HEADLINES & STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD: Week-42
Sept Oct 25-31
News Stories from Across The World:
REPUBLISHED FROM 2009!
Today's holiday known as Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain. The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture, and is sometimes regarded as the "Celtic New Year". Traditionally, the celebration was a time used by the ancient Celtic pagans to take inventory of supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, now known as Halloween, the boundary between the alive and the deceased dissolved, and the dead become dangerous for the living by causing problems such as sickness or damaged crops. The festivals would frequently involve bonfires, into which bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown. Costumes and masks were also worn at the festivals in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or placate them. In pagan times often humans were burned in these bonfires along with cattle and other animals.
In the 1950's and 60's the day was mostly a children's fun day but over the past thirty years, Halloween has become a holiday that is not just for kids any more. Halloween has fast become the party holiday of adults and parents. It ranks number two behind Christmas in decorations and annual sales within the United States.
The term Halloween is shortened from All Hallows' Even (both "even" and "eve" are abbreviations of "evening", but "Halloween" gets its "n" from "even") as it is the eve of "All Hallows' Day",which is now also known as All Saints' Day. It was a day of religious festivities in various northern European Pagan traditions, until Popes Gregory III and Gregory IV moved the old Christian feast of All Saints' Day from May 13 (which had itself been the date of a pagan holiday, the Feast of the Lemures) to 1st November. In the ninth century, the Church measured the day as starting at sunset, in accordance with the Florentine calendar. Although All Saints' Day are now considered to occur one day after Halloween, the two holidays were, at that time, celebrated on the same day. Liturgically, the Church traditionally celebrated that day as the Vigil of All Saints, and, until 1970, a day of fasting as well. Like other vigils, it was celebrated on the previous day if it fell on a Sunday, although secular celebrations of the holiday remained on the 31st. The Vigil was suppressed in 1955, but was later restored in the post-Vatican II calendar. Therefore, you Protestants out there following the holiday, you are following yet another Catholic holy day that was adopted from paganism and nothing found in the Bible. The same applies to Sunday replacing the Sabbath, by the way. It was the Catholic church, hundreds of years after the first New Testament Pentecost that changed the Saturday Sabbath to Sunday. Catholics have every right to worship on Sunday's, non-Catholics do not!
Unlike other paganized 'Christian' holidays, Halloween has no scriptural basis whatsoever! None, zero, Nada! It is a totally pagan day from start to finish that God condemns us to follow! Satan, the devil who is the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4), who deceives the whole world (Revelation 12:9), is the author of all these days. Ironically, Satan wears the greatest costume of all, masquerading as an Angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:13-15). Jeremiah 10:2 (King James Version) "Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them."
Scripture also records God’s command: "When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone… who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord" (Deuteronomy 18:9–14). The Bible clearly forbids dabbling in witchcraft and the occult and idolatry, but the Israelites ignored these instructions. Israel incurred God’s wrath because its people "practiced witchcraft and soothsaying, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger" (2 Kings 17:17).
America, it is time to wake up. We cannot continue to disobey God and enjoy peace and freedom and prosperity. If we are true to obey God, God will be true to forgive our sins and to bless us before the world! Start reading your Bible! Learn what it is that your God wants you to know. The God who created you wants you to be their friends! Both the Father and the Son are God (John 1) and have invited us into their family!
HEADLINES & STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD: Week-41
Sept Oct 18-24
News Stories from Across The World:
Friday: PREPARATION DAY
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."
By Bob Barney
Below is a link to today's story about the evils of Big Business (whether it be big corporations, big media, big Pharma or big tech) and how they today love policies of Nazi Germany. I got news for you: THEY ALWAYS HAVE! Henry Ford, loved the Nazi's and built a big car plant in Germany! Prescott Bush (father and grandfather of both presidents) was Hitlers banker! Joseph Kennedy was a Nazi in his heart and idolized the movement, his own kids (John and Bobby) admitted it during the Cuban missile crisis in cabinet meetings. Today, the big companies love Nazi China (because that is actually what Chinese government is) and people like Bill Gates is on record praising China! Billionaire Bill Gates bashes capitalism.
These Billionaires use capitalism to get rich of the backs of us, then show that they are really NAZI's! It is about time we wake up and see what they are. Warren Buffet, Gates, Ted Turner are evil people who support DEATH! They should be stripped of their tax exempt status for their foundations which are merely a ploy to avoid paying taxes and to fund abortions and other programs which kill people! Don't expect too much media coverage, because they are also a bunch of NAZI'S! Read this: WHY BILLIONAIRES ARE TAX CHEATIN MURDERERS! LOOK at this link - read all the research I have done!
The Plain Truth is many Americans supported Hitler more than you think. The scary fact is most Industrialist and billionaires still support national socialists ideas!
Prior to the breakout of World War II in 1939, the rise of Hitler and the Nazi's in Germany caused concern throughout the Western world. At the end of the war it was then revealed in full extent of the Holocaust, many would strenuously deny any connection with or sympathy for the Nazis. Unfortunately for them, there were facts in place to contradict their denials. Read our list today to find ten people who were reportedly Nazi sympathizers.
Here are just a few famous Americans that thought Hitler and his policies were actually good, and America would be better off following them!
1) Walt Disney:
The idea that the man behind one of the most famous and loved companies in the world harbored pro-Nazi sympathies is extremely shocking but true. It is known that Disney had hosted Leni Riefenstahl and gave her a tour of his studios. Riefenstahl was the director of Nazi propaganda films Olympia and Triumph des Willens. Disney’s company was criticized for this move. Disney would go on to create anti-Nazi films such as Education for Death: The Making of the Nazi, which somewhat muddies the waters. We will probably never know the true nature of his Nazi links.
2) Edward VIII
Edward VIII is perhaps the most remembered for his abdication of the throne "to marry the woman I love.". His abdication of the throne in 1936 was caused by his marriage to the American Wallis Simpson, which caused a constitutional crisis, but it was said that he also had too close a connection with Adolf Hitler. Hitler was fond of Edward VIII, and his abdication in 1936 was seen as a blow to the relations Hitler hoped to keep with the UK. In 1937, the then-duke and duchess (Simpson) visited Nazi Germany and are famously pictured with Hitler during this visit.
During World War II, Edward was seen as a risk to the future democracy of the UK, as Hitler had plans to reinstate him upon successful invasion of England. He was made governor of the Bahamas during the war to keep him out of the way. There are numerous accounts of Edward professing his support of Hitler and his policies, with suggestions that he and his wife were fascists. It remains an awkward and contentious point of history in the monarchy of the UK.
3). Henry Ford:
Henry Ford revolutionized the motor industry with the first assembly line for cars in the early 20th century and probably the most famous auto builder to this day. In 1920, he gave an interview to New York World in which his anti-Semitic views were apparent, calling the “International Jew” a “threat” and accusing them of being behind World War I. The New York Times would also publish an article that suggested Adolf Hitler had a large picture of Henry Ford up on his office wall—in admiration of Ford. This admiration is made clear when Hitler actually name-drops Henry Ford in his book Mein Kampf, calling Ford a “single great man” who “still maintains full independence” from the Jewish threat.
In 1938, only a year before Hitler would invade Poland, Ford was awarded the Grand Cross of the German Eagle, the highest medal possible for a person of non-German origin, with Ford being the only US citizen to receive the award. Ford’s name and collection of articles The International Jew was also brought up during the Nuremberg Trials after the conclusion of World War II as an influential piece of anti-Semitic rhetoric. Ford died in 1947.
The Ford Motor Company knowingly allowed slave labour at its German subsidiary during the Second World War and backed its European divisions making equipment for the Nazi military. Although it has long been known that Henry Ford, the company's founder, held anti-Semitic views, the extent of his involvement in Hitler's rise to power is in dispute. Max Wallace, a journalist and Holocaust researcher, says in The American Axis: Henry Ford, Charles Lindbergh and the Rise of the Third Reich that both men fell for Nazi propaganda.
Referring to newly declassified government documents, Mr Wallace alleges that Nazi links at the Detroit company went well beyond Henry Ford. The documents indicate that his son Edsel, the then company president, could have been prosecuted for trading with the enemy had he not died in 1943.
In a personal note, as a teenager growing up I worked for a man who fought in World War 2, in Patton's Army, that told me an incredible story. When moving into Germany, he said, everything was destroyed, even churches. In fact they targeted church steeples because churches were always located in the heart of a city! However, he continued, when we arrived at the Ford plant, every building around it was totally destroyed by our bombers, but the Ford plant had been spared. They started making Fords again 2 days after the war! The photo to the left shows the plant as my employer Ed Wright saw it. Proof that his story was correct.
4.) Charles Lindberg:
Charles Lindbergh became an icon and idol when he successfully flew a plane from New York to Paris His life was also struck by tragedy in 1932, when his infant son was kidnapped and murdered in a ransom attempt which was widely covered in the US media, being dubbed the “Crime of the Century.” He is perhaps remembered least for his outspoken rhetoric against entering the war against Nazi Germany and for his pro-Germany actions.
In June 1936, Lindbergh visited Germany on behalf of the US government in an effort to learn more about how far German aviation had come. Lindbergh also sat near Hitler during the opening ceremonies of the 1936 Summer Olympics. After this, Lindbergh became a pariah in the US, as he called for neutrality and non-engagement in the war with Germany, often attracting German American Bund (a US pro-Nazi organization) members to his speeches. Lindbergh was careful never to admit to Nazi sympathy.
5.) Prescott Bush (father and grandfather to both Bush presidents):
George Bush's grandfather, the late US senator Prescott Bush, was a director and shareholder of companies that profited from their involvement with the financial backers of Nazi Germany.
Newly discovered files in the US National Archives that a firm of which Prescott Bush was a director was involved with the financial architects of Nazism. His business dealings, which continued until his company's assets were seized in 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy Act.
Together with his father-in-law George Herbert Walker, Prescott Bush controlled another asset of the holding company, the Hamburg-Amerika shipping line, which was utilized by the Nazi regime to transport its agents in and out of North America. Another subsidiary of the Harriman group, Harriman International Co., struck a deal with Hitler’s regime in 1933 to coordinate German exports to the US market.
6.) Joseph Kennedy:
Father of President John Kennedy, Bobby and ted, Joseph Kennedy was also a believer in National Socialism, especially their anti Jew hatred. According to confidential German documents made public by the U.S. State Department in 1949, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. met with the German Ambassador to Great Britain, Herbert von Dirksen, in June 1938. Dirksen later informed Baron Ernst von Weizsaecker, State Secretary of the German Foreign Ministry, that Kennedy told him that the “Jewish question” was of vital importance to U.S.-German relations.
It is here where the ugly hairline cracks in the Joseph Kennedy Sr. facade begin to widen:
“He himself understood our Jewish policy completely,” Dirksen wrote. “He was from Boston and there, in one golf club, and in other clubs, no Jews had been admitted in the past 50 years … In the United States, therefore, such pronounced attitudes were quite common, but people avoided making so much outward fuss about it.”
Most damning, however, was Kennedy’s assertion (in Dirksen’s words) that it “was not so much the fact that [the Germans] wanted to get rid of the Jews that was so harmful to [the Germans], but rather the loud clamor with which [the Germans] accompanied the purpose.”
The list goes on and one.... Today we have our new pro-socialist billionaires, who want a type of Nazism, which really is big business (them) and big government, along with Big Media working together for their own common good. Democracy is not a part of their world view. They are the DEEP STATE of today... The modern Nazis.
Look at a few:
Bill Gates: ‘China’s experience tackling poverty offers lessons to the world’
Warren Buffett: “What they’ve done in the last 50 - 60 years is a total economic miracle,” added Buffett. “I never would’ve thought it could have happened. But the truth is they’re as smart as we are, they work as hard as we are, and they can have growth in the economy from a lower base that will exceed ours percentage-wise for a long time. They’re destined for a fine economic future, just like we are.”
Michael Bloomberg: Xi Jinping is not a dictator; he has to satisfy his constituents or he’s not going to survive. Bloomberg makes his case for the Chinese ‘dictator for life’ by saying ‘The Chinese Communist party looks at Russia and they look for where the Communist party is and they don’t find it anymore. And they don’t want that to happen. So, they really are responsive.’ The truth is a bit different. Indeed, after the collapse of the USSR, Beijing concluded that it needed economic performance to provide legitimacy for the regime. But the more significant lesson the CCP drew was that the Soviet Communist party lost faith in communism and failed to enforce and defend its ideology. Accordingly, when Xi came to power in 2012, he informed party comrades: ‘Why did the Soviet Union disintegrate? Why did the Soviet Communist Party collapse? An important reason was that their ideals and convictions wavered’, and ‘where political rot, ideological heresy and military disloyalty brought down the governing party’. Xi demanded a return to Leninist proletarian dictatorship — to rule China with violence and terror, absolutely without mercy to its enemy. He later launched massive ruthless campaigns to crackdown on any dissent. Through mass surveillance and indoctrination, the CCP has essentially wiped out any political opposition, and thus any hope for free speech or democracy. China is a police state superpower.
NBA: Lebron James:
“I think when we all sit back and learn from the situation that happened, understand that what you could tweet or could say (could affect people),” James said. “We all talk about this freedom of speech. Yes, we all do have freedom of speech, but at times there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you’re not thinking about others, and you’re only thinking about yourself.
“I don’t want to get into a word or sentence feud with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand, and he spoke, and so many people could have been harmed, not only financially, but physically. Emotionally. Spiritually. So just be careful what we tweet and what we say, and what we do. Even though yes, we do have freedom of speech, but there can be a lot of negative that comes with that too.”
NBA star James Harden apologizes to China amid Hong Kong furor: Yes, It seems that Hong Kong's desire for democracy is abhorrent to the wealthy members of the sports Deep State!
My fear is that history is repeating itself today. Watch World Events -- Read the Bible!-- And Pray!
Susan Butler, in her book, "Roosevelt and Stalin", tells the story of how the leader of the capitalist world and the leader of the Communist world became more than allies of convenience during World War II. They shared the same outlook for the postwar world, and formed an uneasy yet deep friendship, shaping the global stage from the war to the decades leading up to and into the new century. The book makes clear that Roosevelt worked hard to win Stalin over, by always holding out the promise that Roosevelt’s own ideas were the best hope for the future peace and security of Russia. Stalin, however, was initially unconvinced that Roosevelt’s planned world organization, even with police powers, would be strong enough to keep Germany from starting a new war.
Wow! You don't see to many people talking about that do you? The democrat icon Franklin Roosevelt met with, worked with and even helped one of the biggest butchers of all time stay in power. It could be said that because America helped to save the USSR from Germany, FDR also helped Stalin murder tens of millions of people, and keep eastern Europe in chains and slavery for 50 years! The story gets even worse.
Another book, "Roosevelt and Stalin: Portrait of a Partnership" describes the friendship that developed between the two men, and history shows that the friendship bothered our true ally Winston Churchill! For one thing, Roosevelt pushed for the US to recognize the Soviet Union well before Pearl Harbor, despite the pesky matter of communists despising capitalists and vice versa. And he supported US help for Russia when “most Americans still thought of Europe’s problems as being as far away as the moon.” The two men bonded by making fun of an annoyed Churchill, and Stalin even teases FDR by acting offended to learn he’s called “Uncle Joe” behind the scenes! How's that for dissing your allies?
You won't hear anything about this fact of history because:
1 Our modern educational system won't allow such news to fly. They have dumbed down American children for at least 50 years now.
2 The hate Trump media doesn't want you to know the plain truth about American history, if that history doesn't fit its narrative
3 The DEEP STATE is at war with ordinary Americans, trying to take away our liberties at every chance they can
4 Big Business, Big Politics, Big Banksters and Big Government want to enslave the American worker and force them to work for "Mexican" wages--- maybe even 'Chinese" wages, and that is the Plain Truth!
Since the end of the Cold War there has been considerable reviewing of President Roosevelt’s policies toward the Soviet Union. Most notable has been the essay of Professor Arthur Schlesinger Jr., who has argued that the 1989 counter-revolution in Central Europe vindicates President Roosevelt’s wartime diplomacy, which, he says, had been criticized for its “naiveté” about Stalin.
Wait, did you read that?c Professor Arthur Schlesinger Jr., says FDR was “naiveté” about Stalin! Wow, yet we are to believe that Donald Trump deserves to be impeached!
Wake up America. Your media, your government, the globalist, and your police state hates you!
Biden's tax plan will lead to a combined rate of at least 62% for those making more than $400k in California and New York - the highest increase in three decades
Taxpayers in California, New Jersey and New York who earn more than $400k a year could face combined state and local income tax rates of more than 60% under a Joe Biden presidency. Tax payers would be unlikely to pay the full rate after various deductions, credits, offsets and loopholes worked through by accountants. There is currently a $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions which Democrats could push to remove should they win the senate. Biden would also raise taxes on corporations by raising the corporate income tax rate and imposing a corporate minimum book tax. The Biden tax plan by 2030 would lead to about 6.5 percent less after-tax income for the top 1 percent of taxpayers and about a 1.7 percent decline for all.
A Beast is rising in Europe, and if you are a Plain Truth Reader, you know that the Bible promises that the evil coming antichrist will arise out a United States of Europe! Yes, Europe, under the Holy Roman Church is the end time beast of Revelation, and will become the enemy of the USA. You need to know just WHO the players are in today's world! Click Here and you will be amazed just who the nation's are today, as prophesied is the Bible! You can not know what is going to happen unless you know who we are, and who "they" are! Macron's France, by the way is a lost tribe of Israel named Rueben! And they, like in WWII, will be enslaved by the coming antichrist!
Europe must 'become an Empire' to rival China and the US, a French minister said yesterday.
Economics and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said the EU must project its power around the globe to promote peace and protect the environment.
He told German newspaper Handelsblatt: 'It's about Europe having to become an Empire, as China is. And how the US is. But a peaceful empire that relies on green growth. Neither China nor the US, who are leaving the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, are on this line.'
Asked why he used the controversial word empire, Mr Le Maire clarified: 'Do not get me wrong, I'm talking about a peaceful empire that's a constitutional state. I use the term to raise awareness that tomorrow's world will be shaped by the powerful.
'Power will make the difference: technological power, economic, financial, monetary, cultural power will be crucial. Europe should no longer shy away from playing its power and being an empire of peace.'
Georgia state trooper declines Black Lives Matter protesters' demands that he take a knee
A Standup guy for police, law and order, you and I AND GOD!
A state trooper from Georgia refused to kneel during a Black Lives Matter protest in Georgia, telling demonstrators he does that only for God.
Video footage has emerged of O'Neal Saddler, who cancelled his plans to help keep protesters safe, at the rally in Hartwell.
Addressing a group of demonstrators, Saddler says: 'I'm supposed to be out of town this weekend with my wife.
Georgia state trooper tells protesters 'I only kneel for God.'
'I took off this weekend, today, but I'm out here to make sure you are all safe.
'Don't go there with respect.
'I have much respect, but I only kneel for one person.'
Someone in the crowd interrupts: 'And that's God'.
The trooper nods and confirms, 'God'.
The Christian parents of a 6-year-old girl in Pakistan who was beaten and raped by a Muslim have been threatend by local imams with the rape of their other daughters and with financial ruin if they proceed with a legal case, according to the advocacy group British Pakistani Christians,
It's one of many such cases cited in a report highlighted by Raymond Ibrahim, a senior fellow at the Gatestone Institute, the David Horowitz Freedom Center and the Middle East Forum.
He points out that studies from as recently as 2019 show "around 1,000 girls from (Christian and other) religious minorities are forcibly converted to Islam every year. The numbers might [even] be higher as many cases are not even reported."
The typical pattern is a Muslim kidnaps a young Christian girl, assaults and rape her. Then when confronted, the perpetrator produces a coerced or forged statement from the girl declaring she "converted" to Islam and "married" her attacker. Sometimes the girls are killed.
HEADLINES & STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD: Week-40
Sept Oct 11-17
News Stories from Across The World:
Saturday- THE SABBATH
'We're BLESSED in the USA!' NFL legend Herschel Walker blasts celebrities who claim African Americans are 'oppressed'
Former NFL star Herschel Walker has blasted celebrities who claim black people are oppressed in the US.
The athlete, 58, shared a video on Twitter in support of President Trump in which he pointed to his own story after growing up as a 'poor black kid from South Georgia' who went on to represent his country in the Olympics.
Walker, who competed in the 1992 Winter Olympics as part of the US bobsleigh team, finishing seventh, said it was one of his greatest honors.
Top line is the Modern Date- Next line is month and date in God's Calendar!
For example Thur. Oct. 1 = 7th Month Day 16th in God's Calendar (written as 7:16)
--also the second day of the Feast of Tabernacles... (see notes)
Feast Day 3
Last Great day
Poll: The Shy Trump Vote Is Bigger This Year...And Who Falls into This Category Should Terrify Democrats
Source: AP Photo/Jeff Swinger
I’ll say it again, folks. The polling is screwed. It’s skewed. It’s a mess. Either we’re right to be highly skeptical and Trump wins an Electoral College landslide, or the pollsters are right and we’re heading for Armageddon come Election Day. Still, the oversampling of Democrats, college-educated voters, and suburban Republicans hostile to Trump should bring a ton of scrutiny. The reluctance from some of these clown firms to switch to likely voter samples is also suspect. We’re not going to have a 2008 or 2012 electorate. For starters, a new Hill-Harris poll noted that young Americans are not excited about this election at all. They’re not planning on voting. Gallup is reporting the youth interest in voting this cycle has hit its lowest levels since 2000. That’s in keeping with the results from Democracy Institute’s Patrick Basham, whose polling data, which has been mentioned in The Washington Times and Forbes, suggests there will be one million fewer young people voting this cycle.
The commander of the Marinha Grande Volunteer Firefighters, Vítor Graça, told Mundo Deportive the car 'collapsed about 500/600 meters from the beginning of the first section, when it hit a pine tree'.
Remember My Prediction: Peace in Korea? Doubtful
Donald Trump 'is furious' after Kim Jong Un unveiled 'monster' ICBM that 'could hit ANYWHERE in US' and new submarine launched missile - which show he was building powerful weapons while talking peace
Among the new military hardware displayed at a parade in Pyongyang marking the Communist regime's 75th anniversary were what appeared to be a massive new Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (main, bottom right) and new submarine-launched ballistic missile (bottom left). Visual analysis of the new ICBM shows it is larger than the Hwasong-15, which was previously North Korea's most advanced ICBM and is capable of striking anywhere in the continental U.S. 'Trump is really angry about [North Korea's] missile parade' and is 'really disappointed' in Kim after fruitless peace talks, an unnamed source told Vox national security reporter Alex Ward.
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They may happen once in a lifetime or not at all. They’re God stories, moments of clarity — those occasions when an individual experiences a profound spiritual change. And suddenly, a long-held, deeply ingrained attitude or behavior vanishes and nothing is the same again.
Last month, writer David Cloud shared several anecdotes from Forrest’s early life that demonstrate the extremity of his personality.
Confederate Army Gen. Nathaniel Bedford Forrest, who earned the nickname “The Wizard of the Saddle” for his aggressive — and highly effective — exploits on the battlefield, and subsequently served as the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, underwent such a fundamental transformation.
When his deeply religious mother, whom he loved, was attacked by a cougar, “he got his gun and his hunting dogs, tracked down the beast, treed it, killed it, and cut off its ears to present to his mother as a trophy of revenge,” Cloud wrote in a heavily researched piece for Way of Life Literature, which publishes Bible Study material.
By the time the Civil War broke out in 1861, Forrest had already become one of Tennessee’s richest men. He had earned his fortune through various business ventures, including the ownership of two cotton plantations and a thriving slave trading business.
Forrest “killed 31 men during the war in hand-to-hand combat, had 30 horses shot out from under him, and was wounded four times. In one engagement, he fought four men at once and managed to escape. His brilliant tactics enabled him to defeat the larger Union forces repeatedly. General William Tecumseh Sherman named him ‘that devil Forrest’ and called for his death ‘even if it takes 10,000 men and bankrupts the Federal treasury.’
Although “the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) was formed in 1865 … it didn’t prosper until 1867” when it Forrest became its leader.
The KKK, presided over by its new grand wizard, was very active during the 1868 presidential election, and was ultimately responsible for many political assassinations.
“During the election campaign of 1868, there were 336 murders or attempted murders of blacks in Georgia alone to suppress Republican voting,” Cloud wrote.
“Forrest left the KKK … and tried unsuccessfully to disband it,” Cloud wrote.
However, it would still be another six years before he would accept Jesus Christ.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock,” Jesus says in the passage.
“But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
In a paper titled “When the Devil Got Saved: The Christian Conversion of Nathan Bedford Forrest,” (a summary of his long-form biography titled “Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Redemption”), biographer Shane Kaster wrote that following the sermon, Forrest spoke to the pastor.
He reportedly said: “Sir, your sermon has removed the last prop from under me. I am the fool that built on the sand; I am a poor miserable sinner.”
The pastor “told Forrest to go home and read and meditate on Psalm 51 and see where it led him,” Kaster wrote.
Psalm 51:1-3, reads: “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.”
Shortly after his conversion, Forrest spoke before the Pole-Bearers Association, a black civil rights group.
“I came to meet you as friends, and welcome you to the white people. I want you to come nearer to us,” he reportedly said. “When I can serve you I will do so. We have but one flag, one country; let us stand together. We may differ in color, but not in sentiment.”
“Go to work, be industrious, live honestly and act truly, and when you are oppressed I’ll come to your relief. I thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for this opportunity you have afforded me to be with you, and to assure you that I am with you in heart and in hand.”
Following his speech, a young black girl reportedly presented him with a bouquet of flowers, and he responded by kissing her on the cheek.
Two years later, Forrest died at the age of 56, a changed man.
As Forrest lay dying, he reportedly told loved ones there was “not a cloud that separated him from his beloved Heavenly Father.”
This story demonstrates the power of Jesus to transform lives.
Skeptics may scoff at the notion that a divine power can intervene in an individual’s life and bring such radical change, but it is real. I have witnessed it.
And the good news is that anyone can tap this power. All we need to do is ask and believe.
HEADLINES & STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD: Week-39
Sept Oct 4-10
News Stories from Across The World:
Bob Barney First Published March 2009
This amazing video, recently made for a 44 year old song still rings as true today, if not more so than it did when it was first made. The Plain Truth is all about today's news and one cannot understand the news if we do not understand that there is a God, and that God has told us what to watch out for. If you do not read anything else in your life, read Matthew 24, the entire chapter! God has warned us and it is up to us to ignore HIS word or obey it.
God gives us the choice. He tells us to choose life! He wants us to live, but we must listen to HIS voice. God's voice is not just found in your Bible. You can also find it everywhere you look, if you open your eyes and look for it. Satan may be alive and well on planet earth, BUT GOD IS HERE TOO! God is warning us and talking to us daily. Most just do not pay attention.
General MacArthur, on the deck of the USS Missouri warned us. He said that if we do not find a better way than war, mankind's greatest sin, then "Armageddon will be at our door!" Those words, spoken by the general were from God Almighty! Listen to much of the music, even rock n roll songs. Yes, the Devil gets his message out, and he is THE GOD OF THIS WORLD, but GOD gets HIS message out too!
When Barry McGuire sang this song, he wasn't a Christian, but he is today! In fact, I believe he is now a minister.
When Paul Simon wrote "Sounds of Silence" I am sure he did not understand that God was reaching out to us through his words in the song. He probably did not know that the words were the words of Isaiah that "we hear but do not perceive". The song says:
"Hello darkness, my old friend
I've come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Within the sound of silence ........
And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening "
Now compare that to: Matthew 13:14 -""In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says, 'YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, BUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND; YOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE;"
The Youngbloods have a line in their biggest hit, "when the one that left us here, returns for us at last." Who do you think they are singing about?
Paul Simon's "Mother and Child" reunion has many meanings for many people. To Paul himself, a secular person, he probably didn't understand the words himself! Read the words to that song and see if God has a message in there. Who is the spokesman in "bridge over troubled water?" It isn't a drug dealer!
God is talking to us. In songs, movies and in THE NEWS! The Plain Truth is trying to show you what God is doing today, by explaining the Plain Truth behind today's news. Jesus is coming. I do not know when. I do know to keep looking for the signs... Listen and watch the video below....
War on Christians everywhere
Hindus in a state in India that bans the slaughter of cattle attacked and beat seven Christian members of a local tribe, falsely accusing them of being involved in the beef trade.