The Pope Promotes A One World Religion – by Pastor Mike Taylor - https://pastormiketaylor.blogspot.com/2022/08/the-pope-promotes-one-world-religion.html
11 “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.” (Revelation 13:11-14)
I was reading about the coming One World Government that is in the planning stages right now through the new U.N. Charter of Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development and wondered to my self, “How will the world fall sway to the likes of the Anti-Christ and how will it start?” I've spoken of this before, but the Lord laid it on my heart to sound the warning again.
There are three foundations that must be in place for the Anti-Christ to rise.
Those are the foundation stones that will bring about the rise of the Anti-Christ, but how do we get from here to there? Let us explore the wide road that will lead to the destruction of this world we call earth. According to Bible prophecy, these three foundations must be in place before the Anti-Christ will rise to power.
THE RISE OF ISLAM
Back in 1979, when Iran first came upon the scene by capturing American hostages and the Mullahs of Iran formed a theocracy by overthrowing the Shah of Iran, they created what many believed were nothing but a bunch of Persian and Arab nations that embraced a 1400 year old primitive “religion” that was not a threat to any Western nation that held onto democratic principles of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. Without making a formal declaration, Islam had declared war on the rest of the world they called “infidels” and had their target placed on the Great Satan (America) and the little Satan (Israel). For the last 40+ years, Islam has grown worldwide as the 2nd largest “religion” on earth by the sword, or by blinding those who look for something to fill that empty void inside of their own lives and have looked to Islam, as they have rejected Christianity because mainly, they see idolatry and hypocrisy within it's ranks. The formal church within Christiandom as fallen into “luke warm” apostasy, paganism and it has done nothing but send the young and impressionable likes of this last generation into its evil clutches. Islam now is the fastest growing “religion” in America.
As the opening title suggest, there has been a strong push to unite the world under one banner. Such an effort has seen one man visiting Muslim mosques and praying along with the Imam of the mosque to a “god” they both claim to be the same God we serve, Jehovah, Yahweh, or God Almighty. He has been trying to convince the religions of the world, found mainly in Christianity to unite and embrace one another in a show of unity. The cry is “come back to the mother church”. Without me saying a word, you should now know who I am referring to. The beginnings of that One World Religions are in their gestation of promotion.
The present pope, namely pope Francis has been on a world-wide swing to unite all faiths into one religion and makes pilgramages to Muslim countries to convince those of this pagan religion to come together as “brothers” in a blend of both Christianity and Islam, coining the name Chrislam.
This pope by his actions, tries to convince with soft words and logic that both of the two major religions of the world serve the same God. Allah is god, Jehovah is God, and they are one and and the same! But let us compare these two deities that billions of people worship . Are they the same? (one true, one is false) Guess which is which?
Jehovah, (Yahweh) is a God of grace and mercy. The Bible says that God is Love!
“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” (1st John 4:16)
The Holy Attributes of the true God of the Bible is a God without sin, perfect, Holy, omnipresent, omniscient, all knowing, Creator of the Universe who gave His only Begotten Son as a ransom for the sins of mankind.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
“Be ye holy, for I am Holy” (1st Peter 1:16)
Yet, the Pope would have us believe that this “allah” is the same Holy Being we read in our bible. What are the attributes of “allah”?Allah was one of many “gods” worshiped in pagan Arabia at the time of Mohammed. Mohammed got rid of all gods, but one which was worshiped as the moon goddess. By attributes, this god has feminine characteristics, but was changed to a male that made women inferior.
Allah is a “god” of war. To demand “jihad” or holy war to convert all other people of other religions to Islam by the sword. He demands that you sacrifice yourself in acts of murder and martyrdom to promote the “religion” and to die in his service is to be rewarded paradise where you will be waited upon by 77 virgins to fulfill you every wish of the physical including your sexual needs.
This allah, denies he has a son, as his “prophet” Mohammed said that allah has no son, so they deny the deity of Jesus Christ and reduce Him to a prophet or a teacher.
Islam claims that this “allah” has 99 different attributes that fly in the face of the God of the Bible and His Ten Commandments for righteous living.
Just on these few attributes, one can see that there is a vast difference between a God of love, and a god of war and murder. But note that the “false prophet” will speak as a dragon although giving the false impression of being righteous and a leader of purity and holiness as of a lamb.
1) He will claim authority over pure Christianity. The references to 'the lamb' are pretty much self-explanatory. It is a reference to something 'like' Christianity, but a counterfeit. . . . "he spake as a dragon." (Revelation 13:11)
2)It will share political power with the first beast. "And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him."
3) Participation will be mandatory. "cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed." (Revelation 13:15)
The method employed by the false prophet's religious system as the penalty for refusing conversion is decapitation.
"and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast." (Revelation 20:4)
For more than a 1000 years, the Catholic church has used various means to destroy opposition to its rule of the earth. It has been a blend of political and religious theological ideas, but that is where the similarities end. I believe the Catholic church will rise again, and impose another Grand Inquisition to dwarf that of the Dark Ages of Europe.
Yet, there is another religion that fits John description of death by beheading like a glove. Islam claims to be the third and final revelation from God that give it authority over Christians and Jews. Islam is not just a religion, but a political system that fulfills the first two points above of the rise of a One World Religion better than the Vatican can alone. Through Sharia law, Islam is a religion of the sword, that has used decapitation as the supreme penalty for not submitting to their hateful religion. Even the name Islam is interpreted as “submission” and on its use of Sharia law fulfills point three above. So fulfilling point 3 is a matter of existing religious doctrine -- not a new doctrine forced upon an existing system by a mad pope.
BUT WHERE WILL THE ANTI-CHRIST COME FROM?
I have explored many avenues that this “man of sin” could come from, but I am beginning to believe that it is more likely that the man is either a closet Muslim, or a moderate Muslim that will come upon the scene and promoted by none other than the false prophet who will blend all religions, Islam and Christianity into one religion, called Chrislam. But in the middle of the coming Tribulation, the Anti-Christ will eventually reject all forms of religion based, save the worship of himself, and indwelt by Satan and will sit in the Temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. Why do I say he could possibly be Muslim?
The prophet Daniel identifies the antichrist as being of "the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary." (Daniel 9:26)
Hence the interpretation that the antichrist comes to power through some form of a revived Roman Empire that serves as a de- facto global government.
In this generation, the countries of the old Roman Empire united under the banner of the European Union, uniting Europe as a single empire for the first time since the fall of Rome. They are loosely connected, as Daniel spoke of the 10 toes of the statue that the King of Babylon dreamed of, consisting of iron mixed with clay. (Portions strong, and portions of it weak). So is the popular belief, but is that entirely true, or is there more in this slight of hand the devil doesn't want us to focus on?
There is a point at which people live in the dark willfully as a result of self-imposed ignorance and I think this is it. That’s sad to me.
Alas, I lament that so many lovers of prophecy are missing the very things they have been longing to see!
Watching people look for the rise of the Antichrist’s kingdom in Europe while it’s forming right now in the Middle East is the closest we will come to watching the Jews miss the First Advent of Christ while He was standing right before them. They, too, were looking in a different geographic area.
As history shows us, Titus who became Emperor Titus, destroyed the Temple in 70 AD. Now we know that Roman soldiers burned the Temple to the ground and any structures left standing where taken down to reveal any gold that was present, to even the stones leading to the Temple structure.
Understand that the Roman soldiers were not “Italian” by ethnicity, although they came from “Rome” they were of Middle Eastern descent. They were a conglomeration of many cultures that adhered to Roman authority and law. Many within their legions that could have been Arabs or even Persian, or some other race that hated the Jews. Note that the Anti-Christ is called the Assyrian?
“5 And this man(Jesus) shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.
6 And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders..”(Micah 5:5-6)
Jesus will come to Israel’s aid when the Assyrian invades. So, the question for you to consider is, has there ever been a time in history when Jesus has led an army against Assyria to save Israel from an invasion? No, He has not.
What is the implication, then? Since this has never happened in history, the implication is that when Jesus returns, He will defend Israel against the invading Assyrian, or the Antichrist. Why is he called the Assyrian? Well, logic suggests that in order to be called an Assyrian you must come from Assyria. So, where was Assyria and what are the modern-day countries that inhabit this geographic area? If we identify these things, we can know the geographic location of the Antichrist’s kingdom.
The Assyrian Empire, the second Biblical World Kingdom, encompassed Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Jordan, Iran and Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Notice the glaring relationship between them all? They are all today, Islamic.
THE POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS FOR THE USA AND EUROPE
Note also, that since the failed so called “Arab Spring” that the last “idiot in chief president” so foolishly created has caused terrorism to have gone rampant. For all the dictators that have fallen, that kept the people in check, out of the chaos has risen the likes of ISIS. The purpose and the objective of ISIS or for that matter, Islam in general is to rule the world. But there is one problem, the Western nations of the North American Western Hemisphere. ISIS is reported to be on our border, and has committed acts of violence and bloodshed in various places like San Bernadino, Orlando, Baltimore, Boston and surely there are plans for more.
Now comes the insanity of it all. Refugees from the failed Syrian state of President Assad have all but infiltrated our borders with these people who we don't know if they are members of ISIS or not. But make no mistake, whether they are or are not terrorist among them, the population that embrace Islam is anathema to our way of life. Only our recent past POTUS understands that we must stop illegal immigration that plans are nothing but to destroy us. And to further this insanity, we have allowed tens of thousands of these refugees to enter into our country and the next Democrat that could be elected after Trump's administration, if one be so sadly elected, plans to increase that amount by 500%...you heard right....with all the terror that is in the world, the Democrat idiots in Washington D.C. who think they know what is good for us, are inviting our conquerors to come invade our land and take over. It will be a brutal war for them to finally take over this country and impose Sharia law as the law of the land. That's where we are headed folks. I believe this will all happen in the Tribulation, after the removal of God's Chosen Bride at the rapture.
IT IS ALL COMING TOGETHER IN OUR LIFETIME
As began this journey, we began with the foundation stone, a religious order that will spread world-wide. To embrace all religions by one religious leader who the world trains their ears to listen to every word he says. This man will promote a One World Religion with a blending of all religions into one super religion called Chrislam. Again, why Chrislam? Why blend the two together? Short answer: Power!
The concept is likely to be embraced by a few non-fundamentalists on either side of the divide, such as Universalists, Unitarians and maybe some Buddhists. There are Hindus and Shinto faithful who are willing to add Christianity and Islam to their belief spectrum — rejecting that there is any single path to God.
However, Christianity has at its very core that Jesus is the only way to heaven — and that eternal salvation is a gift of grace, earned for mankind by Christ’s crucifixion, shedding His blood and rising from the grave three days later. However, Islam holds the firm view that eternal damnation awaits those who do not earn salvation by submitting to the requirements of the Koran, which describes Jesus as a noteworthy prophet who didn’t really die on the cross.
Right now it is already flourishing in places like Africa. In Nigeria, a “preacher” Shamsuddin Saka seeks to bridge the religious divide. It doesn’t take much to spark religious violence in the West African nation of Nigeria. Just this past weekend, rioting erupted in the town of Bauchi after Muslims parked their cars in front of a church. Bauchi lies along a line between Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north and the Christian south. Tensions in the region often spill over into violence, but one man is trying to bridge the gap. He preaches a liturgy that blends Christianity and Islam.
Saka preaches that Christians and Muslims are both children of Abraham — which is historically accurate, according to both the Bible, the Koran and DNA studies.
Saka was born Muslim, and, the PRI report notes: ” it was after returning from a Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca that he was inspired – he says instructed by God – to launch his new ministry: “That was about 22 years ago. I was praying and I [laid] down and the Lord told me, make peace between Christian and Muslim.”
But from what is happening in Africa, and what is the Pope preaching to his Catholic parishioners? it's the perfect vehicle to bring all religions into a one world religion united and led by one man in the religious affair of the coming One World order, the pope of Rome. Already the pope is wooing the likes of Evangelicals Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, and even from reports, Rick Warren to come home to the Catholic Church.
ANTI-CHRIST COMES ON THE SCENE
What unites a people, any people into a cohesive unit? Either in a community, a state, a nation, or thinking on a grand scale, the world? To control the people, you must have something in common, a uniting principle. To gather all the religious orders of the world into one, you must blend the two largest religions into one and have a spokesman that the world will listen to. The pope is not only a religious leader, he is a political leader that nations actually listen to. Accomplish this and you can begin the foundation of controlling the economy and promoting a cashless society, although they may go hand in hand.
Now, is Pope Francis the coming false prophet? Not sure, but I read where his secretary who is named “Pietro”, (can you say Peter the Roman) will be elected when Pope Francis leadership is over upon his death, prophesied to be the last pope, the False Prophet.
If the coming Anti-Christ is indeed an Islamic, then the spokesman of the one world religion will promote him as a leader of the secular world, because in word, the man will embrace this new religion, Chrislam to his own advantage for power and control. The bible says that they will join forces for a temporary amount of time.
This religious personage actively promotes worship of the Beast and does miracles in the context of religion to deceive people. A woman in the Bible is a symbol of a church organization.
“And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
5 “And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
6And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
7And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
8The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
9And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.” (Revelation 17:4-8)
Who has killed millions in the name of her religion and drank the blood of saints? Yes, the answer: the Catholic church!!
In Revelation 17, the Woman is controlling the Beast, bringing the worship of the coming Anti-Christ. But even then, she and the Beast are, in fact, antagonists competing against each other. Furthermore, she is heavily involved in politics (influencing kings), manufacturing, shipping, craftsmanship, and merchandising. That has been the focus of the Catholic Church since the Middle Ages.
The Woman indeed has a relationship with the Beast, but she is not part of the politics, economics, or military of the Beast. She and the Beast are separate entities, even though both are part of the overall one world system. The Catholic Church has always been part of the Beast, influencing it from within. Conversely, the Woman is portrayed as an external influence, competing with, riding, and at some point exercising control of the Beast.
WHEN WILL THIS BE FINALLY COMPLETE?
The plans are already in the works, using the false narrative of “Climate Change”. The U.N. has drawn up plans that the whole world will follow ultimately. Their spokesman at this time, is the pope in Rome. But the final draft and implementation will not be complete until the Anti-Christ is actually revealed and I am a firm believer that we won't even see who the man is. We may have a good idea, but to see Chrislam flourish all over the world, the economy being controlled by a central government, and the Anti-Christ to come to the forefront of the poltical, secular world will not happen until the Church is removed from this earth. We may see the signs of it coming clearer and clearer and we MAY, I say MAY see what men will attempt to put in place as a One World system before Christ comes for His Church, but most all of this will happen when the Holy Spirit is removed from His fullness found in His people who occupy the true Church of blood born and washed Christians bought and paid for by our Lord Jesus Christ.
6”And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8And 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:
9Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:6-12)
My friend, you are seeing the beginning of the coming New World order...it begins with economic and religious underpinnings that must be in place, before the Anti-Christ can be revealed and dominates the world. With the false prophet scheming and using false miracles to convince the masses that a “False Christ” has indeed arrived, be he proclaimed as the Mahdi of Islam, or deceptive adherent to any religion, either Christian, Muslim, or Chrislam, he will worship none of them, because he advances only his agenda and his complete control of the world. And both aspects of each system are working feverishly to bring it to pass.
36 “And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.
37Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.
38But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.
39Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.” (Daniel 11:36-39)
I have spoken on this subject many times, but warnings must abound as the time grows closer to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. As Paul warned in 2nd Thessalonians about “he will let will let, till HE be taken out of the way”, God can send His Son at any moment in time. I have believed it will be on a certain day of the Feast days of the Lord in some future year, per many sermons on the subject, but God is sovereign, and can do His own will and His plans are perfect. Should you be so foolish to stand by and see the moral and economic collapse of this nation, and the world around you, and not think “it can't last this way much longer”, then you play Russian Roulette with your very soul. Jesus could come at any moment in time and your chance of being found washed in His blood and forgiven your sins, this side of the Tribulation will just have become exponentially smaller. I wouldn't take the chance for “all the tea in China”. Your soul is that important, as it will live forever, either in God's presence, or banished from His sight to be tormented for all eternity. The tribulation is right at the door. But before that happens, our Lord Jesus Christ will sound a trumpet cry:
51 “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53, For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal mustput on immortality.
54So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”(1st Corinthians 15:51-55)
Don't be caught unaware. There is no excuse for denying what has been taught as long as I've been alive and before...all have heard. Some believed, some have rejected the free gift of salvation that is there for the asking.
“For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.( 2nd Corinthians 6:2)
Take that offering of the free gift of God, before your chance during the Age of Grace comes to a final close. To receive Jesus in the coming Tribulation, most likely will mean your death by that terrible way to die...decapitation after unspeakable torture. I pray you will heed the warning and the call to repentance. In Jesus Name.
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 your deliverance from the clutches of this dying world. If you need counseling, prayer, or just a listening ear, send me an email to email@example.com , or visit me online blog for more messages that speak of this coming time of Tribulation and the means to be delivered from it at www.pastormiketaylor.blogspot.com , God Bless you,
TILL WE MEET AT JESUS FEET
Iran Prepares to Take Out Israel – Right after Iran Deal Is Signed - by Khaled Abu Toameh – https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/18824/iran-prepares-take-out-israel
As the Biden administration seems to be moving closer to reaching a new nuclear deal with Iran, the mullahs in Tehran are encouraging their Lebanese and Palestinian terrorist proxies to prepare for waging war on Israel.
The mullahs appear convinced that once the Biden administration capitulates completely to their demands for reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, they will be able to step up their already significant efforts to eliminate Israel and export their Islamic Revolution to Arab and Islamic countries. Iran already occupies four Arab countries: Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and Iraq.
The mullahs are not oblivious to the growing voices in the Arab world that complain about the weakness of the US and how the Biden administration's policy of appeasement towards Iran is undermining the Americans' credibility and jeopardizing the security and stability of Arab and Islamic countries.
Iran's mullahs appear to be so confident that the Biden administration has turned its back on its Arab allies in the Middle East that they are issuing direct threats not only against Israel, but also against any Arab country that dares to cooperate with the Israelis.
The latest threat came from the commander of the Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy, Commodore Alireza Tangsiri, who warned that cooperation with Israel "threatens security and stability in the Gulf region."
Tangsiri's warning was directed to America's Arab allies, especially the Gulf states, some of which have been conducting security cooperation with Israel.
The timing of his threat was anything but coincidental. It came amid reports that the Biden administration is moving forward towards striking a new deal with Tehran's mullahs.
The mullahs, in short, are sending a message to America's allies in the Arab world that if they believe they can trust the Biden administration to protect them against Iran's expansionist plans or safeguard their security and stability, they are sorely mistaken.
Addressing America's Arab allies, Tangsiri warned them not to allow US or any other foreign countries to use their countries as bases for military and security operations.
Any country that ignores the warning, Tangsiri said, "will pay the price for its unfriendly and provocative behavior." The IRGC, he cautioned, is ready "to carry out any mission to preserve the interests of the Islamic Republic of Iran and its heroic people."
Meanwhile, the mullahs are busy trying to open a new battlefront against Israel, this time in the West Bank.
Iran already has its own proxies in the Gaza Strip: Hamas and Islamic Jihad. In Lebanon, the mullahs have the Hezbollah terrorist militia, which has created a state-within-a-state there and is also continuing to issue threats to attack Israel.
The three terrorist groups -- Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah -- for the past three decades have been launching terror attacks against Israel from Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.
The mullahs appear to be so emboldened by the Biden administration's weakness that they are now openly talking about using the West Bank as a launching pad to attack Israel and kill Jews.
The commander of the IRGC, Major General Hossein Salami, revealed that Iran was working with Hamas and Islamic Jihad to extend their terrorist attacks from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank. The goal: To wage a war of attrition against Israel. The two groups already have a strong military presence in the West Bank, especially in the cities of Jenin and Nablus, which are governed by the Palestinian Authority.
"Gaza is not the only field of resistance and struggle, but this struggle has also moved to the West Bank," Salami said, hinting that the mullahs were providing weapons to the Palestinians in the West Bank.
"Just as Gaza was armed [by Iran], the West Bank can be armed in the same way, and this process will happen. Obtaining weapons has become much easier than before. There is no safe place at any time for Israel and its citizens."
He boasted that a "large number of Zionists" have been killed in terrorist attacks by Palestinian terrorists in the past few months and stressed "the necessity of continuing the jihad [holy war]" against Israel.
The Palestinians, Salami added, "are now able to target any point in the Zionist entity, and this means that there is no safe place for the Zionists to protect them from Palestinian fire. The Palestinians have realized who their true friends are [Iran]."
He said that Hezbollah was also ready to join the fight against Israel:
"Hezbollah, which gained important experiences during the Syrian [civil] war, can lead a ground war and achieve victory... The Zionists know that the land is liberated by ground forces."
As part of the mullahs' plan to initiate another wave of terror against Israel, Salami said that he recently met in Tehran with Islamic Jihad Secretary-General Ziyad al-Nakhalah and discussed with him "the disintegration and erosion of the capabilities of the Zionists."
Under pressure from the Iranian regime, Hamas and Islamic Jihad representatives held a meeting in the Gaza Strip earlier this week to discuss ways of stepping up the "resistance" against Israel.
The meeting came amid reports of tensions between the two terrorist groups in the aftermath of Hamas's failure to join the recent three-day fighting between Israel and Islamic Jihad. Islamic Jihad and Iran are said to be disappointed with the Hamas terrorists for not coming to the rescue of their brothers in Islamic Jihad during the fighting with Israel.
Hamas did not join the fighting apparently for fear of being hit hard by Israel. Hamas seems to be worried that it could lose control of the Gaza Strip if it engages in another war with Israel, especially in light of the heavy casualties the group and many residents of the Gaza Strip sustained during previous rounds of attacks on Israel.
In an attempt to appease their masters in Tehran, Hamas and Islamic Jihad issued a joint statement after the meeting in which they pledged to step up the "armed struggle" against Israel "until the liberation [of all of Palestine, from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea]," a euphemism for the destruction of Israel.
The threats by the IRGC against Israel and America's Arab allies should be sufficient to stop the Biden administration from surrendering to the mullahs' demand to remove the group from the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations.
These threats, in addition, should serve as a reminder to the Biden administration of Iran's bloody schemes against Israel and Arab countries. Anyone who thinks that the mullahs will abandon their plans after the signing of a new nuclear deal is deceiving him or herself. The opposite is true: appeasement will only further fortify the mullahs and their proxies, and place into further peril the lives of both Arabs and Jews.
Seduced By the Culture - Most Americans Believe These Top 10 Lies – Deborah Laker - https://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=5547
In 2021, the American Worldview Inventory released data analyzing the top 10 most prevalent "seductive unbiblical ideas" embraced by American adults. With contemporary culture becoming more secular, belief systems divergent from Scripture are not surprising.
What is surprising, however, is that even among adults who have a biblical worldview, 6% harbor many secular beliefs as part of their personal philosophy.
"According to researcher George Barna's methodology, someone must score 80% on beliefs and behaviors to be categorized as someone with a biblical worldview," the director of Center for Biblical Worldview, David Closson, told The Washington Stand. "However, the pervasiveness of some of these faulty beliefs means that there are some Christians with a biblical worldview who nonetheless hold a few beliefs that are contrary to the truth revealed in God's Word."
Closson emphasized that for Christians to counter "widespread" faulty beliefs they must know what the Bible says on these issues.
Here are the nation's 10 most prevalent "seductive unbiblical ideas" compared to what the Bible says:
1. "The spiritually inclusive idea that 'having faith matters more than what faith you have'"
The survey, with more than 2,000 participants, found that 62% believe the post-modern idea that "having faith matters more than what faith you have."
Closson shared that in John 14:6, Jesus said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
"The Bible unashamedly teaches that the Judeo-Christian faith is the only valid spiritual pathway," explained Barna, who led the research team at Arizona Christian University.
2. "All faiths are of equal value"
The second prevalent lie, which is similar to the first, is common among people attending Catholic or mainline Protestant churches. In Acts 4:12 Paul wrote, "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved."
"Some criticize Christianity for being an exclusive faith -- the 'one true faith' -- as arrogant and elitist," said Barna. "But the Bible notes that people are called by their Creator God to love, worship, and serve only Him and that all other deities are merely idols. Jesus Christ is revealed as the living God with whom a grace-based relationship is the only way to eternal peace with God."
3. "Belief in the Eastern religious concept of 'karma'"
Fifty-seven percent of Americans believe in karma. The Eastern notion of karma which says that actions in this life will be rewarded or punished in a future life is not grounded in biblical teaching. Of course, the Bible does teach that our actions will have consequences. But the only "action" that affects our future state is whether we respond or not to the gospel.
Closson emphasized that this should not be confused with Jesus's teaching on "You reap what you sow."
"What's different, though, with this whole idea of karma, is that what you do in this world will affect some sort of reincarnated version of yourself in another life," explained Closson. "And so, again, as Christians, we believe works don't get us to heaven. The only thing that gets us to heaven is that relationship with Jesus Christ."
He shared that in Hebrews 9:27, it says, "And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment."
4. "The dismissal of absolute truth"
Sixty-seven percent of Americans say that there's no way to know something that is objectively right or wrong.
On a segment of "Washington Watch," Closson pointed out that this false belief is linked to post-modernism.
"In the age of modernism in the 18th century, they believed in science and reason and technology to usher in this whole new era of human flourishing. Post-modernism throws that overboard and says, 'Well, actually, there is no truth. There is no way to know if your truth is better than my truth.' And so that's where this whole idea of there's no absolute truth [originates], there's no objective, right, there's no objective wrong."
But Closson urged Christians to stand on the Word of God as their foundation for absolute truth.
5. "Commitment to personal, subjective morality"
"Most people are absolutely committed to the idea that morality is individualistic and that there is no outside standard to which people will ultimately be held accountable," Closson insisted.
However, the Bible teaches in Matthew 25:31-46 that there will be a judgment and that people will be held accountable for how they lived their lives.
"Most importantly, people are going to be held accountable for what they did with the gospel. Did they repent of their sins and turn in faith to Christ? Jesus talks a lot about judgment and the consequences of sin. Unfortunately, most people, including many professing Christians, do not take the warning passages of Scripture seriously."
6. "The idea that people are 'basically good'"
The researchers at Arizona Christian University found that 69% of Christians believe the seductive notion that everyone is inherently good. But Closson points out that in Romans 3:23, Paul states, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
"In this verse, Paul makes it abundantly clear that humanity has fallen," Closson emphasized. "Notice the strong language he uses. He describes the Christians as 'children of wrath' (Ephesians 2:1-3) before they came to know Christ."
7. "Success is determined by happiness, comfort, goodness, or fulfilled potential"
Closson explained that contrary to popular belief "success is determined by faithfulness to God."
In Matthew 25:14-30, Jesus tells the disciples the parable of the talents. The servants who multiplied the talents their master had given them were blessed with more, whereas the one who failed to steward his talent was condemned and left without.
"The parable of the talents makes the point that God expects people to us whatever He gives them faithfully," said Closson.
In a culture that is increasingly self-centered, Closson encourages Christians to focus on serving God and reap the benefits.
Success is determined by faithfulness to God. Matthew 25:14-30, which tells the parable of the talents, makes the point that God expects people to use whatever He gives them faithfully.
8. "Sexual relations apart from marriage are morally acceptable"
In his "Washington Watch" interview, Closson was not surprised that 74% of Americans believe sexual relations apart from marriage is morally acceptable.
"Thankfully, those who are Christians were very low in this poll. But outside the church, this is just the natural morality that you find," he noted.
Closson highlighted Genesis 2:24-25, 1 Cor. 6:12-20, and 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 as verses that discuss the godly context for sexual relations.
"These verses teach clearly that God's design for marriage is for one man and one woman for life. The Bible takes fornication, adultery, homosexuality, and other sexual sins very seriously because they violate His design for marriage which is for it to be permanent, exclusive, and a sacred covenant between one man and one woman."
To find an in-depth explanation of these scriptures, visit his publication, Biblical Principles for Human Sexuality.
9. "Rejection of the notion that people are inherently sinful"
The American Worldview Inventory identified that 44% of born-again Christians do not accept the idea that people are born into sin.
But in Ephesians 2:1-3, Paul writes, "And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience -- among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind."
"The fact that many professing Christians persist in thinking the Bible doesn't teach that people are born into sin is evidence that they do not really know the Bible," said Closson. "In my view, biblical illiteracy is not only rampant in the culture, but also in many churches."
10. "The purpose of accumulated personal wealth is unrelated to God's purposes"
Although this is a prevalent idea, the Bible instructs Christians in 1 Corinthians 10:31 saying, "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."
"This is a wonderful verse to understand the purpose of life," Closson shared. "God's glory, not personal wealth, ought to be the goal of every Christian. Personal wealth should be seen as a gift from God that ought to be stewarded and leveraged for His glory."
"The only way to ensure that you have a biblical worldview is by knowing, believing, and living out God's Word."
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It’s a sign of the times that Scripture is not being taught. Too many Christians don’t care to take the time to study - truly study – Scripture. That leaves them open to accept wishy-washy teaching from the pulpit. Many pastors will only preach sermons that are “user friendly” and quote from secular, non-Christian sources, rather than stand upon the authority of Biblical truth. This causes a “dumbing down” of many Christians. If your pastor is a Christ-centered, Scripture preaching teacher, be thankful. There are a remnant few who honor God’s authority. It was very important to Jesus that His truth be taught. After the Resurrection, He met with His disciples on the shores of Galilee. Peter was there, even though he had denied knowing Christ during the trial. He must have been very uneasy at that meeting with the risen Lord, but Jesus knew his heart. Jesus specifically told Peter to feed the flock. That didn’t mean to have a potluck. Peter fed the flock on God’s word. You’ll find the account in the Gospel of John chapter 21. The Apostle Paul was another man whose life was completely changed when He met Jesus. His life should be the model for missionary work. He spread the Gospel. Paul also taught young pastors how to lead their congregations in the way of the Lord. One of those men was Timothy. Paul knew Timothy had been grounded in Scripture since he was a child, and he shouldn’t deviate from truth, nor should he follow “trends” or use gimmicks to spread the Good News of Christ. “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; and that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:14-17. Reproof? Correction? Instruction in righteousness? That’s not “user friendly” and means you can’t accept all manner of sin into the congregation and say it’s OK. Scripture needs to be written on the heart of every Christian, both Old and New Testament Scripture. Feed the sheep and the lambs with good, nourishing food. Milk will help the lambs grow, but the meat of God’s word must be offered so the older Christians can grow stronger. In order to grow in Christ, we all need to study God’s word and use it as our standard of living.
Paul wasn’t a very nice person in his younger years. After Christ dramatically met Paul on the Road to Damascus, Paul was changed from a murderous, angry man into a man who served Jesus with his entire being. Let’s see what Paul has to say about watered-down, ear-tickling teaching. “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Hebrews 5:12-14. The recipients of this letter should have grown in their understanding of God’s truth. They were regressing instead of progressing. Although those who teach are to blame for their lack of instructions, shame on the students who sit quietly in their pews drinking milk, rather than growing strong in Scripture. The pew-sitters allow irresponsible teaching. Too many Christians put their fingers in their ears and think what they learned as a child in Sunday school is enough. Milk is just fine with them.
Some pastors refuse to teach from the Old Testament. By doing so, they fail to teach the whole counsel of God. By doing so, they deny their congregation some important teaching…meat for nourishment and growth. You see, The New Testament has its foundation in the Old Testament and the Old Testament is fulfilled in the New Testament. If you don’t study line upon line through Scripture, you’ll never understand creation and how sin entered. You’ll never fully understand why God had to step into His creation in order to provide the only way to save us from the final death that comes from sin. Study and see how Genesis chapter 1 describes God creating everything, and how the Gospel of John tells us that Jesus was the Creator. Read the first chapter of the letter to the Romans to see what happens when God is rejected as creating all things. Today, we have slid down the slippery slope and the evolution lie is taught as truth. We have fallen right into the perversion described in Romans chapter 1. The Psalmist understood how important it is to know the ways of the Lord. “Aleph. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.” Psalm 119:1-2. How can a person “keep his testimonies” if they aren’t taught what His testimonies are? That isn’t just an Old Testament idea. Jesus fulfilled the Law, but didn’t abolish it. We need to keep the moral law. Jesus was our final sacrifice to atone for sin, and He is our High Priest, so the priesthood is no longer necessary. Later in Psalm 119, the psalmist wrote, “Mem. O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day. Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.” Psalm 119:97-98. The Psalmist loved the ways of the Lord, and “it was my meditation all the day.”. What would happen to your walk with the Lord if you kept the word of God in your heart all day? Like the psalmist, you just might gain more understanding. “I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.” Psalm 119:99-100. Don’t wait for the man in the pulpit to teach you. Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide you in your studies of Scripture.
To gain the fullest understanding of God’s word, it should be taught from Genesis 1:1 through the book of Revelation. In that way controversial subjects aren’t skipped. You will learn why God honors a one-man/one-woman marriage, you’ll learn how the heroes of the faith struggled in life just like we do, you’ll be amazed by prophecy, and you’ll know why God Himself had to step into His creation and be our final sacrifice for sin. “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.” Isaiah 28:10-11. Don’t be afraid to dig into Scripture, but do avoid false teachers. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing.
Scripture discloses that the time would come when questionable doctrine would be normal. Paul urged the young pastor Timothy to stay true to God’s truth. “Preach the word, be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:2-4. Today, I thank God for men like Chuck Missler who wasn’t ashamed of the Gospel and his teachings have outlived him. Pastor JD Farag teaches God’s truth line upon line without fear. I’m also very thankful for my husband who stood on God’s word without wavering and drew me deeper into the study of Scripture. There are other very sound teachers of God’s word, such as Jack Hibbs, and Tom Hughes, so don’t be deceived by those who are leading the flock astray.
Bible teachers need to take heed to stay true to God’s word. “My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.” James 3:1-2. James warned that not everyone should be a teacher. If a teacher teaches false doctrine or waters down the full counsel of God’s word, their judgment will be harsh.
The best teacher is the Holy Spirit. He is not a false teacher and will only lead you deeper into God’s truth.
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Daily Jot: Finding Joy in Troubled Times - Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
I have been receiving a lot of comments lately from Daily Jot readers. Many have been very encouraging. Others are appalled at the state of affairs in our nation and around the world. Still some are angry and do not want to admit the obvious that is before them. Sometimes it is a good idea to take a step back, take a deep breath, and look at the world from a different angle. When I started the Daily Jot back in January of 2002, I sensed the Lord wanted a brief testimony of daily events that could equip and encourage people to share the Good News. Most of the Daily Jot readers, especially those who have been reading a while, “get it.” But I want to encourage all readers to keep things in perspective.
The Bible is about Jesus Christ and what he did to bring salvation to a fallen world. There are many examples of how we are to live our lives and how we are to treat others. A good friend of mine says “You reap what you sow, more than what you sow, later than you sow.” He’s got a great point. It really is a law of God. So if you read the Jot and use it to share a Biblical perspective by discussing a current event, then you have planted a seed. Unlike seeds that you plant in a garden, you may never see the growth of that seed, but God’s word does not return void. I want to encourage you to share what is in the Daily Jot with others–either verbally, or via email, or any other way that you see fit.
The Daily Jot is NOT intended to bring you distress or sorrow or fear. As Christians, we are often mocked for saying that we are living in the end times. They say that every generation thinks that. But the fact of the matter is that every day brings us closer to the Biblical end times. Certainly, there are many prophetic indicators that tell us we are getting closer and closer to the return of Christ the Messiah. How wonderful is that? We know from scripture that things are going to get worse the closer we get. But we are encouraged in Ephesians 6:13, “Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
Part of what the Daily Jot is intended to do is to rally folks to do the right thing. Romans 12:21 says “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Our country long has been a beacon of Christian hope to the rest of the world. I know. I have traveled quite a bit and hear what people say. We have a legal say in how things are done in our country. But because we have diverted our attention away from God and from His precepts of good citizenship, our beacon is dimming. Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 3 that he has seen travail of the labors of men. “I know there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice and to do good in his life. And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labor, it is the gift of God.” Don’t let these troubled times get you down. Find joy in Christ’s labors.
Daily Devotion: Angelic Protection - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them
John G. Patton was a missionary based in the New Hebrides Islands with his wife and children. One night, hostile natives surrounded the mission station, determined to murder him and his family. First they planned to burn them out, and then they intended to kill them. Throughout that terror-filled night, Patton and his wife prayed that God would deliver them. And when daylight came, they were surprised to find their attackers had left.
A year later, the chief of the tribe that had intended to kill the Pattons became a Christian. So Patton asked the chief what happened on the night they had planned on killing them and why they turned back.
The chief said, “Who were all those men you had with you there?”
Patton knew of no men who were with him. The chief went on to explain how they saw hundreds of big men in shining garments around the mission station, so they were afraid to attack.
Could this be a modern-day example of angelic protection in the life of a Christian? Quite possibly. Certainly the Bible teaches that angels were involved in the lives of God’s people and continue to be involved to this present day.
Psalm 34:7 gives us this great promise: “The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them.” And Hebrews 1:14, describing angels, says, “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?”
In other words, God is saying that He has sent His angels to minister to us as believers. He has sent them to protect us and, when we are in a difficult situation, to even deliver us. And when that day comes for us to go and meet the Lord, they will usher us into the presence of God.
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