Update 1087


Give Me a Vision / How Satan Rules the World

On October 28, 2023, Kalon Mitchell will present the sermonette, titled, “Give Me a Vision,” and Norbert Link will present the sermon, titled, “How Satan Rules the World.”

The live services are available, over video and audio, at http://eternalgod.org/live-services/ (12:30 pm Pacific Time; 1:30 pm Mountain Time; 2:30 pm Central Time; 3:30 pm Eastern Time; 8:30 pm Greenwich Mean Time; 9:30 pm Central European Time). Just click on Connect to Live Stream.

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It IS Worth Getting Out of Bed!

by Brian Gale (United Kingdom)

Very recently, I read a letter in a national newspaper which was in response to an earlier article that had been published, entitled “Why Do Older People Groan When They Get Up?”   As an “older” person myself, I was somewhat amused by the following printed response:

“As a retiree, I can suggest some reasons.   We have a government with no sense of purpose and a similar Opposition.   Common sense views are dismissed as not ‘woke’ and those who express them risk being ‘cancelled’.   Highly paid (health service) consultants endanger patients by going on strike.  The Government has spent billions on a rail link from Birmingham to the middle of nowhere.

“Electric cars are the future, if you can find a charging point.   The choice of candidates at the next U.S. election is between two old lunatics.

“Its creators have realised that AI is a threat to humanity but have no idea how to stop it.   Shoplifting is increasing and no one can stop that, either.  

“It’s not so much a case of groaning when we get up.   Some of us wonder if it’s worth getting out of bed!”

And, although that letter was probably somewhat tongue in cheek, many may sympathise with the state of the nation and the world at large.  Had we not been given a knowledge of the Truth through the Church of God, we may have felt the same.

Having just returned from the annual Feast of Tabernacles celebration, we will have heard messages about what is just ahead of us.   Sermons will have been given about how things will change and the return of Jesus Christ ushering in an entirely different Way of Life for those who survive the horrors of the Great Tribulation.   Things may be bad now, and they will get much worse, before mankind will, at long last, have decisive, honest, sympathetic and righteous rule over all the earth.

As a 12-year-old, Jesus was in Jerusalem for the annual Passover, and His parents were anxiously looking for Him.   After 3 days, He was found in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions (compare Luke 2:46). In verses 48-49 of Luke 2, we read: “So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, ‘Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.’   And He said to them, ‘Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?’”

In verse 50, we read that “…they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them.”

Nearly 2,000 years later and with all the information contained in God’s Word, we can understand what Jesus was referring to.  It could be that some may wonder today if it really is worth getting out of bed.  But that must not be our approach and our Way of Life, and, like Jesus, we must be about our Father’s business.   Times may be difficult for many, but the recent Feast foreshadowed better times that are ahead of us, and we must get that message out to the world as much as possible.   

And that will be achieved by getting out of bed and doing whatever we can to assist in proclaiming that message at this critical time in the history of man!

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by Norbert Link

We report on further events in and pertaining to the Middle East, and especially on Muslim rage and growing antisemitism in the USA, Europe and Germany; continue with Joe Biden’s catastrophic oval office address and developments regarding Donald Trump and the failing GOP in Congress; we speak on the EU army and the Russia-Ukraine war; publish an interesting analysis if Trump were to become the next president; report on legal troubles for Austria’s Sebastian Kurz and conclude with the dangerous gender ideology.

Please view our new StandingWatch program, titled, “Are Hamas Terrorists Freedom Fighters?”

Throughout this section, we have underlined pertinent statements in the quoted articles, for the convenience and quick overview of the reader.

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Hamas and the Palestinians

The Algemeiner wrote on October 20:

“The typically staid US House Foreign Affairs Committee erupted on Thursday over the claim that Palestinians generally support the Hamas terrorist organization, which controls the Gaza Strip next to Israel. Speaking during a markup hearing on a bill scrutinizing Palestinian textbooks, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), the top Democrat on the committee, exploded at Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) for saying that ‘Hamas is the Palestinians.’…

“Mast had repeatedly said that Hamas’ Oct. 7 massacre of 1,400 people in Israel and kidnapping of some 200 hostages required a re-examination of how much popular support Hamas has among the Palestinians.”

Of course, Mast is right. The Palestinians voted for Hamas. Meeks is wrong. And so is Joe Biden. Note the next article.

Most Palestinians Support Hamas

Israel Today wrote on October 20:

“US President Joe Biden… has been at the forefront of a campaign by Western leaders and media to convince everyone that Hamas doesn’t represent the Palestinian public in general. Biden and others try to paint a picture of Hamas as an isolated, fringe movement that stands in opposition to the more ‘peaceful’ leanings of the majority of Palestinians. It surely isn’t based on surveys of the Palestinian public, or on what the Palestinian masses taking to the streets are chanting…

“On Friday morning, the Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas… published an official government document urging mosques under its jurisdiction to offer sermons that effectively call for the destruction of the Jews… But if Abbas and his regime were hoping to score points by echoing Hamas, survey data shows they failed. The Palestinian public would still prefer to be ruled by Hamas.

“… if elections were held today, Hamas would win… It is true that Hamas does not represent every Palestinian. We personally know some Palestinian Arabs who are disgusted by Hamas, and who blame the terror group, not Israel, for all their troubles. But the sad fact is that they are the minority. Hamas is popular and powerful because the Palestinian public made it that way. The Islamist group could never have grown to what it is now without being planted in fertile soil.”

Biden should stick to the Truth for once.

Muslim Rage

Reuters wrote on October 20:

“Protesters from Jakarta to Tunis on Friday demanded an end to Israel’s bombardment of Gaza after nearly two weeks of intense air and artillery strikes…  While some Western governments have voiced support for Israel’s military campaign, many Muslim states have called for an immediate ceasefire, with many of their people… expressing solidarity with Palestinians…

“In Jordan, which made peace with Israel in 1994, but where much of the population has Palestinian heritage, more than 6,000 protesters marched in the centre of the capital while thousands more rallied near the Israeli embassy. Protesters voiced support for Hamas, urging it to attack Israel with rocket strikes and suicide bombings, and addressing the Palestinian group with the chant: ‘We are your army.’

“Thousands of demonstrators also gathered in each of Turkey and Egypt, two other countries that have long had full diplomatic relations with Israel…

“Israel’s biggest regional foe Iran, and allied groups around the region, also held state-sanctioned protests. In Iraq, Shi’ite militias backed by Tehran mobilised hundreds of supporters in Baghdad…”

Demonstrations and riots are not limited to the Arab world. Note the next article.

Pro-Palestine Demonstrations in Germany

Bild Online wrote on October 21:

“Pro-Palestine demonstrations have been announced again in major cities for Saturday. The security forces are on alert because there have been repeated outbreaks of violence and anti-Semitic slogans in the last few days… Around 7,000 people gathered at Düsseldorf Central Station at 2 p.m. who wanted to march across Königsallee towards the state parliament. Hundreds of police are on site and also have reinforcements from Bavaria.

“Incredible: One of the speakers openly threatened the CDU mayor Dr. Stephan Keller (53). He should change his course, otherwise the demonstrators would come every Saturday – their children would already make up 30 percent of the students in Düsseldorf. Apparently they were referring to children of Muslim parents… A hate sign read: ‘Israel is committing genocide..’ [The sign also said: ‘Extinguish the families, their mothers and children. These animals are no longer allowed to live.’…

“A woman in a leather jacket shouted into the microphone: ‘Mass murderer Israel! Women murderer Israel! Child murderer Israel!’ On her T-shirt the outline of the State of Israel and the Palestinian territories are pictured – but the entire area bears the Palestinian colors. A clear sign that she wants to wipe out the state of Israel and wipe it off the map.”

Pro-Palestinian Rally in London

Breitbart wrote on October 21:

“An estimated 100,000 people joined a pro-Palestinian rally in London on Saturday, including supporters of radical Islam and far-left groups such as Antifa and various socialist organisations… protesters carried signs including some depicting both British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Hitler moustaches.

“.. people at the rally [did] carry signs in support of radical Islamic jihad and calling for the ‘Muslim armies’ of the world to enter the fight against Israel.”

Many more pro-Hamas demonstrations occurred in the Western world.

Erdogan: “Hamas Are Liberators”

AFP wrote on October 25:

“‘We had a project to go to Israel, but it was cancelled, we will not go,’ Erdogan told ruling party lawmakers in parliament, adding that he viewed Hamas as ‘liberators’ fighting for their own land. Ankara’s relations with Israel froze over an Israeli raid on a Turkish ship carrying aid into Gaza, which killed 10 civilians in 2010.

“Erdogan met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a United Nations summit in New York last month, marking an improvement in relations that began with a decision last year to reappoint ambassadors.

“The Turkish leader did not say when he had intended to visit Israel… ‘Of course, we had good intentions, but (Netanyahu) abused them,’ Erdogan said. ‘If he had continued with good intentions, our relations might have been different, but now, unfortunately, this will not happen either.’”

Erdogan is showing his true colors once again. He is and always has been an extreme hater of Israel. The relationship between the two countries will continue to deteriorate.

Israel Will “Cut Off the Head of the Snake”

The Daily Mail wrote on October 21:

“Israel last night vowed to cut off ‘the head of the snake’ and launch a military attack against Iran if Tehran-backed terror group Hezbollah joins the war…. Nir Barkat, Israel’s Minister of Economy, warned that Iran’s Ayatollahs will be ‘wiped off the face of the earth’ should Hezbollah, their proxy terror group in Lebanon, attack Israel…

“… fears are growing that Israel could be forced to fight on two fronts, with Hezbollah and the Israel Defence Forces last week repeatedly trading fire across Israel’s northern border with Lebanon…

“In a direct threat to deter Tehran from intervening further, Mr Barkat warned that not only would Israel ‘eliminate Hezbollah’, if it believes the terror group is opening up a ‘northern front’, but ‘we will actually target Iran.’

In a sense, Hezbollah has already joined the war.

Israel Clashes With UN

Deutsche Welle wrote on October 24:

“Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, called on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to resign, accusing him of ‘expressing an understanding’ for the ‘terrorism and murder’ of Hamas’ October 7 attacks.

“In comments to the United Nations Security Council earlier Tuesday, Guterres decried ‘clear violations of international humanitarian law that we are witnessing in Gaza.’ He said Palestinians had been subjected to decades of occupation, before adding: ‘It is important to also recognize the attacks by Hamas did not happen in a vacuum.

“Erdan took to the social media platform X, formerly Twitter, and said Guterres’ comments meant he was ‘not fit to lead the UN.’ The UN chief’s remarks also angered Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen, who pointed his finger at Guterres and raised his voice to recount graphic accounts of civilians, including young children, who were murdered on October 7. ‘Mr Secretary-General, in what world do you live?’ Cohen said.

“Cohen canceled a planned meeting with Guterres after the clash. ‘I will not meet with the UN Secretary-General. After October 7th there is no room for a balanced approach. Hamas must be wiped off the face of the Earth,’ wrote Cohen on social media.”

The ineffective UN with its left-wing leaders is an embarrassment to the world. Subsequently, Guterres claimed that he had been misinterpreted, but what he said was very clear.

Where We Stand

Judge Andrew Napolitano wrote on October 19:

“The U.S. has been Israel’s best and most faithful friend since Israel’s creation… Foreign aid is nowhere authorized in the Constitution… former Rep. Dr. Ron Paul, has argued eloquently…  that Russia has won the war in Ukraine…

“We have a president who cannot put two sentences together, much less credibly negotiate with foreign heads of state for peace. We have a Congress beholden to the intelligence community and the military-industrial complex. We have one big government party in Washington. It is pro-warfare, pro-deep state… History shows indisputably that when all else fails, governments bring us to war.”

Much of what Napolitano wrote in his article, we cannot agree with, but the above-quoted sections appear to be accurate.

American Leadership?

Reuters wrote on October 19:

“President Joe Biden launched a new mission on Thursday to convince Americans they should spend billions more on supporting Israel and Ukraine in their wars… ‘American leadership is what holds the world together. American alliances are what keep us, America, safe,’ said Biden…”

Once upon a time perhaps, but most certainly not now under the current Administration.

Biden’s Catastrophic Oval Office Address

Breitbart wrote on October 19:

“Joe Biden gave a rare Oval Office address Thursday night that began with a clear condemnation of Hamas terror, but quickly shifted focus to cynical politicking and narrative setting, even while Americans are still being held hostage.

Joe Biden has harmed Israel in numerous ways over his presidency and vice presidency while simultaneously enabling terrorists and their funders. He is also clearly perceived as a weak target by our adversaries around the world; so, the longer the media is focused on Israel, Jews, Hamas rockets, decapitated babies, and American hostages, the worse Joe is going to look. His political instincts told him to try to switch gears.

“He did that in his speech tonight. It was not only clumsy, it was offensive… The world thought the speech would be about Israel. And he did talk about Israel. But the speech was really about Ukraine.

“He tried to connect Israel and Ukraine in order to suggest to Americans that if you support Israel’s war for its own survival, you must also support limitless taxpayer resources being sent to Ukraine…

“Israel is not Ukraine. Israel is a much closer ally. It is a democracy, and has been for far longer than Ukraine… If Israel is wiped off the map—the stated objective of those who are at war against it right now—then the Holy Land will be in jeopardy… Ukraine is one of the most corrupt countries in the world, and Israel is not…

“Joe Biden and his cabinet are in league with the military-industrial complex, none more so than his Secretary of State, Antony Blinken… Joe [Biden] scolded Americans for Islamophobia from two decades ago, despite the fact that radical Muslims targeted Jews for torture, rape, and murder just this month… Joe Biden rarely misses an opportunity to divide so long as he believes it advances his political position.”

Most conservative newscasters rejected the speech and Biden’s approach; especially, as he did not condemn Iran for its role in the atrocities committed by Hamas.

Biden Requests $106 Billion

Thomson/Reuters reported on October 20:

“The White House on Friday asked Congress for nearly $106 billion to fund ambitious plans for Ukraine, Israel and U.S. border security, but offered no strategy for securing the money from Congress…

By grouping Israel funding with Ukraine, border security, refugee assistance, measures to counter China, and other hotly debated priorities, Biden is hoping he has created a must-pass national security spending bill that can win support in a chaotic House of Representatives… Some Republican lawmakers have grown skeptical of the need to fund Ukraine’s war with Russia, and have threatened to halt government altogether to put an end to debt-fueled fiscal spending…

“… the largest share of funding, $61.4 billion, would be for Ukraine. The request includes billions to replenish the country’s military equipment, providing economy and security aid and support for refugees in the United States.”

This package will never pass Congress.

Biden Is Played by Iran, Hamas and Qatar

The New York Post wrote on October 20:

Despite telling the world Hamas is evil, President Joe Biden is pursuing policies of appeasement toward the terrorist group’s two largest patrons and, in so doing, undermining American and Israeli deterrence… While Biden Thursday night promised the American people we would hold Iran accountable for its sponsorship of Hamas, the mullahs in Tehran do not today perceive any credible threat of coercion from the United States.

“Quite the opposite, in fact. The Biden administration entered an unacknowledged nuclear arrangement with Iran over the summer, offering upwards of $50 billion for Tehran to delay production of weapons-grade uranium. That agreement still holds, with billions of dollars available for Iran’s use in Iraq-, Oman- and Qatar-based bank accounts — and billions more generated through oil exports to China.

“Indeed, the same day Biden visited Israel this week, he allowed the United Nations missile embargo on Iran to expire… Tehran rightly perceives American weakness and fear of escalation — which is one way to guarantee Iranian escalation…

“For the last few days, Iran’s proxies in Iraq and Syria have attacked US forces without any American military retaliation… Hezbollah escalated its attacks on Israel this week with daily anti-tank missiles and rocket launches.

“The other delaying factor in Israel launching further operations to destroy Hamas is America’s undermining role in empowering Hamas and its Qatari sponsors to run the table on a hostage negotiation. Never mind Qatar was the broker of the last US hostage deal, which netted Iran $6 billion for five people… Right now, Hamas wants to buy time — and it’s using its hostages to prematurely end Israel’s military response…

“With Qatar finally facing calls to designate it a state sponsor of terrorism, Hamas unexpectedly released two American hostages Friday — and thanked Qatar for its efforts to win their release… Rather than allow Hamas to leverage America, America should leverage Qatar: threatening tough economic sanctions if all hostages are not released within 48 hours… If America doesn’t get tough with Iran and Qatar, Hamas will survive, and Iran will emerge more dangerous and emboldened than ever…”

America is most certainly NOT the leader of the Free World. America is not even being led right now by its “leadership.”

Biden’s Three Wars

Ron Paul wrote on October 23 in an article published by the Ron Paul Institute:

“President Joe Biden announced last week that the United States would be funding – and possibly fighting – three wars in three different parts of the world at the same time. It is an ambitious foreign policy for a president who doesn’t even seem to be able to express a coherent thought without the help of a teleprompter. Nearly every word of Biden’s speech was untrue, including the preposterous suggestion that ‘American leadership is what holds the world together. American alliances are what keep us, America, safe.’

“… The world is literally falling apart in front of us as Biden claims we are the only thing holding it together!…

“Recent polls show that most Americans disagree with Biden… the majority of Americans oppose sending weapons to Israel…

“As Biden demands another $105 billion to fund the wars in Ukraine, Gaza, and Taiwan… [he] may have miscalculated the level of support he will get for being a ‘World-War-Three-time president.’”

Unprecedented Debacle of the House Republicans

The Associated Press wrote on October 20:

“Republicans dropped Rep. Jim Jordan on Friday as their nominee for House speaker, making the decision during a closed-door session after the Donald Trump ally failed badly on a third ballot for the gavel… In the 17 days since Kevin McCarthy was removed in a rebellion by right-wing hard-liners, no other Republican has been able to muster enough votes to replace him, sparking one of the worst institutional crises Washington has seen in decades…

“The House is now ending its third work week without a leader. That means it cannot act on a $106 billion national-security package unveiled by Biden on Friday that would bolster U.S. border security and send billions to support the war campaigns of Israel and Ukraine. Republicans control the House by a narrow 221-212 majority and can afford few defections on party-line votes. Aside from McCarthy and Jordan, Republicans have also rejected their No. 2, Steve Scalise, who won the nomination last week but dropped out after he was unable to consolidate support…

“Republicans have already considered and rejected a backup option that would allow the House take up pressing matters, like Biden’s aid package or funding for the U.S. government that is due to expire on Nov. 17. That plan would give more authority to Republican Representative Patrick McHenry, who is filling the speaker’s chair on a temporary basis… Republicans opted not to pursue it on Thursday…

“Jordan’s failure has deepened bitter divisions within the Republican Party, extending a weeks-long paralysis of Congress at a time of heightened international tension and with a government shutdown looming in less than a month… Republicans have no realistic or workable plan to unite the fractured GOP majority, elect a new speaker, and return to the work of Congress that has been languishing since hard-liners ousted Kevin McCarthy at the start of the month… The House Republican majority appears to have no idea how to end the political turmoil and get back to work.”

We are reminded of this prophecy in Isaiah 3:6-7. But then, a last minute “rescue” operation took place… sort of.

Johnson Elected Speaker of the House

CNN wrote on October 25:

Rep. Mike Johnson secured the speaker’s gavel without losing any GOP votes Wednesday after weeks of party infighting left the House in chaos. The Louisiana lawmaker has been a vocal supporter of former President Donald Trump and was a key congressional figure in the failed efforts to overturn the 2020 election…. There were 220 votes for Johnson and 209 votes for Democrat Hakeem Jeffries…

“House Republicans faced intensifying pressure to elect a new speaker after former speaker Kevin McCarthy was ousted more than three weeks ago. The House has remained effectively frozen since then — a dire situation as Congress faces a November funding deadline and as crisis unfolds abroad in Ukraine and with Israel’s war against Hamas.”

Breitbart added on October 25:

“Newly elected Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA) is a strong advocate of the House’s impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden for his involvement in the Biden family business.”

It appears that Johnson was selected by the GOP because of desperation, not “conviction,” if that word can even be used for the House Republicans at this point. We will see whether Johnson will retain the support of the Republicans when he gets to work amongst a host of many contentious issues.

The Russian-Ukraine War… No End in Sight

The Associated Press wrote on October 20:

“Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he spoke by phone with U.S. President Joe Biden about Washington’s future support for Kyiv, and Russian President Vladimir Putin visited a military base near the Ukrainian border, as the warring countries laid plans for the winter and next year’s combat operations. Almost 20 months of war have sapped both sides’ military resources. The fighting is likely to settle into positional and attritional warfare during the approaching wintry weather, analysts say, with little change along the more than 1,000-kilometer (600-mile) front line…

“With uncertainty over the scale of Kyiv’s future Western aid, and after Ukraine’s five-month counteroffensive sapped Russian reserves but apparently only dented Russian front-line defences, the two sides are scrambling to replenish their stockpiles for 2024.

“Ukraine has been expending ammunition at a rate of more than 200,000 rounds per month, according to Jack Watling, a senior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute think tank in London. ‘Sufficient ammunition to sustain this rate of fire is not going to be forthcoming as NATO stockpiles deplete, and production rates for ammunition remain too low to meet this level of demand,’ Watling wrote in an assessment published late Thursday.

“Meanwhile, Russian production ‘has turned a corner,’ he said. Moscow’s domestic ammunition production is growing quickly, at more than 100 long-range missiles a month compared with 40 a month a year ago, for example, according to Watling. Also, Russia is reported to be receiving supplies from Iran, North Korea and other countries….”

Russia will win this war, or in some way, Russia and Ukraine will unite. It is only a matter of time.

EU Army Debuts

European Conservative wrote on October 24:

“EU militarisation stepped up a notch as European troops completed what is likely just the first of many live exercises as one joint EU fighting unit off the coast of Cadiz in southern Spain.

“For the first time, European militaries operated under a single flag to conduct a joint drill using actual troops and equipment. A total of 2,800 military personnel from 19 member states simulated the initial phase of a ‘stabilisation operation,’ involving land, air, sea, and cyber components…

“The joint exercises are also seen as the dress rehearsal for the debut of EU Rapid Deployment Units later this year. These will consist of 5,000-person commando units, and Brussels elites hope that they will be able to respond to the emergence of sudden crises… Eurofederalists see the creation of a single EU army as essential to ensuring the bloc’s geopolitical voice is heard on the world stage.

“Political critics from the left and the right have long warned that the emergence of an EU army would severely undermine the power of individual member states and electorates to set their own foreign policy. However, these concerns have been largely swept aside as the bloc seeks to militarise in the aftermath of the Ukraine crisis.”

The long-awaited EU Army is moving forward.

What If Trump Becomes Next President…

The American Prospect wrote on October 25:

“Donald Trump… been laying out an agenda for a potential second term… [According to Rolling Stones,] Trump is planning to tear up NATO, in form if not in fact. ‘Trump, the sources say, has continued to express an openness to pulling the U.S. out of NATO altogether.’ Apparently, he might consider not doing so if other members agree to sharply increase their military spending, and re-evaluate ‘the bedrock principle that an attack on one member is tantamount to an attack on all.’…

“… most European NATO members do not spend the required 2 percent of GDP on defense. That is true, and it is also true that the U.S. has provided far and away the bulk of NATO’s military power over its life… If Trump yanks the NATO rug out from under the EU, European nations will have no choice but to carry out a full-scale rearmament program… with massive production of tanks, ships, planes, artillery, rockets, and so on. Without the security blanket of American protection, German dithering over the Bundeswehr will end. Poland is likely to go for a nuclear weapons program; it has already suggested hosting U.S. nukes. Theoretically, France or the U.K. could provide a nuclear guarantee, but having been burned once, Poles may conclude that it is best to have a domestic arsenal. And they might not be the only ones.

“All this may come too late to save Ukraine, which currently depends heavily on American aid that Trump has already argued should be cut off. Should Putin defeat the Ukrainian military, the result will almost certainly be a grinding insurgency and shattering regional refugee crisis that will only escalate the urgency of European rearmament

“In sum, a second Trump term would be a complete disaster for peace and security around the world. He would… create another major military alliance bloc, armed to the teeth. This bloc would be rightly enraged by American betrayal, and potentially end up as outright hostile…”

Indeed, a hostile military EU power bloc will emerge.

Jens Spahn on Immigration

The Daily Mail wrote on October 24:

“… former German health minister Jens Spahn demanded that ‘anyone who is rescued in the Mediterranean must be returned to the North African coast.’ The deputy chairman of the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) went on to say that the closure of EU borders ‘will happen’

“Mr Spahn said: ‘The key question is not repatriation, but limiting irregular migration. ‘If we talk about illegal migration, logically the number should be zero, because it’s illegal.’… he said that if necessary the EU must ‘use physical violence to stop irregular migration movements’.”

Trump Allies Cave In

Newsmax wrote on October 20:

“Kenneth Chesebro, who served as a campaign legal adviser for former President Donald Trump, has accepted an offer to plead guilty as jury selection was under way in connection with the Fulton County, Georgia, election interference case. Chesebro was charged along with Trump and more than a dozen co-defendants for attempting to delay the transfer of power after the 2020 election, and agreed on Friday to plead guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to commit filing false documents… He had originally faced seven felony counts in the case.

“Chesebro’s plea means he will serve five years in prison, pay $5,000 in restitution to the state, and serve 100 hours of community service. He was also ordered to write a letter of apology to the citizens of Georgia and to testify truthfully as the other cases move along.

“His plea comes one day after attorney Sidney Powell pleaded guilty to six misdemeanor charges in connection with an election data breach in Coffee County, and after Atlanta bail bondsman Scott Hall reached a plea deal in the same incident. Chesebro and Powell both sought speedy trials, with Chesebro described by the prosecution in the case as playing a major role in a plan for Republican electors being organized in support of Trump.

“He had drafted memos suggesting the General Assembly or Congress could declare Trump as having won the 2020 election in Georgia, using voting fraud as a reason. Before the deal, Chesebro was unsuccessful in a bid to have the memos excluded as trial evidence. He and Powell were to have been tried in the same proceedings.”

These coerced cowardly acts of “self-preservation” were predictable, but they could cause great harm to Trump.

Another Trump Attorney Flips

CNBC wrote on October 24:

“Jenna Ellis, the right-wing attorney who worked on the Trump 2020 presidential campaign, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a criminal charge in the Georgia election interference case… The slew of recent plea deals in Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ racketeering case signals a growing threat to Trump, who is fighting criminal charges in four separate cases as he runs for president in 2024.

“Ellis, 38, pleaded guilty in Fulton County Superior Court to one count of aiding and abetting false statements and writings. The charge related to false claims of voter fraud that were made to members of the Georgia Senate at a hearing in early December 2020.

“In a tearful statement before Judge Scott McAfee, Ellis expressed regret for her actions in the wake of Trump’s loss to President Joe Biden in the 2020 election… she said… I failed to do my due diligence.’ Instead, she said she relied on information that was provided to her by other lawyers ‘with many more years of experience.’…

“Ellis will avoid prison time as part of her plea agreement. She was sentenced to five years of probation and must pay $5,000 in restitution, in addition to completing 100 hours of community service and penning an apology letter to the people of Georgia. She must also testify truthfully at all hearings or trials involving other co-defendants in the case, including Trump… The three others who have already pleaded guilty — Powell, ex-Trump campaign attorney Kenneth Chesebro and bail bondsman Scott Hall — also agreed to provide truthful testimony in their co-defendants’ cases…”

The pressure of the prosecution on Ellis to make a plea deal is obvious. Also, it was reported that former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows was granted immunity to testify under oath against Trump in Special Counsel Jack Smith’s January 6 case. All of this smells very bad.

Gag Orders Against Trump Suppress Free Speech

The Ron Paul Institute published the following article by Professor Jonathan Turley on October 21:

“The imposition of a gag order on former President Donald Trump was overwhelmingly applauded by pundits and press alike. Journalists described the order from US District Judge Tanya Chutkan as ‘narrow’ and ‘limited.’…

“However, this order should concern everyone who values freedom of speech. While the odds may favor Chutkan on appeal, this order should be overturned as overbroad and dangerous.

“For years, many of us have criticized Trump for his personal attacks on judges and opponents alike. Undeterred, Trump has continued such inflammatory attacks on ‘deranged’ Special Counsel Jack Smith and the ‘biased, Trump-hating Judge Chutkan.’ Smith has pushed aggressively for a gag order, even though one of the major issues in Trump’s campaign is whether the Biden Administration has weaponized the criminal justice system against him and other Republicans…

“The First Amendment was written in the aftermath of such abuses, including the infamous prosecution of publisher John Peter Zenger 290 years ago in 1733. Some polls show that a majority now believe the Trump prosecutions are ‘politically motivated.’ Tens of millions oppose the prosecutions, and this will be the single most-discussed issue of the campaign. Yet, one candidate would be both the subject of this national debate and a gag order barring full participation in it.

“Chutkan steadfastly refused to recognize that either this case or this defendant are far from typical. Her order bars Trump from making statements against Smith, his staff, court personnel, and potential witnesses. That last category could include one of Trump’s opponents in the presidential election, former Vice President Mike Pence… Chutkan… has imposed a vaguely worded court order that could turn campaign speeches into criminal contempt…

“Smith has long adopted extreme legal positions that ignore constitutional values. This includes his prosecution of the former governor of Virginia, Robert McDonnell (R), which was reversed in a unanimous 8-0 decision by the Supreme Court in 2016…

“The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit… stressed that any such limits on free speech should be treated as ‘presumptively void and may be upheld only on the basis of a clear showing that an exercise of First Amendment rights will interfere with the rights of the parties to a fair trial.’…”

This gag order by biased judge Chutkan is in addition to the gag order imposed by Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron and the imposition of a fine of $5,000.00 for its alleged intentional violation with the obviously biased judge’s warning that future violations will subject Trump to “far more severe sanctions” — including imprisonment.

Partisan Judge Does It Again

The Associated Press wrote on October 25:

“The judge in Donald Trump’s civil fraud trial fined the former president $10,000 on Wednesday, saying Trump violated a limited gag order barring personal attacks on court staffers. The fine came after Trump was called to the witness stand to explain his comment outside the courtroom about ‘a person who’s very partisan sitting alongside’ the [“partisan”] judge in the case, Judge Arthur Engoron’… Trump and his lawyers said his comment Wednesday was about witness Michael Cohen, not the clerk.”

The biased judge stated he does not find Trump’s testimony credible, fined him with another $10,000.00 [in addition to the $5,000.00 previously imposed] and said, “Don’t do it again or it will be worse.” This is such a travesty of justice! The whole trial is a joke.

As Newsmax explained on October 25, “Before the trial began on Oct. 2, Engoron found that Trump fraudulently inflated his net worth and ordered the dissolution of companies that control crown jewels of his real estate portfolio, including Trump Tower in Manhattan. That ruling is on hold while Trump appeals.

“The trial largely concerns damages. James is seeking at least $250 million in fines, a permanent ban against Trump and his sons Donald Jr and Eric from running businesses in New York and a five-year commercial real estate ban against Trump and the Trump Organization.”

Biden Free to “Contact” Social Media Platforms

The New York Times wrote on October 20:

“The Supreme Court on Friday allowed Biden administration officials to continue to contact social media platforms to combat what the officials say is misinformation, pausing a sweeping ruling from a federal appeals court that had severely limited such interactions.

“The justices also agreed to hear the administration’s appeal in the case, setting the stage for a major test of the role of the First Amendment in the internet era — one that will require the court to consider when government efforts to limit the spread of misinformation amount to censorship of constitutionally protected speech.

Three justices dissented from the court’s decision to lift the restrictions on administration officials while the case moves forward. ‘Government censorship of private speech is antithetical to our democratic form of government, and therefore today’s decision is highly disturbing,’ Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote, joined by Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil M. Gorsuch.

“Justice Alito criticized the majority for acting ‘without undertaking a full review of the record and without any explanation’ and allowing the administration to continue its interactions until the court finally rules, ‘an event that may not occur until late in the spring of next year.’…

“The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled last month that officials from the White House, the surgeon general’s office, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the F.B.I. had most likely violated the First Amendment in their bid to persuade companies to remove posts about the coronavirus pandemic, claims of election fraud and Hunter Biden’s laptop computer….”

And so, for now, Biden can continue threatening social media platforms in an attempt to censor opinions contrary to his agenda.

Sebastian Kurz on Trial

Politico wrote on October 18:

“Former Austrian leader Sebastian Kurz, his political and personal future hanging in the balance, appeared in a courtroom here on Wednesday for the opening of what could be the first of multiple trials that will determine whether he was a corrupt manipulator as chancellor, as prosecutors allege, or the victim of overzealous state attorneys and political rivals intent on undermining him.

“The Austrian’s fairytale rise from unknown youth leader into an international political star and chancellor at just 30 ended abruptly in October of 2021, when he was forced to resign amid accusations of corruption…

“Kurz faces criminal charges for allegedly giving false testimony to a parliamentary committee. Prosecutors also suspect him of misusing public funds to pay for doctored public opinion polls, though he has yet to be indicted in that case. The trial that began Wednesday concerns the false testimony accusation. Kurz denies any wrongdoing on both fronts…

“Kurz’s lawyers offered a spirited rebuttal of the prosecutors’ claims in court on Wednesday, dismissing them as ‘fake,’ insisting there was ‘no evidence’ against Kurz and suggesting that [prosecutor] Adamovic had manipulated witness testimony (he denied the claim).

“The latter accusation prompted the presiding judge to enquire whether the defense was accusing the prosecution of malpractice, to which Kurz’s counsel responded he would leave it up to the court to make that determination.

“The most dramatic turn in the trial came near the end of the day, when Kurz’s former deputy Glatz-Kremsner suddenly agreed to settle her case by acknowledging ‘mistakes’ and paying a fine of about €100,000…

“A conviction would complicate Kurz’s new career, which he told the court was as an ‘entrepreneur.’ It would also likely dash any lingering hopes he may have for a future in politics. Since his resignation as chancellor, he has worked as a consultant for Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel and started a cybersecurity firm in Israel…”

AFP wrote on October 20:

“Austria’s former chancellor Sebastian Kurz told a court Friday he was the victim of a selective prosecution and an opposition out to ‘destroy him’, defending himself against accusations of having given false testimony… Kurz accused prosecutors of having misinterpreted his answers to the 2020 inquiry, and of having submitted selected pieces of evidence to paint a skewed picture…

“It is the first time in more than 30 years that a former chancellor has stood trial…”

The parallels with the witch-hunt against Trump are all too obvious.

The Dangerous Gender Ideology

The Daily Mail wrote on October 21:

“A former Tavistock Trust doctor [Dr. Az Hakeem] has said Britain could become a nation of chemically castrated children if trans and gender theory is allowed to fester unchallenged… he told MailOnline society is in an ‘awful situation’ when it comes to trans people – and it’s even worse for those who realise they want to revert to their original sex… He said 26 per cent of his patients… regretted transitioning…

“’The culture is one where people don’t challenge someone who says they are a different sex. Increasingly organisations are going on with this narrative that people are born in the wrong body. No one is born in the wrong body.’”

Of course not. It is unbelievable that many believe this nonsense.

Acknowledgement and Disclaimer

These Current Events are compiled and commented on by Norbert Link. We gratefully acknowledge the many contributions of news articles from our readership. The publication of articles in this section is not to be viewed as an endorsement or approval as to contents or accuracy of the selected articles, but they are published for the purpose of pointing at worldwide developments in the light of biblical end-time prophecy and godly instruction. Our own comments are provided in italics.

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Does it matter whether we have a good report from those outside the Church?

It is a good question because there have been those, in the past, who have not been too bothered about their reputation outside the Church, as long as they had a good report within the Church of God.   It is a topic worth reviewing.

First of all, let us look at “having a good report” within the Church of God.  If we can’t measure up to this requirement, then we shouldn’t be a Church member, and having a good report from those outside the Church becomes irrelevant.

In respect of the ministry, we read in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 about the qualifications of the ministry. Verse 2 says: “A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach.”   Verses 3-6 continue along the same lines, and in verse 7, we read: “Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.”   Many other translations reflect this same need to have a good testimony or report from those who are not Church members.

This clearly shows that a minister in the Church of God must have a good report both inside and outside the Church, and he is to speak the Truth and shepherd the flock.  There are many other Scriptures that give the same advice and instruction; for example, see Acts 20:28; Ephesians 4:11-16; Philippians 4:9; 2 Timothy 2:14-26; Titus 1:7-9; Titus 2:7; 1 Peter 5:2-3 (and there are many more).

Ministers have to set the example in the Church of God but such an example is not the preserve of just ministers.   Likewise, members have to live up to high expectations as required by God of His people.

In a piece by one Christian author, entitled, “An Example for Others to Imitate,” he wrote that “being a godly example is not an option, it is commanded in Scripture. We have no choice in being an example of some kind and having an impact on those around us, but we do have a choice in the kind of witness and impact we provide. Someone is going to follow us and be influenced by us. We need Christian maturity that provides people with real honest-to-God examples of authentic Christ-like living and that mature Christians and leaders have a responsibility to maintain consistent example.”

Let us review just a few Scriptures about members inside the Church.

Matthew 5:13-16 reads: “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned?  It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

God is not calling the whole world now. He is only working with a small group of people at this time to get a specific job done, that of preaching the gospel of the coming Kingdom of God in all the world as a witness to all nations (see Matthew 24:14).   In other words, Christians are rare.   True Christians are basically sprinkled across the earth like you would sprinkle salt across food – sparingly.   But what a difference they make in the world!   One thing we can learn from Christ’s metaphor of salt is that our calling and commission are unique, important and highly valuable.   It is indeed a rare opportunity to be called by God in this age.

We can see that salt is pure. It spices and flavours, it creates thirst, and it preserves, and all the analogies are applicable to a Christian’s life.   

In 1 Corinthians 9:19-23, we read about Paul serving all men: ”For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.”

Unfortunately, some take this to mean that a true Christian must be accommodating about all things, which is obviously in error.  One commentator wrote that “We do not lower our standards but we waive our privileges.”  When rightly understood, this is about setting the very best example to encourage and help those who may be interested in the true message of the Bible and showing that we are not hypocrites but live by every word of God (see Matthew 4:4).

1 Thessalonians 1:2-4 shows us that we are to be about our Father’s Work: We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God.”

We have been chosen by God.  1 Peter 2:9-10 states: “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”

Further, we are to follow Christ’s example, as we read in 1 Peter 2:22-23: ““Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth’; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously…”

Acts 16:2 reads: “He (Timothy) was well spoken of by the brethren who were at Lystra and Iconium.”

We must always be cognisant of the fact that our attitude and approach can affect hundreds, maybe even thousands of people during our lifetime.

A review of some Scriptures about having a good report outside the Church will show us how important this is.

Proverbs 22:1 states: “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold,” and Ecclesiastes 7:1: reads: “A good name is better than precious ointment…”

One writer observed: “There are people you have never seen or met—yet just their name gives you an opinion of them. For example, when you hear the name George Washington, you think of a man who sacrificed greatly to help form the United States of America; but when you hear the name Adolph Hitler, a very different picture comes to mind.”   A good name usually refers to the reputation of that person.

Romans 12:17 states: “Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.”   Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers observes: “Let your purposes be such that all men shall recognise their complete integrity. Do not engage in enterprises of a doubtful character, that might bring not only yourselves but the Christian body into ill repute.”

Romans 15:1-3 reads: “We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves.  Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, ‘The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.’”

This is about helping others and not being self-serving which is a trait and a trap that most in this world can fall into.

1 Corinthians 10:32 exhorts: “Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God”.  Ellicott’s Commentary put this succinctly: “A practical test of whether any course of conduct is to the glory of God. If it cause[s] any human being to offend then it is not to God’s glory.”

1 Thessalonians 1:6-8 points out: “And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe. For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything.”   Put another way, their actions were worth a thousand words, and in spite of “much affliction,” this did not deter them from setting the right example.

As mentioned previously, 1 Timothy 3:7 stated: “Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.”   This couldn’t be clearer, and while this is speaking about a minister, the same principles would certainly apply to a Church member who falls into reproach, that is, into disapproval, criticism or disappointment, which, inevitably, will damage the reputation of both the Church and that individual.

Titus 2:6-8 reads: “Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded,in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.”

How could any opponent of the Truth of God have anything wrong to say about a Christian who would exhibit such an example, unless they twisted what was said and done in a distorted and dishonest way – and that would be to their shame, should they do so.

1 Peter 2:12 reads: “…having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.”  This shows that true Christians will be “spoken evil of” by those who have little or no knowledge of the Way of God but they will realise, at some time in the future whenever God chooses, that the example of beliefs of such Christians was the Truth all along.   This shows that our example and current life-style is so important, not only at the present time but also at some time in the future for those who may mock and scorn us now.

As Benjamin Franklin once observed: “A good example is the best sermon.”

There is no doubt that there will be times, probably many times, when true Christians have to go against the prevailing ethos or culture in our respective countries and stand out as being different for the sake of our beliefs.   As time goes on, this will surely accelerate as society plunges into new depths of anti-godly behaviour, and we will be out of sync with most people.   That should not worry us; surely, the worry would be if we were in tune with what is going on.

Mr Herbert Armstrong told the story of those who managed a particular Feast site and who remarked that Church members were great but “oh that crazy religion”—never realising that it was their religion, their Christian faith, which made them the decent individuals that they dealt with.   At that time, such members set a very good example of God’s Way of Life.

We should be concerned about the way we are perceived by others, as we don’t live in a vacuum.  In short, we should always endeavour to set the very best possible example that we can, both in the Church and outside in society, but realise that many times we will have to set our face against the prevailing ways of man which will set us apart, and if that means that we will “be spoken of as evil” (see Romans 14:16), then that is the price we have to pay.  

We are to have a good report from those outside the Church, but without compromising or accommodating the world in any way.

Lead Writer: Brian Gale (United Kingdom)

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Youth Forum

God’s Help

by Henrik Mikoleit (9)

I was having a normal day at school until I noticed a boy talking badly about me behind my back and spreading lies about me. This made me angry and sad. At home, I told my parents.

That same evening, I prayed to God with them and asked Him for wisdom in this situation. My mom then conducted a role-playing exercise with me on how I should best act in such situations.

Before I went to school the next day, I asked God for help again in my morning prayer. When I had a break, I met the boy. God gave me the courage to point out his meanness to him. Although I was very nervous, God intervened and gave the boy insight so that he stopped.

I am very grateful that God helped me in this situation, and I have had peace and tranquility ever since.

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Preaching the Gospel and Feeding the Flock

compiled by Dave Harris

“Are Hamas Terrorists Freedom Fighters?” is the title of a new StandingWatch program, presented by Evangelist Norbert Link. Here is a summary:

They are, if you want to believe Turkish President Erdogan. Suddenly the villain has become the victim, and the victim the villain. What abomination! And what about the Palestinians? Do they support or reject Hamas? The wrath of the Muslim world—but not just the Muslim world—is directed against Israel, and many sometimes violent demonstrations and riots, including in England, France and Germany,  provide ample testimony as to what is the real goal of Israel’s enemies.  But their plans will fail!

“Sind die Hamas Terroristen Freiheitskämpfer?” is the title of a new AufPostenStehen program, presented by Norbert Link. This program in German covers the same topic as described above.

A new Member Letter (October 2023) has been posted and mailed to our subscribers. Norbert Link writes a follow-up report, having attended the Feast in Germany this year. Additionally, he points to biblical events which are drawing closer to fulfillment, and he encourages us to be and stay prepared as times grow more and more difficult.

“Was sagt die Bibel über Unzucht, Ehebruch und unmoralische Begierden?” is the title of this Sabbath’s German sermon, presented by Norbert Link. Title in English: “What Does the Bible Say About Fornication, Adultery and Immoral Lusts?”

“Halte fest, was Du hast,” last Sabbath’s sermonette presented by Dmitrij Niemann, is now posted. Title in English: “Hold on to What You Have.”

“Katholisches Bußsakrament oder Gottes wahre Vergebung ,” last Sabbath’s German sermon presented by Thilo Hanstein, is now posted. Title in English: “Catholic Sacrament of Penance or God’s True Forgiveness.”

“Outsiders,” last Sabbath’s sermonette presented by Eric Rank, is now posted. Here is a summary:

God’s true followers are a rarity in the world at this time. What does it mean to be set apart from the world as an outsider?

“How’s the Family?” last Sabbath’s sermon presented by Dave Harris, is now posted. Here is a summary: Are we building our families by biblical standards, or have we allowed society to pollute and even threaten to destroy our family structure?

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