Now that I have completed this pictorial, archaeological and historical walk through the Bible my work done?
I can write pages of how Jesus has changed my life. How He changed a literally stupid boy, a convict, a drug addict, an alcoholic, and violent person into trustworthy and safe person.
Actually I did write it down in my eBook, “Where Will You Spend Eternity: Heaven or Hell?” And yes, the Holy Ghost helped me write that, along with my testimony, “Jerry: A Gracious Gift From God.”
I’m not a preacher or Mother Teresa or anything like that, I still distrust cops, politicians and our entire government, but I’m no longer the arrogant, selfish, greedy person trying to become king of the hill.
Revelation 22 The Water and the Tree of Life and the End
1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
“They shall see his face” – an idiom for “have an audience” with the king in ancient times criminals were banished from the presence of the king (Est 7:8; cf. 2 Sam 14:24).
One blessing of eternity will be to see the Lord face-to-face (cf. 1 Cor 13:12).
5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
8 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.
9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.
10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.
11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
“Unjust, let him be unjust still” – this verse speaks of the stability of the eternal state – both for the wicked and the righteous.
12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
“Dogs” – a term applied to all types of ceremonially impure persons. In Deut 23:18 it designates a male prostitute.
16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
“Bright and morning star” – these are Messianic titles applied to Jesus Christ. See Num 24:17.
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
22:18-19 – cf. the commands in Deut 4:2, 12:32. The warning here relates specifically to the book of Revelation.
“Grace” – the New Testament begins with Jesus Christ (Matt 1:1) and ends with an expression of His grace. Throughout, He is the subject.
The New Testament begins with the fact of His first coming and ends with the promise of His second.
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
If My People…
by Richard White
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land (2 Chr 7:14).
The sentence, as it continues, forms what is probably the best known and most loved verse in all Chronicles. It expresses, as does no other passage in the Bible, the stipulations that God lays down for a nation to experience his blessing, whether that nation be Solomon’s, Ezra’s, or our own.
Those who have been chosen to be His people must cease from their sins, turn from living lives of proud self-centeredness, pray to the Lord, and yield their desires to his Word and his will.
The subject “His chosen people” has been debated for centuries.
In the beginning, the Jews were His chosen people, but they were (and still are) so horrible that Jesus had to come to save the world. Today anyone that believes in Jesus is God’s chosen people.
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:28).
Some people also believe that God has chosen some people to live and others to burn in hell. I don’t think that because it just doesn’t make since why He would do that, besides as the Bible says,
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (Jn 3:16).
Therefore I believe anyone can be saved, but God does choose certain people to do special things, like He did with Abraham, Moses, Paul, etc.
I also believe that God will guide any believer to do something for Him, as I am doing this blog for Him.
This has taken me over three years to complete, but know that Jesus did not say do this and let me know when you get it finished. He has been with me all the way.
There have been a couple times I was ready to quit, but He kept me going. Jesus will never let you down, nor ever leave you.
Our situation in this nation cannot be solved by human means, we need Divine intervention to bring this country back to being a God-fearing, Christian nation.
Jesus tells us that without Him we can do nothing.
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing” (Jn 15:5).
God tells the Nation of Israel and us that apart from Him we have No Savior (Is 43:11), No God (Is 44:6), and that there is no God apart from Him (Is 45:5, 21). But this is getting ahead of ourselves.
If My People…
What are we called to do?
Stop being so full of ourselves and realize that whatever we have, we have because of God and not of ourselves.
God will visit when his people reach a point of desperation. When we surrender that pride, the idea that we can do pretty good on our own, and we get down on our knees and admit things are not as they should be, then God will come to His people.
It is calling us to come down to earth so to speak. To humble ourselves is to recognize God for who he is.
It reminds me of a line I heard in the movie “Rudy.”
The priest tells Rudy, in all my years I have learned two things, there is God, and I am not Him. The blessings we have are not because of us, but because of God. Humble ourselves, bring ourselves low and exalt GOD.
Seek His Face
That is to come before Him to seek what His will is in any and every situation. We read His word and do what it says not what we think it says. To seek His face is to desire an audience with Him.
In 1857 there was a 46 year old man named Jeremiah Lamphere who lived in New York City. Jeremiah loved the Lord tremendously, but he didn’t feel that he could do much for the Lord until he began to feel a burden for the lost and accepted an invitation from his church to be an inner city missionary.
So in July of 1857 he started walking up and down the streets of New York passing out tracts and talking to people about Jesus, but he wasn’t having any success.
Then God put it on his heart to try prayer. So he printed up a bunch of tracts, and he passed them out to anyone and everyone met.
He invited anyone who wanted to come to the 3rd floor of the Old North Dutch Reform Church on Fulton St. in New York City from 12 to 1 on Wednesday to pray.
He passed out hundreds and hundreds of fliers and put up posters everywhere he could. Wednesday came and at noon nobody showed up.
So Jeremiah got on his knees and started praying. For 30 minutes he prayed by himself when finally five other people walked in.
The next week 20 people came. The next week between 30 and 40 people came. They then decided to meet every day from 12:00 to 1:00 to pray for the city.
Before long a few ministers started coming and they said, “We need to start this at our churches.” Within six months there were over 5000 prayer groups meeting every day in New York.
Soon the word spread all over the country. Prayer meetings were started in Philadelphia, Detroit, and Washington D.C.
In fact President Franklin Pierce started going almost every day to a noonday prayer meeting.
By 1859 some 15,000 cities in America were having downtown prayer meetings every day at noon and thousands were brought to Christ.
The great thing about this revival is that there is not a famous preacher associated with it. It was all started by one man wanting to pray.
See only God can start a revival and God is quite clear about what He expects before He will return to His people.
Are we willing to do His will, not yours?
I think most people today are pretty satisfied with the state of the church. Do you think that the church in America today is pretty healthy? Does the Church seek His Face?
Turn From Your Wicked Ways
Does the Church speak out against sin? Does the Church call sin a sin? It is not that the Bible has to change to society, it is that society must change its ways to conform with the Bible, nothing less will do.
This is repentance, it is a turning and changing. Some change happens slow, remember some of our habits have taken years to develop, the idea is moving toward that end.
It is moving closer to God and His ways. Some of us are still stuck where we were just before coming to Christ.
Time to get up and get moving harder, striving more and more to be Christ like, just as the name we wear says.
This is the most awesome command. We are to pray. We seek His face, we turn from our evil ways and we pray. What is our prayer life like?
Wayne Watson wrote a song “When God’s people pray” he says “we take the pains of earth to the doors of heaven. When we pray things happen, miracles we cannot explain away.
When the Church prayed things happened. (all verses come from Acts)
1. Peter and John had the courage to challenge the Sanhedrin Chapter 4. 2. The Church w as added to daily Chapter 2, 5. 3. Peter was freed from prison (Chapter 12).
In I Thess 5:17 Paul doesn’t say sing without ceasing, or fellowship without ceasing or even preach without ceasing.
He said, “Pray without ceasing.” That’s revival praying! In Lk 11:1, the disciples said to Jesus, “Teach us to pray.” Notice they did not say, “Lord, teach us what to say.”
Rather I think they were saying, “Lord teach us how to pray, to pray like you do.”
Miracles happened, revival happened and the Church grew.
Let me close with a great story.
I started by telling you about the great prayer revival of 1857. It moved from New York to Detroit, Buffalo, Washington D.C. and it moved to Philadelphia in a powerful way.
One of the leaders in Philadelphia was a young man named Dudley Ting. He started a noonday prayer meeting at the YMCA, and some days 5000 people would come at noon and pray.
One day Dudley stood up and he read Ex 10:11, “Go ye that are men and serve the Lord.” He then said, “I had rather my right arm cut off than not give you that word.”
Later that week Dudley went out into the country to see some friends. While in a barn at his friend’s place he got his arm caught in a corn threshing machine and the main artery in his arm was severed.
They took him to a bed and tried to save his life but he had lost too much blood. So his friends gathered around him and asked him what he would like to say.
He said, “Tell them to stand up for Jesus.” So the next Sunday his good friend George Duffield stood up at church and preached in memory of his friend.
He said, “I just finished writing a poem in honor of Dudley and I want to read it to you.”
Stand up, Stand up for Jesus, ye solders of the cross. Lift high His royal banner, it must not suffer loss. From victory unto victory His army shall He lead, till every foe is vanquished, for Christ is Lord in deed.
Stand up, Stand up for Jesus, the trumpet call obey. Forth to the mighty conflict in this His glorious day. Ye that are men now serve Him, against unnumbered foes. Let courage rise with danger and strength to strength oppose.
Stand up stand up for Jesus, the strife will not be long. This day the noise of battle, the next the victor’s song. To him that overcometh a crown of life shall be, he with the king of glory shall reign eternally.
All across America, city after city people would meet for one day and pray for their country, and sing Stand up Stand up for Jesus.
It’s time to decide if we want to do business with God or with man?
I hope this has been helpful and this site will always be on line and free because Jesus is free. Thank you for reading it.
Many say that since God is a loving God He won’t cast anyone into hell. Anyone that believes that should run for office.
Would it be okay with you if someone killed your child, or even just hurt them? What would you do?
Would you say, well, they’re not really mean, they were just having a bad day so we’ll ignore that little problem? And then you can invite them over for dinner.
People think that God is not a person, He’s just God. Remember, God created us to be just like Him:
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” (Gen 1:26).
The emotions we have are the same ones that God has. The only difference between God and us is that we can’t handle the emotions.
Satan will either put an idea in our minds or just throw the idea out for the world to view and sure enough, our greedy little minds snatch it up as quick as possible.
So I ask you, “Would you trust a lying cheat babysit your child?”
Many people have this foolish idea that we have to go through hoops to please God in order to be saved.
Whoever started that ridiculous rumor must have been a democrat. I want to remove that lie from anyone’s mind so tomorrow we will look at…
Revelation 21 The New Jerusalem
1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
21:2-22:5 – The “holy city combines elements of Jerusalem, the temple and the Garden of Eden.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
“He that overcometh” – cf. the emphasis on overcoming in the seven letters (2:17, 11, 17, 26, 3:5, 12, 21).
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
“Sorcerers” – Cf. Acts 19:19. The magical tradition in ancient times called for the mixing of various herbs toward of evil, which includes today’s narcotics.
9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.
10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
“Twelve gates” – see Eze 48:30-35. The number 12 comes from the 12 tribes of Israel, the Old Testament people of God.
See v. 14, where the 12 foundations bear the names of the 12 apostles. Twelve apostles were chose to rule over the 12 tribes of Israel (Matt 19:28).
13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
“Measure the city” – Cf. Eze 40-41. In Rev 11 the measuring was to ensure protection; here it serves to show the size and symmetry of the eternal dwelling place of the faithful.
16 And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.
“Twelve thousand furlongs” – this is a cube of about 1,500 miles square. This city may sit on the earth, in the earth, or be suspended in space near the earth.
“Length and the breadth of the height” – thus a perfect cube, as was the most holy place of the tabernacle and the temple.
17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.
18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.
19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
The precise identification of some of these precious ston es is uncertain.
21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it.
25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
26 And they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.
27 And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
“Lamb’s book of life” – see note on 3:5.
Are You Saved?
This is not a theory or an ideal or a concept of some sort, but a very simple fact. It does not take a rocket scientist to understand this, but then again you must be smarter than the average fool (ouch, that leaves most politicians in the dark).
What a horrifying reality to think you will enter paradise on the day of your death, but then come to find out on that day you were actually deceived and you find yourself in hell.
Such is, and will be, the terror of most who call themselves Christians today.
“Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matt 7:21-23).
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matt 7:13-14).
“Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able” (Lk 13:24).
“And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of” (2 Peter 2:2).
They will find themselves weeping and gnashing their teeth (e.g. Matt 8:12; 22:1-14; 25;14-30; Lk 13:28).
All of the world’s religions (e.g. Protestantism, Catholicism, Mormonism, JW’s, Seventh Day Adventism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Atheism, most Christians, etc.) lead to nowhere but hell.
“Those involved in them are “unbelieving. . .idolaters” (Rev 21:8).
Every single last one of them reject the truth of the Bible.
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves:
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen” (Rom 1:18-25).
And thus, the Truth of the Bible, God (Jn 14:6), will burn them forever in the lake of fire for hating Him so (Deut 32:39-41; Rev 20:11-15).
If you are involved with the kind of “Christianity” that views Protestantism, or Catholicism, or the Orthodox church, or the “church of Christ,” or Billy Graham, or Rick Warren, or Oprah Winfrey, or Rhonda Byrne or any of the like as godly, you are not saved.
You cannot be a partial-Christian, it’s all or nothing with God.
“Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils” (1 Cor 10:21).
As I had said yesterday, I’m not that keen on politics, but I’m not an idiot either (if I was I’d work in D.C.) so I can certainly understand the below article.
Or at least what I think Ron Paul is saying is that we need to fire most people that are in the White House and Congress and start all over again, start with people that are true Americans, people that follow Jesus, like President Trump.
There are only two more chapters of the Bible so tomorrow I want to talk about the most important matter in everyone’s life. You need to take a close look at yourself and ask…
Revelation 20 The Millennial Regin, the Loosing of Satan, and the Great White Throne
1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
20:1-22:21 – These last three chapters reflect many of the subjects and themes of the first three chapters of Genesis.
“Bottomless pit” – Greek abyss.
2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
“Thousand years” – the millennium (from the Latin mille, “thousand,” and annus, “year”).
It is taken literally by some as 1,000 actual years, while others interpret it metaphorically as a long but underdetermined period of time.
There are three basic approaches to the subject of the millennium:
1. Amillennialism: The millennium describes the present reign of the souls of deceased believers with Christ in heaven.
2. Premillennialsim: The present form of God’s kingdom is moving toward a grand climax when Christ will return to establish His kingdom is moving toward a grand climax when Christ will return to establish His kingdom in a literal, visible reign of peace and righteousness on the earth.
3. Postmillennialism: The world will eventually be Christianized, resulting in a long period of peace and prosperity called the millennium.
This future period will close with Christ’s second coming, the resurrection of the dead, the final judgment and the eternal state.
The context favors the second view. The 1,000 years are mentioned six times, and there is every reason to take them literally, not allegorically.
3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and Judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
“Souls of them that were beheaded” – this seems to be the souls of all those believers who died in the tribulation.
“The lived” – the first resurrection.
5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
“Rest of the dead” – the wicked, referring to all unsaved dead from Cain onward. They will not be raised until after the millennial reign of Christ.
6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
“Second death” – defined in v. 14 as the “lake of fire.”
7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
“Gog and Magog” – symbolize the nations of the world as they band together for a final assault on God. The Old Testament background is Eze 38-39.
9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
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.
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were Judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
“Judged…according to their works” – the principle of judgment on the basis of works is taught in Ps 62:12; Jer 17:10; Rom 2:6; 1 Pet 1:17 and elsewhere.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were Judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Democracy Is Not Freedom
by Rep. Ron Paul, MD
…man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts. ~ Ronald Reagan
We’ve all heard the words democracy and freedom used countless times, especially in the context of our invasion of Iraq.
They are used interchangeably in modern political discourse, yet their true meanings are very different.
George Orwell wrote about “meaningless words” that are endlessly repeated in the political arena.
Words like “freedom,” “democracy,” and “justice,” Orwell explained, have been abused so long that their original meanings have been eviscerated.
In Orwell’s view, political words were “Often used in a consciously dishonest way.” Without precise meanings behind words, politicians and elites can obscure reality and condition people to reflexively associate certain words with positive or negative perceptions.
In other words, unpleasant facts can be hidden behind purposely meaningless language. As a result, Americans have been conditioned to accept the word “democracy” as a synonym for freedom, and thus to believe that democracy is unquestionably good.
The problem is that democracy is not freedom.
Democracy is simply majoritarianism, which is inherently incompatible with real freedom.
Our founding fathers clearly understood this, as evidenced not only by our republican constitutional system, but also by their writings in the Federalist Papers and elsewhere.
James Madison cautioned that under a democratic government, “There is nothing to check the inducement to sacrifice the weaker party or the obnoxious individual.”
John Adams argued that democracies merely grant revocable rights to citizens depending on the whims of the masses, while a republic exists to secure and protect preexisting rights.
Yet how many Americans know that the word “democracy” is found neither in the Constitution nor the Declaration of Independence, our very founding documents? A truly democratic election in Iraq, without U.S. interference and U.S. puppet candidates, almost certainly would result in the creation of a Shiite theocracy.
Shiite majority rule in Iraq might well mean the complete political, economic, and social subjugation of the minority Kurd and Sunni Arab populations. Such an outcome would be democratic, but would it be free?
Would the Kurds and Sunnis consider themselves free?
The administration talks about democracy in Iraq, but is it prepared to accept a democratically-elected Iraqi government no matter what its attitude toward the U.S. occupation? Hardly.
For all our talk a bout freedom and democracy, the truth is we have no idea whether Iraqis will be free in the future.
They’re certainly not free while a foreign army occupies their country. The real test is not whether Iraq adopts a democratic, pro-western government, but rather whether ordinary Iraqis can lead their personal, religious, social, and business lives without interference from government.
Simply put, freedom is the absence of government coercion.
Our Founding Fathers understood this, and created the least coercive government in the history of the world.
The Constitution established a very limited, decentralized government to provide national defense and little else.
States, not the federal government, were charged with protecting individuals against criminal force and fraud.
For the first time, a government was created solely to protect the rights, liberties, and property of its citizens.
Any government coercion beyond that necessary to secure those rights was forbidden, both through the Bill of Rights and the doctrine of strictly enumerated powers.
This reflected the founders’ belief that democratic government could be as tyrannical as any King.
Few Americans understand that all government action is inherently coercive. If nothing else, government action requires taxes.
If taxes were freely paid, they wouldn’t be called taxes, they’d be called donations. If we intend to use the word freedom in an honest way, we should have the simple integrity to give it real meaning: Freedom is living without government coercion.
So when a politician talks about freedom for this group or that, ask yourself whether he is advocating more government action or less.
The political left equates freedom with liberation from material wants, always via a large and benevolent government that exists to create equality on earth.
To modern liberals, men are free only when the laws of economics and scarcity are suspended, the landlord is rebuffed, the doctor presents no bill, and groceries are given away.
But philosopher Ayn Rand (and many others before her) demolished this argument by explaining how such “freedom” for some is possible only when government takes freedoms away from others.
In other words, government claims on the lives and property of those who are expected to provide housing, medical care, food, etc. for others are coercive — and thus incompatible with freedom.
“Liberalism,” which once stood for civil, political, and economic liberties, has become a synonym for omnipotent coercive government.
The political right equates freedom with national greatness brought about through military strength.
Like the left, modern conservatives favor an all-powerful central state — but for militarism, corporatism, and faith-based welfarism.
Unlike the Taft-Goldwater conservatives of yesteryear, today’s Republicans are eager to expand government spending, increase the federal police apparatus, and intervene militarily around the world.
The last tenuous links between conservatives and support for smaller government have been severed.
“Conservatism,” which once meant respect for tradition and distrust of active government, has transformed into big-government utopian grandiosity.
Orwell certainly was right about the use of meaningless words in politics.
If we hope to remain free, we must cut through the fog and attach concrete meanings to the words politicians use to deceive us.
We must reassert that America is a republic, not a democracy, and remind ourselves that the Constitution places limits on government that no majority can overrule.
We must resist any use of the word “freedom” to describe state action.
We must reject the current meaningless designations of “liberals” and “conservatives,” in favor of an accurate term for both: statists.
Every politician on earth claims to support freedom. The problem is so few of them understand the simple meaning of the word.
If you read part one and part two below you’ll have both sides of the coin, you can decide what you choose to believe. As yesterday, I still stand undecided because there is no point in deciding. Yet, if I had to decide I would go with this guy because most of what he says in the below article comes from the Bible.
While yesterday’s article was nothing but assumptions built on scripture and world events. No fact is offered.
Yet, I’m not saying that America cannot be Babylon because the Bible does not tell us much about the end time. It does not promote or deny the question. The entire world is going downhill and if America isn’t in first place they are picking up speed.
On a similar note, politics isn’t really my cup of tea, but I do have a side, so tomorrow we’ll look at…
Revelation 19 The Marriage Supper of the Lamb
1 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honor, and power, unto the Lord our God:
“Alleluia” – occurs four times in vv. 1-6 but nowhere else in the New Testament. It is derived from two Hebrew words meaning “Praise the LORD.”
2 For true and righteous are his Judgments: for he hath Judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.
3 And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.
4 And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshiped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.
5 And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.
6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
“Marriage of the Lamb” – the imagery of a wedding to express the intimate relationship between God and His people has its roots in the prophetic literature of the Old Testament (e.g., Is 54:5-7; Hos 2:19). Cf. the New Testament usage (Matt 22:2-14; Eph 5:32).
The fact that this marriage takes place in heaven implies that the church has been raptured previously.
8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth Judge and make war.
“White horse” – probably not the white horse of 6:2. The context here indicates that the rider is Christ returning as Warrior-Messiah-King.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
“Name written” – a secret name whose meaning is veiled from all created beings.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
“Vesture dipt in blood” – either the blood of the enemy shed in conflict or the blood of Christ shed to atone for sin.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
“Armies…in heaven” – their robes of white indicate this to be the redeemed church – the bride of Christ – returning in triumph with her heavenly Bridegroom.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
“Supper of the great God” – a grim contrast to the “marriage supper” of the lamb.
18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
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.
“Lake of fire burning with brimstone” – punishment by fire is prominent in both Biblical and non-Biblical Jewish writings (e.g., 1 Enoch 54:1).
Although the designation gehenna is not used here, this is what John refers to (see note on Matt 5:22).
Originally the site of a cultic shrine where human sacrifices were offered (2 Kgs 16:3, 23:10; Jer 7:31), it came to be equated with the “hell” of final judgment in apocalyptic literature.
21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
“Fowls were filled with their flesh” – the “supper of the great God’ of vv. 17-18.
Is America Babylon? Part 2 of 2
America Is Not Babylon
by Joseph Chambers
The purity of Holy Scripture is a miracle of miracles. Read any passage in the Bible and then do a little research. You will find clear interpretation for that Scripture. Words that the Spirit used can never be understood properly by pulling a meaning out of the air.
The word “water” when used as a type is always the Word of God. When God says “Jerusalem,” He means the chosen of God. It is either His chosen city or His chosen people.
Babylon is used in the Bible over 295 times. When the Bible says “Mystery Babylon,” He speaks of a religion that has become evil and corrupt because “Babylon” is the seat of Satan.
When He says “Babylon” without a modifying adjective, He means Babylon the city, which was founded by Nimrod.
To try to identify America as Babylon is utterly contrary to Biblical interpretation. Using that kind of method to study the Bible leads to all kinds of misunderstandings. Always let the Bible interpret itself.
Mystery Babylon is clearly the End Time apostasy of false Christianity. The 7th chapter of Revelation is the most noted example.
A harlot woman is another Biblical type of corrupt Christianity. A pure woman represents the pure faith of our Lord. The harlot woman is the opposite.
When you put “Mystery Babylon” with the “harlot woman,” you have a double picture of the utter false religion of the Seven Years of Tribulation.
It is religion at its lowest manifestation in human history. This is the church of the Antichrist.
Revelation chapter 18 is the city of Babylon rebuilt in the Southern part of Iraq. To try to superimpose this chapter into America is contrary to every Biblical principle. There is not one basis for such transliterating of the Holy Bible.
The main reason this is often tried is because our nation has a preponderance of sins. I certainly admit that, but it is not God’s method of understanding the Word of God. What if we did that kind of twisting of all Scripture? Think of the mess it would create with our Bible.
America has got a lot of sins for which we are going to pay. This nation will be subject to all the horrid calamities of the Seven Years of Tribulation.
These calamities are God’s instruments for cleansing the world of abortions, fornications, sodomy, and every unclean lifestyle.
Millions will die and the wicked will learn that sin is always accountable to the Heavenly Father. Before the worst comes, the Saints will be raptured.
But, if the Lord tarries, you may think that the worst has already come even before the Rapture occurs.
Babylon is the city of Babylon and it must be rebuilt to be the capital of the Antichrist Kingdom. It is fitting that his One World Religion that gives him their total worship is called Mystery Babylon.
The unity of the two entities is part of the mystery of wickedness. For the early years of the Seven Years, the Antichrist and his false church will be bosom partners. They will use each other. So, calling one “Babylon” and the other one “Mystery Babylon” is perfect prophecy.
By the end of the Seven Years, the two Babylons will clash and the Antichrist will pour his fury upon Mystery Babylon and burn her with fire.
“And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire” (Rev 17:16).
This truth also destroys the idea that both chapters are talking about Rome as Mystery Babylon.
How could the Antichrist from literal Babylon burn Mystery Babylon if both are the same Babylon?
Again, the Bible leaves little room for misunderstanding if you let Scripture interpret Scripture.
This totally destroys the thought that America is Babylon. The question is an unanswerable one when we try to put America in some cubbyhole of prophecy. Much of the world is unnamed as you study the Bible.
Basically, the Bible’s prophecy picture is a Middle Eastern setting. You may call us an “Isle of the Sea” and that would put us in the Gog and Magog event.
I personally believe that when the army of Russians and Islamic countries march towards Israel, we will either come to Israel’s defense or suffer great destruction in cities like New York and Washington, DC.
That is still uncertain and our defense of Israel should not be done just to save our own necks.
History, not the Bible, proves that the Great Creator puts America in her wealthy position to spread the Gospel to the four corners of the world.
He also ordained us to win the Second World War and be a partner in the development of the Nation of Israel. Defending Israel since 1948, providing Israel with a faithful partnership, and being her ally right down to the end is absolutely God’s will for our great nation.
Anyone that would undercut that purpose needs to remember that God is still the sole owner and keeper of this Universe.
He can pull down an arrogant president just like He allowed him to be elected. I would suggest that any president or politician should watch his words and actions because God knows all things and Israel is His heartthrob.
America is not Babylon, but America is answerable to God for our grievous sins and for our responsibility to Israel.
I don’t agree or disagree with the below article. The United States is arrogant and are bullies, so I do see the author’s point.
Yet, even though the White House became extremely dark and wicked when Old Man Bush stepped into office, there hadn’t been any intelligence there until Reagan was elected and then for another 24 years there was nothing but evilness, until Trump became president.
Of course, saying that America is not the revised Babylon is debatable. It doesn’t matter to me because nothing happens that God does not want to happen, he is always in control.
But anyway, we have to look at both sides of things so tomorrow we will look at…
Revelation 18 The Desolation of Babylon
1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
“Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen” – the double phrase is for emphasis and certainty
3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
“Come out of her” – a common prophetic warning (cf. 52:11; Jer 51:45; 2 Cor 6:27).
5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.
7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
“I sit a queen, and am no widow” – the ungodly system refuses to see itself as it really is.
8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,
18-9-20 – three groups lament: (1) kings (v. 9), (2) merchants (v. 11), and (3) sailors (v. 17). The passage is modeled after Ezekiel’s laments over Tyre (Eze 27).
Fifteen of the 29 commodities in vv. 12-13 are also listed in Eze 27:12-22.
“Kings…bewail her, and lament” – probably because of their own great financial loss.
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy Judgment come.
11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:
12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,
“Purple” – an expensive dye since it must be extracted a drop at a time from the murex shellfish.
“Thyine wood” – an expensive dark wood from north Africa – used for inlay work in costly furniture.
13 And cinnamon, and odors, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.
14 And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.
15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,
16 And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!
17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
“Shipmaster” – the pilot of the ship rather than the owner. Both are mentioned in Acts 27:11.
18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!
“Cast dust on their heads” – an act of sorrow and dismay (see Eze 27:30).
19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.
21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.
“Great millstone” – similar to the large millstone of Mk 9:42, which was actually a “donkey millstone” (one large enough to require a donkey to turn it).
22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;
23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.
24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
Is America Babylon? Part 1 of 2
Those who make peaceful resolution impossible, make violent resolution inevitable. – John F. Kennedy.
I wish that all Americans would realize that American politics is world policies. – Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt.
NATO was originally established “to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down” – Lord Ismay, the first NATO Secretary General.
Fascism should right be called Corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power. – Benito Mussolini.
It’s called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it. – George Carlin.
Suppose you were a member of Congress. And suppose you were an idiot. But I repent myself. – Mark Twain.
Babylon America’s Nuclear Destruction Is Coming
by Michael Clinton
Revelation 17 & 18 not Rome or Iraq
I have read Revelation 18 & 19 many times. Every time I read them I think it looks like a description of America.
The majority of Bible teachers tell us this is about Rome or the literal city of Babylon, but there are serious problems with these views.
The Babylon described in Revelation 17&18 is at the end of the age, it has a deep water port, it is totally destroyed, never to rise again. This is not true of ancient Babylon or Rome.
Did God Not See America?
Did God not see the most powerful, wealthy, influential nation to arise ever on the earth? I think he did, and America appears to be Babylon the Great.
In the same way that the Roman Empire was symbolized by Rome and the kingdom of Babylon was represented by the city of Babylon, so America here is symbolized by a city, probably New York.
America’s Symbols Came From Babylon
Even the symbols of America came from Babylon. We may think they are Roman or Greek but they got them from Babylon.
The Statue of Liberty, for instance, is actually a replica of the Babylonian goddess Ishtar the Mother of Harlots and the goddess of Freedom/Liberty. The Statue of the Goddess of Liberty topping the U.S. Capitol building dome is also Ishtar.
Standing guard at the entrance to the U.S. Capitol Building is a statue of the Greek god Mars.
According to the U.S. Library of Congress and the Office of the Architect of the Capitol, the Greeks borrowed the god Mars and the religious dogmas from the Babylonians.
In reality Baal stands guard at the U.S. Capitol entrance. The entire concept of the U.S. Capitol building was borrowed from Rome’s pagan temple dedicated to all the gods of Rome – it was called The Pantheon – yet, the Romans borrowed the concept from Babylon.
It was explicitly the desire of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to have this concept in the Capitol’s design; therefore, they rigged the bidding process to make sure this design included this “Babylonian” concept of the “Pantheon of the gods.”
Judgment Must Come
When I read about the slaughter of over 55,000,000 babies, the carnage of all the innocent people in the wars that are strictly for the greed of a few, the drugs being brought in by our own country by the CIA, the deaths of all the people who have tried to expose this, the drug programs like MK – ULTRA and Project Artichoke, Satanic ritual abuse of children among the elite of the country, the legal protection of sexual perversion, the corruption of morals worldwide through our music and entertainment, and the near total absence of any warning from the pastors in this land, I know that God will not let this go unpunished.
“The main reason why I — along with many others — believe that America is the Babylon talked about in Revelation 18 is because of several verses that, when considered collectively, lead us to conclude that America is the only country that fulfills all of the parameters listed in the verses.
Let us examine what the scriptures say about this modern day end-times Babylon and see how they undeniably point to America.
1. End-times Babylon is a great nation that receives judgment for its many sins.
“And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird” (Rev. 18:2).
2. This nation is a superpower and has world dominance and importance. It has also spread its corruption to the world.
“For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her” (Rev. 18:3).
3. The merchants of the world are made rich through trading with this nation. This nation consumes huge amounts of goods.
“And the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies” (Rev. 18:3).
“And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:
The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,
And cinnamon, and odors, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men” (Rev. 18:11–13).
4. This nation is proud and arrogant and considers herself to be invincible and the greatest nation on earth.
“How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow” (Rev. 18:7).
5. This nation is typified by an extravagant lifestyle.
“And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!” (Rev. 18:16).
6. Other nations are controlled by her and given great riches by her.
“And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her” (Rev. 18:9).
7. This nation is a coastal nation, with deep water ports and much international trade.
“And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off” (Rev. 18:17).
8. This nation has defenses in the heavens.
“Though Babylon should mount up to heaven, and though she should fortify the height of her strength, yet from me shall spoilers come unto her, saith the Lord” (Jer. 51:53).
Repeatedly we are told in Rev. 17&18 that Babylon the Great will be totally destroyed by a fire that will cause the mourners to stand at a great distance.
What kind of fire would cause this? What kind of fire would result in a land that could no longer be inhabited? How many Chernobyls and Fukushimas would be the result of sudden nuclear attack on our country?
Yes, it looks like America is Babylon the Great and that sometime in the future nuclear destruction will be the price we pay for rejecting God. I wish it were not true.
Those plagues were bad, but they are nothing compared to what You are going to do in the very end. I am so glad I won’t be here to see it, I”ll be with You and Jesus.
Revelation 16 mentions Amargeddon, so tomorrow we’ll look at…
Revelation 16The Vials of God’s Wrath
1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.
“Vial” – a vial is similar to a chemistry beaker, a cereal bowl or a goblet. Each angel dips his goblet into the vial of God’s wrath and casts it forth on the earth. Compare the first four vials (vv. 2-9) with the first four trumpets (8:7-12).
“Noisome and grievous sore” – cf. the boils and abscesses of the sixth Egyptian plague (Ex 9:9-11; see also Job 2:7-8, 13).
3 And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.
4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.
5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.
6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
“Given them blood to drink” – punishment is tailored to fit the crime (see Lk 12:42-48; Is 49:26)
7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy Judgments.
8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
“Fire” – often connected with judgment in Scripture (see Deut 28:22; 1 Cor 3:13; 2 Pet 3:7).
9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
“They repented not” – in 11:13 the nations were dazzled into homage by the earthquake. Here they curse the name of God.
10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,
“Seat of the beast” – cf. Satan’s throne in 2:13 “Throne” occurs 42 times in Revelation. The other 40 references are to the throne of God.
11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
“God of heaven” – used in Dan 2:44 of the sovereign God, who destroys the kingdom of the world and establishes His universal and eternal reign.
12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.
“Kings of the east” – Evidently Parthian rulers (17:15-18:24), to be distinguished from the “kings of the earth” (v. 14), who wage the final war against Christ and the armies of heaven.
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.
“Frogs’ – Lev 11:10 classifies the frog as an unclean animal. The imagery suggests the deceptive propaganda that will, in the last days, lead people to accept and support that cause of evil.
14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
“Armageddon” – this probably stands for Har Mageddon, “the mountain of Megiddo”. Many see no specific geographical reference in the designation and take it to be a symbol of the final overthrow of evil by God.
However, the city of Megiddo strategically overlooks the Jezreel Valley where this final battle will be fought.
It takes its name from this city and the mound upon which it is built, thus providing the reader with a specific location for this conflict.
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 lightnings; 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 nations 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.
21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.
Scientists Link Ancient Plagues To Future Outbreaks
An international team of scientists has discovered that two of the world’s most devastating plagues — the plague of Justinian and the Black Death, each responsible for killing as many as half the people in Europe — were caused by distinct strains of the same pathogen, one that faded out on its own, the other leading to worldwide spread and re-emergence in the late 1800s.
These findings suggest a new strain of plague could emerge again in humans in the future.
“The research is both fascinating and perplexing, it generates new questions which need to be explored, for example why did this pandemic, which killed somewhere between 50 and 100 million people die out?”
The findings are dramatic because little has been known about the origins or cause of the Justinian Plague — which helped bring an end to the Roman Empire — and its relationship to the Black Death, some 800 years later.
Scientists hope this could lead to a better understanding of the dynamics of modern infectious disease, including a form of the plague that still kills thousands every year. The Plague of Justinian struck in the 6th century and is estimated to have killed between 30 and 50 million people — virtually half the world’s population as it spread across Asia, North Africa, Arabia and Europe.
The Black Death would strike some 800 years later with similar force, killing 50 million Europeans between just 1347 and 1351 alone.
Using sophisticated methods, researchers from many universities including McMaster Univ., Northern Arizona Univ. and the Univ. of Sydney, isolated miniscule DNA fragments from the 1,500-year-old teeth of two victims of the Justinian plague, buried in Bavaria, Germany. These are the oldest pathogen genomes obtained to date.
Using these short fragments, they reconstructed the genome of the oldest Yersinia pestis, the bacterium responsible for the plague, and compared it to a database of genomes of more than a hundred contemporary strains.
The results are currently published in the online edition of The Lancet Infectious Disease. They show the strain responsible for the Justinian outbreak was an evolutionary “dead-end” and distinct from strains involved later in the Black Death and other plague pandemics that would follow.
The third pandemic, which spread from Hong Kong across the globe is likely a descendant of the Black Death strain and thus much more successful than the one responsible for the Justinian Plague.
“We know the bacterium Y. pestis has jumped from rodents into humans throughout history and rodent reservoirs of plague still exist today in many parts of the world.
If the Justinian plague could erupt in the human population, cause a massive pandemic, and then die out, it suggest it could happen again.
Fortunately we now have antibiotics that could be used to effectively treat plague, which lessens the chances of another large scale human pandemic”, says Dave Wagner.
The samples used in the latest research were taken from two victims of the Justinian plague, buried in a gravesite in a small cemetery in the German town of Aschheim. Scientists believe the victims died in the latter stages of the epidemic when it had reached southern Bavaria, likely sometime between 541 and 543.
The skeletal remains yielded important clues and raised more questions. Researchers now believe the Justinian Y. pestis strain originated in Asia, not in Africa as originally thought. But they could not establish a “molecular clock” so its evolutionary time-scale remains elusive.
This suggests that earlier epidemics, such as the Plague of Athens (430 B.C.) and the Antonine Plague (165-180 A.D.), could also be separate, independent emergences of related Y. pestis strains into humans.
“The tick of the plague bacteria molecular clock is highly erratic. Determining why is an important goal for future research,” says Edward Holmes.
Our response to modern infectious diseases is a direct outcome of lessons learned from ancestral pandemics, say the researchers.
“This study raises intriguing questions about why a pathogen that was both so successful and so deadly died out. One testable possibility is that human populations evolved to become less susceptible,” says Holmes.
“Another possibility is that changes in the climate became less suitable for the plague bacterium to survive in the wild,” says Wagner.
…the Great Whore of Babylon. Who or what is the Great Whore of Babylon?
I don’t believe Jesus was married, or He would have told us. Like when He was on the cross He said,
“When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!” (Jn 19:26).
God created marriage and it wasn’t for the purpose of having sex. Marriage is about love, Jesus did not marry any one person, He loves everybody.
Today marriage is abused and sex is overrated; rarely is love involved, but lust and lust leads to problems. A simple analogy is rotten food. If you eat rotten food your body will be infested with diseased bacteria equals illness and possibly death.
Speaking of death, scientists fear our future, so tomorrow we’ll look at…
Revelation 15 The Seven Plagues
1 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.
15:1-8 – introduces the last of the three sevenfold series of judgments – the plagues, or vials of wrath.
2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
“Song of Moses” – see Ex 15; Deut 32. Ex 15:1-18 was sung on Sabbath evenings in the synagogue to celebrate Israel’s great deliverance from Egypt.
“Song of the lamb” – the risen Lord triumphed over His enemies in securing spiritual deliverance for His followers.
4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy Judgments are made manifest.
5 And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:
“Tabernacle of the testimony” – the dwelling place of God during the wilderness wandering of the Israelites. It was so named because the ancient tent contained the two tables of the Testimony brought down from Mount Sinai (Ex 32:15; 38:21; Deut 10:5).
6 And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.
7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth forever and ever.
8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.
Ancient Papyrus Say Jesus Christ Was Married?
An ancient, business-card-sized papyrus fragment that appears to quote Jesus Christ discussing his wife is real, Harvard University announced Thursday.
The fragment caused international uproar when it was revealed by a Harvard historian in September 2012, with prominent academics and the Vatican swiftly deeming it a forgery.
Harvard officials said scientists both within and outside the university extensively tested the papyrus and carbon ink of the badly aged fragment, dubbed the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife.”
The document, written in Coptic, a language of ancient Egyptian Christians, is made up of eight mostly legible dark lines on the front and six barely legible faded lines on the back.
The handwriting and grammar were also examined over the last year and a half to confirm its authenticity. Scientists have concluded the fragment dates back to at least the 6th to 9th centuries, and possibly as far back as the 4th century.
The document was never meant to prove Jesus was married, Harvard Divinity School professor Karen L. King emphasized Thursday. Instead, she argued, it’s meant to highlight that some early Christians may have believed Jesus was married.
The distinction is significant because debates over sexuality and marriage have dominated contemporary discussions about Christianity; the Catholic Church cites Jesus’ celibacy as one reason its priests must not have sex or marry.
“The main topic of the fragment is to affirm that women who are mothers and wives can be disciples of Jesus – a topic that was hotly debated in early Christianity as celibate virginity increasingly became highly valued,”
King, whose specialties include Coptic literature, Gnosticism and women in the Bible, said in a statement Thursday.
“This gospel fragment provides a reason to reconsider what we thought we knew by asking what the role claims of Jesus’ marital status played historically in early Christian controversies over marriage, celibacy, and family.”
The legible lines on the front of the artifact seem to form a broken conversation between Jesus and his disciples.
The fourth line of the text says,
“Jesus said to them, my wife.”
Line 5 says,
“…she will be able to be my disciple,”
while the line before the “wife” quote has Jesus saying,
“Mary is worthy of it”
and line 7 says,
“As for me, I dwell with her in order to …”
…the possibility that past plagues could be be duplicated today?
I don’t see how anyone cannot believe in You. Ancient man believed in You and we can’t dispute their existence especially since there is nothing we have today that we have not copied or made adjustments to.
Anywhere from electricity, computers, toilets and even beer was taught to us by Ancient man.
Some say that Jesus was married, but the Bible doesn’t say that. Tomorrow we’ll look at…
Revelation 14 The Lamb on Mount Zion
1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.
“Mount Sion” – in the Old Testament it was first the fortress of the pre-Israelite city of Jerusalem (2 Sam 5:7), captured by David and established as his capital.
Later it became a virtual synonym for Jerusalem. In Revelation, as in Heb 12:22-24, it is the heavenly Jerusalem, the eternal dwelling place of God and His people. It comes to the new earth in 21:2-3.
2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
“Not defiled with women” – this could be a symbolic description of believers who kept themselves from defiling relationships with the pagan world system, or it could signify that the 144,000 are only males.
“They are virgins” – this phrase could confirm the literal interpretation.
“Firstfruits” – the word is used figuratively in the New Testament for the first converts in an area (Rom 16:5) and the first to rise from the dead (1 Cor 15:20).
In Revelation believers are considered as a choice offering to God and the Lamb.
5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
“Everlasting gospel” – the content of this “good news” is perhaps found in v. 7. Angels are given the task of preaching at this point.
7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his Judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
“Babylon’ – Ancient Babylon in Mesopotamia was the political, commercial and religious center of a world empire. It was noted for its luxury and moral decadence.
The title “That great city” is taken from Dan 4:30. According to some, it is used in Revelation (e.g., here in 16:19, 17:5, 18:2, 10, 21) for Rome as the center of opposition to God and His people.
According to others, it represents the whole political and religious system of the world in general. According to still others, it is to be understood as literal Babylon – rebuilt and restored. Babylon’s fall is proclaimed in Is 21:9; Jer 51:8.
“Wine of the wrath of her fornication” – Here Babylon (Rome?) is pictured as a prostitute whose illicit relations are achieved by intoxication.
9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
“Cup of his indignation” – in the Old Testament God’s wrath is commonly pictured as a cup of wine to be drunk. It is not the outworking of impersonal laws of retribution, but the response of a righteous God to those who refuse His love and grace.
“Fire and brimstone” – Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by a rain of fire and brimstone. Psalm 11:6 speaks of a similar fate for the wicked. The figure occurs elsewhere in the Old Testament and the Apocrypha.
It is used several times in the final chapters of Revelation (19:20, 20:10, 21:8).
11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
“Torment…forever and ever” – Revelation offers no support for the doctrine of the annihilation of the wicked (also compare 19:20 with 20:10).
12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.
14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.
“Sickle” – the Israelite sickle used for cutting grain was normally a flint or iron blade attached to a curved shaft of wood or bone.
15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reaps: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.
“Harvest of the earth” – symbolizes in a general way the coming judgment (see Matt 13:30, 40-42). Some interpreters think it refers to the ingathering of the righteous at the return of Christ.
16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.
17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
“Another angel…which had power over fire” – the angel of 8:3-5. Fire is commonly associated with judgment (see Matt; Lk 9:54; 2 Thess 1:7).
“Sharp sickle” – the context suggests (in contrast to the sickle of v. 14) the smaller grape-knife with which the farmer cut the clusters of grapes from the vine.
19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
“Great winepress” – a rock-hewn trough about eight feet square with a channel leading to a lower and small trough. Grapes were thrown into the upper vat and tramped with bare feet. The juice was collected in the lower vat.
At times mechanical pressure was added. The treading of grapes was a common Old Testament figure for the execution of divine wrath (see Is 63:3; Lam 1:15; Joel 3:13).
20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.
“Without the city” – Bloodshed would defile the city (see Joel 3:12-14; Zech 14:1-4; cf. Heb 13:12).
“A thousand and six hundred furlongs” – the approximate length of the Holy Land from north to south.
The Ability to See God
A patient came to my clinic in Saudi Arabia with a history of sudden and profound visual loss. I looked at the optic nerves in the back of his eyes, and they appeared chalky white. Such an appearance is typical for damage caused by drinking methanol.
In the culture in which I was working, it was forbidden to drink alcohol. Therefore, it was difficult for the average man on the street to find legal sources of alcohol. I questioned this man about drinking, and he steadfastly denied he had ingested any forbidden substances. The appearance of his optic nerves told a different story.
For about fifteen minutes I questioned him on different things he might have imbibed. Finally, he admitted he had taken a bottle of perfume, poured it into a cup, and drank the whole thing.
When he awoke the next morning, he noticed that his bedroom seemed dark. He asked his wife to open the windows so light could shine into the room. His vision was so bad he didn’t know there was daylight streaming into the room. He had irreversible blindness caused by drinking perfume containing methanol.
I have examined many patients who are blind from putting methanol into their body. No one can tell me it doesn’t matter what you put into your body.
I have also examined many people who have put toxic waste into their mind. They are now spiritually blind and have lost their ability to see God. No one can tell me it doesn’t matter what you put into your mind.
What you put into your mind affects your inner vision. When you spend years polluting your mind with toxic waste, you become spiritually blind and lose your ability to see God.
People act as if what they put into their mind doesn’t matter. They freely sample everything on the smorgasbord of life and fill their mind with garbage and toxic waste. One day they wake up and realize they can’t see God.
Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” Jesus was talking about the Law of Spiritual Vision. What is this law?
The Law of Spiritual Vision states: “Only the pure in heart can see God.” The pure in heart have a special blessing. They have twenty-twenty spiritual vision, and they can see God at work in their life.
What you put into your heart and mind is vitally important because it determines your ability to see God at work in your world.
…ancient papyrus found that says Jesus Christ was married.
They say that everything in the world comes down to mathematics, so tomorrow we will look at the most popular and scary number the world knows…
Revelation 12 The Woman and the Dragon
1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
“Upon her head a crown of twelve stars” – the only Biblical background for this vision is Gen 37:9-10. There Joseph sees the sun, moon, and 11 stars bowing down to him. Jacob suggests the obvious meaning as being that Joseph saw his father (Jacob, the sun), mother (Leah, the moon), and 11 brothers (11 stars) bowing down to him.
It seems that maybe John is here taking an Old Testament picture of Israel and projecting it into the future. This woman represents Israel in the tribulation.
2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
“Cried…pained to be delivered” – this woman, Israel, gives birth to Jesus Christ the Messiah. It is unlikely that the woman represents the church because the church is pictured in Scripture as the “bride,” not the “mother” of Christ.
3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
“Red dragon” – identified in v. 9. Dragons abound in the mythology of ancient peoples (Leviathan in Canaanite lore and Set-Typhon, the red crocodile, in Egypt).
In the Old Testament they are normally used metaphorically to depict the enemies of God and of Israel.
“Seven heads” – symbolizing universal wisdom.
“Ten horns” – symbolizing great power.
4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
“Wilderness” – this is where Jesus told Israel to flee when the antichrist appeared (Matt 24:15). After 3½ years of the seven year tribulation, the antichrist will break his compact with Israel by desecrating the temple (see 2 Thess 2:3-4).
7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
“Michael” – an archangel who defeats Satan in heavenly warfare. In Dan 12:1 he is the protector of Israel who will deliver her from tribulation in the last days.
8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found anymore in heaven.
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
“Dragon was cast out…into the earth” – not the original casting of Satan out of heaven, but apparently a change from being the prince of the power of the air to being confined to the earth, a further demotion – an explanation of his intense hostility against God’s people in the last days (vv 12-17).
10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
“A time, and times, and half a time” – one year plus two years plus half a year. This is the last half of the tribulation period when Satan and the antichrist seek to destroy Israel, and in so doing attempt to nullify the fulfillment of God’s promises to them.
I feel it is my duty to let all non-believers (this includes the Liberal Christians, Mormons, Catholics, etc.) that these last 3½ years are going to be the most horrific of any time.
But I have good news for you too, once these years are over, you all get to go to hell for eternity and hang out with Obama, the Bush’s, Oprah, the Gates, and the like for eternity. And of course the devil will be there too for a while.
After the 1,000 years God’s going to give him a short furlough, and when that is over you all will go to the Lake of Fire forever. Sound exciting?
15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
“Earth opened her mouth” – in Num 16:30-33 the earth opened and swallowed the Korah’s men.
17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
“Remnant of her seed” – these are saved Jews, but those who apparently were not able to flee into the wilderness.
This amount of Jews will be few compared to the amount of, as Jesus calls them, Jews that are of “the synagogue of Satan” (Rev 2:9).
“Testimony of Jesus” – the testimony that Jesus bore.
Roads that Lead to Hell
And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands (Heb 1:10).
Nothing comes between GOD and the TRUTH! Because GOD IS TRUTH.
“The Lord reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the Lord is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved” (Ps 93:1).
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handiwork” (Ps 19:1).
Don’t be a fool! Don’t think for one minute that this is something positive! Chakras are a planned demolition of the soul. How so? Because when you practice these “meditative” sessions, it opens your subconscious to demonic possession.
Not only that but many practices of the New Age are disguised as “healthy”. Mysticism in itself is dangerous practice and can allow many forms of attacks to take place.
I had never got involved in the world of mysticism because I thought it was nonsense – okay, I admit, I was too arrogant to realize that the mystical world is valid.
There is a lot of people that say they are mystics, but they are only con artists, such as the many psychics, healers, witches, etc.
Yet, there are some that are true and that is scary. It’s scary if your faith in Jesus Christ is not true. For example, as we talked about the other day,Liberal Christians, do not have faith in Jesus. They may say they do, but they don’t understand what faith in Jesus is.
If you are a true believer in Jesus Christ then there is nothing to fear. The first scripture I ever memorized (1983) was:
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Phil 4:13).
It may appear that I’m getting off the subject here, but I’m not, I’m just taking a brief exist that will lead me back to the highway we are on.
First I want to explain why I only read the King James Version. All other versions that I have looked at has changed the “which” in the above scripture to “who.” That changes the entire meaning of that scripture.
As I understand it, if you believe “I can do all things through Christ ‘who’ strengthens me” then you basically believe that if you pray to Jesus to solve your problems He will, and he will, but your own strength has not changed one iota.
Yet, the original scripture, “I can do all things through Christ ‘which’ strengthens me” is all about your faith in Him. It is through that faith that you are able to conquer because you become strong.
As Jesus had said to His disciples:
“Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
And Jesus said unto them,Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you” (Matt 17:19-20).
Now let’s go back to the scripture, if His disciples would say, “I can do all things through Christ ‘who’ strengthens me.” All that was strengthened was their ability to trust Him to solve the problem.
Yet, if their faith was stronger than they could have said, “ I can do all things through Christ ‘which’ strengthens me,” and they would solved the problem.
Just like when Peter asked Jesus to let him walk on the water, he did it but only for a moment because of His lack of faith.
God does not want us to be dependents in the sense that we can do nothing without Him. He wants us to trust Him fully and know that if we fully trust Him, then all will be well.
Jesus had absolute faith and there was nothing He could not do. He wants the same for us, but we won’t be Gods.
Satan had a lot of faith, the problem he had was that His faith was within himself due to greed and pride and if we go that route then we would end up in the same position that Satan is in –Is 14:3-19 and Eze 28:1-19.
So even though the world of mystics is the evil world owned and controlled by Satan it is nothing to fear IF you have faith in Jesus Christ. Not meaning that you can we are to venture in and challenge the devil, quite the contrary:
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Pet 5:8).
As Paul had said:
“Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Eph 6:11-13).
The freemasons is basically a fraternity and their goal is to do charitable work and that they do. Yet, the freemasons that are of the higher degrees become Illuminates, i.e., evil doers. And their primary goal is to create aOne World Order – this has been going on since theTower of Babel.
Not all freemasons are Illuminates, only those of the highest degree. For example, the founder of homeopathy, Christian Samuel Hahnemann, was a 33 degree Freemason.
Today, many people are taking up yoga techniques for physical exercise, and most don’t know the History of yoga. They believe there is nothing wrong with implementing this form of exercise into their daily regiment to promote a more healthy body.
However, the practice of yoga is much more than a system of physical exercise for health. Yoga is an ancient path to spiritual growth, and originates out of India where Induism is practiced. The practice and goal of yoga dates back to the Upanishads, written between 1000-5000 BC.
Yoga techniques originated with the goal of harmonizing one’s vibration which is a fancy way of stating opening your subconscious. Then, this entwines your soul/spirit with whatever energy/spirit comes.
This is a religious practice of the Hindu’s meant for the exact purpose of worshiping Hindu Gods. So who you’re connecting with is demons.
This is called opening the “Chakra”. This is a portal through which the Hindi spirits enter the human “temple” and this temple belongs to God. So, essentially, they are taking Gods place.
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1 Cor 3:16).
“What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Cor 6:19-20).
“And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people” (2 Cor 6:16).
The “Third Eye”
The “Third Eye” is a so-called awakening process. But actually this is a communication portal to use between yourself and God, no one else, and the demons know this.
There is no way to “heighten” the psychic ability. This is a play on words and in fact means, Communication with the Dead or familiar spirit. This is spoken of frequently in the Bible and is not condoned.
God warns us of such practices. But the New Agers put a spin on it and make it all cookies and ice cream.
“Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God” (Lev 19:31).
“And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among His people” (Lev 20:6).
“When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.
There shall not be found among you any one that maketh His son or His daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.
Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God.
For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the Lord thy God hath not suffered thee so to do” (Deut 18:9-14).
The mere act of visiting a psychic prognosticator is sufficient to open satanic portals. In essence, it places your signature on a contract with the netherworld. When you peer into the darkness, it peers back!
God knew of this evil “Third Eye” before the Freemason did, and He knew Satan’s evil plot, that is why He said to Adam and Eve…
“Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as Gods, knowing good and evil.
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons” (Gen 3:1-7).
NOTE: The other day we talked about Shapeshifters and that fits into the above scriptures. At one time science-fiction and magic were fascinating to people, but they look a bit different when you realize that we live in a world of sci-fi and magic.
The EYE…opening of the eyes is enlightenment to the Freemasons. They use the “Third Eye” and the “All-Seeing Eye” (“Eye of Horus”) to symbolize this. And their motto is we can become Gods.
God is Omnipresent (is everywhere, all the time):
“Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD” (Jer 23:24).
Omniscient (aware of all things):
“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of His Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Rom 8:29).
“Behold, I [am] the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me” (Jer32:27).
This encompasses everything we are not, but some want to be. As Satan had hoped to be like God, so do the Freemasons, but they will burn in hell with the devil.
The astral plane is a leash which can be broken. We are connected to Gog on a silver-cord. And when one takes this “trip” it allows this cord to become vulnerable to tampering.
The very fact that your enabling this trip is a step into the darkness. It is performed in your sleep, or a deep-meditative state, through which the “psychic” (Soul) separation of the mental body from the emotional/astral body via the silver cord takes place.
Witches use this technique to spy on people, namely on God’s people.
This is a fancy word for communication with the dead! It’s a collective term for altered states of consciousness/mind. It allows one to interact with the spirit world and channel these transcendental energies into this world.
It brings these demons back into this dimension.
A shaman is a person who is experienced at these techniques. There are few left from generations ago but I actually believe these channelers are performing the same procedures, and just naming it differently.
This encounter or interaction is with what they believe to be benevolent and malevolent spirits but take my word for it…God does not allow His angels to interact with this type of activity! So, your just asking for trouble!!
These are demonic rituals which have been around for thousands of years with the same agenda….to enter into a trance state of a ritual to communicate with the dead!
The term means “to foresee, to be inspired by a God”. But, let’s get straight to the point here! There’s only on God. The others are frauds!
Divination is an attempt to gain insight into a question or situation by way of an occultic standardized process or ritual. No more, no less.
Fortune-telling is the exact same thing. It’s all witchcraft.
They proclaim to advertise enchantments, miraculous incantations, and charms for your love-life or visitations to your enemy, disclosure of buried treasure or lottery numbers, and succession to estates or riches…but it’s all divination by devils/demons. For the purpose to lure you in…and snatch your soul. Satan does not make promises he can keep.
This is also a part of the New Age, and this is what the book “The Secret” is all about.
This is practiced by the governments of the world on a routine basis now. This is the practice of seeking impressions about a distant or unseen target by means of “extra-sensory perception” or “sensing with mind”.
The “Stargate” project was a $20 million dollar research project which the US government started in 1975 in order to gain potential military application of psychic phenomena. Truth is…they still do it!
This is nothing but witchcraft performed by witches. Satan gives powers like this to lure in victims.
One of the subjects was Ingo Swann. Pure warlock! He was a warlock, a male witch. He’s passed on now, and most likely not into the Light of God.
This is one of many forms of conscious-altering breathing techniques. It is a form of mediation which the New Age use to obtain alternate states of consciousness.
I remember as a youngster, the other kids would say, “Hey, have you heard about this breathing thing? It’s cool, you can go into a state of euphoria! It’s real weird!”
I tried it once and knew it was wrong! Not only that but it was killing kids. They were performing the techniques and not coming out of the altered state! Scared the heck out of me!
This is Satan’s way of enticing youngsters to try witchcraft. Nothing short of using numbers to find out your future when you were young! Your name was parallel with a number and this supposedly foretold your future.
These are but a few of the New Age-Old Age ritualistic techniques of communicating with the dead! It’s no joke and God does not laugh about it. It’s nothing short of witchcraft.
“There shall not be found among you any one that maketh His son or His daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.
Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God.
For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the Lord thy God hath not suffered thee so to do” (Deut 18:10-14).
As I had said, I have no experience in the above items or any others of the mystical world. I have met quite a few people that say they can do this and that, but I haven’t seen it.
I met a guy in prison who knew that I had been born again and one day he came up to me and we had very short conversation:
He said: “Hi, do you really believe all that about God?
I said: “Yes I do, and there is no other God.”
He said: “I’m a Wicca.”
I laughed and said: “I’m Caucasian.” And that was the end of our conversation.
I had a girlfriend years before I got right with God and she told me she could heal people by using crystals. I don’t know if she ever healed anyone, but if she did it wasn’t from any power within the crystal itself, that power came from the devil himself.
There is only one type of crystal that I have personally experienced and I know without a doubt has some serious power within itself, and that power is dangerous and overwhelming. White crystal, also known as The Big C or Snow, orCocaine.
I found the below video online and it is interesting and it doesn’t really have anything to do with the above article. It was created through the power of the satellites.
I’m unable to vouch for the information it wants to portray, but neither can I dismiss it as false. It makes you wonder if it is all true or not. Remember, God can do anything anywhere He chooses and whenever He wants.
The video is. It makes you wonder if it is all true or not. Remember, God can do anything anywhere He chooses and whenever He wants.
The video is 48 minutes. After the first 5 minutes I was about to toss it, assuming it was not worth my time to watch, but I watched for another 5 minutes, and it’s quite interesting.
Therefore, I say to watch it for 10 minutes and if you find it foolish or boring then stop because if you don’t find it interesting in that time you probably won’t later either.
The below information, or at least some of it, is 10 to 15 years old. Think back to 2000 and compare life then to today. The world continues to get worse and when Obama was president it really got bad. Thanks to President Trump things have gotten better. Yet, the Catholics has one of the worst, if not the worst Pope. Catholics and our Democrats are evil anyway, so things will continue to go down hill.
Yet, this is all good because the world has to get worse before Jesus returns (read Matt 24), and once he returns life will be fantastic for all believers for eternity.
Atheism is nothing new, it’s been here since the beginning of time. Yet, I have an idea that after Noah’s flood more-and-more people began to accept God, and especially when Jesus came many got right with God.
But today, as I had shown you the other day, atheism is back on the rise and, as the below article shows, they are starting to come out of the woodwork.
The best way to hurt another person is to destroy what they cherish the most. Satan despises Jesus Christ with a passion so he wants to destroy what He cherishes the most and that is us. Hard to believe, but true – He didn’t die for anyone or anything else, He did it for us.
The devil has many tools that he uses to create Atheists and the Catholics. With those that know very little about God the devil acts like a defense attorney, but he’s the prosecutor, i.e., he brings doubt of God’s existence to them.
The new born Christians aren’t so easy to convince, so he gives them high hopes of having a better life if he or she just wanders a bit from the correctpath, by providing false jewelry that looks like the real thing (like he did withEve) such as the New Age which we had discussed in the Book of Ezekiel and we explained it more in the Book of 1 Peter or “The Secret,” which we had talked about in theBook of 2 Corinthians.
He doesn’t tell them to stop being a Christian, the devil is not stupid, he just offers them a good deal, here he’s like a Used Car Salesman, and presto, the Liberal Christian is born, which is worse than an atheist.
“For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries (Heb 10:26-27).
“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame” (Heb :4-6).
The New Age has many avenues and when we had talked about before we didn’t cover it all. So tomorrow we’re going to look at…
Revelation 11 The Two Witnesses and the Seventh Trumpet
1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
“A reed like unto a rod” – a bamboo-like cane that often reached a height of 20 feet and grew in abundance in the waters along the banks of the Jordan. Straight and light, the reed was a convenient measuring rod (see Eze 40:3; Zech 2:1-2).
“Temple” – this seems to be a Jewish temple reconstructed during the tribulation period and desecrated by the antichrist (see Dan 9:27; Matt 24:15).
2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
“Forty and two months’ – three and half years. Some find the background for this period in the time of Jewish suffering under the Syrian tyrant, Antiochus Epiphanes (168-165 B.C.).
Others point out that, whereas the temple was desolated for three years under Anitochus, the figure used in Revelation is three and a half years, which no doubt looks back to the dividing of the 70th “week” (Dan 9:27) into two equal parts.
The same time period is also designated as 1,260 days and as “a time, and times, and half a time”.
Some believe that this period of time evidently became a conventional symbol for a limited period of unrestrained wickedness. However, thee time periods, though each equal to one another, should be seen as literal.
3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
Two witnesses” – modeled after Moses and Elijah. Some feel they may symbolize testifying believers (the church), in the final period before Christ returns.
However, they are probably two actual individuals who will be martyred for the proclamation of the truth. In fact, Mal 4:5-6 says that Elijah will return before the day of the Lord. That is why John the Baptist was asked if he were Elijah (Jn 1:21) after he denied being the Christ (Jn 1:20).
Moses and Elijah appeared together in Mal 4:4-5, and in the transfiguration (Matt 9, Mk 9, Lk 17). Together, they represent the law (Moses) and the prophets (Elijah) – a reference to the entire Old Testament.
“Two hundred and threescore days” – score means 20 x. These are months of 30 days (42 months x 30 days = 1,260 days).
4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
The imagery emphasizes that the power for effective testimony is supplied by the Spirit of God.
5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
“The beast” – first mention of the major opponent of God’s people in the final days (see chapters 13 and 17). That he comes up from the bottomless pit indicates his demonic character.
8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
“Their dead bodies shall lie in the street” – in the Near East the denial of burial was a flagrant violation of decency.
“Great city” – possibly Jerusalem, though some say Rome, Babylon or some other city. Sodom refers to its low level of morality and Egypt emphasizes oppression and slavery.
“Where also our Lord was crucified” – some say that Jesus could have been crucified in Rome in the sense that her power extended throughout the known world and was immediately responsible for Christ’s execution, but that seems to stretch the meaning of the clearly written text.
9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.
10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.
“Gave glory to the God of heaven” – not an act of repentance but the terrified realization that Christ is the true Lord of all.
14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.
15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever.
“Seventh angel sounded” – the series of trumpet blasts is now continued and completed. As with the breaking of the seventh seal, no immediate judgment occurs. Apparently, the seven vial judgments (chapter 16) compose the seventh trumpet.
There is thus a heightening of the seventh and last seal as well as the last trumpet.
16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshiped God,
17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.
“Ark of his testament” – the Old Testament ark was a chest of acacia wood (Deut 10:1-2). It symbolized the throne or presence of God among His people. It was probably destroyed when Nebuzaradan destroyed the temple in Jerusalem (2 Kgs 25:8-10).
In the New Testament it symbolizes God’s faithfulness in keeping covenant with His people.
The Pope, the Devil, and the Masonic Lodge
And they worshiped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshiped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” (Rev 13:4).
Blatant Satan worship is now rampant within the Catholic Church. High-ranking churchmen are guilty of this heinous crime against God.
According to one reliable source, the smoke of Satan has entered the very sanctuary of St. Peter’s Cathedral in the Vatican. Mind-boggling though it may be, priests and bishops alike are known to have taken contract oaths to serve the devil, signed in their own blood!
These amazing facts about devil worship inside the Vatican and its subsidiaries have come not from hostile Protestant critics of Roman Catholicism, but from top-ranking Catholic prelates themselves.
Evidently, this awful malignancy is so far advanced that Satanism has reached the papacy itself and has seriously affected the rank and file of nuns and priests in the U.S. and throughout the globe.
Untold numbers of outright Satan worshipers are now masquerading as Catholic clergy while secretly paying homage to Lucifer.
“Lucifer is Enthroned”
Catholic scholar Dr. Malachi Martin, formerly a Jesuit professor at Georgetown University and a confidant of Vatican insiders, flatly declared in a recent New York City interview:
Yes, it’s true. Lucifer is enthroned in the Catholic Church.
Martin was also interviewed by The Fatima Crusader, a well-known Catholic publication. He again repeated his allegations, and expressed his dismay and distress that the Catholic institution of which he is a part has grown so decadent and morally reprobate since the Vatican II conference of the 60s.
The contention that there are Satanists in Rome is “completely correct” said Martin, adding:
Anybody who is acquainted with the state of affairs in the Vatican in the last 35 years is well aware that the prince of darkness has and still has his surrogates in the court of St. Peter in Rome.
Blood Oaths and Blasphemous Rituals
Malachi Martin is a very traditional Catholic. Author of Hostage to the Devil and numerous other books, his acclaimed Keys of This Blood, published some five years ago, was a strong, apologetics volume supporting the papacy of the current Pope, John Paul II.
But now, Martin has doubts. He cannot understand why this Pope allows such evil to exist and even prosper within the church.
It has gotten so bad, Dr. Martin contends, that in one shocking incident, high-ranking churchmen actually took oaths signed with their own blood and participated in “meticulously enacted rituals that blaspheme and devilishly mimic the holy sacrifice of the mass.”
Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo stunned an international audience of bishops, priests, nuns, and laity in Rome by exposing Satanic worship by the Catholic hierarchy.
Treachery Inside the Sanctuary
If Dr. Malachi Martin was the only authority sounding the alarm about devil worship in the Catholic Church, the whole affair would simply be dismissed as the outrageous accusations of a single cleric.
But as far back as 1976, Pope Paul VI shocked a papal audience by confiding that,
The smoke of Satan has entered the very sanctuary of St. Peter’s Cathedral.
The Pontiff went on to explain that he had knowledge of a midnight hour, Black Satanic Mass having been conducted at the altar of St. Peter’s, on the exact spot where the Pope himself regularly says mass.
Secret Involvement Exposed
Already reeling from Martin’s accusations and stung by the memorable revelations of a previous pontiff, the Catholic hierarchy was further set back on its combined heels in Rome last November of 1999.
With thousands in attendance at Rome’s Fatima 2000 International Congress on World Peace, a respected Archbishop, Emmanuel Milingo, strode to the podium.
The crowd gasped as they heard Milingo solemnly affirm that members of the Catholic Church hierarchy are secretly involved in the darkest kinds of formal Satan worship.
Archbishop Milingo, an exorcist, is author of a bestselling book exposing the occult, Face to Face With the Devil. In his speech, Milingo called Satan worship the “Third dimension of Evil,” and explained:
Now, the third dimension (of evil) is the most dangerous. It is subtle and the most terrible…I could not believe when I discovered this third dimension of evil. The third dimension is people who follow instructions in satanic sects…
Now with this third dimension, I’m sorry to say, our church belongs to it. I’m very sorry, I could not understand myself, and even now I don’t understand. But the only consolation I have is that, well, Judas Iscariot was one.
Together with Jesus three years, he never changed. Then I understand that the third dimension of evil existed not only now, but it existed even then. Because nothing could change the heart of Judas Iscariot—nothing.
Devil Protected by Catholic Authorities
Archbishop Milingo went on to make an accusation which sent hurricane force shockwaves throughout the Catholic community. According to Milingo, the devil is actually protected by the Catholic Church:
The devil in the Catholic Church is so protected now that he is like an animal protected by the government; put on a game preserve that outlaws anyone, especially hunters, from trying to capture or kill it.
The devil within the Church today is actually protected by certain Church authorities from the official devil hunter in the Church—the exorcist.
So much so that the exorcist today is forbidden to attack the devil. The devil is so protected that the one who is the hunter, the exorcist, is forbidden to do his job.
That shows how great a liar the Catholic Church is. They are trying to make themselves look important and powerful. Satan doesn’t need any protection from people. He’s a fallen angel, but he’s still an angel with miraculous power.
Nobody can defeat Satan other than God and his angels. God controls all things. And have you ever heard of anyone preforming an exorcist other than a Catholic Priest? Enough said.
In a subsequent interview, the courageous archbishop stated:
Certainly, there are priests and bishops alike who are followers of Satan.
When asked whether cardinals or even the Pope himself were guilty of this repulsive heresy, Milingo responded that, because he is an archbishop, he does not feel it is proper for him to name or comment about superior officials. The archbishop’s silence, of course, spoke volumes.
Catholicism and the Ravages of Freemasonry
Satan worship apparently has mushroomed in recent years as Catholic cardinals, bishops, and priests have joined the Masonic Lodge in record numbers. Until the papacy of today’s Pope John Paul II, membership by Catholics in any kind of Masonic order was an excommunicable offense.
Now, however, it is commonplace. Indeed, in 1980, New York’s Terrance Cooke, one of America’s most powerful Catholic cardinals, addressed a gathering of 3,000 Masons. Cardinal Cooke electrified the assemblage when he said that, as friends, Masons and Catholics should recognize each other.
In late 1996, the Vatican put on sale this commemorative coin with a portrait of Pope John Paul II. Observers were taken aback at the coin’s Caesarean Empire features. Note the ancient Roman lettering style. The three stars at bottom have exactly six points, or rays: thus, signifying an unholy, starry trinity of 6-6-6.
Refraining from mentioning the name of Jesus—the name despised by many Masons and prohibited inside their lodges—Cardinal Cooke bowed to Masonry’s worst heresy by remarking,
I know of your firm belief in the Supreme Being, the Great Architect of the Universe, and of the holy writings appropriate to the religion of your members, and I salute you for your loyalty to these ancient values.
Cardinal Cooke’s words were obviously well chosen and imbued with hidden meaning. In fact, the Masonic Lodge’s “Supreme Architect of the Universe” is none other than Lucifer, who cloaks himself in Masonic literature with the names of such deities as Zoroaster, Shiva, Abaddon, and in other Masonic pagan-god disguises.
As for the “holy writings” of Freemasonry, these have their origins in the Roman mystery religions, in 19th century occultism, and in Egyptianism/Babylonianism. Such are the “ancient values” of the satanic Masonic Lodge.
Satanism in Methodist, Episcopal, and Mormon Churches
We must remember, however, that Satanism is not only practiced by Catholic clergy. This wickedness is found in some of today’s Methodist and Charismatic churches, and especially in Episcopal and Anglican churches.
Two years ago, the Mormon Church hierarchy even went public, admitting that satanic rituals had been secretly conducted by some church elders.
Meanwhile, members of the Masonic Lodge, including pastors and denominational leaders, continue to dominate the Southern Baptist Convention.
Contrary to what some believe, the devil is not a “Catholic.” Indeed, he is remarkably tolerant of all false religion, and he is known to be pleasingly nondenominational in his approach to religion. Satan is proud to be an ecumenical being.
Any faith but Jesus and His Word, the King James Bible,” is the devil’s handy motto.
The Power of Prophecy
These revelations of devil worship inside churches which claim to be “Christian” should not surprise us. The power of Bible prophecy is thereby made manifest.
The books of Daniel and Revelation describe the Antichrist as a man who appears as a lamb but has horns. He ordains amongst his flock, men and women, who are unrepentant murderers, liars, fornicators, pedophiles and adulterers.
Daniel says that the devil’s Antichrist shall speak “dark sentences” and shall worship a god his father knew not.
Thus we understand why Satan worship is so fervently and irreverently practiced in the very seat of Rome, inside the profane temple the popes built—the temple known as St. Peter’s Cathedral, which has the Egyptian sun god obelisk on display in its front courtyard.
Six, six, six is rising fast. The Pope, his Vatican, and its hierarchy are preparing the way for the corrupt Beast. They, as well as their non-Catholic helpers, are opening a creaking doorway to the Ultimate Evil.