HEADLINES & STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD: Week-8 2020

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HEADLINES & STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD: Week-8
Feb 21-28  2021 
 
 

Christians: Invest in God's work, not politics

By Mychal Massie

Christians should understand that any effort not focused on a message of repentance and the imminent return of the Lord is wasted effort.

I'm not being a defeatist; I'm speaking biblical truth. I'm not advocating complacency; I am advocating that those who claim to be Christians should be about the work of the Lord. How many billions of dollars has Christendom invested in political candidates, presidents, legal battles, numerous and varying organizations, etc.?

What have we to show for the money given to the GOP? Are our children able to openly pray in a public school cafeteria? Are our children safe from the sodomitic debauchery advanced in public schools? Are Christian teachers able to display a crucifix in their classrooms? Are our children able to wear Christocentric clothing to school? Are we seeing fewer babies murdered? Of course not! Debauched heathen behavior has proliferated on every quantifiable level – and Republicans want us to believe giving them more money will now make a difference? Christendom is expected to believe if we make enough phone calls, send enough emails and give enough money to Republicans, we'll see positive change.

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The ongoing push for 'democracy' will not end well

By Brent Smith

LibertyNow that the election is over, Trump is out of office and Biden is in, thoughts have turned to governing. Well, maybe not governing. More like executive order fiat. It seems the only measure Congress has voted on thus far is the impeachment.

Still, if you believe the Dems, they were the ones we had to elect to restore our "democracy." And every time they mention that word, "democracy," many of us right-wing radicals feel compelled to remind America that we are not in fact a democracy, but are a constitutional, representative republic. Maybe we just say, "We are a republic."

And we are a republic for a reason. The founders knew the difference, which is why they painstakingly developed the form of government we still have and has, at least for now, stood the test of time.   MORE


A New Declaration-2020

July 4, 2020

The unanimous Declaration of the 50 sovereign states of united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among the people, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present political, media and business leaders of the United States is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

Leaders have usurped the freedoms guaranteed by the United States Constitution! 

Governors have passed Laws to intimidate and to harm their citizens, causing death to tens of thousands.

Government and state regulations have refused to enforce laws guaranteeing liberty and freedoms of assembly, religious services and public gatherings to protest illegal rule.

Deep Sate leaders allowed others to be elected; who were not elected by the people of the United States but by a few who stole the election with fraudulent ballots.

Local and State governments have obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

Judges have been political in nature, and thus dependent on the Will alone, of those politicians who have selected them instead of defending the people and the Consitution.

Government has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

Government has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

Congress has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of a fair Trial:

For abolishing the free System of American Laws establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these states:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own elections, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

Government here, by declaring us out "terrorist" has been waging War against us.

Leaders have excited domestic insurrections amongst us, allowing rioting in our streets and acts of criminality and murder.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

We have warned them from time to time of attempts by our legislatures to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these states, solemnly publish and declare, That these United States are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States of the present governmental leaders who have usurped our freedoms and rights; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to this present governance, and that all political connection between them and the State of the leaders of this nation, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.


What is Preparation Day?

IMG_0292The preparation day for the Sabbath is commanded just as surely as the Sabbath is. It does not have the same weight, as it were, because it is not part of "the big Ten" but it is certainly a valid attachment to the fourth commandment.

This is a particularly tricky concept for us, living in this time because it is possible for us to justify doing things on the Sabbath on the grounds that it is so easy now. Technology has come up with all kinds of automatic equipment to do things. We can flip a switch, and the machine is not "working." But what did God have in mind? Just remember that the Sabbath is the test Commandment! The test is to show whether we live by faith, that is, whether we believe God's Word.

God knows the end from the beginning, does He not? He surely knew that men would develop machines to cook and preserve food. Why did He establish the preparation principle? The issue is not merely the labor or the muscular energy expended. It is "the whole package" that God is concerned about. The bigger question is, "Why are we doing this?" What is our motivation and what purpose is being accomplished?

Why do we need this kind of training? God wants to train us so that we do not make bad judgments. He is preparing kings and priests for His Family (Revelation 5:10) for the WorldTomorrow. Are we not prepared when Sabbath comes around because we have managed our week badly? Are we unprepared for the Sabbath because we are involved in things the other six days—and maybe especially on the preparation day—so that preparation is impossible? What kind of adjustments do we need to make?

It might be good to remember that the preparation day begins on Thursday night (as we look at it today), and it can provide time to prepare. God's intent is that we keep the Sabbath free from distractions that keep us from properly using it. The primary use of the day is to fellowship with Him.

John W. Ritenbaugh
The Fourth Commandment (Part 5)

Also there is a preparation Day for Passover (In fact ANY Holy Day is a "Sabbath", but there Passover is Really important

All four gospel writers mention that Jesus was tried, convicted, crucified, and buried on a preparation day. Without any further clarification, one would assume that they meant a Friday, the weekly preparation day before the Sabbath. But can other days be considered preparation days as well?

Yes, indeed! God Himself gave the instructions about the use of the preparation day to the Israelites before they reached Mount Sinai (Exodus 16:23). The Jews later considered this to be so important that they made sure each of the holy days, which are also Sabbaths, was preceded by a preparation day. Since the holy days can fall on any day of the week, the preparation day can fall on any day of the week as well.

This is very relevant to the Passover. Not only is the Passover a festival in its own right, it also functions as the preparation day for a holy day, the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. According to the calculated Hebrew Calendar, Passover can fall on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday, or Sabbath.

Clearly, our Savior was crucified on THE JEWISH Passover day (Matthew 26:2)...(Not God's Passover Day, which Jesus observed a Day earlier as the Jewish Calendar is not God's Calendar!)  Thus, it was on one of these days of the week that Jesus was killed and buried.

Richard T. Ritenbaugh
'After Three Days'

 


HEADLINES & STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD: Week-7. 2021

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HEADLINES & STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD: Week-7
Feb 14-20  2021 
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Do You Have an Immortal Soul? Is Rush in Heaven?

First written in 1957 by Garner Ted Armstrong, The Plain Truth about what happens when we die. the Bible is plain, we just don't want to believe what it says...

 Most people do not realize what a man really is, believe it or not. Yet God plainly tells us the answer. "And the Eternal God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul" (Gen. 2:7).


   There is the answer! Man became a living soul; that is what man is — a soul. Notice there is no mention that man has a soul, but that man is a soul.
   When God placed Adam and Eve, who were two living souls, in the garden, He issued a command: "And the Eternal God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." God was speaking to the man, who was a soul!


   When God said Adam would surely die for taking of the wrong fruit, He was directly informing man of the penalty for sin. The inspired Apostle Paul wrote, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Rom. 6:23).


   Ezekiel was directed by the Holy Spirit to write, "The soul that sinneth, it [the soul] shall die"! (Ezek. 18:4, 20.)


   Death is the absence of life, the cessation of life — not the continuation of life under different circumstances. Notice the two opposite states given in Romans 6:23. God tells us the wages of sin is death, but, on the other hand, the gift of God (not something you were born with) is eternal life through Jesus Christ.
   If eternal life is the gift of God, and comes only through Christ, how is it that humans have assumed they already possess eternal life in the form of an "immortal soul"? Ezekiel said the "soul" that sinneth shall die! Since man is a soul, and since man can die, and a soul can die, it is obvious that man and soul are one and the same thing!

 

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