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Have the Main Stream Religions Gone Mad? - Pastor Mike Taylor - http://www.churchofgod-usa.org/1/post/2016/08/have-the-main-stream-religions-gone-mad.html
" But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;
46, The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
47, And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes." (Luke 12:45-47)
Since the turn of the millennium, the world has witnessed a virtual meltdown of biblical Christianity. While many are saying Christianity is experiencing a great revival and even a "new reformation," this could be further from the truth, as I will attempt to explore in this message.
In one word, Christianity is being "redefined". Scores of pastors have chosen to abandon the Bible in favor of postmodernism (that is, what they view as progressive and culturally relevant). There is no other way to describe what has happened. Those who love God and believe the Bible is His Word cannot believe what has happened. Light has turned into darkness. What was once believed to be true is now proclaimed to be a lie. Those who once claimed to be followers of Jesus and the Bible are now following men and their philosophies.
I had a sister in Christ write me and ask me when the latter day rain of the Holy Spirit will be coming. There are many in the main stream religions that preach an increase in Christianity to such an extent that the world will be getting better and better, so much that we will transform the world into the Kingdom of God, but without the King present. Sadly, I had to correct her and let her know that the revival that she speaks of is of the Kingdom Now, or Dominionism and supported by Preterist that believe Bible prophesy has all been fulfilled. Her awaiting a great revival will not come until the Church of the Living God is forcefully removed from this planet. Then the spread of the Gospel will be spread to the whole world on the efforts of the 144,000 evangelist from the 12 tribes of Israel. Millions will be saved and millions will die for their faith. This is the only revival this world will see and it begins in the Tribulation. They that embrace a Kingdom Now theology await the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ, but in the meantime, they seek a Utopian world view that proclaims the strength and power of the Church and men, and not the Lord of Glory. We will usher in, according to their heresy, the Kingdom of God on our own efforts. Not God's, but theirs. Then and only then in their minds, will Jesus come to set up His kingdom. Is that true? Does the Bible support such a belief, or has the modern day churches gone completely mad?
THEY HAVE LEFT THEIR FIRST LOVE!
Rather than reaching out to the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ, pastors and Bible teachers are abandoning the Bible in order to embrace the world. They look for ways to market what they call Christianity by incorporating sensual gimmicks that are supposed to attract the masses. Hymn books are tossed out of churches from the pews. Pews have been replaced by soft theater seats with credit card terminals. Being comfortable while attending church is the standard. Don't mention sin or that Jesus shed His blood on the Cross because that would be offensive. The apostle Paul warned of such a time that we now live in, and sadly, this world is not going to get better, it's going to get progressively worse.
"Know this also, that in the last days perilous times shall come;
2, For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, braggarts, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3. Without natural affection, implacable, slanderers, without self-control, savage, despisers of those who are good,
4, Betrayers, reckless, egotistical, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God;
5, Having an outward appearance of godliness, but denying the power of true godliness. But as for you, turn away from all these." (II Timothy 3:1-5)
I could ask: What happened to the God of the Bible who created all things according to the book of Genesis? When did creation become a religious Babylonian myth and the theory of evolution become the science that proves that an explosion plus time and chance is the formula for the origin of all life?
It appears that science has replaced The God of the Bible, as men look to logic and reasoning that leaves our Creator alienated in their lives and this has spread to even "Protestant churches", especially to the Emergent Churches that have attempted to redefine Biblical Christianity. They have left their first love and preach a New Age theology that is anathema to Biblical Christianity. There are many symptoms of this heresy in today's churches.
Have we been Hinduized and now think that Yoga is a Christian exercise? Or what about getting closer to Jesus by humming mantras, "getting centered," or practicing eastern mystical contemplative prayers that will send you off to Nirvana? Have Christians lost their minds and been seduced by demons?
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2, Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
3, Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth." (1st Timothy 4:1-3)
I could point to the madness that fills "Charismatic" Churches that promote emotional experiences that leaves one in doubt about their origins. Are they of God, or the human's emotional attempt to redefine what is of God and what is not of God?
For example, what about getting drunk in the "Spirit" or barking like a dog because of the "transferrable anointing"? Where is that kind of behavior found in Scriptures? Are Christians being prepared for a great revival, or are they being seduced by another spirit?
Then there is the trend that embraces "ecumenical madness." The term Protestant is thrown to the ash heap of history, as many say that the term has no relevance to the "modern" churches of today. Church leaders claim there is no difference between the Pentecostal Jesus and the Eucharistic Christ worshiped and adored in a Roman Catholic monstrance. Or for many today, Jesus is nothing more than the Cosmic Christ that sees all is one and one is all. This "Jesus" is the universal Jesus of the New Age. If you don't believe in this "Cosmic Christ" created by your own imagination, you are often deemed a heretic or at least old-fashioned.
I am appalled when I see Charismatic churches led by the likes of Kenneth Copeland, or Kenneth Hagin that promote returning to the "mother church". I saw a video where the present RC pope was speaking to the churches led by the fore mentioned ministers. They propose coming home to the "one true church" of course the Roman Catholic Church and all it's history of evil and extra biblical practices.
Theirs is the bridge that provides a connection for the gap that once existed between Roman Catholics and the separated brethren. Some are calling for the Second Pentecost claiming that the world will turn to Christ and establish the Kingdom of God here on earth without the presence of the King. But that is not what the apostle Paul when warning about the signs of His coming and the Day of the Lord:
"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first (apostasy), and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God." (2nd Thessalonians 2:3-4).
In this passage, the term apostasy or the falling away has a dual meaning, either departing from the truth of scripture, or the removal of the church from point A to point B. The "falling away" (Greek apostasia) has commonly been transliterated as "the apostasy" (the definite article in the Greek indicates Paul had already told them about it), and then assumed to apply to the final great religious apostasy at the end of the age. The context, however, as well as the etymology of the word itself, makes this interpretation unlikely. In this precise form it is used nowhere else in the New Testament, so its meaning must be defined by its context here. It is derived from two Greek words, apo(meaning "away from") and stasis (meaning "standing"). It thus could properly be rendered "standing away" instead of "falling away." I believe it is a term that means both. One will precede another. A falling away from Biblical truth and then the snatching away of the Bride of Christ before the Tribulation begins and the Anti-Christ revealed. This is a direct reference to the removal of God's Church as the revealing of Jesus in the clouds to gather His Bride before the Tribulation starts.
IS THE CHURCH IMPROVING, OR IMPLODING?
Look around my reader. Has he church gotten better, or has true Christianity fallen from the faith once delivered by the apostles? Has the church grown in grace and in truth, or has the "Purpose Driven Church" replaced grace and faith found in our Lord Jesus Christ with a counterfeit and false doctrine?
"For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them" 2nd Peter 2:20-21
ISRAEL, THE KEY TO END TIME PROPHECY
The cardinal sign of the end of this age is Israel no longer has a significant place in Scripture. Jews are a problem to the new emerging church. Replacement theology has ignored the Israel of the Bible and replaced God's chosen people with the church that is about to establish the kingdom of God here on earth. In other words, Christianity has been reformed and those who refuse to accept this are considered uneducated morons (and are standing in the way of world peace). By extension they unwittingly, or with cunning, make way for the coming One World Religion and it's false prophet to be the anti-thesis of John the Baptist and making way for the appearing of the Anti-Christ. I have preached that there is only one man on earth who can lead the world to a false religion that draws it's power from Satan. I don't believe I need to identify his office, as details presented will point to the man. Denominations such as Lutheran and Presbyterian, and the United Methodist, just to name a few, have joined the Roman Catholic Church who have always been Jew-haters and persecuted them relentlessly, calling them "Christ killers"....not understanding that we ALL had a hand in the death of Christ, as Jesus died for all sinners, of "whom I am chief" according the Paul the Apostle:
"And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.
15, This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief." (!st Timothy 1:14:15)
Those who are offended by Israel, encourage their anti-Semitism by such programs as "Christ at the Checkpoint", or "Boycott, Divest and Sanction" of Israel. This travesty of justice and Biblical heresy known as BDS is a global campaign attempting to increase economic and political pressure on Israel to comply with the stated goals of the movement: the end of Israel's occupation and colonization of Palestinian land and the Golan Heights, full equality for Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel, and respect for the right of return of Palestinian refugees.
They abandon the clear teachings of the Bible, that God is not done with Israel, but only set her aside, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in, then all Israel will be saved. They attempt to jab a stick into the eye of a Holy God, who proclaims Israel "the apple of His eye". Thus it is a sign of the end of the age and the apostasy that grows within the ranks of modern day followers of the heresy that has been promoted by none other than the Roman Catholic church for nigh 1700+ years and especially in the hey day of her power to rule the people of Europe.
" I will bless those who bless thee, and curse him who curseth thee, and in you shall all families of the earth be blessed." (Genesis 12:3)
"For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye. (Zechariah 2:8)
Those who curse Israel, whether they be atheist, agnostic, humanist, or even the Roman Catholic Church and her deceived daughters in the Protestant Churches, mess with fire and judgment that will discipline them in justice and in truth Judgment and many stripes from a Living God that holds Israel beloved, if not for only the sake of the fathers, but for His Holy Name, that does not go back on His promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
BIBLE PROPHESY IS IRRELEVANT IN THEIR VIEW
Bible prophecy and the warnings about apostasy are totally relegated to a museum. A one-world religion for peace is in the making, and the Pope and the environment is the man to do it. The postmodern mindset has hijacked true biblical Christianity and made God into a god of their own imagination. The Word of God has been degraded into a myth.
The focus of modern day churches is about growth, money and power. They have taken their lessons from the "mother church" and embraced apostasy.
Have you noticed the church-growth emphasis that has swept the world and confirms what I speak of? Purpose-driven megachurches that market fun and entertainment are growing exponentially. The churches that stress the Bible and salvation by Jesus Christ alone are dying and on the way out. The big get bigger and the small are getting smaller. It appears that Bible-believing Christianity is on the verge of becoming next to extinct.
RISE OF A ONE WORLD CHURCH-GROWTH
I have spoken of this coming one world church that begins with "climate change" and the U.N. Charter that promotes Sustainable Development. The goal is to make the world equal in resource, wealth and equality in all aspects of human endeavors. But the real goal of this to dominate the earth in a New World Order that enslaves men to the elites who seek to depopulate the earth to a sustainable level. People may not understand their sinister goals yet, and may never this side of the Tribulation. But to sustain the planet and the worship of "mother earth", they propose a population of 500 million. That would do away with over 6 billion people in a world wide extermination effort. It may have already begun in third world countries such as Africa, where vaccines have led to sterilization and even death of the young, as well as the old and in their minds, the useless.
Take warning reader, when this comes to pass and if you are so unfortunate to see this take hold of the world, then you may have just missed the most important event that man has ever witnessed, 2nd only to the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord Jesus and that is the beginning of the Tribulation and the Church changed in the twinkling of an eye.
"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.
53, For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54, So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory." (1st Corinthians 15:51-54)
This is what I believe the church will experience. Note the last word in verse 54? The word is "victory". That is what Jesus Christ will give His Bride. Victory over death, hell and the grave. We will be transported to a "marriage feast" of the Lamb of God. It is not about "escape" as some detractors from the doctrine of the rapture of the Church proclaim, but ultimate victory through Jesus Christ our Lord.
"Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
11, Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown." (Revelation 3:10-11)
WARNING TO ALL MINISTERS WHO PREACH
Have you stopped preaching the doctrines of the bible in favor a user friendly version that doesn't offend those who attend your church? Do you preach Jesus and Him crucified? Do you preach His resurrection and base your ministry on nothing but Jesus death and resurrection? Do you stay away from anything that speaks of sin and the separation of men from God, known as the Lake of Fire?
Biblical Christianity is not a feel good religion. It does not tickle your ears..it warns those who are lost in their sins.
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4, And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." (2nd Timothy 4:3-4)
Each of us are watchmen on the wall. If you stand behind a pulpit or preach to a congregation in whatever media you use, you have a responsibility to warn those who are in danger of hell fire and all that it represents. God does not send anyone to hell, as it is a decision that each of us must make, but the Word of God must start with men and women who are commissioned by God to take the Word of Truth to those who are in their sins.
""If anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a large millstone were hung around his neck and he were drowned at the bottom of the sea.
7, How terrible it will be for the world because it causes people to sin! Temptations to sin are bound to happen, but how terrible it will be for that person who causes someone to sin!" (Matthew 18:6-7) (International Standard Version)
""When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from their territory and make him their watchman,
3, when he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people,
4, then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be on his own head.
5, He heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But he who takes warning will save his life.
6, But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman's hand." (Ezekiel 33:2-6)
These verses could be applied to those who are in danger of enemy forces, and those who are in danger of hell and separation from God with hope of any reprieve. Satan is our enemy and only Jesus is our salvation from the penalty of sin.
Whether a minister believes he is a watchman or not, he is commissioned by God to spread the Gospel to the lost. He is to preach the penalty of sin. He is to abandon a feel good "gospel", prosperity gospel, or a social speech of humanism and being just a "good citizen". This won't save anyone. It will not warn those who are walking the wide road and gate to destruction, but will only placate them that they are OK...they are not OK, as they do not have Jesus in their hearts. It is a minister's job to take the message of salvation to his congregation, his community and the rest of the world.
"How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
15, And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!" (Romans 10:14-15)
Each of us who proclaim the Gospel, have a duty to God to speak the truth of God's Word. Not pulling any punches when God speaks that without Jesus Christ, you will die in your sins!
24 "And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
29 For our God is a consuming fire." (Hebrews 12:24-29)
Brothers and sisters in Christ, the world is dying and is drowning in sin. It is the job of the church, and it's ministers to throw the world a life-line. His Name is Jesus Christ. To avoid offending your congregation with sermons dealing with sin, death, hell, and victory through the atoning blood of Jesus the Messiah, is a dereliction of our calling by who we ultimately serve, God our Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ.
"I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:
2, preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.
3, For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;
4, and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
5, But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry." (my emphasis) (2nd Timothy 4:1-5)
I beseech you in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, preach the Word, and don't be found guilty of providing fables for itching ears. God will judge.
"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." (John 3:16)
This is Pastor Mike Taylor, praying God will provide someone to teach you the grace of God through Jesus Christ out Lord. If you need counseling, prayer, or just a listening ear, email me at email@example.com , God bless you all,
TILL WE MEET AT JESUS FEET.
Who killed Al-Adnani? US, Russia or maybe ISIS? - http://www.debka.com/article/25639/Who-killed-Al-Adnani-US-Russia-or-maybe-ISIS-
While the US has frequently claimed to have liquidated an Islamic terrorist leader, Russia put in its first claim on Aug. 31, when the defense ministry in Moscow announced for the first time that the day before, an SU-34 bomber had killed ISIS senior terrorist mastermind Mohammed Al-Adnani during a high-profile gathering at Maaratat-Umm Khaush near Aleppo.
The claim was worded so as to indicate that Russian intelligence had pulled off a major feat by a hit that took out 40 high-profile operatives.
This claim came 24 hours after a US official said that a Predator drone rocket had hit a car believed to be carrying Adnani near Al-Bab, and that the results were "being assessed" - even though ISIS itself reported that the terrorist leader, tagged as senior spokesman, "was martyred while surveying the operations to repel the military campaigns against Aleppo."
The Pentagon sources called the Russian version "lies" and "a joke."
The distance between al-Bab and Maaratat-Umm Khaush is only 28km, but the gap between the American and Russian claims is less immeasurable.
Fighting has escalated around the city in recent weeks, with rebels breaking a siege by government forces and Syrian and Russian warplanes bombing rebel-held areas.
The competing Russian and American claims of a successful aerial-cum-intelligence action against a high-profile ISIS founder-member break new ground in the war on Islamic terror.
Al-Adnani, who was born in 1977 in the northern Syrian town of Banash, was responsible in the past two years for orchestrating terrorist atrocities in Tunisia, Paris, Brussels, Orlando, Nice, Sinai Peninsula and Istanbul, as well as suicide bombings in Baghdad.
Far from being a joke, the cold war dividing Moscow and Washington appears to have spread to the war on Islamist terror and infected the Syrian arena.
The early collaboration between the two powers in the Syrian conflict has broken down. This was admitted on Aug. 26 in Geneva, after US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov failed to agree on further military and intelligence cooperation.
Ironically, it is noted by debkafile's intelligence and counterterrorism sources, that both powers' clandestine services received intelligence on their target's movements from the same source.
That is another first; never before has any Islamic terrorist organization fed the same piece of intelligence to the US and Russia. If that is what happened, it could mean only one thing: that someone in ISIS had decided it was time for Al-Adani to go.
This would be par for the course in the harsh world of jihadist terror organizations, such as Al Qaeda from which ISIS sprung.
When Osama bin Laden, whom US special forces killed in 2011, felt the need to cull the Al-Qaeda leadership of high-profile operatives who had outlived their usefulness or were suffering from fatigue, he would get rid of them by arranging for US intelligence to be tipped off about their whereabouts.
In one notable instance of this purge, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, senior planner of the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, was turned in to the CIA in 2003.
If this is what happened to Al-Adani, debkafile's counterterrorism sources link it to the recent reappearance on the Islamist terrorist scene in Syria three weeks ago of the veteran Al-Qaeda master-terrorist Saif al-Adel with a group of followers.
Al-Adel is rated one of the world's most dangerous terrorists, with long experience of planning and executing mass-casualty operations stretching back to the 1980s. He is "credited" with the large-scale assaults on the East African US embassies in 1998 and a string of murderous strikes in Saudi Arabia in 2003, some of which hit US targets.
It is not yet known how Al-Adel and his gang reached Syria and for what purpose. They are only known to have crossed the border from Iraq. It is presumed by intelligence watchers of terrorist insider politics that, after deciding that Al-Adnan was a spent asset, ISIS leaders found his replacement.
Israel Watch: Hope for the Hopeless - Jim Fletcher - http://raptureready.com/rap15.html
As the world descends into madness-Obama said this week he had to send a planeload of cash to Iran because he couldn't send a check-we see once again that Israel is a light unto the nations.
In myriad ways.
Palestinian society is raised on murder. The Islamist countries in the Middle East oppress and murder their own people. ISIS makes snuff films.
By contrast, Israel is making breakthroughs in cancer research, giving hope and life to untold numbers around the world.
According to a report in the Times of Israel:
"A breakthrough cancer study in which patients suffering from a form of leukemia saw their diseases go into remission after they were treated with genetically modified T-cells has deep roots in Israel.
"One of the first in the world to work on the innovative adaptive immunotherapy technique to treat cancer, which was hailed Tuesday worldwide as a potentially 'extraordinary' development, was Weizmann University Professor Zelig Eshhar."
Lab results on mice and rats at the University of Pennsylvania confirmed that cancer was cured in a number of them. This buttresses arguments made by Israeli researchers that the same results can be obtained for humans. Further in the report:
"In an article in the journal Science Translational Medicine, a team at the University of Pennsylvania's Abramson Cancer Center and the Perelman School of Medicine reported that 27 out of 29 patients with an advanced blood cancer saw their cancers go into remission or disappear altogether when they received genetically modified T-cells that were equipped with synthetic molecules called chimeric antigen receptors, or CARs. Those T-cells were able to target and destroy the tumor cells - specifically the ones that were responsible for the acute lymphoblastic leukemia the patients were suffering from.
"According to officials at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, where the research was carried out, patients in the trial - some of whom were told in 2013 they had barely a few months to live - not only survived, but now, after the therapy, 'have no sign of the disease.'
"The therapy involves extracting T-cells - the white blood cells that fight foreign or abnormal cells, including cancerous ones."
This is but one stream of treatment being developed by Israeli scientists and doctors.
My prediction? A major announcement will be made soon that Israelis have found the cure for a deadly disease that has plagued mankind for years.
Astonishingly, this will do little to stem the tide of anti-Semitism washing over the globe.
However, just like the families of Hamas terrorists who are treated for life-threatening illnesses in deluxe Israeli hospitals, enemies of the Jewish state will gladly take life-saving treatment originating in the Jewish state.
Even as the cancer of Jew-hatred spreads.
America's Fate at the End of Days - By Rivkah Lambert Adler - http://www.breakingisraelnews.com
"But Esav I hated and made his mountains a desolation and gave his heritage to the jackals of the wilderness." Malachi 1:3 (The Israel Bible™)
Donald Trump will be a factor in the End of Days in America by reflecting the rehabilitation of Biblical Esau, said a New Jersey rabbi earlier this month, calling the Republican presidential candidate "a Messiah-like figure".
The rabbi's lecture, which took place in Lakewood, New Jersey, begins with Esav (Esau), the twin brother of Jacob, who does not enjoy a sterling reputation in the Bible. Yet rabbinic scholar Rabbi Mendel Kessin suggests that, at the End of Days, Esav will be rehabilitated. Rabbi Kessin speaks often about the spiritual underpinnings of the events of the 21st century.
Rabbi Kessin connects Esav throughout history to Edom, Rome, Christianity, Western civilization and, ultimately, to the United States. According to Rabbi Kessin, America represents the good of Esav. At the End of Days, Rabbi Kessin contends that the sins of Esav will be removed and Esav will become God-fearing.
He further explains that, although Esav has traditionally been associated with oppressing, persecuting and afflicting the Jews, at the End of Days, he will undergo a fundamental change in his character.
Rather than harming Jews, Esav will turn toward serving the Jews, assisting them in doing God's will in the form of mitzvot (Biblical commandments). As a result, Esav will be rehabilitated and will earn a place in the World to Come. Further, since Rabbi Kessin believes that spiritual tasks of Esav are being completed by the United States today, he sees the destiny of the United States at the End of Days as a positive one.
But it doesn't end there. Rabbi Kessin further asserts that Donald Trump has a critical role to play in purifying the US. "What I believe is that the one who is going to switch from [Esav persecuting the Jews] to [Esav serving the Jews] is Donald Trump," Rabbi Kessin claims. "He's going to purify Edom."
At the 43-minute mark of the lecture, Rabbi Kessin states that the gematria (Hebrew numerical value) of Donald Trump is the same as the gematria of Moshiach ben David (Messiah son of David). He quickly assures his listeners that Trump is not the long-awaited Messiah of the Jewish people. At the same time, Kessin plainly asserts that Trump has the qualities of a messiah-like figure.
Rabbi Kessin believes that "someone who will turn a nation completely, diametrically opposite is a messiah." He further contends that good times will return to the US under the leadership of Donald Trump because "Peace and prosperity must happen in order to rehabilitate the Jews in America, to prepare them for Moshiach (Messiah)."
Using three Biblical examples, he builds his case that Trump is a messiah-like figure. He argues that "A messianic figure is always despised." He cites Joseph, who was imprisoned; Moses, who had to run away from Pharaoh to escape being killed; and King David, who was rejected many times in his lifetime.
The stone which the builders rejected is become the chief corner-stone. Psalms 118:22
Speaking in more detail about the concept of a messianic figure, Rabbi Kessin said, "Many messianic figures, they come out of nowhere... Everybody is expecting the Moshiach to be this incredible tzaddik (righteous individual), incredible gadol (great person), unbelievable talmid chacham (Torah scholar). Yeah, eventually he will be. But he's the guy that you don't even look at twice. That's who a Moshiach is. And you find all the (messianic figures) were always despised...
"That's why there's so much opposition to Trump. Because he's about to start something which is a major reversal of the job of Esav from [oppression of the Jews] to [serving the Jews]."
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Burning Man: America's Largest Occult Festival Is a Celebration of Weirdness and Hedonism - By Michael Snyder - http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/burning-man-americas-largest-occult-festival-is-a-celebration-of-weirdness-and-hedonism
70,000 people have descended upon a very bleak stretch of Nevada's Black Rock Desert for what is perhaps the largest celebration of hedonism on the entire planet. Burning Man has been described as a "dystopian hellscape", and that description is not too far from the truth. From August 25th to September 5th (Labor Day Monday), revelers from all over the world will dance, carouse and "express themselves" in a temporary city that has been created entirely by its citizens. This festival is part Mad Max, part Woodstock and part Eyes Wide Shut, and many "Burners" look forward all year long to these eight days of completely unrestrained hedonism.
30 years ago, Burning Man began as a small beach gathering in San Francisco. Initially held during the Summer Solstice, it quickly took on a life of its own and was moved to Nevada in 1990. Ever since then, this eight day party has not stopped growing, and people literally fly in from all over the world to witness one of the most bizarre spectacles in America.
To say that Burning Man is "weird" would not be doing it justice. In this very isolated corner of the Black Rock Desert, you will find nudists (lots of them), palm readers, neopagans, "ecosexuals", witches, sorcerers, shamans, New Age gurus, "goddesses", Satanists, "polyamorists" and just about every type of fetishist that you can possibly imagine.
The reason why the festival is called "Burning Man" is because of the gigantic effigy that is burned toward the end of the eight day celebration. Nobody is physically harmed during the burning of this enormous "wicker man", but it does seem to parallel the human sacrifices that the Druids would do in ancient times. The following comes from Wikipedia...
While other Roman writers of the time, such as Cicero, Suetonius, Lucan, Tacitus and Pliny the Elder, described human sacrifice among the Celts, only Caesar and the geographer Strabo mention the wicker man as one of many ways the Druids of Gaul performed sacrifices. Caesar reports that some of the Gauls built the effigies out of sticks and placed living men inside, then set them on fire to pay tribute to the gods. Caesar writes that though the Druids generally used those found guilty of crimes deserving death, as they pleased the gods more, they sometimes used slaves and innocent men when no delinquents could be found.
And even today, the burning of "wicker men" is very much associated with neopaganism. Here is more from that same Wikipedia article...
Wicker men are set ablaze during some neopagan festivities. A female effigy of wicker or other materials is burnt at the stake for the annual Danish celebration of Sankt Hans aften (Saint John's Eve). Typically, Celtic neopagans, Neo-druids, are those who use such a motif in their festivities because they, unlike other neopagan groups, are either inspired by, or follow a reconstructed form of, Celtic paganism. At other times, neopagans do not burn wicker men, but keep them as idols for protection, often merging them with the Green Man. Neopagan wicker men range from life sized to huge, humanoid, temporary sculptures that are set ablaze during a celebration, usually toward the end of the event. They are constructed with a wooden frame that is woven with flexible sticks such as willow often used in wicker furniture and fencing. Some wicker men are extremely complex and require days of construction.
Of course the organizers of Burning Man strongly deny that it is an overtly occult festival, but it is undeniable that thousands upon thousands of occultists from all over the planet are drawn to this celebration each year.
However, there are many others that go to Burning Man just for the sex, drugs and techno music.
During these eight days people openly and freely use illegal drugs, and the authorities don't seem to mind. Public nudity is also constantly on display, but once again law enforcement is nowhere to be found. Actually, if they are there it is usually to participate in the debauchery.
The biggest draw of all, however, is the casual sex that is absolutely rampant at Burning Man. And it isn't just one on one sex that we are talking about. That would be way too boring. This is how the Daily Mail described what goes on during these eight days...
Sex between 'Burners', as festival-goers are known, is known variously as 'dust love' or 'tent trysts', and old hands suggest it is simply 'selfish' to stick to monogamy. Public nudity, especially by women, is actively encouraged, while orgies - or at the very least partner swapping, if not threesomes - have become just as much a feature of Burning Man as the ceremonial torching of a huge wooden effigy of a man to celebrate the summer solstice.
Group sex is actively encouraged at so-called 'theme camps' - giant tent complexes where free bars encourage visitors to loosen up and participate. A popular venue is the so-called 'Orgy Dome', run by a group calling itself And Then There's Only Love, though conventional notions of love are hardly what's fostered inside its giant dome tent.
If the "Orgy Dome" is not your style, there are definitely other kinky activities available...
The Orgy Dome is hardly alone. There is also a 'Group Sex Bus', the 'Sex Libido Lounge', and a Canadian-run club with an unprintable name where judges give points to amorous couples for 'style' and 'inventive poses'.
To some of you reading this article, this may sound like paradise.
In fact, some of you might be thinking that you may want to attend Burning Man next year.
But the truth is that there is such an emptiness to this kind of reckless animal behavior. People "let loose" to try to give meaning to their otherwise meaningless lives, but any pleasures that are enjoyed are quite fleeting. In the end, many participants return to their "normal lives" feeling even emptier than before. This is how an editorial in the New York Post put it...
Sure, it looks fun to spend a few days enjoying a gift economy, listening to techno, cooling off in refrigeration trucks and gawking at surreal sculptures or taking in offbeat performance art. But, according to Daniel Yudkin, a social psychology Ph.D. candidate at New York University, as reported by Quartz, the eight days of decadent hedonism provide once-a-year opportunities for attendees to experience bona fide connections with others. All the other non-Burning days of their lives? Not so much.
Rather than reflecting how much fun Burning Man is, the reality of people spending thousands of dollars - on travel, accommodations, tickets and drugs - serves as proof that their non-Burner days are pathetically empty. "I think the fact that people invest so much of their own resources and time and energy to going to Burning Man suggests that there's something missing, that there's something Burning Man fulfills for them that they don't get in day-to-day life," Yudkin says.
Ultimately, the truth is that you are not going to find meaning in life through sex, drugs, public nudity, weird art and loud techno music.
You can try every pleasure under the sun, but it is still not going to fill that hole that you feel deep inside of you.
In America today, there is a greater spiritual void than ever before. People are searching for meaning and purpose in all sorts of places and not finding it.
Unfortunately, I think that this helps to explain the popularity of Burning Man. Multitudes of Americans are deeply dissatisfied with their regular lives, and they are searching for something real.
Sadly, the revelers at Burning Man are not going to find anything real to soothe their aching hearts. Instead, they will only find more pain, more frustration and more emptiness.
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Over the last 35 years, I have literally read hundreds of books on Bible Prophecy and End Time signs. I especially enjoy books on the Rapture, and I have read almost every Rapture-related book published. In all those years, devouring thousands of pages, and millions of words, I have not read a better book on the Rapture than, Rapture Ready...Or Not?
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Wickedness - Ron & Nathele Graham - firstname.lastname@example.org
Wickedness is rampant in today's culture. It manifests itself in the Hollywood scene, politics, and quite often in the daily routine of life. Wickedness has been around since Lucifer's pride caused him to fall. "For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High." Isaiah 14:13-14. Satan can never be "like the most High" because God is love and Satan is wickedness. Pride caused him to try to usurp God's authority and today he tries to stumble us mere mortals by urging us to follow his lead into Hell. Many people are willing to follow him and reject God. What a mistake. "Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit." Isaiah 14:15. People who choose to follow this maniac into Hell will spend eternity regretting that their pride kept them from accepting Christ's free gift of salvation. Satan is pure evil and wickedness is his forte.
The Psalms give us insight into wickedness. "The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined. For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth." Psalm 10:2-3. Wicked people have no sense of right and wrong, and these evildoers plot to victimize people who are needy and those who are weak, but the psalmist asks that these wicked people be caught in the same traps they set to ensnare the less fortunate. How many get rich quick schemes do people come up with which only make their victims poorer? Satanic wickedness is behind these plots. Wicked people boast and covet, but that isn't what God wants for those who follow Him. "Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee: thou art the helper of the fatherless. Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none." Psalm 10:14-15. God sees everything and knows the secret sins that we think are hidden. He sees the wickedness that festers in men's hearts and manifests in hatred towards victims of Satan's evil. God will judge the wicked. "To me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste." Deuteronomy 32:35. When God repays wickedness you don't want to be on the wrong side of His wrath.
Pride is always a mark of wickedness. "The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them. He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity. His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity." Psalm 10:4-7. Today wickedness is permeating all facets of life just as it has since Eve listened to Satan's lies. Even among Christians we can see that pride gets in the way of seeking the Lord. Many Christians have the misguided idea that once saved it's okay to live life on our own terms and since our sins are forgiven there are no rules. If you feel that way, pride will stop you from seeking God. Jesus said to first seek the Kingdom of God, not the wickedness of Satan. If you're seeking God then you'll recognize the sin in your life and turn from it. When someone wrongs you, you won't seek revenge but will let God take vengeance. Better still, if you love your enemy you just might show enough of God's perfect love that they will come to Jesus through your actions. "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine: I will repay saith the Lord." Romans 12:19. The wicked will condemn themselves in the eyes of the Lord. As Christians we need to be sure that we aren't part of wickedness, but honor God by living according to His ways.
It's important to walk in the ways of the Lord. In every part of our life we need to seek Him and turn from the wickedness that surrounds us. There's a spiritual battle raging, but most Christians choose to ignore it; Satan has done a good job in dumbing down those who claim to follow Christ. Sin is winked at and morality is mocked. Sin is seldom talked against from the pulpit because pew-sitters might be offended and not drop money in the offering plate. Jesus told a parable about Satan infiltrating the Kingdom of Heaven. "Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof." Matthew 13:31-32. I've seen interpretations of this saying that it's wonderful that the Church has grown so big that even birds are protected. Wrong. When used symbolically, birds represent Satan and his minions. Jesus says so. Earlier Jesus had told a parable of seeds sown on various types of ground, and those sown by the wayside were eaten by birds. He later explained it. "When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side." Matthew 13:19. Satan, the wicked one, will deceive you if you don't stand firm on the Word of God.
Christians have moved from condemning sin but loving sinners to being so afraid of being accused of being judgmental that we keep silent as the government passes laws that legalize sin. Brethren, we must honor God and turn from wickedness. Look around. Is the news becoming less violent? As sin is condoned do we see less drug addiction, less murders, or less child abuse? Is the world a peaceful place to live, or is war everywhere? "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." Ephesians 6:12. Christians are not fighting against the supernatural battle that's all around. We are not allowing the Holy Spirit to work through us to fight evil and wickedness. The battle is a spiritual one and we don't always see the enemy face to face, but we do see the results of that battle. Christians must allow the Holy Spirit to work through us to fight against our enemy. Do you call yourself a Christian? When was the last time you saw the sin and wickedness in your life and repented? You can't fight in this battle if you have joined the ranks of the enemy. If you embrace the wickedness of Satan without repentance, then at the very least you're out of fellowship with God.
Wickedness begins with pride...pride of rejecting God. If you reject God's truth, here's a list of what God will allow as punishment. "For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, back biters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them." Romans 1:26-32. Homosexuality, lesbianism, and all satanic wickedness stem from rejecting God. Go back and re-read the list and if you see yourself there, repent and ask God to forgive you. If you claim to be a Christian but embrace the wickedness of homosexuality, fornication, deceit, disobedience to parents, or anything else in the list, then you're deceiving yourself. When you accept Christ for salvation you need to learn what constitutes sin and repent. Repent means to change your mind. Sanctification is a lifelong process of allowing Christ to change our attitudes toward sin and wickedness. Can you be saved and sin? We all sin, but it should be as sickening to us as it is to God. Jesus left Heaven, entered His creation, and shed His blood on Calvary in order to purchase your redemption. You owe Him more than lip service.
"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night." Psalm 1:1-2. How often to you meditate on God's law? This doesn't mean meditation like the New Age movement says, but real meditation upon the sacrifice He made and how God wants us to live. First of all, read and study your Bible. Then really think about what you read and apply it to your life. "And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." Psalm 1:3. God's word will strengthen you and keep you walking in His ways. "The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish." Psalm 1:4-6.
You have a choice as to where you will spend eternity. If you have rejected Christ and choose to walk in the ways of wickedness then you choose to be eternally separated from Him. If you choose Him as your Saviour then walk in His ways and reject wickedness.
God bless you all,
Ron & Nathele Graham
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Daily Jot: Your tax money used to enrich Clintons - Bill Wilson - www.dailyjot.com
There is apparently no end to the dishonesty of Bill and Hillary Clinton. The email hacks have pulled back the curtain on the Clinton's longstanding dirty deals, exposing what many have known for a long time, but what others refuse to believe. Those who won't suspend their disbelief and look at the truth, believe that the news media and a right-wing conspiracy have fabricated stories about the Clinton corruption, despite the well-documented facts. And they just keep coming in like a flood of deceit. Politico now reports that the Clintons used tax dollars to subsidize the Clinton Foundation, an associated business, and to support Hillary Clinton's controversial email server-in short, you and I paid in part for Clinton corruption.
Politico's investigation found: "Bill Clinton's staff used a decades-old federal government program, originally created to keep former presidents out of the poorhouse, to subsidize his family's foundation and an associated business, and to support his wife's private email server. Taxpayer cash was used to buy IT equipment--including servers--housed at the Clinton Foundation, and also to supplement the pay and benefits of several aides now at the center of the email and cash-for-access scandals dogging Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign...The thousands of pages of newly uncovered records reveal sometimes granular detail about how Bill Clinton's representatives directed the spending of taxpayer cash allocated by the GSA under the Former President's Act."
Politico found that: Bill Clinton received more money from the Former President's Act than any other living president. After Hillary Clinton claimed to have left the White House "dead broke," the Clintons parleyed their contacts and taxpayer money to accumulate wealth of over $2 billion from their foundation and other businesses. Tax money from the Former President's Act was used to subsidize salaries of Hillary Clinton's aides. But wait, there's more. The Chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi Trey Gowdy confirmed that Hillary Clinton's lawyers used Bleachbit, a computer software that prevents recovery of files, to delete emails from her personal server. We may have paid for part of that, too.
Notwithstanding, the State Department reports that there are at least another 30 Benghazi documents previously withheld by Clinton. These are the revelations on Clinton that have occurred in just the last two weeks. There are countless other scandals and even deaths associated with the Clintons over the past 30 years. That any sane person can consider this woman and her husband are fit to hold an elected office is beyond reason. Proverbs 29:2 says, "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked bear rule, the people mourn." Proverbs 20:17 says, "Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel." Let's not be chewing on gravel come November 9.
Daily Devotion: Righteous Judgment - Greg Laurie - www.harvest.org
"Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment." -John 7:24
Years ago, I was out sharing the gospel and had a younger guy with me who was sharing his faith for the first time. We were talking to a big, burly biker with giant arms and tattoos everywhere. The biker told us, "Get out of here and leave me alone."
I said, "Let's go."
But my friend said, "Okay, fine. We're not going to cast our pearls before swine."
That is not the verse to quote to someone when you're sharing the gospel. That is the verse you may think of, but it isn't the one you quote.
We do have to make an evaluation as Christians. We have to determine who the people are who don't regard the things of God. There's a place for judging. Judgment is the exercise of critical thinking, and judgment is needed on occasion.
John 7:24 tells us, "Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment." The Bible has told us to judge, but we are to judge by what is right. We are not to condemn, and we are not to be judgmental. Rather, we should make evaluations. We should be discerning. We should express our opinions on right and wrong, truth and lies, good and evil. In fact, the Bible tells us, "Do you not know that the saints will judge the world?" (1 Corinthians 6:2).
The opposite extreme of being judgmental is the naïve acceptance of anything. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said, "Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine" (Matthew 7:6). In other words, "Don't take the holy things of God and offer them to someone who has no interest in them whatsoever." We need to make those evaluations. It isn't violating the Scriptures when we do.
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