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‘And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive [his] mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and WHOSOEVER RECEIVETH THE MARK of his name.’ (Revelation 14:9-11)

No matter how loving, understanding, gracious, tolerant, and forgiving you believe God to be–this one is NON-NEGOTIABLE! There is NO forgiveness, EVER, for those who take The Mark of the Beast. It doesn’t matter how good your reasons are. There is NO excuse that will get you off the hook if you take The Mark.

This is what God says is coming:

‘And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.’ (Revelation 13:16-17)

(The Bible doesn’t specify that it’s FOR buying and selling . . . it merely says you will not be allowed to buy or sell unless you have it. This may be added incentive, for people who are unwilling to take The Mark, for whatever its purpose is supposed to be. [A national healthcare i.d. maybe?])

‘ . . . In the world ye shall have tribulation . . . ‘ (John 16:33)

This is how Christians are expected to deal with the choice:

‘Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.’ (Revelation 14:12)

‘But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.’ (Matthew 24:13)

We must continue to trust God, and obey Him. We must put our faith in God, and not sell out for money–no matter what. If you put your faith in money, don’t be surprised when God doesn’t come through for you.

‘No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. YE CANNOT SERVE GOD AND MAMMON. (Matthew 6:24, Luke 16:13)

It’s one thing for Jesus to say that. It sounds good. We hear it and agree. But it goes in one ear and out the other!! Most people these days will not do, or say, what’s right if it endangers their job. Others do things that they KNOW are wrong because ‘I’ve got to make a living’.

Start practicing NOW to put God before money. IF you do–and ONLY IF you do–He promises to provide for all your needs.

‘But SEEK YE FIRST the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; AND ALL THESE THINGS shall be added unto you.’ (Matthew 6:33)

Have patience and faith, and be obedient. Put Him first, and God will provide all your needs, and comfort you in tribulation.

‘Blessed [be] God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation . . . For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.’ (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)

‘For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of [them] whose heart [is] perfect toward him. . . ‘  (2 Chronicles 16:9)

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WHAT IF  

America were the largest of the ’10 missing tribes’

and the Antichrist was its leader

and he was working, behind the scenes w/ others to accomplish the Psalms 83 war* against the modern nation of ‘Israel’?

And what if,

in the midst of that attack,

his (personal, secret) allies attacked his homeland–(the Ezekiel 38 war**)?

Is it possible that this would happen?:

‘But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.’  (Daniel 11:44)

Is it possible that a narcissistic man, with power over a nuclear arsenal, who had been betrayed . . . might use those nukes to retaliate?

And what if the base of his enemies’ joint operation was in . . . Syria?  Could this be the result?

‘The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from [being] a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.’  (Isaiah 17:1)

By the way, I recently heard that Russia and China ARE moving into Syria to help them . . . (Gog and Gomer).

As the ‘fourth beast’ world empire rises, we will probably see several nations in the news:

  1. Russia–having invaded South Ossetia, Georgia, and Abkhazia
  2. United Kingdom/Great Britain–something related to the Olympics?
  3. India–unknown reason

If this scenario is correct, the Mark of the Beast could be rolled out soon.  After the Antichrist  ‘goes forth with great fury to destroy and utterly make away many’, the next thing he does is:

‘And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain . . . ‘  (Daniel 11:45)

This is where Revelation 13 picks up the story, and his three and a half year reign begins, from Jerusalem.

One more thing . . . the attack on his homeland (that presumably destroys Washington DC–and I believe also includes the destruction of NYC  [see Revelation 18]) would be what the Bible calls the ‘head’ that was ‘wounded to death’ and healed.

‘And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.’  (Revelation 13:3)

The destruction would not be complete however, because God WILL be glorified amongst the heathen, because of his response to the attack:

‘there shall be a great shaking in the land . . . and all the men that [are] upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.  And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man’s sword shall be against his brother. And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that [are] with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I [am] the LORD.’  (Ezekiel 38:19-23)

(All of this is a matter of opinion and speculation.   Consider it prayerfully.   It could be all wrong, or partly wrong.  My belief, until now, has been that the Ezekiel 38 war would not take place until the end of the Tribulation.  I see this as an alternate possibility.)

*Psalm 83 players:

  • Edom = Palestinians and Southern Jordanians
  • Ishmaelites = Saudis, Arabs
  • Moab = Palestinians and Central Jordanians
  • Hagarenes = Egyptians
  • Gebal = Hezbollah, Lebanese
  • Ammon = Palestinians
  • Amalek = Arabs of Sinai Penninsula
  • Philistines = Hamas of Gaza Strip
  • Tyre = Hezbollah, Southern Lebanese
  • Assur = Syrians and Northern Iraquis

**Ezekiel 38 players:

From the North:

  • Magog = Russia
  • Meshech, Tubal, Gomer, Togarmah = Turkey

Gog = a man, or spirit/principality, that has authority over Russia and Turkey.  He will be at the head of this coalition.

From the East:

  • Persia = Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan

From the South:

  • Ethiopia = Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan

From the Southwest:

  • Libya

Spectators?:

Sheba, Dedan, Tarshish = ?

The end-times, Whore of Babylon religion is . . . the Babylonian mystery religions.

The Vatican is definitely PART of it, but I believe it ALSO includes the ‘Synagogue of Satan’, the Freemasons, Nazis, etc. What they all have in common is the Babylonian ‘mystery’ knowledge. (The ‘Synagogue of Satan’ are Jews who do not worship the one, true God.  Instead, their ‘God’ is Satan.  This does NOT mean that ALL Jews worship Satan–only some of them do.)

ALL false religions & secret societies are Luciferian at their core.  Many Luciferians are the ‘movers and shakers’ behind the Western economic system, and certainly behind the Hollywood /Western propaganda machine. The International Bankers are obviously a part too (‘Synagogue of Satan’ ‘members’?).

These organizations and individuals operate on the world in two ways:

  1.  religious (including worship and adoration)
  2.  economic/military means (military-industrial complex)

These are the same two ways that Satan will use at the end–worship of the Beast, and a Mark without which you cannot buy or sell.  His basic plan has always been the same.  Although he will switch all the players mid-game (Rev. 17:16), the strategy is still the same.

(It may be that eventually all the players listed above will come into submission to the Roman Catholic Church . . . but, as it stands right NOW, if we look only to Rome, we are omitting a bunch of major players. Vatican City COULD end up being the City of the Harlot . . . IF they all eventually submit to the RCC.)

 

TODAY, NYC is definitely THE great city of the Military-Industrial complex dominated Western economy (Wall Street). It’s also the headquarters of the United Nations, and banking headquarters (from what I understand).

With all the world’s (Luciferian) religions coming together in the United Nations, NYC can rightly be said to be the religious seat of the Whore of Babylon.

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NYC is the seat of both the economic and religious aspects of the Harlot.

‘ . . . for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.’

(Rev. 18:23)

 

The Roman Catholic Church does not fulfill this verse–but it IS fulfilled by the heads of corporations of the Western World. Among those corporations are the pharmaceutical companies and Hollywood corporations. These are two major facets of the bewitchment (sorceries) that has been exported to all the nations of the world.

Through importing Western culture . . . all the nations of the world have been seduced into economic fornication, with Western corporations and international bankers . . . and spiritual fornication with the ‘religion’ of materialism, and the god of Mammon.

‘And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.’ (Rev. 18:24)

Yes, the Catholic Church has been guilty of the blood of prophets and saints–but not ALL of the prophets or saints. That goes back even further. The Catholic Church was not in existence in Old Testament times, when many Israelite prophets were murdered–nor did they all die in Rome.  Also ‘the blood of . . . all that were slain upon the earth’ cannot be laid at the feet of the Catholic Church alone–nor the city of Rome.

But it does make sense (that the Harlot includes all the players listed above) when you understand that verse also includes those who were killed . . . during the HOLOCAUST . . . during bloody revolutions and ‘regime changes’ in many different nations (orchestrated by Western Nations) . . . in wars where both sides were armed by corporations that made their profits through war . . . in wars for the confiscation of petroleum and other natural resources . . . in satanic rituals . . . and all those who were murdered through ABORTION*.  Jesus Himself was murdered by the Synagogue of Satan.

* A legal means of murder for hire, whereby certain individuals, corporations, and shareholders are enriched.

Another ‘oh my gosh’ moment . . .

Please take a moment to check out the short article here, before going any further.

I guess, once again, I had made an assumption without realizing it.  I thought that foodstamps were completely administered by the federal government (USDA).  I don’t know whether I’m more surprised–or appalled–to learn that they are being processed by a ‘global investment bank’.

As a reminder–JP Morgan was an investor in Enron and a recipient of TARP funds. This is just one more example of the marriage between the ‘kings of the earth’ (governments) and the ‘merchants’ (and bankers) that constitutes what Scripture refers to as ‘The Whore of Babylon’.

I would imagine that this government contract provides a lot of protection for JP Morgan.  Now, in addition to the federal government’s opinion on whether or not JP Morgan is ‘too big to fail’, you can add the opinion of the tens of millions of Americans who receive food stamp benefits, child support and/or unemployment payments through their processing centers.

On the other hand, if there is another banking crisis, will the federal government take over JP Morgan to prevent a disaster for those receiving benefits?

The United States now has four big banks:

  1. Wells Fargo
  2. Bank of America
  3. JP Morgan Chase
  4. Citigroup

Some other thoughts:

  • How long until the Federal Government, via JP Morgan, begins accessing food stamp recipients’ credit reports (in order to reduce fraud, of course)
  • Now that free checking accounts are going the way of the dinosaurs, will JP Morgan offer free checking to benefit recipients?  (This would also be a way to monitor the financial activities of recipients.)

I’m sure there are other things to consider, but my thoughts are going a different direction now.

I am  not saying that such ideas would be without merit.  It is ‘necessity’ that is drawing us, step by step, into creating the technology-based economy and society that will eventually be able to monitor our every move and deny us membership if we will not conform.  More and more, those who resist its implementation will seem like superstitious fools.

Like every other freedom-loving being, I hate and feel resistance towards the trap I see us being herded into.  As a Christian, I know the end result of it all, and dread that day.  I am not advocating for this system, but I do want to talk about our attitude towards it.

The Antichrist’s ascent to power is part of God’s plan. The ‘Beast’ empire that the Antichrist heads, is permitted by God. (It is a strange irony that Satan’s plan is God’s plan–for a season, and a reason.)  It WILL come to pass, and there will be justification for every brick that is laid in building it.

For instance–today, every event that occurs spawns new laws to prevent it in the future.  Yes, it is reactionary (or over-reactionary in many cases), but we live in a day where men are ungodly and immoral, and refuse to take responsibility for their actions or exercise self control.  In the face of that, what other choice is there? Anarchy?  The law of the jungle?

Although you know what will ultimately happen when the Antichrist takes the throne–stop and think before you use that as your rationale for fighting every new measure that is implemented!   We must be people of faith, who see things from God’s perspective and align ourselves with Him. Why are we reacting fearfully to events that are part of God’s plan?

People without God are afraid.  They are fearful enough that they are willing to surrender their freedom for security.  How sad is the condition of those who don’t know God’s peace and protection.  Unbelievers fear more for their present safety and survival than they fear what they consider to be a myth or silly superstition:  God’s Word.

We live in a culture where people put themselves first and rarely consider the well-being of others unless there is something in it for them.  For that reason, those who don’t know God simply cannot understand why you would be concerned for their eternal welfare.  Therefore, they dismiss that as being what motivates you, and try to figure out what your REAL motive is.  When they can’t figure one out, they either assign one to you or call you crazy or superstitious.

As Christians, we can be confident in God’s protection and provision for us.  We need not fight ‘the Beast’ on our own behalf.  Nor should we fight (God’s plan) on behalf of unbelievers. It has not been effective to fight on their behalf.  It has merely caused them to distrust our motives and reject our message.

Some people are ‘hardheads’.  If they don’t respond to God’s grace and love, He will deal with them more sternly.  We should understand that there are some people who will only respond to stern discipline, and God still wishes to give them opportunity to repent.

For all these reasons I urge you to reconsider how you respond to the changes that are occurring.  But, most importantly, I urge you to reconsider because of God’s perspective on the latter days.

A global government, headed by the Antichrist (Satan, the Father of Lies) is part of God’s plan.  It is time for people to make a decision as to what ‘side’ they are on.  It is time to let sin and evil fully develop, then God will purge it from the Earth.  In the darkest hour, Christ will return.  He will come to do battle against those who oppose Him, and take possession of the nations.  At the darkest hour, His reign will begin.  Perhaps some Christians don’t fully realize this.

Yes, it is frightening to think of the persecution that will come to Christians . . . to think of the choices that we will have to make–but this has ALWAYS been the nature of Christianity!!  Only in America, by the grace of the God we have betrayed, have we had such peace and safety.  And, I would argue, nowhere is there more corruption and sin amongst those who consider themselves Christians!  How much sin and impurity must American Christians be cleansed of, before He returns!!

When we think of the end times, we tend to have tunnel vision surrounding one event we may face: someday we may have to stand up and say we won’t take a mark that says 666, then we will either be killed or left to starve to death.  I can’t think of anything, in my lifetime, that has stricken terror in the hearts of more people than the dread of that event.

So much more could be said about that–exactly what The Mark will be, how or when it will be imposed, etc.  But I want to say: that’s not the point!!! For many people ‘taking The Mark’ is not something they will even encounter!  Many, many people will die before that day arrives–from disasters, from sickness, from war, from persecution, from starvation.  If you arrive at that day, and still have not realized the grace of God in your life, that allowed you to survive that long . . . then I suppose your heart would already be extremely hardened against God. Refusing The Mark, in that day, will not save you!* Yet how many people are solely focused on recognizing and rejecting The Mark?

If you aren’t walking with God, I advise you to deal with the hardness of your heart now–while there is yet time.  Every hardship you encounter will either soften your heart . . . or harden it.  Every difficulty will either draw  you closer to God . . . or cause you to push Him further away.  Whether or not a person takes The Mark is more like a footnote to their biography . . . a comment at the end, that could more or less have been inferred from the way the story unfolded.

*although accepting The Mark condemns a person forever, refusing The Mark does not save a person.  Jesus is still THE way, THE truth, THE life, and the ONLY way to salvation.

 

The God Factor

The Gates of Hell Shall Not Prevail Against Us

 

I have always taken Matthew 24:24 to mean that when ‘the antichrist’ came, he would be so convincing that he would very nearly fool true Christians, but that it isn’t possible for him to. This has led me not to blindly accept the common interpretations of end-times prophecies.

Ironically, looking more closely at this verse has caused me to consider that my interpretation of it might not be the meaning that the Lord was trying to convey to us.

When I compare different translations of the verse, the meaning I take away now is, to paraphrase: false messiahs and false prophets will come and they’ll use great signs and wonders in an attempt to deceive everyone, including Christians, if possible. I don’t see that verse assuring us that we cannot be led astray. The King James version and the NIV seem to imply it, but the other versions don’t. (See comparison of versions here.)

In fact, we have seen people follow (and worship?) men like Charles Manson, Jim Jones, and David Koresh, and who may have believed their leader was a Messiah. Some of them would undoubtedly have insisted that they (themselves) were Christians.

Joseph Smith and Muhammed (false prophets) claimed divine revelation and supernatural signs. (Did Joseph Smith ‘target’ sincere, but not well-grounded Christians?) Today, via the wonders of modern technology, we have some televangelists whose target audience is Christians, that they deliberately lead astray to line their own pockets.

I think the point of the verse may be, that there are evil men who will pose as prophets and saviors in a deliberate attempt to lead people astray—and some of them will purposely target Christians. Take heed that NO man deceive you.

A common teaching is that ‘the antichrist’ will be a man of great charisma and charm who is loved by everyone, and almost no one can discern that he is the guy. I don’t see that spelled out in Scripture. I believe it is a common assumption.

By the way, don’t make the mistake of believing ‘the antichrist’ (as people call him) is the same as ‘the beast’ in Revelation 13. The antichrist is the ‘mouth’ of the beast (Rev. 13:5), the spokesman for the beast (empire), if you will. This spokesman/leader will be given authority over everyone, and everyone will worship the beast (empire) he represents. He is the one who will make war against Christians. This is who people refer to as ‘the antichrist’.

While we are on the subject of assumptions—don’t assume God gives the antichrist his authority. (Rev. 13:5, 13:7) It MAY come from God, or it may be granted as the result of a vote by the people, an appointment by a committee or organization (such as the UN, a world council of churches, the Vatican, the leaders of Islam, etc.).

It might be that he is elected, or appointed for 42 months, or that God only allows him 42 months.

‘Power to make war against the saints and to conquer them’ might be what God allows him, or it might be a job assigned to him by men.

All the inhabitants of the Earth (except those chosen by God) may willingly, adoringly worship the beast empire—or they people may ‘worship’ it by being in awe of it, or by paying a tithe or tax to it, etc.

I think many times we don’t even realize that we are making assumptions, but a word can have many meanings, and words combined can have a multitude of possible interpretations.

Many prophecies were given concerning the (first) coming of Jesus Christ. He fulfilled them all, but some of them were so subtle that their fulfillment was overlooked. I believe that the religious had already determined in their minds just what His coming would ‘look like’—but apparently they were wrong. For that reason, I encourage you to keep an open mind, and seek God for wisdom, in the perilous times that lay ahead!

The (first) coming of Christ was revealed to the ordinary, the humble, and the outcast. God did not reveal himself to the powerful, the prideful, or the religious. It was not revealed to Bible scholars, religious leaders, or kings. But it was revealed to shepherds, an aged widow, and a devout man (Luke 2:8-38). His birth was revealed to those who were waiting and hoping in Him.

It is ALL about the condition of our heart. It is not by having knowledge, and a complete understanding of God’s word that some will be able to recognize ‘the antichrist’ when he comes. I believe his appearing, while fulfilling prophecies, will not be what people expect. I think many of the prophecies will be very subtle, and low-key in their fulfillment (ie. easy to miss). But I believe that those whose hearts are humble, and turned toward God, will receive His revelation—and warning–when it comes to them.

One last thing, in regards to the coming of the antichrist, and the first coming of Christ–it bears repeating, that most people don’t believe Jesus was the Messiah.  They are most likely looking for the same sort of leader that they were looking for when He came the first time.  More clues to what the antichrist will be like might be found simply by finding out what people who are looking for a messiah are expecting.

We are told that everyone will have to receive a mark on their right hand or forehead (the name of the beast or the number of his name) . . . so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark.

Don’t read more into this than what it says!  I don’t believe it specifically says that they will use the mark to buy or sell (although they may), so it may not be a debit card in the form of a chip.  It could be that the people that are following The Beast get a tattoo (that serves as their club membership card) and that, by being a member, they have access to goods, services and privileges that are only available to those who are members.   Those who aren’t members are denied.

Since they will want to differentiate between those who follow The Beast and those who don’t–and since those that don’t are not going to be willing to mark themselves as resistors–the only way they can do this is to demand that their followers take a mark.  Then, once able to identify who is ‘with them’ and who is not, manipulation (or punishment) can be targeted at those who oppose them.

The whole point is that everyone is expected to submit themselves to The Beast–to obey it, to give honor to it, to worship it.  My opinion is  ‘not being able to buy or sell without The Mark’  isn’t indicating the purpose of  The Mark, but is telling us what the punishment is for those who are in opposition to satan’s kingdom (as evidenced by their refusing to take the mark of membership).

What The Bible Says About ‘The Mark Of The Beast’