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The Coming False Messiah - By Pastor Mike Taylor - https://pastormiketaylor.blogspot.com/2021/07/the-coming-false-messiah.html
38 And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.
39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
41 I receive not honour from men.
42 But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you.
43 I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.". (John 5:38-43)
The passage where this scripture is quoted in John , recounts the words of Jesus as He attempted to persuade the people of His day of who He really was. All through the gospels, especially the gospel of John, Jesus shows them miracle after miracle and gives them reason after reason to believe on the “One whom God hath sent”. But as any bible student knows, the people were blind and deaf to the reality that was standing right in front of them. The people were looking for a warrior king, much like their ancestor King David, to unite and restore the nation of Israel to its former glory and remove the standing Roman army from their land.
Israel was sub-servant to the power of the Roman empire and their hopes were pinned on the Laws given to Moses and could not see past the rituals that shadowed the coming Messiah. To them, Messiah meant a deliverer King, a fighting man with near supernatural ability to defeat the Romans and expel them from Israel. Who was this carpenter’s son that thought of Himself so highly that he spoke near blasphemy in their minds and in their hearing? This was not what they envisioned. They did not want a poor man of lowly means that had no power of making war.
Here was a Man who fit every prophecy of a coming Messiah to the letter, something that the religious authorities and the people had been waiting for over 400 years and knew every last detail of His coming and His family ancestry, based on the clear words of the Torah and the prophets, and they didn’t recognize Him, nor accept Him.
If you look back at scripture, to when Jesus was risen from the grave and appeared to the apostles and many others, even the men who followed Jesus for 3.5 years still did not understand the reason for the coming of the Messiah. As Jesus spoke with them, just before He ascended to heaven, the disciples asked Him in Acts 1,
"4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.” (Acts 1:4-9)
At this time, even these men who lived, ate, and slept near the King of kings while He was a man on earth, still did not recognize His mission. Not yet, but they would when the day of Pentecost had come and they were filled with the Holy Spirit and the ability to speak out boldly of who Jesus Christ really was, what His mission had been, and revelation of what He had accomplished, being salvation to the Jew first, then to the Gentiles, as Paul eventually took the message to the Gentile nations in Asia Minor and the world.
From that humble beginning, the Word of God has spread like wildfire to cover all the earth. Men have died to speak God’s Word and the Word has flourished over every nation.
If you read the New Testament, coupled with the Old Testament prophecies of the coming Messiah, the 4 Gospel accounts give you everything you need to know to make a rational decision that Jesus Christ is the Messiah and the Son of the Living God Almighty. But why is there still doubt and a disbelieving world that rejects this core of our very being of the Christian heart? Because just as God is working full time, over time, and every second of the day to win men’s hearts to God and justify them because of His Son’s sacrifice in blood, His adversary, Satan the devil, is working just as hard to deceive, to lie, to tempt men to give into their sinful nature and deny the need for a Savior. When Thomas doubted that Jesus was risen, but believed when he saw Him with his own eyes, what did Jesus say? Read the surrounded verses that come to this one thought about faith, John chapter 20:
"26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:
31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” (John 20:26-31)
We who live in the last days of the age of grace, believe by faith and not by sight. We believe because the Holy Spirit has revealed this truth to us in our hearts and minds and by faith, we have accepted Jesus as our Savior and Lord of our life. In our hearts, Jesus reigns supreme, (or should be) and we follow Him and His footsteps and model His behavior while on earth. You and I embrace the truth that Jesus is the Son of God, born of a virgin, lived and ministered on earth 3.5 years, and was rejected of His brethren, the Jewish people. We believe that He was falsely accused, beaten, and crucified on a Roman cross and buried in a rich man’s tomb…But the most glorious of it all, is we believe that He arose again 3 days later and is now, as I type, seated at the right Hand of Power, of Almighty God our Father, waiting to return for his Bride, the church, then 7 years later to set up a glorious 1000 year reign of peace, finally upon the earth.
If you want to know who Jesus Christ is, and who He was while on earth, my reader you can get no better explanation than to read the book of John of the four gospels beginning the New Testament. We do not cling to the law, as the law condemned us, but Jesus has delivered us from the penalty of the law and it’s requirements of sacrifice, by being the sinless sacrifice required by God to forgive each and everyone of us our sins that we cannot help but commit. So why did Jesus come? To supply a way back to the Father in Heaven and have His blood cover our sins, each and everyone who believes by faith.
FALSE MESSIAH COMING
Down through the last two thousand years, there have been many false prophets and many who have proclaimed to be the long awaited messiah the unbelieving world has waited for and especially the Jewish people, who to this day, do not believe in Jesus Christ, save a few blessed of God to receive their spiritual sight and believe in their Messiah. But by and large, the nation of Israel and the Jewish people are still in unbelief and waiting for that warrior king to deliver them from their enemies. At this time we could go into the history lessons of the dispersion of the Jews from 70 AD up to this modern day era, but for brevity sake, we know that the nation of Israel has been reformed again, against all odds in 1948, but is besieged by enemies from all borders of their country who wish nothing more than to destroy them and push them into the Mediterranean Sea.
There is no peace when you speak of Palestinians and any words spoke of real peace is an utter lie. You know it, and the wise person who believes his Bible, knows it as well. . There has been prophecy, after prophecy concerning the coming “lawless one” who will make a treaty with Israel for 7 years. But what peace treaty will this man confirm with Israel that is existence now?
I have seen attempt after attempt by past American presidents to bring a so-called peace process to Israel and their neighbors to ultimate failure. Even past President Trump pushed for peace in the Middle East with Abrahamic Accords. I read about the push for a two state solution, which on the Palestinian side is another attempt at lying words to mask their true intent and that is to destroy Israel and its Jewish heritage. That push began in year 2013 of June to last 9 months and to bring to the table a set of clear objectives for a permanent peace deal that is seen at this J-post link:
It starts the article with these words:
“WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State John Kerry hopes to narrow differences between Israelis and Palestinians in peace talks this week that are intended to guide the sides toward a deal in April, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday.”
Now I recall from my Bible study that there will be a peace treaty that will be signed when the Anti-Christ is revealed and I’m not saying that this is that peace treaty, but the framework is there. Remember from your reading of God’s Word what the real peace treaty will do, when Daniel the prophet wrote in Daniel chapter 9:
“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” (Daniel 9:27)
Now many have postulated in times past, that Obama would be the Anti-Christ and I have not bought into that theory YET…..but it has come to my attention and I’m studying it’s source by doing online searches, and it would do well with each of us to search and line up events that are forming right now in our political and the world’s economic woes. I would not be amazed if Obama is the one behind advising our mentally challenged currect POTUS and trying still to bring this country down to ruin and set up a One World Government.
ANNOUNCING THE COMING AL-MAHDI
It is reported that there is a parchment found in a clay jar, outside a nuclear reactor announcing the coming of the 12th Imam, known as Al Mahdi. From all indications that Mahdi and the Anti-Christ have striking similar prophecies associated with them in Christianity and well as Islam. I don’t put any stock in Islam’s prophecies, but if a section of a particular people believe it, then that’s dangerous and could lead the world into more perilous times. I ask that each of you read and search for the following discovery that purports to identify who this 12th Imam is, known as the Al Mahdi. The Ayatollahs in Iran are in firm belief that the man is alive and well today. This discovery is known as the Arak Codex #190001 and it correlates with the long held belief that the Muslim world has believed for a long time. In this Codex, It describes this man who is believed to the be the Al Mahdi…I take this quote from the intenet at this link
Barack Obama FulfillsThe Occult Signs of the Coming Islamic Mahdi | Christian News | Before It's News (beforeitsnews.com)
Quoting just a portion of this article:
“He is half black, half white. He is tall and strides with a lope. He possesses dead eyes and prominent ears. His background is both obscure and exotic. He is persuasively eloquent and is adept at saying one thing while doing another. His head swivels from side to side when addressing the multitudes, as if reading from prepared texts no doubt lowered from on high and inscribed by the Lord or one of his angels. He gives the distinct impression of being a man-child. He is supremely confident and exudes a certain boyish charm many find irresistible. He is devoted to popular sports involving holes and nets as emblems of ensnaring. He bows frequently in false humility, cajoling the high and mighty of the earth, yet brooks no objection to his will when dissent is offered. He is to be found in many different places from one day to another. He is surrounded by loyal minions, many of whom appear to be imbeciles, who do his bidding without question or scruple. He occupies the seat of power.”
Let me be very clear about this, for there are those who cannot bring themselves to confront the evidence of the Twelfth Imam’s uncloaking that I, privy to the discovery of the mystical codex through means I am forbidden to reveal, now set before them. All his actions are directed toward igniting the flames that wait to engulf the world. He diligently undermines the laws, security and prosperity of the people he ostensibly represented, and turned one against the other, sowing discord among the populace. He betrayed his friends and allies and renders them vulnerable to international predators. He sponsored and supported warlike groups and aggressive regimes that seek world hegemony. He is an undeclared enemy of the Jewish people and the Jewish state. He is a great friend to Islam in its march toward imposing a caliphate upon unsuspecting nations. He welcomes the black flag and the yellow flag into the sanctum of domestic authority, distributing office among his Muslim acolytes. He smiles upon the ayatollahs and signs agreements that facilitate their holy designs to kindle universal violence and establish their god’s kingdom on earth.
He has been schooled at the feet of prophets and sages and learned from the masters of canon and creed. He is the repository of sacred teachings and potent incantations, and is adept at uttering sonorous phrases that please as they befuddle. He is the embodiment of consecrated, numinous and venerable doctrine. He is no longer hidden but exults among us in all his glory. He is the bringer of chaos and the last days. He will inaugurate a new world order.
Doubters and skeptics must give way. The Twelfth Imam has returned, confirmed in his exaltation by innumerable tokens and crests and auguries. Devastation will precede him and resurrection will surely follow in his wake. The infidel shall be destroyed, destroyed utterly, and the believer shall rise from the smoldering ruins in triumph and gladness of heart. All this shall come to pass for it is written:
He is the Mahdi”
Notice the similarities of a past president of these United States and the description of the Al Mahdi? But what makes me wonder, and should you, are the prophecies coming from Muslim writings pertaining to this Al Mahdi.
Now this could be a ruse, and I’m fully aware of that, as where did this Codex come from? Did it come from an archaeological discovery, or a planted discovery? What I read, is that nobody outside of the rulers of Iran know of its existence, save a few that have examined it on pain of death to its revealing to the media. But the amazing thing is that prior writing of the Sahih Muslim Book under various book numbers and pages, all talk about this coming Mahdi in the same context and description. It would also be a point of interest to understand that when the church is removed, that the dominate religion on earth will be ISLAM mixed with false Christianity via the Catholic Church and the blend will be called Chrislam. What better way for Satan to destroy Israel than for the Al Mahdi and the Anti-Christ to be one and the same?
THE COMING MAN OF SIN, FALSE MESSIAH
What of this coming man of sin? The Bible deals with him, as quoted from Daniel chapter 9, and Paul spoke of this false messiah in 2nd Thessalonians 2:
3 “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first (harpazo, Rapture), and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4 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.
5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,” (2nd Thessalonians 2:3-9)
Jesus spoke of this time in Jewish history future, in Matthew 24:15-16:
"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:"
OK, SOME LIBERTY HERE
What has happened up to this point? Remember when I said that the Jews were looking for a warrior king that would deliver them from their enemies and give them the peace and safety they longed for, and restore the glory of the Kingdom of Israel once more? Thinking out loud and taking scripture for what it says, what if a powerful leader of the world’s lone superpower with military might that was unsurpassed in its ability to wage war were to bring a promise of peace and safety to Israel by making a treaty with a framework of two nations living alongside one another “in safety and security”…Sound familiar? Does to me, as that is the talking point of the U.S. involvement in pushing for a so called peace in the Middle East for the last 40+ years. It has been all elusive, but this latest push for a two state solution is being by any means available whether through use of extortion, bribery, or threat of economic sanctions….not against the Palestinians, but against Israel. Some believe and we watch and wait, that Obama will be made the Secretary General of the U.N. Or get a third term in the future as POTUS....can that be?
SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS
I had a sister just ask me about these past Blood Moons and the Tetrads that came on God’s Holy Days of Passover and Tabernacles in the past and the significance of those events. As I have written before and it seems many ministers are picking up on it with their own variation, these signs seen in our heavens, based on previous blood moons in the past, have dealt with the nation of Israel and the Jewish race. Let’s take the clues that we have covered so far and recap with some suppositions:
-a push for a Peace Treaty in Israel scheduled for the last 40 years
-a transformation of a Republic into something that none of us recognize, the USA. Happening right now~!!
-Iranian belief that the AlMahdi is on the scene and alive today and the man is pushing for a Muslim Caliphate to rule the world.
-the discovery of this Arak Codex #190001 and it’s description of the AlMahdi
-the long held belief by the Muslims of who the Mahdi will be written in the Sahih Muslim books.
-Signs of the blood moons that came to Israel and has been associated with Israel in every instance of past Blood Moon Tetrads, with the first sign coming in April 2015 of that year coinciding with this “peace treaty” that Kerry and Obama were pushing.
-the suspicions of many people of who this past president really is, as we know nothing about him, except he reads a good teleprompter.
-our past president and his Muslim roots that pander to the nation of Islam but slanders anything that smacks of Christianity. Oh, he says he’s a Christian, but the first law of Islam is to lie to the infidel until he be subdued.
Am I saying that Obama is the Anti-Christ? Not yet, I’m not, but If he’s not, then he is paving the way for the real deal. Everything the man does is Anti-American and designed at destroying our Republic and he is totally against Israel, no matter what he says. But let’s just for conjecture and theory decide Obama is the real deal, based on the above reasons, what may be Israel’s response in light of the opening verse of this message spoken by Jesus? I propose that the media and the art world has done everything in its power to build an aura around this man and christen him, the new messiah, in word, print and art renderings. Israel has longed for a “savior” or someone to deliver them from their enemies. Someone to give them a sense of peace and security that they have prayed for the last 73 years to arrive. Would they embrace a “false messiah” who gives them a false sense of security? Is the Pope Catholic?
They want to believe, they are primed for it, and they just might accept a deal with the devil thinking that this is their long awaited “warrior king”…to give them what they have desired, their land without fear, a new Jewish Temple of worship on Mt. Moriah, the Temple Mount and a 7 year treaty of lies that claim peace. See Israel has been blinded that their Messiah was a suffering servant come to take away their sins (as temple sacrifices did that, in their mind), but a King David, fully man not necessarily divine, that would deliver them to regain what they had lost, the splendor of Solomon’s reign. Only when the prophecy spoken by Jesus in Matthew 24 comes to fruition about the abomination of desolation standing in the temple claiming to be God, that they will know they have made a pact with the devil. Then this false messiah will attempt to destroy everything Jewish and the nation of Israel will be trampled upon and the rest of the world subjugated to his dictatorship.
TWO CHOICES OF TRUE MESSIAH, or a false messiah
It comes down to this. Which one will you follow? Will you follow the true Messiah, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, or will you follow a charlatan with the title of “new messiah”. He may be the President of the USA, he may not. He will be the Anti-Christ, or by implication, instead of Christ. He will also, most likely be Muslim and the embraced Al Mahdi by association, or what he will stir up so they believe he is their leader to bring the reign of the Caliphate come to pass and Chrislam as the universal religion. The world will be ripe for deception. Carnage will be the name of the game, as many people will die…maybe even you. It will happen when suddenly, many people from every nation that has a true Christian population disappear and there is no sane explanation from anyone left to sort out the details of the event. If you have read all the surrounding reasons of what is happening during the next few years, then you will have to decide if the events are close time wise and if they are reasonable. (Note that Obama is still on the scene and he has not vanished into the background, but keeps speaking in a political arena). The false messiah could be on your TV screen at any given evening speaking lies to the unsuspecting masses of disbelievers. With signs becoming more prominent and exploding on your news cast, night after night, then any sane person would have to say….the Anti-Christ, the Al Mahdi, the lawless one, is alive and well today in our time.
Who do you put your trust in? Do you have to see with your eyes, and hear with your ears to believe? Remember what Jesus said above. “Blessed are those who have not seen, but believe”. How will you find the true Messiah? By faith you will see Him, feel Him, and His Holy Spirit will call you in a still small voice to repent of what you have been doing. Turn around and fall into the arms of Jesus Christ, my Lord who wishes only to save you and deliver you from the wrath to come. Call upon His name and with remorse and tears, call out “Jesus save me”….you know what, He will do as you ask.
16 “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.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (John 3:16-19)
8 “But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:8-13)
This is Pastor Mike Taylor, praying for you. Should you need counseling, prayer, or just a listening ear, then email me at email@example.com, God bless you all, till we meet at Jesus feet.
Have The Social Media Companies Become Way Too Powerful? - by Michael Snyder - http://endoftheamericandream.com/have-the-social-media-companies-become-way-too-powerful/
Do you remember the early days of the Internet? It was like “the wild west”, and that could be bad, but in many ways it was also very good. The Internet was very decentralized at that time, and information could flow very freely. For the very first time, ordinary people could communicate with others all over the globe on a massive scale, and I believe that was an incredibly positive development for humanity. Unfortunately, the elite were absolutely horrified by this free flow of information and they became obsessed with restricting it. Today, highly advanced algorithms have been designed to shape our behavior online. We are increasingly being funneled to just a handful of immensely powerful corporate-owned websites, and information on those sites is heavily monitored, controlled and censored.
In particular, the largest “social media websites” have undergone a radical transformation over the past several years. At one time, if you had something interesting to say it was fairly easy to get something to go viral. But now the largest social media websites systematically suppress certain groups, viewpoints and belief systems. If you are opposed to the dominant narratives that they are trying to push, it is going to be exceedingly difficult for you to get much traction online.
Of course if you get frustrated with the extreme levels of censorship, you could always seek out other social media sites where the censorship is lighter.
But the largest social media websites are where all the people are. As far as total Internet traffic is concerned, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Reddit are all in the top 10.
I would consider Wikipedia to be a social media website too, and it is in the top 10 as well.
This gives the largest social media companies an extraordinary amount of influence over how people view the world, and one recent survey found that the vast majority of Americans believe that they have too much power…
While most Republicans and Democrats believe social media companies wield too much power, Republicans are more likely to hold this view, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.
A whopping 82 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents think social media companies have too much power and influence in politics, compared with 63 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, the survey said.
But even though we believe that they have too much power, we just keep going back.
In fact, most of us are deeply addicted.
One recent poll discovered that 73 percent of British adults “can’t even imagine going a full 24 hours without at least one screen to stare at”…
From computers and tablets to smartphones and TV sets, nowadays most people’s days consist of staring at one screen and then moving on to the next. As such, a recent poll of 2,000 British adults reports a whopping 73 percent can’t even imagine going a full 24 hours without at least one screen to stare at.
What about you?
Could you go a full day without the Internet?
The same poll found that adults are spending approximately six hours a day “in front of screens”…
How glued are we to our devices exactly? On average, researchers report adults spend about six hours daily in front of screens.
We are only awake for about 16 hours a day.
Needless to say, if you allow anyone to pump six hours of “programming” into your mind each day, it is going to radically alter how you view the world.
In addition to frying our minds, being addicted to the Internet can also have physical consequences. For example, a different study found a direct link between Internet addiction and sleep problems in young people…
More evidence suggests the severity of internet addiction (IA) is directly related to the severity of sleep problems in youth.
Results from a study of more than 4000 adolescent students show IA severity was linked to less sleep and to daytime sleepiness. In addition, boys aged 12-14 years who were addicted to computer games vs social media networking were the most affected.
Experts have found that the Internet can even make you sick. Medical professionals are telling us that some people can actually develop “cybersickness” if they use the Internet too much…
Cybersickness refers to a cluster of symptoms that occur in the absence of physical motion, similar to motion sickness. These symptoms fall into three categories: nausea, oculomotor issues and general disorientation. Oculomotor symptoms, like eye strain, fatigue and headaches, involve overworking the nerve that controls eye movement. Disorientation can manifest as dizziness and vertigo. And several cybersickness symptoms, such as difficulty concentrating and blurred vision, overlap categories. These issues can persist for hours and affect sleep quality.
So it is important to be careful.
As with so many other things in life, moderation is the key.
Without a doubt, there is still so much about the Internet that is very positive. Personally, I have been using it to relentlessly share the truth for more than a decade. The Internet has allowed me to touch millions upon millions of people all over the globe, and I am always encouraged when readers email me from the other side of the planet.
We should always remember that the Internet is simply a tool.
It can be used for great good, but it can also be used for great evil.
And right now, the elite are ruthlessly clamping down on free speech so that they can impose their “values” on everyone else.
They say that they are protecting us by restricting the flow of “disinformation”, but way too often they are the ones that are spreading “disinformation”.
For example, Joe Biden was accused of spreading disinformation about the COVID pandemic during his recent town hall on CNN.
Newsweek looked into that claim, and they rated it to be true…
True. Joe Biden spread misinformation about COVID vaccines at a CNN town hall on Wednesday.
It is not true that people vaccinated against COVID will not get the disease, be hospitalized, end up in an ICU, or die because of it.
So does this mean that we should censor Joe Biden’s speech and ban him from all social media platforms?
I believe that everyone should be allowed to speak, because that is what our founders would have wanted.
Unfortunately, freedom of speech on the Internet is nearly dead, and with each passing day there are even more calls for stricter censorship.
These are very dark days, and they are getting darker all the time.
Jesus Describes Our Time - By Terry James - https://www.raptureready.com/2021/07/29/jesus-describes-our-time-terry-james/
The Apostle Paul describes the generation that will be on the stage of earth’s history during mankind’s final scenes of this describes Our Time dispensation perhaps better than any other human author. We’ve gone over his many characteristics of end-times man in a number of commentaries. But Paul’s prophetic words about perilous times to come—except for the very few times he says are him, not God, speaking—are inspired by the One who is the Word. Jesus is the true Author of the Bible (John 1:1).
So when we read words issued straight from the Lord’s own mouth, they have special significance. No one but God knows the end from the beginning. His Word proves that again and again. So Jesus’ words on things to come are profoundly important to read and heed.
With that in mind, let’s consider Jesus’ words as juxtaposed against the issues and events of these troublous times that so often vex us, as Lot, the believer of ancient times who lived in Sodom, might have put it.
Jesus, when asked by His disciples about the signs of His Second Coming, said:
Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:10–11)
The Lord, in other places, described these signs as coming upon the earth in birth-pang-like convulsions. There would be an increase in frequency and intensity of these issues and events. It will be, He indicated, much like a woman when she is having painful contractions in the process of giving birth.
One of the key indicators for us to look at in Christ’s prophecy is the term “nation against nation.”
We’ve pointed out many times that the Greek word for “nation” in this case is ethnos. Jesus was foretelling a time when there would be a tremendous rise in ethnic conflicts. This is one of the key descriptions of our times.
We have to look no further than our own nation, the United States, to determine that we are in ethnic turmoil. And it is contrived turmoil, foisted upon us by globalists who want to move America into a one-world configuration.
The Black Lives Matter and Antifa are proven to be groups organized and funded by the likes of George Soros, a man dedicated to creating a global order.
These organizations have ginned up the ever-intensifying rage of rebellious anarchists within those who harbor racial hatred that has literally brought American cities to ruin societally, culturally, and, most assuredly, economically.
In my view, the so-called COVID pandemic continues to be used by the globalists as a bludgeon against America’s people. The powers and principalities of Ephesians 6:12 are fomenting this nation-against-nation, end-of-the-age conflict.
This brings together the terms in Jesus’ prophecy, “ethnic hatreds and pestilence.” Although COVID and its proliferating strains is a contrived pestilence, it is pestilence nonetheless. It is a precursor to the great, real pandemics that will kill millions during the Tribulation era. What we are seeing now is implementation of a control mechanism that is laying groundwork for the coming Antichrist regime to use.
Jesus, the greatest of all prophets, described precisely this racial hatred that would be prevalent just before He returns to put an end to this wicked, rebellious cabal. God’s Word warns about this evil and its fatal destiny in Psalm 2.
The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. (Psalm 2:2–5)
Jesus stated further:
And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring. (Luke 21:25)
Although a case can easily be made for astonishing evidence of things going on in space that have people looking into that dark vastness for answers, it is the second part of this prophecy that is profoundly relevant to this time so near the end of the Age of Grace.
Economic turmoil caused by the worldwide COVID lockdowns has the nations in distress with great and growing perplexity. Great Britain, France, Australia, and other major Western economies are experiencing conditions like those described by the Lord.
America, the nation to whose dollar most all the world is intricately linked, is but one event or occurrence away from total collapse.
Although our government and the mainstream media won’t confess this before the American people or the world that depends on the dollar, that collapse could come at any moment, it is feared by many in the know.
Some perhaps not so much in the know, in terms of economic acumen (yours truly, for example), understand in their spirits that the moment that breaks the proverbial camel’s back is about to occur.
I write, of course, about the Rapture of all believers in Jesus Christ for salvation of their souls.
Jesus’ words are recorded, finally, pointing toward that moment of removal from the Tribulation that will follow that great event.
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. (Luke 21: 28)
Righteousness Through Christ - Nathele Graham - firstname.lastname@example.org
“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: there is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.” Romans 3:10-11. What is righteousness? It describes someone who is innocent and without fault. It’s used to describe a person who thinks, feels, and acts, wholly to conform to the will of God. Does that describe you? I’d like it to describe me, but I fall short. The only one who ever was fully righteous was Jesus Christ. Only through Him can we sinners be righteous before God. I’m sure that, at times. you have angry thoughts toward other people. I know I’m guilty of unreasonable anger on occasion. That’s only human, right? Should we condone our own thoughts and actions by comparing ourselves to other humans? No. Jesus is our example. He was fully human and tempted in every way that we are tempted, but He never sinned. He was also fully God, His blood was pure in order to take our sin away. His righteousness is imparted to believers, by faith in spite of our failures. In Chapters 1 and 2 of the letter to Romans, the Apostle Paul makes a strong point that nobody is righteous enough to stand before God. All of creation points to the fact that God exists and has rules to live by. Because mankind needed guidance, God gave us that guidance. Abraham was told to circumcise all males. That established a covenant between the Jewish people and God, but isn’t a means of salvation and more than being baptized is a means of salvation. Many years later, God gave the Law to Moses, which established rituals and works that never could bring salvation. Does this mean the Jewish people were more righteous than Gentiles? It means they were entrusted with the Law which ultimately was fulfilled by the Messiah, Jesus the Christ. “What advantage then hath the Jew? Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.” Romans 3:1-2. The Jewish people were chosen by God for a very special purpose. He called them out of the pagan culture around them, and gave them the Law, which wasn’t humanly possible to keep perfectly. It provided a long list of dos and don’ts and sacrifices. It was a guide, but even if a person was able to keep it perfectly, it was works based, and works can never bring salvation. Keeping the Law was based upon rites and religion. The proper rituals had to be done in the proper way. These laws helped to separate the Jewish people from the rest of the world, but only faith in the coming Messiah could bring salvation. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” Ephesians 2:8. Chapter 11 of the letter to the Hebrews gives a “roll call” of Old Testament believers who acted on faith and accomplished great things because of their faith, not their works. It was through the Jewish people that the Messiah would be born and today, salvation is offered to anyone who will believe in the finished work of Christ on the cross.
The Law was a school master, and Christians need to study it to understand what God deems as sin. By human standards, most of us are pretty good people. We might gossip about a friend, but doesn’t everybody? We all get angry, but our anger is always justified, right? Instead of judging our actions by how other people act, Jesus is our standard. Some things we accept today as “normal” were punishable by death according to the Law. For instance, sexual encounters outside of a one man/one woman marriage was a capital offense. Exodus chapter 18 and Deuteronomy chapter 22 tell of sexual sin and the penalty. “But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.” Galatians 3:23-25. God’s law has never changed, but was fulfilled by Jesus. By faith we are forgiven, but we aren’t to continue in sin.
The Law teaches that God values marriage. Jesus values marriage and attended a wedding. In the Gospel of John, we read that the scribes and Pharisees, men who pridefully kept the law but who had no forgiveness, decided to use the Law to trap Jesus into condemning a woman. “And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, they say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?” John 8:3-5. The law did allow stoning in such a situation, but it also required that the man also be stoned. Where was he? These men only wanted Jesus to condemn the woman. Instead of condemnation, this woman found grace and mercy. Jesus showed love, compassion, and forgiveness. Jesus ignored her accusers, but they kept after Him to judge her. “So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” John 8:7. Right at that moment the woman was probably the most thankful person on earth…her life had been spared. Jesus then stooped down and wrote on the ground, ignoring the accusations. “And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.” John 8:9. Those who accused her were convicted of their own sins. When we act like the Pharisees, wanting to condemn someone, we need to look at our own unrighteousness. When we are praying for mercy and forgiveness from Jesus for our sin, we need to see how Jesus spoke to the woman. Did Jesus say her sin was acceptable and pat her on the back and say “Keep doing what you’re doing”? Absolutely not. “When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers: hath no man condemned thee? She said No man, Lord, And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” John 8:10-11. Jesus showed grace and mercy that day, but He didn’t tell that woman to go ahead and keep sinning. He told her she wasn’t condemned but to stop her prostitution. “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” Romans 6:1-2. We’ve all been forgiven sins that are worthy of condemnation and death, but Jesus has forgiven us. Now we must go, and sin no more.
It's easy for us to sin. Like the forgiven prostitute, we have received grace and mercy from the Lord, but do we submit to Christ, the Master who has forgiven us, or do we submit to sin, which is of Satan? “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or obedience unto righteousness?” Romans 6:16. Our problem is that we don’t stop sinning. We cannot work to earn our salvation and only a righteous person can stand before God without condemnation. The law was unable to impart righteousness. “Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.” Galatians 3:21. If we can’t earn our salvation and the law can’t bring salvation, how can we ever hope for eternal life. Righteousness is only through faith in Jesus Christ.
Although salvation is a free gift, it isn’t a cheap gift. It cost Jesus everything. No ritual, no works, no law is able to do what Christ did. He stepped out of Glory and into this sin infested world. He left the worship of angels and complete oneness with God the Father, to enter His creation. He became human to save humans. He did this knowing full well that He would be rejected and crucified. Why would He do such a thing? He did it because He loves you and me. What a wonderful blessing to know that the Creator of the universe loves us. “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all the upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; to declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” Romans 3:21-26. “Propitiation” means appeasement. So faith in the shed blood of Christ, is the appeasement for our sin. We all sin, and no human being can be good enough to enter Heaven. Only by faith in the blood of Christ - His death, burial, and resurrection - can we be justified and made righteous. Not because we are so righteous, but because He is righteous.
What is it you seek in life? Fame, fortune and carnal pleasures? It’s not wrong to want comforts in life, but be sure you don’t gain the whole world but lose your own soul. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33. Righteousness only comes through Jesus Christ. Once you’ve met Him, turn away from sin, and as Jesus told the prostitute, “…go, and sin no more.” John 8:11b We can’t earn our salvation, but we can thank Jesus for what He did for us by letting go of sin and drawing closer to Him. “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2.
Our righteousness is not from our own perfection, but only through Jesus. Let’s start now to conform to Him, rather than the world.
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Daily Jot: Be prepared for “Beast-like” vaccine mandates - Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
President Joe Biden will have a government-wide vaccine mandate. The Justice Department craftily wrote an opinion that the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the COVID vaccines does not make it illegal for the government and the business sector to mandate vaccinations. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky said that a European-style health pass mandate in the US “may very well be a path forward.” Tuesday, the CDC announced that vaccinated people should wear masks in indoor public areas. All this, when compared to a month ago, daily COVID infections per 100,000 have shot up from 9,685 to 80,701 and daily deaths per 100,000 have risen from 279 to 421.
Reality. “Breakthrough” cases of those being vaccinated yet becoming infected and/or dying appear to be on the rise. CDC reports there were 10,262 breakthrough cases from January 1-April 30, and it stopped counting such cases in May. These breakthrough cases may be important because they indicate vaccine effectiveness. While there is a rise in infections, the percentage of deaths due to COVID infections is currently about 1/3 of the average. This may indicate that the virus, even in its variants, is losing strength. Notwithstanding, people over 65 years of age are at most risk of contracting the virus and dying from it, according to the CDC statistics. Make informed choices—don’t let politics dictate your life decision.
Politics. Having said that, the Justice Department has interpreted section 564 of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to allow a vaccine mandate. DOJ stated, “This language in section 564 specifies only that certain information be provided to potential vaccine recipients and does not prohibit entities from imposing vaccination requirements.” In the same opinion, however, DOJ says, “Section 564 directs FDA—“to the extent practicable” given the emergency circumstances and “as the [agency] finds necessary or appropriate to protect the public health”—to impose “[a]ppropriate” conditions on each EUA. Some of these conditions are designed to ensure that recipients of the product “are informed” of certain things, including “the option to accept or refuse administration of the product.””
Agenda. DOJ is saying that the Act permits mandates because it doesn’t specifically prohibit them. WOW! This “opinion,” surely to be challenged, opens the door wide for a vast array of strong-armed tactics, such as nationwide government and/or corporate vaccine mandates, school mandates, and a vaccine passport. You may not be able to work without the vaccine. This appears like a forerunner to the beast system in Revelation. While under the guise of “science,” all this may defy not only the mathematics, but reality. Americans may be faced with the precedent of losing their freedoms over COVID, and once a precedent is set, it is difficult to undo. James 1:22 says, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” Do not be deceived. Hear what the Lord is telling you. And do it.
Daily Devotion: Live It and Proclaim It - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. —Matthew 5:14
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In the military, if soldiers go absent without leave, or AWOL, a military court will rip their stripes off. It essentially takes away their rank.
I wonder sometimes if we need something like that in the church, something where Christians lose their stripes for being bad witnesses.
It’s better not to be a witness at all than to be a bad witness. What drives me crazy is to see people talk about the Lord all the time and then openly contradict it by the way they live.
In other words, they are light without being salt. Jesus said that we are to be both salt and light: “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? . . . You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:13–14 NLT).
In contrast to salt, which is primarily living what we believe, light signifies proclaiming what we believe. Each one is important.
But here’s the problem. Some Christians are light without being salt. In other words, they talk about it, but they don’t live it. If you are one of those people, may I ask you a personal favor? Would you please stop talking about Jesus?
Then there are people who are salt without being light. They live it. They’re godly people. But they never tell anyone about Jesus. However, the Bible says, “But 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?” (Romans 10:14 NLT).
If you want to be a genuine disciple of Jesus Christ, you need to live it. And you need to proclaim it.
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