The Perspective of Garner Ted Armstrong
Garner Ted Armstrong knew what to WATCH for, what to write about, and speak out
about. The trends and world events which occupied many of his chief concerns,
which go to the very heart of what lies ahead for these beloved United States,
are gathering momentum at a blinding pace! Each of these subjects will get a
full treatment, from the perspective that is the GTA legacy in the days and
weeks which lie ahead. For now, we will highlight the staggering onslaught of
NEWS which validates everything he told us we should expect. His Biblical
insight, and his prophetically inspired reactions are ON RECORD in this column
and throughout so many of his other writings, television programs, audio and
Worst TERROR Since Sept. 11
Islamic terrorists enact murderous attacks in haughty defiance of the United
States, our allies, and of course the ultimate target of their hatred, Israel.
Civilians are being blasted to bloody rags to send political and religious
MESSAGES! What a means of communication!
Did You Get the Message?
Much has been made of the targets and the timing of the current rash of deadly
bombings of synagogues, the British Consulate and the high-rise headquarters of
a British financial institution, HSBC reputedly the second largest bank in the
world. You'd hardly need to be an expert on international terrorism to figure
out the "messages" the murdering masterminds intended to convey.
Islam is practiced in a way considered "secular" and moderate in Istanbul,
Turkey, a member of the NATO alliance working to preserve cooperation, and more
importantly COMPENSATION from the United States. Being friendly with the U.S.
makes Turkey a friend of a friend of Israel, so any friend of the United States
should take heed according to the "MESSAGE." What deeper meanings were subtly
contained in the "choice of targets and timing" to send rock, glass and debris
mixed with human blood and body parts flying through the streets of Istanbul?
Simultaneous attacks blasted Sabbath observers in two Istanbul synagogues
killing 23. No mystery there. The U.S. is constrained to politically correct war
in Iraq, Afghanistan and against terror the world over. Mosques must not be
damaged even if they're being used for weapons storage or as guerilla hideouts.
But terrorists and their apologists barely merit special notice when they
destroy places of worship with civilians inside! The "MESSAGE?" All the rules
apply to the victims and their defenders. Terror has NO RULES.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair standing side by side with President Bush in a
show of solidarity and resolve to preserve political stability and financial
freedom from the ravages of terrorism. Perfect time to bomb a 23 story British
bank full of civilians in Turkey! Demonstrators clog the streets of London with
messages of their own. “Stop the terror?”, ”Protect innocent people going about
their daily lives?”, “Keep the financial markets orderly?”. Nope. “Bush is
unqualified!”, “The U.S. has no business in Iraq!” “Blair has been duped!”
“George W. Bush has done more to subvert the international community and advance
the cause of terrorism than all the radical mullahs put together!”, “Why, just
look at the massive anti-Bush demonstrations!”
Some have pointed out that there are large groups of disenfranchised people who
love to be involved in demonstrations! Witness the mindless mayhem first in
Seattle, then in Montreal during WTO conferences. What was the message there?
Demonstrators marching against... anything. Some fighting the police, destroying
property, looting boutiques and shops. Who are they? What do they hope to
accomplish? Do they have some deeper understanding we hapless spectators fail to
grasp? Or is the motive more to be part of a happening than anything else. Like
going to a huge rock concert, it's the "in" thing to do. Something to give
meaning to an otherwise empty life?
Have We Fallen Through the Looking Glass?
The mainstream media seems bound and determined to "educate" readers and viewers
to a version of conventional wisdom which holds that the U.S. president is
illegitimate in the political sense, and furthermore, a dunderhead. He has
surrounded himself with self-serving representatives of large corporations and
oil interests who are willing to sacrifice the lives of our military personnel
not for national security, but for craven political and financial reasons. The
whole world is against them, and against the United States because of their
botched policies. The elite press, the Hollywood crowd, the music industry, the
United Nations, all our former European allies, not to mention the Arab world,
is against the current U.S. administration.
But that's only the beginning of modern conventional wisdom. Same sex marriages
should be encouraged, according to this emerging dogma. Any other viewpoint
would be bigotry! The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that "gay
couples" have "a fundamental right to marry under the Massachusetts
constitution.’ We have now only to wait to see whether this decision will be
validated by the state's legislature, and whether it will become the law of the
land as other states are called upon to honor this precedent.
When the Supreme Court of the United States moved to strike down Texas' law
against sodomy, GTA wrote, "The U.S. Supreme Court is in direct defiance of
Almighty God and His inspired word, the Bible! They are in contempt of the
Supreme Court of Heaven itself!" He quoted numerous passages which relate
directly to the issue, and noted what became of societies that embraced the
practice, beginning with Sodom and Gomorrah, going forward to Greece and Rome.
And What About the Fight Over the Ten Commandments?
My Dad was in the hospital during the thick of the initial dispute between the
Judge in Alabama and the court ruling requiring the monument to be removed from
state property. I couldn't help thinking that he'd be all over it in his column
if he were able. The political debate regarding the separation of Church and
State notwithstanding, here are a few thoughts overdue in this space, seemingly
obvious but as is often the case, not represented anywhere else.
First, it seemed out of the norm to have conservative Christians engaged in
civil disobedience! In the past it's has been almost the exclusive domain of
liberal movements to stage sit-ins, protests, and defiant marches. Here we had
nominal Christians blocking police and state workers in a physical way to keep a
monument of the inscribed Ten Commandments in place outside an Alabama
courthouse. The thing that hit me squarely between the eyes and has apparently
occurred to no one in the media? They don't even believe the commandments are
binding! All the major denominations teach that the law is "done away," "nailed
to the cross," "bondage" and "legalism!" Remember the Sabbath day to keep it
holy... Are you kidding? The preachers explain that away every other Sunday. So
what's the beef?
To their credit, they see the judicial system busily kicking God out of the
picture. Maybe one day history can be rewritten one more time, and the whole
thing won't even have to be explained to a future generation. Given the
seriousness of the threat from rogue nations and terrorists to fragile economic
and political infrastructures, the volatile military mix in the Middle East and
the degree to which mankind is being deceived about nearly everything, you have
to wonder about the prospects for that future generation.
The legacy of Garner Ted Armstrong will be carried forward.