The Jewish Publication Society has at last published their Tanakh/Hebrew Scriptures with the English and the Hebrew text! This has been so long overdue. The English has been out for years and it is an excellent "modern" translation, and this edition has many improvements and corrections even of this fine English translation.
Even for those who are not fluent in Hebrew, it is easy to learn the alphabet and begin picking out words. So nice to have both Hebrew and English in an elegant page design. Amazon.com book store lists it for $69.95, it should be available from most other religious bookstores. The price looks high, but not considering what you are getting.
— James Tabor
Ron Wyatt was known as a Bible explorer and adventurer. He claimed to have found the Ark of the covenant, Noah’s Ark, the original site of Sodom and Gomorrah, and many other Biblically-related sites. He had a museam in Tennessee and sold books and videos about his finds.
In 1994, I was beginning to look for truth at sources other than the WCG and saw a message recommending Wyatt’s videos on a computer forum. I read their advertising literature which seemed quite convincing. His description of Noah’s Ark matched those of other explorers who have claimed to visit it.
One claim I had trouble with. Wyatt claimed that he was walking in Jerusalem with a member of the Israel Antiquities Authority and a voice told them where the Ark of the Covenant was located. The Antiquities authority person supposedly told Wyatt that he would get approval for him to dig immediately. Wyatt supposedly found the ark and gave many proofs, but kept it hidden until “the Lord told him to reveal it to the world”.
Does God tell people things like this? Maybe. But the first step of proving a questionable story is to look for something that can be independently verified—something that is independent of the storyteller. I contacted Ron Wyatt’s organization and asked the name of the man from the Israeli Antiquities Authority.
Nobody could remember his name. They asked Wyatt for me and he could not remember, but said that nearly the whole Antiquities department changed personnel shortly after that, so he probably did not work there any more anyway. They encouraged me to order the video and I would be convinced, as well as able to “participate in the blessing”. Wow! Two people on earth who know the location of the Ark and one forgets who the other one is. And now that one is dead.
This becomes more and more like a cheap TV suspense show! Is all hope lost? Or will some new person arise whom Wyatt told the secret location on his deathbed? How much will his video cost? It is sad that some people throw truth to the wind and use people’s sincere interest in the Eternal and history just to make a few dollars. They may justify it be saying “many people turned to God because of our stories”, but God does not need lies to support His way.
— Norman Edwards
The Famous Roman Catholic Author, Malachi Martin died in New York City on July 27, 1999 following a stroke. Martin became a Jesuit (an elite order of the Catholic church) in 1939 and was ordained a priest in 1954. He served in Rome from 1958 to 1964, carrying out many high-level missions. He was released from his Jesuit vows by pope Paul VI in 1964.
Martin was the author of 16 books, the earlier ones being scholarly, and the later ones exposing misconduct and plots within the Catholic Church. His most famous books include Hostage to the Devil, The Final Conclave, Vatican, The Jesuits and The Keys of This Blood. His last published book is Windswept House: A Vatican Novel. It is officially fiction, but other Catholic insiders confirmed it to be largely reality.
Martin was still at work on another book which promised to be even more controversial: Primacy: How the Institutional Roman Catholic Church became a Creature of the New World Order. It was to cover a breakdown in the power shifts in the Vatican—loss of power in the papacy, the rise of political power in new places.
Some of what Martin revealed about the Catholic Church can be proven to be true. But when he revealed future plans of the Vatican, some have speculated that they are also true and have wondered why Martin has not been silenced. Others believe that Martin is revealing only plans that the Catholic Church wants outsiders to know.
Servants’ News does not have an answer to that puzzle. Many conspiracy theory sources insist that the Catholic Church is controlling “the New World Order”. On the other hand, Michael Turner’s research (available from Mykelturner@airmail.net) indicates that the Catholic Church has their own agenda apart from the New World Order:
I don’t dwell on the supposed New World Order (black helicopters, gun control, etc.), but do comment on it and point out how it won’t come into being as planned—and is in fact just about to collapse. I’ve studied the NWO for years (even before I came in the church) and know all about it and its history and finally came to the conclusion a few years back that the NWO is nothing but the UK/US’s (“Israel’s”) attempt to run the world according to their desires. (This is why it is so important to know who Israel is.) So what I focus on is what has been here before and is supposed to come back one more time: the OLD World Order—the one that carried crosses while killing our former brethren in the name of God—not in the name of some Teutonic god while carrying a swastika or a New Age god carrying crystals.
There is no doubt that Satan as well as men conspire to gain power and wealth for themselves. But these plans are rarely written down and never “officially confirmed” by conspirators. Even if someone defects from a conspiracy group with tapes or writings of their plans, it is still usually not possible to prove that the records of these plans are true until the deeds are actually done. Of course, conspirators are free to change their plans at any time without telling anybody. They often “leak” false plans to the press to confuse the whole issue. It is better to pay more attention to real events—who is actually doing what—than it is to listen to someone tell you what they “know” someone is going to do. It is better to live a righteous life, and trust the Eternal for deliverance, than it is to panic about a conspiracy. Take action only when there is something that you really know and something that you can really do something about.
— Norman Edwards
Darrell Scott is the father of Rachel Joy Scott, one of the students murdered at Littleton, Colorado’s Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. Mr. Scott's son, Craig, miraculously survived the massacre, but witnessed as two of his friends were shot to death in the school library. On May 27th, Mr. Scott testified in Washington, DC before the Subcommittee on Crime of the House Judiciary Committee. Following is his statement:
Since the dawn of creation there have been both good and evil in the hearts of men and of women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence.
The death of my wonderful daughter Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher and the other children who died, must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.
The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain’s heart.
In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA, because I don't believe that they are responsible for my daughter’s death. Therefore, I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel's murder, I would be their strongest opponent.
I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy, it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies. Much of that blame lies here in this room [the congress building]. Much of that blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves.
I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best. This was written way before I knew l would be speaking here today:
Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty air,
You've stripped away our heritage,
You've outlawed simple prayer,
Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious children die,
You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the question, “Why?”
You regulate restrictive laws,
Through legislative creed,
And yet you fail to understand,
That God is what we need!
Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, soul, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our makeup, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual influences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation’s history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historic fact.
What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God and in doing so, we open the doors to hatred and violence.
And when something as terrible as Columbine’s tragedy occurs, politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that continue to erode away our personal and private liberties.
We do not need more restrictive laws. Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre.
The real villain lies within our own hearts. Political posturing and restrictive legislation are not the answers.
The young people of our nation hold the key. There is a spiritual awakening taking place that will not be squelched!
We do not need more religion. We do not need more gaudy television evangelists spewing out verbal religious garbage. We do not need more million-dollar church buildings built while people with basic needs are being ignored.
We do need a change of heart and a humble acknowledgment that this nation was founded on the principle of simple trust in God.
As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right!
I challenge every young person in America and around the world to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School, prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain.
Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your conscience and denies your God-given right to communicate with Him.
To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA, I give to you a sincere challenge: Dare to examine your own heart before you cast the first stone!
My daughter’s death will not be in vain. The young people of this country will not allow that to happen.
— Darrell Scott
[Big changes in society are often achieved by convicted young people, not old people who have studied it all and “know what is best”. — NSE]