The Second Fundamental Law

In one of my prior articles, I addressed the First Fundamental Law which states “do all you have agreed to do”. This law was the basis for “contract law.”

The Second Fundamental Law according to Whatever Happened to Justice? by Richard J. Maybury is “do not encroach on other persons or their property.” These two laws were derived from political and scientific law. Scientific law grew from court decisions. “Do not encroach on other persons or their property” is the basis for criminal and tort law. Both laws are the foundation for common law. We do not learn about these laws and their foundation in school; however, we do learn about political law!

Both Judaism and Christianity believe that, “Thou shalt not steal.” And, “Thou shall not commit adultery.” Let’s look at “Thou shalt not steal” a little more.

Can the Second Law affect karma? If we take something that doesn’t belong to us without the owner’s permission, it is breaking the law and starts the wheel of karma in motion. We are well aware of that and accept it. We know that stealing or breaking and entering are punishable events and can land us before a judge and then jail time. I don’t know about you, but there is nothing I will do to jeopardize my freedom. Freedom is a most precious gift.

An interesting thought is that when we pick up money (even though the owner is nowhere around) that we find on the street, we are taking on some of that person’s karma. That’s something to really think about!

Entering onto someone else’s property without their permission is also breaking the Law. We keep on building karma! We’ve been talking about encroaching on someone else’s property. Let’s discuss the use of the telephone!

I really believe that a telephone is an invasion of privacy. This is stretching the law; however, when the phone rings, isn’t that invading my time, my peace? I don’t know how easy it is for others to not pick up the phone; I find it very easy. After all, if I’m doing whatever it is that I am doing, I have choices. What about you? Do you have to pick up the phone? Take notice and see what you do and share.

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Thought And The Law Of Life

It does not matter what the seeming law outside of life is, that law is also known as human conceived political law also. It does matter what your thoughts, intentions and realities are. Those laws are genuine principles that cannot be broken in any genuine way. Sure, I begin this article in that way, but, there are a couple of things I would like to mention about goals before I go on with this article and get to the center of the matter of this article.

Immoral or moral, you can have goals, but you benefit more from moral goals, you ultimately pay more even in subtle ways for immoral goals when really thought about logically and honestly. Life and existence are all give and take, what you give, you do take without matter to how long it takes for you to get back what you give. Good is beneficial, bad is harmful; both in objective and honestly definable terms. The good things of life are what is positive and lifting, the bad, it does not matter how the bad is justified is draining.

So, there may be some right political laws and there may be some wrong political laws, but one thing is for certain: The law of cause and effect is not a breakable law of nature by even the most amazing stretches of the imagination. Thus, the substantial law of cause and effect relates to goals, achievement and doing what needs to be done in every way. It does not relate to anything outside ourselves except in effect, every cause relates to what our intention is, what is inside us. The ultimate reality is within us, the effect we see is what we intended from within from when we had the original idea. Some things may waft and waver from the original intent, but rest assured, if it does exist, the model was there to begin with. What we give, we get. What we are, we have. Thought directed by the law of creates a result. Scattered and unfocused thoughts lead to scattered and unfocused results.

The law of life, if you are curious is the law of cause and effect. Not any other law matters unless you are doing the bad or harmful over the beneficial. Only when there is confusion, there needs to be a political straightening of concepts. That is the real role of political law, not taking arbitrary, harmful and destructive power, but to guide from going astray in a bad way.

Sure, in a way, I am over simplifying matters. Consider this, though: The simplest and most easily worked concept is usually the most beneficial in life. While Ponzi schemes, complex political tricks and such are usually not the most beneficial in life, in fact they are completely harmful without any matter to the seemingly quick benefit to the person initiating it. Long term benefit can only come from what really works when it all realistically comes down to it. Our goals make us, our vices break us. Vice is what does not work. A goal is what does work ultimately without matter to the seeming hardships within the implementation. All that has to be done is to think clearly, act succinctly, and generate what needs to be implemented in that order with total and logical consideration of cost and ultimate benefit. Sure, I may sound coldly rational to some, but existence and life are that exact in their functioning ultimately. Our thoughts may not be that exact, our human nature may not seem that exact, but the objective functioning of reality is that exact.

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Understanding your letter of appointment

Please do not resign before you receive a copy of your letter of appointment. Make sure that you read it carefully and that you query anything that concerns you. You have the right to negotiate your terms of employment. This is sage advice from somebody who has been recruiting in the industry for many years. I have seen offers withdrawn leaving the candidate unemployed and I have seen changes to letters of employment which were not agreed to in discussions.

You also need to understand your rights in terms of the BCEA (Basic Conditions of Employment Act) to ensure that nothing in the contract takes away your basic rights in terms of labour law.

Everyone who goes into an employee relationship is expecting that there will be great opportunities and success, but just as we go into marriage expecting that we will be happy forever after, there is an anti-nuptual agreement which gives guidelines on what will happen if you have to get divorced. When you read your letter of appointment make sure that it protects you when the relationship is no longer rosy and you are wanting to resign, or worse, the company wants to dismiss you. Query those parts of the contract which don’t seem fair before you finally accept the employment offer.

These are the ten things to check before you sign your letter of appointment:

Is there a restraint of trade and exactly what does it mean if you resign and work for a competing company? (Where else are you going to be able to use your skills).
Does it have a clause requiring that you compensate the employer for the cost of your recruitment if you leave before the end of a determined period. (This is illegal).
What are the terms of the probation clause? Do they seem reasonable?
What is the disciplinary code and the terms of dismissal? (Many letters still have a 24 hour notice period in the first month. The minimum notice period in the BCEA is 7 days).
What does the letter say about the right to search, test for drugs or undergo polygraph testing?
Does it have a clause requiring that, should you have a dispute with the Company, you have to pay for private arbitration? (Effectively preventing you from approaching the CCMA).
Do you fully understand the bonus and/or commission clauses?
Does the letter prevent you from having other sources of income? Do you have to get written permission for any business interests you may have outside of your full-time job?
Does the letter have a clause relating to the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI)?
Does the letter ask for you to comply with policies that you have not been able to read?

Letters of appointment (or Contracts of Employment) have, in terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA), to contain certain details. These are listed in clause 29 of the Act and refer to an employee’s conditions of employment. However, what employees often miss are the clauses in a letter of appointment that are designed to protect the employer. They also fail to understand that once they have signed the letter they have agreed to these clauses and that, as with any other contract, the agreement is enforceable in a court of law.

Hlaudi Motsoeneng is just a glorified PR officer, SABC tells court

The SABC on Thursday downplayed Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s influence at the public broadcaster, saying his position as group executive of corporate affairs was equivalent to that of a “glorified public relations officer”.
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The High Court in Cape Town was hearing an application brought by the DA to have Motsoeneng removed from the SABC. He was recently reappointed to the position of group executive of corporate affairs, the post he held before becoming chief operating officer.

The DA’s application lists the SABC as the second respondent. The public broadcaster’s lawyer, Stephan du Toit, argued that it was not for the courts to dictate to the SABC who it could employ.

He said SABC acting CEO James Aguma was entitled to allocate the portfolio to any SABC employee.

“Him [Motsoeneng] holding that position is really a business decision taken by the CEO. He [Motsoeneng] is a glorified public relations officer; [this] is not a defining role as he had as chief operating officer, he now has a subordinate role,” Du Toit said.

Motsoeneng was reappointed to the position after he lost his job as operations chief in September when the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed his application for leave to appeal against a ruling by the High Court in Cape Town, setting aside his permanent appointment as the operations chief.

His reappointment as an executive precipitated the resignation of two board members in Parliament in October.

The board has just one member left and Parliament is due to hold an inquiry to look into the crisis at the SABC later in November.

The DA argued on Thursday that Motsoeneng is an “unethical, manipulative fraudster who has destroyed any semblance of good corporate governance at the SABC”, and should therefore not hold any influential position.

“The DA trying to prescribe to the SABC who they may employ, it will set a bad precedent if a political party comes along and tells us who to employ,” said Du Toit.

Anton Katz for the DA argued in court that Motsoeneng was a “toxic cancer that needs to be cut from the body [of the SABC]”.

He said Motsoeneng was still very much an influential figure at the SABC even though he held a different position. Motsoeneng was still in the same physical office as when he was chief operating officer, said Katz.

The office of the public protector argued in court that Motsoeneng should not hold any position of influence that requires honesty and integrity at the SABC because he was found to have been dishonest.

Motsoeneng’s legal troubles stem from former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s findings against him in 2014.

In her report, When Governance and Ethics Fail, Madonsela found Motsoeneng had fabricated his matric qualification and had increased his salary irregularly, from R1.5m to R2.4m in one year.

A disciplinary hearing cleared Motsoeneng of wrongdoing, but the DA says the process was a “sham and a charade”.

The disciplinary inquiry was one of the remedial actions directed by Madonsela in her report.

The SABC is challenging the public protector’s report and further argues that it will be premature for the courts to make a decision on Motsoeneng’s future until its review application has been dealt with.

Tiger Brands turnover soars

Tiger Brands saw turnover from continuing operations jump 11% to R31.7bn as group operating income rose 5% to R4.2bn in the year to September, despite what CEO Lawrence MacDougall called “one of the most challenging trading environments we’ve seen in a long time”.
Lawrence MacDougall.
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Lawrence MacDougall.
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MacDougall said on Wednesday the period had been underpinned by unpredictable foreign exchange markets, weak consumer confidence and “abnormal” raw material inflation, that was worsened by drought.

“The year has been unprecedented in terms of volatility in the market,” he said.

“Despite this, we achieved a solid set of results from continuing operations.”

Headline earnings per share from continuing operations were up 2%. Total headline earnings per share rose 19%, boosted by the disposal in February of Tiger Branded Consumer Goods, formerly Dangote Flour Mills, in Nigeria.

The venture had been a millstone around the company’s neck, costing shareholders billions of rand in writedowns.

“There is absolutely no further exposure to Dangote — no impact on continuing operations,” chief financial officer Noel Doyle said on Wednesday.

The company declared a final dividend of 702c per share, up 12% on the previous year.

Domestic operations, which account for the bulk of group income, grew overall volumes by 2% and revenue by 11%.

The international business, which accounted for about 20% of all group operations, grew revenue by 7% on pricing and forex gains, MacDougall said.

He cited disciplined price and volume management and continued cost savings and investments as key drivers of performance. Tiger Brands had made R700m in cost savings in procurement activities in the past three years, he said.

Ron Klipin, a Cratos Capital portfolio manager, said on Wednesday he had a cautious outlook for the fast-moving consumer goods producer.

“Price volatility and high levels of inflation, especially in the grains division, impacted on profits as the company was unable to pass on costs [to cash-strapped consumers],” he said.

But consumer brands such as beverages, home care, groceries and baby products showed solid results, Klipin said.

The group’s ability to balance pricing and volumes in “difficult and competitive markets” had mostly proven to be sound business practice.

The group’s Koo food brand was voted the number one brand in SA.

The group’s eight top brands — including Black Cat, Jungle Oats and All Gold — provided annual turnover of more than R1bn, MacDougall said.

Tiger Brands had announced the resignation of chairman Andre Parker effective February 2017. Khotso Mokhele, a director of the group since 2007, would succeed him. The group had also appointed Kevin Hedderwick, former CE of Famous Brands, as an independent nonexecutive director from November.

Klipin said that Tiger Brands needed to become “more nimble in clawing back market share” from competitors such as the Rhodes Food Group. But it had a strong presence in the informal market, which had good growth potential and the dividend increase of 12% was a positive signal, he added.

A Conceptual Look At Political Marketing

Political marketing is the process by which candidates up for election and all their ideas are put together in a campaign and directed at voters. The idea is to further a candidate’s political agenda as well as gain support of the masses. Just as in regular marketing, there is the concept of seller, product and buyer. A political candidate offers voters products in the form of ideas that will ensure economic betterment, an improved society and all of this done for votes.

At the center of political marketing are the consumers. Without them there can be no campaign and no voting. They are the stimuli and the campaign has to be tweaked in order to appeal to their right side. Just as one would do in the selling of a product, the consumer market is analyzed and its behavior understood. Literature is made up, concepts are created and perception is gauged. Communication can be through selective exposure or through multiple phases.

Political marketing makes use of the concept of market segmentation as well as target groups in order to increase their successes at voting. Market segmentation is where potential vote banks are identified and target groups identified in them. This can be on the age, sex, annual income, residential location, race, personality, belief system and lots more.

Voting banks then are selected and the kind of communication targeted at them is different. Depending on this the kind of promotion aimed at the group will revolve around themes such as law and order, employment, foreign policy etc. Mediums of advertising, canvassing etc are ways in which to communicate.

Marketing a political candidate is all about creating an image or recall just as you would with any other product. This image is built up in multiple ways and given to the public. It is a concept and is based on a great deal of research. Loyalty to a particular brand is the same as loyalty to a political party. There is a need to identify voters loyal to the brand and utilize them to help swing votes your way.

A political campaign is worked on the basis of a great deal of research. The product, that is the candidate and his idealogy are promoted in the campaign and this in turn is sent out to the people in order to influence them to vote for a particular candidate. The success of a brand or in this case the political candidate is the culmination of a political marketing campaign.

Voting banks then are selected and the kind of communication targeted at them is different. Depending on this the kind of promotion aimed at the group will revolve around themes such as law and order, employment, foreign policy etc. Mediums of advertising, canvassing etc are ways in which to communicate.

Marketing a political candidate is all about creating an image or recall just as you would with any other product. This image is built up in multiple ways and given to the public. It is a concept and is based on a great deal of research. Loyalty to a particular brand is the same as loyalty to a political party. There is a need to identify voters loyal to the brand and utilize them to help swing votes your way.

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How To Run A Great Political Campaign For Elected Office

If you’re running a campaign as a candidate in a political election, there’s a philosophical reason why you should really begin by looking up the qualifications and duties of the office you’re seeking. If you do win you election, you are going to have to look things up in the code on a regular basis because your office and duties are regulated by law.

You should begin by learning your way around the state code or city charter. You should want to win your election, but you should also want to be good at the job you’re running for. A good official always follows the law, and always checks the code first to see what the law is.

If looking things up in the code or charter seems too intimidation, ask someone in the party or an old hand if they know a friendly lawyer. Lots of lawyers are politically active and would be happy to share their election knowledge by giving you a copy of the relevant code sections if you’re a good candidate.

Although checking the office out in the state code for your election is not a must-do thing, we strongly recommend it. There are also other, more informal, ways to find out about the job. One of the very best is to attend the meetings of the board or office.

If you plan on running in an election for city council or the school board, it in on the city council or school board meetings and listen to what goes on. Find out what is currently on the agenda, and what is likely to come up during the campaign.

Talk to people who have held the job. An incumbent is not likely to give you much help if you are running in an election against him, but if you know someone who has already served in that office, ask him or her about it. Talk to the employees in that office about the work they do and how it might be improved.

Talk to the people who are served by that elected office or do business with it on a regular basis. If you are running for the Housing Board, you should ask the head of the tenant’s union and the president of the landlord’s association what they expect from a member of the board after the election.

There are plenty of specialized requirements that must be met before you can qualify as a political candidate for certain specialized offices. In one state only a licensed physician can run for coroner, only a certified peace officer can run for sheriff, and only a licensed professional engineer can be a candidate for county engineer. In another state, none of these professional licensures are required.
We won’t give the names of the states because it really doesn’t matter what the official requirements are for being a political candidate in some other state. It only matters what they are in your state, and you have to look that up yourself.

The qualifications for specific political candidates are listed in your state code, which is a compilation of the state laws. Many libraries have copies of the state code, some state offices do, and virtually every lawyer has a copy of the state code in his office, so it is fairly easy to find out about the official qualifications.
You may be running for an office that is governed by a city charter, or local ordinances, so you have to check that source, but local codes are readily available in libraries and law offices, too.

When you look at the qualifications to be a political candidate, also look up the section that deals with the duties of the office – the powers, functions, and areas of responsibility. There may be some duties involved in the job that you are not aware of. In public employment, like any employment, it is a good idea to look at the job description before you sign on.

Immigration, The Political Football

Europeans marvel at the U.S. immigration laws, and shake their head in wonderment at all the forms, classifications, Visas and cards. It’s no wonder why they view the U.S. system with a touch of amusement, as most of them just pack and leave a country to go live in another one, if the spirit moves them.

In the U.S., the rules and regulations are much like a never-ending maze, causing foreign nationals to seek the specific expertise of an immigration and Visa attorney; just to make sense of the process. There is no way they are able to move to the U.S., get a job and live here, without following specific protocol.

This is rather ironical when you consider immigration provides diversity and population growth, something the nation prides itself on. What happened to the spirit behind the words etched on the Statue of Liberty?

What happened is the whisper of politics, the fact it is no longer a good option for the U.S. to have totally open borders. The global economy will just not support that kind of massive influx. It is becoming more and more critical to focus on the home fires. That, however, raises a touchy issue – who is allowed to come to the U.S. and work? There are no easy answers to that question either.

Right or wrong, what has happened is there are two factions of immigrants in the U.S. today; those who came here without availing themselves of the legal methods to do so, and those who did go the legal route, but still can’t get a Visa. This, of course, causes no end of angst for professionals and executives who need to be in the U.S. due to the nature of their work, or if they have been transferred with multi-national companies.

One would think it would be easy to obtain the special H-1B or the L-1 Visa, but applying for them isn’t the problem. The rules and conditions, however, are so convoluted and contrary that it requires a highly specialized H-1B attorney to thread through all the paperwork. The H-1B Visa lets foreign nationals with degrees and credentials work in the U.S., so long as they have an employer sponsoring them. It’s not quite as easy as that, but that is how the process begins.

The L-1 Visa is generally for those with specialized knowledge (managers, executives) who have been abroad working for a non-U.S. company and who now want to transfer to a U.S. subsidiary of the parent company. While this may sound fairly straightforward on the surface, the conditions and regulations may change without notice. This is one of the major reasons why immigration law is so specialized and those attorneys who handle cases need to know this area of law intimately.

While immigration law isn’t likely to become easier to understand in the near future, there are attorneys who make it their life’s passion to strive to assist those wanting to call the United States home.

Lawless Government – The Great Non-sequitur Of The Last Days

The idea of lawless government seems like a non sequitur but through the eyes of Biblical prophecy it is not. Indeed it is a promise of scripture and a description of a time when government will be at a peak but the laws governing personal moral behavior will have reached all new lows beyond anything in past history.

It is interesting that the call to this non sequitur will be much like the slogan of the Obama campaign catch phrase used in the 2008 election. Put simply it is the call for change: the definition, final outcome or stated purpose of the change does not have to be clarified. It is akin to the exasperated cry of the weary worker who says to his wife “We just need to get out of here for a while and maybe take a little vacation.” The feeling that a change is desired comes long before it is actualized or planned. The call for change is seeking only agreement not necessarily a definition or any specifics.

The promised rise of the world’s last and worst dictator says that he too will be a man that calls for change. He will think to change the very way we perceive time and history. Not possible you say? Consider Adolph Hitler’s call for a thousand year rule of the Third Reich. He pulled that one out of the little hat that housed his very large megalomaniacal head and actually got thousands of Germans on board with his idea of Nazi supremacy.

The antichrist will do pretty much the same thing but rather than waiting for a new millennial period to begin he will simply propose that we rearrange the history preceding him and all the events that follow. “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.” (Dan 7:25)

It could be said that one of the chief reasons Hitler failed and antichrist does not is because Hitler came before his time. The antichrist however comes at exactly the right time. The world will have been well prepped in his time. Religion will be apostate having replaced the call to salvation with ceremonial and traditional beliefs that leave out accountability to the creator God and his singular Savior who rather than being a great teacher or leader is the very incarnation of the living God, in the form of a man, namely, Jesus Christ.

The world banded together to defeat Hitler but due to moral conditions in the last day the world will join with the antichrist to bring in their own all new version of the thousand year reign. It will not look as militant and aggressive as the schemes of Hitler but will be a seemingly homogenous meld of political correctness, global cooperation, environmentalism and happy days of worldwide brotherhood. John Lennon would be delighted.

The antichrist’s rise will be predicated on the need to solve worldwide problems such as war and economic instability. He will be a man who knows full well the meaning of yet another slogan that came into vogue during the 2008 election year, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”

The world is mesmerized by pop figures that seem larger than life in our culture and problem solvers who are larger than life in our leadership and government. Antichrist happens to fit the profile for both. He will, for a time at least, find a way to cut back warfare in various parts of the world and stabilize a teetering worldwide economy. It might be said that; to the world he looks just too good to pass up.

Lawless government is hard to understand apart from a clear understanding that law has different levels and administrations. The best example to explain these levels is in the ancient Law of Moses. Comprised of three basic divisions the Mosaic Law is the perfect example of how nations can split the hairs just as ancient Israel has done, by picking the part of the law they found easiest to enforce, they brought their nationhood to an end.

Mosaic Law is comprised of the ceremonial law, the hygienic law and the moral law. Ceremonial law spoke to the methods and practice of religious ceremonies and concerned itself with proper procedures in the practice of the ancient temple system of worship. Hygienic law had to do with washing of hands, temple vessels and what meats were clean or unclean.

The third and most important aspect of the Mosaic Law was the moral law but this is where Israel failed the most. At the top of the moral law were the Ten Commandments.

The moral law was fully incorporated by Christ into a singular and final law sometimes referred to as “The Royal Law of the Scriptures.” That law is defined by a single verse of New Testament scripture, “And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.” (Luke 10:27)

The Royal law held God as the main focus of our love and our neighbors as well. No one goes after his neighbor’s wife if he loves his neighbor. No one steals from someone they love. No one murders anyone, if they love them.

In the hands of secularists, the deviant and the generally disobedient this law has been twisted to mean that if you love people you will not charge anyone with immoral behavior because that would be overtly un-loving and thus not in keeping with the Royal Law of Scriptures.

It is the Royal Law that comes under serious attack as the last days approach. Speaking of conditions that will prevail near the end of the age Christ said, “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” (Mt 24:12)

To proclaim that God’s pronouncements against homosexuality are binding moral laws will be detested, challenged and rejected as un-loving. Following those objections many will conclude that such proclamations are contrary to civil rights, first amendment freedoms, or injurious and defamatory to the homosexual.

To reiterate, preach, or attest to God’s proclamations will be seen as un-loving and defamatory yet all the while the real reasons for proclaiming his laws are exactly the opposite. To the Christian, not telling someone of a behavioral choice that will cost someone their eternal destiny is extremely irresponsible and anything but loving. Proclaiming the moral laws that are intrinsic to the Royal Law is an ultimate act of love.

The ultimate master of lawlessness and anarchy in the last days is called the “man of lawlessness.” (2 Thess 2: 3 NAS) The height of perversion will have been reached and surpassed because he will actually be ruling the world from one end of the globe to the other. (Rev 13: 7) Here is where the incongruity reaches critical mass. How can a lawless individual propose, legislate or enforce any laws if he is “lawless?”

The kinds of laws that are loosened, changed or disregarded are all those that have to do with our personal behavior and matters of choice. We are now accustomed to abortion on a world wide scale (150 million to date) and nationally (50 million) and now it is no longer considered a hot button topic but is often covered with a simple; “It’s the law of the land.” I’m not sure where the word originated but someone of late has referred to abortion clinics as “abortuaries,” a term that should invoke national shame.

Stretching the credulity of the humblest minds today’s stop academics and scientists send probes across our solar system looking for the source or beginnings of life but don’t seem to know when life begins in a mother’s womb. Most children know that life begins at the beginning (conception) without studying Hegel’s Science of Logic. Today’s top minds say the God who can’t lie (2 Tim 1: 2) must have been mistaken when he referred to himself as the creator of everything well over forty times in the scripture. The convulsions of the modern mind do not end here but the final chapter is yet to come.

Every choice regarding gender, trans-gender, sexual preferences or the promotion and promulgation of sexually deviant materials will have almost no limits. Prurient interests will fly on every level from Hollywood to the classroom. The sense of the big party will create euphoria for a while, until people are forced to pause long enough to see that while they were reveling, the biggest political farce in world history is forming like a giant tsunami and is about to break out just behind them.

The pursuit of riches will take up the slack for the rest and out of that mindless hot pursuit will come a come a worldwide economic system that will enter and meddle with the details of virtually everyone’s personal finances. It will be a mandatory system without which no one will be able to buy or sell so much as a postage stamp unless they are included in it. George Orwell’s 1984 will come into its own and then we will see the only thing he may have had wrong in his un-nerving prognostication was the date.

Those with a gut sense that things are about to burst open have begun to take measures to avert the worst, howbeit, they have sought the wrong path. Today there is a flurry of gold sellers selling the public the idea that buying gold will assure their future financial security. I cannot help but make them angry by saying that gold will be worthless when these events are in full swing.

We hear the repeated claim that gold has never gone down in value. This is a complete lie because those who stocked up on gold when it hovered around $400.00 per ounce in the eighties saw it plunge rather than rise to the expected $800.00 per ounce that was predicted. But let’s go further back than the eighties. From 1933 to 1975 Americans were not permitted to own or hoard gold, gold coins, gold bullion or gold certificates under the executive order signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, April 5, 1933. The antichrist’s complete control of our personal finances will also be subject to executive orders of the same kind.

If all of this sounds dastardly we must remember that no one ever said that prophecy was meant to titillate. Of the 167 Messianic prophecies that are found in the Old Testament all were fulfilled completely during the life of Christ but none of the less attractive aspects of them was left out. The brutal slaying of Christ on a cross was the worst death the ancient Romans could conger and every detail of that death was both prophesied and fulfilled in the last twenty four hours of Christ’s life.

There are about one hundred times more pre-millennial (Second coming of Christ) prophecies than Messianic prophecies and every one of them will be largely fulfilled in the last seven years of human history as we now know it. So why doesn’t everyone just tune in to these dire warnings and turn it all around?

Nothing new here; the first reason that we don’t pay heed to the warnings is because we will not take them into account. Science, academics, the media, apostate churches and the general attitudes of most people is one of skepticism and doubt. The second prevailing reason they are not heeded is that age old matter of unbelief. The “seeing is believing” crowd will get what they want but, it will be a moment too late.

I usually appendage my work with an appropriate scripture passage to complete or embellish the points and drive home a sense of urgency to my readers. This time I will use a message garnered from the annals of American southern gospel music. In 1917 the song “Life’s Railway to Heaven was copyrighted and later was printed and popularized in Chicago in 1933. The words came from the pen of M.E. Abbey and the music was written by Charlie D. Tillman.

Abbey says that all of life is like a mountain railroad a metaphor few people find hard to understand.

Life is like a mountain railroad, with an engineer that’s brave;
We must make the run successful, from the cradle to the grave;
Watch the curves, the fills, the tunnels; never falter, never quail;
Keep your hand upon the throttle, and your eye upon the rail.

The question that is posed by Abbey’s prose is, just how could anyone keep a powerful fast moving train from de-railing in times that are roaring louder than the old train whistle itself? As with so many of life’s best solutions for problems the answer is simple yet profound. In the next verse Tillman explains.

You will often find obstructions; look for storms of wind and rain;
On a fill, or curve, or trestle, they will almost ditch your train;
Put your trust alone in Jesus; never falter, never fail;
Keep your hand upon the throttle, and your eye upon the rail.

Your weight is found on what or whom you trust. If you trust government, your riches, gold, the antichrist, the new liberalism or apostate churches the result will always be; a ditched train.