The Push For World Oneness…The West in Prophecy pt 8

And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.  And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.  And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar.  And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. (Genesis 11:1-5)

The first book of the Bible, Genesis , records the first great apostasy of virtually all of the people of the world against the Most High God. He had commanded them to spread out and populate the earth, but under the leadership of men like NimRod (lit “Let us Rebel”), mankind had other ideas.

Rather than spreading out across the land, the inhabitants of the earth organized a collective effort, gathering around a three fold project,

  • They would build a city-  (Governmental unity)
  • They would build a Tower (Religious Unity)
  • they would make a name for themselves  ( redefinition of man himself)

The fact that all of mankind was in such complete unity in this project, caught God’s attention, and  resulted in a complete and shattering judgment upon all men, which we have never recovered from to this day.

The separation of language brought about the different nations,  and profoundly divided the human race. There could be no world unity, no humanistic projects, no one world Government or religion, all of that became impossible as a result of the Divine intervention.

God divided the nations for his own reasons,

When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.(Deuteronomy 32:8)

God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;  Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;  And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:   (Acts 17:24-27)

In the modern world, there is a serious attempt to reverse the so called “Babel effect” and to bring about a world unity. Most of the impetus for this has arisen from Western political class, Particularly from European, American and British intellectuals.

Of course the last century bore sad witness to the full expression of the Communistic International enterprise, which claimed a hundred million deaths, enslaved untold millions, ruined the economies of more than half of the planet, and has proven a crippling, abject , bloody failure everywhere it is tried.

World War 2 in particular was centered around two factions of this heresy, as the National Socialist(Nazi) front engaged in an epic death struggle with the USSR,(Communist Russia) which killed tens of millions and enslaved Eastern Europe.

But out of the ashes of World Wars 1 and 2, the Western World has decided that for the sake of world peace, Nationalism has to go, and is involved in a multilevel attempt to repeat the Babel transgression, by dissolving national boundaries and seeking to create a one world Government, economy, and ultimately a united world religion.

First, after World War 1  came the failed League of Nations, something our President Woodrow Wilson was very intent upon, but America was still very Judeo Christian and balked at being a part of a World Government.  Without American support the League of Nations proved impotent to stop Hitler and prevent World War 2.

After World War two, the United Nations was created. Originally it featured 51 nations, but now has 193. For the first time ever, the various prophecies foretelling of a congress of all nations acting in concert against the interests of God, were capable of fulfillment;

For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.  And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink. (Joel 3:1-3)

When in all of history did all nations gather to cast lots(vote for or against) Israel? Only since 1948 Ad.

And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.(Zechariah 12:3)

It is through the United Nations, a western concept and construction, that all nations of the World gather  to come  against Israel ,Jerusalem and Judea.

Another startling manifestation of the Western Universalistic yearning is the European Union.

Originally the European Union, or club of Rome,   was sold as a common economic market,  but has taken on a life of itself, engulfing the formerly prosperous and relatively strong Western European nations, into an antidemocratic alliance, binding these Western nations with several Eastern European countries, and submitting the various National Governments and economies to faceless , unelected Buearocrats usually n Brussells and or Germany.

The latest manifestation of this control is the insistence by central European planners, upon the acceptance of millions of Muslim refugees from all over black Africa, Iraq, Syria and other war torn and poverty stricken areas of the world. This insane plan has wreaked havoc on formerly peaceful and relatively crime free places such as Sweden(now known as the Rape capitol of  the World), Germany, France and Belgium. Vast areas of these formerly European lands are now considered “no go” areas off limits to all but the Muslims who have entered Europe’s open borders to inhabit them.

I believe that the European Union may well collapse, from it’s present form, Brexit showed the world that the common people on the street do not want to be in the EU, and would vote themselves out of it if possible. The forced multiculturalism has proven to be a destabilizing disaster, so also Schengen plan, i.e. the removal of interior borders, (many of which are rapidly being re-erected).

Then there is the European Union inspired Mediterranean Neighborhood project, a unity treaty  encompassing all the nations around the Mediterranean. This catches the Bible Reader’s attention because it covers a virtual Roman Empire part 2.

The Multi Cultural experiment has failed but the Nihilistic , antiChristian Atheists who imposed it are still in power.

I believe that the EU may yet dissolve but only to be re-formulated into something  described in the book of Revelation as a Beast, which rises out of the Sea,

And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.  And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.(Revelation 13:1-3)

Thus the final expression of Western hegemony will soon emerge, the Beast with ten Horns, will be the same as statue of the man, with the feet with ten toes, seen by Daniel, and destined to be smashed to powered with the arrival of the “Stone not made by Human hands. Ten Kings shall arise out of it, and from among them, a little Horn, a beast, a man of sin and perdition shall arise, till the Lord smites him with the breath of his mouth and by the brightness of His soon coming! Maranatha Jesus !

 

 

 

 

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24 Responses to The Push For World Oneness…The West in Prophecy pt 8

  1. Marleen says:

    Okay… The United Nations that came after WWII was bad,
    the United States joining the European nations to end WWII, bad. And then…

    Originally the European Union, or club of Rome, was sold as a common economic market, but has taken on a life of itself, engulfing the formerly prosperous and relatively strong Western European nations, into an antidemocratic alliance, binding these Western nations with several Eastern European countries, and submitting the various National Governments and economies to faceless , unelected[*] Buearocrats usually n Brussells and or Germany.

    The latest manifestation of this control is the insistence by central European planners, upon the acceptance of millions of Muslim refugees from all over black Africa, Iraq, Syria and other war torn and poverty stricken areas of the world. This insane plan has wreaked havoc on formerly peaceful ….

    * I hope it can be discerned that before the world began to seem smaller, each king was pretty faceless to the common man.

    Good thing “black” Africa is specified,
    because it’s not about race or color or skin.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I recommend a book called
    BLOODLANDS: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin,
    by Timothy Snyder

    It’s also in audio book form.
    Very well done.

    Of course, it doesn’t go back to the Inquisition
    (started in 12th-century France) and so on.

    If only France and Europe could be like the good old days?

    Let’s see… the League of Nations “couldn’t stop” war.
    But neither could scattering the nations.

    • Jeanne T. says:

      “If only France and Europe could be like the good old days?”

      Do you mean the France that gave us Marie Sklodowska and her husband Pierre Curie; Blaise Pascal; Jacques Benveniste; Paul Broca? The France that gave us Hector Berlioz; Georges Auric; Claude Debussy; Léo Delibes; Gabriel Fauré; Jacques Offenbach, etc.? The France that gave us Marcel Marceau (whose father was captured and deported to the concentration camp, where he was killed); Jean Cocteau; Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont? The France that gave us Camille Claudel; August Rodin; William Bouguereau; Claude Monet; Camille Pissarro; Pierre-Auguste Renoir; Maurice Utrillo? The France that gave us champagne and fine wines, cuisine, fashion, and film? The France that gave us the French Resistance?

      I would not to want to live in a world without such contributions. A life without art, music, fine cuisine created from God’s bounty, theatre, science, inventions, medicine, good books, and film is a life not worth living. I “hope it can be discerned” that all these are expressions of the creativity God gave to wretched sinners, a demonstration of His grace and love. These gifts all come from the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (and no other God), and He dispenses them to whom He pleases, to the righteous and the unrighteous.

      Or would you prefer the days of the French Revolution and the guillotine, the France that murdered its king and its queen (did they really deserve that, Marlene?), violated their young son with prostitutes (did he deserve that?), destroyed churches and raped nuns, all in the name of liberté, égalité, and fraternité (did the nuns deserve this)? Or how about the France that collaborated with the Nazis? Which one do you prefer, Marlene?

      • Marleen says:

        Nothing is “proven” in the article.

        And don’t dump all those silly things you said on me. I’m not the one saying the past was so great (at any point in time), but there are better ways and worse ways all the time. Even since the Renaissance and the Enlightenment (both of which BR has spoken of negatively as if they mark the turning to evil) … even since then, we still have good things happening. I could make a list. I dare say some of your good things that you “would not want to live” without would be on it.

        Are you aware that the Inquisition and crusades and so on killed Jews for being Jews? Is that fine so long as some survived?

        And I could go into details of the disgusting things Christian leaders did. But I assume most people know that already.

        Maybe the effort here is to whitewash that from history.

    • Jeanne T. says:

      “Even since the Renaissance and the Enlightenment … even since then, we still have good things happening. ”

      I lived in Italy (Rome) for four years in my former career (and also in Vienna, Austria for three years, with extensive travel throughout Europe, as well as Israel and North Africa). There were many wonderful things that came out of the Renaissance, and you can’t spend any time in Italy without that awareness. I would go so far as to say that the Renaissance could only have come out of Italy. Just my opinion. And I don’t think one can truly understand that unless you have lived and breathed Italy for a period of time. There is no city like Rome; I would describe my time there as “A Roman Holiday”. There is much I could add here, but suffice it to say that I lived and saw the Renaissance and its results. The Italians are probably the most creative people on earth (yes, I’m biased), from cars to cuisine to the Alta Moda houses of Milan (which is also where Italy’s stock market, Borsa Italiana, is based.). Italians have an innate sense of class and good taste (where else would police and meter maid uniforms be designed by Valentino and Gucci?). The mechanic at the Embassy motor pool will, at the end of the day, be seen walking out of the Embassy compound in an elegant coat and silk scarf. That’s just who they are. An Italian doesn’t have to be wealthy to have “class”. At the same time, they can be very vain and conscious of social status, not hesitating to inform you that they are descended from nobility.

      But the same Italy that produced the Renaissance also produced the notorious Brigate Rosse terrorists (Germany also had its Red Army Faction, aka Baader-Meinhoff Gang, during the same period), who were still active (though substantially crippled due to major arrests in their ranks) at the time I arrived in Rome. Many of their members came from educated families. They created so much social unrest in Italy, carrying out assassinations of professors, businessmen, robbing banks and armored cars, etc. Just a few months before I arrived in Rome, an American Major General, James L. Dozier, was rescued from the BR in Padua, where he had been held captive for 42 days. Shortly before their finish and crackdown by Italian police they assassinated another American General outside the gates of his residence in Rome. Their most notorious kidnapping and murder was undoubtedly that of Aldo Moro, a former Prime Minister and a member of the Christian Democracy Party. They ambushed Moro’s vehicle (dressed as AlItalia crew, as I recall), and murdered his five young bodyguards in cold blood, on the corner outside of his apartment (my apartment was about five minutes from the site of the kidnapping).

      The Renaissance also saw gross corruption, violence, intrigue, and wars (read about the Borgias, the Popes, the Medici family, etc.) Both the Renaissance and The Enlightenment were very humanistic in nature. Francis Schaeffer wrote about this. For example, he notes that Michelangelo’s “David” was not meant to be interpreted as the David of the Bible, but rather represented a humanistic ideal of man, i.e., a representation of man’s own efforts, man rising up out of himself.

      So while there were many advances and wonderful things that came out of these two movements, not everything was glorious.

      • Marleen says:

        I agree, Jeanne, that there were advances and wonderful things and that not everything was glorious… with regard to the Renaissance and so on after. That is what I think of all points in time, although some things stand out here and there both good and bad (and it would be more difficult to come up with what was great about the Dark Ages before the Renaissance or even about the founding of “the Church”).

        Also, regarding the Church or the west since, I was going to share today excerpts from a Messianic website. But the site seems to be down. The gentleman who had much of his work there is fairly old (something may have happened, and that makes me sad). It goes into relatively meticulous detail (more detail to be found in the books cited) of how corrupt “the Church” has been absolutely all along (with it, the west).

        By this, I am not commenting on the people alive during the time of the apostles (not saying anything one way or the other). I’m saying Church isn’t in the Bible. And the historical Church was established through the deceptive and violent efforts of Origen, Eusebius, and Constantine (et. al). [We could say, oh well but Constantine brought peace (as is said). I don’t believe that. Except in a myopic way the Church has seen.]

  2. Jeanne T. says:

    The Tower of Babel has been tried in many forms, as this article proves. It fails every time. There cannot be true peace without the Prince of Peace, and there will be no peace or unity until a Jew rules the world from Jerusalem. On that, I hope we all agree………

    The Jewish people have actually been preserved in Israel’s scattering among the nations.

    • Marleen says:

      Jeanne T., my focus is on the Prince of Peace, a Jew who will indeed rule from Jerusalem. I hope we agree that he will return in his time.

      What is really being argued for in the articles is hardness of heart.

      • Jeanne T. says:

        “And don’t dump all those silly things you said on me.”

        What exactly is “silly” about what I said, Marlene?

        “Are you aware that the Inquisition and crusades and so on killed Jews for being Jews? Is that fine so long as some survived?”

        What do you think, Marlene?

        “my focus is on the Prince of Peace, a Jew who will indeed rule from Jerusalem. I hope we agree that he will return in his time.”

        And you well know, Marlene, that is my focus as well, since I’ve expressed that very sentiment here. I’m so glad you agree with me on this one point.

        “What is really being argued for in the articles is hardness of heart.”

        That’s your interpretation, Marlene. I disagree with your assessment of these articles. There actually would be no “West” without the Jews. I recommend you read “The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels” by Thomas Cahill. As he rightly notes, “The Jews are the only people who have ever had an original idea about anything.”

        (https://www.amazon.com/Gifts-Jews-Changed-Everyone-History/dp/0385482493/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1498154996&sr=1-1&keywords=the+gifts+of+the+jews)

  3. Marleen says:

    Here is an excerpt from a Guardian article, which I was reminded of when reading a timeline on Nazi Germany:

    Since the defeat of the Ottoman empire in 1918 and the rise of the modern, secular Republic of Turkey in 1923, it has been largely cast as a non-religious campaign.

    While Australia’s part in the British invasion and retreat at Gallipoli has increasingly been at the centre of debate in Australia about national identity, it is now becoming central to the culture wars associated with political Islam and military history in Erdoğan’s Turkey. The president has been at the forefront of conflating the Ottoman success at Gallipoli with Islamic conceptions of the modern Turkish state.

    He has said: “The crusades were not [finished] nine centuries ago in the past! Do not forget Gallipoli was a crusade.”

    Writing in the Conversation last April, Brad West of the University of South Australia and Ayhan Aktar of Istanbul’s Bilgi University said that after his security forces put down a 2016 coup, Erdoğan evoked Gallipoli and the battles against the Anzacs. In a pro-government rally in Istanbul’s Taksim Square large video screens displayed recreated scenes of Ottoman victories in some battles against the Anzacs.

    Here is what I was reading on Nazis/Hitler:
    https://www.thoughtco.com/hitlers-rise-to-power-timeline-1221353
    ……

    1933

    6 February: Hitler introduces censorship.
    27 February: With elections looming, the Reichstag burns thanks to a communist extremist.
    28 February: Citing the attack on the Reichstag as evidence of mass communist intent, Hitler passes a law ending civil liberties in Germany.
    5 March: The NSDAP, riding on the communist scare and aided by a now tame police force boosted by masses of SA, poll 43.9%. They ban the communists.
    21 March: ‘Day of Potsdam’ – The Nazis open the Reichstag in a carefully stage[-]managed act which tries to show them as heirs of the Kaiser.

  4. Marleen says:

    https://www.thoughtco.com/was-adolf-hitler-a-socialist-1221367
    “…it would be wrong to see Nazism as a form of, or an outgrowth of, socialism.” (The Coming of the Third Reich, Evans, p. 173). Not only was Hitler not a socialist himself, nor a communist, but he actually hated these ideologies and did his utmost to eradicate them. At first this involved organizing bands of thugs to attack socialists in the street, but grew into invading Russia, in part to enslave the population and earn ‘living ‘ room for Germans, and in part to wipe out communism and ‘Bolshevism’.

    The key element here is what Hitler did, believed and tried to create. Nazism, confused as it was, was fundamentally an ideology built around race, while socialism was entirely different: built around class. Hitler aimed to unite the right and left, including workers and their bosses, into a new German nation based on the racial identity of those in it.

    Socialism, in contrast, was a class struggle, aiming to build a workers state, whatever race the worker was from. Nazism drew on a range of pan-German theories, which wanted to blend Aryan workers and Aryan magnates into a super Aryan state, which would involve the eradication of class focused socialism, as well as Judaism and other ideas deemed non-German.

    When Hitler came to power he attempted to dismantle trade unions and … supported the actions of leading industrialists, actions far removed from socialism which tends to want the opposite. Hitler used the fear of socialism and communism as a way of terrifying middle and upper class Germans into supporting him. Workers were targeted with slightly different propaganda, but these were promises simply to earn support, to get into power, and then to remake the workers along with everyone else into a racial state. There was to be no dictatorship of the proletariat as in socialism; there was just to be the dictatorship of the Fuhrer.

    The belief that Hitler was a socialist seems to have emerged from two sources: the name of his political party, the National Socialist German Worker’s Party [German Workers’ Party changes its name to National Socialist German Workers’ Party – Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (NSDAP)], or Nazi Party, and the early presence of socialists in it.

    THE NATIONAL SOCIALIST GERMAN WORKER’S PARTY
    While it does look like a very socialist name, the problem is that ‘National Socialism’ is not socialism, but a different, fascist ideology. Hitler had originally joined when the party was called the German Worker’s Party, and he was there as a spy to keep an eye on it. It was not… a devotedly left wing group, but [a group] Hitler thought had potential, and as Hitler’s oratory became popular the party grew and Hitler became a leading figure.

    At this point ‘National Socialism’ was a confused mishmash of ideas with multiple proponents, arguing for nationalism, anti-Semitism, and yes, some socialism. The party records don’t record the name change, but it’s generally believed a decision was taken to rename the party to attract people, and partly to forge links with other ‘national socialist’ parties.

    The meetings began to be advertised on red banners and posters, hoping for socialists to come in and then be confronted, sometimes violently: the party was aiming to attract as much attention and notoriety as possible. But the name was not Socialism, but National Socialism and as the 20s and 30s progressed, this became an ideology Hitler would expound upon at length and which, as he took control, ceased to have anything to do with socialism.

    ……

  5. Marleen says:

    https://www.thoughtco.com/adolf-hitler-fascism-is-closer-to-christianity-248179
    ……

    In the February 29, 1929 edition of the Völkischer Beobachter (official newspaper of the Nazi Party), Adolf Hitler published an article on the new Lateran Treaty between Mussolini’s fascist government and the Vatican.
    According to Hitler, this treaty should demonstrate to the world that not only are fascism and Christianity not polar opposites, but that they are in fact close kin which should be working together:

    “The fact that the Curia is now making its peace with Fascism shows that the Vatican trusts the new political realities far more than did the former liberal democracy with which it could not come to terms.

    “…The fact that the Catholic Church has come to an agreement with Fascist Italy …proves beyond doubt that the Fascist world of ideas is closer to Christianity than those of Jewish liberalism or even atheistic Marxism, to which the so-called Catholic Center Party sees itself so closely bound, to the detriment of Christianity today and our German people.”

    Note Hitler’s use of the phrase “Jewish liberalism.” ….

    Jewish thinkers were responsible for some of the aspects of modernity which conservative Christians complain about, and Jews benefited from much of it, but that was ultimately irrelevant. What was truly important was being able to create a scapegoat for large scale, relatively impersonal social changes which were perceived as undermining traditional morality, Christianity, and social relationships. Jews were already targets of bigotry and discrimination among conservative Christians, so this move could be fairly easy to make.

    Conservative Christians who today continue to hate most of the same developments of modernity are no longer able to blame the Jews as Hitler could, so they identify other targets: gays, pagans, secular humanists, and atheists.

    A close look reveals that modern attacks on these groups are often phrased and constructed in ways remarkably similar to traditional attacks on Jews. None of these groups arouse quite the levels of passionate hatred and anger that Jews could [in as many people], but they still manage to fill much the same ideological role as Jews once did.

    Note also Hitler’s use of the phrase “atheistic Marxism.” The Nazis were passionately opposed to Marxism, not only because they were anti-communists (anti-communism was an important feature of conservative politics in Germany of this era) but also because they were anti-atheists. The Nazis also opposed the large socialist parties in Germany… largely because of their association with Jews and atheism. …

    During the same speech, Hitler further criticizes Germany’s Catholic Center Party for maintaining its support for democracy……

  6. Hope says:

    Pastor Bill, See what you started? 🙂

  7. Mike McDonagh says:

    Thanks Bill for all these blogs – thoroughly thought provoking and insightful. May the Lord continue to bless your ministry.

  8. Marleen says:

    https://billrandles.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/the-last-great-apostasy-the-west-in-prophecy-pt-7/
    A good share of my pastoral ministry has been spent teaching and warning in writing against apostasy of all stripes.

    In fact I have come to the point of realizing that in the whole time of my pilgrimage, the entire church World has been utterly rife with Apostasy. WE haven’t even mentioned the sub Christian cults such as Jehovah;s Witnesses and Mormons. It almost seems that we are in a place where true Orthodox Christianity is just one of many, many optional versions of ‘Christian spirituality’.

    ^Taking a step back further, I have come to realize in my studies of Church History, that from the beginning it has [ALWAYS] been so, the Apostle Paul warned that shortly after his departure, there would be “grievous wolves’ arising from among his own disciples, ‘not sparing the flock of God’.

    ….

    The one lesson I have learned from Church History is that in the face of such distortion and apostasy, it is truly a miracle [*]that there still is a Christian church[*] which is orthodox and true to the gospel.
    ……

    *I would say, here, “that there are people of faith” (as per said miracle),
    — both “still” and ever, AND that there are some in the Church.

    I see this as a change from things that were previously said (by Bill)^
    — previous things in part which I’ve been responding to within this thread.

    If anyone is curious a little further, see my 8:24, after Jeanne’s 7:08 (today’s date).

    [It might not be a change, or something new, but it is different from what I’ve seen here.]

    • Jeanne T. says:

      “I agree, Jeanne, that there were advances and wonderful things and that not everything was glorious… with regard to the Renaissance and so on after. That is what I think of all points in time, although some things stand out here and there both good and bad (and it would be more difficult to come up with what was great about the Dark Ages before the Renaissance or even about the founding of “the Church”).”

      Yes, I see what you mean.” Thanks, Marlene.

  9. Roger says:

    When looking at ‘world oneness’ and a ‘one world religion’ – some might like to have a look at the new city of Astana, capital of Kazakhstan, for a glimpse at a modern Babylon and tower of Babel. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astana
    The city buildings include ‘The Palace of Peace and Reconciliation’ (Pyramid) and the Bayterek Tower (tree holding egg) which are in themselves, and include internal symbology, of ‘things New Age’ and therefore of satan.
    Google searches on these subjects will give further detail for those who are interested.
    A further search on Google Earth will give a ‘birds eye’ view of the city layout, and, one may also have a street view.
    Astana also hosts the ‘Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions’ http://www.religions-congress.org/index.php?lang=english and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congress_of_Leaders_of_World_and_Traditional_Religions

    • Marleen says:

      This is interesting, too, Roger:

      There is a fairly long source video below.
      A lit crystal ball isn’t as dramatic as a pyramid.
      The Arabic singing and talk of sharia IS however.

      http://www.snopes.com/trump-touch-orb-saudi-arabia/
      ……

      The actual context of this image was lost on many. It shows President Trump, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi at the inauguration of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh. Part of the ceremony involved Trump and these Saudi leaders touching a globe in order to “activate” the center, the Saudi Gazette reported:

      “Trump and the King each placed their hands on a miniature globe that officially activated the center and launched a splashy welcome video.

      “The center counters and prevents the spread of extremist ideology by promoting moderation, compassion and supporting the dissemination of positive dialogue.”

      • Marleen says:

        https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/saudi-arabia-just-played-donald-trump/2017/05/25/d0932702-4184-11e7-8c25-44d09ff5a4a8_story.html?utm_term=.1ca551abee78
        This week’s bombing in Manchester, England, was another gruesome reminder that the threat from radical Islamist terrorism is ongoing. And President Trump’s journey to the Middle East illustrated yet again how the country central to the spread of this terrorism, Saudi Arabia, has managed to evade and deflect any responsibility for it. In fact, Trump has given Saudi Arabia a free pass and a free hand in the region.

        The facts are well-known. For five decades, Saudi Arabia has spread its narrow, puritanical and intolerant version of Islam — originally practiced almost nowhere else — across the Muslim world. Osama bin Laden was Saudi, as were 15 of the 19 9/11 terrorists.

        And we know, via a leaked email from former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, in recent years the Saudi government, along with Qatar, has been “providing clandestine financial and logistic support to [the Islamic State] and other radical Sunni groups in the region.” Saudi nationals make up the second-largest group of foreign fighters in the Islamic State and, by some accounts, the largest in the terrorist group’s Iraqi operations. The kingdom is in a tacit alliance with al-Qaeda in Yemen.

        The Islamic State draws its beliefs from Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi version of Islam. As the former imam of the kingdom’s Grand Mosque said last year, the Islamic State “exploited our own principles, that can be found in our books. . . . We follow the same thought but apply it in a refined way.” Until the Islamic State could write its own textbooks for its schools, it adopted the Saudi curriculum as its own.

        Saudi money is now transforming European Islam. Leaked German intelligence reports show that charities “closely connected with government offices” of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait are funding mosques, schools and imams to disseminate a fundamentalist, intolerant version of Islam throughout Germany.

        In Kosovo, the New York Times’ Carlotta Gall describes the process by which a 500-year-old tradition of moderate Islam is being destroyed. “From their bases, the Saudi-trained imams propagated Wahhabism’s tenets: the supremacy of Shariah law as well as ideas of violent jihad and takfirism, which authorizes the killing of Muslims considered heretics for not following its interpretation of Islam. . . . ….

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