Ever since the year 2000, when all the Y2K doom and gloom predictions failed to come true, I have pondered the significance of the end of the 2nd millennium. There are of course those experts who claim that the Gregorian calendar which we follow does not even accurately reflect the number of years since Jesus Christ’s birth. Not many know that the AD or “Anno Domini” (“Year of the Lord” in English) dating system did not come into existence until the year 525 AD, when the Pope at the time decided that a new calendar was needed to replace the Roman calendar which had been in existence since the city of Rome was founded, and more specifically so that Easter could be celebrated on the right date. The job fell to a monk from Scythia (now Romania) by the name of Dionysius Exiguus, who did some historical research and calculations and came up with the year 753 on the Julian calendar as the year that Christ was born. From that, it was determined that in honour of Jesus Christ, the year would change from 1278 to 525 AD. And we have been counting the years in that fashion ever since.
 
Fast forward to the year 2017, just under 1500 years later, and experts are still debating whether Dionysius got it right. Mostly, they say he didn’t.
 
Some would say, so what? It’s ancient history. Some have even stopped using the AD designation and have changed it to CE to denote Common Era, presumably as they do not consider Jesus Christ to be worthy of recognition. As a Christian, of course I beg to differ. And for many Christians the calendar has more significance than just a way of counting the years. For those Christians who believe in the Millennial Day theory, the 6th millennial “day” or thousand year period, could end in the near future. In fact, according to the revised calendar theory set forth at BiblicalChronology.com, Jesus Christ was born in 15 BC, and therefore we are currently in the year 2032 since his birth, and by inference, the 2000th anniversary of His death can’t be far away. For those Millennial Day advocates who might accept this revised calendar, the 7th millennium could therefore start in 2017 or 2018, possibly as early as this Easter, if we assume that the 2000 year church age began at the time of Christ’s death, or perhaps at His resurrection. How soon the next millennium would begin really depends on the duration of Christ’s ministry, which is stated in the Bible to have begun at the age of 30, and could have lasted for 2 or 3 years, depending on which experts you believe.
 
We know that the 7th millennium is the age of the Kingdom of God, during which Jesus Christ rules and reigns for 1000 years. But what happens after that? I’ll let Jesus answer that question, as quoted in Matthew 24: 35-36.
 
35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
 
Which brings me to a commonly held belief by many Christians, that Matthew 24:36 refers to the day and hour of the rapture. By reading the preceding verse, we see that the event referred to by Jesus was the passing away of heaven and earth, which clearly is not the day and hour of the rapture, because the earth has to continue for another 1000 years before passing away.
 
So could the rapture occur in 2017 or 2018? Possibly. Is it possible that Christians who are paying attention could know the day and hour of the rapture, given that Christ was speaking about a different event when he said “But of that day and hour knoweth no man”. Possibly. Do I think I know the date of the rapture? Possibly, but like everybody else I won’t know for sure till I hear the trumpet sound. In the words of 1 Thessalonians 4: 16-17:
 
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
 
By a strange coincidence, Easter Sunday this year falls on the 16th of April (4/16/17), if we use the American way of abbreviating dates.
How serendipitous would it be if the dead in Christ were to rise exactly 2000 years after their Saviour rose from the dead, on 4/16/17, followed by “we which are alive and remain” being caught up together with them, just as outlined in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17. What a way to kick off a new millennium. Then again, if I am wrong (it has been known to happen, quite frequently as my wife well knows), then I will continue with my life until either I pass away, or this generation passes away. (Matthew 24:34)
 
34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
 
Which generation? Again, we need to read the preceding verses, just as in the other excerpt from Matthew 24.
 
32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
 
Apparently, it is well known that the fig tree is symbolic of the nation of Israel, which began to come back into existence exactly 70 years ago. It is also commonly thought that 70 years, or “threescore years and ten” is the best estimation of the length of a human lifespan, or a generation, based on Psalm 90-10.
 
10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
 
I did some research on this, and while the official beginning of the modern state of Israel was May 14, 1948, it was exactly 70 years ago in April 1947 that Britain officially announced in the first special session of the United Nations that it was giving up its governance of Palestine, which had effectively been in existence since 1917 when Britain captured Palestine from the Turkish Ottoman Empire in the closing months of World War 1. Of course, it was already decided that the state of Israel (along with a proposed Palestinian state which never materialized due to the state of Israel winning the 1948 war of independence) would replace the Palestine mandate, and this was officially announced in the United Nations in November 1947. In fact, it was exactly 50 years prior to 1947 that planning for the modern state of Israel began,at the First Zionist Congress in Basel Switzerland in August 1897.
 
Theodor Herzl (the convenor of the First Zionist Congress) wrote in his diary (September 3, 1897):
 
“Were I to sum up the Basel Congress in a word – which I shall guard against pronouncing publicly – it would be this: At Basel I founded the Jewish State. If I said this out loud today l would be greeted by universal laughter. In five years perhaps, and certainly in fifty years, everyone will perceive it.”
 
How prescient, and how precise, those words turned out to be. Exactly 50 years after that first congress, the foundation of the modern state of Israel was already underway, and was certainly perceived by everyone that counted in international politics.
 
So here we are in April 2017. As I write this, the state of Israel is once again facing the possibility of a major war, as the war in neighbouring Syria threatens to escalate to a major conflict between the United States and Russia, along with their respective proxy armies. With multiple Islamic armies camped out in Syria, none of whom have much of a love for Israel and would love to “liberate” Al Quds (Jerusalem) at the slightest opportunity, the outcome of the Syrian war is going to be pivotal to Israel’s continuing existence.
 
But of course God has His plans both for Israel and the rest of the world, and the Kingdom of God is His solution to the governance of humanity. Regardless of what happens in the next 24 hours, we shall see God’s plan unfold in His perfect timing.

I still remember where I was on September 11, 2001. At the time I was living in Brisbane Australia, and when I got home from work that day, I thought it was going to be just another evening at home watching TV with my flatmates.
Interestingly, in view of what I am about to say, it was another TV show I had watched weeks earlier which crossed my mind first. That show was the Lone Gunmen pilot, which featured a plot to fly a remote-controlled airliner into the World Trade Center. The full episode is featured below, but if you fast forward to the last 10 minutes of the episode you’ll see the gripping finale as the plane narrowly misses crashing into the WTC tower.
 

 
Anyway, on that fateful night while 3000 people were dying on the other side of the world, I was watching a TV show which for a brief moment seemed to me to be a sequel to a show of which I had been looking forward to watching further episodes. Of course it soon became clear that this was an event of historical importance, as over the next hour or so, not just one but two planes crashed into 2 towers, causing them to collapse in their entirety. Or so it seemed at the time…

Fast forward to 2011. This week I watched a video by a Russian ex Soviet nuclear intelligence officer who claims that not only did no planes hit the towers that day, but that their total collapse was caused by 3 nuclear demolition devices buried below the foundations of WTC1, WTC2 and WTC7 at the time of their construction. Apparently he came across the information about the existence of these devices years before while employed by the Soviet military, as it was his job to know about all things nuclear which might affect the Soviet Union in its cold war with the USA. You can see the video below: (there are 2 parts)

Now before you dismiss this as yet another crazy conspiracy theory, consider the following:
 
The official (and the generally accepted) theory behind why the towers collapsed is not credible for some really obvious reasons.
 
Firstly, an aluminium tube does not make a good sledgehammer. It’s strong enough for packaging purposes (e.g. as a cigar tube or a beer can, or for carrying passengers from A to B) but when it comes up against 200,000 tonnes of steel in a building which was specifically designed by the architects to withstand the impact of a Boeing 707, there is no contest. A similarly sized aircraft, the Boeing 767 could not slice into the interior of the WTC like a knife through butter, as we all saw on our TV screens.

So why do most people accept the explanation given by the media? My theory is that television, or visual media generally, have blurred our distinction between what is fact, and what is fiction. That’s what I hinted at in the first paragraph of this article. Simply put, because I had seen the “planes crashing into buildings as a terrorist plot” scenario before, in the Lone Gunmen fictional TV show, my mind was attuned to the possibility of it happening in real life. And it was the visual aspect of this scenario that impressed itself on my mind most. So why did my years of scientific education (I studied both physics and chemistry up to Stage 2 University level) not override my credulity and willingness to accept that 2 airliners had taken down not 2 but 3 buildings which were designed by engineers to prevent them from even intruding into the building, let alone demolish them as efficiently as if they had been prepped with explosives by demolition experts? Answer: because I SAW it happen. My eyes deceived me.
 
The intriguing thing about the nuclear demolition claim is that apparently when buildings such as the WTC twin towers in New York and the Sears Tower in Chicago were first proposed, the city authorities required the builders to also submit a demolition plan, as at some point these buildings would become decrepit and need to be replaced. And get this, the ONLY way that building engineers could conceive of, to efficiently demolish these immensely strong, steel framed skyscrapers, was to plant a large nuclear charge below their foundations which would basically send a massive shockwave upwards through the building, turning it into dust. The same kind of dust we saw mushrooming out of the Twin Towers a decade ago. This was not primarily concrete dust, as most people think, it was mostly steel dust, as only the floors of the tower were concrete, the majority of it was steel, along with other materials. Here are 2 more videos outlining the main points of the WTC nuclear demolition theory:

(The video above refers to micronukes which is a variation on Dimitri’s theory, but is not an adequate explanation according to him)
 

(This video is a condensation of Dimitri’s theory if you don’t have time to watch the full version, which I would recommend.)
 

(Update from Dimitri, November 18 2012)
 
So who did this, and why was it covered up, not thoroughly investigated, as air crashes generally are? According to Dimitri Khalezov, the masterminds were the same people meeting this week at the Bildeberger conference in Switzerland, a shadowy group of elitists who want world government, and who used similarly minded intelligence operatives from Israel and France to carry out the plot. Why would they do this? To justify an all-out assault on the Middle East oil countries, with the purpose of defeating the last remaining obstacles to world government. And that is what we have seen over the last decade, continuing to the present day with a war in Libya and revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia and Syria in the last year. As to why it was not investigated, these people are the elite, at the top of the pyramid if you like. They have the ability to inhibit or control investigation, up to a point. But they don’t yet control the internet.
 
Still not convinced? Think again about why you believe what you believe. Because you saw it on TV, which is controlled by powerful media corporations who may be influenced by the profit motive, or political motives, or both, or because it makes sense and is in line with the laws of science, or dare I say it, with what God is telling you in your spirit is true? Believe it – or not, as a man called Ripley used to say…
 
For more information on the nuclear demolition of the WTC, click here.
 
Here’s an interesting diagram found on Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_weapons_testing


 
The diagram apparently represents four types of nuclear explosions conducted in various environments:
1) atmospheric; 2) underground; 3) exoatmospheric; 4) underwater.
 
Now why would they position a certain tall structure above an underground nuclear explosion (2)?

This is a classic diagram from the ‘70s. In those days nuclear explosions were not yet regarded as “evil” and were widely discussed. And it was not yet a big secret in those days – that underground nuclear explosions could be successfully used for demolishing skyscrapers…
 


This is a diagram of how it was done – one nuke detonated in a cavity prepared 30+ years before the event…
 

And finally here’s a report about the demolition of WTC 7 and the awareness of it 10 years on…
 

 
Update April 2011:
I just found this light-hearted 5-minute summary of the official 9/11 conspiracy theory…enjoy…

Update August 2013:

Dimitri has just produced the 4th edition of his “Third Truth” ebook – Download here.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.  I’m Greg Annett, and the reason for this site is? Well there’s a story behind it…

Hey, I reserved the domain name of my name (as you do, just so no one else gets it) and didn’t really think much about what I was going to put on it. I got my wife Leanne to run a program called Fantastico which installs WordPress on the domain, and as I couldn’t think of anything at the time, to put as the subtitle of the blog, she just put “Stop Human Trafficking” which is also the subtitle of her blog at LeanneAnnett.com.

I didn’t think much about it at the time, just thought, OK I’ll change that later when I get around to actually putting some content on the site. Leanne’s blog relates to the efforts made by a Christian organisation in Thailand and Uganda among other places, to do something about the trafficking of young children in the sex trade. That in itself is bad enough, and should be dealt with by governments worldwide but for some reason it gets left to people who actually care about the individuals concerned to do something about it. I’ll let you read Leanne’s blog if you want to know more about that issue.

Anyway, back to my story. Somehow in my travels on the web I came across a blog by a Christian fellow by the name of Bill Muehlenberg. He writes about issues like creation/evolution, euthanasia and abortion, and others post their responses on the blog. As I have been aware of the issues for a couple of decades now, most of what I read was not new to me – even this post on late term baby killing, shocking though it is. Then I started reading down through the comments on this post and came across one which had a link to a site called http://LifeSiteNews.com and referred readers to an article entitled “Commercial Markets Created by Abortion: Profiting from the Fetal Distribution Chain” by a student named Victoria Evans, it was her Dissertation for the Licentiate at the Faculty of Bioethics, Athenaeum Pontificium Regina Apostolorum, presumably a Catholic university.

To cut a long story short, I located the article, downloaded it, and was shocked by what I read. If you think exposing young children to the sex trade is bad, have a read of some of the more shocking excerpts from the article which I have posted below (you may read the full article by clicking on the link above).

“According to logs detailing tissue shipments, 155 specimens were shipped in a representative month. These specimens included 47 livers, 11 liver fragments, 7 brains, 21 eyes, 8 thymuses, 23 legs, 14 pancreases, 14 lungs, 6 arms, 1 kidney/adrenal gland and 3 intact specimens for purposes of securing the blood. When priced out according to the “Fee for Service Schedule,”  the shipment of parts for the month generated gross revenues of between $18,700 and $24,700, depending upon whether the parts were shipped fresh or frozen. Some sample prices for individual body parts from the above-referenced schedule are as follows: liver $150, pancreas $100, thymus $100, kidney $125, lungs and heart block $150, brain $999, spinal cord $325, bone marrow $350, eyes $75, gonads $550, intact cadaver $400, intact trunk with/without limbs $500, limbs (at least 2) $150.”

And that’s only the money being made from medical research. How about this excerpt, about foetal cosmetic treatments?

“At the “high” end, exclusive clinics in various worldwide tourist locations are offering face lifts and cosmetic procedures using tissues from aborted foetuses and stem cells from human embryos. The cells are said to rejuvenate the skin. Wealthy American and British women, who cannot avail themselves of these treatments at home due to regulatory restraints, travel to a particular tourist destination in Barbados. Here they spend $25,000 per session on a “treatment consisting of having liquefied foetal tissues injected into their bodies so they can feel refreshed.”
The CEO of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Barbados, where this transpires, promises improvement in appearance, quality of life and libido. These clinics are not regulated by any local or national government body, nor do they have any form of outside medical supervision. They have all refused membership in the International Stem Cell Forum, the only recognized international board regulating ethical stem-cell research.
Until recently, the raw materials for producing these liquefied foetal serums for injection were imported to Barbados from the Ukraine. “Women were paid $200-$300 (three months salary) to carry their pregnancies to a very late stage and then deliver the babies alive in a kind of forced premature birth. The procedure allows the living baby’s organs to be harvested while they are still as fresh as possible.”
The parts are passed on to buyers, who screen the material and sell it at a huge mark-up to a worldwide network of clinics like the one in Barbados. In Moscow alone, there are more than fifty beauty parlors and cellulite clinics offering fetal injections. These establishments attract rich Russian and Western women for fetal injections to “eliminate cellulite from their buttocks, thighs and arms.” Treatments cost up to $20,000.
The foetal and newborn tissue machinery is driven by an enormous and increasing demand for fetal cells and organs for this purpose. Brian Clowes, the investigative reporter who uncovered this story for Human Life International, questions why the Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Barbados would “bother to import babies from 5,000 miles away [in the Ukraine] when you can get them locally?” He answers his own question below.
“Barbados news sources are now reporting that women are having their newborn babies stolen at Queen Elizabeth Hospital. They are told their babies are “gone” or have died, and they never see them again. Perhaps not coincidentally, one of the members of the Board of Directors of Queen Elizabeth Hospital is George Griffith, who is the director of the Barbados Family Planning Association, the island’s largest abortion provider and an affiliate of the International Planned Parenthood Federation.”

Just to put all this stuff in perspective, most people think of stem cell research as being some scientific process carried out in a lab, on cells which have been grown in culture, so that they can find cures for different diseases. Which is all true. Except for a few little details. Firstly, these are human cells we are talking about, and they originate from human beings. Now there are labs which use adult stem cells, ie cells donated by adult human beings who consented for their cells to be used for this research. And in fact adult stem cell research has shown a lot more promise than foetal stem cell research, when it comes to finding cures. Foetal stem cell research has so far resulted in no cures at all.

But foetal stem cells come from babies whose mothers had abortions and signed consent forms which they probably didn’t even read, so they probably don’t even know that a lot of money is being made out of the body parts taken from the baby whose life they decided was not going to happen for whatever reason. And as for those mothers who gave up their children for a few hundred dollars so that another, far wealthier woman could have a “rejuvenating treatment made up of liquefied baby cells”, what better demonstration of the worship of mammon could we find than this? What kind of society allows a situation to develop where one woman is so poor that she has to sell the fruit of her womb just to survive, and another woman is so rich that she thinks it is OK to do whatever she wants with her money, even if it means injecting cells from another woman’s aborted baby into her body for some unproven therapeutic benefit?

This is the kind of human trafficking that has to be stopped, along with the equally sinister child sex trade. What do you think? What kind of world are we living in? Is it a world we even want children to be born into? Feel free to comment.

How do we stop the unseen massacre of abortion? On the lighter side of what can be a very heavy subject, here’s Steve Taylor’s take on how not to:

How to? Well for starters, if you live in a democracy you always have the option of voting for whichever party or candidate is taking a stand against abortion. If you want to go further and take action to change public opinion, there are pro-life  action groups like the website I mentioned above.

On the subject of political parties, I find it a curious thing that the left-wing parties eg the Labour Party in Australia, or the Democrats in the US, which are purportedly the parties looking after the interests of the “little guys” in society, generally fail to take any interest in protecting the rights of the littlest people there are, the unborn children who are the most dependent human beings on the planet. Strangely enough, it falls to the right wing conservative parties who we are led to believe are only protecting the rights of the rich and powerful, to take a stand against abortion.

Perhaps, like the ice cream vendor in Steve’s song, who reasons “if we run out of youngsters I’ll be out of a job”,  business-oriented political leaders are aware of the negative economic impact of a falling population, which can only be bad for business. Whereas the left-wingers can only see the self-interest of the pro-choice argument which basically reasons “This child is going to cost me time and money and is going to mean changes in my life which I can’t accept” rather than looking at the big picture. But of course that’s politics.

As a Christian, I believe that the biggest picture of all is to get God’s take on the abortion issue. After all He created that child in the womb, and welcomes that child into Heaven when his or her life is prematurely terminated. But I’m sure that He would much rather that child had fulfilled his or her purpose in life, but that means that child has to grow up in a family and be brought up by his or her parents in a loving environment.

And that of course is the flip side of the abortion issue. If we allow these children to live, how do we put in place the support which they need, so that not only the child, but also the parents, are able to live as God calls them to? These are questions which have a broad basis to them, not only political but also social, intellectual and spiritual. At the end of the day, I believe that only with Jesus Christ can the poorest of the poor cope with all the challenges that come with an unexpected or unwanted pregnancy. And of course that is also a challenge to the disciples of Jesus everywhere. How do I love my neighbour as I love myself? What can I do to reach out to those parents and would-be parents in our society who need our help? Just a thought.