August 6, 2021
Comments on News and Prophecy, August 7, 2021 / Birds of the Bible
On August 7, 2021, Norbert Link will present “Comments on News and Prophecy, August 7, 2021,” and Michael Link will present the sermon, titled, “Birds of the Bible.”
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The New Sodom
by Rene Messier (Canada)
Many years ago, the former Worldwide Church of God (now defunct) printed a booklet, called, “The Modern Romans,” showing why Rome fell and drawing parallels with America at the time. Some of the issues raised in the booklet were these:
“What Roman Jeremiah could have prophesied [was] the ravages of wars, taxation, mounting crime, race problems, moral decay, subversion from within, political assassinations and public apathy – not to exclude natural disasters.”
Today, it is much worse, and a comparison with ancient Sodom would definitely be appropriate. Notice how bad things were in Sodom.
Genesis 19:4-5 states: “Now before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house. And they called to Lot and said to him, ‘Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally.’”
They wanted to sexually use and abuse Lot’s guests, not realizing that they were angels.
Some of the parallels with Sodom are striking, but there is much more. It is claimed that the United States is the world hub for pornography, both in production and in distribution, and that it is the world’s largest user of illegal and prescription drugs. Crime in its major cities is out of control, especially since the defunding of police. Divorce is rampant, and we have the spread of the LGBT movement affecting our youths. The Critical Race Theory propagated in schools can lead children to hate other races and may teach that they are themselves racist, if they are white, and to hate rather than love America. The national debt is at its highest level and unsustainable. They want to legalize pedophilia in order to abuse children legally without penalty.
You look at the news and you get the feeling that something is terribly wrong with the USA and other English-speaking nations, including Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Such a godless system cannot and will not survive. It is interesting that Nineveh was warned by Jonah the prophet and repented, and God relented on what He planned to do, even though later on, they were destroyed because they went back to their old ways.
It appears that Sodom was warned by righteous Lot, but the people were so corrupt and perverted that other than Lot, his wife and their two daughters, the whole city was completely destroyed by fire and brimstone from heaven. And even Lot’s wife craved to go back to Sodom and turned into a pillar of salt.
The United States and other English speaking nations have not reached the point yet of all, except for the very elect, being corrupted and perverted, but they are working on it. As a consequence, they will have fire and brimstone leveled on them via nuclear weapons from heaven and yet, because of God’s mercy towards them, being descendants of Abraham, they will get a warning like Nineveh did, but prophecy shows they will not repent of their corruption and sins.
We as part of God’s Church have a commission to give that warning to the English speaking nations and the other nations around the world to warn them of what’s coming.
That commission can only be accomplished through the dedication of faithful members and supporters of the Work through their tithes and offerings.
We need to get the warning out so that we do not fail in our commission. It’s not difficult in the current situation to pray for God’s Kingdom to come to end the madness, but we still have a job to do to bring that about. The world needs us, without knowing it, so let us continue to zealously fulfill our task given to us by God.
by Norbert Link
We begin with a report on a controversial new science fiction movie which might convey a hidden message being much more sinister than what might be apparent at first glance [please view our new StandingWatch program, titled, “Killing Sabbath-Keeping Aliens,” ] continue with the troubled relationship between Germany and Poland; and speak on Iran’s most recent fatal attack on an Israeli-managed oil tanker, which might have “crossed the deadly line.”
We continue with numerous articles on coronavirus restrictions, with special emphasis on the fear-mongering and draconian measures employed by “democratic” governments, including the UK and the USA. We report on resistance efforts in Germany, France and Italy; and point out obvious inconsistencies when describing the effects of the coronavirus vaccinations. We also speak of the continuing lies and hypocrisies by governments.
We speak on controversial activities by Facebook and Google’s attempt to resist Germany’s hate-speech law, claiming the law to be unconstitutional; the dangerous nonsense of the LGBT agenda; and the fiction of privacy; and we conclude with the removal of some spectacular and popular sculptures in Los Angeles, which allegedly “revive memories of racism and sexual exploitation.”
Throughout this section, we have underlined pertinent statements in the quoted articles, for the convenience and quick overview of the reader.
This Week in the News
A new “science fiction” movie with Chris Pratt was released on July 1. It describes the need to destroy hostile Sabbath-keeping aliens, called “White Spikes.” At about 30 minutes in the movie, the following remarks are made about the aliens: “They crawl back into their nest to keep the Sabbath, their day of rest.”
A review by pluddedin.com states:
“The only real reference we’re given to spirituality at all is that the White Spikes, as the aliens are known, rest every seventh day. Naturally, humans call it their ‘Sabbath.’”
The website of sreenrant.com states:
“An intriguing quirk of the Whitespikes’ story in The Tomorrow War is the routine that they go into hiding for one day every week. The absence on the seventh day is a convenient plot device at first, as this gives the human army a designated day to bring new recruits from the past to the future. However, there is never an explanation given for why the Whitespikes do this, to begin with. Are they returning to the Queen Whitespike for breeding purposes? Are they honoring some sort of Whitespikes Sabbath? It is a puzzling mystery that The Tomorrow War doesn’t address.”
Overall, the movie has received many bad reviews. What is concerning is the concept (intentional or not) that Sabbath-keeping aliens are determined to conquer the earth and that they must be destroyed. The movie also claims that these aliens have been on planet earth for a long time without having been noticed. An old Catholic prophecy states that Antichrist will come, claiming to be Christ, and forcing Sabbath-keeping upon mankind. According to that demonic prophecy, Antichrist needs to be fought against. Whether the moviemakers knew anything about this concept, is doubtful. But Satan does know.
Germany and Poland
euronews.com wrote on July 31:
“[Armin Laschet who is] Germany’s centre-right candidate to replace Angela Merkel as chancellor in the country’s September election said he feels ‘deep shame and humility’ over Nazi Germany’s ‘crimes’ against the Poles during World War II… ‘This responsibility will determine our policy toward Poland also in the future,’ said Laschet… ‘Germany must always be aware of its historical responsibility for Poland’s freedom and independence,’ Laschet said.
“Germany was a great advocate of Poland’s joining the European Union in 2004 and is attentive to the current rule-of-law conflicts between the right-wing Polish government in Warsaw and the EU’s leading bodies…
“[Laschet’s visit occurred] exactly 77 years since the start of Warsaw’s two-month devastating struggle against the occupying Nazi German forces… The revolt ended in the surrender of the Polish Home Army resistance fighters. The Germans destroyed the city, believing it would never rise from the rubble or be Poland’s capital again.”
Laschet’s speech was deeply political and delivered with the attempt to woo Poland to stay within the EU and submit to the EU’s “standards.”
Merkel and what Comes Next…
Foreign Policy wrote on July 9:
“Though Merkel would never contemplate cooperating with the far-right Alternative for Germany at home, she was happy for the past decade to ally at the EU level with Orban’s right-wing, autocratic Fidesz party [of Hungary]…. Merkel recognized how good relations with the Orban regime served German commercial interests and hence used her enormous influence to shield him from EU criticism….
“Most analysts agree that Merkel would probably have been reelected if she had chosen to run for an unprecedented fifth term in office. She remains Germany’s most popular politician by quite some distance… Her CDU successor, Armin Laschet, lacks both charisma and fresh ideas…
“Though Merkel may not be the savior of Europe some have made her out to be, she may have paved the path for a new leader who could be.”
Iran Attacks Israeli Tanker
Israel 365 News reported on August 1:
“Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett blamed Iran on Sunday for the attack that left two dead on the Israeli-managed oil tanker in the Arabian Sea on Thursday night… Bennett was quoted… as saying that while Iran is denying responsibility for the incident, ‘I state here absolutely: Iran is the one that carried out the attack on the ship.’ ‘The intelligence evidence for this is there and we expect the international system to make it clear to the Iranian regime that they have made a serious mistake,’ said Bennett, who called the attack ‘cowardly’ and ‘piratical.’ Regardless, he added, Israel knows how to ‘convey the message to Iran in our own ways.’
“The Japanese-owned vessel Mercer Street is managed by Zodiac Maritime Ltd., a London-based company owned by Israeli tycoon Eyal Ofer. It sails under a Liberian flag… A Briton and a Romanian died in the attack… The U.S. aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and the guided missile destroyer USS Mitscher escorted the Mercer Street to a safe harbor following the attack…
“‘Upon arrival, U.S. forces determined through clear visual evidence that an attack had occurred,’ the statement [by the US] said, adding that initial findings indicated the ship had been hit by a drone strike. Iran and Israel have accused each other of multiple attacks on each other’s vessels in recent months…
“In mid-March, U.S. sources told The Wall Street Journal that Israel had attacked 12 ships illegally carrying Iranian oil to Syria since 2019, using weapons such as naval mines to damage the vessels….”
It will remain to be seen how the “international community” will respond, and what Israel might do.
The Jerusalem Post wrote on August 1:
“The latest attack by Iran on a cargo ship in the Gulf of Oman has crossed a deadly line in the war-between-wars waged by Israel, and could force the Jewish State to rethink its maritime strikes against Tehran. The escalation between the two countries has been ongoing for years…
“When he served as defense minister under Benjamin Netanyahu, Bennett argued that Israel should aim for the head of the octopus, Tehran, and not its tentacles – Hezbollah and Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza.”
The Times of Israel wrote on August 2:
“Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Monday warned that Israel must act immediately against Tehran… There are ‘hundreds of Iranian UAVs in Iran, Yemen, Iraq and other countries,’ Gantz warned… ‘We will act to remove any such threat,’ [Gantz said].”
Iran Threatens “Response”
The Algemeiner wrote on August 2:
“Iran will respond promptly to any threat against its security, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday, after the United States, Israel and Britain blamed Tehran for an attack on an Israeli-managed tanker off the coast of Oman… However, an unnamed Iranian official told the country’s Nournews news agency earlier that Tehran considered ‘the threats of Western officials and the Zionist regime (Israel) to be more of a propaganda gesture’…
“Israel has voiced concerns about efforts by Tehran and US President Joe Biden’s administration to revive the nuclear pact, under which Iran curbed its sensitive nuclear work in exchange for lifting sanctions.”
Incidents like these could very well end up in an outright war in the Middle East. And the Bible indicates that Israel will suffer defeat in a war… and that PRIOR to the beginning of the Great Tribulation.
US Supports Hezbollah
Israel 365 wrote on August 5:
“Right after Lebanon’s ruling party Hezbollah attacked Israel with missiles on Wednesday, US President Joe Biden said that Washington will pledge close to $100 million in additional ‘humanitarian aid’ to Lebanon… It should be noted that Lebanon is currently controlled by the Hezbollah terror organization…
“The Biden administration did not specify how the new funding would be spent but Biden did say that it was in addition to $560 million in humanitarian aid earmarked for Lebanon over the past two years.”
Fear-Mongering in the UK
The Mail on Sunday published on July 31 the following insightful article by Kirstie Allsopp, describing vividly the fear-mongering in the UK:
“Our vaccination rate is among the best in the world. More than 90 percent of adults have antibodies. Infections are falling and even ‘Professor Lockdown’, Neil Ferguson, says the end is in sight. Why, then, is Britain so gripped by continuing fear? Why do we continue with doom-laden public announcements, with the ‘pingdemic’ and with extreme and economically damaging restrictions?
“We can see it all around us – the colleagues who refuse to return to the office; the older people still terrified to leave the bottom of their drive; the clubs, choirs and sewing circles that have collapsed because no one dares take the risk of meeting human beings. Most troubling of all is the growing – and disastrous – acceptance that fresh restrictions might be needed for the autumn and winter ahead… almost a fifth of people favour a permanent 10pm curfew!
“This is partly because the Government has done its best to spread fear, terrifying the life out of ordinary Britons. Early in the pandemic it was recognised that the UK was the most Covid-scared nation in Europe. We were not compelled to keep children inside for weeks like the Spanish, but it turns out many of us did, just the same. We weren’t ordered to wear masks in the street like the French were, but many of us did.
“Brits have gone far beyond the mandated restrictions and have done so with vigour. Is it because our Government did such a good job of scaring us that we are still genuinely afraid? Perhaps. But I worry that there is a deeper reason – that the firm hand of the nanny state is one that too many of us enjoy. And that, today, many millions of us have come to believe in a ‘new normal’.
“A dangerous division is emerging – between those of us who want our freedoms back as soon as possible and those who believe in a new, more regulated life with spells of home imprisonment whenever our medical scientists become concerned. Which is often.
“Facemasks are the most obvious sign of this. Wearing them is no longer compulsory, aside from in specialist locations… Even the repeated assertions that masks work are open to challenge, to put it no more strongly. (The Government spent many months insisting that they don’t, remember.) Yet millions of us continue to wear masks, even in situations where they cannot possibly be effective – in the park, on the beach…
“I am most troubled that the comfortable liberal voices… seem genuinely thankful we are governed not by a functioning parliament but a star-chamber of medical scientists…
“Fear of Covid has made some people very rich indeed and they aren’t going to let go of that in a hurry. The threat to our way of life is serious – and has been coming for some time…
“If we all go round in masks for fear of being thought uncaring, we will end up in a world where people forget how to do the most caring thing in the world – and that is smile…”
This analysis applies to many countries around the world. “Democratic” governments become more and more authoritarian and dictatorial and create ridiculous restrictions to destroy liberty and freedom, and sadly, many gullible and ignorant people love it.
Fear-Mongering and Autocratic Measures in Australia
The following article by Breitbart, dated August 1, describes the awful situation in Australia:
“Footage of police helicopters flying over beaches and parks in Australia to enforce draconian coronavirus lockdown measures is circulating on social media.”
Also note this article by Reuters, dated August 2:
Australia’s Queensland state on Monday extended a COVID-19 lockdown in Brisbane, while soldiers began patrolling Sydney to enforce stay-at-home rules… Meanwhile the lockdown of Brisbane and several surrounding areas comes as Sydney, the biggest city in the country, begins its sixth week under stay-at-home orders.”
The Sun added on August 2:
“Australia is enforcing one of the most severe lockdowns in the world and recently called in the military to help enforce its ‘Zero Covid’ strategy… Borders remain shut…
“On Saturday, up to 1,300 police swarmed Sydney and set up roadblocks in a massive show of force… Tens of thousands of maskless protestors took to the streets in Melbourne and Sydney last weekend to oppose the government’s latest round [of] lockdown restrictions…
“More than half the country’s 25 million people have been ordered to stay at home…”
Australia—a prison camp?
Living in Darkness
The Ron Paul Liberty Report wrote on July 29:
“When the ideas of Liberty dominate – humanity flourishes. When the ideas of tyranny and authoritarianism dominate – humanity suffers.
“Back and forth the pendulum seems to swing. From light to dark; and then dark to light. We live in dark times.
“Many people now look back on 2020 with regret, shame and anger. Rolling over to fear did not work out at all. Allowing government to take unprecedented unconstitutional control over society produced nothing but disaster, as it always has (and always will).
“The masks turned out to be useless, as was the anti-social distancing. The lockdowns produced record drug overdoses, skyrocketing suicides amongst the young (i.e., those least at risk) as well as mental and physical problems that will probably reverberate for many years to come.
“With a virus that has a survival rate of 99.7% (and 99.9% in children) the entire world was turned upside-down; not by the virus itself, but by the government policies enacted in the name of it.
“Even though so many people all over the world now see the light, the authoritarians continue forward without pause. Over the past weekend, there were massive protests all over the world… There is tremendous resistance to the insane follow-up ideas that are being proposed — mandated vaccines and vaccine passports… Civilization itself is being challenged in ways that it’s never been challenged before…”
Protests All Over Europe
The Associated Press reported on August 1:
“More than 200,000 people turned out Saturday in France to protest vaccination requirements for the third straight weekend, at times clashing with police. Some 80,000 others protested in cities across Italy last weekend.”
Deutsche Welle reported on August 1:
“Anti-lockdown protesters scuffled with Berlin police on Sunday, as thousands of people defied a court ban on demonstrations… Judges had prohibited several of its planned gatherings this weekend, including one for Sunday that organizers expected would attract over 20,000 people. The court said it could not allow the rallies to go ahead over fears participants would flout rules on mask wearing and social distancing…”
Nice excuse for suppression of unpopular opinions. Focus reported that the UN may investigate whether the actions of the police against the demonstrators in Berlin were illegal.
People Will Resist
The Washington Post wrote on August 1:
“In recent weeks, calls for vaccine mandates have increasingly been heard… there’s a top-down push to get reluctant citizens vaccinated… But if this rhetoric and these efforts lead to a de facto national vaccine mandate, it will backfire: Americans from all walks of life resist being told what to put into their bodies, and many will resent any politician or institution that makes them get vaccinated, creating a crisis of legitimacy for any government, university or business that forces constituents, students or employees to get vaccinated…
“… many of the vaccine-hesitant are well-educated, work in the health-care industry and have questions about how effective the vaccines are at stopping transmission, whether they’re safe to take during pregnancy or if they impact fertility… Not only won’t mandates resolve many citizens’ concerns on these issues, they could lead many to feel that their concerns are being overlooked. And the more that government flexes its political muscles to urge or enforce vaccine compliance, the greater incentive there is for populist politicians to push back, reinforcing the idea that the fight over vaccines is a fight about individual liberty…
“The debate is also about how much faith individual Americans have in the information they’re given… Making people get vaccinated… will likely increase mistrust…”
Italian Eatery Fined
Insider wrote on July 30:
“An Italian eatery in California is requiring patrons to show proof of being unvaccinated and discourages masks… the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR)… issued the establishment five citations on June 17, with fines totaling $165,520 due to be paid this July.
“The violations in the DIR’s report range from ‘serious’ to ‘willful-serious’ and demonstrate a failure to provide sufficient COVID-19 protection to both employees and diners, according to the report. The DIR’s inspection found that the restaurant failed to ‘provide face coverings and ensure they were worn by employees’ indoors, according to its report…
“Elsewhere in the country, some restaurants are beginning to require patrons to show proof of vaccination…”
The DIR’s persecution of the Italian eatery—a logical extension of Biden’s fear-mongering tactics—is unconscionable. At the same time, Biden’s fear-mongering prevails also in other parts of the USA.
The Fully Vaccinated NOT Protected?
msn wrote on July 31:
“About three-fourths of people infected in a Massachusetts Covid-19 outbreak were fully vaccinated against the coronavirus with four of them ending up in the hospital… The new data… also found that fully vaccinated people who get infected carry as much of the virus in their nose as unvaccinated people, and could spread it to other individuals…
“While the delta variant continues to hit unvaccinated people the hardest, some vaccinated people could be carrying higher levels of the virus than previously understood and are potentially transmitting it to others… A CDC document that was reviewed by CNBC warned that the delta variant sweeping across the country is as contagious as chickenpox, has a longer transmission window than the original Covid strain and may make older people sicker, even if they’ve been fully vaccinated…
“Delta, now in at least 132 countries and already the dominant form of the disease in the United States, is more transmissible than the common cold, the 1918 Spanish flu, smallpox, Ebola, MERS and SARS, according to the document. Only measles appears to spread faster than the variant.”
If 74% of the people in this outbreak were fully vaccinated, it begs the question of whether the vaccine actually prevents the spread as the politicians and policymakers say. And so, the fear-mongering continues. Also note the next section.
Vaccines Make Covid More Dangerous?
Life Site News reported on July 30:
“Top vaccine scientist Dr. Robert Malone warned that vaccines could be making COVID-19 more dangerous and said the vaccination push may need to be halted altogether… Dr. Melone has been the chief inventor of mRNA technology and mRNA and DNA innovations while working with the Salk Institute in the 1980s. Both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines rely on mRNA technology. Malone is also a licensed physician who received his medical training at Northwestern University, Harvard University medical school, and UC Davis…
“… ‘they think the vaccines are perfectly safe. And not only they’re not perfectly safe… [but] we got the worst case type of adverse event that scares… all vaccinologists, which is antibody dependent enhancement.’
“Hundreds of thousands of complications after coronavirus vaccination have been reported by federal authorities…”
On July 30, Life Site News reported:
“Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claimed there are no more ‘excuses’ to not get the COVID-19 shots and attributed new cases of the virus to those who have not been jabbed… Recent statistics from the U.K. government show that most cases, more than 50 percent, of the Delta variant of COVID-19 are in those who have had two doses of the virus jab.”
It is amazing how willfully uninformed governmental politicians claim to be. Trudeau’s claim is demonstrably false. And so, draconian measures to impose vaccinations are being employed, as the next article shows as well.
Going from Door to Door
Life Site News reported on July 30:
“Before the White House announced the government would be ‘literally knocking on doors’ to push coronavirus vaccines, health workers, military personnel, and volunteers in some states were already doing just that…
“This sort of scenario — a government representative pushing an experimental vaccine at citizens’ doorsteps as a menacing soldier stands by — is exactly what many Americans were worried about when then-President Donald Trump said in the fall of 2020 that the ‘military … is going to distribute the vaccine.’ …
“Many Americans may now find themselves wondering what to do if a stranger with a clipboard — or military personnel — shows up at their door [asking] invasive questions and encouraging reception of an experimental shot… While government agents can approach, speak to and even question citizens without violating the Fourth Amendment, Americans have a right not to answer questions or even speak with a government agent….
“While in theory one can refuse to speak with police or other government officials during a ‘knock and talk’ encounter, as the courts have asserted as a justification for dismissing complaints about this police investigative tactic, the reality is far different. Indeed, it is unreasonable to suggest that individuals caught unaware by these tactics will not feel pressured in the heat of the moment to comply with a request to speak with government agents who display official credentials and are often heavily armed, let alone allow them to search one’s property. Even when such consent is denied, police have been known to simply handcuff the homeowner and conduct a search over his objections.
“‘Interestingly, liberals in California, including Governor Newsom, advised illegal immigrants to refuse to open the door in cases where federal law enforcement came to arrest illegal immigrants,’ noted LifeSiteNews Vice President Gualberto Garcia Jones, a legal expert on human rights. ‘While this is not great legal advice for those guilty of a federal crime, it is very good advice for those who wish to protect their privacy from an overreaching government official.’
“‘The White House has tried to downplay the vaccine door-to-door gestapo by stating that it would not be carried out by police or federal officials but by local community partners. In that case there is no possible situation where a resident would be obliged to answer the door and much less disclose private health information such as COVID experimental gene therapy injection status,’ he emphasized.”
These door-to-door tactics are clearly problematic and unworthy of a free society. It is important not to buckle and become a dumb sheep when someone knocks at our doors.
The Lies of the US Government
Dr. Ron Paul wrote the following on August 2 in the weekly column of the Ron Paul Institute:
“… it’s not shocking to discover that a US Administration lies and deceives the electorate… Watching these early months of the Biden Administration it’s hard not to think that lying, deceiving, and manipulation is rising to a whole new level.
“Take ‘ending the endless war’ in Afghanistan… Just this week, Gen. Frank McKenzie, head of US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced that the US is increasing – not ending – its airstrikes on Afghanistan… Then last week Biden announced an ‘end of the US combat mission’ in Iraq by the end of the year… While the ‘mission’ was over, the US troops would remain in-country in an ‘advisory role.’…
“Also, just over a week ago President Biden told us that if we got the vaccine we would not get Covid. Then a few days later his own CDC released data from a Massachusetts study showing that 78 percent of the people who caught Covid were fully vaccinated. Is it any wonder Americans have lost all faith in ‘the science’ as it pours forth from the politicized ‘scientists’ in charge of US public health institutions?
“The US mainstream media has morphed into a de-facto arm of the Biden Administration, however, covering up for all of these lies and word-games and holding precisely no one in government accountable. So much for a free media acting as a check on government power…
“Governments lie. We understand that. It is the nature of politics and power. In the absence of independent institutions to hold government accountable, however, such lies become indistinguishable from facts, and soon ‘freedom’ itself becomes slavery, as Orwell wrote. Let’s hope more of America wakes up soon.”
The sad truth is, there is little hope that America will wake up, as the next article shows.
Blaming the Unvaccinated
The Hill wrote on August 3:
“An overwhelming majority of vaccinated Americans in a new poll blames those who are unvaccinated for a recent spike in coronavirus cases nationwide…
“The poll found that two-thirds of all respondents say they trust the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ‘provide them with accurate information about coronavirus and COVID-19…’”
Likening Coronavirus Restrictions to the Nazi Period
JTA wrote on August 2:
“The chairman of the Oklahoma Republican party is the latest Republican figure to liken coronavirus restrictions to the Nazi period. John Bennett on Friday posted on the party’s Facebook page a photo of a yellow star labeled ‘Unvaccinated.’ He [listed] purported restrictions on the unvaccinated, including not being able to fly or ‘enter a pub, restaurant club or theater,’ as well as limited access to work, services and healthcare…
“The Nazis ‘gave [Jews] a star to put on, and they couldn’t go to the grocery store, they couldn’t go out in public, they couldn’t do anything without having that star on their shirt,’ The Washington Post quoted Bennett as saying. ‘Take away the star and add a vaccine passport.’”
Bennett was strongly condemned for his statements by Oklahoma’s top Republicans and the Oklahoma City Jewish federation.
More Dictatorship in the USA
The Associated Press wrote on August 5:
“The Biden administration is taking the first steps toward requiring nearly all foreign visitors to the U.S. to be vaccinated for the coronavirus, a White House official said Wednesday… The Biden administration has kept in place travel restrictions that have severely curtailed international trips to the U.S… Under the rules, non-U.S. residents who have been to China, the European Schengen area, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, South Africa and India in the prior 14 days are prohibited from entering the U.S. All travelers to the U.S., regardless of vaccination status, are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of air travel to the country.”
“The White House has held discussions with airlines and others about how it would implement a policy of requiring vaccines for foreign visitors.”
From one dictatorial measure to the next…
Fox News wrote on August 4:
“Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is expected Friday to announce a mandatory vaccine policy for all active-duty forces in the U.S. military... The directive that all 1.3 million service members will be required to get shots in their arms comes just days after President Biden urged all federal employees to get vaccinated… The Department of Justice was also asked by the president to look into the legality of mandating for the military a vaccine that has yet to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration. DOJ officials said a vaccine mandate would require a presidential waiver.”
A large percentage of active-duty forces are strongly opposed to getting vaccinated. It will remain to be seen what their reaction will be to Biden’s planned mandatory vaccine policy.
Dr. Fauci to be Investigated Criminally?
Fox News wrote on August 5:
“Sen. Rand Paul slammed Dr. Anthony Fauci for ‘very dangerous’ advice on the coronavirus… ‘Dr. Fauci needs to be away from government, away from advice, because almost all of his advice had been wrongheaded. But some of it’s actually very dangerous,’ Paul, who is also a doctor, [said]. The remarks came amid a discussion on an op-ed from the Atlantic titled, ‘Unvaccinated People Need to Bear the Burden,’ which advocated for allowing only vaccinated individuals to fly on domestic flights. ‘Obscene,’ Paul said in response to the op-ed… He went on to say that there’s no correlation between a mask mandate and incidents of the virus…
“The interview comes after Paul and Fauci have had repeated fiery exchanges during Senate hearings… Paul has also sent a letter to the Department of Justice asking for a criminal investigation of Fauci, ‘because he has lied to Congress,’ months after he slammed the doctor as a ‘left-wing advocate…’”
It is not to be expected that Fauci will be criminally investigated or charged, as he is one of the strongest supporters of Biden’s draconian restrictions and measures.
In an article which was published on August 4 by the Ron Paul Institute, Senator Rand Paul wrote the following:
“Resist. They can’t arrest us all. They can’t keep all your kids home from school. They can’t keep every government building closed – although I’ve got a long list of ones they should. We don’t have to accept the mandates, lockdowns, and harmful policies of the petty tyrants and feckless bureaucrats. We can simply say no, not again.
“Speaker Nancy Pelosi — you will not arrest or stop me or anyone on my staff from doing our jobs… We will make our own health choices. We will not show you a passport, we will not wear a mask, we will not be forced into random screening and testing so you can continue your drunk with power rein over the Capitol.
“President Biden — we will not accept your agencies’ mandates or your reported moves toward a lockdown. No one should follow the CDC’s anti-science mask mandates. And if you want to shutdown federal agencies again — some of which aren’t even back to work fully — I will stop every bill coming through the Senate with an amendment to cut their funding if they don’t come to work…
“Local bureaucrats and union bosses — we will not allow you to do more harm to our children again this year. Children are not at any more risk from COVID than they are for the seasonal flu… There is no reason for mask mandates, part time schools, or any lockdown measures….
“I’m not a career politician. I’ve practiced medicine for 33 years. I graduated from Duke Medical School, worked in emergency rooms, studied immunology and virology, and ultimately chose to become a surgeon. I have been telling everyone for a year now that Dr. Anthony Fauci and other public health officials were NOT following science, and I’ve been proven right time and time again… We are at a moment of truth and a crossroads. Will we allow these people to use fear and propaganda to do further harm to our society, economy, and children? Or will we stand together and say, absolutely not. Not this time. I choose freedom.”
However, most Americans, because of fear or willful ignorance or misguided blind support, will not “resist,” and those who do might very well be arrested and prosecuted. This is how dictatorships work.
Facebook Illegally Removed Posts
Breitbart wrote on July 30:
“A court in Germany has ruled that Facebook illegally removed the posts and account of an unnamed author, because it did not inform the user of why the posts had been taken down… In its three-page summary, the Karlsruhe-based court stated that Facebook’s terms of service regarding the deletion of posts and blocking accounts for violating its community standards were ‘null and void.’
“This, it added, is because Facebook does not undertake to inform the user about the removal of an offensive post at least retrospectively, to advise that it is blocking an account, to give a reason for doing so, or to offer the right of appeal… According to the report, the post that Facebook removed said ‘migrants can murder and rape here and nobody cares! It’s about time the Office for the Protection of the Constitution sorted this out.’”
Facebook’s removal of posts not in line with Facebook’s left-wing agenda has been outrageous for a long time.
Google Challenges New German Law
Reuters wrote on July 27:
“Google said on Tuesday that it was taking legal action over an expanded version of Germany’s hate-speech law that recently took effect, saying its provisions violated the right to privacy of its users.
“The Alphabet unit, which runs [the] video-sharing site YouTube, filed suit at the administrative court in Cologne to challenge a provision that allows user data to be passed to law enforcement before it is clear any crime has been committed.”
Germany’s laws and measures are becoming more and more dictatorial in so many different areas.
The Dangerous Nonsense of the LGBT Agenda
Life Site News wrote on August 2:
“Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker (D) signed into law a package of extreme pro-LGBT laws this week that legalize knowingly spreading HIV… HIV continues to be a debilitating, life-threatening illness, with nearly 40,000 diagnoses in the U.S. in 2018 and 1,361 in Illinois…
“The enactment of the HB 1063 makes Illinois the second state, following Texas, to repeal all criminal penalties for spreading HIV. It also comes after the federal government last year substantially reduced restrictions on blood donation for active homosexuals, who still make up the vast majority of HIV cases…
“Other bills approved by Pritzker on Tuesday include House Bill 3709, which reclassifies ‘infertility’ as ‘a person’s inability to reproduce either as a single individual or with a partner without medical intervention’… HB 3709 mandates that insurance companies cover infertility services, like in vitro fertilization (IVF), for homosexuals and single people. IVF, strongly denounced by the Catholic Church, often involves the destruction of human embryos, millions of which may be abandoned or discarded at fertility clinics across the country.
“Gov. Pritzker also signed two bills… that change marriage certificate rules, adding ‘gender-neutral’ options and allowing pronoun changes. Other states, like Wisconsin, have imposed similar measures this year. As the governor’s office noted in a press release last Tuesday, Illinois has already taken several radical pro-LGBT steps, like requiring ‘LGBTQ+ history’ in public school lessons and mandating Medicaid coverage for transgender surgeries, during Pritzker’s tenure.”
Where is this country heading!!!!
Privacy a Fiction
The Washington Post wrote on August 1:
“The top administrator of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops resigned last month after a newsletter used data from his cellphone to confirm his use of the dating app Grindr and track his movements to gay bars. Questions about hypocrisy aside, this invasion of an individual’s intimate life should be alarming when it happens to anyone — yet it could easily happen to everyone.
“The problem of information privacy can seem abstract to the everyday American. Sometimes, the harms of unregulated data collection look negligible: Who cares if an advertiser is able to target a particular type of shoe to a particular type of person? The more insidious possibilities, meanwhile, can appear hypothetical: Would someone really purchase anonymous location data, go to the trouble of re-identifying its subject and then exploit what they find to publicly harass? Now we know that the answer is yes. The consequences of Congress’s failure to pass federal legislation governing how companies collect, process and sell the reams of data available in the Internet age are starker than ever.
“In the case of the priest, it appears Grindr collected sensitive information and passed it along to third parties, who might in turn have passed it to other parties, until eventually it landed in the hands of a data broker: one of many companies that vacuum up personal data and spit it back out to customers… Something similar happens to most smartphone users most days as they tap on virtual jewels of candies for high scores, or as they check the weather. Information including their location is gathered and sold, usually for the end purpose of advertising: to greet people who recently went to nightclubs with deals on party dresses, for instance, or to lure them into a nearby store. The possibilities for abuse of this already intrusive ability are manifold…
“The data-brokerage business is so lucrative because it’s so easy. There are scarcely any limitations on who can sell information, who can buy it and who can sell it all over again.”
The Los Angeles Times wrote on July 31 about the removal of some spectacular sculptures:
“The giant white elephants at tourist magnet Hollywood & Highland are being quietly removed as new owners update the famous shopping center where the annual Academy Awards are held and shed references to the movie industry’s past — features that revive memories of racism and sexual exploitation.
“Crews on Thursday night began dismantling two giant white fiberglass elephants, which are part of the complex’s tribute to the Babylon set of D.W. Griffith’s 1916 movie ‘Intolerance.’ All of the faux Mesopotamian elements will be taken out or altered in favor of a design developers hope will be more timeless as part of a $100-million makeover of the mall… that is set for completion next summer…
“Workers are dismembering the enormous elephant sculptures at night…”
Regardless of the reasoning or “justification,” American culture and history are systematically being destroyed.
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 Christ the God of the Old Testament?
The Church of God has understood for many years that Jesus Christ was THE God of the Old Testament. In more recent times, some have lost this understanding and teach now that Jesus was “a” God, but not “the” God of the Old Testament, or that He did not exist prior to His human birth. Some even teach now that the Father was THE God of the Old Testament.
All these assumptions and concepts are wrong.
In our booklet, “Do You Know the Jesus of the Bible?”, we said the following in chapter 1:
“Colossians 1:16 states that ‘all things’—visible and invisible—were created ‘by’ and ‘through’ Jesus Christ. We see in John 1:1–3 that ‘all things’ were made through the Word—the Logos—Jesus Christ; and Hebrews 1:1–2; 2:10 tells us that God the Father made ‘the worlds’ or the entire universe and ‘all things’ ‘through’ Jesus Christ.”
This shows that it was Jesus Christ who created Adam and Eve. Continuing:
“Jesus Christ spoke of His own pre-existence over and over again. At one time, He stated boldly that He—AS God—had lived before Abraham. The Jews were so outraged that they were willing to stone Jesus. Notice the dialogue and the reaction of the Jews to Christ’s words in John 8:56–58: ‘[Jesus said,] “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.” Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”’
“When Jesus said, ‘I AM,’ rather than, ‘I WAS,’ the Jews understood that He identified Himself as God—as ‘Yahweh,’ the ‘I AM’ or Eternal of the Old Testament. That is why they ‘took up stones to throw at Him’ (verse 59).
“The Jews of Christ’s time rejected Him as fulfilling the office of Messiah and the King of Israel. However, prophecy in the books of the Old Testament pointed to the fact that it would be God who would come to deliver them (compare Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1:23). Jesus told the Jews, ‘You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me’ (John 5:39). In another instance, following His resurrection, Jesus showed some of His disciples these very proofs: ‘And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself’ (Luke 24:27).
“In addition, in Luke 10:18, Jesus said that He saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven, claiming that He existed when Satan’s rebellion occurred, which happened long before the creation of man.”
The Bible shows that Jesus Christ existed, as a GOD Being, prior to His appearance as a Man over 2,000 years ago.
We also state this in our booklet, “God is a Family”:
“The Jews at the time of Christ did not know—and most still don’t know today—that God is a Family, presently consisting of two God beings. Christ came to REVEAL the Father to them (Matthew 11:27; Luke 10:22). The Jews thought they knew the Father, not realizing that the God of the Old Testament, who directly worked with and dealt with Israel, was Jesus Christ—not God the Father.
“We… read in John 1:18 that ‘no one has seen God at any time.’ John 5:37 confirms that ‘you have neither heard His [the Father’s] voice at any time, nor seen His form.’ Again, we read in John 6:46: ‘Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God,’ that is, Jesus Christ. Finally, 1 John 4:12 repeats, ‘No one has seen God at any time.’
“Still, we… read that God did appear to the ancient Israelites. They did hear His voice many times. Some even saw the form of God, to an extent, in His glorified state (compare Genesis 32:30; Exodus 33:11, 17–23; 34:6–8; Numbers 12:8; Deuteronomy 34:10; Isaiah 6:1–10; Ezekiel 1:26–28; 3:23; 8:4).
“According to Biblical testimony, some did see ‘God’ in Old Testament times, and they did hear His voice. On the other hand, Christ and the apostles taught that no human has ever seen or heard the voice of ‘God.’ Since God does not contradict Himself in His Word, He is obviously talking about two different personages here. Indeed, the Bible clarifies that no one has ever seen God the Father (compare again John 5:37; 6:46). But some did see ‘God’—that is, the second being in the God Family—Jesus Christ, in His glorified state.
“The Bible confirms that it was Jesus Christ who appeared to people and spoke with them in Old Testament times (compare John 8:56–58; 1 Corinthians 10:4, 9). In doing so, the Bible emphasizes again that Jesus Christ was GOD before He became a man, and that God is a Family, consisting of God the Father and God the Son, Jesus Christ. It was, in fact, Christ who dealt directly with Israel.”
From this it follows that Jesus Christ was THE God of the Old Testament in that it was HE who dealt with the people and who was worshipped by the people who did not even KNOW of the existence of the Father. It is true, as we point out in our booklet, “God is a Family,” that those few who were called to salvation in Old Testament times did know about the Father, but this is not true for the overwhelming majority of mankind. God simply did not give them the understanding to know. Even those who studied the Old Testament Scriptures did not understand (Matthew 22:29; New Jerusalem Bible), and Christ had to open up the understanding of the Scriptures to His own disciples (Luke 24:45).
In addition, John 1:18 reads in the New Revised Standard Version: “No one has ever seen God [the Father]. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.” Notice the rendering of this passage in the New American Bible: “No one has ever seen God. The only Son, God, who is at the Father’s side, has revealed him.” A similar rendering is also used in the Luther Bible: “No one has seen God at any time; the only Begotten, WHO IS GOD and who is in the Father’s bosom, has revealed Him to us.”
In last week’s Q&A, we discussed the fact that some people saw God the Father in visions, but they never saw Him face to face, in His glory.
There are reasons for that. When Adam and Eve sinned, God cut them off from access to the Tree of Life, which symbolized the Holy Spirit and with it, spiritual understanding. In addition, all mankind was cut off from such access except for those being specifically predestined to be called prior to Christ’s return.
We say this in our free booklet, “Human Suffering—Why…and How Much Longer?”:
“The fact that mankind was cut off from God was God’s punishment for Adam and Eve’s disobedience–a direct consequence of Adam and Eve’s conduct. After they sinned, the tree of life was no longer accessible to them and in general, to mankind as a whole, and mankind was allowed, under the sway and deception of Satan, to create his own societies, which are ALL in opposition to God’s Way of Life.
“Today, the entire world is under Satan’s rule. This includes ALL countries, including the United States of America, South America, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Great Britain, continental Europe, the Middle East and the Far East, including India, Russia, China, Japan and Korea. This means, no human government today is righteous in God’s eyes. This is one reason WHY true Christians are to come out of the ‘Babylon’ of this world and its politics; to be separate; and not to touch or associate with or embrace or adopt or feed on the uncleanness of this world’s economic, military, educational or religious systems.”
We also stated this in our Q&A on the false concept of “original sin”:
“Adam and Eve’s sin DID do something to this world. The concept of ‘inherited’ original sin is clearly wrong–but notice what DID happen when they sinned. In a brief article in the Plain Truth magazine of September 1963, the following is accurately explained: ‘… Adam and Eve… sinned. They were driven from the Garden of Eden. By sinning, they cut themselves off from the guidance, authority and knowledge of God (Gen. 3:24). Adam not only cut himself off–he was responsible for cutting his children off–from the help and instruction of God. Even his own son became a murderer (Gen. 4:8)… So Adam’s sin was unique in that it was the first human sin–it was he who cut man off from God… We have not been forced to sin because Adam sinned!’
“But the sad fact is that we all followed Adam’s wrong example: We all sinned and brought upon us the penalty of ETERNAL death, and so we read that ‘by the one man’s offense many died’ (Romans 5:15), and ‘by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners’ (Romans 5:19).”
So it is true that due to Adam and Eve’s conduct, humanity was cut off “from God” in the sense that they would not have access to the Holy Spirit and with it, godly understanding, unless specifically drawn and chosen by God the Father to be brought to Christ (John 6:44, 65).
We also said this in our Q&A about Romans 13:3:
“Today, the world as a whole is cut off from God and is subject to the rule of Satan. God placed Lucifer on the throne of this earth, with responsibility for properly governing it, but he rebelled and became known as Satan. When Satan inspired Adam and Eve to turn against God – to sin by going against what God instructed them – God gave mankind 6,000 years to find out for themselves that they cannot live without God… And for that same 6,000-year duration, God has decreed that Satan would remain on his throne. That 6,000-year period will end at the return of Jesus Christ, who will come to replace Satan – a failed ruler – and restore the government of God on this earth…”
But with Adam and Eve’s decision to eat from the forbidden Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, another important and often overlooked consequence needs to be addressed as well. Because, even though we saw that mankind was cut off from God in respect to the Holy Spirit and access to God, we also saw that Jesus Christ DID deal and work with humans, including the nations of Israel and Judah. Christ did not deal with them by offering them access to the Holy Spirit and an opportunity for salvation (this will occur later, in the Great White Throne judgment period), but He DID speak to them and showed Himself to them. It was Christ who spoke the Ten Commandments to the ancient Israelites—not the Father. And even though Christ—as the Spokesman—acted on behalf of the Father, most did not even understand that the Father existed. That is why Christ, when He came as a Man, had to reveal the Father to the average Jews.
And that is why it is correct to say that Jesus Christ was THE God of the Old Testament, as it was HE who was worshipped. To say that the Father was the God of the Old Testament is misleading, as it wrongly conveys that the Father dealt with the people and was worshipped by them. This was not the case, as Adam and Eve’s sin cut them and mankind [in general] off from access to God the Father.
In Herbert W. Armstrong’s book, “Mystery of the Ages,” we read the following on pages 128-129, under “Humans, Cut Off from God?”:
“The Person in the God family who spoke with Adam was the Logos or ‘Word’ who was later born as Jesus Christ. Adam had no contact with God the Father. When the WORD closed the tree of life, all mankind was cut off from God the Father until Christ would come to earth in supreme power and glory to take from Satan the throne of the earth and to restore the government of God over the entire earth. Meanwhile Christ, the second Adam, came at his first appearing to reveal the existence of God the Father (Luke 10:22). Until that time, the world had no knowledge of the existence of God the Father. That is one reason the religion of Judaism had believed that God consists of ONE PERSON only. That is the reason theologians have lost, or rather never possessed, knowledge of the fact that GOD is a FAMILY into which we may be born as part of that very God family. That, also, explains why, on reading the New Testament of God the Father, and also of Jesus being God, they came up with the false theory of the Holy Spirit being a ‘Ghost’, or third Person of a Trinity…”
Also, the following is stated on pages 144-145:
“At this point, remember, the world had never known of the existence of God the Father until Jesus came and revealed the Father (Matt. 11:27). The world, from its foundation, was cut off from God the Father. Jesus came to reconcile repentant believers to the Father (Rom. 5:10).”
In conclusion, the world has been cut off from God the Father, the HIGHEST of the Godhead, as well as the knowledge as to who God the Father and Jesus Christ are. The Father did not deal directly with mankind, and He was not generally worshipped by the overwhelming majority, including those who read but did not understand the Scriptures. No one has ever seen the Father or heard His voice. It was Christ who showed Himself to and dealt with the people. It was He who was THE God of the Old Testament.
Lead Writer: Norbert Link
Preaching the Gospel and Feeding the Flock
compiled by Dave Harris
We are very pleased to announce that Arne Tengelsen, from Canada, was baptized this week by Pastor Rene Messier. Welcome to the Church of God, Mr. Tengelsen.
“Killing Sabbath-Keeping Aliens,” is the title of a new StandingWatch program, presented by Evangelist Norbert Link. Here is a summary:
A new science-fiction movie, titled “The Tomorrow War,” describes the “need” to destroy hostile Sabbath-keeping aliens, called “White Spikes” who have been on this planet for a long time without having been noticed. What is of concern is an old demonic prophecy which contains astonishing and frightening parallels.
“Evil Empires and Evil People—Wild Beasts of the Bible,” a new booklet written by Evangelist Norbert Link, has been sent to our printer. This will be posted on our website soon, and hard copies will be mailed to our subscribers. Please contact us if you would like to receive a copy.
“Wann werden wir Gott den Vater sehen?” is the title of this Sabbath’s new German sermon, presented by Norbert Link. Title in English: “When Will We See God the Father?”
“Gott lachet ihrer,” is the title of last Sabbath’s German sermonette, presented by Dmitrij Niemann. Title in English: “God Scoffs at You.”
“Don’t Harden Your Heart,” the sermon presented last Sabbath by Norbert Link, is now posted. Here is a summary:
The most-known example of a man who hardened his heart and thereby refused to submit to the Will of God was probably the Pharaoh at the time of the Exodus. But the Bible contains many more examples of people who hardened their heart, and even Christ’s own disciples were not immune. What are the inevitable consequences of a proud, hardened, bitter, rebellious and unrepentant heart?
“Are You Searching For God?” is the title of last Sabbath’s sermonette, presented by Kalon Mitchell.
We will observe the Feast of Tabernacles and Last Great Day for 2021, in Rapid City, South Dakota, and near Düsseldorf, Germany. If you would like more information, check out our websites: https://www.eternalgod.org/feasts/ ; https://www.ewigengottes.de/wir-uber-uns/laubhuttenfest-2021/
FALL HOLY DAYS for 2021:
September 7 Feast of Trumpets
September 16 Day of Atonement
September 21-27 Feast of Tabernacles
September 28 Last Great Day
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