HEADLINES & STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD: Week-42
Sept Oct 25-31
News Stories from Across The World:
Evangelicals will decide if U.S. embraces life and freedom or death and tyranny
By Bob Barney
Before Trump, there was Richard Nixon. There are very few names that draw the ire of liberals more than Richard Nixon and Donald Trump. The absolutely hate their guts. The question I have is why? What is it about Richard Nixon or Donald Trump that they hate so much? I am going to devote a very few short paragraphs on what could be the reasons they are hated so much by liberals.
Wage and Price Freeze:
Inflation was beginning to raise its ugly head in 1972. The Vietnam war was winding down, and the economy was in trouble. Nixon, a man most conservatives of the day hated, implemented a wage and price freeze in a vain effort to stop the inflationary spiral. It was pure Keynesian economics, something liberals to this day believe in and a view that conservatives hate. It has proven to be a dismal failure, which I believe Ronald Reagan and John Kennedy both proved. When faced with the economic woe of inflation, Nixon did not go the Kennedy route of slower taxes and supply side economics, he followed the liberal line started by the British economist John Maynard Keynes during the Great Depression in his 1936 book, The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money. Keynesian economists often argue that private sector decisions sometimes lead to inefficient macroeconomic outcomes which require active policy responses by the public sector, in particular, monetary policy actions by the central bank and fiscal policy actions by the government, in order to stabilize output over the business cycle. Keynesian economics advocates a mixed economy – predominantly private sector, but with a role for government intervention during recessions. Keynesian economics served as the standard economic model in the developed nations during the later part of the Great Depression, World War II, and the post-war economic expansion (1945–1973), though it lost some influence following the oil shock and resulting stagflation of the 1970s. The advent of the financial crisis of 2007–08 caused a resurgence in Keynesian thought, which continues as new Keynesian economics.
Nixon was quite liberal in his view of economy. The hated "conservative" Nixon behaved more like Barack Obama, than Ronald Reagan.... Obviously, Nixon's economic policies cannot be the reasons liberals hate him....
Probably no war in the history of America was more hated by the public than the Viet Nam war. Liberals especially hated it and marched on the streets against it. The nation was in turmoil and the war was adding to the turbidity of the times. Nixon, like Barack Obama, ran on ending the war. Unlike Obama, who has not yet ended the wars in the middle east after 8 years, Nixon kept his promise and virtually ended the war in his first 4 years. Obviously, Nixon's Viet Nam policies cannot be the reasons liberals hate him....
Liberals have forever warned that capitalist America was going to ruin the environment and destroy the world. In the 1970's, the worry was actually GLOBAL COOLING! Liberals wanted the government to get involved. Conservatives did not want this, as they knew that the government can do almost anything right. Nixon again sided with the liberals and formed the notorious EPA, which has wrecked havoc on American Industry... Obviously, Nixon's environmental policies cannot be the reasons liberals hate him....
Up until Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, I would say that most liberals claimed that they hated Richard Nixon because of his criminal acts in Watergate. Early in the morning of June 17, 1972, several burglars were arrested inside the office of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), located in the Watergate building in Washington, D.C. They were looking into to ties between the communist (in Cuba) and the Democratic party. It's amazing how even then, the democrats were filled with communist and communist money! Most historians admit they are not sure whether Nixon knew about the Watergate espionage operation before it happened, he took steps to cover it up afterwards, raising “hush money” for the burglars, trying to stop the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from investigating the crime, destroying evidence and firing uncooperative staff members. In August 1974, after his role in the Watergate conspiracy had finally come to light, the president resigned.
Nixon, as it turned out did nothing to coverup his problem compared to Obama and Hillary Clinton. In the greatest irony of the entire affair, Hillary As a 27 years old staff attorney for the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate investigation, was fired by her supervisor, lifelong Democrat Jerry Zeifman for unethical behavior. When asked why Hillary Rodham was fired, Zeifman said in an interview, “Because she was a liar. She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer, she conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the Committee, and the rules of confidentiality.” I realized that the main stream media has reported this.
Carl Bernstein—half of the reporting duo that helped exposethe Watergate scandal in 1972—went on CNN to volunteer an observation about Hillary Clinton's failure to release the transcripts of her paid speaking gigs at Wall Street firms. "Now, you've got a situation with these transcripts," he said, "a little like Richard Nixon and his tapes that he stonewalled and wouldn't release."
"Whoa, whoa," interrupted CNN anchor Poppy Harlow. "I mean, your investigation brought down a presidency. You know scandal."
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Does it make any difference WHICH day we observe -- or whether we keep it? Does the Bible establish SUNDAY as the LORD'S DAY? Was the Sabbath given for the Jewish people only -- while Christians are commanded to keep SUNDAY as the LORD'S DAY?
by Herbert Armstrong
But there are those who insist the seventh-day Sabbath is still binding. Failure to keep it, they claim, is SIN -- and the punishment is DEATH for eternity!
Now that is a pretty serious claim!
Few take it seriously -- but that does not disprove or dismiss the challenge. Have YOU ever seriously looked into this question?
If someone tells me my house is on fire, I'm not going to laugh at him and refuse to take it seriously. I'm going to examine, and BE SURE! If he's wrong, then at least I shall KNOW my house is safe. I learned years ago that it can be very dangerous to carelessly ASSUME, or just take for granted. It's much wiser and safer to get all the FACTS, and then decide.
And one's LIFE for eternity is much more precious than his house.
Few realize, today, but the Sabbath vs. Sunday controversy raged during the first three centuries of the Christian era. Violence and bloodshed mounted. Millions were tortured and put to death over this question.
WHO IS RIGHT?
And, after all, does it make any difference?
Years ago I had to face this question. My wife said she had found, in the Bible, that Christians are bound to keep the Sabbath -- Friday sunset to Saturday sunset. I was shocked, angered. To me this was rank fanaticism. I had arguments -- plenty of them!
"You can't tell me that all these churches could be wrong!" I said in confident indignation.
I was challenged to look into this question -- to GET ALL THE FACTS! I was angered into serious research. I could not ignore the question. I had this question to live with! It had invaded my home!
Immediately when this question is raised, numerous other questions flash to mind.
Don't we have to adjust our religion to the changing times? After all, wasn't the Bible completely written some 1900 years ago? We live in a different world today! That's one argument. Yet, are we free to reason out our own religion? Are we going to render the decisions on our own fates, in the final judgment? Perhaps we'd better get the TRUTH!
Some will ask, "How can this world, as it is now organized, keep the seventh-day Sabbath? The world is geared to SUNDAY."
Or, "Suppose you're traveling on an ocean liner. Would you expect them to stop the engines and cease steaming forward at sunset Friday?"
"What about public utilities in the big cities? Electricity, water, gas. Must the police departments shut down and let criminals have a holiday?"
"Suppose the nation is at war. Should our forces stop fighting at sunset on Friday? The enemy might not see it that way!"
"But hasn't TIME been lost? How can we know whether the Saturday of today is the same day of the week as it was at creation -- or in Moses' day? Hasn't the weekly cycle gotten mixed up since creation?" That question, too, will be answered with the PROOF in this booklet.
"Anyway," one may reason in conclusion, "what possible difference can it make WHICH day, or WHETHER we observe it?"
These questions -- and more -- must be answered! And will be, in this booklet.
First of all, in a world where established, organized Christianity observes Sunday, where perhaps most people do not seriously observe any day as really sacred, HOW CAN WE KNOW?
Is there any SUPREME AUTHORITY, with the power of life and death over our eternity, with POWER to declare, and ENFORCE the right answer?
By WHAT AUTHORITY do Christians observe Sunday; Moslems, Friday; Sabbatarians, Saturday; and others, no day?
Is there any authority for observing Friday, or Sunday, or Saturday? It certainly is apparent all do not recognize the same authority.
IF There Is NO GOD! Read the entire article HERE Back to Table of Contents
HEADLINES & STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD: Week-41
Sept Oct 18-24
News Stories from Across The World:
Friday: PREPARATION DAY
Although it is not expressly stated in the Book of Hosea, it is apparent from the level of detail and familiarity focused on northern geography, that Hosea conducted his prophetic ministries in the Northern Israel (Samaria) of which he was a native.
In Hosea 1:1, the prophet identified the kings that ruled during his prophetic ministry. The first four—Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah—reigned over the southern kingdom of Judah from 790 BC to 686 BC, while Jeroboam II ruled the northern kingdom of Israel from 782 BC to 753 BC. This indicates that Hosea lived in the middle to late eighth century BC (755–715 BC), making him a contemporary of the prophets Isaiah and Micah. Hosea is often seen as a "prophet of doom", but underneath his message of destruction is a promise of restoration. The Talmud claims that he was the greatest prophet of his generation. The period of Hosea's ministry extended to some sixty years, and he was the only prophet of Israel of his time who left any written prophecy.
The identity of Israel (Samaria) is almost unknown today, but you can easily prove who the nations of the world descended from today! Read our study showing how England, America and many Western European countries are LOST ISRAEL. So almost every time in prophecy that we read that something will happen to Israel in the End Days, it will happen to the USA, Canada, Britain and parts of Western Europe. Israel in end time prophecy is not the Jewish nation of Israel today! The nation we call "Israel" is in fact named JUDAH in the Bible. Jews do not have the claim to the name Israel! 11 of the 12 tribes of Israel ARE NOT JEWS! Are you aware that the first time the word "Jew" is used in the Bible, that the "Jews are at war with the House of Israel to this day!" Jews fighting Israel! Did you know that?
When we read the Bible, which was written about 2,000-3,000 years ago, we often don't get the "feel of it" and how it relates to what is going on today, especially when reading prophecy about the end times and which nations are going to be involved. We read about Israel, of course, as well as Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Ethiopia and a list of unrecognizable nations and names. Yet what about nations like China, Russia, Germany, Italy, England or the United States? Why aren't they mentioned in our Bible? How can it be, if the Bible is the word of God, that he didn't know that these modern nations would exist? After all, if God knows the future, didn't God know about the United States or Europe or China? How can we trust prophecy or understand it when most of the time the scenario just doesn't fit what we know about the world today? Is there going to be another Assyrian Empire as the Bible claims? Does Assyria even exist today? Is Greece going to be the most powerful nation under another Alexander the Great as the book of Daniel suggests? It doesn't seem very likely to me and I am sure not to most of you either. Are we indeed living in the end times and how can we know what to look for and what today's news means? Will the world as we know it really ever end, as Jesus foretold?
Believe it or not, the Bible is as current and relevant today as the day when it was first written. The fact is that it is even more relevant today because much of what was predicted by the prophets was meant for today and beyond and not for the time these men were living! The hard-to-pronounce nations mentioned in the pages of prophecy written so ,long ago still exist, and you can prove it to yourself! God has given us tools to understand His predictions for our world and has had uncanny accuracy that nobody could ever duplicate without divine influence. God has rightly predicted:
the fall of Babylon
The fall of Assyria
The fall of Alexander
The fall of Rome 7 times (it has now fallen five or six times depending on what expert you believe!)
Chernobyl by name!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Global man-made pollution
the Muslim religion and their fight with Europe known as Crusades and the final yet to come conflict between these two powerful regions
The rise of England and the USA to be two most powerful nations ever to exist on this planet!
That England would have a monarchy, and that monarchy would claim to be David's descendants and that they would sit on his literal throne over the same rock that David himself was coronated over.
That the #13 would be important to the United States of America and that our form of government would be by election and not by a divine monarchy from the line of David.
To understand the Book of Hosea in today's world takes some knowledge of who he was, when he lived and when exactly he is talking about, and believe it or not, most of what he wrote was NOT FOR HID DAY!
The Study of HOSEA:
Hosea 1- 3: Hosea is ordered by God to marry a whore, who will not be faithful to him. To God, praying to false pagan deities is akin to human sexual adultery. As we are torn apart to find out that our spouse has been unfaithful, God feels the same torment when His people are unfaithful to Him! Adultery symbolises pagan worship in the Bible. Both Israel (America, England and parts of Western Europe) and Judah (modern day Jewish nation) have worshipped pagan deities throughout history and have suffered for it.
Hosea 4: a translation to better understand how to understand Bible prophecy:
Hosea 4 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)
The Lord Is Angry Against The United States, Great Britain and much of Western Europe
People of America, listen to the Jesus' message to you. Jesus, the Lord God Almighty has filed a lawsuit against you listing the following charges: “The people in this land are not honest or loyal. They don’t really know God the Father or Me. 2 They are always cursing, lying, killing, stealing, and committing adultery. They murder one person after another. 3 So the country is like someone crying for the dead, and all of its people are weak. Even the animals of the field, the birds of the sky, and the fish in the sea are dying because of the curse upon you.
4 “Don’t point your finger at someone else and try to pass the blame to him! Look, priest, I am pointing my finger at you.
5 As a sentence for your crimes, you, the priests and ministers of My people will stumble in broad daylight as well as in the night, and so will your false ‘prophets’ too; and I will destroy the land.
6 “My people are destroyed because they have no knowledge. You so-called Holy ministers have refused to learn, so I will refuse to let you be priests for Me. You have forgotten the Ten Commandments, so I will forget your children. 7 They became proud. They sinned more and more against me, so I will change their honor to shame.
8 “The priests rejoice in the sins of the people; they lap it up and lick their lips for more!
9 So the priests are no different from the people. I will punish them for the things they did. I will pay them back for the wrong things they did. 10 They will eat, but they will not be satisfied. They will commit sexual sins, but they will not have babies. This is because they left the Lord and became like prostitutes.
11 “Sexual sins, strong drink, and new wine ruin a person’s ability to think straight.12 My people are asking pieces of wood for advice. They think that idols, pieces of wood, or some horoscope will answer them! They have chased after those false gods like prostitutes and have left their own God. 13 They make sacrifices to other gods and worship money rather than Me. Your daughters will become prostitutes, and your daughters-in-law's whores for free.
14 “I cannot blame your daughters or your daughters-in-law for doing this, because your men go and have sex with the same whores and pay them. This is how foolish people destroy themselves.
The Shameful Sins of America and Great Britain who carry the name of Jacob or Israel
15 “Israel, just because you act like a prostitute doesn’t mean that Jews should feel guilty too. People, Don’t use the Lord’s name to make promises. Don’t say, ‘As the Lord lives …!’ 16 The Lord has given many things to you. He is like a shepherd who takes his sheep to a large field with plenty of grass. But you are stubborn, like a young cow that runs away again and again.
17 “The United States has joined Their politicians and so called holy leaders and rejoice in sin; they lap it up and lick their lips for more! 18. Therefore, a mighty wind shall sweep them away; and they shall die in shame because they have forgotten me and worshipped gods of money and greed.
My friends, believe it or not THIS IS the message of Hosea. Hosea is a prophecy for TODAY- for America, the England Commonwealth of Nations, Ireland, France, Denmark and Scandinavia! It has never been fulfilled. In part 2 I will show you why with more of Hosea. Chapters 5-7.. In Part 3 8-10, Part 4 11-12. Part 5 Chapter 15.
According to the Bible, and to God (who I try not to argue with very much), I am a sinner. The fact is that you are a sinner, your best friends are sinners, so is Billy Graham and the Pope. I am, just like every human ever born, except one, a carnal lust filled animal, who like the family dog, am physically attracted to my animalistic urges. I like looking at pretty girls, and I am 62 years old. I probably will continue for a long time. I understand fully well, that without the help of God Almighty, I am just an animal, in the body of a God-Like human, trying to survive on instincts. It is the living God, that dwells inside of me that makes me different than an animal. I unlike most on this earth today know this fact, and I am grateful for that knowledge.
Sin is the breaking of God's Law. The is the definition given in every Bible ever printed. It reads in 1 John 3:4 "Everyone who commits sin also breaks the law; sin is the breaking of of the Law."
The 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'