Why All the Weird Weather?

Why All the Weird Weather?

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Recent extreme weather has left multiple thousands dead, injured or homeless. These disasters are part of a much wider trend developing in the weather.

Extreme storms, droughts, wildfires, cyclones, tornadoes, floods, and heat waves followed by unseasonable cold snaps, have left thousands dead and multiple thousands injured or homeless around the globe. But the climatic disasters seen so far this year are part of a much wider trend developing in the weather.

During the past 100 years or so, global surface temperatures have gradually increased. This, together with a 50-year meteorological lull (1910 to 1960), helped produce greater worldwide agricultural yields at the start of the last century. By the mid-1950s, output had reached record levels. The 1960s saw the birth of the so-called Green Revolution, spurred on by new hybrid seed, expanded irrigation, and chemical fertilizers and pesticides that promised to alleviate world hunger.

But then something unexpected happened. World climates became more volatile in the ensuing four decades. Floods followed droughts. Indiscriminate tornados ripped through cities and farmlands. Hailstorms thrashed crops, and hurricanes lashed coastlines.

As a result of this shift in the weather, there has been a significant increase in economic losses, injuries and deaths. What is more, the promises of nonstop bumper crops underpinned by the agricultural miracles of the 1960s have clouded over.

Insurance companies and meteorologists generally accept that the weather is becoming progressively more unstable. Human efforts to improve farming methods, forecast and even manipulate the weather have redoubled. Yet, in the end, these efforts are of no avail.

When wild weather strikes, we suddenly realize that few things affect us more than our climate. History shows that whole societies have risen or fallen because of favorable or nasty weather.

What are the real causes behind today’s weather upsets? Why are climatic conditions worsening?

Climatologists know that climatic change results, in general, from innate variations in the naturally occurring phenomena that produce this Earth’s weather cycles. For years, scientists have studied signals such as oscillations in high-altitude jet streams and ocean currents, as well as solar radiation variation and volcanic activity.

However, many scientists and environmentalists now say human beings are agents of environmental change, though they are unclear as to what degree. There is a lot of debate on this issue at the moment, and quite a bit of conflicting data on both sides. (Read our article “A Really Inconvenient Truth” for more details.)

Current research has directly linked air pollution to weather upsets. There is indication that smog from industrial activity, smoke from slash-and-burn deforestation in developing countries, widespread replacement of green and open land surfaces by pavement, asphalt and buildings, and the exhaust of jets, cars, trucks, trains and ships have contributed to climatic variation.

There are many other suspected weather-modifying agents, such as crop irrigation and the creation of man-made lakes. The influence of diverted rivers, dams, drained swamps and underground aquifers may be significant too because of the effect the water-versus-land ratio has on the heat balance.

Not only that; now mankind is attempting to intentionally change weather through various experiments. For example, “cloud seeding” is intended either to produce needed rainfall or prevent cloud water from condensing into raindrops and snowflakes in an effort to head off severe storms and prevent flooding.

There is abundant evidence that we have abused, polluted, tarnished and ruined nearly everything our hands have touched on Earth.

In times past, when severe weather continually affected a particular area of the world, people simply migrated away from that area. But now, because of fixed borders and overpopulation, little new land is available anymore.

Today, the world is primarily dependent on the U.S., Canada, Australasia, Argentina and parts of Western Europe to supply the surplus foodstuffs to meet the deficits elsewhere in the world. Any time a bad year or two of weather affects these nations, it affects the rest of the world too.

Also, we have narrowed the number of plant species on which we depend for food. According to the World Resources Institute, humans have historically used about 5,000 species of plants as food, but only 150 or so have entered world commerce and less than 20 provide most of the world’s food. Just three grass crops—wheat, rice and maize (corn)—account for roughly 60 percent of the calories and 56 percent of the protein that we consume directly from plants. By narrowing our variety of world food crops, and by failing to store up enough excess grain for the future, we have increased our vulnerability to weather upsets. In addition, in the U.S. many corn crops are being sold for ethanol production, which could have an increasingly detrimental effect on the world food supply (see our article “Ethanol: Is It the Answer?”).

In addition, never before has there been such potential for human suffering due to climatic disasters. The tremendous rise in population the past century has placed more people at risk when an extreme weather event occurs. Rapid growth in coastal populations places more people in harm’s way when hurricanes or tropical storms strike. Also, a significant increase in the number of homes and businesses built in flood plains over the past 50 years increases the risk and frequency of high-cost flooding events.

Because of these societal trends, cost-per-disaster figures have risen. In the U.S. alone, 39 weather-related disasters occurred during the decade of 1991-2001 in which overall damages reached or exceeded $1 billion at the time of the event. The total damage costs exceeded $134 billion.

Since then, disasters have escalated, and many climatologists’ theories point to worse times ahead.

But, the question remains: Are the adverse weather phenomena that we are experiencing more frequently today than in the past due to the impact of the hand of man, or is there another power at work effecting changes in Earth’s climate?

Meteorologists may be able to predict the weather in the short term, but they still do not know the extent to which climatic changes or climatic variability may be accurately predicted in the long term. They admit they don’t know why major global-impacting weather forces, such as high-altitude jet streams or powerful ocean currents, shift as they do.

Weather experts are only able to rely on scientific observation, experimentation and reason—physical evidence—to forecast weather in the short term. But this tells only part of the story. There is another little-used source we can turn to for the other portion of the picture. It claims to pinpoint the causes of weather cataclysms, and to forecast long-term weather trends. Yet it is a source whose veracity most people would naturally question.

That source is the Book that most people have on their bookshelf, but few understand: the Holy Bible.

Can this Book of books really tell us the real cause of weather crises? Yes it can—and it does—though many would scoff at this claim.

The Creator God of the Bible clearly asserts that He controls the weather. And in His Word He challenges us to believe Him!

The Almighty Creator of the universe says He causes the sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. He sends the snow and ice as well as drought and heat. He bathes the Earth with gentle rain to show His loving concern, yet also sends flood and mildew to punish. Check it out for yourself in the following scriptures: Matthew 5:45; Job 37; Deuteronomy 28:22.

The Bible also reveals that God has set spiritual and physical laws in motion, and that He is presently allowing humans to develop their own ways of living—contrary to His laws—and to reap the natural consequences that result from those ways, including weather upsets.

Further, God, in His great purpose, also allows Satan the devil—the current (and temporary) god of this world, according to 2 Corinthians 4:4—to have a role in producing catastrophic weather, for man’s ultimate learning (see Job 1).

Mankind, in explaining weather, looks only to material causes—physical phenomena measurable by scientific instruments—yet the Bible shows that there is a spiritual dimension to this question!

Yet, most people today consider themselves too sophisticated to believe such a thing. Others swing to the opposite extreme and blame it on superstition.

Almighty God tells us that the real cause of our upset weather conditions involves sin—which is defined as the breaking of His laws (see 1 John 3:4). God uses weather to correct and discipline His creation—to help us realize the error in our lifestyle.

King Solomon understood the connection between the transgression of God’s law and bad weather. When he dedicated the temple of God, Solomon prayed, “When the heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; yet if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou dost afflict them; Then hear thou from heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, when thou hast taught them the good way, wherein they should walk; and send rain upon thy land, which thou hast given unto thy people for an inheritance” (2 Chronicles 6:26-27).

Weathermen and news reporters would ridicule the idea that wrong ways of living—wrong lifestyles, morality and thinking—and chaotic weather are related. But in doing so, don’t they in effect consider themselves wiser than Solomon? In reality, they, along with the majority of mankind, have been deceived by the great unseen spiritual adversary of this world (Revelation 12:9), and will end up being victims of the very prophecies they reject unless they repent.

So what is the Bible’s weather forecast for the near future? The answer to that question is directly related to the moral and spiritual state of the world. Because that is prophesied to decay (a reality we already see around us), so too is the state of our weather.

The chaotic weather we have experienced in recent decades will soon seem tame by comparison, unless we alter our present course as a civilization. In the not-too-distant future, our weather is going to go completely haywire (see Revelation 6:5-8; 8:4-12). The powerful natural forces of weather are going to be unleashed upon a disobedient world, armed with terrorists and wmds, to bring it to its knees in repentance.

We should consider the worsening weather trend a warning from Almighty God—a warning to the nations today to turn from materialism, false religions and all the sundry sins that are leading us away from the true path of peace and abundant living. We can expect our weather to get worse until we acknowledge our Creator, get down on our knees and pray that God would grant us repentance and give us the power necessary to keep His law.

In Leviticus 26, God promises “rain in due season” and that “the land shall yield her increase” (verse 4)—“if ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them” (verse 3). Were the nations to do so, we would find ourselves blessed with beautiful weather and stable climates. We would not have to fear crop failures and famine, or being killed in a severe weather event.

We can experience prosperous living with pleasant, healthful weather—when mankind is willing to acknowledge and obey God, His laws and His benevolent rule. That will mean the dawning of a new age—a utopian time of perfect weather and peace and happiness everywhere.

If you would like to know more about that soon-coming world, request a copy of our free booklet The Wonderful World Tomorrow—What It Will Be Like.

Why You Must Watch Europe

Why You Must Watch Europe

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We can’t allow events in the Middle East to distract us from what’s unfolding in Europe.

Events in the Middle East dominate global headlines. There is no doubt these events threaten global peace and warrant our attention. But we must realize that there is an even greater trend we should be watching. In many ways, the Middle East is a sideshow compared to this ominous threat.

We must watch Europe now more than ever. Too many people, particularly in the global news media, are allowing circumstances in the Middle East to distract them from what is stirring in Europe. Are you aware that Europe is beginning to react strongly to events unfolding in the Middle East? It is realizing that it must rise to meet Iran and its radical Islamist henchmen.

Anyone who knows history should see how events in the Middle East will jolt Europe. Already Europe is getting more and more involved in Middle East events. European troops were mobilized in response to the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon. Most of the troops that moved into Lebanon to keep the peace were European: Italy sent in ground troops, Germany sent in soldiers and a naval force. These two nations largely comprise what has been known, since a.d. 554, as the Holy Roman Empire.

Europe is also beginning to play a more prominent role in the Israel-Palestinian peace process. The Jewish state is increasingly looking to Europe for assistance and direction. EU troops are policing the Gaza-Egypt border. And Israel is growing especially fond of Germany.

The Holy Roman Empire is rising out of the events unfolding in the Middle East!

As Europe steps up its political and military presence in the Middle East, the world celebrates the idea of its bringing peace to the region. People, in the news media and in general, believe European forces will protect Israel and protect Jerusalem. The Trumpet sees things differently. Why? Because the Bible reveals the opposite.

Jerusalem is going to be the main point of conflict between Europe and Iran. Historically, that city has always been the focal point. We must watch Jerusalem!

The Bible tells us that, very soon, the Europeans are going to destroy Jerusalem—if the Jews in Israel don’t listen to God’s message. (You can read about these events in my booklet Jerusalem in Prophecy.)

The fact that Germany and other European nations want to become more involved in the Middle East, particularly in the Israel-Palestinian peace process, shows a dramatic shift is taking place. American influence in the Middle East is shrinking, and European influence is increasing. For some time, Europe has been growing more engaged in Israel’s peace process with the Arabs.

Watch for Europe to become more involved with Israel, especially Jerusalem. This rising Holy Roman Empire has already taken over the Balkans (explained in my free booklet The Rising Beast)—and now it has its steely eyes set on Jerusalem!

Iran and its radical henchmen are bent on thrusting the Middle East into crisis. Jerusalem is surrounded by Islamist enemies. Now Europe, including Germany, is becoming a chief ally of the Jewish state. Germany is becoming a global leader and chief peacekeeper.

We must remember the history of Germany and the rest of Europe. World War ii, which Germany started, was so terrible that Western leaders from both sides of the Atlantic spoke out strongly to assure people Germany would never rise up to strike again. President Franklin Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill issued this joint statement in 1945: “It is our inflexible purpose to destroy German militarism and Nazism, and to ensure that Germany will never again be able to disturb the peace of the world. We are determined to disarm and disband all German armed forces, break up for all time the German general staff that has repeatedly contrived the resurgence of German militarism.”

Have we forgotten that history? Has France forgotten that it was invaded by Germany four times in a hundred years? Have we forgotten that Germany caused World Wars i and ii? It appears we have—because the Bible says it is Germany that will start World War iii!

Revelation 13 and 17 speak extensively about the beastly power that will rise out of Europe in this end time. We must watch how events in the Middle East facilitate the rise of this European superstate. Iran’s pushiness and the rise of Islam are driving Germany, along with the rest of Europe, to embrace its history.

As the world falls apart—as the Middle East becomes crippled with serious crises—as American leadership declines—European leaders are seeing the need for strong action! They are recognizing problems, then looking at their own history and saying, We need to revive our roots.

That is the message Pope John Paul ii brought. He worked feverishly to revive the Holy Roman Empire. Early in his pontificate, in Spain, on Nov. 9, 1982, he said, “[I]t can be said that the European identity is not understandable without Christianity and that precisely in Christianity are found those common roots by which the Continent has seen its civilization mature: its culture, its dynamism, its activity, its capacity for constructive expansion in other continents as well; in a word, all that makes up its glory.”

But what exactly are those roots? Charlemagne, the forefather of the Holy Roman Empire, waded through seas of blood to convert people to his empire and to Roman Catholicism. During the Inquisition, over 50 millioninnocent peoplewere killed in the name of “Christianity”! And you can add many millions more as victims of the Holy Roman Empire. Those “origins” and “roots” and that “history” to which John Paul ii referred caused many millions of people to die!

Pope Benedict has been repeating that same message: Discover your origins, revive your roots. When he visited his native Bavaria in September 2006, according to the Christian Science Monitor, his message was, “Europe needs to rethink the thesis that secularism and economic progress go hand in hand” (Sept. 15, 2006). He is urging Europeans to reject secularism and embrace religion.

And Europeans are listening. Roman Catholicism is taking on a new life in Europe. In Germany, the decline in church attendance has stopped; in one state, the number of young churchgoers is rising.

Politicians are also supporting the pope’s movement. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is trying to insert a reference to Europe’s Christian heritage—clearly, a Catholic heritage—into the EU constitution. This is coming from the leader of a nation with more theologians in office than any other Western nation.

At the same time, Muslim boldness is stirring a new strength and vigor within the Vatican. You might remember in 2006 when Pope Benedict xvi made some comments in Germany that confronted the issue of Islam and its violent tendencies. When Muslims responded by becoming violent, many prominent Europeans got behind the pope in support of what he had said. Radical Islam wants a fight, and don’t expect the Vatican to back away!

When the pope begins to confront Islamists, the world should be alarmed. The Vatican knows its next great adversary is Islamism. This Middle Eastern power is rising and becoming a serious threat. But for the Catholic Church to confront Islam is to bring the specter of the Crusades to life once again!

We must understand the Holy Roman Empire and the Crusades to understand the Catholic passion for Jerusalem. The Catholics have a long history of spilling blood over Jerusalem.

Notice this prophecy in Daniel 11:40: “And at the time of the end shall the king of the southpush at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.”

Iran leads this “king of the south” (request our free booklet The King of the South). The Iranians are really pushing these days. That is what recent events in the Middle East have been—the war in Lebanon, the terrorist activity in the Gaza Strip, Sinai Peninsula and West Bank. Iran is pushing its weight around! And it will continue to push until somebody stops it.

Somebody will stop it! Note in the above scripture that the “king of the north” responds to this push from the king of the south. Even now we are seeing this king of the north, this European superpower, react to the push from the king of the south. This trend is about to rapidly intensify.

Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon says the word push in Daniel 11:40 means to strike or to push with a horn; it is used of horned animals, or of a victor who prostrates nations before him. It also means to wage war. Push is a violent word.

Notice what the Bible prophesies will be this empire’s first action after it is victorious over the king of the south: “He shall enter also into the glorious land [the Holy Land, Jerusalem], and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon” (verse 41). The Holy Roman Empire will “enter” into the Holy Land. The Hebrew indicates this will be a peaceful entry—not forced. That means the Jews will probably invite it in—even as they are already doing—but then will suffer a spectacular double-cross!

Just 20 years ago, nobody could have even imagined two world powers coming out of the Middle East and Europe. But everybody should be able to see these two great powers today. Germany is once again becoming the center of a growing European superpower. It is the largest and greatest economy in Europe, and it’s now showing strong signs of emerging from its economic troubles. Germany is the number-one exporter in the world. Watch for it to increasingly dominate European economics from its position at the crossroads of the Continent.

There is no excuse for America and Britain not knowing the truth. God has been sending His message in power for over 70 years! They have rejected it repeatedly. That is why they now must suffer so intensely.

But there is good news! Finally, after God is able to get their attention, our peoples will become teachable. God promises to lead them to peace, full joy and abundance.

Black on Black in South Africa

Black on Black in South Africa

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Tensions erupting in Johannesburg reveal a much larger fault line running through Africa’s future.

One of the memories from a number of visits I made to South Africa during the time of the Mandela government is of two angry black men in a knife fight in broad daylight at the crossroads of a suburban street in Port Elizabeth. So much condemnation has been written about South Africa’s apartheid administrations in relation to the white attitudes to blacks that the endemic violence of black against black in that country seems to garner little attention by comparison.

Black-on-black violence in South Africa has long been a serious problem. The plain, historic, documented, undeniable, yet seldom-publicized facts on South African violence indicate that violence, bloodshed and political murder within that country has largely been perpetrated by black against black! In the four years that followed the un-banning of the anc, over 13,000politically-motivated murders were perpetrated in South Africa largely by black against black. (You can read more about this history in our booklet South Africa in Prophecy.)

The Zulu, Xhosa and Sotho peoples, who make up almost half of South Africa’s population, have never had a comfortable relationship with each other. And a huge influx of immigrants is adding to the already-endemic violence within South Africa’s ethnic black community.

Extra tension in South Africa’s black communities came when thousands of Mozambiquens were encouraged to enter and settle in South Africa prior to the government elections so as to stack the deck in favor of an anc/National Communist Party win as apartheid ended. Since then, over 2 million have fled poverty, deprivation and violence amid Robert Mugabe’s collapsing Zimbabwe in hopes of a better life in Africa’s richest country.

However, South Africa has become quite an admixture of demonstrably incompatible ethnic groups. The South African Department of Human Affairs estimates that more than 4 million people reside in South Africa illegally, but many believe the figure is far higher. As a result, the country has become a cocktail of black peoples awaiting boilover. And boil over it did in Johannesburg just over a week ago.

Last Thursday, the South African government sent troops into the streets of Johannesburg to quell violence that had been ongoing in the city since May 11. It’s not surprising that they had to resort to this action. By the time that President Mbeki was stirred to act, 42 lay dead, some having been “necklaced.” Employed by black-on-black in apartheid times, “necklacing” involves filling a car tire with petrol, then putting it around the neck of the victim and setting it ablaze.

The disturbances in Johannesburg stemmed from a series of attacks by native South Africans on black migrants from other African countries who had immigrated to the country, primarily from the ailing economies of neighboring Zimbabwe and Mozambique, desperate to seek work and food. cnnreports:

Some 28,000 people have been displaced by the violence, Hangwani Malaudzi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Safety and Security said. And more than 400 have been arrested for crimes ranging from murder, to causing a public disturbance …. The victims are mainly immigrants and refugees from other parts of Africa, including Zimbabwe, where a devastated economy has sent at least 2 million people across the border in search of a better life. … Inadequate housing, a lack of running water and electricity, the rising prices of food, and escalating crime—nearly 20,000 people were slain in South Africa last year—add to the resentment.

Coincident with the rioting in Johannesburg, outbreaks of violence also occurred in the KwaZulu Natal province in Durban last week, where locals threatened Nigerian immigrants. By week’s end, the violence had even spread to Cape Town.

The country’s immigrants are largely illegal, and they place increased pressure on the already-stiff competition for jobs. They also impact the nation’s ailing infrastructure, combining to create a huge headache for the South African government, which has already proven its incompetence at maintaining basic utilities to a pre-apartheid level.

For instance, major power cuts have become a way of life in the country. The state electricity supplier, Eskom, has unsuccessfully lobbied the South African government to lift a government ban on building extra power stations to keep up with demand. The Mbeki government’s failure to lift the ban now leaves South Africa without sufficient power supply to meet existing—let alone future—needs, given that the lead time to build a major new power plant is eight years.

South Africa is fast becoming a mere shadow of what it was before the handover of government to the anc. As R.W. Johnson commented in the Guardian newspaper, “[A]ll other services work only spasmodically. Even now one faces, on a daily basis, non-working traffic lights, escalators, lifts, atms, shops and garage tills, let alone lights, hot water and cooked meals” (February 7).

Having noticed South Africa’s anc-controlled government quickly slip into an all-too-familiar mode, we wrote in 1997: “Astute Africa-watchers experience a sense of déjà vu as they watch South Africa merge rapidly into the pattern set by many a post-independence government in the decolonized continent of Africa. They have memories of all of this having happened before in an often repeated but now familiar and well-documented process, as former colonial powers handed control of whole nations over to former terrorists and self-serving socialist rabble-rousers” (South Africa in Prophecy).

Too many of Africa’s nations have descended into states of inter-tribal war, outright civil warfare, and even ethnic cleansing. Will the black-on-black violence that has recently erupted in South Africa sink into such a state?

This latest violence involving black against black comes hard on the heels of a double whammy just a few months ago related to government incompetence. “South Africa’s public morale has been shattered in the last month, first by Thabo Mbeki’s comprehensive defeat by Jacob Zuma’s coalition at the anc’s Polokwane conference, and then by the power cuts that brought the country’s entire mining sector to a halt. … On the one hand there is outrage and contempt for ‘the incompetence of black government’ and on the other, more sadly, a collapse in self-confidence about black government among many Africans …. Until now the anc has dismissed as mere white racism and ‘Afro-pessimism’ any view that the anc might behave no better than African nationalists elsewhere. But there’s really no arguing that something has gone very seriously wrong …” (Guardian, op. cit.).

Seriously wrong indeed!

Faced with the twin problems of failing infrastructure and social divide, South Africa’s government is at risk of losing control of the country. The latest violence in South Africa’s cities indicates that the country is at risk of becoming a seething cauldron of ethnic division, threatening to boil over into epidemic violence that could spread nationwide.

At the handover of the nation from minority white to majority black rule, some predicted heightened bloodshed would result along black-white lines. Though that has happened to some degree, it is division within South Africa’s black communities that has resulted in the shedding of most blood. The events in Johannesburg and other South African cities over the past week are only too reminiscent of the condition into which so many African nations have descended since gaining their independence.

There is a solution to the seemingly insoluble problems faced not only by South Africa, but by the mass of humankind. That solution is revealed in our book The Incredible Human Potential. You need your own copy of that book. You need to read it, study it, and gain an understanding of the only true hope for the future of all races of mankind.

How to Pick the Perfect President

How to Pick the Perfect President

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A view of American democracy from higher up
From the June 2008 Trumpet Print Edition

The longer the two Democratic presidential contenders lock horns, the more ugly revelations about them surface. Meanwhile, Republicans have ended up with a candidate reviled by many prominent conservatives. By the time America’s election rolls around in November, about a billion dollars will have been spent to empower an individual whose flaws and dirty laundry will have been the subject of public scrutiny for months—an individual whom roughly half of the electorate deeply opposes, and many of the other half are simply settling for.

Power to the people.

This is the approximate system of government, by the way, that America proposes to export to some of the most ideologically hateful and violent nations on Earth in order to solve the problems of the world.

Have you ever asked what God thinks of all this?

Does God believe in “power of the people”? Does He influence the outcomes of elections? Does He even care who assumes big governmental offices?

Most people would not even presume to guess. But answers to these questions do exist. They are plainly revealed in Scripture—it’s just a matter of whether we are willing to accept them.

God Is Supreme

The Bible makes clear an important truth—something the average independently minded voter would be loath to accept.

Who really chooses world leaders? Is the ballot truly the ultimate authority in American democracy? According to God’s Word, the answer is no.

The ultimate authority over all governments, worldwide, is God. Every election, every appointment, every coronation, every revolution, coup and political mutiny—in every country and throughout history—God has allowed, or influenced, or orchestrated to the detail.

The Prophet Daniel explained as much, codified as part of inspired Scripture, in this statement he made to the most powerful of world leaders in his day, Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon: “[T]he most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men” (Daniel 4:17).

The Apostle Paul supported the same doctrine in the New Testament, in a letter to Church members in Rome—the epicenter of the mighty Roman Empire, even the world, at the time: “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God” (Romans 13:1).

In other words, there is no world leader that doesn’t owe deference to God as the source of his power.

How many heads of nations, not to mention the masses that elect them or otherwise pay them homage, understand this point of truth?

Read for yourself what the Prophet Isaiah quotes this great God Himself as saying: “To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. … I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me” (Isaiah 40:25; 46:9).

Presidents, prime ministers and kings contrive great plans and frame elaborate policies, convinced of their own preeminence. Here is how the supreme Creator God describes their schemes: “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord …” (Psalm 2:1-2). And how does God then respond? “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. … [God] shalt break them with a rod of iron; [He] shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling” (verses 4, 9-11).

What does God think of our democratic system? The best answer is that He looks down upon any government or leader that refuses to acknowledge His supremacy. God would shower favor and blessings upon a democracy or other nation that truly recognized its indebtedness to Him and set its heart to obey Him. But when it doesn’t, His judgment is justly severe.

“Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing. … All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity” (Isaiah 40:15, 17).

God “bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity. … [He] shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble” (verses 23-24). The authorities of this world would be well advised to heed the warnings of this mighty Being, who claims indisputable superiority over the greatest of superpowers.

Do you believe these scriptures?

What does this mean for the kingdoms of this world? Will God one day fulfill these threats—or is this mere bluster?

The True Gospel

You probably don’t realize it, but the gospel message of Jesus Christ was, at its heart, about this very subject. Christ announced the soon-coming destruction of all human, imperfect, ill-devised governments, to be superseded by one world-ruling kingdom under God the Father.

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:14-15). When Christ spoke of a kingdom, He was referring to a literal government. The leaders of Christ’s day certainly didn’t pass His declaration off as some fuzzy spiritual concept: They took it very seriously. In fact, they perceived it as a threat against them—a direct challenge to their cherished positions of authority—and they killed Christ for it! (You can read a phenomenal explanation of Christ’s gospel message by ordering a free copy of our book The Incredible Human Potential.)

Yes, soon God will strip all power away from the kingdoms of this world. “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever” (Daniel 2:44). “And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 11:15).

The Kingdom of God will rule the Earth—the very territory now controlled by a teeming multitude of assorted governments. This divinely ruled kingdom will have all the characteristics of kingdoms today: leaders, administrative bodies, judges, citizens, laws.

So, what sort of system of government will God establish? Will He govern through “power of the people”?

No. God alone will decide who fulfills the offices in His Kingdom. He will choose those individuals for their obedience to His perfect law, which will be the absolute standard of conduct taught throughout the kingdom and expected of everyone (Isaiah 2:2-3). He will ensure that they are deeply humble people, so He can trust that even with great authority they will always serve the citizens before themselves (Matthew 20:25-27). He will choose those skilled in administering judgment with mercy. They will have rock-solid character and a proven readiness to handle power graciously.

These fundamental, premier qualities of leadership cannot be categorically determined by any of the methods of choosing leaders currently employed. Only God can evaluate with perfect discernment based on perfect criteria.

That is the government that is about to rule this world. It will eradicate the myriad of problems rampant today, leading eventually to this beautiful result: “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:4).

There is a perfect government—the government of God!

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Obama goes to bat for Ahmadinejad; feminist dissent and SUVs on Jupiter? Plus: the Blue Bells of Shangdong.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the apocalypse-inducing president of Iran, has faced growing pressure in recent months from critics inside the Islamic Republic. Although he has always had his detractors among progressives (whom he has successfully marginalized) in Iran, dissent is now flourishing in his own ranks among moderates and even some conservatives. Many are frustrated by Ahmadinejad’s economic mismanagement and fear that his nuclear standoff with the West is endangering the Islamic Republic. Thanks to modest electoral gains in parliamentary elections and the growing popularity of influential cleric and critic Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, this opposition appeared to be gaining steam.

Last week, however, Ahmadinejad’s critics were dealt a severe blow when, in the words of prominent Iranian journalist Amir Taheri, “Ahmadinejad got an unexpected boost from Barack Obama.” Taheri writes (emphasis mine):

Ali Larijani, Iran’s former nuclear negotiator and now a Majlis member, was arguing that the Islamic Republic would pay a heavy price for Ahmadinejad’s rejection of three UN Security Council resolutions on nukes. Then the likely Democratic presidential nominee stepped in.Obama announced that, if elected, he wouldn’t ask Iran to comply with UN resolutions as a precondition for direct talks with Ahmadinejad: “Preconditions, as it applies to a country like Iran, for example, was a term of art. Because this administration has been very clear that it will not have direct negotiations with Iran until Iran has met preconditions that are essentially what Iran views, and many other observers would view, as the subject of the negotiations; for example, their nuclear program.”

If Obama becomes president, scraps the three unanimous Security Council resolutions and engages Iran in talks “without preconditions,” he would essentially gut the case critics inside Iran are making, with increasing success, that Ahmadinejad’s combative actions with America and the UN are endangering the country.

But Obama’s ludicrous “let’s talk without conditions” foreign policy wouldn’t just hurt oppositional forces inside Iran. By rejecting UN Security Council resolutions, Obama would undermine the United Nations and snub America’s allies. Taheri writes,

President Bush didn’t set the preconditions that Obama promises to ignore. They were agreed upon after the International Atomic Energy Agency reported that Iran was in violation of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Acting in accordance with its charter, the IAEA referred the issue to the Security Council. Dismissing the preconditions as irrelevant would mean snubbing America’s European allies plus Russia and China, all of whom participated in drafting and approving the resolutions that Ahmadinejad doesn’t like.

While offending the UN and other states might not be a big deal to some, it clearly is to Democrats (including Senator Obama) and the mainstream media, who have spent years lambasting President Bush for ignoring the UN and rejecting the opinions of the international community. Talk about hypocrisy.

On Friday, Charles Krauthammer made similar observations about Obama’s ridiculous and confusing approach to Iran: “A meeting with Ahmadinejad would not just strengthen and vindicate him at home, it would instantly and powerfully ease the mullahs’ isolation, inviting other world leaders to follow. And with that would come a flood of commercial contracts, oil deals, diplomatic agreements—undermining precisely the very sanctions and isolation that Obama says he would employ against Iran.”

Put simply: Obama’s policy of dealing with Iran would bolster Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and undermine the efforts of America, the UN, the international community and oppositional forces in Iran in recent years to quell Ahmadinejad’s apocalyptic ambitions.

Iran to Hamas: We’re With You All the Way

Iran told Hamas today that any Syria-Israeli peace agreement would not affect its support of the terrorist group. Despite promises from Syria to the contrary, Syria-based Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal expressed alarm yesterday that support from Iran and Syria might dwindle in the event of a Syrian-Israeli peace agreement. Today, Tehran assuaged those concerns.

According to the Jerusalem Post, “Iranian regime officials promised the head of Hamas’s political bureau that Iran would continue supporting Hamas financially, materially and morally, even if Syria would turn its back on the organization for the sake of an agreement with Israel” (May 25).

In fact, Iran promised to lend even more support to Hamas. According to an Iranian source, “the Iranians had even elaborated [on] what that support would be: Newer, upgraded rockets and an increase in the budget allotted to Hamas to $150 million in the second half of 2008” (ibid.).

By reaffirming its commitment to Hamas, Iran sent a clear message to Israel: Don’t expect the Iranian threat to diminish if you sign a peace deal with Syria.

Iran, the king of the south, is determined to hold on to its power in the region. Although Bible prophecy may indicate that Syria will leave the Iranian camp, this won’t curb Iran’s power in the Middle East. For more information, read “Is the Syria-Iran Alliance Beginning to Crack?

South Africa: Whites Responsible for Black-on-Black Violence

Fourteen years after the end of apartheid, the South African government still blames whites for the deteriorating economic and social conditions in South Africa. But the “blame the racist Europeans” mentality doesn’t end there. Now whites are being blamed for the racial violence among blacks!

The International Herald Tribunereports:

South Africa’s security chief on Friday accused rightists linked to the former apartheid government of fanning violence against foreigners that has spread to Cape Town, the country’s second-largest city and its tourist center.At least 42 people have been killed and more than 25,000 driven from their homes in 12 days of attacks by mobs who have stabbed, clubbed and burned migrants from other parts of Africa whom they accuse of taking jobs and fueling crime.

Rather than take responsibility for the country’s economic problems and deal with the offenders, Manala Manzini, head of the National Intelligence Agency, accused people linked to apartheid-era security forces of stoking the violence. “Definitely there is a third hand involved,” he said. “There is a deliberate effort, orchestrated, well-planned. We have information to the effect that elements that were involved in the pre-1994 election violence are in fact the same elements that have re-started contacts with people that they used in the past.”

South Africa has suffered massive social upheaval ever since the dissolution of apartheid in 1994. The country’s infrastructure, economy, foreign policy and industry have fallen into disrepair, and the country is being ransacked by the aids virus. Despite an estimated 20 percent hiv infection rate among adults, the overwhelming number of deaths by aids has long been denied by the president and the health minister, who insist they are caused by other factors.

Consequently, foreigners and whites have become convenient scapegoats. It now appears South Africa is taking the same road to social and economic breakdown that Zimbabwe took when Robert Mugabe assumed power in 1980. One wonders: How long before South Africa’s white population becomes an even greater target of black aggression?

An Outspoken Critic of Feminism: A Feminist’s Own Daughter

Feminist and author Alice Walker has many admirers for her radical views on women’s rights and motherhood. But she also has at least one very notable detractor: her own daughter.

Rebecca Walker, in a powerful article in Friday’s Daily Mail, explains what it was like growing up in a home with a feminist icon as a mother.

The truth is that I very nearly missed out on becoming a mother - thanks to being brought up by a rabid feminist who thought motherhood was about the worst thing that could happen to a woman.You see, my mum taught me that children enslave women. I grew up believing that children are millstones around your neck, and the idea that motherhood can make you blissfully happy is a complete fairytale.In fact, having a child has been the most rewarding experience of my life. Far from ‘enslaving’ me, three-and-a-half-year-old Tenzin has opened my world. My only regret is that I discovered the joys of motherhood so late ….I was raised to believe that women need men like a fish needs a bicycle. But I strongly feel children need two parents and the thought of raising Tenzin without my partner, Glen, 52, would be terrifying.As the child of divorced parents, I know only too well the painful consequences of being brought up in those circumstances. Feminism has much to answer for denigrating men and encouraging women to seek independence whatever the cost to their families. …My mother may be revered by women around the world … many even have shrines to her. But I honestly believe it’s time to puncture the myth and to reveal what life was really like to grow up as a child of the feminist revolution.

After detailing some of those experiences and the difficult tolls they took on her throughout her life, Rebecca makes the following observations:

The ease with which people can get divorced these days doesn’t take into account the toll on children. That’s all part of the unfinished business of feminism.Then there is the issue of not having children. Even now, I meet women in their 30s who are ambivalent about having a family. They say things like: ‘I’d like a child. If it happens, it happens.’ I tell them: ‘Go home and get on with it because your window of opportunity is very small.’ As I know only too well.Then I meet women in their 40s who are devastated because they spent two decades working on a PhD or becoming a partner in a law firm, and they missed out on having a family. Thanks to the feminist movement, they discounted their biological clocks. They’ve missed the opportunity and they’re bereft.Feminism has betrayed an entire generation of women into childlessness. It is devastating.But far from taking responsibility for any of this, the leaders of the women’s movement close ranks against anyone who dares to question them - as I have learned to my cost. I don’t want to hurt my mother, but I cannot stay silent. I believe feminism is an experiment, and all experiments need to be assessed on their results. Then, when you see huge mistakes have been made, you need to make alterations.

Would that all mankind were so honest. We are witnessing the failed results of a host of such experiments—in international relations, governments, economies, education, agriculture, and families—yet people continue to bullhead their way forward into greater and greater foolishness. Rebecca Walker is making a choice in her own life that is bringing it into far greater conformity with the biblical model for family—simply because it makes sense and produces happiness.

An even better approach is to skip the experimentation altogether and do it the successful way from the beginning just because God said so.

German Government Approves EU Treaty

On Friday, Germany became the 14th EU member state to approve the Lisbon Treaty. The International Herald Tribune reported, “The upper house of the German Parliament approved the European Union’s new treaty Friday—the document’s last legislative hurdle in the 27-nation bloc’s most populous country. The new European Constitution, known as the Lisbon Treaty, easily won the necessary two thirds majority in the upper house, which represents the country’s 16 state governments. All but one state voted in favor, giving the treaty 65 of a possible 69 votes.”

After the lower house overwhelmingly backed the treaty last month, Chancellor Angela Merkel has said it would create “no less than a new foundation for Europe.”

The new treaty must be ratified by all 27 EU members to take effect. Only one country, Ireland, is holding a referendum, set for June 12. The rest are avoiding putting the vote to the people for fear the treaty would be rejected. The other 26 nations, including Britain, have decided to ratify the treaty through their national administrations and parliaments.

That every EU member state but one refuses to put the treaty before its people in a referendum exposes the undemocratic nature of the European Union. To learn more about the true nature of the agreement under discussion, read “Ten Things You Might Not Know About The Lisbon Treaty.”

Protect the Polar Bears at All Costs

George Will’s column from Thursday contemplates the ramifications of the Interior Department declaring polar bears a “threatened” species. Polar bears, of course, are the poster animal for the man-made global warmists, who insist that the poor things are dying out because of the erosion of their habitat, which is caused by sea ice melting, which is caused by global warming, which is caused by your neighbor’s suv. What does this mean for you? Will warns:

Now that polar bears are wards of the government, and now that it is a legal doctrine that humans are responsible for global warming, the Endangered Species Act has acquired unlimited application. Anything that can be said to increase global warming can — must — be said to threaten bears already designated as threatened. …No one can anticipate or control the implications that judges might discover in the polar bear designation. Give litigious environmentalists a compliant judge, and the Endangered Species Act might become what New Dealers wanted the National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933 to be — authority to regulate almost everything.

Just more of the foolishness associated with fighting the phantom problem of man-made global warming at the expense of the actual existential threats in our modern world.

SUVs on Jupiter?

Massive, planet-Earth-sized storms on Jupiter, akin to what star-gazers have long called “The Great Red Spot,” are multiplying; two more have appeared just in the last couple of years. Scientists say the storms are caused by climate change.

Hold on a second. Does that mean climate change can be caused by something other than man-made carbon emissions?

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Islamist terrorists bombed the World Trade Center soon after Bill Clinton took office. They destroyed the World Trade Center during President Bush’s first year in office. Might they launch another attack near the beginning of the next new administration? “The pattern is clear to some national security experts,” reported the Washington Times. “Terrorists pay particular attention to a government in transition as the most opportune window to launch an attack.”

Russia’s new puppet president, Dmitry Medvedev, made his first trip abroad last week. In a gesture showing where Russia’s true friends lie, he went to Kazakhstan and China. The trip further cemented Russia’s relationship with its Asian allies, Medvedev’s most notable accomplishment being his joint signing of a document denouncing the U.S. plans for a missile defense system in Europe with his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao.

It’s Memorial Day weekend. American military history museums are finding themselves having to compete with theme parks—having to provide not just momentous history, but also a good time and and bevy of entertainment—in order to attract visitors.

This thoughtful piece from this morning’s Washington Post about the last surviving veteran of World War i makes for a great read this Memorial Day weekend.

And Finally …

Bagpipe manufacturers in Scotland can attest to the massive power shift from the West to the East currently under way. “Some makers of Scotland’s traditional bagpipes are feeling the squeeze of the credit crunch in the U.S. market,” Reuters reported on Friday, “but have found new customers and a growing market in Asia.”

While the sound of bagpipes bellowing through the hills of China might seem unusual and slightly amusing, the increasing reliance of Scottish pipe makers on Asian consumers is a snapshot of a much broader transfer of power away from America and toward Asia.

“I just think the whole American economy slowed a wee bit, so everybody just feels that pinch,” said Neil Manderson, owner of Kilberry Bagpipes. But while sales to the U.S. drop, global sales are increasing, thanks largely to Asia’s growing love for Scottish bagpipes.

Somehow “The Blue Bells of Shangdong” doesn’t quite have the right ring.

The Healing of the Nations

The Healing of the Nations

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Medical science is losing the fight against new forms of infection and disease.

The current world disorder is filled with forces seemingly beyond our control. Their sheer impact is driving many of us to look again to some of the good old-fashioned ways by which people lived and thrived for centuries before the scientific age.

Take the impact of medical science on our lives in this 21st century.

As medicinal science finds the battle against disease an intensely daunting task, its products increasingly out of the reach of those most in need, we see increasing attention being given to ways to better care for ourselves physically.

Pharmaceutical companies have long sought to convince the public of the efficacy of their wares, despite the often voluminous disclaimers that accompany many advertisements for their potions and pills.

Leafing through a well-known magazine some time ago, I was struck by one advertisement for a patented medicine. It used half a page of text to promote the product—and two whole pages of disclaimers for the numerous side effects it might produce in the recipient. A few pages over was another advertisement for a sleeping pill. It used barely a third of a page of text to promote the pill, followed by a page and a half of disclaimer.

There’s something wrong with a system that allows for the marketing of costly products that claim to work for the healing of the body when the effects of the “cure” have the proven potential to cause a multiplicity of adverse side effects.

As science has developed more and yet more products supposedly designed to ease the sufferings of human beings, yielding massive profit to major drug companies, our hospitals continue to groan with the pressure of being filled to overcapacity. Medical and hospital costs escalate beyond what most people can pay. The high cost of medical insurance leaves many unable to maintain personal coverage.

Clearly this is a situation well out of control.

Meanwhile, a myriad of products line pharmacists’ shelves. There are pills and potions said to correct a given ailment, then other pills and potions designed to counteract the effects of any reactions from other pills and potions. Some of these are even habit-forming. Others have been used as the basis for creating illegal drugs on which people get hooked into a harmful habit. Then there are the products designed to aid the suffering of those already hooked on illegal man-made substances.

Is this really progress?

The whole medical/pharmaceutical industry has engaged in a self-perpetuating cycle that sucks people into being at the mercy of professionals who spend their time making out drug prescriptions. Many, perhaps most, of these professionals are at the mercy of the pharmaceutical empires that dominate the industry, having little or no real knowledge of the real effect of the products prescribed beyond the marketing information produced by the drug companies in their glossy brochures.

Yet there is a bright ray of hope emerging on the horizon that could allow many to break free of this modern problem of dependence on chemical formulae to deal with, often most unsatisfactorily, their health problems.

What is forcing even some professional medicos into a reanalysis of their approach is the fact that medical science has created a giant headache for itself. Infective bacteria are growing aggressively resistant to antibiotics as they adapt to the increasing strength of dosage.

Hospitals, once regarded as a haven for cure of the sick and injured, have over the past four decades turned into breeding grounds for infective bacteria.

Take golden staph for instance. “Golden staph has been termed a ‘superbug’ because of its remarkable ability to acquire resistance to virtually all antibiotics” (University of Queensland, September 2007; emphasis added throughout). Then there’s the far more aggressive flesh-eating bacteria staphylococcus aureus, which abc News described as “[f]lesh-eating bacteria. A drug-resistant menace, spreading silently through hospital hallways” (Jan. 23, 2008). Some have described this phenomenon as a mild epidemic. It is spreading through the homosexual community in particular. “A new variety of staph bacteria, highly resistant to antibiotics and possibly transmitted by sexual contact, is spreading among [homosexual] men in San Francisco, Boston, New York and Los Angeles, researchers reported …” (San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 14, 2008).

Of course, irresponsible individuals within society often believe they can carry on perverse practices that carry a high risk of spreading infection, convinced that medical science can offer a cure. Increasingly that is proving itself a vain hope.

As treatments must get stronger so as to counteract escalating strains of infection and disease—often being the result of bacteria persisting to thwart the efforts of science—a negative cycle comes into play. We see the production of stronger and even stronger potions to fight the negative effects of the ever more virulent infection and disease. Medical science is caught in a trap of its own making. It’s on a treadmill going nowhere, unable to offer real hope of any breakthrough to deal with this challenge.

The solution, some are finding, is to jump right off the treadmill and revert back to good old proven natural remedies that are so much more readily available off the supermarket shelf, or at the grocery store, or even in your own backyard.

Take honey for instance.

In that same magazine that I referred to earlier, there was a simple one-page article with a minimum of text enlightening the reader on the simple curative effects of good old naturally produced honey.

Get this.

“As bacteria grow increasingly resistant to antibiotics, doctors around the world are rediscovering an old ally: honey. A popular medicine before the era of modern wonder drugs, honey fights bacteria in wounds in several ways, including the steady production of hydrogen peroxide, an antiseptic” (National Geographic, June 2008). As a result, the article indicated, hospitals in Asia and Europe are now using bandages infused with honey, rather than man-made chemical compounds!

Well, how about that! After all of the “progress” of medical science, we wind the clock back 200 years and return to the simple, God-made natural gift of the honey bee to hit back at the problem of virulent bacteria created by the “wonders” of medical science!

Honey is mentioned on numerous occasions in the Bible in association with the richest of blessings bestowed upon ancient Israel. Israel was promised to inherit a land “flowing with milk and honey … the glory of all lands” (Exodus 3:8; Ezekiel 20:6). The proverb declares, “My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste” (Proverbs 24:13). That word good is translated from a Hebrew term that can mean well—the implication being that honey can aid the wellness of the body.

In the Bible, honey is often mentioned in tandem with wine and oil. The therapeutic powers of these three natural God-given blessings, produced in abundance in the choicest places of the Earth as gifted by God to the descendants of Israel, were once well known to our great-grandparents.

Jesus Christ used the example of the curative effects of oil and wine in one of His famous parables, the story of the good Samaritan. When the Samaritan came across the half-dead wayfarer, he “… went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine …” (Luke 10:34). Wine is a natural, cleansing disinfectant. Olive oil is a soothing balm, possessing certain curative benefits, in particular to the skin.

How foolish we human beings are! Convinced that we are an evolving species, ever growing in our knowledge of how to control our universe, dazzled by the “progress” of science, we fail to grasp the reality of the daunting nature of the escalating and increasingly unsolvable problems that parallel our “evolution”!

The young Evangelist Timothy was advised by his mentor, the Apostle Paul, “O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called” (1 Timothy 6:20).

There’s a whole lot within the discipline of science that is, indeed, “science falsely so called.” The global warming scientific hoax aside, humankind has been duped into thinking that medical science, much of it “science falsely so called,” especially within the pharmaceutical industry, will offer an eventual cure-all for all disease.

It can’t!

The reason is that much of this science is based on a false premise, the theory of evolution.

There’s a lesson in the fact that hospitals in Asia and Europe are turning back to a simple, natural, non-man-made product to fight infective bacteria. The lesson’s theme is found in the book of the Prophet Jeremiah. “Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, [wherein] is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls” (Jeremiah 6:16).

Science will be forced to increasingly admit defeat by forces outside its control. Mankind will ultimately have to return to the “old paths,” to subscribe to the law of God wherein lies the good way, the way of abundant, vibrant health, supported by the curative effects of natural God-made products designed for the “healing of the nations”!

Prophesying of that wondrous time yet ahead, Jesus Christ declares this of the new Jerusalem: “In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river … the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations” (Revelation 22:2).

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