Pastors Report - 29 Apr 2016
pottersHandsAndTraffic

A World of Greed and Speed:

"Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand." (James 5:7-8 NKJV)

Fast Food:

Many years ago I happened to be on Oxford Street in London around lunch time and went into a fast food restaurant to have a bite to eat. It was after I had purchased the food and came to sit down that "fast food" suddenly took on new meaning. Being Oxford Street, the volume of customers around lunch time was colossal. So, to discourage customers from sitting and relaxing over their meal, which would end up in a bottle neck of those wanting to be seated, the plastic chairs in this establishment had been deliberately designed with a slope. Try as you may, they were impossible to sit on for any length of time! I must admit they worked; I left the place as soon as I could — and made a mental note to avoid that particular food chain in the future.

Such an example illustrates a specific mindset and direction our modern world has taken — greed and speed. Conversely, as The Master Potter — crafting His Character within us — God is outgoing and not incoming.... and supremely patient. For this reason, as His children, we too need these qualities. The problem is today's world is devoid of both so I would like to ask the question..... how do we develop patience — this perseverance, endurance, forbearance — within a society that, if anything, is becoming more and more IMpatient by the day?

Get-it-Now Culture:

The first thing we need to do is to be aware of what has taken place around us, as contrasted with what God originally designed. In today's society everything seems geared to being continually on the go, so there is never the need to wait for anything. Consequently, the "boring" and maybe repetitive tasks that were necessary at one time — but that also gave us time to think while they were being done — have been progressively removed from us with modern technology and production lines. We sit in cars, an office, in front of computers etc for hours on end so that even our legs are not used anywhere near as often as in the past, leaving little opportunity to "talk of them...when you walk by the way" (Deuteronomy 6:7; Mark 8:27, 9:33). The process of cooking has also changed. Whatever your view of the health problems of cooking with microwaves — and I am certainly not a supporter — there is no disputing how fast they are, which makes them very much part of this "get-it-now" culture. In this western world, we are all familiar with fast food, ready meals, drive-in take-aways, packet cake mixes, boil-in-a bag meals, pre-cooked rice etc,.....so that now it can be rare for an individual to take the time to prepare a family meal from scratch.

But it is not just the cooking that has changed. Even the very techniques that are used to process and preserve our food have become radically different today — and more often than not, purely because of this desire to save time (and thereby make more profit). Bread — the "staff of life" — has fundamentally changed: Instead of being leavened by the slow action of yeast fermenting sugars to produce bubbles of carbon dioxide, steam is used on a commercial conveyor belt system to shorten the process dramatically. Is the product the same as it was? Absolutely not! And more than likely may even be a contributory factor in various yeast infections.

Even Health Affected:

The same philosophy extends into so many other food areas as well — such as the fermentation of vegetables to preserve them as opposed to the more rapid refrigeration and freezing techniques. It is not that refrigeration and freezing are wrong — but added to the industrialisation of food, the repercussions become quite extensive. The lack of natural fermentation in areas such as raw milk, natural cheese, yoghurt, sauerkraut and bread making — and the beneficial bacteria that would have been involved in what were once home-based processes — appears to be leaving our digestive systems adversely affected by the change over the last 50 years. Our food has become sterile. And when you consider that a healthy body contains ten times the number of bacteria to human cells — it is easy to see the importance of clean, but non-sterile, living food!

And the modern "answer" to such problems? It is the equally quick-fix, pop-a-pill current fad for probiotics! Though by no means wrong, there should be absolutely no need for such things if a more patient, longer-term view of food preservation was adopted as in the past. It is our frantic "can't wait, must have it now" mindset that seems to be causing the difficulty! And you only have to see the heavy advertising being used in this area of probiotics to understand how widespread such digestive problems are.

Have now — Pay later:

Finance is another area where this state of mind of "get-it-now" certainly can be seen. Our entire financial world — and therefore modern civilization itself — currently rests on the almost insane use of debt-based banking. Across the entire globe today virtually every currency has little more than debt supporting it. And if you analyse why debt is so popular you invariably arrive at the conclusion that it again is largely impatience and greed. Being thrifty and saving for what we want has been replaced by "have it now — pay later".

And so, on and on it goes in our impatient world: The removal of any kind of rest-day from the week — so life becomes an uninterrupted round of activity; the progressive urbanisation of the population — divorcing us from the patience required to work the land within the seasons; the immoral "get it now" attitude behind the modern sexual chaos; the sidestep-sin and fix-it-now mentality behind modern surgery and medicine. It all appears deliberately constructed to stop us thinking, make us rush, and cause us to be impatient. In the parable of the sower (Mark 4) we read that the cares of this world — if we get caught up in them and are sidetracked — have a very negative outcome. We therefore need to take the time to remember just who is the god of this world (2Corinthians 4:4) — and so see the spiritual dimension of the problem against which we are really wrestling (Ephesians 6:12).

As Mr. Armstrong has mentioned, when Lucifer sinned a large part of the problem was that he resented the fact that he was just over this little planet Earth, so he decided to take things into his own hands. In addition I wonder how much impatience also played a significant role in those events that turned him into Satan? Was he wanting more responsibility and importance sooner than God had planned for him? For the frame of mind that is evident in human nature — originating from Satan's broadcast — is overwhelmingly an impatient one. It can be seen in so many of the events we read of in scripture. Would there be the Middle East crisis involving Arab nations today — Ishmael's descendants — if Abraham and Sarah had waited on God just a little longer? (Genesis 16) We see it within the nation of Israel when Moses was away for a long time, getting the 10 Commandments, which led to the construction of the golden calf and the repercussion of thousands of deaths. (Exodus 32) Perhaps even Moses himself might have been allowed to enter the Promised Land had he not given in to his impatience at Meribah.(Numbers 20) And perhaps Jacob's life might not have been so fraught with hardship and trials, had he waited on God to give him the birthright, instead of deviously taking it for himself, ahead of time. (Genesis 47:9)

Waiting on God:

As an Eternal Being, time to God is not the same as it is to us: "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day"(2Peter 3:8). We therefore need to keep in mind that it is not God's position to jump when we happen to snap our fingers! It is our position to wait patiently for Him — in faith — trusting Him implicitly to eventually do whatever He has promised — whether in sickness, in financial troubles, or relationship problems etc. I would hazard a guess that King David was not the most patient of individuals in his early life, but through time, trials and tests, we can see that the need for, and the benefit of patience is continually brought out for us in the Psalms and is well worth a Bible study;

  • Psalms 25:3 Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.
  • Psalms 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
  • Psalms 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.... For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.
  • Psalms 40:1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
  • Psalms 62:1 Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.
  • Psalms 106:13 They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel:
  • Psalms 123:2 as the eyes of servants ... so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us.
Patience Rewarded:

Every indication is that at the end-time several in God's church will fall by the wayside due to an impatient approach to world events; "that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming?" (2Peter 3:3-4) And a significant degree of patience is going to be required, as society crumbles around us and it seems as though evil is winning through; 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 the antidote is also clear — to keep firmly in mind that our patience will indeed be rewarded (Galatians 6:9). We are therefore expected to remain in a state of continual spiritual readiness — knowing that what has been promised will eventually be here:

  • Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;
  • And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.
  • Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.
  • And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
  • And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.
  • Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not. (Luke 12:35-40)
Focus Forward:

Although impatience is prophesied to be a particular problem at the end-time — probably because of the kind of instantaneous world God anticipated that we would be living in right now — having to wait for God is certainly not unique to our age by any means. So too, the antidote has always been the same whatever age we happen to be in: To focus forward, and to trust in the unfailing promises of God. And because such spiritual qualities remain constant, God is able to point us to examples from the past — such as Abraham — from which we can learn;

  • And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:
  • That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
  • For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,
  • Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.
  • And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. (Hebrews 6:11-15)

After the birth of Ishmael, Abraham realised that the promise of God — that he would have a son through Sarah — was a cast iron promise on which he could then continually focus, trusting God through thick and thin. God could have intervened at any time. But He didn't. Instead God deliberately made him wait until both he and his wife were well past childbearing age and having a child naturally was impossible. This is because God could see something Abraham could not — that the real value was not the child — it was the faith — making Abraham the father not merely of Isaac — but the father of the faithful, underneath Jesus Christ — for all eternity.

For Our Day:

So it is today. We have seen an apostle of God restore all things as prophesied (Matthew 17:11). We are in a time when the extinction of all human life is possible (Matthew 24:22). We have seen the Gospel preached in all the world as a witness (verse 14). And we know "this generation shall not pass" (Matthrew 24:34) . But we are also told in the same chapter that "he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved" (Matthew 24:13). So if we compare the time we are in now — and our ultimate reward as part of the Bride of Christ — with the example given by God through Abraham — is it any wonder that we too have also been made to wait?

  • So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
  • You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
  • For, "in just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay." (Hebrews 10:35-37 NIV)

So let's not be misled by an increasingly impatient world — one that attempts to lead us away from the patient endurance that forms a vital part of the very character of The Creating Family of God — but rather, continue to focus forward, knowing the wonderful future that is promised will be here in just a few short years from now:

  • Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.
  • And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me. (Isaiah 49:22-23)

News Review - 22 Apr 2016
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Earthquakes… droughts… wars… deception… political intrigue… rigged elections… terrorism… religion in upheaval…

The Whole of Creation is Groaning!

Right at the beginning of a new year, according to God’s sacred calendar, we take a look at today’s world. As we watch, we can see end time events coming to a climax – crisis after crisis.

For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” (Romans 8:22-23 New Living Translation)

The “labour pains” are becoming more intense by the day – and closer together, the “birth” cannot be far off! Even the earth itself is groaning – and shaking!

“…earthquakes, in divers places” (Matthew 24:7).

One of the end time problems outlined in Matthew chapter 24 is earthquakes. The word translated “earthquake” has a much broader meaning – to include not only earthquakes, but also other “natural disasters”, such as tornadoes, volcanoes and tsunamis.

In the last few days, we have witnessed several large earthquakes, the latest being in Ecuador.

“The death toll from Ecuador’s biggest earthquake in decades stood at 233 today [Monday 18th April]. More than 1,500 were injured when the 7.8 magnitude earthquake, the strongest to hit Ecuador since 1979, struck 16 miles off the coast of Musine - a fishing town popular with tourists. There were reports of at least 163 aftershocks, mainly in the badly affected Pedernales area, and a state of emergency was declared in six provinces.” (news: dailymail.co.uk)

5 Major Earthquakes In 48 Hours

Why is the crust of the Earth shaking so violently all of a sudden? Over the past 48 hours, there have been five major earthquakes globally, and one prominent seismologist has declared that ‘catastrophic mega earthquakes’ could be on the way. In fact, seismologist Roger Bilham of the University of Colorado has made headlines all over the world by warning that ‘current conditions might trigger at least four earthquakes greater than 8.0 in magnitude’.

In addition, let us not forget about all of the volcanic eruptions that have been in the news in recent weeks. According to Volcano Discovery, 38 volcanoes around the globe are erupting right now. This is definitely an unusually high number. If seismologist Roger Bilham is right and we do begin to see a series of absolutely massive earthquakes, that could dramatically change the course of world events literally overnight.

Even a single magnitude 8.0 earthquake in a major city in Japan, China or the United States would cause global markets to crash and would mean billions of dollars in economic damage.(news: endoftheamericandream.com)

DROUGHTS – which can lead to famine…

While not a popular subject in the mainstream media, drought still threatens much of the world.

In Asia, drought remains entrenched across the Indian sub-continent, around Mongolia, and in the West. In Vietnam, the Mekong River is at its lowest level since 1926. In Morocco, drought has reduced the wheat harvest by half. In North America, drought remains entrenched in the higher latitudes… In South America, drought remains in the northern part of the continent… In Africa, short-term drought intensified again this month in the northern portion of the continent, around the Mediterranean, and remains intense in the South.

In Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls are being affected by the Zambezi River flowing at a 30-year low. If the drought continues, downstream hydroelectric power is expected to be reduced or stopped in the next six months. In Colombia, farmers from the Bolivar Province have abandoned their land after drought ruined their crops. In Oceania, drought continues in Southern Australia and Papua New Guinea.” (drought.gov)

Wars – and rumours of wars

We see America challenging China in the China Sea area. The war in Syria is still not resolved. Europe sees Russia as a threat. Muslims are still threatening Israel while Syria is now threatening to take back the Golan Heights. Add to this the continuing threat from Islamic Terrorism and the world does not look a safe place right now.

Now a new war threatens:

“Five years after NATO’s Libya war, Italy, the EU and the US are in the advanced stages of preparations for the next military intervention. The Western imperialist powers want to establish their own military bases in Libya in order to control the country’s massive sources of oil and natural gas, and secure an important gateway to Africa.” (news: wsws.org)

The threat of nuclear war lurks…

“But the nuclear dangers facing the UK are far larger than those focused on by the summit. They have no easy answers …there is the real possibility of a nuclear conflict between India and Pakistan that would directly affect the United Kingdom in a number of ways. Indian strategic planners would also likely argue that China’s role cannot be disentangled from the risks of conflict between India and Pakistan.” (news: telegraph.co.uk)

The threat of nuclear terrorism is very real!

In a Co-worker Letter dated April 21, 1982, Mr Armstrong warned:

Even more disturbing is the growing prospect of NUCLEAR TERRORISM – nuclear MASS MURDER by madmen bent on their own insane goals! Many authorities believe that when the next nuclear bomb is used, it will be by terrorists and not by a national government.

In addition to terrorist groups, experts fear that unstable regimes in various countries could also get the bomb. An unbalanced Third World dictator with a nuclear device could kill millions of people. A new Stalin or Hitler in a major nation would have the stockpiles to literally obliterate the entire human race! …It is time to awake to the imminence of nuclear war and nuclear terrorism!(Co-worker Letter – April 21, 1982)

Israel and the Temple Mount

As tensions increase in the Middle East, the focal point will be Jerusalem. Right now, there is an increasing trend for the Jews to want to reinstate the old original Temple practices.

“MKs [Members of the Knesset], leading rabbis and other public figures to attend event, as public interest in reviving ancient practice grows. The public re-enactment of the Passover Sacrifice, which has become a popular spring-time event over the past few years, will be getting closer to the actual site of the Temple Mount next week. …The organizers decided to move the event this year to the more spacious location of Mitzpeh Beit Orot, between Mount Scopus and the Mount of Olives, near Emek Tzurim, which faces Judaism’s holiest and most relevant site for the occasion, the Temple Mount.(news: israelnationalnews.com)

We understand from Bible prophecy that at the end of the age, a European army goes on down to Jerusalem. The key point is that they stop the Morning and Evening sacrifices. So it would seem obvious that these sacrifices must start at some point soon. This is an area to watch – carefully!

EUROPE

The situation in Europe continues to be unstable, both politically and financially.

“Europe must move away from ‘self-defeating’ austerity and embrace ‘progressive’ reform, the prime ministers of Greece and Portugal have declared.

Europe is at ‘a critical crossroads’ and needs to decide whether to embrace ‘closer political, fiscal and social integration’ or pursue fragmentation and ‘narrow national interest’, Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras and his Portuguese counterpart António Costa said in a joint statement.

‘We, as prime ministers of two countries with a similar policy experience in the context of their respective adjustment programmes, share the conviction that austerity-only policies are wrong and insufficient to overcome the existing challenges,’ said Mr Tsipras and Mr Costa. They added: ‘Europe has to change course’.” (news: telegraph.co.uk)

Brexit

And now – Brexit! The upcoming British referendum in June on whether to leave the EU is causing much uneasiness in both Britain and Europe. Along with the migrant problems, the other political problems and the ongoing financial crisis, Brexit could just be “the last straw that breaks the camel’s back”! Be prepared for major changes in Europe whatever happens!

The USA

From what we see happening in the run up to the presidential elections, democracy is all but dead! The USA is losing its way.

“The 2016 election has been a wild ride, with two insurgent grassroots campaigns literally giving the political establishment a run for its money. But as the events of this presidential primary season play out, it’s becoming clear the US election — and even more so, the presidential race — is a big scam being perpetrated on the American people.

Events from the last week have exposed the system as an illusion of choice and a farce. Sanders lost the Wyoming caucus by winning it with a 12 percent margin. Wait, what?

How does one lose by winning 56 percent of the votes? This happens when the political process is, according to the New York Post, ‘rigged’ by superdelegates.

Clinton, meanwhile, also gets the state’s four superdelegates — who had already pledged their allegiance to her in January. So despite ‘losing,’ she triumphs 11-7 in the delegate tally.

Unsurprisingly, Trump’s non-establishment campaign walked away with zero delegates. ‘The people of Colorado had their vote taken away from them by the phony politicians.’ Trump was even more frank. ‘The system is rigged, it’s crooked,’ he said.” (news: blacklistednews.com)

The Problem? The Bible!

“On the latest list of books most objected to at public schools and libraries, one title has been targeted nationwide, at times for the sex and violence it contains, but mostly for the legal issues it raises. The Bible.

‘You have people who feel that if a school library buys a copy of the Bible, it’s a violation of church and state,’ says James LaRue, who directs the Office for Intellectual Freedom for the American Library Association. Guidelines for the Office for Intellectual Freedom note that the Bible ‘does not violate the separation of church and state as long as the library does not endorse or promote the views included in the Bible’.” (news: ap.org)

Religion Outlawed!

“It may be a matter of some interest to you that the ‘American left’ is now openly declaring its intention to shutdown your church and outlaw your religious expression entirely. If you’ve been paying attention, you won’t be terribly shocked by this revelation. They plan to come after the churches. That’s what they’ve always wanted, and now they intend to do it.” (news: theblaze.com)

Now, Christians branded as terrorists!

Disagreement is not hatred, and the truth is not hate speech. Somebody needs to tell that to President Obama. If you have ever wondered whether President Obama has an abiding hostility to people of Christian faith, wonder no more. He believes we are a threat to national security. If you are a sincerely devoted follower of Jesus Christ, your president believes you are a potential domestic terrorist.

Do we disagree with the homosexual lobby about homosexuality? Of course. Do we hate them? Absolutely not. Do we advocate violence against them? Never have, never will. We are simply determined to tell the moral, spiritual, and physical truth about non-normative sexual behavior. Bottom line: disagreement is not hatred, and the truth is not hate speech. Somebody needs to tell that to the president.” (news: onenewsnow.com)

Small minority groups rule!

“This week, Governor Phil Bryant of Mississippi signed a religious liberty bill protecting businesses and individuals from being forced to participate in gay marriages. The legislation also fortifies the rights of business owners to keep their bathrooms segregated by sex. These two laws indicate that, apparently, not everyone in the nation is on board with liberalism’s designs to turn our civilization into a debauched, androgynous dystopia where gays and ‘transgenders’ occupy the highest position in the social and legal hierarchy.” (news: theblaze.com)

The “Big Event”

“Every year at the end of March, 20,000 lesbians from around the world fly into the Californian desert for five days of debauchery… the hotel feels like a homosexual harem. There’s a feeling of comfortable camaraderie; a sense of suddenly being a first-class citizen.” (news: theguardian.com)

Meanwhile, corporate control of the media is obvious

It’s harmful to call breastfeeding ‘natural,’ says CNN in this astonishing demonstration of medical illiteracy, because it might encourage women to engage in other ‘natural’ behaviors. CNN, which is funded by pharmaceutical interests, harkens back to the days when infant formula manufacturers told women that breastfeeding was a barbaric practice and should be replaced with factory-made infant formula.”

This is the same network that claims anyone who opposes partial-birth abortions is attacking women’s health; yet somehow breastfeeding is bad at CNN, where nourishing a child with mother’s milk is somehow considered a bizarre, barbaric act.” (news: naturalnews.com)

Catholic Unity

Splits in the greater Catholic Church, some that occurred as far back as 1054 AD, are well on the way to being “healed” by the actions of Pope Francis.

In recent times, he has had talks with the heads of the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, the Russian Orthodox Church, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, the Coptic Orthodox and now the Greek Orthodox Church. He is uniting all these groups by the “ecumenism of blood”.

As he repeatedly says, the Muslims who are murdering Christians in the Middle East do not stop to check which part of the Christian community they belong to… and it’s working!

Starting in Jerusalem…

“In spite of all the alleluias of the Easter season, it may surprise some readers that the place where Christ died and rose from the dead is cared for by three major religions working next to one another in a sometimes very tense atmosphere. As late as eight years ago, an argument between Armenian and Greek monks at Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher led to a brawl, requiring the intervention of Israeli riot police.

‘The new situation reflects in part what Pope Francis has called the “ecumenism of blood”,’ says Mark L Movsesian, co-director of the Tradition Project at the St John’s Center for Law and Religion. ‘The persecution of Mideast Christians does not respect confessional boundaries. When ISIS is slaughtering your people, disputes about lamps do not seem so vital’.” (news: aleteia.org)

Now the Pope and the leaders of the Greek Orthodox Church visit migrants on the isle of Lesbos.

“When he arrived in Lesbos, Pope Francis was driven to Moria camp. Journalists are usually barred from entering this disused army barracks, where careful preparations had been made for the visit.

Once inside Moria, the visitor and his entourage of bearded Greek Orthodox priests – a rare show of unity between rival Churches - received a tumultuous welcome.” (news: telegraph.co.uk)

His message: “Unite to face a common enemy”

They may never come completely together in every aspect of doctrine, but come a crisis, they will speak with one voice, and Pope Francis is the obvious leader! It’s happening right now.

The Pope: the Moral Centre of Christendom

Many outside the Roman Catholic Church see Pope Francis as the moral conscience of the world. Just this week, US Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders went to the Vatican to address a conference on wealth inequality. While there, he had an audience with Pope Francis. He commented:

“‘We don’t choose to politicise the pope,’ Mr Sanders told attendees, ‘but his spirit and courage and the fact, if I may say so here, that his words have gone way, way, way beyond the Catholic Church’.

I told him that I was incredibly appreciative of the incredible role that he is playing in this planet in discussing issues about the need for an economy based on morality, not greed,’ Sanders said.

In an interview with ABC News after the meeting, Sanders called the pope ‘a beautiful man’, adding ‘I am not a Catholic, but there is a radiance that comes from him.’

I just conveyed to him my admiration for the extraordinary work he is doing raising some of the most important issues facing our planet and the billions of people on the planet and injecting the need for morality in the global economy,’ Sanders said. Sanders has said the trip was not a pitch for the Catholic vote but a testament to his admiration for the pontiff.” (theguardian.com)

Roman Catholic Church and European Politics

Pope Francis gets involved in the migrant crisis.

“Pope Francis transformed the lives of a dozen Syrian refugees on Saturday when he plucked three families from a crowded camp on the Greek island of Lesbos and took them back to Rome. The Pope’s dramatic gesture during an intensely emotional visit to Lesbos was intended as a pointed signal to Europe. But aid workers noted that he had left behind another 53,000 migrants in Greece – and 3,000 in the overcrowded camp from which chance had allowed the fortunate 12 to be liberated.

The Pope also rued the fate of those who drowned while making the perilous journey across the Aegean from Turkey. En route to Lesbos, he described how the sea had become the ‘cemetery’ for the ‘worst humanitarian disaster since the Second World War’.” (news: telegraph.co.uk)

Now Catholic Church wades into EU debate

Quitting the EU would leave Britain facing ‘more complex problems’, the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has claimed. Cardinal Vincent Nichols called on voters to think about the human impact that leaving would have, insisting ‘economics is not the crucial issue in this debate’. He also claimed ‘the Catholic stance towards an effort such as the EU is largely supportive’.

In a statement, the bishops acknowledged the ‘justifiable concerns that many people have in relation to the European Union’. But they warned the ‘outcome will have consequences for the future not only of the United Kingdom, but for Europe and for the world’.” (news: express.co.uk)

The only thing certain now is uncertainty!

We can add to this list the ongoing world financial situation, the growing aggression of Russia, Germany rearming and asserting itself on the world stage, the US dollar about to lose its reserve currency status, the lack of leadership within the EU, the US debt situation, the militarisation of the US police force… the list goes on and on… the only thing certain now is uncertainty!

Our Focal Point

Having read about all these world problems, which are getting more intense as we near the end of the age, we need to make sure that our focal point is right.

In his book, The Book of Revelation Unveiled at last, Mr Armstrong left God’s people this timely reassuring message:

YOU NEED NOT FEAR OR WORRY over the things coming on the earth in the meantime. In this same prophecy of Jesus as reported by LUKE, regarding the world disturbances now ahead – regarding the Great Tribulation and the DAY OF THE LORD – Jesus ended His Olivet prophecy with these assuring words:

Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man’ (Luke 21:36).

May God help you to be one of those studying the prophecies, watching world events as they fulfill them, and praying always that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things, and to stand before Christ at His coming!(Revelation Unveiled At Last)

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The confusion is not merely around the Church – within the religions of the world outside – but WITHIN the very heart of The True Church itself!

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Listen to Me, You who know righteousness, You people in whose heart is My Law: …I have put My words in your mouth, I have covered you with the shadow of My hand, That I may plant the heavens, Lay the foundations of the earth, and say to Zion, “you are My people” (Isaiah 51:7,16)