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My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me . . .  Hosea 4:6

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.  2 Tim. 4:3-4

And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
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ALERT

The contemporary body of corporate Seventh-day Adventists and many, many Independent Ministries are sleepwalking far behind the march of prophetic events.  It is high time to wake up and WATCH!

"The hour has come, the hour is striking and striking at you, the hour and the end!"  Eze. 7:6 (Moffatt)

The words of Jesus Christ Himself about His Second Coming - Matt. 24:

21For then shall be great tribulation , such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. [Cf. Dan. 11:45-12:1] 23Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.  [Cf. Isa.  25Behold, I have told you before. 26Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 27For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. [Wrote John the Revelator - Rev. 1:7, "Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him" and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. (Cf. Rev. 19)]  . . .30And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.  (Emphasis added.)

Of the great antichrist God has revealed through His prophet Isaiah:

12How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. (Cf. Isa. 2:1-6, 19-21; bold and italic emphasis added)

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An urgent message to Seventh-day Adventists as the prophetic time clock winds down:

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The insight of A. T. Jones that needs to be kept in mind as Roman Catholic legislation proliferates throughout America - "The papacy is very impatient of any restraining bonds"  more . . .

Ellen G. White: "When the leading churches of the United States, uniting upon such points of doctrine as are held by them in common, shall influence the state to enforce their decrees and to sustain their institutions, then Protestant America will have formed an image of the Roman hierarchy, and the infliction of civil penalties upon dissenters will inevitably result." (GC 445.1)

"When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with Spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and Republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan, and that the end is near." (5T 451.)

Spirit of Prophecy Policy on Family Planning  (For full context cf. Adventists and Birth Control; Adventists and Birth Control (Concluded)

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Certain of the popular positions mentioned approvingly in some hyperlinked reports, essays, and blogs on this web page will of necessity cause reactions of strong disagreement, or at the very least discomfort, on the part of many readers. Regrettably, these positions cannot be separated from the core issues in the reports which prove the fulfillment of major end-times prophecies, and may of themselves be fulfillment of the prophecy of the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 3:1-5

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NEW►  Clearly the Vatican is agitated about the escalating violence in Jerusalem:-

From [D]@gmail.com:

At interfaith conference, Vatican official blasts 'barbarism' of killings at Jerusalem synagogue -

Speaking to a conference on inter-religious dialogue just after the news of a terrorist bombing at a synagogue in Jerusalem, the Vatican’s representative said that “no cause, and certainly no religion, can justify such barbarism.”

Note the setting - an interfaith conference. The Papacy is intent on a coming together, the work of the spirits of Rev. 16:14. Pope Francis, who is intensely involved in the ecumenical Charismatic Renewal movement, has been frenetically cementing his ties to its leaders as well as his fraternal relations with leaders of other religions. He has just reiterated that "Christian unity" is a priority for Catholics; not surprising since Christian unity is a prerequisite for unity with the other religions involved in the Jerusalem crisis:

Pope Francis: Christian unity remains a priority for Catholics -

Pope Francis thanks all those who, over the past half century, have pioneered this process of reconciliation and he mentions the important role that ecumenical translations of the Bible have played in developing closer cooperation among Christians.

The Pope has also expressed his anguish over the violent conflict in Jerusalem:

Pope Francis calls for peace after series of Jerusalem attacks -

In remarks at the General Audience Wednesday, Pope Francis said, “I am following with concern the alarming increase in tension in Jerusalem and other parts of the Holy Land, with unacceptable episodes of violence that do not spare even the places of worship. I assure a special prayer for all the victims of this dramatic situation and for those who suffer most as a result. From the bottom of my heart, I make an appeal to the parties involved to put an end to the spiral of hatred and violence and to make courageous decisions for reconciliation and peace. Building peace is difficult, but living without peace is a torment!

Recently, a representative of the European Union said, "There is an element of desperation in the area ." It is reasonable to conclude that the sense of urgency is inspired by the power behind the papal throne (the dragon) and his angels (Rev. 12:7-9; 13:2.) He knows from Jesus' prophecy of Rev. 21:24 that the time remaining is limited. While the devils work assiduously to plant doubt and unbelief in the minds of humans, they themselves "believe, and tremble" (James 2:19.)

NEW►  The EU increases pressure on Israel:-

EU to Israel: If you want to get along with us, make peace -

The EU’s Foreign Affairs Council said that “the EU and its member states remain committed to ensure continued, full and effective implementation of existing EU legislation and bilateral arrangements applicable to settlement products.”

It added that “the EU closely monitors the situation and its broader implications and remains ready to take further action in order to protect the viability of the two-state solution.”

It issued a three-page statement on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as part of a renewed effort by the EU to be involved in any US-led revival of the peace talks, which have remained frozen since April.

After the meeting, the EU’s new foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said that the EU supports the initiative US Secretary of State John Kerry is pushing to relaunch the peace process.

As part of that effort, Kerry spoke with PA President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday evening.

The EU was looking at a regional framework that involved the US, EU and UN Security Council, and that would also include Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Mogherini said.

“We decided that we cannot just wait and see. We are running out of time. There is an element of desperation in the area,” Mogherini told reporters.

Cf. Inflexible harshness of the right-wing Israeli government.

NEW►  Israeli Chief Rabbi seeks help from Pope Francis to quell violence and terrorism in Jerusalem; but asserts Israel's right to sovereignty over the City, which is a primary obstacle to peace. How will Pope Francis respond?:-

From [D]@gmail.com:

Chief Rabbi calls on Pope Francis to condemn violence and terrorism over Jerusalem -

Yosef met with Apostolic Nunico Lazzarotto at the offices of the Chief Rabbinate in the capital and said that religious leaders should use their influence to impart to the adherents of their faiths the central concept of the sanctity of life and the requirement to refrain from shedding the blood of others.

“Jerusalem was given by God to the Jewish people thousands of years ago and we do not need to need to concede our sovereignty over it, but at the same time the Bible says ‘My house will be a house of prayer for all peoples,’” Yosef told Lazzarotto.

“Therefore we must allow people from all faiths to pray there if they so wish, while our utmost desire is to prevent bloodshed and to reduce the tensions, [because] the purpose of faith is to bring good and peace to all, and not the opposite, God forbid,” the chief rabbi continued.

The common ground between the Chief Rabbi and the Pope appears to be allowing "people from all faiths to pray there" [at the Temple Mount?] Certainly the ecumenical "peace process" continues on its own track.

NEW►  Our Lord's admonition to watch embraces recognizing the obstacles to the fulfillment of end-time prophecies as well as the indications of progress towards completed fulfillment. Concerning Dan. 11:45, a state of upheaval has erupted in Palestine since Pope Francis' visit in May. There are demonstrations and physical conflicts in Jerusalem, triggered in part by that very visit. Nevertheless, it would be a fatal mistake to conclude that the divisive issue of Jerusalem will never be resolved, or that it cannot be resolved within one generation of the fulfillment of Jesus' own prophecy:-

Hundreds clash with IDF forces in 'Day of Rage' -

Both Hamas and Islamic Jihad called on Palestinians to take to the streets of Jerusalem and the West Bank to demonstrate against Israel's policies at the Aksa Mosque.

Jerusalem holy site closure 'declaration of war' - Abbas -

A spokesman for Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has described the closure of a disputed Jerusalem holy site as a "declaration of war"

The move came amid tension and violence after the shooting of a Jewish activist. Israel's PM urged calm, saying Mr. Abbas was stoking unrest.

The holy site will reopen on Friday, Israel's economy minister says.

Yehuda Glick, a campaigner for greater Jewish prayer rights at the Temple Mount/al-Haram al- Sharif, was wounded.

Israel Pledges to Restore Security at Religious Site -

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel sought to reassure King Abdullah II of Jordan in a phone call on Thursday that Israel was committed to maintaining the status quo at a contested holy site in East Jerusalem, and that Israel would make every effort to restore calm there after weeks of escalating tensions, according to statements from both sides.

The phone call came a day after Jordan recalled its ambassador from Israel, saying the move was for consultations and to protest Israeli “violations” at the site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.

Some nationalist Israelis have been challenging a decades-old ban on Jewish prayer at the site, revered by Jews as the place where ancient temples once stood, and by Muslims as the site of Al Aqsa Mosque and the golden Dome of the Rock. Jordan is the official custodian of the compound; Israel is in charge of security. . . .

What is new is that the demolitions are taking place at a time of acute tension, especially the increasingly violent contest over the city’s holy places. On the morning after the evictions, fresh riots erupted in the Old City, with televised exchanges of rocks and firecrackers (from Palestinians) and stun-grenades (from the Israel riot police) in the doorway of the al-Aqsa mosque; there are conflicting accounts of how far the police went in. . . .

This is purely speculative, but it may be that in the inflexible harshness of the right-wing Israeli government lie the seeds of its undoing and the ultimate achievement of the papacy's goal:

Presbyterians Vote to Divest Holdings to Pressure Israel -

The vote, by a count of 310 to 303, was watched closely in Washington and Jerusalem and by Palestinians as a sign of momentum for a movement to pressure Israel to stop building settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and to end the occupation, with a campaign known as B.D.S., for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.

‘European nations threaten to recognize Palestinian state’ -

Several European nations told US officials that they are seriously considering unilaterally recognizing Palestine as a state, as Sweden did last month, if peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians do not resume.

according to a report in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday, these countries include some of the US’s closest allies. The report did not specify which, however.

“We’re not going to wait forever,” a senior European official said, according to the report. “Other European countries are poised to follow Sweden.” . . .

European unilateral recognition of Palestinian state irresponsible, Netanyahu tells EU's Mogherini -

Mogherini, however, was not swayed by his words.

”The settlements are an obstacle to the two-states solution, are illegal, and so the European Union is considering this as its position.

No way we can be misinterpreted on that,” Mogherini said after speaking in Ramallah with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Saturday. She also met with PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

The Roman Catholic identity of the EU should be carefully noted.

One of the perplexing anomalies apparent as the fulfilling events of the prophecies of Rev. 13:11-17 and Dan. 11:45 unfold is the alliance between the Religious Right in America and the Israeli right-wing government:

For Evangelicals, Supporting Israel Is ‘God’s Foreign Policy’ -

At a dinner addressed by the Israeli ambassador, a handful of Republican senators and the chairman of the Republican Party, Mr. Hagee read greetings from President Bush and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel and dispatched the crowd with a message for their representatives in Congress. Tell them “to let Israel do their job” of destroying the Lebanese militia, Hezbollah, Mr. Hagee said.

He called the conflict “a battle between good and evil” and said support for Israel was “God’s foreign policy.”

The next day he took the same message to the White House.

Evangelicals and Israel -

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Washington this past January, his initial meeting was not with President Clinton but with Jerry Falwell and more than 1,000 fundamentalist Christians. The crowd saluted the prime minister as "the Ronald Reagan of Israel," and Falwell pledged to contact more than 200,000 evangelical pastors, asking them to "tell President Clinton to refrain from putting pressure on Israel" to comply with the Oslo accords.

The meeting between Netanyahu and Falwell illustrates a remarkable political and theological convergence. The link between Israelis Likud government and the U.S. Religious Right was established by Natanyahu's [sic] mentor, Menachem Begin, during the Carter and Reagan administrations. However, the roots of evangelical support for Israel lie in the long tradition of Christian thinking about the millennium. . . .

The anomaly exists in the fact that the Israeli Likud policies on Jerusalem and a Palestinian State are in direct conflict with the objective of the Vatican as prophesied in Dan. 11:45 and evidenced by history. The Evangelical Religious Right appear on the surface to be dominant in the emerging American Theocracy; but from the very inception of the Religious Right movement they have been the puppets of the Roman Catholic Church. So what will Rome do about Republican support for the right-wing government of Israel? We can only wait and watch as the process of change takes place in the United States, Europe, and Israel:

Israel Losing Support from Its Biggest Ally: American Evangelical Christians -

Evangelical leaders on both sides of the divide on Israel agree that members of the millennial generation do not share their parents’ passion for the Jewish state; many are seeking some form of evenhandedness when approaching the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“What is happening is that the hard line of Christian Zionists was not successfully passed forward to the next generation, because it was based on theological themes that are now being questioned by younger evangelicals,” said David Gushee, professor of Christian ethics and director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University in Atlanta.

The grip of Christian Zionists over young evangelicals has been loosening for several years, according to observers within the community. But in recent weeks, the leading evangelical pro-Israel organization, Christians United for Israel, has set off alarm bells in articles and interviews decrying the inroads made by pro-Palestinian activists into the evangelical community. CUFI’s leaders are calling for a new strategy to block them.

In the words of the hymn by A. Cleveland Cox, "We are living, we are dwelling, in a grand and awful time . . ." Watching the march of events is as fascinating as it is a solemn duty. 

NEW►  The Papacy sees itself as having the right to exercise authority over all aspects of life on planet earth (and beyond, judging by the intrusion of its dogmas even into the heaven of heavens.) World political leaders have been looking to the Vatican to settle the difficult politics of climate change; and they are now joined by world science leaders desperate over the geopolitical impasse:-

From [I]@yahoo.com:

An Appeal from Science Leaders to Religious Leaders on Environmental Protection -

In an essay to be released Sept. 19 in the journal Science, Partha Dasgupta, an economist at St John's College, Cambridge University, and Veerabhadran Ramanathan, a climate and atmospheric scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, argue that safeguarding the well-being of all individuals, stabilizing climate change, and providing universal access to energy are “central to disrupting destructive feedbacks.” . . .

The essay, “Pursuit of the Common Good” appears just days before Ramanathan addresses a United Nations summit on climate change in New York. He will speak at the summit on Sept. 23, touching in part on the transformational role religions can play in mobilizing public support. Accompanying Dasgupta and Ramanathan’s essay is an editorial from Science Editor-in-chief and Scripps alumna Marcia McNutt in which she lauds Pope Francis’ call for active environmental stewardship from all members of society. . . .

The essay follows a first-of-its kind workshop co-convened by Ramanathan and Dasgupta of two Vatican academies that provide information to pontiffs on a range of societal and science matters. The workshop, “Sustainable Humanity, Sustainable Nature, Our Responsibility,” brought together the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences from May 2 to May 6. Since then, Pope Francis has made several calls for the need to protect creation, including a joint statement with Orthodox Church Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I released on May 25 which interwove affirmations of the need to respect nature and human dignity. It is anticipated that environmental stewardship will be the subject of a future papal encyclical.

"That the intellectual and institutional structures we rely on are bad news for our descendants should not be controversial, but most people think it is someone else's problem,” said Dasgupta. “I guess it's a sense of defeat that led Ram and I to seek help from the Vatican."

I believe that I can speak for all of us who attended the Vatican workshop on sustainability at how inspired we were at the courageous leadership on these issues shown by the Pope, who struck me as a remarkably humble man,” said McNutt. “At a time when the globe suffers from a leadership vacuum on sustainability issues, he is a beacon of hope."

"And all the world wondered [followed] after the beast" (Rev. 13:3b.)

NEW►  Irreverent Pope Francis makes a declaration which belittles the omnipotence of "the LORD the King of Israel, and His Redeemer, the Lord of Hosts," Creator of all things. The theory of evolution destroys the foundation of the seventh-day Sabbath, which is a sign of the sanctifying power of God and one of the two great issues of the Final Conflict, the Battle of the Great Day of God Almighty:-

Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are right and God isn't 'a magician with a magic wand.'

"Speaking at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Pope made comments which experts said put an end to the “pseudo theories” of creationism and intelligent design that some argue were encouraged by his predecessor, Benedict XVI.

Francis explained that both scientific theories were not incompatible with the existence of a creator – arguing instead that they “require it”.

“When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so,” Francis said."

What the devotees of higher criticism and evolution teach is diametrically opposed to the explicit Word of God:

By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. . .

Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast. (Psalm 33:6, 8-9.)

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. (Hebrews 11:3)

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you. Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed. (Exodus 31:12-13, 16-17.) (Cf. The Israel of God; audio Our Christian Heritage)

The fanciful theories of Higher Criticism and Evolution will not prevail against the TRUTH of God:

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. (Psalm 2:4.)

Bible texts which should serve as a warning to the irreverent:

Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty. . . . And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth. In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth. Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of? (Isaiah 2:3. 19-22.)

And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. . . .

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. (Revelation 19:6, 11-16.)

The God of Infinite Love is also THE God of awesome majesty, glory, and power. In the words of a grand old hymn, "With reverence let the saints appear":

From "The Psalms of David," by Isaac Watts -

Psalm 89:3. 7 &c. Second Part.

The power and majesty of God;

or, Reverential worship.

With reverence let the saints appear,

And bow before the Lord;

His high commands with reverence hear,

And tremble at His Word.

How terrible Thy glories be!

How bright Thine armies shine!

Where is the power that vies with Thee,

Or truth compared to Thine?

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NEW►  More evidence out of the mouth of Republican and Roman Catholic Chris Christie (See last entry):-

Chris Christie’s Latest Terrible Idea: Let GOP Governors Control Voting for 2016:

These 2014 races are consequential for 2016, Christie told the Chamber group.

“The fact is it doesn’t matter if you don’t really care what happens in these states,” he said, “you’re going to care about who is running the state in November of 2016, what kind of political apparatus they’ve set up and what kind of governmental apparatus they’ve set up to ensure a full and fair election in 2016.”

“All of those things are incredibly important,” Christie concluded.

No one can argue with him on that point.

Battles over Republican proposals to alter the “voting mechanism” have rocked states across the country over the past several years. Hundreds of proposals that civil rights, voting rights and good government groups say could make it harder to vote have been advanced since the 2010 “Republican wave” election, and dozens have been implemented. Media reports tend to focus on Voter ID laws, and the legal wrangling over those initiatives extended deep into the 2014 election season—just as it could continue deep into the 2016 election season.

But requirements that citizens obtain and present particular forms of identification in order to cast ballots are only the beginning of the long list of voting mechanisms that governors can and do have influence over.

“Nationally there has been a real significant battle over the right to vote in a lot of states across the country, and in particular many Republican-controlled jurisdictions, particularly ones where there were highly competitive races, have passed new laws that make it harder for eligible citizens to vote,” Wendy R. Weiser, the director of the non-partisan Brennan Center for Justice’s Democracy Program, explained to New Jersey’s Bergen County Record. “This is a fairly recent phenomenon; it really stepped up in 2011 after the 2010 election when there was a real shift in partisan control across the country, and it has continued.”

The laws take many forms, but, explained Weiser, “one thing that they appear to all have in common is that they do all fall more harshly on minority voters, low-income voters, seniors and young voters.”

Consider Wisconsin, a state Christie referenced. Since his election in 2010, Republican Governor Walker has advocated for, signed and defended laws—passed by a Republican legislature which responds to his “jump” command by shouting in unison “how high?”—that include:

Voter ID provisions so strict that a federal judge determined that they violated the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution—and that the US Supreme Court has now put on hold.

* A radical gerrymandering of congressional and legislative district lines that has also been challenged in the courts and that in 2012 produced a circumstance where substantially more ballots were cast for Democratic legislative candidates but Republicans remained firmly in control.

* A shift in the primary election date so that primaries were moved from September to the peak vacation month of August—when many Wisconsinites are away from home and college students are generally on break.

* Constraints on early voting that limit the number of hours available for evening and weekend voting, which in recent years have been prime times for working-class voters to cast ballots.

Walker, himself a 2016 presidential prospect, still finds himself in a very tight race this year. That may explain why the governor and his allies fought so hard to implement their voter ID agenda—with the Republican attorney general even saying after the Supreme Court blocked implementation of the law that he was still looking for ways to put restrictions in place this year. (He finally backed off two weeks before election day, but there are still fears about confusion and complexity.)"

The one prevailing evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or rather that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections.” Lord Acton

NEW►  The Republic is dead; the Democracy is nearing its death throes through slow but accelerating strangulation by Roman Catholic activism. Here is another ominous Supreme Court decision:-

The Supreme Court Eviscerates the Voting Rights Act in a Texas Voter-ID Decision "The Voting Rights Act ended the blight of voting discrimination in places like Selma by eliminating the literacy tests and poll taxes that prevented so many people from voting. The Selma of yesteryear is reminiscent of the current situation in Texas, where a voter ID law blocked by the federal courts as a discriminatory poll tax on two different occasions—under two different sections of the VRA— remains on the books.
The law was first blocked in 2012 under Section 5 of the VRA. 'A law that forces poorer citizens to choose between their wages and their franchise unquestionably denies or abridges their right to vote,' wrote Judge David Tatel. 'The same is true when a law imposes an implicit fee for the privilege of casting a ballot.'

Then the Supreme Court gutted the VRA—ignoring the striking evidence of contemporary voting discrimination in places like Texas—which allowed the voter ID law to immediately go into effect. Eric Holder can no longer deny #VoterID in #Texas after today’s #SCOTUS decision,' Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott tweeted minutes after the Shelby County v. Holder decision. States like Texas, with the worst history of voting abuses, no longer had to approve their voting changes with the federal government. Texas had lost more Section 5 lawsuits than any other state.

The law was challenged again by the Justice Department and civil rights groups. After a lengthy trial, it was struck down, again, on October 9, in a searing opinion by Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos, who called the law 'an unconstitutional poll tax.'

Ramos found that 600,000 registered voters in Texas—4.5 percent of the electorate—lacked a government-issued ID, but the state had issued only 279 new voter IDs by the start of the trial. African-Americans were three times as likely as whites to not have a voter ID and Hispanics twice as likely. The law was passed by the Texas legislature, 'because of and not merely in spite of the voter ID law’s detrimental effects on the African-American and Hispanic electorate,' Ramos wrote.

But five days later, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit —one of the most conservative courts in the country—overruled Ramos, arguing that striking the voter ID law 'substantially disturbs the election process of the State of Texas just nine days before early voting begins.' The appeals court curiously believed that blocking the voter ID before the election would do more harm to voters than preserving a law that could disenfranchise 600,000 voters in the state.

The Supreme Court upheld the Appeals Court decision on October 18. It was the first time since 1982 that the Court approved a voting law deemed intentionally discriminatory by a trial court. Justice Ginsburg dissented, joined by Justices Sotomayor and Kagan. 'The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters,' Ginsburg wrote.

Full text of Justice Ginsburg's dissent.

Cf. Dust Off Those Poll Tax Laws, Dixie "The radical right-wing members of the court led by Chief Justice John Roberts eviscerated the venerable Voting Rights Act. They said the law's preemptive federal enforcement of voting rights in nine states that have long, shameful records of egregious violations unfairly singles them out - discriminates against them, so to speak.

Now those states can do whatever they want. Texas and South Carolina quickly announced they would immediately institute costly voter ID requirements previously forbidden as discriminatory under the terms of the Voting Rights Act." (Note the New York Times article hyperlinked in this Huffington Post article.)

Court Decisions on Voting Rules Sow Confusion in State Races " Just weeks before elections that will decide control of the Senate and crucial governors’ races, a cascade of court rulings about voting rules, issued by judges with an increasingly partisan edge, are sowing confusion and changing voting procedures with the potential to affect outcomes in some states.

Last week, a day before voting was scheduled to begin in Ohio, the United States Supreme Court split, 5 to 4, to uphold a cut in early voting in the state by one week; the five Republican appointees voted in favor and the four Democratic appointees against. Cases from North Carolina and Wisconsin are also before the court, with decisions expected shortly, while others are proceeding in Texas and Arkansas.

The legal fights are over laws that Republican-led state governments passed in recent years to more tightly regulate voting, in the name of preventing fraud. Critics argue that the restrictions are really efforts to discourage African-Americans, students and low-income voters, who tend to favor Democrats."

Those who are still skeptical that there is an advanced Roman Catholic takeover of the United States, should consider the following:

Paul Weyrich - "I don't want everybody to vote" - The recording speaks for itself.

But WHO was Paul Weyrich (now deceased)? Some of his partisan history is mentioned in the upload note to the video, and there is much more that identifies his first allegiance:

THEOCRATIC DICTATORSHIP -

Probably the most influential . . .

If we didn't know the Pope agrees with us . . .

The radical religious in our country . . .

Although "probably the most influential," Paul Weyrich is only one of a host of Roman Catholic activists and activist organizations that have advanced and are advancing the cause of Roman Catholic dictatorship in the United States.

Again, if there is skepticism about liberal Justice Goldburg's dissent in the Texas case, consider that of conservative Judge Richard Posner in the Wisconsin case of Frank v. Walker:

GOP voter ID law gets crushed: Why Judge Richard Posner’s new opinion is so amazing "It is a dissent, released on Friday, written by Judge Richard Posner, the Reagan-appointed 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judge who was the one who approved the first such Photo ID law in the country (Indiana’s) back in 2008, in the landmark Crawford v. Marion County case which went all the way to the Supreme Court, where Posner’s ruling was affirmed.

If there was ever evidence that a jurist could change their mind upon review of additional subsequent evidence, this is it. If there was ever a concise and airtight case made against Photo ID laws and the threat they pose to our most basic right to vote, this is it. If there was ever a treatise revealing such laws for the blatantly partisan shell games that they are, this is it.

His dissent includes a devastating response to virtually every false and/or disingenuous rightwing argument/talking point ever put forth in support of Photo ID voting restrictions, describing them as 'a mere fig leaf for efforts to disenfranchise voters likely to vote for the political party that does not control the state government.' (Hyperlinks to the full text of the dissent are found all through this article.) Cf. 9 Scathing Quotes From Judge Posner's Dissent Against WI Voter ID.

Posner is, by far, the most widely cited legal scholar of the 20th century, according to The Journal of Legal Studies. His opinions are closely read by the Supreme Court, where the battle over the legality and Constitutionality of Photo ID voting laws will almost certainly wind up at some point in the not too distant future. That’s just one of the reasons why this opinion is so important."

That the voter ID laws are racist and elitist is a fact beyond question; but beyond this they are partisan laws designed to diminish votes for Democratic party candidates and tilt races in favor of Republican candidates. You can judge this horse by its color, and it is red. The color stands for discrimination, electoral cheating by the passage of restrictive laws and (yes) outright fraud in the counting of the votes.

Cf. The Stolen Presidential Elections "Then a five-to-four conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court in a logically tortured decision ruled that a complete recount in Florida would be a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment’s equal protection clause because different counties have different ways of counting the votes. At that point Gore was behind by only a few hundred or so votes in Florida and was gaining ground with each attempt at a recount. By preventing a complete tally, the justices handed Florida’s electoral votes and the presidency to Bush, a stolen election in which the conservative activists on the Supreme Court played a key role. . . .

The 2004 presidential contest between Democratic challenger Senator John Kerry and the incumbent president George W. Bush amounted to another stolen election. Some 105 million citizens voted in 2000, but in 2004 the turnout climbed to at least 122 million. Pre-election surveys indicated that among the record 16.8 million new voters Kerry was a heavy favorite, a fact that went largely unreported by the press. In addition, there were about two million progressives who had voted for Ralph Nader in 2000 who switched to Kerry in 2004. Yet the official 2004 tallies showed Bush Jr. with 62 million votes, about 11.6 million more than he got in 2000. Meanwhile Kerry showed only eight million more votes than Gore received in 2000. To have achieved his remarkable 2004 tally, Bush would needed to have kept all his 50.4 million from 2000, plus a majority of the new voters, plus a large share of the very liberal Nader defectors. Nothing in the campaign and in the opinion polls suggest such a mass crossover. The numbers simply do not add up." (N.B. On Jeb Bush's role in the theft of the 2000 presidential election that he is a Roman Catholic.)

The end result to be attained is totalitarian dominance by a Republican Party which has been taken over by the Vatican. (George W. Bush in particular opened the floodgates, as no previous President had done. Cf. ROME’S LONG OBJECTIVE ATTAINED) In other words, we are on the way to a Roman Catholic dictatorship disguised by an Evangelical Protestant facade. The evidence is overwhelming.

Let us not be lulled by the apparent stalemate in Rome's Jerusalem policy (Rev. 11:45) into a sense that the end cannot be as near as we thought. There is a strong flowing tide of events fulfilling Rev. 13, a prophecy which unfolds all the way to the seven last plagues. Luke 21:24 (Cf. THE HOUR AND THE END) still governs. There is not much time left of a generation from its fulfillment.


 

A major sign of the rapidly approaching end of this rebellious world is the deep and enthusiastic involvement of Pope Francis in the Charismatic Renewal movement. The spirits of devils (Rev. 16:13-14, 16) are the unifying and driving force of this movement:-

From [D] @gmail.com:

Is Pope Francis a Charismatic? Yes, But In the Fullest Sense of the Word "On Pentecost Sunday of this past year he spoke to a massive crowd in St Peters square. It included the leaders and representatives of what are now collectively referred to as the ecclesial movements. Pope Francis sees all of these movements as a resource for the Church in her work. That includes what is called the New Evangelization within the Church- as well as her work in the world in what I believe is clearly emerging as a new missionary age of Christianity.

He sees all of these ecclesial movements as assisting the Christian faithful to experience an encounter with the Risen Jesus Christ and open their lives to the work of the Holy Spirit. He wants to direct ALL the movements to serve the one mission of the one Church."

Pope Francis & the Charismatic Renewal: Q&A with Patti Gallagher Mansfield "You’ve been involved in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal since it began in 1967. How has the movement changed or evolved in these five decades?

The Charismatic Renewal is not a movement like other movements in that it has no human founder. In the beginning years, the movement spread like wildfire. It now numbers an estimated 120 million Catholics in 235 countries around the world. In the United States, attendance at Charismatic Renewal events has declined over the years, but in other countries numbers are high and the movement is flourishing. In Brazil, a country I have visited more than 20 times for missions and conferences, there are 2 million Catholic charismatics.

One of the biggest changes since the early days is that the Charismatic Renewal is no longer regarded as something strange or alien, but rather seen as an accepted ecclesial movement serving the church and her mission. It is, in fact, the largest ecclesial movement.

Since becoming pope, Francis has reached out to Catholic charismatics and to Protestant evangelicals. Why are these gestures significant?

Pope Francis is the first pope who has had first-hand experience with the Charismatic Renewal. His predecessors were open and supportive to the movement, but Pope Francis was actively involved with Catholic charismatics in Argentina by celebrating Mass for them and serving as the representative of the bishops of his country to the movement. He admits that his first impressions were not very positive; he thought they were like a “Samba school.” But he changed his mind and stated, “I think that this movement does much good for the church overall.” He has also encouraged the Charismatic Renewal to give the witness of spiritual ecumenism with other Christians."

Note the year 1967 and its significance. (Cf. Jesus' Own Prophecy)

Antonin Scalia is not shy about making declarations that are quite at odds with the US Constitution which he is empowered to interpret as a Supreme Court Justice. To be sure, there are differences between him and the other right-wing Republican appointed Roman Catholic Justices; but it is certain that on the question of the constitutional legitimacy of favoring religion in the public sphere they are unanimous; and unitedly set on utterly demolishing the wall of separation between Church and State:-

From [D] @gmail.com:

Antonin Scalia Says Constitution Permits Court To 'Favor Religion Over Non-Religion':

Defending his strict adherence to the plain text of the Constitution, Scalia knocked secular qualms over the role of religion in the public sphere as “utterly absurd,” arguing that the Constitution is only obligated to protect freedom of religion -- not freedom from it.

I think the main fight is to dissuade Americans from what the secularists are trying to persuade them to be true: that the separation of church and state means that the government cannot favor religion over non-religion,” the Reagan-appointed jurist told the crowd of about 400 people.

We do Him [God] honor in our pledge of allegiance, in all our public ceremonies,” the conservative Catholic justice continued. “There’s nothing wrong with that. It is in the best of American traditions, and don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. I think we have to fight that tendency of the secularists to impose it on all of us through the Constitution.”

Earlier this year, Scalia joined the Supreme Court’s majority opinion in Town of Greece v. Galloway, which held that the New York town could continue opening legislative sessions with sectarian prayers.

Scalia has since used the case to press for the approval of public prayers in schools, legislatures and courtrooms.

Note the emphasized passages:

". . . the Constitution is only obligated to protect freedom of religion -- not freedom from it." - With Roman Catholic activists, the only freedom of religion entitled to protection is that of the Church of Rome, and the phrase "not freedom from it" is stark and pregnant with meaning.

“I think the main fight is to dissuade Americans from what the secularists are trying to persuade them to be true: that the separation of church and state means that the government cannot favor religion over non-religion, . . .”

The Roman Catholic hierarchy is utterly opposed to the secular state, which is the only one which recognizes the freedom of the individual to choose any religion or none at all. "Dissuading Americans" is really no longer a fight. The Church of Rome has done an effective job of propagandizing the American people.

“We do Him [God] honor in our pledge of allegiance, in all our public ceremonies, . . .” In 1954 the phrase "under God" was added to the pledge of allegiance, previously a secular statement, as the result of a campaign by the Roman Catholic activist organization, the Knights of Columbus:

The U.S. Pledge of Allegiance-

Between 1924 and 1954, the Pledge of Allegiance was worded:

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands; one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

In 1954, during the McCarthy era and communism scare, Congress passed a bill, which was signed into law, to add the words "under God." The current Pledge reads:

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands; one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

One Nation Under God-

The purpose of the program is to keep the phrase one nation “Under God” in the public eye, as well as in the Pledge of Allegiance. In 1951, a movement to add "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance was organized. As you probably know, this movement was begun by a resolution adopted by the Knights of Columbus' national Board of Directors in April, at the height of the Korean War. The resolution called on all Knights to add the words "under God" to the Pledge, which is recited at the opening of Council and Assembly meetings. The Hearst newspaper corporation joined us in 1952, campaigning for the resolution in its papers nationwide. In 1953, Federal legislators were lobbied by leaders from the Knights of Columbus. A bill to add "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance was introduced, in the House by Representative Louis Rabaut (a Democrat), and in the Senate by Senator Homer Ferguson (a Republican). On June 14, 1954, the words "under God" were inserted into the Pledge. The legislation was signed into law and supported by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. President Eisenhower says: "In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America's heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country's most powerful resource in peace and war."

Cf. Pope Francis heaps praise upon the Knights of Columbus . . .

More on Scalia, the Knights of Columbus, and freedom of and from religion:

Newdow Seeks Scalia Recusal-

"Newdow filed a brief, "Suggestion for Recusal of Justice Scalia," on Sept. 5, pointing out that Scalia gave a speech in January alluding to the Ninth Circuit decision as a prime example of how courts are misinterpreting the Constitution. At a Knights of Columbus rally in Fredericksburg, Va., the Catholic justice said framers didn't intend to "exclude God from the public forums and from political life."

Newdow's brief noted the "firestorm of controversy" erupting when the opinion was issued.

"The associated passions--though understandable--are the very reason we have an Establishment Clause, and, perhaps in this arena more than any other, it is essential that the judiciary present a neutral front." The brief argues that statements and activities by Scalia call his impartiality into question. . .

In other developments, the U.S. House, by a 307-119 margin, passed an amendment in July by Rep. John Hostettler, R-IN, prohibiting enforcement of the Ninth Circuit pledge decision.

That amendment was actually opposed by the Justice Department, which said such legislation could complicate the appeal.

A second amendment, adopted by a 260-161 vote, prohibited use of federal money to enforce the 11th Circuit's ruling against Judge Roy Moore. The intent was to bar the U.S. Marshals Service from enforcing either decision.

"These amendments are essentially meaningless. But these votes do show a shocking contempt by a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives--not just for the constitutional principle of separation of church and state, but for a free and independent judiciary," said Anne Gaylor, president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

SHADES OF BUSH V. GORE! In that 2001 case, a partisan right-wing majority on the Supreme Court intervened to halt a recount of ballots in Florida, thus handing an election victory to Republican George W. Bush. It was blatantly not based on legal authority, to the extent that the majority stipulated that the reasoning for the decision was not to be cited as a precedent in future cases. This time a similar right-wing Republican ROMAN CATHOLIC majority has moved to restrict voting rights in Ohio, which is probably a prediction of similar decisions to come for other States:

An Ominous Supreme Court Decision "Anyone who cares about the right to vote should be very concerned by yesterday’s 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Husted v. NAACP . The one-paragraph stay order effectively stops same day registration in Ohio, which was to start today, and reduces the early voting period. The evidence showed that these voting opportunities were heavily used by African American and poor voters, who will be disproportionately burdened by the cuts. Even more disconcerting, however, are the implications of yesterday’s decision for the future of the right to vote.

In layman’s terms, here’s what happened: Ohio got caught with its hand in the cookie jar, and the Supreme Court let them eat the cookies. The state’s Republican legislature eliminated voting opportunities used mostly by Democratic-leaning voters, offering flimsy justifications for the changes. Conscientiously applying existing precedent, the lower courts blocked these voting restrictions, but the five most conservative justices on the Supreme Court allowed them to take effect, without explanation.

The Supreme Court’s action is unprecedented. I can’t think of any other case in which the Court has put the brakes on voting the day before it was to begin. The order is disruptive, changing the rules around which voters, candidates, parties, and election officials have budgeted and planned for weeks. The order is also unnecessary. Contrary to the state’s claim, there was no “emergency” from following the voting rules which had been in place for multiple election cycles."

Law Professor Calls Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Restrictions ‘Purely Partisan’ "The order staying the voting restrictions came the day after the justices met for their first formal conference for the new term and just one day before polling stations were set to open in Ohio to allow voters to cast ballots in November’s general election.

“This is a case that is just partisan all the way down,” Eric Segall, a Georgia State University law professor, said in an interview with RH Reality Check.

Segall is the author of Supreme Myths: Why the Supreme Court and Its Justices are Not Judges, and co-author of Supreme Secrecy, to be published next year by Stanford University Press."

Although the foundations for the destruction of democracy in America by the institution of Roman Catholic ideological supremacy were laid during the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, the 2000 election marked the introduction of a presidency openly dedicated to Roman Catholic principles of government. The forming of the Image to the Beast was clearly visible.

Just one week ago, in the entry below on religion in politics, the following quotation of Lord Acton was stated, “The one prevailing evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or rather that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections” (emphasis added.) This aphorism is now seen in action, markedly beginning in the year 2000:

Yes, Bush v. Gore Did Steal the Election "The general topic of wildly partisan Supreme Court rulings is on everybody’s mind right now for some reason. The Washington Examiner’s Tim Carney wants everybody to know that the Supreme Court really, truly did not hand the presidential election to George W. Bush. 'You can disagree with the ruling in Bush v. Gore,' writes Carney, 'but you can’t honestly argue that it decided the election.'

Well, yes, you can. In fact we know nearly for certain that the recount stopped by the Supreme Court would have given Gore the lead. (Of course, it’s entirely possible that the Republican-controlled Florida legislature would have simply overridden the results of the count and handed the state to Bush, as it threatened to do.) But Carney is repeating a common misconception."

Lawyers Protest U.S. Supreme Court "As George W. Bush and his backers descend on Washington for days of celebration and years of governing, other Americans insist on reminding the world of the unprecedented use of political and judicial power that got Bush here.

On Saturday, 554 law professors from 120 law schools signed a full-page New York Times ad protesting the Dec. 9 halting of a Florida recount that had threatened to reverse Bush's tiny lead.

'By stopping the vote count in Florida, the U.S. Supreme Court used its power to act as political partisans, not judges of a court of law,' read the ad.

In an interview, one of the law professors deplored the fact that one of his primary teachings to his students over a 40-year career in constitutional law -- that the U.S. Supreme Court acts as a nonpartisan institution despite differing judicial philosophies -- had been rendered null and void by the actions of the five justices who stopped the count."

All of the signs are that the prophetic time clock is winding down, especially since 1980, when one generation's time to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ began, according to Jesus' own prophecy. Should we not heed the call of the prophet Amos to "prepare to meet thy God, O Israel." (Amos 4:12.)

For earlier entries go to:

FINAL WORLD EVENTS IN PROPHECY FORESHADOWED 2014

 
Announcement:

Elder Wm. H. Grotheer died on Sabbath, Saturday May 2, 2009.

He has left a rich legacy of theological writings and sermons which will be a blessing to many until the end of time.

Follow the adjacent link to a moving tribute written by a former student of Elder Grotheer who has been a friend of the Grotheer family for nearly fifty years.

In memory of
William Henry Grotheer October 10, 1923
to May 2, 2009

 

"The hour has come, the hour is striking and striking at you, the hour and the end!"  Eze. 7:6 (Moffatt)