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Edition 151 February 12th 2013
News events and commentary:
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●John Brennan will be the new head of the CIA. Reports say that he did convert to Islam some time ago.
●Resignation of the pope:
This may be important prophetically. In dealing with extra-Biblical things we must always be careful not to take them too far or not to put undue weight on them, but when they tie up with other things they do add significance to an issue.
The image below shows lightning hitting the Vatican on the same day as the resignation! (Picture -BBC)
In various previous editions I have mentioned the prophecies of St. Malachy. In a nutshell, he had a vision of all the popes that would hold office after his own demise and until the Second Coming. The prophecies were “lost” by the Vatican for 400 years and then appeared again. He described each of the popes with a short descriptive phrase. There are 212 of them. Benedict is number 211, meaning that the next is the last.
This last pope will be associated with the name “Peter the Roman” according to the prophecy.
The prophecy of Peter the Roman concludes: “He will feed his flock among many tribulations after which the seven hilled city (Rome) will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people.”
In 1909 pope Pius X had a vision from which he arose shouting “What I see is terrifying, will it be me or my successor?” This vision included the pope leaving the faith and walking over the dead bodies of his people.
The St. Malachy prophecies also tie in with a little known prophecy given by St. Francis of Assissi in the 13 century. This is his prophecy: “There will be uncanonically elected a pope who will cause a great schism in the church at the end.”
Revelation 12:9 “Satan was cast out who deceives the whole world.”
Revelation 12:12 “The devil has come down to you having great wrath because he knows that his time is short.”
Mark 13:22 “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive if possible even the elect.”
Mark 13:5 “Take heed that no one deceives you.”
The four verses above speak volumes, don’t they? Yet the whole world is blind to it all and that includes half the church as well!
The church today must have a major central component, teaching on eschatology (end-time events) simply because this is where we are now and because a major aspect of this time is unfolding deception on a massive scale.
If you are ignorant of coming powerful deceptions you have no chance standing against them. If you are ignorant of these things, you will be powerless to deal effectively with them. Ignorance is Satan’s playground.
End time deceptions
2 Thessalonians 2:2-3 “Now brethren concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled either by spirit or by word or by letter as if from us as though the day of the Lord had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first and the man of sin is revealed...”
2 Thessalonians 2:9-11 “The coming of the lawless one is in accordance with the working of Satan with all power signs and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth that they might be saved. For this reason, God will send them strong delusion that they should believe the lie.”
The denial of Satan, demons and their influence in the world is a growing issue. If Satan could get people, believers in particular, to deny or downplay his existence and operation he would have achieved much.
The Bible says that Satan comes as an angel of light! He comes in camouflage. He comes offering peace. Satan’s biggest victory will be to get people to deny his existence; this opens the door for him to operate unrestrictedly.
Today many people think you’re crazy if you talk about the reality of Satan and his demons.
Part of Satan’s method of advance is to cast down the veracity of the scriptures and to throw doubt and confusion over them. He will also be very successful in changing / modifying the scriptures themselves to suit himself.
The American Humanist Association (AHA) has created a new Bible in which they decide which passages are not worthy to be in their Bible. But this is nothing new. Many preachers do exactly this by what they will and won’t teach.
A huge deception will be the arrival of the false messiahs: These will be Maitreya, Imam Mahgdi, the fifth Buddha, Krishna and a host of others who will claim to be the messiah. Great masses will fall for these deceptions. They will come in the name of love, freedom, justice, bliss, harmony and peace. They will come in the name of a crossless, humanist Christ! They will be inspired and motivated by the wisdom of Satan.
It’s not really my style, but this poor earth will most probably be hit by new invasions of giants called the Nephalim, who are actually demons manifesting as giant humans. These giants were around in the Days of Noah. They had relationships with normal human women creating these freaks of nature, but were strongly empowered by Satan.
This is one of the supposed Nephalim giants.
Beware of the many recordings of strange unearthly sounds doing the rounds. People claim that these are the sounds of hell and God is warning us. Many of these recording are fakes with the same sounds repeating. Some are simply sounds from a movie track manipulated a little. If these were of God, they would point to Him and glorify Him.
Many other demonic manifestations are on the increase.
Many people believe that seeing some miracle or supernatural sign will cause people to believe. Not so! It may do so with a few, but generally the following verse applies:
Luke 16:31 “...Neither will they be persuaded if they see one rise from the dead.”
So, be careful of chasing after signs and wonders. The big thing is the condition of your heart before our Lord!
Signs and wonders can deceive you. A heart fully surrendered to our Lord can do no such thing!
The great rapture deception:
There is no chapter and verse for this. It’s pure speculation, so don’t put a lot of weight on it. Perhaps one of the reasons for the increase in UFO sightings and activity lately is to give the world an excuse for the rapture! UFO sightings have been increasing dramatically all over the world. Many are from crackpots, but most certainly not all of them.
At the rapture, many people will simply disappear in a flash. How convenient if there were a whole lot of UFO sightings around that time. Some believe that this is exactly what will happen. The New Age bunch will then say that these bad, born-again Christians were removed from the world by UFO’s because they were an obstacle to their plans for the world. I’ve said many times, the biggest obstacle to world peace is the cross of Christ. Satan hates it with intensity. If he could get rid of those who carry the work of the cross in their hearts he would be most happy.
In relation to this, Tony Campolo (whom I have resisted for many years) says that Christians who claim that we are living in the end times are the reason the world is in such a mess.
Christians and their cross of holiness are the obstacle to Satan and his pulpit-preaching false teachers and wolves.
The prosperity deception, or is it?
The “name it and claim it” brigade have come under a lot of criticism from the traditional church crowd. As in many of these cases there is a deception here coupled to a lot of truth as well. Let’s do some digging and apply some logic.
Many churches these days are not very different to a circus. Many use the prosperity message as a get-rich-quick scheme. Many are completely worldly and so in love with the things of the world and the flesh. They have not even started on the road of discipleship, denying self and taking up their cross. Yet they believe that God owes them fortunes if they just say the right words.
These people have Jesus as their “sponsor” awaiting their every command. In fact many have turned the prosperity message into a deceptive cult!
On the other hand all of the prosperity verses of scripture come right out of the Bible and are obviously true. It’s all a matter of balance. It’s a matter of getting your heart and priorities right. You see, when you are fulfilling God’s required will for your life you will be applying the cross to the world, the flesh and the demonic. Keep our Messiah central! You will be dead to these things or at least be on that road.
As you die to self and the world, through the glorious work of the cross, your priorities change. Money then becomes your servant rather than your god. God most certainly does want to bless His children with good things, but from His point of view and in His time and not the world’s.
Who gets deceived?
We live in a spiritual climate and environment. What we see here is only the results of conflict in the spirit realm.
Satan operates in the believer’s life through the world system, the flesh and the demonic. If you have not be taught how to fight the good fight in these areas, not only are you spiritually weak, but a certain target for Satan. Pride is then your good, close friend.
Job 41:34 “He (Satan) is king over all the children of pride.”
Do you want to be safe in these days? This is the way: Humble yourselves in the sight of God and His word. Apply the cross of Christ to all aspects of your life. Take up your own cross daily. (This is simply denial of self in the many areas where self raises its head and reigns supreme.)
Set you mind and heart after God’s truth. He will lead you along this wonderful way.
These are the big-ticket items.
Without them you are in great danger of deception. One of the most tragic characteristics of deception is that it hides itself away and you don’t even know you have it!
The great world-peace deception:
So very many people, believers and unbelievers alike, will get swept away in this great powerful deception!
Today the world is in a mess. We have wars all over the place and it’s not getting better.
The world thinks it can create world peace.
The Babylonians under Nimrod tried to create world peace by building a tower to heaven. God destroyed it.
Ten successive Roman emperors tried create world peace by their own domination of the world. The Roman Catholic church tried to create world peace in the Middle Ages by killing millions of Jews and many others. (The inquisitions.) Hitler tried to create a thousand years of world peace under German domination.
Today many of the world’s leaders are trying to create world peace by dividing the land of Israel and Jerusalem. God will bring war and not peace to these efforts.
Today the New Age movements and the Interfaith Movement are trying to do create world peace. They will all fail miserably for the same reason.
New Agers believe that Christians must finally see and recognise that the Christ is the eternal representative of all faiths. Christ is the new world teacher and not a Christian teacher according to them. Take the cross away from Christ and He can merge easily with all faiths, they believe.
Beware of many so-called ascended masters who come with love and good words, but Satan’s purpose is to trap you and to capture and control you.
They say that Jesus was not the Christ, but made himself a fit vessel to contain the Christ. Christ is therefore a term for the perfect human being which you can become!
Many reading these words will fail in their own attempts to create a world of peace for themselves and their own lives...for the same reasons.
Here are the big reasons, which you would do well to take note of:
1 Thessalonians 5:3 “For when they say, “Peace and safety” then sudden destruction comes.”
Isaiah 48:22 “There is no peace says he Lord, for the wicked.”
Jeremiah 6:14 “They (false prophets) have healed the hurt of My people slightly, saying, peace, peace when there is no peace.”
Romans 16:20 “And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.”
These verses above speak volumes. They speak of the fact that peace is illusive for the unbeliever. Even if he could buy himself a bit of peace now, he can’t buy the God kind of peace with all its depth.
You see, God is about to bring peace to this world and to all believers. He will do it His way. His way is outlined in the Bible. It is not man’s way.
Colossians 1:20 “He will reconcile all things to Himself, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.”
What an incredible wonderful, powerful, far - reaching verse of scripture this is above!
We must understand the difference between peace from God’s point of view and worldly peace, which is seen more as an absence of war than anything else. Peace with God is deep, fulfilling, full of joy, and inner contentment.
The ticket to heaven and to enter the Millennium is the cross of Christ alone. All other ways to peace are counterfeits. Very shortly Satan will try to create world peace and untold millions will fall for his scheme. After enormous wars and conflict he will sign a peace treaty with Israel for seven years, which will have dramatic consequences for the world. It will only last a short while.
Daniel 11:21-24 “In his place shall arise a vile person to whom they will not give the honour of royalty, but he shall come in peaceably, and seize the kingdom by intrigue...He shall enter peaceably...”
Peace outside of the cross of Christ is a deception of monumental proportions! Exactly the same principle applies on a personal level. Pure humanism tries to duplicate God’s peace, but it always has an element of emptiness to it. The power behind humanism is Satan the deceiver.
The power behind the successful believer is a soft and broken heart and a head full Godly knowledge!
Many and few:
If this doesn’t shock you, I don’t know what will. To find out that God has conditions attached to His plans for us and few will meet them is indeed something that should wake you up fast and cause you to fall before our Lord in humility and ask and pray that He leads you in through the narrow gate!
If you’ll excuse me for this, I say it out of testimony and not pride. I regularly go before my Lord in total surrender, brokenness, helplessness and humility asking Him to put me back together His way. I regularly cast all my big deal ideas before Him. There’s a cemetery nearby. I go there sometimes and lie down on any old grave (hoping no one sees me) and declare to my Lord that I am dead to the world and myself. As I get up, for me, it’s like a resurrection, arising in newness of life.
I will never fall into the trap of self assurance and self dependence. For me, I like to say that I depend completely on My Lord and I like to do it demonstrably as well. If at the end of the day God sees fit to save me, I will be on top of the world!
Please don’t be blasé or casual about your salvation and your works as a believer.
Here are some verses relating to the many who will be lost and few who will be saved.
Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter by the narrow gate for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction and many go in by it, because narrow is the gate and constrained is the way which leads to life and few there are who find it.”
Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to Me Lord, Lord shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord have we not prophesied in your name, cast out demons in Your name and done may wonders in your name? And then I will declare to them, I never knew you, depart from Me you who practice lawlessness!”
Matthew 22:14 “Many are called and few are chosen.”
Matthew 24:12-13 “Because lawlessness will abound the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”
Luke13:23 “Strive to enter the narrow gate, for many I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.”
John 6:66 “From that time on many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.”
Romans 11:5 “Even so then at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace.”
Romans 9:27 “Isaiah also cries out concerning Israel: Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, the remnant will be saved.”
1 Corinthians 9:24 “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may attain it.”
I don’t put much weight on this but I mention it anyway: Some time ago I heard the teaching of a respected minister, not into emotional manipulation, in which he worked out the size of the New Jerusalem if it is a perfect cube. (The Biblical statistics also allow for a pyramid shape as well.) He worked out that about 4 billion people could occupy the cube-shape.
That is a shockingly low number, when the population of the world throughout all ages is taken into account.
The above verses are a frightening wakeup call!
These verses below are from God’s messages to the seven churches in the Revelation. They are for you and me!
Revelation 2:26 “And he who overcomes and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations.”
Revelation 2:17 “To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat and I will give him a white stone and on the stone a new name written, which no one knows except him who receives it.”
Revelation 3:5 “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments and I shall not blot his name out of the Book of Life and I will confess his name before the Father and before His angels.”
Revelation 3:21 “To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.”
Deception and ignorance are brothers. Truth and error travel the same highway.
It is very helpful if you see deception as a person and not a thing. This person is Satan and he is attracted to pride and ego like flies to dead meat!
It’s good to remember that deception comes with a basket of fruit. The fruit is rotten though and poisonous although it looks good on the outside.
Jesus said “My kingdom is not of this world”. “Satan is the god of this world”. “Come out of the world”. “Die to the world”. “Love not the world”. Jesus rejected the kingdoms of the world, offered Him by Satan.
What terrible, shocking irreversible regrets many will have as they step into eternity! Words are insufficient to describe the joy, glory and majesty that will lie before all those who are of family of the living God.
James 1:22 “Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”
Psalm 52:2 “Your tongue devises, destruction, like a sharp razor working deceitfully.”
Nice flower hey? Don’t you believe it! It smells like dead rotten meat, even from far off and attracts flies, maggots and other nasty creepy things like scorpions! Maybe today we should call this “The devil’s garden”! I did this picture in one of our game reserves and noticed that even the large wild animals avoid these plants.
Shalom and grow in grace!