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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!

MUSLIM WIND BLOWS ACROSS EUROPE

Steven LeBlanc

02 19 2016

Migrants walking out of Budapest in the direction of Vienna

The Muslim wind is blowing into European cities; and European leaders are bewildered as to how to handle this nightmare. The overarching impact of the Muslim refugee invasion of Europe is that it is DESTABALIZING EUROPE. Fear, anger and political mayhem is fueling the rise of right wing political parties all across the Continent. More and more Europeans are looking for a strong leader who will say NO to the surging wave of migrants coming from the Middle East and Africa. Without a doubt we will see major political change sweep across Europe over the next 2-3 years.

Mass Islamic migration into European cites is putting enormous stress on the healthcare system, and creating more no-go zones within European cities; and setting off a crime wave that includes rape, theft and a rapid increase in the assault of women. One example of the chaos is expressed in what is called ‘Rape Jihad’.

Rape jihad
Rape jihad has moved from Tahrir Square in Cairo to Malmö in Sweden, to Rotherham in England, and now to Cologne, Germany. It works this way: Taking advantage of a street party in Cologne, hundreds of young Muslim men broke into groups and formed rings around young women, refusing to let them escape—the men, many newly arrived refugees, groped dozens of women while others stole wallets or cellphones. For the women it was a nightmare. More than 650 were assaulted or robbed that night in Cologne. Details followed in police reports, describing women as having been “grabbed” by “breasts and bottoms”. The nation of Germany is in shock; the German citizens of Cologne are enraged! Police from Cologne report that 40% of migrants from North Africa (Muslims); have run-ins with the law. Twelve of 16 German states now report New Year’s assaults similar to what happened in Cologne. Similar bullying of women also took place in Hamburg, Stuttgart and Berlin.

The tide of rape in Europe is rising. Let’s look at the example of Sweden, that nation has taken in more refugees per capita than any other country in Europe. And what is the fruit of Sweden’s generous (but naïve) approach to refugees from the world of Islam? Reports out of Sweden are frightening. Remember Sweden is seen as Europe’s most liberal nation, and most generous nation when it comes to refugees. Muslims represent as many as 77 percent of rape cases in Swedish cities. In Stockholm this summer there was an average of 5 rapes a day. Thanks to migrants flooding into certain Swedish cities Sweden now claims the dubious distinction of having the second highest rape per capita incidents in the world — surpassed only by Lesotho in southern Africa.

As Muslim men immigrated to Sweden, they brought with them a vicious Islamic culture sanctioning rape. Statistics now suggest that at least 1 out of every 5 Swedish women will be raped. The National Council for Crime Prevention report bears this out. It noted that Muslim immigrants from North Africa were 23 times more likely to commit rape than Swedish men. It should not surprise us why today Sweden is deemed the rape capital of the Western world.

The Muslim immigration tide is creating deep fissures between European leaders. Western European political officials talk in terms of “solidarity,” “humanitarian duty,” and “compassion.” But the enthusiasm of Europe for embracing thousands of refugees has faded fast. The people of Central Europe were not enthusiastic about refugees crowding their train stations and highways from the beginning. Poland, Hungary and Austria are saying no to refugees settling in their towns and cities. In Southern Europe–Greece, Bulgaria, Italy and Serbia—are being overwhelmed with refugees—citizens are saying “no more”.

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Intellectual elites, which includes many of the leaders of Europe, believe multiculturalism could work—but it hasn’t worked. Islam has not melted into a smooth blended society of Europeans, Muslims and Jews. Many Muslims are not assimilated because they do not want to assimilate. Vast numbers of Muslims live in so-called no go zones—you see such zones in European cities such as Marseille, Paris, Brussels, London, Copenhagen, Malmö, Stockholm, Berlin and Athens. These zones are considered mini-countries within a country, where they have their own rules and codes of justice based upon Islamic law.

No leader of Europe has been as outspoken as Victor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary. He spoke of an “invasion” and asked if there were another word to describe the massive and often angry entry into a country of people who have not been invited to settle there. The leader of Hungary stressed that those who enter Europe are from a “different culture,” and asserted that Islam is not compatible with European Judeo-Christian values.

Facts– Muslims in Europe:

Germany now has 6 million Muslims—most of them are of Turkish descent.
The Gatestone institute reports that, “Muslim men residing in Germany routinely take advantage of the social welfare system by bringing two, three or four women from across the Muslim world to Germany, and then marrying them in the presence of an imam. Once in Germany the women request social welfare benefits, including the cost of a separate home for themselves and for their children, on the claim of being a ‘single parent with children’.”
More than 750 German Muslims have joined the Islamic State and traveled to Syria and Iraq, and some of them have continued to receive welfare checks from the German state while on the battlefields of the Middle East.
In France, which has the largest Muslim population in Europe, the prison population is 70% Muslim.
Russia has 21 million Muslims—the total population of Russia is 143 million. Moscow has the largest Muslim population of any European city, with estimates suggesting that between 1.5 and 2 million Muslims live in the Russian capital, (12 million citizens total in Moscow).
Jews are fleeing Europe in increasing numbers. The Jewish Agency, which works closely with the Israeli government and acts as a link to Jews around the world, told The Associated Press that 9,880 western European Jews immigrated to Israel in 2015 — the highest annual number ever.
More than 60,0000 Jews have left Europe during the past decade, and thousands continue to leave. While there were 9.8 million Jews in Europe in 1939, there are now 1.4 million.

I’m afraid naïve Europe will suffer even greater turmoil in the years ahead as a result of embracing the toxic fantasy of multiculturalism—the Muslim push into Europe will lead to chaos.

In the real world, not the fantasy world of socialist European multiculturalism, a lesson from the Bible bears reviewing. When Israel was a nation, they were to drive out certain people from the land. There are those who live in the land who are dangerous, they need to be dealt with swiftly, and not allowed into the land [nation] in the first place. A lesson that Europe has failed to appreciate: “But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then it shall come about that those whom you let remain of them will become as pricks in your eyes and as thorns in your sides, and they will trouble you in the land in which you live”—Numbers 33:55.

Millions of Europeans, who are now fed up with their governments, are looking for leaders who will protect their borders, improve the economy and stand firm against what many consider to be a Muslim invasion of their cities.

As Muslims push their way onto the Continent. This will eventually lead to further tensions between the Arab world and Europe. We will see conflict in the future—Europe and the Arab world are bound to cross swords again. An end time prophecy found in Daniel 11(verse 40-42), describes a King of the South who will provoke a King of the North. The prophet Daniel described the rise this southern Islamic power that will push (fight) against this European (northern) power. Notice: “At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through. He [the king of the North] shall also enter the Glorious Land [or the Holy Land], and many countries shall be overthrown; but these shall escape from his hand: Edom, Moab, and the prominent people of Ammon. The provocation of this King of the South motivates the soon coming European dictator to move troops into the Middle East—war will ensue. The refugee crisis will be one of the most important world news stories in 2016!

The refugee crisis is thrusting Germany (and Europe) into a political crisis. Germany and Europe will look for a leader who understands what is happening. They will seek someone capable of standing up to Russia, saying NO to the refugees, and finally fixing the unemployment crises. Hard to know when a charismatic European leader will rise in Europe—we continue to watch the chaos in Europe very carefully!

02082016Below is a very perceptive article on why people are not getting married today. You can see Dennis Prager’s articles at www.DennisPrager.com

‘I’m Not Ready to Get Married’ by Dennis Prager

Part I in a series of widely held beliefs that are either untrue or meaningless:
In every age, people say and believe things that aren’t true but somehow become accepted as “conventional wisdom.”

The statement “I’m not ready to get married” is a current example. Said by more and more Americans between the ages of 21 and 40 (and some who are older than that), it usually qualifies as both meaningless and untrue. And it is one reason a smaller percentage of Americans are marrying than ever before. So, here’s a truth that young Americans need to hear:

Most people become “ready to get married” when they get married. Throughout history most people got married at a much younger age than people today. They were hardly “ready.” They got married because society and/or their religion expected them to. And then, once married, people tended to rise to the occasion. The same holds true for becoming a parent. Very few people are “ready” to become a parent. They become ready … once they become a parent. In fact, the same holds true for any difficult job. What new lawyer was “ready” to take on his or her first clients? What new teacher, policeman, firefighter is “ready?” You get ready to do something by doing it.

In addition, at least two bad things happen the longer you wait to get “ready” to be married.  One is that, if you are a woman, the number of quality single men declines. Among deniers of unpleasant realities — people known as progressives, leftists, and feminists — this truth is denied and labeled “sexist.” But, as Susan Patton, a Princeton graduate, wrote in an article titled “Advice for the young women of Princeton,” published in Princeton’s student newspaper: “Find a husband on campus before you graduate. … From a sheer numbers perspective, the odds will never be as good to be surrounded by all of these extraordinary men.”

The other bad thing that happens when people wait until they are “ready” to get married is that they often end up waiting longer and longer. After a certain point, being single becomes the norm and the thought of marrying becomes less, not more, appealing. So over time you can actually become less “ready” to get married.

And one more thing: If you’re 25 and not ready to commit to another person, in most cases — even if you are a kind person, and a responsible worker or serious student — “I’m not ready to get married” means “I’m not ready to stop being preoccupied with myself,” or to put it as directly as possible, “I’m not ready to grow up.” (No job on earth makes you grow up like getting married does.)

People didn’t marry in the past only because they fell in love. And people can fall in love and not marry — as happens frequently today. People married because it was a primary societal value. People understood that it was better for society and for the vast majority of its members that as many individuals as possible commit to someone and take care of that person. Among other things, when people stop taking care of one another, the state usually ends up doing so. Just compare the percentage of single people receiving welfare versus the percentage of married people.

Nor is the argument that the older people are when they marry, the less likely they are to divorce. This only applies in any significant way to those who marry as teenagers versus those who marry later. Moreover, the latest data are that those who marry in their early 30s are more likely to divorce than those who marry on their late 20s.

And then there is the economic argument. Many single men, for example, say they are not ready to get married because they don’t have the income they would like to have prior to getting married. As responsible as this may sound, however, this is not a particularly rational argument. Why is marrying while at a low income a bad idea? In fact, marriage may be the best way to increase one’s income. Men’s income rises after marriage. They have less time to waste, and someone to help support — two spurs to hard work and ambition, not to mention that most employers prefer men who are married. And can’t two people live on less money than each would need if they lived on their own, paying for two apartments?

In addition to economic benefits, the vast majority of human beings do better when they have someone to come home to, someone to care for, and someone to care for them. And, no matter how much feminists and other progressives deny it, children do best when raised by a married couple. There are, most certainly, superb single parents. But every superb single parent I have ever spoken to wishes they had had a spouse with whom to raise their children. Throughout history, and in every society, people married not when they were “ready” to marry, but when they reached marriageable age and were expected to assume adult responsibilities.

Finally, this statement reflects another negative trend in society — that of people being guided by feelings rather than by standards or obligations. We live in an Age of Feelings. Aside from the rational and moral problems that derive from being guided by feelings rather than by reason and values, there is one other problem. In life, behavior shapes feelings. Act happy, you’ll feel happy. Act single, you’ll feel single. Act married, you’ll feel married.  Do it, in other words. Then you’ll be “ready.

God calls marriage honorable [Hebrews 13:4]…tragically, America is walking away from the marriage covenant.

Rape Capital of the Western World

01 31 2016a
The Muslim wind is blowing strong across Europe; and European leaders are bewildered as to how to handle this nightmare. I’m talking about the nightmare of mass Islamic migration into European cites. The crisis is putting enormous stress on the healthcare system, creating more no-go zones within European cities, and setting off a crime wave that includes rape, theft and a rapid increase in the assault of women.

One example of the chaos is expressed in what is called ‘Rape Jihad’.

Rape jihad has moved from Tahrir Square in Cairo to Malmö in Sweden to Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and now to Cologne, Germany. It works this way: A group of men encircles the targeted woman or girl, trapping her while walling off police and other would-be rescuers. The men then start to touch, grope and assault the women, ripping off clothes and stealing their purses and cell phones. Knowing they are a protected class, the Muslim men have little fear of the police —The abusers yell… “You can’t do anything to me,” and “Mrs. Merkel invited me here,” these are just some of the reported taunts. By the time police reach the victim, the assailants have moved on to the next woman. Hundreds of women are assaulted, leaving them terrified and humiliated.

The tide of rape in Europe is rising. Let’s look at the example of Sweden, that nation has taken in more refugees per capita than any other country in Europe. And what is the fruit of Sweden’s generous but naïve approach to refugees from the world of Islam? Reports out of Sweden are frightening. Cold statistics reveal a horrible truth, and remember Sweden is seen as Europe’s most liberal nation, and most generous nation when it comes to refugees. Muslims represent as many as 77 percent of rape cases in Swedish cities. In Stockholm this summer there was an average of 5 rapes a day. Thanks to migrants flooding into certain Swedish cities Sweden now claims the dubious distinction of having the second highest rape per capita incidents in the world — surpassed only by Lesotho in southern Africa.

The wages of Muslim immigration are proving to be a sexual assault epidemic by a misogynistic code. As Muslim men immigrated to Sweden, they brought with them an Islamic culture sanctioning rape. Statistics now suggest that at least 1 out of every 5 Swedish women will be raped. The National Council for Crime Prevention report bears this out. It noted that Muslim immigrants from North Africa were 23 times more likely to commit rape than Swedish men. It should not surprise us why today Sweden is deemed the rape capital of the Western world.

Germany may be following in Sweden’s path. The tensions simmering beneath Germany’s willingness to take in over one million migrants over the past 12 months erupted into the open in January after reports that hundreds of young women in Cologne, Germany had been groped and robbed on New Year’s Eve by gangs of men described by the authorities as having Middle Eastern appearances. This is what happened…

Taking advantage of a street party in Cologne, hundreds of young Muslim men broke into groups and formed rings around young women, refusing to let them escape—the men, some newly arrived refugees, groped dozens of women while others stole wallets or cellphones. For the women it was a nightmare. More than 650 were assaulted or robbed that night in Cologne. Details followed in police reports, describing women as having been “grabbed” by “breasts and bottoms”. The nation of Germany is in shock; the German citizens of Cologne are enraged! Police from Cologne report that 40% of migrants from North Africa (Muslims); have run-ins with the law. Twelve of 16 German states now report New Year’s assaults similar to what happened in Cologne. Similar bullying of women also took place in Hamburg, Stuttgart and Berlin.

A new poll found that 40 percent of Germans are so disgusted with German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s policy on refugees that they want her to resign. German leader Merkel has earned a huge amount of ill will for letting 1.1 million refugees from Africa and the Middle East pour across Germany’s border. She recently admitted that the refugee crisis has gotten out of hand and Europe has lost control of the situation. In Sweden, a scandal erupted after it emerged that police had suppressed a report of mass groping by Middle East migrants at a festival last summer.

The unprecedented surge over the past 10 months has been astounding. A massive wave of migration has been sweeping into Europe –Some Europeans are calling it the Muslim invasion. The refugees are coming from countries such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan arriving in Europe usually via Turkey and Greece and then continuing their journey through the Balkans to Austria, Germany and the Nordic countries. Is this a ticking time bomb about to explode? Apparently that explosion is already in progress.

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Why is the refugee crisis important to watch, how could it fit into end time events and prophecy?  The overarching impact of the European refugee crisis is that it DESTABALIZES EUROPE; it creates fear, anger and political mayhem.  The crisis has fueled the rise of right wing political parties all across Europe.  More and more Europeans are looking for a strong leader who will say NO to the surging wave of migrants coming from the middle East and Africa. We will see major political change in Europe over the next 2-3 years.

In the real world, not the fantasy world of socialist European multiculturalism, a lesson from the Bible bears reviewing.  When Israel was a nation, they were to drive out certain people from the land.  There are those who live in the land who are dangerous, they need to be dealt with swiftly, and not allowed into the land [nation] in the first place.  A lesson that Europe has failed to appreciate: But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then it shall come about that those whom you let remain of them will become as pricks in your eyes and as thorns in your sides, and they will trouble you in the land in which you live”—Numbers 33:55.

I’m afraid naïve Europe will suffer even greater turmoil in the years ahead as a result of embracing the toxic fantasy of multiculturalism—the Muslim push into Europe will lead to chaos.
Steven LeBlanc

Syria...The World's Nightmare

Why is Syria important? Its strife is impacting all of the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, Russia and the United States. Syria was once a nation of close to 22 million people. It has now imploded, being engulfed in a vicious proxy civil war.

Syria is a complicated nation, always has been. The 22-million population comprises various ethnic and religious groups, including Kurds, Armenians, Assyrians, Christians, Druze, Alawite Shias and Arab Sunnis. About 75 percent are Sunni Muslims but the minority Alawites, the sect of President Assad, rules the country, they are a version of Shia Islam.

I remind you–This insane Syrian civil war has killed nearly 300,000 people, displaced half of the country’s population—11 million, and facilitated the rise of ISIS. Millions have fled Syria flooding into neighboring nations as seen in the map below:
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What is going on in Syria is partly a civil war of government against people; partly a religious war setting Assad’s minority Alawite sect, aligned with Shiite fighters from Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon, against Sunni rebel groups; and also a proxy fight featuring Russia and Iran against Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States.

An end to the Syrian conflict is nowhere in sight, and more countries are being drawn into the mayhem. Notice a recent development out of Saudi Arabia–Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced the creation of an Islamic military coalition… The coalition would consist of 34 countries, mostly Arab countries. They have pledged to fight against the Islamic State which, remember, has its headquarters in Raqqa Syria, a city of 220,000. Here is an abbreviated list of nations, mostly Islamic, who will now be involved in Syria —at least to a degree.

In addition to Saudi Arabia, the coalition will include Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Turkey, Chad, Togo, Tunisia, Djibouti, Senegal, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Gabon, Guinea, the Palestinians, Comoros, Qatar, Cote d’Ivoire, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Maldives, Mali, Malaysia, Egypt, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Yemen.

Below is a graph that gives you a bigger picture of the Syrian Proxy battleground:
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So Why is Syria so very important, in terms of world events & Prophecy?

1)    It is the Headquarters for ISIS, the city of Raqqa is in northern Syria, population 220,000 and is controlled by ISIS.
2)    Syria is the fountainhead for the refugee crisis…tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands will leave Syria for Europe; it has already sparked a massive migration of Muslims from other areas of the Middle East and Africa, and Afghanistan.  Nearly 2 million Muslims will try to enter Europe in 2016—The implosion of Syria has destabilized all of the Middle East.
3)    Syria is the hub of the Proxy war featuring Russia, Iran and Hezbollah against the United States and its allies including Saudi Arabia, Jordan—the Gulf States.
4)    Syria is an enemy of Israel, and a friend of Iran and Russia.
5)    Syria provides Russia with a base for its port of Tartous, which serves as Russia’s sole Mediterranean base for its Black Sea fleet.
6)    Syria will be destroyed as outlined in prophecies in Isaiah 17, Jeremiah 49, and Amos 1.
7)    Syria has become an enemy of Turkey—many of the Edomites of prophecy reside in Turkey–Turkey was one of the earliest countries to invest heavily in the overthrow of the Assad regime.  Turkey wages war on the Syrian Kurds, Islamic State’s most successful opponents. Early on, Turkey wanted to support a Sunni majority government in Syria, run by the local branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.

A prophecy in Jeremiah 49:23-33 is directed “against Damascus,” the capital of Syria representing the nation as a whole. Syria, north of the land of Israel, was often a hostile neighbor to ancient Israel and Judah, and today remains a hostile neighbor to the modern Jewish state of Israel.

Damascus, formerly “the city of praise” (verse 25), will be destroyed “in that day” (verse 26)—referring to the Day of the Lord. This is even more clearly seen in verse 27. Read Amos 1:3, we are told that Damascus will be punished for its many sins.  Damascus will eventually be totally destroyed just before Christ returns (Isaiah 17:1).  Does that mean Syria will be totally destroyed in the next year—NO!  But that destruction will come when God determines it.  The timing of that destruction is God’s prerogative.

Keep watching Syria!

Steven LeBlanc

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