News Review - 5 Jan 2018
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Wars and rumours of wars in North Korea… Taiwan… China… Iran… Saudi Arabia… Syria… Somalia… Nigeria… India… Pakistan… Israel… Political upheaval in the USA… Britain… Germany… Europe… and much of the rest of the world…

R.I.P. 2017

To say that 2017 was a year of dramatic change would be something of an understatement! Bible prophecy has come alive! “Fake news” is a major issue; we have a world plagued with lies and deception; we have political upheaval around the world; we have wars and rumours of wars in many areas; the earth itself is shaking, with erupting volcanoes and an increase in earthquakes around the world.

The Art Of Deception

People tend to believe what they are persuaded to believe. “Fake news” was a popular topic last year. It can range from “spin” put on facts to uphold a political agenda, to outright lies, and on to totally fabricated reports.

Here is a classic example of how the media can report the same “facts” in two totally different ways. Putting a positive or negative spin on the same story can seriously slant reader perception…

Spin

The positive spin:

One Third of Germans Want ‘United States of Europe’. Approaching a third of German and French people want the European Union (EU) to become a single country, or ‘United States of Europe’, but only 10 per cent of Brits agree.” ( breitbart.com)

The negative spin:

EU chief’s dream of a ‘United States of Europe’ collapses. Plans for a United States of Europe by 2025 suffered a damning blow today after a new poll revealed they have little support across the major nations. Germans are the most enthusiastic but even there only 30 per cent back the idea.( dailymail.co.uk)

What this survey actually shows is that while up to one third of the people want a United States of Europe, two thirds either don’t – or couldn’t care less.

Lies!

Here are a few items which were not true… from the social networks…

  • “In August a devastating hurricane hit the Americas - it was so powerful it broke records, becoming the first category-six storm ever. ‘Irma, strongest hurricane, recorded category six,’ warned Alex Jones of American website InfoWars, broadcast to more than 750,000 followers on Facebook. Except it wasn’t. Category six hurricanes don’t exist. It was fake news. Maybe you saw the story. It was shared more than two million times from numerous Facebook pages.
  • In the hours after six people were killed and 50 injured in a terror attack in London, UK, on 22 March, a photograph was widely circulated of a woman wearing a hijab and talking on the phone on Westminster Bridge, the site of the attack. Thousands shared the picture claiming the woman, as a Muslim, was indifferent to the suffering of victims around her. The woman in the picture released a statement and spoke of being ‘devastated by witnessing the aftermath of a shocking and numbing terror attack,’ after the negative attention she received. The account, @SouthLoneStar, which first tweeted the image, was suspended by Twitter in November after being identified as a Russian bot.
  • After the London Bridge attack on 3 June, in which attackers drove a van into pedestrians and stabbed several people, killing eight, online trolls quickly shared a photo claiming to show the suspect, but the image was of US comedian Sam Hyde. The same pictures of Hyde were shared after the attack on Finsbury Park mosque in London on 19 June and again after the killing of 58 people in a mass shooting in Las Vegas in October.
  • When Storm Harvey displaced thousands in Texas, US, in August, a Canadian imam had to point out he had never been in the state after he was accused of closing his mosque’s doors to Christian victims in a fake story shared more than 126,000 times.
  • During Hurricane Irma the White House fell for a fake video claiming to be Miami Airport, a doctored forecast was shared almost 40,000 times, and a video of the wrong storm was viewed almost 28 millions times on Facebook.”
( bbc.co.uk)
BBC Panorama ‘Fakery’

While most of the reports above come from social media, mainstream media also gets in on the act! Whilst the previous article came from the BBC, the BBC itself stands accused of totally fabricating the news to fit a political agenda.

“For over four years, Robert Stuart has been forensically investigating the innumerable inconsistencies, contradictions, anomalies and apparent falsehoods in the BBC Panorama documentary Saving Syria’s Children.

‘News at Ten’ broadcast a report by journalist Ian Pannell and cameraman Darren Conway from Syria, which claimed a Syrian fighter jet had dropped an incendiary bomb containing a ‘napalm-type’ substance — possibly thermite — on the playground of an Aleppo school.

After its broadcast, some viewers took to the internet to express concerns about the veracity of the report’s footage. Among them was Robert Stuart, a former journalist working for a small community organization in Islington, London.

One scene in particular struck him as ‘extremely odd.’ In it, males young and old, their skin apparently in tatters, race into a ‘basic hospital funded by handouts’ to be treated for chemical burns. At one particularly disturbing point, a number writhe, drool and groan, apparently in great distress.

However, the men are initially ‘quiet and static,’ before the central figure looks directly into the camera for several moments and raises his arm, at which point ‘they start rolling around in agony and wailing. It looks farcical, ridiculous,’ Robert told Sputnik.

A GMC-registered practicing doctor, who’d worked with burns victims firsthand, believed the scene to be ‘an act.’

‘They were able to sit down, be touched by others, even talk. This is not how a severe burn victim would present. Most would be screaming the place down in agony even after treatment and all sorts of pain drugs, but they’re able to speak and breathe very well.’

Complicating the picture further, a team of Syrian investigators has researched the attack, contacting a former commander of the Al-Tawhid Brigade based in Aleppo province in August 2013. Despite having every reason to validate the claim, given it would offer useful propaganda against the Syrian government, they instead attested a ‘napalm bomb’ attack did not happen that month, and none of the events depicted in the documentary actually occurred.

‘If the extent to which the BBC manufactured this documentary was proven, it would be a watershed moment. There’d be no coming back from that. It would destroy their credibility globally. Pannell and Conway could go down in history as having destroyed the BBC,’ Robert concludes.( sputniknews.com)

The Danger Of Deception

When the public are swamped with news that is later discredited, then trust in the media plummets. When people see major incidents occurring, such as the destruction of the World Trade Centre, 9/11 – major shootings and train derailments – with conflicting versions of events, conspiracy theories abound. This causes a lack of trust in both government and media.

This problem even extends to religion. Both Britain and America are increasingly becoming secular. The old adage still applies: “ If you don’t believe in something – you will fall for anything! ” There is nothing left that people can trust any more!

The World Is Being Prepared For End Time Events

Those who understand Bible prophecy know that there will be a United States of Europe in the very near future. Not a democracy – but a dictatorship! A dictator can only arise out of a crisis – a very serious crisis.

We were warned about the coming crisis – a serious world wide financial collapse which could cause “civilisation to break down…”

“… I can see now the event that is going to trigger the formation of reunification in Europe ; the resurrection of the Medieval Holy Roman Empire that we’ve been looking forward to that is prophesied to come.

… I believe that some event is going to happen suddenly just like out of a blue sky that is going to shock the whole world and is going to cause the nations of Europe to realize they must unite.

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

Now when the financial structure breaks down, all civilization is going to break down. I just wanted to say that much - maybe you can begin to see how serious this thing can become!( Sermon - 7 July 1984)

In A Crisis - People Seek Strong Leadership

People today have lost trust in governments – but when the situation descends into chaos, they will follow a strong man who offers them stability. The following quote is attributed to Henry Spaak; former Premier of Belgium and early planner of the European Common Market:

What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the allegiance of all people and to lift us out of the economic morass into which we are sinking. Send us such a man, and be he god or devil, we will receive him.( snopes.com)

While some may challenge the authenticity of this quote, it contains a strong element of truth. In the early 1930’s, Germans were desperate for relief from the tremendous personal suffering brought on by years of hyper-inflation followed by the Great Depression. The government seemed powerless to act – Hitler took his chance, and in 1933 he gained power legitimately to become chancellor. “… they turned to the decisive man, Adolf Hitler, and his promises of a better future.

1931: Civilization Itself Was Unravelling In Berlin

“Constant political squabbling among the numerous political parties in the Reichstag resulted in ineffective government.

Adding to the problem, there were now over a hundred elected Nazis in the Reichstag. Under the leadership of Hermann Göring, they regularly disrupted proceedings with vulgar, rowdy behavior to help undermine democracy in Germany.

The German people were desperate for relief from the tremendous personal suffering brought on by the Great Depression, now two years old. Millions were unemployed, thousands of small businesses had failed, homelessness and starvation were real possibilities for everyone.

Civilization itself was unravelling in Berlin where people were fighting in the streets, killing each other in the chaos.

But from their elected leaders, the people got nothing but indecision. In ever growing numbers they turned to the decisive man, Adolf Hitler, and his promises of a better future.( historyplace.com)

Germany: Return To Authoritarianism?

Could it really happen – a new Nazi Germany? The following article was posted on the last day of 2017 – a quote from the son of Hans Frank, the Nazi governor-general of Poland from 1939 to 1945. Hans Frank was convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the Nuremberg trials and executed in 1946.

What is interesting is that his son gives what he feels is the danger area for Germany – an economic disaster!

“Germany could return to authoritarianism if the economic conditions were to seriously worsen in the country, the son of Hans Frank the governor general of Nazi occupied Poland during World War Two, has told BBC Hardtalk. ‘As long as our economy is great, and as long as we make money everything is very democratic,’ said Niklas Frank, but ‘if we have five to 10 years heavy economic problems the swamp is a lake, and is a sea and will swallow again, everything,’ he added.” ( bbc.co.uk)

This Is Not A New Concept!

Over 60 years ago, the following warning appeared in a Plain Truth article.

“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 — VIOLENTLY in Germany.

REMEMBER! It was the aftermath 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 economic power in Europe and the United States. It predicts terrible financial collapse of 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)

Germany: 2018

Germany has been without a government for 5 months – and the immediate future looks bleak. Mrs Merkel fears another election because the right wing parties would almost certainly win even more seats. If she cannot reach an agreement with enough members of the other parties to form a coalition, she could be forced into working as a minority Government. With her popularity waning, she could soon be replaced!

Whatever happens, the problems will not go away – and the right wing parties are sure to grow in power.

America: 2018

Since President Trump came into power early last year, things have changed – and changed dramatically – and not just in the USA.

The EU, and particularly Germany, now feel that they can no longer rely on the US to protect them – so they are in the process of creating their own defence structure. Trade relations with Germany are also frosty, especially after the latest US tax law reform.

The “special relationship” with the UK is also under attack as Britain does not follow US policy on a number of issues. Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem has also raised the political temperature worldwide.

America is involved in several wars right now in Iraq, Afghanistan Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. The threat of nuclear war with North Korea is on a knife-edge which could involve a war with China. The US is also challenging China’s claim to Taiwan, which China regards as a wayward province, which it will fight for if necessary.

While his election has increased political strife around the world, perhaps President Trump’s biggest problems are at home. Some point out that the situation is so serious that it could cause another civil war. He has been threatened with everything from impeachment to assassination. Meanwhile, the country is drowning in debt – over $20 trillion!

President Trump has started 2018 at full speed. The following two tweets explain:

Trump lashes out at Pakistan, Iran in his first 2018 tweets

The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!

Iran is failing at every level despite the terrible deal made with them by the Obama Administration. The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years. They are hungry for food & for freedom. Along with human rights, the wealth of Iran is being looted. TIME FOR CHANGE!” ( rt.com)

If we are as close to the end of this age as we think we are, then we need to heed the prophecy in Deuteronomy 32:25 The sword without, and terror within…

Is America about to suffer a catastrophe in war, more terrorist attacks, a major “natural” disaster or even civil war? God warns that He will “break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass” (Leviticus 26:19).

Britain: 2018

Brexit continues to dominate the news in the UK. According to Prime Minister Teresa May:

“Britons will feel ‘renewed confidence and pride’ in 2018… The prime minister said that while Brexit will be ‘crucial’ in the coming year, it is ‘not the limit’ of the government’s ambitions.” ( bbc.co.uk)

However, the following article sounds a warning note:

“Anyone who tells you they know how Brexit is going to play out in 2018 isn’t to be trusted. After last year’s rollercoaster, almost anything could happen. Another general election? A big shift in the public mood? Both are possibilities - perhaps unlikely, but not to be ruled out entirely. The only predictable thing is unpredictability…

But the government insists that the UK will leave the EU on March 29 2019, and in the meantime Brexit negotiations will gather pace.

Welcome to phase two. So what is supposed to happen next?

First of all, the joint EU-UK report on ‘sufficient progress’ needs to be turned into a legal text that will form the basis of a formal withdrawal agreement. And there are still plenty of details that remain unresolved…

Either way, the idea of a transition suggests that you know where you are heading. But the debate on the ‘end state’ of Brexit has barely begun.

Prime Minister Theresa May is likely to give another big speech on Brexit - perhaps in early February - which may give us further clues about what the UK actually wants.

But first she needs to reach some sort of consensus within her own cabinet. Does the UK stick as close as possible to the EU after Brexit, to try to preserve current economic links? Or does it forge a new path on its own?

…So Brexit will continue to take up an enormous amount of political time and energy throughout the year. Anyone hoping for certainty should probably look away now.( bbc.co.uk)

Yet Another Example Of Manipulated News?

The article above came from the BBC – which is very pro Europe, so is it a true reflection of the situation? Brexit is causing serious friction between the UK and Europe. Already, many in Europe are blaming Britain for all Europe’s problems. Brexit is also causing friction between Mrs May and her senior cabinet ministers. Jesus Christ did warn: “… if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” Will the present British government survive 2018?

While we watch this world continuing on a downward spiral, Jesus Christ has this message for us…

And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh(Luke 21:28).