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AND KEEPING ALERT AMONG THE MACHINES
It has done
The Australian in articles by Peter Wilson and Greg Sheridan
presents some valuable news for October 14, for our present purpose. While the
machinery of man is working in
first call is on the extensive treatment of European growth data, by
has done so through the
They have faded, but the Common Market quickly arose to take their place, like an urgent actor, knowing his time was near, waiting precipitate, in the wings of the theatre of life. Then has come the European Union, and on SMR pp. 719ff. in particular, its growing strength, and the relevance of this to prophetic depiction, have been noted. How changed the vision since those few short years following the end of World War II, when Europe reeled from the last lust of one of the member nations, for world rule. It was an idea to be fulfilled for a short period to come, as Revelation 13 and 17 show most clearly, as well as Daniel; but the French (Napoleon) and the German (Hitler, Kaiser) method was too singular. It is to be a multi-national affair, as has been explained in the above references and is seen in Revelation 17.
has already demonstrated itself in many foci and features, and just as the new
Let us see the machinery beginning to develop, then, which is to grow and grow to its heights in the depths, like stalagmites in a pit, but more devised, the mechanisms of dreams, fuelled by hope, driven by desire.
It is moving intractably to its coming features, as within the EU, now this and now that is being disregarded in the interests of magnitude, glory, safety, cohesion and power. It is so often the case. It is UNDERSTANDABLE how each step can be made; but it is the RESULTANT which weighs. You could see how Russia grabbed US power to help it repel Hitler, used US materials lefts (some purposefully, it seems, like the massive copper residue after WW II), used German scientists for rocketry, used menace for expansion (cheaper than hardware), destabilised eastern Europe, grasping, intimidating, invading as in the case of Hungary in 1956, and Czechoslovakia earlier, pursuing glory in shame, and power in weakness, eventually exposing that dilapidated system which was its own, in the early 1990s. So it came and went; and there were those who opposed it, and it subsided for the time.
THE EUROPEAN ASSEMBLAGE
speaks of the resistance to EU growth - after the first moral flush to furnish
it was per Herr Hitler, but after all, it was from
In the post-war period, many sought to stall the Common Market appeal. They were told: it is purely commercial, not political, does not intrude into national integrity, is not a super-State, and all the other sorts of things we have grown accustomed to hearing from the World Council of Churches, about its not being a super-church, and so on; though in each case, the composite body does begin to get a life of its own, and one far removed from its initial pretensions.
Against this stalling, this resistance in Britain to integration with Europe, came economic advantage, amazing markets, mutual stimulus to new glories of co-operation, facility for travel, ease of organisation, a sense of having more things to own, be in, experience, call one’s own and so forth. Slowly the European Parliament, Atomic Energy Commission, Coal and other massifs arose.
More and more, however, the issues were moral, as in the disastrously sodden movement towards having homosexual elements explicitly in the Army, despite the dangers of emotional pressures with shame not dead, making for internal perils. The Blake-MacLean period of corporate betrayal is not forgotten.
be sure, it was CLAIMED at that time, by
the relevant EUROPEAN court, that the British actions to which they objected,
were not for the British themselves, FOUNDED ON MORAL principles. This does
nothing to mitigate the impact of the IMMORAL PRINCIPLES, biblically defined,
that were being forwarded in this anti-spiritual invasion of
How is this so ? Obviously, then, if you die or are wounded for righteousness, this is no shame. You live, have values, stand for them, exhibit them, and your testimony is true: so be it. You suffer and good is done nevertheless. In patriotism, people feel the same, though the cause is far less. If however, instead of suffering for what is right, you imbibe under pressure what is wrong, whether knowing it to be so, or not, but yielding to pressure, then your corruption merely increases, your life loses yet more savour and truth, and you are more in chains then before.
it is not surprising to find, as Time Magazine reported (October
25, 1999, p. 18) from the European Commission President, such words as these: "for the first time since the fall of the
The uniting is political, judicial, moral and all these things cannot but impact on and lead the spiritual, except for those who, knowing God, have divine resources to overcome merely worldly pressures.
well: resistance to the whole scope of European unity, conformism, is still
present, but successively and successfully being overcome. The pound sterling
has been a point of resistance, but alas, with the European Parliament, Court
of Justice and Commission, this commercial symbol, taken alone, grows almost
comical. The reality is that
Romanism was centred in
Undoubtedly, various features and factors were operative to tame British integration with Europe and retard this adventurism: England’s famed liberty, tenderness for freedom, help of the enslaved in World War II, valiant stand, historical development to encourage initiative and enterprise, despite the unhallowed effects of some traditions, its deliverances from political and religious take-overs in the past (not without falling first in some cases). These waned; the new was wanted, and largely now operates, so reducing this historical bastion of Protestant independence, toleration and power, which, in the days of the British Empire, had a fascinating effect in delaying the imperial European power, while in another sense, implementing a power of its own, though remarkably restrained for religious reasons, allied with their political consequences.
The British are IN!
THE NEW UNITY
No longer is this powerful
Currently, and prospectively, then, it is interesting to see the facts and figures. With 10 new candidates for admission to the European Union, Cyrpus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Polland, Slovakia, Slovenia, of some 76 million population total, and various provisions being researched, recommended or subjected to further voting, the prospect appears to be, says Peter Wilson, that the “EU will swell to 450 million in 2004 and then to almost 500 million by 2007, when Bulgaria and Romania are expected to join.”
He adds this: “The current expansion will make it the biggest grouping of rich nations, surpassing the North American Free Trade Area with its 401 million Americans, Canadians and Mexicans.”
is of no mean interest to find from
Hitler in his own way, with a different base but not without some parallel, did just the same, in the name of usefulness taking over, with considerable Romanist help, the power in his own way, and this for purposes slowly showing themselves wholly dissimilar from those initially in view (cf. SMR pp. 968ff.).
Here comes the way for the combination noted in Revelation 17 (cf. Regal Rays … Chs. 9, 10, 11), where the specifically economic-political-supranational power on the one side, and with the expressly religious, firmly in favour of the first massif, forms a double peak. The one is propaganda maestro for the other, and the object is to “worship the beast”. In more literal language, this has the following sorts of elements. First, it is the ACCEPTANCE of the universal and compelling nature of the international, interventionist regime. It rules over men, heart and head, and all. Second, it is the GLORYING in it: it has a worshipful element, its power terrible. Just as the young seem now to like in many cases, larger automobile exhausts for more noise, exhibition and power, in sports cars and even sedan models, thus catering to the delusion of significance through noise and engines, so man has this fatal pathological preconception, that power and glory are the last word. The difficulty ? there is no glory, when power is mere pretence or pretension.
All this you see in Revelation 13, 17 and allied scriptures (cf. II Thessalonians 2, Daniel 7, 2). What is new is this: the fast-moving scenario in what is now Act V of the human drama leading to the return of the resurrected Christ who, just as He said, delayed this phase of the plan and story of salvation for mankind, until the Gospel should cover the earth and the nations (cf. Matthew 24:11-14). It was explicit in this statement of Christ, who knew what was to be; and just as with enormous accuracy, He predicted it in such speeches as this recorded in Matthew, so history is formulating itself in terms that imitate the word of God with ever increasing facility.
It is like a sculpture before our eyes, as if there were a fast-photo presentation of the actions of Michelangelo over many years, showing the statue first formed, and then become alive, to the eye. The shape of things to come is already predicted from millennia past: the shape of history is acting as if it hero-worshipping that prediction, as with adoring eyes, though mesmerised, it takes on the shape declared.
THE NEW LEADERSHIP
If Churchill warned England for a decade or more before the German invasion plans were there to be inspected from the air, in their material provisions, WE have been warned for over two millennia, and far more, as we find if we proceed to inspect Daniel (cf. Highway of Holiness).
Ø Let us however proceed with the article of Peter Wilson. The EU, with a view to the advancing plurality of its composition, is now seeking for 4000 public servants for its Commission, to bring its total to 30,000. There apparently are no less than 80,000 pages of EU rules and legislation “covering everything from mutual recognition of professional qualifications to food safety, corruption and human rights.” Part of the reason for expansion may be the desire to stem the flow of refugees, since “creating jobs and higher incomes in eastern Europe”, may bring rapid growth in economies and less surge for emigration. The “lure of membership” in this vast, ruled and regulated scene is great, with the sense of importance, power and even glory not far away.
His comment following is of importance. It is this: “Having seen power on the continent shift over the centuries, from city-states to empires, then to nation-states and now, to a multinational body, Europe is busily working on ‘deepening’ or strengthening its reach as well as expanding it.” How much closer can you come to the prophetic characterisation of it: partly strong, partly broken. Indeed: “A convention chaired by Valery Giscard d’Etaing, the former French president, is drawing up options for closer integration, and seems to be leaning towards a tighter federal structure, rather than a ‘United States of Europe’ super-state.” This keeps the sense of integration strong, and makes it easier for power to be used when it comes, for the illusion is there, that it is multiplicitous as well as unified.
At the same time, there are forces seeking an end to the ‘clumsy’ rotating presidency of the EU, in favour of a 5 year term for a single president, “who could more aggressively and consistently speak on behalf of the whole union.”
So it goes, as it is written (cf. SMR pp. 683ff.). Enough said. Much more will be done, as the Express Train for Truth to return, and destroy the folly of man’s spiritual paranoia, gathers speed. One thing remains certain; IT WILL COME AS A SURPRISE (Matthew 24: 45-51, I Thessalonians 5). Many Britons found it MOST surprising when the Second World War loomed so soon after the first, despite clear warnings for long years. It is not very surprising when people are surprised by what has long been announced; for you see, they do not believe. Again, the subtlety of the adversary gives them much for pre-occupation, and if there is one thing that is mighty to confuse and diffuse reality from clear vision, it is this. Thus, for example, apart from the predicted plagues (Matthew 24, Revelation 6), and death lust and thrust coming as predicted into the madness that was once seen as such and is now being accepted as part of life by many, the famines and the earthquakes, all in order as announced, there is the specialised phenomenon of the TERRORIST.
THE TERROR AND THE TRUTH
With devastation in Bali (of all places, ‘keep them guessing’), now added to an attack on a French tanker and the destruction of vastly symbolic Twin Towers in New York, while incendiary assaults occur now here, now there, the profile of Al Qaeda grows stronger. It is ironic that this deluded desire to implement force as a means of gaining power in nations, or recovering (as bin Laden declared in one document) lost glories of Moslem rule, itself based on error (cf. More Marvels … Ch. 4), will not lead to any inception of Allah for the world, any more than all the papal schemes of the millennia, will lead to his rule (cf.SMR pp.1032-1088H, 946ff., 912ff).
Each of these, like the Communists, that 3rd international world conspiracy*1, has come reasonably close to the objective; each has been decisively beaten and exposed.
What awaits is true 21st century drama, equipped with all stream-lining, innovation and eventuation. It is not popes with their abnormal and unbiblical requirements (cf. I Timothy 4:1ff.) about non-marriage of priests, lax approach to birth control, not at all correlative to population expansion, not devices to increase Romanist profusion or control; nor is it, for that matter, the absurdity of communist calamities, ignoring the reality of persons and so inhabiting their rule with rulers themselves uncomprehended, but themselves comprehending very well their wildly disposed powers and infinitely inept playing of god*1; nor again, is it wreckage by deranged assassination philosophies, it being obviously much easier to destroy whether by terrorist or by other means, than to build: and mere expertise in the former is no assurance for ability in the latter, which really needs doing!
No, none of these things will appeal. It is to be something which DEVELOPS, the century’s very OWN action, with its votes like those now current, such as the NICE Treaty concerning further European expansion, operating to interpret and apply the minds of the people.
it goes until, large and like children on a bus tour, it finds the need for
discipline, especially when accidents
occur (such as Al Qaeda ‘accidents’), so that naughty people shall not be
ALLOWED to do such things as they do. If this sounds childish, be assured that
it is, for only in God is wisdom to
trust; but man is not so bent, so that the next thing will be SOMETHING ELSE.
It is arriving. Sophistication,
tradition, economic power,
civilised experience, religious unification, all this, the modern
Al Qaeda is merely fostering*2 the desire for co-operation, through its challenge: this leads to the concentration of international power and application to a point; and probably in a little while, there will be seen the intensification of the desire for international control of financial transactions, already made impersonal and electronic, so that easy control is a (relatively) simple result. The use of HIGHLY personal data such as on one’s forehead may seem necessary when the costs are high, so that blame and data can be augmented effectively, and such things quashed even better than Hitler did with his secret police, or Stalin.
Already, a decade or so ago, the beginnings were being seen in a perfectly practical and precisely predicted way (cf. SMR pp. 906ff.). Thus, with a derisible misfiring, this multi-Moslem thrust that is not so far from numerous statements in the Quran (cf. More Marvels loc. cit.), will have not the desired effect, intimidation, reduction of the US’s power so that the Moslem one can be proportionately greater allowing greater access towards world rule, or that of large parts of it (as in bin Laden’s reported communication cf. Lord of Life Ch. 8, *1, and Red Alert Ch. 8). Rather it will enhance the European power through the pressures of expediency, for the growth of the power where God has stated it will be, is now being attested precisely where it was to be. Thus opposition to the Lord, whether through Moslem terrorism, or European banality and pseudo-religious composition, increases the speed of fulfillment of His word.
is a further but related development: judging by world reaction to the efforts
of these multi-Moslem pressure-paks, including those of the Teheran Conference
of 1991 and sequels, there is a broad Moslem hatred against
it is the fascinating feature: for
8 and 9).
in turn has led to a fourth. The power of God is resisted by those who reject
Christ, and the Moslem is a major contender here (cf. SMR pp. 1081-1082, 986ff., 1088Dff., 977f.,
1079ff., 1186Aff., 809, 829ff. – for all of which see Index). Hence in
The CROSS of Christ continues to have been wrought there; while the cross of humanity continues to be found in strong searchlight focus, just there. Man is not being allowed to forget. The word of God, then, surges on according to program in the utmost precision; and the works of man continue to oppose it, and the terrorist matter, according to the reported words of bin Laden, is to a vital extent, stirred and stimulated by US aid to Israel, that catastrophe to many of the Arab view, that incursion of history to their very midst! It is here that the cross-wires are coming sharply into definition: MAN versus God (cf. Revelation ). For a little while, we learn in I Thessalonians 5, there will seem … at last! – to be peace.
This, it is merely the brink of the volcano, which is about to spew its contents skywards, to settle on the earth. It is all part of JUDGMENT, and if man judges the living God irrelevant, what would you expect. Is a fire irrelevant ? Very well then, put your hand into it until it is gone. What does this show ? It is the case then that your faith is awry and your hand is lost.
Our God is a living, a consuming fire; but it is only the rubbish which is consumed. This, it is not an aristocratic matter of assigning grades; it is a matter of rejecting the God of love and being willfully absent from the redeemed (I Timothy 2). HE, God has kept faith; it is for man to keep faith with Him, and this he does when simply, humbly, irretrievably, he repents and accepts not his opinions about God, not his will for God, but God’s will for him, God’s salvation, no mere formula, but not less, for his life, so that Christ being resident, rules it, and being love, intimates it (cf. Ephesians 1-3).
On the biblical exposure of sexual perversion, see The
Certainly it is not the only moral sin in the Old Testament, where the law was applied with rigour in preparation for the awareness of the “exceeding sinfulness of sin” (Romans 7:7-13, 3:31), for which the death penalty was applicable, which Christ in love duly suffered for the repentant who came to Him as He is, in faith, as Lord and Saviour. Nevertheless this specifically is called an abomination and is paralleled with sexual relations with beasts (cf. Leviticus -24). See further in the references noted above.
Though the theocracy no longer applies, the abhorrence is that of the Maker, to certain actions of the made. It is amazing how mankind loves so frequently, almost like a spiritual plague, to disregard the WORD of God, as though in all their journalism and fictions for the press, they alone, being made, had the power to speak (cf. Psalm 94:8-13). When you consider the sheer brilliance and vast power implied in the CREATING of the logic, the thought, the freedom, the imagination, the verbal propensions, the assimilating capacities, the grammatical predispositions, the creative capacities, the spirit of man indeed, on the part of the One to whom all man’s foci and features relate as necessary source (cf. SMR 1-3, TMR 1, 5, 7, 8), the sheer monstrosity of the conception that we only speak, and do not need to exercise the ear, must number amongst the most moribund of mental vagaries. Thus mind and body alike fall when such things are done.
Nor is it that this is the greatest of the sins, though it is abhorrent to the uttermost to God; for it may be forgiven on the normal plateau of pardon, where a new heart and a renewed mind, a changed spirit is part of the entire process of salvation (cf. II Corinthians 5:17ff., Luke 13:1ff., Hebrews 8:10-12). Yet in the domain of the willful, it has a special blaze of furore.
See on these 3 international conspiracies, the following:
Spiritual Refreshings …
On the Communist malady: for
its logical witlessness and historical default, see SMR pp. 925-926; for its psychological
irrationality, p. 614 and for its irrational metaphysical presuppositions,
See also indexes for SMR and the Rest.
Playing God is hard work, and infinitely impossible, for spectacular is the gulf between Creator and creature, the initiator of the realms of operation and the executives within them, the eternal and the temporary sojourners and pilgrims, with whatever bad grace they may take their place in the confines of their creation. Made permanent in the calamities of self-will, this gulf is germane to hell; overcome in salvation, not in its being, but in the consequences of presumption, for those who are delivered from such arrogations, it becomes an inspiring source of wonder, and a delight to ponder. The child of God being accepted into His presence, the profundity of such Fatherhood is part of its magnificence. That Christ became man that we might be with God, is the first introduction to such bounty.
As Greg Sheridan points out in the Australian
(date cited), so far is the thrust from