August 2014

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Wars and Rumours of Wars            This year commemorates the centenary of World War 1, which began on July 28th. 1914 and ended on November 11th 1918.  Wikipedia says ‘In the United Kingdom, the Imperial War Museum is leading a national programme of commemorative events and is planning new galleries for the occasion In May 2010 the museum launched its First World War Centenary Partnership Programme. Partner organisations receive access to IWM collections objects and expertise, and to digital resources, branding and a collaborative extranet. By November 2011, 330 national and international organisations had become partners.The museum will also open a new permanent First World War exhibition at its London branch, as part of a £35 million redevelopment of the building. In November 2011 it was announced that Prime Minister David Cameron had appointed Andrew Murrison MP as his special representative for First World War centenary commemorations.[On 11 October 2012, Cameron announced £50 million to fund national centenary commemorations. The anniversaries of Britain's declaration of war on Germany, the opening of the Battle of the Somme, the Battle of Jutland, and the November 1918 Armistice will be marked by national commemorations. The redevelopment of the Imperial War Museum, where Cameron delivered his speech, will be supported by an additional £5 million. A further £5.3 million will fund visits to Western Front battlefields by pupils from English schools. The Heritage Lottery Fund will provide £15 million to community projects, led by young people, to conserve local heritage associated with the war. In addition the preservation of the former Royal Navy light cruiser HMS Caroline, which served at the Battle of Jutland, will be supported by a grant of up to a million pounds.The Heritage Lottery Fund is providing funding to educational projects in fields such as local history, online access to museums and archives, youth heritage projects, family history, the preservation of war memorials, and the conservation of historic artefacts.

The BBC is planning a First World War centenary season of around 2,500 hours of television, radio and online programming over four years. The programming will include documentaries, drama, arts and music, commemorative programmes and programmes for children and schools.’

 

World War 11 began in September 1939 when Germany invaded Poland. Hitler’s scheme was to defeat all the European countries and Russia, then with Italy and Japan as Axis power, to conquer the Middle East and the Far East. His big mistake was the Hollocaust, to kill all Jews, this was the root of his downfall and ultimate death in Berlin. It is said that he was responsible for the death of six million Jews, one and a half million of them were children. The manner by which many of those people died was horrific, the concentration camps and gas chambers were of hellish proportions.

God said to Abraham in Genesis 12:2, “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” When Cain murdered his brother Abel and God pronounced His jugement upon him, he said, “My punishment is greater than I can bear.” To be banished from the presence of God in Hell for all eternity would be unbearable, Hitler’s millions of murders would take him to the lowest Hell, for ever and ever.

On July 17th. all 298 people on board a Malaysia Airlines plane, Flight MH17 died, after the airliner crashed in eastern Ukraine, close to the border with Russia. Eighty of those that died were children. It is alleged that it was shot down by rockets fired from within Russia. Whoever is responsible for this act of violence against a civillian aircraft, jugement should fall upon the hand/s of those responsible, as it.is nothing less than an act of war. This was not an act of agression of one sovereign state aginst another sovereign state, it was one sovereign state aginst people from international countries. There can be no excuse for this criminal action for it could trigger World War 111? Those aggresors should be tried at the Hague and face the appropriate punishment. Malaysia Airlines must wonder if they are being targetted  having lost Flight MH 370 in March over the Indian Ocean.

Matthew 24:3 reads, “And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”  The end of the world does not mean the end of the planet earth, the word ‘world’ is ‘aion’ which means ‘age’. Jesus told His disciples what the conditions in the world would be just prior to His return to earth to reign for a thousand years as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, a wonderful new age where peace reigns.

Will you be there in that coming kingdom on earth? Remember what Jesus said to Nicodemas in John 3:3, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  And again in v.7, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” The moment a soul repents to God, confessing their sin and believes that Christ died for them on the cross to obtain their salvation, that soul is saved, they are born again. Can I ask you? Are you born again? If not, WHY NOT?

Be saved! Stop warring against God and let the peace of God rule in your heart. “He has made peace through the blood of His cross  Trust Him now with your soul, ask Christ to save you, and may the Lord bless you.

 Stan Burditt