Update 986


Immutable / What Does a Christian Do?

On August 14, 2021, Eric Rank will present the sermonette, titled, “Immutable,” and Dave Harris will present the sermon, titled, “What Does a Christian Do?”

The live services are available, over video and audio, at http://eternalgod.org/live-services/ (12:30 pm Pacific Time; 1:30 pm Mountain Time; 2:30 pm Central Time; 3:30 pm Eastern Time; 8:30 pm Greenwich Mean Time; 9:30 pm Central European Time). Just click on Connect to Live Stream.

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Keep Silent, Speak Up

by Michael Link

The challenge of knowing when to keep silent and when to speak is something that we are faced with quite often.  Various situations may call upon our actions when we may need to stand up for what is right.  But this is a big challenge because oftentimes, we speak more than we ought to, depending on the circumstance. There is one supreme example that we should emulate who was the Master at when to speak and when to keep silent, especially when He was being accused and also put to the test constantly by those around Him.

Christ always needed to remain vigilant as people attempted to set Him up, but He always found the “correct” way to respond.  In Matthew 27, Jesus was arrested and stood in front of the governor Pontius Pilate, and the governor asked Him in verse 11, “‘Are You the King of the Jews?’ So Jesus said to him, ‘It is as you say.’ And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing.”

Continuing in verses 13-14: “Then Pilate said to Him, ‘Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?’ And He answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly.”

Another example can be found in Matthew 26:59-67 when Jesus faced the Sanhedrin as they were trying to accuse Him through false witnesses and testimony, and we read in verses 61-66 how He first reacted, followed by His response when pushed further:

“This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.’ And the high priest arose and said to Him, ‘Do You answer nothing? What is it these men testify against You?’ But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to Him, ‘I adjure You by the living God that You tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.’ Then the high priest tore his clothes, saying, ‘He has spoken blasphemy! What further need do we have of witnesses? Look, now you have heard His blasphemy! What do you think?’ They answered and said, ‘He is deserving of death.’”

In John 8:5-7, Christ was being tested to see if He would judge the woman caught in adultery who was brought to Him by her accusers, and we see here again His first reaction, followed by His response in verses 6-8: “…Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.  So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, ‘He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.’ And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.”

In these examples, Jesus was patient and did not respond immediately until He had to.  This is the same quality that we also need to possess.  “… let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:19-20).

Preparing ourselves and being ready at all times is crucial, which is why we need to have the knowledge through the pages of the Bible as our tool for success: “… always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15).

There is always a time to speak in silence, and that is by praying to God. We should never be negligent in this, and there is always a time for prayer in any given situation that we are faced with.  Just as God was the voice for Moses who guided and directed his words and fought his battles, God will do the same for us when we call out to Him.

God gives us the understanding to determine between right and wrong, when to keep silent, and when to speak up.  And when we are in a particular situation where we may be unsure how to respond, we let God know by putting it into His hands, in faith, and we will see just how He will work His wonders.

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by Norbert Link

We begin with reports on troublesome developments in Israel and Afghanistan (please see our recent message, “US Government under Attack regarding Israel, Afghanistan and its Vaccination Policies—Comments on News and Prophecy, August 7, 2021”); and continue to speak about the destiny of the EU to become a super state; the deteriorating relationship between the UK and France; and the EU’s dealing with dissident member states.

We focus on the unpopularity of German candidates for chancellorship; the unpopularity of Kamala Harris; and we focus on the US government’s funding of abortion for the purpose of collecting fetal tissue; relating some thoughts regarding the draft; and address a controversial executive order in Tennessee.

We publish excerpts from an open letter to the unvaccinated; France’s ongoing move towards dictatorship regarding vaccination, with Germany not being far behind; and another CDC warning against traveling to certain countries, including France, Israel and Thailand.

We conclude with important articles by the former Pfizer vice president and another doctor, addressing the safety of the Pfizer vaccines especially for pregnant women and the ongoing attempts by governments, the media and pharmaceutical doctors to censor and suppress medical information.

Please also view our new StandingWatch program, titled, “Killing Sunday-Keeping Aliens?”  

This is a follow-up to our previous StandingWatch program, titled, “Killing Sabbath-Keeping Aliens.”  

Throughout this section, we have underlined pertinent statements in the quoted articles, for the convenience and quick overview of the reader.

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Fight between Israel and Hezbollah Worsens

JTA wrote on August 6:

“Israel and the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah are engaged in their heaviest fighting since the 2006 Lebanon War. On Friday morning, Hezbollah fired 19 rockets at Israel… Israel responded with artillery strikes…

“This appears to be the first time since 2006 that Hezbollah has openly claimed responsibility for an attack on Israel…”

PM Bennett under Attack

Israel 365 wrote on August 8:

“… the Health Ministry, at the behest of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, instituted restrictions on public gatherings. The restrictions come just a few weeks before the high holidays, leading one rabbi to compare Bennett to Yerovam ben Nevat, the rebellious king of Israel who tried to keep his subjects from arriving at the Temple in Jerusalem…

“Criticism of the Prime Minister increased after a Facebook Q&A session last week in which he compared not getting vaccinated to committing mass murder… Bennett went on to compare not getting vaccinated against COVID-19 to spraying machine-gun fire at innocents. He said a lockdown during the Jewish High Holidays in September will depend on the number of those who do get immunized…

“Rabbi Michoel Green… suggested a disturbing Biblical precedent for the PM’s draconian and divisive measures. ‘Yerovam [Jeroboam] ben Nevat blocked Israelites from entering the Holy Temple with their fellow Judeans,’ Rabbi posted on Facebook, noting that ‘Nevat’(נבט) is written with the same letters as Bennett (בנט). ‘Naftali Bennett seeks to block Israelis from entering synagogues & approaching the Western Wall with their fellow Jews,’ Rabbi Green explained…

“Jeroboam reigned the northern kingdom of the ten tribes of Israel from 797-776 BCE.  To keep his subjects from making the yearly pilgrimages to Jerusalem, which was under the control of the Davidic dynasty, Jeroboam erected idolatrous golden calves in Beth-El and in Dan and instituted yearly festivals for them. Jeroboam is considered one of the greatest sinners in Jewish history.”

Bennet’s statements are outrageous. The rabbi is making an interesting comparison…

UK Warns: Leave Afghanistan Immediately!

Deutsche Welle wrote on August 7:

“The British government has told all UK nationals to leave Afghanistan immediately as fighting intensifies between Taliban militants and Afghan security forces… Britain’s Foreign Office warned that  ‘terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks’ amid a drawdown of international troops stationed there… ‘There is a high threat of kidnapping throughout the country…  [It was also announced that] Britons would not be able to rely on the UK government for an emergency evacuation…

“The Taliban has made rapid advances across Afghanistan in recent months…  The hardline Islamist insurgents captured the provincial capital of Zaranj, in the southern Nimroz province, on Friday afternoon. On Saturday, Afghan officials confirmed the loss of another provincial capital, the city of Sheberghan in Jawzjan province…

“General Nick Carter, the head of the British armed forces, said last month that the situation in Afghanistan was ‘pretty grim’ and warned there was a danger of ‘state collapse.’…

“Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has criticized Washington’s withdrawal strategy. ‘The reason for our current situation is that the decision was taken abruptly,’ he told parliament on Monday, adding he had warned the Biden administration the withdrawal would have ‘consequences.’… George W. Bush, the former US president who launched the offensive in Afghanistan, said the pullout of Western forces was ‘a mistake.’”

Taliban Winning

The Washington Post reported on August 8:

“Taliban fighters overran three major cities in the north of Afghanistan on Sunday, the most significant territorial gains the militants have netted in a single day since the withdrawal of U.S. forces entered its final phase this year. In nearly simultaneous operations, the Taliban pushed into the center of Kunduz city and the capitals of Sar-e Pol and Takhar provinces…

“The developments marked a sharp escalation in the pace of Taliban gains across Afghanistan… the Taliban is increasingly accusing Afghan forces and the United States of indiscriminately using air power that is killing and wounding large numbers of civilians. Human rights groups are also voicing concerns about a spike in civilian casualties…”

The Guardian added on August 9:

“The Taliban captured another provincial capital on Monday and were pressing on the biggest city in the region, Mazar-i-Sharif…

“Armed fighters swept into the city of Aibak without meeting any resistance… The Taliban have now overrun six provincial capitals in mere days.”

All of this was so predictable and to be expected. On August 12, it was reported that the Taliban also seized Afghanistan’s third-largest city, Ghazni city.

A Never-Ending Endeavor?

The New York Post wrote on August 7:

“The United States was sending B-52 bombers, AC-130 gunships and fighter jets into Afghanistan Saturday to turn back dramatic recent advances by the Taliban. The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bombers, the mainstay of American strategic airpower since 1952, were flying into Afghanistan from al-Udeid airbase in Qatar…

“The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, stationed in the Arabian Sea, is contributing its F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets to the missions, but they are not involved in the bombing, the report states. Lockheed AC-130 Spectre attack planes, dubbed ‘the world’s deadliest gunship,’ have also been sent into action.

The onslaught of American airpower comes as the Taliban makes territorial gains throughout Afghanistan in the wake of the near-total departure of U.S. forces ordered by President Biden… Meanwhile, insurgents in the Afghan capital of Kabul assassinated Dawa Khan Menapal, the government’s chief media officer

“The deteriorating security situation forced the US Embassy on Saturday to urge American citizens to leave Afghanistan immediately. ‘The defense sources insisted that there was every intention to continue with the airstrikes after August 31, the date set for the withdrawal of the last remaining US troops in Afghanistan,’ the Times reports.”

The US is now trying to rectify what many have considered to have been a big mistake when leaving Afghanistan. However, the new methods employed will not give the US any glory.

Ukraine’s Future Impossible without Russia

TASS wrote on August 5:

“Deputy Speaker of the Russian State Duma (lower house) Pyotr Tolstoy urged Ukrainian citizens, who wanted to live in Europe, to leave the country and ‘look for a place in the EU’, stressing that Ukraine’s future was impossible without Russia. Tolstoy commented on the words of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, who called it a big mistake to stay in Donbass for citizens who considered themselves Russian… According to Tolstoy,… without Russia, there will be no civilization [in Ukraine]…”

EU’s Superstate Plot Exposed

Express wrote on August 5:

“After Leigh Evans, editor-in-chief of Facts4EU claimed the EU now enjoys ‘supreme power’ over large parts of life within individual states, Britons revelled in seeing Brussels’ superstate plot exposed… The furious reaction was sparked following a report by Mr Evans’ think-tank which claimed former Prime Minister Ted Heath began membership negotiations well aware of the plans to formulate an EU superstate. Mr Evans also claims civil servants had warned that accession would involve a progression towards a closer political union within the bloc.

“The history of the EU from its beginnings as the ‘European Economic Community’ or EEC/Common Market has been one of mission creep. ‘Theirs was always a project to absorb member countries into one superstate, as they made clear from the start when they talked of ‘ever closer union’…

“‘All we’ve done is to highlight some of the major steps the EU has been taking along the road to the creation of this superstate, run by an undemocratic and inefficient bureaucracy, controlling vast swathes of the continent, and centralised in Brussels…

“Emmanuel Macron has previously spoken of his wish for a greater European superstate and EU army. After becoming President in 2017, Mr Macron initiated the call for a collective EU army in order to combat China. He said: ‘We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States… We will not protect Europeans unless we decide to have a true European army.’”

The EU—or at least core European nations—will become a corrupt dictatorial power bloc with its own army.

London and Paris Relationship at New Low

Express published on August 9 an article with the following headline:

“Boris & Macron on collision course as France-UK relations sink to lowest since Iraq War.”

The article continued:

“TENSIONS between London and Paris are at an all-time low, a former ambassador has claimed, as Emmanuel Macron skewers Britain for leaving the EU. Paris and London sources said disputes over vaccine orders, fishing, migrants and the Northern Ireland protocol have put Mr Macron and Boris Johnson on a collision course

“Lord Ricketts, formerly ambassador to France… who served between 2012 and 2016 [said:]: ‘The many disagreements that have arisen in recent months have created such a climate of mistrust that one decision cannot undo the damage done. Franco-British relations have fallen to an all-time low, a deterioration reminiscent of the deep divisions over the Iraq war in 2003… He claimed President Macron was ‘one of the European leaders most hostile to the withdrawal from the European Union.’

“The Peer continued: ‘Controversies over-vaccination or quarantine have not helped matters, far from it.”

Core Europe will turn violently against the UK. What we experience now is just a very small foretaste.

Dealing with Dissident EU Member States

VOA News wrote on August 8:

Hungary’s growing list of European Union worries includes controversial LGBT legislation and potentially hacking the phones of journalists, rights activists and political opponents.

Poland has rebuffed a ruling by the bloc’s highest court, claiming its own constitution has precedence over the EU laws it vowed to follow when it joined the club in 2004, although it now appears to have backed down.

“Farther north and politically opposite, Denmark’s leftist government is also feeling legal heat over its recent decision to return hundreds of Syrian immigrants to Damascus, a move critics say violates basic human rights and could set a dangerous precedent for other deportations….

“European leaders are speaking out against dissident members

“The [EU] commission is also probing allegations Israeli spyware was used against EU media…

“The commission’s July rule-of-law report… found a raft of concerns about Hungary and Poland in areas such as press freedom, judicial independence and corruption. It also faulted other states, including Western members such as Austria and Italy, although on a lesser scale…

“There is no mechanism for ousting errant member states, and efforts to suspend their voting rights risk being difficult…”

Ultimately, ten powerful core European nations or groups of nations will emerge from the EU. Italy will definitely be part of them.

Germany’s Unpopular Candidates

The Local wrote on August 8:

“With only 50 days until Germany’s federal election, the frontrunner to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor — CDU/CSU candidate Armin Laschet — is fast losing favour with voters, according to the latest poll. Only 24 percent of those surveyed in the latest ARD “Deutschlandtrend” (Germany trend) poll were satisfied with Laschet… This was a full 13 percentage points less than a month ago.

“Laschet, currently state premier in North-Rhine Westphalia, has been criticised for his crisis management ability and recently came under fire for his response to the floods, which badly hit his own state. To make matters worse, he was captured on camera laughing while German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier paid homage to flood victims.

“The polls indicated that the Green candidate Annalena Baerbock was also quite unpopular; with 27 percent (down 1 percent on the previous month) she was rated only slightly better than Laschet. These represent historically bad values for both candidates…

“In the latest poll, SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz came out as by far the most popular of the three candidates for chancellor with a 48 percent satisfaction rating. If it were possible to vote directly for the chancellor, Scholz would win by a clear margin…

“Interestingly, both Laschet and Baerbock were also less popular than their respective internal competitors. Fifty-six percent of those surveyed were satisfied with CSU boss Markus Söder, who would have liked to run for the CDU/CSU Union instead of Laschet…

“Chancellor Angela Merkel remained the most popular politician with a 66 percent approval rating (down 3 percentage points on the previous month)…”

This is remarkable. As in the past, Germans will finally want to have a strong and powerful leader… and sadly, they will get one.

Kamala Harris Most Unpopular VP since the 1970s

RSBN (Right Side Broadcasting Network) wrote on August 4:

“Despite typical division along party lines, Republicans and Democrats agree on one thing: Kamala Harris is one of the most unpopular Vice Presidents in the United States since the 1970s.

“The most recent ratings show record lows for the vice president, with 47-48 percent who disapprove of her performance at the White House versus 46 percent who approve…

“Despite that young people typically lean toward Democrats, young American voters ages 18-29 indicated low favorability of Harris. Only 36 percent found her favorable while 41 percent disapproved. Similar numbers were found among Hispanic voters….

“Although she has spent several months touting her gender and unique ethnicity in order to garner support, as well as criticizing GOP-backed electoral integrity bills, Kamala Harris cannot bring even the most radical liberals to support her job performance.”

Kamala Harris’s unpopularity might very well be the reason why no one is really pursuing the question as to how competent, mentally, Joe Biden is for serving as President. Because if he were (asked to) step down or be removed, Kamala Harris would take over his position—and this nightmarish scenario nobody wants to contemplate.  

US Government Funds Abortion to Collect Fetal Tissue

Breitbart wrote on August 4:

“The National Institutes of Health (NIH) granted $3.2 million in federal funds to the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) to achieve its goal of becoming a fetal tissue collection site that could quickly harvest the organs of full-term aborted babies, according to documents obtained as part of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit.

“Judicial Watch and the Center of Medical Progress (CMP) announced Tuesday the receipt of 252 pages of documents from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which oversees NIH, the nation’s medical research agency…

“Daleiden, who conducted undercover investigations of Planned Parenthood’s alleged fetal tissue trafficking with biomedical procurement companies, elaborated: ‘… Infants in the womb, some old enough to be viable, are being aborted alive and killed for organ harvesting, in order to bring in millions of dollars in taxpayer funding for Pitt and the Planned Parenthood abortion business it supports…’”

This is so abominable and ungodly.

The Draft—”Equality in Slavery”

Ron Paul wrote on August 9 in the Ron Paul Institute:

“The Senate Armed Services Committee approved last month a National Defense Authorization Act that includes a requirement that women register with Selective Service on their 18th birthday. If the bill becomes law with this provision included and a military draft is reinstated, women will be forced to join the military, and America will have equality in slavery…

“Forcing young people, regardless of their sex, to fight, kill, and even die in war is the worst violation of individual liberty a government can commit. Those who support the military draft implicitly reject the Declaration of Independence. How can someone support forced military service and still claim to believe all individuals are endowed with unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?

“While commonly thought of as a ‘left-wing’ position, opposition to the draft has historically united Americans across the political spectrum. Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater both opposed the draft while running for president. Russell Kirk, the scholar who helped popularize the term ‘conservative,’ opposed conscription…”

What does God say about fighting in war and joining the military? Please read our free booklet, “Should YOU Fight in War?”

Troubling Executive Order in Tennessee

WND wrote on August 8:

“An executive order signed quietly by Tennessee’s Republican governor is troubling some Americans as it greenlights the National Guard and State Guard to implement quarantines and involuntary commitment of citizens ‘in connection with certain health care and emergency services operations,’ with the governor specifically concerned about ‘an increase in COVID-19 cases.’…

“The group says it found some of the provisions in the executive order ‘exceptionally concerning,’ including:

‘”Discretion to utilize National Guard and State Guard members in connection with certain health care and emergency services operations… Telephone assessments for involuntary commitment cases are permitted… Temporary quarantine and isolation facilities may be constructed.’”

This is actually quite disturbing, bringing up memories of Nazi and Soviet concentration camps, and of today’s Chinese concentration camps.

An Open Letter to the Unvaccinated

On August 2, OCLA (Ontario Civil Liberty Association) published the following open letter to the unvaccinated in an attempt to counter the fearmongering of the Canadian government:

“You are not alone! As of 28 July 2021, 29% of Canadians have not received a COVID-19 vaccine, and an additional 14% have received one shot. In the US and in the European Union, less than half the population is fully vaccinated, and even in Israel, the ‘world’s lab’ according to Pfizer, one third of people remain completely unvaccinated. Politicians and the media have taken a uniform view, scapegoating the unvaccinated for the troubles that have ensued after eighteen months of fearmongering and lockdowns. It’s time to set the record straight.

“It is entirely reasonable and legitimate to say ‘no’ to insufficiently tested vaccines for which there is no reliable science. You have a right to assert guardianship of your body and to refuse medical treatments if you see fit… It is your body, and you have the right to choose. You are right to fight for your children against their mass vaccination in school.

“You are right to question whether free and informed consent is at all possible under present circumstances. Long-term effects are unknown. Transgenerational effects are unknown. Vaccine-induced deregulation of natural immunity is unknown. Potential harm is unknown as the adverse event reporting is delayed, incomplete and inconsistent between jurisdictions.

“You are being targeted by mainstream media, government social engineering campaigns, unjust rules and policies, collaborating employers, and the social-media mob. You are being told that you are now the problem and that the world cannot get back to normal unless you get vaccinated. You are being viciously scapegoated by propaganda and pressured by others around you. Remember; there is nothing wrong with you.

“You are inaccurately accused of being a factory for new SARS-CoV-2 variants, when in fact, according to leading scientists, your natural immune system generates immunity to multiple components of the virus. This will promote your protection against a vast range of viral variants and abrogates further spread to anyone else.

“You are justified in demanding independent peer-reviewed studies, not funded by multinational pharmaceutical companies. All the peer-reviewed studies of short-term safety and short-term efficacy have been funded, organized, coordinated, and supported by these for-profit corporations; and none of the study data have been made public or available to researchers who don’t work for these companies.

“You are right to question the preliminary vaccine trial results. The claimed high values of relative efficacy rely on small numbers of tenuously determined ‘infections’…”

Some speak up. Most do not listen.

France Moves towards Total Dictatorship

The Associated Press wrote on August 9:

“France took a big step Monday into a post-pandemic future by requiring people to show a QR code proving they have a special virus pass before they can enjoy restaurants and cafes or travel by plane, train or bus across the country… The measure also applies to tourists visiting the country.

“Many in the entertainment business are annoyed that the government is foisting such a job on them… In hospitals, visitors and patients who have appointments are required to have the pass…

“Polls show that most French support the health pass… Yet the measure has prompted strong opposition from some people who say it compromises their freedoms by limiting movements outside the home… The virus pass has already been in place for last month for cultural and recreational venues including cinemas, concert halls, sports arenas and theme parks.

We know, of course, that the prophesied end-time beast, mentioned in the book of Revelation, will be of German or Austrian descent. Still, Macon’s and the French government’s conduct reminds us to an extent as to what we can expect the beast to do. And most of the French love it. The Bible describes them as unstable as water. But Germany may not be far behind France. Note the next article.

Germany to Follow France’s Footsteps?

Deutsche Welle reported on August 9:

“Two top members of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) have kicked off a big debate over special rights for those vaccinated against COVID-19: Health Minister Jens Spahn and Merkel’s chief of staff, Helge Braun, support the move… And with less than two months to go until a general election, politicians from all political parties are keen to make their voices heard.

“Wolfgng Kubicki, a senior member of the opposition party (FDP) accused the current coalition government… of breaking its promise against making vaccination mandatory. Spahn’s plans, he said, would be exactly that by other means.  The SPD, though they govern with Merkel’s conservatives at the federal level, are also skeptical of the plan to privilege the vaccinated over the non-vaccinated. Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht and some state-level SPD officials have expressed their discomfort, as the party campaigns ahead of September’s vote that will likely end their coalition with conservatives. Lambrecht added, however, that while she did not want to see unequal treatment in the law, private venues can make their own decisions.

“… more than 72% of respondents said they supported giving vaccinated people more rights than those who forego their shots. “

Bild Online reported this week that the German government had lied to the public in several respects and broke many promises which had been made regarding the end of coronavirus restrictions. It is no surprise that uninformed Germans, blindly following the propaganda of the government and the mass-media, as they did in the past, would support Spahn and Co. And Spahn’s popularity, which suffered a great decline recently, may be on the rise again.

CDC Issues Another Warning… Will It Ever End?

Newsmax wrote on August 9:

“The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned on Monday against travel to Israel, France, Thailand, Iceland and several other countries because of a rising number of COVID-19 cases in those nations…”

Satan is busy to resurrect the circus of travel bans… just in time for God’s annual Holy Days.   

Former Pfizer Vice President Warns against Covid Vaccines for Pregnant Women

Life Site News reported on August 5:

“… former Pfizer vice president Dr. Michael Yeadon highlighted three reasons why women of childbearing years and younger should entirely reject experimental COVID-19 gene-therapy vaccines. ‘You’re being lied to, I’m being lied to,’ said the professional research scientist. ‘The authorities are not giving us full information about the risks of these products.’

“Yeadon, who has degrees in biochemistry and toxicology and a Ph.D in respiratory pharmacology, worked for 32 years in the pharmaceutical industry and retired in 2011 from the most senior position in his field as vice president and chief scientist for allergy and respiratory at Pfizer…

“The British national explained his first point as being ‘so obvious’ that all can agree. ‘We never, ever, give experimental medicines to pregnant women. Why do we not do that?’ he asked. He went on to explain how 60 years ago ‘women were exposed to a new product for morning sickness called thalidomide and it led to at least 10,000 birth malformations.’… ‘You never ever give inadequately tested medicines, medicinal products, to a pregnant woman,’ he emphasized. ‘And that is exactly what is happening. Our government is urging pregnant women, and women of childbearing age, to get vaccinated. And they’re telling them they’re safe. And that’s a lie because those studies have simply not been done.’…

“Yeadon said that given two other studies, the situation looks ‘much worse’ due to evidence of actual damaging effects on fertility… Yeadon discussed how a study… revealed ‘how the vaccine [substances] distributed around the body’ of rats over time. What we find is the vaccine doesn’t just distribute around the body and then wash out again… It concentrates in ovaries of rats… You don’t want this product in your ovaries. It’s simply not necessary to induce immunity to have a vaccine in your ovaries…’

“Yeadon called his final point ‘even worse’ because it entails study results from experiments on actual humans. Last December, Yeadon issued a petition to the European Medicines Agency with another physician from Germany expressing several concerns with the testing of the COVID-19 vaccines… While Yeadon’s petition was ignored, he states that “a study has just come out a few weeks ago, and it says exactly what I was worried about.

“‘Fifteen women were given the Pfizer vaccine. They drew blood samples every few days. When they measured antibodies against spike protein, which took several weeks to appear, they also measured antibodies against the placenta and they found that within the first one to four days an increase of two and a half to three times. That’s a 300% increase in the antibodies against their own placenta in the first four days,’ he explained… ‘that is a vaccine-induced autoimmune attack on their own placenta. And I think you can only expect that that is happening in every woman of childbearing potential. It’s generating antibodies against this critical [spike] protein required for fertilization and successful pregnancy,’ he said…

“‘So, I’m here to warn you that if you are of childbearing potential, or younger, not at menopause, I would strongly recommend you do not accept these vaccines,’ he concluded.”

A warning coming from the former Pfizer vice president should not simply be ignored or suppressed.

Suppressing Medical Opinions

Life Site News wrote on August 4:

“Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet… explained how her own clinical experience and medical research have shaped her understanding of COVID-19 and the mRNA jabs, and given her a burning desire to help the public with her insights.

“Vliet shared that her background in internal medicine and climacteric medicine, which studies the effects of hormonal changes on the body during menopause, has informed her understanding of COVID-19 treatment, as well as the side effects of the so-called vaccines…

“Vliet said the ‘coordinated government-media-big tech collusion’ is being dishonest about the actual effectiveness of the COVID jab in order to ‘drive people’ to receive it. ‘And the tragedy of it is that people are being totally lied to, when they are using the Delta variant as a reason to rush out to get the experimental COVID shot, because the COVID shots don’t protect against the Delta variant…’

“Vliet lamented the fact that relatively few doctors are standing up to ‘the suppression of medical information,’ and that even these doctors are being silenced… Vliet said, ‘Never in my career, never ever has there been this degree of censorship across the board: medical boards, governors, media outlets, government agencies, health systems, hospitals, medical schools, research institutions… Never has there been such a coordinated draconian attacking physicians who are simply trying to do their job to assess the patient, determine treatment to the best of their ability, use the tools at hand, that are FDA approved medicines, widely available, and used every day in medical practice. Never have we had anything like this. It is totally unprecedented.’…

“When asked why she believes censorship and suppression of medical information is occurring, Vliet said… ‘There are 3 things that tend to motivate decisions like this: Money, power, and control…’

“Vliet said that people have given up their usual ‘common sense’ approach to life when confronted with COVID-19… ‘people are blindly going into one of the largest experiments in human history, asking no questions, and that’s not what they do in any other aspects of their lives…’”

Sadly, she is absolutely right when speaking of “blind” submission and giving three reasons (and there might be more) for censorship and suppression of medical (and other) information: Money, power and control by the government, Big Tech, the mass-media and its medical pharmaceutical supporters.

Big Business

RTL Today wrote on August 11:

 “Covid vaccines have brought billions of dollars to the coffers of pharmaceutical companies… Pfizer has earned more than its competitors, raking in $10.8 billion (9.2 billion euros) in the first half of this year… expecting to make $33.5 billion in sales for the full year.

“BioNTech reported on Tuesday revenues of $7.3 billion euros in the first half. Unlike its larger partner, the company’s only product on sale is the coronavirus vaccine. BioNTech expects vaccine revenues to reach 15.9 billion euros for the full year…

“Moderna reported turnover of $5.9 billion in the first six months of the year. It expects to make $20 billion in revenues thanks to the vaccine this year… AstraZeneca and… Johnson & Johnson had their vaccines approved by the EU later than their rivals.

“AstraZeneca’s Covid jab generated $1.2 billion in sales in the first six months of the year. J&J reported $264 million in sales and expects to make $2.5 billion for the full year. AstraZeneca has not provided a detailed full-year estimate.”

But it is all, of course, for the benefit and health of the customers…

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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.

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Does God travel?

For many years, the (now defunct) Worldwide Church of God (WCG), under its human leader, Herbert W. Armstrong, knew the answer to this question. WCG also knew that God is not a Trinity, but a Family, consisting of two Persons—the Father and the Son. It knew that the Son—Jesus Christ—died and was dead for three days and three nights, and that He was resurrected by God the Father. WCG also knew that even though God is Spirit or a Spirit being, He has spiritual form and shape.

When Mr. Armstrong died, changes were introduced under the new administration, in order to become more like “orthodox” Christianity. At first, it was proclaimed that God is just one Person, but He consists of three “hypostases” or modes of being. The “new” WCG adopted this concept from the Greek Orthodox Church. But not being satisfied with that “explanation,” it moved on to embrace the concept of the Trinity, as taught by the Roman Catholic Church and most Protestant churches—one Person in three Persons.  (A long-time Evangelist stated at the time that the transition from the Greek Orthodox Church’s concept to the Roman Catholic Church’s concept was never explained.)

With this change, the idea was promulgated that God, as a Trinity, could never change—meaning that when Jesus Christ died on earth, the Son of God was still alive in heaven. It was further stated that God had no form and shape, but that He was some kind of a “blob”—even though that word was objected to, as it implied a “shape.” God was to be understood similar to what the New Age movement teaches (even though that “label” was also rejected): He is just everywhere, without form and shape. He is in every stone, in every grain of sand, in every human, in every animal, in every angel, in Satan and every demon, in every drop of water…

That idea, of course, was accompanied by the concept that God cannot travel—that He cannot move from one place to another place—as He is everywhere at all times. As words in the Bible relate the opposite, they were just to be viewed as figurative language designed for our limited human understanding, as this would be all that we could comprehend.

We hasten to add that these concepts, in one way or another, ARE the teachings of traditional Christianity. The new leadership of the WCG did not consist of such “bright and intelligent” people who just designed these ideas on their own—they simply embraced what orthodox Christianity had taught for almost two thousand years. They, in turn, had adopted these ideas from pagan concepts taught and believed in by Egyptian, Babylonian and Greek “theologians” and philosophers.

To answer the question from the Bible as to whether God does travel, we need to touch upon the concepts as referred to above.

Let us begin by reviewing who raised Jesus from the dead. Was the Son of God, as part of the unalterable Trinity, still alive when Jesus was in the grave, and did He, as the Son of God, raise Him up? In other words, did the Son of God raise Himself up? Or, as the “new” WCG postulated, did the unalterable “Trinity” (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) raise Jesus up? (The problem with the “new” WCG’s teaching was that no place was found for Jesus. Was He part of the Trinity or not, even after His resurrection? First, two circles were drawn—one designating the Trinity, and one next to it designating the resurrected Jesus. Later, the circle designating Jesus was subsequently placed inside the bigger circle designating the Trinity. And finally, the circle designating Jesus, inside the Trinity, “disappeared”, so that Jesus had somehow “merged” with the Trinity.)

We addressed the question as to who raised Jesus from the dead in a Q&A, titled, “Would you please explain Jesus’ statement in John 2:19, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up…’?…”:

“Some use this passage to teach that Christ rose Himself up FROM THE DEAD. They claim that Christ, the Son of God, never died, but that only His ‘human mantle’ did. They teach that the Son of God was the second member of an immortal and unalterable Trinity, and that He therefore could not have died. They postulate that Christ–the Son of God–raised up the human mortal Jesus. This ABOMINABLE HERESY is nowhere taught in the Bible! The Bible makes very clear that God is NOT a TRINITY; that Jesus Christ was the Son of God; and that HE DIED… It was God the Father [not the Son or the Trinity] who raised the DEAD Christ FROM THE DEAD.

“For instance, Galatians 1:1 states: ‘Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God THE FATHER, who raised HIM from the dead)…’ When Christ died and was brought back to life shortly thereafter as an immortal spirit being, God the Father CHANGED Christ’s physical body (which had not yet decayed) into a spirit body… After three days and three nights in the grave, God the Father brought the DEAD Christ back to life. Christ got up, and at THAT moment, He fulfilled the prophecy that He had given to the Jews in John 2:19: He raised up His BODY.

“In other words, He was lying on the ground in the tomb (John 19:40-42), but when He received immortal life from God the Father, He got up from the ground. The word for ‘raise up’ (in Greek, ‘egeiro’), as used in John 2:19, is used many times to describe someone who simply STANDS UP. It is used in Mark 1:31; 9:27, and in Acts 3:7, as well as in James 5:15. In all of those cases, sick people stood up from their sick bed. God ‘raises or lifts’ them up by giving them the power or strength to stand or to get up. John 2:18-22 does not teach that Christ raised Himself up FROM THE DEAD. Rather, it teaches that after God the Father resurrected Him from the dead. Christ raised up the temple of His BODY, by getting up.”

In addressing the concept that God has form and shape and that, as a Person, He is not everywhere at the same time, but that He indeed travels, moves and changes locations, we stated the following in our Q&A, “Is God really omnipresent, that is, everywhere at all times? Scriptures like Genesis 3:8-11 seem to suggest the opposite!”:

“The question of God’s omnipresence has puzzled men for centuries and millennia, and diverse and sometimes incredible answers have been proposed. One common idea in Orthodox Christianity is that God, as a Spirit being, is everywhere, as allegedly, Spirit has no form or shape–no limitations–no ‘parts.’ God is understood to be–even though proponents of that idea would oppose such wording–a formless or shapeless ‘blob’–permeating everything.

“This idea is clearly unbiblical. God HAS form and shape. God said that Moses saw the glorified ‘form’ of the LORD (compare Numbers 12:8). God, when creating man, said that man was to be made in accordance with the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27; 9:6). God is described as having a head, arms, a body, feet, eyes and hair, among other aspects. Man is made in the physical form of God–-he is a physical reflection, if you please, of the Spirit Beings, God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son. Please also note that Christ is described as the [Spirit] image of God the Father (2 Corinthians 4:4). He looks like God the Father; that is why He could say, even when He was here on earth in human form, ‘He who has seen Me has seen the Father’ (John 14:9). In that same way–on a physical level–man is made in the image of God.

“Given the fact that God has form and shape, He IS therefore at one given moment in only one place at one specific time. This means, when He is sitting on His throne in heaven, He is therefore not at that very same moment on earth, or on planet Mars, or in another galaxy billions of light-years away. This is why we read that God came down from heaven to walk on earth; that Jesus Christ, after His resurrection to a Spirit Being, ascended to heaven; that He was brought before God the Father in heaven to receive kingship and power; and that He will return to this earth, in power and glory, to rule all nations. Of course, we must also understand that God CAN ‘travel’ from one place to another within a ‘split second’… [W]hen God is at a certain place, at that very same moment, He cannot be–as a Person–at a different place at the same time.”

We then went on to explain that God the Father and Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit emanating from both of them, can be “everywhere,” but NOT as Persons. We said:

“David did not conclude that God’s miraculous omnipresence was due to God being everywhere like a form- and shapeless blob; he knew better than that… God the Father and Jesus Christ are both Spirit beings. They both have form and shape, composed of Spirit. But the Holy Spirit is NOT a being–rather, it is the power emanating from God (compare Micah 3:8; Luke 4:14). It is through the POWER of God’s Holy Spirit that things are created. And God’s Holy Spirit does not have form and shape–God’s Holy Spirit does not exist in a bodily form…

“God, a Spirit being, who has form and shape, is everywhere through His Spirit…

“Turning… to Genesis 3:8-11, we find that God–actually in the Person of Jesus Christ, as no man has ever seen the Father (John 1:18; 6:46)–‘walked’ in the Garden of Eden. That must be understood quite literally. At that moment in time, Christ appeared to Adam and Eve in a physical manifestation, but through His Spirit, He was still everywhere. [Later, we find that Christ appeared to Abraham and Sarah, together with two angels, manifesting themselves ‘as’ humans, to eat and to speak with them about their future son and to warn Abraham of the impending destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (compare Genesis 18:1-2, 13, 16-33; 19:1).]…”

Further explanations were given in our Q&A, titled, “Does God observe all the terrible individual and collective sins of mankind?” :

“We read Christ’s words to Abraham in Genesis 18:20-21: ‘Then the LORD said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.”’… Some commentaries tell us that this wording [of God coming down and seeing how bad it was] is ‘anthropomorphic’ (applying human characteristics, traits or attributes to God) or a figurative way of speaking, allegedly ‘proving God’s omniscience or all-embracing knowledge.’

“Of course, most commentaries do not believe that God has form and shape, and that man was made, in a physical way, after the spiritual likeness of God. Nor do they believe that God travels, going from one place to another.  But the Bible clearly teaches both…

“A similar conclusion can be gleaned from the account about the Tower of Babel. We read in Genesis 11:5-8: ‘But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city.’

“This passage implies that Christ came down, apparently in response to a report by His angels, to see what was really happening at Babel, and after having analyzed the situation, both the Father and Christ determined to go down to confuse the languages…”

Taking the Bible by its word, we can see the following:

  • God has spiritual form and shape. As such, He MUST travel from one place to another place to reach His desired destination.
  • The Son of God, Jesus Christ, died and was dead and in the tomb for three days and three nights, without any consciousness. He was not in heaven while He was dead in the grave on earth. The Father raised Christ from the dead. Christ (the Son of God) was dead and did not raise Himself up; and Christ left the grave and ascended to the third heaven—all of this showing that God—in the Person of the Son of God—does travel.
  • God, in the Person of Jesus Christ, traveled and came down from heaven to see Abraham, and He sent two angels to Sodom to determine whether there would be ten righteous in the city.
  • Christ will return to this earth with His holy angels, traveling from heaven to reach the earth.

All these statements show by written biblical verification that God travels—that He “moves” from one place to another place.

Let us focus in more detail on the clear teaching of the Bible in this regard:

After His resurrection, Christ appeared and walked with two disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-31). It would be rather strange to conclude that Christ was at the same time in heaven, sitting next to the Father on His throne, while watching Himself from heaven, walking on earth with the two disciples.

We read in the Book of Revelation that after new heavens and a new earth have been created, the Father will come down from heaven to the new earth to dwell there (Revelation 21:3). Will He at the same time, while dwelling on the new earth, still dwell in the third heaven?

When Christ will come down to the earth to establish the Kingdom or Government of God and rule with the immortal saints on and over the earth during the Millennium and the Great White Throne Judgment, will Christ at the same time still sit on the Father’s throne in the third heaven? And since we will be immortal members of the Family of God, will we also be part of a huge Nirvana-like blob? Are meeting Christ in the air when He returns, and are Christ’s and our ruling on the earth just illusions and hallucinations—a gigantic fraud designed for us poor human beings who could not understand the Truth? Putting the questions this way, we should see how utterly nonsensical and ridiculous the idea is that God has no form and shape, and that He does not travel.

Let us also notice this:

Christ will come back in clouds as He ascended to heaven in clouds (Acts 1:9-11) please see our Q&A on the manner of the return of Jesus Christ (https://www.eternalgod.org/q-a-8412/.) He will come down to fight for Israel (Isaiah 31:4-5). His feet will stand on that day on the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:4), and all the saints will be with Him (verse 5). But no, learned theologians tell us, none of that happened and will happen, because God, in the Person of Jesus Christ, does not travel and He has no feet with which He could stand on the Mount of Olives.

We also read that God (Jesus Christ) came down to Mount Sinai to speak the Ten Commandments (Exodus 19:20; 20:1). He later came down in the cloud and the pillar of cloud (Numbers 11:25; 12:5).

We are told that the LORD rides on a swift cloud (Is. 19:1), and that He rides on a cherub or cherubim (Psalm 18:9-10; compare Ezekiel 1:4-28; 9:3; 10:4, 18).

All of this shows, of course, that God travels, moves, walks, rides or flies, and thereby changes locations.

The Bible tells us quite succinctly that God (Jesus Christ) came down from heaven to deliver Israel out of slavery (Exodus 3:8). The Rock that went with and that followed Israel was Christ (1 Corinthians 10:4).

He passed by Moses to show him His glory, which Moses could only view from the back (Exodus 33:18-23). He descended in the cloud and stood with Moses (Exodus 34:5). He talked to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend (Exodus 33:11).

To even suggest that all these statements of fact—and there are many more—are not true and did not really convey what happened (as allegedly, none of that happened) makes a mockery of God and His Holy Word—the Bible. God does not look kindly on those who do this, and He most certainly will not hold them guiltless. Let us make sure that we are not fooled by the trickery, the cunning and deceitful craftiness of man, (compare Ephesians 4:14), but that we continue to believe God and His infallible Word.

Lead Writer: Norbert Link

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Preaching the Gospel and Feeding the Flock

compiled by Dave Harris

“Evil Empires and Evil People—Wild Beasts of the Bible,” a new booklet written by Evangelist Norbert Link, has been posted. Hard copies will be mailed to our subscribers. Please contact us if you would like to receive a copy.

“Killing Sunday-Keeping Aliens?” is the title of a new StandingWatch program, presented by Evangelist Norbert Link. Here is a summary:

In our last StandingWatch program, titled, “Killing Sabbath-Keeping Aliens,” we spoke about the science fiction movie, The Tomorrow War, pointing out that these hostile aliens were keeping and resting on the seventh day—the Sabbath—and had to be destroyed. The question arose whether the reference to the seventh day—the Sabbath—was not actually a reference to Sunday. Is Sunday the biblical Sabbath? What is the Truth?

“Jesus—DER Gott des Alten Testamentes!” is the title of this Sabbath’s new German sermon, presented by Norbert Link. Title in English: “Jesus—THE God of the Old Testament!”

“US Government under Attack regarding Israel, Afghanistan, and its Vaccination Policies—Comments on News and Prophecy, August 7, 2021,” the first message presented last Sabbath by Norbert Link, is now posted. Here is a summary:

Due to Iran’s and Hezbollah’s attack on Israel and the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, the situation in these areas is getting more and more precarious and devastating. The USA is largely blamed for the developments. We also observe fear-mongering in many countries regarding Covid-19, including in the USA, with medical recommendations and governmental measures and mandates continuously changing. Opposition, demonstrations and resistance in the USA and Western nations are growing. How will governments in those countries respond?

“Birds of the Bible,” the sermon presented last Sabbath by Michael Link, is now posted. Here is a summary:

There are many different birds mentioned in the Bible, and certain birds are particularly referred to for specific and symbolic purposes. What can we learn from their significance in the way the Bible uses them?

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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