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The Minority / Does Your Suffering Last TOO Long?
On October 6, 2021, Michael Link will present the first split sermon, titled, “The Minority,” and Norbert Link will present the second split sermon, titled, “Does Your Suffering Last TOO Long?”
The live services are available, over video and audio, at http://eternalgod.org/live-services/ (12:30 pm Pacific Time; 1:30 pm Mountain Time; 2:30 pm Central Time; 3:30 pm Eastern Time; 8:30 pm Greenwich Mean Time; 9:30 pm Central European Time). Just click on Connect to Live Stream.
For the Good of All
by Rene Messier (Canada)
I was watching a science fiction movie where the two main actors were willing to sacrifice their lives in response to a technical threat to the entire planet. They did it without reservation for the good of mankind which had been greatly reduced by this advanced machine technology.
About two thousand years ago, a Man faced an angry crowd, inspired by Satan, demanding His crucifixion, even though He had done no wrong. He did not cry out to profess His innocence; He did not whine or complain, but He took it all in stride because He knew that His sufferings and death were preordained and necessary for the ultimate good of mankind. That Man was Jesus Christ. He was rejected, persecuted, mocked, scorned, spit upon, punched, scourged, crucified and eventually killed by a Roman soldier’s spear which pierced His side—knowing that all of this was prophesied long before His death.
Why would He do that, since He had done no wrong and was innocent of the charges laid against Him?
He did it for the good of mankind, even though the world then or today did not and does not understand the scope or grasp the significance of His sacrifice. He did it so that man could ultimately fulfill his destiny to become God beings—to offer salvation by His blood for mankind, which was and is totally unappreciated at this time.
He attained perfection as a man through the things He suffered—learning how He could stay obedient in the face of trials. Not that He was ever disobedient, but He had to experience what it is like to be a man and not to sin. As a spirit being and the second member of the God Family prior to becoming a man, He never had to go through these kinds of physical sufferings to “learn” obedience.
As a man, He set a perfect example for us and gave us an important lesson, in that we are perfected through trials and suffering. If you look at a silver bar, you will see stamped into it 99.9999 %, which means, almost all the impurities have been removed from it. As silver ore, it is melted down and the dross comes to the surface, which are the impurities within it, and they are skimmed off. This process may be done several times to achieve the 99.9999 percentage state.
As Psalm 66:10 clearly states: “For You, O God, have tested us; You have refined us as silver is refined.”
Our trials and our sufferings which we face are purifying us towards perfection, so that we can become immortal God beings in the God Family. Furthermore, we will receive a golden crown, gold being the most perfect metal in the physical existence. We will achieve the gold standard, and we will also be given a white robe, signifying righteousness or our righteous acts, because at that time we will be perfect and totally righteous before our God.
I know, trials are not easy, and some of us have gone through quite some serious ones since observing the Feast of Tabernacles, but if you look at them as being perfected towards becoming a God being, they are easier to bear.
Paul said the sufferings in this world were all worth it to attain salvation in the Kingdom of God, so let us not let trials affect us in any negative way, but let us look forward to being in the Kingdom because the current trials and sufferings are preparing us to become God beings.
by Norbert Link
We begin with reports on the political earthquakes in Virginia and New Jersey [please view our new StandingWatch program, titled, “Political Earthquakes in Virginia and New Jersey” ]; the unsuccessful G20 meeting in Rome and the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow; and the controversial meeting between President Biden and Pope Francis as well as Biden’s other [dangerous] embarrassments. We address troublesome developments involving Poland, Russia and Ukraine; and we speak on the authoritarian and persecuting conduct by the European Union. We also point out inappropriate statements by Boris Johnson and some silly comments by Joe Biden, causing immediate rebuke from the Brits.
We address the skepticism of many Germans regarding more vaccines; Big Pharma’s huge profits; and the “gender-neutral” and “white privilege” nonsense. We continue with extremely troubling articles on the “new global order”; governmental funding of despicable experiments; and the attacks on religious liberty.
We conclude with frightening [overlooked] warnings of the resurgence of the Nazi culture; and the stupidity of modern witch-hunts.
Throughout this section, we have underlined pertinent statements in the quoted articles, for the convenience and quick overview of the reader.
This Week in the News
Political Earthquakes in Virginia and New Jersey
The New York Post wrote on November 3:
“Election Day Tuesday ended with races that should have been easy wins for Democrats.
“Most dramatically, Republican Glenn Youngkin easily beat Democrat Terry McAuliffe to be governor of Virginia, a state Biden carried by 10 percentage points last year… Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) predicted Youngkin’s victory ‘could be a political earthquake.’
“Gubernatorial election results hung in the balance early Wednesday in New Jersey, a state Biden carried by 16 points a year ago. Incumbent Gov. Phil Murphy — expected to be a shoo-in for the Democrats — remained virtually tied with Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli on Wednesday morning, with the pair less than a percentage point apart and 97 percent of precincts reporting. [In the meantime, The Associated Press projected Murphy to be the winner, but Ciattarelli has so far refused to concede.]
“While former President Donald Trump gave credit to his supporters for the upset in Virginia, political commentators appeared certain that Biden’s disastrous leadership, especially in trying to pass his extreme spending plans, was to blame. ‘The Democratic Party and Joe Biden were elected to solve problems, and all they’re doing is fighting about price tags,’ Doug Herman, a lead strategist for Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns, told Politico…
“Despite potential catastrophe for him in the US, Biden clung to the belief that he had at least been a success in Europe, even while nodding off at important events.”
But China, the largest emitter of greenhouse gas, and Russia did not even participate at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland. Biden added that at least the USA “showed up.” Some “commitments” were made by the countries in attendance, which might not be worth the paper they were written on.
The Guardian wrote:
“… the US was clearly piqued at how little the relentless diplomacy of John Kerry, Biden’s climate envoy, had done to extract deeper emissions cuts from leading carbon polluters. ‘…the Biden administration seems to be turning its back on reality and throwing climate leadership into the toilet,’ said Jeremy Nichols, climate and energy program director for WildEarth Guardians.”
Regarding the prior G20 Meeting in Rome, it also ended without a successful breakthrough.
AFP wrote on October 31:
“The G20 major economies committed on Sunday to the key goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, but disappointed leaders warned that more was needed to make a success of UN climate talks, beginning in Glasgow. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the host of the COP26 summit that opened on Sunday, said the pledge from world leaders after two days of talks in Rome was ‘not enough,’ and warned of the dire consequences for the planet… saying the G20 commitments were ‘drops in a rapidly warming ocean.’
“UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also expressed disappointment at the outcome of the G20 summit, saying he left Rome ‘with my hopes unfulfilled — but at least they are not buried.’”
Even accepting that there is something like man-made global warming, nothing will change as the countries which are allegedly mostly responsible will not alter their behavior.
CNN wrote on November 3:
“Demoralized Democrats need a reckoning after a rough election night that sent serious warning signs that they have misjudged the nation’s mood as their window closes before next year’s midterms.
“While the party feuds over its vast social spending agenda, Republicans are highlighting issues that preoccupy voters more immediately, like a sluggish economy, high gas prices, expensive groceries, crime rates and concerns about the rights of parents to influence what is taught in schools. Those concerns in many cases have been exacerbated by a prolonged pandemic, which President Joe Biden declared all but over in July but that spiked over the summer in a new blow to an exhausted nation’s morale.
“Virginia’s government race especially was seen as a one-year referendum on Biden’s presidency…
“In New Jersey… Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy’s squeaker reelection race… reinforced a sense that the President’s party has lost the country’s confidence…
“Biden endured a wretched summer, including a chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan that shook confidence in his leadership and dented his approval ratings. It likely hasn’t helped that progressives… have been a dominant force in the party in Washington, playing into GOP claims that the President is hostage to far-left influences in his own party…
“McAuliffe, Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and ex-President Barack Obama all appear to have miscalculated by reasoning that the best way to down Youngkin was to paint him as a Trump clone…”
Reasons why Youngkin Won
Newsmax wrote on November 3:
“Six factors have been key to Glenn Youngkin’s win over former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe; meanwhile, they also help explain why Republican Jack Ciattarelli has come within a hair’s breadth of besting once-popular New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy.
“Here are the six keys to the GOP’s successes:
“1. Voters reject COVID mask and vaccination lockdowns. Both Republican candidates made clear they opposed harsh lockdowns, mandatory vaccinations and mask requirements. Murphy ordered every child over 2 to mask up, which didn’t sit well with voters.
“2. Black voters didn’t turn out. Black voters were said to be crucial for McAuliffe’s victory, and they did not turn out as they did in 2020. Why? One reason may be mandatory vaccinations. Blacks have been hesitant to take the vaccine…
“3. Biden’s approval numbers have collapsed. The debacle in Afghanistan, a southern border in crisis, soaring inflation and questions about Joe Biden’s age and mental capacity, have created a brew of disenchantment among voters who are giving the president a thumb’s-down rating in approval polls.
“4. Critical race theory backfired. Cultural issues like CRT and gender politics played a major role in the Virginia race. McAuliffe’s claim that parents shouldn’t play a role in what their children are taught, coupled with the recent alleged assault of one female student by a male in a skirt — are issues that rubbed suburban voters who don’t accept ‘woke’ culture the wrong way.
“5. It’s the economy, stupid! Massive supply shortages and soaring inflation may be having a more significant impact on voters’ minds than had been supposed. People are seeing gasoline prices jump, and the party in power is paying the price.
“6. Trump helped Republicans. McAuliffe and Murphy attempted to paint their Republican challengers as puppets of Donald Trump. Trump did not prove a liability at all, though, and he may have even helped. Voters are clearly feeling buyer’s remorse with Biden, as Trump’s own rising poll numbers suggest.”
Another reason why Youngkin won had to do with issues specifically of interest for Virginians, such as substantial reduction of taxes propagated by Youngkin.
Pope Francis: Abortion-Supporter Biden a Good Catholic
Life Site News reported on October 29:
“After their much-anticipated meeting in the Vatican, President Joe Biden said to reporters Pope Francis had told him to ‘keep receiving Communion,’ despite the politician’s continued, public support for abortion and LGBT ideology. Biden [also] asserted that the pontiff ‘was happy I’m a good Catholic,’… As for whether the issue of abortion came up during the meeting, Biden said ‘it didn’t.’…
“News of the Pope’s alleged comments have caused instant consternation amongst Catholics…
“Brother Martin of the Oblates of St. Augustine… wrote briefly, ‘When the Divine Moral Law is treated beneath the authority of any bishop, he has placed himself above God.’
“Matt Gaspers, managing editor of Catholic Family News, stated: ‘… I wholeheartedly… absolutely condemn the diabolical notion that Biden is “a good Catholic” and “should continue receiving Communion”’… U.K. commentator and author Deacon Nick Donnelly was equally critical of the news, stating that the Pope ‘tells pro-abortion Biden to keep receiving Holy Communion. Thereby, damning Biden and himself.’…
“Rhode Island’s Bishop Thomas Tobin was also swift to react, commenting that ‘I fear that the Church has lost its prophetic voice. Where are the John the Baptists who will confront the Herods of our day?’ Tobin had previously written to the Pope on Twitter, asking him to ‘challenge’ Biden for his support for abortion, which ‘is an embarrassment for the Church and a scandal to the world.’”
The question is: If it is true and not a lie that the topic of abortion did not come up and that Francis told Biden to continue receiving communion (something which some prominent Catholics question on both counts while the Vatican remains suspiciously silent), then who of the two would be the greater hypocrite?
Biden a Pathological Liar?
Breitbart wrote on October 30:
“Catholic League President Bill Donohue said Friday he maintains a ‘healthy skepticism’ about President Joe Biden’s unconfirmed claim that Pope Francis called him a ‘good Catholic’ and encouraged him to ‘keep receiving Communion.’… Donohue writes that ‘Biden is a pathological liar,’ which makes his account of the meeting dubious at best.
“The president’s promiscuous relationship with the truth goes back over 50 years, Donohue observes, and involves repeated episodes of plagiarism, reversal of facts, misremembering, and arrant tale-telling, all of which have been confirmed by left-wing outlets like Slate and the Washington Post, which are firmly in Biden’s corner…
“The Washington Post documented a series of lies Biden told about his academic credentials… More recently, the Post also published a list of 78 false or misleading statements Biden had made in his first 100 days in office….”
To be fair, Pope Francis also made some controversial statements in the past which the Vatican subsequently retracted or “clarified.”
Biden—the Weak Beggar-in-Chief?
The New York Post wrote on October 30:
“Another week, another series of fumbling, mumbling and disasters. How low can Joe Biden go? Once again, the common theme was weakness. At home and abroad, he is shrinking the presidency before our eyes. The diminished commander in chief visited his party members in Congress Thursday and was reduced to pleading for them to save his bacon… It was an extraordinary moment for a president, the ostensible leader of his party, but in reality this one is a beggar-in-chief. His focus was on the fate of two massive pieces of legislation, worth $3 trillion combined, even though the larger of the two hadn’t been written and major issues, including whose taxes would be raised, were still hotly disputed.
“Nonetheless, with his job approval tanking and needing anything he could call a victory… the president was desperate for signs of progress. Even a mere promise that both bills would eventually be passed would have been something he could boast about. Instead… Sanders, the Vermont socialist, flatly rejected the president’s request to pass the separate infrastructure deal first and urged his fellow travelers in the House to say no, which they promptly did.
“So the man who is supposed to be the leader of the free world cannot even lead his own party, meaning Biden headed for Europe bearing nothing except embarrassment.
“On Friday in Rome, he was again the pleader-in-chief, this time seeking forgiveness from French President Emmanuel Macron after a rupture in relations over a nuclear submarine deal in which Australia backed out of a deal with France and switched to one with the US and Great Britain. [Biden] called events around the Australian deal ‘clumsy’ and confessed he was not up to speed when the deal was announced.
“… Even live coverage of Biden’s meeting with the pope was canceled by Vatican TV with a few minutes airing later. Why not show the whole thing?… Friday brought a disaster of another sort in the form of a report on the administration’s plan to pay up to $1 billion to illegal migrant families separated at the border by the Trump administration…”
Biden’s presidency has been nothing but disaster and failure.
Pope Francis a Warrior for Peace?
npr wrote on October 29:
“Biden gave Francis a challenge coin with the seal of the United States on one side and the insignia of the president’s late son Beau Biden’s Delaware National Guard unit on the other. The president told the pontiff that such coins are given to ‘warriors and leaders.’
“‘You are the most significant warrior for peace that I have ever met, and with your permission, I’d like to be able to give you a coin,’ Biden said.”
Even though Biden ostensibly referred to the Pope as a warrior for the fight for peace (where there is no peace) and against climate change, calling the pope a “warrior” brings back many dark memories of the Catholic Church’s misconduct in times past.
Poland Preparing for War
The Associated Press wrote on October 26:
“Poland’s ruling party leader presented plans Tuesday for a bill to ‘defend the fatherland,’ legislation he said is aimed at ‘radically’ strengthening the military as the country faces migration pressure from its eastern neighbor Belarus. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who holds the position of deputy prime minister but is undisputedly the most powerful politician in Poland, said… ‘If we want to avoid the worst, that is war, we have to act according to the old rule: “If you want peace, prepare for war.”’
But preparing for war will NEVER lead to peace.
Build-up of Russian Troops at Ukraine Border
The Washington Post wrote on October 30:
“A renewed buildup of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border has raised concern among some officials in the United States and Europe who are tracking what they consider irregular movements of equipment and personnel on Russia’s western flank… The renewed movements of Russian forces in the area come as the Kremlin embraces a harder line on Ukraine. Russian officials from President Vladimir Putin on down have escalated their rhetoric in recent months, attacking Kyiv’s Western ties and even questioning its sovereignty. Putin has warned that any expansion of NATO military infrastructure on Ukrainian territory represents a ‘red line’ for Moscow.
“The situation also comes as the simmering 7½-year conflict between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists in the eastern Donbas region enters a new stage. On Oct. 26, Ukraine’s military confirmed it had used a Turkish-made drone against a position in Donbas, the first time Kyiv has employed the technology in combat, prompting an outcry from Moscow.
“Relations between Moscow and NATO are especially tense. Russia suspended its mission to NATO in Brussels on Oct. 18 after the alliance expelled eight members of the Russian mission on accusations of espionage. What the Russian forces gathering near the Ukrainian border are doing is unclear… Officials in the United States and Europe began noticing the movements particularly in recent weeks, after Russia concluded a massive joint military exercise with Belarus known as Zapad 2021 on its western flank in mid-September.
“… satellite imagery shows that forces from Russia’s 41st Combined Arms Army, normally based in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, didn’t return to Siberia after the exercises, and instead linked up with other Russian forces near the Ukrainian border… imagery appears to show that Russia’s 1st Guards Tank Army, an elite unit based outside Moscow, is moving personnel and materiel toward Ukraine… the number of Russian troops deployed around the Ukrainian border [is estimated] at 80,000 to 90,000, not including the tens of thousands stationed in Crimea…
“Putin said formal NATO membership for Ukraine may never happen, ‘but military expansion on the territory is already underway, and this really poses a threat to the Russian Federation.’ Dmitry Medvedev, former Russian president and now the deputy head of Russia’s security council, called Ukraine a ‘vassal state’ that is ‘under direct foreign control’…”
Ultimately, Ukraine will be collaborating with Russia against Europe.
Russia’s Major Attack on Europe
Express wrote on November 3:
“VLADIMIR PUTIN has stopped gas deliveries and drastically cut back on other supplies in what has been described as ‘a major attack on Europe.’
“Since Saturday, ’state-owned Russian gas supplier Gazprom has not been delivering gas to Germany through its Yamal pipeline via Poland. And since Sunday, Putin’s gas giant has only been transporting half as much gas through Ukraine to Austria and southern Germany. The situation is becoming more and more critical for German and other European consumers, with a lack of supplies pushing up prices…
“The resulting consequences of the action could see the pressure on the network drop, causing the entire pipe system in Ukraine to become unusable. Ukrainian presidential advisor Andrij Yermak warned of a collapse of the Ukrainian gas network to Europe, as the pressure on the pipelines is now simply too low. ‘Ukraine’s transit capacity is only 19 percent full. If the reduction in flows continues, the EU will lose the reliable Ukrainian route forever,’ said Mr Yermak.”
In the future, frightening rumors from Russia and other Far Eastern countries will prompt a united Europe to attack those regions militarily.
EU—the authoritarian Empire
Express wrote on October 27:
“Calling the EU an ‘authoritarian empire’, the Deputy Research Director and Head of Transport at the Institute for Economic Affairs Richard Wellings retweeted an article claiming the EU was ‘treating Poland like a Colony’. He said: ‘The EU is becoming an authoritarian empire, threatening and blackmailing member states that defy the elite’s agenda.
“‘The coercion will get far worse once the EU Army is in place’, he added.”
That is undoubtedly true.
Europeans’ “Need” to Act Together
The Diplomat wrote on October 28:
“Wars… seldom appear as thunderbolts from a clear sky; they are usually preceded by expressed intentions to use force if necessary, combined with the steady build-up of military capabilities. There is no question that China is becoming increasingly assertive on the global stage and increasingly aggressive in its own region…
“Europe must define what collective defense would look like without the United States, especially now that the U.S. is no longer able to carry out a ‘Two-War Strategy,’ the simultaneous waging and winning of wars against two great powers on different continents.
“… the choice between either supporting the United States or staying away from confrontation will affect Europe’s security and prosperity for decades. A decision on this must therefore be taken long before a crisis erupts… and should be coordinated by European states. As a first step, this subject must be included on the European Council agenda in the near future. A decision of this magnitude is too important to be left to politicians in the middle of the night.”
European states WILL coordinate their defense, and it will not be in support of the USA.
Europe’s Fight Against the Jews
JTA wrote on October 27:
“The highest court in Greece has ruled against allowing ritual slaughter, fulfilling fears that some Jewish leaders voiced last year after the European Union’s top court ruled in support of such bans. Last December, the EU’s highest court upheld the bans imposed in regions of Belgium against slaughtering animals for meat without stunning them first. The ruling meant that slaughter in accordance with Jewish law, which requires animals be conscious when their necks are cut, would be prohibited in those regions, as it is in some other parts of Europe…
“In 2011, the Netherlands briefly joined several EU countries where ritual slaughter is illegal, including Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Slovenia. The Dutch Senate reversed the ban in 2012, citing freedom of worship. Poland also outlawed the practice in 2013 but has since scaled back the ban to include only meat for export.
“The bans on kosher slaughter, or shechitah, are part of a struggle across Europe between animal welfare activists and Muslim and Jewish community representatives… A similar fight is unfolding around nonmedical circumcision of boys, or brit milah in Jewish tradition.”
Anti-Semitism raises its ugly head, at first, in little steps, but it will grow and is only a matter of time…
Boris Johnson’s Sick and Bizarre “Joke”
Express wrote on October 26:
“In a bizarre exchange with children on Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson… attacked the plastics industry, called for more eating of synthetic meat, and even suggested feeding humans to animals...
“In response to the comments, Brexit leader Nigel Farage questioned if the Prime Minister had started drinking again, saying that the PM seems to have ‘lost his marbles’… While Mr Johnson was apparently making the comments in jest, the green movement has long called for population control as a means of reducing carbon emissions and thereby supposedly saving the world from climate change.”
The fight against so-called (unproven) man-made climate change or global warming produces more and more bizarre ideas.
USA and EU the “Closest” of Friends?
Express wrote on October 30:
“Joe Biden announced in a speech at the end of the G20 Summit in Rome the US and the European Union had agreed to a carbon-based arrangement on aluminium and steel. President Biden also confirmed tariffs introduced on such traded goods under his predecessor Donald Trump in 2018 would be removed. Mr Biden remarked the deal with the ‘closest of friends’ marked an important step in the US relationship with the bloc… Under the new agreement, to run for two years, the Trump-era tariffs will remain but only for imports of the metals exceeding set quotas…
“European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis, who oversees trade for the 27-nation bloc, described the deal as a pause rather than an end to the dispute. ‘It’s a major step in the right direction… but it’s really not the final destination, which should be a complete withdrawal of the tariffs,’ he told a media briefing.
“The deal should also bring to an end EU retaliatory tariffs on products ranging from U.S. bourbon to Harley Davidson motorbikes. The EU had planned to double many of the tariffs in December.”
Joe Biden’s naivety is astounding, if he is honest in his remarks and if he is not just using common political rhetoric without any substance. In any event, Britain was quick in pointing out that according to Biden, the EU, and not the UK, is America’s “closest” friend.
Germans Skeptical of Vaccines
Deutsche Welle wrote on October 29:
“In most German cities, you have to be vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 recently in order to enjoy indoor activities like eating at a restaurant or going to the cinema… A poll carried out by the research firm Forsa on behalf of the German Health Ministry found that 65% of the unvaccinated have no plans to get their COVID-19 jab in the next two months; A further 23% would ‘probably not’ do so; Just 2% said they planned to get a vaccine but hadn’t been able to yet. 89% accused the media of ‘one-sided’ reporting about the pandemic…
“Some of the reasons included the feeling that they were being coerced into doing so or a perceived lack of clarity over whether vaccines are safe for people who are pregnant or trying to conceive. The biggest concern amongst the unvaccinated, at 34%, was what they called the lack of ‘long-term’ studies into possible side effects…
“66.5% of Germans are fully vaccinated…”
The concerns of many Germans should not be dismissed outright. However, Angela Merkel just said that her past decision to lock down the people was correct, and she warned about an indifferent attitude or a “certain recklessness” of many Germans towards corona. Health Minister Jens Spahn is promoting booster shots, for which he was heavily criticized by the Union of Doctors (“Ärzteschaft”) as being completely unnecessary and constituting “blind actionism” (“blinder Aktionismus”). The political propaganda in Germany is ongoing.
Huge Profits for Big Pharma
Reuters reported on November 2:
“Pfizer Inc on Tuesday said it expected 2021 sales of the COVID-19 vaccine it developed with German partner BioNTech SE to reach $36 billion and forecast another $29 billion from the shot in 2022… Analysts have said that Pfizer and other COVID-19 vaccine makers stand to reap billions of dollars from annual vaccine boosters over the next few years.”
And now, with the FDA’s approval and the CDA’s subsequent endorsement of Pfizer’s Covid vaccinations for 28 million children as young as 5 years old, the profits of Big Pharma will undoubtedly rise astronomically.
Gender Neutral Nonsense
npr wrote on October 30:
“In Germany, the debate about gender-neutral and inclusive language is complicated by grammar. Just as in many other languages, gender in German isn’t denoted by personal pronouns alone. German nouns that refer to people have traditionally been masculine or feminine. So, a male citizen is a Bürger and a female citizen is a Bürgerin. But in the plural, the masculine is traditionally used by default — a point that’s been contentious at least as far back as the second wave of feminism in the 1960s.
“In 2018, a new federal law stipulated that all forms of ID — from birth certificates to passports — must include three options: male, female and diverse, all of which can even be left blank.
“Since then, gender-neutral language has become more commonplace. German airline Lufthansa recently ditched the phrase ‘ladies and gentlemen,’ German scholars are preparing a gender-neutral edition of the Bible and in some cities — like Hanover — there’s an official directive about using gender-neutral words…
“In 2019, Hanover became the first state capital to mandate the use of gender-neutral language in all official communication, from emails to brochures and posters. It deployed what’s known as the ‘gender star,’ an asterisk placed within a noun to indicate it refers to men, women and nonbinary people alike. For instance, the word for all citizens became Bürger*innen.”
Of course, this utter nonsense is not limited to Germany.
npr reported on October 27:
“The U.S. State Department has issued the first official passport with the gender marker ‘X,’ a change the Biden administration promised this year in order to make the documents more inclusive for people who identify as nonbinary, intersex or gender-nonconforming… Also, in June the department announced that it would immediately start allowing applicants to select ‘M’ or ‘F’ as their gender without providing any medical certification if their choice doesn’t match their gender on other documents…
“The change brings the U.S. in line with several other nations that already issue passports with gender markers other than just ‘F’ or ‘M,’ including Canada, Australia, India, Malta, Nepal and New Zealand.”
It is interesting that many of these nations are either descendants of the ancient House of Israel or that they were once colonies and part of the British Commonwealth. No wonder God is very angry with all of them.
Teaching of White Privilege “Racist” and “Extremist”
The Daily Mail wrote on October 31:
“MPs have been warned that the teaching of ‘white privilege’ is ‘rife’ in schools following a dossier that revealed pupils are being given ‘politically based’ lessons on police, racism and colonialism. Teachers are facing accusations of introducing pupils to ‘politically based’ learning materials in lessons about racism, colonialism and the police.
“Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi[‘s] intervention came in response to a report by the Commons education committee, which said that teaching white privilege could be against the Equality Act. The report added that telling children they are different because of their race is unlawful.
“Tory MP Jonathon Gullis said earlier this month that the phrase ‘white privilege’ was ‘racist and extremist.’”
The idea is, white people should apologize for being white. What lunacy!
The New Global Order
Life Site wrote on October 29:
“The label on the political party in power may say ‘Democrat’ or ‘Republican’ but what’s happening all around you? If you see friends and relatives in what’s supposed to be a free society being fired from their jobs – critical jobs like nurses, doctors, firefighters, cops, soldiers and truck drivers – because they won’t concede to having an unknown experimental substance injected into their bodies, then you should not hesitate to take this at face value….
“We are living in a critical juncture in history. A relatively small cadre of very wealthy, very powerful elites are pushing us hard to accept a new system of corporate communism, actually more like fascism, in which an insanely bloated government has teamed up with big business to force the people to accept an agenda that many feel uncomfortable with. These elites, with their buddies in the corporate media, use fear-based propaganda to stir up hatred for the non-compliant, while pressuring everyone – man, woman and child – to submit to the ‘new normal.’… the message coming from Big Tech, Big Pharma, Big Religion and Big Government is simple and direct – conform or get left behind.
“Pope Francis and powerful evangelical leaders such as Franklin Graham are also on board with this new global order, rebranded by the World Economic Forum as the Great Reset. So are the most important political leaders of both parties. In fact, any leader of people who pushes the idea of mandated universal injections is on board…
“Dr. Anthony Fauci’s division of the NIH funded a barbaric experiment at the University of Pittsburgh that involved grafting the scalps of 5-month aborted babies onto ‘humanized’ mice and rats. He funded another study at a North African lab in Tunisia in which 44 Beagle puppies were infected with disease-causing parasites, after which some had their vocal chords removed so scientists could work on them without having to endure their incessant barking as they died slow, painful deaths.
“This is the same Dr. Fauci who parents are being asked to trust for advice regarding the vaccination of their children. He appears daily in the big corporate media outlets making it his top priority to deceive parents into offering up their children to the COVID-vaccine experiment. He says he wants every child injected by the end of the year with his gene-altering ‘vaccine,’ despite the data showing children under 18 have a 99.998 percent statistical chance of surviving COVID. He’s making the rounds on all the major media spreading lies about the dangers of COVID to children and how safe and effective the experimental mRNA serum will be for kids ages 5 to 11…
“Dr. Richard Besser, a pediatrician and former acting director of the CDC, told CNN on October 22 that U.S. pediatricians will ‘push much harder’ for the COVID vaccines in children than in most other countries… the pressure for parents to comply will be intense…”
The comparison with the rise of fascism in the USA and elsewhere is remarkable. The term “Nazi” is actually an abbreviation for “national socialism.”
US Government Funds Terrible Experiments
In the Ron Paul Institute, the Ron Paul Weekly Column stated on November 1:
“If people who torture animals are psychopaths, then what are government officials who use taxpayer dollars to fund animal torture? Many are asking this question in the wake of revelations that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, headed by Dr. Anthony Fauci… funded medical ‘research’ involving the torture of puppies. This led… People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to call for his resignation.
“The puppy torture story was followed by disclosures that the federal government funded the testing of experimental AIDS vaccines on orphans. Many of the orphans used as human guinea pigs subsequently died, and nurses who assisted in these experiments reported that many children got sick immediately after receiving the vaccines.
“Testing dangerous drugs on orphans and torturing puppies in the name of ‘science’ is certainly shocking, but is it really surprising that [the] government would fund these types of activities?…”
Sadly, no. Satan is the god of this world and as the prince of darkness, he is ruling and deceiving mankind.
The Attacks on Religious Liberty
The New York Post wrote on October 30:
“Up until roughly April 2021, between 60 and 80 percent of US states had either numeric or percentage cap restrictions on houses of worship. In some cases, the restrictions were so severe that church meetings, regardless of size, were not permitted… 39 percent of households were not able to attend worship regularly as of August 2020 (that’s about 128 million Americans)…
“These restrictions may seem unique to the pandemic, but they’re not. They come at a time when, by various measures, religious liberty is being attacked… The United States experienced a 35.1 percent decline in religious freedom overall between 2006 and 2018…
“That trend is not unique to just the United States. In fact, the decline in religious freedom is concentrated among countries that historically have ranked high in economic freedom…
“These indefinite restrictions on freedom contradict the ideals on which America was founded — and we now have the data to prove they deteriorate social capital and mental health, too.”
But it will only get worse, not better. And when religious freedom is restored in some way, it will be the false religion.
Like in Nazi Germany
JTA wrote on October 30:
“A prominent rabbi in the Netherlands compared her country’s COVID-19 safety measures to the policies of Nazi Germany… Tamarah Benima, an outspoken 71-year-old Reform rabbi from Amsterdam, made the comparison on Thursday in a speech in the northern Dutch city of Leeuwarden. ‘Scientists worldwide apparently allowed themselves over the past 1 and a half years to be led toward totalitarian thinking,’ she said of the COVID-19 pandemic, which began in December 2019. ‘What doesn’t fit their perspective must be silenced… as a Jew, what happened in Nazi Germany is a warning to me… don’t play with fire by setting aside people in our society as “a danger to public health,” as Health Minister Hugo De Jonge regularly does.’…
“At least three Dutch Jewish groups have condemned Benima’s statements. The Central Jewish Board of the Netherlands, the country’s largest Jewish umbrella group, said her comparison is ‘contrary to our values and shows a complete lack of realism.’ The Netherlands Association for Progressive Judaism ‘strongly rejects the irresponsible and offensive comparisons,’ that group said in a statement.
“Comparisons between COVID-19 public health measures and Nazism have proliferated in recent months throughout Europe and beyond. The wearing of yellow stars at protests against COVID-19 measures in Europe specifically have drawn sharp condemnations by Jewish groups.”
These Jewish groups are as blind as the rest, being (willfully?) ignorant as to what is happening in the world…
The Stupidity of Witch-Hunts
The Daily Mail wrote on October 30:
“Showbiz people are always keen on saving the planet – but private jets don’t count because everybody knows that only dirty commercial flights cause pollution. Rather like food not really having calories if you eat it standing up… Now the transgender crusade has struck a chord in Hollywood… America has Hollywood; the UK has the BBC… Hollywood and the BBC both fetishise diversity of colour while quashing diversity of views.
“For the BBC, the transgender debate was a glorious dawn… asking its staff to declare preferred pronouns in email signatures, be they ‘she/her’, ‘he/him’ or ‘they/them’… It turned on itself in a racism-routing fit of zealotry, removing episodes of… excellent comedy shows…
“In the past decade or so many words have changed their meaning. ‘Brave’, for instance, once meant rescuing orphans from burning buildings, but now means talking about one’s troubles in public. How is it brave to have a miscarriage? It’s sad and awful – but brave? If miscarrying is brave, what are firefighters?
“The word ‘diversity’ once meant a pleasingly wide range of viewpoints, but now means a selection of variously hued people all parroting the same liberal establishment platitudes…
“Did the long and splendid story that began with the invention of the printing press around 1436 really have to end up here? With publishing employees – who would seemingly be happier burning books than editing them – crying because they didn’t like the words?… And, amid the stupidity of these witch-hunts, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
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.
Who Will Resurrect the Dead?
The Resurrection of the dead is one of the basic and fundamental doctrines (Hebrews 6:1-2). The Bible teaches that there is more than just one resurrection. For instance, Revelation 20:5 speaks of the “first” resurrection, necessitating at least a second resurrection. In fact, there will be three resurrections, and our free booklets, “The Mysteries of the Book of Revelation,” and, “Biblical Prophecy—From Now Until Forever,” explain this fact in much more detail.
The first resurrection will occur when Christ returns, and those who have died in Christ will be resurrected to eternal life. The second resurrection or the Great White Throne Judgment is a resurrection to physical life and includes those who have died without ever having been granted the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. They will be given that opportunity then, and, at the end of their judgment period, they will be given eternal life if they have qualified. The third resurrection is to physical life as well, but it is composed of those who have committed the unpardonable sin before they died. They will be thrown into the lake of fire to be burned up and extinguished.
Who, exactly, will resurrect those who have died? Who will bring them back to life?
The short answer is that God will do it. There is no biblical evidence that angels, let alone Satan and his demons, would have the power to resurrect the dead.
But since God is a Family, consisting of the Father and the Son, who within the God Family will bring about the resurrection?
We know from the Bible that it was the Father who raised Christ from the dead.
Galatians 1:1 says:
“Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead)…”
Note that it was the Father, not the Son or the “person” of the Holy Spirit, who resurrected Jesus Christ from the dead. Nor did the dead Jesus resurrect Himself. The teaching that God is a Trinity, consisting of three persons, is false. The teaching that the Son of God, as being part of the unalterable Trinity, stayed alive in heaven when Jesus died, is equally false and constitutes parts of the teaching of the spirit of antichrist. The idea that the Son of God resurrected Jesus is blasphemous, because Jesus WAS and IS the Son of God. When Jesus died, the Son of God died. And it was the Father who resurrected the Son of God—Jesus Christ—from the dead.
As God the Father raised up Christ, so He will raise us up as well.
1 Corinthians 6:14 states very clearly: “And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power”—the power of His Holy Spirit.
Romans 8:11 adds: “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit [which] dwells in you.”
2 Corinthians 1:2,9 says: “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ… Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead.” Paul speaks in this passage of God the Father who raises the dead.
2 Corinthians 4:14 adds to this: “… knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you.”
Some commentaries have considerable difficulty with this last passage, since it says that “He”—the Father—will raise us up “with” Jesus. Due to the fact that most teach the Trinity, they have a problem with saying that the above-quoted Scripture states that the Father and the Son will raise up the dead, since the Holy Spirit is not mentioned. They therefore conclude that this passage does not even talk about the coming resurrection of the dead, but that it describes here a figurate resurrection to a new life and the community which we have with Christ today.
In this context, one might think of Ephesians 2:4-6 which states: “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus…”
Another passage, which might come to mind, would be Colossians 2:8-12:
“Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.”
However, an obvious difference should be noticed between passages such as Ephesians 2:4-6 and Colossians 2:8-11 (quoted above), and the above-quoted passage in 2 Corinthians 4:14, as Paul speaks in 2 Corinthians 4:14 about the future (He “will also raise us up”), whereas Ephesians 2:4-6 and Colossians 2:8-12 address the past and the presence. While those passages convey indeed a figurative concept, 2 Corinthians 4:14 does not.
Some say that 2 Corinthians 4:14 should be translated in this way: “… Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise us up also by Jesus…” (Authorized Version). The German Schlachterbibel and the Lutherbibel of 1891 and of 1964, and the Neue Lutherbibel 2009, all say that God the Father will raise us up “through Jesus.”
Before addressing this alternate translation, let us explore as to whether there is any biblical evidence that Jesus will resurrect us.
John 6:39-40, 44, 54 quotes Jesus as follows:
“This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day… No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day… Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”
According to this passage, it is the Father’s Will that Christ should raise up or resurrect man… beginning with the first resurrection. Christ clearly said repeatedly in the above-quoted passage that HE will raise up those who died.
John 11:23-25 adds to this, when addressing the death of Lazarus and his sister Martha’s reaction: “Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’ Martha said to Him, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.’”
Jesus is addressing here those who will be resurrected to eternal life. But Jesus’ words must not be misunderstood by concluding that it is He, alone, who will resurrect us. This would contradict the passages, quoted above, which show us that the Father is involved in the resurrection of man. Rather, the Truth is that the Father and Christ will act in complete harmony. Their Will to resurrect man, and whom at what time, is totally identical. In that sense, the Father and the Son are “one” (John 10:30; 17:11,20). They are of a completely identical mindset (compare John 5:19).
John 5:21 tells us: “For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will.”
To understand all of these quoted Scriptures correctly, we conclude that Christ will be the Person within the God Family who will actually raise man from the dead, but He will be doing it in complete harmony and agreement with the Father. In fact, it will still be the Father, as the highest in the God Family (John 10:29), who will resurrect us through Jesus Christ, as it was the Father who created everything through Jesus Christ (Revelation 4:11; Acts 4:24; 14:15; 17:24-31; Hebrews 1:1-2; 2:10; John 1:3, 10; Colossians 1:15-16; Ephesians 3:9).
John 5:25, 28-29 says:
“Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live… Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth–those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation [better: judgment].”
Gill’s Exposition of the Bible explains this passage in this way:
“It will be the voice of the Son of God that will quicken and raise the dead.”
The Father is greater than Christ (John 14:28). Whatever Christ does is in submission to God the Father. (Compare also in this context 1 Corinthians 15:24-28, which says that at the end, Jesus will deliver the kingdom to God the Father). Christ would never act in any way contrary to the Father’s Will. And so, when He resurrects someone to eternal life, it is in accordance with the Father’s Will as well. It is still the Father who directs and does it, but He does it through or by Jesus Christ. As the Father created man through Jesus, He will also resurrect man through Jesus.
Returning to 2 Corinthians 4:14 and the question as to whether the Father will resurrect us “with” or “by” or “through” Jesus, let us note some concepts as brought forth by several commentaries:
The Jamieson Fausset and Brown commentary says:
“… shall raise up us also—at the resurrection (1Co 6:13, 14) by Jesus—The oldest manuscripts have ‘with Jesus.’”
The Pulpit Commentary agrees, stating:
“By Jesus–The reading supported by nearly all the best manuscripts is ‘with Jesus.’”
Even translating it in this way (“with Jesus”) would not negate Christ’s role or the Father’s role in the resurrection. Rather, the thought would be expressed that God the Father, together with Jesus, will resurrect us.
Barnes Notes on the Bible explains this passage as follows:
“By Jesus – By the power or the agency of Jesus. Christ will raise up the dead from their graves, John 5:25-29.”
We would agree with these conclusions, as it is indeed the Father who will resurrect man through Jesus Christ, as it was the Father who made man through Jesus Christ.
This then may pose an interesting question: God the Father resurrected Christ and gave Him eternal life and the glory which He used to have before He became a man; and the Father will raise the dead through Jesus. Could this indicate, then, that we, who will be resurrected by the Father through Jesus and receive eternal life in the God Family, will also have a part in resurrecting others in the second resurrection, especially our loved ones who died without having been given the opportunity for salvation? We will of course always be subject to the Will of God the Father and of Jesus Christ, as Christ is also always subject to the Will of the Father. To state it differently, the Will of Christ is and always will be IDENTICAL with the Will of the Father. Likewise, our Will—the Will of immortal God beings in God’s Family—will always be totally identical with the Will of the Father and of the Son. And as the Holy Spirit, like living waters, flows out of the Father and the Son, so the Holy Spirit—God’s power—will also flow out of us as well (John 4:13-14; 7:37-39).
The Bible does not say what part we will have in the second resurrection, if any; but it is most certainly an intriguing thought to contemplate that we might be right there to greet our relatives and friends when they come out of their graves in the second resurrection. We will have to wait however until God reveals to us what He has in store for us.
Lead Writer: Norbert Link
Preaching the Gospel and Feeding the Flock
compiled by Dave Harris
“Political Earthquakes in Virginia and New Jersey,” is the title of a new StandingWatch program, presented by Evangelist Norbert Link. Here is a summary:
The debacle for President Biden and the Democrats in Virginia and New Jersey cannot be underestimated. But what are the reasons? To a large extent, President Biden’s failing leadership in many respects and what he supports are blamed for the defeat in those states, but he does not accept any responsibility, while blaming others and doubling down on unpopular issues. What does God have to say in His Word about the leadership in our English-speaking countries?
Our new German booklet on Predestination was posted on our website and is being printed in Germany.
The final text for the German booklet on Born Again has been translated and sent to graphic artist Shelly Bruno in preparation for printing.
“Wer wird die Toten auferwecken?” is the title of this Sabbath’s new German sermon, presented by Norbert Link. Title in English: “Who Will Resurrect the Dead?”
“Wünsche, Erkenntnis und Einsicht,” the sermonette presented last Sabbath in Germany by Robert Kintzi, is now posted. Title in English: “Desires, Knowledge and Insight.”
“Providence,” the sermonette presented last Sabbath by Eric Rank, is now posted. Here is a summary:
Whenever we may have doubts about the difficulties that we face in life, we can find absolute reassurance that everything in our life is purposed by none other than God Himself. What is the wonderful end of His purpose for us and how does His plan work in our lives?
“As We Forgive,” the sermon presented last Sabbath by Dave Harris, is now posted. Here is a summary:
There will arise times in our lives when we have the opportunity, the responsibility and the power to forgive others. HOW to forgive is set forth in the Word of God.
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