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World Tomorrow
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How To Search For Truth
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Creation and Prehistory
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A Reality Stranger Than Fiction:

"For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched ... But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels" (Hebrews 12:18, 22)

An Astounding Creation:

We find ourselves as observers standing in the very centre of physical immensities. Our body size is almost exactly in the middle of the size of the cosmos itself. The smallest things we know about are approximately 30 orders of magnitude smaller than we are, and the largest structures in the universe are about 30 orders of magnitude bigger. And it's from this unique perspective that we find ourselves witnessing a growing body of evidence of intelligent design within what is becoming a truly more and more astounding creation with every day that passes.

If we take just one aspect of this – the cell – we can see this clearly. When Darwin wrote his axial book, "On the Origin of Species" in 1859, the cell was regarded as little more than a simple blob of protoplasm, with little structure or organisation to speak of apart from a nucleus in certain instances. After all, it was only the preceding year – 1858 – that the physician Rudolf Virchow discovered that cells develop only from existing cells. Prior to this it was believed that cells generated spontaneously, similar to the formation of crystals

How different is our understanding today! Today we recognise that every cell - from the simplest of bacteria to the most complex within our own bodies - operates very much as a robotically driven manufacturing plant containing exquisite molecular machines of many kinds, and all coordinated via the instructions found within the double helix of DNA. Every cell is an absolute hive of activity. Every DNA molecule a superb store or "library" of information. And yet with all this irreducible complexity and therefore clear evidence of intelligent design, mankind refuses to ditch the outmoded fabrication of Darwinian evolution, based at its very core on an incorrect and woefully simplistic view of the very building block of all life. Dogmatically refusing go to where the evidence leads: to an Almighty Intelligent Designer. And this intransigence itself can be described as a reality stranger than fiction. Intelligent men and women behaving utterly irrationally in the face of overwhelming evidence.

Human Birth:

Nowhere is this more the case, than in the area of our human birth. The genesis of every one of us into this physical world can only be described as truly miraculous. That the fusion of two minute cells - one no bigger than the period/full-stop at the end of this sentence and the other invisible to the human eye - can begin a process that in a mere 40 weeks produces a fully functional individual who possesses the potential to ultimately contemplate his own existence is way, way beyond astounding – far stranger than any work of fiction. Yet it is something that is taking place continually – all around the world – casually dismissed by so many otherwise intelligent human beings who vainly attempt to explain even the spiritual dimension of man in terms of nothing more than mindless forces and blind chance. Those of you who are connected to the Internet and can click on this link should be able to do little else but marvel at the astounding process of conception and growth in the womb – albeit simulated by computer graphics – and as you do, just stop and think..."this was me...this was how I started out".

  • ... thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.
  • I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
  • My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in [Heb: that which underlies the solid].
  • Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. (Psalm 139:13-16)
Spiritual Birth:

Yet the true reality within this subject of human birth becomes even more startling, even more profound, even more "beyond fiction", when we realise it does not stand as an end in itself, but has been designed primarily as a type of something truly transcendental. The same Being who designed and built our start to this physical chemical existence we currently enjoy designed it as but the initial stage in a spiritual process. That far greater process is destined to take us into eternity – granting us eternal life as spirit born sons within the very kingdom and family of God. The physical birth being but a type of the divine.

Mr Armstrong describes the astounding parallels in this way:

Now, as the physical male sperm finds its way to, and unites with the nucleus in the ovum, so God’s Spirit enters and combines with the human spirit and MIND! Now we have the presence of ETERNAL LIFE – God-life – through God’s Spirit. In like manner the human embryo was an actual human life as yet undeveloped. But we are not yet immortal spirit beings – not yet BORN of God – just as the human ovum was not yet born of its human parents – not yet inheritors, and possessors, but physical HEIRS (Rom. 8:17)...

So now, once spiritually begotten, we are merely a spiritual embryo. Now we must be fed and nourished on SPIRITUAL food! Jesus said man shall not live by bread (physical food) alone, but by EVERY WORD OF GOD (spiritual food)! This we drink in from the Bible! But we drink in this spiritual knowledge and character, also, through personal, intimate, continuous contact with God through PRAYER, and through Christian fellowship with God’s children in His Church. And also by the continual teaching imparted by the Church.

... Continue further! As the physical fetus must grow physically large enough to be born, so the begotten Christian must grow in grace, and in the knowledge of Christ (2 Pet. 3:18) – must overcome, must develop in spiritual CHARACTER during this life, in order to be born into the kingdom of GOD!

And as the physical fetus gradually, one by one, develops the physical organs, features and characteristics, even so the begotten Christian must gradually, continually, develop the SPIRITUAL character – love, faith, patience, gentleness, temperance. He (or she) must live by, and be a DOER of the Word of God. He must develop the divine character!

Then in God’s due time – though the person may die meanwhile – by a resurrection, or by instantaneous CHANGE to immortality at Christ’s coming, he shall be BORN of God – into the KINGDOM OF GOD – because GOD is that kingdom! He is no longer material flesh from the ground, but composed of spirit, even as God is a Spirit (John 4:24) How WONDERFUL is the TRUTH OF GOD! ( Mystery of the Ages – pages: 260-263 )

Changes Everything:

The difference between an unfertilised and a fertilised ovum is infinitesimal in purely cellular terms, yet the change in potential is truly off the scale. That impregnation by the sperm changes everything. Not only does the woman's body dramatically react in a physical, hormonal way to the developing foetus, but her and her husband's mental change is equally dramatic. As potential parents their attitude toward this tiny but growing bundle of cells becomes one of hope, happiness, excitement and anticipation. And the bundle of cells itself – controlled by the DNA – begins to develop with a purpose and direction it did not possess before. Absolutely every stage of growth that takes place does so with that 40 week deadline of birth paramount – and the independent new life it will have thereafter.

So it must be with the spiritual lives of God's people. From the point of baptism forward our life should be developing with a purpose and direction it did not possess before. Everything that takes place thereafter must do so within the focus of Christ's return and our resurrection to spirit life at that time. As the apostle Paul declares: "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (II Corinthians 5:17)

  • Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
  • Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
  • For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
  • Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. (Romans 6:3-6)
This Physical World:

Part of the newness of life in which we must walk is a new frame of mind towards materialism. All that we have – and all that we are physically ("dust you are...") – has come from this earth on which we find ourselves and has largely been given to us by God as a blessing to enjoy to the full. The problem is, the pursuit of wealth and material happiness tends to take on a life of its own. Egged on by the greed-based advertising of this world, the average man on the street is encouraged to think of little else – so busy trying to satisfy insatiable appetites of every kind, that anything of real meaning and purpose in life tends to be sidelined.

But when God opens the mind and the true reality dawns, this physical materialistic world is seen for what it is. Designed as a blessing to be enjoyed, yes – but only for a very short time. And the perception of what is truly important therefore changes dramatically:

  • Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
  • But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
  • For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also...
  • ... Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
  • (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
  • But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:19-21,31-33)
Spiritual Reality:

The very clear instruction of Jesus Christ above, is that we are to put first things first by seeking, "first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness". In so doing, our overall view of life must become elevated – away from this fragile earthly existence and onto the God-plane existence instead – as the apostle Paul encourages us:

  • If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
  • Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
  • For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
  • When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4)

But do we notice what these verses say? Talk about a reality stranger than fiction – our very existence, physical life itself, is as good as dead here on earth. Each day that we live is one day closer to our death! Our real life therefore, is currently hidden with Christ in the God-family – to eventually be revealed at His return. THAT is the reality! A God-plane reality! For that reason, "our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ" (Philippians 3:20 NIV)

The Angelic Realm:

In books, films and general marketing today, angels are big business. It is one of Satan's ploys to get our minds off reality, and think instead of the impression he'd like us to have, one of them being cherubs as cute little fat babies on Valentines day! So we spurn anything that even smells "religious", dismissing the undisputed fact of the angelic realm, its magnitude and its power.

  • And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands. (Revelation 5:11)

In the final sermon he gave, Mr Armstrong describes the return of Jesus Christ as, "the most tremendous event that has ever happened in the history, not of mankind, not of this earth, but the most important event that has ever happened in the entire universe." ( Meaning of Trumpets 1985 ) Preparations for that literally earthshattering intervention are undoubtedly going on right now. And the reality is, that untold millions of angels will also be involved to ensure its success:

  • For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, ...
  • But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, (Hebrews 12:18,22)

This awesome undertaking - an event that will shock the world and will surpass any science fiction production - is something in which we too are all involved – as the potential teachers of God's Way of Life during the subsequent millennial rule. Knowing this, is it any wonder that we are told, "there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth." (Luke 15:10) for they are all, "ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation" (Hebrews 1:14) And of these heirs of salvation – God's potential spirit born sons – Christ warns us, "Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 18:10). It seems indeed we do have our "guardian angel"...fact and not fiction.

This Evil Age:

We live at a monumental period in Earth's history, shortly prior to the time that "the mystery of God should be finished" (Revelation 10:7) – the birth of God's spirit born sons. But the god of this world – Satan the devil (II Corinthians 4:4) – appears to be pulling out all stops to prevent the reality really sinking in. Not only has he heaped stress upon stress, manipulating society to prevent people having the time to stop, sit and just think about the important things in life but he's also mounting an unremitting campaign against the very picture God gives us as to what He is doing in this world, and what a human being actually is! The undeniable reason why Satan has attacked marriage, family life, the husband as head of the home, and even gender itself is to trash the understanding of why we were created male and female and what the picture of conception, gestation and birth is all about. Plus the love of the parents and siblings within the strong family unit.

Satan, like the other angelic beings has no sex, and cannot reproduce himself. This is obviously an incredibly sore point with him when faced with mankind's God-given ability, hence the attack on all things to do with sexuality and a strong family unit. In no other age of man have we had to battle against the idea there might be 50 varieties of gender! Where is this reality coming from, if not from a perverted, spiritual source?

The Meaning of Life:

But the meaning of life remains sure and unshakeable even though that reality is indeed stranger than fiction. We need to start thinking deeply about what the scriptures are telling us from Genesis all the way through to Revelation...it's about human beings fashioned physically after the God kind, with the potential of being changed into a creature that can live and thrive in a different dimension - the spirit dimension. And not just angelic types, but part of The Royal Family, the governing family – of the God kind – with the character to match.

  • So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (Genesis 1:27)
  • But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were [begotten], not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:12-13)
  • For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
  • For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of [sonship], whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
  • The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
  • And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint–heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together...
  • ... For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. ( Romans 8:14-17, 29)
  • He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. (Revelation 21:7)

In our busy, busy lives, it can be so easy to be caught up with just surviving from one week to the next. Being overcome with the cares of this life is a real threat. Our trials often wear us down and can seem unconnected with our calling, yet they are part of what God is doing...working and molding and shaping us, even as we once had to grow, change and develop physically inside the womb.

We must take time out to think deeply about the reality we are actually involved in....something stranger that fiction, yes, but when thought deeply about, we can see that this IS fact, this is real, and we have been given this information by a God who cannot lie. The God that oversaw our development from a minute zygote, no bigger than one of these dots ... to a being that can read and understand His spiritual word, this same God - our Father - also promises never to give up on us, as long as we are willing, but to work with and develop us into another being – one that reflects His character and His way ... another God being, His son.

  • For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
  • For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
  • While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. (II Corinthians 4:16-18)
News Review - 10 Nov 2017
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Military expenditures are exploding… right wing politics on the increase… instability in the Middle East… instability in Europe… instability in Germany… instability in the USA… instability in the UK… the world now enters…

“End of the Age Mode”

“It is of course impossible to guess what the end of the year will precisely look like. Nevertheless, we wish to draw our readers’ attention to the fact that the whole planet is currently in a general and simultaneous repositioning phase.

The United States gives the final blow to an international system (WTO, UN, Unesco, etc) which it no longer controls.

Military expenditures are exploding all around in a race for technological primacy (multipolar arms race).

Governments are swinging one by one towards a hard right-wing, which soon will no longer be called the far-right (Austria, Italy, Spain, USA, Russia, India, Turkey, Israel, Brazil, etc).

The parties belonging to the institutional left have been blown out of the water, whilst the radical movements of the left-wing (called ‘the populists’, see 5-star movement) fill in large rooms.” (geab.anticipolis.eu)

Cause And Effect

All the instability in the modern world has a cause, but mankind is blinded to that cause. Satan is “the god of this world” (ll Corinthians 4:4) and the Satan has “deceived the whole world” (Revelation 12:9). Here is the root cause of all of today’s chaotic world, as explained by Mr Armstrong:

…Satan broadcasts. He doesn’t broadcast in words, or definite thoughts, but in attitudes that lead to thoughts and lead to motives and motivations.(Sermon - December 31, 1983)

The “Motives And Motivations”

As you will see from the following articles, instability is the new normal:

Instability in the Middle East

“Tensions in the Middle East are at boiling point after a series of fiery diplomatic disputes. A huge power play between Saudi Arabia and Iran looks set to draw their neighbours into a bitter conflict.

Saudi Arabia vs Iran

Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of an ‘act of war’ after a missile was intercepted over the capital city Riyadh …the Saudi ruling coalition claimed the missile launch was an aggressive act by Iran…

Saudi Arabia vs Yemen

There is growing tension between Yemen and the Saudis due to the same incident, as it was Yemeni Houthi militias who fired the missile. The rebels, backed by Iran, have seized control of the capital Sanaa and forced the government into exile.

Saudi Arabia vs Lebanon

Saudi Arabia has accused Lebanon of declaring war against the kingdom over aggression by Lebanese group Hezbollah.

Lebanon vs Iran

Lebanon is fully immersed in the regional power play between Saudi Arabia and Iran with key political figures playing into it.

Bahrain vs Lebanon

Bahrain has ordered its citizens to leave Lebanon amid mounting tensions between regional powers and Iran.

Qatar vs Everyone

Several countries, including Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, have severed diplomatic ties with Qatar and imposed land, sea and air blockades. Qatar is accused of supporting terrorist groups, including Islamic State and Hezbollah - charges the oil-rich state strongly denies.” (express.co.uk)

Instability Across Europe

“UKIP MEP Tim Aker rose on the floor of the European Union to claim the European Union is ‘riddled with panic’. Mr Aker said: ‘They have seen parties who love country, nation, sovereignty, rise across the European Union and it has not got a clue how to stop them. I am just glad we are walking away from this’.” (yourthurrock.com)

Instability In Germany

“Even though Angela Merkel was re-elected on Sunday, Germany doesn’t feel very celebratory. As a German, I’ve never seen such a worried, agitated and sullen public in my country… ‘There is immense unrest in Germany,’ notes Stephan Grünewald from the Rheingold Institute in Cologne, who specializes in conducting psychological in-depth interviews with voters: ‘In our interviews, all the talk was about: refugee crisis, refugee crisis, refugee crisis. The psychological mood of the voters is wobbly, I have never before experienced such rage and so much hate among the test persons’.” (wbur.org)

Note: Seven weeks after the election in Germany, Mrs Merkel has been unable to form a government as yet!

Instability In German Politics

Now even members of Mrs Merkel’s own party want a change in the leadership!

“A member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s own party said their conservative CDU needs ‘new party leadership,’ accusing Merkel of shifting the party further to the left. Alexander Mitsch, who leads a right-leaning group within the CDU, in an interview on Monday criticized the party’s immigration policies in recent years as well as the loss of voters’ support in September’s national election. ‘Now after this election debacle, in which the CDU had the worst result since 1949… the party leadership is obviously not ready to correct anything,’ he told broadcaster Deutschlandfunk. ‘That brings us then to the realization that we need new party leadership’.” (politico.eu)

Instability In The German Parliament

“When the German parliament meets for the first time on Tuesday after last month’s general election, it will be bigger than ever. It is likely to be more bad-tempered and dysfunctional too. A failure to reform Germany’s electoral system, which adds extra seats so the final total reflects parties’ overall share of the vote, means the assembly has a record 709 members. That makes it the biggest elected national parliament in the Western world.” (politico.eu)

EU: And the answer is – more integration!

“Brussels was accused last night of ‘hurtling at breakneck speed’ towards becoming a post-Brexit superstate after the EU set out plans for its own Chancellor of the Exchequer. Jean-Claude Juncker’s European Commission has signed off a new ‘agenda for a more united and stronger’ Europe. It includes a new European Union finance supremo able to go into member states and make ‘structural reforms’ to their domestic budgets – and accelerates Brussels’ timetable for closer integration. The decision was last night greeted by Brexiteers as vindication for the UK’s Leave vote.” (dailymail.co.uk)

And now: THe EU seeks its own army

In spite of all the unstable conditions in Europe, some in Europe are pushing for the formation of an EU army. Asking the nations of Europe to “…hand over control of military affairs” to the EU seems to tie in with the prophecy in Revelation 17:13

“These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.” (Revelation 17:13)

Interesting that the call originated with a German politician!

A German MEP has outlined how the EU will push through its plans to build its own army, by encouraging member states to ‘save money’ by handing over control of military affairs. The European Union will persuade other member-states to join Jean-Claude Juncker’s plan for a bloc-wide army by grounding it in ‘economic efficiency’.

Jo Leinen, a German MEP, dropped the shock revelation yesterday, claiming the policy of national armies ‘cannot continue’ for much longer. It comes as Donald Tusk, the European Council President, plans to set up an EU army by the end of the year to fight back againstdestabilisation around Europe’.” (express.co.uk)

Point to note here: they claim that they need an army to “…fight back against destabilisation around Europe”. Who is seen to be destabilizing Europe right now? Britain?

Germany Is Already Quietly Building A European Army

While the politicians talk about it, the groundwork for the Euro-army is already underway, led by Germany, as the following article points out!

“Berlin is using a bland name to obscure a dramatic shift in its approach to defense: integrating brigades from smaller countries into the Bundeswehr.

Every few years, the idea of an EU army finds its way back into the news, causing a kerfuffle. The concept is both fantasy and bogeyman: For every federalist in Brussels who thinks a common defense force is what Europe needs to boost its standing in the world, there are those in London and elsewhere who recoil at the notion of a potential NATO rival.

But this year, far from the headlines, Germany and two of its European allies, the Czech Republic and Romania, quietly took a radical step down a path toward something that looks like an EU army while avoiding the messy politics associated with it: They announced the integration of their armed forces.” (foreignpolicy.com)

Germany: “USA And Britain Unreliable”!

This is the feeling of many in Germany and in much of Europe – and backed by the Roman Catholic Church!

“After meeting US President Donald Trump in May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Europe can’t rely anymore on the US and the UK and needs to go its own way. German Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munch, Germany, said on Friday that he agrees, saying Europe should ‘fight on the global scene for human rights, for a global community of humanity, like the pope says, the one house of creation.’ Marx spoke with Crux during a break in the ‘Dialogue (Re) Thinking Europe’ conference, taking place in the Vatican October 27-29.

During his opening remarks, Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, also spoke about the importance of Europe’s unity. ‘The outcome of the British referendum last year, and the tendency to fragmentation sweeping the continent, have led the (Pope) to consider the urgent need to promote a more wide-ranging and focused reflection on Europe as a whole and on its future direction, even beyond the confines of the European Union,’ Parolin said.” (cruxnow.com)

Roman Catholic Church “Committed To Peace”!

“Pope Francis addresses the participants at the ‘(Re)Thinking Europe’, the future of the European Project congress held at the Vatican. He wants to remind members that the Church is committed to the ‘peace project’. It is put on by COMECE, the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community. There are 350 participants, including well-known EU politicians, Catholic cardinals and bishops and other Christian organizations and movements.” (romereports.com)

Pope: “Preparing The Church For EU Collapse.”

“Catholic bishops across Europe largely have been making a stand in defense of continental unity, a position backed by Pope Francis. Yet in a major speech on Europe Saturday, Francis made clear he’s also no champion of the European status quo, and in fact seems to regard it as passing away. In that context, he laid out his own version of the ‘Benedict option’ for the Church’s role.

It is clear where the Catholic Church stands on what is, without doubt, the greatest challenge to the European order since World War II: the outbreak of nationalism.

From Brexit to Catalonia, as well as the rise of far-right parties in central Europe, the Catholic reaction has been almost uniformly to sound the alarm. In the pope’s lengthy speech, there was both a strong critique of the current state of things as well as more than a hint that the status quo has had its day.

Much of the speech, in fact, delineated what Francis sees as the Church’s task now, which is to construct a counter-culture from the ruins of a collapsing political and economic order.

Aware that ‘European Project Over, Declares Pope’ would be a headline too far, Francis never quite says that about the contemporary scene. But some of his statements apocalyptically suggest that it’s heading that way.

He warned that the EU will fulfill its vocation to peace only if it ‘can renew itself in order to respond to the needs and expectations of its citizens,’ with the implication that it no longer is.

He suggests that Europe is headed down a dark road, and that, rather than trying to cling to what shows signs of giving way, the Church should focus on shining torches in the tunnel. We might call it ‘Pope Francis’s Benedict Option.’ He’s not giving up on the European Union just yet, but preparing the Church for its likely collapse.” (cruxnow.com)

The Catholic Answer To Europe’s Problems:

Back to your roots!

“Contemplating these saints, [Pope Benedict] said, ‘it is natural to pause and reflect on the contribution that Christianity has made, and continues to make, to the building of Europe.’

Benedict then turned to the pilgrimage made by ‘Servant of God John Paul II’ in 1982 to Santiago de Compostela, where he performed a solemn ‘European act’ during which he pronounced these memorable words: ‘I, bishop of Rome and pastor of the Universal Church, from Santiago, address to you, old Europe, a cry full of love: Return to yourself! Be yourself! Discover your origins. Revive your roots. Experience again those authentic values that made your history glorious and your presence in other continents beneficial’.” (catholicnewsagency.com)

The Roots: The Holy Roman Empire 554-1814

Those origins, those roots, those authentic values, that glorious history… this is referring to the Holy Roman Empire. “Experience again those authentic values that made your history glorious and your presence in other continents beneficial.” Here are just a few examples of the “glorious history” of the Holy Roman Empire, and how it “benefited the nations of the world”:

…beneficial to those killed in the Crusades?
…beneficial to the Aztec Empire?
…beneficial to the Inca Empire?

1095–1291: Crusades. Death toll: 1,700,00

1519: Mexico. Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire. Death toll: 23,000,000

1533: Peru. Spanish conquest of the Inca empire. Death toll: 8,400,000(wikipedia.org)

The Inquisitions

What about the inquisitions in Europe? Tens of millions of “heretics” brutally tortured and killed during the Middle Ages – is this the glorious history of the authentic values referred to in that speech?

It was a means used by the Church to enforce orthodoxy. Inquisitors would go out into troublesome regions, question people intensively, conduct tribunals and mete out punishments, sometimes harsh ones, like burning at the stake. Depending on the time and place, the targets were heretics, Jews, Muslims, Protestants, rationalists and sometimes people who held superstitious beliefs.

The Inquisition everyone has heard of is the Spanish Inquisition, but there was more than one Inquisition, and the earliest, at the start of the 13th century, wasn’t in Spain. And although Jews were sometimes the focus of that first Inquisition, as they primarily were in Spain, the more urgent targets were Christian heretics in the south of France and northern Italy.

The official start is usually given as 1231 AD, when the pope appoints the first ‘inquisitors of heretical depravity.’ The Spanish Inquisition, which begins under Ferdinand and Isabella, doesn’t end until the 19th century — the last execution was in 1826. At the outset, the main focus was on Jews and ‘judaizers’ — Christian converts of Jewish ancestry who were accused of secretly adhering to Judaism. The Roman Inquisition, created to fight the Reformation, and run from the Vatican, doesn’t come to an end until the 20th century.

Does it survive in any form?

The Vatican’s Congregation of the Inquisition was formally abolished in 1908 — but it may be more correct to say it was renamed. It was turned into the Holy Office, which in the 1960s became the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. This is the department that Cardinal Josef Ratzinger ran before he became Pope Benedict XVI.

It occupies the palazzo built for the Inquisition in the middle of the 16th century. And it’s still the department that keeps an eye on what theologians write, sometimes calling them on the carpet.” (huffingtonpost.com)

Pope: Christian Fundamentalism “Is A Sickness”

The Catholic attitude to non-Catholics hasn’t changed!

Is a belief in the strict, literal interpretation of the Bible ‘a sickness’? Pope Francis appears to think so. Just a few days ago, multiple reporters heard Francis describe fundamentalism as ‘a sickness that is in all religions’ – including Christianity.

But precisely what is fundamentalism? If you go to Google, it is defined as ‘a form of a religion, especially Islam or Protestant Christianity, that upholds belief in the strict, literal interpretation of scripture.’ So does Pope Francis really intend to ‘combat’ those that believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible?

During his papacy, Francis has made it a point to reach out to leaders from all sorts of different religions. But apparently his ‘tolerance’ does not extend to those that believe that the Bible is actually true. And this is not the first time that he has said something like this. Last year, he publicly stated that there is not any room for ‘fundamentalism’ in Christianity… Sadly, these comments have not gotten the international attention that they deserve.(themostimportantnews.com)

Can A Leopard Change Its Spots?

As the previous article points out, “tolerance” does not extend to those that believe that the Bible is actually true.

Could there really be a modern day inquisition? Nothing has changed except the name of the department. The Roman Catholic Church is still totally intolerant of all who do not follow the Catholic faith – especially those who believe the Bible.

As the first article pointed out, “the whole planet is currently in a general and simultaneous repositioning phase”. As a result, major changes are about to take place in the world. One of those changes will be the resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire – a union of Church and State.

The Catholic Church is planning ahead!

“Much of the speech, in fact, delineated what Francis sees as the Church’s task now, which is to construct a counter-culture from the ruins of a collapsing political and economic order.” (cruxnow.com)


“Should Christians always obey man rather than God? Millions were put to death, honored in the Bible as the martyrs long ago. And, according to Revelation 6:9-11, there will very soon be another mass martyrdom of God’s people.

But Revelation 12:14 and 3:10 show that this Church shall escape the soon-coming martyrdom of saints and be taken to a place of safety, during the coming great tribulation. Let’s be sure we obey Christ first!(Pastor’s Report – July 11, 1979)

So, can a leopard really change its spots?

The answer is no! We understand from prophecy that there will shortly be another great inquisition – the Bible refers to it as the Great Tribulation (Matthew 24:21) – when many will again be killed for going against the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened” (Matthew 24:21-22).

The Roman Catholic Church is headed back to its “authentic values”! We have been warned… but our hope remains in God's promised protection of His people.

Transcript - 12 Nov 2017
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