News Review - 1 May 2020
Democracy Is Dying

Monarchy… oligarchy… authoritarianism… totalitarianism – all tried… all failed!

Now…

Democracy Is Dying


“This isn't just a fight against coronavirus, it's also a battle for the future of democracy

Last year was the first in more than 100 years that the total income of countries governed by authoritarian systems outstripped that generated by democracies.

Think about that: 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, democracy is in retreat around the world. From China to the Middle East and across important parts of Africa, autocrats are in the ascendancy – and democrats are on the back foot.

Russian President Vladimir Putin was pithy in his contempt: he said last year that the liberal idea, founded on the equal protection of the dignity and worth of every person – the very heart of democracy – is 'obsolete'.

The Worst Form Of Government

“Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time…

Winston S Churchill, 11 November 1947 ( winstonchurchill.org)

Since 2006, the majority of countries in the world have seen a reduction in political freedom. Judges less independent, the press less free, elections less fair. Within the EU, Hungary – a country for which the collapse of the Soviet Union meant escape from nearly 50 years of oppression – has now legislated to suspend its constitution and lay the groundwork for unlimited rule by Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Turkish President Erdogan on democracy:

“Democracy is like a streetcar. You ride it until you arrive at your destination and then you step off.” ( thehill.com)

The effort to quell Covid-19 is going to become a battle to define which political system is better suited to meeting the challenges of the 21st Century.” ( dailymail.co.uk)

America: A Collapsing Empire

“The [Chinese state-run newspaper] Global Times dismissed America as a collapsing empire in a column featured prominently on Monday, claiming that the official number of cases in the United States versus those in China, which are widely considered false, shows that China is a superior public health power.

“‘The COVID-19 [Chinese coronavirus] spread in the US is almost like that of a primitive society. It should not have been like this if the US had the slightest science and organization,’ the propaganda outlet asserted. ‘To put it bluntly, the US is no match for China in terms of anti-epidemic organization and mobilization. The US political system has been hit by the pandemic on its weak side and we were willing to show understanding for that. After all, every system has its weaknesses.’

Some believe that American democracy is dying. Indeed, the recent chaos in the country has proved its in decay, ’ the Global Times asserted.” ( breitbart.com)

Attitudes Have Changed

Until recently, when elections were held in the Western nations, the loser acknowledged defeat and government continued. Not today! Today there is open hatred between the two major parties in the US. Both the media and the government bend the news to back up their point of view. Many articles are just outright lies. Fake news is the order of the day!

Meanwhile, the food chain supply is breaking up as food processing plants close due to lack of staff. Over 25 million people have lost their jobs. And most businesses are closed. Economically, the country is in a tail spin with no end in sight. The bills need paying – so all they can do is print more money. The government debt is approaching $25 trillion, and increasing by over $2 MILLION EVERY MINUTE! This simply cannot continue!

What Is Happening – And Why?

The USA, Britain and several western European nations are the modern descendants of ancient Israel ( The US and GB in Prophecy) .

Only when this is this is understood can we start to understand prophecy.

“And Moses and the priests the Levites spake unto all Israel, saying, Take heed, and hearken, O Israel; this day thou art become the people of the LORD thy God.(Deuteronomy 27:9)


Unteachable from infancy to tomb

“Unteachable from infancy to tomb — there is the first and main characteristic of mankind.”

Winston S Churchill, 21 May 1928 ( winstonchurchill.org)

Had Israel obeyed God, here is an overview of the blessings…

“…the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:

Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.

Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.

Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.

And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:

And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.” (Deuteronomy 28:1-14)

But there was a problem. The people didn’t get the main point!

“…if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to OBSERVE AND TO DO ALL HIS COMMANDMENTS which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth…” (Deuteronomy 28:1)

They did not obey – so the curses started.

Here is an overview of the curses in Deuteronomy 28

“Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field.

Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store.

Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

The LORD shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it.

The LORD shall smite thee …with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew [drought and floods]; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.

The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low.

He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail.

And ye shall be left few in number, whereas ye were as the stars of heaven for multitude; because thou wouldest not obey the voice of the LORD thy God.

And the LORD shall bring thee into Egypt… and there ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bondsmen and bondwomen, and no man shall buy you.” (Deuteronomy 28)

Birthright Conferred At Last!

“But when that 2,520-year withholding of the birthright had expired, God was faithful to His unconditional PROMISE to Abraham! Not because of any British or American goodness, superiority, or worthiness, but because of God’s faithfulness to His promise, beginning in 1800 these two birthright peoples suddenly burst forth as the greatest world powers in all history!

So – beginning AD 1800-1803, after 2,520 years – God did cause the birthright nations – and them only – to become suddenly the recipients of such national wealth, greatness and power as no nation or empire ever before had acquired! Together they – the British and Americans, descendants of only one original tribe, Joseph – came into possession of more than two-thirds – almost three-fourths – of all the cultivated resources and wealth of the whole world!

It sounds incredible! All other nations combined shared between them only little more than a fourth of the world’s wealth . And that includes the nations descended from other tribes of Israel. It includes such nations as Germany, Italy, Russia, China – all other nations on the whole earth.

The most amazing fact of all history is this sudden skyrocketing from virtual obscurity of two nations to the most fabulous wealth and economic power ever possessed by any people. Britain became GREAT Britain – a gigantic, stupendously wealthy commonwealth of nations – the United States, the greatest nation of history.” ( The US and GB in Prophecy - Chapter 10)

The Wealth HAS Gone

After World War ll, America was able to finance the rebuilding of Germany through the Marshal plan. Today, they have to borrow huge sums of money simply to survive.

Today race wars, race hatreds, race riots, and race problems are among the world’s greatest social troubles and crime rates are staggering!

Now we see the coronavirus – the pestilence – has brought the US and Britain to their knees.

The economy is in free-fall… 25 million unemployed… oil price has collapsed… few aircraft fly… some food in short supply…

Much of Western US in drought… the list goes on and on…

All this is leading up to national captivity.

And that event is going to happen suddenly!

Here Is The Warning From God…

“…that these people are stubborn rebels who refuse to pay attention to the LORD’s instructions. They tell the seers, ‘Stop seeing visions!’

They tell the prophets, ‘Don’t tell us what is right. Tell us nice things.

Tell us lies.

Forget all this gloom. Get off your narrow path. Stop telling us about your “Holy One of Israel”.’

This is the reply of the Holy One of Israel:

‘Because you despise what I tell you and trust instead in oppression and lies, calamity will come upon you suddenly — like a bulging wall that bursts and falls. In an instant it will collapse and come crashing down.

You will be smashed like a piece of pottery — shattered so completely that there won’t be a piece big enough to carry coals from a fireplace or a little water from the well’.” (Isaiah 30:9–14, New Living Translation)

After 6000 Years

The key lesson: Man, without God’s Holy Spirit, cannot obey God. Man has now tried every form of government – and all have failed.

At the beginning, Adam and Eve rejected God’s way – so access was cut off to the tree of life. When Christ came and fulfilled His ministry, the Holy Spirit was made available – but only to those chosen by God.

Soon now, Christ will return to take control of the whole earth. God tells us that He will… “pour out my spirit upon all flesh”. As Satan will have been removed, mankind will be able to obey God – and reap the blessings!

So What Is Our Role In All This?

Ours is possibly the hardest job of all - to be independent, neutral, unbiased observers. Not taking sides, views or slants, not succumbing to conspiracy theories, not peddling pet ideas or falling into the 'sheeple' mentality, avoiding hype and sensationalism - all are ditches.

So how do we preserve Godly neutrality in what we read and see?

We are to use our God-given senses and logic to process what we can see, touch, hear, understand - evidence processing - but we steer clear of ‘coulds’ and ‘shoulds’, ‘mights’ and ‘maybes’. We should be wary of sources given to speculative theorising - so-called ‘mainstream’ or otherwise - that sound factual but are tainted by their underlying agenda. We should apply common sense overlays to ‘off the wall’ and ‘out of the box’ logic.

Is it fact - provable - or opinion? An important part of our job is that of independent witnesses or observers for those in the future that we will have contact with. Unbiased reporting of the facts will be our role when asked “what was it like to live through the end of the age, leading into the time of Jacob's trouble”?