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World Tomorrow
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The Gospel
broadcast in the 1980s - played Wales UK 13 Apr 2024
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Sermon
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Why Christ Had to Die
given Bristol UK 22 Mar 2003 - played Wales UK 13 Apr 2024
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Pastor’s Report - 12 Apr 2024
Renewing Commitment

Renewing Commitment...

"MEN WANTED for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success – Ernest Shackleton 4 Burlington St." ... so read an advertisement placed in the Times of London in 1913.

In spite of the advertisement's brutal frankness as to what to expect, the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition office in Burlington Street was deluged with replies to the above ad. In speaking of it afterward Shackleton said that so overwhelming was the response to his appeal that it seemed as though all the men of Great Britain were determined to accompany him. Yet its total honesty was something each man would undoubtedly reflect on often, following their vessel Endurance being crushed by pack-ice and sinking to the bottom of the frozen Weddell sea at the outset, stranding them in an Antarctic wilderness over a thousand miles from civilisation of any kind. The epic journey that then followed tested their initial commitment to signing that initial contract in a way none of them could have foreseen. And so it is with us in God's Church ...

Passover

With just over a week to Passover (the evening of Sunday April 21st) all of us who have been baptised should once again be examining ourselves prior to taking part in this most solemn ordinance. Key to that examination is verifying our continued repentance – the genuine intent to unreservedly turn from our own way to God's Way, in every aspect of life now and then for eternity. In his sermon on Passover Examination 1982, Mr. Armstrong was wanting to get through to us just what repentance really means, by this graphic example:

I read of a story of a Methodist preacher. In fact, he was the bishop that visited a church. He was a bishop, you see; and he was quite a celebrity, coming to this small church ... And he was preaching on repentance; but somehow, the people couldn’t understand. He wasn’t able to make them understand what he meant. (And I think many of us perhaps do not understand just what we mean by repentance.)

So there was a black gentleman in the back of the church building, and he finally raised up his hand. “If you please, sir,” he said, “I believe I can explain what you all mean, if I might.” Well the bishop said, “Certainly, certainly. Go ahead, if you can make it more plain or clear to the people.” “Well sir,” he said, “I, this is what I think you all mean.” And he started walking right down the aisle, down towards the platform. And he says, “I’m going to hell. I’m going to hell. I’m going to hell. I’m going to hell, I’m going to hell.” And he got down to just in front of the platform, and then he turned around. And he started and he walked rapidly back, even a little faster now. And he said, “I’m going to heaven. I’m going to heaven. I’m going to heaven. I’m going to heaven.” And when he got back up there; he said, “I think what you all meant, sir, is we must TURN AROUND AND GO THE OTHER WAY.” And some of them began to understand it.

It meant you have to ADMIT you’ve been going in the WRONG DIRECTION. You have to ADMIT YOU’VE BEEN WRONG. YOU’VE BELIEVED WRONG! YOU’VE LIVED WRONG! YOU’VE DONE WRONG! YOU ARE WRONG, THROUGH AND THROUGH. And many of you have NEVER admitted that! (Passover Examination - March 4, 1982)

Passover is very much a time of re-commitment for all of us – remembering our calling and the steps we took at our initial conversion, making sure that the repentance – the turning – was not just a one-off event, but has indeed continued to be a truly life-changing commitment. A "contract" with Almighty God that has grown ever more personal, profound and expansive as the years roll by. And those years have certainly rolled by! Here we are, 38 years after Mr Armstrong's death, still waiting for the return of Jesus Christ and our part in the establishment of God's Government via the Kingdom of God across this earth.

Commitment

But we are in good company. All those luminaries who went before us died in faith, not YET having received the promises. But they will, having seen them in their mind's eye, embraced them and fully believed in their ultimate inheritance (Hebrews 11:13). And so shall we – provided we, like them, remain committed to the goal that the Eternal initially set before us when first opening our minds:

  • For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
  • And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:
  • That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
  • For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,
  • Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.
  • And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
  • For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.
  • Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
  • That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: (Hebrews 6:10-18)

To remind us of the process which will lead to this incredible inheritance, each year God has us celebrate the annual festivals which depict His Plan – starting with the Passover. And in these days leading up to the Passover it is a time to reflect on "the ad" we initially signed up to. On our baptism, it is highly unlikely we had the full picture of what we were committing ourselves to but we did count the cost as much as we were able at that time (Luke 14:28), and said we were willing to pay the price:

You have entered upon a new life – a life of great happiness and joy – a life to continue FOREVER – yet, in this present evil world it will not be an easy life. As a matter of fact, you have left behind the “easy way” – the popular, broad road that leads to destruction. You have passed the crossroads and turned off onto the narrow, rutty, bumpy, rocky and HARD and DIFFICULT road that very few people in this world ever are willing to enter – but that leads to SUCCESS, to USEFULNESS, to HAPPINESS, JOY and ETERNAL LIFE.

It leads to rewards – not of idleness and ease, but to usefulness and service and accomplishment and success – so great that I know your mind can’t possibly grasp it, now, BUT YOU’LL HAVE TO PAY THE PRICE! (An Open Letter To Our Newly Begotten Brethren Recently Baptized – WN Sep 17 1985)

Unknown Future

By its very nature, the future remains unknown for all of us. But the men who had chosen to accompany Shackleton to Antarctica knew at the outset of the 79 days of darkness they would need to endure between 8 May and 26 July, frozen in the pack-ice and followed by the hardships and deprivations of the expedition itself. Had they wanted an easy life, they would never have responded to "the call", but would have chosen to sit by the fire at home instead, willing to forgo any future glory. But as Mr Armstrong articulated above, they deliberately "left behind the 'easy way' – the popular, broad road ... and turned off onto the narrow, rutty, bumpy, rocky and HARD and DIFFICULT road that very few people in this world ever are willing to enter".

But the fact is, we too did the same at the point of our baptism. True, we were largely drafted. The Father drew us and gave us to Christ for training through His word. But although selected, we did agree to co-operate – we were intrinsically involved in the process. And though we did not know the precise row we would have to hoe, we did know it was not going to be the easy way – the popular broad road (Matthew 7:13). So when examining ourself prior to Passover, it would do us well to take careful note of the frame of mind James encourages us to adopt, and regarding the unknown aspects of our day-to-day struggle, remember exactly Who is working with us, and why:

  • Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.
  • Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
  • Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:13-15 NIV)
  • But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. (Isaiah 64:8)
Hazardous Journey

"MEN WANTED for hazardous journey" began the ad placed in the Times. And those reading the ad would have recognised the name of Ernest Shackleton. By 1913, he was already a national hero, having accompanied Scott on the Discovery Expedition of 1901 and led his own Nimrod expedition in 1907 to within 97 miles of the South Pole – the closest of anyone thus far. But his was mere human leadership. The Logos who became Jesus Christ, who now sits at the right hand of the Father – with all power at His disposal and yet fully conversant with the trials and problems of this human frame – remains our ever present help and Spiritual Leader whatever hazardous journey we may face:

  • Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
  • For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
  • Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16)
  • For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
  • Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38,39)

Unlike the explorers of old, who when tragedy struck found themselves thousands of miles from help and no means of communication of any kind, our link via prayer to our Heavenly Father is always available, as long as WE have the right "connection" – i.e. are on His wavelength;

  • The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
  • The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous. (Proverbs 15:8,29)
  • And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
  • And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. (I John 5:14,15)
To be Content

Knowing we have such a dynamic 24/7 access to this ever present help in time of need should lead to a peace, contentment and confidence second to none. But does it always? The very purpose of the trials God allows in our lives is often to motivate us to go to Him in prayer with each perplexing problem and difficulty we face. And then, seeing how God does indeed fight our battles for us encourages and stabilises us, developing a close relationship that is destined to last for eternity. Having counted the cost prior to baptism and having determined to surrender our lives unreservedly – being fully committed to this way of life – are we still allowing Him to fashion and mould us till His mind becomes OUR mind, His character OUR character? We can learn something from how Christ faced His biggest trial:

  • Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
  • Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
  • For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
  • Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. (Hebrews 12:1-4)

What is the joy that is set before US? We are promised an integral part in the universe-ruling Family of God, with a position of rulership that can bring an end to every type of suffering this world has ever known, and will continue to experience until the return of the Messiah, the Saviour. What more could we want?

  • Let your [conduct] be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13:5)
  • Be [anxious] for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
  • And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6,7)
  • Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)
  • Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
  • Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength (Isaiah 26:3,4)
A World of Darkness

"... bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger ..." promised the ad in the Times to that valiant band of potential explorers. We too find ourselves in an exceedingly dangerous world of spiritual darkness that is destined to become a great deal worse as we approach the end. But within the chaos – with men's hearts failing them fear and the powers of heaven being shaken we are told that, "when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws nigh." (Luke 21:28)

Now might be a good time to be examining ourselves as to whether we are becoming more capable of lifting up our heads and being positive even now – in a world of darkness yes, but relatively calm so far.

  • If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan? (Jeremiah 12:5 NIV)

If we are struggling now it's unlikely we'll be able to suddenly trust God as we see the prophetic Beast arise, persecution bite, food shortages, disease epidemics wiping out millions. It's not possible to "work up" enough faith suddenly ... for one thing, it has to be Christ's faith in us, and it's something that is built over time, as we see God's hand in our lives. We must nurture a close relationship with our God and exercise faith daily, as it can only be "the peace of God, which passes all understanding" that will keep our hearts and minds through the perilous days ahead.

No Turning Back

"... safe return doubtful ..." warned the ad. But in our case there is no "doubtful" about it! There can be absolutely no turning back as this is our day of salvation and it's very much a one-way ticket, with the Kingdom of God as its only positive destination. No going back to Egypt when the going gets rough! (Exodus 14):

  • No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. (Luke 9:62)
  • And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
  • He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. (Matthew 10:38,39)

This is what we agreed to prior to baptism, but is that still the case? Are we still 100% committed to this Way – come what may – or could we fall into any of the categories Christ mentions in the Parable of the Sower ... seed by the wayside, stony ground, among thorns etc? (Matthew 13) This too needs examining in the days prior to Passover – repenting where necessary so we can fall into the last category, the "good ground":

  • But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. (Matthew 13:23)
Seeking Honour

"... Honour and recognition in case of success ..." concluded the ad – and the respondents in their multiple thousands came to the conclusion that such honour and recognition was worth the danger and deprivations involved. And so did we – but do we still? The apostle Paul - himself no stranger to danger! - make such parallels very clear:

  • Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
  • And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. (I Corinthians 9:24,25)
  • And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. (I Peter 5:4)
  • He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.
  • If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour. (John 12:25,26)
  • To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:....
  • But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: (Romans 2:7,10)

Each of us had slightly different journeys that led us to the point of baptism. But whatever the calling given, we all had to count the cost involved, recognising that the sacrifice of Jesus Christ had true purpose for each of us individually – to give us access to the Father and thereby to the impregnation of the Holy Spirit, offering us REAL life – an eternal future! And each of us must continue on, being LED by God's spirit or that sacrifice for us individually will be in vain. What is so vital to our lives is this one-on-one relationship with our Father, which will produce in us this "new man", – a dynamic, living flow of spiritual rejuvenation – daily!

  • For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
  • For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
  • While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. (II Corinthians 4:16-18)

And prior to Passover it is essential we verify that our desire for "daily renewal" is still uppermost in our minds. And whether there are 5, 10 or 20 years to go – or we die in the meantime – the eternal goal that has been set before us is so much more real than the "temporal" issues we all struggle with.

Trusting God to see us through

After the sinking of the Endurance, which was crushed by the surrounding ice as this restored black and white video footage shows, the crew escaped by camping on the drifting sea ice until it disintegrated. By dragging the three lifeboats, sledges and equipment – around a ton each – across pack ice to open water, they finally launched the lifeboats to reach a desolate rocky isle called Elephant Island. Here, twenty two of the crew hunkered down under two of the lifeboats, while Shackleton and a hand-picked half a dozen set off on "the greatest open boat journey in history", and as Shackleton noted, "the perils of the proposed journey were extreme." But after fourteen horrific days, they ultimately reached the inhabited island of South Georgia, a stormy ocean voyage of 720 nautical miles and Shackleton's most famous exploit. After 36 hours on foot, crossing glaciers and ravines, they made it to the whaling station. After two abortive attempts, and totally committed to the rescue of his men, he returned with help to Elephant island, four months after setting off for help, to find them all well ... kept alive by hope and the confidence they had in their leader.

In a similar way to Shackleton's determination to return and rescue his men, we can have that hope and total confidence in OUR leader's desire to return and rescue us, so we can confidently renew our commitment to the Way of God and the individual path set before each and every one of us. Passover, and the profound sacrifice it commemorates – which He so willingly gave on our behalf – is certainly a time for us to remember this. As He reassures us:

  • My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
  • And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
  • My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. (John 10:27-29)

In like manner of Israel of old, we are standing on the cusp of entering into the REAL Promised Land. And as brought out in the biblical record, it was going to take courage and commitment in order to possess what God had promised them. Likewise for us! And knowing the scriptures are recorded for our encouragement, it is certainly worth noting what God had to say to Joshua – and therefore to us, millennia later:

  • Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
  • Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
  • This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
  • Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. (Joshua 1:6-9)
News Review - 5 Apr 2024
Air Pollution

If you visit American city You will find it very pretty. Just two things of which you must beware:
Don’t drink the water and…

Don’t Breathe The Air!

Back in the 1960’s, pollution was a serious problem.

The world population had just reached 3 BILLION. Today, the world population has just passed the 8 BILLION mark!

The population has increased, and so has the pollution.

Over 60 years ago, Tom Lehrer wrote the following song for the satirical television show "That Was the Week That Was" where he was the resident songwriter. He began with a spoken introduction:

“Time was an American about to go abroad would be warned by his friends or guide books not to drink the water. But times have changed and now a foreigner coming into the country might be offered this advice:

If you visit American city
You will find it very pretty
Just two things of which you must beware:
Don’t drink the water and don’t breathe the air!

Pollution, pollution
They got smog and sewage and mud
Turn on your tap
And get hot and cold running crud.

See the halibuts and the sturgeons
Being wiped out by detergents
Fish got to swim and birds got to fly
But they don’t last long, if they try!

Pollution, pollution
You can use the latest toothpaste
And then rinse your mouth
With industrial waste.

Just go out for a breath of air
And you’ll be ready for medicare
The city streets are really quite a thrill
If the hoods don’t get you, the monoxide will.

Pollution, pollution
Wear a gas mask and a veil
Then you can breathe
As long as you don’t inhale!

Lots of things there that you can drink
But stay away from the kitchen sink
The breakfast garbage that you throw into the bay
They drink at lunch in San Jose.

So go to the city,
See the crazy people there
Like lambs to the slaughter, they’re drinking the water
And breathing the air!(genius.com)

End Time Insanity

If mankind could just take a step back, and look at his continuing life on planet Earth, there are three main areas of need:

  • Good Food
  • Fresh Water
  • Clean Air

ALL THE ABOVE ARE ESSENTIAL FOR LIFE.

Yet look at how we treat the air we breath.

Only seven countries met the WHO’s AIR QUALITY GUIDELINES

and the US, Canada and UK aren’t among them!


“More than 92% of the countries and regions analyzed exceeded guidelines for particulate pollution, according to a report from IQAir, a Swiss air quality-monitoring company. Bangladesh, Pakistan and India had the most polluted air, with levels of particle pollution at least 10 times what the World Health Organization suggests, the company said. More than 92% of the countries and regions analysed exceeded guidelines for particulate pollution, including the US.

Finland, Estonia, Australia, New Zealand, Grenada, Iceland and Mauritius were the seven countries that met the WHO’s air quality guidelines. The United States ranked 33rd best among countries and territories for air quality.(nbcnews.com)

A Huge Source Of Air Pollution:

Underground Coal Fires

“A century ago, Centralia, Pennsylvania was a busy small town filled with shops, residents and a brisk mining business. Coal from local mines fueled its homes and its economy, and its 1,200 residents worked, played and lived as tight-knit neighbors.

Today couldn’t be more different. Centralia’s streets are abandoned. Most of its buildings are gone, and smoke wafts down graffiti-strewn highways where a prosperous town once stood. The formerly busy burg has turned into a ghost town. The cause was something that’s still happening beneath Centralia’s empty streets: a mine fire that’s been burning for over 50 years, resulting in the devastation of a community and the eviction and impoverishment of many of its residents.

Hidden Menace

“It’s estimated that underground coal fires generate as much as 3% of the world’s total annual CO2 emissions.(sciencedirect.com)

Coal seam fires are nothing new, but Centralia’s is the United States’ worst and one of history’s most devastating. It seems to have started with the Centralia landfill, an abandoned mine pit that had been converted into a garbage dump in 1962. Trash was a thorny issue in Centralia, which was full of unregulated dumps, and the city council wanted to solve the problem with unwanted odors and rats.

In May 1962, the city council proposed cleaning up the local landfill in time for Centralia’s Memorial Day festivities. ‘This might seem like irrelevant, small-town history except for one thing,’ wrote David Dekok in Fire Underground, his history of the fire: ‘Centralia Council’s method for cleaning up a dump was to set it on fire.’ Though competing theories exist about how the fire was sparked, it’s thought that the Centralia dump fire sparked a much larger mine fire beneath the town.

As the years went on, the ground beneath the city itself became hotter and hotter, reaching over 900 degrees Fahrenheit in some locations. Smoke poured from sinkholes and gas-filled basements. Residents started to report health problems and homes began to tilt.

Today, Centralia still burns as one of 38 known active mining fires in Pennsylvania. And forget extinguishing the fire that has turned the town from a small mining center to a place infamous for its hidden blaze: As geologist Steve Jones told Smithsonian’s Kevin Krajick, ‘Putting it out is the impossible dream’.(history.com)

A Huge Worldwide Under-Reported Problem

“As for carbon emissions, it’s estimated that underground coal fires generate as much as 3% of the world’s total annual CO2 emissions while consuming 5% of the planet’s mineable coal.

While the Centralia fire has certainly received the most publicity, the phenomenon of underground fires isn’t exactly unheard of. In fact, there are 241 known coal mine fires currently burning across the United States, 38 of which are in Pennsylvania.

In Jhaia, India, a series of coal mine fires have been burning since 1916, consuming about 40 million tons of coal and leaving 1.5 billion tons inaccessible. Researchers estimate that, if the fire continues to move at the current rate, the flames will persist for another 3,800 years.

In New South Wales, Australia, the oldest known coal seam fire in the world has been burning for 5,500 years at Mount Wingen (otherwise known as Burning Mountain). The fire burns 98 feet below the ground’s surface and has moved at a rate of 1 meter (3.2 feet) per year since it was first discovered in 1829.” (sciencedirect.com)

Air Pollution From Ships

Shipping’s dirty secret: how ‘scrubbers’ clean the air – while contaminating the sea.

“Told to reduce air pollution, the shipping industry could have switched to cleaner fuels – instead, many vessels turned to special devices that simply dump the toxins into the water.

In 2019, Alan Ladd, a marine engineer, was on a cruise ship that was slowing down to give passengers a better view of the Hubbard Glacier – the largest tidewater glacier in North America. Briefly looking away from the harbour seals and orcas, Ladd noticed a stream of black grease, with a rainbow sheen, bubbling to the surface of the water.

“The only reason I saw it was because the vessel had stopped. All of a sudden I could see this pollutant and this soot,’ says Ladd, who works with Alaska’s Ocean Ranger programme as one of several independent observers of effluent from shipping. ‘The thing that really disturbed me more than anything is they didn’t do anything about it.’

What Ladd saw was the result of a decision by the shipping industry to reduce air pollution at the expense of the ocean. After the International Maritime Organization (IMO) set out to lower sulphur emissions in the atmosphere – which regulators say is harmful to human health – the shipping industry was faced with the choice of switching to cleaner but pricier fuel or installing a system to clean exhaust gases – known as ‘scrubbers’ – that dump the chemicals removed from the exhaust directly into the sea instead.

Scrubbers are dirty and dirt cheap, but as of 2020 more than 4,300 ships globally had installed them – up from 732 ships in 2018. It is a trade-off: clear the skies but contaminate the waters. Scrubbers have proved to be the cheapest way to do so. The cost of buying and fitting a scrubber is £1.5 million to £5 million, whereas cleaner fuel is £250-£400 a tonne. The scrubber pays for itself within a year.

‘It’s been a loophole for industry to continue burning the cheapest, dirtiest fuels,’ says Lucy Gilliam, of Seas at Risk, an association of European environmental organisations.

Roughly 10 gigatonnes – 10,000,000,000 tonnes – of scrubber washwater are discharged into oceans annually, according to an International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) report on global discharge waste – just less than the total weight of all the cargo transported by ships in a year.

The toxins do not just disappear. Aside from being acidic, scrubbers contain heavy metals that accumulate in marine food chains. The Swedish Environmental Research Institute found that washwater from North Sea ships has ‘severe toxic effects’ on zooplankton, which cod, herring and other species feed on. Meanwhile, a Belgian study found that scrubber discharges contain high concentrations of metals such as nickel, copper and chromium, which all devastate marine ecosystems.

And whatever the stricter measures, experts agree it was a misstep by regulators to allow scrubbers at all. ‘It’s a huge mistake,’ says Gilliam. ‘We could solve the problem of sulphur pollution by switching to cleaner fuels. But instead we’re just transferring the problem from one place to the other. And that’s really frustrating.’” (theguardian.com)

TRUCKS

“There are 13 million trucks registered in the US, 2.9 million of which are semi-trucks. The 13.5 million truck statistic only includes trucks with a gross vehicle weight of over 10,000 pounds. There are an additional 48 million pickups and 75,000 light trucks (anything under 10,000 pounds that is not categorized as a pickup or other vehicle type) in the US. There are 3.5 million truck drivers in the US. This figure includes both employee and self-employed drivers of semi-trucks and other truck types.” (truckinfo.net)


“There are half a million HGVs over 3.5 tonnes registered in the UK. There are more than 60,000 road freight businesses in the UK.” (housegrail.com)

Air Pollution From Trucks

“Nearly 2 million in Illinois live near warehouses shrouded by truck pollution. With more than 2,400 warehouses across the state, surrounding neighborhoods face heightened pollution risks, a study shows, blaming online shopping and redlining’s [deliberately forcing of residential areas to remain underdeveloped, so no shops etc] legacy. Illinois has been a freight hub since its beginnings, from waterways to rails to interstate highways to modern intermodal transportation centers to an unprecedented proliferation of warehouses to satisfy the demands of online shoppers.

Increasingly, warehouses crop up beside neighborhoods, exposing people living nearby to exhaust fumes from starting, stopping and idling trucks. And these diesel plumes carry a host of potential health threats to the public, including low birth rates, respiratory illnesses, even dementia.

‘This is the place where all the railroads meet,’ said Brian Urbaszewski, director of environmental health programs for the Respiratory Health Association in Chicago. ‘This is where transfers take place. There are a lot of containers coming from the East and West coasts to here and being reshuffled and resent, some on trains, but a lot regionally, 500 miles in every direction on trucks.’

The advent of fast, doorstep deliveries brings nitrous oxide and other pollutants closer to more people’s homes than ever. ‘It’s a horrible combination,’ Urbaszewski said. Fine particulate matter from diesel exhaust can seep deep into the lungs and from there into the bloodstream and throughout the body. Studies have linked these pollutants to increases in asthma, respiratory hospitalizations, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart attacks, premature births and preventable deaths.

‘There’s a whole laundry list of things,’ Urbaszewski said, ‘And the more science moves forward, the more we find problems that we had not seen before. We also learn that a lot of the effects can be tracked to lower and lower concentrations of this stuff.’” (chicago.suntimes.com)

Cars

"How many cars are in the US? Based on the most recent data, there are a total of 275,913,237 vehicles registered in the US, including 105,135,300 automobiles.” (finance.yahoo.com)


“There were 19,243,306 petrol cars and 11,498,138 diesel cars registered in the UK in 2023.” (nimblefins.co.uk)

Pollution From Cars

"Anyone who has experienced a red air day knows the metallic taste of air pollution that leaves a sting in your nose and lungs. On red air days when pollution hits unhealthy levels people are advised to stay inside and avoid outdoor activities especially the elderly, children, pregnant women, and those who suffer from respiratory illnesses.

Now, guess what is the leading cause of toxic air in most places?

Internal combustion engines fueled by gas or diesel are spewing dirty pollution into our lungs and atmosphere. More than two thirds of Americans rely on personal automobiles for day-to-day travel. And transportation is now the United States’ largest source of the greenhouse gas emissions accelerating climate change, with light-duty vehicles alone responsible for nearly 60% of that sector’s climate pollution.” (forbes.com)

Aircraft

“The exact number of general aviation aircraft in the world is difficult to determine due to variations in reporting and registration processes across different countries. However, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), as of 2020, there were approximately 214,000 general aviation aircraft registered worldwide. FlightAware determined there to be an average of 9,728 commercial airplanes in the sky at any given time.

And all of this doesn’t even consider other types of flights, such as cargo, military, and private jets. Per FlightAware, commercial aviation only comprised about 46.4% of all flights in 2021, so the total number of planes in the air at any time might actually be twice as high — somewhere in the ballpark of 15,500 to 17,500!(travelandleisure.com)

China: The World’s Worst Polluter

“World’s worst polluter increases coal production by 300 million tons. The Chinese Communist government enjoys lecturing the rest of the world about climate change and signing high-profile global warming treaties with gullible and opportunistic Western leaders like President Joe Biden, but when the rubber hits the road, China’s steely-eyed rulers will do whatever it takes to keep their factories humming. If that means burning epic amounts of high-pollution coal, both within China’s borders and across its Third World interests, then so be it. China was already digging, importing, and burning record amounts of coal last year, and its consumption will only increase for the foreseeable future, no matter what Chinese envoys say at climate conferences.” (breitbart.com)

“Nothing Should Interfere With The Nation’s Economic Growth”

“While Western populations are being forced to tighten their belts and deal with the expensive ramifications of green-energy policies, Chinese President Xi Jinping has told his government that any efforts to reduce China’s emissions should not interfere with the nation’s economic growth – indicating China will not be making any meaningful changes to curb its emissions in the near future.” (breitbart.com)

The Pollution League Table

China emits more greenhouse gas than the entire developed world combined, a new report has claimed

The research by Rhodium Group says China emitted 27% of the world’s greenhouse gases in 2019.

The US was the second-largest emitter at 11% while India was third with 6.6% of emissions, the think tank said.” (bbc.co.uk)

The Whole System Pollutes!

Power generation, travel, transporting goods, farming, the supply chain, almost every aspect of life in this world today pollutes! We have polluted and corrupted our food supply by producing ultra processed food and we have polluted our water supply by using our rivers as open sewers. Not content with that, we are even polluting the air we breath.

Then the problem worldwide is increased by more and more people moving into cities. Cities that must be supplied with food and water from the surrounding countryside. Because of their size, the air in many cities is dangerously polluted.

Today’s world just does not work! If we were to be visited by aliens from a far off world they would quickly come to the conclusion that mankind had a death wish, and was destroying their planet! And if that’s not enough, several nations also have weapons that can blast whole cities off the map!

This World’s Society Is Based On Greed

This world’s society is based on greed and that becomes obvious when we look at the situation regarding pollution. In almost every sphere, waste is simply dumped - into rivers, the sea or the atmosphere.

We live in a world that suffers from sickness and disease - caused by the way we live. In short, mankind is committing suicide in the name of greed!

The End IS Near

Read this end time warning in the book of Revelation:

“And the nations were angry, and THY WRATH IS COME, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; AND SHOULDEST DESTROY THEM WHICH DESTROY THE EARTH.” (Revelation 11:18)

The “Good News” Announcement

The message hasn’t changed!

“Last night was the big night of the visit to Tokyo – a most important banquet with about 150 in attendance, including several high in the Japanese government with thirteen ambassadors from as many countries. Most of my ‘Japanese sons’ – all Members of the Japanese Diet – were present. I was guest of honour and main speaker. I did get over to them the good news announcement of the Kingdom of God.

‘For the first time in all history, since 1950, man has created the weapons of mass destruction that can erase all life from this planet Earth. We humans are going to bring conditions to the very brink of total disaster! Our number one problem now is survival of the human race!

‘Many world-famous scientists say our only hope is the emergence of a one world super-government to rule all nations. One of our great weekly news magazines in the United States said in an editorial that it would seem that mankind’s only hope now is the sudden intervention of an unseen strong hand from some place.

‘The editor meant,’ I said, ‘the intervention of God, the Creator of the Japanese people and all the peoples and races of the earth.

‘I am here to announce to you tonight that in our present living generation humanity will bring things to the place that, unless there is that supernatural Divine intervention, no human would be left alive. But, just before that happens, God Almighty will intervene, and save humanity alive. And He will then set up over us the Kingdom of God – the same super-government to rule all nations which scientists say is our only hope.

‘Mankind then will be governed by God’s laws of love – of giving – of helping, sharing, serving.
It makes no difference whether you believe that or not.
It is sure!
It is as certain as the rising and setting of the sun.
I have announced it to you.

Your ears have heard it!
It’s your only hope.’

(The Autobiography - Chapter 81)

Transcript - 31 May 2022

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