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Daniel 8:23-25

New International Version

‘“In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a stern-faced king, a master of intrigue*, will arise.

  • 24 He will become very strong, but not by his own power.
  • He will cause astounding devastation and
  • [he] will succeed in whatever he does.
  • He will destroy the mighty men and the holy people.
  • 25 He will cause deceit to prosper,
  • and he will consider himself superior.
  • When they feel secure, he will destroy many and
  • take his stand against the Prince of princes.
  • Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power.’

Definitions:

* Intrigue:

to accomplish or force by crafty plotting or underhand machinations,

to trick or cheat,

the use of underhand machinations or deceitful stratagems

connive, scheme

manipulate

An intrigue usually involves duplicity and deceit aimed at achieving either personal advantage or criminal or treasonous objectives

To effect by secret scheming or plotting

NASB

23 ‘”In the latter period of their rule,
When the transgressors have run their course,
A king will arise,

  • Insolent** and skilled in intrigue.
  • 24 “His power will be mighty, but not by his own power,
  • And he will destroy to an extraordinary degree
  • And prosper and perform his will;
  • He will destroy mighty men and the holy people.
  • 25 “And through his shrewdness***  He will cause deceit to succeed by his influence;
  • And he will magnify himself in his heart,
  • And he will destroy many while they are at ease.
  • He will even oppose the Prince of princes,
  • But he will be broken without human agency.’

Definitions:

** Insolent:  bold, disrespectful

Synonyms: abusive, arrogant, barefaced, brassy, brazen, breezy, contemptuous,

contumelious (abusive, brash, brazen, cheeky, contemptuous, derisive, disdainful, disrespectful, forward, humiliating, impertinent, impudent, insulting,  pert, pushy, rude, sassy, saucy, scornful),

dictatorial, discourteous, disdainful, flip, fresh,

imperative (clamorous, compulsory, critical, crucial, essential, exigent, immediate, important, importunate, indispensable, inescapable, insistent, instant, no turning back, obligatory, pressing, urgent, vital),

impertinent, impolite, impudent, insubordinate, insulting,

magisterial (authoritative, autocratic, domineering, egotistic, imperious

[arrogant, authoritative, autocratic, commanding, compulsatory, compulsory, despotic, dictatorial, domineering, exacting, haughty, high-handed, imperative, imperial, mandatory, obligatory, oppressive, overweening

{brash, cavalier, conceited, egotistical, haughty, highhanded, insolent, lordly, pompous, presumptuous, pushy, supercilious, vain},

peremptory, required, tyrannical, tyrannous],

masterful, pompous, domineering,  arrogant, august, authoritative, bossy, dictatorial, dignified, dogmatic, highhanded, imperious, judicial, lofty, lordly, overbearing, pompous, stately, stuffy)

nervy, off-base, offensive, out-of-line, overbearing, peremptory, pert, procacious, put down, rude, sassy, saucy, smart, smart-alecky, uncivil, ungracious

*** Shrewdness:  wicked, evil, cunning

Revised Standard Version

‘And at the latter end of their rule, when the transgressors have reached their full measure, a king of bold countenance, one who understands riddles, shall arise.

  • His power shall be great, and
  • he shall cause fearful destruction, and
  • shall succeed in what he does, and
  • destroy mighty men and the people of the saints.
  • By his cunning he shall make deceit prosper under his hand, and
  • in his own mind he shall magnify himself.
  • Without warning he shall destroy many; and
  • he shall even rise up against the Prince of princes;
  • but, by no human hand, he shall be broken.’
a stern-faced king?

Is this the 'stern-faced king'?

Understanding Obama

Truth And Light-Nowhere To Run, No Place To Hide

Update 6/28/10:

Here are some interesting videos I just found:

A Rebirth of Rebellion and Lawlessness

Did God Speak Through the Lottery Numbers?

Seven Strange Coincidences


I believe, over a year ago, that the United States experienced a large influx of demonic spirits.  I can’t prove that, or explain why that might be–I can only tell you that I feel it.

Something has radically changed in America.  There is a spiritual darkness present here now, as the darkness that envelopes the land before a great storm.  I don’t know whether or  not you have sensed it too.

I’m sharing a list of suggestions, to help you protect yourself from things that are to come: deception and spiritual forces of evil (in whatever form they may manifest in our physical world).

Scripture tells us that a people without understanding (of God’s ways) will come to ruin.  Jesus says that we are as sheep among wolves, yet we should be as wise as serpents and as gentle as doves.

  • There is another dimension-an unseen spiritual world-that is intricately tied in with everything that happens in our world That world is eternal, ours is bound by time.  From that world, all dimensions are seen.  In our world, much that happens is not visible to us.  Our world is secondary to that world.  In that world, the story began–the story that never ends.  This world, as we know it, is coming to an end.  A new heavens and a new Earth will take its place, by the grace of God, because this one has been irreparably corrupted (no, I don’t mean global warming).
  • Everything really does boil down to the battle between good and evil That is the whole reason ‘our world’ was even created.  It was chosen to be the theater for the great battle between good and evil.
  • Don’t be so sure that you know what is going on–nothing is as it seems Many deceiving spirits are among us.  Theories abound.  Conspiracies abound.  A lot is going on, and a lot is being revealed.  God will show you what you need to know.  Be careful you don’t get caught up in the confusion and start defining people as ‘friends’ or ‘enemies’ by whether or not they share your current beliefs about what is going on–they may just know more (or less) about it, than you.
  • There is one force of good–spiritual forces of evil are attacking from many sides There is only one force for good, and it is far more powerful than the force of evil.  However, the force of evil is desperate, and is attacking from every side.  Stand firm and wait for God’s deliverance (no, not the ‘Rapture’) when you are besieged.  Have faith.  Resist evil and it will retreat.
  • Get back to the basics Don’t let yourself be taken on a tangent by new and intriguing teachings. There is much deception swirling around us.  Go back to the basics that God teaches us in the Bible, and hold on tight.
  • Search your heart often Our hearts our desperately wicked, yet if we would judge ourselves, we’d all see ourselves as innocent.  God judges the intent of our hearts.  It is your heart that decides toward what direction to point your will.  It is your heart that falls into sin first.  None of us is righteous.  Our greatest enemy lies within us, and we are blind to its true condition, and to its power to lead us astray.
  • Read your Bible & pray for understanding The Bible is God’s message to us, and is for God’s people only–no one else can understand it.  But, the Holy Spirit must teach you what it means.  Equip yourself for the days ahead, by learning it now.
  • Live by Biblical principles:  even if you don’t understand them–they protect you God’s rules form a hedge around you–not a hedge to keep you in, but a hedge to keep evil out.
  • Don’t follow the crowd Jesus told us that the path to destruction is wide and many people will go that way and, conversely, the way that leads to life is narrow, and few will find it.
  • Don’t be distracted by the trivial God, and his people, are being attacked from every side.   Stay focused, there are many important issues right now–don’t let the enemy distract you.
  • Be very suspicious of ‘miracles’ and supernatural displays Jesus promised that false messiahs and workers of miracles would abound in the latter days.  Don’t be surprised, and don’t be taken in, no matter how elaborate a ‘miracle’ may seem.  A lot can be done with money, technology, and demonic power.
  • Deceptions come in all sizes Don’t think something is too big and powerful, or too little and unimportant, to be fake.
  • Turn off your TV! More than anything else, this is the tool that Satan uses to unify people in their beliefs and actions.  It’s not about what shows you watch–it’s the whole paradigm for life, the whole package of values and beliefs, that is presented over and over and over and over . . . molding you without you even being aware.
  • Trust no one 100% Sadly, unfortunately, we have come to this point.
  • Be skeptical, think critically Don’t believe everything you see and hear, no matter  how often you see and hear it.  Don’t believe everything you are told–no matter who tells you.
  • Blindly follow no one Think for yourself.  It is largely your choices that will determine the course of your life.  Everyone has an agenda.  As times get tougher, people will become more self protective, deceptive and manipulative–in a word: less trustworthy.
  • Be responsible for yourself and your children Start taking on the responsibilities God gave you, because soon you will have to fight tooth and nail for them.  Everyone’s children will soon be taken away–because parental authority will be usurped by international treaty.  The irony is, you’ll still have the expense and responsibility for raising them, they’ll still live with you, but you will not have the freedom to choose what is in their best interest, or how you will raise or teach them.  (What do you think your family life will be like when your teenager realizes you have no legal authority over them?  Who will be running the show then?)
  • Protect what is important to you You are standing on the verge of losing everything that matters to you–and you don’t even see it.  Trust me–you’d better wake up and stand up to protect what is important to you now, while you still can.  After that, you’re going to have to decide which of your values and freedoms you are willing to die to hold onto, and which you’ll learn to live without.
  • Diligently protect your children! The real battle is for the hearts and minds of your children.  If you don’t believe me, look to history, look to other countries and their kidnapped child-soldiers, look to how our mandatory, liberal/progressive-run educational system is turning children against their parents.  ‘There is nothing new under the sun’–history repeats itself.  To see the future, examine the past.  Fight now, before it’s too late!
  • Teach your children Equip your children now, to face the deceptions ahead of them.  Your window of opportunity is closing.  Not only will you not be legally able (your parental authority will be gone),  your children will be turned against you in the schools where they are spending 30 or more hours a week under intense pressure from people whose values are in direct opposition to your own–people who have already begun a revolution, against the values we represent.
  • Think long and hard before surrendering your freedom for security An enemy will say anything to get you to surrender–it’s much easier on them than having to fight you!  They will even create a crisis, to convince you to surrender your freedom to them, in trade for the promise of peace and safety.
  • Remember that what you agree to do voluntarily, will later become mandatory Seems to be a basic principle in life.
  • Remember that if you don’t use self control, you will end up under someone else’s control Another seemingly basic principle in life.
  • Don’t be proud and arrogant Pride comes before a fall.  It’s pride and arrogance that got America into this mess.  It’s pride and arrogance that God hates.
  • Don’t be sucked in by flattery Oldest trick in the book.  It works most effectively on those with low self esteem, excessive pride and arrogance, or narcissism.

Christian Persecution In America?

The God Factor

I had recently heard someone speaking of God’s judgments, and one of the things they said was that God always puts His signature on His judgments–and a lot of times that signature is the number 7.

When I heard about the earthquake in Haiti, and the magnitude being 7.0–I had to stop and wonder if it might have been judgment from God.  Then I wondered what it would be judgment for–and I thought of the widespread practice of voodoo in Haiti.

It shows no compassion to speak of disaster being judgment from God, after the fact.  And I can’t say for sure whether it was or not.  In other posts, I have speculated about whether the earthquake may have been caused by our government.  If it was, it certainly would add to the cruelty, to say it was God’s judgment and we were the ‘hand of God’ in causing it (if we did).

But the mere fact that it may have been caused by man, doesn’t rule out the possibility of it being God’s judgment.  God uses evil nations to carry out His judgment on other nations.  Hear me–he uses EVIL nations, and then He punishes them as well.

In the end, it is the meek who will inherit the earth–not the evil, reprobate souls who would take the life of another to further their own ends.

As I was reading news of the damage after the Haiti quake, there was mention of a woman.  She was walking around, with her hands in the air, looking up toward heaven and crying ‘God have mercy on us, we are sinners!’.

It made me cry.  I believe God’s heart was moved with compassion too.

God Damn America?

An Attack On America Is Imminent!

PLEASE Wake Up!!

Prelude To: Did We Do This?

Where do I even begin?

Several months ago, the question occured to me “I wonder if earthquakes can be created?”.  Of course, I was thinking along the lines of underground nuclear explosions, etc.  Well, I found a lot more than I bargained for.  Granted, a lot of it sounds far-fetched to the average person, but I do have a college degree in science and I think I have learned enough to at least rule out the utterly ridiculous.  Of course, I am not an expert, and can not say with absolute certainty that any of what I’ve learned is true–but based on what I know, and my intuition, and prayers for God to guide me, I believe that it is.

The amount of ‘stuff’ that is going on behind the scenes is incredible!  I have never ruled out conspiracy theories simply because they were theories of conspiracies. (Some people seem to think conspiracies can’t possibly be true.)  As far as I understand, a conspiracy is a plan, between two or more people, to do something that is wrong.  How can that be impossible?–we see it happen every day!!  So, I weigh any conspiracy theory on its own merits.  (Even so, there are some that seem so far-fetched that I dread looking into them!)

A few years back, the Lord pulled the blinders off my eyes.  Up until that time, I had always looked for the best in everyone, believed whatever I was told, and given everyone the benefit of the doubt.  However, I learned that no one can be completely trusted, mankind is not inherently good and, in fact, some people are just plain evil!  In spite of all the corruption that has been revealed, in our leaders, in the last couple of years, some of you have not yet had that revelation–you will probably not believe the things that I will be sharing with you.

One other thing you should know about me–I have never been one to follow the crowd.  A lot of what I write about is probably not news to some of you–but others of you may think I’m just one more person in some kind of community of wackos, where all of us are just saying the same thing.  (In fact, I have that opinion, true or not, of some of the people who are sharing the information I’m learning from!  And I don’t agree with everything everyone says–I measure it against my knowledge of God’s word, what I already know, etc.)

However, the only communication I have with anyone else who shares any of these beliefs, is through several comments I’ve received through this site and my responses to them, which are posted on this site.  I am a virtual hermit.  I have a few friends I see on rare occasion, and I have some family.  To the best of my knowledge, of these people, only one friend reads my blogs.  My family and friends are either not interested in, or are too distressed by the things I am learning, to discuss them with me.  The only sites I visit regularly are posted as links, in the right column of this page–and I watch Glenn Beck, although I don’t agree with everything he says.

In fact, my ‘education’ in all of what is going on, began about a year and a half ago with him.  I had been watching Fox News regularly, but grew VERY tired of all the political commentary and speculation.  Feeling like I wasn’t getting the real news of what was going on in the world, I started looking elsewhere and discovered Glenn Beck on CNN.  I remember being surprised, because I was of the opinion that CNN was not a conservative news source, and yet he shared most of my opinions!  He was also revealing things that I was  learning about elsewhere.

The other main source of learning for me comes from Steven Collins’ website (to which I have a link in the right column).  I was asleep one morning when suddenly Fox News came on my computer (I have no idea how.  I had watched it the night before online, and the browser page was still open, but the video connection had been shut off).  Anyhow–the news came on and woke me, with the commentator saying something that caused me to jump out of bed.  To the best of my recollection, it was about 2 countries that were conducting joint military exercises. I had to ‘google’ the names of these 2 countries, along with the word ‘prophecy’, because I had a feeling it was something that I had heard before, regarding events prophesied to happen in the ‘end times’.  I had no idea of the journey I was about to embark upon.

When the Google search results came back, I realized I had a potential problem–how could I know which site(s) would actually have accurate information?  I prayed for God to lead me, and chose Stephen Collins’ site.  Neverthless, I didn’t throw out my discernment.

In subsequent days, I read and learned a lot, but I was still skeptical.  He apparently believes that the US is descended from the ‘lost’ 10 tribes of Israel.  This is something I had learned about (and believed) as a teenager–before I ever found Christ–by reading Herbert W. Armstrong materials (The Worldwide Church of God).  My mother told me it was a cult.  I don’t know if that is true or not, but at the time I believed her and threw the things away.

So,  when I read these assertions on his site, I was skeptical and I worried about his credibility, and possible connection to the WWCoG.  (I decided to get more info about Herbert W. Armstrong, and I have to say that I would still be skeptical of any of his teachings.  However, Mr. Collins, as far as I can tell, is not a follower of Mr. Armstrong.  Because of what I’ve read of his writings, and additional information I have found, I am about 98% convinced that the 10 ‘lost’ tribes of Israel are not really lost at all, and that the US represents the tribe of Manasseh.)

I continued to read his articles and posts, with caution.  Eventually I became convinced (although I am not absolutely sure of everything he proposes) that his site is probably ‘safe’, and I have learned a lot there.  As with any site, if you decide to check it out, use your own discretion and prayer.  Mainly he keeps up with current happenings, that you may not get news of elsewhere–and correlates these events with prophecy.

So, I’ve said all that to illustrate that I don’t have an agenda, and I am not just parroting the beliefs of some cult or bunch of wackos.  I have felt, from the beginning, that it has been God leading me to what I am learning, because of the way that it started–and has continued.  There is not one single website where I have gone and learned all of this.  It has been a journey, with God taking me from one site to another, teaching me the right things at the right time.

In fact–some of what I have learned is from movies I watched, for entertainment sake, that ended up confirming things I had learned or leading me to the next thing.  One of those movies–a story of two illusionists, introduced me to Nikola Tesla.  When I found reference to him, a little further along in my journey, I already had knowledge of him and his work.  When God is leading you, you know it–not by where you arrive, but by how He leads you along the way.

I feel I need to make that clear, because it looks to me, like a lot of the things I’ll be talking about in the future would be easy to dismiss out of hand.  Of course you need to pray and use your discernment regarding the truth of what I’m saying, and how it all fits together, but I hope I have explained myself enough that you will at least be willing to listen to what I have to say.

It was never my intention to start a blog–I just had to vent.  The more I learned about things that were happening, the more upset I became.  So, I started blogging.  I have always enjoyed teaching about things that interest me, so I have continued with this.  I know there are only about fifteen (at most) of you reading this, but that’s fine.  (Jesus said there would be ‘few’ that actually find the way, that ‘many’ travel the broad path to destruction, so I don’t underestimate the value of reaching only a few.)  I also know that He leads people to what He wants to teach them, so I trust that if you are here, He has led you.  You may only visit my site to learn one thing, or He may park you here for awhile.

I don’t claim to be a prophet–a watchman perhaps.  I have just seen, throughout my life, that in many things I happen to be a step ahead of the crowd.  I am not saying I should be followed.  I’m not saying I’m special at all.  I’m just saying I tend to become aware of things a little bit sooner than most people–and right now, time is of the essence.  So, I’ll share what I am learning with you, and trust that you will use prayer and discretion to decide for yourself.

The last couple of days I have looked into a lot of things, and I’ve learned a lot.  So much in fact, that yesterday I had to just shut everything off and have silence for a few hours–because I was so overwhelmed with what I had learned.  I just couldn’t absorb anymore.  I don’t think I’ve ever felt that way before.  There were several things I wanted to write posts about, but I just couldn’t.  I had no idea where to begin.

Today I received an e-newsletter from Chuck Baldwin.  It ties in with some of what I have just learned, so I’m going to write another post and link this one to it.  It concerns earthquakes, Indonesia, Venezuela and more–I won’t know for sure until I write it!!  Please check it out:

Did We Do This? (Haiti Earthquake, part 1)

Truly, ignorance IS bliss.  However, the hour is late, so–may your eyes be opened to the truth, and may the truth set you free!

Why Haiti?

American Empire

Is Your TV Stealing Your Soul?

(I know nothing about Scott Brown.  This is not a commentary on him in any way.)

As much of a relief as it is that another Democrat did not win the Massachusetts election–it is not time for ‘back to business as usual’.  Never again should we let down our guard.  Although the win of a Republican was strategically important, it does not mean we are safe–not by any stretch of the imagination.

No matter how similar to us they may seem, there is something inherently different in most people that run for office–especially those that actually are elected.  That hunger for power and position is something that should be viewed with a certain amount of wariness on our part.  Besides that, they are human–and humans are fallible.  Power corrupts, and it spends a good bit of time prowling around the halls of our government, looking for an opportunity.

Remember: there are two types of people, against whom no one can testify:

  1. those who are innocent
  2. those who leave no witnesses alive

We still live in perilous times.  No one can be trusted 100%.  I hope, through all the influential people whose corruption has been exposed–in politics, finance, etc.–over the last couple of years, that you will take the lesson to heart.

The problem here is not one of political parties.  It is one of behind the scenes affiliations.  Hopefully you have learned from all that has been said about  ‘The Bilderbergers’, the ‘Trilateral Commission’, and the ‘Council on Foreign Relations’, etc.  Hopefully you are now aware that there are powerful forces working behind the scenes.  The real problem is not Republican vs. Democrat.  The problem is with the elite that are behind them both.

I’m sure there is still MUCH more that could be exposed.  I imagine all that we have seen is only the tip of the iceberg.  There is something EXTREMELY suspicious about a bipartisan congress that would just go along with everything the president was putting forth–at least, at the beginning.  There is some kind of real power that brings that about–whether it be persuasion, bewitchment, or blackmail.  That power is still present in the halls of congress.  No matter who we elect, the real test will be what they DO when they get there.  In my belief, it is only the power of God that can truly stand against such evil and triumph.

But don’t be fooled! The enemy (Satan) can pick a fine looking man, dress him up in robes, and give him a cross to hold out in front of him.  He may rant and rave against the powers of darkness, and give every appearance of being in opposition to them.  He may do miraculous things–signs and wonders. He may very well have the absolute endorsement of all the most respected religious leaders of our day.  But . . . that does not mean he is filled with the Spirit of God!!

The people behind the scenes will not relinquish power without a “hellacious” fight.  Nor will the enemy of our souls–who is the force that empowers these people.  His time is short, and he is desperate.  Never again–until Christ returns–will we be able to take a deep breath and relax.  We must always be on guard, vigilant, and discerning.

The pendulum swings both ways.  ‘The people have spoken!’  Expect to see more ‘God fearing’ candidates–more people running on religious ideals–and expect to see them winning.  Don’t think that Satan, and the elites, won’t make full use of that!  Expect them also to put forth candidates that are religious, that make claims of being Christians.  These are people without conscience–bodies without souls!

The elite look at the people of the world without compassion–as mere problems to be solved, numbers to crunch, etc. They aim to purposely depopulate the world!  They are advocates of eugenics, genocide, euthanasia.  They see war as a means to prosperity!  This is nothing but a giant chess game to them.  They will put forth candidates that the people will vote for, and they count on the masses to be blind and gullible!  Expect a ‘great awakening’ of religious ideals to sweep the nation politically–but only some of it will be genuine!

That being said–the real danger is that the one who does the most to unravel America may be a ‘Christian’!! Someone who claims to be a Christian.  But here is the problem:  there are more people claiming to be Christians today, than really are Christians, and we have been as naive as little lambs.  When someone tells us they are a Christian, we have taken them at their word–but ‘by their fruit you will know them’!!

If you look into the connections the Bush family has with the organizations mentioned above (and Prescott Bush with Auschwitz and Monowitz), you will see that they are among the elites.  They may call themselves Christians–and that is for God to decide–but I see them as wolves in sheep’s clothing!  We believed we had a Christian president, but that is when the most of our liberties were stripped away–and we still have many people who haven’t woken up to that!

Then along came Obama, claiming to be a Christian too.  Don’t tell me, after all you’ve seen him do, that you don’t believe he was a disciple of Reverend Wright!  He most certainly believes, and concurs wholeheartedly with, everything that man has to say!  Look at his voting record on abortion!  Look at his backing of the gay, lesbian, transgender agenda!  Etc., etc., etc.  He says he’s a Christian–so what!!  HE’S A LIAR!! Let the record show, this man has lied more than he has told the truth!!  If you want to know the real truth, you’d better look back on all he has promised–and expect the opposite to be in your future instead!  This man will look you in the eye and lie–and you’ll believe it!  He has a powerful annointing of evil!

So, now the people have spoken and the pendulum will swing the other way.  Let me warn you of what may lie ahead.

Don’t be surprised if our next president appears as a strong Christian, well respected, annointed–and maybe he has been, but somewhere along the way he fell into (or will fall into) ‘secret sin’.  The enemy found a weakness and capitalized on it, seducing him into deep spiritual darkness.  Then, knowingly or not, he ‘made a deal with the devil’.  And, let me tell you what–unless America has truly repented, this man will have God’s endorsement to be our president.

You can expect the ‘Christian’ leaders of the day to wholeheartedly back him.  A few Christians (there are Christians and there are ‘Christians’) will discern, by the Spirit, what he is and, in alarm, will try to warn people–but it will be of no use.  Today ‘Christians’ far outnumber Christians, and he will be one of them.  Today’s backslidden, lukewarm ‘Christians’ will be completely comfortable with him, because that’s the only kind of Christian most of them know.  It is said that ‘we get the leaders we deserve’.

To add to the illusion–God’s Watchmen may not speak.  If America does not repent, and God continues to visit judgment upon America, it may be, that at some point He instructs them not to speak.  Better it is for judgment to do its work and bring forth repentance, than for people to find a way to avoid it, and go to eternal destruction.

So now you know, and if your heart is right, you may discern it when it happens–you may even be one of the voices calling out a warning.  But if God has sent the judgment and the delusion, people will continue to blindly follow, and what is decreed will come to pass.  There is a time to speak–and a time to remain silent.  Let the Holy Spirit be your guide.

All that is just the prelude to what this post was to be about:  the second beast aka ‘The False Prophet’.

Beware of the second beast! All the attention these days is given to looking for the first beast and avoiding it.  The first beast will blaspheme God.  The first beast will make war against God’s people.  The first beast will have authority over all the earth.  The first beast is an empire and whoever is its leader.

But it is the second beast that really causes men to be damned.  It seems to me that it is the second beast that takes center stage in world events.

The second beast will exercise all the authority of the first beast.  The second beast makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast.  It is the second beast that performs great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from  heaven.  It is the second beast that deceives the inhabitants of the earth, by way of the signs he performs. It is the second beast who commands men to create an image in honor of the first beast.  It is the second beast who gives breath to the image of the first beast–so that it can speak and cause all who refuse to worship the image (itself) to be killed.   It is the second beast that causes everyone to receive a mark on their right hand or forehead in order to buy or sell–a mark which is the name of the beast (first or second?) or the number of his name (first or second beast?).

Especially take note of this:  The second beast has ‘two horns like a lamb’ but ‘speaks like a dragon’.  We already know the dragon is Satan–but what about the ‘two horns like a lamb’?  My interpretation of this (I could be  wrong) is that the second beast is a false Christianity, with two aspects (Protestant and Catholic?).

With that possibility in mind, read over the paragraph above.  Keep in mind too, that the prophecy will be literally fulfilled–but perhaps not in the way we interpret and picture it, ahead of time.  Meaning: we tend to form a picture of how things will happen, based on our interpretation of what the verses say and, in hindsight, comparing events to the Scriptures, we will be able to see that things were literally fulfilled–but most likely, not at all how we had predicted!

I’ll point out a few things that we might easily misinterpret, because they have many possible interpretations:

  • will exercise all the authority of–in what manner will he exercise it?
  • will exercise all the authority of–is this authority granted by man (such as by election), or is it granted by God, or both?
  • makes the earth and its inhabitants worship–to what degree does he ‘make’ them do it?  Does he round them up in the night, or does he just say that they need to do it, or does he get them so riled up that they do it on their own (like at a concert?)?
  • makes the earth and its inhabitants worshipin what manner do they worship?  Do they physically bow down several times a day, as Muslims do?  Or do they just talk about it, and praise it all the time?
  • fire to come down from heaven–is it real, literal fire coming down out of the sky?  Is it a fireball?  Is it lightning?
  • commands men to create an image–how does he command it?  In an authoritative voice via television?  By passing a law? Does he command everyone?  Or does he just tell a few guys on his staff to do it, without fanfare?
  • commands men to create an imagewhat is this image?  A statue?  A logo?  A hologram? Some marvel of future technology that we haven’t seen yet?  Something so ordinary we wouldn’t even think of it as fitting the Scripture?
  • gives breath to the image–will it literally be alive, having its own consciousness? Will it be ‘animated’? Will it just be something, powered by electricity, that gives the appearance of being alive?
  • speak and cause all who refuse to worship the image to be killed–does it just stir up animosity against those who refuse, so that people hate and kill them?  Does it put a bounty on them?  Does it issue a fatwa?  Does it pass a law, that all must worship it, that carries the death penalty?
  • cause all who refuse to worship the image to be killed-all who verbally say ‘no’?  All who protest? Even those who just passively avoid it?
  • causes everyone to receive a mark–endorses it?  Deceives them into it?  Shames them into it–calling them ‘nuts’, ‘religious fanatics’, ‘superstitious’?  Legislates it?  Rounds them up in the night if they don’t?

These are just some of the possibilities–ones I can think of. This should illustrate to you that there are MANY ways to misinterpret any or all of the things that will come.  The only way you will know is if God reveals it to you.  He may reveal the whole picture ahead of time, or He may only show us one step at a time–or He may keep it veiled and reveal events as having fulfilled prophecy after they happen!

I study, and pray, and seek the interpretation–but God has only revealed a few things to me.  What He has shown me instead is how many ways things could be interpreted, when looking ahead.  He has also shown me that even the most respected Bible scholars and ‘prophets’ have a lot of errors in their understanding.  I’m nobody special, so it’s not surprising that He might not reveal it to me.  What is telling, is that no one really seems to know–at least, no one seems to know the whole picture.

So, if no one has the answers you are looking for–what do you do?  If, even at this late date, God has not opened the prophecies to our understanding, what are any of us to do?  What is important is to focus, not on events that you want to find a way to avoid, but on Him!  If you are serving Him, yet had never heard any of the prophecies, He would still show you the way to walk.  The people who will most quickly recognize ‘The Beast’, ‘The Antichrist’ and ‘The Mark’ are not the ones who spend the most time worrying about them, but rather those who dwell in His presence!  Trust that if you know Him and walk with Him daily, He will not let you be deceived, nor will you accidentally take The Mark!  He is fully able to guard what you have entrusted to Him!

‘Buy Gold From Me . . . ‘  (Jesus, to the ‘Lukewarm Church’)

Believe There Are Many Ways To God?

Only One Way?  How Intolerant!

I need to be honest–I have so immersed myself in endtimes prophecies and current events that I’m battling a spirit of fear.  Fear can come from within–it is instinctive–or from outside of us.  The enemy uses a spirit of fear to fight against us.  I am telling you, not because I have been overcome, but so that you know I am just like you!

I am not superhuman, superspiritual, or whatever!  I am not always fearless and bold! I have strength, when I draw close to God and draw my strength from Him. HE gives me boldness and strength.  He will do the same for you.  Fight the fear and draw close to God!  Do not shrink back, do not let fear overcome you.

Remember the old saying ‘give him an inch and he’ll take a mile’?  This is very true with the powers of darkness.  If you retreat, they will be emboldened to advance even further.  You have to hold them off–and even better–advance on them!  When you move forward, in God’s will, He will strengthen and empower you. He has been waiting a very long time to see most of us stand up and fight.

There is no better way to victory than to draw out your spiritual sword and do battle with the evil spirits that come against you and your family.  You don’t fight against flesh and blood–but against the spiritual powers of darkness.

You may be content to ‘hold them off at the gate’ of your mind, or your physical property–but do you think they’ll stop there?  Do you want to be hunkered down, peeking out to see if they are still there, waiting for an opportunity to come back?  I say no!! Fight beyond your gates to create a ‘buffer zone’.  Send the enemy fleeing beyond the boundary you determine, and hold onto what you have conquered!

Spiritually, we have lost America.  We have been driven back to our churches, where many are hunkered down, hoping the enemy won’t come any further.  Look behind you!  While you are peeking out the windows at the evil forces outside, evil spirits have already infiltrated your congregation!

There are four boundaries you need to endeavor to  win back–in this order:

  1. Your mind and body
  2. Your family’s minds and bodies
  3. Your home
  4. Your church
  5. Your community (small town or neighborhood)

You continue advancing outwards as you gain ground.  But you have to be sure you are thoroughly purging the forces of evil as you go.  Liken it to the way that God told the Israelites to totally give over to destruction the towns they were invading.  They were to not leave alive man or beast, and then they were to destroy the buildings and bodies with fire.

Hear me–I am not saying to fight against men, or to fight in the physical realm!  What we see in the actions of the children of Israel was in the physical realm, but what was happening in the spiritual realm was more significant.

The Israelites were purging the land of evil spirits–and they didn’t even know it!  This is why it was SO important not to leave alive a single man or beast, whom the evil spirits could enter into, and why they were not to leave a single building that the spirits could haunt.  They were to leave them no place to go, so that they would flee the land!  (As you know, you can’t kill demonic spirits.  You have to remove what they need to live, so that they will flee!)

I’ll be honest, until this moment I have believed, because of my faith in God’s righteousness and goodness, that what God told the Israelites to do was right and He had a reason–but it seemed very harsh to me.  We are talking about genocide.  But as I am writing this, He has opened my eyes to understand why.  I had never seen it as a spiritual battle before.  Now it makes perfect sense!

The Bible could simply have summarized to say that the Israelites completely destroyed the people they conquered, or something to that effect.  But instead, it was shown, town by town and stressed again and again.  And it was duly noted when the Israelites failed to do as God had directed.  This is because God wanted us to understand the importance of this!

I think most of us do realize it was very important, even if we haven’t completely understood why.  And I’m ashamed to say, I guess I just concluded that these were people God wanted to eliminate from the face of the Earth.  I understand now that God was not eternally against these people (although He was bringing  judgment upon them), but against the evil entities that they had given place to.  Their lands had become a ‘hot spot’ of demonic activity and God wished to scatter those spirits (as He scattered the people at Babel, because of what they intended to do).

I also want to point out, that after the Israelites had killed the people, the disembodied spirits could just as well have entered into them–if they had given them an opening, through sin in their life!!  God did not begin revealing about spiritual warfare to His people until Jesus came.  The only way that the Israelites could be safe when fighting the spiritual forces of darkness, was to live lives of purity, and to have God present in their midst.

Do you see now?  Just as we train up our children, God told them WHAT to do (and was very strict about it), but He didn’t try to explain WHY, because they would not have understood.  This is also why He was quick to purge those who were sinful and rebellious from amongst the midst of the Israelites (which had also seemed a tad bit extreme to me before).

This is a picture of how we must fight now!  We must live lives of purity and have the power of the Holy Spirit within us.  Then, as God directs, we must advance upon, and scatter, the spiritual forces of evil.  (He is NOT calling us to fight against  people, but rather the unseen forces behind them.)  When we do this, He will empower and protect us.

It is time to enter the battle!  Purge the evil from your own life and mind, then lead your family in doing likewise.  Then, do what you can in your church–if your church isn’t interested in being pure  and living righteously–leave it!

Then, contend for your town.  (I may be wrong, or just missing the point–but I like peace and safety.)  The country is lost.  The states are lost.  But, it may be possible to ‘win back’ a few towns and communities from the enemy, if we try.

Pray for your town’s leaders. Vote for righteous men and women.  Clean up your town of filth and depravity (do battle in the spiritual realm before attempting to confront or convince people).  Battle the spiritual forces of wickedness, and pray that God will create a safe haven for you and your family.

If, after all you’ve done, only your home is free of the demonic–then thank God for that, and remain vigilant.  But how much better it will be if we have some towns and communities that are oases, free of demonic oppression, in the days ahead!!

One other point:  I hear some talk about ‘the remnant’, almost as if the people who form the remnant are superior to other Christians.  Don’t fall into that trap of pride!!  No one is a remnant yet–we are all Christians just now waking up and beginning to learn the truth from deception.

Unfortunately, as the truth is presented to them, some people are choosing not to love the truth, and God will send them a powerful delusion to believe instead.  This is what is called ‘the great rebellion’, ‘the great apostasy’, ‘the great falling away’.  The love (of righteousness, of truth, of God) of many will grow cold.  Many will turn away.  After that, the  backslidden/apostate Christians will begin to persecute and hate the remnant that were faithful to the truth*.

When the persecution begins–then the ones who hold to the truth can be called ‘the remnant’.  To do so now is to risk ‘writing off’ people who may or may not be Christians now, but who are being misled and deceived by false doctrines–for whom there may yet be hope of repentance!!


*Don’t be surprised if, in those days, a ‘Christian’ president is elected and (apostate ) ‘Christians’ form a majority in Congress.  With great pride, patriotism and zeal they would fight the unrighteous (who have been in power) and the ‘fanatics’/’religious zealots’ (the remnant that hold to the truth).

The ‘false prophet’ will be

  • a false religion that appears Christian (much of this is already in the church),
  • and promotes the ‘beast’ empire (the beast is not a man)

[The beast (empire) will rule over the nations of the world.  This may not be really obvious. It may be a lot like America does today, through occupation, military bases,  and taking authority over countries by various means (regime change, sanctions, and other means of control).  The beast (empire) will have final say, and will punish those nations that don’t fall in line.]

It is this false prophet/false church that will create the image of the empire that is to be worshipped (through intense patriotism), and whose mark is required to participate in buying and selling in the global marketplace.

Don’t be surprised that it would be ‘Christians’ that persecute ‘the remnant’–after all, it was the Jews that killed Jesus!  There is no more formidable adversary than one who is deceived into thinking that they hold the truth of God and are fighting on His behalf.

Lest you think the same of the remnant, remember this:  the remnant, those who do have the truth of God, fight spiritually but the deceived will fight in the physical realm–by putting to death their ‘enemies’.

Will They Take Away Our Children?

Is It Time For The Unveiling?

The day has arrived that we must ‘shake the dust off our feet’ in regards to some of the people in our lives that we have been trying to persuade to Christ.  When the time arrives to ‘shake the dust off’ in regards to a specific person, the Lord will speak to your heart.  It is important to  listen, because God knows the heart and He knows the point at which a person has decided that their ‘final answer’ is ‘NO’.  Beyond that, you are wasting precious time.

He may already be speaking this to your heart about some of the people in your life, and you may have found it very confusing–but He does not call us to devote our life to persuading anyone to turn to Him.  When He sent out the twelve disciples to different villages, two by two (as their first ‘solo flight’, as Christians ministering the gospel through the power of God) Jesus gave them specific instructions. Part of that instruction was:

‘if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave, as a testimony against them.’

His desire is that we present the truth, live the truth, and minister in what ways we are able.  We are not to so heavily invest ourselves in someone that we bind ourselves to them and make their choice our responsibility.  The Lord wants people who truly desire to walk with Him–who choose Him out of their own free will,  not from constant badgering or guilt.

He called us to be witnesses–to the truth and to what He has done in our lives–not salesmen.  It is the job of the Holy Spirit to persuade men of their sins and personal need for a Savior.  In fact, if we go beyond presenting and living the truth and ministering as we are able, we may very well have the opposite effect and actually get in the way of the Holy Spirit and cause a person to harden his heart!  People come to Jesus out of hunger!  Force feeding has the opposite effect.

And that brings us to the unfortunate situation of people who are ‘unequally yoked’.  If you are married to an unbeliever, you need to prepare your heart.  The day is soon coming that you will be confronted with a choice: will you choose to join your unbelieving spouse and turn your back on God, or will you stand firm in your faith, and lose your spouse?

When the time to choose arrives, the Lord will speak to your heart

‘Let him who does wrong continue to do wrong; let him who is vile continue to be vile; let him who does right continue to do right; and let him who is holy continue to be holy.’

Will you heed His voice?

There comes a time when you have to let go of your hopes for someone and accept things for what they are.  I am not saying you should leave your spouse–that is a choice for the Lord to direct you in.  I am saying, don’t be surprised if your spouse leaves you.

Prepare your heart for the possibility that your spouse will leave you, in the not too distant future, if you continue to serve God.  Evil has greatly increased on the earth and people are now, consciously or not, making spiritual decisions.  As things get more difficult, they will act out of what is in their heart, and the spiritual decisions they have made.

Make up your mind now, what you will do when that time comes.  You will be very vulnerable to making a choice you will regret, when that horrible day arrives.  There are few things more agonizing than being left by the one you love.  But the Lord will sustain you through that time, if you choose to remain in Him.

The hour that Jesus spoke of has arrived:
‘Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth.  I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn

‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law–a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’

Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.  Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.’

There has recently been a shift in the spiritual realm. It seems that people are no longer restraining the evil that is within their hearts.  Evil wants nothing to do with good, and good wants nothing to do with evil.  Everyone seems to be choosing one side or the other.  The Lord is calling us again, to devote ourselves fully to Him, and to begin to emotionally distance ourselves from those who have rejected Him.

[Here is a word to those of you who think that you can hide behind your  unbelieving spouse:
Do not listen to the lying whisper that tells you you can just keep quiet about being a Christian, find some way not to get ‘The Mark’ and be ok, (because you know your spouse will take it and will still be able to buy and sell, thus providing for your needs)!  The Lord knows your heart and is not pleased.  Repent and put your faith in Him.]

It’s Time To ‘Shake The Dust Off’ (Part 2)

You Only Die Once–Make It Count!

Here’s The Deal . . .

Jesus promised that the gates of Hell would not prevail against the Church (BORN AGAIN BELIEVERS, NOT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH*).  Do the ‘gates of Hell’ represent the front line of Satan’s war on the Church?  Does it mean that although Satan attacks the Church and backs it into a corner, he won’t win. NO!!!  It means that as the Church attacks the gates of Hell–we will prevail!

But, I have to ask, for the last 50 or so years, who has been battering the gates of whom?  Who has retreated and retreated until, soon, they will be hunkered down behind their gates, trembling at the onslaught?

Tolerance and political correctness are just new terms for ‘surrender’!  Was Jesus politically correct?  Was he tolerant of evil?

A few years ago it was all the rage to ask ‘what would Jesus do’.  When He overturned the tables of the moneychangers and vendors in the temple, that was a clue!  It was also a foreshadowing of the system we are facing today (Babylon the Great), a corrupt alliance of businesses, bankers & politicians, upon whom God’s wrath and judgment will be poured out during the Tribulation.  I am not advocating violence.  I AM advocating boldness!

Jesus left us with the task of sharing the gospel with everyone, and fighting evil. We were to continue doing the work that Jesus had begun and demonstrate the good that God intended for mankind when He placed us here on Earth.

We were to be the salt that protected the world from becoming a place of depravity!  But the ‘salt has lost its saltiness’!  We were to be the light, to keep the world safe because ‘whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open’, yet we have ‘covered our lamp with a bowl’!  The whole world has slid into corruption and gangrenous decay, and we have retreated to a dimly lit corner!!

We have done pretty well at sowing the gospel, but, over time, we have neglected the fight against evil within our own borders.  We have become complacent and choked by the cares of this world.

God established America so that we would have a place from which to manifest His power and goodness to the nations!!  AMERICA wasn’t to be God’s witness to the world–America was to be the place from which the CHURCH could operate most safely and freely, and be His witness to the world!

For each of us, it’s time to decide which side of the fence we are on!  Are we to continue letting evil prevail around us and in our own lives, and lay aside His name?  Or will we clean up our own act (by the power of God within us), live righteously, and wage war on the kingdom of darkness?

God will not bless a lukewarm Christianity–we do dishonor to His name!  For those who want to call themselves ‘Christians’,  it is time to root sin out of our own lives, and expose and fight against evil wherever we encounter it!  Be assured that He is with us–and that the gates of Hell shall not prevail against us!

*The idea that Peter was the first Pope, and that Jesus thus established the Catholic church, is based upon a fundamental misunderstanding of His meaning in Matthew 16:18.  If the verse is read in context, it is seen that the ‘rock’ upon which Christ will build His church is Peter’s declaration that He (Jesus) is ‘the Christ, the Son of the living God’.

 

It’s Time To ‘Shake The Dust Off’

You Only Die Once–Make It Count!