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Smoke and Mirrors

Brexit

The current negotiations concerning the United Kingdom′s desire to leave the European Union may well be a smoke screen to cover a hidden agenda?

Check-out the following URL > https://www.ukcolumn.org/article/brexit-theresa-mays-cards-are-table

Quote.

The government and mainstream media here in Britain would have us believe Brexit is a chaotic disaster. Yet, behind the scenes, the military unification policy is progressing as planned, and at pace...

..The question we posed earlier was, how could PESCO proceed while the EU′s largest contributor to its unified defence budget is not only prevented from joining through lack of domestic support, but could well be expected to use its veto?

The answer is it couldn′t...

Or rather, it couldn′t without Brexit.

End Quote

Check-out this one as well > https://www.ukcolumn.org/article/eu-has-its-military

 

Fishing for People

 

 

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

Marmion - Sir Walter Scott.

 

The net was fashioned in many layers

Different types and different snares

Designed to catch the unwary and their heirs

This you need to understand in your prayers

 

Political correctness in all its guises

Shall prevent you uttering freely your lan(d)gauges

Warnings of social danger abound

No truth allowed when facts are perceived as sound

 

Indoctrination and propaganda designed to confuse

The traditional family unit is broken and bad news

He and she is to be refused

Gender neutral for the politically enthused

 

Church and state go much the same way

The straight and narrow path impenetrable

The path of mankind wide and winding

Universal dogma certainly prevailing

 

Our identity is being undermined and degraded

We are made unsure as to what or who we are

As the net slowly but surely tightens we are left unaided

Perceived safety of our network has been cunningly baited

 

Many have been steadily and mentally adjusted

We have become blind to our entrapment - minds rusted

The devilish twist is the happiness many experience

As the net with the many layers allows such credence

 

Much as it has been throughout the ages

Applied behavioural psychology is the method

Governments and bureaucrats design the changes

The majority believe that they are benign

 

Agreement to change takes time to implement

Always presented as a benefit to society

Just look at the economic and social destruction

Our planet has many examples of re--instruction

 

Left, right or center, all believe they have the solution

Every man believes he is right in his own heart -- absolution

Effective and successful; our hearts are part of the human evolution

Creation and THE LAW viewed only as an aberration!

 

NOTE: An example can be found here for those who may be interested

http://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/sites/default/files/publications/MINDSPACE.pdf

 

 

 

Fact,fiction or truth

 

Up and down, right and left, we are the observers of cause and effect

The effect is often visible, but the cause is often deflected

Science adheres to the laws just named

Except for life - we just happened

Those laws are not tamed

 

False Religions

 

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.

 

Human Nature

 

John 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

←DARKNESS             LIGHT→

Isaiah 59:9 Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.

Luke 11:34 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.

John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

 

HUMAN NATURE --- PLUS

 

  ←LIGHT                              DARKNESS→

 

John 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

Ephesians 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

1 Thess. 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:...25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life".

Isaiah 42:16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.

 

 

 

Halloween - Samhain

Halloween is almost upon us. Many shops are stocked up with all the paraphernalia that is required to celebrate (wrong word to use perhaps?) this annual so-called fantasy night.

Halloween was celebrated long before Christian times. Many so-called pagan peoples celebrated Samhain, lord of darkness, whose festival fell on 1st November. These people probably had a much closer connection to their god(s) than is the case among modern man today?

Halloween is called by various names by various people: Greater Sabbat, Third Harvest, Samana, Day of the Dead, Feast of the Dead, Old Hallowmas (Scottish/Celtic), Vigil of Saman, Shadowfest and Samhuinn. It is viewed by certain people as a magical interval when the laws of space and time are temporarily suspended and the veil between the spirit and physical worlds is at its most permeable. It was a time when, traditionally, contact could be made with the spirit world of the dead.

Halloween was merely the evening celebration in preparation for the great day of 1st November, All Saints Day.

Many so-called mainstream Christian churches would have one believe that this is a day to remember and honour all those who have died. It was Catholicism that continued this tradition and brought it to the attention of the masses. Until around the 3rd century A.D. the church had been honouring martyred Catholic saints on a different day during the year. However, the number of martyred saints eventually became so numerous that the Catholic church decided to honour all of them on one day of the year. 1 November was chosen to commemorate all of the dead---not only Catholic saints.

Catholic policy encouraged, in many instances, so-called heathen practices to be incorporated into the church but called them by another name---thus hoping to win over converts from so-called heathen assemblies. 1st November became All Saints Day, preceded by Hallows Eve or as it is commonly called today---Halloween. What this day actually symbolizes is the worship of Samhain---lord of darkness.

Ephesians 4:4 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.

Deut.14:1 Ye are the children of the LORD your God: ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.

Mathew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Job 2:2 And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

The Bible labels the popular occult and supernatural pursuits of our modern 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.

Harry Potter is portrayed as a wizard that fights evil, yet the Bible says that wizardry is evil. Such a mixed message will only confuse children (and adults) about what evil is and expose them to negative influences.

Parents ought to realize that children do not yet have the wisdom and experience to guide their own lives or to make fully informed choices. This is surely illustrated by Proverbs 22:15: Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. Parents have a heavy responsibility to direct their child's interests towards wholesome and profitable channels.

But are stories about witchcraft and wizardry, magic and spells, really just fantasy? For some, it is not. Modern witchcraft, known as Wicca, is now accepted as an established religion in a number of countries.  J. K. Rowling, through the auspices of children's stories, is popularizing and publicizing The "Craft".

On one level Harry Potter stories are just a good read. But on another level it's softening the path for negative influences to become part of mainstream society.

Knowing something about wizardry or witchcraft gives some children a feeling of power and an increased sense of worth. They feel special because they know something secret and mysterious that others may not know.

Unfortunately, in today's modern society, Satan has become as much of a fantasy figure, for an increasing number of people, as that of a Creator God(s). Many laugh at him as a cartoon figure of a red, dancing monster with wings like a bat, horns, a long, pointed tail and a pitchfork.

The real picture is very different: Ephesians 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

Satan often works in a very subtle fashion. He is shrewd, cunning and sly. He is an expert at making evil look good. He represents his teachings as wisdom and light. He is even identified as an angel of light in 2Corinthians 11:14. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

This is how he has deceived the whole world! Rev. 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

The Creator of the Universe warned about involvement with witchcraft and wizards in His Word, the Holy Bible:

Deut. 18:10 thro 12 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

As the Creator God gives more than one warning in His Word of the dangers of associating with the negative aspects of the spirit world, then it would appear that it is indeed possible to connect with it? Indeed, human nature, of itself, appears to be attracted to it --- Just have a look at the present global picture!

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.

 

Germany Calling 2

This posting is follow-up to an earlier posting --- Germany Calling

The Election

The results of the German elections in September came as a shock to many when the far-right AfD party won seats in the Bundestag. Not since the end of WWII has a party of the far-right won seats in the Bundestag. Most of the major parties lost voters and although Angela Merkel retained the Chancellorship she has a reduced power base and is currently in the process of attempting to establish a coalition government.

German citizens appear to have voted for change but Angela Merkel does not appear to want to change her policies. So what will the coming future hold for Merkel and for Germany?

One voice that is listened to by many in Germany and the USA is that of ex-Defence Minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg. He returned to the United States after the elections where his views on the election results were televised by Bloomberg and widely commented upon in the German media.

Bloomberg Interview

The Bloomberg interview can be viewed HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsXqMHdAfNs

Guttenberg criticized the election campaign of the CDU, CSU and the Social Democrats and thus obliquely pointed criticism toward Chancellor Merkel.

Quote:  "The CDU / CSU and the Social Democrats have lost many voters dramatically." There are already rumors," according to Guttenberg, "are these already the last four years of the chancellor? Does such an election result also require consequences in a few years?"... Guttenberg added: "Merkel had done a great job in the office, but parties are unscrupulous when it comes to the question of who is responsible for a particular result." End Quote

End of an Era?

Germany's most popular newspaper Bild published an article indicating that with the Bloomberg interview, Guttenberg started the clock for Angela Merkel?s demise.

"There are not many talents in the parties," Guttenberg replied to the question of who could one day follow Angela Merkel as Chancellor.

However, it would appear that there are many people in Munich and beyond who have long since come to the conclusion that there is at least one outstanding talent?

CSU

Guttenberg's own party, the CSU, did so poorly in the elections that an internal scrutiny is in progress with a view to plotting the party's way forward. Its leader, Horst Seehofer's position as head of the party is anything but secure. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, wrote that Guttenberg's party, the CSU, followed the interview closely because they seek direction after a devastating defeat and possibly even a new party chief.

Some CSU party members along with some members of the Bundestag who appear to be more aligned with Markus Söder https://www.stmflh.bayern.de/ueber_uns/minister/   have already stated their wish that Seehofer should step-down. It would appear that any further discussion on Seehofer's future is to be delayed until the CSU hold their scheduled convention in mid-November. No doubt Seehofer is hoping that a number of CSU policies will be included in any forthcoming potential coalition agreement and thus assist him in retaining his position? Unfortunately, all the potential coalition party leaders have agreed to wait until after the state elections in Lower Saxony on Oct.15 before beginning negotiations--- which does not leave a great deal of time for Seehofer to attempt to cement his position.

However negotiations work-out, Angela Merkel will have to make concessions to all the potential coalition parties if she wishes to form a government.

Angela Merkel has asked Wolfgang Schäuble, finance minister, to relinquish his position to become President of the Bundestag. She wants an experienced politician to lead parliament during the difficult times ahead.                                 The Social Democrats (SPD) have indicated that they do not wish to continue in a coalition government with Merkel's own party the CDU, thus leaving Merkel with the difficult task of forming a coalition government with the Free Democrats (FDP) the Greens and of course the CSU.

According to Guttenberg: "This will mean a Germany that will hardly be able to shape Europe during this time. If Macron or Theresa May expect a response from Germany, it will be difficult".

That a far-right AfD party have, for the first time since WWII, won seats in the Bundestag appears to alarm Guttenberg: "The fact that the AfD will be sitting in the Bundestag in the future is, frankly, a shame. This is a party that is to a large extent composed of racists, anti-Semites, and people who use a language we have heard in Germany for the last time 80 years ago. We have to do everything we can to get people back to where they came from - out of nowhere".

Note that Guttenberg uses the word WE in the above statement. Does this mean he wishes to take a more hands-on approach to federal politics?

The Prodigal Son?

Guttenberg himself has denied, on several occasions, that he is considering a return to federal politics. However, he appears to be gradually reintegrating into German politics as his seven appearances in Bavaria prior to the election demonstrated?

Angela Merkel and Guttenberg have met on a number of occasions and she has reportedly, according to http://deutsch.rt, said she still appreciates exchanges of political views with her former Minister of Defense, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, speculated about a return to German politics for Guttenberg- if not as German chancellor at first, then maybe as the CSU chief. We too should ask: As Merkel's sun sets, will the former star Guttenberg rise to take her place?

The CDU and CSU have rather drifted apart in recent years. The CSU believe that the main reason the CDU did so badly in the elections was due to its liberal refugee policies, whereas the CDU believe that both parties would have achieved better results if the CSU had not constantly brought up refugee issues (which the majority of Germans are concerned about) during the election campaigning.

Difficult coalition negotiations are ahead for Germany in the next few months. If a coalition government is formed it is likely to be rather unstable. Many German citizens are uncomfortable with the present course of German politics and want change, as the election results show. Angela Merkel has been highly regarded, both nationally and internationally, during her Chancellorship but has shown little willingness to change the course she has charted. There are those who now question whether she is the leader Germany needs in these troubled times and in the troubled times ahead.

Who would be the bold and strong leader that could replace her? As Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg stated in the Bloomberg interview: "There are not many talents in the parties,"

 

 

Son of Hamas

Mosab Hassan Yousef is the son of Hamas founder Sheik Hassan.

The URL to two Youtube clips, given below, give an indication of the true Hamas--- However, the UN, and the world in general, appear to be completely deaf to any suggestion that Hamas and the PLO are NOT busily working toward a democratic two-state solution.

1. NRK news clip from April 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fb6Zp4K6Z1c

2. Clip from UN Watch of United Nations Human Rights Council Debate on 25 Sept.2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=162&v=c2NaiX-hvVQ

Note the selection of democratic nations voicing their concerns about human rights abuses in Israel???

It would appear that Israel is almost the only agenda item that can unite the United Nations!!

A Week of Time

Isaiah 42:17 They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods.

 

Attribute: By Ldecola - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20583999

After reading an article that was discussing time, I began to think about our seven-day week and why a week should consist of seven days.

Measuring Time

Our other measurements of time passing (as perceived by us) are based on astronomical data. The day (rotation of earth), month (moon) and year (complete revolution of earth around sun). The seven-day week does not fit into any neat astronomical cycle.

The week could have been divided into 5 or 10 days, for example. to fit in with the moon cycle but it was not, and is not --- Why?

Some theories cite the number of days in a week as being the number of visible planetary bodies that were visible to the naked eye by ancient civilizations, and the Babylonians are often given credit for developing this number --- without any great historical evidence to support it as far as I can ascertain.

Planetary bodies and the days of the week have long been associated with various 'gods' and their attributes, but it would appear that the seven-day week was in existence long before this practice originated.

Although the number seven does not appear to have any natural (apparent) planetary (earth) or astronomical cyclical foundation, it must have originated somewhere?

Biblical Time

Religion of course has been cited as the origin --- Biblical 7-day week for example.

However, it would appear that many other ancient civilizations and religions used the seven-day week long before the Hebrew texts became known or their contents practiced.

For example: Chinese, Hindu, Celts and many non-Jewish religions, far more ancient than the Biblical nations of Israel, subscribed to the seven-day week.

Various societies have, throughout history, experimented with a varying number of days in a week, but almost without exception they have all reverted back to the week of seven days.

Although the written texts of the Bible are relatively young in comparison to the age of this planet and to the many different people and societies that have inhabited it, the people who currently, and in the past, observe its Words claim it to be the inspired Word of God --- Creator of the heavens and the earth.

This Creator God created (or rather re-created the surface of the earth) in 6 Biblical days and rested on the 7th day. However, He did not REST because He was tired (Isaiah 40:28)

These numbers alone would appear to have great symbolic significance when related to the framework of God's Plan, but will not be addressed in detail here.

Although God completed His labours in 6 biblical days, the work of renewing the surface of the earth was incomplete, although all that was done was good --- much the same as the number 6 is often cited as being the number of man who, as yet, would also appear to be incomplete.

 Lev.23:3 Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day [is] the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work [therein]: it [is] the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.

Mark 2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:

 All seven days of the week were made for man---all of mankind.

Rhythm of the human body

The human body appears to work on varying rhythmic cycles:

  1. Circadian Rhythm --- 24 hr. body clock
  1. Circannual rhythm - is the annual or yearly cycle used by all living things.
  1. Circaseptan rhythm - is a seven-day cycle in which the biological processes of life, including disease symptoms and development, resolve. Many physicians believe that transplant patients tend to have more rejection episodes seven, fourteen, twenty-one, and twenty-eight days after surgery. They further believe that medications administered to the patients at particular times may be more effective than at other times. These are all related to the circaseptan rhythm.

It has also been shown that blood pressure cycles, production of blood and urine chemicals and even the heartbeat are subject to seven-day cycles.

Not all of God's works are visible to the naked eye --- many of them are mysteries that appear to be revealed only when He decides the time is right to reveal them.

Dan. 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.

Knowledge - Strong's H1847 --- da`ath --- a) knowledge, perception, skill, b) discernment, understanding, wisdom.

There can be little doubt that knowledge gained by we humans has greatly increased during the past century or so when compared to previous eras.

Although knowledge is increasing we are still number 6 on the scale of creation. Number 7 is often cited as the number of spiritual perfection or completion --- we do not appear to have reached those heights as yet. It could be proposed that the human race is actually regressing? Just look at the world picture at present!

However, we all appear to have the potential, but not the automatic right, to strive towards perfection---with a little help.

The 7th day of Biblical creation was also designated a day of REST. The weekly Sabbath is also closely related to the annual Sabbath days

REST - Strong's H7677 --- shabbathown - 1) Sabbath observance, sabbatism, a) of weekly Sabbath, b) day of atonement, c) sabbatical year, d) of Feast of Trumpets, e) of the 1st and last days of the Feast of Tabernacles.

More on this in later postings perhaps?

The Template

The number 7, being a number often cited to symbolize spiritual perfection, or completion, then it would appear, according to the symbolism incorporated in God's annual Holy Days, that we have not yet reached this period of rest (Millennium)

It would appear that it was God who created the 7-day week, not man, for reasons that may be partly revealed through knowledge of His Sabbath Days --- which were made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.

We could speculate that the chosen people (Tribes of Israel --- not only Judah) were envisioned to be templates for other so-called gentile nations. Unfortunately, as in the workplace, if the template is not kept in pristine condition (laws of good work practice) the products produced from it develop faults which, over time, only increase in severity --- present and coming future!

Isaiah 42:16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.

 

United States of Europe

A number of European leaders have proposed a two-speed Europe in the past and the present is no exception.

Martin Salmayr is the high-profile chief of staff to Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. He is of German nationality and a close friend of Angela Merkel?s chief of staff, Peter Altmaier. It can therefore be taken as a given that German influence in the Commissions work is considerable.

As both Juncker and Salmayr are both totally committed to the European project and are unashamed federalists, then their goal can be nothing less than a future United States of Europe-A new European Empire? However, a federal Europe or an Empire requires a leader of calibre. That leader has not, as yet, been revealed. It would appear that further work needs to done to form Europe into a vessel worthy of such a captain. From which of the current 28 member countries (Soon to be 27-Brexit) would a worthy leader appear?

Brexit

The United Kingdom has always been a stumbling block to the type of federalist Europe that Salmayr, Juncker and others of like mind work tirelessly to accomplish. Now that the UK is soon to exit the current Union (Exactly how this will be achieved is currently being negotiated- very badly it must be said) then one of the major obstacles to a closer integration of the remaining member states will be removed.

The EUro

Salmayr reportedly stated earlier this month (Sept.), at a meeting of EU deputy-ambassadors, that joining the Euro monetary system (For those states that currently prefer to hold their own purse strings) is necessary to stay relevant in the EU after Brexit. He also stated that the eurozone would become the "core" of the EU project after the UK leaves the bloc. This call was reportedly echoed by Juncker. He proposed more help for all EU countries to join the euro, so that it could be truly "the single currency of the European Union", along with a wide range of institutional changes, including the creation of an EU finance minister and the widening of the Schengen area, to include passport free travel.

This federalist approach is not acceptable to a number of eastern member states including Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. With their strongest ally (UK) leaving the Union then they are becoming concerned about the call for a so-called CORE group of nations leading the way forward --- and rightly so!

Direct Elections

Jean-Claude Juncker would also appear to be calling for the presidencies of the European Commission and the European Council to be combined and a new President to be directly elected. Democratic election processes are anathema to EU elites. See previous posting: http://aeon.blogg.no/1490301193_european_union__democratic.html

He also supports a more flexible and streamlined Europe. "Europe would be easier to understand if one captain was steering the ship".   Well, Mr Juncker may well get his wish fulfilled in the coming future, although it may not be what he actually envisages at present?                                                                                    

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and leaders of other founding states of the European Union spoke, on 03.02.2017, at a summit in Malta, of some countries moving ahead faster than others with further integration. Merkel and others offered endorsements of a so-called "multi-speed Europe", which some governments (see above) fear could damage EU unity in the wake of Brexit?

Trade after Brexit.

The European Parliament voted in favour of a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union (EU) on 15 February 2017.

CETA entered into force provisionally on 21 September 2017. National parliaments in EU countries have still to approve it before it can take full effect.

Prime Minister, Theresa May, was in Canada last week and stated that she hoped the trade deal between Canada and the EU (CETA), will be a model for a bilateral trade deal for when the UK is excluded from CETA after Brexit. Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau forecast a ?seamless transition? that would prevent the benefits of the deal being lost to Britain. However, he also said any agreement between Canada and the UK along the lines of CETA would need some changes -- "there will obviously be opportunities for us to look at particular details that could be improved upon for the specific needs and opportunities in the bilateral relationship between the UK and Canada".

The EU is also negotiating a trade agreement with Japan.  On 6 July 2017 the European Union and Japan reached an agreement in principle on the main elements of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement.

The Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, promised Theresa May his country will remain committed to the UK after Brexit, but said businesses need "transparency and predictability" during the process of leaving the EU. However, he did NOT promise a speedy post-Brexit trade deal with the UK

The President of the European Commission informed MEPs he intended to start trade talks with Australia and New Zealand, and promised to legislate to protect strategic interests from foreign purchases through industrial screening.

The EU is now forging new trade agreements with three countries that, although independent nations in their own right, are members of the Commonwealth of Nations (British Commonwealth). One could speculate as to how much longer these, and other Commonwealth states, will remain within the Commonwealth of Nations?

Let us not delude ourselves into believing that the movers and shakers within the European Union do not wish to punish Britain for having the temerity to invoke Article 50 and begin negotiating a withdrawal from the Union.

The United Kingdom will undoubtedly loose this battle!

Multi-Speed Europe

So it remains to be seen if the fourth kingdom becomes a reality; comprising a core group (iron) of nations and a peripheral group of nations (clay)? Will this powerful Union change times and laws and tread other nations under its feet for a time and times and the dividing of time? The coming future has the answer!

 

Germany Calling?

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg

The House of Guttenberg can trace its origins back to 1149. In 1700 the family rose from Reichsritter (Imperial Knights) to Reichsfreiherr (Barons of the Holy Roman Empire). After the Holy Roman Empire went into hibernation (at least in name), they were made Freiherr (Barons) of Bavaria (1814)

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg was a popular and well respected Defence Minister in Chancellor Angela Merkel's government from 2009 to 2011, when his political career appeared to have come to an abrupt end! Until his departure from office there was even rumours of him, one day, replacing Angela Merkel as Chancellor?

In the United States Guttenberg joined the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). This allowed him to establish professional relationships with many former senior government officials and business leaders. According to the home page of CSIS :  CSIS is a bipartisan, non-profit policy research organization dedicated to providing strategic insights and policy solutions to help decision makers chart a course toward a better world.

https://www.csis.org/people/karl-theodor-zu-guttenberg

Guttenberg has gained the educational, political and diplomatic experience required, along with a large network of professional relationships with German, American, European and other international high-ranking figures, that enables him to speak and write incisively on American, German and European politics.

In the spring of 2014 Guttenberg formed Spitzberg Partners LLC, a consulting and investment company. In September 2014, Spitzberg Partners and Canadian Acasta Capital founded Atlantic Advisory Partners, a partnership to promote business and trade between Canada and the European Union in connection with the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

Christian Socialist Union (CSU)

Guttenberg is a member of the Christian Socialist Union (CSU) in Bavaria. The CSU is only represented in Bavaria, while its equivalent, and much larger party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), is represented in all the other German states.

After laying low for over 6 years, publicly at least, from the German political scene, Guttenberg has been welcomed back by his CSU colleagues to speak/campaign at events prior to the German national elections on 24 Sept. However, it would appear that it is not only the CSU who are delighted at his return. The German media and many of the German people appear to have forgiven, or, perhaps need to forget, the cause of his sudden departure from his ministerial post in Chancellor Merkel's government in 2011. He appears to have remained a popular figure with many throughout Germany --- and especially within the CSU.

Horst Seehofer, party leader of the CSU, would appear to believe that Guttenberg has a future in high level German politics? It would appear that he sees Guttenberg as apparent heir to a position as Party Chairman and/or Bavarian State Premier? Guttenberg, by his own admission, appears to remain negative to any planned comeback

The campaign trail

However, despite all of Guttenberg's denials he has returned to the campaign trail on behalf of the CSU this summer. He has made major speeches at Kulmbach, his former constituency, and at the Gilamoos Fair in Abensberg, as well as appearing on television debates.

It would appear that, along with campaigning on behalf of the CSU, he may well be testing the waters on his own behalf? Seehofer has reportedly stated that whether he (Guttenberg) comes back onto the political scene depends on how he is received during the campaign and on the election result.

In Kumbach, Guttenberg won a total of 68.1 per cent of the first votes in the 2009 Bundestag elections.

During his speech in Kulmbach this year, Guttenberg reportedly stated: "We need to have a debate about a guiding culture in this country. Everyone who comes here needs to take it personally and accept our culture, our laws, and our language". He spoke quite freely about German culture being supported by Christian values that need to be protected. Most probably meaning Catholic values? Let us not forget his heritage.

German Identity in crisis?

Guttenberg is one of only a few political commentators who freely broach the subjects of Germany's Christian heritage, its institutions and its culture. Although a Conservative, he is not intolerant, and appears to be more liberal in outlook than many of the far-right politicians in Germany. Germany, like many other European countries, is experiencing mounting problems with its multicultural identity. The two main contenders for Chancellorship in the upcoming elections, Angela Merkel and Martin Schultz (SPD), appear rather reticent in addressing this identity crisis, and especially in proposing solutions to the current refugee crisis.

The Gilamoos Fair in Abensberg is traditionally, on election years, a venue for many of the major politicians from various parties to air their particular views on stage in the beer tent. Guttenberg represented the CSU in a 90 minute speech. This in itself reflects, perhaps, the CSU attempting to resurrect its prodigal son as a future political leader.

A short clip can be viewed HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JamhEIy4q_w

With President Donald Trump in office the German (European) / American transatlantic relationship is wavering. The refugee crisis, terrorism and multiculturalism are all topics that the average German citizen is concerned about in these uncertain times.

Guttenberg talked about national and international issues, including the above, that German citizens want solutions to. He reportedly talked about a world on fire and the necessity of Germany exerting greater global leadership (Notice German leadership --- not European). He looks for a clear German policy on the current refugee problems. He suggests that all convicted criminal migrants should be deported.

He was also rather uniquely, compared to other main-stream politicians, willing to talk about Islam and reportedly made statements concerning the way Muslim men treat their women, the burka and suppression of women in Islamic culture. He finished by alluding to his view that there was no place in Germany for such cultural differences.

Global Crises

In uncertain times Germany traditionally looks for a strong and determined leader. Angela Merkel would appear lead the Chancellorship race at the time of writing. However, will she be strong enough to lead Germany if national and international uncertainties become crises. One global crisis biding its time before breaking would appear to be of an economic nature? Enormous debt is fuelling the global commercial and financial furnaces. When will the debt spiral eventually run out of steam? Why has Germany chosen to repatriate its gold reserves? 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/09/17/bis-discovers-14-trillion-dollar-debt-offshore-hidden-footnotes/

http://www.bis.org/publ/qtrpdf/r_qt1709e.htm

It remains to be seen if Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg's current campaigning is only on behalf of his political party, the CSU, or, does he have an ulterior motive? --- That of testing the waters to see if the German people will support his return to high profile politics? Not, perhaps, through the electoral process but to be called at a time of crisis?

Perhaps he sees himself as resurrecting his ancient heritage as a new Reichsfreiherr ---Baron of a new Holy Roman Empire in the making? --- Time will tell!

 

BREXIT

 

Big Ben, the iconic 157 year-old London timepiece is to be silenced for 4 years during restoration work on the clock tower.

Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said last week, the issue had been blown out of proportion and the silencing of the bell was "not a national disaster".

Although it may well be a SIGN of a coming disaster?

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.

Hosea 7:1 When I would have healed Israel, then the iniquity of Ephraim was discovered, and the wickedness of Samaria: for they commit falsehood; and the thief cometh in, and the troop of robbers spoileth without. 2 And they consider not in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness: now their own doings have beset them about; they are before my face.

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.

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...

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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

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'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

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 "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". 

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

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

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 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".

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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."...

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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:

Quote:

..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.

Quotes:

..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

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 ...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

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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.

 

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