Weekly News Summary
7 September 2017
CNN had an article titled Who Vladimir Putin thinks will rule the world. So, we did a sermonette video on that: Who does Vladimir Putin and the Bible say will rule the world?There remain major tensions between North Korea, the USA, and some other in the region of North Korea (see North Korea tests a hydrogen bomb–Donald Trump tweets ‘appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!’ and Trump says ‘Now is not the time to talk to North Korea’–is there really a threat from North Korea?). We continue to see the drumbeats of war.
One of our supporters tipped me off on a new European technology called the European X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL). While there are other machines that somewhat do what this machine does, the light generated by the XFEL is about a BILLION (thousand million) times brighter than those machines (see Germany moving ahead with its Free-electron Laser: Military applications?). That is a massive gap in results. As many of you realized, I have long believed that technology would be a major reason that the European Beast power will one day be able to defeat the USA (cf. Daniel 11:39; Revelation 13:1-4). More and more technologies are being developed by the Europeans.
Today, Israel bombed a suspected chemical weapons factory in Syria (see Israel bombs reported chemical weapons factory in Syria).
The Bible shows that after the second seal is opened (Revelation 6:3-4), there will be even less peace on the Earth. The old Worldwide Church of God put out the following:
Where is it all going to end? That was the question the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ posed in the twenty-fourth chapter of Matthew. Christ’s answer, known as the Olivet Prophecy, is quite revealing. “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars,” Christ said, referring to one of the prophetic signals that would herald the end of an age (verse 6).
Certainly there have always been wars. And certainly Christ’s words had particular meaning for that day and age. Within a few short decades Roman legions under the command of Titus sacked, burned and pillaged the city of Jerusalem.
But Jesus’ warning about war was also applicable to another period in history. In the book of Revelation, Christ, speaking through the apostle John, amplified some of His previous prophetic statements. In the sixth chapter, John writes: “And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword” (Rev. 6:4).
John was not speaking about the fall of Jerusalem. That war was already some twenty years behind him. John was referring to future events that would bring 6000 years of human history crashing to a cataclysmic close. … John is referring to a time yet ahead of us when “peaceful coexistence” will be a thing of the past. …
It’s no wonder that Jeremiah, in referring to these tumultuous times, stated: “Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble …” (Jer. 30:7). (Ritter G. 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse – The Red Horse – War, pp. 48, 52; see also Ritter R. The War that could end it all. Good News, December 1975)
That “time yet ahead” over forty years ago is much, much, sooner now.
Radio news reporter: Jay Chang.
News sound effect: Recorded by Maximilien.