March 2016

The Wicked in Belgium

Steven LeBlanc

03 25 2016

Flight attendant who survived the Brussels airport attack

Caroline Glick, who writes for the Jerusalem Post, stresses the importance of recognizing an enemy when you see the enemy.  Many leaders in Europe and America are men and women who obfuscate the reality that there are evil people, and these people must be dealt with quickly and with extreme force.

Political correctness confuses and clouds reality.  When we refuse to face reality in the world of politics and war, many will get hurt.  The terrorist threat nurtured within the religion of Islam is a reality few political leaders want to face.  The tragic fact is that Europe has allowed thousands into their nations who are their enemies.  The terrorist attack in Brussels is linked with a naiveté that European leaders have embraced for decades.  The reality is that multiculturalism does not work.  The reality many want to ignore is that God reveals, there are men, women, and nations, that are truly wicked. But the wicked will be cut off from the land; and the treacherous will be uprooted from it” Proverbs 2:22.  An offensive reality to many was expressed by Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (Retired), who stated:  “Not all cultures are equal . . . the Middle East and Islam as currently practiced is currently not compatible with western civilization.”

Watch the presentation below.  Caroline Glick reminds us of a very important, yet often overlooked reality.

Caroline Glick “know your enemy”

Right-Wing Alternative for Germany Party on the rise in Germany

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Frauke Petry, the ambitious leader of the nationalist Alternative for Germany Party (AfD), is snapping at Angela Merkel’s heels. Her youthful looks have helped her stand out among German politicians, as has her talk of shooting refugees trying to enter the country illegally.

 German voters inflicted painful defeats on the chancellor’s Christian Democrats (CDU) party.  Sunday’s elections in three of Germany’s sixteen states reveal that support for Merkel is beginning to decline in a significant way. With anger growing in Germany over Chancellor Angela Merkel’s liberal refugee policy, the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) captured seats in the regional parliaments of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Rhineland Palatinate and Saxony-Anhalt.

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The AfD’s strong showing reflects deep dissatisfaction in many parts of Germany with the political establishment. The right-wing AfD party might even capture seats in the lower house of parliament in elections in 2017. This was unthinkable just a year ago. Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, known for being a straight-talker, simply described AfD as a “shame for Germany”. “Until now, right-wing populist or extreme-right parties are considered taboo, considered like aliens in the political sphere,” said German political analyst Wolfgang Merkel in a interview with Tagesspiegel daily.

Sunday’s vote puts the German Chancellor and other European leaders at the mercy of Turkish President Erdoğan.  Merkel has been courting Erdoğan for months hoping that Turkey will take most of the refugees still hoping to make their way into Central and Western Europe.  Erdoğan will press European leaders to accelerate Turkey’s path into becoming a member of the European Union; he will also seeks billions in financial aid and softer visa requirements for Turks desiring to visit Europe. Sunday’s vote was a clear warning from many in Germany that Germans are losing patience with chancellor’s deliberate approach to the refugee fiasco.

 The intelligence service website Stratfor.com makes these important observations:

The weak support shown for Germany’s traditional parties on March 13 will only further hurt Germany’s leadership in the European Union as well. Countries along the Balkan migration route have ignored Merkel’s request to keep their borders open and to let migrants pass through their territories, and some EU members are challenging the Germany-sponsored agreement with Turkey. Meanwhile, countries such as Hungary oppose a plan to redistribute migrants across the European Union; Austria and France have expressed concern about lifting visa restrictions for Turkish citizens visiting Europe; and Cyprus is uncomfortable with resuming Ankara’s EU accession talks. Turkey, for its part, has said it will not take back asylum seekers who are currently in Greece and that readmission agreements will only be applied to new migrants.

Europe’s migration crisis began as the Continent was still struggling to recover from its financial crisis. But though the financial crisis transformed Germany into the most influential country in Europe, the refugee issue is weakening it. Germany’s continued leadership of the European Union and Merkel’s leadership of Germany are at stake. And as Europe’s strongest leader falters, so will the entire European project.

We watch the German political scene because Bible prophecy reveals that at the end of the age a strong, charismatic and powerful man will come on the scene and head the German-led “beast” power (Revelation 13:1-8; 17:12-13).  The political climate in Germany is changing; keep watching Germany!

Healing the Great Wound

Steven LeBlanc

03 10 2016

Pope Francis met with Patriarch Kirill in the first-ever papal meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church. The meeting took place at Havana’s airport in February. The pair embraced and kissed each other at the start of their talks. At a news conference after the meeting, Kirill said the discussions were “open” and “brotherly”, while Francis described them as “very sincere”. “We hope our meeting contributes to the re-establishment of this unity wished for by God,” their joint declaration said. Below is a brief history of the great division between Catholic Church and its Eastern Orthodox neighbors–

Key dates (BBC):
1054 – Mutual excommunications by Western Church leader in Rome, Pope Leo IX, and Eastern Church leader in Constantinople, Patriarch Cerularius, lead to Great Schism
1274 and 1439 – Attempts to re-unite the two Churches at Councils of Lyon and Florence fail
1997 – Planned meeting between Pope John Paul II and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II cancelled
2016– Pope Francis met with Patriarch Kirill in the first-ever papal meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church

The heads of the Roman Catholic and the Russian Orthodox churches haven’t spoken since the Great Schism of 1054 divided “Christian” Europe. The meeting took the traditional Christian world by surprise: Francis, 79, leader of the world’s 1.3 billion Roman Catholics, stood with Kirill, 69, leader of the largest church in the Eastern Orthodox world, with an estimated 151 million followers. But it was also about geopolitics, which includes the maneuverings of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia — who is closely aligned with the conservative Russian church. The two church leaders provided this joint declaration regarding the Church and Europe:

The process of European integration, which began after centuries of blood–soaked conflicts, was welcomed by many with hope, as a guarantee of peace and security. Nonetheless, we invite vigilance against an integration that is devoid of respect for religious identities. While remaining open to the contribution of other religions to our civilization, it is our conviction that Europe must remain faithful to its Christian roots. We call upon Christians of Eastern and Western Europe to unite in their shared witness to Christ and the Gospel, so that Europe may preserve its soul, shaped by two thousand years of Christian tradition.

The Vatican had tried for decades to meet with Russian patriarchs, pressing their efforts after the fall of the Soviet Union in the 1990s. But Orthodox leaders accused Catholics of trying to intrude on their home ground by planting new churches in Russia and former Soviet satellite countries, something Orthodox Russians are very sensitive to. Pope Francis has been criticized because his embrace of the Russian patriarch gave a boost to Mr. Putin as he wages a war in Syria and continues to press his agenda in Ukraine.

A dangerous yet subtle crusade is hard at work in Europe. I choose to call it the ONE CHURCH MOVEMENT. The Catholic Church is seeking to unite the churches (Eastern Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, Lutheran, Episcopalians, Charismatics, Methodists, Baptists and Methodists. We believe, in the near future, that the Catholic Church is this end time counterfeit Church, which will dominate Europe, eventually playing a very big role in world politics.

This end-time counterfeit Church (Catholic) must be of enormous size and wealth that give her great power and influence. The Catholic Church is described as influencing many millions of peoples and nations, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues” (Revelation 17:15). No church in history other than the Catholic Church comes close to fitting this description. Worldwide Church unity, under Catholic leadership, is the primary goal of the Catholic Church—we are not there yet but it will come soon!

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