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The Mark of the Beast: Part I - Pete Garcia -
Even the Elect
Part I: Deception
If you've ever watched a Glenn Beck show, you've probably more often than not seen him at his ever-present blackboard, connecting the dots between players and agencies interwoven in an insidious socialist-progressive agenda to bring the US down from within.
That's kind of how the next three articles will attempt to do, in a less grandiose fashion of course as we apply his methodology of untangling the web of deceit that has been over-laid on humanity to the material at hand.
If I may add one additional allusion, in the movie "The Matrix", the main character 'Neo', played by Keanu Reeves wakes up or is woken up from reality, only to realize that what he thought was reality is the façade and the reality is much, much worse.
Most people go through this life thinking that this is all there is, or that if it can't be put into a test tube and scrutinized six ways to Sunday by a team of scientists, it doesn't exist.
But we (bible believing Christians) know that there is more to this life than what we see around us. We know that there is a God, and there are echelons of angelic and demonic beings that move in and out of this world unseen by the human eye. We know and trust that belief because the bible has not only validated itself, over and over through validation by history, archeology, and prophecy but because no man (or men) could have come up with a bible on their own. If they could have, they would have.
In the bible, the God-Man we know as Jesus Christ spoke concerning the end times that above all, deception would be great. So great in fact, that 'even the elect' would be deceived if it was possible. That is God saying that, not me.
"And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you." (Matthew 24:4)
So, in light of the fact that none of us can peek into the future, we have to trust God's word and take heed to the various warnings issued by Jesus, Peter, Paul, James, and John as given them by the Holy Spirit. So we go with what we know and make the best reasonable explanations that we can.
One thing to consider though is that prior to the age of global communications and instant newsfeeds, the whole world couldn't be deceived. Too many people were disconnected from other parts of the world, so the majority of people would not know what deception was going on regardless of where it happened unless it specifically happened to them.
We know (to the best of our ability) that the Beast is the governmental/political system headed by the Antichrist that takes control during the Tribulation. We currently live in the 'age of information' and believe this to be the same age in which our Lord will return for a whole host of reasons.
The information age (and the rapidity in which knowledge doubles), is almost entirely reliant on the ability to process information through the use of computers and the internet. Adding to that, think about the current administration and their over-arching agenda too:
A. Blanket the entire US with free WI-FI
B. Cement governmental control over who uses it, what they've seen, and what they can see
Globalists seek to place the entire planet on the electronic grid. With the use of low orbiting satellites, and taking advantage of the newly freed-up 'white space' from television's frequency waves (since we've gone digital), this is a very achievable agenda. The initial plan was called 'WiMAX' but that fell through to 'LightSquared'. Regardless of what plan actually succeeds, the plans are in the works to get everyone on board and 'on the grid'.
Remember a simple idea here, in that no matter what freebies are offered, or what promised legislation will fix, increased control is the outcome of whatever plan is put forward. Wi-Fi may be offered as free, but it will come at the cost of your anonymity.
Now, think for a moment about the gigantic Google Corporation. They have been working on an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system for years now based on the studies that track all the trends, typed searches, information, street-views, maps, etc for the entire world. Google has more information at its disposal than all the libraries in the world combined.
The owners of Google preempted public panic by declaring the AI known as 'CADIE' as an April fool's joke, but just imagine, if this thing "became" (maybe with a little supernatural help) self-aware and began taking over the global grid. Most of our public utilities and energy sources are controlled electronically already, but maybe "Sky Net" (Terminator movies) wasn't that far off the mark after all?
It seems silly, even fantastical for the most hardened skeptics out there, but it is not impossible. Considering that 20 years ago, the idea of holding a computer/phone /GPS/gaming device in the palm of your hand seemed ludicrous, yet, here we are today. Most accredited universities have within their Computer Science departments, active programs for the creation of Artificial Intelligence. At some point, in the not too distant future, man is going to cross that technological threshold between fantasy and reality and launch a system that is 'self-aware'. Scary thought!
Many bible scholars attribute the statements Jesus made to end times of being similar to Noah's day (Matt 24:37-38, Luke 17:26-27) as veiled references to the return of the Nephilim (Hebrew for "Fallen Ones").
The supernatural has largely been hidden from man since biblical times, but here in the last 60 years or so, mankind has been an eyewitness to increasingly strange goings-on in the sky and on the ground. The supernatural activity appears to be ramping up, and although widely accepted as plausible, no 100% verifiable proof has ever been substantiated. It is through movies and television that mankind has been desensitized to the mysterious. Just like with horror movies, man has been given an increasingly larger, violent, and realistic version of the same monsters over and over. What scared audiences 30 years ago, makes today's audience's chuckle.
"Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." Matthew 24:23-24
Common themes amongst both horror and science fiction shows are alien invasions and global destruction events. They have to keep topping the previous shows and movies so they are portrayed in more graphic and over the top sensationalistic ways to keep audiences coming back. This will have either one of two effects when fantasy does become reality:
I think the latter of the two is Satan's preferred method, but considering the fact that Satan will realize he has but a short time, he will pull out all the stops. And this time, God will allow him to. Although we can only speculate as to what type of events will happen that aren't mentioned specifically in the Bible, we know what Satan has done in the past.
God destroyed the world once because of the great wickedness and violence upon the face of the earth. Out of that (or maybe because of it), an unholy union between fallen angels and mankind created a hybrid race of creatures that were neither men nor angels. Only Noah was found 'perfect in his generations'.
Many believe this to be a reference not to Noah's moral righteousness, but to his genetic purity. So it is interesting that Jesus said that no flesh would survive if He did not cut short those days (Matthew 24:22). If God destroyed the world leaving only eight persons at the Flood, are we to not only consider weapons of mass destruction but also technology, like before the Flood, which seeks to annihilate what it is to be human?
Mankind is currently involved in cross breeding animal-human hybrids. Man is constantly trying to push the boundaries between the biological and the technological. There is coming a point when man will cross that line of no-return and this may in fact be the avenue in which man does it.
Whenever modern man broke through other 'impossible' barriers that people said couldn't be done... it was done. And between man's desire to live forever through artificial means (trans-humanism and singularity) and AI's ability to solve seemingly unsolvable problems, it will be a Babel-like moment when God will have to step in and intervene, yet again.
"And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.." Genesis 11:6
If mankind was capable of doing this many thousands of years ago, why does it seem unlikely that we couldn't achieve this again today in the Age of Information?
God dispersed man and changed languages to avoid them coming together in unison outside of His will and His time schedule. Yet, we are at that same point today through the use of the internet and rapid technological breakthroughs. Knowledge builds upon previously discovered knowledge, so at the rate at which it is doubling and tripling, the time it takes to get there quickly diminishes.
Replace 'magic' with technology, and add in some demonic influence and what you have is a recipe for evil incarnate perpetuated by mass mediums to large swaths of people. Man's propensity for evil will have the modern capability to quickly incorporate and disseminate large sums of information and application to a much larger audience today than ever before.
Remove God's hand of restraint from the world and the potential for wickedness will explode onto the world as not been seen since those doomed Antediluvian peoples of old.
Iran's Mullah, the Master of Terror Cells in the World - by Majid Rafizadeh - https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/16675/iran-terror-cells
Some of the main objectives of the Iranian regime's terror cells and proxies are to create fear in other nations through terrorism, subvert foreign governments and ultimately impose on the world an Islamist and Sharia system that mirrors that of Tehran. As Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah previously acknowledged:
"Our goal, which we have no choice but to adopt due to our ideological beliefs, is the project of the Islamic State of Lebanon... Not as a separate Islamic Republic but as a part of a 'Great Islamic Republic,' ruled by (former Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah) Khomeini."
Lately, several of Iran's terror cells have been caught in foreign nations. On September 29, 2020, Saudi Arabia broke up an Iranian-trained cell, arrested 10 people and seized weapons and explosives. These included "electrical components used in the making of explosives such as capacitors, transformers and resistors, gunpowder, chemicals, Kalashnikov rifles, guns, sniper rifle, live ammunition, machine guns, blades, military clothes, and wireless communication devices."
The terrorist cell exposed in September, according to a statement issued by Saudi Arabia's Presidency of State Security, was trained by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and had received "military and field training, including on how to make explosives."
Meanwhile, Bahrain's Ministry of the Interior revealed last month that early this year it had foiled a terrorist attack by a group also backed by the IRGC. The group, called the "Qassem Soleimani Brigade," had apparently been planning to attack several security and public structures in Bahrain.
In October 2019, Albanian General Police Director Ardi Veliu revealed in that the country's security institutions had detected an active cell of the foreign operations unit linked to the Iranian Quds Force. He warned:
"The Albanian authorities have identified these individuals and thanks to intelligence from informants inside the criminal organizations have prevented the plan (attack) of March 2018 and the eventual planning of attacks by organized crime members ... on behalf of Iran."
The Iranian regime has also been setting up terror cells in Africa to attack Western targets. In June 2019, the Daily Telegraph reported that a "new terror network has been established on the orders of Qassem Suleimani, the head of the Quds Force, the elite section of Iran's Republican Guard Corps that has responsibility for overseas operations." Six months later, Qassem Soleimani was killed under a direct order from US President Donald J. Trump.
Iran's terror cells also, it seems, aim to subvert other governments by carrying out assassinations. It was revealed last month, for instance, that Iran was weighing an assassination attempt against the US ambassador to South Africa, Lana Marks -- and that it was a terror plot in which the Iranian embassy in Pretoria was involved.
Iran has previously been accused, as well, of failed plans to bomb Saudi and Israeli embassies and, in 2011, to assassinate Adel Al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to the US at the time. An investigation revealed, in addition, that it was Iran that ordered the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, and was also implicated in the 9/11 attacks. In 2018, US Judge George Daniels issued an order stating that Iran was liable, as its support for Al-Qaeda had allowed the terrorist attacks to take place.
In 2018, the Iranian regime tried to orchestrate a terrorist operation in Europe: French officials foiled a planned bomb attack in Paris against a large "Free Iran" convention held by people opposing the regime, and attended by many high-level speakers, including former US House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, as well as your humble correspondent.
Iran's terror cells and proxies, which have total loyalty to Iran, most likely receive direct orders and instructions from the "Supreme Guide" Ali Khamenei.
Khamenei also gave approval for last year's attack on Saudi Arabia's oil installations at Abqaiq and Khurais, according to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), which previously disclosed Iran's clandestine nuclear sites in Natanz and Arak. NCRI stated:
"After Khamenei's initial approval of this operation detailed planning began and the SNSC (Iran's Supreme National Security Council) referred the plan to Khamenei for final approval. Khamenei ordered IRGC Maj. Gen. (Gholam) Rashid and Brig. Gen. (Amir-Ali) Hajizadeh to begin the operational implementation of the plan."
Iranian terrorist "sleeper cells" are reportedly continuing to operate in the US, according to intelligence officials and security experts. The Iranian regime is also continuing to target Latin American countries, where it dispatches its agents (specifically from Hezbollah), creates terror cells, and trains militias.
By turning a blind eye to the Iranian regime's terror activities in foreign countries and by refusing to open investigations or even condemn the mullahs, the United Nations is complicit in Iran's malign behavior across the globe. Perhaps it is time for the US to "pay for what it wants" from the UN, rather than automatically handing it billions, more than a fifth if its budget, every year -- and to make sure America gets what it pays for?
Nearing Midnight: On the Mark, Get Set... - Terry James -
There is growing angst, it seems, about the COVID-19 vaccine and whether we should take it once it's available. This isn't to advise on whether to take it or not. That's up to each individual. But I will say that so far as worrying about it being the equivalent of taking the mark of the Beast-as prophesied in Revelation 13:16-18-there is no need to worry. Taking the vaccine won't mean you've taken he Antichrist's dreaded mark of "666."
Maybe it's unnecessary for me to say why there's no need to worry in this regard. But some might not know. Most who read these commentaries are savvy about the fact that the Antichrist marks-and-numbering system for buying and selling won't be foisted upon the Beast's victims as long as all born-again believers are still on the planet. The Rapture must occur before that "man of sin" can make his appearance, according to 2 Thessalonians chapter 2.
Whether the would-be world controllers-like, in my opinion, Bill Gates-wants to slip some sort of a tracking chip into the vaccine that's eventually produced, I have no conjecture to make. I will say that I doubt very much that these wannabees will be able to do so at this time. Will I take the vaccine? I really can't say at this point.
I take an annual flu shot. That doesn't prevent one from getting flu; it only lessens the effects if one does get it, as I understand.
So, as I say, this commentary isn't about whether to take a vaccine. It is, however, to look at that coming Antichrist mark to some extent, in consideration of technologies being developed during these strange days.
Certainly, like all other things we see developing that smack of end-times prophecy about to be fulfilled, the marks-and-numbering system is in the stage-setting mode.
In geopolitics, we see developing enragement that is bursting at the seams to bring in a global order. In religion, we are seeing a coming together of religious thought and a merging with that geopolitics. This movement seems to be more and more influenced by and even led by the Vatican and this apostate pope. In culture and society, the world, and especially our own nation, has reached the point of rebellious rage. God has been all but eliminated from our educational system and even churches have closed their doors en masse to submit to governmental edicts spawned from the coronavirus threat.
It's no wonder, then, that in science, technologies are developing that presage the coming Antichrist regime.
Satellite tracking systems have existed for some time. GPS and other technologies are an everyday reality. Transponders of varying sorts can be chipped into people, pets, and possessions. And the technology that will one day allow the Beast regime of Antichrist to cause all to receive a mark on their hand or forehead is progressing rapidly. So get set: That feared mark instrumentality is just around the corner.
The following news excerpt might shed some light on how near might be the actual technology for implementing the Revelation 13 prophecy about the 666 mark.
Oct. 12 (UPI) - Engineers have developed a way to print biometric sensors onto skin, like a non-permanent tattoo, without the use of heat.
In addition to being more comfortable and less intrusive than today's wearable devices, the technology - described Monday in the journal ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces - can also collect more precise biometric measurements.
"In this article, we report a simple yet universally applicable fabrication technique with the use of a novel sintering aid layer to enable direct printing for on-body sensors," first author Ling Zhang, researcher in the Harbin Institute of Technology in China, said in a news release...
Because the sintering process, the bonding of metallic components to the sensor, required temperatures of 572 degrees Fahrenheit, the fabrication wasn't suitable for human skin...
Researchers were first able to lower the sintering temperature to 212 degrees Fahrenheit by adding a new nanoparticle to the silver components - creating what scientists called a sintering aid layer...
"That can be used to print sensors on clothing and paper, which is useful, but it's still higher than we can stand at skin temperature," Cheng said. "We changed the formula of the aid layer, changed the printing material and found that we could sinter at room temperature."...
In tests, scientists used their new wearable sensor to measure temperature, humidity, blood oxygen levels and heart rhythms...
In a follow-up study, scientists plan to print sensors designed to track symptoms and vital signs associated with COVID-19. ("Wearable Tattoo: Scientists Print Sensors Directly onto Skin Without Heat," Brooks Hays, https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2020/10/12/Wearable-tattoo-Scientists-print . My thanks to my friend Chris Mangan for the article.)
Today, government has almost boundless capability when it comes to keeping track of us. Electronic wiretapping devices and cameras trained on traffic and on most every corner keep watch. Cameras on every building trace our every movement. From biometrics to radio-frequency identification cards, satellites, and Internet surveillance, we are under watch 24/7. This still will not be enough to control on the scale Antichrist will demand.
Personal tattoos with electronic tracking and controlling properties will doubtless be the next generation of technology dedicated to tracing humanity.
If you know Jesus Christ for salvation, you won't have to worry with any of it during the time when Antichrist unleashes his horrendous regime. Believers in Christ will be removed in the Rapture in advance of that worst time in human history. (Read Revelation 3:10).
Here's how to avoid having to endure taking the mark of the Beast during the coming Tribulation:
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)
The First Post-Christian Generation Is Coming - And It Will Transform America - Jonathon Van Maren -
For the last decade or so, those warning of civilizational collapse have been accused of being alarmist. I recently reviewed Rod Dreher's latest book, Live Not By Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents, and noted that many still believe that a "silent majority" of Americans are opposed to the radicalism of the Left--that eventually, progressives will "go too far" and that the pendulum will back.
I've heard that case made by people far more educated and intelligent than myself, and I hope they're right. But I'd like to share a few reasons that I think it far more likely that Dreher is right, and that Western civilization--not just the United States--is on the brink of a long and dark post-Christian moment.
It is true that most people are still not on board with the radicalism of the transgender movement, for example. But we need to remember that the public education system has been completely colonized by the LGBT movement, and children who spend thirteen years in a state school will emerge transformed.
If you are a Christian and send your child to a public school, expect him to lose his views. If public school doesn't do the trick, college or university might. Essentially, a radical movement has virtually unsupervised access to the majority of the nation's children for the first, formative years of their lives.
And as Abigail Shrier noted in her recent book Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, it is changing the views of the population overnight. Progressives play the long game--in ten years, most of these kids will be voting.
Just this month, Politico published an essay explaining how Generation Z (those born after 1996) will change America's political landscape. This generation is thus far staunchly progressive on a range of issues, but where the future of religious liberty is in doubt is data that indicates "roughly 1 in 4 identify as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, or 'genderqueer.'"
That number is mindbogglingly high, especially considering the fact that a few years ago, less that 3% of the population identified as LGBT. To put it bluntly, those stats are hard to believe. But as the Daily Mail noted last year, many teens want to identify as anything but straight: As rates of trans kids skyrocket (a "social contagion," as Dr. Lisa Littman noted), many students are afraid that they are "dumb and boring" if they do not identify as something other than heterosexual.
Additionally, Politico noted that "a third of Gen Zers say they know someone who uses gender-neutral pronouns to refer to themselves and nearly 6 in 10 say forms or online profiles should allow more options than 'man' or 'woman,' according to Pew Research Center." According to a Politico/Morning Consult poll, 49% of voting-age Gen Z respondents identified as either agnostic or atheist.
The consequences? Politico noted that "Republicans' idea of religious liberty, particularly as it relates to discrimination against LGBTQ people...'does not at all resonate with younger Americans.'"
In other words, young Americans increasingly view religious freedom as overt bigotry, and thus no longer see it as a valid concept. Public educators, university instructors, the media, and the Democrats have all been singing this tune for some time. It's paying off.
There are other worrisome signs of tectonic shifts, as well. I've noted the rise of the "nones"--those who identify with no religious tradition--before. Mary Eberstadt frequently refers to "religious illiteracy," a population of people who no longer even know what the Bible teaches, or the basic concepts of Christianity.
We're seeing that now with columns on Amy Coney Barrett, with columnists professing shock that Christian schools she was involved with stipulated that staff and students abide by Christian teaching.
This should not be news to ostensibly educated people. To most people, these teachings are now simply hateful and intolerant, and there is no reason to accept them. Keep in mind that only 11% of Americans have actually read the entire Bible--which means that 89% have not. Even cultural Christianity is nearly extinct.
Self-professed Christians, too, are buckling on key issues--putting even more pressure on traditionalist Christians (that is, those who hold orthodox positions on matters of life and sexuality) to conform. A recent study found that 40% of Christians in the U.S. claimed that the Bible is "ambiguous" on abortion, for example.
Another 34% of self-identified Christians claim that marriage cannot be defined as between one man and one woman, and another 34% stated that abortion is morally acceptable "if it spares the mother from financial or emotional discomfort or hardship."
This lines up with another recent data set reported on by the Christian Post which noted that globally, atheists and religious people have similar views on homosexuality.
In Sweden, 93% of the religiously affiliated believe homosexuality is acceptable; in Catholic Italy, 81%; in Canada, 80%; in the Netherlands, 86%; and in the United States, a full 66%. "Approval for homosexuality" has gone up by ten points in the US between 2013 and 2019. In short? Polls indicating high rates of self-identification with religion do not necessarily indicate good news for social conservatives or religious liberty.
Unless the upcoming generations magically transform on the fundamental issues social conservatives and Christians care about the most, we will be a minority with very little political power in a very short amount of time. This weird moment in the political sun will not last forever--and probably will not last long.
That is why I believe that Rod Dreher's thesis in Live Not By Lies should be taken seriously. Those promising a bright American future are simply not looking at the data--and although the judicial firewall Trump has done much work to reinforce will be hugely helpful, progressives are already indicating that they would like to initiate a "reform" of the court system because it "isn't working."
That, of course, means it isn't working for them. If they have the power, they will change the system to ensure that it does. And they will have America's youth at the back, urging them forward, when they do so.
Daily Jot: What leftist politicians really mean - Bill Wilson -
It would appear that most who do not have a discerning spirit miss the point of what leftist politicians are saying these days. One of the examples is when they cry "This is not democratic" in cases like the recent vote to approve Supreme Court Justice Amy Barrett. In 2016, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blocked the immediate past president's leftist Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, and President Trump eventually got the pick. Now the Democrats are crying foul because McConnell engineered the approval of Barrett before the election. The Democrats say it's unfair; it isn't democratic; and that the court should be expanded ("packed") to prevent the conservative majority.
What does all this really mean? When they say it's not democratic, they are saying the process did not favor them because they were in the minority and lost the vote. Everything about the Barrett approval and the Garland non-approval was democratic. The American people voted a majority of Republicans into the Senate. It is the Senate's responsibility to advise and consent. That "consent" part means the Senate gets to vote on the nominee. In both cases-Garland and Barrett-the majority had the power to do what they did. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said, the confirmation of Barrett "will go down as one of the darkest days in the 231-year history of the United States Senate." Now there are riots and talk about changing how judges are approved. How democratic is that?
Another example is Hillary Clinton. Clinton told a New York Times Opinion network podcast that it "makes me literally sick to my stomach to think that we'd have four more years of this abuse and destruction of our institutions, and damaging of our norms and our values, and lessening of our leadership, and the list goes on." Many would think that Clinton was talking about American political institutions, American norms and values, and American leadership. In reality, she is talking about the leftist Democratic Party's institutions (the swamp), the Democratic Party's norms, values and leadership. The longer Trump is in office, the more threatened are those tenets of HER leftist political machine-not the ideals of America.
Clinton was the one who made a big deal about Trump not accepting the results of the election. Until she lost. Then she went to court to overturn the electoral college and the Democratic Party has been trying to remove Trump from office ever since. You see, these people do not speak in terms of American values or of the American Ideal, they speak in terms of radical leftist values and want you to think that all Americans embrace what they are saying. These same people claim to be Christians, but their deeds speak otherwise. So it would reason that they are deceptive like the city spoken of in Zephaniah 3:3, "She has not obeyed His voice, She has not received correction; She has not trusted in the LORD, She has not drawn near to her God." Pretty difficult to do when your god is government and power.
Daily Devotion: Who's Influencing You? - by Greg Laurie -
Then the foreign rabble who were traveling with the Israelites began to crave the good things of Egypt. And the people of Israel also began to complain. 'Oh, for some meat!' they exclaimed. -Numbers 11:4
https://harvest.org/resources/devotion/whos-influencing-you/ - Listen
The Bible calls them "foreign rabble," "mixed multitude," or even "riffraff," depending on the translation you're reading. So who were these people? It appears they weren't believers. They joined the Israelites as they left Egypt.
They probably were impressed with the wonder-working God of Israel, and they, too, wanted to escape. Although they'd left Egypt, apparently Egypt never left them.
And when they started to complain, the Israelites started to complain: "We remember the fish we used to eat for free in Egypt. And we had all the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic we wanted. But now our appetites are gone. All we ever see is this manna!" (Numbers 11:5-6 NLT).
The foreign rabble were a bad influence on God's people. And I find it interesting that they hated manna. Even though it was bread from Heaven, sent by God, they said, "We hate it. We don't want that manna in our lives."
This is why the apostle Paul warns, "Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?" (2 Corinthians 6:14 NKJV).
The Message puts it this way: "Don't become partners with those who reject God. How can you make a partnership out of right and wrong? That's not partnership; that's war. Is light best friends with dark?"
Here's a real test of your spiritual life: Do you look forward to Bible study, or do you dread it? That's an indication of where you are spiritually, because a hungry believer is a healthy believer.
So think about who influences you. Show me your friends, and I'll show you your future. If you spend your time hanging around with people who don't share your beliefs as a Christian, they can influence you and bring you down. Be very careful.
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