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A Great Deception
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Loyalty to God and His Truth
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Pastors Report - 18 Jun 2021
Pollution Of Life

The Pollution of Life

"The earth is drooping, withering ... and the sky wanes with the earth, FOR EARTH HAS BEEN POLLUTED BY THE DWELLERS ON ITS FACE ... Therefore a curse is crushing the earth, alighting on its guilty folk; mortals are dying off, till few are left" (Isaiah 24:4-6, Moffatt)

The G7 Summit

When man was first created he awoke to find himself in a superb reality – a paradise that absolutely teemed with life of all kinds. Although he didn't know it at the time, even his own body contained ten times the number of microscopic organisms compared to the number of his own human cells. And this internal symbiosis and interdependence was also largely mirrored in the life around him. He was very much part of the physical creation, and as a key player he was placed into a garden by the Creator God, which he was instructed to "dress and keep". The first of those two words in the original Hebrew is the word "abad" (Strongs 05647) – which is normally translated as "to serve", or "to work in service to". And the word "keep" is "shamar" (Strongs 08104) – which means "to keep, guard or keep watch over". This basic instruction implies a duty to preserve and care for the life he finds around him – in effect, being a faithful steward over all these myriad forms of life in his environment.

A week or so ago in a small coastal town in SW Cornwall and after lengthy discussions on the covid pandemic, the world-wide vaccination programme, Brexit issues, China's growing dominance, climate change, economic revival, gender equality and freedom of speech, this stewardship concept was finally echoed as the final point of the G7 leaders' communiqué, entitled "Our shared Agenda for global action to build back better". And they declared:

"In particular, we look forward to working alongside our G20 partners and with all relevant International Organisations to secure a cleaner, greener, freer, fairer and safer future for our people and planet." (G7 press-release)

So far, so good, but do these wordly leaders really know how to secure this almost millennial picture – and solve the mind-blowing problems – including pollution – that this planet faces? Not according to what God reveals through Jeremiah:

  • Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet they are not gods at all.) But my people have exchanged their glorious God for worthless idols.
  • Be appalled at this, you heavens, and shudder with great horror,” declares the LORD.
  • “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water. (Jeremiah 2:11-13 NIV)
It's Everywhere

New experimental vaccines and genetic manipulation notwithstanding, as we approach the end of this age the various ways in which mankind is destroying himself have progressively become more extensive and more severe – but often don't get the headlines they deserve. Nowhere is that more evident than in the subject of pollution, affecting each and every aspect of our physical lives. Whether we are looking at the once pristine beaches of the Maldive islands or in the Mariana trench at 24,000 feet below the waters off Japan, the surface of this earth seems to be progressively buried under a mounting profusion of plastic waste of all kinds. And the expanse of water between those two extremes is being progressively filled with microscopic pieces that in turn pollute and poison the wildlife that share the ocean. But that is by no means all. We now have the additional menace of wondering what to do with well over 1 million tons of radioactive water from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, where the general consensus is that much of it will have to find its way into the Pacific ocean – rather than spend a huge amount of money on the safer approach of evaporation to condense the problem to a manageable size.

And this is just our life-giving oceans, minute by minute being fed by a prohibitive number of polluted rivers – generating "dead zones" in the seas into which they discharge. Above our heads and out of sight, orbit multiple thousands of items of space junk – initially endangering the lives of astronauts, but also mankind as and when they fall to earth. It seems that wherever we look man has besmirched and polluted the astounding living creation which God made. The air we breathe – contaminated by car exhaust, factory fumes and acid rain. The land which feeds us – poisoned by pesticides, herbicides and run-offs from ore and mineral mining. In the 1960's there was a catchy protest song by Tom Lehrer entitled "Pollution" and it made its way into the charts with the refrain: "Don't drink the water and don't breathe the air". Sixty years further down the road we are in a diametrically worse state: from the chemicals that percolate through the placenta before birth; to the contaminated breast milk produced by the mother's body; to the longevity of the modern cadaver which is taking a progressively longer time to decompose due to the amount of preservatives present in our modern adulterated food supplies.

A Frame of Mind

Just a matter of a few days ago Sri Lanka suffered one of its worst maritime disasters when a cargo ship carrying tonnes of chemicals and plastic pellets sank off the west coast, befouling the country's rich fishing waters. But the problem didn't originate with the seaworthiness of the ship, or the weather, or the GPS systems malfunctioning ... but it goes way back to mankind's addiction to consumerism. We are in effect trying to fill a spiritual void with physical things.

And this dissatisfaction and emptiness plays right into the hands of the manufacturers and the advertising agencies, who, in their own greed, encourage us to get more and more "stuff" – as then they promise we'll be content. And in addition, these same products necessitate a built-in obsolescence, so they will need to be replaced on a regular basis. What we find in the second chapter of Isaiah certainly seems to sum up today's obsession with the physical trappings of "stuff", rather than standing in awe of being part of an amazing creation:

  • For he has abandoned his people, the household of Jacob: their land so full of traders, of bargains with the foreigner,
  • their land so full of silver and gold, no end of their stores, their land so full of horses, no end to their chariots,
  • their land so full of idols, no end to their images -- they worship what their own hands make, things their own fingers fashion. (Isaiah 2:6-8 Moffatt)

Indeed the most basic reason for all of the pollution we witness today is human nature ... i.e. mankind led by the nose by the satanic broadcast. Under the incoming influence of Satan, the nature we acquire progressively after birth becomes one of vanity, jealousy, lust and greed. It's focused on SELF. It wants to GET, to have more, to rise above the competition, to satisfy our individual ego. But with all this "getting", we ignore the fact that we are destabilising our living environment and/or damaging our neighbour's life in some way. It's cheaper – and therefore more profitable – to allow polluted water from our factory to drain into the nearby river ... even though we know it will damage the marine life and our neighbour's drinking water further downstream. It's cheaper and more profitable to blast our crops – be it grain, vegetables or fruit – with chemicals than to improve the soil naturally, so the crop becomes healthier and therefore impervious to pests. It pays us to experiment with GMO, inject chemicals and preservatives into our food, irradiating it to extend its shelf life – and then wrap it in plastic to keep it saleable even longer. But this INcoming frame of mind is incredibly short-sighted, as not only is the environment in its death throes, but we all have to breathe the polluted air, drink the polluted water and eat the polluted food ... and die before our time, suffering painful degenerative diseases of all kinds.

Mind Pollution

So much for the physical pollution of our environment, driven by the satanic broadcast which encourages greed – to get more and more "stuff" to the detriment both our neighbour and the natural world. But the repercussions of that broadcast and the "pollutions" that originate from it go far, far deeper than the physical destruction of our planet and its life forms. In fact to God, the environmental pollution is merely one small strand of a much larger – and FAR more serious problem – that of MIND pollution. Mankind has been created with a pressing need for an additional spirit to "witness", with his own (Romans 8:16). The intent all along was for God's Holy Spirit to join with that of man – and this "clean" (as opposed to an unclean) spirit was offered to Adam through the Tree of LIFE. But during this past 6,000 years, man's one spirit has become hopelessly polluted by a "spirit of whoredoms":

  • I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me: for now, O Ephraim, thou committest whoredom, and Israel is defiled.
  • They will not frame their doings to turn unto their God: for the spirit of whoredoms is in the midst of them, and they have not known the LORD. (Hosea 5:4)

This spiritual adultery is graphically described by God when talking of Babylon the Great in Revelation 17 as an abomination – "a foul, detestable thing".

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

It is interesting to note how God uses sexual impurity to describe this spiritual corruption. Today we can see this aspect of mind pollution in stark detail within our morally corrupt societies – and nowhere more vividly than in the attack upon the very basis of society and the crucible of life itself ... the family unit. This corruption of the mind stretches from the acceptance of the abomination of LGBTQ etc – "sad arrogance" portrayed as "gay pride"; to the promotion of gender reassignment for children; to the proliferation of pornography; to abortion on demand; to a 50% divorce rate; to living together outside of marriage practised and approved by high-ranking public figures – and even the words marriage and family being redefined to include same-sex unions!

  • Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.
  • And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
  • Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; (Isaiah 1:10,15,16)
  • Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD. (Jeremiah 6:15,8:12)
Spiritual Pollution

When Jesus Christ declared that He had come that we may have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10) He was not primarily talking about this present physical, chemical existence we have been briefly given, but God's overall intent for eventual eternal life for all mankind. In order to have that life in the true abundance promised we have this present temporary existence much as an embryo which needs constant nutrition in order to grow to its birth. Yet just as a physical embryo can still suffer from the problems of pollution through his mother's placenta, so too can we within the church – something we are warned about constantly by the early apostles in the New Testament, as they knew it could be a matter of life and death ... as Jude, the brother of Christ brings out:

  • These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
  • Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. (Jude 12,13)

During the apostasy that followed the death of Mr. Armstrong, polluted spiritual food caused untold damage to God's people. A large part of the problem involved applying carnal secularism and scholarship to areas that can only be understood by divine revelation. Once again, the areas of spiritual understanding were polluted by an alien, whoring spirit. Yet this was happening within the church many years before the apostasy took place! In fact even several years before the "dry run" of getting back on track took place in the 1970s, we can witness secular solutions being applied. And the incredible irony is – when considering this subject of spiritual pollution creeping into the church itself – one of the greatest examples is probably the booklet put out in 1968 entitled "Our Polluted Planet".

This booklet was produced by the editorial staff with the GTA telecast in mind, but the problem was that the World Tomorrow programme was at that time becoming more and more secular, moving progressively away from its primary reason for existence, which was to preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God – "the world ruling family of God" – to the world as a witness. It took Mr. Herbert Armstrong to come back from total heart failure and set the church back on track to stop this polluted approach from continuing. Admittedly in the booklet "Our Polluted Planet" human nature was mentioned as the source of the problem but the 7-point solution given at the conclusion of the booklet ran as follows – and I feel is worth reproducing here to clearly illustrate the point – as it could have come from the G7 summit itself:

It should be abundantly clear that action – not just more talk-needs to be taken quickly. Action is needed from an aroused public, a responsible industry and a concerned government. What could – and should – be done? For a start:

(1) Establish "Pollution Pentagons" – high cabinet or ministerial level boards dealing with environmental affairs. These boards should be made up of the best minds in ecology, biology, anthropology, chemistry, botany and related sciences, with the emphasis on ecology. These men would always have the good of the environment uppermost in mind. They would not be subject to selfish pressure groups. Such panel of experts in each nation should be given the responsibility of advising industry and agriculture of the ecological effects of new products and processes. Its decisions – such as recommending the ban of certain nondegradable products – should have the full weight of governmental enforcement behind them. Contrary to democracy? Not when human survival is at stake!

(2) Establish crash educational programs on ecology and the preservation – and improvement – of our environment. Children should learn from their earliest school years the hazards of environment pollution. Ecology is a woefully neglected subject in our school curriculum.

(3) Extend environmental education to the entire adult population, the decision makers of today, who decree what sort of world their children and grandchildren will be living in. It's tragic, but most people still view pollution as simply annoying, not as a threat to all life on this planet. There remains a compelling need to communicate clearly, continuously and candidly the shocking facts about our degrading world. The public, especially in a democracy, must be aroused. Only then will politicians – who too often side with powerful interest groups – act.

(4) Prepare right now for a "no-growth" economy. And along with it a no-growth population, no-growth states, and no-growth cities. This, of course, runs counter to the usual Chamber-of-Commerce attitude. But the time has come for us to realize that growth for the sake of growth results in nothing but cancer of the environment. Industry and the utilities need to realize, for example, that not every power-draining (therefore pollution contributing) device capable of being dreamed up should be produced. We did quite well before the age of the electric toothbrush and the electric can opener, to use two extreme cases. People must come to realize this fundamental fact: You simply cannot have a continually expanding economy within a finite system: Earth. The eternal worship of an infinitely expanding Gross National Product must cease – if we are to survive.

(5) Beginning now – we should make a concerted effort to deglamorize the automobile and begin to completely phase out the combustion engine. The time has arrived for the production of a few high quality – and expensive – long-lasting non-polluting models. The lust for the "cubic inch" measure of automobile engines has to cease. Beginning now, we need to seriously question whether there should not be a policy of no new cars unless an old one is turned in. Beginning now, we need to stop and think seriously before more green acres are ripped up for highway construction. Beginning now, we should give serious thought to the concept of wartime-style gas rationing and implant the question in the public mind – IS THIS TRIP NECESSARY? Obviously these changes involve wholesale rethinking of our industrial system and even the advertising profession. But is the survival of man worth it?

(6) Make fighting pollution "popular." Incentives should be established for those actively engaged in the pollution battle. The man who is working on a smog-free automobile or a new process to remove industrial wastes before they reach the water supply should be made as popular- and paid more than – the well-publicized "superstar" athletes of today.

(7) Begin to act, not just talk. Talk is fine, but it too can become just another form of pollution – word pollution. There has been more verbage about garbage the last few years than in all the history of man. But garbage, and pollution in general, continues to mount. It is now time to act on the abundance of documented evidence already available. Enough facts are known. But is government, is industry, is the average man-on-the-street, willing to be committed 100% to the pollution battle – even when self-interest throws all manner of obstacles in the way? We hope so. But the historical record of human reason is not encouraging. There is still a little time for self-deceived and uninformed scoffers to say, "It's not all that bad." This precious allotment of time, however, is fast running out, and the survival of man is at stake.

And so the booklet ended – with a totally worldly answer to what is a fundamentally spiritual problem – but let's make no mistake ... the spirit of the apostasy has not gone away, it is destined to be with us, causing problems in one form or another to the very end. Satan knows his time is short and is not willing to hand over the reigns of this world to God and His family members … which is undoubtedly why we are specifically warned to stay alert in Matthew 24:

  • ... but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
  • Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
  • For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect ...
  • ... Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. (Matthew 24:22-24,26)
The True Solution

No amount of legislation can solve the problem of physical pollution because the problem does not originate with the toxic materials themselves, but rather in the minds and hearts of men and women and the commercial system that has been developed by those minds. The problem is spiritual and so must the solution be, if it is to be effective. This is the fundamental concept that is missing at the conclusion of "Our Polluted Planet". A purely secular approach will never be successful and indeed, having to learn this the hard way – that in spite of all his legislation, committees and incentives, man cannot effectively rule himself – is probably the most important lesson God is trying to get through our thick skulls ... and hard hearts. What is required is a total change of heart, allowing a total change of spirit. And only God can do that – with our humble cooperation. It must be the love of God shed abroad by the Holy Spirit that is given to us (Romans 5:5) that brings this about – a sea-change of genuine concern throughout society for the lives of both our human neighbours and the beautiful creation entrusted to us, as stewards to faithfully "dress and keep" (Genesis 2:15).

This loving government on a global scale, implementing the glorious liberty of the children of God, is the true gospel that the booklet needed to preach and to which the attention of the reader should have been drawn. Overcoming Satan and his self-centred frame of mind is all important. Banishing pollution from the earth at its root level involves a clear understanding of the significance of the two trees of Genesis 2, and the satanic temptation to which mankind succumbed in Genesis chapter 3. Only by opening up a pathway to the Tree of Life at the return of Jesus Christ and making it available to mankind once again can the problems of pollution be permanently rectified. Certainly the "stuff" we need is not more consumer goods, along with all its assorted plethora of packaging. But neither is it "pollution Pentagons"; nor crash education programmes on ecology; nor preparing for a no growth economy; nor is it de-glamorising the automobile; nor making fighting pollution popular; nor acting rather than talking – but rather the spiritually living waters of John 4 and the bread that descended from heaven for us in John chapter 6 ... And having a new heart ready to receive it.

  • But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. (John 4:14)
  • This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
  • I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. (John 6:50,51)
  • A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. ("a nature that can be touched" – Moffatt)
  • And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
  • And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
  • I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you.
  • And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen.
  • Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations.
  • Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord GOD, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel.
  • Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be builded.
  • And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by.
  • And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited.
  • Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know that I the LORD build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate: I the LORD have spoken it, and I will do it. (Ezekiel 36:26-36)
News Review - 11 Jun 2021
New World Order

Governments are changing… leaders are changing… attitudes are changing…
Are we headed for…

A New World Order?

Great changes are happening in 2021 with many critical elections in Europe and in other major countries. Some are saying that a ‘new world order’ is being formed before our eyes, as the following article points out:

We are currently witnessing the formation of nothing less than a ‘new world order,’ with the existing international legal system fracturing and states taking sides in a fresh Cold War, Russia’s deputy defense minister has told RT.

Colonel General Aleksandr Fomin spoke to the network ahead of the 9th Moscow Conference on International Security, scheduled to take place on June 22-24 in the Russian capital. The upcoming conference is an explicitly non-partisan event, and the countries are invited to partake regardless of their current relationship with Russia, Fomin stated.

…the world’s political and security landscape is currently experiencing historic shifts, with the ‘old’ world order crumbling apart.

‘At the forum, we give the floor not only to partners who share our approaches to solving major world problems, but also to opponents, countries with which cooperation today is at bare minimum or equal to zero,’ Fomin said.

Discussions like those at the Moscow forum are particularly important during challenging times, the official added, as the world’s political and security landscape is currently experiencing historic shifts, with the ‘old’ world order crumbling apart.”

The existing system of international relations and the security framework is being systematically destroyed.

‘Today we are witnessing the formation of a new world order. We see a tendency for countries to be drawn into a new Cold War, the states being divided into “us” and “them”, with “them” unambiguously defined in doctrinal documents as adversaries.’

The existing system of international relations and the security framework is being systematically destroyed. Fundamentally new types of weapons that radically change the balance of power in the modern world are emerging, with warfare getting into new areas – into space and cyberspace. This, of course, leads to a change in the principles and methods of war,’ he added.” (rt.com)


EUROPE 2021: Shaking Up The Political Landscape…

With elections in…

Portugal, Catalonia, The Netherlands, Bulgaria, Albania, Cyprus, France, Germany, Norway, Russia and the Czech Republic.

Germany – The End Of An Era

German Chancellor Mrs Angela Merkel has said that she will not stand for re-election in the September elections. She is regarded by many as one of the most powerful politicians in the world. But now, it’s time for a change.

“Angela Merkel is facing a fresh crisis after a bombshell poll revealed two-thirds of Germans want a change in government at the upcoming federal elections.

In another blow to Ms Merkel last week, Germany was warned inflation could jump to above three percent as the German Chancellor’s time at the top ends in chaos.” (express.co.uk)

German Attitudes Are Changing

Until quite recently the main attitude in Germany was that in 1945 they had been ‘saved from the evils of Nazism’. Today that has changed and many view the situation as an ‘absolute defeat, a day of losing large parts of Germany and losing autonomy’.

“Victory in Europe Day, the anniversary of Nazi Germany’s military capitulation to the Allies on May 8, 1945, is an occasion of unreserved celebration across much of the continent, observed with colorful parades and national holidays. For Germans, it is understandably fraught.

For a long time, the anniversary was largely defined in Germany by ambivalence. How, after all, could the vanquished celebrate their surrender? Now Germans are increasingly grappling with a thornier question: How could they not?

Over recent decades, it has become an ever more common convention in Germany to commemorate May 8 as a day of ‘liberation’. Germany, the thinking goes, was saved from the evils of Nazism, and therefore Germans, too, ought to rejoice.

Yet the liberation framing is somewhat contentious — because it is unhistorical. Most Germans who experienced May 8, 1945, did not view the Allies as liberators. Nor, for that matter, did Western forces view themselves as such. ‘Germany will not be occupied for the purpose of liberation but as a defeated enemy nation,’ read the directive issued to the commander of American forces that April.

Figures on Germany’s radical right see May 8 as a day of defeat to be lamented, part of a long postwar effort to portray Germans as victims. The anniversary cannot be made into ‘a happy day for Germany,’ Alexander Gauland, a parliamentary leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany, said last year. For those in concentration camps, it was liberation, he said. ‘But it was also a day of absolute defeat, a day of losing large parts of Germany and losing autonomy.

But the discussion of May 8 as a day of liberation, however well intentioned, does not just challenge the far-right narrative. It also muddies historical reality and could contribute exactly to what many of those who embrace it wish to avoid: a shunning of historical responsibility. At a time when living memories are disappearing, some Germans — now and in future generations — will take the talk of liberation literally, glossing over the complicity of the masses in Nazi crimes.” (nytimes.com)

Russia: Nazi Beliefs Remain Strong

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that Nazi beliefs remain strong, and that many of the ideologies of the Nazis have not gone away. Not a lot of trust there!

“Russian President Vladimir Putin marked the anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe with a speech warning that Nazi beliefs remain strong. Speaking to the annual military parade on Moscow’s Red Square, Putin on Sunday decried ‘attempts to rewrite history, to justify traitors and criminals, on whose hands lies the blood of hundreds of thousands of peaceful people.’ ‘Unfortunately, many of the ideologies of the Nazis, those who were obsessed with the delusional theory of their exclusiveness, are again trying to be put into service,’ he said… About 27 million Soviet soldiers and civilians are estimated to have died in the war.” (apnews.com)

Germany: The Concept Of A Fourth Reich

Due to political instability in Europe, the concept of a Fourth Reich is being “universalized” - and is “invoked in times of crisis”!

“Not since the demise of Nazi Germany have fears — and ambitions — of a so-called ‘Fourth Reich’ reached their current level of intensity… In Rosenfeld’s assessment, today the idea of a Fourth Reich has entered an unprecedented heyday. ‘The Fourth Reich is currently experiencing a new phase of normalization,’ wrote Rosenfeld, whose latest book was published in March. ‘Thanks to the tumultuous political upheaval throughout the western world, the concept is becoming increasingly universalized.’ The concept of a Fourth Reich, wrote Rosenfeld, is ‘invoked in times of crisis and [fades] in times of stability’.” (timesofisrael.com)

Political Attitudes Changing - Rapidly

The Covid pandemic has been a game changer. Governments around the world are accusing “Covid deniers” and “Anti-vaxxers” as being extremists – and branding them as terrorists.

This is the essence of totalitarianism.

Systems are being created to control the population – for example, if you are not vaccinated, travel could be difficult if not impossible; you could even find it hard to get a job!

What we are witnessing right now is this world being prepared for the Great Tribulation. The events described in Revelation 13:17 – the inability to buy or sell - can only come about in a totalitarian State.

The parallels with pre-World War II Germany should serve as a warning!

“[In] Nazi Germany in the early days before WWII… a youth-led movement began making demands about what speech was acceptable and what needed to be abolished through censorship and bullying. The comparisons he made to today’s indoctrinated youth were striking.

The first thing tyrants do when they’re in charge is ban speech.

But not just any speech, they ban the speech that threatens them.(thelibertydaily.com)

Is History Repeating Itself?

Look at the problems today. Being “politically correct” is a real issue. We have to be careful how we address people – because of today’s gender confusion. Students are banning guest speakers at universities if they do not agree with their agenda. Statues of historical figures are being torn down because they don’t fit with today’s “progressive” ideals. Free speech is under serious attack. What’s so different now compared to what was happening in Nazi Germany before WW2?

The Criminalization Of Dissent

“One of the hallmarks of totalitarian systems is the criminalization of dissent. Global capitalism has been inching its way toward this step for quite some time, and now, apparently, it is ready to take it.

Germany has been leading the way. For over a year, anyone questioning or protesting the ‘Covid emergency measures’ or the official Covid-19 narrative has been demonized by the government and the media, and, sadly, but not completely unexpectedly, the majority of the German public. And now such dissent is officially ‘extremism.’

Yes, that’s right, in ‘New Normal’ Germany, if you dissent from the official state ideology, you are now officially a dangerous ‘extremist.’

According to the German Interior Ministry, we diabolical ‘Covid deniers,’ ‘conspiracy theorists,’ and ‘anti-vaxxers’ have ‘targeted the state itself, its leaders, businesses, the press, and globalism,’ and have ‘attacked police officers’ and ‘defied civil authorities.’

This isn’t just a German story, of course. The ‘New Normal’ War on Domestic Terror is a global war, and it’s just getting started.

Global capitalist governments and their corporate media mouthpieces are telling us, in no uncertain terms, that ‘objection to their authority’ will no longer be tolerated, nor will dissent from their official narratives. There will be an inviolable, official ‘reality.’ Any deviation from official ‘reality’ or defiance of the ‘civil authorities’ will be labelled ‘extremism,’ and dealt with accordingly. THIS IS THE ESSENCE OF TOTALITARIANISM.” (technocracy.news)

Germany To Leave The EU?

Could this really happen? German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned that, in spite of Germany’s leading position within the EU, the EU’s future was not guaranteed!

The European Union’s demise ‘cannot be ruled out’, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned as the EU faces growing threats. Germany, led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, has become the EU’s major player with its dominant economy and significant influence within the bloc. However, even senior politicians in Berlin could be beginning to acknowledge that the bloc’s future is by no means guaranteed.” (express.co.uk)

Germany Planning To Print Deutsche Marks?

Is this possible? If Germany were to leave the eurozone, the eurozone would almost certainly collapse! A former Greek Minister of Finance gives this explanation:

“Yanis Varoufakis claimed the break up of the eurozone would not be because of crisis-hit Greece or Italy but because of Germany, with Berlin the first capital to drop out of the monetary union and print Deutsche Marks. The moment they start sniffing in the wind that possibility they might have to bail out 2.7 trillion euros of Italian debt, believe you me, the Bundesbank already has a plan in the drawer for printing Deutsche Marks.” (express.co.uk)

The Crumbling EU Project

Many in Europe regard the EU as an anti-democratic organisation. This German member of the European Parliament feels “a new European economic and interest group to be necessary”. We understand from prophecy that this is going to happen!

“The EU has been labelled an ‘anti-democratic’ organisation to its core by a German MEP… With Germany being the powerhouse of the bloc, Mr Beck warned the state can no longer be part of the crumbling EU project.

Mr Beck said: ‘We consider Germany’s exit from the European Union and the founding of a new European economic and interest group to be necessary.’ He added: ‘The EU is finished financially… We have to emphasise that Europe only has a future if we save Europe from the EU’.” (express.co.uk)

Europe’s Defence Integration Ambitions

French President Macron called for a “European army” to protect Europe from “China, Russia, and even the United States of America. ” The USA has resisted this idea, because it could destroy NATO. Here again, attitudes are changing!

“US President Joe Biden has been urged by a Washington think tank to encourage the European Union to develop hard-power military capabilities.

Despite the stance taken by US presidents over the years, EU leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, have long desired forging an EU army. In November 2018, Macron called for a ‘European army’ to protect Europe from ‘China, Russia, and even the United States of America,’ as a response to the withdrawal of the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, signed in 1987.

European Parliament President David Sassoli stated in 2020 on Italy’s Radio 24: ‘It’s not a given that in the coming future we won’t have something that resembles a European army’.” (sputniknews.com)

The Showdown: Merkel, Biden And Putin

It’s all about a new gas pipeline – Nord Stream 2 - from Russia to Germany. What’s all the fuss about? Nord Stream 1 already exists – it came online in late 2011. So why all the political upheaval when Germany already buys gas from Russia?? All Nord Stream 2 would do is to allow additional Russian gas to flow directly to Germany.

“Angela Merkel is bracing for a bitter showdown with Joe Biden over a project with Russia as the US President is set to meet Vladimir Putin face-to-face this month. The US-Russia crisis has reached a crucial juncture with the leaders of each nation due to meet in a few weeks. Geopolitical experts believe the move was made as a way to shore up relations between the US and Germany, rather than the US and Russia. The Nord Stream 2 is a new export gas pipeline running from Russia to Europe across the Baltic Sea. This month, Mr Biden and Mr Putin will meet in Switzerland face-to-face.” (express.co.uk)

Follow The Money

It’s about money. Russia needs the revenue.

It’s about energy. The German industrial machine needs energy – and lots of it!

America sees it as a threat – a huge loss of revenue. The US wants to export gas to Germany – but it’s way more expensive than Russian gas. The US is also worried that this will cause Germany and Russia to remain on good terms – while the US brands Russia as “the enemy”. NATO was created to protect Germany and Europe from the Russian threat. If Russia and Germany are “friends”, this could render NATO obsolete.

Complicated? That’s an understatement!

The current battle is not over geographical conquest, but rather for access to Europe’s lucrative energy sector. Washington refuses to sit by idly as Moscow and Berlin put the final touches on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which, if fulfilled, will see natural gas supplies flowing from Russia to Germany – without the highly unpredictable Ukrainian middleman – across the Baltic Sea.

Not only would Nord Stream 2 preclude the necessity of expensive US liquefied natural gas (LNG) from being imported by the EU, it would turn Brussels and Moscow into Washington’s worst nightmare, that is, bona-fide partners with a real incentive to remain on good terms. Such a geopolitical turn of events has all the potential to eventually render NATO obsolete.” (rt.com)

A New World Order IS Coming

This present world political setup is going to fail. They may try the Great Reset – then a totalitarian state – but ultimately they will also fail.

The plain truth is that man is totally incapable of ruling himself.

But there is a solution… and it’s not far off!

In ‘Tomorrow… What It Will Be Like’ Mr Armstrong reveals how all this chaos and confusion ends, he begins the book:

“You don’t have to believe it! It will happen, regardless.

It is sure – the world’s only sure hope.

This advance good news of tomorrow is as certain as the rising of tomorrow’s sun.” (Tomorrow… What It Will Be Like - Chapter 1)

He continues:

“The only hope of justice – of peace – of truth – of right solutions to all this world’s problems, is the coming in power and glory of Christ to set up world government. Right government. The Government of God!

I attended the San Francisco Conference in 1945, where world leaders attempted to form a world organization of nations. They called it ‘The United Nations.’ There I heard chiefs of state ring out the warning that this was the world’s last chance.

But it has failed. The United Nations has no power over the nations. It has no power to settle disputes, stop wars, or prevent wars. The so-called United Nations are not united. This effort has degenerated into a sounding board for communist propaganda.

Man has failed his last chance! Now God must step in – or we perish!(Tomorrow… What It Will Be Like - Chapter 4)

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