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Tuesday 18 June 2024

Sometimes Simple Is Best


Rhetoric:



Dialectic:

In Revelation 21 we read that God shows the Bride of Christ, the Church, to John the Apostle. This is what we read, “9 Then came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues and spoke to me, saying, “Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb” (Rev. 21:9). An angel says to John that he will show him the bride. Then we read this next:

“10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. 12 It had a great, high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel were inscribed— 13 on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.”

John hears that he will see the bride of the lamb, and then he turns and is shown the city of God, Jerusalem. Just like in Revelation 5 where he is told about the lion of the tribe of Judah, but turns and sees that lamb that was slain. He hears one thing and sees another. In Revelation 5 the lion and lamb are twin images of the Lord Jesus Christ himself. In Revelation 21 the bride and the city of God are twin images of the people of God.

This image here of the city harkens back to Revelation 3 where the Church in Philadelphia is promised this,

“11 I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. 12 The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name. 13 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches’” (Rev. 3:11-13).

The church in Philadelphia, and we can safely assume this promise applies to all the churches, is promised that they will be named after the city of God, the new Jerusalem. And then we see in Revelation 21 that the bride, which we know is the Church of Jesus Christ, is “the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God.” The Bible interprets itself for us there. The church is the bride and the holy city. 

If we keep reading we see that this city is constituted of the 12 tribes of the sons of Israel and the 12 Apostles of the Church,

“12 It had a great, high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel were inscribed— 13 on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.”

So, in this passage we have one bride, which is also this one city, and this city is constituted of the faithful believers of the Old Covenant Israel and the New Covenant Church. In other words, the Church and the Israel are all part of the one people of God, the one bride of Christ, the one city of God. God has only one bride and it constitutes the people of God beginning with the work God did through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and culminates in the people whose foundations were laid by the Apostles.

The image is clear here. We are not to see Israel and the Church as distinct images of God’s people, but as two parts of one whole, the bride, the church, the people of God. The two have been brought together, as Paul talks about in Ephesians 2. The Church of God is built upon the tribes of Israel and the Apostles re-framing of Israel in accordance with the teachings of Jesus. They are one. 

You can make this case with a simple image, or with a more detailed point by point argument. Either way, both these arguments point to a biblical reality: there is one people of God, and you can call it Israel, or the Church, either way God has only one bride.

 

Monday 17 June 2024

Why America Will Fall

 


Every empire comes to an end. But not necessarily for the exact same reasons. There are similarities of course, because all empires overreach. All empires end up with entrenched bureaucracies which bleed initiative and effectiveness from the imperial efforts. All empires face competition from either peer enemies, or a collection of enemies that match or exceed their abilities. But the specific reasons why empires get in these situations of decline can vary. Britain lost its empire because Churchill, and the British leadership of his generation, squandered it on ensuring that Germany did not become a true continental power that could rival them and France. The Soviet Union lost its empire because its founding ideology, communism, undermined its ability to outproduce competing societies, like the United States. But the overarching similarity is that empires always collapse because they go too far in their goals and actions. They overreach. 

The same will happen with the United States,  

“…when objectives are greater than measures, then defeat is certain. Not all of today's statesmen and strategists are clear on this point. The 1996 U.S. Department of Defense Report contains this premise from President Clinton: "As the world's most powerful nation, we have a leadership obligation, and when our interests and sense of values are subject to great danger we will take action." When he spoke those words, obviously even Clinton was unaware that national interests and sense of values are strategic objectives of two completely different scales. If we say that the former is an objective which American power can protect through action, the latter is neither an objective that its power can achieve nor is an objective which the United States should pursue outside its own territory. "World's number one," an ideology corresponding to "isolationism," always makes the Americans tend to pursue unlimited objectives as they expand their national power. But this is a tendency which in the end will lead to tragedy. A company which has limited resources but which is nevertheless keen to take on unlimited responsibilities is headed for only one possible outcome, and that is bankruptcy.”[1]

In other words, the United States believes that it is their role, or calling, to ensure that other nations are conformed to their values and beliefs of nationhood. They want to use their limited resources to achieve this unlimited goal, and this will inevitably fail. To put it another way the United States wants to conform the rest of the world to its image, and it simply does not have the power to do this, but it is ideologically driven to keep trying to do this. So this can only end up in disaster.

Empires often want to conform the world into their own image. Rome sought to do this through the Pax Romana. Alexander the Great sought to do this with Hellenization. But empires always fail to achieve this goal because even mighty empires have limited power. And also, the more powerful they get, the more the people of all nations are drawn into the centre of the empire and this changes the empire from within and causes it to eventually collapse in on itself.

By the end of the Roman Empire it was neither Roman in nationality, nor language, or even culture. It was a small state on the Bosphorus (Byzantium) that spoke Greek and traced its population’s lineage to many different peoples. The American Empire is no longer led by the sons of the revolution, but by a collection of foreign peoples from all over the world, some European and many not, and very few of those leaders are of the Anglo-Saxon heritage of the dominant founding peoples of the United States. They have been overcome by the world, they sought to overcome.

The United States will fail because it is seeking to achieve something which it just does not have the ability to achieve: the conforming of the whole world to its image. The United States may have gotten into this situation for different reasons than Rome, Greece, or other empires, but the result will be the same, total and utter collapse. The irony is that the more an empire seeks to conform the world to its image, the more the world ends up conforming that empire to the various images of the people that overcome that empire. As this process of demographic change increases, the more the empire is corrupted from the inside and the less capable it becomes of achieving its overarching goals. 

You would think nations would have learnt this lesson by now. Some may have, but the United States is learning this lesson the hard way again in our time, and as a result the world is in for some years of serious tumults.

List of References


[1] Col. Qiao Liang and Col. Wang Xiangsui, 1999, Unrestricted Warfare, p.180.

Saturday 15 June 2024

Say the Words, “I Am Sorry.”

 




Say those words. I am sorry. They are necessary, required and just. The leaders of our nation, and indeed many nations around the world, abused their people, insulted them, attacked them, coerced them and bullied them into taking an experimental medical treatment that they did not want, or need. It is time to say sorry.

It is not like many people could not see this at the time,

"Fourth, making vaccination the basis of participating in normal life would make no logical sense in terms of protecting others. A “CDC study shows 74% of people infected in Massachusetts Covid outbreak were fully vaccinated,” especially noting that four of those who were vaccinated were admitted to hospital. As we have said, we respect people’s right and choice to be vaccinated. But this type of data, published by America’s leading body of disease experts, causes people to wonder about the effectiveness of the vaccine along with concern about coercive measures by which to have it administered.  As it is evident that vaccines do not prevent infection, to restrict a person’s access to society based on a medical choice is questionable."

- The Ezekiel Declaration, August 2021, point 4.

But many people refused to see this at the time, and now evidence is mounting that those who were warning against the lockdowns, mandates and coercion were spot on. Well, in reality it has been mounting for years, but the lame stream media is finally tolling the bell,

"Mounting evidence shows the vaccines were rushed, less effective than you’d expect of a jab, and, in some cases, dangerous.

The whole premise of mandates was to protect the community. But these vaccines didn’t stop contraction or transmission of Covid – so what exactly were we protecting?...

…Even former deputy chief medical officer Nick Coatsworth now admits he hasn’t had a Covid vaccine for two years.

If one of the most high-profile doctors in the country won’t do it, why would the rest of us?

And most of us haven’t. By May last year, nearly 17 million Australian adults had not had a booster in the past six months.”[1]

As I have said several times, in a moment of anxiety we threw away all our principles and reason as a society. A great crime was perpetrated on Australians, and many people cheered it on, and our society will not be able to truly move on until these errors are publicly acknowledged and corrected, and laws are put in place to make these errors impossible again. Or, even better, we could have just followed the laws we already had that said it was illegal to coerce people into a medical treatment all along. But why would our society follow these laws if no authorities are ever held to account by them?

Many people need to say sorry, some authorities need to be brought to account. Those who call out society wide coercion will always end up being vindicated, eventually, but if you want to avoid this kind of travesty on a national scale again, there needs to be some accountability. Otherwise, we are ripe for a fresh round of the same disaster.

It starts with saying sorry, and then the investigations. 

List of References

Friday 14 June 2024

The Keys

 



If the Church is Israel, why does the Bible not just say that directly, straight up directly. If the promises of God are fulfilled in the Church, not in the secular, godless nation of Israel in the land of Canaan today, why doesn’t the Bible just say that directly, straight up directly. It does, in countless ways.

Here is one example. We read this in Revelation 3:7-13,

“7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: ‘The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens.

8 “‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. 9 Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet, and they will learn that I have loved you. 10 Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth. 11 I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. 12 The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name. 13 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”

This is directed to the predominately Gentile Church in Philadelphia, one of the two churches to receive no criticisms among the seven churches. This was a faithful church and it was under serious attack from the local non-believing Jewish community, who are described here with words reminiscent to what Jesus says in John 8:44-45. This contrast of the Synagogue of Satan should not be seen as some unrecorded esoteric historical cult, but an example of the same contrast of the people of God and the people of the devil that John shows us in 1 John 3. John is building on Jesus words from the gospel. 

So where are the direct references to the Church being Israel? Well let me draw your attention to a couple of things in the text.

Firstly, in verses 7 Jesus says, “The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens.” What is this referring to? Well, if we go all the way back we read about a steward in the days of Hezekiah and this is what it says,

“15 Thus says the Lord God of hosts, “Come, go to this steward, to Shebna, who is over the household, and say to him: 16 What have you to do here, and whom have you here, that you have cut out here a tomb for yourself, you who cut out a tomb on the height and carve a dwelling for yourself in the rock? 17 Behold, the Lord will hurl you away violently, O you strong man. He will seize firm hold on you 18 and whirl you around and around, and throw you like a ball into a wide land. There you shall die, and there shall be your glorious chariots, you shame of your master's house. 19 I will thrust you from your office, and you will be pulled down from your station. 20 In that day I will call my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, 21 and I will clothe him with your robe, and will bind your sash on him, and will commit your authority to his hand. And he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. 22 And I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David. He shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open” (emphasis added).

This steward is going to be replaced by his son Eliakim and upon him is going to be given supreme authority in Israel, underneath the king. And now look at verse 22, “And I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David. He shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.” It is very obvious that Jesus is quoting Isaiah here, the book of Revelation is filled with many direct references and allusions to the Old Testament, and this one is very explicit.

The one who has the “keys of David” holds the key to power in the nation of Judah and the city of Jerusalem. Jesus now has these keys, he is the king of Jerusalem, there is no longer any need for a steward because the king has come, and he uses this authority to open and close doors for his people still, that is the Church, Israel, “8 ‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” This direct reference from Revelation to Isaiah is enough to support out thesis. But there is more.

Jesus goes on to say, “12 The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name.” Those who conquer sin and continue to persevere in faith and cling to Jesus will have written on them the name of God, the name of the city of God, Jerusalem, and the Lord’s own new name. We will become pillars in the temple of God.

The Israel imagery here is off the charts, especially when we read in Isaiah 22:21,…and I will clothe him with your robe, and will bind your sash on him, and will commit your authority to his hand. And he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.” This promise to Eliakim, a steward of Judah, is now fulfilled in the Church. The Church is now being granted the same kind of authority, the same kind of high place, the same kind of position in Israel, that was once bestowed on the stewards of the king of Israel. Our Lord now holds the keys and he uses that power to raise his faithful servants to honoured positions in the kingdom of God, the spiritual Israel, the new Jerusalem.  

And just to be clear who this directed to, “13 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

The New Testament refers to the Church as Israel in so many ways. So many. So many it is in fact incredible that many people miss it. But if you have been trained to read the Bible with the lens that Israel and the Church are separate entities, then you may miss the significance of verses like this.

This is not to say that God has replaced Israel with the Church, God forbid that he would cast way his people. No, God has done what he has always done; he has replaced dead branches with living branches, he has replaced fruitless branches with fruitful branches, he has replaced unbelievers with believers. This has always been how God has dealt with his people, and it always will be. The key difference is now you do not have to become Jewish to join Israel, you simply have to bow the knee to the Lord Jesus Christ, who has the keys of David and reigns in the New Jerusalem, where we will reign with him (c.f. Rev. 2:25-18).

Thursday 13 June 2024

The Nation Is Sacred

 



"We see from history that the nation-state is the highest form of the idea of security. For Chinese people, the nation-state even equates to the great concept of all-under-heaven [tianxia, classical name for China].

Col. Liang and Col. Xiangsui, Unrestricted Warfare.

As I've argued for many years, nationalism is God's gift to humanity, to protect it from barbarism and imperialism. That is, to protect a people from falling back into warring and competing small tribes, or being subsumed by some version of Babylon; an empire that crushes all national identity.

Of course, the nation-state and the nation are not synonymous. The nation-state exists to serve the nation and can take various different forms over time, from monarchy, to oligarchy, to democracy. But the thrust of the statement above is pointing to that. The nation-state exists to keep the nation secure, to protect it from threats.  

Hence why the nation and nationalism are under such constant attack in our modern world. Our world is currently dominated by an ideology that wants to force all nations to be subsumed to a transnational authority; an empire on a global scale. This is essentially what globalism is and what it is seeking to work towards. A world where all nations have been overcome and all nation-states disbanded, so that a tiny, wicked elite can rule all.

Like all of God's gifts the nation is hated by the god of this age. Also, like all of God's gifts even many of his own people don't respect this gift for what it is: a means of limiting evil. Freedom and security flourish in godly boundaries. Everything God has created for man was designed to flourish in boundaries, whether money, sex, power, speech, nations or more. Without boundaries all of these things go haywire and pile harm on top of harm. The devil wants to break every possible boundary, he's transgressive in his being, and so are all his ideologies in this world. His deceptions even manage to persuade many amongst God's flock that to reject these good boundaries is a good thing to do. It is not.

 

Tuesday 11 June 2024

Boomers Could Do More…

 




So, they did this survey with boomers and this is what they found,

“Most boomers won’t give up retirement lifestyle to help children, Australian survey finds

Four in five think their kids have it harder than they did at same age, but seven in 10 unlikely to compromise retired life to help

Baby boomers can see younger Australians are struggling financially and want to help where they can, but they are not willing to do so at the expense of their retirement lifestyle, new research shows.

Four in five Australians over 65 think their children are facing harder times than they experienced at the same age and a corresponding three in four believe passing on their wealth is important, according to new research by the banking and superannuation company AMP.

But despite wanting to help, seven in 10 surveyed said they were unlikely to compromise their retirement lifestyle to do so.”[1]

I think the most significant thing this survey revealed is that most boomers are actually aware that their children are worse off than they were at the same age. The costs bearing down on a millennial family now in their 30’s to 40’s is far and above what it was for the same type of family at that age in the boomer generation.

Boomers had it so much better that there are countless older people out there who have gotten divorced, and both sides of the divorce are still doing well financially compared to many people in the younger generations who haven't. Mistakes like this just punish harder now, than they once did. You can look up these kinds of figures yourself. But this is revealing, not that they don’t want to give up their lifestyle, that we younger generations have always understood, but that they know how much better they have it and are not willing to cost themselves for the sake of their offspring. This is a bit more surprising. There are exceptions of course, there always will be. But these statistics show that the exceptions are the minority, as we also knew.

I don’t think we can change the older generations. I have actually counselled many people in my generation when asked about trying to do so, that this is a foolish, soul crushing, tiresome quest, that just ends in increased heartbreak. So what we should do is look forward. There is no doubt that in virtually ever important metric by the time the boomers have retired, they will have handed a nation to their offspring with a worse economy, a worse, culture, less wealth, less ability to rise through the class ranks of society, and a less cohesive society because of the large immigration that is being relied upon to pay for the welfare and medical debt that their generation benefits from the most. So, it is our responsibility to look forward to work hard to hand our children a better society.

Here are some principles:

1)     How can you use your wealth to benefit your children? Think not about your wealth as your means to enhance your lifestyle. Think of it as your tool to bless your children and their children. Plan accordingly.

2)     Homeschool, or if for some reason you are not able to homeschool, invest in your family relationships to the degree you wish your parents had done for you. I suggest homeschooling because this is a sure-fire way to create a deep bond in a family. I have observed this again and again. But it is not the only way to ensure this, I know families who have used conventional schooling and have still been able to do the same. The deeper principle is prioritize building bonds within your family above all else. This will create a culture in your home where you are all geared to looking after each other. Boomers were conditioned by the media of their generation to pursue self-fulfilment, some broke out of this, most, as seen by the figures, did not. A culture of family dependence will help shield you from the same mistakes.

3)     Don’t expend your energy trying to change your parents if they are always holidaying overseas, or in their caravans, or otherwise. Taking holidays is not wrong of course, but we all know there are those who go above and beyond on this. Don’t expend your energy on this, rather pray about it, give it to God, and then be fully prepared to have to start building again in your generation. A large percentage of the wealth of boomers will end up in the hands of caravan makers, luxury age care resort owners, and cruise ship companies. Consider investing in one of these or a similar industry and direct it towards building wealth for your kids and their kids. If you spend time trying to change your parents you will be disappointed. For Christians, God can do this, I have seen it, I really have. But outside of this use your energy to look forward, not feeling bitter about looking at what could have been.

4)     Be aware of the psyops. Boomers were taken for all they were by the biggest psychological operations in history. They all watched the same shows and listened to the same handful of radio channels. But they are still responsible for believing the lies they were told. We should learn from this and be aware of the lies the current media is telling and teach our children to see through them. If we do we will be preparing them in a way that we were never prepared. We won’t get it perfect either, but we can turn the tide a little from generation to generation.

More could be said, but we younger generations simply have to recognize that the older generations are what they are. The stats show that the experiences of many Gen-x and Millennials are felt society wide. Which should encourage us to recognize that there are many other younger families who will also want to seek to turn this tide. We can help each other in this. That's a bonus. 

List of References

Monday 10 June 2024

Why China and others are Winning

 


The West has been dominant in the world for so long that many westerners can’t really comprehend that the dominance of the West is coming to an end in our day. Another problem that stems from this is that many westerns can’t see that the way that the West thinks and acts is no longer the superior course of action in many arenas, our intellectual elites are behind the curve ball, you could say. The reason that China is overcoming the United States and its allies is not just because they make everything, well almost everything, but because they think about this world in far superior way, and this includes how they think about war.

Here is an example of why China, and its allies, are winning,

“The same factors are all affecting the use of the means of war. It is becoming obsolete to automatically consider military action the dominant means and the other means supporting means in war. Perhaps, in the not too distant future, the military means will be only one of all the available means in wars such as one of fighting terrorist organizations of the bin Laden category. A more effective means that can strike at bin Laden in a destructive way is perhaps not the cruise missile, but a financial suffocation war carried out on the Internet…

…As the arena of war has expanded, encompassing the political, economic, diplomatic, cultural, and psychological spheres, in addition to the land, sea, air, space, and electronic spheres, the interactions among all factors have made it difficult for the military sphere to serve as the automatic dominant sphere in every war. War will be conducted in nonwar spheres. This notion sounds strange and is difficult to accept, but more and more signs indicate that this is the trend.”[1]

This was written by two Chinese Liberation Army Colonels in 1999 and it is immediately clear from these two short paragraphs why China is beating the US and its allies. For one, consider how prescient this observation is. These two Colonels are reflecting on why America was so dominant in the first Gulf war in the early 1990’s, and why that form of warfare had reached a peak in their day. They were predicting that the complete dominance of the United States in the military sphere would lead to a situation where other countries would be forced to adapt and fight very differently, but also that many non-state actors like bin Laden would become a force to be reckoned with in the near future because these nonstate actors would be able to exploit weaknesses in the United States military doctrine and strategy. They were predicting war would evolve in a way the US was not equipped to deal with. Note, again, this was written in 1999, two years before the Trade Towers came down and bin Laden became a household name.

The argument of these two Colonels is that rather than thinking of war in terms of the best military equipment wins, nations should think in terms of anything at hand in our world, like culture, or economics, or computer technology, can be weapons that can be brought to bear and used to achieve the kinds of victories that were once attained with jets, missiles, tanks and warships. But more than that, they are predicting that any state which thinks first in terms of military force being the dominant means of achieving victory will be left behind. In other words, they had identified one of the key weaknesses of the United States, and to a lesser degree the allies of the US; their outdated understanding of war. 

When America was attacked in 2001 by non-state forces, what was their immediate response: Who can we go to war with? It does not matter who you think was ultimately behind or working with bin Laden, they understood the psychology of the Americans and how they can be provoked into war. The entire American society, culture, media and political establishment is geared towards treating combatting enemies as something which the military exists to do, and therefore when they are provoked in any way, they immediately look at how they can wield their armed forces to combat that enemy, or in the case of Iraq, they used it as an excuse to launch a war that they wanted anyway. As the authors note earlier in their book, the US is like a big giant, that is easy to provoke but clumsy in its response.

The same is true for Israel. We are seeing this with the current war in Gaza. After being provoked, again it does not matter what is behind this attack, how did Israel respond: Where can we drop the bombs? Where can we point the tanks? Where can we send the troops? They think again, like their twin society in the US, about how they can bring their military to bear against the enemy on the battlefield. In a lot of ways the US and Israel are like national versions of the Hulk, who think in terms of “smash, smash, smash” whenever they are attacked, or provoked. Both nations can perform reasonably well against inferior forces on the battlefield, but if they are attacked by non-state forces in a cunning way, they both act like giants seeking to swat at gnats clumsily.

China, on the other hand, shows here why it is gaining so quickly on the United States and taking the place of world leadership. They have brilliant minds at work in their society, who are obviously influential, that recognize that the means of achieving victories over other nations are many, and immediately defaulting to wars and bombs is dinosaur thinking. To some degree American leadership grasps this, because they have used things like sanctions and trade wars to cripple nations that opposed them, this has been true from Iraq, to Libya, to North Korea and others. But the military industrial complex is so strong and powerful in the United States congress that still the US thinks first and foremost about how they can solve their problems with the best technological weapons. They may use sanctions to begin with, but they bring in the military as soon as they can. It's their go to response. And much of their economy is geared towards paying overs for the newest fancy weapon to achieve that job. 

This has been seen in Ukraine where we have seen various reports about how a certain United States, or allied, weapon system, will turn the tide of the war, and also how on every occasion these weapons systems have failed to achieve this lofty goal. In some ways this is reminiscent of how Adolf Hitler kept putting his hopes in some new technology which would give him the advantage over the allies in World War 2, when really he was destined to lose because he could not outproduce the United States, or Russia in men and military equipment. China obviously recognized this, because look at how much emphasis they have placed on turning their country into the industrial powerhouse of the world. China has won many wars without firing a shot, simply by placing so much of an emphasis on production. Any nation that can outproduce its potential enemies has the advantage in any conventional war, and in many other ways as well.

In fact, since 2001 the United States has continually gotten itself bogged down into expensive wars, or proxy wars, across the world. At the same time China has focused on building its industrial and technological base, using its Belt and Road initiative to sure up its alliances and access to resources across the world, and also to build itself a positive image, while America’s image is increasingly tarnished because of its aggressive stance towards a growing list of nations. China has out thought the United States in every way. Without having to fight it is beating the US in many arenas. 

When you consider that China has such great thinkers recognizing that there are many others means of winning a war, other than military force, it really makes you wonder how long they have been going about this. China is winning because it has out thought the West, the West is losing because it has gotten itself stuck in a rut of using old strategies of conquest and dominance that no longer work in our modern world. That does not mean that conventional military wars are a thing of the past, they are not, look at how Russia is winning now against the western supplied and backed Ukraine in a conventional state to state war. But consider how Russia spent a couple of decades shoring up its industrial base, a localized economy, military capacity, alliances with local nations, and more before it responded with military force in Ukraine. Has America being doing this? No, it has been off-shoring its industry, alienating allies, becoming increasingly aggressive both militarily and economically, all while allowing their culture to degrade. This is why China and its allies are getting ahead.

Those of us in the West who are used to being the dominant powers in the world, have a rude shock coming. Those with eyes to see can already observe how behind the eight-ball the West now is. 

List of References


[1] Col. Qiao Liang and Col. Wang Xiansui. 1991, Unrestricted Warfare, Echo Point Books and Media, LLC, pp. 143-144.

Saturday 8 June 2024

The Offense of the Prosperity Gospel

 




The prosperity gospel is an offensive teaching. What is offensive about it is not that it is wrong to be rich. It is not, riches can come to someone through hard work, entrepreneurship, inheritance, and just plain luck, and none of this is wrong, inherently. What is offensive about it is not the idea that God can make someone rich, of course he can. We read in Genesis 26 how God blessed Isaac and made him wealthy,

“12 And Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. The Lord blessed him, 13 and the man became rich, and gained more and more until he became very wealthy. 14 He had possessions of flocks and herds and many servants, so that the Philistines envied him… 24 And the Lord appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of Abraham your father. Fear not, for I am with you and will bless you and multiply your offspring for my servant Abraham's sake” (Gen. 26:12-14, 24).

God can and has made his servants wealthy in this world for a variety of reasons. So it is not the idea that God can make people rich that is offensive. 

What is offensive about the prosperity gospel is that some turn the love of money into a righteous thing, and worse, they turn godliness into a means of gain, and get the gospel backwards as a result. The gospel is not about the material things that you get in this world, it is about the riches of God's saving mercy to us as sinners. Saying you will be blessed with wealth if you live righteously is just another way of saying godliness is a means of gain, and it misses the point of the gospel. Paul rebuked this severely. In 1 Timothy he says,

“9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”

I have personally observed this happen in so many different ways. We probably all have, to one degree or another. But again and again I find Christians who believe that they have unlocked the key to pursuing wealth, in a way that will not lead them into snares. They are almost certainly wrong. 

Godliness is not a way of getting rich. It is not a means of gain. You can live a righteous and godly life in this world and end up with nothing to your name, or not very much to your name. Do you remember what Paul had towards the end of his life? He tells us in 2 Timothy,

“9 Do your best to come to me soon. 10 For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. 11 Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry. 12 Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus. 13 When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments. 14 Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. 15 Beware of him yourself, for he strongly opposed our message” (2 Tim. 4:9-15).

A cloak, some books and paper for writing on. To be fair these were not as cheap in Paul’s day as they are in ours, but it is still a paltry collection.

Can you honestly say, or do you honestly believe that God has more reasons to bless you than Paul? Have you been more righteous in your life than one of the chief Apostles? Of course not.

If you are rich Paul says we should use this generously to bless others. But if you are one of the majority of Christians that are not wealthy, this does not mean God has not blessed you, it does not necessarily mean something is wrong. It places you alongside many great Christian names in history, who did not gain much materially from this world, because the gospel is not about that. But they didn't lose out, at all, they will be vindicated and so will all who have this hope in Jesus. 

 

Friday 7 June 2024

How to Bless Abraham, Biblically.

 



How to bless Abraham biblically is a strange question to be addressing in 2024, considering the man has been dead by for close to 4000 years. If you want to understand how we can live a life of blessing, that is blessing others and being blessed, there are many passages in the New Testament which teach us how to live such a life. A prominent example would be the Beatitudes by Jesus in the Sermon of the Mount. However, many Christians today are persuaded by a relatively historically novel interpretation of Genesis 12:1-3 that to bless Abraham, and guarantee blessing, we should bless the modern secular and godless state of Israel. This includes supporting them in their grossly disproportionate war of destruction against the Palestinian people.

Genesis 12:1-3 says,

“12 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

It is clear that this is a promise for Abraham himself. I think it is severely debateable whether or not we should even apply the promises of being blessed to those who support Abraham’s descendants from this passage. But if you read further in Genesis you will see that God reiterates that promise to Abraham’s immediate descendants (cf. Gen. 26:15 for instance) and this promise to bless those who bless God's people is carried through scripture. So, we will leave that discussion aside for now.

What I want to discuss is whether or not we are required to “Stand with Israel” in their war efforts because of Genesis 12:1-3? There are two ways I could argue against this position: 1) I could show you conclusively that the promise of blessing is carried on to the descendants of promises of God, that is those who believe, not the descendants of the flesh. But this argument seems to go over the head of most people, and indeed has since Paul’s day. Paul spent most of his ministry combatting Judaizers who believed the blessings and favour of God came through their being the flesh and blood ancestors of Abraham, or 2) we can grant that this verse means you need to bless Abraham’s descendants to be blessed, and show that this does not mean fund their war efforts, and encourage them in their conquest of the land. We can show this by showing how foreigners were blessed by blessing Isaac, Abraham’s son. In other words we can see how the Bible itself understood this concept of blessing.

We read in Genesis 26 this,

6 So Isaac settled in Gerar. 7 When the men of the place asked him about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,” for he feared to say, “My wife,” thinking, “lest the men of the place should kill me because of Rebekah,” because she was attractive in appearance. 8 When he had been there a long time, Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out of a window and saw Isaac laughing with Rebekah his wife. 9 So Abimelech called Isaac and said, “Behold, she is your wife. How then could you say, ‘She is my sister’?” Isaac said to him, “Because I thought, ‘Lest I die because of her.’” 10 Abimelech said, “What is this you have done to us? One of the people might easily have lain with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.” 11 So Abimelech warned all the people, saying, “Whoever touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.”

12 And Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. The Lord blessed him, 13 and the man became rich, and gained more and more until he became very wealthy. 14 He had possessions of flocks and herds and many servants, so that the Philistines envied him. 15 (Now the Philistines had stopped and filled with earth all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father. (Gen. 26:6-15)

We should observe here that Abimelech blessed Isaac by doing something very simple: he left him and his wife alone. He chose not to steal this man’s beautiful wife. In fact, he seemed indignant at the suggestion that he would allow himself, or any of his men, to take Isaac’s wife. But he does something else, he also asks Isaac to leave him alone. We read from verse 16,

“16 And Abimelech said to Isaac, “Go away from us, for you are much mightier than we.” 17 So Isaac departed from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar and settled there. 18 And Isaac dug again the wells of water that had been dug in the days of Abraham his father, which the Philistines had stopped after the death of Abraham. And he gave them the names that his father had given them. 19 But when Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and found there a well of spring water, 20 the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, “The water is ours.” So he called the name of the well Esek, because they contended with him. 21 Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over that also, so he called its name Sitnah. 22 And he moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. So he called its name Rehoboth, saying, “For now the Lord has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.”

23 From there he went up to Beersheba. 24 And the Lord appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of Abraham your father. Fear not, for I am with you and will bless you and multiply your offspring for my servant Abraham’s sake.” 25 So he built an altar there and called upon the name of the Lord and pitched his tent there. And there Isaac’s servants dug a well.

26 When Abimelech went to him from Gerar with Ahuzzath his adviser and Phicol the commander of his army, 27 Isaac said to them, “Why have you come to me, seeing that you hate me and have sent me away from you?” 28 They said, “We see plainly that the Lord has been with you. So we said, let there be a sworn pact between us, between you and us, and let us make a covenant with you, 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we have not touched you and have done to you nothing but good and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed of the Lord.” 30 So he made them a feast, and they ate and drank. 31 In the morning they rose early and exchanged oaths. And Isaac sent them on their way, and they departed from him in peace. 32 That same day Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well that they had dug and said to him, “We have found water.” 33 He called it Shibah; therefore the name of the city is Beersheba to this day” (Gen. 26:16-33).

Abimelech here has clearly observed that the hand of God is on Isaac to bless him and prosper him in all he does. So, does Abimelech conclude from this that he needs to make himself subservient to Isaac, place himself under Isaac, give large amounts of his tax money to Isaac, and use his armed forces to fight for Isaac? No, in fact he comes to a completely different solution he says, “16 And Abimelech said to Isaac, “Go away from us, for you are much mightier than we.” He decides to send off Isaac in peace so that they can live separately and not interfere with each other.

Abimelech even makes a covenant with Isaac and look what it says,

“28 They said, “We see plainly that the Lord has been with you. So we said, let there be a sworn pact between us, between you and us, and let us make a covenant with you, 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we have not touched you and have done to you nothing but good and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed of the Lord.” 30 So he made them a feast, and they ate and drank. 31 In the morning they rose early and exchanged oaths. And Isaac sent them on their way, and they departed from him in peace.”

“…We have not touched you and have done to you nothing but good and have sent you away in peace…” What is the nothing but good that they have done? They have not stolen their women, or their flocks, or sought to harm them, and they have left them in peace. This is blessing. You have no requirement to make your nation subservient to Abraham, Isaac or Jacob, to bless them, all you need to do is leave them alone, do nothing but good, and let them go in peace. 

The idea of how to bless the nation of Israel has become perverted and corrupted in today’s world. It has been used cynically by corrupt politicians and false teachers in the Church to teach Christians they have a responsibility to stand with Israel in their efforts to conquer the land. But Abimelech understood the blessing, and did not come close to anything like this conclusion. He simply wanted to leave Isaac along, and the passage clearly affirms this as a fulfilment of the blessing. 

You need to distinguish sharply between what the Bible says and then what people say that means. Genesis 12:1-3 is best seen fulfilled in Jesus, not a secular state in the land of Canaan. But even if you were to apply it to that land and state, there is still no moral requirement to support Israel in their wars. In fact, we would be required to do “nothing but good”, which would require us to not be involved in their wars, to speak honest about them, and hold them to honest account of how they are acting. As we would do with any other nation, or individual. 

Don’t let Christians push you around with a bad reading of Scripture to cajole you to support what you genuinely believe to be evil, because there are verses which seem to imply we should bless the descendants of Abraham. Even those who say they are just taking these verse literally, are not looking at how the Bible itself applies these verses in the very context in which they are given. Genesis 26:1-5 shows that God will bless those who bless Isaac, and the rest of the chapter shows how a king blessed Isaac by basically distancing himself from Isaac and his people, by leaving him alone. Nations are meant to be focused on their own affairs, not the affairs of other nations, and we see this theme being exemplified very early in the Scriptures.  

 

Thursday 6 June 2024

Anglophobia – Accusations of No culture.

 




Those who say we Anglos, that is descendants of the Anglo-Saxons, who make up the majority peoples of England, Canada, America, and NZ, have no culture are not just incorrect, but terribly so. The truth is that many of those who say that were just raised in a school system designed to help them forget who they are. I think this is quite deliberate, because our society has been pushed to self-hatred, or self-loathing, through excessive encouragement to guilt. But our culture has incredible significance for this world. A good example of this is the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. The Rev. James Ingram tells us,

“To the first question we answer, that the Saxon Chronicle contains the original and authentic testimony of contemporary writers to the most important transactions of our forefathers, both by sea and land, from their first arrival in this country to the year 1154…

…Philosophically considered, this ancient record is the second great phenomenon in the history of mankind. For, if we except the sacred annals of the Jews, contained in the several books of the Old Testament, there is no other work extant, ancient or modern, which exhibits at one view a regular and chronological panorama of a PEOPLE, described in rapid succession by different writers, through so many ages, in their own vernacular LANGUAGE.”[1]

This was written in the 19th Century. Note the historians point though; it is first the Bible, and second the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, that taught people the importance of documenting their history in their own language, and collectively fulfilling this work in multiple generations, from author to author, in a successive line. Not just at the hands of one writer, making notes of interest like Plutarch or Herodotus, but a generationally collective effort, which was in part designed to help establish a people's identity in real history and events.

The culture of England is so pervasive in our Western world, many of us have come to view it like the fish do the fish bowl, just something that's there. But it didn't get there by accident. The culture of the English was built over centuries, by dedicated Englishmen and women, who submitted unto the Lord Jesus Christ, and sought to make their nation a great people in this world. And you all have benefited from the generous spirit of the Anglos who share their cultural wealth. No one can claim that Anglo-Saxon culture is perfect, of course it is not. But not culture has advanced so much of the world in so many ways, in recent history, like the Anglo-Saxon culture.

I hope the Anglo-Saxons remember themselves before our civilisation is fully overcome by evil. Self-exalting pride is wrong, it is contemptible. Pride in your children and your forefathers, however, are both necessary requirements to create a surviving society. To lose one of these causes the loss of both, and no society can survive that loss for long. It will internally explode, or get overrun by a people who remember their past and who look towards how they'll continue their nations legacy into the future.

As one of the prophets said in the Scriptures, “5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. 6 And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction" (Mal. 4:5-6).


If you would like to read about some of the ways that our Anglo-Saxon culture has come under attack, you can pick up a copy of the book: Anglophobia: The Unrecognized Hatred, from Lockepress. If you use the code REVMATT I will get a small percentage of the sale. Lockepress is run by a good friend of mine and I encourage you to check out some of the other books on the Lockpress page. We have to build our own platforms, and this is part of an effort to help with that. God bless.

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[1] Rev. James Ingram, 1823, The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (p. 2). Neeland Media LLC. Kindle Edition.

Tuesday 4 June 2024

Foreign Legions

 


Australian Defence Force to recruit foreign nationals.[1]

The moment Rome started staffing its armies with German leaders and soldiers, it sealed its fate of one day being ruled by the Germans. When the Byzantine armies in eastern Rome started staffing their legions with the Isaurians and others, they guaranteed that they would be ruled by those Isaurians who wanted power, and other nations as well.

Australia acts like a mini-empire. An empire by definition is a state power that rules over many nations/nationalities. Every western nation has been increasingly doing this since World War 2. Every western leader has been seeking to build their own little empire, to rule like Nimrod over many peoples. 

The problem with multinational states is that it destroys the patriotism of the original nation that hosts that state, because they know that the government no longer cares as much about them, and it does the same to many of the other nations that come to be ruled by that state. This weakens the power of the state. But one way to perpetuate the dominance of the state is to use government power to sell citizenships for service, like this very policy proposed by the Australian government. This is dyscivilisational, there are no two ways about it. But destructive policies don't get the ire they once did, because for several decades our government has had a policy of just finding the people it needs to replace the citizens who won't do what the states wants or needs them to do. It just imports the supporters it needs or wants.

The army is an honourable profession ruled over by dishonourable politicians. Many Australians have seen the ways that our military have been used to attack countries that did not attack us, and therefore don't want to join. Many Australians do not support this, recruiting numbers prove that. Rather than working hard to build up nationalism and patriotism among the people by serving the needs of the people of this country, which will help to make the army more attractive, our government just wants to import what amounts to foreign mercenaries.

Historically armies staffed by foreigners, are far easier, and far more likely, to turn upon the citizens of a state. Because their loyalty is to the one who pays them, rather than the nation they are fighting for. This is a bad idea, and the exact sort of idea we should expect from our globalist minded leaders. They think like little Caesars, not like true lovers and servants of their nation.

Of course relying on foreign soldiers can also end up like this,

“While the fire was keeping the combatants apart, the Emperor tried to rally his troops and to prepare for a street-fight next day. But the army was cowed; many regiments melted away; and the Varangian Guard, the best corps in the garrison, chose this moment to demand that their arrears of pay should be liquidated; they would not return to the fight without their money! The twenty years of disorganization under the Angeli was now bearing its fruit, and deeply was the empire to rue the next day.

Alexius Ducas, in despair at being unable to make his men fight, left the city by night. He was soon followed by the last Greek officer who kept his head, the general Theodore Lascaris, who endeavoured to make one final attack on the Crusaders even after his master had departed. Next morning the Franks found themselves in full possession of the city, though they had been expecting to face a hard day of street-fighting before this end could be attained.”[2]

History shows this is a bad idea. Again our leaders think they are immune to the forces of history simply by their temporal place in the time line. Foolishness is reigning. 

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Monday 3 June 2024

Pride is a Terrible Sin

 

Pride is a Terrible Sin


This might be a good time of year to remind people that pride is a terrible sin. A terrible, terrible sin, that God looks upon and seeks to humble or punish. 

Look at these passages:

Proverbs 8:13, “The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.”

Proverbs 11:2, “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.”

Proverbs 16:18, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

Proverbs 21:24, “Scoffer” is the name of the arrogant, haughty man who acts with arrogant pride.”

Proverbs 29:23, “One's pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.”

This is just from one book of the Bible, there is much more in the scriptures about pride.

Wearing your pride or your sin like a badge is basically temping God to smite you. It is a terribly dangerous sin. Of course, God is patient, merciful and just, and he wants to give everyone as much time to repent as possible. The Apostle Peter tells us this,

“8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed” (2 Peter 3:8-10).

God is patient towards sinners, and praise God he is. But those who wear pride like a badge provoke the anger of our patient and merciful Lord. Turn from your sin and trust in Jesus. He is merciful and gracious to sinner, no matter the sin. But he will not forgive unrepentent pride.