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Relativism is Failing / The One!
On April 9, 2022, Frank Bruno will present the sermonette, titled, “Relativism is Failing,” and the sermon will be presented by Dave Harris, titled, “The One!”
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NOTE: Due to Passover, there will not be an Update next week.
Doing Things Quietly
by Brian Gale (United Kingdom)
In Matthew 23, we read that Jesus was withering about the attitude and approach of the scribes and Pharisees. Some of what they taught was correct, but they were hypocrites.
“Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, saying: ‘The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. Therefore whatever they tell you to observe [insofar as it was in accordance with God’s Law], that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments. They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, “Rabbi, Rabbi”’” (Matthew 23:1-7)
By having their phylacteries broad and the borders of their garments enlarged was a physical show that they considered themselves more spiritual than others. They liked to be seen doing things. They loved to be in the best seats at the top table, their religious titles, and being greeted by all and sundry. It was showmanship, not religious care for the best interests of others. They ensured that their works were seen by men.
However, Jesus condemned such an approach. In Matthew 6:1-4, we read: “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.”
The reward for the religious people at that time was the acclamation of the people. Instead, Jesus said His followers should do their charitable deeds, whatever they were, quietly and in secret so that the Father would see and bless them, those who were not looking for praise from others.
One speaker put it this way: “If you allow your almsgiving, prayer and fasting to put you in the spotlight, you’ve missed the point. You may get the praise of others, but that’s all you’ll get. What you won’t get are the blessings God has in store for you when you go about doing good deeds surreptitiously.”
All of this went through my mind when, during the second half of last year, one anonymous donor gave very generously, and regularly, to the Global Church of God in the UK. That giving has continued regularly into this year.
Over the years, we have received anonymous contributions from time to time but, because of their anonymity, we have never been able to thank them for their help in the work that we are doing in God’s service. And the same is the case with this person. If they are reading this editorial, then our heartfelt thanks to them for their generosity.
We have no idea why this generosity was anonymous and there may have been good reason(s) for that but as God looks on the heart, He will know the motivation and that’s all that matters. There is of course nothing wrong with revealing your identity as a contributor to the Church, as this may even be necessary in some countries for numerous reasons, such as receiving from the Church a receipt for tax purposes or because the government might not look favourably at a Church which receives too many anonymous contributions.
We may all at times, have mentioned certain things that we may have done to help others as a matter of conversation. This might be good and proper and can serve as a motivation for others to do likewise. However, we do have to make sure that this is not looking for the praise of others with the wrong motivation. God sees everything that is going on (compare Matthew 10:29), and that should be enough motivation for any of us.
It’s what matters to God that should count, not the praise of fellow man.
by Norbert Link
We begin with reports about Disney’s hypocritical conduct and its fight for the “woke” culture, and the serious consequences it might have for Disney regarding its “special benefits” in Florida. When one observes the incredible change from the times Walt Disney lived, and the destruction of his legacy by the Disney Company, one must conclude that he would turn in his grave if he only knew. We also cite Joe Biden’s ever changing comments on gay and transgender people.
We report good news from Finland and bad news from Canada, when addressing religious persecution in both countries; and speak on the ongoing debacle regarding Europe’s “fight” with Russia over Ukraine. We also report on elections in Hungary and Serbia.
We address Europe’s rapid reaction force and the fear that America is losing the Middle East, as well as most recent developments in Israel.
Speaking about the ongoing insane concepts, rules and regulations by medical “experts” and governmental officials regarding the “fight” against the coronavirus, we report on former German health minister Jens Span and current German “lockdown” health minister Kurt Lauterbach, as well as on Dr. Anthony Fauci’s extremely controversial conduct in several respects.
Please view our new StandingWatch program, titled, “Germany Was Never a Pacifist Power.”
Please also watch our new message, “Natural Immunity and Nuclear Bombs in Germany—Comments on News and Prophecy, April 2, 2022.”
We conclude with the ongoing abortion war with at least four American states allowing abortion for any and no reason; and the curse of the bird flu on American exports.
This Week in the News
How “Disney” Has Changed for the Worse
Fox News wrote on April 1:
“Disney has now transformed into a political propaganda machine that grooms children for abortions and sexual promiscuity… Disney clearly is no longer interested in being a guardian of the innocence of childhood. Instead, by their own admission, Disney leadership is actively pushing children out of Neverland and directly into an adult’s sexualized world, where they can be groomed for others enjoyment.
“Disney is also engaging in a campaign for politicized sex education in its home state [Florida]. Disney recently spoke out in opposition to Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill, which would prohibit the discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity in grades Kindergarten to Third [Grade]… The LGBTQ+ community has already been featured multiple times in Disney productions…”
Breitbart wrote on April 1:
“House Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Jim Banks (R-IN) wrote in a letter to Disney CEO Bob Chapek he will fight to rescind Mickey Mouse’s copyright renewal over the megacorporation’s LGBT campaign. Banks wrote to Chapek as the Mickey Mouse copyright will expire on January 1, 2024…
“‘At home, Disney has capitulated to far-left activists through hypocritical, woke corporate actions… A senior Disney employee was recently caught on camera saying she wants ‘many, many, many, LGBTQIA characters in our stories’…
“Banks explained that Congress had repeatedly extended Disney’s copyright due to intense lobbying from Disney. Now, Disney could lose its copyright renewal when Republicans are slated to hold the House majority after the 2022 midterm elections… ‘Given Disney’s continued work with a Communist Chinese regime that does not respect human rights or U.S. intellectual property and given your desire to influence young children with sexual material inappropriate for their age, I will not support further extensions applicable to your copyrights, which should become public domain,’ Banks said. ‘It’s unfortunate that Disney, once an American success story has allied with a hostile foreign regime and domestic ideologues who seek to tear our country apart,’ he concluded in the letter to Chapek.”
Disney’s Special Treatment
Newsmax wrote on April 1:
“Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday said… [he supported] stripping Disney’s special privileges. The entertainment company operates as an independent government around its Orlando-area theme park….
“‘Over many, many decades, [Disney has] gotten incredible treatment from the Florida Legislature, and they are treated on a pedestal,’ DeSantis said on ‘Fox & Friends.’… ‘I think the legislature is going to look at that… and that’s going to represent a major shift for our state, but at the end of the day, you know, I don’t … believe in special treatment for any corporation.’”
Breitbart wrote on April 2, 2022
“The Walt Disney Co. is getting blasted and called out over its opposition to Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law, while reportedly expanding into several anti-gay countries… where homosexuality is still illegal, including Qatar and Yemen…
“‘Our goal as a company is for this [new Florida] law to be repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts,’ Disney said, while also falsely claiming that the law jeopardizes the ‘rights and safety’ of its LGBTQ employees. The Florida law forbids the teaching of sexual orientation and gender ideology, such as transgenderism, to children in kindergarten through third grade. It has nothing to do with Disney employees.
“Despite an aggressive mainstream media campaign against the legislation, a recent poll shows that Florida Democrat voters support the Republican-backed law, 52 percent to 36 percent.”
Disney’s political agenda inside the USA and its hypocritical conduct internationally cannot be justified in any way whatsoever.
Made in God’s Image?
The New York Post wrote on March 31:
“President Biden released a video message to mark International Transgender Day of Visibility on Thursday, saying that transgender people are ‘made in the image of God’ and that their parents should affirm their gender identity. Biden, who as a senator backed an array of anti-LGBT legislation, slammed what he called ‘hateful bills’ in several states that restrict transgender participation in girls’ sports and limit discussion of sexuality and gender identity…
“Biden has a mixed record on gay and transgender rights. As a senator in the 1990s, he was one of 32 Senate Democrats who voted to impose a federal ban on same-sex marriage. He also voted for the legislation that imposed the military’s since-repealed ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy and for a 1994 amendment to ban schools from using federal funds ‘for the promotion of homosexuality as a positive lifestyle alternative.’
“As vice president, Biden in 2012 said he was ‘absolutely comfortable’ with same-sex marriage… Biden last year also repealed former President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military.”
Man is made in God’s image, but God created man as male and female… not as male and male or as something in between, or as a female after He had discovered His mistake of creating him/her as a male. And God did not create or approve of same-sex marriages. Joe Biden as a proud practicing Catholic should know this.
Good News from Finland
International Family News wrote on April 1:
“Parliamentarian Päivi Räsänen and Lutheran Bishop Juhana Pohjola were acquitted of all charges of ‘homophobia’ that hung over their heads. The Helsinki Prosecutor’s Office ruled that ‘it is not for the district court to interpret biblical concepts.’ The prosecution has therefore been ordered to pay more than 60 thousand euros in legal costs and has seven days to appeal the sentence.
“Päivi Räsänen had been charged with ‘inciting hatred’ after sharing her views on marriage and sexual ethics, in a tweet 2019, in a radio debate and in a 2004 essay… the prosecutor [had] argued that the case was not about beliefs or the Bible. In the closing statement, the prosecution stated that the use of the word ‘sin’ can be ‘harmful’ and suggested heavy fines in the event of a guilty verdict.
“For its part, the defense… [had argued] that finding Päivi Räsänen guilty would significantly harm free speech in Finland. What the former minister said in the three indictments, [the defense said] is an expression of Christian teaching.”
To even charge someone with hate speech for quoting the Bible is alarming and proves once more that it is Satan who rules this world.
Torture and Persecution in Canada
Life Site News wrote on April 2:
“Canadian Christian Pastor Artur Pawlowski broke his silence on what he described as deplorable jail conditions he faced while spending 51 days in prison, saying he was forced into solitary confinement on many occasions, strip-searched, and generally humiliated at times. Pawlowski claimed that at times prison staff tried to get inmates to ‘beat’ him up, and he was also placed in a part of a jail for a short time that is normally reserved for ‘murderers.’ He said that bizarrely he was placed in a ‘mental health unit’ for a time, as well: ‘What I went through, you got no idea.’
“Pawlowski said that some prison guards were nice to him and said they knew he was a political prisoner, and even offered to pray for him. Pawlowski was released from a Calgary jail on bail on Wednesday after his legal team agreed to terms that allowed him to go home with his family. He had been locked up for 51 days, starting February 8… Despite being out of jail, Pawlowski is under strict house arrest conditions that will severely limit his movement. He will be subject to a house curfew from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. except to attend his church services, and is barred from attending protests of any kind or meeting with the public…
“Pawlowski is facing at least three trials in the next coming months on multiple charges. Pawlowski had been arrested for the fifth time on February 8 by an undercover SWAT team just before he was slated to speak at a peaceful Freedom Convoy protest at the Alberta-U.S. border near Coutts, Alberta. He had traveled to Coutts and gave a sermon to truckers blockading the highway, telling them peacefully to ‘hold the line.’”
Shame on Justin Trudeau’s dictatorship and shame on all those who support it in any way.
Not “Immediately” Cut Off
The Algemeiner wrote on April 1:
“Russia allowed gas to keep flowing to Europe on Friday despite a deadline for buyers to pay in roubles or be cut off…
“An order by President Vladimir Putin cutting off gas buyers unless they pay in roubles from Friday had caused alarm in Europe, where it was seen as Moscow’s strongest card to play to retaliate for Western financial sanctions. Germany, the biggest buyer, rejected the demand as ‘blackmail’.
“But pipelines were pumping as normal on Friday. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said the decree would not affect shipments which were already paid for, only becoming an issue when new payments were due in the second half of the month.”
Did Ukraine Attack Oil Storage Facility on Russian Soil?
The Guardian wrote on April 1:
“Russia has claimed that Ukraine sent attack helicopters across the border to strike an oil storage facility in what, if confirmed, would be the first raid on Russian soil since it launched its invasion.
“Ukraine denied that it launched the attack, raising questions about whether Russian negligence may be to blame.”
It is not clear at all whether Ukraine denied the attack. In an interview with Fox News moderator Bret Baier, Zelenskyy refused to speak about this subject, due to the need for military secrecy.
Nothing Less than Victory
Fox News wrote on April 1:
“Bret Baier asked the Ukrainian leader at the start of the interview how he believes the ‘war will end’ prompting an explanation from Zelenskyy that only ‘victory’ will be acceptable to his country… ‘The question of territorial integrity and sovereignty is out of discussion.’ Zelenskyy said that his country is looking for commitments from ‘leading nations’ that Ukraine’s security will be protected with a treaty if it is to agree to a deescalation with Russia and reiterated his belief that Ukraine would be a beneficial addition to NATO…
“The Ukrainian president added that he has spoken with President Biden and told him he would like to see the United States included in a security agreement that would provide long-term support for Ukraine to address the possibility Russia would… invade again in the future. Zelenskyy said that the United States is ‘considering this proposition.’
“When asked what Putin wants to gain in this conflict, Zelenskyy said that Putin wants whatever the West will give to him and that ‘appetites usually grow… adding that Putin will continue his aggression in Europe beyond Ukraine and will get what he wants ‘unless he is stopped’ now.”
Western nations gave Ukraine security promises before, only to break them subsequently.
Russian War Crimes in Ukraine?
The Associated Press wrote on April 3:
“Ukraine’s troops found brutalized bodies with bound hands, gunshot wounds to the head and signs of torture after Russian soldiers withdrew from the outskirts of Kyiv, authorities said Sunday, sparking new calls for a war crimes investigation and sanctions against Russia. Associated Press journalists in Bucha, a small city northwest of the capital, saw the bodies of at least nine people in civilian clothes who appeared to have been killed at close range. At least two had their hands tied behind their backs. The AP also saw two bodies wrapped in plastic, bound with tape and thrown into a ditch…
“A day earlier, AP journalists witnessed Ukrainian soldiers gingerly removing at least six bodies from a street in Bucha with cables in case the Russians had booby-trapped corpses with explosives before their withdrawal. Local residents said the dead people were civilians killed without provocation, a claim that could not be independently verified. ‘What happened in Bucha and other suburbs of Kyiv can only be described as genocide,’ Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko told German newspaper Bild. Klitschko called on other nations to immediately end Russian gas imports, saying they were funding the killings…
“Charles Michel, president of the European Council, wrote on Twitter that he was shocked by the ‘haunting images of atrocities committed by [the] Russian army’ in the capital region. The EU and non-governmental organizations were assisting in the effort to preserve evidence of war crimes, according to Michel, who promised ‘further EU sanctions’ against Russia. The foreign ministers of France, Germany, Italy and the U.K. separately condemned what was being described and said Russia would be held accountable….”
Reuters added on April 3:
“Germany’s defence minister [Christine Lambrecht] said on Sunday that the European Union must discuss banning the import of Russian gas after Ukrainian and European officials accused Russian forces of committing atrocities near Kyiv… Berlin has so far resisted growing calls to impose an embargo on energy imports from Russia, saying its economy and that of other European countries are too dependent on them. Russia supplies 40% of Europe’s gas needs….
“Russia’s defence ministry denied the allegation, saying footage and photographs showing dead bodies in Bucha were ‘yet another provocation’ by Kyiv.”
The Russian denial is so egregious and appalling that it is difficult to contemplate that anyone would believe Russia on this. On April 6, in response to Russia’s actions and denials, “Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned ‘the massacre of Bucha’ and kissed a Ukrainian flag sent from the town where Russian troops withdrew and where dozens of bodies in civilian clothing have been found… decrying cruelty against civilians, defenseless women and children… He then asked a group of children war refugees who arrived on Tuesday from Ukraine to come up to him. ‘These children had to flee in order to arrive in a safe land. This is the fruit of war. Let’s not forget them and let’s not forget the Ukrainian people,’ he said… ‘In the war in Ukraine, we are witnessing the impotency of the United Nations’” (Newsmax, April 6).
Reuters reported on April 4:
“German Finance Minister Christian Lindner on Monday rejected a European Union embargo on Russian gas imports… ‘It is clear we must end as quickly as possible all economic ties to Russia. We must plan tough sanctions, but gas cannot be substituted in the short term. We would inflict more damage on ourselves than on them.’”
However, Germany seems to be on board with ending coal import from Russia.
The PROOF Putin’s Soldiers and Wagner Mercenaries Carried out Bucha Atrocities
The Daily Mail wrote on April 7:
“Germany’s foreign intelligence service, the BND, has heard messages from Putin’s forces discussing the brutal murder of civilians in the city of horrors outside Kyiv, which was recaptured by Ukraine over the weekend. The transmissions have been linked to specific corpses seen in Bucha, with one soldier talking about how he and his colleagues shot dead someone on a bicycle, while another said: ‘First question soldiers, then shoot them.’ The audio messages have been relayed to German parliament by the BND to further debunk baseless Kremlin claims that the bodies were staged by Ukraine after Russia withdrew from the city in a ‘monstrous forgery’.
“Messages show the troops regularly discussed the potential war crimes as if they were talking about their everyday lives. The wiretap recordings also show that the Wagner Group was present in the city and played ‘a key role’ in the massacre, and that there are likely similar scenes of slaughter elsewhere in the country. The shadowy military company which has been linked to a string of killings, rapes and war crimes around the world is known as Putin’s private army which carries out his dirty work at an arm’s length from the state.”
War Crimes by Ukrainians too?
Politico wrote on April 7:
“A video posted to social media appears to show Ukrainian troops shooting a captured Russian soldier near a village west of Kyiv. In the video posted on Monday, which the New York Times said it had independently verified, a group of Ukrainian soldiers near the village of Dmytrivka walks among at least four stricken Russian combatants, who are tied up and lying on a rural road covered in blood. ‘Look — he’s still alive, he’s gasping,’ one member of the group says, pointing the camera in the direction of one of the captives, who is gasping for air, his head covered by his jacket and clothes soaked in blood. One of the Ukrainian soldiers fires multiple shots at the wounded man, who then falls silent.
“The person filming the scene then pans across the road, where at least three other Russian soldiers are tied up and lying in pools of blood, before approaching a Ukrainian fighter and saying, ‘Glory to Ukraine.’… In Brussels NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said didn’t ‘know anything about that specific incident’ but stressed that all war crimes are ‘unacceptable’ and that such allegations ‘should be thoroughly looked into.’”
The Horrors of War
The Sun wrote on April 3:
“TWO Russian soldiers have died after eating poisonous pies given to them by Ukrainian citizens, Ukrainian intelligence has claimed. The soldiers, from the third Motor Rifle Division, are said to have died instantly after being given the delicacies as ‘gifts’ by locals in Izium. Another 28 Russians were said to have been rushed to intensive care after the poisoning, with hundreds of others said to be suffering ‘severe illness’ from poisoned food and drink…
“It added: ‘About 500 more servicemen of the third Motorized Rifle Division of the Russian Federation are in hospitals due to severe alcohol poisoning of unknown origin.’”
Poisoning the enemy seems to become more common on both sides.
Czech Tanks Roll into Ukraine
Express wrote on April 6:
“Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has been calling for measures to bolster their army and the first NATO country has answered his call. In a brutal blow to Putin and his forces, more than a dozen T-72 tanks and some BVP-1 infantry fighting vehicles have been sent to Ukraine in a shipment as a gift agreed with NATO allies…
“Prague’s decision will likely increase pressure on NATO allies to follow their lead…”
According to a new poll, nearly 70% of Americans fear that Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine will lead to nuclear war.
Europe’s Rapid Reaction Force Under German Leadership
Express wrote on April 1:
“Denmark will hold a vote on June 1 on whether to begin participating in a common European Union defence policy following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, almost 30 years after Danes chose to opt out… Denmark won exemptions from some EU policy areas, including the euro currency and defence and security policy, in a 1992 referendum on the Maastricht Treaty that laid the groundwork for the modern European Union… the… Democracy Movement wrote: ‘… Using a crisis to push for more powers and diminish democracy is a classic pro-EU ploy….’
“Germany is ready to provide the core of the EU’s new rapid reaction force in 2025, the year it is meant to become fully operational… The force will replace the existing EU battlegroups that the bloc has had since 2007 but never used. Plans for an overhaul gained traction after European countries struggled to handle the chaotic withdrawal from Kabul in August.”
So it will be GERMANY which will provide the CORE of the EU’s new “defense” force. Whoever has eyes to see, let him see.
So it will be GERMANY which will provide the CORE of the EU’s new “defense” force. Whoever has eyes to see, let him see.
“Germany Has Never Been a Pacifist Power”
Foreign Policy wrote on April 4:
“Germany has not been a pacifist power at any moment since 1949… In the postwar era, Germany has indeed been more reluctant to use force than the United States, Britain, or France. But Bonn—and then Berlin—has always prepared for war, including nuclear war…
“The 1945 Potsdam Agreement that ended World War II called for the ‘complete disarmament and demilitarization of Germany.’ But this was a short-lived goal… The 1949 West German Constitution struck a very different chord: It forbade ‘wars of aggression,’ but it did not say anything about other forms of war… West Germany’s founding document ‘implicitly permitted wars of self-defense,’ enabled the introduction of conscription, and provided for the country’s participation in military alliances… In 1955, West Germany joined NATO and officially created the Bundeswehr… The Bundeswehr soon boasted 500,000 soldiers, making it NATO’s largest standing army in Western Europe.
“In 1957, the United States agreed to place its nuclear weapons stationed in Germany under the control of the Bonn government—with the Bundeswehr trained to deploy them in a potential conflict with the Soviet bloc. The prospect of Germany’s nuclearization triggered mass protest. Two-thirds of the German public rejected the move, yet Adenauer was able to push it through the parliament thanks to the CDU’s absolute majority…
“When the SPD finally came to power under Chancellor Willy Brandt in 1969, they had long abandoned their opposition to NATO, rearmament, and nuclear weapons. Adenauer’s defense policy was left unchanged. While reaching out to the Soviet bloc, Brandt still relied on NATO and Germany’s military muscle for defense and deterrence. In fact, the country’s defense budget increased by 50 percent over Brandt’s five years in office—record numbers. Brandt… wrote that his experience with the Nazi regime prevented him from becoming a pacifist and that the SPD under his chairmanship was ‘no pacifist party.’
“Helmut Schmidt, Brandt’s successor and party fellow, fully supported the deployment of a new generation of U.S. nuclear missiles on German soil as part of NATO’s response to a similar Soviet missile plan in Eastern Europe… Backing NATO’s confrontational policies put Schmidt not only against the peace movement but also most of his own party… his posture contributed to the SPD’s exit from government in 1982… the [new] governing conservative coalition led by Helmut Kohl stuck to Schmidt’s policy…
“Reunified Germany enjoyed the peace dividend that came with the Cold War’s end. But changing demands from allies, led by the United States, forced Berlin to take a stance on the new wars of the day. These were increasingly waged well beyond NATO territory—in the Persian Gulf, Kuwait, Somalia, and, most importantly, the former Yugoslavia—making it difficult to interpret them as self-defense in the conventional sense. Eventually, Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court ruled in 1994 that even ‘out of area’ deployment of the Bundeswehr could be permitted under certain circumstances, especially if as part of a broader international effort.
“This opened the door for the Bundeswehr to engage in direct warfighting as part of NATO-led coalition forces: first, in the sky over Serbia during the 1999 Kosovo crisis, and then in Afghanistan with 150,000 soldiers—the second-highest number after the United States—making their tour until the final retreat in 2021…
“Despite fierce internal opposition, the Green leadership supported Germany’s new wars, arguing military violence was necessary to stop a genocide in Kosovo or to respond to the ‘totalitarian challenge’ in Afghanistan. This distinctly nonpacifist stance earned then-Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer a famous paint bomb attack at a party congress in 1999… The Greens then dropped pacifism from their 2002 long-term program, which explicitly—if not unconditionally—embraced both NATO and military deployments abroad.
“Germany’s military engagement appeared to become more conservative in the following years. While staying in Afghanistan and participating in multiple smaller missions in Mali, the Mediterranean, and off the coast of Somalia, the Bundeswehr avoided the U.S.-led war in Iraq in 2003 and the U.N.-sanctioned and NATO-led intervention in Libya in 2011. These decisions were occasionally wrapped in peace rhetoric… Yet… the German government supported those wars by other means: guarding U.S. military bases, helping with logistics, or sharing intelligence… Germany was pursuing, as the Berlin daily Die Tageszeitung wrote in 2002, ‘a little bit of war.’”
Hungary’s Viktor Orban Reelected
JTA wrote on April 4:
“Hungary’s nationalist prime minister, Viktor Orban, has won a fourth term in office, dashing the hopes of a broad opposition alliance of unseating him after 12 years in power. In his victory speech Sunday night, Orban said he had prevailed against a slew of perceived enemies: ‘the left at home, the international left all around, the Brussels bureaucrats, the Soros empire with all its money, the international mainstream media, and in the end, even the Ukrainian president.’…
“Orban has clashed publicly with the European Union, to which Hungary belongs, over key issues such as immigration — he has refused to let in asylum seekers from the Middle East — as well as the treatment of Hungary’s Roma minority. He has also been accused of inciting antisemitic sentiments… his share of the vote is seen as a solid barometer of public opinion, suggesting that many Hungarians are satisfied with Orban’s positions, including when it comes to Russia’s war on Ukraine. Orban has declined to attenuate or sever economic ties with Russia as other European countries have done.
“Zelensky… implied that Orban is doing Russia’s bidding in the European Union. ‘There can be no Russian branches in Europe that divide the EU from within, that are trying to help Russia make as much money as possible even now… Everyone knows very well who in the European Union opposes humanity and common sense, and who does nothing at all to help establish peace in Ukraine. This must stop, and Europe must stop listening to the excuses of Budapest.’”
The Associated Press added:
“Orban, a longtime ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has insisted that Hungary remain neutral and maintain its close economic ties with Moscow, including continuing to import Russian gas and oil on favorable terms. At his final campaign rally Friday, Orban claimed that supplying Ukraine with weapons — something that Hungary, alone among Ukraine’s EU neighbors, has refused to do — would make the country a military target, and that sanctioning Russian energy imports would cripple Hungary’s own economy…
“Orban — a fierce critic of immigration, LGBTQ rights and ‘EU bureaucrats’ — has garnered the admiration of right-wing nationalists across Europe and North America. He has taken many of Hungary’s democratic institutions under his control and depicted himself as a defender of European Christendom against Muslim migrants, progressives and the ‘LGBTQ lobby.’”
CNN wrote on April 4:
“In both Hungary and Serbia, openly pro-Russian parties comfortably won legislative elections, providing Putin with a welcome reminder that despite the international community’s firm and largely united response to the invasion, he does have some friends to his west…. Serbia… isn’t a member of the EU or NATO. It is currently going through the process of joining the EU, with negotiations expected to end in the next couple of years.
“Serbia’s president, Aleksandar Vučić, has been placed in a difficult position by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. For years, he has tried to balance maintaining strong diplomatic and economic ties to Russia (and a particular fondness for Putin) with the Western embrace that would come with full EU membership…
“Serbia is almost entirely dependent on Russian gas, while its army maintains ties with Russia’s military. Although Serbia backed two United Nations resolutions condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, it refused to impose sanctions against Moscow…. The Kremlin also supports Belgrade’s opposition to the independence of Kosovo by blocking its membership to the United Nations.”
It has been reported to us that most of the Serbs are among the fiercest and most fanatic supporters of Russia.
America is Losing the Middle East
Israel Today wrote on April 3:
“It’s come as a shock to some that Israel has refrained quite resolutely from joining the United States in condemning and sanctioning Russia over its invasion of Ukraine… But it’s not only the Jewish state that is loosening ties to the US. A chorus of Arab voices are warning that America is losing its grip on the entire Middle East due to reckless, contradictory and even hypocritical policies…
“This breakup began with the previous Iran nuclear deal facilitated by former US President Barak Obama Now, continued al-Yahya, President Joe Biden is doing the same with the nuclear deal emerging from ongoing talks in Vienna…
“The conclusion that the Arabs have arrived at is that the United States no longer has their back, at least not in the way that would protect them from Iranian aggression. Israel has reached much the same conclusion, even if it doesn’t say so in such explicit terms.”
The USA is losing its influence worldwide and will end up all alone and forsaken.
Israel in Disarray
The Guardian wrote on April 6:
“A key member of Naftali Bennett’s Yamina party has quit the Israeli coalition government after a row about unleavened bread during Passover, in a surprise move that leaves the prime minister without a parliamentary majority.
“Idit Silman’s announcement left Bennett’s coalition, an alliance of parties ranging from the Jewish right and Israeli doves to an Arab Muslim party, with 60 seats – the same as the opposition… On Monday, Silman lashed out at the health minister, Nitzan Horowitz, after he instructed hospitals to allow leavened bread products into their facilities during the upcoming Passover holiday, in line with a recent supreme court ruling reversing years of prohibition. Jewish tradition bars leavened bread from the public domain during Passover…
“If another member of the coalition defects… the Knesset could hold a vote of no confidence and potentially lead Israel back to the polls for a fifth parliamentary election in four years.”
Some are speculating that Netanyahu is planning his comeback.
Jens Spahn’s Secret and Quiet Return
Der Westen wrote on April 1:
“What does Jens Spahn actually do? Until the change of power in Berlin, the CDU politician was Minister of Health. During large parts of the Corona crisis, he was at the center of events. Now the 41-year-old has reinvented himself: Jens Spahn has said goodbye to health policy… Almost secretly, quietly, Jens Spahn looked for a new job in Berlin. That only became really clear to many when he gave an interview to the TV station Phoenix on Tuesday. There Jens Spahn was suddenly introduced as the ‘energy expert’ of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group. In this capacity, he gave an assessment of the gas threat from Moscow, which he believes to be a bluff by Vladimir Putin.
“From health minister to energy expert? Not a few TV viewers rubbed their eyes in amazement. There is a plethora of irritated and scornful reactions on the internet… In fact, Jens Spahn is now one of the deputy leaders of the Union parliamentary group and in this capacity is responsible for the topics of economy, climate, energy, small and medium-sized enterprises and tourism. So energy is now also his area of expertise…
“Jens Spahn, who has felt at home in health policy almost continuously since entering the Bundestag in 2002, now wants to make a name for himself in the areas of energy and business – as a counterpart to Green Minister Robert Habeck. Some people will have to get used to that.”
The funny thing is, Jens Spahn was no expert in health matters, nor is he an expert on energy. But lack of expertise does not stop a politician from gaining prestige and influence.
Riding a Dead Horse?
Bild Online wrote on April 1st:
“A Dakota Indian proverb says: if you find yourself riding a dead horse, dismount. It is good that the… coalition partners, who wanted to oblige all citizens over 18 to be vaccinated by law, now see that nothing will come of it. Because the Omicron variant spreads at breakneck speed, but is much milder, there is no need for vaccination.
“Unfortunately, the coalition now changes from one dead horse to another horse, which is already half-dead on the ground. From mandatory vaccinations from the age of 18 to mandatory vaccinations from the age of 50! It would be much more important to clarify soon how many citizens in Germany have already recovered from Corona. Studies indicate that those who have recovered are also well protected from serious illnesses.
“As many infections remain undetected, many more than the officially reported 16.5 million citizens are likely to have recovered.”
This all sounds like an April Fool’s joke by the government, but unfortunately it isn’t. It doesn’t look like the government is just riding dead or half-dead horses, it looks like the riders themselves are “dead”.
Germany’s Lockdown Health Minister Lauterbach
Breitbart wrote on April 3:
“Germany’s lockdown-loving health minister… Karl Lauterbach is reportedly still hoping to legally force everyone over the age of 18 in the European Union member-state to get vaccinated against the Chinese coronavirus… In an interview posted by public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk, Lauterbach made clear that his dream scenario of all over-18s being forced to get jabbed against COVID-19 is still something he is committed to, despite a reported lack of support from elected officials… noting that he was not going to stop pushing the legislation in parliament….
“Forced masking is another lockdown rule that remains prominent in Germany, and while the requirements to wear such face coverings are being dropped at a national level from Sunday, many parts of the country will still require their use…, with 69 per cent of Germans still supporting the mandate according to a report by Bild.”
No Vaccine Mandate in Germany
Deutsche Welle wrote on April 7:
“Germany’s Bundestag rejected a proposal to impose a vaccine mandate on those older than 60, which was supported by Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Health Minister Karl Lauterbach… Of 674 Bundestag MPs, 378 voted against the vaccine mandate, while 296 supported it…
“The measure’s rejection was a major blow to Scholz and his governing coalition, consisting of the chancellor’s Social Democrats (SPD), the Greens and the neoliberal Free Democrats (FDP)… several senior FDP members came out against mandating vaccines, joining instead the conservative opposition CDU/CSU in rejecting the measure.”
Bild Online commented that this is a debacle for Scholz and Lauterbach. One wonders what Scholz and Lauterbach will try next—from failed efforts to impose a vaccine mandate for those over 18 to those over 50 to those over 60.
Once Upon a Time, Fauci Told the Truth
Breitbart wrote on April 1:
“Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) observed that Dr. Anthony Fauci was once able to ‘tell the truth’ about natural immunity — a reality the White House chief medical adviser has largely dismissed throughout the Chinese coronavirus pandemic. ‘Hmmm…Once upon a time Anthony Fauci could tell the truth…What happened?’ Paul asked, referring to an older clip of Fauci on CSPAN, where the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) chief firmly defended the concept of natural immunity against an illness. When asked if someone who had the flu for 14 days needed a flu shot, Fauci said, ‘Well, no. If she got the flu for 14 days, she’s as protected as anybody can be because the best vaccination is to get infected yourself... If she really has the flu she definitely doesn’t need a flu vaccine,’ he continued, adding that ‘she doesn’t need it’ because ‘the most potent vaccination is getting infected yourself.’
“… Fauci has been hesitant to overtly tout the reality of natural immunity throughout the pandemic, encouraging everyone eligible to get the jab. That also happened to be one of the main issues among critics of vaccine mandates, as they noted that the rules did not consider the reality of natural immunity…
“Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) has also blasted Fauci for refusing to overtly acknowledge natural immunity in the wake of the virus. ‘When asked to comment on the effectiveness of natural immunity against the virus based on recent studies from Israel, Dr. Anthony Fauci stated he did not ‘have a real firm answer’ on that,’ Johnson said in a September 2021 statement. ‘Almost 20 months into the pandemic, it is shocking that the chief medical advisor to the president does not have a firm grasp on the effectiveness of natural immunity, but still promotes freedom-robbing vaccine mandates. This administration clearly does not want the public to question whether natural immunity is more effective than vaccines… This administration’s decision to disregard the effectiveness of natural immunity and demand vaccination ignores current data and is an assault on all Americans’ civil liberties,’ he added.”
Natural immunity does not put money in the coffers of the pharma industry… vaccines do.
Dr. Fauci Acting Like a Mafia Don
Breitbart wrote on April 2:
“A recent Vanity Fair magazine report described heavy-handed tactics and what was claimed to be ‘a siege mentality’ at the National Institutes of Health when evolutionary biologist Jesse Bloom presented the draft of an unpublished scientific paper about the origins of the COVID-19 virus he had written to National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci and two of his colleagues, evolutionary biologist Kristian Andersen and virologist Robert Garry. Bloom’s paper suggested the virus came from a lab, contradicting Fauci’s stated belief. The article described a contentious exchange among a group of scientists over a Zoom call.
“Friday on FNC’s ‘The Ingraham Angle,’ Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) reacted to the Vanity Fair piece and described the behavior of the NIH-affiliated scientists as ‘more like [what] you see from a mafia don than from a government bureaucrat or scientist… Well, this expose in Vanity Fair shows Dr. Fauci and his acolytes once again, trying to suppress and trying to block any scientists who disagree with them,’ Paul said… ‘I mean, it’s really alarming… And this is what I tried to bring out in the last committee hearing is, is that they will do anything… If you disagree with him, they come down on you hard, and they try to suppress anybody with a different opinion. It happened to three famous epidemiologists from Stanford, Harvard and Oxford…’”
Is the suppression of opposing views the way in which “science” operates?
Abortion War Goes On
Life News wrote on April 1:
“While pro-life states have passed a record number of laws to protect unborn babies from abortion, already this year, pro-abortion states have been taking aggressive action to expand abortions… four states in particular… have thrown out the ‘safe, legal and rare’ mentality and replaced it with the notion that more abortions and fewer safety regulations are a good thing. They are California, Colorado, Oregon and Illinois.
“All four states force taxpayers to pay for elective abortions and allow late-term abortions on viable, healthy unborn babies with healthy mothers. They do not have informed consent laws for mothers or basic health and safety standards for abortion facilities, and they allow non-doctors to perform abortions – putting both mothers’ and unborn babies’ lives at risk. Hundreds of thousands of unborn babies are aborted in these four states alone every year, and the numbers are expected to rise with their aggressive efforts to expand abortions.
“However, many other states are taking bold action to protect unborn babies from abortion and support mothers in need. The Guttmacher Institute estimates 26 states ‘are certain or likely to ban abortions’ if the Supreme Court gets rid of Roe. Researchers estimate abortion numbers would drop by about 120,000 in the first year and potentially even more in subsequent years if the high court allows states to ban abortions again.
“Right now, Roe and later abortion rulings force states to legalize the killing of unborn babies without limits up to viability. As a result, more than 63 million unborn babies have been killed in abortions in the past 50 years. The Supreme Court likely will issue its ruling… in June.”
Bird Flu Affects American Exports
Bloomberg wrote on March 30:
“A deadly strain of bird flu that’s been raising egg prices ahead of Easter was discovered in five new U.S. states Wednesday, and the virus increasingly is threatening American poultry exports. Highly pathogenic avian influenza was discovered at a commercial poultry farm in Johnston County, North Carolina, and in backyard flocks in Massachusetts, North Dakota, Ohio and Wyoming, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a release. Since mid-January, it’s been found in 23 states in flocks totaling nearly 17 million birds.
“Countries have been temporarily banning imports from U.S. states where bird flu is present as a result, according to the USDA. Top buyers such as Mexico, China and Cuba could bring in less poultry following the discovery in North Carolina, a major producer of chicken and turkeys, said Jim Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council in Tucker, Georgia. Bird flu will also make eggs relatively scarce for the Easter holiday, with production still below levels seen prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a report from agriculture lender CoBank.”
Acknowledgement and Disclaimer
These Current Events are compiled and commented on by Norbert Link. We gratefully acknowledge the many contributions of news articles from our readership. The publication of articles in this section is not to be viewed as an endorsement or approval as to contents or accuracy of the selected articles, but they are published for the purpose of pointing at worldwide developments in the light of biblical end-time prophecy and godly instruction. Our own comments are provided in italics.
Was Jesus Really Born in Bethlehem? (Part 2)
In the first part of this series, we looked at the proposition that some theologians believe that the four accounts about Christ’s birth contradict each other. We showed that the Bible does not contain errors, and that the gospel accounts complement, rather than contradict each other.
While different scholars may have their own, and varied views, on the matter about Jesus’ birth, the Church of God, historically, has explained that the Bible interprets the Bible in all matters!
And so, let us look at the two different writings in Matthew and Luke and see where they have the same information and are in complete agreement.
- Mary was a virgin
Mary, the mother of Jesus, was a virgin, as we read in Matthew 1:18, 23 and 25:
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit… Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name “Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”’… [Joseph] did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.”
The word “virgin” is only mentioned in verse 23, but the other two verses, quoted above, contain the phrases: “Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together” and that Joseph “did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son.”
In Luke 1:26-27, we read: “Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.”
We will discuss the biblical claim of the “Virgin Birth” in more detail in the next Q&A.
- Nazareth was the city where Joseph and Mary lived
As mentioned above in Luke 1:26-27, we read that Nazareth was where Mary and Joseph lived.
Also, in Luke 2:39, as referenced in subheading No. 4 below, we read that “they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth.” See also Matthew 2:23.
- Jesus was born in Bethlehem
In the book of Matthew 2:1, we read a clear statement of fact: “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem.”
We further read in Luke 2:4-7: “Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”
Both accounts agree that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Also, the prophecy of Micah confirms this fact, where we read in Micah 5:2: “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.”
- They returned to Nazareth after Jesus’ Birth
Matthew 2:23 says: “And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, ‘He shall be called a Nazarene.’”
Luke 2:39 says: “So when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth.”
In passing, much confusion exists about the statement in Matthew that Jesus was called a Nazarene. In our Q&A, titled “Is the Shroud of Turin Authentic?,” we wrote:
“… we are told that a man is not to wear ‘long hair,’ and that even nature teaches us that wearing long hair is a ‘dishonor’ to a man…
“… the Old Testament permitted a man on special occasions to wear long hair. This exception is set forth in Numbers 6, known as ‘the Law of the Nazarite.’ Men were permitted to make a temporary ‘Nazarite vow’ to God. During the time of their vow, a Nazarite was not to cut his hair, but let ‘the locks of the hair of his head grow’ (verse 5). In addition, he was not to touch a dead person, eat any fresh grapes or raisins, or drink anything made from grapes, including wine. This law was inseparably connected with the ritual law of sacrifices: At the end of the separation, the Nazarite had to bring several offerings, and he had to go through additional rituals before the priest.
“Jesus, however, was not a Nazarite. He grew up in the city of Nazareth and was therefore called a ‘Nazarene’ (Matthew 2:23) — which is of course quite different from being a Nazarite.
“Since we have no record of a written Old Testament prophecy regarding to Christ being called a Nazarene, we conclude that Matthew is referring here to an oral prophecy (He specifically states that this had been ‘spoken’ of Jesus.) However, in Isaiah 11:1, Christ is called the ‘Branch,’ in Hebrew ‘nezer.’ This Hebrew word is very similar to the Hebrew word for Nazarene. It has therefore been suggested that Jews at the time of Jesus might have understood this verse to refer to someone from Nazareth.
“In any event, Christ was not a Nazarite, because He did many things which were prohibited for Nazarites.”
So, we see, that both Matthew and Luke confirm Jesus grew up in Nazareth.
However, there are events that are exclusively written in just one of the gospel accounts, as a study of the harmony of the gospels will show.
Only in the book of Matthew do we read about the visit of the magi (Matthew 2:1-12) and the flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15).
Only in the book of Luke do we read about the birth of Jesus (Luke 2:1-7); the visit of the shepherds (Luke 2:8-17); Christ’s presentation in the temple (Luke 2:22-24) and the words of Simeon and Anna (Luke 2:25-38).
Does this mean that there are errors in these accounts? We must remember that none of these events are mentioned in either the book of Mark or John. If we honestly and carefully put all of this information together, there are no contradictions, just accounts that focus on different things that happened.
There are two verses at the end of the book of John which are very telling: “This is the disciple who testifies of these things, and wrote these things; and we know that his testimony is true. And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen” (John 21:24-25).
This clearly reveals that only so much about Jesus was written and much more was not recorded in the Bible. Therefore, we have a lot of information about the Savior of mankind, recorded in different biblical books, but it is only a small amount that could have been recorded. But God decided, directed and inspired the writers of the gospel accounts what needed to be recorded for posterity. The information that we have is sufficient to reveal God’s Master Plan for Salvation which shows that God’s faithful and loyal people can enter the Kingdom of God at Christ’s return.
Other areas of dispute in the article originally referred to at the beginning of this Q&A was that of the alleged differences between the events of Matthew 2 where the wise men from the east visited the “young Child” (Matthew 2:1-12) and where Joseph, Mary and the infant Jesus fled to Egypt on the instruction of the angel of the LORD (Matthew 2:13-15).
In Luke 2, we find recorded the visit of the shepherds who were told by an angel: “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger” (Luke 2:11-12), and the journey that Joseph and Mary made to Jerusalem “to present Him at the temple in Jerusalem to the Lord” (Luke 2:22 and 39).
In Matthew 2, we read that the wise men “came into the house and saw the young Child with Mary” (verse 11). In Luke 2, the shepherds saw a “Babe” (not a young Child) lying in a manger. These two events were obviously quite a time apart.
There are those who see that these events are contradictory when, in fact, they are complementary. Just because one writer gives one account and another writer gives different information, pertaining to a different time, doesn’t mean that either is in error.
The shepherds saw Christ just after He was born; He was circumcised in Jerusalem, and Simeon (Luke 2:25-32) and Anna (Luke 2:36-38) saw Him in the Temple at Jerusalem. Much later, the wise men saw the Child and after Herod realised that the wise men had not returned to give him any news, it was then that Joseph was told to flee into Egypt. We then read about the massacre of all male children under the age of two years taking place. The fact that it was all male children under the age of two gives us an understanding that Jesus could have been up to two years old when this happened. In fact, we read that Herod ordered the massacre and “put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men” (Matthew 2:16).
In our Q&A on the wise men in Matthew 2, we quote the Bible Encyclopaedia as follows:
“[Regarding the] Magi who worshipped Jesus [the word] translated ‘wise men’ is the Greek word magos. This is the same as magus, an old Persian word equivalent to the chakam of the Old Testament (above). Magi is the plural of magus… There is no indication that they practiced sorcery or claimed magical powers. Their recorded conduct is sincere and worshipful. They appear to have researched the Old Testament and believed its prophecies about the Messiah… The record does not specifically say that there were three, or that they were kings… but there was obvious wealth involved… These magi did not arrive until possibly almost two years after Christ’s birth, certainly sometime after his presentation in the Temple (Luke 2:22-39)… There is no mention of camels or any mode of transportation in the biblical record. There is also no mention of their names…”
After the massacre, Herod died and Joseph was told to go back to the land of Israel, and the family then dwelt in Nazareth (compare Matthew 2:19-23).
Regarding the reporting of events, one internet writer opined that “When one reads any of the gospels, one gets the impression that it was a normal narrative technique at that time to report incidents which were separated by a significant amount of time as if they were successive events.”
The events in Matthew 2 and Luke 2 are complementary, and must be true because if they are not, then the Bible has errors, but we know that this is not so. If the Bible had errors, then it could not be trusted. But that is not the case, and the Bible is the Word of God that we can truly rely on!
(To Be Continued)
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Germany Was Never a Pacifist Power” is the title of a new StandingWatch program, presented by Evangelist Norbert Link. Here is a summary:
It has been recently alleged that due to the Afghanistan debacle and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Germany has given up its pacifist stance to become more engaged in military activities. But as this program shows, Germany was never a pacifist power, and Bible prophecy tells us what Germany will do very soon.
“Papst Franziskus und der Krieg… richtig oder falsch?” is the title of a new AufPostenStehen program, presented by Norbert Link. Title in English: “Pope Francis and War… Right or Wrong?”
A new, pre-Passover Member Letter (April 2022) has been written by Norbert Link. This letter has been posted and mailed to our subscribers. Mr. Link strongly reminds members to be preparing for the Passover by truly examining ourselves to reaffirm that we are indeed walking in the Faith and that Jesus is living in us.
The first of this year’s Holy Days are approaching. Passover will be on April 15, 2022 (observed the previous evening), followed by the Feast of Unleavened Bread: April 16th (annual Holy Day) through April 22nd (annual Holy Day). We will provide live services over the Internet for both Holy Days.
A Tech Team meeting was conducted via Google Meet on Sunday, April 3, 2022. Led by Eric Rank, emphasis was given to reporting on developments regarding our new ad campaigns. Michael Link presented a new compilation video featuring prophetic statements made by Norbert Link over several years—noting that prophecy is being fulfilled. You may view this presentation at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRRfXHfPoj0
“Verschwörungstheorien -ein Produkt Satans,” the sermonette presented last Sabbath by Manuel Giermann in Germany, is now posted. Title in English: “Conspiracy Theories – A Product of Satan.”
“Natural Immunity and Nuclear Bombs in Germany—Comments on News and Prophecy, April 2, 2022,” the first message presented last Sabbath by Norbert Link, is now posted. Here is a summary:
We are discussing the war in Ukraine; a contemplated but ill-conceived deal between the USA and the EU to reduce the continent’s reliance on Russian energy; Putin’s demands to pay in rubles for Russian natural gas exports; American nuclear bombs being stored in Germany and in other European countries; the curse of abortion; and new developments regarding Covid mandates and Dr. Fauci’s surprising admissions in the past. We also speak on the hoax about Trump’s missing phone records and the return of Germany’s former health minister, Jens Spahn.
“Total Confusion! Spiritual Bodies in the Resurrection?” the sermon presented last Sabbath by Norbert Link, is now posted. Here is a summary:
Hard to believe, but there is incredible confusion about the concept of the “spiritual body” which a Christian will have when he is resurrected, and even Christ’s appearance after His resurrection has been totally misunderstood. As a consequence, many do not understand what is the potential of man, and how Christians will and will not look in the Kingdom of God.
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