Saturday, December 18, 2010

Catholic Power vs. American Freedom its biblical and its coming.

The Inquisition is coming again.Believe it or not. Are you a heretic ?

Pope's call for worship welcomed
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Associated Press

Pope John Paul II reminds Catholics that Sunday is a day of worship.

By Mark Puls and Charles Hurt / The Detroit News

Maryann Schreiber, a devout Catholic, works the late, late shift Saturday night and Sunday morning at a hotel.
She has to make a living, but the Hamtramck woman does so at the cost of mounting guilt over missing church Sunday mornings.
"I want to go back to the old ways where Sunday was the Lord's day," Schreiber said. "I agree with the pope. I want that life again."
In a day when computer modems are never fast enough and no one seems to have enough time for a full night's rest, Pope John Paul II is issuing a stern warning to Catholics that they should set aside Sunday for worship -- not errands or their free time.
"This really is an extraordinary move," said Jay McNally, executive director of Call to Holiness, a Metro Detroit lay group that promotes traditional Catholic teachings. "This appears to be the strongest words the pope has issued. Period."
The pontiff used his weekly address Sunday from his window over St. Peter's Square to urge church members to make time to keep the Sabbath holy. And today, the Vatican is expected to issue an Apostolic letter from the pope further stressing the Third Commandment. Apostolic letters are incorporated into church rules.
Sundays have come to be "felt and lived only as a weekend," John Paul lamented Sunday. "It (should be) the weekly day in which the church celebrates the resurrection of Christ. In obedience to the Third Commandment, Sunday must be sanctified, above all, by participation in Holy Mass."
In his letter, the pope goes on to say a violator should be "punished as a heretic," said McNally, who read an unofficial English translation of the letter on a Vatican Web site.
"A lot of families are ruined by this Sunday stuff," McNally said, referring to the loss of spirituality on that day. "It really has fallen apart."
Family togetherness on Sundays, more and more, is giving way to soccer practice, globe trotting and going to the tanning salon.
"You have things you have to do," said Tina Mueller of Hamtramck. "You can't just set aside a day for prayer and reflection."
And when folks show up for church, they often forget to slow down enough to commune with God.
"Some people now are coming to church in shorts and can't wait to hit the pools after the service," Lillian Swierczyski of Hamtramck said. "That's wrong."
She supports a return to the days of the Blue Laws that closed bars, stores and amusement establishments Sundays.
"That would get people to church in a hurry."

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Systematic murder of believers the untold history of the inquisition by Richard Bennett

Systematic Murder of Believers
The Untold History of the Inquisition
By Richard Bennett
Most people at the present time have some knowledge of the Holocaust, the six years of
unspeakable horror and suffering to which the Jewish people were subjected under Hitler and the
Nazis during the Second World War. Few, however, are aware of the atrocities of systematized
torture and murder of Bible-believing Christians and Jews that took place during the 605 years of
the Inquisition.1
From the beginning of the Papacy to the present time, it is estimated by reputable and
trustworthy historians that tens of millions of people have been tortured and killed by Papal
persecutors for the crime of believing God’s word in the Bible, rather than the dogmas of the
Roman Catholic Church. While the majority of those who suffered were true believers, Papal
Rome also persecuted Jews, Muslims, Knights Templar, and those that she called “witches.
Through the Inquisition was demonstrated the grace and divine power that the Lord gave
to His people to survive those horrific years with their faith strengthened. Also shown was the
inner heart of ritualistic Catholicism and the lengths to which it will go to enforce its will. It is
truly a warning for succeeding generations.
In 1203, Pope Innocent III published a decree in France that
began the extermination of what the Pope called heresy. This
marked the start of the Inquisition as a distinctive Papal
institution. It was to endure until its final dissolution in Spain
and Portugal in 1808. Pope Innocent III began by
commanding armies of the Crusade to attack the Albigenses
in France. They were called Albigenses because many of
them resided in the city of Albi in southern France. They had
developed a committed Christian life, real estate, progressive
cities, and townships right across southern France. These
Christians were horrifically destroyed and butchered by the
armies of Papal Rome in their many cities, towns, and villages
across southern France. The Albigenses came from a group
that was originally known as the Paulicians, who took their
teaching from the Apostle Paul. Even their name, ‘Albigenses,’ has been deeply tarnished by
Roman Catholic sources. Not only were they slaughtered, but their memory has been practically
obliterated from the pages of history. However, from their fruits as Christians, we truly see the
character of these men and women who traced their faith back to the writings of Paul the Apostle
in the New Testament.
From the thirteenth century onwards, the machinery of the Papal Inquisition’s terrorism
was created. The Popes compelled secular authorities to co-operate under threat of drastic
penalties. Kings and princes who disobeyed the Popes’ orders were to be excommunicated and
1 The main historians that wrote on the Inquisition are Dowling, Lea, Vancandard, Maycock,
Coulton, Turberville and Scott
2
their subjects released from loyalty to them. In 1252, Pope Innocent IV devised in detail for the
many Inquisitors how torture was to be carried out. He did this in his decree called, At
Extirpanda. Confirmatory or regulatory decrees were later issued by Popes Alexander IV,
Clement IV, Urban IV, and Clement V. Torture was prescribed, but it was to stop short of
pulling off limbs or causing death. Disastrous punishments were enacted on all who protected or
gave help to believers. Those who applied the instruments of torture during the Inquisition were
following orders. The Popes themselves were wholly responsible for the instruments and how
they were used.
Then, in 1487, Pope Innocent VIII planned and ordered the persecution of the Vaudois
believers who had remained faithful to biblical faith since apostolic times.
Charles VIII of France agreed to raise an army for the destruction of the Vaudois.The Pope promised forgiveness of sins and a share in the goods to those who participated. The army was joined by thousands of gangsters urged on by the promise of forgiveness of sins and the
expectation of obtaining spoil from the Vaudois possessions. This army attacked the Vaudois mountain valleys in northern Italy. Thousands of Bible-believing Christians perished along with their homes while their crops were destroyed.Entire villages were demolished. Their women were raped and then viciously
murdered.True Believers: the Vaudois in Piedmont Valley For the most part, there is agreement among scholars about the history of the Inquisition.Lea’s great works, the History of the Inquisition in the Middle Ages and the History of the Inquisition of Spain, embodied immense and careful research. There is little difference about facts in the writings of Dowling, Vancandard, Maycock, Coulton, and Turberville. The methods of the Inquisition were an outrage to elementary principles of justice. Anyone could be arrested
on suspicion. The trials were secret. The prisoner was not allowed to know the accusers or witnesses. The Bishops and priests who acted as judges had absolute power. The evidence of infamous persons, criminals, or perjurers was admitted so long as it was hostile. Children older than twelve were required to bear testimony. The prisoner was disallowed the help of an advocate, for anyone defending a prisoner was held guilty of the crime of heresy. A person tried by the Inquisition was scarcely ever acquitted. “In the register of Carcassonne from 1249 to 1258, comprising about two hundred cases, there is not a single case in which a prisoner was
discharged as innocent.” Tanon, a French investigator, wrote, “There is scarcely ever an acquittal, pure and simple, in the sentence of the Inquisition.”2 There were many accounts of burning at the stake across Europe. The ferocious Inquisitor, Robert le Bugre, who considered his mission was “not to convert but to burn,”


devastated much of France. In one period of about three months he is said to have thus
dispatched about fifty prisoners of either sex, and the whole number of his victims during the
several years of his unchecked career was very large.3 The notorious Conrad of Marburg caused a general panic in Germany where he was appointed Inquisitor by Pope Gregory IX. In 1520, Pope Leo X in his famous decree, Exsurge Domine, denounced the teachings of Luther with the following words, “That heretics should be burned is contrary to the will of the Spirit. The Roman Catholic scholar Lord Acton wrote,
“Rome taught for four centuries that no Catholic could be saved who denied that heretics ought
to be put to death.”
The prisons of the Inquisition were some of the most common and atrocious places. The Inquisitors could leave people in their prisons indefinitely, without trial. The Inquisitor Eymeric, in his
records called Directorium, stated that a person believed guilty “shall be shut up in prison, strictly confined and in chains. If he shows no willingness to be converted there is no need for haste for the pains and privations of imprisonment often bring about a change of mind.”5 To quote Lea, “The dungeons of the
Inquisition were abodes of fearful misery, but where there were reasons for increasing their terrors there was no difficulty in increasing the hardships. The chains and starvation in a stifling
hole was a favorite device for extracting confession from unwilling lips.”
Historians give us some detailed information about some of the prisons of the Inquisition. Even some Catholic priests complained about the prison conditions in some towns in the south of France. Historians tell that the cells were fitted up with a variety of
instruments to cause severe suffering. Many prisoners, through the severity of their torments,
lost the use of their limbs and were rendered utterly helpless.
The burning at the stake was the standard way that the Papacy disposed of believers.
This was usually done with dramatic pomp and festivity before the massive gatherings of people.
It was as if the Roman Church believed that both their bodies and beliefs would disappear into
cinders. In England, Mary Tudor, known as “Bloody Mary,” a fervent Catholic beholden to the
Pope, employed the Inquisition to burn no fewer than 288 Bible-believing martyrs. Most of
them died because they denied the Catholic dogma that Jesus Christ is really present, flesh and
blood, body and soul, divinity and humanity in the communion bread. The burning back to back
of Bishops Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley at the stake outside Balliol College Oxford, in
1555, is known to many people. So also are Latimer’s stirring last words an inspiration to
Christians over the centuries, “Be of good comfort, Master Ridley, and play the man; we shall
this day, by God’s grace, light such a candle in England as I trust shall never be put out.”
3Lea, History of the Inquisition in the Middle Ages, Vol. 11, p. 116
4 Lord Acton Correspondence, Vol. 1, p. 108
5Maycock, The Inquisition, p. 157
6Lea, History of the Inquisition in the Middle Ages, Vol. 1, p. 420
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The Instruments of Torture
“The Rack” is one of the best known forms of medieval torture. This mechanism operated by
having the victim lie on a horizontal rack with his hands and ankles tied to rollers on opposite
ends.
The Inquisitors would perform the
interrogation while turning the rollers,
stretching the body of the suspect and
causing colossal pain.
They would stretch the body out until the joints were actually yanked from their sockets. The
ultimate intent was that of killing the victim either through shock or injuries. If the believer were
still alive, yet refused to submit, he or she was sent to be burned at the stake.
Besides the Rack, there was the torture of pulling the believer towards the ceiling with
ropes, and then with a weight on his or her feet, dropping him or her to the floor so that
excruciating pain ripped through the body.
The Inquisitors also used “Skull Crusher.” They ordered the believer’s chin to be
placed on a lower bar and a screw then forced an iron cap down on his or her head.
Their teeth could be crushed. Their eyes could be squeezed from their sockets.
It was hoped that the believer was so overcome by the extreme pain of having his
head crushed would confess his alleged errors and believe in the Holy Mother
Church.
The Inquisitors also used the “Iron Maiden.” It was a tomb-sized container
with folding doors. The spiked studded arms wrapped around the victim in such a way so as to
puncture parts of the entire body, including the ears and eyes.
The purpose of the use of Iron Maiden was to inflict pain by means of
vicious spikes and a slow death. The prickles inside were designed so that
the trapped believer was left to slowly die in the utmost pain.
A prisoner would be bidden to stand right in front of Iron Maiden prior to
torture. The spring would be touched by the executioner and the Iron
Maiden would fling open her arms, and the wretched victim would
straightway be forced within them. Another spring was then touched and the Iron Maiden closed upon her victim. Then spiky arms of the Iron Maiden slowly but irresistibly closed upon the man, cruelly goring him.
The talons Iron Maiden, sometimes called the “Iron Virgin,” were not designed to kill outright. They trapped the prisoner who was left  to slowly perish in the utmost pain. Beside these instruments of torture there were others for the tearing and ripping of one’s flesh.


The Catholic Church learned a human being could live
until the skin was peeled down to the waist. Often the
torturers heated these instruments and then used them on
women’s breasts and the genital organs of both sexes.
There were also instruments for compressing the fingers until the bones would be squeezed into
splinters. There were instruments for probing below the fingernails until pain like burning fire
would run along the nerves.
There were instruments for tearing out the tongue, for scooping out the eyes, and for rooting out the ears. There wasa bunch of iron cords with a spiked circle at the end of every whip for tearing the flesh from the back until bone and sinew were laid bare.
There were also iron cases for the legs, which were tightened upon the limb placed in them by means of a screw, till flesh and bone were reduced to a pulp.
The thumbscrews were also applied to crush prisoners’ toes, while larger, heavier devices based on the same design principle were applied to destroy knees and elbows.






The Chair of Nails Torture

The chair nails, used by Inquisitors, was studded with spikes. The victim was strapped naked in the chair and a fire was lit beneath it. Heavy
objects were placed upon the victim to increase the pain of the spikes.
Blows with mallets were also used to inflict more pain.
There were also devices to slowly and painfully remove the intestines and
other organs from the body while keeping the person alive and conscious
of the pain. Anyone of those horrors could be inflicted on anybody, i.e.,
man, woman, or child over the age of 12 that did not agree with the
teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The Inquisition was carried out in France, Holland, Germany, Spain, and Italy.



The Stocks Torture
The victims often had their feet placed in stocks. The
stocks comprised two pieces of timber clamped together,
over and under, across each leg above the ankles. The
soles of the victim’s feet were greased with lard and a
blazing brazier was applied to them. Their feet were first
blistered and then fried. At intervals, a plank was
interposed between the fire and their feet. This plank was
to be immediately removed if the victims failed to admit
that they were guilty as charged.
The Inquisition in Spain perpetrated horrors on a more terrific scale than in other
countries. Activities in Spain were more atrocious and its hecatombs of victims more numerous
than elsewhere. The atrocities of the Spanish Inquisition cannot be disputed. Torquemada, the
most infamous of the Inquisitors for ferocity, had full papal authorization. He was commissioned
by Pope Sixtus IV in 1483. He was re-commissioned by Innocent VIII in 1485. So far were the
popes from seeking to hold back Torquemada’s inhuman cruelties that we find them praising him
and encouraging him. Pope Sixtus IV wrote to him praised his zeal, saying “We commend you
in the Lord and exhort you, cherished son, to persevere with tireless zeal in aiding and promoting
the cause of faith, by doing which, as we are assured you will, you will win our special favor.”
In Spain the burnings of believers was called “Autos-da-fé” there they had peculiar pomp and
festivity. As late as 1680 there was a stunning Auto-da-fé at Madrid at which one hundred
believers were burned. The historian Turberville quotes Voltaire’s comment; “that an Asiatic
arriving in Madrid on such an occasion would be doubtful whether he was witnessing a festival,
a religious ceremony, a sacrifice, or a massacre; it was in fact all of these.”7 The Judas Chair was
also a torture device used in the Spanish Inquisition.

The Actual Judas Chair and the Art work showing Chair as it was used
The Judas Chair, also known as the Judas Cradle, was a pyramid-shaped seat. The victim was placed on
top of it, with the point inserted into their orifices, then very slowly lowered by ropes.
The purpose was to Turberville,







The Spanish Inquisition, stretch the orifice over a long period of time in extreme pain in order that the victim would renounce his or her faith. Then bishops and priests of the Inquisition used a devise for breaking a believer’s faith as he was
tied to a wheel. Clubbing and mocking would accompany this torture.


An attempt to break a believer’s faith as he was tied to a wheel Then there was the commonly used torture technique called the “Strappado.’ All that was needed was a sturdy rafter and some rope. The victims wrists were bound behind their back and the rope tossed over the beam or on a pulley. The victim was  repeatedly dropped from a height so their arms and shoulders would dislocate. This and many more torture devices were use to get the believer to renounce his or her Christian faith, and then profess his or her faith in the Roman Church. We rejoice that the believers for the most part, remained true to the Lord. We realize that  Bible believers in those horrendous years were fortified by the power of
God through faith. They experienced what the Apostle Peter wrote that as believers we are “kept by the power of God through faith.” Consequently, kept by the power of God, their faith resounded at that time before the throne of God, and it still resounds on the pages of history for those who dare comprehend the true historical accounts. The torture chambers of the Inquisition lasted 605 years and were found throughout the nationscontrolled by Papal Rome. They had their beginning under Pope Innocent III in 1203 until the
Inquisition’s final dissolution in Spain and Portugal in 1808.

Twentieth Century Inquisition in Croatia
In 1929, Mussolini signed the Lateran Treaty with Pope Pius XI officially conceding Vatican
Hill to the Pope. The Papacy once again became a sovereign civil state. The legal agreement
between Mussolini and the Vatican was just the beginning. Following this, the Papacy formed
alliances in the twentieth century with Roman Catholic dictators such as Adolph Hitler of
Germany, Francisco Franco of Spain, Antonio Salazar of Portugal, and Juan Peron of Argentina.
But the alliance that proved to be the most brutal and bloodthirsty of all was that between the
Papacy and Anton Pavelic in Croatia. It was agreed that Anton Pavelic8 was to be head of the
new nation state of Croatia, which was carved out of Yugoslavia during the Second World War.
During Pavelic’s four-year reign, he and Roman Catholic
Prelate, Archbishop Alois Stepinac, pursued a “convert or
die” policy among the 900,000 Greek Othodox Serbs,
Jews, and others in Croatia. 200,000 were converted; the
700,000 who chose to die were tortured, burned, buried
alive, or shot after digging their own graves. This
appalling persecution carried out by the Ustashis included
many of the worst atrocities of history. The mutilations
were horrific, the tortures vicious, and the savagery
terrible. The Catholic Church did not leave the execution

 of a religious war to the secular arm. She was there herself, openly ignoring precautions and bolder than she had been for a very long time. Wielding the hatchet or dagger, pulling the trigger, organizing the massacre, the Roman  Anton Pavelic with Archbishop Stepina Catholic priests became their own instruments of the
Inquisition.Anton Pavelic with Franciscan Monks  Many of the Ustashi
officers were priests or friars sworn to fight “with
dagger or gun,” for the “triumph of Christ and Croatia.” Priests played a prominent role in the
closing or takeover of Serbian Orthodox Churches,
the seizure of church records and the interrogation of the Serbian Orthodox clergy. They
also supervised concentration camps and organized the torture of many of the victims.
 Ante Pavelic b. July 14, 1889 – d. December 28, 1959

French author Edmond Paris, who was born a Roman Catholic and has written a very thorough
account of this terrible massacre in his book Convert or Die, has said,
“It is difficult for the world to believe that a whole people could be doomed to
extermination by a government and religious hierarchy of the twentieth century, just
because it happened to belong to another ethnical and racial group and had inherited the
Christianity of Byzantium rather than that of Rome.”
The creation of the entirely Roman Catholic, independent State of Croatia during the Second
World War was accompanied by a persecution so ferocious that it is difficult to find a parallel in
all of history. The Inquisition applied to the Serbian Orthodox by the Croatian Catholics
accounted for 700,000 Serbs being tortured and killed in just four years. So while the Inquisition
ended in the nineteenth century, the same procedures and mindset were evident in Croatia in the
twentieth century. In fact, the same mindset is still officially maintained by the Papacy in the
twenty-first century. The Roman Church to this day maintains the laws that she used as her
authority to torture and murder Bible believers for over 600 years. In her present-day laws she
states her right to coerce Christian people. Thus Canon law, Canon 1311, states,
“The [Catholic] Church has an innate and proper right to coerce offending members of
the Christian faithful by means of papal sanctions.”
The Catholic Church also holds to the fact that she can demand a submission of intellect and will
as she did in the years of the Inquisition. Consequently she states the following,
“A religious respect of intellect and will, even if not the assent of faith, is to be paid to
the teaching which the Supreme Pontiff or the college of bishops enunciate on faith and
morals.”
So to whatever the Supreme Pontiff or his college of bishops teach on faith and morals, a person
must submit their intellect and will. This is the same teaching that was upheld with the terrors of
the Inquisition for 600 years. While there are no sanctions in torture and death at the present
time, the same astonishing mindset is Roman Catholic law. The fact is that the Papacy still
claims the right to judge and impose chastening that has not changed since the days of the
Inquisition. In present-day Canon Law she also decrees,
Canon 1405 (Sect.1) “It is the right of the Roman Pontiff himself alone to judge in cases
mentioned in can. 1401: 1. those who hold the highest civil office in a state;...
Canon 1401 “By proper and exclusive right the Church adjudicates: 1. cases concerning
spiritual matters or connected with the spiritual; 2. the violation of ecclesiastical laws and all
those cases in which there is a question of sin in respect to the determination of culpability
and the imposition of ecclesiastical penalties.”
The Holy Spirit’s admonition to believers is to be remembered as these decrees are certified into
law, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not
entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”
In past times, kings and princes and nations were supposed to tremble at her decrees.
Woe to him who resisted! Subjects were released from their oaths of allegiance; whole states
were placed under interdict. By deception regarding the Gospel and, subsequently, by force the
Papacy has held her domain together. She has only external unity, as any one who has lived
within her system and studied her decrees and history knows. It is of signal importance to realize
that the Roman Catholic Church has no other way to maintain her life than by imposition of her
external laws, because she lacks the life giving power of the Holy Spirit and unity of the One
9 Galatians 5:1.

Body of the Lord Jesus Christ. She must legislate to exist, and she needs civil powers to enforce
her decrees. It is crucial to understand that suppression and control are her main stratagems,
although at the time such are not apparent. If control by her is to be avoided, her paradigm must
be understood.

The Lord’s Final Victory
Papal Rome has asked pardon for the wrongs of the Inquisition. During a Mass on March 12,
2000, Pope John Paul II asked pardon for wrongs committed in the past by members of the
church. It was not individual members of the church, but as Lord Acton observed, it was “the
Popes in particular that caused and instigated the sufferings and persecutions, involving
themselves in detail even in the minute ways that believers were to be tortured.”
We have seen how the institutionalized Papacy and the powers of darkness have conspired
against Christ’s kingdom and His people. It is most important to know what the Lord’s anointed
has to say about His kingdom and to know that all the powers on earth cannot challenge Him.
As Psalm 2 reminds us, the Messiah reigns and His Throne is not moved, nor has His plans
changed, whatever may be the turmoil and schemes against Him. While the enemies of the
Gospel are plotting and planning how to break His bands asunder and cast His cords from them,
He has already defeated their devices and He says to them, “yet have I set my king upon my holy
hill of Zion.”10 All events are in His hands. Who can stand against the Almighty?
Things are not as they seem. It looks as if the powers that designed and implemented the
Inquisition still govern the hearts of much of mankind at the present time. The Lord God’s fixed
decrees remain and all the schemes of hell cannot efface a single part of His purpose. He reigns
by inheritance, “Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.”11 The Lord God owns Him, and
declares Him Lord and Head of the Church. The supreme government of the Church is His
responsibility and He will bring it to complete success including the punishment of His enemies.
It necessarily follows that though Papal Rome has been a rebel against the government of Christ
Jesus, the Lord God has nonetheless fulfilled His purpose through all the terrible evil that has
taken place. The truth is that through all the dreadful deeds of Papal Rome, the Sovereign Lord
Jesus Christ was entirely with His people, and He was in control of all events so that the faith
and witness of millions shone forth both in this world and before the throne of God; and will
shine forth throughout all the ages of the world to come.
From the beginning the Lord God purposed to glorify Himself “in the Church by Christ Jesus,
throughout all ages, world without end.”12 He has glorified Himself in the faith and suffering of
true believers throughout the 605 years of the Inquisition, as His Word proclaims, “the Lord
reigneth; let the people tremble.”13
The voice of the Lord thunders from the final chapters of the Bible and reverberates throughout
the world, “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive
not of her plagues.”14 While the Papacy from the city of Rome continues to wax strong her final

condemnation is already written, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made
all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”15 The Lord God’s reserved wrath,
His punishing justice, and His enmity to sin, will be revealed to the entire world. The destruction
of Papal Rome will proceed from the glory of His power. “The same shall drink of the wine of
the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation.”16 The
certainty of the final triumph should animate us in our efforts, and true believers in their
struggles.
The frequently quoted maxim that “peoples ignorant of history are destined to repeat it” is true.
Without the knowledge of the systematic murder of believers during the Inquisition, we can fail
to see that the true Gospel is a matter of life. True believers are in real danger of compromise
with the Church of Rome. As the Apostle Paul told believers, “All who live godly in Christ Jesus
will suffer persecution.”17 The victory of the faith and courage of believers over the severest
trials is repeatedly recorded in the pages of history. As the Lord Himself proclaimed, “Be not
afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. Also I say unto
you, whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the
angels of God.”18 Where there is true faith and love of the Lord, there is in the midst of all
afflictions a joy unspeakable and full of glory. God is the only Holy Father, the All Holy One.
His holiness is the distinguishing factor in all His essential characteristics. This is the reason
why we need to be in right standing before the one and only All Holy God on the terms He
prescribes. Turn to God in faith alone, in Christ alone, for the salvation that He alone gives, by
the conviction of the Holy Spirit, based on Christ’s death and resurrection for His own, and
believe on Him alone, “to the praise of the glory of his grace.”


Source : http://www.bereanbeacon.org/SMBe.pdf

Friday, December 10, 2010

"The world is filled with the spirit of War" the end scenario was given some 85 yrs ago

I was shown the inhabitants of the earth in the utmost confusion. War, bloodshed, privation, want, famine, and pestilence were abroad in the land. . . . My attention was then called from the scene. There seemed to be a little time of peace. Once more the inhabitants of the earth were presented before me; and again everything was in the utmost confusion. Strife, war, and bloodshed, with famine and pestilence, raged everywhere. Other nations were engaged in this war and confusion. War caused famine. Want and bloodshed caused pestilence. And then men's hearts failed them for fear, "and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth."--Testimonies, vol. 1, p. 268.  {Chrisrtian Service page 55.1}"
South America

Brazil

President Lula says he is to register his protest at Assange's arrest on his blog. "This chap was only publishing something he read," he said. "And if he read it, it is because somebody wrote it. The guilty one is not the publisher, it is the person who wrote [these things]. Blame the person who wrote this nonsense because there would be no scandal if they hadn't." Many leaks relate to the security situation in Rio de Janeiro. A 2009 cable warned that pre-Olympic attempts to expel drug traffickers from some of the city's most violent favelas could resemble "the battles in Fallujah more than a conventional urban police operation".

Argentina

In Argentina the Wikileaks revelations have focused on apparent US concern about a new invasion of the Falklands islands and over president Cristina Kirchner mental health.  In one cable Hillary Clintonmused over whether the current occupant of the Casa Rosada was "taking any medications."

"How do Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's emotions affect her decision-making and how does she calm down when distressed?" one cable asked diplomats in the Argentine capital.

The English-language Buenos Aires Herald, however, pointed out that "the snickering about the President's mental health comes at a time [when] she is perceived by much of the public, including those who oppose her, as having shown tremendous strength immediately after her husband's death."

Venezuela

Venezuela's president, Hugo Chavez, has called on Hillary Clinton to resign in the wake of "all of this spying and delinquency in the State Department".

"Look at how they treat the leaders of powerful countries," Chavez told state TV channel Telesur, describing the cables as proof of the "dirty war of Yankee embassies in the whole world".

"Look how they are mistreating this great friend of ours, Vladimir Putin. What a lack of respect!"

Ecuador and Bolivia

The Ecuadorian government has been Wikileaks' most vocal supporter in the region, offering the under-fire Julian Assange residency "without any conditions". Bolivia has also expressed its irritation at its portrayal in the US diplomatic cables. The country's vice-president, Alvaro Garcia Linera, this week posted Bolivia-focused Wikileaks cables, in full, on his official website in response to what he called "insults" and "third rate espionage".

US authorities have been lampooned by much of the Bolivian press.

Juan Jos? Toro Montoya, a columnist for the Cochabamba newspaper Los Tiempos newspaper described the accusations against Wikileaks' founder as "laughable".

"Julian Assange may be under arrest but he has been transformed into a hero and will go down in history as being the first human being to massively reveal the dirty-tricks of government," he wrote yesterday.


Middle East

Iran

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed the Wikileaks revelations as "psychological warfare." Iran's foreign ministry spokesman thundered: "The enemies of the Islamic world are pursuing a project of Iranophobia and disunity. This project only protects the interests of the Zionist regime and its supporters." Still, the documents will reinforce the regime's world view by underlining the huge effort being made by the US to contain Iran by applying pressure for UN sanctions over its nuclear programme or stopping arms deliveries to groups like Hamas and Hizbullah. It will be harder to maintain the pretence of good relations with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states because of exposure of their fear of Tehran. Iran remains defiant and is not as isolated as Washington would like. It is influential in Iraq and has good relations with Turkey. It is clear that Barack Obama's efforts to reach out to it have failed, with some arguing he was never serious about engagement. The status quo looks volatile and threatening.

Israel

Israel has been largely untroubled by because US views on key Middle Eastern issues especially on Iran, Syria and Lebanon, are so close to its own. "Israel is not the centre of international attention," said Binyamin Netanyahu. "Normally, there's a gap between what is said publicly and what is said privately, but in this case, the gap is not large." The most significant revelation was that Israel believes that beyond a certain point attacking Iran would cause too much "collateral damage."Israel can be seen maintaining discreet contact with Gulf states and have an intriguing intelligence link to Saudi Arabia. It suits Israel that the Palestinian issue and Jewish settlements in the occupied territories do not feature prominently. The Palestinian Authority denied suggestions it acquiesced in Israel's war on Hamas in Gaza.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's only public comment on the revelations was to say "they do not concern us" despite the sensational exposure of comments made by King Abdullah about attacking Iran "to cut off the head of the snake." It will be unhappy about US complaints that it remains a source of funding for the Taliban and other extremists. It may be pleased its counter-terrorist efforts against al-Qaida, at home and in neighbouring Yemen, have been given positive exposure. There is little evidence of US pressure over human rights and democracy.

Lebanon

Ever volatile Lebanon has been shaken by documents showing close links between the pro-western government and the US. The most damaging revelation described its defence minister offering advice on how Israel could defeat Hezbollah if a new war erupted. But Elias Murr complained that the cables were "inaccurate" and taken out of context. Tensions are already high because of expectations Hizbullah members will be indicted for the 2005 murder of Rafiq al-Hariri. Al-Akhbar, a leftist and pro-Hizbullah paper that has published leaks of the leaks about the Arab world, has come under cyber attack.

Syria

Syria has not responded officially to disclosures that it is the subject of intense US efforts to stop deliveries of weapons to Hezbollah. Syrians say they are struck by the absence of embarrassing information about Israel. Sami Moubayed, an influential commentator, wrote: "Perhaps WikiLeaks will one day tell us, for example, what the Israelis are hiding about the pre-Bush era." Damascus insists it only supports resistance to Israel and blames it for ramping up regional tensions. Ample evidence of American strategy to weaken the alliance between Damascus and Tehran, but there is no sign that it has worked.

Yemen

Yemen's government has faced embarrassing questions in parliament about evidence ministers lied about US air strikes against al-Qaida targets. Cables revealed President Ali Abdullah Saleh is worried about being painted as an American pawn and restricts counter-terrorist cooperation even as Washington presses for more determined action. Opposition MP Mansur al Zindani complained of a "powerful blow to parliament and the public." There are fears the revelations could help al-Qaida win new recruits in the Arab world's poorest country.

Libya

Muammar Gaddafi praised WikiLeaks for exposing US "hypocrisy." The whistleblowing website has "proved America is not what it has led allies and friends to believe it to be." There was no comment on threats against Britain if the Lockerbie bomber, Abdel-Basset al-Megrahi, died in prison in Scotland.

Egypt

Revelations about Egypt ? some leaked to the independent newspaper al-Masry al-Youm ? have been dismissed by Cairo as containing "nothing new." But they include evidence of its fears about Sudan breaking up, President Mubarak's profound hostility to Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah, and bleak US assessments of future prospects for democracy, including the prediction that Mubarak, now 82, will stand for yet another term next year. The recent parliamentary elections, widely dismissed as a charade, tend to confirm US views.

Tunisia

President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali will be furious at cables describing high-level corruption, a sclerotic regime, and deep hatred of his wife and her family. Deeply unflattering reports from the US ambassador in Tunis make no bones about the state of the small Maghreb country, widely considered one of the most repressive in North Africa. No surprise that Tunisia blocked the website of Beirut's al-Akhbar, which published some of the documents.

Turkey

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacted furiously to US diplomatic cables that suggested he was a corrupt closet Islamist. As Turkey heads for elections next year, secular Republican opponents may try to exploit his evident discomfort.

The cables highlighted three principal issues. Erdogan's personal probity ? he was reported to have eight secret Swiss bank accounts; the supposed Islamist agenda of the ruling AKP party; and Turkey's perceived drift away from the western alliance and closer embrace of countries such as Syria and Iran.

Erdogan's response was both to dismiss the cables as tittle-tattle, and to conjure conspiracy theories."The un-serious cables of American diplomats, formed from gossip, magazines, allegations and slander are spreading worldwide via the internet," Erdogan said. "Are there disclosures of state secrets, or is there another aim?" he askedd. "? Is it carrying out a veiled, dark propaganda? Are there efforts to affect, manipulate relations between certain countries?"


Europe

Russia

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin gave the sharpest response to the WikiLeaks cables in which he was protrayed as  Batman to Dmitry Medvedev's Robin. "Slander", he called it. The embassy cables portray Russia as a corrupt kleptocracy where politicians and criminals were inextricably linked. Medvedev has said that the cables "show a full measure of cynicism" in US foreign policy making. But he suggested the leaks would not damage relations between Moscow and WashingtonSergei Lavrov, the foreign minister, claimed to be surprised that "some petty thieves running around the Internet" are causing such a sensation. In reality, the cables have caused lasting damage in Russia, playing to the deep mistrust of US intentions that imbues Kremlin policy making.

Poland

The cables revealed a battle of wits and mutual dissembling between Warsaw and Washington over US military aid to Poland, missile defence, and attitudes towards Russia. While the Poles welcomed secret Nato plans for the defence of the three Baltic states, they worried the new plan would dilute Nato security guarantees for Poland.

The disclosures appear to be sparking a sober re-assessment in Warsaw of the closeness of the relationship with Washington.

Prime Minister Donald Tusk sounded bitter and disenchanted on Tuesday after the Guardian published material on Poland.

"We have a really serious problem," he said. "Not with image, as some countries do, and not reputation, like the US does. It's a problem of being stripped of illusions about the nature of relations between countries, including such close allies as Poland and the US."

Italy

La Repubblica, one of Italy's best-selling dailies, on Wednesday carried the first in a series of articles examining the relationship between Silvio Berlusconi and Russia's prime minister, Vladimir Putin, in the light of claims reported by the US state department cables that the Italian leader was profiting from gas deals between their two countries.

Newspapers and other media have given extensive coverage to the WikiLeaks disclosures. Berlusconi, who has denied any financial interest in Italy's energy dealings, was also embarrassed by a cable that quoted him as referring to Russia's president, Dmitry Medvedev as an "apprentice". He insisted he never said it.

But in a country where the prime minister cannot be forced to answer to parliament and where attention is now focussed mainly on two parliamentary censure motions that could topple the Berlusconi administration next week, the political fall-out has been limited. Pierluigi Bersani, the leader of Italy's biggest opposition group, the Democratic party, said the cables showed that "the prime minister, with his behaviour and political decisions, harms the reputation of Italy in the world."

But, for the most part, opposition politicians have heeded a warning from Berlusconi's foreign minister, Franco Frattini, not to exploit the cables for political purposes.

Austria

The cables show a rather withering US contempt for Austria and its leading politicians, with US diplomats complaining that Washington has little leverage in Vienna because the government there is barely interested in developing relations with the US. The social democratic chancellor, Werner Faymann, is described as a leader with scant interest in foreign affairs. The foreign minister, Michael Spindelegger, is preoccupied with promoting Austrian business. And Austria, constitutionally neutral and not in Nato, is criticised for resisting US pressure to send forces to Afghanistan.

Norbert Darabos, the defence minister, described the US criticism as "inexplicable", and said Austria would not increase its contribution to Afghanistan beyond the five policemen it has sent.

A leading Austrian Greens MP, Peter Pilz, proposed that the country should grant Julian Assange political asylum.

Kazakhstan

US cables described the peccadilloes of the Kazakh elite, including the 40-horse stable of Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president, a private Elton John concert for a top politician and an extraordinary midnight dance by the prime minister at a nightclub called Chocolat. Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, was at pains to privately apologise to several world leaders who were pilloried in the disclosures.

Turkmenistan

In perhaps the baldest character assassination of any world leader in the WikiLeaks cables, a US diplomat reported to Washington that president Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov of Turkmenistan is seen as "vain, fastidious, vindictive, a micro-manager," a "practised liar" and "not a very bright guy". In keeping with the country's insular regime, the charge provoked little reaction.

Georgia

Disclosures about the Caucasus state were a mixed bag. As the New York Times noted, they showed US diplomats' catastrophic failure to recognise that Mikhail Saakashvili, the president, was planning to attack the breakaway enclave of South Ossetia in 2008. But they also concluded that before the conflict Russia had been "aggressively playing a high-stakes covert game" in an attempt to provoke Georgia into retaliation. Giga Bokeria, secretary of Georgia's national security council, toed Washington's line in his assessment of the WikiLeaks releases. "It is very cynical when one, under the guise of a martyr, fights against the greatest democracy [the US] using such prohibited methods," he said of Julian Assange, in televised comments.

Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, the Kyrgyz capital, was the setting for Prince Andrew's infamous rant about geographically-challenged Americans and snooping "(expletive) journalists, especially from the National Guardian." At a meeting with the prince, Tatiana Gfoeller, the US ambassador to Bishkek, decided he was a victim of "neuralgic patriotism" whose behaviour "verged on the rude". Kyrgyzstan's leadership has been silent on that sharp assessment, while local media have been more interested in claims that China offered the country a $3bn (?1.9bn) aid package if it would close the Manas airbase, which the US uses to supply its troops in Afghanistan.

Moldova

According to the WikiLeaks documents, Moldova's then president, Vladimir Voronin, offered a $10m (?6.4m) bribe to a rival in 2009 in a desperate attempt to keep his communist government in power. A leading member of Voronin's party, Mark Tkachuk, told reporters the claims were "fairy tales" and "low-life gossip".


Africa

Kenya

It took just a few leaked words to create an outcry from the Kenyan government. In a teaser of what the cables from Nairobi would reveal, Der Spiegel said last week that US officials believed the country was a "swamp of corruption" ? hardly a heretic view on the streets of Nairobi. Government spokesman Alfred Mutua immediately called a news conference to say the government was "surprised and shocked".

"If what is reported is true, it is totally malicious, and a total misrepresentation of our country and our leaders," he said.

He went on to say that foreign countries funding youth empowerment schemes in Kenya ? a barely veiled reference to the US ? were in fact trying to overthrow the government. The US ambassador to Nairobi, Michael Ranneberger, described Mutua's claims as "utterly ridiculous". The prime minister told parliament he welcomed the Wikileaks revelations.

'We now know what some of our friends think about us ? it is helpful."

After the revelations on Thursday that the US ambassador believed rampant corruption could lead in renewed violence in the country, Kibaki's office released a statement defending his record.

"We wish to state that President Kibaki's record on reforms through out his career speaks for itself. ," it said.

Uganda

The authorities in Uganda were also riled. In response to claims that President Yoweri Museveni feared his plane being shot down on the orders of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, the Ugandan foreign minister Sam Kutesa issued a statement yesterday (Thursday).

"While it is true that we hold discussions with the US government on regional and internationals issues, the contents of the alleged cables are grossly inaccurate and illogical. For example, if the Ugandan president perceived the threat to fly the international airspace, the solution would be for him to stay at home. Other leaders in the world have done so in the past."

But Museveni's spokesman Tamale Mirundi confirmed that other leaked cables referring to the president's concern about Sudan supporting the Lord's Resistance Army rebels a few years ago, and Eritrea being a regional threat, were in fact accurate.

Eritrea

Despite its president being described by US officials as an "unhinged dictator", there was no reaction from Eritrea to the leaked cables. There is also no free press in Eritrea.

Nigeria

Royal Dutch Shell said it was "absolutely untrue" that it had infiltrated every Nigerian ministry affecting its operations there. The company offered no further comment.

Zimbabwe

In an opinion piece in the state-run Herald newspaper, Reason Wafawarova focused on how the cables showed that Mugabe had defied US expectations of his demise from power. He also delighted in description of opposition leader and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai as a "flawed figure".


South Asia

Pakistan

The rich store of WikiLeaks revelations about Pakistan have monopolized headlines and the political agenda for over ten days. But some stories are considered too hot to touch. While cables exposing the foibles of Pakistan's civilian leaders triggered a media feeding frenzy, the press largely ignored revelations that cast the powerful military in a bad light, including its alleged support for Islamist extremist groups such as the Taliban. That left politicians struggling to bat off embarrassing allegations, such as the bearded religious firebrand seen cosying up to the American ambassador, President Asif Zardari's obsession with his death, or prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani's secret support for CIA drone strikes.

"Don't trust WikiLeaks," Gilani told reporters in Kabul at the weekend, attempting to brush off the revelations as "the observations of junior diplomats". Beside him President Hamid Karzai, also tarred in the dispatches, nodded solemnly. Rarely have the sparring neighbours agreed so easily. Coverage of army chief General Ashfaq Kayani focused on revelations that he threatened to oust Zardari last year but held back because he "distrusted" opposition contender Nawaz Sharif. The army issued a statement that Kayani "holds all political leaders in esteem". But most reporters shied away from US intelligence assessments that the army under Kayani continues to support the Taliban and Mumbai attackers Lashkar-e-Taiba. "ISI extols the virtues of some Taliban elements" read one small headline that provided no other details; otherwise loquacious television anchors were largely silent on the matter. One exception was the new Express Tribune paper. "It has always been an open secret that the military acts as puppet master," said an editorial "Only now do we have confirmation of just how tenuous the hold of democracy in the country really is."

Pakistani conspiracy theorists insisted the cables had been deliberately leaked as part of a Washington plot to discredit the Muslim world; the Saudi ambassador described them as "a rapist's propaganda".

But for most Pakistanis, the cables simply confirmed how much influence the US wields over their military and civilian leaders. Several headlines referred to the "WikiLeaks shame"; former diplomat Asif Ezdi said they proved Pakistan had become "the world's biggest banana republic".

The judiciary, meanwhile, liked the cables. Dismissing an attempt to block their publication, High Court judge Sheikh Azmat Saeed, said that WikiLeaks "may cause trouble for some personalities" but would be "good for the progress of the nation in the long run."

Afghanistan

In Afghanistan the Wikileaks disclosure have been a source of endless fascination for the general public, with the country's journalists devoting hours of airtime to pouring over the cables. Among pundits debate has raged about the meaning of the revelations, and even whether they can be believed with some incredulous commentators refusing to accept that the world's most powerful country could ever lose so much confidential information. Some have even suggested it was a put up job by the Americans themselves.

But so far there have been no major political casualties, despite the deeply critical remarks of Hamid Karzai made by his own senior ministers and the US ambassador.

The Afghan president has publicly thrown his support behind Omar Zakhiwal, his finance minister who was quoted in cables describing his boss as "extremely weak man". But a cabinet reshuffle is expected after the new parliament is inaugurated.

Also thought to be vulnerable is Karl Eikenberry, the US ambassador who wrote at times despairing notes back to Washington about Karzai.

The Afghan and US governments have insisted their relationship remains strong but former US ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad has publicly said Eikenberry's position is untenable.

Many believe there is now no chance that he will extend his soon to expire two year term, if he wanted to.

India

In India the reaction to WikiLeaks was initially muted or positive, though the revelations were covered by all sectors of the press, including the local language media. "The first lot of WikiLeaks documents paints a flattering picture of India as a reliable, trusted and respected power in a world that worries itself sick about neighbouring Pakistan," the Times of India newspaper said. Coverage focused on revelations from Pakistan and particularly about Islamabad's security services' relationship with local Islamic extremists. India's external affairs ministry refused to comment on the leak other than to stress its continuing "candid" dialogue with the United States. As the week has passed criticism, both of Western countries and of the leak, has built up, particularly as police in the UK moved to arrest the Wikileaks founder. "The way these governments have been going after Assange and his group raises the question whether what is commonly called the free world is really free," said the Mumbai-based newspaper Daily News Analysis. Others attacked those behind the leak. "There is a strong feeling that the sense of responsibility lacks," union law minister Veerappa Moily told The Guardian yesterday (Wednesday). "This just creates mutual misunderstanding. The trust is endangered by such leaks and that is a very unhealthy trend." Shashi Tharoor, former minister of state for external affairs, called the leaks "unethical and wrong".

"The confidentiality of government communications is the lifeblood of diplomatic comfort," Tharoor told a local reporter. "You do not effectively run a government if your own diplomats cannot report to their own capitals in utter candour." Other commentators however called for an Indian version of the leak, arguing that the Indian bureaucracy was one of the most opaque in the world and could only benefit from public scrutiny. ends

Bangladesh

Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have been on the front page of most newspapers in Bangladesh over the last week. The story has been of particular interest to the country's many students who thronged street tea stalls in Dhaka, the capital, to discuss "how WikiLeaks has shaken the US administration by revealing its confidential cables", according to one local journalist. Anis Pervez, an associate professor at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, said he had discussed the leaks in his classroom lecture on media ethics. "Every state has sovereignty and sometimes some information can create tension. Then again, there is a dilemma over how much information one should reveal to the public just because he or she has it," he said. One particularly cable alleging that the Islamic extremist group Lashkar-e-Toiba had established sleeper cells in Bangladesh hit headlines. "The information divulged on the WikiLeaks is creating an odd situation for many countries. We have not yet checked the documents found regarding Bangladesh," said Yafeash Osman, state minister for science and technology, said.

Nepal

In Nepal there has therefore been some disappointment that most of the 2,600 documents that were sent from the US Embassy in Kathmandu have not yet to be released. The leaks sparked frantic efforts by Nepali politicians as well as journalists to find out what revelations about the Himalayan nation could be expected with journalists offices in Kathmandu bombarded by calls from politicians and leaderships seeking tips on what might be coming. As elsewhere released cables have been scoured for elements of local interest. Documents suggesting that Maoist rebels had received Indian funding provoked an inevitably strongly worded reaction from Nepal's Maoist party. Other cables touching on the relations between regional giants China and India have also been minutely scrutinised.

Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, the leaks provoked a political and media storm as many focused on the island nation's controversial and bloody recent history. While one effectively accused President Mahinda Rajapaksa of being complicit in war crimes ? a charge he denies ? another described a diplomatic campaign by British former foreign secretary David Miliband to champion aid and human rights during the Sri Lankan humanitarian crisis last year as largely driven by domestic political calculations. Media reactions have varied. Newspapers loyal to the government have covered the various allegations made in the cables but have particularly focused on material that is embarrassing to the US or the UK The campaigning Sunday Leader however published a call to journalistic arms: "As media acquired books, the powerful enacted bans. As media developed newspapers, the powerful found ways to seal them in courts or seduce them with access and wealth. Through all this one force, however, is constant. You can't keep a good story down. You can't stop the thirst for justice, you can only mask it for a while. This is a lesson that WikiLeaks is teaching the world, and we hope that it will reach Sri Lankan ears."


Asia Pacific

China

China has been tight-lipped. It has also been increasingly keen to stop others from having their say, deleting articles and discussions about the cables. It called the contents of the diplomatic memos "absurd" but has otherwise refused to comment on the information they contain, such as reports of official frustration with North Korea and a source's claim that a senior official was behind the attack on Google.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said yesterday that Beijing hoped the emergence of the cables would not affect relations with Washington.

Censorship has not stopped some people from reading about the cables on overseas websites.

"Reading [about] China and Google, I want to say: WikiLeaks rocks!" one wrote on a microblog service of the popular portal Sina earlier this week.

Another argued: "What Wikileaks says about China must be a slander from the US. What do you think? The US government hates Wikileaks too? It must be a conspiracy."

China Digital Times, which monitors censorship, believes the Central Propaganda Bureau issued an order [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/12/latest-directives-from-the-ministry-of-truth-november-29-december-6-2010" title="] telling websites not to issue further reports on the cables, although some have reported on Julian Assange's arrest.

Australia

The role of Assange, the country's prodigal son, has generated the most coverage and debate. Referring to him as the 'Ned Kelly of the digital age', Bryce Lowry said: "Assange is a cyber bushranger: a renegade taunter of authority and inspiration to many who marvel at his daring to challenge the status quo." Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the publication of the cables is illegal, and Assange's actions are "grossly irresponsible". She has made it clear the Australian government will offer him no support although the Australian consulate in the UK has offered him access to their services.

The cables themselves reveal an unflattering  view of former prime minister ? now foreign minister ?  Kevin Rudd. He was an abrasive, impulsive ''control freak'' who presided over a series of foreign policy blunders. Another cable referenced how Rudd angered the US by detailing a private conversation he had with Bush which included the moment he was "stunned to hear Bush say, 'What's the G20?'"

Rudd retaliated this week. "Mr Assange is not himself responsible for the unauthorised release of 250,000 documents from the US diplomatic communications network. "The Americans are responsible for that," he said.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Could WikiLeaks be playing its role in Bible prophecy.

The Bible says we have a more sure Word of Prophecy.

2Peter 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

Ecclesiastes 1:9  The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.

History continues to repeat itself.
All the past ruling Empires of the earth have gain power by conquest and by deception.
Be it Babylon under Nebuchadnezzar ,Medio Persia Under Cyrus, Greece under Alexander the great, Pagan Rome under the Caesars up to this time Conquest in war with the bases of deception has been the order.
Man has not change.


The Bible talks about war in time of the end.


Matthew 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

Mark 13:7 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.


The key ingredient of war is deception and Espionage
No Unity is to be expected.
Daniel 2:43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.



So all the unions and confederacies that are taking place in this world make no mistake under this seemingly façade of unity and getting along resident in every nation is a  strong toxic suspicion of one another.

What  Wikileaks  have brought to the fore is the raw evidence of how nations distrust each other.

But more so what Wikileaks have done by bringing these secret feelings out in the public is fuel distrust for future relationships.


What  Holy Write has shown us is that there will be great war and blood shed in the end. Doubt this ?
Bible proof.
Daniel 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

Luke 21:23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.

Daniel 11:1-40 shows a battle between the king of the north and the king of the south back and forth.
It is noted that when Alexader the great die his four Generals Cassander , Lysimachus, Ptolemy and  Seleucus
battle for the empire. In that fight for the supremacy there was as we see revealed today by wikileaks much espionage and distrust.

It is this atmosphere of distrust at the end  amides the façade of comradry that prompts the bible to give us the warning  in 1Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.




The bible tells us plainly if we study line upon line here a little there a little of the signs that the end is near. This attitude of distrust is to be expected and students of Bible prophecy know full well that anything that fuels this great build up of suspicion points to the closeness of the end .
Wiki leaks has done its part in doing so.


"The world is stirred with the spirit of war. The prophecy of the eleventh chapter of Daniel has nearly reached its complete fulfillment. Soon the scenes of trouble spoken of in the prophecies will take place
     I was shown the inhabitants of the earth in the utmost confusion. War, bloodshed, privation, want, famine, and pestilence were abroad in the land. . . . My attention was then called from the scene. There seemed to be a little time of peace. Once more the inhabitants of the earth were presented before me; and again everything was in the utmost confusion. Strife, war, and bloodshed, with famine and pestilence, raged everywhere. Other nations were engaged in this war and confusion. War caused famine. Want and bloodshed caused pestilence. And then men's hearts failed them for fear, "and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth."
--Testimonies, vol. 1, p. 268.

"The world is filled with strife for the supremacy. The spirit of pulling apart, of war,
or animosity and disorganization, is in the very air we breathe."
{4MR 353.3}  

These two quotations above was written in the 1800-1900s 


Fellow citezens of this planet it is time that we turn our hearts to the one TRUE GOD.
The very God who moved on the hearts of men that is the prophets to write these things.

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Give your heart to Jesus today and he will lead you unto the path of the just. Prov 4:18.




 







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