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News Review - 22 Oct 2021
Is Civilisation Breaking Down

Covid-19… climate change… the supply chain breakdown… the great reset… emotional messaging… fear…

Is Civilisation Breaking Down?

We live in a fast changing world, an increasingly dangerous and violent world, a world that is fast approaching meltdown…

But We Were Warned!

Back in July 1984, Mr Armstrong warned:

…I can see now the event that is going to trigger the formation of reunification in Europe; the resurrection of the Medieval Holy Roman Empire that we’ve been looking forward to that is prophesied to come.

…I believe that some event is going to happen suddenly just like out of a blue sky that is going to shock the whole world and is going to cause the nations of Europe to realize they must unite.

Well, now I think I can see what may be the very event that is going to trigger it and that is the economic situation in the world…

Now when the financial structure breaks down, all civilization is going to break down.

I just wanted to say that much - maybe you can begin to see how serious this thing can become!” (Sermon - Prophecy Part 1 - 7 July 1984)

What To Watch For…

The resurrection of the Medieval Holy Roman Empire is one of the key events we must watch for. Preceded most likely by a world wide financial collapse.

And it’s going to happen – suddenly! It’s going to shock the whole world.

Here are the possible stages we can expect:

First – This world’s financial structure will break down.

As civilisation starts to break down, a “saviour” will appear… in Europe… offering solutions to all the problems.

Ten nations will give their “power and strength” to this man. (Revelation 17:13)

This man is named the Beast in Bible prophecy.

The “Beast” will in turn be controlled by the leader of the Holy Roman Empire. (See Who Is the BEAST?)

Those who are obeying Christ and are therefore alert to events unfolding around them, will see that this society is falling apart. We understand that most major catastrophes happen suddenly. We know that the whole world can be affected. Financially, the world is already bankrupt! We can see right now that world debt has exceeded $200 trillion – an amount so vast that it can never be repaid, and yet countries continue to print even more money. The debt system is maxed out.

It Cannot Continue as it is. A breakdown is long overdue!

But Could ALL Civilisation REALLY Break Down?

Let’s look at a few of today’s current problems and see if we can see what’s coming!

Coronavirus

A prediction of 500,000 Covid Deaths during the pandemic…

“As late as March 12 [2020], Sage members were still advocating a policy of herd immunity. Four days later Sir Patrick and many in Sage did a screeching handbrake turn after a paper was published by Professor Ferguson predicting up to 500,000 deaths from Covid if the Government did nothing to tackle it. Within a week, the country was in full lockdown…

In April 2020, these researchers used a version of Ferguson’s model to predict that Sweden would suffer 90,000 deaths by the end of May 2020 if it carried on with its liberal policy, and 40,000 deaths if it introduced a full lockdown. In the event, Sweden didn’t impose a lockdown – and suffered just 4,350 deaths by that date.(dailymail.co.uk)

The Media’s Addiction to Covid-19 ‘Fear Porn’

“The media’s addiction to Covid-19 ‘fear porn’ is perpetuating an ever-worsening cycle of societal damage across the world. Over the past year and a half, hysterical media reporting on matters Covid-19 has reduced some people to a fearful state of unquestioning compliance – including a great number of otherwise critically-thinking journalists.

In government documents from the UK’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) dated from March 2020 advice was given saying: ‘The perceived level of personal threat needs to be increased among those who are complacent, using hard-hitting emotional messaging… This could potentially be done by trained community support volunteers, by targeted media campaigns, social media’.” (rt.com)

Pfizer Given Protection from Legal Action by UK Government

“The UK government has granted pharmaceutical giant Pfizer a legal indemnity protecting it from being sued, enabling its coronavirus vaccine to be rolled out across the country as early as next week. The Department of Health and Social Care confirmed an indemnity was in place for Pfizer and added that the government would be adding the coronavirus vaccine to the list of vaccinations covered by the Vaccine Damages Payments Act. This pays out a one-off £120,000 payment to people who are permanently disabled or harmed as a result of a listed vaccination.” (independent.co.uk)

Non-Vaxxers Will Have No Place In The ‘New Normal’ Society

“So, the New Normals are discussing the Unvaccinated Question. What is to be done with us? No, not those who haven’t been ‘vaccinated’ yet. Us. The ‘Covidiots.’ The ‘Covid deniers.’ The ‘science deniers.’ The ‘reality deniers.’ Those who refuse to get ‘vaccinated,’ ever. There is no place for us in New Normal society. The New Normals know this and so do we. To them, we are a suspicious, alien tribe of people. We do not share their ideological beliefs. We do not perform their loyalty rituals, or we do so only grudgingly, because they force us to do so.

So they are discussing the need to segregate us, how to segregate us, when to segregate us, in order to protect society from us. In their eyes, we are no more than criminals, or, worse, a plague, an infestation.” (technocracy.news)

Climate Change

IS THE CLIMATE REALLY CHANGING?

The short answer is YES! But the climate has changed throughout the ages. When the Romans were in Britain – and on up to 400 AD, there was a warm period.

Around 1000 AD, Britain was the centre for wine production in Europe. But in the mid 1800’s, there was a mini-ice age – with the river Thames freezing over. People used it as an easy way to travel about London, markets were even held on the ice.

Humans are NOT to blame for global warming, says Greenpeace co-founder, as he insists there is ‘no scientific proof’ climate change is man-made

“There is no scientific proof of man-made global warming and a hotter earth would be ‘beneficial for humans and the majority of other species’, according to a founding member of environmental campaign group Greenpeace. The assertion was made by Canadian ecologist Patrick Moore, a member of Greenpeace from 1971 to 1986, to US senators on Tuesday.

Steven Mosher: “…the global warming movement a ‘giant propaganda effort’ and ‘the biggest scientific fraud ever perpetrated on the family of man’.(technocracy.news)

He told The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee: “There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years. If there were such a proof it would be written down for all to see. No actual proof, as it is understood in science, exists.” (dailymail.co.uk)

The Supply Chain Break Down

“This is really happening, and we are going to have to deal with it. Of course store shelves are already getting pretty bare all around the country. They are calling it ‘the everything shortage’, and it has been intensifying with each passing week. We have never seen anything like this before, and the experts are telling us that the months in front of us are going to be even worse. The shortages are just beginning, and the global economy will never be the same after this.” (theeconomiccollapseblog.com)

An Onslaught of 500,000 Shipping Containers

“It’s difficult to understand the enormity of dozens of hulking cargo ships waiting to dock along the Southern California shore unless you’ve seen it for yourself. A video from Freight Right Global Logistics breaks down how ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach track and organize as many as 500,000 shipping containers. Many of the larger container ships waiting off the shore lose upward of $500,000 to $600,000 every day…” (yahoo.com)

The Real Problem - The Green New Deal

“The trucking issue with California LA ports, ie the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and the Port of Long Beach (POLB), is that all semi tractors have to be current with new California emissions standards. As a consequence, that mean trucks cannot be older than 3 years if they are to pick up or deliver containers at those ports. This issue wipes out approximately half of the fleet trucks used to move containers in/out of the port.

The central issue is the inability of emission compliant heavy transportation in California to move those containers full of goods to manufacturing, warehouses and distribution points.” (theconservativetreehouse.com)

Food Shortages Could Be Permanent

Labour shortages in the food industry means consumers may not be able to find the products they like in supermarkets, an industry boss has warned. ‘The just-in-time system is no longer working and I don’t think it’ll work again,’ Food and Drink Federation (FDF) boss Ian Wright said at an Institute for Government event on Friday.” (bbc.co.uk)

An Energy Crisis is Gripping the World

“Energy is so hard to come by right now that some provinces in China are rationing electricity, Europeans are paying sky-high prices for liquefied natural gas, power plants in India are on the verge of running out of coal, and the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in the United States stood at $3.25 on Friday — up from $1.72 in April.

Wind and solar have been tested and came up lacking.

As global leaders prepare to gather in Glasgow, Scotland, at the end of the month for a climate conference, advocates for renewable energy say the crisis shows the need to move further away from coal, gas and oil as prices for those commodities spike. Their critics contend just the opposite — that wind and solar have been tested and came up lacking.” (msn.com)

Who Is Really In Control?

We must keep in mind that this world is ruled by Satan. He is the god of this world (II Corinthians 4:4), and that he has deceived the whole world (Revelation 12:9).

That includes the people who “run the world”!

We have noted that 6 major companies control our news, communication systems and our entertainment. We then have the military industrial complex – again, controlled by a few companies. The same situation is evident in the pharmaceutical industry. All these mega companies are ultimately controlled by the bankers, who control the money supply.

We saw this control being used recently when the then-President of the most powerful nation on earth – the United States of America - was “de-platformed” from social media, preventing him from contacting his supporters.

That shows who is really in control!

Bankers are out to make money. They created the concept of the Global Village – where nations import goods and services from other nations – which in a time of political upheaval, can be cut off.

Right now, our supply chain is in jeopardy – and our nations are in trouble – serious trouble!

Ultimately, it’s the bankers who control what we eat, our domestic power supply, our domestic water supply, our communication systems and our news and entertainment.

We are reliant on others to provide what we need. In America, just 1% of the population works on the land – providing the food for the other 99%! Everything that we need to live is vulnerable.

And now the whole system is falling apart!
So the system has to be changed.
And man’s solution is…?

The Great Reset

Aka “The New World Order” or “The Fourth Industrial Revolution” or “Build Back Better.”

“Supporters of the World Economic Forum’s all-encompassing Great Reset agenda are eyeing BIG changes for the global monetary system.

Plans that might once have been dismissed as pure speculation or conspiracy theories are now being openly pushed by people who occupy the highest levels of power. Stefan Gleason, Money Metals Exchange. ‘If people allow a digital dollar to become a part of their lives, we will end up completely and wholly enslaved. Comply, or be shut off from buying food’.

Is Klaus Schwab trying to create the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or is he trying to create the Fourth Reich?” (stateofthenation.co)

‘If the Federal Reserve, perhaps in coordination with the IMF, attains the ability to inject stimulus directly into digital wallets, then Quantitative Easing could take on a whole new meaning. Central bankers could bypass Congress and distribute their own aid as they see fit – and dole out their own punishments as well’.(shftplan.com)

The Afghanistan Debacle and The Great Reset

“Could it be that this is all part of a long-term strategy to end the nation state in preparation for the global totalitarian model sometimes called the Great Reset by the Davos cabal? The real gainer in this insanity is the globalist agenda of so-called Davos ‘Great Reset’ cabal who are using it to destroy the global influence of the United States, as Biden domestically destroys the economy from within. No nation …hoping for US protection in the future will be able to trust Washington to hold its promises. The fall of Kabul is the end of the American Century.” (williamengdahl.com)


The World Economic Forum (WEF) announced that its next meeting will take place between January 17-22, 2022, at Davos in Switzerland, under the theme

Working Together, Restoring Trust’. (swissinfo.ch)

John Kerry: ‘Great Reset’ Will Happen

“As many of you know who have been following closely my work on the ‘Great Reset’ movement, this stunning proposal to usher in a completely new global economic system has not received nearly enough attention from the mainstream press …And when the media has spent time discussing it, it has usually been to deride people like me for pushing a ‘conspiracy theory’ about globalism. The proof is crystal clear, however. You don’t need to take my word for it. You can read mountains of quotes from Great Reset supporters indicating what their plans for the future are.” (redstate.com)

FEAR and the “Great Reset”

“In the covid-19 crisis, politicians have systematically amplified fear and hysteria. This was no accident and is unsurprising, for the state builds its raison d’être on the argument that it protects the population from internal and external dangers. The state is built upon fear. The narrative is that without the help of the state, the citizen would be defenseless against hunger, poverty, accidents, war, terrorism, disease, natural disasters, and pandemics. It is, therefore, in the state’s interest TO INSTILL FEAR OF POSSIBLE DANGERS, which it then pretends to resolve, expanding its power in the process.(rightsfreedoms.wordpress.com)

The World Bank backs The Great Reset

“For decades, the global elite hid their plans behind environmental extremists, but now they have fully revealed themselves as being the master architects from the very beginning. The World Bank, IMF and Bank for International Settlements are in a coordinated tryst to reform the planet.” (technocracy.news)

Pope Francis Calls for ‘New World Order’

“Pope Francis insists in a new book things will never be the same in a post-pandemic world, calling instead for the establishment of a ‘new world order.’ In a book-length interview with journalist Domenico Agasso titled God and the World to Come …the pontiff reiterates his case for the Great Reset with a shift away from financial speculation, fossil fuels, and military build-up toward a green economy based on inclusiveness. ‘Let us all keep in mind that there is something worse than this crisis: the drama of wasting it,’ he states. ‘We cannot emerge from a crisis the same as before: we either come out better or we come out worse’.” (breitbart.com)

The Great Reset - The Foundation for a Totalitarian World

It’s a power grab of unprecedented magnitude and involves the restructuring of social classes to dismantle democracy, erase national borders and allow for the governing of communities from a distance by a group of unelected leaders. What was in the past referred to as the ‘new world order’ is now known as ‘the Great Reset’.

This Great Reset not only ties you to it through an electronic ID linked to your bank account and health records but even gives you a ‘social credit’ ID that can run every facet of your life. This isn’t a lofty conspiracy theory — it’s real. It’s happening now.(fromthetrenchesworldreport.com)

Welcome to Their Concept of the Great Reset!

“…Where everyone will own nothing – and be happy! Here is one man’s view into the future… this sounds like socialism gone wild…

‘Welcome to the year 2030. Welcome to my city - or should I say, "our city". I don’t own anything. I don’t own a car. I don’t own a house. I don’t own any appliances or any clothes.

It might seem odd to you, but it makes perfect sense for us in this city. Everything you considered a product, has now become a service. We have access to transportation, accommodation, food and all the things we need in our daily lives. One by one all these things became free, so it ended up not making sense for us to own much. All in all, it is a good life’.” (weforum.org)


The foundation for fulfilling Revelation 13:17 has been laid

“…that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name (authority).” (Revelation 13:17)

A Precedent Is Set

A precedent for the use of this type of power has already been set with the public in a response to the coronavirus situation. The “unjabbed” are already being banned from their workplace – losing jobs and careers. A woman can abort a baby, snuff out a life, no problem – but you refuse the jab at your peril. The public has been conditioned to accept this level of control in return for “protection” from the virus.

The Coming Crisis

According to the warning that we were given, we can expect an economic collapse, and that will cause the world’s financial structure to break down, shaken to the very foundations. But never fear, the World Economic Forum is ready with a completely new global economic system.

Meet The Real Klaus Martin Schwab

“Always seeming to have a front row seat when tragedy approaches, Schwab’s proximity to world-altering events likely owes to his being one of the most well-connected men on Earth. As the driving force behind the World Economic Forum, ‘the international organization for public-private cooperation,’ Schwab has courted heads of state, leading business executives, and the elite of academic and scientific circles into the Davos fold for over 50 years. The last question that should be asked about the real motivations behind the actions of Herr Schwab, may be the most important for the future of humanity: Is Klaus Schwab trying to create the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or is he trying to create the Fourth Reich?(stateofthenation.co)

A “Golden Opportunity” To Set Up A German-Controlled European Army

“Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, acknowledged in her State of the Union speech …that ‘there are deeply troubling questions regarding the future of NATO and that the EU needs to develop independent security capacities through the establishment of a “European Defence Union”.

Keeping cool entails Europe seeing the current potential for US disengagement on the continent not as a looming security disaster, but as a golden opportunity’.(lowyinstitute.org)

Key Point Missing From The German Elections

“…its chief political protagonists have had remarkably little to say on the subject of Europe. Indeed, talk of ‘Europe’ – and Germany’s role in it – was almost entirely absent during the election.

The silence can’t remain.

An enormous storm is brewing over the future of the European Union.(washingtonpost.com)


If you would like to understand more about prophesied events, check out the following. Read the real news before it becomes history!

Pastor’s Report - 15 Oct 2021
Grounded In The Faith

Grounded in the Faith

“...continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel...” (Colossians 1:23)

An Uncertain World

We've returned from the Feast to an increasingly uncertain and unstable world. But as I brought out in the opening night's message this year, this should be viewed as nothing at all unusual for the church of God. Rather, the relative tranquillity we have enjoyed in recent years should be viewed as the anomaly – realising that those who have gone before us faced truly uncertain and even dangerous times; from the early church, down through the Middle Ages and until very recently.

We are warned in Matthew 24 of the wars and rumours of wars that we can expect at the end of this age and truly the world today appears progressively unstable and volatile in this area. As Mr. Armstrong said repeatedly, what we have been experiencing at this stage is merely a lull between World War 2 and World War 3. The danger points in armed conflict have historically been when two powers appear almost equal. Once the dominant power begins to fade and weaken – witness America's loss of face and prestige in the world after backing out of its commitments in Afghanistan – then the succeeding power grows in confidence, scope and strength. Now China has become an increasingly belligerent communist power, and recent comments made by Xi Jinping concerning his plans to seize Taiwan very firmly fall within Christ's warning of "rumours of wars".

As God clearly told Israel many thousands of years ago, if we reject Him – as has been done in our education, government and judicial circles – then He has warned us of the consequences, most of which we are witnessing right now; the loss of the reserve status of the Petro-dollar and the resulting financial crash that appears inevitable, bringing major unemployment and poverty to the western world; severe and unpredictable weather patterns destroying homes and farmland; pandemics of incurable diseases:

  • But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments;
  • And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant:
  • I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning [fever], that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.
  • And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.
  • And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.
  • And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass:
  • And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits. (Leviticus 26:14-20)

At the same time, the nation of Judah known in the world as Israel has issued progressive warnings of the military capabilities of their arch enemy Iran. They have repeatedly said that they will take whatever steps are necessary to stop this Persia of old gaining access to atomic weapons. And knowing that Iran's key manufacturing sites for such weapons are normally housed deep underground, such comments as "whatever steps required" are looking more and more like a nuclear attack. Not forgetting the rhetoric out of North Korea and its nuclear ambitions; China's land grab within the South China Sea; the ongoing conflict within Syria; the changing prominence of Islam within Turkey; the safe haven presented to ISIS within the Taliban control of Afghanistan; the re-weaponising of Russia and their alignment with communist China; Europe's growing dissatisfaction with the UK and the Brexit deal – and on and on it goes. We do indeed see wars and rumours of wars progressively increasing in today's precarious and perilous world.

But note; In Matthew 24 and also Mark 13:7 Christ does not give the hearing of such things as some kind of dire warning to unsettle us, but He encourages us with the words "see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet." (Matthew 24:6)

The Hope of the Gospel

So in such an uncertain world, where we progressively see "nation rising against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places." (Matthew 24:7) how can God's people possibly 'see that we are not troubled'? The answer is given in Colossians 1:23: That hope of the gospel is, as Mr. Armstrong often mentioned, the most glorious GOOD NEWS ever to enter human consciousness. It's the humanly impossible hope we have to become a literal spirit-born son of God. A God-being in the form, shape and character of our elder brother Jesus Christ, with inherent life and incredible power. The gospel then is the almost unbelievable good news that God is in the process of creating His family out of frail human beings, and that He has a definite time frame in which He is doing so.

Even though the world around us is falling apart, with the whole 7,000 year Plan of God in mind we must remember "thus it must be" in order for mankind to realise he is totally helpless in the face of the problems confronting him. No national alliances, no nuclear weaponry, no vaccination programmes are going to fix the problems, which are spiritual in nature. Mankind needs to know, without a shadow of a doubt, he has come to the end of his rope and that the ONLY solution is the one God offers. Yes, it can be incredibly frustrating to witness the greed, self-centredness, lies and half-truths and the misery they spawn, but it's being allowed by God as aversion therapy to the way of Satan, for an eternal purpose, and part of the good news is that God is not mocked and "He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints." (Revelation 13:10). But our faith and patience doesn't end there. It goes far beyond today and the troubles we witness on our TV screens.

Continue in the Faith

The faith in which we must continue is not a specific list of doctrines, not the 613 points of the Talmud to which we must faithfully adhere, but rather trust and confidence in God Himself to not only be capable – but willing to transform us into a divine and immortal God being (Luke 12:32). Like as a child develops in its mother's womb – from the size of a pinpoint to a fully-formed baby – this creative process takes place on an hour-by-hour, day-by-day, week-by-week, year-by-year basis as we both learn and build the character necessary through the trials and vagaries of life. And we also need to keep firmly in mind that 'one size does not fit all'! We are very much individuals in the sight of God and personally chosen by the Father, who then gives us to Christ to train, so we in turn can train others in the Way of God. As brought out in Isaiah 43, Israel as a people have been redeemed, chosen and known by name, so how much more those the Father has called as spiritual Israel at this stage of the Plan? (Mark 13:20, Ephesians 1:4, 1 Peter 2:9, Revelation 17:14) As the father of a human family knows his children, so God also knows His, and far more intimately and with even more love and concern.

  • But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
  • When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
  • For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.
  • Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.
  • Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;
  • I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;
  • Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him (Isaiah 43:1-7)

In Hebrews 11, we're are encouraged to read of many individuals who had a grasp on the hope of the gospel – to whatever degree it had been revealed to them – and concrete faith in the Being that was working with them, allowing them to be grounded and settled whatever the situation in their world at that time threw at them:

  • Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
  • fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
  • Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV)
The Incredible Scope

There is another scripture in addition to the one in Colossians that in a similar way encourages us and deals with being rooted and grounded and that is Ephesians 3 verse 17. But it also elaborates a great deal more in the surrounding context of the importance of being 'established, strengthened, fixed and stabilised' (Strongs 4492, 2311)

  • ...I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.
  • For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
  • Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
  • That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
  • That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
  • May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
  • And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. (Ephesians 3:13-19)
Personal Experience

Here Paul placed the trials he faced into this much bigger context, the scope of which involves the entire Plan of God, with us all being submissive to our Father "of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named" (v15). As members of that family we must be strengthened and led the very Spirit of God "in the inner man", fully confident that the same character – agape – that Christ has is also being formed within each one of us, as we become increasingly rooted and grounded in this godly love (v17). And when we start to "comprehend with all saints the breadth, and length, and depth, and height", we start to understand the far-reaching nature of this love of God, expressed by Paul in his epistle to the Romans, even towards those as yet uncalled: "For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!" (Romans 11:32,33)

God's goal, His aim is that salvation – rescue – is for the entirety of humanity, and not limited to the firstfruits by any means. And if we can share this vision, then it enables us to bring our personal trials into perspective, as part of our individual training programme. Hardships of one sort or another don't only strengthen our character, but they also give us personal experience – an attribute that will be of utmost importance when we are dealing with people in the millennium, the vast majority of which will be damaged mentally, emotionally and physically.

Back in 1959 a man called Ivan Cormier suffered a severe stroke at just 38 years of age:

"One moment I was a fit man stealing a few extra minutes in bed while my wife took the baby downstairs for breakfast; the next I was a helpless cripple, paralysed from head to toe, robbed of the power of speech, almost dead."

By picking out the letters individually on a typewriter, Mr. Cormier eventually wrote up his experience in an article entitled "I came back from the dead" and mentions that after a year in hospital he had started to make a little progress, even being able to hold and drink a cup of tea. One section of his article answers why we too go through much of what we do in this life:

"Now I was moved out of my single room into a ward with 12 other patients. Most were walking patients, and every time they passed my bed they offered words of encouragement. One who had been paralysed by a car accident said to me, 'You'll be on your feet again soon.' It was important to me to hear such words from someone who had endured what I was going through, who UNDERSTOOD."

Right now we see through a glass darkly concerning the whys and wherefores of our trials. We often look back at how things used to be before the illness/unemployment/bereavement overtook us, and long for that time again – our mind being fixated on what we have lost. But God's mind is on what we are gaining, knowing just how this is developing us so we can be used in the specific job He has predestined for us, giving us the experiences with which we can help others. And this won't be limited to the millennium – having at this time 'endured and therefore understood' – but as brought out in Isaiah eventually there's a universe waiting for us, the sons of God. (Isaiah 51:16, 65:17, 66:22)

A Certain World

The purpose of the messages at the Feast this year was to help us to focus on the coming Utopia and our calling as teachers and mentors initially to Israel and then to the rest of the world ... and then on into the universe. We were encouraged with graphic pictures of what teaching The Way of God will bring to this unstable and war-torn earth, but with all the uncertainty bearing down on us day in and day out, unless we make a concerted effort to remember what we heard, we can easily be overcome with the cares of this life, which at this end time – even ignoring nuclear warfare – includes epidemics, food shortages, famine, job loss and civil unrest. But as God brings out in the book of Isaiah, we have no need to fear;

  • Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
  • Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.
  • Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought.
  • For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. (Isaiah 41:10-13)

The prophet Jeremiah clearly expressed God's view on man trusting in man – whether it's in armaments, the medical profession or science – contrasted with the individual who has put his hope and trust in the eternal God:

  • This is what the LORD says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the LORD.
  • That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives.
  • “But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.
  • They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:5-8 NIV)

After Paul encouraged the brethren in Ephesus to be rooted and grounded in love, he expressed his complete faith in the God that has called us out of this dark uncertain world to a bright and CERTAIN future, and who "...is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us..." (Ephesians 3:20).

THIS is the faith and the hope of the gospel, on which we can be firmly rooted and grounded:

  • For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
  • Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
  • What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
  • He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?...
  • ...For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
  • Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:29-32,38,39)

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