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Prayer from God's Perspective
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News Review - 23 Sep 2016
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The world is focused on events taking place in Europe, the Middle East, Britain and the USA right now…

Where is OUR Point of Focus?

We live today in a chaotic world…

“Jean-Claude Juncker’s Europe is different from Donald Tusk’s Europe. Tusk, the European Council president, believes the EU needs time to lick its wounds and should shift power back from Brussels to national capitals. Juncker, who runs the European Commission, trusts in the power of EU legislation to nudge countries toward common ground.” (politico.eu)

“Iron And Clay”

This article reveals the true nature of Europe today. Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, is pushing for a totally integrated Europe. Mr Donald Tusk, who is the President of the European Council, wants more power returned to the individual nations.

Jesus Christ made it very clear that this situation cannot continue:

And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand(Mark 3:24).

What is happening in Europe today ties in perfectly with Bible prophecy.

Europe today is a mixture of strength and weakness. It is hopelessly disunited right at the very top. The present European Union is doomed! Prophetically, its successor, the final powerful 10 nation Beast power, will also be unstable and will only survive for a very short time.

And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay(Daniel 2:42-43).

Babylon

The soon coming end time European power, the ten nations, ruled by “an Assyrian”, are referred to as “Babylon” in scripture (read Revelation chapter 17) and the name Babylon means “confusion”! Is this not what we are already witnessing today with the present EU?

Both politically and financially, the present European Union is a disaster just waiting to happen!

“Create A Crisis”

In the last century, Germany twice tried to take control of Europe using its military might – and failed on both occasions. Some claim that their third attempt is by using trade as a weapon. Germany strongly supported the creation of the Euro as it effectively gave them a 20% devaluation of their currency – which greatly improved their exports – making Germany one of the top trading nations in the world today!

Was the Euro designed to create a crisis which could be used to force the Eurozone nations to accept full political union? Analysts pointed out at the time that the Euro was a non-starter without total political union. Meanwhile, Germany has benefited greatly with the Euro, while other European nations, particularly Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain have found themselves in serious financial straits. Germany showed that it was in control in the way that it handled the Greek financial crisis – it was Germany, not the EU, who called the shots!

Now we have the migrant crisis. It is hard to find a logical explanation to explain why Mrs Merkel allowed over one million Muslims – mainly young men - into Germany in just one year. And the Muslim “invasion” of Europe continues creating chaos amongst the EU nations. Some claim that the eventual total number of migrants “invading” Europe could top 10 million!

Is this yet another “create a crisis”? It certainly appears that this situation is being used by both Germany and France to push for the creation of an EU army.

Civil War In Europe?

Angela Merkel has been warned she faces civil war in Germany because of the ongoing migrant crisis. Frauke Petry said the German government needs to act quickly to manage the new arrivals. The chairwoman of the populist right-wing party Alternative fur Deutschland (AfD) warned the crisis could escalate, branding the current situation ‘unacceptable’.

Mrs Petry, 41, said: ‘We have so far not seen mass demonstrations against migrants in major German cities. But what is going on is unacceptable. We do not want a civil war in Germany. However, the majority of asylum seekers are not genuine refugees, many alleged Syrians came from other countries. If the citizens really become aware of that, their attitude to all migrants will deteriorate massively…’” (express.co.uk)

The Dramatic Rise Of The Far Right

It is hard to understand that Mrs Merkel did not foresee the dramatic changes that her policy would bring about in Germany. Her own political party has lost out in recent elections as the “Far Right” gains ground at an astonishing rate. A few serious terrorist attacks in Germany in the near future could dramatically change the political landscape in Germany. National elections are due next year, and the timing is interesting!

“German law requires that the next election should take place on a Sunday between 46-48 months after the assembly’s first sitting. Since the current Bundestag first sat on 22 October 2013, the latest date for the next election is 22 October 2017 (a Sunday). The earliest date is 27 August 2017, the first Sunday after 22 August. By convention, recent elections have been held in late September, avoiding the school holidays. Elections can be held earlier under certain conditions, for instance if a government loses a confidence motion.” (wikipedia.org)

A defiant Angela Merkel has defended her immigration policy yet again as she rejects an upper limit on the number of migrants allowed into Germany. The Chancellor has been warned Germany could face civil war if the migrant crisis is not handled effectively by her far-right rival Franke Petry. Mrs Petry’s populist far-right party Alternative for Deutschland has had a meteoric rise in popularity with voters angry at Germany’s migrant policy.” (express.co.uk)

A Wake-up Call In France

France, along with Germany, is also pushing for an European army. And the following article adds… “…authorities are now accepting that they must go to war in order to take their country back before it is too late.”

Nearly a year ago, Paris, France experienced the worst terror attack in history at the hands of ISIS psychopaths. From that day forward, Europe has been absolutely demolished and taken over by refugees, Islam, and ISIS terrorists hiding and waiting to carry out their next attack.

Since the refugee crisis, France has accepted 13,000 refugees, but many experts argue that number could be much higher given that many are sneaking in and out covertly. Nevertheless, France has been experiencing many problems with refugees, and it has led to officials afraid they are going to lose their country.

They are unskilled, costing a lot in taxpayer funds, they do not work, they are sucking welfare programs dry, and many have been linked to ISIS. French authorities have issued several warnings that they suspect many to have ties to ISIS and are worried another large scale attack is in the near future.

With that, French authorities have begun to prepare for a ‘civil war’ against Muslims in order to ‘clean up’ their country, according to prominent author Éric Zemmour, who claims a high ranking government source told him of the plan. The civil war will ruin Europe, and then these terrorists will expand their caliphate from the Middle East into parts of Europe.

Europe is still on edge following a wave of terror attacks in recent months, and authorities are now accepting that they must go to war in order to take their country back before it is too late.” (conservativedailypost.com)

Financial Crisis In Europe

When things go wrong now in Europe, Brexit is the scapegoat, as the following article points out. But Europe is bordering on a financial disaster, in spite of quantitative easing of over one trillion Euros.

“Italy has been in a crisis for at least eight months, though mainstream media did not recognize it until July. This crisis has nothing to do with Brexit, although opponents of Brexit will claim it does. Even if Britain had voted to stay in the EU, the Italian crisis would still have been gathering speed.

The high level of non-performing loans (NPLs) has been a problem since before Brexit. It is clear that there is nothing in the Italian economy that can reduce them. Only a dramatic improvement in the economy would make it possible to repay these loans. And Europe’s economy cannot improve drastically enough to help. We have been in crisis for quite a while.

Italian loans are packaged and resold, and Italian banks take loans from other European banks. These banks in turn have borrowed against Italian debt. Since Italy is the fourth largest economy in Europe, this is the mother of all systemic threats.” (forbes.com)

The condition of one of Germany’s leading banks, Deutsche Bank, shows just how dangerous the situation is.

“Deutsche Bank shares have plunged by up to eight per cent, after it emerged the US demanded the German lender pay a whopping $14 billion (£10.5 billion) to settle a scandal related to the financial crisis. The Department of Justice has asked the banking giant for the payout after an investigation into its selling of mortgage-backed securities.

Deutsche has now lost almost HALF its value this year, amid a raft of concerns which include the current low rate interest environment and a struggling European economy. In July markets were shocked after the group revealed its second quarter net income had dived by 98 per cent to around £16 million (€20 million) from £668 million (€796 million) in the same period last year.

Banking stocks across Europe were today also reeling from Deutsche’s proposed fine.” (express.co.uk)

Potential USA/EU Trade Wars?

“Tens of thousands of people protested in European cities on Saturday against planned free trade deals with the United States and Canada they say would undermine democracy and lower food safety, environmental and labor standards.

Organizers - an alliance of environmental groups, labor unions and opposition parties - said 320,000 people took part in rallies in seven German cities, including Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Frankfurt. Police put the figure at around 180,000.

Opposition in Europe to the trade deals has risen over the past year, with critics saying the pacts would hand too much power to big multinationals at the expense of consumers and workers…” (yahoo.com/news)

Over 50 years ago, the warning went out in the Plain Truth Magazine.

“So long as present German prosperity continues… the Nazi takeover will not be possible! But — should any severe THREAT to that hard-won prosperity come — the picture will change — and change VIOLENTLY, in Germany!

Remember! It was the afterwash of the disastrous stock market crashes of 1924 and 1929 that fanned the flames of violence in Germany to pave the way for Hitler!

HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF, they say. And your Bible predicts a great TRADE WAR between the burgeoning economic power in Europe and the United States. It predicts terrible financial COLLAPSE for this country [USA]!

Make no mistake! Germany, and all Europe, would not escape unscathed in a hot trade war between the Common Market and the United States. Terrible economic disasters would result! And the result from such disasters? A NEW NAZI GERMANY!
(The Plain Truth, December 1963 - pg 48)

  • There IS a severe threat to Germany’s hard-won prosperity…
  • A stock market collapse of around 50% IS forecast…
  • The threat of Trade wars IS now very real…
  • America IS close to a financial collapse…
  • In Germany today, the Far Right IS increasing in popularity…

This warning also went out over 50 years ago…

“Germany — a UNITED GERMANY with her former territories restored — is ready to emerge as the strongest nation on earth at the head of a revitalized … Europe! This power colossus is then going to deal a death-blow to the United States and Great Britain…(The Plain Truth, October 1964 - pg 48)

How Could This Happen?

Since Brexit, the EU leadership has been blaming all of Europe’s problems on Britain’s decision to leave the EU. Watch this situation go downhill fast. It is not difficult to envisage a new powerful 10 nation German-led Europe overrunning Britain.

But what about the USA? For all its problems, it is still the mightiest nation on earth. How could Europe possibly destroy the USA? The warning signs are already apparent to those who know what to look for.

The USA: A Toothless Tiger?

The US military is getting an unwelcome reputation: a pushover. An escalating series of confrontations on the seas and in the skies around the world is creating the perception that the US is the child who’s bullied in school because he doesn’t fight back.

Whether it’s Iran playing chicken with US patrol boats in the Persian Gulf, Russia buzzing US ships in the Black Sea, or China demanding American ships adhere to phony claims of sovereignty over the air and water of the South China Sea, the narrative seems to follow an all-too-familiar script.

The Pentagon denounces the provocations as ‘unprofessional,’ issues a stern warning, and then there are no consequences. …emboldened by a lack of concrete response from the US, the number and seriousness of such incidents continues to rise dramatically.” (washingtonexaminer.com)

USA: Masters Of Regime Change

Whilst the US military is getting an unwelcome reputation as a pushover when it comes to direct confrontation, according to the following article, they have forced regime change on many nations since WWII, the present war in Syria being a case in point!

If the USA were to show any serious signs of real weakness, due to a massive financial collapse or a mega natural disaster, their position in the world could change very quickly. We understand from prophecy that both Britain and the USA are going to be destroyed, with the survivors being taken captive. How it could come about will become more obvious as we watch events! The USA has few real friends in today’s world!

“Secret cables and reports by the US, Saudi and Israeli intelligence agencies indicate that the moment Assad rejected the Qatari pipeline, military and intelligence planners quickly arrived at the consensus that fomenting a Sunni uprising in Syria to overthrow the uncooperative Bashar Assad was a feasible path to achieving the shared objective of completing the Qatar/Turkey gas link. In 2009, according to WikiLeaks, soon after Bashar Assad rejected the Qatar pipeline, the CIA began funding opposition groups in Syria.

The conflict in Syria is not a war in the conventional sense of the word. It is a regime change operation, just like Libya and Iraq were regime change operations. The main driver of the conflict is the country that’s toppled more than 50 sovereign governments since the end of World War 2. We’re talking about the United States of course.

But the United States is not doing the right thing in Syria. Arming, training and funding Islamic extremists — that have killed half a million people, displaced 7 million more and turned the country into an uninhabitable wasteland – is not the right thing.

It is the wrong thing, the immoral thing. And the US is involved in this conflict for all the wrong reasons, the foremost of which is gas.(counterpunch.org)

This curse is upon Britain and the USA right now!

And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass: And your strength shall be spent in vain(Leviticus 26:19-20).

The Handwriting IS On The Wall!”

The real problem is that Western nations, modern day Israel, have rejected their Creator. As far as many are concerned, Christian values are “so last year”! Now anything goes.

Those who break God’s laws are actually protected by man’s laws.

Those who break God’s laws are glorified in the media.

Here is the warning that went out from God’s end time Apostle:

“So now, if twentieth-century Ephraim and Manasseh – Britain and America – refuse to turn to God in obedience – refuse to live the way that causes, retains, and increases blessings, God will punish them in a manner far more INTENSE – and even strip entirely from them this colossal, unprecedented national blessing – returning them to captivity and slavery – as continuing verses of this prophecy show.

Do you think so great a fall could not come to so great powers as Britain and America? Do you say, ‘It can’t happen HERE?’ Do you think the GREAT GOD who was able to GIVE them such unprecedented world leadership and power and wealth is not able to take it away from them and throw them, like their ancient forefathers, back into SLAVERY?

You need to OPEN YOUR EYES to the fact that Britain’s sun already has SET! You need to WAKE UP to the fact that the United States, even still possessing unmatched POWER, is afraid – fears – to use it, just as God said: ‘I will break the PRIDE of your POWER’; that the United States has stopped winning wars – that America was unable, with all its vast power, to conquer little North Vietnam! The United States is fast riding to the GREATEST FALL that ever befell any nation!

The handwriting is on the wall!(US and GB in Prophecy - Chapter 13)

Our Point Of Focus

Every year, as we keep God’s Holy Days, we are reminded of the great Plan of God for ALL mankind. Those who are watching world events, as Christ commanded, realise that the return of Christ is near – very near!

We are living in the most tremendous days of world history – the very END TIME, the END of this present evil, unhappy, violent world – just prior to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

Our time is now SHORT, and growing daily shorter! World troubles will mount into troubles such as NEVER WERE BEFORE, and never will be again. But then Jesus Christ will come in all His supernatural POWER to bring us PEACE, and a REAL HOPE, at last!

We are now rapidly approaching the time of the world’s greatest CRISIS, when this whole man-made civilization will crumble and fall – and a NEW WORLD OF PEACE AND ETERNAL SALVATION will dawn, at Christ’s soon coming in POWER and GLORY!

…TOMORROW a new world of PEACE, happiness, abundance and eternal salvation is coming! The glorified Christ will be here, ruling all nations.(Co-Worker Letter – November 11, 1985)

Pastors Report - 16 Sep 2016
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Seeking a Name ...

"... unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off." (Isaiah 56:5)

Political Chaos:

Switching on the TV News each evening and witnessing the political machinations on both sides of the Atlantic, I can't help but think of Sir Winston Churchill's famous quote: "Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time..." (from a House of Commons speech on Nov. 11, 1947) Yet how easy it is to take sides – how easy to begin to support this party or that individual over the opposition — almost as if supporting some kind of political football team!

In the USA we see the nation gearing up — and the candidates frantically so — for the election due to be held in November, a four year occurrence to elect the president and the vice president of the United States. Yet what are the candidates really seeking? Certainly they must give the impression of caring for the people and the future of the country as a whole – otherwise they would not receive sufficient votes to be elected. But is this impression of service truly genuine? Mr Armstrong gave a very clear indication as to what is uppermost in a politician's mind:

I had “the strong man of Europe” – Franz Josef Strauss – in my home, about 10 years ago now, for a dinner.... Someone asked him that night, he said, “Look, you’re a politician.” And, at that time, I think President Nixon had just been elected. I believe it was Nixon’s election. I mean he had just taken the oath of office, the inauguration. Someone said, “While he was holding up his hand and swearing with one hand on the Bible to defend the Constitution, what do you think was going on in his mind?” He said, “Why, how to be re-elected the next time, of course.” A politician is always thinking how to be re-elected or how to step up to another higher political office. ( The Law of Liberty – BS 23 April 1981 )

It is not just financial gain that those in politics are seeking, although no doubt – if successful – money ceases to be much of an object in their personal lives, if it's not already. No, it is more a matter of seeking the position and the fame that goes along with it, and in one instance, possibly being the first female president of the most powerful nation on earth.

Power to act:

In biblical terminology they are "seeking a name" for themselves. Nothing new in this – the desire to "let us make a name" goes back to the Tower of Babel mentioned in Genesis 11:4, and further back still to Lucifer's takeover bid mentioned is Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28. He certainly didn't seem content with his present position but had in his mind "how to step up to another higher political office"!

But even if genuinely seeking to put right some of their countries' problems, many things can stand in the way of a politician's aspirations. Currently economic woes seem to be among the prime headaches besetting those in government throughout the world. In the United States the national debt currently stands at $19.5 trillion – which works out to over $163,000 per taxpayer, and a horrifying glimpse of this debt – mounting up second by second – can be seen at: http://www.usdebtclock.org. In the UK the eye watering figures are similar, with a debt of £1.75 trillion – working out to £48,000 per taxpayer – seen at: http://www.nationaldebtclock.co.uk. But why should the deficits in the UK and USA be increasing so alarmingly? Can nothing be done? A major problem appears to be democracy itself. Even if they had the answers, democracy will not allow those in power to make the truly drastic negative changes necessary and reduce their voters' standards of living, or to radically change the entire debt-based system itself in a meaningful way. Those in power actually lack the power to act! Here is one analysis that appeared a few years ago in The Daily Telegraph:

"To understand what’s really happening here, it is necessary to revisit the underlying causes of the crisis.... Confronted by a steady loss of competitiveness, governments in many advanced economies started spending more than they could afford to support growth, and they actively encouraged households with low interest rates, credit expansion and misguided social policy objectives to do the same.

"Unsurprisingly, this growth has proved unsustainable. To believe that the crisis can be corrected simply by doing more of what got countries into such a mess in the first place is to descend into fantasy .... [but] securing support for an agenda which sweeps away the state and destroys the mollycoddled world voters have grown used to is quite an ask, especially when up against the siren calls of Labour’s “something for nothing” alternative. "

"Bread and Circuses:

Even Plato, when discussing the various regime states of nations, could see the inevitable direction and danger of democracy — the penultimate stage of a state — due to the common man's insatiable lust "to get" unnecessary things of all kinds! Such unbridled materialism is evident by the shovel-full today:

"Plato uses the "democratic man" to represent democracy. The democratic man is the son of the oligarchic man [where power remains in the hands of the wealthy]. Unlike his father, the democratic man is consumed with unnecessary desires. Plato describes necessary desires as desires that we have out of instinct or desires that we have in order to survive. Unnecessary desires are desires we can teach ourselves to resist such as the desire for riches. The democratic man takes great interest in all the things he can buy with his money. He does whatever he wants whenever he wants to do it. His life has no order or priority. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plato%27s_five_regimes)

And naturally, to win votes, the politicians must appeal to the man on the street's desires, as much if not more than his needs. The phrase "bread and circuses" when used in the political arena describes how to generate public approval, not through exemplary or excellent public service or policies, but through diversion, distraction or the mere satisfaction of the immediate, shallow requirements of a populace. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bread_and_circuses). Those few brave souls who would dare to instigate harsh measures to bring down debts or rectify other severe issues in society tend to find themselves on the outside looking in, within today's politics.

The Final Power:

Looking at the world today, self-indulgent "democratic man" is indeed everywhere — and so are the flourishing seeds of his inevitable destruction! Yet any purely materialistic, human analysis misses the real point. The key issue is that we are actually viewing the end game of this entire world system, which is based on vanity, competition and strife, and the spirit behind it. We in God's Church need to keep that fact firmly in mind. The Nazi-based power that is destined to arise out of the coming collapse must itself be removed by Jesus Christ. The democracy that is destined to put the Beast in power will not be able to remove him once there. It will require Jesus Christ — sent by our Father, of whose power we are instructed to remind ourselves each day, by praying: "Thine is the Kingdom, and the power , and the glory, for ever". (Matthew 6:13) This is the true "Name". Only that Power will be able to save us:

  • Behold, I will bring them from the north country, And gather them from the ends of the earth, Among them the blind and the lame, The woman with child And the one who labors with child, together; A great throng shall return there.
  • They shall come with weeping, And with supplications I will lead them. I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters, In a straight way in which they shall not stumble; For I am a Father to Israel, And Ephraim is My firstborn.
  • "Hear the word of the Lord, O nations, And declare it in the isles afar off, and say, 'He who scattered Israel will gather him, And keep him as a shepherd does his flock.'
  • For the Lord has redeemed Jacob, And ransomed him from the hand of one stronger than he. (Jeremiah 31:8-11 NKJV)
  • And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
  • Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
  • That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
  • And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:8-11)
Spiritual problems:

Understanding the carnal drive behind the desire to run for high office is why Mr Armstrong pointed out: "Whatever happens in the U.S. elections, the country LOSES! If there exists a man in the United States of presidential calibre he would be big-minded enough to refuse to run for the job." (Plain Truth – 1980-09 – Personal)

Those children of Israel who will be coming out of the nations of their captivity — and the nations who have managed to survive through the Great Tribulation — will at last have their eyes opened to the futility of the politics in which they trusted. Even the past presidents of the United States, immortalised in stone on Mt. Rushmore could not guarantee the future of their beloved country. Now dead, much of the constitution and the changes they worked so hard for much of their lives have been swept away! By the return of Christ, every possible form of human government will have been tried, and those still alive will finally recognise that the only real solution has at all times remained spiritual, as man's problems themselves are spiritual. As Mr Armstrong pointed out continually, " Man was cut off from spiritual knowledge, and that’s why he can’t solve his problems. That is why, right there. He can do wonderful things that are physical and material. But he can’t solve his problems, because they’re spiritual; and it’s a spiritual nature, and a spiritual law." (Sermon 14 Feb 1981 Building the Temple)

The Right Mindset:

Fortunately for Israel 3,000 years ago, Solomon as a young man began his reign as a king with the right approach. He humbly recognised his own shortcomings and desired wisdom from above, not his own human wisdom. How times have changed!

  • In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.
  • And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.
  • And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.
  • And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.
  • Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? (I Kings 3:5-9)

Similarly Moses could also see his own shortcomings concerning the job he had been given, and therefore emphasised the strength and wisdom he needed from the Being who became Jesus Christ:

  • Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.
  • And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.
  • And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.
  • For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.
  • And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name. (Exodus 33:13-17)

And knowing God has called and chosen the weak of the world, the examples of Solomon and Moses should speak volumes to us as where to go for our wisdom even now, let alone when given rule over five, ten or more cities

Christ's role:

Even Jesus Christ, as the reigning all-wise King of kings — is going to recognise the true source of His strength and rule. When He returns, He will do only so at the specific direction of The Father, for as David prophesied:

  • The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
  • The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. (Psalm 110:1-2)

In the position of being subservient to The Father, Christ will rule all nations, constantly guided by the Holy Spirit, and Isaiah indicates that it is that Spirit — and the resulting godly mindset — that will cause His rule to be so wise and righteous:

  • And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;
  • And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
  • But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
  • And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. (Isaiah 11:2-5)
Our calling, and our Name:

In just over two week's time we come to the Day of Trumpets — a glorious day that looks forward to our very own birth into the Kingdom of God. If our Elder Brother Jesus Christ is to function in a totally subservient way to the Power above Him, how much more so ourselves! If we are to be ready to rule at that time we will do so only at the specific direction of the Father. We must never forget that Christ says of our calling: No man can come to me except the Father which sent me draw him. (John 6:44) And as Mr Armstrong said of this subject:

"You didn’t volunteer to become a follower of Christ, or to become a Christian. You were drafted. You are not a volunteer. God chose you! And for each one of you, you were chosen out of perhaps a few thousand others that were not chosen. And so I have tried to tell you that there is a very, very great responsibility on you because you have been chosen for something very great." (Sermon (1982-12-11) – Mark Of The Beast)

Yes, our potential is astounding, but we cannot glory in having been chosen to become part of the Bride of Christ – an eternal honour! Indeed, if we desire fame for its own sake, we shall not be part of the Kingdom of God at all. (Luke 14:11) But if our desire is to serve and be part of the solution to the misery of the past 6,000 years, we are promised something spectacular:

  • Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
  • Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
  • He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (Revelation 3:11-13)

In Genesis 17 we can see that names themselves are exceedingly important to God – He calls things as they are, and changed Abram's name to Abraham, as he was to become a father of many nations. And Lucifer, the "light bringer" became Satan – the enemy, the prince of darkness. So what might our new name be? No doubt it will reflect – like Abraham – our future role and job, which we are told in John 14 is being prepared for us, even now. Something wonderful to look forward to.

Thy Will Be Done:

Being a chosen, hand-picked people with illuminated minds does not give us some divine right to rule as we see fit. Far from it. The repentant mind God requires has not only repented toward Him and His Way and Law in this world, but has determined to do so for eternity — following very much in Christ's footsteps whose entire thrust was, is and will always be "not my will, but thine, be done." (Luke 22:42)

That is the frame of mind that is crucial for God's form of leadership. It is as far removed from what we see anywhere in the world today as it can be. As Christ emphasised:

  • Jesus told them, “In this world the kings and great men lord it over their people, yet they are called ‘friends of the people.’
  • But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant.
  • Who is more important, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here! For I am among you as one who serves.
  • You have stayed with me in my time of trial.
  • And just as my Father has granted me a Kingdom, I now grant you the right
  • to eat and drink at my table in my Kingdom. And you will sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.(Luke 22:25-30 NLT)

The men being addressed here were very ordinary — mere fishermen — and much like you and me. But they were trained for the job they were to be given, and were to leave this world and its ways behind – including its politics! And so must we.

The Feast:

As we prepare for and then travel to the Feast this year let's make sure we do indeed mentally leave this world and its ways behind — not being tempted to become entangled again in any way with anything of this world's Satan-led approach, as all of it — including its politics — is soon destined to be wiped out:

  • And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. (Daniel 2:44)

Instead, as we witness the political twists and turns on our TV sets, let us keep in mind the breadth of vision God has placed ahead of us, a vision which Mr Armstrong makes plain in the article, "How Would Jesus Vote for President?", looking forward to what the Feast is all about, and what God and Christ are currently training us for ... "A name" above all the current politicians in the world .... true Leadership positions in the very Government and Kingdom of God. And unlike the great men of this world – the Washingtons, the Lincolns, the Churchills etc – who admittedly did achieve a measure of good in their lives, if we measure up to the standard God requires – His criteria of leadership – then we will be given the power and authority to make everlasting changes for the good of our peoples – and fame and glory beyond the wildest dreams of any aspiring presidential candidate today, and this will be not just for a 4-year term of office, but out into eternity.

  • And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.
  • As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever. (Isaiah 59:20,21)
  • For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.(Isaiah 66:22)
Transcript - 22 Aug 2016
Mr Armstrong

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