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"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep...." (Genesis 1:1-2)
In a recent Daily Telegraph article an attraction that has recently been built in Kentucky has come under sustained fire. That attraction is "The Ark Encounter" which contains a full-sized replica of Noah's Ark. But it is not the dimensions of the edifice that is causing such consternation but the insistence that the account found in Genesis indicates an Earth that is merely 6,000 years old. This flies not only in the face of modern Darwinian theory but even the evidence found in the fossil record. Yet how does the Genesis account of creation fit with modern fossil discoveries? Are they at odds with one another? Or is there a simple key we can apply when reading the biblical account that will reconcile the two in an elegant way.
It is important for those in God's church who may visit the attraction – perhaps during the Feast this year – to remember the depth of understanding revealed to Mr Armstrong regarding Lucifer's rebellion which occurred after verse one of Genesis chapter one, which threw the world into chaos - the tohu and bohu described in the second verse. This gap, this time lapse between these two verses, allows us to reconcile Genesis and true science ... something rarely understood in traditional Christianity today.
The seven days of creation found in Genesis chapter one actually describe a RE-creation of the Earth (Psalm 104:30). Genesis focuses on this re-creation – almost ignoring the probable billions of years that went before – as the entire purpose of scripture is dealing with the world in which man finds himself. In addition, the Bible is not written as a scientific research paper but as revealed knowledge that can then form the basis of subsequent information that man can discover. Absolutely critical to that purpose is the fact that God is Creator and Genesis one needs to be read as setting the scene for God's greatest creation – which will be His spirit-born sons, the forerunner being Jesus Christ. This is the simple key that reconciles Genesis with true science – that a gap exists between the first two verses of Genesis and what the chapter goes on to describe is in fact seven days of RE-creation.
However, this can raise a number of further questions for those with enquiring minds. True science indicates a clear beginning for the universe, and the existence of cosmic background radiation supports this. But for those who are intent on rejecting the abundant evidence of a creator – the convoluted reasoning they must then adopt is breathtaking!
The dozens of mathematical constants that have recently been identified in relation to the cosmos virtually scream the need for a supreme Designer with an awesome mind. It has been estimated, for example, that if the amount of matter present in the universe was either greater or lesser by a minuscule percentage – some claim as little as a grain of sand – the explosion that brought everything into being would have never formed the galaxies, star systems and planetary bodies we see today. Obviously to get this just right by blind chance is beyond ridiculous - involving a massive "leap of faith"! But this is what is needed to deny the existence of a Creator in this one area alone. The current "scientific" orthodoxy attempts to hide its denial of such crushing statistical evidence behind a belief in multiverses – an almost limitless supply of parallel universes in which this happens to be the only one that got it right. Their "proof" being that we actually exist and so are the only known beings able to observe the unbelievably precise universe that was needed to give rise to us. Such an approach is neither scientific nor honest.
Genesis, on the other hand, does not dismiss the idea of a parallel universe – in fact it encourages that thought! It reveals the unseen spirit dimension in which the Creator God dwells. Scripture also largely supports the idea of some kind of "Big Bang" when our earth and universe initially came into existence – something the scientific discovery of cosmic background radiation of the precise frequency required virtually demands:
The length of time involved between the first two verses of Genesis chapter one is somewhat debatable but there is evidence that it probably runs into the billions of years. An example of this would be the rotation speed of our galaxy – over 200 million years per revolution. It hardly seems credible that a spinning structure like this would have been created without it having multiple revolutions. After all, just one revolution takes us back to the time of the dinosaurs if we accept the current ideas of dating the fossil record.
So the vast majority of fossils found in the world today arose during this gap found between verses one and two of Genesis chapter one. Those fossils seem to indicate an overall progression of life from the simple to the complex – much as can be seen in the design of mechanical equipment of all kinds since the Industrial Revolution. The modern car of today is very different from the "horseless carriage" of yesteryear, yet there are so many things which are familiar – steering wheel, piston, 4 wheels, and the list goes on. The same can be said of the fossil record. Life forms may have changed but they changed under the hand of a Designer, and not by blind chance. Had blind evolutionary chance been true, we would expect to see a plethora of dead-end mutants in the fossil record rather than the exquisitely formed and designed life forms that are actually present.
The fact that 50% of our DNA happens to be the same as a banana merely points to the same Designer – not that human beings evolved from fruit! After all, a computer programmer will use the same sub routines over and over again, in widely differing pieces of software. And so it seems with The Creator God and the angelic beings He assigned to the Earth. Far from being a very even progression from the simple to the complex the fossil record shows a series of bursts – the most notable being the Cambrian explosion, so-called because of a virtual "explosion" of a great variety of life forms that had never been apparent before.
Charles Darwin acknowledged his difficulties with the Cambrian explosion. He wrote in Origin of the Species, that if his theory of evolution were true “it is indisputable that before the lowest Cambrian stratum was deposited ... the world swarmed with living creatures.” But he had to admit that the fossil record below the Cambrian strata seemed to be greatly bereft of such creatures. Instead, what was uncovered a century ago in the Burgess shale in British Colombia, Canada, were “species belonging to several of the main divisions of the animal kingdom [which] suddenly appear in the lowest known fossiliferous rocks”— and there is no evidence of them evolving from simpler life forms. Darwin did in fact acknowledge that this was a very valid argument against his theory, but had hoped that given time and more research, that simpler life forms would be found and provide evidence that was lacking. We are still waiting....
Something we need to keep in mind in dealing with this subject is to admit that micro-evolution does indeed take place. This is the "evidence" so often given, such as the peppered moths in industrial England. "The concept refers to an increase in the number of dark-coloured moths due to industrial pollution, and a reciprical decrease in the population in a clean environment" (Wikipedia) The same with the Galapagos finches, and the varying shapes of their beaks, depending on what food is available. The crucial problem is that this natural selection of varieties is then extrapolated to the generation of entirely new life forms, such as birds from dinosaurs, vertebrates from invertebrates etc, but as the saying goes, it is not the survival of the fittest but the arrival of the fittest that is the question. The survival of the fittest is correct, but the fittest must be there initially to survive. Natural selection is also correct – but a created variety must be present to be selected.
The concept of Evolution does not flow from the evidence available, but is fundamentally based on the desire of having a creation without a Creator. And the reason this is so important – according to Romans chapter one – is that the Word that created reality has a fundamental right to create morality also. This deliberate rejection has led to the absurd position of believing the exquisite design found in the machines of the cell, the flight and colours of the humming bird, the metamorphosis that turns a caterpillar into a spectacular butterfly can all be explained – not by natural selection – but by a series of lucky mutations. However mutations are invariably detrimental and not productive, even should an advantage be occasionally given such as in sickle cell anaemia or quinine resistance. Well does the psalmist declare the fool says in his heart that there is no God! (Psalm 14:1, 53:1) "From childhood, everyone directly grasps that life is designed – until they're talked out of it by a culture saturated with materialism."(Michael J. Behe, author of Darwin's Black Box.)
A vivid example of this conscious rejection of the concept of a Designer is evident in this recent research paper from the University of Cambridge. Discussing a plant-hopping insect called Issus, it describes how it manages to jump at an incredible height and speed from plant to plant:
"The gears in the Issus hind-leg bear remarkable engineering resemblance to those found on every bicycle and inside every car gear-box. Each gear tooth has a rounded corner at the point it connects to the gear strip; a feature identical to man-made gears such as bike gears – essentially a shock-absorbing mechanism to stop teeth from shearing off. The gear teeth on the opposing hind-legs lock together like those in a car gear-box, ensuring almost complete synchronicity in leg movement - the legs always move within 30 ‘microseconds’ of each other, with one microsecond equal to a millionth of a second..."
"...We usually think of gears as something that we see in human designed machinery, but we've found that that is only because we didn't look hard enough,” added co-author Gregory Sutton, now at the University of Bristol. These gears are not designed; they are evolved - representing high speed and precision machinery evolved for synchronisation in the animal world.” (University of Cambridge)
In the last few decades the understanding of how we function at a cellular level has vastly increased. As the role of DNA – the information store of all living things – has become progressively more and more apparent, so the mechanism of mutations and a great deal more has been understood. But DNA itself is not the point, any more than ink and paper is the point of any multi-volumed encyclopaedia. Information is the key and this information found within DNA defines every living thing, from the smallest bacteria to the largest whale, from the tiniest beetle to the largest tree. And it is not merely the design of the animal or plant that is so astounding but the robotic systems within the cells that both produce and maintain them. Such information actually produces every stage of everything we see in the natural world in an astoundingly coordinated and organised manner.
As with all information, the key question is where does it comes from? – and it's always from intelligence, not mere blind-chance mutations. It has been estimated that the total number of life forms that have ever existed on earth is 1040 (1 followed by 40 zeros). When you consider that the complexity of one of the smallest enzymes within the cell would require some 10130 possible alternative sequences before it managed to stumble on the right one, it is clear that blind chance is an absolute non-starter in the process. Those design instructions stored within the DNA molecules are very much a language of God.
To understand the seven days of creation found within Genesis 1 correctly another key aspect required is the perspective. And that perspective is very much that of an individual initially on the surface of the water and eventually standing on the land. The first stage therefore is for the atmosphere to thin sufficiently to allow the light from the rays of the sun to penetrate (verses 3-5). The second phase is to create a gap between the thick cloud and the water surface (verses 6-8). The third phase then brings up the dry land and covers it with vegetation of all kinds (verses 9-13). Only then does the atmosphere thin sufficiently to see the sun, moon and stars (verses 14-19). In each case activating the spiritual power to bring each occurrence to pass gives us instruction as how to best approach any project in a godly way – i.e. breaking it down to its various stages.
In each case, this re-creation was performed by the Eternal speaking (Psalm 33:9). Looking at it from the perspective of computer code we can easily understand how a chain of creative events could cascade from the simple initial instructions recorded in Genesis. In each case the sub routines needed for each stage could already have been written. It was very much a RE-creation in every respect.
Another aspect seen within Genesis 1 not only determines a state found within the present age but can also undoubtedly be extended into previous ages, such as the age of the dinosaurs. We find in Isaiah 11 how the very nature of the animals is going to be changed when Christ "restores all things" (Acts 3:21, Isaiah 11:6-9). This state therefore was the position following the original re-creation – when the animals came to Adam to be named without fear or aggression. But when Adam chose a self-centred frame of life – following the broadcast of Satan (Ephesians 2:2) – the very creation itself then changed to its present form. Hence we are witness to a natural world where it is very much survival of the fittest, "red in tooth and claw", and entirely selfish.
The account of creation found in Genesis gives merely the bare bones of what actually took place. All that is provided is the essential information for us on whom the ends of the age have come. There is little reason to understand all of what went before this present age. The focus of scripture is therefore on the two trees and what is really important - namely the frame of mind that led to the rebellion of Satan and its resulting destruction of the creation.
We find ourselves in a similar position with the Noachian flood. The core issue dealt with in scripture is that the wickedness of man grew to such a level that God deemed it necessary to take drastic action. Some form of genetic manipulation and excessive violence is also hinted at, but with very little detail (Genesis 6:11,12). But there are key points to notice.
Assuming it was indeed a universal flood, as certainly seems to be implied, it was accomplished not primarily from rainfall but from underground aquifers deep beneath the surface of the earth (Genesis 7:11). The action of the water is also something to note in that it seemed to wash back and forth across the surface of the land in great tidal surges (Genesis 8:3, marginal reference). Also – unlike the common misconception – Noah did not collect the animals himself, but they came to him (Genesis 6:20). Obviously God did this and these creatures must have been very special indeed, probably created for the purpose, as contained within their genes were all the varieties we see today. In addition the subsequent distribution and re-colonisation of the earth must have been divinely guided – something not even hinted at in the common simplistic view of the subject.
Failure to recognise the gap between verses one and two of Genesis chapter one has resulted in some bizarre creationist concepts. First and foremost being the need for Noah to take dinosaurs on the Ark, as he was commanded; And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. to take two of every kind. (Genesis 6:19) The resultant scorn from the scientific community has not been limited only against people who hold this view, but against anyone who holds a definite Creation perspective, rather than belief in the unproven theory of evolution.
Also, creationists demand that the Genesis account is the one and only creation, thereby limiting this earth to an age of merely around 6,000 years, the fossil record notwithstanding. In many ways, they do a great disservice to the truth, as many people therefore "throw the baby out with the bathwater" concerning the reality of the matter, and presume that evolution is the only answer to what they see around them.
The positive side to the Ark Encounter experience however, is most certainly an appreciation of what must have been the size of the vessel involved. At approximately 510' long, it would take nearly one and a half football fields to equal the length of the Ark – three space shuttles nose-to-tail. The height is more than 50' above the ground, higher than a 4-storey house – all built by a single family over a 120 year period.
But there's something else we can also learn from this age of Noah. People are critical of the fact that Mr Armstrong has been dead for over 30 years and still God has not yet brought many of the end-time events predicted on the earth. But contrast this with Noah. God saw that the wickedness of man was great prior to giving Noah His directions. But it took another 120 years before what was prophesied actually came to fruition. In the meantime, there was a great deal of patient work to be done to prepare for what was coming on the earth – both good and bad. And so too with us!
The Suez crisis… Britain reduced to a third-class power… the end of the British Empire… the Hungarian uprising… the rise of the Soviets… Hungary crushed.
When we look back into history, certain years stand out - years when dramatic changes occurred. 1956 was one such year!
“We had never had it so good - a post-war Britain was in full bloom. Then,  years ago this week, it all changed. The Hungarian uprising and the Suez crisis sparked the rise of the Soviets and the end of the British Empire.
October 1956 was a good time to be young. After years of gloomy austerity, Britain was gradually awakening to the glorious possibilities of postwar affluence… your parents had just bought a new car, their first washing machine, their first television. The prospect of National Service was a pain, but at least you knew there was a good job waiting for you when you finished.
All in all, life wasn’t too bad - and then you turned on the radio, and listened with horror to the news from Budapest and Suez. The Hungarian uprising and the Suez crisis sparked the rise of the Soviets and the end of the British Empire.” (theguardian.com)
“On 22 October 1956 the Foreign Secretary, Selwyn Lloyd, announced that thanks to a heavy cold, he was cancelling all his engagements. Away from the cameras, he was driven to a secluded RAF airbase and flown to France. There, in a villa in the Parisian suburb of Sevres, he sat down with the French and Israeli prime ministers to plan the most controversial military operation of the 20th century.
Under the deal struck at Sevres, Israel pledged to invade Egypt on 29 October. After demanding a ceasefire, Britain and France would then intervene themselves, ostensibly as peacemakers, but in reality to seize the Suez Canal and topple the Egyptian leader, Gamal Abdel Nasser. It was a naked, dishonourable, illegal conspiracy and they knew it.
Why on earth was Lloyd involved in such a crooked scheme? The answer lies in the slow decline of British imperial power, and specifically in the tortured relationship between Britain and Egypt. Egypt had been formally independent since 1922, but it was still a reluctant host to thousands of British soldiers guarding the prize possession of the Suez Canal, the vital waterway linking Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Suez Canal, the vital waterway - lost
“Notice an additional detail of the promise – the nations who are Abraham’s racial descendants are to possess the gates of their enemies. A gate is a narrow passage of entrance or exit. When speaking nationally, a ‘gate’ would be such a pass as the Panama Canal, the Suez Canal, the Strait of Gibraltar.” (US and GB in Prophecy - Chapter 3)
To the Egyptians, the British ‘canal zone’ was a hated symbol of imperialist oppression. To the British, and especially to the dapper, insecure Anthony Eden, it was a crucial asset in the Cold War. When Nasser, Egypt’s charismatic populist dictator, announced the immediate nationalisation of the canal in July 1956, Eden saw it as an intolerable affront to Britain’s shaky international prestige.
On 5 November, British and French paratroopers landed on the Egyptian coast, the advance guard of a hastily planned ground invasion. It could hardly have gone better. Then, after only 23 miles, they were ordered to pull over. To their complete surprise and disappointment, the order came to halt. The Americans, said their commanding officer, had ‘stopped the advance’.
What had happened? The answer is that in Washington, where President Eisenhower was facing re-election, the Suez invasion had gone down very badly. Eisenhower wanted nothing to disturb his voters and had grave doubts anyway about the wisdom of war in the Middle East. The chronic weakness of the British pound - a persistent feature of the Fifties - gave him the weapon he needed.
On the morning of 6 November, sterling came under enormous pressure on the exchange markets. When Treasury officials approached Washington for assistance, they received a frosty response, and within hours, the Chancellor, Harold Macmillan - formerly a keen hawk - was telling his colleagues that ‘in view of the financial and economic pressures we must stop’. The end came swiftly.
For Britain, Suez came as a terrible shock, stripping away the illusions of world power. But elsewhere it provided an opportunity.
In Moscow, Nikita Khrushchev was deeply disturbed by [Hungarian] Imre Nagy’s independent ambitions. On 31 October, the day the bombing of Egypt began, the Soviet presidium [governing body] met in secret and agreed to smash the [Hungarian] nationalist rising. Even as British forces prepared to attack Egypt, Soviet troops massed on the Hungarian border, and with international attention distracted, they took the chance to strike.
On 3 November, Hungarian negotiators who had been meeting Soviet commanders were abruptly arrested by their hosts and thrown into prison. By the following morning the Red Army had encircled Budapest. Nagy desperately broadcast for Western support, but with Britain and France at war in the Middle East and the Americans intent on stopping them, no help came. As the Red Army tightened its grip, Nato’s secretary-general dismissed the revolt as ‘the collective suicide of a whole people’.
Which mattered more, Suez or Hungary?
It depends whom you ask. In Britain, Suez was an enormously symbolic moment. As Sir Pierson Dixon, Britain’s ambassador to the United Nations, put it: ‘We had by our action reduced ourselves from a first-class to a third-class power. We revealed our weakness by stopping; and we threw away the moral position on which our world status largely depended.’
It was a watershed: the moment when the Empire finally ceased to matter as an international force…” (theguardian.com)
1956 - Britain reduced to a “third-class power”
“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, And I will break the pride of your power” (Leviticus 26:19).
Power broken: Yet again prophecy fulfilled!
In 1956, America was focused on the presidential elections. President Eisenhower wanted nothing to disturb his voters, being re-elected took precedence. As a result, Britain lost control of one of the world’s most important sea gates, and the Soviet Union crushed the Hungarian uprising – undisturbed!
Fast forward 60 years, and we can see that America has also undergone dramatic change, as the following article explains.
“Is America a better place today than it was back in 1956? Of course many Americans living right now couldn’t even imagine a world without cell phones, Facebook or cable television, but was life really so bad back then? 60 years ago, families would actually spend time on their front porches and people would actually have dinner with their neighbors.
In our country today, it is considered odd to greet someone as they are walking down the street, and if someone tries to be helpful it is usually because they want something from you. Of course life was far from perfect, but people actually had standards and they tried to live up to them.
America 1956 vs America 2016
In 1956, gum chewing and talking in class were some of the major disciplinary problems in our schools.
In 2016, many of our public schools have been equipped with metal detectors because violence has gotten so far out of control.
In 1956, if a kid skinned his knee he was patched up and sent back outside to play.
In 2016, if a kid skins his knee he is likely to be shipped off to the emergency room.
In 1956, seat belts and bicycle helmets were considered to be optional pieces of equipment, and car safety seats were virtually unknown.
In 2016, millions of us are afraid to leave our homes for fear that something might happen to us, and if something does happen we slap lawsuits on one another at the drop of a hat.
In 1956, many Americans regularly left their cars and the front doors of their homes unlocked.
In 2016, many Americans live with steel bars on their windows and gun sales are at all-time record highs.
In 1956, about 5 percent of all babies in America were born to unmarried parents.
In 2016, more than 40 percent of all babies in America will be born to unmarried parents.
In 1956, one income could support an entire middle class family.
In 2016, approximately one-third of all Americans don’t make enough money to even cover the basics even though both parents have entered the workforce in most households.
In 1956, redistribution of wealth was considered to be something that “the communists” did.
In 2016, the federal government systematically redistributes our wealth, and two communists are fighting for the Democratic nomination.
In 1956, television networks would not even show husbands and wives in bed together.
In 2016, there is so much demand for pornography that there are more than 4 million adult websites on the Internet, and they get more traffic than Netflix, Amazon and Twitter combined.
In 1956, the American people had a great love for the U.S. Constitution.
In 2016, “constitutionalists” are considered to be potential terrorists by the U.S. government.
In 1956, the United States loaned more money to the rest of the world than anybody else.
In 2016, the United States owes more money to the rest of the world than anybody else.
Has America changed for the better, or has it changed for the worse?” (endoftheamericandream.com)
It is not popular to believe in Bible prophecy today, but as Mr Armstrong pointed out:
“…prophecy is a proof of God, a proof of the divine revelation of the Bible. Prophecy is a taunting challenge that the skeptic dares not accept!” (The Bible: SUPERSTITION OR AUTHORITY?)
Look at the prophecy – look at what has actually happened!
“‘In God We Trust’ is the official motto of the United States… approved by President Dwight Eisenhower on July 30, 1956” (wikipedia.org)
“In 1956, the United States loaned more money to the rest of the world than anybody else.”
“If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the world. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them.” (Deuteronomy 28:1, 12 Holy Bible, New Living Translation)
“In 2016, the United States owes more money to the rest of the world than anybody else.”
“The foreigners living among you will become stronger and stronger, while you become weaker and weaker. They will lend money to you, but you will not lend to them” (Deuteronomy 28: 15, 43-44 Holy Bible, New Living Translation).
US debt - $19,344,998,350,412 ($19 trillion+)
The American presidential election on Tuesday, November 8th this year seems set to cause major disruption in the US as the following articles point out.
Rent-a-riot – the modern face of US politics
“This brave local hero could lose his badge for refusing to cover up the some very damaging information about the angry mobs rioting at Donald Trump rallies – but he did it anyway in an amazing example of patriotism. Liberals ‘bused in’ the angry mob protesting Trump and attempting to harass American voters who merely wanted to hear a presidential candidate speak.” (angrypatriotmovement.com)
Rent-a-riot – organised at the highest level?
“US Attorney General Loretta Lynch is coordinating with Democratic activists to so disrupt the upcoming Republican and Democratic National Conventions that martial law will be declared.
That’s the stunning discovery revealed in a series of direct messages between three activists.
On Friday, June 10, 2016, someone hacked into the Twitter account of #BlackLivesMatter (BLM) leader and former Baltimore mayoral candidate DeRay McKesson. McKesson later confirmed the hack to The Baltimore Sun.
JE: ‘Have you spoken with Mrs. Lynch [Attorney General Loretta Lynch] recently about the plan for the summer and fall leading up to the elections.’
DM: ‘If we can get both conventions shut down for messing over Bernie and for having racist Trump, THEN GET MARTIAL LAW DECLARED SO OBAMA CAN STAY IN OFFICE we will win. Call you soon when I get to my dad’s so I can use his landline and we can talk more on this.’
DM: ‘We have to make sure that we use our voices to keep people disrupting Trump all summer and through the fall SO MARTIAL LAW CAN BE DECLARED…’
S: ‘I wanted to touch base with you about the summer of chaos. So far we have over 2,000 people bused in from different cities and another 6,000 to 8,000 expected to drive into Cleveland for the Convention.’
In fact, a recent survey showed that as many as 67% of Democrats want Obama for a [illegal] third term.” (dcclothesline.com)
As Isaiah tells us of those currently leading our society, “they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths” (Isaiah 3:12).
Many in the US Congress who could control a wayward President don’t bother – they are too busy making sure that they stay in a position of power themselves, as the article below about a recently published book points out! Cited by the publisher as ‘a devastating inside look at the dark side of Congress as revealed by one of its own! No wonder Congressman X wants to remain anonymous for fear of retribution. His admissions are deeply disturbing…’
‘Most of my colleagues are dishonest career politicians who revel in the power and special-interest money that’s lavished upon them.’
‘My main job is to keep my job, to get re-elected. It takes precedence over everything.’
‘Voters are incredibly ignorant and know little about our form of government and how it works.’
‘It’s far easier than you think to manipulate a nation of naive, self-absorbed sheep who crave instant gratification.’
‘Fundraising is so time consuming I seldom read any bills I vote on. Like many of my colleagues, I don’t know how the legislation will be implemented, or what it’ll cost.’
‘We spend money we don’t have and blithely mortgage the future with a wink and a nod. Screw the next generation. It’s about getting credit now, lookin’ good for the upcoming election’.”
“As shrewd a comment as any on the two political dramas currently filling the headlines came from the 19th-century Liberal politician who was described as ‘the greatest Parliamentary orator of his age’. ‘The art of statesmanship’, observed John Bright, ‘consists as much in foreseeing as in doing’. In other words, few things are more important in politics than to anticipate the likely consequences of one’s actions and how others might respond.
There could be no better examples of this truth than those exposed by the Chilcot report on Iraq and the aftermath of the vote to leave the EU. In each case, what we see is the glaring failure of the key players in the drama to have given proper forethought as to what should be done next if the first step in a sequence turns out the way it did.
Our failure to have worked out in advance any practical plan for how to leave the EU has left us in the shambles we are in today, where no politician has any real idea of how we can execute the people’s wishes. Theresa May insists that ‘Brexit means Brexit’ and Angela Leadsom may have campaigned to Leave. But neither has yet given us any practical clue as to how they would seek to achieve this goal.
One symptom of this has been the wish to portray our next prime minister as ‘the new Mrs Thatcher’. But not for nothing was she known as ‘the only man in the Cabinet’. In this age of blinkered groupthink, I fear we no longer have such a man of either sex today.” (telegraph.co.uk)
Until the Brexit vote, Mr Cameron will have assumed he had another three years left in power. After a tumultuous day in Westminster, Mrs Theresa May was declared Conservative leader shortly after 5pm on Monday this week, some 9 weeks ahead of schedule. She has asserted an uncompromising commitment to Brexit, in accordance with the electorate’s wishes expressed in last month’s referendum.
Chaos and uncertainty are the order of the day in Europe right now. Just look at a few of the headlines from the last 2 weeks:
EU Banks Need $166 Billion (bloomberg.com)
Germans Demand EU Referendum (express.co.uk)
END OF SCHENGEN? MEPs vote to bring BACK border controls as free movement FAILS (express.co.uk)
Brexit will BREAK UP the European Union and MUST be stopped, billionaire George Soros says (express.co.uk)
“EU Wants an Empire” (blacklistednews.com)
MERKEL’S WORST NIGHTMARE: Germany calls for Referendum (express.co.uk)
Die Welt Calls For Merkel’s Resignation (zerohedge.com)
At the same time, Germany takes on leadership role in Europe…
After Brexit, Can Germany Lead Europe Alone? (nytimes.com)
After Brexit vote, an uneasy Germany wrestles with whether to lead (washingtonpost.com)
Brexit: Germany vying to emerge as European Union superpower following Britain’s exit (abc.net.au)
European SUPERSTATE to be unveiled: EU nations ‘to be morphed into one’ post-Brexit (express.co.uk)
As this world continues on its downward spiral, major decisions will have to be made by many nations, and as we have just witnessed in the case of the British Prime Minister, these things have a habit of happening suddenly!
“World events are moving swiftly toward the grand-smash climax at the CLOSE of this world – THIS CIVILIZATION! World news intensifies! God undoubtedly has held back progress of world events toward this final crisis. But indications now are that God will allow Satan to SPEED UP his wrath, for he knows he has but a short time!” (Co-worker Letter – September 17, 1982)
1956: The year the world changed!
60 years on…
Will 2016 see the start of the final crisis?
by Phil Henderson
The Sure Evidence of The Place Prepared
given Bristol UK 23 Jul 2016
|Many now pour scorn on the idea of a place - prepared by God for His people - to grant them safety in the days ahead. But when we look at several earlier events in scripture, then the way God operates in such areas becomes very clear. (2.6 Mb)|
by Paula Henderson
Ps 5 - Give Ear Unto My Words
sung Bristol UK 23 Jul 2016
by Ian Henderson
Zechariah - part 1
given Bristol UK 23 Jul 2016
|Zechariah is a prophetic book that contains some as yet un-revealed prophetic imagery. But there are hints to be found in scripture that do seem to provide intriguing pointers as to what they mean. This sermon covers the background to the book and the first two chapters. (12.5 Mb)|