Bold Faced LIES… The Pope, Ministers of Unrighteousness!

In the video below a grieving 11 year old boy, asks pope Francis where his dead father is. The boys father was an atheist. Begin watching at the 2:13 mark. 

Without discernment, one may find inspiration or comfort in the words of pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church. To any follower of Christ, led by the Holy Spirit, filled with a knowledge of the word of God, and exercising discernment, Francis’ words are complete LIES. The problem, is that most American Christians lack discernment and may be caught up in a wave of good intention and miss speaking the truth in love, or be too afraid to voice it.

For me, a man raised in the Roman Catholic Church, but rescued through salvation in Christ, Francis’ words are Bold Faced LIES, spoken by one of Satan’s ministers of unrighteousness. These lies come from an apostate religion, which is the “greatest forgery Lucifer ever created”. Below is a quote from Leonard Ravenhill. 

“America would shake from coast to coast in twenty four hours if some preacher anointed with the Holy Ghost, gave the Roman Catholic Church a broadside! …These priests who dope men’s souls, these idolatrous “masses”, these Calvary eclipsing prayers to Mary, these miserable millions cheated in life and death by the greatest forgery Lucifer ever made.”

(Why Revival Tarries by Leonard Ravenhill, Copyright 1959, Bethany House Publishers, Pages 39-40)

Make no mistake, Ravenhill was not embellishing in His criticism.

After committing my life to Christ, over 23 years ago, I remained in the Roman Catholic Church for another year and a half. This was God’s will. Every word the priest spoke, was held to the scriptural test. Every doctrine I was taught, revealed as true or false, based on the word of God. What I found was a satanic religious system of men, with enough truth to make the best lies in the world of religion. The RCC is a system where Satan is disguised as an angel of light and his ministers disguised as ministers of righteousness (II Corinthians 11:14-15). 

In relation to the video above, it is important to understand the pope made up his answer in total. There is not one scriptural support for a good and moral atheist or good and moral religionist, earning a place in God’s eternal kingdom. In fact, the word of God instructs us absolutely contrary. 

Romans 3:20-26 (NKJV) Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Here we see that no person can attain God’s mark or the standard required to earn salvation. Being good, morally or religiously means nothing in meriting entrance to heaven. This is also Old Testament truth as one we read in Psalm 14:1-3, Isaiah 53:6 and Isaiah 64:6. To balance that truth Christians must understand that repentance and faith are the way we receive salvation by grace through faith; it is a free gift. However, we maintain and grow in our relationship to Christ, through obedience to His word, by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.

That being said, Francis lied to this little boy; the effects of which will have tragic consequences, because He has built a foundation of sand, rather than one on the Rock of the word of God.

In the first place, let’s understand that atheists deny the existence of God. To be honest, it has been my experience that atheists are not only blinded by their own arrogance, but intellectually dishonest about God. Atheists tend to hold great anger against organized religion and warp God’s word to justify their ungodly anger. They directly fall into the devolution of many in Romans 1:18-23.

Romans 1:18-22 (NKJV) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools

This of course lines up “The fool has said in their heart ‘There is no God”‘ from Psalm 14:1. To imply that a person who denies God’s existence will not be left out of heaven, because he was a good daddy is a complete fabrication. 

It is as if Francis has not read the words of Christ who even profess to him on the last day “Lord, Lord, have we not…“, to which Jesus replies “Depart from me you workers of iniquity I never knew you” (Matthew 7:21-23). It appears that Francis has never read or forgotten II Peter 1:20-21, where we find that scripture “is not for any private interpretation“, because the Holy Spirit is its Author, Inspirer and Interpreter. It would appear that Francis does not care about God’s command that we not add to or take from the written word of God (Deuteronomy 4:2, 12:32; Revelations 22:18

You may be surprised to know that Roman Catholic doctrine reflects the pope’s purposeful errors and falsehood. In fact their doctrine purports that whatever the pope declares in morals and doctrine, is infallible and inerrant, as he is the “vicar” of Christ. The word “vicar” means in the place of, therefore the pope, not the Church, is the visible manifestation of Christ on the earth (in the RCC’s warped view). This one unbiblical doctrine has led to the bastardization of Christianity, which led the world into the dark ages.

It is for this purpose I am writing a series of blogs concerning the Apostate Roman Catholic Church and its lies and false doctrines, in comparison with the faith once delivered to the saints in God’s word. This will be coming soon.

How does this relate to those of us who follow Christ? In a big way!

As defined in my last series on end-times Babylon, we understand it to be a system which allows for a multiplicity of gods, faiths and religious practice under the umbrella of one God. It is true this unholy synergy has existed in the Roman Catholic Church from its inception, but it also exists in the United States. This system thrives in our civil religion, where all faiths are welcome and at this hour supposedly protected.

I would argue the U.S. system to be more prolific because of its economic and military reach. The point is, how would you have responded to the boy?  I will agree that tact and candor are important, but speaking the truth in love, from God’s word truthfully, is essential.

Without apology, we must proclaim that all have been born into sin (Romans 3:23: Isaiah 64:6). That is until the Almighty Father begot the enteral Word of God as the Son of God (Psalm 2:7; Isaiah 7:14; John 1:1-5, 14). He was born into flesh, for the purpose of dealing with our sin; without which all would be destined for the second death. This was accomplished by having man’s sin tortured into His own sinless body, because God’s justice required a sacrificial atonement (Isaiah 53:5; Romans 6:23; Colossians 2:15-17).

No amount of good can overcome our sin; save the perfect righteousness of Christ. This is why we need the cross and resurrection of Jesus (Romans 5:8-12). The only way to receive this gift of salvation is through humble repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ’s atonement, resurrection and Person (John 1:12-13). This is truth. Can you share this with a hurting little boy, or are we ashamed of the gospel, afraid of offending, or scared to be seen as dis-compassionate.

To lie, even if it is in an effort to comfort a little boy, is to guarantee he will not only speak the same lie, but potentially turn away from God as an atheist himself. If there is no consequence for unbelief (which there is Romans 11; Hebrews 3:6 through Hebrews 4:4), than why follow Christ at all?

In my next blog, we will look at the afterlife muck of the world we live in, how it is formed, and how we combat it, through the death of a rock-n-roll icon.

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“My Children, ESCAPE from Babylon!” [Rome/America? Part 4]

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MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

Revelation 17:1-5 (NKJV) 

Over the course of our discussion concerning end-times Babylon, we have discovered it to be the last days one world government and religion, working together under the rule of the Antichrist. Our discussion has explored a few other possibilities searching for the likely identity of Babylon, if we are indeed living in the last days. Of those the most plausible are the European Union with a Roman Catholic Church as the one world religion. I write that they are plausible, but not likely, for neither have the economic clout, nor governmental and military control necessary in the end-times Babylon. 

We have discussed briefly the possibility of the roman Catholic Church serving a similar role, with the United States as the end-times Babylon, but that is not a necessary leap, because the United States already has a civil religion, believed by most Americans. The 1st Amendment to the constitution, in fact guarantees it, when it reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of a religion or prohibit the free exercise thereof”. 

If you doubt my assessment, hear from a democratic congressman Joe Manchin from West Virginia, concerning the questions of ones religion in the coming Supreme Court confirmation hearings… 

“No. We are who we are, how we were raised, where we were raised, and who raised us,” Manchin said. “That being said, whether you’re Catholic, whether you’re Protestant, whether you’re Jewish, evangelical, whatever it may be, God bless you. You worship who you want. You worship how you want. You worship the same God, all of us do.”

Manchin’s comments are what most in this nation believe concerning God, whether Catholic, Protestant, evangelical, Hindu, Jewish or moderate Islam.  One nation with many paths than lead to the same God, who is transcendent, but not imminent on His creation. This idea is foul to anyone who is a true follower of Jesus Christ, but this idea was sacred to the founding fathers of this nation and as we will discover is the very religious character of the end-times Babylon. Today we will explore why this is the case.

PASS ME THE BACON  TO SPRINKLE ON MY FREE MASONRY

Without spending the next year itemizing how pervasive free masonry had been and is in the founding of the United States and its dominance in the world, we will take a birds eye view, and look to as many details as we can. My opinion for the possibility of America being the end-times Babylon, is founded on years of prayerful study of Revelation 16-18 and the prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel, as occasionally well times books, concerning topics related to free masonry, world religion and world and American history.

I would recommend two books helpful in understanding the founding of the nation and its founders: “Apollyon Rising” by Thomas Horn and “The Final Babylon, America and the Coming Antichrist” by Douglas Krieger, Dene McGriff and S. Douglass Woodward.

Many Americans, in error believe the first permanent settlement to be in Plymouth Massachusetts with the pilgrims. The first settlement of Jamestown Virginia, actually predates Henry Hudson’s discovery of Manhattan Island, by two years in 1607.

Key to the settlement of Jamestown was the Virginian Company organized and invested in by one Sir Francis Bacon. Bacon was both masonic and an occultist, who’s influence was almost synonymous among the founders, due to his 1626 book “New Atlantis”. In “New Atlantis” he envisions what will take place on the North American continent. Below is a quote from “The Final Babylon” concerning Bacon’s vision, none of which would exist for centuries.

It is to be a society described in Bacon’s prescient The New Atlantis whose structures reached to the heavens, wherein flying machines and weapons of mass destruction would be built (and incessant pleasures and entertainment abound). Bacon’s vision, if not a blueprint, has many remarkable dreams (some not so pleasant) that have come true, including the magnification of sounds and animal experimentation for the benefit of humanity.

Krieger, Douglas W.. The Final Babylon: America and the Coming of Antichrist (p. 117). Book Ministry. Kindle Edition.

The reason this is important is that Bacon’s occult and masonic influence were foundational to George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. All three had ties to free masonry and aligned with Bacon’s view point of marrying (corrupting) Christianity and paganism, because all three were deists and among those called Rosicrucian. Though this sounds nefarious, it is none the less true, as we shall see later in this piece. 

Considering Bacon’s vision, can anyone disagree with the fact that America has risen with its buildings reaching the sky, flying machines filling the skies, incessant pleasure and entertainment abounding, and perhaps most chilling, that which place the United States at the head of nations: weapons of mass destruction (in being the only nation to unleash the atomic bomb on another nation).

In fact, the only two founders who were remotely what would be called “born again” Christian’s today, were John Jay and Alexander Hamilton, the latter having a penchant for duels; one of which would take his life.

Where we can see this influence best is in our national symbols, most of which are wholly pagan. Understanding this in light of America’s potential to be the end-times Babylon, is essential, because of the myth that the United States was chosen by God to be a New Testament Israel of sorts. Let’s begin.

This is why it is important we understand, that In the earliest designs of the seal, the first bird was not an eagle but the mythological “phoenix”; which signifies “the new world order” rising from the ashes of Atlantis, at least in the thinking of free masonry. The eagle also adds other nods to the masonic perspective with 32 feathers on the right wing signifying 32 degrees of ascendency in the Scottish right and 33 on the left wing corresponding with the 33rd degree for outstanding service. The 9 tail feathers also corresponded with the 9 degrees of the York right of masonry. For times sake we’ll skip over other problematic sections in the front of the Great Seal for the reverse of the seal is very disturbing for a nation that would be “Christian.”

Let’s begin with the “all seeing eye” on the uncompleted pyramid. This is significant and chilling, because it is not a Biblical idea of divinity. Let me repeat there is not one shred of Judeo-Christian symbolism in the pyramid or the “all seeing eye”.

The “all seeing eye” is that of Horus, the Egyptian deity, in fact there is no place in scripture where God is referred to with the “all-seeing eye”, although it speaks of “His eyes beholding”. Horus is the son of Isis and Osiris (same gods Nimrod, Semiramis and their son Tammuz).   In the Egyptian myth, Osiris is cut to pieces by his brother. Isis retrieves her husbands pieces, especially his manhood (the reason Egypt is filled with obelisks like the Washington monument) and is able to conceive Horus. This becomes very troubling for us considering the great seal.

The pyramid is the sacred burial chambers of the Egyptian gods, especially Osiris. The reason that the pyramid is uncapped, especially considering free masonry, is because Osiris must be raised to complete the new world order (“Novus Ordo Seclorum”). This idea has taken place on a particular day the United States, in a ritual meaning to bestow power on a particular person. During the inauguration of the president of the United States, the masons perform a “super ritual” to “Raise Osiris” into the president. This has been going on, since the beginning of the nation. All of this, in the seal takes place under the all seeing eye of Horus, who “approves of this undertaking” (annuit coeptis)

At this point, some of my readers may think I need to take off my tinfoil conspiracy hat, but in light of what you are about to discover, you may want to place one upon your head as well. Let’s consider “The Apotheosis of George Washington”.

WHY IS GEORGE WASHINGTON HANG’IN OUT WITH ROMAN GODS?

If we are a Christian nation, why is our first president seated on a throne in heaven among the Roman gods Columbia (freedom), Minerva (crafts and wisdom), Neptune (god of the sea), Mercury (commence), Vulcan (fire forge weapons), Ceres (agriculture)? Because the designer of the painting, which is in the dome of the United States Capital, saw the revelations aided by these false deities. 

To take this a step further, the U.S. capitol itself is of a Roman design and that design is feminine, in that it represents a womb. In isolation, that may be meaningless, but west of the capital building is the Washington Monument. 

The Washington Monument is an Egyptian obelisk, or symbol of the male sex organ, which by the way measurers 6660 inches tall and 666.0 inches in width at its base. When the sun sets in the nations capitol, a shadow is cast in the dome of the Capitol building, a representation of the womb of Rome’s mother goddess.  

To take this just a step further, we see the Monument flanked to the west by the Reflecting Pool, which has for a motto “As it is above so it is below”, which is a masonic nod to sacred geometry. West of the pool is the Lincoln Memorial which is an actual replication of a Greek temple to Zeus, only to our 16th president. 

There has been much teaching concerning Antichrist coming from a revived Roman Empire in the Europe. At this time his is not plausible in continental Europe. It is plausible in America, which grew exponentially during the immigration boom of the late 1880’s through the midpoint of the 20th century in America.

Without exhausting you with more buildings having pagan meaning or design (there are plenty), or examining the masonic design of Washington D.C., it is enough to understand that American symbols definitely are in line with more than a few of the founders beliefs and the public persona of the nation. This is problematic for those who declare America founded on Judeo/Christian values, when there is no one overt national symbol or building that is overtly Christian, in it’s first capitol New York City or in Washington D.C. today. Given this context the 1st Amendment can be see for what it is.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”.

The founders of the United States did not use the Bible to make its governing documents. As reflected in our national symbols, they formed a syncretistic government, modeled in governance after a Roman Republic and it’s law from the Greek philosophical system.  Both function well, when held together with civil religion where many gods were welcome. We must remember that the motto of the U.S. until the early 1950’s was “E pluribus unum” meaning “out of many one”. 

This philosophy lines up well with the free masonry; remembering that free-masons are fine with the Bible, as one of their sacred texts, along with the Koran (Muslim), Dhammapada (Buddhist), The Gita (Hindu), The Zenda Avesta (Persian Zoroastrianism).

So how does this line up with America potentially being the end-times Babylon? Remember that Babylon is THE world power, which has influence through military, culture, economy and religion. Its religion appears united under the guise of one God, which is a generic term, allowing for all gods, under the Mother of all Harlots.

When we are unmoored from the myth that America’s was founded on Christian principals and to be a Christian nation, we can then exercise discernment concerning the call of the Lord to “Flee from Babylon”; a call to flee dependence upon its principals and practices.

We must remember that Babylon, like Israel, is chosen by God, but not for its own benevolence. That and more will be discussed in my concluding post on “My Children, ESCAPE from Babylon!”

 

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“My Children, ESCAPE from Babylon!” [Conclusion]

At last we reach the final article in “My Children, ESCAPE from Babylon!”. We began at Babel and now finish up in the United States of America. Over the last few postings, we have debunked some of the popular myths of the founding of America, looked at its commercial, religious, military, and governmental influence worldwide. We have come to understand that America is the nerve center of the world’s economy and government and that no nation rivals its reach militarily.

(If you have not read my last post, you may want to stop and click this link first https://4rs4thechurch.com/2020/09/30/my-children-escape-from-babylon-rome-america-part-4/)

We have uncovered the masonic vision for what would come to be the United States of America, from Francis Bacon’s book “New Atlantis” and how influential this vision was on the founders of this nation. In looking at only a few of our national symbols (and there are multitudes more), we can see that the system of government was formed not from biblical texts, but as a syncretism of the Roman republican system and the democratic Greek city state systems.

Please understand, none of what I have written causes me anything but tears and grief. Though I want these things not to be true, they are.

THREE COMMON OBJECTIONS TO AMERICA AS BABYLON

When discussing this topic with the brethren, two common objections usually arise to America being end-times Babylon. The first is the objection  that the United States has sent more missionaries into the world than any other nation. Therefore, this indicates God’s special favor.

It may be true, that in the last 70 years or more missionaries have come from America than any other nation, but we must not be revisionist in our history; the church has been in existence for 2000 years. Are we sure we are the most prolific? For instance, do we really account for how many missionaries had been sent out from Europe over the last 1500 years? Or the Catholic church for that matter? They send missionaries as well, and all over the world.

This brings me to another point in this objection. The Catholic church is the largest missions sending organization in the world, yet they are not sending missionaries with the true gospel. In comparison, missionaries coming from America have been and are many, but in a nation with thousands of denominational divisions, are we always sending the faith once delivered to the saints, or our denominations version of it?

It is true that many have gone for the cause of Christ, but over the last forty years it is equally clear that missions to other nations from the church in America are increasingly exporting a version of the gospel that is more tainted with our Americanism, than it is the pure faith once delivered to the saints, in many cases.

Along the lines of this objection, let us also include in our mission’s numbers thousands of missionaries preaching heresy: Jehovah’s Witness, Mormonism, and prosperity Gospel.

The freedom afforded Christ’s Church to make a huge gospel impact upon the world’s lost population, has also afforded opportunity for the greatest sending forth of false gospel missionaries as well.

Let us also consider that the same civil rights afforded Christians to propagate the gospel, have also guaranteed the production of smut, in entertainment that has corrupted the U.S. population as well as the world. Therefore, this first objection breaks apart.  Christians in America would do well to remember that the United States Government does not send missionaries nor does the general rank and file of the American population; the Church of Jesus Christ does.

A second objection to America being the end-times Babylon is that the nation is more prosperous than any nation in the history of the world. This reveals God’s hand of blessing.

The abundance of material wealth is not always an indication of the blessing of God, but it is a hindering factor in relating to God often (read Genesis 15:1-2; Mark 10:17-27; I Timothy 6:9-11). When prosperity is sown into a nation, it becomes deadly, almost as a rule.

Ezekiel 16:48-50 (NKJV) “As I live,” says the Lord GOD, “neither your sister Sodom nor her daughters have done as you and your daughters have done. Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty and committed abomination before Me; therefore I took them away as I saw fit.

Remember that at the time of O.T. Babylon’s height of power, they were the singular world power, and materially wealthy like no other.

The third objection arises that the United States is not mentioned by name in the prophetic writings, therefore it must be gone or irrelevant, when Babylon arises. This objection through silence does not fit in the least. Consider, that Rome was not mentioned by name in the O.T. writings of the prophets, but many have no doubt that they are alluded to in the dream of King Nebuchadnezzar, in Daniel 2.

Rome is seen in the statue in the king’s dream with far less obvious characterization, than given of end-times Babylon, in the Book of Revelation. Despite that fact, at the time of the writing of Revelation, Rome would have been seen as Babylon by the first century saints, having lined up with the bible’s characterization.

Therefore, the objection of America not being named by name, as proof she is not end-times Babylon is debunked. Let us now turn to how Babylon rises.

End-times Babylon is chosen by God, just as the most prolific form of Babylon, under Nebuchadnezzar, was chosen by God. Below is a list of scripture revealing this truth.

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  1. (Daniel 2:20-21) Daniel speaking in Babylon, declares that God raises up kings and puts them down.
  2. (Habakkuk 1:5-7) To the prophet’s dismay, the LORD reveals Babylon (the Chaldeans) to be His choice to correct Israel.
  3. (Jeremiah 25:6-9) The LORD declares King Nebuchadnezzar as “My Servant” to chasten Israel.
  4. (Jeremiah 28:14) The LORD declares He raised up Babylon and Nebuchadnezzar, for the purpose of humbling the nations.
  5. (Jeremiah 50 and 51) The LORD reveals He allowed the prosperity of Babylon, for the purpose of humbling nations and Israel. They were His “hammer over the whole earth”. These two chapters reveal Babylon was a golden cup in the LORD’s hand to make the nations, who rebel against Him, drunk. These chapters reveal Babylon’s economic, religious, cultural, and military dominance.

In the above passages, we see that Babylon was specifically chosen by God, and when their calling was complete, the LORD dealt with their arrogance, murder, pride, greed, and immorality. What we read in the above passages is also true of end-times Babylon, as revealed in Revelation 17 and 18. End-times Babylon is chosen by God to place a role.

Though it pains me to say, the United States fits every characteristic of end-times Babylon.

At the conclusion of the very beautifully written and researched book “The Final Babylon: America and the Coming of Antichrist”, we read…

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“The plain truth: No entity other than the U.S.A. can impose its will politically or commercially upon the entire planet—no nation exists which is beyond our conquest—in the highly unlikely event we decided to take that uncharacteristic action.

For the time being, America languishes as the sleeping giant swatting at flies. Twenty-five years ago, the economic disintegration and political demise of the former Soviet Union established America as the world’s sole surviving superpower. This hegemonic empire found herself the inheritor of all that exemplifies civilization, be it the high cultural expression of Egypt, the seductions of Sodom, the international trading empire of Phoenicia, the mystical religion of Babylon, and especially the organizational and military genius of Pax Romana.

From a military standpoint, America remains unchallenged by any singular State or alliance of nations. It has been termed the “New Roman Empire” some ten years ago by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin when unilateral and pre-emptive action against Iraq was pending… Furthermore, America has arguably waged her wars for the past half-century, more out of national interest than to diminish the threat of communism or to support the establishment of democratic freedoms in spite of socialist foes. When it came to halting racially or religiously-based genocide, America chose to intervene in the former Yugoslavia, but abstained in Rwanda and the Congo.

America remains the only power that has the capacity to make good on its political commitments while possessing the unquestioned military muscle necessary to carry the day.

This bashfully spoken and seldom overtly discussed agenda—protecting American interests, but freed from self-righteous rationalizations—has grown more pronounced over the past decade as the U.S. fought against “State-sponsored” terrorism, certainly in Iraq as well as in the war fought in Afghanistan. America’s overtly aggressive policy hides cloaked in the guise of what has been termed abstrusely as geo-political realism (a perspective suggesting we cannot wage war solely on the premise of differing values). Ultimately, it is motivated by what syndicated columnist Dr. Charles Krauthammer calls “Democratic Globalism”—”

Krieger, Douglas W.. The Final Babylon: America and the Coming of Antichrist (pp. 307-308). Book Ministry. Kindle Edition.

“Looking at the superficial if not misdirected statements made by politicians today which ignore the real motives and activities driving geo-politics. Both political parties march to the same beat when it comes to leading the country down the path to Democratic Globalism. The goal of creating a New World Order, called for by President George Bush the Elder (exactly 11 years before 9/11),[220] smacked of the centuries old idealistic ambitions of Rosicrucians, Freemasons, and even occultic groups like the Theosophists. For the time being, devious tactics seem apparent in the form of a multi-tiered program of mass media disinformation conjoined with possible false flag operations designed to frighten the American public. But to what end?”

Krieger, Douglas W.. The Final Babylon: America and the Coming of Antichrist (pp. 309-310). Book Ministry. Kindle Edition.

That is the question “But to what End?”

As we close, remember God’s call to flee from Babylon, it is our responsibility to discern what that commandment means, for we are closer to its fulfillment than ever before in history.

Revelation 18:4-5 (NKJV) And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.

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PRAYER of Praise and Commitment to Christ

MOST HIGH GOD,
Almighty LORD of all creation,
Gracious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
 
Your mercies are unending even to the most undeserving soul; of which I am chief.
 
You continue to shed grace into my life, through Christ-like brethren , who sharpen my faith—shed light by Your word when I cannot see—manifest Your comforting embrace when the trials of life have left me raw—and speak as Your voice, when I’ve grown dull to hearing.
 
For the body of Christ and brethren, who are friends who are closer than a brother, I praise your name, Most Holy God, and Father.
 
Despite multitudes of times missing the mark of Your high calling and turning left when the Spirit has led to the right; You have remained my constant Rescuer. You pursue me to sanctify, heal and release to Your peace, when pain seems my only option.
 
Through all the times I’ve come up short, as I truly pursue Your righteousness through my life by falling to carnal thought or action; You still hold me dear as Your Son through the precious blood of Christ.
 
Thank You for being faithful when I fail and patient with me when I am slow to learn spiritually; and far too often need to repeat a lesson I ought to have mastered (by Your the power of Your Spirit) long ago.
 
I rejoice in the promise of God, that these lessons are guaranteed to be real in my life, so long as I hold to my first confidence and live with a heart absolutely surrendered. Teach me by Your Spirit to surrender all to for the glory of Christ.
 
Please, my God and Father, continue in your lovingkindness to me, that I may partake of Your holiness, and be empowered by Your Spirit. Your discipline and correction, in my life, though painful, continually reveals Your present and perfect love; and my calling to be…
 
Your child
a citizen of heaven
a royal priest
a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ
 
For the glory of my Savior, I pledge to cleanse myself from all filthiness of flesh and spirit and walk toward perfecting holiness in the fear of God; that I may shine as a light in the midst of this crooked and perverse generation.
 
Whether in life or in my death, may my life give my Lord Jesus Christ, the honor and praise you deserve; that my those who encounter me will experience You as Savior, Sanctifier, Healer and my soon returning King.
 
Oh, how my heart longs for Your return, for behold You are coming in the clouds and all the tribes of the earth will mourn…
But those with this promise rejoice…
 
1 John 3:1-3 (NKJV) ​Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
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My Children, ESCAPE from Babylon! [Rome/America? Part 3]

Could America Vanish Like Babylon? Some Top Christian Leaders Think So –  The Armageddon Times

Revelation 18:24 (NKJV) And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth.”

Any scenario, where the above passage would even be possible in America, would have seemed fiction, even five years ago, but not anymore. When we consider the draconian rules invoked in the name of health and safety over the last several months and how churches are now being targeted through legal action, we must prayerfully consider the times in which we live.

Should we think the right president will continue to fight for our rights? Remember that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. The church in Germany, was convinced of Hitler’s benevolence toward them and their faith. It was not until it was too late, Christians discovered Hitler’s hate for Christ and His church.

With that in mind and considering the manifestation of the spirit of end-times Babylon, we must, with great care discern, if niceties of our current president towards people of Christian faith are sincere or simply political expediency. Why? Because he has little or no personal conviction toward Christ, or his need for Christ. Consider, that until his running for president, Christian faith and virtue in his world view was for suckers. Even now, he is willing to overlook the brutality to nations who persecute Christians (even enemy states), if it will make a buck for America and be see as a political win for him. This he does while trumpeting religious freedom in America.

Understand, this is not a political statement, but one for spiritual consideration. I realize, most U.S. presidents of the modern era, if not most of U.S. history, made deals and alliances with those who killed Christians. Russia, China (during and prior to WWII), India, Pakistan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt… Oh yeah and Israel (one of the most repressive governments against Christians; although they love tourist dollars). The point is each of those nations have the blood of the saints on their hands, and so does ours, when we work with them.

One of those nations, is specifically inclined toward Babylon in the last days. In Israel’s relationship to the United States and America’s own Masonic roots, we will discover more manifestations for end-times Babylon.

ISRAEL, BABYLON, and AMERICA

Many mistakenly assume that Israel hated Babylon. This is false assertion given the general state of Israel in the Old Testament. Long before the captivity of Israel, she had mixed her faith in YHWH with Babylonian paganism (Jeremiah 7:18, 44:15-19; Ezekiel 8:14). This defilement of faith in the one true God was partly responsible for the Jewish captivity in Babylon.

Why did this occur? Because Israel gave lip service to God and did not obey His command to trust Him alone. Almost every leader made alliances with pagan nations which would eventually return to haunt the chosen people. They even were also soft towards Babylon governmentally, prior to the captivity.

Regard King Hezekiah, who, after being healed by YHWH from a life-threatening disease, boastfully opened his treasury to Babylon envoys. The prophet Isaiah later rebuked the king and prophesied that Babylon would take all Judah’s wealth and make the kings descendants eunuchs. Though it would take over 100 years, it came to pass under Nebuchadnezzar.

Israel certainly did not like traveling hundreds of miles to live in captivity, but they learned to adapt and prospered there, because of God’s grace. The synagogue system took shape in their captive nation. The Jews grew to like Babylon so much, that when the call to return to the land came through, only around 50,000 returned to Israel (although millions lived in Babylon).

How does this relate to America? Remember, Babylon was at one point seen by one of Israel’s best Kings (in Judah) as a friend. Could America has become similar in its relationship to Israel?

Many end-times expositors have concluded that because the United States (or America) is not mentioned by name, that it is not in biblical prophecy. Therefore the United States cannot be Babylon.

This argument from silence holds no legitimacy, when we considering that Rome was not mentioned at all in the Old Testament, by name, in any prophecy. Yet despite that fact, Rome is clearly seen as fulfilling direct prophecy in the Book of Daniel and manifesting spiritual Babylon at the writing of Revelation.

Simply because the United States is not mentioned by name, says nothing of America’s role in manifesting the spirit of Babylon in the last days. As a matter of fact, should we be in the beginning of sorrows, there is no other nation with the economic, military, cultural, and religious reach of the United States. In fact there has never been a nation of such wealth, commerce, and power, EVER.

Without Great Britain and the United States, Israel would never have become a nation again in our lifetime. Without the British Balfour Declaration and the removal the Ottoman Turks from Jerusalem, by the English military at the close of WWI, History would be different. These events wold pressure the countries of the League of Nations and its subsequent incarnation of the United Nations, to search for a way to bring Israel back to sovereignty in their own land.

At midnight on May 14, 1948, the Provisional Government of Israel proclaimed a new State of Israel. On that same date, President Truman on behalf of the United States, recognized the provisional Jewish government as de facto authority of the Jewish state. America’s importance in the United Nations would lead to the body recognizing the Jewish state as well.

Without the U.S. Israel would have fallen during the Yom Kipper War, as America sent weapons and munitions at the most critical juncture. Without the United States, Israel would be overrun today. Many in Christian circles see this as America’s greatest check in the benevolence column, but scripture may not see it the same.

From Ezekiel 15-17 we get a crystal-clear picture of Israel’s sinful state, God’s love for Jerusalem, and how Jewish harlotry with pagan nations and the abominable religions attached to them, mandated God’s judgment upon His chosen nation. In Ezekiel 17 Babylon is specifically referenced after a parable of an eagle which appears to help Israel, but uproots her from moorings to God. The parable must be understood, in context, which begins 3 chapter before and 11 verses  after the parable ends.

The Great Seal – National Museum of American Diplomacy

Let us remember that Babylon, Rome, Nazi Germany, and the United States have used the eagle as a national symbol. All 4 were (are) world dominating powers. all four at times, made overtures to assist the Jews. Babylon, Rome (both the Roman Empire and its predecessor The Holy Roman Empire”), and Germany eventually sought to annihilate the Jewish people. Both Rome (especially the Holy Roman Empire) and Germany appeared to be Christianized, only to turn on followers of the faith once delivered to the saints, when they outlived their usefulness.

In the case of Germany, please consider reading “Hitler’s Cross” by Erwin Lutzer to learn how Christian’s in Germany became obsessed with making their nation rise again to greatness. So much so was this the case, that they were willing to overlook Hitler’s brutality and belligerence, so long as it was consider for the good of the country.  Be warned saints of God, we have done this with the current U.S. president.

Concerning the name of the God, the word of God declares “Holy and Reverend is His Name” (Psalm 111:9). We need to be careful, our politics do not lead to reverence of a man, who needs to be rebuked. This occurred in Nazi Germany among clergy and laity alike, when like attack dogs they defended their Führer. It occurs daily for president Trump.

History details that eagle nations clearly do not end well with God’s chosen nation. Has there every been an eagle nation that has been cozier with Israel in history then the U.S.? The answer is no, and it is clear from scripture that end-times Babylon has a special relationship with Israel and is part of negations for the treaty made between Israel and Antichrist. Which makes sense considering how Babylon gets thrown off the beast and destroyed; most likely when Antichrist breaks the seven-year covenant (Revelation 17:15-18).

Let us take a deeper look at the frame work of an agreement, which may be a foundation for the covenant which begins the last seven years on earth as we know it.

For as long as I can remember, U.S. presidents have been attempting to broker a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians (representative of the hostile Muslim nations). It would take someone who was extremely popular with the nation of Israel, someone who was an expert in negotiating and brash push it through deal making. It would take someone from a nation with great ties to Israel to broker such a deal.

Does such a person exist, attached to such a nation as needs to be involved in such a covenant? The answer is, YES, if we have truly entered the last days. The current president of the United States.

Let us first consider Persian king Cyrus the Great. As leader of the Persian empire, he presided over the fall of Babylon’s government, and ruled that land as part of his empire. Cyrus, was prophesied approximately 120 years prior to his birth, by name, as the leader,who would stewed Israel’s return to the promised land, following their captivity.

Although his empire was Persian, his decree still emanated from Babylon, and therefore the people still saw it as a Babylonian. Israel sees Cyrus to this day as one of their great deliverers, but this great king has nothing on President Trump, concerning our president’s popularity in Israel, in our day.

Since announcing the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem in 2017, and declaring it as Israel’s eternal capital city, President Trump’s popularity has risen in the promised land. Over the last few years, the name of president has been used in memorials all over the nation of Israel. The Israeli Minister of Tourism, Yariv Levin, went so far as to say that the president could be a modern King David.

This is eerie when considering a tweet from Wayne Allyn Root, which President Trump posted into his own feed; because it declared that he (president Trump) was like the “King of Israel” and the “Second coming of God”. Yes, the tweet reveals how Israeli’s  idolized, even idolatrized, in some cases the U.S. president. This narrative, also feeds into president Trump’s own self aggrandizing manner of speech.

Many evangelical Christians would be shocked to know the president has referred to himself as the “chosen one” while looking to the heavens. Consider Israel celebrating “Cyrus” with the 70-year Commemorative Temple Coin; of which the proceeds will go to build a third temple. The “Cyrus” of whom they are referring is none other than President Donald Trump. His image, in front of Cyrus is seen in the newly minted coin.

The real tell on America’s manifestation of end-times Babylon may be the recently signed Abraham Accords, brokered by the Trump Administration between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. This “peace accord”, gives Muslims access to Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem , places a hold on Israeli settlements in Gaza and the West Bank, and divided up the holy land and potentially bring Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and other Muslim countries already in relation to Israel, on board. Could this be the beginning of “Jerusalem trampled by the Gentiles” prophesied by Christ and the prophets, preceding the end (Luke 21:24; Revelation 11:2; Psalm 79:1; Isaiah 63:3; Isaiah 63:18; Daniel 8:13; Zechariah 12:3)

I admit, this is not a peace deal with the Palestinians (representing hostiles Shi’ite Muslims nations like Iran), but many scholars believe that this could lead to that arrangement.

What is befuddling to me, is that many American Christians, who believe we are in the last days, have not so much as considered the potential implications of the “Abraham Accords“; in relation to the president or the role of the United States in them. Is it possible the “Abraham Accords” fulfill biblical prophecy or are laying the groundwork for the great covenant, which ushers in the last seven years of the world as we know it?

Assuming the president to be a friend of Christians and Israel, most have considered the implications. This assumption comes with little to no evidence that the president has any love for Christ, His followers or the Jewish people.

I believe people change, if they are found in Christ. But that change is remarkable and supernatural, covering all of life. Regardless of Paula White or Robert Jeffress declaring Donald Trump to be saved, he consistently manifests behavior that is contrary to Christian character and virtue. in fact the way he behaves is more aligned with the apostacy of the antichrist spirit; This should at least cause some prayerful consideration.

Before I am clubbed by those saying “I don’t need a pastor or Sunday school teacher in the White House”, let me say, “I agree”. We don’t need that, for the president is surrounded by sycophantic “Christian” pastors and leaders who are blinded by their own ambition and wrong understanding of scripture. Discernment has become the victim of evangelicals desiring a champion to give them political clout.

Let me be clear: Time will tell whether the president is more than just a president concerning biblical prophecy, but his character and program to this point, in many ways lines with a negative prophetic type, as does the economic, cultural, religious and governmental program of the United States.

Are Christians in America being duped, by a man who needs their support, only to find down the road (when we have outlived our usefulness) that the man we trusted should never have had our trust?

This would not be the first time in American or world history that has occurred. Do we remember president George W. Bush appointing John Roberts to the Supreme Court, to the delight of evangelical Christians nation wide. How we were fooled! Do we forget how Hitler schmoozed and used the church in Germany, because they had bought the lie that He would return Germany to greatness?

We Christians must pray we don’t get fooled again! Of Babylon’s relationship to Israel in the book of Revelation and how America appears on course with Babylon’s character is not difficult to discern.

In my concluding post we will look deeper into the founding of America and its symbolism to consider the manifestation of end-time Babylon, even before the nation was founded.

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My Children, ESCAPE from Babylon! #4 [Rome/America? Part 2]

Picture1As we begin the final two postings of the series, “My Children, ESCAPE from Babylon”, it is important to restate the foundational biblical framework, that has guided this study.

Let us hold that Babylon in the book of Revelation, is in reference to a prophetic type of spiritual system of government and false religion, opposed to God’s rule. That type was first encountered in Genesis 11, at the tower of Babel. They were led by Nimrod, who is a spiritual type of Antichrist. Their governance was a self determining, one world government and religion opposed to God’s rule over them.

After Babel, it would take several years for Babylon to rise again, through the ascendancy of the Babylonian Empire, with Nebuchadnezzar as the leader. In this incarnation, under another Nebuchadnezzar (type of Antichrist), Babylon destroyed Jerusalem and the Jewish Temple. Babylon was THE undisputed  world power, not only subduing most of the known world, but holding the Jews captive for 69 years.

Around the first incarnation of Jesus Christ, Rome was manifesting the spiritual type of Babylon, in its world conquest. It’s civil government was mixed with its religion, which allowed for and incorporated the worship of  its own pantheon of gods, as well as those gods of the lands they subjugated. had the Lord Jesus been set to return around the year 100 ad, Rome would have been Babylon.

It is for this reason, that those who have looked for Christ’s return have sought and often found manifestations of Babylon in the nations of the world, which have risen to prominence. It is not difficult to see aspects of Babylon as the rise of Ottoman Empire, Great Britain, and Nazi Germany.

Although we discussed the influence of the Roman Catholic Church and its blasphemous mix of Babylonian pagan ritual with Christianity (last post), I must admit that the RCC is not end times Babylon on its own accord, although they are most likely a large part of that last one world religion.

In the United States, we have the fullness of the Babylonian system: a civil government and a civil religion which allows for the worship of any god, under the auspices of one dominant civil God. The question is what God is being referred to?

ONE NATION UNDER GOD… WHAT GOD?

Many of our wonderful Christian brethren will declare “America was founded as a Christian nation”. Although I appreciate the zeal expressed in that statement, it is simply not true. Let’s consider some historical and civic facts.

Many point to the declaration of one John Winthrop, who served as Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony for many of its first 20 years, as proof of a Christian founding. In a lay sermon around 1630, Winthrop defined the endeavor of the puritans in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, as building the “city set on a hill” (a reference to Matthew 5:13-16). Many point to this as proof that the United States was founded to be a Christian nation.

In the first place, the puritans were subjects of the British crown, and were not seeking independence, as a separate nation. Secondly, Winthrop’s “city set on a hill” comment, was pertaining to the work of the puritans in the Massachusetts Bay area. Thirdly, Christ’s words concerning His church as “a City set on a hill which cannot be hidden” is a direct reference to His Church, a kingdom not of this world (Matthew 5:13-16).

If Winthrop had meant they would set up a Christian nation, which he did not, he would have been guilty of horrific scripture twisting. Therefore the founding of the United States, popularly said to have religious freedom for Christians as chief cornerstone, is at best a gross overstatement; at worst a purposeful neglect of historical fact, from those who are supposed to be purveyors of truth.

Let us remember, it was not the pilgrims that founded the United States. By the early 1700’s the pilgrim influence had waned, and a potentially booming trade economy, not religion, was driving culture.

The population of the colonies was filling with many different types of people from England. Some wanted a fresh start, some to make a buck, some wanted to avoid the church of England for Christian and non Christian reasons (such as the Masons).

Religion was not the driving force of the majority of those who were in the colonies, although they were not opposed to the idea. For a more important and settled date, concerning the founding and what the United states would actually become, we must turn to New York City, before it was called New York City; and 20 years prior to John Winthrop.

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SEPTEMBER 11

In 1609, while trying to discover the North West Passage, Henry Hudson actually discovered the southern tip of Manhattan. The day of the discovery was September 11th, 1609. That is correct, 392 years before the attack on the United States, at the heart of its economic and governmental power, Henry Hudson discovered and walked on the area of the attacks.

Interestingly, Hudson did not plant a church, recite a scripture or seek to plant a flag of any nation, but he did plant a flag of commerce, which would eerily become the character of the city of New York and the nation it belongs to. The first structure built by Hudson on the spot of the future twin towers was a… TRADING CENTER!

Many American Christians conveniently forget that the first U.S capitol was New York City. So the first place that would project U.S. dominance in economic and military power was discovered on September 11, 1609. The first attack on September 11, 2001 was at the very spot discovered 392 years prior: two towers that represented American dominance and pride.

Manhattan before and after "discovery" | Map of new york, Historical view,  Natural wonders

How does this relate to the United States manifesting the characteristics of Babylon? Where today, even amidst a nation’s decline, is the governmental (the United Nations) and economic nerve center of all nations ? The United States in New York City. Even amidst decades of decline, in favor among nations, can anyone deny that as America goes so goes the world, economically, governmentally and culturally. Can anyone deny the influence exerted over nations?

I encourage you to read Revelation 18 in one sitting and prayerfully consider, how well America, with New York City as a type of its economic, cultural, governmental and military dominance, fits the written word of God concerning Babylon. Yet there is also a chilling portion of scripture in Revelation 17 to consider, when looking at the Whore of Babylon, the Mother of Harlots.

Revelation 17:15-18 (NKJV) Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues. And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled. And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.”

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What nation, at this time, can be seen as “a great harlot who sits on waters”, which represents peoples, nations and tongues, but America. Consider the motto of the Statue of Liberty, which is a statue of Isis (the Queen of Heaven); designed by a master mason…

“Bring your poor tired huddled masses to me

Although travel in these last days has made immigration to many nations possible, where in the world, is there a nation that is populated, literally by peoples, nations and tongues, but the united States.

The majority population of most nations is homogenized, not the United States. What was the first sight most immigrants immigrants saw coming to America during the immigration boom? A statue of Isis, a representation of the “Queen of Heaven“, yes the “Mother of Harlots“, as they arrived in New York City. When they arrive, they are not mandated to learn the language of the land, or assimilate into its culture, because a culture of pluralism, ethnically and religiously.

A DEEPER DIVE INTO THE FOUNDING

Just so I am not accused of skipping over vast amounts of history, let’s look at how the founding fathers guaranteed a religiously plural society. Yes, religious freedom was important, but not for the reason we Christians want to ascribe.

The war for independence was not fought for religious freedom, but because of “No taxation without representation”. The colonies led by Benjamin Franklin (who had a seat representing the colonies in British parliament but no vote), were opposed to the idea of exorbitant taxes on tea and alcohol. They were specifically upset about paying taxes with no vote in parliament.

When politics did not work, rebellion ensued. Though war for Independence was not fought for religious freedom, religious speech was used, in a manner of manipulation, along side incendiary patriotic rhetoric, to sway the people.

By the time the constitution was ratified (12 years after gaining independence)  and more importantly the Bill of Rights, we see the desire for personal liberty as its highest priority. First among them, the right of personal choice in religion; ANY religion.

The first amendment to the constitution was not written to guarantee Christianity be the dominate faith of the land, or even moralistic Christian principals. Remember their were Anglicans, Lutherans, Presbyterians, some Quakers, a couple of Roman Catholics, many deists, and Unitarians and yes many influential free masons among them.

The first amendment was written to make sure that any religious expression be protected, even that of the free masons, who were often ridiculed and hunted by the Church of England and Roman Catholic Church in other European nations. The first amendment guarantees a society where satanists have the same right as Christians to be religious. For this reason the founders opened Pandora’s box, where religion is concerned.

Historically, for the very influential of Masonic belief, that box is what they may have wanted. But more on that in the next blog.

The point is, the United States has all the components of Babylon’s system of religion. Through America’s religious plurality and its effect on the Christian’s faith, was to water down the faith once delivered to the saints. Hence, America became the leading producer of  the “falling away” from the faith (apostate religion), in the world over the last 120 years.

Consider the false and cult faith of Jehovah’s Witness and Mormonism; both American born, both abominable to the Lord and influencing millions world over. Consider higher criticism of the word of God, which began in eastern Europe, but blossomed in America.  Higher criticism is extracting moralistic principals from the bible, but denying its supernatural origin and content.

This heresy corrupted mainline Protestantism with doctrine which denying the deity of Christ, His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and resurrection.  The higher criticism error has little by little deactivated, practical Spirit-filled faith throguh out evangelical Christianity as well. This too has been exported from America and is apostasy.

And what of the prosperity gospel, which is not only confined to more materialism and money, but the false teaching that Christians ought not suffer and will be raptured before we suffer an persecution or tribulation: both ideas contrary to biblical truth (Philippians 1:29: II Timothy 3:12).

The U.S. is the chief exporter of apostate Christianity around the world. Apostasy has flourished because the church has given into justifying little compromises and a wrong assumption about the founding of America. It is time to recover the faith once delivered to the saints, because like it or not we will find that every nation, whether end-times Babylon or not, will turn on the saints, in fulfillment of Jesus words in Matthew 24:9-14.

Next time we will dive further into the manifestation of Babylon in dealing with America’s relationship to Israel, America’s prideful response to 9/11 rather an appropriate repentance, and finally an even deeper dive into the Masonic overtones to America’s founding and symbolism. 

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Potential of Losing Discernment, by Employing a Double Standard

AFP_1WS437.0Let me begin by stating that I like what I have seen of Vice President Mike Pence’s character and demeanor, since his nomination. The vice president’s person has in a profound way served to restrain some of the presidents’s erratic displays of character, and injected reason into areas of policy, where President Trump may be lacking candor or understanding.

This qualification is necessary, due to the contentious political season we are in, because my post today is not of a political nature, but wholly spiritual and biblically necessary.

With that said, how did Vice President Pence twisting of a passage of Holy Scripture go unnoticed and unchecked, from his speech at the Republican national convention?

At about the 35:16 mark of his speech (below quote is video), he proclaims…

From these hallowed grounds American patriots, in generations gone by, did their part to defend freedom. Now it is our turn.

So let’s run the race marked out for us.

Let’s fix our eyes on old glory and all she represents.

Let’s fix our eyes on this land of hero’s ,and what their courage inspires.

And let’s fix our eyes on the Author and Perfecter of our faith and our freedom.

And never forget that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

That means freedom always wins.

The Vice President just mangled Hebrews 12:1-2 and inserted American symbols and actions, as what we are to fix our eyes on before the Lord Jesus Christ. Although, at the end of the quote he alludes to our Lord, without using His name above all names. He then makes an outrageous guarantee, using II Corinthians 3:18, that freedom always wins.

Hebrews 12:1-2 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV) But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

In the first place, what is implied by calling us to “run the race marked out before us“, as we “fix” (looking unto as a landmark) “our eyes on old glory (the flag)” and “this land’s hero’s“. If he ended there, I would not be writing anything. His statement would have been chalked up as an injection of patriotism wrapped in biblical wording. Not ideal, pretty irresponsible for a Christian, but common among those whose Christianity is all too easily anchored to nationalism.

When the vice president, moves to include reference to the Author and Perfecter of our faith, without saying “Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith”; he moves the instruction from the realm of the political race, to the race of the redeemed. This is not just problematic but heresy. PERIOD. This pains me to write it, because I truly like vice president Pence, but we ought to expect more out of those in public view, who declare to be Christian.

The flag of the United States of America, which I respect as filled with meaningful symbolism, is the flag of a nation. The beautiful flag of America does NOT communicate the gospel, and does not glorify Jesus Christ the Lord. Though I am thankful to be a citizen of America, its flag is not a necessary catalyst to the faith of Christians in other nations, nor Christians in America. There is a difference between focus on a flag and fixation on the only hope of humanity, the Lord Jesus Christ.

When the vice president, mentions we “fix” our eyes on “the heroes of this land“, which heroes is he referring to as aiding in our race of faith for the Lord Jesus Christ? America has had some great heroes, many of whom had lives of devout Christian faith, but many of whom did not, and I may add, who’s lives were lived morally and spiritually devoid of the faith once delivered to the saints.

This is where the problem lies. We know the vice president was not speaking of our Christian faith, but injecting national symbols and nostalgia into scripture to pump up the base… those targeted as evangelical Christians. The language used was to inspire or schmooze, us too the battle of freedom.

In so doing vice president Pence, mutilated two passages of scripture. He did so without the largest portion of Christians not knowing or caring, because, is it possible that in our fervor to win the battle for the soul of America, we’re only trying to save our own bacon?

Let me ask what does vice president Pence mean by freedom, because the freedom spoken of by the word of God, as by the Spirit, is not democratic freedom; but that which comes through the cross.

That freedom, which II Corinthians 3:18 proclaims, only comes through faith and repentance, in the Messiah, who died on the cross.  We “Look unto Jesus the Author and Perfecter of our faith“, and ONLY JESUS.

That freedom is not democratic freedom to choose your own path or be materially prosperous, or whatever else you or I determine. God’s freedom, through Christ, is freedom from the the ruler-ship of the sin nature or old self before we were in Christ (Romans 6:6-7, 14); it is also freedom to deny myself and live totally for the will of God, as a bond-slave, absolutely surrendered.

This freedom in Christ, is not free to make it’s own choice and even vote for who they think is best, but is a life governed by the direct leading of the Holy Spirit; which is seen in the activity of Proverbs 3:5-7.

This is not what vice president Pence was proclaiming. Either in ignorance or on purpose he revealed what is wrong with the majority of Christians in the United States. Blurred lines between our calling as Christians and the fear of losing our civil rights as Americans. In this error, he and we may be in danger of a clear O.T. and N.T. command.

Revelation 22:18-19 (NKJV) For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

*Similarly warned in Deuteronomy 4:2, 12:32  

The lack of concern over the vice president’s comments, reveals that we are already guilty of a political double standard on character.

I in good conscience never vote for anyone who approves or pushes, either tacitly or openly, the abomination of abortion. In my biblically informed opinion, those who vote for pro-abortion candidates, may be complicit in the deaths of 70,000,000 beautiful children who were barbarically murdered in the womb. 

On the other hand, though I agree with many of the policy decisions of the sitting presidential administration and although I don’t need a “pastor in the Oval Office“; character matters and a lack of solid character reveals potential problems. A person of belligerence pompousness, pride and rudeness, is a person prone, when angered or shaken, to radical and destructive decisions.

What am I saying? Christians need to stop treating the our president, as if he is our savior. He is a politician, a man who is broken and in need of repentance and faith in Jesus Christ; which ought to transform his character. Transformed new creation character is the Lord’s underlying motive in salvation, because it brings glory to God. Let’s not employ a double standard anymore, because we are being guaranteed that FREEDOM, will always win. Once more this is not about elections, but navigating our political times, with the Holy Spirit.

THE DOUBLE STANDARD WHICH DIMINISHES DISCERNMENT

After being saved in 1997, God’s word and the leading of His Spirit would direct my political choices from that time forward. It was around 2003, when I began to notice a political character, in Christian leaders and laity alike. This character trait really picked up steam, when president Obama ran for his first term. This phenomenon was a double standard that led to a lack of discernment. 

This flaw in thinking is just as dangerous as the union rank and file, voting Democratic over economic fears, or because African Americans and minorities are told the party of the donkey, will take care of them.

In like manner, this double standard has led Christians to shut off discernment, when republicans declare the sky will fall, if the other party wins, or when their are real character issues needing to be addressed in leaders. Let’s look at how it works this double standard works.

When president Clinton was in office, he went through a number of scandals, because he was an inherently crooked politician. Perhaps the most prolific of them all was lying to the American public, concerning his sordid tryst with an intern in the oval office. In addition he was accused of a few more sexual indiscretions, some allegedly criminal.

The vitriol he received from conservative Christian’s was a tsunami that rolled through out two terms. The former president was skewered, mocked, maligned and expected to resign. Christian leaders, spoke very publicly about it and rightly so.

Our current President, has had as many if not more immoral entanglements prior to serving in the oval office. In fact two of them came out during the campaign, and both allegations were meritorious. Yet, there is no outcry for him to even apologize to his wife and children, publicly,  for the shame he brought upon them.

“Oh, but that happened prior to his time in the White house”. Yes! but the shame upon his wife and children is very public. Where is our concern for his family and with so many “Christian” superstar leaders about him, where is the call to public repentance. That would show a heart change and character driven leadership.

Or what of the fact, that no U.S. president, in modern history has been as bellicose, belligerent, arrogant, rude, pompous, mean spirited, or lacking self-control when dealing with detractors. We live through a daily stream of ridiculousness, accusation and insult.

In this double standard many Christian’s adore and applaud the president, not for being a model of virtue, honesty, integrity or state craft; but because of his belligerence. 

Let’s remember that political policies are not overt biblical indicators of a life in Christ, no matter how closely we align with them politically. It is the fruit of the Spirit which reveals the character and heart of a true Christian (Galatians 5:22-24).

Remember Bill Clinton, declared he was and is a Christian, many doubt his profession. Our current president has been declared a Christian, by the prosperity false preacher, Paula White, who has been divorced and remarried more than once and continues to teach false doctrine, while fleecing the flock of God. 

Holy Spirit discernment deems we are least, place our personal desire for political gain aside, being concerned to praying for the president’s soul, as Jesus reveals that we know true followers from the counterfeit, by their fruit. Sadly, around all the Christian leaders sniffing around the oval office, we see little change if any. 

Some will say, I don’t need a pastor in the White House. I agree, but where was that sentiment when president Clinton was in the White House or even president Obama, whom no one ever trusted was a Christian, because of contrary policy and pride and arrogance. 

Look I have been pleased with a good deal of the policy decisions of the current president, but the Holy Spirit is calling us to look beyond what lines up with our sensibilities. When not discerning in a double standard, we ignore red flags, cease praying proactively and are susceptible to falling to a wolves in sheep clothing in sheep clothing.

In the book “Hitler’s Cross”, by Erwin Lutzer, the author reveals how the German people, who largely considering themselves “Christians in a Christian nation”, could vote for Adolf Hitler. Lutzer reveals that because of the political situation, hopelessness and fear, religious leaders gave into a two spheres model. That model said faith and morality were important, but when the nation and it’s good was at stake, morality could be checked at the office door; if for the good of the country. Hence, Hitler’s rise, which was good for Germans, except of Jewish decent. How did that work out?

In the last days, false Christ’s abound, to fool even the elect. I suspect at both political conventions were more than a few flying under the radar. Now is not the time to sleep, but like the men of Issachar in I Chronicles 12:32, we must understand the time and know what we ought to do.

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GO TO CHURCH ANYWAY?

No photo description available.I have seen a post many times over the last week on FACEBOOK. I’ll call it “GO TO CHURCH ANYWAY”.

I would never refuse a lost person or soul seeking Jesus Christ, into a gathering of the church, on Sunday morning or evening. When a hurting soul, not normally affiliated with the body of Christ comes in, it is a time, where the saints can practice grace and mercy.

That being said, let’s pump the breaks for a moment, because much of the positive feedback and comments, appear to be coming from the mindset, that the gathering of the church is a place for the lost to be ministered too, as a biblical and foundational piece of the mandate for the Church of Jesus Christ. Under this mindset, evangelism takes place in the building a group of Christians gather in—therefore the building must be outfitted to be user friendly to those who may be seeking (whether lost or very immature in their faith).

This mindset is not biblical, PERIOD! For in this mode of thinking, discipling the saints to grow into maturity must take a back seat to getting people to commit to Christ for salvation. Though I would never turn anyone away who comes to the building Encounter Church fellowships in, my priority is to the Body of Christ. This priority is outlined in Acts 20:28-31.

Acts 20:28-31 (NKJV) Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also, from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Therefore watch and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.

One of the perverse things is what is called antinomianism, which declares, if a person is saved and sinning it’s alright because they have God’s grace and are not accountable to God’s moral law. Sadly, this perverse thing is spoken against throughout the New Testament letters and is the foundation of many American church’s program of seeker sensitivity. It is also why the church likes true repentance, righteousness, and holiness, across the United States (generally speaking).  Therefore, ministers take their mandate, not from pithy statements, but God’s word.

2 Timothy 4:1-5 (NKJV) I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

Because of our calling in Christ, I challenge those who are saying Amen to this popular FACEBOOK posting. I believe it is important to explore why, so many are so enthusiastic for something so foreign to New Testament practice, according to the word of God. Let us dig beneath the surface.

I. IS THE CHURCH EVANGELISM FOCUSED OR DISCIPLESHIP FOCUSED?

The answer to this is, BOTH, but we must understand where and how these take place. Let us investigate Matthew 28:18-20. In vs. 19 Jesus commands “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. The command to “Go” means to physically “Go” out from where you are and find those who have yet to believe in Christ. This is the core of evangelism, a calling of the Church, but not its function when we gather.

Evangelism is to lead to repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (the conditions for salvation), which is seen in one’s commitment to be baptized. We find that the making of the disciple is “teaching them to observe all the things…” Jesus commanded (vs. 20). In the early and uninstitutionalized church of acts of the apostles (really until about the middle of the 4th century), this was the model. Lost people were not invited into the fellowship of the saints, until they were baptized, which indicated they were willing to die for Christ.

Outside of America and other westernized nations, weekly gatherings of Christians, as times and places for bringing in the lost, is unheard of for two reasons:

  1. Those who are unsaved can contaminate the fellowship of holiness and bring in strange doctrine.
  2. For fear of being found out and shutdown or imprisoned by infiltrators.

Both reasons, line up with the passages sighted above (Acts 20:28-31; 2 Timothy 4:1-5). It appears, the church of Jesus Christ, in more difficult and persecutive surroundings has a different idea of the purpose of Christ’s church.

None of this means I would turn away a sincere seeker who wanders into a time of fellowship. The only issue is that the fellowship of the saints is for the building of the saints. This entails what is taught and practiced will lead to sanctified lives. For the sincere seeker this can lead to salvation, as they consider the claims and calling of Christ. For the person looking to fit into religion for the sake of a guilty conscience, who desire to remain in a sinful state, this will lead to being extremely uncomfortable.

II. SO WHAT IS THE CHURCH?

The church of Jesus Christ goes by a few names among them…

  1. The Church (Ephesians 5:27; Timothy 3:15; Hebrews 12:23)
  2. The Bride of Christ (Revelation 19:7-9; Revelation 21:2, 9-11)
  3. The Temple of the Living God, the habitation of the Spirit (Ephesians 2:19-22)
  4. The House of God made of living stones (I Peter 2:4-5)
  5. A royal priesthood (I Peter 2:9)
  6. A holy nation (I Peter 2:9)
  7. His peculiar people He possesses (I Peter 2:9)

All of these speak of our separation from the world, purity as opposed to even the highest moral of the lost world (a form of godliness which denies the power of true godliness), and our being His property. One verse encapsulates all seven characteristics or names.

Ephesians 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.

From this passage we see how the church, as the bride of Christ is perfectly compatible with the other. The word for “church” in the Greek is “ekklēsia” meaning “the called out one”. This being called out is similar to a bride adjourned on her wedding day, “holy” or set apart for her husband. The Church as the bride of Christ is called out from the world to Christ alone. In addition, this bride is the picture of holy perfection “glorious”, “not having spot or wrinkle”. This means the righteousness of Christ in practice, and in being before God.

This passage should once and for all knock the unbiblical idea of “the church is a hospital for sinners” out of the water. We are to be maturing in faith, peace, righteousness and holiness. We are holy in our essential person, no longer sinners and children of wrath. This is why the association with followers of Jesus being sinners in being is unbiblical. Do we sin? Yes, but it is not our practice because in Christ our core being has changed (Read Romans 6 the entire chapter II Corinthians 5:17 and I John 3:4-9). More on the hospital for sinners’ error in a bit.

III. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH?

The purpose of the church gathering together is as follows…

  1. TO BUILD THE BODY OF CHRIST TO MATURITY: Ephesians 4:11 begins a chapter long treatise on how apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers are to build the body of Christ. Note that evangelist, was not the Billy Graham style we are used to, but men like Phillip who would go to an area of the unchurched, and preach the gospel, person to person and group to group. Once a body was formed, the apostles came in and gathered the new believers into fellowship, in an organized fashion, anchored by the apostles teaching. Though the evangelist would model his ministry to growing Christians, this would be as they went out among the lost of the city they were in.
  2. ONCE BUILT TO SEND OUT: Once built up it was incumbent the leadership would fulfill the “Go” of Jesus’ Great Commission, by sending out the members of the church to reach the lost among neighbors and friends. Once more this took place away from the gathering of the saints for two purposes. In this we see the purpose of the Church being “salt and light” (Matthew 5:13-16) and living its calling “to proclaim the praises of the one who called us out of darkness and into His marvelous light (I Peter 2:10).
  3. CONSTANTLY DOING THIS TOGETHER IN SEEKING THE LORD: Hebrews 10:19-31 really hits the whole calling the lost into our meetings apart. Firstly, looking at Hebrews 10:19-25, we discover the beauty and exclusivity of Christian fellowship, because we are in Christ, we have privilege the world cannot understand or enjoy. Secondly remember that the Hebrews were being persecuted, to the point where some were leaving the fellowship of the saints to avoid trouble (vs. 25). So offensive to God is a follower of Christ leaving the fellowship, He gives this severe warning.

Hebrews 10:25-31 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

The church did not invite the world in because of fear of persecution. Around the world this is the case. You may say, “but we are not persecuted as they so it’s different.” Yes, it is. The reason we have not been persecuted overtly, is because the world has infiltrated and defiled the church, while we claim it’s a move of God that sinners love to come and stay. The unholy, prayer starved Church in America, is proof positive that the hospital for sinners is not working to mature saints, but rather has become a hospice house where the religious die with a pie in the sky view point of heaven one day.

Consider these commands from II Corinthians 6:14-18

“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers”

“What fellowship does righteousness have with unrighteousness?”

“And what communion does light have with darkness?”

“And what accord does Christ have with Satan”

“Or what part does a believer have with an unbeliever”

“And what agreement does the temple of God have with idols?”

“Come out from among them and be separate”

“Do not touch what is unclean”

2 Corinthians 7:1 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

When the church is in the business of making the lost feel at home in the fellowship of the saints, then the Lord Himself is not welcome in the midst of His own church. Yes the lost can come, if we have public services, but should they not find conviction, they’ll stay and become a blemish and spot on the character of the assembly and true teaching of the word of God.

Consider that much of the New Testament, including some of the most fearful warnings to the church from Christ in Revelation 2-3, is directed at world practice becoming acceptable in churches where the line between saint and the person still in their sin is blurred into nothing.

 As a matter of fact, the rise of the Nicolaitans, who’s deeds and doctrine Jesus hates, reveal this truth (Revelation 2:6, 15). What were their deeds? They created the office of priest, much like the Roman Catholic Church, to absolve the sins of the people.

Why would they need to do that you may ask? Because their doctrine was antinomianism, which declared that the Christian need not worry about sin, because they had the grace of God, and when they built up enough guilt, they could go to a priest who would absolve their sin.

Not only is this in complete defiance of how normal believers walk in continual forgiveness with the Lord (I John 1:7-9; James 5:14-16), but it was enacted because antinomianism let the world into the church. They no longer saw the need to call people to repentance and faith in Christ. They merely pronounced professions.

This did not create a hospital for sinners, but a morgue of slowly rotting spiritual corpses (Read of the church of Sardis in Revelation 3:1-6). In practical terms, a hospital is not about the sick staying sick, but getting well and moving on. We are born again, fresh new creations into the church of Jesus Christ; new creations learning to be what we are.

If the church is a hospital at all it would be the post operation, where surgery is done and new life is disciplined in; but that leaves the hospital for sinner’s analogy dead, because you are no longer a sinner.

What the church in America has become is a convalescent home where true followers of Christ, wait if perchance someone would come along and share their desire for a healthy powerful and whole church. They wait while fighting off the disease and decay of others with them (who are not like them), because a majority of those they are gathering with, still live a religious sinner’s life.

May God correct us that we will awaken and enliven before it’s is too late. We do not want to become like the roach motels sold in stores today. Churches that look alive and accommodating but are really dead (Revelation 3:1-6), where the people check in, but being deceived, check out into the second death having had their names blotted out of the Lambs Book of Life.

Maybe we ought to rethink what it means to be the Church!

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My Children, ESCAPE from Babylon! #4 [Rome/America? Part 1]

Picture1Toward the end of our last post we discovered that end-times Babylon, is hated by the ten king confederacy which gives rise to Antichrist’s base of power (Revelation 17:15-17). Their hatred most likely arises from Babylon’s dominance in world affairs (the whore is riding the beast). We understand that there is a point where these nations turn to destroy Babylon, with its pluralistic pagan religion and culture, as wells as its economic and military dominance.

Let us remember that the spirit of Babylon and its end-times incarnation is represented by a synergy of Government and Civil religion, where many gods are welcome and often united under umbrella of one dominate deity. We have also learned that because of this religious pluralist paganism, Babylons’ culture is a melting pot of many traditions, rituals and practices (Babylon is the mother of all harlots and abominations).

This leads to the debauchery, which arises from a buffet of freedom, where anything is accepted as right, as individual freedom (do what you want) finds its highest premium (Revelation 18:1-4).

The only religious expression which is not allowed in end times Babylon is the faith once delivered to the saints and the freedom Christ brings throguh His cross and resurrection; which is freedom from the sin nature–for the purpose of freely serving God with all one’s heart.

Babylon exhibits animosity towards the One True God and His Messiah, the the Lord Jesus Christ. This animosity exists in every nation on earth and has from Babel, and was prophesied almost 3000 years ago, as the worlds character before Christ’s return.

Psalms 2:1-3 (NKJV) Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.”

Though this animosity is world wide historically barbaric in our day, its brutality against the saints, there are two entities that bear striking similarities to Babylon from the prophecy of Revelation, if we are living in the very last times The ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH and THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

(*Israel is also part of Babylon, prophetically as much of the last days events with Antichrist, specifically are focused and located in Jerusalem, more on that later)

One common theme, in the history of eschatological review concerning Babylon’s identity, is it must be the revived Roman Empire, with say something like the European Union, being Babylon’s base. This is a plausible ideal, which would indicate the U.S. is eradicated at the end or part of the European Union. Both are plausible, albeit the latter more than the former.

Although I can see some merit, the Roman Empire has been revived too a great degree in the United States of America, which is a Republic, not a pure democracy. Rome was not pure dictatorship, or democracy but republic government, with a divine right ruler. We will discuss that later. Let’s continue by looking at Revelation 17:5, once more

MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT,
THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS
AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS
OF THE EARTH.

In dealing with the whore let us consider the importance of apostate religion, or religion that appears Christian but is a departure from the biblical faith once delivered to the saints. In Both the Romans Catholic Church and the United States, we find a prevalence of apostate religion (that which appears Christian, but allows and synchronizes all faiths for the common good), and civil government.

We will discuss the U.S. a bit later, but for now consider that the “Vatican” or headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, is not only a religious geography, but a  sovereign government, with its own currency and boundaries. Let us dive into Roman apostasy by looking to another New Testament passage.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 (NKJV) Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

The phrase “that Day” is in direct reference to “our gathering together to Him” mentioned in verse 1-3. This refers to the rapture (the day of Christ), as a continuous encouragement Paul began in I Thessalonians 4:13-17.  The rapture cannot occur until there is a “falling away” or apostasy from the faith once delivered to the saints. Secondly.

Are we not living in times which signal greatest “falling away” from the faith, in the history of the world? The Roman Catholic Church, since its rise in the 4th century has been at the fore of apostasy.

MOTHER OF ALL HARLOTS: THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

What I am about to reveal is the historical and doctrinal fact concerning the Roman Catholic Church. Please remember my knowledge has not come from the internet, but my being raised as a Roman Catholic.

After being born again and a year prior to leaving the Catholic church, I began a study of Catholic doctrine and history. What I found, was half truths, pagan and made up religious rituals and outright lies and blasphemous teachings. In my next blog series we will look into the counterfeit Christianity of the Roman Catholic Church in depth. Below are some of the identifying features of the Roman Catholic Church’s apostate activities, which identify her as part of end times Babylon.

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  1. MARY QUEEN OF HEAVEN? The Roman Catholic Church has blasphemously elevated Mary, the mother of the Christ, to being the Queen of Heaven. This is a biblical title, but not a good one, as Jeremiah 7:18, 44:15-27 and Ezekiel 8:14, 20-28 reveal. The Queen of Heaven referred to, in these passages, is none other and Semiramis, the wife of Nimrod and founders of the Babylonian system. She was worshiped in Israel, as Ashtoreth and goes by many names around the world (Astarte, Isis, Mary in the Roman Catholic Church). In fact, when looking at the Roman Catholic iconography of “The Madonna and Child”, one is led to believe that is Mary and Jesus. This is complete falsehood. It is none other than Semiramis and Tammuz her son (Ezekiel 8:14), which were renamed to satisfy undiscerning Christians; who were being led into idolatry, in statue and icon worship. Remember the Queen of Heaven presides over all faiths (as it was in Babel), but will not tolePope Francis leads solemn prayer at 9/11 interfaith servicerate the faith once delivered to the saints.
  2. VATICAN LEADS ALL FAITHS TO PRAY TOGETHER? As far back as the late 1960’s the Roman Catholic Church has led and sought to bring all faiths under its umbrella, whether they pray and serve one god or many. These idolatrous prayer meetings and councils, allow for distinctive belief, with the idea they all lead to the same place or god. They are correct, these endeavors led by the Roman Pontiff, lead to the second death and one of its ultimate inhabitants…SATAN!
  3. DIMINISH THE CHRIST THE REDEEMER AND HIS FINISHED WORK? Roman Catholicism mixes creed Christianity with pagan ritual and practice in their worship. In dealing with Mary for instance, she is looked at doctrinal as Co-Redemtrix with Christ. In this mode she is also the chief means of intercession for the saint rather than Christ, who is the only mediator between God and man (I Timothy 2:15; Hebrews 7:25). Their masses also daily diminish the full atonement of Christ and His once for all death, by making the Lord’s table into an idolatrous Egyptian ritual. burning at the stake | History & Facts | Britannica
  4. THE BLOOD OF THE SAINTS IN HER AND ALL OVER HER PERSON? Revelation 18:24 reveals murderous spirit against the saints, in the WHORE of Babylon, “And in her was found the blood of the saints and the prophets and saints, and all who were slain on earth“. In this passage we see a complete historical view point, beginning with the spirit of Babylon (The spirit of Antichrist) which has been at war with God from the garden. Remember Babylon itself besieged Judah and Jerusalem, killing hundreds of thousands. Israel itself is seen as a great apostate and idolatrous woman, in the Old Testament as well. In fact in Revelation, we find that Jerusalem is seen by God in the last days as part of the Babylon equation (Revelation 7:9; Revelation 16:19). Apostate Judaism accounts for the death of the O.T. prophets and many of the first martyred Christians, but the Roman Catholic Church has rivaled them all. From the beginning of the Papacy (606 a.d.), up to 50 million have been slain, who dared to not bow to Roman Catholic domination. Consider that in the Spanish inquisition alone, 300,000 were killed, where 31,000 were brutality burned at the stake, in the name of Jesus Christ.
  5. THE EQUALIZATION OF CHRISTIANITY, ISLAM AND JUDAISM? In the Roman Catholic Catechism tenets 839-841 we find that they believe all three faiths, as coming from Abraham, are paths to the kingdom of God, so long as they are in good standing with the Roman Catholic Church. They also in subsequent tenets open the door for those who behave well in other faiths. The entire lot of this false teaching is completely contrary to the word of God’s declaration of salvation by grace throguh faith, in Jesus Christ the Lord (John 14:6; Romans 1:18-21; Ephesians 2:8-10). The Roman Catholic faith is contrary to a person believing on the Lord Jesus and following Him in repentance and faith.

This last one is a scary development, indeed, when we consider the Abraham accords between Israel and the U.A.E., being brokered by the United States, but more on that in a bit. For the sake of advancing forward into how the United States potentially plays into end times Babylon, let me finish by quoting Leonard Ravenhill on Roman Catholicism…

“Evangelists today are wide-eyed to the might of Communism, but tight lipped at the menace of Romanism. America would shake from coast to coast in twenty-four hours if some preacher, anointed with the Holy Ghost, gave the Roman Catholic Church a broadside! We stir national interest against the cruel, half-civilized Mau Mau (wicked enough), but powwow with, and pander to, the Roman Catholic Church! These priests who dope men’s souls,these idolatrous “masses,” these Calvary eclipsing prayers to Mary, these miserable millions cheated in life and in death by the greatest forgery Lucifer ever made.” 

In my next post we will see the potential for America being part of Babylon. Let us first acknowledge that Roman Catholicism has great influence in the United States, religiously and politically. By many estimates the amount of Roman Catholics in the U.S. (over 74 million) is rapidly approaching the majority of Christians (90 million). Of the last 4 presidents, three of them have sought audiences with the Pope and the Catholic political engine is powerful, as well as cultural influence in the way of false unity and false peace. They define the abominable COEXIST bumper sticker.

Like Roman Catholicism how is it that America resembles the Babylonian system in Revelation? We’ll find out next time.

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Risking Sanctification with a Spiritual Shell Game

what-you-need-to-know-about-moving-target-defense-630x330Have you ever witnessed the shell game while walking the streets of a city? The runner of the shell game, takes a bet from the player, then simply places a pea beneath one of the three shells, then mixes them up rapidly, almost as if his mixing is an art form. At the conclusion of the mix up, the game runner stops and asks the person playing against him, to choose where the pea is at. if the game runner is worth their salt, they will be a few bucks richer, as they moved the pea enough to avoid detection.

At times, those who would follow Jesus, as well as those who do follow Jesus are guilty of playing the shell game with God Himself. The only problem for us, is no matter how well we think we have avoided detection, or moved the pea (sin, bondage or self-indulgence) around He always finds it out. When we seek to shuck and jive and move that which we do not want to be discovered, our spiritual shell game puts our sanctification in jeopardy.

The Gospel of John gives us a good example of person playing the spiritual shell game.

John 4:13-26 (NKJV) Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.” Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”
Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”

In our passage, Jesus has met a Samaritan woman of loose morals and practice. So contrary was her behavior, this woman was even outcast among a people of shady morals and religious practice. From the very onset of her encounter with Jesus, she was cynical, and seemingly sarcastic cornering our Lord’s request for water. Until Jesus found her pea!

When He defines Himself as the One who has the power to give anyone who asks living water, a supply that never runs out and is in fact internal and eternal, she responds along the natural line… “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”.

Jesus’ offer of living water, which needs no drawing will alleviate the shame she feels in being outcast among her people. This was the natural line we often come to God with. We want an answer to prayer, to alleviate some uncontrollable aspect of our life which makes us feel silly, shamed, stupid, ineffective or just plain old bad about ourselves. The problem is the discomfort we want removed is often a product of our own apathy toward God–or our neglect to obey Him–or some discomfort we need to keep us dependent on Him.

Paul even faced something such as this with his thorn in his flesh; a particular physical condition allowed by God, which knocked down the potential of his human pride.

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (NKJV) And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Indeed, that which Paul wanted to avoid was for his own good. How often do we miss that truth about the trouble, trials and discomfort of our lives? The woman at the well takes the idea to an art form.

Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.

As our Lord Jesus Christ points to the correct shell, lifts it up and exposes the pea or her painful life of sin, the woman pulls the shell game runners oldest rick… Look over there, did you see that!”

Rather than humble herself, repenting and seeking a solution for her sin, she tries to divert God’s attention away from that which makes her feel shame–that which she has been unable to leave behind– that which causes her shame and loss of the joy and love–that which has separated her from the God she has sought for, as a blind woman poking around in the dark. She tries to divert God’s attention and conviction toward a religious argument.

We often do the same, just more privately. I have found this to be true from over 17 years of ministry. Countless times, I have been involved with the Lord, in bringing a person to the point of deliverance, when that which holds them back or in bondage is exposed; only to have that person change the subject or walk out agitated.

But here is the truth about those times and situations and people… They were merely playing the shell game; trying to divert God’s attention with a distraction. Guess what? He is undeterred, He already knew where the pea was from the beginning; as He did with the woman at the well.

“Sir, I perceive you are a prophet!” In this statement and what follows, in the way of a religious discussion with the Author of true religion, we see her pivot to avoid dealing with that which caused her shame. She tried to move the pea, until her religious talk backed her into a corner, when in later verses she declares, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things. In this she was moving the pea, dropping the microphone in a fashion that says, “you know some things prophet, but when Messiah comes”.

Jesus then removes all her shells for good, “Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”

With this statement, Jesus Messiah, God’s only begotten Son, “I AM” in the flesh, present in all His convicting Person ends the woman’s spiritual shell game. She was exposed and raw, but ready for freedom and transformation. Why are we so much like her?

The word of God preached in the power of the Spirit or read in the power of the Holy Spirit is for the purpose of exposing and reviving. We often like the outlay of what we think reviving is, not understanding, there is no reviving without exposing what is dead or dying and part of the old life.

Yet far too many Christians in America are pretending to know it all, be it all, and have it all together. Playing the shell game, whenever pressing into the Lord brings about exposure. Don’t play the spiritual shell game. We are called to sanctification, which means that which Christ attained through His death and resurrection is lived out in us progressively, as we walk in humility with Him.

This means all that remains in our life patterns from our life before Christ will be exposed and must be brought to death throguh self-denial; one area at a time. In the positive, once these patterns are exposed and removed, the Holy Spirit can freely lead us into being more like Jesus; for His glory.

This is our calling. Don’t put God’s plan to conform you to the image of Christ at risk, by playing the spiritual shell game.

2 Corinthians 7:1 (NKJV) Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

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