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Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow January-February 2016


A Magazine of Understanding May-June 2022

The Conspiracy to
CANCEL
GOD
Cancel Culture and the Future of Christianity 9 • Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: A Biblical Perspective 12
Growing State Tyranny: Foretaste of the End Time? 20 • A Return to 1970s Stagflation? 23
TABLE OF
CONTENTS May-June 2022
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FEATURE ARTICLES
4 The Conspiracy to Cancel God
An insidious campaign is underway right now to
cancel God, His commandments and His values
from people’s lives. How and why is this hap-
pening? What are its effects? How will it end?

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9 Cancel Culture and
the Future of Christianity
A major cultural change is taking place right
before our eyes. Christianity—long a traditional
and accepted part of society—is increasingly
being silenced by governments, courts, busi-
nesses and technology. What does this mean?
Where is it headed?

12 Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine:

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A Biblical Perspective
Russia’s brutal invasion of neighboring Ukraine
has stunned the world and shocked Europe out
of its long complacency. Does Bible prophecy
shed any light on this?

16 The Human Side


of the Ukraine Tragedy
Ukraine’s current tragedy is one more sad chap-
ter in a long history of invasion and oppression.

20 Growing State Tyranny:


Foretaste of the End Time?
Recent tyrannical government edicts have
trampled the rights and consciences of millions

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of people. What’s driving this? Does it have any
implications for prophesied end-time events?

23 A Return to 1970s Stagflation?


Remember the 1970s’ high unemployment,
empty store shelves, lines at gas stations and
skyrocketing inflation? History may be set to
DEPARTMENTS
repeat. 18 Current Events and Trends
An overview of events and conditions around the world
26 70 Years of Elizabeth II,
the Servant Queen 30 Letters From Our Readers
In the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year, we reflect Readers of Beyond Today magazine share their thoughts
on a beloved figure exemplifying dignity and
devotion yet sadly not preserving her realms 31 Beyond Today Television Log
from moral plummet and decline. A listing of stations and times for the Beyond Today TV program

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EDITORIAL

A Coming “Famine Scott Ashley

of the Word”
Managing editor

Meanwhile, social media giant Twitter has repeatedly

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shut down the accounts of traditional conservative voices.
ho would’ve believed just a decade ago that Yet it hypocritically keeps active the accounts of Russian
our world could have changed into the world President Vladimir Putin (whose invasion of Ukraine
we see today? has killed thousands of people), the Afghan Taliban (no-
I’m used to closely following cultural, politi- table terrorism supporters and human-rights abusers) and
cal and geopolitical changes. But I didn’t foresee transfor- Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamanei (who has repeatedly called
mations of this magnitude coming this quickly. The world for the destruction of Israel).
we see today is barely recognizable from a decade ago! We’re increasingly seeing the canceling of Bible-based
As an example, I’m writing this editorial in March, perspectives. You may have heard the term “shadow ban-
which is Women’s History Month here in the United ning,” referring to Internet search engines manipulating
States. Women certainly should be recognized for their search results to secretly ban conservative and biblical
achievements and honorable role. Yet in this month for perspectives while elevating ungodly ideologies.
honoring women, the following took place: Here at Beyond Today, until recently our websites drew
• A biological man was named one of 12 “Women of about a million new visitors per month, a number that
the Year” by USA Today due to his White House- was continually growing. But then those num-
appointed position as a transgender high bers started steadily dropping and now
government official. are approaching half that. We did nothing
• During judicial committee question- differently; in fact our Beyond Today print
ing on her nomination to be the first black run increased during that same time.
woman on the U.S. Supreme Court, the So what happened with our vanishing
nominee, a well-known judge, repeat- website visitors? Hundreds of thousands dis-
edly said she was unable to define what a appeared apparently because major Inter-
woman is. net search engines have deliberately begun
• After competing for three years on hiding our website, articles and videos
a collegiate men’s swim team, a biological man from people searching for biblical truth and answers.
won first place in the women’s 500-yard freestyle col- The decline is striking, but we’ve been expecting it. Why?
legiate swimming championship, beating out a female Notice this sobering prophecy from Amos 8:11-12:
2020 Olympic silver medalist. (Before winning first in the “‘The time is surely coming,’ says the Sovereign Lord,
women’s event, the best he had ranked nationally in men’s ‘when I will send a famine on the land—not a famine of
swimming events was 32nd, 65th and 554th.) bread or water but of hearing the words of the Lord. Peo-
Such madness has begun to permeate all levels of Western ple will stagger from sea to sea and wander from border
society. Recently a city council member in a locale near me to border searching for the word of the Lord, but they will
publicized a list of books the city’s library district promoted not find it’” (New Living Translation, emphasis added).
as “age-appropriate” for children 12 and under. Some of the Our world is rushing toward this. Good is now being
titles included Woke Baby, Anti-Racist Baby, Feminist Baby, called evil, and evil is being called good (Isaiah 5:20).
Pride Baby and Feminist Baby Finds Her Voice. God’s Word and His way of life are increasingly despised,
He rightly pointed out that even our public libraries demonized and canceled. God foretold it long ago.
have become indoctrination centers for pushing left- What should—what must—you do? Isaiah 55:6-7 tells
wing ideologies on children. At least one district library us: “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon
had instituted “Drag Queen Story Time” and several had Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and
provided children with drag-queen paper doll kits! the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the
As many American parents were shocked to learn Lord, and He will have mercy on him . . .”
when their children took classes online from home dur- Seek mercy. Seek forgiveness. Seek God while you can.
ing Covid lockdowns, public-school students are typically
being force-fed a steady diet of distorted history, socialist
ideology and undermining of traditional values that goes
against everything the parents stand for.

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The Conspiracy to
CANCEL GOD
An insidious campaign is underway right now to cancel God, His commandments and His values
from people’s lives. How and why is this happening? What are its effects? How will it end?

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by John LaBissoniere

he word “cancel” is derived from the Latin term ism in recent years . . . has propelled ridicule of Christi-
cancellare meaning “to cross out”—to expunge or anity into the mainstream of acceptable behavior. Today,
delete—such as when terminating an airline reser- Bible-bashing and Christian-mocking are a favorite
vation or a cell phone contract. However, in recent pastime on television, in movies, and on social media.
years, “cancel” has been used of declaring people “The attack on the free exercise of religion now moves
and organizations unacceptable or even detestable. Such beyond prayer at football games and commencement cer-
“canceling” is employed via mass media and social media emonies to legal battles over wedding cakes. A relatively
in many Western countries, and it’s growing. small group of atheistic and radical activist organizations
So pervasive is this practice of public rejection or boy- . . . have succeeded in banning prayer from schools and
cotting of various individuals, groups or institutions as Christian symbols from public buildings. At the same
punishment for social, moral or politically objectionable time . . . Christianity is extricated from the common way
viewpoints or actions that it’s given rise to the coined of life. This is the culture war, plain and simple. The effect
phrase “cancel culture.” is cascading beyond America” (Jeff Lukens, “Christianity
Cancel culture advocates delineate which views are Is Under Siege in America,” June 12, 2019).
“acceptable”—which are almost always those that are Canceling Christian values is not just a contemporary
pro-abortion, pro-LGBTQ, anti-God and anti-Bible. phenomenon, as Christianity has always had its detrac-
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Anyone violating these ideological criteria may be threat- tors. Indeed, a diabolical campaign has been ongoing
ened with loss of job, loss of reputation, expulsion from throughout the ages to oust God and His influence from
social media or worse. people’s lives.
Nevertheless, respect and honor toward God and the
Christianity under siege Bible formed the bedrock of Western culture and pro-
Biblical moral principles and values are often especially vided major benefits to society for many generations.
targeted by this onslaught. An American Thinker article As a report by the Heritage Foundation explains: “The
describes the situation this way: “A vigorous new secular- strength of the family unit is intertwined with the prac-

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tice of religion. Churchgoers are more tremendous blessings to people Efforts to denigrate biblical values
likely to be married, less likely to be over the ages, antagonism against have severely eroded the very foun-
divorced or single, and more likely to divine values has mounted steadily, dation of a sound, upright society. It
manifest high levels of satisfaction in especially over the past two genera- should therefore not be surprising
marriage. Church attendance is the tions in the United States. Part of the that many negative consequences
most important predictor of marital reason for this is that individuals and arise as people engage in such
stability and happiness. institutions have been subjected to destructive conduct as uninhibited
“Religious belief and practice con- increasing government restrictions sex, pornography, cohabitation and
tribute substantially to the formation on teaching and learning about God divorce—leading to fatherless homes,
of personal moral criteria and sound and His righteous way of life. violence, drug and alcohol addiction,
moral judgment. Regular religious Consider that in 1962 the U.S. and many other evils.
practice generally inoculates individ- Supreme Court ruled that prayer in An article in The Christian Post
uals against a host of social problems, public schools was unconstitutional. adds emphasis to this point, stating:
including suicide, drug abuse, out-of- The following year it declared that “From the prohibition of prayer in
wedlock births, crime, and divorce. public schools could no longer allow school, to prohibitions of public dis-
The regular practice of religion also the Bible to be read in classrooms. plays of the Ten Commandments and
encourages such beneficial effects In 1973 the Supreme Court legal- Christian symbols, to lawsuits against
on mental health as less depression, ized abortion—the murder of unborn Christian photographers for refusing
to provide the photography
Keeping God’s commandments has brought many for gay weddings, the war
against Christian presence
blessings to people over the ages, yet antagonism in America becomes increas-
against divine values has been mounting steadily. ingly open and aggressive.
“And what has happened
more self-esteem, and greater fam- babies—nationwide. Later in 1980 the over the last half century while this
ily and marital happiness” (Patrick court decided it was a violation of the has been going on? The institutions
Fagan, “Why Religion Matters: The Constitution to post copies of the Ten and behavior that provide the glue
Impact of Religious Practice on Social Commandments in public schools. holding together a faithful, civil,
Stability,” Jan. 25, 1996). More recently, the Supreme Court and virtuous society have collapsed.
in 2015 struck down any laws pro- The traditional American family is
Antagonism toward Christianity hibiting homosexual marriage. And in shambles. Forty three percent of
continues to grow in 2020 it ruled that the Civil Rights our babies are now born to unwed
Western civilization has benefited Act of 1964 be reinterpreted far mothers compared to 5 percent a half
from Jesus Christ’s teachings by beyond its original intent as suppos- century ago . . .
ending or greatly reducing such edly including sexual orientation and “It was not by accident that Amer-
horrific practices as human sacrifice, transgender rights. Issuing these and ica’s first president George Washing-
infanticide and slavery. Also, Chris- other appalling decisions to obstruct ton warned the young nation, in his
tian principles have had a positive the teaching of and adherence to farewell address, that religion and
influence in society regarding the righteous moral standards have effec- morality are ‘indispensable’ . . . and
sanctity of marriage, child-rearing tively helped to cancel God and His he cautioned against ‘the supposi-
and family life. influence in American society. (See tion that morality can be maintained
These teachings also successfully “America’s Christian Founding Under without religion’” (Star Parker, “The
elevated the status of women by Assault” on page 7.) Ongoing War Against Christianity,”
condemning sex outside of marriage, April 3, 2015).
marital infidelity, divorce, incest, por- Consequences of destructive Attacks by atheistic, amoral secu-
nography and prostitution. Further- conduct larists against biblical principles are
more, history is filled with examples The intensifying hostility toward intentionally designed to disparage
of adherents of Christianity who religion—particularly Christian righteous, godly morality. Govern-
made vital contributions to human principles—is due not only to radical ment officials, judges, Supreme Court
progress in health care, literature, elements in society but also to weak justices, journalists, teachers and
government, business, law, philan- or intolerant politicians, government many others allowed themselves to
thropy and the sciences. bureaucrats, school and university be perniciously influenced by so-
While worshipping God and keep- officials, teachers and the mainstream called “progressive” voices. Also,
ing His commandments have brought media. most appallingly, many traditional

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Christian churches—which should commandments include escalating


have stood up unwaveringly in oppo- incidents of violence, corruption, dis-
sition to such damaging influence— honesty and crime. The more society
capitulated to it. rejects God, the more it suffers from
Their response to secular pres- the evils of murder, assault, rape, rob-
sure was often to water down eter- bery and abduction, as well as brutal,
nal truths and key moral values. By merciless acts of terrorism and war.
refusing to staunchly oppose moral The apostle Paul penned this
laxity such as sex before marriage, ominous prophecy: “But know this,
cohabitation, same-sex “marriage” that in the last days perilous times
and transgenderism, many churches will come: For men will be lovers of
simply became a reflection of secular, themselves, lovers of money, boasters,
worldly values. proud, blasphemers, disobedient to
Rather than leading their flocks parents, unthankful, unholy, unlov-
in rock-solid, biblically grounded ing, unforgiving, slanderers, without
morality, ministers and
church officials deserted their When people ”cancel God” by forsaking Him, they
responsibility to the sheep—
revealing them to be spine- cut themselves off from the only source of true values
less, false shepherds (John
10:12-13).
and are left flailing in blind ignorance and suffering.
This is clearly evident by the self-control, brutal, despisers of good, in the great principles of love toward
number of people who have entirely traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers God and love toward one’s neighbors
jettisoned organized religion. A Gal- of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (Luke 10:27).
lup poll published on March 29, 2021, (2 Timothy 3:1-4, emphasis added When they’re out of step with God’s
found that membership in religious throughout). commandments, people invariably
organizations in the United States As people cancel God and His per- bring harm on themselves and others.
plummeted to just 47 percent—down fect divine guidance from their lives, This is because God’s laws operate
from 70 percent in 1999. they are constrained to decide for with natural enforcement, bringing re-
Also, according to a 2018 Pew themselves what is right and wrong. wards or penalties for acting according
Research Center survey, out of those But what is the outcome of trying to or against them respectively, just as
who identify as Christian, few bother to usurp a role to which the Eternal does the physical law of gravity.
to attend church services. In the Unit- Creator has exclusive claim?
ed Kingdom only 18 percent go to Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25 warn The devil’s ceaseless, clandestine
church on a regular basis. In Canada that “there is a way that seems right evil work
it’s a mere 13 percent. In the United to a man, but its end is the way of The Almighty wants people to be
death.” Also, in Hosea 4:6 God tells
States it’s 19 percent. In Australia it’s fully confident that He will always
17 percent, and in New Zealand just us, “My people are destroyed for carefully guide them if they willingly
15 percent. lack of knowledge.” The knowledge submit to Him. He tells us, “Trust in
rejected includes God’s eternal, spiri- the Lord with all your heart, and lean
Prophetic warnings about tual laws expressed in the Ten Com- not on your own understanding; in
perilous times mandments and His many other flaw- all your ways acknowledge Him, and
In light of the ever-increasing ero- less statutes cataloged in the Bible. He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs
sion of society’s moral foundation, God established these so all people 3:5-6).
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what does the Bible make known could experience ideal joy, peace and Sadly, the vast majority persist in
about what’s ahead? prosperity. thinking they know better about
In a stunning prophecy about the While human beings have discov- how to live. This profoundly foolish
turbulent and dangerous period ered countless scientific laws regulat- concept originated long ago—in the
shortly before His second coming, ing the physical universe, they refuse Garden of Eden where God created
Jesus Christ warned that “because law- to acknowledge that there are spiritu- the first human beings, Adam and
lessness will abound, the love of many al laws governing human interactions Eve, and gave them the breath of life
will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12). The with other people and God Himself. (Genesis 2:7; 15-17; 21-22).
consequences of the relentless secu- These laws, made plain through But Satan the devil was there in
lar drumbeat to cancel God and His divine revelation, are summed up the Garden too. And what did he

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do? He canceled God in their eyes—insinuating that they flail about in ignorance—causing themselves and
the One who instructed them about what was good and others terrible physical, mental and emotional anguish
evil was actually a liar (Genesis 3:1-5). Although Eve was and suffering.
deceived by the devil, Adam was not. And yet—in clear The prophet Isaiah summarized this sad quandary
disobedience to God—he still ate the forbidden fruit along when he wrote: “Their feet run to evil, and they make
with his wife (verses 6-7). haste to shed innocent blood; their thoughts are thoughts
So the devil’s venomous strategy to deceive and damage of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths”
humanity worked from the beginning. Since then, this (Isaiah 59:7).
utterly corrupt spirit being has striven to convince all Of course, not everything human beings do is mis-
people that they should determine for themselves what is taken, misguided or wrong. Where people’s efforts are
right and wrong—yet under his malevolent influence and in harmony with God’s laws, good outcomes can occur.
not to decide to follow God’s ways. However, where a combination of truth and error exists or
Satan works ceaselessly and clandestinely through where error prevails and lawlessness rules, human efforts
unwitting human agents to convince people that it’s not simply cannot produce satisfactory results. Because people
good enough to simply accept God’s word on any subject. cancel God in their lives and make faulty choices, the
This master manipulator has thus brought—and continues world is filled with one intractable problem after another.
to bring—deep darkness and horrendous evil on human- Rejecting the Creator’s perfect instructions and wisdom is
ity (Ephesians 2:2; 6:11-12; 1 Peter 5:8). the precise reason society is in constant turmoil and filled
When people cancel God by forsaking His ways, they with anxiety.
cut themselves off from Him as the only source of true So then, humanity finds itself in this terrible dilemma.
values. Without the Creator’s flawless, revealed knowledge, Except for Jesus, all people from the beginning of history

America’s Christian Founding Under Assault


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n a powerful defense of religious values, for- that are best for man, not in the by and by, but Along with the wreckage of the family, we are
mer U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr addressed in the here and now. They are like God’s instruc- seeing record levels of depression and mental
the Notre Dame Law School on Oct. 11, 2019. tion manual for the best running of man and illness, dispirited young people, soaring suicide
He expressed how America’s Founding Fathers, human society. rates, increasing numbers of angry and alien-
in establishing the Declaration of Independence “By the same token, violations of these moral ated young males, an increase in senseless
and the Constitution, clearly understood that laws have bad, real-world consequences for violence, and a deadly drug epidemic . . .
religious standards are essential in uphold- man and society . . . Religion helps promote “Suffice it to say that the campaign to
ing the workings of representative democracy. moral discipline within society . . . It does not do destroy the traditional moral order has brought
He also pointed out how secularists are engi- this primarily by formal laws—that is, through with it immense suffering, wreckage and mis-
neering powerful assaults on those striving to coercion. It does this through moral education ery. And yet, the forces of secularism, ignoring
uphold moral principles. He stated in part: and by informing society’s informal rules—its these tragic results, press on with even greater
“From the Founding Era onward, there was customs and traditions which reflect the wis- militancy . . . But what has replaced the Judeo-
strong consensus about the centrality of reli- dom and experience of the ages. In other words, Christian moral system? What is it that can
gious liberty in the United States . . . In short, religion helps frame moral culture within soci- fill the spiritual void in the hearts of the indi-
in the Framers’ view, free government was ety that instills and reinforces moral discipline. vidual person? . . . The fact is that no secular
only suitable and sustainable for a religious “I think we all recognize that over the past 50 creed has emerged capable of performing the
people—a people who recognized that there years religion has been under increasing attack. role of religion . . .
was a transcendent moral order antecedent to On the one hand, we have seen the steady ero- “One of the ironies, as some have observed,
both the state and man-made law and who had sion of our traditional Judeo-Christian moral is that the secular project has itself become a
the discipline to control themselves according to system and a comprehensive effort to drive it religion, pursued with religious fervor. It is tak-
those enduring principles. from the public square. On the other hand, we ing on all the trappings of a religion, including
“As John Adams put it: ‘. . . Our Constitution see the growing ascendancy of secularism and inquisitions and excommunication. Those who
was made only for a moral and religious people. the doctrine of moral relativism. defy the creed risk a figurative burning at the
It is wholly inadequate for the government of “By any honest assessment, the conse- stake—social, educational, and professional
any other.’ . . . quences of this moral upheaval have been grim. ostracism and exclusion waged through law-
“Modern secularists dismiss this idea of Virtually every measure of social pathology con- suits and savage social media campaigns . . .
morality as other-worldly superstition imposed tinues to gain ground. In 1965, the illegitimacy We must be vigilant to resist efforts by the
by a kill-joy clergy. In fact, Judeo-Christian rate was eight percent. In 1992, . . . it was 25 forces of secularization to drive religious view-
moral standards are the ultimate utilitarian percent. Today it is over 40 percent. In many of points from the public square and to impinge
rules for human conduct. They reflect the rules our large urban areas, it is around 70 percent. upon the free exercise of our faith.”

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until now—no matter how good they may act or appear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their
from a human perspective—have participated in lawless- land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
ness, meaning they have sinned. As 1 John 3:4 declares, This is just one of many promises God expresses in
“Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin the Bible that have been emphasized repeatedly by His
is lawlessness.” human servants throughout the ages. To be sure, He has
But why do people sin? Because they have a corrupted always had spokesmen on earth, declaring that honor-
nature opposed to obeying God’s commandments ing Him and keeping His laws are essential to virtuous
(Romans 8:6-7). It is such an ingrained condition—and living. Sometimes it was a solitary individual, such as the
one that comes to us so naturally from an early age—that patriarch Noah. Today it is the Church of God, which
people often see no need to resist its negative pulls. Our faithfully teaches the truth of the Bible (Matthew 16:18;
human nature is influenced behind the scenes by the 1 Timothy 3:15).
devil, resulting in sin. And sin is a roadblock to God and A vital part of this truth God’s Church announces is
the righteousness He intends and desires for us. the soon-coming, marvelous period that will dawn for all
humanity at Jesus Christ’s second coming. At that time
The delusional exercise of canceling God He will have the devil and his demons incarcerated for
God was fully aware of this human condition when 1,000 years so they can no longer deceitfully lead human-
He chose the tribes of Israel and offered the people His kind into destruction and death. And, most importantly,
Ten Commandments along with His statutes and judg- Jesus will restore righteous government—the Kingdom of
ments. He told them that if they looked to Him in rever- God on earth (Revelation 11:15; 1 Thessalonians 4:16).
ence and awe and obeyed His perfect laws, they would In that amazing time, humanity will end its long legacy
have a flourishing and bountiful society and be a superb of failed attempts in determining right from wrong.
example to all the nations around them (Deuteronomy Wonderful peace, joy and prosperity will be the result of
4:5-6; 6:17). true knowledge being carefully taught and applied under
Sadly, God’s chosen people didn’t choose to follow Christ’s righteous rule (Isaiah 2:2-4; 11:1-9).
Him and His ways. Even though God continually Moreover, God will give His Holy Spirit to all who are
reminded them through His judges and prophets to be willing to repent and obey Him, starting with the people
obedient for their own good, they turned inexorably to of Israel. “For this is the covenant that I will make with
disobedience—thus reaping a terrible harvest of painful the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will
consequences (Isaiah 1:2). put My laws in their mind and write them on their
And, even when God the Father sent His only Son, hearts” (Hebrews 8:10, quoting Jeremiah 31:33).
Jesus Christ, to earth to teach them more fully about The insidious campaign going on right now to cancel
salvation and the coming Kingdom of God, they rejected, God, His commandments and His righteous values from
persecuted, betrayed and murdered Him (Luke 17:25; people’s lives will ultimately fail, yet not before it has done
23:18; John 5:43; Acts 7:51-54). enormous damage to the world and people’s lives.
Today we live in a God-denying, God-defying world But you don’t need to be part of that. The exhilarating
with a great many people canceling Him from their lives good news is that Jesus Christ will return to the earth and
—from individuals to governments to society at large. establish His right way of life everywhere, bringing won-
But they are destined to learn that this wholly delusional drous peace and prosperity to all humanity. At that time,
exercise can only result in suffering and ruin for them- as Habakkuk 2:14 tells us, “The earth will be filled with
selves and their families and communities. the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters
Although God is merciful and has given people free- cover the sea.”
dom to choose, He will ultimately not be denied. All Therefore, let’s turn to God in deep repentance and obe-
people need to understand that dismissing God and His dience while looking forward to that magnificent coming
laws is simply living a lie. Let’s be clear: God is Supreme. time when “canceling God” will itself be canceled!
He cannot be canceled.
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Cancel Culture and
the Future of Christianity
A major cultural change is taking place right before our eyes. Christianity—long
a traditional and accepted part of society—is increasingly being silenced by govern-
ments, courts, businesses and technology. What does this mean? Where is it headed?
by Mike Kelley

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n the streets of Jerusalem, the apostles Peter and John if they dare to express or stand up for their views.
experienced great success in preaching the gospel of As the influence of atheistic, secular humanist cul-
the Kingdom. Following the spectacular response on ture grows, it strives to obliterate references to God and
the Day of Pentecost, when some 3,000 had been con- Christianity in the workplace, on social media, in the
verted, God had opened the minds of hundreds of others classroom, in government and in mainstream media.
to the gospel message. Before long the Church at Jerusa- And when God and Christianity are mentioned in these
lem numbered in the thousands (Acts 2:41, 47; 4:1). venues, it’s often in a hateful, disparaging way.
The Sanhedrin, the highest Jewish judicial council,
took notice of the apostles’ success. Largely composed of Traditional values banned as Christian belief declines
Sadducees, a priestly sect who controlled the Jerusalem Despite being founded on a Judeo-Christian ethic, reli-
temple, they viewed the growing power and influence gious influence in America has steadily waned, as shown
of Jesus Christ’s message as a threat. Peter and the other by the most recent statistics from the Public Religion
apostles had to be stopped. Research Institute.
An occasion to arrest Peter and John presented itself Its survey showed that the proportion of white Ameri-
when they miraculously healed a man who was lame from cans identifying as evangelicals dropped from 23 percent
birth (Acts 3). With the temple guard to provide muscle, in 2006 to 14.5 percent in 2020. White Catholics dropped
the Sanhedrin leaders swept in and seized the two apostles from 16 percent to 11.7 percent. During the same time,
(Acts 4:1-6). the percentage of respondents of all ethnicities not affili-
“By what power or what name did you do this?” they ated with any religion increased from 16 percent to nearly
demanded of Peter and John (verse 7, New International 24 percent.
Version). Peter answered them, “It is by the name of Jesus This has gone hand-in-hand with assaults on traditional
Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God values. Anti-God secularists have conducted a decades-
raised from the dead, that this man stands before you long war on Christianity with the goal of expunging it
healed” (verse 10, NIV). from American life.
The Sanhedrin could not deny that many had witnessed Classroom prayer, for example, was common in Ameri-
the healing. This was no fluke. So in what was in essence an can public schools for the first nearly two centuries of the
early case of attempted cancel culture, the Sanhedrin put a nation’s history. But in a complete corruption of the First
gag order on the apostles, ordering them to cease preach- Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. Supreme
ing in the name of Christ. But Peter boldly responded: Court ruled in 1962 that the practice violated the First
“Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey Amendment—in spite of the amendment’s plain wording
you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establish-
what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:17, NIV 1984, ment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . .”
emphasis added throughout). They refused to be canceled! Free exercise of religion in schools was banned over-
Today in America we see cancel culture everywhere, but night. The following year the Supreme Court banned Bibles
no one is more targeted than religious Americans, espe- from schools. These two rulings have been used to suppress
cially Christians. Traditional morals, ethics and values are the free exercise of religion in the United States ever since.
under assault. Those who hold the Judeo-Christian values
that were common for the first 200 years of the nation’s ex- Vile practices legalized and normalized
istence now find themselves mocked, belittled and attacked God is the Creator of life. All life is precious to Him,

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and that includes the life of unborn speech, to the right to express a wide have clearly stepped over the line into
children. Yet just 10 years later the variety of views? censorship and manipulation of politi-
court declared that American women America’s Founding Fathers viewed cal and cultural thought.
had a “constitutional right” to abort freedom of speech as a basic right. They and their corporate leaders
the tiny lives growing within them— Our rights, the signers of the Decla- especially dislike religious and con-
despite not seeing such a right in the ration of Independence understood, servative expression.
Constitution in the nearly 200 years came not from government but from Facebook employs a small army
before. Some 60 million unborn babies our Creator. of “content monitors,” whose job is
have been murdered in America since When many of those same men to filter out religious or conserva-
then—a number greater than the popu- later came together to frame the U.S. tive content. Their guidelines on hate
lation of most countries. Constitution, they took the additional speech explicitly condemn speech
If that weren’t bad enough, in 2015 step of securing people’s rights in a that might offend anyone based on
the court struck down all restrictions series of amendments to the Consti- sexual orientation, gender or gen-
on homosexual marriage. Then in tution known as the Bill of Rights. der identity. But those guidelines
2020 it issued a ruling that redefined The First Amendment guaranteed have been used to cancel speech that
the meaning of “sex” (in discrimina- freedom of speech, religion and the expresses religious, traditional or
tion law) to include sexual orientation press. For more than two centuries conservative views.
and personally chosen gender identity these freedoms have allowed Ameri- It isn’t hard to understand the bias
—so that men could now claim to be cans to speak out on virtually any of these tech giants. They largely
women and women could claim to be issue. Government for the most part reflect the attitudes and practices of
men, with everyone legally obligated protected these rights, even on highly the far-left “woke” culture. They apply
to accept such obvious fantasies as controversial or unpopular positions. those biases as the new arbiters of in-
true and normal. But over the past decade, respect formation, controlling what informa-
As a result, speaking out against for these rights has quickly eroded. tion gets disseminated and what gets
abortion or the LGBTQ agenda as Freedom of expression has given way canceled.
being opposed to basic morality and to a new orthodoxy. What started Their power in this regard is breath-
even scientific reality brings a torrent out as “politically correct” attitudes taking. Twitter banned then-President
of pushback, with these views excori- in the 1990s have now morphed Donald Trump after he raised allega-
ated as hate speech and homophobia. into broad requirement, with heavy tions of voter fraud in the 2020 election.
Now gender roles are seen as societal pressure, to express only what Twitter, Facebook and Google-
“culturally defined,” ignoring obvious liberal-progressive “thought police” owned YouTube have been proven to
biological differences. Don’t want to permit. With breathtaking speed, this routinely block and delete conserva-
identify as male or female? No prob- new “woke” culture has vilified and tive or religious content. While their
lem, says Facebook, which since 2014 in some cases even criminalized free guidelines claim fairness to all groups
has offered 56 ways to self-identify in speech in America. and prohibit obvious hate speech,
terms of one’s sex, including agender religious and conservative groups
(no gender at all), transgender (gen- Social media a driving force for have reported deletion of their posts,
der identity opposite from biological censorship and others have reported their posts
gender), MTF (transitioning from Historically, the American media as “shadow banned”—deliberately
male to female) and pangender (being has championed freedom of speech hidden from most public viewing.
all genders simultaneously). and the press. But evidence is mount- Major Internet search engines like
Not to be outdone, Apple has intro-ing that the media establishment now Google, Yahoo and Microsoft Bing
duced a new emoji for its phones—a actually wants to limit free speech. have been accused of manipulat-
pregnant man. And the rest of us are Religious and conservative people ing results to deprioritize and hide
expected to accept such absurdities asincreasingly find their views censored conservative and religious content
normal and true. and canceled. and news unfavorable to liberal causes
More than two-thirds of all Ameri- and politicians—conveniently labeled
Free speech: an antiquated notion cans use social media—Facebook, Ins- “misinformation."
America has come to the point tagram, Twitter, YouTube, TikTok and
where only one set of beliefs, one others—to stay connected to friends, How did it get this bad?
worldview, is allowed by those who family, coworkers and others. But as There is growing awareness that the
control the levers of power, with any we have seen these platforms grow in progressive left has for a long time
divergence from that censured and popularity, we have also seen them been waging a war on God, Christi-
banned. Whatever happened to free grow in power. And these platforms anity and biblical morality. But why

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does it seem that the war has intensi- During his 2008 campaign for the Americans were forced to violate
fied in recent years? presidency, Barack Obama openly their conscience or lose their jobs.
While the leftist cause to bring a ridiculed several biblical laws. In an
secular humanist form of salvation to unguarded moment at a San Fran- Enduring the dominion of the
an evil, unjust world has been ongo- cisco fundraiser with wealthy donors, demonic
ing for nearly 200 years, its efforts tohe revealed his personal contempt What is all of this leading to? Is there
drive God out of American life shifted for small-town religious Americans: an endgame in play in which canceling
into overdrive relatively recently with “They get bitter, they cling to their God from the public arena is a major
the radical “free speech” movement of guns or religion or antipathy to people step? Revelation 13 describes an emerg-
the 1960s. who are not like them . . . as a way to ing worldwide governmental system
Author David Horowitz was himself explain their frustrations.” called “the beast” that arises with
a student radical during the 1960s who When, as president, he managed to control over much of humanity. That
became a conservative in the early get his Obamacare legislation passed, system will wage war against those who
1980s after he became disgusted with he took aim at religious organiza- follow God’s Word, while gaining the
the evils of the left. In Dark Agenda: tions that opposed the law’s mandates admiration of most of the world.
The War to Destroy Christian America, to provide contraceptives and even The Beast is the term used for both
Horowitz shows how the left mocks abortion-inducing drugs. A Catholic the evil political empire and its tre-
Christians for prayer and belief in order, the Little Sisters of the Poor, mendously powerful leader operating
God. He shows the depth of hatred opposed these requirements. under the influence of “the dragon,”
Marxists have towards Christianity. Obama vindictively retaliated with identified as Satan. “The dragon gave
all the power of the federal govern-
Referring to the millions of Christians the beast his power and his throne and
murdered in totalitarian regimes in the ment, forcing the Little Sisters to great authority” (verse 2, NIV).
20th century, Horowitz writes: “Radi- undertake years of costly legal battles. The prophecy also shows the Beast
cals in America today don’t have the This went on until in 2016 the Su- aligning with a false religious system
political power to execute people and preme Court ruled, in a rare unani- masquerading as Christian. This
mous vote, in favor of the Little Sisters
destroy their houses of worship. Yet they coalition goes on to “wage war against
openly declare their desire to obliter- and their First Amendment rights. God’s holy people,” with the world at
ate religion. In their own minds, their National, state and local govern- large submitting to its rule, so that “all
intentions are noble—they want to save ments of major Western countries inhabitants of the earth will worship
the human race from the social injusticeused the recent Covid pandemic to the beast” (verses 7-8, NIV).
and oppression that religion allegedly openly discriminate against and perse- Already, cancel culture’s war on
inflicts on humanity” (2018, p. 4). cute churches. Regulations shut down biblical morality has done much to
In other words, the left sees those or tightly restricted what churches turn nations toward that darker path.
who believe in biblical values as were able to do while allowing other Your Bible indicates this situation will
ignorant, superstitious people who businesses, including bars, liquor only get worse. Individuals cannot
need to be reeducated—or eliminated stores and marijuana shops, to stay change this, yet there is hope and
if they can’t be reformed—to save the open. Some churches successfully sued purpose for each person who com-
world. over such blatant discrimination, only mits to resisting Satan’s grip on soci-
then being allowed to reopen. ety and on his or her own life. Stand
Growing government persecution Meanwhile, the U.S. military denied for God and His ways!
of Christianity 99.9 percent of approximately 16,000
In recent years Australia, Canada, requests for religious exemptions for LEARN MORE
Great Britain and other Western na- mandated Covid vaccines and is in Why are major Western
tions have passed “hate speech” laws the process of expelling thousands of nations like America,
that prohibit teaching what the Bible valuable trained personnel. Canada, Australia and
says about homosexuality, transgen- At the same time, the U.S. Supreme Great Britain increasing-
ly turning their backs on
derism and false religion. As a result, Court repeatedly refused to hear God? Believe it or not,
pastors and others speaking out on appeals on Covid vaccine mandates this trend was foretold
morality have been fined and jailed from individuals and groups argu- thousands of years ago
for simply quoting what the Bible ing that being forced to take vaccines in the Bible! Discover the reasons—and
says. Similar laws have been pushed they saw as potentially harmful, many where this is leading—in our free study
guide The United States and Britain in
in the United States but so far have of which were developed using abort-
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been blocked—yet that might not ed fetal cells, violated their religious
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Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine:


A Biblical Perspective
Russia’s brutal invasion of neighboring Ukraine has stunned the world and shocked
Europe out of its long complacency. Does Bible prophecy shed any light on this?
by Darris McNeely

T
“ here are decades where nothing simply called the Four Horsemen of
that gives a prophetic perspective on
happens, and there are weeks events taking place. the Apocalypse—the latter term being
when decades happen.” This This invasion is a big event, onethe Greek name of the book.
quote is attributed to Vladimir that demands we pay attention with Let’s note how Jesus listed these
Lenin, the founder of the Soviet respect to the Word of God and a in Matthew 24, starting with the
Union. It certainly fits the times. sobriety regarding the human impactfirst: “Take heed that no man deceive
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in of this war. The scenes we have you. For many shall come in my name,
March has set in motion events that saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive
watched of missile attacks on hospi-
might not have happened for decades many” (verses 4-5, King James Ver-
tals and public buildings sheltering
to come. Throughout Europe and sion, emphasis added throughout
civilians show the vicious ferocity of
beyond, governments are nervously the Russian invasion. Coming with- unless otherwise noted).
reassessing aspects of the global order Then continuing: “And you will
out just cause, it drives home the cold,
that have prevailed since the end of hear of wars and rumors of wars. See
hard forces at work here. The under-
the Cold War, and even the end of that you are not troubled; for all these
lying reality is that there are spiritual
World War II. forces at work from another dimen- things must come to pass, but the end
is not yet. For nation will rise against
This war is a big event that demands we pay nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
And there will be famines, pestilences,
attention with respect to the Word of God and and earthquakes in various places. All
a sobriety regarding the awful human impact. these are the beginning of sorrows”
(verses 3-8).
As this article is being written, Rus- sion. The war we see here is born in False religion, war, famine and

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sian troops are largely in a stalemate the mind of the devil, the original plagues of pestilence and disasters are
in Ukraine, meeting stiff resistance murderer and liar (John 8:44). listed as the beginning of sorrows
from the Ukrainian army and citizen or, as other versions translate, “birth
volunteers who have taken up arms. Jesus Christ’s overview of end- pains”— which increase in frequency
Russian troops are using missiles time events and intensity.
to indiscriminately bomb cities, Near the end of His ministry on All these problems have been a part
seeking to create fear in the civilian earth, Jesus’ disciples asked Him, of the world condition throughout
population leading to collapse of the “What will be the sign of Your com- human history. However, the setting of
nation. Millions of citizens have fled ing, and of the end of the age” (Mat- the end of the age and the opening of
to neighboring countries for safety. thew 24:3). In His response, Jesus the seals by the Lamb (Revelation 5:9)
Europe’s worst humanitarian scenario listed several major trends or condi- indicate increased severity preceding
since 1945 is taking place. tions. The first four of these corre- even greater judgments of God and
Many wonder whether Bible spond to the first four seals of Revela- the wrath of the devil during the time
prophecy tells us anything to help us tion 6, the opening of each revealing a of global turmoil known as the Great
understand what is occurring. Yes, it rider and horse representing a major Tribulation (Matthew 24:21).
does. In this article we will discuss trend that builds in intensity in the Two years ago we saw a forerunner
a passage from the book of Daniel end time. Together these are often of disease pandemic when the world

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laid out this development: “In Europe,
Mr. Putin’s aggression achieved
virtually overnight what decades of
haranguing by American presidents
could not. German Chancellor Olaf
Scholz killed Nordstream 2, the $11
billion pipeline that would have car-
ried gas to Germany, and pledged to
diversify away from Russian supplies.
A soldier walks past the tail section of a Russian jet downed by Ukrainian fighters. He announced that Germany would
immediately boost defense spend-
ing by 100 billion euros and pledged
annual defense outlays amounting to
2% of German GDP, up from 1.4%.
He also pledged to ship weapons to
Ukraine, including antitank rockets
and Stinger missiles that can take
down Russian aircraft.
“Neutrality is waning. Non-NATO
member Finland and neutral Sweden
both aligned firmly with the West
against Russia, and for the first time,
majorities in both countries now
favor NATO membership. Both are
sending weapons to Ukraine” (Rich-
ard Fontaine, “The World That Putin
Has Made,” March 11, 2022).
Referring to this momentous action
German protestors demonstrate in solidarity with Ukraine in front of the famous as Europe having “crossed its own
Brandenberg gate in Berlin, which is bathed in the colors of the Ukrainian flag. Rubicon,” the article went on to show
the truth of the saying, “There are
shut down with the Covid virus. Mil- different “beasts” with prophetically weeks when decades happen.”
lions are reported to have died from significant heads and horns in Daniel 7 It further stated: “Mr. Putin sought
this global plague. However, this is and Revelation 13 and 17. to stop NATO expansion, roll back the
nowhere near what prophecy shows America’s disastrous withdrawal alliance’s deployments and dominate
will come on the world when the from Afghanistan, and now Rus- what he considers Russia’s sphere of
fourth horseman, representing pesti- sia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, have influence. But the opposite outcome is
lence and other deadly plagues, begins forced European states to rethink more likely. His war could ultimately
its ride. What we have lived through is their security relationships. Germany leave NATO larger, more unified, better
in some ways a minor dress rehearsal announced its intention to massively armed and with military deployments
for much worse to come. increase defense spending and the placed closer to Russia. For decades,
size of its armed forces. Anyone with EU members divided largely on
Europe awakens from slumber an understanding of history knows east-west lines over how to deal with
And now war has broken out in a powerful armed Germany in the Russia. Now that problem is a source
Europe. This is different from recent heart of Europe has always cast an of common action. A land war on the
conflicts in other places like Iraq or ominous shadow. continent may well have helped to birth
Afghanistan. Historically, Europe was Europe since the days of the Roman a new Europe.”
the center of the two catastrophic world Empire has played a key role in world
wars of the 20th century. Many millions affairs and Bible prophecy. Russia’s Food shortages on the horizon?
of people died in those conflicts, and action has stirred other European Another difference between this
the world order was changed. Those nations out of slumber. Big events Russian invasion and other recent
wars were part of the story foretold leading to key prophetic developments conflict is the potential for massive
of the succession of the geopolitical are taking place quickly. food shortages around the world.
powers and their rulers described as A Wall Street Journal article clearly Ukraine and Russia grow more than

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20 percent of the world grain crops Ukraine will not plant crops this south [in relation to Jerusalem] push
and account for about 30 percent of spring or summer. The world has lost at him [a future king of the north]:
world wheat exports. Poorer develop- one of its largest and most reliable and the king of the north shall come
ing nations in Africa, Asia and the sources of wheat, sunflower, safflower against him like a whirlwind, with
Middle East depend on this for much and barley. chariots, and with horsemen, and with
of their food supply. Nations like “Nor will Ukraine return to the many ships; and he shall enter into the
Kenya and Egypt import vital grain ranks of major food suppliers any- countries, and shall overflow and pass
from this region. time soon. Russia’s wave of deliberate over. He shall enter also into the glori-
But Ukrainians will not be planting destruction will soon reach the port ous land, and many countries shall be
much, if anything, this year as they city of Odessa. Not only is Odessa overthrown: but these shall escape out
fight for their very survival. Sanctions Ukraine’s commercial capital, not of his hand, even Edom, and Moab,
on Russia will hinder what they will only will its fall signal an end to and the chief of the children of
be able to ship. The food supply chain Ukraine’s maritime frontage, Odessa Ammon” (verses 40-41).
will be further disrupted, and people is also the export point for nearly all This key prophecy details the inva-
will suffer and starve. Further exac- of Ukraine’s agricultural bounty. Until sion of the Middle East by a power
erbating the problem is that fact that it is freed from Russian control and called the king of the North. History
and prophecy identify
With Russia’s invasion into Ukraine, we can now see this power as a suc-
cessor to the Syrian
Europe stirring and rising out of a slumber, like a beast Greeks and Romans—
awakening. Europe has had a jarring wake-up call. an end-time Roman
revival centered in
Russia and Ukraine are also among rebuilt, large-scale Ukrainian exports Europe. The king of the South is a
the world’s largest fertilizer export- will remain beyond reach” (“The power based in the Middle East and
ers, and those supplies will shrivel Ukraine War: Agriculture Edition,” North Africa and likely applies to a
for the same reasons. Fertilizer costs Zeihan.com, emphasis in original). confederation of Arab/Muslim states
are already skyrocketing around the Again, this is a forerunner of what that make a “push” (attack) at this
globe, which will lead to higher costs we see in Christ’s prophecy and Reve- northern power, provoking a retalia-
and lower crop yields. lation’s scenario. War leads to disrup- tion. This European power from the
Geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan tion, which leads to food shortages, north then sweeps into the “glori-
wrote this in his column of March which leads to famine, which leads to ous land,” the Holy Land of Israel
7, 2022: “Russia is the world’s largest disease epidemics—which then leads and Jerusalem. Likely there will be
exporter of wheat, and it has invaded to more of all these things. a religious connection to this act, as
Ukraine, the world’s fifth-largest It should give us all pause to indicated by other prophecies.
exporter. Russia’s war strategy uses consider what the Bible tells us will This scenario follows a long pattern
techniques pioneered in the flattening happen in the years ahead. Proph- in history dating back to the rise of
of Groznyy in the Second Chechen ecy is as real as anything in today’s Islam and its penetration into the
War, that were then honed during the headlines—in fact more real, as there regions formerly part of the Roman
destruction of Aleppo in the Syrian are so many lies being told by media Empire—Israel, Egypt, North Africa,
Civil War. Russia’s artillery is now and governments. The more we Spain and Gaul (France), where they
obliterating Ukraine’s civilian infra- understand about prophecy, the bet- were stopped at the Battle of Tours
structure one city at a time. ter equipped we are to deal with upset in A.D. 732 by the armies of Charles
“We are being treated to a feast and turmoil. God gives us advance Martel, grandfather of Charlemagne.
of visual violence in the ongoing warning of what will take place in Later in the 12th century Christian
destruction of Ukrainian cities we the world so that we may repent and Europe launched the Crusades by
have recently become familiar with: embrace the gospel of His coming sending armies to recapture Jerusa-
Kyiv, Kharkiv, Mariupol. But lost in Kingdom of peace and salvation. lem from Muslim control. Twice in
the noise of the burning of Ukraine’s the Middle Ages through the Renais-
large population centers is Russia’s far So what’s next? sance, Muslim armies tried again
more methodical, downright Hitler- Daniel 11 contains the longest, to take Europe but were stopped at
ite, annihilation of Ukraine’s towns most detailed prophecy in the Bible. Vienna by armies of the Holy Roman
and villages. The towns and villages Beginning at verse 40 it specifically Empire. Daniel’s prophecy shows
that are the bone and sinew support- describes end-time events: “And at the yet another clash between these two
ing the Ukrainian agricultural sector. time of the end shall the king of the powers at the time of the end.

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Many have long wondered how this 16:14). For more details on these picture that emerges. It may not be
could occur. For decades Europe has important prophecies, download immediate, but it is coming.
lacked the military capability and the or request our free study guide The The corollary to “a holiday from
will to do something like this. How Middle East in Bible Prophecy. history” is “a holiday from prophecy.”
could this geopolitical reality change You may not think you have any real
to allow such things to happen? With Why does this matter? need to understand Bible prophecy
Russia’s attack on Ukraine, a sover- For most of us Ukraine may seem and its relevance to today’s world
eign nation next door to the Euro- far away and mostly irrelevant. Are scene. But nothing could be more
pean Union, we can now see Europe other nations rushing to spill the wrong. You cannot take “a holiday
stirring and rising out of slumber, like blood of their soldiers in Ukraine? from prophecy” and be a serious
a beast awakening. Europe has had a After last year’s disastrous abandon- student of the Bible.
jarring wakeup call. ment of Afghanistan, most analysts World events do not go on holiday,
Russia apparently plays a part in believe that America would not send nor does God. Bible prophecy is the
Daniel’s prophecy. Verse 44 says, troops, and it seems likely that other only tool to properly understand what
regarding the king of the North, who European nations would not either. is happening in our current geopo-
will then be in the Middle East, that Beyond the terrible human toll and litical, cultural and religious scene.
“news from the east and north shall economic fallout in other nations, With a sound foundation of prophetic
trouble him.” That could mean the why does this international crisis understanding, you can have a calm
two directions of east and north or matter? Why should a student of the confidence and assurance that God
the combined direction of northeast, Bible be concerned with an event controls history and major world
for which there was no specific word such as this? events.
in the Hebrew language in which The general thought among many When properly understood, Bible
Daniel wrote. Either way, Russia is is that this has nothing to do with the prophecy should motivate us to a
north of Israel and the surrounding Bible and one’s spiritual life. But that serious understanding of life and to
region as well as northeast, stretching would be wrong. As we have shown, godly conduct (2 Peter 3:11). We are
all across Asia. what is happening now in Ukraine is living at a serious moment in mod-
The king of the North’s invasion of changing the face of Europe. And it ern history. The weeks are rushing
the Holy Land has ripple effects in could further alter the rapidly evolv- by. Events of the past two years have
other parts of the world. The Mus- ing world we know into something drastically changed the world, and
lim nations surrounding Jerusalem radically different, with consequences in our lifetime it will be further and
near and far will likely consider this that could affect many countries and devastatingly upended. You need to
another “Crusade” against Islam and millions of people. be prepared!
will react. Muslim tradition still sees When the Cold War ended with the Let these events serve as a wake-up
conflict with Europe and the West as 1991 dissolution of the Soviet Union, call for you personally, as the apostle
part of the ages-long jihad, or strug- the world entered what some have Paul wrote to fellow believers in
gle, for supremacy. called “a holiday from history.” The Romans 13:11: “And do this, know-
Beyond these Muslim nations to following year political scientist and ing the time, that now it is high time
the north there is only one major economist Francis Fukuyama wrote to awake out of sleep; for now our
power and that is Russia. The proph- a book called The End of History and salvation is nearer than when we first
ecy does not limit the likelihood the Last Man. It was thought major believed.”
that China could be involved in this world conflicts would finally end
action, particularly if “east” is meant and a period of benign global order LEARN MORE
separately—and Revelation shows would emerge.
You can gain a better
multiple kings from the East moving That dream was shattered on 9/11.
understanding of
against Europe’s Mideast occupation. Today, two years after the unleashing Russia’s invasion of
These other prophecies in Rev- of Covid-19 as a global pandemic, Ukraine and what
elation describe two major troop China seeks to replace America as the the Bible says about
advances from the east involving the global leader in every major category. end-time events.
Euphrates River, the eastern bound- America is going through internal Download or request
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The Human Side of the


Ukraine Tragedy
Ukraine’s current tragedy is one more sad chapter in a long history of invasion and oppression.
by Victor Kubik

M
ore than 5 million Ukraini-
ans—mostly women, chil-
dren and the elderly—have
been displaced from their
homes in Russia’s barbaric invasion
of Ukraine. Russian forces have even
attacked defenseless civilian areas,
striking apartment buildings, schools
and hospitals.
Outsiders considering joining
the fight against the aggressors face
Putin’s threats to use nuclear weap-
ons, which would escalate the crisis to
World War III and bring apocalypse
to our doorstep. Already, advanced
hypersonic missiles have been fired,
and fears grow about the use of
chemical weapons. So we all watch
helplessly in disbelief as carnage not bided their time there for four years You don’t really know Ukrainians
seen for generations—since Stalin before being permanently resettled in until you understand the pathos of a

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and Hitler’s time—continues. We can the United States. people traumatized in a long 1,000-
only hope it somehow abates. Now, more than 70 years later, I’m year history of subjugation at the
Masses of refugees have been taken involved in a new Ukrainian refu- hands of the Moskali, or Russians,
in by neighboring Poland, Slovakia, gee crisis, providing relief to people as well as Mongols, Turks, Poles and
Romania and Hungary, as well as who’ve left Ukraine and also to those Hungarians.
points further west. Men in Ukraine remaining. Many are interested in what’s hap-
under age 60 are not allowed to leave, Growing up I was tutored in Ukrai- pening “over there in Ukraine” in
but are expected to defend their coun- nian language, history, religion and light of geopolitics, economics and
try. The United Kingdom, Canada culture, and I’ve absorbed the pathos prophecy. My Ukrainian roots have
and others have initiated programs to of its people. Over the years I saw an been awakened by the humanitarian
shelter the growing number of exiles. oppressed Ukraine languishing under crisis. Millions of people are suffering,
the boot of godless and domineering their lives upended or, in some cases,
My beginnings with Ukrainian Soviet communism. suddenly and tragically ended.
refugees And I also saw when, to the aston- Over decades I have traveled to
I am an American of Ukrainian ishment of the Ukrainian diaspora Ukraine many times—as a transla-
origin and speak the language flu- around the world and everyone else, tor, photojournalist, minister and
ently. My parents and I were part of Ukraine suddenly became a free humanitarian. I have worked with
a refugee wave of millions of people nation in 1991. The bloodless revolu- government leaders, foundations,
in post–World War II Europe. Provi- tion opened a renaissance to 30 years media, youth, churches, and medical
dentially, my parents ended up in of freedom and interaction with these and educational institutions through-
a United Nations refugee camp in people. But that door of opportunity out the country. Through a non-profit
Germany where I was born. They may be closing. that I founded 22 years ago, we have

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share parts of a letter from Dr. Vasyl taken in babies with their mothers.
Pasichnyk, who founded and man- Many residential buildings in the
ages the center, to give you an idea city lack electricity, gas and heat.
of what it’s like on the ground in the “People are stressed, but they
invasion: work to help children and support
each other. We remember your
“Dear friends Victor and Beverly! help. Thank you and the Lord God
“We are writing this letter as for everything.
explosions are heard all the time “We believe that God will give us
outside the window (at a distance the opportunity to live on this earth
of about 1–2 kilometers from us). and meet you in a peaceful and
“From the first day of this rebuilt Chernihiv!
disgraceful invasion of Ukraine, “With love,
our beautiful city of Chernihiv Vasyl and Natalya”
has suffered from ballistic missile
attacks, cruise missiles and the hail You can see ongoing reports about
of airstrikes. relief work in Ukraine at lifenets.org.
“On the first day, administrative This is a time for us to sigh and cry,
buildings and military facilities as Ezekiel wrote in a sobering warn-
were completely destroyed or dam- ing about the evils we see in the world
aged. Enemies approached the city and culture around us (Ezekiel 9:4).
but met with formidable resistance Jesus Himself wept concerning the
from our defenders, so the invad- horrible fate that would befall Jeru-
ers were determined to change salem and His countrymen because
tactics. On the second day, in the of their rebellion against God: “And
city began massive airstrikes on when he drew near and saw the city
peaceful objects—homes, schools, [Jerusalem], he wept over it, say-
daycare centers. All this cannot ing, ‘Would that you, even you, had
be considered accidental, because known on this day the things that
there are no military facilities make for peace! But now they are
aided child victims of Chernobyl nearby. Our city is on fire with lots hidden from your eyes. For the days
and have helped establish a children’s of smoke. will come upon you, when your ene-
rehabilitation center 30 miles east of “Since yesterday, residential areas mies will set up a barricade around
the ill-fated nuclear power station. —high-rise buildings and private you and surround you and hem you
The accident here in 1986 and its houses—have been shelled with in on every side and tear you down
aftereffects have etched a deep scar severe brutality. Many civilians to the ground, you, and your children
into the psyche of this nation that has were killed but some were rescued. within you’” (Luke 19:41-44, English
been oppressed and exploited by the The house of our pediatrician/head Standard Version).
Russians for centuries. of the department was destroyed. We live in dangerous and sobering
In the present crisis, we have been Fortunately, she and her two times. Let us pray for the people of
providing relief in a few places inside daughters and four grandchildren Ukraine. Let us pray earnestly for the
Ukraine. I have helped with the reset- survived in a shelter. Kingdom of God to come!
tlement of my family members from “We do not understand how LEARN MORE
heavily bombed areas such as Kharkiv such cruelty and lawlessness can
Why do we see bad
to “safer” areas in western Ukraine. take place in the modern civilized
news everywhere we
world! The hypocrisy, lies and cyni- look? Why is the world
A tragic on-the-scene report cism of Putin and his entourage filled with increasing
Another area where we have dear know no bounds! violence, crime and cor-
friends is Chernihiv, about 100 miles “There are 36 employees who ruption? Where can we
north of Kyiv and close to the Rus- work in the Center. One died in an look for hope? Down-
load or request our free
sian border. This city is where we’ve explosion. We provide assistance to study guide Are We Living in the Time of
worked and helped establish the 50 children (mostly with psycho- the End? to discover the answers!
Revival Center of Rehabilitation for neurological disorders) and their BTmagazine.org/booklets
Disabled Children. I would like to mothers. As of yesterday, we have

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Prepare for coming food shortages, price inflation


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eopolitical analyst Peter Zeihan recently to 50 percent. 14) Another 5 million egg-laying chickens in
wrote about possible ominous outcomes 4) Spain has already started rationing, with Iowa had to be put down because of bird flu.
from the war in Ukraine beyond the cur- sporadic shortages of different products like 15) This pushes Iowa’s chicken deaths in the
rent suffering. He warns of impacts on global eggs, milk and sunflower oil. face of bird flu to more than 13 million.
food supplies, titling his piece “The Return of 5) Greece too has begun rationing products 16) Overall the national death toll of poultry
the Third Horseman”—in reference to the Four like flour and sunflower oil. from the bird flu stands at 22 million egg-laying
Horsemen of Revelation, the third signifying 6) The head of the giant investment manage- chickens, and several more million broiler chick-
food shortages and famine. Zeitan notes, “What- ment company BlackRock said that this “very ens, young hens and other commercial chickens,
ever you think will happen, the reality is almost entitled generation that has never had to sac- and turkeys.
certainly worse.” rifice” is “for the first time . . . going to go into 17) China’s agricultural minister announced
He notes that poor harvests and low ex- a store and not be able to get what they want.” that China’s winter wheat harvest could be the
ports from Russia back in 2010 sent food prices 7) Since the previous year, some fertilizer pric- worst in history.
skyrocketing in the Middle East, leading to the es have gone up as much as 300 percent. 18) We’ve been warned that the U.S. winter
protests and revolutions we know as the Arab 8) Many farmers in Africa won’t be able to wheat harvest will be disastrous because of
Spring and Syrian Civil War, which allowed afford fertilizer this year, reducing grain produc- severe drought.
Islamic fundamentalists to gain control. Yet, as tion by an amount that would feed 100 million 19) A prominent U.S. farmer stated in an in-
he further says, this time it’s far worse. people. terview that most Americans won’t like it when
He goes on to detail a fertilizer supply crisis. 9) Russia’s role as one of the biggest exporters their grocery bill is up $1,000 a month.
This will devastate Third World nations and bring of fertilizer is impeded, leading to shortages and 20) The UN World Food program says that
years-long shortages even to the affluent West- higher prices. what we’re facing now is unlike anything seen
ern nations. 10) Russia and Ukraine’s exporting of wheat, since World War II.
Giving further context to all this, a list of 20 typically 30 percent of global wheat exports, is And, again, this could be just the beginning.
alarming facts concerning an emerging global being hindered. Unrest will grow, and worse events will transpire.
food shortage compiled by analyst Michael 11) Africa will not be receiving the half of its Even if the current problem were somehow dealt
Snyder was posted to the web in early April. We wheat imports that usually come from Russia or with, the world will see increasing war and fam-
summarize these here. Ukraine. ine. The images coming out of the war in Ukraine
1) France’s foreign affairs minister said the 12) Other nations of Central Asia and the Mid- are awful and heartbreaking. Such warfare is
European Union must come to grips with the dle East, even more reliant than Africa on wheat pictured in the ride of the second horseman of
prospect that the war in Ukraine could prompt from Russia and Ukraine, will also not receive Revelation. “But,” as Zeitan concludes, “it is the
an “extremely serious” global food crisis. the normal larger part of their wheat from these return of the Third that gives me nightmares.”
2) Joe Biden admitted that food shortages are places. We are on the cusp of dire troubles, and it’s
going to be real, with his administration using 13) Russian security official and former presi- time to start preparing—both physically and,
the word famine for what’s coming. dent Dmitry Medvedev has threatened that more importantly, spiritually. Download or re-
3) Reuters and others report that German Russia will limit its food exports to only those quest our free study guide The Horsemen of Rev-
supermarket prices will soon increase by 20 nations deemed friendly, cutting off the West. elation to learn more.

Florida seeks to stop kids’ LGBTQ indoctrination in schools


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preschool corporation with branches in 40 states and an extensive advances becomes illegal under what some call Florida’s “Don’t Say
LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or question- Gay” bill recently signed into law, claiming it’s homophobic and repres-
ing) curriculum offers this activity for celebrating Pride Month: sive. In fact this legislation has no language in it telling people to not say
“Switch the caps on a set of markers so they don’t match the colors “gay.” What it actually does is to forbid institutional teaching of kinder-
inside. Talk with children about whether the color of the marker cap garteners through third graders about such concepts as sexual orienta-
should match the color of the marker itself. Does it matter to children if tion and gender identity. It’s more accurate to call it parental rights or
what they wear on the outside represents how they feel on the inside?” anti-grooming legislation.
This is followed by discussion of terms such as “queer,” “gender fluid” When pollsters with Public Opinion Strategies presented the actual
and “non-binary” along with a redefinition of family. Many recognize language to voters, it had overwhelming support. And some other
this as social engineering and even grooming of children to accept states may follow. Yet as always, we see loud media voices decrying
alternative sexuality and become activists for it. such protection of children. It's sad and shameful, but not unexpected
This corporation has 50 centers in Florida, but the curriculum it in this increasingly immoral world.

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Transgender-promoting agenda gets some pushback
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n March 2020, the gold medal in the NCAA said: “We recognize the resilience, strength, and actually doesn’t care what a biologist would
women’s 500-yard freestyle swimming race joy of transgender, nonbinary, and gender non- say anyway. Transgender identity is not about
went to a transgender athlete, who before conforming people. We celebrate the activism biological reality but about societal restructur-
adopting a female identity competed for three and determination that have fueled the fight for ing, destruction of natural roles and personal
years on the University of Pennsylvania men’s transgender equality.” He spoke further of cel- feelings.
team. This clearly wasn’t fair. Hormone block- ebrating those affirming the identities of trans- Even some liberals acknowledge things have
ers do not erase the size, muscle and strength gender children, declaring them all so brave and gone too far. Kara Dansky, a Democrat who’s
advantages of being a biological male athlete. that he has their back. president of the Women’s Human Rights Cam-
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a proclamation Shockingly, he even invoked God in this, paign, said in an interview in December 2021:
declaring Emma Weyant, who took silver in the declaring them “made in the image of God and “We’re seeing the total invasion of women’s
race, to be the actual winner, noting, “We need deserving of dignity, respect, and support.” The spaces—prisons, bathrooms, locker rooms,
to stop allowing organizations like the NCAA to implication is that God made them transgender changing rooms and sports—by men on the basis
perpetuate frauds on the public. And that’s ex- or approves of their choice in that—when the of their so-called female gender identity . . . Words
actly what they’re doing. They are putting ideol- Bible is clear that when God created people in His like ‘gender identity’ don’t have any meaning . . .
ogy ahead of opportunity for women athletes.” own image, “male and female He created them” They’re defined variously, inconsistently and
Sadly the Biden administration has introduced (Genesis 1:27). Promoting transgenderism is vaguely in ways that don’t make any sense. Every
new rules to mandate the allowance and further- rebellion against God’s created order, and invok- single human being is either a male person or a
ance of such fraud throughout America based on ing Him in this cause is blasphemy. female person. Everything else is a lie.”
Title IX, a 1972 law banning sex discrimination in Last year, the president elevated Pennsylva- North Carolina’s Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson boldly
education—which was never intended to allow nia’s transgender Secretary of Health, a pediatri- declared before a church to supportive cheer-
what it’s now being used for. How long will it cian identifying as a woman, to federal appoint- ing: “There’s something else I’m not supposed
be before women’s sports are completely domi- ment as Assistant Health Secretary for the U.S. to say: Ain’t but two genders . . . Ain’t nothing
nated by biological males claiming to be female? Department of Health and Human Services and but men and women . . . Get every word of this
This will destroy women’s sports. then a four-star admiral in the US. Public Health here . . . You can go to the doctor and get cut up.
In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a directive in Service Commissioned Corps—as if there is any- You can go down to the dress shop and get made
February ordering the state child welfare agency thing healthy about transgenderism! up. You can go down there and get drugged up.
to investigate reports of gender-transitioning A number of conservative and Christian com- But at the end of the day, you’re just a drugged
coaching and procedures on minors as child mentators have been censored or banned from up, dressed up, made up, cut up man or woman.
abuse. A chorus of celebrities erupted in howling Twitter and other social media for hate and mis- You ain’t changed what God put in you, that
protest at the supposedly inhumane and ghoul- information for simply declaring the reality that DNA. You can’t transcend God’s creation. I don’t
ish position of the Texas government. this person is actually a man. USA Today named care how hard you try . . . If there’s a movement
It calls to mind a biblical warning: “Woe to this person one of 12 “women of the year”! in this country that is demonic and that is full of
those who call evil good, and good evil; who put The president’s recent nominee for U.S. Su- the spirit of antichrist it is the transgender move-
darkness for light and light for darkness” (Isa- preme Court justice, who met his stated discrim- ment . . . It’s time for grownups and it’s time for
iah 5:20). Yet that is increasingly the way of the inatory criteria of being a woman of color, was Christians to start standing up and being un-
world around us. asked in her Senate hearing if she could define afraid to tell the truth . . . They’re dragging our
On March 31, the “International Transgen- what a woman is. She ridiculously answered that kids down into the pit of hell.”
der Day of Visibility,” the Biden administration she could not as she was not a biologist. This We can and should have compassion on those
marked the occasion as one to celebrate and from a nominee to the nation’s highest court! suffering from the mental illness of gender con-
released a series of documents encouraging gen- Former Democratic U.S. House Rep. Tulsi Gab- fusion. But we must not be cowed into accepting
der reassignment surgery and hormone treat- bard remarked, “The hypocrisy and absurdity lies as reality. The real problem is not this small
ments for minors. Psychiatrist Carole Lieberman of this is that she was nominated by President sliver of the population but the vast numbers
called this “child abuse, pure and simple.” Biden in large part because she is a woman.” of “woke” advocates promoting these evils—
The president in his speech and proclamation Others have pointed out that the political left including far too many government leaders.

How can you make sense of the news?


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trends taking us? What does Bible prophecy reveal about our future? You’re probably very con-
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Growing State Tyranny:


Foretaste of the End Time?
Recent tyrannical government edicts have trampled the rights and consciences of millions
of people. What’s driving this? Does it have any implications for prophesied end-time events?
by Michael Kelley

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ur Sept.-Oct. 2021 issue such lines is prophesied in your Bible for Disease Control and Prevention
cover story, “The Great to emerge in the end time. Jesus (CDC) and the National Institutes of
Reset: Where Will It Lead?” Christ revealed to the apostle John Health (NIH) issued directives under
revealed plans currently a glimpse of what this system would which most state governments locked
underway to “reset” the world’s politi- look like. Revelation 13 and 17 speak down hundreds of thousands of pri-
cal structure by replacing mankind’s of a despotic world leader described vate businesses while allowing large
centuries-old system of nation-states as “the Beast” being empowered national retailers to remain open.
with effectively one-world governance by a union of 10 other leaders. This They dictated which businesses were
by a cabal of the world’s elites. This leader will, for a short time, exert considered “essential” and which
new system would direct many
aspects of daily life for virtually Recent events have paved the way for national
all people on earth.
The foundations for such governments to exert greater and greater control
change are already being laid over the lives of hundreds of millions of people.
today through increasing gov-
ernment tyranny over people’s lives. tremendous control and power over were not. Since the vast majority of
Recent events have paved the way for the world. small, private businesses fell into
such a Great Reset, with national gov- the second group, many thousands
Covid: excuse for vast state control of these have gone bankrupt since
Raman Mistsechka/iStock/Getty Images Plus

ernments exerting greater and greater


control over the lives of hundreds of The Covid-19 pandemic gave March 2020.
millions of people. Especially sobering those who advocate more govern- Restaurants and entertainment
is the fact that these dictatorial policies ment power just the leverage they venues were shuttered. Businesses
were put into place not in Third-World needed. In nation after nation and were shut down, schools forced to
dictatorships, but in advanced liberal state after state, individual liberties— close. And at a time when millions
Western democracies. the bedrock of modern democratic looked to God for strength and
As we pointed out, planning for systems—were sacrificed as govern- guidance, churches of all denomina-
the Great Reset has been well docu- ments seized unprecedented powers tions found themselves closed down
mented, and many are working to to control daily life in the name of by the state. At the same time such
carry out those plans. More impor- combating the disease. “essential” businesses as liquor
tantly, an evil political system along In the United States, the Centers stores, tobacco and marijuana shops

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were allowed to stay open! tors simply no longer exist. not paid would be reported to credit
Vaccination products were devel- Around the world, many govern- agencies, affecting people’s ability to
oped in record time, in an effort ments imposed mandatory mask get loans or credit cards.
comparable to America’s rapid indus- and vaccination mandates. Those Government control can get pretty
trial militarization in World War II. who refuse to conform have faced Orwellian, especially with the use
By early 2022, a majority of Ameri- restricted travel and denial of service of modern technology. Australia,
cans had either voluntarily received at restaurants and stores. It seems the for example, used citizens’ personal
these or had contracted Covid-19 popular cry “my body, my choice” cell phones to track their move-
and recovered, providing a large does not apply when government ments—presumably to verify their
measure of “herd immunity.” Despite bureaucrats direct otherwise. compliance with government travel
this, national and state governments restrictions.
seized on Covid’s continuance to Trampling of personal rights In a story from April 5, 2020, The
require vaccination shots of these European restrictions were espe- Sydney Morning Herald reported
products, in spite of growing evi- cially severe. Austria passed legisla- that a major Australian cell-service
dence of their ineffectiveness or even tion requiring unvaccinated citizens provider voluntarily turned over to
harmful side effects. to pay fines equivalent to thousands the federal and New South Wales
Major corporations, following of dollars and face losing their jobs governments the aggregated data
government dictates and wanting to and livelihoods. Germany’s Federal of millions of Australians “to moni-
be seen as reflecting current “accept- Ministry of Interior and Community tor whether people are following
ed” values, enforced vaccination instituted some of the world’s strict- social distancing restrictions amid
mandates on their employees. Those est entry policies, requiring proof of the coronavirus pandemic.” When a
who refused lost their jobs or were negative Covid test results and severe reporter questioned this invasion of
subjected to harassment and discrim- quarantine rules. Many European privacy, Australian Prime Minister
ination. Michael Rectenwald, chief nations put in place vaccine pass- Scott Morrison replied, “What I want
academic officer at American Schol- ports. Those without the passport to be clear about is the policies and
ars and author of the book Beyond were denied airline travel and could measures that we will put in place for
Woke, has pointed out how major not stay in hotels and other lodging. Australia will be right for Australia.”
progressive corporations like Google, Asian and Pacific governments The message here and elsewhere is
Apple and Facebook (now Meta joined the frenzy. Australia, long con- clear: We, the government, know what
Corporation) led corporate efforts to sidered a bastion of personal freedom, is best for you. There’s no acknowl-
enforce vaccination mandates while shocked the world with its policies, edgment at all of the gross invasion
squelching any opposing views. establishing “quarantine facilities” of personal freedom and privacy.
Meanwhile, large retailers such as around the country. Initially these Such technology could be used to
Amazon and Walmart profited astro- were intended for unvaccinated travel- enforce any number of government
nomically, even as small businesses ers, but when we consider that the edicts by, for example, preventing a
deemed “non-essential” shriveled and unvaccinated are effectively deemed person from holding a job, traveling,
died. Amazon’s profits more than “unclean” and “non-compliant,” it’s making purchases or otherwise car-
doubled in 2021 as millions, shut in easy to see how such facilities could be rying out normal economic activity
and banned from visiting local busi- misused beyond that time. needed for everyday life.
nesses, had little choice but to use New Zealand’s government edicts This stokes fears of the rise of “the
its online shopping business model. were unexpectedly harsh. Those mark of the Beast” foretold in the
Amazon’s first quarter 2021 revenues refusing to follow onerous orders book of Revelation: “He causes all,
jumped 44 percent from the previous have faced stiff fines amounting to both small and great, rich and poor,
year, its first quarter profits sky- thousands of dollars. In some sec- free and slave, to receive a mark on
rocketing to more than $108 billion. tors workers who continued to work their right hand or on their fore-
Company founder and chairman Jeff while unvaccinated could be fined. heads: that no one may buy or sell
Bezos soon became one of the world’s Businesses failing to enforce vaccine except one who has the mark or the
three wealthiest men. passes could be fined up to $15,000. name of the beast, or the number
As some have noted, these huge Those who didn’t pay their Covid- of his name” (Revelation 13:16-17).
retailers and high-tech businesses violation fines faced other penalties, While evidently figurative of acting
spend millions on political donations such as arrest, having their driver’s and deciding in submission to the
—something their much smaller license suspended, having their evil system’s dictates in opposition
competitors cannot afford. Now property seized and being denied to God, there could well be some
thousands of those smaller competi- passports for overseas travel. Fines kind of technological enforcement

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to control the populace in this way. ment off our backs and letting us get back to normal?’”
Canadians vent their frustrations Mainstream media—mouthpiece of the elites
In Canada, where the trend toward more government The steady encroachment of stifling government rules
control has progressed faster than in the United States, and restrictions could not take place without a compli-
many thousands of freedom-loving Canadian citizens ant and complicit mass media. A free press that used to
have said—and shown—that they have had enough. aggressively question government mandates has largely
In a dramatic February protest that garnered world- become compliant to those mandates.
wide attention, hundreds of Canadian truckers formed In the Western world, mass media have to a great extent
the “Freedom Convoy” to protest the government’s new become willing accomplices of despotic governments.
requirement that all cross-border truck drivers reenter- Mainstream newspaper and electronic media staff, many
ing Canada from the United States be fully vaccinated of them liberally educated young workers, believe that gov-
against Covid-19 or face a 14-day quarantine. Huge ernment bureaucrats know what’s best for people and that
18-wheelers from most of the provinces converged on it’s their duty to serve as spokesmen for those in control.
Ottawa, the national capital, in protest against the Cana- And, as previously mentioned, the social media giants
dian government’s strict vaccination mandates, leading also play their role. By “canceling” those who dare to defy
to disruption and effective shutdown in Ottawa. the official line on Covid, mask and vaccine mandates,
In response, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other government edicts, Facebook, Google and
invoked Canada’s never-used Emergency Powers Act, Twitter not only promote the official line, but demonize
giving the government draconian powers intended only and silence those who dare to express other views.
for wartime or other severe national emergencies. In clear
violation of the intent of the legislation, Trudeau had pro- Europe—ground zero for government control
testors arrested and ordered banks to freeze financial assets As noted above, the nations of the European Union
of those taking part in the otherwise peaceful protests. seem to be the worldwide focal point of this movement
Outraged by the treatment of the truckers, early March toward greater governmental control. The EU was at the
saw thousands of Canadians take part in the Freedom forefront of Covid restrictions, and continues to main-
Chain, in which tens of thousands of ordinary citizens tain some of the most stringent restrictions in spite of
attempted to form a chain of vehicles spanning from evidence that the disease is now largely a non-factor
British Columbia to Labrador, a distance of nearly 4,000 throughout much of the world.
miles. Other thousands attended local gatherings orga- This magazine has for many years foretold that European
nized in different cities across the country, calling for an nations will ultimately coalesce into a political, military
end to what they see as vaccine tyranny. and economic superpower under a powerful leader. Your
Participants cited a variety of personal reasons for Bible, which reveals the broad outline of history for those
joining the mass protest. “It’s not even about a vaccine at willing to study it with an open mind, reveals this awe-
this point. To me, it’s simply about control, and it seems some development in the books of Daniel and Revelation.
to me that they don’t want to let that control go,” one indi- This end-time government, which will include leaders of
vidual said. Another added: “I care about freedom for all a number of nations or groups of nations, will wield great
Canadians. In British Columbia [the government] has not control over the lives of its citizens. A major part of this
lifted the mandates for anyone in this province yet, and control will be over the ability to hold jobs, own property
as an unvaccinated person, it’s really hard for me to find and conduct everyday business such as buying food or fuel.
work, to feed my family, and live my life.” We appear to be experiencing a foretaste of that in gov-
U.S. Congressman John Kennedy of Louisiana poignant- ernments increasingly restricting their people with ever
ly summed up the frustration of the truckers and millions more stringent regulations along with growth in techno-
of other ordinary Canadians and Americans: “What we’re logical surveillance. Far worse restrictions and controls
seeing in Canada is the tyranny of the managerial elite over are yet to come!
the working-class majority. This is not really about the
vaccine, since most of them are vaccinated already. LEARN MORE
“What I hear them saying is ‘We’ve had two years of It’s vital that you understand what’s happening
Covid restrictions. Our lives have been turned upside in today’s world and why. Bible prophecy fore-
down, our livelihoods are being restricted, our kids have tells a coming time of global turmoil. To learn
lost months, maybe years of their educations. You say, more, download or request our informative
study guide Are We Living in the Time of the
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A Return to 1970s
Stagflation?
Remember the 1970s’ high unemployment, empty
store shelves, lines at gas stations and skyrocketing
inflation? History may be set to repeat!
by Michael Kelley

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any are old enough to remember the turbulent money supply by $1.9 billion.
economics times of the mid-1970s. The U.S. By 1975, America faced the twin threats of an expand-
economy, strong through the early 70s, bounded ed money supply leading to devalued dollars along with
along with high growth and low inflation—the supply shocks in food and fuel prices reducing the dol-
nirvana that all economists long for. Times were good, at lar’s buying power even further. As people were forced
least from an economic standpoint. to pay more for these necessities, they had less money to
That began to change rapidly in the fall of 1973. That spend on other things. Consumer demand, which has
October, Arab nations attacked Israel on its most solemn long accounted for about 70 percent of the U.S. economy,
holy day, Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), when dropped. This and other factors led to job layoffs, and
Israeli armed forces would be at rest, setting off months unemployment rose.
of war. In retaliation for U.S. and European support for That ran contrary to accepted economic thinking of
Israel, the Arab-controlled Organization of Petroleum the time. Economists coined a new term, stagflation, to
Exporting Countries (OPEC) embargoed oil sales to the describe the twin and contradictory phenomena of U.S.
United States and many European nations. Oil prices sky- economic growth stagnating during a time of inflation.
rocketed, nearly tripling almost overnight. Home heating Stagflation was then short-lived, as the U.S. economy
oil and other oil-based products likewise greatly increased. rebounded in the second half of the 1970s in an expan-
In 1973 and 1974 poor wheat and corn harvests caused sion that lasted until early 1980. But stagnation returned
a sharp rise in the price of those commodities. Given the in late 1980, somewhat as a result of the Iranian Revolu-
twin “supply shocks” of high oil and commodity prices, tion. A second oil shock lit a fire under inflation, which
Americans soon found themselves paying much more for reached more than 14 percent by late 1980.
gasoline and diesel fuel as well as food prices, the latter
made even worse by rising transportation costs. Back to the 70s again
The money supply also was growing rapidly. America’s Now, more than 40 years later, we may be seeing the
central bank, the Federal Reserve, had added more than same thing occur again. As the Covid pandemic sub-
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$90 billion to the U.S money supply between 1970 and sides and life has in some ways returned to normal,
1975, the dollar being completely disconnected from gold demand for all sorts of goods and services has surged.
in August 1971. In just one year, from December 1971 to This increased demand, fueled even more by large federal
December 1972, the nation’s basic measure of the money stimulus checks over the past 20 months, has rapidly
supply increased from $228 billion to $249 billion. That pushed up prices. Those higher prices have in turn
trend accelerated in 1975. In one of its most expansion- caused workers to demand more pay as prices have risen.
ary weeks, July 31 to Aug. 6, 1975, the “Fed” grew the As employers have had to raise wages in order to fill

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jobs, they have had to pass along some of these higher With increased U.S. oil production ruled out for
labor costs to consumers in the form of higher prices. political reasons, the administration reached out to
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported Iran and Venezuela, both U.S. enemies, to urge them to
that U.S. employers added 678,000 jobs in February and export more oil. Both refused, a further sign of weaken-
431,000 in March, surpassing economists’ expectations. ing American influence throughout the world. Now the
Additionally, the BLS revised upward its figures on new job administration is tapping into U.S. strategic oil reserves,
creation in both December 2021 and January 2022. Rising using up emergency supplies critical for the nation’s
employment almost always signals a growing economy. future for short-term political gain. Even so, Americans
Most economists agree on a simple point: Major may be looking at gas prices of $5-7 per gallon nationwide
increases in the money supply lead to inflation. And, as when peak summer travel season arrives.
happened in the early 1970s, the Federal Reserve is again The Russian invasion will also impact food prices.
ballooning the U.S. money supply—yet now in figures These were already on the rise due to supply shortages and
previously unheard of. In an effort to prop up the econo- inflation—in spite of U.S. administration attempts to shift
my during the pandemic, the Federal Reserve increased blame for rising prices to the current war. But of course
money in circulation by more than $226 billion between the war makes things worse—as does the West’s response.
June 2019 and June 2020, which equates to almost 22 Russia and Ukraine together account for nearly a third of
percent of all current U.S. dollars being created in that world wheat exports. With Ukrainian exports curtailed
one year alone! due to the invasion, and Russian exports cut off due to
The government has thrown more fuel on the inflation economic sanctions, food prices will shoot up even more.
fire with trillions of dollars in new stimulus spending— Prices of some food items could easily double.
well beyond the early stages of the Covid epidemic. On top of that, even before the invasion, U.S. and
Many economists have rightly questioned the need Canadian wheat and corn crop yields were lower as a
for government fiscal stimulus when the economy was result of widespread drought. Ukraine and Russia are
already recovering, a clearly inflationary move. also major exporters of fertilizer. Again, due to the war
There is no doubt now that inflation is running wild.  Ukraine is in no position to manufacture and export
Rising food and fuel costs will likely force millions of fertilizers, and Russian exports have halted due to sanc-
Americans, most of whom have little savings cushion, to tions. This scarcity is leading American, Canadian and
cut spending in other areas. Spending on nonessentials European farmers to ration what fertilizers they can get,
like dining out, travel and major purchases could slow leading some to switch from planting corn and wheat
dramatically, again slowing economic growth to a crawl to less fertilizer-intensive crops—and in some cases, to
as in the 1970s. planting nothing at all.
The Fed has signaled it will be aggressive in getting As a result, the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
inflation under control. Most economic forecasters now in mid-March forecast sharply rising energy and food
predict multiple rate hikes this year. But as interest rates prices. In a statement the IMF warned that “the ongo-
rise, financing costs for homes, cars and business expan- ing war and associated sanctions will also have a severe
sion will rise, further dampening economic growth. impact on the global economy.”
The Ukraine war effect From here to . . . recession?
Late February saw the attack by Vladimir Putin on Seeing the gathering storm of massive inflation coupled
Ukraine. This war, the first large land conflict in Europe with a slowing of the U.S. and world economies, promi-
since World War II, will also affect the U.S. economy in nent voices from around the world now see the specter of
ways many are now just beginning to realize. the dreaded “R” word—recession. In early March, French
To penalize Russia for its aggression and weaken its Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire alerted an energy con-
ability to continue the war, the United States and Europe ference to the possibility that economic fallout from the
quickly slapped on a host of economic sanctions, includ- Ukraine war might lead to 1970s-style stagflation. In April
ing measures against Russian banks and Russian billion- more economists forecast recession later in 2022.
aires who largely control the Russian economy. Russia After a strong 2021, economists everywhere have
depends on oil exports for much of its national income, slashed their forecasts for 2022 growth. Goldman Sachs,
and in early March America took the further step of the world-famous New York bank and brokerage, has cut
cutting off imports of Russian oil. Though the United its 2022 growth forecast for the United States from 2.75
States imports only 4 percent of its needs from Russia, percent to 1.75 percent. They now see a 20 to 35 percent
this embargo has only worsened America’s oil shortage, a chance of a U.S. recession by the end of 2022.
shortage created in large part by the current administra- The Atlanta Federal Reserve forecasts a major slow-
tion’s hostility toward U.S. oil production. ing of U.S. first quarter growth in GDP (Gross Domestic

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certainly continue to rise. It could be 1975 all over again.

How Can You Prepare? No one is immune to world conditions

W
For most of its nearly 250-year history, America has
ith the uncertainty of the U.S. and global economic situ-
felt secure in its physical separation from Europe and
ation, and other dangerous times ahead for the world, it
Asia. Protected by two large oceans and blessed with
would be wise to be prepared in at least a basic way for
emergency situations. natural resources, a strong workforce and free-market
economic system, it produced nearly everything its
A good starting point is to have basic necessities such as food and
people needed, with much left over to export abroad.
water stored. This is a biblical principle, as Proverbs 27:12 tells us: “A
While most do not realize or accept it, this abun-
prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions.
dant national prosperity was prophesied in your Bible.
The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences” (New
The first part of Deuteronomy 28 details blessings God
Living Translation). So having at least a week’s supply of food and
Himself would bestow in fulfillment of promises made
water available in our homes, if not considerably more, is a good
to Abraham in Genesis 12 (see our free study guide The
idea even when no immediate threat is apparent. The U.S. govern-
United States and Britain in Bible Prophecy for a detailed
ment’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) lists practi-
explanation of this amazing truth).
cal advice and contents for a family emergency supplies kit at ready.
gov/kit.  But America’s separation from the world has ended.
The world is now highly interconnected. Supply chains
However, with our physical preparations, we must remember that
now stretch around the globe. As a result, the United
the Bible emphasizes looking to God for our physical needs as we
seek His Kingdom. We have Christ’s own promise that if we pursue
States is vulnerable to events in faraway places, events
His Kingdom and way of life first, then God will provide our physical
that can destabilize its national economy.
needs (Matthew 6:33). The events of the 1970s brought this stark reality to the
Christ also warns us to be vigilant concerning our spiritual state. In
forefront. Now America is seeing this again. It could—and
His last major prophecy before His crucifixion, recorded in Matthew
will—lose the prosperity it has enjoyed for the past 150
24, Mark 13 and Luke 21, He describes and summarizes the condi-
years. Those blessings are being removed. Read the second
tions and events that will lead to His second coming. half of Deuteronomy 28 for a glimpse into what will hap-
After describing the calamities of the world to which He would
pen as a result of America’s national rejection of God’s law.
return, Jesus said to His disciples, “But of that day or hour no one
Students of prophecy know the Bible foretells a time
knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father
of global turmoil that Jesus Christ referred to as “great
alone” (Mark 13:32, New American Standard Bible). tribulation” in Matthew 24. Christ told His disciples this
The next verse clearly shows that we should continue to keep a
time of war, famine, economic collapse and upheaval will
watchful eye on world trends and conditions as well as our own spiri-
increase in severity leading up to the time of His return.
tual state, for we will not know the exact time of His return: “Take
He also revealed to the apostle John more details of
heed, keep on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed
this time of trouble in Revelation 13 and 17, which speak
time will come” (verse 33, NASB, emphasis added throughout).
of a new global system that will massively deceive the
Christ then compared Himself and His second coming to a man
entire world. This system will enslave most of mankind
who traveled to a distant country, left his servants in charge of his
into accepting its “mark,” without which a person will be
property and asked the doorkeeper “to stay on the alert” till he
completely shut out of normal economic activity such as
returned. Then He gives His warning to His disciples a second time:
buying and selling.
“Therefore,  be on the alert—for you do not know what day or
If history teaches us anything, it’s that desperate times
hour the master of the house will return . . . and what I say to you
I say to all, Watch!” can lead to desperate measures—including the rise and
fall of national powers and a reordering of the world’s
political systems. Continue reading Beyond Today to bet-
Product) to as little as 0.1 percent, down from 6.9 percent ter understand the seriousness of the times in which we
for the final quarter of 2021. Economist Mark Zandi of live and what you need to be doing!
Moody’s Analytics said: “Inventories are roughly back to
where they should be, and now you’ve got growing head- LEARN MORE
winds from fiscal and monetary policy. So growth start- Our world seems to be transforming at light-
ing the year will be very soft.” Looking farther ahead, the ning speed. What is taking place and why?
Conference Board sees growth for 2023 at an anemic 2.3 You need to understand the vital keys to Bible
percent, saying it cut its previous forecasts due to effects prophecy revealed in our free study guide
The United States and Britain in Bible Prophecy.
of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Download or request your free copy today!
The factors for stagnation are clearly in play. The econo- www.BTmagazine.org/booklets
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70 Years of Elizabeth II,


The Servant
Queen
In the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
year, we reflect on a beloved
figure exemplifying dignity
and devotion yet sadly not
preserving her realms from
moral plummet and decline.
by Melvin Rhodes

I
grew up with Elizabeth II, turning the composers, a German who had dear. You’re still top of the pops in
one year old a few days before the settled in England in 1712, taking Australia.” At that time, 56 years
Queen ascended the throne. When British citizenship 15 years later. ago, the monarchy was more popular
I was seven in 1958, she visited my We didn’t grow up blindly loyal in Australia than it was at home in
hometown of Grimsby. I have no idea to the Queen—my father being England.
why she was there. Presumably some very much against royalty—but she Today, at 96, the Queen herself has
of the people in the massive, wall-to- was always there, the symbol of the a consistent popularity rating of over
wall crowd did. A man, a stranger, nation. I remember later hearing 70 percent, higher than any politi-
offered to put me on his shoulders while on a visit to San Francisco in cian on either side of the Atlantic.
so I could get a better view. It was a 1977 that hers was the most distrib- Even at the lowest point, following
really warm day, and I remember the uted vignette in history. After all, she the death of Princess Diana in 1997,
Red Cross having to pull a woman was on all our coins and bank notes there was no widespread thought of
out of the crowd who had fainted in and on every postage stamp. Other turning Britain into a republic with
the heat. nations also have the Queen’s image a figurehead president replacing the
At my school we used to march on coins and bank notes. monarch.
into a big hall for an assembly every In 1964 Britain elected a Labor Throughout my life, she has always
morning for a daily scriptural read- (socialist) government. I remember been there. When we lived in Rhode-
ing and a hymn. As we turned to two years later, when many thought sia all the coins had Elizabeth II on
actually enter the hall, there was a socialism was the way to go, a them. When we moved to Ghana the
beautiful portrait of the Queen— cartoon in one of our newspapers meeting hall we used for church ser-
Pietro Annigoni’s masterpiece, still showing the Queen and her hus- vices had a plaque on the wall saying
one of my favorite paintings. band, Prince Philip, standing on the it was opened by the Queen in 1961.
We always marched to classical balcony at Buckingham Palace with a What has made her so popular?
music. Often it was “royal” music, thin crowd in the Mall, the roadway
having been specially written for leading up to palace. Philip turned Princess Elizabeth’s promise
royal occasions. Handel was one of to his wife and said: “Never mind, I think it goes back in large measure

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to the promise she made on her 21st Less than five years later her father of Our Queen,” The Telegraph, Feb. 5,
birthday: died, and Princess Elizabeth became 2022).
“I declare before you all that my Queen while on an official visit to So commenced what was often
whole life whether it be long or short Kenya, at the start of a Common- called “the Second Elizabethan
shall be devoted to your service and wealth tour that had to be postponed Age.” It began with great promise—
the service of our great imperial until 1954. It was February 6, 1952. New Zealander Sir Edmund Hilary
family to which we all belong.” “While carpenters at Sandringham became the first man to conquer Mt.
Those words were spoken by then were building a coffin of oak from Everest, the news reaching London in
Princess Elizabeth. She and her fam- the estate, cinemas and theatres were time for the newspapers on Corona-
ily were touring South Africa and closed, BBC programs were canceled, tion Day.
Southern Rhodesia at the time to except for news bulletins and solemn What followed has been 70 years
thank the peoples there for their sup- music, public functions and sports of dutiful service to Britain and the
port during World War II. Her father, fixtures were postponed and flags Commonwealth. For this reason
George VI, was then monarch, the flown at half-mast. For the three days Elizabeth has earned the epithet “The
king of both countries. of official mourning, men were urged Servant Queen.”
“The high point of the journey to wear black armbands and black
for Elizabeth was her twenty-first ties. In the 1950s, the death of the A changed world under
birthday on April 21st. South Africa monarch was seen as a huge jolt to Elizabeth’s reign
celebrated her coming of age as the political and social structure. But it has not been a second
a national holiday with military “George VI had reigned at an Elizabethan age. Whereas the first
reviews, a ball in her honor, fire- exceptional time in British history. Queen Elizabeth (1558-1603) laid the
works and a necklace of 21 diamonds By remaining in London throughout foundation of the British Empire, the
presented by [Prime Minister Jan] the Blitz, he had come to be the living reign of the second Queen Elizabeth
Smuts” (Sally Bedell Smith, Elizabeth symbol of the country’s determina- was marked by the dismantling of
the Queen, 2012, p. 37.) tion to defeat Nazism. For this, he that same empire.
“Her remarks, which were broad- and his family, who might easily have “The great imperial family” she
cast from Government House in decamped to a haven in Canada, spoke of in 1947 has gone, replaced
earned universal respect. Hearing of by a Commonwealth of Nations, the
his death there were those who feared members of which are independent
that the heart had gone out of the and often quite critical of Britain.
nation. The young Queen was well Most have priorities quite different
aware of this. Schooled to put duty from those of Britain and the rest of
Photos, from left: Ministry of Information, Cecil Beaton/Library and Archives Canada

before all else, she was determined the Commonwealth. If the Second
that there should be no letting up in World War took place again, it’s
the standards set by her father and doubtful the Commonwealth coun-
his father, George V, before him. tries would come to Britain’s aid. In
“At her first Privy Council she made 1939 they all did, with India contrib-
her Accession Declaration, resolving uting 2.5 million men, the biggest
to follow her father’s example of ser- volunteer army in history.
vice and devotion. And in a broadcast Few Britons see clearly how steep
to the nation, she looked forward to has been the country’s decline.

The coronation of Elizabeth II began what


was often called “the Second Elizabethan Age.”
It began with great hope and promise.
Cape Town ‘to all the peoples of the her coronation for which she was pre- Elizabeth herself must realize it.
British Commonwealth and Empire,’ paring ‘with prayer and meditation.’ Soon after her marriage in 1947 she
lasted six minutes” (ibid.). She appealed to her audience to ‘Pray was a navy wife, stationed on the
The words were a personal vow, for me on the day. Pray that God may island of Malta, which was then a
dedicating her life to the quarter of give me wisdom and strength to carry major British naval base. In 1979
the world’s people that lived within out the solemn promises I shall be the British voluntarily withdrew.
the empire and Commonwealth. making’” (Barry Turner, “The Making Both economic power and the

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military have seen a stark decline is number one even though her
during her reign. country is not number one” (quoted
In the year of her marriage, Britain by Smith, p. 491).
had more than 1.25 million men
under arms. Now, after successive A biblical vow ultimately proven
cuts, there are fewer than 200,000 empty
military personnel. It’s not just the empire that Britain
It can be said that Queen Elizabeth has lost in the last 70 years. The
II has helped keep Britain stable dur- nation’s morals are today totally con-
ing this long decline. That’s one way trary to what they were at the time of
of looking at it. Looked at another the coronation in June 1953.
way, however, Britain is not as secure During the coronation ceremony,
as she was. the Archbishop of Canterbury asks
The monarchy gives Britain a great the following:
deal of influence. Not only is Queen “Will you to the utmost of your
Elizabeth II Britain’s head of state,
she is also, for historical reasons, Under the second Elizabeth the Bible has been
head of state in Canada, Australia
and New Zealand (in Australia she
almost totally rejected by the nation. Each week
is known as the Sovereign). more people attend a mosque than a church.
She retains the same office in a
number of smaller countries, in the power maintain the Laws of God But this has meant her silence on
Caribbean and the Pacific. Retaining and the true profession of the Gospel? the critical issues mentioned—and
the monarch has given these nations “Will you to the utmost of your on the multicultural transforma-
a stability they otherwise might have power maintain in the United King- tion that has totally changed Britain.
lost. There are now 15 Common- dom the Protestant Reformed Reli- Her annual Christmas broadcast
wealth Realms. gion established by law? has often highlighted developments
Additionally, there are 54 member “Will you maintain and preserve in this area. To a certain extent, she
countries of the Commonwealth. inviolably the settlement of the bears responsibility in some of the
Though most of these are now Church of England, and the doctrine, anti-biblical legislation that has been
republics, the Queen is the head of worship, discipline, and government embraced by the politicians, if not by
the Commonwealth, and member thereof, as by law established in the people.
nations voted at their last meeting to England?” After promising to fulfill what
recognize Prince Charles as head of The British monarch is the titular was asked of her in the corona-
the Commonwealth when the time head of the Church of England. She tion, she was then presented with
comes. was asked here if she would maintain the Bible along with these words:
The Queen tries hard to keep the laws of God and the doctrines “Our gracious Queen: to keep your
member nations on the straight and of the Church, as she understood Majesty ever mindful of the law and
narrow, using her influence to help them. But here there has been a total the Gospel of God as the rule for the
everyone stay on the democratic reversal, not just in Britain but in whole life and government of Chris-
path. An article in Newsweek 20 the other Commonwealth nations of tian princes, we present you with this
Julian Calder for Governor-General of New Zealand

years ago, on the 50th anniversary British descent—Australia, Canada Book, the most valuable thing that
of her reign, said nobody had done and New Zealand. These nations this world affords.”
more to spread democracy than have pioneered social change in the The moderator then continued in
Elizabeth II. last 60 years, whether it be abortion, accordance with the ceremony: “Here
In her 70 years on the throne, she divorce, same-sex marriage or other is Wisdom; this is the royal Law; these
has had 179 prime ministers, count- LGBTQ promotion. are the lively Oracles of God.”
ing those of the United Kingdom The Queen, as head of state, has Now that Britain has entered a
and the 15 Commonwealth Realms. had to sign off on all these changes. post-biblical age, it’s likely the above
Former Canadian Prime Minis- After seven decades on the throne will not be included when Prince
ter Brian Mulroney observed: “The you would think the Queen’s politi- Charles inherits the throne. The
Queen knows that when she enters cal views would be known. But that striking aspect of the coronation
the room she is the most compel- is not the case. She has been an service is the preeminence given to
ling head of state in the room. She exemplary constitutional monarch. the Bible as the rule of law.

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country had only recently broken with Rome. It was an
enthusiastic Protestant country determined to preserve
its religion against the power and might of the Roman
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more people attend a mosque than a church. As for the
Queen herself, she still attends church regularly, even
when she is on holiday.
You’ll find much more great
A commemorative book published in 2016 for her
90th birthday was titled The Servant Queen and the King
biblical material on our
She Serves. It declared: “The Queen works hard because website, including
she is committed to service. And that comes from her
commitment to follow the ways of Christ” (p. 23). Stress-
ing that she looks to the Bible as her inspiration, the Beyond Today Television
book quoted from it: “In your relationships with one
another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: who,
being in very nature God, did not consider equality with
God something to be used to his own advantage; rather,
he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a
servant” (Philippians 2:7, quoted on p. 26).
I’m not aware of any other country that has changed
as much as Britain in the last 70 years. When the Queen
passes from this life, the country may fall apart. The
United Kingdom is made up of four countries (England, Bible Study Guides
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). All four look to
Elizabeth II as their leader. Already, Scotland has a big
independence movement. Northern Ireland’s relation-
ship with London is insecure since Brexit.
The United Kingdom will have come full circle. At the
time of the first Elizabeth, there was just England and
Wales. With the empire now gone, if anything should
happen to the United Kingdom there may be nothing
left except England and Wales—and both only a shadow
of their former selves. Video Bible Study Series
Such massive shifts in geopolitical power and in
Western nations’ declining morality were foretold as
a hallmark of the time of global turmoil leading up to
the establishment of a coming Kingdom that will never
end—that of the ultimate King and Messiah, Jesus
Christ!

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