Brexit, America and Israel

The great event which would free the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland from the European Union has not yet happened, even though the great count down was to finish on March 29th . This was the day the people of the United Kingdom were told, that, with or without a deal, they would be leaving the European Union. Only the Government has now voted to go against what it had promised.brexit-puslespil-690x400

 

However, from our interpretation of Bible Prophecy it is evident that sooner or later, God will make Brexit happen and Britain will leave Europe. This is because the Almighty God of Israel has a different purpose and destiny for the British Isles.

And although it is not on the minds of most of those involved in the Brexit debate, Britain has always been a thorn in the flesh of Europe and separation is at the historical heart of the conflict. Britain is historically a Protestant nation, the Protestant nation. Protestantism was almost eradicated from much of Europe through the horrific events of the 16th and 17th centuries. But in Britain, a protesting spirit developed which was never conquered.

A Clash between two conflicting world views

Melanie Philips writing in the Jerusalem Post describes the division in Britain today over Brexit:

"Tragically, these passions have split families and sundered friendships. The reason is that this is not merely a political argument. It is a titanic civilizational clash between two fundamental world views."

One world view seeks to defend Britain's long history of language, religion, culture, and the ethical values drawn from the Hebrew Bible and Christianity. While the second ....

"The second wants to destroy all that and replace it by a new world order under which the Western nation is superseded by trans-national laws and institutions, national borders are erased and biblical morality replaced by ideology – specifically, identity politics, moral relativism, and multiculturalism.

This nation-denying universalism is intimately connected to hatred of Israel, Judaism, and the Jewish people."

These two fundamentally opposed world views are not just at war in Britain – the fight is the same wherever you go in the Western World where countries were built on the principals and morals of the Hebrew Bible. Certainly, the fight is also being carried out in the U.S.A and Canada

Melanie Phillips makes the connection between those trying to erase the influence of the Bible and hatred of Israel. For despising the principles of Scripture leads you to equally despise the people of the Bible and to ignore that their return to the land of their forefathers -as the prophecies said they would - is clear living proof that the Bible is God's true and living word.

Read more: Brexit, America and Israel

 

ANGLIA GOOD NEWS

from the Ipswich Christadelphians

April 2019

 "When in April the sweet showers fall

And pierce the drought of March to the root, and all

 

The veins are bathed in liquor of such power

To bring about the engendering of the flower"

Spring is here!chaucer

The opening of Chaucer's Prologue to the Canterbury Tales, familiar to all students of English, captures the delight of an English Spring. This lovely, hopeful period of the year has inspired poets and artists of every generation – Wordsworth's daffodils, Gerard Manley Hopkins's celebration of the season - Nothing is so beautiful as spring. When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush.

daffsMarch can be a tricky month, and April too - T S Eliot in the Wasteland observed that "April is the cruellest month", but surely no human heart can fail to be moved by the return of life to nature, the spring flowers bursting forth, the trees leafing up to that delicate variety of hues that will never be repeated during the rest of the year, with the promise of the warmer days to come.

Chaucer's pilgrims, telling their tales, were travelling to Canterbury in the springtime of the year to pay their respects to the memory of Thomas a Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was murdered for opposing the restrictions of King Henry II on the rights and privileges of the church. But the Jesuit poet Hopkins' "Nothing is so beautiful as spring" was a heartfelt outpouring of regret at the Fall in Eden and the mess mankind has made of this fair earth ever since.

The Song of Solomon

habNeither Chaucer nor Hopkins though, gets anywhere near the simple and sublime beauty of the Word of God in the Song of Solomon – chapter 2:11-12 "For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land."

The Song of Solomon is a celebration of the love of God for His people, for those who worship the Creator, who love his Word. The Song also looks forward to the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, who will establish God's just and righteous Kingdom on earth – when it will be like the most glorious and perfect spring day.

A world in turmoilsyria

But today, wherever we look, the world is in turmoil. The Middle East - Syria, Iran, Iraq, the Gulf States at odds with each other, Europe coping with the influx of migrants and asylum seekers from sub-Saharan Africa and the Maghreb, Russia turning in on itself, becoming increasingly bellicose against the West. Add to this the reality of global warming, rising seas levels and the degradation of our vital forests, which are struggling to maintain vital oxygen levels. Not to mention the rising level of crime world-wide...hard to see any sign of good news anywhere today.

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The Good News of the coming Kingdom of God

In the Bible we find really Good News – the return of Jesus and the establishment of God's Kingdom on earth. Not long before his crucifixion, Jesus's disciples asked when they should expect the Kingdom to come. He told them that first there would be "great distress upon the earth (Luke 21:23) ...nations in perplexity...the sea and the waves roaring" (v25) – a vivid evocation of just the kind of world we live it. When you see all this, Jesus said "your redemption is drawing near"(v28).

He likens these events, dark though they are, to Spring, the harbinger of Summer – "look at the fig tree he says, and all the trees as soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near." (Luke 21:29-30)figs

So during this springtime, that loveliest of seasons, as you look about you in the gardens, parks and woodland, as nature comes to life, you can be assured that however dark and threatening the world seems now, God is in control – He says, "my words will not pass away" (v33). Good News indeed!


 

 

Our Bible Hour is on Sundays at 10am at Castle Hill Community Centre, Highfield Road, Ipswich, IP1 6DG.

Here’s our programme for April to June, God willing:

 

7 April              Bible Basics: Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God

 

14 April            Promises in the Bible – to the Children of Israel at Sinai

 

21 April            The resurrection of Jesus – what it means to you

 

28 April            What’s to stop me being baptised? (Acts 8)

 

5 May              Bible Basics: the purpose and promises of God

 

12 May            The Bible – how to study it

 

19 May            The Bible – how to live by it

 

26 May            The harmonious Bible

 

2 June             Bible Basics: man – mortal, but promised everlasting                       life

 

9 June             Do Christians need priests?

 

16 June           Does God hear prayer?

 

23 June           The Jews – God’s living proof

 

30 June           Christian discipleship

 

 

We welcome comments, feedback and questions.  Contact us via our website: www.ipswichchristadelphians.info, or write to: Ipswich Christadelphians, FREEPOST RTJU-SYAE-LZTA, 28 Westland, IPSWICH, IP5 3SU, or phone 07419 837115

 

We welcome comments, feedback and questions.  Contact us via our website: www.ipswichchristadelphians.info, or write to: Ipswich Christadelphians, FREEPOST RTJU-SYAE-LZTA, 28 Westland, IPSWICH, IP5 3SU, or phone 07419 837115

What God has Done for Us

ALMOST every week we hear about someone who has run up huge bills on their credit cards or borrowed from loan sharks. As a result, they find themselves in great difficulties. Sadly, some of them take extreme measures, even suicide, to find a way out. Its inconceivable that anyone would be willing to cancel their debts.money worries_2

Our Debt to God

However, The Bible describes our sin, which is our wrongdoing in God's eyes, as a debt that God is willing to wipe out. And this is despite the fact that it's our own fault that we've got into that mess in the first place. It's no use saying we aren't sinners, when what we mean is that we don't commit robbery or murder. Human opinions about what is a 'real sin' may alter, but God's doesn't. We all disobey God to some extent, which makes us sinners!– and therefore deserve the same sentence as the first people, Adam and Eve.God gave them one rule and stated the punishment for breaking that rule. Because they did what they wanted instead, God confirmed what would happen: In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return (Genesis 3:19). The result is that we have their same physical nature and so we too will die. But we don't die just because we are mortal. Like our first parents, we sin and therefore deserve to die. 'Therefore, just as through one man (Adam) sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned' (Romans 5:12). But there is something we can do about it, although it is more accurate to say that God has done something about it, by offering us a way out.

Read more: Our Debt to God

Is there death after life?


It may seem a silly way round to ask this question but this is deliberate. For it is very important to establish the Bible answer, as there are various views about what happens after life ends. Attend a few funeral services and you will get very confused indeed.

Poems of Comfort

There was not a dry eye in the room. Adam's widow had just read a poem at his funeral service. It started:

"Don't cry for me now I have died, For I'm still here: I'm by your side, My body's gone but my soul is here, Please don't shed another tear"

and it ended with these words: "While I'm still there, I can't be dead." There are several such poems from which people derive great comfort. They express ideas like the deceased person being in the 'soft stars' rather than in the grave; that their 'loving arms will hold you, when we meet again' and that they 'comfort and stay with us, through each of our days'. In fact, many people, whether religious or not, believe that something of us lives on after the end of this life.

Bible Teaching

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The Bible, a message from God, the Creator of all life, presents
a radically different picture.: 'The living know that they will die; but the dead know nothing' (Ecclesiastes 9:5) 'For in death there is no remembrance of You; in the grave who will give You thanks?' (Psalm 6:5); 'The dead do not praise the Lord, nor any who go down into silence' (Psalm 115:17); 'For Sheol cannot thank You, death cannot praise You; those who go down to the pit cannot hope for Your truth'(Isaiah 38:18).

Read more: Death after life

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