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Pope Pius IX (Latin: Pius IX; 13 May 1792 – 7 February 1878), born Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti, reigned from 16 June 1846 to his death in 1878. He was the longest-reigning elected pope in the history of the Catholic Church — over 31 years. During his pontificate, he convened the First Vatican Council (1869-1870), which decreed papal infallibility, but the council was cut short due to the loss of the Papal States.

Pius IX defined the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, meaning that Mary was conceived without original sin. Pius IX also conferred the Marian title of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, to a famous Byzantine icon from Crete entrusted to the Redemptorists.

The Church of Rome has been used of the great enemy [Satan] to rob the Lamb of God of His promised glory. JEROME, in his Latin translation of the Bible (405 AD), wrote "ipse," HE, in Genesis 3:15, as the "bruiser of the serpent's head." This is correct.


And, in spite of the fact that JEROME himself so quotes it in his commentary, and that it is masculine in all the other ancient translations of the Bible, Rome has first corrupted JEROME's Vulgate by changing the "e" into "a," and putting "ipsa" (she) instead of "ipse" (He); then she has so translated this corruption and perpetuated this perversion in various languages! So that in all her versions, in her pictures and statues, in the decree of Pope Pius IX, which promulgated the dogma of the "immaculate conception of the Virgin Mary," this lie of the Old Serpent has been foisted ( To pass off as genuine, valuable, or worthy:)  on unnumbered thousands of deluded souls, around the world; who have thereby been deceived into putting Mary in the place of Jesus;


 Latin Vulgate Genesis 3:15 inimicitias ponam inter te et mulierem et semen tuum et semen illius ipsa conteret caput tuum et tu insidiaberis calcaneo eius

                                                                                         Translation:  I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel

KJV Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it [He] [Ipse] shall bruise thy head, and thou [Satan] shalt bruise his heel.


·           The "co-Redemptress" in the place of the Redeemer;


·           The creature in the place of the Creator;


·           The woman in the place of the woman's Seed;--


·           Until the outcome is reached by emblazoning, in huge gilt letters, on the outside of a large church in Rathmines, Dublin, "MARIAE PECCATORUM REFUGIUM," to Mary the Refuge of Sinners!


 So complete has been the success of the subtlety of the Serpent, that he has beguiled thousands of Protestants to unite in circulating these corrupted versions as the Word of God, thus giving currency to the Devil's lie. This is done on the plea of expediency, (the quality or state of being suited to the end in view : suitability, fitness)  in order that these versions might come to many as Protestant truth instead of Popish error; but thus misleading those who were seeking for light, while confirming Papists in their darkness. But through all the "wisdom of the Serpent" we can detect his lie. It is very thinly veiled, and the Old Serpent has not succeeded in blinding the eyes which the Spirit of God has opened.

True, we see in all Rome's pictures and statues the foot of Mary on the Serpent's head, but the foot is not coming down, nor is the head crushed!

Rather is the woman's foot resting on its head; and the woman herself is supported by the Serpent. (E.U., One World System, NATO, &c). http://www.godsplan.org.uk/eviltrilogy.htm


ipsa in English translation and definition "ipsa" = she, herself, her  Latin-English Dictionary online Translations into English: herself (Pronoun) (pron, noun) (reflexive object) her


The above corruption has many profound connotations (A connotation is a commonly understood cultural or emotional association that some word or phrase carries, in addition to the word's or phrases explicit or literal meaning, which is its denotation). Far too many to go into here; however, very careful thought should be brought to bear on this one subject. The deception of all Catholics by this corruption, and many Protestants by only one change of a small but significant, and subtle letter. Satan; by using Pope Pius 1X; has deceived many. That is why it is necessary to search for the TRUTH YOURSELF, and the way to the TRUTH is in Jehovah’s Word in the Heavens, where it is untouched, unaltered, subtlety changed, or misrepresented. We all have a responsibility to God, ourselves, and our families to learn these TRUTHS.

The Great Apostasy = The dilution of Abraham, Moses, Jacob’s and Jesus' message into a pagan 'one world religion' foretold both by Jesus himself and St Paul, http://www.godsplan.org.uk/paganism.htm


How Long the Great Apostasy?

Not many people are aware of it, but the great Apostasy of the Gentiles foretold both by Jesus and by St. Paul in the New Testament has finally come to pass. The biblical sign of its arrival has attested to this fact continually for the past 23 years. In fact, this great Apostasy has bogged the whole Church down badly. Moreover, the biblical sign of its merciful ending has not yet appeared. Jesus was the first to announce this wholesale apostasyabandonment of the faithby future children of Gentiles who had once had it. He alluded to it in the parable of the widow and the unjust judge, with its lesson of how we must persevere in prayer and never lose heart — even when God seems to be rejecting our prayers.


Luke 18: 1—8 Parable of the widow and the unjust judge.

1. And He spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

2. Saying, “There was in a city a judge, which feared [revered] not God, neither regarded man:

Compare Matt 21:27. And they answered Jesus, and said, “We cannot tell”. And He said unto them, “Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.”

3. And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto Him, saying, ‘Avenge me of mine adversary.’

4. And He would not for a while: but afterward He said within himself, ‘Though I fear not God, nor regard man;

5. Yet because this woman troubleth Me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’”

6. And the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge saith.”

7. And shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them?

8. I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the Earth?


With these words, Jesus is saying that when He comes, few people will believe in God enough to cry out to him day and night. Jesus was more specific when His apostles asked Him when the temple in Jerusalem would be destroyed and the end of the world come. Jesus answered the second question first.


Matthew 24:11-14

11. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

12. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

13. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

14. And the gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.


Here Jesus is saying that although God’s Providence will cause the good news of his Plan and New Covenant with man to be preached all over the earth, few citizens of any nation will believe and accept them. The word ‘nations’ is generally used in the Bible to mean ‘the Gentiles.’  http://godsplan.org.uk/fulltentribes.htm   But when mankind as a whole will have heard and understood —and rejected— the Gospel, then the world as we know it will be destroyed — the world, namely, which lies in the power of the evil one.


1 John 5:19; And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.


Revelation 16-20.

16. And He gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon

17. And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done.”

18. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightning’s; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.

19. And the great city was divided into three parts , and the cities of the nation’s fell : and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath.

20. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.


Matthew 24. Read All.


Luke 21. Read All.


.Jerusalem was in fact controlled by Gentiles from the fall of Jerusalem to the Romans in the year 67 AD, until the 1967 war between the Israelis and the Arabs, in which the Israelis conquered Palestinian territories including Jerusalem. The fact that Israel now controls the Holy City once again is the biblical sign that the time granted to the Gentiles for their evangelisation and acceptance of the New Covenant is over. The great apostasy of the Gentiles, which began during the 18th century Rome had first corrupted JEROME's Vulgate, long before 1967, and is probably what brought this time granted to the Gentiles to an end. In any case the fact that Israel now firmly controls Jerusalem once again is the Biblical sign that this apostasy is now in full swing, and that the Church’s work of evangelising the Gentiles on any large scale has now more or less come to a halt. We have only to open our eyes to see that, in fact, this is actually what is happening. We have already noted Jesus’ words that “many false prophets will arise [in those days], and many will be deceived by them; and the charity of most men will grow cold, as they see wickedness abound everywhere.” That process is gathering momentum constantly,


St. Paul writing to Timothy says,

“Be sure of this, that in the world’s last age there are perilous times coming..

“The time will surely come, when men will grow tired of sound doctrine, always itching to hear something fresh; and so they will provide themselves with a continuous succession of new teachers, as the whim takes them, turning a deaf ear to the truth, bestowing their attention on fables instead.

 Who can deny that this is what we are witnessing on a huge scale right now? Paul warns the Romans,


Romans 11:17-21.

17. And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them , and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;

18. Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.

19. Thou wilt say then, “The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in.”

20. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith, Be not high-minded, but fear.

21. For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest He also spare not thee.


So, we are in the midst of the great Apostasy of the Gentiles. How long will it last? Paul indicates it will last until the mass conversion of the Jews who are left — the remnant.


Romans 11:12, 25-26.

12. Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?

25. For I would not, brethren, that ye should not be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel.

26. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, “There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.

Also the Antichrist  http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Orion.htm


Here John plainly contrasts the Holy Spirit of God with "that spirit of antichrist," an attitude of opposing the reality of Christ, Who Christ is, What Christ is. The antichrists that John speaks of were not people on the outside, but people who had "gone out into the world":

Pope Benedict XVI becomes the first pope in 600 years to resign. Why? In a statement said to have left his inner circle incredulous, the Pope said he no longer had the mental and physical strength to run the church, which has an estimated 1.2 billion followers – including 850,000 in Scotland – and would leave on February 28 after just less than eight years.

The Vatican said it hoped to have a successor in place in five weeks' time. A new Pope could be elected by Palm Sunday on March 24 and be ready to take over by Easter, one week later. Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said even Pope Benedict's closest aides did not know what he was planning, adding that the pontiff did not intend to influence the decision of the cardinals who will enter a secret conclave to elect a successor.

The last Pope to step aside was Pope Gregory XII, who resigned in 1415 amid a schism (break-up) within the Church.

Could we be witnessing the falling to earth (pictured above) of Luke 10:18 to install the False Prophet, Abaddon, Peter the Roman, The Antichrist. Pope Pius XIII? We have only a few weeks to wait for confirmation. The prophecies are happening as predicted and will even escalate (to become or cause something to become greater, more serious, or more intense) over the next fourteen years.  

The apostle Paul spoke of antichrist, not using that word, but what he was describing was exactly the same as John. Paul's reference to it was however more prophetic; Paul spoke of the age-old antichrist movement that will be led, in the time just before Christ's return, by "the lawless one," an individual that has often been referred to as "the antichrist" because the antichrist movement will reach its peak under his leadership and control. He can, for that reason, be accurately and correctly called "the antichrist," but there will be many antichrists then, just as there have always been.


Chillingly: "the antichrist" that Paul speaks of, as John did, is someone who has "fallen away," someone who knew the Truth, who lived the Truth, but who not only falls away from the Truth, he becomes a deadly enemy of the Truth. He will not be a life-long pagan; he will be someone who was once a brother, who through a "falling away" will become a wicked traitor to the Truth. He will commit treason, not to a country, but to God. And there is nothing more politically or religiously despicable than a traitor, a man who turns on his own people.

The "antichrist" is described as a product of "a falling away," not a heresy (i.e. "any opinion or doctrine at variance with the official or orthodox position"),

Nevertheless, an outright apostasy (i.e. a state of having rejected and abandoned a religious belief"). In the end, upon Christ's return, he will be "cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone"


Revelation 19:20. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.


Taken = arrested Acts 12:4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.


2 Corinthians 11:32 In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me:



John 7:30 Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come.


John 10:39 Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand,


False prophet Revelation 16:13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.


Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. 


Miracles = the signs Ap 176. 3 semeion = a sign.  This word has regard to the significance of the work wrought, whether in itself, or in the reason, object, design, and teaching intended to be conveyed by it.  It occurs in the Gospels 48 times, viz.:  13 times in Matt.; 7 times in Mark; 11 times in Luke; and is rendered "miracle" only once (23:8).  In John it occurs 17 times, and is quite wrongly rendered "miracle" 13 times, and "sign" only 4 times.  No other word is used for a "miracle" in John, except in 4:48 (see 2 above). The English word "miracle" is from the Latin word miraculum, which means "a wonder", and should therefore be confined to the rendering of teras (No. 2) above, and not used for either dunamis (No. 1), or semeion (No. 3).


Deceived Ap 128 VIII. 1. planao = to cause to wander or go astray; used of doctrinal error and religious deceit.  Cp. planos 1Tim. 4:1, "seducing"). Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;


Worshipped Ap 137. 1. proskuneo = to prostrate one's self (in reverence), do homage.  Used, therefore, of the act of  worship.


Cast &c Daniel 7:11 I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.


The power elite in the area of religion has for a long time been sold on the so-called, democratic system. Where majority decisions are going to give the direction or school of thought. If the Council of the World Church, the Lutheran World Alliance, the church alliances and others have decided something by majority vote, the church must accept it, even if it is homosexuality, partnership and similar subjects. Then they try to present this in such a way that people can accept and follow these decisions and still have a good conscience, even if it is against the Word of God. If the bishops do not get a majority vote for their liberal view, we see today that the state helps them to carry through unbiblical teachings that again lead to a fallen Protestantism. It is a fact that any unbiblical decision gaining entry into the individual's life and in the churches, will be like yeast. Even if the yeast is small in the beginning, it will after a while work through the whole batch of dough (the church), and the church will turn out to be a false church

The so-called democracy majority decisions have set the standard for the decisions of the Christian life. This model removes the personal responsibility. In the first Christian church this model was used: "For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and us" That means it was in full agreement, and the agreement was in harmony with the Word of God.

But in the democracy's Christianity, it seems that the Holy Spirit shall or must agree with them (the majority). Consequently church leaders have become captives of their own majority decisions, decisions that often are against the Bible's clear teaching. Men are accustomed to put their faith in the authorities.

Therefore the question is: Who is your authority?

We should have God as our authority, who has revealed His will through Christ and through the Word of the Bible. Therefore when a problem is to be solved, either in small groups or in big church councils and alliances, and they come together, they should read the Word of God and adjust to it. The Bible gives us this advice:


Isa 2:22 Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?


Stop listening to man, what does man know?


Jeremiah 17:5 Thus saith the LORD; “Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD”.


Never put yourself in a situation that makes man your authority. Seek advice and solutions in the Word of God! When we today experience that a small group takes the liberty of steering a course that is often contrary to the teachings of the Bible and that all others are going to follow then we talk about a spiritual dictatorship put into effect. In several countries the spiritual dictatorship shows that people in churches and organizations, that do not follow the masses, are persecuted, badgered, declared incapable by imprisonment and are being deprived of their positions. The Bible says that the time will come when this practice will be followed concerning those who will refuse to take the mark of the beast, 666.

When we realize that the authorities within Christian circles and the church's majority decisions lead away from the teaching of the Bible, then we have to obey God rather than men as Peter and the disciples did. This also is a good "rule of thumb", for which day we are going to keep as the day of rest. Even if the church, long after the time of Jesus, has ruled by law that Sunday shall be the day of rest instead of the Sabbath (Saturday), we also here must obey God rather than men.


Exodus 20:8-11 (ІV) The fourth Commandment.

08. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

09. Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work:

10. But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates.

11. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it.


It will of course require a lot of courage to go against the authorities, and everyone who is a part of the apostasy, but Christ will be our courage. When we discover that people have decided something else than the Bible or what Jesus stood for regardless of what it is, then we gladly have to follow Jesus' example and the plain truth. If we do so, we can know that He will go with us. Since Jesus kept the Sabbath, it will only be natural for the true Christian to keep it.



Today's situation speaks for itself. The prelude to the "mark of the beast" has already started. A Sunday movement is in motion worldwide. Different newspaper-articles seem to confirm this: Church leaders "long for a renewed Sunday celebration." They want to activate trade confederacies and labour unions and the general public "to defend and protect the serenity of the day of rest", and even "fines for breaking the peace and quietness of the day of rest."

It is appropriate to enjoin the day of rest, but it must be done with a love for the truth, and not by force. Besides - if the day of rest is to be enjoined, the starting point should be to choose Christ's day of rest - the Sabbath, our Saturday - and not the man-instituted day of rest - Sunday.

The European Union is lobbying to have Sunday as the common day of rest. Jaques Delors - former president of the EU - wanted "one soul, one opinion, and one spirituality in the European institutions."

In the EU they build upon this model, and Sunday - as the day of rest - is going to unite them into one spirituality. This move by the Catholics is a smart one. They are trying to find points they can agree upon within the Union, and Sunday - as a common day of rest - is something that Catholics and most Protestants can agree upon.

In a speech that the present Pope made (as a cardinal) he presented his working plan in three main points, and keeping Sunday holy was his first point.

When Pope John Paul II published his pastoral letter in 1991, he pointed out in this letter that to keep Sunday as the day of rest is a right that no one can take away from them, and that God will punish those who try to deprive them of this religious right... The state shall guarantee that the workers have their rest from work on Sunday. The question must also be asked; why in the UK did businesses petition successfully for shops etc to open on Sundays?

Does this remind you of the constraint in religious matters that the Bible tells about, namely that those who will not take the mark of the beast are going to be persecuted and punished?



History shows that when the Catholic Church had sovereign power (about 500 years ago), they also used that power. They tortured and killed tens of thousands of people adhering to other beliefs that refused to submit themselves to the papacy's antichristian system. The Bible reveals the sad fact that the time will come again, when the papacy will use force in order to subdue the conscience and regain dominion, and that apostate Protestants will unite with Catholicism in the persecution of those who refuse to submit to the instituted law of exalting Sunday as the day of rest. Those that will not exalt the papacy's mark of authority - Sunday, as the day of rest - will be labelled as rebels. They will be viewed as "those who prevent peace on earth". The Bible says that an order will be issued to put them to death.

In that connection it is also interesting to notice two new books from the Vatican, e.g. the new universal Catholic Catechism and the book, "Crossing the Threshold of Hope". These books (together with the book "The Keys of This Blood" by former Jesuit-professor of the Papal Biblical Institute, Malachi Martin), tell how the papacy plans to be the spiritual head for all the Christian churches. The New Catholic Catechism permits people to use weapons, if the use of weapons has reasonable prospects of succeeding. Or as the text reads: "There must be serious prospects of success."


Daniel 2:13 And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain, and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.


Asking readers to "be not afraid" of the Catholic Church is at best a stretch - given the history of the Church and it's use of it's power. This is the Church which decreed in the 1500s: "We order that each and every Jew of both sexes in our temporal dominions, and in all the cities, lands, places and baronies subject to them, shall depart completely out of the confines thereof within the space of three months and after these letters shall have been made public." (Decree from Pope Pius IV). Are we to believe that GOD directed him to decree this?


From the oath of the Catholics' frontline warriors, the Jesuits, (Today a Jesuit Pope)


We read of the liberties they can take in order to spread Catholicism: "I do further promise and declare that I will, when opportunity presents, make and wage relentless war, secretly and openly, against all heretics, Protestants and liberals, as I am directed to do so, to extirpate them from the face of the whole earth; and that I will spare neither age, sex, nor condition, and that I will hang, burn, waste, boil, flay, strangle and bury alive these infamous heretics; rip up their stomachs, and wombs of their women, and crush their infants' heads against the walls, in order to annihilate their execrable race. That when the same cannot be done openly, I will secretly use the poisonous cup, the strangulation cord, the steel of the poniard, or the leaden bullets, regardless of the honour, rank, dignity or authority of the person or persons, whatever may be their condition in life, either public or private, as I at any time may be directed to do, by any agent of the Pope, or superior of the brotherhood of the Holy Father of the Society of Jesus."


The Catholics have their frontline warriors - the Jesuits. They are very well educated, having studied at their own Catholic universities, especially in the United States (but also in the public universities as well as other denominations educational systems). Through their education they have been taught to infiltrate and occupy important positions in society all over the world. We see clearly that the Jesuit oath opens the way for them to use any method or crime in order to defeat Protestantism and the independent nations, so that they can easier spread Catholicism. Do we see any such infringements today? The Bible gives an answer to which power Satan especially works through in order to defeat God's co-workers. The Bible calls our attention to the fact that the papacy's abuse of power and infringement will be repeated shortly before the return of Jesus. So just ahead of us we have tough times. “Tribulation”



The Catholic Church now presents a fair front to the world, covering with apologies her record of horrible cruelties. She has clothed herself in Christ like garments; but she is unchanged. "Every principle of the papacy that existed in past ages exists today. The doctrines devised in the darkest ages are still held. Let none deceive themselves. If the reader would understand the agencies to be employed in the soon-coming contest, he has but to trace the record of the means, which Rome employed for the same purpose in ages past. If he would know how papists and Protestants united would deal with those who reject their dogmas, let him see the spirit, which Rome manifested toward the Sabbath and its defenders. Royal edicts, general councils and church ordinances sustained by secular power were the steps by which the pagan festival attained its position of honour in the Christian world.



More than 100 years ago the author Ellen G. White wrote the following:

"The people of the United States have been a favoured people; but when they restrict religious liberty, surrender Protestantism, and give countenance to popery, the measure of their guilt will be full, and "national apostasy" will be registered in the books of heaven. The result of this apostasy will be national ruin." "Foreign nations will follow the example of the United States. Though she leads out, yet the same crisis will come upon our people in all parts of the world.

We are talking about a widespread conspiracy, the aim of which is to destroy independent nations. European and a Global revolution is a fact. The world's great financial, political and religious powers are today joining forces. The laws and statutes of independent nations are being overruled by international law.

·        Why do the elite want more power and control,

·        Why the urge for a centralised and international way of governing the world?

·        How great is the influence coming from secret power groups when international decisions are made?

·        HOW do all these forces cooperate?

·        WHO are these people behind the scenes?

·        Which role do the Vatican, the Pope and the Catholic Church play in this game to gain world dominion?

·        Which role do the US, the UN and the international forces play in the Middle-East conflict?

·        Is there a connection between the peace negotiations and the role of Israel in the end-time, and will they ever gain control over the Temple Mount?

·        Are we really heading towards a period of global peace, springing from the Middle East?