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World Tomorrow
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Tribulation
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Sermon
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Fruit of the Spirit - Peace
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Pastors Report - 20 Jan 2017
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End Time Mental Health

And upon them that are left alive of you I will send a faintness into their hearts ... and the sound of a shaken leaf shall chase them ... and they shall fall when none pursueth. (Leviticus 26:36)

"Psychosomatic means mind ('psyche') and body ('soma'). A psychosomatic disorder is a disease which involves both mind and body. Some physical diseases are thought to be particularly prone to be made worse by mental factors such as stress and anxiety. Your current mental state can affect how bad a physical disease is at any given time." (www.patient.co.uk/health/Psychosomatic-Disorders.htm)

End Time Importance:

These first few weeks of 2017 seem to have set the scene for a pivotal year of upheaval and uncertainty. All around the world, political and financial stability is now rare – and we hear increasing sabre-rattling from all corners. Even the geological "ring of fire" along the pacific rim seems to be waking up. It seems unlikely therefore, that – wherever we live – we are going to experience much in the way of a "quiet life" in the next twelve months – making this end-time prophecy from the apostle Paul ever more pertinent:

  • Understand that the last days will be dangerous times.
  • People will be selfish and love money. They will be the kind of people who brag and who are proud. They will slander others, and they will be disobedient to their parents. They will be ungrateful, unholy,
  • unloving, contrary, and critical. They will be without self-control and brutal, and they won't love what is good.
  • They will be people who are disloyal, reckless, and conceited. They will love pleasure instead of loving God. (II Timothy 3:1-4 CEB)

So with what is destined to come on this world – and the resultant severe stress – we should not be surprised to see increasingly severe psychosomatic illnesses. We are told in Luke about: ".... distress of nations, with perplexity ... men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken." (Luke 21:25-26)

And just before these mind-numbing heavenly signs appear there is prophesied to be:

  • "... a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time:" (Daniel 12:1)
  • "... great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be." (Matthew 24:21)
  • "... none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob‘s trouble" (Jeremiah 30:7)
Positive Focus:

And yet, with each of the above scriptures, God also gives His people a positive aspect – something for each of us to focus on .... something to take to heart :

  • "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." (Luke 21:28)
  • "... and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book." (Daniel 12:1)
  • "... but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened." (Matthew 24:22)
  • "Fear not ...Jacob ...I will save thee from afar and your seed from the land of their captivity" (Jeremiah 30:10)

By including these positive aspects on each occasion it is very clear that within such mind-numbing events, God wants us all to focus on the coming Kingdom and thus stabilise our minds by doing so. As a loving Father, He is not going to leave us alone at that time, and shows He even has our "seed" at the forefront of His mind also:

  • Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;
  • I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;
  • Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him. (Isaiah 43:5-7)
  • For if ye turn again unto the LORD, your brethren and your children shall find compassion before them that lead them captive, so that they shall come again into this land: for the LORD your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away his face from you, if ye return unto him. (II Chronicles 30:9)
Today?:

The question is, how will we fare when that time comes? Let's ask; how are we doing now – as we watch the news and sigh and cry for the abominations we see committed? There is an interesting scripture found in Jeremiah that gives us a principle to apply in this area: "If you have raced with people and are worn out, how will you compete with horses? If you fall down in an open field, how will you survive in the forest along the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5 CEB)

God is telling us that it is vital that we learn to allow Him to develop His peace within us today, when we have relative peace, safety and a dependable food supply – so we will be ready and able to cope mentally, physically and spiritually with those far more trying times when they come. The idea that the combined Church will simply slip into the place of safety with scarcely a ripple is naive. The examples given to us in the Old Testament – Noah, Lot, Israel coming out of Egypt – show us that we too will need to exhibit faith in God when the time comes to flee ... and even just to cope with life up until that point.

Psychosomatic Illness in Scripture:

If it is our desire to be standing when Christ returns – to have that incredible privilege that no other human beings on earth will ever have again – then it will pay us to take great heed to our physical as well as our spiritual health! Being "fearful and unbelieving" will be a major problem health-wise for us in the near future, and as mentioned in Revelation 21:8, could even bar us from entering into eternity!

There are many other negative emotions that also affect our bodies – particularly our immune systems. Although at first glance it may be difficult to see this link between the immune system and our emotions in scripture, once the connection between the bones and the immune system is understood, then the passages within the scriptures jump off the page!!

Bone Marrow – All the cells of the immune system are initially derived from the bone marrow. They form through a process called hematopoiesis. During hematopoiesis, bone marrow-derived stem cells differentiate into either mature cells of the immune system or into precursors of cells that migrate out of the bone marrow to continue their maturation elsewhere. The bone marrow produces B cells, natural killer cells, granulocytes and immature thymocytes, in addition to red blood cells and platelets. (www.thebody.com/content/art1788.html)

The Immune Sytem:

Let the above facts really sink in! Note that " all the cells of the immune system are initially derived from the bone marrow". So the bones are absolutely vital for our entire health and freedom from disease. "ALL cells of the immune system" come from the bones!! Having grasped that crucial point ....... now notice these passages from the book of Proverbs and Isaiah ......

  • Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. (Proverbs 3:7-8)
  • A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.(Proverbs 12:4)
  • A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones. (Proverbs 14:30))
  • The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat. (Proverbs 15:30)
  • Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.(Proverbs 16:24)
  • A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. (Proverbs 17:22)
  • And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. (Isaiah 58:11)

In each of the above cases, God is telling us that it is the condition of our minds that governs the health within our bones – and therefore our minds govern our entire immune response. Every part of our body is therefore affected by how we think! As we think in our heart, so we are – even physically!! (Proverbs 23:7) This physical link with our health clearly applies to passages such as, " Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath" (Ephesians 4:26). Ever tried to get a good night's sleep when someone or something was really, really bothering you? Even without the spiritual implication of not being able to get through to God in prayer, just to remain well and healthy, we need to get rid of whatever problems there may be between us, and live at peace. This is clearly the way God has designed our very existence – to impress upon us in a physical way the vital need for His Character.

Getting a Handle on Life:

Even the world is beginning to recognise this vital need to get a handle on life – something found in scripture all the time.

Professor Stephen Bloom, a stress expert from Imperial College, London, told BBC News Online there was a lot of evidence to show stress increased the incidence of illness.

"After the death of a spouse the surviving partner has a shortened life expectancy, and an increased chance of dying in the six months after bereavement. This is almost certainly because of stress," he said. "And children who are exposed to stress stop growing almost entirely." (news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3034410.stm)

What we need to appreciate is that it is not just the level of stress – it is our reaction to it. This link to psychosomatic illness is part of the reason for scriptures such as:

  • Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith." ( Proverbs 15:17)
  • Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife. ( Proverbs 17:1)
  • It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman. ( Proverbs 21:19)
  • Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! ( Psalms 133:1)
Our Frame of Mind:

Many people are having to earn a living under adverse circumstances - poor working conditions, unsocial hours, awkward/hostile colleagues - and the result can be ill health. An article specifically targeting problems with shift work brings out some very pertinent facts re. our frame of mind:

If you are someone that suffers from shift work sickness, have you ever considered that your attitude might be partly to blame? I'm thinking probably not, so you might be interested to know that optimistic people actually have stronger immune systems. In fact optimistic people are 77% less likely to die of heart attack or stroke than pessimists, are less stressed, more resilient, tend to age better and even live longer....

Negativity drains people of energy which is not good – .......Negative thoughts are toxic. They release chemicals that are harmful to the immune system, deplete energy, speed aging and damage brain cells.

.... Studies have also revealed that at least 75% of illness originates in the mind. Prolonged negativity leads to depression which releases more toxic hormones that further weaken the immune system and lower the body's ability to fight disease. Instead, people with a positive attitude bounce back faster when things get them down. Positive thoughts release serotonin which makes us feel good, aids memory and can even prevents brain damage.

Now the good news is that a positive attitude can be developed. Since we can change our thoughts, we can certainly change our attitude. So stop complaining, criticising, and judging. It's only going to make you prone to shift work sickness – and a person that nobody wants to hang around with.

If you're constantly getting sick all of the time when you're working shift work, try changing your attitude – you might be pleasantly surprised with the results! (How a Change in Attitude Can Help Boost Your Immune System!)

Bootstraps Not Sufficient:

The problem is, the world's solution will only go so far. Yes, making a conscious human decision to have the right frame of mind when on night shift, or facing other difficult work issues, can make a noticeable difference to one's health. We do indeed have the ability to choose the way we think – whether negative or positive – and as we think, that is how we will be - for better or for worse! But what we have to face in the future is way, way beyond mere "positive thinking". We're looking at the sun, the moon, the very earth moving – increasing brightness seven fold one moment (Isaiah 30:26) and making it dark the next ! (Joel 2:31) And "distress of nations" mentioned in Luke might be thought an understatement. Wishing the rocks to fall on you means you are most certainly in severe mental anguish. (Luke 23;30)

Such things will bring the "positive thinkers" and "pull yourself up by your bootstrap" philosophers to see that their ideas – although helpful in normal circumstances, are not able to stand up to the horrors that are coming. As Mr. Armstrong wrote ...

Great Tribulation Cut Short.....

.....The very first man God created, Adam, rejected the tree of life which meant reliance on God and the gift of eternal life from God. Instead he chose to rely on himself and his own mind to guide his life and solve all his problems. To this very day, the nations and the leaders of this world still try to rely on themselves and human attempts at solution of their escalating problems. The world still refuses to rely on God.

It is only when the world and its leaders have come to the place where they have to realize their utter helplessness before their own problems and that their only hope from here on is reliance on and obedience to God, that God will intervene and bring about the end of this world by sending Jesus Christ. ("Are we in the Last Days")

When all such human devices fail – both mental and physical – only then are men going to be forced to "look up"....and to rely on God! How much better for us to be learning to do the same, day by day – in a positive way, in prayer and in faith – through our present trials, NOW.

Reliance on God's Word:

Prior to our repentance we had one of two approaches to God's Word, the Bible. Either we totally ignored it — looking at it as something totally incomprehensible and meaningless in this modern world — or we elevated ourselves over scripture, looking down on it and decided for ourselves which bits to accept and which bits to ignore, reject or 'massage' to our liking.

But with the about-face that took place at baptism, our relationship with God's Word dramatically changed. We began to literally start living "by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4). And as we began to believe it and submit to what it said, so it began to make more and more sense. As mentioned in II Corinthians. 3:14, from once being blinded, the "vail had been taken away". Our 'spiritual' eyes were opened and we could understand what we read and what is more, scripture became progressively ever more meaningful as its position relative to us moved — from something we looked down on to something we looked up to and placed what it had to say in complete authority over us. We had a respect to that Word – a good and right godly fear.

Our Destiny:

And this approach also gives a tremendous purpose to life — the likes of which nothing else even comes close! Now we have this framework, this infallible guide to our thought patterns, we not only obey what we read in scripture, but we have a concrete and positive reason for doing so. The reason we obey is that we have absolute faith in the fact that it is God who is defining for us how best to live. He wants everything for our good (James 1:17). And in a similar way, it is faith in the same words, from the same God, that allows us to focus on the astounding future and the promise of both mental and physical protection when: "men’s hearts [are] failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth" (Luke 21:26)

Our willing obedience, our mental health and our ultimate amazing destiny are thus inexorably tied together, and the about-face we adopted at baptism — removing self from the equation and putting ourselves in complete submission to the government of God — also joins us with our brethren through the ages who have done the same: individuals destined to inherit the same Kingdom with us; individuals whose lives were also turned "right side up" in their day by the same mindset. Their society may have been radically different as far as technology goes, but human nature – under the influence of our enemy – with its fears and frustrations has remained the same. As we are encouraged by Paul:

  • There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.(I Corinthians 10:13)
God's Care For Us:

And God knows our frame....He remembers we are just dust, and we so easily miss the mark, and yet -

  • For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
  • Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
  • And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.(I John 3:20-22)

We are standing on the cusp of tremendous events in the next few years, of which 2017 may well be the start. How will we fare, – spiritually and physically – if we are fearful now? If we are not 100% sure of God's care for us, individually? We need to take the time to nourish our minds with the positive aspects of being a child of God, and in so doing, our bodies will also reap the benefit. And as a result, we'll stand at the return of Christ and see the wonderful fulfilment of so many prophecies, possibly starting with this one:

  • A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompence to his enemies. Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.
  • Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.
  • Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God.
  • Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her:
  • That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory.
  • For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees.
  • As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.
  • And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of the LORD shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies. (Isaiah 66:6-13)
News Review - 13 Jan 2017
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Europe is failing as a team player and must act now to avoid war as rising nationalism sweeps the continent”

EUROPE 2017 - Descent into Chaos

As we start the new year, the financial situation in Europe is yet again in the headlines…

EUROPE: CATASTROPHIC 2017

“Europe could suffer another catastrophic banking catastrophe on a par with the 2008 financial crisis, a top analyst has warned. European banks are still maintaining a large level of bad loans which has continued to hinder the banking system and could spark a new financial meltdown, according to Howard Goldring, managing director of Delmore Asset Management.

The financial world is currently closely examining the banks in Italy, in particular the oldest lender in the world, Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS), which was recently forced to opt for state intervention, as it tries to recapitalise and its strategy could be used as a template for other struggling Italian banks.

However, Mr Goldring also points to the fact that other European banks are in a similar position regarding bad debt, which could trigger another financial meltdown.” (express.co.uk, 3 Jan 2017)

…and the problem is not just in Italy. Germany’s leading bank, appears to be in serious trouble!

“A senior financial analyst has claimed that if Deutsche Bank is allowed to fail it will collapse the entire European banking system. Ewen Cameron Watt, a senior director at investment managers Blackrock Investment Institute, told CNBC: ‘If Deutsche Bank doesn’t make it, forget European banks as a whole’.” (express.co.uk, 21 Dec 2016)

Over 30 years ago, Mr Armstrong had the following to say about the world’s financial situation:

“…I can see now the event that is going to trigger the formation of reunification in Europe; the resurrection of the Medieval Holy Roman Empire that we’ve been looking forward to that is prophesied to come …I believe that some event is going to happen suddenly just like out of a blue sky that is going to shock the whole world and is going to cause the nations of Europe to realize they must unite.

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

Now when the financial structure breaks down, all civilization is going to break down. I just wanted to say that much - maybe you can begin to see how serious this thing can become!(Sermon - Prophecy Part 1)

The financial situation is a key area to watch closely. But there are other situations in the EU which are also causing concern. Mr Putin says the EU today is more of a dictatorship than the Soviet Union…

“Vladimir Putin has hit out at the rampant federalism of the European Union, saying many countries within the bloc feel uninvolved in key sovereign decisions. While claiming it was ‘up to Europeans’ to decide what was best for them, he claimed the European Union had stricter control on member states than the Soviet Union’s supreme council. It comes after the Russian president was accused of plotting the downfall of the bloc, with Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev accusing the nation of dividing Europe to conquer it. ‘They have more decisions made in Brussels than the Supreme Council in the Soviet Union did so its a high level of federalisation’.” (express.co.uk, 25 Dec 2016)

Financier Mr George Soros has said that the EU will fall after the elite “stole democracy”… Brussels is “on the verge of breakdown

“George Soros has warned voters have turned away from mainstream political parties as ‘many people felt that the elites have stolen their democracy’, in an alarming forecast for the European Union in 2017. The 86-year-old Hungarian-American said Brussels is ‘on the verge of breakdown’ and could even fall under the influence of Vladimir Putin.

Writing in a blog, the highly influential businessman warned: ‘Open societies are in crisis, and various forms of closed societies – from fascist dictatorships to mafia states – are on the rise. How could this happen? The only explanation I can find is that elected leaders failed to meet voters’ legitimate expectations and aspirations and that this failure led electorates to become disenchanted with the prevailing versions of democracy and capitalism. Quite simply, many people felt that the elites had stolen their democracy’.” (express.co.uk, 3 Jan 2017)

EU Leader Begs Nations To Stop Votes, Fearing Union Will Collapse…

“A European Union leader has begged countries to stop holding referendums for fear of tearing the bloc apart. Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico has pleaded with the remaining 27 nations to cease giving citizens the power to decide their own future. Mr Fico pointed to the recent examples in the UK and Italy, which saw the countries turn away from the EU. Britain voted to leave the superstate - Brexit - while the Mediterranean nation’s future is uncertain after the Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigned following Italians overwhelmingly rejecting his package of reforms.” (express.co.uk, 5 Jan 2017)

Germany’s Gabriel Says EU Break-up No Longer Unthinkable

“Germany’s insistence on austerity in the euro zone has left Europe more divided than ever and a break-up of the European Union is no longer inconceivable, German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel told Der Spiegel magazine. ‘But I also know about the state of the EU. It is no longer unthinkable that it breaks apart,’ he said in the interview, published on Saturday. ‘Should that happen, our children and grandchildren would curse us,’ he added. ‘Because Germany is the biggest beneficiary of the European community - economically and politically’.” (reuters.com, 8 Jan 2017)

On The Political Front, Mrs Merkel Anticipates Frosty Relations With US

“The hour-long video didn’t exactly put the German chancellor in a cheerful mood. The footage was from Donald Trump’s recent appearance in Pennsylvania during his so-called Thank You Tour and Angela Merkel, as she told the national executive committee of her center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU), watched the rally in its entirety. She recommended that her fellow party members do the same. ‘It is interesting to see the thought environment he inhabits,’ she said.

One passage really stood out in Merkel’s memory and she quoted it verbatim: ‘There is no such thing as a global anthem, a global currency, a global flag. We salute one flag, and that is the American flag.’

It’s not Trump’s ideology that worries Merkel most. His opinions, after all, morph quickly, something that Merkel has experienced personally. As recently as August 2015, he said the German chancellor was ‘probably the greatest leader in the world today.’ Then the refugee crisis came and Trump said, ‘What she’s done in Germany is insane. It’s insane.’

It’s Trump’s character that worries Merkel most, his craving to be loved and admired and his fury against all those who refuse to do so.

Merkel has been in office for 11 years and she knows very well just how unstable the world order has become. ‘Many have the feeling that the world has been turned upside down,’ she said at the CDU’s annual party conference at the beginning of December. It was a tone that one seldom hears from Angela Merkel. It’s Merkel’s belief that Trump is only impressed by strength.” (spiegel.de, 5 Jan 2017)

Merkel Mocked For Urging Germans To Beat Terror With “Love And Compassion”

“Angela Merkel was branded ‘mad’ and ‘off her rocker’ today after giving a bizarre New Year’s Eve speech telling Germans to fight the bombs and guns of Islamic State with love and compassion. The embattled Chancellor, who is surrounded by armed guards around the clock and travels everywhere in a bullet-proof car, said terrified citizens should meet the ISIS terror threat with ‘openness’.” (express.co.uk, 2 Jan 2017)

Call To Centralize Security In Germany Broaches A Postwar Taboo

“As Germany struggles to respond to worsening attacks inspired by Islamic terrorists, the country’s top security official on Tuesday strongly advocated consolidating greater intelligence and security powers with the federal government, a taboo since World War II.

‘The jurisdiction for the fight against international terrorism is fragmented,’ Mr de Maizière wrote in a guest column for the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of the country’s leading newspapers. ‘The security of the state must be able to be controlled by the state,’ he argued.

Christian Mölling, an expert with the security policy department of the German Marshall Fund in Berlin, warned against forgetting the role played by the past in shaping many Germans’ attitudes about a centralized police force.

‘Many Americans tend to look at modern Germany through a lens shaped by the former West Germany,’ Mr Mölling said. ‘You need to keep in mind that this country has considerable experience with dictatorships, and consequently there is a significant tract of the population that does not wish to see the return of the secret police that was previously part of their daily life’.” (nytimes.com, 5 Jan 2017)

Now German Politicians Call For Nuclear Weapons

…and the rest of the world seems unconcerned!

German militarism is assuming ever more openly aggressive forms. Following the German parliament’s (Bundestag) decision on Friday to massively increase the military budget, a discussion has now been launched about providing the German army (Bundeswehr) with nuclear weapons.

In Monday’s edition of the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, co-editor Berthold Kohler called in a piece headlined ‘The utterly unimaginable’ for the new foreign minister to ‘subject German foreign policy to an overhaul, particularly with regard to its security policy aspects.’ A ‘simple “same as before” along the well-worn path’ could not be permitted.

The new ‘path’ advocated by Kohler consists of ‘higher spending on defence,’ the ‘revival of compulsory military service,’ and something which was for ‘German minds completely inconceivable, the question of our own nuclear deterrent.’

Like Der Spiegel prior to the US election, he raised the demand for Germany’s own nuclear weapons and justified this by citing the alleged ‘withdrawal of America from the world,’ which would continue under a future President Trump and further encourage China and Russia ‘to expand their areas of domination and spheres of influence’.” (wsws.org, 2 Dec 2016)

Shock As Berlin Talks About European Nuclear Armed Forces

“Thanks to Donald Trump’s electoral victory, Berlin sees its opportunities for pushing for the creation of EU military structures and possibly European nuclear armed forces growing. Wolfgang Ischinger, the influential diplomat and Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, is ‘hoping’ that the ‘Trump shock’ has ‘dramatically increased’ the willingness to militarize the European Union.

Last week, the European Parliament adopted a resolution that includes setting up an EU Operational Headquarters, establishing a ‘political leadership’ for EU military operations, and raising the military budgets of all member states to at least 2% of their GDP.” (german-foreign-policy.com, 2 Dec 2016)

Could Europe Fear Germany Again?

“Next September Angela Merkel will stand for a fourth term, but after the victory of Donald Trump and the UK’s vote to leave the EU, no one should make confident predictions about whether she will stay around or whether a resurgent right might one day take the reins of power in Berlin as it has in other European capitals. That isn’t a far-fetched scenario.” (smallwarsjournal.com, 20 Dec 2016)

Europe Must Act NOW To Avoid WAR, Warns Top German Politician

Europe is failing as a team player and is on the brink of war as rising nationalism sweeps the continent, a former chancellor advisor has warned. Horst Teltschik said the bureaucratic European Union (EU) is struggling in the face of a catastrophic euro crisis that continues to ‘gain tract’ and a sensational Brexit vote, which prompted an ‘erosion’ of its powers.

Hinting that a break-up of the Union is more than likely, Mr Telthschik said the bloc’s main players France and Germany were ‘stuttering’. The German politician said: ‘European integration was the peacemaking response of the Europeans to the catastrophe of two world wars. No generation in Europe has ever been able to live in peace, freedom and prosperity for seventy years.

Mr Teltschik also issued a chilling warning, telling Europeans to brace for an ongoing migrant crisis, which he says has only just begun, along with more Islamist-inspired terror attacks. He said: ‘The refugee wave is only the beginning. Millions of Arabs, Africans, Pakistani, Afghans, and others, tormented by war, terror and poverty, are looking for new life perspectives. The communist ideology is dead. Today, we are witnessing a totalitarian and murderous Islamism with its terrorist acts, that are spreading across borders. No upper limits or video surveillance will help with this.’

Concluding that the the embattled European Union is ‘failing as a team player’ and turning its back on its past experiences in the wake of a Cold War, he asks: ‘What Europe do we want? Should a Core Europe go ahead? Suddenly, a defensive union is being discussed again, without a common foreign and security policy within sight. And this in a world that is re-forming itself. Everything suddenly seems to be on the test. The experience of the past decades has been pushed aside’.” (express.co.uk, 4 Jan 2017)

EUROPE: A Summary

Many in Europe cannot see any future for the present European Union. They feel that democracy has been hijacked and that the present EU is a dictatorship! The European Commission is “overwhelmed with criticism almost every day”.

Since Brexit, several other nations want referendums on their future membership of the EU. The situation is so serious that some leaders want to stop any future referendoms for fear of tearing the bloc apart! Such an event is no longer “unthinkable”!

The “ongoing migrant crisis has only just begun”, and Europe expects more “Islamist-inspired terror attacks”.

As a leading German politician said recently. “Europe is failing as a team player and is on the brink of war as rising nationalism sweeps the continent”.

And then he asks, “ What Europe do we want? Should a CORE EUROPE go ahead? Suddenly, a defensive union is being discussed again, without a common foreign and security policy within sight. And this in a world that is re-forming itself. Everything suddenly seems to be on the test. The experience of the past decades has been pushed aside .”

The Warning Went Out!

Here is the warning that Mr Armstrong gave to Vice-Chairman Tan of the the People’s Republic of China – and that warning was to watch out for a “core Europe ”…

“Mr Vice-Chairman, there is something I want to say to you about Western European defense against the Soviet Union. I do not expect you to believe what I’m going to say, but I’ll tell you, and you can believe it after it happens. There will be, within the next few years, a union of 10 nations or groups of nations, in Western Europe–and it might include two or three Russian satellite countries – in a union of church and state – brought about largely by the Roman Catholic Church.

Now I’m not in any way in favor of it, but it will form a short-lived giant world power with military strength equal or superior to either the United States or Russia. They will have a common currency, a common government and a common military power. It will emerge out of the present Common Market. It is going to shock the whole world.” (The Plain Truth – February 1980)

…and that warning still stands!

“We don’t understand German thoroughness. From the very start of World War II, they have considered the possibility of losing this second round, as they did the first – and they have carefully, methodically planned, in such eventuality, the third round – World War III!

The Bible foretells that third round – and it spells DOOM for us, as God’s punishment, because we, as a nation, have forsaken Him and His ways! The third round is termed, in prophecy, an invasion by ‘BABYLON’ – a resurrected Roman Empire – a European Union. I have been proclaiming that since 1927.” (Autobiography - Chapter 49)

What Europe DO They Want?

They want a “CORE EUROPE” undoubtedley led by Germany - with its own armed forces – complete with nuclear weapons – to “protect” all of Europe from the supposed “threat from Russia”.

Even this concept was revealed over 36 years ago, long before the fall of the Berlin Wall, the reunification of East and West Germany, and the collapse of the old Russian USSR!

Times have changed – dramatically.

The “political” world has changed – dramatically…

But the warning is unchanged - and that warning still stands!

“You may be sure the West European leaders are conferring hurriedly and secretly about how and how soon they may unite and provide a united European military force so they can defend themselves! and so they will no longer have to give in meekly to Russia! And who will they blame for their humiliation and their necessity now to have a United Europe, with a united government a common currency, and a common military force as great or greater than either the USSR or the USA?

They will blame the United States!

And when they are strong enough to assert themselves, they will first attack Britain for standing firm with the US, and then they will return a lot of hydrogen bombs the US has stored now in Europe!

So says almighty God in His word!

They can unite only through the Vatican. It will be a Church-State union. It won’t last long, but will create havoc unprecedented!

Time is now short and rapidly growing shorter!

We need to be sure God’s church is 100% back on the track, and ready for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ to rule all nations – and bring peace, prosperity, and eternal salvation to all nations!” (Co-Worker Letter – February 18, 1980)

Transcript - 10 Jan 2017
Mr Armstrong

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