Who Created the Heavens and Earth?

All Biblical quotes from KJV unless otherwise stated

A few more thoughts on names + a bit more – Here a little, there a little.

Daniel 4:13 I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and, behold, a watcher (`iyr) and an holy one (qaddiysh) came down from heaven;

Daniel 4:17 This matter is by the decree of the watchers, 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.

Nebuchadnezzar was wise enough to understand the decree – mankind in general – not so much – look at the world picture today!

Why would the Most High allow the ‘basest of men’ to rule over the kingdom of men for a period of time? Clearly part of a Plan, the framework of which is clearly revealed in the meaning of His Holy Days – but not the holy days observed by the majority of mainstream Christians.

Passover will be celebrated on 19 April 2019 (beginning on previous evening); so let us take a look at Lev.23:5, In the fourteenth [day] of the first month at even [is] the Lord’s (Yĕhovah) passover.

Hebrew interlinear: “in month the first in four ten to month between the evenings passover to Yahweh”
(For easier reading the format has been changed left-to-right.)

Note that it is Yahweh’s Passover and not a man-made day of commemoration, and it is celebrated at the beginning of the day – evening. Yahweh’s day ends at sunset (Gen.1:5 And God (‘elohiym) called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.)

Hebrew interlinear: “and he is calling Elohiym to light day and to darkness he calls night and he is becoming evening and he is becoming morning day one”.

Note: It was not the Most High God Himself that divided the light from darkness, but He commanded it be done by Elohiym.

‘Days of Unleavened Bread’ (April 20 to 26 in 2019) follow Passover. Easter is a man-made commemoration and is the result of Passover being mistranslated (purposefully?) as Easter in many Bible translations. Jesus Christ (Yĕhowshuwa`or Yeshua) observed the Most High’s Holy Days when he lived in the flesh, and there is no biblical command to observe any other days. Many Christian churches appear to believe that their own man-made traditions take precedence!

‘Days of Unleavened Bread’ have significant meaning but explaining them is not the purpose of this posting.

The name Elohiym is uniquely Hebrew; it is not used in any other Semitic language. The masculine plural ending does not mean ‘god’ when referring to the true God of Israel, since the name is mainly used with singular verb forms and with adjectives and pronouns in the singular (Gen.1:26)

Yahweh is generally believed to be the correct Hebrew pronunciation for Jehovah, a name used for God in the Old Testament. Yahweh is a word that emphasizes an important aspect of God’s character, just as His other names in Scripture emphasize other aspects.

Jesus Christ is also called by a number of names in the Bible. His common New Testament name, Jesus, corresponds to the Old Testament Joshua, which in the Hebrew is Yehoshua, and in Aramiac Yeshua.

The New Testament calls Jesus Iesous (the Greek form for Yeshua), and it calls God Theos and Lord – Kurios

Creation

Gen.2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God (Yĕhovah, ‘elohiym) made the earth and the heavens,

Sacrifice of the Lamb of God

In Exodus 12:5, it was commanded that the Israelites take a lamb that ‘’shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take [it] out from the sheep, or from the goats’’:

The lamb is normally pictured as being from a sheep – but it could also be from a goat. The sacrifice of this lamb was a foreshadow of the future sacrifice of Yeshua.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God (Theos) [is] eternal life through Yĕhowshuwa` (Yeshua).

Now from the above verse alone it would appear that all sinners are doomed to eternal death if they do not accept Yĕhowshuwa` as their Lord. However, we all sin –Rom.5:12 – but Yahweh’s Plan takes this into account. It is never too late to change (although there are many who would have us believe otherwise.) We may have been created in our Creator’s (John 1:1 thro’ 3) likeness – Gen.1:26, ‘And Elohiym said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…’ – but we have been given the free will as to how we choose to develop (or not) the opportunity we have been given.

We may have been created in the likeness and image of Elohiym, but where was human-kind when the foundations of the earth were laid?

Job 38:4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. 5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? 6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; 7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God (Elohiym) shouted for joy?

Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God (Elohiym) came to present themselves before the LORD (Yĕhovah), and Satan came also among them.

Job 2:1 Again there was a day when the sons of God (Elohiym) came to present themselves before the LORD (Yĕhovah), and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.

That wily old (ancient) adversary is still around, although he has made an excellent work of deceiving mankind in general into believing that he does not exist. Then again there are an increasing number of people who do not believe that even God exists!

Note: The sons of God existed before the physical creation of both the Universe and of mankind (Job 38:7).

Would it be a large leap of imagination to speculate that the angels themselves were the workmen who actually carried out the work of creation? In our own individual little world we may not ‘shout for joy’ after completing a difficult and time consuming task successfully, but we do feel a good deal of satisfaction. It was the angels themselves (at least a number of them) that were originally commanded to complete their Creator’s physical earthly creation – and probably those of other planets – until iniquity was found in their leader who in turn persuaded (no doubt through falsely perceived injustices – nature of a human kind perhaps?) a number of those assigned to the project to rebel.

It is revealed in Scripture that the original plan was not only eventually ignored (how long this took is not revealed) under the leadership of Lucifer, but that instead of creation – destruction on a grand scale was the result of Lucifer’s rebellion.

Already in Gen1:2 the extent of the destruction is revealed – ”And the earth was (hayah– to be, become, come to pass) without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit (ruwach) of God (`elohiym) moved (rachaph) upon the face of the waters”.

Hebrew Interlinear: Same verse: and the earth she became chaos and vacancy and darkness over surfaces of abyss and spirit of Elohiym vibrating over surface of the waters.

Hebrew word – rachaph:  Figuratively used of the Spirit of God that brooded over the shapeless mass of the pla(n)et earth -same word rachaph translated ‘fluttereth’ in Deut.32:11

The earth BECAME chaos – probably together with a number of other planets in our solar system? It was not originally created in or through chaos.

Re-Creation

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word (logos), and the Word (logos) was with God (theos), and the Word (logos) was God (theos). 2 The same was in the beginning with God (theos). All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made… 14 And the Word (logos) was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father(patēr),) full of grace and truth… 17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus(Yĕhowshuwa`) Christ.

Conclusion:

It would appear that The Most High (‘elyown) God (‘el) – Greek – hypsistos theos, whom no physical being has seen (John 6:46) gave the Word (logos, who is also a theos) the role of spokesman and creator God – All things were made by Him (John 1:3) – but were they made personally by Him?

As all things were made by Him (logos), and no physical being has ever seen the Most High God (‘elyown), then it would appear that the various names give to the actual creator God in both the Old and the New Testaments refer to one and the same being – a God in His own right, but not the Most High – John 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

The many and various names given to the creator God would appear to reveal His many and various attributes?

The Unseen

In Hebrews 11:3, it is revealed that: Through faith we understand that the worlds (aiōn) were framed (katartizō) by the word (rhēma) of God (theos), so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

The word rhēma in above verse is not the personal word (logos), but the spoken word that has been revealed to us through Scripture by the personal word (logos) (Heb.1:2)

The natural world could not, without revelation, teach us this truth, though it confirms the truth when discerned by faith ( Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world (kosmos) are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:)

”so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear”.

That which was originally created was not created from previously existing physical material – i.e. a plant from the seed or the offspring from the parent.

We were not observers of creation; it is by faith we perceive it.

The ages (aiōn) were framed by the Word – and an understanding of the meaning and symbolism of His Holy days (not the man-made holy days) reveals the framework of the Plan for mankind.

Holy Spirit

1 Thess. 1:5  For our gospel came not unto you in word (logos), only, but also in power (dynamis), and in the Holy Spirit (pneuma) and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power (dymamis), after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Rom. 15:13  Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is a dynamic power or force – it needs to be used – it is not static. The Holy Spirit is the very spirit of the Most High, and it is therefore evident that it was through the dynamic force of this spirit that the Word created the heavens and the earth.
A couple of examples of creation from our own material world may give us an insight into just who was involved in the creation of our world? – In the beginning!

Bill Gates and Henry Ford are both credited with being the creators, respectively, of Microsoft and the Ford Motor Company. However, their respective multinational companies did not just appear because these two men had creative thoughts and spoke them into being. As the creators they needed the assistance of others in order to materialize their respective visions. Thinking and talking about their vision was not sufficient to enable it to be realized. A working leader was required along with a workforce and the power of El-ectricity.

Would it be unrealistic to imagine that the Most High also required a leader and a workforce to accomplish his vision – albeit on a much larger and grander scale than the two instances mentioned above?

The Most High God (`el) gave the task of creating to the Word (logos) who was a God (theos) in His own right. He (logos) later became known to His created human-beings under a number of names (in both the Old and New Testaments) that reveal His many attributes. To assist in this work a number of angels were employed and by the power of the Holy Spirit the creation of the material (physical) heavens (kosmos) and earth began.

It should not stretch the imagination too far to put forward the idea that angels were involved in the creation process, and remain so right up to the present. If we take only two examples, from many available, from Scripture, it is revealed that angels are to be involved in bringing about the end of the ages (aiōn) in a rather dramatic manner in the coming future.

Rev.8:2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.

Rev.9:15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.

Two further examples from Scripture reveal to us that the original plan for a number of angels to complete the creation process was not successful.

Jude1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

2 Peter 2:4 For if God (theos) spared not the angels (aggelos) that sinned, but cast them down to hell (tartaroō), and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

The Vulgate translates, ‘kept not their first estate’“their own principality,” – as  angels being elsewhere in Scripture called “principalities”, supports the view that “their own” implies that, instead of being content with the place assigned to them, they aspired to a higher station.

Note:

I should mention that I do not assume that the power of the Holy Spirit can be equated with electricity as a power source. I have used the word el-ectricity in much the same way I could use ‘works of art’ as an analogy for ‘works of nature (spirit)’. However, one does wonder just what spirit was at work when viewing many contemporary art works!

 

 

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Seven Thunders 2

A few more thoughts on the previous posting – Seven Thunders!

Mighty angel from heaven

Rev.10:1, 2 states, that a mighty angel had a little book open in his hand.

We are not told who this angel is, but by the description of the angel’s appearance it is apparent that it has been given authority from the highest hold to relate the contents of the little book to John.

Note: Verse 1, states that this angel came down from heaven.

The English word heaven in the KJV is translated from the Greek wordouranos meaning:

  1. a) The vaulted expanse of the sky with all things visible in it.
  2. b)  The universe, the world
  3. c)  The aerial heavens or sky, the region where the clouds and the tempests gather, and where thunder and lightning are produced
  4. d)  the sidereal or starry heavens

The same word – ouranos – is translated – heaven, air, sky, heavenly – in the KJV translation of the New Testament.

So it may be that this angel appeared in physical form from a physical heaven?

John transported in the spirit

In Rev.4:2, we find John transported in the spirit to the very throne of heaven.

In verse 1, a door (thyra) was opened in heaven (ouranos).

In a parable or metaphor –  the word Thryra means: the door of the kingdom of heaven (likened to a palace) denotes the conditions which must be complied with in order to be received into the kingdom of God.

This metaphorical rendering of the word thyra is not out of place if we study the final verses of Revelation 3.

In Revelation 10:1, the word heaven is translated from the Greek word ouranosa physical heaven. Rev.4: 2, reveals to us that John: was transported in the spirit to the very throne of God. However, the English word spirit in this verse is translated from the Greek word pnuema.

This word can have a number of different meanings depending upon the context of the scriptural passage or verse. Here are some of them:

  1. Holy Spirit
  2. The spirit, i.e. the vital principal by which the body is animated
  3. The disposition or influence which fills and governs the soul (living) of any one.
  4. Breath of the nostrils or mouth
  5. A movement of air – of the wind – hence the wind itself

Chpt. 4, may, or may not be, describing a physical occurrence? It may be that, referring to Rev.1:10, that John was experiencing a vision in a dream state?

Rev.1:10 I was in the Spirit (pnuema) on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet. However, Rev.1:1 makes it clear that an angel (messenger) was sent to John to convey things which must shortly come to pass– i.e. the coming future

Rev.1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

 The Silver Cord

 If we assume that John was actually taken in the spirit (invisible air, wind, breath), then the angel may have been required to assist John on his journey to ensure that the silver chord was not loosened (broken)and he could safely return to the soul(living body)?

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 who gave it.

 The above may give the interested reader some food for thought; meanwhile we are digressing from the main theme of this posting.

Rainbow: Strong’s G2463 – ἶρις  – iris

In Rev. 4:3, it is revealed that there is a rainbow (Greek- iris) about the throne (God’s). It would appear there is a connection here between the mighty angel of Chpt. 10:1, ‘…a rainbow was upon his head…’

Iris, the flower, describes the rainbow seen in the heavenly vision, ’round about the throne, like an emerald (Green) to look upon’ (Rev 4:3) – Emblematic of the fact that, in the exercise of God’s absolute sovereignty and perfect counsels, He will remember His covenant concerning the earth (Gen. 9:9-17). In Rev 10:1, the rainbow, suggests a connection with the scene in Rev 4:3; here (10:1), it rests upon the head of an angel who declares that there shall be time (delay) no longer (10:6, the actual meaning); the mercy to be shown to the earth must be preceded by the execution of Divine judgments upon the nations who defy God and His Christ.  – Source: Extract from Vine’s Expository Dictionary:

 The Iris Flower

The flower symbolism associated with the iris is faith, wisdom, cherished friendship, hope, valour, wisdom. The iris (Iris pseudacorus) is the emblem of both France and Florence, Italy. The fleur-de-lis, one of the most well-known of all symbols, is derived from the shape of the iris flower. The fleur-de-lis is a symbol of the royal family in France and is also the state flower of Tennessee.

Its roots in Greek culture come from a goddess who shared the flower’s name. Iris was the link between the world of the living and the world of the gods.

In a notable parallel to Norse mythology, where the rainbow was the bridge between Åsgård, home of the gods, and Midgård, home of men, Iris was seen as the personification of the rainbow. As her flower, the iris thus symbolises the link between the heavens and the earth.

So when the Scriptures are talking about a rainbow they appear to be actually opening a door to further knowledge? – If we seek it.

Seven Thunders

Rev. 10:3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.

All biblical quotes from KJV

My understanding of this topic, so far, is by no means exhaustive. There appears to be a number of different, but connected, events portrayed here.

I have tried to avoid personal interpretation – except on a couple of occasions. So you must be extra observant on those occasions. I may make certain incorrect interpretations? I am human, so the interested reader should keep their eyes open for unintentional error.

The Book of Revelation is the result of the Apostle John being commanded to ‘bare record of all that was to be revealed to him’ (Rev.1:2). However, it would appear that it was primarily meant to be understood, or not, by God’s own people – represented by the 7 church assemblies – as noted in Rev.1:11? Each church had its own particular characteristics, but they all had one particular characteristic in common – they were all members of the body of Jesus Christ, with Him as their head. They each had a particular mission, but as the body was human they also had failings – as briefly related in Chpt. 2& 3

The Book of Revelation is primarily concerned with ‘things that must shortly come to pass’ (Rev.1:1), and ‘things which must be hereafter’ (Rev.4:1). It would appear that during those times, there may also be seven assemblies, or types of assemblies, that exhibit the same characteristics as those of old? ** (Will come back to this point later).

Rev.10:1& 2 states, that a ‘mighty angel’ had a little book open in his hand.

We are not told who this angel is, but by the description of his appearance it is apparent that he has been given authority from the highest hold to relate the contents of the little book to John – Rev. 10:10 – ‘ate it up’ – Figuratively eating it: eagerly taking its entire contents into his inmost soul – digesting it completely

To backtrack a little:

In Rev.4: 2 we find John transported in the spirit to the very throne of heaven.

In verse 3 it is revealed that there is a rainbow about the throne. It would appear there is a connection here with the ‘mighty angel’ of Chpt. 10:1 ‘….a rainbow was upon his head…’?

In the Book of Genesis we find – Gen.9:13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a token of a covenant between me and earth 14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: 15 And I will remember my covenant, which [is] between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. See also Ezekiel 1:28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

Genesis, specifically states that a universal flood would never again be the means by which all life on this planet would be destroyed. It does not, however, mention other means by which the eradication of life can be accomplished. If we are to have faith in the Word, then we are aware that other means can and will be employed by man-kind. Fortunately, there is to be intervention in the ways of man-kind before we succeed in physically destroying ourselves – Math.24:22

God Speaks

Rev. 4:5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

Direct communication between our Creator and His servants is often symbolized by thunder. In other words: one better sit-up and take seriously the information being communicated. Verse 5 reveals where these thunderous communications are transmitted from. This type of communication appears to be only given to God’s own people and not to the World in general.

So what is the little book?

Rev.5:1 Mentions a book, however, it is not called a little book. The word book in this verse is translated from the Greek: Strong’s G975 – βιβλίον – biblionA book regarded as authoritative. One being was found worthy of opening the booksame chapter, verse 5

The little book in Chpt. 10:2, translated from the Greek: Strong’s G974 – βιβλαρίδιον – biblaridion – a diminutive of G975

Incidentally, an error appears to have occurred in the translation of Rev.5:3? – And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.

From  John 3:13 it is revealed that no man has ever ascended to heaven  – And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, [even] the Son of man which is in heaven.’

The word man in Revelation 5:3, would, perhaps, have been better translated – no-one. Strong’s G3762 – Greek – οὐδείςoudeis

To continue:

The book of Rev.5, sealed with seven seals, would appear to be the complete plan of God for mankind and the planet – the complete and authoritative Holy Bible.

The number 7 (completion) appears continually in Revelation, and indeed this book (Revelation), is the final book of the Scriptures. However, the completion of God the Father’s Plan, as far as it is revealed, is not until the end of the Millennium – 7th phase. At present we appear to be nearing the end of the 6th phase of this plan?

Rev.10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

The above verse appears to imply, and here I tentatively state a personal opinion, that the mysteries of the plan are finished ONLY insofar as they have been revealed to His servants the prophets. Looking to Math.13:17, For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous [men] have desired to see [those things] which ye see, and have not seen [them]; and to hear [those things] which ye hear, and have not heard [them]. It would appear that the disciples of Jesus were given greater insight into the mysteries than the prophets?

If we compare Rev.5:1, with Ezek.2:9&10, we see a similarity between the description of Ezekiel’s roll of a book and the book sealed with the seven seals.

There is also a similarity between the next two quoted verses.

Ezek.3:3, And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness.’                                                                                                              

 Rev.10:10, And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.

The book of Ezekiel may well be a part of the little book, but there is apparently further mysteries revealed in the little book?  Ezekiel’s book (roll) did not turn his (Ezekiel’s) belly bitter, but in Ezekiel 2:10, it is revealed that ‘there was written therein lamentation, and mourning, and woe.’ I think we can agree on the bitterness of that statement? It is apparent that the little book is a part of the complete book mentioned in Revelation 5, which contains all that God has revealed of His plan to the prophets and apostles plus mysteries yet to be revealed? It is in the end-times that knowledge is to be increased (Daniel 12:4) – both material and spiritual.

Why is Revelation 10 inserted between the 6th and 7th angels sounding?

Turning to Rev. 4:5, we see seven lamps revealed – burning before the throne – which are the seven spirits of God. Generally accepted as representing the seven angels that watch over the seven churches. They may, however, also represent the seven stages of God’s Plan, and as the lamps are burning then the plan is still operative? ** May also indicate that there are seven types of church assemblies still in existence, in some form, during the 6th. phase of the Plan?

If the lamps also represent the seven phases of God’s Plan; and the number 6 represents the number of Man, then the end of the 6th phase of God’s Plan would represent the end of Man-kinds freedom to rule themselves? – Thus ushering in the Millennial, and final 7th phase of God’s Plan ( as much as is revealed), where Man-kind is no longer left to rule themselves, but will be governed through this seventh phase by the Laws and Government of  God the Father headed-up by His Son – Jesus Christ.

If we compare the succession of the churches as they appear in Rev.2&3 with the seven angels as they appear in succession in Rev. 8 to 11, then we find that the mighty angel of Rev.10:1 appears between the angel of the assembly in Philadelphia and the angel of the assembly of Laodicea?

It would appear that there are two events occurring concurrently?

  1. The writings contained within the little book are specifically aimed at one or both of the above named church assemblies? – 6th and 7th
  2. The writings pertain specifically to the transition between phase 6 and 7. The period, immediately prior to the return of Jesus Christ and the beginning of the millennial phase of God’s plan? – 7th phase.

I may be going out on a limb here with the next part, and not a few of you may well disagree with it? The 6th church would appear to have adhered to the Word of God, and indeed is the only one that is specifically named (Rev.3:10) as being kept from the hour of temptation. The 7th church, on the other hand, does not receive a great deal of praise from their Creator during the end-time period – indeed, He is rather specific as to their final future if they do not repent – Rev. 3:16.

Prophesy Again

Rev.10:11, And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

Rev.17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which you saw where the harlot sits, are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues.

The two verses of revelation quoted above, give an indication of a world-wide spread of Laodicean type assemblies. They all call themselves Christian, but they preach another gospel – mainly a gospel about the person of Jesus Christ rather than the Word of God thro’ his Son.

The Apostle John, himself, is not able to prophesy again during the time of the Gentiles (Luke 21:24), and the 7th type of church is certainly not preaching the true Word of God to all the nations: – Ezek. 34:2, Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe [be] to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?

Few Christian assemblies appear to teach their members the meaning and importance of biblical prophecy. Many churches appear to have little interest, or perhaps belief, in them. A good many of the prophecies related in the Bible have already been fulfilled. They were recorded long before they occurred. Many still remain to be fulfilled – including a period of great tribulation – Mathew 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Perhaps, the churches find prophecies such as that quoted above too unsettling for their members to hear, let alone understand. Little wonder when the very next verse 22, reveals that: ‘And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened’.

Who believes such prophecies today in our so-called enlightened modern world. Are we so richly endowed with human intellect that we can safely ignore these prophetic warnings and reason our way around them. Mathew 24:6, 7, 8.

 Isaiah met the same problems that beset God’s people today: Isaiah 30:9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: 10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:

This is the same sort of deceitful shepherd and the message they preach that we see today. It was so bad in Isaiah’s day that Yĕhovah commanded Isaiah to go, ‘write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever:’ (Isaiah30:8).

There is absolutely no new thing under the sun: 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.

 It would appear that it is the end-time Laodicean type assemblies and nations that support them that are going to be specifically targeted by God towards the end of phase 6. They are not going to listen, and reject what they hear, of the message contained in the little book. Understandings of the contents of the book are revealed to the 6th type of assembly to enable them to prophesy again? The Laodicean assemblies will not repent at this stage and so they will enter into the tribulation – Rev.10:6 – time no longer. (See below)***. Jerusalem will once again be trodden under foot (Rev.11:2).

Symbolism

The sweetness of honey may symbolize hope, goodness and light, while the bitterness may well symbolize evil and darkness, and also the protagonist’s envoy.

Examples:

Habakkuk1:6 For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, [that] bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwelling places [that are] not theirs.’

Isaiah7:15 Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.      

Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!    

James 3:11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet [water] and bitter?  

 Time no longer

 *** Rev.10:6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

Job.7:1 Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? Are not his days also like the days of an hireling?                                                                                                     

Isaiah.16:14 But now the Lord hath spoken, saying, Within three years, as the years of an hireling, and the glory of Moab shall be contemned, with all that great multitude; and the remnant shall be very small and feeble.

From Gesenius Lexicon – ‘… in three years according to the years of a hireling; i.e. this shall come to pass at this very time, the event shall no longer be deferred, just as a hireling does not protract his daily work beyond the agreed hour’.

Rev.10:6, is not revealing to us that there will no longer be time as we perceive it – it is revealing that the unfolding of events portrayed in the book of Revelation – and other related prophecies – will not be delayed beyond a certain time known only to God.

Conclusion

In brief: All Mankind has been given an allotted time to rule themselves, while Yĕhovah’s  own people (the descendants of the children of  Israel) have been given an allotted period of time to return to their Creator and live by His laws and way of government, and to act as an example to other nations. Most have not, and now, according to the Plan, the majority are going to suffer the consequences along with the rest of Mankind. It would appear that the end-times are to be especially difficult for the members of the Laodicean assemblies?

Ezek.5:8 Therefore thus saith the Lord (Adonay) God (Yĕhovih); Behold, I, even I, am against thee, and will execute judgments in the midst of thee in the sight of the nations. 9 And I will do in thee that which I have not done, and whereunto I will not do any more the like, because of all thine abominations.

 God the Father, thro’ his Son, is now going to take a more active part in the forthcoming future. Mankind would appear to be coming toward the end of his freedom to govern himself – through the ways of the Adversary. Unfortunately, change can be a painful process. However, there is prophesied light at the end of the dark tunnel of bitter human deceit!

Postscript:

The Book of Revelation is arguably one of the most difficult, complicated and troubling books of the bible to understand. It is full of symbology that has been interpreted and misinterpreted by various people throughout the ages. Sections of it are certainly bitter to the taste but that does not appear to hinder we humans from ignoring every warning given in Revelation and other books of the Bible. We continue on down the same path that appears to be leading toward the unfolding of the events portrayed in The Book?

Perhaps, they are already unfolding?

The Book of Revelation ends with a rather grim and troubling warning – we need to treat it with great care and attention!

Rev. 22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Melchisedek

Some people may assume that between the time the inhabitants of Eden were ejected from their original homeland (they rejected the WAY of their Creator) and the raising-up of Abraham to become the mortal ‘ father’ of the future ‘children of Israel’, that the nations were left to their own devices and to worship God’s of their own choosing (attraction)?

This would appear to be the case for many, or perhaps most, of the nations? However, a somewhat mysterious figure appears in Genesis 14:18 – Melchisedek, King of Salem.

Little is revealed about this king in the Scriptures, and there is a variety of opinions as to who he actually was. There is plenty of literature out there for the interested reader who may wish to delve further into the mystery surrounding this historical figure.

Much of the 7th chapter of Hebrews is devoted to the priesthood bestowed on Jesus Christ, and to the Melchisedek connection.

What is revealed in Scripture is that Melchisedek, King of Salem,was the priest of the most high (‘elyown) God (‘el)’. Not only was he a king and a priest but also – Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually’. (Heb.7:3).

 It is rather surprisingly revealed that although Melchisedek lived long before the nation(s) of what would become Israel existed, he not only worshiped the Most High God, but was also a ‘priest of the Most High’. It is not revealed how Melchisedek came to know God or became a priest. However, in Psalm 76:2 it is revealed: …In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion’.

Long before the children of Israel entered the ‘promised land’, after their sojourn of 40 years in the desert, a tabernacle to the Most High God had already existed in Salem. Salem is generally assumed to refer to the later named Holy City of Jerusalem. It would appear that God had already designated this place Holy and special. His WAY was already in place through the offices of Melchisedek.

It would appear that the nation that Melchisedek formerly ruled over would eventually fall from God’s grace so that He found it necessary to re-populate the land of Canaan with His inherited people.

All nations have a purpose in God’s overall plan. However, those nations that God specifically calls His own appear to have a special purpose and are expected to conform to the faith that has been placed within them. God raises up nations, but he also destroys them if necessary. Psalm 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God (‘elohiym) is the LORD (Yĕhovah); and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

 It should be noted that Melchisedek was made LIKE unto the Son of God (Theos) – he does not appear to be the Son of God. The act of offering Abram ‘bread and wine’ (Gen.14:18) certainly appears to allude to him as a type of future Christ (Yĕhovah). There are those that claim that Hebrews 7:3, substantiates the claim that Melchisedek was actually Yĕhovah. The reasoning appears to be that the Word (logos) was revealed as a God in His own right in John 1:1. – He had always existed along with the Most High (`elyown).

 Was Melchisedek actually Shem?

 There are those who speculate that Melchisedek was probably Shem?

Gen.9:27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

Shem 600 years old – Shem was alive during the next ten generations, and he outlived seven of them. Abraham, the ninth generation from Shem, appears to have been alive for ca.150 years before Shem died. Isaac, Abraham’s son, was alive for ca. 50 years before Shem died. Both Abram and Isaac would have been contemporaries of Shem. However, I have discovered no firm evidence that Melchisedek was actually Shem.

Son of God – Priesthood

Yĕhovah, although a God in his own right, had not then (in the beginning according to John 1:1), or during the lifespan of Melchisedek, qualified to become the Son of God in the flesh.

 Heb. 6:20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

 Heb.7:15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedek  there ariseth another priest, 16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life. 17 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Heb.7:28 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.

In other words, the Law sets up men in their weakness [frail, sinful, dying human beings] as high priests, but the Word of [God’s] oath, which [was spoken later] after the institution of the Law, chooses and appoints as priest one whose appointment is complete and permanent, a Son who has been made perfect forever

As I understand it (may be wrong?), the order of priesthood Melchisedek belonged to has existed at least since Adam, but most probably from the beginning. Jesus Christ is also a priest (a High Priest) OF THE SAME ORDER OF PRIESTHOOD as Melchisedec; He is also a King who has not as yet claimed His throne on the earth.

It would therefore appear, to myself at least, that when Heb.7:3 states: ’Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually’’. It is referring to the priesthood that Melchisedek belonged to that abides forever – it is an eternal priesthood. The verse does not appear to be inferring that Melchisedek himself eternally exists?

The primary duty of the priesthood after the order of Melchisedek is to administer to the spiritual affairs of the people of God. The Levitical Priesthood, which came later, was introduced to administer the added temporal or secular law given to Moses after Israel rebelled against the spiritual laws of God in the desert.

The Melchisedek Priesthood is not passed by lineage – It is called of God through the Spirit of prophesy

The spiritual laws of the Most High have always been in force, and probably also the secular laws as well – certainly since the Eden experiment. The so-called Ten Commandments are actually only 10 from among the total number of 613 commandments in the Torah.

No doubt there are many who will disagree with this summation, so I leave it to the interested reader to reach their own conclusions.

 

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 Race

 Just a few words on race:

 Man-kind has always had a problem with race – Nations and peoples have fought and slaughtered one another since the dawn of well – hi(s)tory.

 To our Creator there is only ONE race – the human-race – the members of it have different appearances, colour, attributes, skills and abilities. They are all created beings with a potential never given to other mortal beings – as far as we know!

The corrupted meaning of the word race in our present world is only a man-made evolutionary concept.

 Acts 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

 

Life is in the Blood

Lev. 17:11 For the life of the flesh [is] in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it [is] the blood [that] maketh an atonement for the soul.

 The physical life of all human beings (and animals) is in the blood – we all breath (earth-beat-heart) in air and oxygenate the blood stream. Gen. 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.

It is the oxygen in the air that allows the physical body to maintain life. If we see the correlation between the earth beat and the heart beat, then it is of prime importance that we keep the earth’s environment in pristine condition

Gen.2:15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

The health of the planet is directly related to our own physical health. If we do not obey God’s command to ‘dress it and to keep it’, then we are directly risking our own personal health. If we take a look at the overall picture we can say with some degree of certainty that God’s command is not being obeyed by a great many people today. Environmental (planetary) pollution and human sickness go hand in hand. In this so-called enlightened age should we not have already gained enough knowledge to understand this problem? It would appear that a number of concerned people have indeed understood the problem. Unfortunately, just as many (if not more) see this not as a problem but as a golden opportunity to enhance their financial status. The politicians and business leaders speak great words but only nibble away at what they believe to be the cause of the problem.

The real cause of the problem is spiritual – not physical

Math. 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with [their] lips; but their heart is far from me. 9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men.

 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].

 Oxygen

Oxygen is a colourless, odourless reactive gas, the chemical element of atomic number 8 and the life-supporting component of the air:

Eight represents regeneration or resurrection. Thus we see new beginnings and the commencement of a new era. When the flood washed the earth clean of the ‘old world’, in a type of baptism, eight people were saved in the ark. 1 Peter 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

Resurrection

The concept of the number eight also arises in the offering of Christ as the Wave Sheaf on the eighth day. Christ rose on the completion of the week at the end of the Sabbath day – Not on the first day of the week.

 Many churches teach that Christ finished the plan of redemption when He was crucified. But the very first event in God’s great plan for man’s regeneration is symbolized by the death of Christ (Passover).

When God gave His Church seven annual Sabbaths, God, in His wisdom, had a great purpose. These days, too, were given to keep God’s children in the true memory and worship of God by keeping us constantly in the understanding of God’s great plan of redemption. For these annual days picture the different epochs in the plan of spiritual creation—mark the dispensations, and picture their meaning.

Are only true Christians to be SAVED?

What is the ultimate fate of all the people who in the past, and even now, who have never heard of Jesus Christ or the Bible? What does the coming future hold in store for those who have alternative religious faiths, or even none? Are they to be consigned to the dustbin of history? What about the Jewish people—part of God’s chosen nation, Israel—who rejected Christ as the Messiah? – 1 Timothy 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

 God would appear to want ALL people saved – no distinction made here as to race, creed (or lack of) or colour.

Paradoxically, Jesus Christ often spoke in parables so that people would not understand what He was teaching – Math 13:11 He answered and said unto them (disciples), Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

 There appears to be very few who actually follow Jesus Christ in spirit and in truth – even though there are many who truly believe that they do so – Math. 7:14 Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

 It would therefore appear that the majority of people who have ever lived, including those who have been deceived into believing a false gospel, have not understood or, in many cases, even been aware of the true Gospel message of Christ?

Fortunately, it would appear that these people have not been judged – John 12:47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

 We have stumbled over another apparent paradox here – It is clear from Timothy (and a number of other Scriptures not mentioned here) that God wishes all men saved, but at the same time He appears to know that only a relatively few are going to find the true path that leads to eternal spiritual life during their physical life on this planet – as revealed in the above stated verse of Mathew.

Hence, the revealed knowledge in Mathew –  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.

 Is God going to save Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Catholics, Protestant and people of every religion, and those of no religion – the evolutionist and atheist for example?

Well, the answer is yes, but He won’t save them as Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Catholics and Protestants etc., because: – Acts 4:11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

 They will no longer practice a religion – but A WAY OF LIFE – through the righteous government of God

How will these people be saved?

In brief: It would appear that we each have been given the gift of a mortal life on this planet in order to learn and develop, both physically and spiritually, if we choose to do so. It would appear that the experiences we can be subjected to here are unique and essential if we are to become future members of the Family of God (Saved if you like) – However, like Jesus Christ we are required to overcome obstacles to – well, let us call it progress – in various fields of endeavour. Applied effort for the common good (don’t mean to sound political here) is the goal, but unfortunately self-interest appears to be the primary influence on this planet – for the time being at least. In other words, what is required are many different members of the body, all with different skills and attributes working in unison with the head to accomplish God’s Plan.

A goodly number of body members appear to be in disagreement with the head at this time, and also in past times, so how are these members to be brought into the fold?

The Autumn Holy Days, according to God’s calendar, when studied give an outline of this part of God’s Plan. God does not have any annual Holy Days in the dark winter months of the man-made calendar. God’s year begins when light begins to return to a world that has been bathed in darkness.

Lev. 17:11 For the life of the flesh [is] in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it [is] the blood [that] maketh an atonement for the soul.

 

 

America First?

 Is the United States losing the goodwill and trust that was once placed in it by an ever increasing number of countries? The current administration certainly added fuel to the fire when President Trump announced that during his watch it would be ‘America First’.

China and Russia have been generally viewed as potentially the greatest threats to the American way of life. Many of President Trump’s statements in the past two years have not only enraged the liberal left and other so-called democratic parties within the US, but have also provoked an ill-will and distrust among America’s European allies.

NATO

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) was founded in 1949, in Washington DC, and is an alliance of 29 European and North American nations. It was initially founded to counter a feared Soviet Russian expansion into Europe. After the dissolution of the former USSR and an end to the so-called Cold War, NATO was reorganized to also participate in foreign military interventions. Present day political and military ambitions of President Putin have revealed the necessity of re-evaluating NATO’s purpose and the growing threat of a revamped Soviet-style dictatorship in Moscow.

President Trump, initially cast doubts on the continued value of NATO, and especially the financial burden to the US (not without merit it must be said) of maintaining the alliance in its present form. He appears to have back-tracked somewhat on his initial evaluation of the alliance, although he appears to stand-bye his demands that all the other alliance members should contribute a greater proportion of the financial costs in maintaining it.

Threats of trade sanctions and America First’ rhetoric, have, however, soured the relationship between the United States and Europe – especially so in France and Germany.

European Army

The call for a EUROPEAN ARMY has been voiced over the past few years by a number of European countries. Germany has been busy laying the foundations for a number of years.

Prior to the centenary commemoration of World War 1, which was held in November 2018, French President Emmanuel Macron, reportedly stated the need for a European Army – ‘to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States’. He reiterated this statement during the commemoration week when he is reported to have stated that – ‘We will not protect Europeans unless we decide to have a true European Army’. A few days later Chancellor Angela Merkel supported Macron by stating that – ‘We have to work on a vision of one day creating a real, true European Army’. Two leaders of the most powerful and influential countries in Europe (Germany and France) agreeing on the need for a stronger and more united European Army – Should we be concerned about this? Anyone with even a basic knowledge of European history should be!

During his speech at the centenary commemorations, President Macron, took another opportunity to denigrate the United States and particularly President Trump by explaining the difference between nationalism and patriotism. ‘America First’, and it practical applications are viewed with abhorrence in Europe.

The French Finance Minister, Bruno Le Maire, is a traditional Gaullist, favouring French national independence. He has argued for a reinforced European defence policy to secure the bloc’s exterior borders and fight terrorism, with more spending on the military by Germany in particular. He is reported as stating that the European Union must become a ‘form of Empire, like China and the United States … I use the term to sharpen awareness that we are going into a world where power matters. Europe should no longer shrink from deploying it power’

Catholic Europe?

Yet another European leader, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, a conservative Roman Catholic whose views often overlap with those of the far-right Freedom Party, has close ties to the church and seeks guidance from the priesthood.

The Catholic Herald calls him Europe’s Christian Chancellor!

https://catholicherald.co.uk/issues/november-10th-2017/sebastian-kurz-europes-christian-chancellor/

https://watchjerusalem.co.il/522-sebastian-kurz-sets-his-sights-on-jerusalem/print

From July to December 2018, Austria held the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union. It is usual for a sitting president to promote an issue that is considered relevant to the success of European unity. Austria chose to feature Austria’s imperial and cultural history – called ‘Museum in a Nutshell’. In the reception area of the headquarters of the Council of the European Union in Brussels a small exhibition was on display highlighting Austrian museums, with the centre-point of the exhibition a large photograph of the Crown of Charlemagne.

Europe

First Reich

In brief, Charlemagne is credited with being the first leader to unite Western Europe – using far from peaceful means to achieve his ambition. He is venerated by many as the father of Europe. On Christmas Day (25 December) 800 A.D., when Charlemagne knelt at the altar to pray, the Pope (Leo III) crowned him Imperator Romanorum (“Emperor of the Romans”) in Saint Peter’s Basilica.

By bestowing the Imperial crown upon Charlemagne, the Pope arrogated to himself the right to appoint the Emperor of the Romans, establishing the imperial crown as his own personal gift but simultaneously granting himself implicit superiority over the Emperor whom he had created. 800 A.D. saw Charlemagne initiate the First Reich, which continued through to 1806 until Napoleon put an end it. Not, however, permanently.

 The crown now resides in Vienna, in the Imperial Treasury at the Hofburg in Austria.

More HERE:  https://aeon21blog.wordpress.com/2018/07/03/european-union-democratic-part-2/

 Charlemagne Prize

Europe awards the Charlemagne Prize each year to a person who has promoted and worked toward greater European unification – The recipient in 2018 was President Emmanuel Macron of France. –  Past recipients can be viewed HERE

Third Reich

The imperial crown’s importance and history was treasured, relatively recently, by Adolf Hitler. To emphasise his strong believe in an imperial Germany he removed the crown from Vienna to Nuremberg. This was to be the new permanent home of the imperial crown of the then Third Reich. The defeat of Germany in WWII saw the crown returned to its present location in Vienna, Austria.

Reichskonkordat

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Germany retains its concordat with the Roman Catholic Church, signed prior to WWII. It was signed on 20 July 1933 by Secretary of State Eugenio Pacelli (who later became Pope Pius XII on 2 March 1939) on behalf of Pope Pius XI and Vice Chancellor Franz von Papen on behalf of President Paul von Hindenburg and the German government respectively.

The treaty guaranteed the rights of the Roman Catholic Church in Germany. The treaty places constraints on the political activity of German clergy of the Catholic Church. This contributed to a decrease in the previously vocal criticism of Nazism by the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in Germany, after September 1933, when the treaty was ratified. More HERE: https://aeon21blog.wordpress.com/2017/12/04/universal-nature/

 European Army

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, endorsed French President Macron’s call for a European Army in a speech to the European Parliament in November 2018. Merkel also stated that the army was not to be seen as and adversary but as a complement to NATO. She also reiterated Macron’s view that Europe could no longer count on the United States and that the times when we could rely on others are over. European Union (EU) treaty provisions should also be changed to allow a qualified majority (what exactly that means remains to be seen? Ed.op) of member countries to initiate security and defence measures instead of the normal unanimous vote currently required. Merkel additionally proposed a European Security Council to enable important decisions to be made quickly (United Nations Security Council not fit for purpose? Ed.op.).

Needless to say, President Trump responded: Macron’s proposal for an EU army to protect against threats from Russia, China and even from the United States is “very insulting.” He has also suggested in a tweet that the French would be speaking German today if not for U.S. support during the two World Wars.

President Trump should not be surprised at Macron’s views regarding his overtures to Germany. During the few days devoted to the centenary commemoration of WWI, mentioned above, he (Macron) visited a number of former battle fields in Northern France. During his visit he paid tribute to Marshal Philippe Pétain – the WWII French general who led France’s infamous Nazi-allied Vichy regime. France was about to fall to Nazi-German forces in World War Two. Pétain was appointed Prime Minister of France. He collaborated with Germany and his administration was based in the unoccupied part of the country known as Vichy France. Francis Kalifat, the head of France’s leading Jewish group, the CRIF, commented that Pétain authorized the deportation of 76,000 French Jews to Nazi death camps. After the war, Pétain was sentenced to death for treason, however, then-President General Charles de Gaulle, reduced the punishment to life in prison.

In March 2017 the EU approved a new headquarters for joint military operations abroad. Some member states objected to this stating that it would undermine NATO. “Today we decided to establish a MPCC (Military Planning Conduct and Capability facility) which will command the EU’s non-executive military missions”, said EU Foreign Affairs Minister Federica Mogherini. The initial responsibilities of the facility will be to orchestrate military training missions in Somalia, Mali and the Central African Republic.

Germany, however, has been planning a joint European military before the MPCC was announced. The Dutch 11th Airmobile Brigade came under German command in 2014, followed by the 43rd Mechanized Brigade that officially became part of the German 1st Armoured Division in 2016. Poland, Rumania and Czechoslovakia are showing interest in following Holland into becoming part of the German Bundeswehr. German Defence Minister, Ursula von der Leyen, said she wants to build a European army.  In February 2016 she announced, “We will set up a multinational panzer division next year.”  

It is planned that Romania’s 81st Mechanized Brigade will join the Bundeswehr’s Rapid Response Forces Division, while the Czech 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade, which has served in Afghanistan and Kosovo and is considered the Czech Army’s spearhead force, will become part of the German 10th Armoured Division.

The German plan springs from NATO’s ‘Framework Nations Concept’ which was introduced to NATO in 2013. The development of multinational units would, in theory, increase sustainability and help preserve military key capabilities. Smaller armies could plug their remaining capabilities into an organizational backbone provided by a larger, “framework” nation – Germany.

The Germans realized that the Bundeswehr needed to fill gaps in its land forces in order to gain political and military influence within NATO. A joint European force that combined the forces of other partners would increase its military capacity quickly.

The United Kingdom (UK) has always been against the formation of a European Army outside of NATO. European history reveals the reason why. Now that the UK is on the cliff-edge of dropping-out of the Union, Germany appears to be attempting to seize the opportunity to command an expanding military force.

What are Germany’s primary ambitions? The eventual rise of a European Empire that is capable of fielding a powerful military – independent of the United States?

 German/French Treaty – Aachen Treaty

On 22 January 2019, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, signed a new treaty of friendship. The two most economically powerful countries within the EU are now officially aligned and will speak with a powerful common voice on important issues relating to Europe. This is an attempt to subvert the current divisions within the EU and create a more cohesive and action oriented Europe.

With the UK set to leave the EU and the USA foreign policy toward Europe becoming more insular under the present administration; Germany and especially France (Macron), have shown hostility towards both the UK and the USA. European independence, both politically and militarily, is high on the list of priorities for this new alliance.

Another priority for this new German/French alliance is to obtain a seat for Germany on the United Nations Security Council. France (has a permanent seat on the council) is lobbying for Germany to be given a seat. Most readers will be aware that Germany, up to the present date, has been denied a seat after instigating two world wars within the last century. German and French future goals are not only to enable an independent European militarily but also to have an effective independent common foreign policy with global ambitions. Other countries with a permanent seat on the council, alongside France, are the USA, UK, Russia and China.

President Macron, supported by German Chancellor Merkel, has repeatedly called for a strong European military union. The signing of the recent treaty between the two countries will, in effect, join the defence abilities of France and Germany. As we have already briefly mentioned above, Germany had already begun assimilating military units from other European countries before the treaty was signed. Immediate plans include joint training of soldiers, joint armaments projects and joint units deployed for so-called stabilization missions! For a country that was banned from amassing a standing army after WWII, Germany is now surreptitiously building a new one – although under the umbrella of European unity.

France is playing a rather devious game. Germany invaded France twice during two world wars in the last century. President Macron, however, does not appear to find this former enmity a hindrance in pursuing his own personal goals. The two countries that rescued France from occupation – UK and USA – twice in recent history are now seen as obstacles to the European Plan. Obstacles that are to be defended against – hence Macron’s statement during the WWI armistice commemoration in November 2018  about the need for a European Army – ‘to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States’.

You may be of the opinion that there is little chance of European nations combining to threaten the USA? Well think again. The combined military budget of EU countries is around three times that of Russia and currently approx. half of the US budget. While the current US administration is tearing up trade deals with numerous countries, the EU is signing-up for trade deals with China, Japan and other Asian states. Trade between Russia and Germany has always been vigorous – especially energy supplied from Russia and technology from Germany to Russia in deals known and unknown. Russia and Germany have historically always had on/off relations with treaties made and then broken whenever it suits. https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/MS.MIL.XPND.CD

German/Russian Trade

Gerhard Schröder, former German Chancellor, and good friend of President Putin, left office in 2005 and soon after was nominated by Russian Gazprom to head-up the shareholder committee of Nord Stream AG. Nord Stream 1 supplies gas to Germany through a pipeline that runs through the Ukraine. To circumvent any interruption of supplies to Germany and from there to other European countries through possible Russian sanctions on supplies to the Ukraine, Nord Stream 2 pipeline direct to Germany under the Baltic was begun. Schröder became manager of Nord Stream 2 in 2016. Gazprom is the only shareholder. In 2017 Schröder was nominated by Russia as an independent director of the board of Russia’s biggest oil producer, Rosneft.

Aachen

The city of Aachen was chosen for the recent signing of the treaty between Germany and France. Some months previously, as mentioned above, President Macron had received the European Charlemagne Prize for 2018 here.

It was from this city that Charlemagne (Charles the Great) began his unification of Western Europe and subjected much of what is known as Western Europe today to his rule, and forced conversion to a type of so-called Christianity. It took 30 years or so to subjugate the various ruling tribes and clans by wading through a sea of blood, sweat and tears. His eventual reward was, as we have mentioned, to be crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Leo III in 800A.D. Future Emperors were crowned in Aachen, continuing the legacy of Charlemagne

Throughout these centuries, the empire’s emperors were crowned in Aachen, worshiping Charlemagne’s legacy. Aachen was the seat of Charlemagne’s power. The history and legacy of Charlemagne and the imperial crown is once again honoured by the signing of the treaty between Germany and France. The first steps in attempting to resurrect a new European unity by pushing for a stronger, more independent military, while at the same time praising the accomplishments of Charlemagne.

Trouble Ahead

At the time of writing the European Union is going through a rather tumultuous period. Authoritarian, conservative heads of state are to be found in Hungary and Poland. France has experienced mass protests over Macron’s policies with ‘yellow-vest’ protesters by the thousands filling the streets. Many so-called mainstream political parties in a number of EU countries have found themselves losing seats in their respective parliaments to fringe populist parties that until recently were viewed as extreme and had little political clout. Angela Merkel renounced her leadership of her own party, the CDU, and will not stand again as Chancellor at the next German federal elections. The far right party, Alternative für Deutschland, gained seats for the first time in German elections and are vocal in their resistance to many of Merkels policies, especially on immigration policies. Germany has always been the power house of Europe economically – often to the detriment of the southern member states.

The German economy is export driven but is now experiencing a stagnation which could lead to recession – The threat of a no-deal Brexit only increasing the risk of a downturn in German exports.

In Italy (in recession), two former populist parties, Lega and Five Star, obtained government posts and have been at odds with the EU over their overly ambitious budget that breaks all EU monetary policy. They are facing sanctions for breaking EU fiscal policy. Meanwhile, France consistently breaks fiscal policy but is never sanctioned. Sweden was without a proper government for months when main-stream parties refused to have any dealings with the right wing Sweden Democrats who captured an unexpected number of seats in elections. Belgium regularly has governmental problems due to the country being split between French and Dutch speaking fraternities. In Spain, the far-right Vox party has, for the first time in Spain’s democratic history, gained seats in Andalusia. The city of Barcelona attempted to become unilaterally independent of the Spanish government.

EU Elections

European elections for the European Parliament are due to be held in May of this year. Current polls would suggest that the so-called populist parties are going to take a good many seats away from the traditional mainstream parties. The populist right-wing parties do not want to destroy the Union but they will endeavour to change its focus by strengthening their own political philosophy within the Union and also without – against ideological adversaries and geopolitical rivals.

Immigration

The on-going immigration crisis from the Middle East and North Africa into Europe is one that all Europeans are united on combating. Right-wing parties are particularly supportive of military solutions to social problems. Current policing/military operations in North Africa and Sub-Sahara regions will doubtless be given increased funding in the coming future. To this end, and to further the collective power of the Union, we can expect to see a substantial European military expansion (already underway). It has already been decided to increase the strength of EU border patrols by 10,000 personnel.

The Populists

Matteo Salvini, leader of the Lega party in Italy, Deputy Prime Minister of Italy and Minister of the Interior since 1 June 2018, is aiming to encourage Austrian, Dutch, French, and Swedish far-right parties into his new group in the hope of getting 140 or so MEPs in the European Parliament (EP) after the EU elections.      Salvini also recently met with Polish leaders – Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, Jaroslaw Kaczynsk, leader of Poland’s Law and Justice Party and Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski.There are some ideological differences between them – however, they agree that that the EU needs to change.

Salvini reportedly (EU Observer. Jan.2019) described Italy and Poland as defenders of orthodox values against an EU which threatened traditional families by promoting LGBTI rights. He also remarked that Poland had rightly said “Europe must return to its identity, to its Judeo-Christian roots – which is being rejected in Brussels in a crazy way, where family values are rejected,” The term Judeo-Christian roots as stated by Salvini means Catholicism.

The citizens of both Italy and Poland are predominantly Catholic, so that should be no surprise. Salvini is not the only European politician to state that Europe needs to return to its Judeo-Christian roots. Indeed Pope Francis himself said much the same in his first public mass in 2013 – urging the Catholic Church to stick to its Gospel roots and shun modern temptations, warning that it would become just another charitable group if it forgot its true mission. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-pope/new-pope-urges-church-to-return-to-its-gospel-roots-idUSBRE92D05P20130314

In 2017, Pope Francis, sent a telegram to the new President of France, Emmanuel Macron, offering his prayers and wishes that in his new role, he will support the rich moral and spiritual traditions of the country, including that of Christianity. https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-francis-urges-macron-to-strengthen-frances-christian-roots-16818

On more than one occasion Pope Francis has made clear his views on the building of walls (not, however, on increased border protection for Europe) and on the capitalist system in general. Was this indirect criticism of the USA? The Vatican State and the Vatican Bank have both enjoyed the plentiful fruits of capitalistic ventures and investments, while accepting that many of the church’s followers live in destitution. Perhaps Pope Francis would prefer that we all follow in the footsteps of the South American Socialist paradise of Venezuela?

The Christian roots of Europe were nourished with the blood of countless innocent people who refused to convert to Catholicism or were seen as a threat to the church and to the empire.  As for the Judeo-Christian roots – the Catholic Church was not particularly protective of the Jews during the period of the crusades – and today is more aligned with so-called Palestinian rights and demands than with those of modern-day Israel. What the church is really interested in is re-gaining the Holy City of Jerusalem. Biblical prophecy (how many people understand, believe or are even interested in Biblical prophecy today?) would appear to indicate that they may-well be successful in the coming future when once again we may see the resurrection of a Holy Roman Empire in Europe? – For a short period of time!

One ingredient is missing from a future Europe – A strong secular leader who will come during a time of crisis and transform Europe into a cohesive global actor – one who will recognize the Catholic roots of empire and act accordingly.

The future rise of a powerfully militarized Europe that is no-longer aligned with the USA or the UK is not unthinkable. This, together with its trading treaties with trading partners in the East and Far-East could well completely change the global balance of power and sideline the USA? The free-trade agreement between EU and Japan came into force in February 1 of this year. Japan has also signed fee-trade agreements with Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, Chile, Malaysia and Peru. The EU is pursuing trade deals with the South American Mercosur trading bloc countries established in 1991. The bloc’s members are: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. Venezuela was a full member but has been suspended since December 1, 2016. Associate countries are Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru and Suriname. Observer countries are New Zealand and Mexico.

Trade deals are currently being made globally that do not include the USA. The US economy may presently be on an upswing but a day of economic reckoning is waiting to pounce.

Europe has already demonstrated that it is already willing and able to react to US sanctions against the bloc and against other countries that upset the Trump administration. A major stumbling block for all countries is that the dollar dominates the global financial system. The majority of international inter-bank messages use the SWIFT network. Financial institutions worldwide use SWIFT to send and receive information about financial transactions. When the Trump administration began sanctioning Iran again last year, some Iranian banks were cut-out of the SWIFT network and banks were not allowed to sell dollars or loan money to the Iranian government. In November last year president Trump banned the buying of Iranian oil (some countries were exempted). A number of European countries and companies were wary of doing business with Iran due to the fear of finding that they could also be cut-off from the global financial network along with the threat of losing access to US markets.                                       In January 2019, the UK, France and Germany created INSTEX (Instrument in Support of Trade exchanges). It is a payment channel between the EU and Iran to help continue trade and circumvent US sanctions. Washington has cautioned EU nations against such actions. The new entity acts as a sort of euro-denominated clearing house for Iran to conduct trade with European companies. INSTEX works as a barter arrangement operating outside of the US-dominated global financial system. Trade is initially expected to focus on non-sanctionable essential goods such as humanitarian, medical and farm products.

This may not look to be such a big deal in terms of trade deals and treaties in general. It is, however, just one more indication of Europe’s, and other rising powers, dislike of US domination in global affairs, and that Europe, along with others nations, are not willing to accept the dictates of modern-day USA. The day is coming when that dominance will be weakened by trading blocs that exclude US interests.

Are we to, once again, underestimate the potential power of Europe? Will the imperial ambitions of Germany and France, once again, become the ambitions of Europe?

TIME WILL TELL

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In the light of current events, widely reported, concerning Europe and the USA it may be enlightening to recall how the world reacted to a relatively recent historical event?

The following is an interesting little article from 2013, about the past that, perhaps, may give us an insight into the present. The coming future will give us time to reflect on the matter.

 How Diplomats Misjudged Hitler’s Rise

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/marking-eighty-years-since-hitler-took-power-in-germany-a-880565.html

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“The political situation now is so complicated and is subject to so many psychological factors that it is impossible to make any definite forecast,” George S. Messersmith, the United States consul general in Berlin from 1930 to 1934, wrote in a dispatch to the State Department on Feb. 3, 1933…

..diplomats in Berlin in 1933 did not immediately recognize that the appointment of the new government marked a historical turning point. At that early stage, no one predicted that the Nazi regime would last for 12 years and end with a disaster on the scale of World War II. Initially, Hitler’s cabinet was viewed as just another in a series of more or less short-lived German governments…

..But, in subsequent weeks, the regime began to unleash its campaign of violence and terror — on a governmental and administrative level as well as on the street. It was only once foreign consulates started seeing rising demand for immigration visas and a growing exodus to neighbouring countries that the significance of the events of January 30 began to sink in

..reported extensively on the Nazi policy of Gleichschaltung, enforcing political conformity in all sectors, from the economy and trade associations to the media, culture and education…

..From its very inception, it excluded and mercilessly persecuted demographic groups while at the same time providing those it viewed as belonging to the Volksgemeinschaft, the “community of the (German) people,” with attractive ideological and material incentives…

It is now quite clear that it is the most extremely national government which one can conceive of,” wrote Messersmith on May 9.  Although it desires very earnestly peace for the next few years in order to consolidate its position, there is on the other hand every reason to believe that once the consolidation is achieved ‘the new Germany’ will strive in every way to impose its will on the rest of the world.”

READhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/leveson-inquiry/9817625/Leveson-EU-wants-power-to-sack-journalists.html

 http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/media_taskforce/doc/pluralism/hlg/hlg_final_report.pdf

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Time is coming!

 We do not see things as they are; we see things as we are

A repeat of a previous posting:

INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

It would appear that imagination will always overcome willpower; you can never will yourself to do anything successfully if your imagination is on another frequency.

Imagine the future as an event that lies ahead of us. Time is moving on and we along with it. Is this perception true?

How does the past, present and future impact upon our country, our town, our family, our planet and upon us individually? Why are they all affected in different ways?

The simple graphical representation in (Fig.1) shows an imagined time flow

           ============>     =============>   ============>    (Fig.1)

              Past                               Present                            Future

Words form the lan(d)guages we use to communicate with each other, there are of course other forms of communication, but we shall not investigate these here.

If we accept The Power of the WORD. Then this opens up a huge information source hidden within language. Language then becomes a tool for communication on several different levels.

A common expression often heard in the English language is: ‘I wonder what tomorrow will bring’? This expression would appear to indicate that the future (time) is actually moving toward us? (Fig.2)

     ==============>      ===========>     <===============     (Fig. 2)

          Past                                    Present                             Future

TIME written backwards gives us EMIT, which indicates that perhaps time is a transmitting force? If so then that force requires a receiver to enable it to do anything useful.

Imagine that past and future are meeting in the present (Fig.3).

 ===============>O<===============  (Fig.3)

(a) Past                         (b) Present            (c) Future

Let us now imagine that we transfer this thought process over to a personal interpretation:

(a) PAST – The person you are at this moment.

(b) PRESENT – The person you would like to be or are striving to become.

(c) FUTURE – To enable (a) to develop into (b) input from (c) is required.

If we consider this thought form then we can perhaps begin to perceive that past, present and future are not independent time scales. They are all parts of a single entity.

The Foundation

Physically we are always in the present but much of our mental lives are spent in a combination of past and present.
How much of your life is actually spent in thinking about the present? Have you ever considered this? We spend an inordinate amount of our lives thinking about the past and planning or talking about the future.

Some people have a stronger connection to one side. Generally speaking, children and young people are full of energy and are strongly connected to the future. They do not have a long past. Elderly people have a long past and many often live in the past  – a weak future connection.
A weak connection to the future can result in many negative traits, both mentally and physically.

This does not mean that we must ignore the past. It is necessary, however, to choose those parts of our past that are beneficial and drop those that are not.
This is not as simple as it may sound. Many people are very possessive. Those of you that live in western society do not need reminding of this.
In order to develop one is required to grasp the future and let go of the negative aspects of the past. History shows that the negative aspects of the past have a tendency to repeat themselves time and again; not only on a personal level, but also nationally and globally.
As the past was once the future (as perceived by us) then we can expect, and need to be watchful of, the negative aspects the future is likely to bring with it.

‘The wings of Time are black and white,
Pied with morning and with night’.

                                                                       RALPH WALDO EMERSON, Compensation