Be Very Alert! No 195

Be Very Alert!- By Val Hollard (NZ)

On Watch at the Door.                                                                                          No 195, May 26, 2015

WHEN MAN’S WISDOM REPLACES GOD’S WISDOM

The Vatican is to officially recognize Palestine as a state. 135 nations already recognize a Palestinian state. The Vatican previously had diplomatic relations with the Palestinian Liberation Organization. It is a symbolic but significant step, as a Palestinian state still does not exist. The move has upset the Israeli government which says it will hurt the peace process. The treaty still has to be signed.

The Palestinian parliament is continuing to reject any Jewish right to the “land of Palestine”, meaning the entire land of Israel, including the sovereign territory of the State of Israel. The Palestinian parliament has stated that the entire “land of Palestine” is an Islamic endowment, and the Jews have no right to even a single inch of it. This has not stopped the pope from calling the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas “an angel of peace” at a recent meeting. “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.”(Is 5:20)

A state of Palestine would inevitably be a new jihad base for renewed attacks against what remains of Israel. It will be like what happened when Israel gave up Gaza, but worse. Once again, the world will say “peace,” but there will be no peace.

The pope claims to be the representative of Christ on earth but fails to have any understanding of what God’s Word says relating to Israel and many other issues. He lacks wisdom, has no fear of God and seems to sit happily under Satan’s control. Many Western nations look to the pope for moral authority. It is feared that his recognition of a Palestine state will be the tipping point which will result in many Western nations following his lead and recognize a Palestinian state.

The Vatican has failed to recognize that masses of Christians have been driven out of Islamic lands, including the areas occupied by Palestinians. Another pope at another time was eager to recognize the Nazi regime just four months after it was established. Israel is the only democratic country in the Middle East and the only one which recognizes the rights of Christians to practice their faith.

The prophet Joel warns that in the last days the nations will be judged by God for dividing up His land. But praise God that His Word is true, the pope cannot change it, and at that time the fortunes of Israel will be restored. (Joel 3) Israel will be the head and no longer the tail. We are getting perilously close to the Day of the Lord.

During the Holy Year of Mercy beginning in December, the pope wants to send out “missionaries of mercy,” that is, specially selected priests who have been granted “the authority to pardon even those sins reserved to the Holy See,” to travel the world during the Holy Year, offering women pardons for having abortions. The pardons will also extend to doctors and nurses who carry out the abortions. According to the Vatican, pardons for abortion in the Catholic Church can be given normally only by bishops or certain priests, on grounds such as rape.

There is even better news for women who have had abortions. Jesus is our high priest and only mediator between God and man. (I Tim 2:5; Acts 4:12; Heb 7) “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.” (Heb 7:25) Jesus is the only priest we need to obtain forgiveness of sins through His shed blood. Women can turn to Him right now and be totally forgiven of any sins, as He saves completely. No one can forgive sin but God alone. (Mark 2:7)

Confessions to a priest instead of God were introduced into the Catholic Church in 1215. The Catholic doctrine puts human traditions such as this in a higher position than Scripture inspired by the Holy Spirit. “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.” (Ps 146:3-4)

JADE HELM 15

From July 15 to September 15 the US Army Special Operations command will conduct an unprecedented multi-state exercise “to train US Special Operations Forces to further strengthen their working relationship for future deployments and to respond to an international crisis.” The exercise will take place in seven US states. Many Americans are deeply concerned that it involves preparing for martial law. The construction of FEMA domes (large multi-purpose structures) or “detention camps” by the US military in Texas is causing Texans great concern too.

Added to this is the mysterious closure of Walmart Supercenters in Texas, California, Florida and Oklahoma because of “plumbing problems.” They say it just doesn’t hold water as Walmart is yet to apply for any plumbing permits! And then there are reports of huge underground tunnels connecting the Walmarts. The 2,200 employees laid off were given a 2 hour notice, and were told the stores would remain closed for 6 months. Eyewitnesses are reporting that the windows and doors of these Supercenters have been blacked-out, and local police cars are stationed at each entrance as well as the loading docks in the back to prevent anyone from entering the facilities. Conspiracy theorists are out in force!

Also causing concern are reports of marines practicing subduing citizens. Locals in Arizona watched as armed troops chased down “unruly citizens” inside a mock internment camp while role players shook the perimeter fence chanting for food and water. The drill was described as part of “standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine Aviation Training and Readiness.” This has been interpreted to mean the exercise was about subduing, arresting and incarcerating irate citizens during a martial law-style scenario.

“THERE WILL BE FAMINES… IN VARIOUS PLACES” (Matthew 24:7)

Jesus tells us that famines will be one of the signs of the beginning of birth pains. People need water for growing plants for food, and the scarcity of water is becoming critical in many countries across the globe.

The US is facing a water crisis in the western third of the country thanks to the worst drought in more than 1,000 years. Lake Mead is now the lowest it has ever been since the Hoover Dam was finished in the 1930s. People are even stealing water in the some areas. This is just the beginning. Water is being pumped out of the ground at a staggering rate. When all the groundwater has gone, the real crisis will begin. Millions of Americans may be forced to find somewhere else to live.

In the US, bird flu has affected more than 33 million turkeys, chickens and ducks since December. They are being killed to stop the spread of the virus. The economic impact is expected to be severe as supporting industries are affected too. The bird flu epidemic has hit more than 35 countries since early 2014, killing tens of millions of poultry. Also in the US, 40% of honeybee colonies were lost in the past 12 months. Bees are needed for the pollination of $15 billion worth of crops each year.

The Middle East is also facing a severe water crisis because of drought and over-pumping of groundwater. Drought is hitting almost two thirds of the limited arable land across Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, the Palestinian territories and Iraq. An earlier drought was so serious that hundreds of thousands of people fled Iran, eastern Syria and northern Iraq. Iran has water supplies so insufficient that 55 million out of 78 Iranians may be forced to abandon their homes for places unknown. Over two-thirds of Iran’s cities and towns are on the verge of a water crisis.

In other parts of the Middle East, rising sea levels in Egypt threaten to submerge the country’s coastal cities and also contaminate the Nile Delta aquifer, one of the world’s largest groundwater reservoirs. Yemen’s capital Sana’a may become the first capital in the world to run out of water.

The only country without a water problem in the Middle East is Israel. Thanks to a combination of conservation, recycling, innovative agricultural techniques and high-tech desalination, the country has plenty. It also recycles much water.

South Africa is also facing possible food shortages as maize is estimated to have dropped by a third compared with last year. The drought was also likely to hit harvests in southern Angola, Namibia, Botswana Lesotho, Malawi and Madagascar.

Demand for freshwater is rising worldwide and aquifer depletion is also a growing problem. Other factors are also contributing to food shortages including wars. Jesus warns about famines in the last days and in Revelation 6 we are told again that there will be famines. In western countries, food and water shortages are often accompanied by stealing and angry outbursts. It is interesting that the role players in Arizona (see Jade Helm 15) were chanting for food and water. Perhaps martial law will be required when countries are faced with acute shortages.

CANADA is one of Israel’s staunchest allies. Several cabinet ministers of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government have made statements pledging vigilance against the country’s many Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) groups. These groups are mainly associated with universities, labour unions and (sadly) churches. In a UN address, Public Security Minister Steven Blaney argued that boycotts of Israel constitute anti-Semitic hate speech and violence, and vowed a “zero tolerance” policy toward the BDS movement. BDS comes under Canada’s hate crime laws.

RICK WARREN IN THE NEWS AGAIN

Megachurch pastor Rick Warren has won the Christian Book of the Year Award for his weight-loss book, The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life.” It was written with the help of the New Age/Eastern Meditation doctors Oz, Amen and Hymen. Warren’s website also offers an inspirational workout music CD, a DVD that demonstrates his “comprehensive fitness system based on God’s power, not just will power,” and The Daniel Plan Cookbook.

Rick Warren hit the news again later after joining hands with homosexual singer Elton John during a speech before a congressional hearing on AIDS funding, and joked what would happen if the two kissed. “It would be the kiss heard ‘round the world,” he said. The incident drew concerns from Christians across America.

NEWS BRIEFS

The Girl Scouts of America (GSA) is the latest organization to cave to pressure from the LGBTIQA lobby, adapting its policies to extend membership to boys who identify as girls. Penny Nance from Concerned Women for America called the decision ‘just one more slap in the face to Christian parents.’ The GSA website states that girls participating in the scouts will now be obliged to recognize transgenderism as a normal lifestyle.

Former Congressman Frank Wolf warned that Americans’ freedom of conscience is under attack and it’s mainly Christians with conservative values who are in the crosshairs of the new champions of political correctness. Wolf said Christians may have to resort to civil disobedience because their views are increasingly considered ‘intolerant.’ “When tolerance is demanded, when orthodox Christianity is deemed intolerant and when government and even society fails to extend tolerance to people of faith, we are headed down a perilous path,” said Wolf.

The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has voted to allow congregations to ordain gay ministers who are in same sex civil partnerships.

An Air Force general who recently spoke about how God has guided his career should be court-martialled, a civil liberties group is saying.

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