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THE view of planet earth, seen from outer space, is very beautiful indeed. Confirmation of this has come from the astronauts who have gazed upon it. The earth is the fairest jewel in God's creation and it is the chosen place in the whole universe where He has promised to reveal His Kingdom in all its glory. That is why it is so beautiful.

 

The earth, of all the planets in the solar system, is the one that is perfectly suited to all forms of life and the one that orbits at exactly the right distance from the sun to provide comfortable conditions for the human race.

 

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“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”  John 17:3

 

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The Greek word for "know" in the passage above is 'ginosko' and it means to have a thorough and deep understanding of the subject. 

 

So if you seek "life eternal" then you must truly "know the only true God and Jesus Christ".

 

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Wrested Scripture and True Bible Teaching

 

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The true Gospel can suffer from preconceived ideas and misinterpretations.


Find out what the Bible is actually saying and where interpretation can go wrong.

 

You owe it to yourself and your family to be sure of what it is you believe, the Apostle Paul has told us to "work out our own salvation with fear and trembling"  Philippians 2:12

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  1. The Bible is God's word and the only message from him. It is without error, except for copying and translation errors.
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  3. Jesus is the Son of God, and a human being, through his mother Mary.
  4. Man is mortal, having no existence when dead.
  5. By living a sinless life, ending with his sacrificial death by crucifixion, Jesus has opened the way of salvation from death.
  6. Belief and baptism are essential steps to salvation.
  7. God raised Jesus from death. Jesus is currently in Heaven, on God's right hand. He will one day return.
  8. When Jesus returns, he will raise his "sleeping" followers from death and grant immortality to the faithful who have tried to live by God's precepts.
  9. His followers will help him to rule, bringing justice, righteousness and peace to the whole world - the Kingdom of God.

 

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The Bible is our only true source for the Truth!

 

If we claim to follow Christ we should trust in the Scriptures as confidently as Jesus and his Apostles did:

Jesus said that: The Scripture cannot be broken.  (John 10:35)

 

Paul said that: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16)

 

Peter said that: For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21)

The things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven (1 Peter 1:12)

 

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“Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.   See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him… This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life…"  Deuteronomy Chapter 30:12-20

 

From this passage we see how important it is to each one of us that we seek after God and His Word the Bible to us.

 

Without this we have no hope of LIFE, but only a future of DEATH.

 

This Word of God was originally given to the Nation of Israel and later it spread via the Apostles of Christ to the World, that even we today might have this same HOPE of LIFE ETERNAL.

 

It is UP to YOU then to seek out God’s Word, to KNOW what is the TRUTH of God’s Word so that you and your family might KNOW the way of LIFE ETERNAL and the great HOPE of living in God’s Kingdom on EARTH.

 

Do not let your HOPE rest upon others and most importantly on what others teach, search it out for yourself because we have been warned that the churches would be astray from God’s word in the last days.

 

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”   2 Timothy 4:3-4

 

Too much is at stake for you to not act yourself to seek out the TRUTH.

 

Christ himself has told us to do this when he said…

 

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. Godis a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24

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The Dinosaur Problem

T Rex Tissue Stumps Evolutionists

T-Rex Soft Tissue Disproves Evolution

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Is there something wrong when a supposedly 70 million-year-old tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur is found with soft tissue—including blood vessels and even whole cells? This is what a U.S. researcher reported in late March.  Biologist Mary Schweitzer discovered this soft tissue when it was necessary to break a T. rex’s huge thigh bone.

Schweitzer said that the vessels were flexible and some could even be squeezed. After extensive testing, there was confirmation that this T. rex bone even had hemoglobin (red blood cells).

This discovery is unexplained by evolutionary thinking, which suggests that millions and millions of years have passed since this “King of Dinos” met its demise. Schweitzer is puzzled and cannot understand why this bone was not mineralized. “It’s very amazing. It’s utterly shocking, actually, because it flies in the face of everything we understand about how tissues and cells degrade,” she said on MSNBC.

“It’s very amazing. It’s utterly shocking, actually….”

—Dr. Mary Schweitzer

In 1995, Joe Taylor, a professional dinosaur excavator and a biblical creationist, was curious about the hip girdle of another T. rex that was found in 1916. It was found in the same Hell Creek Formation where Schweitzer’s T. rex bone was found. Taylor was amazed that this 65 million-year-old specimen still had the appearance of skin on the sacral vertebrae. He sent a sample to Azusa Pacific College in California and had it scanned with an electron microscope by Professor Mark Armitage, who found that the bone had collagen filaments intact inside the bone. The presence of collagen suggests that this supposedly 65 million year old fossil was not completely fossilized. Armitage states, “It can’t be but a few thousand years old.”

So the Theory of Evolution is just that ‘A Theory’ that has never been proved and evidence like this says it can’t be and isn’t true.

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Brexit Hell

Have the EU overplayed their hand?

Brexit is still very much dominating the headlines and this week we consider some comments by Donald Tusk about the idea of hell and a place being reserved in it for Brexiteers. This is Matt Davis joining you.

Brexit and Bible prophecy

As students of Bible prophecy we believe that the Tarshish power mentioned in the Bible correlates to the power of Britain. In latter day Bible prophecy this Tarshish power is listed as being separate from the powers of Russia, North Africa, Iran, The Turkic nations and Europe. These powers are prophesied to unite into one super power confederacy whilst Tarshish remains separate, trading in the area of the Gulf and being allied with her independent political offspring. The super power invades Israel and this event sees the return of Jesus Christ to the earth, who will defeat the invaders, save the Jews and establish his Kingdom on the earth. The dawn of a new age of peace and righteousness will then be ushered into being and God’s glory will “fill the earth as the waters cover the sea”.

For us then Brexit is very much in keeping with the events we expect to unfold before Christ returns. Britain’s destiny lies outside of the EU and in the direction of the Gulf.

Current state of play

The current situation is fascinating. The UK government cannot get any agreement from Parliament on a negotiated leaving deal with the EU. The EU does not want to negotiate. It seems it is gridlocked and the default position will happen which is that the UK leaves with no deal. The only reason this has even happened is because leave MPs insisted that parliament has a vote on any negotiated deal, probably because they thought they could derail Brexit completely - however this in itself is making a no-deal Brexit more likely.

The comments about hell

Donald Tusk comment on Hell

The Brexit negotiations have recently become quite heated. This is what Donald Tusk, The President of the European Council stated in a recording published on YouTube by the Daily Mail on 6th Feb 2019:

“I've been wondering what that special place in hell looks like, for those who promoted #Brexit, without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out safely."

Later, Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's chief Brexit negotiator, referencing Mr Tusk's comments, later tweeted: "Well, I doubt Lucifer would welcome them, as after what they did to Britain, they would even manage to divide hell.”

 Teresa May’s response

Teresa  May, the British Prime Minister responded on the 7th of Feb in an interview recorded by the Guardian. She stated:

“First of all I have raised with President Tusk the language which he used yesterday , which was not helpful and caused widespread dismay in the United Kingdom. The point I made to him is that we should both be working to ensure that we can deliver a close relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union in the future and that’s what he should be focusing on… Crucially Jean-Claude Juncker and I have agreed talks will now start to find a way through this, to find a way to get this over the line and to deliver on the concerns that Parliament has to get a majority in palimony and I’ clear that I am going to deliver Brexit. I am going to deliver it on time. That’s what I’m going to do for the British public. I’ll be negotiating hard in the coming weeks to do just that”

Therefore it seems Brexit is not going to be derailed. Even if negotiations fail it seems Britain will be leaving the EU on a no deal basis. This of course would increase the probability of other global trade deals coming into play exactly as we might expect from  our understanding of Bible prophecy.

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Russia's recovery from the Cold War and the collapse of the USSR

Russia's remarkable recovery from the collapse of the USSRUSSR Callapse

After the fall of communism in Russia, nearly 30 years ago, Russia was left economically, politically and militarily weak. This week we review how things have changed since this time and how Russia is again a dominant power in the world as required by Bible Prophecy.

This is Paul Barnes writing from Moscow which was the capital of the Soviet Union until in December 1991 when the red flag with the hammer and sickle was lowed for the last time from above the Kremlin, signalling the final collapse of the USSR, just a short distance from where I am now.

Back in the early 1990s Russia was on its knees. It had just assumed responsibility for the US$70 Billion US owed by the Soviet Union, and moved from economic crisis after economic crisis throughout the 1990s. Due to these crises its military spending plummeted from today’s equivalent (allowing for inflation) of around US$250 billion in the late 1980s down to less than a fifth of that after the collapse of the USSR, and over the next few years, due to the economic situation here in Russia, it dropped by a further two thirds to just a fraction of what it had been just 10 years before.

Bible prophecy requires a strong Russia, with a strong and active military. In chapter 38 of the prophecy of Ezekiel, Gog – who, in verse 1, we are told is the prince of Rosh or Russ (the ancient name for the people of Russia) – would be a ‘guard’ to a large group of nations listed in the chapter. The list includes Gomer, which is a large part of modern Europe as well as other nations from the Middle East as well as Africa.

Even at this time when the Russian Empire was in complete collapse, this was a view held firmly by many Bible students. At this time an article in the Bible Magazine said that “many mistakes have been made in the past by those who have sought to understand Bible prophecy in the light of current events” and that our understanding of Bible prophecy must be led “by taking heed “unto the light that shineth in a dark place” (1 Peter 1:19)”. The article reminded the readers of the events of 1917 when “some were ready to scoff at the idea of a Russian Superpower gaining control of Europe and the Middle East… Today, when the Communist Empire (as we have known if for over 30 years) is apparently being dismantled, we need to exercise caution”.  The writer states that “there can be no mistake that this great confederacy, or alliance of nations [that invade Israel] is to be presided over by “Gog of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal”, (R.V)” and goes onto say that “[the evidence] leaves us in no doubt that Rosh is the ancient name for Russia”.

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2019 Crisis Britain?

"A Fire from the midst of thee"

As the world celebrates the beginning of a New Year with the usual revelry during party season, many will be wondering about the coming year — What does 2019 hold in store for the world? No doubt many will be optimistic and reflect the spirit of Isaiah 56:12,

"Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and tomorrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant."

UK in turmoil1But is that the Truth? Who knows what a day may bring forth? Even more - what a year may bring forth! As we read in James 4:13-15, "Go to now, ye that say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

The Truth is sober and it is realistic. When we look at the world today we must seek to look at it as God will see it - we need His viewpoint. That viewpoint is given to us in the Bible. Our article is focussed upon Britain, but the principles are applicable to many countries, especially those that have known the Bible.

The message of the Bible is clear: Psalm 9:17.

"The wicked shall be turned into hell (Heb. sheol = grave), and all the nations that forget God."

We have quoted this before, and it stands before us with a very clear warning. The passage may be applied to many nations, but there can be no doubt that it is very relevant to the people of Britain. 

It was the influence of the Bible that moved British statesmen to issue the Balfour Declaration and to "view with favour the establishment of a national home" for the Jewish people in what was then Palestine. But a counter influence opposed it and withheld recognition for as long as possible. It was that same power that opposed and burnt the Bible (as well as its translator).

Britain should repent of its unbelief today. Instead of keeping its promise made through Balfour and the Government of that time, Britain courted the Arabs and their leader the Mufti. The consequences have been terrible ever since with the slaughter of multitudes of Jewish people (carrying on Hitler's holocaust).

The words of William Tyndale who translated the Scriptures into English some 500 years ago should remind us of a very basic principle. He wrote:

"Of all the subjects of England this I crave - that they repent; for the cause of evil rulers is the sin of the subjects, as testifieth the Scripture. And the cause of false preachers is, that the people have no love unto the truth, saith Paul, in 1 Thess. 2."

Is it any wonder then that Britain's political leaders are trying to take the country into a European trap, from which it would be difficult to escape. British leaders ought to know their history, and they should know that the Bible has forewarned them against forming a cosy relationship with European Babylon. How blind they must be!

UK in turmoil2But it may be that Britain will have to "crash out" of Europe! That is the suggestion being made in some of the media at the present time. This, of course, would bring its own trials - and probably hardship. One way or another judgment is to be expected.

Some commentators are saying that a "NO DEAL" Brexit would spark violence, and it is reported that large numbers of extra police are being prepared for this, especially in Northern Ireland. This is what some  are expecting in 2019 - and time  will tell is if this is to be the case.

There is a prophecy in Ezekiel chapter 28 concerning Tyre, and many have seen parallels between this prophecy and modern Britain. The prophecy is described as a "lamentation" and we read:

"By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more" (Verses 16-19).

Another prophecy, Amos 1:9-10, is also applicable. These are Scriptures worth thinking about as we consider Britain's position today. Britain must be humbled as also indicated in Isaiah 2:12-17. As we have said on previous occasions, Britain's exit from Europe (which is certain) is likely to be a very painful process. She must be brought to a repentant state. 2019 could witness the beginning of this.

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Britain and the European Union

Britain's inevitable separation from Europe long expected

Although the British political establishment has sought to weld that country to what is in reality a Roman Catholic dominated Europe, that plan cannot and will not ultimately succeed. Bible prophecy clearly demonstrates that the current battle over so-called 'Brexit' will end with Britain being separated from the European Union. After two world wars that should have brought Britain to her knees (in prayer!) the war with Europe continues.

This has been a Bible Prophecy since Daniel outlined world history from his day until the Return of Christ more than 2,500 years ago.  The prophetic word of Almighty God leaves no room for an alternative.

Other writers have noted this outcome and the documentary evidence for it has been established for at least 200 years. After identifying Britain as the latter day maritime power that would take the lead in restoring the Jews to their ancient land, George Stanley Faber, writing in 1806, says that the maritime power "cannot be leagued in friendly alliance with the confederacy... of the beast, the false prophet, and the king of the Latin or "papal earth" (i.e. Europe).

Britain breaks free from EU

Another writer who expounded prophecy and saw Britain as being separated from Europe was John Thomas who published his Eureka in 1868. He wrote that:

"Another objection to England being numbered with the ten, is that she is not a country of the Great-Sea world. The ten horns were to ascend out of the Mediterranean upon which Daniel saw the tempest raging. Gaul, Spain, Italy, Illyria, Africa, and Dacia, are political sections of a terrene, whose waters, directly or indirectly, mostly discharge themselves into the Mediterranean. But the British Isles afar off have no relation to it at all. As Origen says in Hom. 6, A.D. 230. 'The Britons are divided from our world.' They are no part of the Sea Monster's interior maritime territory.... No, the United Kingdom of England, Scotland and Ireland, was never one of the ten horns."

Twenty Eight years ago (in September of 1990) we published a booklet entitled "Guardians of Israel & Arabia." On page 24 we had a panel with the heading "Britain's Exit from Europe is Inevitable!" We wrote:

"The timing we do not know, but the author of this booklet believes that Bible prophecy requires Britain's ultimate separation from Catholic Europe. On that basis, he has no hesitation in saying that Britain's eventual exit from Europe is a certainty. As to questions concerning how it will happen, and when, we do not know because it has not been revealed in Scripture. But when it does happen it will be yet another sign verifying the remarkable dependability of those prophecies revealed in the Bible.

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Brexit, Tarshish and the ‘Chequers’ plan

Brexit and EU

Brexit is set to happen on the 29th March 2019 but there are frantic attempts to keep some sort of deal in place with the EU. Scared by the unknowns of a world outside of the EU some in the British leadership are doing all they can to keep as attached as possible to Europe.

The scriptures of truth have outlined the destiny of Britain in the latter days and it is not part of the political or close economic union that the EU demands. The separation cannot be stopped. 

Ezekiel 38

In the prophecy of Ezekiel 38 and 39 that God compelled his prophet, Ezekiel, to pen almost 2600 years ago, we read of the state of the world of our day. The prophecy has to do with the time when the Jews have returned to their land after a period of dispersion (v8 and v12). This time period can be said to of begone from 1948 onwards - after the state of Israel was declared and the Jews began consistently returning.

Two power blocks of nations are listed. One block antagonistic to Israel in verses 1-6 and one block seemingly sympathetic to Israel in v13.

The prophecy speaks of a great invasion of Israel before God finally acts. When harmonised with other prophecies it can be seen that this great crisis heralds the return of Jesus to the earth.

Antagonistic Nations

In the antagonistic block of nations, we have listed the names of the ancient peoples of Europe along with North African and Far Eastern peoples.

Of particular note is the nation called “Gomer” and one called “Magog”.

The ancient historian Josephus, who lived about 600 years after Ezekiel, placed Gomer and the "Gomerites" in the area of Western Galatia. He wrote: "For Gomer founded those whom the Greeks now call Galatians, but were then called Gomerites." 

It’s interesting to note that in the Greek the name “Galatia” refers to the area of Gaul. Diodorus Siculus records how this came about when speaking about an ancient leader called Galates:

“Becoming renowned for his bravery he (Galates) called his subjects Galatae or Gauls after himself, and these, in turn, gave their name to all of Galatea or Gaul” Diodorus Siculus (approx 50AD). 

We know from history that Gaul was a region of Western Europe during the Iron Age and before. It encompassed present-day France, Luxembourg, Belgium, most of Switzerland, Northern Italy, as well as the parts of the Netherlands and Germany on the west bank of the Rhine.

This area clearly relates then to Western Europe. 

The other nation to note is that of ‘Magog’ mentioned in Ezekiel 38:2 and 39:6. Again, the Jewish historian Josephus writes the following about this nation:
“Magog founded those that from him were named Magogites, but who are by the Greeks called Scythians.” (Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, Book 1:6:1, c. 94 AD).

But where was Sythia? The Greek historian Herodotus lists eight rivers which went through Sythia - all of these rivers are in Eastern Europe. They stretch from the river “Ister” (the modern-day river ‘Danube’ which originates in Germany) to the river “Tanais” (the modern-day river ‘Don’ in Russia). See Herodotus, Histories, Book 4:46-47, c. 400 BC). 

“Magog” then is the territory covering modern-day Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, Ukraine and even parts of Western Russia. This is a description of Western Europe.

Combining the mention of the peoples of Gomer and Magog then we pretty much have the whole of the peoples of the EU.

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The Man of Sin Prophecy

In August 2018 there was a Papal visit to Ireland and in this article we look at Bible prophecy about a mysterious “Man of Sin” and how this connects to the institution of the Papacy.

Pope Man of Sin in IrelandThe man of sin

In the Bible, in the second epistle of Thessalonians we come across a fascinating prophecy. The apostle Paul compelled by God’s spirit in this letter is caused to predict the future and warn true believers of the gospel about a coming evil.

Paul was caused to write this in or around the first century AD - and although the message was very relevant for the readers at that date the prophecy stretches far into the future - to our day and even beyond.

In verse 3 we read:

"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day [The return of Jesus] shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4

Here is a remarkable thing. In the early stage of the spread of the gospel and the message of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God we have this warning. That there would be a falling away. An apostasy. That part of this apostasy would include a figurehead; A “man of sin,” a “son of destruction” or “perdition”. This man would be prominent and would position himself “above all that is called God”. He would put himself above that which is and should be worshipped. The prophecy says that this one would, as if he were God Himself, sit in the temple of God in the position of God.

Who is this person? Who in the world positions themselves in such an audacious way?

The prophecy goes on in verse 7:

“...the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” 2 Thessalonians 2:7-10

Clues to identifying the man of sin

From this then we obtain some clues as to who this “Man of Sin” is:

1. The Man of Sin system starts within the first century - The system to which he belongs was already “at work” in the first century. Something was blocking him being revealed though and when this blocking force was removed he would be clearly seen.

2. The Man of Sin deceives - We read that the man of sin appears to have power and uses “signs” and “lying wonders”. He deceives in unrighteousness. He leads people to perish because they believe in him and not the truth.

3. Jesus will destroy the Man of Sin - This happens when Jesus returns to the earth. This would also indicate that the “man of sin system” although beginning in the apostle Paul’s time in the first century continues somehow down through time right up until our day and beyond to the time when Jesus Christ returns to the earth.

The prophecy ends with this warning to followers of the true gospel:

"And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2: 11-12

The clear message then is not to have pleasure in the unrighteous things the man of sin system teaches. To stick to the truth and stay away from His teachings for he is part of a delusion. An apostasy which leads to destruction.

The Papacy

But who or what is this man of sin? Which figurehead, who leads a religious system can be shown to have begun in the first century and has also continued down to our time? There is only one such system and it is that of the papacy. No other religion has such a figurehead system of successors which began back in the first century and has continued up to today. 

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Russia looking for slice of Turkey

Russia and Turkey sliceUnder US Sanctions, Turkey's economy melts, its NATO membership is questioned, and Russia is looking for a slice of Turkey.

America and Turkey have engaged in an economic war of tariffs and sanctions. Turkey's place in NATO is being questioned - unbalancing the status quo in the Middle East as it is a buffer between Russia and the Middle East and between the Middle East and Europe. All the while Russia is circling the prey, looking to take a slice out of Turkey. In this edition of the Bible in the News we examine the storm that has been brewing and the prophecies related to it.

The political world is a volatile place described, at times, to be like the sea and waves roaring, by our Lord (Luke 21:25). Indeed the prophet Isaiah describes the political scene in similar terms:

“But the wicked are like the troubled sea, When it cannot rest, Whose waters cast up mire and dirt.” (Isaiah 57:20)

Daniel, when seeing a vision of the nations in chapter 7 described what he saw:

“Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.” (Daniel 7:2–3)

This week has been no different with a storm gripping Turkey, a country that borders the Middle East, Europe and Russia. A storm has been brewing for quite some time.

Turkey In Prophecy

For years, Turkey, or its predecessor the Ottoman Empire ruled the Middle East. Turkey’s role was introduced with the unloosing of the four angels bound in the Euphrates in Revelation 9:

“And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.” (Revelation 9:13–14)

The first three angels were the Seljuk Turks under Togrul Beg, the Mongols under Gengis Khan, and the Moguls under Tamerlane. These all flooded into the Byzantine third of the Roman Empire. The Fourth Angel was the Ottoman Turks who were unleashed on the Byzantium, and conquered it in 1453 under Mehemet II, establishing the Ottoman Empire that lasted until 1917.

The Bible predicted the unleashing of these four powers into the area of the Middle East under the Trumpet judgments, and their successive drying up under the Vials. Revelation 16 details the drying up in period of the 6th Vial.

“And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.” (Revelation 16:12)

The removal of the Ottoman Turks from what was then termed Palestine made way for the coming Kingdom of God.

The British and the Young Lions were involved in the drying up of the Ottoman Empire in 1917 when General Allenby lead the Allied forces and pushed the Ottomans back to the geographic area we know as Turkey today, preparing the way for the birth of the Nation of Israel. This was identified by Isaiah when he wrote:

“Surely the isles shall wait for me, And the ships of Tarshish first, To bring thy sons from far, Their silver and their gold with them, Unto the name of the LORD thy God, And to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.” (Isaiah 60:9)

This has been documented in previous Bible in the News sessions, as well as Bible Magazine articles.

Today we are looking at the remnants of the Turkish Empire, which yet have a role to play in the time of the end. Let us consider the situation today.

Turkey Against the US in Syria

Former US Ambassador to Turkey

Turkey has been a strategic partner of the USA and NATO for some time in the global struggle for world domination that was played out in previous generations between the Soviet Union and NATO.

Turkey is not just President Erdogan but a regional geographic and economic giant that stands as a buffer between Europe and the Middle East, and between the Middle East and Russia. Losing Turkey as a Western ally would mean bringing the Mideast to Europe’s threshold, and the potential frontier of Russian influence into the heart of the Middle East. Turkey is also the state best positioned to balance against Iran, whose ambitions and influence are growing along with its partnership with Russia. The dependency is mutual; without the United States, Turkey would be left to Tehran and Moscow’s tender mercies. In a March article, former US Ambassador to Turkey James F. Jeffrey wrote the following:

Jeffrey was commenting on the degrading of the relationship between Turkey and the USA.

In the ongoing Syrian civil war, the USA has backed the Kurdish YPG (peoples protection unit), a Syrian offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Turkey considers them terrorists and invaded Syria to combat them. This has brought two NATO allies face to face on opposite sides of the battlefield. In February, Bloomberg reported of an exchange between officials of the two countries:

General Paul Funk

The U.S. commander, Lieutenant General Paul Funk, said in a direct warning to Turkey in the interview General Paul Funk

“You hit us, we will respond aggressively. We will defend ourselves,”

Turkish President Erdogan addressed the Turkish parliament about the heated situation in Syria and threatened America stating:

“It’s obvious that those who say, ‘If you hit us, we’ll hit back hard,’ have never in their lives gotten an Ottoman slap… We’re going to destroy every terrorist we see. Then they’ll understand that it’d be better for them not to stand beside them.”

In his article, Jeffrey argued for the need to preserve America’s relationship with Turkey:

Preserving the Turkish-American alliance and the strategic value both sides derive from it will require refocusing on shared strategic threats, such as the growing Russia-Iran alliance, while compromising on the disagreements distracting from that focus.

The obvious reason is the Russian-Iranian Alliance. The need to counter the growing Russian influence in the world would supply the reason for maintaining this alliance, but God has other plans as the scriptures outline which we will consider shortly.

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The Nation State Law of Israel

Examining the new law and see how it fits in with the course the finger of God has indicated for the Jewish people.

In late July 2018 international feathers have flown because Israel introduced its controversial Nation State Law - this law is a fulfilment of multiple Bible prophecies which are the Lord's doing!

israel approves controversial jewish nation state lawInternational feathers have flown because Israel introduced its controversial Nation State Law on July 19, 2018. Critics are calling it “the end of democracy in Jerusalem”, “a document that officially creates an apartheid state”, a “move toward right wing nationalism”, “fascism” and many other hyperbolic dire predictions.

Bible in the News examines this law to see how it fits in with the course the finger of God has indicated for the Jewish people.

A Downtrodden People

The fact Israel has even come into existence is an affront to many people. For thousands of years the Jewish people were consigned to 3rd class citizen status in the various nations where they were scattered. They were oppressed, persecuted, and driven out of even their host nations. In many places they were not allowed to own land, not allowed to participate in politics, not allowed into society. They remained in largely separate communities, such as the Pale of Settlement in Russia, where they were ghettoized and forced to live apart.  When assimilation became possible, it was quickly followed by reactionary pogroms or purges and the Jews were quickly pushed out of society once again.

The plight of Israel over the centuries comes directly out of the Bible. In the law of Moses, God warned Israel of the consequence of rejecting him as their God:

“And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone. And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the LORD shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind: And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life: In the morning thou shalt say, Would God it were even! and at even thou shalt say, Would God it were morning! for the fear of thine heart wherewith thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.” (Deuteronomy 28:64–67)

Israel went into exile after the Babylonian invasion of Jerusalem around 600 BC. They returned under Ezra and Nehemiah but lived under the domination of the Medo-Persians, followed by the Greeks and finally the Roman Empire. It was during the Roman domination that the Lord Jesus Christ, referring to Daniel’s prophecy again predicted their scattering:

“As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down….

And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh…

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.” (Luke 21:6, 20, 24)

In AD 70 the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple and sent them into exile once again, where they remained until the last century.

In 1899 Mark Twain wrote of their plight and of the complete lack of empathy amongst Christians for the Jews:

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A First Official Royal Visit

Prince William Visits the State of Israel and brings a Gift

During the week of 9th of July  2018  the English Prince William Duke of Cambridge made the first Royal official visit to the state of Israel ever.

The fact that it has taken until 2018 to finally have the first royal visit may have come to a surprise to some.

Prince Willian in Israel first visit

Well it certainly is not that historically the royals have been dis interested in the holy land.  It was in 1862 that Queen Victoria sent another young Prince of Wales on a tour of the Middle East, 21 year old Albert – who would later become King Edward VII.  And only three years later under the royal patronage of Queen Victoria in the Palestine Exploration Fund was founded which would begin to shake the dust off the old city of Jerusalem under the hand of the archeologist Charles Warren.  And the British did not stop there, it was they themselves who were principally involved in the idea of the homeland for the Jewish people, of course through the issuance of the Balfour Declaration.

So with all this interest and history why would it take so long for a visit to the State of Israel? Well if you know your history, British support for ‘a national home for the Jewish people’ did not last even though it was reaffirmed in the White Paper of 1922, known as the ‘Churchill White Paper,’ and received international support at the San Remo conference and the Treaty of Sèvres.  

Unfortunately, as time went by and oil became an important commodity appeasing the Arabs who were instigated by the Vatican became increasingly British policy.  In fact, the British government would appease the Arabs to the point of outright hostility to the Jewish population in Palestine as it was called at that point.  Plain and simple Britain would go against its word and it would destine countless Jews to die in Europe during WWII.

Over the decades since the founding of the State of Israel its ties to Britain have increased, and it has been argued that Britain really needs Israel more than Israel needs Britain.  The following was written in Haaretz in an analysis piece asking what has changed to bring about the royal visit now:

“For a start, the United Kingdom – on what seems an irreversible course to leave the European Union following its Brexit vote – is trying to carve out a new niche for itself in international diplomacy.

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Britain in Bible Prophecy: Britain’s road to EU exit as required by the Bible

2nd Anniversary of the EU Referendum - Brexit negotiations and Bible prophecy

As we approach the 2nd anniversary of Britain’s historic decision to leave the European Union, and with the October deadline for a deal, set by Michel Barnier, now just months away, this week we look at what is to be expected from the Brexit process in light of Bible prophecy.

Ezekiel 38 refers to a future invasion of Israel by a large confederacy of nations. These nations include Magog as well as “Gomer and all his bands”. By comparing references from Josephus and Herodotus we can find that Magog refers to eastern Europe, and in a similar way, by comparing Josephus with another Greek historian Diodorus Siculus we can find that Gomer refers to a large section of Western Europe, particularly France. From this we see that continental Europe is united in this military venture. Late last year we saw 23 EU countries, headed by France and Germany, agree to start the process of integrating their armies to create a European army which could mark the beginning of the assembly of the great confederacy written about by Ezekiel 2500 years ago.

Vlad Putin and Brexitx300hRussian President Vladimir Putin observing military exercises in the Black Sea region  

Ezekiel 38 also refers to “the merchants of Tarshish” and “the young lions thereof” along with Sheba and Dedan who oppose this confederacy. So, who might these opposing nations be? By comparing the mentions of Tarshish in the Bible with the accounts of historians (such as Herodotus) it seems clear that Tarshish is Britain.

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