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Sorry Your Majesty, but you are very wrong!
I could not ignore this headline!! The Queen says Covid vaccine hesitant people ‘ought to think about others rather than themselves’
I know that HM The Queen, does not initiate such ‘interventions’, but rather they are engineered by he ‘entourage of government advisors’.
Nevertheless, it is rather disappointing that she should have been so foolish as to issue this statement. There are those, BECAUSE they are thinking of others, refuse the vaccines presently offered by her government. They are thinking of the aborted unborn child whose cells were used in the manufacturing/testing of the vaccine.
As far as I am concerned, to take the vaccine constitutes an acceptance of abortion and the use of foetal material by pharmaceutical companies. That I can never do.
All mankind is required to look beyond today and tomorrow when considering such issues. All are required to bear in mind that day that Satan and his minions would have all to forget – the day mentioned many times in God’s Word: “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned,” Matthew 12:36-37.
How much better our lives would be if we ALL were to live in the light and knowledge of that ‘day of judgment’!
A prophetically interesting event
A supporter of The Burning Bush witness sent me the following link to a ‘Reuters’ report. Pope’s visit to Iraqi Ziggurat to bring together several faiths – and hopefully lure more visitors.
For those who know that the Bible teaches the rise of the ancient city of Babylon and the role that region will play in the closing years of this age when the final Antichrist will centre his empire there, this link to a report of a planned visit by the pope to that area will be of great interest.
A ‘Ziggurat’ is basically what the ancient ’Tower of Babel’ was (Genesis 11:1-9). The spirit of rebellion recorded in Genesis 11 is what is emerging all around today and will finally ‘blossom’ into the full-blown ‘Antichristianity’ prophesied in the book of the Revelation and throughout the Bible.
Do have a look at the Sovereign Grace Advent Tesimony book shop for literature on the subject. Click on any author’s name for a list of articles/book written by that author.
Not telling the truth!
Since sending out my article – “Why is the FPC silent . . . .”, it has become evident that some FPs believe that I am not speaking the truth on this matter and that I am wrong when I say that the most common vaccines presently being offered by the NHS are derived from the cells of an aborted baby.
Sadly, even the pope acknowledges the truth of the origin of the vaccines which some Free Presbyterians seem happy to deny.
The pope, in his own ‘infallible’ way, dismisses all guilt in availing oneself of that which came about as the result of the murder of an unborn baby. See – Covid: Vatican says coronavirus vaccines ‘morally acceptable’
It appears some Christians have adopted a different way of absolving themselves from all guilt, though one equally as morally reprehensible – they simply deny the truth of this matter and ‘shoot the messenger’ (1 Kings 22:24-28)!
Another indication of how the truth of God is dismissed today and the ’normalising’ of utter error is given in a report in today’s ‘Belfast Telegraph’. A headline reads: “Police probe after man delivers ‘hate speech’ on City Hall’s steps”. The story continues: “Belfast City Council is investigating how a man was able to deliver a hate speech at City Hall, it has emerged. The preacher provoked fury by branding abortion “murder” and homosexuality “sin” in God’s eyes, using the steps in front of the iconic building in the city centre as a podium. The PSNI is also probing the matter.”
I would say that the police will show greater ‘efficiency’ in this investigation than they did when looking into Sinn Fein/IRA’s defiance of ‘Covid regulations’ at the funeral of the late IRA man, Bobby Storey. That, it would appear, took some 5-6 months before it even got underway and more time before any decision was arrived at! The last news report on the matter that I can find was back in mid-December last year. I do not know where the matter stands at present. But I am sure that we can safely leave it in the hands of the ‘powers that be’ to see that Stormont ‘boat is not rocked in the least by any honest or properly lawful conclusions!!!!
It is to be noted that to repeat the Bible’s condemnation of sodomy and abortion is now deemed a ‘hate speech’ and therefore a ‘hate crime’!
Was there ever a more clear demonstration of Ulster’s rejection of the Bible than the language employed by this newspaper in its report of what would have been the normal content of a sermon on this subject in the vast majority of pulpits but a short time ago?
Why is the Free Presbyterian Church silent on the matter of the use of cells from an aborted baby in the preparation of the vaccines currently being urged upon our members??
“So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me,” Ezekiel 33:7.
I will start by apologising to the editors of any of our church magazines who may have carried a warning about the vaccines offered in their publications and any minister who has likewise publicly spoken out against them.
I have not read or heard any such warnings but I could be mistaken as are those whom I have asked if they are acquainted with any such warnings issued in print or in sermon.
If, as I believe, there has been no denomination-wide warning issued to our people, that is a most distressing matter for anyone nurtured up in the message God gave the Free Presbyterian Church to proclaim back at its beginning and which was faithfully maintained for many years. It was raised to ’sound an alarm’ against the errors and the compromises of the day. The FPC was to be a 20th century Ezekiel! Read more…
Signs of the approaching harvest
“And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe,” Revelation 14:15.
My mind turned to this verse when I recently saw the increasing number of statements from government sources regarding ‘vaccination passports’. One such headline said: “Covid: Vaccine passport talks ongoing with foreign nations as hopes rise for domestic holidays”.
These headlines give us some idea just where society is heading. Business men are already trying to introduce it for new employees. “UK companies look to make Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory”. Read more…
A worthwhile petition to support
I received notice of the following petition which I would urge you all who live in the UK to consider signing as soon as possible and praying that there might be a sympathetic response from the government to it.
PETITION: The UK Government must offer ethical Covid-19 vaccines.
Click here to sign. I trust you will support this call.
A ‘damp squib’ financed by greed!
So another week begins and that with the ‘blaring trumpets’ of another example of the blind stupidity of a people misled and deceived as this Belfast Newsletter article demonstrates.
It is a case of what the Saviour said, all over again: “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch,” Matthew 15:14.
It was the businessmen of Ulster largely who campaigned for ’no border’ between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, despite the existence of an international border there already. They did not want any difficulties for them trading their goods with the Irish Republic, which was in the EU, and themselves once Brexit happened and the UK left the EU!
Now it appears that some, at least, of these same businessmen, still acting behind the scenes, ‘cloak-and-dagger like’, are alarmed at the ’new border’ that they by their earlier complaining helped to erect between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. The ’new border’ means that goods going to and from one part of the UK must be treated as goods going to and from a foreign country! Read more…
DUP proposes to change NI abortion law
The news of the attempt by the DUP to roll back the abortion law that was imposed upon us here in Northern Ireland by Westminster MPs in 2019 is to be welcomed.
I would, however, that it was an attempt to ban abortion altogether. As it is, ‘fatal fetal abnormalities’ are to be exempt from this proposed new law.
Of course, it is a fallible human being who declares that a woman is carrying a child with ‘fatal fetal abnormalities’! Doctors may and have got the matter wrong and babies that did not suffer ‘fatal fetal abnormalities’ have been aborted.
Better it would be surely if the child was carried to termination and born naturally, as long as the life of the mother was not threatened, and then the duration of the little one’s life be decided by the Lord, ’the Giver of life’.
Job rightly said: “The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD,” Job 1:21. Read more…
A bumbling but dangerous fool!
At the risk of wearying you I send out this news report from the Belfast Live news website (February 12th, 2021) which I must say rejoiced my heart.
Like many I have squirmed in vexation to near ‘bursting point’ as I have heard the various reports on the incident referred to in this item.
Here in Ulster, we have had some ‘dodos’ hold the office of Chief Constable Like everything else in our sinking society, things sank really low when this man was appointed.
He came here after a far from illustrious time in England and upon his arrival he has maintained his aforesaid record.
Simon Byrne is an English man with little or no understanding of the situation here in Ulster and it is clear that he cares little about anything other than ‘keeping in’ with those, Sinn Fein/IRA, most likely to challenge his authority! Read more…
Blindness that blights society
I have copied in full an article from the Belfast Telegraph (February 11th, 2021) regarding the murder by ‘dissident republicans’ of a man widely known as a gangster in Belfast.
A case is being taken against the police by his family, alleging that the police are to blame for not warning him of their suspicions that he was in danger from ‘dissident IRA gunmen’!
As the headline states, the family are accusing the police of failing to prevent his murder. Upon reading the headline I immediately thought that there was one person more guilty than any of failure in preventing this murder. Jim Donegan himself!!!!
Had he not been involved in the murky world of crime it is more than likely he would not have been a target.
The court case highlights the perverted thinking of society today. No one takes any responsibility for the dire consequences that their own folly brings upon them. Read more…
IRA murders 5 BBC workers near Kilskeery
Many horrific murders have taken place over the last 50 years but for some of us of the older generation who live in the neighbourhood of Kilskeery, one of the earliest atrocities lives on in our memories.
It took place 50 years ago yesterday, just 5 miles from Kilskeery on the top of Brougher Mountain, clearly seen by all living in and around Kilskeery.
On 9 February 1971, five men working for the BBC were killed by an IRA landmine as they drove up a mountain to repair a transmitter.It happened on Brougher Mountain on the border between Fermanagh and Tyrone.
It is believed the booby-trap device at the road was meant
for an Army patrol and was triggered by a tripwire.
The Impartial Reporter newspaper called it “the most savage and callous outrage ever committed by terrorists in either County Fermanagh or Tyrone”.
Local journalist Mervyn Dane described “a saddening, grim scene on which the afternoon sun shone down and there was the acrid pungent smell of burning and explosives hanging over all”.
Time has exposed the falsehood of the ecumenical ‘gospel’
Below is my response to an article in Saturday’s (February 6th) edition of the Belfast Newsletter.
It more or less was an honouring of the ‘words’ of a leading Ecumenist from some 40 years ago. I felt that the ‘proof of the puddings’ cooked up by ecumenical chefs was all around us and that the newspaper had missed that fact by an Irish mile!
How can intelligent people fail to see the utter worthlessness, the eternal costliness, of the preaching of the false prophets of today’s liberal and apostate age?
In the Belfast Newsletter of Saturday 6th February 2021, as part of a series of articles from its archives entitled Stepping Back In Time, there was a report of a Church of Ireland Bishop’s address at his ordination as Bishop of Connor in Lisburn Cathedral. Read more…
Liars and their lies exposed!
There are two very informative articles available on the internet this morning, Saturday Feb 6th.
One is a BBC NI report on the ‘Irish Sea border’ which has been denied by our Secretary of State and which rather belatedly, the DUP leadership have woken up to!
The other is in the Belfast Newsletter and highlights the utter deceitfulness of our Secretary of State, Brandon Lewis! Sadly, it also shows the utter incompetence of our Unionist leaders. Despite the evidence of what was happening they went along with the fraud until they finally tripped over it and fell on their faces into the pit Westminster had dug!
That tends to waken up the most obtuse sleepwalker!! Read more…
The evil harvest of power sharing
The following news story in the Belfast Newsletter of Feb 5th highlights how that Unionists entering a power-sharing deal with Sinn Fein/IRA has sanitised those guilty of the most brutal acts of terrorism and made them acceptable as honoured and respected citizens in today’s Ulster.
Every warning that was issued to Dr Ian Paisley and the DUP back in 2006/7, regarding the step they were contemplating, has been justified and more in the years that have followed their utter folly, spurred by greed for political power.
It is to the shame of the DUP that such a rascal as Paul Kavanagh should now be ‘legitimately’ appointed to a role of authority in the educating of today’s youth. Such is the society that ‘power-sharing’ with terrorism has created!
Ulster has an old saying: “If you lie down with the dogs you will rise with the fleas!” Today, there is a plague of ‘fleas’ in our land thanks to the DUP lying down with the dogs of Irish Republican terrorism! Read more…
UK signs deal for 50million doses of CureVac Covid vaccine
The following is taken from a Daily Mail news article published on Feb 5th.
“The UK today rubber-stamped a deal for 50million doses of tweaked coronavirus vaccines, as it steps up efforts to fight off jab-resistant variants. Newly-emerged strains have sparked concerns across the world, after tests revealed some may be able to dodge immunity triggered by the current crop of vaccines. But the deal signed between No10 and German biotech firm CureVac today seeks to bolster the UK’s arsenal against these emerging threats, and keep the nation one step ahead of the virus.”
‘CureVac’ is one the few companies which I understand did not use foetal tissue in any stage of its developing the vaccine.
If this true, then this is good news for Christians concerned about using the vaccines presently offer by the NHS.
“Sold To Be Destroyed“
I have just put together these thoughts regarding the ‘Northern Ireland Protocol’ controversy.
For those of you who live outside of Northern Ireland, (and maybe some living within it) let me briefly explain that the issue is all about the arrangements which the UK Government made with the EU whereby Northern Ireland would be treated as no longer an economic part of the UK but would be dealt with as being still part of the EU!
All this was done under the banner: “All of the uk out of the EU’!
It was a deception as great as is to be found anywhere in the annals of the history of the United Kingdom! Read more…
I turned down the present covid vaccine
I thought that I would share with you this little bit of information. I trust that it proves helpful in the midst of the welter of confusion and the lack of any real guidance regarding the Covid-19 vaccines and the use of foetal tissue in the manufacture and/or testing of some of them. See my earlier article for details.
I had a phone call from my local doctors’ clinic offering me the Covid jab. I explained to the nurse my reasons for rejecting the three vaccines presently being used but indicated that I thought that soon non-foetal tissue jabs would be available and if that happens I may seek vaccination.
I explained that I could not seek to safeguard my health by a means that involved the abortion of an unborn child! She was very polite and sympathetic and said that she would enter my comments on my records and that should I wish a vaccination later I had but to ask.
I am thankful that I live in a part of the United Kingdom where such views as mine are treated with sympathy and respect. I am sure in other parts of the UK, such views would provoke abuse and ridicule, even from medical staff!
I noticed an interesting article in today’s “Daily Mirror” which indicates that two vaccine manufacturers which did not make use of foetal tissue when producing their product – GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Sanofi Pasteur and Valneva – are likely to be available to the British public soon.
When that happens, I (classified as ‘vulnerable’) will likely seek vaccination.
Ready and waiting
“For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing,” 2 Timothy 4:6-8.
‘Readiness’ to depart this life is something that, in a general sense, true Christians would gladly acknowledge.
However, few live with any real and daily awareness of that event drawing near.
That ought not to be! Read more…