News Review - 27 Sep 2019
Focus On The Future

With religion disappearing… with Britain broken… with America in chaos… with the Middle East ready to explode… and in a chaotic world full of fake news… We Need To…

Focus On The Future

Today’s world is in chaos. It has lost all sense of direction. Morality has hit a new low. In two short weeks God’s people will be keeping the Feast of Tabernacles, and at this point in time let’s take a look at the crazy world in which we live and get our bearings.

We must keep in mind that we are observers; this is not our world; we watch… as this world rapidly comes to an end… to be followed by the 1,000 year rule of Jesus Christ on the earth!

At this time of the year, we need to get our minds focused on the future.

Here is what Mr Armstrong had to say…

“Before we look at what actually is going to come – the peaceful, happy, joyful world tomorrow – let’s take one last ‘obituary’ look at this world man has built upon the earth. Take one last look at the corpses of education, science, technology, commerce and industry, governments, the social order, and religion.” ( Tomorrow… What It Will Be Like - Chapter 2)


Let’s be sure we understand what our lives are all about!

We know we are in the very last decades of the 6,000 years of human life on this earth. And at the end of that 6,000 years, Jesus Christ will come in His glory and supreme power!

He is coming to remove Satan from deceiving mankind. He is coming to govern – to rule over all nations!

And we of the Church – IF we remove all our spots and wrinkles (Ephesians 5:25-27) are to have important positions in the worldwide government to rule all nations for a thousand years!

We keep the Feast of Tabernacles to get a foretaste of that wonderful World Tomorrow.

And it is nearer now than you think!

We need to get our bearings.( The Good News – September 1984)

What Is Wrong With This World?

But now why did Christ come to call us out of this world? Because the word ‘church’ comes from ‘ecclesia’ which means ‘come out’ of the world. What’s wrong with the world? Why should we come out of it?

Well, I’ll tell you what’s wrong with it. You look at the world today; and you see a world of awesome progress and advancement in technology, in science, in many of the accomplishments of human beings. But nearly all of that accomplishment is in materialism and the things of matter.

But spiritually we find this world full of appalling evils, and the evils are multiplying. Man is against man. Neighbour is against neighbour. Group is against group. Husbands and wives are against one another. Parents and children are against one another, capitol and labour, black and white, nation against nation. We just can’t get along with one another.

The world is in trouble as it never has been before.

But this is not God’s world!

Now, people just can’t understand that.

This is not God’s world.

This is Satan’s world.

But everybody thinks it’s God’s world.( Sermon - September 24, 1983)

In the following article, Douglas Murray asks,

How Did The World Lose Its Marbles?

“A new dogma has turned beliefs that once seemed common sense into hate crimes. If you say the ‘wrong thing’, you’ll be thrown to the wolves… We are going through a great mass derangement. In public and in private, people are behaving in ways that are increasingly irrational, feverish, herd-like and unpleasant. The news is filled with the consequences. Yet while we see the symptoms everywhere, we don’t see the causes. This is the simple fact that we have been living through a period of more than a quarter of a century in which all our grand narratives about our existence have collapsed.

Religion went first, falling away from the 19th Century onwards. Then, over the past century, the secular hopes held out by all political ideologies followed. In the latter part of the 20th Century, we entered the post-modern era, defined by its suspicion towards grand narratives.

However, nature abhors a vacuum. People in today’s wealthy Western democracies could not simply remain the first people in recorded history to have no explanation for what we are doing here and no story to give life purpose.

The answer that has presented itself in recent years has been to live in a permanent state of outrage.

To find meaning by waging constant war against anybody who seems to be on the wrong side of a question to which the answer has only just been altered.

The interpretation of the world through the lens of ‘social justice’ and ‘identity group politics’ is probably the most audacious and comprehensive effort since the end of the Cold War at creating a new ideology. To date, ‘social justice’ has run the furthest because it sounds – and in some versions is – attractive. Even the term is set up to be impossible to argue with.

‘You’re opposed to social justice? What do you want, social injustice?’

The speed at which the ‘social justice’ causes have taken over everyday life is staggering. Once-obscure phrases such as ‘LGBTQ’, ‘white privilege’, ‘the patriarchy’ and ‘transphobia’ are suddenly heard everywhere – even though in the words of mathematician Eric Weinstein, they were ‘all made up about 20 minutes ago’. The policing of these issues is an even more recent phenomenon. Researchers found that phrases like ‘triggered’ and ‘feeling unsafe’ only spiked in usage from 2013 onwards.

A reader comment makes this point:

This article is too long. Let me summarize: right thinks left is people with evil ideas, left thinks right is evil people with ideas - there is nowhere these two can meet. Period.

Among the first tripwires was anything to do with homosexuality. In the latter half of the 20th Century, there was a fight for gay equality which rightly succeeded in reversing a terrible historic injustice. Then, the war having been won, it didn’t stop. Indeed it began morphing. GLB (Gay, Lesbian, Bi) became LGB so as not to diminish lesbians. Then a T for ‘trans’ and a Q for ‘queer’ or ‘questioning’ got added. Then the movement behaved – in victory – as its opponents once did, as oppressors.

“WASHINGTON - LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2009 - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - A PROCLAMATION:

I AM PROUD TO BE THE FIRST PRESIDENT TO APPOINT OPENLY LGBT CANDIDATES TO SENATE-CONFIRMED POSITIONS in the first 100 days of an Administration…

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists.” ( whitehouse.gov)

When the boot was on the other foot, something ugly happened.

A decade ago, almost nobody was supportive of gay marriage. Even gay rights group Stonewall wasn’t in favour. Now it’s a central tenet of modern liberalism. To fail the gay marriage test – only years after almost everybody failed it – is to put yourself beyond the pale.

The most recent tripwire addition, and most toxic of all of them, is the trans issue. It affects the fewest number of people, but is nevertheless fought over with an almost unequalled ferocity and rage… mothers and fathers who voice concerns that ten years ago would have been considered common sense have their fitness to be parents questioned. People who will not concede that men can be women (and vice versa) can amazingly now expect a knock on the door from police.

Everyone knows what they will be called if their foot nicks against society’s new tripwires. Bigot, homophobe, sexist, misogynist, racist and transphobe are for starters. To avoid these accusations, citizens must prove their commitment to fashionable causes.

How might somebody demonstrate virtue in this new world?

By being ‘anti-racist’, clearly. By being an ‘ally’ to LGBT people, obviously. By stressing how ardent your desire is to bring down the patriarchy.” ( dailymail.co.uk)

Here are a few articles showing the confusion in today’s world:

Yuri Bezmenov, a former KGB agent, warns America:

“History shows us how great empires like Rome fell, not because they could be beaten militarily, but because they could collapse from within. When the population of that country fails to unify under a single culture, that nation’s flag, only social unrest will result. All the enemies of that nation have to do is instigate protests and influence the media to lie to the people and just watch an independent republic melt away.” ( 12160.info)

USA: The 2020 Campaign

“The machinations of an illiberal left, on display in its ever-increasing violence accompanied by the ululations of a propagandist media in contravention of an imaginary ‘white supremacist’ right, have riven the nation into diametrically opposed camps. The right will never accept socialism, while the left will accept nothing less.( americanthinker.com)

Britain is Broken

“A poll has revealed how Britons feel about the systems they live under, with a sobering report revealing the majority feel that society is broken, the economy is rigged in favour of serving the rich and powerful, and traditional parties do not care about people like them. As well as the rising sense of loneliness and purposelessness, the British Social Attitudes survey revealed in July 2019 that profession of a Christian faith is at an all-time low in the country.( breitbart.com)

Britain is angrier and more violent than ever

“Tory MEP Daniel Hannan has launched a scathing attack on colleagues at Westminster, claiming their ‘repeated failure’ to deliver Brexit was triggering an unprecedented crisis in UK politics. ‘It’s about whether we remain a democracy in the fullest sense. Our system depends on unwritten conventions and precedents. We expect winners to show restraint and losers to show consent. We expect our officials - including judges, civil servants and, not least, the Commons Speaker – to be impartial. We expect the electorate to be the final umpire.” ( express.co.uk)

Middle East ready to Explode

“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is warning that Israel has ‘no other choice’ other than to invade Gaza in order to overthrow the Hamas regime in power there. In fact, the Jerusalem Post is reporting that on Friday Netanyahu said that war ‘could happen at any moment’. Both sides have been preparing for this war for a very long time, and the death and destruction will be immense.” ( theeconomiccollapseblog.com)

Saudi Arabia: ‘Pearl Harbor’ Moment

“For many of the national security teams that monitor threats on the US, the apparent drone strike Saturday on the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil production facilities was the realization of their worst fears. Based on early reports, multiple relatively inexpensive drone devices were able to pierce Saudi defenses in a way that a traditional air force could not: flying long distances to drop potent bombs that apparently set vast portions of the Saudi petroleum infrastructure ablaze. The implication of Saturday’s attacks are enormous, Price said.” ( finance.yahoo.com)

Fake News

“Nearly all Americans are ‘troubled’ by the state of the media, according to a new study from boutique PR agency, Bospar, in collaboration with Propeller Insights. The survey of 1,010 American adults found that more than 95% are troubled by the current state of media, with 53% citing ‘reports on fake news,’ 49% citing ‘reporting gossip,’ and 48% citing ‘lying spokespeople,’ as the key causes. ‘The media loves to pretend they’re unbiased, but that couldn’t be further from the truth,’ an email promoting the survey read. ‘Liberal propaganda machines have used every possible tactic to slander, undermine, and insult the President as he fights to put America First’.” ( thewrap.com)

Teens are anxious and depressed after three hours a day on social media

“A study published today in the journal JAMA Psychiatry suggests that teenagers who spend more than three hours a day on social media are more likely to develop mental health problems including depression, anxiety, aggression, and antisocial behaviour. The latter were essentially nonexistent among teens who reported that they didn’t use social media.” ( technologyreview.com)

USA: Consumers Continue To Pile Up Debt

“We haven’t seen survey results like this since just before the last recession. Right now, 60 percent of Americans believe that a recession is ‘very or somewhat likely in the next year’, and the reason why that figure is so high is because there is already a tremendous amount of evidence that the economy is slowing down all around us. But at the same time, US consumers continue to pile up more debt at a frightening pace. If a severe economic downturn really is coming, the smart thing to do would be to get out of credit card debt.” ( theeconomiccollapseblog.com)

Americans Are Afraid Of Going To The Hospital…

“Once upon a time, the primary mission of our hospitals was to help people, but today they have become vicious financial predators…if an emergency happens there is no choice… we discover that they have charged us 30 dollars for a single aspirin or ‘$2,000 for a $20 feeding tube’. It is a giant scam, but they have been getting away with it for decades, and so they just keep on doing it. Over the past six years, the University of Virginia Health System has sued 36,000 patients…” ( endoftheamericandream.com)

Mass Shootings: The Problem - An Absence Of Morality

“Following introductions, Perkins stated that ‘at some point, we have to realize that as a nation, we have a problem, and the problem is not the absence of laws, it’s an absence of morality. We’ve driven religion from our public life, and we’re shocked that we no longer have morality and we no longer value human life’.( stationgossip.com)

The BBC teaches children that there are ‘100 genders’

“‘What are the different gender identities?’ asks a little boy in one of the nine new BBC Teach films put out to support the personal, social and health education (PSHE) curriculum in schools – to which his head teacher replies: ‘That’s a really, really exciting question…’

Actually, it’s not. And the answer is still less exciting. Which is perhaps why rather than give the boy a bald, biological and distinctly boring fact – ‘two’ – the video cuts to a Relationships and Sex Education teacher, hopped-up on her own gaping-mindedness:

‘You know, there are so many gender identities,’ she enthuses. ‘We know that we have got male and female, but there are over 100, if not more, gender identities now’.( telegraph.co.uk)

The Trans Question

“‘Doctors don’t have evidence that the treatment will be the right one,’ he told the outlet during a phone interview. ‘Many people are doing what amounts to an experiment on these young people without telling them it’s an experiment.’ ‘You need evidence for that, and this is a very serious treatment,’ McHugh, professor and psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins University, added. ‘It is comparable to doing frontal lobotomies’.( stationgossip.com)

‘Gendered’ language can lead to violence or murder

“NHS bosses have warned nursery staff against referring to ‘boys and girls’ – saying ‘gendered’ language can lead to violence or murder. The guidelines from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde are part of a pilot project aimed at creating ‘gender friendly nurseries’. However, last night Piers Shepherd of the Family Education Trust criticised the move, saying: ‘Parts of this have a very authoritarian tone such as challenging parents if they use the wrong terms. Talking about violence ending in murder is very extreme. There seems to be a thought-policing attitude’.( madnesshub.com)

Academics push to normalize paedophilia

“The push by mainstream media and leftist academics to normalize pedophilia as an acceptable sexual identity appears to be reaching a new level of intensity… The twisted lesson asks students to share their opinions on the notion of pedophilia as a sexual orientation. It should go without saying that it simply shouldn’t be regarded as an acceptable or fundamental orientation by anyone in American society.” ( 12160.info)

The list of headlines seems endless:

Parents Irate over Forced Elementary Gender Identity Curriculum…

Eating Humans to ‘Save the Planet’…

Doctor forbidden to practice after telling patient ‘a fetus is a human’…

It’s ‘Incendiary’ to Believe in Two Genders…

Satanic Temple head: ‘More than 50% of our membership is LGBTQ’…

California’s homeless crisis engulfs its capital…

Children as young as 3 could soon get sex change advice…

Women push for gender equality…

Heterosexuality Is Just Not Working…

What is amazing is that all these news articles were taken from just the last 4 weeks' news events!

Chaos and Confusion!

The Message From God’s End Time Apostle:

We are to come out of this world and no longer be part of it, brethren.

I don’t think we get that!

Now get this: I don’t think you fully understand that!

II Corinthians 6:17-18 ‘ Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Now let’s get our bearings and understand the PURPOSE of the Church – its function.( The Good News – December 4, 1978)

He says that we are a separate and a peculiar people, different from the rest of the world. We are a holy nation of people in the Church, different from the rest of the world. We are coming out; and we are being taught in school, you might say, and in Church with the True Gospel and God’s Way of Life to teach the whole world in the Millennium (just like the apostles were called out first for three and a half years to teach the Church).

I want you to understand that.( Sermon - October 17, 1981)

Let’s All Focus On The Future – And Have A Great Feast!