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Lukewarming Part I: The Myth of “GlobalWarming”
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What Did Jesus Not Bear on the Cross?
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The Calling of theTwelve Disciples — Simon the Canaanite
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Spirit Produced Unity
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Everything is being done, people are prepared to make the most tremendous compromises, just to achieve a false sense of unity. In the Bible we do not find unity at all costs, but Christ at all costs.True unity is a person: Jesus Christ.

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By Norbert Lieth
In no place that speaks of the cross does the Bible say that Jesus bore our sicknesses. It speaks rather of the sins that Jesus took upon Himself—the cause of sickness and death. Sin is the cause of all sickness, the root of death and all suffering.

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Lukewarming Part I:The Myth of“Global Warming”

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By Dr. Ron J. Bigalke
Global warming is nothing more than a political agenda that has infiltrated evangelicalism.The church, therefore, should be concerned with regard to the global lukewarming of churchianity.The majority of environmental policies are based upon myths. Only four of the most common will be addressed in this article.

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World Conspiracy in Light of the Bible – Part IV

By Johannes Pflaum
Due to substantial interest in the subject, we continue our study of the conspiracy series with Part 4. What does the Bible say about world conspiracy theories? Do they belong to the prophetic Word?

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Our Lord Jesus revealed His omnipotence here on earth among other places in Luke 11, where He drove out an unclean spirit. In this connection He also spoke about the great danger of inner emptiness: “When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walks through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he says, I will return to my house whence I came out. And when he comes, he finds it swept and garnished. Then he goes and takes to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first” (Luke 11:24-26). Many consult one psychiatrist after another, invest any amount of money, and hope for help. Some also receive it. But only Jesus can give comprehensive and everlasting help! How does He do that? This we also read in Luke 11. After Jesus had revealed His power, a woman in the crowd, who had witnessed everything, raised her voice and praised the mother of

“What do happy people have that unhappy people don’t?” One might think that this question was taken from a report which shows how happy one can be when Jesus Christ is the center of one’s life. However, these few words were the central question in a scientificpsychological professional article in the Neue Zuercher Zeitung. The answer was missing. In the year 1998, Martin Seligman, as president of the American Psychological Association, officially founded a new science, positive psychology. His argument at that time: “For years I have treated patients who were in trouble. I thought that if I freed them from their suffering they would be happy. However, at the end I had before me not a happy but an empty patient.” The report is silent about what happened with those patients. One can easily imagine what did. An “empty patient” will doubtless be worse off if he does not find the cure from the greatest of all physicians, Jesus Christ.
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Jesus as blessed. Jesus disagreed immediately and showed at the same time where true happiness must be found and the heart’s emptiness can be filled: “Yea rather, blessed are they who hear the word of God, and keep it!” (Luke 11:28). This is also the key to a happy life! If God’s Word dwells in us, if we keep it, then this will serve for our inner healing (cf. Psalm 107:20). But he who seeks true happiness and healing of his soul apart from Jesus will always be disappointed in the end, for only He is able to fill the emptiness in the heart of a man. King David was also acquainted with dark, yes very dark hours! But he knew to whom he could turn. He prayed: “My soul cleaves to the dust: quicken me according to Thy word … My soul melts for heaviness: strengthen Thou me according to thy word … Let Thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, even thy salvation, according to Thy word!” (Psalm 119: 25, 28 & 41). His prayer was granted. “I am afflicted very much; quicken me, O LORD, according to Thy word” (verse 107). And finally, he could rejoice: “I rejoice at Thy word, as one that finds great spoil” (verse 162). An emptiness can arise also in the hearts of us children of God. This occurs when we have grieved the Holy Spirit by sin. He that is not ready to receive the help of Jesus by confessing his sin and asking Him to forgive him risks danger, for Satan will do everything to fill this emptiness with something else in order to hide it. Peter warns us in his first epistle: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). “What do happy people have that unhappy people don’t?” They have Jesus and His Word and live in harmony with it. Are you happy in Jesus? MC
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John 16:13-14 speak of the Spirit of truth. Is there a pointer to the unity of the Spirit in these two verses?

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But Bible-believing Christians know that both movements toward unity ultimately serve one person:the Antichrist.He will one day rule over the whole world.The strong man is not yet here,but his perilous net has been spun for many years,from a worldly as well as a religious aspect.

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n the departing words of our Lord Jesus, we find in John 14:18 a particularly moving statement, when the Lord says to His disciples, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” Our Lord is speaking here of three things: 1. Of His approaching death (indirectly). 2. Of His resurrection: He will return. 3. Of the sending of the Holy Spirit, through whom He will always be there for His disciples. It is really moving to see how the Lord is caring for His disciples here, and wants to encourage them by describing the great blessing of the sending of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you” (John 16:7). In verses 8-15, our Lord speaks further of Him, the Holy Spirit. We are going to consider verses 13-14 now from the aspect of Spirit produced unity in particular, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” It is clear that these words are not directly connected

with unity. They are about the particular ministry and the working of the Holy Spirit, and this has a lot to do with unity.

The unity from below. Today there is already a “unity,” one that is not produced by the Spirit, however. It is rather a unity produced by “spirits.” This so-called unity is a double one: on the one hand it is about the present political globalization, and on the other it is about a religious globalization, which has been known for many years under the name of the “Ecumenical Movement.” The disastrous activity of this last-named religious globalization is well known to us all. The political globalization is to incorporate the worldly unity, the Ecumenical Movement, the “Christian.” Yet both of these come from the same bitter source: they come from below and are the work of the great opponent of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Political globalization means a world-embracing conglomeration of power, through which ever more powerful instances are created in order to force the world to become one. And the Ecumenical Movement is nothing other than a worldwide religious conglomeration, to represent Christians of all denominations as a united platform. But Bible-believSEPTEMBER 2011 7

Firstly,we must hold fast to the fact that the Bible does not speak anywhere of peace and unity at all costs.This is the fatal thing.Everything is being done,people are prepared to make the most tremendous compromises,just to achieve this false unity. In the Bible we do not find unity at all costs,but Christ at all costs.True unity is a person: Jesus Christ.
ing Christians know that both movements toward unity ultimately serve one person: the Antichrist. He will one day rule over the whole world. The strong man is not yet here, but his perilous net has been spun for many years, from a worldly as well as a religious aspect. Everything will be ready when he appears on the scene. In the book of Proverbs, we find a very interesting statement concerning the conglomeration of power. We read here of people who attempt to bind others to themselves with the following words, “We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse” (Proverbs 1:13-14). Here is an obvious attempt to amalgamate, which climaxes in the statement, “Let us all have one purse.” The Bible gives us a very clear warning, however, not to participate in such an amalgamation, “My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: for their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood” (verses 15-16). These words are doubtless a clear command to Bible-believing Christians to stay away from the present false unity, from the religious as well as the worldly unity. Political efforts to achieve unity do not really affect us, but the spiritual/religious all the more. These have been creating havoc for decades already by attempting to undermine the Church. Dear friends, we should take a stand where these negative developments are concerned and resist this false teaching. dous compromises, just to achieve this false unity. In the Bible we do not find unity at all costs, but Christ at all costs. True unity is a person: Jesus Christ. As simple as it may sound, the fact is that the Church possesses all the conditions for true unity in the person of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. True unity is personified in Christ. Not only that, however. It is based on the fellowship with the Son and the Father. Think of the high priestly prayer, where our Lord makes the tremendous statement, “I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me” (John 17:23). Or think of the words of Colossians 3:3, where Paul writes, “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” “Hid with Christ in God.” Are not these words which describe the foundation of Christian unity? It is this unity which binds and unites us. All of us who are children of God can testify with Paul, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me” (Galatians 2:20). If Christ personifies unity, then it is of immense significance that He lives in us. Basically, He lives in all believers. Nonetheless, it can actually happen that Jesus Christ stands before the door of some of His children! In Revelation 3:20, the Lord had to say to the Christian church at Laodicea, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock.” This church had defiled herself through sin. That is why Jesus Christ no longer dwelt in her midst but stood before the door. When we defile ourselves through some kind of sin, which we have not brought to the cross and received forgiveness for immediately, then there is no more room for our Savior. In such a case, it is useless to talk about unity. See that you can rejoice

Biblical unity. Firstly, we must hold fast to the fact that
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Then it continues in John 16:13-14,“He shall not speak of himself;but whatsoever he shall hear,that shall he speak:and he will shew you things to come.He shall glorify me:for he shall receive of mine,and shall shew it unto you.”These words also speak of the Spirit produced unity,for the Holy Spirit proclaims only that which concerns the Lord Jesus directly.
with Paul every day, “I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me”! This is true unity: Christ in me! Christ in me and all my fellow-Christians—that is true unity. What a spirit of power and joy can be in the Church when God’s children see to it that Christ really fills them. In Him the true foundation of unity is given to us all. This indwelling through one Savior in all believers has a tremendous effect, which is described for us in Colossians 3:9-10, “…ye have put off the old man with his deeds; and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.” Unity within the Church is possible because everyone who comes to the Church has put on the nature of the Lord Jesus. He has clothed himself with Christ. Christ lives in me and in many others too. We have all been renewed in the image of our Savior. And the best part is that on the basis of this unity, it will one day be possible for the Church of Jesus Christ to be raptured as a united Church. His fullness. The apostle Paul gives examples of this in his letter to the Romans, “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost” (Romans 14:17). “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost” (Romans 15:13). Things like righteousness, peace, joy and hope are basically given to us in Jesus Christ, as the apostle Peter explains, “His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness…” (2 Peter 1:3). Paul also proclaims the good news to us, “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32). How does this all come to life in us in practical terms? Through the power of the Holy Spirit. This is exactly what John 16:13-14 explains to us. It is the Holy Spirit who wants to proclaim and magnify the victory of Jesus in our daily lives. He wants the abundant life that is in Christ to become a reality in us. Everything that has to do with Jesus, the Holy Spirit wants to realize in us. Our Lord summarizes this wonderful working of the Holy Spirit with the words, “He shall glorify me” (John 16:14). In John 16:13, our Lord says of the Holy Spirit, “When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth.” The truth in person is Jesus Himself (John 14:6). So when our Lord speaks of this here, that the Holy Spirit wants to guide us into all truth, then it is in the first place about the Savior Himself. This statement itself testifies to a Spirit produced unity, for the Holy Spirit guides into all truth, which is in the first place, Christ. Then it continues in John 16:13-14, “He shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” These words also speak of the Spirit produced unity, for the Holy Spirit proclaims only that which concerns the Lord
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Unity produced by the Spirit. “When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you” (John 16:13-14). In this text, much is said to us, but it speaks of Spirit produced unity in a particular way. The indwelling of the holy Son of God in all children of God incorporates the true unity of the Church. What takes place in practical terms, however, when Christ dwells in me? Nothing other than that which the Lord proclaimed about the Holy Spirit, “He shall glorify me” (John 16:14). Spirit produced unity is indeed the work of the Holy Spirit in the children of God. In order that this unity, the overflowing life of the Savior, can fully develop in me, however, the ministry of the Holy Spirit is necessary. He wants to glorify Christ in all

“…A man’s wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed” (Ecclesiastes 8:1).
means to see that my neighbor, who perhaps thinks differently in some secondary matter, sees the Lord in me. This may result in him extending his hand to me in a brotherly handshake, in spite of our differences of opinion. And we will both no longer see what divides us but what unites us. For many people, Spirit produced unity means that their fellow Christians have to think exactly on the same lines as them. But this is just what produces so much strife. No, Spirit produced unity is nothing other than that Jesus Christ in me becomes greater and greater through the power of the Holy Spirit. The more this takes place, the more I will be in the position to live according to 2 Corinthians 5:16, “Henceforth know we no man after the flesh….” This means in practical terms that I no longer judge my brother on the grounds of his views, but in the first place on the grounds of our mutual Lord. What peace, love and unity such an attitude could produce among Bible-believing children of God, and how many quarrels would not need to start! In the book of Ecclesiastes, we find a particular verse, “…A man’s wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed” (Ecclesiastes 8:1). The NIV puts this even more clearly, “Wisdom brightens a man’s face and changes its hard appearance.” Here we see Christ for, according to 1 Corinthians 1:30, Christ Jesus was made unto us wisdom. And so, nothing less is said here than that our Savior is able to make the face of a person so shine that his or her face is transformed. This means, his or her heart is filled with brotherly and sisterly love. If Jesus Christ really can make His dwelling in us always and in every situation, then we will be capable of loving, regardless of unimportant differences of opinion. We all need to heed the words of Philippians 2:3, where Paul writes, “…In lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.” Be honest. Is it not often the case that our pride will not allow us to extend a hand to a brother or sister on account of differences of opinion in matters of secondary importance? As bornagain Christians, we should look for the things that unite us and not those which divide us. Of course,

Jesus directly. The Holy Spirit does not proclaim anything new; He does not bring any new doctrine. He only speaks of that which has to do with the Savior. Do you see the clarity of the message here? Do you see the overwhelming witness to Spirit produced unity? It is the work of the Holy Spirit to make everything that is given us in Christ to become abundant. This again is nothing other than the unity that is produced by the Spirit.

Unity, not one opinion. Does unity mean that there are no more differences of opinion? No, we all know that there are subjects which Christians may see differently. Where Christ really is the center, however, where He has complete and unlimited access and right of dwelling, matters of secondary importance can and will not become issues of conflict. There, we must concentrate on the main thing: Christ in me. This does not mean that I alone see things from the right point of view, and the others have to think as I do. No, but that I use all my
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“I give unto them eternal life;and they shall never perish,neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.My Father,which gave them me,is greater than all;and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand”(John 10:28-29).
we need to be cautious. There is often a fine line between a difference of opinion and a false doctrine. We should examine carefully, therefore, whether it is about insignificant matters or a false doctrine.

The Comforter. The Lord Jesus speaks in John’s
Gospel four times of the Holy Spirit as Comforter (John 14:16 & 26, 15:26 and 16:7). It really was important for the Lord Jesus not to leave the disciples as orphans. He made arrangements so that they would lack nothing after His departure. He did not leave them to their fate. The Comforter would remind them of Him and His words. The Lord spoke twice in an impressive way about this concern, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:26). “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me” (John 15:26). This is understandable, for on the day of ascension a cloud took Him up before the eyes of the disciples, and He disappeared (Acts 1:9). Shortly after this, the disciples were exposed to a mighty wind. It was not long before Peter and John stood before the High Council in Jerusalem like criminals. And this was only the beginning. Afterwards, the disciples were often and violently resisted. In this context, we understand what a wonderful gift the Lord gave to His disciples. The Lord Jesus Christ not only sent them the Comforter, but also entrusted Him with a special task of reminding the disciples continually of His words. This is a source of joy and encouragement for us. Do we not feel today more than ever a cold wind from below, and how we are coming to our limits? The inner trials have become enormous; sometimes they are frightening. But we do not need to be surprised at this. The more we proclaim the unity in Christ, the more that will motivate the

enemy to attack us. But this is where the legacy that the Lord left His disciples comes to our aid. It is the desire of the Holy Spirit today to continually remind us of the Lord and His words. He wants to lead us into all truth personally (John 16:13). This means, He wants to glorify the Lord in us, so that we can overcome when confronted by the enemy. When a child of God perseveres in sin, it is unfortunately the case that the working of the Holy Spirit is reduced to a minimum. This does not mean that the Holy Spirit leaves them, for He dwells abidingly in the born-again Christian. But He withdraws when unconfessed and unforgiven sin is present. Paul speaks of this withdrawal of the Holy Spirit in Ephesians 4:30 and 1 Thessalonians 5:19, saying, “Grieve not the holy Spirit of God,” and, “Quench not the Spirit.” Therefore, we should bring every inconsistency to the cross immediately and completely. In this way, the Holy Spirit can continue to do His glorious work in us. He can remind us of Jesus, who said, for example, “I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand” (John 10:28-29). Eternal assurance of salvation—this means having an anchor that holds fast for eternity. What more (MR0611/449) can a child of God want?
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Norbert Lieth “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted” (Isaiah 53:4).
Christian magazine reported of a healing and cannot heal should at any married couple in Philadelphia rate always send his church members to who believed in faith healing. the best doctor he knows.”1 The Lord JeTheir child died without medical help. sus did not bear our sicknesses on the cross. With what arguments can we unBy Dr. Ron J. inBigalke The court found the parents guilty of voluntary manslaughter. A reader wrote, derscore such “audacious” claims? “There are Pentecostal churches everywhere which teach similar things as the 1. The results. If Jesus had borne our sickFirst Century Gospel Church in nesses on the cross, the effects must of a Philadelphia, that sickness is of the devil necessity be the same as with our redempand is connected with a lack of faith. tion. This is not the case, however. When a This teaching is wrong and irresponsible. person is converted to Jesus Christ, the reIt may well be through God’s permitting sult is that their sins are completely foror His declared will when a Christian given, they receive the Holy Spirit and are dies of a sickness. Whoever speaks of born again. Their spirit and soul are

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WHAT DID JESUS NOT BEAR ON THE CROSS?
“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:5-6).
healed. But are they necessarily immediately physically healed? No! The exception proves the rule; God is sovereign, praise be to Him! But why is a person not always and in every case healed, though they are redeemed? Because the flesh is not redeemed; because we are still living in a sinful body that is susceptible to every kind of sickness. fulfillment. Let us look at a few examples from the Gospel of Matthew where it says every time, “…that it might be fulfilled”: • in chapter 1:22-23: the virgin birth, • in chapter 2:15,17-18 & 23: the flight out of Egypt, the murder of the children in Bethlehem and that He was called a Nazarene, • in chapter 4:14-16: the prophecies concerning Zabulon, Nephthalim and Galilee of the Gentiles, • in chapter 13:14-15 & 35: the blindness of the Pharisees and the speaking in parables, • in chapter 21:4-5: Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, riding on an ass, • in chapter 27:9-10: the betrayal of Jesus for thirty pieces of silver and the buying of the potter’s field or field of blood. There is no further fulfillment of any of these statements because they were already fulfilled. Just how exact the Bible is, we see from the day of Pentecost. When this took place, it does not say that Pentecost was the fulfillment of the prophecy of Joel, but, “This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; and it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams” (Acts 2:16-17). Why does Peter not use the word “fulfilled”? Because Pentecost is not the complete
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2. The Word itself declares it. In Matthew 8,
we find a description of how the Lord heals a leper. Then, He healed the servant of a Roman centurion from Capernaum. Next follows the healing of Peter’s mother-inlaw. And then it says, “When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses” (Matthew 8:16-17). Jesus fulfilled here the prophecy in Isaiah 53:4—before His crucifixion, during His walk on earth, when He healed many of His Jewish fellowmen, had compassion on them, took their burden upon Himself and healed them. He suffered with them in their suffering; He had mercy on them and bore their infirmities and sicknesses. This prophecy was fulfilled in the first place in and for Israel, and was already a foreshadowing of the future Messianic kingdom. Always when the Bible says in the New Testament that something is fulfilled, then it is also completed and there is no fulfillment outstanding, no main

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Let there be no misunderstanding: we believe also that God does miracles today and heals people, that we can and should pray for this and act in accordance with James 5:14-16. But as with all teachings, the belief in healing should be based on the whole of Holy Scripture, so that we do not take a wrong path.
fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy. A main fulfillment is still to come, and this will take place when Jesus returns. We see this from John 19:36-37 also, “For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.” Verse 36 has been fulfilled, but verse 37 has not yet been fulfilled because this is in the future, which is the reason for the different statements. This treatment of the material is important, • so that we understand the Scriptures correctly and do not violate them, • and so that we remain sober and do not maintain something that is biblically unable to be proven, and we are afterwards disappointed. So many people live a rigid Christian life because they are told that they must be healed at all costs. They find themselves in great distress because it does not happen. The New Testament speaks in many places of physical suffering. Christians are not spared this; on the contrary, we are encouraged to endure suffering. “He bare our sicknesses” means that during His life on earth He took away the sickness of many, but not that Jesus had AIDS, hepatitis or cancer on the cross, as is sometimes claimed. verse 4 does the Bible speak of the cross and what He bore on the cross, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:5-6). “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). We human beings are deceived and colored by a false inner attitude. We think or react as though sickness is worse than sin. In general, we think sickness is the worst thing that can happen to us. But there is something much worse than any sickness, and that is sin. It is sin which kills us, not sickness. Sin is the cause of all sickness, the root of death and all suffering. It is hard to suffer and to die of sicknesses, but it is far worse to die in sin. Let there be no misunderstanding: we believe also that God does miracles today and heals people, that we can and should pray for this and act in accordance with James 5:14-16. But as with all teachings, the belief in healing should be based on the whole of Holy Scripture, so that we (MR0411/441) do not take a wrong path.
(Our brother Alexander Seibel also writes on this subject, which will appear in the next Midnight Call.)

What Jesus did bear on the cross. In no place that speaks of the cross does the Bible say that Jesus bore our sicknesses. It speaks rather of the sins that Jesus took upon Himself—the cause of sickness and death. Only in Isaiah 53:5 and not in
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The Calling of the Twelve Disciples —

Simon the Canaanite
BY MARCEL MALGO

“And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him” (Matthew 10:1-4).

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he apostle Simon the Canaanite is only mentioned in the New Testament in the various lists of the apostles. In Matthew’s list he is called Simon the Canaanite. Canaan is a word of Aramaic origin and means “zealot.” This is why Luke calls him “Simon called Zelotes” in Luke 6:15. The Zealots belonged to the most radical political party of the Jews. This went back to the rebellion of a Galilean called Judas, “After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him; he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed” (Acts 5:37). The historian Flavius Josephus reported that he was the founder of the Zealots. “Judas of Galilee” moved a few Jews to rebel against Rome by maintaining

that the tax reform would make them slaves. His bands of men were dispersed and he himself died, but Zealotry had only just begun. The Zealots became an active resistance group against the Romans, which culminated in the so-called Jewish war in 66 A.D. and developed into a terrible, bloody massacre. The war ended with the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in 70 A.D. In the year 73 A.D., the surviving Zealots committed collective suicide with their wives and children on the mountaintop fortress of Masada by the Dead Sea. The apostle Simon the Canaanite came from this radical Jewish group.

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Are you a child of God yet, and have you followed the call of Jesus? Was

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there a wave of rejoicing in heaven over you?

press a zealot. He was a pious Jew, like the Zealots. Further, Jesus was looked upon as an outsider in spite of His doubtless strong leadership personality. The Lord embodied great ideals. Although the Zealots had other ideas, they could see in Him a political ally, largely because of His ideals. Jesus did not shrink from using strong words in public. He once openly called Herod a fox (Luke 13:32). If a Zealot heard that, he would certainly be impressed. Also, the zeal of Jesus when He cleansed the temple may have spoken to the Zealots. These and other reasons may have moved Simon of Canaan to respond to the call of Jesus to discipleship. Later on, he certainly would have seen that Jesus was other than what he had thought, but he must have felt honored that the famous rabbi from Nazareth wanted him to accompany Him.

16, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.” And Jesus declared in Luke 15:7, “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth.” There is a wave of rejoicing in heaven when a person hears the call of Jesus and follows it. And there was rejoicing in heaven when Simon of Canaan became a disciple of Jesus. Are you a child of God yet, and have you followed the call of Jesus? Was there a wave of rejoicing in heaven over you?

Why did Jesus Christ call a zealot to follow Him? In general, He called him in the first place because he was a man who needed redemption, “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him” (1 John 4:9). Paul also wrote of himself in 1 Timothy 1:1516
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The Zealots were zealous. Their name, which comes from the Greek Zelotes, tells us this. They were zealous in their efforts to remain true to their faith at all costs. Unfortunately, this which was good in itself, was overshadowed because they wanted to defend it and protect it by force. The Bible teacher Matthew Henry wrote of the name “Simon the Zealot,” that this surely had something to do with this apostle’s great zeal for God’s service. The Zealots were zealous for a good cause, but this was drowned in their violence, intolerance and narrow-mindedness. Paul wrote of the Jews who did not believe in Christ, “For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge”(Romans 10:2). Simon of Canaan must have been such a man. He was zealous for God, but he lacked knowledge. Jesus did not find it negative that Simon of Canaan was a Zealot. On the contrary, Jesus saw

But every person who is called to discipleship must be prepared to be changed. This does not mean that such a person receives a new character. Rather, he must

be prepared to let his character be sanctified. That is just what took place in Simon of Canaan.

the good in the Zealot Simon, and that was his zeal! Would we have chosen a Zealot to be an apostle if we had had to choose? Certainly not. We would surely have said, “A Zealot, such a fanatical person, is not able to be an apostle.” But what does Paul say through Jesus’ Holy Spirit? “For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are” (1 Corinthians 1:26-28). This is why Jesus called, besides poor fishermen or a tax collector, also a Zealot to the ranks of His disciples. We are quick to break the rod over other Christians because they are too charismatic or too orthodox, or because they do not fit into our mold for some other reason. Jesus Christ sees something in each one of His children, however, that He can use. But every person who is called to discipleship must be prepared to be changed. This does not mean that such a person receives a new character. Rather, he must be prepared to let his character be sanctified. That is just what took place in Simon of Canaan. After the ascension of Jesus, Simon of Canaan was still called “Simon the Zealot” by Luke in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 1:13). Why? Because during the three years in which Simon of Canaan walked with Jesus, the Lord did not demand of him that he deny his origin, his Zealotry. Rather, this Zealotry of Simon of Canaan changed him so that he became useful to Jesus. The Lord did not destroy his Zealotry by force, but so changed it that it became useful to

him in his office as apostle. If only we were to treat other Christians in this way! This does not mean that we should cover obvious misbehavior of fellow Christians with a cloak of love, simply because they believe on Jesus. But we should, with the Lord’s help, attempt to see the good in others. We should further this good so that we have a platform to uncover mistakes and to motivate our fellow Christians to a change of course. This is what Paul meant when he gave the church at Rome the testimony, “And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another” (Romans 15:14). How did Jesus react when John forbade a man, who did not belong to the circle of the apostles, from driving out evil spirits in the name of Jesus? “But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak of me. For he that is not against us is on our part” (Mark 9:39-40). Does it not encourage us that Jesus called a Zealot to follow Him? There are Christians who perhaps suffer on behalf of their character, their peculiarities. Perhaps you have been told, “It is impossible to get along with you!” But Jesus can! Let Him work on your character, your eccentricity. Perhaps people judged Simon the Zealot, “Nothing will ever become of him. He has strange ideas in his head from some rebel!” But Simon the Zealot became one of the twelve apostles of the Lord. Jesus Christ has many servants who are already active for Him. But He needs someone special, and that means you! You have something in you that the Lord has seen and wants to use. Will you not give yourself to Him completely? Do it unconditionally and then you will see, (MR1209/368) “The Lord needs me!”
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Part I:

The Myth of “Global Warming”
By Dr. Ron J. Bigalke

“The Evangelical Climate Initiative is a group of senior evangelical leaders in the United States who are convinced it is time for our country to help solve the problem of global warming.”1 The Initiative seeks to accomplish their stated goal by creating jobs, cleaning the environment, and enhancing national security by reducing dependence upon foreign oil. The Initiative’s goal is to help create a safe and healthy environment for future generations. The first of four “urgent claims” by the Evangelical Climate Initiative is the assertion that “human-induced climate change is real.”
he problem with the Initiative is that global warming is a myth. Global warming is nothing more than a political agenda that has infiltrated evangelicalism. The church, therefore, should be concerned with regard to the global lukewarming of churchianity. Jesus warned the church, “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth” (Rev 3:15-16). The concern of this writer is that those who are involved in the Evangelical Climate Initiative are becoming “cold” to proclaiming the Gospel and are seeking to make “disciples” by proclaiming temporal, planetary issues to be more important—which are actually fabrications—than eternal issues such as the destiny of the souls of human beings. The majority of environmental policies are based upon myths.
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Only four of the most common will be addressed in this article. The First Myth of Global Warming The first myth is that scientists agree that the Earth is warming. Ground-level temperature measurements seem to indicate that the Earth has warmed between 0.3 and 0.6 degrees Celsius since 1850. Global satellite data, however, is the most reliable of climate measurements, and it has not demonstrated any evidence of warming since 1979. Moreover, even if the Earth’s temperature increased slightly, such an increase is within the natural range of known temperature variation for the past thousand years. Actually, the earth experienced greater warming between the 10th and 15th centuries (viz. “the medieval warm period”); this period was a time of unusually warm weather

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The first myth is that scientists agree that the Earth is warming...The irony of global warming scare tactics is that a slightly warmer climate with an increase in carbon dioxide is in several manners beneficial to the earth, as opposed to being damaging.

that began approximately AD 1000 and continued until a cold period known as the “Little Ice Age” appeared in the 14th and 15th centuries. A warmer climate resulted in a remarkable increase of prosperity, knowledge, and art to Europe. Agriculture thrived as the temperature increased. Marshes and swamps were dry, which eliminated the breeding of mosquitoes that spread malaria. Former wetlands were converted to productive farmland. Infant mortality decreased, and the population increased. From the 12th to the 14th centuries, the population of Europe increased from approximately 40 to 60 million. Between the 10th and 15th centuries, vineyards thrived in England, and Vikings from Iceland colonized Greenland and built settlements in Canada. The Greenland settlements reached a height of prosperity in the 12th and 13th centuries, when 3,000 colonists occupied 280 farms. The settlements experienced difficulty in the late 14th century as a consequence of the beginning of “Little Ice Age” cooling; they finally perished in the 15th century. The warming that humanity is experiencing today is simply the result of emergence from the “Little Ice Age” (which was close to the time of the founding of our nation). The existence of the medieval warm period was recognized in the climate textbooks for decades. It is, however, a major embarrassment to those maintaining that 20th and 21st century warming is indeed abnormal. In 1998, Michael Mann (an American physicist and climatologist, who is currently director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University) “reworked” the temperature data (what is called “the Hockey Stick” in scientific circles due to its shape), and contradicted the immense majority of historical sources with regard to the medieval warm period. The Clinton administration, which was probably significantly influenced by Vice President Gore, used Mann’s modified graph for the United States climate assessment report in 2000. Mann was named as a

lead author of the next Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report published in 2001 and an editor of The Journal of Climate. However, two Canadian statisticians—Stephen McIntyre and Ross McKitrick—were persistent in their demands to examine the data Mann used. Eventually and quite reluctantly, it was provided. They discovered and subsequently published a remarkable critique that faulted the Hockey Stick analysis for collation errors, unjustifiable truncation or extrapolation of source data, obsolete data, geographical location errors, and incorrect calculation of principle components. The irony of global warming scare tactics is that a slightly warmer climate with an increase in carbon dioxide is in several manners beneficial to the earth, as opposed to being damaging. Economic studies have demonstrated that moderate warming and higher carbon dioxide levels will increase the total value of all final goods and services (GNP), and will increase standards of living, primarily by improving agriculture and forestry. Obviously, Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth did not indicate any of these advantages. Homes in the north could have heating fuel savings. Farmers in Canada could harvest bumper crops. Greenland could become richly supplied in cod and oil riches. Shippers could rely upon an Arctic shortcut between the Atlantic and the Pacific. Forests could expand. Mongolia could become a powerful nation economically. Please note that the word “could” has been employed toward possible benefits, which means this author is expressing possibilities; however, the point is that there may be future benefits for frigid regions of Canada and Russia (i.e., not that challenges in those countries will be eradicated, but the gains, especially in agriculture, could be greater than the losses). Economics professor Robert O. Mendelsohn of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, studied how various warming scenarios from now until 2100 could affect the gross domestic product. The conclusion of his reSEPTEMBER 2011 19

The “greenhouse” metaphor is fundamentally inaccurate for two reasons. Firstly, greenhouses are not notoriously high in carbon dioxide levels; rather, they are characterized by lack of carbon dioxide, which can hinder plant growth.

search is that Canada and Russia could have tremendous advantages, in addition to northern Europe and Mongolia, primarily as a result of projected increases in agricultural production. Global climate was drastically changed in the Fall and the Flood—two of the three greatest ecological acts in history—and will be changed again at the return of Christ, when He establishes the millennial kingdom and the eternal state thereafter. By God’s grace, humanity adapted and will continue to do so. The Second Myth of Global Warming The second myth is that humanity is the cause for global warming. The evidence for such an assertion is minuscule. Scientists do not agree that humanity has exerted any discernible influence upon global climate. Those scientific experts who are most directly concerned with climate conditions reject the assertion that humanity is the cause for global warming by a wide margin. According to a Gallup Poll, only 17% of the members of the Meteorological Society and American Geophysical Society believe that current global warming is the result of greenhouse gas emissions (i.e. carbon dioxide, primarily from burning fossil fuels): 83% disagree. It is true that carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has increased by 28% in the past 160 or so years, but the amount of carbon dioxide generated by humanity is minuscule to any global warming because the majority of the warming occurred prior to 1940, prior to carbon dioxide emissions from human beings. “Greenhouse theory” is a lying metaphor. Global warming theory assumes the Earth is naturally in a state of “global energy balance” (i.e. absorbed sunlight = emitted infrared). In an attempt
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to seize public approval, buzzwords or catchy metaphors are used. Such is the reality with metaphors, such as “greenhouse gasses” and the “greenhouse effect.” Argument by metaphor is always dangerous and misleading. The “greenhouse” metaphor is used to promote the idea that putting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere will make the earth more like a greenhouse, and consequently, this will increase global temperature. (Perhaps it would be beneficial to state at this moment that “temperature” is a statistic, not an actual measurement. Actually, the major historical unknown is how to define what is “normal.” In other words, what is a global average temperature? What are the normal [pre-industrial age] variations? It is impossible to specify any human caused effect upon the global temperature unless these questions can be answered. Therefore, the psychology behind global warming is to sell bad news [and also generates much funding; always follow the money].) The “greenhouse” metaphor is fundamentally inaccurate for two reasons. Firstly, greenhouses are not notoriously high in carbon dioxide levels; rather, they are characterized by lack of carbon dioxide, which can hinder plant growth. The reason is that the plants absorb carbon dioxide; therefore, adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere does not make the earth more like a greenhouse, which generally has less carbon dioxide than the outside air, especially in winter months. The presence of carbon dioxide is not what makes a greenhouse warmer than the outside air. Secondly, greenhouses do not function like the atmosphere. There are other aspects involved, such as fluid dynamics and infrared radiation. A greenhouse controls fluid dynamical energy drain from the surface by placing something like glass or plastic above the plants, which allows inbound so-

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The third myth is that government must intervene to stop global warming. The idea behind this myth is that the consequences of inaction will be catastrophic; therefore, prudence demands immediate government action. There is no scientific consensus that global warming is a problem or that humans are its cause.

lar radiation to pass through the glass or plastic, but air cannot. If the flow balance between dynamical energy and infrared radiation is halted, then the greenhouse is heated. Greenhouses are not warm because they trap infrared radiation, but that is the issue that global warming advocates want the public to believe. It is simply impossible to halt the release of energy from the earth through fluid dynamics. Greenhouses are controlled to produce certain heating, but the planet is not. The Earth cannot and never will be a greenhouse because it is impossible to control fluid dynamical flow. To assert otherwise is not science, but religious faith. The Third Myth of Global Warming The third myth is that government must intervene to stop global warming. The idea behind this myth is that the consequences of inaction will be catastrophic; therefore, prudence demands immediate government action. There is no scientific consensus that global warming is a problem or that humans are its cause. Even if current predication of warming is correct, delaying drastic government actions by even 25 years will make little difference in global temperature 100 years from now. Proposed treaty restrictions would do little environmental good and tremendous economic harm. Conversely, delaying action until there is more evidence of human-caused global warming, and better technology to mitigate it, is both a positive environmental and economical response. Government attempts to control so-called greenhouse gas emissions are vacuous and unnecessary. Nevertheless, there are state governors demanding carbon dioxide emissions limits on automobiles; there are major cities demanding mandatory carbon dioxide controls; the Supreme

Court recently declared that carbon dioxide is a pollutant that may need to be regulated; with the exception of the United States and a few small countries, every industrialized nation has signed the Kyoto Protocol; and, there are persistent international demands for even more rigorous regulations when the Kyoto Protocol expires. It seems, though, that some global warming advocates are not so serious with regard to anti-warming policies. For example, one feature of the Kyoto Protocol is called the Clean Development Mechanism. As defined in Article 12 of the Protocol, this mechanism “allows a country with an emission-reduction or emission-limitation commitment under the Kyoto Protocol to implement an emission-reduction project in developing countries.” What this means is that a carbon dioxide emitter (i.e. an energy user) is allowed to support an unconvincing reduction scheme in developing nations in exchange for the right to continue emitting carbon dioxide. For those countries that have ratified the Kyoto Protocol, the Emissions Trading mechanism allows for them to sell excess capacity to countries that have exceeded their targets. In many situations, the initial quota was simply given by governments to power companies and other entities, which then collected a windfall profit from consumers. It should be obvious that these policies result in tremendous finances for those involved. However, these schemes (even in theory) are simply fraudulent because they do not reduce total carbon dioxide emissions. It is also noteworthy that there are direct benefits to tens of thousands of interested people to perpetuate all the global warming scare tactics; this, of course, is at the expense of the ordinary consumer. Global environmental organizations,
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Sea levels have increased more than 300 feet over the past thousand years, which is a natural phenomenon in between ice ages. Contrary to global warming predictions, the current rate of increase is slower than the average rate for the past thousand years.

such as the Environmental Defense Fund, Greenpeace, and the Sierra Club have profited billions of dollars. There are multi-billion dollar government subsidies, which are continually getting larger, for ineffective and ineffectual mitigation schemes. Emission trading programs will soon generate profits of $100 billion yearly, with sizeable fees paid to brokers and those who regulate these programs. Certainly you, the reader, are intelligent enough to understand that there are many individuals who are benefiting from climate scare tactics and who obviously have an ensconced interest. The reverse is also true, though. There are many sincere individuals who believe that a global warming catastrophe is imminent, and whose fears are encouraged by the increasing volume of biased and prejudiced books, movies, and media coverage. The Fourth Myth of Global Warming The fourth myth is that global warming caused by humanity will culminate in cataclysmic environmental problems (e.g. higher ocean levels and increased hurricane activity). Although sea levels are increasing globally, it is not uniform. Sea levels have increased more than 300 feet over the past thousand years, which is a natural phenomenon in between ice ages. Contrary to global warming predictions, the current rate of increase is slower than the average rate for the past thousand years. It is common knowledge that tropical storms are dependent upon warm ocean surface temperatures (a minimum of 26 degrees Celsius) and an unlimited supply of moisture. The reasoning is that global warming is the cause of increased ocean surface temperatures, and consequently an increased uptake of moisture and therefore destructive hurricanes. With regard to a supposed increase in hurricane activity, the scientific data does not indicate any increase in the number or severity of tropical storms. It is important to recognize that other factors such as wind speeds at various altitudes are also conducive to hurricane activity. There are variations other than warming.
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Are there other effects of warming? If a minimal atmospheric warming occurred, the effect would be primarily upon nighttime temperatures, which would lessen the number of winter nights and extend the growing season. Actually, as already stated, scientists believe that global warming would be beneficial to agriculture, because historically warm periods have been most conducive to life. The fears of a global warming apocalypse are invalid. Therefore, hasty and ignorant legislation must be recognized as a political agenda. However, also consider the logical contradiction among global warming advocates. We are told that human beings are no different than any other life form, and therefore we certainly are not superior. Conversely, we are told that humanity is superior and capable because we can study and predict climate change, and can halt the end of the world. Conclusion The evidence of science and history is not in favor of global warming. The more that individuals understand the information presented in this article and communicate the actual facts to others, the myths of global warming will subside. The response of the church must not be apprehension; rather, it would be good to sing the children’s song, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” because this truth is communicated throughout Scripture, especially in Isaiah 40. “Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, and marked off the heavens by the span, and calculated the dust of the earth by the measure, and weighed the mountains in a balance and the hills in a pair of scales?” The answer is no human be(454) ing. God, however, does these things!

ENDNOTE
1 Evangelical Climate Initiative,“Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Action” (January 2006): 2.

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NORBERT LIETH is a graduate of Midnight Call Bible School in Montevideo/Uruguay. He has served as Midnight Call’s missionary in several South American countries. Norbert Lieth is the lead speaker for Midnight Call Ministries throughout Europe. He has authored 18 books, and many have been translated into several languages. He and his wife, Elke, and their four daughters reside in Switzerland. WILFRED HAHN is known for his writings and insights on present-day world economic and money trends, viewed from a Biblical perspective. He has global investment industry experience spanning three decades, having held various executive positions from Director of Research for a major Wall Street firm, to Chairman of Canada’s largest global investment group. At one time also a top-ranked global analyst and strategist, he continues to write and work as a Chief Investment Officer. The Mulberry Ministry, founded in 1995 with his wife, Joyce, publishes and distributes Eternal Value Review and over 40 books and booklets. For the past 10 years, he has been a contributor to Midnight Call magazine. DR. CHUCK MISSLER, a Naval academy graduate and former Branch Chief of the Dept. of Guided Missiles, had a remarkable 30-year executive career. He served on the Board of Directors of 12 public companies and was CEO of 6 of them. For twenty years, Chuck balanced his high-profile corporate career with his teaching commitment to a weekly Bible study at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa in Southern California. He earned a Ph.D. from Louisiana Baptist University in Biblical Studies in 1999. He and his wife Nancy established Koinonia House in 1973. Koinonia House publishes the monthly Personal UPDATE, which highlights the Biblical relevance of current events to over 50,000 subscribers worldwide. After a devastating earthquake in 1992 demolished their home in Big Bear, California, Chuck and Nancy moved Koinonia House to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and K-House now reaches tens of thousands through its monthly newsletter, radio shows, and conferences. DR. GREG HARRIS (Th.D.) taught at Washington Bible College for seven years. Then for ten years, Dr. Harris taught Bible and Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He continues to serve as an international faculty member of the Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary in Amman, and maintains an ongoing international conference and pulpit ministry. He is the author of The Cup and the Glory, The Darkness and the Glory, and The Stone and the Glory and numerous journal articles. He joined The Master’s Seminary family in 2006 as Professor of Bible Exposition, and also teaches as an adjunct professor at The Master’s College. Dr. Harris serves as the teaching pastor at Lake Hills Community Church in Castaic, CA. JAMES K. WALKER, the president of Watchman Fellowship, is a former fourth generation Mormon with over twenty years of ministry experience in the field of Christian counter-cult evangelism, apologetics, and discernment. He has been interviewed as an expert on new religious movements and cults on a variety of network television programs including Nightline, ABC World News Tonight, and The News Hour with Jim Lehrer. He has spoken at hundreds of churches, colleges, universities, and seminaries throughout the United States and internationally. ARNO FROESE is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the critically-acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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2011 Atlantic Coast Prophecy Conference

16-18 October 2011
Time 8:45 9:30 10:00

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Sunday, 16 October

Monday, 17 October
JamesWalker Thus Saith Brooklyn:Israel’s Prophets vs.the Watchtower’s Prophets
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Tuesday, 18 October
Norbert Lieth Furnace of the Future
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Wilfred Hahn Present Israel Linked: Money & Antisemitism Arno Froese All Things Must Be Fulfilled
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Dr.Greg Harris Jesus’Use of Psalm 118 and the Future of the Nation of Israel Wilfred Hahn Future Israel Linked: Islam,Oil & the West
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Dr.Greg Harris The Glory of God Changes Everything—Including the Future Dr.Chuck Missler WhatDoWeDo? Norbert Lieth What Seven Brothers Say About the Future JamesWalker Thus Saith Salt Lake City: Israel’s Prophets vs.Mormonism’s Prophets
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JamesWalker Thus Saith the Lord? Israel’s Prophets vs.the End-time Date-Setters Questions & Answers

14:45 19:00 19:30 Introduction/Welcome Arno Froese Democracy Invasion of Islam Dr.Chuck Missler Where Are We Headed?

Evening Banquet
Norbert Lieth One Sentence About the Future Arno Froese The Timing of the Rapture
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World Conspiracy in Light of the Bible
– PARTIV
Johannes Pflaum Due to substantial interest in the subject, we continue our study of the conspiracy series with Part 4. What does the Bible say about world conspiracy theories? Do they belong to the prophetic Word?

n 1 John 4:1 it says, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” This also applies to everything that is presented to us in the realm of conspiracy theories. As a teenager, I found myself in the world of conspiracy theories. I was confronted with it for the first time when somebody gave me a pamphlet called “Deception in a religious cloak—NeoNazism as a continuation of alleged Christian revelation” by a man named Friedrich T. Külling. In this pamphlet, the so-called “books of revelation” of Des Griffin and Wolfgang Borowsky were analyzed in detail. Friedrich Külling shows clearly the Christian-cloaked National-socialist train of thought that is passed on in these “books of revelation.” Amongst other things, the Holocaust is subtly ques-

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tioned, and the Jews looked upon as the root of all evil. Strangely enough, the USA always comes off badly and Europe well. Unfortunately, the books of Des Griffin are also given as references in a Christian book of revelation. The ultimate awakening came when I began to concern myself with the origins of the hatred for the Jews and anti-Semitism.1 In the meantime, it has been proven through a variety of literature and research that Hitler was convinced of the Freemason world conspiracy, behind which Judaism was said to stand. All these esoteric theories are based on the so-called “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” which was found to be a forgery by the Czarist secret police and blamed on the Jews. In it, Jewish universal Freemasonry is accused of aiming at world dominion, blowing great cities up to serve their own purposes, and destroying Western civilization. Perhaps
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Among other things, the book on Skull and Bones and the connection of George W. Bush to this secret society at Yale University, was published by the dubious Kopp publishing house in Germany. This secret student society is alleged to be aiming at world dominion.
Skull and Bones in 1947, with George H. W. Bush just left of clock

it is dawning on you now how a person can arrive at an alleged conspiracy behind 9/11. These fake protocols had to serve as evidence to justify the pogroms and assaults upon the Jews. Hitler and Himmler were possessed by the idea of the Freemasonry/Jewish world conspiracy, and therefore they persecuted the Freemasons and much more the Jews, who were allegedly behind them. Up to the present time, many of the so-called revelation books come from the right-wing extremist corner. As an example we have the writings of Udo Holey, who published his revelation books under the pseudonym of Jan van Helsing. From this esoteric, anti-Semitic author comes, for instance, the claim that Helmut Kohl, former Chancellor of Germany, was in reality a Jew, and his name was therefore changed from Kohn (Cohen) to Kohl.2 I have to admit, to my shame, that I accepted and believed this claim from a brother in the faith, who was allegedly an expert in the field of Freemasonry. At that time, I did not know of the occultic, right-wing extremist background of such theses. From the same source comes the claim that the Jews use the Holocaust as a weapon against Germany. Similarly, it spread the absurd idea that the AIDs virus was produced on the orders of the Jewish Illuminati in an American laboratory.3 The books by Holey, alias Jan van Helsing are forbidden in Germany, by the way. His theses, however, are being spread by other authors. The books of Des Griffin were also published by a company which was under observation by the organization for the protection of the federal constitution in Germany, on account of its neo-Nazi tendencies. A Christian person who considers himself an expert in matters of universal Freemasonry said to me that the present day state of Israel is basically a
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Freemason structure. This is deeply shocking when we know of the Nazi sources of such theses. Such a statement borders on blasphemy. Of course, we do not have the saved state of Israel before us. Israeli politicians, such as Yitzhak Rabin, for instance, can be Freemasons. But the restoration of the state of Israel and the return of the Jews, which has already begun, is the work of God and the fulfillment of biblical prophecy. This has nothing to do with the alleged world dominion of the Freemasons. It was the same person who looks upon universal Freemasonry as paving the way for the Antichrist. In answer to my question, what he would do with this thesis if the Antichrist appeared on the scene as opponent and persecutor of the alleged world conspiracy, just as Hitler once did, he had no answer. Among other things, the book on Skull and Bones and the connection of George W. Bush to this secret society at Yale University, was published by the dubious Kopp publishing house in Germany. This secret student society is alleged to be aiming at world dominion. The fact that George Bush, only a few years after the publication of the book, went down in history as one of the most unpopular presidents in history and brought his party a historic defeat, does not seem to bother anyone—particularly because Barack Obama was not a Yale student. But in spite of this, the conspiracy theories continue to thrive. Far too seldom is the question asked, where all these conspiracy theories are concerned, from what source does this information come? What people supply this information? In the German Christian magazine Factum (7/2010) a man named Thomas Lachenmaier makes it clear that the conspiracy theories that now abound about the earthquake in Haiti and the associated secret weapons of the USA,

World Conspiracy in Light of the Bible – Part IV

It is by far not about portraying the Freemasons, Bilderbergers, the United Nations or anything else as something good or neutral, but do we recognize the spirit behind all these conspiracy theories? Do we really examine these things in the light of the Bible, or are they accepted too hastily because they seem—I repeat, seem—to fit in our own system?
were a means of the Socialist-ideological warfare at the time of the German Democratic Republic. It is sometimes shocking how, especially among Christians, such things are accepted only because they appear to fit their own system, without their looking into the source of this information. Although they are against Islam, it does not even matter that such conspiracy theories are available in books and theses in abundance in Islamic lands. Another example of this is: years ago I read in the German news magazine Focus an interview with one of the main ideologists who represent the Illuminati conspiracy. In the background of the picture taken in his office, there was a Buddha statue and the esoteric signs of Yin and Yang. Therefore, my question is addressed not only to the right-leaning spectrum: what kind of people are these who supply us with such apparently spectacular and valuable information? It is by far not about portraying the Freemasons, Bilderbergers, the United Nations or anything else as something good or neutral, but do we recognize the spirit behind all these conspiracy theories? Do we really examine these things in the light of the Bible, or are they accepted too hastily because they seem—I repeat, seem—to fit in our own system? I would like at this point to quote a text from Isaiah 8:9-13, “Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye of far countries: gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces. Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us. For the Lord spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying, Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid. Sanctify the Lord of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.” These words were directed at Ahaz, the King of Judah. He trembled before the approaching tentribe kingdom of Israel and the Assyrians. The people sensed a conspiracy behind the threatening enemy powers. Through this, they were deaf to the speaking and the connected judgment of God. Do we not find ourselves in the same danger today? Instead of humbling ourselves under the speaking and thereby connected judgment of God, in view of the events and developments, some kind of evil conspiracies are held responsible. Therefore, the alternative to the conspiracy theories in Isaiah 8 is the fear of God. Why? In this chapter, it is clear that the Lord Himself is carrying out His plans and not some kind of conspiracy. For this reason, all these conspiracy theories are so dangerous. They pull the Christian in the wrong direction. For them, it is no longer God who is active and carrying out His intentions in spite of all human conspiracy theories, but suddenly universal Freemasonry or someone else has the reins in his hand. We should fear the Lord. Everything else is unbelief. Verses 19-20 of the above-quoted text are interesting: “And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” Here it is clear how closely connected the false conspiracy fear was with occultic sources and practices in Judah.
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ENDNOTES
1 2 3 Lewis, Bernard. Drive Them into the Sea: The History of Anti-Semitism. Wippermann,Wolfgang. Agents of Evil, p. 148. Ibid., p. 149

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Chinese students at a school in Shanxi province hold Communist flags and a portrait of Mao Zedong at a ceremony to mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of China's Communist Party.There is a current wave of nostalgia for Mao in the country. PHOTO: AFP

CHINA

TheTerribly Successful Communist Party
Beijing’s communists are among the world’s most successful capitalists, but their economic ascent is often overshadowed by its human rights violations.The Communist Party now faces a crucial test: Can it become more democratic without jeopardizing its hold on power?
China needs heroes, shining role models, ordinary people who can bring positive change to society through their actions. This was true at the time of Confucius, but it has been particularly true since China has had a communist party. And because the Chinese Communist Party channels, organizes and monitors everything, it didn’t take long after its victory in the 1949 revolution to establish a “Foundation for Altruism and Courage” that selects China’s heroes. Its various decisions over the past decades reveal a surprising and even sensational development. Today’s official role models show how thoroughly the party has adjusted to conform to a globalized era. Enter Duan Wenyin, 27. He is the man the communist authorities are currently touting as their latest hero of the revolution. Mr. Duan runs his hand over his impeccably tailored suit. His hair is perfectly gelled. He speaks smoothly and chooses his words carefully. An eloquent, practiced sense of modesty is part of his persona. “No, I don’t want to be a hero,” says Duan, a graduate of an elite university, in the village of Beigou 60 kilometers (38 miles) east of Beijing, “but a patriot.” Portraits of Marx, Lenin, Mao and Deng Xiaoping hang next to each other at the entrance of the local party headquarters building. Duan looks up at the wall, where a slogan reads: “Li dang wei gong” or “Commitment of the Party to the Community.” A Dinosaur Which Has Learned to Adapt The membership of the Chinese Communist Party is almost as large as Germany’s population. Its 78 million members make it the largest political party in the world, and a very successful one at that—a terribly successful party, say many anxious Western observers. Soviet communism ended up in the dustbin of history. The parties in North Korea and Cuba led their people to economic downfall and are considered discredited. Communist parties stood—and continue to stand—for an incurable sclerosis, while their leaders are viewed as dinosaurs. The outcome of the socialist idea has served as ample proof that it cannot work in practice. In China, this quasi law of nature seems to have been suspended. The dinosaur has learned to evolve, and adaptation instead of agony shapes the picture, as Beijing rushes from one economic success to the next. In the last 30 years, China has increased its gross domestic product by about thirty times and has overtaken Germany and Japan as an economic power, and it will likely leave the United States behind by 2020, becoming the world’s largest economy. No other country has amassed such large foreign currency reserves as the People’s Republic. If it wanted to, Beijing could buy up all the companies listed on Germany’s DAX index with only onethird of its $3 trillion (€2.1 trillion) in reserves. According to US diplomats whose secret cables from Beijing were published by WikiLeaks, the expanded Politburo, consisting of 24 men and one woman, is characterized by a “consensus system in which members can exercise veto power.” In fact, the cable continues, “true democracy” prevails in the Politburo.
Shanghai at night: In the last 30 years, China's gross domestic product has grown by a factor of about 30. The country has overtaken Germany and Japan as an economic power.
PHOTO: REUTERS

“If Vladimir Lenin were reincarnated in 21st-century Beijing and managed to avert his eyes from the city’s glittering skyscrapers and conspicuous consumption, he would instantly recognize in the ruling Chinese Communist Party a replica of the system he designed nearly a century ago for the victors of the Bolshevik Revolution,” Australian communism expert Richard McGregor wrote earlier this year in the US journal Foreign Policy. What is the closest comparison to this strange Chinese party, this admirable but despicable institution with its quasi-religious aspirations, partly ossified and partly willing to reform, fluctuating between total repression and the recognition of pluralism? The Catholic Church, at least to an unofficial envoy of the Chinese Communist Party during a visit to the Vatican in 2008. “We have the propaganda department, and you have the Heralds of the Gospel. We have our organization department, and you have the College of Cardinals.” When the Vatican representative asked the Communist Party envoy what he thought the differences were, he replied: “You were sent by God, but we were sent by the devil.”
-www.spiegel.de, 27 June 2011
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Communist
Company spokesman Victor De Meester said that apart from employees being healthier there were also other advantages. “The more people cycle to work the fewer parking Getting paid for going to work spaces you have to offer. It's not so easy, especially may sound too good to be true, in urban areas, to expand parking spaces,” he said. but it’s part of an increasingly Colruyt’s belief that employees who cycle to work popular scheme for commuters are healthier than their colleagues who don’t is across Europe. backed up by research from Dutch organization TNO. Cyclists ride past The researcher found that over the puddles after a thunderstorm course of a year, cycling employees on in central average lose one working day less due to London illness than employees who commute by Credit: Reuters/Phil other means. Noble

BELGIUM

How to Earn Money with Your Bicycle in Europe

-www.reuters.com, 21 June 2011

Employers in Belgium, the Netherlands and other European countries are rewarding staff if they come to work on a bicycle, paying them for every kilometer they cycle, all in an effort to promote environmentalism, not to mention a healthier lifestyle. In Belgium, cycling commuters are being paid 20 euro cents (29 U.S. cents) per kilometer, whereas those in the Netherlands can earn 15 cents and participants in Britain up to 20 pence (32 U.S. cents) per mile—all of it tax-free. In Belgium, a popular cycling nation and home to five-time Tour de France and Giro D’Italia winner Eddie Merckx, finance ministry figures show that more than 270,000 people took part in the scheme last year, up from 140,000 in 2006. Last year, that meant the Belgian tax man paid out 43 million euros ($62 mln) to those who bill for cycling to work. “Higher oil prices and environmental awareness contribute to having more cyclists on the road,” said Dieter Snauwaert, coordinator of the bike-towork scheme of the Flemish cyclists’ union in Belgium. One of the most successful corporate proponents has been Belgian discount supermarket chain Colruyt, which launched the policy four years ago and now has 2,100 participants. Colruyt provides employees who live up to 7 km away from work with a bicycle and takes care of maintenance.

Europeans have learned from history. Today, they are putting their resources together instead of fighting wars. When closely following the various reports from the European Union, one senses that they are on the right path to creating the world’s first truly peaceful society. Although diverse from one another due to language, culture, tradition, customs and holidays, they are living together in peace, enjoying great prosperity. From the Bible we know that when the Prince of Peace comes, the Messiah of Israel, He will establish a real and lasting peace on planet earth. Thus, it stands to reason that the enemy, the great imitator must be successful in creating a near perfect society where all the people in the world, not just Europe, will praise, adore, even worship the dragon and the beast according to Revelation 13:3-4, “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon, which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with 4119 him?”
(For more on world preparation for the Antichrist, read Revelation 13: Satan’s Last Victory, Item 1067.)

From the short excerpts we publish of the seven-page article, one quickly realizes that Chinese communists have indeed done “terribly well.” Their ability to change continuously seems to be the key to their success. Most experts agree that China is destined to become the world’s leading country—at least economically. The Chinese communist miracle model is becoming attractive for many Asian nations, but very unlikely to find disciples in the European world (West). Thus, we see two power structures arising: 1. capital-based communism and 2. socialbased capitalism. However, both are aiming in the same direction—possessions, prosperity, and peace. How are we to analyze this from biblical perspectives? One verse should suffice: “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” (1 Thessalonians 5:3). At the pinnacle of success, God’s judgment will break forth, resulting in the most horrendous catastrophe the world has ever known. Revelation 18:23 speaks of that end: “And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.” It does not speak of war or weapons of war, but at the end something very abnormal happens: the voice of the Bridegroom and the voice of the Bride are silenced. The merchants and the great men of the earth—the rich, the famous, the leaders, the intellectuals—all were deceived. That spells the end of the world as we know it today. 4121
(For more on the world’s economic fornication, read Global Financial Apocalypse Prophesied, Item 1068.)

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ISRAEL

Full Fledged Biometric Passport to Come
In early June, a special Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice and Science and Technology subcommittee, charged with reviewing the regulations and administrative arrangements pertaining to the establishment of a biometric database containing information on the citizens of Israel, finally got around to voting on the first practical step towards setting up the database. The committee approved an order for a pilot biometric gathering project slated to last two years.
Biometric identification recognizes individuals based on one or more physiological aspects of a person’s body, such as fingerprints, face recognition, DNA, palm geometry, or iris recognition, all of which are unique to each individual. It is considered by many to be nearly foolproof because it does not depend on an identity card that can be forged. The creation of a national biometric database was first proposed by Meir Sheetrit (Kadima) when he was Interior Minister in Ehud Olmert’s government in the years 2007 to 2009. Despite a tremendous public debate, in which opponents expressed concerns about the use of a biometric database as an invasion of privacy, the Knesset passed a law approving the creation of such a database in December 2009 by a vote of 40-11. The special Knesset subcommittee was established to study and approve details related to implementing the new law. Among the subjects it looked into were the timetable for setting up the database, and methods to secure the data. Only two Knesset Members bothered to show up for the subcommittee’s vote approving the pilot program. Sheetrit, the chairman, and

bined paper and electronic passport that contains biometric inPhoto: Kfir Sivan / Israel formation that can be Sun used to authenticate the identity of travelers. It uses contactless smart card technology, includMK Avraham Michaeli (Shas) voted in favor of ing a microprocessor chip (computer the pilot. MK Zeev Eikin (Likud) attended the chip) and antenna (for both power to initial part of the meeting, but left before the the chip and communication) embedvote. Three other committee members, Zion ded in the front or back cover, or cenFanian (Likud), Uri Orbach (Habayit Hayehudi) ter page, of the passport...The and Hamad Amar (Yisrael Beiteinu) did not atpassport’s critical information is tend the session. No quorum was required for both printed on the data page of the the vote, and it was held despite the fact that passport and stored in the chip. Pubmost of the subcommittee was not present. lic Key Infrastructure (PKI) is used to Avner Pinchuk, legal counsel for the Associaauthenticate the data stored election for Civil Rights in Israel, stated in an aptronically in the passport chip makpearance before the subcommittee that the ing it expensive and difficult (as of proposed Israeli database is unprecedented in 2010) to forge when all security scope, and that there are “no mandatory biometmechanisms are fully and correctly ric databases in any democratic country.” implemented. Sabine Hadad, a spokeswoman for the Interior Passport to include computer chip

Ministry’s Population, Immigration and Border Authority, tells The Report, however, that according to research conducted by the Interior Ministry, several countries have established or are in the process of establishing biometric databases similar in scope to the one planned for Israel, including Mexico, Switzerland, Finland, and India, which has the largest such database in the world. In addition, Israel is the only country within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) yet to issue a biometric passport.
-The Jerusalem Report, 4 July 2011

Although there is noticeable opposition to such a type of full biometric passport, Israel’s members of Knesset (Parliament) seem to be indifferent to the issue since only two members were present for the vote. About the US Passport, Wikipedia documents:
A biometric passport, also known as an e-passport or ePassport, is a com-

Thus, a full information bio-passport is definitely being implemented globally. We must add here that this is not the dreaded Mark of the Beast, but is certainly a stepping stone in that direction. Many of us remember that just a few decades ago, the passport was the ultimate authority to document your identity. Today, this takes second place. The officer may confirm your identity with your passport, but the final authority is the computer scanner; it is the deciding factor of whether or not you enter any country. The Mark of the Beast will be applied to the person, “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads” (Revelation 13:16). 4135
(For more on global progress toward the mark, read Preparing for the Mark of the Beast, Item 1061.)

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EUROPE

EU Seeks to Free Itself from U.S.Rating Agencies
The “Big Three” credit rating agencies can determine the fate of entire countries, by deciding whether they are creditworthy or not. Now Portugal is under pressure after Moody’s downgraded its debt to junk status. European politicians want to create an alternative, even though they helped give so much power to the agencies in the first place.
The offices of Standard and Poor's in New York

German Chancellor Angela Merkel commented: “Regarding the issue of rating agencies, I think it is important that we do not allow others to take away our own ability to make judgments.” The members of the European Parliament who are pushing for a European agency don’t just want a fourth ratings giant in addition to the Big Three. Instead, they want to establish a Europe-wide network of credit rating agencies. In order to ensure sufficient demand for their services, the EU could stipulate that structured financial instruments need to have ratings from two agencies, rather than just one. FDP (Free Democrats) politician Wolf Klinz believes that rating agencies are only actually necessary for assessing financial products. “When it comes to national debt, we don’t need the agencies,” he says. After all, he argues, all the important data on a country’s debt is publicly available from sources such as the OECD, the International Monetary Fund or the respective central bank. Large investors can therefore easily assess the country’s financial health by themselves, he argues.
-www.spiegel.de, 6 July 2011

Foreign Ministry Confirms New Uranium Enrichment Program
Iran is installing new uranium enrichment machines aimed at speeding up progress in its nuclear program, the Foreign Ministry said, a development that may add to Western concern about Tehran’s aims.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast appeared to confirm a Reuters story that Iran was installing two newer and more advanced models of the centrifuges used to refine uranium for large-scale testing at a research site. If Iran eventually succeeds in introducing the more modern centrifuges for production, it could significantly shorten the time needed to stockpile material which can have civilian as well as military purposes, if processed much further. “By installing the new centrifuges progress is being made with more speed and better quality,” Mehmanparast said, adding the move showed Iran was being successful in its “peaceful nuclear activity.” Iran denies Western accusations that it is seeking to develop nuclear weapons and says it is refining uranium for electricity generation and medical applications.
-haaretz.com, 19 July 2011

Strange as it may seem, there are still credit rating agencies that give cashstrapped Greece top marks. The experts at Germany’s Euler Hermes Rating currently give the Mediterranean country their top AA rating, citing its “very strong business environment.” And there is little doubt that Euler Hermes can be trusted. It is the first rating agency that officially meets the tougher European regulations for the industry that were introduced at the end of 2010. There is only one problem: Their good rating for Greece is not related to the creditworthiness of the state, but to that of Greek companies. When it comes to rating sovereign bonds, that is still done almost exclusively by the three major US-based rating agencies—Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s and Fitch— who are collectively known as the Big Three. That is something that European politicians have long wanted to change, and there have been repeated calls to set up an independent European rating agency. Now the European Union is working on its proposal for what such an agency could look like.

Although there is much political will abroad to invalidate or weaken America’s credit rating agencies, the US still dominates. That fact is obviously helpful for the United States, carrying notable weight when it comes to protecting American national interests. Doubtless, however, in the long run, this will change. Europe represents the world’s largest economy and the most diverse one, and must be expected to establish a counterweight. What does it mean prophetically? Europe is Rome, and Rome is documented to be the final Gentile superpower structure on earth, only to be displaced by Israel, according to Daniel 2:44: “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for 4127 ever.”
(For more on world unity, read Revelation 13: Satan’s Last Victory, Item 1067.)

One thing becomes clearer as time passes: the option of military intervention decreases, but, we must add, as with all wars, when it seems most unlikely, that’s the time war breaks out. From biblical prophetic perspectives, the four Gentile superpowers are well and alive. The war in Babylon (Iraq); the threat from Persia (Iran); then Greece’s financial catastrophe; and finally, Rome, the last Gentile superpower, is exhausting all options for one purpose— unity for Europe and the rest of the world. This process has been ongoing for almost 2,600 years, according to Daniel 2:44, but in these last days, it has become visible. 4137
(For more on Daniel’s visions, read Daniel’s Prophecies Made Easy, Item 1057.)

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Hindu Religionist DefendsYoga
For centuries in India, yoga has been a practice rooted in the Hindu faith. Today, it is a massively popular fitness tradition in the United States, part of a wellness lifestyle for some 15 million Americans.
And some Hindus are not happy with the way yoga is treated in the US. The Hindu American Foundation claims the tradition has strayed too far from its Hindu roots and has launched a campaign called ‘Take Back Yoga.’ In Tell Me More’s weekly “Faith Matters” conversation, guest host Farai Chideya puts the question, “who owns yoga?” to Sheetal Shah of the Hindu American Foundation. Ms. Shah: “The emphasis of this campaign really began a couple years ago when we noticed in countless yoga magazines, and specifically Yoga Journal, the lack of reference to Hindu or Hinduism, but it was full of references to other faiths, particularly Buddhism, and even mystical Christianity for example. “I think part of the issue that goes back is the way that Hinduism has really been defined. For most Hindus it’s more of a way of life and yoga is something that’s kind of been incorporated into our lives day in and day out. But that being said, Hinduism is a very pluralistic faith and it’s very accepting and very universal. “And interestingly enough, I actually just read an old article by a Professor Stephen Prothero and he was referring to the Vedanta Society. And at the very end he quoted one of the swamis and essentially the swamis said that whether you are a Christian, a Buddhist, a Muslim, if you are truly searching for the inner divine within you, you are a Hindu. Because the idea within Hinduism is that the whole world is one family and that the divine resides within each of us and that’s essentially the idea of yoga as well.

“[But] without the marketing culture of this country, I don’t think yoga would be where it is today. And I think those of us who are advocating for this Take Back Yoga program we are as comfortable calling ourselves Indian as we are American, so I don’t necessarily think it’s an ethnicity-based issue.”
-www.npr.org, 24 March 2011

“And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.” Dave Hunt’s book Yoga and the Body of Christ (Item 2224) ex4039 plores this subject further.

The words, “you are a Hindu” are rather striking because yoga does not require the practitioner to change his religion. You can continue being a Christian (Churchianity), Buddhist or Muslim, even an atheist. However, the bodily exercise requires you to subject your soul to the sake of experiencing something extraordinary. This religious physical exercise falls under the now famous European motto, “United in Diversity.” Every practitioner may keep his unique identity, but consciously or subconsciously, is endorsing Hinduism. This reminds us of the Bible’s recorded first ecumenical worship service in Daniel chapter 3. King Nebuchadnezzar built a golden image for a specific purpose—religious worship. We read in verse 5: “That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up.” There was no requirement to change one’s religion or destroy the idols that were traditionally worshiped. All one had to do was “fall down and worship the golden image.” What was the alternative? “And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace” (verse 6). In the last book of the Bible, the final ecumenical worship service is revealed. This time the object of worship is also a manmade image. Revelation 13:15 reads:

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Australia has unveiled extensive plans, including a tax on its worst polluters, to reduce its carbon pollution by 5 percent over the next nine years.

In what is the largest carbon-reduction scheme outside Europe, the country’s 500 worst polluters will be forced to pay $25 for every metric ton of carbon dioxide they emit from 2012. Some of this money will be used to help compensate households that will be hit by higher power bills. “Australians want to do the right thing by the environment,” said Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard, whose country is the rich world’s worst per capita greenhouse gas emitter due to a heavy reliance on ageing coal-fired power stations for electricity generation. “That is why the Gillard government is implementing a comprehensive plan for a clean energy future for our nation,” she said.
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The scheme will cover 60 percent of Australia’s carbon pollution apart from exempted agricultural and light vehicle emissions. The scheme will cost $4.7bn to implement, including household and industry compensation to avoid a political backlash. Coal miners would be eligible for a $1.4bn compensation package to help the intensive mines adjust to the tax, which would add an average $1.9 per ton to the cost of mining coal. Australia, a major coal exporter, relies on coal for 80 percent of electricity generation, which in turn accounts for 37 percent of national emissions. Europe’s reduction system, which covers the 27 European Union member states plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, has forced power producers to pay for carbon emissions,

driving cuts where power plants were forced to switch to less carbon-emitting natural gas or biomass. Outside the EU, only New Zealand has a national scheme in operation.
-english.aljazeera.net, 10 July 2011

Most scientists the world over agree that carbon pollution is a contributing factor to global warming. However, there is a large group of dissenters who argue that manmade pollution is not the cause of the much acclaimed global warming. What is our position? We insist, based on Holy Scripture, that although the weather pattern in recent time has exhibited ups and downs, fundamentally, there is no change. The Bible says, “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest,

and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease” (Genesis 8:22). The nations that implement strict pollution standards are the richest and most successful in the world. Also, they will benefit even more as additional nations will jump on the bandwagon, proclaiming the urgency with their message, “Save the planet.” But the real and final global destruction involving planet Earth is documented for us in 2 Peter 3:12: “Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat.” 4130
(For more on the coming judgment, read Global Financial Apocalypse Prophesied, Item 1068.)

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“In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge”(Colossians 2:3).
Dear Christian Friend,
The above Scripture gives us the assurance that the treasure of wisdom and knowledge is hid in Christ Jesus our Lord.Verse 10 adds,“And ye are complete in him,which is the head of all principality and power.”He is the Author and Finisher of our faith; to Him is given all power in heaven and on earth.He stated in John 17:4:“I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” This wonderful,overwhelming and glorious truth we should treasure deep in our hearts,and continuously praise and thank the Lord for His completed work. The Deception The other side of the story is the imitation.It includes the whole world; all nations on planet Earth are subject to the god of this world,the father of lies,the deceiver from the beginning. Satan is not ignorant; he knows the prophetic Word,and he knows that he must build a global society where all live together in peace,security and enjoy prosperity. Here is what the Bible says in Revelation 13:3:“…and all the world wondered after the beast.”The next verse states:“…they worshipped the beast,saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?”In verse 8 we read,“And ALL that dwell upon the earth shall worship him.”Several chapters further it says,“These have one mind,and shall give their power and strength unto the beast”Revelation 17:13). Arab Uprising How does this relate to the Arab uprising? That’s what our book, Democracy Invades Islam is all about. Today,something mysterious is going on in the world; even experts,the elite politicians and thinkers are puzzled.There is no leader,no political party or organization leading the Arab uprising.Suddenly,unexpectedly,hundreds of thousands of people thronged the streets,demanding change! It is the ProDemocracy Arab Uprising. • The largest Arab nation,Egypt,has ousted their government. • From Yemen,we hear of bloodshed daily. • Syria has to use brute military force to subdue the pro-democracy protesters. • Libya is in the news daily.Battles are raging,aimed at the disposal of Muammar Gaddafi and his government. • Qatar,a small country in the Persian Gulf,is barely holding on. • Other Arab nations are bracing for the worst yet to come. What is the reason for all the protests? The media tells us that large portions of the Arab population feel oppressed; many are unemployed and suffer unbearable poverty.However,that is only on the surface.There is much more to it. The Arab League Presently,the Arab League consists of 22 independent Arab nations.Their territory is larger than the United States,and the population stands at 360 million people. But there is more; about 60 percent of the world’s oil reserves lie beneath the ground of Arab territory. Oil,as we all know,is absolutely necessary for the West and the East to run their industry.What will happen when democracy takes over the Arab world? The population will insist on benefiting from the oil wealth,and that will translate into higher energy costs globally. What will happen next? Democracy Invades Islam reveals how the Arab revolution will hasten the establishment of the final world government under the auspices of democracy. Chapters include: • The Raging of the Nations • Satan’s Invisible Power Elite • The Muslim’s Losing Battle • Why the World Must Change • Satan’s Clever Devices • The Master Deceiver at His Best …And much more!

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Address letters for publication to: Letters to the Editor, Midnight Call, P.O. Box 280008, Columbia, SC 29228. Include full name, address, and daytime phone number. Without name and address, letters will be discarded unread. All material is subject to editing. Midnight Call assumes all publishing rights on letters sent to the Editor. Note: All letters will be answered by the Executive Editor, Arno Froese.

The Kings of the East... Marriage... Islam
The Kings of the East Mr. Froese, In the May 2011 issue, in your reply to K. Eklund in California, you stated that “China is NOT involved” in the prophesied war with Israel. In the June, July and August 2010 issues, Wilfred Hahn wrote an article series titled “Far East Trends Today,” saying that China WILL be involved in this war. The Bible talks about the 200 million troops of China (the East) in Rev. 9:14-16, who will kill 1/3 of mankind, so isn’t China going to be involved in this last big war over Israel? I would also like your thoughts on Obama as to his involvement in the tribulation; do you think he will become the new permanent EU president? It is said that Kissinger and the Bilderbergers are responsible for
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Obama being elected president and for his having over a billion dollars ready for him to run for president again. He has not been truthful, so far, in anything, including the history of where he came from and where he was born. Since he first took office he has been selling our country right out from under us. How can the “people” vote for him the second time? Perhaps all of our feelings, thoughts and expectations are in vain and we should accept what Paul wrote in Ephesians 6:12. Will Obama be in any way responsible for the coming Muslim invasion? I am of a mind that perhaps we will not be here come the next time to vote.
-P. Warren, TX

Answer: “For we know in part, and we prophesy in part” (1 Corinthians 13:9).

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

There’s no shortage of people who want a one-world economy, government and religion—without Jesus Christ. Before the Tower of Babel, the world spoke one language. After the Tower of Babel, as chastisement, God confused tongues and made communication very difficult with many languages. Will mankind never learn that human beings, individually or collectively, are not God?
-R. MACKIN, ME
That is why we seem to have different opinions occasionally. My reading of Revelation 9 leads me to believe it deals with demonic forces, not literal, physical people: they originate from “the bottomless pit.” Besides, this is not manmade war, but God-made judgment of planet earth. Your questions about Obama, Kissinger, the Bilderbergers and the coming Muslim invasion reveal that you receive a lot of information from conspiracy theory sources. When carefully analyzed, one finds that they are mostly based on imagination. Besides, if you are looking for a candidate for Antichrist, you must find a benevolent, upright, courageous individual whom the world supports enthusiastically. For more information on this particular subject, read the brand new release, Who Is the Antichrist?, item 2254.

Marriage Dear Editor, This is my first and possibly only letter to you, sent with my thanks to Midnight Call for a courtesy year.

You, unlike most Christians, do not believe an infant dying will be eternally saved. My mother was the only other person I know of who believed as you. She taught me that such a belief is contrary to God having given humans freedom of choice. She believed the infant’s soul is in God’s care and tutelage while its mind matures until a choice can be made—even as the angels chose their loyalty and we must choose whom we serve. Also, has Midnight Call ever carried an article on what the New Testament teaches about the marriage covenant? So many who claim Christianity are divorcing and remarrying. Does not Romans 1:31-32 teach that covenant-breakers are worthy of death? Even if one party of the marriage breaks the covenant, it seems that is “for worse.” Should not the one who wants the marriage to endure keep their personal vow made on their wedding day? It seems that many Christians, even some preachers need help on this.
-F. Brickman, KY

Answer: Regarding infants, I have made my opinion clear: God knows. I don’t believe in automatic salvation, for it does not measure up to the teaching of Holy Scripture. Regarding marriage, 1 Corinthians 7 highlights many important points such as in verses 4, 8, 9, 11, 15 and 32. Marriage is for life and should be respected as such. Anyone who reads Holy Scripture and believes it, receives the answer very plainly. Because your question is seeking an answer for others, I will not proceed further on this matter except to say that in the end, marriage will be obsolete (1 Timothy 4:3). We already experience that to a large degree in the European world (the West). Do Christians and preachers need help in this matter? I don’t think so. They already know, so if they do not follow Scripture, then they deliberately choose the wrong way.

Islam Dear “Letters to the Editor,” Back in 1984, I needed some extra money to send my son to college. I rented two bedrooms to two students, one studying to
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be a minister, and one, a Muslim, studying accounting. I am a born-again Christian, and we had many discussions about religion. After a few months, I felt compelled to read the Koran. I also read books on Muhammad and Islam at that time. In addition to your statement that “The Koran, indeed, acknowledges Jesus as a prophet, but Muslims do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God,” I wanted to add that the Koran does confirm that Jesus was born of a virgin, performed miracles, and was called the Messiah. As to what the Koran states about Jesus on the cross, I quote the following: 4:158-159, “And for their saying, ‘We did slay the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah,’ whereas they slew him not; nor did they bring about his death on the cross, but he was made to appear to them like one crucified; and those who differ therein are certainly in a state of doubt about it; they have no certain knowledge thereof, but only pursue a conjecture; and they did not arrive at a certainty concerning it. On the contrary, Allah exalted him to Himself. And Allah is Mighty, Wise.” I asked several Muslims what they believed happened, and the majority think He was taken into heaven alive and will return at the end of the age with the missing Imam (also called the “Mahdi”), who will bring true justice. Others believe He did
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not die on the cross, but went on to teach in India and is buried in Kashmir under another name.
-L. Boyer, PA

Answer: Thank you for sharing and quoting some of the Koran. One reason Islam does not acknowledge Jesus as God is because the Koran specifically states, “God has no son.” When we consider their somewhat favorable mention of Jesus the Son of Mary, we must be alert to the danger when talking to those who are not grounded in the faith. We know from Holy Scripture that Jesus is the Son of God: He is the only Way, the Truth and Life, and only through Him can we come to the Father. These fundamentals are important to keep in mind when reading literature that does not correspond to Holy Scripture. Incidentally, from a number of different sources, we hear of many true conversions of Muslims to a living faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God. In spite of restrictions, even persecution in some Islamic countries, the Spirit of God does not consider such a hindrance; thus, the process Jesus proclaimed—“I will build my church”—continues until the completion.

Before the Tower of Babel, the world spoke one language. After the Tower of Babel, as chastisement, God confused tongues and made communication very difficult with many languages. Will mankind never learn that human beings, individually or collectively, are not God?
-R. Mackin, ME

Answer: Thank you for your letter and the four-page article titled, “The Secret Plan for a New Global Currency.”The article very blatantly reveals its conspiracy theories with words such as “operating behind the scenes…abandoned hotel…decisions were reached to devalue or defend currencies, fix the price of gold, regulate offshore banking, raise or lower short-term interest rates…etc.” Yet there is a conspiracy, that of the god of this world, Lucifer, who rules all nations on planet earth and attempts to create a peaceful, prosperous and secure global society. Actually, he will be successful according to Revelation 13. I deal with that subject in our book, Revelation 13: Satan’s Last Victory.

Globalism Dear Midnight Call, Sending some information in response to the World Focus piece, “A New Global Finance System in the Making,” April 2011 Midnight Call magazine. There’s no shortage of people who want a one-world economy, government and religion—without Jesus Christ.

Pleading the Blood Dear Arno Froese, In Midnight Call, January 2011 issue, there was a letter written by J. Smith, NY, thanking you for “telling me that pleading the blood of Jesus is wrong.” After listening to your CD, “The Deliverer: Part 4,” I have a open heart (mind) and believe in hearing both sides of a subject. I would appreciate if you could show me in writing what you say concerning pleading the blood of Jesus. Show

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Scriptural evidence and why it is wrong to do so. I look forward to your written response.
-T. Lynch, FL

Answer: Throughout the New Testament, we are invited to come to Jesus, “Come unto me…I am the truth…I am the life…I am the Good Shepherd… I am the door…I lay down my life.” We are not invited to come to His blood. It is the name which is given above every name to deliver the sick, to be saved from danger, to be restored mentally; only in His name is salvation. Pleading the blood is putting the cart before the horse. Incidentally, the same applies to the Holy Spirit. We do not ask the Holy Spirit to do this or that; it is the Holy Spirit who makes “intercession for us.” He glorifies Jesus, not vice versa.

extend their economic domination. A Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is a geographical region that has economic and other laws that are more free-market-oriented than a country’s typical or national laws. “Nationwide” laws may be suspended inside a special economic zone. So the question is: What will you do when you are surrounded by Chinese zones that are not subject to our national laws right outside your front door if/when China decides that America is no longer its “friend”?
-F. Clark,WI

but what is the result? Relative poverty. The article you sent and many that come to our desk are typical products of conspiracy theorists, who insist that the United States, and for that matter, any other country can exist independently. Such, however, is no longer the case. Besides, it does not correspond to Bible prophecy, which clearly states that the world will be united. We deal with that subject in our new book, Democracy Invades Islam. MC

Special Economic Zone Let’s quit being polite and call this maneuver by corporate governments exactly what it is—treason. Nothing more, nothing less. Selling off pieces of America to a foreign government so that government can plant a sovereign city inside our country that is not subject to our laws amounts to treason. Thanks to the trillions of dollars that the Chinese have made flooding our shores with cheap products, China is now in a position of tremendous economic power. So what is China going to do with all of that money? One thing that they have decided to do is buy up pieces of the United States and set up “special economic zones” inside our country from which they can continue to

Answer: We have only published some excerpts from the article you sent to us relating to “Special Economic Zones” (SEZ). According to Wikipedia, there is a broad range of more specific zone types such as Free Trade Zones, Export Processing Zones, Free Zones, industrial parks and Free Ports, just to mention a few. They serve to increase foreign investment. Communist China seems to have more money to spend than most other nations, but they are only part of all the industrial nations which take advantage of these special zones. Keep in mind that the United States has these zones as well all over the world. These zones are a requirement in order to accommodate a more functional global society. It’s not a matter of whether we like it or not, but it is an established fact that makes the global economy tick. Can any nation do without such economic zones? Yes, North Korea, Cuba, and several smaller Asian and African countries,
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