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MA#42 NOVEMBER 2009

CRUCIAL CURRENT AFFAIRS

 

 

 

v v v v v

COPENHAGEN

TAMING THE CLIMATE &

 CHANGING THE WORLD

 

TURKEY

READING THE SIGNS &

CHANGING ALLIES

 

TEHRAN

PURSUING GOALS &

CHANGING strategIES ?

 

EUROPE

RATIFYING “LISBON” &

CHANGING THE  PRESIDENCY

 

ROME

WOOING ANGLICANS &

CHANGING THE TERMS

 

My dear Reader, Shalom!                                                 

Praise God there is shalom (peace) with God through the Messiah, Y’shua, who loved us and gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age. (Galatians 1:3-4).

This issue I report on six major events that are confronting the nations at the present time …

1.  The Coming Copenhagen Conference where a treaty is designed to supersede Kyoto – the Climate Change Protocol. The hidden agenda at Copenhagen, many believe, will lay a foundation for a global regime. An observer writes: “I believe that once the new climate change protocols are in place, it will plunge the world as we know it, into a global socialist state.”

2.  The Reversal of Turkey’s Relations with Israel and the Western nations. Turkey is now deepening relations with Syria, Iran and Russia. The Northern Confederation is developing fast.

3.  The Goldstone Report into “Operation Cast Lead” - the Israeli military response last January to the constant Gazan rocket attacks on southern Israel. The anti-Israel report has been endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council by a big majority. That endorsement demonizes Israel, and deals a heavy blow to the Middle East peace process.

4.  Iran’s Nuclear Issue. The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency has announced that the US, Russia and France have agreed to a deal regarding Iran’s nuclear program. If Iran signs on to the deal, its nuclear program would receive legitimacy.

5.  The European Union’s preparation for a long- term President. Mr Tony Blair has been touted as a possible candidate for the position.

6.  Pope Benedict XVI’s Edict offering a new structure for Anglicans who wish to join the Roman Catholic Church. Thousands of Anglican priests, and entire parishes and even dioceses, may now defect to Rome.

Y’shua the Messiah said:

“When these things begin to take place, straighten yourselves and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:28)

Amen!  And may God’s peace keep our hearts and minds in these days.

Your brother,  Don Stanton

 

 

THE  U.N. CLIMATE  CHANGE CONFERENCE    

COPENHAGEN (Denmark) - DEC. 7-18, 09

 

Last March (27/09), Foxnews reported that a UN document on “climate change” was distributed to a major environmental conclave in Bonn, Germany. The document envisioned a huge reordering of the world economy, that would likely involve trillions of dollars in wealth transfer, millions of job losses and gains, new taxes, industrial relocations, new tariffs and subsidies, and complicated payments for greenhouse gas abatement schemes and carbon taxes — all under the supervision of the world body.

Those and other results are discussed in a discretely worded United Nations “information note” on potential consequences of the measures that industrialized countries will likely have to take to implement the Copenhagen Accord, the successor to the Kyoto Treaty, after it is negotiated and signed by December 2009.

            -   http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,510937,00.html

(The Copenhagen conference logo  is COP15.  COP stands for “Conference of Parties”; 15 stands for the 15th conference.)

The Obama administration has said it will support the COP15 process if it can come up with an “effective framework” for dealing with global warming.

Getting that deal done has become the United Nations’ highest priority; and the consequences of their negotiations, if enacted, would be nothing short of world-changing.  

Note that “Global warming,” has now been expanded to “climate change,” which would take into account both global warming and global cooling.

 

“COPENHAGEN’S GOAL IS WORLD GOVERNMENT”

U.N. ‘CLIMATE CHANGE’ PLAN WILL LIKELY SHIFT TRILLIONS TO FORM A NEW WORLD ECONOMY

Oct 18/09.  A former science adviser to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher says the real purpose of the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen is to use global warming hype as a pretext to lay the foundation for a one-world government.

“At Copenhagen this December, a treaty will be signed,” Lord Monckton told a Minnesota Free Market Institute audience:

“Your president will sign it. Most of the Third World countries will sign it, because they think they’re going to get money out of it. Most of the left-wing regimes from the European Union will rubber stamp it. Virtually nobody won’t sign it,” he told the audience of some 700 attendees.

“I read that treaty and what it says is this: a world government is going to be created. The word ‘government actually appears as the first of three purposes of the new entity.

“The second purpose is the transfer of wealth from the countries of the West to Third World countries, in satisfaction of what is called ‘climate debt’ – because we’ve been burning CO2, and they haven’t. We’ve been screwing up the climate and they haven’t.

“And the third purpose of this new entity, this government, is enforcement.”

In an hour and a half lecture illustrated by slides featuring scientific data on a wide range of climate issues, Monckton refuted claims made by former Vice President Al Gore in his movie and book entitled, “An Inconvenient Truth,” as well as scientific arguments made by the United Nations Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change.

Monckton argued that President Obama will sign the Copenhagen treaty at the December meeting, without seeking a two-thirds ratification of the treaty by the Senate, or any other type of Congressional approval.

“So, thank you, America. You were the beacon of freedom to the world. It is a privilege to stand on this soil of freedom while it is still free,” he continued. “But, in the next few weeks, unless you stop it, your president will sign your freedom, your democracy, and your humanity away forever.

“But I think it is here, here in your great nation, which I so love and I so admire – it is here that perhaps, at this eleventh hour, at the fifty-ninth minute and fifty-ninth second, you will rise up and you will stop your president from signing that dreadful treaty, that purposeless treaty. For there is no problem with the climate and, even if there were, an economic treaty does nothing to [help] it.”

Other main points in Monckton’s speech reveal:

*    Details of the 200 page draft Copenhagen Treaty are being concealed from the people.

*    The science behind Global Warming has collapsed.

*    The Treaty has been kept secret in their usual way.

*    The word “Government” is explicitly referred to in the Treaty, with powers for a communistic international  Government  – similar to the EU Commissars, but on a global scale.

*    This proposed World Government is designed to take over all global free markets.

*    The Copenhagen Treaty will take precedence over the Australian (and other nations’) Constitutions.

*    There’s NO provision to exit the Copenhagen Treaty.

A part of Monckton’ lecture can be viewed at …

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMe5dOgbu40

(Another report says that at present it looks like China, India and the US will not sign the Treaty.)

ENSLAVEMENT TO THE

CLIMATE CHANGE TREATY

BY A COPENHAGEN PROTOCOL 

A few facts from an article by Henry Lamb.

 

Oct 20/09. The 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will meet in Copenhagen December 7-18.  This is about to become the successor to Kyoto.

The UNFCCC (U.N. Framework Convention of Climate Change – known more commonly as the Kyoto Protocol) was a voluntary treaty through which the US agreed to voluntarily reduce carbon emissions in 1992. 

At the very first meeting of the COP in 1995, the delegates decided to add a “Protocol” to the treaty that would make specific emissions reduction targets set by the UN body, legally binding on 34 developed nations. 

The US Senate adopted a resolution instructing the Clinton administration not to participate in the Protocol unless it included all nations, or if it would have a negative impact on the US economy. The developing nations refused to accept any reduction in their carbon emissions. So the Kyoto Protocol went into effect without the United States’ participation. 

The Copenhagen meeting is supposed to produce the successor to the Kyoto Protocol, which will expire in 2012.  This new agreement is supposed to set new emissions reductions targets, even more onerous than the Kyoto targets. 

The same arguments plague the negotiations leading up to the Copenhagen meeting that plagued negotiations in Kyoto: developing nations absolutely do not want any kind of reductions imposed upon them, while insisting that developed nations, especially the United States, be forced to drastically reduce carbon emissions.

President Obama has as good as promised the world that the US would rejoin the international climate change treaty.  He evidently thought his promise, would be sufficient to persuade developing nations to join the party.  So far, they haven’t.  His ace is a “Cap & Trade” bill that he wants signed before the Copenhagen meeting.  If he gets his bill, he can tell the developing nations that the US has already done its part, and that he will not sign the Copenhagen agreement unless the developing nations do.  

Notice the absence of any discussion about the validity of climate change science, or the need to control it?

Climate change has nothing to do with the negotiations or the meetings, or the treaties. It never has. Climate change is simply an excuse to construct a monstrous international bureaucracy that meets many times each year in exotic venues around the world. Billions of dollars flow into and out of the climate change industry.  

http://www.worldviewtimes.com/article.php/articleid-5507/Brannon-Howse/Henry-Lamb

In the run-up to the Copenhagen Conference, expect to hear a lot of …

CLIMATE-RELATED HORROR STORIES

The scale of crisis must be “world threatening” before a global consensus will be sufficient to enact changes. Already articles with these headlines have appeared:

“IS A NEW ICE AGE ON THE HORIZON?”

“BILLIONS FACE FAMINE, SAYS SCIENTIST” 

“AUSTRALIA: COASTAL LIVING AT RISK”

“PM WARNS OF CLIMATE CATASTROPHE”

Oct 19/09. The UK faces a “catastrophe” of floods, droughts and killer heat waves if world leaders fail to agree on a deal on climate change, the prime minister has warned. Gordon Brown said negotiators had 50 days to save the world from global warming and break the “impasse.”

ARCTIC OCEAN WILL BE ICE- FREE IN SUMMER

Global warming will leave the Arctic Ocean ice-free during the summer within 20 years, raising sea levels and harming wildlife such as seals and polar bears.

 

 

            UN CHIEF CALLS FOR     

‘GLOBAL GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE’

TO OVERSEE RESOURCES

Oct 27/09. Secy-Gen Ban Ki-moon, in an opinion piece in New York Times, laid out a number of benchmarks for success in the upcoming global climate talks.

Ki-moon argued that a “global governance structure” must be levied to ensure that nations collaborate on how resources are deployed and managed.

The editorial, entitled “We Can Do It,” urges world leaders toward the accomplishment of three key points:

1. Curbing emissions, 2. investing in green growth for third world nations and, 3. establishing a supranational structure to oversee resources.

“A deal must include an equitable global governance structure.” he said. “All countries must have a voice in how resources are deployed and managed. That is how trust will be built.”

WHERE’S THE GLOBAL WARMING?

As evidence mounts up that the United States is headed toward a cooling cycle that may last decades, global alarmists within the Obama administration remain resolved to push cap-and-trade legislation through Congress on the increasingly dubious theory that man-made carbon emissions are creating global warming.

In what has to be seen as increasingly bad news for global warming alarmists, scientific evidence is mounting that temperatures in the United States have cooled at a rate that would be projected to lower temperatures 7.3 degrees Fahrenheit over the next century. (Source: U.S. National Climate Data Center and www.c3headlines.com).

While the science behind Global Warming is collapsing, the Messiah warns of much greater disasters than the Greenies are worried about.

“And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and upon earth despair among nations, with perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men’s hearts will faint from terror, being apprehensive of what is coming upon the world; for the very powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then will they see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” (Luke 21:25-27)

So believer, look up, your redemption is drawing near!

 

 

    TURKEY REVERSES ITS RELATIONSHIPS 

                                  WITH ISRAEL  &  THE  WEST

 ANKARA SIDES WITH SYRIA AND IRAN

                                                                                                                                               

Turkey was once the most progressive form of a pro-Western, dependable Muslim democracy, but in October, Turkey officially left the Western alliance and became a full member of the Iranian axis. This was not a total surprise. Militant Islam of the AKP variety has been enjoying growing popularity and support throughout Turkey for many years.

The Obama administration, since entering office in January, has abandoned US support for democracy activists throughout the world in favor of a policy of pure appeasement of US adversaries at the expense of US allies.

In keeping with this policy, President Barack Obama paid a preening visit to Ankara where he effectively endorsed the Islamization of Turkish foreign policy that has moved the NATO member into the arms of Tehran’s mullahs.

   – Caroline Glick /   http://www.JewishWorldReview.com

 

DETERIORATING RELATIONS WITH ISRAEL

Diplomatic relations between Israel and Turkey took a nose-dive in October after Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan booted Israel out of a NATO joint training exercise involving Italy and the US.

Turkey banned Israel planes from flying over Turkey in the NATO exercise, and informed Israel that its Air Force was not welcome to fly in the “Anatolian Eagle” exercise because of IAF’s use of its planes during its counter-terrorism Operation Cast Lead in Gaza last winter.

Anatolian Eagle was slated to begin October 12, and continue through to October 23, but when the US and Italy refused to take part in the exercise without the IAF, Turkey was forced to postpone the exercise indefinitely.

The reason Turkey gave, was Israel’s inability to deliver an order of Heron surveillance drones to Turkey on the agreed schedule, even though it was the failure of a part produced by Turkey that made on time delivery impossible.

Turkish officials tried to calm harsh Israeli reactions to the surprise cancellation, but Israeli officials maintained that the government of Prime Minister Recip Tayyip Erdogan was trying to punish Israel for the three-week Operation Cast Lead counter-terrorist war against Gaza that concluded in mid-January.

 

 

 

TURKEY REBUFFS ISRAEL,

CONDUCTS WAR GAME WITH SYRIA

The threat of the anti-Israel axis north of the border worsened with an announcement just two days after the joint training exercise cancelled, that Turkey was conducting joint military maneuvers with Israel’s enemy, Syria.

Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee chairman Tzachi HaNegbi stated that the cancellation of the joint military exercise is a “troubling” development.

Two decades of close ties between Ankara and Jerusalem appear to be coming to an end, the Asia Times reported. It explained that demands from the Arab world and from hardline Muslims in Turkey have influenced the government to distance itself from Israel, which has supplied Ankara with hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of equipment for refurbishing tanks and airplanes.

Despite having a majority Muslim population, Turkey has enjoyed strong diplomatic, military and trade relations with the Jewish state over the past two decades, and has tried to bolster its image as being a cultural bridge linking East and West.

Both countries have flown together over each other’s territory in various joint military drills since the signing of a bilateral defence alliance between the two nations in 1996.

The Turkish army has fiercely guarded its country’s secular government, and has often overthrown those which have sought to turn the nation into an Islamic state. But in 2002 the Islamic based Justice and Development party took power, and since then Turkey’s relations with Israel have deteriorated. And now the friendly era has apparently ended.

A TURKISH-SYRIAN TREATY

On 13 October, these neighbouring countries signed a treaty which included plans to strengthen military ties, and to end visa requirements for both countries. Ten Turkish ministers flew to Syria for the high-level meeting with Syrian counterparts.

Syria also praised Turkey for pulling out of the military exercise with Israel, and urged other Muslim countries, mainly Jordan and Egypt, to cut diplomatic ties with Israel.

TENSIONS BUILDING UP

The warm ties between Israel and Turkey have cooled considerably since Erdogan’s harsh criticism of Israel’s role in Operation Cast Lead in January.

Later in January, tensions between Turkey and Israel intensified after a harsh debate between Erdogan and President Shimon Peres, at the World Economic Forum, held in Davos, Switzerland.

Erdogan lambasted Peres, saying: “When it comes to killing, you know very well how to kill. I know very well how you hit and killed children on the beaches.”

Erdogan stormed out of the panel discussion.

(The incident of which he speaks was later discovered to have been caused by a Palestinian landmine, buried in the sand to try and prevent an IDF invasion of Gaza by sea.)

TURKISH TV SERIES ANGERS ISRAEL

Turkey has been distancing itself from Israel since the Gaza offensive, and as well as the cancelled training exercise, recently began airing a controversial TV drama series depicting Israeli soldiers killing Palestinian children and executing others.

The drama shows monstrous images of Israeli soldiers, as clips of explosions, tanks wreaking havoc, soldiers beating civilians, and dead bodies, fill the screen. One of the shots depicted a group of Palestinians facing an IDF firing squad.

Israel summoned the Turkish ambassador, in order to protest over the belligerent TV programme in Turkey.

TURKISH PROTESTORS BURN ISRAELI FLAG

Oct 5/09. A mass anti-Israel rally was held in Istanbul.  The demonstrators, who rallied in support of riots in east Jerusalem, carried Palestinian Authority flags and posters of the al-Aqsa Mosque, and set Israeli flags on fire. - Ynet News

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon told Voice of Israel government radio, however, that “Turkey has been, and remains an important strategic anchor in the Middle East, and certainly its relations with Israel are something that serves the entire region.”

THE TURKISH MILITARY

Since last year, Turkey’s military has been switching between two conflicting tracks - falling in line behind a government led by an Islamic party which is intent on developing close ties with Iran and Syria, while at the same time not giving up its longstanding profitable military interchanges with Israel. But the government has inserted Islamists inside the secular army, so that it has now been brought completely under the heel of the Erdogan regime.

Modern Turkey was founded as a secular republic by Kemal Mustafa Ataturk on the ashes of the old Ottoman Empire in 1923. Prime Minister Erdogan is gripped by the ambition to restored Ottoman glory to his country.

THE SYRIA-TURKEY-IRAN TRIANGLE 

Syrian-Turkish relations are rapidly evolving on all fronts, noted the pan-Arab daily Al Quds al Arabi.  The two parties have signed an agreement to establish a free trade zone and to waive entry visas for the citizens of both states.

“Syria has started to look northwards (to Turkey) to break out of its isolation in the Arab world, which had been imposed on it by Saudi Arabia and Egypt at a time when many differences arose over Lebanon.”

At the same time, Turkey has about-faced eastwards and started to embrace its Ottoman legacy after its efforts to join the EU proved to be fruitless.

It is not yet clear how this Syrian-Turkish entente (friendship) will influence the region’s alliances. Countries like Egypt are quite “embarrassed” by Turkey’s dynamism. Syria itself thinks Turkey would become a serious challenger if it gains full access to the Arab region by championing all its major causes, especially Palestine’s.

Now, adding Iran to the equation, a Damascus-Ankara-Tehran triangle would appear to be edging its way to replace the older Damascus-Cairo-Riyadh bloc which has governed the region for over 30 years.  - www.thenational.ae

ERDOGAN: “IRAN IS OUR FRIEND”

Oct 27/09. Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Tehran today for a two-day visit!

Erdogan confirmed his country’s increasingly close ties with Iran in an interview with British newspaper The Guardian. Of Iranian President Ahmadinejad, he said, “There is no doubt he is our friend.”

Relations between Iran and Turkey are “very good,” Erdogan reported, even as many Israelis saw Turkey increasingly distance itself from Israel. He defended Iran against charges that it is actively seeking nuclear weapons, saying the Islamic republic wants nuclear technology “for the purposes of energy.” - Arutz Sheva  

In September also, Erdogan defended Iran’s nuclear program, arguing that the problem in the Middle East is Israel’s nuclear arsenal.

 

HOW DOES THE LOSS OF TURKISH-ISRAELI

 RELATIONS AFFECT ISRAEL?

Turkey is now being drawn into an unholy alliance with Israel’s enemies.

Israel’s loss of an ally in a Middle East full of Muslim aggressors, leaves it decidedly more isolated. As former Israeli Air Force Commander Eitan Ben-Eliyahu told an interviewer on Israeli television: “This is a seriously worrying development. Turkey is critically essential in the training of our air force over wide spaces, particularly given Turkey’s strategic location adjacent to both Iran and Syria.”

A hostile Turkey leaves Israel without any friendly nation anywhere close to its northern border.

Iran and other openly anti-Semitic nations are feeling emboldened by their newest ally in their desire to “wipe Israel off the map,” as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has so enthusiastically threatened.

The influx of Turkish support into a coalition against Israel makes the threat of invasion against Israel loom even closer.

ISRAEL HAS LOST A STRATEGIC ALLY

Oct 22/09. World Tribune reported that Turkey was said to have suspended up to $1 billion in proposed Israeli defence projects after cancelling the air exercise with Israel.

Ron Ben-Yishai, a leading Israeli defence analyst said Turkey has decided to end defence and military cooperation with Israel, and it has shelved a range of proposed Israeli projects. 

“New deals worth tens and hundreds of millions of dollars offered by Israel’s defence industries to the Turkish Army, as well as cooperation with Turkish colleagues, are being put on hold or cancelled altogether,” he said.

In Ankara, Turkish industry sources said Ankara has ruled out awarding Israel any major defence contracts.

Ben-Yishai warned that Israel has lost Turkey as a strategic ally. “Israel has now embarked on a process of seeking substitutes to the strategic advantages offered by the relationship with Turkey,” he said on Oct. 14. “However, this process is difficult and complex, and it is doubtful whether it will compensate us for the lost ties with Ankara. The loss of Turkey as a strategic ally has also harmed Israel’s deterrence, particularly toward Iran and Syria.

http://www.worthynews.com/top/worldtribune-com-worldtribune-WTARC-2009-me_israel0828_10_22-asp/

THE DEVELOPING NORTHERN CONFEDERATION

What we are witnessing today is the coming together of the Northern Confederation which has been prophesied in Ezekiel 38 & 39.

Along with Rosh, Magog, Meshech (Russia) - the leader of the Confederation - are the nations of Tubal (Baltic region) Cush (Ethiopia/Sudan) and Put (Libya), Gomer (possibly Germany), as well as Persia (Iran) and Beth-Togarmah (Turkey and the Turkic people of Central Asia – which may include Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Xinjiang (NW China) – as well as many other unnamed peoples.) (Ezekiel 38:2-6)

The Northern Confederation will invade Israel; the battlefield will be the “mountains of Israel which had long been desolate.” (Ezekiel 38:8). The purpose of the invasion will be to “plunder and loot” and to destroy the nation of Israel.  (Ezekiel 38:12, 16).

Turkey is now taking its stand with these nations and preparing for the invasion of Israel.

“I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws and bring you out with your whole army - your horses and horsemen all fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing swords.

“Get ready; be prepared, you and all the hordes gathered about you, and take command of them. After many days you will be summoned; in the latter years you will invade the land that has recovered from the sword, whose people have been gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel which had long been desolate. Its people had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them are living securely. You and all your troops and the many nations with you will go up, advancing like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the land.”  (Ezekiel 38:4, 7-9)

The result will be a worldwide nuclear war.

“And with pestilence and with bloodshed I shall execute judgment upon him; and I shall rain on him, and on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, a torrential rain, with hailstones and burning sulphur.” (Ezekiel 38:22)

In relation to the developing Northern Confederation, this report is also quite significant …

TURKEY AND ARMENIA MEND BRIDGES  

Oct 10/09.  Turkey and Armenia signed a landmark treaty accord, normalizing relations after a century of hostility. This is extraordinary, given the 1915 killing of over a million Armenians during WWI.

As well as US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, was among the officials attending the ceremony.

As emotions over the century old genocide bubbled up, Clinton broke in and appealed to the broader aim of a signed treaty. In other words, Turkey doesn’t have to apologize for the massacres — we just need to get on with the peace program and form alliances.

The protocols will establish diplomatic ties and open the Armenian-Turkish border, provided their respective parliaments subsequently ratify them.

Both Armenians and Turks have mixed feelings about the agreement. Some 10,000 people marched through the Armenian capital Yerevan to protest against the planned normalization of diplomatic relations with Turkey. They said ties can only be restored if Turkey recognizes that the massacre, during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, of as many as 1.5 million Armenians, was genocide.

But Turkey has denied the mass killings in 1915 amounted to genocide, saying many people died because of hardship and fighting during World War One.

Despite disagreements, the governments of predominantly Christian Armenia and mainly Islamic Turkey agreed to sign a peace accord to normalize relations.  They also agreed that a special commission of experts would investigate the circumstances surrounding the mass killings of Armenians.

Armenia is already pro-Russian; and normal bilateral relations with Turkey will help facilitate these two countries’ participation in the Northern Confederation.

 

THE  GOLDSTONE  REPORT   

 

HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL ENDORSES ANTI-ISRAEL REPORT

 

“O God, do not keep silent! Do not be quiet, and do not be still, O God! For look, Your enemies are roaring; and those who hate You have raised their heads. They craftily plot against Your people, and conspire against Your hidden, treasured ones.

“They have said, ‘Come, and let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more.’ For they have conspired together with one mind; they make a pact against You.” (Psalm 83:1-5)

The United Nations Human Rights Council [UNHRC] on October 16 endorsed the controversial Goldstone report, which accuses both Israel and Hamas of committing war crimes during last winter’s conflict in Gaza.

In a special session, 25 of the UNHRC’s 47 members - including Argentina, Brazil, China, and Russia - voted in favor of a subsequent resolution co-sponsored by the Palestinian Authority and several Islamic states.

Six council members - Italy, Hungary, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Ukraine and the United States - voted against, and eleven - Belgium, Bosnia, Burkina-Faso, Cameroon, Gabon, Japan, Mexico, Norway, South Korea, Slovenia and Uruguay - abstained.

Although the Goldstone report also accused Hamas of war crimes, the 5-page resolution voted for by the Human Rights Council makes only explicit mention of alleged Israeli violations of international law.

The UNHRC-sponsored Goldstone report calls for the U.N. Security Council to refer the matter to the International Criminal Court if the Israelis or Palestinians fail to investigate the alleged abuses themselves [although the Security Council has to decide if they will actually even discuss the matter].

The Deputy US Ambassador to the UN, Alejandro Wolff, called the resolution “regrettable” and one that went “beyond the scope of the Goldstone report.”

He said the text voted by the Human Rights Council contained elements that should be “discussed within a final status agreement,” including the status of Jerusalem.

Wolff said the Goldstone report had failed to deal adequately with the asymmetrical nature of the confrontation, and that the adoption of the subsequent resolution could only postpone a lasting peace and deepen the divide between Israel and Palestine.

(Excerpts of an article by World Jewish Congress, Oct 16/09).

 

 

A MASSIVE ACHIEVEMENT FOR THE PALESTINIANS

 

In an article, “Waging Diplomatic War,” Caroline Glick comments:

Oct 23/09. The UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution (Oct 16, 09) condemning Israel in every possible way for asserting its sovereignty over its capital city and for defending its citizens against wanton, massive, unprovoked and illegal terror from the skies emanating from Hamas-controlled Gaza.

The resolution represented a massive achievement for the Palestinians. It referred Israel to the Security Council with the recommendation that Israel’s leaders be tried as war criminals before international tribunals.

The UNHRC’s resolution effectively delegitimized Israel’s right to exist by denying that it has a right to defend its territory and its people from illegal ag-gression carried out by an illegal terrorist organization.

Unlike the Palestinians and the Iranians, Israel has no great diplomatic assets. It can assume that it will always be condemned by the UN.

And the EU, with its member-nations’ own anti-Jewish baggage, a burgeoning and radicalized Muslim minority, and an addiction to Arab oil, cannot be expected to stand with Israel.    - http://carolineglick.com/    

ENDORSING THE GOLDSTONE RESOLUTION

MARKS THE END OF PEACE PROCESS

By Barry Rubin – www.worldviewtimes.com   

Oct 19. Now the UN Human Rights Council has now endorsed the Goldstone Report, there are important implications that make it a turning point.

It is the first make or break test for Obama’s foreign policy. There is no easy way out. The president must either block a disastrous UN resolution through effective diplomacy in the UN corridors, accept a bad resolution in order to avoid a confrontation, or veto such a resolution and accept the price in unpopularity.

Oh, and it also marks the end of the peace process era that began in 1993, showing both sides why they don’t want a compromise deal.

Of course, it says a great deal about the nature of international affairs nowadays. What does it say about the UN that it condemns Israel but says not a word against Hamas, which is guilty of aggression, terrorism, seizure of power by force, calls for genocide, anti-Semitism, indoctrination of children to become suicide bombers, oppression of women, systematic use of civilians as human shields, and a range of war crimes?

Trying to present the Goldstone report in a more favorable light, Western media overstated its “evenhandedness,” playing up a few mentions of Hamas to pretend that both sides in the conflict were condemned.

The UNHRC drops this pretense and only speaks of Israel, totally removing the factors that forced a reluctant Israel to launch an operation on the Gaza Strip.

This is not merely another of the many ritual condemnations of Israel but a demonization. Israel is now accused of massive war crimes on a remarkably flimsy basis.

Of course it is all political, but this is a step toward delegitimization. The Arabic-speaking, Muslim-majority, and left-wing governments that supported the resolution see this as a step, not toward a compromise peace, but an elimination of Israel altogether.

Having tasted blood, these forces will not be interested in getting less. Why should they - including the Palestinian Authority - settle for a stable two-state solution when they believe they can get far more without giving up anything?

FULL ARTICLE> http://www.worldviewtimes.com/article.php/articleid-5503/Brannon-Howse/Barry-Rubin

IRAN’S  NUCLEAR  PROGRAM

A DEAL TO SOLVE AN EXPLOSIVE ISSUE  ??

The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency has announced the US, Russia and France had agreed to a deal regarding Iran’s nuclear program.

Under the draft plan Iran would send around 1200kg, the majority of its stocks of enriched uranium, to Russia and then to France before it is returned to run a research reactor in Tehran.

The big advantage for the West is that the arrangement would neutralise most of Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium. At the very least this would delay Iran’s ability to make a nuclear bomb.

But would Iran also sign on to the deal?

The day after the deal was hailed by the big powers, Iran’s Parliamentary Speaker, Ali Larijani rejected the overseas enrichment plan. A couple of days later, Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Iran could accept parts of the UN proposal for its nuclear programme.

Iran, he said, may agree to send some of its existing stock of low-enriched uranium abroad for further processing. But Tehran was considering whether to buy enriched uranium instead. There were two options available to Tehran: “Either to buy it [enriched uranium] or to give part of our fuel for further processing abroad.”

Oct 27/09. Iranian state media have reported that Iran will accept the UN deal on its nuclear programme, but only if “very important changes” are made.

Al Alam TV quoted “informed” sources as saying Tehran would respond to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) deal within 48 hours.

Oct 27/09. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that as long as Israel was in possession of atomic weapons, Iran would not halt its nuclear program.

“When an illegal regime possesses nuclear weapons, the other countries’ rights for peaceful nuclear energy cannot be denied. 

The Zionist regime is a threat to all nations ... it cannot tolerate the existence of any strong country in the region,” Ahmadinejad said.

AHMADINEJAD CLAIMS VICTORY IN NUCLEAR BATTLE

Oct 30/09. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has proclaimed victory in his battle with the West, claiming he has compelled America and its allies to ‘co-operate’ with Iran’s nuclear program. He hailed a change in Western policy from “confrontation to co-operation.”

“We welcome fuel exchange, nuclear co-operation, building of power plants and reactors and we are ready to co-operate,” Ahmadinejad said on state TV. But he said he would not retreat “one iota” in his demand that the country continue with its nuclear program.

Under the proposals, put forward by the head of the IAEA Mohammed ElBaradei, Iran would transfer three quarters of its low enriched uranium to Russia for further processing. It would then be returned as fuel plates for its research reactor.

But Iran proposed changes to the deal, making demands that appeared to challenge the basis of the agreement with the US, France and Russia. According to repeated leaks to Iranian media, the government demands revisions to the deal’s timetable. Iran wants to hand over its stocks piecemeal rather than in one go.    - www.telegraph.co.uk

The Iranians’ counter-offer drew criticism in Europe - “It’s the same old tricks,” said the Swedish Foreign Minister. It is understood that Britain, France and Germany will not accept Iran’s new terms, and are preparing to reject the plan.

IRAN’S NUCLEAR PROGRAM LEGITAMIZED

Forthright commentator, Caroline Glick says:

On Oct 21, Mohamed ElBaradei, the UN IAEA’s virulently anti-Israel chairman, announced a deal has been reached between the US, Russia and France regarding Iran’s nuclear program.

The deal - which the parties initialized in Geneva after just three days of talks - legitimizes Iran’s nuclear weapons program and effectively transforms the US, the EU and Russia into facilitators rather than opponents of that program.

According to news reports of the accord, the US agreed to send American personnel to Iran to upgrade a research reactor in Tehran that was provided to the Shah in the 1960s.

Russia agreed to increase enrichment levels of Iranian uranium from their current level of 3.5 percent, to 19.75%. And France agreed to transform the higher-enriched uranium into metallic nuclear fuel.

Until 21st Oct, in accordance with three binding UN Security Council resolutions, the US, Russia and the EU refused to accept the legitimacy of Iran’s uranium enrichment activities.

Their refusal stemmed from the fact that by enriching uranium, Iran stands in breach of its commitments under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Wednesday’s accord ignores this inconvenient fact and so whitewashes Iran’s illicit behavior, effectively accepting Iran’s right to enrich uranium.

And that isn’t all. According to Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, by agreeing to enrich Iran’s uranium from 3.5%, to 19.75%, the US, Russia and France have provided Iran with a solution to its technical deficiencies.

Citing a report in the Nucleonics Week trade journal, Ignatius wrote last week that Iran has apparently been unable to enrich uranium beyond 3.5%, and its current “supply of low-enriched uranium... appears to have certain ‘impurities’ that ‘could cause centrifuges to fail’ if the Iranians try to boost it to weapons grade.”

Jack Wakeland, an engineer employed in the nuclear power industry, expanded on Ignatius’s revelation at The Intellectual Activist Website.

Wakeland explained that the metallic fuel Iran will receive in this deal “can be converted back to highly purified uranium hexafluoride very, very easily.”

That is, the deal allows Iran to surmount the scientific hurdles it reportedly now faces, clearing the mullahs’ path to acquiring the weapons-grade uranium.

For their part, the Iranians haven’t wasted a moment pushing the diplomatic envelop still further. As the Americans, French and Russians were offering them more than they could have ever imagined possible - including the prospect of US personnel serving as human shields against a possible Israeli air strike on Iran’s nuclear installations - back in Tehran they ratcheted up their demands.

                                              - from “Waging Diplomatic War” /http://carolineglick.com/ 

Regardless of whether Tehran accepts the new deal or not, Iran will determinedly heed the Biblical injunction:

“Prepare for war! Rouse the warriors! Let all the men of war draw near; let them come up to attack!  Beat your plowshares into swords.” (Joel 4:9-10)

 

 

                                                                                  

THE  SEARCH  FOR  A EUROPEAN  UNION PRESIDENT

IRISH VOTE FOR LISBON TREATY

Oct 3/09. Ireland voted strongly for the EU Lisbon treaty in a second referendum, which has sparked widespread relief in Brussels. European politicians are now considering the next moves for complete ratification of the treaty.

“Thank you Ireland! It’s a great day for Ireland; it’s a great day for Europe,” said European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso.

The Lisbon pact is designed to increase the 27-nation grouping’s influence in world affairs.

With the Irish vote now in the bag, the focus switched to the practicalities of implementing the Lisbon Treaty, and particularly to the presidents of Poland and the Czech Republic.

Their signatures under the treaty, which has already been passed in the parliaments in Warsaw and Prague, are needed for the new rules to come into force across the 27 nation club.

The Polish president, Lech Kaczynski, signed the treaty October 10, leaving the Czech Republic as the only one of the EU’s 27 members that has yet to fully approve the charter intended to streamline the bloc’s decision-making and give it a long-term president and stronger foreign policy chief.

Czech president Vaclav Klaus is a eurosceptic and arch- opponent of the document, and he has stated at every opportunity that he fears the Lisbon Treaty’s ratification would mean an unacceptable loss of national sovereignty and autonomy.

This has long been the fear of many within Great Britain’s Parliament. Still, the drive is on for finding a man about which Henri Spaak, one of the earlier leaders in searching for a formula for a new European order, said that whether he would be a man or the devil, the new order builders would embrace him.

Mr Klaus recently made those who believe he will not sign even after judicial approval more nervous by throwing out an eleventh-hour demand for Prague to get an opt-out from the Charter of Fundamental Rights, a part of Lisbon.

The president argued the charter would expose the Czech Republic to property claims by ethnic Germans expelled from the country after World War II.

KLAUS STRIKES POSITIVE NOTE

Oct 23/09. Czech President Vaclav Klaus has backed away from a major dispute with other EU leaders by indicating that he is satisfied with a proposal to modify the Lisbon Treaty following a last minute demand he made last week.

The Czech constitutional court has indicated it will rule on whether the Lisbon Treaty is compatible with Czech national law when it would reconvene on November 3.

UNITING EUROPE SEEKS LEADER

The creation and establishment of a long-term president of the EU is the main issue on the European Union agenda right now.

The search is on for a powerful leader who can take the member states into a position many of the EU architects elite believe will be above that of America as the great world super-nation state.

“The EU is on the point of an important change. The American Empire is starting to die and the EU will, slowly and surely, be taking over its role and influence. It is already happening financially as the euro emerges as the world’s most reliable currency. Politically too, the EU with its “soft power” is becoming a major diplomatic force. We Europeans are, after more than 60 years, finally ridding ourselves of our dependence on and subservience to the US, a fact already recognized by serious politicians on the European mainland.” (quote in Rapture Ready News, 10/14/09).

Leaders of the European Parliament have decided to hold a debate on Nov. 11 on whether the president should be a bureaucrat or a figurehead. The eventual candidate will be chosen by national leaders and must be confirmed by Parliament.

 

Former British PM, Tony Blair,          is a favourite to become the first permanent EU president. This is due in large part to the strong backing of Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi on Blair’s behalf for the £275,000-a-year post.

Blair’s leading position, however, isn’t without considerable opposition. When asked last week whether Mr. Blair would be a good candidate, French President Nicolas Sarkozy -- hitherto an apparent strong supporter -- said it was too early to say.

“The fact that Great Britain is not in the euro remains a problem,” he said. He said the role demands either a “strong and charismatic president,” as Blair would be seen, or a “consensus-seeking organizer” -- a description that more closely applies to other candidates.

Opponents of a Blair EU presidency also centre on the fear that he would be an operative more for the US than for Europe.

While the Lisbon Treaty has circumvented failure to ratify an earlier EU constitution, and despite the fact that Ireland has finally committed to coming onboard after years of refusal to do so, there are nonetheless hurdles to be overcome.

Oct 30/09. Only 31% of UK voters are in favour of Tony Blair as EU President.

The Daily Telegraph/YouGov poll comes amid signs that the former premier’s bid for the new European job is set to end in failure. European opinion has begun to shift away from Mr Blair, with more countries openly opposing his candidacy.

Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Poland, in recent reports, have all depicted the role in ways that clearly excluded Mr. Blair.

Jan Peter Balkenende, the Dutch prime minister, and Jean-Claude Juncker, the Luxembourg premier, have emerged as candidates of the consensus-building type.

One European newspaper analysis stated: “Europe had hope for a future, only if a figure of great international calibre, able to warm hearts, to be respected outside Europe and perhaps even feared, but also able to identify the institutions with his leadership, is chosen.”

Whoever becomes the first permanent president of the EU, won’t be able to begin acting officially until the Lisbon de facto constitution is ratified.

Daniel’s prophecy (9:24-27) indicates that “the prince” (Antichrist) will come from the territory of the ancient Roman Empire.

“The prince” (king) will be the arrogant, ruthless ruler of the 10-horned Beast Confederation described in Daniel 7 and 8  &  Revelation 13 and 17. The EU is now urgently preparing for that confederation.

A king will arise, insolent and skilled in intrigue.  He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will destroy to an extraordinary degree and prosper and perform his will; He will destroy mighty men, and also the holy people. Through his shrewdness, he will cause deceit to succeed under his hand; and he will magnify himself in his heart. He will destroy many while they feel secure and are at ease. He will even rise against the Prince of princes. But he will be broken without human agency.” (Daniel 8:23-25)

“The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. They will have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. These will go to war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are the called, chosen, and faithful.”        (Revelation 17:`12-14)

I expect that from out of the 27+ EU nations, ten will be amalgamated as the solid front-line confederation of the Antichrist when he comes to power in Europe.

The other nations could form a second line of affiliation to the Beast Confederation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE  VATICAN’S  BOLD  BID TO  WIN  ANGLICANS 

 

Oct 22/09. In one of Rome’s most sweeping gestures to a Protestant church since the Reformation, the Vatican said it will make it far easier for Anglicans (the Church of England, and Episcopalians in the US), to convert to Catholicism.

A newly created set of canon laws, known as an “Apostolic Constitution,” will clear the way for entire congregations of Anglicans to join the Catholic Church.

The move comes nearly five centuries after King Henry VIII broke with Rome and proclaimed himself head of the new Church of England after being refused permission to divorce.

Cardinal William Levada, head of the Vatican’s office on doctrine, has described the new measures as a step in the Pope’s long efforts to heal the rift between Roman Catholicism and Anglicanism. And, he said, they are also a response to requests from Anglicans around the world who are seeking to join the Catholic Church.

Under the plan, the Pope will issue an apostolic constitution, a form of papal decree, that will lead to the creation of “personal ordinariates” for Anglicans who convert to Rome.

These will provide a legal framework to allow Anglicans to enter full communion with the Catholic Church while preserving distinctive elements of their Anglican identity, such as liturgy. Clergy will have to be retrained and re-ordained, since Rome regards Anglican orders as “absolutely null and utterly void.” But they will be granted their own seminaries to train future priests for the new ordinariate.

THE DIVIDED AND DISGRUNTLED ANGLICANS

The worldwide Anglican Communion has become divided and disgruntled ever since its leaders began embracing liberal theological doctrine, starting with the ordination of women priests in the 1970s.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, who is the head of the Anglican Communion, has been trying to hold the church of about 80 million members worldwide, together.

There are now at least four factions.

1.   Anglo-Catholics (“high church”), whose beliefs and practices are close to those of Catholics; and they have an interest in being united with Rome.

2.   Conservative Anglicans who don’t want change –

      they want to hold to past customs and practices.

3.  Fundamental, Bible-believing, evangelical Anglicans.

4.   Liberal and modernistic Anglicans.  These are divided into three factions:

      * those who are in favour of ordaining female priests.

      * those who accept the ordination of gay

        (homosexual) priests, and same-sex marriage.

      * those who are liberal in thinking, but who may not necessarily believe in                          female and gay  priests.  But they are willing to tolerate “whatever.”

It is the first faction – the Anglo-Catholics - that will most likely accept the pope’s invitation to convert to Catholicism.

Rowan Williams issued a statement with Vincent Gerard Nichols, the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, that described the papal announcement as an “end to uncertainty for such groups who have nurtured hopes of new ways of embracing unity with the Catholic Church.”

Liberals are not likely to join the Roman church as it is vigorously opposed to both female and gay priests.

The Bible-believing, evangelical Anglicans are fundamentally opposed to joining Rome because of the unbiblical teachings and practices of Rome. 

In the Reformation, during the reign of Catholic Queen Mary, there were 88 such Bible-believing leaders, including bishops, who were burned at the stake because they refused to accept the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation – the teaching that says, that after the performing the mass, the bread of the communion becomes literal body of Christ, and the wine becomes His literal blood.

(Read the booklet, Why were our Reformers Burned by Bishop J C Ryle, available from MRC and www.maranathaMRC.com).

CELIBACY

Pope Benedict wants to make Christian unity an enduring legacy of his papacy. He has already shown his determination to reunite Christendom at almost any price.

Celibacy for priests and nuns has been a major issue, and the Vatican is not yet ready to relax on that issue – for Catholics.  But for converting priests who are already married, celibacy will evidently not be required.

The Vatican has at times provided dispensations to non-Catholic married priests on an individual basis, including Anglicans and Lutherans.

Eastern Rite Churches, which are in communion with the pope, ordain married men as priests. Still, relaxing rules on priestly celibacy for a group as large as the Anglican Communion is very dramatic!

The Pope is due to visit Britain next year; and Dr Williams will visit Rome next month (November).

 

A THREAT TO FRAGILE ANGLICAN COMMUNION

The Anglican Communion is the world’s third-largest Christian communion after the Catholics and Eastern Orthodox. But the new Vatican initiative is a serious blow to Rowan Williams attempts to save the Anglican Church from further fragmentation. And it threatens to wreck the ecumenical negotiations between the two churches that have been going on for several decades.

As many as 1,000 priests in UK, and thousands more from around the world, may quit the Anglican Church and convert to Rome. Entire parishes and even dioceses could defect and become part of the Roman Church.

But many Anglicans privately accused Rome of poaching and attacked Dr Williams for capitulating to the Vatican. Many were dismayed at his joint statement with the Archbishop of Westminster in which they spoke of Anglicans who are “willing to declare that they share a common Catholic faith and accept the Petrine ministry.” Some called for William’s resignation.

In the past two years, at least four US dioceses have voted to split from the Episcopal Church. They have set up a rival province, the Anglican Church in North America. Individual parishes also have chosen to leave the national body.

This breakaway faction has expressed support for the pope’s initiative. “We rejoice that the Holy See has opened this doorway, which represents another step in the growing cooperation and relationship between our churches,” said the group’s archbishop. But he qualified by adding. “Not all Anglo-Catholics can accept certain teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, nor do they believe that they must first convert to Rome in order to be truly catholic Christians.”

Source: various articles including …

http://www. timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article6883151.ece

“See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and hollow deception, according to the tradition of men, and according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Messiah.”  (Colossians 2:8)

 

    IF YOU COULD TELEPHONE TO HEAVEN

   and ask how to be saved,

you would receive the same answer

the Bible gives.

God Has No Different Answer!

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.”

(Acts 16:31)

 

“For you are saved by grace, through faith; and this is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God - not the result of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

“God commends His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us ... For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life ... For God made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; in order that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him ... The Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”

(Romans 5:8;  John 3:16;  2 Corinthians 5:21;  Isaiah 53:6}

Our good works and efforts will never save us!

“By the works of the Law no person will be justified in His (God’s) sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.” (Romans 3:20).

It’s “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us.”  (Titus 3:5)

Every one of us is unclean because of our sin.

We need forgiveness, cleansing, and the eternal life that God gives.

“For all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like filthy rags.”   “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in the Messiah, Y’shua our Master.”  (Isaiah 64:6)  (Romans 6:23)

We need the One who alone can save us!

It was because man could not save himself by any means that God sent His only begotten Son to die as a substitute for sinners. If man could have achieved righteousness in some other way, then obviously the Saviour need not have suffered and died.

When the Lord Jesus died on Calvary, He finished the work necessary to reconcile us to God, and rose again victoriously on the third day. Now all that He requires is that we should acknowledge our need of Him and receive Him as our Lord and Saviour.

“To all who received Him, to those who believe in His Name, Y’shua, Jesus, He gave the right to become children of God; children born, not of blood (of natural descent), nor of the will of the flesh (human decision), nor of the will of man (a natural father), but of God.” (John 1:12-13)

To “receive Him” means to believe and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone for your salvation.

“He who believes (trusts) in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” (John 3:36)

To summarize; man is a sinner and cannot reach Heaven by his good works, good character, personal effort, or merit of any kind. His only hope of salvation rests upon the finished work of Christ upon Calvary’s cross.

So, when the sinner believes and trusts - has faith in the Saviour - his sins are forgiven, he receives the gift of eternal life, he is saved, and he is bound for the Promised Land - Heaven. God then gives him the assurance that he is “in Christ,” that he is a child of God, and that he has eternal life.

Reader, you can do that right now, if you believe. Bow your head and pray, expressing your faith in the Saviour, Jesus Christ.      

                                       

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