February, 2005 Berean Christadelphian Ecclesial News
Signs - As Ye See The Day Approaching
We begin this article with a quote from the apostle, Peter, which stirs us up to remembrance of the high and holy calling with which we are called. "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls." (1Pet 1:3-9)
When we think of just how wonderful that lively hope is, we should be highly motivated to "press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil 3:14). That lively hope is the hope of Israel! All others are vain. Where is the proud King Nebuchadnezzar? Where is his golden-headed empire, and Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency? Has it not become as Sodom and Gomorrah? Where are the other mighty empires of antiquity, such as the Medo-Persian, Greco-Macedonian and the Roman? One by one, they too, have come and gone, ending in violent overthrow. Where is the Napoleonic Empire? Where are Adolph Hitler and the Third Reich, which was intended to last a thousand years? It lasted a mere twelve years and ended in terrible fiery destruction. The former Soviet Union fell apart after years of oppression, corruption and financial collapse. Saddam Hussein's tyrannical rule of Iraq has come to a sanguinary end in the war that still rages in that part of the world.
We should be so very thankful that we understand what Yahweh has revealed in the Holy Scriptures of His plan and purpose with this earth and man upon it. He has clearly shown to Israel in the past that He rules in the Kingdom of Men and gives it to whomsoever He will. He sets in power the basest of men. "There is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God" (Rom. 13:1). His plan and purpose is right on schedule; though most have no idea that there is any deliberate plan or purpose with the earth. They walk in complete ignorance of the glorious future that shall be to this beautiful orb that revolves upon its polar axis in the star lit heavens. Others, who have some light, imagine that the heavens and earth that now are will be destroyed and new heavens and a new earth created in their place. This is not at all the correct view, as we know. Those believing this also have a whole raft of false ideas and doctrines which originate from either pagan sources or from the pseudo-Christian institution enthroned in Rome. The whole gamut of professing Christendom  is destitute of a correct knowledge of the Truth and therefore, is beyond the pale of salvation. Those who are without are a-Theos - atheists and without God in the world. 
Yahweh intends to fill this planet with His knowledge and glory. "But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD." (Num 14:21) "For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea." (Hab 2:14) 
It is written in Jeremiah 30:10-11, "Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid. For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished." There is another almost verbatim quotation of this same prophecy in Jeremiah 46:27-28. 
The fifty-fourth chapter of Isaiah is a beautiful prophecy of the restoration of Israel. It speaks of the long Diaspora Israel has gone through and of Yahweh's mind and intentions to bless and comfort the preserved and restored tribes. "Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; for thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited. Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more. For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called….For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer. For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee. For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee. O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires. And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones. And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children. In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee. Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake….No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD."
As brethren and sisters in Christ Jesus, we must keep these things of our hope clearly in our minds. We see Trouble brewing on the horizon. Surely, we are nearing that time of trouble such as has never been since there was a nation upon Earth. (Dan 12:1) Economic troubles are increasing daily. The U.S. is trillions in debt. It is my understanding that the Saudi Arabians have so much invested in the U.S. economy that they virtually or potentially could control something like seven percent of the economy! Other nations such as China, Japan, England and others have lent and invested tremendous sums in the U.S. All of this means that others are getting a bigger percentage of the pie. Americans are spending vast sums and doing much of it on credit. The debt that individuals are accumulating is staggering! The dollar is slipping against the Euro. The war in Iraq is proving to be astronomical in dollar costs. Many formerly high paying jobs are being outsourced to other nations and business and trade is shifting. Should the U.S. economy stagnate or even worse, collapse, it would throw the world economy into a tailspin. Florida sustained four hurricanes this year. The tremendous cost of rebuilding and repair has got to be a factor in the economy. The cost of rebuilding in Iraq and Afghanistan has got to be a huge factor, also. The situation in the Sudan is horrid. 
The Russians are about to deploy a new nuclear missile system which they claim is unlike anything any of the other nations have in their arsenals! North Korea is now a nuclear power. Authorities feel that it now has between four and seven nuclear weapons. Iran now has a missile that can hit any point in Israel. The new range (1200 miles) makes it possible to hit targets even in Europe! If they should develop nuclear capability, this could prove a potential disaster in the making. Keep in mind that the U.S. is working on a Star Wars type nuclear technology and shielding system capability. They (and doubtless the Russians, also) are developing small nuclear weapons and hand held nuclear weapons. High tech weapons are being developed by the wealthier nations of the world. These are highly sophisticated and more and more accurate and deadly. NASA just tested am aircraft that can fly ten times the speed of sound! 
Yasser Arafat's death on the 11th of November has drawn all eyes to the Middle East. Time will tell whether the "peace and safety cry will be the result in the outworking of things. With the PLO leader gone, it will be interesting to see what new developments occur in that war weary region. We know that it won't really get much better. For when they say peace and safety, then comes sudden destruction upon them. The world is arming to the teeth. We must be ready for our master's return. Our only offensive weapon is the word of God. It is the sharp, two-edged longsword of the Spirit's providing. May we not be discouraged in whatever might come in the way of trials. If God be for us, who can stand against us? Hold fast! The day is almost upon us! Let us lift up our heads and rejoice. The day of redemption is near!                 			          Bro. David VanPelt


November, 2004 Berean Christadelphian Ecclesial News
Signs - As Ye See The Day Approaching
All around us we see signs and conditions indicating that the return of Jesus Christ is imminent. We live in the time of which Daniel tells us that many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. Knowledge has increased so greatly and rapidly that man cannot even accurately chart the geometrical progression of its advance! The world indeed is moving ever closer to that time of trouble (mentioned in the Scriptures) such as has never been. Men's hearts are failing them for fear and for looking after those things coming upon the earth. Perhaps the greatest fear that man has, is fear of nuclear proliferation and nuclear holocaust. Not only do the larger nations have nuclear weapons, but smaller ones too, are obtaining them. India, Pakistan and Israel have them. Authorities believe that North Korea has from four to seven nuclear bombs. Iran is rapidly acquiring the means to develop a nuclear bomb. Truly, the (formerly) weak are saying: "I am strong."
Terrorism is of grave concern throughout the world. We are all familiar with events since 9/11, though terrorism long predates that event. Nations such as Israel, Spain, Russia and Jordan have suffered recent attacks, as well as other nations around the world. Suicide bombings have become the main mode of attack by Islamic terrorist organizations. Russia has sustained three horribly tragic terrorist attacks within the past month.
Chemical and biological weapons are a very real fear and concern, though none were found in Iraq. They are, none-the-less, a very real and existent threat. Many can be produced relatively easily and can be smuggled into areas more easily than authorities would like to admit. Others are more difficult to develop, but still find their way into the arsenals of both nations and terrorist organizations. Advances have been made to detect them. However, the equipment and technology is expensive and far from thorough. Terrorist organizations, such as Al Qaeda, are believed either to have or to be able to produce or acquire such weapons. Evidence aplenty, was obtained in Afghanistan from the Al Qaeda and Taliban caves and bases. Remember the very close call in Jordan earlier this year? Had those chemicals (20 tons) been unleashed in Jordan and in Israel, the results could have been catastrophic! Perhaps as many as 80,000 could have died in those attacks! There is great concern that nuclear materials (such as dirty nukes) might fall into the hands of terrorists. There is a lot of nuclear material that is "loose" and unaccounted for, since the collapse of the Soviet Union. There are many only too eager to get their hands on these materials.
Staggering sums of money are being spent throughout the world to try to deal with the threat of terrorism and to obtain a sense of security. The situation in the world is one of rising tensions. Economics are the main driving factor in the rising vexation and frustration among the nations. There is a great inequity between the wealthy nations and the poorer ones. War, disease and famine are stalking poorer nations such as Sudan; it is heart-rending to see these deplorable conditions in the Sudan. War rages on in Afghanistan and in Iraq where insurgents are striving to destabilize the interim governments. Greed, covetousness, hatred vice and decline in morality are rapidly bringing that day which will come as a thief upon the unsuspecting world.
How much longer can the planet stand the abuses, excesses and stresses placed upon it? Desertification is spreading through vast sections of Africa. Water shortages are an ever-growing concern as populations increase. Aquifers are being drawn down and are not being replenished fast enough. Septic systems and other pollutants are defiling the water tables in many urban and suburban areas. We hear so much about slash-and-burn farming and of the destruction of the rain forests in South America. Logging companies have cut down a lot of the old-growth forests. There must be something to the theory of global warming. Over the past one hundred years, glaciers have been receding (melting) steadily. Water levels are rising in the world's oceans as a result of glacial and polar icecap melting. Ocean waters are warming, as are atmospheric temperatures. Pollution is a major problem throughout the earth. Some of the wealthier nations are trying to do what they can, environmentally, but the damage has already been done through many years of abuse and neglect, such as in the former Soviet Union. Remember Chernobyl? Cleanup is astronomical in cost, and in many areas funds are simply non-existent. Many species of animals are dying off each year as a result of over-hunting and fishing and through invasion of animals' natural habitats by developers.
In light of all that we see going on in the world around us, what manner of people ought we to be? The Creator and sustainer of heaven and earth and all that in them is, has called us out of the nations that we might be unto Him a holy and peculiar people; a royal priesthood. We are to love, serve and obey Him in thankfulness and reverence. He has offered us so very much! He has given us power to become His adopted sons through Jesus Christ, His only begotten son! Being children of God, we are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ, if we suffer now with him - through the crucifying of the flesh with all of its vile affections and lusts (Rom. 8:17). We are invited unto the glories of the age of the ages and the beyond! Imagine the Holiness, Blessedness, Peace and Joy forevermore we will experience if found faithful at the return of Jesus. He comes back to take unto himself his Kingdom and to reign upon the restored throne of David. First, however, he must raise the sleeping multitudes who are his at his coming. Judgment begins - must begin - at the house of God. It is written in 1Peter 4:17-18: "For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?"
If we would stand with the approved in that day, yet future, we must do what is prescribed by our master to the best of our ability. We will need all of the mercy we pray might be given us, in light of that passage listed above from 1 Peter. It is so easy for us to be wasters of the time and opportunities given of our heavenly Father. Now is the time for us to take the Spirit's advice - there are many warnings, so that in that day, we will be without excuse. Some of the clearest and best advice comes from the book of wisdom's way - the Book of Proverbs. "The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces" (Proverbs 30:28). When we think of a lowly creature such as the spider, can we not see our own natural weakness, our mortality? Christ, as the forerunner, has opened the new and living way for us. He has shown us the way. He is the way, the truth and the life! If we are found faithful, having taken hold with our hands, we will (in the time of its establishment) dwell in the King's palaces! Of course, the King's palaces are the glorious house of prayer for all peoples to be built at Jerusalem during the transition period just before the Millennium. Where the King is, there we will be, also! What joy! What a vision! This reminds us of the Scripture that is written: "Where there is no vision, the people perish" (Proverbs 29:18).
Proverbs 6:6-8 is the next passage that comes to mind in regard to what we are to learn in this day of opportunity. "Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest" We see in this passage that the ant does that which is expedient, and necessary without delay. How easily we can forget that our heavenly Father and His son can always see us. We are not to serve with eye service. We are to be about our Father's business. We are not to be pleasers of men or of ourselves. If we do forget (or even worse, reject through negligence or apathy) the fact that we do indeed have a guide, overseer and ruler, we will certainly find this out in the day of inspection. Let us be like the wise ant and provide our meat in the summer and gather our food in the harvest. Let us seek the sincere milk of the Word that we may grow thereby, partaking of the oil, bread and wine of the Spirit's providing, while it is called today. Let us anoint our eyes with the eye salve of the Spirit.
Proverbs 30:26 is next on the list of sound and profitable advice. "The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks." Yahweh is our Rock. He is our sure and steadfast confidence! His son, Jesus Christ, is also spoken of as the rock. Remember Peter's name and how he got it? We must remember that Jesus is the anointed of Yahweh. Yahweh has borne witness of him that is indeed the Christ. It is upon this foundation, confession, that the ecclesia stands! What a lively hope we have upon these wonderful facts and things of faith - the things of the kingdom of God and the things of the name of Jesus Christ!
The very next verse in Proverbs chapter 30 is of great importance to each and every one of us. Verse 27 states: "The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands." We have a king, though at present invisible. We must keep him ever in view through the eye of faith. The locusts go forth in bands; we are organized into ecclesias, but as a whole, we are the body of the anointed Jesus. We must function as one body. Though comprised of many members, yet are we one body. We should be of the same spirit, of the same mind. We should have the same care one for another. We must love one another as Christ has loved each and every one of us. We should be empathetic one toward another. Each of us should be striving toward the collective goal of being (as much as possible) without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, so that in the day of Judgment, we might stand before the King as the bride of Christ brought to the King in fine white linen of beautiful needlework.
Let us not be like the slothful in the day of inspection. It is recorded for our instruction and admonition upon whom the end of the age has come: "I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with. thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man." (Proverbs 24:30-34).
May we each be busy doing that which our master has commanded, walking and living by faith that works by love? In light of all we see around us, that day must be very near, indeed!
                                                                                              Bro.  David VanPelt


October, 2004 Berean Christadelphian Ecclesial News
Signs - As Ye See The Day Approaching
"Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great" (Joel 3:13).
Once again Russia has been in the forefront of the UK news media.  Most recently the world has been horrified by the hostage situation in a school, which ended in a deadly siege.  
(Quote from the BBC) Agony as school death toll rises. Relatives of victims of the school hostage siege in southern Russia are enduring an agonising wait for news as the death toll continues to rise.
More than 320 bodies have been pulled from the rubble of the school so far, officials say, but many of the victims have still to be identified. Local people scoured hospital wards and searched for bodies at the town morgue. Meanwhile, President Putin has called on the Russian people to stand together and confront the threat of terrorism. In a televised address to the nation, he said the country had to stand up to terror, as the alternative meant submitting to blackmail or giving in to panic. Terror, he said, was a challenge not just to the president but to the whole nation. Mr Putin said international terrorists had declared "full-scale war" on Russia and, because of the collapse of the Soviet Union, the nation had been unable to respond effectively. He proposed a new approach to law enforcement and vowed to increase border security. "We stopped giving enough attention to questions of defence and security, and allowed corruption to infect our judicial and law enforcement sphere," he said. 
Bodies recovered 
Work to clear the school, in the North Ossetian town of Beslan, has been slowed by the presence of mines in the building, where militants demanding Chechen independence held children and adults for three days. A Russian Deputy Prosecutor General Sergei Fridinsky said bodies were still being identified - 322 had been recovered so far, of which 155 were children. The BBC's Jonathan Charles in Beslan says there have been angry scenes, with many relatives accusing the government of denying them information about their loved ones. One woman, who was looking for her nephew, told the BBC what she saw. "I've been to the morgue to look for him," she said. "There were so many bodies - so many small children. I saw one woman sitting there stroking the heads of two children, she didn't even have the strength left to cry." 
Children at the school had been celebrating the start of the new school year with parents and staff when they were seized by militants on Wednesday morning. A sombre Mr. Putin, who himself visited some of the injured in Beslan on Saturday morning, said the whole of Russia was grieving with the families. "In recent days every one of us has been deeply suffering and feeling in our hearts what has been happening in the town of Beslan," he said. He paid tribute to the courage of its people. "In Beslan, literally saturated with sorrow and pain, people have been concerned with, and have supported each other," he said. And they have not been afraid to put themselves at risk for the lives and calm of others. Even in the most inhuman conditions, they remained people." He said the ordeals had brought the Russian people closer together. "Today we must be together," he said. "This is the only way for us to defeat the enemy." (End quote)
Such horrific events sometimes serve to pull a nation or many nations closer together.  That is obviously President Putin's objective, and one that fits in perfectly with Bible prophecy.  One thing is certain, all is in God's hands, and nothing will ever be solved by man's solutions of terrorism or war.  One University student was quoted as saying, "Fathers will bury their children, and after 40 days [the Orthodox Christian mourning period]... they will take up weapons and seek revenge." 
This will not be the end of violence and blood shed.  It gives us a small insight into the chaos and terror that will cover the whole earth in the time of the end.  It is a time that the saints long for, when, Yahweh "will roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but [Yahweh] will be the hope of His people, and the strength of the children of Israel" (Joel 3:16).
One of the comments recently made by a British politician is that it seems as though the Muslims are currently at the heart of worldwide terrorism activity.  This is interesting as Bible Prophecy foretells of the time when Catholicism will be at the heart of bitter persecution upon the inhabitants of the world who will not submit to its doctrines and precepts!  This, we know, will be at the time of the end when the Pope will work alongside the "Cruel Lord", the one in a bid to rule the world from a political perspective, the other in a bid to rule the ecclesiastical world.  So, it would seem that by the time of the end, the up-rise of Muslim activity may be somewhat suppressed by the Gogian force.  Will the events we have seen this past week in the school siege, serve to strengthen Russia's resolve to quell the Muslim power in the world?  Time will certainly tell!
On a different note, we have seen Russia strengthening alliances with the Mother of Harlots, the Roman Catholic Church.  
This report also comes from the BBC: (Quote) Pope returns icon to Russia 
The icon of the virgin of Kazan was symbolically handed over by the Pope to a senior cardinal during a rare Vatican performance of the liturgy in Russian. Cardinal Walter Kasper will carry the icon to Moscow where he will present it to Patriarch Alexy II on Saturday. The icon is a copy of one of the most venerated religious images in Russia. The original was stolen 100 years ago from a church in the city of Kazan, 600 km (372 miles) east of Moscow, and may have been destroyed. The BBC's David Willey in Rome says that this particular copy, encrusted with silver and precious stones, has been in the Pope's possession for the past 11 years. It was bought for $1m (£556,000) from a dealer in the United States and presented to the Pope by a group of American Catholics. Until today, the Pope had kept the painting hanging above his desk in his private apartments. The Pope showed it to Russian President, Vladimir Putin, when the Russian leader visited the Vatican last year. 
Tense relations 
On Thursday, the icon will be displayed for the first - and last - time inside Saint Peter's Basilica for veneration by the faithful. During the ceremony, the Pope said he hoped the "ancient image of the Mother of the Lord" would speak to Patriarch Alexy II and the Orthodox Church of the Pope's affection for them. "May it speak to him of the desire and the firm will of the Pope of Rome to progress together with them on the path of mutual understanding and reconciliation, to speed the day of full unity of the faithful, for which the Lord Jesus ardently prayed," he said. Our correspondent says "relations" between the Catholic and Orthodox churches, which separated 1,000 years ago, have been tense in recent years. The Russian Church leader has consistently opposed a Papal visit to Russia on the grounds that the Catholic Church has pursued an expansionist policy inside Russian territories trying to poach converts - a claim the Vatican denies. (End quote)
Behind the scenes, the Catholic Church is working hard to unite Europe and Russia.  She is apocalyptically described as "the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication." "These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful." (Revelation 17: 1,2,14)
May we be of this faithful class that will rule with our Master in the day when "The kingdoms of this world will become the Kingdom of our Lord and His Christ" (Revelation 11:15).
The question as always is, "Are you ready?"
Bro. Stephen Male


September, 2004 Berean Christadelphian Ecclesial News
Signs - As Ye See The Day Approaching
It is recorded in Acts 14:22 that: "We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God." Called unto holiness, each one must separate himself or herself from the uncleanness that is in the world through lust.  "For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world."  (I John 2:16)  Further, it is written that: "…The friendship of the world is enmity with God?  Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." (James 4:4)  All flesh has corrupted Yahweh's way upon the earth. We know that the whole world lies in wickedness. This is why we must come out and be separate.  
The separateness will bring about misunderstanding and dislike by those in and of the world.  We can expect that misunderstanding and dislike.  In fact, we can expect persecution and rejection by those who walk in the darkness.  Our master said: "If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.  If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.  Remember the word that I said unto you, the servant is not greater than his lord.  If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.  But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me."  (John 15:18-21)
Think of the awesome privilege of being friends of Christ; of being called his Brethren!  We must keep in memory what he said regarding this friendship and brotherhood.  "Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you." (John 15:14-15)  "For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother."  (Matthew 12:50)
The misunderstanding and dislike, persecution and rejection will come, because we are striving to lead a godly lifestyle that is completely different and foreign to the way they of the world live.  Peter wrote in his first epistle of how those in the world would view us.  "Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.  For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:  Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:  Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead."  (1 Peter 4:1-5)  
Jesus, in his Sermon on the Mount address, showed us how we should view and act upon the hatred, persecution and rejection of those in the surrounding darkness.  "Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you."  (Matthew 5:10-12)
Those in the world around us are:  "…aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world."  (Ephesians 2:12)  In light of these facts, we need to be ever watchful that we do not become puffed up with pride, arrogance and conceit.  Our attitude toward those in the surrounding darkness should be:  There, but for the grace of God, is me. The Scriptures warn us:  "…Thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear…"  (Romans 11:20)
We must ever be ready to share with them the glorious Gospel, which is the power of God for salvation to all believing. Our constant practice should be to study to show ourselves approved unto God and able to rightly divide His Holy Word of Truth; being ready always to give a  reason for the hope that is in us. We should do all in our power to allow that glorious Gospel light to shine into the surrounding darkness; that those in the darkness may see and be drawn unto it. Our desire should be to do good to all men, as we have opportunity; showing abroad the love of God, as has been shown to us.       
We need to constantly remind ourselves that we are in the world, but not of it. We must avoid assimilation. The course of wisdom is to be about the work before us of becoming like our living head.  If our eyes are ever upon the goal of attaining a place in that glorious kingdom soon to be set up upon this earth; we will not want anything cleaving to us that would, in the day of inspection, appear to be unseemly or out of place. Of Noah it is written: "By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith."       (Hebrews 11:7)  
Anything superfluous, anything incongruous must be put away.  The world may taunt and laugh, but we must be as Noah was, ever working toward the goal and doing (to the best of our ability) what is commanded. It is noted that Noah was moved with fear. We also should be moved with fear, knowing that Yahweh has appointed a day in which he will judge the world by that Man whom He has ordained, even the Lord Jesus Christ. And knowing that judgment first must begin at the household of God, we should be seeking to be as prepared as possible, hastening after righteousness.  Noah condemned the world by his actions.  We should be doing the same.
Are we becoming lukewarm and tiring of the struggle? Are we letting down our guard?  Are we losing our ability to perceive the constant danger from without, as well as from within? What we allow into our minds and into our lives is affecting us either positively or negatively. Life and death are literally before us at every moment, as we walk the confined pathway leading to life.  We are constantly being bombarded from so many sources around us.  We need to maintain our balance - our equilibrium in a spiritual sense.  
So much of what is in movies, on the Internet, television and the radio and in books, magazines and newspapers is utterly useless and unprofitable for us.  It is deadly dangerous!  We must make choices and Holy Scripture is our guide as to what is good for us.  Wisdom is profitable to direct.  We must not only avoid these things, but speak out vehemently against them.  We must make (and keep) the tree and its fruit good.  If we don't bear good and wholesome fruit - the fruit of the Spirit - we just simply won't be able to stand in the Day of Judgment.  These things bring to mind the first Psalm which instructs us in the right way.
"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.  The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.  Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.  For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish."
Let us avoid this downward progression of the broad way leading to death.  Walking, standing and finally sitting, mentioned in that first Psalm, show us just how easily and almost imperceptibly we can go astray down that terrible pathway. This constant struggle or warfare is the real battleground of the called of God in Christ Jesus.  Most of us nowadays aren't suffering physical persecution for the Word of God, but we will experience the world's hatred and rejection for our views of right and wrong.  They will separate us from their company for our religious beliefs.  They will regard us as "self-righteous" and "holier-than-thou".  Many of a religious persuasion in the world will perceive us as cultists and weird or strange.  This is as it should be.  
Remember Jesus' words in Matthew 5.  If we prevail in this warfare, we will attain unto the life and joy of the age of the ages and of the beyond.  Think of the beauty of holiness and perfect, unbroken fellowship we will have with the Father and the son through all eternity!  These struggles and self-denials and trials are but a light affliction which endures but for a moment!  We, if faithful, will be the true winners and conquerors.  Let us ever remember that we cannot prevail alone.  We need the constant help, strength and guidance of our Heavenly Father, of His son (our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ), and of each other.  May it be said of us in that day that we have overcome.  
Let us fight on, then!  "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, 281 nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."  (Romans 8:35-39)
                                                                                  Bro. David VanPelt


August, 2004 Berean Christadelphian Ecclesial News
Signs - As Ye See The Day Approaching
Friendship with the World 
"Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God."
Christendom Astray, Chapter 18: "Be not conformed to this world (Rom. 12:2). There is not much danger of mistaking the meaning of this. The world is the people, as distinguished from the earth which they inhabit. Peter puts this beyond doubt in calling it "the world OF THE UNGODLY" (2 Peter 2:5). Jesus also makes it plain in speaking of the world as a lover and a hater, "If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own" (John 15:18). This could only apply to the people. The command is to be not conformed to the world of people upon the earth as it now is. Jesus plainly laid it down that he did not belong to such a world, and commanded his disciples to accept a similar position in relation to it. "The world to come" is the world of their citizenship. Of their position in the present world, Jesus said in prayer, "They are not of the world even as I am not of the world" (John 17:16). By John he commanded them, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life; is not of the Father, but of the world" (1John 2:15). By Peter, he indicates their position in the world as that of "strangers and pilgrims" (1Peter 2:11), and their life in it as a "time of sojourning" (1:17), to be passed in holiness and fear (v. 14 and 17).
The world that hated Jesus was the Jewish world. Consequently, we are saved from the mistake of supposing that by the world is meant the extremely vile and immoral of mankind. The Jews were far from being such: they were a very religious and ostentatiously professing and ceremonially punctilious people, among whom the standard of respectability was high in a religious sense. All their conversations with Christ shew this. That which led to the complete separation indicated in Christ's words and precepts, is indicated by Jesus himself, in his prayer to the Father, so wonderfully recorded in John xvi: "O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee" (verse 25). It is the world's relation to God that cuts off the friends of God from the world (if the friends of God are faithful). The world neither loves, nor knows, nor considers God. They care for Him in no sense. His expressed will - His declared purpose - His intrinsically sovereign claims, are either expressly rejected or treated with entire indifference. His great and dreadful and eternal reality is ignored. Daniel's indictment against Belshazzar is chargeable against them all. "The God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified" (Dan. 5:23).
This is an all sufficient explanation of the matter we are considering. If the world is God's enemy, how can the friends of God be friends with it? It is not without the profoundest reason in the nature of things, that it is written, "The friendship of the world is enmity with God. Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world, is the enemy of God" (James 4:4). "NO MAN CAN SERVE TWO MASTERS.... YE CANNOT SERVE GOD AND MAMMON" (Matt. 6:24).
The force of this reasoning increases tenfold when we contemplate the present situation in the light of its divine explanation and the divine purpose concerning it. We must seek for this explanation in the beginning of things - the beginning as Mosaically exhibited (an exhibition endorsed by Christ, and therefore to be trusted in the face of all modern theories and speculations). This beginning shows us man in harmony with God, and things "very good." Then it shews us disobedience (the setting aside of the divine will as the rule of human action - alias, sin), and as the result of this, the divine fellowship withdrawn, and men driven off to exile and to death, permitted only, thereafter, to approach in sacrifice, in token of the final way of return. The present world is the continuance and enlargement of the evil state of man, resulting from man's alienation from God in the beginning. It is enlarged and aggravated. "The whole world lieth in wickedness" (1John 5:19), "dead in trespasses and sins . . . by nature children of wrath" (Eph. 2:13), "without Christ, having no hope, and without God." (Eph. 2:12).
The most prominent trial for the majority of the brotherhood nowadays is 'humanism' and its affects.  Bro Growcott makes it crystal clear in the Berean Re-Statement that the reason for many Bereans returning to the Central body in the late 1950's lay fair and square on 'worldliness' and brethren's attitude towards it. We are called upon Scripturally to repudiate all kinds and forms of worldliness, in the same way as Christ and the apostles.  Noah was a preacher of righteousness to a wicked world; Abraham 'came out' from Ur of the Chaldees (a society of moon worshippers with 'humanistic' views) to a Land of separation; Lot vexed his righteous soul from day to day observing the evil and wickedness that was so prevalent amongst the city life, etc.  
The point to this is that the faithful, characterised in the Scriptures, are characterised in a very specific way - they are a separate people, servants of the Most High God, and they stood aside from the attractions and pursuits of what was going on around them.  On the other hand, certain are characterised in a different way. Take Solomon as a fore-example; Solomon was directed by Yahweh against multiplying wives and horses, advice given to him for his own good and for the good of the nation. We know that he rebelled and during the middle part of his life forsook Yahweh to indulge in the pleasures of the World (riches, multiplication of wives, power etc). These events have been recorded for our learning and for our instruction in righteousness.
We need to constantly remind ourselves of the dangers that come with having friends in the world. We are directly commanded against having any kind of friendship with the world to any degree, and in any capacity.  Scripture language in this area is plain: 'friendship with the world is enmity with God'. It is worthy of special note to say that this counsel is for our good and the good of the brotherhood.
The apostle warns us that in the last days a time shall come when every man shall do that which is right in his own eyes, those who are 'lovers' of everyone and everything that is not of God.  The days spoken of, if not already here(?), are fast approaching!  "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."  (II Timothy 3:1-7).
The question has been raised by many as to how we can preach the truth to those around us if we don't build up a friendship with them, and form a trust-based relationship? Bro. Roberts makes the simple statement in Seasons of Comfort that to mix with the world in this context is 'folly'. We do not need to build up a trust relationship with anyone in the world in order to preach the truth. Our job, as it was Noah's, is to preach the gospel and warn the world of impending furious judgements.  We can sow and water (and that is all we can do and is all we are called upon to do) - only God can make the increase.
The sweeping trend in the wrong direction of the friendships Christadelphians are forming with the world is a sign of the times and demonstrates to us that end of all things is nigh at hand! Paul's command to the Corinthians is unmistakable. "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?  And what communion hath light with darkness?  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?  For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people."  We must walk in the purity and light of the Truth if we desire to have Yahweh dwelling amongst us.
In 1 John we read, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.  If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For ALL that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world."  However, in these last trying days of our probation we can take comfort that as John continues, "The world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever."
Europe and Britain
The recent European elections brought big gains for the UK Independence Party which had campaigned on a "No To Europe" ticket.  They won 12 seats and gained 17% of the vote, a huge swing to their party and election platform.  This shows the unpopularity of any further integration with Europe and a large swell of opinion in favour of pulling out all together. The Party has pledged to expose the corruptions in Strasburg and block any legislation against British interests.  Mr. Nigel Farage of UKIP says the aim is to turn the Party into a mass movement (Times 14-06-04).
Mr. Blair may have gone to Brussels and signed up to the new European Constitution, but on Britian's terms, much to the disapproval of France and others. The British government will still maintain it's tax making powers and also remain unrestricted in areas of defense and foreign policy.  The hand of God has decreed a separate role for Britain at the time of the end and present difficulties make it very easy to see how this situation could arise in a very short period of time.  She will play her role as a maritime power increasingly antagonistic to the powers of Europe, which will feel chagrined at perfidious Albion floating away in the opposite direction to where they would like to have her - under their domination, tied up with innumerable laws, reduced to an offshore province of a gigantic Popish confederacy, none less than the apocalyptic Beast with seven heads and 10 horns (Rev. 13:17).  Let us lift up our heads for our redemption draweth night, and the long expected but stealthy advent of the King of Israel will shortly become a historical fact.
The question, as always, is: "are you ready"?
Bro Stephen Male


July, 2004 Berean Christadelphian Ecclesial News
Signs - As Ye See The Day Approaching
We are living in the very end of the age. How we should be stirred and moved by the signs and events of our times! Truly, these are the most exciting of times in all of history.  These are the times just prior to the coming of our Lord in power and great glory to establish the Kingdom of God upon earth.  These times are clearly foretold in the pages of the Holy Scriptures; as we know and are firmly persuaded declare the truth that Yahweh has revealed.  
Day by day we see headlines in the news of trouble in the Middle East.  The trouble is increasing in intensity and in complexity with each passing year.  Israel, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Iran and others beside, are all, as it were, a seething caldron. The State of Israel is surrounded by hostile Arab Nations which have waged war against it several times throughout its fifty-six year history as a newly restored nation.  The Palestinians are in a state of siege against Israel, having been in open intifada (uprising) for the past three and one half years.  Israel has been forced to build a wall of separation between themselves and the Palestinians living in the territory known as the West Bank.  That wall is nearing completion and runs roughly along most of the western edge of the West Bank.  The wall is an attempt on Israel's part to reduce the number of suicide bombings carried out by Palestinians and Arabs opposed to Israel's presence in the land.  They claim that Israel is illegally occupying Arab lands.  
What they do not take into account, though, is the fact that the land is Yahweh's!  The land has been covenanted to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and to their seed singular and plural.  Yahoshua Meshiah, of course, is the seed singular and the seed plural are all in him; whether from among the Jews or from among the Gentiles, after judgment and immortalization.  Hundreds and hundreds of people have died in these attacks and in shootings.  Many raids and arrests have been made by Israel in attempts to stop the bombings and killings.  Over the last two months, two leaders from Hamas, a terrorist organization, have been assassinated by the Israeli government.  Hamas has vowed massive vengeance on Israel for these assassinations and Israel prepares and braces for more violent attacks, foiling them whenever and wherever it can.  Still, inexorably, incidents occur and more people are shot, maimed or die in the terrible violence.  Israel's government has chosen a policy of hitting the terrorists quickly and with deadly force, threatening continued assassination to the upper echelon of Hamas and Hezbollah.  They have not ruled out the possibility of taking out Yasser Arafat, as well.  Their quick and tough response to any terrorist attacks is fanning even more hatred in the Arab world.  The Arabs perceive Israel as an oppressive power.  Some are comparing the Jews to the Nazis.  From a Jewish standpoint, however, their actions are merely defensive.  The war has been long, costly and terrible.  It would seem from a natural standpoint that there will be no end.  However, we know that there is an end determined!  We know the denouement!  Israel will learn - as will all of the nations - that true and lasting peace will only come when righteousness fills the earth.  Righteousness will only come as a result of the nations learning to do righteousness.  They will only learn to do righteousness as a result of Yahweh's judgments being executed in the earth.  The see-saw, back and forth, tit for tat exacting of vengeance will never bring righteousness or peace.  It is written in Holy Scripture:  "Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts."  (Zech 4:6)
 Al Qaeda has increased its ranks greatly by teaming up with Iraqi guerrillas and insurgents after the toppling of Saddam Hussein's regime.  This past month they showed their new muscle in attacks in Amman, Jordan; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Damascus, Syria; and in the Red Sea port of Yanbu, pertaining to Saudi Arabia.  Many of those now fighting for el Qaeda are former Special Republican Guards who had served under Saddam.  They are highly trained in urban, chemical and biological warfare.  These new recruits to this terrorist organization are willing to lay down their lives for the cause of Islam.  It is important to keep in mind that these terrorists are extremists of the most radical stamp.  The terrorist strikes indicate how easily and how far el Qaeda can reach with deadly force in its horrible attacks.  They have quite visibly shown just how close they are in being able to strike directly at Israel and from multiple borders simultaneously.  They have shown that they have obviously infiltrated the highest levels of security in Syria, Saudi Arabia and in Jordan.  The thrones of these three mentioned kingdoms are very uneasy since these attacks manifested the gaping breaches in their security systems.  The foiled chemical attack intended for targets in Jordan also was intended for the Adam Bridge, gateway into Israel!  Jordanian authorities seized trucks containing 20 tons of toxic chemicals! They estimated that these chemicals could have taken out 80.000 people.  
It is clear that al Qaeda has greatly increased its reach and potential theatre of operations throughout the whole of the Middle East.  Syrians, Iraqis and many other nationalities throughout the region are now among the ranks of the terrorist organization.  This means they can use local nationals in the nations where they stage their operations.  This also means they can mole invisibly into the security systems of the various nations.  In the world of espionage transparency is the all-important necessity.  It is also quite clear that the potential for non-conventional warfare is much higher now throughout the Middle East, as the foiled attack in Jordan shows.  That attack was very narrowly avoided!  And as mentioned above, Israel was a direct target!  In the attacks in Syria, Iraqis and Syrians were used.  Syrians who had gone to Iraq a year earlier to help fight the coalition forces and help Saddam Hussein, joined ranks with al Qaeda after his fall and were part of the attack in Damascus.  Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in the earth at present.  This indicates the terrible gross darkness that covers the earth and its peoples in these latter days.  People will believe anything but the truth.  They love darkness rather than light.  This is because their deeds are evil.  They will not come to the light, even if they perceive in some way that it is the light. The whole earth lieth in wickedness.  We know, also, that the heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.  With the swelling of the Islamic ranks in Europe and elsewhere throughout the earth, comes the potential for increasing the ranks of al Qaeda and other radical Islamic terrorist organizations
We are living in the days just prior to our master's return.  We are living during the long period of the outpouring of the Sixth Vial upon the Euphratian powers.  That period has been running since 1820-23!  Islam is the uniting force of the geo-political system throughout the region.  The various radical terrorist organizations are a manifestation of the division and bitter hatred that lies between east and west.  Since the Euphratian powers are obnoxious to the Sixth Vial, it would appear that there will be a continued presence on the Arabian Peninsula of United States and British forces; and probably this could include other allied forces such as Canadian and Australian, etc.  The very fact that al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah and others are so active throughout the whole area; there seems to be the need for the allied forces to weaken or "tame" these radical elements to some extent to bring the drying effect of the Euphrates to a more perfect fulfillment.  Remember that one of the prerequisites for Gog's invasion of the land of Israel is that Israel dwell safely; having neither walls, bars nor gates.
"And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:  Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.  Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.  After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.  Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.  Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought: and thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, to take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.  Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?"  (Ezek 38:3-13)
Israel is far from that scenario at present. She is in constant peril and danger. Every hour she must be vigilant. Qassam 2 rockets, suicide bombers, booby-trapped vehicles, landmines, gunfire and nuclear threats from enemy powers at present bar the fulfillment of this prophecy. We know it shall surely come to pass exactly as is written and has been on record for so many years. May we wait with patience, striving to be prepared for that glorious day of deliverance which awaits the true sons of Deity?  Let us each hold fast, knowing that the time is nearly at hand.
                                                                                   Bro. David VanPelt


Berean Ecclesial News - Signs and Events
Signs and Events 

Luke 21:10-11 "Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and 
kingdom against kingdom: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and 
famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from 
heaven." 

We are well aware that the above quote relates to the well-known period of 
A.D.70., however, lessons can be taken from these prophecies for the future, for 
we know that a "time of trouble such as never was" is coming upon the earth. 
The following quote demonstrates the trouble that nations may experience prior 
to Armageddon: - 

Nineteen Injured in Pakistan Earthquake 

An earthquake has shaken the south-western Pakistan city of Quetta , injuring 19 
people. The 4.7 magnitude tremor was centred in south-western Baluchistan 
province where Quetta is situated, said Salim Akhtar , an official at the 
Pakistan 's Seismological Centre. 

Officials at Quetta 's Civil Hospital reported at least 19 people injured, 
including one man who broke his leg as he tried to rush from his home. Others 
were hit by glass from shattered windows or suffered bruising. No major damage 
was reported in the city. 

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake in 1935 flattened Quetta , killing 50,000 people. 
The time of Jacob's trouble is coming when the vast majority of the world's 
population will be flattened by earthquakes, tidal waves, drought, and war upon 
the nations when " they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves 
of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he 
ariseth to shake terribly the earth. 20 In that day a man shall cast his idols 
of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to 
worship, to the moles and to the bats; 21 To go into the clefts of the rocks, 
and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory 
of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth. Isaiah 2 v 19-21 
Speaking of drought, the following article shows us how totally dependant we are 
on God for all His merciful provisions: - 

Peru has begun rationing water to its capital, Lima , following one of the worst 
droughts in a decade. Millions of people in the coastal city are being left 
without water supplies for twelve hours every night between 1700 and 0500. 
The restrictions are likely to last through Peru 's winter until December. 
Lima is on the edge of the Pacific Ocean , but the coastal strip is desert and 
the city's eight million people get their water from the mountains over 160km 
(100 miles) away. Sedapal President Jorge Villacorta said water levels in the 
high altitude reservoirs had fallen to 165 million cubic metres, 120 million 
less than in a normal year. 

Mr. Villacorta said people in Lima currently used twice as much as the World 
Health Organisation deems necessary for personal use. 

But he knows it is not just up to the city's population to reduce the amount of 
water they use. Sedapal also needs to reduce its so-called non-revenue water - 
the 38% of its supplies that is lost mainly through leakage and illegal use. 
"More droughts are forecast for next year" one source was quoted as saying. 
The prophet Isaiah tells us that when Christ has returned to the earth to 
establish his Kingdom, conditions in the earth will be very different. " The 
wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall 
rejoice, and blossom as the rose. 2 It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice 
even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the 
excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the 
excellency of our God. 3 Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble 
knees. 4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, 
your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence ; he will come and 
save you. 5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the 
deaf shall be unstopped. 6 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the 
tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and 
streams in the desert. 7 And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the 
thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, 
shall be grass with reeds and rushes. 8 And an highway shall be there, and a 
way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over 
it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err 
therein . Isaiah 35 v 1-8 

Secret of Eternal Life Discovered 

"But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of 
the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. (Daniel 
12 v 4) 

In the above verse, Daniel tells us that knowledge shall increase. The 
following article is interesting from the point of view of the Bible student. 
The Bible student will know that "immortality is a conditional gift to be 
bestowed at the resurrection". However, man's knowledge of the human body is 
now vast and one wonders just how far scientists will be permitted to go in 
their manipulation of the human body We know for sure that man is not able to 
make another immortal. No matter how clever scientists become, for every problem 
they cure, some other disease evolves that demonstrates that we are just the 
clay in the hand of the Almighty Potter. 

"Researchers have opened the door to new ways of stopping the ageing process. 
A new mechanism by which cells become "immortal'' and multiply indefinitely has 
been discovered by scientists in London . And the discovery could help in the 
fight against cancer, according to a report in the journal Cell. 
The scientists, led by Dr. Madalena Tarsounas , discovered that a molecule 
called RAD51D places thimble-like caps on the ends of chromosomes (the genetic 
material within cells) that protect DNA from damage and slow the ageing process. 
 These caps prevent deterioration of the telomeres - repetitive strips of DNA 
that act as a cell's "timer''. The telomeres keep cells stable. Each time a 
cell divides, the telomeres shorten, until a point is reached when the cell's 
DNA becomes so corrupted that it dies. Cancer cells have the ability to reset 
or stop the timer, giving them an unlimited lifespan. In many cases, this is 
achieved using an enzyme called telomerase, which rebuilds telomeres. But 
scientists knew that something else must be involved, since even without 
telomerase cancer cells can become immortal. 

The new research discovered that RAD51D seems to interfere with the timer 
mechanism. When the activity of RAD51D was blocked in experimental cells, 
substantial genetic damage resulted, signifying accelerated ageing. RAD51D is 
known to play a role in repairing DNA, but the new findings suggest it also 
supplies a protective cap to the chromosomes and telomeres. 

Dr. Tarsounas , heading the study at Cancer Research UK 's London Research 
Institute, said: "Cancer has an amazing ability to shake off the shackles of 
ageing and death, which is one of the reasons why it can be so hard to treat . " 
Understanding how cancer cells remain eternally young has been a key focus of 
research for more than a decade, so it's particularly exciting to have made such 
a striking discovery. "We have found evidence of a completely new mechanism 
for stopping the clock on a cancer cell's timer and preventing its lifespan from 
ticking down. "It raises the possibility of starting the clock again and 
making cancer cells susceptible to death once more.'' 

Scripture evidence on immortality is clear. Paul says in his first writing to 
the brethren at Corinth, chapter 15: 51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall 
not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of 
an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be 
raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put 
on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 

The Cosmos 

"A new planet was discovered orbiting a star in the constellation of Sagitarius 
. This star was 1700 million light years distance from the earth, and the 
planet orbiting it believed to be a gaseous giant like to Jupiter but half as 
big again. New techniques make astronomers think they will be able to detect 
smaller rocky planets like the earth before very long" (The Times 16th April 
2004 ). 

"At the time of the end man's knowledge shall be increased" could apply to no 
other age than now, but such knowledge as that concerning the infinite dominions 
of the Almighty only serve to show how puny is man in the scheme of things, a 
tiny speck of dust, as is even the earth. "Man is like to vanity; his days are 
as a shadow that passeth away" (Psalm 144 v 4). 
A Perverse Turn of Fate - or the Hand of God 
The following article has come to hand on the subject of the new Spanish leader 
and the amazing developments of Spain's relationship with European leaders, 
which will forge relations with Europe and make dents in relations with Britain 
and America. 

The dreadful terrorist attack on four separate trains in Madrid has had a 
powerful effect on the organisation of the European Union. A few days after the 
Madrid massacre, Spain held a general election. The people of Spain voted to 
oust their Conservative Prime Minister and replace him with the Spanish 
Socialist Party leader, Mr. Jose Zapatero . The immediate result was a 
devastating blow for opponents of the proposed European Constitution. On the 
wave of anti-war anger unleashed by the Madrid train bombings, the Socialist 
Party leader signalled a sharp change of policy that could re-align European 
politics and the transatlantic relationship . 

Mr. Zapatero threatened to remove Spanish troops from the Iraqi war zone and 
break with American policy on Iraq . He also said he would develop a more 
pro-European policy, and would seek a magnificent partnership with France and 
Germany . He made it very clear that he was not interested in restoring the 
stance of Mr. Aznar , the deposed Prime Minister, who stood shoulder to shoulder 
with America and Britain . He was determined to move away from Mr. Aznar s 
alliance with Britain on several key European issues. 

The Daily Telegraph devoted two whole pages to the initial shock caused by Mr. 
Zapatero s election. It calculated that Old Europe is back with a vengeance . 
Mr. Zapatero s victory boosted the Franco-German axis and signalled a fresh 
drive towards a European superstate . The article quoted Mr. Zapatero , who 
said, I want to see us again as pro-European. My feeling is that the election 
has caused surprise but a lot of satisfaction in Europe . 

Under Mr. Aznar , Spain , with support from Poland , blocked approval of the 
European Constitution because they feared the loss of their increased voting 
status secured in 2000 under the Nice Treaty, giving them almost as much power 
as Germany , France , Britain and Italy . Now Spain , and later Poland (see 
below), have removed their objections, thus allowing further discussion on the 
Constitution. Spain s leader of the Socialist bloc in the European Parliament 
said that the political landscape had been transformed overnight. Spain is no 
longer blocking the Constitution, it s as simple as that. And we re not at war 
with France any more. France is a very important ally and we want to make sure 
that the Franco-German axis works again . He criticised Mr. Aznar for pursuing 
a semi-detached Eurosceptic policy along British lines , adding that Spain would 
now rejoin the drive for European integration . 

Mr. John Palmer, head of the European Policy Centre in Brussels , said, Spain 
 s defection is a coup for Old Europe. The Franco-German axis has been greatly 
reinforced, and this won t go unnoticed in Rome . EU diplomats see Spain s new 
position as pivotal to its power structure , holding the balance between the 
opposing views of Britain and France . Britain s stance concentrates on close 
alliance with America , whilst France is all for a European superpower able to 
stand up to America . 

Just a week after the Spanish turn-around, Poland also gave in after talks in 
Warsaw with Chancellor Schroeder of Germany . Although very defiant in the 
December 2003 discussions on the Constitution, Poland has seen the ground slip 
away from under them following the Spanish election. Faced with isolation, 
Poland buckled under pressure from Germany , paving the way for agreement to be 
reached by the end of June. All now seems to be set for the Constitution to be 
ratified. EU diplomats are confident that nothing serious now stands in the way 
of an accord . 

This is bad news for Prime Minister Tony Blair, who fears that plans for the 
creation of a European superstate could dominate the campaigns for EU elections 
to be held on 10 June. If the treaty is ratified, the European Court will have 
the legal duty to ensure that states actively and unreservedly support the EU s 
common foreign and security policy . The Daily Telegraph sees Europe as being a 
major issue in the next general election and is urging the Conservatives to be 
more principled and determined in its opposition. It concluded that Britain is 
faced with a stark choice: sign up to the superstate, or leave . 

William Rees-Mogg, writing in The Times , described the afore-mentioned events 
as a perverse turn of fate. He said that the Franco-German alliance, now with 
Spanish support, would have just over 40 percent of the enlarged European 
population. Under current proposals, that would provide a veto in qualified 
majority voting. A Franco-German-Spanish alliance would have a universal veto 
because it could meet the requirement of 40 percent of Europe s population. The 
Commission and these three powers could dominate the new Europe ; the 
Franco-German alliance would be the centre of the big wheel, the Boss". 
As we see these exciting developments impact on the building up of the Image 
that is soon to stand upon its feet, we feel that soon the Archangel Trump shall 
sound to revive and rebuild those who are dead in Christ and that we should all 
stand in the presence of the Righteous Judge of all the earth, for the sole 
purpose of giving an account of our stewardship. 
The question, as always, is: "are you ready"          -  Bro Stephen Male 
 
United Nations 6 May, 2004 From U.N. Press Release GA/10240 
The General Assembly affirmed this afternoon the Palestinians right to 
sovereignty over the West Bank , Gaza and East Jerusalem . 
By a recorded vote of 140 in favour to 6 against, (Israel, Marshall Islands, 
Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and United States), with 11 abstentions, the Assembly 
also affirmed that the Palestinian people had the right to self-determination 
and to sovereignty over their territory, and that Israel had only the duties and 
obligations of an occupying Power. 

Although voting for the resolution, the representative of Canada expressed 
regret that yet another resolution had been added to an already lengthy list of 
resolutions on the Middle East . 

Most notably amongst the nations voting for the resolution were the following 
list of nations which also included all of the members of the European Union, 
Canada, Chile, China, Estonia, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, 
New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Most notable 
amongst the 11 abstentions was Australia . 

This resolution is another opening of the way for the hostile kingdoms to force 
their will on the Land. 

Bro. Fred J. Higham
 
 
April, 2004 Berean Christadelphian Ecclesial News 

Signs - As Ye See The Day Approaching 
 
To the angel of the ecclesia of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the 
Amen, the Witness faithful and true, the Beginning of the creation of the Deity. 
I have known thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot. Would that thou 
wert cold or hot! Thus because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I 
am about to vomit thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and have 
abounded in wealth, and have need of nothing, and has not known that thou art 
the wretched, and pitiable, and poor, and blind, and naked one. I counsel thee 
to buy from me gold which has been refined by fire that thou mayest be rich; and 
white garments that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness 
may not be apparent; and anoint thine eyes with salve that thou mayest see. 
Whomsoever I love I discipline and admonish; be zealous therefore, and change. 
Behold I have stood at the door, and I knock; If any one may hear my voice, and 
open the door, I will enter in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 
The victor, I will give to him to sit with me in my throne as I also vanquished, 
and sat with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear let him hearken to 
what the Spirit saith to the ecclesias. (Rev. 3:14-22 John Thomas 
translation) 
 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he 
that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. (Matthew 24:12-13) 
 Jesus Christ and the apostles continually warned of the danger and 
inevitability of apostasy from the Truth. There would be many who would not hold 
to sound doctrine and would, by their actions and works, deny their Lord. We 
must ever keep in remembrance that the Truth has only been faithfully kept by a 
very few out of any one generation. Many are called, but few compared to the 
many called, will finally be chosen. Most, through not realizing the Truth s 
priceless value, merely sit on it. They profess to have it and then never 
really do anything with it. They neglect it the precious gift of God! They 
don t, in the day of opportunity given, seek to put down strong and well 
developed root systems into the abundant water supply of Yahweh s Holy Word of 
Truth. Because they don t abide in the Father and in the son, they whither and 
become as dead branches. We know what will eventually become of those dead 
branches, those who have a name to live and are really dead. They will be 
rejected in the judgment and cast into outer darkness. That we might be 
refreshed by way of remembrance and because we are such leaky vessels, we do 
well to take heed to Luke 12:39-48. 
 And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief 
would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken 
through. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when 
ye think not. Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto 
us, or even to all And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise 
steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their 
portion of meat in due season Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he 
cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him 
ruler over all that he hath. But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord 
delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to 
eat and drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that servant will come in a day 
when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut 
him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that 
servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did 
according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew 
not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. 
For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom 
men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. 
Sin is so exceedingly sinful. We can be so easily deceived and led astray with 
the error of the wicked. Many suppose that gain is Godliness. Nothing could 
be further from the truth. We are directly commanded: from such withdraw 
thyself. (1Timothy 6:5) We are not to labor to be rich. We are not to covet 
wealth or opulence, ease or comfort, where our Lord is not. Rather, we are to 
 endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth , 
entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who 
hath chosen him to be a soldier. (2Timothy 2:3-4) Many are they who have 
been thrust through with many sorrows, laboring to be rich and to have this 
world s goods. Many have equated acceptance with God by the measure of their 
prosperity. We know, also, that it is not wisdom to compare ourselves by or 
among ourselves. One is our master, even Christ. He is the one we should 
follow, as he is the good shepherd. He is the way, the Truth and the life. 
He set the supreme example of how we should live and act. No man can come unto 
the Father, but by him. How often we get our priorities mixed up. Also, there is 
the true proverb found in Proverbs 23:5: Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that 
which is not For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an 
eagle toward heaven. In Deuteronomy, chapter 17, it was commanded that the 
kings of Israel not multiply horses, wives, nor greatly multiply silver or gold 
unto themselves. It is recorded in 1Samuel 2:32 that Eli and his house would see 
an enemy in Yahweh s habitation, in all the wealth which Yahweh would give 
Israel . 
This world s wealth so often can encumber and ensnare us. It is like briars, 
thorns and brambles, choking the Word and making us unfruitful. Also, if we 
seek this world s wealth to the neglect of the things of the kingdom and name, 
we will verily be guilty of hiding the light under the bushel. In trying to 
acquire it, we miss the goal set before us. We must remember that we cannot 
serve God and mammon. Remember the law of physics that states that we cannot 
be going in two directions at once. We either are making progress on the road to 
the kingdom or we are losing ground to the enemy, the flesh. We cannot serve 
two masters. Usually almost always when wealth increases, they are increased 
who would devour it. Much time and energy is spent in trying to secure and 
protect it. We must remember that time and distance are very important factors 
in the race to life. The athlete tries to concentrate on the goal to be 
achieved and will get rid of all unnecessary encumbrances. We must lay aside 
every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with 
patience the race that is set before us. (Hebrews 12:1) 
If it is laziness, sloth, apathy, or boredom that causes us to slack off or quit 
altogether our continuance in the confined way to life, we must remember that a 
day of reckoning and account is rapidly approaching. Go to the ant, thou 
sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or 
ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. 
How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep 
Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So 
shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth , and thy want as an armed man. 
(Proverbs 6:6-11) 
Let the slothful take the advice of Proverbs 30:28: The spider taketh hold with 
her hands, and is in kings' palaces. If we would just follow this simple, 
straightforward advice, we would each enter into the kingdom of God . 
We have been called to service. We are servants of the only true Deity who is 
uncreated and having neither beginning of days nor end of years. He is from 
everlasting to everlasting! He is the eternal first cause! What a high and 
holy calling! It is the highest privilege a mortal man or woman can possibly 
receive! We are invited to eternal and unbroken fellowship with the omnipotent, 
omniscient and omnipresent deity whose alone are the heavens and the earth and 
all things therein. He created them and sustains all immensity! We are not our 
own. We have been bought with a price, even the precious blood of Christ our 
Lord and savior; His only begotten and well beloved son. We must learn that 
greatness true greatness comes through faithful, loving obedient service to our 
God and His anointed. We must learn to serve each other in love, also. How can 
we say we love our heavenly Father and not love our brethren We know that 
love is the fulfilling of the law. (Romans 10:13) We know that He (Yahweh) first 
loved us, giving His only begotten son to be a propitiation for our sins! It 
is only reasonable that we should respond to the wonderful invitation given and 
draw nigh to Yahweh and love Him with all the heart, soul, strength and mind and 
our neighbor as ourselves. We are to have the mind of the Spirit. We are to 
speak the same things, holding to that one sure foundation that has been laid in 
Christ Jesus our Lord. 
If this spirit is in us, imbibed from the living and Holy Word of Deity, we will 
not have time for all of the passing interferences and distractions and hobbies 
and foolishness that so easily draws away from the real beauties and joys and 
happiness for evermore. Let us have this fiery zeal that comes from knowing the 
only true God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent. It is freely available to us 
through that living word He has magnified above all His Holy name. 
Let us be among the white robed sons of deity who will have their name inscribed 
(and not at all blotted out) on the scroll of the life of the lamb slain. May we 
be constituents of the man that is the angel, the rainbowed angel. 
        Bro. David VanPelt 
 
 
March, 2004 Berean Christadelphian Ecclesial News 
Signs and Events 
FRENCH ATTACK ON RELIGIOUS LIBERTIES: A law banning any public expression of 
religious belief has been passed in France . This is said to include wearing 
of the headscarf by Moslem women, wearing of yamulkas by Jews and exhibiting of 
the crucifix in Catholic schools. Clearly this will be seen as a form of 
religious persecution and interference in basic liberties harking back to 
medieval times. It seems to be motivated by concerns over the Islamic tidal wave 
sweeping Europe . There are now five million in France , and whereas there was 
only one mosque in 1970, there are now 1,000. In spite of this, this appears 
to represent a serious threat to civil and religious liberties, and basically 
amounts to an anti-religious piece of legislation. It could go further and 
forbid assemblies or even outlaw religious beliefs, including the Bible. This 
has to be an issue to watch, as it may spread to other EU countries and will 
almost certainly provoke a backlash in extremist action against French 
government institutions. 
TZAR PUTIN: This is the description applied by The Times to Vladimir Putin, 
declaring that he is "the most popular Russian leader since Peter the Great". 
Elections are due in March and Putin is expected to receive a landslide victory 
with approval ratings close to 80 per cent. His popularity stems from his 
"straight-talking style and KGB background approach to a population yearning for 
strong central control." The article commented that the Kremlin's doctrine of 
"managed democracy" has given Putin too much power. Western governments are 
beginning to worry that Russia is "lurching away from the democratic values it 
embraced after the Soviet Union 's collapse and back towards the despotism that 
has plagued its history." A Russian scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for 
International Peace commented, "I don't even know why people still talk about 
managed democracy. They should take out the democracy bit". 
CHANGES IN THE MIDDLE EAST: As the year 2003 drew to a close, Britain s Daily 
Telegraph published an interesting account of possible movements amongst the 
nations of the Middle East consequent upon the fall of Saddam Hussein and the 
decision of Colonel Gaddafi to dismantle Libya 's secret nuclear development. A 
map detailing all the nations surrounding Israel accompanied the article. The 
area is a hotbed of potential warfare with Libya , Egypt , Syria , Iran and 
Israel all in possession of ballistic missiles. Chemical and biological weapons 
have been developed by Libya , Egypt , Syria and Israel , whilst Iran and Sudan 
are reported to possess chemical weaponry capabilities. Both Iran and Israel 
have ambitious nuclear programmes . 
The war in Iraq seems to have been the catalyst for Libya 's action, as well as 
the long-awaited admission by Iran that it is capable of producing weapons-grade 
uranium and plutonium. British officials are hopeful that these events "point to 
the beginnings of other changes that may transform the region". Three of the 
Middle East nations appear to be making moves towards a more co-operative 
attitude to the West. Sudan , which was once home to Osama bin Laden, "is close 
to concluding a western-mediated peace agreement to end its long-running civil 
war". Saudi Arabia is "gently accelerating the painfully slow process of 
political reform towards a more democratic society". It is fervently hoped that 
Iran may now be encouraged to "step up its co-operation with the West" following 
their restoration of diplomatic ties with Egypt after a 24-year break caused by 
Egypt 's peace with Israel . 
It has been reported that Libya has begun talks with Israel "as a first step 
that could lead to a peace agreement with Colonel Gaddafi". If this report were 
reliable, the deal would mark a complete change in relations. Colonel Gaddafi 
once suggested: "the Jewish State should be dismantled and its citizens 
transferred to Alaska . Alaska was suitable for Jews because it was a distant 
land, far away from religious wars". He added, " Palestine will be the graveyard 
of the Jews ". Israeli officials reacted cautiously to the news of a change in 
relations, saying, "It remained to be seen whether the Libyan leader was serious 
about normalising ties and renouncing his past anti-Semitic rhetoric". 
The report concluded: "the tentative Israel contacts with Libya are another sign 
that the Iraq war has transformed the diplomatic landscape". 
The Times referred to these events, saying: "the new year has witnessed a 
blossoming of peace efforts in the Middle East not seen for more than a decade. 
Countries that have been locked in feuds for a quarter of a century have decided 
to put the past behind them. Others are offering to mediate longstanding 
disputes and for the first time a real debate has opened on banning weapons of 
mass destruction throughout the entire heavily militarised region". The Times 
was also of the opinion that "the frenzy of activity in the region is largely 
credited to the aftermath of the war in Iraq and the effect of the capture of 
Saddam Hussein". 
IRANIAN EARTHQUAKE: A terrible earthquake hit a historic town in Iran ( Persia 
) in the closing days of December. One moment the city was a bustling, 
thronging metropolis, then seconds later it was annihilated, every building 
collapsing, killing approximately 50,000 people. Here is food for thought when 
we consider the forces of nature and geological upheaval that can be triggered 
in a moment right under our feet. We enjoy life from day to day, the comfort 
of our homes, food on the table and so forth, purely by God s grace, but how 
many stop and give Him due thanks and acknowledgement for His daily mercies that 
we behold from the rising to the setting of the sun, but which we so easily take 
for granted. It raises the question as to whether this disaster was sent from 
God We know that God uses natural means to achieve political ends. He rules in 
the kingdoms of men. He does whatsoever He pleases to achieve the desired end. 
Bro. Thomas shows us that at the time of the 6 th vial of the Apocalypse, will 
be a time of natural and political upheaval, prior to the coming of Christ in 
power and great glory. 
This earthquake could have been triggered by bombs dropped in the Afghan or Gulf 
war, and hence, precipitated by man s own folly. What is certain is that this 
is a very unstable area in every sense and fomenting with Islamic 
fundamentalists fanatically opposed to Israel . This all acts and reacts adding 
to the seething cauldron, and reaping its own reward. But the ocean of 
suffering is awful to contemplate, touching everyone! 
 Nation shall rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and great 
earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful 
sights and great signs shall there be in heaven. And there shall be signs in 
the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of 
nations with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring. Men s hearts failing 
them with fear, and for looking after those things which are coming upon the 
earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. (Luke 21 v 11, 12 and 25). 
So the exhortation pronounced by the Lord himself to the nation on whom 
impending judgements of AD70 were about to be outpoured was TAKE HEED ! Take 
heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, 
and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 
 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole 
earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to 
escape all these things. 
HUMAN MIND 
The following quote has come to my attention in the last few days: 
 The human mind cannot effectively hold both the word of god and the cares of 
the world; one or the other will ultimately be choked out . 
Brethren and sisters, the household at large is starting to demonstrate in the 
deviation from the principles of truth, that they now occupy the sentiments we 
have been warned against by the apostles: where is the promise of his coming 
The human mind is capable of wonderful things, but will only survive under one 
primary focus; either it will do well in the unchanneled direction of its 
natural desire (the easier of the two) or it will do well in the channeled 
direction of the Word of God. Let us be warned. If we think we are strong 
enough and clever enough to do both then let us think again! Bro. Thomas in 
his early years was an exceptionally clever medical doctor, but the records are 
clear in reference to how his occupation in that direction suffered on account 
of his efforts in the direction of the truth; it was not long before he 
abandoned his medical studies altogether and took less demanding jobs so that 
his focus was as a ploughman with a plough. Our calling is a high calling and 
we live in an age when we have much. The Scriptures are crystal clear on this 
point: to whom much is given, much is required . Let us all then use our time 
wisely in the meditation of God s word; let us forsake all other interests 
however simple and seemingly innocent they may seem; let us be of the few when 
Christ returns who will have our lamps well trimmed and brightly burning! For 
those who overcome, will Christ bestow the gift of immortality and an 
inheritance in his kingdom, having power over the nations of the earth. 
The question as always is: are you ready    Bro. 
Stephen Male       
         
 
 
February, 2004 Berean Christadelphian Ecclesial News 
Signs As Ye See The Day Approaching 
 
 "I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, 
when no man can work." (John 9:4) Jesus spake these words during his ministry 
and they have been true for every generation of men and women enlightened with 
the Truth ever since. They will doubtless have their literal fulfillment in 
this generation, as the day of his coming is, obviously, very near, based upon 
all we see going on around us. The sixth vial is still pouring on. The 
Euphratian power is still drying up. This we have seen in the fall of Iraq to 
the allied forces. 
We know he comes under the sixth vial before its exhaustion. Jesus realized the 
vital importance of finishing his Father's business and had but three and a half 
years to complete the tremendous work before him. He did not waver in unbelief. 
 He trusted wholly in his Father. Jesus, " in the days of his flesh, when he 
had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him 
that was able to save him from death...was heard in that he feared; Though he 
were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered..." 
(Hebrews 5:7-8) 
 "... when the time was come that he should be received up, he steadfastly set 
his face to go to Jerusalem ..." (Luke 9:51 ) During his ministry he rebuked 
three who made excuse (and through them, us, as well, if we make excuse). "And 
it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, 
Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus said unto him, 
Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not 
where to lay his head. And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, 
suffer me first to go and bury my father. Jesus said unto him, Let the dead 
bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God . And another also 
said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are 
at home at my house. And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to 
the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God ." (Luke 9:57-62) 
 In Luke 14, Jesus spake of the importance and responsibilities of the 
invitation given and of the consequences for ignoring, neglecting or wrongly 
assessing its value . "Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great 
supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that 
were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent 
began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, 
and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, 
I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me 
excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. 
So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the 
house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes 
of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the 
blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet 
there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and 
hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto 
you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper. And 
there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, If any 
man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and 
brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 
And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. 
 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and 
counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it Lest haply, after 
he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it 
begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. 
Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, 
and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh 
against him with twenty thousand Or else, while the other is yet a great way 
off, he sendeth an ambassage , and desireth conditions of peace. So likewise, 
whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my 
disciple. Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall 
it be seasoned It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but 
men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear." Luke 14:16-35. 
 Brethren and Sisters, if we are to avoid falling into the same conditions as 
mentioned in the Scriptures above, we must be ever on our guard. We must be 
circumspect and actively seeking to live the Truth as it is in Jesus Christ our 
lord. We ask ourselves how individuals , such as the ones mentioned above, 
could allow the Truth to slip from the highest place of importance in their 
lives The answer is this: we simply cannot serve two masters. We either make 
up our minds to serve Yahweh and go after the things that He has called us to or 
we foolishly drift down the path of least resistance to death. What we have to 
do is truly evaluate the gift that has been offered to us. Yahweh has extended 
an invitation unto us to receive the gift of eternal life! Imagine for a moment 
what that means. Life without end! Not life as we now know it, but life in the 
fullest and most wonderful sense possible. Not only will death have no place in 
those who are the recipients of this glorious gift, but life will be wholesome, 
vibrant, effervescent, joyous and peaceful. There will not be the toil and 
labor we now know to earn our daily bread. Life will have boundless purpose and 
pleasure in the highest sense in our total dedication and service to Yahweh. 
Imagine a glorious body free from all of the suffering and pain, sadness and 
sorrow we presently experience! Imagine knowing even as we are known! Can we 
even begin to enter into how it would be to see with eyesight as those who are 
immortal see How about hearing and smelling 
The Scriptures tell us of Elisha in 2 Kings 6:8-20, who was enabled to hear and 
see as no mortal would ever naturally be able to. If a mortal prophet like 
Elisha could have temporarily granted supernatural seeing and hearing by the 
Spirit of God, think of how wonderful those faculties will be in the immortal 
state! All of the faculties will be so far superior to anything we presently 
experience. Dogs hear sounds or pitches at ranges much higher than we can 
hear . Elephants hear sounds that are much lower than anything we can hear. 
Some snakes see with a heat-sensing organ. Bats use something very much like 
radar to navigate. The sense of smell in dogs is much superior to ours. If 
earth groveling creatures of dust--hear today and gone tomorrow--can experience 
heightened sensual experiences such as those mentioned here; what will life and 
sensation be like in the immortal state What must an immortal's voice sound 
like Imagine how a multitude of immortals will sound in songs praising the 
Deity of heaven and earth. There will be many changes . "Meats for the belly, 
and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them." (1 
Corinthians 6:13) 
Through this Scripture we can see that there will be a radical change in our 
digestive systems. Imagine no more corruption. An immortal being will have a 
marvelously efficient body. One in that wonderful state will be able to eat, 
but will not have to eat out of necessity or for strength. Remember Jesus in 
Luke 24:41-43. Doubtless, anything eaten would be totally consumed in such a 
powerful body, sustained in life by the Spirit of Yahweh. "Now this I say, 
brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God ..." 
(1Corinthians 15:50 ) 
 
We know that this means flesh with the blood cannot inherit the kingdom. Flesh 
immortalized, minus the blood, can and will inherit the kingdom. Blood is 
necessary to sustain a mortal body in life, but an immortal body is sustained in 
life by the Spirit of Yahweh which so totally permeates it and has eradicated 
all corruption and death in it. In the most holy state of all, one would have 
no need of a cardiovascular system. In Luke 20:33-36, Jesus spake of the 
children of the resurrection being equal unto the angels who can die no more. 
He mentioned that they neither marry nor or given in marriage. This tells us of 
bodily changes which will result in our being able to serve Yahweh without 
distraction. Imagine having bodies free from all of the proneness to sin and 
temptation--free to serve our heavenly Father with true and total mental 
capacity. Keep in mind that they who are Born of God--born of the 
spirit--cannot sin! If they could, they would obviously not be immortal, but 
would die, as the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23) 
Imagine never being weary or needing sleep. To run and not be weary! Wow! What 
joy Remember Elijah in 1 Kings chapter 18 Think of the much more efficient 
use of time and the better service those who obtain life eternal will be able to 
render to Him who calls us from the dust! Can we get our minds around being 
able to potentially flit around the planet by the power of the Spirit, in 
accordance with divine will, at lightning velocity to attend to the 
administration of affairs in the Kingdom of God . Remember Philip (Acts 
8:39-40) These things mentioned above are just a glimpse or sample from the 
Scriptures showing us the things that pertain to life eternal. 
 The invitation we have each received is not for life eternal only, but for an 
inheritance in the Kingdom of God ! That kingdom will never be destroyed or 
left to others. This means that those who inherit it will have eternal 
inheritance therein. Never will they have to worry or be afraid of anyone ever 
overthrowing it or toppling its glorious and all-powerful king--the king of 
kings and lord of lords-- Jesus Christ. most who have ruled in the kingdom of 
men have reigned in tyranny and oppression, being in constant fear and dread of 
their overthrow and of their kingdoms being left to others. Think of the fact 
that Jesus Christ will be the first, truly enlightened despot this world will 
have ever seen. He comes to rule by divine fiat. He comes with the decree of 
Heaven, from the Highest Himself. He will rule to earth's utmost bounds. There 
will not be a single nation which will successfully disobey his high command. 
His word shall be absolutely all-powerful and unquestioned obedience will be 
demanded in that day. See Zechariah 14:12-21. The saints will reign with him 
as kings and priests over the then enlightened earth. Imagine the earth filled 
with the knowledge and glory of Deity! Imagine all knowing Him from the least 
unto the greatest! The veil that now is upon the hearts of the peoples of earth 
will, in that time, have been taken away. No more gross darkness! Imagine 
Jerusalem as the center of world government and worship--the throne of Yahweh 
Elohim! "At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all 
the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: 
neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart. 
(Jeremiah 3:17) It is clearly indicated in Scripture that Yahweh's holy house 
shall be at Jerusalem . 
"And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord s 
house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted 
above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go 
and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of 
the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his 
paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from 
Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: 
and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning 
hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn 
war any more." Isaiah 2:2-4 
Imagine one pure language whereby the people of the earth will be able to 
worship Yahweh with one consent . This will certainly happen as per Zephaniah 
3:9. Building codes and municipal planning will all be according to divine 
specifications. All of the filthy squalor of man's cities will be swept away 
and clean, efficient well managed cities built after divine approval. And we 
can be sure Yahweh will insure long term planning is according to His will, as 
He sees and knows the end from the beginning! (Acts 15:18 ) There will be 
justice and equity for all before the throne of the merciful and faithful high 
priest and king who will truly judge by the word and righteous precepts of 
Deity. Iniquity and evil will be dealt with summarily. Wickedness will simply 
not be tolerated. The righteous shall be acquitted. The poor and him who has 
no helper will find grace and mercy of the one who is all-mighty through Him who 
gave him that power. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will be luminaries of the highest 
magnitude in that glorious new order of things upon the earth. The twelve 
apostles will shine forth in splendor, each one reigning over a tribe of the 
twelve tribes of Israel restored. Enoch, Noah, Job, Daniel, Paul and all of the 
prophets will shine in radiant brilliance in those newly established political 
heavenlies . 
The resurrected and glorified saint community shall shine forth as the stars in 
brilliancy and splendor, having differing magnitudes of brightness according as 
their rewards in judgment. The saints will have joy and gladness as they reign 
with Christ the thousand years. That thousand years will be just the beginning 
for them. They will live for the age of the ages and the beyond. The beyond is 
all eternity, when Yahweh shall be the all things in all! Imagine a beautiful 
and glorious home planet filled with God's glory and Him the all things in all. 
There will simply not be a trace of sin and death. Evil, fear and oppression 
will be things of the past. They will be as a dream of the night--completely 
gone! Think of the advancement of knowledge and science. 
 Yahweh has intended that all happiness, joy, pleasure and the highest form of 
purest love is realized in knowing, loving, obeying and serving Him. He is the 
only one who could possibly give all. All is His and He is all. Soon, He will 
be manifested in a multitude that no man can number. His plan is to eventually 
be the all things in all who live. He alone shall say what is good for us and 
what we must do that we may be granted an entrance into that glorious new order 
of things to be established upon the earth. It is right and fitting that it 
should be His prerogative alone, as it is we who have sinned and transgressed 
against Him. He has provided the way of escape from sin and death through His 
only begotten and well beloved son, Jesus Christ our lord. He has given the 
invitation. It is our duty, having accepted that invitation to answer the 
calling with faithfulness and holiness and love and zeal. 
These things are our reasonable or logical service. Yahweh has given His very 
best, His only begotten son whom He loves. Jesus alone did what no other from 
the race of Adam has ever done. Through true faith, trust and love, he 
crucified to the uttermost the law of sin and death in his members and thus 
opened the way to life--first for himself that it might be for us, also! How 
thankful we should be that that way has been opened. The way into the holiest 
state of all has been set before us. Do we really want Life or are we guilty of 
making senseless excuses like those recorded above One of the simplest facts 
in life is that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. We 
can't reach the goal if we are headed in the wrong direction. We must keep our 
eyes on that goal, our hands on the plough and go forward. If we find that we 
are going in the wrong direction, let us speedily return to the ways of Truth 
and walk in the straight and confined way that leads to life. 
That we might gain entrance through the door that is about to be opened in the 
political heavenlies in the very near future. May we hearken to our elder 
brother who is the antitypical door of the ark. He is also the one who shuts 
and no man can open. Lest the door shut upon us at unawares, let us take heed 
to ourselves and hold fast our most holy profession. Let us not look back or 
sell out for a mess of potage, as did Esau. Let us enter in through that open 
doorway, provided of Yahweh in His infinite mercy and love. 
 Bro. David Van Pelt 
 
 
January, 2004 Berean Christadelphian Ecclesial News 
Signs and Events 
Have we ever really considered why Yahweh took the decision to flood the earth 
in the days of Noah We often think of the words of Scripture at the 
introduction in Genesis chapter 6, which say, And Yahweh saw that the 
wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the 
thoughts of his heart was only evil continually (verse 5). 
We wouldn t be wrong to think that these were some of the main attributes 
causing the wrath of Almighty God to be poured out upon the Antediluvian world. 
 However, we are specifically told Elohim said unto Noah, the end of all flesh 
is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, 
behold, I will destroy them with the earth. ( verse 13). Violence was the 
specific reason pronounced to Noah for the judgements to be poured out. 
Brother Thomas says in the first few paragraphs in Elpis Israel , that man, left 
to his own impulses is more cruel than the fiercest beasts of prey! 
Generations of history have shown that this is true. Unenlightened men thrive 
on violence, probably as much today as they did in 2344BC. For the time 
being, Yahweh is willing to wink at their doings, but the time is coming when 
those who have been watching and waiting will help the King of the World pour 
out judgements on the nations as severe as the flood. The Kingdom age promises 
a time of peace and blessedness the very antithesis of the conditions 
presently in the Kosmos . 
The news, in recent months, has been full of terror and violence. Scenes of 
injured innocent victims appear in every newspaper. Islamic extremists have 
claimed responsibility for most of this horror, and why - because they hate the 
Jews and their allies ( America and Britain ). In the past month, Turkey has 
also been a target. Why Turkey They have cooperated with coalition forces 
in Iraq and even pledged to send in troops. Will this terrorism serve to sever 
relations between Tarshish and the Young Lions, and the rest of the world It 
will certainly make nations think twice before generously offering their 
assistance. Will this cause Britain and America to take Israel under their 
empathetic wing driving a wedge between themselves and the rest of the Muslim 
world I believe we have already witnessed this to some degree. Will it 
separate us from Europe We certainly know the European Union has much 
sympathy for the Islamic nations. With the collapse of talks to form a new 
European Constitution, Britain is no closer to becoming part of Europe , but in 
fact seem to becoming increasingly hostile to the restrictions that would be 
imposed upon our justice, farming, transport, energy, defence , social policy, 
the environment, and areas of public health. Only time will tell what will 
separate the King of the North and King of the South, but we still follow these 
accounts as they continue to unfold, with much interest from a Biblical point of 
view. 
Police Hold Man Suspected of Istanbul Bombing 
November29 ,2003 
 
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish police on Saturday arrested a man they suspect 
helped plan a suicide bomb attack on a synagogue earlier this month, state-run 
Anatolian news agency said. 
The bombing of the Beth Israel synagogue was one of four attacks on British and 
Jewish targets this month that killed more than 50 people and injured hundreds 
more. 
"The man was arrested as he tried to leave the country," Anatolian quoted deputy 
Istanbul police chief Halil Yilmaz as saying. Prosecutors have already charged 
several people in connection with the bombings 
Police suspect the man ordered the bombing of the Beth Israel synagogue and had 
visited the area of the synagogue on several occasions prior to the attack, 
Anatolian said. 
Turkish prosecutors accompanied an unidentified man to the bomb site earlier on 
Saturday and the local NTV television said it was the same man who had been 
arrested. 
The Turkish courts have now charged more than 20 people they say are linked to 
the bombings. 
Suicide bombers struck two synagogues on November 15 and the offices of 
British-based bank HSBC and the British consulate five days later. 
Once again we see threats of nuclear action by North Korea . People in the 
world are living in fear, wondering what will happen next, which is certainly an 
indication that we live in the latter days. Now we see North Korea s biggest 
ally, China , actually defending them against the US . We are also witnessing 
the downfall of the six nation talks, which include Russia . While we still 
hear reports of war torn Chechnya and the rebel fighting, we can see Russia s 
alliances with such nations as China becoming stronger all the time. These are 
certainly significant political developments pointing to the time when 
Nebuchanezzar s image shall stand upon it s feet (note: see article below on the 
image) only to be annihilated by the Stone cut out of the mountain without 
hands. 
China tells US: Be more flexible and practical on North Korea 
December 15, 2003 
BEIJING Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing has told US Secretary of State 
Colin Powell that Washington needs to be more flexible and practical to keep 
alive six-nation talks on North Korea 's nuclear ambitions. 
Li made the comment in a phone conversation initiated by Powell late Sunday, 
amid reports that the US is insisting that the abolition of Pyongyang's nuclear 
weapons be open to international scrutiny. 
Japanese press reports Sunday said the US, South Korea and Japan have revised a 
Chinese-drafted joint statement for the six-nation talks because it was seen as 
ambiguous on the "verifiable and irreversible" manner of dismantling the nuclear 
program. 
The revised draft statement was sent on Saturday to China , North Korea 's 
closest ally. 
According to a report from Washington quoting a negotiation source, China was 
expected to adjust the content of the statement with North Korea over the 
weekend and early next week. 
North Korea said last week that it would return to the talks only when the 
United States agreed to drop sanctions and resume fuel aid in return for a 
nuclear freeze, an offer rejected by US President George Bush. 
The world rejoiced to hear the report: 
 Saddam Hussein is captured December 13, 2003 , in a raid near his hometown of 
Tikrit after evading U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq for months, according to 
coalition authorities. He is found in a hidden hole near a farmhouse and taken 
into custody without firing a shot. 
However we know the reality is the war will continue with or without Sadam 
Hussein. We know that there will never be peace on the earth until the Son of 
God returns in like manner as he ascended to bring order and justice to a world 
in chaos. We see reports of mans failed attempts to rule affectively again and 
again. 
In our next article, we will deal, God Willing , with the subject concerning God 
ordaining war throughout all nations, as one of His weapons in the control He 
alone has over the Kingdoms of the world. 
Russia s Inclusion in Nebuchadnezzar s Image 
It is customary to style Daniel s Fourth Beast the Roman Empire , by which is 
meant the dominion exercised by Rome and Constantinople , until the latter city 
came to be possessed by the Turks, a.d . 1453, when it fell, or passed away. It 
is true, it does symbolize said Roman Empire , but it also symbolizes a vast 
deal more. The Roman Empire, of which Gibbon wrote the decline and fall, has 
never yet embraced within its jurisdiction the hundred and twenty-seven 
provinces of the Medo-Persian Bear, which it is necessary it should have done 
that its Leopard-Body might bear rule over all the earth, and that it might 
stand upon its Bear-Feet, and with these feet break in pieces and stamp the 
residue . John s Sea Monster with the Bear-Feet and Leopard-Body, represents 
Daniel s Fourth Beast in its amplest development of the last of the days. It 
answers to Nebuchadnezzar s Image at the crisis of its demolition by The Stone . 
When John s Beast of the Sea comes, in fact, to stand upon its four 
brazen-clawed Bear-Feet, its dominion will consist of the Russian Empire , 
Continental and Mediterranean Europe, Persia, Ethiopia, Libya, Togarmah, Egypt 
and Syria. When the throne of the Russian Autocrat is transferred to 
Constantinople , the Apocalyptic Bear-Feet, armed with Brazen or Greek Claws, 
will also be enthroned there, and be prepared for the work that remains of 
 stamping the residue . This residue that yet remains to be stamped, are the 
 many countries to be overthrown, inclusive of Turkey , Egypt and part of the 
Glorious Land . 
From these premises, then, it will be seen that this Apocalyptic Sea-Monster is 
not exclusively the Romano-Gothic Ten-Horn constitution of Papal Mediterranean 
Europe, but symbolical likewise of the Byzantine, or Greek Empire, as indicated 
by the Leopard-Body and Bear-Feet; for, that the Bear is Greek as well as the 
Leopard, Daniel shows by testifying that the Fourth Beast had Nails of Brass ( 
ch . 7:19); and in his prophecy brass is the symbol of the dominion of the 
brazen-coated Greeks. Because, therefore, this Beast of the Sea symbolized the 
dominions of the whole eastern and western Mediterranean world, all the 
 kindreds, and tongues, and nations, styled Apocalyptically the whole earth, 
in subjection to them, are said to have wandered after the beast, and to have 
 worshipped both the Dragon and the Beast Vers . 3, 4. ( Eureka volume 3). 
       To be continued . 
      
     Bro. Stephen Male 
 
 
December, 2003 Berean Christadelphian Ecclesial News 
Signs and Events 
 
 Esteem Them Very Highly In Love For Their Works Sake. 1Thes 5:13 
Brother Thomas once observed that the truth goes through a four stage cycle, 
that starts with its discovery and ends with its collapse. 
During my childhood years, I was surrounded in the Ecclesia by brethren who were 
constantly stressing the importance of highly esteeming the works of the pioneer 
brethren, with advice to read and re-read works such as Eureka and Elpis Israel 
. More and more brethren and sisters in Christadelphian circles seem to be 
 leaning to their own understanding instead of sticking to the old paths . 
This lack of reading and respect for the pioneer s knowledge and values has lead 
to the near collapse of the brotherhood today. It must be one of the greatest 
signs of the times, for the third phase in the cycle of truth from establishment 
to falling away is apathy . Apathy can be defined in many different ways and 
many different illustrations used, but certainly in the case of the brotherhood, 
the lack of study in the pioneer writings is a part of this phase. We are glad 
to have this opportunity to quote from bro Growcott and bro Roberts, both for 
whom this writer has tremendous respect. 
Bro Growcott writes on this subject : - There are two kinds of 
Christadelphians: those who recognize and appreciate the value and soundness and 
stability afforded by the writings and labours of brethren Thomas and 
Roberts-and those who do not. Not much can be done to help the latter kind. 
They are on their way back to the old Apostasy. Resuscitations of the Gospel 
Truth have run this pattern over and over: a period of soundness; then a 
drifting of the majority back to main orthodox stream. 
 Brother Thomas assembled the total Truth. Admittedly, others had disjointed 
parts, some this, some that. He revealed a beautiful, harmonious, living 
whole. His critics and scorners owe what knowledge they have of it to him, 
squirm as they may under this embarrassing fact. Intelligent men will 
recognize their debt and dependency, and will be humbly thankful. Intelligent, 
mature believers will not feel they have to devise anti-brother Thomas theories, 
to demonstrate their independence, but will be anxious to stand with the sound 
Truth as he revealed it-and that includes a true conception of the book of 
Revelation. 
(GVG, Search Me O God) 
We whole-heartedly agree with brother Growcott s sentiments. Many would rather 
depend on their own philosophy and reasoning, rather than brother Thomas sound 
exposition of the scriptures. The Truth that he rediscovered, through the 
vigorous and zealous study of the scriptures, is the apostolic foundation of 
what we as Christadelphians believe, and it is the basis of our faith, 
ultimately resulting in our salvation. The man was not infallible, but 
providentially chosen for this work of re-establishing the Truth in these latter 
days. 
In many instances bro Roberts exhibited the same opinion of bro. Thomas. We 
would like to quote one example from Seasons of Comfort Vol. 2, pg. 347: 
 If we have attained to the enviable position of understanding the most 
wonderful and most precious book under the sun, it is the result of 
circumstances with the ordering of which we had nothing to do. If God had not 
raised up in this century such a man as Dr. Thomas, our generation would have 
been stumbling on in the inherited fogs, which have entirely hidden the teaching 
of the Bible from view, while glorifying the Bible itself in a certain 
sentimental way. It does not appear that the understanding of the Bible has been 
attained in any other channel. There is a deal of writing about the Bible, and a 
deal of smattering in connection with separate and scattered points involved in 
Bible things; but where, outside of his work in our day, is to be found that 
complete mastery of the whole Scriptures, from Genesis to Revelation, which 
renders the work of God through Israel from the beginning a consistent, 
connected, and progressive thing, which not only does not require the help of 
human philosophy, but which cannot endure the admixture of it without being 
spoiled We know not its like in any current system or movement, or in any 
library treasures, ancient or modem, or in the hands of any teacher or 
institution of modem life anywhere. { end of quote} 
I have personally witnessed some Christadelphians who have rejected the pioneers 
and as a result have completely fallen away from the Truth. We know that there 
will be few who are found faithful at Christ s return. Let us make sure we 
make up part of that small number of Christ s beloved friends and brethren, who 
will be found studying the Scriptures with the aids that Yahweh has mercifully 
provided for us, in the writings of the Pioneers. Let us read and re-read and 
re-read them. To fall short in this study and reading is to put our own 
salvation at risk! 
 For the powers of heaven shall be shaken. Lk 21:26 
Once again the European Constitution is dominating the news headlines in the UK 
. Prime Minister Tony Blair continues to contend that no referendum (direct 
decision by general vote of the public) is needed, while the conservatives 
demand the public be allowed to take a vote. Also, we have seen a new 
Conservative leader put in place, Michael Howard, who is out rightly against the 
UK joining the EU (he is also reportedly a Jew). How quickly things could 
change in the political heavens if the Conservatives were to be voted in next 
election! 
We would like to quote from a recent correspondent who has written to us on this 
subject: - 
EUROPE 
As we write, European leaders are gathered in Rome to discuss the new European 
Constitution. This will remove the right of veto for any nation, abolish 
majority voting (i.e. no one can opt out of a policy agreed by the (un-elected) 
commissioners and their President), and assert the primacy of European law over 
national law. Also it will allow taxation to be set by Europe ( Brussels ) and 
bring national armies under European control. This would mean that any 
independent action in international affairs (such as British forces going to 
Iraq ) would be impossible. All foreign policy would also be decided at 
European level. The British judiciary would become instruments of European 
law (which they are now to a large extent) and the once proud and independent 
state of Great Britain would be reduced to a vassal province of a greater Europe 
(which is not a position which prophecy predicts). It is significant that the 
current talks are being held in buildings constructed by Mussolini as part of 
his fascist Empire. He also had dreams of a fascist Empire of Europe. 
Every attempt is made by the Labour government to play down the true intent of 
the European Union. Since there is no mechanism for withdrawal, for a member 
state to secede would be interpreted as an act of rebellion to be suppressed by 
armed force to bring compliance. 
The latest news, which is also being played down, is that the Queen is concerned 
about the constitutional implications of Britain signing up, since it would 
reduce her to a vassal status under European law, no longer constitutional head 
of state. She has the power constitutionally to act to prevent any threat to 
the nations constitutional sovereign status, and could dissolve Parliament and 
hold Mr. Blair and Mr. Straw guilty of treachery and treason against the state 
by connivance with foreign powers. 
What we say is watch this space, because an enormous conflict is brewing, with 
America and NATO also involved. 
Mr. Blair should be mindful that it was taxation under Charles I that sparked 
off the English Civil War, and the British attempt to impose taxation on the 
American colonies that sparked off the declaration of Independence and the 
American Revolution 1776. The cry was then no taxation without 
representation , i.e. no foreign power has the right to impose taxation on a 
free people. The Roman Empire thought quite differently as did the Holy Roman 
Empire and Hitler s fascist Empire in modern times, and now the European Union. 
For behold I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be 
remembered nor come into mind. ( Isa . 65:17). 
The new heavens and the new earth, which God will create, are new political, 
social, and religious orders on earth in which will dwell righteousness. We 
long for this time as we continue to witness man s cruelty and wickedness. The 
further that man moves away from God s word (as we know will continue to happen 
until Christ s return), the more base and gruesome a beast he becomes. We cringe 
when reading such new articles as the one recently reported by the BBC: 
Four Rwanda Ministers Go on Trial for Genocide 
FOUR former Rwandan ministers have gone on trial charged with playing key roles 
in the slaughter of 800,000 people. 
The UN tribunal in the northern Tanzanian city of Arusha is keen to show 
progress in trying former top officials to counter Rwandan government criticism 
that it has been slow to bring the masterminds of the massacres to justice. 
"The prosecutor will show that from April 9th, 1994 wherever the ministers went 
on their campaigns, they were soon followed by blood-letting and displacement of 
Tutsi population," said prosecution lawyer Paul Ng'Arua . 
"They blazed throughout Rwanda a path which the prosecutor describes as the path 
of hell. 
"They took affirmative actions to encourage the killings, as well as to conceal, 
mischaracterize or rationalise the killings of Tutsis." 
Video footage was shown of the accused being sworn in as interim ministers in 
1994, interspersed with grisly images of mass slaughter, piles of corpses and 
machete-wielding militias. 
The ministers belonged to an interim government that took power in April 1994 
after a plane carrying President Juvenal Habyarimana was shot down just before 
the massacres began. 
Three months later they were ousted by Tutsi-led rebels, but by then 
government-sponsored Hutu militants had killed an estimated 800,000 ethnic 
Tutsis and moderate Hutus. 
Prosecutors have said that as early as April 9, two days after the massacres 
began, Mugenzi , a 54-year-old former businessman, openly expressed his 
satisfaction that many Tutsis had already been killed. 
 But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create; for, behold, I 
create Jerusalem a rejoicing and her people a joy. 
In that day, Jerusalem will be called the throne of the Lord (Jeremiah 3:17 ), 
the nations will ascend there for worship (Zechariah 14:16 ), and the conditions 
that will then be established on earth will reflect to the glory of the Father 
(Isaiah 61:11). The King of Kings will rule as a righteous judge, and man will 
no longer be left to his own animalistic impulses. O how we long to see the 
Son of God return to the earth! 
The question is, as always, are you ready 
Bro Stephen Male 
 
 
November, 2003 Berean Christadelphian Ecclesial News 
Signs and Events 
 
 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. (Matthew 
24:35) 
Recently, we have been struck by the fact that the churches of the world have 
completely disregarded the Bible and its teachings, in order to draw in the 
crowds, as they once did decades ago. They are willing to compromise God s Word 
in order to cater to the (so called) changing needs and wants of our evil 
society. The BBC has recently reported one example of this:- 
 A church of England report has declared that divorce can be a good thing if 
it brings unhappy marriages to an end. A study by the church s Doctrine 
commission has said marriage can shelter abuse, stifle personal development and 
cut families off from the rest of the world. It reads An increasing number of 
people have lived through difficult and painful divorces, to which there 
sometimes seems no realistic alternative . 
 The report called Being Human: A Christian Understanding of Personhood, is the 
church s latest attempt to make itself more relevant to contemporary society 
and also gives support to unmarried couples. And the report recognises that the 
church needs to change with society if it is to remain relevant. 
 It says that, in light of society s changing attitude towards sex and 
relationships, a merely nostalgic or conservative reaction is out of the 
question . 
And it argues that people need ever greater wisdom to deal with modern pressures 
such as power and money. 
The report says that marriage has changed considerably over the centuries, 
claiming that it has not always been seen as an ideal. 
What do the Scriptures say on this subject Marriage is honourable in all, and 
the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge . The old 
fashioned phrase living in sin is not even recognised by the churches of this 
generation. Why Because the people no longer fear hell fire, so, if the church 
cannot intimidate them into filling their pews and their pockets, they must 
persuade them in a different way. They must take the compassionate approach, 
which fosters every way of life, whether abominable in God s eyes or not. 
We have been warned that in the latter days, this lukewarm attitude will exist 
even in the brotherhood. Even in the Apostle Paul s day there were some seeking 
to pervert the gospel of Christ. What was Paul s command If any man preach any 
other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. For do I 
now persuade men, or God Or do I seek to please men For if I yet pleased men, 
I should not be the servant of Christ. Let there be no mistake. There will be 
no compromising at the judgement seat when Christ returns. We are either 
servants of Christ, or willful sinners. There is no in-between. 
                     
      Bro. Steve Male 
 
 
October, 2003 Berean Christadelphian Ecclesial News 
Signs and Events 
 
The Scriptures prophesy that at the time of the end, children would be 
 disobedient to parents, unthankful and unholy . Since the inception of women 
working full time in the unscriptural pursuits of satisfying careers and equal 
rights, the family structure has long broken down. Today, instead of a child 
coming home from school and having the full support of his mum, he comes home to 
a child minder/ carer who have no real interest in the proper upbringing of the 
child, especially in Spiritual matters, and therefore, children are being 
subjected to all kinds of objects, media and games, to keep them entertained 
without the need of too much attention or interaction from others. 
 
TV, for those in the world, is the entertainer that keeps children occupied 
for hours on end. TV is full of carnal and evil principles that all 
Spiritually minded brethren and sisters do well to steer away from. Bro 
Roberts, over 100 years ago, wrote that cinema, radio and worldly novels will be 
avoided. 
 
Our duty is to develop our children in the ways of righteousness and to actively 
encourage them to be obedient, thankful and holy . The following article 
provides clarity for us as to the evil monster TV really is, with an average 
child watching up to six hours per day. Garbage in = garbage out. Evil in = 
evil out. 
 
Isn t TV one of the major contributing factors to children being disobedient to 
parents etc in our age 
 
80% OF YOUNG CHILDREN 'WATCH SIX HOURS TV PER DAY' 
 
 MORE than eight in 10 children aged six and under watch up to six hours of 
television a day, according to a new survey. 
 
And a third of all five to six-year-olds regularly play video games, the study 
found. 
 
The research comes just days after David Bell, the Chief Inspector of Schools, 
complained that communication and behavioural skills among five-year-olds are at 
an all-time low. 
 
Parents failed to impose proper discipline in the home and simply put children 
in front of the television rather than talk and play with them, he said. 
 
He also warned it led to poor behaviour in class and the picture in primary 
schools around the country was that children were less well-prepared than ever. 
 
The survey was conducted by NOP, which interviewed 750 parents with children 
aged up to six for toy retailer the Early Learning Centre. 
 
It found 86% of children watched up to six hours of television a day every day. 
 
Those interviewed acknowledged the time their children spent in front of the 
television, with 69% believing the youngsters watched more programmes then they 
did at the same age. 
 
The survey also found that 81% of working parents wished they had more time to 
spend with their offspring. 
 
But parents encouraged their offspring to play outside, with youngsters 
averaging 3.6 hours a day during the summer months. 
 
Almost all of those questioned believed play helped to develop their children's 
social and motor skills. 
 
Child psychologist Richard Woolfson said: "Parents today are much more aware of 
the benefits of play than in previous generations. 
 
"There is a clearer understanding that play contributes to child development in 
a variety of ways - that it is not 'just for fun' - and that play and learning 
is connected." 
 
DIVORCE 
 
Family structures have certainly broken down. The following article shows that 
divorce is so rife, the Churches and Chapels are bringing in new doctrines to 
accommodate the practise, and secondly, it shows how much Christendom has really 
strayed from the Bible as its guide. It would seem that the Bible is no longer 
considered or read by them to any degree, even in regard to the Commandments of 
Christ. 
 
Let us be aware of this contemporary living in society way of modern thinking, 
a nonsense principle laboured by them. There are many examples of those 
attempting to bring the truth down to a level where it has been contemporary 
with the times, and in each case, the results have been, and indeed always will 
be, disastrous. 
 
During the time of the flood, just over 1650 years from creation, the sons of 
God looked upon the daughters of men. These people were the epitome of 
 contemporary living and they now rest in the dust of the earth, of the class 
who shall not inherit eternal life. 
 
Just a few hundred years later, in the accounts of the Tower of Babel and Sodom 
and Gomorrah , both classes had reduced God s everlasting truth in their lives 
to nothing and both attempted to live a contemporary life with the world 
around them. The results again were disastrous. 
 
Yahweh Tz vaoth poured out his judgements on those wicked generations and He is 
destined to execute judgement on the same class in the world in the very near 
future. In that day there will really only be two classes. Those who have 
lived a lifestyle which has been anything but contemporary who have held to 
the straight and narrow path, which alone leads unto life. And the second 
class are those who in contrast have pleased themselves and have lived life to 
the full. They eat, drink and are merry knowing that tomorrow they ll die . 

 
Is marriage out of date 
 
A CHURCH of England report has declared that divorce can be a good thing - if it 
brings unhappy marriages to an end. 
 
A study by the church's Doctrine Commission has said marriage can shelter abuse, 
stifle personal development and cut families off from the rest of the world. 
 
It reads: "An increasing number of people have lived through difficult and 
painful divorces, to which there sometimes seems no realistic alternative." 
 
The report, called Being Human: A Christian Understanding of Personhood, is the 
church's latest attempt to make itself more relevant to contemporary society - 
and also gives support to unmarried couples. 
 
It praises committed relationships and says they should be celebrated as "a 
wonderful gift from God". 
 
And the report recognises that the church needs to change with society if it is 
to remain relevant. 
 
It says that, in light of society's changing attitude towards relationships, "a 
merely nostalgic or conservative reaction is out of the question". 
 
And it argues that people need ever-greater wisdom to deal with modern pressures 
such as power and money. 
 
The report says that marriage has changed considerably over the centuries, 
claiming that it has not always been seen as an ideal. 
 
Some think the report may be opening the way for the church to engage with gay 
relationships, following the controversy over Canon Jeffrey John being picked 
for the role of Bishop of Reading and declining the post. 
 
 
EU (European Union) 
 
During the past twelve months of contributions, we have referred several times 
to the proposed new EU constitution. Brethren have expected to see a move of 
European Countries uniting together forming a European Super-State in the last 
days, but with Britain being forced into stronger relations with the young lion 
countries, and being pushed out of Europe itself. 
 
For the time being at least, it does not look however as though Britain is going 
to be pushed out, and we may see her joining many of the mechanisms of the EU 
framework, as she has done over the last decade. Two things seem for sure 
though: 
 
 France and Germany are doing all in their power to unite Europe under a 
 super-state umbrella; and 
 No matter how far into Europe Britain goes in the near future, Ezekiel s 
 prophecy calls for her to be on a different side, at the time of the end. 
 
The following article is interesting with reference to point one above: - 
 
EU draft constitution agreed 
A final version of the draft constitution for an enlarged European Union has 
been agreed after tough last-minute negotiations in Brussels . 
The document is to be presented to EU leaders at a summit in Greece next week. 
Former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing, who headed the convention that 
produced the text, said that history had been made. 
However, several countries including Britain and Spain said the draft would need 
to be amended when governments start to debate it later this year. 
"This will be a good foundation for final negotiations," said Britain 's chief 
negotiator, Peter Hain . 
The convention has also put off a final decision on some controversial issues 
until after the summit in Thessaloniki . 
These include the question of whether EU should drop national vetoes in foreign, 
defence, taxation and cultural matters. 
Mr Giscard d'Estaing said that when he handed over the draft to next week's 
summit he would advise the leaders there to tamper with it as little as 
possible. 
"I will make just one recommendation to the Council: The closer you stick to our 
text, which has been discussed and reflected upon at great length, then the 
lighter will be your task." 
Two presidents 
The 105 members of the convention, representing 25 countries, have been working 
on the text with a president and two vice-presidents for 16 months. 
They have reached broad agreement to extend qualified majority voting to a range 
of new areas, including immigration and asylum policy. 
The debate has been dominated by tensions between small states, which favour 
strengthening the European Commission - the EU's executive arm - and the larger 
states, which prefer joint decision-making by governments. 
The final draft constitution creates a new post of president of the European 
Council - the body made up of heads of EU member states - who will work in 
parallel to the President of the Commission. 
It also introduces a foreign minister who will get his or her mandate from the 
European Council, but will serve as a vice-president of the Commission. 
Europe united 
Some of the changes are designed to make it easier to administer the EU when 10 
new members join the 15 already in the union next year. 
"We are setting up a new political age, more efficient, more democratic, and 
assuming [ Europe 's] full role on the world stage," said French Foreign 
Minister Dominique de Villepin . 
Slovenian parliamentarian Alojz Peterle said that the draft was part of the 
project of unifying Europe after 50 years of Cold War division. 
"This project proves that a united Europe is possible, and an expanded Europe 
can be successful," he said. 
We hope that the above articles will help us be mindful that we live in 
significant and ominous times, a time of trouble such as never was for the 
nations. Blessed is he that watcheth. Blessed is he that understands and 
observes narrowly the words of this prophecy (Apocalypse 1 v 3). The question 
for us, as always is: - 
 
 Are we ready 
           
    Bro Stephen Male 
 
 
September, 2003 Berean Christadelphian Ecclesial News 
Signs and Events 
 
 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as 
other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having the understanding 
darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in 
them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have 
given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with 
greediness (Eph 4: 17-19). 
Although the churches and chapels of the world have always been more of a social 
club than a true gathering together of faithful servants of Christ, at one time 
the clergy did serve as a sort of moral police force . Now, even the churches 
of the world are finding it hard to draw people s interest. Instead of scaring 
people into attending church with the threat of hell fire, they are trying to 
change with the times, to become more relevant to people s needs and changing 
lifestyles. In other words, the Bible is being totally discarded, in order to 
cater to the wants and feelings of this Godless, self-centred society, so that 
the churches may once again fill their pews and their pockets. 
The Head of a Church in Nigeria recently, during a BBC interview regarding the 
appointment of a gay priest in New Hampshire , USA , said that the Anglican 
Church in his country, feared that Americans and the rest of the Western World, 
were becoming post-Christian . In other words, the Church has become so 
 contemporary (their favourite buzz-word) that they ve left the principles that 
Christ introduced in the first century and adopted new principles that are 
unrecognisable in Scripture. We know that the Churches in both USA and Nigeria 
have fallen wholly astray from the Scriptures, but it is interesting that 
missionary workers from the West once taught religion in those countries like 
Nigeria, and now, Nigeria are sending their missionaries back to the USA and UK 
with a view to getting them back to true Christian doctrines. 
We would like to include two news articles from the British press which we feel 
adequately demonstrates our point. 
 
Christianity 'almost vanquished in UK ' 
 
Christianity has been "all but eliminated" as a source of moral guidance in 
people's lives, according to the head of the Catholic Church in England and 
Wales. 
The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor also lamented the 
fact people were "indifferent" to Christian values and the Church when he 
addressed the National Conference of Priests in Leeds . 
"In our countries in Britain today, especially in England and Wales , that 
Christianity, as a sort of backdrop to people's lives and moral decisions - and 
to the government, the social life of the country - has now almost been 
vanquished," the Archbishop said. 
He added that music, new age and occult practices seemed to be replacing Christ 
as something in which young people could trust. 
Society had been demoralised, with people seeking transient happiness in 
alcohol, drugs and pornography, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor continued. 
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey, said Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor's 
comments echoed his own views. 
Bishops Back Divorce in Shock Church Report 
 
A CHURCH of England report has declared that divorce can be a good thing - if it 
brings unhappy marriages to an end. 
 
A study by the church's Doctrine Commission has said marriage can shelter abuse, 
stifle personal development and cut families off from the rest of the world. 
 
It reads: "An increasing number of people have lived through difficult and 
painful divorces, to which there sometimes seems no realistic alternative." 
 
The report, called Being Human: A Christian Understanding of Personhood , is 
the church's latest attempt to make itself more relevant to contemporary society 
- and also gives support to unmarried couples. 
 
It praises committed relationships and says sex should be celebrated as "a 
wonderful gift from God". 
 
And the report recognises that the church needs to change with society if it is 
to remain relevant. 
 
It says that, in light of society's changing attitude towards sex and 
relationships, "a merely nostalgic or conservative reaction is out of the 
question". 
 
And it argues that people need ever greater wisdom to deal with modern pressures 
such as power and money. 
 
The report says that marriage has changed considerably over the centuries, 
claiming that it has not always been seen as an ideal. 
 
Some think the report may be opening the way for the church to engage with gay 
relationships, following the controversy over Canon Jeffrey John being picked 
for the role of Bishop of Reading and declining the post. 
 
The Scriptures : To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to 
this word, it is because there is no light in them (Isaiah 8 v 20). 
 
Christadelphian teaching since 1848 has been on the fundamental premise that 
 all things were written aforetime for our learning . The Divine writing of 
the Scriptures has given Bible students contemporary guidance in the things 
pertaining unto righteousness from the first century until now. Indeed, if the 
Master remained away for the next 2,000 years, then still the Bible message 
would be as relevant to society in AD4003 as it is today in AD2003! Yahweh is 
a God of unspeakable wisdom and knowledge and in His unlimited foreknowledge, 
has known what is best for man throughout all generations. Our study, our 
trust, our consolation and comfort, must be founded upon the light of the Word. 
 If we speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in 
us ! Brethren and sisters, the days in which we live are exceptionally dark 
and evil, and people certainly do not speak according to the word of God . 
They are lovers of pleasures and not lovers of God . This know also, that 
in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their 
own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, 
unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, 
incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, 
highminded , lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of 
godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this 
sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with 
sins, led away with divers lusts (1 Timothy 3 v 1 to 6). 
 
The communist manifesto has done much to take people away from God, and we have 
to be careful, with the three frog like spirits so strong and prevalent in our 
age today, that these things don t fool us and take us away from our first love. 

 
Communist Rules for Revolution, Captured in Dusseldorf , Germany , May 19 th 
1919 by the Allied Forces: - 
 
A.  Corrupt the young, get them away from religion, get them interested 
in immorality. Make them superficial, destroy their ruggedness. 
B.  Get control of all means of publicity and thereby: 
-   Get the people s mind off their government by focusing their 
attention on athletics, immoral books and other trivialities. 
-  Divide the people into hostile groups by constantly harping on 
controversial matters of no importance. 
-  Destroy the people s faith in their natural leaders by holding 
them up to contempt, and obloquy. 
-  Always preach true democracy but seize power as fast and as 
ruthlessly as possible. 
-  By encouraging government extravagance, destroy its credit, 
produce fear of inflation with rising prices and general discontent. 
-  Foment unnecessary strikes in vital industries, encourage civil 
disorders, and foster a lenient and soft attitude on the part of the government 
towards such discords. 
-  By specious argument cause the breakdown of the old moral 
virtues; honesty, sobriety, continence, faith in the pledged word, ruggedness. 
C.  Cause the registration of all firearms on some pretext, with a view 
to confiscating them and leaving the population helpless. 
{End of manifesto) 
 
We may see the world become much darker before the second advent of our Lord and 
Master. We may see much more of the Time of Jacob s trouble than many once 
thought! We are exhorted to be watching and waiting with our wedding 
garments on ; our oils filled, trimmed and well burning , and there is only one 
way we can achieve this, and certainly no other. 
 
The daily reading and contemplation of the Word of God and real study in 
connection with it, is the only way we can prepare ourselves. Far too many 
have, and are influenced, by friends in the world. Far too many engage 
themselves in trivial pursuits, such as TV, sport, worldly knowledge and 
education, which we ve been directly warned against in the Scriptures. Far too 
many give little or no time to study, worship and praise. Let us examine 
ourselves and set our paths straight TODAY before it s too late. Are we ready 

 
John 8 v 31-32: Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye 
continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the 
truth, and the truth shall make you free. 
 
            
        Bro. Stephen Male 
 
August, 2003 Berean Christadelphian Ecclesial News 
Signs and Events 
 But alas for this wicked and adulterous generation; they have no taste or 
relish for the Word of God! They have more confidence in the I promise to 
pay of a bank bill, than faith in the thus it is written of the Sacred 
Writings. The truth has lost its influence, it cannot move the people. Few, 
very few, obey the Gospel, because they love and are moved by the truth. 
Unless they are excited by some touching songs, they sit like stocks and stones 
under the most scriptural, powerful and rational appeals. What is the cause of 
this It is referable to their having been preached into a state of moral 
imbecility by the fictions of their blind and infatuated guides, who have caused 
the way of truth to be evil spoken of by their traditions; and, although a few, 
comparatively, will obey the call, and come out of Babylon, nothing but the 
plagues the judicial visitations of an indignant and insulted Deity will 
dispel the apathy, rouse the attention, and conquer the rebellion of the race of 
man. ( a reply to a letter from Baltimore , Maryland , by the late Bro John 
Thomas). 
In recent weeks, the Hengoed ecclesia has held four public lectures on the 
papacy. The lectures: The Origin of the Papacy; Should the Cruel Persecutions 
of the Past be Forgotten ; The Doctrines of the Papacy at Variance with the 
Scriptures; and, The Downfall of Rome The Eternal City, were all advertised by 
way of posting leaflets in the local neighbourhood. During the course of our 
distribution, one young teenager asked what we were distributing and he was 
informed that it was an invitation to attend a Bible Lecture. The teenager 
asked what is the Bible At first, we were shocked that someone the boy s 
age genuinely didn t know that the Bible is, but upon further reflection, we 
realize that the boy is not in an isolated position; that in fact, there are 
probably now tens of thousands in the UK, who once prided herself on being a 
Christian country, who wouldn t know what the Bible is and what it preached. 
This very fact is a sign of the times in which we live! Let us consider the 
words of Jeremiah the prophet: - 
 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of Yahweh is risen upon 
thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the 
people: but Yahweh shall arise upon thee, and His Glory shall be seen upon 
thee. 
Indeed, gross darkness , covers the earth. We ve mentioned previously about 
the increase of homosexuality and we remain astounded at recent laws, passed in 
both Canada and the UK , which passes on more rights to homosexuals than they ve 
had since the time of Sodom ! 
In Canada , the definition of marriage is being deliberately altered to allow 
same-sex marriages. In Britain , just two weeks ago, a plethora of legislation 
came in to protect them and to give them equal rights as those enjoyed by a 
married couple in a normal relationship. For example, they now have the same 
pension rights, and right to property and other capital assets upon the death of 
their partner. 
Further, a new Archbishop has recently been appointed in Reading (South East 
England) who is a practicing homosexual. This caused uproar amongst the 
Anglican Church who do not approve of practicing homosexual ministers, and the 
appointment has since been revoked to bring a calm to the storm. 
Interestingly, the official appointment of an archbishop has to be approved by 
both the Prime Minister and the Queen. When asked to intervene in the row 
between the Church of England and the Anglican Church, the Prime Minister 
pointed out that it is not right for politicians to become involved in religious 
matters (what Mr. Blair really means is that he doesn t want to lose votes in 
the next election!) and the Queen refrained from getting involved because it 
was a matter for the Church to resolve! 
In the last week, we ve had published in UK tabloids, the warning of the 
Archbishop of Canterbury, that we must learn to become more tolerant and more 
understanding of people whom God loves. Gross darkness doesn t only cover 
the people of the earth, but the corrupt and unholy religious systems too! 
The Scriptures must be our guide and God s judgement is those who commit such 
things are worthy of death . 
 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in 
their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and 
receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet haters 
of God who knowing the judgement of God, that they which commit such things 
are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do 
them (Romans 1 v 26-32). 
 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God Be not 
deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, 
nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor 
drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners , shall inherit the kingdom of God . 
And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are 
justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. (1 
Corinthians 6 v 9-11) 
 IN THE AGE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEOPLE WILL BE EDUCATED ACCORDING TO WHAT GOD 
KNOWS IS GOOD FOR THEM AND NOT ACCORDING TO THEIR OWN FANCIES, SCIENTIFICALLY 
BASED OR OTHERWISE . 
In a recent magazine article, on the subject of the chaos in Iraq, a brother 
points out that western democracy is no better than the evil autocratic rule 
of Sadam Hussein: - 
 Recently we have witnessed the overthrow of the dictatorship of Sadam Hussein. 
 During the years that the media has been reporting the excesses and atrocities 
of his regime people have become accustomed to the worst features of a bad 
dictatorship. As it was stated, with the end of the government of Sadam 
Hussein the whole world is now a safer place in which to live and that is 
probably true. Now that a new government must be built to stabilise the 
country, we are about to witness the influence of democracy on the people of 
Iraq . Although it will likely lead to a correction of the evil intent that 
was in the mind of the dictator, one wonders how much better the people of Iraq 
will be under the influence of the spirit of liberty, equality and fraternity. 
Is this the best form of government the world has to offer the Iraqi people 
The Bible states that Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to 
any people. (Proverbs 14:34). Strictly, it isn t the form of government 
itself that exalts a nation, but whether or not, that form of government leads 
to justice, peace and righteousness. Using the Bible s standard of 
righteousness, the evils of democracy are just as apparent as the evils of a bad 
dictatorship. It has often been said that in a democracy it is possible for 
anyone to be elected leader of a country, but reality shows that it is the rich, 
the popular, and the one with the greatest promise for the party to win in 
national elections that gets chosen. Presently, righteousness is not a 
criteria for choosing the leaders of national parties and it is most likely that 
if a candidate was righteous according to Bible standards, that he or she would 
not be chosen. The freedoms of democracy allow righteousness to exist, but the 
same freedoms accelerate its corruption. 
At one of the lowest times in history of the people of Israel, when the Kingdom 
was weak and the government approximated rule by democracy, God s assessment of 
them was stated as follows: An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the 
land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; 
and my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes 
(Jeremiah 5:30-31 RSV). It is quite obvious from God s assessment of that 
society that He is not impressed with the principle of majority rule . For 
those who know God s assessment of human nature the problem with democracy is 
related to liberties and freedoms practised (Mark 7:20 -23). Human nature is 
much more inclined to follow the broad way leading to destruction than the 
narrow restricted track leading to life (Matthew 7:13 ). For instance, why is 
it that with the abundance of evidence showing cigarette smoke kills 40,000 
people a year in Canada and with an enormous cost to the health care system, 
that the government doesn t step in and ban smoking everywhere We cannot 
simply blame a government for this problem but there can be no doubt that 
democracy and the freedoms associated with it are a root cause. 
The Bible is abundantly clear that the government of the Age of Righteousness 
will not be a democracy, but a Kingdom. Behold, a king will reign in 
righteousness, and princes will rule in justice (Isaiah 32:1 RSV). The fact 
that there never has been such a government on earth is testimony to the fact 
that this event has yet to occur. Jesus has not yet returned to the city of 
Jerusalem to assume the role as king upon the throne of David (Luke 1:32 -33). 
However, the Lord Jesus Christ is busily preparing for that event as he 
continues to seek for people characterised by righteousness to rule with him 
(Revelation 3:21 ). The word of God assures the reader that the King involved 
in this Kingdom to come will be righteous and that the characteristic by which 
his government will be known will be one of righteousness (Isaiah 11:1-5). 
One of the areas where everyday life in the Kingdom of God will dramatically 
depart from that of democracy is in the area of human rights. The universal 
Declaration of Human Rights as lauded by the United Nations states the 
following: Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in 
barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of 
a world in which human beings enjoy freedom of speech and belief, and freedom 
from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common 
people (The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Switzerland). 
There is no doubt about the barbarous acts committed by people in the past who 
did not acknowledge that their victims had any rights at all. It may also be 
true that the highest aspiration of the common people will seem to be the said 
freedoms. However, God is not limited to human thinking and that is a very 
good thing, for He says, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered 
into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love 
Him. (1 Corinthians 2:9). What God has in mind in the age of righteousness 
surpasses the highest aspirations of the common people. 
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: Everyone has the right of 
freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to 
change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with 
others and public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, 
practise and observance (Article 18). Presently, this freedom is practised in 
Western society and has allowed for the multitude of different religions that 
exist and prosper there, however, all is not well with the exercise of this 
 right . Some religions are based on fact, and some are based on fiction. 
Some religions promote the virtues of God, and some promote the virtues of men. 
 This same freedom that allows men and women to find the truth, also shelters 
those who promote evil and falsehood. In the Age of Righteousness, people will 
be educated according to what God knows is good for them and not according to 
their own fancies, scientifically based or otherwise. The freedoms proclaimed 
in article 18 will be rendered obsolete and superseded by a code of ethics of 
far greater value to society {end of quote}. 
 YAHWEH HATH A CONTROVERSY WITH THE NATIONS, HE WILL PLEAD WITH ALL FLESH; HE 
WILL GIVE THEM THAT ARE WICKED TO THE SWORD (Jeremiah 25v31). 
MIDDLE EAST CRISIS the crisis grows in the Middle East . Six days after the 
Akbar peace agreement brokered by Mr Bush between Ariel Sharon and his 
Palestinian counterpart, a Hamas suicide bomber killed 24 and injured 60 in 
Jerusalem . The terrorist disguised as a Jewish Orthodox, blew up a bus in 
Jaffa Street . People were literally roasted alive in their seats. Packed 
with nails the bomb produced horrific injuries. A deathly silence after the 
bomb went off, was followed by terrible screaming of people in agony. Israel 
replied within hours by a missile attack on Hamas leaders in Gaza . A second 
missile attack followed soon after killing Hamas agents and five bystanders. 
This all left Mr Bush s peace deal in tatters with talk of international forces 
between the two parties. 
In Iraq , chaos increases. Forty US soldiers have been killed by ambushes and 
sniping since the war ended. A Daily Telegraph article, quoted British sources 
that US administration had lost control, had no strategy and was failing to 
deliver essential services to the people. Unrest in increasing. The US has 
mounted a major offensive North West of Baghdad, Operation Desert Scorpion. 
But today thousands of former Iraqi soldiers protested angrily in Baghdad , two 
were shot dead by US forces. 
EUROPE The rise of a vast Totalitarian monster on the world stage looms ever 
closer, but people seem blind to it. The new constitution will virtually strip 
away sovereignty from independent states, merging them into an all powerful 
Brussels based unelected authority, like a new Roman Empire, professing 
democracy but in fact a dictatorship or oligarchy forcing its own will on all by 
laws, myriads of laws. Hitler imposed his will by the jack boot only 60 years 
ago. But the principle of domination and absolutism versus freedom is the 
same. This is Europe , subjection to law emanating from the all powerful 
centre. Pagan Rome had vast law making powers emanating from its powerful 
senate in the Roman Capital. The Justinian code, brought together by the 
Emperor Justinian, still underpins much of European Law. The Catholic Church 
had its cannon law, thousands of laws preserving the power and control of the 
catholic church all over Europe and England . As Samuel Smiles points out in 
his book on the Huguenots, the church saw the invention of printing as its 
greatest enemy and tried to stamp it out, shutting down the printing press of 
Gutenberg and Dr Faustus saying he was in league with the devil. But printing 
and the printing of Bibles could not be stopped. Clandestine printing houses 
sprang up all over Europe . Cardinal Wolsey wrote to the pope warning him that 
if he didn t root out printing, printing would root him out. He realised that 
if people could read the Bible for themselves, they would see that they did not 
need to go through a priest, but could go to God directly themselves through the 
Lord Jesus. This would undermine the Mass and hence the entire church was 
imperilled. Tyndale was garrotted in Amsterdam trying to smuggle bibles into 
England . Many were smuggled in within wine casks. 
The constitution of the UK was set up to defend democracy, or civil and 
religious liberty, against the arbitrary exercise of power by any one individual 
or group of individuals, following James II attempts to return to Britain to 
catholic control. William or Orange came over from Holland and enshrined the 
Bill of Rights, which from then on preserved and has safeguarded Westminster 
Parliament against the exercise of arbitrary or despotic power. Mr Blair seems 
to have breached this by his constitutional changes, in which he has personally, 
without recourse to parliamentary debate or discussion of the issues, exercised 
arbitrary or despotic power, itself unconstitutional, and an impeachable 
offence. The changes to the Law-making-authority he is implementing, could 
have unforeseen consequences for British civil and religious freedoms that we 
take so easily for granted. The changes he is proposing are almost certainly 
designed to facilitate integration with Europe with which he is besotted. 
Everything is being harmonised. Soon it will be religion. This is how it was 
under Constantine . The catholic religion was made the official religion of 
the Empire. The implication of this was that unless a person was a catholic he 
was not entitled to own land, property, to trade or form assemblies, denied 
basic freedoms including loss of liberty and life. So that ever since, the two 
witnesses (civil and religious liberty) have fled into and taken refuge in the 
wilderness to escape from this despotic mind and crushing tendency and enjoy 
their freedom to worship God according to the Bible and the own conscience 
(Revelation 12:6 and 11:2-3). 
Brethren and Sisters, the Kingdoms of Men and their evil religious systems are 
about to be overthrown. God is currently preparing His Kingdom by taking a 
few out of the gentiles a people for His glorious name. Those few of us who 
have been called are being moulded by trials and tribulations to shape us for 
much better times to come, when the democratic rule of today will forever be 
replaced by a righteous autocrat who shall rule with a rod of iron , with 
justice and with equity. Are we ready 
Bro Stephen Male 
 
July, 2003 Berean Christadelphian Ecclesial News 
Signs and Events 
 
The Middle East , the hot-spot of trouble in the world, has remained a key 
feature of news in the UK this past month. One brother said to me just at the 
start of the Iraq war, that he wondered if Mr Bush, subsequent to the war, would 
strive to bring about peace between Israel and the Palestinian s, in a bid to 
bring about world security. 
 
It certainly seems as though the brother s opinion is coming to fruition. In 
the past week, we have seen Mr Bush visit the area, an activity routinely 
avoided by the president. Perhaps there will be a Palestinian State incepted 
in the next few years and this may bring about the time of Israel s peace long 
expected by brethren since 1848. The following two articles show Mr Sharon s 
reluctance to sign up to the road map and then concessions being made to 
establish agreement, respectively. 
 
Israel Rejects Offer of Partial Truce 
 
A PARTIAL truce offer from the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas has been 
dismissed as a "non-starter" by Israel . 
 
Leaders of the militant group have told new Palestinian Premier Mahmoud Abbas 
they were ready to halt attacks inside Israel if the Israeli army stopped 
hunting their followers. 
 
But a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon rejected the proposal, 
saying settlers and troops in the West Bank and Gaza Strip would still be at 
risk. 
 
"They can murder just a little and we can stop defending ourselves " said Raanan 
Gissin . "This is a non-starter." 
 
The Palestinian prime minister, under growing international pressure to rein in 
the militants, had summoned the Hamas leaders to his office in Gaza City and 
called on them to stop their attacks on Israelis. 
 
The disagreement between Abbas and Sharon over how to deal with the militias is 
a major obstacle to getting started on the US-backed road map to peace in the 
Middle East . 
 
Abbas wants to persuade the militants to lay down their arms through dialogue, 
while Sharon insists they be disarmed and arrested. 
 
Despite the obstacles, Sharon has for the first time signalled qualified support 
for the peace plan, an Israeli official said last night. 
 
Sharon told the White House through an emissary that he would go along with it 
as long as the Bush administration took his concerns into account, the official 
said. 
 
A White House announcement is expected. 
 
There were signs Abbas and Sharon would meet US President George Bush separately 
- or perhaps together - over the coming days to discuss the peace plan, which 
calls for an immediate end to violence and setting up a Palestinian state by 
2005. 
 
Sharon Accepts Road Map to Peace 
 
A HINT of flexibility by President George Bush has allowed Israeli premier Ariel 
Sharon to accept the road map to Palestinian statehood. 
 
The plan is an attempt to end 32 months of fighting, freeze construction of 
Jewish homes on the West Bank and establish a Palestinian state by 2005 on land 
Israel has held for 36 years. 
 
The Bush administration, hoping to spur Middle East peacemaking, pledged to 
"fully and seriously" address Israel 's concerns about the plan. 
 
"The United States shares the view of the government of Israel that these are 
real concerns," said a statement issued jointly by Secretary of State Colin 
Powell and Condoleezza Rice, President George W. Bush's national security 
adviser. 
 
The statement stresses that there is room to hear contrasting views on the 
so-called "road map" peace plan. 
 
That opened the door for Israel 's formal acceptance of a formula for accord 
with the Palestinians although, at a news conference in Paris , Powell said: "We 
are not planning on making any changes to the road map." 
 
One of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's main worries is that the road map, 
which requires the dismantling of recently established Israeli outposts, might 
be construed as requiring the dismantling of all Jewish settlements on the West 
Bank . 
 
Sharon told the Israeli people last week that abandoning settlements was not on 
the horizon. On Friday, however, Sharon said he was "prepared to accept" the 
plan and will present it to the Cabinet for approval. 
 
The Cabinet will discuss the peace plan on Sunday or Monday, said a Sharon 
adviser, Raanan Gissin . 
 
Sharon is expected to face stiff opposition from hard-line Cabinet ministers, 
but Gissin said he expected a majority of ministers would vote in favour because 
of the US assurances. 
 
Palestinian Information Minister Nabil Amr said the Palestinians "consider the 
Israeli acceptance as a positive step, but at the same time we still insist on 
the American and European promises and guarantees not to have any changes in the 
road map." 
 
One point worth mentioning is that a brother we recently visited pointed out 
that Zechariah 14 v 2 prophesies: For I will gather all nations against 
Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the 
women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity , and the 
residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Why will half the 
city be taken into captivity The brother mentioned that under the terms of 
the road map, half of Jerusalem would be given to the Palestinians, and as such 
does Zechariah s prophecy relate to the fact that the one half which will be 
taken captive will be occupied by the Jews whilst the other half wouldn t be 
taken because it would be occupied by the Palestinains Just a thought! 
 
 DISTRESS OF NATIONS 
 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and 
upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves 
roaring; men s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things 
which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken (an 
AD70 prophecy taken from Luke 21v 25-26) 
 
The following three articles are interesting from the Bible Student s 
perspective to show that: - 
 
 Men s hearts are failing them for fear; 
 Distress of nations is a key characteristic of modern nations, just as it was 
 in AD70; 
 Man is still doing that which is right in his own eyes (and will continue to 
 do so until he is stopped); and 
 The problems in the world today, as always, show us that it is not in man 
 that walketh to direct his steps . 
 
Yahweh Elohim has conveyed to us in the pages of His Word that Jesus Christ will 
soon intervene, for In the days of these kings shall the God of Heaven setup a 
kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the Kingdom shall not be left to 
other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and 
it shall stand for ever. ( Danial 2 v 44). Notice that the Kingdom shall not 
be left to other people (for Christ and the Saints will receive the dominion s 
of the world as their inheritance) and that God s Kingdom shall consume all 
other kingdoms. 
 
The following articles are disturbing in some aspects, but show us that the time 
is coming for the Lord to be revealed! : - 
 
Mass grave found in DR Congo 
 
A mass grave has been uncovered pushing the official death toll to over 300 from 
recent clashes between rival militias in the north-east Democratic Republic of 
the Congo . 
United Nations officials say some 30 bodies were found in a grave on the 
outskirts in the regional capital, Bunia. 
A fragile ceasefire is now in place, allowing aid workers to complete the task 
of recovering the bodies of the dead from streets and buildings previously too 
dangerous to access. 
But the brutal clashes have led to calls for a multinational force to be 
deployed in the region. 
Speaking from Bunia, the BBC's Ishbel Matheson says it is unclear whether the 
remains were those of civilians or of fighters from the rival Hema and Len du 
militias. 
But most of the bodies which have already been recovered are civilians shot at 
point blank range or hacked to pieces by machetes. 
Dogs of war 
There have been allegations of cannibalism during the conflict but a spokesman 
for the UN mission in DR Congo ( Monuc ) said these were difficult to confirm. 
"Many of the bodies have had parts ripped out but it is difficult to say whether 
this is cannibal-style atrocities or not, as there are a lot of dogs who have 
been eating the bodies," said Hamadoun Toure . 
Local people say they want the militias disarmed and the roads opened up so they 
can flee the town. 
On Wednesday, human rights groups Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch 
urged international intervention, saying the 700-strong UN presence was 
insufficient and thousands of civilians were at risk. 
French military observers have now left Bunia, where they had gone to 
investigate the possible deployment of a multinational force; they will also 
meet Monuc officials. 
British officials are considering contributing to the force, alongside the 
French offer of 1,000 troops. 
The health clinic by the main UN compound is crammed with people suffering from 
the most appalling injuries. 
One woman who refused to give money to militiamen was slashed repeatedly with 
machetes, and saw her children killed in front of her, our correspondent said. 
The bodies of two UN military observers who were killed in DR Congo last week 
have been flown to the capital, Kinshasa . 
A memorial service will be held in their honour, before they are flown to their 
countries of origin - Jordan and Malawi . 
Rivalry 
The clashes erupted soon after the 9,000 strong Ugandan forces withdrew from 
Bunia about two weeks ago, as part of a wider peace deal. 
Some 20,000 Congolese civilians have fled to Uganda since then, according to the 
UN refugee agency. 
"We would all have been massacred on the way if it weren't for the large numbers 
of [withdrawing] Ugandan soldiers," one refugee told the BBC's Will Ross in 
western Uganda . 
Hemas , traditionally cattle-raisers, and Len dus , predominantly farmers, have 
been in conflict for centuries for land and other resources in the area. 
The rivalry has become more bloody because Ituri district around Bunia is rich 
with gold. 
Neighbouring nations involved in the five-year DR Congo conflict - Uganda and 
Rwanda - armed both sides as proxy militias. 
An estimated 50,000 people have died and some half a million people displaced 
from Ituri since 1999. 
CIA:'Al -Qaida Set for Nuclear Strike' 
 And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all the people that 
have fought against Jerusalem; their flesh shall consume away while they stand 
upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their 
tongue shall consume away in their mouth (this verse is thought by many 
brethren to relate to nuclear warfare in the time of the end). Zechariah 14 v 
12. 
 
AL-QAIDA terrorists and their supporters are set to use nuclear, chemical and 
biological weapons in deadly strikes, a CIA report claims. 
 
An internal report, apparently seen by The Washington Times, said the terror 
network plans to use unconventional weapons "to cause mass casualties". 
 
It said that while "most attacks" by the group were likely to be small scale, 
extremists linked to al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden "have a wide variety of 
potential agents and delivery means to choose from for chemical, biological and 
radiological or nuclear attacks." 
 
One goal of any attempted strike would be spread "panic and disruption," the CIA 
report said. 
 
It also identified several deadly toxins and chemicals that could be used in 
attacks, including nerve gases, germ and toxin weapons, anthrax and ricin , and 
radiological dispersal devices, also known as "dirty bombs". 
 
Al-Qaida is developing bombs with radioactive material from industrial or 
medical facilities, and an al-Qaida document found in Afghanistan revealed that 
the group had sketched out a crude device capable of causing a nuclear blast, 
the report said. 
 
"Osama bin Laden's operatives may try to launch conventional attacks against the 
nuclear industrial infrastructure of the United States in a bid to cause 
contamination, disruption and terror," the report said. 
 
According to the report, al-Qaida and other terrorists could also produce what 
the CIA called an "improvised nuclear device" capable of causing a nuclear 
blast. 
 
Terrorists could produce a nuclear device in three ways, including a bomb made 
from "diverted nuclear weapons components," a nuclear weapon that had been 
modified, or a new, indigenously designed device, the report said. 
 
The report also raised the spectre of another strike from the air. It said both 
Mohamed Atta , ringleader of the September 11 hijackers, and Zacarias Moussaoui 
, who is on trial in the US on charges related to those attacks, "expressed 
interest in crop dusters," raising fears that al-Qaida was considering using 
aircraft to spread biological warfare agents. 
 
Indian Heatwave Deaths Reach 1,438 
 
RAINS have cooled parts of India hit hard recently by a scorching heat wave, but 
the toll from the hot weather is still rising, with at least 1,438 reported 
dead. 
 
Thousands have been hospitalised for sunstroke and dehydration since the heat 
wave began, but rain in several parts of India brought hope that the hot spell 
would end soon. 
 
Rain has fallen in southern Kerala and Karnataka states, the Press Trust of 
India news agency said. 
 
Several north-eastern states located along the Himalayan foothills also saw 
showers and rain in these areas was expected to continue for the next two days. 
 
In northern India , including the capital, New Delhi , temperatures have fallen 
after a dust storm. 
 
However, Andhra Pradesh state has not seen any rain yet, although a cool breeze 
was blowing through Hyderabad , the state capital, on Saturday. 
 
Brethren and Sisters, let us take heed to Christ s words that we may be found 
acceptable stewards at his return. When Christ returns he will no longer be 
characterised as the lamb being led to the slaughter, but as the lion of the 
tribe of Judah with vengeance to those who know him not: Watch ye therefore: 
for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or 
at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: lest coming suddenly he find you 
sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, watch. (Mark 13 v 35-37). 

 
Bro Stephen Male 
 
 
June, 2003 Berean Christadelphian Ecclesial News 
Signs and Events 
 
In this month s article, we wish to report three key items that show us that our 
Master s return is nigh at hand. 
A. The outbreak of SARS disease (severe acute respiratory syndrome) is a 
worrying problem for medical experts and scientists; 
B. The new Arch Bishop of Canterbury in the UK is striving for the unity of 
churches, which we know must become a reality in Europe at the time of the end 
(The Mother Church of Rome becoming the head once again of all the other 
churches); and, 
C. America s bid to bring about peace in the Middle East . We wish to 
conclude this month s submission by noting words of exhortation from the pen of 
brother Roberts on Signs and Traditions . 
 
POWELL BIDS TO GAIN SUPPORT FOR MIDDLE EAST PEACE PLAN 
 
US Secretary of State Colin Powell has embarked on a tour of the Middle East to 
launch a new peace initiative. 
 
His first stop is Jerusalem as he resumes personal mediation between Israelis 
and Palestinians after a one-year hiatus. 
 
Mr Powell will also visit Egypt , Jordan and Saudi Arabia to muster Arab support 
for new Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, whom Washington has endorsed 
as Israel 's peace partner in exchange for sidelined President Yasser Arafat. 
 
US President George Bush has linked Middle East peacemaking with a need for 
economic advancement. 
 
He has offered to extend US free-trade benefits already enjoyed by Israel and 
Jordan to other nations in the region within a decade. 
 
"The Arab world has a great cultural tradition but is largely missing out on the 
economic progress of our time,'' Mr Bush said. 
 
Mr Bush said he and Mr Powell shared a vision of "two states, Israel and 
Palestine , living side-by-side in security, in prosperity and in peace". 
 
He added: "The way forward in the Middle East is not a mystery. It is a matter 
of will and vision and action.'' 
 
White House later announced that Mr Bush would meet Israel 's Prime Minister, 
Ariel Sharon, on May 20 in Washington . 
 
"The two leaders will discuss efforts to move ahead toward a peace settlement 
between Israelis and Palestinians as well as a range of bilateral and regional 
issues,'' the White House statement said. 
 
The peace plan, known as the "road map", faces opposition in its current form 
from Mr Sharon, which has given the US a list of comments or suggestions for 
amendments. 
 
The plan sets out steps leading to a Palestinian state as early as 2005 and 
gives America a key role in judging whether the two sides have met their 
obligations on the way. 
 
OUTBREAK OF SARS DISEASE IN FAR EAST - SARS 'MAY PROVE MORE DEADLY THAN AIDS' 
 
The rapid spread of the SARS illness and its potential for mass loss of life 
make it "one of the most serious diseases of modern times", a health expert 
says. 
 
Dr John Hubley , a principal lecturer in Health Promotion at Leeds Metropolitan 
University and a specialist on HIV and Aids, believes that although SARS has 
claimed the lives of only 265 (now over 500!) people so far - compared with the 
22 million lives lost to HIV and Aids - it has the potential to wreak "absolute 
devastation". 
 
Dr Hubley , who has worked as a consultant to the World Health Organisation , 
recently returned from China where he was advising the British Government on a 
Department for International Development programme providing more affordable 
healthcare to poor areas. 
 
He believes that while the risk of SARS infection depends largely on the quality 
of healthcare in an area, the disease is extremely virulent and poses a 
particular threat to a modernised society, with air and train travel helping its 
rapid spread. 
 
"Though it's too early to say for sure what the impact of SARS will be, it is 
certainly far more contagious than Aids and the course of infection is much 
quicker," he said. 
 
"At this stage only six per cent of cases are fatal, but this might well change 
as SARS develops. It is one of the most serious diseases of modern times and 
could wreak absolute devastation. 
 
"On the one hand, it might run itself out, as many flu-like viruses do, in the 
warmer climate of spring, or it could mutate itself into something else that is 
even more virulent. 
 
"Whichever is the case, action in the next few weeks is vital. A stitch in time 
saves nine, and people must be aware of the symptoms - similar to flu, with 
fever, chills, headache and bodily discomfort - be vigilant and react quickly if 
they see the signs." 
 
The introduction of SARS into society, once again has been a source of distress 
to the nations, and will continue to be until a remedy is found. These 
diseases evolve as a direct result of the curse that was introduced into the 
garden in Eden as the sentence passed upon Adam resulting from transgression. 
As men and women continue to transgress God s law, disease and death are the 
results reaped from what they sow. 
FOR SHE SAITH IN HER HEART, I SIT A QUEEN, AND AM NO WIDOW REV. 18:7 
With all the worldly celebrations over the Easter holiday, the one thing we 
could not fail to notice was the subtle efforts to unify the Roman Catholic 
Church and the Church of England. We know that in the end, all the churches of 
the world, will have become the harlot daughters of the Roman Catholic Church. 
The news report by the BBC shows this to be happening now. 
 On Thursday Dr Williams became the first leader of the Church of England to 
wash the feet of churchgoers at Canterbury Cathedral for 400 years. 
 The feet washing ceremony performed by the leader of the Church of England and 
the leader of Roman Catholics in England and Wales is a re-enactment of Jesus 
washing of his disciples' feet at the Last Supper as a gesture of humility. 
 He said there was a move away from symbolic ceremonies during the 16th Century 
Reformation, and more emphasis was placed on the written word. 
Now, the Arch Bishop of Canterbury is determined to reintroduce the traditions 
of the Catholic Church. He is also infamous for his tolerance of homosexual 
relationships and women priests. 
 He has angered traditionalists by saying he could "see a case" for 
acknowledging faithful same-sex relationships and has admitted ordaining a 
practising gay man in the past. 
 The Rev Andrew Price, a vicar in Wimbledon , London , who left the Church of 
England over the ordination women priests, said: "His views on such things as 
sexual ethics are diametrically opposed to what the word of God says . 
Not only is the Catholic and other churches wishing to be unified, but they want 
to incorporate all people, and every way of life. The FLAME (Family Life & 
Marriage Education) network of the Church of England was quoted as saying , 
Too often the Church adopts a limited and rigid view of family life. We hope 
that the Archbishop will encourage and enable the Church to recognise all that 
is good for people's well-being and nurture within a wide diversity of family 
shapes. Those shapes need to embrace lone parents, aunts and uncles, 
grandparents, as well as acknowledging the complexity of partners and their 
children. 
In other words, every man can do what is right in his own eyes. This was the 
state of the world in Noah s day, and in Lot s. It was displeasing to God 
then, as it is now, therefore Christ shall come in flaming fire taking vengeance 
on them that know not God, and obey not the gospel. 
SIGNS AND TRADITIONS (From the Pen of Bro Robert Roberts, Seasons of Comfort, 
Volume One). 
It is profitable to remember that the basis of our meeting this morning, and of 
all the meetings we hold, and the basis of our hope concerning the future, is 
the work of the apostles in the first century period. Keeping this distinctly 
in view, we are able to judge our position Scripturally , and to conform it to 
the right model in points where it may lack. As an ecclesia, or assembly of 
the called, we are acceptable to God through Christ, only in so far as we are 
what Paul laboured to make the ecclesias in his day. 
He gives clear expression to his aim in this matter in the words found in 2 
Corinthians 11 v 2: I am jealous over you with Godly jealousy; for I have 
espoused you unto one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to 
Christ. 
Let us try to imagine ourselves members of the community to which Paul addressed 
these words, and it will help us to realise our true position as brethren and 
sisters of the Lord Jesus. There was no drying Euphrates in those days; there 
was no eastern question engaging the universal thoughts of men, and stirring 
actively the hopes of those looking for Christ. The hope of Christ s appearing 
was before the mind of the brethren, but not as a matter of imminent 
expectation. Paul told them plainly, in writing to the Thessalonians (2 
Thessalonians 2 v 2), that that day would not come until the development in 
manifestation of the man of sin power, symbolised by the little horn of Daniel s 
fourth beast. They had therefore none of the excitements that belong to the 
hope of Christ s speedy re-appearing. Their position was one of fidelity to 
Christ, based upon deeper more lasting considerations. 
The question we must address to ourselves is: do we participate in their 
standing in this respect Is our position one of repentance toward God, and 
faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ, without reference to the sensationalism of 
public events It is to be feared that in some cases, at all events, the true 
answer would not be a satisfactory one. The nature of the times we live in 
exposes men more or less to the liability of being absorbed in the signs of the 
times from a merely political point of view, to the sacrifice of the real and 
lasting claims of the truth on their affections. There are, doubtless, cases 
in which the withdrawal of the political aspect of latter day expectations, 
connected with Christ s appearing, would leave the mind destitute of all 
interest in the purpose of God. It is for us seriously to examine ourselves on 
this point. Mere prophetic politicianism would be no qualification for 
association with Christ in the day of his appearing. The preparation of the 
Bride for union with her Lord consists of something much higher than 
acquaintance with the political symptoms of his approach. This acquaintance 
is, of course, a characteristic of true disciples living in our period of the 
world s history; but it is outside the essence of true discipleship. True 
discipleship existed vigorously in the days of the apostles, when as yet the 
signs of the times, in some of their details, had not been revealed. It is to 
this class of discipleship that we must conform, if the advent of Christ is to 
be of any advantage to us. This discipleship, while greatly interested in the 
signs of the times, is independent of them for its existence. Its life is 
drawn from sources deep and lasting as the universe itself. It depends not for 
its warmth and activity upon the transient phases of God s political work among 
the sinner of the earth. The basis of its vitality and its love is broad as 
the whole work of God, from the day that Adam left the garden in sorrow. It is 
substantial and deep as the history of Israel spread over the centuries to our 
own day. It is lively and real, as the power and wisdom of the God of Israel. 
 And true and permanent as the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only abiding fact 
in human history, though men see him not yet. 
There is a present life in true discipleship which contrasts strikingly with the 
state of mind which lives only on the sensations of expectation. We see the 
features of this life reflected in all the writings of Paul and David by the 
Spirit. God is an everyday fact in such a life. To thank Him and praise Him 
and trust Him are its everyday exercises and luxuries. Christ is a reality in 
such a life, as the priest who ever liveth to make intercession for us, and who 
is able to save to the uttermost all those who come unto God by him. His 
Mastership is recognised every moment, and wisdom sought in doing his 
commandments. Joy is experienced in the contemplation of his excellence, and 
sobriety and purification acquired in the realisation of his holiness. Prayer 
and meditation in solitude are the natural reliefs of a life based on these 
foundations; and the benefit of others in temporal ministration and the work of 
the truth, its congenial expression. All pleasure following, and 
politician-mongering are alike foreign to its vital bent. It finds adequate 
sphere in the jog-trot monotony of everyday life, enduring as seeing Him who is 
invisible, and choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than 
to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season . 
Bro Stephen Male 
 
 
May, 2003 Berean Christadelphian Ecclesial News 
Signs and Events 
 
THE CRY FOR PEACE 
During this time of war and trouble, with the divisions between Europe and 
Russia vs. America and Britain , the signs of Christ's appearing seem so 
obvious that it hardly seems necessary to point them out. However, just as a 
quick refresher, I thought it might be useful to look at the ancient countries 
mentioned in Ezekiel 38, and remind ourselves of which present day areas they 
refer to: 
 
Nations with Russia & Europe  Nations with Tarshish 
 
Magog  -  Central Europe 
     Sheba  -  Yemen 
Ros   -  Russia     
  Dedan  -  Oman 
Meshech  -  Moscow 
      Tarshish  -  
Britain 
Tubal  -  Tobolski 
      Young Lions - Commonwealth 
counties 
Persia  -  Iran 
            

Ethiopia  -  Ethiopia     
Lybia  -  Lybia      
Gomer  -  France, Holland & Belgium 
         
Togarmah  -  Caucasus Regions 
 
Gog is actually a title (like emporer ) as opposed to a nation. 
 
Now, replace the ancient names in history, with the names that we are familiar 
with in our generation, and we can see how the relationships of the nations are 
shaping up before our very eyes. 
 
I found it extremely interesting this week, that the BBC News reported that 
Sadam Hussien may not be dead, but is actually being hidden in a Russian 
Embassy, reportedly as part of a deal between the Russian Premier and 
Washington, a deal in which Russia would take Sadam Hussien from the American s 
hands. Would Britain , America or any of the young lion countries want Sadam 
Hussien in their countries Certainly not! But we can be sure that many of 
the countries listed in the left hand column of our table would be more than 
happy to take Sadam on board. We know that it is a dictator of greater 
magnitude who will eventually bid for world domination and descend upon the 
mountains of Israel . 
 
We cannot be sure that this particular situation in Iraq will lead immediately 
to Armageddon, but events are certainly breaking down alliances and setting up 
barriers that must be in place before "the King of the North" will begin his 
fruitless endeavour to conquer the world. Therefore, we know the pleading for 
war to end is to no avail. 
 
So in this article we've decided to focus our attention more on the demands and 
demonstrations for peace taking place all around the world. We, as 
Christadelphians of course, do not get involved in politics, and as 
conscientious objectors never want to get involved in fighting, but what we do 
have to recognize is that war is God's instrument. It is the way in which He 
will shape and reshape the political/ecclesiastical relations of countries 
according to His "sure words of prophecy". Bro Roberts brings out the point 
that not all events are influenced by the hand of God, some are just the results 
of man's own actions and wickedness. Concerning the general running of 
affairs, Paul testified in Acts 14:16 that Yahweh "in times past suffered all 
nations to walk in their own ways". However, he explains that what may seem 
spontaneous or perfectly natural may actually be the result of divine 
interference or angelic guidance. I would like to take a quote from The Ways 
of Providence , pg 110 : 
 
"The application of the same principle in political affairs is obvious. God 
"ruleth in the kingdoms of men, and giveth it to whom He will" (Dan 4: 17 ). 
So it is testified, " that he putteth down one and setteth up another". In 
view of this we are enabled to recognize a special providence in these political 
and military events that lead to changes in the governments of men. The 
movements of these governments stand related to the purpose He is working out in 
the earth. Therefore they are held in the lines and channels of His plan. 
The programme of their movements has been sketched in a rough and general way in 
the Apocalypse, for the information of His servants (see Thirteen Lectures on 
the Apocalypse) . The execution of the programme has been entrusted to angelic 
hands. Consequently the events of European potlitcs are not the haphazard 
operations of human whim, nor the chance achievements of human prowess. They 
are the results of carefully manipulated natural causes. These causes are 
invisibly affected in their inception, and guided to the working out of intended 
effects. The results that come, in so far as they bear upon the divine 
purpose, are due to an invisible divine control." 
 
So then, what do we answer to those who say, "But, I thought God was a God of 
love, not of war and bloodshed Surely all this killing is a sin in his 
sight" First of all, those who hold such a view, have obviously never read 
the Bible. There were many instances in Israel 's history when they were 
divinely commanded to slay an entire nation of people, including the women and 
children. Secondly, as already mentioned, war is very necessary in shaping up 
world orders. I think Bro. Thomas thoroughly explains the need for war in 
Elpis Israel pg 110. I would like to quote some of the paragraphs from this 
section, but at your leisure please read the entire article: - 
 
 There is no peace to the wicked, saith God. 
 
"The allegorical signification of the sentence became the plan of the 
foundation of the world , under the altered circumstances which sin had 
introduced. It constitutes the earth the arena of a terrible strife between two 
hostile powers, which was not to terminate until His law gained the ascendancy 
over the sin of the world, and but one sovereign will be obeyed by the sons of 
men. The enmity He put between these parties was not a mere unfriendly verbal 
disputation, but one which reeked of blood. It began with the dispute which 
caused Abel to lose his life, and has continued unto this day. For nearly 6,000 
years has this enmity made the earth a field of blood, and yet the war is not 
ended. The sin-power still lords it over the world, and is marshalling its 
forces for a last decisive blow. 
But, though the scriptures of truth are so explicit with respect to the 
blasphemous and felonious character of the governments of the world. though they 
denounce the judgments of war, pestilence, and famine upon the nations subject 
to them. though they declare that the wicked are the Lord s sword to execute his 
judgments upon one another; though they most emphatically and solemnly aver that 
God says there shall be no peace to the wicked ; and though men see, and 
profess to deplore, the whoredoms and witch-crafts of the Roman Jezebel, and the 
enormities of the cruel tyrants who pour out their victims blood like water to 
uphold her: notwithstanding all this, there are multitudes of people who pretend 
to take the Bible as the rule of their faith. who claim to be pious , and class 
themselves among the saints of the Lord: I say, men of these pretensions, headed 
by political and spiritual guides, are clamouring for the abolition of war, and 
the settlement of all inter-national differences by arbitration! 
Such persons may be very benevolent, or very covetous; but they are certainly 
not very wise. Their outcry about peace evinces their ignorance of the nature 
of sinful flesh , and of the testimony of God; or, if cognizant of them, their 
infidelity, and shallowness of mind. Before peace can be established in the 
world, the enmity which God has put between good and evil, in word and deed, 
must be abolished. Peace is to be deprecated as a calamity by the faithful, so 
long as the Roman Jezebel and her paramours are found among the living. What 
peace, so long as her whoredoms and witchcrafts are so many Will they destroy 
the divisions among powers and people, which God s truth is ever calculated to 
make where it is received in whole or part Arbitration indeed! And who are to 
be the arbitrators The popes, cardinals, priests, emperors, and kings of the 
nations Can justice, integrity, and good faith, proceed from such reprobates 
Do the Quakers, and financial, or acquisitive, reformers imagine that a 
righteous arbitration could emanate from them upon any question in which the 
interests of nations as opposed to theirs were concerned Really, the conceit of 
pious infidelity is egregiously presumptuous. If this peace mania be a specimen 
of the light within , alas! how great is the darkness of that place which 
professes to be enlightened by it. 
But the most absurd thing imaginable is that the arbitrationists profess to 
advocate peace upon scriptural grounds! Because one of the titles of the Lord is 
 the Prince of Peace , they argue that war is displeasing to God, and that Jesus 
came to establish peace as the result of preaching. But war is not displeasing 
to God any more than a rod is displeasing to him that uses it for correction. 
God instituted war when he put enmity between the serpent and the woman . It is 
a divine institution for the punishment of the transgressors of His law; and a 
most beneficent one too: for all the little liberty the world enjoys is 
attributable to the controversy of the tongue, the pen, and the sword. 
Yes, verily, the Lord Jesus is the Prince of Peace ; and therefore, no peace 
society can give peace to the world. It is he alone who can establish peace on 
earth and good will among men ; for he only is morally fit and potentially 
competent to do it. The peace of the arbitrationists is peace based upon the 
transgression of the divine law; and the hostility of the covenanters to the 
gospel of the kingdom. It is an impure peace. Peace with the serpent power 
reigning over the blood-stained earth. Such a peace as this avaunt ! Eternal war 
is better for the world than such a compromise with sin. The peace Messiah 
brings is first pure . It is a peace the result of conquest. the tranquillity 
which succeeds the bruising of the Serpent s head. It is consequent upon the 
establishment of God s sovereignty over the nations, by the hand of him whom he 
hath prepared to break in pieces the oppressor , and let the oppressed go free. 
 In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as 
the moon endures. His enemies shall lick the dust; all nations shall serve him, 
and call him blessed. Then shall he judge among them, and rebuke them, and 
speak peace to them; and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and 
their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, 
neither shall they learn war any more. 
But the Father did not send Jesus with the idea of bringing about this mighty 
revolution among the nations by preaching the gospel; neither did He propose to 
effect it in the absence of His Son. When he appeared in humiliation he came to 
take away peace from the earth , as both his words and history prove. Suppose 
ye that I am come to give peace on earth I tell you, Nay; but rather division. 
I am come to send fire upon the earth; and what will I if it be already 
kindled I come not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set man at 
variance against his nearest and dearest relations. So that man s foes shall be 
they of his own household. This is the way the Prince of Peace spoke when on 
earth. The doctrine he taught is distasteful to the natural mind; and, by the 
purity of its principles, and astonishing nature of its promises, excites the 
enmity and incredulity of the flesh. Loving sin and hating righteousness, the 
carnal mind becomes the enemy and persecutor of those who advocate it. The 
enmity on the part of the faithless is inveterate : and where they have the 
power, they stir up war even at the domestic hearth. If the believer will agree 
to be silent, or to renounce his faith, there will then be peace and love such 
as the world, that loves its own , is able to afford. But the true believers 
are not permitted to make any compromise of the kind. They are commanded to 
 contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints , and so long as 
they do this, they may lay their account with tribulation of various kinds. 
There is a vast deal of this false peace and spurious charity in the Protestant 
world. Men have become traitors to Christ, and betray him with their lips. They 
say, O how we love the Lord! and were he here they would doubtless kiss him; 
but, like Judas, they have colleagued with his enemies, and are as popular with 
the world as its god can possibly desire. 
The truth is, judging from their arguments, the peace-mongers are not so 
man-loving as they pretend. The cry for peace is a piece of ventriloquism 
emanating from the pocket. Their strongest argument against war is based upon 
its cost. The taxes are burdensome because of the extravagance and warlike 
habits of past governments. This pinches them in the iron chest; and diminishes 
the profits of trade; and curtails the means of indulging the lusts of their 
flesh, of their eyes, and the pride of life. It is well these mammon-worshippers 
should feel the pinch. They are the enemies of God, and oblivious of His 
slaughtered saints, and, therefore, richly deserving of all the punishment the 
recklessness of "the powers" has entailed upon the world. Those who escape the 
sword and the famine groan under the expense of punishing the wicked at their 
own cost . Thus, the punishment re-acts upon all classes. I say, these 
peace-criers are the enemies of God; for with all their profession of piety, 
they are at peace with the world, and in high esteem and friendship with it; and 
 whosoever , says the scripture, is a friend of the world is the enemy of 
God . 
 It is the cry of the world, which echoes in tones of thunder in the ears of 
the true believers. It is a cry, in the providence of God, which is a great 
 sign of the times ; announcing that the Lord standeth at the door and knocks , 
and is about quickly and unexpectedly to appeax . It is the world s cry, as the 
cry of a woman in travail, which has been extorted by sudden and tormenting 
pains. It blows a trumpet in the wise and understanding ear, sounding the 
approach of the day of the Lord as a thief in the night ; for so it cometh; 
and when they shall say , peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon 
them , as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape . Such is 
the divine mission of the Quakers, and their allies the Cobdenite Reformers. Not 
satisfied with crying peace, they cry safety likewise. This is a peculiar 
feature of Cobdenism , which urges the disbandment of regiments, and the 
dismantling of ships, on the perverse presumption that danger there is none! 
Blind leaders of the blind! The groans of nations ascending to heaven on every 
side; the kindling embers of war smoking in Rome , Vienna , and Constantinople 
 and yet ye cry Peace and safety ; surely ye are incorrigibly demented, and 
ripe for capture and destruction." 
 
Even the cry for peace is a sign of our Master's return, as Bro. Thomas pointed 
out. The lesson for us is to not to become involved in the terrible affects of 
war, but instead focus on the future that it is shaping. A time when Yahweh's 
will is done on earth as it is in heaven, and His law, and the works of His 
Hand, will be recognized by all those still living on the earth. 
 
Bro Steve Male 
 
 
 
 
April, 2003 Berean Christadelphian Ecclesial News 
Signs and Events 
THE GREAT EARTHQUAKE ( Eureka , Bro John Thomas) 
 And there was a Great Earthquake, such as was not since that men were upon the 
earth so mighty an earthquake and so great As a consequence of this shaking of 
all the nations, the Great City is resolved into thirds , hai poleis, and, the 
cities, or states of the nations fall. They fall, because in the shaking, the 
Lamb and his staff with their army cast them down. The idea is expressed by 
Daniel in the words, the thrones were cast down ( ch . 8:9). In other words, 
the Lamb and they that were with him conquered the Ten Horns, and took 
possession of their kingdoms. The kingdoms of the world became ,Yahweh s and His 
Christ s. As to the three parts into which the Great City Babylon is divided 
by the shocks of this great earthquake of nations, we are left without positive 
information. From the subsequent parts of the prophecy, however, it would seem 
that the Dragon might be reckoned as one third; the Beast, the Ten Horns, and 
the False Prophet, the second third; and Egypt, Syria , Palestine, and the East, 
the third third . This eastern third would be the first to fall under the 
dominion of the throne in Zion : unto the daughter of Zion shall it come, even 
the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem . And 
the Ruler come forth from Bethlehem shall be the peace, when the Assyrian (Gog) 
shall come into the land. Then the anointed ones shall waste Assyria with the 
sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof; thus shall He deliver 
Israel when the Assyrian invades their land (Micah. 4:7, 8; 5:2 6). Then, after 
the conquest of Assyria and Egypt by the Saints, there shall be a highway out 
of Egypt to Assyria , and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt , and the Egyptian 
into Assyria , and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. In that day 
shall Israel be the third with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the 
land: whom Yahweh Tz vaoth shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and 
Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance Isa . 19:23 25 
 
It is interesting to note the current positions of the United Nations in 
relation to Bible Prophecy. We know at the time of the end, Russia, France and 
Germany will lead a coalition against the rest of the world, headed up by 
Russia, when they descend upon the mountains of Israel to take a spoil and a 
prey 
 
Look at who is on Russia s side vs - who is on the side of Britain and her 
allies. 
For: Spain , Bulgaria , US, UK 
Against: France , Russia , China , Germany , Syria 
From this we see that things are shaping up preparatory to Armageddon. 
Christadelphians for upwards of 150 years have looked for the unification of 
Russia , France and Germany (and we know too that Syria will not be an ally of 
Tarshish [ Great Britain ] in the great Battle ) and this uniting is shaping up 
before our very eyes! 
Reading the details of the events unfolding in the Iraq crisis is both startling 
and exciting. More and more, Britain s relationship with the U.S. is 
strengthening, whilst at the same time, her relationship with Europe is 
drifting. 
The following article, relating to an interview with Britain s ex-premier, is 
astounding! 
MAJOR WARNS SADDAM COULD CREATE ARMAGEDDON IF ATTACKED 
John Major (ex-Prime Minister of the UK ), has issued a grim warning that Saddam 
Hussein could try to create Armageddon if he is attacked by Britain and 
America . 
Mr. Major who led Britain in the 1991 Gulf War, said there is a danger Iraq may 
try to drag the whole Middle East region into a conflagration by attacking 
Israel . 
He said Saddam had not used his weapons of mass destruction in the last conflict 
because the Americans had made clear the consequences for his country if he did. 

However this time, with the Americans threatening his overthrow, he may decide 
that he has nothing to lose by using them. 
 This time of course, he is threatened, he is at bay, he knows that at the end 
of this war he is likely to be dead, or fled or on trial., Mr. Major told 
BBC1 s Breakfast with Frost. 
 It is a possibility that on this occasion he may use all his arsenal and he has 
many targets that he could use them on. I think it is quite likely that he 
will try to create Armageddon. 
He suggested Iraq could try to draw Israel into the war in hope that it would 
create a wider Arab coalition, muddy the water and create the maximum amount of 
chaos. 
Mr. Major said that he broadly supported the stance taken by Britain and the 
U.S. on Iraq , however he warned that the difficulties would not stop once the 
fighting was over. 
 The problems of winning the peace are going to be much more complex and 
probably take much longer that I think most people are yet imagining, he added. 
     (BBC News, 23 rd February 2003 ) 
   106 
Could Mr. Major have been more correct The world has not even begun to 
imagine the conflict and bloodshed that will be caused by Israel . Why Israel 
 It is obvious that Israel is at the heart of this conflict. Why did the Al 
Queda target America in their terrorist attacks on Sept 11 th Because they 
support Israel . It is the reason why all Muslims detest Americans. It is 
what has triggered this war on terrorism. 
It is also this hatred for Israel that is driving Europe away from Britain and 
America . It may not appear so on the surface, but the facts reveal that the 
UN has given financial support to the Palestinians in the past. France , 
Russia , and Germany have never supported Israel , and a great deal of 
anti-Semitism still exists in these countries. They have huge aspirations to 
have control over the area of Israel , which is strategically advantageous, so 
chances are they would support any Arab attack to overthrow and overtake Israel 
. 
So what happens if America and Britain go to war without UN backing If they 
are successful with their efforts in Iraq , will that demolish the UN After 
all, if they can do it alone, why waste time and money trying to convince Europe 
to support their actions. The UN would be of no use. Will Tarshish and her 
young lions form a strong alliance against Europe 
However, what if they fail miserably in Iraq Then the UN will gain status. 
Will this be Russia s rise to the leading Super Power of the world Will we 
finally see her assume her position as Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and 
Tubal 
Only time will tell how events will unfold. On the other side of the coin, 
this conflict with Iraq could blow over peacefully. Things may continue on as 
they have with friendly alliances between Europe , America and Britain . This 
may be a real time of trial to the saints. Let us make sure if this is the 
case, we do not find ourselves asking Where is the promise of his coming For 
since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the 
beginning of the creation. We may never see the time of Jacob s trouble. We 
may never see Israel dwelling in safety. We may be called away at any moment. 
 Therefore, the real challenge is not necessarily to spot the signs of the 
times in the news, but to be faithfully waiting and watching for our 
Bridegroom s return, having on our wedding garments with lamps well trimmed with 
oil, and burning brightly! 
Bro. Stephen Male 
 
 
March, 2003 Berean Christadelphian Ecclesial News 
Signs and Events 
If we consider the judgments that Yahweh has poured out in His fury in the past, 
we recollect that they have been executed because of the declining conditions of 
the household of faith. Take for example, the flood. 
Genesis 6 verses 1, 2 and 5: 1. And it came to pass, when men began to 
multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, 2. That 
the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them 
wives of all which they chose . 5. And GOD saw that the wickedness of man 
was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart 
was only evil continually. 
Divine judgment poured out as a direct result of the sons of God failing in 
their duty toward their Creator! 
 
Take also the account of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis chapters 19 and 20). 
Abraham pleads with Yahweh s angels not to destroy the cities if they find 
fifty, or forty five, or forty, or thirty, or twenty, or ten faithful men and 
women. Yahweh finds less than ten faithful servants and takes action to 
annihilate the wicked. 
 
So it will be in the latter days. Yahweh has one primary purpose in sending 
forth His judgments on the nations of the kingdoms of men. That is, that the 
inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness (the inhabitants will be just 
a remnant of all mankind who will accept the gospel proclamation)! 
 
Our brethren and sisters over the last 150 years have known that there would be 
a terrible falling away from the faith in the time of the end, in the same way 
and to the same extent as in the days of Noah and Lot . But I don t believe 
that they anticipated it would get as bad as the situation has become in the 
brotherhood today. I will share with you information, which has come to hand 
regarding current beliefs of the Endeavour Christadelphians. We do this, not 
to stir up strife between our body and their body, but to warn the brethren and 
sisters of the Berean fellowship what the Endeavourites truly believe and how 
serious their doctrines have become. This decline into their apathetic state 
of apostasy truly is one of the greatest signs of the times! Christ s return 
is near and those who have perverted his gospel will be accursed. 
 
There are some who remain in Central on the premise that allegedly Central are 
not in fellowship with the Endeavour group. The Endeavour ecclesias are 
listed in the Central Fellowship Ecclesial Directory as Central Ecclesias, and 
Central clearly identifies them as being a part of their fellowship. Two years 
ago last March, Sis Julie Hurst of Lampasas (who was Sis Julie Adams at the time 
and in the Central fellowship), together with Sis Liz Male and myself visited a 
Bible Class of a Central Edinburgh Ecclesia (Scotland UK) listed in the Central 
Ecclesial Directory, to find that the speaking brother was Ian McHaffe , one of 
the originators of the Endeavour Group. We discovered later that the whole 
ecclesia (or should I say Church ) were part of the Endeavour apostate body. 
Sis Julie had believed that the said ecclesia was a standard Central ecclesia. 

 
I quote from a magazine, written by a brother who has been speaking out against 
their beliefs (text within [] are comments from the brother showing the 
Endeavour beliefs to be erroneous): - 
 
Endeavour Magazine [The December 2002 issue contained more subversive 
articles from the pen of Les Boddy (Editor) of Grimsby and Ron Coleman and many 
others. Les Boddy argues that the title Son of Man used often by the Lord in 
the Gospel records is to emphasise his common humanity and counteract any 
immediate designs on his Messiahship or Kingship. We would say rather is it to 
emphasise his role as the Seed of the Woman (Genesis 3 v 15) and sin-flesh 
nature which had to be cut off (Daniel 9) but which he shared with Adam s race 
as their redeemer spoken of by the prophets. An example is in Matthew 26v64: 
 Hereafter shall ye see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of power, and 
coming in the clouds of Heaven . This utterance is seen as drawing upon Psalm 
110 and Daniel 7 v 13-14. This we agree. But when it is stated that it is 
fulfilling Daniel 7, that the Beast is the Jewish hierarchy, and at this time he 
was to receive the dominion, glory and kingdom , we disagree. The Lord s words 
before the Jewish court are prophetic of his Second Advent as is Daniel s vision 
of the Ancient of Days or Son of Man who will slay the Roman fourth Beast. Yes 
the Jewish hierarchy was a beast seed of the serpent, the bulls of Bashan that 
gored him (Psalm 22 v 12), dogs (v 16) but not the fourth Beast. This fourth 
Beast is Rome . It will be finally smashed at the Lord s imminent Second 
Advent. The clouds of heaven are the multitude of the (elevated) immortal 
saints who will accompany him] 
 
(Daniel 7 v 9-12, 22): - Until the Ancient of Days came and judgment was given 
to the saints of the Most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the 
Kingdom. 
 
[The attempt to de-emphasize and suppress the prophetic aspect of Scripture is 
an apostate tendency, and totally astray from the emphasis and understanding of 
the pioneers. 
 
Ron Coleman, a writer in the Endeavour Magazine, analyses Genesis chapters 1 to 
3. He coldly and blasphemously demolishes in his own mind the Genesis record 
of the formation of the woman in Eden from Adam s rib, pointing out that it is 
impossible from the standpoint of modern genetics x/y chromosomes and such 
trash, as if the omniscient power of Israel s God was overruled by x/y 
chromosomes. Yahweh, the Master of all, designed and created ALL things. 
Based on such considerations of modern science he rejects the Scriptural account 
as Hebrew fable and allegory! 
 
He dismisses Adam s naming of the animals as impossible for someone who had no 
knowledge of animals. In his mind this is more Hebrew fable. 
 
If we went no further, these two examples would be sufficient to mark Ron 
Coleman as an unbeliever, subverter of the Word and a false teacher. It is 
clear that both Christ and Paul accepted the Genesis account (Matthew 19 v 4-6, 
Ephesians 5 v 25-33, 1 Timothy 3 v 13, 2 Corinthians 11 v 2 ). Is there any 
hint that they regarded the Genesis record as fable To ask is to answer. 
Rather they considered the record as the inspired Truth of Yahweh, and to 
represent a great mystery of the sacrificial relationship of Christ and his 
chaste Bride (faithful, non adulterous). 
Ron Coleman further denies the account of the serpent beguiling Eve on the basis 
that it is impossible for snakes to speak . There follows a lot of detail 
taken from a book How Babies think so as to prove the difficulty of a snake 
having the mental capacity to utter the spoken word rather than a simple 
HISSSSSSS. He poses the question Why then should God determine the history of 
mankind by subjecting this inexperienced, atypical couple to a test which would 
determine the fate of all their descendants He further adds in brazen denial 
to the inspired record snakes do not eat dust, and their method of locomotion 
is not a curse, but highly suitable for their physical construction . 
1. Paul answers the first question As by one man sin entered into the 
world, so death passed upon all men. Adam was given all the knowledge 
required to fulfill his tasks. He was educated by Elohim. No better teacher 
could there be. But Adam still had his own freewill and feelings not only to 
intelligently comprehend the divine commandments and ordinances of prohibition 
upon the Tree of good and evil, but to be led away from the state of obedience 
and compliance into transgression, on the basis that that which is forbidden is 
often a strong focus of temptation and desire on the part of weak sentient man. 
2. The second statement does not dignify serious refutation since it is 
the comment of an unbeliever in the inspired record. Whether or not snakes 
literally eat dust, misses the point. The serpent was abased as the Word 
shows. If we do not accept the divine record we might as well sling the Bible 
away as folklore and legend and myth. It is clear that Christ and the apostles 
accepted the Genesis record using it as a basis for much of their teaching on 
fundamentals. To claim that such points prove that it is a parable is naﶥ. 
All parable or allegory must first be rooted in literal events, literal garden, 
literal trees, literal serpent, literal dialogue, literal creation of the man 
Adam out of the dust, and literal creation of Eve out of the rib taken from the 
sleeping (anaesthetized) Adam. If the foundations of scripture (i.e. Genesis) 
are not sound then the whole edifice of salvation collapses. The socialist 
historian H.G. Wells pointed this out, discrediting the introduction of sin and 
hence the need for atonement into the world as outlined in the book of Genesis. 
 His arguments were based on his own carnal philosophy of evolution! 
 
God Is Not Man By Margaret Mcgregor . This article is unclear in its aim, 
although it contains much that is spiritual. It speculates on the nature of 
God, whether corporeal or spiritual seeing a contradiction in these positions, 
and seems to come down in favour of God being some sort of Spirit without body 
or parts. This is very similar to the Trinitarian notion that God is supernal 
without body or parts, a heretical view. 
 
Doctrines essential for Salvation By Steve Cooper. This is another 
subversive article, which cannot be fellowshipped. It is totally heretical and 
blasphemous. It brazenly attacks Christadelphian core beliefs or the 
fundamentals of saving Faith as non-essential, divisive and isolationist, 
defining the traditional Christadelphian beliefs as salvation by correctness . 
 Steve Cooper considers Christadelphian exclusiveness as a hangover from 
Victorian obsession with societies or exclusive social groups. It fits with 
the pattern of Calvinistic sects at the time he says and adds piously and I 
simply cannot respect it . In this article to support the evangelical 
contentions he lambastes Dr Thomas as blind and from John Thomas we get an ugly 
picture of an ugly God, God the bureaucrat, who can t wait to trip up people and 
damn as many as He can. 
 
Steve Cooper further advances the notion that belief in the immortality of the 
soul was never refuted by Jesus or the apostles and was widely held by many of 
their hearers. This is blasphemous heresy which undermines the entire Hope of 
Israel rooted in the resurrection of the mortal body, and conditional 
immortality (Romans 6 v 23, 8 v 24, Ecclesiastes 9 v 4-5), a doctrine perceived 
by Bro Thomas as early as 1835, if not earlier as a young medical student (June 
1829). 
 
Steve Cooper further advances the apostate notion of a personal devil (complete 
with horns and hoofs). He states piously I cannot take the orthodox line, 
that belief in a personal devil damns you, remotely seriously. In spite of 
the fact that such a doctrine totally undermines the doctrine of the atonement 
and Christ s sacrifice. 
 
[We say this, that these heresies are being promulgated in the midst of the 
Central Fellowship. They are apostate doctrines of Papal and Protestant 
Christendom from which the Truth was rescued by bro Thomas. Yet in spite of 
this diabolical heresy nothing is done to withdraw from such brethren. A 
little leaven leaveneth the whole lump says the apostle. This heresy is 
either withdrawn from otherwise the whole body is adulterated in spiritual 
whoredoms and stands scripturally culpable (Titus 3 v 10, 1 Timothy 3 v 14).] 
 
Dr Thomas in 1834 said: - 
 
 There exists a body of persons without a clergyman amongst them who were 
 resolved to keep alive the institutions of the Kingdom of Heaven and to 
 disinter them from the heaps of rubbish under which they had been so long 
 buried by the traditions and commandments of men. The minds of perishing 
 people must be disabused of the leaven of their unrighteousness. 
 For if they call the Master Beelzebub, and charged him with casting out 
 demons by the Power of the Arch demon, what will they not say of those who, 
 not fearing men, dare to be singular for God. The proclamation of the 
 unvarnished and naked Truth will always rouse a slumbering people either to 
 active opposition or active obedience. God s Truth is a sharp two edged 
 sword, a double handed claymore, that hews deep cloven to the waste. 
 Truth will eventually topple all systems Mohammedan, Pagan, Judaism, 
 Sectarianism, Romanism the hills and mountains of the moral world (Habakkuk 
 3) 
 
In the very next issue of the Apostolic Advocate (Volume 1.5, 1834) bro Thomas 
resolves to carry on the fight until death, or until the all ecclesiastico 
-sectarian establishments fall and bury the unclean and hateful birds that haunt 
their crannies in one glorious and universal ruin . 
 
The truth is not ours to pervert as we like. It is Yahweh s truth and He has 
entrusted it to our care and protection. Let it be our resolve too, that we 
carry on the fight until death, or, until our Lord shall come! 
 
Bro Steve Male 
 
February, 2003 Berean Christadelphian Ecclesial News 
Signs and Events 
 
BLAIR ORDERS UK ARMED FORCES TO PREPARE FOR IRAQ ATTACK 
Tony Blair has ordered British forces to be prepared for action against Iraq if 
Saddam Hussein fails to comply with demands to disarm. 
 
The Prime Minister has told the British Forces Broadcasting Service that the 
Government is making all the preparations necessary in case a strike against 
Iraq becomes inevitable. 
 
Mr. Blair said he apologised for the uncertainty facing those now being 
mobilised : "I'm sorry about the uncertainty. I'm afraid it's inevitable though, 
because at the moment we simply don't know whether Iraq will be found in breach 
of the United Nations resolution. 
 
"And if it is, and if we discover they have been refusing to cooperate properly 
with the UN inspectors, then we have always made clear that we will go back to 
the security council, that we will be prepared to use force in order to ensure 
they are disarmed of all chemical, biological or potentially nuclear weapons." 
 
He went on: "The key thing at the moment is to make all the preparations 
necessary, and to make sure that we are building up the capacity in the region - 
both the Americans and ourselves - and that we are able to undertake this 
mission if it falls to us to do so." 
 
Mr Blair said of any decision ultimately to send forces into action: "These are 
the hardest decisions because you are aware that you are putting people's lives 
at risk and that's why we should never undertake conflict unless we have 
exhausted all other options and possibilities. 
 
"But it's also the case as we have seen in the fight against international 
terrorism, as we have seen in situations like Kosovo, as we have seen when we 
are dealing with someone like Saddam Hussein, unless you do have the capability 
to use force if necessary, it's very hard to make the world a more secure and 
peaceful place. "Sometimes the best way of avoiding war is to be prepared for 
war if you have to have it." 
 
Tony Blair presses ahead with all his worthless plans, totally oblivious to the 
knowledge that "the most high ruleth in the kingdoms of men, and giveth it to 
whomsoever he will" (Daniel 4 v 22). Jeremiah the prophet proclaimed: " O 
Yahweh, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that 
walketh to direct his steps. (Jeremiah 10:23). PM Tony Blair and President 
George Bush are fighting a losing battle if they think that they will bring 
about world peace and stability. 6,000 years of man's rule (the kingdoms of 
men) has brought about diverse troubles and this troublesome position, we know, 
will remain unchanged until the 'kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of 
our Lord and of his Christ' (Apocalypse 11:15 ). 
 
WILL BRITAIN BE EXPELLED FROM THE EU 
 In the meantime, Britain 's support of US policy, is straining her 
relationship with other European members. In the Daily Telegraph on 6 th 
December, under the heading "Britain could face expulsion from EU" an article 
appeared setting out the European Union's vision of a new constitution, which 
proposed sweeping changes, calling for the abolition of the national veto in 
every area of policy, and the setting of "European taxes." It proposed a 
"Secretary of the European Union" who would represent the EU and the UN "in an 
attempt to turn the EU into a world power ". The Daily Telegraph submits, " 
Britain could be expelled from the European Union if it refuses to accept a 
fully-fledged European government with powers to launch military or police 
actions on British soil, according to a draft constitution unveiled by Brussels 
yesterday." 
 
We know at the time of the end that Europe will be a superpower, headed by the 
Russian armies. It is truly both remarkable and thrilling to view how the 
relationship between Europe and the UK is shaping up for the final battle! 
ZIMBABWE ~ "WHO WILL FEED MY CHILDREN NOW On the subject of man being 
incapable of ruling, we note some of the events occurring in Zimbabwe , under 
the cruel and horrific leadership of President Mugabe . An ethnic cleanser, 
Mugabe's international policy means that many in his country are starving to 
death. As a result of the way in which he has willfully seized farms from 
white owners, his citizens no longer have food (the new farm tenants are 
unskilled in farming and agriculture) and millions are seriously suffering the 
affects of malnutrition. The following was submitted by the BBC world news 
service: - 
 
" On the edge of a dry, dusty field, 30 miles east of Harare there is a small 
collection of mud huts. It is home to 200 farmworkers . Five months ago, they 
worked in the surrounding tobacco fields for their white employer but the farmer 
has been forced off his land and the crop he planted has withered in the ground. 
 The self-styled "war veterans" who surround his empty farmhouse refuse to let 
these people work. They are guarding this farm for their new tenant. 
President Robert Mugabe claims land like this has been confiscated to assist the 
resettlement of landless peasants. But the selection process is controlled by 
committees from the ruling Zanu -PF party and the main beneficiaries are party 
officials, "war veterans", and card-carrying members of the party, some of whom 
have no background in farming. 
 
Zimbabwe ~ Broken Nation The tenant of this farm has yet to make an 
appearance. In the faces of these former farm workers is a nation broken. 
Cowed into submission by their indifferent masters they sit and wait. But as 
they wait the stomachs of their children grow bigger, swollen by malnutrition. 
"We have no food, no work and no money. Who will feed my children now," says 
37-year-old Grace. Her 10 children are given one meal a day. Through the hot 
afternoons, under a baking sun, they scavenge in the nearby woods for roots and 
fruit. Already two people from this village have died. One from chronic 
diahorrea , the other from Aids. 
 
Zimbabwe ~ Political Aid "Something like 4.6 million people in this country need 
food aid now", said one reporter. "By December that figure is going to rise to 
6.7 million". 
 
Whenever I hear or read these type of reports, I often think of those words on 
page one, of chapter one, in Elpis Israel :- 
 
"This celestial orb, which is a world or system of itself, is styled the earth . 
It is the habitation of races of animals which graze its fields, lurk in its 
forests, soar through its atmosphere, and pass through the paths of its seas. At 
the head of all these is a creature like themselves, animal, sensual and mortal. 
He is called Man . He has replenished the earth and subdued it, and filled it 
with his renown. His crimes, however, rather than his virtues, have illustrated 
and distinguished him with an unhappy pre-eminence above all other created 
things. His heart is evil; and, left to its uncontrolled impulses, he becomes 
licentious, merciless, and more cruel than the fiercest beast of prey. 
 
WAR FEARS ~ Report by the BBC World Service: In Jerusalem , there are hardly 
any signs that the elections are just weeks away. 
 
I have seen a few buses with Sharon signs painted on them. But that is about it. 
In fact people seem more caught up by the threat of war against Iraq - and a 
possible strike against Israel - than they do by this election. 
 
This shows that Israeli citizens live in fear every day of their lives, but 
prophecy (Ezekiel 38) seemingly indicates that they will dwell in peace before 
Armageddon. 
 
Bro. Stephen Male 
 
 
 
January, 2003 Berean Christadelphian Ecclesial News 
Signs and Events 
 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did 
change the natural use into that which is against nature :And likewise also the 
men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward 
another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in 
themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did 
not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate 
mind, to do those things which are not convenient;Being filled with all 
unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of 
envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,Backbiters , haters of God, 
despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 1 
Without understanding, covenantbreakers , without natural affection, implacable, 
unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things 
are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do 
them. (Romans 1 v 24-32) 
At the end of October, 2002, the following article appeared in a local 
newspaper: - 
"Just four councilors vote 'No' as city allows first 'gay weddings' in Wales ." 
The first so-called "gay weddings" in Wales will take place in Swansea , it 
emerged yesterday. 
The city council has become the first to offer the idea of commitment ceremonies 
for gay couples at registry offices. 
The ceremonies are open to unmarried heterosexual couples and to gay or lesbian 
couples who want to publicly show their commitment to each other. 
The authority hopes the move will boost tourism in Swansea Bay by drawing 
couples and their family and friends from all over Wales and further afield to 
the ceremonies. 
But while there was almost unanimous support for the commitment ceremonies, 
veteran independent councilor Richard Lewis said the initiative brought shame on 
the city. "It's purely and simply a Christian matter," he said. 
"Homosexuality is a sin and we should not be allowing this. 
"These ceremonies are an attempt to legitimize same sex relationships when in 
the eyes of Christianity they are not legitimate and not the norm." (End of 
quote). 
The above quote shows two things: 1 ) homosexuality is accelerating at 
tremendous speed; and 2) people's attitude, especially those in positions of 
authority, is changing so that the practice is widely accepted and tolerated (49 
council cabinet members voted for and 4 voted against). 
It reminds us of the days of Sodom and Gomorrah , when Abraham pleaded with the 
angels of Yahweh to save the city if they found therein ten righteous men and 
women. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed, not just because of evil and 
wickedness, but also because of people's attitude towards it. 
22 The Brotherhood today must ensure that it's stand is firm against all of 
the sins mentioned in Romans chapter 1. We, too, can be worn down and start to 
find this type of sin less shocking than what we found it five or ten years ago. 
Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by divine judgement. Lot 's wife looked back 
and was turned into a pillar of salt. Let us therefore make sure that we keep 
ourselves separate from the world, holy, harmless, undefiled and separate from 
sinners! "With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit 
within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the 
inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness." (Isaiah 26 v 9) 
The Hengoed Ecclesia has agreed to write to both Swansea City Council and the 
newspaper concerned, to highlight how contrary to Scriptural precepts their 
actions are. 

TERROR 

Some five weeks ago, terror struck the Indonesian Island of Bali killing 200 and 
injuring 300 westerners. These victims of what appears to be an Al Queda 
inspired terrorist attack against the West, were mainly holiday tourists in a 
crowded night club, many of them young Australians, others British and European. 
A car bomb exploded causing fires and devastation as gas bottles ignited. The 
effects were dramatic underscoring the vulnerability of the United States and 
its allies since the attack on the world trade centre in New York in September 
last year. After a lull of some many months, suddenly, Islamic fundamentalists 
have struck at the heart of Western decadence, which is how these flesh pots 
appear to the fanatical followers of Mohammed. The Australian leader, as a 
result of the bombing, has now given his full commitment to the war on 
terrorism. As we know, Australia , in the time of the end, will be one of the 
young lions, with America , Canada , New Zealand etc. 

The West becomes increasingly degenerate as every day passes and new laws are 
passed sanctioning heathen abominations like unto Sodom and Gomorrah . This 
violation of moral law will come at a price and ultimate in the apocalyptic 
judgements of God. As every restraint is cast aside in freedom for the flesh, so 
the days of Noah are echoed when the world was full of violence and corruption , 
and every imagination of man's heart was evil continuously , so that it repented 
God that he had made man (Genesis 6). Both America and Britain have pledged to 
continue their war on terror, and remain undeflected in their resolve to topple 
Sadam and prevent him, by pre-emptive strike if necessary, using his weapons of 
mass destruction. 

ISRAEL has stated that if attacked by Sadam , they will strike back unlike their 
restraint in the Gulf war of 1991. Mr Ariel Sharon, Israel's leader, has been in 
Washington for talks. President Bush has in effect given Israel his full backing 
for this policy as a right of self defence. Israel 's Samson option means that 
if their survival is threatened, they will use nuclear weapons to annihilate 
their enemies. The storm is gathering in the cockpit of nations. Israel is 
gathered back from her captivity to be a thorn in the side of the nations, 
goading them to war, for God will gather all nations to Jerusalem to battle 
(Zechariah 14 v 5). Let us make no mistake the storm is brewing as never before. 
 For those who hesitate, now is the time to act before it is too late. 
"Blessed are those servants, whom the Lord when he cometh shall find watching 
Be ye therefore ready also, for the Son of Man cometh at an hour when ye think 
not." (Luke 12 v 37 & 42) 

Events at Christ's Return 

"The more we understand of what we profess to believe, the stronger is our faith 
therein; and the nearer we approach its development, the more necessary is it, 
that a lively interest be kindled in us, that our lamps be well trimmed, and our 
lights be found brightly burning (Matthew 25 v 4, 7, 10) - Anastasis 
We said in our last events article that we would go on to develop the process of 
resurrection. We underline the word process because we cannot understand 
Paul's comments in 1 st Corinthians 15, without realising that the body which 
has been built, or raised, incorruptible, is referring to the point in time when 
the judgement has been pronounced of a righteous man, and he is clothed upon 
with immortality. Let us not make the mistake of some who believe that, Brother 
Thomas in Anastasis, was wrong in saying that the body is raised incorruptible 
on the basis they thought that he was referring to grave emergence. Brother 
Thomas was not referring to grave emergence in his book. He was talking about 
the three distinct cycles of a seed being sown, it sprouting up, and it being 
gathered when ripe. It is only at the end of this process (post passing of 
judgement!) can we say that the body was raised incorruptible. 
Brother Thomas in the following article explains that the seed being sown (the 
seed-body), it sprouting up above the ground (sprout-body) and the shooting up 
and becoming alive (the raised body) are all part of a spiritual process. He 
further says that this cycle is 'progressive' and not 'instantaneous'. 
I quote from Anastasis, page 36: - 

"Paul's proposition in relation to resurrection, is, that "there is a physical 
body like the first Adam's; and a pneumatical body, like the last Adam's". The 
former he styles a living, breathing frame, and earthy or 'of the dust': the 
latter 'quickening spirit'; out of or from heaven. In the wisdom of Deity, no 
body coming out of the dust can be anything but earthy; and, therefore, neither 
incorruptible nor immortal. Incorruptibility and life, which is the 
incorruption of spirit, must come down out of heaven; so that a body issuing 
from the dust, when invested with this incorruption, is reckoned as a body from 
heaven, or heavenly - "a house from heaven". 

Now the thing to be accomplished in resurrection is the development of a 
spirit-body, with the consciousness that the character flashed upon the new 
earthy body was evolved through an old earthy body in a previous state. In this 
wonderful development, the new resurrection-earthy body takes the place of the 
old body dissolved in the grave; so that, as far as body is concerned in the 
matter, the one character on record in the Lamb's book of life, when glorified, 
will have been related to three bodies, more or less intimately connected -- the 
first, the body of sin; the second, a body like Adam's before he sinned; and the 
third, this second new body changed, or transformed, by quickening, into a 
glorious, powerful and spiritual body. When this is manifested, the process is 
complete; and the spiritually embodied character, named Abraham, for example, is 
"clothed upon with his house which is from heaven." He is then "raised 
incorruptible". 

Now this remarkable process, Paul illustrates by the rising of wheat or of other 
grain. He was a more intelligent botanist (means a study of plants and where 
they grow) than most of his readers. In raising of wheat, he did not make the 
sprouting and ripening one and the same phenomenon, as they do. He did not 
first put his seed into the earth, and as soon as it showed itself above the 
ground, run with sickle to reap it! The raising of grain is a process which 
takes months to perfect; and it is not said to be "raised" until it is ripe in 
the ear. When the naked seed is put into the ground, that particular seed 
never reappears. It dies and loses its form; it is no longer a seed-body; but is 
succeeded by a new body, which appears above the ground. This is the 
sprout-body from that sown, and, therefore, said to have been sown. But as 
Paul says, "it is not that body that shall be." It has to tarry for months until 
it shall have received a body according to the pleasure of the Creator. Here, 
then, are three bodies in grain-raising, more or less nearly related - the 
seed-body, the sprout-body, and the raised-body, divinely given. This third, 
or raised body, was not sown; the sprout-body was the body sown, because it 
sprouted or sprang forth from the naked grain cast into the ground. The 
springing forth is the third stage of the sowing process. It is first begotten 
in the earth, it is then quickened, or made alive; and, thirdly, it springs 
forth, or is born. All this is of the earth, earthy; and, without the further 
spiritual influences from heaven, such as air, rain, and sunshine, this 
terrestrial (of or on the earth)  and inglorious body would never become 
a raised body bearing fruit. It would fade, shrivel and die. 
And "so also", says Paul, "is the anastasis , or standing-up of the dead ones" 
(1 Corinthians 15 v 42). This is resurrection and becoming glorified and 
incorruptible! May heaven speed the day when our loved ones in the tombs of 
remembrance will be resurrected from the dead, and let our earnest petitions 
request that they be 'raised incorruptible. ' 
           
Bro. Stephen Male 
 
 
December, 2002 Berean Christadelphian Ecclesial News 
Signs and Events 
 
In the day when My people Israel dwelleth safely... 
During President Bush's speech calling for the removal of the Palestinian 
leader, Yasser Arafat, he announced "For the sake of all humanity, things must 
change in the Middle East ". This is no news flash to us. We know things must 
and will change in the Middle East according to God's plan. So how does 
President Bush's vision of "peace and securitiy " fit into the picture He has 
made it perfectly clear that the US is standing behind Israel , and urging "full 
normalization of relations between Israel and the entire Arab world". With 
America 's help Israel may soon be living in a state of apparent safety, without 
walls, bars, or gates (Ezekiel 38: 11). 

It's interesting that in a recent poll "36% of Americans believe that the Bible 
is the word of God and is to be taken literally", and "36% of those polled who 
support Israel say they do so because they believe in biblical prophecies that 
Jews must control Israel before Christ will come again." Couple that with the 
events of Sept 11th, not to mention the Jewish vote itself, and we can easily 
see why President Bush is so determined to implement and sustain peace in Israel 
. It is precisely this sort of peace that we've been waiting to see in Israel ! 
It s also important to note India 's ties with the US . The US obviously 
realizes that India would be of great strategic importance (she guards the 
eastern boarder of the Gulf region) if there was to be war in the Middle East . 
Hence, the US has switched allegiances from Pakistan (who is constantly at war 
with India ) to India . India has always had strong ties with Britain (still the 
largest investor in India ). We know it formed part of the British Empire at one 
time. In 1 Kings 10:22 India seems to be the source of ivory, apes and peacocks 
brought back by the ships of Tarshish in the days of Solomon. Therefore it seems 
very reasonable to assume India is one of the "young lion" countries that will 
oppose Russia and Europe during Armegeddon . 

So you can see why we would like to draw your attention to India 's increasingly 
close ties with the US . We should also take note of India 's growing strategic 
ties with Israel . At one time India actually sided with the Palestinians, but 
their equally devastating problem with Moslem extremists has brought the two 
countries together. These changes in political allegiances are precisely in line 
with prophecy. There is no denying, we are fast approaching our Master's 
return!!!    
  
          
Bro. Stephen Male 
 
 
November, 2002 Berean Christadelphian Ecclesial News 
Signs and Events 
 
Signs of Christ's Return 

"And thou shalt become an astonishment , a proverb, and a byword, among all 
nations whither the Lord shall lead thee"(Deuteronomy 28:37). 
Some may think that with all the liberal thinking and struggle for human rights, 
in today's society, that anti-Semitism is a thing of the past. We know from 
the Scriptures that it will never be forgotten, and we only have to listen to a 
news report or read a newspaper to see that the Jews are as hated now, as they 
have ever been. We hear of suicide attack after suicide attack on innocent 
Israel civilians, but we never hear any details about these people. However, 
what we are constantly hearing and seeing in the media is how hard done by are 
Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian people. 

Five Israelis were killed in a suicide attack a few weeks ago, but what did the 
BBC focus it's report on The terrible devastation on Yasser Arafat's compound 
and the decimation of his troops. 

When ten month old Shalhevet Pass was shot in the head and killed while lying in 
his mother's arms, by a Palestinian sniper, the headline of the Washington Post 
reads: "Jewish Toddler Dies in West Bank ". 

 When twenty Israeli teenagers were murdered, and many more injured by a 
suicide attack on a Disco, the associated press reported: "Explosion kills 
Bomber in Tel-Aviv". 

It is no secret that if you wish to be a successful journalist, you must be 
pro-Palestinian. Fiamma Nirenstein , a reporter for the daily La Stampa and the 
weekly Panorama writing on the apparent bias said: "They tend, they are 
expected, to place those clashes within an agreed-upon framework: the framework, 
roughly of David (the Palestinians) versus Goliath (the Israelis). 
"It is not just that we are talking about a profession, the world press, that is 
almost entirely uniform in it's attitudes. The truth is that Israel , as the 
Jewish state, is also the object of a contemporary form of anti-Semitism " 
So who is at the root of this anti-Semitic climate in the media None other 
than the Mother of Harlots, the Catholic church. Apparently, the very best 
universities in Canada from which one can get a degree in public relations are 
Catholic run institutions. The Pope was even quoted in 1975 as having said to 
members of the church: "Lay people, whose 301 particular vocation places 
them in the midst of the world and in charge of the most varied temporal tasks, 
must exercise a very special form of evangelisation. Their primary and immediate 
task is not to establish and develop the ecclesial community- this is the 
specific role of the pastors- but to put to use every Christian and evangelical 
possibility latent but already present and active in the affairs of the world. 
Their own field of evangelising activity is the vast and complicated world of 
politics, society and economics, but also the world of culture, of the sciences 
and the arts, or international life, of the mass media ." It's not surprising 
that Yasser Arafat is a frequent visitor to the Vatican and has even signed a 
covenant with them! 

The media may have a big influence on society now, but we know it will have no 
affect on God's ultimate plan with the Jews and the rest of mankind. Isaiah 
tells us in chapter 60:16, "Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that 
no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency , a joy of many 
generations." This is the time we look forward to, and we must realise that the 
present hostile attitude toward Israel will divide and unite nations according 
to prophecy, which will lead up to the great battle of Armageddon. 
It was interesting to note in the media this week that President Putin declared 
that Germany was his "chief ally" and both countries remain unconvinced of 
Britain 's and America 's position in relation to Iraq . Poland has announced 
that it has a desire to join the EU in the near future, which would provide a 
gateway to Germany and Russia . We can see that Europe is becoming stronger and 
more confident, at the same time as Britain (and her young lions) is becoming 
alienated and increasingly unpopular with her neighbours. We plan, God willing, 
to develop these ideas in the next few issues. 

Events at Christ's Return 

"These refractions are the brilliancies, splendours, or glorious vestments of 
the dew. Before the dawn, the dew-drops are all in the womb of night; from which 
both they and the dawn receive their birth, begotten by the orb of day. No 
figure can be more beautiful, no resemblance, more complete (Anastasis). 
In the last issue, we expressed our desire to produce a series of articles on 
events in connection with the return of Christ. 
We would like to start the series with the subject of the resurrection. There 
are many different personal views on this subject, opinions on whether or not 
graves will literally be opened, whether the dust of perished 302 bodies will 
be used in the resurrected body, will we be raised with the same imperfections 
in our bodies that exist now Etc. However, we don't wish to deal with opinions 
but Scriptural facts, under the following headings: - 

1. The resurrection call; 

2. The meaning of resurrection; 

3. Who will be resurrected 

4. What is the difference between responsibility and accountability 
Anyone studying the subject of resurrection will be aware that it is a huge 
subject, and as such, these four headings will form part one of an overview 
article on the subject. 

1. The resurrection call . There is no clear testimony in Scripture to 
explain the way in which the resurrected shall be called. Bro. Thomas says 
concerning the call: " It is the power of this period for the resurrection of 
the saints, which will be loud enough for them to hear; for they respond to it 
and come forth (John 5:28 , 29). An angel s whisper can wake the dead, when 
breathed by the command of Him, who is the resurrection and the life. This would 
be a great sound, though inaudible to ears of flesh." What Power and Command 
the Deity has to execute His Will! 

2. The meaning of resurrection. Resurrection is a rising again. Paul, 
in his address to Felix, declares that he entertains the hope that there shall 
be a "resurrection of dead ones, both of just ones and also of unjust ones." 
The word anastasis signifies a rising up, a standing up; to stand up, or again, 
to cause to rise, etc. Therefore, the dead bodies of the responsible ones will 
be rebuilt and caused to stand up again. At present, those dead responsible ones 
are historical characters, without any existence. We know that the dead ones 
will not sleep in the dust perpetually. The Psalmist says: "The wicked shall be 
turned unto sheol , all the nations that forget God; but the needy shall not 
always be forgotten; the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever" 
(Psalm 9 v 17-18). Also, in the book of Job we read of the hope of Job in the 
resurrection. Job says: "I know that my redeemer liveth , and that he shall 
stand in the latter day upon the earth; and, after I shall awake, though this 
body be destroyed, yet from out of my flesh shall I see Elohah ; whom I shall 
see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not a stranger" (19 v 25). 
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3. Who will be resurrected Scriptural testimony is clear. Only the 
responsible will be resurrected from the dust of the earth. Daniel 12 v 2: 
"And many of them (this shows that not all will be resurrected) that sleep in 
the dust of the earth shall awake." The Gospel of John shows us that light 
(knowledge) is the basis of responsibility. John 9 v 41: "Jesus said unto 
them, if ye were blind , ye should have no sin : but now ye say, we see ; 
therefore your sin remaineth . " Also, John 15 v 22, "If I had not come and 
spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their 
sin." This shows that the Word spoken by Christ rendered them responsible. 
There are three classes of those responsible. First, those who are baptised and 
righteous. Second, those who are baptised and who do not follow the commandments 
of our Lord (the unrighteous). Third, the responsible unbaptised . All of 
these classes will be resurrected from the dead, the first class to 'everlasting 
life' and the last two, to 'everlasting death'. 

4. The difference between 'responsibility' and 'accountability' . Bro. 
Thomas in Anastasis draws our attention to the Scriptural idea expressed in 
these words. Responsibility is the state of being answerable for something 
entrusted to one's care. This is the position of those who enjoy covenant 
status, or 'saints'. They must answer for the way they deal with the charge 
delivered to them and for the way they discharge the responsibilities which 
covenant status confers upon them. 

Accountability is liability to give an account. Those "sinners" who have been 
enlightened by the Truth, but have refused to accept its responsibilities will 
nevertheless have to give an account of why they so refused. They will be held 
accountable to, but not responsible for the Truth they have ignored. 
"Sinners" are justified by faith by responding to the teaching that is delivered 
to them, thus those who reject it must give account as to why they rejected the 
Word - John 12:46-48. 

"Saints" are justified by works by living the Word, hence they will be held 
responsible for the sacred deposit of the Truth delivered to them and must 
answer for the way they have used it. Thus it will be that they will either be 
godly or ungodly according to their actions. 
In our next article, God willing, our desire is to look more closely at the 
process of resurrection based on Daniel and 1 st Corinthians, as expounded in 
the pioneer writings. Let us hope and pray that Christ's return will interfere 
with my intention, and that those dead in Christ shall rise before I am 
permitted to write of those things. 
                  
Bro. Steve Male 
 
 
 
 
October, 2002 Berean Christadelphian Ecclesial News 
Signs and Events 
 
In this series of articles, which we hope, God Willing , to further develop in 
the coming months, we will focus our efforts in two distinct areas, under the 
above heading. 

If there are significant developments in world events which we deem to be 
genuine "Signs of the Times" then we will use this space to include relevant 
facts and information to show how the return of Christ is at hand, "even at the 
door." 
We are commanded to, "Watch therefore: for ye know not when the master of the 
house cometh, at even, or at midnight , or at the cockcrowing, or in the 
morning: lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I 
say unto all, watch (Mark 13 v 37). 

We also propose to use this space each Month, if our Master remains away, to 
include interesting matter on the subject of 'Events in connection with the 
return of Christ'. 

SIGNS 

During the month of August, three topics have dominated our News Headlines. 1. 
The potential for US and British troops to strike against Iraq in a bid to 
topple Saddam Hussein; 2. The on-going strife between Israeli and Palestinian 
leaders; 3. Floods causing chaos throughout Europe . 

IRAQ INVASION 

U.N negotiations with Iraq break down on weapons inspectors. This coincides with 
U.S. leaked plans on the overthrow of Saddam Hussein's regime. Thousands of 
targets are listed. The invasion would be spear-headed by thousands of U.S. 
marines and other troops invading from Kuwait with massive air cover from 
bombers and combat aircraft. Special forces would pin point targets on the 
ground including depots and laboratories where are stored Saddam's arsenal of 
chemical and biological warfare weapons (source: The Times, UK , 2002). 
In the next issue, we intend to comment on the significant developments in this 
part of the world. We recollect from the last conflict in the early nineties 
that when Iraq pointed its missile launchers in the direction of the land of 
Israel , there was evidence which suggested that Europe was to take the side of 
Iraq , specifically against the US and the UK . It will be interesting to 
watch how the situation will develop as the US pledges to launch an attack 
similar to the one it has recently launched against the Al Qaida terrorist 
network. 

ISRAELI, PALESTINIAN CONFLICT 

"And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to 
them that are at rest , that dwell safely , all of them dwelling without walls, 
and having neither bars nor gates (Ezekiel 38 v 11) The events which we have 
seen take place in the middle east in the past few years especially, show that 
this area of world conflict is not in the condition which it must be in just 
prior to Armageddon. The high security walls currently being erected, at a 
cost of 80 million pounds, is the antithesis of 'dwelling without walls.' 
However, we know that the Supreme Creator of heaven and earth is not slack 
concerning His promises and that there will be a time, which will be manifested 
shortly, when the area will be in a state of relative peace. Will this peace 
develop right in front of the brotherhood's eyes Or will it develop during the 
10 years of judgement upon the household at Sinai Let us not be complacent 
we know not the day nor the hour when the Son of man will be revealed. Our lot 
now is to 'watch' and prepare ourselves for His coming; He shall come with 
'healing in His beams' to save Israel from utter destruction, and to establish 
God's Divine Kingdom upon the very face of the earth. No Israeli leader has 
managed to bring lasting peace and security to the Holy Land , for O Yahweh, I 
know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to 
direct his steps. (Jeremiah 10:23) Israel will shortly be humbled, disciplined 
and refined, and they will call upon their Messiah to deliver them. Christ will 
become their King and He will rule them in righteousness and equity. (Isaiah 11 
v 4) 

FLOODS IN EUROPE . 

Widespread flooding in many areas of Europe have caused damage not seen in 
hundreds of years. Over a hundred thousand citizens have been evacuated from 
their homes to seek refuge from the storms. If only they knew what was coming 
upon them, when the judgements of God will be poured out in His fury, especially 
in this Godless region. These are events which are causing the nation's hearts 
to fail them for fear. When the topography of many land masses will change as a 
result of massive earthquakes (God's own instruments for destruction and 
judgement), causing tidal waves from the East, then the nations will learn of 
Yahweh's righteousness. Flooding as widespread as this can help cause our minds 
to reflect that the whole universe is in the Hands of Almighty God and that He 
alone rules in the Kingdom's of men! 

MANKIND DEMANDS TOO MUCH OF EARTH 

(SOURCE: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). "Mankind's demand 
for natural resources and land is at least a fifth more than the planet can 
comfortably supply, according to an international team of ecologists. 
The first systematic attempt to calculate how human demands on the environment 
are matched by its capacity to cope has found that we use about 120 per cent of 
what the Earth can provide sustainably every year. 
This means that land and resources are being used up faster than they can be 
regenerated, pointing towards an environmental disaster if the trend is not 
reversed, scientists say. 

In the study, led by Mathis Wackernagel , of the environmental research group 
Redefining Progress in Oakland , California , demands on the environment were 
calculated from six key indicators. The team also included Norman Myers, of 
Oxford University , UK . 

The researchers added up the total area used around the world for growing crops, 
for pasture, timber forests, housing and other human infrastructure, for 
fisheries, and soaking up greenhouse gases in natural "carbon sinks", such as 
rainforests. 

They then calculated the natural biological productivity in each of the fields, 
working out how many of the resources could be exploited without causing 
irreparable damage. 

According to the analysis, human demand for resources in 1961 stood at about 70 
per cent of the Earth's sustainable capacity. By the 1970's, it had risen to 
match the global supply, and in 1999 exceeded it by 20 per cent." (The Times, 
UK , 2002) 

Through man's greed and lack of direction, he is unable to provide for the 
future. Bro. Ed Truelove, Richard , Canada , made mention of these statistics in 
a Bible Lecture a few years ago. He showed to us that man, left to his own 
impulses, does not have a future. Should we be concerned at these events 
Will we go without food before the time of the end We should have no concern in 
any of the statistics which show that the world will experience a "time of 
trouble such as never was." Our vision must be of the future when there shall be 
"glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace , good will toward men." We 
don't know exactly what will occur in the world prior to the time of the end, 
but we are commanded to "take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the 
morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day 
is the evil thereof. One thing we can be sure of is that in the Kingdom of God 
, there will be plenty for all inhabitants of the earth. Isaiah 35 tells us: 
"The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert 
shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose." ( verse 1) Also, Psalm 72 v 16: 
"There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; 
the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon : and they of the city shall flourish 
like grass of the earth." 

The world indeed is heading toward that time of Jacob's trouble, and we look on 
and wonder whether things are still to get worse Perhaps things haven't got 
quite as bad as they were in the days of Noah, not quite as Godless as they were 
in the days of Lot ! Perhaps they have. We are living in the very last hour of 
the night, that hour which directly precedes the dawn break which will usher in 
our "redeemer and saviour." Today is indeed a time to consider, to reflect, to 
change, a time to try that much harder. 

Bro. Steve Male