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Avoiding Deception

We are living in times of great deception!!  Christians CAN be deceived–it happens every day!!  Can any of you really say it has never happened to you–even about small things?  You may say ‘oh, it wasn’t anything important’, but I say: If you can be deceived even about LITTLE things, what makes you think you can’t be deceived about big things too?  The bigger the deception, the greater the ‘Satanic annointing’ that goes with it!!

I believe there are two important ways we can reduce the chances of being deceived–but I want to put them at the end of this post.

Many ‘rules’ have been put in place, as to how we should behave, that are not entirely scriptural.  Each one, by itself, may not seem important, but once woven together they have created a strong web for funneling believers into deception.

Here I’m talking about little strands like:

  • ‘don’t discuss religion or politics’
  • ‘we must be politically correct’
  • ‘everyone is entitled to their own opinion’

When the Antichrist fully comes into power, you can bet that these ‘rules’ will not be kept by Him or his followers!  In the meantime, however, they have served to keep believers in line because we want to ‘be good’ and ‘do the right thing’ and not offend anyone, etc.

But look what has come out of this–great deception and spiritual confusion.  If we had continued to ‘compare notes’ and discuss doctrine, spiritual fads, etc. we could have stripped these deceptions of their power.  Instead of realizing that we are a BODY that needs all of the parts to operate, we have each become little islands, little independent bodies.

Lets take an outrageous example: Let’s suppose, for a week, you could divide yourself into five parts that would have no communication with one another.  One part would have your eyes–only your vision, the second part would have your ears–only your hearing, the third part would have only your sense of smell, the fourth part would have only your sense of taste, the fifth part would have only your sense of touch.

Next, we’re going to send you on a fabulous, all expense paid trip to Italy.  You’re going to see the sights, savor the food, and live with gusto!  At the end of the week you will return home and recombine the five parts you were divided into.

What a vacation you would have!  The first part would take in all the wonderful sights, but would not experience any of the sounds or smells, or taste the wonderful food.  The second part would hear many unfamiliar sounds, but would not see what they were, or where it was.  The third part would smell many wonderful things, but never taste them. The fourth part would taste many wonderful things, but have no idea how they smelled or what they were, etc.

When you came home and reassembled yourself, you would carry the memories with you.  But would any of those memories make sense?  You might think you had a series of strange experiences–if your brain never realized that the things experienced were meant to be correlated together.  And even if your brain DID finally realize that the information needed to be correlated, how well could it do the job afterwards?

To fully appreciate and understand what you were experiencing, everything had to be correlated together WHILE it was happening.  And so it is for the BODY of Christ.  We are experiencing spiritual events, and the closest any of us is going to come to understanding what is happening is when we all work together.  SOME day we will each have a spiritual body and we will be able to understand and experience the spiritual realm completely–for now, we must work together, connected in HIM (Jesus) who is our head.  (Obviously, without the head, nothing makes sense.)

How much easier it is for us to be led into deception if we don’t communicate and compare notes with one another.

Now, if all the ‘eyes’ get together, they are going to agree about their experiences . . . and if all the ‘ears’ get together, they are going to say that they are all hearing the same thing.  But if we don’t get the ‘eyes’ to compare notes with the ‘ears’, then we really haven’t accomplished much.

When the eyes and the ears get together, we’re going to break one of those little rules: we are going to talk about religion.  And some of the eyes and the ears are going to disagree.  If, however, they understand this is a necessary part of the process of ‘walking in the spirit’, they will work together to throw aside deception and hold onto what is true.  But, if they don’t understand the need to work together, they are likely to rise up in competition, jealousy, and pride.

To work together, we are also going to have to cast off the other two ‘rules’–sometimes what we say is not ‘politically correct’ and that’s just the way it goes.  The truth is not obligated to mold itself to men’s ideas of what is polite and proper.  Also–we are going to have to at least understand that the truth is not of private interpretation.

Yes, everyone is entitled to their own opinion and beliefs–but that does not mean that all beliefs are equally valid or correct!!

Any one of us is entitled to settle, even for the most outrageous deception, if we so choose–but we must call that for what it is.  If a person chooses to believe things that do not line up with scripture, they are not merely a Christian with a different opinion–they are a Christian (if they are) who is being deluded!!

This little ‘rule’ is the one that the most Christians seem to have the most trouble with.

God created ONE truth and in that truth there are no divisions.  Everytime there is a group of people that go astray on a point, a denomination forms.  If we were all in perfect understanding of the truth, there would be no denominations–let that sink in!

WE neither create nor determine truth.  GOD has created truth.  It exists!  There IS absolute truth.  It is embodied in His Word.  Anything that contradicts His word is not truth.

The reason I’m talking about this is that truth is foundational.  Truth is not relative, it is not personal, it is not defined by men.  It matters.  Too many people push the topic aside.

Truth is the opposite of deception!  How do we take care not to be deceived, if we don’t take the time to understand that truth is created, determined, and defined by GOD?  We must line ourselves up with HIS truth, else we are deceived already and find ourselves open to every deceiving spirit and false doctrine that comes our way.

All that being said, here are what I believe to be 2 important ways we can reduce our chances of being deceived–well maybe three! We have to realize we CAN be deceived first! After realizing that, we can work to see that it doesn’t happen.

1. ‘Compare notes’ with other Christians
2.  Take it to God in prayer.

Isn’t it enough, just to pray–yes, no, and maybe.  We are a body, and God desires that each of us should have the opportunity to be used by Him.

God often speaks to us through others.  We each have spiritual blind spots.  Sometimes we even refuse to let God speak to our hearts about certain things, when we pray.  It can be much easier to tune out the ‘still small voice’ than the voice of the flesh and blood Christian who sits across the table from us.

Choose wisely who you listen to.  The person who seems the most spiritual, and is always excitedly talking about spiritual things may not be the person who is the most grounded in God’s Word.  Let the person’s life, testimony, and maturity of faith be deciding factors.  Pray God will lead you to ‘safe’, wise, and mature Christians.

You know that guy who always ‘rains on your parade’ . . . the one who points out that something is an urban myth or a hoax, when you try to share the latest frightening news with him?  He might be the guy.

People with discernment can be rather somber and untrusting.  They may not be much fun to be around when you are hyped up from a revival you went to where signs were abounding.  But, they may just be the person who has the spiritual gift of discernment.  Be sure to include them.  (The lesson there is–be a little more cautious about ‘jumping on the bandwagon’ until you’ve talked to them first!  You can save yourself a lot of embarrassment that way!)

I’m not saying you always have to reach a group consensus about everything.  I’m saying–slow down!  Remember that you need to be careful what–and whom–you trust and believe.  Don’t bypass the safeguards that God has put in place for you.  Get grounded in God’s Word, and spend time with others who are.

The idea of ‘new revelation’ is exciting, but also dangerous. God gives us new revelation THROUGH His Word!

Connect with mature believers and don’t be prideful–listen to them!  Be willing to admit you’re wrong.  And, above all, remain humble and submitted to God.  Pray that He will teach you to have discernment, that He will lead and guide you and show you if what you are seeing/hearing is true or not.

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Are you ‘Rapture ready’?  If you are an American Christian–most likely not.

I think most Christians have heard about the false prophet, Harold Camping, whose latest prediction for ‘The Rapture’ and judgment day did not happen.  But, rather than laughing at those who set dates, and who have probably put their lives in order, you should take inventory of yourself.  After you hear what I have to say, I believe you will thank God that judgment day was NOT May 21st!

The American Church is not ready for a ‘Rapture’!  American Christians behave themselves like the people around them–and in America, you really don’t want to behave like the people around you, trust me.

America has become a nation of  spiritually filthy, idolatrous, greedy people.  Sometimes it’s hard to see it from ‘down here’ among them–after all, we were all made from the same ‘dust’.

We tend to see ourselves in the context of the people around us, or the people on TV.  We probably look pretty good, compared to a lot of people–but God sees things very differently from ‘up there’.

Thankfully, God has given us the Bible, so that we can examine things ‘down here’,  according to His standards.  The standards God judges us by are holiness . . . perfection . . . blamelessness . . . and purity.

When Jesus returns, these are the people who the angels will gather to Him:

  • those who are spotless
  • those who have been purified
  • those who have been refined
  • those who are blameless
  • those who are  holy
  • those who are without stain, wrinkle, or any other blemish

As the Scriptures say:

‘Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked . . .’  Daniel 12: 10

‘So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.’ 2 Peter 3: 14

‘Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time.’ Daniel 11: 35

. . .  Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.’  Ephesians 5: 25-27

‘ So far, so good” you say?  ‘I think I’m doing alright.’  Hmmm.  Let’s look a little closer.  Lets use the ‘magnifying glass’ of Scriptures that talk about sin.  But first, lets be clear:  If there is willful, deliberate sin in your life, which you have not repented of–Christ’s blood is not covering it.  The only way to apply the blood of Christ to your sin is to confess and repent!

‘If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.

Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.

How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?  For we know [serve] him who said,  “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”  and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”

It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.‘  Hebrews 10: 26-31

This passage is specifically speaking to Christians.  The God of the Old Testament, who judged His people, is the same God of the New Testament, who made a way of mercy.  But don’t think you are going to fool Him.  If you want to live outside of His covenant of mercy, then you will pay for your own sins.  He will judge everyone who lives outside His covenant of mercy.

If your pastor tries to explain this passage away–woe to him!!

When you accepted Jesus Christ as your savior, you made a covenant with God (sealed with His blood) to live a life of holiness–to be set apart from the world.  If you do not fulfill your part of the covenant towards Him, He is not under obligation to fulfill His part towards you (protection, provision, and eternal life).

In other words, if you are no longer living a life of holiness, set apart from the world, then you have broken the covenant of His mercy.  It is cancelled . . . null and void . . . powerless to save you.  You have, in effect, divorced God.  If that is the case, you need to renew your covenant with Him!  That begins with confessing your sins and repenting.

‘ . . . “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” ‘  2 Timothy 2: 19

‘No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.’  1 John 3:6

The whole doctrine of ‘The Rapture’ is that Jesus will return for His people–those who are in covenant with Him.  If you have broken that covenant, then you are no longer in covenant with Him–you are no longer His.  (The only thing that can separate you from God is your willful sin. )

Which brings us to another topic that pastors seem to avoid these days:  sin.  (Woe to him who is politically correct, for he denies the truth.)  Here is a [partial] list of things that the Bible specifically says will keep you from inheriting the kingdom of God.

  • sex (including sexual touching or nudity) before marriage  (sexual immorality, fornication)
  • sex (including sexual touching or nudity) outside of marriage, after being widowed or divorced  (sexual immorality, fornication)
  • sex (including sexual touching or nudity), while married, with someone besides your spouse  (adultery)
  • watching or reading pornography (sexual immorality)
  • making pornography  (sexual immorality)
  • prostitution
  • homosexuality
  • sex involving animals (sexual immorality, bestiality)
  • watching or reading pornography  (sexual immorality, adultery)
  • fantasizing about sex (including sexual touching or nudity) if you are not married
  • fantasizing about someone besides your spouse (adultery)
  • fantasizing about homosexuality
  • fantasizing about sex with animals (bestiality, sexual immorality)
  • praying to or trusting in ‘saints’  (idolatry)
  • praying to or trusting in Mary  (idolatry)
  • giving homage to the pope or other religious leader (idolatry)
  • worshiping the bread or wine as being, or becoming, Jesus’ body (idolatry)
  • kissing the black stone  (idolatry)
  • trusting in luck, or lucky objects  (idolatry)
  • calling Allah, or any other, ‘God’– our God is Jehovah  (idolatry)
  • paganism, nature worship, etc.  (idolatry, witchcraft)
  • practicing wicca, or black or white magic (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • astrology/horoscopes  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • numerology  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • palm reading  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • psychics  or channeling  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • seances  (magic arts, necromancy, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • yoga and eastern practices  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • ouija board, etc.  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • witchcraft, sorcery, wizardry, or vampirism
  • games  that give you a window into witchcraft, sorcery, wizardry, and/or vampirism
  • books  that give you a window into witchcraft, sorcery, wizardry, and/or vampirism
  • TV shows that give you a window into witchcraft, sorcery, wizardry, and/or vampirism
  • movies that give you a window into witchcraft, sorcery, wizardry, and/or vampirism
  • fantasizing about  witchcraft, sorcery, wizardry, and/or vampirism
  • aspiring to wealth and possessions, envy (greed)
  • stealing, conning, swindling  (theft, swindling)
  • participating in $$ schemes that you know will transfer others’ money to you–through their ignorance, trust, or misfortune  (theft, swindling)
  • lying to obtain money or benefits, fraud  (lying, theft)
  • getting drunk  (drunkenness)
  • ‘recreational’ or illegal drug use (drunkenness)
  • abusing others with words, verbal abuse  (slander)
  • attacking others with words  (slander)
  • filthy talk, profanity, cussing  (slander)
  • filthy talk, sexual innuendo  (lewdness, sexual immorality)
  • body gestures and movements with sexual innuendo  (lewdness)
  • wearing sexually suggestive clothing  (lewdness)
  • murder
  • abortion, ‘morning after pill’  (murder)
  • influencing someone to have an abortion  (murder)
  • influencing someone to kill someone  (murder)
  • fantasizing or role playing murder (murder)
  • lying
  • giving false testimony, perjury  (lying)
  • deceiving, omitting, or misleading, with regard to the facts (lying)
  • falsely accusing  (lying)
  • telling ‘little white lies’  (lying)
  • withholding the truth  (lying)
  • being ‘politically correct’ instead of honest  (lying)

A lot of you may have started reading the list, grown weary, and just skimmed the rest.  True, a lot of Christians don’t do a lot of those things, so I’ll recap a few that seem to still be popular among Christians:

  • sex (including sexual touching or nudity) before marriage  (sexual immorality, fornication)
  • fantasizing about sex (including sexual touching or nudity) if you are not married
  • praying to or trusting in ‘saints’  (idolatry)
  • praying to or trusting in Mary  (idolatry)
  • trusting in luck, or lucky objects  (idolatry)
  • calling Allah, or any other, ‘God’–our God is Jehovah  (idolatry)
  • dabbling in paganism, nature worship, etc.  (idolatry, witchcraft)
  • dabbling in wicca, or black or white magic (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • astrology/horoscopes  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • psychics  or channeling  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • seances  (magic arts, necromancy, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • yoga and eastern practices  (magic arts, sorcery, witchcraft)
  • movies, TV shows, books, or games that give you a window into witchcraft, sorcery, wizardry, and/or vampirism
  • aspiring to wealth and possessions, envy (greed)
  • getting drunk  (drunkenness)
  • abusing others with words, verbal abuse  (slander)
  • attacking others with words  (slander)
  • filthy talk, sexual innuendo  (lewdness, sexual immorality)
  • wearing sexually suggestive clothing  (lewdness)
  • abortion, ‘morning after pill’  (murder)
    influencing someone to have an abortion  (murder)
  • lying
  • deceiving, omitting, or misleading, with regard to the facts (lying)
  • telling ‘little white lies’  (lying)
  • being ‘politically correct’ instead of honest  (lying)

Here are several passages in Scripture to back up what I’m saying:

‘Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived:  Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. ‘ 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10

‘But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.’ Revelation 21: 8

‘Outside are the dogs [male prostitutes], those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood [those who hate truth and liars].’ Revelation 22:1 5

You may notice, in these passages, that several other things are mentioned:

  • being cowardly
  • being unbelieving
  • hating truth

These are not sins, per se–but they will cause you not to endure to the end.  And it is imperative, that we endure  . . . to the end.

‘Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering.  Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated.  You sympathized with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.  You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while,

“He who is coming will come and will not delay.

But my righteous one will live by faith.

And if he shrinks back,

I will not be pleased with him.”

But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.’    Hebrews 10: 32-39

‘ . . . if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us . . . ‘  2 Timothy 2: 12

Speaking of end-time Christians, Revelation says:

‘This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.’  Revelation 13: 10

‘This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.’  Revelation 14:12

It is not enough just to believe, not enough to endure for a while–we must endure to the end!  Here are Jesus warnings to us, concerning the last days:

‘All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.’  Matthew 10: 22

‘Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.’  Matthew 24: 12-13

‘All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.’  Mark 13: 13

If you are on a basketball team, and the team makes it to the championships, and you are in the last quarter of the last game . . . and you quit . . . you cannot say you won, when the team wins the championships!  You will not share in the trophy, or the victory celebration.  You will be kicking yourself because you did not endure to the end.  All you did, up to the point when you quit, counts for nothing!  You are not a winner!

Conversely, if you are injured at the beginning of the season, and you have to spend the majority of the season on the bench–you are still a winner at the end . . . because you did not quit!  Even if you’re injured, you still have to show up for practices, you still have to wear your uniform, and be present at the games.

Injured or not, if you simply stop participating and doing what is required of you, you will no longer be on the team.  So it is with Christianity.  It requires your participation, and your endurance . . . to the end.

But here is what is going to be the undoing of many people in these last days.

‘They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.’

2 Thessalonians 2: 10-12

The only remedy for this is to hate wickedness and develop a love for the truth (pray too, that God will grant you a love of the truth).

If you do not fight wickedness in your own life, if you don’t turn away from sin . . . you will not love truth . . . because truth exposes sin.  In order to have victory over sin, you must love truth.

‘This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. ‘  John 3: 19-20

‘Walking in the light

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all  sin.

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.’  1 John 1: 5-10

For Christians Who Are Struggling Spiritually

When Is The Rapture?

It’s Not Going To Happen The Way You Expect

READ YOUR BIBLE!!

Time is short!  True Bible understanding is in short supply!  This is remarkable, considering that the Bible is readily available and the United States has a high literacy rate!

I cannot stress it enough–read your Bible!!  Don’t leave it to someone else to interpret it for you!  If you are truly a Christian, the Holy Spirit will teach you as you read the Bible!  You are in much more danger of being deceived if you take other people’s interpretations of it, than if you read the Bible yourself and pray!

Many people sacrificed or died to make sure that God’s Word was made available to the common man.  The Dark Ages were ‘dark’ because the Catholic Church taught that only priests could understand God’s word.  The people did not have Bibles!  Today Bibles are everywhere, yet virtually no one reads them–how ironic!!

After the 2008 election, some people were calling Obama The Antichrist.  I wasn’t among them.  Instead, I felt he might be a foreshadowing of ‘the one’.  But, as I continued to read prophetic passages in the Bible, I was seeing a different interpretation of them than other people were. It looked to me like Obama was fulfilling a lot of prophecies, depending on how you interpreted them.

As things kept ‘adding up’, I eventually had to ask myself:  Does this mean that I believe Obama is The Antichrist?  While I was still reluctant to make such a wild assertion, I had to admit that is where the ‘facts’ were taking me.  If I was correct in my interpretation of prophecies, then I could not deny that this was indeed a possibility.

If you are familiar with ‘The Scientific Method’ of approaching a ‘puzzle’, you know that you:

  • gather as many facts as you can
  • analyze the facts in every way possible
  • determine the explanation (unifying hypothesis) that best fits all the facts
  • test the hypothesis by making predictions that would be expected to occur if the hypothesis is true

(If enough of these predictions are fulfilled, the hypothesis is promoted to the level of ‘theory’)

Predictions /expectations flowed naturally from additional prophecies, and what had now come to be my unifying hypothesis.  I have freely shared some of those predictions as opinions in my blog posts.  Some of my other expectations (again: if this hypothesis is correct) are:

  • He will continue to assist (openly, or via proxies) in the overthrow of Sunni Muslim or secular governments, in favor of radical Shiite rulers  (such as Muslim Brotherhood).
  • He will continue to create conditions favorable to the implementation of Sharia law, around the globe and in America.
  • He will destroy the power of the wealthy American elites.
  • He will destroy the power of America.
  • He will continue to make policy decisions that are contrary to the American ‘status quo’–in other words, his policies will be detrimental to those who are wealthy, Jewish and/or white.
  • His policies will favor communists, socialists, and radical Muslims.
  • He will continue to redefine our international relationships–pushing away our historical allies, relaxing sanctions against other nations, and defining new enemies.
  • He will oppose Christians, Jews, and Judeo-Christian values.
  • He will be surprisingly tolerant of radical Muslims.
  • He will destroy our present military.
  • He will build a military that is loyal to him.
  • He will continue to violate our Constitution, ruling as a king, rather than as a president.
  • He will build alliances throughout the world that will give him power beyond that of president of the U.S.
  • He will betray the Jewish people, out of hatred, and to curry favor with others who hate them.
  • He will increase surveillance in America.
  • He will increasingly restrict our freedoms.
  • He will continue to lie.
  • He will set an example of contempt for Christians and Jews.
  • The fruit of his leadership will be theft, death, and destruction.

These have been my expectations for months.  With this working hypothesis in mind, all of Obama’s actions have been perfectly reasonable, logical, and predictable.  Meanwhile, most people are still ‘scratching their heads’ over his latest actions.  Without a reasonable hypothesis regarding his motives, they are constantly puzzling over his decisions, and ‘chalking them up’ to his inexperience.

If I’m wrong, I’m willing to say so.  But, if you are someone who is still puzzled over Obama’s actions–consider this hypothesis, even though it sounds far-fetched.

Understanding Obama
Obama’s Army
Imam . . . Obama?

Update 4/6/11:

More unfortunate evidence that Obama IS assisting the Shiite Muslims:

America Allied to Al Qaeda and Hezbollah in Libya?

Obama Reinvents The Biblical Passover Story

I am posting the comment below (submitted in response to:  ‘Christians, Vampires, and Dragons’) because it summarizes a lot of false beliefs that are popular these days.

Submitted by krakowski@live.com on 2011/03/04 at 10:47 pm

“No mortal man should know the name and will of god. As mortals, we have no right to deem what is suitable for all. Only god will deem each man and woman worthy of heaven.

So many have redone the bible, ripped out sections and tried to adapt it to themselves.

Salvation is found in the true belief and love of god, however you choose to find god. True faith is found in the love and acceptance of all people, as jesus christ taught the masses.

To do other is to do evil.

To believe any mortal knows the will of god is arrogance. To pretend to know it is a blasphemy all it’s own. God never speaks or comes through mortal man.

The words of a page are written by man. The words of faith are written by man. Only a true believer will know god, not by written words or coersion. Only true faith will lead each to god.

To have the love of christ, to share it with others, is to not judge–to accept, love and nurture each as who they are. Jesus Christ didn’t demand his followers to be different. He merely helped them be better people. He nurtured, guided and loved.

How can anyone, as followers of Christ, do less?”

 

When a person has too much pride in himself, he will be offended at the nature of God.

  • If a man prides himself on being ‘tolerant’, he will be offended that God appears to be intolerant.
  • If a man prides himself on being nonjudgmental, he will be offended to learn that God judges.
  • If a man prides himself on being kind, he will be offended at actions of God that he deems to be unkind.
  • If a man is exceedingly proud, he will be offended at any indication that God can be humble.

When man is prideful, he will be offended at the nature of God.  Then, he will set about to create a god in his own image–a god that reflects and protects his prejudices and beliefs . . . a god that excuses his weaknesses and justifies his behavior.  The gods that men create are gods that rubber stamp their beliefs and behaviors.

The ‘tolerant’ man will create a tolerant god, the nonjudgmental man will create a god that does not judge, the kind man will create a god who seems to be very kind, the exceedingly prideful man will create a god who is exceedingly arrogant, etc.

The god a man creates is a window into the man’s soul.

It usually turns out, however, that these ‘nonjudgmental’ gods appear to be quite judgmental towards others who don’t believe in them.  These ‘tolerant’ gods are quite intolerant of those who believe in Jehovah-God.  The kind gods are quite hostile towards those who follow the one, true God.

If your god is truly so tolerant, nonjudgmental, and kind . . . then lets see that reflected in your attitude, throughout the course of your life, towards EVERYONE–including those of us who follow Jehovah (because we surely do not serve the same God!)

And that is the crux of the matter–we do not serve the same God!

My God is not ‘tolerant’.  He is not nonjudgmental.  Nor is He always kind (according to the standards of man) in the short term.  He is a God of black and white . . . truth vs. lies . . . light vs. darkness . . . good vs. evil.  In fact, my God is SO judgmental that He will not just judge men by their actions–but by the intent of their heart!

It just happens that Jehovah/God does not fit  with the current picture of what is culturally acceptable!!

What absurd arrogance, to believe that our grand life experience (all of 120 years or less) qualifies us to know what nature God must have to equip him to rule the entire universe through all the ages!  How short sighted man is!

When men creates gods, they are gods that are relevant to their times and prejudices.  But, how will their god hold up when times and conditions change?  How can their god be fair and equitable, truly kind, righteous, and good, if everything and everyone is tolerated, and no one is ever judged?

What does their weak, ineffective god do or say when some pedophile kidnaps their little daughter, then rapes, tortures and kills her?  Is he tolerant of the pedophile?  Surely their tolerant, nonjudgmental god cannot judge him!  And if that pedophile commits suicide to avoid capture–will he be judged in the hereafter?  Who knows?  According to you,

‘As mortals, we have no right to deem what is suitable for all. Only god will deem each man and woman worthy of heaven.’

How great, and good, and just would you now believe your god to be if he decided not to judge that man?  If there was never justice or recompense for loss?

Or, what if he does judge that man?  Then we have to feel sorry for him, in a way, because (according to you)

‘To believe any mortal knows the will of god is arrogance. To pretend to know it is a blasphemy all it’s own. God never speaks or comes through mortal man.’

How could a pedophile, kidnapper, or murderer know that what he was doing was wrong . . . if man cannot know the will of your god?  If your god does not communicate with man?  Perhaps such actions felt perfectly suitable to him–why should he be judged for doing what ‘came naturally’ to him, if others are not judged by the same standard?

Your ‘god’ is  full of holes.  Have you really taken the time to think this through?

Now let me answer some of your other points . . . based on what I DO know of the nature and will of God–Jehovah.

“True faith is found in the love and acceptance of all people, as jesus christ taught the masses.”

Jesus never equated ‘true faith’ with loving and accepting all people.  Nor did he accept the behavior of all people. He was clearly displeased with the Sanhedrin and the moneychangers.

Maybe you should go back and read a little more about Jesus–you can find the chronicles of his ministry in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.  Also, much is taught about Him, by the apostles, in the books of Acts, Romans, and Hebrews.

“To do other is to do evil.”

Your opinion and definition.

“To have the love of christ, to share it with others, is to not judge–to accept, love and nurture each as who they are.”

Are we talking about the same Jesus?  God, come to Earth as man . . . born in the flesh, of a virgin . . . lived a perfect life . . . had neither wife nor kids . . . ministered for three and a half years . . . was crucified . . . died . . . then rose again on the third day . . .?

Those of us who believe in THIS Jesus are each called first to REPENT, then to turn from our wickedness, and to follow Him!

Jesus says that if we love Him, we must obey His commands.  He also explained that He is God, and His commands are the spirit of the ten commandments.  If we are loving/obeying Him, we will be living in harmony with the ten commandments.

‘nurture each other as ‘who they are’–no, we are called to correct, rebuke, and encourage each other.  Two of those three terms signify a confrontation of another’s behavior.  According to your jesus, we would only need to encourage one another.

Jesus Christ didn’t demand his followers to be different. He merely helped them be better people. He nurtured, guided and loved.

How can anyone, as followers of Christ, do less?”

Did He demand? No.  Did He teach them to be different?  Yes.  He urged them to understand the spirit of the Law, and to do ‘above and beyond’ what it required of them.

Following Jesus is a free-will choice.  It is not demanded of anyone.  But if one follows Him, then they must submit to His ways.

“Salvation is found in the true belief and love of god, however you choose to find god.”

Excuse me?  You create a god that you can truly love and believe in–then that leads to your salvation . . . How exactly do you define salvation? And what do you  need salvation from, if your jesus just loves and accepts everything about you, as you are  now?

God, through His Word, the Bible, teaches that we need salvation from our SINS.  Which means that everything is NOT tolerable and acceptable.  It means that we are NOT already ok, and just in need of love and acceptance,  nurture and guidance.

The heart of man is sinful and that sinful nature will give birth to acts of sin.  Sinful acts require judgment, from a righteous God.  We need salvation from ourselves–but your religion deifies your self!

“The words of a page are written by man. The words of faith are written by man.”

Yeah, yeah.  Over forty authors, writing over a period of about 2,000 years . . . a multitude of prophecies fulfilled, etc.  . . . just coincidence . . . merely the work of men . . . blah, blah, blah . . . whatever.

“So many have redone the bible, ripped out sections and tried to adapt it to themselves.”

Sadly, it seems this is what you are doing.  Your ‘understanding’ surely has not taken into consideration the entirety of Scripture.  The little bit of what you say that actually seems to have some small relation to the Bible, pertains to Jesus.  Yet even there, I see no indication that you have actually read any of it.  The little bit of what you say about Jesus is the sort of thing one picks up from listening to others’ opinions.

“No mortal man should know the name and will of god.”

No mortal man should know his name–what caused you to develop such a strange opinion?

And how can your god hold men accountable for their actions if they don’t know his will– oh wait, he doesn’t judge does he?  So . . .  we should all just do what seems best to us, and if he likes us we’ll get to go to heaven?

How do you know that what you think is good is the same as what your god thinks is good?  What if your god loves the ways of pedophiles, kidnappers, murderers and thieves–and you aren’t one?

But, here is the conclusion of the matter:

“Only a true believer will know god, not by written words or coercion. Only true faith will lead each to god.”

The god that you talk about is a god that you have created for yourself–and your god is a projection of your own prideful beliefs about yourself.

That pride is what you call ‘true faith’.  But, you are right that your ‘true faith’ (your pride) will lead you to your god, because:

You ARE your god!

As I mentioned in my last post, I was recently made aware of a possible ‘code’ or key to understanding Bible prophecy.  I purchased the book, and read a few chapters, then I switched gears and listened to some audio messages by David Meyer (Last Trumpet Newsletter).   Little did I know that I would soon be using the ‘Prophecy Code’ myself.

If I have understood correctly, from what I have read (and seen) so far:

  • the basic principle is that some words in the original Bible manuscripts, or early translations, sound like words that are relevant to us today (of course these words did not have the same meaning in the original language as the words they sound like now)
  • God inspired the use of these particular words, in the particular passages where He place them then, because He knew that they would be relevant to us in the latter days
  • These ‘key’ words serve to link prophetic passages, written in different times and by different authors, to each other
  • The ‘key words’ serve to establish a connection between other words (example: if  a ‘key word’ is in the same passage of Scripture as ‘word A’, and in another passage the ‘key’ is present with ‘word B’, then it can be assumed that ‘word A’ and ‘word B’  are to be associated with each other too.)
  • The ‘key word’ is directly associated with the passage where it is found

(This is a very simplistic definition for something which appears to have great depth, and is difficult to explain.)  Let me take you through my first experience in using the Prophecy Code.

In the first couple chapters of the book, one of the things Jeff explains about is Satan’s sin of attempting to ascend.  ‘Ascend’, in the 14th chapter of Isaiah, is translated as ‘alah’.  He maintains that ‘alah’ is the judgment that God metes out for the sin of ascension.  ‘Alah’ is the ‘key word’ in the passage, and he believes it is synonymous with ‘Allah’. (Allah is a word that is definitely relevant to us today.)

That evening, after reading a few chapters from the book, I had switched gears and listened to some sermons by David Meyer.  Coincidentally (?), David mentioned a scripture verse that stood out to him (the verse about Christ’s return that says: as lightning flashes from the east to the west . . .).  He went on to say that generally lightning comes from the west and goes to the east.  That may or may not be true, but I believe what is relevant is that something about the verse made it stand out to him.  Apparently he had looked into the verse a little further, because he then shared that ‘lightning’ was translated as baraq/barak and talked about how Barack Obama had come from the east to the west, etc.

This aroused my curiosity.  I was able to verify the translation.  Then I looked for other passages that contained this possible ‘key word’ (there are at least a half dozen passages that do).  The process is rather time intensive, so I have only been able to complete one passage so far.  Here is, more or less, the way I studied it:

  1. I read the chapter that contained the ‘key word’ and determined what was the probable beginning and end of the passage
  2. I became familiar with the passage, so as to understand it
  3. I noted any other passages or prophecies that I believed tie in with, or parallel the passage that I studied
  4. I looked for word translations of any other words or verses, within the passage, that stood out (to me)
  5. I marked the probable ‘key words’
  6. I looked for any relevance of the ‘key words’ to the verses where they were found
  7. I looked for the relevance of the ‘key words’ to the passage
  8. I noted ‘key words’, topics, etc. that are now ‘associated’

Although I only had time to look at one passage in depth, I did notice that another verse on the list was from a passage in Nahum that I have written posts about*–one that I believe God has revealed to me is an end time prophecy of America’s judgment. I find it very interesting that, unbeknownst to me, ‘baraq’ was hidden in that passage of Scripture too.

Lightning is not the only word that ‘baraq’ has been translated to.  It is also translated into other words that convey the idea of brightness (gleaming,  glittering, glistening, etc.)

Here is the passage:

Job 20: 4-29

4.   “Surely you know how it has been from of old, ever since man was placed on the earth,
5.   that the mirth of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but a moment.
6.   Though his pride reaches to the heavens and his head touches the clouds,
7.   he will perish forever, like his own dung; those who have seen him will say, “Where is he?”
8.   Like a dream he flies away, no more to be found, banished like a vision of the night.
9.   The eye that saw him will not see him again; his place will look on him no more.
10.   His children must make amends to the poor; his own hands must give back his wealth.
11.   The youthful vigor that fills his bones will lie with him in the dust.
12.   “Though evil is sweet in his mouth and he hides it under his tongue,
13.   though he cannot bear to let it go and keeps it in his mouth,
14.   yet his food will turn sour in his stomach; it will become the venom of serpents within him.
15.   He will spit out the riches he swallowed; God will make his stomach vomit them up.
16.   He will suck the poison of serpents; the fangs of an adder will kill him.
17.   He will not enjoy the streams, the rivers flowing with honey and cream.
18.   What he toiled for he must give back uneaten; he will not enjoy the profit from his trading.
19.   For he has oppressed the poor and left them destitute; he has seized houses he did not build.
20.   “Surely he will have no respite from his craving; he cannot save himself by his treasure.
21.   Nothing is left for him to devour; his prosperity will not endure.
22.   In the midst of his plenty, distress will overtake him; the full force of misery will come upon him.
23.   When he has filled his belly, God will vent his burning anger against him and rain down his blows upon him.
24.   Though he flees from an iron weapon, a bronze-tipped arrow pierces him.
25.   He pulls it out of his back, the gleaming point out of his liver. Terrors will come over him;
26.   total darkness lies in wait for his treasures. A fire unfanned will consume him and devour what is left in his tent.
27.   The heavens will expose his guilt; the earth will rise up against him.
28.   A flood will carry off his house, washed away on the day of God’s wrath.
29.   Such is the fate God allots the wicked, the heritage appointed for them by God.”

 

On the surface, though there doesn’t appear to be much here, I did find several things:

VERSE 6:  “Though his pride reaches to the heavens and his head touches the clouds”

‘reaches to’  = ‘ alah’
as does ‘ascend’ in Isaiah 14:13-14

“You said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven;
I will raise my throne above the stars of God;
I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,
on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. [or: of the north]
I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.”

(This is the famous passage that describes the fall of Lucifer!  Also, in the Prophecy Code book, Jeff goes into detail about the ‘alah’ judgment.)

VERSE 8: “Like a dream he flies away, no more to be found, banished like a vision of the night.”

This verse reminded me of  a passage in Nahum chapter 3, so I looked it up and found that there were words common to both:
‘flies away’ = ‘fly away’ in Nahum 3:16

“You have increased the number of your merchants till they are more than the stars of the sky, but like locusts they strip the land and then fly away

‘banished’  =  ‘fly away’ in Nahum 3:17

“Your guards are like locusts, your officials like swarms of locusts that settle in the walls on a cold day—but when the sun appears they fly away, and no one knows where.”

‘banished’  =  ‘flee away’ in Nahum 3:7

Nahum 3:7  “All who see you will flee from you and say, ‘Nineveh is in ruins—who will mourn for her?’ Where can I find anyone to comfort you?”

Interestingly, there are 3 words, that I noticed, that are present in this passage from Job, and in Nahum 3:

  1. baraq
  2. the word that translates to flies away/fly away
  3. the word that translates to banished/fly away/flee away

 

VERSES 24-25:  “Though he flees from an iron weapon, a bronze-tipped arrow pierces him.  He pulls it out of his back, the gleaming point out of his liver. Terrors will come over him”

‘gleaming’ = ‘baraq’

(update: ‘flees’ here translates to ‘barach’!!)

 

My conclusion is that the ‘key words’ in this passage are ‘alah’ and ‘baraq’ , representing the names Allah and Barack, which are certainly relevant to us in these ‘latter days’.

 

Interpreting  the verse that contains ‘alah’:

The evil, prideful man will be destroyed. The pride represented by the mindset of ‘ascending’ brings judgment ‘alah’ from God.  This is also spelled out literally in the passage.

But here’s a twist . . .

Interpreting the verses that contain ‘baraq’:

Baraq/Barack describes the point of the arrow (of judgment, from God) that pierces the back of the wicked (the elite).   Barack is not the object of God’s judgment in this passage, but rather is the means of God’s judgment!

 

Interpreting the meaning of the  ‘key words’ in the entire passage:

This is a prophecy of judgment upon the (American) elite.  They will receive the  ‘Alah judgment’ for their pride of ascending, to be as gods.  They will vanish, as a nightmare.  Barack will be the means of judgment that God uses.

It is interesting that Barack came up from ‘within the ranks’ of the elite, but will be their undoing.  He will betray them.**  How apt that the verse describes him as an arrow, that will stab in the back  those whom God is judging!

This passage in Job is also ‘linked’ (as we have seen in the examples above) to the prophecy in Nahum–God’s judgment on America.  The revelation God gave me, regarding Obama’s eventual betrayal of the American people***, was what motivated me to begin blogging.

America, the nation (just like its ‘elite’ leaders) has become proud and arrogant, wicked and deceitful.  Our sins have piled up to the heavens.  Obama will also be God’s ‘hand of judgment’ upon the American people, for our ‘national sins’.

 

*posts based on the prophecy of Nahum:

God’s Judgment Has Come To America

New York, New York: Your Judgment Looms

We Have Been Bewitched

Is God Judging America?

Wikileaks

Obama’s Army

 

** posts regarding Obama’s betrayal of the elite:

America-Hijacked!!

The Drunken Whore (Part 1)

 

*** posts regarding Obama’s betrayal of the American people:

The American Paradigm Is About To Be Shattered!

God Damn America?

Dome of the Rock shrine

Dome of the Rock shrine

The Muslim shrine called ‘The Dome of the Rock’ has an inscription, in Arabic. This inscription reveals the spirit behind Islam:

“O you People of the Book, overstep not bounds in your religion, and of God speak only the truth.  The Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, is only an apostle of God, and his Word which he conveyed unto Mary, and a Spirit proceeding from him.  Believe therefore in God and his apostles, and say not Three.  It will be better for you.  God is only one God.  Far be it from his glory that he should have a son.”

It is important to understand the Islamic definition of terms here:

  • ‘People of the Book’:  Jews and Christians (people who believe in the Bible)
  • God:  Allah  (Satan, according to the Bible)
  • God’s apostles:  Muhammad, and Muslim ‘holy warriors’
  • Three:  the Holy Trinity–Father, Son and Holy Spirit

The message of the inscription is to Jews and Christians–and to Muslims who might consider turning to God.  It is a warning.  Translated:

“O you Jews and Christians, overstep not bounds in your religion, and submit to our view of whom we call God  [Allah].  The Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, is lesser than Allah, and his Word which he conveyed unto Mary, and a Spirit proceeding from him.  Believe therefore in Allah and Muhammad, and don’t speak of a Trinity.  It will be better for you.  Allah is only one.  Far be it from his glory that he should have a son.”

 

The inscription defines who the Islamic god claims to be [God] and who he is not [the Father of Jesus the Messiah, a triune being].  Could it be any plainer that Allah is  not who the Jews, the Christians, and the Bible refer to as God?

Here is a verse worth noting, referring to The Antichrist, that will come to pass in the days ahead:

“With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him.”   Daniel 11:32

 

I understand that some churches are now allowing Muslim congregations to share their facilities, and worship Allah in their sanctuaries.  I would assume there are only a few, but I don’t know.

If this is your church, you can pass along this two part warning to your pastor.  (He has shown a serious lack of discernment, and perhaps does not even know God himself–if he will not repent and turn, you need to find another church!):

1. Know your God!  Know His Word!  Before you imply your approval of Islam to all those God has entrusted to your care–learn what Islam is!  Know who Allah is!  By allowing the worship of Allah in your church, you are not just making friends of idolaters, you are encouraging and enabling the practice!!  The children of your flock WILL be led astray!  I also believe that  you will invite God’s judgment upon you and your church–because you are breaking the first and second commandments:

You shall have no other gods besides me.  You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.  You shall not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand {generations} of those who love me and keep my commandments.

You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.”

You may have made this decision innocently and  naively . . . you may not have taken the time to look into Islam . . . but now you have been warned–and scolded–because as a pastor, it is your responsibility to take the time to learn what you are promoting to your flock!   The God of the Bible is not the ‘God’ (Allah) of Islam!  By claiming that Christians and Muslims serve the same God, you are misusing the name of the Lord your God.  You are bringing reproach upon Him, for the things that are done on behalf of Allah and you are misrepresenting the character of the Lord your God!

2. This type of generous gesture is the kind of  ‘submission’ that Islam expects.  They are not surprised.  They are not touched.  Your generosity is not interpreted the way it was intended.  Don’t think that your kindness will win you friendship and understanding from Muslims.  It will only increase arrogance and contempt for your weakness (and present a ‘stumbling block’ for those Muslims that may be searching for the true God!).  If you were in obedience to God, and knew Him, you would not make place for idol worship to take place in your own church!!  How Satan revels in your ignorance!   Repent! Ask God’s forgiveness and stop what you are doing!!

 

How fitting to end with this (Islam moving into Christian churches), since the Dome of the Rock itself, sits upon the site of the ancient temple–a place where it should not be!!