End of Year Reports
By Graham Bridger 10th December 2015
We are entering a time where, once again, many celebrate what is actually the greatest event the world has ever experienced. The coming of God to Earth (Immanuel with us - Isaiah 7:14 Matthew 1:23) in the form of Jesus Christ to give us a way back to God through the forgiveness of our sin: a powerful message of salvation.
At the same time for many other people, we have entered what they call the ‘silly season’ where everyone goes berserk for what amounts to one, or at best, two days of the year. It is the time when the ‘temples’ of consumer worship, the shopping malls, are bulging at the seams. A time of over consumption and a time spent trying to fulfill the desires and needs ‘implanted’ into our minds by a corporate media designed to get us to spend more money, which, for so many leads to even more debt.
Unfortunately, few seem to have any idea or even concern about ‘why’ we do Christmas anymore. In fact the move to drop the word Christmas has been gaining momentum each year. We must face the facts that we are being ‘railroaded’ into being known as a pluralist and ‘politically correct’ society where, provided we do not make any ‘fundamentalist’ statements we shall be OK. We must remember that as ‘Born again’ believers, the statement that Jesus is the only way to God (John 14:6) couldn’t be more fundamentalist.
Only today did I see in the news that a number of shops are deciding to call their Easter Eggs ‘Holiday Eggs’ next year, so as not to ‘offend’ (without saying who?) and many will then display ‘Winter Holiday’ instead of the words Christmas. As the New Year begins, we can expect to find consumers being faced with ‘maxed out’ credit cards and facing more crippling debt. This ritual happens every year. This is why public and private debt in the UK and in the West continues to accrue almost exponentially. It is, after all, our job, we are told, to consume at all costs, just to keep the economy growing!
But this year, as we approach the end of 2015, it seems that many more people are not only becoming aware of the ‘meaninglessness’ of the way they choose to spend Christmas but of the increased number and speed of significant major global events now occurring that the Bible speaks about in many books in the Bible, of which Daniel, 2Thessalonians and Revelation are key.
The increasing march towards GLOBALISM
Global Trade, Global Warming, Global Fundamentalism (Terrorism), Global Religion, Global Sustainable Values, Global Monetary Systems, The Great Global Reset. All speak of the necessity for control from a ‘Global’ or One World perspective.
When asked by his disciples, what would be the signs of his coming and of the end of the age, Jesus warned that the events could be compared to ‘Birth Pains’. We all know that not only do actual birth pains grow in number and intensity as they come and go, they move steadily toward an eventual climactic event. Jesus also told us that the days before his second coming would be like those of Noah. Right up to the day of the flood, people remained totally unconcerned and simply going about the business of life, eating and drinking, marrying and being given in marriage and without awareness of what was about to happen. (Matthew 24). The questions for all of us are – ‘Are we aware of the signs of the times’? (Matthew 16:3) ‘Are we keeping Watch?’ (Matthew 25:13, Mark 13:35)– ‘Are we Ready?’ (Romans 13:11, 1 Corinthians 16:13, 1 Thessalonians 5:6, 1 Peter 4:7, Revelation 3:3, and others) ‘Does it matter anyway?’ (Luke 21:6).
In this end of year report, I have attempted to identify just a few of what I think are the most important ‘BIG PICTURE’ events that are shaping our world as we move towards this historic climactic event that Jesus speaks of. Although these events are far reaching and vitally important to know about, it seems that so few people are aware of the implications. In the ‘busyness’ of our stressful working and family lives, it seems that keeping up to date with what is actually happening in the world, is often regarded as a low priority in the ‘entertainment culture in which we now live. The question is, what might the consequences be for failing to do so?
UK and World Debt
People are finally waking up to the simple fact that it can’t be repaid – so what next – The Great Global Reset?
The evidence is now abundantly clear that the Western nations are totally drowning in debt and are only being kept afloat by the printing of more and more ‘fiat’ (paper) money, created from 'thin air' with the rich mainly benefitting. The truth of the matter is that the so-called ‘Rich' Nations of the West are actually totally bankrupt, with world debt now over $220 trillion. (That is two hundred and twenty thousand million!). In order to get a better idea of what this really looks like, click on the links below.
Despite the rhetoric of Western government leaders, the United Nations and the World Bank, this amount of debt can never hope to be repaid. When nations run up too much debt, there are three main methods for dealing with it. Only one is legitimate. The first is to create inflation which itself, ‘melts debts away’ over the course of time by reducing the value of everyone's money. This has been used for decades, and is hardly ever questioned by an unsuspecting public. The second is to increase taxation but this would require taxing everyone's income at the rate of 100% and even then it would make no more than a tiny dent in such a mountain of debt. The third and legitimate method is to try to create real economic growth or GDP though ‘real’ jobs and 'real' industry, except we no longer have as many real jobs and most industry has been shipped overseas. It is now abundantly clear that global trade is declining with "Growth" reaching a peak in 2008 when the Global Financial System collapsed. The world is now in a global contraction, evidenced by reference to numerous statistical facts including that (IMF International Monetary Fund and BIS – Bank of International Settlements) as well as from a wide range of other sources that would argue with most Government statistics. So if we know that debt cannot just keep rising without consequences – Is there an Answer?
It appears that the mainstream news is finally catching up and reports from the IMF and BIS are beginning to accept the inevitable and to report that we are now dealing with levels of debt that simply cannot EVER hope to be repaid without taking some VERY different policies. Never before in the whole of human history has the world been faced with such an enormous and unsolvable financial problem. The love of money has proven to be the absolute ‘Root’ of all evil (1Tim 6:10). The reality is that we are rapidly headed towards an event or series of events that will require a major ‘adjustment’ or ‘reset’ and millions of us are going to have to pay the price. Although Christine Lagarde (Managing Director of the IMF) has been hinting at the need for a ‘Global Reset’ for the past couple of years, there is no clear understanding of what the term "reset" may involve. What will become evident is that the fictitious value of nearly every asset in the world that has been totally overinflated by the Elitists and Bankers, must return once again to "reality". When that day is revealed, it will not be at all surprising to 'wake up' and find the buying power of our savings considerably reduced and the value we place on our homes and other assets equally reduced.
Global Power from WEST to EAST - President Putin challenging the credibility of the debt-ridden United States of America
He sees the USA imposing its ‘values’ on other countries in major speeches.
The power of The United States of America is fading with Russia and China rising to take the ‘global powerhouse’ position. The recent event in Turkey where a Russian military aircraft was shot down has been a game changer. With Turkey (a NATO Country) having been involved in funding ISIL through the purchase of oil, Russia was the first nation to step in to prevent this taking place in an attempt to cut off ISIL funding. A major question people are asking is Why, during the four year period that they have apparently been fighting ISIL didn’t the USA do this before? The shooting down of the Russian aircraft has caused many European countries to side with Russia and to pay more attention to what Vladimir Putin has been saying about the US involvement in organising and deploying ISIL.
Such an involvement was recently declared on television by Michael Flynn the former US Intelligence Chief who said during his interview ‘ISIS rise was 'a willful Washington decision'
There is much evidence to state that the Russians are now in negotiations with the Europeans and particularly the NATO countries with regard to trade and the provision of energy, which is really bad news for the US and the US Washington contingent as well as for the continuation of ‘Dollar Hegemony’.
Global Money Systems - Is the age of the US dollar as the world reserve currency finally drawing to a close?
For the past 50 years or so, the world has been dominated by the US dollar. We are now witnessing nations unloading their dollar reserves and a ‘new dawn’ has come following the recent move by the IMF to include China in the world’s basket of currencies known as SDR’s (Special Drawing Rights). This is a major move towards the end of the Dollar and rise of the Yuan as well as the potential demise of the petro-Dollar and rise of the petro-Yuan.
This has clearly demonstrated that the fast rising Chinese powerhouse is a force to be reckoned with and both China and Russia have also shown their disdain for the way that the USA has continued to flood the world with more and more debt.
As a result of this, the Eastern Nations, led by China and Russia have determined to no longer accept this position. They have created their own equivalent World Bank, International Trading systems Bank, their new equivalent to the Western SWIFT money transfer system and a new world Gold Exchange to facilitate regulated and genuine trade around the world. This has sent a clear message to the USA that they are no longer prepared to accept a massive amount of US debt that they have been funding for years. Instead the rise of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) together with over 100 other smaller countries has demonstrated their determination to bypass what they see as criminal Western monetary systems. The signs are also being seen more clearly, after 30 years of development, that the ‘Globalist’ agenda to form a world currency continues with the elitists of this globalist system quite happy to see the power of the USA reduced.
It must be remembered that only two things have enabled the US dollar to remain the world reserve currency for so long. The first is their ability to print any quantity of money they desire and secondly the military backing to prevent any other country from attempting to replace the dollar. Over the past 14 years they have been involved with a considerable number of ‘regime changes’ and the destruction of a considerable number of nations, all in the name of so-called democracy. As Middle Eastern countries, like Iran, Iraq and Libya have questioned the continued allegiance towards the dollar and sought to turn away in favour of the euro or gold, a major US reaction has usually resulted in both regime change and economic mayhem. It seems that this page in history is finally drawing to a close and the effects will soon reverberate throughout the entire world.
We are now witnessing a time when a serious backlash is being experienced against this continual form of domination. President Putin has remained remarkably calm during the last couple of years despite being labeled the aggressor, but he is now standing firm and stating very clearly where he sees most of the aggression having originated. With total US debt, including unfunded liabilities now approaching $170 trillion, the country is in deep trouble and it is clearly totally bankrupt.
It seems that we are finally witnessing a major transfer of world power from the West to the ‘Globalist’ world, where countries like Russia and China are able to demonstrate substantial asset values and gold reserves to back their currencies as opposed to the Western nations who can only display huge amounts of debt to back theirs. The Bible is very clear in Proverbs 22:7 that “the rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender”.
With the amount of recently reported intrusive activities by the NSA across the world, we are witnessing a period when Russia and China, as well as other Eastern Nations are creating their own entirely new and separate information and financial systems (alternate Internet). They have now established their own equivalent of the World Bank, the IMF, the SWIFT international payment system and the Shanghai Gold Exchange to replace what they consider as the fraudulent London and US Bullion metal exchanges. We are also witnessing the creation of Yuan dollar to replace the ‘petro dollar’ and the ramifications will continue to be huge and affect the whole world.
Global Trade - Major Trade Agreements
are being negotiated behind closed
doors that could allow Trans-Global
Corporations to rule Governments
In the book Revelation in the Bible, we see that during the ‘end times’ an authority arises to totally control world trade. It states that ‘no-one, rich or poor, slave or free will be able to trade without the mark’ of authority from the beast. (Revelation 13:10).
It is truly staggering to witness the US and other Western nations apparently trying to ‘fast track’ new world trade agreements. These include the TTIP, TTP, TEPA as well as others and they are being negotiated in secret between countries.
Once again, we see very little mainstream news coverage, but there have been hundreds of thousands of people on the streets in Europe protesting because of the expected ramifications. In the UK and in the USA however, it seems that most people have never even heard of such agreements let alone worry about their content. The bottom line is, that when and if these agreements are finalized, it appears that we could witness the unprecedented transfer of power to Trans-Global Corporations who will literally be able to control world trade and even sue countries and Governments for loss of profits.
Ellen Brown, the famous author of the book Web of Debt states in her recent article that if for example, if corporations like Monsanto wanted to introduce GMO foods into a country and it objected due to food safety issues, it could receive a billion-dollar lawsuit against them. She says that the only right they would have would be to take the matter to a tribunal consisting of three so-called independent people. The outcome of such a tribunal is final and there is no course for appeal. What is even more concerning is that the three individuals who make up this tribunal are, we understand, lawyers from huge International Law Firms who are already engaged to serve the very same major corporations.
Why is this being allowed to happen?
These forthcoming events will bring with them yet a further major move towards the "One World System" and, once again, with relatively little resistance from an unsuspecting public.
The World accepts the UN ‘2030 Agenda’
at New York conference which was
designed to ‘bind’ sovereign nations
to common action
For many years now, thousands of people have risen to the challenge of the ‘Green Agenda’ having acknowledged the seriousness of relating to depletion of the world’s resources and the inequality between rich and poor. However, once again, there is a distinct lack of awareness about what is rapidly developing with the United Nations in recent times to deal with these issues. After the UN Agenda 21 conferences held in the year 2000 that began a process of binding countries to specific actions and agreements, the latest 2030 Agenda was discussed at the recent United Nations conference in New York. Here, we saw a gathering of all the world leaders, including the Pope all giving their support and ascent to the "Global Warming Agenda", and as a result, agreement was reached to adopt the 17 ‘Rules’ for all nations. For people who want to know more about what this ‘Agenda’ is saying please go to the following link and read just a couple of the latest news articles that are appearing every day in our national press.
Once again, we are led to understand from statements made by the Global Sustainability community web sites, that citizens in every country have apparently been in consultation together regarding the adoption of these 17 rules for several years. Really? When was the last time you were consulted?
Many will be surprised to learn this, because most people, when asked, have never even heard of UN 2030 Agenda and very little, if anything, has been seen in the mainstream news media. Many will be even further surprised to learn that of the three main government leaders selected to oversee the "Sustainable Future" agenda, our own Prime Minister, David Cameron is one. If people wish to see how these "binding agreements" are likely to affect nearly every aspect of our lives, they would do well just read the 17 rules and the 169 subsections. It is easy to see how many would easily come to the conclusion that this agenda is attempting to create Utopia. The costs of implementation and corporate benefits speak of implications that will indeed be far reaching. Once again, it appears that we are looking at a further move towards a "One World Agenda". I wonder how many people interpret the Bible to indicate that we can expect Utopia on Earth?
Global Warming – Not a ‘closed case’ as many believe
Last week, we read in the mainstream press that the man who ‘invented’ Climate Change (Maurice Strong) died in his late 80’s.
Most people will probably think this is a strange statement to make. However, closer investigation will indeed confirm that Maurice Strong did have a main part to play in bringing the whole world to accept the concept of man made "Climate Warming". Few know that he was appointed as the Under Secretary General of the United Nations in 1971 or that be became the Executive Director the United Nations environment programme that has driven this whole agenda for over 35 years. Maurice Strong’s main vision for this agenda was for a One World Government system to be pursued in the interests of an over populated world using too many natural resources. During the past 35 years or so, he has worked tirelessly in this ambition. He was also the organiser of the original Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro where hundreds of world leaders first gathered to hear about the concept of the ‘man made’ climate-warming phenomenon.
However, it is now being reported that over 37,487 Scientists now clearly disagree with the IPPC Report about climate change being man made and the overwhelming majority of Britons disagree as well according to latest surveys.
During these past 25 years, the IPCC (The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) has been at the forefront of the whole "Global Warning" concept and came to be regarded as the number one world authority on the subject. Once again, very few people even know about the organisation or what its original purpose was. In a recent article by a Daily Telegraph journalist and author Christopher Booker, the history of the IPCC is provided and the understanding revealed that it was never intended for the organisation to become a scientific authority for the subject of climate change.
Christopher Booker reports that the original intention was that it would be an organisation geared to marketing a ‘consensus’ opinion, in order to get Governments to ‘act’. It seemed that there was a much bigger agenda.
Whilst there has been much discussion and argument in the mainstream press over the years as to the credibility of "Global Warming", we are now seeing the so-called "Consensus" being seriously challenged by these 37,000 of the world's most prominent scientists, including over 9,000 PHD’s. This represents a 3 to 1 majority of those who state that they do not agree that Climate Change is a threat to the earth or responsible for climate changes to the earth. We are also now seeing articles in the press stating that the bulk of the British public also disagrees with the concept.
It seems clear from research that the IPCC has had an ‘agenda’ all along under the directorship of Maurice Strong. Once again we seem to be faced with yet another reason for the need for a "One World Government".
As Central Banks impose ‘Negative Interest Rates’ – will we end up paying them to deposit our money? The Bible clearly indicates in the book of Revelation 13 that an authority will rise up to control a One World Government system. To be able to do, would also require control over a one world monetary system to monitor the transactions of every single individual in the world. This could not be achieved with money in the form of cash still in use. In the past, whilst there have been many suggestions as to how a cashless society might take place, the actual realisation of such a system has been regarded as only possible in the distant future.
When Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, recently announced the new iPhone however, he demonstrated that he had finally achieved what many technology companies had been striving towards for many years i.e. the smartphone that can take the place of cash and incorporate technology that would enable the control system envisaged to come fully into place.
One of the main arguments against a cashless society has been the very considerable proportion of people in the poorer countries who rely totally on cash and simply couldn't exist without it. But this new smart phone from Apple has now provided the means. To be able to command control over all cash however, means that people would have to be deterred from removing it from their bank accounts and storing it personally as this could create a run on the Banks. Whilst Western governments provide their standard stock arguments as to why doing away with cash is a good idea, money-laundering being the main one, the fact is that the only way that people could be deterred from using cash would be to create an environment whereby cash is no longer acceptable by introducing prohibitive costs. Sweden is the most advanced country in the world, which has driven its population to accept electronic payments in place of nearly all cash. We need to appreciate that once we are forced into a cashless society, we give up all control of our money to the whims of the Bankers and Governments.
The latest decision by the world's central bankers therefore, to impose negative interest rates, is a course of action that has never been attempted during the whole of history. Some economists who claim that taking such a course of action would address the issues of people storing cash outside the Banking system and thus prevent a run on a Bank have recommended it. Whilst negative interest rates have only been imposed so far on retail banking operations holding their cash with the central banks, discussions are now taking place with regard to passing these negative rates onto ordinary deposit holders, and that is YOU and I. The implications for all Bank deposit holders will become immense, but this again, shows the constant move towards Global forms of control.
Global War on Democracy
There are no end of articles, books and documentaries that have been produced over the past 25 years or so that question the means by which Western values and ‘democracy’ has somehow been imposed on the rest of the world by the West and particularly United States of America. During the past 14 years, since the collapse of the twin towers known as 9/11, we have seen a marked increase in the US involved in numerous wars across a significant number of countries, involving the loss of life of millions of people.
John Pilger who has been a well-known Television war correspondent and investigative journalist for nearly 30 years has made some very revealing documentaries that expose the status quo and many have been shown on main stream television (Panorama, World in Action, Dispatches) over the years. The two mentioned below say much about the ‘War on Terror’ and the ‘War on Democracy’ from which we can learn a great deal about global intentions, especially as they were made some time back and we can view our current situation in the light of what is said.
The accommodation of Islam and the question about the idea of Sharia Law in Western nations is coming once again into the forefront of public discussion.
With the sudden development of events in the Middle East, causing a flood of economic migrants and refugees into Europe, the rules for the European Economic Community are now being called into question in many ways. It should be obvious to anyone, that if you flood a town or city with thousands of migrants all looking for homes, jobs, medical assistance, social benefits and a better life, that the infrastructure will not be able to provide adequate support. In addition, it is not unreasonable to accept that a community besieged with people from an entirely different culture could feel extremely insecure. In considering all the factors it must be remembered that the UK IS NOT a ‘rich nation’ anymore as is always quoted. Many might choose to question this statement, but will quickly come to realise that we operate solely on debt. We are broke; so apart from printing even more money out of thin air, there is no way of meeting the costs. But perhaps even more importantly, this whole situation is giving rise to serious questions being asked by many people, including - How are we to distinguish between what is meant by "Radical Islam" and "Ordinary Islam?” or ‘Who might be a Terrorist’? - and whilst we are at it, “What about so called “Radical Christians” and “Non Radical Christians”? These are questions that I do not believe are going to go away soon.
David Pawson Teaching
Why We Are Afraid, A 1400 Year Secret, by Dr Bill Warner
Global Anti-Christian Agenda is growing rapidly in the West
It is truly alarming to witness the speed with which an anti-Christian agenda is being imposed as Western Governments continue to pass legislation to ensure ‘equality’ and prevent ‘hate speech’. But much of this legislation so often seems to favour Islam over Christianity. In recent news reports, we see ‘We are no longer a Christian Country and should stop acting like it’ from a former High Court Judge – the ‘Coronation of our next monarch should reflect ‘less Christian’ Britain – ‘Pope Francis Criticises Fundamentalists Who Believe They Possess 'Absolute Truth' - as well as many others.
The latest news from various parts of the world seems to indicate continual tensions about displaying the cross of Christ in case it offends the Islamic refugees, which is perhaps the saddest indictment upon the church in their country. Whilst it is clear that there is a call upon the church to help all those who have been dislocated from their lands, the banning of all Christian symbols, so as not to offend others is both an insult to Christ and the Christian faith.
The irony is that most Islamic people seeking comfort in European lands are most unlikely to be offended by the symbols of the Christian faith. What is clear is that there is an elitist and pluralistic agenda that falls in line with all the other ‘agendas’ previously mentioned in this article. It seems that all are designed to destroy the Christian faith and increase the march towards to the arrival of a one-world religion where there will be no place for any form of fundamentalism. It doesn’t get any more fundamentalist than to state that Jesus is THE ONLY way to God. It seems that it won’t be much longer before this statement or belief will be totally unacceptable too and I wonder how long before it might be classed as a ‘hate crime’?
Organisations like Christian Concern in the UK are working tirelessly for the benefit of its Christian citizens who are being persecuted by employers and others as a result of recent changes in UK law. It should become more and more apparent to church leaders of the need to support such organisations, because very soon, it could well begin to affect the members of local congregations who choose to take a stand for Christ in the community.
There are some serious questions to ask our politicians who seem intent on perusing laws that will seriously impact free speech in this country in their haste to stem ‘hate speech’ and ‘anti-terrorism. (See Christian Concern comments from Andrea Williams.
"The government is seeking far-reaching powers, with few protections. The definitions and parameters are so vague that, on a whim, the government could turn on almost any viewpoint that it doesn't like.
"The strategy effectively places the government in the role of regulator and censor of Christianity, able to determine what can and can't be believed, taught and practiced. Whether intentional or not, it is a major assault on Christian freedoms in this country”.
Global War on Fundamentalism
In the UK we are constantly hearing about ‘British Values’ and the need for ‘Equality’. The battle for ‘Equality’ has become much more noticeable in the every day news, embracing ‘values’ that try to prevent any form of extremism or fundamentalism. These are now taking shape across the whole of the UK and will, it seems, affect every aspect of our society and particularly Christianity. For a faith that declares Jesus is THE ONLY way to God (John 14:6) couldn’t be more fundamentalist. If any of us are challenged publically about what we believe in this respect , we will have to decide how we respond. We can either simply say that this is what the Bible says, or say this is what WE believe. The latter declaration could well bring further persecution and condemnation for being fundamentalist extremism.
The Christian Institute reports today that the latest proposal is for Offsted to visit Sunday Schools and Choirs unannounced: watch Interview below
Global - Rise of Evil before the great Day of The Lord
What does it mean to be an ‘Overcomer’?
Whilst it is disappointing to witness the constant dilution of our Christian faith in the UK and other Western nations, where resistance by ‘church’ often seems minimal, we should not be surprised because this is what the Bible makes clear. In 2 Timothy 3: we see what godlessness in the last days will look like and in 2 Peter we are urged to make our calling and election sure in the face of godlessness. It goes on to say how we will be faced with many false teachers and false prophets coming amongst us and introducing destructive heresies and false gospels and how many will follow their shameful ways. The full power of ‘Iniquity’ will be displayed in full force before the Day of the Lord.
The speed with which major global events have been unfolding in the last few years has been truly amazing and the implications staggering. The need for ‘church’ to adequately ‘prepare’ people for the times that lay ahead is vital.
I have just finished reading a book by Eric Metaxas called ‘Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy’. It is the story of the Christian Bonhoeffer family in the period leading up to the beginning of the Second World War and the unfolding of the power of the Third Reich. Whilst I am in no way suggesting that the times we are in yet resemble the times described in the book, at least not in the UK, it was revealing to learn of a so-called Christian society that believed it was truly Christian and yet was totally deceived by the events leading up to the horrors that followed. Why were so few church leaders able to discern the truth about evil? Such deception prevented no more than a handful of Christians who resisted the Nazis regime.
The Bible exhorts all Christians to be able to discern Truth from Evil and to clearly see ‘Deception’ when if confronts us? It commands us and to employ a character of resistance. For the German Christians, this required a ‘Christian’ to be ‘Born Again’- to be Spirit Filled’ and to develop the knowledge and ability to apply the Word of God. It required an understanding of Biblical doctrine and the development of a character that knows how to become an ‘Overcomer’ (Romans 8:37). The question we must ask is, do we receive such a depth of teaching in our Western churches today that can form this type of Christian character?
The book described the rise of the Third Reich and how most ‘Christians’ failed to oppose the gradual decline in Christian values and was focused around the young, now famous German Theologian Dietrich Bonheoffer and his family. He believed that to be a ‘spirit filled’ ‘God fearing’ Christian required an understanding of the nature and depth of suffering and of Christ the suffering servant. This is not generally a teaching usually well received in our ‘fun filled’ churches today. He believed it was the calling of every true believer to ‘take a stand’ for the gospel and to be able to discern the signs of the times even if this meant certain death. This, once again, is not a message many want to hear today. He served The Lord and the Church tirelessly whilst trying to warn church leaders and others about his belief that anti-Christ figure, Adolf Hitler was pure evil personified and about to commit horrors and atrocities beyond the imagination, if he was not opposed.
Bonhoeffer maintained that had people taken the time to read Hitler’s famous book ‘Mein Kamph’, they would have seen all too clearly what Hitler’s values and ideals were and, by standing against such evil, could have been able to prevent his rise to power.
I believe that, in our current times, most Christians could benefit enormously by reading this book and facing the implications described, for they are really important to grasp. Ironically, just two weeks before Hitler committed suicide and the war was declared over, the Gestapo hanged Bonheoffer at age 38. He was never able to see his young fiancée again, who had been hoping and praying and believing that he would be released from prison so that they could marry and he was so close to seeing the demise of the incredible evil that has arisen on the earth.
But in his death, and in the face of such adversity, we were reminded of what God wants from us and that is to be true ‘overcomers’ in Christ.
It is clear that we, in the West, are facing the sudden dilution of our Christian Heritage at an alarming rate and the rise of evil described in the Bible in the shape of from major ‘Global’ issues that are going to affect us all. It is happening at speed and coming from all directions at the same time. With so many ‘believers’ seemingly unaware of the implications, we too could find ourselves faced with deception and evil that will overcome many. We need to be reminded that the Bible does tell us that in the end times ‘the love of most will grow cold and that ‘many will turn against their own families’ (Matthew 24), but this doesn’t seem to resonate with our fun loving and entertainment based culture. We would, so often, seek a loving, peaceful, kind world where we all get along just fine, even in the church, (Utopia as described by the UN 2030 Agenda) but so often, without the knowledge of the truth. This is, after all, what the One World System and Religion promotes and is why it will appear to be so attractive to so many. It is also why so ‘many will take the wide path that leads to destruction’ (Matthew 7:13-14)
There are numerous Biblical scriptures that relate to the times we are in and no end of prophecies that speak of what we may expect as we approach the ‘end days’ that Jesus spoke of. They have been provided in both the Old and New Testaments, where we are reminded in (Amos 3:7) that God does nothing without first announcing to his prophets His intentions to give prior warning about things to come. The Bible is the main source of such prophetic warnings and the book of Revelation has also been provided by God to bring blessings to all those who read and hear it and we would benefit greatly from teaching once again from this prophetic book. The question is – what is our agenda and are we hearing the voices of warning in our time?
And so, whilst it right and proper to concentrate on mission, evangelism and hopefully discipleship as well as looking out for the poor, I believe that God would also expect his leaders to prepare their people to face up to and live in the times that are clearly approaching. But to concentrate on ‘making disciples’ (Matthew 28) also requires Christians to not only act in accordance with their specific calling but to have an awareness of the bigger picture that is emerging. The Bible challenges us to live as Jesus commanded. This means all his followers living holy lives and learning from the Holy Spirit what it means to become ‘overcomers in Christ’. I pray that as we approach this Christmas that all our eyes may be opened and that God will lead us in such a way in the days, months and years that remain, to enable us to lead people to becoming ‘overcomers in Christ’.
As worshippers of a mighty Sovereign God, should we not be looking forward to the second coming of Jesus saying ‘Come Lord Jesus’ and be encouraged by what the scriptures say
‘And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws nigh’ (Luke 21:28)
In the meantime, may I wish everyone a really Happy Christmas as we celebrate the real reason for the season, Jesus, the Saviour of the World. He is the one who saves us and He is our Lord and King and friend who will see us through all that we must face now and in the future. Let us draw ever closer to him, because as his light grows brighter, we will find the things of this world will grow strangely dim!
Graham Bridger – 12th December 2015
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