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ON the occasion of Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, I decided to re-post something on the subject. This post is five years old, but not at all out of date. In fact, what is covered here will become increasingly relevant to all of us in the coming months and years…

Take a look at the map above. If you can spot tiny Israel at all, dwarfed by all the surrounding lands governed by Muslims, you will see how disproportionate is the opposition to its existence. I say “existence” because sometimes Islamic leaders speak of their determination that Israel should be “driven into the sea”, or “wiped off the map” To locate Israel in this map, refer to the one at the bottom.

In my country of origin, the United Kingdom, it’s become fashionable to blame all the problems of the Middle East on Israel. Neo-Nazis and other anti-Semites even go so far as claiming that all the political and economic problems of the world are caused by Zionists and Jews. I’ve heard some of them say it myself – perhaps you have too.  Anti Semitism did not die with Hitler, it just took a back seat for a time.

Here’s a rather enlightening quote from the Hadith, a collection of phrases attributed to Mohammed:

The day of resurrection will not arrive until the Muslims make war against the Jews and kill them, and until a Jew hiding behind a rock and  tree, and the rock and tree will say: ‘Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him!’ (Sahih Bukhari 004.52.176)

The Koran does not contradict the Hadith:

Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends (Surah 5:51).

And for our liberal friends, who generally side solidly against Israel, here’s some rather politically incorrect advice from the Koran which seems to escape your attention:

Men take authority over women…As for those who are disobedient, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them (Surah 4:34).

Of course, anti Semitic views are not confined to Muslims or to the United Kingdom – they are worldwide. It’s fashionable for the news media, for colleges and universities, for many politicians, celebrities, and the people on the street to take sides against Israel. The United Nations regularly condemns Israel for defending itself, and wishes to diminish its power in any way possible.

I don’t intend to go through the history of Israel, Islam and the Middle East here, except to remind you (or perhaps you’ve never been told) that  Israel was last removed from its land by the legions of the Roman Empire under Titus, in the first century AD. Josephus estimated that the Romans killed over one million people in the process, ploughing Jerusalem into the ground, and then renaming the land “Palestina” as a final insult to the Jewish race, since Israel’s nearby enemies for centuries had included the Philistines.

There has never been a nation called “Palestine”, and no other nation has had Jerusalem as its capital except Israel. Israelites wandered the earth since the first century, being hounded and persecuted wherever they went. The last significant persecutions, perpetrated by Hitler and Stalin, caused Israelites to seek their own homeland after WWII, in the hope of avoiding any future genocidal attempts against them. Fulfilling Bible prophecies, they founded the new nation of Israel, and have been growing in population and economic success. People of Jewish descent have been moving into the land from all over the world.

The terrible history of the Jewish nation, struggling for its very survival, as well as its future, was prophecied well before and during the time of Christ. In fact, the Bible speaks clearly of events still to come which will affect the whole world, centred in the nation of Israel.

The current “peace process” calls for the division of Jerusalem, and for Israel to become even smaller, so that it would be shrunk to nine miles wide at its narrowest point, and fifty at its widest. A space this small would be impossible to defend agoinst the many surrounding nations committed to Israel’s destrution. Islam now (and not in the past) claims that Jerusalem and the land “occupied” by Israel belongs to them.  Jerusalem was not mentioned once in the Koran, but is mentioned 800 times in the Bible. Jews established Jerusalem as their capital three thousand years ago.

This opposition has been prophecied in the Bible. Not only so , but the Bible speaks of a time, just before the return of Christ to the earth, when Israel’s neighbors, with the help of “all nations of the earth” will make one last almighty effort to remove the Jewish state, particularly Jerusalem and Judah, currently known as the West Bank. The number of similarities between Bible prophecy about Israel in the “Last Days”, and the current situation in the Middle East, along with world wide anti-Semitism, is amazing. You can see some of the details below.

Please understand that I am not saying that all Israelis are good and all Moslems are evil. Many Moslems are good people, and many have found faith in Christ, despite the threat of persecution from radicals among their own people. Many Israelis are ungodly people, and the judgments of the Last Days are aimed at them as much as anyone.

I’m writing today to suggest that you choose sides wisely in your discussions and your prayers, in the coming Middle East peace or security arrangement which will not last, and in the coming battles and wars between Israel and its neighbors. Choose wisely before and during the war of all wars between Israel and all the nations of the world (“all” implies that even the US will side with the Muslims, or just step aside). Choose wisely, because God has said to Israel, “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse those who curse you” (Genesis 12:1-3). Choose wisely, because whoever touches Israel touches the apple of God’s eye (Zechariah 2:8). Choose wisely, because in the day that “all nations” attack Israel, and forcefully divide Jerusalem, The Son of God Himself will show up to join in the fight (Zechariah chapters 14 and 12). At that time he will not be meek and mild, but the roaring lion of Judah:

I will gather all nations to Jerusalem to fight against it…Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights in the day of battle. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives…(Zechariah 14: 2-4).

Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. The sun and moon will be darkened, and the stars no longer shine. The Lord will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem, the earth and sky will tremble. But the Lord will be a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of Israel (Joel 3:14-16).

In those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land (Joel 3:1-2).

Notice the words “my land” in that last verse. The land belongs to God, and he can lease it out to whoever He wants. Notice also the words “my people”.

ISRAEL IN SCRIPTURE – PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE:

THE LAND OF CANAAN WAS PROMISED TO ABRAHAM’S DESCENDANTS

Genesis 12: 1-3

Genesis 13: 14 – 17

Genesis 17: 8

THROUGH THE LINEAGE OF ISAAC, NOT ISHMAEL:

Genesis 17: 18 – 21

THE PROMISE IS IRREVOCABLE – IT CANNOT BE CANCELLED:

Jeremiah 31: 35 -37

Romans 11:25– 32

Isaiah 49: 14 – 18

EXILE WAS A PART OF GOD’S JUDGEMENT ON ISRAEL’S REBELLION:

Deuteronomy 28, especially v.63 – 65

THE FIRST COMPLETE EXILE WAS TO BABYLON:

Daniel 1: 1 – 2

Ezra 5: 11 – 16

THE SECOND WAS TO ALL NATIONS:

Ezekiel 36: 16 – 19

Ezekiel 36: 3

Matthew 23: 33 – 39

THE SECOND COMPLETE EXILE WAS TO BE THE LAST:

Isaiah 11:10– 16

Ezekiel 37: 21 – 25

ISRAEL WOULD BE REGATHERED TO THEIR LAND BEFORE THE TRIBULATION:

Ezekiel 38: 8 – 9

Ezekiel 39 21 – 29

Zephaniah 2: 1 – 3

THE WASTE-LAND WOULD THEN BECOME FERTILE AND DENSELY POPULATED:

Ezekiel 36: 8 – 12

Ezekiel 36: 30 – 38

Joel 3:1-2

ISRAEL’S ENEMIES WOULD SAY THAT THE LAND WAS THEIRS:

Ezekiel 36: 1 – 7

Ezekiel 35

ISRAEL WOULD NOT BE REPENTANT UNTIL JESUS’ RETURN:

Ezekiel 36: 22, 23, 31, 32

Ezekiel 39: 21 – 29

Romans 11:25– 27

JERUSALEM WOULD BE A ‘CUP OF TREMBLING’ FOR THE NATIONS:

Zechariah 12: 1 – 10, especially 2, 3

Zechariah 14: 1 – 19, especially 2, 3

Matthew 24: 14 – 22

Revelation 16: 1 – 2

THE SO-CALLED ‘OCCUPIED WEST BANK’ IS ‘JUDAH’ IN PROPHECY:

Zechariah 12, verses 2, 6 and 7.

Zechariah 14:14

Joel 3:1

Matthew 24:15-22

JERUSALEM AND JUDAH (THE WEST BANK) WOULD BE THE DISPUTED TERRITORIES

Zechariah 12: 2-3

THEY WILL BE ATTACKED BY THE WORLD COMMUNITY, AND JERUSALEM WILL BE DIVIDED FORCEFULLY:

Zechariah 12:2, 3

Zechariah 14:2-9

THE ENEMIES OF ISRAEL TODAY WERE PROPHECIED 2500 YEARS AGO

All the nations around Israel: Ezekiel 36 – 39; Zechariah 12:2

Russia: Ezekiel 38

Iran (called Persia until 20th C): Ezekiel 38

Turkey(then Gomer) Ezekiel 38

All nations of the world – see below

ALL NATIONS WILL BE ANGRY WITH THE BIBLICAL GOD AS WELL AS ISRAEL:

Revelation 19 – 19

Psalm 2: 1 – 6

Revelation 11: 18

ALL NATIONS WILL ATTACK ISRAEL (PERHAPS TWO SEPARATE ATTACKS):

Joel 3, especially verses 1 – 2

Zechariah 12:3

Zechariah 14:2

Revelation 16: 14 – 16

Ezekiel 38: 1 – 9

THE ATTACKS WOULD BE SOON AFTER ISRAEL’S REGATHERING TO THE LAND:

Ezekiel 38:7-9

Ezekiel 39:25-27

BUT FIRST, THERE WILL BE A TEMPORARY ‘PEACE’ OR SECURITY PACT INVOLVING ISRAEL:

1 Thessalonians 5: 1 – 4

Daniel 8: 25 (esp. see the KJV)

Daniel 9: 27

Ezekiel 38: 14 – 16

THERE WILL BE A JEWISH TEMPLE OR WORSHIP CENTER BUILT AT ABOUT THIS TIME IN J:

Daniel 9: 27

Revelation 11: 1 – 2

2 Thessalonians 2: 4 – 6

Matthew 24: 15

PEOPLE WILL BE LIVING ‘NORMALLY‘ AND UNSUSPECTING, UNTIL THE TRIBULATION STARTS:

Matthew 24: 37 – 39

Ezekiel 39: 6

GOD WILL DEFEND ISRAEL AGAINST ITS ATTACKERS:

Zechariah 14: 2 – 5 and verse 12

Zechariah 12: 9

Isaiah 34:1 – 10

Joel 3: 16

Ezekiel 38: 17 – 23

Matthew 24: 30

THIS WILL BE THE END OF HUMAN RULE OVER THE EARTH:

Revelation 19 and 20

Daniel 2: 42 – 45

Isaiah 34: 1 – 4

Zechariah 14: 9 and v 16 – 19

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Widely swung the door. Light poured, then exploded into the room, where dark, dank and despicable creatures crawled and lurked. The owner of the house was finally home…

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AAAGH! GET OUT! they screamed: we don’t WANT you here!

WE HATE YOU…!

We…we….we…..

And the dark, dank, despicable creatures melted away to nothingness from the power of that light. Only friends of the owner’s son survived.

With similar shock factor and irresistible power our Creator will appear with his cleansing presence. Only friends of his Son will survive.

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No, dear reader, I haven’t mis-spelled a word in my title, I’m just rather partial to puns…

393px-Gojira_1954_poster_3Do you ever wish you could read a book or watch a movie in which nothing goes wrong, where nobody gets hurt and there are no problems to solve? I’ve discussed with my sons the fact that works of fiction probably would never meet with much, if any success, without trouble at their center.

Without some sort of tension to resolve-injustice, war, loss, unfulfilled desires, threats or enemies-any movie, novel or drama would probably be rather hum-drum and not very interesting to the majority of people. Can you think of any work of fiction without at least one problem to put right? Even Christian stories center on family break-up, loss, persecution or aggressive debate.

It seems that while we all hate to suffer ourselves, we want to see others suffering, at a distance…but then perhaps to see the problem resolved at the end of the story. The hero must win the battle, or wreak revenge, or get his desired lover. If there isn’t a problem, we like to create one…don_quijote_and_sancho_panzaWe like to tell ourselves that we enjoy seeing suffering because it “reflects reality” and touches upon our own struggles. Even sci-fi and fantasy stories are really just dressed up hypothesized versions of real-life problems, although in these times some Hollywood-style stories attempt or hope to shape reality rather than mirror it.

History is a long succession of stories filled with tensions and resolutions, and in many cases there is no happy ending. So it is even in the Biblical narrative. Problems begin almost on the first page, when Adam and Eve fail a simple test. But wait a minute: why is there a test to pass or fail in the first place? Wasn’t it God himself who put that nasty tree in the garden? And wasn’t it God who seems to have turned his back while the Tempter came to persuade Eve to disobey? Behind it all, God had a grand plan-a scheme, the subject of the Bible: a narrative which is still in process of being acted out and fulfilled. I’ve written about this in my series “Why Do We Suffer?”Ary_Scheffer_-_The_Temptation_of_Christ_(1854)I was looking at a few facebook pages of people I used to know, and I was amazed to see even there that a common source of mirth and hilarity these days is ridicule of Donald Trump. Of course this isn’t news to any of us-it’s going on in many places. And the things they say about him are hateful, spiteful and most often completely false. They come from a media and an entertainment industry which has declared war on the world’s leader and his supporters.

So what do they want in Trump’s place? Who would they replace him with? I’m convinced they want more of the same. They want what President Obama was working hard to give them: a throwing off of the influence Christianity has had over the past two millennia, and a reversal of the confusion and separation of Babel. At Babel God acted to prevent the world of men from being unified. He did that because he knew that any such unity would be in opposition against him and against all that he created mankind for. And sure enough, the modern socialistic, one-world movement seeks to redefine marriage, spirituality, gender, love, and just about everything you can think of which relates to the original plan of God for mankind. Trump, imperfect though he is-as we all are-and his supporters, seeks to set back the clock on the perversion of God’s plan. The dissenters, the “jokers” and the haters all seek to continue the movement away from God, which was so enthusiastically facilitated and encouraged by our last president, his appointed judges and his devoted followers.800px-Pieter_Bruegel_the_Elder_-_The_Tower_of_Babel_(Vienna)_-_Google_Art_Project_-_editedThe history of man has been likened to a tale of two cities: one the celestial city of God, and the other Babel, the city of man. It’s all actually one story only: history is His-story. I’ve written before about the “Beautiful City”, a place in which man will one day, he hopes, realize his Utopian dreams; where he can do whatever he wants without consequence or criticism, and from which God is banished forever. However, proponents of modern humanism and secularism do seem to like the idea of inviting into the free world one version of god and his followers, in the hope that this god will aid in the removal of the one they see as the great ogre-the Biblical God.

Why do the nations rage, and the people plot in vain? (Psalm 2:1 ESV).

Behind it all the devil works to take down free society so that the gospel of Jesus Christ can be strangled once and for all. Many people see this as a top priority in life. They just refuse to see the fact that the gospel cannot be controlled or suffocated, any more now than it ever has been; any more than it was at the beginning when Jesus Christ was crucified and his disciples scattered and persecuted throughout the world. Persecution, as horrible as it is, only serves to further the cause of the gospel.What-is-truth02All these people will accomplish is the loss of freedom. But freedom will not only be lost for those that they hate: it will be gone from them also, because the system they work to impose in God’s place is intentionally excluding the only source of freedom.

All the machinations of those who seek to destroy what the West has stood for, with all its failures and weaknesses, may succeed temporarily, and on a superficial level- the only level they’re willing or able to see and detect. But in fact they’re expending all their energies only upon that which God has already planned and foreseen. Man without God is like a convict digging an escape tunnel, only to find that the entire prison guard are waiting for him at the other end.

God’s grand story is still unfolding-we’re in the middle of it now. The last page of the story of rebellious man is not far away, and man himself is helping to write some of the detail. Our Creator will bring to completion the Resolution of all resolutions, when those who’ve sided with God’s only son Jesus Christ will experience the happiest ending of all. And the happiest ending of all will begin a never-ending succession of wonderful, amazing stories without tension, trouble, or problems.

There can be no other outcome for the world than God’s victory over man’s rebellion, because God is the creator and sustainer of all things. Not only this, but he, and his Son, are the beginning and the end of the grand story:

Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end (Revelation 22:12 The words of Jesus Christ-see verse 16)

 

 

 

Warning! Here comes another extensive rant fueled by hot, steaming passion, guaranteed to drive away my two remaining readers! Once in a while a bloke just has to let off some steam and ramble on about what really hurts his brain like the Dickens: this is such a time…

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As I look around at all the rabid efforts to vilify Donald Trump and his supporters, as though they-we-have no right to partake in the political process or to have an opinion, and as I look around at the determination in Washington to remove Trump from office or at the very least to stop his progress and make him look like the biggest crook/buffoon/racist to ever occupy the White House, I can easily draw a line from where we are to the world of the book of Revelation. Truth is, without doubt, being thrown to the ground (Daniel 8:12).

There’s something of an attempted coup taking place in the US, in case you haven’t noticed. Its instigators seem to be hoping it will develop into a full-fledged revolution or civil war. Unfortunately for them Trump has far more support in the real world than they want to believe. Most moderate Democrats, I’m sure, are as uneasy about the whole situation as anyone else is and I think the radicals may well be just shooting themselves in the foot. Let’s hope so!

In any case, if the revolutionaries and their allies get their way, the US and the world will never be the same again. They know that if they can succeed in disposing of the only threat to their socialistic, immoral, West-destroying plans, there will be nothing standing in their path to “fundamental transformation”, since Trump is the only one with a spine and a following to oppose them: many Republicans just want to go with the flow and enjoy their positions.800px-Chrysaora_Colorata

Trump’s enemies had believed under President Obama that they held the direction of the country in their grip. Marx’s dreams were being realized almost without hindrance: the destruction of the Christian family, globalization, the marginalization of the Church, and the muzzling of all but politically correct speech. Notice that the underclass-those on welfare-were not decreasing in number but increasing, with fifty million people on food subsidies, and the nation doubling its debt in just eight years under Obama.

The election of Trump didn’t dampen the fervor of the revolutionaries: it spurred them on, being supported by the news media giants which are part of the movement. Obama said before the election that it was “dangerous” of Trump to suggest that a national election could be rigged, but as soon as his team lost the election they were attempting to claim it was rigged. No evidence has been found to this effect.

Marx, in his “Manifesto”, stated:

“Communists everywhere…openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions”.

These people rioting in the streets and forcibly silencing speakers who don’t agree with them are not interested in democracy-they want to attain their ends by any means necessary. They want to see an end to the old order and they’re becoming increasingly impatient.

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The fundamental transformation of the US was in full swing: trans-gender bathrooms in public schools, gay marriage, tax-payer funded abortion for any reason, dismantled borders, diminishing traditional families, mountains of regulations against small business and privacy growing ever larger, the silencing of dissenters including Catholic nuns, government sympathizers in control of the media and much of higher education, and globalists, including Obama, steering us towards global citizenship under an Islamic flag.

Democracy got in the way. And Trump, accused of just about everything his enemies could think up, against all the odds, the opposition and the attempts to smear him, won the electoral college outright-the constitutional requirement for election. The media and their “deep state” allies then cooked up the post-election “Russia-collusion” charge.

Several secret service agencies have all testified that there’s no evidence of such collusion. So the next investigative attack (which is no less than a witch hunt) besides all the previous accusations still being thrown around and the relentless screams of “racism”, is that Trump tried to obstruct justice in the Russia investigation. Why would he do that, if there was no collusion?

The investigators are being so thorough-poking their noses into everything they can imagine, that they’ll probably soon be examining Trump’s DNA to find out if he has any Russian ancestors. Oh, but that wouldn’t be racism or bigotry of-course. They’re practically gnashing their teeth in desperation to find something-anything-to use as an excuse for impeachment, or at least to turn his voters against him. In centuries past, many heads would have rolled by now as the result of such treason.

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If the coup were to succeed, there will be nothing else and no-one else to stop the movement towards Obama’s vision of the nation-or rather the end of it-and the world. Any Republican who may be willing to fight the establishment (are there any?) would be similarly attacked and maligned by our “free” (ha ha) press and the wealthy liberal establishment. All dissenters to their political correctness will be pushed aside, mocked, locked up, silenced, and vilified. Now that’s fascism. Hitler and his Nazis were socialists, not capitalists: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Nazi-Party

Hitler’s Nazis silenced the Church, tightly controlled business, destroyed privacy, locked people up for saying the wrong things, denigrated the value of human life, sided with Muslims against Jews, and held complete control of all media outlets: all the things the liberals were doing and want to continue doing to a greater extent.

If the coup were to succeed, borders will soon be gone, polygamy and pedophilia with consent will be the next taboos to go, and men will marry dogs, cats, ostriches and trees. Free-speech will die, along with many millions more unwanted babies. The Christian gospel will be labeled “hate-speech”. Islam will be put on a fast track to the dominance it seeks, as was Obama’s wish. In fact, Obama may even make a come-back courtesy of his many admirers (Revelation 13:3). Israelis will be pressured heavily into handing over their ancient capital to their enemies. Iran will dominate the Middle-East.

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If the coup were to succeed, the UN will be handed US sovereignty on a plate. A super-wealthy liberal elite will rule us all, defended and promoted by the “news” media. Taxes will rise causing food and fuel prices to increase greatly. We will be told what we can and cannot do in every single area of our life except morality which will be a free-for-all. Death panels will decide who gets what medical treatment and who can be born. Racism and sexism will be directed entirely against white men with government approval.

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PROPHECY AND PROBABILITY, POLITICS AND APATHY

According to at least one view of Christian theology if we really have faith we shouldn’t worry what happens to our world, because we’re all going to suddenly pop off to heaven in the rapture long before anything nasty happens here on the earth: we don’t need to engage in politics because God has it all in hand anyway, and most importantly, politics is “of the world”. These people believe that it’s a sin to engage in politics-except when it comes to voting “left” of course.

Try telling the hundreds of thousands of Christians murdered or driven from their homes and their nations in Middle-Eastern countries in recent years by political ideology, while the great Obama claimed to be “containing” their murderers, that we should just let any old tyrant take control of our nations and our world. And try telling it to the millions of babies who’ve been ripped from the womb because too many people think it’s “worldly” to engage in a political process which could halt the holocaust, and who won’t support their current president who by his own words is willing and ready to do what he can to stop it.

Yes, I do believe that God is ultimately in control of all things. He was also in control of all things when he sent Moses-a man-to confront Pharaoh. He was in control when Elijah confronted Ahab, when David confronted the Philistines, when John the Baptist confronted Herod, and when Paul appealed to Caesar. Yes lets pray for revival starting with ourselves, but let’s also engage in a political system which was fought for by Godly men to give us the freedom and prosperity we enjoy.

All of the aims of man without God in our age fulfill the warnings in Revelation and Bible prophecy in general: global governance, the persecution of Christians-legal and open in most UN nations already, rampant immorality, global communications and surveillance, a hatred of Jews and particularly Jews in their ancient capital, truth being thrown to the ground, and the dominance of a system which beheads people as a punishment for dissenters.

I’m not saying that all of this will happen immediately after Trump is gone for whatever reason, but extreme liberals in the US and elsewhere are wanting to tip the world in that direction, and most moderates and those on the right are too soft or too unwilling to do or say anything to stop them, for fear of being the targets of tolerant hatred themselves.

CAN’T GO BACK

Did you ever try to return to a place you once loved, thinking it would still be as you left it? It’s not always a good idea. The Bible warns against looking back when we should be pressing on ahead for the prize. The temptation comes to all of us at some time, and on such an occasion I wrote a few lines as a warning to myself not to try it again…

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CAN’T GO BACK

The place I’ve missed

Does not exist Nick

It’s on no list

It’s not a statistic

(Copyright © Nick Fisher)

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