News Review - 25 Aug 2017

Discredit the family as an institution… encourage promiscuity, pornography and obscenity… break down morality… discredit the Bible… reject religious crutches… present all this as “normal”…

Welcome to the USA & Britain 2017!

In the last 50 years, dramatic changes have occurred in both Britain and the USA. Morality in both nations has sunk to new depths. But how did all this come about? According to Mr Herbert Armstrong, the actual turning point occurred in the 1960’s. He pointed out, however, that the foundations were laid in the USA before World War 2 for America to change from a capitalist nation to socialist nation.

First – The Threat Exposed!

Over 80 years ago, the warning went out. The threat was exposed!

1934 - “I was saying over the air, and writing, back in 1934, that the Communist unwavering strategy was, as a first offensive toward world domination, propaganda. They began sowing the seeds of their communist atheistic education all over the United States – especially among college professors and students.

They invaded American university campuses, full force, and the US universities trustingly let them in. They made inroads into the US government structure. The State Department was a fertile working ground for their doctrines.” ( The Worldwide News – January 28, 1980)

Over 80 Years Later – The Threat Confirmed!

2017 - “If you don’t know what the Frankfurt School is, you better find out. It was founded in Germany but moved to Columbia University in the US in 1934. Its purpose was to undermine any aspect of Western culture that encourages personal independence so that, eventually, all citizens must be dependent on and obedient to the state.

Communism was the goal but not by that name. Generally, this strategy is known as Cultural Marxism.

The Frankfurt School created a coalition of minorities, including blacks, women, and homosexuals, who have been imbued with the ideology of victimhood, which is the belief that all undesirable aspects of life are caused by ‘exploiters’ who are the product of capitalism. They also say that the only way to end exploitation is to replace the capitalist system with communism or some other variant of collectivism.

When we survey the political and cultural landscape of today and compare it with what it was in the 1950s, there is no doubt that The Frankfurt School has totally achieved its goal.(

The 1960’s - Era Of Great Change

“In a way the Beatles started this modern trend in a new Satan-influenced lifestyle of a degenerating culture and sense of social values. But John Lennon was their band-leader in this.

It picked up what had been started by Frank Sinatra, when teenage girls ran screaming half out of their minds for his autograph. It was revived and intensified by Elvis Presley. Then the Beatles delivered Satan’s knockout blow to any public sense of social values in the world. The hippie fad followed. Down went morality, rising triumphantly was promiscuous sex, ‘pot,’ drugs, divorce, broken homes.

The world will deify and worship one who can start humanity on such a downward plunge… Lennon even made the statement at one time that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ. He had millions, untold millions of worshippers.

This world is fast losing all sense – if it ever had any – of true social values. The lower the standard of social values, the more popular they become in a misguided and deceived humanity.” ( The Worldwide News – December 22, 1980)

Another news analyst confirms:

“Over the years, I have shared in debates and discussions regarding the current state of affairs in the US, and the changing social climate of this great nation. Since the ‘baby-boomer’ generation, society and its culture have become noticeably different than the way it was 50 years ago. From the late 50’s to the 70’s a series of events took place contributing to the way we are currently living.

However, like anything else, there has to be a starting point at which the wheels are put into motion. Sometimes it can be a single event such as war, but more often it is a series of events, some intentional, some planned, others unpredictable. There is always a pivotal point when things begin to change. I believe that time was 1963.

By 1963 television was the leading sources of entertainment. The public enjoyed a different type of programming back then… There were heros back then that never drew blood, ‘The Lone Ranger’ and ‘The Adventures of Superman.’ Cartoon series evolved, such as, ‘The Flintstones’ and ‘The Jetsons’ without messages of empowering the children, using vulgarities or demeaning parental guidance. Families could spend a weekend evening watching ‘Ed Sullivan,’ ‘Bonanza’ or ‘Gunsmoke.’

By year’s end, ‘The Beatles’ had played for the British Royal Family and were laying the groundwork to conquer the US the following year… Out on the west coast the surf was beginning to rock‘n’roll with ‘The Beach Boys’ and their first song to reach the top ten list, ‘Surfin’ USA.’

On January 10, 1963, the House of Representatives and later the Senate began reviewing a document entitled ‘Communist Goals for Taking Over America’ (Communist Goals (1963) Congressional Record - Appendix, pp A34-A35 January 10, 1963). It contained an agenda of 45 separate issues that, in hindsight was quite shocking back then and equally shocking today. Here, in part, are some key points listed in that document.

11. Promote the UN as the only hope for mankind.

16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.

23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. ‘Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.’

24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them ‘censorship’ and a violation of free speech and free press.

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as ‘normal, natural, healthy.’

27. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a ‘religious crutch.’

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of ‘separation of church and state.’

40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

Now, I am not saying that the US is under some kind of Communist control, but what I do find frightening is that of the 45 issues listed, nearly all of them have come to pass. Remember this was in January 1963.

In 1963 the news media showed women burning their bras as the women’s liberation movement took off… Martin Luther King was jailed in April and civil unrest was being brought to the forefront.

In the early hours of November 22nd we learned of the quiet passing of CS Lewis and hours later we were brought to our knees when President John F Kennedy was assassinated and our nation mourned.

On June 17, 1963 the US Supreme Court concluded that any Bible reciting or prayer in public schools was deemed unconstitutional.

While Americans have endured great prosperity over the past 40 years we have also lost our moral compass and direction. In reviewing the research, data supports 1963 as a focal point, demonstrating a downward slope in our moral and social decline…(

Divide And Conquer

The writer of the previous article points out that Americans have lost their moral compass and direction. That would certainly apply to most on the “left”… but many on the “right” would disagree. This is divide and conquer in action!

Back in 1968, Mr Armstrong wrote:

“And where does the Civil Rights movement stand today? Do Negro leaders want INTEGRATION? Do they want to mingle peaceably with whites? Or are they being drowned out by the more violent ranting and raving of the ‘black power’ - ‘hate whites’ rabble-rousers?

And do Americans both white and black realize that back of it all keeping themselves secretly in the background is the cunning plotting of Communists? They are influencing far more of all this than people realize. It is not ‘cold war.’ It is HOT WAR - Communist style. It is the old, old strategy of ‘ divide and conquer’." ( Plain Truth Magazine, November 1968)

This Brings Us To Recent Events…

Jesus Christ gave us a sure way of evaluating both people and situations:

Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them(Matthew 7:20).

Look at how people are behaving. In the few short months since President Trump took office, radical changes have occurred in the USA.

Apparently, as long as violent leftists label their victims ‘fascists,’ they are free to set fires, smash windows and beat civilians bloody. No police officer will stop them. They have carte blanche to physically assault anyone they disapprove of…

They’re all ‘fascists’! Ipso facto, the people cracking their skulls and smashing store windows are ‘anti-fascists,’ or as they call themselves, ‘antifa.’ We have no way of knowing if the speakers at the Charlottesville ‘Unite the Right’ rally last weekend were ‘Nazis,’ ‘white supremacists,’ or passionate Civil War buffs, inasmuch as they weren’t allowed to speak. The Democratic governor shut the event down, despite a court order to let it proceed.

As the ‘Unite the Right’ crowd was dispersing, they were forced by the police into the path of the peace-loving, rock-throwing, fire-spraying antifa. A far-left reporter for The New York Times, Sheryl Gay Stolberg, tweeted live from the event: ‘The hard left seemed as hate-filled as alt-right. I saw club-wielding “antifa” beating white nationalists being led out of the park’.” (

Violence Instituted By The Authorities

“A Charlottesville police officer has come forward to express his outrage at being told to ‘stand down’ by the city mayor during violent clashes between protesters. The officer also claims the protests, which pitched ‘white supremacists’ against members of Antifa, were ‘set up’ to allow for the groups to ignite into exactly what happened.

‘We [Charlotesville police] were ordered to bring the rival groups together. As soon as they were in contact with each other, we were told to stand down. It was outrageous. We weren’t allowed to arrest anyone without asking the mayor first. We weren’t even allowed to stop the driver as he sped away.’

Michael Signer, the mayor of Charlottesville, ordered police to stand down during the most chaotic and destructive period of the protests – despite police protests against the orders.

Fox News reporter Doug McKelway was on the scene in Charlottesville and he backs up the police officer’s claims.

‘I can say, having been in Emancipation Park from early on that morning, that what I saw with my own two eyes confirms what this law enforcement source told us’.” (

The Two “Black Swans”

Recently, there have been two major “black swan” events take place, one in the UK, and the other in the USA. In Britain, the decision to leave Europe was totally unexpected, it left the country stunned. In the USA, Mr Donald Trump was elected president – yet again, a totally unexpected result!

As President Trump now seeks to undo the socialist policies of the previous government, the country appears to be split – and the result – violence! It now appears that in a concerted effort to remove the democratically elected President from office, “rent-a-riot” crowds are being used!

“Trump ignited a political firestorm yesterday during an impromptu press conference in which he said there was ‘blame on both sides’ for the tragic events that occurred in Charlottesville over the weekend. Now, the discovery of a craigslist ad posted last Monday, almost a full week before the Charlottesville protests, is raising new questions over whether paid protesters were sourced by a Los Angeles based ‘public relations firm specializing in innovative events’ to serve as agitators in counterprotests.

So what is ‘Crowds on Demand?’ According to their own website, they’re in the business of sourcing large crowds of people to ‘provide clients with protests, rallies, [and] flash-mobs’ all over the country. They even have an entire page on their website dedicated to ‘Protests and Rallies.’ Silly question, but if your cause is worthy of protest then why would you need to pay $25 per hour to get people to show up?(

Social Justice Warriors

In the push to get rid of President trump, anything goes. No matter what he says, the “left” attacks him. The fact that he was democratically elected means nothing. He goes against their idea of diversity… their idea of free speech… so he has to go!

Altogether three times, so far, Trump has been perfectly clear about his disdain for white supremacists but none of it counts for one reason. Because he is Donald Trump and they hate him and they hear him only from the filter of their own misconceptions, misinterpretations and prejudices. Behind their high-minded moralizing lurks their animosity for one man, Trump.

He asked if founders George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are next to be toppled from our heritage and erased from our memories. In fact, next they want monuments of Theodore Roosevelt in New York City and of Frank Rizzo in Philadelphia obliterated. That’s only a partial list and in no particular order… and they, the vandals, sure enough call themselves Social Justice Warriors.

We saw how anarchy plays at the UN when UNESCO passed resolutions denying Israel its sovereignty to its very own heritage as to the Temple Mount and the Cave of the Patriarchs. If Jewish Heritage, codified in every Bible, can be so easily trampled, our chances of freedom and tolerance in the United States aren’t much safer via our Constitution.

They – the Progressive vandals – they come with lofty words to commit the basest acts. They had their pretext in Virginia, but nearly every college campus is now owned and operated by the Violent Left. Conservative speakers have no chance.

To the well-fed well-paid (Soros) mobs of the Left, the game is fair so long as diversity is their diversity, when free speech is their free speech, not yours or mine…” (

A Great Social, Cultural And Moral Revolution

“What has changed since 1965? It is not history. There have been no great new discoveries about [Confederate General Robert E] Lee. What has changed is America herself. She is not the same country. We have passed through a great social, cultural and moral revolution that has left us irretrievably divided on separate shores.(

Calls To Assassinate The President

Some are openly calling for the assassination of President Trump. If this were to happen, the result would be tragic for America. It could even lead to civil war!

Note the comments of Mr Armstrong following the assassination of President John Kennedy:

“Think what might have happened afterward, had this assassin been either a Negro integrationist, trying to kill the President because he might have felt the government was not bringing about Civil Rights as rapidly as he wanted; or, a Southern White Segregationist seeking revenge because he felt the President was bringing about integration too rapidly.

Either way, would there not have been riots and mass murders breaking out all over the land spontaneously, before hot-heads could be cooled?( Plain Truth Magazine January 1964)

Black Swan Fallout

The British government and the EU have still not recovered from the shock of Brexit. The nation is now divided. The problems of untangling Britain from the EU seem to be beyond the capabilities of the leadership of both the UK and the EU. The chaos continues!

In the USA, as President Trump attempts to undo the socialist legislation passed by the previous administration, the socialists have turned to violence. The situation within America is degenerating by the day. Violence is on the increase – with no end in sight!

While President Trump is sending a delegation to the Middle East to try and find a solution to the problem between Israel and the Palestinians, around the world the USA is getting yet more involved in war. Under threat from tiny North Korea, the US is preparing for war. This in turn, has caused problems with both Russia and China who share a border with North Korea. In Syria, the USA is still involved. Tension is still high in the Ukraine between the USA, Europe and Russia. And now the USA is sending more troops back to Afghanistan.

USA & GB – Our Peoples Are Under A Curse Today!

“Our cities are festering sores, filled with the clangor and confusion of jangled traffic, riots, racial hatred, crime, pornography, air pollution, and an unhappy, wretched populace that seeks fast money so it can escape the obnoxious environment of the big asphalt and concrete ‘jungles’ of our time!

Our fields are cursed; cursed with upset weather, drought, flood, insect damage and disease – cursed with chemicals and man-made blight. Whether we like to admit it or not – our peoples are under a curse today.( Tomorrow… What It Will Be Like)

“The Sword Without And Terror Within”

We understand from prophecy that the nations of America and Britain are to be destroyed at the end of the age.

God’s word tells us how this will happen:

“The sword without, and terror within shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs” (Deuteronomy 32:25).

The USA is still the most powerful nation on earth, but consider this warning from Jesus Christ:

“And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand” (Mark 3:24-25).

What Can We Do?

As we watch end time events unfold, we must keep in mind that it is God who gives authority to the rulers of this world – even to the tyrants! They are all there to serve His purpose. As Paul wrote:

“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God(Romans 13:1).

He also exhorted:

"I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty(I Timothy 2:1-2).

Eye Witnesses Through The Ages

From the beginning of His great plan for all of mankind, God has always had eye witnesses. Abel, Enoch and Noah witnessed life before the flood. Then Noah witnessed the flood and the aftermath… Abraham, Moses, King David and the prophets, all witnesses of their time.

In the New Testament era, the Apostle Peter explained to the rulers of his day…

“And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Spirit, whom God hath given to them that obey him” (Acts 5:32).

We Are Eye Witnesses of End Time Events

Christ revealed God’s plan to His end time Apostle.

We were, and are still, being taught by Mr Armstrong…

We witnessed the gospel going out to all nations - Matthew 24:14…

We witnessed Mr Armstrong taking the message to kings…

We witnessed the “falling away” recorded in II Thessalonians 2:3…

We watched as the Church was shattered and scattered…

We must continue to watch events right up to the return of Christ…

We must realise that watching is a vital part of our training…

We are commanded by Christ to “watch” for a vital reason…

We will teach the people in the Millennium of God’s great plan for all of mankind

Along with the witnesses of the Old and New Testaments -

- we too watched, we saw it happen …so we could teach!