Wednesday, December 9, 2009

THE GREATEST BOOK OF ALL

Many people are searching for answers, solutions, an explanation of what is going on in our world today. People offer up an array of suggestions depending on their perspective of what it is exactly that they think is ailing our world.

If one views the culprit of the misery to be the economy, then people like to say and believe that things will turn around sooner or later. If it's the weather that being discussed as it is with many farmers, then it's just changing weather patterns - nothing out of the ordinary, move along. Others look at it from a political perspective, or societal and so on and so forth. Everybody has an answer about it even if it is denial that things are drastically out of whack everywhere, and I have a response as well. My take is a spiritual one that is written about in great detail in the Holy Bible about this very time in which we find ourselves. It is a book that was written for all people of every generation since the beginning of time that holds blessings of truth and guidance for those that search earnestly. An amazing wonder if you really grasp this fact in its' entire splendor. It's miraculous. And I believe in miracles. With God all things are possible, especially miracles.

There is a generation that is spoken about frequently in the gospels that will not pass away without seeing the Lord's second coming. Alive on this earth today is that generation. And this is the time prophesized about for that generation...a time like no other.

If this is not a time 'like no other' then why o'why are we seeing the things we are seeing - without or without the spiritual eye to see. Surely in the physical world we all can see more crime and hatred, more unrest, more war and bloodshed, more disease, more hunger, more greed, more deception, severe weather, more blatant references to occultism and increased lawlessness in general. Yet we talk about the weather like there's no tomorrow (pun intended). Biggest and main topic of conversation in the work office today, the weather was, with the engulfing storm snarling our daily lives. We can talk about the weather yet we cannot discern the time we are in. Jesus told us about that, too.

So, let's talk about the weather. Is it live or is it Memorex? We are told that emails were leaked alledgedly proving manipulation of 'scientific data' to sell the hoax of global warming. Was this done by a sincere whistle blower or is it done to suit a purpose for their agenda as well. It is harder and harder to tell. Did Russia really leak them from Siberia. They say it was not a job done by an amateur. Wonder whatever happended to Mr. Joseph Moshe who was briskly whisked away to Israel after attempting to blow the whistle and sound the alarm of H1N1 being used as a bioweapon. Whatever happened to the swine flu, and is the pandemic in the Ukraine real or propaganda to make us want to voluntarily take the vaccine thus separating us into those that are believing their lies and those who are not until they try to force it on us. The shots are free and I say anytime your government wants to give you something, it should be seriously considered why.

The (temporary) powers that be are convening right now to discuss the effects of warming temps while almost the whole US is engulfed in a snowstorm of varying degrees - which seems unnatural in the most unnatural way by the way aside from the fact that it is so widespread. Someone made the comment today that the snow looked like the fake snow stores put in the storefronts. I had already thought the same thing...except for the part about the storefronts. We see reports of icebergs twice the size of Hong Kong are heading for New Zealand. What do you do about that, if anything. Fifty foot waves in Hawaii has surfers flocking to catch the possiblity of the ride of their life. We are in for a ride alright. Last week New England had such severe storms in the morning that there was vast flooding with power knocked out to thousands, which subsided quickly, the sun returned and at least three states set record high temperatures for December. One guy that was interviewed who was dressed in shorts while walking his dog in the park described it best when asked what he thought about it, said 'it's bizarro.' I was inclined to agree with him. Many things are bizarro in our world today.

What is the real deal behind global warming...other than the huge profits. God said there would be flooding in these endtimes, and He certainly has the power to do so. They try to explain it with 'scientific data' and can't just like they can't completely explain away their (false) theory of evolution. Although maybe evolution is very real for the strangers that dwell among us and this is why they push it so hard even though it cannot be proven and they admit it...what does a fallen angel look like, by the way and what did they used to look like. But continue they do to try to explain the abnormalities we see while they mock and laugh at us and paint bizarro streaks in our skies. They continue to deceive and confuse. I believe we see both kingdoms at work in the weather - a gauge of sorts of both the seen and the unseen battle that is being waged. By now we know that HAARP is very real. China openly reports about manipulating the weather like Bush Sr. mentions the New World Order that the time has come for like it's normal conversation. Just a few weeks ago China made the heaviest snowfall on record in an attempt to lessen severe drought conditions. Jesus told us there would be droughts as well in these endtimes. It is all written and it is there for all to see and hear. Like that old saying of 'All I ever needed to know, I learned in kindergarten.' I say, all I ever needed to know is in the Bible. The most amazing story ever told - the history of mankind. How we got here, why we are here, what happened to get us into this fallen state and where we are going. There are lots of other books written by many people trying to explain things that cannot be fully explained, not accurately anyway without consulting the greatest book of all time The Bible, and most are a waste of time, energy and money. I hear people recommending different books all the time, but seldom does the Bible get recommended; the one that has all the answers. That's the state of the world in the endtimes which Jesus told us about that as well; when men would not believe sound doctrine. The somewhat success control of the weather is part of their tainted view for world dominance, and even worse than that, it could possibly be a feeble attempt at making themselves like Him. God knows and that is all I really need to know.

Apologies for the rambling. Bottom line is nothing in this world is as it seems but the Lord never changes; only the times and these times they are a'changin quickly and quickly may we soon be changed in the twinkling of an eye.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

THE FATHER’S HOUSE

John 14:2
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.


In more than one place lately, I have seen reference to Jesus’ words of ‘many mansions in my Father’s house.’ Unfortunately, more of them have taken His words out of context and change the meaning. Maybe because Jesus does not speak of one big mansion where all His people dwell with Him, but rather says the word many, people think the mansions are different in some way with different ways used to get there. Nothing could be further than the truth because God’s word is never contradictory but always harmonious with complete syncrinicity throughout the whole Bible.

First off, let me say, I know the Father has good things, great things, in store for His children, and I know and believe ALL things are possible with God, but I do not believe that Jesus is referring to square footage (mansions) as much as He is telling us there is more than enough room for every son and daughter to be sanctified and glorified to dwell in His Father’s House. But the way into God’s Kingdom has only one way to belong in those dwelling places in Heaven and that is through God’s son Jesus Christ for He tells us so a little further on in John 14:6 :

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.


I take Him at His word indeed. Jesus is the only way to the Father’s House. Our amazing Savior who never leaves any stone unturned, further tells us how it is that we come to the Him, the amazing Son:

John 6:44
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.


Amen.

God created all the people of the earth and every ear will have a chance to hear the truth with equal opportunity to embrace it or reject it. This is our free will; real democracy in it’s purest form – the freedom to choose. Jesus tells us the way is narrow because it is. Only through Jesus can salvation be obtained. How or why would the Father accept anything other than those that follow His Son after what Jesus did for all mankind and to glorify the Father. Why should He indeed for it was only Jesus’ blood and Jesus’ blood alone that was shed for you and me, and every single person in the whole world over.

Praise His holy name.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Danger of a "Conservative" Bible

By now news of an upcoming Conservative Bible has spread throughout the media and Internet. This news can be viewed as just another flash-in-the-pan-soundbite: strange but harmless, or it can be recognized as part of a multi-staged campaign to hijack and destroy Christianity. Conservatives might consider that accusation as "unfounded", but in fact it is very deeply rooted in the very scriptures that Conservapedia is hoping to edit. For example, no matter how much conservative spin may be placed on the gospels, Jesus clearly implied his belief in the separation between church and state by many sayings, including: "give unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.", and "No person can serve two masters; he will hate one and despise the other", followed by something that should frighten many conservatives: "You cannot serve both God and money".

The Republican party and the mainstream "Conservative" church have become hopelessly addicted to one another. The relationship between these two groups reminds me of the unfaithful wife and her lover, as described in Proverbs and elsewhere in scripture. No good has come of this relationship, and no good ever can. The world has already witnessed how the religious right-wing handles power: with unquestioning devotion to their leadership, and vile contempt for their political adversaries. Unfortunately, there are also many Obama supporters today who have followed the conservative example, and are just about as deep in their own political trench.

The fact is that political trench warfare which defines modern American politics started with members of the right wing whispering about some sort of "vast left-wing conspiracy" against the Republican party. Because of this unfounded rumor, the religious right banded together, voted in blocks, and vowed to destroy their democratic adversaries. By creating the phantom menace of a vast left wing conspiracy, an actual right wing conspiracy was born; its purpose was to win at any cost, which happened in the stolen 2000 Presidential race. Now the same accusatory tactic is being used in dealing with scriptures. The argument made on Conservapedia makes it seem as though there is a vast left wing conspiracy in translating the scriptures. They are working to rally the troops in making a Conservative Bible by outlandishly claiming that Liberal Bibles already exist. There is strong evidence that the spirit behind conservative Christianity is not the spirit of Truth. A by-product of political trench war-fare is a filter of bias that clouds the judgement on both sides; the reason is impaired, and chances of changing course go way down. In other words, turning the political arena into a battlefield makes it very difficult for people to go through the process of repentance.

Various definitions of sinful behavior come from scripture. The process of repentance is described in detail from many perspectives in the Bible. The tricks of the devil's trade: his tactics and strategies are exposed in the Bible. It is from studying the Bible that I have come to realize that the mainstream conservative church has fallen into the hands of the enemy of God. Conservatives who have followed the fold, and remain largely ignorant of the information contained in the Bible are lost without the guidance and correction that is offered through the Bible. What is being proposed in creating a "Conservative Bible" is a way to bypass the glaring discrepancies between what scriptures teach, and what many conservatives believe. The idea that such a translation could be made without completely butchering the entire Bible is laughable. But Conservapedia is attempting to do just that.

I believe the Republican party is an interloper that is figuratively in bed with the unfaithful wife known as the church. When on the mountaintop, Jesus refused to be given complete power in the world because he could only obtain it through spiritual infidelity: worshipping another over God. I believe that the modern church was given a similar choice, and chose worldly power and affluence over the course of faithfulness. In America today, churches are everywhere; compare this modern fact to Ezekiel 16:24-25 which says,
"You build a mound for yourself and make a lofty shrine in every public square. At the head of every street you built your lofty shrines and degraded your beauty, offering your body with increasing promiscuity to anyone who passes by".
Furthermore, the conservative mainstream church gives the Republican party votes, the only currency that matters to the GOP, and has done so for decades. In exchange for this, the Republican party has delivered nothing but lip-service in return. No laws re-banning abortion, no real steps taken to abolish gay rights (which are the two main hot-button issues of the religious right). Every voting season the Republican party brings these issues out of storage, and uses fear and promises to obtain millions of votes from church-goers across America, but the politicians never deliver on their promises. This, too has striking resemblance to Ezekiel 16: 32-34:
"You adulterous wife! You prefer strangers to your own husband! Every prostitute receives a fee, but you give gifts to all your lovers, bribing them to come to you from everywhere for your illicit favors. So in your prostitution you are the opposite of others: no one runs after you for your favors. You are the very opposite, for you give payment and none is given to you".
It is the responsibility of all Christians who are not under the spell that has hypnotized the religious right to stand up against such things as "the Conservative Bible", and to boldly hold powerful and persuasive church leaders accountable to the various ways that they consistently violate Biblical commands. That such misguidance has been allowed to flourish is evidence that we are very near the time of God's judgment. But judgment begins with the church.
Romans 13:10
"Give everyone what you owe him: if you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, pay revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. Let no debt be outstanding, except the continuous debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. The commandments, "Do not commit adultery" "Do not murder" "Do not steal" "Do not envy" and whatever other commandments there may be, are summed up in this one rule: "Love your neighbor as yourself" Love does no harm to its neighbor, therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
Passages like these do sound suspiciously liberal. That fact should be an alarm to self-proclaimed Christians who subscribe to conservative principles. The warning signs and red flags that saturate scriptures against a selfish conservative spirit cannot be ironed out as mere wrinkles. To do so would be to close off the only escape from a labyrinth of dogma and emotionality. The only way to love misguided religious conservatives is to explain to them the error of their ways, using scripture. The spirit that would inspire a Conservative Bible is the adversary of Christ.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

2 Peter 3:1-18

3:1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:

3:2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:

3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,

3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;

3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.

3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

STRANGE TIMES INDEED

Even the weather is getting freakier; they don't even know if it was a tornado:

http://rawstory.com/news/afp/Freak_tornado_kills_17_in_Argentina_09082009.html

Tropical Storm Fred in the Atlantic is gaining strength and expected to be a hurricane soon. There are so many threats coming at us from so many directions and it is a waiting game to see which one will be what changes the world as we think we know it - if their plans get that far. It could be an economic crash, a 'natural' disaster, false flag or the pandemic. Surely they want us to think something dreadful is coming our way. And it has a lot of people uptight and on edge, even the ones pretending not to notice that our world is crumbling.

The truth is something wonderful is coming. To those who believe, nothing matters so much as to what is coming to this world other than the Lord God Almighty Himself. This is all about Jesus.

Many are looking for a major revelation to come in September, and indeed, the temporary powers that be have warned us as such. The deadline for Iran is the end of September, and Israel is defying the Obama adm. with the building of hundreds of settlement homes in the West Bank, the anniversary of 911 is coming, tomorrow is 9/9/9 and it all makes me think of 'harvest time' especially coupled with the unsettling, revealing news of those who say they are Jews and are not, harvesting body parts. When you think it can't get any worse, it does. Never think it can't get worse! It will get worse before it gets better, but better it will get. Thank you Lord for all you do and all that is to come.

We are not to know the day or the hour, and for good reasons that we can and cannot understand, but our Father in Heaven always knows best and that is more than sufficient for me. All is in His hands; everything in the whole world. Take comfort in knowing that everything we are witnessing is just as He foretold.

Our God is the greatest.

Hold fast to your faith in this momentous time we are living. It is and will be difficult, but a most blessed time as well.

Love and peace are coming to reign forever...something far, far better is on the way and He is more than worth the wait and whatever it takes to shake this world apart at the seams for His glory. All for His glory.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

THE LORD WILL NOT DELAY

Matthew 24:44-51 (King James Version)

44Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. 45Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? 46Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 47Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
Amen.

As God's people we are to live each day rejoicing for the Lord has made it and we are to be glad in it. The Lord provides the blessings to do just so by the fruit of the Spirit; Galatians 5:22-23 22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.,along with a sound mind; 2 Timothy 1:7 7For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

In Matthew's verse 45 we are told that 'meat will be given in due season.' I believe the 'meat' is sustenance, as well as truth.

We are well equipped by our Lord and Savior with everything we need each and every single day. We are to always be prepared for His (unexpected) return; within our hearts and minds - our thoughts focused on spiritual things. One of my favorite spiritual things is believing tonight, this very night, could be the night when the whole world is awakened. Suddenly and unexpectedly, and while my mind has no accurate concept of what this great and awful day will really be like, my heart jumps for joy thinking about the 'twinkling of an eye' which will change everything in a mere instant. The New Jerusalem; Heaven on the earth that the meek ones are heirs to. The ones who are focusing on their meekness, as well as the other fruits of the Spirit, for we know our enemy is already defeated and the demise of that enemy is as imminent and swift as His return. Rejoice and make a joyful noise unto the Lord for He is the only One that is worthy of all our praise; the only One who is able to wage war with the beast; the only One worthy to open the Book of Life - Jesus Christ. The One who has equipped us to not only to endure the battle but to be the victors.

All our hope and trust in Him because all His words are true as are the promises to His people which are far better than anything this world has to offer. Be always willing to follow Him with knowing that there is nothing to look back for, not even for a second because the land of milk and honey is what lies ahead...and it's streets are paved in gold.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Time, Relativism & God

Time is a wonderful teacher but unfortunately, it kills all of its students ??

Well, that statement is not as compelling as one might expect it to be. Because first of all its connotation is negative. At least for those of us who believe we have not been descended from monkeys and our societies’ driving forces shouldn’t be based on Natural Selection Theory of Darwin, this projection of time and future at the same time is brutal. I mean, accept that statement and inevitably become the victim of a brutal slayer, time!

"So what?" Dick Cheney said after reading the first paragraph! Here is a point:

According to experiments of quantum physics in science, an observer of a reality and the reality of being observed, are not accounted as separate. The observer simultaneously plays a part in creating the reality he or she is observing. Put simply is this; human mind creates and controls the reality and therefore it is always confined in his/her cage of point of view.

"My fellow citizens, as had been said before there is no God" Said a friend of Mr. Cheney, abruptly after reading the second paragraph!

Now having quantum physics saying this, It is crystal clear that as one challenges the intelligent account of life, he or she automatically becomes trapped into his personal version of reality simply because he is concluding based on only one of the facets of reality which is being observed by him or her. It is simple; because Our mind is not ubiquitous, challenge God and become known as a dumbest person who is trapped into his ever-limited world of point of views!

Therefore, if anyone cares to pursuit happiness, quantum physics also proves the necessity of referring to an ultimate, comprehensive, beyond humanity’s and supreme point of view of life rather than the humanistic or evolutionary account of being. Why? Because, the only standpoint that encompasses all the creations’ point of views is God’s one.

Now talking about the time here is an "objective" account of time from our creator and cited in Holy Quran.


In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

I swear by the time,

Most surely man is in loss,

Except those who believe and do good works, and exhort one another to truth and exhort one another to endurance.

Chapter 103. Al-Asr (Eventide, The epoch) - Holy Quran


And this is to show how I was inspired by this citation to make a film about our times. Needless to say at the end of the day, it is 'my' ever-limited story of our times and nothing more.

Keep the faith.



Saturday, August 1, 2009

....LIKE A THIEF IN THE NIGHT

1 Thessalonians 5:2-4

2For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 4But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.


These words, as all the Lord’s words, are very compelling and thought provoking. When you think about a thief coming in the middle of the night, when you are most unaware and unprepared, it can be a rather frightening prospect. Not just for property stolen or damaged, but also for the possibility of personal harm.

He comes like a thief in the night because the vast majority of people are unaware and most definitely unprepared. They are asleep; going through the motion of their life with paying God very little heed, if any. The Lord tells us that if we knew when the thief was to arrive, we would have remained watchful and vigilant. But alas, there is no way to know when or even if the thief might arrive. It is even reasoned that since he has not yet arrived, who knows, maybe the thief will never come. This is what most people desire, for the thief to never come so they can remain safe and comfortable in their slumber.

Jesus is not an ordinary thief by any means just as He is not an ordinary man. By that I mean Jesus is 100% man and 100% God. Most thieves take goods which do not belong to them, but everything belongs to the Lord because He has created it. Isaiah 45:7 (King James Version) 7I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. And He is in control of it. All of it. From beginning to end because He is the Alpha and the Omega. A righteous man will find comfort in this while a wicked man should be greatly troubled.

The wicked do not want the Lord to come because He brings their destruction with Him, and there will be no place for which to hide themselves. They know He is coming but would rather deceive themselves and others that He is not because otherwise some would conduct their lives differently and possibly be saved. The Lord comes as a thief in the night because most people are not looking for Him to come. Actually, truth be known, they are not just not looking for His return, but more don’t want Him to come. Most people get pretty aggravated when their slumber is disturbed and for those who now sleep they will be very startled to say the least.
One reason most do not want Jesus to return is people love their lives. They are comfortable in their lives, even with all the strife taking place all around the world, they want to carry on as they are and always have, because that is the way it has been since the beginning of time. Peaks and valleys throughout history to be sure, but the world has and always will maintain because it always has, hasn’t it. We are supposed to love our God above everything and anybody else, even our parents. This includes ourselves as well as our own lives. John 12:25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. And Matthew 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

This is not to say the Lord does not want us to be happy, quite the opposite and He is the joy and peace in our hearts because He is the giver and taker of all things. Jesus gives life more abundantly and makes this life bearable through the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.)

Jesus is not an ordinary thief because He does not come just to take away, He comes to give so much more than this life could ever offer under the current fallen condition. For those written in the Book of Life, He brings eternal life.

How one views the return of the Lord may well reveal the condition of the heart. The wicked ones do not ever want Him to return and deny that He will; the lost souls are comfortable in their slumber and do not want their eyes opened any sooner than they are ready to have them opened and are not ready for His return; and His people whom desire nothing else more than for His will to be done on earth, wait patiently and longingly trusting in all His ways.

As always, until the great and awful day of the Lord arrives, and arrive it will, He is our strength. Praise His holy name today and forever and ever.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

THE GREATEST GIFT EVER

John 3:31-36 (King James Version)

31He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.

32And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.

33He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.

34For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

35The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.

36He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.



Can we fathom love like the Father hath for His Son? Or the love the Son has for His flock?

Few of us can really imagine actually doing what God has done for us through His Son. Abraham was willing to sacrifice Isaac in his faithfulness to God and what a test that was. I am not so sure I could pass such a test, and how thankful I am that I will most likely not have to be tried and tested in this way.

While we endure trials and tribulations of big and small proportions, we are usually very comfortable knowing that we are saved because the Father sacrificed His One and Only Begotten Son that reconciles us to the Heavenly Father. We give thanks, praise and honor to Jesus for dying on the cross for our sins.

In our comfort, do we really think about this incredibly amazing act of love on the Father's part as well as the Son's part? I know I don't; not often enough anyway.

If I could truly imagine, which I cannot, willingly and purposefully having a child of mine ridiculed, tortured and killed, it would certainly make me angry to hear any denial of the act. Thus, I can completely understand the wrath that awaits those who do dare to deny what Christ did for us with His suffering and death.

But Jesus, as a man, always knew the love of His Father in Heaven and never gave an indication of the slightest amount of doubt regarding that love. Jesus is our ultimate example for all things, and we should never have any doubt of the Son's love for us even in the most difficult or trying of times.

May that love give you good courage and boldness today and always, for there is nothing as precious and priceless as this love that saves us even while we are still sinners.

John 1:16 And from his fulness have we all received, grace upon grace.

How blessed are we.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

What it takes to be a Disciple.

In Luke 14:26-27, Jesus, who taught of love for one another, said this;
"Anyone who comes to me must hate his father and mother. He must hate his wife and children. He must hate his brothers and sisters. And he must hate even his own life. Unless he does, he can't be my disciple. Anyone who doesn't carry his cross and follow me can't be my disciple."
Sandra brought this verse up recently. She asked how it can be reconciled with the command to love. Are we being sent into two different directions by Christ? Is this a message for all who hope to be saved? What's going on here? To find an answer, first we should try to figure out what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.

As far as I can tell, being a disciple means to be in the type of relationship with Jesus where he is the master, and we are his apprentices, learning the skills of his own trade, and preparing to follow in his footsteps. That was the role of the twelve named disciples in Jesus' day, and of all 72 disciples that he sent out to preach the gospel in pairs (Luke 10:1-9). That can be the role of any of us, so long as we are up to the challenge.

Immediately following the "hate" passage of Luke 14:26-27, Jesus explains the level of commitment that it takes to be his disciple. He removes all of the sugar coating, perhaps because many people in the crowd that was following him around fancied themselves to be his disciples, simply because they were there. Jesus was a very perceptive son of God. He wanted them to make no mistake about what it took to be his disciple. There was and still is no such thing as a half-hearted commitment. Luke 14:28-35

"Suppose someone wants to build a tower. Won't he sit down first and figure out how much it will cost? Then he will see whether he has enough money to finish it.

Suppose he starts building and is not able to finish. Then everyone who sees what he has done will laugh at him. They will say, 'This fellow started to build. But he wasn't able to finish.'

"Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. And suppose he has 10,000 men, while the other has 20,000 coming against him. Won't he first sit down and think about whether he can win?

"And suppose he decides he can't win. Then he will send some men to ask how peace can be made. He will do this while the other king is still far away.

"In the same way, you must give up everything you have. If you don't, you can't be my disciple...

"Those who have ears should listen."

I have felt for a long time that Jesus knew, before he was crucified, exactly what would happen in the future, in his name, through the church. He saw with great clarity into his future. However, he went to the cross anyway because he was commanded to, and because he saw what is still ahead of us, the great Feast of the Kingdom of God.

There are plenty of halfhearted Christians out there, and there have been plenty throughout history. They believe there is no distinction between any John-Doe born-again Believer and the Apostle Paul, in the eyes of the Lord (because God doesn't show favoritism). However, what is missed by that simplified perception of grace is the principal that you get out of anything just as much as you are willing to put into it. Their religion is a spice that is added to their lives, not a whole new life.

What separates disciples (spiritual adults) from the millions of believers (spiritual babes) is a sense of determination and commitment to the ultimate goal of seeing this Kingdom become manifest in the earth, obeying and serving God for that purpose. Those that don't actively live with this priority may survive the refiners fire with their souls in tact, but they will certainly not have any heavenly rewards. In the process of making Christianity more palatable for the masses, the evangelical version of Christianity dismisses the fact that we are not our own but were bought with a price, and that we have each been given work to do, as servants of Christ...neglecting that work means forfeiting our heavenly treasure (1 Cor 3:10-15)

Jesus drew a line in the sand with his words in Luke 14. On the left were those who enjoyed their lives on this earth yet also enjoyed the teachings of Jesus. Those who followed him on foot only a few dozen miles away from their own village, before they turned back around and went home. These sort of people are like a field of wheat waiting to be harvested, or sheep in need of a shepherd.

On his right side were actual disciples. They were completely dedicated to Jesus. They gave up their lives, their jobs, their families to wander around from town to town with him. They chose homelessness so that they could hang on to every word Jesus said about his Father's Kingdom, they were taught by him to preach about it too, to perform miracles as he did. Theirs was a higher calling; to assist him in his purpose, and find their own new purpose through him. These are the laborers Jesus meant when he said, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few". And these are the people that Jesus referred to when he said, "Much will be required of those that are given much".

The disciples of Jesus come to see the world from his point of view as they grow in the spirit. The vision of God's fair and wonderful kingdom grows stronger in their minds as they meditate on it, and the inferiority of this current system becomes more and more obvious, until it becomes almost intolerable.

Many, many people are so charmed and/or tangled in this world system that they simply cannot imagine anything else. They are content in their stations in life, not looking to rock the boat, just trying to take care of their own needs and their families. They will actively resist radical change to the status quo while they are in this state. These people are the wives, husbands, children, parents, aunts, and uncles of the disciples of Christ. What Christ has given to us is a gospel of a completely different world order. There is always a choice given to the called when they try to respond to God, and only disciples would choose God over family, and they would do it without much of a second thought, because disciples are given eyes to see the ugliness of this current world system compared to the glory of the coming Kingdom of God. They recognize it's poisonous nature. They know that unless God is obeyed by those he calls, the world will continue down it's path to destruction.

Christ clearly said over and over again that we must leave everything to follow him. He also said that through him was life, and that he had the ability to cause springs of living water to flow through us. Therefore we must offer up what limited life we have without him (when we are called), in order to claim the eternal life that comes from him. In Christ we are no longer living for ourselves, or our families, but for Christ. Once we have access to the eternal life he gives us, we can return to our families and share it with them by our demonstration of Christ's love.

Whatever "hate" disciples have for their families is not lasting, but is an emotional part of the first step into new life. Our responsibility is to be true to our spiritual father first and foremost. Everything else will follow suit as long as we are faithful with that responsibility.

I believe that Jesus was very uncomfortable in the world, he constantly went to the mountains, or other secluded spots by himself to "get away from it all" and pray. He had a discontentment in his spirit that was given to him by God. He also wasn't very nice to his own mother and brothers when they came to visit him on one occassion, choosing to continue addressing the crowd, rather than step aside quietly for a little family time. He said, "Those that do the will of my Father are my mother and brothers" (Mark 3:31-35). Jesus seemed to be interested in destroying the family ties we have in our minds, and in our lives; in order that we might love all equally. Ironically, he seemed determined to take the Focus OFF of the Family, saying instead that family ties are more lasting on a spiritual level. Some famlies are spiritual, and do serve and follow Christ before the potential disciple is called. These families offer encouragement, support, and the example that we need to see how real this faith is.

The real issue is whether we will be willing to give up everything we have in this world for the sake of responding to God's invitation. The test before us is to keep God as God of our lives, and not as a separate, distant ruler figure (that might be ignored). Nothing and no one should ever come between us and God.

Luke 14: 16-24

"A certain man was preparing a big dinner. He invited many guests. Then the day of the dinner arrived. He sent his servant to those who had been invited. The servant told them, 'Come. Everything is ready now.'

"But they all had the same idea. They began to make excuses. The first one said, 'I have just bought a field. I have to go and see it. Please excuse me.'

"Another said, 'I have just bought five pairs of oxen. I'm on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.'

"Still another said, 'I just got married, so I can't come.'

"The servant came back and reported this to his master.

"Then the owner of the house became angry. He ordered his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the town. Bring in those who are poor. Also bring those who can't walk, the blind and the disabled.'

" 'Sir,' the servant said, 'what you ordered has been done. But there is still room.'

"Then the master told his servant, 'Go out to the roads. Go out to the country lanes. Make the people come in. I want my house to be full. I tell you, not one of those men who were invited will get a taste of my dinner.' "

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

THE THIRD COMMANDMENT

For your pleasure and/or preference, here are three versions of The Third Commandment, which is the topic of my discussion:

King James Version
Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

New International Version
You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

New Living Translation
Do not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name.


Often when we think of using the Lord's name in vain we first think of swearing his name 'Jesus Christ' while angered or upset usually for added emphasis. This is bad enough. But I believe there is no depth to evil, how low it can really go, and killing in His name is misusing His name in an extremely detrimental and dangerous way, and as He tells us, it WILL NOT go unpunished. Killing in His name is dishonoring the Lord and using His name in vain for any reason and cannot be justified in any way. To do so would be to say the Lord contradicts Himself and that is an utter impossibility for He is perfect in every way.

People that try and say that the Lord used to sanctify killing of His peoples' enemies is true enough but not anymore. Many battles were waged to protect His people once upon a time. That was also the Old Testament times...before the sacrifice of our Savior. His death changed everything and there is no righteous killing being ordained. Vengence is His and His alone and we were supposed to learn to love our neighbors as ourselves. Many still fail at this plain and simple directive from Jesus and His teaching.

Abortion activists are hailing the shooter/killer of the late-term abortion doctor as a hero and (falsely) believing that it glorifies God. I believe nothing could be further from the truth. They are misguided and wandering after the beast and the beast's system and the do not have a clue because they do not know God. They are blinded by their hatred and hatred is never, never of God.

In wars enemies are created as well. Soldiers justify their perceived righteous killing(s) because of vengence in honor to their country. This does not glorify the Lord in any way whatsoever either no matter what anyone may say. There are no holy nations, not one.

We are never to repay evil with evil. We are to love our enemies and be kind to them for He tells us this is like heaping coals upon their heads. He is the righteous judge, not us or any nation. War is of the antichrist system as any killing is and shedding blood in the name of the Lord will bring His vengence upon those who do it.

Our Lord the Almighty Jesus Christ, is patient and longsuffering. Through Him we will endure and my prayers are for all to lift His holy name in love and praise which truly glorifies the Lord which can never be done by the shedding of blood since He shed His blood for us.

Friday, May 1, 2009

The Grand Inquisitor

Wanted to offer this parable from Dostoyevsky's The Brother's Karamazov. In many ways, Dostoyevsky was a prophet, in that he saw clearly what type of beast would emerge during our life time, the same beast that ruled the Church of Rome for centuries. I hope everyone enjoys reading it, or re-reading it as the case may be.


http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/pol116/grand.htm

Friday, April 17, 2009

BEHOLDING THE NEW HEAVENS AND A NEW EARTH

The Lord tells us that we cannot begin to imagine the good things He has in store for us, but He gives us many glimpses into what the new earth will be like.

When we think about Heaven, most would envision angels, harps, clouds and a beautiful throne upon which our Lord is rightfully exalted. I believe this is the way most people, myself included, view Heaven in the spiritual realm for as close as we can begin to imagine it. Let's think about Heaven in the physical realm and take a brief look at what our Lord shows us about this heavenly, blessed new earth to come.

Isaiah 65:17 (King James Version)
17For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.


Slavery will be abolished:
Isaiah 65: 22
22They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.


No more sorrow:
Isaiah 65:19
19And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.


A true paradise:
Rev. 2:7
7He 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.

Righteous justice:
Rev. 22:8
8But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.


James 5:8
8Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Purpose of Christ, and the Gospel he shared.

When preaching the famous beatitudes, Jesus said to those who were following and listening to him:
‘You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.
This was a prophecy to all who would claim to follow him at that time and in the future. Salt is not just a seasoning, it's a great preservative used throughout history (which sometimes meant the difference between life and death if the salt went bad). I believe Christ used the analogy of salt as a warning to preserve the integrity of what we are called to be. Failing to do so doesn't just diminish our worth, it makes us completely worthless. Unfortunately, Jesus gave a lot of warnings and words of caution that seem to have fallen on deaf ears.

However, there is no reason for average church goers to lose hope. It is not too late to reexamine the guidance and caution that Jesus gave to us, for as long as it is called "today", we can shake out of our religious comfort zones, and really apply ourselves to the commands of our faith. I believe the guilt is in the leaders who are charged with preserving the faith, not in those who have been led astray. If someone has been offered light, but has never been led completely from the darkness, it is still possible for them to find the light, and become transformed by it. For God does not desire the destruction of the wicked, but desires that all might come to repentance and do what is good in His sight. Demonstrating our obedience to the commands of Christ can be done at any time, and will always be accepted. God demonstrates his mercy to us by every day that does not end in Judgment. The catch is this: God cannot and will not change the terms of repentance, or the rules of his Kingdom...at the same time he will not fail to meet us if we turn ourselves to face Him.

I believe if people (in their flesh) try to redefine the terms of grace, the definition and duration of repentance, and the message we are called to share, they become the salt that loses it's savor. Though they might use the same Christian terms, and act as if they believed, they are worthless to Christ and to those who would feed off their teachings. They will be "trampled underfoot" (or overcome by the "feet" of the body of Christ).

It's really amazing how the Organized Christian system works: how thousands of different people can work together, building religious empires, recruiting millions of followers on behalf of a man whom they themselves know very little about. Traditions and assumptions have replaced the raw, and powerful message that started this faith in the first place. Churches have used the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid) method to compete for new recruits, and to maintain full pews.

Most modern pastors don't preach messages that will anger their rich members (though there is plenty that Jesus said on that subject). If they encounter scriptures that warn against the sort of war crimes and selfishness that the republican party endorses, they'll probably preach on something else. There are exceptions to this rule, thank God, but many pastors act this way because their incomes depend on an active and happy congregation. They work so hard at maintaining their flocks (and their livelihoods), at not rocking the boat, and preaching things that they think their congregations want to hear, that they have lost track of the very heart and soul of Christianity. To prove my point, I'm going to explore what should be a very basic and obvious question about America's most popular faith.

What was the purpose of Christ on earth?

The most tempting scripture to use in answering that question is John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life". This verse is true, and it's a great promise, but it's not the be-all end-all answer. Many trained evangelicals will say that the purpose of Christ on earth was simply to die on the cross as a price for our sins. While this is common Christian knowledge, it's not a complete answer, or even the correct answer, according to Jesus himself.
Luke 4:42-44
At daybreak he departed (the town of Capernaum) and went into a deserted place. And the crowds were looking for him; and when they reached him, they wanted to prevent him from leaving them. But he said to them, "I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose." So he continued proclaiming the message in the synagogues of Judea.
The purpose of Christ while on Earth was to preach the gospel (good news) of the kingdom of God. Jesus went out of his way to include the words "kingdom of God" when speaking of the good news, because there is power in his message, and the enemy of God will do whatever he can to disconnect us from that power. He knew there would be something less-than-complete, calling itself the gospel after he returned to heaven, because the church would be buried in assumptions and traditions for two thousand years before being resurrected. He knew there had to be clues for the last days people to find in the scripture. These people are not a part of the established church, just as new wine is not going to fill an old wine skin. But by the spirit they are being led to see through the facade, and Jesus knew we would need to be able to find out exactly what has gone missing from the gospel. Jesus said nothing carelessly. Every single word that comes from the mouth of the Logos (word) of God is deliberate, so that we might be able to go to the scriptures and validate what he is revealing by the spirit.

Even though millions assume it is their Christian duty to preach the gospel (good news) about Jesus; the truth is that all followers of Christ are called and commanded to imitate Christ, and by doing that, we must preach the same good news that he preached, as well as the good news about him. We cannot exclude either part from what is classically called "the Gospel", they both must be preserved and shared. That is how we obey Christ, that is how we love Christ, and that is how we can receive the promises of Christ. Thankfully, you don't have to take my word for it, when Christ is describing the end of days in Matthew 24:14, he says this:
"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come."
The gospel is not just John 3:16, and Romans 5:8, and all of the other verses that talk about how our sins will be covered and we will be saved from the fires of hell. The Gospel is the promise made by God to us all time and time again about his coming Kingdom right here on Earth.

The Gospel of the Kingdom is weaved all throughout the scriptures. It is in the Psalms and in Proverbs, it is foretold by the Prophets, and Moses, and God Himself... In Genesis and Revelation...everywhere. It is precept upon precept, line upon line, here a little, there a little. There is no one verse or sentence that can contain the wonder of the mystery of the Kingdom Gospel. To be able to share it, we must faithfully make the ongoing effort to study the scriptures for ourselves; seeking in them clues and explanations of this coming Kingdom. No matter where you turn, you will be close to a message about the kingdom, because that is literally the cornerstone of Judaism, and Christianity (though it has been rejected by the builders). It was a message that Christ himself learned, and then shared for the rest of his life. When he was 12, he was giving full grown priests a run for their money because of his knowledge of the scriptures. To get this knowledge takes study, and dedication. We must all follow Jesus' footsteps in this regard, as in others, if we are to be prepared for what is still to come. By imitating him and by knowing what is promised, we will be able to overcome Babylon.

I originally published this in my other blog, but figured I should practice what I preached a few days ago in the comments section. We should all feel free to post on this blog as often as we like. With 9 official authors we should be a lot more active than we are right now. It is vitally important for us all to share with one another our perspectives of what we are going through, and what the Lord is showing us.

Monday, March 9, 2009

An Addendum

I have written quite a bit on the Serpent Seed and their Imperial System. However, the real story is the battle between the Seed of the Serpent and the Seed of the Christ, which I believe is symbolized beautifully in Revelation chapters 12-20.

Quick Outline of Revelation 12-20

Chapter 12

In Chapter 12, Satan (the Dragon) is cast out of his lofty place in the heavens and down to earth by Michael and his angels, signifying how Jesus and the early church overcame Rome (whose symbol was the Red Dragon) through Jesus' sacrifice on the cross, and the blood of the early Christian Martyrs. The Religion of Pagan Rome (the Serpent Seed) is overthrown when Constantine names Christianity the official religion of the empire, binding Satan for "1000 years", which is symbolic of the religion of the Serpent Seed being outlawed. This is the theme represented in Revelation 20, where Satan (the serpent, dragon) is chained or bound for 1000 years, signifying the repression of paganism, the official religion of the Sons of the Serpent. The Serpent Seed must go underground in order to preserve their secrets and mysteries, which they do, and wait for the moment when they can reestablish control over the world they have created for themselves and their spiritual advocates, the Annunaki. However, the Sons of the Serpent are fortunate for while they have been "thrown out of heaven" they have landed on the earth. In other words, they still control the governements and economies of the world through the structures of Imperial Babylon.

Chapter 13

To borrow a phrase form Star Wars, the Empire Strikes Back.
The Beast re- forms as the Holy Roman Empire, or Imperial Europe, with a Second Beast which gives authority to the First Beast (the Babylonian Imperial System), and has the horns of a Lamb. This is a clear reference to the Roman Catholic Church, who ruled with the Holy Roman Empire, and Imperial Europe, during the Dark Ages. The Horns of a Lamb signify "outward" authority in Christ, the Lamb Of God. The number of the Beast, 666, corresponds to many Imperial Leaders, and also the Latin title for the Pope.

From: http://www.remnantofgod.org/666.htm

"The letters inscribed in the Pope's miter are these 'VICARIUS FILII DEI'. which is the Latin for 'VICAR OF THE SON OF GOD.' Catholics hold that the church, which is a visible society, must have a visible head...., as head of the church, was given the title, 'VICAR OF CHRIST'." Our Sunday Visitor, (Catholic Weekly) "Bureau of information," Huntington, Ind., April 18, 1915. (See actual facsimilie of this quote here... )
Since this evidence came forth regarding the title, "Vicarius Filii Dei" and it's obvious connection to the 666 calculation of Revelation. The Roman Church has opted to "teach" it's followers to declare this title bogus. They have gone to great lengths seeking to do just that so as to remove the overwhelming evidence against them. However, this ministry as well as many others have found additional documented facts regarding this title.
Vicarius Filii Dei, is cited by the rector of Berlin, Andreas Helwig [or Helwich] (1572-1643) in his Antichristus Romanus. PLUS, if you would like many more documented facts as well as copies of Roman Catholic publications with "Vicarius Filii Dei" displayed within them, see this page... http://www.aloha.net/~mikesch/666.htm
You also might want to take a look at the actual facsimilie of the NOV 15, 1914 edition of OUR SUNDAY VISITOR (A Catholic publication) that openly uses the term Vicarius Filli Dei. It also states that the name Vicarius Filli Dei IS INSCRIBED ON THE POPES MITRE! You can view it here...
New Discovery! Click here to view page 343 of an actual Vatican document (in Latin) "Deusdedit cardinalis ... collectio canonum, ed. a P. Martinucci" where they use the term VICARIUS FILII DEI! For decades they have lied about this title after the truth about 666 came out! Click here to see entire book "digitized" online. (The Latin title on the page "De Libertate Ecclesle Et Rervm Eivs Et Cleri" translated = "the liberty of the Church and her ministers") Also see Deusdedit's bio for further verification and publishing dates.
Not only does that publication show the title, Vicarius Filii Dei, it also explains that it IS considered a valid title as they do not refute that. Instead they attempt to explain why it is a trivial matter that it equals 666.
Roman Catholic Author Malachi Martin also uses the exact same title for the Pope on pages 114 and 122 of his book, "The Keys of this Blood."
One more note of interest! Why is it I ask, when you go to the archives of "Our Sunday Visitor" that this particular edition is missing? Why is it oh so difficult to get a copy of page THREE of the Nov 15, 1914 "Our Sunday Visitor?"
Chapter 14-The Lamb, Jesus, Sits atop Mount Zion. Mountains are symbolic of nations, powers, and religion. The mountain is composed of those who are faithful when facing the beast. This new beast and its false prophet, the Roman Catholic Church. They will oversee the final harvest of the Lord, when the Babylonian Imperial System and the religion of the Serpent Seed will be completely overcome. That is, the institutions of society will be transformed for Christ.



Chapter 15-16

These are a reference to the Exodus and Egypt, and Egypt is presented as a type of Babylonian System, and the Exodus as a foreshadowing of God’s great action against Babylon. The 7 last plagues result in an obstinate heart among God’s enemies, just like Pharaoh. They will not repent because the time for a change of heart has passed, and now the judgement of God is at hand.

Chapter 17-18

These chapters detail the destruction of Babylon the Great, the Imperial and Religious System that has enslaved and tortured God’s people throughout the millennia. This is just another name for the same phenomenon known as the Dragon, or the Beast. It is what I have termed the Babylonian Imperial System, the creation of the Sons of the Serpent.

Who are God’s people, the ones that the Beast/Babylon the Great have made war with throughout the ages? ? Matthew 25: 31-46 provides an answer:

31 the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.


God’s people are the poor, the sick, the lonely, those in prison, etc and those who serve and minister to them. They are his sons and daughters, and these are the very ones who are oppressed and murdered in the Babylonian Imperial System.


Chapter 19-20

Ultimately, the consigning of the Imperial Beasts and Satan and his angels into the Lake of Fire, the destruction of Mystery, Babylon, the war of Armageddon, and the Final Conflict of Gog and Magog are all symbolic representations of the same events, and tell the same story. That story is the war between the Kingdom of the Serpent and the Kingdom of God. It will culminate with a massive defeat of the forces of the Serpent, who will have managed to decieve great numbers of people from the "four corners of the world" to fight against God and his people. Then, the New Age will begin. I believe we are witnessing the closing of the Book of Revelation right now.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Mystery Babylon Part 2

The Babylonian Imperial System

I am arguing that the story of the fall of man reveals that the "secret knowledge" of good and evil (as given by the Anunaki to the Sons of the Serpent) was how to build (example: Masons are builders, and this is their "craft") a totalitarian system of total human control, in order to rule the lives of the "uninitiated barbarians" and exist as gods on earth. I am also arguing that this explains the doctrine of orignial sin, because the fall of the Serpent Seed has affected all of us, and we have wittingly or unwittingly participated in this fall up to this very day because of the systems they have created, and forced us to live under. I will refer to this systme as the Babylonian Imperial System which has SIX (the number of man) characteristics:

1. A powerful military/police state structure .that is well financed and is given powers to enforce orders, and destroy rebels.

This is the foundational societal institution in Babylon, and is the classic sign that the Babylonian Empire has emerged. This is because this imperial system is fundamentally exploitive and as a result it will cause anger and apathy in the population, and in vassal kingdoms, which must be tightly controlled or the empire will begin to crumble. If necessary, the empire will use its highly trained and well financed military and police to destroy or kill those who dare to want change. This is what happened to Judah when Zedekiah, the puppet King of Nebuchadnezzar, rebelled. His kingdom was destroyed, his people massacred and enslaved, and the Solomonic Temple was burned to the ground. Zedekiah was then forced to watch his sons executed, then his eyes were torn out, and he was beheaded. The Babylonian Imperial System must be feared in order to keep control.

2. Hierarchical, Pyramid Control Structure.

Babylonian Imperial Systems and their supporting institutions are always based upon hierarchy, symbolized by the pyramid, or Ziggurat. This makes sense since this organizing symbol guarantees power is concentrated in the hands of a privileged few, and a large number of powerless people remain at the bottom who can easily be dominated and controlled by being forced to fight with each other for the ascending space on the pyramid. And, by using the religious symbol of a pyramid, it imparts a message of divine authority which can easily be transferred into social relationships as “the divine wants us to rule, and for the majority to be our servants.” As a result, any effective revolt against imperial power can be nullified as each person is too busy fighting his neighbor for a competitive edge, even though they will likely never rise very far above their low station. Hierarchy also links empire symbolically with Egypt; the home of the Great Pyramids, and along with Mesopotamia, the world’s first empires. It also links empire symbolically to the Exodus, God’s magnificent event of liberation for those trapped at the bottom of the pyramid, which foreshadows what may well happen in our lifetime.

3. A well financed, organized, and committed propaganda machine to sell the empire’s vision of the world to the population and other empires, and to get them all to agree freely to live their lives according to the rules dictated by the command structure.

The empire must present themselves as good, peaceful, and decent and the world they have created must be presented as natural and just. Violence works best as a threat; if it is applied in its most brutal forms in all cases, then the population will become mobilized to fight back. Empires must gain the cooperation of most citizens, and convince them to accept the kingdom/empire freely. This can only happen through manipulation, lies, and other tricks which are all called propaganda. Babylon was a considered seat of culture and architecture, Rome was thought to be an empire of justice, Egypt was considered an enlightened center of science, mathematics, and religion. Babylonian Imperial Systems need a good propaganda machine to cover up the evil that supports their existence.

4. Economic and Political Power held mostly in the hands of a small elite, with a large middle class of managers and functionaries to help oversee and organize the accumulation of further wealth for the elites (like the task masters in Egypt during the Exodus), and a much larger group of poor and outcasts who are trapped in ruin, misery, and suffering.

The suffering on the part of the lowest members of society, who comprise the largest number of people, is rationalized as a failure in the individual, their race or religion, or both as a means of scapegoating and domination, but it also serves to help the elites to alleviate their conscience, which may be convicting them based upon their plundering, dominating behavior. Kingdoms/empires seem metaphysically to have to exist in a world in which the weak are deliberately dominated, exploited, murdered and abused, and where everyone believes this is natural and appropriate. It is as if their reason for existence depends on having large numbers of powerless people to dominate, exploit, and control. This seems to argue in favor of my thesis that the powerless are God’s people, and as such are attacked as enemies.

5. Apostate Religious Authority that supports the prevailing system giving it “divine authority” by which it benefits economically/socially as a result of its support.

Apostate Religious Authority, while not as foundational as the Police State structure, is perhaps empire’s most critical institution of support because it provides a divine mandate for the hierarchical system (which Apostate Religion also uses to its advantage) and support for the following lies as expressed by the imperial system:
• That God (or the gods) has blessed and chosen the empire, and the elites who control it, to be great, powerful, and rich thus giving them a divine mandate to dominate, accumulate obscene amounts of wealth, and use violence as a means of control.
• That the middle class must work harder and be more obedient to authority in order to advance in the divine kingdom. If that happens, God (the elites) will reward them through money, status, material goods, and community recognition.
• That the poor and marginalized are being punished by God or the gods, and that, while they may suffer now, God will reward their patient endurance in the next life. In other words, it is God’s will that they suffer now, are exploited, and have no hope, so they should accept it and not complain.
• In some extreme cases, the Apostate Religious Authority is given sanction to abuse and dominate the poor in a manner similar to the empire as a reward for their fidelity to the cause. Examples include the Inquisition, the role of churches in the European conquest and colonization of the New World, the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests and the cover-up by Ecclesiastical Authorities. In our day and age, the Apostate American Evangelical Church fully supports wars which cause harm and suffering to the poor and powerless around the world and at home. This confirms Apostate Religion as the Harlot of Revelation, drunk on the blood of the saints.

6. Attacks against true religion, and those who practice it.

In the West, agnosticism, devotion to pleasure and distraction, atheism, money and power, are presented by Hollywood and the Media as positive expressions of a clear thinking mind, while committed religious people are vilified as closed minded zealots and fanatics. Apostate Religious Authority confirms this view by presenting itself as opposed to science, debate, discussion, peace, and democracy, and interested only in the sexual and reproductive sins and temptations of the faithful. In America, it supports imperial ambitions, and is silent on its abuses. We pray for American troops, as we should, yet we do not pray for the millions slaughtered in war by America and the West. Churches punish gays but reward soldiers who murder in the name of God and Country. Mainline Apostate Churches such as the Catholic Church, or Episcopal Church, are in decline making membership seem pointless. Even if one joins a local mainline denomination, they are rarely challenged intellectually or spiritually, and simply sit in a pew every Sunday in an apathetic state of suspended animation, ensuring no real change will happen. Other denominations are more emotional, but try to use emotion and enthusiasm as a way of creating a religious ideologue who is more robot than disciple. He/she can then be easily mobilized to achieve certain political objectives which support the empire (Teri Shiaivo). As a result, true religion never emerges to challenge the heresy of Apostate Religion, or the Beast of Empire. If true religion ever does emerge as a movement for change, the leader of the movement is target for personal attacks, and if this fails, he/she is eliminated. This usually stops the movement dead in its tracks, and allows the kingdom/empire/Apostate Religion to claim the leader and movement as its own by creating memorials, or by recognizing them as a saint, which of course pacifies the vast majority of people who are victims of their already powerful propaganda machine. A great example of this is the Reverend Martin Luther King, who when he was alive was called a communist, traitor, anti-christ, was assassinated, and now that he is dead, everyone deeply connected to the American Imperial System invokes his name with reverence to make themselves seem righteous. It is the Beast of Revelation with the Mouth of a Lamb, hypocrites who destroy the righteous and then use their memory to control and dominate.

(you may refer also to this link H:\Dragon Society - Real History, Dragon Philosophy and The Importance of Royal Bloodlines.htm which details the divine right of Kings, which sheds further light on the Babylonian Imperial System)

The Babylonian Imperial System appears to have emerged in a powerful and organized way about 8000 BCE, which would make sense since this is the time period that the Sons of the Serpent first begin to spread out through the known world.

According to http://www.noogenesis.com/malama/nvc/domination.html:

"So how did this state of affairs came to be. Domination systems, dominator cultures, and hierarchical societies arose at the time of the Domestication revolution. approximately 8000 BC. According to this timeline, "The availability for the first time in human history of a dependable food supply ...made it possible to support larger societies. .... food surpluses became common.... freed some workers to do other forms of work, such as crafts leading to the division of labor. Surplus food and crafts were traded with others. (Trade) Durable goods could now be saved and some people accumulated more than others. (Accumulation of valued goods) People now had possessions worth fighting over. (Feuds and wars over possessions). Captives from battles were forced to do less appealing work. (Slavery) Some people accumulated much over time while others accumulated little. (Inequality increased). The wealthy wanted to pass their benefits on to their children. (Wealth became hereditary) Wealth and power became concentrated in the hands of a few. (Power becomes concentrated and chiefs, kings, and feudal society emerged). With the agricultural revolution 5500 BC "The invention of the plow drawn by animals made agricultural production vastly more efficient than before permitting far more land to be farmed by fewer people. This resulted in an even greater food surplus. It also freed far more people for other types of work, creating an even greater division of labor. Jared Diamond details some of the additional specifics of the process.
According to Walter Wink, since the time of Babylon (1250 BC): "The story that the rulers of domination societies told each other and their subordinates is what we today might call the Myth of Redemptive Violence. It enshrines the belief that violence saves, that war brings peace, that might makes right. It is one of the oldest continuously repeated stories in the world."



This historical situation can be confirmed in Genesis 4. Cain, a tiller of the soil murders his brother Abel, a shepherd. The Bible seems to be giving us a clue here: the emerging farming states, which become Babylonian Empires, are based upon domination of the weak. The knowledge of good and evil offered by the serpent is nothing more than the domination and murder of the weak accomplished by total insitiutional control of every aspect of human life. This process will enshrine the Serpent Seed as gods, who know and create the conditions of life and death, right and wrong, truth and falsehood. This is whay they are called the Sons of Cain, because Cain is their spiritual ancestor.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Mystery Babylon

What is Mystery Babylon? In this post, I am attempting to argue that it is a religious cult that has ruled the world for centuries, who call themselves the Sons of the Serpent, the Serpent Seed, the Brotherhood of the Dragon, or other such names. The post is a bit long, and for that I apologize, but I feel strongly that this is the issue of our time, the Mystery that must be revelaed in order to bring them out of the shadows once and for all. I will post it in parts to make it easier to read

Part One: The Sons of the Serpent and the Babylonian Imperial System


The link below explains the Sons of the Serpent from the perspective of the secret societies dedicated to their teachings. It is useful for gathering information; however one should proceed with caution because some links deal with Magik and its application.

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sumer_anunnaki/reptiles/serpent_tribe/serpent_tribe01.htm



An interesting quote from the above link:
IT is probably no great exaggeration to state that the subjects we are covering in our work have inspired the pens of so many hack writers, the result being that tons of rubbish have been printed in the years since Gutenberg revolutionized moveable type. The subjects of this chapter, the Ophites, and, in general, the Serpent Cult, is no exception. The Serpent Cult is no dead artifact: it survives today. It is not some heinous bogey-man, out to lure innocent people away from the truth, whoever they are, and what ever THAT is.
Serpent worship figures prominently in Judaeo-Christianity, even the the so-called Christian of today is discouraged from it and told that the Serpent is the symbol of humankind's eternal damnation. Yet, were that the case, why was the Brazen Serpent a prominent feature in the religion of the Israelites until Hezekiah, the fanatic, destroyed it? And, if Serpent Worship is evil, as today's Christian is told to believe, by those responsible for telling them to believe it, then why did the Lord Jesus say to be wise as serpents? Or, why did he say that even as Moses lifted up the Serpent in the wilderness, so shall the Son of Man be lifted up? If anything, he was alluding to a fact of the Kabbalah, known to the Wise: that the Serpent = NaChaSh = 358 = MaShICh = Messiah. True, Gematria did not come into vogue until much later, but the Sethian Ophites regarded Seth as the Anointed One, the Messiah; and Seth, we have seen, is syncretized with Agathodaimon, by the Harranians.
It is, then, in the sect of Ophites that we find the earliest forms of the "Authentic Christianity" -- or, should we say, The Authentic Tradition in Christianity -- as far as the Initiatic Tradition is concerned. The Ebionites represented the Exoteric, public movement. The Esoteric current is that we have spoken of concerning the traditions that pass from the Ophites to the Dositheans to the Simonians to the Naasseni, to the Carpocratians, to the Phibionites, to the Sethians, to the Sethian Ophites, to the Barbelo-Gnostics, to the Borborites; to the Nusairi, to the Harranians, Druzes, and Yezidis: and from these again, to the Rose+Croix (SION + The Temple); to the Rosicrucians, Freemasons, Illuminati, the Asiatic Brethren; to the Thelemites and to ourselves, a composite of all of the above.



The quote above confirms my hypothesis that the Sons of the Serpent see Judaeo-Christianity as their biggest threat, and that they have tried repeatedly, and are still trying, to discredit the faith of Judaism and Christianity and reshape it as a form of serpent worship. This has been their purpose since Christianity overthrew Pagan Rome over 2000 years ago. They retained political and economic power, but lost the religious power that would return them to the status of gods on earth. Through what I will term later in this paper Apostate Religious Authority, they hope to undermine, discredit, pervert, and destroy the monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and wreak vengeance upon God’s people. I believe this is called symbolically the War of Gog and Magog outlined in Revelation Chapter 20:

7And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
8And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
9And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
10And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Below is a link to a map from the above source above which shows the area of the world where the beliefs of the Sons of the Serpent were prevalent. As you can see, the Serpent Seed were quite active and influential in the area of the world we call the Cradle of Civilization.

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sumer_anunnaki/reptiles/serpent_tribe/images/Map_Serp_Tribe.gif

The knowledge gained by the Sons of the Serpent was thought to have been given by a group of powerful spiritual beings known by a variety of names, the most well recognized name for them being what the Sumerians called them; the Annunaki. Even though this knowledge was kept secretly, and held by a very small group of well connected elites, it has affected every human being on the planet because the knowledge has been widely disseminated to powerful elites, and used to manipulate, control, and dominate large groups of people through what I will call the Babylonian Imperial System. Theologically, the effect of this system on all of humanity was called original sin. Original Sin states that humanity inherited a propensity towards evil that has been transmitted to each generation. This doctrine becomes clearer and more supportable when we discover the origins and development of the Serpent Seed and its influence throughout human history through the Babylonian Imperial System.

The complete knowledge that the Sons of the Serpent are said to possess is impossible to completely know. However, it was symbolized in the Book of Genesis by the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, the Tower of Babylon, and in the Story of the Nephilim, the Fallen Ones. The bible says clearly that this knowledge leads to death; however the serpent character in Genesis 3 claims that the knowledge would give one the ability to be a god, knowing good and evil. Clearly they cannot both be right, and the biblical narrative confirms that God is not the liar, the serpent is. The Bible also indicates that those who received this knowledge fell from a previous state of grace and eternal life, called the Fall, or Original Sin, and became something different, something lower and more depraved. This entire situation is presented as a catastrophe in scripture that gets progressively worse until creation itself rises up in a deluge of water which destroys the world in a fury of divine wrath. However after the deluge, the story shifts from one of fall and death to one of hope and salvation, as a man named Abram from the region of Babylon (Ur of the Chaldees) receives a message to Come out of Babylon and enter a land I will show you. This man by faith obeys this invitation, and thus begins the story of how the Sons of the Serpent, and their father Satan the accuser, will be overcome and their sin corrected, ultimately through a descendant of Abram, Jesus of Nazareth, and his faithful followers. It is a story that may well be concluding in our time period, the 21st century. Of course, this is the scriptural point of view, and that is the point of view that I will take in this paper. The Sons of the Serpent have a very different story to tell. However as Jesus tells us, the Devil (serpent/dragon) is a liar, and was a liar from the beginning. It is time to tell the truth again.

And while it is almost impossible to know all of the secret knowledge imparted to the Serpent Seed, I will argue that it was the most destructive and dominating knowledge, which constitutes the fall or original sin, was how to create a world system apart and separate from God, one that they would control and dominate in such a way that the Sons of the Serpent and their Annunaki Masters would be seen as gods, who know (create) the conditions of good and evil, life and death. This system is what I have termed the Babylonian Imperial System.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

MOUNT ZION, The City of God

The word Zion actually means ‘fortification.’ Zion is both the City of David and the City of God. As the Bible progresses, the word Zion is transitioned from being a physical city to a spiritual context. The spiritual Zion and the promises attached to it are a cause for great joy and peace.

The term ‘fortification’ conjures up a sense of strength, protection and safety. As it well should. A safe place in the midst of a raging storm, or defense and protection amidst the enemy.

Zion was originally the name of the ancient Jebusite fortress in the city of Jerusalem. Zion came to stand not only for the fortress itself but also for the city of Jerusalem in which the fortress stood. After King David captured the fortress of Zion it was then called the City of David, and God dwelled there with His people.

When David’s son Solomon built the temple in Jerusalem, the word Zion was expanded in meaning to include also the temple and the area surrounding it. Zion was eventually used as a name for the city of Jerusalem, the land of Judah and the people of Israel as a whole.

The most important use of the word Zion is when it is used figuratively in the spiritual sense for the true Israel, the people of God, for it is God’s spiritual kingdom.

Isaiah 12:1-6
1And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me. 2Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. 3Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. 4And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. 5Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth. 6Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee
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Just as surely as God was with David in conquering Zion as well as with Solomon while building the temple, He is with us. We are told that the Lord loveth the gates of Zion, (Psalms 87:1-2) more than all the dwellings of Jacob. We are also shown that the highest Himself shall establish Zion (Psalms 87:5).

For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. Isaiah 62:1

Joel 3:16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel. So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.

He tells us in Isaiah 62:12 that His holy people will be redeemed, called and sought out. A city not forsaken.A fortress built and established by God Himself. For His people; fully protected and strengthened by Him. Being sought out by the Lord is a tremendous blessing all by itself.

One day the real Zion will really stand up. It will not be by our own power, but by the very power that breathed life into Adam’s nostrils, the power that will destroy evil; the One who gives and takes away, Jesus Christ our Savior. Our refuge in the most literal sense of the word.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Road Ahead in the Era of Responsibility.

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On Tuesday, January 20th, just after 12pm, Barack Hussein Obama was sworn in as America's 44th president. Approximately 2 million people flocked to Washington D.C. so that they could take part in this historic transfer of power. It must have been an intimidating show of support; Obama seemed calm, confident, and happy when he walked out to his seat, but when he swore in, his poise faltered in the first few lines of the oath. Conspiracy theorists everywhere are seeing that moment as a loophole in the transfer of power. But when I saw it, I was reminded of the fact that Barack Obama is a human being, facing down an army of 2 million jubilant supporters, and he was a little more nervous than he let himself show.

During the past two years, Barack Obama rose up from the ranks of campaign democrats, and successfully out-shined republican challenger John McCain, mostly fueled by peoples belief in one thing: Hope. He personified, and very eloquently expressed Hope from the very beginning. He even released a book called, "The Audacity of Hope". The hope for a change in leadership, hope for an affirmation of promises made by Civil Rights giants 40-50 years ago, and hope that we would be made to face the energy and environmental challenges that have been ignored for too long have made this rise to power possible. The first two hopes have been realized, and the third is next in line.

We have come this far on the fuel of hope, but all of the millions of people who have been mobilized so far need to start moving by another motivation. We need to step up to the plate, and change the way we relate to one another. We need to remember what it means to love our neighbors as ourselves, and we need to put that knowledge into practice. We need to see the light of the coming day of peace as something that is not coming from the white house, but is shining within our spirits, within our grasp, manifesting itself in every loving choice we make.

At this point, a lot of people are being tempted to sit back, and be passively led by our new president. The temptation is to dismiss the idea that the ball is in our court, that the challenges which face our president are facing us as well...Obama's charge and challenge is to correct this perception. That seems to be a high priority for him. His inauguration speech is a testimony of that.

We cannot see Barack Obama as our savior. We must maintain our composure, and understand that he is just a leader, who is trying to guide us in the right direction, and that the real anointing belongs to a larger group that Christ refers to as "the elect" in his explanation of the last days in Mark 13. This is a very sobering passage for any believers who are tempted to refuse their responsibilities in this day by deifying our new leader. Let me share just a few selections from it to show that Christ knew there would be real power from God in many people at the same time that there will be false saviors and false prophets in the earth. It's a very confusing time, but this is precisely as confusing as a field of wheat mixed with weeds at harvest (which is another, powerful last days parable given by Jesus in Matthew 13).

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The "Elect":

Mark 13:9-11,13
"You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit... All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved."
vs 20
If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them.
vs. 27
And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.
Warnings of False Saviors:

Mark 13:5-6
Jesus said to them: "Watch out that no one deceives you. Many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am he,' and will deceive many.
vs 21-23
At that time if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or, 'Look, there he is!' do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles to deceive the elect—if that were possible. So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time.
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A lot is going to be happening all at once; the "birth pains" of the last day are in full swing right now. We've got to set our eyes on the narrow road that leads to righteousness, take up our crosses, our burdens, and follow through, no matter what happens. We can overcome as long as we follow through.

George Bush was the kind of leader who told this nation to sit back, relax, and shop while he took care of the challenges and problems that we encountered under his reign. W assured the people that he would take care of security after 9-11-01 (our borders are still embarrassingly porous and vulnerable, and America has made more enemies under Bush's leadership than ever before). He also promised to rescue New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and let four crucial days go by without making any effort. Mark 13 contains the famous line, "Abomination that causes desolation", which I think is still clearly Bush. So far, Barack Obama has only inherited desolation, caused by the last abomination.

I think the main red flag we should look for from Barack Obama's leadership is if he ever tries to take away the burden of responsibility that he is placing on us now. That is the real test of the spirit behind him.

God does not seek to glorify any one man above his own begotten son, who was sent to Earth with the wonderful news of his Father's Kingdom burning in his heart, eager to be told. Jesus was embraced by many common, simple people; recognized and accepted for the light of the world that He is. Some teachers accepted him as well, but he was eventually murdered by a conspiracy of religious leaders. After his resurrection, there sprang a church that was anointed in power, filled with Joy, infecting the Roman empire with it's message of hope, love, King Jesus, and his coming Kingdom. The message of that kingdom has been lost over time, and the church is not the spotless, righteous institution that it wishes it were. Likewise, in this day, there will not be any single person who will prepare the earth for the return of Jesus. Jesus is the head of a body of promise. In proper birth, the head comes out first, and the feet are last. So will it be in the last days; not another child (like Jesus) but the completion of the body of Christ in a group of equally blessed, equally necessary people working together in common purpose (the feet).

The distinction between one messiah, and a group of anointed people is so crucial in developing our understanding, and our faith in what the last days will be like. It is not proud to believe and hope to be a part of God's plan to change the world, and to devote your life with integrity and honesty to that hope. If you focus on God, and his power and promise of deliverance, and you pledge to do whatever you can to serve and help God, He will use you. God is recruiting from the highways and bi-ways, calling all who are willing to take part in his great celebration of marrying his son (Christ) to his Bride (the real church, the remnant around the world). If you want to make the world a better place, figure out the best way that you can take action on that desire, and go for it! The time for this sort of revolutionary responsibility is right now.

1 Corinthians 1:26-31

For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.”