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The Apocalypse Journal: Volume III – Pete Garcia - https://www.rev310.net/post/the-apocalypse-journal-volume-iii
The Second Coming: by William Butler Yeats (1919)
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction,
while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
The end of the world is not just some recent curiosity by bored Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers but a common fascination as found throughout the annals of recent human history (by recent I mean of the last two millennia). This fascination is found in all cultures, and by believers and skeptics alike. Popular culture has associated "the apocalypse" with all manners of calamities, and depending on the era, said apocalypses are usually limited to the threat and technology of the day.
Mr. Yeats was not a believer in biblical Christianity, but even he acknowledged the traditional understanding of the Second Coming of Christ, even if he did attempt to put his own post-World War I spin to it. Nevertheless, Yeats (perhaps channeling his inner “Ozymandias”) touched upon something that is unique to the rising and falling of every culture...Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.
Secular Skepticism and Christian Heterodoxy/ Heresy
Contrary to the Christian blessed hope is the entirely speculative theorizations of secular apocalypticism. In this, they have come up with every possible end-of-world scenario apart from the actual divinely appointed one as set forth in Holy Scripture. For them, the end of the world is either the result of some unavoidable natural or cosmic calamity (i.e., asteroid, supervolcano, etc.) or an avoidable man-caused one (i.e., global warming, climate change, etc.).
In either case, the godless are just as divided as Christians are regarding when they believe this end actually occurs. For the more skeptical godless, they see the end happening centuries and even perhaps, millennia from now. For the godless doomsayers, the end of the world is predicted to happen every few years because of man-caused global cooling/warming/climate change/etc. There are, of course, endless lists by Wikipedia, the History Channel, Discovery, NASA, DARPA, FEMA, and just about every other civilian and/or federal agency detailing how they think the world ends.
Each of these groups/agencies has put forth their best and brightest in an attempt to find workable solutions to each of their respective doomsday events. Still, they fall woefully short of actually understanding what will happen and why. They do this because they dismiss out of hand, what the Bible has to say on the subject. To them, the Bible is outdated and out of touch with modern political correctness. It’s an archaic book filled with apocalyptic symbolism that is decidedly too narrow-minded. Thus, it is not considered “woke” enough to discuss in a public forum.
Not to be outdone by their secular counterparts, various heterodox factions within Christendom have effectively either butchered or watered down what the Bible has to say about the end. They do this primarily for two reasons- 1) either to create more followers, or 2) to sound more respectable/acceptable to their secular peers. Eschatological hyper sensationalism aside (as these are generally done by the more excitable fringe cults types), the three most prominent forms of prophetic watering-down are amillennialism, post-millennialism, and preterism.
They either deny what the Bible says about how and when the end will come, or they grossly distort it. Here is a fairly recent example by the Roman Catholic Cardinal Francis Eugene George regarding his "time is a flat circle" views on the future of Christianity:
“I will die in bed, my successor will die in prison, and his successor will die as a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the Church has done so often in human history.” - First Things
Had he believed what the Bible says about the end, I doubt he would have made such a profoundly sad and misguided statement. Nevertheless, since Roman Catholicism (and also Reformed Theology) are predominantly either Preterist or Amillennial by their theological nature, they tend to lean back on the secular understanding of the cyclical nature of human history instead of the Bible, as proof positive for their respective eschatological understandings.
These derivations of the truth, no matter how great or slight, are all carefully packaged lies from the pit of hell, seeking to either distort or lessen men's understanding about what is coming upon the earth. In paradox to mankind's obsession over forbidden knowledge (i.e., seeking immortality apart from God), is the corruption of God's warning. When men no longer fear the coming judgment, they will foolishly race toward it encouraging its arrival in a false sense of bravado. Had Noah's generation taken him more seriously about what was coming upon the earth, I imagine, many more would have been saved.
Let us further narrow this down to the collapse of the US from a secular geopolitical perspective. Let’s pretend there is no rapture, seven-year Tribulation, second coming, or millennial kingdom. Let us pretend that the world was destined to continue on and on until the sun eventually supernovas or some other extinction-level event occurs way off into the distant future. Let us ask the question then, of how long could the United States last in its current form?
I think most experts would say and have said, that the US would continue to decline in power from the 2030s through the 2050s, with some other power (namely China) rising after that and becoming the global superpower we once were. IOW, they see a gradual decline and a shifting of power from one nation to another in the coming decades. Nevertheless, there is the end they want, versus the end, they will get. And the end they get will be seven + years filled with the most tyrannical global government the world has ever seen, followed quickly by the triumphant return of Jesus Christ in the air, followed by the armies of heaven.
Even if there wasn’t a Biblical reality to our present and near future, given the dynamic changes we’ve already seen introduced in very short periods of time (9/11, the Internet, Artificial Intelligence, COVID, etc.), is it even realistic to suggest we could survive as a constitutional republic?
Historically speaking, when we’ve seen drastic, global changes in very short periods of time, none of it ever ended without a change to the existing global order. Furthermore, none of the people living in those times were ever invited to discuss whether or not they wanted those changes to be put upon them. I mean, let’s take something as seemingly benign as the Internet, and show how rapidly this has changed our world. It not only changed everything, but it is also still changing everything.
Ultimately, we know the goal of the Fourth Industrial Revolution promoters is to automate everything that can be automated and to connect everything to the Internet that can be connected to the Internet. I think if we had shown the people of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, what the internet would do, and how it would change everything, and what the ultimate goal of it was, people back then might have had second thoughts.
More recently, the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001 (9/11) drastically impacted how we travel and conduct global security...and have, for the past twenty years. It has allowed the government to introduce a whole host of draconian and Orwellian government surveillance measures we would have never accepted years earlier. Nearly twenty years after 9/11, another global "crisis" (a global pandemic) rounded off the rest of the un-implemented draconian measures. These (medical tyranny en route to a social credit system) effectively fused politically correct federal policy into corporate obedience, making 1930s German fascism seem amateur in comparison. Needless to say, after the events of 2020-21, what recent examples provide any sane, reasonable person with the notion that the US is going to get the decades-long soft-decline the experts are predicting?
The end of the US as a constitutional republic is coming to its inevitable end, and quickly. And when that happens, the world will fall with it into the darkest nightmare it's ever had to endure. The only hope this world has is to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and be removed from this planet before that hour of terrible testing comes to planet earth.
When that fullness of the Gentiles comes in, God Himself will give the world its greatest crisis to date. By removing millions of believers, the old world order, and all its trappings, will collapse the US, which will trigger a global economic collapse. This is what will necessitate the need for global reorganization and world governance. This will be its final secular human configuration.
While the word apocalypse has often been conflated as meaning either the end of civilization or the end of the world, these are clearly not the same things. The Greek word apocalypse (apokalupsis) simply means to reveal, or revelation, however, its name has been synonymous with cataclysmic world-ending events since at least the end of the first century. Whether referencing the collapse of the Roman Empire (circa 430AD), the numerous invasions by the Viking or Mongol hordes throughout the Middle Ages, or even the Black Death of the same time, while these could be considered "mini-apocalypses" in their own rights, they typically marked a specific point of reckoning. Not to misstate the obvious, but while the collapse of a global superpower would trigger a necessary global reordering, it would not, however, equal the end of the world.
One of the most famous and well-documented inquiries of the last days, was by Jesus' disciples in the Olivet Discourse as found in the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke). At that time, neither Christianity (as an organized belief system) nor the Church (the singularly corporate body of believers) had yet been created. These were simple men, (i.e., Jewish believers in a Jewish Messiah), asking questions, not just about their country (Israel), but of the whole world. They wanted the big picture view from God.
Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” Matt. 24:3
Who better to ask about the end of the world than the One who created it? Certainly, if Jesus ever had the perfect time to set the official record straight, here was the opportunity. If the world was destined to continue on and on until some undefined (or ill-defined), unknowable day way off into the distant, unknown future, Jesus would have said it here. Instead, Jesus gives the numerous signs to watch for and then likens the end as coming like birth pangs in a pregnancy. Furthermore, He caps it all off with the Parable of the Fig Tree, which, for better or worse (depending on your eschatology), links the end times with the rebirth of national Israel. Regarding the linkage between the fulfillment of all these things, and pregnancy is that, despite all the different races, ethnicities, and cultures, all pregnancies share one thing in common- they all have a definitive beginning and they all have a definitive end. One cannot stay pregnant forever.
The beginning of the pregnancy was with the conception of the Church when the Holy Spirit was given to those early believers at Pentecost (Acts 2). The end of the pregnancy will be when the pregnancy has come full term. That full term will arrive when the 'full number of Gentiles' has come in (Romans 11:25). Then the Church will be delivered (birthed) from mortal to immortal, and from corruption to incorruption (Col. 2:19, Cor. 15:42-55).
Up until that point, however, creation will continue to labor and groan with greater frequency and intensity until the redemption of our bodies occurs at the Rapture of the Church (1 Thess. 4:13-18, Rev. 3:10), and we receive our literal adoption as heirs of God (Romans 8:22-23, 30). This is not some crazy speculation, nor wild-eyed theory, but is called our blessed hope (Titus 2:13). With this special hope, we are to occupy with a watchful expectancy until He returns (Luke 12:37, 19:13, 1 Thess. 5:1-4, Hebrews 10:25, Rev. 3:2-3).
Many Christians (and I'm using that term loosely here) claim the Rapture is not only not true, but unnecessary. However, if they read their Bibles, they would realize how foolish this idea of "not being necessary" is, because the Rapture is absolutely necessary. It is the deliverance of the Church (the Bride of Christ) to its final form- our glorification. The three primary stages a believer goes through are justification, sanctification, and finally, glorification (Rom. 8:30). You can't have salvation without it, because we are not designed (physically) to live where God is in these mortal bodies. Conversely, neither are we going to spend eternity as wispy spirits. We will have new bodies that can eat, touch, be touched, exist where God is, and do the things Christ could do after His resurrection such as appear and disappear at will, or teleport through solid matter, while still being able to eat and drink (1 Cor. 15, 1 John 3).
I mentioned this in passing earlier, but let me expand on something that might have some confusion. Although not critical to understanding, there has been a clouding of understanding regarding our corporate nature as "the Church." I used to hold to this belief for many years because I hadn't really thought it through. It was the belief that the Church was born at Pentecost. However, when you think about it, that simply cannot be true.
The Church was not born at Pentecost, it was conceived there by the giving of the Holy Spirit who descended upon those first believers visibly as cloven tongues of fire (Acts 2:1-4). A similar process occurred when the Holy Spirit overshadows Mary prior to her pregnancy with the Son of God. The moment He overshadowed her, she didn't instantly deliver our Savior with birth. She went through the normal stages of pregnancy. As Revelation 12 summarizes over two thousand years of history very succinctly in two verses, it states:
She (Israel) bore a male Child (Jesus Christ) who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child (the Church) was caught up (Raptured) to God and His throne. Rev. 12:5 (my comments)
So how can I make the audacious claim that we (the Church) is the Child who was caught up? Simple. We are the body of Christ. He is the head, we are the body. (Eph. 5:23, Col. 1:18). Jesus was not "caught up," He ascended of His own power (John 20:17, Luke 24:51). We the Church are promised to be 'caught up.' Furthermore, during this age of development/maturing/growing, the Church is in utero (spiritually speaking). During this time, the Holy Spirit takes on multiple roles, all of which were divinely ordained to protect, comfort, and build the Church in the "womb" (i.e., the mystery kingdom) while still living behind enemy lines. In regards to the Church's development, the Holy Spirit…
1. Forever seals the believer (Eph. 1:11-14, 4:30, 2 Cor. 1:21-22)
2. Comforts and helps the believer (John 14-16)
3. Regenerates and renews the believer (Titus 3:5)
4. Give new gifts and wisdom to the believer (1 Cor. 2:10-13, 12:4)
5. Convicts the unbelieving world of its sin (John 15:26, 16:8)
6. Through the Church, restrains evil so that the Antichrist cannot be brought forth prematurely (2 Thess. 2:6-10)
Thus, the Church remains in its present mystery form, until the ‘full number of Gentiles’ comes in (Rom. 11:25). This is when the times of the Gentiles will come to their inevitable end (Luke 21:24). Just as clamorous as it is for the baby inside the womb to enter into the actual time of birth, our birth (from mortality to immortality) will be filled with a similar type of disruption to our normal goings-on. We are going to hear the shout, the trumpet blast, and the call to “come up here” (1 Thess. 4:13-18, 1 Cor. 15:51-56, Rev. 3:10). Then, we will be yanked out of this reality, into our new perfect form to forever be with our Lord. When the Rapture happens, the world that was will change forever and there will be no going back to the way things were.
In closing, it would seem somewhat paradoxical then that I mention that there is both a cyclical nature to nations, as well as a non-cyclical, final ending to all nations; but it's not. The bible is very clear that until the end, things will run their course (including the rising and falling of nations) until Christ returns and establishes His forever kingdom. At that point, He will judge the nations, and then establish His own, permanent, imperial, kingdom. Thus, Christ’s final kingdom, will in fact, be a divine monarchy in two stages- first, the thousand-year millennial reign; after that, the eternal order. (Daniel 2:45, 12)
Thus, the true meaning of the Apocalypse of Jesus Christ, as given to the Apostle John on Patmos nearly two thousand years ago, was not simply the fantastical foretelling of the end of the world, but of the revelation of Christ’s true nature as God-Incarnate.
He is Messiah
He is the Son of God
He is the Son of Man
He is God in the Flesh
He is the Prince of Peace
He is the Last Adam
He is our Kinsman Redeemer
The I AM
The author and finisher of our faith
The Lion and the Lamb
The King of kings, and Lord of lords
He is before all, and above all
He is the Rock cut without hands
He is the Almighty
The book of Revelation is not just the revealing of all that is to come, but of the Father’s revelation (apokalupsis) of Jesus to all of creation; even to a Christ-rejecting world. Its heavy reliance upon the Old Testament (as well as the New), as well as its use of graphic symbolism, meant, this book would be as applicable to the first century, as it would, the twenty-first century. Thus, this book is God’s final, literary Magnus Opus (masterpiece) to a world shrouded in darkness.
Jesus is no longer a babe in the manger. He is no longer pitifully hanging broken and bloodied upon a cursed tree. When Christ is revealed here to John, who had known Him in life, had witnessed the Transfiguration, had been at His death, and even seen Him post-resurrection, even John could not fathom the awesomeness of Christ's true nature. He fell over as dead.
Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. Rev. 1:12-16
Just as Revelation begins with John's mind-shattering encounter with the resurrected and glorified Christ, so too must each of us come to that moment of realization that our world is passing away, and we too will one day stand in front of this God-Man. We have to realize that we have no hope apart from Christ and when we place our faith (the evidence of things not seen) in His finished and victorious work on the cross (conquering death and hell), we can be reborn (reconciled) back to Him. The God-given spirit within us that was once dead, can now be revived and reconnected back to our Creator. Thus, the Apocalpyse of Jesus Christ is not to be feared, but rejoiced in and anticipated with our every waking moment.
For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:10-13
Many have asked me over the years what occurs after Christ's Second Coming. It is here, during the Millennial Reign (Rev. 20) the New Jerusalem will take its place above the planet in a low-earth-orbit. The way I understand it is that this New Jerusalem is not "heaven" (as the Ark of the Covenant and the Temple still exist there as the celestial archetypes) but will descend out of heaven to the earth as a celestial satellite, shining brightly in the sky for all the nations to look upon as evidence of God’s great favor upon His bride the Church (Rev. 21:2).
Christ will simultaneously rule from the New Jerusalem (above the earth), as well as from David’s throne in the earthly Jerusalem (Luke 1:32, Psalm 2, Isaiah 2:1-4, 11, 65:17-25). The Church (like Him in a lesser manner) will rule and reign under Him. We will have similar capabilities like Him to be able to travel between the two places at the speed of thought (1 John 3:1-3). The Church (as well as the OT Saints) will be assigned various leadership roles in the Millennial Kingdom, based upon our faithfulness and works here in this life. Just to clarify, we are not saved by our works or our own efforts- these are for reward and how God will assort the various assignments we have in eternity.
The nations (i.e., the physical populations who survived the Tribulation and enter into the Millennial Kingdom still with their sin natures intact) will begin to fill the earth again after the devastations of the 70th Week of Daniel and its conclusive battle of Armageddon (Rev. 19), Sheep and Goat Judgment (Matt. 25 [i.e., the Judgment of the nations]), and cleansing of the Third Temple (Dan. 12:11-12). As such, there is also the necessary re-establishment of the third Temple practices (Ezekiel 40-48).
Bear with me while I insert my personal understanding (my opinion) for the purposes of the Third Temple in the Millennial Kingdom. I’m not dogmatic about it, but I’ve come to the soft conclusion on this based on what makes the most sense (to me).
It is here (Ezekiel 40-48) that God reestablishes the Temple practices and rituals, to include animal sacrifices. These sacrifices do not replace what Christ did on the cross, nor negate Christ’s sacrificial atonement for those saved by it, nor are these animal sacrifices simply conducted as a memorial for the way things used to be done. These sacrifices represent a very pragmatic form of temporal cleansing for the millennial kingdom population for the daily cleansing of sins so they can even enter the temple to approach Christ.
I know some of you will point to the fact that in Hebrews (Heb. 7:27, 9:12, 10:10) states Christ’s sacrifice was once for all, and that is true. However, it is only true for those who have lived and died before Christ’s Second Coming; not for those who have come into being after Christ’s Second Coming (i.e., the peoples born into the millennial kingdom still with their sinful/unredeemed natures). For them, there still needs to be a "cleansing" process for them to approach God.
We know people will be born in the Millennial Kingdom, and these humans will not have redeemed natures (Isaiah 65:20, Rev. 20:7-10). However, these millennial people can’t simply be born again as believers were in the Church Age, because we are saved by grace through faith. For those living in the Millennial Kingdom, what faith will they need to possess when they can visibly see, feel, speak to, and listen to, a ruling and reigning Christ on the throne in Jerusalem? What faith will they have/need when they can visibly see the New Jerusalem in the sky above them? What faith will they have when angels and the glorified saints interact with them on a daily basis? They won't need faith, because they will be eyewitnesses to everything supernatural. According to Scripture, what is faith?
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
Hebrews 11:1-3 (my emphasis)
Again, how can they have faith in things they can see with their own eyes, and do not need to hope for, because they are living in the promised Kingdom? Again, I’m not dogmatic about this, I’m (like you) trying to put these pieces together in a way that makes the most biblical sense.
This is in my mind, similar to how I understand how salvation occurred in the Old Testament. This is not saying there are two ways of salvation, there are not. We are saved by God's grace through our faith. However, the mechanisms for salvation were in fact, different because before Christ came, the new covenant/testament was not yet in effect. The new testament/covenant could not take effect until AFTER He died (Heb. 9:16-17). This means OT Saints couldn’t be born again (as we are now) being sealed by the Holy Spirit and heirs/sons of God in the same manner at the moment of salvation (as we are).
Rather, the Old Testament saints were justified by their faith in God (and received a good testimony) and were set aside in Abraham’s Bosom after they died. It is here they would await the arrival of the promised Christ to Sheol. This occurred after His crucifixion but before His physical resurrection and He would preach to them His victory over the forces of darkness, and deliver them up with Him (Eph. 4:7-9, 1 Peter 3:19-20). So when He ascended up, they came with Him and He emptied/delivered that portion of Sheol to Heaven.
Calling Evil Good, Is the Left Winning the ‘Battle for America’s Soul’? - By
David Fiorazo - https://harbingersdaily.com/calling-evil-good-is-the-left-winning-the-battle-for-americas-soul/
Just like he did when he campaigned against President Trump, Joe Biden keeps claiming he and the godless Democrat socialists have a corner on the market of righteousness and morality in America. The Biden Harris administration keeps calling evil good and mocking the one true God while claiming that God is on their side.
It’s called propaganda.
During the 2020 election cycle, Joe Biden’s website displayed an interesting phrase in the upper-left corner: “Battle for the Soul of the Nation.” Most people missed it. The implication was this: the soul of America is at stake, and those nasty, deplorable evangelical Christians, conservatives, and Republicans are the immoral ones who are hurting the country.
There’s a problem here. It seems we understand and define the word, “soul” very differently because the O’Biden Democrats have values that are in opposition with Bible-believing Christians and the word of God.
So what did he say last week and what was the context this time? The great “insurrection” at the nation’s Capital. For a year now, the marching orders of the left have been to use what happened on January 6, 2020, to frame more than half the country – freedom-loving citizens – as radical, domestic terrorists.
Lie, divide, and conquer.
Whoever runs Biden’s Twitter account tweeted this:
I have said it many times, and it is no more true or real than when we think about the events of January 6: We are in a battle for the soul of America. A battle that by the grace of God, and by the goodness and greatness of this nation, we will win.
Really. Most people understand what happened on January 6 was a calculated, pre-planned set-up to take Trump down and frame Republicans. Once again, the global socialists, Democrat media, and America-haters teamed up and did not let another manufactured crisis go to waste.
But Joe, now you’re saying America is good and great? Midterms must be coming up. That’s right, at least in his rhetoric, old Joe is pivoting to the center in the hopes that naive, uninformed Americans will believe him and think he’s a moderate.
Also, what god do you suppose he’s referring to? Satan and his minions have nothing to do with grace, but lots to do with the Democrat Party Platform. Please understand this is a war of worldviews, not politics.
Even prior to being ushered into the White House, Biden’s handlers tried pushing the ridiculous idea that Joe was a type of savior, a victor of a holy war and his election would ultimately save America. He often referred to healing and light in his campaign speeches in attempts to present a false impression Biden was the moral one to bring positive change and unity the people.
Make no mistake, when the left refers to unity, they actually mean submission.
They use the Alinsky tactic of demonizing us, their opponents to distract from the real issues. The left has this down to a science.
Spiritual warfare is very real and more obvious now than ever in our short history. There are battles in heavenly realms over people’s souls and nations because of what they represent. The enemy hates America because of the God we were once united under and the true believers who live for Christ.
I wrote a chapter about this in my book, Canceling Christianity. So since Joe brought it up, let’s talk about morality for a moment. Some may wonder how the open hostility toward the Judeo-Christian worldview became so accepted and normalized.
I quoted author, Don Feder, who explained why left hates religion and how the culture war is between the left’s neo-Marxist worldview—which has come to dominate the Democrat Party—and the Judeo-Christian ethic. The clash was inevitable. Feder states:
Judeo-Christian (or Biblical) morality teaches objective ethics—applicable for all time and in all places. Leftism teaches that morality is subjective (in a constant state of flux) and that anything can be justified if it advances the revolution.
Religion puts God above the state. Leftism says the regime is God—the source of all blessings.
Judeo-Christian ethics says the natural family is essential for social cohesion. Leftism says the family is whatever we say it is, and is really not that important, anyway.
The Judeo-Christian worldview says God created man and woman and intended for them to complement each other. Leftism says male and female are meaningless concepts, and that to believe otherwise is bigotry.
Judeo-Christian morality encourages procreation as the First Commandment. Leftism says that in a world of global warming, having children is irresponsible and should be limited by law, if individual choice isn’t enough.
In my own articles and videos here for Freedom Project, I’ve addressed how out of the mainstream Joe Biden’s gruesome support for abortion is, more extreme than any president in history. We’ve exposed his anti-American open borders policy and how his party has weakened the American economy, the so-called education system, the military, national defense, and trade relations with other countries.
I’ve discussed his constant denial of absolute truth, promotion of moral relativism and the entire LGBTQ agenda, defends vandals, looters, and rioters but not persecuted Christians, cozies up to Communist China, and the fact he has gone on record to demand more Islam be taught in government schools.
And Biden Democrats are fighting for the soul of America? Please.
Let me close with one of many great quotes on this topic of righteousness. President Calvin Coolidge once stated:
“The strength of our country is the strength of its religious convictions. The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.”
Not only is the Bible no longer taught, it is now banned. Whose morality is being advanced and legislated across this land? You know whose, and it’s not the only living God of the Christian faith. We need more people who are unashamed of the gospel, who know the true history of this nation and the U.S. Constitution to activate and take a stand for truth, righteousness, and justice.
Antichrist’s Prophets Preparing Planet - By Terry James - https://www.raptureready.com/2022/01/14/antichrists-prophets-preparing-planet-by-terry-james/
Any observer of these strange times from the preTrib view of Bible prophecy can do no other than conclude that the wicked powers and principalities in high places of Ephesians 6: 12 are at work.
Concerning one major section of this work being done by the minions in that stratosphere of evil, I find the following conclusion by a writer quite on the mark.
(1) COVID-1984 Bringing the Great Reset’s Conquest
The Chinese Flu may be a minor pestilence, but after two years of scientific dictatorship taking hold around the world, it is clear that the lockdowns, small business devastation, church closures, and punishments for disobeying arbitrary and capricious mandates devised by petty tyrants have all been about conditioning national populations to accept total government control over their lives. Plain and simple: Governments love the virus they have taught the world to fear. It is their weapon of choice for initiating, in their own words, a “Great Reset” that allows them to conquer free nations and remake them into slave states mastered by a small coterie of the fantastically wealthy and politically powerful. (Source: The Four Horsemen of the Left’s Artificial Apocalypse, J.B. Shurk, American Thinker.com, January 7, 2022)
The minions in high places determined to bring about the new global order have, of course, been setting the stage –or attempting to do so— for decades. They concentrated first on global warming, then climate change when Manhattan and other places failed to succumb to the ocean waters rising from melting Arctic ice as predicted. It seems that they concocted the idea of adding global pandemic to their one-world design and implemented the blueprint in 2020 to begin the process of controlling us and channeling us into planetary lockdown.
Their main thrust in implementing their plan to reset Planet Earth in their own image remains forcing everyone into a Mother Earth worship. This is an unending movement despite the fact that most of earth’s population isn’t concerned to any great extent. The masking and vaccines are much greater fear producers than the climate horrors predicted, it seems. So, the minions are full bore in demanding that the vaccinated turn against those who don’t want to take the jab.
People across the world, for the most part, ignore the dire warnings, despite the likes of the Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg being used as the megaphone alarmist proclaiming earth is doomed. The distance between the rational mind and the fear-mongering mind of the globalist provocateurs is stark. The American Thinker presents an excellent contrast in this regard.
Most journalists, the U.N., Kerry, Greta, Biden, educators, entertainers, environmentalists, and other Democrats say the science is settled. They say it is proven that humans, CO2, fossil fuels, and automobiles cause warming. They say the warming is causing the ice to melt, and coastal cities will soon be gone. They say we need to stop using fossil fuels because there are only a few years left to stop the warming. Somehow, they also pretend more people die from a little warmth than the cold. Evidence hasn’t mattered for a long time when they are pushing their agenda to destroy the economy.
On the other hand, people with the ability to use logic and reason will say that there is no correlation between populations, fossil fuel use, CO2 content, and temperature. They will say truthfully that the climate has always changed cyclically and naturally. Sometimes it is cold, and sometimes it is warm. Sometimes we have droughts, and sometimes we have rain and floods. Sometimes we have less snow, and sometimes we have more snow. Some years are stormier than others. They understand that fossil fuels have greatly improved the quality and length of life for those who use them.
In other words, people who can use logic and reason follow the facts. People who are pushing the leftist agenda to remake and destroy America don’t care about the facts.
Regardless of ideological differences in the matter of earth’s ecology, weather, etc., God’s Word indicates man can neither save nor destroy the planet.
“The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods” (Psalm 24:1-2).
I recommend that one read the complete article above, which includes facts and fallacies about COVID and what’s going on as well as facts about the climate change delusion, to understand clearly truth vs lie in the Luciferian plans to bring on the Antichrist regime.
It seems to me that dynamics taking place in Europe, with regard to the dictatorial demands of the likes of President Emmanuel Macron of France in effect controlling all activity with mandates, shows how near the world might be to the man of sin being revealed. Before the Antichrist steps into the spotlight, we can be assured believers in Jesus Christ will be with their Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. What a Glorious prospect if you are in God’s Eternal Family!
Vaccinations: On the Threshold of the Mark… - By
Christ In Prophecy - https://harbingersdaily.com/vaccinations-on-the-threshold-of-the-mark/
With the muddy river of drivel steadily coming from Washington, the World Health Organization, big pharma, and sundry self-proclaimed experts regarding the Chi-Com Virus, it is difficult at times to separate the truth from the lie. But, of greater interest to Christians is the precedent that is being set by the reaction to the virus by governments around the world. This issue will be briefly addressed here along with some reasons why the vaccination is not the Mark of the Beast.
On the Threshold of the Mark…
Everyone has a story to back up their opinion on the vaccination, but the elephant in the room that nobody will admit exists is the fact that this whole crisis is not so much about health as it is about developing protocols for controlling the masses.
Nothing in recent history has lent itself to the debut of Revelation 13:16 like the international response to this virus. And the consequence of that response is what demands attention from believers. That is, we are on the threshold of the scenario that is described in Revelation 13, and this emphasizes to all who have eyes to see and ears to hear that the removal of the Church is indeed imminent.
The issue that should stop us dead in our tracks is that Satan now has a tool that has been refined to an effective degree. That is, he knows a way to force a nation’s citizens to cower and to thus be manipulated into a knee-jerk reaction to almost any crisis, real or imagined. All it takes is for their leadership to exploit the crisis by using the incessant outpouring of fear (no matter how unreasonable) together with unconstitutional government mandates and threats. Most of us remember Rahm Emanuel and his infamous statement, “Never allow a good crisis to go to waste. It’s an opportunity to do things you once thought were impossible.”
This is made easier through 21st Century technology that has elevated the ability for totalitarian governments to monitor the lives of their citizens to unimaginable levels.
Students of WWII history know that the Nazi regime convinced a multitude of normal people to engage in and support the imposition of some of the most draconian and liberty-destroying practices known to humanity. And, some of the GESTAPO’s most effective tools for spying on their own people were common citizen moles along with low-tech tools like filing cabinets containing folders and 3×5 cards.
Technology has made it much easier to spy on citizens today. No filing cabinets are needed.
It is impossible to imagine the volume of information that governments and corporations, like Amazon, harvest on the habits and activities of regular people and the real-time speed at which it can be accessed, cataloged, and wholesaled to interested parties. Every modern entertainment/communication/surveillance device found along public streets and highways including those in many homes and businesses is or is potentially an information vacuum cleaner.
…But Not the Mark
Note how this unrestricted access to the details of people’s lives fits with Revelation 13:16-17, “And it makes everyone — small and great, rich and poor, free and slave — to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark: the beast’s name or the number of its name.” The word “it” refers to the second beast which is from the earth; students commonly refer to him as the False Prophet (FP).
Perhaps the Mark will be Satan’s attempt to deceive as many people as possible by imitating God, as seen in Revelation 3:12 and 22:4. Some scholars believe what this amounts to is compulsion under a semblance of choice. But, no matter how it might look, the program will be just one big charade designed to deceive and control.
The question continues to come up in print and in discussions, “Could the Wuhan vaccination actually be the Mark of the Beast?” No, it is not. But, it does appear possible that people’s response to the virus might become the precedent for the way they will respond when Antichrist demands worldwide acceptance of his Mark.
There are several reasons why the vax is not the Mark, and I will submit three for your consideration.
The first reason that comes to mind is that the word translated “mark” means a stamp. A good example would be the impress on a coin, or a tattoo or a logo. As generations come and go, the question as to what this Mark will look like has been debated many times. But, at the end of the day, the only thing we can know for sure is that it will be some kind of stamp that is placed on a person’s forehead or right hand.
The Chi-Com Virus vaccination is not a stamp; it is an intramuscular injection; thus, it is disqualified from being the Mark of the Beast. Trying to figure out the details about the Mark itself and its administration might be interesting to some, but that seems to be an exercise in futility (at least at this point in time) and a waste of time.
Another reason we can know the vaccination is not the Mark is that the mandates are coming from politicians, bureaucrats, conglomerate board members/CEOs, et. al. None of those people qualify as the False Prophet. The fact that any number of them have hearts that are as evil as that of the coming FP is not in doubt, but none are currently in the chair the FP will occupy in the very near future.
When Antichrist rises to the level of prominence as described in Scripture, he will select by some currently unknown method the man who will become the FP. It is possible that someone presently involved in mandates could be chosen. Though that point is mere speculation, it is the studied opinion of many students of prophecy that the Antichrist and the False Prophet are indeed alive at this present moment.
Make no mistake — Satan is not omniscient; he did not see this Chi-Com Virus pandemic coming. Equally true, though, is the fact he may exploit the world’s present response to his future advantage.
The American Response
Each reader can think of other reasons why the vaccination is not the Mark of the Beast, but there is only one more that I want to mention. Before I do that, however, there is something I wish to say about this vaccination whose immediate and long-term effects are unknown and are suspect even now.
If a person believes they need the shot or that they need to wear a mask, then by all means get the shot and wear a mask. Wear it even if you are alone in a vehicle on the highway, as some actually do! However, if a person chooses to not participate in a global experiment whose effect is not known, it is their choice.
A U.S. Navy Commander was recently relieved of his duties because he chose to not take the shot. Imagine! All because of the reckless mandate by a demagogue sitting in a fancy office somewhere. This man is an American career Naval officer whose future is now destroyed because he chose to exercise the liberty he has devoted his life to protecting. Was the bloodshed by liberty-loving patriots at North Bridge after firing the “shot heard round the world” all in vain?
A foolish and politically correct mandate is a slippery slope, and once it is entered upon, it is extremely difficult to get off. There is no end to the damage that can be done to liberty. On a whim, a president or his bureaucrats can issue a mandate that changes the course of life horribly for a person, a family, or a business. Such people care not a rip for the irreparable harm and suffering they impose upon citizens. And, it is all blatantly done with elitist indifference!
There was a time when most Americans would choose to die on their feet rather than to live on their knees. That was the case in 1776.
The Church’s Assurance
But, the major reason we can know with the greatest of assurance that the vaccination is not the Mark is the fact that the Church is still on earth. The Mark will be imposed during the Tribulation. The Tribulation does not begin until the Church is removed from the world followed by a false peace that is brokered by the Antichrist.
As long as the Church is present on earth, there can be no Antichrist, no False Prophet, and no Mark. Difficult times are already here for many people, but what is called “difficult times” today cannot in any way be compared to what is going to happen from Revelation 6 to 19. We thank God the Bride of Christ will not be here to see it!
Once again, the vaccination is not the Mark of the Beast. Take it if you think you must, and be rest assured, you are not taking the Mark of the Beast.
Christians must commit to consistent and prayerful study of the Bible in order that we may not be deceived with pseudo-Bible knowledge propounded by fearful and ignorant teachers.
Daily Devotion” Frangelism - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe. —1 Corinthians 1:21
https://harvest.org/resources/devotion/frangelism/ - Listen
We tend to think of preaching in a negative way, as something that is bad. For example, if someone says something that we don’t like, we might say, “Hey, don’t preach at me.”
Actually, the Bible says that preaching is a good thing, but we don’t necessarily have to do it loudly. The word preach doesn’t mean that we have to project. We can preach quietly. We can whisper the gospel, share it conversationally, or even tweet it.
There are so many ways we can share our faith. The point is to just communicate it.
Romans 10:14 asks, “How can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?” (NLT).
The primary way people come to Jesus is through hearing the gospel. The Bible tells us, “For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe” (1 Corinthians 1:21 NKJV).
God called Jonah to take the gospel to the city of Nineveh, which was filled with Israel’s enemies. Jonah was reluctant and didn’t go at first. But when he did go and preach the message that God gave him, a great spiritual awakening broke out.
President Abraham Lincoln said, “The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.” So share the gospel with your enemies and frenemies as well as your friends, your neighbors, and your family. Go to everyone you can and share the gospel.
Another term I like to use for evangelism is “frangelism.” F is for friends. R is for relatives. A is for associates. And N is for neighbors. Go into all of your world and preach the gospel.
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