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"Prove all things, hold fast what is good" 1Th 5:21

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Women in Christ's Genealogy…

Women in Christ's Genealogy…

Women in Christ's Genealogy

  The women in Christ’s line…An extract from the Testimony Magazine, February 2016 There are four women mentioned in the genealogy of Christ as recorded by Matthew. It is suggested that they reflect the life in Christ of a baptised believer. &nbs hab, the harlot. Rahab lived in Jericho in a world so steeped in sin that it had to be totally destroyed. However, she heard of the might of the God of Israel and believed in the way that He had led His people Israel out of Egypt and throug…

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Keep Hanging On!…

Keep Hanging On!…

Keep Hanging On!

Every day we say things which are not to be taken literally. If we’re not feeling well, we might say that “We’re under the weather” or that we “Feel like death”. That’s just a colourful way of expressing our feelings, and everybody understands that. Literaurative? Smetaphors are used which have a quite different meaning when applied literally. We might say that “My heart stopped when I saw it!”, when we really mean that we were very shocked at something we had seen. But…

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The Prophet Isaiah…

The Prophet Isaiah…

Isaiah lived in the times of Uzziah, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah – about 740 to 680 BC. This was the period when the Assyrian Empire was growing in power, and Judah was about to be invaded by Sennacherib. Isaiah lived in royal circles (he was a great friend and advisor of King Hezekiah) and had a wife and children in Jerusalem. Isaiah is writing at a time of nations in decline, he is as it were sent at the 11th&n ur to speak to Israel. Basically the book can be divided into 3 rough s…

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Developing Bible Study Skills - 5…

Developing Bible Study Skills - 5…

David's input into Solomon's temple This study s designed to highlight a number of different aspects of Bible study, as follows: that Bible study is not difficult or the preserve of the intellectual the need to give careful attention to the text the value of comparing Scripture with Scripture the value of building up a picture from various scriptures the value of recording and preserving information found. &n  You will need: Bible with marginal references, concordance or compueriz…

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When the time is right…

When the time is right…

When the time is right

Sometimes things happen just because we are in the right place at the right time. Or, if it is something bad that happens, because we were in the wrong place at that very time. What if we had been born at a different time in the world’s history?&n  you had been born in the Middle Ages, just reading this website (had it been around at the time!) could have cost you your life. Many people were executed just because they wanted to read the Bible for themselves. At that time the Church held the m…

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Developing Bible Study Skills - 4…

Developing Bible Study Skills - 4…

  The Promise To David  This study is designed to highlight a number of different aspects of Bible study, as follows: that Bible study is not difficult or the preserve of the intellectual the need to give careful attention to the text the value of comparing Scripture with Scripture the value of following up quotations the value of recording and preserving information found. You will need: Bible with marginal references, concordance or computerized Bible There are two ac…

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Developing Bible Study Skills - 3…

Developing Bible Study Skills - 3…

Psalm 34 and David’s experiences This study is designed to highlight a number of different aspects of Bible study, as follows: at Bible study is not difficult or the preserve of the intellectualtrneed to give careful attention to the texttrimportance of contexttrvalue of comparing Scripture with Scripturetrvalue of recording and preserving information found. will need: &nbs e with marginal references; &nbs ordance or computerised Bible&nbs The title of Psalm 3…

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Developing Bible Study Skills - 2…

Developing Bible Study Skills - 2…

Developing Bible Study Skills - 2

  The death of Saul You will need a Bible, a Bible Atlas, a concordance.   Read 1 Samuel 31     This study is designed to highlight the following aspects of Bible study from the list given in Part 1: 1 show that Bible study is not difficult or the preserve of the intellectual show the need to give careful attention to the text reveal the value of knowing Biblical geography highlight the value of recording and preserving information found The Bi…

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Developing Bible Study Skills - 1…

Developing Bible Study Skills - 1…

Introduction This series of short articles is designed to demonstrate, by working through some simple pieces of Bible exposition, that Bible study is not just for the academic. It is hoped that any who read these short expositions will realise, if they have not done so already, that rewarding Bible study is within the grasp of us all. All that will be required to develop your own studies along similar lines will be a Bible, ideally with marginal cross-references; a good concordance or comp…

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Salvation from sin and death…

Salvation from sin and death…

Salvation from sin and death

  Criminal Convictions The original Guildhall at Lichfield probably goes back even further than 1421, the first recorded date. It was known to be the meeting place of the guild of St Mary and St John which was founded in 1387, hence its name the “Guildhall.” And the later use of part of the building as a prison is enough to send a chill down one’s spine. For in the times in question there was little mercy shown to suspected criminals; the only protection from the weather was the bars w…

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The Lamb of God…

The Lamb of God…

The Lamb of God

    It was John the Baptist who first made the connection. He had become a well-known figure in First Century Israel; a priest by birth who had become a reformer instead. Positioning himself by the River Jordan, instead of in the Temple at Jerusalem, he had summoned the nation to renew their vows and to enter into a new spiritual experience. They were to repent of their sins and be baptised in the Jordan. Coming Deliverer But, on his own admission, John was not the centre of the r…

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What's around the corner?…

What's around the corner?…

What's around the corner?

    Have you ever travelled along a twisting and narrow road hoping that there is no other vehicle approaching the same tricky corner at the same time? Or have you walked along a winding path wondering what you are going to see around the corner, hoping that you will get a new insight into how near you are to your journey’s end? rld Events Things that are happening in today’s world are a bit like that for some people. We seem to be turning a corner, but nobody is very sure what…

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One step at a time…

One step at a time…

One step at a time

Climbing steps is easy enough when you are young and fit but not so easy when you’re getting older and a bit stiff. Young people love to race up, partly to show what they can do at their age; older folk have learned that it’s surprising what you can accomplish if you take things one step at a time. r ChallengesLife can present us with some formidable challenges. We might have a crisis with our health, or with that of someone close to us. We could lose our job; have to move home; make…

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Coping with Change…

Coping with Change…

Coping with Change

 This is the time of year in Britain when it might snow. It might or it might not. The weather has been so unpredictable of late − 2012 being almost the wettest year since records began − that anything might happen. Some years it snows heavily; occasionally we get a very severe winter; but it could remain mild. It’s that unpredictability that makes it difficult to plan ahead so that everything carries on much as before, snow or no snow. ck! is well known that a light snowfall c…

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Felixstowe Talk…

 

united states of europeEuropean Union chiefs are drawing up plans for a single “Treasury” to oversee tax and spending across the 17 Euro zone nations. The proposal would be the clearest sign yet of a new ‘United States of Europe” — with Britain left on the sidelines.

 

Students of Bible Prophecy have long expected that Europe would revert to the huge Holy Roman Empire of old with one controlling power, known in Daniel as ‘the Beast’.

Daniel 7 depicts the 4th Beast, representative of Rome and its descendant modern Europe as coming into judgment of the “Ancient of Days”:

I beheld till thrones were placed, and one that was ancient of days did sit: his raiment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames, and the wheels thereof burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousands of thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened. I beheld at that time because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake; I beheld even till the beast was slain, and its body destroyed, and it was given to be burned with fire” (Daniel 7:9–11).

Just as the European Union is unlike any other coalition of Nations so the fourth beast is “different from all the beasts that were be­fore it” (v. 7) and “different from all other kingdoms” (v. 23) and this different kingdom is extant until “they shall take away his domin­ion, to consume and destroy it forever” (v. 26). This overthrow occurs when Christ is revealed in power:

v. 27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

The Book of Revelation in similar vein depicts the nations of Europe, as the beast which is ridden by the Harlot, believed to be the religious power of Catholic Europe. In the last phase of the Kingdom of Men, the independent nations of Europe surrender their sovereignty to the “beast” bringing about a direct conflict with the Lord Jesus Christ:

“And the ten horns that thou sawest are ten kings, who have received no kingdom as yet; but they receive authority as kings, with the beast, for one hour. These have one mind, and they give their power and authority unto the beast. These shall war against the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them, for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings; and they also shall overcome that are with him, called and chosen and faithful” (Revelation 17:12–14).

The Bible is clear. Europe will become a dictatorship with all its nations giving their power and strength to the beast, and Britain will get out in order to play the role the finger of God has identified for it, that of Tarshish opposing Gog and his army (Ezek 38)… it’s just a question of how, and when. And it seems that we are now privileged to see the first Act of the setting up of this great Beast, the European Union...

A Europe wide dictatorship

A Europe wide dictatorship has always been difficult to envisage for Bible students. How could it happen that all the nations agree to give up their sovereign power ? Now it is becoming clear that this will be done via the ‘back door’ for tax reasons.

According to a report in the Daily Telegraph  Herman Van Rompuy (European Union President ) said in September that he was ready to run for a second term, to lead a ‘United States of Europe.’ and Germany is pushing for a plan to create a Euro Zone Economic Government. Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder has said that the changes would “translate into a United States of Europe.”

 John Laughland a British journalist, states in his book, "The Tainted Source. The undemocratic origins of the Europe idea.", that by creating a monetary union, each member state ‘would no longer have the right to govern themselves by taking decisions about the economy independently. Although a single currency might not formally create a new state therefore, it would create one in fact.’ 

He stated that “...it is the declared intention of Chancellor Kohl to use the single currency to make European Union 'irreversible'.”  In other words a member state wouldn’t ever be able to leave the monetary union. As the President of the German Federal Bank has said, 'The path to monetary union is a path of no return."

John Laughland also wrote of "The third Rome". .stating that the restructuring of Europe ‘according to the plan's German authors, is to permit the creation of a common (Western) European foreign and security policy, which will in turn be based on a 'lasting partnership with Russia'. The German government has repeatedly stressed that it is 'the advocate of pan-European, not just West European, thinking'.  He also wrote that, "The idea is then to construct a pan-European security architecture with Russia", and that monetary union in the West was a "necessary prerequisite for the larger vision of a one single politico-military system for the whole continent."

So we have the prospect of a huge and formidable European Union stretching from the shores of the North Sea to Kamchatka in the Far East of Russia. And this prospect is foreseen in the Bible!

Foreseen in the Bible

Here is an extract from the Testimony magazine Nov 2002

“ In Revelation 17 a great beast is described: “So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns” (v. 3). The woman represents a “great city” (v. 18), and the seven heads represent “seven mountains” (v. 9) on which the city lies. At the time John wrote, this city was reigning “over the kings of the earth” (v. 18). The city represented by the woman was Rome, and the beast represents the European nations over which it ruled.

This beast will be in existence at the time of Christ establishing the Kingdom. Its nations will make war with Christ: ’And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful ‘(vv. 12-14).” 

We therefore look for a great European power to develop at the time of the end and that power could only be the EU with its 27 member states and a population of about 501.26 million people.

Europe was originally united in the long defunct Holy Roman Empire. As the EU develops in size and power it is increasingly paralleling this former empire. This latter-day development is symbolised by the beast in Revelation 17. The Lord Jesus to whom all power is given in heaven and in Earth (Mt 28:18) has prophesied that the end of this huge, dominant Empire will be as is described in Daniel  2 when the Image which Nebuchadnezzar dreamed of is destroyed at his return by Jesus ‘the stone cut out of the mountain without hands’. Then Jesus will reign over the whole earth. There will be no more corrupt governments, no oppression merely peace. Ultimately it will be a world filled with the Glory of God.

Daniel 2:44  And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

We are privileged to see these events coming closer day by day and so we must leave the last words with the Lord Jesus

Mr 13:37  And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

 

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