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"Mrs. Priest for some time lived about Cornwall, where she had a husband and children, whose bigotry compelled her to frequent the abominations of the Church of Rome. Resolving to act as he conscience dictated, she quitted them an made a living by spinning. After some time, returning home, she was accused by her neighbors, and brought to Exeter to be examined before Dr. Troubleville and his Chancellor, Blackston ... The Bishop bringing the question to issue, respecting the bread and wine being flesh and blood, Mrs. Priest said, 'I will demand of you whether you can deny your creed, which says , that Christ doth perpetually sit at the right hand of His Father, both body and soul ... If He be so, He is not here on earth in a piece of bread ... If He did not offer His body once for all, why make you a new offering? If with one offering He made all perfect, why do you with a false offering make all imperfect? If He be worshipped in spirit and in truth, why do you worship a piece of bread?"
"... do you not destroy your souls, when you teach the people to worship idols, stocks, and stones, the works of men's hands? and to worship the false God of your own making of a piece of bread? and teach that the Pope is God's vicar and hath power to forgive sins? and that there is a purgatory, when God's Son hath by His passion purged all? and say you make God and sacrifice Him, when Christ's body was a sacrifice once for all?"
"... to sum up the character of this poor woman, she united the serpent and the dove, abounding in the highest wisdom, joined to the greatest simplicity. She endured imprisonment, threatenings, taunts, and the vilest epithets, but nothing could induce her to swerve; her heart was fixed, she had cast anchor; nor could all the wounds of persecution remove her from the rock on which her hopes of felicity were built ...."
"... When she was offered money, she rejected it, 'because (said she) I am going to a city where money bears no mastery, and while I am here, God has promised to feed me ... When sentence was read, condemning her to the flames, she lifted up her voice and praised God, adding: 'This day have I found that which I have long sought'. When they tempted her to recant, 'That will I not (said she) God forbid that I should lose the life eternal, for this carnal and short life. I will never turn from my heavenly husband to my earthly husband ... and if my husband and children be faithful, then am I theirs. God is my father, God is my mother, God is my sister, my brother, my kinsman; God is my friend, most faithful."
"Being delivered to the sheriff, she was led by the officer to the place of execution ... where again the superstitious priests assaulted her. While they were tying her to the stake, she continued earnestly to exclaim 'God be merciful to me, a sinner'! Patiently enduring the devouring conflagration, she was consumed to ashes, and thus ended a life which in unshaken fidelity to the cause of Christ, was not surpassed by that of any preceding martyr."
As the world spins closer to the time of the coming persecution, we need to familiarize ourselves with the struggles and the martyrdoms of those who have suffered before. We can see how they handled their fiery trial, how their faith gave them spiritual strength, and how God delivered them. Remember Cutting Edge teaching that persecution against Christians could begin during the "Final Birth Pangs War" (World War III) which will produce Antichrist. In other words, we Christians could be martyred before the Rapture of the Church! (Read NEWS1869 and NEWS1869b)
["Fox's Book of the Martyrs", A Christian Classic. For centuries, all Protestant churches in England were required to have two books on display for anyone to read: The Holy Bible and Fox's Book of the Martyrs.]
See also these related books, written in this modern era:
---------- New Articles Posted This Week ----------
* "PRESIDENT BUSH SEEMS TO BE DRIVING IRAN (PERSIA) INTO THE ARMS OF RUSSIA AND EUROPE, JUST AS PROPHECY FORETELLS! Persia (Iran) will march with Russia and some European nations against Israel in the Latter Days (Ezekiel 38-39). The kind of firm alliance between Iran, Russia, and Europe is coming together because of Bush's fiery threats against Iran! We are watching prophecy being fulfilled in our Daily News. -
* "VETERAN AFFAIRS SECRETARY REPORTEDLY FIRED BECAUSE OF 'MUSHROOMING' SCANDAL OF DEPLETED URANIUM MUNITIONS!" Report by renowned scientist identifying "Gulf War Syndrome" as being caused by Depleted Uranium is causing scandal in Veteran's Affairs. A whopping 56% of all Gulf War I veterans now suffering health effects from D.U., verses 5% of Korean War vets and 10% of Vietnam War vets! -
* "FREEMASONRY NOW PUBLICIZING ITS CONTROL OF ISRAEL": Freemasonry now guarantees Israel's existence, just as we stated earlier! Palestinians have to be shaking in their shoes, knowing what is coming next! -
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This video is a comprehensive review of the many climactic, tragic events during the Clinton Presidency which have propelled America and the world toward the coming global government, economy, and religion of the New World Order. In many ways, President Bush is merely building upon the foundation laid by President Clinton.
Remember the facts of Ruby Ridge, Flight 800, World Trade Center Bombing of 1993, Waco, Oklahoma City, L.A. Shootouts, the killing of Ron Brown, drug dealings in Arkansas, and so many more critically important events. Clinton delivered a body blow to national morality, and began the process to destroy our form of government, our rights and our liberties.
With Bill Clinton back on the world scene and rumored to be in line for UN Secretary General and with Hillary rumored to be in line for the 2008 Presidency, this video is critically important to keep people from forgetting the true nature of these two leaders.
Multi-media presentation with so many actual TV clips which document every situation, 2 1/2 hours.
Holocaust Past: Adolf Hitler's Holocaust against Jews and other Devalued People. Jews were set aside simply because they were chosen by God for final judgment prior to the return of Israel as a nation.
Holocaust Present: Examines the Holocaust of the Unborn through our Abortion Mills. While Satanists view Abortion as the highest form of sacrifice to Satan, God views abortion as a heinous murder of innocent, helpless unborn children!
Holocaust Future: Shows the prophesied Judgment against America. "To whom much is given, much shall be required", Jesus said. Our national destruction is sure, and prophesied, only the exact timing is unknown.
2 1/2 hours, over 150 colored slides and many video clips, integrated into a Multi-Media presentation.
Dr. Michael Coffman, CEO of Sovereignty International, uses actual UN, EU, and US documents to prove how globalist Illuminists have quietly manipulated world events to bring mankind to the brink of world government. Using actual quotes from these priceless documents and related graphics, Dr. Coffman weaves the spellbinding story that puts all the pieces together. You will see how radical environmental issues justifies world government; you will see the link between the UN and you, the private citizen; you will see the emerging antichristian, anti-human world religion, and many more related topics.
2 1/2 hours
The U.N. Smart Growth campaign is a fraudulent trap, much as the old Trojan Horse. By its very application, Smart Growth shifts control of private property rights from the individual to the government. Smart Growth is not designed to succeed; it is designed to control people and their activities. Dr. Coffman exposes the direct connection between U.N. Agenda 21 and the deliberate effort by American bureaucrats to change U.S. policy to support this insidious global agenda.
Smart Growth is the next step in exerting international control over all Americans. Both urbanites and rural citizens must understand this encroaching fraud. Your Private Property, your Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness is at stake!
Alexander Scourby - The world's best-loved translation of the Bible is brought to life in this powerful, word-for-word dramatized reading by renowned dramatist Alexander Scourby.
Great for listening while in your car, your office, or at home.
At last! Our best-selling parallel Bible in LARGE PRINT! This is THE favorite Bible resource of Cutting Edge Ministries! On the left of each page, you read the timeless, priceless KJV, while on the right you see the modern language verse-by-verse Amplified Bible Commentary. Since English is a far inferior language than ancient Greek and Hebrew, significant loss of meaning occurs when one of these dynamic languages is translated word-for-word into English. The Amplified Bible Commentary is written to correct this problem, written verse by verse like a Bible. The KJV on the left solves any problem you might feel with a modern translation, while the Amplified restores much meaning in the original languages.
This Bible will become your favorite study Bible also!
America is engulfed in a religious war today over what sort of worship is most appropriate! Should churches continue to sing traditional hymns or should they embrace contemporary worship choruses? Should churches play organs or electric guitars? Should churches convert to "Purpose Driven" programs?
York examines these issues, revealing: 1) Connection between a person's worship style and their philosophy, politics; 2) Predominance of Mega-Churches and Television Churches; 3) Influences that denominations and publishers of hymnals introduce; 4) Pressures put on worship leaders by "Church Shoppers"; 5) Examines church growth, since selecting a worship style is choosing a target audience for future members.
"A community's theology and worship cannot be divorced. Therefore, practical or applied theology (Gospel in the street) fuels the concept of practical or applied worship, a culture in the sanctuary. 'War', a term all too common in our culture, seems destined to become equally common in the church".
At this End of the Age, America IS at war religiously; are you prepared to defend your church?
Save $5 over buying these books separately! Each book examines the Purpose Driven Church phenomenon from a completely different aspect.
"Who's Driving The Purpose Driven Church" demonstrates that this church movement is really Sorcery in disguise and that it draws heavily from the desperately wicked Humanist Psychologist, Carl Jung."Deceived On Purpose" reveals the strong New Age foundation to Purpose Driven. How many of us would ever think the occultic New Age Movement could actually reinvent itself, transforming into a "Christian" church?"Outcome Based Religion: Apostasy, Purpose, and the Paradigm Shift" shows the huge Biblical errors Rick Warren is teaching. This book on CD also shows that Warren's movement is also contributing mightily to the New Age concept that, before Antichrist could arise, a huge shift in religious thinking -- Paradigm Shift -- must occur. That Paradigm Shift is now under way, greatly propelled by the Purpose Driven Church.
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The "Purpose Driven Life" by Rick Warren has become a #1 bestseller
and has been distributed to over 180,000 pastors worldwide. His theology has
infiltrated almost every Christian denomination, coming like a flood into
a city, leaving no house untouched. -- http://www.cuttingedge.org/detail.cfm?ID=992
Cutting Edge has warned that Rick Warren's "Purpose-Driven Church" is not only part of the Apostasy foretold at the End of the Age, but is one of the 4 religious factors driving the world toward the New Age goal called a "Religious Paradigm Shift". With his New Age background, author Warren Smith had no difficulty spotting the major, serious New Age underpinnings of the "Purpose-Driven Church".
Smith is well aware of the unprecedented spiritual deception occurring right
now in "Christian" religious circles; it is just as our Lord forewarned
in Matthew 24:4, 11, 24. What is the bottom line warning from author Warren
Smith? "Rick Warren is in the process of leading the church astray".
Prayerfully read this book, for your precious eternal soul is at stake if
you are part of the "Purpose-Driven Church". - http://www.cuttingedge.org/detail.cfm?ID=882
Are big changes taking place in your church? Has the expository preaching of the Word of God been replaced by lectures in “Psychology 101?” Have the messages from the pulpit been so permeated with “tolerance” that sin is no longer identifiable? Has the emphasis of reaching the lost for Christ been replaced by the mantra bringing in the unchurched? Does the pastor use so many translations of the Bible that you are no longer sure what the Bible actually teaches? Have the hymnals been trashed in favor of the overhead projector? Has the choir been supplanted by a contemporary “praise band?” Has the direction of the Holy Spirit on the service been replaced by “40 Day” campaigns? Has your church mushroomed in size with throngs of people that have no idea of what they believe? If the answer to the majority of these questions is “yes,” your church is falling victim to Outcome-Based Religion. -- http://www.cuttingedge.org/detail.cfm?ID=899
Is "Contemplative Prayer" really a valid vehicle to gain a closer walk with God? A New Age, neo-pagan prayer practice is now sweeping the Christian Church. Those participating in "Contemplative Prayer" have seriously departed from Biblical teaching on prayer and have incorporated Eastern religious practices which directly conflict with Scripture.
This book goes to the heart of pagan spirituality and courageously asks how this false, pagan prayer approach is deeply affecting the Evangelical Church.
Jesus warned against unparalleled spiritual deception in Matt 24:24, but did promise that God's Elect will be forewarned so they could not be deceived. This book sounds just this type of warning! - http://www.cuttingedge.org/detail.cfm?ID=936
---------- This Weeks Hot News ----------
I. As Syria roils under the impact of the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, an Arab commentator has raised a significant question: Was this assassination an attempt by United States' Special Forces to attempt a "Regime Change" without having to overtly attack Syria?
Certainly, the Bush Administration is leading a world chorus in accusing Syria of this assassination, thus bringing enormous pressure upon the Syrian government of President Assad. Is this accusation true? Let us examine some of the evidence.
NEWS BRIEF: "Hariri murder: A pretext for regime change?", by Dr. Habib Siddiqui, Independent - Bangladesh, February 27, 2005
"Rafiq Hariri had come to be known as 'Mr. Lebanon', and deservingly so. He was the man who almost single-handedly brought his nation back on its feet after a long 15-year civil war that had devastated its economy and turned Beirut as the most insecure place on earth ... Hariri was a self-made billionaire ... Hariri had both friends and foes. To the neocons and Israeli policy makers, he was too anti-Israel. To the Syrians and their Lebanese allies, he was anti-Syrian ... To the leftists, he was too pro-American. To radical Muslims, he was too pro-Saudi. Hariri also had business enemies..."
"Assassinations of prominent politicians are not new in Lebanon ... Hariri was cautious, and thus only moved with his entourage of bodyguards in a convoy of heavily armoured Mercedes that was equipped with a device designed to impede would-be car bombers. Unfortunately, on Monday, February 14, he was killed in a car bomb on the very waterfront he rebuilt after the civil war. The assassination could not have come at a more ominous time. Within hours of his assassination, fingers were pointed at Syria by Israel and the United States. Syria denies any involvement ..."
Events began to swirl in Lebanon as the people were incited to massive anti-Syrian protests. The pro-Syrian government tendered its resignation and the Assad government hinted at a Syrian withdrawal. Charges and counter charges flew in all directions. Right on cue, the Saudi Crown Prince demanded that Syria withdraw from Lebanon. Amidst all the charges and the denials, the question of the hour quickly became just as simple as a homicide detective investigating a murder: Who stands to benefit from this assassination? To get this answer, let us return to our featured article, above:
"Shortly after the bomb blast, an unknown group 'Group for Advocacy and Jihad in the Levant' claimed responsibility for the killing before another unknown group 'al-Qaida Organization of the Levant' dismissed any involvement. (Levant or Bilad as-Sham in Arabic historically included Syria, Palestine/Israel, Jordan and Lebanon.) Noted Middle Eastern analysts see no reason for the so-called Jihadists to target Hariri."
One of the signatures of a contrived event is when a previously unknown "terrorist group" pops up immediately to claim responsibility. Thus, a red warning flag sprang up for discerning observers whenever these unknown, new terrorist groups claimed responsibility. The last sentence summed up matters succinctly: "Noted Middle Eastern analysts see no reason for the so-called Jihadists to target Hariri."
Now, let us return to this article:
"From eyewitness reports of Robert Fisk and BBC reporters, Hariri's death strongly suggests involvement by a major intelligence agency. It was meticulously planned on the basis of 'strong and accurate intelligence' about Hariri's movements. The size and precision of the explosion left the intended victim no chance of survival. It was outside the means and capabilities of small splinter groups to carry out this crime. That puts Syria and Israel, two regional powers, (outside the CIA) having the means and capabilities, as most likely culprits."
This fact was reported by DEBKAfile Intelligence the very next day after the assassination. Only Syria, Israel, and the United States possessed the intelligence service capabilities to carry out this most sophisticated operation. The murder had to bypass Hariri's technical capabilities installed on his cars to prevent bombs from causing damage. Notice that this report is based upon "eyewitness reports of Robert Fisk and BBC reporters", some of the most seasoned reporters available.
Now, Dr. Siddiqui gets to his bottom line argument:
"In my opinion, it is only Israel that benefits from Hariri's assassination and not Syria. Hariri's relationship with Syria did not sour to the level that would call for his assassination. Assad's regime could ill-afford to dig its own grave through such a foolish act, and not at this time anyway. The regime has been in the hot seat since the U.S. occupation of Iraq with the White House alleging Syria on numerous occasions of not sealing off its 300-mile long border to deter 'foreign terrorists' from entering Iraq. The neo -conservatives in the Bush administration, most with dual allegiance to Israel, have long planned to go after Syria."
As we have noted on several occasions, Bush Administration officials have been breathing fire against Syria shortly after we captured Baghdad in April, 2003. In fact, we amassed American military forces on the Syrian border at one point, causing President Putin of Russia to publicly warn us against attacking Assad's regime. Now, with Russia rushing to implement the same kind of anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense which they just installed in Iran, President Bush had to act quickly before Syria disappears behind the Russian protective mantle.
Dr. Siddiqui notes that this assassination seems to carry the signature of Israel's Mossad.
"The assassination of Hariri matches very well (almost like a carbon copy) with previous activities of the Mossad. It provides Washington the necessary pretext to broaden its 'war on terror' to punish Syria and Hizbullah, something that Israel and its neocon friends have long wanted. The 'Amen corner' inside the Capitol Hill also would not require any solid evidence, much like the WMD case in Iraq, for approving punitive measures against Syria and its allies."
We believe the possibility that either America or Israel carried out the assassination has to be seriously considered. As we stated in our new article, "President Bush Seems To Be Driving Persia (Iran) Into The Arms of Russia and the E.U.: Just As Prophecy of Ezekiel 38-39 Foretells", President Bush ordered Special Forces into action on November 24, 2002, to operate in targeted countries in order "to launch covert operations" designed to carry out Administration goals. Therefore, this murder would fall into these parameters.
Before we leave the subject of the possibility of an American and/or Israeli hand in this assassination, let us examine one more piece of evidence. This week, a typical CIA specials operations story broke in the Mass Media. Listen:
NEWS BRIEF: "Syrian exiles group claims Syrian behind Hariri assassination", Haaretz News, May 5, 2005
"A group of Syrian exiles claimed Friday that Syrian intelligence staged a video recording aired by the Al Jazeera satellite TV showing a Muslim extremists claiming responsibility for the assassination of former Lebanese prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The Paris-based National Council for Truth, Justice and Reconciliation in Syria made the claim, based on 'reliable sources in Damascus'..."
If you comb the recesses of your memory, you will recall that, in the two years of buildup prior to the Iraqi invasion, Iraq "exile groups" issued statement after statement which corroborated American charges against Saddam. Of course, we know now that these "exile groups" were just as false as the Bush claim that Iraq possessed Weapons of Mass Destruction. It is so easy and quick for any intelligence service to create an "exile group" out of thin air.
Similarly, in the past few months, Iranian "exile groups" have been making charges against the Iranian government which fit nicely with the American propaganda campaign. "Exile groups" seems to be a standard CIA operation when the administration is attacking a foreign government through the Media.
The fact that we are now hearing from a Paris-based Syrian exile group toeing the American line is very suspicious and seems to lend credence to the possibility that the assassination of the former Lebanese prime minister was, indeed, an American attempt to force a Syrian "Regime Change".
Syria immediately began to try to calm the situation. Consider these actions, some of which seem to border on the extreme, revealing how devastating this assassination was to Syrian interests.
NEWS BRIEF: "Syria hands over Saddam's half-brother", By Todd Pitman / Associated Press, reprinted in the Detroit News, February 28, 2005
"BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraqi officials said Sunday that Syria captured and handed over Saddam Hussein's half brother ... ending months of Syrian denials that it was harboring fugitives from the ousted Saddam regime. Iraq authorities said Damascus acted in a gesture of goodwill."
Devout Muslims throughout the world have to be cringing at this development, because it illustrates that America possesses the power to force Arab regimes throughout the region to do its bidding. This story illustrates the height of the Syrian panic flowing from the assassination -- and indicates that Syria probably did not carry out this deed, since any planning for such a murder would have so thoroughly foreseen the American reaction that this type of knee-jerk reaction would not have been forthcoming.
NEWS BRIEF: "Protests force out Lebanon's government", By Megan K. Stack and Rania Abouzeid, Associated Press, reprinted by The Boston Globe, March 1, 2005
"BEIRUT -- The Syrian-backed government of Lebanon stepped down yesterday, collapsing under a groundswell of street protests, candlelight vigils, and international pressure to end Damascus's domination of its neighbor. As 25,000 demonstrators thronged in the streets outside, Prime Minister Omar Karami, an ally of Syria, stood before Parliament and announced that he would quit his job and dismantle his Cabinet. The decision was apparently spontaneous. Pro-Syrian lawmakers appeared stunned and members of the opposition rose to their feet in a standing ovation."
"Spontaneous" demonstrations is a hallmark characteristic of a skilled intelligence agency operation. Remember the CIA intelligence operation in the Ukrainian elections? Within hours after the elections were declared fraudulent, supporters of the Western candidate poured into the streets waving yellow flags by the tens of thousands. These massive demonstrations had their effect, and the pro-Kremlin candidate lost the election.
However, signals soon began to flash, indicating that Syria had a countermove up her sleeve, even as she acceded to the pro-Syrian government dissolving and even though President Assad hinted strongly that the Syrian Army might withdraw.
NEWS BRIEF: "Syria's bloody plans for Lebanon 'retreat': Damascus political shakeup signals Hezbollah terror to be turned loose", by Joseph Farah, World Net Daily, February 28, 2005
"While Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is telling the world his military forces will leave Lebanon, a political shakeup in Damascus signals his army won't be leaving without a fight ... Assad has appointed a family member to the No. 1 intelligence post and given him sweeping new powers meant to maintain the Assad dynasty at any cost ... The 54-year-old Gen. Assaf Chawkat has long been responsible for maintaining close ties with Hezbollah, monitoring and controlling its activities and connections with Iran. He has also entrusted with the highly secretive Assad financial issues ... General Chawkat is a firm believer in the use of force and in using the Hezbollah as a tool to settle certain Syrian political or military scores. He also gave the Iranians verbal assurances Damascus would not restrain Hezbollah should the U.S. or Israel attack Iran’s nuclear assets."
This information certainly throws a monkey wrench into the whole process, does it not? As American and international pressure increases against Syria because of the Hariri assassination, Syria may have just decided to play its trump card in the region: the heavily-armed terrorist group, Hezbollah.
"Chawkat ... plans ... to permit Hezbollah to confront the U.S. and Israel as an Iranian sub-contracted military tool – giving Syria plausible deniability for such attacks. Against the backdrop of growing tension in Beirut, Chawkat is leading the so-called 'Lebanon lobby', a group of active or retired Syrian intelligence generals and Baath Party extremists who are contemplating using Hezbollah to stir up a new Lebanese civil war."
What most people do not realize is that the Syrian Army can withdraw from Lebanon without Syria losing control of the country, as long as the Syrian Intelligence apparatus remains intact within the country. Syria's Intelligence is so pervasive in Lebanon, opposition leaders dare not oppose it openly - and know they might pay with their lives if they oppose it secretly.
Hezbollah has been so well armed by both Syria and Iran that she poses a significant threat to Israel on her northern border. Further, note in this article the link between Syria and Iran. This information hints that Syria is coordinating her response with Iran. We have reported earlier that Russia plans to link her anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense system now in place in Iran with Syria, creating a Syrian-Iranian wall of protection which could threaten American aircraft operating in northern Iraq.
If Syria and Iran are coordinating their response, you must understand that both are taking orders from Russia. Once again, we see hints that the real struggle in the Middle East right now is between Russia and the United States.
II. Iraqi insurgents hit hard this week, scoring their most powerful hit against the Interim Iraqi Government headed by PM Allawi. Iraq seems to be tottering after these events.
NEWS BRIEF: "Saddam Tribunal Judge Assassinated in Baghdad", The Scotsman, 2 Mar 2005
"A judge on the special tribunal that will put Saddam Hussein and members of his former regime on trial was assassinated in the Iraqi capital ... the judge and his son died in the attack. The network said the men were killed near their house in northern Baghdad. The New York Times reported that the son, Aryan Mahmoud, was a lawyer with the special tribunal."
For weeks now, President Bush and Interim Prime Minister Allawi have been planning these political show trials as a means by which to gain exceedingly favorable media attention. Bush needs to shore up his political approval numbers, while Allawi hopes to gain political support from both the Shi'ites and the Kurds through his prosecution of Saddam Hussein and his closest henchmen. You see, Allawi really might become the official Prime Minister even though he garnered only 14% of the popular vote; to accomplish this feat, he needs the support of these two groups. Prosecuting Saddam for war crimes in a highly publicized show trial could gain him the needed support to become Prime Minister.
However, Sunni insurgents seemed determined to not let that happen. This next news story will tell you how thoroughly capable the insurgency seems to be in their ability to infiltrate the Interim Government at will to carry out their murderous deeds.
NEWS BRIEF: "Second Judge Murdered In Saddam Trial", DEBKAfile Intelligence, 2 March 2005
"Insurgents targeting Iraqi judicial system assassinate two high-profile judges Tuesday: Kurdish politician judge Barwize Mahmoud, member of Iraqi Special Tribunal that will try Saddam and aides, also his son prosecution team (The) Second judge murdered was Raid Juhi, visible only from the back of his head when he stood up to Saddam in initial proceedings. Juhi, 35, and family lived behind concrete walls after several assassination attempts."
The assassination of Judge Raid Juhi is the most shocking, because the United States and the Interim Iraqi Government were obviously aware of his danger and had taken steps to protect him. Not only did security officials firmly restrict cameras to photographing him only from the back, but they had secured the judge and his family behind concrete walls. The fact that the insurgency was able to infiltrate even this tight security means they have thoroughly infiltrated the Iraqi government throughout. One American general commented about three months ago that one of the major reasons the United States was losing this war was that the insurgency had successfully infiltrated the entire government, its military and its security apparatus. This story illustrates this reality better than any in a long time.
III. Iraq continued to explode in violence all last week. Here are some brief excerpts.
NEWS BRIEF: "Deadliest attack of insurgency batters town south of Iraqi capital", By Ali Al-Fatlawi, Associated Press, reprinted in Detroit News, March 1, 2005
"HILLAH, Iraq -- The pile of sandals and shoes told part of the story. So did the blood splattered high on a wall and pooled in the street. Then there was the bomber's car, or what was left of it -- a twisted engine block and ruined frame. Most telling was the weeping relatives of the dead and the maimed. In the deadliest single attack since the fall of Saddam Hussein, a suicide car bomber killed 115 people and wounded 132 on Monday, mostly police and army recruits lined up for physicals at a medical clinic. The explosion in this largely Shiite Muslim town about 60 miles south of Baghdad presented the boldest challenge yet to Iraq's efforts to build a security force that can take over from the Americans ... Dozens of people stepped through small lakes of blood that pooled on the street to retrieve shattered limbs, severed feet and hands. Empty shoes and sandals of those killed or wounded were thrown into a corner. Scorch marks infused with blood covered the clinic's walls. Morgue workers unloaded plastic body bags from pickup trucks as weeping relatives looked on."
Since this town was primarily Shi'ite, most everyone assumed the attack was carried out by Sunni insurgents -- and they are probably right. Since many observers have been predicting that civil war will soon erupt between Shi'ite and Sunni, many are asking if the time for the Shi'ites to pick up arms to retaliate might be close at hand.
"The Shiites have refrained from striking back -- mostly at the behest of their most revered leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani ... Al-Sistani wants nothing to impede the Shiites from gaining the political power they have craved in Iraq, and will not allow them to engage in a sectarian war."
Both Shi'ite and Sunni leadership realize that it is the American military force who is the real enemy in Iraq. A civil war would serve American interests, not Iraqi, so for the time being, the Shi'ite leadership is holding fast, refusing to pick up arms against their Sunni brothers.
NEWS BRIEF: "Attacks in Baghdad hit crowd outside army compound, then a convoy", The Denver Post, March 03, 2005
"Baghdad, Iraq - Suicide bombers killed 13 Iraqi army soldiers in two separate attacks in Baghdad ... the latest incidents in a recent surge of violence aimed at Iraq's beleaguered security forces. In the first bombing, a Toyota sedan packed with explosives sped into a crowd gathered outside an army compound in the former Muthanna airport in central Baghdad about 7 a.m., killing six soldiers ... The second bomber struck an hour later, driving into an army convoy as it traveled near the highway leading south out of the city in the al-Doura neighborhood. That explosion killed seven soldiers and wounded two."
NEWS BRIEF: "Iraq Interior Ministry bombing death toll rises", ABC News Online, March 4, 2005
"Two suicide car bombs outside Iraq's Interior Ministry and another near a police station in Baquba have killed six people ... The Baghdad bombs went off at morning rush hour, with the first vehicle serving as a decoy for the second and more powerful blast outside the ministry, a strategic post in Iraq's battle against the insurgency ... Five policemen were killed and five more wounded."
"In Baquba, north of the capital, one person was killed and 18 wounded in a car bomb attack near a police station .... The attacks came just a day after a pair of suicide car bombs targeted Iraqi security forces in Baghdad, killing 10 and wounding dozens more."
Several months ago, we posted a news story which told of the dramatic escalation in the professionalism of the soldiers fighting for the insurgency. These attacks show just such sophistication. The next segment of this article speaks to the devilish issue of roadside bombs killing American soldiers.
"Two US soldiers also died on Wednesday after being wounded by a home-made bomb while on patrol in Baghdad, the US army said. A third soldier was killed the same day in the south-central Babil province."
How serious does the Pentagon view these roadside bombs, many of which are hand-made, amateur devices?
NEWS BRIEF: "Official: Pentagon must stop Iraq blasts", by Robert Burns, AP Military Writer, reprinted in The Detroit News, March 1, 2005
"WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon is not trying hard enough to defeat the makeshift roadside bombs that are the leading killer of U.S. troops in Iraq, the commander of American forces in the Middle East said ... Pentagon statistics show that over the past two months, the homemade, easy-to-hide weapons have accounted for a significantly higher share of U.S. battle deaths ... In the first two months of this year, roadside bombs accounted for 56 percent of all battle deaths ...
"Army Gen. John Abizaid, the commander of U.S. Central Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee he was satisfied that the right people, with sufficient funds, were working on the problem. 'But I'm not satisfied that we have come up with the solutions that we could if we really rolled up our sleeves and looked at it the way it needs to be looked at'."
I am amazed that the Pentagon cannot find a way to deal with one of the most rudimentary weapons in the world! With our degree of sophistication, we surely can find a way to deal with roadside bombs. But, our lack of ability in this areas seems symptomatic of our general lack of ability to fight and win this war.
IV. Amidst all the incredibly strong, threatening rhetoric against Iran, a story appeared which seemed like a bolt out of the blue: President Bush is slowly, quietly beginning to edge closer to the position taken by the European Union! If this trend continues, we may never actually attack Iran.
NEWS BRIEF: "Bush edges toward Europe on Iran", By Steve Holland and Louis Charbonneau, Swiss Info English, March 4, 2005
"WASHINGTON/VIENNA (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush has edged
toward backing Europe's offer of incentives to Iran to abandon nuclear weapons
... A shift toward the European position would represent an important change
in U.S. strategy toward Iran ... With U.S.-European talks close to agreement,
Bush discussed Iran with Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice, who met on Tuesday in London with foreign ministers of the three European nations negotiating with Iran -- Britain, France and Germany."
President Bush hailed his recent high-level meetings with European leaders as a smashing success for his diplomacy and his foreign policy. But, as we noted in last week's newsletter, the 25 ministers of the E.U. spoke with a single, firm voice against many of the President's policies. Now, it seems as though the President was as much influenced on Iran as he said he influenced the European body on Iraq.
Europe has always advocated a go-slow policy with Tehran, cooperating with Russia. Now, it appears that a sea-change in American policy is forthcoming. If President Bush does line up behind the European diplomatic approach in Iran, an American or Israeli attack many not occur after all.
Of course, the specter of Russia with her sophisticated anti-aircraft and anti-missile system now protecting Iran, stands ominously in the background. While no official will speak of these military realities, they loom very large in the grand scheme of things in the Middle East.
For the record, we wish to remind our readers that this entire media campaign about Iran using these facilities to make enriched uranium necessary to produce nuclear weapons is simply and only propaganda! Iran has possessed these weapons for nearly three years now, and perhaps longer. Do you remember the story?
NEWS BRIEF: "NEWS BRIEF: "RUSSIAN GENERAL CONFIRMS IRAN HAS NUCLEAR WEAPONS!", Stratfor Intelligence, Week of June 4, 2002.
"A Russian general's statement about Iran's nukes fails to register with media. Sometimes a slip of the tongue is so incredible that no amount of doctoring can explain it. And sometimes a slip of the tongue is as intentional as could be. Take an appearance by Russian Deputy Chief of Staff Gen. Yuri Baluyevsky. He gave a briefing on Friday in Moscow during the Bush-Putin summit and was asked about whether Iran actually fired the Shihab-3 intermediate-range missile in a successful test earlier this month. The second question was whether Iran can threaten Israel, Russia or the United States with its nuclear and missile programs.
"Then the Russian general takes a surprise turn: 'Now, as to whether or not Iran has tested something like that. Iran does have nuclear weapons,' Baluyevsky said. 'Of course, these are non-strategic nuclear weapons. I mean these are not ICBMs with a range of more than 5,500 kilometers and more."
This Russian general seemed not to be worried because these Iranian missiles are incapable of striking Russian soil. But, at the very least, this general confirmed in June, 2002, that Iran already possessed nuclear weapons! Therefore, since they already have nuclear warheads, these nuclear facilities are probably for peaceful uses after all! Just as Iran is now claiming.
This general rhetoric is designed to keep the Middle Eastern region and the rest of the world, on war tender hooks, continuing the fulfillment of "Wars and Rumors of Wars" prophecy (Matthew 24:6-8). But, certainly, Bush's pressure on Iran is shoving that country into the Russian orbit, setting the stage for fulfillment of the prophecy of the Russian-led invasion of Israel as foretold in Ezekiel 38-39; we record this exciting reality in our new article, NEWS2014.
V. Iran turned belligerent this week, possibly because she knows she had the backing of both the E.U. and Russia.
NEWS BRIEF: "'Iran pouring foundation for Arak nuke reactor' ", Iran Mania, March 3, 2005
"The cleric regime of Iran is pouring the concrete foundation for a heavy-water nuclear reactor which can make weapons-grade plutonium and which the UN atomic agency had asked it not to build ... Experts estimate the Arak reactor can yield enough plutonium from its spent fuel for one bomb a year. Additionally, the nearly 40 tons of uranium Iran partially processed as part of its enrichment programme could yield up to five crude bombs ... Earlier in the meeting, the IAEA also said Iran was ignoring calls to scrap plans for a heavy water reactor and continuing construction ... Tehran insists its nuclear programme is purely for civilian energy ambitions."
Iran seems determined to keep the pot boiling, rather than sitting quietly to allow matters to cool off. Once she had gotten the military and diplomatic backing of Russia and especially once she gained the backing of the European Union, Tehran could have simply calmed the waters by holding off her decision to begin construction of this new nuclear power plant. Furthermore, the Iranian leadership could have opted to build a light-water facility rather than a heavy-water plant, thus reducing charges that she was really pursuing a nuclear weapons program.
Iran did neither of these things. It seems that Iranian leadership may be so sure of her Russian and E.U. backing that she is deliberately poking President Bush in the eye. This next story truly does poke Western nations in the eye.
NEWS BRIEF: "Iran threat: Attack by West risks all 'Middle East oil' ", World Tribune, March 3, 2005
"Iran has warned that Gulf Arab oil would be endangered by any U.S. attack on the Islamic republic. In the first such threat, a leading Iranian official raised the prospect of Iranian retaliation against Middle East oil exports. The official said such Gulf oil states as Kuwait and Saudi Arabia could be threatened ... About 40 percent of the world's crude oil shipments passes through the two-mile wide channel of the strategic Straits of Hormuz. Iranian forces are deployed at the head of the channel. Oman and the United Arab Emirates are located on the other side."
We reported several years ago the reality that the Iranian military is far more sophisticated and capable than any force Saddam was ever able to field. They would not be a push-over for an American invasion, and as it turns out, they might be able to disrupt shipping lanes on which the world depends. As you read the following information, study the map, above.
"Teheran could easily block the Straits of Hormuz and use its missiles to strike tankers and GCC oil facilities ... Within weeks, the rest of the world would be starving for oil and the global economy could be in danger. The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that oil tanker traffic through the Straits of Hormuz will rise to about 60 percent of global oil exports by 2025. Rezai, a former commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and a candidate for president, told the Fars News Agency that any Western attack on Iran would send oil prices rocketing to $70 per barrel."
The economies of the Western world have so little stored oil and gas reserves that even a short interruption of crude oil shipments could hurt badly. This fact alone should give President Bush pause for concern. In fact, this reality may be the reason we have not attacked Iran earlier, in spite of our intensely heated war rhetoric since April, 2003.
VI. Israeli Prime Minister Sharon officially informed the "Quartet of Nations" that the "Road Map" plan whereby a Palestinian State would be created, was officially on hold until the Palestinian Authority really curtailed terror.
NEWS BRIEF: "PM´s Office to Quartet: No Road Map Until PA Fights Terror", Israel National News, March 2, 2005
"The Prime Minister’s Office has responded
sharply to pronouncements made yesterday at a London conference attended by
the four-party peace-process group known as the Quartet. 'Israel is of the
opinion', Prime Minister Sharon's Office declared, 'that all the leaders who
participated in the conference should have emphasized that Palestinians must
fulfill their obligations to stop terror, and that until then they will not
be able to fulfill their national ambitions'. Sharon's office emphasized that
'there will be no progress in the diplomatic process under the Road Map until
the Palestinian Authority acts resolutely against terrorism and dismantles
the terrorist infrastructure'."
Yassir Arafat set the standard for effective duplicity when he repeatedly promised peace, only to deliver terror, or when he repeatedly promised to stop all Palestinian terror groups, only to personally direct several of them in their terror campaigns. Chairman Abbas, who served with Arafat for over two decades, has learned this black art very well. He, too, has promised peace only to deliver terror. Last week's terrorism effectively showed that, despite the "ceasefire" at the Egyptian Sharm summit, Abbas plans only more terror against Israel -- and why not, since Israel is in the process of rewarding decades of Palestinian terrorism by unilaterally withdrawing Jewish settlements from the Gaza Strip and on the West Bank.
Let us review the serious terrorist attacks of last week, so you can see how hollow Abbas is when he promises to reign in terror and how hollow the Israeli government has always been when it vows to halt the "peace process" until terrorism stops. The sequence of events is always the same following a major terrorist attack.
1. The Palestinian Chairman condemns the attack, vowing to bring the perpetrators to justice
2. The Israeli Prime Minister also condemns the attack, threatening to scuttle the whole "peace process" unless terror stops
3. Someone in high authority always steps forward to intone that the goal of "peace" is so important, this attack should not derail the march toward that goal.
4. After a short period of time, Israel returns to normal and the Palestinians returns to planning terrorist attacks.
Let us now review the events of this past week in this light.
NEWS BRIEF: "Tel Aviv bomb rocks peace process: Four killed in suicide blast claimed by Islamic Jihad", The Guardian (London), Saturday February 26, 2005
"Tentative hopes of reviving the Middle East peace process were jolted last night when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a seafront karaoke nightclub in Tel Aviv, killing at least four people and wounding dozens. An air of palpable shock hung heavy over Israel's second city after the first suicide bombing in Israel for almost four months - and the first since the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, succeeded Yasser Arafat earlier this year ... The suicide bomber struck just as the city's youth were descending on seafront clubs and bars, targeting a queue of dozens of young people waiting outside the Stage nightclub, a popular beachfront venue in a neighbourhood packed with bars, ice cream stalls, nightspots and embassies. Parked cars were wrecked and spattered with flesh and pavements were bloodied. The front of the nightclub was ripped off and other buildings scarred as shrapnel from the explosion tore through the busy Tel Aviv night."
No discerning person was surprised by this suicide attack, coming so soon after the "ceasefire" agreement reached at the Sharm summit in Egypt just weeks ago. After all, the Palestinian leadership knows fully well that Israel is withdrawing her settlers from the Palestinian areas just so she can annihilate all Palestinians man, woman and child (NEWS1625). Knowing this reality, current Palestinian leaders are not excited about Sharon's Unilateral Disengagement plans, for they know that, once 99.3% of all Palestinians are separated from the Jews, the planned war of annihilation can begin. By the way, this Israeli plan will fulfill the prophecies of Obadiah 15-18 and Isaiah 34.
Right on schedule, Chairman Abbas promised to punish those responsible.
NEWS BRIEF: "Abbas Pledges to Punish Militants Responsible for Suicide Blast That Killed 4", AP Breaking News, Feb 26, 2005
"RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - Palestinian security forces on Saturday arrested two suspected militants in connection with a suicide bombing that killed four Israelis at a Tel Aviv nightclub, acting on orders from Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to track down and punish those responsible. Palestinian security officials pointed to the Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah, which has been trying to disrupt an informal Mideast truce, as the apparent mastermind of the attack. Abbas hinted at Hezbollah involvement, holding a "third party" responsible for the bombing ... Abbas met with Cabinet ministers and security chiefs Saturday to discuss a possible response. Abbas condemned the attack as "sabotage" and said he was exchanging information with Israel, the United States and Europe. He said he hoped the attack would not derail efforts to resume peace talks."
Did you catch the two pertinent sentences?
* "Abbas hinted at Hezbollah involvement.." Abbas condemned the attack as "sabotage"* "He said he hoped the attack would not derail efforts to resume peace talks."
Israel played her part in condemning the attack and threatening to stop the "peace process", in fulfillment of Paragraph 2, above. We began by noting that Sharon threatened to stop the peace process unless the Palestinians stopped the terrorists and destroyed their infrastructure, a demand Israel has been making for the past 20 years.
Secretary of State Rice weighed in a few days after the suicide bombing, intoning that this attack should not derail the "peace process". Again, this rhetoric has flowed in exactly this vein for the past 20 years. She also revived the old rhetoric from the past as she praised both sides for "restraint". Always in the past, the American President would urge Israel to "show restraint" after a bloody terrorist attack, not using her vast military and intelligence power to effectively shut down the Palestinian terrorist machine.
NEWS BRIEF: "Rice Says Tel Aviv Bombing Need Not Derail Peace Process", AP Breaking News, March 1, 2005
"LONDON (AP) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the new Palestinian government must get tougher on terrorists like those responsible for a bombing that rattled the resurgent Mideast peace process. But she is praising both Israelis and Palestinians for showing restraint ... 'Obviously, when you have Palestinian Islamic Jihad taking responsibility, then something needs to be done about that because they are clearly challenging directly the Palestinian Authority," Rice said en route to London ..."
To demonstrate American support for that old terrorist, Abbas, Secretary Rice stopped by for a chat.
"Rice went to Abbas' West Bank headquarters on her first trip abroad as Bush's chief diplomat."
Then, to top off the diplomatic insanity, President Bush invited Abbas to the White House!
NEWS BRIEF: "Abbas to visit White House", The Australian, March 4, 2005
"PALESTINIAN leader Mahmud Abbas will hold talks with US President George W. Bush at the White House at the end of the month, a Palestinian official said today. The visit follows a meeting in London this week where Mr Abbas won EU, UN and US support for an ambitious package of reforms intended to create a viable Palestinian state living in peace with Israel should an elusive peace ever become reality."
This White House visit is the first ever by a Palestinian Chairman, simply because official American policy held that Arafat was a terrorist, and we do not officially talk to terrorists.
These events prove that, when a particular scenario works, governments will continue to use it, decade after decade after decade.
VII. When the United States Supreme Court issued their ruling this past week that juvenile killers could not be executed, the true story was not to be found in the facts of the case, but in the reality that the majority of Justices used global precedent as the basis for their decision!
Our Supreme Court is moving us gradually into the jurisdiction of the International Court!
NEWS BRIEF: "Executions barred for juvenile killers: In 5-4 ruling, justices invoke global standard", The Boston Globe, March 2, 2005
"WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court yesterday abolished the death penalty for juvenile killers, a practice that had put the United States in conflict with virtually the rest of the world. A 5-to-4 majority held that society's ''evolving standard of decency' has reached a consensus that most minors are less blameworthy for their crimes than adults, so executing offenders who committed capital crimes before they were 18 is unconstitutionally ''cruel mand unusual' punishment barred by the Eighth Amendment."
"The decision struck down laws in 19 states, most in the South and West but including New Hampshire, that permitted the imposition of the death penalty on 16- and 17-year-olds ... The court's ruling commuted a death sentence into life in prison for 72 juvenile killers around the country ... and ended Virginia prosecutors' plans to bring new charges against the nation's best-known juvenile murderer, Lee Boyd Malvo, in the hope of winning a decision to execute him."
It does not matter whether you agree or disagree with this decision on its merits. The true story -- and it is a sobering one -- lies in the fact that our Supreme Court Justices based their decision upon global standards, not upon the oath of their office, i.e., to base their decisions on the American Constitution, American law and American precedent.
But, why should we be surprised? These Justices based their pro-Sodomy of June, 2003, decision upon international opinion, international precedent and international morality. We are clearly heading into the abyss whereby International Court decisions shall be binding on American laws and American jurisprudence, and will actually overthrow American laws. Anti-Christian Europe will especially impinge upon our right to determine our own laws based on Christian morality.
If you do not realize the importance of slipping into the orbit of the International Court system, please take a moment to read NEWS1168. Then, you will see the deadly direction in which our Supreme Court is taking all of us. You will further understand that we are being gradually moved into this New World Order global system by all our branches of government -- Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. President Bush is not the only American leader pushing us into this global system where one day we shall greet Antichrist; the leaders in Congress and the Supreme Court are marching in lock-step with the President on the key issues of the day!
VIII. Is America about to try to force a "Regime Change" in Venezuela? Consider these two stories and then make up your own mind. Almost a year ago, Cutting Edge posted an article in which we considered this possibility. Our article was based upon the suddenly weird behavior from Venezuelan President Chavez, as he suddenly began to warn that the United States had better not invade his country!
We examined the reality behind Chavez's rhetoric and discovered that he had a legitimate concern. If you have not yet read this article, please take a moment to do so now, for you will better understand these two news articles, below. Our analytical article is NEWS1900, entitled, "AFTER INVADING HAITI - AGAIN - IS AN INVASION OF VENEZUELA POSSIBLE?"
Now, let us examine our current articles:
NEWS BRIEF: "Black Ops in Venezuela? Very Deeply Troubling", by London Yank, Daily KOS, January 19, 2005
"Condoleeza Rice attacked Venezuela and President Chavez sharply in her testimony yesterday. She called Venezuela 'very deeply troubling' and suggested that it was a primary concern for the Bush administration. Get ready for another war because Venezuela is the world's 5th largest oil exporting nation and they are turning off the taps to Bushco's Texas oil friends. The conflict is about to hit boiling point. Venezuela has been phasing out the old oil contracts which allowed Texas oil companies to operate fields and pocket the revenues."
As we stated in NEWS1900, above, Venezuela is a key "Non-Integrating" nation whose regime must be changed at all costs. Once again, if you have not read our two articles on the Pentagon's New Map which targets countries throughout the world -- primarily the developing world -- whose economies cannot now function so that "no one can buy or sell save he that hath the mark". In other words, the economies of these countries cannot switch to a cashless system where every transaction can be conducted through some computerized means.
Our two articles on "Non-Integrating" States are:
* NEWS1833 -- "U.S. - E.U. INVADING AFRICA -- AND ALL OTHER 'NON-INTEGRATING GAP' COUNTRIES"* NEWS1906 -- "BUSH ADMINISTRATION IS DEADLY SERIOUS ABOUT 'SHRINKING THE GAP' "
As you can see from the map we provide in these articles, Venezuela is most definitely a "Non-Integrating" country and ripe for a "Regime Change", either from the inside or the outside. Let us return now to our featured article to see what this author thinks might occur.
"Here's how one might expect Bushco to escalate problems in Venezuela and promote regime change ...
* "Bankroll a coup attempt by US sympathizers using US taxpayer funds"
* "Base US Navy ships off the Venezuelan coast to support the coup attempt and redeploy them again now"
* "Use the same Congress-funded coverup which financed the coup to lead a press campaign against Venezuela ..."
* "Get a friendly neighboring country to bribe Venezuelan military and police into kidnapping a political figure to support charges of harbouring terrorists and creating a major diplomatic dispute" (Ibid.)
This journalist knows the strategies of the Bush Administration all too well. In fact, as I read his article, I wondered if he had read the book, "The Pentagon's New Map", from which we took the material to write our two articles, above. Listen now to one of the quotes from "The Pentagon's New Map":
"Any time American troops show up -- be it combat, a battle group pulling up off the coast as a 'reminder', or a peacekeeping mission -- it tends to be in a place that is relatively disconnected from the world, where globalization hasn't taken root because of a repressive regime, abject poverty, or the lack of a robust legal system. It's these places that incubate global terrorism. Draw a line around these military engagements and you've got what I call the Non-Integrating Gap." (Quoted in NEWS1833)
Now that we know the sudden appearance of an American naval "battle group pulling up off the coast" can be the prelude to a forced "Regime Change", let us examine our last news article.
NEWS BRIEF: "Venezuela detects several US battleships near its coasts", Pravda, 3/03/2005
"While Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez attends to the inauguration ceremony of Uruguay"s leftist leader, Tabare Vazquez, in Montevideo, his Armed Forces are closely watching the unexpected presence of several US battleships near country's western coastline. On Monday, Venezuela's Navy commander, Armando Laguna, made the announcement during an interview on state TV ... Laguna said that the Venezuelan Navy detected several foreign vessels 75 kilometers northeast of the Paraguan? Peninsula in western Venezuela ... What, in fact, concerned Venezuelan officials is that Washington did not announce the maneuver as it has traditionally been doing it."
"The incident came shortly after President Chavez made public intelligence reports about an alleged US plot to kill him ... Since then, Venezuelan alternative media published that "a wave of rumours of an 'imminent U.S. invasion' started circulating through several cities. Rumours of a new coup, calls to buy food, to 'prepare to fight', and questions about President Hugo Chavez's whereabouts, circulated widely via cell phone text messages and email".
We can only wonder if these "rumours" began as a result of American agents working to prepare Venezuela for an attempted "Regime Change". We can only watch to see how events turn out.
For the record, none of these machinations is to secure new oil fields. The Illuminati plans to shut down all nations whose economy is part of the Industrial Civilization. We detail this revelation in NEWS1658, "DEBUNKING THE MYTH THAT ILLUMINIST GOVERNMENTS OF THE WORLD ARE IN MIDDLE EAST NOW JUST BECAUSE OF 'BIG OIL' INTERESTS"
IX. Results of the Cutting Edge poll of last week.
* Question -- Will President Bush appoint an anti-abortionist as Justice
to the Supreme Court?
Answer -- Yes = 24% ---- No = 75%
* Question -- Will President Bush really work to end abortion in his second
Answer -- Yes = 5% --- No = 95%
* Question -- Will there really be peace between Israel and the Palestinians?
Answer -- Yes = 1% ---- No = 95%
Just as we thought before we issued these questions, Cutting Edge readers are far more discerning than the average citizen. If you were to ask these questions of a regular segment of American citizens, you would get the opposite response. Thank you all for taking this survey! We shall be posting more questions in the future, to gauge how you think about the important issues of the day.
---------Conclusion----------------"He shall not be afraid of evil tidings." Psalm 112:7
Christian, you ought not to dread the arrival of evil tidings; because if you are distressed by them, what do you more than other men? Other men have not your God to fly to; they have never proved His faithfulness as you have done, and it is no wonder if they are bowed down with alarm and cowed with fear: but you profess to be of another spirit; you have been begotten again unto a lively hope, and your heart lives in heaven and not on earthly things; now, if you are seen to be distracted as other men, what is the value of that grace which you profess to have received?
Where is the dignity of that new nature which you claim to possess?
Again, if you should be filled with alarm, as others are, you would, doubtless, be led into the sins so common to others under trying circumstances. The ungodly, when they are overtaken by evil tidings, rebel against God; they murmur, and think that God deals hardly with them. Will you fall into that same sin? Will you provoke the Lord as they do?
Moreover, unconverted men often run to wrong means in order to escape from difficulties, and you will be sure to do the same if your mind yields to the present pressure. Trust in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. Your wisest course is to do as Moses did at the Red Sea, "Stand still and see the salvation of God." For if you give way to fear when you hear of evil tidings, you will be unable to meet the trouble with that calm composure which nerves for duty, and sustains under adversity. How can you glorify God if you play the coward? Saints have often sung God's high praises in the fires, but will your doubting and desponding, as if you had none to help you, magnify the Most High? Then take courage, and relying in sure confidence upon the faithfulness of your covenant God, "let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
["Morning and Evening Devotions", by C.H. Spurgeon]
May Jesus Richly Bless You,
David Bay, Director
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