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Germans, Jews and the Roman Catholic Church

Steven LeBlanc

I want to touch upon recent German history regarding its relationship to the Catholic Church. I believe it is valuable for you to understand some basic facts about Germany:

Religion: Catholic 34%, Protestant 34%, Muslim 3.7%, others 27% The state supports both the Catholic and Protestant churches, with each church making up about a third of the German population.

The German state collects taxes for the churches and there is religious education in the schools, taught by teachers who have to be approved by the churches. Church taxes are “automatic paycheck deductions” taken from all registered church members, “regardless of how often members attend services.”

History: The Vatican’s secretary of state, Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli (the future Pope Pius XII), and Germany’s vice chancellor, Franz von Papen, formally signed a concordat between the Holy See and the German Reich on July 20, 1933. The Holy See’s concessions included the concordat’s requirement that clergy not engage in political activities and not hold political offices. Bishops were required to swear an oath of loyalty to the Reich and its legally constituted government. To this day Jews [especially in Israel] condemn the Vatican for turning a blind eye to the massacre of Jews during the 2nd World War. We believe a similar act of complicity between the Catholic Church and Germany will occur in the future under the approval of the European Beast dictator.

Prophecy: Scripture shows that ten nations in Europe will surrender their sovereignty to a modern version of the Roman Empire (Revelation 17:12–18). This “beast” power will be endorsed by a false religious prophet –a Catholic leader (Daniel 7:24–25; Revelation 13:11–18). The leaders of this ” revived” beast power (which is also called “the king of the North) will persecute true Christians—Revelation 13:7. This power will punish (America, Britain and other nations of northwest European descent), and will launch military operations in the Middle East and against powers to the north and east on the Eurasian continent (see Daniel 11:40–45; Hosea 11:1–11).

To summarize: The Bible reveals that Germany will again use religion to help forge a unified European power (Revelation 13; 17:1–7), much as was done under Charlemagne [800 AD] who was crowned European Emperor by the Pope Leo III. This future Church/State union will do great harm; God’s saints will be severely persecuted.

This emerging superpower will become a global economic power (Revelation 18:2–3, 9–14). It will appear peaceful at first, but will be transformed into a devouring, war-making beast (Daniel 11:21; Revelation 13:2–3; Revelation 17:12–14). Daniel describes this end-time kingdom as a strong and ferocious beast with “iron teeth,” which Christ will conquer and punish at His return (Daniel 2:40–45; 7:7, 19–23).

Dangerous Government "Printing" of Money

Steven LeBlanc

What we are seeing today is unique in history, never have so many nations, at the same time, given themselves over to the idea that the key to rescuing their economies lies in printing money and buying one another’s debt [bonds].

The world’s four biggest developed-market monetary authorities – the Bank of Japan [BOJ], the Fed [USA], the European Central Bank [ECB] and the Bank of England — are committed to returning their economies to health.

Spurring growth can include printing money or to be more accurate increasing credit in its own bank account with the stroke of a computer key. Only a Central Bank can “increase” money, they do this electronically.

If a Central Bank wants to increase money supply, it can buy government bonds—there are other ways. Many banks are involved in what is called Quantitative Easing. Quantitative Easing is when a Central Bank creates money electronically. In doing this they are increasing the bank reserves. The Central Bank uses these extra reserves to buy various securities, this may include government bonds and corporate bonds. Banks can sell assets [bonds] for cash—this increases the Bank’s cash reserves.

The hope is that when the Bank has more “cash” it will be more willing to lend to customers. This lending to customers will then result in people having more money to buy homes, cars etc. At least this is the way it is suppose to work.

The goal of Quantitative Easing is to increase bank lending, and this– it is hoped, will stimulate the consumer to spend more [as he gets loans, usually for business, from the bank]. But it doesn’t always work out as planned.

The Central Banks of the world are playing a dangerous game. Quantitative Easing flirts with inflation, and once inflation gets going it is very hard to stop. Rampant inflation struck Germany’s Weimar Republic in the 1920s and most recently in the nation of Zimbabwe. It could happen to us. Inflation is a hidden tax on every American, European and Asian.

The world financial crisis has led to the “printing of money”. Eventually we will reap what we sow. Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. Galatians 6:7.

Flooding the world economy with money, governments buying more and more debt, all of this will eventually end badly. The timing of the next massive global financial crisis is impossible to predict but it is coming. Collectively, the world’s Central Banks have pumped over $13 trillion into the financial system since 2007.

"Unseen" Influence Impacting World Leaders

Steven LeBlanc

The world today is very unsettled and extremely volatile.

Governments — from Berlin to Tehran, from Paris to Beijing — are struggling to keep their economies from stagnating. Europe seesaws between financial chaos and the possible breakup of the European Union. There is septic doubt simmering in the Eurozone over the security of Bank deposits—thanks to the Cyprus catastrophe.

In Italy inconclusive February elections has led to a paralyzed parliament, and what to do about Italy’s extreme debt hangs over the whole of the Eurozone. In Spain, a worsening economic crisis and never-ending corruption scandals will cause more civil unrest. The United Kingdom will continue to disassociate itself from the European Union. This is seen in the government’s persistent anti-EU bombast and its attempts to blunt immigration from Eastern Europe.

The Middle East is more changeable than ever, as Shiite-Sunni flash wars threaten the entire region. Don’t forget the Muslim world is divided between the two main religious factions of Islam. The majority Sunnis and the minority Shi’ttes—these two have been battling one another for centuries.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, parts of Lebanon, most of Syria and about 1/3rd of Iraq are Sunni. Iran, Bahrain, the leadership in Syria—much of Iraq– and Hezbollah in Southern Lebanon is Shi’tte. Layers of hatred and power struggles keep the Middle East in constant turmoil. It is not just the Arabs against the Israelis—it is brother against brother among Arab tribes, for example Sunnis against Alawites in Syria. And then there is the Persians [Iran] against Arabs [Saudi Arabia], Kurds against Turks; the ethnic conflicts are many.

As the feud intensifies in Syria, so will sectarian hostilities mount in Lebanon. The fear of Shi’tte Hezbollah is that Sunni attacks against it may begin as the Syrian civil war spills over into Iraq and Lebanon proper. Hezbollah’s push in Southern Lebanon to secure supply lines and smuggling channels along the Beirut-Damascus highway is an urgent priority. Israel is watching this all very carefully.

Iran will continue negotiating with Europe and America over its nuclear program. —It will continue to exercise stall tactics as it seeks to fulfill its nuclear goals—throwing crumbs to the US and Europe—giving the impression it may be changing but that is not really happening…Israel will continue to remind the world and Washington that Iran is a threat. President Obama, Europe and Israel-have described 2013 as the decisive year in Iran’s nuclear program.

In Egypt, the military and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government find themselves in a suspicious but inescapable partnership as both attempt to prevent an economic crisis from enraging the country. The Brotherhood needs the military to control the streets, and the military needs the Brotherhood to continue absorbing the responsibility for a horrible economy and towering unemployment.

In Asia Japan seeks to inflate its economy [on a massive scale], and China faces an enormous struggle to maintain employment and strong economic growth against weakening external demand for its exports.

The above are many of the challenges and trials we see facing the various nations of the world. What we do not see is the unseen, hidden influences that push nations and leaders in a certain direction. I am speaking a spirit world that influences world leaders and nations. I Kings 22 gives us insight into this spirit domain.

In 1 Kings 22 we are told of a council of war between the kings of Israel and Judah. Evil King Ahab and the good Jewish King Jehoshaphat were planning war against Syria to regain land that Israel had lost. At the council Jeshoshaphat asked whether there was “a prophet of the LORD here, that we may inquire of Him?” (verse 7). When finally the prophet Micaiah was brought before the two kings, he revealed an astounding vision from the throne of God and how the world of angels and demons impact world events.

Micaiah viewed God sitting on His throne and the spiritual host of heaven around Him. God was going to allow King Ahab to be deceived into making a decision that would lead to his death. “Then a spirit came forward and stood before the LORD, and said, ‘I will persuade him.’ The LORD said to him, ‘In what way?’ So he said, ‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets'” (verses 21-22). God was allowing Ahab to be persuaded to engage in a battle that would mean his end.

Notice that God did not command any spirit here to lie. God simply asked who would deceive—the spirit then left God’s presence to influence the false prophets to do what Ahab wanted to do anyway [attack Syria]. The fact that Micaiah’s true prophecies were always at odds with those of Ahab’s prophets (compare 1 Kings 22:8) reveals that a “lying spirit” was influencing the words of Ahab’s prophets.

God did permit Ahab’s prophets to lie…. [But] God plainly revealed to Ahab the origin of his prophets’ predictions. Ahab’s death resulted from refusing to believe the truth God revealed to him through Micaiah.

The lesson for us is that at times lying demonic spirits work through government advisors [types of false prophets] to prevail upon leaders to make disastrous decisions. The Bible tells there is a parallel world where dark forces seek to confuse, disorient and influence world leaders.

With this in mind always be aware that often the “unseen” world may be influencing the decisions of world leaders today.

Misconceptions about Israel...Watch this Video

Steven LeBlanc

The following was taken from Israel today website…it is interesting to see how many Israeli citizens view Washington’s view of Israel and the Palestinian contention; by Ryan Jones:

http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/23756/Default.aspx?hp=readmore

US President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel was widely seen as a success, given that the primary goal was to win over the hearts of an Israeli public that had been, at best, suspicious of the American leader.

But behind all the praise and admiration Obama heaped upon Israel, there was a gentle chiding that showed he still views the lack of peace in the region as primarily the fault of the Jewish state.

Zionism is great and is the unprecedented culmination of a millennia-old dream, but Israel must surrender part of the vision for the sake of peace and justice. That was the thrust of Obama’s overall message to Israelis.

Obama’s approach revealed three important truths:

It demonstrated that despite being a “Christian” nation, the government of the US doesn’t see the biblical significance of Israel’s rebirth.

It showed a clear lack on Obama’s part to take even recent history into account. The Jews have in fact surrendered part of the Zionist vision, numerous times. The Jews did not protest when in 1922 the British lopped off two-thirds of their promised homeland to create Jordan, or in 1947 when the UN partitioned what was left of that homeland. In 1993, the Jews agreed to again relinquish those lands, and in 2005, tired of waiting for an agreement to be signed, Israel unilaterally surrendered Gaza.

Lastly, Obama showed that 10 serious misconceptions continue to undergird the international community’s approach to the peace process.

But brighter minds have elaborated on these 10 misconceptions better than I could. The following video produced by the Jerusalem Institute of Justice (JIJ) doesn’t mention Obama by name, but it was no accident the clip was published while Obama was in the Land.

Gomorrah Marriages Before the Supreme Court

Steven LeBlanc

The Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in two cases that have the potential to reshape American society. In oral arguments the 9 justices will consider if the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act can stop the U.S. government from recognizing same-sex marriages. Also being reviewed by the Justices is California’s voter approved ban on gay marriage–Proposition 8; does the “Prop 8” unfairly discriminates against gay people?

It will be no surprise to eventually see the Supreme Court put their stamp of approval on marriage between two men or two women. A nation that legalizes abortion and attaches no shame to “living together” relationships, out-of-wedlock births and yawns at a divorce rate that is the highest in the world is not about to suddenly stand up and say no to sodomite marriage.

Even hedonistic Rome did not recognize marriage between two men. When Emperor Nero temporarily legalized same-sex marriage, Roman citizens opposed his foolishness. The Roman historian, Tacitus, claims that when Nero “went through a formal wedding ceremony with one of the perverts named Pythagorus”, the act inflamed general public anger toward Nero and eventually led to his forced suicide (Annals 15.37).

Isaiah 1:10 cast our leaders today, as leaders of “Sodom”. Sodom is a word that expresses moral depravity, complacency and the hatred of God’s ordained order. Many of our politicians, media elites and even some church leaders approve of the Gomorrah lifestyle.

Alarmingly more and more Americans sheepishly favor sodomite marriage. Recent polls say that 48% favor “same-sex” marriage, while 43% are opposed. We have become a nation that cares little for God’s clear teaching. The rejection of God’s ways will lead to our destruction. Hosea 4:6: My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you…; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.

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