Be Very Alert! No 312

Be Very Alert! – By Val Hollard (NZ)

On Watch at the Door
No 312, 17 August 2020

NZ GENERAL ELECTION AND REFERENDUMS, 19 SEPTEMBER (possibly!)at time of writing this newsletter. The date has now been moved to 17 October.

Many people who used to vote National are now considering voting for Labour because of the way PM Jacinda Ardern flattened Covid-19. However, we should not forget how much Labour is promoting policies that the Bible is totally against. When everyone was turning their attention to the rise of Covid-19, Labour introduced an abhorrent abortion law. God hates the killing of babies. The Southern Kingdom of Judah was banished to Babylon because of Manasseh’s support of child sacrifice, even though Manasseh repented later. In the US, the Satanic Temple has now declared abortion to be a ‘religious ritual’ that provides ‘spiritual comfort.’

The two referendums, supported far more by Labour than National MPs, relate to whether the recreational use of cannabis should become legal and whether The End of Life Choice Act should come into force. Both information leaflets provided give the impression that everything has been considered and there would be no problems if people gave a Yes vote for each. This is far from the truth.

Cannabis is far more potent today than it used to be. It is addictive and associated with psychosis, depression, suicidal tendencies and leads to an increase in road accidents. It can also cause heart and lung problems and when used by adolescents there is cognitive impairment and a decreased ability to do well in school work. As it will be allowed to be grown and consumed at home, children will inevitably get hold of it. One study has shown that teenagers who start smoking daily before the age of 17 are seven times more likely to commit suicide. If a mother uses cannabis during pregnancy the risk of the child becoming autistic is doubled.

From a Christian viewpoint, the Bible tells us to live soberly and be vigilant. Cannabis is a hallucinogenic drug. Its use can lead to idolatry and demonic bondage and is a method of sorcery. It is a mind-altering drug which can alter your reality.

There are many drug advocates internationally who want to end the criminalisation of all drugs. The legalisation of cannabis would be just the start. 

“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts [drugs], the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.” (Rev 22:14-15)

There are also many concerns about the End of Life Choice referendum. The terminology often means the opposite of what is normally understood. For example, ‘Medication’ is no longer something to preserve life, but a drug given to deliberately kill the patient. This is murder. The Bible does not condone these acts and God will bring severe judgement if we continue down this track. 

The experience in countries that have introduced euthanasia is that it is commonly widened to include children and people who cannot make a decision for themselves. Abuse of the Act is inevitable and overseas, people have been coerced into accepting euthanasia by families who would benefit by the death. The ‘right to die’ will become a ‘duty to die.’ We already have a problem with elder abuse in NZ.

Opposition to the Act has come from those in the disability sector, human rights advocates, lawyers, doctors and others in the health sector. The NZ Medical Association has clearly stated its opposition to euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide, and regards the practices to be “unethical and harmful to individuals, especially the vulnerable, and society.”

Please vote “No” to these referendums and encourage others to do the same. Our God is All-Powerful and All-Mighty. He is also a holy and righteous God and must judge and NZ is already overdue for judgement. Because of recent cases of community transmission of Covid-19, NZers are facing various levels of restrictions again and we do not know for certain if the election will take place on 19 September. This latest outbreak happened just as the House was supposed to be rising for a recess while campaigning takes place.

Among the many minor parties that have cropped up at this NZ election time is the ONE Party. They want ONE million Christians voting in ONE accord at the polling booths to create a kingdom shift like never seen before in the history of NZ. They say they are a Joshua Generation poised to cross over to advance the Kingdom to the highest office in our land. Their visionary goal: From the ends of the earth, the righteousness of our Government will be known among the nations. Aotearoa New Zealand will be the blueprint to follow!

A number of churches teach that the job of Christians is to Christianise and rule the world and take it over before the return of Christ. This is called Dominionism or Kingdom Now. In most cases they reject or play down the idea of an apocalyptic end-time tribulation and reject the role of Israel in God’s plans, believing that the church is the new Israel.

However, Revelation 13 and other scriptures make it clear that the Antichrist, not the church, will take over and rule the world. He will control all banking and commerce, and demand to be worshipped. We do hear of ‘revivals’ in the US. But they appear to be all emotional charismania and have little or no gospel message with them. In some countries with persecution, there are people turning to Christ.

OTHER NEWS

On Tish B’Av, the day commemorating the destruction of the Temples, the Israeli flag was displayed for the first time since Israel conquered its holiest site in the 1967 Six-Day War. Despite corona-virus restrictions and threats of Muslim violence, almost 1,000 Jews ascended to the Temple Mount where one of them produced a concealed flag that was waved. Normally Jews undergo scrupulous security checks first and religious items and any items displaying Jewish nationalism are confiscated. A similar attempt on Jerusalem Day in 2018 ended in Muslim violence and the police arresting the Jews.

The American Cancer Society has been slammed for using the phrase ‘individuals with a cervix’ in its latest pap screening advice, rather than women. They now use this phrase, rather than ‘women’ in their guidance, because transgender, non-binary and gender-nonconforming individuals can also have a cervix.

In the US suicide and drug overdoses are killing more young people than Covid-19 as the two pre-existing epidemics have been exacerbated by the corona-virus pandemic, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield warns. The American Medical Association also voiced concern in a July 20 report stating that over 35 states have reported increases in “opioid-related mortality as well as ongoing concerns for those with a mental illness or substance use disorder.” Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people ages 10 to 34 in the US, second only to “unintentional injury.” CDC data suggests that suicide took the lives of nearly 15,000 people within that age bracket in 2018.

Bill Gates has told The Financial Times, “You don’t have a choice… Normalcy only returns when we largely vaccinate the entire population.” There are reports that key parts of clinical trials for vaccines are being skipped, but some countries are now providing or considering providing indemnity to suppliers of vaccines, including NZ.  More than 150 corona-virus vaccine candidates are in various stages of development, with some two dozen prospects already conducting human testing. Politicians want to rush them into use when they are ready to go.

A new paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine attempts to make the case that people who refuse a future vaccine for Covid-19 should no longer be allowed to work and make a living.

Rioters carrying “Black Lives Matter” signs threw Bibles into a fire in front of the federal courthouse in Portland and burned an American flag, leaving bystanders wondering what that act of arson had to do with protesting against police brutality.

China is using stolen US technology to develop at least three types of high-tech weapons to attack the electric grid and key technologies that could cause a surprise “Pearl Harbour” resulting in a deadly blackout to the entire US. China now has super-EMP (electromagnetic pulse) weapons, knows how to protect itself against an EMP attack, and has developed protocols to conduct a first-strike attack, even as they deny they would ever do so.

In Italy, 11,000 migrants from North Africa arrived in a single week, with over 130 testing positive for Covid-19.

Locust swarms have invaded Russia’s southern regions causing colossal damage to the local agriculture.

The Covid-19 pandemic, civil unrest in major US cities and concern about what else may be coming have combined to create a tremendous amount of demand for “survival real estate.” Many people in the US have suddenly felt a great urgency to prepare for the total collapse of society, and quite a few of them have either recently relocated or plan to do so in the near future.  For some, moving entirely out of the country seems like the best option, but for most others the goal is to find a way to survive the coming chaos in the US.

In the US, as the supply chains worsen trucking companies are refusing to deliver goods to cities defunding the police. “Violence is everywhere. So if you’re gonna be having valuable cargo and there’s gonna be no police to rely on, who’s gonna protect our drivers?”

LEBANON IN THE NEWS

Disasters of all sorts are plaguing the planet. We have all been shocked by the horrific explosion in Beirut killing scores of people, injuring thousands, and destroying buildings. The force was one-fifth the size of Hiroshima. The destruction of Lebanon’s top port suggests the primary channels for imports and exports have been completely severed. An estimated 85% of the country’s grain, mostly stored in silos at the port, was also destroyed. Hundreds of thousands are now homeless.

This is a major humanitarian crisis. Lebanon was already suffering food shortages, power cuts that last up to 20 hours, long lines at gas stations, mountains of trash in the streets, hyperinflation, rapidly rising poverty, Covid-19 and problems with hosting the largest number of refugees per capita of any country. There are over 1.5 million Syrian refugees, some 20,000 refugees of other origins, in addition to the Palestinian refugees under UNRWA’S mandate. Lebanon has been without proper leadership with Hezbollah’s Nasrallah virtually running the country. Israel recently announced that it had thwarted a Hezbollah infiltration attempt along its northern border that led to an armed clash. 45% of Israeli families in the north lack shelters, and would get only 10 seconds notice to enter them in the case of an attack by Hezbollah. In the past Nasrallah has threatened to destroy Israel using the same chemical that made the blast so tremendous, ammonium nitrate, by causing a massive explosion in the port of Haifa.

Lebanon is now a failed state. The entire Lebanese cabinet has resigned following public fury and mass protests in the wake of the port explosion. As more countries around the world are being faced with one disaster on top of another, do not be surprised to see more reaching a similar tipping point. 

EXTRA ITEMS:

Useful Websites
John Haller: https://www.youtube.com/user/KoinoniaABF
Marco Quintana: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGocBbxpz2ue7yR6bMthnXw/videos
Jacob Prasch: https://www.youtube.com/user/57GotDrums/videos

Value Your Vote Election 2020 – Family First
https://valueyourvote.org.nz/2020-general-election/

PDF of the Brochure
https://valueyourvote.org.nz/2020-general-election/docs/VALUE%20YOUR%20VOTE%202020%20PAMPHLET%20low%20res.pdf

Kate Hawkesby: Legalising cannabis – why would we be so dumb?
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=12353424

To make a donation to needy Christians in Lebanon:
https://barnabasfund.org/donate-nz/?project=PR1533&appealcode=BBE%2007/20

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