Welcome to the first edition of Trumpet Sounds in 2017. There are many who sense that this will be a significant year. Will they be proved right?
In this year there are a number of major anniversaries.
It is 120 years since the first Zionist Conference which paved the way for the Jewish state. Then 100 years ago the Balfour Declaration opened up the possibility of a Jewish state. UN Resolution 181 which set out the intent to establish a Jewish State was passed 70 years ago and it is 50 years since Jerusalem was restored to Jewish sovereignty.
It is also the anniversary of a number of other events which have shaped the end time world:
In 1917 the United States entered World War 1 ending a policy of isolationism. Following this the US took over the mantle of global policeman from Great Britain. That year Britain took Jerusalem from the Ottoman’s making possible a Jewish home land. Also in October 1917, revolution in Russia spread Marxism around the world.
In the UK it will be the anniversary of two Acts of Parliament which have profoundly affected the nation. It is 50 years since the passing of the Sexual Offences Act which decriminalising homosexual acts and 50 years since the Abortion Act 1967 which legalised abortions.
Finally this year is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. This event is often taken as the start date for the Protestant Reformation.
Without the Reformation there would have been no great surge in the missionary movements that took the gospel to the world. Also without the Reformation there would not have been a Christian Zionist movement in Britain. The support of Christians was crucial in enabling the dreamed of establishment of the Jewish state to get off the ground.
The Reformation led directly to the fulfilment of two essential end time prophecies; the preaching of the gospel of the kingdom in all the world as a witness to all the nations and the return of the Jews to Israel.
Because of these anniversaries many believe that 2017 will prove to be a significant year. How significant and in what way we will have to wait and see.
In this edition of Trumpet sounds
Answers In Prophecy
The Revelation of Jesus Christ
City of Games for Revolutionary Children Park
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In this edition of Trumpet Sounds:
Be wise as serpents – learning from Ashers Baking
The future of Israel – a future in the Lord’s hands
The kingdom of the beast – Greece a warning of what is to come
When the money runs out – Venezuela another warning
Brexit – taking note of Norway’s experience
Trump v Clinton – perplexed?
Secondwife.com – eroding accepted standards
Spreading hate – the Jews are to be silenced
The festival of dangerous ideas – how to make a point in 30 seconds
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“….who exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped the creature, rather than the creator.”
As we draw near to the end of this age we are to expect a flood of evil. Man will prefer to listen to human wisdom, which is in reality guided by Satan, than to the wisdom of God. If we understand that the Bible says what it means and means what it says there is no doubt about the character of the present age from beginning to end. There will be wars and rumours of wars …. famines, pestilence and earthquakes. The gospel will be preached to the world in troubled times.
It is not for the church to build the kingdom of God on earth. That will come when Jesus Christ returns. We are called to be faithful witnesses despite the opposition of the world. Troubled times and tribulation are our expectation.
In the past Trumpet Sounds has described Christian activity in the political realm as fighting a rear guard action to hold on to what ground we can. It is the holding back of the flood of evil while accepting that many battles will be lost. But it is possible that some battles will be won and some victories gained. Therefore it was a great encouragement to hear that the Supreme Court has ruled the Scottish ‘Named Person’ Scheme as unlawful. Opposition to the scheme was led by the Christian Institute.
Under the scheme, all children in Scotland would have been allocated a ‘Named Person’, such as a teacher or health worker, to act as a state-appointed guardian. The nominated individual would have been given access to the child’s confidential records and be expected to report any concerns to the police.
The Court stated that the data sharing provisions of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act breach the right to a private and family life under article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The Act would have allowed sensitive information about the family to be widely shared without the parent’s or the child’s knowledge. Especially vulnerable to the provisions of the Act would be those who did not share the State’s view of the world.
The Scottish government will have to amend the Act to ensure that families do not suffer from unwarranted invasion of their privacy by the State. Pray that instead of amendment the scheme is scrapped.
In this issue:
Created in the image of God
Fall of Babylon part 5
Another referendum and another crisis for Europe
Islam and the new UK Prime Minister
The Rapture Verdict
Tolerance and outdated virtue
Celebrating Satan in the heart of Europe.
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“I will remember the works of the Lord; Surely I will remember your wonders of old. I will also meditate on all your work, and talk of all your deeds.”
In troubled times we need to meditate on the goodness of God. He is our strength and shield. He is the one who we can always trust. In these last days there will be many deceptions. Meditating on the word of God will help to protect us from the lies of our enemy.
In This edition
Mindfulness and Christian Meditation
The European Union
The Fall of Babylon – Part 4
Shifting Attitudes in the Middle East
The number one sign that your kids are just borrowing your faith.
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As the end of this age draws near we expect that each new year will be more turbulent than the one which has passed. Global instability will increase. There will be wars, famines, pestilence and earthquakes. Men’s hearts will fail with fear of what is coming on the world. As Christians, we are a privileged people for we look forward to the ‘blessed hope’ of our Lord’s return. On the next page there is a reprint of Corrie Ten Boom’s testimony that in the time of trial she received the mighty inner strength of the Holy Spirit. Let us approach the future confident that whatever lies ahead the Lord will give us strength to stand and overcome. Read the Newsletter here.
In this edition
The gathering of the elect
Babylon is falling
The changing balance of power
Worship in the Millennial Kingdom
Lifting sanctions on Iran could destroy America
A threat on the doorstep
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In this edition
The Islamic State
The Great Anguish – part 8 The Antichrist in Revelation
Answers in Prophecy – Autumn Meetings
Your phone is spying on you
Genetic Entropy – the impossibility of evolution
West Country Prophecy Conferrence
The Summer 2013 edition of Trumpet Sounds is now posted in the Newsletter section of the website.
In this edition
The narrow Gate – don’t be mislead by false teachers
A remarkable conversion in Iran – from Joel Richardson’s web site
The wicked strut about – the short lived celebrations of those who defy God
The Great Anguish Part 4 – the unbelieving Jews
Our God is tolerance – A ruling of the US Justice Department
Answers in Prophecy – Autumn Meetings
Change always comes from the bottom up
Egypt – What next for the Muslim Brotherhood
Read my lips – double speak in Jordan
The Winter 2013 edition of the Newsletter is now posted in the Newsletter section of the website
The Autumn edition of the Newsletter is now posted in the Newsletter section of the website
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April 15th was the 100 anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. In commemoration of the event Baptist News carried the story of Pastor John Harper.
John Harper and his six year old daughter were travelling to the USA on the Titanic. He had been invited by Moody Church in Chicago to become the next Pastor. When the Titanic hit the iceberg, Harper led his daughter to a lifeboat. As a widower he may have been allowed to join her but instead turned back. He chose to offer the masses a last chance to know Christ. As the ship was sinking Harper was heard shouting “women, children and the unsaved to the life boats”. When one man refused to accept Christ Harper gave him his life jacket saying. “you need it more than I do.”
At a reunion after the tragedy a survivor told how in the icy waters Harper twice challenged him to “believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” First time the man refused but given a second chance he gave his life to Christ. He concluded by saying that he was the last man to be saved by John Harper.
The article concludes: “After the tragedy the White Star Line place a board outside its offices reading KNOWN TO BE SAVED and KNOWN TO BE LOST. The owners of the Titanic had simply reaffirmed what John Harper already knew. There are people who know Christ and will spend eternity with God in heaven and many others who will not.”
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The amazing fact about our redemption is that there was nothing accidental about it. Throughout the Old Testament there are countless references to the fact that Jesus would suffer for our sins. He is the lamb, prefigured in the Passover, slain from the foundation of the world. Psalm 22, for example – the Psalm quoted by our Saviour on the cross – gives details of death by crucifixion 400 years before crucifixion was first used as a method of executing criminals, and 1000 years before Jesus died. Continue reading