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Edition 143 December 17th 2012

The Religions of the Last Days.

The curse of Christmas.

The Mayan rubbish.

News events and commentary:


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The Prophetic Scroll now has over seven million regular visitors and members. There is a growing number from Israel, which is very nice to see. There is also a growing number from the Arab nations, with Egypt topping that list. The nations of Europe have the fewest.

Denmark: Jews warned to hide all identifying marks or symbols of their Jewish ethnicity as more and more violence occurs against Jews in Denmark. The Danes were amongst those who said “never again” relating to the Holocaust. So far 39 violent anti-Semitic attacks have occurred recently. (Israel Today) Norway now has no more Jews living there for the same reason.

Iran – US nuclear talks fail again as Tehran refuses to discontinue uranium enrichment. (Debka file)


The curse of Christmas:

Most intelligent people, who practise Christmas, Easter and the pagan occult traditions of Babylon, would say that they don’t worship the pagan gods. Actually, they do. By observing them they follow after them!

God says: Jeremiah 10:2-4 “Don’t learn the way of the pagans...for one cuts a tree from the forest, they decorate it with silver and gold. They fasten it down with nails.” (Christmas tree) The gold and silver balls were used to worship the sun and moon on the birthday of the sun and all their gods - the 25th December. This was when gifts were brought to the gods and left under the decorated fir tree.

Here is an image of a fresco from Babylon of the original Christmas tree, complete with the Tammuz Horus Lucifer tree topper!

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Now, let’s have a brief look at Easter. This is the name derived from the Babylonia sex goddess- Ishtar. People had to enter their temple and have sex with sex-slaves to honour and worship Ishtar. She was always depicted in reliefs and sculptures nude with rabbits and eggs, both symbols of sex and fertility. She was highly esteemed and revered in Babylon. She was sometimes also depicted with pigs (hams)

The Catholic church introduced this evil tradition in place of Passover. In fact Easter is called the “floating” tradition because it was designed never to fall on the same day as Passover. This was to separate it fully from any identity with the Jews. This was part of their strategy to re-characterise the church making it hostile to the Jew.

The image below is a compilation of various depictions of Ishtar / Easter from original Babylonian reliefs in museums.

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Here’s what God says and note that this is in the New Testament epistles, which is the main teaching for the church:

1 Corinthians 5:8 “Let us keep the feast (Passover) not with old leaven...”

So here we have two very simple direct instructions from our God: “Do not learn the way of the pagans” and “Do keep the Feast of Passover”.

The church says:

“No God, we will learn the way of the pagans and have jolly time.”

“No God, we will not keep Passover and we will celebrate the Passion through the satanic goddess of sex (Ishtar / Easter)

The world says:

We reject the true convocations and traditions of God, like Passover and the Feasts of the Lord.

We accept and worship the satanic traditions of Christmas, Easter and the like.

Conclusion: The world and the church are one! Thankfully, there are a growing number of Messianic congregations which are breaking away from the church’s dark satanic side. Some will not even call themselves churches so as not to identify with these Babylonian practices.

Be careful my friend...don't take these things lightly. There will soon be a very high fence between the true church and the Babylon-characterised church. Strong evil spiritual forces are at work and will intesnify. As always there is real safety in God-breathed truth.

The argument that we just use these satanic days rituals and practises, but worship the true God is just plain and simply insane. Why would you do that?

Please see the following editions for more on this very important subject:

Edition 21: “The damage done to the Jews by Christian traditions.”

Edition: 66 “The horrors of Christmas.”

The Mayan end-of-the-world garbage:

I was not going to dignify this rubbish with a response, but maybe some people will wake up from their satanic slumber.

All ancient societies heavily involved in the occult were destroyed by God or allowed to be destroyed, without exception. Why would God give the demon possessed Mayans His word on the so-called end of the world? Why would God give His pure, holy, undefiled truth to a people He destroyed for their evil mass murder and witchcraft?

Those who believe the dung of the Mayans better hope that there will be no fulfilment, because if there is, they will all be going straight to hell, with other unbelievers.

All of the so-called Mayan predictions are rubbish. Of course Satan may try to capitalise on it and draw people away.

The Bible describes just how the world will come to a bitter end in the coming tribulation period. It will be far worse than the Mayans ever imagined. The Bible also gives many clues as to when this season will start and it is not yet.

By the way, some teach that the world will never end. It’s all a matter of getting the original words right. The original Bible word for earth is 'gaea', while the Bible word for world is 'kosmos'. The earth is this physical round thing. It is dressed with the world. The world is the socio-political, economic order of man and all his doings. It’s like the adorning of the earth. The world will come to an end, but not the earth. The world will end and be replaced with a new world of peace, perfection, holiness and glory under the New World Order leader, Yeshua / Jesus ruling from the Temple in Jerusalem. The secular New World Order and it's organisations are the counterfeit! The world is under the domain of its god, Satan. The earth is not evil at all, although it has the effects of the curse on it.


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The Religions of the Last Days:

This edition should be seen in parallel with Edition 137 entitled “Beware another Christ arising.”

Introduction:

There are many voices and opinions out there, but one thing is sure and that is we are at the dawning of destruction just before the dawning of the Millennium of glory. Everything that can be shaken will be soon shaken and the hearts of people will be dramatically rocked.

Joel 3:14 “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision, for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.”

In the midst of it all there is great safety and security in God’s wonderful truth and its right before our eyes!

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Some of the opinions out there are pretty harmless, but others are deadly, originating from the living dead, trying to drag others into their pit of spiritual death.

In numerous passages of scripture the Bible indicates that few will be saved and many lost. I hope you are shocked by that statement. When I first heard it, I dived into my Bible to see if this was so. When I found all the verses I was shocked. I recall taking immediate action. It was some time back in the early 80s. I went on a series of long fasts and prayed like a madman asking my Lord to have mercy on me and not let me be one of the “many”. When we get there, I Know my prayer will have been answered.

If there is one thing I know it is not to be a casual with your life and issues of eternal consequence.

Very soon one individual will walk onto the world stage making peace. He will be Satan’s chosen man, the antichrist or false Messiah. He will set up a world government of control and domination. But he will have a ‘sidekick’ and forerunner whom the Bible calls the “False Prophet” and he will set up a world religious “government”. We need to know as much as possible about these individuals and organisations well ahead of time, so that we are able to avoid them and teach others to avoid the schemes of the devil.

Both the new world government and the new world religious organisation will fully manifest in the soon coming seven year tribulation period. If you believe in a pre-tribulation rapture you are safe. If not, good luck!

The peace that the antichrist and false prophet will make will be a short deception followed by huge destruction.

Revelation 6:4 “A fiery red horse went out and it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth and that people should kill one another, and there was given to him a great sword.”

Matthew 10:34 “Do not think I came to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring but a sword.”

Ephesians 2:14 “For He Himself is our peace...”

The false prophet make-up

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The make-up will be the church, the synagogue and the mosque! It will be the Christian, the Jew and the Muslim. These will become the foundation of the hell-bound false prophet. The make-up will include a great many other religions, but these three will be the kingpins. They will unite to try to bring peace to the world. (This excludes the truly born again church of the living God, consisting of believing Jews and Gentiles. 1 Corinthians 10:32)

For the purpose of this edition I’ll refer to the world religious organisation as the false prophet. It may be the World Council of Churches, or it may be a new organisation without the word “church” in it.

The Bible says there will be many antichrists and also many false prophets, but one of each will fulfil Satan’s master plan of deception at the end of the age.

Revelation 12:9 “The great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world.”

You may protest:

How can the church or at least a very large part of it make up the False Prophet, you ask? I thought the Jews were the chosen people, you say! And Islam really is a peace loving religion you protest! You say that you know many saved pastors and leaders involved in the Multi- Faith movement and they’re working to bring peace to the world! Doesn’t the Bible have a lot to say about peace on earth, unity and love for all people? A loving God would never send anyone to hell, you say.

What constitutes salvation?

Here are the basic Biblical foundational principles of salvation. True salvation is quite simply belief in the sacrificial cross of Christ, its substitutionary work, the death burial and resurrection of our Lord according to the Scriptures and His return to earth as the “Lion” in judgment. We must also believe in the virgin birth. We must be baptised by full immersion in water as an adult and be Spirit baptised. We must follow our Lord giving outward expression to the internal new-birth. He will lead us into all truth if we meet His conditions.

You must believe and accept salvation by grace exclusively in and through Christ and reject even the notion of salvation by other methods, religions and ways. These are some of the basic foundations.

Counterfeit salvation:

How many times have you heard believer and unbeliever alike, saying that this one or that has to be, or was saved, because they were such great people? It is very dangerous to come up with your own ideas of what constitutes salvation. Most people do this because they’re too lazy to study the Bible themselves or they’re under a cloud of demonic deception!

Imagine the shock of thinking that you’re saved because you’re a good person and then landing in hell because you ignored the basics of Biblical salvation.

Salvation is not based on works. Works come into play after and as a result of salvation, but never for salvation. No church membership will ever get you saved.

Many people mimic what true Christianity is but have never been truly saved.

Counterfeit salvation will always be revealed when the pressure is on.

“A tree is known by its fruit.”

Re-building Babel

The central purpose of this false prophet organisation will be to reach God and bring peace to the world. The people of Babylon tried to build a tower a God. They went their own way. They were all full of idolatry and mixed religions.

God destroyed the tower and the city and God confounded their languages to boot!

Today we have many religions of all sorts coming together in the Inter Faith movement and others to try to do the same thing. Guess what their fate will be? You see, God will build and prepare a new world for His people. It will be exclusively for those who are His.

The False Prophet organisation:

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There is no doubt that this huge world religious organisation will have tremendous power and influence. One man equally satanically empowered by the antichrist will control it. Just have a look at this incredible verse about the Tower of Babel:

Genesis 11:6 “The Lord said indeed the people are one and they have one language (or agreement) and this is what they begin to do (build the tower); now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.” God's destruction followed. (Notice that there is real power in unity even though it is satanically motivated).

The false prophet will build this big false religious organisation of mixed religions and as at Babel it will have enormous power. Note in the following verse, that the false prophet directs all worship to the antichrist.

Revelation 13: 11 “Then I saw another beast coming out of the earth...And he exercises all the authority of the first beast...and causes those who live on the earth to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.”

The false prophet church:

It’s not our job to pull up the weeds growing with the wheat. The Bible says that we are to leave that to God Himself. But there are numerous verses in the Bible commanding us to know the difference.

It’s your right to believe that 2+2=5. It’s even your right to believe that 2+2=4 and 5! It is our right to believe that 2+2 =4 only! Joining truth and error does not sanctify the error, it neutralises the power of the truth.

The most significant and identifying mark of the false church is that it removes, ignores or downplays the cross of Christ and personal cross-bearing.

The marks of the false church are many. They are mostly found in the traditions, convocations and occult religions of Babylon and Egypt.

You may be shocked to know that much of the professing church is not saved. They say and do the right things, but the spark of the life of God in their hearts is missing. They are counterfeits. It’s not our job to sort out who’s who in this zoo, but we must know the differences.

The book of Revelation offers spectacular insights into the prophetic future of the church.

Four of the messages to the seven churches in Revelation plot the course of the end-time church. Please pay attention to what God says of His Church...this is vitally important. For the sake of space I’m going to lift a few descriptions out of the four to paint the overall picture. Please read the seven letters yourself.

The corrupt church is Thyatira and applies to the orthodox churches like the Catholic church and others. “I gave her time to repent, but she didn’t. I will cast her into a sickbed and those who commit adultery with her (cling to the church) into the great tribulation and I will kill her children with death.” (God speaking)

The dead church is Sardis and applies to the nominal denominational churches with few exceptions. “You have a name to live but you are dead. Because you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief and you will not what hour I come. You have a few names that live and are worthy,”

The Faithful Church is Philadelphia and relates to the true born-again church. “You have the key of David (Is 22:22 reveals this key as love for the inhabitants of Jerusalem.) I have set before you an open door that no one can shut (undoubtedly refers to evangelism and missionary work.) You have kept My word and not denied My name. The Synagogue of Satan will bow to you (A reference to orthodox Jews who will not get saved). Because you have kept My word to persevere, I will keep you from (lit=clean out away from) the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world.”

The lukewarm church is all modern churches doing their own thing and not following God. It would include most denominational churches as well as many Pentecostal churches which have lost their way. “You are neither hot nor cold, therefore I will vomit you out of My mouth. Behold I stand outside at the door and knock.”

Only the true Spirit led church dispersed among many will not become part of the tragic end time false prophet!

The false prophet synagogue:

The Bible reveals that God’s plan was to bring Messiah to this world through the Jewish people and to bring Him back to earth again at the Second Advent, again in association with the Jews. This time it will be just after huge numbers of Jews are saved.

But not all Jews will be saved. Some will continue in their blindness, with increasing hatred for those who are saved. It’s this “Synagogue of Satan” that will happily join the Multi Faith false prophet.

The false prophet mosque:

Today a section of Islam is becoming more militant. They will not join any such Multi Faith organisation. They are interested in making the world Islamic and Sharia law compliant. But there are many nominal Muslims, who are moderate and can happily mix with the world. It is these who will become part of the false prophet.

The false prophet religions:

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The major religions of the world will undoubtedly be part of the false prophet. The Hindu religion, the Buddhists and all others will unite, led by the spirit of their master – Satan.

The central force behind the entire false prophet will be humanism devoid of the true God. Here are a few points on humanism.

Humanist manifesto:

All knowledge of the world is derived by experimentation and observation.

Humans are evolutionary beings in an unguided process.

Ethical values are derived from needs tested by experience.

Life’s fulfilment  comes from the service of humane ideals.

Religious humanists regard the universe as self-existing and not created.

Some things to think about.

As we approach the very last of the last days, the attacks on the truth will intensify.

Today there is a very dangerous thing happening with many church leaders. They say that we must not criticize or judge the church. They are right and wrong. Judging and criticizing from a pride point of view is wrong, but judging between truth and error so that you can go the right way is not only right but required!

If you are going the right way there will be fruits. You will be happy and willing to deny self and pay the price to experience greater depths of glory. Focus on the world dulls your spiritual eyes and mind.

You will be thrilled to be moving into personal holiness.

You will have a desire for truth.

You will be overcoming the world the flesh and the devil.

You will become strange.

You will be known by what you will participate in and what you will run away from.

You will become a product of what or who you admire.

You will have a deep inner peace with no fear attached.

We are all created by God for a wonderful purpose. If you steal your life and give it to another king you will regret it.

The image below is a compilation of pictures bringing our Lord down to the level of Muslims and equating and identifying Him as a Muslim. (These and the one below make me wildly furious.)

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The blasphemous image below comes from a gay church in Auckland New Zealand.

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An easy way to identify a church or ministry that really loves our Lord and Messiah is that they will have the cross central, Babylon gone and members moving forward in holiness. The others will sideline the cross and holiness and mix with Babylon and all manner of evils.

God will stand back and let you have your unholy works but there will be consequences!

Psalm106:13-14 “They soon forgot His works they didn’t wait for His counsel...they tested God in the desert. He gave them their requests, but sent leanness into their souls.

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Who can you trust and why.

In these days we will see many perilous times. Believers will betray one another, according to our Lord. Some leaders have ulterior motives and simply want a lot of money. Others leaders are simply doing a job.

2 Timothy 3:13-14 “Evil men and imposters will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in all things you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them.”

Some have a desire to get people to follow them. Their pride wants to see them on a pedestal!

Matthew 24:4-5“Take heed that no one deceives you, for many will come in my name saying I am the Christ and will deceive many.”

On the other hand there are many who really do love our Lord deeply, and love you deeply and really want to see you advance in the Lord.

The one whom you can trust is one who knows our Lord well, is known by Him and always directs you away from himself to our Lord. He will be hard on you and very soft and forgiving as well. He will always have a burning desire to see you advance in the Lord. He will be strict on the division between truth and error.

What church should I join and what questions should I ask the leader?

Does your church love and exalt the word of God?

Does your church teach and preach the centrality of the cross of Christ and teaches you to take up your own cross?

Is your church a friend of the world, and the traditions of man?

Do you have lots of teaching on eschatology?

Do you qualify for discipleship by "teaching all things I have commanded you”?

Do you “continue in the doctrine of Christ”?

Does this church have a Hebraic character?

Do you have a relationship with Messianic believers?

Are you like Paul who said I have not shunned to declare to you the whole council of God.

Is this church a fearless confronter of the world in the authority of God or a friend of the world?

Does this church inspire you to move forward with God?

Does this church inspire you to be separate from the world system and removed from its blatant sins?

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Church traditions:

Tradition has within it the power to blind. It “teaches” blind acceptance. It captivates and imprisons. It has a particular danger for children who are “taught” to accept and not question.

The Bible is a tradition breaker and destroyer. Of course there are Biblical traditions like Baptisms, Passover, Pentecost, Succoth and others. But these are liberating with an element of freedom and joy deep within them.

The traditions of man are a poor stone-dead substitute for the life of God. They’re always based on law and works to please some angry God and lead into bondage.

An excellent way to know which traditions are of God and which are not is to see who hates you because of what you do and will not do.

Finally:

So many people give up because the church is such a mess. Actually the Bible prophesied that it would be so. But look right through the mess to the truth, and the glory, and the amazing future that lies before us.

There is no perfect church, although that is no excuse for not pursuing the truth. Set your heart and soul after our Lord no matter what!


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I did this picture some time ago in the beautiful Namib Desert. This is the dead tree pan way out in the middle of nowhere!

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Isaiah 35:1 “The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose.”


 

Shalom and grow in grace! 



 

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