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World Tomorrow
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Law and Justification
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6 - You Shall Not Kill
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Pastors Report - 15 Sep 2017
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2. Where THE Evidence Leads ...

"Now when these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." (Luke 21:28 RSV)

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With the horrendous battering that has been the result of hurricane Irma recently, and hurricane Harvey's devastation in Texas, to say nothing of the fires and earthquakes that that have destroyed so many homes and lives, it comes as no surprise to God's people, that we are witnessing some of the curses Moses was inspired to record in the book of Deuteronomy. But even without that biblical understanding, recorded history provides us with ample evidence that this present Western civilisation is drawing to its close. In ancient Rome during its decline, the home and family – the very crucible in which the next generation is formed – became progressively more decadent and unstable. Yet even they did not stoop to the incessant promotion of perversion and transgender confusion seen within the present Western world. Their education – which was once character based and purpose oriented – degenerated under the promotion of Greek culture, rhetoric and philosophy. How similar is so much of the left-leaning, politically correct, intellectual twaddle we find ourselves battling today!

And there are several other modern equivalents to those that progressively destroyed this ancient civilisation:

  • religious confusion undermined morality – and today we are even told by many religious leaders that marriage is not necessarily important and neither is sexual orientation – "love is love";
  • a mad craze for pleasure of all kinds – "bread and circuses" is now witnessed in the arena of sports of all kinds and the eye-watering amounts of money paid to footballers, for example;
  • an economy in serious trouble – with most households – and governments – having unsustainable debts running out of control;
  • political paralysis – Labour undermining Conservatives, Democrats attacking Republicans, and even multiple factions within the parties themselves in this dog-eat-dog world;
  • militarism coupled with lower discipline and softer living – not only women on the front line, but also homosexuals and transgenders;
  • and uncontrolled immigration through the influx of slaves/workers – no comment needed here!

Yes, just as it was for ancient Rome, the writing is certainly on the wall today for anyone with the wit to recognise THE evidence. But the impending disaster is certain to be different this time. Through the advent of modern communications the timescales of everything have been compressed – with areas like financial transactions, and therefore any banking collapse, now measured in milliseconds rather than centuries. Today we have technology and weapons of mass destruction undreamed of years ago – a capability that even threatens the continuing existence of mankind himself, a fact that has horrified world leaders since the end of WW2.

Where this evidence is destined to lead, is to a time of trouble greater than anything seen on earth before or since. Yet the same Bible that predicts this – and the utter collapse of human civilisation – declares that within these days of impending catastrophe we can actually have great hope because of what the Eternal God also promises. Where THE evidence leads is to an entirely new civilisation – a true utopia which is as sure as the rising of tomorrow's sun, as the same Word proclaims it. And it is THIS evidence that we should all be gathering together to celebrate during the coming Feast of Tabernacles in three weeks' time.

A Quick Recap ...

In the last pastors report we saw how THE evidence – physically seen in the very statistical structure of the universe – inexorably leads the truly unbiased mind to the conclusion that it is utterly impossible for what we see today to have come about by mere blind chance. As the astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle points out:

A common sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a superintellect has monkeyed with physics, as well as with chemistry and biology, and that there are no blind forces worth speaking about in nature. The numbers one calculates from the facts seem to me so overwhelming as to put this conclusion almost beyond question. ( Fred Hoyle, Article in Engineering and Science – November 1981 - page 12: The Universe: Past and Present Reflections )

Not only are the statistical improbabilities of what we see every day in the cosmos right off the scale of human conceptualisation of any kind, but so too are the figures required for the emergence of the DNA molecule and the huge range of information it contains. As the radio astronomer Sir Bernard Lovell points out, using the example of but a single enzyme – just one of several well matched, interacting parts that must be present within all life for coordinated protein synthesis:

In the example already given of a relatively small protein molecule with 100 amino acid residues, selection of this sequence of residues had to be made by chance from 10 130 alternative choices. The operation of pure chance would mean that within the half billion to a billion year period the organic molecules in the primeval seas might have to undergo 10 130 trial assemblies in order to hit upon the correct sequence. The probability of such a chance occurrence leading to the formation of one of the smallest protein molecules is unimaginably small. Within the boundary conditions of time and space which we are considering it is effectively zero. (In the Centre of Immensities by Bernard Lovell page 66)

The Supreme Designer:

So where THE evidence plainly leads, is to the existence of a Supremely Intelligent Designer – with infinite power – operating on both a cosmic scale as well as a microscopic one. A Being even further off the bounds of human conceptualisation than the incontrovertible statistical evidence pointing to His existence! This is why when Moses asked His name, the only answer there could be was, "I AM":

  • Then Moses said to God, "If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' what shall I say to them?"
  • God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And he said, "Say this to the people of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.'"
  • God also said to Moses, "Say this to the people of Israel, 'The LORD [ Hebrew: YHWH – "I was, I am, I will be"], the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you': this is my name for ever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations. (Exodus 3:13-15 RSV)

Yet sceptics may retort with a snide, "if God is so great, then who created God?". One of the most compelling answers I've seen to this question was from a Jewish rabbi in Australia. Here is the essence of his reply:

When we say that God is the Creator, we don’t just mean He created solid objects, like planets, trees and aardvarks. We mean He created everything. Any thing you can think of, every single existence on every plane and in every dimension, was once not, and God made it be.

That means that even concepts were created by God. God not only created the concrete universe, made up of gases, solids and liquids; He also created all of the abstract realities, such as love, goodness, purpose and logic. These concepts did not exist before He created them.

One concept God introduced is the very concept of creation. God came up with the idea that you can have nothing, and make something out of it. The very notion that something has a beginning, a point at which it comes into existence—that notion itself was created by God. The concept didn’t exist before. Just like there were no trees before God created the first tree, so too there were no beginnings before God created the first beginning.

So your question is based on a false premise. You can’t ask “Who created God?” because the whole concept of creating was God’s idea in the first place. There was no such thing as creation before God came up with it. Just as it is obvious that the person who made the first cartoon was not himself a cartoon, so too God, who invented the concept of creation, is not Himself a creation. ( Aron Moss ​– rabbi of the Nefesh Community in Sydney, Australia )

Why Creation?

Thus far - along to where physical evidence leads, i.e to the fact that there is indeed a God – the carnal human mind can grasp. In fact, it is something God Himself demands of mankind as a whole – up to the point of recognising His eternal power and Godhead as the apostle Paul points out in the opening chapter of the book of Romans:

  • The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness,
  • since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.
  • For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
  • For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. (Romans 1:18-21 – NIV)

But it is at this point that something astounding happens. Regardless of how much more evidence is provided, the carnal mind simply cannot grasp the sheer enormity of it. This is because THE evidence become spiritually based, and it therefore requires a spiritual mind to accept it and be led by it. The unbiased human mind can indeed accept the physical evidence of a Creator – it can see the astounding degree of detail that has gone into the natural world – it can therefore conclude that whatever the reason behind such a creation, that reason must be big. But from that point, it can go no further – due to the spiritual nature of THE astounding Plan God has. Christ explained to His disciples: " And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables." (Matthew 4:11)

The Truth Fits:

How many times did Mr Armstrong pound the desk and point us to this vital, and most basic understanding: – "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him"(John 6:44)? God simply is not trying to save the world now – if He was, He is doing a terrible job of it, and that's something totally out of character compared with the exquisite wonders and order He has placed throughout the natural world. Where THE spiritual evidence clearly leads therefore, is to the fact this is NOT the only day of salvation. But how many in this world are aware of this fact? Pitifully few! No, God is moulding and shaping us – His firstfruits – prior to saving the world!

Such astounding understanding of this Plan has to be revealed, and most of us in the church today have had our own personal "light bulb" moments when the Bible opened up to us in a way that we had never seen before. It was so incredibly relevant all of a sudden, that it was amazing the ink on the page was dry! No doubt the vast majority – thrilled with this new understanding – tried to share it with family and friends, only to be sadly disappointed, not realising at that time, that as Christ repeated in the same chapter; "... Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. (John 6:65)

Just as the Truth "fits" the very character we see of the Creator within the natural world, so does the hiding of such Truth - in the best interests of the uncalled. Within the book that has consistently been the world's best seller, we see the hiding process itself graphically described:

  • For consider your call, brethren; not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth;
  • but God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong,
  • God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,
  • so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.(I Corinthians 1:26-29 RSV)

And over a dozen times in his epistles, the apostle Paul describes the truth of God as a mystery ... being revealed only to those God has handpicked out of this world:

  • But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glorification.
  • None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
  • But, as it is written, "What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him,"
  • God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.
  • For what person knows a man's thoughts except the spirit of the man which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.(I Corinthians 2:7-11 RSV)
God's plan:

So what is the difference? Why should one person be able to so clearly see the very meaning of life itself within the pages of Scripture, whereas another reads the same words, studies the same book – even putting decades of work into compiling a concordance in some instances – and yet remains completely blind to the Truth? As Jesus declares – revelation is key:

  • In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.
  • All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.
  • And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see: (Luke 10:21-23)
  • Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
  • ... He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.(John 8:43,47)

That revelation is done through God's Holy spirit – as Christ told His disciples when He was here on earth:

  • I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
  • Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
  • He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
  • All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you. (John 16:12-15)

The Holy spirit is given to those who obey Him (Acts 5:32) but is not a static thing: it is likened rather to air, oil or water in that it can be poured or flows in and out of us like our breath, generating words that we speak and giving spiritual understanding of the words we hear (Proverbs 1:23). In this dynamic capacity, it is impossible for us to just HAVE God's spirit, we must be actively LED by the spirit of God if we are to be the sons of God (Romans 8:14)

And a major difference between those that understand the Truth and those that remain in ignorance, or else get off track, is where we put the revealed Word of God. Is the Bible over us, as our ultimate authority, or do we rather have it below us, even under a "microscope" – critically examining each and every nuance, Greek word or phrase?

The coming feast:

What we learn we must live – and the resulting life is indeed THE evidence of the indwelling of God's spirit. This changed Way of life, this "new creature" (2 Corinthians 5:17)– witnessed in both Paul and those he taught – was the evidence that the apostle Paul pointed to:

  • Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you, or from you?
  • You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on your hearts, to be known and read by all men:
  • and you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. (2 Corinthians 3:1-3 RSV)

Of all THE evidence of what God is doing, this is the greatest there is. And at the Feast this year – in less than three weeks time – this evidence needs to be visible. It is absolutely imperative that we who are training to be the teachers of This Way in the World Tomorrow, are actively living that way ourselves – particularly at this year's Feast. As Christ was God in the flesh, here on earth, – Emmanuel – we are in effect ourselves "trainee" God beings! But to live this way requires great vigilance on our part. As Mr Armstrong warned us, just a few months before he died, in the September 1985 Good News Personal, entitled: The Anticipation Cannot Equal the Realization ...

.... In just a few weeks we shall attend the 1985 FEAST OF TABERNACLES, enjoying a foretaste of the glorious Millennium, with many hundreds of brethren of like faith and anticipation...

... We must remember, however, that just like when the servants of God came together to worship Him in the days of JOB, Satan came also among them. I have to WARN YOU–Satan also is looking forward to this year’s Feast, so he can come to different Feast sites and cause us any trouble he can, but if we PRAY with our whole hearts for Christ’s protection, He is more powerful than Satan and can restrain Satan from attacking us. So BE SURE YOU BEGIN PRAYING FOR THIS FESTIVAL RIGHT NOW–and keep it up until the Feast is over.

God's Way of Life:

May I therefore ask us all to indeed provide THE evidence of God's Way of Life during the entire festival period. It is easy to get sidetracked and worn down with the physical, organisational side of our Feast preparations – packing, booking flights, hire cars, motels, and when at the Feast, we can get TOO busy with activities, catering, the physical admin, etc – and the far more important aspects get very little attention.

Without the spirit of God and the accompanying fruit – the qualities of the spirit flowing freely through His people – the Feast of Tabernacles 2017 could very well end up as just one more "holiday" and not at all what God intended it to be. Daily prayer is vital, as Satan is not yet bound and would love to disrupt and cause what chaos and misery he could. It is doubtful he can attack us on basic doctrine, but one unfailing trick up his sleeve has always been to divide and conquer. If we remain plugged into the vine – all of us fellowshipping in spirit with our Father and Elder Brother as mentioned in I John 1:3 – there can be no division, as we will all be of one Spirit, one Family.

In that light, we will be blessed with many opportunities for fellowship with one another, so do try to make the most of the time, as during the rest of the year, we are so thinly scattered across the globe. This does not mean you have to whip up a 4-course meal in your condo or cottage, but as and when the opportunity arises, try to spend time getting to know one another on a more personal basis....this is a great way to refine our prayers when we come to pray for each other. If you are normally a shy and retiring person, pray for God to help you be more outgoing – and He will.

The men who have speaking assignments will, I am confident, be appreciative of your prayers for God to guide and inspire their messages. We all want to hear what God has to say to us this Feast and not just what "John Smith" thinks we need. This might well be the last Feast we can keep together in peace and safety and we all need great encouragement and a clear vision of the wonderful World Tomorrow to keep us going.

Please do also remember to pray for safe travels for the brethren around the globe. In this chaotic world of terrorist activities and wild, wild weather, we most certainly need angelic protection.

And we will also want to remember the scattered brethren, who, for one reason or another, cannot fellowship with us physically, but will of course, be with us in spirit. I am sure they too would appreciate our prayers for being uplifted and encouraged and most certainly not to feel neglected and isolated in any way.

And regarding health at the Feast, brethren, it can be too easy to overindulge in both food and drink and also neglect adequate sleep, bringing on ill-health, so please do use wisdom in this area. And if you should find yourself coming down with a cough or cold, please do stay away from services – put yourself in quarantine, effectively – as that is what scripture requires and shows love to your brethren.

And Rejoice!

Just as THE evidence of the physical world leads undeniably to a Creator, and our understanding of His Word leads us to realise there is more to life than this physical chemical existence, that understanding also leads to a comprehension of what this amazing God is doing with humanity ... and the unshakable reality of what the coming Autumn/Fall Holy Days mean. Not only can we confidently look forward to the return of Christ to save us from annihilation, and also to bind our enemy, Satan the devil, but we have the cast iron promise – proof, indisputable evidence – that in a few short years, we will rejoice in seeing the reality of the Feast of Tabernacles come to pass, here on this earth. And of course, the astounding, joyous time when all those that have died – uncalled – will come back to physical life.

In the meantime, our job is to imbibe of God's spirit, letting it flow in and out of us so He – as a refiner of silver – can each day see more clearly His reflection (Malachi 3:3 Psalm 17:15). And then we can have full confidence that we'll be part of the coming Utopia, promised so many times in His word – a living part of just where THE evidence is destined to ultimately lead for all mankind:

  • For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
  • For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
  • For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
  • So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
  • For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
  • Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off. (Isaiah 55:8-13)
News Review - 8 Sep 2017
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Manipulated news… filtered news… perpetual crisis narratives… mass hysteria… mass hypnosis… A total eclipse of sanity…

Modern Media Madness

Those watching end time events must also note that when the disciples came to Christ and asked Him about the sign of His coming, the first thing He warned them about was deception (Matthew 24:4).

The Apostle Paul warned that in the last days, perilous times would come:

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

…But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” (II Timothy 3:1-4,13)

Infotainment, Propaganda And Social Programming

With close to 90% of all America’s news and entertainment controlled by just 6 major organisations, real news has been repackaged as “infotainment”! The problem with this situation is that the media system will inevitably be manipulated by these same corporations to suit their own interests, as the following article points out:

Corporate media is a term which refers to a system of mass media production, distribution, ownership, and funding which is dominated by corporations and their CEOs. It is sometimes used as a pejorative term in place of mainstream media, which tends to also be used as a derisive term, to indicate a media system that does not serve the public interest.

Media critics suggest that such a media system, especially when allowed to dominate the mainstream media, inevitably will be manipulated by these same corporations to suit their own interests. These critics point out that the main national networks, NBC, CBS, and ABC, as well as most if not all of the smaller cable channels, are owned, funded, and controlled by an interconnected network of large corporate conglomerates and international banking interests, which may manipulate and filter out news that does not fit their corporate agenda.(wikipedia.org)

The Illusion Of Choice

Choice! What choice? America’s mainstream media is owned and controlled by a mere 6 corporations!

“It is worth repeating again and again that the bulk of America’s mainline media is owned and controlled by a mere 6 corporations. This, of course, means that unless you’re already consciously avoiding these mainline media sources, then most of the news and entertainment that makes it onto your screen and into your mind comes from a small pool of corporate sources, all of which play important roles in delivering propaganda, social programming and perpetual crisis narratives to the public.

The conglomerates are: General Electric, News Corp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner and CBS.

All are corporations that have their own shady histories, dealings and suspicious actors. Disney being widely regarded as an occult enterprise aimed at warping the minds of children with disturbing subliminal imagery. One of these companies is also the 12th largest US military defense contractor, so it’s no surprise that so much of our entertainment centers around the glorification of war and violence.(wakingtimes.com)

A Total Eclipse Of Sanity

America is under the spell of mass hysteria engineered by a dangerous, globalist-controlled media

The total eclipse of sanity is now under way across America. Mass hysteria has gripped the minds of the gullible, many of whom now hallucinate their ‘reality’ on a moment-by-moment basis.

Before the Charlottesville violence, the entire Left of America was hallucinating Russians behind every corner. Now, they’re hallucinating Neo-Nazis everywhere they look. This isn’t hyperbole, either: The hysterical Left is quite literally hallucinating almost everything they now believe: That all Trump supporters are Hitler-saluting Nazis; that all White people are racists; that America is still a slave-ownership nation; that Civil War statues might come to life and put them all back in chains, and other absurdities.

Never in the history of our country have so many people been brainwashed to believe such obvious absurdities and lies. The goal of the twisted, anti-America media as it operates today is to indoctrinate the masses with ginned-up hatred, intolerance and violence so that the nation can be thrust into a civil war from which radical Marxism, communism and Left-wing totalitarianism can sweep into power.

Mass hypnosis generates two kinds of hallucinations:

Positive hallucinations: Imagining things exist even when they don’t. For example, ‘the Russians hacked the election.’

Negative hallucinations: Eliminating things that are right in front of your eyes, such as believing that when ISIS terrorists ram vehicles into crowds of innocent protesters, that’s somehow not terrorism.

Where it’s all headed: Attempted communist ‘Cultural Revolution’ and the mass murder of any who cling to reason.

If you’re wondering where this is all headed, it’s currently moving in the direction of a Mao-style communist Cultural Revolution, where enraged, lunatic Leftists take to the streets to burn all the White neighborhoods, beat conservatives to death with bricks and pipes, all while insisting they are ‘peaceful’ protesters trying to stop ‘the Nazis’ that are violent.

Yep, the mass hallucination is about to reach the point of open civil war in America, and it’s all being fomented rather deliberately by the anti-America media (NYT, WashPost, etc).

For those of us who are rooted in reason, civility and lawfulness, what are our options for dealing with these insane, hysterias, Left-wing lynch mobs that will soon be gunning for us?

Here’s the honest answer:

First, you use peaceful means to alter the direction of your country: ie elections.

When the Left-wing radicals denounce your elections and try to overthrow your government to install radical Marxist totalitarianism, you next attempt to reason with them using free speech.

When they cut off your free speech — Google censorship, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc — close down your social media channels and block your websites, you might then engage in public rallies in an attempt to preserve your nation, your history and your freedoms. But then the radical Leftists bring baseball bats and masks to your rallies to smash your cars and instigate even more violence, all while the complicit Left-wing Governors order the police to stand down in order to foment more violent escalations.

Finally, when they come for you with their anger, hatred, violence and a desire to exterminate your kind, murder you based on the color of your skin, burn down your neighborhoods and overthrow your elected government, you eventually have no choice but to invoke your Second Amendment right to decisive self-defense action. That’s almost where we have arrived in the current culture war.(naturalnews.com)

How The Mainstream Media Operate

The following article is from conservative radio host Dennis Prager, and it reveals just how the left wing media operate.

“To understand America’s crises today, one must first understand what has happened to two institutions: the university and the news media. They do not regard their mission as educating and informing but indoctrinating.

In this column, I will focus on the media. I will dissect one issue that I know extremely well: the national and local coverage of the invitation extended to me to guest-conduct the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. The concert took place last week.

I am well aware that this event is far less significant than many other issues. But every aspect of the reporting of this issue applies to virtually every issue the media cover. Therefore, understanding how The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and NPR covered my story leads to an almost-perfect understanding of how the media cover every story where the left has a vested interest.

As I explained in detail in a previous column, the board of directors of the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra and its conductor, Guido Lamell, invited me to guest-conduct a Haydn symphony at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. I have conducted regional orchestras in Southern California over the last 20 years.

Sometime thereafter, four members of the orchestra published a letter asking their fellow musicians not to perform, claiming, ‘Dennis Prager is a right-wing radio host who promotes horribly bigoted positions.’ They were joined by former Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown, who announced, ‘I personally will most certainly not be attending a concert featuring a bigoted hate-monger,’ among others.

Then, The New York Times decided to write a piece on the controversy. The first question is why? Why would the Times write about a controversy begun by a few members of a community orchestra in California?

I am quite certain that one reason was to protect the left. My original column on the issue, titled ‘Can a Conservative Conduct an Orchestra?’ went viral. And it made the left look bad. Not only was the left trying to prevent conservatives from speaking; it was now trying to prevent a conservative from not speaking - from just making music.

Therefore, it was necessary to show that the left in Santa Monica had legitimate reasons to try to prevent me from conducting. And the only way to do that was to reaffirm that I am a hater and a bigot.

The Times writer wasted no time in portraying me that way. He wrote, ‘a number of them are refusing to play the fund-raiser, saying that allowing the orchestra to be conducted by Mr Prager, who has suggested that same-sex marriage would lead to polygamy and incest, among other contentious statements, would be tantamount to endorsing and normalizing bigotry.’

Lesson 1: When the mainstream media write or say that a conservative ‘suggested’ something that sounds outrageous, it usually means the conservative never actually said it. After all, why write ‘suggested’ and not ‘said’ or ‘wrote’?

Lesson 2: When used by the mainstream media, the words ‘divisive’ or ‘contentious’ simply mean ‘leftists disagree with.’

Lesson 3: Contrary evidence is omitted.

Despite all the Santa Monica musicians who supported my conducting; despite the musicians from other orchestras - including the Los Angeles Philharmonic - who asked to play when I conducted; and despite the orchestra’s conductor and board members who have followed my work for decades, not one quote in the entire article described me in a positive light.

Rather, the article is filled with quotes describing me in the worst possible way. Two of the four musicians who wrote the original letter against me are quoted extensively (calling me ‘horribly bigoted’ and saying I help ‘normalize bigotry’); a gay member of the orchestra is quoted accusing me of writing ‘some pretty awful things about gay people, women and minorities’ (for the record, I have never written an awful word about gay people, women or minorities); and the former mayor’s attack on me was quoted.

Lesson 4: Subjects are covered in line with left-wing ideology.

The subject of the article could have easily (and more truthfully) been covered in a positive way, as something unifying and uplifting.

‘Despite coming from different political worlds, a leading conservative and a very liberal city unite to make music together’ - why wasn’t this the angle of the story?

In summary, all mainstream media coverage of this one story was tainted, biased, often false and predicated solely on left-wing presumptions. Magnify what they did to me a thousandfold and you will begin to understand media behavior over the last two generations, and especially behavior today, when hysteria and advocacy have completely replaced news reporting.

The New York Times lied when it wrote that I ‘suggested that same-sex marriage would lead to polygamy and incest.’ Yet that will be cited forever as if it were true.

It’s already begun. On the night of the concert, the Fox TV station in Los Angeles reported: ‘A left wing attempt to boycott a performance of the Santa Monica Symphony due to a guest appearance by conservative radio host Dennis Prager backfired on Wednesday night; the event was a sell-out. …Prager has made controversial comments in the past, saying that he believes gay marriage would lead to incest’.” (dennisprager.com)

The Number One Mind Control Program At US Colleges

The previous article shows how the left wing media works. The next two articles reveal the problems with college students. First off, the foundation of the snowflake generation:

“Here is a staggering statistic from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): ‘More than 25 percent of college students have been diagnosed or treated by a professional for a mental health condition within the past year.’ Let that sink in. 25 percent. Colleges are basically clinics. Psychiatric centers.

Colleges have been taken over. A soft coup has occurred, out of view. You want to know where all this victim-oriented ‘I’m triggered’ and ‘I need a safe space’ comes from? You just found it.

It’s a short step from being diagnosed with a mental disorder to adopting the role of being super-sensitive to ‘triggers.’ You could call it a self-fulfilling prophecy. ‘If I have a mental disorder, then I’m a victim, and then what people say and do around me is going disturb me… and I’ll prove it.’

The dangerous and destabilizing effects of psychiatric drugs confirm this attitude. The drugs DO, in fact, produce an exaggerated and distorted sensitivity to a person’s environment.

You want to know where a certain amount of violent aggressive behavior on campuses comes from? You just found it. The psychiatric drugs. In particular, antidepressants and speed-type medications for ADHD.

You want to know why so many college students can’t focus on their studies? You just found one reason. The brain effects of the drugs.

The usual variety of student problems are translated into pseudoscientific categories of ‘mental disorders’ — and toxic drugging ensues.

The first question to ask is: do these mental disorders have any scientific basis? There are now roughly 300 of them. They multiply like fruit flies.

An open secret has been bleeding out into public consciousness for the past ten years. There are no definitive laboratory tests for any so-called mental disorder.

And along with that: All so-called mental disorders are concocted, named, labeled, described, and categorized by a committee of psychiatrists, from menus of human behaviors.(jonrappoport.wordpress.com)

Political Correctness Force Fed To Students

Professor will flunk students who refer to students as ‘male’ or ‘female’!

“Multiple professors at one college are using their positions of authority to regulate their students’ speech, threatening to flunk or even expel young people from class if they use certain offending phrases in class – like ‘referring to women/men as females or males.’

Gender and homosexuality politics are among the areas the professors are looking to influence the young people in their classes, along with race and immigration ideology. The affronting terms that could land students in hot water in a number of Washington State University classes include ‘illegal alien’ and ‘illegals,’ CampusReform.org reports, but also considered oppressive and hateful by one teacher are the very definitions of gender, ‘male’ and ‘female.’

White students in another Washington State class will also be penalized if they do not ‘defer’ to their non-white peers. And in another, they will have their grade lowered one point for each use of the terms ‘illegal aliens’ and ‘illegals.’ In Michael Johnson Jr’s ‘Race and Racism in US Popular Culture’ class students are required to ‘acknowledge’ existence of various oppressions, including ‘heterosexism.’

The effort on the part of faculty or other leadership on college campuses to curb traditional and Christian attitudes in favor of political correctness is not a new phenomenon. A Marquette University student was prohibited from articulating his Biblical view of marriage last year, and a tenured professor was fired from there last year as well for voicing his view in support of marriage.” (lifesitenews.com)

A World Deceived

Those watching end time events must also note that when the disciples came to Christ and asked Him about the sign of His coming, the first thing He warned them about was deception.

Just look at Christians today:

They believe that Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ.

They believe that Christ was crucified on a Friday.

They believe that Christ rose from the dead on Sunday.

They believe that the wicked burn in hell forever.

They believe that the righteous go to heaven when they die.

They believe that God’s Law is not in effect today.

They believe evolution explains a creation without a creator.

Today, we already live in a totally deceived world! We now live in a world where even reality is being distorted. The media create alternative realities by manipulating the news, films, and soap operas. With technology now available, photographs and even live video can be edited to deceive the many.

Satan, “the god of this world” (II Corinthians 4:4), “has deceived the whole world” (Revelation 12:9). He has been so successful that at the end, armies at Jerusalem will try to fight Christ at His return!

The Question Is – Why?

It’s all about control. It’s preparing the world for end of the age events. All power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely! What we are witnessing now leads ultimately to a totalitarian state. We are almost there!

Everything we buy with a credit card is recorded. Our utility bills, our grocery bills, transport costs, bank balance, the car we drive, the holiday we take, our health… most all of what we do in the western world is stored in a computer. The end result of this system is revealed in the Book of Revelation.

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

This system - the resurrected Holy Roman Empire - will have total control over the people. Disobedience to the system will result in people being totally cut off from society!

Mr Armstrong warned:

“Then, this religious leader – yet to come – is to perform ‘great wonders,’ or apparent miracles – even as Simon the Magician of Acts 8 did among those of the Babylonian Mystery religion of his day in the land of Samaria, north of Jerusalem. But it was all deception – not real miracles, but magic.(Co-Worker Letter – August 14, 1978)


‘As the Prophet Daniel was inspired to warn: ‘…the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.’ (Daniel 12:10)

Now, who are the wise according to Bible language who shall understand? In the one hundred and eleventh Psalm, I want to read to you; ‘The fear of the [Eternal] is the beginning of wisdom…’ (Psalms 111:10)

Here are those that have wisdom, those that are wise, those that really fear the Eternal God… We read this in the seventh verse of the one hundred eleventh Psalm;

‘The works of his hands [God’s hands] are verity and judgment…’ (Psalms 111:7)

What do you read in the Bible that God wrote with His own hand, His own finger? Why the Ten Commandments on two tables of stone…” (The World Tomorrow - Daniel 11)

If we are really wise… if we really fear the Eternal… if we really keep His commandments …then – and only then – can we understand end time events!

Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh!(Matthew 24:44)

Transcript - 30 Jul 2017
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