Saturday, August 30, 2014

Pray for Peace in Ukraine



Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. (Matt. 5:9)

I can't help but notice that a prophecy given during a Near Death Experience (see A Prophecy of September 11, Islamic Terrorism (ISIS), Russia and America) is being played out now in current events - especially with the rise of ISIS in the Middle East, and the current crisis in Ukraine. As predicted, ISIS is guided by a religious fanaticism that goes against God's will, and because the borders with Turkey are open terrorists can freely flow into Europe. As predicted, the conflict in Syria has spilled over into Russia. I would say we are at a critical nexus point. Where we go depends on our free will.

Military conflict is not going to solve this problem, and there are certain parties in the West blasting out propaganda pushing for war - a large NATO summit is taking place in England where some decisions are going to be made.  A study was done that indicated that while rebellions that included violence were 25% successful, peaceful non-violent protests were over 50% successful.  This conflict can only be solved through negotiation, and prayer. Thankfully there are some who have refused to fight - for Ukrainians and Russians are brothers, they are in fact one people. But I would encourage everyone to pray for the people in Ukraine. I have seen prophecies where Russia invades Europe. I have seen other prophecies where the hope for Christianity will come out of Russia. Swedenborg saw in his visions that Russians had a tendency to be less evil than other nations in the West:
"Russians have been with me, several times; and through them the evil from the Christian world were kept away. They were in obedience, and were modest; so that they were much better than those. The reason is, because they can be kept in a good affection, owing to the fact that they are in obedience and subordination, and do not aspire to high [places], and thus can be withheld from the will-proprium." (Spiritual Experiences, n. 5963 - will proprium is the selfish ego)
I would like to point out that prayer is not just some superstition - when several gather to pray, particularly on one issue, it can change the future course of events. Thoughts take substance and form in the spiritual world, and in Richard Sigmund's Near Death Experience he saw that prayers are carried by angels before the throne of God, especially those that regard the good for the end (see A Journey to Heaven by Richard Sigmund and Emanuel Swedenborg). On numerous occasions, Swedenborg would pray, and the answer would be given in a form of revelation. But there is one law of Divine providence that cannot be circumvented: one must ask first before God can respond. If we never ask, God will not respond. Thus Jesus said, "Seek and ye shall find, ask and it shall be given." But we have to ask.

In news of the weird, after Crimea broke away from Ukraine, no one wanted to take the post of chief prosecutor in Ukraine. After several people refused to take the post, one Natalia Poklonskaya took the post, becoming the youngest chief prosecutor in Crimea's history:



Apparently someone in Japan noticed that Natalia Poklonskaya has a similar appearance to some anime characters that are popular there, and Natalia Poklonskaya has become an anime sensation:



According to Japan’s darling Natalia Poklonskaya on Tokyo Russia sanctions list, as a result of the sanctions against Russia Natalia is not permitted to travel to Japan. Her Japanese fans must be heart-broken. Some in Ukraine apparently regard her as a traitor, but as far as I am concerned, Crimea was autonomous in the first place, and they voted. Rumor has it that the upcoming NATO summit has planned discussions on how to make people "dislike" her on facebook.

So why do I bring this up? Well Natalia Poklonskaya has appeared in this song called "Nyash Myash" - and I thought the ending had a nice hopeful note for the future of Ukraine. I have no idea what "Nyash Myash" is, nor what she is singing in this song, but I did find a versions with English subtitles for some of the phrases. I would like to believe those monsters are a symbol for the shadow government that created ISIS, and that this song is a hopeful prayer for a bright future for Ukraine and Russia:



Saturday, August 23, 2014

What is the Way to Heaven?

What is the way to heaven?  It happens to be quite simple.


I told this person who has a tendency to have clairvoyant and precognitive dreams (e.g., A Prophetic Dream of Flight MH17, among many others), to focus their thoughts on more spiritual topics, such as heaven, and less on material things, and to tune out people who tend to have petty and jealous thoughts. The next day this person had a dream vision and saw these men with white beards, wearing different light colored robes. They were taking care of these younger boys.  This person then asked:

"Where is this place?"

One of the men with the white beards then responded,

"This is heaven."

He then said this:

"Tell Doug this: all go to heaven who who treat other people well, and with love."

And that was it. I was a bit surprised at the immediate response. The men with white beards were probably Middle Eastern. And the young boys? Probably all the young children who have died recently in the Middle East (Swedenborg saw that all children who have died at a young age will go to heaven). And these men with white beards were taking care of them, and with such care. I understood that the boys were probably from the Middle East, as so many children have died recently in Iraq, Syria and Palestine. And the reason for such death? From false religions. False religions, or false doctrines of religion, have a tendency to state that only people of a particular religion go to heaven. But that is not true - it is not the BELIEF which is important, it is LOVE which is important.

Religion or one's belief system is only useful to the extent it leads a person to love God and love others. Religions that focus on belief alone tend to not be so useful or practical in one's spiritual life.

Others, who would perhaps expect some great overwhelming revelation from heaven, will probably be disappointed and say, "That's it?" That was Howard Storm's reaction when he had a Near Death Experience, and asked Jesus what he should do. Jesus simply responded, "Love the one you are with" (see Swedenborg on the Near Death Experience of Howard Storm). And his reaction was "That's it?" Yes, that is really it. For God is love itself, and inasmuch as we allow that love inside our heart, so we will live forever in heaven. In Near Death Experiences, people are consistently encountering a Being of Light and come into a life review, and in that life review one principle is important: how we have loved others.

ALL HUMANS WERE CREATED TO DWELL ETERNALLY IN HEAVEN

Swedenborg was very clear in his visions of the afterlife - he saw all people of different religions in heaven, dwelling in different areas according to the level of understanding and love they had reached in their life. In his work Heaven and Hell, he wrote:
"It is a common opinion that those born out of the Church, who are called heathen or gentiles, cannot be saved, because they have not the Word and thus do not know the Lord, and without the Lord there is no salvation. But still it may be known that they also are saved, from this alone, that the mercy of the Lord is universal, that is, toward every one; that they are born men as well as those within the Church, who are respectively few; and that it is not their fault that they do not know the Lord. Every one who thinks from any enlightened reason, may see that no man is born for hell, for the Lord is love itself, and His love is to will to save all. Therefore He has provided that all may have religion, and by it acknowledgment of the Divine, and interior life; for to live according to one's religious belief is to live interiorly, as he then looks to the Divine; and as far as he looks to This, so far he does not look to the world, but removes himself from the world, thus from the life of the world, which is exterior life." (Heaven and Hell, n. 318)
And what is the advantage for those who know? External morality appears similar to other people, but there is a morality which is external and natural, and a morality which is more spiritual. The difference in one's morality is based on one's intent:
"Moral life is lived either for the sake of the Divine, or for the sake of men in the world; the moral life which is lived for the sake of the Divine is spiritual life. Moral life and spiritual life appear alike in outward form, but in inward form they are altogether different; the one saves man, the other does not save him. For he who lives a moral life for the sake of the Divine, is led by the Divine, but he who lives a moral life for the sake of men in the world, is led by himself. This may be illustrated by an example. He who will not do evil to his neighbor because it is contrary to religion, thus contrary to the Divine, abstains from doing evil from a spiritual motive; but he who does no evil to another merely from fear of the law, of the loss of reputation, honor, or gain, thus for the sake of himself and the world, abstains from doing evil from a natural motive, and is led by himself: the life of the latter is natural, but that of the former is spiritual." (Heaven and Hell, n. 319)
And this is the reason why the 10 commandments were revealed on Mount Sinai: for hidden within the morality of societies laws, which everyone has a tendency to know from their own conscience, there is a hidden spiritual way of living. You cannot divorce morality from spirituality. Some religious thoughts which focus on belief alone, consider the study of morality a "side issue" rather than have it be central to their teaching.

As I often see many who are at a lower level of understanding when it comes to their religion, what did Jesus have to say on the issue? Did Jesus speak of other religions? Yes he did.

ETERNAL LIFE IS THROUGH LOVE

What shall one do to inherit eternal life? Love others. And that is it:

And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?”
And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” (Luke 10:25-28)

WHAT ABOUT DIFFERENT RELIGIONS?

Right after Jesus said the above, the topic of other religions comes up.  In Jesus' day, the Jewish Pharisees utterly despised another group known as the Samaritans, who only followed the first five books of Moses and rejected much of what was taught in Judaism.

But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 
Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side.
So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion.
He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him.
And the next day he took out two denarii3  and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’
Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?”
He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.” (Luke 10:29-37)

Note in the parable Jesus specifically chose a Samaritan, someone who followed a different religion, who it was who did God's will.

A RELIGION OF BROTHERHOOD

Again, Jesus spoke in another instance concerning someone who did not follow his disciples:

John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name,  and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.”
But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me.
For the one who is not against us is for us. (Mark 9:38-40)

This is something a particular religion will not talk about. Indeed, the gospel of Mark is the earliest of the gospels, and this story does not appear again in any of the other gospels. A "religion of brotherhood" recognizes other religions that does good as a brotherhood, even though they may follow different teachings.

ALL RELIGIONS ARE CREATED FOR MAN, AND NOT MAN FOR RELIGION

All religions, without exception, are adapted to the culture of the people receiving the revelation. For if it were not adapted to what people can receive, there would be no conjunction between humans and God.  And indeed, Jesus confirms that religion was made for man, and not man for religion:

The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. (Mark 2:27)

The "Sabbath" in a generic sense means religion, for it was on the Sabbath day that religious instruction was given.  The Jews at the time had made so many unnecessary rules to honor the Sabbath day that they forgot what the law was all about: loving others.

ALL ARE JUDGED ACCORDING TO THEIR LIFE, NOT THEIR RELIGION

Finally, everyone will be judged according to how they lived their life. There are many religious people that just follow ritual or do lip service, but do not live their life according to what is taught:

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.
Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.
Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’
Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?
And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?
And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’
Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’
Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’
And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Matt. 25:31-46)

WHO CRUCIFIED JESUS? RELIGIOUS PEOPLE

One often forgets that the four Gospels concentrate on how religion towards its end become corrupt, and based on falsity justifies the killing of other people:

They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. (John 16:2) 

So beware of belonging to a religion of false teachings. Always examine what you think to be true. If a religion is based on fear and hatred, or making one group "superior" to others, it is a false religion.

BRAIN GAMES ON LOVE AND COMPASSION

Here is an interesting episode from Brain Games on National Geographic, which demonstrates the psychological impact of love and compassion on other people, based on scientific studies. I especially like the hot chili blind test, which shows just how a simple act of kindness can have a ripple effect on other people.  It also shows what questions you can ask in a party situation to determine which personality is most likely to be "psychopathic." Love is not just for heaven: love is the key to happiness, and a healthy social life.



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Suffering of Palestinians under Apartheid Israel, and Armageddon

On Sunday I just happened to encounter a march in Clifton New Jersey supporting Palestinians and trying to make the public aware of the discriminatory policies of apartheid Zionist Israel. I could not believe it, just happened to stop there for lunch, found a place to park as the road was closed off, rounded the corner and the marchers were coming towards us. Here is a picture I took, one sign states "Authentic Rabbis always opposed Zionism and the State of Israel" and another is "State of Israel does not represent world Jewry":


This could hardly be a coincidence. I had earlier posted Letter to Obama from Gaza by a Norwegian Doctor which details the suffering of the Palestinians in the hospital. The American public have been brainwashed into thinking Israel is "defending its borders" - when actually they are ignoring the borders agreed upon in 1967 - and that Israel is fighting against "terrorists" - when in fact their own military is practicing terrorism on the entire civilian population with U.S. made weapons. Palestinians are subject to arbitrary arrest, can have their home and land taken from them at any time, do not possess the same rights for education and work, and can basically be killed with impunity. Gaza strip is like a large concentration camp. Their own government has been subverted by the Israelis, and they are collectively punished. There is very little difference between what Israel is doing to the Palestinians and what Hitler did with the Jews of Europe - they both follow a philosophy based on racism. In the meantime, Christian ministers are utterly ignorant of what is happening - see Ignorance of Christian Ministers on Prophecies of Zionist Israel.

Jews and Muslims lived together in peace for centuries. That changed when Jewish terrorist organization began executing native Palestinians in 1947 to cause a mass exodus - and many still live in exile. As I was about to cross the street, I was interviewed by a reporter Minjae Park for The Record, where I explained to him some history behind this, and my own experiences while I was in Israel. He had asked what I thought of the march and I had replied, "I am against what is happening." He thought I meant I was against the march but I corrected him, and explained how I was against what Israel was doing to the Palestinians. When I was in Israel one Israeli freely admitted what they were doing, and justified it by saying "But you did the same to the native American Indians."

You can see Minjae Park's story from The Record here: Demonstrators in Passaic County call for an end to hate in Middle East. One Clifton resident was upset about the march as it had closed off the street for about a couple of hours and they were spending U.S. tax dollars. Apparently he is unaware that $3 billion U.S. dollars of taxpayer money goes to Israel each year, and U.S. made weapons are used to attack civilians in Gaza. From The United States is Not Just a Bystander in Israel-Gaza Violence, here is a picture of a U.S. made hellfire missile linked to the killing of a child and three medics in Gaza:


So, should we be concerned about tax payer dollars used to close off a street for 2 hours for people to express their freedom of speech, or is anyone concerned about the U.S. taxpayer dollars that are used to give Israel weapons to kill innocent civilians? If there is one militant in a group of civilians, does Israel have the right to kill the civilians as well as the militant? No.

As I walked across the street. Some Jewish protesters were protesting against Zionist Israel:



The web sites are here: Judaism Rejects the State of Israel and Jews United against Zionism.

Solution here is to restrict the delivery of weapons to Israel, and spend more money to help the civilians in Palestine who are now living in abject poverty.  Israel will not listen to the U.S. or the U.N. as long as they freely obtain $3 billion U.S. taxpayer money each year. If Zionist Israel did not practice racism, there would be no need for two states.

I helped the marchers hold out a Palestinian flag in the park:


As I was holding the flag, I met a couple of Palestinians. One of them was a a Palestinian-American professor at a college, who was there in Gaza on vacation visiting family when the war broke out. He was trapped in the Gaza strip, and he had to escape using contacts at the American U.S. Embassy. He travelled to Jordan, then to Egypt, and had just arrived back the day before. He confirmed how the Israeli IDF is targetting civilians. The only safe away to get around in Gaza strip is by ambulance or U.N. marked vehicles, but the IDF is targeting those vehicles anyway. A friend of his, along with his brother, were killed while he was there - he had just stepped out of U.N. marked vehicle when IDF forces hit it, killing both him and his brother.

There is a disturbing pattern emerging here - IDF seems to be targeting civilians on purpose. The evidence for this is incontrovertible - the IDF had bombed a beach killing children that were playing there in front of a hotel of journalists, and they had hit two U.N. schools twice that had been marked as safe shelters. There were reports of them hitting school shelters before that, but these incidents are hard to deny. Then the professor mentioned something else that took me by surprise - that certain Jewish Rabbis in Israel are actually recommending that Israelis should kill Palestinian civilians. This took me by surprise. I mentioned this elsewhere and a Jewish lawyer accused me of "blood libel." So is this a fact, or is it libel? It actually happens to be true: certain Jewish Rabbis in Israel are making evil use of religion to justify the killing of innocent civilians. I found this report from Israeli rabbi says killing civilians in Gaza is allowed:
An Israeli rabbi has issued a ruling that allows the killing of innocent civilians in the besieged Gaza Strip.Dov Lior, an Israeli rabbi from the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba in the occupied West Bank, said in the ruling that it is “okay” to kill innocent civilians and destroy Gaza.
The ruling also says that it is not necessary to check if the people targeted are civilians or non-civilians.
The rabbi’s ruling authorizes all means of targeting the people, such as “denying supplies or electricity.” He further says military forces are allowed “to bomb the whole area according to the discretion of the army...”
“In the case of Gaza,” the rabbi said, the Israeli military officials “will be allowed to instruct even the destruction of Gaza.”
He also said that, as the Israeli army is at war with the people in the blockaded enclave, “any kind of talk about humanism and consideration are moot.”

A DREAM AND A PROPHECY CONCERNING THE PALESTINIANS

A friend of mine had a clairvoyant dream, and saw many children and men wounded in a hospital. One of the men turned and asked, "Why are you not helping us?"  I had meant to put this up on the blog earlier but had been delayed.

There is perhaps a curious reference to the west and Zionist Israel in prophecy, which I briefly covered in Ignorance of Christian Ministers on Prophecies of Zionist Israel and A Prophecy of September 11, Islamic Terrorism (ISIS), Russia and America Here is perhaps a related prophecy:
The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, to prepare the way for the kings from the east.
And I saw, coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs.
For they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty.
(“Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!”)
And they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon
. (Rev. 16:12-16)
In the visions of Emanuel Swedenborg, which he spelled our in Apocalypse Revealed and Apocalypse Explained, the dragon, the beast and the false prophet is a symbolic reference to the false Protestant doctrine of justification by faith alone - which in current times makes Christianity one of belief only with the mouth, not of life. Armageddon in a spiritual sense refers to a spiritual battle between this old church of a trinity of three beings with the New Church, which follows God in one person Jesus Christ. But there is a literal fulfillment to this as well. I had pointed out that it was the U.S. which falsely invaded Iraq, and Turkey has built a dam which has the potential to dry up the river Euphrates. Moreover, Armageddon means hill of Megiddo, and is an actual place in Israel near the border with the West Bank. And guess what? There was actually a battle at Megiddo in 1918 in which the British drove the Ottoman Empire out of the Middle East and took control over Palestine:


Battle of Megiddo - Background:

After holding at Romani in August 1916, British troops began advancing across the Sinai Peninsula. Winning minor victories at Magdhaba and Rafa, their campaign was finally halted in front of Gaza by Ottoman forces in March 1917. After a second attempt against the city failed, command of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force passed to General Sir Edmund Allenby. Renewing the Allied offensive in late October, Allenby shattered the enemy defenses at the Third Battle of Gaza. Rapidly advancing, he entered Jerusalem in December. Though Allenby intended to crush the Ottomans in the spring of 1918, he was quickly forced on the defensive when the bulk of his troops were reassigned to aid in defeating the German Spring Offensives on the Western Front. Holding along a line running from the Mediterranean east to the Jordan River, Allenby was slowly reinforced during the summer.

Battle of Megiddo - Aftermath:

Working in conjunction with Arab forces, Allenby's troops won several minor actions as they closed on Damascus. The city fell to the Arabs on October 1. Along the coast, British forces captured Beirut seven days later. Meeting light to no resistance, Allenby directed his units north and Aleppo fell to the 5th Mounted Division and the Arabs on October 25. With their forces in complete disarray, the Ottomans made peace on October 30 when they signed the Armistice of Mudros.
The Battle of Megiddo was a key victory for the British. It allowed them to follow up on the Balfour Declaration of 1917, which helped lead to the current Zionist state of Israel.  The inhumane suffering of the Palestinians is what is causing the rise of terrorism in the Middle East, but the U.S. does nothing as it has been supporting Israel with financial aid and veto power at the U.N. AIPAC is constantly lobbying the U.S. government to give one sided support to Israel. Make a difference: write to your senators and congressmen.