is true education and of the highest value.
Let us review a few verses that show how widespread true education will be:
Habakkuk 2:14 states: “For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, As the waters cover the sea.”
Isaiah 11:9: reads: “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD As the waters cover the sea.”
It is interesting to note that the oceans cover 71 percent of the Earth’s surface and contain 97 percent of the Earth’s water. Less than 1 percent of the Earth’s water is fresh water, and 2/3 percent is contained in glaciers and ice caps. The vast waters of the ocean cover all of its depths, find their way into all the caverns, flow into all the recesses on the shore – and thus shall the knowledge of the true God spread like deep, flowing waters, until the earth shall be covered with it. This has not happened before and it is obviously a prophecy for the future – a time to look forward to with eager anticipation.
Jeremiah 31:34 reveals: “No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
Isaiah 29:18 adds: “In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book, And the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness.”
Proverbs 29:2 says: “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.”
There is so much on this subject in the Bible, but what has been included in this series will, we hope, give you a desire to study more about what God has in store for His people in the Kingdom of God.
All of the changes we have reviewed in education over the last 50 years or more will be celebrated by those who have a view that we must “move on” and eradicate all of the “norms” of previous years and that a new, freer society embracing such change is to be welcomed.
However, positive changes in education, and the Way of Life in general that will really last, will be introduced in the Kingdom of God when Jesus returns to this earth. There will be no more toleration of all the evil that has been a feature of man’s way of life, particularly of that in more recent times that is in obvious opposition to the Way of Life as set out in the Bible.
To recall, there will only be just two genders, male and female; proper families of husband and wife and any children they may have. There will be no more teaching of evolution; no more left-leaning godless members of the teaching profession. Liberal views on any aspect of teaching young people will be substituted by the correct way of bringing up the next generation with politeness and courtesy and with appropriate punishment if it is found necessary.
The teaching of the Ten Commandments will then be the order of the day. Right prayer to the true God will be required, and the world will be so much better when right values are reinstated as the norm.
In Matthew 7:24-27, we read about the importance of building on firm and sure foundations:
“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
“Like building a house, the right foundations must be in place. And the foundation of education then will be spiritual with the Ten Commandments being the direction for mankind to move forward with, and prosper, and for eternity!
In this regard, and to properly understand what God’s Law entails, please read our free booklet, “The Ten Commandments.”
Lead Writer: Brian Gale (United Kingdom).
Preaching the Gospel and Feeding the Flock
compiled by Dave Harris
“Josef in Ägypten und Gottes unglaubliches Wirken in UNSEREM Leben!” is the title of this Sabbath’s new German sermon, presented by Norbert Link. Title in English: “Joseph in Egypt and God’s Incredible Work in OUR Lives!”
“Künstliche Intelligenz, als Auslöser für den dritten Weltkrieg?” is the title of last Sabbath’s German sermonette, presented by Manuel Mueller. Title in English: Artificial Intelligence as a Trigger for the Third World War?
“The World’s March towards Totalitarianism—Comments on News and Prophecy, June 26, 2021,” is the title of the first message presented last Sabbath by Norbert Link. Here is a summary:
We discuss a startling account of a Holocaust survivor who draws frightening parallels with what we are experiencing today in so many areas of life, including exclusionary laws and discrimination, forbidden activities and debates, as well as the propagation of outright lies. It all becomes clear when we understand that it is Satan the Devil, the author of lies, who rules this earth.
“Will YOU Have Eternal Life in God’s Kingdom?” is the title of last Sabbath’s sermon, presented by Norbert Link. Here is a summary:
Do you share God’s confidence and conviction that you will become an immortal Spirit being in His Kingdom? Or are you sometimes tempted to give up when you experience difficulties and trials which might appear to be too severe? Is your salvation a big question mark in your and God’s eyes?
We will observe the Feast of Tabernacles and Last Great Day for 2021, in Rapid City, South Dakota, and near Düsseldorf, Germany. If you would like more information, check out our websites: https://www.eternalgod.org/feasts/ ; https://www.ewigengottes.de/wir-uber-uns/laubhuttenfest-2021/
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