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I will preach, discuss, and write; but I will constrain none, for faith is a voluntary act. See what I have done. I stood up against the pope, indulgences, and papists, but without violence or tumult. I put forward the word of God; I preached and wrote--this was all I did... GC 190.
Who would have thought that in an age where liberty of conscience is greatly prized and a person’s right to privacy is so highly esteemed that the proposition of parents losing their freedom for raising their children on a plant-based diet is even being considered by the courts. Believe it or not, this is what is being proposed in the Italian parliament. If honest, and completely objective, even most meat-eaters would have to agree that this bill is absolutely preposterous and denies a person of his/her fundamental rights. Such a bill begs the question of who children really belong to.
With the Zika virus on the rise, with confirmed cases in the United States and the country of Brazil devastated, causing sickness and debilitating birth defects, the fears of Zika spreading worldwide and becoming uncontrollable are proportionately increasing; as a result, scientists, technologists and doctors are desperately scrambling to find ways to combat the virus. Among the many proposed solutions to control and possibly exterminate Zika is the creation of genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes to consume the infected breed of mosquitoes, whose scientific name is Aedes Aegypti—also responsible for the spread of such diseases as dengue fever, chikungunya, and yellow fever. With GM plants, animals, and now humans, why not a GM mosquito, right?
Most major presidential candidates who have been successful have been strong proponents of upholding the principles of the constitution, at least rhetorically. This is something that America was founded upon and is something that citizens value and politicians realize this and speak the language that appeals to the majority of Americans. An important class that Republican nominee Donald Trump has been trying to garner the support of is the Evangelical group, hence his meeting with over 500 evangelical pastors and leaders and his promises to listen to their concerns. Trying to appeal to this highly influential group can be problematic as advocating issues important to evangelicals often means a unification of church and state, which would bring a candidate in opposition to the constitution. Donald Trump is willing to take that risk and has flattered this class and has spoken their language and promised to use his position, if elected to advocate their causes and be a voice for them, essentially, allowing them to insert their policies into the political equation.
It is hard for many to conceptualize the notion that at one time in the United States Sunday Blue Laws, laws prohibiting common work, shopping and secular engagements on Sundays existed at one time in the United States. Even harder for individuals to comprehend is that one day a National Sunday Law will be enforced with civil penalties, fines and even more stringent punishments for violators. However their skepticism of a Sunday Law will neither change the history of it nor the prophecy that foretells of it or the current events that indicate that it will become a reality very soon. Pope Francis has called for and proposed mandatory Sunday Observance to solve the issues of climate change and the economy in his encyclical Laudato Si. Evangelicals have made this cry as well; and in certain cities across Europe no shopping Sundays have been instituted and no work Sundays proposed.
Many are so mesmerized by Pope Francis’ larger than life persona and his ability to be relevant and speak with the voice of peace and inclusivity for all people, all the while appealing to millennials, that they are blinded to his deception, his Satanic and self-seeking purposes of furthering his own agenda at the expense of liberty of conscience, in his highly strategic and meticulously calculated speeches and operations. Returning home from World Youth Day, aboard the Papal jet “Pope Francis said the inspiration for terrorism wasn’t Islam but a world economy that worshiped the ‘god of money’ and drove the disenfranchised to violence. ‘Terrorism grows when there is no other option, and as long as the world economy has at its center the god of money and not the person,’ the pope told reporters late Sunday as he returned to the Vatican.
Many United States citizens, feminists in particular, are much delighted and excited over the history being made by Hillary Clinton’s nomination for President by a major political party, and the possibility of having the first female President in the history of the United States. Because of this “progress” many tend to treat with indifference and ignore the causes, positions and platforms that Mrs. Clinton is running her campaign on. Selecting a long-standing, active Jesuit as her running mate, it should come as no surprise that Mrs. Clinton is using Catholic rhetoric to promote the Catholic principle of the “common good.”
“And I saw one of his [first beast Roman Catholicism] heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?… And I beheld another beast [apostate Protestant America] coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon” Revelation 13:3, 4 and 11. Satan has a myriad of ways in which he is diverting minds from the coming crisis and the steady encroachment of the Papacy to have its deadly wound healed and bring men under his oppressive dominion so that men and women will show no concern for the work of preparation to physically, mentally and spiritually meet the great and final test. He is thus distracting minds from eternal realities by using sports, games, electronic devices, revelry, worldly amusements and associations to such a point that significant prophetic happenings are occurring and go by virtually unnoticed and unmentioned especially by those that are called to be students of prophecy. So while the world including many Seventh-day Adventists are busy catching Pokemon or “keeping up with the Kardashians,” or following the summer games and Olympics, Pope Francis is making strategic appointments and moves to put Roman Catholicism in the perfect position to reemerge to the ascendancy.
“Gotta catch ‘em all” is the slogan for the Pokemon media franchise published and owned by Japanese video game company Nintendo. What a fitting slogan for the franchise who has come up with video games, board games, anime, cartoons, trading cards, toys, figurines, and other paraphernalia, and the latest craze captivating young and old, is a game called Pokemon Go, which is “now the biggest mobile game in US history.”1
The present state of the world is one of bloodshed, crime, corruption and murder all leading to divisiveness and unrest. Just in the United States, within days of each other, in Louisiana, Minnesota and Dallas respectively there have been shootings and resultant riots and demonstrations. In fact, the shooting of five Dallas, Texas police officers occurred at a public demonstration in protest of the two African American men killed at the hands of Caucasian Police officers. What has happened is indeed a tragedy of inestimable degree. Fathers, husbands, brothers and sons were senselessly killed and the reaction of many is to meet violence with violence and perpetrate the very crimes that led to the upheaval. What is to be blamed? Sin and Satan; not taking away from the personal accountability of those who took the lives of others. Because sin and Satan are behind the scenes stirring men to commit heinous crimes and then inciting more unrest through rioting and mob violence, the solution can not primarily be a social or political one. There must be solutions that address the sin problem. The everlasting gospel is what is needed that will bring conversion of heart to those who would hear and be healed.
The evangelical vote is something prized by presidential candidates as it has been instrumental in electing presidents in recent history. Both the Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton campaigns realize this and know how important gaining the support of the evangelical community is in their bid for United States President; and as a result, Clinton has made her circuits visiting and campaigning in various churches while Trump has met with over 500 evangelicals and has appointed a new liaison for Christian policy to his campaign. Influential evangelist and pastor, Franklin Graham, son of world-renown evangelist Billy Graham, is currently on a 50-state campaign of his own using his platform and influence to urge Christians everywhere he goes to vote for the candidate most likely to listen to their concerns. It is noteworthy that Graham was one of the evangelicals in attendance at Trump’s closed door meeting with evangelical leaders and gave the opening prayer and opening remarks.