Prayer of Sir Francis Drake

Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596)

Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little, because we sailed too close to the shore.

 Disturb us, Lord, when with the abundance of things we possess we have lost our thirst for the waters of life; having fallen in love with life, we have ceased to dream of eternity and in our efforts to build a new earth, we have allowed our vision of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, to venture on wilder seas where storm will show your mastery; where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. We ask You to push back the horizons of our hopes; and to push us in the future in strength, courage, hope, and love.

This we ask in the name of our Captain, who is Jesus Christ.

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Frequency and Change

We have not overthrown the divine right of kings to fall down for the divine right of experts  –  Harold Macmillan-UK Prime Minister 1957-1963

The King was in the outer court when change became apparent
Til now the King had always been right, but now he was not ready
   The king’s position determined truth and it certainly was not steady
But now the times they were a’ changing and he was caught unready
 
Over time the effect of appearing to be right became not truth but fact
Now, however the king had called his chief advisor to give him what he lacked
‘So you think you are ready’, said the king, ‘are you ready to forge a pact’?
‘I am open if that is ready enough’, said the advisor with very little tact?
 
‘Are you prepared’, said the king, ‘to use your every skill’?
The advisor took an uneasy stance, ready to swallow a bitter pill
‘I am open to use every skill, said the advisor, as he leant upon the window-sill
‘But to what shall I apply this skill’? said he, looking out over courtly spill.
 
‘Ye shall apply it to the change of course’, said the king, ‘time is of the essence’
‘To what change are you referring’, asked the advisor, bowing before his presence
‘Have you not heard of global warming and the financial crisis? said the king, naming but only
two, ‘without immediate action our planet may become anything but blue’. 

 

‘If indeed we are to believe the latest reports on the planetary crises’, replied the advisor,
‘then we should perhaps be grateful that we are nearing the end of Pisces’?
‘Are you not worried and concerned about these and other changes’? Asked the king
‘Indeed I am worried sick’, replied the advisor, ‘the world is coming off its hinges’.

 

‘We need new energy sources’, said the king. ‘Finances in trouble and everything is unstable
Who or what can help us in these times, nothing is the same, not unlike the times of Babel
Perhaps windmills and reduced carbon footprints’, said he, banging on the table
‘New technologies are the answer’, said the advisor,’ but they must be sustainable’

 

‘We need discipline in my subjects, but it will take time to develop it, many people have lost
it’, said the king. ‘My kingdom is becoming a lawless state; every one his own boss’
‘Indeed your Majesty’, replied the advisor, ‘but where and how will we make up the loss’
‘By becoming a paperless society’, said the king, ‘new technology will build bridges to cross’  
 
‘But many of your subjects appear to have lost the ability to count’, commented the advisor
‘Look at the financial mess we are in, we need to bring them to account – the misers’ 
‘Yes, what went wrong’? Exclaimed the king,’ the many business schools we have within my
kingdom advertise their acumen and excellence of their teaching, or are they only preaching?
 
‘We have many teacher-preachers my lord, but it is the letter rather than the spirit of their
many and various teachings that permeate the institutions’, replied the advisor
Indeed, indeed, sighed the king, our Constitution is no longer respected,
loopholes found here and fancy accounting practices there that no one understands
 
  ‘Perhaps a personal computer to all our people will help us to communicate more efficiently?
said the king.’ Email and dedicated programs along with good instructors will help them
understand the effort and discipline needed to do everything much more proficiently.
This will surely be of great assistance in combating their obvious complacency’.
 
‘I agree’, said the advisor, ‘but they will surf the internet and soon discover that there is no
software available to assist in personal development and motivation.
They will become frustrated and insecure and risk cerebral calcification.
The internet would need to be regulated with access only through authorization’.
 
‘Yes, yes’, said the king, becoming somewhat exasperated, ‘but I will make sure that we have
excellent instructors on hand to teach them how to combat these new and challenging times.
My subjects shall once again develop creative and fruitful lives, and not just pastimes.
Trust me. I am the King. I will personally and boldly front the action and not only sometimes’.
 
‘There appear to be any number of instructors/experts already in your kingdom ready
to pontificate on every conceivable subject- but is it wisdom’? Replied the advisor
‘You my king are the father of a great nation that has become dependant upon so-called
expert human opinion. Your government runs on consultants trained through a modem’
 
‘Experts only confirm dependency and a lack of readiness, an inability to change
They are often the end result of a failed system that is ready for exchange’
‘The changes occurring to our planet are signs of change, weather patterns disarranged
The magnetic field is changing, increased solar winds, global warming, all deranged
 
‘What are you advising me to do’? Said the king, clearly beyond exasperation
‘You appear to exhibit a profound lack of responsibility, almost an aberration.
How shall I rebuild the standards and values of my people, a kingdom of admiration?
How will I lead my people during the time of change and period of adaptation’?
 
‘Look at the dancing plate my lord’, replied the advisor, ‘see how it vibrates
Drop some sand upon it and watch dynamic and harmonious figures gyrate
Change the frequency of vibration and immediately the figures will change their shapes
Almost magical the structure of vibration, but the wrong frequency of vibration reshapes’
 
‘Come with practical ideas and concrete solutions, you have lost me now’, sighed the king
‘Give me something to work with and not just philosophical meanderings
My kingdom is in the throes of darkness, overflowing with my subjects’ human reasoning
We need a change of course, my subjects’ minds require broadening’.
 
‘Take the same vibrating plate and drop some water upon it’, rejoined the advisor
‘Allow the plate to tilt over and the water stays on the plate; what a survivor   
Reduce the vibration and the water starts to run off, increase it again and the water revives
Everything changes; even gravity appears to change, as long as the water prances’.
 
‘What are you trying to tell me, I repeat, we need some practical solutions to the changes’,
exclaimed the king, ‘you are an enigma to me, are you suggesting transfiguration’?
‘I am suggesting nothing’, whispered the advisor,’ I am always at your service
and your wisdom will pull us through these serious times, no need to be nervous’
 
‘Form and discipline are products of content’, continued the advisor, ‘we do not concern
ourselves about the next dance step, the frequency of the music guides our next turn.
There may even be glimmers of hidden hope, we surely do not want to burn
It is always darkest before the dawn, but the light will always return’. 
 
‘Hidden indicators appear to herald a change of frequency, change is in the air
The Good Lord gave us air to breath and we became living souls, sing the Lord’s Prayer
However, it was the addition of a spirit that made us human and causes many of us despair
You and I continue dancing on the plate of the coming future, defying human laws I swear’.
 

Proverbs 24:21-22  My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: [and] meddle not with them that are given to change: For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?

Space Force

Eccl.3:15 That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.

The Next Frontier?

The USA is to create a Space Force due to the current President’s commitment to prepare for the next battlefield – where America’s best and bravest will be called!

So, human-kind, not satisfied with warring among themselves on the planet allotted to them, now has visions of carrying their war-like human-nature out into the Universe.

The US vice president reportedly stated that the service is needed to ensure America’s dominance in space amid heightened threats from China and Russia.  He also referred to space as the next battlefield“.

The Director of National Intelligence has warned that multiple countries, including Russia and China, are developing both destructive and non-destructive anti-satellite weapons that could come online within a few years.

US Secretary of Defence, who once opposed the proposal to create a new branch of military, has apparently told reporters that he supports the plan’s goal to address space as a developing war-fighting domain.

Human-kind would appear to be taking the view that outer space is permitted territory, a vast and largely unknown Universe into which we boldly attempt to assert our dominion. However, it would appear that we require wars and rumours of wars between opposing nations on earth to achieve this dominance.

Mathew 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

What right do we humans have to once again turn the Universe into a war-fighting domain?

According to the Biblical Scriptures (Genesis 1:26) the human-kind was only given dominion over the earth and all it contains – NOT the Universe!

Unfortunately, there would appear to be little or no interest among many world leaders to profit through biblical study and instruction. Hence it is revealed that “this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come”. – Mathew 24:14.

In addition, it is revealed that there will be a time when Both the House of Israel and the House of Judah will lose favour (yet again) with their God and the world will descend into a bleak period of rule by Gentile nations.

Luke 21:24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. 25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

Our Creator is painfully aware of the incomplete nature of the human spirit (of itself). Yehovah, Himself, was born in the flesh a little lower than the angels (Psalm 8:5; Hebrews 2:7, 9). We can assume that we humans in the flesh are also created lower than the angels, but apparently with a potential coming future (not an automatic right) not offered to the angelic realms.

Democracy?

While many Americans believe that the sitting President was duly and fairly elected, a goodly number appear to believe that the election process was flawed. We, however, will not be entering into that minefield of claim and counterclaim. We should, however, consider the following verse from the Book of Daniel: 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 ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.

 War in Heaven

 According to the Biblical narrative, this is apparently not the first time that the Universe has been subjected to the threat of war and destruction!

Rev.12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels.

 Heaven – Strong’s G3772 – ouranos – the vaulted expanse of the sky with all things visible in it; the universe, the world; the aerial heavens or sky, the region where the clouds and the tempests gather, and where thunder and lightning are produced; the sidereal or starry heavens.

Ancient texts, far older than the biblical narrative, also confirm that there have been wars in the heaven – including on our own planet. Ancient Sumerian, Indian and Greek texts, among many others, actually describe in greater detail a time of tremendous destructive conflict.

Are all these texts that tell of similar occurrences from various civilizations merely coincidental or dramatized renderings formulated by ancient peoples who had little else to occupy themselves with than record fantastic tales of destruction on a grand scale?

Unfortunately, they are all labelled as mythology and thus not to be taken seriously – by those who claim to know?

Creation or Re-creation

 Genesis 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

 The very brief history of the creation of the earth as revealed in Genesis would appear to support a cataclysmic event in the planets ancient history? The word was, in verse 2 above, is an English translation of the Hebrew verb hayah meaning: to be, become, come to pass.

The word hayah is derived from the primitive root verb hava’meaning: to fall, to be, become.

Therefore Genesis 1:2, should perhaps, have actually been translated as:the earth became without form and void?

What occurred, and how long the interval between the actual creation of the planet earth in verse 1 of Genesis and its fall into a state that was without form, empty and dark, can only be a matter of conjecture! The planet is billions of years old – who among us know what has been tried and tested prior to to the fall?

Eccl.1:10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.

Rev.12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

While man-kind attempts, in various ways, to discover and communicate with other intelligences in the Universe, the biblical narrative reveals to us that there are indeed those that dwell in the heavens (plural).

Asteroid Belt

A new study from the University of Florida claims that 85 percent of our solar system’s asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter is made up of the remnants of five or six ancient small planets. When these planets were formed and how and when they were destroyed to form the asteroid belt is unknown.

All the surface regions of other planets and moon in our solar system would appear to be derelict and in a state of decay. God is not a creator of decay and darkness

God bless ………?

We are living through times of uncertainty in many areas of society. A country that claims to be Christian and is continually asking God to bless it should perhaps take note of Leviticus Chpt.26? It would appear that the blessings hitherto bestowed upon certain peoples and nations are being withdrawn?

Leviticus 26:14 But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments; 15 And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant:…17 And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.

Words of Wisdom

From a young age Winston Churchill had a sense of destiny. How many of us feel that destiny (the coming future) has a role for us to play?

Winston Churchill was not perfect, he made mistakes and blunders just the same as any of us – but he never gave in to his imperfections. He battled and worked on to become, arguably, the greatest statesman the United Kingdom has produced to date. He was a master of the spoken word and some of those words (among many others that could have been chosen) are not without relevance to the topic of this posting:

“Without the assistance of that High Power, which interferes in the eternal sequence of causes and effects more than we are always prone to admit. I could never succeed”

 “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.”

 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.

 “Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.”

No matter how great an empire may be it only has a limited life span – The shores of History are strewn with the wrecks of Empires”.

 “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”

End of an Aeon (not the world)!

Mathew 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

End-Time Kings!

“Every time history repeats itself the price goes up.”

Major events occurring on the world stage at this present time would appear to indicate that the King of the North and The King of the South are possibly preparing for a prophetic battle.

The Middle East in turmoil

The Middle East and North Africa is in chaos – Egypt, Tunisia, Libya are in chaos. Syria and Yemen are in turmoil; Bahrain and Jordan have seen scenes of unrest among their citizens. The Palestinian problem is insolvable, with Hamas controlling Gaza and the Palestinian Authority (Fatah) controlling the West Bank. Lebanon is controlled by Hezbollah.

The one country that is benefiting from all the chaos is Iran.

Israel sits between the claws of a very unpredictable set of nations.

The Mediterranean Sea is split – The Northern coastline dominated by the European Union and the southern coastline dominated by a handful of Moslem nations.

Egypt, under President Mubarak was a stabilizing influence in the region. Following in the footsteps of the assassinated Anwar Sadat he held Islamic fundamentalism in check and continued to uphold the peace treaty with Israel signed by Sadat.

The type of government Egypt has now chosen is a more fundamental Islamic style government. One that is more closely aligned with the King of the South than the pro-western government of Mubarak – as Dan.11:42 reveals.

Egypt is not the King of the South but appears to be aligned with him, along with a number of other Middle Eastern and North African countries

Dan.11:40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over 41 He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many [countries] shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, [even] Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. 42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.

The past unrest in Bahrain was more a test of strength between Saudi Arabia and Iran than a revolt against the ruling kalifat in Bahrain. Saudi Arabia is mainly Sunni Moslem, whereas Iran is mainly Shi’a. Bahrain is mainly Shi’a but is ruled by the minority Sunni.

Christians and Moslems alike can not agree on religion.

Hezbollah, Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, and a host of other fundamental Moslem groups are heavily supported and subsidized by Iran. Iran’s ruling elite believe it is their destiny to rule the Middle East and beyond; and to enforce Islamic Law (The one true religion!!) upon the world.

Iraq is in limbo, with Iran gaining much ground here after the fall of Saddam, and likely to gain much more.

The 12th Imam

It is not only the Christian Scriptures that prophecy that chaotic world events will herald the arrival of a saviour. Many Moslems believe the same, but their saviour is called the Imam Mahdi as this video clip shows: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwiadYT-N9k

The belief of a returning Mahdi, or 12th Imam, is a defining doctrine within the most populous group of Shiite Muslims (known as the “Twelvers”); to which former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a devout adherent.

This group believe that the 12th Imam will emerge from hiding during a time of world chaos, to bring order and exalt Shiite believers to their rightful place. Ahmadinejad belongs to this sect, which appears to believe that it is their mission to pave the way for the Mahdi’s return. In other words they are working to foster chaos on the world stage.

Dan.11:40 reveals that the king of the south shall ’PUSH’ at the king of the north

And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him’

The word ‘push’ is translated from the Hebrew word ‘nagach’ – 1) to push, thrust, gore
1a) (Qal) to gore
1b) (Piel) to push or thrust at
1c) (Hithpael) to engage in thrusting, wage war.

The one Middle Eastern country that is powerful enough to ‘push’ against the north – and indeed has invested much time, effort and financial support to various fundamental groups in doing so is Iran.

However, it will not be acting alone as Dan.11indicates.

I will not speculate on the future outcome of the Middle East chaos because the Scriptures reveal to us what that final outcome will be. However, geographically many of the above named countries are strategically placed to choke off the free transfer of goods, especially oil, to the western world.

The Gates of the enemy

Ethiopia and Yemen sit astride the southern entrance to the Red Sea (Saudi Arabia recently announced no further shipments of oil through the narrow stretch of water at the southern entrance (Bab el Mandeb strait). Iran could attempt to close off the entrance and exit to/from the Persian Gulf (Strait of Hormuz); Egypt controls access to the Suez Canal; Turkey controls the Dardanelles. The western end of the Mediterranean narrows to the Straits of Gibraltar, with Morocco and Algeria well placed to interfere with free access.

These countries are all Moslem and could possibly attempt to control these SEA GATES in the future if allied to the King of the South.

Hutchison Whampoa – a Hong Kong business whose owner is an “allied consultant” to China – won the contract to operate the ports of Balboa and Cristobal at either end of the Panama Canal. These ports were turned over to Hutchison even though it is alleged that American and other international companies submitted more favourable tenders. This contract could potentially give China control over the Canal.

Hutchinson also has a strategically placed top modern container terminal situated in Freeport, Bahamas.

Deut. 28:15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:

Read the rest of this chapter and especially verse 52 And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land:...55wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee in all thy gates… ..57thine enemy shall distress thee in thy gates…

God made a promise to Abraham concerning his descendants:  “and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies”- Gen. 22:17. This was repeated in Gen. 24:60 when the same promise was made through Rebekah, the soon to be bride of Abraham’s son Isaac.

 Gen, 24:60 And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou [art] our sister, be thou [the mother] of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them.

 Western control over other important strategic ’gates’ has also been lost – Singapore and the Malacca Straits and Hong Kong (South China Sea), for example.

The Rod of Anger

Hosea 8:1 [Set] the trumpet to thy mouth. [He shall come] as an eagle against the house of the LORD, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law…3 Israel hath cast off [the thing that is] good: the enemy shall pursue him…7 For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up. 8 Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein [is] no pleasure.9 For they are gone up to Assyria, a wild ass alone by himself: Ephraim hath hired lovers…11 Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sin, altars shall be unto him to sin.12 I have written to him the great things of my law, [but] they were counted as a strange thing. 13 They sacrifice flesh [for] the sacrifices of mine offerings, and eat [it; but] the LORD accepteth them not; now will he remember their iniquity, and visit their sins: they shall return to Egypt. 14 For Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and buildeth temples; and Judah hath multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof.

 When the King of the North has overcome the King of the South, then it will be the turn of the nations of Israel and Judah to incur his wrath – as punishment from God – another type of slavery? Historically, it was the Assyrian who was the ‘rod of God’s anger’, against His own people – ISRAEL – and so it will no doubt be in the coming future – according to Scripture.

Isaiah 10:5 O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.

The fall of Israel, Ephraim and Judah – Together!

Hosea 5 – the whole chapter should be studied, here I will just briefly mention the following:

Verse 5 And the pride of Israel doth testify to his face: therefore shall Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity; Judah also shall fall with them.

 Note the clear separation made between Israel, Judah and Ephraim

The word ‘fall’ means – to stumble, bring injury or ruin (Strong # H3782)

Verse 13 When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah [saw] his wound, then went Ephraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb: yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of your wound.

 ’Jareb’(King) means CONTENDER – an epithet given to the king of Assyria

Who is modern day Assyria? Who are Ephraim and Judah likely to go to for assistance in the coming future?

Israel and Judah did not fall TOGETHER anciently so this must be a coming future prophecy.

The descendants of the Assyrians, according to Scripture, would need to be a union of 10 (partly strong and partly weak – iron and clay – Dan 2:42).

Their religious leader will be the modern descendant of the Babylonian Mystery religion – Rev.17:5. – Jerusalem is the primary goal for this religious entity.

The beast and the beast power will totally deceive the whole world – for a short time, before the Kings of the East realize just how dangerous this king of the North really is – Dan.11:44

 I will leave it to the interested reader who has been closely following world events, for there are many clues there, to come to their own conclusion as to the identities of the above-mentioned nations and to just how near the world is to the consequences of much ‘Pushing’

 

 

 

 

 

Perversion of the Human Spirit!

The gift of Life is a privilege – Not a human right!

This posting is a little different (and rather longer) than previous postings. It is not to be interpreted as being judgemental of anyone. It does however; reveal some of the perversions of the human spirit that appear to be endemic within a human race that likes to believe it is an evolving one. Unfortunately, many of those who believe they have the right to lead us would appear to possess some of the same negative traits.

All Scriptural verses are from KJV.

Definition of Perversion – Distortion or corruption of the original course, meaning, or state of something. (Oxford Dictionaries.com)

We appear to be living in an age of great technological achievement. Living conditions for many people have never been better – while at the same time the living conditions for millions are becoming worse. Despite the efforts of various national governments and NGO’s millions of people, on a global basis, have become refugees (voluntarily and involuntarily); housing and sanitation is basic or non-existent for many of these people – many are starving and disease is spreading like wildfire. This is the ultimate result of human competition – especially in the political arena. While the human mind is capable of creating solutions to the many technological problems of our age, it appears totally incapable of solving the ever-increasing humanitarian tragedies.

Daniel 12:4 Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

That increased knowledge has always been available – but it is only relatively recently that man-kind has been given access to it. The type of knowledge is both secular and spiritual. The ‘time of the end’ would appear to be near the cut-off point. A time when man-kinds’ way of doing things, and human reasoning (of itself) will no longer be tolerated. It does not mean the end of man-kind or the ‘end of the world’.

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.

Historically, it is only relatively recently that man-kind in general has had access to the written Word of God. The Word of God was read and mis-read from the pulpit by the priest – often in a language the congregation did not understand. Many of the congregants were illiterate and would not have understood the written word even if they had been given access to it. The Universal Church was especially  loath to allow the printed Word to be made generally available to the masses – some people may have begun to understand what the Word was actually revealing?!

The Gospel message was to be preached in ‘all the world’ as a WITNESS – not in an effort to convert everyone into believing what that message reveals. The Gospel will ultimately become a witness to the truth of Word of God.

We can safely state that the message is becoming less relevant to an ever-increasing number of people in this present world. Many even want to update and change the message to make it more relevant to today’s modern world. The word of man is to take precedence over the Word of God!

Job 21:14 ..they say unto God (‘el), Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.

The politicians of every nation, hue and colour, wax lyrical over the aid and assistance that will be made available to the poor and the needy, and the persecuted – but nothing changes – the conditions under which these people live (exist) are often a direct, or indirect, result of the political aspirations of the very same politicians that promise to assist them?

Job 21:24 How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth falsehood?

Job 20:12 Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue;

James 3:5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

Job 20:4 Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth,

The fate of the first humans that were placed on earth up to the generation of Noah is revealed – are we heading in the same direction?

Wow! – Look at the above verse once again – man did not evolve – he was placed upon this planet – A finished biological creation – However, he was not of old, and is not today, a finished spiritual product. How many people actually believe that?

Strayed off the path I meant to take with this posting – so let us return to that human spirit.

 Perversion of the Human Spirit

Micah 3:1 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment? 2 Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;

Micah 3:9 Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity.

We live in an age of great discovery, research and exploration – even outside our own planet. In a Universe (at least that small part of it that we can see and has been revealed) that is unknown and mysterious.
Great minds struggle to understand the many mysteries of this planet, of human-kind, and of the Universe. While our understanding of the physical world(s) is increasing, our understanding of the moral concepts of the human-kind appears to be declining. So-called evolution in reverse or human nature as it always has been?

1 Corinth. 3.19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God (theos). For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

The human spirit appears to have an enormous latent potential for accomplishing what we may call ‘good’, but unfortunately, an increasing number of human spirits appear to be more inclined towards the not so good – or downright evil – the flip side of LIVE (Duality).
The many and varied perversions that the human mind can imagine would appear to have begun almost at the beginning – when our ancestors decided to choose the ‘tree of knowledge’ rather than ‘the tree of life’. Since then we ALL in greater or lesser degrees have found it more agreeable to ‘do that which is right in our own eyes’ (Proverbs 21.2)

Jeremiah 3:21 A voice was heard upon the high places, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel: for they have perverted their way, and they have forgotten the LORD (Yĕhovah) their God (‘elohiym)

Upside Down World

The straight and narrow way – the way we were created to hopefully (it would appear that it was never a certainty?) follow, has become corrupted – we are more readily agreeable to the way of the being that still sits on the throne of this world of ours. He was never removed – although there is one who has qualified to replace him – but not quite yet!

Eph. 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

The many and varied perversions the human spirit (of itself) has contrived throughout known history have often been concealed and certainly not openly talked about. However, that is now changing – many national governments and so-called Christian assemblies are now open to accommodating perversion. The former are changing laws and the latter are attempting to change doctrines to legalize and sanctify (according to mans’ definition) many of these perversions.

It is now generally accepted that a woman may love a woman, a man may love a man, a man may become a woman, a woman may become a man – or anything in-between.

Some people have no particular affinity to a particular gender – are genderless or genderfluid (switch from one gender to another) or binary – in their own eyes!

Even children are being actively encouraged to explore gender fluidity.

I include following blog addresses: https://genderneutralpronoun.wordpress.com/ http://genderfork.com/ for those who wish further info; on this predilection.
Interestingly, two of the tags for the gender neutral blog are the words angels and God?

Lets not forget the current popularity (perhaps wrong word) of # Me Too. A sudden outcry and shock revelations of the mainly male predilection for indecently accosting women.

Many there are, throughout history, who have known about and covered-up the unwanted advances of others. Why the sudden outcry now? Are we to assume that the world has suddenly become a better place of heart-felt admission of guilt and repentance?

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

It would appear that right has become left, up is now down and anything goes.

Colossians 2:18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,

Consumerism – Planned obsolescence

In today’s modern world we have been taught to believe that it is consumerism that drives a country’s economy – shop til you drop! Through the media, endless advertising, and a good dose of political rhetoric, along with financial incentives (loans and credit) we have been ‘conditioned’ to believe that we do not need to wait until tomorrow or even need to save to buy goods – we can have them today!

Arguably, the beginning of the modern-day mentality of accepting that we need to constantly be renewing goods (especially fashion items) began back in 1924. It began with something we all use – the light bulb. ‘The Phoebus cartel’ was formed by among others, Osram, Philips, Tungsram, AEI and General Electric to control the manufacture and sale of light bulbs. Up to that time the average light bulb had a life expectancy of 2000 – 2500 hours. By agreeing to standardize manufacturing (cheaper production costs and less reliable bulbs being the result) and to reduce life expectancy to ca. 1000 hours, while at the same time increasing the price of a light bulb the cartel had a monopoly on sales and increased profits. In other words corrupt practices that enriched the manufacturers by ‘planned obsolescence’ of their products.

It can be reasonably claimed that planned obsolescence has been a corner-stone of manufacturing ever since – at least from the end of WWII. New technology has greatly enhanced the trend. Apple, for example, is a master of planned obsolescence, especially in the iPhone market. Just minor differences to their range of iPhones often results in people queuing for days so they can be the first ones to purchase the latest model. There is nothing wrong with their old phone but they have been ‘conditioned’ into believing that they must have the newest model.

Many electrical goods like computers and printers often end up in recycling units – sent there by the manufacturer – never taken out of the packaging because newer models have made them obsolete?

Clothing manufactures, especially those engaged in the manufacture of ladies wear, have really found the perfect recipe for profit – called fashion. Perfectly good clothing assigned to the garbage (I can’t wear that what will people say!!?) as it is no longer perceived to be in fashion.

And there, perhaps, we have an answer? – We have been ‘conditioned’ into believing that we are continually being judged by other people – in many cases correctly no doubt – if we want to be a member of a particular social set then we are required to possess the correct accoutrements with the latest style/design – that we really do not need them is of little concern.

A Noose around Free Speech?

The terrorism threat is apparently being milked for all it is worth by many countries to condone surveillance of a country’s law-abiding citizens and curtailing their right to free speech. In other words what we like to call democratic rule – Just how democratic is the rule of your country – you get a vote and then what happens? Slowly, bit by bit, democracy begins to be superseded by a more dictatorial approach by government – in your interests of course! It wasn’t so long ago that former President Obama expressed the opinion that the Constitution sometimes got in the way. Isn’t that what the Constitution was designed to do?

To enable the American Constitution to function as it was designed requires the people to possess a solid moral foundation – it would appear that for many people that is no longer an acceptable condition?!

Even some teachers of constitutional law are suggesting that for America to solve its many problems, it needs to abandon the Constitution. Louis Michael Seidman is recorded as saying “If we are to take back our own country, we have to start making decisions for ourselves, and stop deferring to an ancient and outdated document,”. Mr Seidman is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington DC.

An ever-increasing number of people say much the same about the Holy Bible.

In other words, all the safeguards built into the US Constitution should be removed, opening the way for the dismantling of democracy and potentially risking rule by dictatorship.

Governments’ (in all their many forms) across the globe continue to present themselves as governing for the good of all people – unfortunately, they just doesn’t trust the people to know what is good for them. People must be re-educated (reformed). Their will needs to be overturned when they refuse to vote “the right way” (The European Union is especially fond of reformation).

So-called liberalism has in effect re-defined democracy. Democracy has become, through whatever means necessary, a method to persuade people what the people should vote for—if only they were enlightened enough to know what was best for them. Claiming to be ‘for the people’ does not automatically make for a democratic government.

It would not be amiss to state Benjamin Franklin’s words of wisdom in his speech to the Constitutional Convention, June 28, 1787: “the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this Truth–that God governs in the Affairs of Men.” “I also believe,” Franklin continued, ”that without his concurring Aid, we shall succeed in this political Building no better than the Builders of Babel.”

Are we now seeing the results of withdrawn blessings?

Extremism

The word ‘NORMAL’ will soon have no actual meaning – or the meaning of that word will be defined and/or redefined as required by government. Actually that has always been the case, but more socially orientated. The society one belongs to often dictates what is accepted as normal or abnormal. The norms of one society may, and in many cases are, classed as abnormal within the confines of another society.

Instead of working towards a cohesive and well-functioning society, we run the great risk (which appears to be already fairly well established) of a splintered society in which certain individuals or groups of individuals will be defined as ‘disruptive’ according to the ‘correct’ political ideology of the day.

Religion

It may well be that in a future Britain having any religious faith will be classified as DISRUPTIVE. Do we know right from wrong? Or do we need to be re-conditioned to a common belief system of change? – Variously called a ‘Global Society’ or ‘New World Order’. If so, how and by whom will it be changed? What we do know is that the outcome will be change for change’s sake to a specific agenda – to the benefit of a relative few.

Malachi 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD (Yĕhovah) of hosts. 6 For I am the LORD (Yĕhovah), I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Training the Mind to accept and identify with a Common Purpose

Through the varied techniques employed by the many ‘behavioural change programmes’ that are in vogue – for example: Life-coaching; Neuro Linguistic programming (NLP); plus a whole host of other behavioural modifying courses available – we can be taught how to rid ourselves of a flawed personality, trauma, racist or hateful outlooks and wrong opinions about almost anything that is deemed to be negative or disruptive by those who claim to know. There appears to be an awful lot of people in this world who ‘claim to know’ what may be termed as ‘right thinking’ for you and I – many of these people sit in high government, business and financial positions the world over. In addition let us not neglect to mention many of the members of the so-called ‘entertainment industry’.

The various programs go under varying names but the real purpose is often hidden within so-called leadership training or self-development or motivational courses. The goal of the varied techniques employed would appear, in many cases, to reduce the ability to make personal judgements and to reform our moral opinions. These are replaced by a dedicated strategy of implanted ideas and thoughts that are deemed to be ‘correct’ – by those who claim to know – that the normalities of life do not exist, that perversion and corruption of the human mind can be accepted and accommodated.

 Common Purpose

One such program is found in the UK, but has expanded internationally ‘to provide training courses in leadership for up-and-coming politicians, businessmen, NGO workers, organizers, and others who wield or will one day wield power in society’.

https://www.corbettreport.com/common-purpose-charity-or-change-agent/

http://commonpurpose.org/united-kingdom/about-us/company-information/

The British Conservative Party is not beyond using such techniques through the workings of the ‘Tory Cabinet Office Behavioural Insight Team’.
This secretive little group was set up in 2011 to devise psychological initiatives to manipulate people’s behaviour. MORE: https://www.ukcolumn.org/article/british-cabinet-office-collaborates-french-brainwashing-guru-change-way-we-think

The former coalition government in the UK stated the following in their ‘Programme for Government’ published in 2010 – “Our Government will be a much smarter one, shunning the bureaucratic levers of the past and finding intelligent ways to encourage, support and enable people to make better choices for themselves.
In other words the British government will recommend, and enforce by law if necessary, the politically correct choices for us all!

Ezekiel 13:22 Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life:

 MINDSPACE

Not all ideas and support initiatives proposed by ‘Nudge Units’ are necessarily detrimental to the well-being of a particular country’s citizens – many of them are quite sensible. It is the perceived need for proposing and implementing them and the manipulative techniques employed that arouse some scepticism. Just how far will governments be willing to go with their behavioural change programs? Have the moral and ethical standards of the people sunk to such a low-level that the only perceived remedy is to pervert the whole population through behavioural change by subterfuge?

Well, that appears to be the case in the UK if we consider that the Cabinet Office’s ‘Nudge’ programme is not only real – it has been running for several years and it is so effective the applied behavioural technology has apparently been sold to the US and Australia. So readers from those two countries – keep your eyes and ears open!

Does it work? Well, the UK governments own ‘Mindspace’ document says …“Either people will not know they have been changed or they may realise they have been changed but not know how.” READ THE DOCUMENT HERE

https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/publications/mindspace

It will be noted that the document was commissioned by the UK Institute for Government, ‘an independent charity with cross-party and Whitehall governance working to increase government effectiveness’. They work with all the main political parties at Westminster and with senior civil servants in Whitehall. They claim to provide fresh thinking through ‘research, events and leadership development’. The Institute for Government is a registered charity in England and Wales. Their funding comes from the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. The Sainsbury family founded Sainsbury’s, the UK’s second-largest supermarket chain. Today, the family has many interests, including business, politics, philanthropy, arts, and sciences. No family member now works for the company, although John Davan Sainsbury is the Life President of the firm.

The document is signed by the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service along with the Executive Director of Institute for Government. Neither of them are elected officials, but permanent members of a group with great influence in the corridors of power. Politicians come and go but the mandarins of the Civil Service, who are the ones that enact policy, remain in their seats of considerable power.

The End – Not quite

Much more could be written regarding the perversion of the human spirit, but the above gives some indication of just how far individuals, and groups of individuals, are willing to stretch the foundational line of morality and ethics in a supposedly evolving human-kind; to subjugate whole nations, if necessary, to their own perverted way of thinking. Many of these people have an overriding reverence of their own SELF-worth – a perceived superior ability and right to rule and to judge peoples and even nations. Some even have aspirations of extending their influence globally.

 Entertainment

In an age of social media, in all its many forms, the citizens of many relatively affluent western countries have voracious appetites for entertainment. However, this is copiously supplied by relatively few international conglomerates or syndicates that all have an agenda that appears to be built on allowing each individual a moment of attention – no matter how trivial their message may be. Television programming appears to be heavily weighted in favour of mind numbing situation comedies where the man is often depicted as the weak link – subservient to the woman. In tandem with these go the innumerable series involving crime and violence. This is depicted as wholesome entertainment for the masses? – No need to think and is of absolutely no educational value. Even the news is now presented as a form of entertainment and can certainly not be construed as independent journalism. The mighty news corporations have ‘their own axe to grind’ – often politically motivated. When you get tired of these then there are an inordinate number of programs on food to be viewed allowing you to waste even more of your precious time. You can even view the weather forecast 24/7.

There are of course exceptions – History and Geography have their own channels, often based on evolutionary theory. Religion is a myth and a creator God has no place in mankind’s pursuit of knowledge or in his way of obtaining it. Remarkably, religion is often used as a convenient explanation for many ancient sites that have been discovered around the globe that archaeologists cannot find a plausible use for. They are often presented as having been originally built as some sort of religious ceremonial site by people who obviously had technical expertise beyond the accepted norms of their time (a good deal of which is unexplainable, at present, except by the miraculous use of a hammer and chisel, and fire and water?).
How many learned books will need to be revised and re-written at the end of the Aeon?

Wars and rumours of war

The so-called evolving human species does not appear to have relinquished its penchant for domination, terrorising, killing and torturing one another. Many of us may well live in reasonably modern and comfortable surroundings – but that does not appear to have reduced the blood-lust. Why does one culture believe it possesses the only WAY, and is quite ready to kill and maim other people of another culture to defend that way? It has always been that way some may say – human nature (of itself) knows no other way.

1 Corinth. 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Eccl. 9:18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.

James 4:1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? 2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask no. 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

Eccl. 9:16 Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.

 Technology

The speed of technological and medical advancement is nothing less than astounding – taking into consideration that most of our modern technological and medical advances have occurred during the past 100-200 years. Prior to this the speed of gained knowledge was at a snail’s pace (with some exceptions) – Have you ever pondered on why this should be the case?

Advances in technology have allowed man-kind to begin searching parts of a known Universe that is only a fraction of that which probably exists. Why do we find it necessary to explore other planets within the Universe when we appear totally incapable of solving all the ecological and human problems on this planet? Are we to export our inability to live in peace – are we to export greed, lust, many murderous hearts and perverted minds once again out into a Universe that would appear to have suffered just such problems in the past? – According to Scripture.
Man-kind was not given dominion over the Universe (at least not yet) – Gen.1:26

Man-kind is so arrogant that he believes in his own wisdom – the results of all his searching and researching are his own. Not for one moment thinking that perhaps the frequencies of thought are but a ‘type’ of transmitter/receiver – sometimes faulty – not all searching and researching produces results. Fine tuning is required to obtain the required result.
However, although new discoveries and inventions may be new to us – they would appear to be but re-discoveries from the past – 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. 10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.

Old time – Strong’s H5769 – `owlam – long duration, antiquity, futurity, for ever, ever, everlasting, evermore, perpetual, old, ancient, world

From root word – Strong’s H5956 – `alam – to conceal, hide, be hidden, be concealed, be secret.

Was it man-kind or another-kind that in times past made all the discoveries that we once again are reaping the benefit of in many cases and deeply regretting the invention of in others? Unfortunately, it is often the case that whatever a man-kind develops for good there is another man-kind right on his heels ready to make use of the same development for the exact opposite.

Man-kind would appear to have been given a potential not given to any other living being. That potential, however, is way out of reach as long as we remain incomplete – for that is indeed what human-kind is at present. Just re-read the above – and that is only an insignificant fraction of the perversions the human mind (of itself) is capable of.

Eph.2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as other

Completion of an Aeon – Psalm 82

Mark 12:24 “Jesus said to them (Sadducees), “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God?”

European Union – Democratic? – Part 2

Continuance from Part 1

UPDATE — 23.03.2017

Brexit

The year 2016 proved to be the year the UK decided (through a referendum) to begin the process of withdrawal from the European Union. Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is planned to be invoked sometime in March 2017 and withdrawal in March 2019.

More on Lisbon Treaty HERE. 

Otto von Habsburg

For 20 years (from 1979 to 1999) Otto von Habsburg was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) representing the conservative German Christian Social Union (CSU) party. Deceased July 4, 2011

The Habsburg dynasty was a defender of the Roman Catholic Church for many centuries. The house of Habsburg provided many imperial rulers of The Holy Roman Empire and Otto von Habsburg was the oldest living claimant to the old Empire secular throne (as former crown prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire).  The so-called spiritual throne continues to reside where it has been situated for centuries.

Together with other leading figures such as Konrad Adenauer, Robert Schuman and Jean Monnet, Habsburg built the foundations of the European Community (beginning with the coal and steel union), which today we call the European Union.

Habsburg and others failed in their attempts to get Christianity included in the preamble to the European Constitution, or in the Treaty of Lisbon which was created in its place when the constitution was rejected by France and the Netherlands

On the face of it today’s Europe appears to be a secular and somewhat divided union of semi-sovereign states; although the challenges that Europe currently face would appear to require some binding influence that would not appear (to the people) politically motivated.

A comment that Habsburg made that Europe is a Christian continent, whether certain people like it or not”. Reveals the strong historical link that he and his family predecessors had, and his descendants still have, to the Roman Catholic Church.

There is a tendency to forget the one small sovereign state within Europe that is not an official member of the European Union – Vatican State. The state may be small but its reach is formidable.

Holy Roman Empire

On Christmas Day 800 A.D. Charlemagne, the King of the Franks, was crowned Emperor of the West by Pope Leo III. This act was seen as a revival, or transference, of the Holy Roman Empire

It was the German emperor Otto I, (born Nov. 23, 912-died May 7, 973), Duke of Saxony (as Otto II, 936-961), German king (from 936), and Holy Roman Emperor (962-973) who consolidated the German Reich by placing the European Empire of Charlemagne under German rule.

From Otto’s crowning to the dissolution of the Empire in 1806, by Napoleon, the title of Holy Roman Emperor was held, for the most part, by German monarchs – many of which came from the descendants of the same family — the House of Habsburg. The Habsburg dynasty came to be accepted as the hereditary emperors of the Holy Roman Empire as the throne of the Holy Roman Empire was continuously occupied by the Habsburgs between 1440 and 1740.

Frederick III (21 September 1415-19 August 1493), called the Peaceful, was the Holy Roman Emperor from 1452 until his death. Prior to his imperial coronation, he was hereditary Duke of Austria (as Frederick V) from 1424 and elected King of Germany (as Frederick IV) from 1440. He was the first emperor of the House of Habsburg. In 1493, he was succeeded by his son Maximilian I after ten years of joint rule.

Albert II of Habsburg, also from the House of Habsburg, preceded Frederick III but was elected King of the Romans and never became a Holy Roman Emperor.

It was also under Holy Roman Emperor Charles V – 1519-1556 that the House of Hapsburg first became the great Catholic champions of Europe. It was he who argued with Martin Luther at the Diet of Worms and fought Protestants in Germany, the French in Italy and the Muslims in the Mediterranean.

European Union and the Vatican

Considering his family background, the former MEP, Otto von Habsburg’s comment that “Europe is a Christian continent” is clearly referring to its historical and present connection to the Roman Catholic Church.

Habsburg’s last speech to the European Parliament on May 7, 1999 ended with a plea for the projection of European culture throughout the world”. Global influence in other words. Beyond its geographical boundaries, Europe has connections with other parts of the world which it cannot renounce, and which are part of its essential raison deter.?

Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna addressed him as “your imperial highness” at a Mass at the Stefansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna and the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna) celebrating his 90th birthday.

Designs of Empire

A recurrent problem that has not been addressed (due to lack of agreement between member states) is that of establishing a European Head of State. Habsburg promoted a solution that the member states of the Union (presidents or monarchs of member states) should elect a Head of State of the European Union in the tradition of the “great elector of the Holy Roman Empire”. It would be a lifetime position which, he suggested, should be monarchical in style but did not need to be that in form or name!!!

For information on the tradition of great elector of the Holy Roman Empire check-out the following URLs:

http://www.medievalhistories.com/the-emperor-and-the-electors-in-late-medieval-germany/

http://www.mindserpent.com/American_History/religion/pope/prince_elector/holy_roman_empire_elector.htm

In the Holy Roman Empire, the electors or electoral princes (the German term is “Kurfürst”, the plural: “Kurfürsten”) had the function of electing the king of Germany preparatory to his accession as the next emperor, though until the 12th century they often merely formalized what was in fact a dynastic succession.

In other words, von Habsburg was promoting the resurrection of western empire. However, not content with empire, he also promoted the vision of a future Head of State becoming the defender (guardian in his own words) of an existing “European symbol which belongs to all nations equally. This is the Crown of the Holy Roman Empire, which embodies the tradition of Charlemagne, the ruler of a united occident”.

Complete list of Holy Roman Emperors can be found HERE: 

 

Europe

Crown of the Holy Roman Empire

 Close-up photos of the Imperial Regalia can be found HERE.

Imperial Crown, also called Crown of Charlemagne, was created in the 10th century for coronations of the Holy Roman Emperors. Although made for Otto the Great (912-973), it was named for Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor.

In its basic forms, the crown dates to the second half of the tenth century and was the most important symbol of the office of emperor in the Holy Roman Empire.
Kept in the free imperial city of Nuremberg from the fifteenth century onwards, the crown was taken to Vienna in 1796 to prevent it falling into the hands of Napoleon. Since that time, with the exception of the National Socialist era (again returned to Nuremberg), it has been preserved in the Vienna Treasury.

Otto von Habsburg along with Konrad Adenauer, Robert Schuman and Jean Monnet could be called the fathers of the present European Union in that they created the foundation for a 7th resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire from its humble beginning as a coal and steel union between Germany and France. However, it appears that it was only Chapter 1 of a much more ambitious plan that would require time and subterfuge to realize:

We could never have constructed Europe by democratic means Claude Cheysson, French Foreign Minister 1981-84

I am for secret, dark debates,” he said. “When the going gets tough, you have to lie“.Jean-Claude Juncker – 2011- https://euobserver.com/economic/32294

The Universal Church and Europe

Although the Vatican state is not an official member of the European Union it follows and contributes wherever possible to the political workings of the Union. The Council of Europe and the Holy See have maintained official relations since 1962. The Holy See obtained observer status in 1970.

Pope Francis gave a speech to the Council of Europe in November 2014 in which he ended by saying: “My hope is that Europe, by rediscovering the legacy of its history and the depth of its roots, and by embracing its lively multipolarity and the phenomenon of a transversality in dialogue, will rediscover that youthfulness of spirit which has made this continent fruitful and great“.

It is not difficult to discover the legacy of European history under the rule of various Holy Roman Emperors. The Holy Roman Empire is not just a relic of history. It tends to resurrect itself in various forms and usually with tragic consequences for those who oppose it.  Are we witness to the birthing pangs of a 7th resurrection in Europe today?

The forthcoming exit of the United Kingdom from the EU could well be a factor that may contribute and hasten a tighter Universal grip on Europe?

The Catholic Church has a significant presence in Europe through, among other organizations, COMECE. The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community, is made up of Bishops delegated by the Catholic Bishops Conferences of the 28 Member States of the European Union. Its headquarter offices are located in Brussels. A small team monitors and analyses developments in EU policies and initiatives and strives to contribute to the relevant processes.

Further information on COMECE, including mission statement, can be found HERE

Pope Francis awarded Charlemagne prize for 2016

List of former laureates can be accessed HERE:  

Interesting to note those who were awarded the prize in previous years!

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The Charlemagne Prize honours exceptional work performed in the service of European unity. According to its bylaws, it is given to public figures or bodies distinguished by their outstanding work toward European unity or cooperation between its states. The contribution, as Kurt Pfeiffer emphasized, can be made in the areas of literature, science, economics or politics.

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Of course, the Charlemagne Prize quickly developed into a pre-eminently political award. Accordingly, politicians dominate the long list of recipients. These are the people who most often work toward integration and who are able to exercise a political influence.

Diplomatically, the Holy See acts and speaks for the whole church. It is also recognised by other subjects of international law as a sovereign entity, headed by the Pope, with which diplomatic relations can be maintained.

The Pope is not only the religious leader of the Universal church but also the head of the sovereign entity Holy See; which has a wide-ranging influence politically and diplomatically.

Prior to receiving the prize in May 2016, the Pope addressed a gathering of European leaders inside the Vatican, which included the then heads of the three main European Union institutions (Jean-Claude Juncker of the European Commission, Martin Schulz of the European Parliament and Donald Tusk of the European Council), along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Matteo Renzi, the prime minister of Italy.

Pope Francis reportedly stated that: To the rebirth of a Europe weary, yet still rich in energies and possibilities, the Church can and must play her part“, he declared to the political leaders gathered in the Vatican, even though a clear separation between religious activities and political ones stands as a core principle in Europe.

It should be evident to anyone who has followed European politics that the so-called clear separation is rather unclear.

Clear separation?

A prime example of unclear separation being that Pope John Paul II was awarded an Extraordinary International Charlemagne prize in 2004, and in an extract from a speech by the Mayor of Aachen at the award ceremony: “In this earnest moment the Awarding Committee of the International Charlemagne Prize is very happy, for the first time in its history, to be awarding an Extraordinary International Charlemagne Prize as thanks for extraordinary dedication to a remarkable personality who would also strengthen the strong visions of great visionaries. “The completion of the European Union, which became possible only after the fall of the Iron Curtain, has been relevantly influenced by you“.

Pope Francis addresses Europe!

Pope Francis was invited to address lawmakers by European Parliament President Martin Schulz in 2013. Schulz said the pope had a message about fundamental values that was more relevant than ever in Europe. The Pope did address the Parliament on 25th November 2014

The address in full can be found HERE:

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..I wish, then, to reiterate the readiness of the Holy See and the Catholic Church, through the Commission of the Bishops Conferences of Europe (COMECE), to engage in meaningful, open and transparent dialogue with the institutions of the European Union. I am likewise convinced that a Europe which is capable of appreciating its religious roots and of grasping their fruitfulness and potential, will be all the more immune to the many forms of extremism spreading in the world today, not least as a result of the great vacuum of ideals which we are currently witnessing in the West, since it is precisely mans forgetfulness of God, and his failure to give him glory, which gives rise to violence??

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One just needs to check-out the Charlemagne prize laureates to see what the Pope is alluding to when stating that a Europe which is capable of appreciating its religious roots and of grasping their fruitfulness and potential.

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..Awareness of ones own identity is also necessary for entering into a positive dialogue with the States which have asked to become part of the Union in the future.  I am thinking especially of those in the Balkans, for which membership in the European Union could be a response to the desire for peace in a region which has suffered greatly from past conflicts

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Empire building!

It was Germany and the Vatican who were the first to recognize the breakaway states of Slovenia and Croatia prior to the Balkans conflict and persuaded NATO to attack militarily without UN sanction. See a previous posting HERE.

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An anonymous second-century author wrote that “Christians are to the world what the soul is to the body”. The function of the soul is to support the body, to be its conscience and its historical memoryA two-thousand-year-old history links Europe and Christianity.  It is a history not free of conflicts and errors, but one constantly driven by the desire to work for the good of all. 

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The above statement, by the Pope, regarding the soul is, in my opinion, rather suspect. The Biblical account regarding the Soul is rather different.

See footnote 1 for further explanation.

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A Europe which contemplates the heavens and pursues lofty ideals.  A Europe which cares for, defends and protects man, every man and woman.  A Europe which bestrides the earth surely and securely, a precious point of reference for all humanity!

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A Europe which bestrides the earth as a point of reference for ALL humanity. This can not be interpreted other than working for a return to the former glory (?) of a Holy Roman Empire that throughout its cyclical history has been responsible for the death of millions. European Christianity (read Catholic) has certainly NOT worked for the good of ALL historically (including recent history)

Council of Europe

As well as addressing the European Parliament in 2014, Pope Francis also addressed the Council of Europe.

Full text of speech can be found HERE.

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..This way of thinking also casts light on the contribution which Christianity can offer to the cultural and social development of Europe today within the context of a correct relationship between religion and society. In the Christian vision, faith and reason, religion and society, are called to enlighten and support one another, and, whenever necessary, to purify one another from ideological extremes. European society as a whole cannot fail to benefit from a renewed interplay between these two sectors, whether to confront a form of religious fundamentalism which is above all inimical to God, or to remedy a reductive rationality which does no honour to man.

There are in fact a number of pressing issues which I am convinced can lead to mutual enrichment, issues on which the Catholic Church – particularly through the Council of Episcopal Conferences of Europe (CCEE) – can cooperate with the Council of Europe and offer an essential contribution?

Mr Secretary General, Madame President, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Pope Paul VI called the Church an “expert in humanity”. In this world, following the example of Christ and despite the sins of her sons and daughters, the Church seeks nothing other than to serve and to bear witness to the truth. This spirit alone guides us in supporting the progress of humanity.

In this spirit, the Holy See intends to continue its cooperation with the Council of Europe, which today plays a fundamental role in shaping the mentality of future generations of Europeans. This calls for mutual engagement in a far-ranging reflection aimed at creating a sort of new agorá, in which all civic and religious groups can enter into free exchange, while respecting the separation of sectors and the diversity of positions, an exchange inspired purely by the desire of truth and the advancement of the common good?

.. My hope is that Europe, by rediscovering the legacy of its history and the depth of its roots, and by embracing its lively multipolarity and the phenomenon of transversality in dialogue, will rediscover that youthfulness of spirit which has made this continent fruitful and great.

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Although Pope Francis says many pleasing things to the ears, the Holy See appears determined to ensure that a non-member religious state outside of the European Union is to contribute to its (Europe’s) future. That Pope Paul VI called the Catholic Church an “expert in humanity does little to assuage a sense of foreboding regarding the future of a Europe (considering the past history of the church) where the Unions religious arm is guided from Rome.

Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

The Pope mentioned the sins of the churches’ sons and daughters. Is this statement to be interpreted as alluding to the church membership worldwide, or, are the sons to be equated with the priesthood (quite a number of gross sinners among them have been revealed in the present and in the past) and the daughters to be equated with the Protestant churches? Protestant churches, and especially the Anglican, are looked upon by Rome as wayward daughters. Daughters who have left the fold but are not deemed as totally lost; as recent attempts at reconciliation have shown.

Pope Francis to share wisdom with EU leaders ahead of Rome summit

The 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties is to be marked when EU leaders will hold a summit in the Italian capital on 25 March 2017, with the hope of creating a new positive vision for the European Union after Brexit.

EU heads of state and government are planning to meet with Pope Francis in Rome on the 24th March

It remains to be seen what words of wisdom Pope Francis plans to share with the political arm of Europe. Why would the Pope, the head of a sovereign state that is not a member of the European Union, wish to speak, yet again, with Union leaders the day BEFORE the marking of the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties?

The European Union faces a number of severe problems, not the least being that of finding a method of binding member nations into an ever closer type of federal super-state. Perhaps religion will be a catalyst that will bind European nations closer together. The United Kingdom is soon to depart from this Union, thus removing one obstacle to a potential resurrection of a Holy Roman Empire?

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Footnote 1

The Soul

We will first take a quick look at Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

BREATH of life; and man became a LIVING SOUL.

Contrary to the claim of many mainstream Christian religions, and others, this verse appears to reveal that man does not HAVE a Soul that is often portrayed as having many unseen attributes. Rather, man IS A SOUL. There would appear to be nothing spiritual about the Soul of man or any other living creature. This may well be a new concept for many people that have been taught (by other people) that man has a soul.

How can we be more specific about defining the word soul?

Let us take a look at the original Hebrew word:

Soul — Strongs H5315 — נֶפֶשׁ — nephesh — living being (with life in the blood), the man himself, self, person or individual, that which breathes, the breathing substance or being, soul, the inner being of man

That would appear to be self-explanatory.

To become a living soul requires BREATH — [HEART (BEAT) EARTH].

The health of the planet we live on is apparently closely connected to our own health and well being.

We breathe air (oxygen) and oxygenate the blood stream, and as long as we keep breathing, we are a living soul. If we stop breathing, then it would be reasonable to say that we become a dead soul — NOT AN IMMORTAL SOUL. — Another new concept for a number of people I would imagine?

Note: The word nephesh (soul) applies equally to all living, breathing creatures — not just mankind.

The difference between mankind and other living creatures

What then is the difference between humans and other living, breathing creatures, and the creation of man in Gen.1:27 and Gen.2:7?

Job 32:8 But [there is] a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.

We should not confuse this spirit (unseen human) with what is known as Gods Holy Spirit (also unseen — the inspiration of the Almighty). The word understanding in the above verse is from the Hebrew— Strongs H995 – biyn – to discern, understand, consider

Inspiration from Hebrew — Strongs H5397 – nĕshamah – breath, spirit

Spirit in man — Strongs H7307 – ruwach – wind, breath, mind, spirit

What happens when we stop breathing?

Ecclesiastes 12:6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be brokenor the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. 7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and THE SPIRIT shall return unto God who gave it.

Pope Francis quote, from an anonymous second-century author, who claimed that the function of the soul is to support the body, to be its conscience and its historical memory – would appear to be in error?!

 

European Union – Democratic?-Part 1

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I wrote Part 1 of this posting on a blog-site I previously used in May 2011 and again in 2012. Looking back through past postings I believe this one is worth repeating in the year 2018. Part 2 (coming soon) is additional information added in 2017.

As the European Union (EU) continues its march toward a unified Europe – even though severe cracks are appearing – Greece, Italy, Brexit and immigration for example – and the euro-zone is in financial chaos, let us take a brief historical look at Europe.

It is by no means revelatory to state that the European Union was not designed, or meant to eventually become, a democratic union of independent member states. Footprints of lies, deceit, and darkness have been left in the path of European integration since the early days of the Coal and Steel Union – and historically, long before.

Those who have followed the crooked path of European integration from its early days may have long ago formed the opinion that it is not European democracy that has flowered and blossomed but rather tyranny by stealth.

An article from 2011 in the UK Telegraph Online underlines this belief:

A few quotes from the full article which can be read HERE. 

Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg’s prime minister and the chairman of the euro-group of single currency members (now President of the European Commision), called a secret meeting of the European Union’s most powerful countries at the picturesque Chateau de Senningen on the outskirts of the tiny Duchy state.

Top of the agenda was the fate of Greece, after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) — on the hook for Euro 30bn. of the original Euro 110bn rescue — demanded that the EU come up with a new strategy as the Mediterranean country continued to plunge into debt and recession…

..Mr Juncker, who had not informed other euro-zone finance ministers of the meeting, chose to lie. “I totally deny there is a meeting,” said his spokesman, as speculation mounted. Mr Juncker had already horrified many of his counterparts by openly bragging last month that he often “had to lie” to suppress public debate over euro-zone economic policies which, he claimed, were too important for open contemplation…

..”I am for secret, dark debates,” he said. “When the going gets tough, you have to lie.

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The whole common monetary policy (Euro) would appear to have been designed to fail and as is being witnessed now, an increasing number of countries are, in effect, losing their sovereignty due to a high level of indebtedness.

Was Germany already preparing for a new approach to European unity before WWII was over? They knew it was only a matter of time before they would have to capitulate to allied forces. Was German thoroughness already planning a third attempt within a century at European domination – this time it would not be military warfare that would be the means to achieve it, but economic warfare?

Regionalization

A few quotes from EU movers and shakers should leave the reader in little doubt that the European Union was not designed to serve its citizens. Its design is to remove any nationalistic fondness and pride in ones own country. Regionalization is to replace sovereign states – EU citizen first, regional citizen second.

Some interesting quotes from former European leaders and advisers:

The concept of European unity is and remains the only effective insurance against nationalism – Helmut Kohl, Dec. 1996

Might is right in politics and war – Helmut Kohl, 1996

What does Europe therefore consist of? – Germany – Konrad Adenauer

The future will belong to the German when we build the house of Europe – Helmut Kohl, 1995

Germany is the locomotive of the European train – Helmut Kohl

We could never have constructed Europe by democratic means – Claude Cheysson, French Foreign Minister

It is important to establish a European single currency core in order to stand firm against Anglo Saxon values – Phillipe Matstadt, Belgian Finance Minister, 1996

We want the political union of Europe. Without monetary union there can be no political union and vice versa – Helmut Kohl

European policy has been conducted by a very small number of people – Kohl,

Mitterand, Delores, two or three ministers; A very small circle where decisions are taken and then ratified a posteriori, with regrets about the democratic deficit. – Hurbert Vedrine, chief adviser to Mitterand at Maastricht

Does free Europe want to join Germany? Germany is the heart of Europe and the limbs must adjust themselves to the heart, not the heart to the limbs – Hans Seebohm, Minister, Konrad Adenauer’s government, 1950

A rather shocking statement made by Seebohm when one considers that Germany was just beginning to recover from their second defeat in two World Wars – wars that were started by them in the first half of the 20th Century. However, the Assyrian mentality does not accept defeat and was probably already planning its next attempt at European unification before their defeat in WWII?

Germany’s first functioning democracy?

New documents reveal just how many officials from the Nazi regime found new jobs in Bonn. A surprising number were chosen for senior government positions. http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,810207,00.html

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‘A total of 25 cabinet ministers, one president and one chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany – as post-war Germany is officially known – had been members of Nazi organizations…’

No one has ever dug this deeply. The highly controversial study on Nazi involvement at the Foreign Ministry, marketed last year as a bestseller, was only the beginning. Historians are now studying old files at the Finance Ministry, in the judiciary and the Economics Ministry and, in particular, in the police and intelligence services. How many Nazis took part in the rebuilding of the government after World War II? How much influence did the surviving supporters of the Nazi dictatorship have on the establishment and operation of Germany’s first functioning democracy?...

Future of Europe – Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave some interesting insight into her thoughts about Europe’s future in a speech to the European Parliament in November 2012

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 “I am sure the Commission will become a government one day. I’m sure that the Council will become a second chamber one day. And I am sure the European Parliament will take European responsibilities; otherwise it won’t work in the long term. Today we must save the Euro and create the basis properly”. 

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

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

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It is not “The People” who are to democratically vote and decide upon the future of Europe. The coming future of the European state appears to have already been planned – in detail – and “The People” are expected to follow the plan (‘come with us’) for a European super-state with its own administration and legislature.

German finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has plans for a financial commission which is being backed by the President of the European Central Bank (ECB), Mario Draghi. The plan would entail creating a new post for a European Financial Commissioner.

The Commissioner would have the power to oversee sovereign states national budgets and if necessary veto them. In other words total fiscal control of all European member countries.

Mr Drahgi, has stated that: in order to restore confidence in the euro area, countries need to transfer part of their sovereignty to the European level”.

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A Two Speed Europe

Germany insists on a two-speed Europe

Germany rising – Again!

 http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/08/business/eurozone-crisis-merkel/

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Angela Merkel said a core group of states needed to press on with European integration to fight the eurozone crisis, a rebuke to David Cameron, UK prime minister, who has called for more short-term crisis measures…

 “We need more Europe. We don’t only need monetary union, we also need a so-called fiscal union,” she said. “And most of all we need a political union – which means we need to gradually cede powers to Europe and give Europe control.”…

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A two speed Europe is no relatively recent idea – it is actually ANCIENT.

Dan.2:41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, for as much as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. 42 And [as] the toes of the feet [were] part of iron, and part of clay, [so] the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.

Ceding power to Europe means in effect ceding power to Germany – will the UK be a part of this new Empire (kingdom) in the making – doubtful?

PART 2 to follow