Political Chicanery And Double-Speak: Why?

Obviously, it is the height of hypocrisy! On the one hand, President George W. Bush declares total war against terrorism. He vows to go to any lengths, to send US troops to Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Yemen, the Philippines — anywhere in the world, to “root out terrorists wherever they are.” So, the US sends its sons and daughters half a world away, to the forbidding Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan to “root out terrorists.” Meanwhile, we contemplate sending still more troops to Sudan, and continually hint that “Saddam Hussein may be next.”

Then, the US President demands Ariel Sharon, who is attempting to “root out terrorists” within only blocks, or a few miles of his own home, cease and desist! This incredible, glaring hypocrisy did not go unchallenged. Talk show hosts all over the country were fielding calls of outraged citizens. Even normally liberal, anti-government pundits expressed dismay.

As Secretary of State Colin Powell is sent on yet another futile trip in an effort to “bring peace” to the war-torn Middle East, another suicide bomber; the first in the eleven days of the Israeli army incursions into Palestinian areas, blows himself up on a crowded bus near Haifa, killing and injuring large numbers of Israeli soldiers and civilians. The militant terrorist group “Hamas” immediately claimed responsibility. This latest terrorist suicide bombing is an obvious effort to derail any hope of “peace,” and calculated to harden Israeli resolve, meaning that Hamas is delighted that Ariel Sharon is stonewalling George Bush, and refusing to pull out of West Bank cities until the last bit of terrorist infrastructure is destroyed.

None of the terrorist organizations, contrary to the skewed opinions of apologists in the US who wish to characterize them as “freedom fighters” and say they are “no worse than the Irgun, the Jewish group that bombed the British in the King David Hotel,” really wants to see peace in the region. None of them really want to “peacefully co-exist” with Israel. All of them, including the governments of the countries supporting them, want only one thing: the complete annihilation of the Jews, and the destruction of the State of Israel.

None of the dozens of “peace plans” have truly faced this naked truth.

All have begun with the FALSE ASSUMPTION that there is some kind of compromise (the bulk of which would be on the Israeli side) which will bring about peace.

If Israel would just “withdraw from the ‘occupied’ territories,” they say; if Israel would return the Golan to Syria, give Jerusalem to Yassir Arafat, and allow the creation of a Palestinian State, peace would prevail.

How much have YOU heard from Arafat and the Palestinians about their wondrous vision of such a peaceful state? How much have you heard of their economic recovery plans; their plans for human rights, democracy, freedom, education, trade, and cooperation with their future neighbors?

Have you ever heard, or read, a single paragraph from Yassir Arafat, describing his vision for the education of all the Palestinians? Have you heard, or read a single paragraph describing his vision of peaceful trade and reciprocity with Israel? Have you heard, or read a single paragraph from ANY Arab country in the region; from Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Yemen, Egypt, or any other country, a vision for the FUTURE PEACE? No, you have not. Why? Because not a single one of them truly WANTS PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE WITH ISRAEL!

They want Israel totally demolished, and every Jew DEAD!

As Jeremiah prophesied, the leaders cry “Peace, Peace, when there IS NO PEACE!” (Jeremiah 6:14). The prophecies of your Bible DO NOT PROCLAIM PEACE for Israel and Jerusalem!

Instead, they proclaim another “HOLOCAUST” in which, if God did not intervene, the
most cherished hope of the Arab nations — that of the murder of every last man, woman and child of the Jewish race — would be realized! Christ said, “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

“Then let them which be in Judaea [the Roman province around Jerusalem during Christ’s time] flee into the mountains:

“Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:

“Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.

“And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

“But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day:

“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be [a time of horrible warfare unique in all world history!].

“And except those days should be shortened [by God’s supernatural intervention in the war], there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened” (Matthew 24:15-22).

Christ described a situation where people would be going about their normal day-to-day
lives; a time when women would be nursing new-born babies; when housewives would be hanging out their washing atop the roofs, as they have done for centuries; a time when a man would be working in a field, away from, and yet in sight of his home.

How could such a situation prevail?

The Suggested “Peace Keeping Forces”

As I have repeatedly reminded my audiences and readers, the prophecies show that a vast northern power (the ‘BEAST’ of prophecy) will eventually invade the Middle East, and occupy Israel, Egypt, and “many countries.” But this invasion may well be for “PEACEFUL” purposes, rather than for the destruction of Israel. Christ’s words in His Olivet Prophecy seem to bear this out.

Usually, the citizens of a country are given at least SOME warning of an impending attack. Even if SCUD or SILKWORM missiles fell on parts of Tel Aviv, those in other parts of the city, or those in Lod, or Haifa, or Jerusalem, would surely have sufficient warning to at least descend from their rooftops to take warm clothing, or to return from the field to get their wives and children, in order to “flee to the mountains.”

But Christ’s words indicate a time when people are going about their workaday pursuits, with the clear knowledge that tanks and armored personnel carriers, and soldiers, are nearby; perhaps standing by as “peace keepers?”

Today, much debate is heard about whether the United States should “send troops” to keep the antagonists apart. When my wife and I were in Israel in 1966, this is exactly what was in place. White helmeted UN forces occupied a “no-man’s land” between the little State of Israel, and the three Arab neighbors, Syria, in the Golan, Jordan, along the West Bank and inside the divided city of Jerusalem, and Egypt, in the Gaza Strip.

Then, the Arab nations had ALL THEY ARE CURRENTLY DEMANDING with the exception that none of the three Arab countries remotely suggested they GIVE UP their territories in order to create a “Palestinian State!” Gunmen continually lobbed shells and sent sniper fire down on Israeli farmers in their fields below the precipitous cliffs on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee. Russian-made rockets were launched from Lebanon or Syria into Israeli collective farms, or “Kibbutzim.” When we visited the site of the synagogue in Capernaum where Jesus taught, we read signs which warned us against walking outside the immediate grounds to the east. An American lady, a tourist, had ignored the warning only weeks before, and, as she strolled among the trees and plants, was shot dead by a Syrian sniper on the heights.

Constantly, bombs were detonated among Israelis. Stories of children picking up what they thought was a bar of soap, and having it detonate, killing them, were heard.

In a nutshell: Israel occupied the VERY SAME BORDERS to which the Palestinians now demand they return! WAS THERE PEACE? Absolutely NOT! Only a continual attempt to DESTROY the Jewish State.

Today, even Germany is getting into the act. Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer had recently proposed (as published by F.A.Z. in Berlin) that four outside powers “guarantee” any commitments given by Israel and the Palestinians on the way to “peaceful co-existence.” People in Germany are wondering aloud about how strange it would be for “Germans to be protecting Jews.” The coleader of the “Green’s” Parliamentary group, Kerstin Muller, said that in the long term Germany involvement in such a security force (peacekeepers on the ground in Israel) COULD NOT BE RULED OUT, but said the precondition for any deployment had to be a mandate from the UN Security Council.

Presently, Germany has 6,400 soldiers in the Balkans in “peacekeeping” roles, and another 1,000 in Afghanistan. As I warned our listeners for decades, either a rewriting or a reinterpretation of the post World War II German constitution would eventually occur, (as it would in Japan — and it has!) which would allow German troops to once again be engaged in a global role. Germany is flexing its muscles today, and, increasingly, Germans speak of having a geopolitical role commensurate with their economic strength.

The late Franz Josef Strauss, who was head of the Christian Socialist Union of Bavaria, and Defense Minister of West Germany, gave me a personally autographed book in which he called for exactly that, and in which he envisioned a Germany reunited with Europe, and armed with NUCLEAR weapons!

The prophecies seem to clearly indicate that a great false RELIGIOUS leader will eventually insert himself into the conflict in the Middle East! Your Bible prophesied a union between a great false universal religion, depicted as a harlot, and a ten-nation coalition called “The Beast.” God says, “And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters [symbol of her multinational character]:

“With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication [she sends Ambassadors to all the nations, and receives their Ambassadors in return], and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication [her “Babylonian ‘mystery’ religion].

“So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns [the woman GUIDES and controls the Beast].

“And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:


“And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration [awe, not approbation]” (Revelation 17:1-6).

The prophecy says there will be TEN NATIONS or groupings of nations under TEN KINGS, or dictators, united together, under the behest of the great false religious leader: “And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast [the power of kings is absolute, autocratic power].

”These have one mind [one policy: they are in agreement], and shall give their power and strength unto the beast [they pool their economic and military power into ONE].

“These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them [See Revelation 19:11-21): for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful” (Revelation 17:12-14).

The time setting is the same as Daniel 11:40-45; the “time of the END.” The beast power is ensconced IN JERUSALEM at the time of the Day of the Lord, and the Second Coming of Christ!

With many different “peace plans” being offered; with many nations, principally the US and Europe talking of “a peace-keeping force” the stage is being set!

Today, very rapidly, events are shaping up to see the fulfillment of many MAJOR PROPHECIES uttered by Christ Himself! Already, the fact that Palestinian gunmen holed up inside the “Church of the Nativity” complex has resulted in another call from the Pope for Israel to “quit humiliating” the Palestinians! Study 2 Thessalonians 2, where a great false prophet is depicted as establishing himself IN JERUSALEM, having Satanic miracle-working power, masquerading as a “Prince of Peace,” as if a pseudo-Christ! He will claim to BE GOD!

Make no mistake! Events unfolding DAILY in Israel and in many other places around this world are a clear warning to God’s people that TIME IS GROWING VERY SHORT!

The TENDENCY of God’s people is to GO TO SLEEP just at the moment of great danger, as Christ warned in His parable of the virgins (Matthew 25). We need to HEED His warning! There are many thousands, who, while receiving a witness and warning from the work of God, are nevertheless NOT A PART of that work! But Christ said, “But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

“Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

“Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?

“Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

“Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.

“But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;

“And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;

“The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,

“And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 24:43-51). When Christ was in an agony of expectation, just prior to His horrible scourging and death, he came back to find His disciples SOUND ASLEEP! He told them, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41).

My heartfelt THANKS goes out to all those who not only benefit greatly from God’s work, but who HELP OTHERS to benefit, by making it possible for me to reach many MILLIONS over television, and tens of thousands via our web site!

Garner Ted Armstrong
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