Newsletter 82 December 2005
Should a Christian Fight? | Sexual Perversion | Lesson from Austria | Do You Have the Time? | Back to the Basics | The Sabbath and Military Service | Steve Collins’ Books on Israel | Every Man Shall Sit Under His Vine | Fourteen Rules for Bible Study | 52-week Bible Reading Plan
Some in the
The study, “The
Sabbath and Military Service,” covers this topic. In addition, we have
The following is an excerpt from the writings of William Bradford, second governor of the Plymouth Colony, from Book II, Chapter 32, written in 1642:
“And after the
time of the writing of these things befell a very sad accident of the like foul
nature in this government, this very year, which I shall now relate. There was
a youth whose name was Thomas Granger. He was servant to an honest man of
Duxbury, being about 16 or 17 years of age. (His father and mother lived at the
same time at
“And whereas some of the sheep could not so well be known by his description of them, others with them were brought before him and he declared which were they and which were not. And accordingly he was cast by the jury and condemned, and after executed about the 8th of September, 1642. A very sad spectacle it was. For first the mare and then the cow and the rest of the lesser cattle were killed before his face, according to the law, Leviticus 20:15; and then he himself was executed. The cattle were all cast into a great and large pit that was digged of purpose for them, and no use made of any part of them.
“Upon the examination of this person and also of a former that had made some sodomitical attempts upon another, it being demanded of them how they came first to the knowledge and practice of such wickedness, the one confessed he had long used it in old England; and this youth last spoken of said he was taught it by another that had heard of such things from some in England when he was there, and they kept cattle together. By which it appears how one wicked person may infect many, and what care all ought to have what servants they bring into their families.”
The Pilgrims were
struggling to survive living in the wilderness of the
The Seventh Day: Revelations from the Lost Pages of History
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Seismos in Divers Places
In Matthew 24:7,
the Savior prophesies, “there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes
[seismos, Strong’s #4578] in divers places.” We get our word,
“seismology,” which is the study of earthquakes, from seismos.
However, the word can also mean “commotion, tempest.” In Matthew 8:24,
we see the same word referring to a violent storm on the
The following story
illustrates the devastating effect of “creeping socialism.” It is also a
lesson for us spiritually, for this is how the
Isaiah 9:16, “For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.” It is easy to see how gullible we can be. One can see how our ancestors got duped, but it is not clear if we are any better. Can we really learn from these historic events staring us in the face? The politicians certainly have.
saw Hitler’s rise to power in prewar
What I’m about to tell
you is something you’ve probably never read, or will ever read in history
books. I believe that I’m an eyewitness to history. I cannot tell you that
The Communist Party and the
National Socialist Party were fighting each other. Blocks and blocks of cities
Ninety-eight percent of
the population voted to annex
Hitler decided we should have equal rights for women. Before this, it was a custom that married women did not work outside of the home. The husband would be looked down (upon) because he couldn’t support a family. The teaching profession was overjoyed that women could go back to the jobs they gave up for marriage. Our education was nationalized. I attended a very good school; 98% of the population was Catholic at that time, so we had religion in our schools. The day we elected Hitler, March 13, 1938, I walked into my schoolroom and found our crucifix had been replaced with Hitler’s picture and the flag. Our teacher, a very devout woman, stood up and told the class that we wouldn’t pray or have religion anymore. We sang Deutschland, Deutschland Uber Alis and had physical education instead. Our parents were not happy about the sudden change.
On Sunday, we had National Youth Day. It was compulsory to attend. We were told if our parents would not send us on Sunday, they would get a stiff letter of warning the first time. The second time they would be fined the equivalent of three hundred dollars, and the third time they would be subject to jail. As time went along, we loved it. The first two hours we had political indoctrination. The rest of the day, we had sports. We all had so much fun and got our sports equipment free. We would go home and tell our parents, gleefully, what a wonderful time we were having.
My mother was very unhappy. When the next term started, she took me out of public school and put me in a convent. I told her she couldn’t do that, and she told me that someday when I grew up, I might be grateful. I almost hated my mother. It was a very good curriculum; hardly any fun, no sports and no political indoctrination. I hated it at first, but felt I could tolerate it. Every once in a while on holidays I went home. I would go back to my old friends and ask what was going on and what they were doing. Their lifestyle was very alarming to me.
By that time, it was glorified to be an unwed mother; to have a baby for Hitler. They lived a very loose lifestyle, without religion. It seemed strange to me that all of this changed so suddenly. As time went along, I realized what a great deed my mother had done, so that I wasn’t exposed to that kind of philosophy.
In 1939, the war started
and a food bank was established. That meant all food was rationed and you
couldn’t buy anything without food stamps. At the same time, the Full
Employment Law was passed. Which meant if you didn’t work, you didn’t get a
ration card, and if you didn’t have one, you starved to death. The women who
stayed home and raised their family for years and didn’t have any skills often
had to take a job that was for men. Soon after this, the draft was implemented.
It was compulsory for young people, male or female, to give one year in the
Labor Corps. During the day, the girls had to work on the farms and then at
night, they returned to their barracks and had their military training just
like the men. They were trained to be anti-aircraft gunners and in the Signal
Corps. After the Labor Corps, they were not discharged, but were used in the
front lines. When I go back to
Socially, Hitler had to restructure the family. When the mothers had to go out into the workforce, the government immediately established childcare centers. You could bring your child from age four weeks on up to school age, and leave them there twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, under the total absolute care of the state. There were no motherly women there to take care of the children, just people highly trained in child psychology. They raised a whole generation by state.
By that time, no one talked
about equal rights, we knew we had been had. Before Hitler, we had very good
medicine. Many doctors from
As for welfare, our tax rates went up to 80%. Any young couple who got married immediately received a one thousand dollar loan from the government to establish a household. We had big programs for families. All daycare and education was free. Going to college was subsidized, and high school was taken over by the government. Everyone who was entitled to something, whether it was food stamps, clothing, or subsidized housing, was given it by the government.
We had another agency designed to control the businesses. I had a brother-in-law whose restaurant had square tables and chairs. The government told him he had to have round tables because people can bump themselves on the corners. Then they said he had to have more bathroom facilities. It was just a small business; a dairy business with a snack bar. His business couldn’t survive with all the demands. Soon, he went out of business. If the government owned the large businesses, and not many small businesses existed, they could be in control. We had consumer protection. We were told how we should shop, and what we should buy. Free enterprise was literally abolished. We had a planning agency, especially designed for farmers and private property owners. The agents would go to the farms, count the livestock, then tell the farmer what to produce and how to produce it.
In 1944, I was a student
teacher in a small village in the
Next came gun registration. People were getting injured by guns. Hitler also said that the real way to catch the criminals (and we still had a few) was by the serial numbers of the guns, so we had to register our guns. Most of the people were law abiding and dutifully marched to the police station and registered their guns. Not long afterward, they said that it was best for everyone to turn in their guns. They already knew who had the guns, so you had to turn them in, or they would come and get them.
We knew then that we had a full dictatorship. No more freedom of speech. If you said anything against the government, you were taken away. We knew many people who were taken away, not only Jews, but priests and ministers. It didn’t come overnight, it took five years from 1938 until 1943 to graduate into dictatorship. If we (would have) had a dictatorship overnight, we would have fought to our last breath, but we had creeping gradualism.
Now we had nothing except
broom handles. The whole thing was almost unbelievable; that you could feed all
this to the masses, little by little, and no one would object. It’s true, those
of us who sailed past the Statue of
I knelt to pray but not for long,
I had too much to do.
I had to hurry and get to work
For bills would soon be due.
So I knelt and said a hurried prayer,
And jumped up off my knees.
My Christian duty was now done
My soul could rest at ease.
All day long I had no time
To spread a word of cheer.
No time to speak of HIM to friends,
They’d laugh at me I’d fear.
No time, no time, too much to do,
That was my constant cry,
No time to give to souls in need
But at last the time, the time to die.
I went before the YAHWEH, I came,
I stood with downcast eyes.
For in his hands HE held a book;
It was the book of life.
HE looked into his book and said
“Your name I cannot find.
I once was going to write it down . . .
But never found the time.”
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