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Tuesday June 20th, 2017 in

 

Approximately 58 people died (30 confirmed) in a towering inferno as one of London’s high-rise public housing blocks was gutted by fire. Theresa May, Britain’s prime minister, faced a barrage of criticism for the government’s initial response to the tragedy at Grenfell Tower.

May said that the government has begun distributing funds from a $6.4 million (USD) emergency fund created to assist victims of the blaze, and housing officials are conducting safety checks of other public high-rise towers in London. “I have heard the concerns and I have ordered immediate action across the board to help victims’ relatives and the survivors,” May said.

Protesters in London are demanding to know why long-standing fire safety concerns raised by a tenants’ group about the 24 story building, tucked in the city’s ritzy North Kensington neighborhood, had not been addressed. They also expressed anger that the prime minister did not meet with survivors or victims of the fire when she initially visited the neighborhood following the tragedy.

Commander Stuart Cundy, a spokesman for London’s Metropolitan Police, also said there may have been people in the tower that police are not aware of, which could add to the death toll. “The figure of 58 are those who are missing and that we have to presume are dead,” said Cundy. “It might be that some of those are safe and well but for whatever reason have not reached (out) to let us know. Cundy added that it will take weeks or longer to recover and identify all the dead in the housing block that was devastated. Police said 19 injured in the fire remain hospitalized, including 10 who were in critical condition.

“My heart goes out to those affected,” Cundy said. “As soon as we can, we will locate and recover loved ones.” Cundy said authorities plan to release video and photographs from inside the badly-charred building.

Investigators are trying to figure out why the fire spread so quickly to the top floors especially since the apartment complex underwent a $13 million refurbishment last year that included new thermal cladding to the exterior.

The Grenfell Action Group, the tenants’ organization, had expressed concerns for years about the testing and maintenance of firefighting equipment and blocked emergency access to the site. “All our warnings fell on deaf ears and we predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable,” the group said after the fire broke out, according to the Associated Press. In a blog post written last year, the Grenfell Action Group warned of “dangerous living conditions” in the tower. “It is a truly terrifying thought but the Grenfell Action Group firmly believe that only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord, the KCTMO.”

KCTMO, the Kensington and Chelsea Management Organization, has managed the building on behalf of local public authorities who own it. The management organization said it was aware of the complaints made by residents, but that it was “too early to speculate what caused the fire and contributed to its spread.”
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip observed a moment of silence to honor the victims. They paid their respects before the start of the annual Trooping the Color procession that marks the observance of the queen’s birthday. The queen said in a statement that she was “profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need.”

“Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity,” she added. “United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favor, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss.”

“The conditions prevailing in society, and especially in the great cities of the nations, proclaim in thunder tones that the hour of God’s judgment is come and that the end of all things earthly is at hand. We are standing on the threshold of the crisis of the ages. In quick succession the judgments of God will follow one another—fire, and flood, and earthquake, with war and bloodshed. We are not to be surprised at this time by events both great and decisive; for the angel of mercy cannot remain much longer to shelter the impenitent.” Prophets and Kings, page 278.

 

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British Prime Minister Theresa May says human rights laws will be changed “if they get in the way” of the country’s fight against terror. May said she would seek to introduce longer prison terms for those convicted of terrorist offenses and make it easier to “deport foreign terrorist suspects.”

May has overseen cuts to police officer numbers by over 20,000 during her tenure as home secretary and is trying to shore up her domestic security credentials in the wake of criticism from the opposition party.

May has previously called for closer regulation of the Internet to tackle extremism and criticized social media firms for not doing enough to police their platforms. British security services already possess wide anti-terrorism powers that have been denounced by Amnesty International as among “the most draconian” in Europe.

Questions about how Khuram Butt and Youssef Zaghba got through the “net” since they were well-known to police and had been investigated have prompted calls to further erode human rights to deal with these kinds of threats. Butt, Zaghba and another man, Rachid Redouane, rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before launching a stabbing spree in bars and restaurants at nearby Borough Market on Saturday night. At least seven people were killed and dozens were injured. The three terrorists were shot dead by police.

May said more needed to be done “to restrict the freedom and movement of terrorism suspects when we have enough evidence to know they are a threat but not enough evidence to prosecute them in full in court.”

As Home Secretary, May oversaw the replacement of control orders — sweeping powers introduced in 2005 that placed extreme limits on the freedom and movement of terrorism suspects — and their replacement with what some critics have described as “watered down” restrictions. But May has now said that it needed to be easier to kick terror suspects out of the UK.

The Liberty group’s director Martha Spurrier accused May of wanting to rip up British human rights laws. “If Theresa May does what she threatens, she will go down in history as the Prime Minister who handed terrorists their greatest victory,” she said. “For cheap political points and headlines, she is willing to undermine our democracy, our freedom and our rights — the very things these violent murderers seek to attack.”

Limiting human rights of unconvicted suspects to eliminate Muslim extremist threats will have implications for other religions too. If your Christian faith is ever considered extreme, which is very likely, your human rights will be curtailed too. Prophetically, terrorism is really about targeting western constitutions and removing the freedoms their citizens have enjoyed. Terrorism is the perfect tool in the hands of the enemy, to do this without much opposition.

We must work “while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.” John 9:4.

 

 

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President Trump doesn’t like the rules of Congress and wants to change them. His agenda has been challenged at every turn and Mr. Trump thinks he needs more power to get it through.

“It’s just a very, very bureaucratic system,” he said on Face the Nation. “I think the rules in Congress and, in particular, the rules in the Senate, are unbelievably archaic and slow-moving.”

Donald Trump is trying to approach government by using business principles, taking aim at the 60 vote threshold in the Senate for many of the key elements of his agenda.

In essence he is blaming the Constitution, which embodies the separation of powers for the cumbersome process required to get things done through Congress.

During a recent interview with Fox News to discuss his first 100 days as president, Mr. Trump denounced the constitutional system of checks and balances as “archaic.”

“It’s a very rough system. It’s an archaic system,” Trump said. “It’s really a bad thing for the country.”

Meanwhile, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said the president is thinking about amending or even abolishing the First Amendment to stifle what they consider to be unfair media criticism. When asked by Jonathan Karl whether they had considered a constitutional amendment so that the president can sue his critics, Priebus responded: “I think it’s something that we’ve looked at. How that gets executed or whether that goes anywhere is a different story.”

President Obama himself often attempted to avoid dealing with Congress by using and threatening to use executive orders to get things done. In spite of that, he said in 2016, “If you disrespect the Constitution by threatening to shut down the press when it doesn’t say things you like or threaten to throw your opponent in jail or discriminate against people of different faiths. If you do that before you are elected, then what are you gonna do when you have actual power to do those things?”

President Trump, his legislative agenda largely stalled more than 100 days in office, is lamenting the “archaic” rules of Congress.

When defending why he wasn’t as productive as he promised his supporters he would be during his first 100 days, he said on Fox News that the process of getting things done in Congress is “a very rough system. It’s an archaic system … It’s really a bad thing for the country.”

“Well, I think things generally tend to go a little bit slower than you’d like them to go,” he said on “Face the Nation.” “It’s just a very, very bureaucratic system. I think the rules in Congress and, in particular, the rules in the Senate, are unbelievably archaic and slow-moving.”

Then the president zeroed in on the real issue by saying that Democrats can block him from furthering his agenda by filibustering legislation in the Senate. “All they do is obstruct,” he told CBS. “All they do is delay. Even our Supreme Court justice, as you know — who I think is going to be outstanding, Justice Gorsuch — I think that it was disgraceful the way they handled that.”

After the first 100 days in office, many of the president’s priorities, such as repealing and replacing Obamacare, tax reform and building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border are languishing and are uncertain to get through Congress.

President Trump is likely to go ahead to get rid of the filibuster. He recently tweeted that the GOP should consider if it can’t get 60 votes to overcome a filibuster. He even threatened a government shutdown of prove his point.

“We either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good “shutdown” in September to fix [the] mess!” he said. He told Fox news, “We don’t have a lot of closers in politics, and I understand why: It’s a very rough system. It’s an archaic system.”

“You look at the rules of the Senate, even the rules of the House — but the rules of the Senate and some of the things you have to go through — it’s really a bad thing for the country, in my opinion. They’re archaic rules. And maybe at some point we’re going to have to take those rules on, because, for the good of the nation, things are going to have to be different.”

“You can’t go through a process like this. It’s not fair. It forces you to make bad decisions. I mean, you’re really forced into doing things that you would normally not do except for these archaic rules.”

But will changing the rules be a good thing? Once President Trump leaves office, what of the next president. Things could easily go from bad to worse.

Presidents don’t like their powers limited. Donald Trump wants more power — and he wants it quickly.

If he was able to get rid of the filibuster, he would be placing a lot of power in the hands of the majority party. Getting rid of it completely would change the face of American politics for good. Yes, it would clear a major hurdle for President Trump in passing his agenda. But, what of future presidents? Whether he targets the filibuster specifically or not, his attitude toward his own power is clear: the more, the better.

Could removing or adjusting the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution for one reason (i.e. making it easier to sue members of the press) set a precedent for the removal of other freedoms?

Every principle of the U.S. Constitution will be repudiated in one form or another. See Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 5, and page 451.

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Rumors of War

Posted: April 13, 2017 in Uncategorized
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The Pentagon announced on April 8, that a Navy carrier strike group has been order to move toward the Western Pacific Ocean to provide a physical presence near the Korean peninsula. The carrier group includes the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, with support from several missile destroyers and missile cruisers.

In light of the provocative behavior from North Korea, H.R. McMaster, the national security adviser said, “It’s prudent to do it, isn’t it?”

Meanwhile the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson insisted that he was hopeful that China would put pressure on Pyongyang. “This is a rogue regime that is now a nuclear-capable regime, and President Xi and President Trump agreed that that is unacceptable, that what must happen is the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” he said. Tillerson said the meeting at Mar-a-Lago, Mr Trump’s Florida estate, had helped convince the Chinese to take action.

“President Xi expressed agreement that the regime has reached new levels of concern.”

Tillerson also said on a Sunday talk show that he expected the Chinese to take concrete steps. “We expect that they will. They have indicated that they will. And we need to give them time.”

Meanwhile North Korea released a video perporting to show a US aircraft carrier being blown up, as it warned the US against carrying out military action, and warned that more intercontinental ballistic missile tests.

On Saturday, U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korea’s leader, acting president Hwang Kyo-Ahn, spoke by phone. The White House said the two agreed to stay in close contact about North Korea and other issues.

On Sunday the White House confirmed a conversation between Mr Trump and Shinzo Abe, the Japanese leader, which reiterated US support for Japan in the region and their desire to work together on the problem of North Korea.

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In an effort to stem a massive loss of value over the last few days (UD $24 billion), Google (and its parent company Alphabet) has begun taking steps to further restrict how major advertisers ads are paired alongside extremist YouTube videos.

Google said it was taking steps to protect its clients from inadvertently supporting hate. But it was still inadvertently allowing ads to be paired with anti-Semitic, extremist Islamist, neo-Nazi and homophobic video clips in Germany, France, Sweden and South Africa. Google has struggled to match the expansion of the ad crisis.

Some major advertisers began cutting off advertising to YouTube or updating the filters to stop delivery of ads to extremist sites. “We didn’t know that our ads were played in this context,” Axa spokeswoman Anja Kroll said in an email. “We have immediately arranged for an update of the filters and stopped the delivery” of the ads because “diversity, tolerance and openness are values that are of key importance for us and that we practice daily.”

While Axa hasn’t pulled its ads from YouTube, the German unit is using “blacklist” filters to prevent its ads from appearing next to extremist, racist or other undesired content, Kroll said. In this case, she said, the filters apparently failed.

Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt said Google could “get pretty close” to guaranteeing companies’ ads won’t be placed near hateful material, advertisers throughout Europe were confronting more than a dozen new examples and scrambling to protect their brands.

“We don’t comment on individual videos but as announced, we’ve begun an extensive review of our advertising policies and have made a public commitment to put in place changes that give brands more control over where their ads appear,” a Google spokesperson said. “We’re also raising the bar for our ads policies to further safeguard our advertisers’ brands.”

Some of the world’s biggest marketers halted spending on YouTube as a result of revelations of the Times of London, that their ads were running alongside offensive content. Range Rover in South Africa, Telenor in Sweden, Nissan and Nilson (a shoe manufacturing company) are all taking measures to address their exposure. Total, IBM, MTN, Tag Heuer, HBO and Netflix didn’t respond nor had no immediate comment to questions from the media, while, Tradera’s owner, PayPal Holdings, declined to comment. IKEA in Sweden asked its media company to “immediately investigate the reason behind this.” Other companies that also pulled or suspended their ads were JP Morgan Chase, Ford, AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, Verizon Communications, BBC, Sainsbury, Volkswagen and Toyota in a variety of nations exposing the global nature of the problem for Google.

Google and Facebook use automated computer programs that maximize volume and helped them dominate online advertising. Digital-based ad sales will overtake TV to become the number one media category in 2017. Ads reportedly bring Google billions of dollars per year and are its fastest growing business.

Google is scrambling to address the controversy, saying it was increasing safeguards to protect advertisers, such as automatically excluding ads from videos deemed “potentially objectionable” and giving advertisers more control over placement.

Eric Schmidt, Alphabet’s CEO appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings With Maria” and said Google can generally ensure clients that their ads won’t be placed next to “hate” content.

“We match the ads and the content,” Schmidt said. “But because we source the ads from everywhere, every once in a while somebody gets underneath the algorithm and they put in something that doesn’t match.” He said that Google had tightened its policies and increased the amount of time it spends manually reviewing the content, “and so I think we’re going to be okay.”

This controversy highlights the problem God’s people will face if their biblical content is one day considered to be extremist. Censorship and revenue restrictions on distinctive biblically-based content will make it difficult to give the final warning.

“We have no time to lose. The end is near. The passage from place to place to spread the truth will soon be hedged with dangers on the right hand and on the left. Everything will be placed to obstruct the way of the Lord’s messengers, so that they will not be able to do that which it is possible for them to do now. We must look our work fairly in the face and advance as fast as possible in aggressive warfare. From the light given me of God I know that the powers of darkness are working with intense energy from beneath, and with stealthy tread Satan is advancing to take those who are now asleep, as a wolf taking his prey. We have warnings now which we may give, a work now which we may do; but soon it will be more difficult than we can imagine. God help us to keep in the channel of light, to work with our eyes fastened on Jesus our Leader, and patiently, perseveringly press on to gain the victory.” Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 6, page 22.

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A joint penance and reconciliation service was held in Germany to commemorate the Reformation in Germany. The chairman of the Roman Catholic German Bishop’s Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, and the chair of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, sponsored the meeting.

World Council of Churches general secretary, Rev, Olav Fykse Tveit spoke at the service on March 11 in Hildesheim, Germany. He praised the gathering as an “encouraging sign of unity in the world.” And when it comes to healing memories, the “power of forgiveness,” he added, can free up the way for the common witness that the world we live in desperately needs.

The organizers said that this year, for the first time in history, the Protestant and Catholic Churches in Germany, which have been separate since the Reformation 500 years ago are coming together for an ecumenical celebration of the anniversary. They said that the will for reconciliation would have been unimaginable in the past.

Characterizing the Reformation as division and disunity, Catholics have tried to say that Luther was criticizing abuses of his times, in spite of the fact that indulgences, the trigger for the Reformation are still proffered by the Catholic Church along with other abuses Luther protested. Likewise, Lutherans have long ago stopped thinking about the Reformation as a powerful defense of Bible truth in contrast to Roman Catholic errors and abuses.

Luther’s protest triggered the worldwide Reformation, which put the Roman Catholic Church on the defense, which led to some extremely bloody wars which were largely perpetrated by Rome.

“This is moment of truth and is a decisive step towards the unity of the church,” said Tveit in his message. “In the prayer of Jesus in John 17, we read that the unity of the disciples with one another is needed that the world may believe,” said the general secretary.

Catholic and Protestants have decided to share ecumenical celebrations of the Reformation anniversary during 2017 in different parts of Europe and the world, as well as in Germany.

German President Joachim Gauck and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel also attended the service that was broadcast live by national broadcaster ARD.

Ecumenism, begun by Rome after Vatican II is the process by which churches draw together toward full, visible, sacramental unity by minimizing distinctive doctrine.

“The wide diversity of belief in the Protestant churches is regarded by many as decisive proof that no effort to secure a forced uniformity can ever be made. But there has been for years, in churches of the Protestant faith, a strong and growing sentiment in favor of a union based upon common points of doctrine. To secure such a union, the discussion of subjects upon which all were not agreed—however important they might be from a Bible standpoint—must necessarily be waived.” The Great Controversy, page 444.

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Wednesday March 22nd, 2017 in Briefings, Prophetic Intelligence Briefings

“Alarmist” has become the newest slur label given to conservative Christians who raise concerns about the current trajectory of the culture in general or churches in particular. The “alarmist” label goes like this: “Conservative Christian leaders are using false information to stoke fears for their own personal gain, either to sell books or mobilize voters.”

There are certainly cases in history where this label would be accurate. But is the alarmist label always correct when conservative Christians in America raise an alarm? The answer is categorically no!

Before the Obama administration, warnings of coming discrimination against Christians were often considered to be alarmist. But these predictions came true during President Obama’s second term when he pushed his agenda very powerfully against Christian individuals, businesses and institutions. The alarm was justified.

Liberals generally were unwilling to defend the religious freedom of the conservatives. Conservative Christians were justifiably alarmed because what was happening was, in fact, alarming.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts warned, “Hard questions arise when people of faith exercise religion in ways that may be seen to conflict with the new right to same-sex marriage — when, for example, a religious college provides married student housing only to opposite-sex married couples, or a religious adoption agency declines to place children with same-sex married couples?”

Was Roberts an alarmist? No. He was completely justified in raising the “alarm” because everything he warned about actually happened.

Some on the left accuse conservative Christians of false alarmism (unjustifiable alarm) for saying Christians are discriminated against. Since they advocate policies that are discriminatory toward conservative Christians, they have to have a way to diminish opposition. Conservative Christians now have to both defend their own religious freedom and explain why they are complaining about their loss of religious freedom. Perhaps their so-called “alarmism” was not so off-track after all.

The most recent accusations of false alarmism have been in response to Rod Dreher’s new book called The Benedict Option. Dreher’s book, “calls on American Christians to prepare for the coming Dark Age by embracing an ancient Christian way of life.” His ideas have been called the “White Christian Industrial Persecution Complex.” Dreher’s book is not primarily about persecution and loss of religious freedom. It ‘s mostly about defending the church from apostates and dealing with Western cultural shifts.

But the alarmism accusation is also, at times, associated with allegations of racism, an obsession with homosexuality and intensifying a sense of “living in a wasteland.”

Are Conservative Christians wrong simply because they are “alarmists?” No. There are legitimate reasons to be concerned about the future of our nation. Meteorologists weren’t sure exactly how bad the storm Stella would be. They advised Northeasterners to prepare for the worst. Can you blame them?

Bible prophecy declares that there will come a time of trouble such as never was, and that religious laws will be imposed on all the world removing religious liberty especially from those who keep all of God’s Ten Commandments. There are also dire predictions through prophetic symbols such as a black horse and a pale horse, etc. Warning people to separate from false religion coupled with predictions of punishment will likely be considered “alarmism.” Explaining the third angel’s message of Revelation 14 could bring up allegations of alarmism, especially with its predictions of national and universal Sunday laws.

“Heretofore those who presented the truths of the third angel’s message have often been regarded as mere alarmists. Their predictions that religious intolerance would gain control in the United States, that church and state would unite to persecute those who keep the commandments of God, have been pronounced groundless and absurd. It has been confidently declared that this land could never become other than what it has been—the defender of religious freedom. But as the question of enforcing Sunday observance is widely agitated, the event so long doubted and disbelieved is seen to be approaching, and the third message will produce an effect, which it could not have had before. The Great Controversy, pages 605 and 606.

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