Tory donor’s link to massive money laundering probe

Javad Marandi, a top businessman whose foreign companies were part of a global money laundering investigation, is a major donor to the Conservative Party, having donated more than £633,800.

The following news story will likely attract only the interest of some in the political and business world. Its details of ‘money laundering’, the machinations of which are so complex that it leaves even the ‘experts’ baffled and will leave the average reader unable to follow the meandering path of the money involved. The ramifications of such a crime is lost on the most of us.

This story will however generate an interest above the normal because of the involvement of the Conservative Party. It does serve to highlight the increasing link between the ‘political world’ and the ‘criminal/business world’!

What will not be recognised by many is that here we have a reminder of that matter of which the Bible makes much! The Lord has given us extensive information on the moral atmosphere which will develop and reach a fulness in the last days of this age. Like a cancer which has been held in ‘remission’ by various medical treatments but which makes many attempts at a comeback only to be curbed, but which finally overwhelms the medication and brings the life of the victim to an end, so the Word of God tells us of the workings of what is called ‘the mystery of iniquity’ (2 Thessalonians 2:7) which will follow just such a path.

The term, ‘mystery of iniquity’, may be explained as meaning ‘the hidden wicked spirit engaged in an ongoing defiance of God’s Law’. Paul says it was at work in his day and it has been at work really since the fall of man. Furthermore the apostle tells us that it has been held in check by the Lord throughout ages. “‭O‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭nly‭ he who now‭ letteth‭‭ ‭will let‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ (hold back, detain)‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭, until‭ he be taken‭‭ out of‭ the way‭.‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

This latter phrase may be explained as meaning ‘that the spirit of rebellion is held in check by God, but the restraint will one day be taken out of the way and the spirit of rebellion will be allow to have its way’. That will happen in the day God has appointed. “‭And‭ now‭ ye know‭‭ what withholdeth‭‭ that‭ he‭ might be revealed‭‭ in‭ his‭ time‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 2 Thessalonians 2:6.

The identity of the agency used to restrain this evil thing is much debated, but I will suggest to you that as James and Peter tell us, “‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭God‭ resisteth‭‭ the proud‭, but‭ giveth‭‭ grace‭ unto the humble‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5, so it is God Himself Who restrains this spirit of apostasy. After all, it is a direct attack upon Him, His Word and His Kingdom, so it is not surprising that He directly interposes in the matter. We are reminded of this fact in Romans 13:1-2. “‭Let every‭ soul‭ be subject‭‭ unto the higher‭‭ powers‭. For‭ there is‭‭ no‭ power‭ but‭ of‭ God‭:‭ the powers‭ that be‭‭ are‭‭ ordained‭‭ of‭ God‭.‭ ‭Whosoever therefore‭ resisteth‭‭ the power‭, resisteth‭‭ the ordinance‭ of God‭: and‭ they that resist‭‭ shall receive‭‭ to themselves‭ damnation‭.‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ There we are taught that resistance of the ordinance of God will bring down God’s damnation.

This a solemn truth to be pondered in these lawless days!

“The ‭‭mystery‭ of iniquity‬‬‬” is, I believe, that ongoing scheme of the devil, carried out by his numerous agencies, to overthrow the purpose of God undertaken by His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. That purpose may be seen revealed throughout the Bible in verses such as the following.

“‭Yet have I set‭‭ my king‭ upon my holy‭ hill‭ of Zion‭.‭ ‭I will declare‭‭ the decree‭: the LORD‭ hath said‭‭ unto me, Thou ‭art‭ my Son‭; this day‭ have I begotten‭‭ thee.‭ ‭Ask‭‭ of me, and I shall give‭‭ ‭thee‭ the heathen‭ ‭for‭ thine inheritance‭, and the uttermost parts‭ of the earth‭ ‭for‭ thy possession‭.‭ ‭Thou shalt break‭‭ them with a rod‭ of iron‭; thou shalt dash them in pieces‭‭ like a potter’s‭‭ vessel‭.‭ ‭Be wise‭‭ now therefore, O ye kings‭: be instructed‭‭, ye judges‭‭ of the earth‭.‭ ‭Serve‭‭ the LORD‭ with fear‭, and rejoice‭‭ with trembling‭.‭ ‭Kiss‭‭ the Son‭, lest he be angry‭‭, and ye perish‭‭ ‭from‭ the way‭, when his wrath‭ is kindled‭‭ but a little‭. Blessed‭ ‭are‭ all they that put their trust‭‭ in him,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Psalm 2:6-12.

“‭Fear‭‭ not‭, little‭ flock‭; for‭ it is‭‭ your‭ Father’s‭ good pleasure‭‭ to give‭‭ you‭ the kingdom‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Luke 12:32.

“‭And‭ the seventh‭ angel‭ sounded‭‭; and‭ there were‭‭ great‭ voices‭ in‭ heaven‭, saying‭‭, The kingdoms‭ of this world‭ are become‭‭ ‭the kingdoms‭ of our‭ Lord‭, and‭ of his‭ Christ‭; and‭ he shall reign‭‭ for‭ ever‭ and ever‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Revelation 11:15.

From the temptation of Adam and Eve, the devil has been unrelenting in his attempts to frustrate this divine purpose. The devil’s proud and ambitious plan is seen in the sinful aspirations he plants in men’s hearts. The heart of the evil king of Babylon is uncovered for us in Isaiah 14. The unconverted are called the ‘children of the devil’, Matthew 13:38; John 8:44, and in their affections and lusts may be seen a mirror-image of their father the devil’s heart. Thus Isaiah is inspired to use a title, Lucifer, associated with the devil when referring to the king of Babylon (14:4), a chief agent of the devil in days gone by.

“‭How art thou fallen‭‭ from heaven‭, O Lucifer‭, son‭ of the morning‭! ‭how‭ art thou cut down‭‭ to the ground‭, which didst weaken‭‭ the nations‭!‭ ‭For thou hast said‭‭ in thine heart‭, I will ascend‭‭ into heaven‭, I will exalt‭‭ my throne‭ above‭ the stars‭ of God‭: I will sit‭‭ also upon the mount‭ of the congregation‭, in the sides‭ of the north‭:‭ ‭I will ascend‭‭ above the heights‭ of the clouds‭; I will be like‭‭ the most High‭.‭ ‭Yet thou shalt be brought down‭‭ to hell‭, to the sides‭ of the pit‭.‭ ‭They that see‭‭ thee shall narrowly look‭‭ upon thee, ‭and‭ consider‭‭ thee, ‭saying, Is‭ this the man‭ that made the earth‭ to tremble‭‭, that did shake‭‭ kingdoms‭;‭ ‭that‭ made‭‭ the world‭ as a wilderness‭, and destroyed‭‭ the cities‭ thereof; ‭that‭ opened‭‭ not the house‭ of his prisoners‭?‭ ‭All the kings‭ of the nations‭, ‭even‭ all of them, lie‭‭ in glory‭, every one‭ in his own house‭.‭ ‭But thou art cast out‭‭ of thy grave‭ like an abominable‭‭ branch‭, ‭and as‭ the raiment‭ of those that are slain‭‭, thrust through‭‭ with a sword‭, that go down‭‭ to the stones‭ of the pit‭; as a carcase‭ trodden under feet‭‭.‭ ‭Thou shalt not be joined‭‭ with them in burial‭, because thou hast destroyed‭‭ thy land‭, ‭and‭ slain‭‭ thy people‭: the seed‭ of evildoers‭‭ shall never‭ be renowned‭‭.‭ ‭Prepare‭‭ slaughter‭ for his children‭ for the iniquity‭ of their fathers‭; that they do not‭ rise‭‭, nor possess‭‭ the land‭, nor fill‭‭ the face‭ of the world‭ with cities‭.‭ ‭For I will rise up‭‭ against them, saith‭ the LORD‭ of hosts‭, and cut off‭‭ from Babylon‭ the name‭, and remnant‭, and son‭, and nephew‭, saith‭ the LORD‭.‭ ‭I will also make‭‭ it a possession‭ for the bittern‭, and pools‭ of water‭: and I will sweep‭‭ it with the besom‭ of destruction‭‭, saith‭ the LORD‭ of hosts‭.‭ ‭The LORD‭ of hosts‭ hath sworn‭‭, saying‭‭, Surely as I have thought‭‭, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed‭‭, ‭so‭ shall it stand‭‭:‭ ‭That I will break‭‭ the Assyrian‭ in my land‭, and upon my mountains‭ tread him under foot‭‭: then shall his yoke‭ depart‭‭ from off them, and his burden‭ depart‭‭ from off their shoulders‭.‭ ‭This ‭is‭ the purpose‭ that is purposed‭‭ upon the whole earth‭: and this ‭is‭ the hand‭ that is stretched out‭‭ upon all the nations‭.‭ ‭For the LORD‭ of hosts‭ hath purposed‭‭, and who shall disannul‭‭ ‭it‭? and his hand‭ ‭is‭ stretched out‭‭, and who shall turn it back‭‭?‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Isaiah 14:12-27.

These verses contain prophecies regarding the Babylon of old and also the Babylon that will re-emerge with the future Antichrist who is pictured for us in the person of Nebuchadnezzar. Revelation 17 reveals to us the future ‘religious Babylon’, ‘the scarlet woman’, verses 6-7, and the ‘political Babylon’, the ‘Beast’, verses 11-17.

Please note the over-ruling sovereign power of God at work in all these developments! “‭And‭ the ten‭ horns‭ which‭ thou sawest‭‭ upon‭ the beast‭, these‭ shall hate‭‭ the whore‭, and‭ shall make‭‭ her‭ desolate‭‭ and‭ naked‭, and‭ shall eat‭‭ her‭ flesh‭, and‭ burn‭‭ her‭ with‭ fire‭.‭ ‭For‭ God‭ hath put‭‭ in‭ their‭ hearts‭ to fulfil‭‭ his‭ will‭, and‭ to agree‭‭‭‭, and‭ give‭‭ their‭ kingdom‭ unto the beast‭, until‭ the words‭ of God‭ shall be fulfilled‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ verses 16-17.

This takes us back to Paul’s words already noted. “Only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.”

Christians, the Bible gives us information which, if but studied and believed, will allay all fears that may arise from the dreadful developments beginning to take place in this world!

One of the chief features of the kingdom of the future Antichrist is referred to in Revelation 18 and 19. There we have revealed the core of Antichrist’s success and dominance and the casting down of him and his empire, Revelation 18:1-3.

“‭And‭ after‭ these things‭ I saw‭‭ another‭ angel‭ come down‭‭ from‭ heaven‭, having‭‭ great‭ power‭; and‭ the earth‭ was lightened‭‭ with‭ his‭ glory‭.‭ ‭And‭ he cried‭‭ mightily‭ with‭ a strong‭ voice‭, saying‭‭, Babylon‭ the great‭ is fallen‭‭, is fallen‭‭, and‭ is become‭‭ the habitation‭ of devils‭, and‭ the hold‭ of every‭ foul‭ spirit‭, and‭ a cage‭ of every‭ unclean‭ and‭ hateful‭‭ bird‭.‭ ‭For‭ all‭ nations‭ have drunk‭‭ of‭ the wine‭ of the wrath‭ of her‭ fornication‭, and‭ the kings‭ of the earth‭ have committed fornication‭‭ with‭ her‭, and‭ the merchants‭ of the earth‭ are waxed rich‭‭ through‭ the abundance‭ of her‭ delicacies‭.‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Just as the family of the deceased is seen to the fore of the mourners at a funeral, so we may see who the closest ‘relatives’ of the Antichrist will be by looking at those those who mourn ‘loudest’ at his demise!

“‭And‭ the kings‭ of the earth‭, who‭ have committed fornication‭‭ and‭ lived deliciously‭‭ with‭ her‭, shall bewail‭‭ her‭, and‭ lament‭‭ for‭ her‭, when‭ they shall see‭‭ the smoke‭ of her‭ burning‭,‭ ‭Standing‭‭ afar‭ off‭ for‭ the fear‭ of her‭ torment‭, saying‭‭, Alas‭, alas‭, that great‭ city‭ Babylon‭, that mighty‭ city‭! for‭ in‭ one‭ hour‭ is‭‭ thy‭ judgment‭ come‭‭.‭ ‭And‭ the merchants‭ of the earth‭ shall weep‭‭ and‭ mourn‭‭ over‭ her‭; for‭ no man‭ buyeth‭‭ their‭ merchandise‭ any more‭:‭ ‭The merchandise‭ of gold‭, and‭ silver‭, and‭ precious‭ stones‭, and‭ of pearls‭, and‭ fine linen‭, and‭ purple‭, and‭ silk‭, and‭ scarlet‭, and‭ all‭ thyine‭ wood‭, and‭ all manner‭ vessels‭ of ivory‭, and‭ all manner‭ vessels‭ of‭ most precious‭ wood‭, and‭ of brass‭, and‭ iron‭, and‭ marble‭,‭ ‭And‭ cinnamon‭, and‭ odours‭, and‭ ointments‭, and‭ frankincense‭, and‭ wine‭, and‭ oil‭, and‭ fine flour‭, and‭ wheat‭, and‭ beasts‭, and‭ sheep‭, and‭ horses‭, and‭ chariots‭, and‭ slaves‭, and‭ souls‭ of men‭.‭ ‭And‭ the fruits‭ that thy‭ soul‭ lusted after‭ are departed‭‭ from‭ thee‭, and‭ all things‭ which‭ were dainty‭ and‭ goodly‭ are departed‭‭ from‭ thee‭, and‭ thou shalt find‭‭ them‭ no more‭ at all‭.‭ ‭The merchants‭ of these things‭, which‭ were made rich‭‭ by‭ her‭, shall stand‭‭ afar‭ off‭ for‭ the fear‭ of her‭ torment‭, weeping‭‭ and‭ wailing‭‭,‭ ‭And‭ saying‭‭, Alas‭, alas‭, that great‭ city‭, that was clothed in‭‭ fine linen‭, and‭ purple‭, and‭ scarlet‭, and‭ decked‭‭ with‭ gold‭, and‭ precious‭ stones‭, and‭ pearls‭!‭ ‭For‭ in one‭ hour‭ so great‭ riches‭ is come to nought‭‭. And‭ every‭ shipmaster‭, and‭ all‭ the company‭ in‭ ships‭, and‭ sailors‭, and‭ as many as‭ trade‭‭ by sea‭, stood‭‭ afar‭ off‭,‭ ‭And‭ cried‭‭ when they saw‭‭ the smoke‭ of her‭ burning‭, saying‭‭, What‭ ‭city is‭ like‭ unto this great‭ city‭!‭ ‭And‭ they cast‭‭ dust‭ on‭ their‭ heads‭, and‭ cried‭‭, weeping‭‭ and‭ wailing‭‭, saying‭‭, Alas‭, alas‭, that great‭ city‭, wherein‭‭ were made rich‭‭ all‭ that had‭‭ ships‭ in‭ the sea‭ by reason of‭ her‭ costliness‭! for‭ in one‭ hour‭ is she made desolate‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Revelation 18:9-19.

Kings will mourn the demise and the fall of Babylon but ‘out-mourning’ them will be the ‘merchants. Their cries are given prominence in the above verses. The whole structure of their wicked trading enterprise will be an integral part of the Antichrist’s kingdom. Indeed, it will be a chief source of the finances that he will need for the administering his evil affairs. Under Antichrist corrupt and criminal regime, the equally corrupt trading by these merchants will make them very rich.

I would suggest, Christian, that the news report of the financial and political duplicity referred to in the following BBC news report is but a slight ‘drawing back of the curtain’ behind which mercantile corruption is taking place. This is an activity that will feature more and more as that which we see in its final form revealed to us in Revelation 18, grows and evolves into full-blown ‘Antichristianity’.

Christian ‘Watch’!

Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd)

17th May 2023

Javad Marandi: Tory donor’s link to massive money laundering probe

By Steve Swann and Dominic Casciani

BBC News,16th May 2023.

Javad Marandi has donated more than £633,800 to the Conservative Party

A top businessman whose foreign companies were part of a global money laundering investigation is a major donor to the Conservative Party.

Javad Marandi, who has an OBE for business and philanthropy, can be named after losing a 19-month legal battle with the BBC to remain anonymous.

Mr Marandi strongly denies wrongdoing and isn’t subject to criminal sanction.

The judgement against him is a milestone for freedom of the press amid growing privacy laws in the courts.

A spokesman for the businessman said: “Mr Marandi is deeply disappointed at the court’s decision to lift reporting restrictions, knowing the reputational damage that is likely to follow.”

The BBC’s reporting on Tuesday prompted an urgent question in the House of Commons from opposition MPs asking for an investigation into Conservative donations.

A National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation found some of Mr Marandi’s overseas interests had played a key role in an elaborate money-laundering scheme involving one of Azerbaijan’s richest oligarchs.

In January 2022, a judge ruled the NCA could seize £5.6m [$7m] from the London-based family of Javanshir Feyziyev, a member of Azerbaijan’s parliament.

Read the full article on the BBC news site