A Sign of the European Times

Far-right extremism probe into elite German army unit opens

State prosecutors in the city of Tübingen have begun investigating whether right-wing activities took place at a farewell party for special forces in the Bundeswehr. It is the latest scandal to rock the German army.

More: http://www.dw.com/en/far-right-extremism-probe-into-elite-german-army-unit-opens/a-40138355

Unguarded Gates

I have recently been reading the poems of various poets (not being one myself, but appreciating the skill and vision displayed by many of them) and came across one poem that made me stop and contemplate on what was actually being said.

I find it refreshing to be confronted with a text that is, if not prophetic, at least visionary. Although not of the poets own making I would suggest?

I say visionary because the following poem  Unguarded Gates was first published, along with a collection of  his other poems, by Thomas Bailey Aldrich in 1895.

Aldrichs work was, in his own day, quite popular and well read but his work appears to have been largely ignored by modern-day readers --- probably because of the negative interpretations many people have assigned to this one poem.

I do not intend to interpret the contents of the poem but will leave the interested reader with eyes that see and with ears that hear to make their own interpretation. It may well reveal information not at once visible? It does to me at least.

 

  

WIDE open and unguarded stand our gates,
Named of the four winds, North, South, East, and West;
Portals that lead to an enchanted land
Of cities, forests, fields of living gold,
Vast prairies, lordly summits touched with snow,
Majestic rivers sweeping proudly past
The Arabs date-palm and the Norsemans pine
A realm wherein are fruits of every zone,
Airs of all climes, for, lo! throughout the year
The red rose blossoms somewhere --- a rich land,
A later Eden planted in the wilds,
With not an inch of earth within its bound
But if a slaves foot press it sets him free.
Here, it is written, Toil shall have its wage,
And Honor honor, and the humblest man
Stand level with the highest in the law.

 

Of such a land have men in dungeons dreamed,
And with the vision brightening in their eyes
Gone smiling to the fagot and the sword.

Wide open and unguarded stand our gates,
And through them presses a wild motley throng
Men from the Volga and the Tartar steppes,
Featureless figures of the Hoang-Ho,
Malayan, Scythian, Teuton, Kelt, and Slav,
Flying the Old World
s poverty and scorn;
These bringing with them unknown gods and rites,
Those, tiger passions, here to stretch their claws.
In street and alley what strange tongues are loud,
Accents of menace alien to our air,
Voices that once the
Tower of Babel knew!

O Liberty, white Goddess! is it well
To leave the gates unguarded? On thy breast
Fold Sorrows children, soothe the hurts of fate,
Lift the down-trodden, but with hand of steel
Stay those who to thy sacred portals come
To waste the gifts of freedom. Have a care
Lest from thy brow the clustered stars be torn
And trampled in the dust. For so of old
The thronging Goth and Vandal trampled
Rome,
And where the temples of the Cæsars stood
The lean wolf unmolested made her lair.
 

 

Thomas Bailey Aldrich - 1836 --- 1907

 

To many modern-day readers the poem appears to be racialist and nationalistic in tone. Many, if not most, critics of the poem have indeed stated that this is how they interpret it. Unfortunately, it has also has served those who thought they saw in Aldrich a prominent supporter of their racist programs for restricting immigration.

Personally, I look upon it as a visionary warning that has been totally ignored on the grounds of modern-day so-called humanistic and politically correct principles.

It is clear, to me at least, that Aldrich possessed a reasonably sound knowledge of both biblical and secular history and that he has most skilfully condensed that knowledge into a relatively few lines of prose.  

Mathew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Duality

Deut. 28:15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:... 52  And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land: and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the LORD thy God hath given thee.

The Constitution of the USA

Benjamin Franklin was in some doubt as to whether the republic would survive. Not because of the faults in the drafted Constitution, but the human faults displayed by the citizens of the future who would be responsible for ensuring that the Constitution was upheld.

.. ever the optimist even at the age of 81, gave what was for him a remarkably restrained assessment in his final speech before the Constitutional Convention: "when you assemble a number of men to have the advantage of their joint wisdom, you inevitably assemble with those men, all their prejudices, their passions, their errors of opinion, their local interests, and their selfish views." He thought it impossible to expect a "perfect production" from such a gathering, but he believed that the Constitution they had just drafted, "with all its faults," was better than any alternative that was likely to emerge.

Nearly all of the delegates harbored objections, but persuaded by Franklin's logic, they put aside their misgivings and affixed their signatures to it.

 There is a story, often told, that upon exiting the Constitutional Convention Benjamin Franklin was approached by a group of citizens asking what sort of government the delegates had created. His answer was: "A republic, if you can keep it."

Source:  http://constitutioncenter.org/learn/educational-resources/historical-documents/perspectives-on-the-constitution-a-republic-if-you-can-keep-it

One does not need to look far to find dissenting voices in our time --- those who find the Constitution a brake on the present modern form of government. Even a sitting President has seen fit to violate it numerous times during his tenure - http://www.nationalreview.com/article/428882/obama-violate-constitution-top-ten-2015

Agreement or disagreement with government policies enacted by violating the Constitution is not the point. It is the very act of removing the checks and balances contained within the Constitution that is the point.  It should send a sharp warning that a democratic form of government (not sure the word democratic is really applicable these days) is walking on shaky and very dangerous ground --- the gates are WIDE open and The Law is open to numerous interpretations!

 

Thanks for taking the time to read this posting!

A Future Kingdom?

The Gospel of the Kingdom

From Adam to the present day the many and varied areas of this planet we live on have been ruled and mis-ruled by judges, kings, communists, dictators, democrats, republicans, religious zealots (many) -- and so the list goes on. Kingdoms and Empires have risen and fallen. There have been times of progress and development and times of regression and stagnation. Wars and rumours of wars have been a constant threat throughout the known history of mankind. It would appear that the natural mind of mankind is "wired-up" to be competitive rather than cooperative. Technological and scientific developments in many fields do not appear to have eradicated this competitive spirit, but rather enhanced it. Indeed, it can be said that many people have not benefited from these developments at all. There are still many millions of people living in conditions more representative of the living conditions experienced in centuries and even millennia past.

In the present we are experiencing millions of people being displaced from their homelands due to war, terrorism, and economic hardship --- a real "shake-up of the nations"!

The nations of the planet we live on are being shaken by self-inflicted economic woes and an ever increasing terrorist activity along with wars and rumours of wars

Mark 13:7 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. 8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows 10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations.

Has the gospel already been published amongst all nations? The answer must be yes, but is its various interpretations by the increasing number of different churches and religious groups that proclaim they are Christian to be relied upon? Mark 13:6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

Romans 12:4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

There can only be ONE BODY comprised of many members who all have various attributes and abilities (gifts).

Man-kind (especially politicians) find it more convenient to attempt to solve the problems of this and past ages through human reasoning based on perceived notions of human rights and to do that which is right in their own eyes based on secular wisdom derived from man-made political dogma - Proverbs 21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Haggai 2:6 For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land.

Yet once, it is a little while--or, "(it is) yet a little while." The Hebrew for "once" expresses the indefinite article "a" [MAURER]. Or, "it is yet only a little while"; literally, "one little," that is, a single brief space till a series of movements is to begin; namely, the shakings of nations soon to begin which are to end in the advent of Messiah, "the desire of all nations" [MOORE]. The shaking of nations implies judgments of wrath on the foes of God's people, to precede the reign of the Prince of peace (Isa 13:13). The kingdoms of the world are but the scaffolding for God's spiritual temple, to be thrown down when their purpose is accomplished. The transitoriness of all that is earthly should lead men to seek "peace" in Messiah's everlasting kingdom.           Source: Commentary by A. R. FAUSSET

Is this "shaking" physical or spiritual --- or both?  **

Eph.6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

James 4:1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? 2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

Eccl. 9:16 Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor mans wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard. 17 The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools. 18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.

Before continuing we may find an abbreviated statement of Gods ultimate purpose for the kingdoms of mankind in the Gospel of the Kingdom.

** Heb.12:26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. 27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.

Dan.2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.

Isaiah 13:13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.

Prophecy

Events that have taken place in the past, and certainly currently, on the world stage have been the motive for enquiring as to whether a relationship exists between history and Biblical prophecy.

Is mankinds competitive spirit the prime cause of many of our past and present woes or is there a higher power that continues to meddle in the affairs of mankind? Does this power bring about the fall of nations and even empires to further the overall Plan for this planet --- including ourselves of course?

Daniel 2:20 Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God ['elahh (Aramaic)] for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: 21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: 22 He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.

Daniel 4:17 This matter is by the decree of the watchers [`iyr (Aramaic)], and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High (`illay (Aramaic) ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.

Those of you who have been kind enough to follow previous postings will be aware that we have touched on the topic of God allowing the basest of men to rule nations and even empires. We should perhaps ask ourselves why this is so?

Intervention

The historical records reveal that many nations, kingdoms and empires have been ruled by men and women whose prime objective has been SELF-- aggrandisement to the detriment of all others - Conquest, war and the gathering of riches being a major motivating force.

Many, if not all of them, have been ignorant of the purpose to which their Creator created this unique planet we call Earth. They have therefore in their folly magnified themselves in their heart and created their own purpose, and in almost every case they have encountered insurmountable hurdles and all their well laid schemes have ultimately ended in failure. In truth they have been unwitting pawns in the Creators Plan --- the fruits of their works accomplish His purpose (not their own) while confounding themselves.

This may be why a number of former and current leaders (not to mention forthcoming ones) often display little wisdom, are injudicious and not always rational? Fortunately, when their lack of wisdom (can we even say wickedness?) becomes an obstacle to the purpose of our Creators Plan, He removes them and allows others to take their place that, perhaps unbeknown to themselves, further His overall strategy!

Could this be the way the Creator God controls and regulates world affairs, and by doing so shapes events toward a predetermined end that has been planned since the foundation of the planet we call earth?

If so, then biblical prophecy would appear to prove that TIME is an emitting force and the future is coming toward us and not vice versa. See: Introduction to human development

An example from recent history: Dunkirk --- the rescue of more than 330,000 Allied soldiers during WWII --- 26 May to 4 June 1940.

1. Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt decided to halt the advance of German armoured forces when they were less than 10 miles from defenseless British and French forces. The two day halt  allowed French and British forces to make improvements to their perimeter defenses and thus allow time for the evacuation of Allied forces.

2. Every boat, large and small, that were at all seaworthy (and some that were not) sailed from Britain across the English Channel to the rescue. During that period it was reported that the channel was unusually and "strangely calm" the like of which had not been seen for a generation. Allowing even the smallest boats to make frequent trips back and forth. 335,000 people were evacuated, rather than the estimated 20-30,000.

3. Although the English Channel was almost mirror flat and calm a great storm broke over the Dunkirk region on Tuesday, May 28, grounding the German luftwaffe which had exacted an awful toll on allied forces.

4. When Britain was close to defeat during the 2nd World War, and the entire British Expeditionary Force was trapped at Dunkirk, in desperation King George VI called for a National Day of Prayer to be held on 26th May 1940. In a national broadcast he instructed the people of the UK to turn back to God in a spirit of repentance and plead for Divine help.  Millions of people across the British Isles flocked into churches praying for deliverance. Two events immediately followed, as mentioned above, which allowed hundreds of tiny boats to sail across and rescue 335,000 soldiers, rather than the estimated 20-30,000. From then on people referred to what happened as "the miracle of Dunkirk".  Sunday June 9th was officially appointed as a Day of National Thanksgiving.

Coincidence, wishfull thinking, a miracle? - Perhaps the UK would do well to contemplate appointing another National Day of Repentance considering the apparent perilous state in which it finds itself at present? Unfortunately, this idea would most certainly fall on stoney ground as the Anglican church has little support in the multicultural and politically correct landscape of present-day Britain.

Hosea 7:8 Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned. 9 Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it not: yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knoweth not. 10 And the pride of Israel testifieth to his face: and they do not return to the LORD their God, nor seek him for all this --- DUALITY

Rev.1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

On a more mundane level we often hear the phrase: "I wonder what tomorrow will BRING"!

No More Delay

End of an era (perhaps aeon?) where mankind has been allowed to rule after his own heart (not end of the world!).

It can not come as a surprise to those who follow world news, and in addition have a reasonably good knowledge of world history, to recognize that great changes are taking place.

However, although the actors may change the stage remains basically the same

In the coming future:

The Creator God Almighty has made known His purpose through His Son the Word. The framework of His purpose is revealed by divine revelation through the Word in print --- the Holy Bible. Studying the books of the prophets and the meaning of His annual and weekly Holy Days gives the student a clearer view of what the coming future, when compared with past and present world events, may have in store for us all --- regardless of colour, creed or nationality.

We should perhaps remember the words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem (Eccl.1:1)  Eccl.1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

A great deal of ignorance (especially among those who lead our nations) appears to be evident regarding the momentous events which, according to divine revelation, are prophesied to occur upon the earth --- and perhaps more importantly --- the reason(s) for those forthcoming events.

The Coming Future

Math 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Dan.2:28 But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these; 32 This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, 33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay 44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

Daniel 7:14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

 Micah 4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.

Ezekiel 37:21 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: 22 And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all: - Read on to end of chapter.

Ephesians 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: ... 21  Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church.  

WHICH CHURCH? --- any and/or all that proclaim themselves to be Christian --- See 2 Corinth. 11:14,15.

For reasons best known to our Creator man-kind is being granted a period of time (age, aeon) of SELF-rule. A period of time when diverse methods of government have (and are) been tried, such as: monarchy, democracy, dictatorship, communism, ecclesiastical / secular and imperialistic.

The Word in print reveals to those who seek its wisdom that in the coming future all these many and varied forms of man-made government will be replaced by one truly Universal Empire ruled from the top down. There will be no more so-called grassroots government through the ballot box. Unfortunately, these events are not to come about through peaceful means. The tyrants of this world are not about to relinquish their power without a fight as scripture reveals. However, the result has already been ordained --- Daniel 7:27; Acts 1:6,7 plus many other scriptural revelations.

A return to the Golden Age - Millenium?

There is an invitation in the gospel to all who freely choose His Way, to share with Christ in his kingdom, on certain conditions.

1 Corinth.6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God (theos)? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind?

The establishment of the millennium rule among the nations will mean the abolition of all man-made civil, ecclesiastical and social orders.  The nations and the earth to its utmost bounds are to be inherited by the Son of God - they are an inheritance (family) and possession made His by an unbreakable deed registered in the Bible --- Psalm 2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. 8  Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession

Read also: Jeremiah Chpt.31 --- "Behold, the days come" (v.27)

The way of the Adversary

Edward Gibbon, in his book; History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, revealed five major causes for the fall of the old Roman Empire:

1 The breakdown of the family

2.Increased taxation

3 An insatiable craving for pleasure

4 An unsustainable build-up of armaments

5 The decay of religion

All of the above are present in ever increasing severity.

The consequences are being felt now --- and are prophesied to increase in severity.

The Roman Empire fell, but it did not disappear. It has resurrected itself a NUMBER of times through the ages under various guises. It would appear to be in the process of resurrecting itself once again, although its secular leader is yet to appear.

Much of the above posting will no doubt be perceived as pure fantasy by a majority of those who have managed to read through this posting and who have not studied The Word? However, it is revealed that there appears to be a reason for that.

Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind (human nature of itself) is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

 

Pause for a thought or two! --- Or none --- as the case may be!

Japan and Europe's new trade agreement!

Japan and Europe have a pointed message for the US: We are taking your place as global leaders in free trade.

It was Donald Trump's election, and the inward turn America is taking, that spurred the EU and Japan to overcome their differences.

Japan and the European Union agreed on an outline for a massive trade deal (JEEPA) on Thursday that will rival the size of NAFTA, the free trade accord that the US has with Canada and Mexico -- currently the largest one in the world.

The timing of JEEPA was just as carefully co-ordinated. When negotiations started in 2013, it was neither side?s main priority. But now both want to show that they can fill the vacuum left by America?s withdrawal under Mr Trump from its role as the world?s trade leader. To highlight its political importance, they note that this is the first trade agreement to mention the Paris climate accord, another deal Mr Trump has spurned. Haste is handy: the EU wanted success before Brexit negotiations and national elections swamp its agenda.

More info. in following URLs:   https://www.vox.com/world/2017/7/6/15924316/japan-europe-trade-trump

https://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21724830-besides-slashing-tariffs-cheese-and-cars-it-sends-message-donald-trump?fsrc=scn/fb/te/bl/ed/anewtradedealbetweentheeuandjapan

The Man Who Moved a Mountain

?When I started hammering the hill, people called me a lunatic, but that steeled my resolve.?
? -Dashrath Manjhi

If you have not already read the following account about Dashrath Manjhi and his remarkable testament of service to the society of which he belonged - then follow this URL and be humbled: http://moralheroes.org/dashrath-manjhi

Dashrath Manjhi was a man unlike any other - After 22 years of missing hardly a day on the project, he had finished moving the mountain. He had broken through!

''The distance of their daily journeys were cut from over 35 miles to less than 2 miles, using Dashrath?s new road. The villagers call him ?Baba?, meaning the revered man, and people around the world know him best as ?The Mountain Man?.

''If more people would act on their love for others, as Dashrath Manjhi did, society would be more prosperous and more cheerful''.

Unfortunately, human nature, of itself, appears to be more concerned with love of SELF rather than love for others!

Balfour Declaration

For those who believe in the right of Palestinians to their own sovereign state, the following article by Melanie Phillips may be of interest? It can be read by cliciking on the following URL: http://melaniephillips.com/british-foreign-office-remains-true-type/

Quote:

..In 1977 Zahir Muhsein, a member of the PLO executive committee, said: "The Palestinian people does not exist..Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct Palestinian people to oppose Zionism...

End Quote

 



 

Note that the above map does not show a Palestinian State, it was a region controlled by the British after WWI in 1918. It was called the Palestine Mandate - both Arab and Jewish residents lived in this area.

After WWI the name Palestine was applied to the territory that was placed under British mandate --- this area included not only present-day Israel but also present-day Jordan.

Though the definite origins of the word Palestine have been debated for years and are still not known for sure, the name is believed to be derived from the Egyptian and Hebrew word peleshet. Roughly translated to mean rolling or migratory, the term was used to describe the inhabitants of the land to the northeast of Egypt--- the Philistines. The Philistines were an Aegean people - more closely related to the Greeks and with no connection ethnically, linguisticly or historically with Arabia --- who conquered in the 12th Century BCE the Mediterranean coastal plain that is now Israel and Gaza.

The name "Falastin" that Arabs today use for "Palestine" is not an Arabic name. It is the Arab pronunciation of the Greco-Roman "Palastina" derived from the Peleshet.

The word Palestine or Filastin does not appear in the Koran The term peleshet appears in the Jewish Tanakh no fewer than 250 times.

From the end of the Jewish state in antiquity to the beginning of British rule, the area now designated by the name Palestine was not a country and had no frontiers, only administrative boundaries . . . . ? Professor Bernard Lewis, Commentary Magazine, January 1975

Further info. HERE: http://www.indaweb.com/oil/editorialopinion/tzemach.news.service01l.htm

In Those Days

Israel and Judah --- Are they the same people?

And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Prophetic revelations in the Holy Bible give us information on empires that, historically, have ruled over large areas of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

The books of Daniel and Revelation go into some detail regarding the identity of these empires. Daniel 2 gives a description of an image that represents the successive empires or kingdoms of this world. It should also be noted that the description of the parts of the image become progressively inferior in quality of materials used. The metals become successively inferior, implying a growing degeneracy.

Dan.2:28  But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these?

..Dan.2:32 This image's head [was] of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, 33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. 34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands (Acts 4:11), which smote the image upon his feet [that were] of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. 35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.

The four kingdoms that are generally accepted as being represented by the image are:

  1. Head - Chaldean (Babylonian and Assyrian)
  2. Breast and arms - Persian/Medes
  3. Belly and thighs - Greece/Macedonian
  4. Legs and feet --- Roman Empire

The fourth kingdom still existing but historically known by different names.

In its relation to the Gentile world power, the stone is its destroyer. The ten toes will be the ten kingdoms (types) which the Roman Empire will finally be composed of in the coming future? 

The decline and fall of the western leg of the Roman Empire occurred in ca. AD 476, but the eastern leg continued until the fall of Constantinople in AD 1453. However, the empire has resurrected itself a number of times in different guises and is prophesied to continue to rule until the destruction of the symbolic statue by the "stone cut out without hands".

The Biblical revelations regarding the events prophesied to occur are long, complex, and not easily interpreted. The Bible does truly interpret the events, particularly through a study of Daniel 7 and Revelation 13 and 17, and other texts related to them.

1 Corinth. 15:24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

I will leave the interested reader to further self-study on this topic, as this posting is more concerned with the fourth empire.

Roman Christianity

The above named kingdoms were all Gentile kingdoms, despite the historical significance of Rome recognizing its own brand of Christianity when the Emperor Constantine legalized Christianity throughout the Roman Empire --- Edict of Milan (AD 313). In 380, Flavius Theodosius made Catholic Christianity the official religion of Rome in the Edict of Thessalonica. This Universal religion is with us to this day.

The British Empire

Britain controlled about a quarter of the Earth's land surface and a fifth of the world's population in 1939. Fifty years later, and up to the present day, its holdings outside the British Isles have become trivial in comparison to the time when "the sun never set on the empire".

Britain still recognizes a fragile alliance of Commonwealth countries that continue to maintain their somewhat tenuous allegiance to the CROWN.

The main question I wish to raise in this posting is why a relatively small and insignificant island race of peoples should become so successful and powerful on the world stage. Indeed, so successful that they arguably ruled over the largest Empire known to man. However, they lost that Empire and their power base on the world scene in much less TIME than they used to gain it.

It would seem strange that although the Bible mentions the above mentioned prophetic kingdoms as related in Daniel, that it should not make some reference to the largest Empire of them all --- Perhaps it does so?

We should, perhaps, bear in mind that the Bible, from the time of Abraham at least, only mentions kingdoms and nations that have an association with Gods own people. It is mainly concerned with the history of His people and not the history of other nations.

Deut.32:8 When the most High ('elyown) divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel. 9 For the LORD'S (Yĕhovah) portion [is] his people; Jacob [is] the lot of his inheritance.

The above two verses could lead us on to ask ourselves a question: If the LORD'S portion is His people (Jacob or subsequently Israel) then to whom was/are other nations apportioned?

The most High divided the nations and the LORD'S portion is Israel.                                        

Psalm 82:1[[A Psalm of Asaph.]] God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods ('elohiym).

This topic is outside the parameters of this posting but perhaps worth some consideration for a future posting?

 

To Continue:

 Jacob's name was changed to Israel after his all-night wrestling match (Gen. 32:24-30)

Jacob - Strong's H3290 - Ya`aqob - "heel holder" or "supplanter"

Israel - Strong's G2474 ? Israēl - "he shall be a prince of God" (Jacob).

Israel - The name used and given to the northern kingdom consisting of the 10 tribes under Jeroboam --- only the southern kingdom was known as Judah

It can become confusing, especially when studying biblical prophecy, to differentiate between the names given to God's own people. Examples:  children of Israel, house of Israel, house of Judah, Jacob, Israel, Ephraim, Manasseh, Joseph.

It is important when attempting to understand biblical prophecy that the various names used for God's people are applied, and that we do not confuse the peoples of Judah and Israel with one another. The modern day nation called Israel, for example, is actually Judah (Jews). These people are NOT the house of Israel --- although they do belong and are an integral tribe of the children of Israel (Jacob).

Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were not Jews --- only the descendants of Judah, son of Jacob, can be called Jews, along with those of the tribes of Benjamin and Levi that joined the nation Judah.

Ephraim and Manasseh became the leader(s) of the northern kingdom of Israel

Further in Genesis 48:15, 16 --- Jacob (Israel) blessed Joseph and his two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, and gave them his name --- Israel.

Gen.48:16 The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.

Here it is revealed that the name Israel was passed on to Joseph and his two sons Ephraim and Manasseh, and to no other descendant of Jacob. Judah is NOT Israel and has never been.

 Gen.48:17 And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father's hand, to remove it from Ephraim's head unto Manasseh's head. 18 And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head 19 And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.

 Two brothers with a special relationship - Manasseh prophesied to become a single GREAT nation, whereas the descendants of the younger Ephraim were prophesied to become greater and to become a MULTITUDE of nations. This was to be the future peoples of Israel --- Not Judah. Judah was prophesied an entirely different future.

Where in world history do we find that special relationship                                                 

Not an original concept, but one worth considering.

However, although the descendants of the two brothers (Israel) were prophesied to become great and powerful, they would appear to have forgotten along the way the God that ordained it so (the mouth sings praises, but the heart beats on another frequency), and the way He expects His people to live their lives?

The prophet Hosea gave a warning --- for God does nothing without first warning

Hosea 5:3 I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me: for now, O Ephraim, thou committest whoredom, [and] Israel is defiled.

 v.5 And the pride of Israel doth testify to his face: therefore shall Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity; Judah also shall fall with them.

 Israel and Judah did not fall TOGETHER anciently. This would therefore appear to be unfulfilled prophecy?

v.9 Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke: among the tribes of Israel have I made known that which shall surely be.

 "Among the tribes of Israel have I made known that which shall surely be", - that which is true or certain, so the Word is.

Note: It is a privilege given to the tribes of Israel that as they are told their duty, so they are also told the consequences of failing in that duty by the Word of God committed to them.

I think we will break our journey here, for the time being, although it is far from being complete.

A Word or 2 and more!

"If you want to be original just try being yourself, because God has never made two people exactly alike. 

                                                                                               ---  Bernard Meltzer



 

Evolution or Creation

A so-called evolving species has attained the status of what? - During the millennia that the first amoeba found fertile ground on planet earth.

I have a problem continuing that train of thought because the origins of the many and varied forms of life found on this planet are a mystery to the human mind, although there is no end to the many theories put forward as to their origin.

Many highly intelligent (on the human level) researchers work endlessly to unravel the mysteries of the human body and the mysteries attached to that of other life forms.

There can be no doubt that knowledge has increased over the centuries, especially in the last century, but has intelligence increased at the same rate as knowledge? Do these eminent researchers ever stop a second to ponder over the origins of knowledge (Dan.12:4) or to appreciate the paradox of their so-called intelligent research being conducted on life-forms that, according to many of them, just appeared out of Nowhere - Now-here

Extremely complex life forms (including ourselves of course) that even today, the mysteries of them, we understand not. We are constantly informed that all of these life-forms have just evolved from non-living matter into simple single cell living matter - and continued to evolve without any intelligence or design being required from an outside source.

We could continue down this road but instead will briefly touch upon other topics of interest.

Quantum leaps have been made in most areas of mankind's material endeavours. However, has the human mind changed? We still have millions of people living on the bread-line, and even more living beneath it to the point of starvation. Preventable disease is rampant in many developing countries. Reports of war and rumours of war, along with commentaries on the hatred exhibited between peoples and nations are constantly being fed to us through the various media outlets.

Idealism

For decades voluntary organizations and NGO's have been pouring money and labour into trouble spots the world over. A problem that has now revealed itself is that many of these voluntary organizations and NGOs have themselves succumbed to market principles of operation - they themselves have become large financial institutions. Administration and fund raising activities accounting for an ever increasing portion of funds raised. For many people; working for these organizations has become a lucrative career path rather than an idealistic path of voluntary contribution.

Governments have sent development aid, much of which has been squandered through corruption and/or poor management and selection of aid projects.

Do the developed counties really want developing countries to achieve a level of wealth that is generally available to their own citizens? - If so, where is the future cheap labour market to be found - slavery? That suggestion may sound way off base in our present age, but do not be too quick to discount the suggestion. North Korea is one present prime example of modern state driven slavery of its own citizens. Will the coming future present further opportunities for a type of state sponsored slavery? Present signs in the Middle East and Europe would appear to favour this outcome?!!

What is becoming apparent in our present age is that there are powerful forces at work that would negate the uniqueness of the individual mind; forces that are attempting to shape a coming future whose face is beginning to be revealed.

Many of those forces act on the human minds perceived attitude of what is right (human rights, for example). These forces, while not appearing evil of themselves, nonetheless influence the human mind to initiate negative actions by elimination - their tendency is to eliminate age old standards of thought and conduct (Standards and Values) that we have hitherto held to be good.  

Global thinking

This is an age of mass production - the conglomerates and the multinationals - the globalists. In such places individual thinking is generally regarded as a threat rather than an advantage.

The all encompassing media machine, in all its forms, has also been infected by collective thinking. Many major media outlets are now actually controlled by relatively few multinational corporations. At no other time in human history has the media machine played such a significant role in collectively conditioning the human mind.

It can, with some degree of certainty, be said that it is the media machine that drives politics rather than vice-versa. Mass production of human thought has entered the fields of economics (look how that is panning out!!), politics and religion (same sex marriage is ok? Marriage between same sex partners in church is ok? - In other words the Word of God is wrong? - on these and many other matters that could have been mentioned. Some governments have actually replaced God with a figurehead and state sponsored collective thought.

Many people are confused and concerned about the increasing tensions being generated between peoples and nations. Moral standards are falling, perversion is on the increase and terrorism (in all its many forms) is increasing.

Are we an evolving race or a degenerating race?

The human life-form is the only one that has the ability (through the human spirit imparted to the human mind) to create. Not only can the human create but we can also change who and what we are. No other life-form has the same ability- Why? Because we were created in the image and likeness of our Creator - all other life-forms on this planet were created AFTER THEIR OWN KIND - they can not create more than was implanted in their mind from their creation. They can not change their way of thinking, their environment or change their habitual way of life - because they do not possess a human spirit that has been given to mankind.

If the reader still believes that he/she is descended from an animal in the distant past, then the above statement should perhaps give pause for contemplation?

The Miracle of Creation - Individuality  

Generally speaking, it can be said that the act of creating is an individual accomplishment.

Once the miracle of creating has taken place then it can be developed by a group. However, the initial idea (thought) is individual - although not unique. Many people can have received the same idea if their minds are on the correct (same) frequency but it will be only one, or relatively few, who will actually do something practical to bring the invisible thought into the visible spectrum of this world

This is the great danger with the current world's obsession with collectivity or globalization - it stifles individual creative accomplishment - the forces that promote the concept of the group have declared war on the uniqueness of the human mind. They discourage the individual from tuning-in to certain beneficial and creative frequencies.

This is done in numerous ways - always little by little- slow conditioning of the mind; where hitherto accepted standards of conduct and thought are, over time, disparaged, are in contravention of human rights, in contravention of a certain group's working guidelines, repression, force, social conditioning (media, government)

The free roving mind becomes dull and accepting of the groups common standards - free thought is discouraged.

Any system (governmental, many religions or so-called religions, business, economic) built on a particular pattern will attempt to curtail the free-ranging mind of the individual within the system - Why? Because it is only the free-ranging mind of an individual that can critically examine the system and destroy its very foundations if it is found that the system is built on a foundation of sand.

Human Nature

Unfortunately, human nature (of itself) is competitive by its very nature, and over time group thinking, while on the surface being cooperative in nature becomes competitive both internally within the group and externally toward other groups. Globalization is meant to eradicate competitiveness by introducing a common set of standards and values that all members of the human race will respect. However, the common set of standards and values would be drawn up by a relatively select few human beings.

Human nature (of itself) was not designed to be subject to our Creator's Laws - may come as a surprise to some readers perhaps?

Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

We live in a time of great change - and even greater changes are coming.

Many people are migrating from their countries of birth - some due to persecution and others for economic reasons. There are wars and rumours of wars.

Life is in the blood (Leviticus 17:11), just as the life blood of this planet is in the myriad of waterways that spring up from below and find their own way to the sea. As we pollute the water we pollute the planet and ourselves. Sickness in all its many forms pollutes the human body. The planet itself appears to be rebelling-earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, fires, drought.

Is it the planet that is rebelling or is it natural laws taking effect?

Common langauge anciently?

Gen.11:6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people [is] one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have

Nimrod became a mighty hunter BEFORE the Lord. He assembled the people into one group and Nimrod's thoughts became the group thoughts. The uniqueness of the human mind was stifled; certain frequencies of reception were jammed. God found it necessary to split the group (and confound their understanding of each other through change of language) to allow His plan to continue (Gen.11:8) - He does have a plan - the framework of which is revealed through a knowledge of His correct annual and weekly Holy days.

Interesting article regarding language HERE: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/09/12/humans-may-speak-a-universal-language-say-scientists/

 

 

Difference between horizontal and vertical?



There would appear to be a deliberate mistake in the grouping of the following creatures:

 

              

 

       

Group 1



 





Group 2?




If we are to believe those experts (many) that claim to know.






                  

Just a Few Words



The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried --- G. K. Chesterton

The plethora of religions and quasi-religious groups that abound would appear to support the view that humans (not all of course!) are, generally speaking, predisposed to a belief in gods and a life after death.

The Spiritual World(s)

A while back I read a study on young children that raised an interesting question. One of its conclusions was that children below the age of five found it easier to believe in some superhuman properties than to understand human limitation.

This is hardly a surprising conclusion as children are generally taught (by other humans) that their childlike (openness to the invisible) beliefs are generally unacceptable in the society to which they belong. Paradoxically, these same people will willingly subject their children to Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and a host of other quasi-spiritual or occult mysteries. Harry Potter especially has been singled out as popular and wholesome reading material for children

The Bible labels the popular occult and supernatural pursuits of our modern (and past) age as works of darkness. In addition, it cautions us in Ephesians 5:11 to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness.

We need to understand this important warning and teach it to our children. Harry Potter is portrayed as a wizard that fights evil, yet the Bible says that wizardry is evil. (Deut.18:10, 11, 12) Such a mixed message will only confuse children (and adults) about what evil (flip side of live---Duality) is.

Now that we have mentioned the Holy Bible, we can take a relatively short look at what the Word of God, according to this compendium of Books, has to say about human nature and its belief in gods. I am hesitant to use the word Christian because there are so many different forms of Christianity that the word becomes almost meaningless. The various Christian faiths all appear to believe in the person of Christ and the widespread use of the symbol of Christianity --- a tortured image of a man hanging from a cross --- but as there is no physical description of Jesus Christ given in the Scriptures then this alone must be counted as breaking the Commandment --- "Ye shall make you no idols, neither shall ye rear you up a graven image, or a pillar"

While many believe in the person of Christ there are far fewer who actually believe and practice what He preached.

We could have a lengthy discussion on this topic, but we will return to the topic of human nature:

Human Nature

A study by Oxford academics claimed that a belief in gods is part of human nature. There would appear to be a vast number of gods, goddesses, and lesser beings that are revered by various cultures on this planet. Are these beings real or imagined, visible or invisible, material or spiritual?

Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

Now there is a rather startling statement --- The natural mind (human nature) is not --- AND CAN NOT BE --- subject to Gods Laws.

If we take a good look at past and present events that have shaped the world we live in, and the people in it, we must surely be in agreement with that statement?

 Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

The carnal (human) mind of mankind does not naturally think as our Creator does.

The natural mind is only interested in the material (physical) --- the spiritual is a closed book to many --- the evolutionists and humanists. Even though we possess a human spirit (Job.32:8)

The human spirit is not to be confused with the soul, for the two are not one and the same, they have different functions. However, that will not be discussed here --- see previous postings.

The above two verses ( there are many more that could have been chosen) appear to reveal to us that even though the human being was created in Gods own likeness and image (Gen.1:26), we do not NATURALLY possess the mind of God. If we read verse 26 carefully, we will note that the word OUR is used --- Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:?

The word our denotes a pluralized form --- more than one.

Mainstream Christian doctrine would have us believe that God is 3 in 1 --- A Trinity.

The Father, Son and Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit being interpreted as a being, when there is no Scriptural evidence for that being the case

If we take a look at Gen.1:27, it is revealed that there is a female attribute missing in the standard Christian depiction of God -  So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

As this World of ours heads at a fast gallop towards "times of trouble" the likes of which Mankind has not experienced before, I submit the following in an attempt to understand what is actually happening.

Although it can be said that Man has developed and improved his environment, at least technologically speaking, the same can not be said of his development as a human being.

Wars and rumours of wars, terrorism, crime( both personal and environmental), poverty, malnutrition and disease - All are still with us and increasing in severity.

Through the various forms of news media available to us we read, hear and see many and varied opinions from a host of experts as to the reason(s) for the above problems.

Few have forwarded the opinion that there is one single word in the English language that neatly and clearly describes the reason for all of the above problems Mankind is beset with. That word is COMPETITION.

Competition

Competition is viewed as a positive quality in our modern society --- Competition is healthy --- is a phrase we often hear expressed. Just how healthy is competition?

We are continually bombarded with many apparently valid reasons as to why competition is viewed as a positive asset, when it would appear that competition may be a natural force (duality) invoked in an effort to negate Cooperation. Competition is divisive --- tending to cause disagreement or hostility between people.

We all possess this rather unpleasant trait, some less so than others. It is a natural part of the make-up of human nature. Human nature, of itself, is not inherently good, as humanists would have us believe. Many people make a lucrative living by fine tuning this competitive attitude.

COOPERATION rather than COMPETITION

Many are the diplomats and peacemakers that try to forge an agreement between opposing parties in a dispute by finding some common ground on which the opposing parties can agree or cooperate. I would suggest that this common ground, or rather lack of it, is the basic cause of ALL disputes between Man no matter what his race, creed or colour.

It is the absence of a common set of Standards and Values that ALL Mankind will submit to, and follow, that promotes the spirit of competition rather than that of cooperation.

National and international assemblies make efforts to implement common sets of standards through laws and charters that are based on the frailties of human nature. The lawgivers attempt to implement them while the so-called defenders of the law make a living trying to circumvent them.

The following is a brief attempt to explain the CAUSE rather than the EFFECT(S) of the most pressing and potentially devastating problem Mankind faces today.

Human Nature --- What is it?

Before considering the conflicts Man is beset with at this present time, let us take a fairly brief look at how our Creator (there are of course many people who do not believe we are created beings) views human nature.

The majority of products that Man creates usually come with an Instruction Book and a guarantee. If the guidelines contained in the book of instructions are followed then the creator of the product guarantees a reasonably productive life-span for the product.

The guarantee does NOT mean that the product will have a problem free life-span, but the creator of the product will endeavour to rectify any problems that may occur within the guarantee period --- on condition that the product has been used in accordance with the guidelines set out in the instruction book.

I would suggest that we humans are also supplied with a similar set of instructions and guarantee, and just like the owner of any man-made product; we can freely choose whether or not we adhere to the conditional instructions. If we do not, then we must be willing to accept the consequences of our choice. The consequences of making the wrong choice(s) are all too apparent in the world we live in.

How can it be that the awesome mind of man is constantly creating new wonders within the realms of science and technology but appears to be totally unable to solve human evils, and world problems?

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Of course, there are many people who do not accept that Jesus Christ was The Word in person and that the Holy Bible is The Word in print.

Those same people will also perhaps argue that many verses in The Bible are open to differing interpretations --- hence the abundance of many different groups calling themselves Christian, but with differing views on Biblical interpretation.

To be deceived means to honestly and firmly believe in a falsehood (often called facts as a substitute for truth).

Through the ages Man has also created his own god(s) and his own religions.

Many great civilisations have appeared on the world scene and ALL appear to have ultimately failed through false reasoning --- Is our present civilisation heading the same way?

The originator of the Big Lie or false reasoning was of course Satan, but then he has been relegated to a position of some make-believe fantasy character in this present world. Unfortunately, our Creator is also a part of this fantasy in the minds of many!

The Bible is not open to self-interpretation it interprets itself. I myself have fallen into that trap on more than one occasion!

Isaiah 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.

Repeated in verse 13 --- precept and line repeated twice in each verse --- and therefore to be considered as vitally important in understanding the Word of God.

Human nature is described in great detail in the Bible and deserves a greater explanation than is possible here. Perhaps the simplest and clearest explanation was expressed by the now deceased, Herbert W Armstrong:

Human nature is simply, the subconscious pull of a definite attitude of mind. It is the attitude that became Satans. It is the attitude of vanity, of self-concern, of lust and greed. It is the attitude of hostility to others, and resentment of authority over it.

Each and every one of us possesses, in varying degrees, all of these attitudes.

We were NOT born with these attitudes, as some would suggest.

Life after Death

There are a good number of people who make a lucrative living from claiming to contact the dead in a spirit world. They also claim to be a conduit from the spirit world to the physical world.

Many there are who appear to believe that the dead have an overriding urge to contact the living. This idea would appear to have its origins from an ancient past --- Gen.3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die.

Resurrection or Reincarnation?

We all know that we shall physically die, but many appear to believe that it is just a transitional phase between the physical and spiritual worlds. It is here the two main differences in perception of what that actually means arise.

Shall we be reincarnated OR resurrected? - Regardless of which one we may choose to believe in, have the dead the ability or even the willingness to contact those still physically alive?

Eccl. 9:5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. 6 Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any [thing] that is done under the sun ... 10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do [it] with thy might; for [there is] no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

 Psalm 146:4 His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish

Psalm 115:17 The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.

That would appear to be fairly clear, but who are these people who claim to contact the dead actually in contact with?

Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Prince of the power of the air, is the major clue if you think about what is transmitted through the air on our physical world.

The human mind (natural) is tuned in from an early age to the frequencies of this prince.

2 Corinth.4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them?.

Conclusions:

Mankind has managed to conjure up a whole pantheon of gods, goddesses and lesser beings since the beginning of our recorded history, and long before no doubt. Are these beings real or imagined, physical or spiritual --- OR --- are they all attributes of the same God?

For the physical (visible) universe to exist there must be a spiritual (invisible) counterpart; for the laws of Duality (there are many of them) that exist in our physical world.

Examples: Up/Down, Long/Short, Wet/Dry, Light/Darkness, Good/Evil etc. --- all need a THIRD FORCE. Duality is essentially static; to allow movement (Dynamic) from one extreme to another or somewhere in-between requires TIME. Itself invisible, although its effects are extremely visible. Somewhat like the wind --- also invisible, but with the ability to be most beneficial OR amazingly destructive --- over TIME.

We have been given a physical life as a gift, although there are many who would not agree with that statement. We have the ability to influence others and use the mind we have been given to benefit ourselves, other people and the society we live in. We have also been given the ability to freely choose what direction our lives will take.

Our Creator could have chosen to create us as automatons --- pre-programmed to accomplish the Plan --- but we were not created so.

In order for His Plan  (the framework of which is revealed in Scripture through study of His (not mankinds) weekly and annual Holy Days) to be successfully accomplished He requires thinking people who freely choose His Way --- and no other.

What happens when our allotted physical life span comes to an end?

Eccl.3:19 For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all [is] vanity. 20 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. 21 Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?

Note: It is the spirit and not the soul of man that survives physical death. However, that spirit, which is in effect the blueprint of all a person is, has no ability to influence events in the physical world. So beware the soothsayers for there are spirits that can influence this world --- BUT ONLY IF THEY ARE ALLOWED TO DO SO --- BY US.

Isaiah 8:19 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? 20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, [it is] because [there is] no light in them?.

Luke 18:8  Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

Good Question --- He may well find faith --- but faith in what? --- Which spirit(s) will be leading that faith?

 

False Religion



 

Organization is one of the major keys to false religion.

The devil knows well that people will do things in a group that they would never do on their own.

A natural consequence of this and equally important is the principle that if enough people are doing something in a highly organized manner, then an air of legitimacy will be lent to the enterprise, a false patina of orthodoxy.

In effect, that will help to blind initiates new and old to the fact that God in reality may be entirely absent and the organization subtly evil in every way.

Once enough people become involved in such religious organizations, a momentum and critical mass is achieved that allows such groups to present to the world a false picture of spirituality Even though in truth God is not in their midst at all.

 

 

Syria - US Failure




 

We have all seen the shocking pictures from Syria after Tuesdays chemical weapons attack on civilians.

The US Administration, under President Obama, allowed the Syrian President, Bashar Assad, to cross the so-called red line and chose what was euphemistically called the "diplomatic option" in an attempt to have all of Syrias declared chemical weapons removed.

The following quote from President Obama's address to the 2016 Air Force Academy Graduates

Quote: .. " I know, for example, that my decision not to conduct strikes against Syria after it used chemical weapons was controversial among some in Washington. But because we seized a diplomatic option, backed by our threat of force, nations came together and we accomplished far more than military strikes ever could have ... all of Syria's declared chemical weapons were successfully removed"

http://motto.time.com/4355618/obama-us-air-force-academy-commencement/

Less than a year after making that statement Syria has proven that it clearly did not declare all of its chemical weapons, and the US failed to ensure that all chemical weapons had been declared.

Iran and Russia are now leading and protecting Bashar Assad's regime. The US was outmanouvered at every turn of the diplomatic game. Its foreign policy in the Middle East is a shambles. Not only has Syria, along with its allies, sidelined the US; it should also be remembered that it was the same Obama Administration that negotiated the Iranian deal to prevent Iran obtaining NUCLEAR weapons. HOW MUCH IS THAT DEAL WORTH?

Will President Trump change current US foreign policy toward the Middle East? The US Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) made a recent speech at the Security Council after Russia (permanent seat at council) vetoed any action from the UN following the chemical attack on innocent civilians. The Ambassador promised action from the US if the UN would not act. That action has now taken place.

Will there be further action and will President Trump change the previous Administrations policies toward the Middle East?

Or, will another group of allied nations, including Syria, change the whole scenario --- Time will tell!

 

UPDATE: 09.04.2017

Obama official: 'We always knew' Assad kept some chemical weapons

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/obama-official-we-always-knew-assad-kept-some-chemical-weapons/article/2619808

 


 

Reflections on a shadow

 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: (Isaiah 28:10) 

(All Biblical quotes from KJV unless otherwise stated)

The following is a personal reflection concerning various Scriptural persons and themes.

Isaiah

Isaiahs first vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem apparently occurred during the reign of Uzziah (Isaiah 1:1) and three succeeding monarchs of Judah. Uzziah reigned from ca.780---740 B.C. It was not until after the death of Uzziah that Isaiah is first recorded as having seen the Lord. Isaiah 6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw (ra'ah) also the Lord ('Adonai) sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

Hebrew - ra`ah --- meaning ---- to see, looks at, inspect, perceive, consider.

The interested reader may reflect on whether this was an actual sighting of Adonai or a vision; if we take into consideration the Lords warning to Moses in Exodus 33:20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

Perhaps one unusual aspect of Isaiah`s life is that his wife was also referred to as a prophetess; one of only a few recorded in Scripture!

Although Isaiah was a Judean and therefore a member of the house of Judah he warned both the house of Judah and the house of Israel (northern kingdom) through the word of God what the coming future held in store for them both if they did not repent of going their OWN WAY and rejecting the WAY of their God. The verse quoted above (Isaiah 28:10) is included in one such warning to both Ephraim (Israel) 28:1, and Judah (ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. 28:14)

Isaiah 28:10 is often regarded as an admonition to both Israel (Ephraim) and Judah when read in context with the preceding verse 9 --- Whom shall he teach knowledge and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. God's way of teaching offends them by its simplicity. His people are like children in their knowledge of God; they needed to be spoken to in the language of children. Hence, constant repetition was required.

We should perhaps, also consider Isaiah 28:10 as a form of instruction. The written word of Scriptures as preserved can, of course, be read as any other book (compendium of books in this case) starting at page 1 and read as a relatively concise historical account. However, the answers to the many questions and mysteries that this compendium of books raises can only be found through following the instruction given in 28:10. Especially "here a little, there a little". This posting is hopefully a humble example of that instruction?

Unfortunately, many of Gods people remained rebellious (and remain rebellious up to the present day) despite the warnings and the trials the descendants of Jacob have been subjected to throughout the ages. Jesus Christ (Yeshua) often spoke in parables due to the arrested spiritual development of His people --- Math.13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

Anciently, perhaps the children of Israel and all other men (so-called Gentiles) had some reason for their rebellious attitudes as the following verses recorded by the apostle Paul very briefly explain: Eph. 3:4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ. 5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;

Gods Holy Spirit was only available to a relatively few selected individuals in ages past, and it would appear that this is also the case today. However, there appear to be many who have achieved great success (wrong choice of word perhaps?) in proclaiming many and varied interpretations of God`s Word; and in effect proclaiming themselves to be an apostle of Christ.

We will leave Isaiah for now and move on to another major prophet who was also a Judean and constantly warned both houses of their wayward practices --- Jeremiah.

House of Israel and House of Judah

Jeremiah 10:11 Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods ['elahh (Aramaic)] that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens.

'elahh (Aramaic) --- god, heathen deity --- Corresponding to Hebrew 'elowahh --- God, false god

Jeremiah 10 makes it clear (in above verse) that false gods (as were (are) worshipped by many) are to be removed from the earth --- but it does not say when. The answer to that is found elsewhere in Scripture.

Let us take a look at Jeremiah 10:1: Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:

It will be noted that Jeremiah is speaking of a future time, and only to the house of Israel?.

We briefly explained the difference between the house of Israel and the house of Judah in a previous posting . The house of Israel was, and is, comprised of the descendants of Jacob (Israel) that lived in the northern kingdom --- they were not, and are not, Judah.

The name Israel was only passed on (inherited) by the two sons of Jacobs son Joseph --- Ephraim and Manasseh.

 



 

Jeremiah began his ministry in ca. 627 or 626 B.C., and continued his ministry until after the siege and capture of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in 586 BC. Jeremiah was born and lived in the Kingdom of Judah. It would appear that Jeremiahs scribe Baruch was responsible for recording Jeremiahs words in writing.

The United Kingdom of the children of Israel became divided on the death of King Solomon due to the majority of the tribes refusing to accept the rule of Rehoboam, the son of Solomon. King Solomon died in ca. 931BC (various estimates on dates to be found so only use approximate dates in this posting as absolute positive dating is not required here).

The northern kingdom continued to be called the Kingdom of Israel under the rule of King Jeroboam (an Ephraimite of Zeredah)  while the southern kingdom was known as the Kingdom of Judah and retained Rehoboam as its King --- thus continuing the lineage of David.

Gen.49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

Jeroboam engaged in a conspiracy against him (Solomon) (I Kings 11:26-28). In this he was encouraged by the prophet Ahijah, the Shilonite, who, upon meeting the young conspirator, rent his new garment into twelve pieces, bidding Jeroboam take ten of them, thus symbolically announcing the division of the realm (as a punishment for Solomon's idolatry) and the appointment of Jeroboam to rule over the ten northern tribes, while two tribes retaining Jerusalem, remained faithful to the house of David. Solomon, suspecting Jeroboam's loyalty, sought to kill him, but the conspirator succeeded in escaping to Egypt, where, under the protection of Shishak, the Egyptian king, he awaited the death of Solomon (I Kings 11: 30-40).

                                              Source: http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/8599-jeroboam

Ultimately, most of a third tribe joined Judah as Jeroboam stripped the Levites of their priestly duties and replaced them with uneducated and lowly people 1 Kings 12:31; 2 Chronicles 11:14). Levi was the smallest in number of the tribes or clans, but was not counted among the tribes as they were to serve as the priestly cast and was given no inheritance (land of their own) - Numb.1:1 and Numb.1:47

The 12 tribes comprised of: Reuben, Simeon, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Ephraim, Manasseh, Benjamin, Dan, Asher, Gad, Naphtali.

Two Kingdoms

Northern Kingdom of Israel --- ca. 931 --- 722BC.  --- Conquered by Assyrians in ca.722BC

Southern Kingdom of Judah --- ca. 931 --- 586 BC. --- Conquered by Babylonians in ca.586BC

All of the children of Israel were now divided into two main houses --- the house of Israel and the house of Judah.

The Kingdom of Israel had long ago (almost 100 years before) been removed from their land by the Assyrians when Jeremiah began his calling. It was only through the grace of their God that the Kingdom of Judah remained a sovereign nation for a while longer until they also were removed from their land by the Babylonians.

However, unlike the Israelite kingdom, Judah was allowed to begin a return from exile to their land on the fall of Babylon in 539 BC - 2 Chron.36:22 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying, 23 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath the LORD God of heaven given me; and he hath charged me to build him an house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? The LORD his God be with him, and let him go up.

Unlike Israel, the land Judah had occupied was not re-populated with other peoples as had occurred in the northern kingdom during the Assyrian conquest --- it had been left desolate. While Judah returned, the descendants of the Kingdom of Israel never returned to their land and thus became colloquially known as the lost ten tribes --- that does not mean that they just disappeared off the face of the earth --- they are still with us today if we are to believe the Scriptures, and indeed a study of them gives a good indication of where they are and what their coming future will be. Jesus Christ knew where they were some 700 years after their exile ---  Math. 10:5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans (formerly kingdom of Israel) enter ye not: 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Jeremiah 

The Book of Jeremiah raises a number of interesting and rather mysterious details concerning the person of Jeremiah --- some of which we can briefly look at here: Jeremiah was relatively young and considered himself a child and unable to comply with Yĕhovahs instruction when the word (dabar) of the Lord (Yĕhovahcame unto him (Jeremiah 1:4; 6).

Then the LORD put forth his hand (yad), and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. (Jeremiah 1:9)

Hand --- Hebrew --- yad --- can also mean strength, power - figuratively speaking.

It would appear that Yĕhovah does not necessarily choose His spokesperson from the most obvious, eloquent and high-standing (according to the standards of man-kind) of people. For example, when Moses was first called he kept the flock of his father in law Jethro. He could not understand why he should be chosen to lead the children of Israel: Exodus 3:11 And Moses said unto God ('elohiym), Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? He was slow of speech and not at all eloquent. That made no difference to Yĕhovah, he was chosen, and the words he would speak would often be relayed through his brother Aaron.

1 Corinth. 1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

Yet another curious statement found in the Book of Jeremiah is that found in Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

This one verse alone raises a number of questions. We could say that God "knows" all of His creations. Through the Word of God we know that we can now in the NT era have a personal connection to God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ. We have to freely choose to make that connection, which appears to infer that on being born into the physical world that original spirit connection was temporarily broken? There was no spiritual connection for OT generations, except for a chosen few (Jeremiah being one such). The God of the OT (who was actually Jesus Christ --- John 1:1, 2) had a much more "hands-on" physical contact with the human race --- personally or through His messengers. It was not until the veil in the temple was rent asunder that spiritual access to God was made generally available to all humankind, through the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Names

I am sure that many people would like to think that their God knew them before their physical birth. That does not appear to the case; even Jacob (Israel) appears to have been an unknown NAME to his God before his remarkable battle with a "man". Rather mysterious considering that previous to this meeting he had already met with the angels of God? --- Gen.32:1 And Jacob went on his way, and the angels (mal'ak) of God ('elohiym) met him.

Gen.32:24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. This could be no ordinary "man". Jacob asked for a blessing from him --- verse 26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.

The "man" asks for Jacob for his name in verse 27, and Jacob gives it. The next verse reveals that the "man" then changes Jacobs name to Israel. Jacob apparently has no idea of the name of the "man" for in verse 30 he asks for the mans name, without receiving it! - And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.

Now, names are important in Scripture and not to be taken or given lightly. However, they do have a habit of changing --- even the name that God(s) reveal to their inheritance. Examples:

Exodus 3:15 And God ('elohiym) said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD (Yĕhovah) God (elohiym) of your fathers, the God (elohiym) of Abraham, the God (elohiym) of Isaac, and the God (elohiym) of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name (shem) for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.

Exodus 6:3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God ('el) Almighty (Shadday), but by my name (shem) JEHOVAH (Yĕhovah) was I not known to them.

God`s messengers are also loath to give of their names: Judges 13:18 And the angel (mal'ak) of the LORD (Yĕhovah) said unto him (Manoah, father of Samson), Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret (pil'iy)?

Secret --- Hebrew --- פִּלְאִי --- pil'iy --- meaning - wonderful, incomprehensible, extraordinary.

Perhaps the name is not actually so secret, but the true name or the true meaning of the name would perhaps be incomprehensible to mere mortals? In the English version of the Complete Jewish Bible the word "wonderful" is used instead of the word "secret". Then again there may be more of a meaning to the name than is required to be revealed to man-kind.  

Before Physical Birth

If we return to the physical conception and birth of Jeremiah in Chpt.1:5, it is revealed that his Creator "knew him" before conception and birth. What are we to make of this statement?

It would appear that Jeremiah had no memory of a previous time --- much the same as we do not remember anything previous to our physical birth. Jeremiah may, however, have been taught knowledge not accessible to the average citizen of Anathoth in the land of Benjamin (kingdom of Judah). His father Hilkiah was of the priesthood and most probably a Levite.

The name Hilkiah means: "my portion is Jehovah".

Creation

The creation of man-kind appears to have been accomplished in two stages (Duality).

Gen.1:26 And God ('elohiym) said; Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

LET US MAKE - 'elohiym (plural meaning) - rulers, judges, divine ones, angels, gods

Gen.1:27 So God (elohiym) created man ('adam) in his own image, in the image of God (elohiym) created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God (elohiym) blessed them, and God (elohiym) said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish (male' ) the earth,...

Did God, at this time, create the physical man or the spirit IN/of man? --- The human spirit --- not to be confused with the Holy Spirit. 1Corinth. 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

The spirit of man was given instruction as to the purpose of his creation and the nourishment that would be provided for his physical body on the earth. It will also be noted that man-kind was blessed (a spiritual act) and instructed to "replenish" the earth. Could that infer that there had been some form of life on the earth prior to the creation of man-kind?

The Complete Jewish Bible does not record the word replenish, although the Hebrew Bible in English does. The Torah in English uses the word fill, which would appear to be a more accurate translation of the Hebrew word male' --- meaning to fill, be full.

Physical Creation

After elohiym had completed his work and had rested on the seventh day; and assuming that which is written in the Book of Genesis is recorded in chronological order then Genesis 2:5 reveals to us that elohiym created all living matter BEFORE it was placed on the surface of the earth:- And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.

It is not until after the whole face (surface) of the earth was watered (v.6) that elohiym formed the physical flesh and blood man-kind. Verse 7 And the LORD (Yĕhovah) God ('elohiym) formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (nephesh).

It will be noted that man-kind became a LIVING SOUL --- we are a SOUL --- we do not have or possess a soul. When we stop breathing we become a dead soul --- not an immortal soul.

Eccl.3:19 For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity. 20 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.

Return to whom on death of the soul?

The living soul eventually dies and then: Eccl. 12:6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. 7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God ('elohiym) who gave it.

So where does the human spirit return to?

The physical body of both man and beast return to the earth, but what about the spiritual body?

Eccl. 3:21 Who knoweth the spirit (ruwach) of man('adam) that goeth upward (ma`al), and the spirit (ruwach) of the beast that goeth downward (mattah) to the earth?

Ruwach --- meaning: wind, breath, mind, spirit --- Unseen

'adam --- meaning: man, mankind

ma`al --- meaning: higher part, upper part

mattah --- meaning: downwards, below

Animals or beasts belong to this planet earth --- mankind apparently does not --- mankind appears to have, potentially, a much higher purpose here and outside the confines of this planet? But not while we are in our present incomplete state!

Physically created --- Where?

Psalm 139 A Psalm of David --- 1 [[To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.]] O LORD (Yĕhovah), thou hast searched me, and known me.

Let us remind ourselves that David was the second king of a United Israel --- inherited of Yĕhovah

..Verse 14  I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. 15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

Note: the word ?secret? in verse 15 is translated from the Hebrew word cether --- meaning covering, shelter, hiding place, secrecy.                                                                             

"Lowest parts of the earth" is also used in, Isaiah 44:23 (tachtiy) Ezekiel 31:14, 16, 18, and 32:18, 24. In Ezekiel it is rendered "nether parts of the earth". The equivalent phrase in Greek is found in Ephesians 4:9. Depending on context, it can refer either to the sub-surface depths of the earth or in the Books of Ezekiel and Ephesians --- to Sheol or Hades in the centre of the earth.

The lowest point on land on earth is at the Dead Sea, on the border of Jordan and Israel. The Dead Sea lies at 1,312 feet (400 meters) below sea level.

The lowest point in the sea on earth is the Pacific Ocean's Marianas Trench. It's near Guam and is 35,840 feet (10,924 m) deep.

More food for thought perhaps? Is the human spirit a type of blueprint --- or in other words the physical body is a reflection (dark and incomplete but perfect as designed) of the spiritual (light) body - in much the same way the sun casts a reflection (dark, incomplete and minus one dimension - but perfect in its way) of the human body.

I started this posting by quoting Isaiah but we have digressed somewhat (quite far actually) from the path I had originally chosen to follow. Much of this posting will no doubt be regarded as rather controversial if not down right heretical by some readers. Purely fancifull by others.

It is not, however, meant to be disrespectful of the beliefs and/or religious faith of any reader.

1 Chronicles 29:15 For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.

European Union --- Democratic?



PART 1

I wrote Part 1 of this posting on a web-site I previously used in May 2011 and in 2012. Looking back through past postings I believe this one is worth repeating in the year 2017. Part 2 is additional information added in 2017.

As the European Union (EU) continues its march toward a unified Europe, even though severe cracks are appearing on the facade of unity (Greece and Brexit for example) and the euro-zone is in financial chaos, let us take a brief historical look at Europe.

It is by no means revelatory to state that the European Union was not designed, or meant to be, a democratic union of independent member states. Footprints of lies, deceit, and darkness have been left in the path of European integration since the early days of the Coal and Steel Union --- and historically, long before.

Those who have followed the crooked path of European integration from its early days may have long ago formed the opinion that it is not European democracy that has flowered and blossomed but rather tyranny by stealth.

An article from 2011 in the UK Telegraph Online underlines this belief:

A few quotes from the full article which can be read HERE. 

Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg's prime minister and the chairman of the eurogroup of single currency members (now President of the European Commision), called a secret meeting of the European Union's most powerful countries at the picturesque Chateau de Senningen on the outskirts of the tiny Duchy state.

Top of the agenda was the fate of Greece, after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) --- on the hook for Euro 30bn. of the original Euro 110bn rescue --- demanded that the EU come up with a new strategy as the Mediterranean country continued to plunge into debt and recession...

..Mr Juncker, who had not informed other euro-zone finance ministers of the meeting, chose to lie. "I totally deny there is a meeting," said his spokesman, as speculation mounted. Mr Juncker had already horrified many of his counterparts by openly bragging last month that he often "had to lie" to suppress public debate over euro-zone economic policies which, he claimed, were too important for open contemplation...

.."I am for secret, dark debates," he said. "When the going gets tough, you have to lie."

End Quotes

The whole common monetary policy (Euro) would appear to have been designed to fail and as is being witnessed now, an increasing number of countries are, in effect, losing their sovereignty due to a high level of indebtedness.

Was Germany already preparing for a new approach to European unity before WWII was over? They knew it was only a matter of time before they would have to capitulate to allied forces. Was German thoroughness already planning a third attempt within a century at European domination --- this time it would not be military warfare that would be the means to achieve it, but economic warfare?

Regionalization

A few quotes from EU movers and shakers should leave the reader in little doubt that the European Union was not designed to serve its citizens. Its design is to remove any nationalistic fondness and pride in ones own country. Regionalization is to replace sovereign states - EU citizen first, regional citizen second.

Some interesting quotes from former European leaders and advisers:

1. The concept of European unity is and remains the only effective insurance against nationalism --- Helmut Kohl, Dec. 1996

2. Might is right in politics and war --- Helmut Kohl, 1996

3. What does Europe therefore consist of? --- Germany --- Konrad Adenauer

4. The future will belong to the German when we build the house of Europe --- Helmut Kohl, 1995

5. Germany is the locomotive of the European train --- Helmut Kohl

6. We could never have constructed Europe by democratic means --- Claude Cheysson, French Foreign Minister

7. It is important to establish a European single currency core in order to stand firm against Anglo Saxon values --- Phillipe Matstadt, Belgian Finance Minister, 1996

8. We want the political union of Europe. Without monetary union there can be no political union and vice versa --- Helmut Kohl

10. European policy has been conducted by a very small number of people --- Kohl, Mitterand, Delores, two or three ministers; its a very small circle where decisions are taken and then ratified a posteriori, with regrets about the democratic deficit. --- Hurbert Vedrine, chief adviser to Mitterand at Maastricht

11. Does free Europe want to join Germany? Germany is the heart of Europe and the limbs must adjust themselves to the heart, not the heart to the limbs --- Hans Seebohm, Minister, Konrad Adenauers government, 1950

This statement made by Seebohm beggars belief when one considers that Germany was just beginning to recover from their second defeat in two World Wars --- wars that were started by them in the first half of the 20th Century. However, the Assyrian mentality does not accept defeat but was probably already planning its next and third attempt before their defeat in WWII?

Germany's first functioning democracy?

New documents reveal just how many officials from the Nazi regime found new jobs in Bonn. A surprising number were chosen for senior government positions. ---  http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,810207,00.html

Quote:

'A total of 25 cabinet ministers, one president and one chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany -- as postwar Germany is officially known -- had been members of Nazi organizations...'

... No one has ever dug this deeply. The highly controversial study on Nazi involvement at the Foreign Ministry, marketed last year as a bestseller, was only the beginning. Historians are now studying old files at the Finance Ministry, in the judiciary and the Economics Ministry and, in particular, in the police and intelligence services. How many Nazis took part in the rebuilding of the government after World War II? How much influence did the surviving supporters of the Nazi dictatorship have on the establishment and operation of Germany's first functioning democracy?...

Future of Europe --- Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave some interesting insight into her thoughts about Europe's future in a speech to the European Parliament in November 2012

Quote:

 "I am sure the Commission will become a government one day. Im sure that the Council will become a second chamber one day. And I am sure the European Parliament will take European responsibilities; otherwise it won't work in the long term. Today we must save the Euro and create the basis properly". 

 End Quote

 In other words the basis for the Euro was not initially created to work in the long term --- for a reason?

 Quote:

 ''We must give people a little bit of time so that they can come with us''

 End Quote

 It is not "The People" who are to democratically vote and decide upon the future of Europe. The coming future of the European state has already been planned --- in detail --- and "The People" are expected to follow the plan ('come with us') for a European super state with its own administration and legislature.

German finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has plans for a financial commission which is being backed by the President of the European Central Bank (ECB), Mario Draghi. The plan would entail creating a new post for a European Financial Commissioner.

The Commissioner would have the power to oversee sovereign states national budgets and if necessary veto them. In other words total fiscal control of all European member countries.

Mr Drahgi, has stated that: "in order to restore confidence in the euro area, countries need to transfer part of their sovereignty to the European level".

 End Quote

A Two Speed Europe

Germany insists on a two-speed Europe

Germany rising --- Again!

 http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/08/business/eurozone-crisis-merkel/

Quotes:

Angela Merkel said a core group of states needed to press on with European integration to fight the eurozone crisis, a rebuke to David Cameron, UK prime minister, who has called for more short-term crisis measures...

 "We need more Europe. We don't only need monetary union, we also need a so-called fiscal union," she said. "And most of all we need a political union -- which means we need to gradually cede powers to Europe and give Europe control."...

End Quotes

A two speed Europe is no relatively recent idea - it is actually ANCIENT.

Dan.2:41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, for as much as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. 42 And [as] the toes of the feet [were] part of iron, and part of clay, [so] the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.

Ceding power to Europe means in effect ceding power to Germany - will the UK be a part of this new Empire (kingdom) in the making - doubtful?

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Part 2

UPDATE --- 23.03.2017

Brexit

The year 2016 proved to be the year the UK decided (through a referendum) to begin the process of withdrawal from the European Union. Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is planned to be invoked sometime in March 2017.

More on Lisbon Treaty HERE.

Otto von Habsburg

For 20 years (from 1979 to 1999) Otto von Habsburg was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) representing the conservative German Christian Social Union (CSU) party. Deceased July 4, 2011

The Habsburg dynasty was a defender of the Roman Catholic Church for many centuries. The house of Habsberg provided many imperial rulers of The Holy Roman Empire and Otto von Habsburg was the oldest living claimant to the old Empire secular throne (as former crown prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire).  The so-called spiritual throne still resides where it has been for centuries.

Together with other leading figures such as Konrad Adenauer, Robert Schuman and Jean Monnet, Habsberg built the foundations of the European Community (beginning with the coal and steel union), which today we call the European Union.

Habsburg and others failed in their attempts to get Christianity included in the preamble to the European Constitution, or in the Treaty of Lisbon which was created in its place when the constitution was rejected by France and the Netherlands

On the face of it todays Europe appears to be a secular and somewhat divided union of semi-sovereign states; although the challenges that Europe currently face would appear to require some binding influence that would not appear (to the people) politically motivated. 

A comment that Habsberg made that "Europe is a Christian continent, whether certain people like it or not". Reveals the strong historical link that he and his family predecessors had, and his descendants still have, to the Roman Catholic Church.

There is a tendency to forget the one small sovereign state within in Europe that is not an official member of the European Union --- Vatican State. The state may be small but its reach is formidable.

Holy Roman Empire

On Christmas Day 800 A.D. Charlemagne, the King of the Franks, was crowned Emperor of the West by Pope Leo III. This act was seen as a revival, or transference, of the Holy Roman Empire

It was the German emperor Otto I, (born Nov. 23, 912---died May 7, 973), Duke of Saxony (as Otto II, 936---961), German king (from 936), and Holy Roman Emperor (962---973) who consolidated the German Reich by placing the European Empire of Charlemagne under German rule.

From Ottos crowning to the dissolution of the Empire in 1806, by Napoleon, the title of Holy Roman Emperor was held, for the most part, by German monarchs --- many of which came from the descendants of the same family --- the House of Habsburg. The Habsberg dynasty came to be accepted as the hereditary emperors of the Holy Roman Empire as the throne of the Holy Roman Empire was continuously occupied by the Habsburgs between 1440 and 1740.

Frederick III (21 September 1415---19 August 1493), called the Peaceful, was the Holy Roman Emperor from 1452 until his death. Prior to his imperial coronation, he was hereditary Duke of Austria (as Frederick V) from 1424 and elected King of Germany (as Frederick IV) from 1440. He was the first emperor of the House of Habsburg. In 1493, he was succeeded by his son Maximilian I after ten years of joint rule.

Albert II of Habsburg, also from the House of Habsburg, preceded Frederick III but was elected King of the Romans and never became a Holy Roman Emperor.

It was also under Holy Roman Emperor Charles V - 1519-1556 that the House of Hapsburg first became the great Catholic champions of Europe. It was he who argued with Martin Luther at the Diet of Worms and fought Protestants in Germany, the French in Italy and the Muslims in the Mediterranean.

European Union and the Vatican

Considering his family background, the former MEP, Otto von Habsburgs comment that "Europe is a Christian continent" is clearly referring to its historical and present connection to the Roman Catholic Church.

Habsburgs last speech to the European Parliament on May 7, 1999 ended with a plea for "the projection of European culture throughout the world". Global influence in other words. "Beyond its geographical boundaries, Europe has connections with other parts of the world which it cannot renounce, and which are part of its essential raison dêtre.?

Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna addressed him as "your imperial highness" at a Mass at the Stefansdom (St. Stephen's Cathedral is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna and the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna) celebrating his 90th birthday.

Designs of Empire

A recurrent problem that has not been addressed (due to lack of agreement between member states) is that of establishing a European Head of State. Habsburg promoted a solution that the member states of the Union (presidents or monarchs of member states) should elect a Head of State of the European Union in the tradition of the "great elector of the Holy Roman Empire". It would be a lifetime position which, he suggested, should be monarchical in style but did not need to be that in form or name!!!

For information on the tradition of great elector of the Holy Roman Empire check-out the following URLs:

http://www.medievalhistories.com/the-emperor-and-the-electors-in-late-medieval-germany/

http://www.mindserpent.com/American_History/religion/pope/prince_elector/holy_roman_empire_elector.htm

In the Holy Roman Empire, the electors or electoral princes (the German term is "Kurfürst", the plural: "Kurfürsten") had the function of electing the king of Germany preparatory to his accession as the next emperor, though until the 12th century they often merely formalized what was in fact a dynastic succession.

In other words, von Habsburg was promoting the resurrection of western empire. However, not content with empire, he also promoted the vision of a future Head of State becoming the defender (guardian in his own words) of an existing "European symbol which belongs to all nations equally. This is the Crown of the Holy Roman Empire, which embodies the tradition of Charlemagne, the ruler of a united occident". 

Complete list of Holy Roman Emperors can be found HERE: 

 



Crown of the Holy Roman Empire

 

Close-up photos of crown can be found HERE. and Imperial Regalia HERE.

Imperial Crown, also called Crown of Charlemagne, was created in the 10th century for coronations of the Holy Roman Emperors. Although made for Otto the Great (912---973), it was named for Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor.

In its basic forms, the crown dates to the second half of the tenth century and was the most important symbol of the office of emperor in the Holy Roman Empire.
Kept in the free imperial city of Nuremberg from the fifteenth century onwards, the crown was taken to Vienna in 1796 to prevent it falling into the hands of Napoleon. Since that time, with the exception of the National Socialist era (again returned to Nuremberg), it has been preserved in the Vienna Treasury.

Otto von Habsburg along with Konrad Adenauer, Robert Schuman and Jean Monnet could be called the fathers of the present European Union in that they created the foundation for a 7th resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire from its humble beginning as a coal and steel union between Germany and France. However, it appears that it was only Chapter 1 of a much more ambitious plan that would require time and subterfuge to realize:

We could never have constructed Europe by democratic means --- Claude Cheysson, French Foreign Minister 1981-84

"I am for secret, dark debates," he said. "When the going gets tough, you have to lie".- Jean-Claude Juncker 2011- https://euobserver.com/economic/32294

The Universal Church and Europe

Although the Vatican state is not an official member of the European Union it follows and contributes wherever possible to the political workings of the Union.

The Council of Europe and the Holy See have maintained official relations since 1962. The Holy See obtained observer status in 1970.

Pope Francis gave a speech to the Council of Europe in November 2014 in which he ended by saying: "My hope is that Europe, by rediscovering the legacy of its history and the depth of its roots, and by embracing its lively multipolarity and the phenomenon of a transversality in dialogue, will rediscover that youthfulness of spirit which has made this continent fruitful and great".

It is not difficult to discover the legacy of European history under the rule of various Holy Roman Emperors. The Holy Roman Empire is not just a relic of history. It tends to resurrect itself in various forms and usually with tragic consequences for those who oppose it.  Are we witness to the birthing pangs of a 7th resurrection in Europe today?

The forthcoming exit of the United Kingdom from the EU could well be a factor that may contribute and hasten a tighter Universal grip on Europe?

The Catholic Church has a significant presence in Europe through, among other organizations, COMECE, the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community, is made up of Bishops delegated by the Catholic Bishops? Conferences of the 28 Member States of the European Union. Its headquarter offices are located in Brussels. A small team monitors and analyses developments in EU policies and initiatives and strives to contribute to the relevant processes.

Further information on COMECE, including mission statement, can be found HERE

EVOLUTION OF THE DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS BETWEEN THE EUROPEAN UNION AND THE VATICAN --- More HERE

Pope Francis awarded Charlemagne prize for 2016

List of former laureates can be accessed HERE:

Interesting to note who was awarded the prize in previous years!

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The Charlemagne Prize honours exceptional work performed in the service of European unity. According to its bylaws, it is given to public figures or bodies distinguished by their outstanding work toward European unity or cooperation between its states. The contribution, as Kurt Pfeiffer emphasized, can be made in the areas of literature, science, economics or politics.

Of course, the Charlemagne Prize quickly developed into a pre-eminently political award. Accordingly, politicians dominate the long list of recipients. These are the people who most often work toward integration and who are able to exercise a political influence.

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Diplomatically, the Holy See acts and speaks for the whole church. It is also recognised by other subjects of international law as a sovereign entity, headed by the Pope, with which diplomatic relations can be maintained.

The Pope is not only the religious leader of the Universal church but also the head of the sovereign entity Holy See; which has a wide-ranging influence politically and diplomatically.

Prior to receiving the prize in May 2016, the Pope addressed a gathering of European leaders inside the Vatican, which included the heads of the three main European Union institutions (Jean-Claude Juncker of the European Commission, Martin Schulz of the European Parliament and Donald Tusk of the European Council), along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Matteo Renzi, the prime minister of Italy.

 Pope Francis reportedly stated that: "To the rebirth of a Europe weary, yet still rich in energies and possibilities, the Church can and must play her part", he declared to the political leaders gathered in the Vatican, "even though a clear separation between religious activities and political ones stands as a core principle in Europe".

It should be evident to anyone who has followed European politics that the so-called clear separation is rather unclear.

Clear separation?

A prime example of unclear separation being that Pope John Paul II was awarded an Extraordinary International Charlemagne prize in 2004, and in an extract from a speech by the Mayor of Aachen at the award ceremony: "In this earnest moment the Awarding Committee of the International Charlemagne Prize is very happy, for the first time in its history, to be awarding an Extraordinary International Charlemagne Prize as thanks for extraordinary dedication to a remarkable personality who would also strengthen the strong visions of great visionaries. "The completion of the European Union, which became possible only after the fall of the Iron Curtain, has been relevantly influenced by you".

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Martin Schultz returns to Germany

Martin Schultz has now resigned as president of the European Parliament and returned to his homeland of Germany in order to lead Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) and run for the chancellery against conservative Angela Merkel in the federal election scheduled for September 24. 2017.

Pope addresses Europe!

Pope Francis was invited to address lawmakers by European Parliament President Martin Schulz in 2013. Schulz said the pope had a message about fundamental values that was more relevant than ever in Europe. The Pope did address the Parliament on 25th November 2014

The address in full can be found HERE:

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..I wish, then, to reiterate the readiness of the Holy See and the Catholic Church, through the Commission of the Bishops Conferences of Europe (COMECE), to engage in meaningful, open and transparent dialogue with the institutions of the European Union. I am likewise convinced that a Europe which is capable of appreciating its religious roots and of grasping their fruitfulness and potential, will be all the more immune to the many forms of extremism spreading in the world today, not least as a result of the great vacuum of ideals which we are currently witnessing in the West, since it is precisely mans forgetfulness of God, and his failure to give him glory, which gives rise to violence??

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One just needs to check-out the Charlemagne prize laureates to see what the Pope is alluding to when stating that a Europe which is capable of appreciating its religious roots and of grasping their fruitfulness and potential.

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..Awareness of ones own identity is also necessary for entering into a positive dialogue with the States which have asked to become part of the Union in the future.  I am thinking especially of those in the Balkans, for which membership in the European Union could be a response to the desire for peace in a region which has suffered greatly from past conflicts...

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Empire building!

It was Germany and the Vatican who were the first to recognize the breakaway states of Slovenia and Croatia prior to the Balkans conflict and persuaded NATO to attack militarily without UN sanction. See a previous posting HERE.

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An anonymous second-century author wrote that "Christians are to the world what the soul is to the body". The function of the soul is to support the body, to be its conscience and its historical memory.  A two-thousand-year-old history links Europe and Christianity.  It is a history not free of conflicts and errors, but one constantly driven by the desire to work for the good of all. 

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The above statement, by the Pope, regarding the soul is, in my opinion, rather suspect. The Biblical account regarding the Soul is rather different.

See footnote 1 for further explanation.

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A Europe which contemplates the heavens and pursues lofty ideals.  A Europe which cares for, defends and protects man, every man and woman.  A Europe which bestrides the earth surely and securely, a precious point of reference for all humanity!

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A Europe which bestrides the earth as a point of reference for ALL humanity. This can not be interpreted other than working for a return to the former glory (?) of a Holy Roman Empire that throughout its cyclical history has been responsible for the death of millions. European Christianity (read Catholic) has certainly NOT worked for the good of ALL historically (including recent history)

Council of Europe

As well as addressing the European Parliament in 2014, Pope Francis also addressed the Council of Europe.

Full text of speech can be found HERE.

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..This way of thinking also casts light on the contribution which Christianity can offer to the cultural and social development of Europe today within the context of a correct relationship between religion and society. In the Christian vision, faith and reason, religion and society, are called to enlighten and support one another, and, whenever necessary, to purify one another from ideological extremes. European society as a whole cannot fail to benefit from a renewed interplay between these two sectors, whether to confront a form of religious fundamentalism which is above all inimical to God, or to remedy a reductive rationality which does no honour to man.

There are in fact a number of pressing issues which I am convinced can lead to mutual enrichment, issues on which the Catholic Church ? particularly through the Council of Episcopal Conferences of Europe (CCEE) ? can cooperate with the Council of Europe and offer an essential contribution?

Mr Secretary General, Madame President, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,Pope Paul VI called the Church an "expert in humanity". In this world, following the example of Christ and despite the sins of her sons and daughters, the Church seeks nothing other than to serve and to bear witness to the truth. This spirit alone guides us in supporting the progress of humanity.

In this spirit, the Holy See intends to continue its cooperation with the Council of Europe, which today plays a fundamental role in shaping the mentality of future generations of Europeans. This calls for mutual engagement in a far-ranging reflection aimed at creating a sort of new agorá, in which all civic and religious groups can enter into free exchange, while respecting the separation of sectors and the diversity of positions, an exchange inspired purely by the desire of truth and the advancement of the common good?

.. My hope is that Europe, by rediscovering the legacy of its history and the depth of its roots, and by embracing its lively multipolarity and the phenomenon of transversality in dialogue, will rediscover that youthfulness of spirit which has made this continent fruitful and great.

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Although Pope Francis says many pleasing things to the ears, the Holy See appears determined to ensure that a non-member religious state outside of the European Union is to contribute to its (Europes) future. That Pope Paul VI called the Catholic Church an "expert in humanity" does little to assuage a sense of foreboding regarding the future of a Europe (considering the past history of the church) where the Unions religious arm is guided from Rome.

Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

Although the Pope mentioned the sins of of the churches sons and daughters, he appears to have neglected to mention the gross sins of many of the Catholic priesthood. Many of those sins have come to light in recent times but how many more are hidden and those responsible protected by the very same church?

Pope Francis to share wisdom with EU leaders ahead of Rome summit

The 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties is to be marked when EU leaders will hold a summit in the Italian capital on 25 March 2017, with the hope of creating a new positive vision for the European Union after Brexit.

EU heads of state and government are planning to meet with Pope Francis in Rome on the 24th March

It remains to be seen what words of wisdom Pope Francis plans to share with the political arm of Europe. Why would the Pope, the head of a sovereign state that is not a member of the European Union, wish to speak, yet again, with Union leaders the day BEFORE the marking of the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties?

The European Union faces a number of severe problems, not the least being that of finding a method of binding member nations into an ever closer type of federal super-state. Perhaps religion will be a catalyst that will bind European nations closer together. The United Kingdom is soon to depart from this Union, thus removing one obstacle to a potential resurrection of a Holy Roman Empire?

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Footnote 1 - From a previous posting: http://aeon.blogg.no/1487533085_creation_of_man_and_human_nature.html

The Soul

We will first take a quick look at Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

BREATH of life; and man became a LIVING SOUL.

Contrary to the claim of many mainstream Christian religions, and others, this verse appears to reveal that man does not HAVE a Soul that is often portrayed as having many unseen attributes. Rather, man IS A SOUL. There would appear to be nothing spiritual about the Soul of man or any other living creature. This may well be a new concept for many people that have been taught (by other people) that man has a soul.

How can we be more specific about defining the word soul?

Let us take a look at the original Hebrew word:

Soul -- Strongs H5315 --- נֶפֶשׁ -- nephesh --- living being (with life in the blood), the man himself, self, person or individual, that which breathes, the breathing substance or being, soul, the inner being of man

That would appear to be self-explanatory.

To become a living soul requires BREATH --- [HEART (BEAT) EARTH].

The health of the planet we live on is apparently closely connected to our own health and well being.

We breathe air (oxygen) and oxygenate the blood stream, and as long as we keep breathing, we are a living soul. If we stop breathing, then it would be reasonable to say that we become a dead soul -- NOT AN IMMORTAL SOUL. -- Another new concept for a number of people I would imagine?

Note: The word nephesh (soul) applies equally to all living, breathing creatures --- not just mankind.

The difference between mankind and other living creatures

What then is the difference between humans and other living, breathing creatures, and the creation of man in Gen.1:27 and Gen.2:7?

Job 32:8 But [there is] a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.

We should not confuse this spirit (unseen human) with what is known as Gods Holy Spirit (also unseen -- the inspiration of the Almighty). The word understanding in the above verse is from the Hebrew--- Strongs H995 ---biyn --- to discern, understand, consider

Inspiration from Hebrew -- Strongs H5397 -- nĕshamah -- breath, spirit

Spirit in man -- Strongs H7307 -- ruwach -- wind, breath, mind, spirit

What happens when we stop breathing?

Ecclesiastes 12:6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be brokenor the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. 7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and THE SPIRIT shall return unto God who gave it.

Pope Francis quote, from an anonymous second-century author, who claimed that the function of the soul is to support the body, to be its conscience and its historical memory --- would appear to be in error!

 

News and Views - 1


 

The following are news items that should concern all of us no matter where we reside. World events and the balance of global power is shifting at a rapid pace and it will affect each and every one of us!

There will be follow-ups on an occasional basis.

Mexico --- Upgrade Free Trade Agreement with Europe

http://www.german-foreign-policy.com/en/fulltext/59009

The Mexican government is pushing to rapidly modernize its free trade agreement with the EU and has declared its "close affinity" to Germany, following US President Trump's threats of massive reprisals by building a wall at the border and imposing punitive tariffs. Because of its extreme dependence on the USA, Mexico can only hold its ground by intensifying its relations with other countries, according to Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray.  Mexico's enticements are greeted with sympathy by German business circles. The majority of German firms active in Mexico had already decided on new investments and is planning to carry these out, despite expected disadvantages from the projected US trade policy. Experts assume that the US administration cannot afford excessive punitive tariffs or other exorbitant escalations. At an appearance last week in Mexico, Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser ostentatiously announced investments worth US $200 million and signed an agreement of intent with Mexico's Minster of Economics for infrastructure and industrial projects with a possible volume of up to US $36 billion?

 

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How Obama is scheming to sabotage Trumps presidency

http://nypost.com/2017/02/11/how-obama-is-scheming-to-sabotage-trumps-presidency/

When former President Barack Obama said he was "heartened" by anti-Trump protests, he was sending a message of approval to his troops. Troops? Yes, Obama has an army of agitators --- numbering more than 30,000 --- who will fight his Republican successor at every turn of his historic presidency. And Obama will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House.

In whats shaping up to be a highly unusual post-presidency, Obama isnt just staying behind in Washington. Hes working behind the scenes to set up what will effectively be a shadow government to not only protect his threatened legacy, but to sabotage the incoming administration and its popular --- America First --- agenda.

Hes doing it through a network of leftist nonprofits led by Organizing for Action?

.. Run by old Obama aides and campaign workers, federal tax records show "non-partisan" OFA marshals 32,525 volunteers nationwide. Registered as a 501(c)(4), it does not have to disclose its donors, but they have been generous. OFA has raised more than $40 million in contributions and grants since evolving from Obamas campaign organization Obama for America in 2013.

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Donald Trump blames Barack Obama for leaks and protests ahead of major speech to Congress

Donald Trump has blamed Barack Obama and "his people" for a series of leaks of classified information from the White House and protests against the administration. 

In a clip from an interview with Fox and Friends to be aired on Tuesday, President Trump responded to a question as to whether Obama was behind protests that have taken place across the country since Mr Trump's inauguration.

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We now know who "his people" are. Obama had 8 years in which to make his mark. The US is not a better and safer country after his period at the helm. Deep division --- politically and socially, racism and immorality burden America. The Constitution was, and is, looked upon by the political left (called democrats) as some ancient text that has little relevance in todays modern society. How wrong --- it may not be perfect --- but adherence to the Constitution allowed the USA to grow into a superpower. The USA will ignore it at its peril.

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Maltese Prime Minister hails Pope -- calls for multi-speed Europe

https://euobserver.com/political/137045

Pope Francis's "insight will be extremely important for Europe's future," said Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat on Monday (27 February), while criticising the EU's "lack of leadership

 

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Pope reduces sanctions against some paedophile priests

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2017/02/27/pope-reduces-sanctions-against-some-paedophile-priests/

Pope Francis has quietly reduced sanctions against a handful of paedophile priests, applying his vision of a merciful Church even to its worst offenders in ways that survivors of abuse and the Popes own advisers question?

.. Amid questions about how the battle against abuse was faring, Francis recently named OMalley, who heads his sex-abuse advisory commission, as a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. But its not clear what influence he can wield from his home base in Boston.

Francis scrapped the commissions proposed tribunal for bishops who botch abuse cases following legal objections from the congregation. The commissions other major initiative --- a guideline template to help dioceses develop policies to fight abuse and safeguard children --- is gathering dust. The Vatican never sent the template to bishops conferences, as the commission had sought, or even linked it to its main abuse-resource website.

 

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Jean-Claude Juncker, has suggested a dramatic restructuring of the bloc with "core" members and "orbit" nations.

http://www.dw.com/en/juncker-envisions-eu-overhaul-roles-for-post-brexit-uk-and-turkey/a-37697208

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker suggested a radical re-envisioning of the EU on Thursday. The new plan would see a smaller group of core EU members, and then different levels of belonging for other nations that were not prepared for full membership?

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Daniel 2:41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. 42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.

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The German Intelligence Agency (BND) has spied on journalists

http://www.dw.com/en/report-germanys-spy-agency-monitored-journalists-across-the-globe/a-37709878


The German Intelligence Agency (BND) has spied on journalists from the BBC and 'The New York Times,' reported 'Der Spiegel.' Press rights watchdogs have criticized the latest revelations of foul play at the BND.

Since 1999, Germany's intelligence agency (BND) has spied on journalists of various news outlets and their sources, according to a report by German news magazine "Der Spiegel" set to be published on Saturday.

Media organizations targeted by the spy agency included the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the British news agency Reuters and the American daily "The New York Times."...

 

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The Beginning of an European Military machine?

https://www.bmvg.de/portal/a/bmvg/start/presse/pressemitteilungen/archiv_2016/

The Dutch 43rd Mechanized Brigade of the German 1st Panzer Division. About 3,000 Dutch soldiers will be part of the 1st Panzerdivision. In return, a German tank battalion will be part of this Dutch brigade. This mixed association with about 400 soldiers will be stationed in Lohheide / Trojans in Bergen, Lower Saxony.

About 3,000 Dutch soldiers will be part of the 1st Panzer division. In return, a German tank battalion will be part of this Dutch brigade. This mixed association with about 400 soldiers will be stationed in Lohheide / Trojans in Bergen, Lower Saxony.

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Holland is committing its fast-response forces and its only tank unit to Germany.

In addition, Germany and the Netherlands will share the Dutch Navys largest and most expensive ship, the Karel Doorman. The ship is designed to play a few roles, but most importantly, it can transport and land troops. It can land heavy equipment and has space for helicopters. The German sea battalion---about 800 soldiers specializing in naval protection, mine-clearance and boarding ships---will be absorbed into the Dutch Navy. And the two countries are examining having a German air defence unit join a Dutch unit.

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen promotes European Army: said she wants to build a European army this way. In February she announced, "We will set up a multinational panzer division next year". https://www.welt.de/politik/deutschland/article151860389/Wie-von-der-Leyen-die-europaeische-Armee-vorantreibt.html

She said: "The European Army is our long-term goal, but first we have to strengthen the European Defence Union". --- To achieve this, some nations with concrete military cooperation must come to the fore --- and the Germans and the Dutch are doing this.

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Are we witnessing the beginning of the assembly of a powerful European Military. One that may operate independently of the USA and where NATO no longer will play a part (Europe is uneasy regarding a continuing US partnership after President Trumps recent remarks). European history gives a loud warning of what to expect when a powerful military force under German command once again exerts its full potential.

The USA and the UK, along with North Africa and the Middle East, should be especially wary!

http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_141113.htm

Defence Ministers from Germany, Romania and the Czech Republic signed arrangements to deepen defence ties. As part of this, the Czech Republics 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade and Romanias 81st Mechanized Brigade will work closely with Germanys 10 Armoured Division and Rapid Response Forces Division.

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To achieve a strong political and military union in Europe requires a crisis to develop. That crisis may well be a financial one?

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German gold repatriation ahead of schedule

http://www.dw.com/en/german-gold-repatriation-ahead-of-schedule/a-37477837

Germany's central bank has sped up the process of bringing its gold home from foreign vaults, moving more than 200 tons from New York and Paris in 2016 under a plan devised in the wake of Europe's debt crisis?

.. Germany will store its remaining reserves in London and New York, where they could be quickly exchanged for pounds or dollars in an economic emergency.

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Germany has been bringing gold home from New York and Paris since 2013. So far, 642 tons has been transferred. With the latest transfer, the central bank has moved a total of 330 tons of gold that had been stored with the New York Federal Reserve. The plan will be completed when a final 100 tons is returned from Paris

 

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Are euro-zone central banks still solvent?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/02/23/rising-euro-break-up-risk-stokes-new-fears-central-bank-solvency/

Vast liabilities are being switched quietly from private banks and investment funds onto the shoulders of taxpayers across southern Europe. It is a variant of the tragic episode in Greece, but this time on a far larger scale, and with systemic global implications.

There has been no democratic decision by any parliament to take on these fiscal debts, rapidly approaching Euro 1 trillion. They are the unintended side-effect of quantitative easing by the European Central Bank, which has degenerated into a conduit for capital flight from the Club Med bloc to Germany, Luxembourg, and The Netherlands.

 

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US National Debt:

http://www.usgovernmentdebt.us/

Today --- 27.02.2017 --- $19,913,901,120,188.15.

Federal Debt per person is about  $61,029.

At the end of Financial Year 2017 the total government debt in the United States, including federal, state, and local, is expected to be $23.2 trillion.

 It doesnt include so-called "agency debt"

 It doesnt include the so-called unfunded liabilities of entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare.

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UK National Debt

http://www.nationaldebtclock.co.uk/

UK National Debt is nearing the £2 Trillion mark --- £ 1,825,069,400,000

The UK national debt grows at a rate of £5,170 per second!

Britain's record national debt, which is nearing £2 trillion. A figure that can only exponentially increase unless the entire mechanism of Government finance is overhauled. The truth however is much worse, factoring in all liabilities including state and public sector pensions, the real national debt is closer to £4.8 trillion, some £78,000 for every person in the UK.

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The uprising against moral extortion --- by Melanie Phillips

http://melaniephillips.com/uprising-moral-extortion/

As we never stop being told by furious commentators, Britain and America are descending into a neo-Nazi, xenophobic, fascist hell on earth. Britain?s Brexit vote was anti-immigrant. President Trump is a fascist. Steve Bannon, his senior adviser and formerly of Breitbart news site, is a white supremacist.

None of these claims is true. Britain is not anti-immigrant but against uncontrolled mass immigration. President Trump is not a fascist but wants in fact to restore the rule of law and respect for the US constitution. Steve Bannon is not a white supremacist but someone who believes in western national identity based on Judeo-Christian values?

..Compulsive liars should not frighten you. They can harm no one, if no one listens to them. Compulsive believers, on the other hand: they should terrify you. Believers are the liars? enablers. Their votes give the demagogue his power. Their trust turns the charlatan into the president. Their credulity ensures that the propaganda of half-calculating and half-mad fanatics has the power to change the world.??

.. These anti-democrats are the real compulsive believers, the real demagogues. Everyone who opposes them is a fascist, it seems, and so they feel not just entitled but morally obliged to impose their own vision over the will of the people ? who are of course all fascists too. How can this be?...

 

 

 

Fishing for People

"Oh! What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive"

-- Sir Walter Scott.

http://www.ukcolumn.org/article/fishing-people-food-can-we-escape-yes-we-can

Quotes:

 ...This net, designed to catch humans, has many layers of mesh, of many different sizes and physical make-up. Here are a few we need to understand.

 Political correctness and the suppression of free speech is designed to stop us communicating properly and in particular spreading truth and warning of perceived dangers to ourselves and to our families.

 Indoctrination and propaganda also suppress free speech, but their primary job is to confuse our society.

 Our health is being weakened by junk food, vaccines, bad ?health? advice such as fats are bad for you, and a treadmill of work, taxes and low pay.

 Attacks on the norms of our sexuality break down the traditional family unit which is designed to protect, nurture and teach our young, so as to give them the best chances in life.

 Our very identity as to who we are, and what we believe in, is constantly undermined and degraded so we are not even sure what fish we are, or how to recognise the safety of our shoal.

 ...The means by which we can be mentally reframed to become blind to our entrapment or even feel happy as were slowly caught...

Does such a net exist? Most certainly. In the form of the UK governments applied behavioural psychology or "nudge" unit. Does it really work? Most certainly, as the government admits in its document "Mindspace"..."people may not know they have been changed, or at least they may recognise they have changed but not know how". So effective and so successful is this fishing net that the Conservative government has sold the Labour developed technology to Australia and the USA.

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 More on Mindspace can be found HERE: http://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/sites/default/files/publications/MINDSPACE.pdf

 

Creation of Man and Human Nature

A problematic concept is related in the Book Genesis:

Were Man and Woman created in two stages (Duality)?

Would a man without a woman, or vice versa, be like having a positive without a negative or vice versa. Much of Christendom has relegated the female to an inferior position. The Catholic Church appears to have gone in the opposite direction, as they have deified Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ, to almost goddess status (Queen of Heaven) -- however, we shall not pursue that line of thought here except to say that in our so-called modern age it is no longer politically correct to differentiate between gender -- two positives and two negatives are equal to a positive and a negative? --- Like the days of Noah were!

Note: The use of positive and negative in the above does NOT denote a superior and an inferior characteristic of the two genders. Although they are often referred to as opposite sex, they are in reality COMPLIMENTARY to one another.

Genesis 1:26 And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Note: We were only given dominion over the earth -- nowhere else in the Universe.

Genesis 2:2, 3 God then rested from His labours (7th Day of the week, not the 1st Day, as mainstream Christian religion would have us believe). Apparently, He had completed His work.

Was mankind complete when God rested from His labours, had He completed the work of replenishing the earth? Well, although Genesis 1:1 reveals that In the Beginning God created the heavens and the earth -- verse 2 appears to reveal the RE-CREATION of the earth. Not mainstream Christian teaching, but an apparent error in the translation of this verse has allowed this apparent falsehood to become ingrained in the minds of many. We will not pursue this here.

To Continue:

Man Created in Two stages?

Genesis 2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heaven. 5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was NOT A MAN TO TILL THE GROUND? 7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a LIVING SOUL.

God created man as related in Genesis. Chpt.1, but he did not form the PHYSICAL, MATERIAL man and put him on this earth until a later date, how much later is not revealed.  So, what was created in Genesis 1:27? We will come back to this a little later.

The Soul

We will first take a quick look at Genesis 2:7 above: BREATH of life; and man became a LIVING SOUL.

Contrary to the claim of many mainstream Christian religions, and others, this verse appears to reveal that man does not HAVE a Soul that is often portrayed as having many unseen attributes. Rather, man IS A SOUL. There would appear to be nothing spiritual about the Soul of man or any other living creature. This may well be a new thought for many people that have been taught (by other people) that man has a soul.

How can we be more specific about defining the word soul?

Let us take a look at the original Hebrew word:

Soul -- Strongs H5315 --- נֶפֶשׁ -- nephesh --- living being (with life in the blood), the man himself, self, person or individual, that which breathes, the breathing substance or being, soul, the inner being of man

That would appear to be self-explanatory.

To become a living soul requires BREATH -- [HEART (BEAT) EARTH].

The health of the planet we live on is apparently closely connected to our own health and well being.

We breathe air (oxygen) and oxygenate the blood stream, and as long as we keep breathing, we are a living soul. If we stop breathing, then it would be reasonable to say that we become a dead soul -- NOT AN IMMORTAL SOUL. -- Another new thought for a number of people I would imagine.

Note: The word nephesh (soul) applies equally to all living, breathing creatures -- not just mankind.

The difference between mankind and other living creatures:

What then is the difference between humans and other living creatures, and the creation of man in Gen.1:27 and Gen.2:7?

Job 32:8 But [there is] a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.

We should not confuse this spirit (unseen human) with what is known as Gods Holy Spirit (also unseen -- the inspiration of the Almighty). The word understanding in the above verse is from the Hebrew--- Strongs H995 -- biyn -- to discern, understand, consider

Inspiration from Hebrew -- Strongs H5397 -- nĕshamah -- breath, spirit

Spirit in man -- Strongs H7307 -- ruwach -- wind, breath, mind, spirit

What happens when we stop breathing?

Ecclesiastes 12:6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. 7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and THE SPIRIT shall return unto God who gave it.

And therein we find the duality of Creation.

Duality should not be a foreign word to anyone. We are absolutely surrounded by dualities in our present physical world. The following are just a few of the many examples:

Duality in our daily lives - Up/Down; Long/Short; Wet/Dry; Positive/Negative; Hot/Cold; Right/Left; Cause/Effect; Loud/Quiet, etc.

There is one that is not so readily accepted - Seen/Unseen, or, Visible/Invisible.

One thing that all the dualities have in common is that they are all essentially static. To move from one extreme to the other, or somewhere in-between requires a third element - a force enabling movement - a dynamic plus one other

 TIME - A Dynamic FORCE

Time appears to be a dynamic force, most often expressed as Past - Present - Future.

Time also has the unsettling characteristic of being unseen or invisible. We do not SEE time but we most certainly do see the effects of it. Not unlike the wind- we do not see it either, but the effects of wind can be seen. Can be beneficial or amazingly destructive!

 

"Don't waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear"
― Paulo Coelho

Multi-Speed Europe?

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-future-idUSKBN15I2WX

Quotes:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and leaders of other founding states of the European Union spoke on Friday (03.02.2017) of some countries moving ahead faster than others with further integration.

After a summit in Malta at which all national leaders discussed plans for a formal declaration in March on the future of the bloc following Britain's departure, Merkel and others offered endorsements of a so-called "multi-speed Europe", which some governments fear could damage EU unity in the wake of Brexit?

.. One area in which governments are divided over the degree of integration is defence. With the departure of long-time sceptic Britain, France and Germany are keen to develop closer EU ties.

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Daniel 2:31 Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. 32 This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, 33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay?

.. 40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. 41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. 42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.

In the days of these kings--in the days of these kingdoms, that is, of the last of the four. So Christianity was set up when Rome had become mistress of Judea and the world. (v.44)

Daniel 7:23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. 24 And the ten horns (Dan.2:41-- ten toes) out of this kingdom (fourth kingdom) are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. 25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

 

Empire Building-Part 2



 

UN Resolution

The UN passed resolution 743 in February 1992 creating the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR). NATO was asked by the United Nations to intervene in the Bosnian War after allegations of war crimes against civilians were made. Operation Deliberate Force, the bombing campaign carried out by NATO and UNPROFOR to weaken the Bosnian Serb Army, began on 30 August 1995 and was completed on 20 September 1995. The operation was led by Admiral Leighton W. Smith, US Navy. The US and the UK were now leading the way, along with other allied forces in NATO, to defeating the Serbian forces.

German Forces March

Germany was back on the road to redrawing the map of Europe and would shortly embark on the use of military force outside its borders for the first time since the Third Reich. Berlin later deployed 4,000 troops to Bosnia in 1995, its largest mission abroad since World War II, but its return to direct military aggression after an almost 55-year hold on military activity outside its own borders would occur with NATOs war against Yugoslavia in 1999 --- Kosovo.

History is quickly forgotten

On June 22nd 1941, General Tito, via a secretly printed newspaper, called on the people of Yugoslavia to rise up to help the Russians. On June 27th, the Partisan Army was officially created under the leadership of Tito. The official call to the people of Yugoslavia came on July 4th. This call led to an intensive campaign against the Germans. Tito himself took charge of Serbia. The response to Titos call to arms was huge. Tito could rally his troops via a radio station called Free Yugoslavia set up in the Soviet Union. By September 1941, it is estimated that there were about 70,000 resistance fighters in Yugoslavia. Serbia suffered great loss of life during WW II, and a united Yugoslavia managed to fight against the dictates of German dominion during the war, and later Russian influence after the war under Titos leadership.

After Titos death in May 1980, and the loss of his strong leadership, old troubles began to surface once again as briefly related in previous posting.

Kosovo

In 1997, the Serbs saw Germany supporting a guerrilla army of Albanians. The guerrillas called themselves the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). A large majority of Kosovos population was Albanian. These Kosovo Albanians, along with Albania and Germany, supported the guerrilla army against the Serbs. There are ca. 600,000 Albanians in Germany. Many of the KLA guerrillas left their families behind in Germany to fight against the Serbs in a civil war that the German-supported Albanians started.

By 1998, the KLA escalated its guerrilla warfare from sporadic attacks on Serbian police units into a substantial armed rebellion. The Yugoslav army and Serbian forces launched a major offensive against the KLA in February 1999 to reassert Yugoslav government control over the region. After negotiations broke down, NATO began to launch air strikes against Serbian military targets in March --- Operation Allied Force.

The standard quoted Western motive for that mission is that it was an intervention to prevent alleged genocide in the Serbian province of Kosovo. Its actual aim was to separate Kosovo from Serbia and was the final act of a decade long mission to reduce the once federal republic of Yugoslavia to a number of independent states all controlled by Europe.

It was in Kosovo that Germany crossed the post-World War II red line when the Luftwaffe engaged in combat operations for the first time since 1945. A thousand German troops entered Kosovo along with their NATO allies in June of 1999. A German general assumed command of the 50,000-troop NATO Kosovo Force (KFOR).

It should be remembered that the Kosovo operation was the first time that NATO had used military force without the approval of the UN Security Council and against a sovereign nation that had not posed any threat to any member of the alliance.

Had there been evidence of genocide in Kosovo? --- Read the following --- just one of many reports that paint another picture than that of the officially accepted one: http://www.counterpunch.org/1999/10/22/genocide-in-kosovo/

The war ended with the Kumanovo Treaty, concluded on 9 June 1999, with Yugoslav forces agreeing to withdraw from Kosovo to make way for an international presence.

The NATO bombing [In the course of the campaign, NATO launched 2,300 missiles at 990 targets and dropped 14,000 bombs, including depleted uranium bombs and cluster munitions. Over 2,000 civilians were killed, including 88 children, and thousands more were injured] and surrounding events have remained controversial, as it never gained the approval of the UN Security Council. Some legal academics have argued that the Kumanovo Agreement is dubious under the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (VCLT) and, as a consequence, so too are parts of Resolution 1244 referring, implicitly or explicitly, to paragraph 10 of Annex 2 of the same resolution. One particular argument is that it is doubtful whether the Kumanovo Agreement can be considered valid according to Article 52 of the VCLT, which states that: a treaty is void if its conclusion has been procured by the threat or use of force in violation of the principles of international law embodied in the Charter of the United Nations. The legal arguments continue that in fact to remedy the legal issues arising what is needed is for Status of Forces Agreement to be entered into with Belgrade.

State by state, the former Yugoslavian Federation has been conquered.

Diplomacy or Intrigue?

Could the United States and its allies have undertaken anything other than military intervention to resolve the Kosovo crisis? In fact, they appear to have done so. After the bombing campaign, which strengthened support for Milosevic and weakened his opponents, it appears that the U.S. poured cash into rebuilding the Serbian opposition. The funding was dependant on the diverse opposition groups agreeing to work together and attending regular coordination meetings held in Budapest, and organized by people understood to represent the State Department. The plan for the anti-Milosevic revolution was worked out in these meetings down to the smallest detail, including where the leaders of each of the 18 participating political organizations would be if mass protests broke out in Belgrade - They did, in October 2000.

Bulldozer Revolution

Slobodan Milosević's overthrow was reported as a spontaneous revolution. However, there had been a year-long battle involving thousands of Serbs in a strategy to strip the leader of his legitimacy, turn his security forces against him, and force him to call for elections. The protest initially started with strikers at the Kolubara mines, which produce most of Serbia's electricity needs. The protest reached its height on 5 October 2000. Several hundred thousand protesters from all over Serbia arrived in Belgrade to protest. Unlike previous protests, there was no large scale police crackdown. The parliament was partially burned during the protests.

Were the protests spontaneous or were they planned?

Slobodan Milosević

Slobodan Milosević was charged with crimes against humanity and genocide when his trial opened at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. However, the prosecution case was more than a little tainted. A number of prosecution witnesses gave evidence that was found to be less than truthful. The prosecution struggled to obtain proof that Milosević was complicit in, and had prior knowledge of, the worst massacre with which he was accused - between 2000 and 4000 murdered in Srebrenica in 1995. A five-year inquiry commissioned by the Dutch government resulted in "no proof that orders for the slaughter came from Serb political leaders in Belgrade" --- The results of the inquiry have been contentious, as they undermined the prosecution's case. Some commentators have expressed the view that the inquiry was flawed due to the alleged foreknowledge of the Dutch UN peacekeeping force stationed at the UN enclave to the forthcoming massacre.

Not a single witness testified that Milosevic was complicit in ordering military actions that could be construed as being descriptive of war crimes. Many of the indictments made against him regarding Kosovo remain unproven to this day.

The chief prosecutor, Carla del Ponte, admitted that she did not have enough evidence to convict Milosevic on the most serious charges.

The International Criminal Tribunal on Yugoslavia has long been reportedly characterized as an unhealthy community of interests between the judges and the prosecutors;

To this day there is no absolute proof that ethnic cleansing and genocide really were the motives for the Balkans conflicts. However, there is proof that the Serbs were subjected to a form of ethnic cleansing! Admiral Gregory Johnson, U.S. commander of NATO forces for southern Europe, has been quoted as saying that "this kind of activity almost amounts to ethnic cleansing". He was referring to 1,000 Serbs who were forced to leave their homes after Albanian Muslims attacked Serb Christians in their churches and villages in 2004. They were the latest of about 200,000 Serbs driven from Kosovo since NATO bombed Serbia into submission in 1999.

Conclusions:

Are the generally accepted motives for NATOs intervention in the Balkans grounded in truth? It would appear that Germany, Austria and the Vatican were initially alone in supporting a break-up of the former Yugoslavia. The real motive for recognizing the break-away states was to destabilize the Yugoslavian Federation and remove Serbian control of the Balkans.

Slobodan Milosevićs real sin (in the eyes of some European leaders at least) was that he had a sense of history --- as opposed to many others who appear to have mislaid theirs --- he realized what the real motives behind Slovenia and Croatias claims to independence were. Simply stated he was an enemy of Germany and the Vatican and a stumbling block to further European expansionism towards the East. He had to be removed!!

In the Milosevic trial, the judges allowed evidence to be given by a number of so-called expert witnesses who were not, in fact, witnesses to anything. Hearsay evidence admitted in court?

The Hague tribunal, which is a blatantly political body set up and funded by the very NATO powers that waged war against Milosevic's Yugoslavia --- and that has refused to consider the prima facie evidence that western leaders were guilty of war crimes in that conflict --- is clearly not an independent body capable of dispensing justice impartially.

This perhaps gives us a good insight into the justice system that may well be prevalent within the future European Union (empire)? --- Roman justice --- Guilty until proven Innocent!

Conveniently, Slobodan Milosevic died in custody on 11 March 2006, some months before the verdict was due on his 4 year trial. In February 2007, the International Court of Justice cleared Serbia under Milosević's rule of direct responsibility for occurrences of genocide committed during the Bosnian War. However, the president of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) did state that it was "conclusively proved" that the Serbian leadership, and Milosević in particular, "were fully aware ... that massacres were likely to occur" - Surprise surprise. Note that the president of the court stated massacres were LIKELY to occur --- and NOT were PLANNED and expected to occur.

I am not saying that atrocities did not occur --- on all sides --- but Serbia was singled out and Milosevic made the scapegoat to satisfy European aims.

With President Bill Clinton, and UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair, leading the way, NATO bombed Serbia into submission --- and then relinquished control of the Balkans to a German led Europe.

President Putin also realizes which future path both Germany and the Vatican wish to tread --- taking other Eastern European states along with them.

Henry Kissinger warned that the war against Serbia represented an extraordinary and unprecedented redefinition of the "national interest"--which now, it would appear, includes the domestic policies of other countries.

The implication would appear to be that the United States may bomb and even invade countries whose domestic policies are not to its liking. This doctrine implies that any country in the world is a potential target for US bombing. It would not be difficult --- based on the present state of world affairs --- to draw up a list of countries that could be considered likely candidates for military attack by the United States (Unfortunately the US has lost the willpower and the economic means to do so). And, were a deterioration of world economic conditions to lead to increased trade tensions and civil unrest; the length of that list could, potentially, be extended.

The relatively recent annexation of the Crimea by Russia is only one step in Russias expansionist and empire building plans. President Putin does not accept the loss of Russian sovereignty over former East-bloc and Baltic states. President Putin's determination to secure Russian influence over eastern Ukraine is also related to the region's importance to the Russian armaments industry.

The US is certainly not interested in investing in a new cold war (they can not really afford to economically. The current national debt is ca. 19.97 trillion dollars and rising - http://www.usdebtclock.org/). After Iraq and Afghanistan, the American people are war-weary and expect Europe to carry more of the burden of NATO defence. One day, America may regret giving Europe that power.

Germany is, and will remain, the power-house of Europe. The U.S. is giving Germany control of the very nations that Hitler fought a bloody war attempting to conquer, with the loss of many American and allied lives - only 70 years ago.

Russia, China and perhaps now the USA under the new administration? Appears to have their strong leaders.  Europe is still waiting expectantly for a new Charlemagne. If you believe that a united Europe is axiomatic with Peace in our Time think again!

German reorganization of Europe

http://www.german-foreign-policy.com/en/hist-archiv/dne/index.php#1989

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The "reorganisation" of Europe is a recurring justification, as well as an expressed goal of German expansionist policy. At the time of the foundation of the German Empire (1870/1871) this "reorganisation" was already being carried out by means of war, at that time war against France. During the following period, the German Empire continued to arm. This economical and political expansion made use of various theoretical structures to disguise the will to conquer?

Soon after the period of colonial acquisition, on the eve of the First World War, a "reorganisation of Europe" no longer sufficed the imperial program of expansion. It now strove for world dominance. Large sectors of the German population allowed themselves to be implemented in this aim. Increasing nationalist sentiment neutralised social demands, so that any flare-up of the internal contradictions present within society could largely be avoided. In order to integrate opposing and sceptical Germans into this policy of expansion, the "reorganisation of Europe" was presented as a peculiarly German obligation. Its professed goal was the liberation of oppressed European peoples as well as the spreading of economic and political progress. The "reorganisation of Europe" was ostensibly sought only for the preservation of peace.

1989-2002 - The end of the division of Germany led to national self-reflection on its history; this was termed "normalisation". A reunited Germany must now take up its European "responsibility for peace", it was said. Wherever the "autonomy of a people" or "ethnicities" were in danger, Berlin must become active. In the last instance Germany must carry out "peacekeeping through intervention from outside", that is, must wage war. As in the earlier periods of imperialist major-power politics, the "reorganisation of Europe" remains both a justification for and a goal of German striving for dominance. Operational activities are pursued primarily in the east and the south-east of the continent. The Central Europe programme pursued in times of the Kaiser and of the National Socialists was brought up to date. German foreign policy now reaches out to Asia and Africa. By the middle of the nineties at the latest, German claims are measured against the United States, whose leadership role is called into question and disputed with growing frequency. It is maintained that "Europe" can only develop in opposition to America; that Germany must emerge from its subservient role. This concept begins to bridge domestic political differences, leading Social Democrats, Socialists and former opponents of the system to voice demands for an "international German presence".

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Global power bases are changing rapidly. The coming future results are going to affect each and every one of us; regardless of where we live. Big Brother appears to becoming ever more watchful, vigilant and suspicious of us all.

Quote from

The European War Union -- 2016/06/28 -- http://www.german-foreign-policy.com/en/fulltext/58954

..Just a few days ago, Foreign Minister Steinmeier declared in the US journal "Foreign Affairs" that Germany has become "a major power" and will "try its best" on the world stage "to hold as much ground as possible."[8] With Britain, which had always adamantly opposed an integrated EU military policy, leaving the EU, Berlin sees an opportunity for reviving its efforts at restructuring the EU's military and mobilizing as many member countries as possible for the EU's future wars.

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New Update: 06.02.2017

Interesting article: http://www.german-foreign-policy.com/en/fulltext/59004

New Update: 15.02.2017

 
Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President-elect of the Federal Republic of Germany is the epitome of the past two decades of Berlin's expansionist policy - from the war over Kosovo to intervention in the Syrian war. As State Secretary in the Federal Chancellery, Steinmeier was implicated in the aggression against Yugoslavia in the spring of 1999, with which Germany, in violation of international law, entered its first war of aggression since 1945.
 

 

 

Empire Building-Part 1



 

Almost anything can be forgiven --- except the truth!

 

Russia and the European Union (EU)

Russia and the European Union have one major political goal in common --- To expand and re-build their respective empires.

In the late 1980s, with glasnost opening the way for former Russian dominated countries to leave the steel fold of the USSR, the former Russian empire became a diminishing threat to the western world. Many believed the cold war was over and Russia was entering a new phase of openness with its neighbours.

Western militaries reduced their focus on military deterrence in Europe. As a consequence, the Ukraine crisis caught NATO sleeping as it attempted to find an adequate response to Russia. The West had been lulled into a false sense of security due to the apparent aging state of Russia's military. It has since been dramatically modernized and analysts in Western armies and intelligence services are concerned about the capabilities Russia has put on display in recent manoeuvres

The historical plan (ostensibly) for the European Union was, by democratic means, to unite Europe and to prevent yet another charismatic figure appearing on the political scene who would lead Europe into yet another conflagration. That charismatic figure has not, as yet, appeared in Europe, but the nation that was responsible for instigating two world wars in the previous century is the major controlling power within that Union. The European Union would appear to be only a cloak for Germanys ambitions for a future Empire? Certainly on the economic front.

The strong man of Russia has appeared on the scene--- President Vladimir Putin has made it abundantly clear that he does not accept the notion of openness with his neighbours in Europe (despite the rhetoric) and is apparently determined to reassert Russian dominance. This was perhaps first made clear during the Russian invasion of Georgia in August 2008.

Russia pulled most of its troops out of Georgia. However, Western officials insist the troops did not return to the line where they were stationed prior to the beginning of hostilities as described in the peace plan. Russian forces remained stationed in Abkhazia and South Ossetia under bilateral agreements with the corresponding governments. Georgia and its Western allies consider Abkhazia and South Ossetia to be occupied by Russia.

Ukraine

Russia has now made it clear that it will not accept closer links between Ukraine and the EU. In addition to the Ukraine problem there is a growing concern within Europe that Bulgaria's close energy ties to Russia will allow Moscow to use Sofia as a beachhead for its interests and drive a wedge between EU member states. It has been reported that Moscow may seek to expand its relations with the country in order to use Bulgaria as a political beachhead into the EU, and then use that power to divide the block.
Former Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev warned of dangerous developments across the entire region. He fears President Putin could destabilize Bulgaria and the Balkans and attempt to bring it under its sphere of influence. The countrys economy is heavily dependant on Russia and Plevneliev would have liked to reduce Russian influence on the economy so that a similar situation to that currently being played out in Ukraine will not repeat itself in Bulgaria.

EU and US Sanctions!

The response from the EU and US regarding sanctions on Moscow can, at best, be called luke-warm. While the rhetoric flows from western nations, without any meaningful result so far; the reason behind the luke-warm sanctions is to be found in the Balkans.

It was the EU (European Economic Community (EEC) as it was called in the past) and thereafter the US and other EEC member states that set a precedent for President Putins decision to, in effect, annex the Crimea and make possible its probable future reunification with the Russian Federation. President Putin has made it clear that he sees the unilateral separation of Kosovo from Serbia in 1998/99 in exactly the same light as that which has occurred in the Crimea. The separation of Kosovo was deemed legitimate by western nations and did not require acceptance from the countrys ruling government --- ergo, the same applies to the Crimea!

The Balkans

Much has been written about the break-up of the former Yugoslavia. Serbia has historically been labelled as the bad-guy throughout the long and bloody years of conflict. Propaganda and misinformation was widely used during and after the many conflicts to justify (from a western standpoint) NATO bombing of a sovereign country. The UN Security Council vetoed any military action. NATO, with the US as the spearhead, disregarded the veto claiming that Kosovo was a special case due to the number of human causalities inflicted.

What the world was, and is, actually witnessing is two historical empires attempting to expand and in the process tramping upon each others toes.

Let us take a reasonably brief look at what actually occurred in the Balkans between 1990 and towards the turn of the century. It is by no means a comprehensive study, but an attempt to look at the real motive behind the Balkans conflict

Slovenia and Croatia

On the death of Tito, the Communist backed regime of Serbian, Slobodan Milosevic, took over power in the former Yugoslavia and initially, a relatively stable period in the federations history continued.

In the late 1980s, with glasnost ushering in what appeared to be a new era of Soviet openness, Slobodan Milosevics support from the Soviet Union was severely diminished.

The EEC and especially Germany, was aware, that in order to control an extended Europe (for that is the European plan--- to expand) that the Balkans had to be brought under the controlling influence of Europe. There was, however, one major obstacle to the plan --- Serbia.

It would appear that a German/Austrian/Vatican alliance persuaded the UN, EEC, USA and NATO into supporting the Balkan conflict with the prime intention of removing the Serbian domination of the federal Yugoslavia; - thus bringing the federal states under European domination and removing the Soviet influence. This has been achieved.

Slovenia was the first State in the Yugoslavian Federation to break-away and claim independence and was recognized as such by Croatia in June of 1991.Yugoslavian federal border crossings between Italy and Austria were taken by force by Slovenia. Federal troops were sent into Slovenia to restore order but were repulsed by Slovenian armed forces. The federal troops withdrew into Croatia, where they were attacked by Croatian armed forces. Both Slovenia and Croatian forces were armed with German weapons!!

Germany passed a resolution on the recognition of Slovenia, and eventually so did the EEC in January 1992. The Vatican also recognized the independent Slovenia in the same month. As citizens of both Slovenia and Croatia were predominantly Catholic--- 70% and 86% respectively in 1991--- then the Pope's recognition was hardly surprising. Germany's recognition of both break-away states can also be understood by looking at relatively recent historical connections.

Christian Orthodoxy versus Western Catholicism - East versus West

Serbia has traditionally been a Christian country since the Christianization of Serbs by Byzantine Christian missionaries Cyril and Methodius in the 9th century. Therefore the dominant religion is Eastern Orthodoxy of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

In the former Yugoslavia we clearly saw the difference between the historical western and eastern religious legs of the old Holy Roman Empire.

Germany, by recognizing the independence of Slovenia and Croatia was reviving a historical connection between the countries. Both Slovenia and Croatia were aligned with Berlin during WW II. Slovenia was annexed and became a part of the Third Reich and a puppet regime created in Croatia.

World War II came to Yugoslavia as a direct result of the pro-Axis sentiments of the Serbian controlled Yugoslav government. Under Prince Paul, Yugoslavia moved steadily away from France and toward Germany after the death of King Alexander. As early as February of 1936 Hitler promised to support the government of Premier Milan Stojadinovic. Prince Paul, saw the Third Reich as the only power able to maintain the artificial state of Yugoslavia and he began secret negotiations with top Nazi officials in December 1939. Yugoslavia joined the Axis on March 24, 1941 --- that is a story in itself but will not be related here.

The World War II persecution of Serbs, also known as Serbian Genocide, refers to the widespread persecution of Serbs that included extermination, expulsions and forced religious conversions of large numbers of ethnic Serbs by the Usta?e regime in the Independent State of Croatia, and killings of Serbs by Albanian collaborators and Axis occupying forces during World War II

The numbers of Serbs persecuted by the Ustase were very large, but the exact extent is the subject of much debate and estimates vary widely. Yad Vashem estimates over 500,000 murdered, 250,000 expelled and 200,000 forcibly converted to Catholicism. The estimate of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is that the Ustasa authorities murdered between 320,000 and 340,000 ethnic Serb residents of Croatia and Bosnia during the period of Ustase rule, out of which between 45,000 and 52,000 were murdered in the Jasenovac concentration camp.

For historical reasons alone, the Serbs had good reason to fear a German supported independent Croatia. The government of Croatian President, Franjo Tudjman, had refused to disassociate itself from the Croatian fascists who ruled the republic in the 1940s, which in turn initially made other European leaders (other than Germany and Austria) unwilling to move quickly toward recognition. Strong German support for Croatian independence from Yugoslavia, and Croatias adoption of the hymn Danke Deutschland when their independence came in 1991, only reinforced Serbian misgivings. Croatia clearly knew its revolt succeeded thanks to Germany intervention

Bosnia

After Croatia and Slovenia, the civil war spread into Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Serbs lost control of a large portion of this republic also. The Bosnian War was an international armed conflict that took place in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 6 April 1992 and 14 December 1995. The war involved several factions. The main belligerents were the forces of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina and those of the self-proclaimed Bosnian Serb and Bosnian Croat entities within Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republika Srpska and Herzeg-Bosnia, who were led and supplied by Serbia and Croatia respectively. The multi-ethnic Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which was inhabited by Muslim Bosniaks (44 percent), Orthodox Serbs (31 percent) and Catholic Croats (17 percent), passed a referendum for independence on 29 February 1992. This was rejected by the political representatives of the Bosnian Serbs, who had boycotted the referendum and established their own republic. Following Bosnia and Herzegovina's declaration of independence (which had gained international recognition), the Bosnian Serbs, supported by the Serbian government of Slobodan Milosević and the Yugoslav People's Army (JNA), mobilized their forces inside the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina in order to secure Serbian territory. War soon broke out across the country, accompanied by the claim of ethnic cleansing of the Muslim Bosniak and Croat population, especially in eastern Bosnia and throughout the Republika Srpska.

The war was brought to an end after the signing of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina in Paris on 14 December 1995. Peace negotiations were held in Dayton, Ohio, and were finalized on 21 December 1995.

Europe leads the USA and NATO To War (From behind)

Initially, the US would not accept a break-up of the former Yugoslavian Federation, but in April 1992, President Bush (Senior) said in a statement that he would move immediately to establish diplomatic relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia, the three republics that had been recognized by the European Community. The American declaration came nine months after civil war broke out in Yugoslavia, following the independence moves of Slovenia and Croatia.

Europe was now leading international diplomacy to further its own expansionist policy in the Balkans. Future events would lead the US, along with NATO, into military action that once and for all would destroy Serbian resistance to European control of the Balkans. Serbia, with Slobodan Milo?ević at the helm of government knew, from a historical perspective, the real motive for European (read German/Austrian and Vatican) endeavours to break-up the former Yugoslavia --- The Balkans was to become a strategic part of the new and ever-expanding European Empire.

Quotes:

I am certain that 50 years from now, we will no longer reason in terms of countries? - 11 September 1940, Joseph Goebbels

Does free Europe want to join Germany? Germany is the heart of Europe and the limbs must adjust themselves to the heart, not the heart to the limbs --- Hans Seebohm, Minister, Konrad Adenauers government, 1950

The future will belong to the German when we build the house of Europe --- Helmut Kohl, 1995

We are a very special construction unique in the history of mankind, said Mr Barroso . Sometimes I like to compare the EU as a creation to the organisation of empire. We have the dimension of Empire. - José Manuel Barroso --- President of the European Commission, July 2007

If Europe wants to have a future again, it must first and foremost renew its Christian roots. - President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Walter Kasper

End Quotes

USA enters the conflict

The Bush (Senior) Administration was of the opinion that conflicts in the Balkans should be settled by the powers in Europe, and it was encouraged in this decision by European powers agreeing that it should be they who intervened in the Balkans rather than the United States.

President Bill Clinton followed Bush (Senior) into office. He had previously criticized Bush's policy toward Bosnia, and after taking office he looked toward taking a tougher stand against the Serbs. His Secretary of State, Warren Christopher, went to Europe to argue for lifting the arms embargo against the Bosnians so they could better defend themselves and to argue for the use of airpower against the Serbs.

Note:
Bill Clinton received the Charlemagne Prize in the year 2000, the year after his opposite number, Tony Blair (then Prime Minister of the UK), received the same prize.                                                                                                       

It has been awarded once a year since 1950 by the German city of Aachen to people who contributed to the ideals upon which it has been founded. It commemorates Charlemagne, ruler of the Frankish Empire and founder of what became the Holy Roman Empire, who resided and is buried at Aachen. Traditionally the award is given to the recipient on Ascension Day in a ceremony in the town hall of Aachen. In 800 AD, on Christmas Day, King Charles of France knelt in prayer before the altar of the church of St. Peter's in Rome; Pope Leo III suddenly placed a golden crown on his head. The Roman people shouted three times, "To Charles Augustus, crowned by God, the great and pacific emperor of the Romans, life and victory!" Charles was reverenced by the pope and called Emperor and Augustus, after the manner of the leaders of ancient Rome. Charlemagne, also known as Charles the Great, was ruler of the Franks for 47 years: 768-814 A.D. He served the last 14 years of his life as Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.

One begins to more than just wonder what the agenda was, and why, for these two former leaders? - Especially in the light of Charlemagnes past bloody history of uniting Europe. Tony Blair left the Anglican Church to convert to Catholicism on leaving office as Prime Minister. President Clinton received Holy Communion from a South African Roman Catholic Church on March 29 1998, although not a member of the Church. It was the Clinton staff that approached the South African priest, requesting that the president be allowed to receive Communion; the South African bishops gave no such authorization. Bill Clinton is a product of the Catholic parochial school system and Georgetown University in Wash. D.C. - a Jesuit Institution.

To Be Continued

Free Trade



 

There appears to be two main theories promoted by the self-proclaimed and so-called experts in the field of economics as to how a nation?s wealth should be measured.

1. Consumerism --- the financial ability of a nation's citizens to consume (purchase) goods.

2. Manufacturing --- the ability of a nation to produce goods for sale.

There are quite a number of factors that must be taken into consideration when discussing either of the above theories, but we will only briefly cover a few of them in this posting.

Empire building

Arguably, the greatest global empire this planet has witnessed to date is the former British Empire. However, it was not the vision of empire that initially gave this small island nation the impetus to venture far and wide. Britain, formally regarded as a nation of shopkeepers, spread its trading tentacles with a view to increasing its ever increasing voracious appetite for consumer goods and established trading posts in far flung areas around the globe. An island nation that wanted to develop required a merchant fleet to supply the raw materials that were not available at home. The industrial revolution in Britain required more and more raw materials to be shipped into the island nation. The raw materials were then processed and manufactured into saleable goods ? for domestic consumption - and the surplus could be exported to other nations.

In order to keep the sea lanes open for the safe transport of these raw materials and manufactured goods an armed naval presence was required on a global basis. Thus, an empire was, over time, created.

Today, both the merchant and naval fleets are but a shadow of their former glory ? Britannia no longer rules the waves. Britain still maintains a Commonwealth of Nations that continue to pay lip service to the throne.

By the 1850's British manufacturing and the industrial base was in high gear. It was not until the 1870?s that Germany began to catch-up.

Free Trade

At its height the British Empire was completely self-supporting. Britain benefited from a policy of protectionism for the home market. Only imported goods from the dominions were allowed and foreign competition was almost non-existent. This changed in the last half of the 1800's when liberal politicians decided to abandon protectionist policies on trade and opened-up the market to free-trade. Markets began to be flooded with cheaply produced, low-cost and inferior goods manufactured in countries outside of the Empire. Within 50 years Britain was manufacturing considerably less and by 1914 even Germany?s industrial economy was greater than that of Britain.

Foreign Ownership

Free trade has allowed, in the PRESENT, Britain's trading empire of old to be but a distant memory --- the source of its wealth in the PAST. Much of its former industrial base has been dismantled and what does remain is largely in the hands of foreign industrial conglomerates. Strategic services --- the ones that for reasons of national security alone should be run and controlled by the sovereign nation --- have been sold to foreign enterprises --- many of which are based in countries that were former enemies of Britain. Water distribution, power generation and supply, postal services, telecommunications and many port facilities are in the hands of foreign nationals.

Customs Union

In the first half of the 1800's, Germany created a customs union --- Zollverein (1834). It was seen in retrospect as a strategic move by Germany in pursuit of its continual historical ambitions of Empire. Its foundations had been in development from 1818 with the creation of a variety of custom unions among the German states. By 1866, the Zollverein included most of the German states. The foundation of the Zollverein was the first instance in history in which independent states had consummated a full economic union without the simultaneous creation of a political federation or union. After the founding of the German Empire in 1871, the Empire assumed the control of the customs union. However, all states within the Empire were not part of the Zollverein until 1888. Conversely, although it was not a state in the German Reich, until 1919 Luxembourg remained in the Zollverein.                                   

 Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zollverein

German Expansionism

The Zollverein was one strategic step in building a German Empire. Otto von Bismarck, the first German chancellor, stated that Germany must be able to supply itself and equip its armies without reliance on imports from foreign countries. The primary purpose of the customs and trading union was, as stated above, a strategic move in preparing for German expansionism by military force --- the rest is Hi(s)tory.

European Union (EU)

The present EU developed from a so-called common market of European trading nations. Initially a coal and steel union; it has relatively rapidly developed into a German dominated and self-sufficient union of trading nations. It has a global industrial base that enables it to produce wealth that places the union in the top echelon of federal economies. The EU is not a sovereign federal state ? although that is the ultimate goal ? despite the rhetoric one might hear to the contrary. The member states (each of which still maintains its own sovereignty ? in name at least) could not agree on a constitution that would in effect establish the EU as a federal super state. A sovereign federal state requires a strong leader ? a leader that has yet to appear on the European stage. There is, however, only one country within the present European membership that firmly believes in its almost divine right to lead. A country that 70 years ago lay in ruins after yet another attempt to rule Europe and beyond. Its industrial base destroyed and the country divided into two opposing regimes --- never again to rise and threaten the peace of Europe and beyond! Hmm!

The re-building of this country and the re-uniting of its two diverse parts into what is often called the power house of Europe over a relatively short time-span is nothing short of miraculous --- what has destiny planned for the coming future?

Competition

So-called free trade is just another term for competition.

Competition is healthy. How many times do we hear that phrase rattled off by the business and political leaders of our day. We are continually bombarded with many apparently valid reasons as to why competition is viewed as a positive asset, when it would appear that competition is a natural force invoked in an effort to curb Man?s GREED? --- Sometimes called a monopoly.

We all possess this rather unpleasant trait, some less so than others. Greed is a natural part of the make-up of human nature. Few of us would admit publicly that we possess this greedy streak, but by taking a brutally honest look at ourselves it will reveal itself.

Competition often brings with it all the negative traits we normally try to avoid ? insecurity, anxiety, worries, envy, illness, violence and crime, war - to name but a few.

Competition is found in all areas of society ? political, religious, financial, so-called recreational pursuits, between neighbours, school, work-place, between nations etc. - the list goes on.

The massive problems we have experienced in the past (and are continuing to experience in the present) in the global financial sector are a direct effect of competition. The same is also true of the situation in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan - So-called religions and nations competing for WHAT?

The best political ruling system Man has managed to devise, based on human reasoning, is based on democratic principles --- Rule from the bottom up through the ballot box. The practice of democracy seldom achieves a spirit of co-operation. How much energy is expended by opposing political parties in a spirit of division (competition) rather than of co-operation?

Man has also tried other forms of government --- in the long term they all have failed!   Why has Man failed here? Because we do not have a common set of Standards and Values (Laws) that all will agree upon and that would assist us in making the right decisions or choices

Man constantly makes wrong choices through false reasoning --- a reasoning based on human natures selfish concern for itself. The choices made may appear to be right, but in the end are shown to be based on deception and vanity ---- it would appear that a number of the financial industries leaders suffer from vanity ---- excessively proud of oneself or one's qualities or possessions--- self-conceit.

Education!

One could also be forgiven for questioning what exactly business schools teach their budding leaders of business, finance and industry? There are a large number of such schools on a global basis--- all claiming to be leaders in their field of education. A first class education in all fields of business and finance can be obtained ? so they all claim. Various degrees of higher education can be pursued --- from diploma to bachelor to master and even doctorates.

One assumes that many financial executives have graduated from one or more of these schools of excellence? So what happened between graduation and reaching a top position in the financial world? Is the theoretical world of school no longer compatible with the practical aspects of managing a financial institution? Or, is the mind of the graduate subjected to outside influences in the workplace that slowly but surely persuade (deceive) him/her into believing that there are other and more lucrative methods of doing business than that taught in school --- at least in the short-term?

National and international assemblies make efforts to implement common sets of standards through laws and charters that are based on the frailties of human nature. The lawgivers try to implement them while the defenders of the law make a lucrative living attempting to circumvent them.

The spirit of competition has become so ingrained in the human psyche that it is impossible to eradicate it.

Is the sun is setting on the Global Policeman?

The spirit of competition has destroyed more than one empire in the past and this same spirit appears to be working rather successfully in the present to destroy yet another global policeman --- both economically and also, most probably, through internal division and civil unrest. The U.S. has become dependent on foreign imports to sustain its military. And it prefers to have it so! Both the Pentagon and U.S. industrialists joined forces in July 2003 to oppose legislation that would have required a 65 percent American content in weapons procured for the country?s defence. What will be the result of  free trade and cheap imports?

While China, Russia, Japan and even India are increasing their so-called defence budgets and modernising their military machine, the west (including USA) is attempting to reduce their military spending. The US is additionally faced with a great problem --- current Government debt - Today's Federal Debt is about $19,939,908,790,870.48. --- 30.01.2017--- and rising rapidly.                                                               

The above figure is the gross federal debt issued by the United States Department of the Treasury since 1790. It doesn't include state and local debt, and it doesn?t include the so-called unfunded liabilities of entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare. ---  Source: http://www.usgovernmentdebt.us

Free trade does to a nation what alcoholism does to a man: saps him first of his vitality, then his energy, then his independence, then his life.

 

Finally, possibly warnings from the past?

"But, in general, the protective system of our day is conservative, while the free trade system is destructive. It breaks up old nationalities and pushes the antagonism of the proletariat and the bourgeoisie to the extreme point. In a word, the free trade system hastens the social revolution. It is in this revolutionary sense alone, gentlemen, that I vote in favour of free trade". 
                                                           ― Karl MarxOn the Question of Free Trade

"But suppose, for the sake of argument, free competition, without any sort of monopoly, would develop capitalism trade more rapidly. Is it not a fact that the more rapidly trade and capitalism develop, the greater is the concentration of production and capital which gives rise to monopoly" 
                 ― Vladimir Ilyich LeninImperialism, the highest stage of capitalism: a popular outline

 

 



 

 

Creation OR Evolution?

"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.  In our forgetting of the sacred gift lies our fall as a country and a people. In its restoration can come again our rise toward the resplendent and the exceptional??.                                                                                                                    Albert Einstein

The United Kingdom, Dept. of Education, published documents -Church academies: model documents-in 2013 and updated them in 2015.

All free schools or academies are required to agree to abide by the regulations set-out in the documents before being allowed a licence to continue teaching students. Part of the agreement makes it clear that it is now unlawful to teach Creationism as a valid scientific theory in any free school or academy.

Quotes:

Church supplemental agreement: single model-June 2014

23C ) The Secretary of State acknowledges that schools designated with a religious character have a number of freedoms in law, enabling them to express their distinctive character. These freedoms cover areas including the provision of religious education, collective worship, admissions and employment of staff.

23E) The parties acknowledge that clauses 2.43 and 2.44 of the Funding Agreement apply to all academies. They explicitly require that pupils are taught about the theory of evolution, and prevent academy trusts from teaching 'creationism' as scientific fact.

23F) 'Creationism', for the purposes of clauses 2.43 and 2.44 of the Funding Agreement and clause 23E above, is any doctrine or theory which holds that natural biological processes cannot account for the history, diversity, and complexity of life on earth and therefore rejects the scientific theory of evolution. The parties acknowledge that Creationism, in this sense, is rejected by most mainstream Churches and religious traditions, including the major providers of state funded schools such as the [Anglican] [Catholic] Churches, as well as the scientific community. It does not accord with the scientific consensus or the very large body of established scientific evidence; nor does it accurately and consistently employ the scientific method, and as such it should not be presented to pupils at the Academy as a scientific theory.

23G) The parties recognise that the teaching of creationism is not part of prevailing practice in the English education system, but acknowledge that it is however important that all schools are clear about what is expected in terms of the curriculum which they need to provide. The parties further recognise that the requirement on every academy and free school to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, in any case prevents the teaching of creationism as evidence based theory in any academy or free school.

23H) The Secretary of State acknowledges that clauses 2.43 and 2.44 of the Funding Agreement, and clauses 23E and 23G above do not prevent discussion of beliefs about the origins of the Earth and living things, such as creationism, in Religious Education, as long as it is not presented as a valid alternative to established scientific theory.

End Quotes

In the UK government's opinion (founded or unfounded?), the majority of members of the two leading religions in the UK no longer appear to believe that we are created beings or that there is even a Creator. In other words they now appear to believe in the evolutionary model?

The teaching of religion in State run schools (public) in the UK has long been a controversial topic. However, the secularists now appear to have succeeded in their campaign to eradicate not only religious teaching from public schools but also from privately funded schools (including privately funded church schools of all denominations). This has been achieved by the government requiring all private funded schools to sign-up to a so-called ?Funding Agreement? before being allowed to open their doors. Every free school and academy is required to provide a broad and balanced curriculum in its funding agreement, the explicit statement that creationism is incompatible with it (the Agreement) bars the teaching of it as a scientific theory.

"Clauses 2.43 and 2.44 of the funding agreement... explicitly require that pupils are taught about the theory of evolution, and prevent academy trusts from teaching 'creationism' as scientific fact.

Creationism has never been taught as a scientific theory or fact it is based on faith provable to those who seek out the mysteries of our Creator and His Plan. It is totally incomprehensible to the carnal mind. 

1 Corinthians 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.  

Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be     

Evolution is not a scientifically based TRUTH (never changes), it is based on FACT (constantly changing), it is called the THEORY OF EVOLUTION because no one to date has been able to prove the evolutionary model(s)----- many!

Unlike evolutionary theory, the Word reveals to us why the natural man (and woman of course) is incapable of discerning the things of the spirit?.

Laws of the Universe

Various theories abound regarding how and when the Universe (including our planet Earth) came into physical being. Along with a number of differing theories regarding the miraculous  transformation of non-living physical matter into living evolving cells which, eventually, over a vast time span and innumerable mutations, evolved into all the living entities that populate this planet------ including ourselves of course.                                                                                  

I am not deriding evolution, it may well be that evolution had a part to play in the creation of physical matter, and not least in the creation of living matter. What I do suggest is that if evolution had a part to play it was not coincidental or unplanned ? intelligence was guiding the evolving physical universe and evolving living matter.

Some researchers would have us believe that the universally accepted Big Bang Theory was not the starting point of time (as we know it), but only a transitional stage in an eternal universe that inflates and deflates over and over again infinitely--- No beginning and no end.

Other researchers disagree and claim that the Big Bang Theory is more or less correct, but no outside influences were required to initiate it. The universal Laws of Physics would have been sufficient to initiate it.

The many and varied Laws that appear to rule the Universe, be they of physics, chemistry or biology are not man-made laws. They are laws that have been DISCOVERED by man (perhaps we could more correctly state these laws as having been re-discovered?) through research and intelligent use of intuitive minds. The laws have always been there. However, if there are pre-existing Laws then it would not be out of place to suggest that there must be a LAWMAKER!

Note: The Laws governing the generation (harnessing) of El-ectricity have always been there - it is only relatively recently that they were re-discovered through scientific research.

Daniel 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

Research

The secular researcher is required to rebut the notion that laws require a lawmaker; so the theory of parallel invisible (to us mortals) universes appeared. There could be any number of them along with any number of differing laws that govern each one. We happen to live on a planet, in a universe, that BY CHANCE, has the perfect set of laws and conditions for our particular form of life to thrive.

Strangely enough, many secularists are quite content in their belief that our present universe was spontaneously generated, along with a multitude of invisible parallel universes (even multi-dimensional ones) that theoretically pulsate (inflate/deflate), with no beginning and no end. They believe that the so-called natural laws of our universe have always existed without a lawmaker; while ridiculing the beliefs of those who believe that a Creator they can not see, feel or hear, created them and the world around them!

The complex theories involved in attempting to explain scientific evolutionary theory, and we are talking about many theories that have been promoted over the years, have NOT been scientifically tested and measured beyond doubt. They are by no means truths. If they were they would not be called theories; and there would no disagreement (as there is at present) among the scientific community as to the validity of one or other of the many theories that abound.

One of the basic precepts of serious scientific research is that of finding a cause for every effect. Often an effect is observed but a great deal of research is required to find a cause for that particular effect. While this precept is normally adhered to in all branches of research it is conveniently ignored where the theory of evolution is concerned. Evolution occurred spontaneously, there was no cause, a scientific fact that is to be taught as a truth (even though it is actually only a theory) in all schools. That there actually may be a Creator is not to be seriously considered?

The reader must not form the opinion that this writer is opposed to scientific research and to the many highly intelligent minds that are genuinely engaged in trying to solve the mysteries of this world and the universe it rotates within. What does perplex the writer is the adamant stance many of those intelligent minds take against the very idea of creationism. They do not appear to have considered that while they themselves, and many before them, have expended much time and effort (WORK), trial and error, in attempting to unravel the material mysteries of our world - that time, effort, trial and error, and hard work was necessary for the creation of it. It just happened spontaneously?? Believe that, those who will.

While we are expected (actually intimidated would be a more appropriate word) to believe in eternally existing natural laws without a maker of those laws; those who believe in a Creator who was, and is, THE LAWMAKER, are criticized?                                                     

It is therefore apparent that the evolutionary models are just as much a matter of faith as the creational. Both theories are influenced by a a spirit, but not necessarily by the same spirit!

 

Is Universal Nature Human Nature?

Daniel 2:42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.

 

Martyrs for Christ-Or-Martyrs for the Pope?

In taking Jerusalem in July 1099, the Catholic crusaders (so-called Christian crusaders) killed an estimated 70,000 Jews and Arabs. Every Muslim sheltering in the al-Aqsa Mosque was slaughtered. The Jews fled to their main synagogue, and the Crusaders set the building on fire, killing every man, woman and child. Over the course of 200 years of Catholic crusading, somewhere between several hundred thousand and several million people had their blood spilled on holy land. All in the name of THEIR God.

Palestine

Pope Francis' had a private audience, in Rome, with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday Jan.14. 2017. This was the fifth time they had met since 2013. The Vatican now recognizes the Palestinian state and is therefore allowing the opening of a Palestinian embassy within the Vatican state. After the meeting on Saturday, Abbas will travel to an international conference in Paris at which some 70 countries are due to discuss the situation in the Middle East and are expected to confirm their support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Neither the modern nation state called Israel or the Palestinians will be sending a representative as it would appear that the conference has already concluded what its final statement will be-in advance! Why have a conference?

The Pope must be only too aware of the political signals his meeting with President Abbas is sending to the conference and to the world in general!

Given the history of the Catholic Church one must consider whether the Pope supports Palestine in order to weaken Israel's control of the Holy Land-especially Jerusalem? The Catholic Church has always viewed the Holy Land with an Argus eye.

The Vatican also has a long history of becoming involved in secular politics; but only to further its own agenda. Could the end game for the church, as it has always been, to wrest control of Jerusalem from the Jewish nation and finally place its throne in the holiest of holies-Jerusalem? A modern crusade? - Time will tell.

The Inquisition

The history of the Catholic Church is less than honourable. The era of the inquisition requires no comment from me - its history is well documented. Not only so-called witches, but untold thousands of innocent souls (nephesh) were tortured and/or murdered because their own personal spiritual faith clashed with the officially accepted and grossly distorted Catholic version.

Today, paedophilia and homosexuality is rampant within the ranks of the church clergy. It probably has been all along but has only been spotlighted in the media in relatively recent history.

The Vatican and WWII

Speaking about Pope Pius XII and his reluctance to speak-out about the round-up of Jews during WWII, Pope Francis is reported as having said to the newspaper La.vanguardia: I don't want to say that Pius XII did not make any mistakes - I myself make many - but one needs to see his role in the context of the time. For example, was it better for him not to speak so that more Jews would not be killed or for him to speak? I also want to say that sometimes I get existential hives when I see that everyone takes it out against the Church and Pius XII, and they forget the great powers. Did you know that they knew the rail network of the Nazis perfectly well to take the Jews to concentration camps? They had the pictures. But they did not bomb those railroad tracks. Why? It would be best if we spoke a bit about everything??.

                                                                                                                Source: Catholic News Agency 2014

When human nature can not produce a credible defence it immediately goes into attack mode and attempts to move the focus of attention onto someone else. Hardly a Christian attitude, but a very human one! However, the reasoning behind Pope Pius XII reluctance to speak-out may be related to the following?

The Reichskonkordat

The Reichskonkordat is a treaty negotiated between the Holy See and Germany during its transition into Nazi Germany. It was signed on 20 July 1933 by Secretary of State Eugenio Pacelli (who later became Pope Pius XII on 2 March 1939) on behalf of Pope Pius XI and Vice Chancellor Franz von Papen on behalf of President Paul von Hindenburg and the German government respectively. The treaty guaranteed the rights of the Roman Catholic Church in Germany. The treaty places constraints on the political activity of German clergy of the Catholic Church. This contributed to a decrease in the previously vocal criticism of Nazism by the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in Germany, after September 1933, when the treaty was ratified. From a Roman Catholic Church perspective it has been argued that the Concordat prevented even greater evils being unleashed against the Church.

Though some German bishops were unenthusiastic, and the Allies at the end of World War II felt it inappropriate, Pope Pius XII successfully argued to keep the concordat in force. It is still in force to this day.

From Left to right is Prelate Ludwig Kaas, leader of the Centre Party. Seated second from his left is Franz von Papen, who was a German nobleman, Catholic politician, General Staff officer, and diplomat, who served as Vice-Chancellor of Germany. Next to him is Guiseppe Parzardo, Secretary of Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs. In the middle is Cardinal Pacelli who later became Pope Pius XII. On his left is Alfredo Ottaviani and next to him is Rudolf Buttmann, member of Reichsministerium des Inneren [Home Office]. Two people are missing from the photograph:   On the right of the picture: Giovanni Montini (future Pope Paul VI) and Dr. Euegene von Klee, the first Catholic German embassy ambassador to Vatican City

 

Precedence

The Vatican would have undoubtedly been aware of precedence for the signing of a Concordat with Germany.

The Kaiser's Memoirs, Wilhelm II, Emperor of Germany 1888-1918.

In his Memoirs , Kaiser Wilhelm II discussed the "friendly, trustful relationship that existed between himself and Pope Leo XIII".

"..only a few months before his (Pope Leo XIII) death (1903)-I paid my third and last visit. The Pope said, among other things, that he could not but give his full approval to the principles according to which I governed; It was of interest to me that the Pope said to me on this occasion that Germany must become the sword of the Catholic Church. I remarked that the old Roman Empire of the German nation no longer existed and that conditions had changed. But he stuck to his words??

Holocaust

On 5 June 2007, at a conference announcing the release of a new biography of Pope Pius XII, Cardinal Bertone defended Pius against claims of indifference toward the Jews during The Holocaust. The Cardinal condemned this accusation as a "black legend" and "an attack on good sense and on rationality", which has "become so firmly established that even to scratch it is an arduous task". Although he admitted that Pius XII had been "cautious" in condemning Nazi Germany, Bertone stated that Nazi forces would have intensified its program of genocide had the Pope been more outspoken.

We need to ask the following question: If the Popes of the Roman Catholic Church proclaim themselves to be the Vicar of Christ; and until fairly recently also claimed that their interpretation of Scripture (and much else) was infallible-why did Pius XII not speak out about the atrocities that his Concordat associates were inflicting on not only Jews but also on anyone (including their own citizens) who opposed their brand of so-called National Socialism?
The Allies fought Hitler, at the loss of millions of lives. Pius XII did not. He didn't want to risk his own position or that of his church.

After the war, the Vatican oversaw and assisted many top Nazis to escape from justice through the ratlines. A very brief overview can be found HERE:

The origins of the first ratlines are connected to various developments in Vatican-Argentine relations before and during World War II. Spain, not Rome, was the "first centre of ratline activity that facilitated the escape of Nazi fascists", although the exodus itself appears to have been planned within the Vatican state.

Genesis

Has the Catholic Church developed and grown from the seed of the early Christian Church-or-has it grown and developed from much earlier cultures and religions that worshipped other gods?
Throughout history the church has required the use of a Sword arm to enable it to extend its self-proclaimed 'spiritual' authority over many lands and peoples.

Since the 1950's, Europe has once again attempted to unite with a present membership of 28 sovereign states- with the UK likely to BREXIT within the next couple of years or so?

The Vatican state is not an EU member state as it is a theocracy and thus does not meet the criteria for membership status. However, since 1970, the Vatican has had a representative accredited to the EU. The first EU representative to the Holy See was Luis Ritto, accredited in 2006. This accreditation followed a visit by then Commission President, José Manuel Barroso, who wished to create open full diplomatic relations between the two states.

Those who keep abreast of European affairs will have realized that Europe, along with the strongman of Europe-Germany, is once again beginning to rebuild a military presence on the world stage. However, not all is well within Europe. There is a widening gulf between north and south, east and west. The common monetary system (Euro) is in dire trouble. Indeed it could be argued that it was designed to fail? Without full political union the Euro currency was doomed to failure from the beginning-perhaps not without motive? A whole host of economic problems in Greece, Ireland, Spain, and Italy hastened the crisis that the Eurozone faced and continues to face.

Throughout its history the Universal Church, together with past European empires, has experienced cyclical periods of progress and decline-not unlike the seven hills which, east of the river Tiber, form the geographical heart of Rome, within the walls of the city.

Is the coming future going to provide that sword arm one final time?

Texas-based think tank Stratfor said: "Europe, for geopolitical reasons, cannot be unified except beneath the heel of a conqueror" (June 2. 2005).

Only a brief look at the past hi(s)tory of Europe proves this assertion from Stratfor to be correct. The strong-man of Europe yet to be revealed?

Comments from USA and Europe

The latest comments from the incoming President-elect in the USA has certainly added impetus for European nations to unite ever closer-especially regarding military defence and offence!

In a joint interview with the Times and Germany's Bild newspaper the President-elect stated that he dismissed Nato "as obsolete because it was designed many, many years ago" and said he believed the EU would break up!

Speaking at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels, Jean-Marc Ayrault, former Prime Minister of France, said the best response to Mr Trump's interview was a united Europe.

Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, said: "Nato is, indeed, a vestige of the past and we agree with that. We have long been speaking about our views on this organization?...

The President-elect certainly personifies a person who is dangerously naive to the workings of the European mindset-along with the dangers inherent in yet another German led Europe-both economically and militarily. However, it would appear that the Europe of the coming future may well be divided-partly strong, and partly broken? Nonetheless, it will probably become a powerful union.

Nato may have its failings, but it has contributed to a relatively peaceful Europe for the past decades! The USA will disengage from Nato at its own peril. No longer looked upon as the world's policeman (by anyone), or as a towering economic success (Current federal debt is almost 20 trillion dollars-and rising. Check HERE ).

Europe may well look East rather than West to enhance its economy in the short term. The European Union's long-planned trade deal with the USA (TTIP) has stranded with negotiations showing no sign of progress despite three years of talks.

Mr Trump also appears luke-warm to any trade deal with Europe, along with the current trade deals between the USA, Canada and Mexico.

Human Nature, of itself, will allow humanity to continue along the same cyclical path it has always beaten. 

 

Mark 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:

 

 

A comment on Christianity!

At the end of Jesus Christ?s Ministry, at the beginning of the first century, there were only about 120 members of His New Testament church ? according to Scripture (Acts 1:15)
Then the world killed the Word; and the world has been fairly successful in preventing the true Word from being understood up to this day. Christianity comes in many forms and colours and relatively few acknowledge the original message of the original New Testament Church.

After Jesus was removed from the physical world  the apostles and fellow believers continued operating within Judaism. Jesus Christ was born in the flesh a Jew and He kept the Holy Days and observances given to ALL the children of Israel; not only the house of Judah (Jews). The early Christians were labelled as a Jewish sect.

The term Christian was first used in Syrian Antioch. The word Christian occurs only three times in the New Testament: Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

From that time onwards more people became converts to the Christian faith, as the book of Acts reveals. However, the numbers involved were relatively small compared to the present day members of an overabundance of differing so-called Christian denominations; although the Universal Church holds firmly to the belief that it is the only true Christian church. It views many other Christian denominations as heretic (with good foundation it must be said) or, in some instances, as 'wayward daughters'.

Jewish and Gentile Christians

After the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70A.D; and the second Jewish revolt in 135 A.D. ? The Emperor Hadrian had the city re-built as a Roman city. Renaming it "Aelia Capitolina", Hadrian re-populated the city with foreign colonists. During the uprising of 135 A.D., leaders of the uprising began to persecute Jewish Christians. Soon after the revolt all racial Jews, whether they practiced Judaism or whether they were Jewish converts to Christianity, were forbidden, by Rome, to live in Jerusalem. This left the church in the city governed by Gentile converts. Around this same time Jewish Christians began to be branded as heretics. Without the presence of Jews who had converted to Christianity and who knew the Old Testament, the Jerusalem church began to weaken doctrinally. Many churches began to look to the church in Rome for spiritual guidance instead of Jerusalem ? mainly due to its wealth, size and its self-proclaimed association with the apostles Peter and Paul.

By the 2nd century Christian churches existing in larger cities were independently ruled by a local bishop. The absence of guidance from Jerusalem's Jewish Christians caused, over time, changes in doctrine - especially in places outside of Judea. By 150 A.D. some churches were promoting the observance of the day of sun worship, or Sun-day, as the day Christians should rest and worship their God.

Just as we experience today, there were a number of differing interpretations of the true teachings among the early Christians. The Bishops of several of the larger cities attempted to solve the differences by agreeing on a UNIVERSAL set of beliefs and teachings for all so-called Christian churches. It took some time (many years) before they arrived at a consensus -- the beliefs of what we know as the Catholic Church were consolidated -- and the rest is hi(s)tory -- and not a very pleasant or humane one.

NOTE: Sunday Observance

It was not the Catholic Church that originated Sunday observance; it was the religion of the old Roman Empire, who in turn inherited it from much older cultures long before there was any Catholic Church. It was the Emperor Constantine who made Sunday the official so-called ?Christian day of rest.? It was however, to be enforced UNIVERSALLY.

The accession of Constantine and his subsequent conversion to so-called Christianity forms an important era in the history of the church. It is important because it was the beginning of the intimate relationship the Roman Empire developed with the Roman Church. Constantine changed the official day of worship to Sunday during the Nicene Council of 325 A.D. This was later confirmed at the Council of Laodicea in 363 A.D. The conference accepted that: ?Christians must not Judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day, rather honouring the Lords Day. But if any shall be found to be Judaizers, let them be anathema [cursed and excommunicated] from Christ.?

Roman Christianity became a political tool of power rather than a religion. However, it has always required a secular Sword arm to enforce its will during its cyclical periods of eminence.

The end of the Western Roman Empire came in 476, when Romulus Augustulus was forced to abdicate to the Germanic warlord Odoacer. The empire in the East?known today as the Byzantine Empire, but referred to in its time as the "Roman Empire" , ended in 1453 with the death of Constantine XI and the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks

Church in Laodicea

Although the early church in Laodicea was originally established on the foundational principles of the true church - See Colossians 2 - it would appear from Scripture that it became corrupted quite soon thereafter and strayed far from the original teachings and doctrines of the early church.

The revelations of the Apostle John confirm this:

Rev.3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.

The Most High ('elyown) gave the Sabbaths (including the weekly) as A Sign, throughout their generations-no time limit!

Exodus 31:13 Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.
 

See also: Exodus 31:17; Ezekiel 20:12; Ezekiel 20:20.

This alone appears to prove -- according to Scripture -- that many so-called Christian churches have wilfully  neglected the sign? Many so-called shepherds of Christian churches have led their flocks far from the straight and narrow path, substituting the teachings of the God-kind for that of the Man-kind.

It should also be remembered that it is not only Judah (Jews) that should keep the Sabbath Day -- but ALL the children of Israel -- Judah was only one tribe of Israel. The descendants of all the tribes exist unto this day!

The Lost Tribes of Israel

It would be advantageous to read the former posting first - HERE

The actual nation(s) of Israel (commonly referred to as the 10 lost tribes?) were permanently removed from their land, from between 721 to 718 BC, by the Assyrians. These people would appear to just disappear from the historical picture - if we are to believe modern day historians? Some important questions come to mind:

1. Are we to believe that their God just divorced them and decided that He would "turn his face" permanently away from them?

2. Does the Bible give us any indication as to what happened to them?

3. Why is it that when the Bible is primarily concerned ONLY with God's chosen people and other nations are only mentioned in connection with these people, that it is predominantly the European nations and their former colonies that have been the greatest adherents to and defenders of the Book of Books, and also largely responsible for God's Word being spread throughout the world?

Jesus Christ was born in human form a Jew - he belonged to Judah - They rejected Him. John.1:11  "He came unto his own, and his own received him not".

It would appear that the children of Israel were not in any way superior to other nations or peoples. They were chosen after agreeing to enter into a Covenant with their God - a Covenant that has been broken time and again - but not by God.

 Was Israel Forgotten?

It is commonly accepted that the so-called 10 lost tribes of Israel rejected King Rehoboam, and re-settled in the northern kingdom called Israel, under King Jeroboam. Jerusalem continued to be the capital city of Judah under King Rehoboam.

During Jesus physical time on earth, the nation Israel had been removed from its land over 700 years previously, and the land formerly called Israel had now become known as Samaria - no longer populated by Israelites but by immigrants mainly from Assyria. Yet it is revealed in the New Testament that He (Jesus Christ) had not forgotten Israel. He knew where the descendants of the house of Israel were then and He knows where they are in this present age.

Matt. 15:24 But he answered and said, "I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel"

The disciples had tried to persuade Jesus, at this time, not to have any discourse with a Gentile woman (Canaanite). Jesus was not receptive to her at first - 26but he answered and said: "It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast [it] to dogs"  Why? - Because, as stated in v. 24, Jesus main mission was to bring His Father's Word to the "lost sheep" as well as to the house of Judah - NOT the Gentiles.

Scripture does not appear to give any indication that Jesus personally went to the lost sheep. As Christ Himself did not fulfil the mission, it must have fallen to the Apostles to ensure that the Word of God reached Israel.

Matt.10:5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into [any] city of the Samaritans enter ye not: 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

The above verses state clearly that the 12 Apostles were NOT to go to the Gentiles. In Jesus day, Samaria was no longer populated by Israelites but by immigrants from Assyrian lands.

The original apostles were sent to the house of Israel - NOT JUDAH.

James 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

No mention of Greeks and Gentiles here. James's letter is addressed to ALL 12 tribes spread across different countries. James obviously knew where the tribes of Israel were, but he does not mention where the tribes were located. We need to be very careful when studying the Bible, and especially Biblical prophecy, to differentiate between Judah and Israel.

Israel and Judah Not the same People

Jesus Christ came to confirm the promises made unto the fathers - Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - Rom. 15:8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises [made] unto the fathers:

Let us take a relatively brief look at the promises made to the fathers.

Here are a few indicators that may lead those who are interested on to further study:

The Lord's promise to Abraham:

Gen.12:2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

Gen.17:2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly... 4 As for me, behold, my covenant [is] with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

In the beginning the promises made to Abraham (or Abram as he was originally named) were conditional, but after he was willing to sacrifice his son Isaac, those promises became unconditional and Abram's name was changed to Abraham.

Gen. 22:17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which [is] upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;

To Jacob, son of Isaac:

Gen.28:14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

Historically, the Jews (Judah) have spread in all directions of the compass but they were never many nations. They were and are represented in many different countries, but they were and always have been one people or nation. We need to find which nations have historically possessed the gates of their enemies, and which gates are the Scriptures referring to.

Gen. 35:11 And God said unto him, I [am] God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins;

Right after Jacob was given his new name (v.10) - Israel - the above verse 11 reveals that Israel is to become ONE nation AND a group, or company, of nations.

Jacob (Israel), toward the end of his life on this earth blessed his son Joseph and in turn his two sons Ephraim and Manasseh and gave them his (Jacob's) name - ISRAEL.

A Birthright

 What we are talking about here is the right to inherit through birth - birthright - The birthright of future descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Israel). From Abraham down to Jacob, the birthright should have been given to the eldest son of each generation. However, God does not always give the first-born the inheritance due - Ishmael and Esau are two examples.

Jacob had 12 sons, and when the time came to pass the birthright promise on to the next generation it was Reuben, as the first-born, who should have inherited it. He lost that right to Joseph :-

1 Chronicles 5:1 Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel, (for he [was] the firstborn; but, forasmuch as he defiled his father?s bed, his birthright was given unto the sons of Joseph the son of Israel: and the genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright. 2 For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him [came] the chief ruler; but the birthright [was] Joseph?s

It is also at this point that two different promises were made:

1. The spiritual

2. The worldly or material.

Verse 2 For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him [came] the chief ruler; but the birthright [was] Joseph's.

The spiritual promise would be realised through Judah through the chief ruler (Jesus Christ), but the birthright - material well-being would be realised through Joseph (Ephraim and Manasseh). It is apparent that Judah was never promised abundant worldly wealth and power as a nation. That part of the promise was to go to Joseph - see Gen. 48:15 And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day,

Gen. 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him [shall] the gathering of the people [be].

This is a spiritual promise bestowed on Judah only - NOT Israel - to be continued down the royal line of the house of David. Jesus was born a Jew of the royal line of David.

Salvation is of the Jews - John 4:22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.

Rom.1.16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

 Future prophecy:

 Jeremiah 23 But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.

Jeremiah 50.4 In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the LORD their God?6  My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away [on] the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their resting place.

Do the Scriptures reveal anything about the coming future? Well, quite a lot but let us choose just one prophecy of the coming future regarding Judah that possibly indicates where, in the time-line of God?s Plan, we are in the present.

Zechariah 14:1 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

The above verses are talking about The Day of the Lord - Future.

 It was not until after the 1967 war that the whole city of Jerusalem was united and came under Israel's (Judah) control. Therefore, the events portrayed in this verse could not have happened before that date. At the present time there is very heated debate over East Jerusalem. East Jerusalem has a predominantly Arab population and the Palestinians wish to control this area of the city - Israel says no - upto the present day at least.

Are we seeing a prophecy moving toward us into the present? - The coming future will reveal if this is so.

The above is only an outline of what the Scriptures reveal to us. It is not possible to go into detail given the constrictions of a blog posting. Perhaps there is something here that will allow a spark of curiosity that encourages further study into who Israel and Judah are - for the majority of the children of Israel are not Jews (Judah).

Biblical Relevance?

There are many people who sincerely believe that history, especially Biblical history, has little relevance in our modern society. Secular and biblical history score low in the modern education system. This alone should sound the horn of alarm:

Eccles. 1:9 The thing that hath been, it [is that] which shall be; and that which is done [is] that which shall be done: and [there is] no new [thing] under the sun.

This has been a rather long, although fairly brief, explanation of the difference between Israel and Judah. There is a good deal that can be read between the lines for those who may find this posting of interest. Many people will not reach the end of the posting - finding its contents fanciful to say the least. However, we should perhaps keep in mind one verse of Scripture:

Matt. 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

It should be noted that the end mentioned in above verse does not refer to the end of the world - as a number of misguided people would like one to believe!

Thank you to those of you who have managed to reach the end!

 

 

Israel and Judah

Isaiah 28:13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

 

Yet again we are experiencing an increase in anti-Semitism in Europe. Israel's defence minister has urged Jews to leave France and move to the Jewish state as the Israeli government continued to lash out at the international community in the wake of a UN resolution criticising its settlements in the so-called occupied West Bank.  

The modern nation called Israel (should actually be called Judah) has few friends, and even its former staunchest allies - the USA and the UK - can no longer be relied upon to stand beside and support the nation.

However, this posting will not deal with current world politics, but rather ask the question - Is the current Jewish homeland correctly named?

Israel and Judah are not, and have never been, one nation since the division of the tribes into two nations (1 Kings 12). Judah under Rehoboam intended to prevent this division (v.21). God Himself, through Semaiah (v.22), made known that Rehoboam was not to attack the remaining tribes of the children of Israel. (v.24).

This is the place in Biblical history where Israel and Judah became separate nations until this day. Both Israel and Judah are the children of Israel, but the Jews, or Judah, are not Israel today - even though they have taken that name in recent history.

Judah was, and is, the tribe of Judah, Benjamin (v.21) and subsequently the priests of Levi after Jeroboam (Ephramite) removed them from office in the nation called Israel.

 

The Word Jew

It would appear that many people today believe that the nation that called itself Judah in the past was the nation Israel. The so-called 10 lost tribes were never a part of the nation Judah. This may appear a little confusing to some people but it is of paramount importance to be able to distinguish between these two separate nations - especially with regard to Biblical prophecy.

The first time the word Jew is found in the Bible is in 2 Kings 16:6 At that time Rezin king of Syria recovered Elath to Syria, and drave the Jews from Elath: and the Syrians came to Elath, and dwelt there unto this day.

The word Jew only refers to Judah - not Israel. In the above Biblical chapter it is Israel, allied with Syria (v.5), who are at war with Judah.

Generally speaking, when the Bible speaks to us of the "house of Israel" and the "house of Judah", it is talking about different peoples and nations. Children of Israel generally refer to all of the descendants of Jacob (Israel) - all the tribes - With some exceptions!

Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were not Jews - only the descendants of Judah, son of Jacob, can be called Jews, along with those of the tribes of Benjamin and Levi that joined themselves to the nation Judah.

The Nation(s) of Israel

Ephraim and Manasseh became the leader(s) of the Northern Kingdom called Israel

Further in Genesis 48:15, 16 - Jacob (name changed to Israel - Gen.35:10) blessed Joseph and his two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, and gave them his name - Israel.

 

Genesis 48:15 And he blessed Joseph, and said, Elohim, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the Elohim which fed me all my life long unto this day, 16 The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth... 19 And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.

Biblical Prophecy:

Jeremiah 23:8 But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.

Jeremiah 50.4 In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the LORD their God  6 My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away [on] the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their resting place.

In the coming future  -- IN THOSE DAYS - the children of Israel and the children of Judah are to be reunited -- in tribulation. Foreign nations will confound them.

The prophet Jeremiah was living in Judah - long after the Kingdom of Israel had been removed from their land by the Assyrians, but prior to Judah's conquest by  Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon. Why would he concern himself with Israel if not referring to a coming future?

It is clear that Judah and Israel are not, and have not been since their separation, one and the same nation - They are separate nations, and have been for over 2700 years.

However, the Word of God reveals that Israel's and Judah's descendants are to be reunited in the coming future.

If this is to be the case, and the Word of God says it will happen, then the lost sheep must be among us today. Not only that but they are also many - "and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which [is] upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies" ;( Gen.22:17)

Israel - Leading nations that have, or at least have in the past, possessed the "gates of their enemies" are prophesied to go into the tribulation (day of rebuke - Hosea 5:9) together with their brother Judah - Read Hosea Chpt. 5. Israel and Judah did not fall together in the past as stated in Hosea 5:5. Therefore this must refer to a coming future.

Conclusions:

Ensure we know exactly whom the word of God is referring to in any given chapter or verse with regard to the many names by which the children of Israel are known. It is not always apparent and it is easy to make a mistake, especially the ability to differentiate between the house of Israel and the house of Judah.

Both Israel and Judah appear to have strayed far from their Creator's plan for them?!

The children of Israel were meant to be exemplary nations - to lead all other nations in living according to universal laws, and not according to their own frail human ways. If we look at the world around us, we can safely say that, unfortunately, that has not occurred because the children of Israel have consistently broken the Laws that their Creator deems necessary to live His way.

However, the house of Israel has been greatly blessed with material wealth and possessions due to the unbreakable promises made to the "fathers". Not because they deserved them, but because it was theirs by birthright.

The Word of God is quite specific in relating, through prophecy, what the eventual past and future results of His peoples neglect of their part of the covenant has and will be, and which nation(s) will be responsible for their, and other nations, tribulation. Fortunately, it would appear that the final tribulation will last only a relatively short period of time- and then the end of an AEON will be upon us.

Isaiah 46:9 Remember the former things of old: for I [am] God, and [there is] none else; [I am] God, and [there is] none like me10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times [the things] that are not [yet] done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

 

TO BE CONTINUED - HERE

Electrical World(s)

The Universe is charged with electro-magnetic energy!

We ourselves (the human body) could not operate as we do without the electro-chemical processes that activate the brain and send signals throughout our nervous system.

Thus allowing us to think, move, see, speak and hear and feel.

The result of these processes being that we then have the ability to create OR destroy.

The material world(s) and all they contain can either be held together through electro-magnetic attraction on the atomic and sub-atomic level, or kept apart through magnetic repulsion. Oil and water being a simple example.

Our own planet has a huge magnetic field that according to some research is actually becoming weaker, while at the same time the natural frequency of vibration of the planet has increased slightly.

Magnetism

Perhaps the global warming this planet now appears to be experiencing (according to those who deem to know?) could have the same affect as that of heat applied to a permanent magnet?

Increasing heat on a permanent magnet increases the frequency of vibration of the molecular structure, decreasing its magnetic properties and eventually it ceases to be magnetic at all. Extremes of cold will have the same result, but this time by decreasing the frequency of vibration of the molecular structure.

It is well known that the polarity of this planet (North/South poles) have reversed themselves a number of times in the past.

Duality

If the material (visible) world is electro-magnetic in character, is it not possible that the unseen worlds operate in a similar manner?

I realize that the unseen is a huge stumbling block to many - beyond rational comprehension. Yet we quite readily accept a whole host of other dualities in our daily lives. Just a few examples: - Up/Down - High/Low - Wet/Dry - Positive/Negative - Long/Short - Hot/Cold.

So why does Visible/Invisible give cause for a good deal of scepticism?

It should be noted that the many dualities appear to require a minimum of a third force to enable a dynamic - dualities are in essence static. To achieve a dynamic between the extremes or from one extreme to the other requires TIME.   

Let us look at a simple example from the material or visible world in an attempt to clarify this mystery.

Invisible Signals

Most of us are continually surrounded by unseen signals - television, mobile phone and radio signals - to name but three. We do not normally see them or sense them while going about our daily business. In order to make these invisible signals visible we require some sort of ANTENNA to harness them. We also require a receiver, but the RECEIVER must be tuned to the correct frequency of the carrier wave that contains the information (sound/picture) we are interested in. All other carrier waves of a different frequency are shut out.

Of course in order to receive or capture any signal it must first of all have been SENT from somewhere - TRANSMITTER.

Incidentally, we are usually given to understand that Man discovered a way to "produce" or "generate" electricity for our everyday needs.

In reality, perhaps, we are only "harnessing" a natural resource?

"Superstring theory" - the search for the ultimate theory that would explain all known and presently unknown phenomena is quite open to hidden dimensions and electrically charged particles throughout our Universe; a theory that would have been dismissed out of hand not so many years ago.

Third Force

Some of you may have noticed that the example given regarding television and radio signals requires an additional force to complete the process of being able to decipher the signal(s). Duality would not be sufficient - Transmitter/receiver - A power source is required.

Human Spirit

I would tentatively suggest that we humans may work along similar principles?

We have a physical body composed of the natural elements found on this planet.

We have a human spirit (essence-operative system) that is not physical (unseen), which together with the brain allows us the power of intellect, the ability to think and make rational decisions.

The computer with which I am writing this posting came with a brain (hard disc), but that brain was completely useless without the addition of an operative system.

A third force (power source) is required to give life to Man and life to the computer.

This power source may be planetary in nature - BREATH - (Earth beat - Heart beat)?

The Soul

That power source is what we call a SOUL - although many people appear to confuse it with the human spirit. We became living souls - we do NOT have an immortal Soul that wanders about after life (power source) has ceased in the physical body. We are living souls. When we die we become dead souls. Difficult to swallow perhaps for those raised on main stream Christian doctrine?

All living creatures on this planet are living souls - From original Hebrew word "nephesh".

What makes humans different from all other life-forms on this planet? - The Spirit IN Man. No other life-form on this planet has a human Spirit.

The Spirit is not visible, and it is this Spirit that remains on the death of the physical body. It is the Spirit that contains the blueprint of each individual.

The Spirit in humans should not be confused with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is entirely different, but what it is and its purpose will not be dealt with here. 

Physical Decay

The physical body of all living forms on this planet decays and returns back to the elementary particles this planet is composed of when the life-force (power source) is removed.

So there we have it in a very brief form! The Bible tells us all of the above (doesn't mention the computer though - added that myself as a simple example of Man creating - in much the same way as his Creator).

I realise that there are many who do not believe in Creation or the Bible and that many people that claim to be Christians will also not believe the above.

Seek and ye shall find, prove all things. Alternatively, choose to accept the deceptions of this world

The Electrical worlds are indeed a mystery - at this time.

EL-ECTRICITY



 

Eccl.1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. 10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us. 11 There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.

We know very little about what has occurred on this planet in pre-history; although there are indications that highly civilized and technologically advanced peoples populated this planet in the ancient past. The common denominator for all of those civilizations is that they all ultimately failed - Why? - They probably also had their God(s).

All of us are affected by outside influences, be they visible or invisible.

It may be of interest to briefly discuss one unseen product of technological development that has benefited many (but not all) peoples on this planet - EL-ECTRICITY - a coincidence that it was given this name?

What is El-ectricity?

No one can give an explanation of what electricity actually is - a definition - the best we can achieve is: a form of energy resulting from the existence of charged particles (such as electrons or protons), either statically as an accumulation of charge or dynamically as a current. We can not SEE electricity but we can see and feel the effects of its usage.

We can explain how it is produced - often called generation, but perhaps the word "harnessed" would be more appropriate?

We can also explain and see how electricity is stored, distributed and used.

A form of unseen energy that has the POTENTIAL to work wonders in the visible world. However, this unseen energy requires massive investment in physical (visible) equipment to enable it to be harnessed, distributed and used. Not only must we have equipment but it needs to be correctly dimensioned and produced from certain materials that allow the efficient flow (conductors) of this energy, along with materials that prevent the energy from returning to its source (insulators).  Unfortunately, this energy is not easily held captive in the physical world - it is continually seeking the easiest and quickest way back to EARTH.

The whole electrical network from harnessing to the final end use has to be heavily INSULATED. In other words, to enable electricity to do work efficiently it needs to be insulated from outside influences.

Sine Wave 

 

 

Sound and Energy 

Sine waves are the building blocks of all complex sounds found in nature.

The single sine wave is the equivalent of the yin yang symbol, or indeed, the yin yang cycle of energy - Duality in other words.

A pure sine wave has only a single or fundamental frequency - ideally no harmonics are present. Thus, a sine wave may be the input to a device or circuit, with the output harmonics measured to determine the amount of distortion.

Math. 15:11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

Energy acts in pulsing oscillations which we can be observed on a sine-wave curve as cyclic patterns alternating between positive and negative energies. We might think of those pulses as alternating current, or as day/night, or as a heart-beat, or as the chart which an oscilloscope produces when recording a voice speaking a word. The frequencies of those pulses might vary greatly: a heart-beat may be 60 beats per minute; a light bulb is 60 cycles per second (Hz).

Planetary movement in terms of the vernal equinoxes (Spring/Autumn) and the summer and  winter solstice can be depicted in the form of the single phase sine wave - Duality visible (and invisible) through the periods of light and darkness - alternating between the northern and southern hemispheres - above and below.

Sound, Energy and The Word 

 The "Word" could be a symbol which represents all the cyclic energies which are expressing  spoken thought, design, and order. All life (visible and invisible) energies vary in frequencies (many) and strengths (amplitude).

 Heb. 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds (ages or aeon) were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear

"Framed": Strong's G2675 - katartizō - to render, i.e. to fit, sound, complete.

Including the creation of the single parts and the harmonious organization of the whole, and the continual providence which maintains the whole throughout all ages.

3-Phases

In our physical electrical world we have found that out of phase frequencies (3-phase) give greater efficiency and wider scope for usage.

It would appear that it is only on the axis of present that the past and the future can be changed - in our world at least.

It would appear that we humans also operate on cyclical rhythms of both the +ve (light) and -ve type (darker). It would appear however, that the spiritual world is not be constrained to the single phase or 3-phase systems. There may be an infinite number of them that can affect our lives through the receptive qualities of the individual mind - "there is no new thing under the sun" (Eccl.1:9)

 We have even devised a symbol to represent infinity. It is a second sine wave - simply a reversed version of the original sine wave - to represent the return of the energetic path.




 

Queen of Heaven!



 

The European Union (EU) is, on the surface, a union of member states based on secular and democratic governing principles.

An attempt was made to include a Christian paragraph in the original EU Constitution, which member nations subsequently could not agree upon. A new Constitution was then the drawn up, but this time it was called a treaty (Lisbon). A Christian paragraph still omitted from the new treaty. To many people the Union remains a secular organization.

The Vatican has often expressed its desire for 'Europe to return to its (Catholic) roots'.

The EU flag is to be seen everywhere one looks within Europe - but what does it symbolize to Europe?

Arsène Heitz, the flag's designer, acknowledged in a 2008 interview that he derived the design of a circle of 12 golden stars from the Book of Revelation. As Heitz was considering a design to submit to the EU, he was reading the history of the Blessed Virgin's apparitions in Paris' Rue du Bac, known today as the Virgin of the Miraculous Medal. In fact, he belonged to the Order of the Miraculous Medal, which would explain his intimate acquaintanceship with the symbol.

Rev. 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: 2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

Thus, the symbol recognised worldwide as that of the European Union and of Europe in general appears to be a symbol of the Immaculate Conception herself. However, a woman when mentioned in Biblical prophecy often refers symbolically to a church - and so it would appear is the case in this particular instance - see v.13, 14 and 17

In celebration of the adoption of the symbol, the Council of Europe commissioned and installed a magnificent stained-glass window in Strasbourg Cathedral which depicts the Blessed Virgin Mother standing beneath an oversized circle of 12 stars on deep blue field. In addition, the European flag was adopted by the then European Economic Community on December 8 1955, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Coincidence? - I think not.



 

The 'woman' alluded to in the above verse is often interpreted to be the Virgin Mary, whereas in Biblical prophecy a woman is almost always symbolic of a church, Israel, or a religious system.

Not only is Mary a Blessed Mary she is also proclaimed to be Queen of Heaven by the Vatican: http://www.newadvent.org/library/docs_pi12ac.htm

Indeed, the description of this woman in verse 1 would lend support to the assertion. However, she would appear to be a Queen of the 'dead' rather than the 'living':

http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/prayers/view.cfm?id=1278&repos=3&subrepos=3&searchid=360952

The Queen of Heaven is known under many aliases from ancient times. The Book of Jeremiah gives us an example:

Jeremiah 44:15 Then all the men which knew that their wives had burned incense unto other gods, and all the women that stood by, a great multitude, even all the people that dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying, 16 [As for] the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the LORD, we will not hearken unto thee. 17 But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for [then] had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.

Verse 17 is a warning - we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth.

If we take a look at Mathew.15:11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man?19 And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men?

Jeremiah 7:17 Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18 The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead [their] dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.

Women of Israel paid divine honours to - moon, or Astarte, or Venus (Gesenius Lexicon). Heaven would appear to be 2nd. Heaven - visible physical universe - Strong's H8064 ? shamayim - as the visible universe, the sky, atmosphere, etc.

A Universal Church which glorifies a Universal Queen of the material world - not spiritual. We know from Scripture who the 'god' of the material world is - 2 Corinth.4:4

Goddess veneration of the "virgin with child" has been a central belief for various societies throughout history, including some aspects of Christianity. Indeed, many leading occultists see striking parallels between the Roman Catholic "Virgin Mary"- the "Queen of Heaven"- and the goddess Isis. And the comparison is startling. Presently, Roman Catholicism holds Mary to be eternally virgin, just as Isis was believed to be. Catholicism also contends that Mary was without sin, making her into a type of "god." In fact, there are some who claim that Mary is the "fourth person" within the Trinity. This belief is linked to Catholicism's claim that Mary now has a direct say in mankind?s salvation through her (Catholic) role of co-redemption and mediation. Hence, the elevated Mary becomes a "goddess" in the Catholic faith, just as Isis was a goddess in the pantheon of Egyptian deities. And just as Isis was (and still is) called "Mother of the World" and "Queen of Heaven," so too Mary is now exalted with these same titles.

As the Book of Revelation is an end-time (not end of the world as many pundits would have one believe) prophetic book then it can be seen how just one single verse of Scripture (Rev. 12:1) can be turned upside down (metaphorically speaking) to give an entirely different meaning to that implied.

The 'queen of heaven' would not be unknown to the Israelites in general and, as stated in the above verses, to the tribe of Judah in particular. Their past, and in the context of the verses quoted from Jeremiah, their history in Egypt gave them knowledge of this deity. 

In the Egyptian Book, commonly known as the Book of the Dead (The actual name should be, 'Book of Coming Forth by Day' or 'Book of emerging forth into the Light') Isis is described as She who gives birth to heaven and earth, knows the orphan, knows the widow, seeks justice for the poor, and shelter for the weak.

Some of her many other titles were:

  • Queen of Heaven,
  • Mother of the Gods,
  • The One Who is All,
  • Lady of Green Crops,
  • The Brilliant One in the Sky,
  • Her Latin name was Stella Maris, or Star of the Sea

Note: The text of the book consists of a number of magic spells intended to assist a dead person's journey through the Duat, or underworld, and into the afterlife.

Queen of Heaven was only one of many names this female deity was known under. She is commonly known today under her Greek corrupted name of ISIS.

If we take a look at Scripture, it is revealed that the orphan and the widow are also to be especially protected.

Isis Cult

The cult of Isis spread from Egypt to Greece and then to Rome, aided and promoted by Ptolemy. Ptolemy was, in effect, attempting to 'craft' a universal religion within the Roman sphere of influence. The cult gained momentum in Rome and became especially popular with women and the lower class citizens. Caligula legalized the cult, which was fast becoming a religion, and temples to Isis began appearing. According to Josephus, Caligula donned female garb and took part in the mysteries he instituted, and in the Hellenistic age Isis acquired a new rank as a leading goddess of the Mediterranean world. Unlike Mithraism, which was a male dominated religion that was more popular among the middle classes of Rome, the cult of Isis became universal as it could be practiced by both male and females - but it would appear to have its most enthusiastic adherents among women.

Roman Christianity was under threat to this cult, and it is with some trepidation that I would suggest that it is from this cult that Roman Christianity initiated the Trinity doctrine. Although the Egyptians were far from being the only people who developed a Triad of deities. Roman Christianity and subsequently much of what we may call main-stream Christianity did not destroy paganism; rather it appears to have adopted many of its traits and doctrines.

Not an unknown deity in the Catholic Church or in a number of other religions, the 'queen of heaven' has been adopted as representing Mary, the mother of Jesus ? for which there is no biblical foundation. Many chapels to the Virgin were built purposely on the remains of temples to Isis, and that furthermore the iconography of the Madonna and Christ is quite similar to Isis and Horus. Isis worship is part of the 'goddess spirituality' movement that is frequently promoted by feminist and other less vociferous groups.

Jesus Christ not a prophet - states the Pope!

In november 2012, the then Pope, Benedict XVI, made some unusual statements regarding Jesus Christ.

The Catholic Church would appear to be more concerned with Christ?s mother and the person of Christ (of whom we actually know relatively little) rather than in what He said and taught.

Of course other information not generally available to mere mortals, but accessible to the Pope, may well be available within the Vatican archives?

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/International/2012/Nov-18/195416-pope-calls-on-faithful-to-ignore-doomsday-warnings.ashx#axzz2CgPPLFsM

But Benedict said that Jesus "does not describe the end of the world, and when he uses apocalyptic images, he is not acting the prophet''.

Well, how are we to interpret that statement? - After all about one third of the Bible texts are given over to prophecy!

Jesus was NOT describing the end of the world, but He was describing the end of an aeon - a period of TIME. Again this word apocalypse is used to infer destruction on a grand scale, when the word itself means nothing more than - Revelation!

Now if Jesus was revealing events that are to occur in the coming future then how can the Pope, in the same sentence, state that Jesus Christ was not a prophet?

The Word of God declares in Rev.19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See [thou do it] not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

There it is written in a compendium of books called the Holy Bible - 'the testimony of Jesus is - THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY'

Attempted deception on a grand scale? - Hardly surprising if we read Rev.13:4 thro'  8.

Math. 24:24 For there shall arise false Christ?s, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

Christmas - Jesus was born years earlier than thought, claims Pope

Pope Benedict also claims in his book ''Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives'', that the entire Christian calendar is based on a miscalculation and that Jesus was born several years earlier than is commonly believed.

Well, this is hardly revelatory news - although it may well be to many followers of the Catholic faith. However, since it was/is the Catholic Church that has 'pushed' the Christmas celebratory festivals of Christ's birth for centuries, one can not help but ponder over why the Pope chose to reveal this to his followers at that time?

The Bible itself gives many clues as to why Jesus Christ could not have been born at Christmas (25 December) - but that is another history.

The Bible does not, and the Word Himself does not, give any indication as to His date of birth and absolutely no command to even celebrate His birth.

A number of Biblical scholars assert that the whole idea of celebrating his birth during the darkest part of the year is probably linked to pagan traditions and the winter solstice.

There is little doubt that this is the case, and Rome was extremely adept at inserting so-called pagan traditions into its own form of Christianity - calling it the Universal religion - all things to all people. This church has ca.1.2 billion followers, so it has been quite successful in spreading its form of religion - and calling it Christian - in name at least.

The Pope also declared that the presence of animals like cattle and donkeys in traditional Nativity scenes is based on little more than a myth - although he does not appear to object to the continuing use of animals in future Nativity scenarios.

God's Holy Days

The question of the authenticity of Easter celebrations or the legitimacy of celebrating God's weekly Sabbath on a Sun-day could also be investigated but are not the prime reason for this posting. Let us however, remember one vital piece of information that the Bible reveals - Jesus Christ was born (in the flesh) a Jew, and He observed His Father's ordained Holy Day(s) - weekly and annual. You will find no Biblical command to observe other Holy Days (for there are none). These days are not Jewish - they were for His people - Israel (not only Judah). These topics may be investigated in future postings.

 

 

 

 

 

Changing Times

'Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect'. - Mark Twain

 

The King was in the outer court when change became apparent

Til now the King had always been right, but now he was not ready

   The king's position determined truth and it certainly was not steady

But now the times they were a'changing and he was caught unready

 

Over time the effect of appearing to be right became not truth but fact

Now, however the king had called his chief advisor to give him what he lacked

'So you think you are ready', said the king, 'are you ready to forge a pact'?

'I am open if that is ready enough', said the advisor with very little tact

 

'Are you prepared?, said the king, 'to use your every skill'

The advisor took an uneasy stance, ready to swallow a bitter pill

'I am open to use every skill, said the advisor, as he leant upon the window-sill

'But to what shall I apply this skill'? said he, looking out over courtly spill

 

'Ye shall apply it to the change of course', said the king, 'time is of the essence'

'To what change are you referring', asked the advisor, bowing before his presence

'Have you not heard of global warming and the financial crisis'' said the king,

naming but only two, 'without immediate action our planet may become anything but blue'

 

'If indeed we are to believe the latest reports on the planetary crises', replied the advisor,

'then we should perhaps be grateful that we are nearing the end of Pisces'?

'Are you not worried and concerned about these and other changes'? Asked the king

'Indeed I am worried sick', replied the advisor, 'the world is coming off its hinges'

 

'We need new energy sources', said the king. 'Finances in trouble and everything is unstable

Who or what can help us in these times, nothing is the same, not unlike the times of Babel

Perhaps windmills and reduced carbon footprints', said he, banging on the table

'New technologies are the answer', said the advisor,' but they must be sustainable'

 

'We need discipline in my subjects, but it will take time to develop it, many people have lost it',

said the king. 'My kingdom is becoming a lawless state; every one his own boss'

'Indeed your Majesty', replied the advisor, 'but where and how will we make up the loss'

'By becoming a paperless society', said the king, 'new technology will build bridges to cross' 

 

'But many of your subjects appear to have lost the ability to count', commented the advisor

'Look at the financial mess we are in, we need to bring them to account - the miser'

'Yes, what went wrong'? Exclaimed the king,' the many business schools we have within my kingdom

advertise their acumen and excellence of their teaching, or are they only preaching'

 

'We have many teacher-preachers my lord, but it is the letter rather than the spirit of their many

and various teachings that permeate the institutions', replied the advisor

Indeed, indeed, sighed the king, our Constitution is no longer respected,

loopholes found here and fancy accounting practices there that no one understands'

 

'Perhaps a personal computer to all our people will help us to communicate more efficiently'?

Said the king. 'Email and dedicated programs along with good instructors will help them understand

the effort and discipline needed to do everything much more proficiently

This will surely be of great assistance in combating their obvious complacency'

 

'I agree?, said the advisor, ?but they will surf the internet and soon discover that there is

no software available to assist in personal development and motivation.

They will become frustrated and insecure and risk cerebral calcification.

The internet would need to be regulated with access only through authorization'.

 

'Yes, yes', said the king, becoming somewhat exasperated, 'but I will make sure that

we have excellent instructors on hand to teach them how to combat these new and challenging times.

My subjects shall once again develop creative and fruitful lives, and not just pastimes.

Trust me. I am the King. I will personally and boldly front the action and not only sometimes'.

 

'There appear to be any number of instructors/experts already in your kingdom ready

to pontificate on every conceivable subject- but is it wisdom'? Replied the advisor.

'You my king are the father of a great nation that has become dependant upon

so-called expert human opinion.

Your government runs on consultants trained through a modem'

 

'Experts only confirm dependency and a lack of readiness, an inability to change

They are often the end result of a failed system that is ready for exchange'

'The changes occurring to our planet are signs of change, weather patterns disarranged

The magnetic field is changing, increased solar winds, global warming, all deranged'

 

'What are you advising me to do'? Said the king, clearly beyond exasperation

'You appear to exhibit a profound lack of responsibility, almost an aberration

How shall I rebuild the standards and values of my people, a kingdom of admiration'

How will I lead my people during the time of change and period of adaptation'?

 

'Look at the dancing plate my lord', replied the advisor, 'see how it vibrates

Drop some sand upon it and watch dynamic and harmonious figures gyrate

Change the frequency of vibration and immediately the figures will change their shapes

Almost magical the structure of vibration, but the wrong frequency of vibration reshapes'

 

'Come with practical ideas and concrete solutions, you have lost me now', sighed the king

'Give me something to work with and not just philosophical meanderings

My kingdom is in the throes of darkness, overflowing with my subjects' human reasoning

We need a change of course, my subjects' minds require broadening'.

 

'Take the same vibrating plate and drop some water upon it', rejoined the advisor

'Allow the plate to tilt over and the water stays on the plate; what a survivor   

Reduce the vibration and the water starts to run off, increase it again and the water revives

Everything changes; even gravity appears to change, as long as the water prances'

 

'What are you trying to tell me, I repeat, we need some practical solutions to the changes',

exclaimed the king, 'you are an enigma to me, are you suggesting transfiguration'?

'I am suggesting nothing', whispered the advisor, 'I am always at your service

and your wisdom will pull us through these serious times, no need to be nervous'

 

'Form and discipline are products of content', continued the advisor, 'we do not concern

ourselves about the next dance step, the frequency of the music guides our next turn.

There may even be glimmers of hidden hope, we surely do not want to burn

It is always darkest before the dawn, but the light will always return'. 

 

'Hidden indicators appear to herald a change of frequency, change is in the air

The Good Lord gave us air to breath and we became living souls, sing the Lord's Prayer

However, it was the addition of a spirit that made us human and causes many of us despair

You and I will continue dancing on the plate of the coming future, defying all human laws I swear'

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Proverbs 24:21-22 My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: [and] meddle not with them that are given to change: For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?

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