Mystery Babylon is hard to identify, after all, she is called mystery by John. She is full of deception just like her master, Satan. She likes the trappings of religion, the pomp and ceremony. Her liturgies can be reassuring to her members lulling them into a false sense of security. She promises redemption without the embracing of the cross – seldom if ever teaching that Jesus said, “If you will be My disciples, take up your cross and follow Me.”
John alludes to this false church in 1st John 2:18 calling them Antichrists. He says “they went out from us, but they were not of us”. In other words, they were part of the church masquerading as believers. He links them to the Antichrist who will come. They are of the same spirit. That is a serious thing to say. It makes what Paul writes about the coming of the lawless one (Antichrist) all the more crucial. He will come “according to 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.” – 2 Thessalonians 2:9, 10. Continue reading
Israel Under David and Solomon
Don’t worry about ISIS – worry about God!
“For behold, in those days and at that time, when I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into judgment with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land. – Joel 3:1, 2
1922 UN Mandated Territory
As you can see by the map of Israel under David and Solomon, Israel extends to the Euphrates River in the North and through most of
Jordan in the East. Damascus is only about half way up the map that God promised to Abraham and that David and Solomon conquered. In 1922 the UN partitioned the land into a state for Israel and for the Arabs. That map is shown to the right – later in 1947, to appease the Arabs for their oil, the map was changed to a new UN Mandate, which was
1947 UN Mandated Map
never accepted by the Arabs – they went to war instead, a war which they lost! So, when President Obama calls for Israel returning to pre-1947 borders, they are basically giving the West Bank, Samaria, and Gaza back to the Israelis, though I doubt he understands that! So, we have three groups trying to solve the problem of Jerusalem and Israel: 1) the nations of the world who want peace so they can continue making money off the resources of the Mideast or gain acclaim for their ‘legacy’, 2) the Muslims who can never give back land once taken by Islam and want to destroy Israel and God’s claim to the land . and 3) God who calls it My land (Joel 3:2) and declares that He has set His name in Jerusalem (1 Kings 11:36). Now, I ask you – “Who do you think will win this argument! Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Continue reading
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. – Ephesians 6:10-13
This is a message to the Church of Jesus Christ – prepare for battle! Continue reading
I am sick of the liberal social engineers who think they know better than God.They always seem to yell the loudest, as if sheer volume can overcome their lack of reason. They flout the phrase “racism” as a battle flag and a reason for very problem they have, but I have a different solution. Turn back to the God of the Bible!
“When you know who your Creator and Heavenly Father is, no mere man can make you feel inferior.” ~ Unhyphenated America
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. – Genesis 1:26-27 NKJV
Obama Threatens to Allow a Palestinian State
After the stunning election of Israel’s Netanyahu, the Obama White House is clearly miffed and threatening to allow the formation of a Palestinian State by the UN over Israeli objections. This is the immature reaction of a little boy threatening to take his ball home if the other players don’t follow his rules! But as usual, the Obama White House is failing to see the big picture. 1) Former actions and statements clearly show that the Palestinians don’t really want a two-state solution – they have rejected it in the past, even when they were given over 90% of their demands! Hamas rules Gaza and the PLO, and their charter rejects any Jewish State. In fact they want the Jews eliminated – literally. Continue reading
Words are easy – Truth requires action!
Woe to us! Another political election is nearing! As if we do not hear enough lies and disinformation from the news media already, now it is amplified by all the political maneuvering of Democrats and Republicans as they try to tell the most believable lies to the people to get their votes – lies which history proves they have no intention of keeping!
For example, immigration is portrayed as caring for poor Hispanic immigrants just looking for work when the closer truth is they are looking for a government handout. For every one worker there are a dozen welfare leaches (free medical care, free schooling, free social security benefits, etc.). The truth for the Democrats is they represent potential voters and the Continue reading
Most people are at least curious about the end of the age and wonder when and how it will happen? Many wise men through the ages have tried to answer this riddle. The Holy Bible is full of prophets inspired by God to give clues to the answer to this question but, the greatest prophet in the Bible gives a clear answer to the question “what will be the sign of your coming and the end of the age?”. His name is Jesus, the Messiah.
He gave a complete outline to the events that would lead to the end on the Mount of Olives. That teaching is recorded in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21 which are like 3 cameras recording His teaching from 3 different views. The front view is given by Matthew 24 with Mark and Luke repeating much of Matthew but adding some different perspectives. Continue reading
There have always been those who set themselves above everyone else and even above God. They believe they can interpret what God has said better than even God. If God doesn’t move according to their understanding or standards, they feel free to reinterpret what must be true. They free to make a golden calf, thus redefining God’s intentions. Sometimes this is based on fear of the future, or genuine misunderstanding, but most often it is based upon hatred and rejection of God and His stated plans. There are plenty golden calf followers with us today. One of the most vocal today is Kurt Eichenwald of Newsweek magazine. In an article titled The Bible: So Misunderstood It’s a Sin he writes –
“They wave their Bibles at passersby, screaming their condemnations of homosexuals. They fall on their knees, worshipping at the base of granite monuments to the Ten Commandments while demanding prayer in school. They appeal to God to save America from their political opponents, mostly Democrats. They gather in football stadiums by the thousands to pray for the country’s salvation.
They are God’s frauds, cafeteria Christians who pick and choose which Bible verses they heed with less care than they exercise in selecting side orders for lunch. They are joined by religious rationalizers—fundamentalists who, unable to find Scripture supporting their biases and beliefs, twist phrases and modify translations to prove they are honoring the Bible’s words.”
The Bible has much to say about our situation in America today. Our news media abounds with stories of violence, political betrayals, racial tensions, etc. We have leaders who enjoy the power and influence that inevitably come with leadership but few that embrace the responsibility that should guide them. Leaders haven’t changed much throughout history – but our qualification standards they must meet have! God revealed these standards to Moses through Jethro, his father-in-law:
Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. – Exodus 18:21
I know that no leaders are perfect, all fail occasionally, but this unbending standard will bring them back to the right course. And if it doesn’t, they will be inevitably be replaced. Because I believe judgment is about to begin at the House of God, let me first speak to American Pastors.
2015 is soon upon us and the last of 4 blood red moons will begin. They are heavenly signs given to get our attention. Since the Bible declares judgment begins first at the house of God, I want to raise this alarm.
I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. – Revelation 3:15
In the Book of Revelation Jesus dictates letters to 7 churches. In each of the letters He declares, “I know your works.” Much of the modern day church seems to have forgotten this fact! By all accounts there is little difference between church members and the world. One fast growing church in the area I live prides itself on its growth and number of services each Sunday. But the Pastor tells new staff “I hope I don’t shock you if I swear once in a while.” Or at church men’s retreats, he tells the men they can bring their cigars and beer. I guess they really are retreats – retreats right into the world! At another fast growing church in our area worship leaders and staff are let go if they don’t project the right look of ‘charisma’. They are a TV generation and the right outward look is everything.