Yes, according to the English newspaper the Guardian, apparently he was filmed on the North Korean State Television, opening a fertiliser plant. Perhaps he decided to have a quick secretive secluded holiday in the eastern coastal resort of Wonsan. At least his railway train was spotted there parked at his own private station there. Such is the way of dictators when their people are in the middle of much difficulty and suffering!!
Yes, in one sense, whether he is physically dead or not, he is obviously spiritually dead. If he is not physically dead, he needs to be made spiritually alive and repent of his awful deeds and be born again.
If however, the rumours are true and he is physically dead, then he has gone to a terrible eternal place, and he will indeed face the Great Judge, the Lord Jesus Christ, the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
Whatever has happened, and whether Kim Jong Un is alive or dead, and whether he returns or his sister or someone else becomes the new leader of North Korea, we must indeed pray for all the citizens of that troubled country, and particularly for our brothers and sisters in the faith, who have been so terribly persecuted, and suffered so much, and that once again, if the Lord tarries, that the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, no doubt preached by Kim Jong Un‚Äôs great grandfather, the Presbyterian elder no doubt, will once again be preached freely and clearly, and that Pyongyang, it will be declared once again powerfully from North Korea, and particularly from Pyongyang; once the ‚ÄúJerusalem‚ÄĚ of the Far East, with its many churches, as in the early 1900‚Äôs!!
Pope Francis even sold out his own underground Catholics in China and pulled the rug from under their feet by agreeing with the Chinese Communist Party that he would recognise the state sponsored and appointed puppet Catholic bishops, over against the underground ones, who had been jailed, harassed or persecuted. The state sponsored Catholic and Protestant churches must now tear down all Christian symbols, ban children from services, they are to have up patriotic pictures and texts on the walls, and preach Communist Party approved and submitted sermons, even the Bible is to be changed, and churches must have CCTV cameras in them that are directly linked to the local police station.
Now in the era of COVID-19, live-streaming is virtually banned or very strictly controlled. Yet Pope Francis has no trouble throwing his faithful Catholics in China invader the bus!!!
Oh, Mr Lincoln you indeed are naive!! The whole aim of these globalists, if they get their way, and they could do, is to have a very slow phased reduction in lockdown, as long and involved as possible, with full participation and freedom reserved only for people who have antibodies, all else will be forced to take a vaccine, which could well have involved some experimentation with human embryos, and may also have a microchip tracker included under the skin that can be scanned to show you have taken the vaccine.
Some people, such as over 70‚Äôs and people of any age with complicated health issues or severe disabilities could well have to stay in some form of lockdown indefinitely, and will not be allowed to participate in society, or regain their liberty ever, and may have to submit to be tracked by app or electronic device to see if they are keeping the rules of lockdown!!
That will also apply to anyone without immunity who has refused the vaccine, and no religious or even medical grounds would be permitted.
That is the Brave New World Order these folks desire. It all points inexorably towards the day when the single Antichrist world ruler will mandate the mark of the beast for every single person on Earth, to show their allegiance to him, without which they cannot buy o
From time to time, I watch one or two Traditionalist Catholic commentators, who are indeed the real Catholics. They are disgusted with this Jesuit Leftist Pope, who is turning the Catholic Church they have known and loved into just another liberal Protestant style Left wing social justice environmental type church.
We must pray for and witness to both types of Catholics, both the Traditionalists and the Pope Francis type modernists. This Pope even denies Catholic doctrines, let alone Biblical ones!!
By the way, the German Catholic bishops, alongside the US ones are mostly died in the wool liberals and globalists, and go along with all the universalistic and being-pagan nonsense if this Pope. The former head of the German Bidhops conference was an enterprising chap with the extremely appropriate name of Cardinal Marx!! A religious version of his namesake, Karl Marx!!!
I do pray that even in the midst of the Coronavirus crisis, yet this sad troubled country of North Korea will at last gain its freedom. Tragically it does appear that if anything does happen to Kim Jong Un, it could well be his very able sister that takes over as the next member of the Kim dynasty to rule North Korea with a rod of iron.
Knowing these kinds of countries, it may be that there is some general or party apparatchik that may carry out some sort of a coup, but the impression I have gained is that Kim Jong Un ruthlessly obliterated any potential rivals, and even family members that seemed to get too powerful.
Having said that I lived to see the Berlin Wall come down, and the Eastern European countries gain freedom from the Soviet Union, (though in my view tragically most of them went into a new and more subtle kind of slavery by joining the EU, and its currency, the euro soon afterwards)!!
We must continue to pray for the North Korean Christians and that with both the tyranny, poverty and the Coronavirus, they will still stay strong, and the Word of God will spread all over North Korea. Psalm 2 is a good one here!!
From what I understand Mr Lincoln, Dr Fauci is part of the problem. He is in cahoots with Bill Gates, and his digital immunity certificates and compulsory vaccines with marker microchip, and people like George Soros, and of course the WHO / UN, headed by an Ethiopian Communist, who is not even a medical doctor, whose deputy, and his predecessor are Chinese Communist officials!! Bill Gates is also a dedicated population control advocate, supporting abortion, and most likely euthanasia.
These characters are dedicated globalists, who want this lockdown to continue indefinitely, until every one can be forced to take the vaccine. They want one world government, one world cashless economy and one world religion.
Mr Lincoln, you obviously never heard of the international symposium about pandemics held just two months before the Coronavirus broke out, which featured many of the above people!! Very suspicious and very convenient!!
The Bible tells us to quarantine the sick, not to quarantine the healthy and lockdown the whole economy.
There seems to be a confusion here!! What I gather from this Voice of the Martyrs report is that there are a number of ethnic Koreans on the Chinese side of the North Korean border, who presumably are actually Chinese citizens like this deacon.
Christians in China are now undergoing enhanced persecution, but some of these ethnic Korean churches in the Chinese border towns were able until recently to minister to the many North Korean refugees who come across the border river.
Now not only is Communist China persecuting its own Christians more, and handing any North Koreans they find over to the North Korean authorities at the border, they are obviously allowing North Korean state agents to cross the border, kidnap ethnic Koreans who are Chinese citizens, take them across the border for punishment, torture, slavery and maybe even death in one of the many concentration camps there!! Any other country would be up in arms and very angry at the kidnap iof one of its citizens!!
No John, it is not the pastor wearing the ankle bracelet who is weird, it is the police and judge that put it there! Perhaps they should now go and put ankle bracelets in the abortionists who are carrying out lethal treatment of killing babies in the womb, a non-essential service, nay, a dangerous service, that also endangers their women as well as their babies, and uses up vital medical equipment that is needed for care for Covid-19 and other patients!! This is far more dangerous than any pastor, who is actually observing spacing out of congregants.
Don‚Äôt worry. This paper is the beacon of the globalists and the liberal intelligentsia here in Britain, and is in full agreement obviously with Pope Francis and what he has said about ‚ÄúMother Earth‚Äôs‚ÄĚ revenge for climate change being the cause of the Coronavirus pandemic, and the UN.
Climate change has nothing whatsoever to do with this pandemic, I suspect that there are other very human and nefarious parties behind this, and a push for global governance and universal id using a vaccine. It could well be the way some of these globalists are talking that no one will be allowed to function normally unless they have this ‚Äúmark‚ÄĚ. Dangerously close to the ‚ÄúMark of the beast‚ÄĚ, it looks like!!
The Bible tells me that when you have a pandemic, you quarantine the sick, not the healthy. This has turned out to be a mass quarantine of the whole world, and a shutdown of everything, which is not biblical. In the end there will be huge deaths, but not from Covid-19, but from suicide, stress, non-Coronavirus diseases that are not being treated, neglect of elderly people locked up in care homes with no visitors, the effects of mass unemployment, and in poorer countries, starvation because poor people are held prisoner in the wrong location, and are not able to pursue their business!!! It h
Tyndall, Rogers, (both of these were martyred, Coverdale, and the Geneva translators.
I am sorry that many otherwise very good and solid evangelical pastors and teachers resolutely defend the work if the liberals Westcott, Hort, Nestle and Aland, and the very questionable Alexandrian texts, Codex Vaticanus and Codex Sinaiticus, while depreciating the work of the very scholarly and godly KJV / AV translators, and the Byzantine Hebrew Masoretic Text and Greek Textus Receptus they worked from.
I am not a classical KJV / AV Bible only person, in the sense that strictly speaking, a translation is not what is directly inspired by God, but the original Hebrew /Aramaic text of the OT, and Greek text of the NT.
I also recognise God‚Äôs absolute sovereignty in that He can and does at times, save people who are approached or preached to, or attend a church using the modern Bible translations, and despite this weakness there are godly pastors and teachers using them.
What I believe, however, that makes the difference, is what text from the original Hebrew / Aramaic (some portions of Daniel were written in that language), and Greek was used for the translation, and also what was the motivation and faith of the translators as they carried out the translation.
It is very clear to me that I much more respect a translation into English, (and other languages), using solid texts, and where the translators were godly men of faith, who did everything thoroughly and with a view to God's glory, not liberal sceptics who got hold of texts which were inferior, and who tried to project their own ideas into the translation. Before the KJV /AV, there were a number of translations done with the same idea, which cost the translators heavily, like Wycliffe, (though he only had the Latin
I understand that in some of these indigenous American Indian states of Mexico in the far south near the Guatemalan and Honduras borders, these local people have a veneer of highly superstitious official Roman Catholicism, but with a large amount of ancient pagan practices ‚ÄúChristianised‚ÄĚ so that their ancient deities are re dressed as ‚Äú‚ÄĚChristian‚ÄĚ saints, and particularly the Virgin Mary.
I understand that they have processions,(and have seen the like in Spain and Italy when I worked there many years back as an English language teacher), where the ‚Äúsaint‚ÄĚ or ‚ÄúMary‚ÄĚ is paraded about the town with brass bands, music and much excessive drinking. In the central and South American versions of these fiestas, many strange and pagan practices still take place, and the locals are expected to turn out, and to pay, what for poor peasant folk, is a rather large tax or contribution.
Of, course, no evangelical will have anything to do with such idolatrous feasts, and so the local governments often persecuted them, strictly illegal, actually, because like France and the United States, there is a secular background and no established state religion permitted. We need to pray for our brothers and sisters in southern Mexico.
It is refreshing to see that Michael Yousseff, a major pastor, of what I suppose would be classed as a small mega church in the USA (rather a large church for the U.K.!!), has come out strongly against this kind of seeker sensitive approach.
Unfortunately, unwittingly, and being very genuine, his church and others like it may be part of the problem. I was impressed by his sermon in the very early days of the Coronavirus pandemic, before restrictions came in and he had a full congregation, which was a very insightful and profound address.
I then watched a portion of his ‚Äúvirtual‚ÄĚ Palm Sunday service, but haven‚Äôt got round to the sermon part yet. I assume he preached to an empty church for live downloading, but the worship part of the service had been pre recorded and tacked on to the rest of the service. Regrettably, while not being loud and heavy, it was of the ‚ÄúCCM Worship Band‚ÄĚ variety, and moderately worshipful but not theologically deep choruses, repeated a number of times.
It would have been much better to have heard some of the solid old hymns of faith and psalms of the church, with a plain accompaniment.
Having said that this pastor has made some good stands as he did some years back against the heretical book, ‚ÄúThe Shack‚ÄĚ.
It is indeed sad, that while Kim Jong Un,his late father, Kim Jong Il, and his late grandfather, Kim Il Sung, founder of the Communist system in North Korea, have ruled North Korea with a rod of iron and a deep tyranny, as a hereditary Communist dictatorship for over 70 years, his great grandfather (unfortunately I don‚Äôt know his name) was apparently a very godly Christian, an elder of the Presbyterian Church, at a time when Pyongyang was the ‚ÄúJerusalem‚ÄĚ of the Far East, with its many churches, (now all vanished), under the previous tyranny and persecution of the long running Japanese occupation, (from before the 1st World War to 1945).
I don‚Äôt know about rationing, but through stores having reduced opening hours, and more frequent deliveries the previous shortages have been remedied, and except for hand gel, most things are back on the shelves.
However, what I have noticed here in Britain, that as well as many of the main big chains competely closing their restaurants for take away as well as sit down, some of the small ones that carried on with takeaway only (no cash basis), for about 2 weeks into the lockdown, even some of these have now completely closed.
The London buses that all have rear doors, no longer expect people to touch in their card, but have taped up the driver‚Äôs area, front door remains closed, and everyone enters and leaves by the rear door.
One good thing, some Anglican vicars have objected to the complete closure of churches, so now their bishops are allowing them to resume streaming services from the church building rather than their private home, as previously required.
However, it does seem that when all these places open in some months, people will still have to distance, old people banned from going and masks probably to be worn, for at least another six months to a year!!!
Dear Mike, Sorry to hear about your grandson. You didn‚Äôt say how old he was, but I got the impression that he was quite young. I will pray for you and your family.
As to New York City itself,I have heard some very stirring and challenging sermons of Pastor David Wilkerson, now with the Lord after a car accident some years ago, who founded and pastored the Times Square Church, but who rejected the prosperity gospel and entertainment gospel, and preached holiness and reverence for God. He actually warned the Western nations of coming judgment, and in one of his sermons he spoke about the possibility of a coming pandemic and its effects!!
As for Mayor de Blasio, as I understand your US Constitution, he does not surely have the author to close churches permanently, possibly only to ban them from meeting in city council owned premises, and I am not sure he has the total authority to do that, at least if this Coronavirus emergency passes.
I have a distinct impression that if Joe Biden were to be actually nominated, and if he went on to win the election, that he would probably be more a kind of Acting President, but that his VP might be someone like Michelle Obama or even Hilary Clinton, or perhaps Andrew Cuomo the New York Governor, and a lot of Obama era advisors and so on, who would take the real decisions, even if they were fronted by Joe Biden!!!
I would not be surprised at anything that the Democrats and globalists will pull out of the hat!!
If you wish to hear recorded sermons of the church I mentioned you can go into their website www.bethelbaptistlondon.com. The pastor is Alex Madeley, from South Africa, and his predecessor was Pastor Jack Moorman, an American who is now retired and in a nursing home.
Services are at 11.00 am and 6.00 pm British time, and they have a prayer meeting and Bible study on Thursdays at 7.30 pm.
Well, well, well. In the very early 1990‚Äôs, I did an employment training course that included some basic COBOL programming. I didn‚Äôt even know it was still going!!
These were the days of massive dot matrix printers, black and white or green and white screens, chunky keyboards, floppy disks, WordPerfect, Lotus 123 spreadsheets, keystrokes with F buttons, (at this stage a mouse was still a rodent with a long tail!!), huge mobile phones strapped round the waist with a very long aerial, and the Internet was a very crude system with an ultra slow connection through a dial up modem, with associated screeching noises on connection!!