Update 547


Captivity Reversed

On June 30, 2012, Norbert Link will give the sermon, titled, “Captivity Reversed.”

The services can be heard at www.cognetservices.org (12:30 pm Pacific Time; 1:30 pm Mountain Time; 2:30 pm Central Time; 3:30 pm Eastern Time). Just click on Connect to Live Stream.

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As in the Days of Noah


Genesis 1 tells us that God prepared the earth for mankind to live on and rule over. So how are we doing?

By most measures, not so well. The first man and woman couldn’t even rule themselves! Seduced by false advertising (Genesis 3:4-5), they stole what wasn’t theirs (Genesis 2:17, 3:6) and blamed “someone else” when they got caught (Genesis 3:11-13). This unpromising start was quickly followed by unjustified anger (Genesis 4:5-7), cold-blooded murder (Genesis 4:8), and arrogant lies (Genesis 4:9-10). 

What was the result of this misrule? In Genesis 6 God gives mankind this discouraging report card: “…all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth…” (Genesis 6:12). What started as “very good” (Genesis 1:31), mankind had completely corrupted (Genesis 6:1-13).

Grieved over their mismanagement and mistreatment of Himself and each other (Genesis 6:6), God told His servant Noah that He would put an end to that utterly evil age (Genesis 6:8-9; 7:1). God warned that destruction was coming and that His servant should prepare if he wanted to escape (Genesis 6:13-21)

That was Noah’s time. What about our time? Did God proclaim a warning for our day and age? How corrupt do YOU think our day and age is right now?

A better question may be, is there ANYTHING mankind hasn’t corrupted in our day and age?

How about something as simple as food?

The US Department of Agriculture estimates that 80-90% of all corn and soybeans are genetically engineered. At least 246 million acres of farm land around the world are planted with Monsanto’s genetically-engineered “technology.”

To make livestock grow bigger and faster we inject them with growth hormones, feed them the blood and ground-up remains of dead (and diseased) animals, and pump them full of antibiotics when they get sick. Very little food in the United States is produced in accordance with God’s laws. We have utterly corrupted it in our day and age.

What about business and economics?

The U.S. Department of Treasury estimates that American households lost $19.2 TRILLION dollars in household wealth due to the recent financial crisis. Hundreds of billions have been spent to bail out failed companies whose leaders knowingly engaged in bad (and sometimes criminal) practices. Billions in penalties have been assessed for tax fraud, accounting fraud, and securities fraud. Millions lost their jobs, millions more lost their homes and trillions have been added to the U.S. Government debt (it’s almost $16 trillion and growing fast). Which businesses or politicians do we trust? Not many!

Business and economics have been utterly corrupted in our day and age.

What about families and education?

Gay marriage and abortion are being legalized, while teaching anything about God in many public schools is being made illegal.

Almost 50% of marriages are terminated by divorce, and 20% of births terminated by abortion. Worldwide, about 42 million babies are killed via abortion every year. That’s almost 1/2 billion babies in 10 years!

Add to this adultery, fornication, pornography, child abuse, domestic abuse, and drug abuse. Add to that violence in our streets, violence in our homes and violence in war.  Greed, fraud, violence, waste and every form of lust and abuse abound in our day and age!

What does the Bible say the world will be like just prior to Christ’s return? Christ said it would be like the days of Noah (Matthew 24:38-39). He said it would be like it is today!

We don’t know exactly when the Great Tribulation just prior to Christ’s return will start (Matthew 24:21, 36). But when we look at prophecy being fulfilled (as shown in our weekly Updates), and truly understand the corruption that permeates virtually every aspect of our societies, it seems those days are quickly approaching. When Noah was warned about God’s coming judgment, he believed and prepared. When we look at the signs of our times and hear warnings about God’s coming judgment, do we believe? Are we now preparing? Are we ready for Christ’s return if it happens in our lifetime?

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First, we are focusing on two controversial decisions of the US Supreme Court—pertaining to Obamacare and the Arizona Immigration Law, and continue speaking on the dangers of drones in the US; the downgrading of national and international banks; the fear of insolvency of our social security system for disability benefits; and the ongoing discussion on same-sex marriages.

We continue discussing the evolving situation in Europe, in the light of biblical prophecy, and focus, in particular, on an outrageous court decision in Germany, holding that circumcision is a crime; address the developments in Egypt; and conclude with statements of the “godfather of global warming,” admitting that he was wrong.

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Obamacare Upheld

Newsmax reported on June 28:

“The Supreme Court today upheld President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law, ruling that the individual mandate is constitutional as a tax rather than under the Commerce Clause. Nearly all of the Affordable Care Act’s provisions also survived the states’ challenge. [Republican-appointee] Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the liberal wing of the Court in the 5-4 opinion.”

In this stunning “activist” decision of the Supreme Court, as some have termed it, the individual mandate (that every US citizen must have insurance coverage by 2014) was held to be constitutional as a tax. This legal view had been rejected by virtually all lower courts AND the Obama Administration, insisting that it was not a tax, but constitutional under the Commerce Clause, which the Supreme Court seems to have rejected. According to the Washington Times, “Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.,  who wrote the controlling opinion… said the Commerce and Necessary and Proper clauses of the Constitution cannot be bent to compel Americans to buy insurance, but said it is allowed under Congress’s tax and spending powers, which are broader, but are subject to the checks of the political system.”

The New York Times stated that “On Sept. 20, 2009, President Obama insisted that the insurance mandate in his health care bill was not a tax. Today, the Supreme Court said it was. In the middle of the health care fight, Mr. Obama was eager to avoid the characterization of the mandate — and its financial penalties — as a tax on people. He had promised no tax increase for middle-class families and Republicans were poised to pounce.” 

The Republicans voiced their disagreement with that decision and Mitt Romney vowed that it would be repealed by Congress, if he was elected in November.  CNBC reported that “Stocks were down more than 1 percent across the board Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a key part of President Obama’s health care overhaul.” Experts predicted that due to the Supreme Court decision, insurance companies will raise their premiums even more, making it impossible for many American citizens to purchase or maintain insurance coverage. In that case, they will become victims of the IRS.

Even though it appears that Mr. Obama might have gained a victory with today’s decision, in the long run, it might come back to bite him.

Court Ruling on Arizona Immigration Law

The Los Angeles Times wrote on June 27:

“Across the state, the law’s ‘show me your papers’ provision upheld by the Supreme Court has created confusion and anxiety, and moved Latinos — both legal and illegal residents — to ask an overriding question: How can you promise we won’t be singled out because of how we look? The law compels police to ask about the immigration status of people they stop for lawful reasons, if they suspect those people of being illegal immigrants…. Many… questions revolved around whether driving without a license would lead to deportation. (Answer: It’s not clear.) The radio station brought in local officials and legal experts to respond to inquiries. But satisfactory answers are few and far between…

“SB 1070 requires local and state officers to tell Immigration and Customs Enforcement or Customs and Border Protection if they believe someone is in the country illegally. An official — typically over the phone — will verify the person’s immigration status, run a background check and decide whether federal authorities want to get involved…

“A combination of factors can lead to reasonable suspicion… including: having foreign identification, being in a place where illegal immigrants are known to congregate looking for work, traveling in tandem or in an overcrowded vehicle, type of clothing and significant difficulty communicating in English…”

As can be seen, the controversial decision of the Supreme Court regarding the controversial Arizona Immigration Law leaves many questions unanswered—and only adds to confusion and uncertainty.

The Dangers of Drones

Fox News reported on June 25:

“Professor Todd Humphreys and his team at the University of Texas at Austin’s Radionavigation Laboratory have just completed a successful experiment: illuminating a gaping hole in the government’s plan to open US airspace to thousands of drones. They could be turned into weapons… ‘In 5 or 10 years you have 30,000 drones in the airspace,’ he told Fox News. ‘Each one of these could be a potential missile used against us.’

“Drones have been in widespread use in places like Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen, but so far, GPS-guided unmanned aerial vehicles have been limited to the battlefield or southern border patrols and not allowed to fly broadly in U.S. airspace. In February, under pressure from the Pentagon and drone manufacturers, Congress ordered the FAA to come up with rules to allow government and commercial use of UAVs over American soil by 2015. The plan could eventually see police drones keeping watch over U.S. cities, UAVs monitoring transmission lines for power companies, or cargo plane-size drones guided by GPS pilotlessly delivering packages across the country. FedEx founder Fred Smith has said he would like to add unmanned drones to his fleet as soon as possible.

“The new rules have raised privacy concerns about a ‘surveillance society,’ with UAVs tirelessly watching our every move 24/7. But Humphreys’ experiments have put an entirely new twist on the anxiety over drones. ‘What if you could take down one of these drones delivering FedEx packages and use that as your missile? That’s the same mentality the 9-11 attackers had,’ Humphreys told Fox News.

“It’s something the government is acutely aware of. Last Tuesday, in the barren desert of the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, officials from the FAA and Department of Homeland Security watched as Humphrey’s team repeatedly took control of a drone from a remote hilltop. The results were… dramatic…The potential consequences of GPS spoofing are nothing short of chilling. Humphreys warns that a terrorist group could match his technology, and in crowded U.S. airspace, cause havoc. ‘I’m worried about them crashing into other planes,’ he told Fox News. ‘I’m worried about them crashing into buildings. We could get collisions in the air and there could be loss of life…’”

Our technical advances might turn out to be our downfall—like the Frankenstein monster who turned against his “creator” who was unable to control it. Man has built a modern-day “tower of Babel”—only to see it collapse in the near future. Even former President Jimmy Carter blasted Mr. Obama for his use of drones, as the next article shows.

Jimmy Carter Attacks President Obama on Use of Drones

The Independent stated on June 27:

“Former president Jimmy Carter has blasted the United States for anti-terror strategies such as targeting individuals for assassination and using unmanned drones to bomb suspected targets, saying they directly flout the basic tenets of universal human rights and foment anti-US sentiment. In an article written for the New York Times headlined ‘A Cruel and Unusual Record’, Mr Carter, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his work trying to resolve conflicts around the globe, suggested that the US is in violation of 10 of the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is a rare attack by a former commander-in-chief on a sitting President – especially of the same party.

“While Mr Carter does not name President Obama, there is little disguising that he is the principle target of his stinging words. Recent weeks have seen a slew of media reports detailing how Mr Obama has grown increasingly dependent on drones to take out suspected terror cells and describing how he has the final word to approve names on a ‘hit-list’ of most-wanted terror suspects overseas for assassination. ‘Revelations that top officials are targeting people to be assassinated, including American citizens, are only the most recent, disturbing proof of how far our nation’s violation of human rights has extended,’ Mr Carter wrote, concluding that the US is ‘abandoning its role as the global champion of human rights’…”

Major Banks Are Being Downgraded

The Associated Press reported on June 23:

“Moody’s Investors Service has lowered the credit ratings on some of the world’s biggest banks, including Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs, reflecting concern over their exposure to the violent swings in global financial markets. The downgrades late Thursday ultimately are a measure of Moody’s view on the ability of the banks to repay their debts. The ratings agency also cut its ratings on Barclays, Deutsche Bank and HSBC, some of the largest banks in Europe, a region fighting to contain a government debt crisis…

“The downgrades come at a time of great uncertainty in the global economy. Europe’s currency union is under threat, the U.S. economy is slowing and the red-hot economies of India, Brazil and China are cooling. On Thursday the Dow Jones industrial average plunged 251 points, its second-worst loss of the year, as new reports indicating slower manufacturing in the U.S. and China made investors fearful that the global economy could be heading for another slump.”

Insolvency for Social Security Disability Benefits Program?

Newsmax reported on June 24:

“The number of Americans receiving Social Security disability benefits has soared in recent years and is threatening to push the program into insolvency…

“Nearly 11 million Americans currently receive disability benefits, and last year the program cost taxpayers $132 billion — more than the combined annual budgets of the Departments of Agriculture, Homeland Security, Commerce, Labor, Justice, and the Interior… ‘The pot of money the Social Security Administration is using to cover disability insurance is projected to run dry in 2016,’ Businessweek reports. ‘That means that out-of-work disabled Americans, plus their spouses and children, who also qualify for benefits, would see their checks shrink 21 percent.’…

“The disability program formerly benefited people with debilitating conditions such as strokes and cancer. But Congress expanded the benefits pool to include such claimed ailments as depression, back pain, and chronic fatigue syndrome… Disabled workers can go on Medicare after a two-year waiting period, regardless of their age…”

Of course, some of the statements above are overly simplistic. For example, to collect disability benefits for depression, back pain or chronic fatigue syndrome is virtually impossible, from a practical standpoint. And sadly, most requests for disability benefits are, at first, denied routinely, at least on a federal level, and may only be granted after a lengthy legal battle.

Cheney Delights in Gay Marriage

Newsmax reported on June 23:

“Former Vice President Dick Cheney has expressed his delight that his lesbian daughter Mary married her longtime partner Heather Poe on Friday. ‘Mary and Heather have been in a committed relationship for many years, and we are delighted that they were able to take advantage of the opportunity to have that relationship recognized,’ Cheney and his wife, Lynne, said in a statement. The wedding came amid intense debate over gay marriage. President Barack Obama recently announced his support, while presumptive Republican candidate Mitt Romney opposes same-sex unions.

“Cheney and Poe were married in Washington D.C., where gay marriage has been legal since 2010. They married 20 years to the day after their first date. The couple has a 5-year-old son and a 2-year-old daughter… While vice-president, Cheney said he believes U.S. states should decide on legalizing same-sex marriage, though he backed then-president George W. Bush’s efforts to establish a constitutional ban on gay marriages. Since leaving office in 2009 he has changed his stance and now opposes a federal ban on gay marriages. Besides the District of Columbia, six states have legalized gay marriage. They are Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. In February 2010 Cheney said it was ‘time to reconsider’ the ban on gays serving openly in the U.S. military.”

And so, personal preferences and “political correctness” seem to take precedence over convictions… and most certainly over the truth of the Bible.

Holder in Contempt

Newsmax reported on June 28:

“The House on Thursday cited Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. for contempt of Congress in a historic vote weighted with political significance, though it does little to break the stalemate over his decision to withhold documents over the Justice Department’s actions in a botched gun-walking operation. The 256-67 vote amounted to a political spanking for Mr. Holder and President Obama, and 17 Democrats joined with Republicans in demanding the documents be released. Most Democrats, however, walked out in protest of the vote.

“It marks the first time an attorney general has been held in contempt by a chamber. But the White House dismissed the proceedings as a sideshow, and the vote does nothing to break the impasse, though it further poisoned feelings in an already bitterly divided chamber.”

“The Disastrous Consequences of a Euro Crash”

Der Spiegel Online wrote on June 25:

“As the debt crisis worsens in Spain and Italy, financial experts are warning of the catastrophic consequences of a crash of the euro: the destruction of trillions in assets and record high unemployment levels…

“Nothing seems impossible anymore, not even a scenario in which all members of the currency zone dust off their old coins and bills — bidding farewell to the euro, and instead welcoming back the guilder, deutsche mark and drachma. It would be… a nightmare for the economy. Everything that has grown together in two decades of euro history would have to be painstakingly torn apart. Millions of contracts, business relationships and partnerships would have to be reassessed, while thousands of companies would need protection from bankruptcy. All of Europe would plunge into a deep recession. Governments, which would be forced to borrow additional billions to meet their needs, would face the choice between two unattractive options: either to drastically increase taxes or to impose significant financial burdens on their citizens in the form of higher inflation.

“A horrific scenario would become a reality, a prospect so frightening that it ought to convince every European leader to seek a consensus as quickly as possible… Indeed, the European leaders seeking to save the euro are in a race against the clock… It’s a question of growth and the economy, but also of character. How willing are the Spaniards and Italians to accept reforms and hardship, and how willing, on the other hand, are the donor countries of the north to provide assistance and make sacrifices? Not willing enough, say many experts. As a result, the world is imagining the unthinkable: the withdrawal of several Southern European countries from the monetary union, or possibly even the general collapse of the euro zone. It isn’t easy to predict how such a tornado would affect the global economy, but it’s clear that the damage would be immense…

“Germany, the great exporting nation, would be especially hard hit by monetary reforms in the southern countries. Exports to Italy and Spain alone are valued at about €100 billion a year. Although sales of cars, machinery, electronics and optical devices would not be eliminated altogether in the event of a euro collapse, there would be sharp declines, because customers in Southern Europe could no longer afford German products… German goods would automatically become more expensive and would hardly be competitive anymore…

“German citizens haven’t recognized yet what an abyss they are facing. If the euro collapses, not only will many people lose their livelihoods, but German retirement pensions will also be threatened. The economic success of the last few years would be destroyed, and Germany would fall back into the crisis status of the 1990s. On the other hand, if the German government gave in to the Southern Europeans’ pressure to communitize debt, the risks could even be greater. Instead of an uncontrolled euro crash, Germany could be confronted with an uncontrolled transfer union. Year after year, the Germans would have to transfer sums in the double-digit billions to Southern European countries.

“The worst can still be prevented, and Europeans still have the ability to save their common currency without overtaxing the solidarity of the donor countries. But it is a massive task. Europe’s politicians must surrender power to Brussels to supplement their common currency with the political union that’s been missing until now. At the same time, the Italians and the Spaniards would have to prove that they could successfully reform and modernize their economies… As experienced Brussels observers know, solutions are only reached in Europe when the continent has run out of options.

“But apparently the euro crisis is now so dire that it could even sweep away the oldest European certainties. Even die-hard European politicians now believe that it is no longer inconceivable that the monetary union could soon have fewer members than before. ‘To push Europe forward, we have to reform the euro,’ says Luxembourg Finance Minister Luc Frieden. ‘This doesn’t just apply to the management of the monetary union, but, if necessary, to its geographic composition, as well.’”

According to the German press, a most recent poll established that most European citizens are opposed to the idea of abandoning the euro and returning to national currencies. Only 39 percent of Germans advocated the concept of returning to the deutschmark, and the vast majority of the French, Spaniards and Italians rejected the concept of abandoning the euro.

In other words, a collapse of the euro will not happen. Rather, a core Europe will emerge, consisting of the stronger members of the Eurozone.

Ten European Nations Agree on Financial Transaction Tax

The Republic wrote on June 22:

“The leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Spain have [met in Rome and] agreed to push for a growth package worth up to… 163 billion… at a European Union summit next week that’s intended to kick-start the economy and safeguard the currency bloc.

“President Francois Hollande of France, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Italian Premier Mario Monti, playing host, provided few details beyond agreement on pursuing a financial transaction tax — something Germany has championed…However, at a meeting of finance ministers from the 27 countries in the European Union in Luxembourg Friday, only 10 member countries were prepared to support the idea.”

Reuters added on June 24 that the other six countries, supporting the tax, are Austria, Belgium, Portugal, Slovenia, Greece and Cyprus. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble was quoted as saying that together with Austria, Germany has become the spearhead. European nations which are opposing the tax include Great Britain, Sweden, The Netherlands and Romania. Internationally, mainly the USA is opposed to a global transaction tax.

Ten European Nations for European State

Presseurop, quoting from “Die Presse,” wrote on June 20 :

“Ten EU foreign ministers participating in a ‘study group for the future of Europe’ aim to exert pressure to transform the EU into a federation along the lines of the US. Together they have prepared what the front-page headline in Die Presse describes as a ‘Plan for transformation into a European state.’ On 19 June, the ten ministers [from, as the article postulated, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Spain] presented an initial report to the EU officials who will likely benefit the most from the initiative: Commission President José Manuel Barroso, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi and Eurogroup President Jean-Claude Juncker.

“The ‘study group for the future’ initiated by Germany’s Guido Westerwelle, which does not currently include an official French representative, proposes to put an end to the dominance of national government leaders and give greater authority to the European Commission – in particular the European Commission president, who will be elected by universal suffrage and granted the right to form a ‘governmental team’, making him or her the most powerful politician in Europe.”

Again, ten nations are being mentioned in the article—even though they are slightly different from the ten nations mentioned in the previous article. What is interesting is that the concept of ten nations is becoming more prevalent—sometimes by design, sometimes apparently “coincidentally.” The Bible says that ultimately, ten nations or groups of nations will unite and give their power to a very charismatic political leader. We need to watch developments so that we are not caught unawares when these prophesied facts occur. At the same time, we need to be extremely careful and not jump to premature conclusions, as some are doing. Note the next two articles.

Germany Pushing for European Integration of Ten Core Nations?

The Australian, quoting from The Times, wrote on June 22:

“Germany wants to propel Europe towards greater political union and has started to discuss with other EU states the prospect of creating a European finance minister, a beefed-up European border police force and a European army. Britain, it seems, is not part of the conversation.

“German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle told London’s The Times newspaper he was not making demands but rather putting ideas on the table to boost international confidence in the future of Europe… Mr Westerwelle was speaking after the latest meeting of the so-called Future of Europe group, which pulls together his counterparts from Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, Austria, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and, from next month, France [Note that the article omits, quite inaccurately, Italy, while it includes France, to reach ten nations.]

“Outsiders fear a new core of European fast-lane integrators is in the making. Mr Westerwelle denies Britain was left out because of fears it would throw a spanner in the works. Sweden, Ireland and Greece were also excluded…”

Notice that the article gives the impression of ten cooperating European nations—Germany and nine others—but the list of those nations is inaccurate and slightly different from the nations mentioned in the previous article. However, as the next article shows, one has to be careful with certain press releases and those religious organizations which use such releases to place their prophetic spin on events, and we should refrain jumping on premature and speculative conclusion that one has now identified THE “ten” nations mentioned in the books of Daniel and Revelation. Upon closer scrutiny, as the next article will show, the Future of Europe Group under Herr Westerwelle does NOT consist of ten nations, but the recommendations of the group are quite astonishing, in the light of biblical prophecy.

No—Not Really Ten Nations… Yet…

The EUobserver wrote on June 22:

“A German-led report shows lacklustre support for the creation of a powerful new EU leader. The eight-page paper – circulated to press on Wednesday (20 June) – is a snapshot of current thinking in German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle’s reflection group on the future of the Union… The ‘Future of Europe Group’ has been meeting since March and is to produce a final manifesto in September.  Besides Westerwelle, it includes foreign ministers from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Spain [Our comment: This would constitute eleven nations, but France was not a co-signer of the report].

“France – which changed foreign ministers after elections in May – has missed some meetings and was not on Westerwelle’s list of countries which endorsed Wednesday’s report [Our comment: This would reduce it again to ten nations, but note the statements below.] Denmark also skipped meetings out of solidarity with countries, [Our comment: This would reduce it to nine nations] such as Sweden, who were not invited in the first place.

“The foreign ministers of Austria and the Netherlands in April publicly distanced themselves from the super-president idea when news of it came out in Euobserver [Our comment: This would reduce it further to seven nations, unless Austria and The Netherlands had a change of heart since April.] Meanwhile, the UK is out of the group amid even deeper misgivings about national sovereignty in London.

“The report… speaks of a future ‘European Army,’  a ‘European Border Police’ and [gives] the European Parliament ‘the ability to initiate legislation’ alongside the commission.”

We need to realize, too, that the “core nations” may consist of ten nations or groups of nations, and that nations such as Germany and Austria might be viewed as one nation—not two nations—in the way the Bible looks at them. Rather than being side-tracked by premature conclusions and speculations, we should concentrate on the essential developments—as alluded to, for example, in the following article.

How the New Europe Will Emerge… Quickly…

On June 25, 2012, Der Spiegel Online published an intriguing interview with German Finance Minister Schäuble. We are bringing you the following insightful excepts:

“The world, with its globalized economy, is changing at a rapid pace. Those who want to keep up cannot go it alone. It only works in collaboration with other European countries and with a European currency… There is certainly the risk that, in the event of a collapse of the euro — which, by the way, I don’t believe is going to happen — much of what we have achieved and become fond of would be called into question, from the common domestic market to freedom of travel in Europe. But a collapse of the EU would be absurd. The world is moving closer together, and we’re talking about the possibility of each country in Europe going its own way? This cannot, must not and will not happen!…

“The monetary union was the logical consequence of the advancing economic integration of Europe… Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker was right when he said… that the euro would prove to be the father of future European developments… We need more and not less Europe… So far, member states have almost always had the final say in Europe. This cannot continue. In key political areas, we have to transfer more powers to Brussels, so that each nation state cannot block decisions… The most important thing is that we create a fiscal union, one in which the nation states give up their jurisdiction in terms of fiscal policy… We need a European supervisory authority… In an optimal scenario, there would be a European finance minister, who would have a veto against national budgets and would have to approve levels of new borrowing… Those who want a strong Europe also have to be willing to surrender decisions to Brussels… 

“Europe should speak more effectively and clearly with one voice in the world… nowadays everyone has a say: the European Commission, the Council of Ministers, which consists of the national representatives, and the European Parliament. This is hard to figure out… First the Commission has to develop into a real government. To that end, it ought to be elected directly, either by the parliament or through the direct election of a Commission president…

“Germany has always stood for an EU of the 27 countries. But in light of Britain’s continued resistance to further integration steps, as we saw with the fiscal pact, there are limits to my optimism in this regard. It’s quite possible that we will have to create the new institutions for the euro zone first… every crisis also includes the opportunity to recognize what is necessary. That’s what led to the fiscal pact, in which 25 EU countries pledged to improve their fiscal discipline. And that’s also how the new Europe will come about.

“… the vast majority of Germans and people in other countries are pro-European… Many in Germany said that (former US President) Ronald Reagan was crazy when he stood at the Brandenburg Gate in 1987 and said: ‘Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!’ And then it happened two years later. At the time, I too didn’t believe that German partition would soon come to an end. In the spring of 1989, I had just become the new interior minister in Bonn. The new US ambassador introduced himself to me and predicted that the Wall could come down in the next three years. I replied: ‘I would have doubted that a few months ago, but now I would say that with a little luck, it’ll happen in the next 10 years.’ And how long did it really take? Less than half a year.”

To summarize Herr Schäuble’s vision, we will quite soon see a new core Europe, consisting of (certain) members of the euro zone,  without Britain, which will give much of their sovereignty and authorities to a real European government and a powerful European finance minister. Herr Schäuble also mentioned during his interview that he foresees the possibility for a German referendum by the people—a notion which was quickly dismissed by Angela Merkel.

The Bible tells us that Europe will unite very quickly, when it does—in fact, so quickly, that people will not believe it, when they are told about it in advance.

Circumcision Held to Be a Crime in Germany

The New York Times wrote on June 26:

“A German court in Cologne ruled on Tuesday that circumcising young boys represents grievous bodily harm, a decision that could have significant repercussions for religious groups. The president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany condemned the decision as ‘an unprecedented and dramatic intrusion on the self-determination of religious communities’ and called on the German Parliament to pass legislation protecting circumcision as a religious practice.

“The case centered on a 4-year-old boy whose Muslim parents had him circumcised by a doctor, which led to medical complications. Although both Muslims and Jews circumcise infant boys as a religious practice and many other people do so for health reasons, the court found that the child’s ‘fundamental right to bodily integrity’ was more important than the parents’ rights. According to the court, the religious freedom ‘would not be unduly impaired’ because the child could later decide whether to have the circumcision…

“Jewish leaders reacted furiously to Tuesday’s decision. The central council’s president, Dieter Graumann, called it ‘outrageous and insensitive,’ saying in a statement that circumcision had been practiced worldwide for thousands of years. ‘In every country in the world this religious right is respected,’ Mr. Graumann said. Germany has no law against male circumcision, as there is against female genital cutting…

“The decision by the court ‘places an intolerable burden on the free exercise of religion by Jews and also by Muslims who practice male circumcision as part of their religious faith,’ Abraham H. Foxman, the Anti-Defamation League’s national director in New York, said… While the ruling did not appear to have specific anti-Semitic intent, Mr. Foxman said, ‘its effect is to say “Jews are not welcome.”’

“Holm Putzke, a criminal law expert at the University of Passau, told the German news agency dpa that the ruling was not binding for other courts, but could send a welcome signal.

“‘After the knee-jerk outrage has faded away, hopefully a discussion will begin about how much religiously motivated violence against children a society is ready to tolerate,’ he said.”

For a thorough discussion of this scandalous court decision and its importance in the light of biblical prophecy, please view our new StandingWatch program, titled, “Circumcision a  Crime in Germany.”

Turks Don’t Want to Live in the EU

The EUobserver wrote on June 22:

“Turks no longer want to live in the EU. Its European affairs minister Egemen Bagis told EUobserver on Friday (22 June) that ‘In the past, when Turks were asked do you want to live in Europe, 80 percent would say Yes. Now, 85 percent say No’… He noted that in 2010, 27,000 Turks went to live in Germany, but 35,000 German citizens moved to Turkey…

“In the Ankara and Istanbul regions it is already on par [economically] with Greece, former Communist EU countries and parts of Spain and the UK… [A new] EU visa deal will also see Turkey sign an ‘operational agreement’ with the EU’s joint police body, Europol. A report by British MPs last year said Turkish-based organised crime groups are a growing threat to EU security on heroin and cocaine smuggling and human trafficking…”

Turkey won’t become part of the EU, but its friendly relationship with continental Europe will continue.  For more information on the biblically-prophesied destiny of Turkey, please read our Q&A’s on Esauthe future of Turkeyand the reason for the severe future punishment of Turkey.

“New Egyptian President Faces ‘No-Win Situation’”

Der Spiegel Online wrote on June 25:

“Results from the mid-June presidential election showed that the Muslim Brotherhood candidate had managed a narrow win over his opponent Ahmed Shafiq, the former prime minister of deposed leader Hosni Mubarak… He was… congratulated by world leaders, including United States President Barack Obama, who the White House said had pledged continued support for Egypt’s democratic transition. A number of European Union foreign ministers also called on Morsi to implement democratic reforms in Egypt…

“Outlawed under Mubarak, the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood has never before enjoyed such widespread support in Egypt… The question remains as to how much authority Morsi will actually have after major power grabs by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) before election results were announced. Not only did the council dissolve the newly elected parliament, which had been dominated by Islamists, but it also claimed control of many presidential powers…

“Conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes: ‘…The now drastically reduced powers of the president make clear that the military, despite statements to the contrary, is unwilling to give up its influence. It fears democracy as much as it does the Muslim Brotherhood…’

“Conservative daily Die Welt writes: ‘The events taking place in Cairo are a mere simulation of democracy. Can any conclusion be drawn from this about the future of the Arab Spring? Yes, but only uncomfortable ones. The first is that because of the chaos and hardship, a large portion of the Egyptian people apparently don’t want pure democracy, but rather strict rule by the old elite. After all, the widespread approval of former Mubarak Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq was real. The second lesson is that right now the only counterweight to the old regime is the… Islamist party Muslim Brotherhood… The future of the country will now be decided between two extremes of anti-freedom — the military on one side and the fundamentalists on the other’…

“Left-leaning daily Die Tageszeitung writes: ‘Two scenarios are possible for Egypt after the election victory for the Muslim Brotherhood: The Pakistani scenario, with a partnership between the military and Islamists, or an Algerian scenario, where the two sides clash… Both scenarios are bad for the country…”

The Arab Spring was to become a cold nightmarish Winter from the very beginning…

Iran and Hamas Welcome Egyptian Election

Reuters wrote on June 24 that “Iran’s Foreign Ministry congratulated Egyptians on Sunday over the victory of Islamist Mohamed Morsy… and said the country was in the final stages of an ‘Islamic Awakening… and a new era of change in the Middle East.’”

Newsmax added on June 24: “The Gaza Strip’s governing Hamas on Sunday welcomed the victory of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt’s presidential vote, saying its ideological success would help the Palestinian cause… Hamas had a mixed relationship with the previous, U.S.-aligned Egyptian president, who supported Israel’s blockade on Gaza. ‘We will look to Egypt to play a big, leading role, a historic role, regarding the Palestinian cause, in helping the Palestinian nation get freedom, return home, and totally end the Gaza siege,’ Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas government, told Reuters Television… Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood share ideological roots, including a hostility to Israel, with which Egypt signed landmark peace accords in 1978-1979.”

Will Egypt “deliver” Hamas’s expectations? For a biblical persepctive, please read our Q&A on the future of Egypt.

Germany tells the USA: “Clean Up Your Own Backyard!”

On June 25, 2012, Der Spiegel Online wrote the following:

“In a sign of tensions between Berlin and Washington, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Sunday that President Barack Obama should focus on cutting America’s own budget deficit before advising Europe on how to tackle its debt problems. [He] rebuffed recent criticism of Germany’s handling of the euro crisis from Barack Obama, telling the US president to get his own house in order before giving advice. ‘Herr Obama should above all deal with the reduction of the American deficit. That is higher than that in the euro zone,’ he told German public broadcaster ZDF on Sunday night. It is easy to give advice to others, he added. Obama, worried about the impact of the debt crisis on the global economy and financial markets — and on his own prospects for re-election –has been urging Europe to step up its efforts to tackle the problem…”

As especially Germany finds herself more and more to be the target of “hypocritical” and “incompetent” American criticism, we can expect an acceleration of an already tense relationship between the two countries.

Godfather of Global Warming Reconsiders

The Toronto Sun wrote on June 22:

“Two months ago, James Lovelock, the godfather of global warming, gave a startling interview to msnbc.com in which he acknowledged he had been unduly ‘alarmist’ about climate change. The implications were extraordinary.

“Lovelock is a world-renowned scientist and environmentalist… Having observed that global temperatures since the turn of the millennium have not gone up in the way computer-based climate models predicted, Lovelock acknowledged, ‘the problem is we don’t know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago.’ Now, Lovelock has given a follow-up interview to the UK’s Guardian newspaper in which he delivers more bombshells…

“Lovelock has now come out in favour of natural gas fracking… as a low-polluting alternative to coal… ‘It just so happens that the green religion is now taking over from the Christian religion,’ Lovelock observed. ‘I don’t think people have noticed that, but it’s got all the sort of terms that religions use… [He also] mocks the idea modern economies can be powered by wind turbines… Finally, about claims ‘the science is settled’ on global warming [he stated:]: ‘One thing that being a scientist has taught me is that you can never be certain about anything. You never know the truth. You can only approach it and hope to get a bit nearer to it each time…’”

On that note, unfortunately, many scientists are moving further and further away from the truth, believing and teaching dogmatically, for example, the ridiculous and unbiblical theory of evolution. For more information, please read our free booklet, “The Theory of Evolution—a Fairy Tale for Adults?” 

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Are there ghosts of deceased loved ones which could be communicated with? Is it true that the ghost of Abraham Lincoln appears in the White House, and that, in general, the White House is haunted? What is necromancy?

There have indeed been many reports over the centuries about the White House being haunted and visited by “ghosts,” and quite recently, it was claimed that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has had encounters with ghosts.

“Roll Call” wrote on June 6, 2012, that “Pelosi… recounted an unusual anecdote about how the ghosts of past women leaders spoke to her at her first White House meeting as Speaker… in 2006… ‘I realized that on that chair with me was Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Hall, Lucretia Mott, you name it, they were all there… And I could hear them say “at last we have a seat at the table,”’ Pelosi said.”

The “Wikipedia Encyclopedia” writes: “There have been several stories about ghosts of former Presidents revisiting the White House. However, the most common and popular is that of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln’s Ghost, or to others as The White House Ghost, is said to have haunted the White House since his death.”

The website of haunted-places.com states: “The White House has a reputation for being one of the most haunted homes in America. President Harry Truman said the place was haunted ‘sure as shooting.’ Kennedy’s Press Secretary James Haggerty admitted to sensing the presence of Lincoln’s ghost in the White House, and Clinton’s Press Secretary Mike McCurry admitted he was a believer… Hillary Rodham Clinton said: ‘There is something about the house at night that you just feel like you are summoning up the spirits of all the people who have lived there and worked there and walked through the halls there.’…

“There have been many séances in the White House, but the majority occurred during the administration of Abraham Lincoln. While living in the White House, he and his wife held several séances in the Green Room in an attempt to contact the spirit of their son, Willie, who died there… [Some claim that while Mrs. Lincoln had numerous séances in the White House, Abraham only participated in one]. In his book The Choice, Bob Woodward of Watergate fame describes how in 1995, a séance was held by psychic Jean Houston in the White House solarium, during which Hillary sank into a trance and channeled the spirits of Eleanor Roosevelt and Mahatma Gandhi… [While some White House officials have disputed the use of the term, ‘séance,’ they did not dispute the events described by Woodward.]

“Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands was a guest of the White House when she heard a knock on her bedroom door in the middle of the night. When she answered it, Lincoln stood before her with his famous top hat and all. The Queen fainted, and when she came [to], he was gone. Britain’s Winston Churchill refused to sleep there after sighting President Abraham Lincoln’s ghost lurking about… in the Lincoln Bedroom… He couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw Abraham Lincoln standing by the fireplace in the room, leaning on the mantle. The two men looked each other in the face… as Lincoln’s apparition slowly faded away.

“Theodore Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, Margaret Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Jacqueline Kennedy, Ladybird Johnson [wife of Lyndon Johnson], Susan Ford [Gerald Ford’s daughter], and Maureen Reagan [Ronald Reagan’s daughter] have all admitted sensing the presence of the Civil War president in the White House… Maureen and her husband, Dennis Revell, both saw Lincoln’s transparent form next to the bedroom’s fireplace.”

On July 9, 2009, “Weekly World News” reported this:

“Just as Bill Clinton did before him, President Barack Obama is now getting help in the White House – from Abraham Lincoln’s ghost! A government insider has revealed that Honest Abe’s apparition has been seen in the Oval Office on several occasions, quietly conferring with the President on vital world issues!… In a 1993 issue, Weekly World News stunned the world with its exclusive story that the Great Emancipator was helping President Clinton guide America’s ship of state through troubled waters…”

History.com adds:

“The most famous address in America–1600 Pennsylvania Avenue–is also perhaps the country’s most famous haunted house. Presidents, first ladies, White House staff members and guests have reported feeling ghostly presences, hearing unexplained noises and even running into actual apparitions–even on the way out of the bathtub, in one particularly famous case [that of Winston Churchill].”

The Daily Mail wrote on November 5, 2009:

“The daughter of former President George W. Bush… Jenna Bush Hager told chat show host Jay Leno she had been terrified by spooky events near the fireplace in her bedroom [in the White House]. The 27-year-old teacher, who now works as an education correspondent for the Today Show, said: ‘I heard a ghost. I was asleep, there was a fireplace in my room and all of a sudden I heard 1920’s music coming out. I could feel it, I freaked out and ran into my sister’s room. She was like “Please go back to sleep this is ridiculous.”

“The next week we were both asleep in my room, the phone had rang and woke us up. We were talking and going back to bed when all of a sudden we heard this opera, coming out of the fireplace. We couldn’t believe it, we both jumped in bed and were asking the people that worked there the next morning “Are we crazy?” We tried to rationalise it, but they said they heard it there all the time.’…

“The former first daughter confessed she had never seen Abraham Lincoln’s ghost – which is said to regularly haunt the White House – but wished she had.”

So, are there ghosts of those who died, which may appear to us or haunt us? And, can we get in touch with and communicate with them, either directly or through a medium in a séance? And—should we try to do this? Closely related to these questions is the concept of necromancy.

The “Wikipedia Encyclopedia” has this to say:

“Early necromancy was related to – and most likely evolved from – shamanism, which calls upon spirits such as the ghosts of ancestors… Necromancy was prevalent throughout Western antiquity with records of its practice in Babylon, Egypt, Greece, and Rome… There are also several references to necromancers… in the Bible. The Book of Deuteronomy… explicitly warns the Israelites against engaging in the Canaanite practice of divination from the dead…

“Some Christian writers later rejected the idea that humans could bring back the spirits of the dead and interpreted such shades as disguised demons instead, thus conflating necromancy with demon summoning. Caesarius of Arles entreats his audience to put no stock in any demons or gods other than the Christian God, even if the working of spells appears to provide benefit. He states that demons only act with divine permission and are permitted by God to test Christian people…”

Here we have indeed the answer to the questions as to the existence of ghosts, haunted houses and the attempts of the living to communicate with the ghosts or the souls of the dead. In short, ghosts of deceased people do not exist, but demons do. And if there is a place which is truly haunted, it signifies the presence or activities of demons. And if one is successful in communicating with the “other side,” either directly or during a séance or through a medium, he is not communicating with the ghosts of loved ones, but with demons.

In our free booklet, “Do We Have an Immortal Soul?”, we explain that the dead are asleep in their graves, waiting for the resurrection. They have no consciousness, and their “ghosts” or spirits do not live on. We then explain the following regarding alleged “communications with the dead”:

The attempts to communicate with the dead seem to be as old as mankind. Ancient Israel was specifically warned not to try to engage in such practices. We read in Leviticus 19:31, “Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them…” So it is possible, although prohibited by God, to seek after “familiar spirits.” But are those “familiar spirits” the departed spirits or souls of dead people, as some claim?… Leviticus 20:6 and 27 tell us, “And the person who turns to mediums and familiar spirits, to prostitute himself with them, I will set My face against that person…A man or a woman who is a medium, or who has familiar spirits, shall surely be put to death.” (NKJB)….

Acts 16:16–19 gives us a clue who or what those familiar spirits are: “Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, ‘These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.’ And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, ‘I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.’ And he came out that very hour.” (NKJB).

This spirit of divination was a familiar spirit—a demon. It was not a departed soul…

We read in 1 Samuel 28, in the New King James Bible, that Saul consulted a woman who was a medium. The Authorized Version describes her as a woman “with a familiar spirit.” [In the Hebrew it says literally that she was “the possessor of a spirit,” in other words, of a demon.]… Saul consulted a witch possessed with a demon. This witch was asked by Saul to bring up Samuel. We read in Verse 12, “When the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice.” (NKJB). The following passage tells us that Saul saw nothing. He asked the woman, “What did you see?” Notice her answer, “I saw a spirit ascending out of the earth.” (Verse 13—NKJB). When she described the form of that spirit as one of an old man, we are told that “Saul perceived that it [was] Samuel.” (Verse 14). The word “was” is not in the original. So one could add “pretended to be,” “appeared to be,” “claimed to be,” etc….

Saul did not see the “spirit” or “ghost” or “soul” of Samuel at all. Samuel had died and had been dead for a while (cp. 1 Samuel 25:1; 1 Samuel 27:7–8; 1 Samuel 31:6; 2 Samuel 1:1–2). God did not answer Saul in dreams or by the prophets (1 Samuel 28:6)—and Samuel was a prophet (Acts 13:20; 1 Samuel 3:20). When the “old man” appeared and answered Saul, that could not have been Samuel or his spirit or departed soul—otherwise, Samuel would have answered Saul in the capacity of a prophet of God. We also read in 1 Chronicles 10:13–14, that this séance was not of God—rather, Saul was killed by God because of conducting it. Saul died “for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to inquire of it; and inquired not of the LORD: therefore he slew him.”

We read that “Samuel” answered Saul and told him that Saul would die the next day. The real Samuel, dead and in the grave, could not have known that [because] the dead “know not any thing.” (Ecclesiastes 9:5). But Satan and demons do sometimes know God’s plan and purpose (cp. 1 Kings 22:19–23; Revelation 12:12; James 2:19). So it is clear that the demon, the familiar spirit, pretended to be Samuel, and spoke as Samuel to the witch…

The true Samuel… would have never spoken to Saul through a witch, especially after God had refused to talk to Saul. And God would not have supernaturally brought Samuel—or his soul or his spirit—back to life, to allow him to speak to Saul through a witch—after God had refused to speak to Saul directly.

The concept that the souls or spirits of dead people can be contacted is demonic. Isaiah 8:19 tells us, “And when they say to you, ‘Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter,’ should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living?” (NKJB). To consult mediums (those possessed with demons or familiar spirits) and God is incompatible. Also, Isaiah is not saying here that the spirits of the dead can be consulted. He is asking, “Should anyone try to seek the dead?’

Notice, too, Isaiah 29:4, “…thy voice shall be, as of one that hath a familiar spirit, out of the ground.” This is a reference to the voice of a demon, a familiar spirit that has possessed the medium. It may appear as if the medium speaks, but it is, in fact, the demon within the medium that does the speaking. That is why Paul, in Acts 16:16–19, spoke to the familiar spirit or demon of the possessed slave girl—and not to the slave girl herself.

Notice Deuteronomy 18:10–11, “There shall not be found among you any one that… useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.” A “necromancer” is somebody who “consults with the dead, or with a spirit to answer questions.” Note, how the New American Bible brings this phrase, “…one who consults ghosts and spirits or seeks oracles from the dead.” This phrase does not say that communication with the dead is possible—it tells us, though, not to try it, as this will bring us in contact with demons.

The very concept of communication with the dead is demonic. If people feel the presence of a ghost or “see” an apparition, thinking they have seen the ghost of Abraham Lincoln or another famous figure, they have either had a vivid imagination, or they have been fooled by demons. To wish to meet a “ghost” or communicate with one is not only foolish, it is VERY dangerous.

We should not allow ourselves to be fooled by strange events, stemming from the occult, which may be “entertaining,” “interesting” or “appealing to our senses.” The author of this article was present once at a show with a famous hypnotizer who told several volunteers on stage that they could not remember their names, and when they were asked, they did not answer. Later, the author talked to one of the volunteers, who told him that he could of course remember his name, but that it felt as if a powerful force prevented him from saying it.

In another incident, a person known to the author had engaged in the practice of Transcendental Meditation, which requires the repeated silent repetition of a certain Indian word—a mantra. These words are derived from Indian mysticism and designate the name of a god—and in the Indian belief system, these gods are both good and evil. The person told the author that he had been sensing that someone was following him, but when turning his head, there was nobody there.

This incident is interesting in light of the following account, which was published by the late Earl Murray in “Ghosts of the Old West,” pertaining to a personal experience with a “haunted house”:

“For a botany class, a girlfriend and I were collecting wild plants on a lonely hillside below the Gellatin River some distance from town. Along the river bottom was an old abandoned house… My girlfriend commented on the strange feelings she was getting from the house and I had to agree with her… At dusk we began the trip back to Bozeman. A short way down the road, my girlfriend broke off what she was saying in midsentence. We looked at each other, then turned to the backseat. We saw nothing, but both of us felt a presence back there—a strong presence that scared us. 

“The remainder of the trip was a mixture of confusion and near terror. Who or what was in the backseat and why was it there? Why wouldn’t it go away?… Finally, the presence seemed to go away and we relaxed. I dropped her off at her dormitory and parked my car. Later, in my own dorm room, whatever it was came back. It was late and I had just gotten into bed. I was lying on my stomach with my pillow curled up under my head, nearly asleep, when I felt something enter the room. Now I was wide awake. Then I felt the edge of my bed settling, as if someone had just sat down. I couldn’t move; fear had petrified me. My arms and legs, my whole body, seemed numbed with shock. I couldn’t make my mouth move even to yell.

“Finally, after what seemed an intolerable long time, the pressure on the edge of my bed lessened and the feeling in the room dissipated… Whatever had been there was gone.”

Apparently, Murray concluded that the presence stemmed from the ghost of a departed one, which had followed him from the “haunted house.” However, in reality, this presence would have stemmed from a demon. The author of this article is familiar with accounts of people who had very similar experiences. In some cases, they occurred when a person did things, unrelated to the “occult,” which he or she knew were wrong. In other cases, persons allowed themselves to get involved with strange phenomena “from the other side” or “the occult,” including getting hypnotized, attending séances, or getting engaged in far eastern “meditation” practices.

Whatever the case may be, the only lasting way to free oneself from such occurrences is to pray to the true God of heaven for help and to stop doing what is wrong. Any further engagement with the “occult” must cease at once. In the book of Acts, those who had been involved with witchcraft, sorcery and other dark practices burnt their books of magic in the presence of all, when they began to believe in the true God and realized that such “dark” practices were wrong and dangerous (Acts 19:18-19). In some cases, it might be necessary to request an anointed cloth to be freed from the presence of demons (Acts 19:11-12). In cases of real possession, the casting out of demons through a true minister of God may be necessary (Mark 16:17).

In any event, the safest course of action is NEVER to want to get involved with spirits or ghosts (in reality, with demons) in any way. This would include, staying away from alleged haunted houses, participating in séances, consulting mediums, or becoming hypnotized or engaged in obscure far eastern meditation practices. Even the viewing of certain scary movies with ghosts and demons could lead to undesired results. The same is true for participation in wrong and ungodly religious practices. Paul warns us not to come in contact with demons in any way (1 Corinthians 10:14-22).

For further information, please view our StandingWatch program, “Does Lincoln’s Ghost Haunt the White House?

Lead Writer: Norbert Link

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Preaching the Gospel and Feeding the Flock

Our new booklet, “Middle Eastern and African Nations in Biblical Prophecy” has entered its first review cycle.
The German translation of our booklet on Tithing has entered its first review cycle.

A new StandingWatch program has been posted, titled, “Circumcision a Crime in Germany.” Here is a summary of this program: A German Court of Appeals in Cologne ruled that religious circumcisions of young or infant boys are grievous bodily harm and thus a crime. This means that doctors can no longer claim that they do not know that they commit a crime, as the religious right of the parents to circumcise their children was held to be less important than the child’s fundamental right to bodily integrity. Jews and Muslims are outraged, but many Germans seem to agree with the scandalous court decision. The underlying thinking will have some impact for prophesied events in the future.

An English audio version of this same program will air Sunday, July 8, 2012, on our radio affiliates in the U.S.

A German version of this program (AufPostenStehen.de) was also recorded and is now posted, titled, “Beschneidung ein Verbrechen in Deutschland.”

Norbert Link’s new video-taped sermon, “The End of Europe, Part 2,” has been posted on YouTube and our website, www.EternalGod.org.

This week’s new German sermon, “Viele Wohnungen in Meines Vaters Haus” (“In My Father’s House Are Many Mansions”) covers mainly John 14 as part of an ongoing series of our NOT going to heaven when we die—or, when Christ returns, or, after He has returned.

A reminder for those wishing to attend the Feast of Tabernacles with us for 2012–please review details posted on our website under the “FEASTS” heading. Our locations for this year are Pismo Beach, California, and Deganwy, North Wales.

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Ferris Wheel

by Shana Rank

This past weekend, at the Del Mar county fair, I had the opportunity to ride a very large ferris wheel. The perspective from the top of this is pretty incredible! To my left was the Pacific Ocean, and to my right was a sea of thousands of people, moving through walkways at the fair.

This was exactly the kind of perspective I needed–instead of focusing on my day, and often times my life under a microscope; this high up–and far back view gave me more clarity for the world around me. Riding this ferris wheel was a great reminder to take a few steps back when life gets too serious. I was also struck by the thought of God’s perfect view from up high, and His ability to look down on His creation–now that is an awesome example of perspective!

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This Update is an official publication by the ministry of the Church of the Eternal God in the United States of America; the Church of God, a Christian Fellowship in Canada; and the Global Church of God in the United Kingdom.

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