“Watch Out That No One Deceives You” - By Rick Segoine - https://www.raptureready.com/2023/03/15/watch-out-that-no-one-deceives-you-by-rick-segoine/
Jesus was sitting on the Mt. of Olives and said this to Peter, John, James, and Andrew when they asked Him what the signs would be of His Second Coming and of the end of the age: “Watch out that no one deceives you, for many shall come in my name claiming ‘I am the Christ’ and deceive many” (Matthew 24:3-5).
Jesus goes on to tell those four disciples about many other signs leading up to the end times, and in Matthew 24:24-25, Jesus re-emphasizes the point of not allowing oneself to be deceived. “For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible.”
These warnings by Jesus Himself about the deception that will abound as we approach the end of the church age should be taken very seriously.
When Jesus warns of those who would come claiming “I am the Christ,” two possibilities come to mind. One is that some seriously delusional individuals will proclaim that they themselves are Jesus, either reincarnated or descended directly from heaven.
Some of those, past and present, that have been inflicted by the father of lies with this messiah complex have actually built up a significant number of followers by deceiving many.
A second possibility is that someone comes along claiming “I am the Christ” and is actually saying that Jesus is the Christ, but it is “another Jesus” (2 Corinthians 11:4) that exhibits little resemblance to the Jesus of scripture. There may only be a relative few who have claimed or now claim to be Jesus, but there are many who preach their own unique versions of “another Jesus.” Jesus foresaw these things.
Jesus also warned that these false prophets and deceivers would be convincing enough to deceive even the elect if that were possible. I believe he says this to emphasize just how subtle the deceit will be.
Fast forward to March 2023, and what do we see? Do we see any deception, both subtle and blatant going on in America and around the world? The answer is quite obviously a very loud yes to anyone not living under a large rock, anyone not under strong delusion, or even Christians who either have never been taught anything about end-times prophecies in church or just have no interest in them. Another possibility is those distracted by the false teachings of “another Jesus.”
Some of the deceptions about to be discussed may seem off the main point of Jesus’ warning about false prophets coming in His name and claiming, “I am the Christ”; however, please bear with me, as they fall under the category of not being deceived by any of the devil’s ploys. That would include deceptions that are instrumental in establishing a one-world government with the Antichrist and his False Prophet at the helm, as revealed by Jesus in Revelation 13. All of these deceptions come back to the original point later in this article.
A blitzkrieg of deceptions of all kinds has penetrated modern civilization on pretty much every level. There is an endless parade of lies, scams, false advertising, and trickery assaulting the average person on a daily basis. We do our best to navigate through it all while wondering if there is anyone other than God, family, and close friends who can be trusted.
A person has to be on constant vigilance against the plethora of scams that have been around for a while as well as being on the alert for clever new scams, each one designed to separate you from your money or steal your identity, or both. And if possible, stress you out, rob you of peace, and damage your faith.
On a larger scale of deception are the massive lies coming from the unelected mega-wealthy globalist elite and their army of bought-and-paid-for politicians and bureaucrats that run the governments of the world. Many of these lies have a negative impact on believers, pastors, and the church in general.
One of the biggest and deadliest lies ever told, and has been repeated over and over by doctors, politicians, big pharma, media spokespersons, famous entertainers, news anchors, presidents, popes, some pastors, and countless talking heads is this one: “The MRNA “vaccines” are safe and effective.” (See Revelation 9:21 and Revelation 18:23.)
That wicked untruth has not only deceived millions and millions and likely billions of people; it has also killed and maimed millions more. This deception ranks high on the all-time list for the Pinocchio awards. It has also created division in the church.
The minions of Satan are still to this day pushing this lie on the masses despite the mountains of evidence being stacked up by immunologists and researchers who are not owned by the global elite.
By analyzing vax-produced clots extracted in autopsies and blood samples under powerful microscopes, it has been proven by true scientists that these so-called vaccines are, in actuality, deadly bio-weapons filled with ingredients designed to destroy the immune system, cause various types of heart damage, alter God-designed DNA, cause sterility and infertility, and outright kill human beings. A type of sorcery.
The pandemic, the jabs, the shutdowns, and the murderous hospital protocols courtesy of an evil little man called Fauci, who was granted sweeping powers to impose Draconian mandates for giving hospitalized Covid patients the deadly Remdesivir and placing them on ventilators, are all part of the globalist plot to establish worldwide medical tyranny as a major method of depopulating the earth to around a half billion people by the year 2030. The 2030 Agenda was on display on the Georgia Guidestones before they were mysteriously destroyed.
There is, at this point, no reason to believe anything that comes out of the mouths of the spokespersons from the CDC, the NIH, the WHO, the WEF, Bill Gates, Big Pharma or the doctors in their pockets, or any agencies promoting the bald-faced lie that these so-called vaccines are in any way safe.
Do not be deceived by lying, arrogant, self-serving globalist-backed doctors who love basking in the spotlight, have a penchant for playing God, and refer to the torture of puppies as medical research.
Multitudes of people who have rejected God’s amazing grace are being set up and conditioned by these lies to accept a one-world government that will solve all of the problems that the globalists themselves have created, and eventually to pledge allegiance to the Antichrist and his false prophet in the huge worldwide fatal deception still to come.
The international bankers and heads of international corporations are busy setting up the digital financial system worldwide to control all buying and selling, and that will, at some point, in the “tribulation” include taking “the mark of the beast,” aka a computer chip in the hand or forehead with all of your personal information on it. Do not be deceived at all by anyone or anything (Revelation 13:11-18).
In spite of all the deceit, there are those that desperately wish to believe all of the chaos and deception that Jesus warned us about will subside, and then somehow, magically, everything will eventually get back to “normal.”
There is no shortage of false prophets today willing to tickle the ears with this false hope (2 Timothy 4:3).
Godless tyrannical humans have made this evil mess and are not only incapable of fixing it. Rather, as prophesied, they just keep making it worse and worse and worse, and it is by design that they do so (2 Timothy 3:13-17).
The good news is the real Jesus, the only begotten Son of God, can be 100% fully trusted in this world riddled with deception (John 3:16-17).
If we heed the warnings of Jesus, we will not be deceived, no matter how subtle the deception or how often lies are repeated until people are gaslighted, browbeaten, and brainwashed into believing the lies are the truth.
By the way, repeating lies relentlessly is a Marxist tactic that has been used successfully many times over the past couple of centuries in various nations, and there never seems to be a shortage of what Joseph Stalin referred to as “useful Idiots.” These are people who swallow the lies hook, line, and sinker. Today, we might call the useful idiots “the woke mob.” These are the folks who perform on behalf of Satan and his inner circle without any awareness that this is what they are actually doing. Aka, the cancel culture, who truly believe that they are smarter than everyone who dares to question the “woke” narrative and ideology. The upside down, inside out, God-rejecting people who see evil as good and good as evil.
Another satanic attempt to deceive us is this one, and it is a doozy. It reminds me of something that occurred in The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. The ape that controlled the donkey, who was covered by a lionskin, told the citizens of Narnia that the fake Aslan was named Taslan. It was the combination of the names of the false god Tash and Aslan, the Great Lion who represented Jesus.
Now, in actual reality, here on Planet Earth, not in the wonderful yet fictional world of Narnia, we have Pope Francis and Grand Imam Dr. Ahmed el-Tayyeb, with financial backing from Mohamed bin Zayed of the UAE, partnering up to create a blasphemous abomination called Chrislam. The Pope, the “alleged” Vicar on earth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, teamed up with the Grand Imam to combine Christianity with Islam. Islam, a religion that teaches in the Koran that God has no son.
Chrislam is now being hailed by the globalist cult as the official one-world religion and seeks to unify all religions in the belief that there are many ways to the truth. A whole lot more could be said about this, but for now, the words of Jesus must suffice. “Do Not Be Deceived”(Matthew 24:24-25).
Preaching and teaching “another Jesus” is the work of Satan. The father of lies has come up with numerous variations of “another Jesus. Many of them are detailed in the book, The Kingdom of the Cults by the late Walter Martin. All of these deceptive variations of “another Jesus” are designed by Satan to lead people away from the full Gospel of the Kingdom. Whatever Satan can do to get seekers to misplace their faith in a person or a religion that has no power to save anyone works for him.
The full Gospel of the Kingdom teaches the whole entire Bible, including all Old and New Testament prophecy from Genesis to the end of the last millennium when God creates a new heaven and a new earth. The Full Gospel of the Kingdom does this without adding to or subtracting at all from God’s Holy Word.
Let us pause for a moment to emphasize something exceedingly important that was recently brought to the attention of readers of the rapture ready articles. It is something Jonathan Brentner called “Results of divorcing the Rapture from the Gospel.” This statement sheds light on the tragic damage being done by those preaching another Jesus.
If, for example, you say you are a churchgoer, but your focus is on the prosperity gospel of gaining material wealth or the teaching of living your best life now, it is unlikely you will be paying much, if any, attention to the signs Jesus gave us that would reveal the season we are now in as that of the last days. Or, if the pastor at your church never taught much or anything about end-times prophecy, you might, like so many, believe that we can turn this giant evil mess around and avoid the seven-year Tribulation altogether, or at least delay it long enough to live our best life now.
In any case, you might not be at all concerned with the fact that all of the signs Jesus gave us in the Book of Revelation and the four Gospels, as well as the signs given by the Old Testament prophets and Paul and several of the disciples regarding the Rapture, the Seven Year Tribulation, and the Second Coming. The signs are all converging here in 2023 at the same time (Matthew 24; Mark 13; Luke 21; 2 Timothy 3-4).
If that were the case, a believer could be missing out on the comfort of knowing that the church is not appointed to God’s wrath (1 Thessalonians 5:8-10; Revelation 3:10; 1Thessalonians 1:10). Also, that believer might not have the slightest idea how important the Rapture is to God’s overall plan.
It is possible that some who call themselves Christians could be just as clueless as the unsaved as to the things about to take place in this world, thanks to the divorce of the Rapture from the Full Gospel of the Kingdom.
The in-your-face wickedness that has reared its ugly head all over the world is getting increasingly vile with each passing day. Evil is relentless, and it is about to bring the wrath of God upon itself in the Tribulation. It doesn’t seem possible to live your best life now, even if you gave it your best shot. According to scripture, our best life will begin when our Lord Jesus calls us home and gives us eternal bodies free of corruption and free from temptation.
Our best life now is not the temporary 70 or 80, or even 90 years long sin-infested one here on this earth. It is the sinless eternal one that will last forever in the Holy Presence of God (1 Thessalonians 4:17-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11; John 14:1-4; 1Corrinthians 15:51-52).
All false teaching in regard to presenting “another Jesus” have certain things in common. Mainly taking the believers’ focus off of paying attention to the signs of the times, which was something Jesus chastised the Pharisees for at His first advent. It causes believers to not watch or look up, knowing our redemption draws nigh. Or, it encourages believers to not believe in the Rapture or Tribulation at all.
Instead of believing in and trusting God’s plan, many instead are counting on human leaders to fix the whole horrendous mess. Tragic are the results of the “Divorce.”
What other kinds of subtle deception might the father of all lies be whipping up in an attempt to deceive the very elect?
Since the scriptures prophecy an apostasy (2 Thessalonians 2:3) and a great falling away from the faith in the last days, it is possible the great deceiver would attempt to use revivals to advance that thing called “wokism” into a deeper infiltration of the Laodicean church.
Hopefully and prayerfully, the college campus revivals we are seeing are part of a worldwide Holy Spirit-led “Last Call” just before the Rapture to bring as many souls into God’s Eternal Family as possible as the church age of grace comes to a close, the trumpet sounds, the Lord calls, and in the twinkling of an eye, the Rapture becomes a part of history (1 Thessalonians 4:17-18).
One way to tell if a revival was not Holy Spirit-led would be that instead of preaching and teaching repentance of sin, including ALL sexual sin, and if it were led by the spirit of wokism, would instead, by omission, call for tolerance of all such carnal sins.
Test the spirits to be certain they are from God, and watch out that no one deceives you, said Jesus (1 John 4:1-2; Matthew 24:3-5).
God knows every last soul who will climb aboard the heaven-bound train even to the last day before it leaves this earthly station. There is no shortage of room. All who will heed the Savior’s call to repentance, believe in Him, and be born again will be most welcome.
Signing off with a poem called “Running Out of Time”
Here is one last poem, and this is the opening line:
The people of Planet Earth are running out of time.
A watchman declares the ending of the 11th-hour rhyme
Because the midnight clock keeps ticking and is about to chime.
Only a moment or so is left in this age of grace,
And so, turn to the only Savior of the entire human race.
If you have already done so, then praise Him and rejoice;
Praise Jesus in whom you have trusted, for soon you will hear His voice.
He will say come hither to the place I prepared for thee,
There in the first resurrection of your forever family.
It will happen in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye;
Eternal life begins for believers at that meeting in the
All who have chosen to reject God’s heavenly invitation,
Clinging to a path that leads to a very dark destination,
Know it is not God’s will that anyone should perish;
Yet, He will honor your freewill choice that you so deeply cherish.
Some say I am a dreamer for imagining heaven and hell,
Although it’s our own freewill choice as to where we eternally dwell.
Here at the end of these verses, comes this closing line:
The people here on the Planet called Earth are running out of
Today is the perfect day to call out to Jesus if you haven’t already done so. He loves you so much. Repent and trust in Him alone as your Lord and Savior. He will forgive you, wash away all of your sins, and give you the amazing gift of eternal life. Do this and then tell someone. Jesus will be the best friend you have ever had now and forever and ever.
Shalom in the name of Jesus,
The Club of Rome: How Climate Hysteria Is Being Used To Create Global Governance - Tyler Durden - https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/club-rome-how-climate-hysteria-being-used-create-global-governance
In the early 1970s the US and much of the western world was shifting into a stagflationary economic crisis. Nixon removed the dollar completely from the gold standard in 1971 with the aid of the Federal Reserve (or perhaps under the direction of the Fed) which ultimately escalated inflation pressures. Europe’s post war boom came to an abrupt end, while prices on goods (and oil/gasoline) in the US skyrocketed up until 1981-1982, when the Federal Reserve jacked interest rates up to around 20% and created a deliberate recessionary crash.
Interestingly, the IMF had created the SDR system in 1969 just before the gold standard was cut (the same SDR which the IMF is poised to use as the foundation of a global digital currency mechanism). And, the World Economic Forum was founded in 1971.
The time period is often depicted in films as a happy-go-lucky era of disco, drugs, hippies and rock n’ roll, but the reality is that the early 1970s was the beginning of the end for the west – it was the moment that our economic foundations were sabotaged and the affluence of the middle class was slowly but surely stolen by inflation.
In the midst of this economic “malaise,” which Jimmy Carter later referred to as a “crisis of confidence,” the United Nations and associated globalist round table groups were hard at work developing a scheme to convince the population to embrace global centralization of power. Their goals were rather direct.
One of the most revealing quotes on the agenda comes from Clinton Administration Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbot, who stated in Time magazine that:
“In the next century, nations as we know it will be obsolete; all states will recognize a single, global authority… National sovereignty wasn’t such a great idea after all.”
To understand how the agenda functions, I offer a quote from globalist Council on Foreign Relations member Richard Gardner in an article in Foreign Affairs Magazine in 1974 titled ‘The Hard Road To World Order’:
“In short, the “house of world order” will have to be built from the bottom up rather than from the top down. It will look like a great “booming, buzzing confusion,” to use William James’ famous description of reality, but an end run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece, will accomplish much more than the old-fashioned frontal assault.”
In other words, the globalists knew that incrementalism would be the only way to achieve a one-world power structure that OPENLY governs, rather than hiding the rule of elitists behind clandestine organizations and puppet politicians. They want a global empire in which they become the anointed “Philosopher Kings” described in Plato’s Republic. Their narcissistic egos cannot help but crave the adoration of the masses they secretly hate.
But even with incrementalism, they know eventually the public will figure out the plan and seek to resist as our freedoms are eroded. Establishing an empire is one thing; keeping it is another. How could the globalists come out of their authoritarian closet, eliminate individual freedoms and rule the world without a rebellion that ultimately destroys them?
The only way such a plan would work is if the people, the peasants in this empire, EMBRACE their own slavery. The public would have to be made to view slavery as a matter of solemn duty and survival, not just for themselves but for the entire species. That way, if anyone rebels they would be seen as a monster by the hive. They would be placing the whole collective in danger by defying the power structure.
Thus, the globalists win. Not just for today, they win forever because there would no longer be anyone left to oppose them.
We got a big taste of this brand of psychological warfare during the pandemic scare, in which all of us were told that a virus with a tiny Infection Fatality Rate of 0.23% was enough to erase a majority of our human rights. Luckily, a large enough group of people stood up and fought back against the mandates and passports. That said, there is a much larger “greater good” agenda at play that the globalists plan to exploit, namely the so-called “climate crisis.”
To be clear, there is ZERO evidence of a climate crisis caused by man-made carbon emissions or “greenhouse” gas emissions. There are no weather events that are out of the ordinary in terms of Earth’s historic climate timeline. There is no evidence to support “tipping point” theories on temperatures. And, the Earth’s temps have risen less than 1°C in 100 years. The official temperature record only goes back to the 1880s, and this narrow timeline is what UN and government funded climate scientists use as a reference point for their claims.
I explain why this is fraudulent science in my article ‘The Gas Stove Scare Is A Fraud Created By Climate Change Authoritarians.’ The point is, the UN has been promoting hysteria over a fake doomsday climate scenario, just like the WEF and WHO promoted hysteria and fear over a non-threat like covid. And, it all began back in the early 1970s with a group tied to the UN called The Club of Rome.
The globalists have been scheming to use environmentalism as an excuse for centralization since at least 1972 when the Club Of Rome published a treatise titled ‘The Limits Of Growth’. Funding a limited study of industry and resources in a joint project with MIT, the findings appeared to be scripted well ahead of time – The end of the planet was nigh unless nations and individuals sacrificed their sovereignty. How convenient for the globalists bankrolling the study…
Twenty years later they would publish a book titled ‘The First Global Revolution.’ In that document they specifically discuss using global warming as a vehicle to form supranational governance:
“In searching for a common enemy against whom we can unite, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like, would fit the bill. In their totality and their interactions these phenomena do constitute a common threat which must be confronted by everyone together. But in designating these dangers as the enemy, we fall into the trap, which we have already warned readers about, namely mistaking symptoms for causes. All these dangers are caused by human intervention in natural processes, and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy then is humanity itself.”
By making humanity’s very existence the great threat, the globalists intended to unify the public around the idea of
What can we derive from this broadcast and its message? The globalists want two specific outcomes most of all – They want the end of national sovereignty and the end of private property through socially incentivized minimalism. The exact same objectives the Club Of Rome outlined in the 1970s are the driving policies of the UN and the World Economic Forum today. The “sharing economy” concept that Klaus Schwab and the WEF often proudly promotes was not thought up by them, it was thought up by the Club Of Rome 50 years ago.
It’s a self fulfilling prophecy: They spend half a century inventing a crisis, drum up public terror, and then offer the very solutions they wanted to enforce decades ago.
In the end, the climate agenda has nothing to do with environmentalism and everything to do with economics. The plan began in the midst of a very real stagflationary crisis, a moment when the middle class populace was most afraid for the future and prices were rising rapidly. This crisis was not caused by the scarcity of resources, it was caused by the mismanagement of the financial system. It’s not a coincidence that the culmination of the global warming scheme is taking place today just as another stagflation disaster is upon us.
The Club of Rome is now a shell of its former glory filled with silly hippies, most likely because the UN and other globalist think-tanks have taken on the role the group used to play. However, the shadow of the original Club is ever present and its strategy of climate fear-mongering is being wielded right now to justify increasing government suppression of energy and agriculture.
If they are not stopped by the public, totalitarian carbon mandates will become the norm. The next generation, living in engineered poverty, will be taught from early childhood that the globalists “saved the world” from a calamity that never really existed. They will be told that the enslavement of humanity is something to be proud of, a gift that keeps the species alive, and anyone who questions that slavery is a selfish villain that wants the destruction of the planet.
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6 things you should know about the number 666 - By CP Staff - https://www.christianpost.com/news/six-things-you-should-know-about-the-number-666.html?page=1
Some say it’s the most evil number in history. Others say it will be the primary way to identify history’s most evil man in the future.
But wherever one stands on Bible prophecy, there is no doubt about the intrigue surrounding the number 666 and its role in the book of Revelation.
1. The number involves satanic worship
Most scholars believe that Revelation 13, which contains all the Bible says about the number, tells us that at some point in the future, a person or system — or perhaps a combination of the two — will require all of the human race to receive a mark on their right hand or their foreheads in order to participate in the global economy.
Revelation 13 states: “The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.”
Greg Laurie, the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, said he believes the vision unveiled in Revelation 13 will emerge in the form of a totalitarian economic policy that will ultimately result in the compulsory worship of Satan.
“The Antichrist is going to introduce a cashless society,” he told audiences in 2021. “The endgame of this is to cause people to engage in devil worship.”
Laurie predicted that “the Antichrist’s economic policy will be very simple.” He summarized said policy as “Take my mark and worship me or starve to death. … No mark, no merchandise. … No seal, no sale.”
2. Some scholars believe 666 corresponds to a historical figure
Hank Hanegraaff, known to his fans as the “Bible Answer Man,” has argued that the words of the Apostle John in Revelation 13 are actually directed to a contemporary audience.
“Remember that Revelation is communicating the words of John to people in the first century and saying overtly that with wisdom and understanding they could discern the number of the beast, and the number of his name,” he told The Christian Post in a 2012 interview. “Now, obviously, only a first century audience could understand the number of the beast and the number of his name.”
According to Hanegraaff, the actual number is 660 and six, not three consecutive sixes.
“Obviously no amount of wisdom and insight would have enabled a first century audience to calculate the number of a 21st century beast,” he added. “And therefore, it would have been cruel and dangerously misleading for John to suggest that first century Christians would be able to identify the beast if, in fact, the beast was a 21st century individual or institution.
But other prophecy experts, like Todd Hampson of the "Prophecy Pros Podcast," say the mark is either the name of the future Antichrist or the number of his name — likely using Gematria where a numerical value is assigned to each letter — which will total 666.
“I believe those taking the mark will be able to essentially choose from two insignia tattoos ... either the Antichrist’s name or 666,” Hampson told CP, adding he believes based on the Greek term used, it will be a visible insignia on the surface of the skin rather than under the skin, similar to what Roman soldiers used to do for their commanding officers.
There were some people who thought Ronald Wilson Reagan was the Antichrist because his first, middle and last names each contained six letters: 666.
3. COVID-19 pandemic proved implementing a global system is not far-fetched
Long thought to be unachievable simply from a practical standpoint, the extreme measures taken by many governments to combat COVID-19 in recent years might have shown that transitioning the world to a new economic system under harsh totalitarian rule isn’t entirely out of the question.
In fact, as Pastor Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills in California told CP in an interview last November, a cashless society could even be pitched as a solution to many of the world’s problems. Hibbs has suggested that 666 could be a required prefix for anyone who wishes to participate in banking or other economic activity.
“The Bible does tell us in Revelation Chapter 13 that there will come a time when a global economic system is digitized, that all those who participate in a global economy will need to do so with what we would call a prefix, meaning a number that is the head of an account,” he told CP.
Hibbs’ remarks to CP came after the Federal Reserve of New York and major lenders like Bank of America and HSBC launched a pilot program for a digital dollar that will test the use of such tokens in the U.S. banking system.
Hibbs pointed to how authorities might promote the use of a cashless system as a means of eliminating human trafficking, drug smuggling, counterfeiting and other criminal networks.
Before the COVID-19 lockdowns, this might have been unthinkable — but not anymore.
“For the first time in human history, the world was immediately affected and united for good or for evil regarding COVID. … It brought the world — all of it at once — into real time,” he recalled. “No other event in human history has ever accomplished something like that.”
4. 666 could be the wrong number
Researchers in 2011 announced the discovery of millions of fragments of ancient texts in Egypt that might be able to provide insight into the number of the beast referred to in the book of Revelation.
Perhaps the most intriguing discovery involves an inquiry into whether the number of the beast referred to in Revelation 13:18 is actually “616” or “665” rather than the widely understood “666.”
In 2011, researchers at Oxford University announced that a fragmentary papyrus of Revelation dating back to as early as the late third century appeared to assign variations of the infamous number.
5. Several Bible characters can be linked to the number 666.
Although some scholars have argued over the identity of 666, others have pointed to places in Scripture that point to the number itself, in addition to its reference in Revelation 13.
One such reference is the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year, which was 666 talents of gold (2 Chronicles 9:13). Another one is the sons of Adonikam numbered as 666 (Ezra 2:13).
1 Samuel 17 states that Goliath stood six cubits tall while possessing a spear’s head that weighed 600 shekels of iron. In Daniel 3, we’re told that Nebuchadnezzar’s statue stood 60 cubits high, six cubits wide and had six musical instruments for its worshipers.
While people have used Gematria and other methods in attempts to identify various world leaders with 666, Hampson says he believes 2 Thessalonians 2:7-8 teaches that we will not know who the Antichrist is until after the Church has been raptured.
So, for Hampson, any attempts to identify the Antichrist prior to the rapture will not be accurate.
“We do see the spirit of the antichrist prevalent in our day (see 1 John 4:3), and there seems to be a candidate in each generation since Satan does not know the exact timing of the rapture,” he said.
“Hitler, for example, was very antichrist-like and was probably the enemy’s attempt to jump start the End Times. Satan can’t wait until it is time for Antichrist to rise to power, but God has a particular order and His own timing.”
6. There’s actually a clinical name for the fear of the number 666.
Back in 2006, many people began to wonder if there was any significance to the date of June 6, 2006 — otherwise known as 6/6/06 on the calendar.
Turns out that fear has an actual name: hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia, or an irrational fear of the number 666, according to the Cleveland Clinic.
Sufferers of hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia are said to experience intense, irrational anxiety or fear when faced specifically with the number 666. Some apparently go so far as to change their address from 666 to an adjacent number or even offering to overpay for a bill of $666, such as one Missouri church did in 2013.
God Made It Simple - Nathele Graham - firstname.lastname@example.org
According to Scripture, salvation isn’t complicated, but humans have complicated it. Justification happens at the moment of true faith in Christ, sanctification takes a lifetime, and glorification comes when we finally are Home with Jesus. God made salvation simple. You only need to realize that you’re a sinner and believe that only Jesus can forgive your sin. Your faith should result in a changed life, and that’s the sanctification process. We all sin, but a true Christion will ask for forgiveness and learn from mistakes. One evening a Pharisee came to Jesus to ask about some important truths, and the conversation is very enlightening. “There was man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: the same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God; for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.” John 3:1-2.
Nicodemus had some understanding, but needed to hear the truth from Jesus. He could have listened to the gossip on the street or the prejudice and misinformation among his fellow Pharisees, but he did the right thing, Nicodemus went directly to Jesus for answers. Jesus didn’t beat around the bush. He knew why Nicodemus was there. Eternal life is something most people have questions about, and there are many complicated, and wrong, answers to that question. For instance, the Sadducees didn’t believe there was life after death. Today we have some people who think there’s a place called purgatory where sinners go after death, but it’s not permanent. That’s not Biblical. God made it simple. “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3.
Born again. Now there’s a phrase which has stumbled many well-intentioned people. Nicodemus was a man who was searching for truth. He knew the Old Testament and had enough head-knowledge to recognize Jesus as a “teacher come from God”, but he didn’t have the heart-knowledge to recognize that Jesus was God incarnate. Without that heart-knowledge, he was blind to the fact that he was speaking with the Messiah. All who seek Jesus need to have more than an intellectual knowledge of Him.
Nicodemus asked many questions that night, and Jesus was patient to answer. Being “born again” was an idea that confused Nicodemus, and Jesus explained “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth; so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8. Jesus wasn’t talking about a physical re-birth, but a spiritual one. The word “wind” is the Greek word “pneuma”, which appears 385 times in the New Testament, and is often translated as Spirit. Neither the wind nor the Holy Spirit can be seen, but both can be felt.
Without the Holy Spirit we cannot know the things of God. Nicodemus was smart to seek answers directly from Jesus, but what do we do today? “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Corinthians 2:11-14.
Is it complicated to receive the Holy Spirit? No, God made it simple. When a person truly and honestly accepts the free gift of salvation only found through Jesus, the Holy Spirit is sealed within that person. “In whom ye also trusted after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:13-14.
People like to complicate this, and try to convince you that you need to do something aside from believe in order to receive the Holy Spirit. People might tell you that you aren’t Spirit-filled if you sin again. Scripture says we only need to believe. The Holy Spirit will never guide us into sin and will help us to understand Scripture. It is possible to ignore this gift, and that’s where trouble comes from. We can choose to live contrary to God’s ways, but that isn’t God’s desire for us. “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:30-32. Godly character should follow your belief, so listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit and study Scripture. Apply God’s truth to your life. If you continue to hold tightly to sin and ignore the Holy Spirit’s guidance, you will have little joy in your life.
Nicodemus questioned how a man could re-enter his mother’s womb, but as the conversation went on, Jesus explained “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:6. Being born again is something that happens inside a person after faith in Jesus. No human has the ability to judge another person’s faith in God, but our faith should be evidenced by changes to our lifestyle and attitude. The Apostle Paul was a man who allowed his faith in Christ to govern his life. His heart was changed and his way of life was evidence of the inward change. He stopped hating others, and he shared the Gospel with everyone he met, even if it meant his life was in danger. He chose to praise God in even the most perilous situations. Paul and Silas were once asked by a jailer in Philippi what he could do to be saved. “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Acts 16:31.
Paul could have told him to be baptized, or to perform community service, or say certain prayers, or any number of other “works” related “evidences” of salvation. Instead, Paul and Silas shared the Gospel. “And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.” Acts 16:32. Nobody can be born again unless they hear the Gospel. “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10:14.
If you have truly placed your faith in Jesus for salvation, you are a born-again Christian and you need to share your faith with others. My grandmother always said “You can preach a better sermon with your life than with words.” That means we can say “I’m a Christian” all we want, but our actions will speak louder than words. “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.” James 2:18. We can’t work for our salvation, but we can let others see Christ in us by doing good works.
God made salvation simple for us, because He loves us. If you claim to be a Christian, that means you’ve repented of your sin and asked Jesus to forgive you. Repent means you’ve changed your mind about sin. Don’t stay in the sin that once separated you from God. By faith you’ve become a new creation in Christ. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13.
Being born again is a personal choice. Nobody can make that choice for you. It’s been said that God has no grandchildren, we all have to make our own choice. If you think you’re a Christian because you were baptized as an infant, think again. A baby can have no understanding of his or her need for salvation and the parents made the choice. Baptism is outward evidence of a choice you personally have made, but it doesn’t bring salvation. “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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10. An infant cannot make a confession of faith. Notice, too, that this verse says nothing about adding works to belief. God has made salvation simple, but all the many Christian denominations have complicated it.
The important thing for you to do right now is be sure that you have believed upon Jesus. When my husband and I were married, he wasn’t a Christian. He thought he was because he lived in the United States and it was a Christian nation. That really bothered me and I spoke to him about it and I also prayed and prayed. One day, he was talking with a Christian friend, and the Gospel suddenly made sense. Ron accepted Christ and I was amazed as I watched the Holy Spirit work in him and change him into a man who was a fearless witness for Christ. Ron died ten years ago, and my greatest comfort is knowing that he is with Jesus. If he had continued thinking he was a Christian because of the nation where he was born, he would have been eternally lost. That’s as wrong as thinking you’re a Christian because you’re a Baptist, a Catholic, or any other man-made denomination. Only faith in Jesus brings salvation.
What about you? Are you born again? The Rapture is very near and that means all Christians will be taken from earth prior to the time when God’s judgment falls upon all the unbelieving world who will be left behind. Some people like to complicate things by judging who is a Christian based on works. Mostly those who judge another’s salvation, set themselves up as the standard to aim for, forgetting that they, themselves, fall short of God’s standard. “Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: for all have sinned, and com 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 forebearance 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 3:22-26.
One interesting idea is saying only born-again Christians will be Raptured. That’s true, but it’s belief in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ that makes us a born-again Christian. If you just attend Sunday morning services but have no faith in Jesus, you aren’t a Christian. Being baptized doesn’t make you a Christian. Being a very nice and kind person doesn’t make you a Christian. Only Faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross makes you a Christian.
God made it simple. “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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 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.” John 3:16-18. Yes, it’s that simple.
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Daily Jot: Government Transgender Experiments on minors - Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
Like a page out of Nazi Germany, the National Institutes of Health is funding experiments on the psychological effects of cross-sex hormones on transgender and nonbinary youth, 76% of them under the age of 18. The studies have prompted an inquiry from 15 Congressmen and Senators who are “deeply concerned about your agency’s use of taxpayer dollars to advance experiments on children who will be irreversibly harmed by radical gender ideology.” The Republicans signing the letter wrote: Notably, the four clinics and some of the researchers who conducted this experiment are outspoken advocates for conducting gender transition interventions on children.” But that’s not remotely the worst of it.
The letter states: “During this study, two young people died by suicide and eleven reported suicidal ideation. Rather than shutting the study down after such serious adverse events, the researchers published their paper, concluding that the study was a success because cross-sex hormones had altered subjects’ physical appearance and improved psychosocial functioning. However, the researchers admitted that they were not able to properly establish causality between the administration of cross-sex hormones and improved psychosocial functioning because their study lacked a control group. Despite glaring shortfalls, this government-funded research is already being used to further the fallacy that chemically transitioning children is safe and effective.” This sounds similar to the narrative used for the experimental COVID vaccine.
The letter continued: It is alarming that vulnerable young people died by suicide while participating in a taxpayer-funded study that will almost certainly inflict devastating physical harm on those who participated. Twenty-four participants in this study received cross-sex hormones after puberty suppression or “in early puberty” and are likely sterile as a result. Further, participants are now at increased risk for cardiovascular disease, blood clotting, and a host of other complications… Despite overwhelming evidence that chemically transitioning children is not safe, the NIH plans to give more than $10.6 million to experiment on children and adolescents through 2026.”
The National Institutes of Health is developing a track record for using taxpayer money to nefarious and unethical experiments. NIH recement renewed a grant to allow Ecohealth, suspected of weaponizing the COVID virus, to continue its experiments with the communist Chinese in Wuhan. Now this experimentation on children resulting in two deaths and 11 wanting to take their lives. As in Ezekiel 8:9, Congress, the Department of Justice, and anyone with criminal enforcement responsibilities should dig into the NIH and “Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here.” These people cannot be allowed to justify their evil work in the name of science. Science, too, has its ethics. Conducting experiments that lead to suicide in children or weaponizing deadly viruses are not science. It is the advancement of evil.
Daily Devotion: Inexplicable Peace - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you —1 Peter 5:7
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I don’t consider myself a worrywart, but there are times when I can work myself into a little frenzy. I think, “What if this happens? If this happens, then that will happen, and this can happen.”
The Bible tells us what to do when we worry: “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7 NLT). We bring Him our troubles, our problems, and our anxieties. This is God’s antidote to worry.
In Philippians 4 we read, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done” (verse 6 NLT). Nothing is too big to pray about. And nothing is too small. We don’t have to feel any shame about bringing our needs before the Lord.
And when we do, here’s the promise: “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (verse 7 NLT).
The word “guard” is a military term that can be translated “to mount a garrison.” In other words, the peace of God will mount a garrison around our hearts and minds. Or, to put it a simpler way, the peace of God will guard us.
This doesn’t mean that God will make all our problems disappear and meet every single need immediately. But it does mean that He will give us peace in the midst of our problems.
Maybe you’ve experienced times in your life when things were going horribly. You prayed and committed it to God, but things were still going horribly. Then suddenly, you were reassured with the wonderful peace the Bible so accurately describes as exceeding “anything we can understand” (Philippians 4:7 NLT).
So, the next time you’re tempted to worry, commit your situation to the Lord.
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