This rather lengthy heading in fact is the   wording of Item B4 under heading B:   Curriculum – Policy, Guidelines and   Procedures as part of the Policies document of the   Non-Government Schools Registration Board for   South Australia.

The document and this particular policy made   the news not only in South Australia but in other   States as well. The Adelaide Advertiser reported:

“The Association of Independent Schools   was seeking legal advice on the banning of   creationism or intelligent design in the science   curriculum.”

The report continued:

“State association executive director Gary Le Duff   said the ban … had been met with disapproval   among faith-based schools. ‘There was very strong   support for concerns about the excessive intrusion   of government regulatory bodies into matters   relating to the underpinning faith or educational   philosophy of schools’, he said.”

Mr Le Duff said an incident where a poster on   creationism had been removed at an SA school had   “galvanised schools across the spectrum because it   was seen as intrusive”.

Another report stated: “The chief executive of   Christian Schools Australia, Stephen O’Doherty, said   the board statement was too strident, removing the   right to teach Biblical perspectives as part of science.”

The policy item reads as follows:

“The Board requires the teaching of Science   as an empirical discipline, focusing on inquiry,   hypothesis, investigation, experimentation,   observation and evidential analysis.

“The Board does not accept as satisfactory a   science curriculum in a non-government school   which is based upon, espouses or reflects the literal   interpretation of a religious text in its treatment of   either creationism or intelligent design.”

A spokesman for the Board said it was not   banning teaching of creationism full-stop. “It can   be taught in religious studies.”

Naturally these Registration Board policies   apply to our own Heritage College. We really ought   not to be surprised at such edicts. They spring from   the modern, secular mind-set which is becoming   all pervasive. The influence of a newly aggressive   atheism is also giving strength to an anti-religious   and particularly an anti-Christian attitude in the   Western world today.

Most of us do not have a scientific background.   But we can be absolutely confident in the scriptural   account of creation. We have the record of fulfilled   prophecy, in particular as it relates to Israel. Even   more we have the evidence of an empty tomb, and   a risen Lord to assure us that “they that be with us   are more than they that be with them.” The return   of Christ will give the lie to all the nonsense of a   Godless age. In that day we will want to be with   those “that love his appearing”.

Germany’s place in Europe

On the basis of prophecies such as Ezekiel 38, we   have long looked for an association of Russia with   a generally united Europe (“iron mixed with miry   clay”) to form the basis of the confederation that   will come against Israel in the latter days. Further,   we have seen Germany as one of the key players in   this alliance (“Gog of the land of Magog”).

A recent report by Stratfor commented on the   developing position of Germany in Europe in the   context of the financial woes being experienced by   what Stratfor calls the “Club Med states of Greece,   Portugal, Spain and Italy”. Stratfor commented:   “The crux of the current crisis in Europe is that   most EU States, but in particular the Club Med   States … have done such a poor job keeping their   budgets under control that they are flirting with   debt defaults. All have grown fat and lazy off the   cheap credit the euro brought them.” The probable   outcome is debt default, social revolution or both.

The European Union, and wealthy Germany   in particular, was supposed to ride to the rescue. But the Germans have been cool to put it mildly.   Angela Merkel of Germany roundly rejected   suggestions that Germany restrain its export-led   economy and the Teutonic efficiency which gave   Germany such an economic advantage in Europe.   The German Finance Minister suggested that “if   Greece, or any other eurozone member, could not   right their finances, they should be ejected from the   eurozone.” Peter Zeihan, the author of the Stratfor   article opined: “This is not the sort of statement   made by just any EU member, but rather by the   decisive member. Germany now appears prepared   not just to contemplate but to publicly contemplate   the re-engineering of Europe for its own interests.”

Stratfor continues:

“If the euro is essentially gutting the European   – and again to a greater extent the Club Med   – economic base, then Germany is achieving   by stealth what it failed to achieve in the past   thousand years of intra-European struggles. In   essence, European states are borrowing money   (mostly from Germany) in order to purchase   imported goods (mostly from Germany)   because their own workers cannot compete   on price (mostly because of Germany) … our   assessment of the euro is shifting from the belief   that it was a straightjacket for Germany to the   belief that it is Germany’s springboard.

“The paradigm that created the European   Union – that Germany would be harnessed and   contained – is shifting. A political consensus has   emerged in Germany against bailing out Greece.   Moreover, a political consensus has emerged   in Germany that the rules of the eurozone are   Germany’s to refashion.”

So we are seeing the emergence of a confident   Germany, with leaders born well after the Second   World War and not constrained, as former leaders   were, by any residual guilt, prepared to take its place   at the head of the EU. Germany is moving closer to   Russia in a kind of mutual dependency. These are   developments to watch closely indeed.

How long?

These two short words reverberate through all   Scripture. Sometimes a plea for relief from dire   extremity, sometimes expressing the yearning of the   faithful for Yahweh’s mercy and presence. In these   last days, this expression has become ours too, as we   wait the return of our Lord to a desperate world. We   have joined the company of David, Isaiah, Jeremiah   and Daniel too. “How long”, he cried, “shall it be to   the end of these wonders?” and his words echo in   our hearts. Sometimes we even join with Habakkuk:   “O Lord, how long shall I cry and thou wilt not   hear!” as the time seems to stretch out before us.

But all about us there are the indications that   soon there will be time no longer. The answer to   “How long” is surely becoming “yet a little while,   and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.”

Oil reserves

The fuel products that power our motor vehicles,   and the trucks that carry the goods along the world’s   highways in an endless stream, and the tractors   and other implements essential for the modern   agriculture that feeds the bursting populations of   our crowded planet, are at last running out. A race   is on to control oil supplies and to find alternatives.   Failure could mean economic catastrophe and a   collapse of modern industrialised societies.

For years, Governments and the major oil   companies have branded the proponents of “Peak   Oil” as crackpots. But suddenly a consensus   seems to be emerging that they were right after   all. That oil production will soon, or has already,   reached its peak and will now inevitably decline   as demand outstrips supply and prices rise and   rise. In March, the “former UK chief scientist,   David King, and researchers from Oxford   University released a paper claiming that the   world’s oil reserves had been exaggerated by up   to a third, principally by OPEC. Their objective   analysis showed that conventional oil reserves   stand at just 850–900 billion barrels – not the   1,150–1,350 billion barrels that are officially   claimed by oil producers … They anticipated that   demand could outstrip supply by 2014–2015”,   according to one commentator.

The journal Energy & Fuels recently published   a paper by a team of analysts at Kuwait University   whose conclusions broadly support the Oxford   University group. The Kuwait team, using data   from all the oil producing countries, reached the   conclusion that “world production is estimated   to peak in 2014”. The peak production from non-   OPEC countries has already passed in 2006. OPEC   production will peak, they predict, in 2026 and then   go into steep decline. In a very few short years the   Middle East will move centre stage in a battle to secure oil supplies for the economies of the world,   while the scramble for alternative energy continues.

Turkey

The nation of Turkey, once a key ally of both the   United States and Israel, continues to move away   from those old relationships as it seeks to build   bridges to countries such as Russia, Iran and Syria.   Stratfor has recently run a series of articles on   “Turkey’s Re-emergence”, commenting that “we   see a Turkey slowly but systematically re-emerging   as a regional power prepared to use its influence …   After an interregnum of nearly a century, Turkey,   under the ruling Justice and Development Party, has   embarked upon a policy of cautiously expanding   its influence into Europe, the Caucusus, the   Middle East, Central, South and even East Asia.”   Russia is Turkey’s biggest trading partner and   Turkey, like many European countries, is highly   dependent on gas supplies from Russia. Some 2.5   million Russians a year visit Turkey as tourists,   and the two countries are discussing cancelling   visa requirements. President Dmitri Medvedev   is scheduled to visit Turkey this year following   previous contacts between Erdogan of Turkey and   Putin of Russia.

Turkey will, we believe, be a key ally (the   Togarmah of Ezek 38:6) in the confederacy that   moves against Israel in the latter days. We can see in   the circumstances of the last few years the changing   posture of Turkey as it is being moved into position   for its prophetically defined role. Yet another area   of the globe for watchmen to observe closely as we   ask the question, “How long?”