Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Western Civilization in moral decay?

By Glen Gilchrist
Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recent news articles have speculated about the “end of Western civilization.” Interestingly enough, as you read through those articles, the reasons put forth for the end of our way of life have stemmed from our lack of energy conservation awareness to our addiction to oil for our energy needs. Political issues, environmental issues, educational issues are all put forth as arenas for the salvation of mankind.

No discussion has been noted on the real source of our decline: moral decay.

God made promises to His servant Abraham. For his faithful service, God promised Abraham’s descendants material prosperity and success (Genesis 17-25). In recent centuries (beginning in 1800 AD and forward), God set His hand to give Abraham’s descendants those promised blessings.

God also predicted certain curses would come on His people if they ignored Him, flaunted His laws and rejected His supremacy in their lives. Deuteronomy 28 discusses those curses — and God’s list of the causes of the decline and apparently soon-coming fall of Western civilization are much different from what recent news media articles focus on.

Reading through Deuteronomy 28, verses 15 through 68, one sees the inevitable result of our choosing our own ways versus God’s ways – and it sounds like a description of what our Western societies face today. Floods in the Midwest, hurricanes in the South, drought in many parts of America – producing unheard of food shortages in a nation which has come to believe that prosperity is some kind of natural right. God is proving otherwise!

News media focus on social issues, climate change, recycling, environmental issues. They ignore moral issues. God tells us our problems are not social, environmental or political – our problems are wholly moral – man’s ways producing death, versus God’s ways producing blessings and life (Deuteronomy 28:1-14).

Modern man wants to do things his own way (Isaiah 58:13), yet demand the blessings of doing things God’s ways. It simply doesn’t work that way.

God reigns supreme in the universe, and there is only one way to receive the blessings of Deuteronomy 28 – obeying God’s laws and doing things His way, not our way!

Until man learns that lesson, the curses of Deuteronomy 28:15-68 will be our harvest for the choices we, as a society, make. God is not mocked; what He says will come to pass.

The problems of Western civilization are not just social, political, educational or economic – our problems are wholly moral ones!

Biblical prophecy predicts a time of severe trial and punishment coming upon the modern descendants of Jacob for their sins and rejection of God (Write for our booklet The United States and Great Britain in Prophecy to discover the modern identity of Israel, and how that relates to end-time prophecy).

Individuals can escape that judgment by turning to God and committing themselves to obeying Him and responding to His will. The choice is yours!

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Israel, Germany hold historic joint cabinet meeting

By Ron Bousso (AFP) – 4 hours ago

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Germany with top ministers on Monday for a historic joint cabinet meeting underlining the strong ties forged in the wake of the Holocaust.

The gathering of the two governments, the second ever after a similar meeting in Israel two years ago and the first on German soil, was to address issues such as Iran's nuclear drive and defence cooperation.

Netanyahu and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were also to hold bilateral talks focused on efforts to revive Middle East peace talks and face "threats to regional security," the prime minister's spokesman Mark Regev said.

The one-day visit to Berlin, where the bid to wipe out European Jewry was planned, is "designed to strengthen and expand the cooperation between Israel and Germany," Regev told AFP.

"There is a very special relationship between Berlin and Jerusalem," he said.

"We are focused on how to strengthen the relationship in order for there to be tangible cooperation today and in the future."

A German government spokesman said the meeting was a rare occurrence.

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Signs of the end of the age in Haiti?

By Scott Winnail
Saturday, January 16, 2010

Tuesday afternoon, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked the small island nation of Haiti and its nine-million inhabitants. The quake flattened the president’s palace, the cathedral, hospitals, schools, the main prison and whole neighborhoods. Officials feared thousands – perhaps more than 100,000 – may have perished but there was no firm count. One leading Haitian senator commented that there could be as many as 500,000

But why would a loving God, who made the residents of Haiti in His own image, allow such a horrific catastrophe and such tremendous devastation? And why Haiti, a nation that was already experiencing so much difficulty?...

"God will use powerful end-time events to get the attention of many peoples around the globe. God is “… not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). God will use these events to draw attention to His end-time gospel that will go forth to all the world, encouraging people to repent of their sins and return to Him and His way of life."

"As time goes on, we should expect to see events similar to the ones in Haiti occurring all around the globe, as these events are prophesied to be just the “beginning of sorrows” (Matthew 24:8). These catastrophes are gut-wrenching to watch and should motivate all of us to pray much more fervently for God’s mercy and that His Kingdom come very soon (Matthew 6:10)!"...

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Friday, January 8, 2010

EU's delayed navigation system set for 2014

EU's delayed navigation system set for 2014
"EU claims Galileo system could more than double the GPS coverage"

Associated Press
Updated 11:42 a.m. ET Jan. 7, 2010

BRUSSELS - The European Union executive on Thursday gave Germany's OHB System AG a (EURO)566 million ($810 million) contract to build the first 14 satellites for the EU's new space-based navigation system Galileo.

The executive said that means the much-delayed rival to GPS should begin operating in 2014"

The EU has claimed Galileo will be technologically superior to the U.S. Global Positioning System because it will provide more accurate locations for cars, ships and people using navigation devices. More