The Agenda 2030 and New International Economic Order


With Q3 of the 2015 fiscal year just around the corner, one cannot help but notice unprecedented unease in both financial and social spheres, and perhaps with good reason.

With alternative media forecasters, national banks, and supranational institutions alike heralding the coming of “global depression” by the end of 2016, this consensus of seemingly strange bedfellows almost universally agree that something wicked this way comes.

These dire economic prognostications exist simultaneously in a world in which energy and development prospects, both nationally and transnationally, are being reworked – with equally profound implications as the aforementioned financial trend analysis.

Be it the Obama Administration’s “Clean Power Plan” or the EU and China’s planned Neomalthusian 2030 carbon emission cutbacks, national entities the world over are positioning themselves for profound shifts in energy, development, trade, and even currency ahead of COP21 in Paris this December, or as some have deemed it, “Agenda 2030.”

The convergence of both engineered economic crisis and an engineered “sustainable development” crisis in late-2015 are hardly coincidental, nor are they insignificant.

While the alternative finance community seems destined to eternally squabble about the mechanics of a coming global depression, few have set themselves to the task of projecting what the character of such a post-depression society will look like – and the “New World Economic Order” it has the potential to initiate:

It is this author’s contention that the character of this coming era can only be understood when financial calamity is viewed in tandem with Agenda 21’s faux-ecological insidiousness; and you, Reader, deserve the knowledge and documentation of this sagacious plot. 

It’s pervasive, it’s global, and has existed (in its modern form) since at least the 1970s.

Seeking to contextualize this historical continuity, we must first examine the writings of erudite anti-Technocracy researcher, Patrick Wood, and his pioneering work on the Trilateral Commission’s “New International Economic Order” of the 1970s.

Technocracy and the “New International Economic Order”

As an integral decade in this ongoing “Age of Transitions,” the 1970s brought with it previously unimagined sociopolitical and economic shifts.

Inflation was prevalent. The decade also saw the rise of the Petrodollar and the end of the gold-backed Bretton Woods era, as well as the seeding of eugenic “environmental catastrophe” memes propagated by works like the,

Club of Rome’s 1972 publication, Limits to Growth

John P. Holdren’s equally Neomalthusian and lauded Ecoscience

It also saw the birth of the Trilateral Commission, co-founded by David Rockefeller and Zbignew Brzezinski in 1973, who, among other things, pushed forth the concept of a “New International Economic Order” to quell the world’s ailing economic and environmental “doom and gloom” forecasts. 

While the nature of this “New International Economic Order” at the time evaded Mr. Wood and his research partner, Dr. Antony Sutton, the perspective granted by the passage of time has lead Patrick Wood to declare Technocracy to be the true aim of this New Order.

He writes:

It is plainly evident today, with 40 years of historical examination behind it, that the “New International Economic Order” was really “new” and envisioned historic Technocracy as replacing Capitalism altogether.

Technocracy was based on energy rather than money and its system of supply and demand that regulates pricing. 

Some distinctives of Technocracy include:

Elimination of private property and wealth accumulation

Replacing traditional education with workforce training

Micromanaging all energy distribution and consumption

Driving people to live in a limited number of cities and off of rural land

Enforcing a balance between nature’s resources and man’s consumption of them.

Are you thinking that this list is vaguely familiar?

You should, because it represents the modern manifestation of programs like,

Agenda 21

Sustainable Development

Smart Growth

Smart Grid

Cap And Trade

Climate Change

Common Core

massive surveillance operations,

…and a whole lot more.

 All of this has been brought to us by the machinations of the Trilateral Commission and its members since 1973, and it is all part of its master plan to completely replace capitalism with Technocracy.

This is their “New International Economic Order”!

Endgame of Technocracy

The Trilateral Commission, however, was not alone in the propagation of the “New International Economic Order” ideal.

As with all things global and “sustainable,” the United Nations is sure to be lurking nearby.

The UN’s “Council on Trade and Development” (or UNCTAD) was the chief multinational institution (in cooperation with the Trilateral Commission) in proudly promoting such a New Order throughout the decade:


UNCTAD’s history promoting the “New International Economic Order”

 from their official website.

 As noted in a previous article about COP21 and the coming Agenda 21 “update,” documentation on what this “binding and legal agreement” entails directly from UN sources related to the Conference is sparse.

That is, until one abandons searching for literature on the “green” facade and goes straight to the source of the “New International Economic Order” itself – that is, global trade governance, as documented by UNCTAD:


From UNCTAD’s

Policy Brief No. 36 of 2015

It is within UNCTAD’s 2015 policy briefs that we begin to find some semblance of clarity as to what a post-global depression geopolitical and economic environment has in store for us.

And as all burgeoning Hegelians know, global problems invite (engineered) global solutions.

UNCTAD and the “Sustainable Multilateral” Vision of Humanity 

 

Over the past 40 years, the “New International Economic Order” has changed its name and structure, but never its primary objectives. 

Its old name cast away in favor of representing our increasingly captive and globalized world, “Multilateral Global Trade Governance” is its new moniker.

The threats of population bombs, peak oil, and Global Cooling prevalent in the 70s, too, have given way to the phantom foes of carbon emissions and “unsustainability” so overtly propagandized to us in the 21st Century.

In true Technocratic fashion, UNCTAD declares the new face of “transformative” and “multilateral” global governance to be underpinned by none other than sustainable development in their 2015 Policy Brief No. 31:


 

This shift towards “multilateralism” is more than rhetorical, representing a structural change in the nature of globalism.

It’s also not limited to UNCTAD, as the IMF, BIS, World Bank, and yes, even the BRICS have been calling for a “New Multipolar World Order” for quite some time.

This new form of globalism is slated to be seemingly inclusive, allowing nations like China, Russia, India, and Brazil some measure of regional control, while ultimately being subservient to the “binding and legal agreement” of COP21.

Continuing with Policy Brief No. 31:


We see that these new “inclusive multilateral mechanisms” are anything but voluntary, as UNCTAD goes on to conclude that such mechanisms would “preclude competitive liberalization”.

In other words, multilateralism is designed to prevent Second and Third World nations (read “UNCED 1992 – Document Scan from George W. Hunt”) from seeking a development structure outside the UN’s “sustainable” vision.

If any are still in doubt as to whether the BRICS alliance and its New Development Bank represent this globalist multilateral trap, UNCTAD steadfastly declare the BRICS to be an integral regional component in this plot: 

This latest forecast echoes UNCTAD’s 2014 publication, A BRICS Development Bank – A Dream Coming True? which also holds the BRICS NDB as a key partner in Agenda 21 and its global Technocratic serfdom, written about at length by this author previously.

This bank-against-bank dialectic is the Globalist version of,

Coke vs. Pepsi

Republicans vs. Democrats

East vs. West

BRICS Bank vs. World Bank

Multilateral vs. Monopolar

All result in the synthesis of “global trade governance” aspired to by the Anglo-American Establishment and Agenda 21.

In UNCTAD’s Policy Brief on Climate Change No. 4, the structure of this new system of governance was enumerated upon by none other than Chinese (Editorial Correction: S. Korean) UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon.

If his description does not represent “multilateral globalism,” I don’t know what does:


Supposedly sovereign nations will be subservient to regional entities (BRICS, NAFTA, EU, etc). 

Regional entities will abide by a commonly agreed upon set of global development and economic standards (COP21). 

The city, town, and community, long subsumed by ICLEI’s “sustainable development” principles as set forth by Rio ’92, are already in lock-step with this “multilateral globalism.”

“And what of the individual,” one may ponder?

Such an “outmoded” concept has no place in the eternal Cybernetic feedback loop of “green” global trade governance as outlined by UNCTAD:

 

 

 The aforementioned “knowledge sharing,” “peer reviewing,” and “accountability” standards will be handled not wholly by governing bodies, but governing algorithms, as such banal tasks are likely to be managed by our increasingly “smart” cities, metering devices, homes, and cars; a shift destined to portend the increased control such devices will bring to everyday life within this “New Multilateral Economic Order.” 

It is unlikely that such sweeping alterations to global as well as social interaction will take place unless “motivated” by periods of crisis.

In UNCTAD’s Policy Brief No. 36, the importance of our last global crisis of 2008 in creating the prerequisites for “Green” Globalism is noted:

It therefore stands to reason that the activation of these bilateral, regional, and mega-regional trade agreements created in the wake of the 2008 Depression will likewise require economic calamity to activate; calamity that alternative media and the Bank for International Settlements alike are predicting as inevitable.

If such a “transformative” global structure is to be initiated in advance of or around COP21 this December, the remainder of 2015 is likely to be wrought with continued economic uncertainty. 

The brief goes on to note a number of transnational corporations complying with this new Green Globalism, some of whom should be familiar to the astute Deep Political reader and researcher:

All have been intimately involved in the Neomercantile “opening of China” and the rampant technological buildup of the East by Western capital since the 90s, with IBM’s insidious participation in programs as varied as,

the Holocaust

police precrime algorithms

the invention of the “smart city” concept,

being well documented. 

Of Lucent Technologies and IBM specifically, James Corbett of The Corbett Report writes:

In the same time period, China rose from the 30th-largest target of US R&D investment to the 11th on the back of a doubling of US affiliates in the country.

The list of companies that started major R&D activities or facilities in China in the 1990s reads like a who’s who of the CFR-nested Fortune 500 set:

DuPont

Ford

General Electric

General Motors

IBM

Intel

Lucent Technologies

Microsoft

Motorola

Rohm and Haas,

…all had a significant stake in China by the beginning of the 21st century.

James Corbett

The Great Decoupling: How the West is Engineering its Own Downfall

So it would seem this same set of “CFR-nested Fortune 500” companies responsible for building up China’s industrial and technological capacity are now pushing forth sustainable development with the United Nations as well as within the BRICS nations themselves.

Have these Western entities bolstered China’s modern economic stature out of sheer goodwill?

Merely self-interested profiteering? 

Or is the fulfillment of this greater collectivist agenda the “quid pro quo” demanded by the West in exchange for such niceties as increased regional power in the Asia-Pacific?

This year’s demise of the BRICS economies (most notably China) as well as key Western markets, if not overtly coordinated, certainly provide a unique opportunity to bring about these proposed “global (green) solutions” to “global crises.”

In Closing

As this blog has set out to demonstrate since its inception, globalism is indeed what its title claims – global.  

It knows no borders, nations, or ideologies, save complete and utter transnational subjugation of autonomous human beings – globally…

Technocracy – rule by a class of entrenched elites and “snitch society” technologies – will be the character of this coming global era. 

Sustainable development (Agenda 21) is its vehicle.

 It doesn’t reach the “End of the Road” without a transition from the “Old Economic World Order” to the New, a divergence impossible without a global economic crisis the likes of which has not been seen in nearly a Century. 

Agenda 21 and the prospect of economic calamity have been inseparable concepts since the ravings of former UN Under-Secretary General and co-Agenda 21 architect, Maurice Strong, became a matter of public record back in 1992. 

In talking with late activist George Washington Hunt at a UN Environment Conference in Colorado, Strong, under the auspices of a fictional book he hoped to pen, mused casually about how such a “New World Order” could take shape:

What if a small group of these world leaders were to conclude the principal risk to the earth comes from the actions of the rich countries?

 In order to save the planet, the group decides:

Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring this about?

This group of world leaders forms a secret society to bring about an economic collapse.

 It’s February. They’re all at Davos. These aren’t terrorists. They’re world leaders. They have positioned themselves in the world’s commodities and stock markets. They’ve engineered, using their access to stock markets and computers and gold supplies, a panic.

Then, they prevent the world’s stock markets from closing. They jam the gears. They hire mercenaries who hold the leaders at Davos as hostage.

 The markets can’t close.

Maurice Strong

Strong abruptly ended his tale by concluding that he,

“probably shouldn’t be saying things like this.”

Not that he had to continue, as from where we stand in 2015, we can see how this tale ends:

With Strong’s world on the horizon.

The next engineered economic crisis, ready to be sprung with a proverbial “flip of the switch,” will certainly be a global one.

Yet Strong’s fantasies of Davos hostage takings of over twenty years ago may prove entirely unnecessary at COP21 in our modern era, as nearly all opposition to Agenda 21 on the global stage has been subsumed by its promise of complete technological control and a seat at the “multilateral table.” 

You, though, reader, have no seat at this table.

 An ostensibly insignificant cog in an international machine; but armed with the knowledge of what is to come, perhaps a cog that may someday soon decide to grind to a halt.

This machine, after all, is each and every one of us…

Cold Hard Facts On Cults or False Religions


Cold Hard Facts On CultsOriginally posted at: www.bareanresearch.org

Christians are drifting into a highly subjective murky mysticism.

Six years ago I penned a piece entitled “Caught up in a cult?” My concern at the time was that a growing number of people were being drawn into cults and cult-like groups that call themselves Christian. They had no clue that they’d strayed off The Safe Path into The Deep Weeds. So I laid out what a cult is and listed several groups to beware of. Six years later the numbers of people in cults has increased. The main reason is that there’s a famine of spiritual discernment in the land.

Many so-called evangelical Christians do not know the Truth. Why? Largely because they have little or no interest in reading and studying their bibles. Moreover, a growing number of Christians have abandoned the essential doctrines of the faith altogether. You know things are bad when a believer’s theology is “experience based” rather than based on God’s written Word. Doctrine, after all, is divisive. Several years ago, our late brother Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries lamented: “People are drifting into a highly subjective murky mysticism where one decides truth about God by what they ‘feel.’”

One troubling fact is that our younger generation—especially Millennials–have bowed down to the idols of moral relativism, political correctness and tolerance. Wanting to be seen as “loving” and “tolerant,” Christian Millennials have adopted liberalism’s social justice gospel to avoid offending their neighbor. They haven’t a clue that the social justice gospel (social action and involvement in issues of justice) saves no one. Even worse, they completely miss the fact that the true Gospel of Christ has always been, and will continue to be, an offense to the unredeemed mind!

So a word of warning. Christians who wander away from the safety of the sheep pen to explore The Deep Weeds may find themselves in a den of wolves. Once inside the wolf den, there’s no easy escape.

Before I move on, I’d like readers to know that those of us involved in a counter-cult ministry oppose anyone, including Christian luminaries, who besmirches the Name of Jesus Christ. Likewise, we’re concerned for our brethren who’ve been drawn into apostasy and our desire is to lead them out of The Deep Weeds onto The Safe Path. To that end, the research material at the bottom of the page will help Bereans determine if a group is biblically sound.

“Caught up in a cult?” 

Countless people are caught up in cults and cult-like groups. To avoid being one of them you must become familiar with the nature of a cult and their schemes. Granted, there are no easy answers to the question, “What exactly is a cult?” But there are some cold hard facts that most people are unaware of.

One thing you can count on is that some of your relatives, friends, neighbors and even the friendly face who checks your groceries at the local market may be caught up in a cult or a cult-like group.

Cult typically refers to “A system of intense religious veneration of a particular person, idea, or object, especially one considered spurious or irrational by traditional religious bodies; as, the Moonie cult.” Add to that: “A strong devotion or interest in a particular person, idea or thing without religious associations, or the people holding such an interest; as, the cult of James Dean; the cult of personality in totalitarian societies.” [1]

Probably the most well-known pseudo-Christian cults are Jehovah’s Witnesses (JWs), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) and Christian Science, but there are a whole host of other pseudo-Christian cults. Some members of these cults may find my assertion humorous. Others may even become angry. Sorry about that, however, as a Christian I’m not called to be nice; I’m called to speak the truth in love and to “contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3).

Here’s the truth. JWs, Mormons and Christian Scientists claim to be Christians yet they deny fundamental Christian doctrine and manipulate the Scriptures to fit in with their own beliefs. From the Church’s perspective, which is what really matters, these groups have deviated from the historic, orthodox teachings that are derived from the Holy Scriptures and confirmed through the ancient ecumenical creeds. Thus, people in these cults aren’t true Christians. This should come as no surprise. After all, they’ve had to defend their spurious beliefs for decades.

Christians are not the only ones caught up in cults. Pagans, agnostics and atheists may very well be involved in a destructive cult or cult-like group and not even realize it. For example, devotees of any of the following groups/movements/theories/celebrities, can be exposed to mind control techniques and even open themselves up to the world of the occult! Here’s a short list to ponder: (Warning! This is not for the easily offended.)

New Age movement (occultism 101…magic, psychic phenomena, astral travel, divination, tarot cards, astrology, reincarnation…and a whole lot more)

New Apostolic Reformation (aka Dominionism, 7-Mountain Mandate, Latter Rain, Elijah’s List, IHOP, Bethel Church in Redding CA)

Spiritual Warfare movement (deliverance from demonic strongholds, casting out demons, binding territorial spirits, strategic level prayer)

Spirituality (new term for New Age pagan beliefs)

Eastern mysticism (pantheistic, the opposite of Sola Scriptura…Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Disciplines, Centering Prayer, Contemplative Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality, Labyrinth, Lectio Divina, The Silence)

Secret wisdom (occultism)

Oprah Winfrey (New Age guru who claims to be a Christian but denies that Jesus Christ is the only way to God and also promotes occultism)

Wicca/witchcraft (neopaganism)

Secret organizations (Freemasonry, Ku Klux Klan, New World Order)

Radical political/social groups (feminists, environmentalists, animal rights, abortion, LGBT)

Hebrew Roots

Global warming aka climate change (mind manipulation)

Self-improvement (personal transformation)

Holistic Health movement (occultism)

Esoteric groups (UFO’s, Mind Science, Mind Therapy, Transhumanism)

Multi-level Marketing (mind manipulation)

Alcoholics Anonymous (12-steps–occultism)

Advertisements (mind manipulation)

Academia (mind manipulation)

Darwinian evolution (dare to question “settled science” and see what happens)

Marxism

For the record, some of the above mentioned groups may not be bona fide cults. But they’re not averse to using mind manipulation techniques as a means to an end – and this is what the cults do! Granted, some cults or cult-like groups may not be psychologically harmful. However, for the true Christian it can be spiritually damaging to become involved in any sort of occult practice. And it’s spiritually harmful to follow the teachings of charismatic cult-like leaders whose teaching is decidedly unorthodox. The Bible calls these men and women false prophets. (Jeremiah 5:31).

Plugged earsSome people will believe almost anything, regardless of its absurdity. When confronted with the facts they refuse to listen. Why? Because knowing the truth could deflate their fantasy world so they choose to remain in denial. This is why religious/spiritual gurus, social activists, the media, advertisers, celebrities, doctors, dispensers of pills/vitamins, multi-level marketing groups and powerful political leaders have such an easy time sucking people in — then sucking the life blood out of them! Take est for example. Chances are you haven’t heard of est, as it was big in the late 60’s. I don’t have the space to go into the details, but the trainers used mind manipulation techniques on willing participants during feel good weekend seminars. “We’re going to tear you down and put you back together.” Critics of the training called it a cult. Eventually the organization changed its name to Landmark Education and now promotes The Landmark Forum…but only the name has changed.

I’d be remiss not to mention the cult of liberalism. Liberals fit right in with groups that have a “strong devotion or interest in a particular person, idea or thing without religious associations [but not always], or the people holding such an interest.”

Ever notice how your liberal friends refuse to look at both sides an issue? An area of thought where this approach prevails is so-called global warming. The eco-crowd believes that the evidence for global warming is compelling and that scientists on their side of the debate are the best and the brightest. Scientists who deny that global warming is manmade are marginalized and often smeared. Dare to present the opposing side’s views, which is compelling, and the “warmests” just plug their ears.

Liberals continually carp about narrow-minded unenlightened knuckle dragging people of faith while they walk in lock step with their own spiritual gurus and pay homage to radical activists. And by the way, some of these radicals are our congressional representatives who focus on their leftist social agenda and really don’t give a rip about their constituent’s desires.

But this isn’t about the cult of liberalism; it’s about pseudo Christian cults that are reaching around the globe to suck people in.

Admittedly, it’s not always easy to tell the genuine from the counterfeit, even for the discerning Christian. According to Christian Research Institute, a common mark of a “Christian” cult is the manipulation of Scripture:

The Bible is twisted to fit the leader or group’s interpretation. Private interpretations are forbidden because the leader of the cult is the only one, of course, who is able to understand God’s voice properly. Their teachings distort the historic, orthodox claims of Christianity. [2]

Another mark of a cult (religious or otherwise) is the use of thought control techniques on the unsuspecting:

There is little concern for individual thought and development. Education is usually discouraged while the convert is bombarded with the cult’s doctrine and literature. Members are called to leave or neglect their old family and life-style for a brand new one. [3]

Cults typically manipulate reality:

They tend to have an exclusive “us”/“them” mentality in which society and old associates are all out to get them. Anyone outside of the group is suspect. [4]

What does the Bible say about those who stray from the truth?

Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. (Mat. 7:13-14). 

Hard heartWhy do so many seemingly intelligent people end up in a cult? Principally because their hearts have been hardened by sin. (Eph. 4:18) Thus, they are easily led into a cult because of pride, or whatever else, and they allow themselves to follow teachers or teachings rather than the God of the Bible. “There is a real church and a real work for God,” says Mike Oppenheimer of Let Us Reason. “The difference is in the motivation–the why they do it. The cults do things for rewards and good standing in the church, the real Christian does it because they love God and are motivated by love to people having real compassion. The cults become offended when you speak ill of them or their teacher or teachings and become emotional. The real Christian does not take offense and they know it is the Lords [sic] battle not theirs.” [5]

Indeed. The believer is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, only the Holy Spirit can change a person’s heart. (1 Cor. 15:1-4) It is the work of the Holy Spirit that regenerates us, convicts us of our sin, and brings us to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Cor. 3:6)

Oppenheimer continues:

The other difference is in teachings, about the person of Christ, the gospel, even the Bible itself. Although cults may use the Bible they have a false understanding of God and salvation and the way we are to relate to Him. [6]

So according to Mike, cults receive their understanding of the Bible from an exhaustive study of their own books and from their teachers, but not from using main stream Christian resources and Bible study tools to better understand the Word of God. Hence, they’re unaware of what historic Christianity really teaches. He also points out that cults will “focus on the minor things and make them major ones and make the major things minor. When this happens doctrines that are not core teachings become amplified and used to make the group exclusive and unique.”

It’s a sad fact that most professing Christians are not well-read on the cults. Some do believe that the JWs and Mormons are non-Christian cults but they’re unable to articulate why they believe this. I don’t mean to pile on the JWs and Mormons but the reason these groups fall in the category of a pseudo Christian cult is, as I stated earlier, they claim to be Christians even though they outright deny many of the essentials of the faith. There is no doubt whatsoever that Mormon theology is incompatible with Christian theology. A mouse in a cookie jar is not a cookie!

Sadly, some people do not protect themselves against wolves in sheep’s clothing. Those who are in destructive cults fail to ask questions. They’re too trusting.

People should want to know the truth — no matter where it leads. So here’s a word of advice. Before committing to anything or getting involved in any sort of group, do your homework. In other words, investigate — dig, examine, study, ask probing questions and demand answers. You have that right!

I’ll close with 2 Cor. 4:3-4:

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

==========================================================Examine everythig One last thing. It is of the utmost importance for God’s people start to “test the spirits to see whether they are from God.” (1 John 4:1) Even a little error can be dangerous. Paul pointed out that “a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough.” (Gal. 5:9) So examine everyone’s teaching!

Notes: 

[1] Definition of cult – define.com

[2] What are the common characteristics of cults? — Christian Research Institute

[3] Ibid

[4] Ibid

[5] How Did I Get Here? – Let Us Reason Ministries/Mike Oppenheimer

[6] Ibid

THIS WEEK’S TORAH PORTION: Pesach (פסח | Passover)

THIS WEEK’S TORAH PORTION:
Pesach (פסח | Passover)
Torah: Exodus 12:21-51
Haftarah: Joshua 3:5-7, 5:2-6:1, 6:27

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For the Jewish people, Passover is a day of remembrance of the exodus from Egypt, but disciples of Yeshua have another important aspect of Passover to remember.

A Memorial
Fourteen hundred years after the exodus from Egypt, Yeshua went to Jerusalem with His disciples to keep the appointed time of Passover. He and His disciples had been to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover many times, but this time, as they neared Jerusalem, Yeshua said, “My time is near; I am to keep the Passover” (Matthew 26:18). He knew that He was going to fulfill the appointed time in a marvelous and unexpected way.

The Torah instructs the Jewish people to keep the first day of Passover as a “memorial” of the exodus from Egypt. It works as one of God’s reminders. God rescued Israel from Egypt and told the people to keep the festival as an appointed time and a remembrance of their salvation.

Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as a permanent ordinance. (Exodus 12:14)

The Master kept the seder meal with His disciples in Jerusalem. He took the unleavened bread and the customary Passover cup and instructed His disciples to do so henceforth in remembrance of Him. On the day of the sacrifice, He became a spiritual sacrifice—Israel’s Passover lamb. At the appointed time for the Jewish people to sacrifice their Passover lambs in remembrance of the nation’s salvation from Egypt, Yeshua went to the cross.

When believers keep Passover, we have two things to remember. We remember the historic salvation from Egypt as the Torah commands us, but we also remember the salvation granted to us through the sacrifice of Yeshua. The two remembrances are not mutually exclusive. They naturally complement one another.

Every year we keep Passover in remembrance of Yeshua. Messiah Himself told us to do so: “And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me’” (Luke 22:19). Did He have in mind only the breaking bread and a sip from the fruit of the vine? No. He spoke within the specific context of Passover. The commandment to do “this” in remembrance of Yeshua refers to the Passover Seder meal. It is not one cup but the traditional cups of Passover. It is not any bread; it is the unleavened matzah bread of Passover. What could be more appropriate for a disciple of Yeshua to do than to keep the festival of Passover in remembrance of Him, just as He told His disciples?

Torah Portion for April 17-23, 2016

From ancient times there has been a weekly portion (Parashah) from the first five books of Moses (The Torah) and an ending (Haftarah) from the Prophets read on the Sabbath in synagogues around the world.  This portion is given a Hebrew name drawn from the opening words of the Torah passage. An illustration of this practice appears to have been recorded in Luke 4:16 where Yeshua (Jesus) arrived in the synagogue in Nazareth and was asked to read the portion (Isaiah 61) from the Prophets.

We have found that in perusing these weekly readings, not only are we provided opportunity to identify in the context of God’s Word with millions of Jewish people around the world, but very often the Holy Spirit will illumine specific passages pertinent that week in our intercession for the Land and people of Israel.  The Haftarah, unless otherwise noted, will be that read in Ashkenazy synagogues around the world. The references for all texts are those found in English translations of the Scriptures.

Pray for the presence of Ruach haKodesh—the Holy Spirit/Holy Wind—
to attend the Holy Word which will be read throughout the week of Passover!

READINGS FOR THE FESTIVAL OF UNLEAVENED BREAD

DURING THE WEEK OF PASSOVER, THERE ARE READINGS EACH DAY IN THE SYNAGOGUES.  FOLLOWING ARE THE READINGS FOR SATURDAY THROUGH NEXT MONDAY.  IN NEXT WEEK’S UPDATE WE’LL PROVIDE THE TEXTS FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK OF UNLEAVENED BREAD!

Day 1 (Saturday, April 23):  Exodus  12:21-51; Numbers 28:16-25
                                                                   Joshua 3:5-7; 5:2—6:1; 6:27

The Exodus passage recounts the first Passover, the slaying of the lamb and the placing of blood on the doorposts, the passing of YHVH through Egypt, the “skipping over” of those households with blood on the doors, the striking of the Firstborn of Egypt; the sending of Israel out of the Land, their going out arrayed as armies of the LORD 430 year to the day after being exiled to Egypt.

The Numbers reading details the sacrifices to be offered on Passover during future observances (This reading will be repeated in some form each day throughout the week).  The Haftarah from Joshua details the time, over forty years later, when the next generation, before entering at last into Canaan is required to be circumcised.  After this is done and the reproach of Egypt was rolled off of them at Gilgal, the Children of Israel celebrate Passover in the Land on the plains of Jericho, the manna ceases, and the Commander of the Army of the LORD appears to send Joshua into the Land.

Day 2 (Sunday, April 24):    Leviticus 22:26—23:44; Numbers 28:16-25

   IIKings 23: 1-9; 21-25

The Leviticus passage enumerates the “Feasts of the LORD”—Shabbat, Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, the Counting of the Omer and Shavuot (Weeks/Pentecost), Yom T’ruah (Festival of Shofars/Trumpets), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), Sukkot (Booths/Tabernacles).  The II Kings Haftarah relates a great revival in the days of King Josiah in Jerusalem, in which he cleansed the land of idolatry (as it were, leaven); then the people celebrated  a wonderful Passover, unlike any which had gone before, because Josiah “turned to the LORD with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the Torah of Moses” (vs 25).

FIRST FRUITS

The first and seventh days of Passover Week are Sabbaths.  This Sunday, the day after the first Passover  “sabbath”–is the day on which most of present-day Judaism considers the Ceremony of First Fruits would have been performed (Leviticus 23:9-14).  A sheaf (omer) of the first of the grain harvest was brought and waved before the LORD.  It was on this day, the third day after his His death, that Yeshua was raised and presented Himself as “firstfruits from the dead” to the Father

(I Corinthians 15:23).

This also marks the first day in the “Counting of the Omer” to Shavuot–the “Feast of Weeks”/ “Pentecost” (Leviticus 23:15), which this year will fall on June 12th.

Day 3 (Monday 25 April):       Exodus 13:1-16; Numbers 28:19-25

The Exodus passage recounts the LORD’s instructions immediately following the Children of Israel’s coming out on the night of the first Passover.  Israel is admonished to consecrate to the LORD all the firstborn.  She is regularly to remember this day in which she went out of Egypt, “out of the house of bondage.” She is to remember to celebrate this Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days each year.

Pesakh S’meakh!

A Happy Passover to each of You!!

Our Galaxy Is Impossible Collision…Could Break Gravity

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Double trouble: when galaxies collide
Tatiana Plakhova

 The ballistics of galactic shrapnel

show that the Milky Way has already

crashed into its giant neighbour, Andromeda

– but if that’s right, physics is wrong

The end of the Milky Way is already scheduled, and will be marked with fireworks.

Some 4 billion years from now, the night skies will be lit by the glow of hundreds of billions of stars as the nearby Andromeda galaxy bears down on us. The two celestial giants will become one and stars, planets and gas clouds will be hurled into intergalactic space by titanic gravitational forces.

 Surviving stars and planets will be pitched into a jumbled cloud flaring up with new stars – floating into a long future not in the Milky Way, nor Andromeda, but a monstrous “Milkomeda” galaxy. 

It’s a well-established picture of our galaxy’s cataclysmic future. More controversially, it might also be a vision of its past.

 Observations indicate that the eviscerated remains of a past encounter between two celestial giants encircle our galaxy’s neighborhood. Forbidden alignments of satellite galaxies, globular clusters and streams of stars trailing in our galactic wake all hint that our local cosmic history needs a rewrite.

And not only that:

to explain what our telescopes are telling us, we may need to rethink that most mysterious of substances, dark matter – and perhaps our entire conception of how gravity works, too.

Like many big problems, this one started out small:

in a strange configuration of tiny dwarf galaxies surrounding the Milky Way.

In 2012, astronomer Marcel Pawlowski, then of the University of Bonn in Germany, dubbed it the “vast polar structure” (The VPOS – A Vast Polar Structure of Satellite Galaxies, Globular Clusters and Streams around the Milky Way).

This was for the way the dwarfs line up in a ring that circles the galaxy at right angles to the main disc of stars, which contains our sun and everything else. But he was by no means the first to see it.

That was Donald Lyndon-Bell of the University of Cambridge, who in 1976 pointed out that the satellite galaxies surrounding the Milky Way are not scattered randomly, but look as if something has corralled them into a distinct alignment.

“They thought it could be the break-up of a larger galaxy, making it some form of debris stream,” says Pawlowski, “There was an open discussion at the time, but then the topic became unpopular.”

“The alignment is exactly what you would expect if the two galaxies had interacted in the past”

The thing that made it unpopular was the rise of dark matter.

Dark matter became a fixture in the 1970s to explain a glaring discrepancy between our standard cosmological models, rooted in the picture of gravity teased out by Newton and Einstein, and observations of reality.

When astronomers measured the speed at which distant galaxies were rotating, they found these celestial bodies to be whirling round so fast they would fly apart if they relied only on visible matter’s gravity to hold them together. 

This frenzied rotation could be explained if there were more to the galaxies than met the eye – if most of their matter were not made of conventional atoms, but of particles that did not interact with light and so were invisible.

Dark matter fitted ideas being floated by physicists studying the universe’s rambunctious early years, before stars and galaxies formed. In this searing environment, a panoply of new particles would have popped up to carry forces and energy.

As the universe expanded and its temperature dropped, these particles would have lost their potency and become an inert, invisible soup. 

Cosseting haloes 

No one has ever detected or fabricated so much as a single particle of dark matter, yet its popularity has grown and grown.

Our current standard model of cosmology has it outweighing normal matter by five to one. Existing in such quantities, dark matter not only explains galactic rotation, but also seems to be just the thing to allow galaxies such as the Milky Way to form. 

Tiny irregularities in the initial density of dark matter caused pockets of the stuff, unimpeded by interactions with anything else, to begin to collapse under their own weight.

This pulled in normal matter, which collapsed down into flat, spinning discs of matter – galaxies.

  
Simulations of this reproduce the observed form of galaxies like the Milky Way perfectly.

Hot and cold spots we see in the cosmic microwave background, light sent pinging around the cosmos when it was just 380,000 years old, are interpreted as indicating the seeds of this process.

And so we believe that galaxies today are surrounded by a cosseting “halo” of dark matter that generates gravity and keeps everything together.

Those same simulations show how, as dark matter collapses to form a galaxy halo, parts of it fragment, trapping in-falling normal matter and giving rise to a population of dwarf galaxies randomly scattered around the larger parent galaxy. 

So it is a bit of a problem that the Milky Way’s dwarf satellites are by no means randomly scattered.

The huge success of the dark matter model meant most astronomers were content to turn a blind eye to this small embarrassment: the thought was we had simply not yet seen all the Milky Way’s accompanying dwarfs.

But in 2005, Pavel Kroupa, also at the University of Bonn, reanalyzed the satellite galaxy data and confirmed the striking mismatch with dark matter theory.

Pawlowski, Kroupa’s doctoral student, then went further.

He studied the alignment of other objects in the halo of the Milky Way – spherical collections of stars much smaller than dwarf galaxies known as globular clusters, and long wispy trails of stars thought to form when dwarf galaxies break up.

He found them marshaled just like the dwarf galaxies.

To explain it all, Pawlowski channeled Lyndon-Bell’s original suggestion that it could be the debris of an intergalactic collision and looked to see what the fallout of such a collision might be. He investigated whether dwarf galaxies could indeed form from the stuff left behind when two galaxies interacted.

Astronomers see quite a few such galactic dances throughout the universe throwing out huge tails of stars and gas into space.

Pawlowski’s simulations confirmed that the Milky Way’s dwarf galaxies could indeed form in their observed positions following such an encounter (image above). 

But what was it that danced with us?

 There was no obvious candidate until 2013, when Rodrigo Ibata of the Observatory of Strasbourg in France and his colleagues published observations (A Vast Thin Plane of Co-rotating Dwarf Galaxies Orbiting the Andromeda Galaxy) that showed a similar polar structure of dwarf galaxies exists around Andromeda, our nearest galactic neighbor some 2.5 million light years away.

The dwarfs above the plane of Andromeda are moving away from us, while those at the bottom are heading towards us – convincing evidence that the disc is not a chance alignment, but a coherent, rotating structure.

 Andromeda’s satellite disc is also rotating in the same sense as ours, and pointing at the Milky Way, albeit with a slight misalignment of about 35 degrees from our galaxy’s polar structure.

It is all exactly what you would expect if the two galaxies had interacted in the past.

  

Merging on the sublime: can we model galactic collisions?

Tatiana Plakhova

Except they couldn’t have done…

Even counting their presumed dark matter haloes, Andromeda and the Milky Way simply don’t have enough mass, and thus mutual gravity, to have pulled them into a collision in the time available since the big bang.

So it’s a stalemate. Unless, that is, something is up with gravity. Newton’s and Einstein’s theories assume that gravity is a force whose strength declines with the square of the distance between two massive objects. That indeed seems to be the case on scales up to that of our solar system – the orbit of a body as far out as Pluto conforms to expectations.

But it is an assumption we’ve never been able to test on larger scales.

The heretical idea that gravity’s strength is not the same everywhere was proposed back in the 1980s as an alternative to dark matter. Known as MOND for “modified Newtonian dynamics”, the idea was floated by Mordechai Milgrom, then at Princeton University in New Jersey. 

He found that the rotation of galaxies could be almost perfectly described if, in situations where the gravitational field is comparatively weak, its strength did not continue to decline with the square of distance, but flattens out. In such environments, for example in the outer reaches of galaxies, gravity will be stronger than expected (image far above). 

In 2014, Hongsheng Zhao of the University of St Andrews, UK, working with Kroupa and others, showed that such a subtle change allowed for an interaction between the Milky Way and Andromeda between 7 and 11 billion years ago.

“Simply speaking, MONDian dynamics demands that there was a past interaction between the two,” says Pawlowski.

Superfluid epiphany 

But MOND is not exactly flavor of the month among physicists.

Even though the strength of gravity has never been tested in very weak fields, the idea that a force of nature should change its strength so readily is unpalatable to most. And MOND runs into problems when the scales get extremely large.

In clusters of many galaxies, dark matter is still needed to hold everything together. And those hot and cold spots in the cosmic microwave background are very hard to explain without some form of dark matter assisting the collapse of normal matter into galaxies.

All of this gave Pawlowski pause for thought, wondering whether the MOND idea might itself be modified not just to explain a past collision between the Milky Way and Andromeda, but also to fit all other observations.

“Maybe MOND is telling us something about gravity,” he says. “Or maybe it is telling us something about dark matter.”

Enter Justin Khoury with the self-same question – and perhaps an answer.

A theoretical physicist at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Khoury has long been fascinated by the success of MOND in describing cosmic dynamics up to the scale of galaxies – and its failure with anything bigger.

“You need the component that modifies gravity on galaxy scales to go quiet on cosmological scales,” he says. “How do you accommodate that?”

His answer:

with superfluids.

Khoury’s epiphany involves a superfluid state known as a Bose-Einstein condensate, which kicks in among some types of normal matter atoms once they drop below a certain temperature.

In this state, the constituent particles begin to behave as one single, coherent mass that has no viscosity and flows without impediment.

When the temperature rises again, they snap back out into a normal, viscous fluid state.

“The superfluid would replicate dark matter on some scales, and modify gravity on others”

If dark matter particles could enter a Bose-Einstein state, Khoury reasoned, that would be just the thing to replicate MOND on certain scales, and ordinary dark matter on others. 

In the relatively weak gravitational fields of galaxies, dark matter would be slow-moving and have a low effective temperature. It would slip into a Bose-Einstein state whose energy would be spread uniformly across its extent, curving space and creating a MOND-like additional gravitational force.

But in stronger gravitational fields, as found in galaxy clusters, the coherence would break and the matter would behave just like ordinary dark matter, contributing its own minuscule force of gravity particle by particle.

  

This would also explain why we see no MONDian behavior on the scale of our solar system.

With our sun, we have a very strong local source of gravity, so the condensate would break down on this local level. The same would be true of each of the Milky Way’s stars, which would behave like impurities in the condensate. 

But because our galaxy, like all galaxies, is mainly empty space, the overall galactic condensate would still dominate (An Alternative to Particle Dark Matter). 

Khoury is not the first to suggest dark matter dynamics would naturally mimic those of a Bose-Einstein condensate, but he is the first to suggest it would lead to MOND-like variations in gravity, thus unifying bits of two models previously regarded as implacably opposed.

For this hybrid model to work, his calculations suggest that the dark matter itself is a billion times lighter than current models indicate.

Stark mismatch 

Khoury is currently developing computer models to see how superfluid dark-matter haloes would affect how galaxies merge, and so see if there are any observations he could make to test the idea. 

He is also collaborating with a condensed-matter physicist colleague at the University of Pennsylvania, Tom Lubensky, to see if there is any supercooled atomic fluid known to create exactly the predicted effect.

“If so, then perhaps we can use cold atom gases to simulate galaxies and mergers in the laboratory,” he says.

Some regard talk of superfluid dark matter modifying gravity as an unnecessary and unwelcome complication – a big disruption to explain the relatively small problem of strangely aligned dwarf galaxies.

Ed Shaya of the University of Maryland in College Park, for instance, thinks that the mismatch between simulations and the reality of the dwarf galaxies is down to a lack of computing power, which limits the resolution of simulations.

He believes that there are still solutions invoking ordinary physics and ordinary dark matter.

“It is not yet time to give up on the standard model,” he says.

The distance between simulation and reality is stark for now.

The vast polar structure’s ring shape is about 500,000 light years in diameter, yet no more than 50,000 light years wide. Although some standard galaxy formation simulations can be rigged to produce similar alignments, they never produce rings less than a million light years in width.

For Pawlowski, this mismatch is a big deal.

“There are a number of problems that the standard model has on the scale of galaxies, but this is the biggest.”

None of this will affect our ultimate fate, as we serenely spiral towards the giant firework show at the end of our galaxy.

But will that shock and awe display be a repeat performance? Who knows – and if we have to modify our ideas of gravity and dark matter, we can’t pencil the next date into our diaries with much certainty, either.

The fireworks could be going off a fair bit earlier than expected…

What Is The Correct Passover for 2016

What Is The Correct Passover for 2016

Credits to:www.chicagobible.org

  
What is the Bible account for the proper way to determine when the Jews were to celebrate the Passover?Exodus 12:2Open in Logos Bible Software (if available) This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.

“This month” is the Jewish month Nisan which begins at the FIRST new moon following the Spring Equinox. From this Jewish New Year, we can count to the Passover.

Exodus 12:6-11 Open in Logos Bible Software (if available) And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month…(vs. 11)

 it is the LORD’S Passover. (As you know, 14 days after a “New Moon” will always be a Full Moon” as you stated.)

Summary: Passover is 14 days after the first New Moon after the spring equinox.

Note: Passover is NOT necessarily the first full moon of spring. Look at 2016. The Spring Equinox for 2016 is March 20. The first full moon after the spring equinox is March 23, but that is NOT the date for the Passover. From March 20, we need to wait for the FIRST new Moon (which is April 7) for the beginning of Jewish New Year. From April 7, we count 14 days which is April 21 for the correct day for Passover (or April 22 using Jewish reckoning of their day beginning in the evening). This does not happen every year, but for 2016, Passover is during the Second Full Moon of spring.

Second Note: Our Lord was crucified in AD 33. In that year, the new moon was March 19 and Thursday, April 2nd. was Nisan 14, 33AD. See astropixels.com for the astronomical dating.

Czech Republic now officially called the Czechia

Czech Republic now officially called the Czechia

That is the new official name of the country in English.

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A country name will be carefully considered: Is it too bulky, it may no one can say – as in the case of the Czech Republic, which now assumes its colloquial counterpart. Unfortunately for many anglophile Czechs, the likelihood of confusion worry.

The Czech Republic is now officially shortly Czechia. That the representatives of the highest constitutional bodies decided on Thursday night, as a government spokesman said. In English the state’s in the middle of Europe now briefly “Czechia”, in French “la Tchéquie”. This ends a more than 20 years of discussion in Prague politics, during which proposals as “Czech land” were discarded.

The one word comprehensive expression is to be used especially at sporting events and in marketing materials. At the meeting at Prague Castle attended by President Milos Zeman and Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, the chairman of the two chambers of parliament and the foreign, defense and industry ministers participated. The new state name will now be officially registered at the United Nations.

Critics of innovation had referred to the likelihood of confusion of English “Czechia” with “Chechnya”, ie the Russian republic of Chechnya. An opponent of the short form “Cesko” (Bohemia) was the 2011 deceased former president, essayist and playwright Vaclav Havel. “I run shivers down your spine when I see this expression in letters from readers,” he once said in an interview.

Source: n-tv.de

As a man who was born in 1977 in Czechoslovakia, then later after velvet revelation in 1989 it was called CSFR(Czech and Slovak Federal Republic) and later in 1993 when czechs and Slovaks decided seperate it became Czech Republic I am seriously worried and embarrassed.
My origin country was for thousands of years Bohemia. Why politicians cannot do right thing and again messing up? I am afraid I do not understand.