Volume XXXV Issue III March 2016
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The Groundwork Of A One World Government!
"But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all M acedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more; And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing."I Thessalonians 4:9-12
"I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me."Exodus 20:2-3
"And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed."Deuteronomy 31:8
"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."Isaiah 41:10
"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love."I John 4:18
In this issue of the Last Trumpet Newsletter, we will examine recent current events and explore their implications as they relate to the future of the world. As we continue to move through time, we are witnessing a substantial shift in public ideology, especially in the United States. As this country continues its metamorphoses, we are seeing the results of decades of indoctrination of the minds of the people, which have prepared the masses to embrace and accept a one world government.
Fifty years ago it would have been unthinkable that a self-proclaiming socialist would be seriously considered as a candidate for the Presidency of the United States. Yet, today we have Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont who is an open socialist and actively seeking the Democratic nomination as a candidate for President. Even as we cycle through the current primary elections, which will determine the Presidential candidates for each political party, support for Senator Sanders has grown steadily. On February 1, 2016, the Democratic frontrunner and former First Lady of the United States, Hillary Clinton, narrowly beat Sanders in the primary election held in the state of Iowa. According to the Iowa Democratic Party, it was the closest race in the history of its caucus. (1) In the next primary election, which took place on February 9, 2016, in the state of New Hampshire, Sanders won easily after receiving about 60 percent of the vote. (2) Although Clinton would go on to win the primary election in the state of Nevada on February 20, 2016, the results of a national poll were published on February 19, 2016, which indicates that Sanders is preferred by 47 percent of the study's respondents, while Clinton is supported by only 44 percent. (3)
The appeal of Bernie Sanders to young people, particularly those of the Millennial Generation - aged 18 to 30, is the promise of a loving and egalitarian government that would provide for the needs of the people and give them free college education, free healthcare, and a plethora of other benefits. Of course, the social programs that would provide all of these so-called "free" benefits would require the government to raise taxes substantially. According to the Sanders plan, taxes for everyone would increase by at least 10.56 percent to start and would likely continue to increase further in the years to come. Those with larger incomes would see even greater tax increases with the wealthiest Americans being taxed at a rate of 58 percent or even more depending on who is making the projection. (4) This is a concept that socialists often call "redistribution of wealth." Naturally, those with lower incomes tend to think it sounds like a wonderful idea, but we must remember that if you continually take from those who have and continually give to those who have not, in the end, everyone will have little.
The most troubling aspect of socialism, however, is the level of government dependency that the people are subjected to. The masses must look to the government to provide their education, their health care, their food, and their housing because they cannot afford to pay for these things themselves. My father, Pastor David J. Meyer, used to say, "Your God is the one you turn to in time of need." So under a system of socialism, it is the government itself that becomes the god of the people. Perhaps this is the reason we find that the implementation of a socialist form of government usually leads to a secular society. In fact, Bernie Sanders is a secular Jew and does not embrace any particular religious beliefs. He is, however, proud of his Jewish heritage. (5)
Although Bernie Sanders claims no religious affiliation, he has confessed his admiration for Pope Francis. Speaking in an interview published in February 2016, Sanders said that he believes that the current Pope is a socialist. "Well, what it means to be a socialist, in the sense of what the pope is talking about, what I'm talking about, is to say that we have got to do our best and live our lives in a way that alleviates human suffering, that does not accelerate the disparities of income and wealth," Sanders declared. (6) Of course, Pope Francis is well known for his scathing criticism of capitalism, and in 2014 he called for "the legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the state, as well as indispensable cooperation between the private sector and civil society." (7)
Yes, people in the United States are now being conditioned to accept socialism. Regardless of whether or not Bernie Sanders is given the presidency, the fact that he is well liked is an indicator of the direction this country is heading. Although it still remains likely that Clinton will be the Democratic nominee, the Sanders campaign has clearly been gaining momentum, and so too has socialistic ideology. According to a poll conducted by the American Action Network in early 2016, six out of ten Democrats that they questioned indicated a belief that socialism has had a "positive impact on society." It is also important for us to understand that the United Nations wants to implement socialism on a global scale as part of their one world government, and it is their goal to do so by the year 2030. As I've mentioned previously in this newsletter, the United Nations' 2030 Agenda declares, "We will seek to build strong economic foundations for all our countries. Sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth is essential for prosperity. This will only be possible if wealth is shared and income inequality is addressed." The document then states later on, "We commit to making fundamental changes in the way that our societies produce and consume goods and services." (9) What is the defining trait of a socialist society? A socialist government controls the means of production and distribution. In reality, it is all about controlling the people.
It is certainly true that the Bible condemns greed, and we, as Christians, are taught to be charitable. However, socialism is not the answer. When we give to others, it should be because we have a God-inspired desire to do so, not because of a government mandate. The Scriptures do, however, advocate hard work and earning a living. In I Thessalonians 4:9-12 we read, "But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more; And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing."
A Notable Death In Texas!
On February 13, 2016, one of the most powerful and influential men in the United States passed away. On this day, Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States was found lying in his bed and unresponsive at a resort in Marfa, Texas, known as the Cibola Creek Ranch. It was determined that Justice Scalia died of natural causes in his sleep, (10) although the circumstances of his death have aroused suspicion that he was perhaps murdered. Regarding the discovery of Scalia's death, resort owner John Poindexter was quoted as saying, "We discovered the judge in bed, a pillow over his head. His bed clothes were unwrinkled. He was lying very restfully. It looked like he had not quite awakened from a nap." (11) There are numerous reasons to wonder if there is something awry with the official story. It is rather bizarre that a United States official of such prominent standing was not given an autopsy to determine the cause of death. In fact, Scalia was pronounced dead of natural causes by county judge Cinderela Guevara over the phone without the aid of any medical examination. (12) After learning these facts, former head of the criminal investigations unit of the Washington, D.C., Police Department, William O. Ritchie, expressed his dismay regarding the handling of the case. "As a former homicide commander, I am stunned that no autopsy was ordered for Justice Scalia," Ritchie stated. He further went on to say, "You have a Supreme Court Justice who died, not in attendance of a physician. You have a non-homicide trained US Marshal tell the justice of the peace that no foul play was observed. You have a justice of the peace pronounce death while not being on the scene and without any medical training opining that the justice died of a heart attack. What medical proof exists of a myocardial infarction? Why not a cerebral hemorrhage?" In response, Judge Guevara said she never claimed that Scalia suffered a "myocardial infarction" but rather that his heart had stopped. (13)
According to reports, the family of Justice Scalia has accepted the official story and believes that he died of natural causes. Speaking of the theories surrounding the death of his father, Eugene Scalia was quoted as saying, "Honestly, I think it's a distraction from a great man and his legacy at a time when there's so much to be said about that and to help people even more fully appreciate that. And, on a personal level, I think it's a bit of a hurtful distraction for a family that's mourning." (14)
Is it inappropriate to ask questions? I do not believe it is, especially when we consider the unusual manner in which the Scalia case was handled. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that such questions will ever be answered. What we do know is that the death of Antonin Scalia, who was a fierce opponent of Barack Obama, could have a dramatic effect on the United States of America. With the vacancy left by Scalia, Obama will now have an opportunity to appoint a third judge to the Supreme Court. His previous choices, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, are both very liberal women who were instrumental in the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States. In a way, the death of Antonin Scalia is representative of an ideological shift in America away from conservative values and going toward a liberal and secular society. Further adding to the intrigue, it has been revealed that at the time of Scalia's death a secret society was gathered at Cibola Creek Ranch. The group of powerful men calls itself "The International Order of St. Hubertus" and is known to be associated with the Bohemian Grove. (14a)
Amazingly enough, an article published by the left-slanted Huffington Post on February 16, 2016, suggested that Barack Obama should nominate himself as the replacement for Scalia. (15) Thankfully, it seems that Obama has no interest in doing so. Regarding this possibility, White House Spokesman Josh Earnest was quoted as saying, "I haven't asked him that direct question, but I think all of the available evidence indicates that that option is highly unlikely." (16)
A Technological Revolution!
We live in a rapidly changing world. Many of the changes that are happening today occur out of the view of the average person, but behind the closed doors of scientific laboratories, a technological revolution is underway. What will the future hold? In recent months, a mountain of news stories have surfaced which attempt to answer this question.
It has been predicted that in the near future, people will no longer own automobiles. Instead, the masses will utilize driverless cars. The technology giant known as Google has been researching driverless cars for years, and such vehicles have logged more than one million miles around San Francisco, California, and Austin, Texas. (17) In December 2015, it was reported that Google is preparing to launch a service that would provide rides-for-hire in their autonomous vehicles. "These potential ride-for-hire services could allow consumers to experience the technology and embrace it in a bigger way. That would help not just Google but the entire industry," said Thilo Koslowski of the research firm known as Gartner, Inc. (18) It was also announced in December 2015 that the iconic Ford Motor Company will be testing its own driverless cars on California roads in 2016. This technology is now being developed at such a fast pace that Ford chief executive Mark Fields predicts they will become available to the public by the year 2020. (19) The developments in automated car technology prompted a recent headline from MarketWatch which declares, "Private car ownership is on the road to becoming a rarity." In the article it is predicted that automobile ownership will be relegated to a small niche of hobbyists who own vehicles simply because they love owning them. Everyone else will share rides in driverless cars that come when they are beckoned and take you wherever you want to go. (20) I find these developments troubling. In such a world, people would be ceding their mode of transportation to a machine that would control where they go and when they go there. This would, without a doubt, be an invaluable tool to a one world government that strives to micromanage and control the lives of its subjects.
Meanwhile, the development of artificial intelligence and sophisticated robots could be devastating to mankind if recent predictions from scientists and technology insiders prove to be true. In fact, a man by the name of Moshe Vardi, who is the director at the Institute for Information Technology at Rice University in Texas, has predicted that robots are going to replace millions of workers around the world in the not-so-distant future. "I believe that society needs to confront this question before it is upon us: If machines are capable of doing almost any work humans can do, what will humans do?" He then went on to ask, "Can the global economy adapt to greater than 50 percent unemployment?" (21) Bart Selman, who is a professor of computer science at Cornell University, has also warned that robots pose a threat to mankind. "In the next two or three years, semi-autonomous or autonomous systems will march into our society," Selman opined. "We will be in sort of symbiosis with those machines and we will start to trust them and work with them. This is a concern because we don't know the rate of growth of machine intelligence, how clever these machines will become." (22) Incredibly, Vivek Wadhwa, who does research for both Stanford and Duke University, predicts that even medical doctors will be replaced by robots. "Medicine is becoming digital. This is all in the next five years. It's not science fiction - we're talking about this decade," Wadhwa declared. (23) Is the concern over artificial intelligence just hype or is there really a legitimate cause for apprehension? As it turns out, sophisticated robots already exist. In February 2016, CNBC reported that Google-owned Boston Dynamics has a new robot they call "Atlas." In this article, the CEO of Insider.com, Jason Calacanis was quoted as saying, "This is really the end of manual labor. When you watch this video, he's walking through the snow; he's wobbly, but he gets back up. Manual labor is going to end in our lifetime, and in this video you can see how close we really are. It's a huge societal issue with jobs, but it's going to be a huge lift in terms of efficiency of companies that nobody expected." Mr. Calacanis later went on to say, "It's super eerie. In 10 years, the idea is going to be, 'Would you let this [robot] put your kids to bed? Would you let it change your kid's diaper? That's how fast this is going to advance. It's picking up packages right now. These things are going to be walking down the street 10 to 15 years from now, delivering pizzas; they're going to be in your office moving packages around." (24) Will these dire predictions come to pass? We will know in ten to fifteen years if the world still continues. Only God knows.
Yes, technology has profoundly changed the world we live in, and all evidence suggests this trend will continue until this present world ends. Some scientists even believe that they will one day be able to use technology to enhance their bodies and perhaps even obtain eternal life. These people call themselves transhumanists. "The goal is to stay alive as long as possible, as healthy as possible, with greater consciousness or humaneness. No one wants to stay alive drooling in a wheelchair," stated transhumanist author Natasha Vita-More. (25) Researcher Nell Watson, who works at a corporation known as Singularity University, has even suggested that technology might someday be used to create a "digital heaven." "I often wonder if, since we could be digitized from the inside out - not in the next 10 years but sometime this century - we could create a kind of digital heaven or playground where our minds will be uploaded and we could live with our friends and family away from the perils of the physical world. It wouldn't really matter if our bodies suddenly stopped functioning; it wouldn't be the end of the world. What really matters is that we could still live on," Watson said. (26)
No, the transhumanist movement will not successfully create their own heaven. They are certainly acting under the inspiration of Satan in trying to do so, for we know that Satan wanted to be "like the most high." However, I am not interested in the devil's counterfeit heaven. I firmly believe the Scriptures we find in John 11:25-26, which tell us, "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?"
Another Virus Outbreak!
These days, it seems as though there is always a health crisis of some sort. These crises often come in the form of a virus as we have seen in recent years when the Ebola virus swept through the African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Now we are being told that another virus is wreaking havoc in the South American country of Brazil and numerous other countries. This virus, which is known as Zika, is spread by mosquitoes and causes symptoms similar to dengue fever. It is strongly suspected by health officials that this rapidly spreading virus causes a birth defect known as microcephaly. This congenital disease results in an underdeveloped brain and an abnormal smallness of the head. According to reports, the Zika virus could be an even greater health threat to the world than the Ebola virus. "In many ways the Zika outbreak is worse than the Ebola epidemic of 2014-15. Most virus carriers are symptomless. It is a silent infection in a group of highly vulnerable individuals - pregnant women - that is associated with a horrible outcome for their babies," declared Jeremy Farrer, the head of the charitable foundation known as Wellcome Trust. (27)
On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization officially designated the Zika outbreak as a public health emergency. (28) Emergency declarations were subsequently made elsewhere, including areas of the United States. This includes the American state of Florida where Governor Rick Scott declared an emergency after it was reported that there were at least nine cases of Zika infection in his state. (29) An emergency proclamation was then made in the state of Hawaii on February 12, 2016. Governor David Ige described the proclamation as a preventive measure. "There have been no locally acquired Zika cases in the U.S. or Hawaii, and we'd like to keep it that way. This is about getting in front of the situation across the state," Governor Ige declared. (30) In Brazil, which has faced the brunt of the Zika outbreak, authorities have been authorized by the government to enter private properties by force in an effort to eradicate the mosquitoes carrying the virus. (31) This development makes me wonder: could a virus outbreak someday be used as an excuse by the government to storm the properties of American citizens without consent? According to a report by the New York Times, preparations are already underway to conduct "guerrilla warfare" against mosquitoes in anticipation of the arrival of the Zika Virus in the United States. "This guerilla warfare house-to-house method is still very new and I'm not convinced that many places are prepared for it," said mosquito control specialist Michael Doyle. (32)
Although it is widely believed that the Zika virus causes the congenital disorder known as microcephaly, this has not been definitively proven. In fact, the Director General of the World Health Organization was quoted as saying, "Although a causal link between Zika infection in pregnancy and microcephaly has not, and I must emphasize, has not been established, the circumstantial evidence is suggestive and extremely worrisome." (33) An alternative theory regarding the onslaught of microcephaly in Brazil is that it could be caused by, at least in part, the widespread use of toxic pesticides. One such pesticide is known as paraquat, which has been classified as "highly poisonous" by American regulators. The substance is banned in many countries, but is heavily used in Brazil, and is known to cause birth defects such as microcephaly. (33)
Yes, we are indeed living in perilous times. There is always a disease or a virus of some sort causing problems in our world. According to Anthony Fauci, who is the director at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, new diseases are constantly emerging. "Remember the measles outbreak in Disneyland, drug resistant TB (tuberculosis), MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome), etc., Chikungunya in the Caribbean. And now we're dealing with Zika. It's now a constant battle with emerging and reemerging infectious diseases," Fauci stated. (34) Yet, we serve a God who created the Universe. We serve a God who promises He will never leave us. It is important that we put our faith, our trust, and our hope in God. For as it tells us in Deuteronomy 31:8, ""And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed." In like manner, we are told in Isaiah 41:10, "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." If you would like to be free from fear this day, I urge to surrender your life to God and give your heart to Him.
In closing, I wish to express my utmost thanks to all of you who help this ministry in so many ways. We appreciate your kind support and consider it an honor and privilege to serve you. As always, we are here and ready to pray for you and your needs, whatever they may be. We have been especially excited to learn that numerous prayers have been answered in recent weeks, so please do not hesitate to send us your requests. We always give each prayer request individual attention. Grace and peace be unto you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.