Volume XXXIV Issue VIII August 2015
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A World Oversaturated With Evil!
“Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. Why should ye be stricken any more? Ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.”Isaiah 1:4-9
“The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! For they have rewarded evil unto themselves.”Isaiah 3:9
“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”Deuteronomy 30:19
“Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked.”Exodus 23:7
“Cursed be he that taketh reward to slay an innocent person. And all the people shall say, Amen.”Deuteronomy 27:25
In this issue of the Last Trumpet Newsletter, we will once again shine a light on the current events of our day, which show quite plainly that our world is becoming oversaturated with evil. This is especially true in the United States of America where reprehensible acts have become normalized and sin is openly embraced. It has become a land where the most heinous sin of all occurs on a day-to-day basis as more than one million unborn babies are brutally slaughtered each year. (1) According to a report published by the National Right to Life Committee in February 2014, more than 56 million abortions have been performed in the United States since 1973 when abortion became legal. (2)
The most well-known provider of abortions in the country is an organization known as Planned Parenthood, which has murdered an estimated 6.8 million babies since 1970. (3) This filthy group has been the subject of intensifying scrutiny in recent days as undercover videos reveal that Planned Parenthood has been actively involved in the sale of body parts taken from aborted babies. One of the videos, which was captured by a group known as the Center for Medical Progress, features a woman by the name of Dr. Deborah Nucatola, the senior director of medical services at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In the video, Dr. Nucatola nonchalantly speaks to undercover operatives while dining, and describes their procedures to preserve specific body parts. “I’d say most people want liver. And for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance, so they’ll know where they’re putting the forceps,” Nucatola said. She later went on to say, “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.” (4) In the second video, which was published by the aforementioned Center for Medical Progress on May 21, 2015, undercover actors again asked a Planned Parenthood official about the purchase of fetal body parts. In this case, the official is Planned Parenthood’s Medical Directors’ Council President Dr. Mary Gatter. In the video, an actor asks Dr. Gatter what they could expect to pay for intact fetal tissue taken from aborted babies. She responds with, “ Well, why don’t you start by telling me what you’re used to paying!” (5)
The revelation that Planned Parenthood has been engaged in the illegal sale of body parts taken from aborted babies has sparked outrage among numerous notable men and women. This includes former neurosurgeon and current Republican presidential candidate Dr. Benjamin Carson. “That video was like taking a cold fish and slapping you in the face to help you realize the depravity to which we have sunken as a society. Little babies that can move, that can react, and we take them and we tear them apart, and we take their organs and sell them.” He then went on to say, “The same people who say, well, it’s not really a baby, it’s just a mass of cells, then say; ‘Can I have the liver? Can I have the heart? They don’t even recognize the hypocrisy of what they are doing.” (6) Senator Jeff Sessions, a Republican from Alabama, has also denounced Planned Parenthood, and is one of numerous United States senators that have signed a letter addressed to the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary, Sylvia Burwell, which demands the agency’s assistance as the senators investigate Planned Parenthood. “We are deeply disturbed by recent footage released by the Center for Medical Progress depicting senior Planned Parenthood Federation of America executives discussing in graphic detail the organization’s practice of harvesting the organs of unborn babies,” the letter states. It further goes on to say, “The footage raises a number of questions about the practices of the organization, including whether they are in compliance with federal laws regulating both the use of fetal tissue and partial birth abortions.” (7) Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has also voiced her dismay regarding Planned Parenthood’s practices. “It doesn’t matter whether you think you’re pro-choice or pro-life. Every woman, every man has to look at these videos and think, ‘what has gone wrong in our nation,’ Fiorina declared. (8)
In response to the heavy criticism, officials at Planned Parenthood have attempted to paint their group as being victimized by so-called “extremists” seeking to destroy them. “A group of extremists who have intimidated women and doctors for years – in their agenda to ban abortion completely – are not ‘documenting’ misdeeds; they are trying to create them, quite unsuccessfully,” Planned Parenthood said in a letter addressed to the U.S. Congress. (9) It should be obvious that there is something terribly wrong in this country when those who want to stop the slaughter of unborn children are referred to as “extremists.” As it stands, Planned Parenthood is a highly favored organization which receives vast amounts of funding from the United States government and has been publically praised by current American President, Barack Obama. It was in April 2013 when Obama addressed Planned Parenthood and told the group: “As long as we’ve got to make sure women have access to quality, affordable health care, and as long as we’ve got to fight to protect a woman’s right to make her own choices about her own health, I want you to know that you’ve also got a president who’s going to be right there with you, fighting every step of the way. Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you.” (10) Regarding federal funding, reports indicate that Planned Parenthood was given 528.4 million dollars in the one year period from July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014. This breaks down to an average of 1,447, 671 dollars per day or 60,320 dollars per hour! (11)
In order to fully comprehend the evil that is Planned Parenthood, we must consider the organization’s roots. According to Planned Parenthood’s own documentation, their beginnings can be traced back to 1916 when a woman by the name of Margaret Sanger founded the country’s first birth control clinic in Brooklyn, New York. (12) Although Sanger is presented as a hero today by the “pro-choice” crowd (it would be far more accurate to call them pro-murder), her own writings, of which there are numerous, reveal that she was a profoundly wicked woman, who despised big families and held deeply racist views. One of her biggest goals was to prevent black people from procreating in the United States. This fact is clearly evident in a letter that was written by Sanger and addressed to Dr. C. J. Gamble on December 10, 1939. In this letter Sanger wrote the following: “The ministers [sic] work is also important and also he should be trained, perhaps by the Federation as to our ideals and the goal that we hope to reach. We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.” (13) Margaret Sanger also once wrote, “[We should] apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation in that grade of population whose progeny is tainted, or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring.” (14) Shockingly, Sanger’s desire to prevent the birth of as many black people as possible has actually partially come to fruition. In fact, a report from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in New York City indicates that in the year 2013, 24,108 black babies were born, while 29,007 were aborted. Thus, in 2013, more black babies were murdered in the womb than those who were born alive. (15) In any case, it should be obvious by now that Planned Parenthood is a truly barbaric organization which should be shut down. I cannot even fathom how folks, some of which even claim to be Christian, can support this organization. I believe a strikingly appropriate Bible verse can be applied to Planned Parenthood. In Deuteronomy 27:25 we read, “Cursed be he that taketh reward to slay an innocent person. And all the people shall say, Amen.”
The Legalization Of Same-sex Sin!
On June 26, 2015, the United States of America changed forever. On this day, the Supreme Court of the United States announced its decision that same-sex marriage would be legal in all fifty states. This decision, which affects millions of people nationwide, was made by just five individuals who decided they have the authority to change the traditional institution of marriage. The members of the Supreme Court who voted in favor of same-sex marriage are Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Stephen Breyer. (16) It is interesting to note that two of these justices, Sotomayor and Kagan, were both appointed by Barack Obama, which is what paved the way for same-sex marriage to become legalized nationwide.
As the decision was announced, Justice Kennedy read the majority opinion wherein he declared, “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than they once were.” (17) The dissenting justices, John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, and Clarence Thomas were not pleased with the ruling, however. “Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court. The opinion in these cases is the furthest extension in fact – and the furthest extension one can even imagine – of the Court’s claimed power to create ‘liberties’ that the Constitution and its Amendments neglect to mention,” Justice Scalia wrote. (18) Justice Alito warned that this decision will have ramifications for those who believe in traditional marriage. “Today’s decision usurps the constitutional right of the people to decide whether to keep or alter the traditional understanding of marriage. The decision will also have other important consequences. It will be used to vilify Americans who are unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy.” Justice Alito later went on to write, “I assume that those who cling to old beliefs will be able to whisper their thoughts in the recesses of their homes, but if they repeat those views in public, they will risk being labeled as bigots and treated as such by governments, employers, and schools.” (19)
The Obama Administration was so excited about the Supreme Court decision that they decided to illuminate the White House in rainbow colored lights to celebrate. “The White House was lit to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to progress and equality, here in America and around the world. The pride colors reflect the diversity of the LGBT community, and tonight, these colors celebrate a new chapter in the history of American civil rights,” a White House official said. (20) Meanwhile, President Obama was so overjoyed by the ruling that he felt compelled to give a speech. “This ruling is a victory for America. This decision affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts. When all Americans are treated equal, we are all more free,” Obama declared in his speech. (21)
Is Obama correct in his assertion that we are all “more free” since same-sex marriage has been legalized? In reality, the opposite is true, and those who disapprove of same-sex unions can find themselves facing extreme hardships for adhering to the Bible’s teaching on the matter. Such is the case for an Oregon couple who owned a bakery formerly known as Sweet Cakes by Melissa. After Aaron and Melissa Klein refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, they found themselves the subject of a lawsuit, which led to a judgment against them totaling $135,000. (22) To further complicate matters, the fundraising website known as GoFundMe, shut down the fundraising campaign which was being used by the couple to cover the costs of the lawsuit against them in April 2015. “After careful review by our team, we have found the ‘Support Sweet Cakes by Melissa’ campaign to be in violation of our terms and conditions,” GoFundMe said in a statement. They later went on to say, “The subjects of the ‘Support Sweet Cakes by Melissa’ campaign have been formally charged by local authorities and found to be in violation of Oregon state law concerning discriminatory acts. Accordingly, the campaign has been disabled.” (23) Additionally, a newspaper in Pennsylvania known as the Patriot-News has announced that it will limit the publication of editorials and opinion pieces that oppose same-sex marriage. “As a result of Friday’s ruling, PennLive/The Patriot-News will very strictly limit op-eds and letters to the editor in opposition to same-sex marriage. These unions are now the law of the land. And we will not publish such letters and op-eds any more than we would publish those that are racist, sexist, or anti-Semitic,” the newspaper board announced in an article. (24) Will other newspapers soon follow suit? It seems likely that Bible-believing Christians will be increasingly subjected to bullying and censorship.
For a growing majority in the United States, however, the homosexual lifestyle has become a way of life that is celebrated and embraced. In fact, a recent headline from the Huffington Post declares that, “Americans Become More Accepting of Gays Every Day, Study Suggests.” (25) This support even extends to those who purport to be ministers. This includes a minister by the name of Adam Phillips who attended his first gay pride parade in June 2015. Not only did this so-called faith leader attend the event, but he carried a sign with him that declared, “As a Christian I AM SORRY for the narrow-minded, judgmental, deceptive, manipulative actions of those who denied rights & equality to so many in the name of God.” (26) Sadly, the Bible verse we find in Isaiah 3:9 has become a very accurate description of the United States of America. In this verse we read, “The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! For they have rewarded evil unto themselves.”
A Satanic Presence In America!
As we read the news in this modern age, it has become abundantly clear that we live in very troubling times. There is much evil happening each and every day and it only seems to be getting worse. Of course, Satan has been exerting his influence on the world for thousands of years, but in most cases he will at least try to obscure his workings and operate in secrecy. Yet, in this increasingly evil time we live in, we are now seeing people blatantly operating under the influence of the devil. In fact, on July 25, 2015, an event that was billed as the “largest public satanic ceremony in history” took place in Detroit, Michigan. (27) The event featured the unveiling of an eight foot tall bronze idol of a goat-headed entity known as Baphomet, which is commonly known as a representation of Satan. The idol also features an inverted pentagram and two little children gazing up at the satanic image. (28) In the days leading up to the celebration, the Satanic Temple of New York City invited people to “come dance with the devil and experience history in the making.” (29)
According to reports, when the event began on the night of July 25, participants were heard to be chanting “Hail Satan” while male Satanists kissed each other. (30) To make matters worse, participants not only had to pay either twenty-five or seventy-five dollars as the price of admission, but they were also required to sign a contract which transferred their souls to Satan. The text of the contract is as follows, “I agree that by signing this document under any name, given or adopted, actual or pseudonymous, I am hereby avowing my soul to Satan, (aka Abbadon, aka Lucifer, aka Beelzebub, aka the antichrist.) I do so knowing that he (aka The Fallen One, aka The Father of Lies) or any of his representatives may choose to collect my eternal soul at any time, with or without notice. I understand that my signature or mark representing any name, real or made up, upon these papers constitutes a lasting and eternal contract, and that there will be no further negotiations on the matter of my eternal soul.” (31) Sadly, this contract was signed by about 100 individuals. (32)
The original plan for the idol was to erect it on the grounds of the state capitol in Oklahoma where a monument featuring the Ten Commandments had previously been placed. However, after the state’s Supreme Court banned all religious displays on capitol grounds, the Satanic Temple opted instead to unveil their new idol in the city of Detroit. “It was always our intention to take this wherever it was relevant, wherever it was necessary, and wherever that dialogue needed to take place, said Satanic Temple representative, Lucien Greaves. The group has discussed the possibility of placing their monument on the Statehouse grounds in Little Rock, Arkansas, now that Oklahoma is no longer a possibility. (33)
Obama’s Dangerous New Trade Agreement!
In recent decades, many steps have been taken to establish a one world government. From the establishment of the United Nations to the founding of the European Union, powerful men and women have sought to bring about a globalist society piece by piece. This includes American President Barack Obama who has been negotiating a new trade deal known as the Trans Pacific Partnership, or TPP. This deal which involves the nations of Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam, is so expansive that it would encompass 40 percent of the world’s gross domestic product. (34) Negotiations for this deal have been conducted in extreme secrecy, to the point that not even members of the United States Congress have been permitted to read the text of the agreement in its entirety. What is known about the deal, however, indicates that it could have a serious impact on jobs in the United States, while also forcing changes to copyright law, control of the Internet, and even the cost of prescription drugs. Consequently, there has been heavy criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike regarding this agreement. “This agreement would force Americans to compete against workers from nations such as Vietnam, where the minimum wage is $2.75 a day. It threatens to roll back financial regulation, environmental standards, and U.S. laws that protect the safety of drugs we take, food we eat, and toys we give our children,” wrote Democratic Representatives George Miller, Rose DeLauro, and Louise Slaughter in an article that was published last year. (35)
Perhaps the most vocal opponent of the Transpacific Partnership is Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama. In May 2015, the Republican wrote a letter to President Obama asking him to make details of the agreement public. Predictably, the letter was ignored by Obama and prompted Senator Sessions to write a follow-up letter. “The letter, which received no reply, asked several fundamental questions Congress ought to have answered before even considering whether to grant the executive such broad new powers. Among those, I asked that you make public the section of the TPP that creates a new transnational governance structure known as the Trans Pacific Partnership Commission. The details of this new governance commission are extremely broad and have the earmarks of a nascent European Union with many similarities,” the Senator wrote in his follow-up. He further went on to write, “Reviewing the secret text, plus the secret guidance document that accompanies it, reveals that this new transnational commission – chartered with a ‘living agreement’ clause – would have the authority to amend the agreement after its adoption, to add new members, and to issue regulations impacting labor, immigration, environmental, and commercial policy. Under this new commission, the Sultan of Brunei would have an equal vote to that of the United States.” (36)
We must remember that when things are done under the veil of secrecy, it is usually to hide evil. In contrast, we read of our Saviour in John 18:20, “Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.” Nevertheless, the devil has always operated in secrecy, which is why we have seen the formation of secret societies and secret organizations in the past. All of these secrets will be revealed in due time. In Luke 12:2 we are told by Jesus, “For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.”
In closing, it is clearly evident that Satan’s footprints are all over this world in our present day. Yet, we can overcome the evil in this world through the strength of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. In Romans 12:21 we are admonished by the Apostle Paul, “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” If you have not yet fully dedicated your life to God, I urge you to do so now.
Thank you to all our supporters for your kindness. We appreciate each and every one of you and will continue to work as hard as we can for the cause of Christ in these perilous times. Please remember that we are here to pray for you and whatever your needs may be. We always give every prayer request individual attention. Grace and peace be unto you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.Samuel David Meyer