The First Sign of the Antichrist

Most people who come to this blog would consider themselves Christians, and I think that a great many of them are. I have friends who keep coming back, and I am thankful for you.

So, I have a question, or a series of questions, for Christians in general, not only for readers of this blog, but for all those who profess to be Christians;

How much do you love Jesus?

Is Jesus something you have added to your life, or is He the center of it?

If the bible says something about Jesus that does not fit-in with your understanding of society, or of morality, do you ignore it, excuse it, or do you accept it, and adjust your views accordingly?  The Baptist churches I came from frequently did the first two, and rarely the third, although I know some members who privately would say something contrary to their official Church position on a number of issues.

One example would be the wedding in Cana, where Jesus turned water into wine. Some “Christians” can’t accept the biblical teaching at this point, so they say “well, it wasn’t really wine, just grape juice”. And so, in order to understand Scripture, according to these people, we have to go to them to interpret Scripture for us!

The truth is that the word used in this case “oinos” is wine; trux was the Greek word for grape juice, or must. “Trux” was not used in the biblical text, because they were not drinking grape juice! It is dishonest to read one’s prejudices into the biblical text, as the anti-wine people do here. Not only is it dishonest, but it is downright faithless!

The bible is plain that God condemns excessive indulgence, but it never condemns the moderate use of wine.

But what of other subjects?

There is a subject that has a relation to the first identification of the Antichrist himself, which most professing Christians would reject, and as a result they will view the Beast as “a man of God”. Here is the passage to which I am referring;

36 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.  37 Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. Daniel 11:36-37

The bible speaks of many women who had difficulty having children, and how they had such a very strong desire for children that some of them did extraordinary things to that end. Lot’s daughters seduced their own father. Hannah made extraordinary prayers at the tabernacle, because of her desire for a child, so much so that the High Priest thought she was drunk!

Sarah gave her handmaid to Abraham, as a second wife, in the hope that she could call the resulting child her own. The same thing happened with Rachel and Leah.

Elisha stayed with a Shunnamite couple, who couldn’t seem to conceive. He prayed and she had a child, but before she conceived she told him “don’t deceive me”. You see she had a strong desire to have a child, and didn’t want to have a false hope. Later when the child died, she brought him to and said  “Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say, Do not deceive me?” You see, she was not denying this desire of women, she was actually affirming it, and when the child died she was essentially saying “you have given me false hope! If the child dies then you have deceived me!

We could look at other women in the bible as well, such as Tamar, Judah’s daughter-in-law, or Elizabeth, John the Baptist’s mother, and we would see this same thing; the biblical desire of women is to have children, preferably by her husband.

Now think about the Antichrist; He is going to take over the government of the world at a time very similar to the time Jesus Christ will take over; after a great war! In fact the Beast will take over shortly after the Gog and Magog war, and that will be a time when remnants of the armies from that war are returning home. The situation will be like it was in many wars, where large numbers of men die on the battle field, only this time the bible actually tells us the ratio of survivors to the casualties;

 And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel: Ezekiel 39:2

Since most armies are almost entirely male, and considering that there is a large Muslim component in the attacking armies, the numbers of women in these forces will be very small if they exist at all. These surviving men, when they return home will find that there are five women for every man, and this will be the exact time when polygamy will be prohibited in the nations which have practised this form of marriage as a means of dealing with the fallout of war, from ancient times!

This is what the phrase “ Neither shall he regard the desire of women” means in Daniel 11:37! The surviving women will expect that they will simply have to “gang-up” on their men, to a ratio of 6-1, so that they can have a family, but the ruler of those nations will prohibit this practise!

The worst part of all this is that professing Christians will think that this is a sign that this is a “man of God”!

You see, as I studied this issue it became apparent that the prohibition of polygamy does not come from Christianity, but from pagan Greece and Rome! What happened is that this practise was prohibited in both of these empires, except in Israel, and many years after the founding of the Christian Church this pagan teaching adopted by professing Christians and was read-into the biblical text!

The truth is that it is not actually there!

Matthew 19:9 
And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

Mark 10:11 
And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.

I am in full agreement with what Jesus says here, and please note that He did not say it is wrong for a man to marry two women at the same time, only that it is wrong to divorce one in order to marry another.

Polygamists don’t divorce one woman to marry another. And, if you examine the life of David you will see that he didn’t divorce one woman before remarrying. It is true that Saul took Michal away from him and gave her to another man, but David understood that marriage is for life, and went and took her back when he had the chance, proving that here marriage to the second man, even after having children with him, was not legitimate!

Some people might think that what I am saying is blasphemy, but it is actually in the bible. In fact there is a prophecy about the Millennial reign of Christ which specifically says that He will allow this practise when He is on the throne in Jerusalem!

  And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.  2 In that day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.  3 And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem:  4 When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. Isaiah 4:1-4

What is it when a woman takes a man’s name? It is marriage, of course! It is the desire of these seven women to be married to one man! If you go back 3 or 4 verses in the preceding chapter, you will see the reason; the majority of the men have been killed during Armageddon!

Notice the next verses are connected to verse one by the phrase “in that day”. This phrase can mean “at the same time” or it can also mean “one thing closely following another, in a short period of time”.

In verse 1 it means the latter, but in verses 2 through 6 it is actually the former.

The phrase in verse 1 connects these verses with chapter 3 which is an indictment of ancient, and modern, Israel. They are condemned for their immoral ways and the women of Israel are singled out for flirting with men and attracting them with their clothing, hairstyles and jewellery. These are the same women who are called holy in verses 2 through 4 of chapter 4.

They weren’t holy when they were flaunting their sin, but they became holy when the Tribulation came upon them! When they called out to the Lord Jesus Christ He answered them and saved them, both bodily and spiritually! Now they are survivors of Armageddon and there are not enough men for them to each have a husband to herself.

Of course this situation will be the same throughout the world, because 100% of the armies that attack Israel will die in the battle field, leaving many more women than men in every country.

The Lord presents us with a cause and effect relationship in these passages;

The sin of Israel in Isaiah 3:1-23 is the cause of God’s judgment in verses 24-26, and the judgment in these verses causes Israel to suffer a severe shortage of men as the survivors enter into the Millennial Kingdom, in 4:1. Chapter 4 is dedicated to describing the conditions of the Millennial reign, including verse 1.

Why would God do this? He already gave us the answer in chapter 45:18;

17 But Israel shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.  18 For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else. Isaiah 45:17-18

Just by existing People glorify God. In fact all people glorify God, even the lost! For all eternity those in Heaven will glorify God, and so will those in the lake of fire! It is God’s plan to fill the earth with a staggering number of people during the Millennial Reign, and it will start-off with large polygamous families! This is why the mountains will fall at the return of Christ; they will fall and the waters will flow underground as they were in the early earth, to make room for the massive increase in humanity!

The current population of 7 billion or so, will seem like a country village compared to the population during the Millennial reign!

As God re-creates Garden of Eden conditions on earth, and as 100% of the survivors of the Tribulation will be believers in Jesus Christ, even as Jesus rules the earth physically from Jerusalem, with all His saints, even so their descendants, living in near perfect conditions will ultimately rebel in large numbers!

So, what if you thought I was correct about Jesus? Would you abandon him, thinking your western culture is superior? Or, would you retreat back to your “safe” man-made-Jesus? The Jesus who doesn’t offend anyone is also a Jesus who cannot save anyone! I hope you have or will receive the biblical Jesus, because He is the only Saviour!

Some have abandoned me, accusing me of making-up my own Jesus, and refusing to read The Spirit of Prophecy any more than the first couple of paragraphs in chapter 8. That is so sad, because this is the first sign of the Antichrist, and so many will miss it because of their pre-conceived beliefs! In fact it is professing Christians who will put him on the throne, thinking that his opposition to polygamy is a sign that he is a Christian!

2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 tells us that the Antichrist will be revealed BEFORE the rapture occurs, but verses 6-8 tell us that he will be revealed AFTER this same event. Some groups grasp one or the other of these truths to form the basis of their doctrine, but these statements must be harmonized if we are going to come to an understanding of this passage.

The simplest and best answer to this dilemma is that the Antichrist will be revealed to one group BEFORE the Rapture, and to another group AFTER. The bible even tells us which group is first;

Amos 3:7 
Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

So who is in the place of the prophets today? The very same people who will be raptured BEFORE the Tribulation, the true believers of the Christian Church!

The first revelation is during a time when he is not in a position to do great harm to the believers, but is still ascending to world domination.

Some of them might actually read this blog, and disagree with me until they see it. In fact when they do change their opinion, when they see the Beast disregarding the desire of women, after the Gog/Magog war, the world will say something like “You told us that polygamy was wrong for centuries, and now you are changing your mind when you see this good-man prohibiting it? Why should we believe you now?

And the world, led by the false Church, will approve and lift-up the Antichrist to the position of world ruler!

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The Last Trumpet

Years ago someone said to me that “the last trump”, of 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, the rapture trumpet, is the last in a series of Old Testament trumpets, and has nothing to do with the trumpet judgments of the book of Revelation. It certainly looks that way, but recently I came to realize that a great many professing Christians still think that the “last trump”  comes at the end of the Tribulation period, and these people will not be convinced by my just saying so. They need to see the series of trumpets, so I decided to do a study on these OT trumpets, and I will NOT use anyone else’s study guide.

If what we believe is true we should be able to find it with the help of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and no one else;

 51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

If it is true that the Isaiah 27:13 trumpet is the “Last Trumpet” we should be able to prove this through a simple reading of the bible, in context; specifically the trumpet passages which must come before the beginning of the Tribulation period.

I prayed about this and below is the answer I received from the Lord, and no I did not hear an audible voice, I just read His word and relied on the Holy Spirit to do the interpretation for me;

One thing you need to understand is that the bible is a progressive revelation of God.  Moses did not understand the revelations that God would give to David, when he wrote his books.  Neither did David understand the revelations God would give Isaiah, Daniel, and Paul, when he wrote his Psalms.

Each author understood some of what God gave them, but even then they did not necessarily understand all the implications of what God was saying.  They simply wrote what God gave them, and it is up to the reader to listen to the Author to understand what He intended for us to learn.

So, with this in mind, we must understand that the book of Revelation was written some 30-40 years AFTER Paul’s death.  The unique prophecies of Revelation were not on Paul’s mind at all, and he had no knowledge of the trumpet judgments of Revelation.  Rather, Paul was thinking of Old Testament trumpets, because Paul was an Old Testament scholar.

There is no evidence that Paul ever read Matthew’s gospel, with its reference to “a great trumpet” in Matthew 24:31.  Paul never quoted any gospel except Luke, and Luke does not mention this trumpet in his parallel passage of Luke 17.  So if Paul never encountered any reference to the trumpet of Matthew 24:31 then he would not be referring to it, nor have any reason do think that this might be a contradiction.

Many Dispensationalists contradict their theory when they say that “nothing needs to happen before the rapture of the Church” but then never tell us where the other trumpets are, which must come before the Last Trump! If the “Last Trumpet” occurs at the end of the Church-Age then there must have been other trumpets already blown! It is a logical inconsistency to say the “Last Trumpet is the first one”!

There are all kinds of trumpets in the Old Testament. Most of them are in the law and related to feasts and celebrations, but the first mention of one which is related to the End Times is actually the one I consider to be the Last Trumpet, found in Isaiah 27;

12 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of Israel.  13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem.

Keep in mind that God exists outside of time, and frequently issues prophecies that move back and forward in time. Many prophecies have elements that are separated by thousands of years, and yet appear in one sentence, or within one verse.

I have made the case already, in many articles, why the Isaiah 27:13 trumpet is the Last Trumpet, so I won’t go into that here, but it is fairly easy to prove that the job of the city watchman on the wall was to blow a trumpet when danger appeared. This is the kind of trumpet God is talking about here;

  1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.  2 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.  3 Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not?wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.  4 Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.  5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord?  6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?  7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Isaiah 58:1-7

These trumpets are a warning of coming judgment! The sins of Israel require judgment, not to mention the sins of our own nations, and the greatest sin of all is the rejection of God’s Messiah! So the “last trump” is the last warning Israel will receive before the Time of Jacob’s Trouble falls upon them! The warning actually causes them to return to the land en-mass!

 4 Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings. 5 Declare ye in Judah, and publish in Jerusalem; and say, Blow ye the trumpet in the land: cry, gather together, and say, Assemble yourselves, and let us go into the defenced cities.  6 Set up the standard toward Zion: retire, stay not: for I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction. Jeremiah 4:4-6

Is this trumpet a warning about the Gog and Magog war? It could be for the principal antagonist in that conflict is from the north of Israel, and is most likely Russia. It more likely is a warning about the attack of the Assyrians, or Babylonians, who both lived north of Israel. This would place some of the first trumpets 2,700 years before the Last Trumpet. Surely in 2,700 years Israel would get it right? Unfortunately for them it is not so, and the sins of their fathers are still being repeated today!

19 My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.  20 Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled,and my curtains in a moment.  21 How long shall I see the standard,and hear the sound of the trumpet?  22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge. Jeremiah 4:19-21

Here it is again in the same chapter of Jeremiah. Repeated for emphasis!

In Jeremiah 6 we can see the trumpet as warning again;

16 Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.  17 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken. 18 Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them.  19 Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it. Jeremiah 6:16-19

So Israel fled the trumpets of war, but war followed them wherever they fled;

13 But if ye say, We will not dwell in this land, neither obey the voice of the Lord your God,  14 Saying, No; but we will go into the land of Egypt, where we shall see no war, nor hear the sound of the trumpet, nor have hunger of bread; and there will we dwell:  15 And now therefore hear the word of the Lord, ye remnant of Judah; Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; If ye wholly set your faces to enter into Egypt, and go to sojourn there;  16 Then it shall come to pass, that the sword, which ye feared, shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine, whereof ye were afraid, shall follow close after you there in Egypt; and there ye shall die.

Here is another trumpet of warning, but this warning is not for Israel, but for Babylon. For this reason I believe this trumpet is not a part of the series leading to the Last Trumpet, but is actually a part of a series in the early part of the Tribulation aimed at the city of Babylon itself;

Set ye up a standard in the land, blow the trumpet among the nations, prepare the nations against her, call together against her the kingdoms of Ararat, Minni, and Ashchenaz; appoint a captain against her; cause the horses to come up as the rough caterpillers. Jeremiah 51:27

Another ancient trumpet aimed at the sinners of Israel;

They have blown the trumpet, even to make all ready; but none goeth to the battle: for my wrath is upon all the multitude thereof. Ezekiel 7:14

Again, Ezekiel tells us that there will be trumpets of warning coming against Israel, and those who heed the warnings will be saved;

 2 Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman:  3 If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;  4 Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.  5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. Ezekiel 33:2-5

This is the type of trumpet Paul is speaking of in 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, and not the trumpet judgments found in Revelation.

Another trumpet warning in Hosea 5:8

8 Blow ye the cornet in Gibeah, and the trumpet in Ramah: cry aloud at Beth–aven, after thee, O Benjamin.

The Lord’s leaving Israel in verse 15 occurred 40 days after the cross, and is a trumpet sign for Israel!

 15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.  6:1 Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.  2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

Israel has missed the trumpets God has sent them, and they will continue to do so until the last trumpet, the rapture of the Church-Age saints!

Joel speaks of some of the same trumpets;

Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand; Joel 2:1

And Amos…

14 The great day of the Lord is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the Lord: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.  15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,  16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers. Zephaniah 1:14-16

Yes indeed, the “last trump” is the last warning of coming judgment! This is the context that Paul is speaking of! This passage is also a precursor to the rapture passage found in Zephaniah 2:3.

The Trumpet of Zechariah 9 is not in the same series of trumpets at all, this is another one that comes later, after the rapture, at the time when Jesus Christ shall return and save the remnant of His people!

14 And the Lord shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord God shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south.  15 The Lord of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour, and subdue with sling stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, and as the corners of the altar.  16 And the Lord their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land.  17 For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids.

So you can see that there are a great many trumpets in Scripture, some before and some after the “last trump”, but the “last trump” itself is the last of a series of warning trumpets which the Lord has sent, and is sending, to wake-up His people!

The “last trump” in this series will indeed call the living saints to meet the Lord in the air, and it is this trumpet warning that will wake-up Israel. They will see the believers in their midst disappear, and they will know that it is the Lord who has done this!

They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation. Deuteronomy 32:21

But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you. Romans 10:19

Yes indeed, the rapture of the saints is the last trumpet warning that provokes Israel to jealousy, and causes them to pick-up the cause of Christ, and to be His missionary nation to the world for the Tribulation period!

 

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The Bread of Life

I don’t know about you, but I have found that Social Media, like Facebook, can sometimes take a lot of time, and be very frustrating. At the same time the challenges can be very rewarding.

I mean, sometimes people say things that get my goat, and make me dig into Scripture, and if we dig into Scripture with an open mind, the Lord rewards us with Himself and His truth.

So, on one of the Facebook groups that someone added me to, there are Catholics, Jews, Hebrew Roots, Muslims, and a few Christians, all posting various doctrinal positions at the same time. What I have found is that you can take the time to answer one, biblically, and the next week someone else is posting the same errors.

Readers of this page will know that I tend to focus on End Times prophecy, and the reason I do is because so many pastors avoid prophecy like it was the plague. Truth divides, but smooth words unite!

Christians should, however, be teachers of the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27), and not always focus on one aspect of Scripture. Pastors who avoid prophecy are actually avoiding between 1/4 and 1/3 of God’s word. I don’t want to be like that, and I certainly don’t want to be accused of avoiding the other 2/3 to 3/4 of God’s Word!

Since some of my own ancestors, and living relatives, are Catholics, I want to focus on a Catholic error today; The Lord’s Supper and Transubstantiation. The truth is that even many Protestants get this wrong, claiming that the Lord’s presence is really there, in the elements of the Lord’s Supper; the bread and wine.

The error so many get into, on this subject, could so easily be avoided if we were to study all of Scripture, and allow the Author to harmonize His word in our hearts.

Jesus gave us the basic, necessary, tool in one statement to Satan in the wilderness;

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4

Jesus says “every word” but most people see this and read “the general teachings of God” as if it is acceptable to skip words. Seriously. We might read “every word” but then a great many take statements completely out of context, and butcher the Word of God. The truth is that if you do this you can actually make the bible say just about anything!

So the error I wan to look at today is based on a statement in John 6, taken out of context by a great many Catholics and Protestants alike! You should read the entire chapter, but for the sake of brevity I will just give the pertinent verses, you can read the whole thing on your own;

53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 

Now, a great many do indeed cross reference this with His statements at the Last Supper found in Matthew, Mark, and Luke;

19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.   20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying,This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.  Luke 22:19

You can see I have highlighted the parts they read, but the whole controversy could have been nipped in the bud if they had simply read the statement “this do in remembrance of me”. Christians who say that this service was meant to be a memorial are correct; the word “memorial” has the same root as the word “remembrance”. Jesus simply meant that the communion service should be kept as a means of remembering what He did on the cross, but not to take it literally!

Now, back to John 6:53; Jesus did not intend this statement to be taken literally. We can see this throughout the chapter, but nowhere clearer than in verses 61-64

61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?   62  What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?   63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.   64  But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. 

A great many professing Christians simply ignore these verses, but these put the whole statement into very clear context;

Look at verse 62. Here Jesus is telling them that He was going to ascend to Heaven in the body they were looking at, so how could they think He could be literal? How could He be literal if He was taking that body to Heaven with Him?

Jesus was not even thinking of the Pagan idea of transubstantiation, that the bread could magically turn into His body whenever a priest blesses it and a Catholic eats it.

His intentions are even clearer if we keep on reading; verse 63 destroys any idea that He could be talking about his literal body

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”

I am aware that Catholics teach that His presence is spiritual, but He was not even talking about literal bread and wine here at all; He was talking about eating His words and making them a part of our being.  In the same way as the food we eat becomes a literal part of our physical body, we are to read His Words and believe them and make them a part of our being!

Notice “the flesh profiteth nothing”. What He meant is that if you licked up some of His actual blood from under His cross, or if you slipped into his grave and snipped off an ear lobe and ate it, you would still be lost and on your way to the Lake of Fire! Eating his literal flesh is not what He had in mind, and he didn’t even intend that bread and wine would suffice as a substitute for His body and blood.

The last statement sums up what He was saying entirely;

the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”

Notice that He is not saying “these words”, but “the words that I speak unto you”. He is not talking about this particular statement, but about All of His teachings! We are to take His teachings and “eat” them, and make them part of our being. A part of our soul and spirit!

He repeats this same teaching again in chapter 8

Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.” John 8:51

He is not saying “you must eat my flesh and drink my blood in order to have eternal life” and then contradicting Himself by saying “but you must also believe and keep my teachings to have eternal life”. He is simply repeating the same teaching in a different way.

He is not contradicting John 1:12 here either;

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”

When you believe on His name, you will keep His commands. Obedience comes from a saving belief.  A “saving belief” is not the same as an intellectual assent, by the way.

Nor is He adding something different than found in the words of Paul in Romans 10:9 

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

The command to keep the Lord’s Supper is to be as a memorial to remember Him by, because as humans our memory is short, and we forget. He wants us to remember the cross because it is the entire reason that you and I can go to Heaven. That we can be forgiven and have fellowship with God restored, because of the cross!

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. John 14:23

You don’t have to say a prayer and invite Jesus into your heart, all you have to do is read His Word, and believe Him and He will come and live with you! The truth is that a great many have said the “sinner’s prayer” and walked away as lost as they were before saying it!

This was my story, and I said that prayer many times before I realized that I had to simply believe Jesus, and He would save me!

A great many millions have eaten a piece of bread and sipped a bit of wine, (or grape juice) and have walked away lost and on their way to Hell, only thinking they were Christians!

 

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Theresa May sets the Brexit timeline

So finally, Theresa May has made a speech where she is promising to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the exit clause of the European Union, by March of next year, and be fully out of the EU by 2019.

Well, does this mean that the biblical End Times prophecies are now going to be postponed? Does this mean that the old Roman Empire is not being put together right now, and so all bets are off?

Personally, I think this is going to hasten the fulfilment of the bible’s End Times prophecies.

Dispensationalists have usually taught that the rise of the European Union is the revival of the Roman Empire, the ten toes of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, and the ten-nation confederacy of Revelation 17.

While Dispensationalism has certainly made some great strides in understanding biblical prophecy they have also made some mistakes. They are correct that there will be a literal 1,000 year reign of Christ, and a pre-Tribulation rapture of the saints, but they are wrong that there won’t be any signs before the rapture. The bible lists many of the signs which will occur before the rapture.

They are also wrong when they say that some people were saved by keeping the law during the age of Israel.

No one was ever saved by keeping the law.

Similarly they are wrong that the Roman Empire will be revived in the same form, or geographical area, it existed in the time of Christ.

The End Times Empire is indeed a continuation of the Roman Empire, but it will encompass the whole world, not merely a small part around the Mediterranean sea. The mindset of Rome has spread to the point that it is all over the world today, and it will be the cause of the nations of the world coming together in a global unity.

So wouldn’t Brexit serve to hinder the final form of the Roman Empire?

Actually, I think it will serve to hasten the Gog/Magog war of Ezekiel 38-39, and this war will serve as a cautionary tale, and a reason for the final push for global unity. In effect the global elites will say “Look what disunity caused; the greatest war humanity has ever seen! Surely now is the time to come together in global unity and to banish war for ever?”

They will blame the fact that humanity was not united as the cause of the Gog/Magog war, when in fact it is God who will bring those nations against Israel.

3 And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: 4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Ezekiel 38:3-4

As I have explained in other articles, Meshech and Tubal were the patriarchs of Russia, where Meshech is the person places like Moscow were named after, and the city of Tobolsk and the Tubal river were named after Tubal, so it would appear that Gog will be the Russian leader, but who are the peoples who follow, in the Ezekiel account?

Togarmah is Turkey, and the Turkic tribes, also found in places like Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.

Gomer was Togarmah’s father, but he had two other sons; Ashkenaz and Riphath.

Ashkenaz was the father of the Germanic tribes, including Scandinavia, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Holland, France, and England.

Riphath was the father of the Celtic tribes, found in places like Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany in France, and Catalonia in Spain. An interesting side note is that the Welsh language, in their own tongue is known as Gemerad, a name containing the name of their Patriarch, Gomer.  If this is the case, and it is, then what will become of Catalonia in Spain?  “Gomer and all his bands” certainly includes Catalonia.  Will they leave Spain and go the way of the other Celts?

Magog was the father of the Eastern European tribes such as the Czechs, Slovaks, Poles, Latvians, Lithuanians, Finns, and Hungarians, Georgians, and many other nations in Eastern Europe. It is known that the Finns and Hungarians were once one tribe, which separated into two groups, one going to the north and the other to the south central part of Europe. The Hungarian language is known as Magyr in their own tongue, which is a variation of the name of their Patriarch. Georgia also has the name “Gog” embedded in it.

Javan, the brother of Meshech, Tubal, Gomer, and Magog, was the father of the Southern European nations including the Greeks and the Italians, and probably also the Spanish and Portuguese. If you read the Ezekiel account you will see that Javan is not mentioned as an attacking nation in this war. This is because Southern Europe will not attack Israel at this time but will actually consider themselves protectors of both Israel and the Arabs.

The Southern Europeans will have brokered a peace treaty between Israel and the Arabs by this time, and they will not have any intentions of attacking. Rather this agreement will guarantee that they will protect Israel in the event of an attack, and this will ensure that they themselves are attacked at the same time the coalition attacks Israel!

The nations in the passage form a block from Ireland and the UK, in the West eastward to the borders of China, and down to Turkey and Iran in the South.

These nations do not need to be a part of the European Union for this war to occur. In fact, being a part of the EU would tend to hinder this surprise attack. The EU is notorious for NOT getting things done! In its present form, The EU is too much of a bureaucracy and any war action, like that found in Ezekiel 38-39, would result in weeks or months of public debate, rendering a surprise attack impossible!

No, the European Union is not found in its present form in the Ezekiel account, not at all!

In the Gog/Magog war the UK will align itself with Germany, Russia, Central Europe, Iran, Libya, and Turkey in a surprise attack against Israel, and Israel’s protectors!

Do you think that doesn’t sound like England? Is England a “good” nation?

The truth is that the UK has been hostile to Israel since they reneged on the Balfour declaration in the 1920s! Scotland and Ireland are some of the most antisemitic people on the planet! Add to this the fact that all of Northern Europe, from Russia to Ireland, has seen a rapid influx of Muslim immigrants in the last 30 years, and it becomes quite obvious that these groups will have an increasing political influence in their respective host nations in the next decade or two.

So what can we make of the current anti-immigrant, and anti-globalist sentiments gaining ground in Europe and the USA? Don’t the global elites control the media and thus public sentiment? They do, and I am sure the public hand-wringing of the global elites is merely an act. They actually want wars, and will use them to push for a global government.

In effect, after the Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39 wars, they will be telling us that it was nationalism, and religion, that caused these major disasters, and we have to set-aside our national sovereignty, and our faith, and join together to form a global government to prevent such events from occurring again!  This would also explain why they have allowed Donald Trump to rise.

The problem is, of course, that once a true global government is in place, Armageddon will be just around the corner! That war will make these other wars look like child’s play!

For further reading;

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jun/25/article-50-brexit-debate-britain-eu

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/02/theresa-may-brexit-boris-johnson-david-davis-liam-fox-live/

https://anneinpt.wordpress.com/2011/06/27/antisemitism-and-antizionism-in-modern-ireland/

http://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/dani-garavelli-growing-antisemitism-in-scotland-1-3697999

 

 

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The Prodigal Son and Parental Responsibility

When children grow up in Church, they hear preaching every week, preaching about God, and righteousness.  There is a tendency for us to use the teaching we grew up with as a yardstick whereby we judge all other teachers of God’s Word.

Very often, however, these teachings are coloured by the culture in which the preacher grew up, or went to seminary in.

I don’t think these teachers do this deliberately, but they do do it, and this tendency clouds the words of God and our thinking! If not checked, this error can go on for generations! The erroneous teachings of “Saint” Augustine have infected many churches for some 1,600 years, because many simply accept his teachings without question or without comparing them to the Word of God. The truth is that all the context you need is actually found in the Word of God itself!

And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Acts 17:10-11

Now wait a minute; If a man like Paul preaches to you shouldn’t you just believe what he says? No! You need to check out the teachings of every preacher by the Word of God, even preachers who seem genuine and kindly! Even if a man gives one or two verses which seem to support his position, you need to make sure that he is not taking them out of context!

For many preachers, even the majority, taking Scripture out-of-context is an art form! This is not limited to mainline denominations but is also common among Baptists, Pentecostals, and independent Churches!

In the law the Israelites were told to give their oldest son a double portion of the inheritance.

15 If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another hated, and they have born him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the firstborn son be hers that was hated: 16 Then it shall be, when he maketh his sons to inherit that which he hath, that he may not make the son of the beloved firstborn before the son of the hated, which is indeed the firstborn: 17 But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all that he hath: for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his. Deuteronomy 21

Most western preachers take this to mean that when a man is dying,on his death bed, that he is to leave a double portion of his property to his oldest son. In other words he has no responsibility to this son, and can do what he wants with his money and possessions, and the responsibility only kicks-in when he is on his death bed.

Nothing could be further from the truth! Notice the phrase “when he maketh his sons to inherit that which he hath” is an open-ended command. It is left to the father when he gives them their inheritance. Don’t read into it permission for the father to be selfish, however, because God wants fathers to be generous in helping their sons, and this means helping set them up in a career!

As you go throughout the books of Moses the term “inheritance” is almost always related to land. They were a nation of farmers, and farming was their business.  It was the father’s responsibility to help his sons by setting them up in business, and training them to run that business.

When Abraham’s servant came back with Rebecca, to be Isaac’s wife, they met him out in the field…

 For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a vail, and covered herself. Genesis 24:65

Notice that he didn’t say “this is my master’s son”. This is because Isaac already had authority. The servants already looked to him as their master, because his father had already given him authority over his property. There is a parallel in the story of the prodigal son, where the older son also received his inheritance with the younger brother.

In the next chapter Abraham took another wife, Keturah, and had another whole family with her. Very obviously he still had property even while he had already given the inheritance to Isaac.

Later on we learn that Abraham sent his other sons away to the east, so that they would not have conflict with their older brother Isaac.

But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country. Genesis 25:6

Don’t think that Abraham was stingy with these sons. Abraham was a very generous man, and no doubt his generosity extended to all of his children. He did not merely give a few trinkets to these sons, but he gave them enough wealth to set them up in business in the lands where they went.

Notice also that Abraham did not give these gifts on his death-bed, but “while he yet lived”. He set-up his sons for success while he had the means to do so, and he did not give them everything, because he was “yet living”, and still had needs to care for himself and his wife Keturah.

A few years ago Dr. John MacArthur did a sermon on the Prodigal Son in which he made the western error. You can listen to Dr. MacArthur’s sermon at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=9908135378

When the prodigal son asks his father for his inheritance Dr. MacArthur characterizes the son’s request as saying “drop dead, dad”.

R.L. Hymers agrees with MacArthur thussly;

“Jesus said that there was a man who had two sons. The younger son came to his father, and asked for his part of the inheritance now, before the father’s death. The father agreed, and gave the younger son his half of the inheritance. The younger son took everything and left home. He went far away to a distant country and squandered the entire inheritance with loose and sinful living.” http://www.rlhymersjr.com/Online_Sermons/2013/082513PM_MisinterpretingProdigalSon.html

The assumption here is that the son has no right to receive his inheritance before his father’s death.

Now, this is a great way to make sons long for their father’s death! Isn’t it?

When you read the story of the prodigal son, you should note that the father gave both of his sons their inheritance at the same time. He didn’t just give it to the younger…

And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. Luke 15:12

So you need to remember, when reading the story, that the older son already had his inheritance. He just didn’t squander it as his brother, and he still lived with his father.  This was not something extraordinary, but a normal occurrence to His audience. The inheritance was intended to help the children get their start in life, not something they received when their father was dying.  Don’t forget that when the father dies, usually the children are already past middle age.

Paul, when speaking of the Corinthian Church compares himself to a father;

Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. II Corinthians 12:14 

This is the New Testament policy regarding parents and children. It is the parents responsibility to not only provide food, shelter, clothing, and education for their children when they are small, but they have a responsibility to set-aside something for their children as they approach adulthood, so that they can get a good start in life.

This teaching is lacking in many Churches today, to the point that the secular world often puts Christians to shame! Sometimes pagans put Christians to shame!

My friends, this ought not to be!

To my shame, I grew up in the western system, and my parents did not set anything aside for me, for when I reached the end of high school. My father told me that I should go to college, but he never told me that they would help pay for it. As a young man working on farms, at farm wages, I could not see going to school, because I could not afford to pay for it myself.

“A man has got to stand on his own two feet” is how I was raised, in Baptist Churches. To be sure, this is a common attitude in Canadian society, among all denominations, and even in the secular world.

I don’t blame my parents for this, because this was how they were trained. So were their parents.

What flabergasts me is that this teaching is passed off as Christian, and is taught in Christian Churches, even though it directly contradicts the teachings of both the Old and New Testaments!

I will confess to you, that when my older son went to university that I did not have any money set aside for him. In fact that was the time that I went back to school myself.

I had a printing business at the time, and had always struggled to make ends meet. The year 2,000 saw the highest income my business ever brought in, about $25,000. That was the only year that my self-employed income was above the poverty line. The next year that figure dropped-off to around $18,000, and I knew that I had to make changes.

So, what am I saying, and why would I bring myself into it?

I am saying that you can’t milk a stone. Don’t feel guilty if you work hard and still don’t have extra, but if you have enough for a few luxuries, you really need to set aside something for your children’s education.

If they decide to take a different career path than you would prefer don’t insist that they do your will or else! I don’t recommend secular universities, and I certainly think you should voice your opinion, but if they insist on the wrong thing, so long as it is legal, don’t hinder them.

In Canada we have what is called a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP), in which the government also contributes to, based on your contributions.

If you have children, you should put something aside for their education. Anything is better than nothing.

In Canada the law says that parents must provide for their children up through the first degree of a post secondary education. When I went to court with my ex over this issue, the judge told me that children have the right to sue their parents for support while they pursue a post-secondary education!

I was not happy to hear that, at the time, but eventually came to the realization that this requirement is right in line with the teachings of the Holy Bible! Parent’s ought to lay-up for their children!

If the laws of your country do not contradict the teachings of the bible, then we ought to obey them! And this includes providing for children’s post-secondary education.

So why would the oldest son receive a double portion of the inheritance, compared to their younger brothers? This was because parents lived with their oldest son’s family, after they retired. The double portion was so that the oldest son, and his family, was given the resources to care for their parents in their declining years! That’s right, the inheritance was not only for the children, but it was also the parent’s retirement savings plan!

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Matthew 24 and the Rapture

Someone posted the following video in a rapture discussion group on Facebook, and since not everyone wants to be on Facebook I thought you might like to see this. Let me first warn you that the preacher here is a false teacher!

We are seeing false teachers multiply like flies these days.  Those who speak the truth are hard to come by!

This is a lie that will be prevalent after the Rapture! This will be the teaching of those preachers who are left behind! They have to or they would admit that they are not saved!

The next thing that will follow is the teaching that “God has removed the tares, and now we are to build the kingdom of God on earth, right now”! And they will build the kingdom of the Antichrist!

The kingdom of the Antichrist will be put together by people who profess themselves to be Christians! The teachings that will lead to this deception are already here right now, and are being taught in Christian Churches!

Here is an Old Testament pre-Tribulation rapture teaching, which Jesus is not addressing in Matthew 24;

18 We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen. 19 Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. 20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. 21 For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain. Isaiah 26:18-21

The re-gathering of Israel is in verse 18; they are brought back to their “place of manufacture” like a defective product, where their manufacturer will repair their deficiencies, and discard those which cannot be fixed!

The resurrection of the righteous dead is in view in verse 19; These are only the saved, for they sing, and Isaiah himself anticipates being resurrected at this time! The resurrected lost have no reason to sing, but these, they are “His dead men”!

The rapture of the Church-Age saints is then in view in verse 20; They are called to their “chambers” in Heaven. These are the “mansions” Jesus mentioned in John 14:2

“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”

In verse 21 we have the Tribulation on earth, while the marriage supper of the Bride is going on in Heaven! The passage ends with the dead remaining unburied on the surface of the earth, which is a phenomenon which will occur all over the earth as the Lord brings judgment on those who took the mark of the Beast!

So what about the passage he is referring to, Matthew 24?

This is not referring to the Rapture at all; For one thing the verses 36-41 come at the end of His Last Days sermon. This would indicate that this is something else He is referring to, since the Rapture will occur before the age of Israel recommences. He had already referred to the angels gathering the elect in verse 31, which itself is not the rapture, either. The elect are being lifted into the atmosphere as destruction reigns down beneath them. I think this is a reference to the same event, at the end of the Tribulation.

These people are indeed saved on the earth, and will go into the Millennial Kingdom and repopulate the earth. They are Tribulation saints, who were saved after the rapture.  They are not raptured to God’s home, the third Heaven, but are only lifted up into the first Heaven, the earth’s atmosphere, near the end of the Tribulation.

Their rapture will occur at the end of the Millennial reign as judgment day for all humanity approaches.

The focus of Matthew 24 is the earth, and it does not mention the rapture at all. That subject is found in many other Scriptures.

No, there are many passages which speak of the pre-Tribulation rapture of the Church, but Satan is preparing his children to explain away the rapture, even today! Those like this pastor, who take Scripture out of context will end up participating in this deception!

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A History of The Spirit of Prophecy

It has been a while since I specifically wrote about the process that led me to write The Spirit of Prophecy, so I thought I should do so today.

Really, I never thought I should write a book, and didn’t think I had anything to add to the study of Scripture that hadn’t already been done. Since I was a youth, however, I always had a hunger for knowledge. A little bit of knowledge wasn’t, and isn’t, enough. I always wanted to know “why do we believe this” and very often the answers given did not square with Scripture.

At a prophecy conference at the Queensway Cathedral in the early 1990s, with Hal Lindsay and Grant Jeffrey, Mr. Jeffrey said something that caught my attention; He said that “the fact that the survivors of the Gog/Magog war would be burning the fuel and weapons of that conflict for seven years, is internal evidence that this war will occur during the Church-age”. He spoke about how many Christian teachers had said that the Gog/Magog war would occur during the Tribulation period, and that this fact was evidence that it must occur before that time period. Then he said that “Satan always has his counterfeits”.

This is the one thing that stuck in my mind from that conference which I could not shake. Mr. Jeffrey did not go into much more detail on this subject (that I can remember), but I am convinced that he had come across one of the most profound End Times subjects there are.

Then he seemed to drop the ball, and got wrapped up in a study of the Shroud of Turin, and in the “Bible Codes”, and wrote books on both subjects, but this profound subject he seemed to just forget about!  I read his book on the bible codes and I really believe that he got sidetracked on a non-essential issue, and forgot to follow-up on a really important one!

Oh! But there is so much more that could be said about the place of the Gog/Magog war in bible prophecy! In fact, as I have continued to study I have discovered that an incorrect view of the Gog/Magog war will lead many professing Christians to be open to accepting the Antichrist and his world government!

Mr. Jeffrey was correct, that Satan does always have his counterfeits, and in the case of this war, the counterfeit is the view of the prophetic place of this war. Satan has been very diligent in leading people to identify this war as a part of the Tribulation! Satan cannot control when this war will occur, that’s God’s prerogative, but he can affect how people view this war!  Accordingly this is where he as been concentrating his efforts!

You see, if you find yourself living during the Gog/Magog war, and you believe that this war is a part of the Tribulation, then you will be tempted to modify your views of the place of the Rapture! You might even be tempted to think that you have been chosen to help set-up the kingdom of God on earth, by supporting a worldly government. Most Christians who think this way will find themselves supporting the leadership of a man from the Middle East who talks a lot like a Christian.

In fact the one event that makes most Christians think the Antichrist is a “Man of God” is the very thing that leads God’s remnant to identify him as the Antichrist! How could this happen? It is because most Christians get their understanding of Scripture from man-made traditions and not from the plain-sense reading of the bible!

Some Christians will wake-up at the last minute, but by then no one will believe them, because “you said this man is a ‘man of God’, and now you are saying he’s the Antichrist? Why should we believe you now?”  In fact since the sign of the Antichrist involves an addition to God’s moral law, those who correctly identify the Beast will be accused of abandoning God’s law!

So, it was with the idea of warning people ahead of time that I felt led to write “The Spirit of Prophecy”. I did not have dreams and visions, but I am absolutely convinced that the Lord led me to the conclusions I have come to. He led me through a plain-sense reading of his Word, and through the idea that God never contradicts Himself. In order to harmonize all of Scripture we sometimes need to discard old cherished beliefs, and accept the text as written!  (Well, we should ALWAYS accept the text as written, but very often our old cherished beliefs are in conflict with the text!)

Very often man-made traditions interfere with our understanding of Scripture, even seemingly benign and well-intentioned traditions.

Usually it comes down to the fact that most people don’t think that God put enough into Scripture. I have even heard one pastor say that “we can do better than God’s commands“!  Accordingly many well intentioned people begin to add laws and commands, that on the surface appear to be good, but in fact end up clouding the understanding of Scripture, and putting people in bondage to man-made laws, when in fact God has actually freed us from His own God-made laws!

Deuteronomy 4:2
Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.

Proverbs 30:6
Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

Catholics have been doing this since the beginning, but protestants have frequently followed their lead! Even Baptists have been doing this a great deal, and in fact most of them actually believe some of the Roman Catholic lies even while proclaiming their separation from the Catholic Church!  Are you a fundamental independent Baptist?  Your Church has done this as well!

A great many professing Christians will miss the sign of the Antichrist, for the simple fact that they are following someone’s traditional law, rather than the Word of God! I have written about this in the past, and will do so again in the future, but for now I will leave you with this to think about; can you identify places where your Church has been teaching error?  There are a lot of them!

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The Big Picture and the Details

While sometimes being a “big picture” kind of guy, and other times getting bogged down by the little details, I have come to realize that it is the details that come together to form the big picture.

The bible itself has both big-picture prophecies, and many small prophetic details that fit within one or another big picture, and they are not necessarily placed in order, although they can be. It is this lack of order that makes the study of biblical End Times prophecies an impossible task, without the help of the Holy Spirit.

I keep on encountering prophecy teachers who are still teaching that the Gog/Magog war will occur during the Tribulation period, and others who teach that pope Francis is the false prophet of the book of Revelation.

Still others are teaching that the EU is the revived Roman Empire and is the ten nation confederacy of Revelation 17. and the ten horns of Daniel 7:7.

All of these teachings are wrong and dangerous!

King Nebuchadnezar’s dream of Daniel 4 was of a tree which grew up to the heavens and covered the whole earth. In verse 22 Daniel said that Nebuchadnezzar’s dominion went to the ends of the earth.

Of course Nebuchadnezzar’s empire did not go to the ends of the earth, and did not even go to the ends of the known world at that time. Was Daniel just flattering Nebuchadnezzar? I don’t think so.

Nebuchadnezzar’s empire’s sovereignty was transferred to the Medo/Persian empire, and then to the Greek empire, and lastly this same empire was transferred to the Romans. These transfers are all seen several times in the book of Daniel. You might think they are different empires, because the administration was by people of different nationalities, but I don’t think so.

The same basic character of all of these empires is the same, only it was decaying as it went, to the point that the last one is the harshest and cruelest of them all.

Daniel’s statement to Nebuchadnezzar was actually prophetic; Nebuchadnezzar’s empire will end up being a world-wide empire that does indeed encompass the whole globe.

I don’t believe the Roman Empire ever left us; it has always been represented by the mindset of the European leaders and elites.

No doubt the European Union is an attempt of these elites to reform the Roman Empire, but they have no intention of stopping at Europe. The EU is only a step towards their ultimate goal which is a world government.

The 1974 book by the Club of Rome, Mankind at the Turning Point, by Mihajlo Mersarovic and Eduard Pestel, stated, among other things, that they intend to unite the world’s nations into ten regional governments, and then to form a world government from these ten nations.

I am convinced that this is the fulfilment of the ten nations of Revelation 17

12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.

You see, the kingdoms of these ten kings are new kingdoms in the last days. They are not kingdoms that existed in the day the bible was written. Greece is not one of these ten kingdoms. Italy is not one of these kingdoms, and neither is Germany.

The ten kingdoms of Revelation 17 are ten super-states which will be formed just before the Tribulation begins, and they will encompass the whole world.

As it says they “receive power as kings one hour with the beast”, meaning that they are contemporary nations which rise up with the Beast himself, during his lifetime. They will not be in existence for hundreds of years before the Beast is born.

Will these ten nations form the following the exact same borders envisioned by the Club of Rome? I doubt it, but I also think that their plan will come to fruition in much the way that they envision, for a time.

NAFTA could very well be one of the ten kingdoms in view here. A South American Union could well be another, and an African Union is already in the works as well.

Could Russia be another of these super-nations? I am not sure, but it is likely that after their defeat during the Gog/Magog war, that Russia could well become a part of a larger state, which could include some of the nations of the former Soviet Union, such as Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, etc.

What abut Europe?

The Regionalization of the World as envisioned by the Club of Rome in 1974

My interpretation of the regionalization of the World as envisioned by the Club of Rome in 1974

In “Mankind at the Turning Point” on page 38, figure 4-1, there is a map of the world, showing the ten nations they envision to form their world government. In this map all of Europe is included as one nation, and the Soviet Union as another.  What they missed is that Magog does not want to be swallowed up by either western Europe, or by Russia, and will form their own super-state.

So, what of Brexit?

Today there is a lot of discontentment in the EU, and several other nations are ganging up on Germany. Germans themselves are getting tired of constantly bailing out nations who cannot keep control of their spending.  If Angela Merkel was removed as Chancellor of Germany, a replacement government could well have their own Germexit vote!

There is going to be an Italian referendum on whether or not to keep using the Euro;

What if the European Union falls apart? Will the plans of the elites fall by the wayside? I don’t think so.

I think the EU falling apart will actually enable biblical prophecy to be fulfilled to the letter. It will also enable a great delusion; the delusion that the Tribulation here now, when the Church is still on earth, and then that the Tribulation is over!

This would indeed be a delusion because the bible does indeed teach that the rapture of the true believers will occur BEFORE the Tribulation begins!

So many biblical prophecy teachers are teaching that the EU is the revived Roman Empire, but they will change their tune when it falls apart and is replaced by smaller unions of its constituent nations. You know for a fact that if one of those sub-unions contains ten nations that bible prophecy teachers will jump all over it claiming that it is the kingdom of the Antichrist, especially if its capital city is Rome, Italy!

But that’s Satan’s plan! He has been working very hard to lead people to that conclusion long before it actually occurs. This way they can claim to have understood prophecy all along, and when Rome is destroyed during the Gog/Magog war, they will claim that Revelation 18 is fulfilled, Armageddon is over, and Babylon the Harlot has been destroyed!

This is why many prophecy teachers claim that the events of the Tribulation will mainly occur in Europe and the Middle East.  In fact these are world-wide events!

You see the next thing on the prophetic agenda, after the destruction of the Antichrist’s city, is the return of Jesus Christ and the beginning of the Millennial reign. So, if you see something that you interpret as being the Tribulation, you could easily be tricked into believing that someone else is here “in the spirit of Christ” to take over the world and set up the Millennial kingdom!

This is exactly what will happen, and Europe could well be united again after the Gog/Magog war, (the central Europeans will form their own union, Magog, but that’s another story). The elites may well use that war as a cautionary tale about what happens when we are not united. So the world’s nations will unite to prevent another catastrophe like the Gog/Magog war. In doing so they will set the stage for the Great Tribulation.

 

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Over Man: The Temptation of Donald Trump

Wow! What an excellent analysis of the phenomenon of Donald Trump, and from a Christian perspective! I couldn’t have said it better myself, so I’ll let Coleman Luck say it in his own words…

The Burning Zone

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I missed it.  Over all the months, as I have been trying to argue people away from voting for Mr. Trump, I failed to understand what was really going on.  But since his speech at the convention, everything has become very, very clear.  I now believe that his election is inevitable.  Both as a candidate and a man, he is a force that we have never encountered in American Presidential politics.  He calls his following a “movement” and he is correct.  Progressives desperately struggle to place him into a category that they can understand and which will allow them to diminish his impact.     In their blind idealism, they cannot imagine that such a man could be elected.  Over and over they mumble that “America is better than that.”  No, America is not better than that and there are reasons why.

But conservatives make their own terrible mistake from the other…

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Thoughts on Recent Events, July 2016

Over the last couple of months we have seen so many devastating things that we barely get time to take a breath until the next event occurs.

First there was the Orlando shooting in a gay nightclub, by a gay Muslim patron. Then there was the Bastille day, truck massacre in Nice, France, and now there has been a shooting in Munich, Germany. These, of course, are just the tip of the proverbial ice-berg, with there being terrorist attacks by Muslim extremists every day, somewhere in the world.

In the mean time, there was the “coup” attempt in Turkey, which actually worked to give Erdogan the opportunity to become Europe’s latest dictator.

Many are pointing out how this “coup” did not appear genuine, from the very first day. The “rebels” actually had Erdogan’s airplane in their sights, and nobody pulled the trigger? Over the last century many leaders have disappeared in airplane “accidents”, and if you really wanted to get rid of someone, and had him in your sights, wouldn’t you pull the trigger?

I do not want to see anyone die, but this failure to follow-through on the part of the Turkish “rebels” really indicates that they were acting out a role, rather than being genuine rebels or patriots! It appears that they were actually working for Erdogan.

The fact that the government already had a list of over 50,000 people they wanted to arrest is evidence that the coup was just an act, to give them an excuse to round-up their enemies! I expect that world leaders are watching to see how well this works for him…

The Brexit vote, in which the people of the UK expressed their desire to leave the European Union, is another recent event which boggles the mind. So then David Cameron stepped down and a person, Theresa May, who had campaigned to stay was chosen as their leader for the Brexit negotiations? Rather than leaving now it is being put-off until 2019? One wonders how sincere the promises are.

Still, she has made promises to follow through on the Brexit vote, so she might actually keep them. Ultimately, I expect that Britain will remain in, or rejoin with, some sort of political and economic union with several other European nations, even if they actually do leave the EU.

I have found that by the time of the Gog-Magog war, Britain will be allied with the other Germanic nations including Germany, Austria, Holland, Scandinavia, and France. When that war occurs these nations will join with Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey, Iran and several African nations in their attack on Israel, and Israel’s allies.

Yes, Israel will have allies during the Gog/Magog war, though Ezekiel 38-39 does not specifically speak about them. This prophecy is written by an Israelite, and focuses his attention on Israel. Still several Arab nations are mentioned as objecting to the war; Sheba, Dedan, and Tarshish. These will be the new capitals of the Arab nations, which will have been shaken-up when they attacked Israel themselves during the Psalm 83 war, several years earlier.  They will also have benefited greatly from their peace with Israel after that war.

These won’t be Israel’s only friends at that time, and they will be relying on several nations from Southern Europe to guarantie their security. For this very reason many in the attacking armies will believe they are attacking the Antichrist when they attack Rome, simultaneously with Israel.

I know this scenario is not taught by most prophecy teachers today, so how did I come up with this idea? Once I realized that Satan always has his counterfeits, then I realized that this idea explains how Satan will be able to get the world to follow and support the Antichrist; They will have seen someone they believe to be the Antichrist, destroyed during the Gog/Magog war!

So what about all the chaos going on around us today? This is a lead-up to the End Times events.

The bible speaks of the events of these days as being like “a woman in childbirth”. Having been the father of 3 boys, I have seen how labour pains start gradually and of low intensity, but then growing in intensity and closer together until the child is born. By the time he is born, she is screaming in pain!

This is what we have seen over the last century or so. There have been major events, but then things subside, sometimes for many years, until there is another major event. Now these major events are coming at such a rate that there is hardly time to take a breath between them.

So where are we on the prophetic map, today?

I believe the evidence is that we are in the lead-up to the Psalm 83 war. This war is not imminent today, but look for more military and economic cooperation between Israel and the Arabs. They will use this cooperation to put Israel at her ease, and then they will suddenly attack.

In that war Israel will be forced to use their nuclear weapons for self-defense, and we will see several Arab capitals flattened, including Damascus (Isaiah 17:1), Cairo (Isaiah 19:18), and Lebanon (Zechariah 11:1-2). While other Arab capitals are not specified, I expect the same thing will happen to Riyadh, and Baghdad, and perhaps others.

In the aftermath of this war, Israel will be persuaded to give up her nuclear weapons, through a deal brokered by a Southern European leader. The only way they would do that is if they have an ironclad agreement that this group of nations will provide security for them if they are attacked. It is this deal that will identify this leader as the Antichrist, and it will also ensure his own demise when the nations of the Ezekiel 38-39 war attack; The attacking armies MUST neutralize Israel’s defenders!

This deal will work for a time, and it will bring prosperity to Israel and the Arabs. It is also this very deal that the real Antichrist will use as a template for his own deal with Israel, at the end of the Gog/Magog war. This is why the bible indicates that the Antichrist does not originate the deal, but merely “confirms” someone else’s agreement!

And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. Daniel 9:27

The events, as they are unfolding today, are pushing the world to make compromises of their freedom, for security, and it will not work.  Instead things are moving inexorably towards the fulfilment of biblical prophecy!

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