Volume XXXIV Issue I January 2015
Last Trumpet Ministries, PO Box 806, Beaver Dam, WI 53916
Phone: 920-887-2626 Internet: http://www.lasttrumpetministries.org
Samuel David Meyer
“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. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”
II Corinthians 6:14-18
“If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
In this issue of the Last Trumpet Newsletter, we will examine numerous topics which indicate that we are living in a time of great deception and intrigue. In this present age, we are seeing the manner in which many people are now being deceived by religious leaders. This is especially true of prominent figures who are esteemed to be holy men and are actively pushing for the religions of the world to unite. Although the idea of a global one world religion sounds wonderful to many people, it is a concept that is contrary to the Scriptures we find in God’s Word.
One prominent figure who has stirred up controversy in recent days is the famous megachurch pastor known as Rick Warren. According to a report published in December 2014, Warren has urged evangelical Christians to unite with Roman Catholics. He even went as far as to refer to Pope Francis as the “Holy Father.” (1) “We have far more in common than what divides us,” Warren declared as he spoke of the Catholic religion. (2) In another statement reported in November 2014, Rick Warren again gushed over Pope Francis as he has become known to do. “[Pope Francis] is doing everything right. You see, people will listen to what we say if they like what they see. His kissing of this deformed man, his loving the children, this authenticity, this humility, the caring for the poor; this is what the whole world expects Christians to do. And when they go, ‘Oh that’s what a Christian does’ – In fact, there was a headline in Orange County – and I loved the headline – I saved it. It said, ‘If you love Pope Francis, you’ll love Jesus.” (3)
Rick Warren also has a history of intermingling with the religion of Islam. In July 2009, it was reported that the popular pastor had participated in an event wherein he addressed about 8,000 American Muslims. Speaking at the 46th annual Islamic Society of North America convention, Warren told the crowd, “I will tell you that I am not interested in interfaith dialogue. I am interested in [an] interfaith project. There is a big difference.” He further went on to say, “Talk is very cheap. You can talk and talk and talk and never get anything done. Love is something you do. It is something we do together.” (4)
It is interesting to note that Rick Warren is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. (5) This clandestine organization features a roster of many famous people who hold secret meetings at the Harold Pratt House in New York City. My father, Pastor David J. Meyer, visited their headquarters several times, only to be thrown out several times, despite the fact that he was only attempting to take a picture of their dedication plaque. In one instance, he was gruffly warned, “Not even the press is allowed in here!” In another visit, he asked a secretary if they had an agenda. She answered in the affirmative and stated that their organization’s agenda is “to ensure that the United States is not isolationist.” In other words, the group exists to ensure that the United States plays its part in a globalist society. Perhaps we should ask ourselves why Rick Warren is a member of such an organization, which incidentally, can only be joined if you are invited by someone who already belongs to the group.
Regarding Pope Francis, I have never seen a man more determined to unify the world’s religions. Speaking of interreligious dialogue, Pope Francis was quoted as saying in November 2014, “We need to raise the bar. We need to bring about a dialogue between religious figures of different faiths and this is a beautiful thing: men and women who meet other men and women and share experiences: it’s not theology we are talking about but experience.” (6) The Pope also recalled his experience praying at a Mosque (an Islamic place of worship) in Turkey. “I went to Turkey as a pilgrim, not as a tourist. And I went especially for today’s feast celebrated by Patriarch Bartholomew. When I entered the mosque, I could not say, ‘Now I’m a tourist!’ I saw that marvelous place; the Mufti explained things very well to me, showing great meekness. He quoted the Quran when he spoke about Mary and John the Baptist. At that moment I felt the need to pray. So I asked him, ‘Shall we pray a little?’ To which he responded, ‘Yes, yes.’ I prayed for Turkey, for peace, for the Mufti, for everyone and myself. I said, ‘Lord, let’s put an end to these wars!’ It was a moment of sincere prayer.” (7)
Pope Francis has proven to be a controversial figure for other reasons as well. For example, since his ascent to the papacy, Francis has been highly critical of capitalism. His criticism for such an economic system has prompted suspicion from many people that the Pope is a communist. Although Pope Francis denies such accusations, he does not appear to be terribly offended by them. “Land, roof, and work… It’s odd, but for some, if I talk about these [subjects], it turns out the pope is a communist,” Francis joked. He later went on to say, “Marxist ideology is wrong. But I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don’t feel offended. There is nothing in the Exhortation that cannot be found in the social doctrine of the Church.” (8) In another interview, which took place on June 30, 2014, Pope Francis accused communists of stealing their ideology from Christians. “I say only that the communists have stolen the flag. The flag of the poor is Christian. Poverty is at the center of the Gospel. The poor are at the center of the Gospel. Let’s take Matthew 25, the protocol on which we will be judged: I was hungry, I was thirsty, I was in prison, I was sick, naked. Or, let us look at the Beatitudes, another flag. The communists say that all this is communist. Yes, right, twenty centuries later. Now when they speak one could say to them: but you are Christians.” (9) You would think that Pope Francis would be intelligent enough to realize that communism does not work. When we consider nations that have a communist government, such as China, North Korea, and Cuba, you will notice that none of these countries have eliminated poverty. They are, however, atheist state governments that are known for oppressing their citizens, including Christians.
In any case, we as Christian people should not attempt to be a part of a unified religious system in this world. In fact, God’s Word instructs us to do the opposite. II Corinthians 6:14-18 admonishes us, ““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. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”
Days Of Rage In This Modern Age!
In this modern world we live in today, we are seeing many distressing examples of hatred and violence in the United States and the world. Although we are told that the world we live in today is far more civilized than it used to be, recent events suggest that the condition of our world is actually growing worse. In the United States, there is presently more racially charged tension than we have seen in several decades, despite the fact that the current President of the United States is of mixed race.
On the night of November 24, 2014, it was announced that a grand jury, which convened in the state of Missouri, would not indict white police officer Darren Wilson who had shot and killed an 18-year-old black man by the name of Michael Brown earlier this year. (10) After the announcement, chaos ensued in the city of Ferguson, Missouri, where the shooting had occurred in August 2014. I watched in amazement as live camera feeds and photos posted on the Internet displayed the carnage and felt a profound sense of sadness as I watched rioters destroy the city. According to news reports, over a dozen buildings were set ablaze, and over 61 people were arrested as looters pillaged the city in a demonic state of rage. (11) “We have been fighting approximately 25 structure fires tonight, along with a car dealership where we lost 10 cars that were burned up,” said Assistant Fire Chief Steve Fair with the Ferguson Fire Department. He also reported that there was “a lot of gunfire” in the area. (12) Regarding the rioting, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar was quoted as saying, “What I’ve seen tonight is worse than the worst night we had in August. The fabric of this community has been torn apart tonight.” (13) The following morning of November 25, 2014, was a shock for the citizens in Ferguson who saw many of their places of business destroyed. This development prompted Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to say, “I’m deeply saddened by the people of Ferguson who woke up and saw this damage this morning.” (14) Governor Nixon then deployed more than 2,200 National Guardsman to the city in an effort to restore order, a decision that came much too late for the liking of Ferguson Mayor James Knowles who called the delay in deploying the soldiers “deeply concerning.” (15) Barack Obama also expressed his displeasure over the rioting in Ferguson. “To those who think that what happened in Ferguson is an excuse for violence, I do not have any sympathy for that. I have no sympathy at all for destroying your own communities,” Obama declared. (16)
Thousands of protestors also gathered in New York City on November 25, 2014, to express their anger over the grand jury decision in Ferguson. According to reports, the angry crowd chanted “Indict, convict, send those killer cops to jail!” (17) In response, the New York City Police Department deployed about 2,000 police officers dressed in full riot gear. “All uniformed members of the service assigned to headquarters are ordered to appear in the first floor auditorium with bullet resistant vests, helmets, batons, reflective vests, and tactical response hoods. Full compliance is mandatory,” stated an announcement to the police officers. (18) Protests in numerous other cities around the United States were also reported, including in Boston, Massachusetts; Los Angeles, California; Dallas, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; (19) and Seattle, Washington. (20)
In the days following the decision in Ferguson, well-known figures have made attempts to incite further unrest in the United States. This includes Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan who has urged black Americans to fight against the authorities. “The young – they are God’s children and they are not going down being peaceful. Watch now, because once it starts, it’s on. You may not want to fight, but you better get ready. Teach your baby how to throw the bottle if they can.” Farrakhan further went on to say, “We gonna die. Let’s die for something. See, now when my Muslim family here, Imams, and my Christian family – in this book there is a law for retaliation. The Bible says an eye, a tooth, a life. See now, as long as they kill us, and go to Wendy’s and have a burger and go to sleep, they gonna keep killing us. But when we die and they die, then soon we gonna sit down at a table and talk about – we tired. We want some of this earth.” (21) Another man who has stoked racial tensions in the United States is a black minister by the name of Al Sharpton. Although Sharpton claims to call for peaceful protests, he has at times allowed protestors at his events to chant calls for violence. This includes a march in New York City which occurred on December 13, 2014. As the crowd was whipped up into a frenzy, they began to chant, “What do we want? Dead cops!” (22)
Tragically, such calls for violence do sometimes have an impact. Such was the case on December 20, 2014, when a man by the name of Ismaaiyl Brinsley traveled from Baltimore, Maryland, to New York City and assassinated New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. “They were quite simply assassinated, targeted for their uniform,” said NYPD Commissioner William Bratton. (23) According to reports, the gunman posted a message on the website known as Instagram just prior to the slayings which read, “I’m putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let’s take 2 of theirs.” He then referenced Michael Brown and another black man by the name of Eric Garner who was killed during an altercation with police officers in New York City earlier in the year. (24) Speaking of the shooting, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani placed blame on current Mayor Bill de Blasio, along with President Barack Obama, and Attorney General Eric Holder. “We’ve had four months of propaganda starting with the president that everybody should hate the police. They have created an atmosphere of severe, strong, anti-police hatred in certain communities, and for that, they should be ashamed of themselves,” Giuliani said. (25) Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Bratton has likened the tensions in New York City to the tensions of the 1970s. “Who would’ve thought déjà vu all over again, that we would be back where we were 40-some-odd years ago,” Bratton said. (26)
It is unfortunate that there seems to be so many people today who are incapable of looking past something as inconsequential as the color of one’s skin. I believe there are people in high places who like to stoke racial tensions intentionally and manipulate the American people. In any case, rioting is never appropriate behavior for a Christian. For as it tells us in Romans 13:13-14, “Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.”
Violence Breaks Out In France!
In these days of trouble and turmoil, it is not just the United States that has been forced to contend with violence. As of this writing, three separate attacks have occurred in the European nation of France and have left its residents struggling to comprehend why these acts were carried out. Two of the three attacks were Islamic in nature, a fact that the French government does not seem to want to admit.
On December 20, 2014, a Muslim by the name of Bertrand Nzohabonayo stabbed three police officers in the town of Joué-lès-Tours while shouting “Allah Akbar,” which is an Arabic phrase meaning “God is great.” The attack ended when police officers shot and killed the man. (27) On December 21, 2014, a man by the name of Nacer Ben K terrorized pedestrians in the city of Dijon as he attempted to run them down with his car. (28) Thirteen people were injured in the attack, which was carried out while the driver shouted “Allah Akbar.” (29) Nacer was eventually apprehended by the police and told them he carried out the attack in retaliation for violence committed against Palestinian children. (30) On December 22, 2014, a man by the name of Sebastien Sarron mowed down shoppers in the city of Nantes. (31) At least ten people were injured in the attack, one of which later succumbed to injuries and died. The perpetrator reportedly stabbed himself in the chest thirteen times after carrying out the attack. (32) In response to the attacks, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls ordered the deployment of three hundred extra soldiers in various locations around France. (33) Sadly, we are seeing a lot of people acting under demonic influence in these tumultuous times.
The Collapse Of The Russian Economy!
All is not well in Russia. Although the American people have been enjoying lower gasoline prices in recent days, this development has wreaked havoc on the Russian economy which relies heavily on oil exports for survival. As I watched the cost of fuel fall here in the United States in recent weeks, I could not help but wonder if this was being done intentionally in an effort to punish Vladimir Putin and the Russian government. Based on the recent words of British Prime Minister David Cameron, I am now convinced more than ever that this is true. Speaking before Parliament in December 2014, Prime Minister Cameron was quoted as saying, “We should stand up very firmly against the Russian aggression that’s taking place.” He later went on to say, “And what the combination of the lower oil price and the sanctions are showing that I think it isn’t possible for Russia to be part of the international financial system, but try and opt out of the rules-based international legal system. We should keep up the pressure.” (34)
On December 15, 2014, it was reported that the Russian currency, known as the ruble, lost 9.7 percent of its value in just one day, which brought the overall loss in value this year to an astounding 49 percent. (35) Meanwhile, financial analysts are warning that the situation is likely to worsen in the coming weeks and months. “A full-blown currency and financial-crisis scenario seems to be unfolding in Russia in what was supposed to be a quiet week as we head into the holiday season. There is a risk that the economy will come to a sudden stop, along with the banks and the overall financial system. Hence, we may have underestimated the level of financial risk in the event of a full-fledged panic. A bank run could be in the cards,” wrote deputy head of research Slava Smolyaninov of the brokerage firm UralSib Capital in Moscow, Russia. (36) Speaking of Russia’s current economic crisis, the vice-chairman of Russia’s central bank, Sergei Shvetsov, was quoted as saying, “The situation is critical. What is happening is a nightmare that we could not even have imagined a year ago.” (37) However, Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, struck a more confident tone. “We have been in much worse situations in our history, and every time we have got out of our fix much stronger,” Lavrov declared. (38) Predictably, Russian President Vladimir Putin also expressed confidence that the Russian economy would recover. “If the situation develops unfavorably, we will have to amend our plans. Beyond doubt, we will have to cut some (spending). But a positive turn and emergence from the current situation are inevitable,” Putin said. (39)
In the meantime, the Russian people will suffer great hardship due to their nation’s failing economy. According to reports, Russian citizens have been rushing to stores and other places of business where they hope to stock up on goods before the costs for such merchandise skyrocket in response to the ruble’s decline in value. (40) It is interesting to note that Apple Inc., the iconic maker of high-end computer systems, was forced to temporarily halt sales in Russia as the value of the ruble fell in December 2014. (41) With its current crisis, Russia joins other countries around the world, such as Japan and numerous nations in Europe, now suffering from ailing economies. I suspect that one day all of the economies of the world will fail, and what will replace them is a one world global economy with a singular cashless and electronic system.
Dangers In An Electronic Age!
In this modern age, nearly every facet of our lives interface with a communications system known as the Internet. Whether we are checking out at the supermarket, withdrawing money from the bank, visiting the doctor, checking out books at the library, or checking in for a flight at the airport, each of these activities interface with the Internet where records of such activities are created and stored. In recent years, it has become obvious that companies which maintain this information are unable to keep it secure, which has led to numerous computer hacking attacks. In fact, not even the federal government of the United States has been able to secure its data and information. According to reports, agencies of the federal government experienced computer hacking attacks and security breaches a total of 61,000 times in 2013. (42) A more recent attack was reported in December 2014 when it was revealed that nearly 50,000 background check records were exposed during a cyber-attack that targeted a firm known as KeyPoint Government Solutions. (43)
How serious can cyber-attacks be? A recent hacking attack that targeted Sony’s movie studios has sparked an international incident. The attack was presumably performed at the behest of the North Korean government in retaliation for the production of a film known as “The Interview,” which features a plotline that involves the assassination of North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong-un. The United States government has characterized the attack as a matter of national security. “Given the destructive efforts or effects of this attack, we’re treating this as a national security matter, and as such, members of the president’s national security team have been in regular meetings regarding this attack,” said spokeswoman Jen Psaki of the State Department. (44) The attack on Sony, which nearly resulted in the entertainment company canceling the release of its movie, has clearly rattled government officials. Speaking of the incident, Representative Patrick Meehan, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Cyber Security, was quoted as saying, “The attack on Sony is the latest high-profile example of the growing danger of the cyber threat, and it won’t be the last. American businesses, financial networks, government agencies, and infrastructure systems like power grids are at continual risk. They’re targeted not just by lone hackers and criminal syndicates, but by well-funded nation-states like North Korea and Iran. A lack of consequences for when nation states carry out cyber-attacks has only emboldened these adversaries to do more harm.” (45) In response to cyber aggression against the United States and its interests, the United States government established the U.S. Cyber Command in 2010. This military division, which is tasked with conducting cyber-warfare, is expected to have a budget of 5.1 billion dollars in 2015. (46) Oddly enough, a New York Times article that was published on December 24, 2014, reports that some private security researchers doubt that North Korea was actually responsible for the attack at Sony Studios, despite the claims of the federal government. (47)
In closing, I want to remind every reader of this newsletter to put your hope and trust in God. I know we hear of many distressing things happening in our world today, and in many ways, the condition of our world is growing worse with each passing year. This is not surprising to us, for as the Scriptures tell us in II Timothy 3:13, “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” Yet, through it all we can draw on God’s strength, and He will help us endure the trouble in this world. In Psalm 37:39-40 we read, “But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble. And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.” If you have not yet fully given your heart to God and dedicated your life to Him, I urge you to do so now.
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