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What Shall be the End of These Things? (Part 1) - Pastor Mike Taylor - https://pastormiketaylor.blogspot.com/2020/05/the-future-of-this-sinful-world-part-1.html
"And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
9 And he said, Go your way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
10Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand." (Daniel 12:8-10 )
I wrote this message several years ago, but I feel it is time to review what is happening around us, and the rise of the Beast power influenced by the false prophet Events are building rapidly that point to the end of days being upon us. Control of the masses is becoming evident everyday, especially when chaos and fear over this so called "plannedemic" of the CoVID-19 that is being used for political control of the masses of humanity.
PROPHECY OF THE BIBLE BEING FULFILLED.
Understanding that the Bible is 25% + prophecy, and that to understand the whole of the bible, one must come to learn the meaning of the books of the Bible that deal with prophecy and it's fulfillment. The Bible has been and will be 100% accurate in its predictions of things to come. No other book gives the reader so much difficulty than the Book of Daniel and the last book of the Bible, Revelation. Each have symbols and passages that speak of things to come. Things that have been completed as prophesied and things yet to occur. In this message we will deal with the Prophecy noted in the title found in Daniel and then later, jump to Revelation and show their connection to the time of the end.
GABRIEL REVEALS THE FUTURE TO DANIEL
In Daniel, the prophet had a vision that started in chapter 10 and goes through unbroken till the end of the book in chapter 12. Even though there are chapter breaks in our bible, they were not there in the original manuscripts and proceed with one vision that Daniel had been given to him by this angel from Almighty God.
In this vision, Daniel is given details that tells of the coming future events, long before they had even happened. Many of these verses in Daniel lay out historical events starting with the kingdom of Babylon and goes forward through the kings of Persia, Alexander the Great, the split of Alexander's kingdom into four regions by four of his generals, and proceeds to give details of each struggle of each ruler and king that sought power in the region of the Middle East, even unto the coming of the Roman Empire with it's Caesars ruling during the time of Jesus Christ and the subjugation of Jerusalem and Judea by it's forces.
Rome became the most powerful nation on earth during the time of this vision prophesied and would remain a regional power up until the time of Constantine, when things began to disintegrate. This implosion of the Roman Empire began in the year 330 A.D. It was in this year that Rome ceased to be the city from where all ruling was done and the base of the kingdom. It was at this time that Emperor Constantine moved the seat of power to Byzantium, later called Constantinople, in the west. Then Rome was to rise up and have indignation against the holy covenant, or the true Gospel or those who hold fast the true profession of faith. But how did they do this?
HISTORICAL RISE OF THE "HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE"
The Emperors of Rome began to be united with the Bishops of Rome who had departed from the true Gospel as they had turned to worshiping angels, saints, and martyrs. Superstitious ceremonies were woven into everyday life. Wakes and banquets for the dead were celebrated; the relics of the saints were collected and adored, and they pushed aside the council of Christ by uniting church and state:
20 "And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?
21 They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's." (Matthew 22:20-21.) .
This move, of uniting the church with the state, was done to increase the stability and power of the state. "Thus the state within the state was abolished; the strongest political force then to existent, to wit, the church, was made the cornerstone of the state. Both parties, the emperor and bishops, were equally well pleased." (Historians History of the World pgs 639, 640, 642.)
This all began with Constantine, who had "converted" to Christianity, or the form that was evident during his reign that brought him more power. Christianity no longer was persecuted within the empire. It proceeded so to exterminate the heresy of Arianism held by the three powers that overran the "Eternal City" namely the Heruli, Goths and Vandals. Emperor Justinian decreed in 533 A.D that the Bishop of Rome would be the head of the entire "church" and rid the church/state of heresies. Many faithful were scattered abroad through the crumbling Roman Empire that refused to bow the knee to the newly created head of the "church", the Bishop of Rome. Thus began the transition of the Paganism of Rome into the Papal Rome.
(Notice to the reader: I seek not to make inflammatory remarks against any religion, but let history speak for itself and confirmed by bible prophecy. Sadly, one religion that is present on this earth has fulfilled the prophecy spoken of in Daniel and it begins and ends with the Catholic Church. So I must use their name.)
"And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate." ( Daniel 11:31)
History shows us that in 496 A.D. Clovis, King of the Franks converted to Catholicism, recognizing the Bishop of Rome as head over all the church, corrector of heretics and vicar of God on earth. Thus he places his armies at the disposal of the Pope to defend the faith, expand her borders and correct the heresies currently so popular in the Western Empire. Between 496 and 508 A.D., Clovis used his military forces to convert idolaters to Romanism, through alliances, capitulations, and conquests, the Arborici, the Roman garrisons in the West, Brittany, the Burgundians, and the Visigoths, were brought into subjection. They gave up their pagan attachments, but only to perpetuate its abomination in another form called Christianity. The Christianity of the Catholic Church was and still is only baptized paganism.
Many in the failing empire of Rome refused to submit to the Bishop of Rome, meaning the Vandals, Ostrogoths and Heruli, all avowed Arians, refused to acknowledge the Bishop of Rome as head over the churches and opposed the Catholic Emperor. Justinian sent his army with General Belisaris to take care of the opposition. After defeating the Vandals, and the Heruli only the Ostrogoths remained. The Goths retreated and allowed Belisaris to enter Rome unopposed. They then in a better season laid siege to the city: which they held for over a year. However, the siege that included the entire nation in its attempt was a bitter failure and that remnant of Goths that remained abandoned the city to Belisaris and disappeared from history. Thus by the year 538 A.D. there remained no opposition to the Pope of Rome to take the seat of the Empire to himself.
"And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits." ( Daniel 11:32) IN this verse we see a connection with Daniel 8:11-14,
"Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of the sanctuary was cast down.
12. And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practiced, and prospered.
13. Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?
14. And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed." (Daniel 8:11-14)
Even during this time, called the Dark Ages, there were many that would not submit and did heroic deeds for the cause of the Gospel with self sacrifice who kept the pure Word of the Gospel alive. These were the Waldenses, Albigenses and Hugenots. Papal Rome would hunt down these groups and destroy them by whatever means available by sword, torture, fire, or being thrown off a cliff to their destruction.
"And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.
34 Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries.
35 And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed." ( Daniel 11:33-35)
Highlighting the words in the above passage, "and by spoil, many days" refers to the many days to the much repeated 1260 years of Papal Supremacy over Europe. There would be war between the Protestant governments and the Papal Governments until those who would escape the persecution fled to a fledging country just discovered, the newly founded government of the United States of America. The end of papal supremacy was ended in 1798 when the Pope was taken prisoner by Berthier of the French army, and to all intents and purposes the power that had fueled the inquisition and the persecution of heretics was stopped. Papal power was broken and received a deadly wound. Although such persecution has existed and still does exist today in many places, the scope and control of such persecution is extremely limited in contrast to its jurisdiction under the Dark Ages.
Papal Rome has never regained the power she once had, up to modern times. But make no mistake, she lusts after regaining her former power and glory and works behind the scenes by mixing the religious affairs of the Papal state with the politics of the secular world. But mark this word, she will rise again.
"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.
37 Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.
38 But 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.
39 Thus 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)
Who on earth would this describe, even in our modern era? You say the Pope in Rome and you would be right. The king of the north described here is the Pope in Rome, as she had conquered through various armies all the land surrounding papal Rome. As Daniel, when discussing the issue of Pagan Rome, outlined secular events involved in the rise of this power and then retraced the time and outlined specific characteristics of Pagan Rome, so in discussing Papal Rome here he outlined the rise of the power in Daniel verses 30-35 and then retraces his steps and outlines the characteristics of the Papacy in verses 36-39.
The Papacy had total control over the king and queens of Europe and on threat of excommunication, enforced their will on secular governments. This is true to the point of death, that no other god could be acknowledged, but the Pope in Rome. So in Daniel 8:25, 11, we see that the Papacy would magnify himself in his heart and also to Jesus Christ the Prince of the host, for he claims to be the Vicar of Christ, or God on earth. This man blasphemed God by taking attributes that are Divine and belong to solely to God in Heaven (John 10:30-31) and claiming to have the right to forgive sins. (Mark 2:5-7)
This is an affront to the God of Heaven to do so. Further, the "church in Rome" decided to change the Sabbath to Sunday worship based on pagan practices of sun worship to lead men away from the Creator to the false god, the Pope in Rome and their sole power and supremacy. God has allowed this indignation to be accomplished and when it is fulfilled, the end will come.
NEITHER SHALL HE WORSHIP THE GOD OF HIS FATHERS.
This is attributed to the French Atheistic Revolution but in context references that "he magnifies himself above all other gods", even the God he claims to represent. His fathers worshiped the God of the scriptures, the God of heaven, however, the papacy regarded the gods of the pagans under a "Christian" garb. Also it claimed that the wafer was actually God and thus it is worshiped as though it is God, carried about as any pagan deity might be in celebrations and processions, and ultimately eaten that the devotee might possess it for their "salvation". This is but one of many of their rituals and doctrines that lead men away from God and to Rome.
The above verse speak of the desire of women which could mean several things. I've heard that the coming Anti-Christ, which the Papal Roman church could be a forerunner of such a system or the even the real deal, will be a homosexual. Hmmm, could be. Other interpretations is that during the time of Christ, that women dreamed of being the mother of the Messiah, so the man doesn't desire the Messiah produced by a virgin according to scripture. In other words, he doesn't truly believe in the Lord Jesus Christ or desire to follow Him in spirit and in truth. Another interpretations, is the celibacy of the Catholic priesthood, if you can find one that is actually celibate to his calling and not found pleasure in little boys, or Catholic nuns. Not all priest do these things, but a subset have been found guilty and protected by their hierarchy in this church.
Further, the subsequent popes have elevated saints, and the worship of Mary. Even in places where there seemed no desire to follow the pagan practices of Catholicism had Mary worship developed and taken hold. In fact, in the religion of the American Indians, the Tibetan Dalai Lama and even the Hindus are the prophecies of a woman who is to come and bring peace to the world. Thus the world was being prepared in the most unexpected places to accept Catholicism as the world spiritual leaders. I'm sure the virgin Mary, should she be alive today would never have envisioned being elevated to the same level as the Messiah she brought into the world. Popes in Rome have made edicts and papal bulls to make Mary in an exalted position of Co-mediatrix, co-redemptrix with Christ.
"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven (Jesus Christ) given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12).
To elevate any other mortal on earth, no matter their station in life or the righteousness imparted to them by God through Jesus Christ our Lord, is blasphemy against a Holy God.
THE FINAL ANALYSIS OF THE DOWNFALL OF THE "HOLY" ROMAN CHURCH
"In 1798 the king of the south, France began an ongoing war against the king of the north, Catholicism. Atheism continued to develop its ideology and reached another stage of growth at the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. Communism continued the war against Catholicism attempting to bring the former empire of Papal Rome into its grasp, but in time, Catholicism mounted an overwhelming counterattack. The king of the north swept away the entire structure of the king of the south/communism, entering into all the countries of the former Soviet Union and her tributary states. This overwhelming attack came with the military and economic assistance of the United States of America. This alliance repeats the history of Clovis, when "arms shall stand on his part." Could this point to Revelation 13, teaching that soon the United States of America will speak as a dragon, and then force the world to also form an image to the beast? Daniel 11:40 is the first historical manifestation of this end-time unholy alliance." (Taken from The Final Rise and Fall of the King of the North by Jeff Pippinger.)
This quote plays back to my prior assertion that an unholy trinity will develop between Papal Rome and the United States of America and the coming Anti-Christ. Who the man is can only be speculation on anyone's part, I believe the man will not be fully revealed until the church is removed from this earth. He/She could be the POTUS, or the Pope in Rome, or some unidentified monarch/dictator of Middle Eastern descent.
But Paul warned that apostasy will come in the last days:
"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, (apostasy) and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; v4. Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God." (II Thessalonians 2:3-4)
The Papacy will enter into God's church. This is done through the doctrines of Catholicism coming in and being accepted into the Remnant Church. That is, apostasy from the truth of God. Just as during the initial rise of the Papacy in the dark ages, those who were against the holy covenant united with the false church to promote its agenda. (This could also be applied to the inculcating of the false doctrines of Catholicism into Protestantism.)
Many shall be overthrown and many shall be taken in by the false doctrines that are coming in amongst them. These false doctrines that permeate the Catholic Church will be enforced by the alliance of the Papacy and the United States of America is my hypothesis.Egypt shall not escape -
"40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.
41 He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.
42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape." ( Daniel 11:40-42)
Egypt is both a reference to Atheism, (symbolized in the Bible as the land of sin with her idols) and also to symbolize the secular world. Thus this reference is to state that after a Sunday law is enforced all the religions of the world will unite to accept it. Even secular countries, or non-Christian countries will come under the Papal decree enforced through her alliance with the United States of America. Papal Rome will wield power over the whole earth, as the verse speaks of power over silver, gold and precious things of Egypt (the atheistic world). This is referring to economic power. The Papacy will control all trade etc. in the world, through such laws as the prohibition to buy or sell without the mark of the beast. (Revelation 13:16-17)
43 "But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.
44 But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.
45 And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him." ( Daniel 11:43-45)
Daniel is being told that the papacy will be frustrated because of the witness of many saved individuals that believe the Gospel message, either by the 144,000 Hebrew evangelists, the two witnesses at the Temple Mount, or those saved because of their message. This is the Loud Cry of the fourth angel of Revelation 18, which comes against the Papacy's attempt to control the entire world and bring it under its false teachings. This group who are giving the Loud Cry are the only ones who stand in the way of full control for the Papacy. Thus their strong Biblical message under the power of the Latter Rain of the Holy Spirit (See Revelation 18) causes much consternation and frustration for the Papacy. As seen before many will accept this message and "escape" from under its tyranny.
ISRAEL THE DOOR, JERUSALEM ,KEY TO END OF DAYS
8 "I heard, but I did not understand. So I asked, "My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?"
9 He replied, "Go your way, Daniel, because the words are rolled up and sealed until the time of the end.
10 Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand." (Daniel 12:8-10)
The prophet Daniel did not understand, and was not given to him to understand, because the time of the end was far into the future. No one has understood this prophecy until one thing happened in our modern age. What happened is that Israel became a nation again, and the fig tree put forth her leaves. Jesus said:
"Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled." (Matthew 24:32-35 KJV)
When Israel became a nation again, those that were alive to see its birth or born in that generation, that generation will still be alive when all things are completed. That tells me that Jesus will be reigning and ruling on this earth, and I may even be alive to see His coming. Why do I say that? Because the bible tells us that man is appointed 70 years, 80 years by strength. (Psalm 90). Not making any predictions or assuming a date or year of the return of our Lord Jesus, simple addition tells me the general area of the completion of this prophecy. In the last 72 years, Israel has become a stumbling block to all the world. Not a day goes by that Israel is not in the news in the negative and the world powers trying to force a peace treaty between the Palestinian Authority and the government of Israel.
We see politics and threats of yet another war on the world stage daily. The former so called "POTUS" was trying to force Israel into a date with death, and world powers at the UN demonizing this small country and ignoring all the human rights violations of other countries that blatantly torture and kill Christians and Jews. We see the present papal office sticking their self-righteous nose into the affairs of the secular world and bringing doctrines that fly in the face of the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. It all centers around Israel, because Jerusalem is the center of God's world here on earth. Satan hates Israel, hates God and hates anyone connected to them by biology or spiritual awakening to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, who as we know was a Jew Himself while here on earth.
Remember in the first parts of this message that I spoke that Rome lusts to regain the power she lost during the 18th century in 1798 when the Pope was imprisoned? How will that be accomplished, if at all?
THE MERGING OF THE STATE AND THE PAPAL CHURCH
What I'm about to discuss here is not all my own thoughts, but the thoughts and beliefs of a brother I converse with in South America. When asked how this will be accomplished, the friend of mine had an interesting theory...Mind you, it is only conjecture on anyone's part how the coming of the Anti-Christ will come upon the earth, but his analogy leaves one wondering and scratching their head.
"And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition." (Revelation 17:10-11)
Based on this passage which in reading it, is a most strange passage in the bible, but this is my friend's theory and it's most interesting:
"Most of Pre-millennial Protestants have nowadays a better and clearer sight than our brothers in the third century. We ought to be all expecting the Rapture of the Church. Most believers deem that it will happen after the Apostasy which shall take place just before the appearing of the eschatological Antichrist. But thanks to God there is diversity of opinions and some are getting aware that Apostasy is here today, and has infected at least 90 % of the local churches, and that a pope may be the eschatological Antichrist as our fathers of Reformation were wont to teach dogmatically. I will talk about pope Number 5, because he is the one who prepares the way for pope Number 6: the eschatological Antichrist. Number 5 is actually molding the proper profile that is convenient for Number 6 when he be ready to take control over the EU; the new Roman Empire which shall be the head of the New World Order. But before we go any further let us remind our readers the reason why I call Francis I the pope Number 5. We find it in Revelation 17:
9 "And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space."
This is a mysterious passage, isn't it? However there is a clue to that mystery which unfolds it and makes it crystal clear to anyone. I have this clue, and although I cannot say that it is for sure the right interpretation, nevertheless it is the most simple, literal and contemporary one you can find among the multitude of available interpretations. This is at least good hint! Time will tell after Francis I burial whether the Holy Spirit showed me the truth about the 7 kings or whether I was mistaken as many others..."
THE KINGS OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE
"According to verse 10 these 7 heads are also 7 kings. Now who are the kings of Rome? Everybody knows that for more than 15 centuries the real kings of Rome have been the popes, wherefore I do assume that these 7 kings are 7 popes. The angel says to John at the precise moment he gives him this vision that 5 kings are fallen.
What kind of fall can be deemed if we compare these 5 popes with the long list of the rest of them? The answer is easy: it is a fall from their traditional arrogance, it is a fall from their pretenses, and it is a (temporary and seemingly) doctrinal fall. Remember the Catholic church received a deadly wound in the 1700s that has not fully healed. As a matter of fact all popes before the ecumenical council of Vatican 2 proclaimed openly and dogmatically their absolute supremacy above all religions. They were the only and exclusive Church of Jesus Christ whose popes were the vicars whereof. They used to say and teach that without submission to the pope there was no salvation.
Protestants were just a bunch of heretics they had to fight, and the Bible societies were just devilish organizations. Since Pope Nicolas I (858-867) started to use the crown as a king founding his pretenses upon a forged document called "The donations of Constantine" which claimed that the emperor Constantine had made the popes heir to the entire Roman Empire, since then the Caesars in religious costumes have pulled it off. Till Vatican 2 the aim was to subdue all secular powers, all nations, and all kingdoms. They also increased at the same time their spiritual pretenses so as to fulfill their arrogance in issuing the dogma of papal infallibility in 1870.
Nevertheless after WW II when their puppet (Hitler) fell. (Bear in mind that Hitler and his entire clique were all Roman Catholics who were never ever excommunicated). So when Hitler passed away they had to change their politics and profile. Until Pius XII (Hitler and Mussolini's friend), Rome thought she could re-establish her dominion by her dogmatic pretensions and the Jesuits cunning craftiness, but the victory of the Allies, the shame of the Nazi Holocaust and the new born Hebrew State in 1948 supported by the USA put an end to any public and dogmatic arrogance. They had to make a sudden cosmetic change so as to turn the Roman wolf into a harmless lamb; they definitely fell! So they descended from their clouds of arrogance and presumptions and since John XXIII they have been making a big show of humility and brotherly love.
Remember that according to the Roman canonical laws no priest loses his "holy unction" as long as he lives, even if he gives up his functions and does not minister sacraments any longer. That is why pope # 6 will step down for a while as the chief of the Roman Catholic Church so as to comply with the EU regulations, and this will entail new elections in Rome so as to replace # 6 by # 7. I believe that Number 7 will be the false prophet of Rev. 16: 13 and 19:20, if the 7 kings are the last 7 popes... In effect pope # 7 will exalt with all kind of signs and wonders former for pope # 6, so that the entire world will be lulled into following the devilish agenda of the Antichrist.
Once Pope# 6 has full sway of the EU, he will become instead of president, the new Caesar. Then # 7 will step down and give him back his functions as a new pope: pope # 8. Then will come to pass what was the common to all emperors of the former empire: the Caesar was chief of the State and a god to be worshiped. But this pope after a short time as # 8 will claim to be the only true God and not only the Vicar of the Son of God. At that time he will break the covenant he had done 3 1/2 years before with the Jews, allowing them to rebuild the temple and perform their sacrifices and rituals in it, and he will come in the temple and set up a TV broadcast inside the holiest demanding the whole world to worship him in front of their TV sets (the image of the beast: Rev. 13:15, 14: 11). So the ministry of # 7 will be short; it will last until # 6 becomes the supreme leader of the EU and of the ecumenical Roman church which will have absorbed all religions.
Therefore it is written: "the beast that was, and is not, even is the eighth, and is of the seven", which simply means that the Caesar who existed during the former Roman Empire, does not exist when pope # 6 becomes the president of the EU (the new Roman Empire), but he makes part of the seven latter popes and become in fact the eighth because he retakes his functions after # 7 when he gets a total control of the new Roman Empire. This last Caesar will not only demand worship but he will also eagerly looking forward to get the people chipped in their right hand and forehead promoting the mark of the beast for economical transactions." (end quote)(Gilbert Lillo, Rise of the Anti-Christ)
Are you still with me? Troubling is it not? This present Pope is nothing but a forerunner of the coming man of lawlessness, using his Jesuit training to usher in the foundation of a New World Order and a One World Religion...Remember the UN with it's Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development that was discussed by many authors on this site, including myself? But how can you protect yourself from falling prey to this imp of Satan? By arming yourself with the truth of God's Word..by believing and accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and allowing the Holy Spirit to lead you into all truth.
"Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come." (John 16:13)
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."...(John 3:16-18)
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)
Next time we explore how Daniel and Revelation connect to each other in prophecy...
This is Pastor Mike Taylor, praying for you. If you need counseling, prayer, or just a listening ear, then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . God bless you all,
TILL WE MEET AT JESUS FEET
Iran's Mullahs Advancing Anti-Israel Agenda Despite Coronavirus - by Majid Rafizadeh -
Iran has been the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the Middle East. Iran's regime has been accused of both covering up the scope of the virus in the country and spreading the disease across the Middle East. While many of the 186 countries that China has afflicted with the virus are focused on addressing the immediate problem, the ruling mullahs of Iran instead appear mostly busy furthering their anti-Israel agenda.
Recently, Iran's parliament, the Islamic Consultative Assembly, unanimously approved an "urgent bill" directed against Israel. We are therefore to assume, it would seem, that passing a bill against the State of Israel was more "urgent" for the Iranian regime than concentrating on protecting the lives of the Iranian population during this public health crisis.
The bill names Jerusalem as the everlasting capital of Palestine and requires the Iranian foreign ministry to set up a "consulate or virtual embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Capital of Jerusalem in Palestine" within six months of the passage of the bill. After the bill was approved -- according to Al-Manar news, affiliated with Iran's proxy terrorist group, Hezbollah -- the Iranian lawmakers chanted, "Down with Israel!"
The chairman of Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Mojtaba Zonnour, explained that the bill was introduced because the annual worldwide International Quds (Jerusalem) Day rallies were cancelled this year.
Although the traditional anti-Israel marches are cancelled this year due to the spread of coronavirus, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that people will be able instead to march by cars, join a motorized phalanx or join an online event organized by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
The Quds Day rallies to show support for the Palestinian cause, which are held in almost 80 countries including Canada, Austria, the UK, and Germany, generally include anti-Israel chants and anti-American slogans such as "Death to Israel" and "Death to America." The Iranian government also normally showcases ballistic missiles which are capable of hitting Israeli territory. According to United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) "The rhetoric [in the Quds Day rallies] often slides into overt anti-Semitism including characterizations of Zionism as a cosmic evil and statements denying the Holocaust."
The Iranian regime initiated the annual International Quds Day event in 1979, the year of its Islamic revolution; since then, it has been it is held every year on the last Friday of Ramadan. When the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini established the event, he said, "I ask God Almighty for the victory of the Muslims over the infidels."
The passing of the anti-Israel bill by the Iranian parliament amid the coronavirus shows that one of the core pillars and revolutionary priorities of the Iranian regime is its deep hatred towards Israel and desire to destroy the Jewish state -- as well, evidently, of all other "infidels."
The Deputy IRGC Commander, Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami, several years ago threatened on Quds Day:
"In Lebanon alone over 100,000 missiles are ready at all times to fly... at the heart of the Zionist regime. Tens of thousands of other missiles... have been planted across the Islamic world and are awaiting orders so that with the push of a button a sinister and dark dot on the political geography of the world (Israel) disappears forever."
According to PressTV, Iran's Supreme Guide, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, stated, in addition:
"The Zionist regime - as we have already said - will cease to exist in the next 25 years if there is a collective and united struggle by the Palestinians and the Muslims against the Zionists."
Iran's Supreme Leader also published a 416-page book titled Palestine, with a cover featuring a map that includes Palestine having supplanted Israel. On the back cover, the Ayatollah is characterized as "the flag bearer of Jihad to liberate Jerusalem." In the book itself, Khamenei also articulates in detail his plan for destroying Israel.
Despite the coronavirus, the ruling mullahs of Iran continue their aggressive policies. As Israel's Foreign Ministry Director of Policy, Planning and Assessment Uri Resnick stated, "Despite the humanitarian and health crisis, we do not see a sign that they [Iranian leaders] have abandoned their behavior" concerning nuclear development and sponsoring terrorism.
Not only have Iran's ruling clerics failed to rein in their rogue behavior amid the coronavirus, they seem instead to be exploiting the "distraction" to boost their expansion. Iran has further entrenched itself in Syria and Lebanon, including that included building a new underground weapons-storage facility at Iran's Imam Ali military base in eastern Syria. They have boosted their support for Shia Iraqi militias and the Houthis in Yemen. They have rolled out a new missile on the way to developing intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons to Israel and any capital in Europe. And they have ratcheted up their anti-Israeli and anti-American agenda.
Will Some Churches Be Forced to Close for The Entire Duration Of COVID-19? - By Michael Snyder/End of the American Dream - https://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=4066
Isn't it odd that Walmart stores all over the nation have remained open throughout this crisis but we are being told that it is "too risky" to hold a church service in many states?
During this crisis it has often been said that "my rights do not end where your fears begin", but right now we are witnessing a stunning erosion of our First Amendment rights.
Churches remain closed in many states, and some churches in states that have "reopened" are now being forced to close down again. For example, a Baptist church in Georgia has announced that they will not be holding any in-person worship services "for the foreseeable future"...
A representative for the Catoosa Baptist Tabernacle in Ringgold, Ga., told The Christian Post in a statement on Monday that church decided earlier this month to no longer offer "in-person worship services for the foreseeable future" after confirming some of its families were "dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 virus."
When that church started holding services again recently, extremely strict social distancing guidelines were put into place...
"Seating was marked to only permit sitting within the six-foot guidelines, all doors were open to allow access without the touching of doors, and attendees were asked to enter in a social distancing manner and were dismissed in a formal manner as well to ensure that the social distancing measures were adhered by all," the church told the outlet.
But even with all of those restrictions, COVID-19 started spreading in the church.
And so now that church has closed up shop indefinitely.
In Houston, another church that recently reopened has now been forced to close again...
Days after the move by the church in Georgia, ABC News reported that Houston-based Holy Ghost Parish also did the same after it was discovered multiple members of the organization had contracted the novel coronavirus and one leader had died.
The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston said the church, which had also reportedly begun hosting mass at the start of May as some coronavirus restrictions on certain businesses in Texas had begun to ease, decided to re-close last week after the death of Father Donnell Kirchner, 79.
Sadly, we will probably see a lot more stories like this in the weeks and months to come.
But no matter what we do, we aren't going to be able to prevent people from catching the virus. In order to do that, we would literally have to shut down everything for a very long time, and that is simply not going to happen.
Whether the current "shelter-in-place" restrictions remain in place or not, and whether we are holding church services or not, the truth is that this virus is going to continue to spread.
And it will keep spreading until the vast majority of the U.S. population has been exposed to the virus and herd immunity has been achieved.
So shutting down all of our churches is not going to solve anything, but the mainstream media keeps pumping out horror stories about how Christian gatherings are helping to spread COVID-19. For example, the following comes from CNN...
A person who later learned they were positive for Covid-19 attended a California religious service on Mother's Day, exposing 180 other people to the novel coronavirus, according to local health officials.
The individual got a positive diagnosis for Covid-19 the day after the service and is now in isolation at home, Butte County Public Health said in a statement Friday.
And here is a story from NBC News about a church in Arkansas...
Two people infected with COVID-19 spread the virus to more than 30 people during church gatherings in Arkansas in early March, before the first case was ever diagnosed in that state, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published Tuesday.
The cases illustrate how rapidly the virus can spread to others involved in faith-based organizations, and may have implications for places of worship as churches nationwide figure out how to reopen safely.
But why don't we ever see any stories about how our major retail stores have become hotbeds for spreading the virus?
Without a doubt, it would be much easier to catch COVID-19 in a large retail store than it would be in a church. Thousands upon thousands of people are constantly streaming through our big stores, and many of them have got to be absolutely teeming with the virus.
It just greatly disturbs me to see such a double standard going on.
If it is safe enough for people to go to Costco, then it is safe enough for them to go to church.
And the truth is that a lot of our churches are going to end up collapsing if they are not permitted to reopen soon. According to the Washington Post, approximately one-third of all U.S. churches "have no savings"...
The novel coronavirus is pressing painfully on the soft underbelly of U.S. houses of worship: their finances. About a third of all congregations have no savings, according to the 2018-2019 National Congregations Study.
Just 20 percent streamed their services and 48 percent were able to accept donations electronically, the study found, making it more challenging to serve the faithful and gather their donations during the virus shutdown.
Already, some churches have been forced to lay off staff and radically cut expenses.
If they are not allowed to resume normal activity for the foreseeable future, many of them will not end up surviving at all.
Even before this pandemic, it was estimated that somewhere between 6,000 and 10,000 churches were dying each year in the United States.
Needless to say, the number for this year will be off the charts.
Of course some churches will insist on waiting to reopen until the threat of COVID-19 has completely passed, but that might be a really, really long time.
In fact, a draft Pentagon memo that was just made public is warning that this virus will remain a threat until "at least the summer of 2021"...
The Defense Department should prepare to operate in a "globally-persistent" novel coronavirus (COVID-19) environment without an effective vaccine until "at least the summer of 2021," according to a draft Pentagon memo obtained by Task & Purpose.
"We have a long path ahead, with the real possibility of a resurgence of COVID-19," reads the memo, authored for Secretary of Defense Mark Esper but not yet bearing his signature.
There are very, very few churches in America that could afford to be shut down for that long.
And what most people don't realize is that COVID-19 is not the worst thing we are going to face. Much larger challenges are on the horizon, and they will shake our society to the core.
At a time like this, people need hope, and that is why it is so important for our churches to be up and running.
Unfortunately, many of them now have a closed sign, and that is likely to remain the case for the foreseeable future.
How Do We Overcome? - Gary Stearman -
How do we overcome the trials and difficulties of this life? Any faithful Christian who hears this question will be quick to answer, "... through Christ." Those words come from Paul, writing to the Philippians: "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" (Phil. 4:13).
Events of the last few months have caused many to recall the last century, with two World Wars, the Great Depression, relentless epidemics, and Communist revolutions.
Suddenly, our thoughts have been wrenched toward images of police-state tactics, rampant disease, food shortages, transportation problems and a state-controlled society.
We tend to focus on emerging threats. Of course, the Bible tells us that we have an enemy who will use them to extend his web of control.
We watch, fearing that in one way or another, we'll lose control of the stability that has graced our lives over the last few decades. Or could we lose everything? For Christians, the answer to this question is a resounding, "No!"
Think, once again, about the things we possess that can never be taken from us. Think also of the rock-solid fact that, through Christ, we transcend the challenges of this life:
"Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?" (1 John 5:5). John's confidence is intense. His letters are vibrantly alive with hope and promise.
In fact, in the book of The Revelation of Jesus Christ, he refers to the faithful "overcomers" eight times - in the process, listing a dozen promises:
1 "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God" (Rev. 2:7).
2 "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death" (Rev. 2:11).
3 "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it" (Rev. 2:17).
4 "And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:" (Rev. 2:26).
5 "He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels" (Rev. 3:5).
6 "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name" (Rev. 3:12).
7 "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne" (Rev. 3:21).
8 "He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son" (Rev. 21:7).
To eat of the tree of life, and not be hurt of the second death - to eat of the hidden manna and possess a white stone with a new name - to be given power over the nations - to be clad in white raiment and permanently inscribed in the Book of Life and be recommended by Christ to the Father and His angels - to be a pillar in God's Temple and have His name written upon us - to be seated with Him in His throne - to inherit all things and be a son of God!
Focus on these things, and the challenges of this life will melt away in the perspective of His lovingkindness. That's what you call overcoming! And sometime soon, we'll have to talk about that white stone!
Daily Jot: Why vote by mail is bad - Bill Wilson - www.dailyjot.com
We have heard a lot in the news media lately about how President Trump is trying to undermine democracy and steal the election through his opposition to "vote by mail." The Democratic Party leadership is all up in arms about the possibility that all registered voters will not be able to vote during this pandemic and vote by mail will save democracy in America. Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, the same that paid for the false dossier that the Obama Administration used to get FISA Court approval to spy on president-elect Trump, Tom Perez told MSNBC, "This president, in a desperate effort to steal an election, is going to stop at nothing." The DNC is accusing Trump of its own exact intentions.
Perez said, "What we have to do between now and November is make sure that every single voter in every single state has a choice. The choice to vote on election day. So the choice to early vote, the more days of early voting, the more social distancing you do and the right to vote absentee with no excuse, the right to vote by mail. Republicans and Democrats agree on that." In reality, the earlier the vote, the earlier the Democratic Party has to tally who has voted from the voter rolls. The earlier the vote, the more time the Democratic Party has to prepare mail in ballots for all those who are registered to vote but have not voted. Sounds great, right? Getting 100% of voters voting.
Problem is, this is one of the ways elections are stolen. In matching up who has voted with the voter rolls, one can fill out ballots for those who do not vote and send them in. No one will ever know that the person did not vote, but actually did. This is possible because the voter rolls have thousands upon thousands of dead people on them. No ID is required. Dead people can vote, and they do because the political party either mails in their vote or someone shows up at the poll posing as the dead person. More days to vote, leaves more days to manipulate the voter rolls. The earlier the voting, the more time for cheating. In every state where election commissions have tried to purge the voter rolls of the dead people, the Democratic Party and the ACLU has filed suits to obstruct it, saying that it disenfranchises minorities.
Mail in voting also may skew election results by people receiving ballots that are ineligible to vote. Breitbart reports that the Public Interest Legal Foundation recently reached a settlement with Allegheny County, PA, including Pittsburgh, to clean up voter rolls which included some 1,600 dead registered voters, 7,500 duplicate voter registrations, 1,523 voters who are over 100 years old, and nearly 1,200 who have no date of birth. That's just one area. Song of Solomon 2:15 says, "Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines." The little foxes can't reach the fruit so they chew on the vines and kill them. Mail in voting without purging of the voter rolls will kill the vine of Liberty.
Daily Devotion: Make Each Day Significant - by Greg Laurie - www.harvest,org
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. -Ephesians 5:15-16
Have you ever gotten a phone call in the middle of the night? When the phone rings your heart jumps because no one wants a call at that hour. And then for some strange reason, the caller usually asks, "Did I wake you?"
I don't know why, but generally, we deny it. Why can't we just say, "Yes, I was asleep. It's nighttime"?
In Romans 13 the apostle Paul warned Christians to wake up and stop living in denial about the fact that some of them were actually sleeping spiritually. He wrote, "And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed" (verse 11 NKJV).
The J. B. Phillips translation puts it this way: "Why all this stress on behaviour? Because, as I think you have realised, the present time is of the highest importance-it is time to wake up to reality. Every day brings God's salvation nearer."
What is the present time that Paul is referring to? I believe Paul is alluding to the fact of Christ's return. Do you believe that Jesus could come back today? That's good if you do. It means you're very astute theologically. He could come back today, so be aware of that reality.
Yet, there's another thing I would add: Be aware of the fact that you don't know how long you will live. I know many young people who have passed on. My son Christopher went to Heaven at the age of 33.
Let's live every day as though it could be our last because one day it will be. That is why Scripture says, "So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom" (Psalm 90:12 NKJV). Especially at this time, keep perspective, and make each day count. Make each day significant.
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