Making Sense of a World in Disarray
Does anyone still remember what were the main concerns in the world at the beginning of the last decade?
It was a turbulent time too, but compared with what we are facing today it was an almost blissful world.
The media headlines in
those days were about the destruction of the environment, the pollution of air,
land and water, the United Nations impotence in solving the world’s conflicts,
the recurrence of famines in
How long we have come from those days. Although many of those problems are still with us, they pale in comparison with what we are facing today: global terrorism, Global Warming, Global Deeming, oil crisis, and excesses of nature the likes of which humanity had never seen before. The planet is simply telling us that it can no longer cope with the burden human beings have placed upon it, and is fighting back vigorously.
One of the bright
lights at the beginning of the last decade was the hope that with the end of
the Cold War the world had entered a new age of peace, progress and
prosperity. That dream is in shambles
too. One only has to look at
This however is only one of many worldwide intractable problems. Gone are the days of carefree travel, of ‘glorious multiculturalism’, of the hope of a world without borders and without trade barriers. The age of peace, progress and prosperity that politicians so enthusiastically promised us at the beginning of the last decade is as far now as it has ever been. Instead, we have a world that has been turned up side down, in which no one is sure of his future anymore.
About two decades ago, I used to work as a broadcaster for a radio station that catered for the ethnic communities of NSW (a part time job in addition to my full time work as teacher/librarian), when news came that the Government had just passed legislation that enshrined multiculturalism in law. Every one in that large studio applauded and jumped with joy, except myself. I withdrew to my desk in silence, head in arms, wondering what would become of this wonderful country of ours. I could not believe that politicians could be so myopic at what they had done.
Prior to that, no one
was prevented from congregating where people of the same language were more
common. Nobody objected to people having
their own ethnic clubs, as long as they were opened to other people as
well. There were German, Greek, Russian,
and other ethnic clubs, and nobody objected to their presence because they did
not form the kernel of ethnic ghettos.
Now there are suburbs in
Prior to that legislation, we all had something in common that united us – the language and a nascent colorful Australian identity that borrowed from every culture and made us all proud Australians. Children of second and third generation lost their ethnic traits and blended in the wider Australian culture without anyone raising an eyebrow. Now, we have people who have been born and educated in this country who confess their allegiance to other cultures and religions, who openly advocate the destruction of the Australian society and the imposition of some kind of intolerant caliphate.
Is multiculturalism at fault for that? Not so much multiculturalism, as multireligionism. What politicians have not understood is that multiculturalism encourages multireligionism, and that is what makes this policy unworkable and dangerous.
The problem comes when
people identify themselves with culture/religion first and with
Cultures do not have emissaries that seek to impose their tenets upon other people in the manner that religions do. Politicians brought up in the liberal tradition of the West, never imagined that their policy would encourage migrants that come from intolerant societies to emulate and preserve that kind intolerant ghetto in the heart of Australian society.
Multiculturalism encourages opportunists to make a virtue out of preserving the old ‘culture’, and discourages those with more progressive minds from blending into the new culture and appearing to be less patriotic to the old one.
God loves variety and
cultural differences. That is why He
created nations and cultures that are different and colorful, but He put them
far away from each other and created geographical barriers that separated
Whenever cultures intermingled in the past, they never lived in peace for very long. The missionaries of the “new world order”, however, ignored the lessons of the past, and now the whole world pays for their ill-conceived experiments.
When God empowered the
Make no mistake about it: multiculturalism is a brand, or branch, of communism. Under the guise of multiculturalism and human rights, every evil thing has become legitimate. This is why the law Courts have lost their compass and forgotten the meaning of justice too. The justice system does not even make a pretence of delivering justice anymore. Instead, it is geared towards upholding the rights of the defendant by any means, while the rights of the victims are seldom if ever mentioned.
Last year we witnessed
an unbelievable spectacle that nearly embroiled
In the weeks and days leading to his execution, an unbelievable array of lawyers, barristers and government officials made their way to the Singapore Government seeking to upturn that verdict. When they did not succeed, they threatened to take the case to the United Nations, to the International Court of Justice, and other forums, but their efforts were cut short by that man’s execution.
Our media noxiated us
for weeks on end with ‘news’ of his plight.
Huge vigils were held in his honor prior to his execution as if he were
a great celebrity, and an unseemly array of church memorials were held for him
after he was executed. Few seemed to
care that of the 26,000 shots that would have resulted from that haul of
heroin, at least 100 deaths would have occurred in the streets of
However, for that to happen, the world needs a complete overhaul of its systems, politics and religions. Unfortunately, it also needs an overhaul of its population. For unlike heaven, which is unlimited, this planet has reached its capacity. In a little over three decades, the word’s population is supposed to double again. But many of the world’s resources are already scarce (water, food and oil among them), and one third of the world’s population goes to bed hungry. Leaving aside the question of whether the world can survive the current crises and reach that point, what would life be like if twice as many people need to be fed? God loves His creation too much to let it reach that unbearable point. Unfortunately, that requires painful measures now. This is what the current world upheavals and realignments are all about.
The problem with our leaders is that they do not know the ways of God. They like to do things their own way, and that is where the danger comes from. National leaders will be forced to take measures to ensure the survival of their people, but rather than turn to God and go about it the right way, they will use the only method they are familiar with – war. This time, however, it will be a war to end all wars, and all humanity. Here are the immortal words of Jesus Christ.
"Take heed that no one deceives you . . . "For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many.” And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.
"Then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened . . . "Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.” "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” (Mat 24:4-7, 21-22, 34-35).
This is what the current world turmoil is all about: a warning from our Creator God that the much talked about Great Tribulation is upon us. But it need not be that way. It is certainly not going to be that way for the people of God. We have God’s promise that His elect will be spared those trials, and that for their sake the life of this planet will be spared too.
God has not left the world in ignorance about those things. The Christian Herald has taken His messages to every corner of the world, particularly to national and religious leaders. This, however, is not a restricted work. Anyone can be part of it. Anyone can become an elect of God. Indeed, God is calling people everywhere to turn around from their destructive ways to His wholesome and dignified way of life. As the Apostles of Jesus Christ have said:
Oil – The Blessing and the Curse of This World
Oil brought unsurpassed prosperity to the world. Internal combustion engines revolutionized transport and brought people together from all corners of the world. Agricultural fertilizers, a product of the petrochemical industry, produced the green revolution that cut hunger in much of the developing world and transformed many impoverished nations into exporters of agricultural products. Now all these achievements are under a cloud, as much because oil also brought the greenhouse effect and the Global Warming, as because the known deposits of oil are fast running out.
“As petrol prices remain sky-high, Keith Sutter reports on a prophet of doom’s early warning”
”Is today’s high price of oil proof of a warning given half a century ago that the world would start to run out of oil by this time? The warning, by American scientist Dr Marion King Hubbert, was largely ignored at the time, but now, 16 years after his death it’s attracting much interest. Historians looking back over the past 150 years will call this the Age of Oil. Oil meets 40 per cent of the world’s energy needs and nearly 90 per cent of transport needs. Oil is also important for fertilizer, DVD’s, rubber, plastics and metals.
Debate over how
quickly oil is being exhausted is focused on the “
There is continuing
debate about when the earth does reach the
Oil is being used much
faster than new reserves are being found.
Seventy per cent of the oil used today was found at least 25 years
ago. On the other hand, the technology
of exploration has improved considerably.
Engineers are drilling in areas that would have been unthinkable a few
decades ago (such as the depths of the
The country plays a key role in moderating the international price because it can flood the market with a new supply and so prevent others from pushing up the price. But how stable is the regime? It knits together traditional tribal clans and conservative Wahhabi Islamic clerics. Ordinary Saudi subjects have an unusual life. They have a lifetime pension but are restricted by the Wahhabi police in how they spend their money. The society is wealthy and open to technology and new ideas, but there is a great control over citizens’ lives and so they can’t reap many of the benefits of globalization.
There is no democracy as such. Citizens don’t pay tax and so the ruling elite feels no obligation to be accountable. The elite consists of about 50,000 people; the precise number isn’t known because some men don’t know how many children they have. Osama bin Laden is one of about 50 children. The elite governs 22 million people (of whom 16 million are Saudi). The other six million have been recruited to do menial tasks (for example women aren’t allowed to drive and so about a million chauffeurs are brought from abroad to drive them).
Osama bin Laden, the
black sheep of his billionaire family, wants to destroy the regime because he
thinks it’s not conservative enough.
Most of the September 11 hijackers were Saudi Arabians – rich,
well-educated young men who, apparently, had much to look forward to and yet
were bored. Bin Laden gave them a cause
to die for. The Saudi problem is just
the tip of the oil iceberg.
The current oil crisis
is different from the one the world faced in the early 1980’s, when the sudden
increase in the price of oil was subsequently offset by a massive increase in
the supply of oil. No such offset will
occur this time, because the oil is not there anymore. Many countries have seen their meager
reserves dwindle in recent years. Even
President Bush went to
war in the
Fundamentalism and democracy are incompatible. Changing those regimes to democracy is a social and demographic earth shift the likes of which only God can achieve. It so happens that He is about to do just that.
Zec 14:16 “And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.
Zec 14:17 And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, on them there will be no rain.”
If the family of
This shall be the punishment of
Now why would
When will these things
happen? Well, dark clouds are already
gathering on the skies of
And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon.
The angel of the ‘bottomless pit” is none other than the angel of oil. This passage says that the age of oil, which began about the middle of the nineteenth century, will last for five months. Using the biblical principle of a day for a year, five prophetic months add up to one hundred and fifty years. That brings the end of the age of oil to about our time. What then?
The end of the age of
oil comes about one hundred and fifteen years after it begins, when its angel
is locked up again into the bottomless pit.
Oil cannot be allowed to run out altogether at this time, because at the
end of the
The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
This passage tells us that the angel of the bottomless pit is none other than the Devil. Any wonder that oil began as a great blessing, and ended up as a curse that is destroying the world. Only the Devil’s gifts have a sharp edge to them.
This brings us to the question of the origin of oil. Scientists say that oil comes from fossils that have been buried deep in the ground over millions of years. However, animals do not transform themselves into oil when they die. If they are left exposed to the elements of nature, they putrefy and dry out, leaving behind nothing but bones.
If the amount of oil that has come out of the ground in the last century and a half was formed from fossils, mountains of animals would need to have been buried alive suddenly. But how could that happen when the same scientists say that no upheavals of the likes of Noah’s Flood, which turned the world up side down, ever occurred, that geological times have always run smoothly like they do these days? No, oil has not come out of buried fossils under pressure and heat, but put into the ground by the Creator at the time of the creation. He knew exactly how much oil was needed for the two ages of oil that humanity would experience in the course of time.
It is interesting to
note that at the end of the Millennium, during the second and short lived age
of oil, the people of Gog and Magog are gathered again against Jerusalem, not
from the far north where they are found before the Millennium, but from the
four corners of the earth. Now how did
they get spread out like that? Obviously
during the Great Tribulation. We warned
President Putin that unless he stopped trampling under foot his weaker
neighbors, his nation faces catastrophe, but he did not listen. When we pointed out that although he has a
nation that extends over nine time zones he still took land from the weakest
and smallest member of the Commonwealth of Independent States, he issued a
statement saying that he took land from the
During the First World
We will have more to say about that shortly, but first this is what God has to say about that kind of behavior.
Exo 22:7 "If a man delivers to his neighbor money or articles to keep, and it is stolen out of the man's house, if the thief is found,
Exo 22:8 he shall pay double. "If the thief is not found, then the master of the house shall be brought to the judges to see whether
Exo 22:9 he has put his hand into his neighbor's goods. "For any kind of trespass, whether it concerns an ox, a donkey, a sheep, or clothing, or for any kind of lost thing which another claims to be his, the cause of both parties shall come before the judges; and whomever the judges condemn shall pay double to his neighbor.”
If Mr. Putin refuses to return that treasure to Romania, with whom he does not have the best of relations these days, he could return it to the Republic of Moldova, currently his ally, but then part of Romania, and therefore just as entitled to that treasure, or at least to part of it. Otherwise it will surely burn his fingers and his pockets, and unfortunately those of his people. It is a universal principle that cannot be broken – upheld by none other than God Himself. Those who try to break it, will themselves be broken.
“It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Heb ), says the Word of God. Pity those who do not believe in God. They always learn the lesson the hard way. For if the size of a nation determined the happiness of its people, the Russians would by far be the happiest people on earth, while people of countries like Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, and others, the most unhappy. The whole world knows that the opposite is true, except the Russian leaders.
Last year the European
Union granted the Romanian Government 1.3 billion euros to prepare the country
for accession to the EU. The Government
could spend only one sixth of that amount.
Such gross incompetence would have drawn the resignation or the sacking
of the Prime Minister anywhere else, except in
There are few
countries that are as endowed with natural resources and beauty as
Commission, said that inadequate financial control, inappropriate accounting,
and the lack of qualified personnel, which it described as “critical”, will
affect important projects after
chief of the European Commission Delegation, Jonathan Scheele, also spoke
critically of a lack of vision in the administration of the Capital. “
grossly deficient planning, dilapidated buildings, and yet the Government
wasted one billion euros. One dreads to
think what Jonathan Scheele might have found if he ventured beyond
We waited ten months
for the new government to take roots before we contacted it about the murder of
my mother, which occurred in 1991under the regime of Ion Iliescu, and which has
never been investigated. Not knowing
whom we should address, we sent e-mails to all ministers, hoping that at lest
one would take up her case and raise this question with the relevant
authorities. Instead, we received a reply from the Minister of Communications
who told us that what we have done is spam, and punishable under Romanian
law. Seeking justice for the murder of
your mother is spam in
When my mother’s
assailants heard that I was planning to revisit the country, they sent word
that if I returned I would have the same fate.
Apparently, “unforeseen accidents” still occur in
We reported in previous editions how during communism, the Securitate had infiltrated and decimated Romanian exile communities. Now, apparently in a show of strength, to prove to us who is still in charge, they have destroyed the one and only organization that maintained its independence and fought for the community spirit during those dark days – the Romanian Australian Cultural Society. How did they do it? By tricking its members into believing that those who were once Securitate agents have changed their color and are now democrats. Those impostors have taken hold of its leadership and have virtually dismantled it. Along the way, they have thrown with mud in the decent members that have kept the organization alive for decades through countless sacrifices. And guess which organization is flourishing again? The same that was once considered a hotbed of Securitate agents and informers, which they called church. There is nothing sacred with those people anymore. As they say, old habits are hard to break. Or as the Scriptures say:
This is what this work has been all about. We have cried aloud the sins of the world, and shall continue to do so to the very end, in the hope that people may turn around from their wicked ways, repent, turn to God, and be saved.
Now we must return
“In the later years”, when oil is on the wane,
Gog and Magog will come “from the far north” with a company of nations, that
Is it a mere coincidence that this alliance has the largest reserves of oil, the fuel of the Devil, and that they are largely responsible for unleashing the angel of death, the angel of terrorism, upon the world at this time?
And how did Gog and Magog end up in the four corners of the earth from their place in the far north? Clearly, an upheaval of unprecedented proportions will occur during the Great Tribulation. How far are we from that event? The current oil crisis is another indicator that we are on the brink of it. Here are transcripts of programs that expose the truth behind the current oil crisis.
‘Real Oil Crisis’
“What would happen if the world were to start running out of oil? Conventional wisdom says we’ve got 30 years, but there’s a growing fear amongst petroleum experts it’s happening much sooner than we thought – that we are hitting the beginning of the end of oil now. So how soon will the oil run out, and can we stop our economy collapsing when it does? How prepared are we for the real oil crisis?”
Narration: What would happen if the world started running out of oil?
Jeremy Leggett: It’s going to be very difficult to get gasoline for transport. Food is not going to be getting through in enough quantities to the shops.
Narration: Conventional wisdom says that’s at least 30 years away. So why does a growing group of petroleum experts believe it’s coming within three?
Eric Streitberg: Ah. I think it’s happening now frankly.
Peter Newman: It gives me nightmares when I think about what we’re headed for. Narration: Are they just scaremongerers or have the rest of us been asleep at the wheel. Are we about to hit the real oil crisis?
Jeremy Leggett: Really when the crisis dawns I think people are going to be looking back in anger. How have we allowed ourselves to get into this mess?
Narration: In just a century, we’ve allowed our lives to become entirely dependent on cheap oil.
Jonica Newby, Reporter: And it’s not just that 90% of our transportation is fuelled by oil. This shopping centre is literally full of petroleum products. Look: the fabric in these clothes – petroleum based. These plastics, petroleum based. It takes on average 6 barrels of oil just to bring one cow to market.
Narration: Yet who of us stops to think oil is a finite resource - the lifeblood of our modern world is steadily pouring away.
Jeremy Leggett: We just take it so much for granted that cars drive around, the pumps are always full. I talk to people in financial institutions who are investing on the assumption that oil supplies are going to grow and grow into the 2030’s. I hardly ever meet anyone who knows about this problem outside a relatively elite group of whistleblowers inside and around the oil industry.
Narration: Dr Jeremy Leggett is part of an international splinter group of petroleum geologists convinced a tipping point on oil is imminent. This former oil industry insider, now alternative energy advocate, has written a new book outlining the case. It makes startling reading. The most oil ever discovered was way back in 1965.
Narration: This graph traces world oil discoveries. Since 1965, the amount of oil discovered each year has inexorably plunged - despite all our advances in technology.
Jeremy Leggett: The last time we discovered a whole new
province was the
Jonica Newby, Reporter: So what exactly is peak oil, and why is it so serious? That’s what I’m heading to the west Australian oil fields to find out.
My guide is a geologist from deep within the oil industry. Eric Streitberg is
managing director of Australian oil company,
Streitberg: The reason I feel strongly about this is that people don’t understand the underlying causes of why petrol prices are going up and what the effect that could have on our lives. Narration: Eric is about to show me what happens when oil field reaches peak oil.
Streitberg: This oil field was discovered in 2001 and is now on full production
doing about 6000 barrels of oil a day which is about 10% of
Eric Streitberg: We’re holding on to peal oil production at the moment but we’ll be going into the inexorable decline of oil fields very shortly.
Jonica Newby, Reporter: Really, and there is nothing you can do?
Narration: To ram home the point, Eric takes me to an oil field which passed peal oil in 1992.
Streitberg: Jonica this is what we are
getting out of this oil well. It’s 99%
water and 1% oil. Narration: All oil
fields follow the pattern of rise, peak then fall – even if they encompass an
entire nation. The
Leggett: These governments have not let
anyone in to verify how much oil they have for getting on for a quarter of a
century and in the 1980s there were some suspicious treatment of oil reserves
data. Most of the Gulf countries
increased their national proved reserves supposedly by in some cases up to
double, and then ever since the quoted figures have not gone down very much at
all. I don’t believe that for a
minute. Narration: The dissident
geologists went back to original surveys to estimate total
Jeremy Leggett: 2008 maybe 2009, certainly no later than 2010. That’s the point at which we will no longer be living in a world with growing supplies of generally cheap oil but instead living in a world of rapidly shrinking supplies of ever vastly more expensive oil and that point of realization is going to come as a real shock. The we will word record oil prices. Who knows how high they can go.
Narration: So what
does the mainstream think? The world’s
largest oil company is Exxon Mobil – Esso.
It employs 20, 000 scientists to generate their own exhaustive data
sets. In their
Dr Schwebel: OK this
is a three dimensional image of the geology offshore
Narration: Doug acknowledges oil will run down eventually, he just vigorously disputes when.
Doug Schwebel: Well, people have been predicting for over a hundred years that we’re going to run out of oil. It hasn’t happened. We don’t think nit is going to happen in the near term. Narration: Exxon calculates twice as much oil left in the world as the so called ‘early peakers’ - placing peak oil decades away.
Doug Schwebel: I mean we are talking at least out to 2030 with what we know today. And then potentially another 20 – 30 years beyond that with technologies that we can envisage might exist. You know if we can improve technology by only 10% then we can recover an additional 600 – 800 barrels of oil.
Narration: if this
majority view is correct, we have plenty of time for a smooth market driven
transition to alternatives via hybrid cars. Cruising in the balm of this
reassuring future, is tempting to dismiss the ‘early peak’ camp entirely, as a
small bunch of vested interests doomsayers.
But it’s not that easy. Petroleum
giant Chevron is now running these startling advertisements. And here in
Eric Streitberg: I asked them to put up their hands if they thought that we had reached peak oil. Fifty per cent of the people in the audience put up their hand saying they believe we’re at peak oil and these are practicing petroleum industry professionals.
Narration: So what if they’re right? This is what the early peak camp are terrified of – an apocalyptic gap between dwindling supply and rising demand from the voracious east.
Jeremy Leggett: It’s panic that causes collapses in markets. People start selling their shares. That’s what happened in 1929.
Eric Sreitberg: Rationing – people having to queue for three days to get a tank full of petrol, not being able to heat their houses.
Peter Newman: Getting dollars a litre you really are grinding to a halt.
couldn’t we just switch to alternatives – like solar cars or hydrogen? Professor Peter Newman should know. He’s been
trying to prepare his home town of
Peter Newman: This is a transport that can’t be done overnight. Hydrogen technology is being developed but it’s a 20 year program.
Jesica Newby, Reporter: Twenty years? Peter Newman: Yeah, the next 20 years are an absolute critical point where we don’t know that we can make it. I just feel we haven’t started soon enough.
Narration: The trouble is, if peak oil is imminent, other mooted oil substitutes, like biofuels, tar sands, shale oil, could only yield a fraction of the world’s needs. And no one can think of an alternative fuel for aeroplanes.
Jeremy Leggett: So I’ve looked at it all and I don’t see a way of closing the gap quickly enough. That’s the honest and depressing answer. It’s all about renaissance. How quickly we can repair the problems and get an alternative infrastructure after the crisis breaks.
Narration: Whether we reach the end of cheap oil in 3 years or 30, it will be a defining moment for human society. Even if there is only a one in ten chance the early peakers are right, with the lifeblood of our economy at stake, shouldn’t we listen just in case.
Eric Streitberg: If people like myself are taking the view that they need to speak out, I think it’s time to start taking it seriously.
Peter Newman: We have lots of preparedness for terrorist attacks; but where’s the plan for peak oil? We don’t have one.
Jeremy Leggett: I
think the interesting thing about the problem is that we’ll find out. We’ll find out who’s right really soon,
within a few years it will happen and play out on our watch.” (Jonica Newwby, ABC, Catalyst, “Real Oil Crisis”,
IEA says world’s energy policy is not sustainable
PARIS/LONDON (Reuters) - The world must change its energy habits or struggle with choking fumes, runaway oil demand and a growing dependence on the volatile Middle East for fuel, the International Energy Agency said on Monday.
Energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions will soar
by more than 50 percent by 2030 if consumers keep burning oil unchecked, the
IEA said in its World Energy Outlook. That would blow a hole in the
Under the IEA's reference scenario, a likely but
undesirable outcome the agency said,
"If investments do not come in a timely and
sufficient manner, there will be higher oil prices, and global economic growth
will suffer," said IEA Chief Economist Fatih Birol. The IEA also outlined a deferred investment
scenario, where producers delay spending -- inadvertently or deliberately --
and a world alternative policy scenario, where importing nations take action to
cut demand and change the pattern of fuel use.
"Consuming countries have realized there has to be a policy
response to these prices and that process has begun," IEA Deputy Executive
Director William Ramsay said. We would
be quite happy to see our reference scenario made irrelevant by good policy
decisions." The combined emissions
of countries that have signed up to
"We have to work out the trick of how to get the
Even if world governments got tough on tackling the
environment and energy security, demand in 2030 would still soar by 37 percent
"This will add to the vulnerability to a
disruption and to the risk that those countries will seek to use their dominant
market position to force up prices at some point in the future," said the
IEA. In the reference scenario, global
For a decade and a half, we have warned humanity that it would come to this, but no one listened. Now everybody is talking about it. All of a sudden, Global Warming is on everybody’s lips. People, who hardly react to warnings about catastrophe, until they experience it on their skins, are outraged that it has come to this without warning.
Hardly a week passes by without another report about the seriousness of the Global Warming. Yet, the general population is still largely oblivious to the magnitude of this problem. Our leaders plead with people to be more energy conscious, to buy cars that are more energy efficient, to put accent on recycling, etc., yet factories are still churning out vehicles that can carry tons when they seldom need to carry more than one person, and travel at speeds that far exceed the sped limit.
Leaders of the nations
that have signed the
As we have said from
the beginning, and will say it again,
The world has turned its back on our messages, and now it pays the consequences. Speaking about the Bible and the Word of God is sure to make one an outcast these days. What human beings like are prophets and preachers who speak of good news even when the world is crumbling around them.
Any wonder that Jesus Christ said the world will be taken by surprise by the most destructive event in its history. We spoke with confidence about those things long before they occurred because we trusted the Word of God, but our nemesis lulled the world into believing that ignorance is virtue, and knowledge is ‘fundamentalism’.
For hundreds of years the people of God paid with their lives for speaking the truth of God, a truth which the world did not want to hear. This time however, ignorance is no longer a refuge. It will hear and obey that truth, or it will die.
Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain.
They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds.”
This prophecy has been in the Scripture for two millennia, yet few people have ever thought that it might occur in their lifetime. They always think of it as a prophecy for an indeterminate future. That future, however, has caught up with us.
We tried to breech this subject with two evangelists who were once conducting a seminar on the prophecies of our time. We asked them to comment on the above Scripture, but they quickly retorted, “When we will come to that we will worry about it then.” It seems that it is all right to talk about prophecies of our time as long as you do not believe them, or not taking them too seriously.
The Catholic Church is even punishing its priests if they dare look into, or comment upon, the prophecies of Revelation. Yet that book is now more important than ever. Without it, we would never understand the times in which we live, and the meaning of the events that are taking place around the world.
I was walking past the
Anglican Cathedral of Sydney at lunchtime one day when I noticed crowds of
people going inside. It was a weekday,
and I was curious what was going on, so I walked in too. The Anglican Archbishop of
The Archbishop touched on a number of subjects, but mostly of the main one about salvation: God is good, man was good once too, but fell and needs redemption, which he could obtain by turning to Jesus Christ. Nothing wrong with that, except that given the recent upheavals in the world I was hoping he might touch on the prophecies of our time and whether Global Warming and the horrible excesses of nature might be part of it. But not a word.
At the end of his Bible study, people were queuing up to talk with him. As I had time on my hands, I joined that queue too. When my turn came, I asked him whether the condition of the world might indicate that we are close to the return of Jesus Christ. He gave me a loud, quick and sharp answer: “No, no one knows the day or the hour of Jesus’ return. He could return tonight, or He could return a thousand years from now. No one knows when.” And with that he shoved me aside and turned to the next person. Silly me to think that I could have gotten a different answer. Everybody knows that Jesus said that no one knows the hour or the day of His return, but no one remembers that He also said this:
Mat 24:32 "Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves,
Mat 24:33 you know that summer is near. "So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near; at the doors!”
When you have a
comfortable job right in the heart of
The question is, if we cannot not convince church leaders that the world is in the midst of the end time prophecies, who could we convince? There is a story in the Bible about two people who witness the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world in the end time, who are so hated for their message that they are killed for it. Do you think that this could happen in our time? If we are living in those times, it will. It must, for “the Scriptures cannot be broken”.
Global Warming is
supposed to be caused by the greenhouse effect, which is caused by air
pollution and the warming of the oceans.
However, as the above passage from
Humanity is already on a slippery slope, and the only power that could save it now, is its Creator.
In December 2005, the
United Nations held a conference on the environment in
‘Survey finds glaciers are retreating more rapidly as the local climate becomes warmer’
“Nine out of 10 marine glaciers around the
coast of the
"Fifty years ago,
62 per cent of the glaciers that flowed down from the mountains to the sea we
looked at were slowly growing in length, but since then this pattern has
reversed," she said. In the past five years, the majority were shrinking
rapidly. The worst affected is the Widdowson Glacier, which has retreated by
more than a kilometre a year. The
retreat began at the northern, warmer tip of the
warming looks increasingly likely to be the cause, the evidence is not
straightforward because there were similar local warmings between 2,000 and
10,000 years ago, and the recent warning trend cannot be reproduced with
computer models. "What we still
need to determine is whether or not the warming in this area has its roots in
human-influenced global warming," he said.
(Roger Highfield, Science Editor, The
“Ice collapse, global warming link” “The collapse of a
huge ice shelf in
collapse of the LIS-B (Larsen B ice shelf) is a unique event within the
Holocene," they write. "The
LIS-B eventually thinned to the point where it succumbed to the prolonged
period of regional warming now affecting the entire
The Holocene is the
period of relatively balmy weather that followed the last Ice Age. The research is the latest in a series of
studies to sound the alarm about the effects of climate change in
Of the 244 glaciers
that drain inland ice and feed these shelves, 87 per cent have fallen back
since the mid-1950s, according to a British study published in April. Global Warming, also called the greenhouse
effect, is caused by carbon gases mostly discharged by burning oil, gas and
coal, that trap the Sun's heat. But
Earth's climate also goes through natural oscillations of warming and cooling,
resulting in Ice Ages and the milder interglacial periods in between. The new study does not say that global
warming caused by human activity was responsible for the Larsen B's
demise. However, it refers to a steep
rise in the temperatures over the past several decades, a phenomenon that
climatologists concur was unleashed by fossil fuels. (The Daily Telegraph,
To give you an idea how quickly Global Warming has entered the world’s consciousness, compare those reports with the one we published in 1994, in The Christian Herald No 4. At that time, we merely had the first mutterings about Global Warming. Few people took them seriously then, and fewer still imagined that within a decade the whole world would be gripped by it.
“The First Proof: Our Weather’s Gone Mad” “Australian climate researchers believe they have found the first sure sign that the warming of the planet is having an effect on extreme weather events, but it is a surprising one - the world is having fewer severe frosts. Scientists now have no doubt that the world has been getting slowly warmer recently and many forecast that if this continues as expected due to the greenhouse effects, events such as floods, droughts and cyclones will increase or become severe...
The new findings by the Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre, in
Although a full global analysis will not be available until the end of the year, the centre's studies so far show that this trend is also affecting non-urban areas in many countries...
The environmental group Greenpeace found evidence that since 1990 ‘the number of extreme weather events is increasing dramatically’. The Group cites 500 reports of such events and related incidents around the world - including the January bushfires in eastern Australia, ocean warming in the Pacific and the coral reef bleaching in Tahiti - as ‘real evidence that climate change has began and the effects are already being felt.’” (SMH, June 2, 1994).
Notice carefully, “The environmental group Greenpeace found evidence that since 1990 ‘the number of extreme weather events is increasing dramatically’”. Why was that year so important? That is when we began this work and told the world that the troubled times of the end time are upon us. We saw what the Bible said about our times, and since no one was doing anything about it, we began publishing The Christian Herald for this purpose. We knew that the world was in deep trouble, but no one believed us then. Would they believe us now if we told them that even bigger troubles are ahead, that no one will escape them unless they turn to God? Here is further of what Global Warming means for the world.
“Global warming linked to increase of hurricanes” As the world warms the tempests rage harder.
Global warming could be behind as dramatic rise in the number of
ferocious hurricanes and tropical cyclones, a new research suggests. As the
oceans have warmed, the incidence of Category
“What we found was rather astonishing,” said Peter Webster, of the
Georgian Institute of Technology in
In the 1970s there were, on average, 10 intense storms with winds above
200 kilometres an hour each year. Since
1990 this figure has risen to 18.
Professor Webster said the findings established a link between surface temperature,
which has risen by about half a degree since 1970, and increasing storm
intensity. Their results were published
yesterday in the journal Science.” (SMH,
And here is a transcript of a program that shows how quickly the climate is deteriorating around the world.
DR VICKY POPE: Good evening.
TONY JONES: Now, the
DR VICKY POPE: Well, there's
evidence that, as you say, the storms have increased. I think it's not really
that well understood why that is. Certainly in the
TONY JONES: Yes. What's the balance of evidence then between natural causes and man-made climate change, because this is, in the end, the nub of a huge scientific debate?
DR VICKY POPE: Well, I think there's still more work that needs to be done before we can really assess that and there's still a lot of discussion going on in the scientific community. What we're also doing is using models to look forward to what might happen in the future and our models suggest that the number of storms may not change very much but that the intensity of the stronger storms may increase. So that would be consistent with what we've seen over the last 30 years.
TONY JONES: And why is that happening? What do your models actually indicate? Because if the intensity of the storms change and, yet, oddly enough, there are fewer of them worldwide, something strange is going on?
DR VICKY POPE: Well, the way that the tropical storms develop doesn't just depend on the surface temperature, which of course will increase in the future due to global warming and has, indeed, increased over the last 50 years. It also depends on the conditions in the atmosphere, so, for example, if you have windshear, which means you have stronger winds high up in the atmosphere and weaker winds lower down, that will tend to disperse the storm before it gets really strong. And that's what is changing in the future - that those winds will change as well, and it just depends in which direction that happens. Certainly the temperatures increased, but the circulation patterns change, too.
TONY JONES: All right, let's go
back, if we can, to what's happening in the
DR VICKY POPE: Well, there have been, over quite a long period, warmer temperatures in recent years. But, obviously, this year is unusual in the sense that temperatures were warm and, in fact, they were predicting a strong hurricane season because of this.
TONY JONES: Can you explain what happens when the hurricane passes over a large body of warm water like this?
DR VICKY POPE: Well, essentially, you get more evaporation, so more water coming out of the surface of the ocean. And you get more convention, which is the process that raises the water up into the atmosphere. And then you get very strong circulation patterns associated with that, which gives you this very strong spinning motion and the very strong winds.
TONY JONES: And that appears to have turned Hurricane Rita in a very short space from 4 to a very serious Category 5 storm?
DR VICKY POPE: That's right. The conditions are just right in that case for it to become a very, very strong storm.
TONY JONES: Now, do we know for sure, and is there concrete evidence across the world, of rising surface temperatures?
DR VICKY POPE: Yes, we have - there's a lot of careful work being done to look at the records of temperature, particularly at the surface where we have better records going back certainly 150 years and in some cases much longer than that. Of course, the records we have as we go back in time are less complete, so we have to take account of these gaps in our knowledge and also in the way that measurements have been made in the past. And so we have to take account. For example, ships make measurements and they might have different heights of masts on the ships and that might make a difference to the temperature and we have to correct for those. But these very careful assessments have been done of observations to make sure we have a clean record and we can show that over the last 150 years the global mean surface temperature has increased by 0.7 degrees centigrade.
TONY JONES: And what would you have to know to work out whether man-made global warming was actually responsible for a higher rate of increase that's happening at the moment?
DR VICKY POPE: Well, in terms of the temperatures, we use our models to look at whether we can reproduce that increase in temperature by including just the natural forcing of the climate system - so things like variations in the solar cycle, volcanic eruptions and various other factors. But what we have to find is we have to include the carbon dioxide changes that have been caused by man's activities and the other pollution that man causes in order to produce the observed signal.
TONY JONES: And how significant are those man-made changes when they're fed into the models?
DR VICKY POPE: Well, we're
talking about changes in carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide has increased by a
third since before the Industrial Revolution, so that's quite a major change
and, as I say, the temperature has gone up by 0.7 degrees. But if we're looking
into the future, then we would obviously see much bigger temperature rises with
bigger carbon dioxide changes. The other thing to bear in mind is the
temperature globally has gone up by 0.7 degrees and in the future might go up
by 2 per cent or more. But if you look locally, the changes will be greater in
some regions than in others. For example, in high latitudes . . . if the ice
melts then you get more sunshine reaching the surface and more warming. So you
get a lager warming of perhaps
TONY JONES: Since computer modelling appears to be the only predictive analysis that we have available to us, what is it telling us about the rate that carbon dioxide is being fed into the atmosphere and what effect that may have on extreme weather events? You talk about a possible increase of temperature of up to 2 degrees I think you just said.
DR VICKY POPE: That's right. What we tend to do in our climate models is to feed in the emissions that are predicted from the future from economic scenarios of how the global economy will grow and populations will grow and we then see how the climate responds to that. More recently we've started doing experiments where we actually allow the carbon cycle to respond. And by the carbon cycle I mean the way the plants grow, the way that the ocean takes up carbon through the ecosystems in the ocean. And what we find there, at the moment
the ecosystems of plants and things are absorbing half of the carbon dioxide that's being emitted by man. In the future that may change and, in fact, soil, for example, may start to release carbon into the atmosphere. That would speed up global warming.
TONY JONES: So do your models . . . predict that there will be, as a result, more extreme weather events like these hurricanes?
DR VICKY POPE: Well, they certainly predict even more extreme temperatures. We're looking now in much more detail at how much the storms and other extreme events will change in those sorts of conditions. So far we haven't really looked at how much tropical storms will increase in strength. We need very high resolution models to look at storms because, of course, they have very strong structure on smaller scales. And as yet, we haven't done that with the models that include this carbon feedback.
TONY JONES: Now some scientists are already convinced that these changes we're talking about are, in fact, locked in, that they've become permanent. You can't actually go backwards now, so we're going to have to live with more extreme weather events. Your models seem to be indicating that. What do you think?
DR VICKY POPE:
Essentially, there is a certain amount of climate change that is inevitable. Even if we stopped all emissions now, the
carbon dioxide that we've already put in the atmosphere takes quite a long time
to recover - up to 100 years. So we're already committed to some change
which obviously we will have to adapt to. So further change over what we've had
already. But it will make a difference if we reduce our emissions. The rate of
rise will start to decrease. And clearly, the more that we can do and the
sooner that we can do it, the greater the impact will be. But there may be
points in the future where certain changes become irreversible. For example,
when the temperature gets above a certain level, the
TONY JONES: Not only that, it appears, but it would also change the great patterns of the circulation of currents in the oceans as far as we understand it. That is, in fact, the scenario set out in the movie The Day After Tomorrow. That's an extreme version of what might happen. What do you think will happen if we keep going and if the ice caps keep melting?
DR VICKY POPE: The
suggestion that you're talking about is the
TONY JONES: Let's look
at changes that appear to be happening now. Can you explain to us exactly what
DR VICKY POPE: All
right. Well the
TONY JONES: Very briefly, that is what the scientists who don't believe in global warming point to as the cause of these extreme weather conditions in the Gulf right now, isn't it?
DR VICKY POPE: Well I think in terms of the extreme conditions that have been happening this year, the jury's out, I think, as to whether you can link them to global warming or whether they're natural changes. It's something we would need to look at. But you can never link any one individual event to global warming. It's really a balance of probabilities that certain types of event might become more frequent with global warming than they would have been otherwise.
TONY JONES: All right, Dr Vicky Pope we'll have to leave you there. We thank you very much for coming in to talk to us tonight.
DR VICKY POPE: Thank
you. (Australian Broadcasting
Unlike Global Warming, the nature of which some people still argue about, Global Deeming is totally man made and totally beyond the human resolve. Global Deeming is even more serious than Global Warming. Here is what television programs from both sides of the world had to say about Global Deeming.
“Noticed less sunshine lately?” “Scientists have discovered that the amount of sunlight reaching the Earth’s surface has been falling over recent decades. If the climatologists are right, their discovery holds the potential for powerful disruption to life on our planet. Already it may have contributed to many thousands of deaths through drought and famine. Essentially, the phenomenon called "global dimming" may mean that even the direst predictions about the rate of global warming have been seriously underestimated. Until recently many scientists had never heard of global dimming. Among those who had, a lot remained skeptical. Now, thanks in part to the work of Australian researchers, the debate is set to edge into public consciousness. This special report from the BBC’s Horizon program reveals how global dimming was gradually unmasked by isolated groups of scientists across the world ... in Israel, Germany, the US and Australia.
Global dimming is a
product of the fossil fuels that cause global warming. It is the result of tiny
airborne pieces of soot, ash and sulphur compounds reflecting back the heat of
the sun. By allowing less sunlight to
reach the Earth, global dimming is cushioning us from the full impact of global
warming, climatologists say. They fear that as we burn coal and oil more
cleanly, and dimming is reduced, the full effects of global warming will be
unleashed. The worst-case scenario has
temperatures rising by up to 10 degrees by the end of the century – twice more
than previously thought. Scientists have also linked global dimming to the
failure of rains in sub-Saharan
Tragic Consequences of Global Deeming
NARRATOR (JACK FORTUNE): “This is a film that demands action. It reveals that we may have grossly underestimated the speed at which our climate is changing. At its heart is a deadly new phenomenon. One that until very recently scientists refused to believe even existed. But it may already have led to the starvation of millions. Tonight Horizon examines for the first time the power of what scientists are calling Global Dimming.
DR DAVID TRAVIS (
NARRATOR: For 15 years
Travis had been researching an apparently obscure topic, whether the vapour
trails left by aircraft were having a significant effect on the climate. In the
aftermath of 9/11 the entire
DR DAVID TRAVIS: It was certainly, you know, one of the tiny positives that may have come out of this, an opportunity to do research that hopefully will never happen again.
NARRATOR: Travis suspected the grounding might make a small but detectable change to the climate. But what he observed was both immediate and dramatic.
DR DAVID TRAVIS: We found that the change in temperature range during those three days was just over one degrees C. And you have to realise that from a layman's perspective that doesn't sound like much, but from a climate respective that is huge.
NARRATOR: One degree
in just three days no one had ever seen such a big climatic change happen so
fast. This was a new kind of climate change. Scientists call it Global Dimming.
Two years ago most of them had never even heard of it, yet now they believe it
may mean all their predictions about the future of our climate could be wrong.
The trail that would lead to the discovery of Global Dimming began 40 years
DR GERALD STANHILL
(Agricultural Research Organisation,
NARATOR: For a year Gerry collected data from a network of light meters; the results were much as expected, and were used to help design the national irrigation system. But twenty years later, in the 1980s, Gerry decided to repeat his measurements to check that they were still valid. What he found, stunned him.
DR GERALD STANHILL:
Well I was amazed to find that there was a very serious reduction in sunlight,
the amount of sunlight in
NARRATOR: A 22% drop in solar energy was simply massive. If it was true surely Israelis should be freezing. There had to be something wrong. So when Gerry published his results they were ignored.
DR GERALD STANHILL: I must say the publications had almost no effect whatsoever on the scientific community.
NARRATOR: But in fact
Gerry was not the only scientist who had noticed a fall in sunlight. In
DR BEATE LIEPERT
(Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory): I was the same, I was as skeptical as any
other climatologist. But then, um, I, I saw the same results err in
DR GERALD STANHILL: The scientific community was obviously not ready to deal with the fact that there was a Global Dimming phenomena.
NARRATOR: Of course, there was a good reason for the skepticism. Less energy from the Sun should be making the world cooler. Yet scientists knew the Earth was getting hotter. As the carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases we emit trap ever more heat in the Earth's atmosphere and cause Global Warming.
DR BEATE LIEPERT: My friends' reaction actually to Gerry's and to my work at the same time too was, oh my God this is really extreme, you are um contradicting global warming. Er do you know how many billions of dollars was spent on global warming research and you and this old guy er are contradicting er us.
NARRATOR: So Liepert
and Stanhill's work was widely dismissed. But Global Dimming was not the only
phenomenon that didn't seem to fit with Global Warming. In
PROF GRAHAM FARQUHAR (
NARRATOR: In some places agricultural scientists have been performing this rather dull daily task for more than a hundred years.
PROF GRAHAM FARQUHAR: The long-term measurements of pan evaporation are what gives it its real value.
DR MICHAEL RODERICK (
PROF GRAHAM FARQUHAR: Yeah, they deserve a medal. Each of them.
DR MICHAEL RODERICK: Yeah.
NARRATOR: For decades, nobody took much notice of the pan evaporation measurements. But in the 1990s scientists spotted something very strange, the rate of evaporation was falling.
PROF GRAHAM FARQUHAR: There is a paradox here about the fact that the pan evaporation rate's going down, an apparent paradox, but the global temperature's going up.
NARRATOR: This was a puzzle. Most scientists reasoned that like a pan on the stove, turning up the global temperature should increase the rate at which water evaporated. But Roderick and Farquhar did some calculations and worked out that temperature was not the most important factor in pan evaporation.
DR MICHAEL RODERICK: Well it turns out in fact that the key things for pan evaporation are the sunlight, the humidity and the wind. But really the sunlight is a really dominant term there.
NARRATOR: They found that it was the energy of the photons hitting the surface, the actual sunlight, that kicks the water molecules out of the pan and into the atmosphere. And so they too reached an extraordinary conclusion.
DR MICHAEL RODERICK: You know, if the pan is going down then maybe that's the sunlight going down.
NARRATOR: Was the fall in pan evaporation in fact evidence of Global Dimming? Somewhere in the journals, they felt, must be the hard numbers that could tie the two things together.
DR MICHAEL RODERICK:
And then one day, just by accident, I had to go to the library to get an
article out Nature. As you do, I couldn't find it. And I just glanced at a,
through the thing, and there was an article called Evaporation Losing Its
Strength. Which reported a decline in pan evaporation over
NARRATOR: Mike knew how much sunlight was needed to evaporate a millimetres of water. So he put the two sets of figures together - the drop in evaporation with the drop in sunlight.
DR MICHAEL RODERICK: And so you just do the sum in your head. A hundred millimetres of water, less a pan evaporation, two and a half mega joules, so two and a half times a hundred is two hundred and fifty mega joules. And that is in fact what the Russians have measured with the decline in sunlight in the last thirty years. It was quite amazing.
NARRATOR: It was the
DR BEATE LIEPERT: All of a sudden you see, oh my God the world is dimming, and then you, all of a sudden you see oh my God this really has a tremendous impact.
PROF GRAHAM FARQUHAR:
There had to be dimming in
NARRATOR: But what was causing it? Scientists knew that there was nothing wrong with the sun itself. The culprit had to be here on Earth. And as they searched for clues, they would make another startling discovery. Global dimming is a killer. It may have been behind the worst climatic disaster of recent times, responsible for famine and death on a biblical scale. And Global Dimming is poised to strike again.
Maldives: a nation of a thousand tiny islands in the middle of the Indian
Ocean, so recently battered by the Asian tsunami. It was here that Veerabhadran
Ramanathan, one of the world's leading climate scientists first began to
unravel the mystery of what's causing Global Dimming. He had first noticed
declining sunlight over large areas of the
NARRATOR: Ramanathan was certain of one thing, the big drop in sunlight reaching the ground had to be something to do with changes in the Earth's atmosphere. There was one obvious suspect.
PROF VEERABHADRAN RAMANATHAN: Almost everything we do to create energy causes pollution.
NARRATOR: Burning fuel
doesn't just produce the invisible greenhouse gases which cause global warming.
It also produces visible pollution, tiny airborne particles of soot and other
pollutants. These produce the haze which shrouds our cities. So Ramanathan
wondered: Could this pollution be causing Global Dimming? The
PROF VEERABHADRAN RAMANATHAN: The stunning part of the experiment was this pollutant layer which was three kilometre thick, cut down the sunlight reaching the ocean by more than 10%.
NARRATOR: A 10% fall in sunlight meant that particle pollution was having a far bigger effect than anyone had thought possible.
PROF VEERABHADRAN RAMANATHAN: Our models led us to believe the human impact on the dimming was close to half to one per cent. So what we discovered was tenfold.
NARRATOR: INDOEX showed that the pollution particles were blocking some sunlight themselves; but far more significant was what they were doing to the clouds. They were turning them into giant mirrors. Clouds are made of droplets of water. These only form when water vapour in the atmosphere starts to condense on the surface of naturally occurring airborne particles, typically pollen or sea salt. As they grow, the water droplets eventually become so heavy they fall as rain. But Ramanathan found that polluted air contained far more particles than the unpolluted air, particles of ash, soot and sulphur dioxide.
RAMANATHAN: We saw ten times more particles in the polluted air mass north of
NARRATOR: In the polluted air billions of man-made particles provided ten times as many sites around which water droplets could form. So polluted clouds contained many more water droplets, each one far smaller than it would be naturally. Many small droplets reflect more light than fewer big ones. So the polluted clouds were reflecting more light back into space, preventing the heat of the sun getting through. This was the cause of Global Dimming.
RAMANATHAN: Basically the Global Dimming we saw in the
NARRATOR: And when he
looked at satellite images, Ramanathan found the same thing was happening all
over the world. Over
NEWS REPORT - MICHAEL BUERK VOICE OVER: Dawn, and as the sun breaks through the piercing chill of night on the plain outside Korum it lights up a biblical famine, now in the 20th Century. This place say workers here is the closest thing to hell on earth.
NARRATOR: The 1984
Ethiopian famine shocked the world. It was partly caused by a decade's long
drought right across sub-Saharan
DR LEON ROTSTAYN (CSIRO Atmospheric Research): What we found in our model was that when we allowed the pollution from Europe and North America to affect the properties of the clouds in the northern hemisphere the clouds reflected more sunlight back to space and this cooled the oceans of the northern hemisphere. And to our surprise the result of this was that the tropical rain bands moved southwards tracking away from the more polluted northern hemisphere towards the southern hemisphere.
clouds stopped the heat of the sun getting through. That heat was needed to
draw the tropical rains northwards. So the life giving rain belt never made it
DR LEON ROTSTAYN: So what our model is suggesting is that these droughts in the Sahel in the 1970s and the 1980s may have been caused by pollution from Europe and North America affecting the properties of the clouds and cooling the oceans of the northern hemisphere.
NARRATOR: Rotstayn has
found a direct link between Global Dimming and the
RAMANATHAN: The Sahel is just one example of the monsoon system. Let me take
you to anther part of the world.
NARRATOR: For Ramanathan the implications are clear.
PROF VEERABHADRAN RAMANATHAN: There is no choice here we have to cut down air pollution, if not eliminate it altogether.
tackling air pollution needn't be too difficult. It wouldn't mean giving up on
oil and coal altogether. We'd just have to burn them more cleanly. And in
NARRATOR: It was David Travis who first caught a glimpse of what the world could be like without Global Dimming. It happened in those chaotic days following the tragedy of 9/11. For fifteen years, Travis had been studying the vapour trails, or contrails, left behind by high-flying aircraft. Though each individual contrail seems small, when they all spread out, they can blanket the sky.
DR DAVID TRAVIS: Here
are some examples of what we call outbreaks of contrails. These are large
clusters of contrails. And here's a particularly er good one from
NARRATOR: But the
problem Travis faced was to establish exactly how big an effect the contrails
were actually having. The only way to do that was to find a period of time
when, although conditions were right for contrails to form, there were no flights.
And, of course, that never happened. Until September 2001. Then, for three days
after the 11th virtually all commercial aircraft in the
DR DAVID TRAVIS:
Initially data from over 5,000 weather stations across the 48
NARRATOR: Travis was not looking just at temperature - that varies a lot from day to day anyway. Instead he focused on something that normally only changes quite slowly: the temperature range. The difference between the highest temperature during the day and the lowest at night. Had this changed at all during the three days of the grounding?
DR DAVID TRAVIS: As we began to look at the climate data and the evidence began to grow I got more and more excited. The actual results were much larger than I expected. So here we see for the 3 days preceding September 11th a slightly negative value of temperature range with lots of contrails as normal. Then we have this sudden spike right here of the 3 day period. This reflects lack of clouds, lack of contrails, warmer days cooler nights, exactly what we expected but even larger than what we expected. So what this indicates is that during this 3 day period we had a sudden drop in Global Dimming contributed from airplanes.
NARRATOR: During the grounding the temperature range jumped by over a degree Celsius. Travis had never seen anything like it before.
DR DAVID TRAVIS: This was the largest temperature swing of this magnitude in the last thirty years.
NARRATOR: If so much could happen in such a short time, removing just one form of pollution, then it suggests that the overall effect of Global Dimming on world temperatures could be huge.
DR DAVID TRAVIS: The study showed that if you remove a contributor to Global Dimming, jet contrails, just for a three day period, we see an immediate response of the surface of temperature. Do the same thing globally we might see a large scale increase in Global Warming.
NARRATOR: This is the real sting in the tail. Solve
the problem of Global Dimming and the world could get considerably hotter.
And this is not just theory, it may already be happening. In
DR BEATE LIEPERT: We thought we live in a global warming world, um but this is actually er not right. We lived in a global warming plus a Global Dimming world, and now we are taking out Global Dimming. So we end up with the global warming world, which will be much worse than we thought it will be, much hotter.
NARRATOR: This is the crux of the problem. While the greenhouse effect has been warming the planet, it now seems Global Dimming has been cooling it down. So the warming caused by carbon dioxide has been hidden from us by the cooling from air pollution. But that situation is now starting to change.
DR PETER COX (Hadley Centre, Met Office): We're gonna be in a situation unless we act where the cooling pollutant is dropping off while the warming pollutant is going up, CO2 will be going up and particles will be dropping off and that means we'll get an accelerated warming. We'll get a double whammy, we'll get, we'll get reducing cooling and increased heating at the same time and that's, that's a problem for us. NARRATOR: And that's not all. Climatologists like Peter Cox have begun to worry that Global Dimming has led them to underestimate the true power of global warming. They fear that the Earth could be far more vulnerable to greenhouse gases than they had previously thought.
DR PETER COX: We've got two competing effects really, that we've got the greenhouse effect, which has tended to warm up the climate. But then we've got this other effect that's much stronger than we thought, which is a cooling effect that comes from particles in the atmosphere. And they're competing with one another. And we know the climate's moved to a warmer state by about point six of a degree over the last hundred years. So the whole thing's moved this way. If it turns out that the cooling is stronger than we thought then the warming also is a lot stronger than we thought, and that means the climate's more sensitive to carbon dioxide than we originally thought, and it means our models may be under sensitive to carbon dioxide.
NARRATOR: The models that everyone has been using to forecast climate change predict a maximum warming of 5 degrees by the end of the century. But Cox and his colleagues now fear those models may be wrong. Temperatures could rise twice as fast as they previously thought with irreversible damage just twenty-five years away.
DR PETER COX: If we don't do anything by about twenty thirty we could have a global warming of exceeding two degrees, and at that point it's believed the Greenland ice sheet would start to melt in a way that you wouldn't be able to stop it once it started it, it would melt. Take a long time to melt but ultimately it would lead to a sea level rise of seven or eight metres.
NARRATOR: Once the
DR PETER COX: 2040 it could be four degrees warmer, the climate change could have led to big drying particularly in the Amazon Basin, that would make the forest unsustainable, we'd expect the forest to catch fire probably, turn into savannah and maybe ultimately even desert if it gets really really dry as our model suggests.
NARRATOR: And as the
rainforest burnt away, it would release vast amounts of carbon dioxide into the
atmosphere, driving global warming still further. Cox calculates that in just a
century, the world could be 10 degrees hotter, a warming more rapid than any in
Earth history. If this were to happen, the landscape of
DR PETER COX: We're
talking about a change from er a lush, moist climate, environment like this, to
a North African climate in just a few decades or a hundred years. NARRATOR: Most British plant species could
not survive a North African climate. With vegetation dying everywhere, soil
erosion would become a severe problem. From a green and pleasant land,
DR PETER COX: You can
imagine ten degree warming in the
NARRATOR: And just when one might think things could get no worse in the far North a ten degree warming might be enough to release a vast natural store of greenhouse gas bigger than all the oil and coal reserves of the planet.
DR PETER COX: We will be in danger of destabilising these things called methane hydrates which store a lot of methane at the bottom of the ocean in a kind of frozen form, ten thousand billions tons of this stuff, and they're known to be destabilised by warming.
NARRATOR: At this point, whatever we did to curb our emissions, it would be too late. Ten thousand billion tons of methane, a greenhouse gas eight times stronger than carbon dioxide, would be released into the atmosphere. The Earth's climate would be spinning out of control, heading towards temperatures unseen in four billion years. But this is not a prediction - it is a warning. It is what will happen if we clean up pollution while doing nothing about greenhouse gases. However, the easy solution - just keep on polluting and hope that Global Dimming will protect us - would be suicidal.
DR PETER COX: If we carried on pumping out the particles it would have terrible impact on human health, I mean particles are involved in all sorts of respiratory diseases, that's why they're being brought under control, and of course they effect climate anyway. If you, if you fiddle with the, the balance of the planet, the radiative balance of the planet, you affect all sorts of circulation patterns like monsoons, which would have horrible effects on people. So it would be extremely difficult, in fact impossible, to cancel out the greenhouse effect just by carrying on pumping out particles, even if it wasn't for the fact that particles are damaging for human health.
NARRATOR: Instead we have to take urgent action to tackle the root cause of both global warming and Global Dimming - the burning of coal, oil and gas. We may have to make very difficult choices, about how we live and how we generate our electricity. We have been talking about such things for 20 years. But so far very little has been done in practical terms. The discovery of Global Dimming makes it clear that we are rapidly running out of time.
DR PETER COX: One of
the real driving forces is that you leave an environment that is comfortable
for your children. And we carry on going the way we're going, we're not going
to do that, we're going to leave an environment that's much worse than the
environment we lived in; and it will be down to what we did when we were using
that environment, and that would be, um, tragic really, if that happened.” (BBC,
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PROF BILL MCGUIRE: I can only describe it as catastrophic. It’s clearly going to influence us every day of our lives.
Dr RICHARD WOOD: You
could expect to see sea ice off the coast of
BOB GASGOSIAN: The implications are huge. The economic implications, the political implications, and the national security implications, for all countries.
NARRATOR: If these scientists have it right forget
NARRATOR: In the
Atlantic waters north of
DR BILL TURRELL
NARRATOR: Turrell believes that he has found evidence that a climate catastrophe could be heading right towards us.
DR BILL TURRELL: These changes are fundamental, they’re substantial. They are going to impact our climate and the climate our children have to live in.
NARRATOR: If he is right then Britain could be heading for a massive drop in temperatures. It seems we could be heading for something like an ice age. The ice ages were one of the greatest forces nature has unleashed on our planet.
PROF BILL MCGUIRE (University College London): They simply were the most dynamic, destructive phenomenon that’s ever hit the planet. They involve glaciers hurtling down from mountainous regions, pouring out from the polar regions and devastating everything in their paths, grinding rock to nothing, lowering mountains, filling valleys.
NARRATOR: More than twenty times in the earth’s history ice sheets have come down from the North Pole, the last one struck a hundred thousand years ago. Britain was buried in a tomb of ice.
Prof B. MCGUIRE: Effectively they wiped the slate clean in the northern hemisphere, over twenty times in the last two million years.
NARRATOR: These events were so terrible that for years scientists wondered what had caused it, and could they ever threaten us again. In the search for answers they turned to the sun, our ultimate source of heat. They discovered that the pattern of ice ages matched strange wobbles in the earth’s orbit around the sun. These altered how the sun’s heat shone upon the earth. They allowed the ice to grow and retreat. Prof RICHARD ALLEY (Penn State University): And these wiggles in earth’s orbit are very regular, they’re very predictable, they make sense and so there’s this long slow bumpy slide in to an ice age and then a climb out of an ice age.
NARRATOR: They found that the ice ages didn’t happen at random. They followed a slow and predictable pattern. It took ninety thousand years to grow an ice sheet and about ten thousand years to melt it. That predictability allowed scientists to calculate when the next one was due. It was reassuring news, not for thousands of years.
Prof RICHARD ALLEY: For a big ice age, a big climate change, we don’t expect anything to happen on human time scales of a few dozen generations. NARRATOR: The message from the sun seemed to be clear. We had no reason to fear a massive drop in temperatures, at least that’s what conventional theory said.
NARRATOR: Then fifteen years ago Richard Alley came to Greenland to study how our climate had changed since the last ice age.
Prof RICHARD ALLEY: When we started working in Greenland we knew we were on to something big. We really expected that we were going to find things that might surprise us.
NARRATOR: Greenland is like an ancient thermometer, a unique record of what has happened to the weather. Every single year for the last a hundred thousand years. It’s all because the ice is preserved in layers, the further down you drill the older the snow.
Prof RICHARD ALLEY: If you took all these pieces of core that have been collected and put them end to end they’re about two miles long and this is a sort of two mile time machine.
NARRATOR: Each layer records what was happening in the earth’s atmosphere at the time the ice was formed. Whether it’s the traces of a huge natural disaster or pollution from human activity, it’s all frozen and perfectly preserved.
Prof ALLEY: We can see this, this ice core is beautifully layered and we can ask of it what happened, what was coming through the atmosphere at that time. Is there ash and acids from a big volcano, is there lead from Roman lead refining or what have you? So there’s this history of what was blowing through the air and piling up on top of the Greenland ice sheet, sitting here on these beautiful layers.
NARRATOR: But the most important measurement preserved in the layers is the temperature. The ice that Ally brought back to the lab was in effect the annual weather reports since the beginning of the last ice age. What he was looking for was changes in the amount of so called heavy water held in the ice. The basic rule, the more heavy water the warmer the climate. If the conventional wisdom about climate change was true then when he plotted the results he would expect to see slow changes in heavy water as the world warmed and cooled during the last ice age. But that’s not what he found.
Prof RICHARD ALLEY: This flabbergasted us, I think this flabbergasted a lot of people.
NARRATOR: The changes were anything but slow. He saw that temperatures could drop suddenly and catastrophically. And it happened far more often than was predicted by the passage of ice ages.
Prof RICHARD ALLEY: The world sometimes did change in the slow grand sleeps and sometimes it changed like a light switch.
NARRATOR: The earth’s past was full of devastating climate jilts, none as bad as a full ice age but enough to turn Britain in to Alaska. The search was on to find out what could trigger these climatic disasters. They searched through the ice record for clues. Had huge volcanoes blotted out the sun? There was no evidence for that. A succession of asteroid impacts? Again, no evidence. More wobbles in the sun’s orbit? That didn’t fit. In fact no one could account for what Ally had discovered. Except for one man who thought he could. Wally Broecker is the guru of climate science. He was convinced that it was all to do with the oceans.
Prof. W. BROECKER (Columbia Univ.): I’m convinced that the ocean is at the core of the whole thing. The trigger lies in the ocean.
NARRATOR: Not everyone saw it his way.
Prof WALLY BROECKER: And of course you started out was three allies in a hundred people, who think it’s nuts.
NARRATOR: Broecker’s attention was drawn to one ocean current in particular, the gulf stream. Britain bathes in its heat. It begins south of the equator and as it flows along the gulf of Mexico it absorbs heat from the tropics. It continues on past the coast of Britain.
Prof WALLY BROECKER: It’s roughly equal to all the rain in the world. Fifteen million cubic meters per second.
NARRATOR: The current carries the heat of a million power stations. It means we can swim in the sea at the same latitudes that Canada has polar bears. But the most important thing about it happens further north. It sinks.
Prof WALLY BROECKER: When it gets up in to the northern regions of the Atlantic, cooled and make denser and it sinks in to the deep sea and goes back the other way.
NARRATOR: This sinking is caused by salt in the water. When the salty water cools near Greenland it becomes so dense that it plummets to the bottom of the ocean. The water then heads back south to where the gulf stream began, and the whole process begins again. It’s a continuously circulating belt of water and heat, that’s why it’s called the conveyor. The sinking off Greenland is vital, this is what keeps Britain forever warm. So Wally began to speculate what would happen if the conveyor ceased to flow. Could that explain those dramatic falls in temperature? Trouble was most scientists were convinced that the oceans never changed at all.
Prof WALLY BROECKER: People tended to think about it as something that went on and on and on and on. We assume that the properties of the ocean are at a steady state, but if it’s changing then you can't assume that anymore and it makes real chaos.
NARRATOR: Then came something that shocked everyone out of their complacency. Something so small it might have been completely overlooked. Lloyd Keigwin spends his time examining mud samples from the bottom of the ocean. Mud cores just like the ice in Greenland can tell the history of activity in the ocean and what was going on in the conveyor. In particular Keigwin was looking for tiny sea shells called forams. These lurk on the ocean floor feeding on nutrients that sink to the sea bed.
Dr LLOYD KEIGWIN (Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst.): The forams build their shells out of calcium carbonate like any sea shell you’d find on the beach. And when they take carbon and oxygen and other elements out of the water to make their shell the chemistry of their shell reflects the chemistry and the physical properties of the water. NARRATOR: When the conveyor flows most of the nutrients get swept past the forams, and so their shells are usually poor in nutrients.
Dr LLOYD KEIGWIN: When the conveyor is on the deep water of the north Atlantic is continually being flushed out and there aren’t a lot of nutrients that have accumulated. But if the conveyor went in to an off mode or a reduced mode um more nutrients would accumulate.
NARRATOR: Keigwin developed a way of measuring how much nutrients the forams must have absorbed.
Dr LLOYD KEIGWIN: We add a little more liquid nitrogen here, and this trap will capture the carbon dioxide produced as this sample falls in the hot acid. And soon we’ll know was the conveyor circulation on or off at this particular time. NARRATOR: To his surprise he found massive variations in the composition of the shells. In other words at times in the past the conveyor must have switched off. When this work was published Wally Broecker knew exactly what it meant. It was the clue he had been looking for.
Prof. BROECKER: The greatest joy to a scientist is discovery. It’s almost as if nature is trying to prevent us from uncovering her secrets. NARRATOR: So he put it all together. The huge drops in temperature seen in the Greenland ice, the shells that said the conveyor had been cut off, they had to be connected.
Prof WALLY BROECKER: Well it was, it was this merging two parts of my science, the understanding of the ocean and the understanding of the climate. It popped in to my head that one way you could do that would be by turning on and off the what’s now called the conveyor belt, the deep water formation in the north Atlantic. And so I got the idea well hell if you turned that on and off or up and down, that could make at least in Europe very large climate changes.
NARRATOR: Broecker believed this explained the massive jolts in temperature seen in Greenland, the conveyor had switched off. And if it had happened before it could happen again. And if it did Britain would be plunged in to a bitterly cold climate. But then someone pointed out one obvious flaw in the theory. This isn’t the age of global cooling but of global warming. Eight of the ten warmest years on record fell in the last decade. Climate experts are predicting temp. to rise faster than at any time since the last ice age.
Dr. WOOD (Met. Office): The models that are used to make the predictions of global warming suggest that by the end of the century the warming we would see will be between about one and a half degrees and around six degrees. And really to go to see that in historical context you’d have to go back hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions of years to see a climate in the past that was that warm.
NARRATOR: The effects of global warming are being felt across the planet. The talk is not of ice but about how to prepare for hotter weather and the extremes that would bring.
PROF BILL MCGUIRE: Global warming should make the UK a more hazardous place to live. Particularly during the winter when we have not only more rain but we have more heavy precipitation, bursts of extreme rainfall. This is going to mean that for example river flooding is much more common, much more frequent and its implications will be much more serious.
Dr RICHARD WOOD: They’ll be changes in er frequency of things like tropical cyclones. And possible storms in the er outside the tropics and there are some latitudes to the UK and Europe.
NARRATOR: These are the changes our government is urgently planning for in the coming century. But recent discoveries suggest we might have to gear up for ice, not heat and rain. But our understanding of global warming maybe too simplistic. One of the most important of these discoveries was made by a team of NASA scientists based inside the arctic circle. Bill Krabill and his team have spent the last decade monitoring the effect of global warming upon the vast Greenland ice sheet.
BILL KRABILL (NASA, Wallops Island): This particular area, you can think of it as a huge ice cube that nicely offers global climate, an ice cube that’s a thousand miles long, four hundred miles wide and two miles thick in the centre.
NARRATOR: For years accurate measurements of the effects of global warming across the ice sheet were impossible. It was just too huge and inhospitable to measure from the ground. So they took to the air. Greenland is one of the biggest blocks of frozen water in the world. And if it started to melt the effects would be felt worldwide.
BOB THOMAS (NASA): It comprises enough water to raise sea level by about six or seven metres if it all were to melt.
NARRATOR: They mapped the ice with a combination of global positioning satellites and lasers. The satellite measures the height of the plane and the laser measures the distance from the plane to the ice.
BILL KRABILL: There are five thousand individual beams per second that are being projected in to that scan there and then down in a pattern on the surface, measures the surface at ten centimetre accuracy.
NARRATOR: At five year intervals they have flown the same route across the island, each time they have measured the height of the ice. By comparing the two measurements they can see if the ice is growing or shrinking.
BILL KRABILL : There’s definitely changes taking place here, all over the margin of the Greenland ice sheet it is thinning. It’s equivalent to fifty cubic kilometres of ice and snow that are disappearing off the Greenland ice sheet each year.
NARRATOR: This fifty gigotonnes of water melting from Greenland was the first evidence that global warming might be effecting the ice sheet here. But one change really shocked them. They started to measure one of the island’s biggest glaciers.
BOB THOMAS: Less than ten years ago, five years ago, it was moving at about six, seven kilometres per year. And that was more or less in balance with the snowfall. Now in the five years since then the speed is almost doubled.
NARRATOR: It’s now advancing at twelve kilometres a year. The increase seems to be linked to global warming. It’s the fastest moving glacier on the planet. It dumps enough fresh water in to the sea each day to supply London for several months. Global warming seems to be reshaping the whole landscape of one of the biggest ice sheets on earth.
BOB THOMAS: Well I myself am convinced that global warming has affected the dynamics of the Greenland ice sheet and um that is possibly because increased melt water is creeping to the bed through crevasses and boullans and lubricating the bed and making it far more easy for the er, for the ice to flow.
NARRATOR: NASA have recently doubled their estimates of how much fresh water is coming off Greenland. To a hundred cubic kilometres per year. And much of that fresh water is flowing towards the sinking zone of the conveyor. Scientists began to wonder just what could be the effect of all that fresh water on the conveyor. They began to realise that because the conveyor was driven by the salty water sinking then too much fresh water would dilute the salt and so if the salt was diluted too much the conveyor wouldn’t sink.
Dr TERRY JOYCE (Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst.): What’s amazing about this is that how well fine tuned the system is. Where only a one percent chance in the salinities maybe significant, may tip us over in to this regime where the water is too fresh at higher altitudes to sink and the conveyor will stop.
NARRATOR: Cut off the conveyor and a climate catastrophe would happen. The only question was just how much fresh water would it take. The truth is that no one quite knows. What they do know is that Greenland isn’t the half of it. There is another even bigger source of fresh water heading straight for the sinking zone. Predictions are that global warming will lead to a much wetter world, because warm air can hold more moisture. And when it heads north and cools it should lead to more rain. In 2000 a team of American scientists travelled to Siberia. They studied the effects of global warming on some of the biggest rivers in the world.
Dr BRUCE PETERSON (MBL, Woods Hole): If you took the Ob, the Enesai and the Elena rivers and put them side by side you’d have a volume of discharge equivalent to three Mississippi rivers.
NARRATOR: The rivers collect rain that has fallen over a vast area of land. They already carry nearly twenty times the amount of fresh water towards the sinking zone, then drains from the ice in Greenland. Peterson wanted to find out if global warming had led to more water in these rivers. The warming in the last hundred years is only about half a degree. He measured how the flow of water had changed.
Dr BRUCE PETERSON: An increase in annual discharge of a hundred and twenty eight cubic kilometres per year. You probably can not imagine what a hundred and twenty eight cubic kilometres per year’s like. It’s a large volume of water.
NARRATOR: And in the coming century we’re expecting up to ten times more global warming. So Peterson decided to calculate how much more fresh water that could bring.
Dr BRUCE PETERSON: At the end of the next hundred years we expect approximately fifty percent increase in the discharge that these rivers would occur.
NARRATOR: It’s a horrifying prospect. A fifty percent increase in some of the world’s biggest rivers. If Peterson’s projections are true a vast wall of fresh water will soon come flooding through northern Siberia. An extra thousand cubic kilometres a year more could flow in to the salty waters of the conveyor. The impact could be immense. And that was the warning that Bill Turrell had seen in the deep. He’s been monitoring the saltiness of the conveyor as it flows past the Faro Isles north of Scotland.
DR BILL TURRELL: This is the device we use to measure the salinity in the ocean. These bottles here collect the water samples that we bring back to the ship to analyse, to collaborate the electronics which are down here. This package measures temperature, salinity, about twenty five times a second as we lower it down from the surface down to the seabed.
NARRATOR: If the saltiness of the water is dropping it’s a sign that the driving force of the conveyor is weakening.
DR BILL TURRELL: This graph shows the salinity or saltiness of the bottom water. It’s the saltiness from 1900 to the present day.
NARRATOR: Until the 1970s the salinity had been almost constant. But then it began to drop.
DR BILL TURRELL: After the late seventies we began to see a freshening of the bottom water. So much so that we, we began to doubt our own results. We took further samples, we checked with other countries who are sampling the same water, until eventually we became convinced that this change was actually happening.
NARRATOR: Turrell had measured the largest and most dramatic change recorded in the era of modern instruments. And there was worse. He took measurements from the very bottom of the ocean, from the return leg of the conveyor. Its flow had fallen by a massive twenty percent.
DR BILL TURRELL: It’s the first changes that we’d expect to see if we thought that global warming was beginning to effect the conveyor belt. Er a few years ago I probably wouldn’t have said that because global warming was far more iffy, it wasn’t so significant, it wasn’t so certain. Now we really do know that fresh water input to the Arctic is increasing. The Siberian rivers are pumping out more fresh water. The Arctic ice sheets are melting and there is more release of fresh water. It, it’s the most fundamental change I’ve observed in my career. NARRATOR: The process that could cut off the conveyor has begun. We don’t know where the cut off point is, we just know we’re getting closer to it.
Prof RICHARD ALLEY: I don’t think that an abrupt sudden trip and fall down the stairs is the most likely outcome. But I think that the probability of that is high enough that we should really think about it.
Dr TERRY JOYCE : The likelihood of having an abrupt change is increasing because of global warming is moving us closer and closer to the brink. We don’t know where that is but we know one thing, we’re moving towards the edge. And so I would say within the next hundred years it’s very likely. In other words a fifty percent probability that this might happen. NARRATOR: So there could be a fifty percent probability that the conveyor will stop flowing past the shores of Britain. Perhaps a one in two chance that one of the most important sources of heat in the world will just disappear. What would happen to us if the heat of a million power stations were to cut off? The answer depends crucially on how soon it happens. The Met Office has run a series of possible scenarios. In the first they examined what would happen if the conveyor cut off in fifty years. They have balanced the effects of fifty years of global warming against the regional cooling caused by the conveyor cutting off. In this scenario the area around Britain does indeed get colder.
Dr RICHARD WOOD: Cooling due to the ocean circulation collapsed is even stronger than the global warming. We’re still looking at a climate which is a lot colder than today’s.
NARRATOR: But how much colder? This was the coldest winter in the past century. A freak event not easily forgotten.
PROF BILL MCGUIRE: The winter of 1962 to 1963 is something that people of my age particular remember because from Boxing day ‘til March there was very deep snow on the ground across much of England. NARRATOR: Blizzards lashed the country for day after day. In places snow lay eight meters deep. And temperatures fell to minus twenty two degrees.
Dr RICHARD WOOD: That would have had a huge impact on, on people’s lives. There’s a lot of disruption to all sorts of infrastructure, people were snowed in for long periods, over quite a wide part of the country.
NARRATOR: The electricity supply failed across the whole south east. Crops had to be drilled out of the ground. We asked the Met. Office to examine their scenario and calculate how often we could expect a winter like this. Their answer, once every seven years. But there is a second scenario the scientists have been examining.
PROF BILL MCGUIRE: Well I can only describe it as catastrophic.
BOB GASGOSIAN: The implications are huge.
PROF BILL MCGUIRE: It’s clearly going to influence every single one of us every day of our lives.
BOB GASGOSIAN: The economic implications, the political implications, er and the national security implications, for all countries.
NARRATOR: This scenario is that the gulf stream conveyor cuts off, not within fifty years but twenty. It’s described as a low probability, high impact event. The whole of north west Europe gets a lot colder.
Dr RICHARD WOOD: This is really a huge change in climate, a massive cooling. If this was to happen we would certainly have a future which was very cold, very different from what we have today.
NARRATOR: The coastline of Britain would become unrecognisable.
Dr RICHARD WOOD: You could expect to see sea ice off the coast of south east England probably several miles off shore.
NARRATOR: We would struggle to keep our coastline open and our ports working. But the effects of a shutdown could be even greater on land. Winter blizzards would bring us entirely new hazards.
PROF BILL MCGUIRE: We’d expect to see ice storms. Now these are severe winds but they bring with them either frozen rain or snow which clogs up and builds up on cables, power cables, telephone cables, brings them down very effectively. These conditions can persist for days and can really bring a country to its knees.
NARRATOR: Our infrastructure would be in danger of collapse.
PROF BILL MCGUIRE: The power lines would ice up, they’d snap, they’d collapse and this could happen virtually country wide during the worst of these storms.
NARRATOR: With enough warning we could make plans and adapt to our new landscape. The trouble is there wouldn’t be any warning.
Dr TERRY JOYCE: It’ll be quick and suddenly one decade we’re warm, the next decade we’re in the coldest winter that we’ve experienced in the last hundred years, but we’re in it for a hundred years.
NARRATOR: Winters like this would be commonplace.
PROF BILL MCGUIRE: I think we’d be extraordinarily poorly equipped to deal with a gulf stream shutdown. If we’re dealing with a situation where snow is on the ground for perhaps thirty days a year or maybe up to a hundred days a year, with temperatures regularly down in the minus twenties, I think we’ll find it very, very difficult to cope with that.
NARRATOR: It could mark the end of the British way of life as we’ve known it. But there is something even more disturbing about the conveyor cutting off. Something that suggests it could cause a catastrophe of truly global proportions if it were to happen. The Met Office have run another computer simulation. It shows a clear link between a conveyor cut off and patterns of rainfall across the world.
Dr. R. WOOD: One thing that’s really surprised us was the fact that, that the impact is not just confined to our part of the world.
NARRATOR: The dark red areas of his map suffer massive drops in rainfall.
Dr RICHARD WOOD: The main rain band in the tropics would move quite a bit south so all these countries in the red region here would lose a very large proportion of their rainfall and that could impact on a large number of people in those parts of the world.
NARRATOR: Central America would be one of the worst hit regions. It could lose up to forty percent of its rainfall.
Dr RICHARD WOOD: The model suggests that the present er vegetation in the rainforest wouldn’t be sustainable in that situation, and the forest would die and be replaced by grassland. NARRATOR: While we shivered through long and bitter winters huge tracks of forest would die away. Well that’s what the computer model said. And then came evidence that it had actually happened before. The clues came from within Richard Alley’s ice cores. They contained bubbles of ancient air, evidence of how the atmosphere has changed. Alley’s attention focussed on one gas that was present in the bubbles, methane. It’s produced naturally by bacteria in the tropics when they receive plenty of rainfall, and it disappears at times of drought.
Prof RICHARD ALLEY: And so you can ask of those bubbles how many swamps were there on earth. And this is wonderful because it tells you something that’s happening across a whole bunch of the land area. If the world dries up partially they’ll be much less methane in the air and it will show up, right there. NARRATOR: He found that the methane levels plummeted at the same time as temperatures had dropped in the past. It seemed the conveyor cut off made the world drier.
Prof RICHARD ALLEY: And when the north Atlantic has been cold in the past the monsoon seems to have weakened or failed in places in Asia. Chill out the northern Europe and you dry a lot of places around a lot of millions of people with that.
NARRATOR: The monsoon is a lifeline to hundreds of millions of people living across the Asian subcontinent. Agriculture depends on its heavy rains. Should this scenario ever happen it would bring disaster on an unimaginable scale. There would be famine, economic collapse and refugees on the move.
DR BOB GASGOSIAN: We had only three billion people on this earth in 1962, we have over six billion now. Where are these people going to go if there are economic hard times? If we were to get on the same scale of the Irish famine today, that occurred then, I am very concerned at what would happen at that time. NARRATOR: And there is a final twist to these scenarios. Switching the conveyor off can happen at speed. But switching it back on is altogether harder.
TERRY JOYCE: We’re moving along and suddenly we drop down, how do we switch it back on? Well we would have to climb this cliff. There’s an enormous amount of energy required to climb that cliff.
Prof WALLY BROECKER: And there’d be nothing in the meantime we could do to change it.
TERRY JOYCE: We have to reveres this effect of global warming by hundreds of years.
NARRATOR: We are now preparing for more heat and more rain. But our new understanding of how climate change works challenges all that. It suggests our defences could be pointing the wrong way.” (BBC program, broadcast on SBS, Australia, Oct. 16, 2005).
All of a sudden, catastrophe is stalking this planet. It is not a question of Global Warming or Global Deeming, it is both, and incredibly, almost at the same time. Winters have become colder, yet the hottest decade on record was the last.
“Unless the nation works
together, our grandchildren face global disaster”,
said the NSW Premier, Morris Emma.
“This year has been the warmest on record in Australia. The nine hottest
years globally have all been since 1995. Brazil's first hurricane, the melting
of Siberia's permafrost and America's record hurricane season are testimony to
the devastation of climate change. NSW is not immune. We have witnessed longer
and more destructive bushfire and storm seasons and prolonged drought. Our
grandchildren face a grim future if we do not cut the greenhouse gas emissions
that are causing the planet to warm dramatically.” (Morris Emma, S. M. H. Nov. 29, 2005).
Now is it a mere coincidence that these things have occurred exactly at the time foretold in prophecy? If we had not spoken about it for a decade and a half, and raised our voices only when these things have become obvious, as a few of our nemesis are doing, we would be accused of opportunism. However, we have spoken about these things long before they occurred, and that is why the world ought to listen to what we say about what will happen next. The world is primed for nothing less than the much talked about Great Tribulation of Jesus Christ. Behind the scenes, the major world powers are feverishly preparing and positioning themselves for a world conflict that will result in nothing less than the annihilation of all flesh. Never before has this warning from Jesus Christ been more acute than it is now.
Mat 24:7 "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,
Mat 24:8 and earthquakes in various places. "All these are the beginning of sorrows . . .
Mat 24:11 "Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.
Mat 24:12 "And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
Mat 24:13 "But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
Mat 24:14 "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations,
Mat 24:15 and then the end will come. "Therefore when you see the 'abomination of desolation,' spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place" (whoever reads, let him understand), . . .
Mat 24:20 "Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath [When Jesus Christ returns, He expects to find His followers observing the Sabbath]. "For then there will be great tribulation, [for those who do not observe the Sabbath],
Mat 24:21 such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.
Mat 24:22 "And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened.
Mat 24:29 "Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken . . .
Mat 24:32 "Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves,
Mat 24:33 you know that summer is near. "So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near; at the doors!
Mat 24:34 "Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.
Mat 24:35 "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
Notice how important for the world is the presence of God’s elect. But where are the elect of God today? Can you see anyone around? Maybe you think you could find them in churches at the weekend. Well, the elect of God are supposed to be recognized by their fruits anywhere and at all times, not just during their church attendance. "By their fruits you will know them,” said Jesus Christ (Mat 7:20). He also said this:
Watch, therefore, and be informed, for on it depend your life and the life of this planet!
Are Global Warming, Global Deeming, and a peak in the age of oil, happening at the same time by chance or by design? If they are happening by chance, humanity is lost, but if by design, there is hope.
If the world is traveling aimlessly through this inhospitable universe, we have two stark choices: be scorched to death by Global Warming in the short term, or be frozen to death by Global Deeming in a little longer term.
Forums of experts and summits of leaders have mushroomed in the last year or so since it became obvious that our planet is in deep trouble. Yet at no time has our Creator been invoked in their deliberations.
To the very end, human beings will not admit that they have failed themselves, that unless they bend their knees and bow their head to the One and only Power that can save them, they will vanish without a trace. But how could people turn to God for salvation when the leading religious institution in the world is telling them that the word of God – the Bible – is unreliable, and that they are a product of evolved monkeys?
“The hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church has published a teaching document instructing the faithful that some parts of the Bible are not actually true. The Catholic bishops of England, Wales and Scotland are warning their five million worshippers, as well as any others drawn to the study of scripture, that they should not expect “total accuracy” from the Bible . . . Some Christians want a literal interpretation of the story of creation, as told in Genesis, taught alongside Darwin’s theory of evolution in schools, believing “intelligent design” to be an equally plausible theory of how the world began. But the first 11 chapters of Genesis, in which two different and at times conflicting stories of creation are told, are among those that this country’s Catholic bishops insist cannot be “historical”. At most, they say, they may contain “historical traces”.
Similarly, they refute the apocalyptic prophecies of Revelation, the last book of the Christian Bible, in which the writer describes the work of the risen Jesus, the death of the Beast and the wedding feast of Christ the Lamb. The bishops say: “Such symbolic language must be respected for what it is, and is not to be interpreted literally. We should not expect to discover in this book details about the end of the world, about how many will be saved and about when the end will come.” (The Times, Oct. 2005).
“The Vatican today warned Catholics that if they do not listen to the contentions of modern science – regarding the origin of life and other issues – they risk falling prey to "fundamentalism." “When asked about the debate raging between evolution and intelligent design in the United States, a papal representative reaffirmed John Paul II's 1996 assertion that evolution was "more than just a hypothesis."
Said Monsignor Gianfranco Basti, director of the Vatican project STOQ, or Science, Theology and Ontological Quest: "A hypothesis asks whether something is true or false. (Evolution) is more than a hypothesis because there is proof." (WorldNetDaily.com, Nov. 3, 2005).
Who decides what is true and what is not true in the Bible? If we have to pick and chose from that book, it is no longer the Word of God. But what did Jesus Christ say? “Your word is truth.” To highlight this point, God put this statement in both the Old and the New Testaments.
Jesus Christ also said that the Scriptures cannot be broken, meaning that they are letter of the law that must never be tampered with.
The Son of God declared the Bible to be the unbreakable word of God, yet the “Vicar of Christ on earth” says that people must pick and chose through it because not all of it is true. They pick on texts that are allegorical in nature, which they do not understand, and denigrate the whole Bible for it. Now who do you believe: Jesus Christ or His “Vicar on earth”?
What people must understand is that it has not been left to them to determine what formed the Word of God and what not. The Holy Spirit has been guiding inspired men throughout history to write and put together texts that became known as the Bible, or the Scriptures. The Apostles of Jesus Christ believed in the authenticity of the whole Bible, and so should you.
Contrary to what the enemies of God would have you believe, the Bible is not contradictory. It is a complex book, but that is why reading it and unraveling its mysteries is such an unforgettable and exhilarating experience. Anyone who has spent time on it knows that it is an extraordinarily harmonious book. Given that its authors have lived hundreds of years apart, it is clear that only an unseen hand – the Holy Spirit – could have brought it together and preserved it in the form that we have it today. That is one of the guarantees that we are dealing with the genuine Word of God.
The other one being the accuracy of its predictions. Every prophecy, some as old as three thousand years old, has been fulfilled exactly how the Bible said it would. The Bible however, does not yield its secrets easily to just anyone. God says us that He had specifically put it together in such a way that those who do not deserve it will never understand it.
Why has God done that? To give a rope to those who pose themselves as experts on the Bible, who have no idea what they are talking about, so that they may hang themselves with it.
The priest and the prophet have erred through intoxicating drink, They are swallowed up by wine,
For all tables are full of vomit and filth; No place is clean.”
When Jesus Christ said, “Your word is truth”, He meant the entire Bible is true not just parts of it. Then He sealed it from His glorified position in heaven with the following stern warning:
Now is it a mere coincidence that the Vatican has disowned the books of Genesis and of Revelation exactly when we have adduced proofs that the Genesis account of creation is true (See TCH 1), and are in the process of unveiling for the first time ever the book of Revelation to the world? (See TCH 14 and this edition).
Why is the Catholic Church afraid of the book of Revelation? Is it because that book reveals to the world the full horror a certain “Mother of Harlots” has wrecked among the people of God for centuries? If you do not know who that “Mother of Harlots” is by now, you never will. Perhaps if you ask the Vatican, it might tell you. Or it might not. One day, humanity will wake up to the insidious deception that “the god of this age” and his servants have palmed upon the world.
The world will also wake up to the fact that evolution and creation simply do not go together. Why then does the Vatican preach evolution? Is it because it tries to serve two masters? But what did Jesus Christ say about that?
Mat 6:24 "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
The Catholic Church has shown its true colors when it chose to serve mammon rather than God. And what accusation did it bring against those who trust God and take His word at its face value? Fundamentalism!
For more than a millennium, it was deadly for anyone to be caught reading the Bible. The Catholic Church can no longer kill people for reading the Bible, but it can besmirch it and make them feel as if they are wasting their time studying it. And this from the man that claims to be the “Vicar of Christ on earth”.
Will God put up much longer with this grievous blasphemy? Certainly not! The age of Satan and his servants is over. The problem is that they are determined to take humanity to Hell with them.
Monsignor Gianfranco Basti said that evolution “is more than a hypothesis because there is proof.” And where pray tell is that proof? Every piece of bone – skull, skeleton, wing or whatever – that has been presented as “evidence” of a transitional form, without which there is no evolution, has been questioned by other scientists and declared to be unreliable and unlikely to be what their proponents claimed it to be. History of the evolutionary theory has been fraught with forgeries and deceptions, but you will never hear that from the Vatican. As opposed to that, there are mountains of evidence of creation all over the world, the most striking being evidence of a worldwide upheaval that has lifted sea beds on top of mountains. God says that He did it at the time of Noah’s Flood. The wise men of this world, however, and of the Vatican in particular, would not be caught dead believing in the Flood of Noah. Well, very shortly, no one will believe in evolution anymore. They will all see the great power of God at work.
Now as if its statements about the Bible and evolution were not enough, the Vatican gave us another gem.
“The Vatican says practicing homosexuals, men with “deep-seated” gay tendencies and those who love the culture should not become priests . . . In light of such teaching, this dicastery [Vatican department] … believes it necessary to state clearly that the Church, while profoundly respecting the person in question, cannot admit to the seminary or to Holy Orders those who practice homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called gay culture.” (The Newcastle Herald, Nov. 24, 2005).
Every major media in the world took up this statement and made a case of the fact that the Vatican no longer admits gays to the priesthood. No one, however, took note of the fact that the same institution”profoundly respects” those people.
It “profoundly respects” gays but it does not want then in the priesthood, not because God just as profoundly hates their abominable practice, but because it causes its members to stray to “fundamentalist” churches, as they do in droves in Latin America.
Now do you think that those who engage in that abhorrent practice would abandon it when they hear that the Vatican profoundly respects them? This is how profoundly the Apostles of Jesus Christ respected those people:
“Those who practice such things are deserving of death”. If that is what the Apostles thought, so did Jesus Christ Himself, for they had His mind. And if that is what Jesus Christ thought, so did God the Father, for He had the mind of God.
This then is what the churches ought be preach, not that they are “profoundly respectful” towards those who engage in practices that drew the wrath of God in the past. Since this sin is widely practiced in the world these days, the whole world is in danger because of it. And they wonder that the world is undergoing such heartrending devastations. When people turn to God and Jesus Christ, they are no longer homosexuals, but Christians. Unless they lapse and return to their old ways, in which case there is no longer any hope for them.
The Catholic Church has been shifting its errand homosexual priests from parish to parish for decades, until it could no loner do so because of public pressure. And people still think that they could find salvation in that church. God says that the time has come for His people to come out of ‘BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS’.
Verse 17:8 gives us an interesting statement that stands out from the rest of this passage. The whole world will marvel at the fall of this Babylon the Great and Mother of Harlots, except those that have been written in the Book of life, “from the foundation of the world”. Now what does that tell you? That this world follows a haphazard course, left to the vagaries of nature? Far from it! Rather, that God has been working out a well thought out plan for His people, whom He knew before the foundation of the world.
God knew the people that will be saved even before He created the world, just as He knew that His Son Jesus Christ would need to come into the world to save the humanity from sin and death.
God says that He also knew the people who would fall victim to Satan’s deception.
Now what do these statements tell you? That human beings have free moral agency, as churches preach and as schools of philosophy all over the world teach, or that everything is in the hands of God, including your salvation? If free moral agency is true, if people are saved because of the rightness of their decisions, then the grace of God is of no value and not needed anymore. Salvation becomes a matter of right, not of grace.
This is what is destroying this world. People no longer believe that they need God in order to be saved. Few people believe in salvation anyway, and those that do, believe in a false gospel of salvation. This is a huge subject, and we cannot deal with it here. We have covered this topic in a number of editions, particularly in The Christian Herald No 11.
Human beings believe that they have immortality within themselves, and are assured of a place in heaven simply for their inherent goodness. Where does this belief come from? From a misunderstanding of the Genesis account of creation. Let us go to that book now to show you one of the biggest and longest standing deceptions that this world has ever seen. First, let us determine when the creation took place. We saw earlier that Jesus Christ believed that the entirety of God’s word – the Bible – is true. And what did He believe regarding the beginning of the world?
Mat 19:3 “The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife
Mat 19:4 for just any reason?" And He answered and said to them, "Have you not read that He who made them at the
Mat 19:5 beginning 'made them male and female, and said, 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'?”
For Jesus Christ the beginning occurred when God created male and female upon the earth. If anybody tells you otherwise, do not believe it. No true follower of Jesus Christ would believe otherwise, for then he would not be a Christian.
During my university days, the universe was supposed to be twenty five billion years old. Nowadays it has shrunk to just fifteen billion years. What does that tell you? That they know what they are talking about? They play with billions of years as if they play with yo-yos. You will be surprised how quickly the age of the universe will shrink to just a few thousand years shortly when God steps in human affairs.
What scientists do not tell you is that there is no method by which the age of the universe could be measured with accuracy. Much of what they say is nothing but pure guesswork. And you know why the age of the universe cannot be measured with accuracy? Because we operate under different laws now than they did before the Flood of Noah. The Patriarchs, who lived upwards of eight hundred years before the Flood of Noah, could not live half that long these days. Something happened to the structure of the earth, to its gravity and the passage of time that affected human longevity.
The earth’s magnetic field, which is tied to gravity, has been steadily losing its strength for as long as scientists have been able to measure it. That affects the earth’s measuring instruments, and gives scientists skewed measurements. But you will never hear that from evolutionary scientists who believe in uniformitarian geology – that things have always run in the manner that we are observing today, and no upheavals of the like of Noah’s Flood ever occurred. Even the second law of thermodynamics, which says that the universe is running down continually, fits better into the Biblical account of creation than in the evolutionary science. By its very nature, this world grows old and needs renewing, except that when that renewing will take pace it will not be of the same matter, but of spirit that never grows old, like God Himself.
Like a cloak You will change them, And they will be changed.
As for those who believe and preach otherwise, this is what God says.
Throughout history, men have wondered what God is doing on this planet, but have not been able to find the answer.
Mat 13:10 “And the disciples came and said to Him, "Why do You speak to them in parables?" He answered and said to them,
Mat 13:11 "Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not
Mat 13:12 been given. "For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. "Therefore I speak to them in parables,
Mat 13:13 because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
Mat 13:14 "And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: 'Hearing you will hear and shall not understand,
Mat 13:15 And seeing you will see and not perceive; For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their
Mat 13:16 hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.' "But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; "for
Mat 13:17 assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it,
and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”
Now if not even God’s prophets and righteous men could discern what God was doing on this planet, what chance is there for those who are not following God or deny His existence? For a long time, God retained that knowledge even from His prophets. That privileged knowledge required a solid and widespread spiritual background, and that was not possible before Jesus Christ overcame the world and made the Holy Spirit available to all who would believe and follow Him.
The world cannot receive, or hear, or see the “Spirit of truth”, so it cannot know the mystery of God’s creation. It is only in the very end of time that God says He will reveal that mystery to the world.
Since we are in the process of unveiling the book of Revelation to the world, what does that tell you? The problem is that even when things are made very clear, there are people who would follow their own way rather than the way of God.
It is not possible for one to be a disciple of Jesus Christ if he does not believe in creation, in the Flood of Noah, and in the Bible as a whole, just as Jesus Christ believed. We saw how unreservedly He believed in the Genesis account of creation. And what does that account say? You will be surprise at the difference between what the Bible says and what people believe it does. Let us go to it now. First, the account of creation in its entirety, so that you may refer to it.
Verse 1 says that God began His creation with the heavens, not with the earth, as it is commonly believed.
Verse 3 tells us that He created light. Now we all know that light comes from the sun, yet at this stage, the sun could not be seen. It was only in the fourth day that the sun appeared. So where did the light come from? There are two possibilities. It came from God Himself, for we know that God is light.
Alternately, the light came from the sun. From recent scientific discoveries (not all science is wrong, only the evolutionary one), we know that the universe could have started with an explosion of gas and misty cosmic dust. Out of that dust, God created the solar system. That dust however, was still very dense, and prevented the sun from appearing on the earth. It was like cloudy days in which there is light, but the sun cannot be seen.
Verses 14 to 19 tell us that God shifted His attention to the universe once again. He caused the cosmic dust to coalesce into the planets, the stars and galaxies outside of our solar system. For the first time the sun could be seen from the earth. That was the fourth day.
Verses 20 to 23 tell us that God then created the marine animals and the flying creatures. That was the fifth day.
Verses 24 and 25 tell us that God created the animal kingdom of the dry land. That must have been in the first part of the sixth day, because verses 28 to 31 tell us that in the same day God created human beings.
Now here comes the interesting part. At the end of each day, God looked at His creation and said that it was good. In the sixth day, after He created the land animals, He also said that it was good. Then He created human beings and said… What did He say? If you ask church people, they will most likely tell you that God looked at human beings and said that they were not merely good, but ‘very good’. Herein lays one of the greatest deceptions this world has ever seen. Let us look at that account yet again.
Here would have been the ideal place for God to look at His creation and declare it ‘good’ or ‘very good’. But what do we have instead? Nothing! Let us look again at that passage, lest there be a misunderstanding about it.
It was only in verse 31 that God looked at . . . what did He look at and declare ‘very good’? At human beings? No! He looked at everything that He had created and said that it was very good. God deliberately separated human beings from the expression ‘very good’. Why did He do that? Because He knew that human beings were not good, let alone very good. Why were they not good or very good? Because they were rotten from the very beginning, and rotten they have been ever since. Here is Jesus Christ again.
Mat 19:16 “Now behold, one came and said to Him, "Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?"
Mat 19:17 So He said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments."
If Adam and Eve were ‘good’ or ‘very good’, they would have been like God. Yet Jesus Christ said that only One is good, that is, God. To which Apostle John added this.
How did Jesus know that? He created man!
Jesus Christ was the God of creation. He knew that no man is intrinsically good. Nothing in the universe is intrinsically good, least of all human beings, but everything was ‘good’ or ‘very good’ the purpose for which is was created.
No man has immortality in himself. If anyone tells you that there is something immortal in you by right of birth, do not believe him, for he is leading you to perdition, not to salvation. The whole world has been blinded with a false gospel. This is why the word is heading towards catastrophe, and why so few people will be saved in the end.
Mat 20:16 "So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen."
Mat 22:14 "For many are called, but few are chosen."
Why New Kings and Priests Are Being
Prepared For the Kingdom Of God
In the book of Revelation, we find a puzzling statement about the future leaders of the Kingdom of God.
He who is ‘the ruler over the kings of the earth’ is preparing a new set of ‘kings and priests’ for the Kingdom of His Father. Now why would He do that, when there have been so many kings and priests in the history of the world? And where are the new kings and priests that He is preparing for that Kingdom now? No doubt, those who are currently kings or priests would say, here we are, take us for the count, except that the Bible says that the new kings and priests are unknown to this world.
Those who will be kings and priests in the Kingdom of God are not known at this stage. We highlighted the word ‘and’ because in the Kingdom of God, there will no longer be a separation between church and state, between the religious and the secular, but kings will be priests, and priests will also be kings. From God’s point of view, there are no such things as Presidents, Prime Ministers, ‘Dear Leaders’, or what have you. They are all kings. That is why when the Scriptures speak of the kings of this world, they refer to all leaders.
At the beginning of the state of Israel, there was no separation between the religious and the secular. The leaders, called ‘judges’, performed both the role of priests of God and leaders of the people. It is only when they decided to be like their neighbors and demanded a king, that the religious and the secular became separated.
If they were unhappy with Samuel’s sons, they could have asked for different judges, more righteous and more obedient to God than his sons, for Samuel was not the only judge in Israel, but obviously they had waited for an opportune occasion to ask for a king so that could be like “all the nations”. The tag of ‘chosen people’ did not stand well with them anymore. Little did they know that what they had asked for would eventually lead to the destruction of Israel.
He will take your sons and daughters, and ten percent of your income. Now is this what the kings and leaders of this world are taxing their people these days? What a wonderful world it would be if people paid only ten percent taxes. The average tax in the world at present is at least thirty percent, on top of which preachers demand the ten percent that God said belongs to the leaders – a shameless twisting of the Scriptures, and a merciless regime of taxes, all in the name of God. Can you see now why Jesus Christ did not have a particularly good impression of the kings of this world?
Mat 11:7 “As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?” "But what did you go out to see?
Mat 11:8 A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.
Mat 11:9 "But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet. "For this is he
Mat 11:10 of whom it is written: 'Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.'
Mat 11:11 "Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”
What Jesus Christ was telling people here is that if they wanted to find the people of God, they must look not in king’s palaces, among those who are well endowed, well fed, and well clothed, but among modest and humble people who are doing the work of God from a poor base. What happened to John the Baptist in the end? He was decapitated for speaking the Word of God boldly by the king that was indulging in the wicked pleasures of this world. Nothing reflects the difference between the people of God and the rulers of this world better than the case of Herod and John the Baptist.
Pleasing those who were with him was more important for Herod than pleasing God. Obviously, he did not think much of the judgment of God. He should have.
As the ancient Greeks used to say, whom the gods want to destroy, they imbue with power.
Power is not a good sign as far as salvation is concerned. On the contrary, it is a sign of wickedness and perdition.
Apostle Paul knew very well that Jewish leaders were responsible for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and yet here he laid the blame on all rulers. Why? Because he knew that under similar circumstances, they all would have done the same thing, they all would have crucified ‘the Lord of Glory’. Human nature is the same in Israel and everywhere else in the world. Only those who receive the Holy Spirit can break lose from the pulls of carnal nature, but for that they need to repent, be baptized, and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We have not seen many leaders rushing to do that. In fact, we have seen none. Any wonder that Jesus Christ is preparing a new set of kings and priests for His Kingdom.
Does this mean that this world’s leaders are excluded from the elect of God? Not at all. One of the greatest sinners of all time, David, the king of Israel, became one of the greatest prophets of all time, and a man after God’s own heart.
Now here is an interesting question: did David become a man after God’s own heart before or after he sinned and repented of it? Samuel’s writings make it clear that it was before that. But how could God be sure that He would not regret making that statement so early in the life of this youth? He looked at his heart and knew of what mettle David was made of.
What an extraordinary lesson. As soon as the oldest son, who most likely was big and handsome, came before him, Samuel thought that he must be the one God chose to replace Saul as king of Israel. He remembered that Saul was big and handsome too, but what did God tell him? “The Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” By looking at his heart, God knew that David would be able to withstand the trials needed to make it into His Kingdom. No one makes it into the Kingdom of God by means of inheritance or any inborn virtue. All must take control over their human nature – mind over matter – and that requires tribulations.
Can you see now why it is so difficult for the leaders of this world to make it into the Kingdom of God? They find it hard to abandon the pleasures of this world for the refinement needed to control their human nature.
Those who endure with patience the refinement and chastisement of the Lord, will one day become His jewels. God is calling on all people to subject themselves to His trials, but not all do so, particularly those who choose to live in the pleasures of this world.
It is impossible for human beings to guaranty their own salvation, but not impossible if they let God do it for them.
What prevents the kings and leaders of this world from becoming kings and priests in the Kingdom of God is nothing but themselves – the greedy attachments and infatuations of their heart. Now what about the priests, could they not become also kings in the Kingdom of God? Here is Jesus Christ again.
Mat 7:22 "Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?'
Mat 7:23 "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'”
At the time of the judgment, when they expect to receive a reward for their work, Jesus Christ is telling those who claimed to be His priests and ministers, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'
Now how could that be? Why would He be doing that? His Apostles give us the answer.
Apostle Paul warned his followers with tears in his eyes that after his departure, ‘savage wolves’ would rise up from among themselves, and devour the flock.
About three and a half decades ago, I saw people suffering grievously under a ruinous regime of tithes and mandatory offerings in the Worldwide Church of God. After years of Bible study, I became convinced that what they were preaching was not in accordance with the New Testament. I left everything and went to the headquarters of that Church, prepared to show them in the Scriptures how the Apostles of Jesus Christ never enforce such a practice upon their followers.
I honestly believed that I could convince them of their error, but instead I discovered that I was dealing with none other than the ‘savage wolves’ that Apostle Paul warned us about. I then embarked upon an extensive search for the ‘little flock’ of Jesus Christ, over which the gates of hell would not prevail (Luke 12:32; Mat 16:18), but to my dismay, wherever I looked, I found more ‘savage wolves’.
At a time when the world is facing dangers that threaten to wipe out the human civilization, churches not only keep quiet about it, but are furiously opposing the work that we are doing on their behalf. They seem to think that by ignoring the end time prophecies that are so visible these days, they may not be coming true in their lifetime.
Mat 24:37 "But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. "For as in the days before the flood,
Mat 24:38 they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,
Mat 24:39 "and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
Mat 7:21 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father.
We have put our meager resources at the disposal of this work so that people may receive the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ freely, yet certain evangelical ministers are taking pleasures in creating difficulties for us. They got their cronies to take advantage of our goodwill by putting excessive demands on us. So far we have complied with all their requests, hoping that in time that may prick their conscience and cause them to behave like true Christians. But, as one might have expected, we have seen no evidence of conscience with these ‘savage wolves’. And they wonder that the Holy Spirit has recorded these statements in the Scriptures.
Mat 23:15 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.”
“To the law and to the testimony”, says the Lord. “If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” If they do not speak according to the word of God, what do they speak according to? They speak according to traditions of men, which are contrary to the Scriptures.
Mat 15:8 'These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.
Mat 15:9 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'"
The world is being scorched by Global Warming, is under threat of being frozen by Global Deeming, water, food and oil are in short supply, humanity is experiencing extremes of weather like never before, yet those who ought to stand up and tell the world why these things are happening, are doing their best to prevent others from doing so and keep their followers in ignorance about those things. And what do the kings of the earth do about that?
Not just one or a few kings, but all kings of the earth take up arms against the very Savior that comes to save them from annihilation. Not a single king, leader, priest, preacher or minister of religion, believes and obeys the true Gospel of Jesus Christ these days. They have all been deceived with a false gospel that present Him as an alien who comes to destroy the world, and Satan as the true savior of the world.
This is why Jesus Christ is preparing a new set of kings and priests for the Kingdom of His father.
Who Are The
Three Unclean Spirits of
In some of our
previous writings, we have identified the ‘beast’ and the ‘false prophet’ of
Then, to our dismay, after the second Gulf War, we were made to write that the leaders of the Coalition of the Willing stood for the ‘beast’, the ‘false prophet’ and the Dragon. We were very reluctant to write that down, but when God speaks, who can by prophesy?
That caused us a lot of soul searching and wanted an answer, for no one wants to be put in that kind of situation, least of all those who claim to speak for God. After much agonizing prayer, we got the answer, but from a most unexpected source.
In our job, we receive materials from all over the world from people who want to either inform us, or ‘correct’ us on things they disagree with us. We have been in this job long enough to know that we are wasting our time with these materials. We have never found one to be well conversant with the Scriptures, and that is why most of them go straight into the rubbish bin. One of them, however, caught our attention just in time before it went into the rubbish bin too. It had something about Prince Charles and the numerical values of his name and title. We think you will find this interesting too.
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Charles means “man”. His title in Wales: NASICH CHARLES ME WALES adds up as follows:
We are sorry, but we do not know who sent us this material, and we cannot attribute it. It is a very interesting piece, and we are grateful for it. If you tell us who you are, we will gladly acknowledge it.
These coincidences are striking to say the least. Both titles: Vicar of Christ, which the Popes claim, and Prince Charles Of Wales, add up in three different languages to 666: the Vicar of Christ, in Latin, Greek and Hebrew (See ‘The Blind Leading The Blind’ in TCH 8 for details), and Prince Charles of Wales, in English, Greek and Hebrew.
Now could human beings come up with these kinds of coincidences long before the people involved were even born and knew anything about them? We do not think so! Only an all-wise God could do that. (If you want to see more astonishing biblical coincidences, see the article, ‘The Inspiration of the Scriptures Scientifically Demonstrated’ in TCH 1).
When we looked at the material about Prince Charles for the first time, we thought it would be too much to think that he could be so important as to figure in biblical prophecies when more prominent historical figures have not. Unless . . . somehow, he is connected with the end time prophecies. Indeed, a closer look into the Bible produced some astonishing results.
“Until He comes whose right it is.” This is none other than Jesus Christ, and this prophecy could not be fulfilled in any other way except in the context of His return. He will come to take over the throne of His father David, and put an end to the monarchy whose “wicked prince” is no longer worthy of it.
Millions of people have given their life to free their children from the shackles of Roman Catholicism and practice the religion of their choice. Yet now, the British Monarchy and the leaders of the Anglican Church are doing their best to take their flock back to the Catholic fold. God Almighty will never allow that. For without the liberties that arose from the Protestant Reformation, we would never have been able to carry out this work. God’s prophecies would have remained unveiled, the Gospel of Jesus Christ would not have been witnessed to the world, there would be no elect of God to prepare for His return, and the life of this planet would have been irretrievably endangered. But now there is hope, for as Jesus Christ said, for the sake of His ‘elect’, God will intervene to cut those days short before all flesh is lost (Mat 24:22).
When Jesus Christ returns, He will take over the throne of His father David, whose earthly inheritors have proven unworthy of that legacy. Not many people know that the British Monarchy comes in the line of King David of Israel. God promised him that his throne would be established forever.
The Son who would build the ‘house of the Lord’ is Jesus Christ. He will build that ‘house’ not of bricks and mortar, but of spirit beings (See Rev. 21 and 22). Nevertheless, because God’s prophecies have a dual fulfillment, there must be an earthly, as well as a heavenly throne. Solomon inherited the earthly throne, but he and his children proved unworthy of it. Their disobedience led to the destruction of the nation of Israel when both Samaria and Judea were taken into captivity.
There was danger then that David’s royal line could have come to an end.
Here we have a qualification for inheriting the throne: “If your sons take heed to their way, to walk before Me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.” So did God break that line, as many people believe He did? No! If He had done so, He would have told us. Nowhere in the Bible is there an indication that God’s promise to David had been terminated. On the contrary, the Bible tells us that God enacted an alternative course of punishment. He caused Israel to disappear from the face of the earth by sending its people into captivity. On that occasion, David’s royal line could have ended, but instead it took an extraordinary turn. After Samaria was taken captive by Assyria, and while Judea was under attack by the Babylonians, a remnant of Judah took refuge in Egypt. Among them were the prophet Jeremiah and “the king’s daughters”.
This is the last time Israel’s royal line is mentioned in the Bible. That line however did not disappear from the face of the earth. Through a circuitous route, it ended up in the British Isles. Jeremiah and the king’s daughters found their way to Britain where they re-established and continued the Davidic royal line on the tribe of Ephraim, the leading tribe of Samaria.
Samaria had proven to be a lot less rebellious and more obedient to God than Judea. There are many ‘legends’ in Britain about the presence of Jeremiah and the Davidic royal line in that land. We now know that these are more than ‘legends’, they are historical facts.
This brings us back to Ezekiel’s prophecy about the wicked prince, and the fact that Prince Charles’ name and title add up to 666. Does that mean that he supplanted the head of the Roman Catholic Church as the ‘beast’ of Revelation, whose title also adds up to 666? Certainly not! No man could ever do that. That ‘honor’ belongs to one man and one man only – to Pontifex Maximus, or the Pontiff as he is more commonly known. That position goes back to the time of Jesus Christ, to the prophet Daniel, to Samaria, and all the way to Egypt. (See, ‘Daniel’s Last Great Mysteries Unveiled’ in TCH 10, for further details).
The Popes, particularly John Paul II, have been very keen on the policy of ecumenism – bringing churches and religions together under a common umbrella. For this to happen, their doctrines had to become more lax and fluid.
Religious leaders were supposed to put more accents on what unites people rather than on what keeps them apart. Things seemed to go well for a while until the Islamists threw a wrench into the works.
In line with the ecumenical movement, Prince Charles decided that he does not want to be known as the defender of the faith – defender of Christianity – but defender of the faiths – all faiths of the British Commonwealth, which practically means all faiths of the world.
Well, God has heard his wish. He will not become the defender of the faith. He will not become the defender of any faith. God has taken the crown away from him.
In December 2005, Great Britain announced in a blaze of publicity that it had legalized same-sex ‘marriages’. Many celebrity ‘couples’ took advantage of it and promptly ‘tied the knot’. The Prime Minister, Toni Blair, declared that to be a sign of progress. The Monarchy, had earlier knighted some of those ‘celebrities’. Thus, what God thinks is an abomination, Great Britain’s leaders think it is a honor. Little do they know that they have brought their nation to the edge of the abyss.
This solves the
association of the ‘beast’ of
“A New, Earth-based ‘Global Spirituality’” ”What do George W. Bush, George Soros, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon and the Dalai Lama have in common? All have thrown their support to the United Religions Initiative. And what is the URI? According to a new blockbuster book, "False Dawn: The United Religions Initiative, Globalism, And The Quest For A One-world Religion" by Lee Penn, it's something that doesn't bode well either for a sovereign America or for Christianity. The interfaith movement began with the 1893 World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago, and has since grown worldwide. Although this movement as been largely unknown to the public, it now provides a spiritual face for globalization, the economic and political forces leading from nationalism to a one-world system.
The most ambitious organization in today's interfaith movement is the United Religions Initiative, or URI, founded by William Swing, the Episcopal bishop of California. In "False Dawn," Penn, a Catholic ex-Marxist, exhaustively documents the history and beliefs of the URI and its New Age and globalist allies, the vested interests that support these movements, and the direction they appear to be taking.
The interfaith movement is no longer merely the province of a coterie of little-heeded religious idealists with grandiose visions. The URI's proponents have ranged from billionaire George Soros to President George W. Bush, from the far-right Rev. Sun Myung Moon to the liberal Catholic theologian Hans Küng, and from the Dalai Lama to the leaders of government-approved Protestant churches in the People's Republic of China.
According to Penn, the interfaith movement, including the URI, is being promoted by globalist and New Age reformers who favor erosion of national sovereignty, marginalization of traditional religions, establishment of "global governance," and creation of a new, Earth-based "global spirituality" – in effect, a one-world [pagan] religion.
Therefore, warns "False Dawn," the URI and the interfaith movement are poised to become the spiritual foundation of the New World Order – the "new civilization" now proposed by Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union. As Penn explains it: French metaphysician René Guénon, in "The Reign of Quantity and the Signs of the Times," spoke of the "anti-tradition" (the forces of materialism and secular humanism) finally giving way to the "counter-tradition" (the satanic inversion of true spirituality), leading to the regime of Antichrist. The "anti-tradition" weakens and dissolves traditional spiritualities, after which the "counter-tradition" sets up a counterfeit in their place. Since Guénon's time, as is well known, anti-traditional forces have greatly advanced worldwide. It is less well-known that counter-traditional movements have also made great strides, and now stand closer to the centers of global political and religious power than ever before. The "counter-tradition" is making inroads on the political and cultural Right, as much as it is doing on the Left. "False Dawn" painstakingly documents these trends, and speculates on their future development. In so doing, the author takes investigative reporting to the threshold of prophecy, and gives us a stunningly plausible picture of the global religious landscape of the 21st century. (WorldNetDaily.com, June 14, 2005)
Anyone who supports a globalist movement that aims to enforce a pagan religion upon the world, cannot be a friend of Jesus Christ. And if he is not a friend of Jesus Christ and does not rejoice at His return, he could never be part of the Kingdom of God. Not being part of that Kingdom means loss of salvation and eternal death.
Not long ago, we received a letter from an American Christian who chastised us for speaking in not too flattery terms about her President. She assured us that he is a believer who goes to Church regularly. We wonder whether she knew of his involvement in this “Earth-based ‘Globalist Spirituality’”. In their College days, both President Bush and his father were members of secretive organizations that had as symbol the skull and bones. Frightening staff, and very un-Christian.
It is obvious that in
the prophecy of
It is a well-known fact that the Dragon is the mascot of China. On any celebratory occasion, a huge effigy of that monster is paraded in a ritualized manner on the streets of China and in Chinatowns around the world.
In May 2005, a high ranking Chinese official from the Chinese embassy in Canberra, Chen Yonglin, defected and sought political asylum in Australia. What happened afterwards shocked the nation. John Howard’s Government refused his request and told him to go back to China. Under different circumstances, and at other times, that would have been considered treason. Now, commercial interests dictate otherwise. Now people think it is all right to sell their soul for a bowl of rice.
Chen Yonglin said that he had knowledge and documents which proved that China had over one thousand spies in Australia, yet the Government of John Howard did not even want to look at them or listen to what he had to say. No consideration was given to the fact that a return to China would have meant a sure death for him. This from a Government that sent its soldiers to fight for freedom and democratic rights for the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, and others. Only a huge outcry from the people and the media caused the Government to change its course, but even then, it did not grant the man political asylum, and only a temporary refugee status. To the very end, John Howard sought to please his newly found friends in China. Then, in the true spirit of the Dragon, the Government lied about it.
“Hours after the defection of the Chinese consular official Chen Yonglin in May, Immigration officials passed a request for political asylum to the Foreign Affairs Department, a Senate committee was told yesterday. The evidence contradicts the comments of the Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer, on June 8 in response to media questions about Mr Chen. “He didn’t lodge a formal application at all,” Mr Downer said. The NSW director of the Immigration Department, Jim O’Calagan, testified to a Senate foreign affairs hearing in Sydney yesterday that he received a letter from Mr Chen on May 26. Mr O’Callahan said he was surprised by the serious nature of the political asylum bid.” (Sydney Morning Herald, July 26, 2005).
A couple of months later, during a speech before a gathering of the Heads of State at the United Nations, Australia’s Prime Minister, John Howard, brought great eulogies, not to Australia, but . . . to China. He went on to tell the assembly that it is good for the world to do business with . . . China. China has one of the largest trade surpluses in the world, and Australia one of the largest trade deficits, yet our leader pleads with the world to do business with China. Strange and marvelous are the ways of the Lord. Is there any doubt with whom the spirit of the Dragon is associated now?
When God revealed to us that the three spirits of the river Euphrates are the three leaders of the Coalition of the willing, we were very reluctant to write it down since that seemed to go contrary to some of our earlier revelations. But, “When the Lord GOD has spoken! Who can but prophesy?” (Amos 3:8). We wrote it down and wondered about it. How could we have imagined that in due time God would reveal to us these amazing associations?
What we learn from these examples is that more than one person could be under the influence of the spirits of the “beast”, the “false prophet”, and the Dragon. Our original revelations, therefore remain intact.
Let us go back now to that passage from Revelation and see something important to which few have paid much attention.
The prophecy of verse 12 has been fulfilled.
The prophecy of verses 13 and 14 has only been partly fulfilled. The rest of this prophecy shifts the theatre of operation from the River Euphrates to the Valley of Megiddo ( Armageddon), in Israel.
Now how could the three unclean spirits of Euphrates, end up in Israel from Iraq? Once again, great and mysterious are the ways of the Lord. They do not come as invaders, but as peacemakers. They call their interference in the Middle East, ‘Road Map to Peace’. And who is guaranteeing that “peace”? The United Nations and European Union soldiers who are already ‘patrolling’ Israel’s northern and southern borders. Of course, the ‘Road Map to Peace’ is nothing of a kind, but rather it‘s a ‘Road Map to War’. One only has to listen to the bellicose statement from Iranian and some Arab leaders who never stop advocating wiping Israel off the Middle Eastern map to realize where the world is heading.
We left out verse 15 for a good reason. Why do you think Jesus Christ inserted it there, where it appears to be completely out of context? He inserted it to show us when that awesome event will take pace. As Jesus would say, ‘he who has eyes let him see, and he who has ears let him hear’.
Unveiling The Book Of Revelation
Every article in this edition, has dealt with one or more of the topics discussed in the book of Revelation. For this reason, we strongly advise everyone to read those articles first, for we cannot go over those topics again. We discussed the first part of Revelation in The Christian Herald No 14. Here is the second part.
So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood.
But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.
And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
This chapter presents
in a concise form a huge chunk of
Notice how the followers of Jesus Christ are distinguished from the rest of the world: those who keep the Commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. How many “Christians” keep the Commandments of God and believe the true Gospel of Jesus Christ? We know of none.
For a millennium and a half, while the Roman Catholic Church held sway over the Christian world, keeping the Commandments of God was punishable by death. Even today, if you ask the Catholic, Orthodox, or Protestant preachers about the Commandments of God, they tell you that they have been nailed to the cross.
Of course, Jesus Christ did no such thing. He said that He came not to destroy but to fulfill the law.
Mat "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.”
What did He nail to the cross then? Dietary and sacrificial requirements that were designed to bring us to Christ!
What ceased to be offered?
We continually come across people who do not know where the Old Testament ends and the New begins, or which parts of the Old Testament are still valid today and which are not. These passages from Colossians and Hebrew should clarify that. It is the things that were concerned with “foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation” that ceased to observed under the New Testament, not the Commandments of God, for otherwise the Dragon would not have persecuted those who continued to keep them after the Roman Church forbade it.
Here are God’s Commandments again from Exodus chapter 20. Take particular note of their order of importance.
1. "You shall have no other gods before Me.
2. "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
3. "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
4. "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
5. "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land . . .
6. "You shall not murder.
7. "You shall not commit adultery.
8. "You shall not steal.
9. "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10. "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's."
Now which Commandment do you think is more important: those against murder, adultery, stealing, lying and coveting, or keeping the Sabbath holy? From God’s point of view, keeping the Sabbath holy is far more important than the other six Commandments. And so it is for Jesus Christ, otherwise He would not have told His disciples that He expects to find them keeping the Sabbath when He returns to this earth.
Mat 24:20 "And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. "For then there will be great tribulation,
Mat 24:21 such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.”
People are not allowed to carry burdens on the Sabbath even when their life is in danger. It is better to die keeping the Commandments of God, than to prolong your life by braking one of the Commandments.
Can you see now why the churches of today are wrong when they say that the Commandments have been done away with? They have to say that, otherwise they have to keep the Sabbath, not the Day of the Sun, a practice that is as old as ancient Egypt, from where it came. This is why the Dragon has had no qualms with those that kept Sunday as the day of rest and worship, but has persecuted to death those that kept the Sabbath.
Pay no attention to the justification people bring for keeping Sunday instead of the Sabbath. God has never authorized that change, and if He had not authorized it, people have no business sticking their nose in God’s affairs. For God, Sabbath observance is very important because it distinguishes his people from the rest of the world.
Exo 31:12 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak also to the children of Israel, saying:
Exo 31:13 'Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the LORD who sanctifies you.
Exo 31:14 'You shall keep the Sabbath, therefore, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people.
Exo 31:15 'Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.
Exo 31:16 'Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.
Exo 31:17 'It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.'"
This is why the Sabbath is so important. Now back to the book of Revelation.
Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.
And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.
And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived.
He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads,
and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.
This chapter, plus
chapter 17, have been amply discussed in
The Christian Heralds
Verses 1- 5, are about the return of Jesus Christ and the resurrection of the kings and priests that will rule under Him during the Millennium Kingdom. (For a full explanation of who these people are, see The Christian Herald No 1).
It is not possible for the mystery of God to be finished until the seven thunders, which were not written down, are revealed and fulfilled. What God did in this chapter was merely postpone writing them down until after chapter 15. There is no other time when these thunders could be unveiled and fulfilled. God would not have mentioned them if we were not meant to know about them. This is the only time this prophecy could have been fulfilled.
This chapter takes
over from chapters
Remember, no one knows what Jesus Christ looked like. He is greatly offended by those images, not only because that is contrary to the third Commandment, but also because they bare no resemblance of Him. The glorified Christ simply cannot be portrayed by human beings. We can only imagine what He and the Father look like (See Rev. chapters 1and 4).
Verses 10 and 11 tell us how the ‘beast’ deceives people into committing blasphemy against the true God. Instead of repenting of their deeds, for which they are being punished, they blaspheme and hate God for their sufferings.
For verses 12 to 16
turn to the article ‘Who are the three unclean spirits of
Verses 17 to 21 relate the Great Tribulation just prior to the return of Jesus Christ. The devastating tsunami of last year was but a forewarning of a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions. Every island will disappear, and every mountain leveled out. The world is on the brink of that horrifying calamity.
For this chapter see the comments on chapter 13.
This chapter continues the story of the ‘MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH’ from the previous chapter. There is only one institution in the world, whose tentacles have reached into all corners of the earth, which could fit the description of this Babylon, Mother of Harlots: that which has killed people for keeping the Commandments of God and His Holy Days for Millennia.
This chapter relates the return of Jesus Christ and the opposition He faces from the ‘great Harlot’ and the kings of the earth. This is when Babylon the great and Mother of Harlots fall and are wiped out from the face of the earth, not when its fall was spoken of for the first time in chapter 14.
See also the article, ‘Why New Kings And Priests Are Being Prepared For The Kingdom Of God’ in this edition, for a lengthier explanation of the fate of those who follow the ‘great Harlot’ into taking up arms against Jesus Christ.
Verses 1- 3 speak of the Millennium Kingdom when the Devil is locked up and no longer able to deceive the nations.
Verse 4 tells us that one of the duties of those who are resurrected first is to judge the world.
And he carried me away in the Spirit to a
great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy
having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.
Also she had a great and high wall with
twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, and names written on them, which
are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of
three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west.
Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
And he who talked with me had a gold reed to measure the city, its gates, and its wall.
The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal.
Then he measured its wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel.
The construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass.
The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper,
the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.
the fourth emerald, The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.
But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.
And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.
Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there).
And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it.
But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb's Book of Life.
And he said to me, "Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand.
"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last."
and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.
"I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star."
And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming quickly." Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
In verse 14, God’s Commandments are mentioned again – for the third time in this book. Can you see now why the Catholic Church and its siblings do not like this book, and why they are doing their best to keep people away from it?
They do not like it because it also identifies the ‘MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.’
God says, "Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.” (Rev 18:4).
There has never been a more urgent time for the people of God to come out of this ‘Mother of Harlots’ than it is now.
THE CHRISTIAN HOLY DAYS
The Passover (Pesah - Nissan 14)
Unlike the Jews, who used to kill the Passover lamb “at the twilight” of Nissan 14 (meaning in the evening towards Nissan 15), we, Christians, observe the Passover when our “Lamb” – Jesus Christ – was sacrificed. That happened on the afternoon of Nissan 14, before the twilight of Nissan 14, meaning that we keep it a little earlier than the Jews. We commemorate His death, not His supper, which occurred the previous evening, as some churches do. The time when His body was broken, not when He broke the symbolic bread.
Days of Unleavened Bread (Nissan 15 – 21)
On the first and seventh days there shall be holy convocations. No work shall be done on these days.
13 – 19 April
Pentecost (Shavuot – Sivan 6)
Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah - Tishri 1)
Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur – Tishri 10)
Feast of Tabernacles (Succoth -- Tishri 15 – 22)
27 Sept. – 4 Oct.
14 – 21 Oct.
On the first and the eighth days there shall be holy convocations. No work shall be done on these days.
A few words here about the weekly Sabbath. Some people have made a major virtue out of observing it in the strictest sense. They forget that the Pharisees were very strict Sabbath keepers, yet that did not prevent them from committing the greatest sin ever. They did not understand the truth of God because their heart and their attitude were not right before God.
Jesus Christ said that the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath, and that He was also the Lord of the Sabbath, meaning that He could make exceptions when these are needed.
“At that time Jesus went through the grain fields on the Sabbath. And His disciples were hungry, and began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to Him, ‘Look, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath!’ But He said to them, ‘Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God and ate the showbread which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests? Or have you not read in the law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless? Yet I say to you that in this place there is One greater than the temple. But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.’'' (Matt. 12:1-8).
There is a great deal of difference between
our modern society and the pastoral and agrarian society of ancient
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.” (Exod. 20:8-10).
It is virtually impossible in our present society to prevent all people from working on the Sabbath day. Your fridge, stove, oven, lights, radio, television, etc. work because some “servants” keep them going for you. There are electrical power stations that cannot be shut, programs that have to be broadcast, traffic lights to be operated, hospitals and emergency stations to be manned, police stations to be opened, etc.
The world can never return to a pure pastoral or agrarian society. The society of the future shall always need people to operate these things during the Sabbath and during Holy Days. These people perform a function that is similar to that of the priests who work during the Sabbath and during Holy Days, and take their rest in other days. Therefore, we would be hypocrites to condemn those who make it easy for us to keep the Sabbath if they are unable to keep it with us. So let us worship God and give Him thanks that we can keep His Sabbaths and His Holy Days at the appropriate times, but pray for, and be forgiving towards, those who cannot keep them with us. Let them worship God and take their rest in other days, but let these be as Sabbath days, not as a days of the Sun (Sundays) or days dedicated to some other pagan gods.
Another point to be made here is that although Jesus Christ said that “the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath”, this does not mean that people are allowed to change it from the seventh day (Saturday) to the first day of the week (Sunday).
This is not what He meant. Proof of this is the fact that none of the Apostles, or the early Churches of God, worshipped on Sundays. They all observed the Sabbath correctly on the seventh day of the week. The change to Sunday occurred several centuries later after the Romans imposed their festivals on Christianity and forced the believers not to “Judaize” by worshipping on Saturday rather than on Sunday.
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but
test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have
gone out into the world. By this you
know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come
in the flesh [has come in the form of the Holy Spirit to dwell in us] is of
God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the
flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have
heard was coming, and is now already in the world” (1