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By Marcel Malgo The Terribly Successful
Everything is being done, people are prepared to make Communist Party
the most tremendous compromises, just to achieve a
false sense of unity. In the Bible we do not find unity at
all costs, but Christ at all costs.True unity is a person:
Jesus Christ.

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“What do happy people have that un- Our Lord Jesus revealed His omnipo-
happy people don’t?” One might think tence here on earth among other places in
that this question was taken from a re- Luke 11, where He drove out an unclean
port which shows how happy one can spirit. In this connection He also spoke
be when Jesus Christ is the center of about the great danger of inner emptiness:
one’s life. However, these few words “When the unclean spirit is gone out of a
were the central question in a scientific- man, he walks through dry places, seeking
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new science, positive psychology. His argu- self; and they enter in, and dwell there: and
ment at that time: “For years I have treated the last state of that man is worse than the
patients who were in trouble. I thought first” (Luke 11:24-26).
that if I freed them from their suffering Many consult one psychiatrist after an-
they would be happy. However, at the end I other, invest any amount of money, and
had before me not a happy but an empty hope for help. Some also receive it. But
patient.” The report is silent about what only Jesus can give comprehensive and
happened with those patients. One can everlasting help! How does He do that?
easily imagine what did. An “empty pa- This we also read in Luke 11. After Jesus
tient” will doubtless be worse off if he does had revealed His power, a woman in the
not find the cure from the greatest of all crowd, who had witnessed everything,
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John 16:13-14 speak of the Spirit of truth. Is there a pointer


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But Bible-believing Christians know that both movements toward unity ultimately serve one person:the
Antichrist.He will one day rule over the whole world.The strong man is not yet here,but his perilous net has been
spun for many years,from a worldly as well as a religious aspect.

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n the departing words of our Lord Jesus, we find with unity. They are about the particular ministry
in John 14:18 a particularly moving statement, and the working of the Holy Spirit, and this has a
when the Lord says to His disciples, “I will not lot to do with unity.
leave you comfortless: I will come to you.”
Our Lord is speaking here of three things: The unity from below. Today there is already a “unity,”
1. Of His approaching death (indirectly). one that is not produced by the Spirit, however. It is
2. Of His resurrection: He will return. rather a unity produced by “spirits.” This so-called
3. Of the sending of the Holy Spirit, through unity is a double one: on the one hand it is about
whom He will always be there for His disciples. the present political globalization, and on the other
It is really moving to see how the Lord is caring it is about a religious globalization, which has been
for His disciples here, and wants to encourage them known for many years under the name of the “Ecu-
by describing the great blessing of the sending of menical Movement.” The disastrous activity of this
the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, “Nevertheless I tell last-named religious globalization is well known to
you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: us all. The political globalization is to incorporate
for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come the worldly unity, the Ecumenical Movement, the
unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you” “Christian.” Yet both of these come from the same
(John 16:7). In verses 8-15, our Lord speaks further bitter source: they come from below and are the
of Him, the Holy Spirit. We are going to consider work of the great opponent of our Lord and Savior,
verses 13-14 now from the aspect of Spirit produced Jesus Christ.
unity in particular, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of Political globalization means a world-embracing
truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for conglomeration of power, through which ever more
he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he powerful instances are created in order to force the
shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you world to become one. And the Ecumenical Move-
things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall re- ment is nothing other than a worldwide religious
ceive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” It is conglomeration, to represent Christians of all de-
clear that these words are not directly connected nominations as a united platform. But Bible-believ-

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Firstly,we must hold fast to the fact that the Bible does not speak anywhere of peace and unity at all costs.This is
the fatal thing.Everything is being done,people are prepared to make the most tremendous compromises,just
to achieve this false unity. In the Bible we do not find unity at all costs,but Christ at all costs.True unity is a per-
son: Jesus Christ.
ing Christians know that dous compromises, just
both movements to- to achieve this false
ward unity ulti- unity. In the Bible we
mately serve one do not find unity at all
person: the An- costs, but Christ at all
tichrist. He will one costs. True unity is a
day rule over the person: Jesus Christ.
whole world. The As simple as it may
strong man is not yet sound, the fact is that
here, but his perilous net the Church possesses all the
has been spun for many years, conditions for true unity in the
from a worldly as well as a religious aspect. person of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Everything will be ready when he appears on the True unity is personified in Christ. Not only that,
scene. however. It is based on the fellowship with the Son
In the book of Proverbs, we find a very interest- and the Father. Think of the high priestly prayer,
ing statement concerning the conglomeration of where our Lord makes the tremendous statement,
power. We read here of people who attempt to bind “I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made
others to themselves with the following words, “We perfect in one; and that the world may know that
shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou
houses with spoil: cast in thy lot among us; let us hast loved me” (John 17:23). Or think of the words
all have one purse” (Proverbs 1:13-14). Here is an of Colossians 3:3, where Paul writes, “For ye are
obvious attempt to amalgamate, which climaxes in dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”
the statement, “Let us all have one purse.” The “Hid with Christ in God.” Are not these words
Bible gives us a very clear warning, however, not to which describe the foundation of Christian unity?
participate in such an amalgamation, “My son, walk It is this unity which binds and unites us. All of us
not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot who are children of God can testify with Paul, “I am
from their path: for their feet run to evil, and make crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I,
haste to shed blood” (verses 15-16). These words but Christ liveth in me” (Galatians 2:20). If Christ
are doubtless a clear command to Bible-believing personifies unity, then it is of immense significance
Christians to stay away from the present false unity, that He lives in us. Basically, He lives in all believ-
from the religious as well as the worldly unity. Po- ers. Nonetheless, it can actually happen that Jesus
litical efforts to achieve unity do not really affect us, Christ stands before the door of some of His chil-
but the spiritual/religious all the more. These have dren! In Revelation 3:20, the Lord had to say to the
been creating havoc for decades already by attempt- Christian church at Laodicea, “Behold, I stand at
ing to undermine the Church. Dear friends, we the door, and knock.” This church had defiled her-
should take a stand where these negative develop- self through sin. That is why Jesus Christ no longer
ments are concerned and resist this false teaching. dwelt in her midst but stood before the door.
When we defile ourselves through some kind of
Biblical unity. Firstly, we must hold fast to the fact that sin, which we have not brought to the cross and re-
the Bible does not speak anywhere of peace and unity ceived forgiveness for immediately, then there is no
at all costs. This is the fatal thing. Everything is being more room for our Savior. In such a case, it is use-
done, people are prepared to make the most tremen- less to talk about unity. See that you can rejoice

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Then it continues in John 16:13-14,“He shall not speak of himself;but whatsoever he shall hear,that shall he
speak:and he will shew you things to come.He shall glorify me:for he shall receive of mine,and shall shew it unto
you.”These words also speak of the Spirit produced unity,for the Holy Spirit proclaims only that which concerns
the Lord Jesus directly.
with Paul every day, “I live; yet not I, but Christ His fullness. The apostle Paul gives examples of this
liveth in me”! in his letter to the Romans, “For the kingdom of
This is true unity: Christ in me! Christ in me and God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and
all my fellow-Christians—that is true unity. What a peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost” (Romans 14:17).
spirit of power and joy can be in the Church when “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and
God’s children see to it that Christ really fills them. peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope,
In Him the true foundation of unity is given to us through the power of the Holy Ghost” (Romans
all. 15:13). Things like righteousness, peace, joy and
This indwelling through one Savior in all believ- hope are basically given to us in Jesus Christ, as the
ers has a tremendous effect, which is described for apostle Peter explains, “His divine power hath
us in Colossians 3:9-10, “…ye have put off the old given unto us all things that pertain unto life and
man with his deeds; and have put on the new man, godliness…” (2 Peter 1:3). Paul also proclaims the
which is renewed in knowledge after the image of good news to us, “He that spared not his own Son,
him that created him.” Unity within the Church is but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not
possible because everyone who comes to the with him also freely give us all things?” (Romans
Church has put on the nature of the Lord Jesus. He 8:32).
has clothed himself with Christ. Christ lives in me How does this all come to life in us in practical
and in many others too. We have all been renewed terms? Through the power of the Holy Spirit. This
in the image of our Savior. And the best part is that is exactly what John 16:13-14 explains to us. It is
on the basis of this unity, it will one day be possible the Holy Spirit who wants to proclaim and magnify
for the Church of Jesus Christ to be raptured as a the victory of Jesus in our daily lives. He wants the
united Church. abundant life that is in Christ to become a reality in
us. Everything that has to do with Jesus, the Holy
Unity produced by the Spirit. “When he, the Spirit of Spirit wants to realize in us. Our Lord summarizes
truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for this wonderful working of the Holy Spirit with the
he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he words, “He shall glorify me” (John 16:14).
shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you In John 16:13, our Lord says of the Holy Spirit,
things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall re- “When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide
ceive of mine, and shall shew it unto you” (John you into all truth.” The truth in person is Jesus
16:13-14). In this text, much is said to us, but it Himself (John 14:6). So when our Lord speaks of
speaks of Spirit produced unity in a particular way. this here, that the Holy Spirit wants to guide us into
The indwelling of the holy Son of God in all chil- all truth, then it is in the first place about the Savior
dren of God incorporates the true unity of the Himself. This statement itself testifies to a Spirit
Church. What takes place in practical terms, how- produced unity, for the Holy Spirit guides into all
ever, when Christ dwells in me? Nothing other than truth, which is in the first place, Christ.
that which the Lord proclaimed about the Holy Then it continues in John 16:13-14, “He shall not
Spirit, “He shall glorify me” (John 16:14). speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that
Spirit produced unity is indeed the work of the shall he speak: and he will shew you things to
Holy Spirit in the children of God. In order that this come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of
unity, the overflowing life of the Savior, can fully mine, and shall shew it unto you.” These words also
develop in me, however, the ministry of the Holy speak of the Spirit produced unity, for the Holy
Spirit is necessary. He wants to glorify Christ in all Spirit proclaims only that which concerns the Lord

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“…A man’s wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed” (Ecclesiastes 8:1).
means to see that my neighbor, who perhaps thinks
differently in some secondary matter, sees the Lord
in me. This may result in him extending his hand to
me in a brotherly handshake, in spite of our differ-
ences of opinion. And we will both no longer see
what divides us but what unites us.
For many people, Spirit produced unity means
that their fellow Christians have to think exactly on
the same lines as them. But this is just what pro-
duces so much strife. No, Spirit produced unity is
nothing other than that Jesus Christ in me becomes
greater and greater through the power of the Holy
Spirit. The more this takes place, the more I will be
in the position to live according to 2 Corinthians
5:16, “Henceforth know we no man after the
flesh….” This means in practical terms that I no
longer judge my brother on the grounds of his
views, but in the first place on the grounds of our
mutual Lord. What peace, love and unity such an
attitude could produce among Bible-believing chil-
dren of God, and how many quarrels would not
need to start!
In the book of Ecclesiastes, we find a particular
verse, “…A man’s wisdom maketh his face to shine,
Jesus directly. The Holy Spirit does not proclaim and the boldness of his face shall be changed” (Ec-
anything new; He does not bring any new doctrine. clesiastes 8:1). The NIV puts this even more clearly,
He only speaks of that which has to do with the “Wisdom brightens a man’s face and changes its
Savior. Do you see the clarity of the message here? hard appearance.” Here we see Christ for, according
Do you see the overwhelming witness to Spirit pro- to 1 Corinthians 1:30, Christ Jesus was made unto
duced unity? It is the work of the Holy Spirit to us wisdom. And so, nothing less is said here than
make everything that is given us in Christ to be- that our Savior is able to make the face of a person
come abundant. This again is nothing other than so shine that his or her face is transformed. This
the unity that is produced by the Spirit. means, his or her heart is filled with brotherly and
sisterly love. If Jesus Christ really can make His
Unity, not one opinion. Does unity mean that there are dwelling in us always and in every situation, then
no more differences of opinion? No, we all know we will be capable of loving, regardless of unimpor-
that there are subjects which Christians may see tant differences of opinion. We all need to heed the
differently. Where Christ really is the center, how- words of Philippians 2:3, where Paul writes, “…In
ever, where He has complete and unlimited access lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than
and right of dwelling, matters of secondary impor- themselves.” Be honest. Is it not often the case that
tance can and will not become issues of conflict. our pride will not allow us to extend a hand to a
There, we must concentrate on the main thing: brother or sister on account of differences of opin-
Christ in me. This does not mean that I alone see ion in matters of secondary importance? As born-
things from the right point of view, and the others again Christians, we should look for the things that
have to think as I do. No, but that I use all my unite us and not those which divide us. Of course,

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“I give unto them eternal life;and they shall never perish,neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.My
Father,which gave them me,is greater than all;and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand”(John
10:28-29).
we need to be cautious. There is often a fine line
between a difference of opinion and a false doc-
trine. We should examine carefully, therefore,
whether it is about insignificant matters or a false
doctrine.

The Comforter. The Lord Jesus speaks in John’s


Gospel four times of the Holy Spirit as Comforter
(John 14:16 & 26, 15:26 and 16:7).
It really was important for the Lord Jesus not to
leave the disciples as orphans. He made arrange-
ments so that they would lack nothing after His
departure. He did not leave them to their fate. The
Comforter would remind them of Him and His enemy to attack us. But this is where the legacy
words. The Lord spoke twice in an impressive way that the Lord left His disciples comes to our aid.
about this concern, “But the Comforter, which is It is the desire of the Holy Spirit today to con-
the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my tinually remind us of the Lord and His words. He
name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all wants to lead us into all truth personally (John
things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have 16:13). This means, He wants to glorify the Lord
said unto you” (John 14:26). “But when the Com- in us, so that we can overcome when confronted
forter is come, whom I will send unto you from by the enemy.
the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which pro- When a child of God perseveres in sin, it is un-
ceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me” fortunately the case that the working of the Holy
(John 15:26). This is understandable, for on the Spirit is reduced to a minimum. This does not mean
day of ascension a cloud took Him up before the that the Holy Spirit leaves them, for He dwells abid-
eyes of the disciples, and He disappeared (Acts ingly in the born-again Christian. But He withdraws
1:9). Shortly after this, the disciples were exposed when unconfessed and unforgiven sin is present.
to a mighty wind. It was not long before Peter and Paul speaks of this withdrawal of the Holy Spirit in
John stood before the High Council in Jerusalem Ephesians 4:30 and 1 Thessalonians 5:19, saying,
like criminals. And this was only the beginning. “Grieve not the holy Spirit of God,” and, “Quench
Afterwards, the disciples were often and violently not the Spirit.”
resisted. In this context, we understand what a Therefore, we should bring every inconsistency
wonderful gift the Lord gave to His disciples. to the cross immediately and completely. In this
The Lord Jesus Christ not only sent them the way, the Holy Spirit can continue to do His glorious
Comforter, but also entrusted Him with a special work in us. He can remind us of Jesus, who said, for
task of reminding the disciples continually of His example, “I give unto them eternal life; and they
words. This is a source of joy and encouragement shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck
for us. Do we not feel today more than ever a cold them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them
wind from below, and how we are coming to our me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck
limits? The inner trials have become enormous; them out of my Father’s hand” (John 10:28-29).
sometimes they are frightening. But we do not Eternal assurance of salvation—this means having
need to be surprised at this. The more we proclaim an anchor that holds fast for eternity. What more
the unity in Christ, the more that will motivate the can a child of God want? (MR0611/449)

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What Did Jesus Not
Bear on the Cross?
Norbert Lieth

“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did
esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted” (Isaiah 53:4).

Christian magazine reported of a healing and cannot heal should at any

A married couple in Philadelphia rate always send his church members to


who believed in faith healing. the best doctor he knows.”1 The Lord Je-
Their child died without medical help. sus did not bear our sicknesses on the
The court found theByparents
Dr. Ron J. in-
guilty of Bigalke
cross. With what arguments can we un-
voluntary manslaughter. A reader wrote, derscore such “audacious” claims?
“There are Pentecostal churches every-
where which teach similar things as the 1. The results. If Jesus had borne our sick-
First Century Gospel Church in nesses on the cross, the effects must of a
Philadelphia, that sickness is of the devil necessity be the same as with our redemp-
and is connected with a lack of faith. tion. This is not the case, however. When a
This teaching is wrong and irresponsible. person is converted to Jesus Christ, the re-
It may well be through God’s permitting sult is that their sins are completely for-
or His declared will when a Christian given, they receive the Holy Spirit and are
dies of a sickness. Whoever speaks of born again. Their spirit and soul are

12 M I DMNI IDGNHI TG HC TA LCL A L L


WHAT DID JESUS NOT BEAR ON THE CROSS?

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was


bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace
was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we
like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to
his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of
us all” (Isaiah 53:5-6).

healed. But are they necessarily immedi- fulfillment. Let us look at a few examples
ately physically healed? No! The exception from the Gospel of Matthew where it
proves the rule; God is sovereign, praise be says every time, “…that it might be ful-
to Him! But why is a person not always filled”:
and in every case healed, though they are • in chapter 1:22-23: the virgin birth,
redeemed? Because the flesh is not re- • in chapter 2:15,17-18 & 23: the
deemed; because we are still living in a sin- flight out of Egypt, the murder of the
ful body that is susceptible to every kind of children in Bethlehem and that He was
sickness. called a Nazarene,
• in chapter 4:14-16: the prophecies
2. The Word itself declares it. In Matthew 8, concerning Zabulon, Nephthalim and
we find a description of how the Lord heals Galilee of the Gentiles,
a leper. Then, He healed the servant of a • in chapter 13:14-15 & 35: the blind-
Roman centurion from Capernaum. Next ness of the Pharisees and the speaking in
follows the healing of Peter’s mother-in- parables,
law. And then it says, “When the even was • in chapter 21:4-5: Jesus’ entry into
come, they brought unto him many that Jerusalem, riding on an ass,
were possessed with devils: and he cast out • in chapter 27:9-10: the betrayal of
the spirits with his word, and healed all Jesus for thirty pieces of silver and the
that were sick: that it might be fulfilled buying of the potter’s field or field of
which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, blood.
saying, Himself took our infirmities, and
bare our sicknesses” (Matthew 8:16-17). There is no further fulfillment of any
Jesus fulfilled here the prophecy in Isaiah of these statements because they were al-
53:4—before His crucifixion, during His ready fulfilled. Just how exact the Bible
walk on earth, when He healed many of is, we see from the day of Pentecost.
His Jewish fellowmen, had compassion on When this took place, it does not say
them, took their burden upon Himself and that Pentecost was the fulfillment of the
healed them. He suffered with them in prophecy of Joel, but, “This is that which
their suffering; He had mercy on them and was spoken by the prophet Joel; and it
bore their infirmities and sicknesses. This shall come to pass in the last days, saith
prophecy was fulfilled in the first place in God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all
and for Israel, and was already a foreshad- flesh: and your sons and your daughters
owing of the future Messianic kingdom. shall prophesy, and your young men
Always when the Bible says in the shall see visions, and your old men shall
New Testament that something is ful- dream dreams” (Acts 2:16-17). Why
filled, then it is also completed and there does Peter not use the word “fulfilled”?
is no fulfillment outstanding, no main Because Pentecost is not the complete

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WHAT DID JESUS NOT BEAR ON THE CROSS?

Let there be no misunderstanding: we believe also that God does miracles today and heals
people, that we can and should pray for this and act in accordance with James 5:14-16. But
as with all teachings, the belief in healing should be based on the whole of Holy Scripture,
so that we do not take a wrong path.

fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy. A main ful- verse 4 does the Bible speak of the cross
fillment is still to come, and this will take and what He bore on the cross, “But he
place when Jesus returns. We see this was wounded for our transgressions, he
from John 19:36-37 also, “For these was bruised for our iniquities: the chas-
things were done, that the scripture tisement of our peace was upon him; and
should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall with his stripes we are healed. All we like
not be broken. And again another scrip- sheep have gone astray; we have turned
ture saith, They shall look on him whom every one to his own way; and the Lord
they pierced.” Verse 36 has been fulfilled, hath laid on him the iniquity of us all”
but verse 37 has not yet been fulfilled be- (Isaiah 53:5-6). “For he hath made him
cause this is in the future, which is the to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that
reason for the different statements. we might be made the righteousness of
This treatment of the material is im- God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
portant, We human beings are deceived and
• so that we understand the Scrip- colored by a false inner attitude. We
tures correctly and do not violate them, think or react as though sickness is
• and so that we remain sober and do worse than sin. In general, we think sick-
not maintain something that is biblically ness is the worst thing that can happen
unable to be proven, and we are after- to us. But there is something much worse
wards disappointed. So many people live than any sickness, and that is sin. It is sin
a rigid Christian life because they are which kills us, not sickness. Sin is the
told that they must be healed at all costs. cause of all sickness, the root of death
They find themselves in great distress be- and all suffering. It is hard to suffer and
cause it does not happen. The New Testa- to die of sicknesses, but it is far worse to
ment speaks in many places of physical die in sin.
suffering. Christians are not spared this; Let there be no misunderstanding: we
on the contrary, we are encouraged to en- believe also that God does miracles today
dure suffering. and heals people, that we can and should
pray for this and act in accordance with
“He bare our sicknesses” means that James 5:14-16. But as with all teachings,
during His life on earth He took away the the belief in healing should be based on
sickness of many, but not that Jesus had the whole of Holy Scripture, so that we
AIDS, hepatitis or cancer on the cross, as do not take a wrong path. (MR0411/441)
is sometimes claimed.
(Our brother Alexander Seibel also writes on this
What Jesus did bear on the cross. In no place subject, which will appear in the next Midnight
that speaks of the cross does the Bible say Call.)
that Jesus bore our sicknesses. It speaks
rather of the sins that Jesus took upon
Himself—the cause of sickness and ENDNOTE
death. Only in Isaiah 53:5 and not in 1 IdeaSpektrum 1/2011, p. 43

14 MIDNIGHT CALL
The Calling of the Twelve Disciples —

Simon
the Canaanite BY MARCEL MALGO

“And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits,
to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. Now the names of the
twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son
of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James
the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas
Iscariot, who also betrayed him” (Matthew 10:1-4).

T
he apostle Simon the that the tax reform would make
Canaanite is only men- them slaves. His bands of men were
tioned in the New Testa- dispersed and he himself died, but
ment in the various lists of the Zealotry had only just begun. The
apostles. In Matthew’s list he is Zealots became an active resistance
called Simon the Canaanite. group against the Romans, which
Canaan is a word of Aramaic origin culminated in the so-called Jewish
and means “zealot.” This is why war in 66 A.D. and developed into a
Luke calls him “Simon called terrible, bloody massacre. The war
Zelotes” in Luke 6:15. The Zealots ended with the destruction of
belonged to the most radical politi- Jerusalem and the temple in 70 A.D.
cal party of the Jews. This went In the year 73 A.D., the surviving
back to the rebellion of a Galilean called Judas, Zealots committed collective suicide with their
“After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the wives and children on the mountaintop fortress of
days of the taxing, and drew away much people af- Masada by the Dead Sea. The apostle Simon the
ter him; he also perished; and all, even as many as Canaanite came from this radical Jewish group.
obeyed him, were dispersed” (Acts 5:37). The his-
torian Flavius Josephus reported that he was the Why should a Zealot want to follow Jesus Christ? The
founder of the Zealots. “Judas of Galilee” moved a Bible does not give us a clear answer to this ques-
few Jews to rebel against Rome by maintaining tion, but Jesus had certain qualities that could im-

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The Calling of the Twelve Disciples —

Simon the Canaanite


Are you a child of God yet, and have you followed the call of Jesus? Was
there a wave of rejoicing in heaven over you?
16, “This is a faithful saying,
and worthy of all acceptation,
that Christ Jesus came into the
world to save sinners; of whom
I am chief. Howbeit for this
cause I obtained mercy, that in
me first Jesus Christ might
shew forth all longsuffering, for
a pattern to them which should
hereafter believe on him to life
everlasting.” And Jesus de-
clared in Luke 15:7, “I say unto
you, that likewise joy shall be
in heaven over one sinner that
repenteth.” There is a wave of
rejoicing in heaven when a per-
press a zealot. He was a pious Jew, like the Zealots. son hears the call of Jesus and follows it. And there
Further, Jesus was looked upon as an outsider in was rejoicing in heaven when Simon of Canaan be-
spite of His doubtless strong leadership personal- came a disciple of Jesus.
ity. The Lord embodied great ideals. Although the Are you a child of God yet, and have you fol-
Zealots had other ideas, they could see in Him a lowed the call of Jesus? Was there a wave of rejoic-
political ally, largely because of His ideals. Jesus ing in heaven over you?
did not shrink from using strong words in public.
He once openly called Herod a fox (Luke 13:32). If The Zealots were zealous. Their name, which comes
a Zealot heard that, he would certainly be im- from the Greek Zelotes, tells us this. They were
pressed. Also, the zeal of Jesus when He cleansed zealous in their efforts to remain true to their faith
the temple may have spoken to the Zealots. at all costs. Unfortunately, this which was good in
These and other reasons may have moved Si- itself, was overshadowed because they wanted to
mon of Canaan to respond to the call of Jesus to defend it and protect it by force. The Bible teacher
discipleship. Later on, he certainly would have Matthew Henry wrote of the name “Simon the
seen that Jesus was other than what he had Zealot,” that this surely had something to do with
thought, but he must have felt honored that the fa- this apostle’s great zeal for God’s service. The
mous rabbi from Nazareth wanted him to accom- Zealots were zealous for a good cause, but this was
pany Him. drowned in their violence, intolerance and nar-
row-mindedness. Paul wrote of the Jews who did
Why did Jesus Christ call a zealot to follow Him? In gen- not believe in Christ, “For I bear them record that
eral, He called him in the first place because he they have a zeal of God, but not according to
was a man who needed redemption, “In this was knowledge”(Romans 10:2). Simon of Canaan
manifested the love of God toward us, because must have been such a man. He was zealous for
that God sent his only begotten Son into the God, but he lacked knowledge.
world, that we might live through him” (1 John Jesus did not find it negative that Simon of
4:9). Paul also wrote of himself in 1 Timothy 1:15- Canaan was a Zealot. On the contrary, Jesus saw

16 MIDNIGHT CALL
But every person who is called to discipleship must be prepared to be changed. This
does not mean that such a person receives a new character. Rather, he must
be prepared to let his character be sanctified. That is
just what took place in Simon of Canaan.
the good in the Zealot Simon, and that was his him in his office as apostle. If only we were to
zeal! Would we have chosen a Zealot to be an treat other Christians in this way!
apostle if we had had to choose? Certainly not. This does not mean that we should cover ob-
We would surely have said, “A Zealot, such a fa- vious misbehavior of fellow Christians with a
natical person, is not able to be an apostle.” But cloak of love, simply because they believe on Je-
what does Paul say through Jesus’ Holy Spirit? sus. But we should, with the Lord’s help, at-
“For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not tempt to see the good in others. We should
many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, further this good so that we have a platform to
not many noble, are called: but God hath chosen uncover mistakes and to motivate our fellow
the foolish things of the world to confound the Christians to a change of course. This is what
wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of Paul meant when he gave the church at Rome
the world to confound the things which are the testimony, “And I myself also am persuaded
mighty; and base things of the world, and things of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of
which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to
things which are not, to bring to nought things admonish one another” (Romans 15:14). How
that are” (1 Corinthians 1:26-28). did Jesus react when John forbade a man, who
This is why Jesus called, besides poor fisher- did not belong to the circle of the apostles, from
men or a tax collector, also a Zealot to the ranks driving out evil spirits in the name of Jesus?
of His disciples. We are quick to break the rod “But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no
over other Christians because they are too man which shall do a miracle in my name, that
charismatic or too orthodox, or because they do can lightly speak of me. For he that is not
not fit into our mold for some other reason. Je- against us is on our part” (Mark 9:39-40).
sus Christ sees something in each one of His Does it not encourage us that Jesus called a
children, however, that He can use. But every Zealot to follow Him? There are Christians who
person who is called to discipleship must be pre- perhaps suffer on behalf of their character, their
pared to be changed. This does not mean that peculiarities. Perhaps you have been told, “It is
such a person receives a new character. Rather, impossible to get along with you!” But Jesus
he must be prepared to let his character be sanc- can! Let Him work on your character, your ec-
tified. That is just what took place in Simon of centricity. Perhaps people judged Simon the
Canaan. Zealot, “Nothing will ever become of him. He
After the ascension of Jesus, Simon of Canaan has strange ideas in his head from some rebel!”
was still called “Simon the Zealot” by Luke in But Simon the Zealot became one of the twelve
the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 1:13). Why? Be- apostles of the Lord.
cause during the three years in which Simon of Jesus Christ has many servants who are al-
Canaan walked with Jesus, the Lord did not de- ready active for Him. But He needs someone spe-
mand of him that he deny his origin, his cial, and that means you! You have something in
Zealotry. Rather, this Zealotry of Simon of you that the Lord has seen and wants to use.
Canaan changed him so that he became useful to Will you not give yourself to Him completely?
Jesus. The Lord did not destroy his Zealotry by Do it unconditionally and then you will see,
force, but so changed it that it became useful to “The Lord needs me!” (MR1209/368)

SEPTEMBER 2011 17
Lukewarming
Part I:
The Myth of
“Global Warming”
By Dr. Ron J. Bigalke

“The Evangelical Climate Initiative is a group of senior evangelical leaders in the


United States who are convinced it is time for our country to help solve the problem
of global warming.”1 The Initiative seeks to accomplish their stated goal by creating
jobs, cleaning the environment, and enhancing national security by reducing depen-
dence upon foreign oil. The Initiative’s goal is to help create a safe and healthy envi-
ronment for future generations. The first of four “urgent claims” by the Evangelical
Climate Initiative is the assertion that “human-induced climate change is real.”

T
he problem with the Initiative is that global Only four of the most common will be addressed in
warming is a myth. Global warming is noth- this article.
ing more than a political agenda that has infil-
trated evangelicalism. The church, therefore, The First Myth of Global Warming
should be concerned with regard to the global luke- The first myth is that scientists agree that the
warming of churchianity. Jesus warned the church, Earth is warming. Ground-level temperature mea-
“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor surements seem to indicate that the Earth has
hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because warmed between 0.3 and 0.6 degrees Celsius
you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will since 1850. Global satellite data, however, is the
spit you out of My mouth” (Rev 3:15-16). The con- most reliable of climate measurements, and it has
cern of this writer is that those who are involved in not demonstrated any evidence of warming since
the Evangelical Climate Initiative are becoming 1979. Moreover, even if the Earth’s temperature
“cold” to proclaiming the Gospel and are seeking to increased slightly, such an increase is within the
make “disciples” by proclaiming temporal, plane- natural range of known temperature variation for
tary issues to be more important—which are actu- the past thousand years. Actually, the earth expe-
ally fabrications—than eternal issues such as the rienced greater warming between the 10th and
destiny of the souls of human beings. The majority 15th centuries (viz. “the medieval warm period”);
of environmental policies are based upon myths. this period was a time of unusually warm weather

18 MIDNIGHT CALL
Lukewarming Part I: The Myth of “Global Warming”

The first myth is that scientists agree that the Earth is warming...The irony of
global warming scare tactics is that a slightly warmer climate with an increase in
carbon dioxide is in several manners beneficial to the earth, as opposed to being
damaging.

that began approximately AD 1000 and continued lead author of the next Intergovernmental Panel on
until a cold period known as the “Little Ice Age” Climate Change (IPCC) report published in 2001
appeared in the 14th and 15th centuries. A and an editor of The Journal of Climate. However,
warmer climate resulted in a remarkable increase two Canadian statisticians—Stephen McIntyre and
of prosperity, knowledge, and art to Europe. Agri- Ross McKitrick—were persistent in their demands
culture thrived as the temperature increased. to examine the data Mann used. Eventually and
Marshes and swamps were dry, which eliminated quite reluctantly, it was provided. They discovered
the breeding of mosquitoes that spread malaria. and subsequently published a remarkable critique
Former wetlands were converted to productive that faulted the Hockey Stick analysis for collation
farmland. Infant mortality decreased, and the errors, unjustifiable truncation or extrapolation of
population increased. From the 12th to the 14th source data, obsolete data, geographical location er-
centuries, the population of Europe increased rors, and incorrect calculation of principle compo-
from approximately 40 to 60 million. Between the nents.
10th and 15th centuries, vineyards thrived in The irony of global warming scare tactics is that a
England, and Vikings from Iceland colonized slightly warmer climate with an increase in carbon
Greenland and built settlements in Canada. The dioxide is in several manners beneficial to the earth,
Greenland settlements reached a height of pros- as opposed to being damaging. Economic studies
perity in the 12th and 13th centuries, when 3,000 have demonstrated that moderate warming and
colonists occupied 280 farms. The settlements ex- higher carbon dioxide levels will increase the total
perienced difficulty in the late 14th century as a value of all final goods and services (GNP), and will
consequence of the beginning of “Little Ice Age” increase standards of living, primarily by improving
cooling; they finally perished in the 15th century. agriculture and forestry. Obviously, Al Gore’s An In-
The warming that humanity is experiencing today convenient Truth did not indicate any of these ad-
is simply the result of emergence from the “Little vantages. Homes in the north could have heating
Ice Age” (which was close to the time of the fuel savings. Farmers in Canada could harvest
founding of our nation). bumper crops. Greenland could become richly sup-
The existence of the medieval warm period was plied in cod and oil riches. Shippers could rely
recognized in the climate textbooks for decades. It upon an Arctic shortcut between the Atlantic and
is, however, a major embarrassment to those main- the Pacific. Forests could expand. Mongolia could
taining that 20th and 21st century warming is in- become a powerful nation economically.
deed abnormal. In 1998, Michael Mann (an Please note that the word “could” has been em-
American physicist and climatologist, who is cur- ployed toward possible benefits, which means this
rently director of the Earth System Science Center author is expressing possibilities; however, the
at Pennsylvania State University) “reworked” the point is that there may be future benefits for frigid
temperature data (what is called “the Hockey Stick” regions of Canada and Russia (i.e., not that chal-
in scientific circles due to its shape), and contra- lenges in those countries will be eradicated, but the
dicted the immense majority of historical sources gains, especially in agriculture, could be greater
with regard to the medieval warm period. The Clin- than the losses). Economics professor Robert O.
ton administration, which was probably signifi- Mendelsohn of the Yale School of Forestry and En-
cantly influenced by Vice President Gore, used vironmental Studies, studied how various warming
Mann’s modified graph for the United States climate scenarios from now until 2100 could affect the
assessment report in 2000. Mann was named as a gross domestic product. The conclusion of his re-

SEPTEMBER 2011 19
The “greenhouse” metaphor is fundamentally inaccurate for two reasons. Firstly,
greenhouses are not notoriously high in carbon dioxide levels; rather, they are
characterized by lack of carbon dioxide, which can hinder plant growth.

search is that Canada and Russia to seize public approval, buzzwords or


could have tremendous advan- catchy metaphors are used. Such is
tages, in addition to northern the reality with metaphors, such as
Europe and Mongolia, primar- “greenhouse gasses” and the
ily as a result of projected in- “greenhouse effect.” Argument by
creases in agricultural metaphor is always dangerous and
production. Global climate misleading. The “greenhouse”
was drastically changed in the metaphor is used to promote the
Fall and the Flood—two of the idea that putting more carbon
three greatest ecological acts in dioxide into the atmosphere will
history—and will be changed make the earth more like a green-
again at the return of Christ, house, and consequently, this will
when He establishes the mil- increase global temperature. (Per-
lennial kingdom and the eternal haps it would be beneficial to state
state thereafter. By God’s grace, humanity at this moment that “temperature” is a statis-
adapted and will continue to do so. tic, not an actual measurement. Actually, the major
historical unknown is how to define what is “nor-
The Second Myth of Global mal.” In other words, what is a global average tem-
Warming perature? What are the normal [pre-industrial age]
The second myth is that humanity is the cause for variations? It is impossible to specify any human
global warming. The evidence for such an asser- caused effect upon the global temperature unless
tion is minuscule. Scientists do not agree that hu- these questions can be answered. Therefore, the
manity has exerted any discernible influence upon psychology behind global warming is to sell bad
global climate. Those scientific experts who are news [and also generates much funding; always
most directly concerned with climate conditions follow the money].)
reject the assertion that humanity is the cause for The “greenhouse” metaphor is fundamentally
global warming by a wide margin. According to a inaccurate for two reasons. Firstly, greenhouses are
Gallup Poll, only 17% of the members of the Mete- not notoriously high in carbon dioxide levels;
orological Society and American Geophysical Soci- rather, they are characterized by lack of carbon
ety believe that current global warming is the dioxide, which can hinder plant growth. The rea-
result of greenhouse gas emissions (i.e. carbon son is that the plants absorb carbon dioxide; there-
dioxide, primarily from burning fossil fuels): 83% fore, adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere
disagree. It is true that carbon dioxide in the at- does not make the earth more like a greenhouse,
mosphere has increased by 28% in the past 160 or which generally has less carbon dioxide than the
so years, but the amount of carbon dioxide gener- outside air, especially in winter months. The pres-
ated by humanity is minuscule to any global ence of carbon dioxide is not what makes a green-
warming because the majority of the warming oc- house warmer than the outside air.
curred prior to 1940, prior to carbon dioxide emis- Secondly, greenhouses do not function like the
sions from human beings. atmosphere. There are other aspects involved,
“Greenhouse theory” is a lying metaphor. such as fluid dynamics and infrared radiation. A
Global warming theory assumes the Earth is natu- greenhouse controls fluid dynamical energy drain
rally in a state of “global energy balance” (i.e. ab- from the surface by placing something like glass or
sorbed sunlight = emitted infrared). In an attempt plastic above the plants, which allows inbound so-

20 MIDNIGHT CALL
Lukewarming Part I: The Myth of “Global Warming”

The third myth is that government must intervene to stop global warming. The
idea behind this myth is that the consequences of inaction will be catastrophic;
therefore, prudence demands immediate government action. There is no scien-
tific consensus that global warming is a problem or that humans are its cause.

lar radiation to pass through the Court recently declared that car-
glass or plastic, but air cannot. If bon dioxide is a pollutant that
the flow balance between dy- may need to be regulated; with
namical energy and infrared ra- the exception of the United
diation is halted, then the States and a few small countries,
greenhouse is heated. Green- every industrialized nation has
houses are not warm because signed the Kyoto Protocol; and,
they trap infrared radiation, but there are persistent international
that is the issue that global demands for even more rigorous
warming advocates want the regulations when the Kyoto Pro-
public to believe. It is simply im- tocol expires.
possible to halt the release of en- It seems, though, that some
ergy from the earth through fluid dynamics. global warming advocates are not so serious with
Greenhouses are controlled to produce certain regard to anti-warming policies. For example, one
heating, but the planet is not. The Earth cannot feature of the Kyoto Protocol is called the Clean
and never will be a greenhouse because it is im- Development Mechanism. As defined in Article 12
possible to control fluid dynamical flow. To assert of the Protocol, this mechanism “allows a country
otherwise is not science, but religious faith. with an emission-reduction or emission-limitation
commitment under the Kyoto Protocol to imple-
The Third Myth of Global Warming ment an emission-reduction project in developing
The third myth is that government must intervene countries.” What this means is that a carbon diox-
to stop global warming. The idea behind this myth ide emitter (i.e. an energy user) is allowed to sup-
is that the consequences of inaction will be cata- port an unconvincing reduction scheme in
strophic; therefore, prudence demands immediate developing nations in exchange for the right to
government action. There is no scientific consen- continue emitting carbon dioxide. For those coun-
sus that global warming is a problem or that hu- tries that have ratified the Kyoto Protocol, the
mans are its cause. Even if current predication of Emissions Trading mechanism allows for them to
warming is correct, delaying drastic government sell excess capacity to countries that have ex-
actions by even 25 years will make little difference ceeded their targets. In many situations, the initial
in global temperature 100 years from now. Pro- quota was simply given by governments to power
posed treaty restrictions would do little environ- companies and other entities, which then col-
mental good and tremendous economic harm. lected a windfall profit from consumers. It should
Conversely, delaying action until there is more ev- be obvious that these policies result in tremendous
idence of human-caused global warming, and bet- finances for those involved. However, these
ter technology to mitigate it, is both a positive schemes (even in theory) are simply fraudulent
environmental and economical response. because they do not reduce total carbon dioxide
Government attempts to control so-called emissions.
greenhouse gas emissions are vacuous and unnec- It is also noteworthy that there are direct bene-
essary. Nevertheless, there are state governors de- fits to tens of thousands of interested people to
manding carbon dioxide emissions limits on perpetuate all the global warming scare tactics;
automobiles; there are major cities demanding this, of course, is at the expense of the ordinary
mandatory carbon dioxide controls; the Supreme consumer. Global environmental organizations,

SEPTEMBER 2011 21
Sea levels have increased more than 300 feet over the past thousand years,
which is a natural phenomenon in between ice ages. Contrary to global warming
predictions, the current rate of increase is slower than the average rate for the
past thousand years.

such as the Environmental Defense Fund, Green- Are there other effects of warming? If a mini-
peace, and the Sierra Club have profited billions of mal atmospheric warming occurred, the effect
dollars. There are multi-billion dollar government would be primarily upon nighttime temperatures,
subsidies, which are continually getting larger, for which would lessen the number of winter nights
ineffective and ineffectual mitigation schemes. and extend the growing season. Actually, as al-
Emission trading programs will soon generate prof- ready stated, scientists believe that global warm-
its of $100 billion yearly, with sizeable fees paid to ing would be beneficial to agriculture, because
brokers and those who regulate these programs. historically warm periods have been most con-
Certainly you, the reader, are intelligent enough to ducive to life. The fears of a global warming
understand that there are many individuals who are apocalypse are invalid. Therefore, hasty and igno-
benefiting from climate scare tactics and who obvi- rant legislation must be recognized as a political
ously have an ensconced interest. The reverse is agenda. However, also consider the logical con-
also true, though. There are many sincere individu- tradiction among global warming advocates. We
als who believe that a global warming catastrophe is are told that human beings are no different than
imminent, and whose fears are encouraged by the any other life form, and therefore we certainly are
increasing volume of biased and prejudiced books, not superior. Conversely, we are told that human-
movies, and media coverage. ity is superior and capable because we can study
and predict climate change, and can halt the end
The Fourth Myth of Global Warming of the world.
The fourth myth is that global warming caused by
humanity will culminate in cataclysmic environ- Conclusion
mental problems (e.g. higher ocean levels and in- The evidence of science and history is not in fa-
creased hurricane activity). Although sea levels are vor of global warming. The more that individuals
increasing globally, it is not uniform. Sea levels have understand the information presented in this arti-
increased more than 300 feet over the past thousand cle and communicate the actual facts to others,
years, which is a natural phenomenon in between the myths of global warming will subside. The re-
ice ages. Contrary to global warming predictions, sponse of the church must not be apprehension;
the current rate of increase is slower than the aver- rather, it would be good to sing the children’s
age rate for the past thousand years. song, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,”
It is common knowledge that tropical storms are because this truth is communicated throughout
dependent upon warm ocean surface temperatures Scripture, especially in Isaiah 40. “Who has mea-
(a minimum of 26 degrees Celsius) and an unlim- sured the waters in the hollow of His hand, and
ited supply of moisture. The reasoning is that global marked off the heavens by the span, and calcu-
warming is the cause of increased ocean surface lated the dust of the earth by the measure, and
temperatures, and consequently an increased up- weighed the mountains in a balance and the hills
take of moisture and therefore destructive hurri- in a pair of scales?” The answer is no human be-
canes. With regard to a supposed increase in ing. God, however, does these things! (454)
hurricane activity, the scientific data does not indi-
cate any increase in the number or severity of tropi-
cal storms. It is important to recognize that other
factors such as wind speeds at various altitudes are ENDNOTE
also conducive to hurricane activity. There are vari- 1 Evangelical Climate Initiative,“Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to
ations other than warming. Action” (January 2006): 2.

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fascinating and relevant
messages for our times!
• Democracy Invasion of Islam
• Where Are We Headed?
• Thus Saith Brooklyn: Israel’s Prophets vs.
the Watchtower’s Prophets
• Present Israel Linked: Money &
Antisemitism
• All Things Must Be Fulfilled
• The Glory of God Changes Everything—
Including the Future
• What Do We Do?
• What Seven Brothers Say About the Future
• Thus Saith Salt Lake City: Israel’s Prophets
vs. Mormonism’s Prophets
• Furnace of the Future
• Jesus’ Use of Psalm 118 and the Future of
the Nation of Israel
• Future Israel Linked: Islam, Oil & the West
• Thus Saith the Lord? Israel’s Prophets vs.
the End-time Date-Setters
• One Sentence About the Future
• The Timing of the Rapture

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MEET THE SPEAKERS

NORBERT LIETH is a graduate of Midnight Call DR. GREG HARRIS (Th.D.) taught at Washington
Bible School in Montevideo/Uruguay. He has Bible College for seven years. Then for ten
served as Midnight Call’s missionary in sev- years, Dr. Harris taught Bible and Greek at
eral South American countries. Norbert Lieth is Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
the lead speaker for Midnight Call Ministries He continues to serve as an international faculty
throughout Europe. He has authored 18 books, member of the Jordan Evangelical Theological
and many have been translated into several languages. He Seminary in Amman, and maintains an ongoing international
and his wife, Elke, and their four daughters reside in Switzerland. conference and pulpit ministry. He is the author of The Cup and
the Glory, The Darkness and the Glory, and The Stone and the
WILFRED HAHN is known for his writings and Glory and numerous journal articles. He joined The Master’s
insights on present-day world economic and Seminary family in 2006 as Professor of Bible Exposition, and
money trends, viewed from a Biblical perspec- also teaches as an adjunct professor at The Master’s College. Dr.
tive. He has global investment industry experi- Harris serves as the teaching pastor at Lake Hills Community
ence spanning three decades, having held Church in Castaic, CA.
various executive positions from Director of
Research for a major Wall Street firm, to Chairman of Canada’s JAMES K. WALKER, the president of Watchman
largest global investment group. At one time also a top-ranked Fellowship, is a former fourth generation Mor-
global analyst and strategist, he continues to write and work as mon with over twenty years of ministry experi-
a Chief Investment Officer. The Mulberry Ministry, founded in ence in the field of Christian counter-cult
1995 with his wife, Joyce, publishes and distributes Eternal evangelism, apologetics, and discernment. He
Value Review and over 40 books and booklets. For the past 10 has been interviewed as an expert on new
years, he has been a contributor to Midnight Call magazine. religious movements and cults on a variety of network television
programs including Nightline, ABC World News Tonight, and The
DR. CHUCK MISSLER, a Naval academy gradu- News Hour with Jim Lehrer. He has spoken at hundreds of
ate and former Branch Chief of the Dept. of churches, colleges, universities, and seminaries throughout
Guided Missiles, had a remarkable 30-year the United States and internationally.
executive career. He served on the Board of
Directors of 12 public companies and was CEO ARNO FROESE is the executive director of Mid-
of 6 of them. For twenty years, Chuck balanced night Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the
his high-profile corporate career with his teaching commit- critically-acclaimed prophetic magazines Mid-
ment to a weekly Bible study at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa in night Call and News From Israel. He has
Southern California. He earned a Ph.D. from Louisiana Baptist authored a number of well-received books,
University in Biblical Studies in 1999. He and his wife Nancy and has sponsored many prophecy confer-
established Koinonia House in 1973. Koinonia House publishes ences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels
the monthly Personal UPDATE, which highlights the Biblical rel- have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he
evance of current events to over 50,000 subscribers world- sees it from an international perspective.
wide. After a devastating earthquake in 1992 demolished their
home in Big Bear, California, Chuck and Nancy moved Koinonia
House to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and K-House now reaches tens
of thousands through its monthly newsletter, radio shows, and
conferences.

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2011 Atlantic Coast Prophecy Conference
CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
16-18 October 2011
Time Sunday, 16 October Monday, 17 October Tuesday, 18 October
JamesWalker
Thus Saith Brooklyn:Israel’s Prophets Norbert Lieth
8:45
vs.the Watchtower’s Prophets Furnace of the Future

9:30 Break Break

Wilfred Hahn Dr.Greg Harris


10:00 Present Israel Linked: Jesus’Use of Psalm 118 and
Money & Antisemitism the Future of the Nation of Israel

Arno Froese Wilfred Hahn


10:45 Future Israel Linked:
All Things Must Be Fulfilled
Islam,Oil & the West

Lunch Lunch

Dr.Greg Harris JamesWalker


14:00 The Glory of God Changes Every- Thus Saith the Lord? Israel’s Prophets
thing—Including the Future vs.the End-time Date-Setters
14:45 Dr.Chuck Missler Questions & Answers
19:00 Introduction/Welcome WhatDoWeDo?

Arno Froese Norbert Lieth Evening Banquet


19:30 What Seven Brothers
Democracy Invasion of Islam Say About the Future Norbert Lieth
One Sentence About the Future
JamesWalker
20:15 Dr.Chuck Missler Thus Saith Salt Lake City: Israel’s Arno Froese
Where Are We Headed? Prophets vs.Mormonism’s Prophets The Timing of the Rapture

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World Conspiracy
in Light of the Bible
– PARTIV
Johannes Pflaum

Due to substantial interest in the subject, we continue our study of the


conspiracy series with Part 4. What does the Bible say about world
conspiracy theories? Do they belong to the prophetic Word?

I
n 1 John 4:1 it says, “Beloved, believe not every tioned, and the Jews looked upon as the root of all
spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of evil. Strangely enough, the USA always comes off
God: because many false prophets are gone out badly and Europe well. Unfortunately, the books of
into the world.” This also applies to everything that Des Griffin are also given as references in a Christ-
is presented to us in the realm of conspiracy theo- ian book of revelation.
ries. The ultimate awakening came when I began to
As a teenager, I found myself in the world of con- concern myself with the origins of the hatred for
spiracy theories. I was confronted with it for the the Jews and anti-Semitism.1 In the meantime, it has
first time when somebody gave me a pamphlet been proven through a variety of literature and re-
called “Deception in a religious cloak—Neo- search that Hitler was convinced of the Freemason
Nazism as a continuation of alleged Christian reve- world conspiracy, behind which Judaism was said
lation” by a man named Friedrich T. Külling. In this to stand. All these esoteric theories are based on the
pamphlet, the so-called “books of revelation” of Des so-called “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” which
Griffin and Wolfgang Borowsky were analyzed in was found to be a forgery by the Czarist secret po-
detail. Friedrich Külling shows clearly the Christ- lice and blamed on the Jews. In it, Jewish universal
ian-cloaked National-socialist train of thought that Freemasonry is accused of aiming at world domin-
is passed on in these “books of revelation.” ion, blowing great cities up to serve their own pur-
Amongst other things, the Holocaust is subtly ques- poses, and destroying Western civilization. Perhaps

SEPTEMBER 2011 27
Among other things, the book on Skull and Bones and
the connection of George W. Bush to this secret society
at Yale University, was published by the dubious Kopp
publishing house in Germany. This secret student
society is alleged to be aiming at world dominion.
Skull and Bones in 1947, with George H. W. Bush just left of clock

it is dawning on you now how a person can arrive Freemason structure. This is deeply shocking when
at an alleged conspiracy behind 9/11. These fake we know of the Nazi sources of such theses. Such a
protocols had to serve as evidence to justify the statement borders on blasphemy. Of course, we do
pogroms and assaults upon the Jews. Hitler and not have the saved state of Israel before us. Israeli
Himmler were possessed by the idea of the Freema- politicians, such as Yitzhak Rabin, for instance, can
sonry/Jewish world conspiracy, and therefore they be Freemasons. But the restoration of the state of Is-
persecuted the Freemasons and much more the rael and the return of the Jews, which has already
Jews, who were allegedly behind them. begun, is the work of God and the fulfillment of
Up to the present time, many of the so-called rev- biblical prophecy. This has nothing to do with the
elation books come from the right-wing extremist alleged world dominion of the Freemasons.
corner. As an example we have the writings of Udo It was the same person who looks upon universal
Holey, who published his revelation books under Freemasonry as paving the way for the Antichrist.
the pseudonym of Jan van Helsing. From this eso- In answer to my question, what he would do with
teric, anti-Semitic author comes, for instance, the this thesis if the Antichrist appeared on the scene as
claim that Helmut Kohl, former Chancellor of Ger- opponent and persecutor of the alleged world con-
many, was in reality a Jew, and his name was there- spiracy, just as Hitler once did, he had no answer.
fore changed from Kohn (Cohen) to Kohl.2 I have Among other things, the book on Skull and
to admit, to my shame, that I accepted and believed Bones and the connection of George W. Bush to this
this claim from a brother in the faith, who was al- secret society at Yale University, was published by
legedly an expert in the field of Freemasonry. At the dubious Kopp publishing house in Germany.
that time, I did not know of the occultic, right-wing This secret student society is alleged to be aiming at
extremist background of such theses. From the world dominion. The fact that George Bush, only a
same source comes the claim that the Jews use the few years after the publication of the book, went
Holocaust as a weapon against Germany. Similarly, down in history as one of the most unpopular pres-
it spread the absurd idea that the AIDs virus was idents in history and brought his party a historic
produced on the orders of the Jewish Illuminati in defeat, does not seem to bother anyone—particu-
an American laboratory.3 larly because Barack Obama was not a Yale student.
The books by Holey, alias Jan van Helsing are for- But in spite of this, the conspiracy theories con-
bidden in Germany, by the way. His theses, how- tinue to thrive.
ever, are being spread by other authors. The books Far too seldom is the question asked, where all
of Des Griffin were also published by a company these conspiracy theories are concerned, from what
which was under observation by the organization source does this information come? What people
for the protection of the federal constitution in Ger- supply this information? In the German Christian
many, on account of its neo-Nazi tendencies. magazine Factum (7/2010) a man named Thomas
A Christian person who considers himself an ex- Lachenmaier makes it clear that the conspiracy the-
pert in matters of universal Freemasonry said to me ories that now abound about the earthquake in
that the present day state of Israel is basically a Haiti and the associated secret weapons of the USA,

28 MIDNIGHT CALL
World Conspiracy in Light of the Bible – Part IV

It is by far not about portraying the Freemasons, Bilderbergers, the United Nations or
anything else as something good or neutral, but do we recognize the spirit behind all these
conspiracy theories? Do we really examine these things in the light of the Bible, or are they
accepted too hastily because they seem—I repeat, seem—to fit in our own system?

were a means of the Socialist-ideological warfare at self; and let him be your fear, and let him be your
the time of the German Democratic Republic. It is dread.”
sometimes shocking how, especially among Chris- These words were directed at Ahaz, the King of
tians, such things are accepted only because they Judah. He trembled before the approaching ten-
appear to fit their own system, without their look- tribe kingdom of Israel and the Assyrians. The peo-
ing into the source of this information. Although ple sensed a conspiracy behind the threatening
they are against Islam, it does not even matter that enemy powers. Through this, they were deaf to the
such conspiracy theories are available in books and speaking and the connected judgment of God. Do
theses in abundance in Islamic lands. we not find ourselves in the same danger today? In-
Another example of this is: years ago I read in the stead of humbling ourselves under the speaking and
German news magazine Focus an interview with thereby connected judgment of God, in view of the
one of the main ideologists who represent the Illu- events and developments, some kind of evil con-
minati conspiracy. In the background of the picture spiracies are held responsible. Therefore, the alter-
taken in his office, there was a Buddha statue and native to the conspiracy theories in Isaiah 8 is the
the esoteric signs of Yin and Yang. Therefore, my fear of God. Why? In this chapter, it is clear that the
question is addressed not only to the right-leaning Lord Himself is carrying out His plans and not some
spectrum: what kind of people are these who supply kind of conspiracy. For this reason, all these con-
us with such apparently spectacular and valuable spiracy theories are so dangerous. They pull the
information? Christian in the wrong direction. For them, it is no
It is by far not about portraying the Freemasons, longer God who is active and carrying out His in-
Bilderbergers, the United Nations or anything else tentions in spite of all human conspiracy theories,
as something good or neutral, but do we recognize but suddenly universal Freemasonry or someone
the spirit behind all these conspiracy theories? Do else has the reins in his hand. We should fear the
we really examine these things in the light of the Lord. Everything else is unbelief. Verses 19-20 of the
Bible, or are they accepted too hastily because they above-quoted text are interesting: “And when they
seem—I repeat, seem—to fit in our own system? shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have famil-
I would like at this point to quote a text from Isa- iar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mut-
iah 8:9-13, “Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the
ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye of living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony:
far countries: gird yourselves, and ye shall be bro- if they speak not according to this word, it is because
ken in pieces; gird yourselves, and ye shall be bro- there is no light in them.” Here it is clear how
ken in pieces. Take counsel together, and it shall closely connected the false conspiracy fear was with
come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not occultic sources and practices in Judah.
stand: for God is with us. For the Lord spake thus (MR0511/446)
to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that
I should not walk in the way of this people, saying, ENDNOTES
Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this 1 Lewis, Bernard. Drive Them into the Sea: The History of Anti-Semitism.
people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their 2 Wippermann,Wolfgang. Agents of Evil, p. 148.
fear, nor be afraid. Sanctify the Lord of hosts him- 3 Ibid., p. 149

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Chinese students at a school in Shanxi province hold
Communist flags and a portrait of Mao Zedong at a ceremony
to mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of China's
Communist Party.There is a current wave of nostalgia for Mao
in the country. PHOTO: AFP

CHINA

TheTerribly Successful Communist Party


Beijing’s communists are among the world’s most successful capitalists, but their economic ascent is of-
ten overshadowed by its human rights violations.The Communist Party now faces a crucial test: Can it
become more democratic without jeopardizing its hold on power?

 ordinary
China needs heroes, shining role models,
people who can bring positive
terribly successful party, say
many anxious Western ob- Shanghai at night: In
change to society through their actions. This was servers. Soviet communism the last 30 years,
China's gross domestic
true at the time of Confucius, but it has been partic- ended up in the dustbin of his- product has grown by
ularly true since China has had a communist party. tory. The parties in North Korea a factor of about 30.
The country has
And because the Chinese Communist Party chan- and Cuba led their people to overtaken Germany
nels, organizes and monitors everything, it didn’t economic downfall and are and Japan as an
economic power.
take long after its victory in the 1949 revolution to considered discredited. Com-
PHOTO: REUTERS
establish a “Foundation for Altruism and Courage” munist parties stood—and con-
that selects China’s heroes. Its various decisions tinue to stand—for an incurable
over the past decades reveal a surprising and even sclerosis, while their leaders are viewed as di- “If Vladimir Lenin were reincarnated in 21st-cen-
sensational development. nosaurs. The outcome of the socialist idea has tury Beijing and managed to avert his eyes from
Today’s official role models show how thor- served as ample proof that it cannot work in prac- the city’s glittering skyscrapers and conspicuous
oughly the party has adjusted to conform to a glob- tice. consumption, he would instantly recognize in the
alized era. Enter Duan Wenyin, 27. He is the man In China, this quasi law of nature seems to ruling Chinese Communist Party a replica of the
the communist authorities are currently touting as have been suspended. The dinosaur has learned system he designed nearly a century ago for the
their latest hero of the revolution. to evolve, and adaptation instead of agony victors of the Bolshevik Revolution,” Australian
Mr. Duan runs his hand over his impeccably tai- shapes the picture, as Beijing rushes from one communism expert Richard McGregor wrote ear-
lored suit. His hair is perfectly gelled. He speaks economic success to the next. In the last 30 lier this year in the US journal Foreign Policy.
smoothly and chooses his words carefully. An elo- years, China has increased its gross domestic What is the closest comparison to this strange
quent, practiced sense of modesty is part of his product by about thirty times and has overtaken Chinese party, this admirable but despicable insti-
persona. “No, I don’t want to be a hero,” says Germany and Japan as an economic power, and tution with its quasi-religious aspirations, partly os-
Duan, a graduate of an elite university, in the village it will likely leave the United States behind by sified and partly willing to reform, fluctuating
of Beigou 60 kilometers (38 miles) east of Beijing, 2020, becoming the world’s largest economy. No between total repression and the recognition of plu-
“but a patriot.” other country has amassed such large foreign ralism?
Portraits of Marx, Lenin, Mao and Deng Xiaop- currency reserves as the People’s Republic. If it The Catholic Church, at least to an unofficial en-
ing hang next to each other at the entrance of the wanted to, Beijing could buy up all the companies voy of the Chinese Communist Party during a visit
local party headquarters building. Duan looks up at listed on Germany’s DAX index with only one- to the Vatican in 2008. “We have the propaganda
the wall, where a slogan reads: “Li dang wei gong” third of its $3 trillion (€2.1 trillion) in reserves. department, and you have the Heralds of the
or “Commitment of the Party to the Community.” According to US diplomats whose secret ca- Gospel. We have our organization department,
bles from Beijing were published by WikiLeaks, and you have the College of Cardinals.” When the
A Dinosaur Which Has Learned to Adapt the expanded Politburo, consisting of 24 men and Vatican representative asked the Communist Party
The membership of the Chinese Communist Party one woman, is characterized by a “consensus envoy what he thought the differences were, he
is almost as large as Germany’s population. Its 78 system in which members can exercise veto replied: “You were sent by God, but we were sent
million members make it the largest political party power.” In fact, the cable continues, “true democ- by the devil.”
in the world, and a very successful one at that—a racy” prevails in the Politburo. -www.spiegel.de, 27 June 2011
(continued next page)

30 MIDNIGHT CALL
Communist (continued from page 30)

From the short excerpts we publish of


the seven-page article, one quickly real-
BELGIUM
Company spokesman Victor De Meester said
izes that Chinese communists have in-
How to Earn Money with that apart from employees being healthier there
were also other advantages. deed done “terribly well.” Their ability
Your Bicycle in Europe “The more people cycle to work the fewer parking to change continuously seems to be the
Getting paid for going to work spaces you have to offer. It's not so easy, especially key to their success.
may sound too good to be true, in urban areas, to expand parking spaces,” he said. Most experts agree that China is des-
but it’s part of an increasingly Colruyt’s belief that employees who cycle to work tined to become the world’s leading
popular scheme for commuters are healthier than their colleagues who don’t is country—at least economically. The
across Europe. backed up by research from Dutch orga- Chinese communist miracle model is be-
nization TNO. coming attractive for many Asian na-
tions, but very unlikely to find disciples
Cyclists ride past
The researcher found that over the
in the European world (West). Thus, we
puddles after a
thunderstorm course of a year, cycling employees on
see two power structures arising: 1. cap-
in central
average lose one working day less due to
ital-based communism and 2. social-
London
illness than employees who commute by
based capitalism. However, both are
Credit: Reuters/Phil
other means.
aiming in the same direction—posses-
Noble

 other
-www.reuters.com, 21 June 2011
Employers in Belgium, the Netherlands and sions, prosperity, and peace.
European countries are rewarding Europeans have learned from history. Today, How are we to analyze this from bib-
staff if they come to work on a bicycle, paying them they are putting their resources together instead lical perspectives? One verse should
for every kilometer they cycle, all in an effort to pro- of fighting wars. suffice: “For when they shall say, Peace
mote environmentalism, not to mention a healthier When closely following the various reports and safety; then sudden destruction
lifestyle. from the European Union, one senses that they cometh upon them, as travail upon a
In Belgium, cycling commuters are being paid are on the right path to creating the world’s first woman with child; and they shall not es-
20 euro cents (29 U.S. cents) per kilometer, truly peaceful society. Although diverse from cape” (1 Thessalonians 5:3).
whereas those in the Netherlands can earn 15 one another due to language, culture, tradition, At the pinnacle of success, God’s
cents and participants in Britain up to 20 pence (32 customs and holidays, they are living together judgment will break forth, resulting in
U.S. cents) per mile—all of it tax-free. in peace, enjoying great prosperity. the most horrendous catastrophe the
In Belgium, a popular cycling nation and home From the Bible we know that when the world has ever known. Revelation 18:23
to five-time Tour de France and Giro D’Italia winner Prince of Peace comes, the Messiah of Israel, speaks of that end: “And the light of a
Eddie Merckx, finance ministry figures show that He will establish a real and lasting peace on candle shall shine no more at all in thee;
more than 270,000 people took part in the scheme planet earth. Thus, it stands to reason that the and the voice of the bridegroom and of
last year, up from 140,000 in 2006. enemy, the great imitator must be successful in the bride shall be heard no more at all in
Last year, that meant the Belgian tax man paid creating a near perfect society where all the thee: for thy merchants were the great
out 43 million euros ($62 mln) to those who bill for people in the world, not just Europe, will men of the earth; for by thy sorceries
cycling to work. praise, adore, even worship the dragon and the were all nations deceived.” It does not
“Higher oil prices and environmental awareness beast according to Revelation 13:3-4, “And speak of war or weapons of war, but at
contribute to having more cyclists on the road,” I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to the end something very abnormal hap-
said Dieter Snauwaert, coordinator of the bike-to- death; and his deadly wound was healed: pens: the voice of the Bridegroom and
work scheme of the Flemish cyclists’ union in Bel- and all the world wondered after the beast. the voice of the Bride are silenced. The
gium. And they worshipped the dragon, which merchants and the great men of the
One of the most successful corporate propo- gave power unto the beast: and they wor- earth—the rich, the famous, the leaders,
nents has been Belgian discount supermarket shipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the intellectuals—all were deceived.
chain Colruyt, which launched the policy four years the beast? who is able to make war with That spells the end of the world as we
ago and now has 2,100 participants. him?” 4119 know it today. 4121
Colruyt provides employees who live up to 7 km
away from work with a bicycle and takes care of (For more on world preparation for the Antichrist, read (For more on the world’s economic fornication, read
maintenance. Revelation 13: Satan’s Last Victory, Item 1067.) Global Financial Apocalypse Prophesied, Item 1068.)

SEPTEMBER 2011 31
ISRAEL
bined paper and elec-

Full Fledged Passport to


include
tronic passport that
contains biometric in-
Biometric Passport computer chip
Photo: Kfir Sivan / Israel formation that can be

to Come Sun
used to authenti-
cate the identity
In early June, a special Knesset
of travelers. It uses
Constitution, Law and Justice
and Science and Technology contactless smart
subcommittee, charged with re- MK Avraham Michaeli (Shas) voted in favor of card technology, includ-
viewing the regulations and ad- the pilot. MK Zeev Eikin (Likud) attended the ing a microprocessor chip (computer
ministrative arrangements initial part of the meeting, but left before the chip) and antenna (for both power to
pertaining to the establishment vote. Three other committee members, Zion the chip and communication) embed-
of a biometric database contain- Fanian (Likud), Uri Orbach (Habayit Hayehudi) ded in the front or back cover, or cen-
ing information on the citizens and Hamad Amar (Yisrael Beiteinu) did not at- ter page, of the passport...The
of Israel, finally got around to
tend the session. No quorum was required for passport’s critical information is
voting on the first practical step
towards setting up the database. the vote, and it was held despite the fact that both printed on the data page of the
The committee approved an or- most of the subcommittee was not present. passport and stored in the chip. Pub-
der for a pilot biometric gather- Avner Pinchuk, legal counsel for the Associa- lic Key Infrastructure (PKI) is used to
ing project slated to last two tion for Civil Rights in Israel, stated in an ap- authenticate the data stored elec-

 viduals
years. pearance before the subcommittee that the tronically in the passport chip mak-
Biometric identification recognizes indi- proposed Israeli database is unprecedented in ing it expensive and difficult (as of
based on one or more physio- scope, and that there are “no mandatory biomet- 2010) to forge when all security
logical aspects of a person’s body, such as ric databases in any democratic country.” mechanisms are fully and correctly
fingerprints, face recognition, DNA, palm geom- Sabine Hadad, a spokeswoman for the Interior implemented.
etry, or iris recognition, all of which are unique Ministry’s Population, Immigration and Border
to each individual. It is considered by many to Authority, tells The Report, however, that ac- Thus, a full information bio-passport is
be nearly foolproof because it does not depend cording to research conducted by the Interior definitely being implemented globally.
on an identity card that can be forged. Ministry, several countries have established or We must add here that this is not the
The creation of a national biometric database are in the process of establishing biometric dreaded Mark of the Beast, but is cer-
was first proposed by Meir Sheetrit (Kadima) databases similar in scope to the one planned tainly a stepping stone in that direction.
when he was Interior Minister in Ehud Olmert’s for Israel, including Mexico, Switzerland, Fin- Many of us remember that just a few
government in the years 2007 to 2009. Despite land, and India, which has the largest such data- decades ago, the passport was the ulti-
a tremendous public debate, in which oppo- base in the world. In addition, Israel is the only mate authority to document your iden-
nents expressed concerns about the use of a country within the Organization for Economic tity. Today, this takes second place. The
biometric database as an invasion of privacy, Cooperation and Development (OECD) yet to is- officer may confirm your identity with
the Knesset passed a law approving the cre- sue a biometric passport. your passport, but the final authority is
ation of such a database in December 2009 by -The Jerusalem Report, 4 July 2011 the computer scanner; it is the deciding
a vote of 40-11. factor of whether or not you enter any
The special Knesset subcommittee was es- Although there is noticeable opposition to country. The Mark of the Beast will be
tablished to study and approve details related such a type of full biometric passport, Is- applied to the person, “And he causeth
to implementing the new law. Among the sub- rael’s members of Knesset (Parliament) all, both small and great, rich and poor,
jects it looked into were the timetable for setting seem to be indifferent to the issue since only free and bond, to receive a mark in their
up the database, and methods to secure the two members were present for the vote. right hand, or in their foreheads” (Reve-
data. About the US Passport, Wikipedia docu- lation 13:16). 4135
Only two Knesset Members bothered to ments:
show up for the subcommittee’s vote approving A biometric passport, also known as (For more on global progress toward the mark, read
the pilot program. Sheetrit, the chairman, and an e-passport or ePassport, is a com- Preparing for the Mark of the Beast, Item 1061.)

32 MIDNIGHT CALL
IRAN

Foreign Ministry Con-


firms New Uranium
EUROPE German Chancellor Angela Merkel commented: Enrichment Program
EU Seeks to Free Itself “Regarding the issue of rating agencies, I think it is im-
portant that we do not allow others to take away our
Iran is installing new uranium
enrichment machines aimed at
from U.S.Rating own ability to make judgments.” speeding up progress in its nu-
Agencies The members of the European Parliament who
are pushing for a European agency don’t just want a
clear program, the Foreign Min-
istry said, a development that
The “Big Three” credit rating fourth ratings giant in addition to the Big Three. In- may add to Western concern
agencies can determine the fate

 Mehmanparast appeared to confirm a


stead, they want to establish a Europe-wide network about Tehran’s aims.
of entire countries, by deciding of credit rating agencies. In order to ensure sufficient Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin
whether they are creditworthy or demand for their services, the EU could stipulate
not. Now Portugal is under pres- that structured financial instruments need to have Reuters story that Iran was installing two newer
sure after Moody’s downgraded ratings from two agencies, rather than just one. and more advanced models of the centrifuges
its debt to junk status. European FDP (Free Democrats) politician Wolf Klinz be- used to refine uranium for large-scale testing at
politicians want to create an al- lieves that rating agencies are only actually neces- a research site.
ternative, even though they sary for assessing financial products. “When it If Iran eventually succeeds in introducing the
helped give so much power to comes to national debt, we don’t need the agen- more modern centrifuges for production, it could
the agencies in the first place. cies,” he says. After all, he argues, all the important significantly shorten the time needed to stock-
data on a country’s debt is publicly available from pile material which can have civilian as well as
The offices of Standard and Poor's in New York
sources such as the OECD, the International Mon- military purposes, if processed much further.
etary Fund or the respective central bank. Large “By installing the new centrifuges
investors can therefore easily assess the country’s progress is being made with more speed
financial health by themselves, he argues. and better quality,” Mehmanparast said,
-www.spiegel.de, 6 July 2011 adding the move showed Iran was being

 Strange
successful in its “peaceful nuclear activity.”
as it may seem, there are still Although there is much political will abroad to in- Iran denies Western accusations that it
credit rating agencies that give cash- validate or weaken America’s credit rating agen- is seeking to develop nuclear weapons and
strapped Greece top marks. The experts at Ger- cies, the US still dominates. That fact is obviously says it is refining uranium for electricity
many’s Euler Hermes Rating currently give the helpful for the United States, carrying notable generation and medical applications.
Mediterranean country their top AA rating, citing its weight when it comes to protecting American na- -haaretz.com, 19 July 2011
“very strong business environment.” tional interests. Doubtless, however, in the long
And there is little doubt that Euler Hermes can be run, this will change. Europe represents the One thing becomes clearer as time passes: the
trusted. It is the first rating agency that officially world’s largest economy and the most diverse option of military intervention decreases, but,
meets the tougher European regulations for the in- one, and must be expected to establish a counter- we must add, as with all wars, when it seems
dustry that were introduced at the end of 2010. weight. most unlikely, that’s the time war breaks out.
There is only one problem: Their good rating for What does it mean prophetically? Europe is From biblical prophetic perspectives, the
Greece is not related to the creditworthiness of the Rome, and Rome is documented to be the final four Gentile superpowers are well and alive.
state, but to that of Greek companies. When it Gentile superpower structure on earth, only to be The war in Babylon (Iraq); the threat from Per-
comes to rating sovereign bonds, that is still done al- displaced by Israel, according to Daniel 2:44: sia (Iran); then Greece’s financial catastrophe;
most exclusively by the three major US-based rating “And in the days of these kings shall the God of and finally, Rome, the last Gentile superpower,
agencies—Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s and Fitch— heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be is exhausting all options for one purpose—
who are collectively known as the Big Three. destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to unity for Europe and the rest of the world.
That is something that European politicians other people, but it shall break in pieces and con- This process has been ongoing for almost
have long wanted to change, and there have sume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for 2,600 years, according to Daniel 2:44, but in
been repeated calls to set up an independent Eu- ever.” 4127 these last days, it has become visible. 4137
ropean rating agency. Now the European Union is
working on its proposal for what such an agency (For more on world unity, read Revelation 13: Satan’s Last Vic- (For more on Daniel’s visions, read Daniel’s Prophecies
could look like. tory, Item 1067.) Made Easy, Item 1057.)

SEPTEMBER 2011 33
“And he had power to give life unto the im-
USA “[But] without the marketing culture of this
age of the beast, that the image of the beast
Hindu Religionist country, I don’t think yoga would be where it is to-
day. And I think those of us who are advocating for should both speak, and cause that as many
DefendsYoga this Take Back Yoga program we are as comfort- as would not worship the image of the beast
For centuries in India, yoga has able calling ourselves Indian as we are American, should be killed.” Dave Hunt’s book Yoga
been a practice rooted in the so I don’t necessarily think it’s an ethnicity-based and the Body of Christ (Item 2224) ex-
Hindu faith. Today, it is a mas- issue.” plores this subject further. 4039

sively popular fitness tradition in -www.npr.org, 24 March 2011


the United States, part of a well- AUSTR ALIA
ness lifestyle for some 15 million The words, “you are a Hindu” are rather strik-
ing because yoga does not require the Largest Carbon

Americans.
practitioner to change his religion.
And some Hindus are not happy with
the way yoga is treated in the US. The You can continue being a Christian Reduction Scheme
(Churchianity), Buddhist or Mus-
Hindu American Foundation claims the tra-
dition has strayed too far from its Hindu lim, even an atheist. However,
Planned Outside
roots and has launched a campaign the bodily exercise requires Europe
called ‘Take Back Yoga.’ In Tell you to subject your Australia has unveiled extensive
Me More’s weekly “Faith Mat- soul to the sake of ex- plans, including a tax on its
ters” conversation, guest host periencing something worst polluters, to reduce its car-
Farai Chideya puts the question, “who extraordinary. This religious bon pollution by 5 percent over
owns yoga?” to Sheetal Shah of the physical exercise falls under the the next nine years.
Hindu American Foundation. now famous European motto,
Ms. Shah: “The emphasis of this campaign re- “United in Diversity.” Every practitioner may
ally began a couple years ago when we noticed in keep his unique identity, but consciously or
countless yoga magazines, and specifically Yoga subconsciously, is endorsing Hinduism.
Journal, the lack of reference to Hindu or Hin- This reminds us of the Bible’s recorded
duism, but it was full of references to other faiths, first ecumenical worship service in Daniel
particularly Buddhism, and even mystical Chris- chapter 3. King Nebuchadnezzar built a
tianity for example. golden image for a specific purpose—reli-
gious worship. We read in verse 5: “That at

 scheme
“I think part of the issue that goes back is the
way that Hinduism has really been defined. For what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, In what is the largest carbon-reduction
most Hindus it’s more of a way of life and yoga is flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all outside Europe, the country’s
something that’s kind of been incorporated into our kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the 500 worst polluters will be forced to pay $25 for
lives day in and day out. But that being said, Hin- golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king every metric ton of carbon dioxide they emit
duism is a very pluralistic faith and it’s very accept- hath set up.” There was no requirement to from 2012.
ing and very universal. change one’s religion or destroy the idols that Some of this money will be used to help com-
“And interestingly enough, I actually just read were traditionally worshiped. All one had to pensate households that will be hit by higher
an old article by a Professor Stephen Prothero and do was “fall down and worship the golden power bills.
he was referring to the Vedanta Society. And at the image.” “Australians want to do the right thing by the
very end he quoted one of the swamis and essen- What was the alternative? “And whoso environment,” said Australia’s Prime Minister Ju-
tially the swamis said that whether you are a Chris- falleth not down and worshippeth shall the lia Gillard, whose country is the rich world’s
tian, a Buddhist, a Muslim, if you are truly same hour be cast into the midst of a burning worst per capita greenhouse gas emitter due to
searching for the inner divine within you, you are a fiery furnace” (verse 6). a heavy reliance on ageing coal-fired power sta-
Hindu. Because the idea within Hinduism is that In the last book of the Bible, the final tions for electricity generation.
the whole world is one family and that the divine ecumenical worship service is revealed. “That is why the Gillard government is imple-
resides within each of us and that’s essentially the This time the object of worship is also a menting a comprehensive plan for a clean en-
idea of yoga as well. manmade image. Revelation 13:15 reads: ergy future for our nation,” she said.
(continued next page)

34 MIDNIGHT CALL
The scheme will cover 60 percent of Aus- driving cuts where power plants were forced and cold and heat, and summer and win-
tralia’s carbon pollution apart from exempted to switch to less carbon-emitting natural gas ter, and day and night shall not cease”
agricultural and light vehicle emissions. or biomass. (Genesis 8:22).
The scheme will cost $4.7bn to implement, Outside the EU, only New Zealand has a The nations that implement strict pol-
including household and industry compensa- national scheme in operation. lution standards are the richest and most
tion to avoid a political backlash. -english.aljazeera.net, 10 July 2011 successful in the world. Also, they will
Coal miners would be eligible for a $1.4bn benefit even more as additional nations
compensation package to help the intensive Most scientists the world over agree that will jump on the bandwagon, proclaiming
mines adjust to the tax, which would add an carbon pollution is a contributing factor the urgency with their message, “Save the
average $1.9 per ton to the cost of mining to global warming. However, there is a planet.” But the real and final global de-
coal. large group of dissenters who argue that struction involving planet Earth is docu-
Australia, a major coal exporter, relies on manmade pollution is not the cause of the mented for us in 2 Peter 3:12: “Looking
coal for 80 percent of electricity generation, much acclaimed global warming. for and hasting unto the coming of the
which in turn accounts for 37 percent of na- What is our position? We insist, based day of God, wherein the heavens being
tional emissions. on Holy Scripture, that although the on fire shall be dissolved, and the ele-
Europe’s reduction system, which covers weather pattern in recent time has exhib- ments shall melt with fervent heat.” 4130
the 27 European Union member states plus ited ups and downs, fundamentally, there
Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, has forced is no change. The Bible says, “While the
earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest,
(For more on the coming judgment, read Global Finan-
power producers to pay for carbon emissions, cial Apocalypse Prophesied, Item 1068.)

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SEPTEMBER 2011 35
Midnight Call’s
September Resource Guide

Personal Word from Arno Froese


“In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge”(Colossians 2:3).
Dear Christian Friend, What is the reason for all the protests?
The above Scripture gives us the assurance that the The media tells us that large portions of the Arab population feel oppressed;
treasure of wisdom and knowledge is hid in Christ Jesus many are unemployed and suffer unbearable poverty.However,that is only on
our Lord.Verse 10 adds,“And ye are complete in him,which the surface.There is much more to it.
is the head of all principality and power.”He is the Author
and Finisher of our faith; to Him is given all power in The Arab League
heaven and on earth.He stated in John 17:4:“I have glorified thee on the earth: Presently,the Arab League consists of 22 independent Arab nations.Their terri-
I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” tory is larger than the United States,and the population stands at 360 million
This wonderful,overwhelming and glorious truth we should treasure deep people.
in our hearts,and continuously praise and thank the Lord for His completed But there is more; about 60 percent of the world’s oil reserves lie beneath
work. the ground of Arab territory.
Oil,as we all know,is absolutely necessary for the West and the East to run
The Deception their industry.What will happen when democracy takes over the Arab world?
The other side of the story is the imitation.It includes the whole world; all na- The population will insist on benefiting from the oil wealth,and that will trans-
tions on planet Earth are subject to the god of this world,the father of lies,the late into higher energy costs globally.
deceiver from the beginning.
Satan is not ignorant; he knows the prophetic Word,and he knows that he What will happen next?
must build a global society where all live together in peace,security and enjoy Democracy Invades Islam reveals how the Arab revolution will hasten the estab-
prosperity. lishment of the final world government under the auspices of democracy.
Here is what the Bible says in Revelation 13:3:“…and all the world won- Chapters include:
dered after the beast.”The next verse states:“…they worshipped the beast,say- • The Raging of the Nations
ing, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?”In verse 8 • Satan’s Invisible Power Elite
we read,“And ALL that dwell upon the earth shall worship him.”Several chap- • The Muslim’s Losing Battle
ters further it says,“These have one mind,and shall give their power and • Why the World Must Change
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• The Master Deceiver at His Best
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Address letters for publication to: Letters to the Editor, Midnight Call, P.O. Box 280008,
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The Kings of the East...


Marriage...
Islam

The Kings of the East Obama being elected president and


Mr. Froese, for his having over a billion dollars
In the May 2011 issue, in your re- ready for him to run for president
ply to K. Eklund in California, you again. He has not been truthful, so
stated that “China is NOT involved” far, in anything, including the his-
in the prophesied war with Israel. In tory of where he came from and
the June, July and August 2010 is- where he was born. Since he first
sues, Wilfred Hahn wrote an article took office he has been selling our
series titled “Far East Trends Today,” country right out from under us.
saying that China WILL be involved How can the “people” vote for him
in this war. The Bible talks about the the second time? Perhaps all of our
200 million troops of China (the feelings, thoughts and expectations
East) in Rev. 9:14-16, who will kill are in vain and we should accept
1/3 of mankind, so isn’t China going what Paul wrote in Ephesians 6:12.
to be involved in this last big war Will Obama be in any way responsi-
over Israel? ble for the coming Muslim invasion?
I would also like your thoughts on I am of a mind that perhaps we
Obama as to his involvement in the will not be here come the next time
tribulation; do you think he will be- to vote.
come the new permanent EU presi- -P. Warren, TX
dent?
It is said that Kissinger and the Answer: “For we know in part, and we
Bilderbergers are responsible for prophesy in part” (1 Corinthians 13:9).

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

There’s no shortage of people who want a one-world


economy, government and religion—without Jesus Christ.
Before the Tower of Babel, the world spoke one language.
After the Tower of Babel, as chastisement, God confused
tongues and made communication very difficult with many
languages.
Will mankind never learn that human beings, individually
or collectively, are not God?
-R. MACKIN, ME

That is why we seem to have differ- You, unlike most Christians, Answer: Regarding infants, I have
ent opinions occasionally. My read- do not believe an infant dying made my opinion clear: God knows.
ing of Revelation 9 leads me to will be eternally saved. My I don’t believe in automatic salva-
believe it deals with demonic forces, mother was the only other per- tion, for it does not measure up to
not literal, physical people: they orig- son I know of who believed as the teaching of Holy Scripture.
inate from “the bottomless pit.” Be- you. She taught me that such a Regarding marriage, 1 Corinthi-
sides, this is not manmade war, but belief is contrary to God having ans 7 highlights many important
God-made judgment of planet earth. given humans freedom of points such as in verses 4, 8, 9, 11, 15
Your questions about Obama, choice. She believed the infant’s and 32. Marriage is for life and
Kissinger, the Bilderbergers and the soul is in God’s care and tutelage should be respected as such. Any-
coming Muslim invasion reveal that while its mind matures until a one who reads Holy Scripture and
you receive a lot of information from choice can be made—even as the believes it, receives the answer very
conspiracy theory sources. When angels chose their loyalty and plainly. Because your question is
carefully analyzed, one finds that we must choose whom we serve. seeking an answer for others, I will
they are mostly based on imagina- Also, has Midnight Call ever not proceed further on this matter
tion. carried an article on what the except to say that in the end, mar-
Besides, if you are looking for a New Testament teaches about riage will be obsolete (1 Timothy
candidate for Antichrist, you must the marriage covenant? So many 4:3). We already experience that to a
find a benevolent, upright, coura- who claim Christianity are di- large degree in the European world
geous individual whom the world vorcing and remarrying. Does (the West). Do Christians and
supports enthusiastically. not Romans 1:31-32 teach that preachers need help in this matter?
For more information on this par- covenant-breakers are worthy of I don’t think so. They already know,
ticular subject, read the brand new death? Even if one party of the so if they do not follow Scripture,
release, Who Is the Antichrist?, item marriage breaks the covenant, it then they deliberately choose the
2254. seems that is “for worse.” wrong way.
Should not the one who wants
Marriage the marriage to endure keep Islam
Dear Editor, their personal vow made on Dear “Letters to the Editor,”
This is my first and possibly their wedding day? It seems that Back in 1984, I needed some
only letter to you, sent with my many Christians, even some extra money to send my son to
thanks to Midnight Call for a preachers need help on this. college. I rented two bedrooms
courtesy year. -F. Brickman, KY to two students, one studying to

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LE T T E R S TO TH E E DITOR

be a minister, and one, a Mus- not die on the cross, but went on Before the Tower of Babel, the
lim, studying accounting. to teach in India and is buried in world spoke one language. After
I am a born-again Christian, Kashmir under another name. the Tower of Babel, as chastise-
and we had many discussions -L. Boyer, PA ment, God confused tongues
about religion. After a few and made communication very
months, I felt compelled to read Answer: Thank you for sharing and difficult with many languages.
the Koran. I also read books on quoting some of the Koran. One rea- Will mankind never learn that
Muhammad and Islam at that son Islam does not acknowledge Je- human beings, individually or
time. sus as God is because the Koran collectively, are not God?
In addition to your statement specifically states, “God has no son.” -R. Mackin, ME
that “The Koran, indeed, ac- When we consider their somewhat
knowledges Jesus as a prophet, favorable mention of Jesus the Son Answer: Thank you for your letter and
but Muslims do not believe of Mary, we must be alert to the dan- the four-page article titled, “The Secret
that Jesus is the Son of God,” ger when talking to those who are Plan for a New Global Currency.”The ar-
I wanted to add that the Koran not grounded in the faith. We know ticle very blatantly reveals its conspiracy
does confirm that Jesus was from Holy Scripture that Jesus is the theories with words such as “operating
born of a virgin, performed Son of God: He is the only Way, the behind the scenes…abandoned ho-
miracles, and was called the Truth and Life, and only through Him tel…decisions were reached to devalue
Messiah. can we come to the Father. These or defend currencies, fix the price of
As to what the Koran states fundamentals are important to keep gold, regulate offshore banking, raise or
about Jesus on the cross, I quote in mind when reading literature that lower short-term interest rates…etc.”
the following: does not correspond to Holy Scrip- Yet there is a conspiracy, that of the
4:158-159, “And for their say- ture. god of this world, Lucifer, who rules
ing, ‘We did slay the Messiah, Je- Incidentally, from a number of dif- all nations on planet earth and at-
sus, son of Mary, the Messenger ferent sources, we hear of many true tempts to create a peaceful, prosper-
of Allah,’ whereas they slew him conversions of Muslims to a living ous and secure global society.
not; nor did they bring about his faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God. Actually, he will be successful accord-
death on the cross, but he was In spite of restrictions, even persecu- ing to Revelation 13. I deal with that
made to appear to them like one tion in some Islamic countries, the subject in our book, Revelation 13: Sa-
crucified; and those who differ Spirit of God does not consider such tan’s Last Victory.
therein are certainly in a state of a hindrance; thus, the process Jesus
doubt about it; they have no cer- proclaimed—“I will build my Pleading the Blood
tain knowledge thereof, but only church”—continues until the com- Dear Arno Froese,
pursue a conjecture; and they pletion. In Midnight Call, January
did not arrive at a certainty con- 2011 issue, there was a letter
cerning it. On the contrary, Al- Globalism written by J. Smith, NY, thank-
lah exalted him to Himself. And Dear Midnight Call, ing you for “telling me that
Allah is Mighty, Wise.” Sending some information in pleading the blood of Jesus is
I asked several Muslims what response to the World Focus wrong.” After listening to your
they believed happened, and the piece, “A New Global Finance CD, “The Deliverer: Part 4,”
majority think He was taken System in the Making,” April I have a open heart (mind) and
into heaven alive and will return 2011 Midnight Call magazine. believe in hearing both sides of
at the end of the age with the There’s no shortage of people a subject. I would appreciate if
missing Imam (also called the who want a one-world economy, you could show me in writing
“Mahdi”), who will bring true government and religion—with- what you say concerning plead-
justice. Others believe He did out Jesus Christ. ing the blood of Jesus. Show

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Scriptural evidence and why it is extend their economic domina- but what is the result? Relative
wrong to do so. I look forward to tion. poverty.
your written response. A Special Economic Zone The article you sent and many that
-T. Lynch, FL (SEZ) is a geographical region come to our desk are typical products
that has economic and other laws of conspiracy theorists, who insist that
Answer: Throughout the New Testa- that are more free-market-ori- the United States, and for that matter,
ment, we are invited to come to Jesus, ented than a country’s typical or any other country can exist indepen-
“Come unto me…I am the truth…I am national laws. “Nationwide” laws dently. Such, however, is no longer the
the life…I am the Good Shepherd… may be suspended inside a special case. Besides, it does not correspond
I am the door…I lay down my life.” We economic zone. to Bible prophecy, which clearly states
are not invited to come to His blood. It So the question is: What will that the world will be united.
is the name which is given above you do when you are surrounded We deal with that subject in our new
every name to deliver the sick, to be by Chinese zones that are not book, Democracy Invades Islam. MC
saved from danger, to be restored subject to our national laws right
mentally; only in His name is salvation. outside your front door if/when
Pleading the blood is putting the cart China decides that America is no
before the horse. longer its “friend”?
Incidentally, the same applies to -F. Clark,WI
the Holy Spirit. We do not ask the Holy
Spirit to do this or that; it is the Holy Answer: We have only published
Spirit who makes “intercession for us.” some excerpts from the article you
He glorifies Jesus, not vice versa. sent to us relating to “Special Eco-
nomic Zones” (SEZ). According to
Special Economic Zone Wikipedia, there is a broad range of
Let’s quit being polite and call this more specific zone types such as
maneuver by corporate govern- Free Trade Zones, Export Processing
ments exactly what it is—treason. Zones, Free Zones, industrial parks
Nothing more, nothing less. Sell- and Free Ports, just to mention a few. Midnight Call
ing off pieces of America to a
foreign government so that gov-
They serve to increase foreign in-
vestment. Communist China seems
Magazine’s
ernment can plant a sovereign to have more money to spend than #1 Feature!
city inside our country that is not most other nations, but they are
subject to our laws amounts to only part of all the industrial nations
Readers have enjoyed the opportunity
treason. which take advantage of these spe-
of writing in and posing various
Thanks to the trillions of dol- cial zones. Keep in mind that the
questions and concerns relative to the
lars that the Chinese have made United States has these zones as
Body of Christ. They have benefited
flooding our shores with cheap well all over the world. These zones from the author’s concise Scriptural
products, China is now in a posi- are a requirement in order to ac- responses on topics such as the
tion of tremendous economic commodate a more functional Rapture of the Church, globalism, the
power. So what is China going to global society. It’s not a matter of Ecumenical Movement, false religions,
do with all of that money? One whether we like it or not, but it is an eschatology, general Scripture
thing that they have decided to do established fact that makes the explanations and much more.
is buy up pieces of the United global economy tick. Can any nation
States and set up “special eco- do without such economic zones? LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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