Update 1108


Who Do You Follow? / Limitations

On, March 23, 2024, Dave Harris will present the sermonette, titled, “Who Do You Follow?” and Eric Rank will present the sermon, titled, “Limitations.”

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Seek First the Kingdom

by Rene Messier (Canada)

Christ’s admonition to seek the kingdom of God is found in Matthew 6:33: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

In the dialogue leading up to this verse are a lot of examples as to what people focus their lives on.  In verses 19-32, Christ focuses on the verse which sums it all up, verse 33, as quoted above.

The analysis deals with where your treasure is; not to serve two masters; and not to worry about the physical things of this life, because if you have your priorities straight, God will supply your physical needs.

If we are to seek first the kingdom, we have to have a clear picture in our mind as to what the kingdom of God is. Even though the definition is broad, it can be narrowed down, in part, to the understanding that God is a Family, consisting of the Father and His Son Jesus Christ who work in harmony to achieve what God wants, while Christ is subject to God the Father, the Most High God.

It also includes our potential to become full-fledged sons and daughters of God; and that God will establish the Government of God on this earth at the return of Jesus Christ; and the world structure will eventually be changed by the implementation of the laws of God, summarized by the Ten Commandments which show us that we demonstrate our love for God by keeping the first four commandments and our love for fellow man by keeping the last six commandments.

Then there are many statutes and judgments which explain the Ten Commandments further and show how to apply them specifically. The sooner mankind keeps these eternal laws, the sooner they can reap the benefits and blessings attached to keeping them.

The kingdom of God involves other aspects as well, but for the context of this editorial, it is being narrowed down to a few.

“Seeking” the kingdom involves doing some analysis and getting our priorities straight and not getting sidetracked by the things of this world like food, clothing and physical aspects which God will provide if we stay the course; and if we remain focused on the admonition to seek the kingdom first in our lives, the rest will follow.

The other aspect of this verse is to seek “His righteousness.” Since the Father and Christ—the Kingdom of God—are one in approach and righteousness, we have the example of Christ that we should follow. Christ’s life was pleasing to God since on more than one occasion, it was stated that Christ was the Father’s beloved Son in whom He was well pleased (compare, for example, Matthew 3:17; 12:18; 17:5; Mark 1:11; 9:7; Luke 3:22).

Let us look at the admonition in Proverbs 3:1: “My son, do not forget my law, But let your heart keep my commands.”

So, seeking God’s righteousness involves obeying and keeping His commandments which in this day and age are rejected by man, and yet, they are not that complicated.

The definition of seeking includes, “to attempt to find (something).” For instance, note this example: “They came here to seek shelter from biting winter winds.”

“Seeking” can also mean, “to attempt or desire to obtain or achieve (something).” Examples could be: “The new regime sought his extradition,” or, “Her parents had never sought to interfere with her freedom.”

In addition, “seeking” can be defined as “asking for (something) from someone.” Here is one example: “He sought help from the police.”

Finally, “seeking” can be understood as “seeking someone/something out” and “searching for and finding someone or something,” like in this example, “It’s his job to seek out new customers.” 

So, we can see that seeking involves some effort on our part, and we have to be continually seeking the kingdom of God which will be established when Christ returns, and which ultimately is the only hope for mankind, and we need to seek the righteousness of God which involves keeping the commandments. All the other physical things we may wish and desire will be given to us in due time; and at the end, the best gift of all will be eternal life. Let’s never forget the words of Christ in Luke 12:32: “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

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by Norbert Link

We begin with Biden’s, Schumer’s and other Democrats’ unconscious attacks on Netanyahu and the state of Israel; Netanyahu’s response and German Chancellor Scholz’s visit to Israel and his comments; report on the “Weimar Triangle’s” meeting in Berlin; address the impression of many Western observers that Ukraine has lost the war with Russia (please view our new StandingWatch program, titled, “Has the West Written Off Ukraine?”); speak on the devastating description of the EU as an imperial occupying force, being anxious to fight wars; the Italian Margaret Thatcher; the question whether NATO can survive; the fear that Russia might attack NATO by 2026; Putin’s landmark “victory” in a bogus election; and Canada’s attack on free speech.

We conclude with ill-advised comments by Trump regarding Democratic Jews; as well as statements which were willfully taken out of context; another example of a travesty of justice—the “cowardly” decision in the Fani Willis case; Tucker Carlson’s interesting comments regarding spiritual warfare; and the question whether dark matter exists.

Please view our new StandingWatch program, titled, “Europe’s Dark Powers.”

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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The Democrats’ Unconscionable Attack on Israel

President Biden said in the Oval Office during a meeting with Ireland’s prime minister about Schumer’s demand for Israel to out Benjamin Netanyahu: “He made a good speech. I think he expressed serious concerns shared not only by him but by many Americans.”

Schumer’s and Biden’s statements sent shockwaves throughout America, Israel and the rest of the world.

Breitbart wrote on March 15:

“President Joe Biden’s endorsement Friday of a call by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for Israel to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and hold new elections marks the worst crisis in the history of U.S.-Israel relations… Biden is furious, and wants Netanyahu out of the way. So he, and Schumer, have sent a message to Israel: if you do not replace Netanyahu, you will not be receiving more money and more weapons. You will be on your own against terror…

“This is a terrible dilemma, one that has no precedent in the history of U.S-Israel relations. Barack Obama triggered a crisis in 2015 by imposing the Iran nuclear deal on Israel, which Netanyahu opposed publicly because it allowed Iran to emerge as a nuclear power after a decade, and gave Iran money with which to fund terrorism. That was bad enough. What Biden is doing is far worse, involving active political interference in Israel in the midst of an existential conflict… The Biden Administration is rewarding Islamic terror, as well as the Iranian regime, apparently blind to the consequences.”

Schumer, the highest-ranking Jewish elected official in history, castigated Netanyahu as a man who is an “obstacle to peace” and who has “lost his way.” He also “called for a two-state solution,” which is rejected by most Israelis AND Palestinians. The Democratic Party has now been accused of not only being against Netanyahu, but also against Israel.

Netanyahu Responds

Israel Today wrote on March 17:

“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [said Sunday:] ‘To our friends in the international community, I say: Are your memories that short? Have you so quickly forgotten October 7, the most horrific massacre of Jews since the Holocaust? Are you so quick to deny Israel the right to defend itself against the Hamas monsters? Have you so quickly lost your moral consciences?… Instead of pressuring Israel, which is fighting a war, the justice of which is unparalleled, against an enemy of unparalleled brutality, apply your pressure to Hamas and its patron – Iran. It is they who constitute a danger to the region and to the entire world.’

“Netanyahu stressed that international pressure notwithstanding, Israel will launch a weeks-long military operation in the border town of Rafah, the last remaining Hamas stronghold in the Gaza Strip…

“That the remarks were directed primarily at the Biden administration was evident not only in stressing the Rafah operation, which the White House has so vigorously criticized, but also in Netanyahu’s highlighting of international efforts to push early elections in Israel…  Netanyahu said Israel would continue to resist pressure, be it from Washington or any other Western capital, ‘and with God’s help we will fight on to victory.’”

Scholz in Israel

The Times of Israel wrote on March 18:

“German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Sunday called for a deal to free hostages held in war-ravaged Gaza accompanied by a ‘longer-lasting ceasefire’… In Jerusalem… Scholz said Israel was fighting for a ‘legitimate goal,’ however, he said that the Palestinian death toll is ‘extremely high, many would argue, much too high.’ He called for a ‘negotiated two-state solution’ to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict…

“[Netanyahu said] that a potential peace agreement with the Palestinians ‘that makes Israel so weak and unable to defend itself’ would ‘set peace backward and not forward.’”

Newsmax added on March 17:

“German Chancellor Olaf Scholz questioned the ‘terribly high costs’ of Israel’s offensive on Palestinian Islamist group Hamas in Gaza on Sunday, saying the world could not simply stand by and watch as Palestinians risk starvation in the enclave…

“While many countries have expressed similar concerns, the warning was unusually stark for the German leader, who has continuously underscored Israel’s right to defend itself after Hamas’ Oct. 7 assault on the country that killed 1,200 people… Germany has been one of Israel’s staunchest allies alongside the United States, underlining its duty to stand by the country’s side in atonement for its perpetration of the Nazi Holocaust in which 6 million Jews died.

“‘The more desperate the situation of the people in Gaza becomes, the more this begs the question: No matter how important the goal can it justify such terribly high costs, or are there other ways to achieve your goal?’ Scholz said in English at a joint appearance with Netanyahu…

“Germany is facing growing accusations – including from prominent Jewish residents in Germany – of allowing guilt to blinker its response to Israel’s retaliation.”

Scholz’s comments clearly contain threats against Israel.

The Weimar Triangle in Berlin

Deutsche Welle wrote on March 15:

“The leaders of Germany, France and Poland (Scholz Macron and Tusk) met in Berlin to discuss ways on working together [to] provide Ukraine with military support, while being careful to avoid antagonizing Moscow… [They met] for a summit of the so-called ‘Weimar Triangle’… Speaking after Friday’s Chancellery meeting, Scholz said, ‘We will begin acquiring more arms for Ukraine immediately.’ Those arms will be purchased on the global arms market, he added…

Tensions have escalated between France and Germany’s leaders after Macron refused to rule out deploying troops to Ukraine, a step Scholz said neither Germany nor NATO would take… Scholz sought to downplay differences with Macron ahead of the meeting. However, the French leader reiterated his position on ground forces Thursday before adding that the current situation did not require troops from outside Ukraine… On Friday, the French leader promised Ukraine’s allies would do everything necessary to ensure ‘Russia cannot win this war.’

“Christoph Gottschalk, senior advisor at the 365 Sherpas political consultancy, told DW that although holding the meeting was of great symbolic importance, it did not represent a ‘game changing’ policy turning point.”

That these three leaders are called “the Weimar Triangle,” may be more than just symbolic, given the fact that Weimar led to the utter downfall and the subsequent rise of Germany. The three politicians tried to present a unified front, but journalists were not allowed to ask questions (this sounds like one of Biden’s press conferences). As Bild Online asked: “How long will this friendship last?”

The Guardian made clear that major disagreements between Scholz and Macron still exist. It wrote on March 15:

“The hastily arranged meeting in Berlin between France, Germany and Poland did little to disguise the fact that Paris and Berlin now hold different perspectives

“The recently elected Polish prime minister, Donald Tusk, was not quite cast in the role of mediator, as Poland has always regarded Russia as an imperialist power…

“The tensions between the two men [Macron and Scholz]  reflect differences of temperament and domestic political pressures. Macron has metamorphosed from a stubborn advocate of dialogue with Putin to a leading hawk over the last 12 months… Scholz, by contrast, looks at polls that show his Social Democrat base is opposed to escalatory steps such as handing the Taurus missile to Ukraine. ‘We must not be weak,’ Macron said. He again implicitly criticised Scholz for continuing to rule out the delivery of Germany’s powerful long-range Taurus cruise missiles, saying those that set limits on aid were backing defeat…

“Despite Scholz saying he has a good relationship with Macron, a quiet anger exists at the French president’s rhetoric about troops on the ground in Ukraine…”

Lip services notwithstanding, the West has quietly written off Ukraine and is anxious to end the war. Note the next article.

Ukraine Has Lost the War

The Ron Paul Institute wrote on March 13:

“The French magazine Marianne got access to ‘several confidential defense reports’ from the French army on the situation in Ukraine… The situation looks exceedingly bleak for Ukraine, which might in part explain Macron’s recent declarations around sending troops to Ukraine… ‘A Ukrainian military victory now seems impossible

“To date, the Ukrainian general staff does not have a critical mass of land forces capable of inter-arms maneuver at the corps level capable of challenging their Russian counterparts to break through its defensive line,’ concludes this confidential defense report, according to which the gravest error of analysis and judgment would be to continue to seek exclusively military solutions to stop the hostilities‘. A French officer summarizes: ‘It is clear, given the forces present, that Ukraine cannot win this war militarily.‘…

“There is nothing really new in the above for people who have followed the facts on the ground. So why were western media… late in recognizing the real situation?”

Newsmax wrote on March 15:

“Speaking in Washington on Thursday, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said that a Ukrainian victory ‘is essential for European security, but I think it’s also essential for the U.S.’ He warned of ‘the price of delaying decisions.’ ‘I want to stress the importance of the time,’ he said. ‘Time is of the essence. The next month will be decisive. Many analysts expect a major Russia offensive this summer and Ukraine cannot wait on (the) result of the next U.S. elections.’”

Much talk without substance! Please view our new StandingWatch program, “Has the West Written Off Ukraine?” 

The EU—An Imperial Occupying Force

Express wrote on March 15:

“Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán delivered a fiery speech on Friday… Speaking on a national holiday commemorating Hungary’s historic struggle for independence, Orbán urged his supporters to help him ‘occupy Brussels’ in the upcoming European elections this summer. Orbán’s address… denounced the EU as an imperial force akin to historical occupiers of Hungary [such as the Soviet Union].

“He accused the EU of encroaching on the nation’s sovereignty and undermining its freedom. ‘They start wars, destroy worlds, redraw countries’ borders and graze on everything like locusts,’ Orbán told the crowd, stressing Hungary’s desire for a distinct identity and way of life.”

The comparison of the EU with locusts is interesting. Compare Joel 1:4; 2:25, which, in part, describes a future European army.

Breitbart wrote on March 16:

“Orbán said that people in the Western world have become numb to the realities of war… In contrast,  Orbán said that the people of Hungary understand war: ‘Hundreds of thousands of dead, war invalids, widows, orphans, destroyed bridges, bomb funnels, tens of thousands of people made to run on the ground; a murderer and the life of a generation went to the last war.’ ‘We will not tolerate them ruining the farmers, destroying the middle class, bringing European companies to the ground, taking away the rights of nations, making our children debt slaves, and bringing the whole of Europe to war,’ he added.

“The Hungarian leader went on to argue that his country had been deceived by the European Union, saying that rather than peace and prosperity, Brussels has only brought war and ‘financial blackmail’… ‘They want to force us into a warthey want to force migrants down our necks, and they want to re-educate our children, but we will not go to war, we will not let migrants in, and we will not give our children away either.’…

“… the prime minister said that Brussels was ‘not the first empire’ which sought to control Hungary but that all other attempts ultimately failed, saying: ‘The Crescent Moon is gone, the claw of the double-headed eagle is worn out and the red star is also gone.’”

Orban’s stirring warnings against the military and imperial nature of an evolving Europe should be noted.

Italy’s Margaret Thatcher?

Express wrote on March 18:

“In a political climate reminiscent of the Thatcher era, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni is emerging as a figurehead of conservative resurgence in Europe, drawing comparisons to the Iron Lady herself, as she allies with former US President Donald Trump, setting the stage for potential disruption in Brussels… Recent developments underscore Meloni’s strategic positioning within the EU. Her recent trip to Egypt to finalise a migration deal, mirroring a similar agreement with Tunisia in 2023, highlights her sway over EU heavyweights like European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

“With a crucial bloc-wide election looming in June, where a surge in right-wing representation is anticipated, Meloni is poised to lead this ideological charge, pushing Brussels towards conservative stances on crucial issues… Meloni’s approach reflects a nuanced diplomatic strategy, avoiding becoming a European pariah while exerting considerable influence over EU policies. Her ability to maintain relationships with leaders across the political spectrum positions her as a formidable force in European politics, potentially reshaping the continent’s trajectory in collaboration with figures like Trump.

“As Europe braces for a potential seismic shift under Meloni’s leadership, all eyes remain fixed on how she will navigate the complex geopolitical landscape, balancing alliances and ideologies to wield maximum influence both domestically and internationally.”

Clearly, Italy will still play an important role in the fulfillment of biblical prophecy.

Can NATO Survive?

The Ron Paul Institute wrote on March 18:

“… the impending defeat of Ukraine on the battlefield by Russia presents one of those watershed moments in history where the raison d’etre of NATO will be exposed as a fraud. Much has been made in recent months about NATO’s supposed growing strength by citing the addition of Sweden and Finland as new NATO members. But this is illusory.

“The Swedish Armed Forces are made up of 24,400 active personnel, 11,400 military reserves, 21,500 Home Guard and 5,200 additional conscripts yearly into the Reserves (set to increase to 8,000 conscripts yearly by 2024) as of 2022.

Finland, with an annual defense budget of 68 billion dollars, has 24,000 active duty soldiers but claims reserves of 870,000. In other words, Sweden and Finland could provide a total of 10 brigades (assuming their current active duty personnel are activated and fully deployed under NATO’s command)…

“The once mighty British Army and Navy have been transformed from a lion into a toothless, nasty chihuahua. The U.K. is failing to meet recruitment goals and its current strength — roughly 75,000 soldiers — would barely fill the Manchester United football stadium. When you consider that 50,000 Brits fought in America during the Revolution of 1776 and were defeated by a threadbare group of Colonial rebels, you get some perspective on the impotence of the current British force.

“To make matters worse the U.K. is pleading poverty with respect to its ability to supply more tanks, storm shadow missiles and artillery shells to Ukraine. In fact, all of NATO’s major European members have stripped their warehouses bare in the futile effort to supply Ukraine. If NATO decided to enter the fray in Ukraine the Brits would be hard pressed to send 6 combat ready brigades.

“NATO’s problems go beyond its inadequate military resources. The very political consensus binding NATO together is coming apart. The recent verbal sniping between the French and the Germans over whether to commit NATO troops to Ukraine is emblematic of a much deeper rift. Based on a recent meeting in Germany, hosted by Scholz and attended by France’s Macron and Poland’s Tusk, Macron was compelled to walk back his insistence on sending more NATO troops to Ukraine. NATO is a mess yet Western leaders and NATO commanders continue to indulge the fantasy that they are ready and capable of carrying out a combined arms military conflict with Russia. They are not.

“Russia sent a deadly reminder of this fact in the form of an Iskander missile that hit a site in Odessa filled with French, Poles and Georgians…”

Russia to Attack NATO in 2026?

Newsmax wrote on March 17:

“German intelligence review of Russian troop movements and missile deployments are pointing to a 2026 attack on NATO-member countries in 2026, a threat that could start World War III.

“The news comes from myriad media reports, citing a recent German intelligence services’ analysis circulating within the federal government. It shows Russia is ramping up arms production and Russia potentially doubling its military arms within the next five years…

“The expanded military and movements of strike resources amid the ongoing war in Ukraine suggests Russia is preparing for an attack on NATO member countries ‘from 2026 onwards,’ according to German intelligence, which has not made the report or its summary public.

“The targeted nations including the Baltic states or Finland, and with an attack on NATO an attack on all…: ‘It can no longer be ruled out,’ according to the report. Meanwhile, American intelligence services do not believe an attack on NATO is imminent ‘in the medium term’ and estimate a Russian buildup could take up to eight years to replenish its weapons and war-grade equipment used during the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

“That window was shared by German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius publicly in January, but the new German intelligence analysis has upgraded the timetable, according to the report.

“Germany, which used to be a spying target of Putin before he joined the Russian government, is developing a war plan in the event of a Russian attack on NATO for the first time since the Cold War…”

Putin “Wins” and Stays in Power for Another Six Years… and Counting

Daily Mail wrote on March 17:

“A gloating Vladimir Putin has railed against the West in a speech following his apparent victory in Russia’s sham presidential election tonight. The Russian president is on course to stay in power for another six years after exit polls suggested he had received 88 per cent of the vote in an election overshadowed by the death and imprisonment of opposition figures

“Putin, who will have ruled for 30 years – longer than the murderous 29-year reign of Josef Stalin – by the time his next term finishes, added that law enforcement would take action against those who spoiled their ballot papers in protest.

The news sparked condemnation from the West, with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky saying Putin was ‘sick for power and is doing everything to rule forever’.

“A White House national security spokesman echoed Lord Cameron’s sentiments ‘given how Mr Putin has imprisoned political opponents and prevented others from running against him’. With all his serious opponents either murdered, exiled or in jail, the despot is heading for a landslide victory in the presidential election… Only three token candidates – and no one who opposes his war in Ukraine – were allowed to run against him as he sought a fifth term. Earlier demonstrations against Putin in Russia led to more than 60 people being arrested.

“The vote, which held little suspense, took place against the backdrop of the harshest crackdown on political opposition and freedom of speech in Russia since Soviet times.  Leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny died in prison weeks before the election, while anti-war politician Boris Nadezhdin was barred from running by election officials due to ‘irregularities’ with signatures supporting his candidacy…

Germany’s Foreign Ministry said the result will surprise nobody and ‘Putin’s rule is authoritarian’. ‘He relies on censorship, repression & violence,’ they wrote on X.  ‘The ‘election’ in the occupied territories of Ukraine are null and void & another breach of international law.’”

Canada’s Restriction of Free Speech

Fox News reported on March 15:

“Canada’s Online Harms Act seeks to regulate social media platforms in order to make them safer.”

But this is an attempt, in the opinion of many legal experts, to restrict free speech in Canada even further. Fox News wrote on March 15:

“Jonathan Turley warns Canada ‘doubling down’ on push to restrict free speech: ‘Not likely to end there’”.

Sioux County Radio added on March 15:

“Constitutional law scholar Jonathan Turley warned about a new Canadian law that could demand a life sentence for violating online speech laws (especially for posting views “supportive of genocide.”).

Chicago Conservative27 wrote on March 15:

“Advocates of the bill say it will make online platforms safer. However, critics called the law ‘totalitarian’ and ‘Orwellian’ for its crackdown on speech. The bill also allows a judge to impose house arrest and a fine if there are reasonable grounds to believe a defendant ‘will commit’ an offense.”

With a dictator like Justin Trudeau in charge, this concern is valid. Especially regarding the “support of genocide,” since Israel has been accused now of committing genocide in Gaza, anyone supporting Israel could face life in prison under Canada’s autocratic government. But as the New York Post has just announced on March 20, after a careful analysis of the figures supplied by Hamas’ Health Ministry in Gaza, regarding the alleged deaths of Palestinian civilians, these figures are “pure fiction,” bogus and totally false. They were “transparently made up from whole cloth.”  The article also stated: “[This] is a damning lesson on the credulity of the world media and the gazillion politicians across the globe who’ve been repeating the stats as if they meant something… Yet these numbers get used everywhere. Responsible outlets are careful to say they come from ‘the Hamas-run Gaza health ministry,’ but that still treats the ‘data’ as having some meaning — when they don’t.”

The article also stated this: “Yes, life is hellish in Gaza: There’s no decent shelter and no reliable supply of food and water — unless you’re a Hamas gunman; the terrorists take care of themselves only. And both sides have killed some civilians (Israel inadvertently, Hamas intentionally, to try to stop its human shields from running away).”

Tellingly, left-wing radical Trudeau’s government has just halted future arms sales to Israel.

Trump on Democratic Jews and NATO

JTA wrote on March 18:

“‘Any Jewish person that votes for Democrats hates their religion, they hate everything about Israel, and they should be ashamed of themselves because Israel will be destroyed,’ [Donald Trump] said Monday in an interview with Sebastian Gorka, a far-right commentator who once worked as an adviser in the Trump White House… Trump… has long been baffled by how American Jewish voters continue to favor Democrats in overwhelming numbers, despite the series of pro-Israel policies he advanced as president, including moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and pulling out of the Iran deal…

“In 2019, as president, he said, ‘I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.’ In 2022, he posted to social media, ‘Jews have to get their act together and appreciate what they have in Israel – Before it is too late!’”

Politico wrote on March 19:

“In an interview with his friend and ally Nigel Farage for British TV channel GB News… Trump reaffirmed his commitment to the transatlantic alliance [NATO] — but warned European nations not to ‘take advantage’ of American support… speaking to Farage — the former leader of the U.K.’s Brexit Party — Trump softened his rhetoric while maintaining that Europe must pay ‘its fair share’ of defense costs…

“Asked directly if the U.S. under his presidency would come to the aid of NATO countries under attack, Trump said it would… ‘So if they [the Europeans] start to play fair, America’s there?’ Farage asked. ‘Yes. 100 percent,’ Trump said.”

Trump’s “Bloodbath” Comments Taken Out of Context

Breitbart wrote on March 17:

“Former President Donald Trump on Saturday night forecast a financial ‘bloodbath’ awaits the U.S. motor industry if he is not elected and China is enabled to swamp the country with their products. The comments came at an Ohio rally hosted by the Buckeye Values PAC where he discussed the possibility of an increasing trade war with China over auto manufacturing in general and electric vehicle types in particular.

“Trump said: ‘If you’re listening, President Xi — and you and I are friends — but he understands the way I deal. Those big monster car manufacturing plants that you’re building in Mexico right now … you’re going to not hire Americans and you’re going to sell the cars to us, no. We’re going to put a 100% tariff on every single car that comes across the line, and you’re not going to be able to sell those cars if I get elected. Now if I don’t get elected, it’s going to be a bloodbath for the whole — that’s gonna be the least of it […] It’s going to be a bloodbath for the country. That will be the least of it. But they’re not going to sell those cars. They’re building massive factories.’

“Critics in the political arena and the general media were quick to wilfully manipulate Trump’s words and infer intentions on his behalf even after Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung made clear Trump had clearly been talking about the impact of offshoring on the country’s auto industry and his own plans to increase tariffs on foreign-made cars. ‘Crooked Joe Biden and his campaign are engaging in deceptively, out-of-context editing,’ he said.”

Another Travesty of Justice… The Fani Willis Decision

Newsmax wrote on March 15:

“Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz blasted as ‘utterly dishonest’ a judge’s ‘weaselly’ ruling Friday to let Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis proceed with her election interference prosecution of Donald Trump and his allies… but only if Nathan Wade, the lead prosecutor she appointed and with whom she had an affair, withdraws from the case [Wade subsequently resigned]… Dershowitz said: ‘Everybody knows … that she profited … that she conspired to commit perjury with Nathan Wade and with the other witness. We all know there was an actual conflict of interest here… [Judge McAfee] just doesn’t have the guts to say it…’

“He also lamented how the ruling ‘undercuts our legal system tremendously… There are people in prison, there are people in death row, based on evidence less strong than this… This is a scandal and the judge just didn’t have the courage to do the right thing… And judges often don’t…’”

Professor Turley wrote in the New York Post that the decision “does not… serve the interests of justice. Willis will now prosecute defendants for false statements as her own questionable testimony is likely to be investigated by the state and the bar. She could still be effectively removed or disqualified.”

However, Turley’s conclusion might be overly optimistic, as we are dealing with the State of New York. What we have been seeing here in this case, so far, is another example of an utterly corrupt legal system. A demonstrably lying prosecutor [under oath] is tasked with prosecuting defendants for allegedly lying!

Tucker Carlson: A SPIRITUAL War Is Being Fought

The Christian Post wrote on March 18:

“Conservative political commentator Tucker Carlson urged a group of Republicans in Texas on Sunday to keep the country’s increasingly evident spiritual war in mind… Some of the cultural and political battles raging in the U.S. cannot be explained in political terms, Carlson explained, which he believes indicates their otherworldly nature. ‘This is not flesh and blood at all…’

“‘All Christians, all Jews, all Muslims believe the same thing: God created order out of chaos…  Chaos out of order is the most obvious sign of evil. If you’re creating chaos, you are, by definition, acting on behalf of evil…’,  he added.

“Carlson said he has been reading through the minor prophets such as Habakkuk, which he said taught him how suddenly disaster can fall on a nation… ‘The story of history is abrupt, unexpected change, but things change in a second. And I feel like we don’t and will not understand that…’

“Carlson has repeatedly emphasized what he sees as the spiritual nature of the culture wars in the U.S. and other Western countries. ‘The evidence unmistakably shows an acceleration in whatever this dark force is in this country whose only impulse is to destroy, not to improve or create, but to destroy, and it’s all around us,’ Carlson said… last December…

“During a two-stop speaking tour in Alberta, Canada, earlier this year, Carlson urged his audience to observe how Christian pastors were treated in the country during the COVID-19 lockdowns and said Canadian leaders pushed ‘hard-edge fascism’ behind the guise of ‘public safety.’

Tucker is SO right in what he said. Regarding the book of Habakkuk, please read our new free booklet, “The Rise and Fall of Germany and Europe.”

No Dark Matter in the Universe?

Space Chatter wrote on March 19:

“A new study is turning the scientific community upside-down. Researchers from the University of Ottawa suggest the universe might not contain dark matter, a component that has been a fundamental part of cosmological models for years.

“Dark matter is a term used in cosmology to describe a type of matter that does not interact with light or the electromagnetic field, making it invisible and detectable only through its gravitational effects. Scientists have long believed that dark matter makes up about 27 percent of the universe, with ordinary matter constituting less than 5 percent, and the rest being dark energy. This understanding has helped explain the behavior of galaxies, stars, and planets…

“Rajendra Gupta, a physics professor at the University of Ottawa, is challenging the notion dark matter exists [stating] that the forces of nature weaken over cosmic time and that light loses energy as it travels long distances. Gupta’s findings… suggest that the universe operates differently than currently believed. ‘The study’s findings confirm that our previous work about the age of the universe being 26.7 billion years has allowed us to discover that the universe does not require dark matter to exist…’

“This study opens new doors for understanding the fundamental properties of the universe. By suggesting a universe without dark matter, Gupta’s work invites scientists to explore alternative explanations for the phenomena that dark matter was theorized to explain. This paradigm shift could lead to significant advancements in our understanding of the cosmos and the natural forces that govern it.”

As this article shows, scientists really know next to nothing about the universe—how it came into existence and how it is being sustained. The reason is that they, in their arrogance, do not believe in an all-powerful Creator God and the inspired words of the Bible.

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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Why is arrogance so condemned by God? (Part 1)

Why is arrogance so condemned by God?   After all, some may think that it is merely an extension to self-confidence and we all need to be self-confident, don’t we?

On the website powerofpositivity, we read the following:

“A rather fine line exists between arrogance and self-confidence, separated only by empathy. An arrogant person feels they must assert their ego always to feel superior, while a self-confident person knows their worth without having to prove it. Arrogance points to low self-esteem because you feel threatened by other people and believe you must defend yourself. Confident people don’t have anything to show because they know their value.”  

They then quote Stewart Strafford as follows: “Confidence is when you believe in yourself and your abilities, arrogance is when you think you are better than others and act accordingly. You could say that arrogance is false confidence and that the person displaying it is overcompensating for their inner inadequacies.” 

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines arrogance as “having a feeling of superiority that shows itself in an overbearing attitude.”  

Many people look to self-help books, and to writers who have little or no knowledge about the Bible, and seek ways about how best to live and to improve their lives.  The Bible is not a book that most people will immediately refer to in such cases and will, therefore, miss out on the Godly wisdom that it has to offer.

Many people in the Western world today are aware of the story about Sodom and Gomorrah which is related in Genesis 19, and this rightly refers to the sin of homosexuality, naysayers notwithstanding, and we have covered this a number of times in our writings.   However, these inhabitants were guilty of other sins, as we read in Ezekiel 16:49: “Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.”

In Proverbs 8:13, we read: “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate.”  Pride and arrogance are complementary to each other and are traits that God hates. As a brief side issue, pride is the word used in connection with wrong sexual practices: Wikipedia points out: “LGBT pride is the promotion of the self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people as a social group. Pride, as opposed to shame and social stigma, is the predominant outlook that bolsters most LGBT rights movements.”

We are addressing in these two Q&As the wrong kind of pride—that of arrogant pride. We understand that there is also a right kind of pride (compare our Q&As on “Is Pride Always Condemned in the Bible?,” Parts 1 and 2). https://www.eternalgod.org/is-pride-always-condemned-in-the-bible-part-1/ and https://www.eternalgod.org/is-pride-always-condemned-in-the-bible-part-2/ )

In Proverbs 16:5, we read in the Amplified Bible: “Every one proud and arrogant in heart is disgusting, hateful and exceedingly offensive to the Lord; be assured – I pledge it — he will not go unpunished.”

Many websites state that the words arrogance, arrogant, proud, and haughty are mentioned over 200 times in the New International Version, and such statements emanating from God are not given approval.

Just a few examples in the Word of God will show what God thinks of an arrogant attitude.

We read in 1 Samuel 2:3 the prayer of Hannah after the birth and weaning of Samuel. Hannah exclaimed, by addressing the people: “Talk no more so very proudly; Let no arrogance come from your mouth, For the Lord is the God of knowledge; And by Him actions are weighed.”  Arrogancy, that is “claiming more than one’s due,” “assumption,” and “pride” are definitely not approved.

We know that King Nebuchadnezzar had a particular problem with arrogance and pride.   We read in Daniel 4:30: “The king spoke, saying, ‘Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?’” Immediately, he heard the following: “While the word was still in the king’s mouth, a voice fell from heaven: ‘King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you!’” (verse 31).    Punishment was immediate, and we read his fate in verses 32-33.   However, after his punishment, he praised the Most High God (verses 34-37).  Arrogance is the total opposite of godliness as it promotes self above all others, even against God.    How apropos is the instruction in Proverbs 16:18: “Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.” “Haughty” is commonly defined as “arrogantly, superior and disdainful.”

In Isaiah 13:11, there is further information about arrogance and haughtiness: “I will punish the world for its evil, And the wicked for their iniquity; I will halt the arrogance of the proud, And will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.” The Pulpit Commentary observes: “I will punish the world for their evil. Here the prophecy certainly goes beyond the destruction of Babylon, and becomes a general warning to the wicked of all countries. Each country is to feel that its turn will come. Punishment will fall especially on the unjust, the proud, and the haughty (comp. Isaiah 1:28; Isaiah 2:11-17, etc.).”

Jeremiah 48:29 reveals pride that is ungodly: “We have heard the pride of Moab (He is exceedingly proud), Of his loftiness and arrogance and pride, And of the haughtiness of his heart.”   Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible states: “…(he is exceedingly proud) his loftiness, and his arrogancy, and his pride, and the haughtiness of his heart; a heap of words to express the same thing, suggesting that the instances of his pride were many, and that it was exceeding great indeed: these many words were little enough; and indeed words were wanting fully to declare it” (our emphasis).

We further read in Proverbs 21:24: “A proud and haughty man—’Scoffer’ is his name; He acts with arrogant pride.”   Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary observes: “Pride and haughtiness make men passionate; such continually deal in wrath, as if it were their trade to be angry.”  

Self-promotion, which is bragging or otherwise attempting to make oneself appear greater, carries with it an attitude of superiority and arrogance. Proverbs 27:2 has the precise answer to such behaviour: “Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.”  Further confirmation of this principle is found in 2 Corinthians 10:17-18: “But ‘he who glories, let him glory in the Lord.’ For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.”   Glorying in the Lord removes any arrogance or superiority and ensures that credit is given to the right source!

In the parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector in Luke 18:9-14, we read that the right Godly attitude is rewarded rather than the arrogant, self-serving one: “Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, “God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.” And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, “God, be merciful to me a sinner!” I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.’”

We read in Romans 12:3 that further instruction is given by the apostle Paul: “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”   Thinking more highly of ourselves than we ought to think is arrogance.

In the book of James, we read about forward planning but there is no mention of God being involved: “But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil” (James 4:16).   Planning is a good thing to do and God’s involvement removes arrogant or self-serving attitudes: “A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps” (Proverbs 16:9).

(To be continued)

Lead Writer: Brian Gale (United Kingdom)

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Preaching the Gospel and Feeding the Flock

compiled by Dave Harris

“Europe’s Dark Powers,” is the title of a new StandingWatch program, presented by Evangelist Norbert Link. Here is a summary:   

Recently, two seemingly unrelated incidents have occurred, but as this program will show, they have a serious connection. We are focusing on a fiery speech by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and statements by Tucker Carlson. Taken together, they are showing an astonishing biblical picture about our past, present and future. 

“Europas dunkle Mächte,” is the title of a new AufPostenStehen program, presented by Norbert Link. This program covers the same topic as described above.

“Wie ernst ist es uns mit unserem christlichen Glauben?” last Sabbath’s first split sermon in Germany, presented by Dmitrij Niemann, is now posted. Title in English: “How Serious Are We About Our Christian Faith?”

“Es ist doch immer das Gleiche!” last Sabbath’s second split sermon in Germany, presented by Johann Schell, is now posted. Title in English: “It’s Always the Same!”

“God’s Work In Your Life,” last Sabbath’s sermonette presented by Kalon Mitchell, is now posted. Here is a summary:

God calls us for a purpose. We may not always know why, but as we live our lives, it becomes important for us to stay focused on seeking God in our lives and allowing Him to lead. How much we are willing to draw close to Him will dictate how much we are led.

“If You Ever Doubt!” last Sabbath’s sermon presented by Brian Gale, is now posted. Here is a summary:

Have we ever doubted God, His calling, our future and any number of other matters concerning the way of life we have been called to?   If we ever doubt, let us answer as Simon Peter did when he said: “Lord, to whom shall we go?”   There is nowhere else to go because God’s Way is the only way forward.

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