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German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris

German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris,  Our Foreign Staff  Published: 13 JULY 2017 • 10:57AM

France and Germany appeared to bury the hatchet over past rivalries on defence on Thursday, as they announced plans to build fighter jets together.

Speaking after a joint cabinet meeting in Paris, French president Emmanuel Macron also called on Chancellor Angela Merkel to help provide a €1bn fund to fix Europe’s economic woes.

The pair’s development of both manned and unmanned warplanes would replace France’s Rafale jets and the Eurofighter, rival jets that compete fiercely for global sales.

“I believe that we have shown shortly after the new government here was installed that we are ready to activate Franco-German relations with a new impetus,” Mrs Merkel said.

Both leaders also pledged to push ahead with the Eurodrone programme, which is expected to produce Europe’s first fleet of military drones by 2020.

“This is a revolution, but we’re not afraid of revolutions when they are peaceful, well-thought and meant to last,” said Mr Macron.

Defence experts said the announcement was a slap in the face to Britain, Europe’s leading military power, in the wake of its decision to leave the EU.

“It is a sign to the British. It means ‘you are leaving the EU and we are driving forward. We are no longer interested in you blocking the EU on defence’,” a senior German defence industry official told Reuters news agency.

It came as Mr Macron called on Germany to contribute towards a €1bn project which would help develop IT and nanotechnology as part of wider efforts to improve the eurozone.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes French President Emmanuel Macron

“We have launched calls for projects, along with the Germans, to attract researchers as part of the “Make our planet great again” initiative,” he told French newspaper Ouest France.

The joint declaration on defence did not say what role, if any, Britain would play in the Franco-German-led development. The country is Europe’s biggest defence spender and a partner in the Eurofighter project alongside Germany, Spain and Italy.

France and the United Kingdom – both permanent U.N. Security Council members with close defence and security ties – agreed to cooperate on nuclear and missiles technology in 2010, but some French officials have expressed concerns about the impact of Brexit on defence.

Some analysts and defence officials said the Franco-German push to create a new fighter could drive Britain further towards industrial and defence cooperation with the United States.

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Just as we see from this news article, France and Germany following BREXIT will lead the EU in Britains absence in fulfillment of Bible Prophecy. The EU will move closer together eventually becoming a SUPERSTATE with a dominant FEDERAL GOVERNMENT described in the Bible as a Beast System due to its amalgamation of different countries and peoples into one State with one Voice.  Along with this development we expect to see Russia become more involved in Europe with links to a combined army.  Again it’s interesting that they see the development of a EU Army as an important next step.

The Land of Magog

So WATCH this development as it is a sure sign that we are living in the last days before Christ’s Return.

This EU SUPERSTATE will along with Russia enter into a final conflict with Israel and the Middle East.  Germany is the key country in what Bible Prophecy refers to as the land of “Magog”. They are spoken of militarily as the “King of the North”.  Together the Bible says that Russia and the EU will invade the Middle East in the Last Days.  So Bible Students expect to see Germany and France taking a greater role in leading Europe.  It is also interesting to see Germany taking greater control of a continent they tried to take by war and failed.

Yet again we see in Todays News Headlines words that show how the Nations are fulfilling the latter day alignment of Nations as Prophesied by the Bible.

See this article to learn more about this and the latter day prophecies of the Bible.

See this article for more on this subject: WHAT IS NEXT FOR EUROPE

 

 

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India and Israel develop economical, agricultural and military ties – fulfilling the words of the prophets.
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This week saw a very significant event take place in Israel. The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, visited Israel for three days. The reason this visit is significant is found both in Bible history and prophecy. India answers to the Easter Tarshish and as such will have both economic and military ties with Israel at the time of the end.

This week saw a very significant event take place in Israel. The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, visited Israel for three days. Prime minister Netanyahu brought his entire cabinet, heads of all the military and police, and religious leaders to meet Prime Minister Modi at the airport.

The reason this visit is significant is found both in Bible history and prophecy.

Tarshish in Bible Prophecy & History

As has been discussed many times in the Bible in the News, the nation of Tarshish has a significant role to play in the time of the end:

“Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?” (Ezekiel 38:13)

Who the nation of Tarshish is has been explored many times. Undoubtedly, Britain fulfills the role of Tarshish, while her former colonies, many of which now form the Commonwealth, are the young lions.

The link between Tarshish and Israel goes back thousands of years. King Solomon cooperated with Hiram King of Tyre to obtain materials for the building of the temple and the enriching of his kingdom through the services of the ships of Tarshish:

“And all the drinking vessels of king Solomon were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold: none were of silver; it was not any thing accounted of in the days of Solomon. For the king’s ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram: every three years once came the ships of Tarshish bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks. And king Solomon passed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.” (2 Chronicles 9:20–22)

Tarshish has been identified both historically and archeologically with Britain based on the ancient trade in tin, lead and silver as catalogued in Ezekiel 27.

“Tarshish was thy merchant by reason of the multitude of all kind of riches; with silver, iron, tin, and lead, they traded in thy fairs.” (Ezekiel 27:12)

“They use brass money, and iron rings of a certain weight. The provinces remote from the sea produce tin, and those upon the coast iron…” (Julius Caesar, The Gallic Wars, Book 5, Chapter 12).This is testified to by Julius Caesar who in his book on the Gallic Wars related of Britain:

Samuel Bochart in 1651 testified the very name of Britain is derived from this:

“Britain is the name given to this island by the Phoenicians, when they trafficked hither for tin, calling it Baratanac; the land of tin, contracted afterwards to Bratanac, and then again softened into Britania”(Samuel Bochart, Phaleg, 1651).

This is the Tarshish that was to the West of Israel, operating in the Mediterranean and beyond. This is the direction Jonah fled aboard a ship of Tarshish trying to escape his commission to preach to Nineveh.

However, Solomon was engaged with ships of Tarshish that went to the east as well:

  “And king Solomon made a navy of ships in Ezion-geber, which is beside Eloth, on the shore of the Red sea, in the land of Edom. And Hiram sent in the navy his servants, shipmen that had knowledge of the sea, with the servants of Solomon. And they came to Ophir, and fetched from thence gold, four hundred and twenty talents, and brought it to king Solomon.” (1 Kings 9:26–28)

Years later, Jehoshaphat attempted a similar feat, which was ill-fated due to the alliance Jehoshaphat formed with Israel’s wicked king Ahaziah:

“And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly: And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish: and they made the ships in Ezion-geber. Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, the LORD hath broken thy works. And the ships were broken, that they were not able to go to Tarshish.” (2 Chronicles 20:35–37)

So there was a Tarshish to the West, but also a Tarshish to the East, where ships went operating out of Ezion Geber or Elat. John Thomas in his book Elpis Israel relates:

“As to Tarshish, there were two countries of that name in the geography of the ancients. Jehoshaphat built ships at Ezion-geber, a port of the Red Sea, that they might sail thence to Tarshish. Now, it will be seen by the map that they could only sail southward towards the straits of Bab-el-Mandeb, from which they might then steer east, or north, for India. As they did not sail by compass in those days, but coastwise, they would creep round the coast of Arabia, and so make for Hindostan.

They might have sailed southward again along the coast of Africa instead of to India; but it is not likely they did, as the commerce of the time was with the civilized world, and not the savage. The voyage occupied them three years. In the days of Solomon the trade was shared between Israel and the Tyrians; for “he had at sea a navy of Tarshish with the navy of Hiram; once in three years came the navy of Tarshish bringing gold and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.” These products point to India as the Eastern Tarshish—a country which has always conferred maritime ascendancy on the power which has possessed its trade and been its carrier to the nations.” (John Thomas, Elpis Israel, p395)

India’s Connection to Israel

India is also identified with the young lions. It was conquered by the British, who allied themselves with the Hindus against the ruling Muslims who were the descendants of the Muslim Tamerlane or Timur (incidentally, whose grandson built the Taj Mahal). Eventually the Muslims centralized themselves in the are now known as Pakistan while the Hindus were largely in the south in what is now called India.

India depicted as a young lion with Britain

India, as a British colony, formed part of the contingent of “young

Monument to battle of Haifa in India

lions” who were heavily involved in the prophecy of Revelation:

“And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.” (Revelation 16:12)

It appears in the WWI poster that depicts the mother lion of Britain calling upon her young lion colonies to help with her defence.  India is identified as one of these.

Indian soldiers were involved in pushing the Ottoman Turks out of the Middle East, and therefore “drying up the river Euphrates” during World War 1. This was highlighted by the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Haifa memorial. The Battle of Haifa took place September 23, 1918, where the Indian 15th Calvary Brigade, attacked the forces of the Ottoman Empire resulting in the capture of Haifa and Acre. The Indian forces had were heavily engaged in battle at Megiddo and moved on to capture Haifa with heavy losses. Memorials are found in Haifa, New Delhi and Bangalore as a testimony to the sacrifice of the brave Indian soldiers.

India’s independence was announced around the same time as Israel in July 1947, just months before the vote in the United Nations for the creation of the State of Israel.

Just like Israel would later be partitioned, the India colony was partitioned between the Muslim state of Pakistan in the North, and the State of India in the south.  India became independent August 15, 1947. Israel became an independent state May 14, 1948.

Modi’s Visit to Israel

Prime minister Modi’s visit to Israel is very significant as it demonstrates the picture painted years ago by the prophets is coming into being. The young lions and Tarshish (east and west) would be involved in trade with Israel in the latter days and therefore would protest the invasion of the king of the north, or Gog:

“Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?” (Ezekiel 38:13)

This weeks visit saw the

Israeli PM Netanyahu welcomes Indian PM Modi to Israel

strengthening of ties both economic and military as was evidenced in both speeches given by both Prime Minister Netanyahu and Prime Minister Modi upon Modi’s arrival to a warm Israel welcome:

My friend, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, welcome to Israel. Prime minister, we’ve been waiting for you a long time. We’ve been waiting almost 70 years in fact. Because yours is truly a historic visit. It is the first time an Indian Prime Minister is visiting Israel. We receive you with open arms. We love India!…

I am confident of the real mathematics of life. I am confident in the success of our partnership for many reasons:

First, is the talent of our peoples. It has been said, that in Silicon Valley in California, the two most common languages overheard are Hindi and Hebrew, occasionally one hears some native English too.

Second, I believe in the success of our partnership, because of the great sympathy between our peoples, the natural comradery between Indians and Israelis. The Jews of India, and the 100,000 Israeli’s of Indian decent are a wonderful human bridge between our two nations, our two peoples….

Prime minister Narendra Modi reciprocated:

Excelle

Indian PM Modi address Israel at airport

ncy, Prime Minister of Israel, ladies and gentlemen… shalom.. It is my singular honour to be the first ever Prime Minister of India to undertake this ground breaking visit to Israel. I want to thank my friend, Prime Minister Netanyahu for the invitation, and for receiving me with so much warmth. My visit celebrates the strength of centuries old links between our societies….

Later during a joint press conference Prime Minister Modi made clear the link between the two countries:

Friends, the link between our people goes back to thousands of years when the first Jews landed on India’s south-western coastline. Since then, the Jews have flourished, and their traditions and practices thrived in India…

Friends, in modern times, our ties have seen rapid growth since the establishment of our full diplomatic relations a quarter century ago. Common objectives of economic prosperity, strong technology and innovation ties and the need to secure our societies define the space for convergent action between us. Over coming decades, we want to frame a relationship that transforms the landscape of our economic engagement. India is the world’s fastest growing large economy.

The common theme is clear. What ties the countries together is a large population of Jews of Indian descent, over 100,000, along with a similar vision of economic development, trade and prosperity. This is very fitting when India answer to the role of a young lion and one of the MERCHANTs of Tarshish – the eastern one. The word “merchant” used by Ezekiel is interesting. It is the Hebrew word cachar meaning “trader, to go about and travel in trade.” That is exactly what Modi is doing in Israel, strengthening trade ties to bring prosperity that will build the create the great spoil so tempting to Russia in the latter days:

“Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?” (Ezekiel 38:13)

A need for security from Muslim extremism.

Netanyahu interviewed by Indian TV host Arnab

A similar need for security against Muslim extremism has been highlighted. Later in a news conference with an Indian television station the defence issue was highlighted by Prime Minister Netanyahu.

We share vital intelligence. Israel is a power house against terrorism. India is fighting terrorism in your part of the world, we all remember the horrible attack in Mumbai. In fact Prime Minister Modi and I just met with little Moshi, the Israeli boy who was saved by his Indian nanny who was there with us as well. We know that we face this threat to our common civilization. We have been cooperating, and have decided to cooperate more intensively to battle this scourge that threatens the lives of  Indians and Israelis and so many others around the world. I think that this visit marks a turning point in that common struggle.

The interviewer put an interesting question to Prime Minister Netanyahu:

Arnab: Palestine continues to harbour Hamas, and Pakistan continues to habour the Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hesbul-Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammed: Israel hits the Hamas ba ck, do you believe Mr. Prime Minister, that India as a victim of terrorism is well within its rights to hit back at these groups directly.

Netanyahu: I think that every country, there are two requirements: one is to protect your people, the second there is a requirement is not to allow your territory to be used as a base of attacks against another country. I think this frames the reference point for the self defence that every country is entitled to exercise.

So India, rather than criticizing Israel with its treatment of the Palestinians, is looking to it as an example in how it deals with the Palestinians and the Hamas terrorists embedded amongst them.

Referring to the murder of the parents of young Moshi, and the fact their murderers have not been brought to justice the TV interviewer asked:

Arnab: What do you have to say, Prime Minister Netanyahu, the fact that nine years after the Mumbai terrorist attacks, the orchestrators of the Mumbai attacks, Hafiz Saeed and Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi have not been brought to book by Pakistan? How do we deal with a country like this  now that we are working together?

Netanyahu: Any country that harbours that harbours prospective murderers and actual murderers, and terrorists are just that, they are murderers, should bring them to justice. This is an expectation and a demand that that we voice continually, as I do so now as well. I have to tell you that we face today, between India and Israel, our two democracies, the two bookends of this vast region, we face today a rash of radical Islamic terrorism that comes from various sources, and various directions: from the Sunni variety for example headed by Daish, by ISIS; the radical Shiites headed by Iran, with Hezbollah and other sources.  They threaten first Muslims. They kill Muslims a lot, but they also, of course, threaten non-Muslims whom they view as infidels to be subjugated or eradicated. So, a very large number of countries, India and Israel to be sure, but many others including, I have to say, Arab countries in the Middle East understand that we are in a common battle against terrorists who would not merely eradicate our freedoms, but actually slaughter us, unless we defend ourselves. That is producing interesting new relationships and alliances. What is obvious to me, is that India and Israel are such natural allies, being first and foremost democracies, that we should ask ourselves, how come we didn’t cooperate, not only in the battle against terrorism, and against radicalism, but also in the quest to better the lives of our future, of our peoples?…

The effect radical terrorism is having is to draw India and Israel together – but as the Prime Minister related, also the Arab countries of the Middle East are waking up to the fact that they must ally themselves with Israel against a common enemy of radical Islam that threatens all their societies.  Sheba and Dedan must confederate with the young lions and the Merchants of Tarshish.

In fact, India Today reported Netanyahu as stating:

The two nations have agreed to cooperate against terrorism which is faced by both of them.

“This is a marriage made in heaven but we are implementing it here on earth,” Netanyahu said.

This more true than Netanyahu understands. The prophets have written the script for the play that the Prime Ministers are currently performing in.

The Eastern Tarshish, the Young Lion of India is taking its place on the final world stage in preparation for the Lord’s return.

Cattle and Goods

Now On a final note. At the end of the interview, Netanyahu made some statements regarding innovation in agriculture, some of which were comical – yet significant:

Cow milking technology in Israel yields the most milk per cow in the world.

Netanyahu: Yesterday Prime Minister Modi and I visited a farm, a greenhouse actually, and we saw how our satellite technology, and our drone technology allows us to target individual plants. So you don’t have to take the water, if it is a scarce resource, you don’t have to spread it evenly on big fields, you can actually direct the irrigation to where you actually need the water. This is a tremendous increase in productivity. 

I showed Prime Minister Modi today a graph of the most productive cows in the world. You think, who produces the most milk per cow in the word?  You think it is a Dutch cow or a French cow? No!  It is an Israeli cow. It is a computerized cow, every moo is computerized. So we produce about twice the milk per cow compared to an average European cow. Why shouldn’t Indian farms enjoy this?  Why should they not have the benefit of more productive techniques? And Prime Minister Modi says they should… and that is the partnership we are doing.

Interviewer: On a lighter note we know that you are great at technologies, but I found the description of a computerized cow fascinating….

Netanyahu: Every moo is recorded!

Interviewer: The computerized cow! I would like to visit Israel and see the computerized cow some day!

While it made the interviewer chuckle, that every moo is recorded by these computerized cows, it drives home the statement that the Israelis of the latter days have “gotten cattle and goods”.  Not only have the gotten cattle and goods… they are also the best in the world at producing milk with them. This is the prosperity that is growing due to the blessings from God.

We are living on the edge of Ezekiel 38.

So let us look to our neighbours and see how we can help each other prepare to meet our Lord who is at the door.

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The Growth of Protestant Power
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Protestants have been in the news quite a bit recently, especially those of the D.U.P. (Democratic Unionist Party) from Northern Ireland, otherwise known as Orangemen because of the historic connection with William III of the House of Orange, Stadholder in Holland. The Protestant D.U.P. have now concluded a deal with the Conservative Government of Theresa May which will give them a powerful political position in the U.K.

The background to this Protestant situation goes back to the time when Charles II of England plotted with Louis XIV of France to invade the Netherlands in order to destroy Calvinism (as Protestantism was then known) in all of Europe. King James was unpopular in England and was trying to restore Roman Catholicism in the country, but there was a Coup d’ Etat and he was deposed. William of Orange was invited to become King and so sailed for England carrying the English flag with the legend “For the Protestant Religion and Liberties of England” (I will maintain). After landing successfully and without opposition, indeed, after being jubilantly welcomed by the British, William marched on London and forced James to flee to France. The throne was declared vacant by abdication, and William was pronounced King of all Britain. The date was February of 1689. In April the throne of Scotland was offered him and opposition to William was quelled.

Although Protestantism in Scotland is rarely heard of today, Orangmen have made their mark there also. When I was living in Scotland this was visible with grafiti on walls in Edinburgh reading, “No Popery Here.” In 1968 we saw a march taking place which was reported as “10,000 Orangemen March to 90 Bands.” The report in the “Evening News” read: “A blaze of colour halted Edinburgh in its tracks today – it was the march of 10,000 Orangemen to a background of booming drums, bagpipes and flutes.” The walk “stretched roughly four miles and took 75 minutes to pass any one point along the route.” One wonders whether this Protestantism in Scotland could ever be revived?

James II determined to maintain the Stuarts on the throne and landed in Ireland with the promise of French help. Soon he launched attacks against key cities in Ulster with the purpose of making Ireland a launching pad to recover England and Scotland.

As the danger grew and after Londonderry and Enniskillen were successfully defended, William took his troops across the Irish Sea and landed at Carrickfergus, where to this day is a stone marking the place where he first set foot on Irish soil. James was soundly defeated at the great battle of the Boyne on July 1, 1690 and Ireland was subdued. This day is still celebrated by Ulster’s Protestants with parades and speeches recalling God’s deliverance of Ireland from Roman Catholicism.

It all seems a long time ago, but in some ways the battle between the Orangemen and the Roman Cathloics continues with efforts being made to make Protestant Britain part of Catholic Europe. As may be seen in the July issue of the Bible Magazine (pages 22 onward) the struggle is still intense and although the battle today is largely political, the threat of violence is never far away.

The present struggle is being fought through demographics. The Irish Catholics will soon outnumber Protestants in Northern Ireland if current trends continue. It is the same strategy as we see in Israel, with the Palestinians trying to increase their number through the birthrate—but in Northern Ireland the numbers of Catholics are being increased through immigration from Europe, and especially from Catholic countries like Poland. In this case it could well be the Protestant Orangemen who become militant. We see their political strength at present in standing firm over their demands in the deal with Theresa May’s Conservatives. The Protestants of Northern Ireland are no pushover!

Bible prophecy informs us that the Roman Catholic Church and its papacy will be no pushover either. At the time of the end she is seen as saying “in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow” (Revelation 18:7). We can expect to see the Roman Harlot in a very powerful position at the time of the end.

In another prophecy the Great False Church is depicted in different form. In 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 we read:

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”

We are being told that this system is a great deceiver – deception is the means by which she gains and maintains power. The prophecy says:

“Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness (verses 9-12).

Again in Revelation 18 referred to earlier, we learn that “all nations” are deceived by her sorceries (verse 23). This ought to put us on our guard. When the apostle Paul writes “Let no man deceive you by any means…” he is addressing the ecclesia at Thessalonica (those who know the Truth and who were in the Faith), so it was not only the nations (the world) that were being warned, but also the Believers themselves.

But the great Harlot also had daughters, for she is “the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth” (Revelation 17:5).

The protest of Ezekiel 16:44 says “As is the mother so is her daughter,” and certainly the character of the Roman Church has been reflected in her daughter Protestant churches. They too have allied themselves with the rulers of this world. So the Protestant State Churches are the Harlots, while the Dissenting Names and Denominations are the Abominations of the Earth. It need not surprise us therefore to learn that the Protestants of Northern Ireland (the Orangemen) who make much of their loyalty to the British crown are just as much murderers as are their Catholic foes.

The “Orange” Protestants have been “witnesses” standing

against the Roman god (papacy)

The “Orange” Protestants then are, and have been “witnesses” standing against the Roman god (the papacy), and therefore answer to the witnesses who are “left out” (or excommunicate) from the holy city (Revelation 11:2). They are “Protestants” or Protestors, but not saints. In the purpose of God they have a function to perform and are an influence even in modern day Britain, making a stand against Rome and against forms of immorality such as homosexual behaviour. Their witness against evolution and defence of Creationism, as well as their pro-Israel policy arises from their Biblical roots, but it falls far short of saving Truth. It remains to be seen if, and just how God may use this force in the future development of Britain.

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Triggering Article 50

Bang! The trigger on the firing pistol has been pulled! Officially, Brexit is now underway! With the Royal assent having been given to The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill on the 16th of March, following parliament’s approval the day before, the way was open for a letter to be passed to Brussels. It gave formal notice that Britain wished to trigger the provisions of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, that allows a member of the EU to leave that organisation. The letter is due to be handed over tomorrow, Wednesday the 29th March!

Sir Tim Barrow, the UK’s permanent representative in Brussels, is to personally hand over a letter from the British government to the European Council president, Donald Tusk, to provide notification of Britain’s intention to leave the European Union.

Once the letter is received by the European Council, the clock will begin ticking on two years of talks regarding the terms of withdrawal allowed under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. The Guardian 27-Mar-17

For Bible students, this is a thrilling time. We do not get involved in politics, as we leave the affairs of men in God’s Hands. He brings to power and prominence, men and women who will move His Purpose forward. Evil men like Hitler played their part in bringing about the establishment of State of Israel. Men like Donald Trump are raised up because of their natural way of thinking can be harnessed by the angels as they work tirelessly behind the scenes ensuring that the many pieces of the political jigsaw that need to be in the right place at the right time, are in place. It is far beyond our comprehension, but in faith we have seen in the pages of God’s Word that this is indeed the case. It is faith-enhancing to see things which we as a community have long anticipated, taking place before our eyes!

As my father wrote over 35 years ago:

So though we do not know how it will happen, Britain will separate from Europe. The time will come when the European system will be bound together as the Fourth Beast of Daniel, to be destroyed by the saints and its body given to the burning flame (Daniel 7). Milestones 1981

He didn’t live to see that day, but we are privileged to see and wonder at the tortuous pathway, that under angelic control, has brought us to the start of this process. Who would have believed that there would be such divisions in Europe? And leaders who are prepared to stand up and declare their support for Israel. Leaders whom we would associate with the Merchants of Tarshish and her young lions!

Israel’s confidence to be shattered

Again, we must stress, that although we marvel at the prowess of Israel in defending herself against her enemies and growing her economy by trade around the world, yet this is not being done as a godly nation. They are far from God and will be, until their Messiah returns to his nation and opens their eyes to the hand of God in their affairs. The coming troubles bring them to humility, when they will cry out to their God to save them in their hour of need. As Daniel describes it:

… there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. Dan. 12:1

A time will come when surrounded by overwhelming numbers of enemies, their sophisticated weaponry will prove to be of no use. Even their friends will be powerless to save them as they are over-run for one last time and scattered before their foes. But all will be in the control of God. Michael, one of the chief princes (Dan 10:13) among the angelic hosts has been overseeing matters. Together with Israel’s chief prince, the Lord Jesus, an even greater Michael (“Who is like God”—el = strength), there will be an innumerable multitude of immortal beings ready to come to Israel’s aid. We can see in general terms the preparation for the gathering of the nations against Israel.

Legs, Feet and Toes of Nebuchadnezzar’s Image

It needs the recreation of two legs to which feet and toes can be attached – using the language of Daniel ch 2 and the Image that was revealed to King Nebuchadnezzar. We see Roman legs reappearing on the world stage. As the Western nations celebrated the 60th birthday of the founding of what would be the EU, by visiting the Pope and updating their charter in the same room in Rome where the original documents were signed. Notably absent was the British Prime Minster, Theresa May, who was about to officially hand in Britain’s notice. Scripture guides us that Britain’s role is to be independent of that Western Roman leg; she has her own part to play which can only be achieved by her turning back to being the world merchant power that she formally was.

And what of the Eastern Roman foot? We see in a revitalised Russia’s growth as a military power, with the Russian Orthodox Church at her heart, the successor of the Eastern Roman Empire which was centred in Constantinople. It is no surprise to Bible students to see Russia seeking to retake her roots, to take control of Turkey and re-instate Christianity in this Moslem country. She desires to “avenge the calamity of the fall of Constantinople in 1453”. According to President Erdoğan’s spokesman, İbrahim Kalın, in a speech given 14-Jan-17, “Westerners never forgave Turks for conquest of Istanbul.”

… you can see many issues extending throughout the long history of Islam-West relations. The conquest of İstanbul is one of the issues that left deep traces, especially in the minds of Medieval and modern-age European philosophers. In this respect, the conquest of İstanbul was an unexpected incident for Europeans and the Byzantines. And they did not get over the shock of the conquest for years. Indeed, Westerners have never forgiven the Turks for the conquest of Byzantium.Turkishminute 14-Jan-17

Certainly, we have seen in recent weeks the rebuffal of Turkey by Catholic Europe, but Russia feels Constantinople’s loss more than Europe, and it has long been the dream of the Russian Tsars to reclaim the source of their Orthodox religion, Constantinople. As a blogger that goes under the name of O Mouggos who reports on things Turkish and religious matters and who commented on the above speech, wrote: 22-Jan-17

Russia saw itself as the cultural, political and religious successor of the Byzantine Empire. … many devout Russian Orthodox believers, in addition to the other Orthodox around the world, who would be very joyous to see Istanbul return to the control of Christendom. I suspect such people have not forgiven the Turks for what they did in 1453.

So, we have many things we could potentially look at. Brexit and Britain’s new role in the world; the reshaping of the EU; Russia surrounding Europe and especially Turkey with military bases; and the coming together of the Southern Arab nations with Israel, Britain and the other “young lions”.

Britain’s enslavement

The Roman conquest of Britain began around AD40 and by the end of the first century most of Britian had come under Rome’s control. Eventually, Rome’s troubles necessitated the withdrawal of Roman troops from the shores of Britain to cope with the troubles from the Germanic barbarian tribes on her northern borders, freeing Britain to plot her own course in the world. By the early 5th century, Britain’s subjugation to Rome had come to an end.

In recent times, following Britain’s decline and economic exhaustion in fighting two World Wars, Britain cast off her links with the Commonwealth and cast in her lot with the Europe, joining the EEC, as the EU was then known as, in 1973. Two earlier attempts to join had been rebuffed by General Charles de Gaulle, who said at the time of the first attempt in 1963:

‘England in effect is insular, she is maritime, she is linked through her interactions, her markets and her supply lines to the most diverse and often the most distant countries; she pursues essentially industrial and commercial activities, and only slight agricultural ones. She has, in all her doings, very marked and very original habits and traditions.’

And, as Charles Moore, writing in the Spectator 30-Apr-16, pithily commented:

“The General understood what the European project was, and why Britain was not a natural part of it. More than 50 years on, is there much to add?”

Again, it was de Gaulle who said “NON” in 1967. How right he was. He knew that Britain’s interest was trade whereas the EEC aim was political union. And so it has proved. What is so cheering is that this new-born spirit of re-capturing her position as a world-wide merchant power has come to the fore at this time with the support of her leaders. She is looking to a time when the myriad of EU regulations can be abolished which are such a drag on her economy. According to The Express 26-Mar-17, British taxpayers have contributed £500bn to Brussels during her EU membership. In fairness, it is not a one-way flow, as a member Britain receives public service grants and a rebate—thanks to Margaret Thatcher— but even after taking these into account it is estimated that some £184,535 million has been Britain’s contribution, so far. There is much talk of Britain being presented with a £50bn leaving bill! So, Britain’s “divorce” from the EU promises to be messy, expensive and acrimonious. Having had a reasonably good economic year in 2016, the government has already put £60bn aside as an emergency fund to cover the “anticipated hurdles of Brexit”.

What happens now?

Much to Mrs May’s disappointment, the EU has refused to give an indication of what their likely negotiation tactics are going to be, insisting that nothing happens until the letter of intent to withdraw has been received. Even then it is not thought that they will formally meet to discuss their negotiating position for a couple of months. So, God Willing we have to await our next update when perhaps things will be clearer. The mood is to punish Britain and to deter any other countries (of which there are many), who might wish to follow Britain out of the EU.

The negotiations last for 2 years, according to the Lisbon Treaty, but as this is the first time in recent times that a country has asked to leave, it is all unknown territory. What Britain is hoping for is cooperation from her fellow members and a pathway which would allow her to continue to trade on advantageous terms with the EU without being under its control. It would involve British exports to continue to comply with EU regulations. Britain is hoping that because she imports considerably more from the EU than she exports there, that the EU will see the advantage of not penalising her. If the EU seeks to impose stiff tariffs on Britain, then the UK is likely to impose similar tariffs on the EU and their exports would suffer. It will be a matter of ideology, “how dare you wish to leave us”, moderated by practicality, “our economy is in a bad way, we don’t want to make it worse”.

Britain’s leaving will have a considerable impact on the EU budget; without Britain’s contributions—she is the EU’s second largest contributor (2nd to Germany). Where will they find the money to fill the financial hole? Only by making cut-backs on expenditure and remember this is the organisation whose accountancy is so poor, they have not been able to audit their accounts for years!

The other 27 members plan to meet in April and agree to a course of action which will then be put to the European Commission to prepare more detailed guidelines, which in turn would have to be agreed by the 27 members possibly in May. Only after the necessary mandate has been given, can negotiations commence. The aim is to arrive at a framework agreement by October 2018, in order to leave time for the ratification of any subsequent agreements by the European and national parliaments before the 2 years expires.

The problem Britain faces is that without an agreement, the electronic system that is now in force to ensure relatively trouble free access for all the goods crossing into Europe, would cease. Goods would be subject to border controls as in the past with their lengthy delays, as faced now by non-member countries.

In parallel with looking at how to separate off Britain, will run talks on putting into place future relationships. The whole arena is potentially a huge mine field. Mrs May has decided that the whole of the EU regulations will be absorbed into British Law temporarily while they sort out which of the 19,000 EU legislative acts they want to get rid of. This process is known as the Great Repeal Bill.

The Great Repeal Bill

This is due to be passed on 30-Mar-17.

Prime Minister Theresa May will launch her Great Repeal Bill later this week as Britain begins the process of quitting the EU.

But what is this legislation, and what will it mean? Open Europe policy director Stephen Booth has the answers.

What is the Great Repeal Bill expected to do?

It should really be titled the “Great Repatriation Bill”. In the first instance, the government is committed to using the Great Repeal Bill to give effect in UK law to all the EU rules and regulations that apply at the time of Brexit. At the same time, it will end the supremacy of EU law so that parliament will have the power to amend and repeal this legislation in the future, once Britain formally leaves the EU.

What are the advantages of this approach?

It helps to create certainty for business over the short-term because the existing rules are not going to change suddenly. Secondly, by incorporating EU laws into UK law, the government is making a strong argument to Brussels negotiators that the trade that relies on these rules should be able to continue. In areas, such as financial services, where market access could rely on whether the EU deems UK rules as “equivalent” to its own, this approach should help smooth the path to an agreement.

What is the timetable for this process?

Ultimately, the process has to be completed before Brexit. But the sooner the better, since this will give greater legal certainty to business and send an important signal as part of the UK-EU negotiations. Cityam 28-Mar-17

The 60th birthday of the EU

Saturday March 25 marked the 60th birthday of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, which has now grown from six members to 28. The events of this day reinforce just how “Roman” the EU really is and although the final shape of the Western Roman leg may be quite different from the shape of the present EU, we can see now that its roots will be firmly in Rome.

The heads of 27 of the member states met to celebrate the occasion. Mrs. May chose not to attend. They met in the same room where the six founding fathers had assembled 60 years ago, to sign the Treaty of Rome. David Willey, the BBC Vatican correspondent, then a junior trainee reporter for Reuters, recalls the event “at Michelangelo’s great architectural masterpiece Palazzo dei Conservatori on Rome’s Capitoline hill”.

They were there to put their signatures to what was to become known as the Treaty of Rome. The document promised what they hoped would be “an ever-closer union”.

The symbolism was almost overpowering.

They were gathered at the very hub of the ancient world where, 2,500 years ago, six centuries before Christ, the foundations were laid of Rome’s first major temple, dedicated to Jupiter, king of the gods.

The fathers of the new Europe were overlooked by two enormous statues of 16th Century popes raised on plinths at either end, one in bronze, the other in marble. The colourful frescoes depict tales of the legendary heroes and founders of ancient Rome.

The English media had shown little interest in the story and that was the reason why I was sent along.

I recently checked the report in the following day’s Times. It got only a third of a column on page eight. “Historic Date” was the brief headline.

The Vatican newspaper of record L’Osservatore Romano was much more upbeat. It lyrically described the event as “the most illustrious and significant international political event in the modern history of Rome”.

Most of Europe’s leaders in the mid-50s were Catholics, so the following day the ministers all trooped off for a private audience across the river Tiber with Pope Pius XII, the wartime Pope still reigning at the Vatican. His strong attachment to Germany had been honed by long years spent as nuncio, or papal ambassador, in Berlin.

What we did not know on that day was that only the first and last pages of the Rome Treaty had actually reached the signatories. The bulky documents on the trestle tables were mostly composed of blank pages.

There had been a last-minute mix-up in sending the final text from the chateau in the Brussels suburbs where ministers had been closeted for months arguing and haggling endlessly about such arcane matters as the shape of bananas to be sold in West Germany. BBC News 25-Mar-17

Sixty years on the atmosphere was somber. They were attending a birthday party without one of the main guests. Brexit the following week going to become more than an academic matter. This cartoon in the 25-Mar-17 issue of The Economist, neatly summed up the mood. The Daily Telegraph 25-Mar-17 also observed:

On free movement and benefits, on competition policy, on how to heal the shortfall in the EU budget after Britain leaves and the future shape of the European Union, they are deeply divided.

You only need to look at the preparations for this weekend’s “Unity” summit to mark the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome – or the fiasco of the Bratislava summit last year – for live illustrations of the difficulties.

“If the EU 27 wishes to remain united, it will have to make compromises internally that will be to the UK’s benefit”

The Poles and Hungarians are seething about political heavy-handedness in Brussels, the Greeks are chafing about German-imposed austerity, the Italians want more help on immigration, the Germans want to avoid paying for everyone else, the rich northern states are no longer unequivocal supporters of Free Movement and the some in the core EU still cling to dreams of a united Europe that are rejected by half the continent.

If the UK side is clever, these divisions are waiting to be exploited as a deal takes shape that will affect the interests of all member states differently – if the EU 27 wishes to remain united, it will have to make compromises internally that will be to the UK’s benefit.

The article also revealed the deep skepticism among the other members that Britain will benefit from leaving the nest.

On the wall of the Brexit war room at the European Council in Brussels hangs a mocked-up Tintin book cover, entitled “Tintin and the Brexit Plan”.

It shows the Belgian cub-reporter seated in the stern of a lifeboat while Captain Haddock sits in the bow warming his hands on a fire.

It is an image that sums up a view commonly held among the upper echelons of the EU’s diplomatic corps: that Brexit is an act of suicidal self-harm and when the Good Ship UK starts to sink during the Article 50 negotiations, its occupants (urged on by a chastened British electorate) will beg to be rescued before it is too late.

No doubt Article 50 gives the EU control of the process, but this view of Britain’s position in the coming talks as supplicant in the face of an implacable EU adversary overlooks the potential for serious complications on the other side of the table. Daily Telegraph 25-Mar-17

Europe’s leaders paint a lacklustre picture of harmony

The 27 assembled party goers put their signatures to a new document entitled “The Rome Declaration”, that expressed their position 60 years on and where Europe should be aiming.

And squabbles have indeed been on display as Europe tried to agree on a 1,000-word text that represents the common denominator of EU ambition.

The leaders proclaimed a Union that was “undivided and indivisible”, but all the calls for unity belied the reality that on most of the fundamental issues – on immigration and the euro, on budgets and bailouts and indeed on the pace of future union itself – there is precious little agreement.

After a decade of austerity and upheaval in the Middle East, Europe finds itself gripped by a resurgence of nationalism and divided from east to west, from north to south in a manner that has forced Brussels to confront the limits of its ability to over-write the desires of the nation state.

The frescoes of feuding Roman families in Michelangelo’s magnificent Palazzo dei Conservatori on Rome’s Capitoline Hill therefore provided the perfect setting for the signing of a bloodless document that was made grey with the language of diplomacy and lacked a bold vision for the future.

Gone was talk of “ever-closer union”, and in its place a tortuously constructed promise to work at “different paces and intensity where necessary, while moving in the same direction, as we have done in the past”. A sentence that makes one dizzy just reading it.

As a host of global challenges bring national identity back into focus, it is apparent that the disquiet with the EU is not a public relations problem, as many in Brussels seem to believe, but something much more fundamental. To restore public confidence, Europe needs to give up on some of its grander designs, return more power to nation states, accept national differences and focus on collaboration between capitals on issues such as trade, climate change, immigration, data-flows and border security where there is a clear mutual interest. Sunday Telegraph 26-Mar-17

The Rome Declaration

The UK MP, John Redwood, summed up the wording that they had agreed on.

Now we know what the EU wants without the UK. The Rome Declaration signed last weekend sets out the full scheme for the Union. It is as Eurosceptics described. It is certainly not the minimalist EU based around a single market of Mr. Blair and Mr. Brown’s imagining.

As the Declaration says, “We have built a unique Union with common institutions and strong values…. Unity is both a necessity and our free choice…. Our Union is undivided and indivisible.”  “We will make the European Union stronger and more resilient through ever greater unity and solidarity amongst us and the respect of common rules”

The document sets out four large areas where the Union is manifest and will now be strengthened.  The first is freedom of movement of people, combined with promises of new border arrangements and an EU wide policy towards external migrants. The second is the single currency which will be “stable and further strengthened”. There is no mention of countries opting out.  The third is a social Europe, with EU wide benefit and social policies. The fourth is “a stronger Europe in the global scene” “committed to strengthening its common security and defence” with a common defence supply industry.

This upbeat and centralising document looks forward to further increases in Union powers. It does acknowledge that “The EU is facing unprecedented challenges both global and domestic: regional conflicts, terrorism, growing migratory pressures, protectionism and social and economic inequalities”. All this points them in the direction of doing more in the Brussels to counter these unwelcome trends.

So there we have it. It was the creation of a large new state after all.  John Redwood Diary 26-Mar-17

We will now turn to Britain and her post-Brexit plans.

United States could become an ‘associate member’ of the Commonwealth

This was the quite startling headline in the Daily Telegraph 24-Feb-17. It was tagged exclusive, but it didn’t appear to be confined to this paper! The Commonwealth is bound together by the London-based Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS). This Society acts as a forum to promote the Commonwealth. Its patron is Queen Elisabeth II, who has devoted her life to promote the Commonwealth.

It is now the centre of an international network of more than 10,000 members, spread across 100 countries and territories and linked by around 70 self-governing RCS branches and Commonwealth societies in 43 countries and territories. Wikipedia

The news was that the RCS was planning to open a branch in the US, “with a view to one day bringing America into the fold as an “associate member.””

The project, which is said to be backed by the Queen, has come about in part as a result of Donald Trump’s fondness for Britain and the Royal Family.

It comes amid efforts to develop the Commonwealth as a tool for building relationships on everything from foreign policy to trade, following Britain’s exit from the European Union.

“The UK rather left this treasure in the attic, and forgot about it because people were so glued to Brussels,” said Michael Lake, the director of the Royal Commonwealth Society.

Opening a branch in the US, Mr Lake said, would further Britain’s ties with America, developing new connections between two countries who already share a common language.

Mr Lake said the plans had been hastened by the “opportunity of a new president, and the slightly dangerous but great fun opportunity that the ‘Bad Boys of Brexit’ offered”.

In December, Mr Lake wrote a letter to Mr Trump, which was hand carried by Andrew Wigmore, a close aide to Nigel Farage, and then delivered by the former UKIP leader.

Mr Farage, who has emerged as a key ally of Mr Trump, promoted the idea with senior aides, reportedly presenting the letter to Steve Bannon, the president’s chief strategist.

He believes the Commonwealth alliance fits well with Mr Trump’s foreign policy outlook.

The Queen is our patron and I see her from time to time, and she makes it clear to me that the Commonwealth is a priority to her,” Mr Lake said.

The US fits all the criteria for being one of the young lions of Ezekiel 38:13. The Pilgrim Fathers emigrated from Britain to form new colonies in America. She speaks the same language (with variations!), largely respects the role of Britain and especially the Queen, and has come many times to the aid of Britain in time of war. Under most US presidents, Britain and America have enjoyed a very special relationship. This was shown with Mrs May being the first leader to visit Donald Trump on becoming president. Mr Trump has been invited to Britain later this year, and he hopes to visit the Queen while she is at Balmoral Castle, her main Scottish home where she spends the summers.

The US gained independence before the rise of the second, predominantly Victorian, phase of the British Empire, much earlier than the other Commonwealth members who were formerly under Britain’s rule. There are now many Commonwealth countries who were not part of the Empire, who see the advantage of being part of this growing market.

The 52 member states in the Commonwealth have a combined population of over 2.4bn people, 1bn of whom are under 25. This represents a huge market and a potential skills pool. At the moment, under EU regulations, job opportunities here are very limited. Visitors from the Commonwealth often face long delays at Passport control as they are non-EU citizens. This is one of the areas being looked at in a post-Brexit era.

Britain’s pro-Israel pivot

It did appear if Britain’s support for Israel was faltering when she supported the UN Resolution 2334 on 23-Dec-16, describing Israel’s settlements illegal and her occupation of Jerusalem likewise illegal. This was followed by Britain’s support in January of a French-hosted Middle East conference which was seen to be forcing a solution upon Israel regarding a settlement with the Palestinians.

But, it has emerged since that Britain’s December vote in the UN Security Council was not an accurate reflection of British policy toward Israel.

Since Resolution 2334, May’s government has made a concerted effort to demonstrate to Israel and the world that it will be adopting a more pro-Israel stance.

The latest example of this change was Britain’s stand against yet another slanted anti-Israel vote by members of the UN.

On Friday, the UN Human Rights Council adopted five resolutions critical of Israel. In response, the UK issued the following statement: “We are putting the Human Rights Council on notice. If things do not change, in the future we will adopt a policy of voting against all resolutions concerning Israel’s conduct in the Occupied Syrian and Palestinian Territories.”

Britain was voicing its displeasure with a particularly outrageous resolution, even according to the UN’s notoriously low standards. A 47-member council singled out Israel for human rights abuses in the “occupied Syrian Golan” while ignoring the Assad regime’s slaughter of civilians, including the dropping of barrel bombs and chlorine bombs on city centers and the egregious use of torture.

“Nowhere is the disproportionate focus on Israel starker and more absurd than in the case of today’s resolution on the occupation of Syria’s Golan,” the UK statement read.

“Syria’s regime butchers and murders its people on a daily basis. But it is not Syria that is a permanent standing item on the Council’s agenda; it is Israel.

“We cannot accept the perverse message sent out by a Syrian Golan resolution that singles out Israel as Assad continues to slaughter the Syrian people,” it said.

The Brits’ pivot toward Israel might be partly the result of a realization that both countries face similar challenges – while Israel faces Palestinian terrorism, the British are coping with a growing Muslim population that includes many who reject western culture and values and even a small percentage that advocates violence and terrorism. It might also be connected to a perceived change in the US’s relations with Israel under the Trump administration. Jerusalem Post 27-Mar-17

This statement came two days after Britain faced her own terrorist threat when a lone terrorist ploughed a hired car into London holidaymakers before murdering an unarmed policeman guarding the Houses of Parliament. Mr Netanyahu phoned Mrs May to offer his condolences and to thank her for the support for Israel that Britain had shown that day in the UN.

America’s support for Israel

Although Donald Trump hasn’t rushed to implement his promise to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem, plans are being made for this historic move according to the US Vice President, Mike Pence, who said 26-Mar-17 that Mr Trump was still “seriously considering the matter”. Mr Trump’s appointment of David Friedman as the US Ambassador to Israel was warmly welcomed by Israel. He supports Israel’s need for secure borders and doesn’t advocate Israel withdrawing from the West Bank or giving up Jerusalem.

Trump’s appointee as the US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has also put the UN on notice that America will no longer give support to UN resolutions against Israel. Speaking at an American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference she spoke of the new administration’s determination:

“Never again do what we saw with resolution 2334 and make anyone question our support” for Israel, Haley said Monday, where she earned the warmest reception of any speaker with an extended standing ovation.

The Obama administration allowed through the anti-settlements resolutions in December as one of its last acts, triggering bitter recriminations from Israel’s government.

Haley described her determination to help steer the course of the United Nations and its agencies from anti-Israel bias, noting her intervention keeping Salam Fayyad, the former Palestinian prime minister, from becoming the body’s envoy to Libya, and in getting UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to withdraw a UN affiliate’s report likening Israel to an apartheid state.

Haley was one of a number of speakers at AIPAC who drew a sharp contrast at the conference between President Donald Trump’s administration and his predecessor, Barack Obama.

“We had just done something that showed the United States at its weakest ever,” she said of the resolution. JTA 27-Mar-17

The Russian eagle swooping around Europe

The West characterises Russia as a bear, and I have used this symbol and bear paw prints to mark Russia’s progress in creating a military ring around Europe and Turkey. The Russian’s themselves use the symbol of the eagle and this links us back to Rome. Russia is the latter-day successor to the Eastern Roman, Byzantine, Empire. When Constantinople fell in 1453, the symbols of the Roman Empire were taken and absorbed into the Russian Empire. The Leaders named themselves Tsars, or Czars —Caesars, and adopted the Roman double headed eagle. We have in the past seen the many bases that Russia has set up to surround Europe in protest at the bases that NATO has set up on Russia’s borders. Since our last update, Russia has been granted 49-year leases with automatic 25-year renewals, free of charge, on the Humaymim Air Base and the Tartus Naval Base. The Tartus base is to be upgraded from a capacity for four ships to eleven.

 

Russian troops appear to have re-occupied an old Soviet base in Egypt, close the Libyan border. It is being used to transfer arms to Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar leader of the Libyan National Army. who controls the NE section of Libya. His connections with Russia go back to Soviet days in the 1970’s. According to French sources, he is negotiating a $1.6bn arms deal with Russia, and has recently signed an oil deal with Russia. In return Russia is seeking the use of two of Libya’s ports under his control! Further round the African coast, Russia is seeking approval to use port facilities in Algeria and Morocco. This would complete Russia’s encirclement of Europe; as shown on this map.

There are many more aspects to these moves by Russia, and going in parallel are Russia’s efforts to bring into her orbit many of her former Soviet countries. A step we have been expecting as the two former Roman legs re-form, in preparation for the feet and toes to be attached.

It looks as if 2017 is going to prove to be another remarkable year as far as Bible prophecy is concerned. Seeing all these matters unfolding before our eyes strengthens our conviction that surely the Lord’s return really is close at hand. May this be the year of his coming.

Don Pearce

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EU army inevitable says senior German official

Currently Europe does not have integrated defence, but this could change

Currently Europe does not have integrated defence, but this could change, Justin Huggler, Berlin  Published: 20 JUNE 2017 • 4:01PM

One of Germany’s most senior defence officials has become the latest to add his voice to calls for a European army.

Hans-Peter Bartels, Germany’s national defence commissioner, on Monday called for Nato’s EU members to organise their militaries into a single force.

“In the end, there will be a European army,” he said.

His comments, on the same day Brexit talks formally began, are a sign the rest of the EU is preparing to press ahead with further defence integration.

Article 50 negotiations began on Monday CREDIT: EPA/EMMANUEL DUNAND/POOL

Britain has repeatedly blocked plans for an integrated European defence policy, but other member states have warned it cannot expect to have a say in the issue post-Brexit.

There have been growing calls for a single European defence policy in the wake of Donald Trump’s comments that Nato is “obsolete”.

At a Nato summit last month President Trump publicly lectured European leaders on the need to pay more towards the cost of their defence.

Donald Trump has called on Nato members to pay more  CREDIT: AP PHOTO/SUSAN WALSH

“We are currently disorganised, technically fragmented and duplicate structures unnecesarily,” Mr Bartels said.

“We do not want to go down the solitary national path any more. Not in Germany, not in the Netherlands, not in the Czech Republic and not in Italy.”

France and Germany have led calls for a European army. The Netherlands and Germany have already merged some units, while the Czech Republic and Romania have expressed interest.

“Every step in the right direction is important,” Mr Bartels, an official appointed by the German parliament to oversee the military said.

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YES we are continuing to see these steps towards the EU having it’s own ARMY and COMMAND CENTRE. The UK has block all attempts to establish this, but this want last as BREXIT takes effect.  So keep watching this development as the EU will eventually have it’s own Army.  This move once again is in perfect alignment with Bible Prophecy which has foretold 2500 years ago.  The EU will become a SUPERSTATE with a dominant FEDERAL GOVERNMENT described in the Bible as a Beast System due to its amalgamation of different countries and peoples into one State with one Voice.  Along with this development we expect to see Russia become more involved in Europe with links to a combined army.  Again it’s interesting that they see the development of a EU Army as an important next step.

So WATCH this development as it is a sure sign that we are living in the last days before Christ’s Return.

This EU SUPERSTATE will along with Russia enter into a final conflict with Israel and the Middle East.  Germany is the key country in what Bible Prophecy refers to as the land of “Magog”. The Land of MagogThey are spoken of militarily as the “King of the North”.  Together the Bible says that Russia and the EU will invade the Middle East in the Last Days.  So Bible Students expect to see Germany and France taking a greater role in leading Europe.  It is also interesting to see Germany taking greater control of a continent they tried to take by war and failed.

Yet again we see in Todays News Headlines words that show how the Nations are fulfilling the latter day alignment of Nations as Prophesied by the Bible.

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BASIC BIBLE PRINCIPLES:  

BASIC BIBLE PRINCIPLES

THE FLOOD

“God . . . spared not the old world, but saved Noah . . . a preacher of righteousness, bringing in

the flood upon the world of the ungodly” (2 Pet. 2:4,5).

“And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat,

they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into

the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all” (Lk. 17:26,27).

The Flood—a real historical event

The Bible always speaks of the Flood as a real historical event, which has lessons for succeeding

generations. It was a dramatic Divine judgement on a totally godless, wicked world.

Noah’s contemporary world is described thus:

  • the world of the ungodly (2 Pet. 2:5)
  • all flesh had corrupted His (God’s) way upon the earth (Gen. 6:12)
  • the earth was filled with violence (v. 11)
  • the wickedness of man was great in the earth . . . every imagination of the thoughts of

his heart was only evil continually (v. 5; cf. Job 22:15-17)

  • society was wholly preoccupied with everyday activities (Mt. 24:37-39; Lk. 17:26,27).

There are references in ancient literature to a flood which destroyed all human life except

one man and his family, the best known being the Babylonian Gilgamesh Epic.

The Flood—totally destroyed Noah’s contemporaries

The Divine judgement destroyed the world of Noah’s day completely.

God promised it:

“behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein

is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die”

(Gen. 6:17);

“every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth”

(7:4).

God carried out His word:

“And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast,

and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man: all in whose

nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died” (vv. 21,22).

Peter reminds us of the fact:

“. . . the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished” (2 Pet. 3:6).

The Ark was a very large structure, much bigger than Noah and his family needed for

their own safety. God used it to house the animals and birds that would otherwise have

perished but would be needed to replenish the earth after the Flood had receded.

God’s covenant with Noah and his descendants

God’s covenant with Noah after the Flood guarantees that all flesh will not again be destroyed

by a flood: “I will establish My covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off

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any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the

earth” (Gen. 9:11). The token of this covenant is the rainbow. It may be that the rainbow

had not been seen before the Flood. But whether it had or not, the significant point is that

“the bow shall be in the cloud; and I [God] will look upon it, that I may remember the

everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the

earth” (v. 16).

Noah saved by faith and works

God spared Noah, “a just man and perfect in his generations” who “walked with God”

(6:9). Although a man of outstanding character, whose name is linked with Daniel and Job

as a righteous man (Ezek. 14:14,20), Noah was required to believe God’s warning about the

impending Flood and to prepare an ark to escape from its devastation (Gen. 6:14):

“By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared

an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and

became heir of the righteousness which is by faith” (Heb. 11:7).

The Flood—a figure of salvation through faith and baptism

The Ark, built by Noah in faithful response to God’s warning, became the means of salvation

from the Flood. Being in the Ark, shut in by God, was the only way to be saved from

the catastrophe that engulfed that civilisation. Peter uses this event to represent the way

of salvation available today, through belief, baptism and faithful way of life:

“the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing,

wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. The like figure whereunto even

baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the

answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Pet.

3:20,21).

Just as Noah responded to God, so too men and women are required to believe God’s

Word. The resulting baptism is thus more than a wash; it becomes “the answer of a good

conscience towards God”. Like Noah, believers will continue to live their lives by God’s

standards.

The Flood—a warning to us of God’s judgements to come

Jesus likened the state of society at the time of his return to that in Noah’s time (Mt. 24:37-

39; Lk. 17:26,27). That society was violent, godless, and concerned only with day-to-day

material activities.

Peter warned that people would wilfully ignore the fact that God had destroyed the

world in Noah’s day, despite its witness to a God of judgement, Who intends to “judge

the world in righteousness” by Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 3:5-7; Acts 17:31).

He further warns, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count

slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all

should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night . . .”

(2 Pet. 3:9,10).

Those who heed the warning of the Flood will, “according to His promise, look for new

heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (v. 13).

 

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Anti-Catholic King-Makers Gain Power in Britain
Britains Minority Government can only hold power by uniting with the Anti-Catholic DUP

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As Britain struggles to pull together a coalition government the angels have been at work reorganizing the political landscape of the country, bringing BREXITEERs to power, and forcing the government to unite with the Anti-Catholic DUP, originally formed by Ian Paisley.

The results of the British general election shocked many across the UK and the world when British Prime Minister Teresa May lost her majority in the British Parliament two weeks before Britain is due to start negotiating BREXIT – Britain’s Exit from Europe.

Britain’s Role as dictated by the Bible

The result caused many to ponder what is going on. Clearly, Bible prophecy spoke about the need for Britain to Exit the European Union based on the role it must play as the Merchant of Tarshish with its Young Lions who stands in opposition to the Russo-European confederacy that will eventually sweep into the land:

“Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?” (Ezekiel 38:13)

It is not part of the European Beast of Revelation 17 that will make war with the lamb as we read in Rev 17:

“These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.” (Revelation 17:14)

Rather, it is part of a group of nations who will submit to the Lord Jesus Christ at the moment of crisis:

“The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: The kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: All nations shall serve him.” (Psalm 72:10–11)

Britain will be involved in assisting the Jews to return to the land:

“Surely the isles shall wait for me, And the ships of Tarshish first, To bring thy sons from far, Their silver and their gold with them, Unto the name of the LORD thy God, And to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee. And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, And their kings shall minister unto thee: For in my wrath I smote thee, But in my favour have I had mercy on thee.” (Isaiah 60:9–10)

What is going on?

So one has to wonder, what on earth is going on in the political world when the Prime Minister who is supposed to lead Britain out of the European Union loses her majority? This is when we need to step back and remember one clear fact:

“This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.” (Daniel 4:17)

The angels are at work behind the scenes to give the reigns of world government into the hands of those who will bring about the purpose of God. In the late 1940’s, if Christadelphians had been voters in the national British election, (which we do not do because we believe in the principle of Dan 4:17), undoubtedly they would have voted for Winston Churchill, the politician most friendly to Israel. Yet Mr. Churchill lost the election before the war was even over. Into power came Clement Attlee and Earnest Bevin, a self-hating Jew, determined to demonstrate his Britishness over his Jewishness. Their policies, and restrictions on immigration post-holocaust, caused revolt in Palestine amongst the Jewish population, ending up with Britain relinquishing its mandate and the formation of the State of Israel. The very opposite of what we would have voted for caused the very thing that was in God’s plan – a sovereign state of Israel, answering to the “My of people Israel” described by God in Ezekiel 38.

Why did May lose the election?

It is too early to tell exactly what the angels are doing, but we do know the overall outcome. It was interesting to hear Nigel Farage’s comments on May’s blunder during an interview with a panel from the USA’s Fox news. Here are some excerpts.

Nigel Farage – “Mrs. May made a mess of it”

“Well, I think Mrs May makes a mess of it! I mean, she had a parliamentary majority; we triggered Article 50; the negotiations with the European Union are due to start in 11 days time; and the next election was not due until 2020. She forced this fresh election upon the country, and she’s failed, and while she has just about crept back, with the support of some Northern Ireland Unionists, I think her credibility is completely and fatally damaged, not just here but in the eyes of the European Union too….

I have to say, there were no obstacles in our course at all. Whilst her majority wasn’t big, it was big enough. She has risked everything just to give herself an increased majority and it really has come undone….

If the election had gone about 10 seats the other way, we’d be facing the prospect of Prime Minister Corban.  He’s basically a Marxist; he’s cozied up over the years to Hamas, who he called his friends, Hez bollah, the IRA and he absolutely loathes the United States of America. Him becoming Prime Minister would have been a disaster for relations between our two countries, in terms of security, defense, and trade. So thank goodness it didn’t happen, but boy he got close….

Mrs. May will be at the palace to see the Queen, in 15 minutes time, as per our constitutional requirements. To form a government, to form a coalition government  she has to go there as the sitting Prime Minister. So constitutionally, she was not going to resign this morning. But I think she will not be there for very long at all. Who will it be? My guess is the two front runners will be Boris Johnson or David Davis, both of whom were on the Brexit side. You see the mystery… the mystery was Mrs. May voted “Remain”, Mrs. May was for staying in the European Union, and yet became leader of a Brexit Party. She went into this election lacking sincerity because she did not believe the words she was speaking and the Tory party now must, must, must get a Brexiteer to lead it!”

Mrs. May, true to the constitution, went to the Palace, and returned to #10 Downing street to announce to the British people her intention to form a new government in a very stone-faced speech:

A stone-faced May loses the majority, and may lose her place –
and the government is forced into a union with the DUP

I have just been to see her Majesty the Queen, and I will now form a government. A government that will provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country. This government will guide the country through the crucial Brexit talks that begin in just 10 days, and deliver on the will of the British people by taking the United Kingdom out of the European Union….

What the country needs more than ever is certainty. And having secured the largest number of votes, and the greatest number of seats in the general election, it is clear that only the Conservative and Unionist party has the legitimacy and ability to provide that certainty by commanding a majority in the house of commons. As we do, we will continue to work with our friends and allies in the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in particular. Our two parties have enjoyed a strong relationship over many years, and this gives me the confidence to believe that we will be able to work together in the interests of the whole United Kingdom. This will allow us to come together as a country and channel our energies towards a successful BREXIT deal that works for everyone in this country, securing a new partnership with the EU which guarantees our long term prosperity. That’ s what people voted for last June. That’s what we will deliver. Now let’s get to work.

Whether Mrs. May is able to stay in power remains to be seen. It will be a tough fight for her to do so. It could well be that either Boris Johnson or David Davis replace her in the very near future, and the Conservative ‘establishment’ may be forced to have a BREXITEER as the next leader and consequently the Prime Minister.

A Minority Government

Politics is about power and not so much principles. A government will sell its soul to stay in power. In any minority government situation, it is the marginal group that can swing its votes over to the government and crown it, preventing a vote of non-confidence that either forces another election or has the opposition party form the government if they can form a coalition.

This has been seen in Israel where a coalition government has to be formed because there are so many political parties. Often the radical views and policies of the small parties have to be taken into account. In Israel it has served to ‘stiffen up’ the politicians in order for them to stay in power. They have had to respect the wishes of the religious right.

DUP – the Kingmakers.

What is absolutely fascinating who the “Kingmakers” are in Britain. No matter who is to lead the Conservative government they have to make a deal with the DUP or the Democratic Unionist Party.

DUP leader Arlene Foster with British Prime Minister Teresa May forming
a lose coalition to keep the conservatives in power.

The Guardian Newspaper reported with some dismay:

The DUP will back the Tory government on its next budget and prevent it being brought down by motions of no confidence. However, the DUP will decide on support for the Conservatives on other issues in parliament on a vote-by-vote basis…

There has been a mixture of anger and bewilderment within the Westminster establishment – Tory as well as Labour – over the way the DUP has suddenly become the central player in shaping who governs the UK.

The nine men and one woman who are going back to the House of Commons under the DUP banner include some who are born-again Christians and deny Darwin’s theory of evolution. They are also among the main opponents of gay marriage equality and even minor reform to Northern Ireland’s near total ban on abortion.

Well, isn’t this interesting. The King-Makers in England are religious Christians who believe in Creation and oppose gay marriage!

Reuters reported the following:

British voters spent Friday frantically Googling the name of a small Northern Irish party whose 290,000 votes and 10 seats in parliament hold the balance of power in the national parliament representing the United Kingdom’s 65 million people.

Ian Paisley’s party the DUP will be the king-maker in the coalition government.
He formed the DUP on anti-Catholic policies, calling the Pope the AntiChrist in the
European Parliament!

The article went on to describe the beginnings of the DUP party:

Some remembered it as the party of Ian Paisley, the firebrand Protestant cleric who once heckled the Pope himself, calling him the antichrist.

The DUP forged its combative brand of British nationalism in the Protestant areas of 1970s Belfast as the bloody “Troubles” pitched hardline unionists fighting to remain part of Britain against mainly Catholic nationalists seeking a united Ireland.

Others noted that the party now was one of the most socially conservative in Europe, having sought to maintain some of the continent’s strictest restrictions on abortion and consistently opposed gay marriage.

It recently backed the right of a Belfast bakery to refuse to make a cake with a gay rights slogan and proposed a law to allow religious business people to refuse to serve people where that would conflict with their religious beliefs.

At least one senior party member has defended creationism, the theory that the world was created by God 10,000 years ago.

So the King-Maker in the General Election, which will hold the most influence over the new government, whoever leads it, comes from a Christian, Creationist, Anti-Catholic standpoint. Some of its leaders see the issue of the European Union for what it is – a tool of the Anti-Christ, the papacy who are the religious Harlot who ride the Beast and shape its policies.

No wonder the establishment, both Catholic and Labor are have knees knocking.

If it were possible, (and it is not) the Reverend Ian Paisley would be giggling in his grave if he knew the party he formed will be one of the most influential in bringing Britain out of Europe.

Obviously, the angels know what they are doing. It is exciting to watch the hand of God at work amongst the nations – bringing about His will.

Stay tuned, to see how the Most High rules in the kingdom of men and gives them it to whomsoever he wills.

For the Bible in the News, this has been Jonathan Bowen joining you.

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Reflections on the UK Election Result in light of Bible Prophecy- Don Pearce

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The UK Elections 08-Jun-17

Don Pearce 12-Jun-17

A few comments about Thursday’s election and the humbling of Mrs May.

Background

If last year’s Brexit vote was described as a political earthquake, then what we are seeing are the aftershocks from that earthquake.

It may well claim another scalp. Following the Brexit vote in June 2016 and Mr David Cameron’s resignation as Prime Minister, there was a bloodbath with many political contenders for the job falling. Mrs May emerged as the unlikely winner without a vote needing to be taken. She set about preparing Britain for Brexit, and despite having been a Remainer (i.e. not in favour of leaving the EU). She picked up the mood of the country and carried the country in preparing Britain for the step the majority, albeit by only a small margin, had voted for – Brexit. She did a good job of this and in March 2017 a letter was handed to the EU announcing Britain was triggering Article 50, which was the concluding section of the Lisbon Treaty which set out what had to be done if a country wanted to exit the EU. There is a 2-year time slot allowed for all the negotiations. Having received the letter triggering Article 50, the EU then meet to work out an agreed strategy to deal with the situation. Having done this, the date was duly set for the commencement of these talks in earnest for June 19th, 2017.

With the main Opposition Party – the Labour Party – in apparent disarray with its controversial leader, Jeremy Corbyn, seemingly very unpopular within his own party, and Mrs May’s Conservative Party soaring in popularity in the opinion polls, Mrs May took the decision to call for a snap election in a bid to increase her majority in the House of Commons, the British Parliament. May had hoped to increase the Conservative’s majority to “strengthen [her] hand in the Brexit negotiations” (Guardian 02-May-17)

The call was unexpected as she had earlier ruled out such a step.

It now emerges that all was not well within the Cabinet, the inner circle of the highest Ministers who guide the policy of their leader. Two unelected advisors appear to have had a strong influence on Mrs May and many things were done which didn’t have cabinet approval. When these two advisors were in attendance at Cabinet meetings the atmosphere was described as “toxic”. The calling of the election and much of the Manifesto seemed to have been driven by advisors rather than the Ministers.

Whilst she was enjoying such success in the polls that didn’t matter too much. But certain items added to the Manifesto greatly backfired, and the Conservative Party came under attack for their apparent attack on pensioners and those suffering from dementia.  Polls showed a sharp drop in the support for her party.

On the other hand, the Labour Party played a strong hand to the younger generation especially those voting for the first time, with a pledge to abolish fees for attending University and also a pledge to re-instate free school meals for poorer families. With the use of electronic media and a series of low-budget short videos, this message was spread very effectively.

Despite the drop in ratings, Mrs May was expected to increase her small majority in Parliament.

Polling Day

The shock that followed the revealing of the results from exit polls which asked people who they had voted for, was palpable. Under UK legislation, this data cannot be released until after the polling booths closed at 10pm.

When the two main news channels released their findings at 10.01 that the prospect was that there would be no clear majority for Mrs May and that Britain was faced with a hung parliament, meaning no one party had complete control, there was disbelief, even in the Labour Party!

As the results trickled in throughout the night it was clear that the gamble of calling a snap election had spectacularly failed. The small majority that the Conservatives did have had been squandered, leaving the Conservatives short of the magic figure of needing 326 seats out of the 650 seats to ensure they just had a majority.

The final result was:

Conservatives: 317 seats

Labour: 262 seats

Scottish Nationalist Party: 35 seats

Liberal Democrats: 12

Democratic Unionist Party: 10 seats

Others: 14 seats

The number of seats needed is slightly complicated by the fact that the Northern Ireland Sinn Féin Party, do not send their elected MP’s to sit in Parliament as they refuse to give an oath of allegiance to the Queen. They won seven seats, so that the Conservatives have ended up just 5 seats short of what they need. Allowing for the one seat for the speaker of the House and three more for Deputy Speakers, who do not vote, this effectively leaves them 3 seats short.

As far as day to day running this is fine as not all MP’s turn up and the Opposition members are less likely to be present. It does matter in crucial items where a “3-line whip” is imposed and MP’s must attend.

The aftermath

Mrs May was greatly humbled and her cabinet made it clear that these two advisors had to go and that she would have to change her style and be inclusive of the experience and wishes of her Ministers.

Politics is a cruel career!

It would be surprising if she continued in the longer-term as leader. Although there were initial calls for her to stand aside, faced with Brexit talks commencing shortly, a more sombre mood now seems to wish for her to continue in the short-term as negotiations begin which will determine the future of Britain. May-be her work is done. She was the right person to follow up the Brexit vote and to trigger Article 50 letter. Maybe she is not the right person to thrash out an agreement with Europe, that is if an agreement can be made.

The Democratic Unionist Party. At the time of writing, negotiations are taking place to get the support of one of the smaller parties, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). This Northern Ireland Protestant party was set up by Ian Paisley in 1971, at the height of the “Troubles” with Catholic pitched against Protestant. The Republican Sinn Féin and the IRA wanted to join Northern Ireland back to Southern Ireland (Eire), whilst the DUP wanted to continue union with England. Ian Paisley led this party for 37 years and steering it in 2007 to a power-sharing deal with Sinn Féin. The current leader is Mrs Arlene Foster.

This strongly Protestant Party has similar views on Brexit and other issues to the Conservatives.  And it makes sense to form an alliance with them. It doesn’t seem as if they are seeking a coalition agreement as the Conservatives did with the Liberal Democrats in 2010 under David Cameron. They are looking for an agreement to support the Conservatives at crucial votes. In return for a promise of support there will be demands. What the DUP campaigned for is Brexit, but with a “soft” border between North and South Ireland. The Irish Republic is one of the (currently) 28 EU members. As part of the UK membership, Northern Ireland (NI), has had a seamless border with her southern neighbour.  They are anxious that this continues as much of the “exports” of the divided Ireland is between the two parts. Full border control would make life very difficult. The DUP has strong views on abortion and same-sex marriages. Both of which are not allowed in NI. Conservatives are anxious, sadly, that these matters are not imposed on the rest of the UK.

One can perhaps see the benefit of this cooperation. Ian Paisley was the Nick Farage of earlier days. (Mr Farage is the ex UKIP leader who as a former member of the European Parliament had many bruising battles with the EU). When the Pope (John Paul II) addressed the European Parliament in 1988, Ian Paisley stood up and denounced him as Anti-Christ and was bundled out of the building. He understood what the EU was really about, with its Roman Catholic foundations. May-be this is the way the angels are ensuring Britain’s break with Europe is deeper. At the moment, the UK still wants to have an influence in European affairs, and a continuation of its membership of the Custom’s Union, the existing electronic border customs system that allows easy transit of goods. The EU sees this as a great bargaining chip. They will want freedom of movement of people too. But this is what the Conservatives and the DUP don’t want. Both want to have immigration controllable rather than an inbuilt right. It may well end up as unbridgeable and so an agreement can’t be made. Britain will be forced to replace the European market with other markets. We know there is no shortage of countries that want to sign free trade agreements, but a “hard “Brexit will be economically quite costly and in the short-term very disruptive. Markets hate uncertainty.

Now the DUP are, according to articles in the Jerusalem Post and the Jewish News 10-Jun-17, very friendly to Israel and the Jews—as indeed Mrs May is.

Northern Ireland is the UK’s bible belt. Like the American south, Christian Zionism is a potent force amongst Ulster’s church-going Protestant community, the traditional heartland of DUP support. Jewish News 10-Jun-17

They have acted strongly in favour of Israel in past Parliamentary debates, despite their being fewer than 80 Jews in NI! They have been very active to stamp out anti-Semitism.

The Israelis were quite pleased at the thought of the DUP being involved in the running of Britain as they would be pressing for the UK to turn to Israel and, I would assume, the Middle East for new markets.

The Israelis also saw another advantage in the immediate fall out from this messy election result. The pound sterling fell about 2% in the aftermath of the vote. Many Israeli start-up companies eye Britain as a good market. Time-zone wise and physical distance give Britain advantages over the US. A weaker pound lowers their costs of doing business in Britain and increases the value of any future profits being taken out.

Uniting Britain. Another result of the redistribution of seats in the UK election is that it puts paid to the breakup of the Union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The DUP support Union and in Scotland the Scottish Nationalist Party, which campaigned on having a second referendum on Scotland breaking away in order to retain EU membership, suffered the loss of many seats. It is clear that the message of Ezekiel 38:13 concerning the Merchants of Tarshish, will be an apt one. The UK is a collection of trading countries. A recent article (Star Tribune 22-Feb-17) used the term merchants to describe the UK’s current activities in the Middle East!

EU frustration.  An article in the Guardian 12-Jun-17 indicates the frustration that the EU feels over Brexit negotiations.

In a sign of growing impatience with the shambolic state of the British side of the talks, senior EU sources said that if London insisted on talking about a free trade deal before the issues of its divorce bill, citizens rights and the border in Ireland were sufficiently resolved, it would be met with a blunt response.

“If they don’t accept the phased negotiations then we will take a year to draw up a new set of negotiating guidelines for Barnier,” one senior EU diplomat said, adding that the EU could not understand Britain’s continued claim that it would be able to discuss trade and the divorce terms in parallel.

The EU’s 27 leaders formally agreed to give Barnier a narrow set of tasks at a summit in April and they have no intention of rethinking the so-called phased approach when they meet May at a European summit on 22-23 June.

They want to set an example of Britain to deter other nations from following her example.

Conclusion

Although many of us thought that Britain having a stronger hand would be a good thing, perhaps we shall see that in God’s Foreknowledge this was a mistaken conclusion. It may need a weaker position to move things along the Divine pathways. Britain has to separate. Perhaps with DUP support it will result in a more independent Britain, less involved in a Roman Catholic Europe and adopting the Protestant thinking that powered Britain to great things in the past. We are humbled by the Divine power that sees not as man sees but to the furtherance of His Plan and Purpose.

The angels work behind the scenes, nudging people on paths they may not go of their own volition, but circumstances lead them that way.

All in God’s hands, how thankful we are that it is not left to man to decide. How sensible our historic stand not to take part in election voting! God indeed rules in the Kingdom of Men.

Like in so many issues it is not for us to say to God what we think ought to happen. God’s purpose reigns supreme. Leaders are as pawns in angelic hands. When they have fulfilled their role, then they are replaced.

Out Today Reflections on the UK Election Result in light of Bible Prophecy- Don Pearce

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BASIC BIBLE PRINCIPLES: THE ECCLESIA

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BASIC BIBLE PRINCIPLES THE ECCLESIA

Ekkl¯esia is a Greek word which occurs over one hundred times in the New Testament. It is usually translated ‘church’ or ‘churches’. The word comes from two words: ek (‘out of’) and kale¯o (‘called’). The two words occur separately in the following quotation:

“Out of Egypt have I called My son” (Mt. 2:15).

The ecclesia is a group of people who have been ‘called out’. Usually the word is used of the believers in Christ who have been called out from the world to be a people for their God, but it is also used of Israel in the wilderness (Acts 7:38) and of the “assembly” of Diana worshippers in Ephesus who gathered at the theatre (19:32,39,41).

Particular ecclesias and the ecclesia in general

To avoid confusion with the way the world uses the word ‘church’, Christadelphians usually use the word ‘ecclesia’. In this leaflet ‘ecclesia’ is used instead of ‘church’ in quotations from the New Testament AV.

Ecclesia can refer to groups of believers in specific locations:

“the ecclesia which was at Jerusalem” (Acts 8:1);

“the ecclesia that is in their house” (Rom. 16:5);

“the ecclesia of the Laodiceans” (Col. 4:16);

“the ecclesia of the Thessalonians” (1 Thess. 1:1).

Ecclesia can also refer to the believers as a whole:

“upon this rock I will build my ecclesia” (Mt. 16:18);

“I persecuted the ecclesia of God” (1 Cor. 15:9);

“concerning Christ and the ecclesia” (Eph. 5:32).

The ecclesia and the promises

In Hebrews 2:12 the writer quotes from Psalm 22:22. The Greek word ekkl¯esia is used to translate the Hebrew word qahal (‘congregation’). So qahal is an Old Testament word for ecclesia.

The first occurrence of qahal is in Genesis 28, where it is translated ‘multitude’: “And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people” (v. 3). Thus the ecclesia has its roots in the promises made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Later on in Genesis 28, Jacob set up a stone as a pillar and called it “God’s house” (v. 22). Paul alludes to this in writing to Timothy, when he likens the ecclesia to a house and a pillar: “. . . the house of God, which is the ecclesia of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Tim. 3:15).

The ecclesia and Christ

The ecclesia is likened to a body with Christ as the head: “And he is the head of the body, the ecclesia” (Col. 1:18); “Now ye [the ecclesia] are the body of Christ, and members in particular” (1 Cor. 12:27). Just as a body has many different parts, each with its own function, so the ecclesia is made up of many brethren and sisters, each with their own role: “If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased Him” (vv. 17,18). As parts of this body, brethren and sisters should avoid schisms (divisions), and “care one for another” (v. 25).

In Ephesians 5 the ecclesia is likened to a bride with Christ as the bridegroom. The husband is the head of the wife, just as Christ is the head of the ecclesia (v. 23). Wives should be subject to their husbands just as the ecclesia is subject to Christ (v. 24). Christ loves the ecclesia as a husband should love his wife; such is his love that he gave himself for the ecclesia (v. 25). The bride is to be cleansed by “the washing of water by the word” (v. 26), and so the Word of God should play a central part in the life of an ecclesia.

Ecclesial life

A central aspect of ecclesial life is remembering the sacrifice of Christ by breaking bread and drinking wine, usually “upon the first day of the week” (Acts 20:7). The meeting on the first day of the week is also an appropriate time when collections can be taken (1 Cor. 16:2). When we meet together we should also exhort one another: “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Heb. 10:25).

Another Old Testament word which matches with ekkl¯esia is the Hebrew word miqra. This word is made up of the Hebrew words for ‘out’ and ‘called’, as found in “and called My son out of Egypt” (Hos. 11:1). Strong’s Concordance defines it as meaning, ‘something called out’. It is translated ‘convocation’ (Ex. 12:16), ‘assemblies’ (Isa. 1:13) and ‘reading’ (Neh. 8:8). In Nehemiah 8:8 the Hebrew is better translated ‘in convocation’ or ‘in assembly’. This assembly in Nehemiah 8 provides us with an example of the kind of things an ecclesia should do when it meets together:

• gather together as one (v. 1)

• read the Word of God (v. 3)

• worship God (v. 6)

• expound the Word (v. 7)

• teach (v. 9)

• have joy in understanding the Word (v. 12).

Other points

When a member of the ecclesia persists in wrong behaviour then he or she should be withdrawn from: “Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us” (2 Thess. 3:6). The letters to the seven ecclesias in Revelation provide us with much instruction and warning for ecclesial life. The ecclesias varied in their spiritual health. For example, the Ephesians were commended for their works, labour, patience, refusal to bear evil, and their hatred of things which Christ hated, although they had left their “first love” (Rev. 2:2-6). But the Laodiceans were rebuked for being materially rich but spiritually “wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked” (3:17).

 

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