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Dear friends,

This broadcast email covers two matters; (1) a brief signs of the times update, including events in France; and (2) the planned Bible School in Israel from 12 to 19 October 2017, God willing. As previously noted, should you wish to be removed from the mailing list, please advise.

LIBYA

Russian special forces troops were landed in western Egypt in mid March in support of Russia’s Libyan ally, military commander Khalifa Haftar, who suffered a setback with an attack on March 3 by the Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB) on oil ports controlled by his forces. Haftar is building strong ties with Russia who will doubtless use him as a partner in ultimately controlling Libya in harmony with the requirements of Ezek. 38:5.

FRANCE

The election of Emmanuel Macron as President of France on 7 May signalled another significant development in fulfilling Bible prophecy. While we may have been a little disappointed that Marine Le Pen was not elected with her very strong pro-Russian and anti-EU policies, the wheels of Bible prophecy continue to grind slowly but surely. Here is an explanation why.

Macron formed his political party about 18 months ago. He has no representatives in the French parliament. He must rely on parliamentary elections in June to gain sufficient representation to implement his policies. That looks to be an unlikely prospect. If it turns out that way Macron will be a ‘lame duck’ president who will be able to advertise and vocalise his policies, but not implement them. In that respect he will mirror US President Donald Trump (see below). France is afflicted with economic tribulations that threaten bankruptcy and frequent terrorist incidents that are shifting the mood of the people to the right, hence, the growing popularity of the National Front led by Marine Le Pen. It is possible the experience in France over the next 5 years in which time the world expects the Great Depression of the 21st century (as some are calling it) to hit, will bring Le Pen to power. That will see a radical swing in France and all southern European nations towards Russia and the Papacy. Let me explain.

Prophecy requires that the 4th beast of Daniel 7:7 exist again in the latter days, because Christ and the saints destroy it (Dan. 7:11). In fact, all four beasts (the four world empires of the past) must be present in the latter days (Dan. 7:12). The nations who today inhabit their ancient territories must be brought together in one giant “image” confederacy (the image of Nebuchadnezzar). This is the clear teaching of Scripture and our reliable Christadelphian writings since Bro. Thomas, and is explained succinctly by Bro. Morrie Stewart in his study notes on Daniel published in 1973. In commenting on Dan. 7:7, and in particular on the unfulfilled element, namely, “stamping the residue with the feet of it”, he wrote: “Let us emphasize, here is an important statement that has not as yet been fulfilled. Rome has never trampled the residue of Persia underfoot, it has never occupied all this territory. A power must yet arise which will occupy the territories of Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome, to be afterwards subjected to a higher power, namely Jesus Christ. Russia will do this. Thus, like the image of Daniel chapter 2, whose metals will have to beconfederated together, before they can be broken to pieces TOGETHER (2:35), so also this terrible fourth beast vision has a latter-day application.” While the primary purpose of this comment was to demonstrate that Russia would ultimately assume control of the ancient territory of “the king of the north” from Syria to Pakistan thus fulfilling the requirements of Ezek. 38:5 (“Persia”), Dan. 7:7, and Dan. 11:40, reference is made to the bringing together of the countries in the territories of all four world empires of the past into one massive “image” power. It should be remembered that Israel was an essential part of all four empires and it will only be when Gog and his forces are victorious over all comers in the Land just prior to the arrival of Christ and the saints at the Mt of Olives (Zech. 14:4) that the image of Nebuchadnezzar will stand up, only to be immediately smashed to the ground in the events of Armageddon. That is the real drama of Dan. 2.

Prophecy requires that there be 10 independent nations in the territory of the Roman Empire. While Rome ventured briefly into Germania in its history, its northern border was the Rhine and the Danube for centuries. This region of southern Europe was ultimately overrun by waves of Barbarians who divided up the Roman Empire in the west and finally adopted Roman law and religion. Hence, the largely democratic (clay) nations of southern Europe with a Catholic (iron) heritage. When Bro. Thomas wrote Elpis Israel and Exposition of Daniel he made it clear that the feet of Nebuchadnezzar’s image had not been formed. We are now watching the beginning of their formation as iron and clay are being forced by circumstances to mingle (Dan. 2:41-43). The coming Depression (we believe “the time of trouble such as never was” of Dan. 12:1) will bring poverty, misery and bankruptcy to France and her southern European counterparts leading to a strong revival of Catholicism south of the Rhine and Danube. In poverty and misery people turn back to religion. It happened in Russia during the 1990’s which is why the Russian Orthodox Church is so powerful today. Not even Vladimir Putin can rule Russia without the support of the Church!

The European Union as we know it will be dissolved by these events and 10 independent nations (with borders just like individual toes and horns!) will emerge from the cauldron to match the 10 toes of Nebuchadnezzar’s image (Dan. 2:41), and the ten horns of Dan. 7:7 and Rev. 17:3,12. All will be under the strong influence of the Papacy and be dependent upon it, and accordingly will “have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast” (Rev. 17:13). Are we not already seeing the trends towards this denouement?

MACRON AND TRUMP – THE POLITICS OF FRANCE AND AMERICA

As noted above, the newly elected presidents of France and America are having a shared experience. Macron deliberately squeezed the right hand of Donald Trump at the G7 meeting in late May to demonstrate to the US President that though young (39), and without any real support in parliament, he is “no pushover”. They are two of a kind. Trump made waves during the election campaign by rejecting the prevailing Humanistic policies of our times and its rhetoric. This appealed to many folk angered by the paralysis of government and the decay of morality and old values. However, Trump is stymied by the fact that the “unclean spirits” of the French Revolution (“Liberty, Equality and Fraternity”) are deeply ingrained in many of his own party, as they are in society generally. Christ in Rev. 16:13-15 made it clear that these destructive ideologies would marinate every strata of human civilisation, saying, “For they are the spirits of devils (demons = madness), working miracles (signs), which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world (oikemene = inhabited world), to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” Sadly, even the Brotherhood would be impacted as is implied in Rev. 16:15. Donald Trump is finding that most of his loudly ‘trumpeted’ policies are being either rejected altogether or modified so that they mirror those of past administrations. Macron is about to experience the very same thing. Should there be any surprise in this?

Not if prophecy and history is understood. When America won the War of Independence in 1775-83 it was only with massive support from France (aid that in fact bankrupted France and led to the French Revolution). Revolutionary leaders in their zeal to completely reject every form of British governmental systems developed a model based on the ideologies of mostly French radicals such as Montesquieu, Voltaire and Rousseau which they in turn took to France in the time of the French Revolution. Bro. Thomas wrote in Herald of the Future Age, Vol. 3 pg. 68, 1846 – “It is a fact, that on the return of La Fayette and the French Army to Europe, the American party was formed in France, which, as ‘the Breath of Life from God,’ diffused the spirit of liberty among the French, which resulted in the re-proclamation of the Rights of Man and abolition of Monarchy and titles of Nobility in France. How much these events changed the face of human affairs is well known to every student of the history of the times.” The ideals that fomented the French Revolution developed the American system of government before it and that is why our Pioneers taught that America is not a young lion and will play no major part in the events of Armageddon (see Herald of the Kingdom and Age to Come, 1860, pages 107-111; Eureka Vol. 3 Logos Edition pg. 203). It was not until the 1950’s that parts of our community taught otherwise. The lion is a symbol for government and rulership in Scripture. Young lions must have a British form of government to qualify for the title (additional information available on request).

Donald Trump has clearly been elected for a purpose (Dan. 4:17). Perhaps his frustration at being blocked at every turn to fully implement his policies will see a radical move that precipitates the crisis that plunges the world’s economy over the edge of the precipice on which it now totters. That will be very significant for us. As Christ taught plainly (Luke 17:26-30), we like Noah and Lot and their families will be removed and locked away just before the prosperity that marks our times as it did theirs comes to a shuddering end (see also Dan. 12:1-2 where the resurrection and the beginning of the time of trouble are concomitant events).

Lift up your heads – redemption draws nigh.

ISRAEL BIBLE SCHOOL

Attached is a flyer setting out details of the proposed Bible School to be held in Israel from 12 to 19 October 2017, God willing. We are seeking to fill the two remaining booked rooms in the New Imperial Palace Hotel just inside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem near the Jaffa Gate. These could be taken up by two couples or we can adjust the booking to manage two of the same gender in separate beds.

You will appreciate that we cannot give a precise figure for the overall cost of the school up front. Most tours and similar events simply come up with a figure that well and truly covers all costs, but Bro. Peter Boon and I are not interested in making any profit from the trips we organise. Our policy is that participants will only pay the costs incurred. The Canadian brethren involved in the 2015 “In the steps of the Master” tour were amazed at how low the overall cost of the trip turned out to be. You can get an idea of how we run things from the movies of previous trips easily accessed on my web site jimcowie.info.

Anyone with an interest should contact me via the form below

Your brother in Christ,

Jim

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